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GEICO Says Celebrate Fourth of July Safely; Declare Freedom from Risky Driving

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 2 luglio 2018

Vehicle crashes jump on the Fourth of July every year, making it the deadliest driving day of the year, says the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Whether you’re on your way to see local fireworks or taking a longer road trip, GEICO encourages drivers to remember the following tips to help stay safe during the holiday.The speed limit is your friend: While you might be in a hurry to beat holiday traffic, remember that driving over the speed limit puts you, your passengers and other vehicles on the road in danger. Leave early to give yourself more time. Drive at a safe speed throughout your trip to help avoid an accident or speeding ticket.
Explore your options: Drunk-driving crashes account for more than 50 percent of the accidents on Independence Day, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). If you plan on having a drink, designate a sober friend to drive or use a ridesharing app.
Declare freedom from distractions: That red, white and blue themed Snap or text message can wait until you park. Put your phone away or switch it to Do Not Disturb. Download directions and music playlists beforehand. Plan where you will stop to eat or get gas.
Make sure your ride is road trip ready: Before any road trip, check for repairs to ensure your vehicle makes it safely to your destination. If you go to the NHTSA Safety Issues and recalls site you can type in your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) to find current recalls.

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Tackle online and offline threats to media pluralism and freedom, urge MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 maggio 2018

Bruxelles EU member states should “create and maintain, in law and in practice, a safe and secure environment for journalists”, MEPs said on Thursday. The non-legislative resolution, drafted by Barbara Spinelli (GUE/NGL, IT), was approved by 488 votes to 43, with 114 abstentions.MEPs call on the EU Commission to allocate permanent and adequate EU budget funding to support the Media Pluralism Monitor at the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom and create an independent monitoring mechanism to assess risks to media pluralism and freedom in the EU.
They also ask EU member states to step up financial support to public service providers and investigative journalists, while refraining from involvement in editorial decisions. All public funding provided to media owners should be regularly monitored, adds the text. MEPs reiterate their call for neutral VAT treatment of all media (e.g. not discriminating between paper and online news), as recommended in their resolution of 2011.
To protect journalists from violence and threats, an independent and impartial regulatory body should be set up, in cooperation with journalists’ organisations, to monitor and report on violence. Journalists whose freedom to work has been threatened need effective legal procedures to be able to avoid self-censorship, notes the text. MEPs are concerned about the growth of cyberbullying, revenge porn and child sexual abuse and reiterate that mass media must fully respect the interests and rights of minors. They call for legislation, including rules on the detection, flagging and removal from social media of content that is harmful to human dignity.The text notes that the use of the term “fake news” should “never be aimed at undermining public trust in the media and at discrediting and criminalising critical voices”.To foster and protect objective information, MEPs encourage social media companies and online platforms to develop tools for users to report and flag potential fake news, facilitate rectification and allow for reviews by independent and impartial certified third party fact-checking organisations.Finally, MEPs call on the EU Commission to propose an Anti-SLAPP (strategic lawsuit against public participation) Directive that would protect the independent media against lawsuits intended merely to silence or intimidate them in the EU.

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Czech media freedom: Let citizens decide fate of media-abusing politicians

