The four former hostages arrived in France

French men held hostage for 3 years by al-Qaida arrive back in ...

Nicolas Henin, one of the four French journalists held hostage in Syria for ten months, said he escaped three days after his abduction on June 22, and have been taken by his captors after a night flight. "The main risk I mostly took three days after my abduction, because I escaped, I spent a night in freedom to run in the Syrian campaign before I catch up with my captors," a- he told in an interview broadcast Saturday evening by the channel France 24. "In all, I went through a dozen places of captivity," also told the former hostage. Most of the time, with others, including Pierre Torres who joined me soon enough. This has been a long wandering places of detention in places of detention. " Nicolas Henin was "exhausted, really tired [. . . ] And mostly filled with immense joy, "and appointed his captors as" a group which claimed a jihadist movement. " "Usually, it was not very well fed, and guards came to our cell, brought us a meal above the ordinary, and then asked us if we wanted to eat more, which n 'usually arrived ever, "he told talking about his last hours of detention. "There, we said:" There is something. " . . And indeed, it has not had time to touch the food, since we came to see us in the next minute by telling us "Let's go, we start at the border. '" . . to learn more

The wrath of Francis for the mega-penthouse of Cardinal Bertone

AtonementOnline: April 2013

Papa Francesco lives in Casa Santa Marta in a one bedroom apartment of about 70 square meters. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, 6 months and no longer Secretary of State, will open soon his penthouse at Palazzo San Carlo, whose amplitude is given by just under 700 square feet. Ccirca 10 times more, however, to His Holiness. In the Vatican, entering the Porta del Perugino, the Domus Sanctae Marthae and the Palazzo San Carlo nearby buildings. The first of small size, the second impressive. When Bergoglio, after observing the complex renovations in the structure side, was informed about who would be his neighbor, it is not a little angry. Now he can not oust the tenant of the house. But his anger on those in the Curia still resists his Herculean effort to change has not gone unnoticed on Maundy Thursday before Easter when, in front of the clergy gathered in St. Peter, came out against priests "unctuous, sumptuous and presumptuous," they should have instead "poverty as a sister." Read more

“Vigo is Galicia comfortable with that does not recognize their rights”

Response. No. I feel closer ideologically Vigo. I do not define myself as other parties, which they will see what they do. Ideologically I am the Socialist Party and my reference is this city. The rest is landscape.

A. No, nothing. To reflect the PP. To me it supported me to good estimates for the city. This is not a coalition government, are budgets. Do they support? Encantado. Would I want the Bloc would support also? Well, yes. Do not want to? They will know. Beiras is heavy.

A. No, no. And it is proving to justice reform. Feijoo anti Vigo continues always the same policy. And now came out saying that the problem is a problem of Vigo vanity someone. How can you trivialize well with a city of this size! It is a political dysfunction, is intolerable. This is a city with such dynamism claiming their space. And Feijoo, instead of understanding what happens in Vigo, speaks vanity someone. This is a political drama to Galicia, this antiviguismo militant. The Xunta remains mired in the interests of the North. Certainly there are different dynamics and territorial confrontations in Galicia. As everywhere, huh? Given these controversies must act, and act Feijoo denying the mayor: 'No, nothing happens in Vigo, is a matter of vanity. " It denies the essence of Galicia, which is the pull of Vigo.

A. Vigo have learned in recent years that we have to take our demands to be heard. Vigo made a historic mistake in the capital of Galicia, because not raised his voice, and should have. And maybe the administrative division of Galicia was different. Pongo by case: Parliament in Vigo, Santiago Government and Justice and Government Delegation in A Coruña. But he did not. And was out of focus, which went to Santiago and A Coruña. Vigo very well understand your rights, and therefore will not ever get tired. The whole city is defending the judicial district, the area of ​​justice in Vigo. Because lately something has changed: now that Vigo has a huge self-esteem. Are identified, we know who we are, what we want and where we are going.

A. No. It is twice Vigo and Ferrol to Santiago together. Vigo is the equivalent of A Coruña and Ferrol together. Vigo is a force of nature, and also in the judicial world. We demand justice from an area south of the province with its capital in Vigo. And if not, the province should have its seat in Vigo reference. Incidentally, the Superior Court must be duplicated. O duplicate or divide it into two parts. Xunta take the decision you want, but at a time when the court becomes the appeal, I also want to Vigo. This speaks for all citizens. Not all games, yet, but all citizens.

A. No, because that reflects a structure of Galicia. Because right now is that Galicia, Vigo and claiming their space. The day you have it, the mayor is like any big city, but now symbolizes the great historical demands, all unsolved. That happens because it reflects a failure that occurred 30 years ago, and has to be resolved, because if not resolved will not throw Vigo. Because not comfortable Vigo in Galicia this, because they do not recognize their rights.

