16-05-13

NATO: 'We deal in lead'

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We Deal In Lead Friend: The Magnificent Seven (1960)

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US President Barack Obama (L) walks alongside NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen (R), with other heads of state and government, as they arrive for the official family photo at Soldier Field in Chicago during the NATO 2012 Summit on May 20, 2012.

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The NATO leaders gather for a group photo during the NATO Summit in Chicago, Sunday, May 20, 2012.

 

 

14-05-13

Pierre Vigny: 'A true walking stick should be rigid and sturdy'

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Pierre Vigny is considered one of the most innovative masters of la canne. He created a system that could be best described as a mixture of several indigenous European self defence methods, resulting in one of the most complete and effective stick fighting methods ever devised...

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By the 19th century, the walking stick had become the hallmark of distinction, authority and strength. For the gentlemen of the era, it was not only an indispensable fashion accessory but also a source of confidence, security and nonverbal deterrence on the streets of Europe. In its various designs and configurations, the walking stick was also valued at home, where it served as an objet d’art and an effective weapon against invaders.

The French developed the walking stick into a formidable self-defense tool that became known as la canne.Adopted into the traditional savatetraining halls of the 1800s, it’s remained by the side of the kicking art for more than 200 years.

The Birth of La Canne

Pierre Vigny was one of the most innovative masters of la canne. Born in France in 1869, he began training in savate, English boxing and fencing at a young age. During his teenage years, he often ventured from one academy to another, learning new martial arts techniques and testing his skills against anyone who’d pick up a sword, stick or pair of boxing gloves.

In 1886 he joined the army, where he served as the fencing master for the second regiment of the French artillery at Grenoble. After leaving the military in 1889, he moved to Geneva and opened a combat academy. During this period, he devoted several years to the perfection of his own method of la canne.

Pierre Vigny devised a system that could be described as a mixture of several indigenous European self-defense methods. Many of the passes, thrusts and wards resembled fighting techniques from German swordsmanship, and a collection of the foot skills were borrowed from savate and French boxing.

Upon receiving an offer from Edward W. Barton-Wright to assume the position of chief instructor at the Bartitsu School of Self-Defence, Vigny relocated to England in the late 1890s and introduced la canne and savate to the British. During his time there, he met and trained with two celebrated jujutsu instructors: Yukio Tani and S.K. Uyenishi. From them, he acquired new martial arts techniques for his already efficient repertoire of self-defense skills, after which he formulated his method of personal combat, which included moves from wrestling, savate, jujutsu and sword dueling. The addition of the new techniques was deemed necessary because of the rise of hooliganism throughout England.

Perfecting La Canne

Pierre Vigny’s skill as a fighter and teacher attracted the attention of both the working class and the aristocracy. He served as a coach at the London Boxing Club and instructed at Aldershot Military School. Seeking better business opportunities, he moved to London, where he opened a school in 1903 under the patronage of Grand Duke Michael of Russia and became director and manager of the New School of Self-Defence and Fencing Academy. Interestingly, his wife also taught there, offering ladies instruction in the use of the parasol and the steel-spiked umbrella.

The syllabus at the school catered to students who were interested in a variety of fighting arts. Even though he conducted classes in the fencing foil, sword, savate and self-defense from morning to night, la canne remained Vigny’s pet project. He taught courses that lasted 12 weeks, a length of time he believed was sufficient to give the average person the ability to handle almost any emergency.

Shunning the lighter assault canes that were popular in the academic training halls—Pierre Vigny referred to them as “chopsticks”—he believed that a true walking stick should be rigid and sturdy. Because of his dislike for the less-functional models, he had one produced to his own specifications. Termed the “Vigny self-defense stick,” it was made from a medium-weight Malacca cane with a metal knob mounted on the end. The heavy ball served as the point of percussion, thus adding instant knockout effectiveness to the weapon.

La Canne Goes Global

By 1912 London held little interest for Pierre Vigny, so he returned to Geneva, where he managed the Academy of Sports and Defence for a number of years. He put the finishing touches on what is arguably the most complete and effective stick-fighting system ever devised. Several police, military and martial arts academies adopted his syllabus.

