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Save life of Pastor Nadarkhani

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The show trial of Pastor Nadarkhani and forcing him to choose between repentance and execution is just another example of clerical regime’s unbounded savagery and its vital need to intensify suppression to fend off wrath and hatred of Iranian people, especially religious minorities who demand the overthrow of the religious fascism ruling Iran. The Iranian Resistance calls on the United Nations Secretary-General, the Security Council, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Council, all states, and human rights defending organizations to adopt stern practical measures to free Mr. Nadarkhani. Condemnation of the barbaric and systematic breach of human rights in Iran is insufficient. This medieval regime should be sanctioned and its leaders should be brought to face trial for these crimes, including the execution of 120,000 political prisoners – many of whom were Christians, horrible murder of priests in 1994, and savage discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities. Khamenei, Ahmadinejad and other leaders of the current Iranian regime have played prominent roles in all crimes perpetrated by this regime in the past three decades. Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, 35 and father of two, has been in prison in city or Rasht for the past two years on the mullah-fabricated charge of apostasy. He is now to choose between execution and renouncing his faith. Currently, many followers of Christianity or other religions are in clerical regime’s prisons on similar charges. Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran / September 29, 2011

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Antipolitica: ragioni e limiti

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Editoriale fidest. Per quanto da anni siamo costretti a digerire nella conduzione della politica in Italia, di certo ci resta solo il disgusto e sicuramente comprendiamo il malessere che da tutto ciò promana. Ma va, tuttavia, fatto un distinguo per meglio chiarire il concetto. La politica, come giustamente ha osservato qualche giorno fa il presidente della Repubblica Giorgio Napolitano, fa parte della nostra vita. Ciò significa che la lettera di Diego Della Valle va intesa nel giusto senso ovvero che la “nausea” non è nella parola e nel suo ruolo espresso nel sociale e civile, quanto nel comportamento di chi si avvale di questa bandiera per farne un vessillo per proprio uso e consumo. E il danno di immagine e la percezione che ne ricaviamo rende ancora odioso questo andazzo poiché rischia di trasformarsi in una tendenza accettata come normale dai soliti opportunisti. E molti dei politici, che oggi rappresentano questa visione comportamentale, sia appartenenti all’attuale coalizione di governo che delle stesse opposizioni, assumono agli occhi dell’opinione pubblica qualcosa di incomprensibile e finiscono con l’identificarsi in una sorta di difesa ad oltranza della casta e con tutte le sue ambiguità e doppiezze. E ancor più grave appare la situazione poiché si ha la convinzione che non sia possibile un ricambio non tanto generazionale ma nel modo di fare politica. Ciò spiega la reazione di chi oggi afferma che non intende andare a votare (siamo già al 30% degli elettori) perché se ha perso la fiducia nel proprio riferimento politico, lo è altrettanto per il suo opposto. Ne deriva un difficile recupero d’immagine anche perché lo stesso ousider espresso 18 anni fa da Silvio Berlusconi, che volle significare una discontinuità nel rapporto politica/elettori, è oggi fallito miseramente. A questo punto anche Diego Della Valle rischia di fare flop in politica poiché la diffidenza potrebbe continuare e per molti si avrebbe l’impressione di un mero passaggio del testimone tra Berlusconi e Della Valle. D’altra parte sarebbe impensabile supporre che vi possa essere, sic et sempliciter, un azzeramento dell’attuale classe politica e la sua sostituzione con personaggi nuovi di zecca. Ciò potrebbe verificarsi ad una sola condizione: se ci fosse una guerra civile e non è certo il caso in cui potrebbe imbattersi l’Italia. Non solo. Anche se ciò accadesse non è detto che il “ricambio” fosse assicurato. La caduta delle stesse dittature dal fascismo al nazismo e al franchismo in Spagna dimostrarono che non pochi dirigenti legati al precedente regime rimasero a galla o furono regolarmente riciclati nel nuovo ordine istituzionale. A mio avviso ci sarebbe una sola risposta: la nascita di un partito fatto di persone in prevalenza legate al mondo del lavoro, non tanto giovani se non altro per potervi riconoscere il loro modus vivendi per il vissuto e la loro non ingerenza nelle pastoie dell’attuale andazzo politico e relativo sistema lobbistico. Alla fine dovremmo dire che non è la politica che va cambiata ma gli uomini che la rappresentano per il loro essere dei fanatici della democrazia, della libertà e della giustizia. Senza dubbi e senza tentennamenti. Forse con ciò entriamo nel mondo delle utopie. Forse. (Riccardo Alfonso http://www.fidest.it)

