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  • Israel to be investigated for possible 'war crimes' over Gaza raids

    07/23/2014 2:47:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The London Express ^ | July 23, 2014 | Cyril Dixon
    Navi Pillay said Tel Aviv's two-week onslaught on Gaza - which has cost more than 650 Palestinians lives - would be thoroughly investigated. Ms Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the attacks have destroyed houses and hospitals and killed civilians. "These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes. "Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated." According to Gaza officials, 475 houses have been destroyed and 2,644 damaged, while 46 schools, 56 mosques...
  • U.N. launches probe into alleged Israeli crimes in Gaza

    07/23/2014 2:35:58 PM PDT · by illiac · 13 replies
    MSN News ^ | 7/23/14 | By Stephanie Nebehay and Tom Miles of Reuters
    GENEVA, July 23 (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday launched an international inquiry into human rights violations and crimes that may have been committed by Israel during its military offensive in the Gaza Strip. The U.N. Human Rights Council condemned the Israeli assault which it said had involved "disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks", including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment, and the killing of more than 650 Palestinians. At the end of an emergency session, the 47-member forum adopted a resolution presented by Palestinians by a vote of 29 states in favor, 1 against (the United States) with 17...
  • Romanian cave holds some of the oldest human footprints

    07/21/2014 9:29:57 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Science News ^ | July 17, 2014 | Bruce Bower
    About 400 footprints were first discovered in the cave in 1965. Scientists initially attributed the impressions to a man, woman and child who lived 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. But radiocarbon measurements of two cave bear bones excavated just below the footprints now indicate that Homo sapiens made these tracks around 36,500 years ago, say anthropologist David Webb of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and his colleagues. Analyses of 51 footprints that remain — cave explorers and tourists have destroyed the rest — indicate that six or seven individuals, including at least one child, entered the cave after a flood had...
  • Romanian Princess Ran US Cockfighting Ring

    07/19/2014 4:56:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    The royal and her husband, a former sheriff's deputy, hosted at least 10 cockfighting derbies in a barn at their Oregon ranch. A Romanian princess has admitted running an illegal gambling operation after she was found to be hosting cockfighting derbies in rural Oregon. Irina Walker, 61, pleaded guilty to the charge along with her husband, former sheriff's deputy John Walker, 68, on Wednesday. Prosecutors agreed to drop other counts relating to animal fighting and animal welfare as part of a plea deal.
  • Europe Considers Fracking to Cut Russian Gas Imports

    07/14/2014 2:43:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies
    voanews.com ^ | July 12, 2014 | Ana Hontz-Ward
    WASHINGTON — The political crisis in Ukraine, including its dispute with Moscow over the flow of Russian natural gas, has forced many European nations to reconsider their reliance on Russia for energy. Some nations are looking at new options for extracting natural gas at home, including the controversial process of hydraulic fracking. Although much of Europe is dependent on Russian energy imports, the continent is believed to be sitting on 13 trillion cubic meters of shale gas, a significant reserve. France, Poland and Ukraine share the largest amounts of shale gas, but reserves have been found in Romania, Bulgaria and...
  • Bulgaria hosts NATO manoeuvres in Black Sea

    07/05/2014 6:13:00 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | July 4, 2014
    SOFIA (Reuters) - Bulgaria launched naval manoeuvres in the Black Sea on Friday with six other NATO countries including the United States, in the latest demonstration of the alliance's resolve to support its eastern European members in light of the Ukraine crisis. Bulgaria's defence ministry said the 10-day war games, dubbed BREEZE 2014, were designed to boost NATO solidarity and regional readiness, though it added they had been scheduled before Russia annexed Ukraine's Black Sea region of Crimea in March. Vessels from Bulgaria and its Black Sea neighbours Romania and Turkey and also from Greece, Italy, Britain and the United...
  • 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
  • ‘Dracula’s Tomb’ Discovered in Italy (Naples)