During the 1920s, Superintendent Henry G. Lang, an English officer of the Indian police, was required to search for a less-than-lethal equalizer to oppose the commonly carried lathi. While on leave, he traveled to Europe to learn the Vigny system, and upon his return to India, Lang produced a syllabus that he documented in the now-classic book The “Walking Stick” Method of Self-Defence.

In 1941 Henry G. Lang’s manual was translated into Hebrew, and for a time it was adopted into the kapap curriculum, later to be included as part of the training undertaken by an Israeli spec-ops unit known as Palmach. It’s estimated that up to 50,000 Israelis received training in the walking-stick method.

Pierre Vigny’s influence also reached the United States through jujutsu and fencing instructor Charles Yerkow. By the early 1940s, Yerkow had written a series of books titled Modern Judo: The Complete Ju-Jitsu Library, which served as a supplemental manual for American hand-to-hand combat teams. The section on stick play is based on Henry G. Lang’s “Walking Stick” Method.

Today, practitioners of Vigny la canne are privileged to be able to tap into a system that’s time tested, versatile and still very workable on the street. Anyone looking for a backup to his or her unarmed skills would do well to consider it, for it’s as relevant now as it was 100 years ago.

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La Canne: Savate’s Walking-Stick Weapon Art:
http://www.blackbeltmag.com/daily/mixed-martial-arts-training/boxing/la-canne-savate%E2%80%99s-walking-stick-weapon-art/

La canne Vigny - The walking stick method of self defence:
http://lacannevigny.wordpress.com/pierre-vigny/

The Walking Stick in Mandatory Palestine and Israel:
http://lacannevigny.wordpress.com/israel-connection/the-walking-stick-in-mandatory-palestine-and-israel/

11-05-13

Brussels: Capital of a neo-liberal Europe

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Photo: Guy Verhofstadt and his mentor, Willy Declercq

Willy De Clercq (8 July 1927 – 28 October 2011) was a Belgian liberal politician.

After his law and notariat studies at the University of Ghent and a scholarship at Syracuse University (Syracuse, United States), De Clerq became a lawyer at the Court of appeal in Ghent and a professor at Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Although he could have had a successful career in law, he got into politics. He was member of the Liberal youth and was elected municipal councillor and member of parliament.

De Clercq served in various coalition governments. He was secretary of state for the budget (1960–1961), deputy prime minister and minister of the budget from 1966 to 1968, deputy prime minister and minister of Finances in 1973–1974, minister of Finances in 1974–1977 and deputy prime minister in 1980.

De Clercq served as president of various international monetary instances and as president of the then liberal party PVV. He served for a term as a member of the European Commission (1985–1989). Moreover he became Minister of State in 1985. From 1989 to 2004 he was a member of the European Parliament.

In 2003, he created together with other prominent European personalities the Medbridge Strategy Center, whose goal is 'to promote dialogue and mutual understanding between Europe and the Middle-East.'

In the 21 July 2006 honours, Willy De Clercq and his wife, Fernande Fazzi, were both separately ennobled in the rank of 'viscount'.

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Photo: Verhofstadt; Jacques Delors, Founding President of ‘Notre Europe’ and Etienne Davignon.

Guy Verhofstadt 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 actually for supply of heavy weapons to the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’. It is part of Verhofstadt’s idea of a Greater Europe with its own 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”.

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Photo: Chief of Staff of the so called ‘Free Syrian Army’ Gen. Salim Idris addresses the media after he discussed the situation in Syria with Guy Verhofstadt, right, at the European Parliament in Brussels, March 6, 2013. Verhofstadt pleads for supply of heavy weapons to Idris but a number of reports indicate that Verhofstadt lies and that the weapons were already delivered…

June 15 2012 – ‘US holds high-level talks with Syrian rebels seeking weapons in Washington’:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9334707/US-holds-high-level-talks-with-Syrian-rebels-seeking-weapons-in-Washington.html

February 23, 2013 – ‘In Syria, new influx of weapons to rebels tilts the battle against Assad’:
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-02-23/world/37257...

February 24, 2013 – Syria. Saudis supply heavy weapons to so-called ‘moderate rebels’:
http://www.kavkazcenter.com/eng/content/2013/02/24/17389....