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Pakistan floods emergency

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Islamabad – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is redoubling its efforts to provide life-saving food assistance to 500,000 people affected by floods in five districts of Sindh by the end of September. Damage to roads, bridges and infrastructure in affected areas continues to challenge the delivery of humanitarian assistance.
• Since the start of distributions on 12 September, WFP has provided almost 7,000 metric tons of monthly family food rations to 490,000 beneficiaries.
• WFP has increased the pace of food distributions, reaching close to 50,000 new beneficiaries each day, with the geographic coverage expanding to six priority districts – Badin, Mirpur Khas, Sanghar, Tharparkar, Shaheed Benazirabad (Nawabshah) and Umer Kot.
• WFP plans to scale up deliveries in October to cover 2.55 million people across Sindh and Balochistan over the next four months. In preparation for a scale-up, WFP is in the process of contracting additional cooperating partners.
• In light of the recent National Nutritional Survey that highlights alarming levels of malnutrition in Sindh, the WFP one-month rations include – alongside the general family food basket – high-energy biscuits and ready-to-use supplementary food to address expected nutritional decline amongst these vulnerable groups
• A joint WFP-UNICEF programme on Community Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) is being expanded to include the disaster-hit districts of Sindh, in an effort to provide treatment to young children and lactating mothers for moderate and acute malnutrition.
• A joint rapid initial assessment has been conducted in 11 flood-affected districts of Balochistan. Preliminary data suggests that food is the most urgent need. Food stocks have been destroyed and access to local markets has been severely hampered.
• WFP is providing logistical support to the entire humanitarian community. It has provided 5 boats for mobile medical services and rescue/evacuation purposes. Warehouses are operational in eight districts, the latest in Umerkot.
• In addition to the latest response, since last year, through its Early Recovery activities, WFP has reached nearly 4.4 million individual beneficiaries in all flood affected areas across Pakistan.

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Preventing misuse of public funds by criminal organisations

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Public funds should be made fully traceable to prevent mafia-style organisations from misusing them, says a resolution approved by the Civil Liberties Committee on Thursday. MEPs also call for a special EP committee to investigate infiltration of the public sector and the legal economy by organised crime. Organised crime, especially Mafia-style crime, takes advantage of globalisation, the abolition of borders in the EU and differences among EU Member States’ laws to make substantial profits and go unpunished. This is possible because criminal organisations have created a support network and consolidated infiltrations into the political world, the civil service and the legal economy, says the resolution. To prevent misuse of public funds by mafia-style organisations, the committee calls on the Commission to draft rules ensuring that the use of EU funds is fully traceable by the public authorities, the citizens and the press. MEPs devote special attention to local authorities, who “are more liable to infiltration by organised crime”, says the text. The Commission should also draw up legislation to prevent companies linked to organised crime and mafias from taking part in public procurement procedures. Full traceability of financial flows linked to public works, services and supply contracts should be guaranteed in all instances, say MEPs.
MEPs advocate setting up a special EP committee on the spread of cross-border criminal organisations, including mafias. This committee should investigate the misuse of public funds by criminal organisations, their infiltration of the public sector and their “contamination of legal economy and financial system”, says the text.
The resolution says there is an “urgent need” for EU rules to step up the re-use, for social purposes, of the proceeds of crime, so that criminal organisations’ capital can be reinserted into legal economic circuits. The Civil Liberties Committee also calls on the Commission to table, as soon as possible, a legislative proposal on the seizure and confiscation of the proceeds of crime. Any revenue directly or indirectly connected with organised crime should be subject to seizure and confiscation, say MEPs.
MEPs suggest laying down rules to ensure that those who have been sentenced for membership of criminal organisation will be unable to stand for European elections. They also call on Member States to introduce similar rules for national and local elections. The Commission should assess the implications of establishing a European public prosecutor’s office and also the likely impact of extending the office’s proposed remit to include the fight against cross-border organised crime and corruption (a possibility provided for in the Lisbon Treaty). The text was adopted with 49 votes in favour and 2 abstentions. Rapporteur: Sonia Alfano (ALDE, IT) In the chair: Juan Fernando López Aguilar (S&D, ES)