    06/17/2014 11:15:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 54 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 6/17/14 | Esma ÇAKIR
    Estonian researchers believe they may have finally discovered the whereabouts of “Dracula’s” grave, which is in Italy and not the Romanian Transylvanian Alps as first thought. The inspiration behind Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic novel “Dracula” is thought to be Vlad III, the 15th century Prince of Wallachia in Eastern Europe. Known posthumously as Vlad the Impaler, the ruler was known for his brand of cruelty across Europe, which included impaling his enemies. Vlad’s ultimate enemy were the Ottomans. Depictions of his endless cruelty made history books, securing his reputation as one of the biggest villains in Turkey’s collective consciousness, as...
  • European Parliament candidate runs on anti-gay ticket

    05/22/2014 2:10:42 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 22.05.14 @ 09:53 | Michael Bird and Stefan Candea
    February 2013. It was supposed to be a pleasant night out for urbane movie-lovers. Bucharest’s ethnographic hub, the National Museum of the Peasant, was hosting Lisa Cholodenko’s film “The Kids Are All Right”, starring Annette Benning and Julianne Moore as gay parents of troubled teens. This was part of a month-long festival dedicated to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) rights, and supported by the American embassy in Bucharest. […] A minute later, around 40 members of the audience, who were draped in the Romanian tricolor flag, jumped from their seats yelling and screaming, and brandishing religious icons over...
  • U.S. tests enhanced Aegis system, fires SM-3 missile onshore

    05/21/2014 1:30:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    reuters.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Andrea Shalal
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday announced the first live-fire test of a Raytheon Co SM-3 missile from the land-based version of Lockheed Martin Corp's Aegis missile defense system, which will be operational in Romania next year. Lockheed said it was the first test of the Aegis system using a land-based missile launcher. The test at the Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Hawaii late on Tuesday marks a significant milestone for the Aegis Ashore weapon system, which is designed to protect U.S. and NATO forces in Europe from a ballistic missile attack. The Obama administration's...
  • Dracula's Castle Up for Sale

    05/19/2014 7:51:16 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    Global Post ^ | May 13, 2014 | Jess Zimmerman
    Now you can own Dracula’s castle Transylvania's Bran Castle, long connected with Bram Stoker's indelible creation, is for sale. Count Dracula never lived in Bran Castle, in the Transylvania region of Romania, because he was a fictional character. But look, it’s a Gothic-looking castle in Transylvania — plus, Vlad the Impaler, the historical figure who inspired Bram Stoker’s indelible creation, was reportedly imprisoned here. So it’s no surprise that it’s commonly called “Dracula’s Castle,” and that (like Transylvania’s Hunyad Castle and Poenari Castle in Wallachia) it’s often linked with the vampire legend. And now, you can own it. If you...
  • Russian Minister Threatens To Fly Bomber Jet Into Romania

    05/10/2014 1:27:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 19 replies
    Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin was not pleased when Romania refused to let his flight enter their airspace and forced his plane to divert back to Moscow. In response, Rogozin tweeted early Saturday that if he would ever find himself flying over Romania again, he would be on a plane packing a lot more firepower. The translated tweet reads: “Upon U.S. request, Romania has closed its air space for my plane. Ukraine doesn’t allow me to pass through again. Next time I’ll fly on board TU-160.” The TU-160 is the Russian military’s most advanced and largest strategic bomber in...
  • Romanian Couple Eyed In Oil Scam Left Behind 'Doomsday Bunker,' Millions In Gold, FBI Says

    05/08/2014 10:31:47 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5-8-2014 | Fox News
    Romanian Couple Eyed In Oil Scam Left Behind 'Doomsday Bunker,' Millions In Gold, FBI Says Published May 08, 2014Fox News A Romanian couple being deported from the United States for their alleged role in a $68 million tax evasion scheme may have left behind as much as $2.7 million in gold and silver coins they once hoarded in a “fully stocked doomsday bunker,” court documents reveal. Radu and Diana Nemes, who were arrested in March at the couple’s 53-acre property with a fully-furnished underground bunker in Yelm, Wash., have waived extradition to Romania, according to court documents filed in the...
  • 3 NATO Warships Patrol Black Sea Near Ukraine