March 28, 2013 – ‘Saudi heavy weapons supply to Syrian rebels breaks up Arab summit in uproar’:
http://www.debka.com/article/22857/

10-05-13

In a free world anyone has the right to think what he wants

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Benedict de Spinoza was born on November 24, 1632 in a Jewish enclave in Amsterdam. When he was 23, his ideas about God, man's immortal soul, and free will (in reaction to the writings of René Descartes) caused his synagogue to excommunicate him. He published his masterpiece, Ethics, in 1677, making him a leader in rationalist thought, and paving the way to the Enlightenment period.

09-05-13

Saint-Gilles: Brasserie de l'Union, un café sans arrogance

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Commentaires - Comments - Reacties

1) Pas mal, si je compare mon expérience à la réputation du lieu...
La Brasserie de l'Union, c'est l'institution du parvis...un café/brasserie populaire où il fait bon vivre, et où l'on mange de bons petits plats faciles et pas chers. Apparemment, la réputation de la lasagne a clairement dépassé les murs de ce haut lieu des Saint-Gillois. Pour moi, rien à faire, quand il y a un bolo à la carte, c'est la dessus que je me dirige !

Et bien le bolo de l'Union, il casse pas vraiment la baraque. Bonne taille et bonne cuisson des Spaghettis, fromage en abondance, mais c'est la sauce qui manquait de goût...du coup on rajoute du tabasco pour relever le tout..dommage ! La lasagne en face de moi avait un look un peu "écrasée" mais l'assiette vide 5min plus tard me fait dire qu'elle devait être à la hauteur des "on dit".

Ambiance bon enfant, service sympa...je reviendrais clairement ici pour boire l'une ou l'autre spéciale en terrasse, sur le parvis...c'est clairement l'esprit qui règne ici !

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2) Clairement un des endroits populaires du Parvis...

J'avais du y passer il y a quelques annees, je pense meme y avoir mange une lasagne. J'ai redecouvert plus recemment un samedi soir d'hiver,...

Forcemment, c'etait rempli, on s'est retrouve assis sur une table pourrie pas loin des toilettes! Et je m'interroge toujours sur ce qui fait la reputation de cet etablissement...
...d'habitude j'aime le vieux, l'authentique mais ici, la magie n'a pas opere!

L'experience est sans doutes completement differente sur la terrasse au beaux jours! Pour rester positif, la carte de biere avait quelques options interessantes!

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3) Leur réputation n'a plus lieu d'être.
Les serveurs sont peu serviables. Limite ils râlent quand on commande. Pour payer l'addition, si vous y aller avec une bande de pote, pas question de payer séparément. Trop compliqué pour les serveurs de faire payer la table individuellement.
On peut y passer un bon moment, en effet, mais les serveurs ne sont pas la pour vous faire plaisir.  
Le service est lent. Le lieu est sale.  Mieux vaut aller boire une bière ou manger juste à coté.
Je boycotte!

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4) Bon à savoir : le hamburger menthe/romarin (au-dessus ou en-dessous du hamburger Union sur la carte) m'est arrivé sous la forme d'une viande (succulente certes) mais servie sur une seule tranche de gros pain artisanal et non point entre deux tranches de pain comme le souhaite l'usage. Sinon, les dimanches de marché mieux vaut ne pas en faire un endroit de conversation intime : il faut parler fort pour se faire entendre de ses compagnons de tablée.

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5) Petite brasserie tout à fait banale, mais qui fait plaisir de temps à autre. On y vient davantage pour profiter de l'ambiance du parvis que pour le bar lui-même; quoi qu'à côté de la Maison du Peuple, on est bien content d'être là...C'est un petit peu la guerre des genres: les trendy fashion iront à la Maison du Peuple, tandis que les bobos iront à l'Union se mêler à la populace, en plus c'est moins cher. C'est ça Saint Gilles, faire semblant d'être pauvre et fuir les autres riches.

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6) Aaaah l'Union ! Le genre de café où l'on boit volontiers des bières (pas chères) entre amis, tout en discutant et en refaisant le monde. L'ambiance est très détendue, les gens sont ouverts et la plupart se connaissent. Le cadre est certes un peu vieillot mais c'est aussi ce qui fait le charme du lieu.