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New York City Wine & Food Festival Online Auction

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Help fight hunger at this year’s Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival Online Auction presented byQuinn & Co. Bidding is open through October 14 — don’t miss the chance to score gourmet dinners, rare wines, and incredible getaways while supporting the Food Bank For New York City. Check out this year’s Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival online auction presented by Quinn & Co, where you can bid on exclusive VIP experiences and one-of-a-kind items, all while helping to fight hunger.
What can you get? You’ll find city-escapes, beach-bum destinations and far-flung travel adventures up for bid in addition to you-can’t-get-this-anywhere-else culinary experiences. The auction offers a selection of more than 200 products, services and gift certificates to suit all tastes and budgets. What are you waiting for? As with all Festival ticket sales, 100% of the proceeds from the auction benefit Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength. Fighting hunger is just a mouse click away. | Bidding is open through October 14 – Food Bank For New York City – Share Our Strength

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The battle stars of the middle east

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United Arab Emirates crew wins Braun Battle of the Year qualification in Dubai on October 1, 2011 Nothing fits better to fashion stores, gold souks and a multicultural audience than b-boying. In the Emirate of Dubai, Middle East’s melting pot, 11 dance crews from as far as Jordan, Oman and Kuwait battled for the only group ticket available to represent the region at the grand final of the Braun Battle of the Year 2011 in Montpellier, France. The world’s seventh biggest shopping mall – the Dubai Mall – provided the perfect backdrop for today’s regional qualifier. All three levels of the ‘Star Atrium’ were crowded with people enthusiastically cheering the collectives on stage. The ‘Over Boys’ from the UAE break danced to victory and now get their chance at the world championship on November 19, 2011. Aladdin was on the stage, just as the Kings of Teheran and the Middle Beasts, but no one could beat the dynamic ‘Over Boys’. In a tight battle against the ‘Breakestra’ crew from Bahrain, earned the highest score from the three-headed judges panel. “I want to thank all the boys for fighting so hard and investing so much of their time in the past months and weeks. Thanks to the judges for making us so happy and thanks to all the people who came here today”, was the team’s head b-boy overwhelmed in the minutes after the official decision, jumping almost as high as the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, reaches into the sky right outside the event venue. The prize for the best show went to the ‘Middle Beast’ collective. They came all the way from Jordan and understood best how to entertain a jury of experts and at the same time a big crowd of spectators who left their buying spree aside just to support the boy crews fighting for the honour of being sent to the b-boying scene’s most important competition.
The winner of the MTV Show “America’s Best Dance Crew”, world-respected b-boy Ronnie Abaldonado, not only attended Friday’s special workshops to pass on his techniques and tricks, but was also part of the jury during the main event. Besides him, Swift Rock (GER) and Neekoe (UAE) critiqued the break-dancers’ synchronicity, stage presence, choreography as well as b-boying moves during their six-minute crew performances and the following head to head battles of the best four crews. The Middle East qualifier was the last of five main Braun Battle Of The Year qualifiers (including the USA, Germany, Italy and BeNeLux) taking place this summer. Crews from official qualifiers in Japan, Singapore, India, Brazil and South Africa among many others will also compete with each other for respect and bragging rights – and the honour of competing for the biggest prize in b-boying on November 19 at the Park & Suites Arena in Montpellier for the Braun BOTY finals. As well as the battles, there will be a series of gigs, workshops, 1vs1 performances, We B*Girlz Battles, talks, parties and much more.