    05/02/2014 1:45:59 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    military.com/daily-news ^ | Apr 24, 2014 | Richard Sisk
    The U.S. guided missile frigate Taylor was on patrol in the Black Sea Wednesday, giving NATO a brief three-ship presence in waters close to Russia and Ukraine. The Oliver Hazard Perry-class Taylor was in the Black Sea to replace the Aegis missile defense destroyer Donald Cook, which was returning to the Mediterranean. The French signals intelligence ship Dupuy de Lome was also in the Black Sea as part of NATO's plan to deploy more air and naval assets during the Ukraine crisis.
  • Romania calls for greater U.S. military presence in Black Sea

    05/01/2014 8:00:28 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu May 1, 2014 2:21pm EDT | Reuters
    (Reuters) - Romania has called for the United States and NATO to boost their military presence in the Balkan country to promote stability in the Black Sea region following Russia's annexation of Crimea.
  • HMCS Regina to join NATO's Ukraine 'reassurance' mission

    04/30/2014 4:54:44 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 11 replies
    cbc.ca ^ | April 30, 2014 | James Cudmore
    The Conservative government is redeploying a Canadian war ship to the NATO mission formed in response to the Ukraine crisis, abandoning its anti-terror post in the Arabian Sea and marking an apparent end to Canada's naval participation in the region as part of the U.S.-led Operation Enduring Freedom. Prime Minister Stephen Harper told MPs Wednesday that HMCS Regina would be sent to join one of NATO's standing maritime groups. "Our government and our country remains steadfast in our support for the people of Ukraine in the face of ongoing militarism and aggression by the Putin regime," he said. An emailed statement to...
  • Romanian military units moving towards Ukrainian border

    04/27/2014 5:28:34 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 42 replies
    According to information available, in Romania military units are moving towards the eastern borders - a military echelon loaded with anti-aircraft guns, trucks and ground -to- air missile systems has moved via Bucharest towards the Black Sea port of Constanta. The military units are needed for conducting joint military exercises with the participation of the US servicemen and four American F-16 fighter jets, according to the Romanian Defense Ministry officials told newsmen. "The maneuvers will be held in compliance with the plan on strategic partnership existing between Romania and the US," Romanian Minister of National Defense Mircea Dusa announced. Earlier...
  • Did prehistoric man enter Europe through the Balkans?

    08/23/2007 4:41:47 AM PDT · by Renfield · 14 replies · 345+ views
    SAWF.org ^ | 8-22-07
    Could the Balkans, rather than previously accepted areas such as the Strait of Gibralter, have been the entry point for the first men in Europe? ORESHETZ, Bulgaria (AFP) - A team of 20 Bulgarian and French archeologists are trying to prove this theory after 11 years of excavation and research in the Kozarnika cave in northwestern Bulgaria. The digging up at this mountainous site of traces of human activity dating back 1.4 to 1.6 million years throws into question theories about when and where man first set foot in Europe. According to current theories, the Europeans' prehistoric ancestors came into...
  • Teen Uses FB to Save Romania's Stray Dogs

    04/18/2014 3:04:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Thursday, April 17, 2014
    When French film actress Brigitte Bardot began a campaign to spare the thousands of stray dogs in Romania's capital from being put down, she did it with a $150,000 donation scheme. A similar campaign is being waged by Ana-Maria Ciulcu, a 13-year-old schoolgirl with braces on her teeth who uses Facebook to appeal to dog lovers all over Europe - and to make sure the dogs go to the right homes. "I like to know that my dogs will be spoiled, and will be allowed to sit on the sofa ... so one of my first questions would be: 'Are...
  • 'Sweden Cares More for Beggars Than Romania'