R. My test is on the street every day. If you had come to me yesterday I did not ask this. If I were in the Casco Vello, the Porta do Sol or Bouzas, do not ask me, because what would make thousands of people who want to take a picture with the mayor, who will want to shake hands, they tell you ' hello. . . Also

Mayers World Economy: Less state!

Levy Economics Institute | Research Programs

Thomas Kuhn saw this much more pessimistic. Not falsified hypotheses form a scientific paradigm is not only created by its authors, but also defended. Scientific knowledge develops in leaps. Is a scientific paradigm once established, plump facts that make it partially or entirely in question, first of all from him. The representatives of the ruling doctrine form a cartel. Who wants to make career in science, must enter into the cartel by he pays homage to the cardinals of the prevailing doctrine. Disciples are included in the cartel, rejected heretics. As facts accumulate to a critical mass, which is the prevailing view in question, the heretics unite to new schools that compete with the prevailing doctrine. The Cardinals of the dominant paradigm meet the challenge by closing the ranks of the cartel fixed. With an increasing amount of contradictory facts, however, they get more and more on the defensive. The victory of the heretics is perfect if the old Cardinals eventually lose their influence.

The debate in the financial economy currently seems to follow the script of Thomas Kuhn. Although the financial crisis has created new facts that can not be explained by the paradigm of rational expectations and efficient financial markets, keeping the US-based universities and central representatives of the ruling doctrine in these theories still found. This is most clearly visible in the monetary policy where further inflation targets with the old methods are pursued, even though that has made the most significant contribution to the emergence of the financial crisis. However, representatives of the dominant paradigm are now beset by critics, emanating from the irrationality of economic actors and inefficiency of financial markets.

Behavior-based approaches gain in the economic and financial science of influence and strive to the paradigmatic dominance. It must be recognized that a system based on the assumption of individual irrationality and inefficiency of financial markets new paradigm is paving the way for a paternalistic state. "Irrational individuals" must be helped with government help to better economic decisions, and "inefficient financial markets" need to be controlled by the state. But where should the state take the knowledge to make better decisions than individuals? Go here for more information

Federer and Wawrinka will play the final of the tournament in Monte Carlo


Tomorrow for the first time in one hundred and seventeen years of history, and one hundred and seven editions, a Swiss win the tournament in Monte Carlo, one of the great classics of the season on red tennis. In the end, who should play for under a scorching sun, take the field Stanislas Wawrinka, number 3 in the world and winner of the Australian Open in January, and King Roger Federer, now number 4, but perhaps the greatest tennis player of all time. The two friends, who a few weeks ago led the Swiss in the semifinals of the Davis Cup, in the semi-finals without too much trouble got rid of Ferrer and Djokovic respectively.

The tournament of the Principality from 2005 to 2012 (absolute record in the history of tennis) was won by Nadal, the king of the red, and the current world number one. The Spaniard, who was defeated in the finals a year ago, yesterday's surprise was overtaken by compatriot Ferrer in the quarterfinals (7-6 6-4). The defeat of David is a big wake-up call for Rafa, who had not lost on the land of a thousand battles with his friend for almost twelve years. And today against Wawrinka, perhaps, Ferrer has felt the weight of responsibility, which generally consumes him. So IronStan, who at twenty-nine years has become a phenomenon, quickly won the first set (6-1) and then closed by winning the tie-break.

The former world number one, now in its fourth final in Monte Carlo, this tournament should not even play it, but Roger having to forfeit Madrid or Rome (the other two in 1000 on red), because the wife in one of those two weeks will give birth to her third child, she asked, and of course got a wild card by the organizers. Only once in fourteen against Wawrinka managed to beat Federer, it happened in the second round of the tournament in Monte Carlo in 2009, Roger was back from his honeymoon! Related information:

Africans in China: China's new-racism problem

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When you exit the subway station Xiaobei in the heart of China's third largest city they think they are in Lagos, Yaoundé or Accra. Colorfully dressed African women rummage through the goods of street vendors, the air smells of baked sweet potatoes and the exhaust gases of mopeds, jostling through the narrow streets. Reveal only the characters on the billboards and the strikingly prominent Chinese police, that is, more precisely located in Guangzhou in China: the workshop of the world.

Only one stop from the main train station is here since the late 1990s, the largest African community in Asia emerged. Depending on how you count between 20 000 and 250 000 Africans live in the district Xiaobei. Most of them came to be: With textiles and electronics, kitchen appliances and furniture. In Guangzhou, everything will be made only imaginable and exported around the world – in the wholesale warehouses on site products cost only a fraction of the price you would pay in Europe or Africa.

However, they all suffer from the widespread prejudice against blacks in China. "It's such a clear social hierarchies based on racial superiority," writes sociologist M. Dujon Johnson. The Cologne-based scientists is the first African-American who has made at a Taiwanese university his doctor.

