Stromae used a great way to promote his new album


Stromae, well known artist in Belgium, used a great way to promote his new album. He pretended to be drunk on a square in Brussels. The police stopped him on suspicion that he may be tired, drunk, or probably lost his mind.
Stromae tragically lost his sister to suicide a few years ago, and became inspired by the idea of turning destruction into creation.

Ringo Starr collapsed with tonsillitis and pharyngitis

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3 June 1964 

In the morning Ringo Starr collapsed with tonsillitis and pharyngitis during a photo session for the Saturday Evening Post newspaper in Barnes, north London.

He was taken to University College Hospital where he was ordered to rest completely. Unfortunately for him, The Beatles were due to begin their world tour in Denmark the following day, and it was too late to cancel.

George Martin suggested they draft in session musician Jimmie Nicol as a temporary replacement.


Greece in crisis over state TV closure

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June 13, 2013

GREECE is facing a new political crisis as the government confronts a storm of public protest and a looming general strike over its shock decision to shut down state broadcaster ERT.

The socialist and moderate leftist parties supporting the coalition government were to hold an emergency meeting to decide their response as Prime Minister Antonis Samaras refused to back down.

"We are eliminating a hotbed of opacity and waste,'' Samaras said at a European Investment Bank event in Athens. "We are protecting the public interest.''

The broadcaster's television and radio stations were abruptly pulled off air late Tuesday and its nearly 2,700 staff suspended as part of the conservative-led coalition government's deeply unpopular austerity drive.

"The ERT lockup amounts to a coup d'etat,'' leading union GSEE said in a statement. It announced a 24-hour general strike on Thursday, the third in the crisis-hit country this year.

There was also a protest by journalists in neighbouring Cyprus, where there are fears that budget-straining broadcaster RIK could go the same way as the government looks to slash spending in the island's own austerity drive.

The Samaras administration quickly presented legislation creating a new broadcaster called New Hellenic Radio, Internet and Television (NERIT) to replace the 60-year-old ERT.

"You can't fix a car while it is running, you have to take it off the road,'' government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told journalists.

"It is a temporary postponement.... Everything will pass by parliament, I assure you it's all legal,'' he said, promising a "restart" during the summer.

But the sudden shutdown of ERT caused uproar, with journalists kicking off a 24-hour strike Wednesday while defiant staff staged sit-ins at the organisation's offices in Athens and Greece's second-largest city Thessaloniki.

Riot police were stationed outside ERT offices around the country to prevent "any destruction'', said Kedikoglou, himself a former journalist at the organisation.

The government has imposed sweeping public cutbacks demanded by the debt-laden country's international lenders in return for a massive bailout.

However, the spokesman insisted ERT's closure was not part of Greece's bailout obligations.

"This has nothing to do with the troika,'' Kedikoglou said, referring to Greece's creditors, the European Union, International Monetary Fund and European Central Bank.

Greece is caught in a six-year recession which austerity critics say has been exacerbated by successive pay and pension cuts imposed at the behest of its EU-IMF creditors.

Unemployment is steadily rising and now exceeds 26 percent, with half of young people out of work.

ERT employees, stunned by the sudden loss of their jobs, were defiantly transmitting rogue broadcasts on the Internet and the Communist party channel, vowing to resist the shutdown.

"We are not leaving the building,'' Panagiotis Kalfayiannis, the head of ERT's main union, said. "We are going to Greek and European justice. Even if they want to destroy democracy, rules still apply and I am going to fight.''

Thousands of people rushed to ERT's main headquarters in Athens and its Thessaloniki offices on Tuesday to show their support for the broadcaster.

The European Union said it did not question the government decision but that public broadcasting was "an integral part of European democracy''.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe's representative on media freedom, Dunja Mijatovic, also warned that ERT's closure could deprive citizens of a diversity of views.

"Public service broadcasting plays an indispensable role in a country's democracy. It is the only information source that by law has the obligation to provide objective news and unbiased information to citizens,'' Mijatovic said.