    04/10/2014 3:09:13 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    The Local ^ | 08 Apr 2014
    Sweden's EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson says she is saddened and outraged that secret talks with Romania about the Central European country's poorest citizens have broken down. Hotel head sends open apology to Roma guest (28 Mar 14) Swedish store 'sorry' for dousing beggar (21 Mar 14) Police evict Romanians from Stockholm camp (13 Mar 14) "We have a more empathetic view of these people," Ohlsson told Dagens Nyheter (DN) on Tuesday. "I think that other countries, not least Romania, are surprised by how we see things." The Swedish government had been holding closed-door meetings with their Romanian colleagues for months....
  • 18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

    04/02/2014 11:02:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr. 2, 2014 1:47 PM EDT | Edith M. Lederer
    Eighteen countries, including five of the world’s leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty’s entry into force. […] Five of the world’s top 10 arms exporters—Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain—turned in their ratification documents at the ceremony. The other 13 were Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Malta, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. Among the hold-outs is the United States, the world’s largest weapons exporter. The Obama administration has signed the treaty but there is strong resistance in...
  • Rationed Food and Purposeful Starvation

    03/25/2014 10:02:17 PM PDT · by No One Special · 73 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 28, 2013 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    I remember our daily food always coming from a long, long line at the end of which was a loaf of bread, a liter of milk, a stick of butter, a bottle of murky cooking oil, or a kilo of bones with traces of meat and fat on them. [...] If we wanted to eat, we learned at a very young age that we had to stand in long lines every day, often in bitter cold at 4 a.m. in hopes that the store would not run out of bread or milk by the time we made it to the...
  • Russian military holds exercises in breakaway Moldova region: agency

    03/25/2014 1:08:45 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 23, 2014
    (Reuters) - Russia's military staged training exercises on Tuesday in Transdniestria, a breakaway sliver of Moldova that is a focus of tension following Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. NATO's top military commander said on Sunday he was worried that Russia might have its eye on Transdniestria, a largely Russian-speaking region that borders western Ukraine, after seizing Crimea, which has a narrow ethnic Russian majority. The Interfax news agency quoted a spokesman for Russia's Western Military District, Colonel Oleg Kochetkov, as saying that Russian forces stationed in Transdniestria had "conducted an anti-terrorism drill and practiced operations to rebuff an attack...
  • Cruz: Reverse Obama’s disastrous missile defense policies to keep Putin in check

    03/19/2014 12:08:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 7 replies
    Friendswood Journal ^ | March 19, 2014 | Ted Cruz
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a few strokes of his pen, Vladimir Putin has in recent days both created the Republic of Crimea and annexed that new entity into the Russian Federation, thereby violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine. To hear Putin tell it in his address to the Duma, this action is not only perfectly legal, it also rights a historical wrong in which Russia was “robbed” of its rightful claim to the Crimean peninsula in 1954. President Obama has disputed the legality of these actions, observing that “President Putin seems to have a different set of lawyers making a...
  • Romania rejects redefinition of marriage disguised under Civil Partnership Bill

    03/17/2014 8:20:04 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-17-14 | Stefana Totorcea
    On March 5th, 2014, the Juridical Commission of Romania’s Chamber of Deputies rejected a bill proposing legal recognition for civil partnerships signed before a notary. The bill had already been rejected by Romania’s Senate (with 105 votes against and 2 in favor). After its unanimous rejection by the Juridical Commission, the last chance would be for it to be introduced directly to the plenary session of the Chamber of Deputies. This is exactly what its sponsor, Remus Cernea, independent Member of Parliament and a promoter of secular humanism, intends to do, though with little chances of success. Romanian MP Diana...
  • Is Transnistria the Ghost of Crimea's Future? (+Video)

    03/08/2014 1:42:08 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 5, 2014 | Dylan C. Robertson
    To the west of Ukraine sits Transnistria, a tiny statelet that broke away from Moldova and is now stuck in a Soviet limbo.As Russian troops occupy Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, residents of neighboring Moldova can look on knowingly. Two decades after a similar influx of Russian troops, Moldova remains in a frozen conflict with a Moscow-backed puppet state within its borders. Here in Tiraspol, a marble Vladimir Lenin towers over the national parliament building, while hammer and sickle flags hang from blocky buildings.
  • Romania's peasants: standing in the way of foreign investors making a lot of money [New to EU]