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 3 giugno 2017

czech-mapMedia freedom must be upheld across the EU, but the Czech case is more a blunder of one politician than a systemic issue, many MEPs said in a debate on Thursday.
The plenary debate was held in reaction to a leaked audio recording, allegedly catching the leader of the Czech coalition ANO party, the former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Andrej Babiš, instructing a journalist employed by his media group on how to attack his political rivals. Many MEPs condemned the alleged actions of Mr Babiš, but stressed that this seems to be the failure of a single politician, rather than a sign of the government’s systemic abuse of media. Some said the Parliament should not be discussing the issue at all, arguing that the Czech government has dealt with the situation properly. Others noted that the problem reaches further than the Czech Republic and called for EU measures that would guarantee media pluralism in Europe. Click on individual names to watch the full statements: Cecilia Malmström, the EU Commissioner for Trade, noted in her introductory speech that the Commission’s competences in the field of media freedom and pluralism are limited. “The Commission can intervene in this field exclusively when there is EU legislation at stake and it appears not to be the case in this situation.” She stressed that the EU’s executive body “is aware of the challenges of media freedom and pluralism in various member states” and is “closely monitoring the situation all over Europe.” “No member state in the EU is immune to risks when it comes to media pluralism,” Commissioner Malmström stressed. The transparency of media ownership is an indicator of media freedom, where “the Czech Republic’s perceived risk is slightly higher than the average,” she added.
Luděk Niedermayer (EPP, CZ) stressed that neither Czech citizens, nor the Czech government, has done anything wrong. It is the fault of a few individuals, he insisted. Member states need to properly enforce their legislation and support independent journalism, he said, warning there are external threats too to face, such as Russian propaganda. He concluded by thanking all journalists who withstand political pressure and deliver quality journalism.
Pavel Poc (S&D, CZ) echoed the previous speaker, by saying there is no systematic manipulation of media by the Czech government, just one politician who abused the media and was then sacked from the government. Contempt for democratic institutions is a real threat to media pluralism, he said, warning of the risk of future political abuse of Czech media from politicians enjoying enormous political, economic and media power.
Jan Zahradil (ECR, CZ) considered the debate unnecessary and that the Parliament should not be dealing with this issue. We have media pluralism in the Czech Republic, there is no media monopoly, no threat to media freedom, just one oligarch who has used his media, and the Czech Republic had already adopted a law to deal with such conflicts of interests, he assured the plenary. He also said that the debate was a result of a fight between the ALDE, which criticised Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and EPP, which now wants to counter-attack.
Pavel Telička (ALDE, CZ) was also not quite sure why MEPs were discussing the issue. The EP is supposed to deal with systematic problems, he said, and even though the behaviour of Andrej Babiš was unacceptable, this was just a single case. Instead of discussing a failure of one Czech politician, the Parliament should focus on working on the EU’s future, he stressed. He also pointed out that the Wold Press Freedom Index puts the Czech Republic higher than other EU member states, such as France or UK.
Kateřina Konečná (GUE/NGL, CZ) also stressed that the criticism should not be directed against Czech citizens or the country per se. There is only one guilty party and that is Andrej Babis, who bought media companies to bolster his political power, she said, noting that this is not the first time EU politicians are trying to influence media in their respective member states. She also criticised ALDE leader Guy Verhofstadt, EU Commissioner Věra Jourová, and MEP Telička for knowing all about Mr Babiš, but looking the other way. The fate of Mr Babiš is now in the hands of Czech citizens, she concluded.
Judith Sargentini (Greens/EFA, NL) said this is not the first time that an EU member state is in such a situation, pointing to the situation in Italy in 2009. Plurality of media is vital for democracy and therefore we need EU legislation that will guarantee media pluralism in Europe and ensure that media do not end up in the hands of a few individuals, she stressed.
Rolandas Paksas (EFDD, LT) said this debate was more of a provocation than anything else. We are interfering in the domestic politics of a sovereign state, he warned. While Mr Babiš is one of the most popular Czech politicians, popularity of PM Sobotka is plummeting and some people do not like it here, he said. He also pointed to other issues the Parliament could discuss, such as the way that Sweden or Germany are dealing with immigrants.

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Freedom and Rebellion: Personale d’arte contemporanea

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 12 gennaio 2017

riccardo-dametti1riccardo-dametti2riccardo-damettiBerlino August 35, Auguststr. 35 Vernissage: Giovedì 2 febbraio h.18.00. Orari di apertura: dal 3 al 7 febbraio h.16.00/19.00
Ingresso libero. Catalogo in mostra. Freedom and Rebellion Personale d’arte contemporanea di Riccardo Dametti, con una mostra personale nella famosa “via delle gallerie”: Auguststrasse, dove il fermento creativo è ancora oggi in continua espansione. In un percorso espositivo curato da Sabrina Falzone, critico e storico dell’arte, Dametti conquista la scena artistica della capitale tedesca.
Nella galleria d’arte August 35 saranno esposte dodici opere del genio fidentino, che si esprime sulla tela con grande impeto pittorico e magnifica istintualità.Secondo la curatrice <> Visitabile fino al 7 febbraio a Berlino. Sabrina Falzone © Copyright – Tutti i diritti riservati. (foto: Riccardo Dametti)

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De jure freedom of movement and de facto mobility in the EU internal market