Media observers acknowledge that ERT has a long history of mismanagement and heavy-handed political meddling, but say the Samaras administration is not free of blame.

Recent controversial decisions include the appointment of a former deputy minister's daughter as a show host, and the ousting of two journalists who had criticised the public order minister on air.

Messages of support for the broadcaster have poured in from the Greek diaspora - for whom ERT is a vital link to the homeland - and the Orthodox Church.

The government said ERT would reopen with around half its current employees. All 2,655 current staff would be compensated and allowed to reapply for a job at the revamped organisation.

The shutdown followed months of work stoppages by ERT employees in protest at plans to restructure the broadcaster called for by Greece's creditors.

Athens has pledged to cut 4,000 state-sector jobs this year and another 11,000 in 2014 to keep drawing rescue loans under the EU-IMF package.



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As a reminder:

Greece: The Rise of the Junta

...Using a NATO plan to protect Greece against a communist invasion, a handful of  junior officers led by Colonel George Papadopoulos, fearful of the upcoming election and the rise of the left, overthrow the Greek government and declare martial law, outlawing strikes, labor unions, long hair on men, mini-skirts, the peace symbol, the Beatles, Sophocles, Tolstoy, Aeschylus, Socrates, Eugene Ionesco, Sartre, Chekhov, Mark Twain, Samuel Beckett, free press, new math and the letter Z...

... In June of 1967 the Junta announces Army Order No.13 which states that it is forbidden "...to reproduce or play the music and songs of the composer Mikis Theodorakis, the former leader of the now dissolved communist Organisation, the Lambrakis Youth because this music is in the service of communism ... to sing any songs used by the communist youth movement which was dissolved under Paragraph Eight of the Decree of 6 May 1967, since these songs arouse passions and cause strife among the people. Citizens who contravene this Order will be brought immediately before the military tribunal and judged under martial law."  A short time later Theodorakis himself is arrested...

... In another major even of 1969 Kosta-Gavras releases his film Z about the assassination of Grigoris Lambrakis. The movie has been filmed in Algeria since it obviously could not be filmed in Greece. It is nominated for a large number of top awards, including an Oscar for Best Picture, winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Film It also wins the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Picture, and is named best picture by the New York Film Critics Circle Awards and National Society of Film Critics Awards . The film also is nominated for a Golden Palm award at the Cannes film festival. The soundtrack, by Mikis Theodorakis, who is under arrest at the time, becomes a hit record though of course like the film it is banned in Greece. The film ends with a list of things banned by the Junta which include the peace movement, strikes, labor unions, long hair on men, mini-skirts, the peace symbol, the Beatles, Sophocles, Tolstoy, Aeschylus, Socrates, Eugene Ionesco, Sartre, Chekhov, Mark Twain, Samuel Beckett, free press, new math and the letter Z , which means 'he lives'...

... On March 26, 1970 the regime closes the daily newspaper Ethnos...

... In October of 1971 Vice-President Spiro Agnew visits Greece, under heavy security. Two years later he becomes the first Vice-President to resign due to criminal charges, which include extortion, tax evasion and bribery. Two months after his visit the government of Greece announces that negotiations are taking place to make Athens the home port for the US 6th Fleet. A year later the agreement is signed. The Nixon-Agnew election campaign also receives a half a million dollar donation from the Junta, alleged to have come from the CIA, though a senate investigation of the donation is cancelled at the request of Henry Kissinger...





Photo: Greece, November, 17 1973

Brussels – Ray Kroc – Formidable


Ray Kroc – The brain behind the franchising of McDonald’s and making it the biggest name in the Fast-Food Industry

Ray Kroc was born on October 5, 1902, in Chicago, Illinois. He attended public schools in Oak Park, Illinois. He left school to serve as an ambulance driver during the First World War. After the war, Kroc tried his hand on being a paper-cup salesman. He became a jazz pianist and started playing in various orchestras. He worked in the Chicago radio station for a while as a music director, after which he became a milkshake machine salesman. The milkshake machine was his own invention. In 1941, he chose to serve as a distributor of the milkshake machine.