    02/20/2014 9:25:49 PM PST · by PieterCasparzen · 16 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 2/19/2014 | Luke Dale-Harris
    Amid the hysteria surrounding Romanian immigration at the beginning of this year, something crucial was forgotten: borders open both ways. As the English tabloids were throwing a tantrum about the impending "Romanian invasion", the would-be-intruders were preparing for an invasion of their own: 1 January 2014 marked the day when Romania's honeymoon period as a new EU member came to an end and, under EU law, the country was obliged to open up its land market to foreign investors. As a country with almost 5 million peasant farmers – a quarter of the population – this was a matter of...
  • 11 Shocking Revelations From Highest Ranking Soviet Defector – KGB Attacking US

    02/11/2014 7:00:11 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose.com ^ | 2/11/2014 | Rick Wells
    Yesterday “TheBlaze” published an interview with Romanian Lt. Gen Ion Pacepa, a discussion which arose around the publishing of his work, “Disinformation: Former Spy Chief Reveals Secret Strategies for Undermining Freedom, Attacking Religion, and Promoting Terrorism.” Pacepa is a defector to the United States, but not just any run-of-the-mill defector. He is the highest-ranking Soviet intelligence officer to ever defect. He crossed over back in 1978 and was given political asylum by then President Jimmy Carter. He has made a practice since that time to write in defense of freedom while living his life under threat of assassination, hiding out...
  • 35,000 year old "modern human" remains Discovered!

    03/10/2004 6:10:11 AM PST · by vannrox · 219 replies · 2,666+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Sat Mar 6,11:27 AM ET | By ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press Writer
    Anthropologists Hail Romania Fossil Find Sat Mar 6,11:27 AM ET Add Science - AP to My Yahoo! By ALISON MUTLER, Associated Press Writer BUCHAREST, Romania - Experts analyzing remains of a man, woman and teenage boy unearthed in Romania last year are convinced that the 35,000 year-old fossils are the most complete ever of modern humans of that era, a U.S. scientist said Saturday. International scientists have been carrying out further analysis to get a clearer picture on the find, said anthropologist Erik Trinkaus, of Washington University in St. Louis. But it's already clear that, "this is the most complete...
  • Video: 'Penguin Dance' Snowballs Into Family Fight at Wedding

    01/26/2014 10:39:47 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Sunday, January 26, 2014
    Bride’s family protests dance by groom’s relatives during weddingA wedding in Saudi Arabia quickly snowballed into a scuffle between the families of the groom and his bride after relatives and friends of the groom infuriated their opponents by performing the famous ‘penguin dance’, a newspaper said on Sunday. Relatives and guests began to pour into the massive wedding hall in the eastern Saudi town of Dammam when a heated argument erupted before it led to a scuffle between the relatives of the groom and his bride. Friends and other guests intervened and managed to end the fight that threatened to...
  • Welfare spending: how Britain outstrips Europe

    01/19/2014 2:30:35 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 15 Jan 2014 | Joel Gunter and Dan Palmer
    Welfare spending in Britain has increased faster than almost any other country in Europe since 2000, new figures show. The cost of unemployment benefits, housing support and pensions as share of the economy has increased by more than a quarter over the past thirteen years – growing at a faster rate than in most of the developed world. Spending has gone up from 18.6 per cent of GDP to 23.7 per cent of GDP – an increase of 27 per cent, according to figures from the OECD, the club of most developed nations. By contrast, the average increase in welfare...
  • German coalition squabbles over EU immigration

    01/06/2014 12:14:20 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2014 | Associated Press
    Germany’s governing coalition is squabbling over calls to restrict welfare payments to European immigrants as the continent’s labor markets open to Romanians and Bulgarians.
  • The End of Erdogan? (Turkey)