Et si la réputation du café n'est plus à faire, côté brasserie c'est pas toujours ça. C'est vrai que c'est pas cher. Inutile donc de s'attendre à de la grande gastronomie. L'Union propose en effet un menu est plutôt basique : croques, soupes, spaghettis bolo ou burgers... C'est pas ce qu'on fait de mieux dans le coin mais après quelques bières, quand on a faim, y a pas à dire, ça tombe toujours à point !

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7) Présenté souvent comme le "pendant" de la Brasserie Verschueren, je persiste à croire qu'il n'en est rien... Sans doute une partie de la clientèle fait-elle les allers-retours entre les deux, mais à mon avis c'est à peu près tout.
La décoration témoigne d'un passé très local de type "café Bruxellois". Elle s'est malheureusement déglinguée au fil du temps et a perdu toute son authenticité malgré quelques tentatives avortées mais ferait le charme de l'endroit d'après certains ... Pas ma tasse de thé.
On y mange le midi et le soir des plats sans relief cuisinés sur place, à un prix modique. Nombreuses bières spéciales ... "ambiance" assurée certains soirs !

La terrasse, en été, m'a fait un jour penser à un tableau de Bonnard...  après quelques bières. Pourrait être agréable en été lors du marché dominical s'il fait beau...

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8) A part l'emplacement et la réputation, lieu devenu un peu sale, cuisine déplorable.
Mais terrasse sympa..

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9) Ce café brasserie est parfait pour tout type d'occasion : prendre un verre entre amis, un verre tout seul, lire son journal avec un café le matin, lire son journal avec une bière l'après-midi.
C'est entre 10h et 16h que les rayons de soleil viennent se poser sur la terrasse...

C'est aussi un bon endroit pour déjeuner ou diner, mais je ne pense vraiment pas que tous les plats soient de bonne qualité... Voire pas du tout. Une fois j'ai pris des spaguettis qui étaient franchement dur, et ils mettent toujours un tas de fromage, sans demander notre avis. Les lasagnes sont plutôt bonnes, mais pour le reste, je pense que ça ne vaut pas le coup de manger là-bas.

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10) Selon moi, si vous cherchez un petit troquet traditionnel du côté de Saint Gilles, un endroit chaleureux et confortable où s'installer pour le café du matin, ou encore la bière de fin d'après midi, il y a deux endroits qui se distinguent : Le Verschueren et L'Union. Pour le Verschueren, je vous renvoi aux avis déjà publié.

L'Union me semble être le frère jumeau du Verschueren, même type de clientèle, même genre d'ambiance, là aussi des tas de journaux à disposition, dont des journaux étrangers, pratique pour les non belge.

Nourriture à base de croque, soupes, trucs de troquets...je dirais que quand l'un de ces deux bars est complet, eh bien vous pouvez aller vous installer dans l'autre.

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11) L'Union is natuurlijk the place to be. Eén van de vele pareltjes op de Parvis, maar misschien het meest authentieke.
Ik schreef er vandaag 12/6 een stukje over op mijn blog :
hetrijkderzinnekes.blogspot.com

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12) Vandaag er opnieuw een koffie gaan drinken na het bijgelegd te hebben met de barman waarmee ik het gisteren even aan de stok kreeg.
Doordat er weinig volk in het café was, smaakte de koffie extra goed.
Zoals gewoonlijk was het weer markt op het plein, wat voor de nodige ambiance zorgde.
Een positief punt aan het café is dat er zowel nederlandstalige als franstalige kranten zijn weer te vinden (De Morgen, De Standaard, Le Soir, La Libre Belgique,). Ik maak van mijn bezoek gebruik om die kranten snel door te nemen. Zowel de interessante artikels als de gebruikelijke onzin die erin verkocht wordt, interesseren mij.

http://www.cityplug.be/fr/Bruxelles/LULEK6YS_Sortie_Brasserie-de-l-Union.html#reviews

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Parvis de Saint-Gilles 55
Sint-Gillisvoorplein 55
1060 Saint-Gilles
Quartier: Saint-Gilles
02 538 15 79

Horaires: lun.-dim. 8:00 - 1:00
Adapté aux enfants: Oui
Cartes de crédit acceptées: Non
Parking: Rue
Tenue vestimentaire: Décontracté
Adapté aux groupes: Oui
Ordre de prix: €
Réservations possibles: Oui
Livraison: Non
À emporter: Non
Service de restauration: Oui
Terrasse: Oui
Wi-Fi: gratuit(e)
Adapté: Donnée non disponible
Alcool: Bar complet
Bruit: Moyen
Ambiance: Donnée non disponible
Télévision: Oui
Traiteur: Non