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 20 aprile 2016

libre circulationIn this Policy paper, Nathalie Spath and Paul-Jasper Dittrich, research fellows in our German office, the Jacques Delors Institut – Berlin, identify the biggest barriers European workers are confronted with in other EU countries, and give recommendations for action for a higher mobility. A high mobility of labour as a factor of production is an important precondition for long-term efficiency gains and increases in productivity within the EU internal market, especially in combination with a high mobility of capital as a factor of production. However, the fact that all EU citizens have the right to live and work in another member state is even more important.The freedom of movement of people within the internal market is one of the EU’s fundamental freedoms and has been enshrined in EU primary law since 1968. The de jure freedom of movement is spelled out in detail in various regulations and directives of secondary law. However, in many areas this process has not yet reached completion: There are no watertight guarantees when it comes to the cross-border portability of pension rights and welfare benefits. Moreover, when practising a profession in another member state EU citizens are confronted with the fact that many professions in the EU are still regulated on the national level and that many professional qualifications are not automatically recognized. A harmonization of these areas would enable more EU citizens to work in other member states. More individual opportunities make for an increase in the inherent economic potential of labour mobility.
Codified de jure freedom of movement exists side by side with de facto geographical labour mobility. On account of certain structural barriers, the latter continues to be significantly lower than in the United States. This is partly due to the language barrier, and partly to the fact that there is no Europe-wide employment agency. EU mobility programmes, which also cater for trainee vacancies, can help young EU citizens in particular to improve their career prospects in another EU country. Such programmes can build on experiences garnered on the national level. An analysis of migration streams in the aftermath of the euro area crisis shows that mobility has continued to increase in absolute terms, and that this increase is largely the result of migration from eastern Europe to western Europe. The euro crisis has led to a south-to-north migration stream, although the numbers involved are relatively small. Whereas the unemployment levels in the south of the continent continue to be high, there is a growing demand for skilled workers in other countries. A policy which specifically seeks to encourage geographical mobility needs to bear these developments in mind.On 23 June the UK is voting on whether or not to remain in the EU. A Yes vote will lead to a partial discrimination of European employees in the United Kingdom. In the course of the refugee crisis and in response to Islamist terrorism there have been calls to reverse the policy of open borders. The freedom of movement, commuting daily across open borders and the equal treatment of EU citizens are no longer self-evident. A new and positive storyline is urgently needed. It should emphasize the importance of labour mobility and the way in which it can generate individual and general economic benefits for the EU.

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International Human Rights Day: Religion, Security, and Human Rights

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 14 dicembre 2015

conferenceTo mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the European Platform on Religious Intolerance and Discrimination (EPRID) and the office of Elmar Brok MEP hosted a panel discussion on religion, security, and human rights at the European Parliament. The Conference of European Churches is a member of EPRID and participated in organising this initiative.Human rights defenders, scholars, and members of civil society made contributions highlighting a number of key issues. Panellists noted that advancing freedom of religion or belief requires coordinated efforts from a number of sectors. They also emphasised that there is a link between a lasting and just peace and freedom of religion or belief. Dr Kishan Manocha, senior adviser on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe / Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR) drew on the Helsinki Final Act to underline the strong link between security and freedom of religion or belief.Participants also underscored that state or state-authorized violence in response to radicalisation can lead to even more drastic reactions. These responses often go too far and help cultivate resentment, fear, and even suspicion toward religion. Contributors also called for greater religious literacy and sensitivity in response to the current global situation.UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief Prof. Heiner Beilefeldt also contributed to the discussion. He argued that there are often complex motivating factors for violence and extremism, and that it is often difficult to distinguish religious motivations from cultural and political ones. These discussions are complicated by lack of international agreement on the definition of extremism. He also argued for the importance of grassroots movements in supporting freedom of religion or belief. “The United Nations can support—but never replace—the commitments found within societies,” he remarked. The Conference of European Churches has long supported dialogue on freedom of religion or belief. CEC is contributing to the evaluation of European Union guidelines on freedom of religion or belief and has invited its 114 Member Churches to participate in this process.

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Freedom to conduct business means growth and jobs for Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 5 agosto 2015