    12/22/2013 11:34:46 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | DECEMBER 20, 2013 | John Hannah
    There's a very big story developing in Turkey that all foreign policy mavens should be watching closely. Exactly how big remains to be seen, but the stakes are huge. At issue: Will the decade-long domination of Turkish politics by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-leaning Justice and Development Party (AKP) continue? Or is the Erdogan era about to come crashing down, fatally weakened by scandal, infighting, and authoritarian overreach? Early Tuesday morning, police in Istanbul and Ankara carried out a wave of stunning arrests that included powerful businessmen, the sons of three cabinet ministers, and the head of...
  • Romanian Television Station Airs Anti-Semitic Christmas Carol

    12/11/2013 7:19:45 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    INN ^ | 12/12/2013, 12:13 AM | Tova Dvorin
    A Romanian television station is under fire after broadcasting an anti-Semitic Christmas Carol performance earlier in December, according to United Press International. The state-operated TVR3 Verde, a channel directed to rural communities, began broadcasting December 3 with a program that included a Christmas carol with anti-Semitic lyrics. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency revealed the horrific lyrics Wednesday, which include the statements, “The kikes, damn kikes, Holy God would not leave the kike alive, neither in heaven nor on earth, only in the chimney as smoke, this is what the kike is good for, to make kike smoke through the chimney on...
  • Romanian MPs decriminalize political corruption

    12/11/2013 1:53:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 11.12.13 @ 09:05 (Dec. 11) | Valentina Pop
    The Romanian parliament on Tuesday (10 December) exempted top politicians and lawyers from corruption crimes, in a move which flies in the face of agreements with the EU. The snap amendments, voted without parliamentary debate, say that the country’s President, senators, members of the lower chamber, as well as lawyers, are no longer to be considered “public officials.” This in turn means they can no longer be held to account for abuse of office, bribery, conflicts of interest and other corruption crimes. …
  • EU puts Turks on 10-year timeline

    10/06/2004 10:25:30 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 15 replies · 293+ views
    The Australian ^ | October 06 2004 | Nicolas Rothwell
    AFTER 40 years of hesitation and seven hard years of reform and lobbying, Turkey is basking today in the most qualified of invitations to begin the process of joining Europe - a continent whose eastern half the Ottoman empire controlled for centuries. A European Commission report released yesterday, which paves the way for a deciding vote by the 25-member European Union at its December summit, was heavily qualified, and Turkish leaders were muted in their expressions of delight at their initial success. Presenting the decision to the European parliament last night, commission president Romano Prodi said it was a "qualified...
  • Art Thief Blames Dutch Museum for ‘Negligence’

    10/25/2013 4:49:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Arab News ^ | Tuesday 22 October 2013
    A Romanian man who has admitted stealing masterpieces by Gauguin, Monet and Picasso, wants to pin the blame on the Dutch museum for failing to protect the works, his lawyer said Tuesday. Radu Dogaru is among six Romanians on trial for the spectacular three-minute heist from the Kunthal museum in Rotterdam in October 2012 which stunned the art world. Despite their value, none of the paintings was equipped with an alarm, Dutch authorities have said.
  • 'Catastrophe' by Max Hastings - magisterial and humane history of the First World War

    10/26/2013 11:49:11 AM PDT · by Ravnagora · 35 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | October 17, 2013 | Nigel Jones
    German soldiers cross into Belgium in August 1914 Photo: RA/Lebrecht Music & Arts Like one of Field Marshal Haig’s family whiskies, Max Hastings is a dram that steadily improves with age. His own trenchant views on war, and caustic opinions of the commanders who ran them, tended to obtrude too obviously in his early works, suggesting that if only he had been present at key military conferences costly errors would have been avoided. However, Hastings’s recent massive volumes on his specialist subject, the Second World War, have shown why his position as Britain’s leading military historian is now unassailable. They...
  • ObamaCare On The Edge