Barry Sautman, sociology professor at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has been researching the topic of Chinese racism. "Racism has a long tradition in China, and racial typologies are deeply rooted in traditional Chinese thinking," he says. The main reason for this he looks in the ethnic unity of thought, which had a major influence on Chinese society.

Everyday racism is correspondingly widespread: "Getting a taxi is much harder than for Chinese for Africans you think I was dangerous or would not pay." Says James Obinna, a Kenyan exchange student at the film school in Beijing. Like watching the African student Zahra Baitie. "A taxi driver in Beijing asked me why Africans eat each other," she says.

"Even in Guangzhou Chinese do not want to live with Africans – neither in space nor emotionally," says Elle Wang, a PhD student at Columbia University, who researches on the subject. "There is a lot of mistrust." Xiaobei, the neighborhood where the majority of Africans live, is commonly referred to in the population pejoratively as "Chocolate City".

In addition to Africans the narrow streets and dilapidated tenements in Xiaobei also accommodate people from outlying provinces of the country, mostly ethnic minorities, often Muslims. In no other place in China there is such ethnic diversity as on the few square kilometers in the center of Guangzhou.

In most days there in Xiaobei from late afternoon bustle. In the underpass between the main street and the Huanshi manageable place, which is at night to a huge market, almost all with the phone to the ear. Fragments of words in French, Arabic, Portuguese, English and Yoruba mingle in the echo of the tunnel walls.

But the police have set up in the square posts, barriers built – often there are raids and searches. The only sign in English is on the edge of the square. Then threatening adorn the rules by which the foreigners have to be addressed here, including very special, "Take and sell no drugs and not prostitute yourself, or you will be arrested or have to pay a fine." There are rules that make it clear what keep the Chinese from the Africans. Also read

Red Caps return

Red Caps celebrated at St. Paul's Union Depot - TwinCities.

In a forest of flags Breton, red caps and round hats, several thousand people demanded the reinstatement Saturday Nantes Loire-Atlantique Britain, hoping that the opening of the debate on territorial redistribution mark a "historic moment "for the region. A motley crowd of 5500 than 10 000/15 000 people, police and organizers traveled in a friendly atmosphere Cité des Ducs de Bretagne, one of the largest mobilizations on the theme of reunification Britain.

The protesters first chanted "Brittany reunited, we will get there!" Then "Naoned e Breizh" (Nantes in Brittany), behind a banner proclaiming head "democracy and reunification", in French and in Breton.

In the procession, which was attended by elected officials including all political and many Red Hats, delegations took place: the bagad with musicians in traditional dress – black round hat with a ribbon for men, white lace caps for women – the most radical young masked scarves in the colors of ermine, wearing sunglasses and holding a flare on metal background music. Via

Close (perhaps forever) the Abu Ghraib prison

Iraq Shuts Down the Abu Ghraib Prison, Citing Security Concerns ...

The Iraqi government has announced that it has closed the Baghdad Central Prison, better known as Abu Ghraib prison became notorious before the murders and torture perpetrated by Saddam Hussein's torturers on dissidents and political prisoners, and then, in 2004, the violence and abuses committed by some U.S. captors about terrorists being held in a maximum security prison after the fall of the regime and the Anglo-American invasion. The decision to close the infamous prison is not, however, due to its dismal reputation: indeed, the prison was closed and completely renovated to accommodate up to 14 thousand prisoners between 2006 and 2009 when it changed its name. The Iraqi Minister of Justice announced that the closure of the prison and transfer to other prisons 2. 400 prisoners constitutes a "precautionary measure" following the increased presence of terrorist groups Isis (Islamic State of Iraq and Levante) in the vicinity of the prison and it was not clear whether this is a temporary or permanent closure. One argument that says a lot about the security situation also in the vicinity of Baghdad (Abu Ghraib is located 32 kilometers west of the capital) after the Sunni Islamists militants have taken control of large areas of the province of al-Anbar in January.

The closure of the prison should be read so as a sign of weakness of the government, which fears blitz terrorists as confirmed by the Security and Defence Committee of the Parliament of Baghdad in a statement said that closing the prison would send a message of lack of security that could generate panic among the population and encourage the terrorists to believe that they have a direct influence on the decisions of the government. "The right solution would be to ensure the presence of a military force capable of regaining the territory, not allowing terrorist groups to expand their influence," said the deputy Hakim Al-Zamili, a member of the Committee but instead many have noted a growing weakness of the military and security forces, particularly evident in al-Anbar. Despite ample supplies of modern weapons by Russia and the United States the intensity of fighting and attacks, and the number of registered victims (between 500 and 900 per month from the beginning of the year, nearly 400 in the first half of April) are reporting the security situation at the levels of the most difficult period of U.S. military presence in the country.

The rest of the flight of its 500 prisoners, including many al-Qaeda, the Abu Ghraib prison, in July last year, threw discredit upon the ability of Iraqi security forces to handle the threat of terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. The assault led by dozens of militiamen the Isis not only quickly defeated the deans of the guards, killing at least 25, but the military departments and police sent in place to deal with the emergency moved so slowly as to allow the escape of fugitives, some of which were later recaptured later. On that occasion the attack was conducted simultaneously against the prisons of Abi Ghraib and Taji with the use of mortars and suicide bombers to blow up the access doors. Spectacular action that apparently the Baghdad government led by Nouri al-Maliki fears could happen again. We also recommend reading

The boss orders the murder in prison 'Tum … it's buried' | Video

Military fugitive who escaped federal prison in 1977 arrested in ...

PALERMO – "In the bag. . . the important thing is that you have to bury him, that's all it is the speech. " With these words the boss lifer John Di Giacomo ordered his brother Joseph, his successor as head of the district of Porta Nuova, how to delete a mobster who has not complied with the rules of the clan. The conversation, which took place in prison, was intercepted and is part of the material collected by the police today stopped alleged capicosca 8 (Operation 'Iago'), ready to unleash a new mafia war.

Giuseppe Di Giacomo, however, has never carried out the orders of his brother because he was killed on 12 March. The meetings between the two in jail – write the police – are constantly focused on the need to eliminate some of the characters considered not in line with the new management of the district. The two talk of the opportunity to kill an affiliate who would not want to put at the disposal of "picciotti" their economic resources and the need to eliminate a man of honor next to the release. "Sure," replied his brother Joseph who insists: "Quacina, quacina above (Sicilian term that indicates the lime to put on the corpse ed.) "The take off your clothes, your shoes, you understand? – He explains – When the Crasto (the cornutondr) always beat him in the head to avoid scruscio (the rumorendr). "

THE TELEGRAM – "Dear John the health of the baby all right, in a single embrace you're close." This is the text of the telegram, seemingly innocuous, with Marcello Di Giacomo, brother of the boss prisoner John informed the family that everything was ready for the revenge of the third brother, Joseph, who was killed on March 12 in Palermo. The particular emerges from Iago that today has led to the detention of 8 mafia clan's Porta Nuova. The telegram is dated 17 April and this, for the investigators, as proof the project of death was present. So much so that investigators still have the urgency of the suspects. The victims had to be Onofrio and Emanuele Lipari held responsible for the killing of Giuseppe Di Giacomo. By tapping into prison has also shown that the clan Porta Nuova had the availability of weapons: a .38-caliber revolver, a 9mm pistol, a shotgun and a machine gun. Check if you want to read more

Easter rest in Ukraine? Tymoshenko wants Roundtable

Tymoshenko opposed to any roundtables with authorities, begs West to '

In Donetsk, the former Prime Minister proposed to resolve the conflict with pro-Russian forces in a round table, ie without use of force. Russia also calls for an intra-Ukrainian dialogue.

At the talks in Donetsk would need from all parts of Ukraine representatives come together for negotiations, a Tymoshenko's press service on Saturday. The pro-Western transitional government in Kiev interrupted their so-called anti-terrorism operation in the east of the country for the Easter holidays, to contribute to a de-escalation.

In many cities of eastern Ukraine occupy for weeks to Russia-oriented armed uniformed number of public buildings. In Donetsk activists have even proclaimed a people's republic. They call for a federalization of Ukraine with autonomy rights for the Russian-speaking areas. An agreed international crisis talks in Geneva disarmament rejected it. The tensions threaten the planned for May 25 presidential election.

Russia interpreted the Geneva agreement so that the "militia of the right sector and other fascist groups" in Kiev would have to give up their weapons. But Washington has parallels the events in Kiev, which had led to the overthrow of the elected government, and the current crisis in eastern Ukraine back. The pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine do not want to give up their weapons, while not free Kiev makes its detained leader and the rights sector has not disarmed.

According to a report in the "New York Times" the U.S. wants to increase its military presence in Poland. In the coming week, both countries would announce the deployment of U.S. ground forces, said Polish Defence Minister Tomasz Siemoniak the paper said in an editorial visit. Accordingly, the measure is part of an expansion of NATO presence in Central and Eastern Europe. It was not clear at first the size of the U.S. contingent. The "New York Times" reported on Saturday, the U.S. was planning small maneuvers with ground troops in Poland and Estonia.

EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger warned of a crisis of gas supply in Europe. The "Welt am Sonntag" he said, "If we do not put Kiev in a position to pay outstanding gas bills by more than two billion dollars, there is a danger that Russia Ukraine no longer supplied." Since Ukraine the most important transit country to Europe was that it could "come to a difficult to control process that relates to Germany." to read more on this topic