European UnionThe European Union has always sought to boost innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the region. However, entrepreneurs often face long and complicated administrative procedures, time consuming reporting obligations, and difficulties in accessing credit. The freedom to conduct business, one of the lesser-known rights of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, is explored in detail with examples how this right can also help boost growth and jobs, in this latest report of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA).“In an EU still reeling from the economic crisis, the freedom to conduct business is a key prerequisite for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth,” says FRA interim Director Constantinos Manolopoulos. “However, our report shows that across the Union significant barriers remain that hamper efforts to enhance entrepreneurship and economic growth in the EU.”The report examines the meaning of the right to freedom to conduct business. It addresses its scope under EU and national law. It also explores the practical application of this right for everyone and for specific population groups examining how barriers to judicial remedies impede the freedom to conduct business. At the same time the report also identifies promising practices in respect to this right. The research reveals that, while a number of initiatives related to the freedom to conduct business have been implemented at EU and national level, much remains to be done to realise the full potential of this right. This includes raising awareness about this right which is rarely referenced in economic policies and legal texts. The freedom to conduct a business is influenced by complex and time-consuming procedures, by difficulties to find financing, by barriers in accessing justice such as lengthy and costly litigation, and the lack of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. Under-represented population groups including women, youths, migrants and people with disabilities face additional hurdles.
For example:Women are not adequately supported to balance family and work life as compared to men, when engaging in entrepreneurial activities.
Young entrepreneurs have limited exposure to and practical experience of the business environment. Many face difficulties navigating the complex systems and regulatory requirements associated with setting up business, not to mention start-up costs.
Migrants face additional obstacles to securing financial capital for starting a business, problems in recognising their qualifications, language barriers, limited knowledge of legal requirements and regulatory procedures, and in many cases cultural differences and discrimination.
People with disabilities may face limitations in terms of independence and infrastructure needed at the workplace. They often have difficulties securing adequate funding to start a business, or may also face uncertainty about the financial consequences of setting up a business.
However, the research also found that all Member States have taken steps to remove excessive regulation and alleviate the administrative burdens faced by entrepreneurs, particularly SMEs. This includes the increasing and widespread use of online tools and one-stop-shops for registration and information.
Significant efforts have also been made at EU and national level to promote entrepreneurship among under-represented groups. Nevertheless, the report finds that much more needs to be done to remove barriers specific to these groups.The adoption of a fundamental rights-based approach in respect to the freedom to conduct a business can contribute in measures to address austerity in times of economic crisis by boosting entrepreneurship and innovation.

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ADF to Italy: Rogue mayors have no authority to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 dicembre 2014

camera deputati2ROME – Alliance Defending Freedom has sent the government of Italy a letter and legal memo regarding mayors who are disregarding Italian law and government orders by registering same-sex marriages performed abroad. Italy recognizes neither marriages nor civil unions between members of the same sex.“Government officials should be held accountable to the laws they are sworn to uphold. Mayors throughout Italy have no authority to disobey explicit government orders and issue illegal marriage licenses,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska. “Italy has always recognized marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Mayors cannot take it upon themselves to disrespect both the law and the people of Italy.”In October, Italy’s Minister for the Interior Angelino Alfano issued an order for all prefects to annul registrations of same-sex marriage performed abroad since they have no basis in Italian law. Despite this order, a number of mayors continue to register these unions.The ADF letter states that the mayors are “seeking to subvert proper judicial processes by acting outside of their given authority” and explains that “there is no international legal obligation requiring the recognition of these unions, nor the creation of ‘civil partnerships’ for same-sex couples. In fact, the European Court of Human Rights has repeatedly ruled precisely the opposite: that there is no right to same-sex marriage under the Convention.”“Those taking part in these transcriptions have openly stated that this is part of an overall strategy to legalize same-sex ‘marriage’ by forcing the State to ‘[deal] with a growing number of problematic cases,’” the ADF legal memo further explains. “In reality, these cases are far from problematic: same-sex marriage is not legal in Italy and there is no legal requirement, either national or international, that requires the mayors or the central government to register unions created elsewhere.”
“Marriage expresses the reality that men and women bring distinct, irreplaceable gifts to family life, especially for children who deserve both a mother and a father,” added ADF Litigation Staff Counsel Robert Clarke. “Italy’s laws recognize this, and they cannot be wantonly ignored by government officials with a personal political agenda.”

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Standing up for Freedom of Religion or Belief