    09/27/2013 6:15:37 AM PDT · by reformedcrat · 8 replies
    Front Page Mag ^ | 09-27-2013 | Tom Thurlow
    Recall from history that one of the Eastern Block’s longest-serving and brutal dictators, Romanian President Nicolae Ceausescu, fell from power after a single speech in front of his subjects. On December 21, 1989, President Ceausescu spoke from a balcony in Bucharest to a group of about 80,000 Romanians, during which opposition to Ceausescu’s rule galvanized. A few people in the crowd began booing and jeering, totally unheard-of during Ceausescu’s rule. The booing spread, then the crowd began chanting opposition slogans, and eventually charged the presidential building en mass.
  • Declassified spy photographs reveal lost Roman frontier

    09/04/2013 6:44:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    PhysOrg ^ | Sep 03, 2013 | University of Glasgow
    Declassified spy photography has uncovered a lost Roman Eastern frontier, dating from the second century AD. Research by archaeologists at the Universities of Glasgow and Exeter has identified a long wall that ran 60 kilometers from the Danube to the Black Sea over what is modern Romania. It is considered the most easterly example of a man-made frontier barrier system in the Roman Empire. Built in the mid-second century AD, 'Trajan's Rampart' as it is known locally, once stood 8.5m wide and over 3.5m high and included at least 32 forts and 31 smaller fortlets along its course. It is...
  • European banks to quit London if UK left EU: Goldman executive

    09/03/2013 9:53:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 2, 2013 1:30pm EDT
    European banks would leave London “in very short order” if Britain voted to exit the European Union, a senior Goldman Sachs executive said in a newspaper interview published on Monday. Michael Sherwood, a vice-chairman at the bank, said the prospect of a British withdrawal was a real worry given Prime Minister David Cameron’s plans to hold a referendum on the subject if re-elected in 2015. … Goldman’s Sherwood predicted European banks would quickly relocate if Britain did sever its EU ties. “Forget what we would do. Every European firm would be gone in very short order,” he was quoted as...
  • Colin Powell insists ‘there was no affair then and there is not one now’ with diplomat

    08/05/2013 1:55:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 08/05/2013 | By Bill Hutchinson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Colin Powell denied Thursday that he cheated on his wife of 50 years with a blond Romanian diplomat with whom he shared emails of “a very personal nature.” Powell, 76, was forced to clarify his relationship with Corina Cretu, 46, after a notorious hacker dubbed “Guccifer” posted a link to their emails on his Facebook page. “I’ve loved you too much, too many years. YOU were my greatest love of my life . . . ,” Cretu emailed Powell on Nov. 14, 2011. She also sent him numerous photos of herself, including shots of her in a bikini and in...
  • Mr. President, learn from Ceausescu (Obama's Ceausescu Moment)

    08/05/2013 10:07:25 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 10/05/2010 | Barry Farber
    Exclusive: Barry Farber says Romanian dictator, Obama 'share a lamentable trait' Just before Christmas of 1989 Ceausescu felt no reason for unease. His Securitate, Communist secret police, kept the nation in fear as effectively as Hitler's Gestapo. His order of lights out at 7 p.m. to save resources drew Romanian profanity, colorful but not deadly. His pet project, a palace that would rival Versailles in senseless grandeur, was progressing on schedule, and Ceausescu used to visit the site often to rub his bare hands over this monument to his greatness. His desperate subjects trying to escape by swimming the Danube...
  • The Dependably Unfaithful Colin Powell

    08/05/2013 5:08:45 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 46 replies
    The American Thnker ^ | August 5, 2013 | Jeannie DeAngelis
    In 2008 and then again in 2012, after retired four-star General Colin Powell endorsed and then voted for Barack Obama, the former Secretary of State's sanity was already in question. At least now, after having his email account hacked by high-level security-breacher Guccifer, Colin Powell's besmirching of the Republican Party's "shift to the right" and "identity crisis" finally makes sense. It seems that for years the mannerly and always professional Colin Powell has been cyber-comporting with a 46-year-old Romanian European Parliament member, Social Democrat, and past spokesperson for Romanian president Ion Iliescu named Corina Creţu. So it's safe to say...
  • Hacker Forces Colin Powell To Deny Affair