During the real estate boom in Florida, he began selling real estate. However, he had to retire to his pianist occupation, after the real estate market in Florida went down in 1926. By now, he was a father of one child. During the economic crisis, he had to send his family back to Chicago. He, eventually, started working as a paper-cup salesman again.

In 1954, Ray Kroc came to know about the drive-in restaurant run by Richard and Maurice McDonald, located in San Bernardino, California. He learned that they used his multi-mixer machines and were making good money out of selling hamburgers, milkshakes and french fries. He was struck with an idea of starting a franchise in collaboration with the McDonald brothers. He approached the McDonald brothers with a proposal that he would use their name and standards and start a chain of McDonald’s restaurants. According to the deal, would be getting one-half of the gross income of their business. The McDonald brothers agreed to his proposal and Kroc opened the first chain of McDonald’s restaurants on April 15, 1955 in Des Plaines, Illinois.

Six years later, Kroc would buy out the McDonald brothers for $2.7 million, but more importantly he would gain complete control over the business. “The McDonald bothers were simply not on my wavelength at all” said Kroc. “ I was obsessed with the idea of making McDonald’s the biggest and the best. They were content with what they had; they didn’t want to be bothered with more risks and more demands.”

In 1965, McDonald’s went public; 300000 shares were initially sold at $22.50 each, later jumping to $49. Kroc had made $3 million on the sale. But, Kroc wanted more and embarked on an ambitious campaign for foreign markets. First, the U.K., then Europe, kroc began to erect Golden Arches in almost every continent.

In 1974, Kroc stepped down as CEO of the company he single-handedly grew into a global empire, but remained on as Senior Chairman of Mcdonald’s Corporation. He died of heart failure in 1984 at the age of 81.
In one of the greatest success stories of our time, Kroc took a small but successful California based hamburger restaurant and expanded it into what is today a worldwide chain with almost 500000 employees and $20 billion in revenue.

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Photo: February 17, 2011 – President Barack Obama joins a toast with Apple CEO Steve Jobs, and other technology executives at a dinner in Woodside, California.
The “Day of Rage” in Libya and by Libyans in exile was planned for February 17, 2011…

On 3.14.2012, America’s Defense Department’s best-known geek announced that she was leaving the Pentagon for a job at Google.

The American federal government has been secretly collecting information on foreigners overseas for nearly six years from the nation’s largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and, most recently, Apple, in search of ‘national security threats’, the director of national intelligence confirmed Thursday night.


The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) is the national official news agency in Syria:
http://sana.sy/index_eng.html (if the link isn't blocked by the western war seeking authorities)


L'administrateur, The administrator, De beheerder


A cozy village atmosphere, which can be very annoying

Une atmosphère de village accueillant, ce qui peut être très ennuyeux

Een gezellige dorpssfeer, die erg vervelend kan zijn


Turkey: Taksim Square

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Turkey: Turkish Police Storm into Taksim Square



Turkish Police Storm into Taksim Square to Suppress Protests

Jun 11, 2013

Protests in Turkey have taken a serious course on the 12th day with the Turkish police, backed by armored vehicles, storming into Taksim Square, the center of the protest movement demanding the departure of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, leader of the Justice and Development Party, and his government.

The France Agence-Presse reported that hundreds of policemen broke into Taksim Square using tear gas bombs and removed some barricades set up by the demonstrators in some of the main streets surrounding the Square, backed by armored vehicles equipped with water cannons.

Media reports indicate that the confrontations are still going on in Taksim Square during which the Turkish police also used rubber bullets to keep away the demonstrators who dispersed into byroads chanting “Every Place Is Taksim”.

Meanwhile, a security cordon was imposed around the statue of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk in the middle of Taksim Square where tens and flags were removed.