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 20 novembre 2014

elstal-olympisches-dorf-speisehaus-hofTraining on Freedom of Religion or Belief took place from 12-15 November in Elstal, Germany. The training was hosted by the Union of Free churches in Germany, organized by the European Baptist Federation (EBF) and the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC). The event brought together around 40 participants from 15 countries, from a number of different organisations. During the four days of training, participants worked together on different areas relating to freedom of religion or belief. Violations of religious freedom or belief and migration issues, racism, extremisim, and gender issues emerged as priority areas for the group. The group addressed the need for respect of human rights and humanitarian law in the relationship to the current political situation in Ukraine, Israel-Palestine and Syria-Irak. During the training sessions, participants learned about a new methodology in the Human Rights education called “Theatre of the Oppressed”, where participants took part in a play dealing with a situation that demonstrated difficulties with freedom of religion or belief, with an emphasis on conversion.A variety of lectures were held each day, including on theology and human rights, freedom of religion or belief in prisons, and freedom of religion or belief in relationship to other fundamental human rights. The presentation on theology and human rights emphasised that all people are created in the image of God and that protection of human dignity is a key link between theology and human rights in the public sphere. Participants affirmed that the dignity of the human being is inviolable. Prof. Barbara John, Vice –Chair of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) encouraged churches, especially religious minorities to report human rights abuses to the national representatives to ECRI.Mr. Frank Heinrich, Member of German Parliament and Member of Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid underlined that human rights and religious freedom for Christians rests on the underlying values of their faith which have greatly influenced the development of human rights. The follow up of this gathering will be a conference on Freedom of Religion or Belief in Sofia, Bulgaria in September 2015 organized by the Baptist Union of Bulgaria and the European Baptist Federation. More information may be obtained by contacting Mag. Elizabeta Kitanovic, Executive Secretary for Human Rights, Church and Society Commission.

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A statement regarding newroz and mothers day

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 marzo 2013

Cairo, Egypt, – Today, our people celebrate two great and dear celebrations: The first is the festival of Nowruz, the Kurdish New Year, and the second Mother’s Day, which marks the first day of spring and the renewal of life.These celebrations are important, but hold a deeper significance since the start of the revolution, as the inspire hope and patience and push the people towards hope and giving. We congratulate Syria for its great, patient mothers, and we wish Syria’s Kurdish population a new year of freedom from injustice in memory of Nowruz.
The Syrian mother has become like the mythological hero “Kawa,” who was able to attain the rays of freedom in the skies of her land, and we celebrate this year remembering the great sacrifices our mother’s are paying to pave the way to freedom.During our great revolution, the Syrian mother has been a great example across many spectrums and under extreme circumstances. She has been the nurse and doctor, the writer and activist, the fighter and leader for political and military action, the detainee, the patient, the martyr, and the mother of martyrs.Syrian Kurds have proven they are indeed the descendants of the legendary Kawa, as they were, from the beginning days, in the front rows of the revolution for freedom and dignity, facing of the criminal Assad regime in Amooda, Afreen, Kobana, Kamishli, Rukn Al-Din in the subarbs of Damscus, and al Ashrafiyah in Aleppo.The National Syrian Coalition for Revolutionary Opposition and Forces, with great reverence, to salute Syrian mothers across our beloved country and in refugee camps and areas on this wondrous occasion. The Coalition also extends deepest and warmest wishes to Syrians on this Kurdish New Year, especially the Kurds on this anniversary of Nowruz, as victory is nearing, all due to the great patience and sacrifices offered by Syrians. We ask God for mercy of our martyrs, health for our wounded, and freedom for our martyrs. Long Live Syria and its people free and with honor.
القاهرة 21/ 3/ 2013 – يحتفل شعبا اليوم بمناسبتين عظيمتين عزيزتين على قلوب أبناءه ، الأولى عيد النوروز – رأس السنة الكوردية ، والثانية عيد الأم الذي يصادف أول أيام الربيع وتجدد الحياة
ويحمل هذان العيدان على أهميتهما، بعداً اضافياً منذ تفجر ثورة الحرية والكرامة في سوريا ليصلا إلى حد الأسطورة الملهة في نفوس أبناء الشعب السوري ، تلهمهم المزيد من الصبر والأمل وتدفعهم نحو المزيد من العطاء، فبورك لسوريا بأمهاتها الصابرات العظيمات في عيدهن، وبورك لكردها احتفاؤهم بخلاصهم من الظلم في ذكرى نوروز الحرية.
ها هي الأم السورية تصبح مثل البطل “كاوا” في ملحمته الأسطورية، التي استطاع في نهايتها تحقيق الخلاص لأهله وإعادة إشراقة شمس الحرية في سماء بلاده، وها نحن نحتفي هذا العام بهما في وحدة لا يمكن فصمها، تلازم فيها عطاء الأمهات السوريات وحرية بلادهن.
لقد أثبتت الأم السورية خلال أحداث هذه الثورة العظيمة أنها القدوة في العطاء في شتى المجالات وفي أقسى الظروف، فكانت المسعفة والطبيبة، الكاتبة والناشطة، المقاتلة والقائدة في العمل السياسي ، والمعتقلة الصابرة والشهيدة و والدة الشهداء.
كما أثبت الكورد السوريون أنهم بحق أحفاد كاوا البطل الأسطوري، فكانوا في الصفوف الأولى يوم انطلقت معركة الحرية والكرامة، في مواجهة نظام الأسد المجرم في عامودة وعفرين وكوباني والقامشلي وركن الدين في دمشق والأشرفية في حلب .
يتقدم الائتلاف الوطني لقوى الثورة والمعارضة السورية بتحية إكبار وإجلال للأمهات السوريات في جميع أنحاء بلادنا الحبيبة وفي بلاد اللجوء والمنافي البعيدة بمناسبة عيدهن، ويبارك للشعب السوري عامة وللكورد منهم خاصة حلول ذكرى النوروز ، التي تحل ببلادنا وقد بات النصر وانتزاع الحرية الكاملة لشعبنا قاب قوسين أو أدنى، بفضل الصبر والبذل والتضحيات العظيمة التي يقدمها السوريون.
الرحمة لشهدائنا والشفاء لجرحانا والحرية لمعتقلينا
عاشت سوريا، وعاش شعبها حراً عزيزاً

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An Italian blog has been censored

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 luglio 2011

Fidest press agency (www.fidest.it) has been censored by WordPress
The editorial staff tried to contact WordPress in order to have some explanation, but the latter preferred not to reply.
In a crucial moment for the Italian press, this seems to be another gag put on freedom of information.

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About Falklands

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 giugno 2011

By Nile Gardiner There are few sights more pathetic on the world stage than the ugly posturing of authoritarian Latin American rulers ranting away at imaginary Western ‘imperialism’, from Venezuela and Bolivia to Cuba and Nicaragua. Argentina’s president Cristina Kirchner’s laughable attack on Britain as “a crude colonial power in decline” is clearly mimicking this tradition. Kirchner, who is doing her best to reduce her country into another version of her close ally Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, should know all about ‘decline’. After all, her once-proud nation remains heavily indebted to international creditors, including the Paris Club, which includes Britain. Under her reckless reign, inflation has soared, foreign capital has been flowing out of the country, and investor confidence has taken a massive hit. Her socialist policies are making her people significantly less free economically and threaten to turn Argentina into a pariah again in global markets. She is also taking a leaf out of Chavez’s book by cracking down on press freedom, a hugely worrying development for her nation’s independent media. Nile Gardiner is a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator. He appears frequently on American and British television and radio, including Fox News Channel, CNN, BBC, Sky News, and NPR.

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Human Rights Summit

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 23 febbraio 2011

Washington, DC – On the one-year anniversary of the 2010 Washington Human Rights Summit,  Human Rights First, Freedom House, the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy, the Indonesian Human Rights Working Group and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies call for renewed efforts by governments to combat restrictions to the fundamental freedoms of association and expression and to support those calling for human rights and basic freedoms around the world. For the past five years, Human Rights First has closely followed and worked to address serious declines in political rights and civil liberties, especially freedom of expression and association. Recent events in Tunisia and Egypt may signal a turning point in this disturbing trend, marked by the use of violence to suppress peaceful demonstrations for political reform in Algeria, Bahrain, Iran, Libya and Yemen; as well as a postelection crackdown in Belarus and efforts by influential authoritarian regimes like Venezuela, China and Russia to further restrict space for civil society.One year ago, the 2010 Washington Human Rights Summit was convened to call attention to growing restrictions on freedom of expression and association and to stimulate a forward-looking vision for U.S. foreign policy, multilateral institutions, and the international community to address these challenges.  Together with more than thirty leading human rights activists and front-line defenders from throughout the world, the participants laid out a Plan of Action for all governments and with particular recommendations for the United States, as the world’s most powerful democracy.  Human rights defenders from 23 countries met with President Obama at the White House on February 19 to directly convey these recommendations.The United States has taken notable steps over the past year in its defense of freedom of expression and association. Speeches by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the importance of civil society and Internet freedom have been matched by funding initiatives to these sectors.  The United States was also instrumental in the creation of a special mandate for freedom of association at the United Nations Human Rights Council and last week Secretary Clinton initiated a strategic dialogue with civil society.  However, the United States was criticized for cutting funding over the past few years to Egyptian civil society organizations.

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Human Rights Day Statement

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 dicembre 2010

Washington, DC – Today, as the world pauses to recognize Human Rights Days and mark the 32nd anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino issued the following statement: “Today we celebrate human rights defenders around the world who labor each day to make the promise of the Declaration of Human Rights a reality. Some, including this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, have sacrificed their own freedom as a result of their efforts to secure basic human rights and freedoms for the oppressed. Others, including this year’s Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award recipients Sarah Cleto Rial, Wade Henderson, the late Professor Louis Henkin and his wife Alice Henkin have inspired countless men and women here in the United States and around the globe to live each day in a way that will benefit the world around them for generations to come. On this anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights, may we all celebrate the achievements of those human rights leaders who have been honored today by rededicating ourselves to the work that lies ahead and to fulfilling the promise of securing dignity and freedom for all.” (from Elisa Massimino)

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Canadian Boat to Gaza

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 agosto 2010

(Toronto and Montreal, Canada’s Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) got the message across last week that cutting off mail delivery to Gaza is another abusive measure intended to heighten the suffering and hardship of the besieged residents of the occupied strip. The Canada Boat to Gaza Campaign salutes the union and its workers for their solidarity with our campaign and the Palestinian people in their struggle for freedom.  We look forward to working with Canada Post and CUPW to facilitate in the best way possible the delivery of mail to Gaza. “The Canadian Boat to Gaza is eager to carry mail to Gaza if the ban is not lifted soon” said Sandra Ruch, spokesperson for the Canadian Boat to Gaza.  “We will make every effort to deliver any mail we get to the postal authorities in Gaza.  We ask senders to limit mail they send us to unsealed postcards of greeting and support to loved ones keeping in mind that it, as well as the rest of our cargo, may end up in Israeli hands if our boat is pirated.” CUPW called on Canadians to back efforts to break the siege by sending their Gaza-bound mail via the Canadian Boat to Gaza. The Canadian Boat to Gaza is urging those who wish to break this ban to send with us postcards with messages of support to the besieged strip. Article 25 of the fourth Geneva Convention guarantees the right to personal correspondence with family members under occupation. “As postal workers, we know very well that cutting off mail creates suffering and hardship for people, who are isolated from their loved ones,” said Denis Lemelin, National President of CUPW. “How many more abuses will the people of Gaza have to endure?”

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Gaza: Emergency Response for Freedom Flotilla

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 30 maggio 2010

As the remaining boats of the Freedom Flotilla left for Gaza yesterday, Israel continues to conduct training exercises to stop the convoy “at any cost.” The Freedom Flotilla is expected to arrive at its destination within 48 hours.  A violent response from Israel will breathe new life into the Palestine solidarity movement, drawing attention to the blockade. Already in response to Israel’s publicized military threats, the Gaza Freedom March, a coalition focused on breaking the Israeli siege of Gaza, prepares to launch a worldwide emergency campaign consisting of protests, hunger strikes, public relations, and government pressure in the event the peaceful flotilla is attacked or high-jacked by Israel. Following the technical failure experienced by one of ships from Greece, its passengers have been successfully transferred to the Turkish ship, Mavi Marmara. Eight ships are now en route to Gaza with over 10,000 tons of medical, construction, and school supplies. The flotilla includes some 800 passengers, including 35 MP’s from 15 countries, 20 newscasters, 11 Gaza Freedom Marchers, and various artists and human rights activists.  Gaza Freedom March calls on all world citizens to voice their dissent at Israeli embassies and other points of contact with Israeli officials this week as the flotilla of ships from Ireland, Turkey and Greece loaded with humanitarian aid attempts to dock in Gaza. Since August 2008 international human rights workers in the Free Gaza Movement have been sending boats to Gaza in order to break the siege. Although the first five voyages successfully docked, the last three attempts have all been violently stopped by the Israeli military.  Israel’s deplorable attacks on unarmed ships are a violation of both international maritime law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, which states that “the high seas should be reserved for peaceful purposes.” There is no law or moral code in the world that allows Israel to forcibly prevent unarmed ships from carrying humanitarian and developmental aid to a suffering and occupied people. The ongoing blockade of the Palestinian population in Gaza constitutes collective punishment of an occupied civilian population; an act strictly prohibited under Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, which has created a man-made and deliberately sustained humanitarian catastrophe.  In December 2008 Israel unleashed a brutal massacre on Gaza and the war crimes committed in the course of “Operation Cast Lead” in Gaza have been judiciously documented in the “Goldstone Report,” an investigation mandated by UNHCR.  Our response must be commensurate with this crisis. Given the sustained failure of the international community to enforce its own laws and protect the people of Gaza, we strongly believe that we have a moral obligation to directly intervene to uphold international principles.

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Religious Freedom in the Republic of Cyprus

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 11 aprile 2010

On Wednesday 14 April 2010 from 14:30 to 16:30 in the European Parliament (PHS building – P7C050), the representation of the Church of Cyprus to the European Union, in cooperation with the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches, will organise a seminar Religious Freedom and Holy Sites in the Republic of Cyprus, under the high patronage of His Excellency Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering.  The Seminar will be hosted by Dr. Eleni Theocharous MEP (EPP-ED). The plenary will be addressed by His Beatitude Chrysostomos II, Archbishop of Cyprus and Dr. Hans-Gert Pöttering, former President of the European Parliament. Keynote speakers: Mr. Andreas Marvoyiannis, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus; Dr. Antranik Ashdjian, Representative of the Armenian Religious Community in Cyprus; Bishop Porfyrios of Neapolis, Director of the Representation of the Church of Cyprus to the EU; His Beatitude Youssef Soueif, Archbishop of the Maronites in Cyprus; Rev. Rüdiger Noll, Director of the Church and Society Commission of CEC.

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Ecomafie: Nord territorio conquista?

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 4 marzo 2010

Moncalieri (Torino), 5 marzo 2010,  alle ore 21.00, presso le Fonderie Teatrali Limone (Via Pastrengo, 88), il Partito Democratico del Piemonte organizza il convegno pubblico “Ecomafie, il nord come territorio di conquista?”.  Intervengono: Noemi GALLO (Responsabile regionale Dipartimento Ambiente del Partito Democratico), Stella BIANCHI (Responsabile nazionale Ambiente Partito Democratico), Mimmo FONTANA (Legambiente Sicilia), Ernesto RAMOJNO (Presidente della Fondazione Anti Usura CRT-La scialuppa), Roberto FORTE (Direttore di FLARE – Freedom Legality and Rights in Europe), Andrea SARTORI (Associazione Terra del Fuoco).  Conclude Gianfranco MORGANDO (Segretario Regionale del Partito Democratico).  Modera Paolo GRISERI (giornalista La Repubblica).  Saranno presenti: Presidio Peppino Impastato Libera Torino Sud, Legambiente Piemonte.  Parteciperà: Roberta MEO, candidata Sindaco di Moncalieri.

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Religious freedom for everyone

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 12 dicembre 2009

On Human Rights Day 2009, the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) calls for everyone to join together to defend religious freedom and other fundamental human rights for everyone.The Swiss vote to ban the building of new minarets and recent decisions of the European Court of Human Rights, including the vote against the presence of crucifixes in Italian classrooms, demonstrate how important this is.Human Rights Day marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948. “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance” states article 18 of the UDHR.  Yet 61 years after the UDHR’s adoption the struggle for religious freedom remains a daily concern for many individuals, CEC member churches, and other religious communities throughout Europe. The Conference of European Churches invites all people to commit themselves to human rights for all. CEC particularly calls on Christians to commit themselves to this struggle, remembering the words of St. Paul: “…’Love your neighbour as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbour; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law” (Romans 13:8-10).

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Mohsen has won the 2009 Freedom

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 1 dicembre 2009

London: Mohsen Makhmalbaf, the celebrated Iranian filmmaker and official overseas spokesman for 2009 Iranian presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, has won the 2009 Freedom to Create Prize. The only prize of its kind, the Freedom to Create Prize celebrates the use of the arts to drive change and build the foundations of creativity in broken societies. Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation, presented Mr Makhmalbaf with his award at a high profile London ceremony at the Victoria & Albert Museum on 25 November 2009. Mohsen Makhmalbaf has dedicated his award to Iran’s Green Movement and its spiritual leader, Grand Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri. Commenting on his award, Makhmalbaf said, “People of my country (Iran) are killed, imprisoned, tortured and raped just for their votes. Every award I receive means an opportunity for me to echo their voices to the world, asking for democracy for Iran and peace for the world.” The second place prize winner is Burmese refugee women’s group, The Kumjing Storytellers, who use giant paper maché dolls to represent their stories of ethnic persecution in Burma and the plight of migrants and refugees from around the world. The third place prize winner is Afghan female artist Sheenkai Alam Stanikzai, who uses video performance, installation and photography to tackle the subjugation and violent persecution of women in Afghanistan and neighbouring countries. Prize founder and Chairman of Orient Global Richard F. Chandler said he was humbled by the bravery of this year’s winners adding their courage and stories epitomised the daily sacrifices made by artists on frontlines from around the world. Freedom to Create is an initiative that seeks to improve lives by addressing society’s ability to support and sustain creativity. The initiative focuses on those societies in greatest need.(Mohsen Makhmalbaf)

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