    08/01/2013 9:24:15 AM PDT · by keat · 60 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | August 1, 2013
    AUGUST 1--As a notorious hacker seeks to distribute “very personal” e-mails sent to Colin Powell by a female Romanian diplomat, the retired general is denying that he engaged in an extramarital affair with the woman while he served as Secretary of State, though he recently advised her to delete all their online exchanges, The Smoking Gun has learned. In a statement addressing his relationship with Corina Cretu, a member of the European Parliament who previously held a series of senior posts in the Romanian government, Powell, 76, wrote that he has known Cretu for about 10 years, having first met...
  • Yet Beauty Remains: The Story of Romanian Composer-Conductor Adina Spire

    07/30/2013 7:42:29 AM PDT · by BigEdLB · 2 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 7/30/13 | Stephen M. Klugewicz
    It was Christmas Day 1989, Adina Spire’s twelfth birthday, and she and her family were celebrating both occasions in their apartment in Arad, Romania. Suddenly, five soldiers burst through the door. Adina’s younger sister was quickly hidden in a kitchen cabinet, but it was too late for the rest of the family. In front of Adina’s eyes, the soldiers gunned down her mother and father. They next seized Adina, raped her, and beat her senseless. It was days later that she awoke from a coma to find herself in the nearby Bezdin monastery, where Orthodox Christian nuns cared for orphaned...
  • A Pile of Romanian Ash May Be Stolen Picasso, Matisse, and Monet Masterpieces

    07/17/2013 8:00:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 12 replies
    If you needed more proof that art theft is a futile, dead-end job, look no further than the Kunsthal heist of 2012. After the theft of seven masterpieces worth tens of millions of dollars ——a Picasso, two Monets, and a Matisse, among others—it appears that the mother of one of the suspects said she burned their cache of high-priced art partly because the thieves couldn't find any buyers.
  • June 17, 1462: The Battle of the Blood Drinkers

    06/17/2013 9:34:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 17, 2013 | Sean Fitzpatrick
    Like flaming demons, Wallachians rushed out of the night and into the Turkish camp, striking terror in an army of terrorists. Leading the charge was a gore-spattered chieftain—hewing and hacking a path to the central tents where the Sultan huddled in fear. On he came, Vlad Dracul, raining down slaughter and raging for Mehmed’s blood.On June 17, 1462, outside Targoviste, Romania, the world was given a rare instance of how the good can be accomplished though the grotesque—for God can deploy His enemies as allies. Vlad Dracul III, Prince of Wallachia, can hardly be considered a warrior of faith; but...
  • Interior Minister: Germany to Deport 'Poverty Immigrants'

    06/08/2013 12:31:12 PM PDT · by B4Ranch · 13 replies
    http://www.spiegel.de/ ^ | June 07, 2013 | n/a
    Snipped--The German government is toughening its stance on economic refugees from Bulgaria and Romania, who it says have become a burden on social services. snipped--Germany will take measures to prevent poor immigrants from the two Eastern European countries from entering the country under false pretences to collect welfare benefits.snip--... give these new arrivals a message: "If you are working here illegally -- no matter how -- then please go back to where you came from!" he said on Friday.
  • Turkish police fire tear gas in worst protests for years

    05/31/2013 2:39:08 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5-31-13 | Ayla Jean Yackley
    Thousands of demonstrators massed on streets surrounding Istanbul's central Taksim Square, long a venue for political unrest, while protests erupted in the capital Ankara and the Aegean coastal city of Izmir. Broken glass and rocks were strewn across a main shopping street near Taksim. Primary school children ran crying from the clouds of tear gas while tourists caught by surprise scurried to get back to luxury hotels lining the square. The unrest reflects growing disquiet at the authoritarianism of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP). Riot police clashed with tens of thousands of May...