Russia Today channel announced that its correspondent and cameraman were injured due to the police’s use of tear gas and water cannon, adding that the camera totally smashed after the cameraman fell on the floor due to an injury by a tear gas bomb.

In an attempt to justify Erdogan’s police’s storming of Taksim Square, Governor of Istanbul, Hüseyin Avni Mutlu, claimed that the protesters who occupied the Square for 12 days damaged the image of Turkey.

Speaking in a press conference, Mutlu said the protesters were making the Square look as though it was under “occupation” and was “negatively affecting our country’s image in the eyes of the world opinion and leading to reaction from within the society.”

He considered that the aim of moving into the Square is not to force the protesters outside the Square but to remove the banners and pictures hung on the building.

These developments came one day after Erdogan’s government promised that it was not going to allow the protesters to go on whom he earlier described as “anarchists” and “saboteurs”.

Issuer of Devilish Fatwas Rushes to Erdogan’s Help

Meanwhile, the so-called head of the Union of Muslim Scholars, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the one who has issued a series of instigative fatwas to encourage the bloodshed of the Syrians, rushed to his Erdogan’s help.

Being his Muslim Brotherhood partner, al-Qaradawi issued a fatwa prohibiting protesting against Erdogan to protect the latter form the wrath on the Turkish streets.

Like al-Qaradawi and his devilish fatwas against the Syrian people, Erdogan is involved in the bloodshed in Syria.

Tens of security, intelligence and media reports confirmed that Erdogan’s government has been supplying the terrorists with the funds and arms to fight the Syrian army and people, in addition to holding training camps for them on the Turkish land and opening its borders for them to enter Syria.

H. Said




Latest News Syria: Russia - Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov

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Lavrov: Syrian Opposition Responsible for Delaying Geneva Conference

Jun 11, 2013

Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Lavrov said that the Syrian opposition is responsible for delaying the holding of the international conference on Syria in Geneva.

In an interview on CBS TV, Lavrov said that the US officials admit that the "Syrian Coalition" is not ready to negotiate and cannot even decide who to represent it.

Lavrov said that the Syrian government is ready to send its delegation to the conference, adding that "Moscow believes that the Syrian leadership will send its delegation to the conference, we should know if the opposition will or will not go to Geneva."

He dismissed the reports alleging that Russia's stance on Syria is a reaction to a "US potential interference" in other countries' affairs, adding that "Our foreign policy is firm and it is not based on such approach."

"Russia's western partners express their full understanding to the situation but they are embarrassed by their past statements", Lavrov said, adding that these countries tell Russia that " We said that President Bashar al-Assad should leave and we cannot retract our statements and swallow our tongues."

Lavrov addressed these western officials saying "Well, you have to choose, you can think of your reputation or you can think of saving lives."

He criticized US media which said that Russia is supporting a "loser horse", saying " It needs so much impertinence to use such terms to describe the tragic situation in Syria ".

In a related context, the Russian Minister said that Moscow is providing Syria with defensive weapons through contracts that were signed between the two sides.

He added that the international law does not prevent importing weapons to any sovereign country.

Lavrov expressed his country's disappointment that the International Arms Trade treaty didn't clearly tackle the issue of preventing weapons' sale to non-governmental organizations.

He said that the opposition forces which are fighting against the Syrian Army is equipped with modern warfare as was the case in al-Qseir, adding that "The opposition had artillery and anti-aircrafts systems".

Earlier, Lavrov and his Argentinean counterpart, Hector Tiimerman, expressed rejection of providing weapons to armed groups in Syria, reiterating their rejection to attempts to militarize the crisis in Syria.

Russia, Argentina Renew Their Refusal to Militarize Crisis in Syria 

Earlier, Russia and Argentina have reiterated their unequivocal rejection of the militarization of the crisis in Syria, expressing their concern over the escalation of violence that actually worsens the situation in Syria.

During their meeting in Buenos Aires on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister, sergei Lavrov and his Argentine counterpart Hector Timerman, expressed their refusal of importing weapons to illegal armed groups to be used against the army and the Syrian people.