Brasserie de l'union
http://www.brusselnieuws.be/eten-drinken/brasserie-de-l-union

Map:
https://maps.google.be/maps?ie=UTF8&cid=13525876293954098831&q=Brasserie+De+L%27Union&iwloc=A&gl=BE&hl=en

21-12-12

La Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme: Françoise Schein

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Françoise Schein (Bruxelles, 1953) est architecte de formation (études à Bruxelles et à New York). «La Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme» (1948) est un des thèmes qui lui tiennent à coeur. Elle l'a développée dans plusieurs villes pour constituer un réseau international. La première de ses réalisations sur ce sujet fut une oeuvre pour la station Concorde du métro parisien. Les villes suivantes étant Bruxelles, Lisbonne, Haïfa, Stockholm, Londres et Berlin.

Au départ, Françoise Schein était avant tout dessinatrice, mais elle s'est petit à petit orientée vers la sculpture et, plus tard, vers des projets urbains et en particulier des projets dans le métro. La ville la fascine. Cette artiste-architecte a commencé à voir de plus en plus les villes comme des êtres vivants qui racontent des histoires. Elle a à son actif une longue liste de sculptures, d'expositions personnelles et collectives et de publications.

http://www.francoiseschein.com/
http://www.francoiseschein.com/blog/

'Françoise Schein, architecte de l'espace et de l'humain':
http://www.liberation.fr/culture/06011652-francoise-schein-architecte-de-l-espace-et-de-l-humain

20-12-12

NATO-backed bomb attacks in Syria

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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (2-L) shares a laugh with British Foreign Secretary William Hague (3-L) prior to a group picture at a NATO Foreign ministers conference in Brussels, Belgium.

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Bodies of victims of a terrorist attack in Damascus placed in black bags. The attack also wounded more than 60 people.

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Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Obama’s order, known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The United States is setting up joint military, intelligence and medical working teams with Israel, Turkey and Jordan.

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'The war against Iraq and America's drive for world domination':
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2002/10/iraq-o04.html

'The American Drive for World Domination':
http://www.serendipity.li/wtc14.htm

'World Domination By the US: An Economic Disaster in the Making':
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/felkins9.html

'Iraq War Dead':
http://change-links.org/2011/08/iraq-war-dead/

NATO News: Belgium congratulated for it's commitment to NATO

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'Secretary General thanks Belgium for its contribution as a reliable Ally'

Brussels, 17 Dec. 2012

The NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen congratulated Belgium for its important role in NATO-led operations during a meeting with the Belgian Prime Minister Elio di Rupo and Defence Minister Pieter De Crem.

"Your soldiers and trainers in Kabul and Kunduz do an outstanding job.  Your jet fighters provide necessary air cover for ISAF troops in Kandahar, “ Mr Fogh Rasmusssen said.  “Their work makes a valuable contribution to our goa, to make sure that Afghan troops and police can take full charge of their country’s security by the end of 2014. And due to their courage and dedication, we are making steady progress." The NATO Secretary General also thanked Belgium for its commitment to Afghanistan after 2014.

Mr Fogh Rasmussen welcomed Belgium’s recent decision to deploy fighter jets on a new four-month air policing mission over Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia next September. This is the third time that Belgium is taking up such a mission as part of an Allied rotation.  The Secretary General stressed that overall, Belgium’s contributions are even more valuable as they are made in difficult economic times, when Allies have to spend more effectively together. He said that Belgium is playing an important role in multinational projects including NATO’s AWACS surveillance aircraft, and highlighted the country’s cooperation with the Netherlands and Luxembourg, calling it “Smart Defence in action.”

Mr Fogh Rasmussen thanked the Belgian Prime Minister for his country’s commitment to NATO and for its great hospitality for NATO’s Headquarters, present and future.

http://www.nato.int/cps/en/SID-DB50AC09-5EE4E49B/natolive/news_93149.htm

Photo: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and Belgian Prime Minister, Mr. Elio Di Rupo jointly meet the press at the Lambermont building.