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Recent news from the Green Movement

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The Left’s attack on Gibson Guitar through the media has escalated over the past week. Activists such as Glenn Hurowitz, commissioned by the George Soros-backed Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), continue in their efforts to smear Gibson even before they have been subjected to a fair judicial judgment. However, Gibson, a household American brand renowned for maintaining robust standards and producing quality products, is fighting back with free market groups rallying to their defense. It’s clear that this ideological crusade against Gibson isn’t going away, so stay posted. The Rainforest Action Network and the California Academy of Sciences will be having their “REVEL” festival next month, an opportunity for pro-poverty activists to “a night of revelry in a living four-story forest, savoring local, organic cuisine, sipping handcrafted cocktails, and hearing inspiring stories from the frontlines.” If that’s not enough to pique your interest, perhaps you’ll hang around to watch Naomi Klein, one of the most aggressive proponents of global socialism, become one of the ‘World Rainforest Awardees’? All the fun aside, one does wonder if these activists ever think about the poor workers in developing world that they’re indirectly insulting when they are “dancing into the night with The Pimps of Joytime and DJs in The Swamp Lounge.”
For all of us at the Alliance, MasterResource has become a regular read—a thoroughly refreshing blend of free market thinking and common sense approaches to environmental policy. Two blogs in particular have caught our eye this week, both written by Alex Epstein, a principal at MasterResource and the founder of the Center for Industrial Progress. Even as Ed Miliband, the leader of the UK’s opposition, gave one of the most left-wing, anti-business speeches from a Labour Party leader in years, some people in the socialist movement are having second thoughts about job-destroying green policies. After one member of Parliament, Luciana Berger, came up with the misguided idea of “taxing energy use to tackle climate change,” her colleague Michael Connarty risked committing heresy by floating the notion that green policies may actually be a threat to manufacturing and other energy intensive industries. Who’da thunk it? Connarty went on to point out that if the UK continues to implement radical green policies, British manufacturing could be disadvantaged by “10 per cent in comparison to their European competitors, while Europe is already 10 per cent less competitive on energy costs than the rest of the world.”
Former Vice President Al Gore was in Scotland this week, lauding the nation for its leadership in the renewable energy market. In his remarks at a climate finance conference, the former vice president stated that the country had “unique opportunities with the natural resources, including the incredible percentage of the offshore wind resource…” Staying with former Vice President Gore a little longer, it looks like the green radical has dropped his bid to control the forthcoming .eco internet domain, leaving the door open for Big Room, a group backed by Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union. Fellow backers of the Big Room bid include 350.org, Conservation International, the Green Belt Movement, Greenpeace and WWF, groups that should be more than comfortable with a former president of a collapsed communist superpower. However, to give Gorbachev his due, at least you could negotiate with him (as former President Ronald Reagan famously did in 1985). Unfortunately .eco is likely to become yet another headache for private businesses, with Big Room pledging to use it as “a way of making companies disclose information about their environmental performance, such as their carbon footprint, when they register a name.” More coercion from the radical greens—what’s new?

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Prince Charles and the ‘Green Pulpit’

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Roger Helmer, a vocal British member of the European Parliament, has blogged on Prince Charles’ recent decision to become president of the World Wildlife Fund UK (WWF-UK), a subject matter we also highlighted in our last newsletter. According to MEP Helmer, Charles’ decision to become involved in a seemingly benign organization warrants closer attention, especially when the interests of the developing world – and British taxpayers – are at stake. In particular, Helmer highlights the fact that Charles will now be using his vast resources and presence to promote “a range of policy initiatives that are seriously damaging to the health and economic well-being of some of poorest people in the world.” WWF may not embrace the same criminal activities as their green bedfellows Greenpeace, but their policies still ultimately lead to the same disastrous ends. As Helmer so aptly puts it, the policies of WWF and Greenpeace “do of course lead to sustainability: sustainable unemployment and poverty in the developing world.” But there is a wider issue here that should also concern British taxpayers. Through the “Big Lottery Fund,” WWF-UK has received £395,000 for an initiative to preserve forests in Asia, when the government should really be focused on efforts to ease trade barriers and help these countries enter global markets. Paying a country not to produce goods is hardly a recipe for prosperity. We agree with MEP Helmer completely – Prince Charles’ involvement in this extremist organization certainly warrants more scrutiny and when he “launches a tirade against the developing world’s desire for economic growth and prosperity, we should keep this in mind.” In the meantime, if you want to voice your concerns about the prince’s complicity in perpetuating poverty and stymieing economic developing, submit a comment to the Royal Family’s Facebook page.

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Obama Administration Bans Asthma Inhalers

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It was one of Senator Barack Obama’s more troublesome moments on the 2008 campaign trail. In Bristol, Virginia – and without his teleprompter-crutch – Obama was forced to give a campaign speech on the stump about health care and preventative medicine. In a speech that hardly befitted a man usually associated with oratory dexterity, Obama struggled to convey to his audience that if a child was only given an inhaler they would not have to place a burden on the emergency room in their local hospital when their breathing condition worsened. And yet, only a few years after lamenting the fact kids were unable to access such basic treatments, the Obama administration has decided to ban asthma inhalers that contain chlorofluorocarbons because, according to the Weekly Standard, they “deplete the ozone layer.” So, even the poor kids that Obama was referring to in his troubled spiel, will now have to search for an alternative and – excuse me – cough up more for their treatments: “Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.” It seems pretty absurd that an administration that squandered so much political capital on an unpopular health care bill would now be attempting to fuse these reforms with their radical green agenda, even at the expense of the poor and the sick. In order to treat even the mildest forms of asthma, consumers will have less choice, more costs and less access to treatment. Basic treatments will no longer be available over the counter from a pharmacy. For an administration that often accuses its opponents of putting ideology before the greater good, this move stinks of hypocrisy.

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Santo Versace a Radio 24

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Santo Versace (gruppo misto) a radio 24: “caro Silvio è il momento di godersi la vita.” tutti vogliono bene a Berlusconi ma di nascosto nessuno lo vuole più” – “i miei amici all’estero mi chiedono come facciamo a sopportare tutto questo” – “ha degradato l’immagine della donna. mia sorella ha perfettamente ragione” “Caro Silvio, è il momento di godersi la vita. Nel governo tutti vogliono bene a Berlusconi ma non lo vuole più nessuno.Nessuno, nel Governo lo sopporta più e tutti quanti vorremmo che si godesse la vita e ci togliesse queste preoccupazioni. E’ il momento di passare la mano”. Cosi alla Zanzara su Radio 24, Santo Versace, passato oggi al gruppo misto lasciando il Pdl, fa gli auguri al Presidente Berlusconi. ” I miei amici dall’estero – continua l’imprenditore Versace del Gruppo Misto a Radio 24 – mi tempestano di telefonate e mi chiedono come facciamo a sopportare queste cose: in tutto il resto del mondo sarebbe chiusa e superata politicamente. L’immagine dell’Italia vista dall’estero è imbarazzante e ridicola. Anche il caso Romano, un Ministro che viene inquisito e non sente il dovere di fare un passo in dietro: è finita. Berlusconi è un imprenditore illuminato, un uomo straordinario e una grande persona ma oggi lui stesso dovrebbe capire che è il momento di agevolare il centrodestra a rigenerarsi. Caro presidente ha delle bellissime ville ai Caraibi: si goda la vita!” Poi, nel mondo della moda e sull’immagine delle donne, l’imprenditore Versace conclude alla Zanzara su Radio 24: “L’immagine femminile è degradata in un modo volgare. Berlusconi ha contribuito moltissimo con il suo comportamento a degradare l’immagine della donna Se uno ha un ruolo pubblico la sua vita privata è un esempio per tutti: condivido in pieno la posizione di mia sorella Donatella. Anche Franca Sozzani e tutte le donne sono preoccupate di questa situazione che proiettiamo all’estero”

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