Lavrov and Timerman called for a peaceful and political settlement to the crisis in Syria, an immediate cessation of all acts of violence and commitment to a comprehensive dialogue between all components of the Syrian people.

H. Zain/ M. Nassr /  Ghossoun


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Latest News Syria: Architecture Syria on Facebook


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Shaam on Facebook: Architecture of World's Oldest Inhabited City

Jun 11, 2013

Shaam page on Facebook is specialized in documenting the agricultural heritage of Damascus, the oldest inhabited city in the world.

Engineer Maher Shaker, head of the page, told SANA that the primary reason behind creating the page is to highlight the archeological treasure of Damascus and enhance the architecture culture.

He said that Damascus, as the world's oldest inhabited city, deserves to have its own unique architecture character as its originality combines heritage and modernity.

The page includes various photos of archeological landmarks of Damascus, with a caption saying "Our Sham: Heritage and Modernity is Our Way to Originality."

The page also include articles all written by experts in architectural heritage, the reports posted on the page document the historic and architectural character of each site.

Shaker highlights the great interaction with the page from university students and other interested people, adding that the page addresses all persons who are concerned in this field, amateurs and experts alike.

M. Nassr/ H. Said


Latest News Syria: Qusair


Soldiers and civilians holding the Syrian national flag stand near boxes containing aid from the Syrian army in Qusair, after the army took control of the city from foreign backed terrorists, June 5, 2013.







Syria: Etienne Davignon, Guy Verhofstadt, European Union, Bilderberg Group


Belgian former Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt who is actually president of the European Group of Liberals, dreams of a federal European superstate: “A federal EU is the only option. The EU should have its own president, foreign minister, army and prosecutor” – Verhofstadt on Lybia: “The weak position of the EU makes me sick” – Verhofstadt on Syria: “The time for peace talks is over, we need action now. If the UN doesn’t react, then NATO should.”

In 2004, Verhofstadt was suggested as a candidate to replace Romano Prodi as the next President of the European Commission.
In the 2009 European Parliament election, he was elected a member of the European Parliament for the term 2009–2014. He also has been put forward as the possible candidate for replacing José Manuel Barroso as the president of the European Commission by a coalition of greens, socialists and liberals.
On July 1, 2009 he was elected President of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe group in the European Parliament.
Verhofstadt is also a member of the Club de Madrid, an organization of more than 80 former statesmen. The group works to promote ‘democratic governance and leadership worldwide’.

Since 2012 is Verhofstadt a Board Member of the Brussels-based, Brussels-quoted Sofina holding (petroleum gas and oil platforms). He can look forward to a fee which is in line with that of the other directors, who last year received an amount between 42.000 134.000 euros. The Belgian industrialist Viscount Etienne Davignon is Honorary Director of Sofina.

Current directorships and offices held by Davignon: Chairman of Compagnie Maritime Belge, Compagnie des Wagons-Lits, Recticel, Sibeka, SN Airholding and Palais des Beaux-Arts (Belgium), Vice-Chairman of SUEZ-TRACTEBEL (Belgium), Director of Accor (France), Cumerio, Real Software, SN Brussels Airlines (Belgium), and Gilead (United States).
He is Chairman of the Bilderberg Group and of CSR Europe.
According to the Suez website, Davignon holds 11,111 Suez shares, which are currently worth more than 350,000 euro.

Verhofstadt pleads for the supply of heavy weapons to the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’. It is part of Verhofstadt’s idea of a Greater Europe and an European army. On 20 February 2009 the European Parliament voted in favour of the creation of Synchronised Armed Forces Europe (SAFE) as a first step towards a true European military force. SAFE will be directed by an EU directorate, with its own training standards and operational doctrine. There are also plans to create an EU “Council of Defence Ministers” and “a European statute for soldiers within the framework of Safe governing training standards, operational doctrine and freedom of operational action”.