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America's drive for world domination

Although completely unreported by the western media and the U.S. government, the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 by U.S.-led coalition forces was in large part an oil currency war which has been responsible for the death of at least 150,000 civilians.

Journalism in the Iraq war tended to focus on the Bush administration’s foibles and the chaotic political wrangling in Baghdad. The attention to civilians and the violence of the war quickly fell into a few reliable tropes: the Shia-Sunni fratricide, spectacular car bombs rather than the quotidian reality of violence, Baghdad-centric reporting (because it was too dangerous to travel), and any glimpse of progress on the ground. While Iraqis were reporting (through blogs and polling) that 80 percent of the violence was due to the U.S. military and the conditions of life were intolerable, this perspective rarely found its way into major news media in the United States.

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'The war against Iraq and America's drive for world domination':
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2002/10/iraq-o04.html

'The American Drive for World Domination':
http://www.serendipity.li/wtc14.htm

'World Domination By the US: An Economic Disaster in the Making':
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/felkins9.html

'Iraq War Dead':
http://change-links.org/2011/08/iraq-war-dead/

Photo:  Iraqi victims of American bombings (2003)

19-12-12

War on Iraq, War on Syria - America's drive for world domination

Although completely unreported by the western media and the U.S. government, the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 by U.S.-led coalition forces was in large part an oil currency war which has been responsible for the death of at least 150,000 civilians.

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'The war against Iraq and America's drive for world domination':

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2002/10/iraq-o04.html

'The American Drive for World Domination':
http://www.serendipity.li/wtc14.htm

'World Domination By the US: An Economic Disaster in the Making':
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/felkins9.html

Photo:  Iraqi victims of American bombings (2003)

Belgian government

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Belgium

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments
Date of Information: 12/6/2011

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/world-leaders-1/...

King ALBERT II
Prime Min. Elio DI RUPO
Vice Prime Min. Joelle MILQUET
Vice Prime Min. Laurette ONKELINX
Vice Prime Min. Didier REYNDERS
Vice Prime Min. Steven VANACKERE
Vice Prime Min. Vincent VAN QUICKENBORNE
Min. of Budget & Admin. Simplification Olivier CHASTEL
Min. of Defense Pieter DE CREM
Min. of Economy, Consumers, & the North Sea Johan VANDE LANOTTE
Min. of Employment Monica DE CONINCK
Min. of Finance & Sustainable Development Steven VANACKERE
Min. of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade, & European Affairs Didier REYNDERS
Min. of Interior Joelle MILQUET
Min. of Justice Annemie TURTELBOOM
Min. of the Middle Class, Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises, Self-Employed, & Agriculture Sabine LARUELLE
Min. of Pensions Vincent VAN QUICKENBORNE
Min. of Public Enterprise, Scientific Policy, & Development Cooperation Paul MAGNETTE
Min. of Social Affairs & Public Health Laurette ONKELINX
Governor, National Bank of Belgium Guy QUADEN
Ambassador to the US Jan Jozef MATTHYSEN
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Jan GRAULS

NATO's war on Syria: warmaker Hillary Clinton

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A year ago, U.S. president Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for Syrian terrorists seeking to depose Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government.  Obama’s order, known as an intelligence “finding,” broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the terrorists oust Assad.  C.I.A. officers are operating secretly in southern Turkey. Weapons, including automatic rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, ammunition and some antitank weapons, are being funneled mostly across the Turkish border by way of a shadowy network of intermediaries including Syria’s Muslim Brotherhood and paid for by Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

NATO's war on Syria: Israeli drones repainted in colors of Germany

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“Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany

The drones (unmanned aircraft) used by NATO to bomb Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya are designed by Israel. The Israelis are denied entry into Afghanistan, but nevertheless, the Israeli drones provide ‘security’ for the coalition in Afghanistan. Israeli drones are used by Canada, France, Australia and Germany in Afghanistan. Today, Israeli specialists are on the air base at Ein Shemer for training the flight of “Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany. Many of Israeli military products are standard NATO-compatible.

German MPs of the lower house of parliament voted 461-86 on Friday, December 14, 2012, to approve the deployment of two Patriot missile batteries and 400 troops in Turkey along the Syrian border, Reuters reported.

Picture: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu