Thursday, September 23, 2010

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Obama presses Mideast peace in UN address

 

UNITED NATIONS – President Barack Obama is exhorting the world to unite around the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, challenging the United Nations to support an agreement that would create an independent Palestine and a secure Israel in a year's time.
In a speech to the annual session of the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, Obama will call on world leaders to cast aside decades of division over the conflict, overcome cynicism and prove their support for a settlement to be reached by the two sides that his administration is now pushing against long odds.
Without a deal, he will say, "more blood will be shed" and "this Holy Land will remain a symbol of our differences, instead of our common humanity," according to portions of the text released by the White House in advance of the speech.
"If an agreement is not reached, Palestinians will never know the pride and dignity that comes with their own state," he says. "Israelis will never know the certainty and security that comes with sovereign and stable neighbors who are committed to coexistence."
The excerpts released by the White House dealt only with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and made no mention of other foreign policy initiatives that Obama is expected to champion in his full remarks. The emphasis underscored the urgency of overcoming hurdles that he has met less than a month after relaunching direct negotiatio of the Palestinian people will be won only through peaceful means — including genuine reconciliation with a secure Israel."
Israel, along with numerous U.S. administrations, has long accused the United Nations of being a forum for anti-Israeli activity. Obama laments that many member states have allowed the institution to become an echo chamber of criticism and condemnation without addressing the real need for peace or its requirements.
"Many in this hall count themselves as friends of the Palestinians," he was to say. "But these pledges must now be supported by deeds."
Among those deeds are providing financial support from Arab states to the Palestinian Authority and preparing those in Muslim world for an eventual deal that will see their countries at peace with Israel.
Obama was to urge the U.N. in its 60th year to look beyond past Middle East peace failures and get on with the task at hand.
"We can come back here, next year, as we have for the last 60, and make long speeches about it," he was to say. "We can read familiar lists of grievances. We can table the same resolutions. We can further empower the forces of rejectionism and hate."
"We can do that," he was to say. "Or, we can say that this time will be different, that this time we will not let terror or turbulence or posturing or petty politics stand in the way.
"This time, we should draw upon the teachings of tolerance that lie at the heart of three great religions that see Jerusalem's soil as sacred. This time we should reach for what's best within ourselves. If we do, when we come back here next year, we can have an agreement that will lead to a new member of the United Nations — an independent state of Palestine, living in peace with Israel."
Obama's speech was his second to the world body and comes amid a three-day U.N.-dominated trip to New York, where the president will also meet privately with the leaders of China, Japan, Colombia, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan. In addition, he will host Southeast Asian leaders and attend a meeting aimed at preventing renewed civil war in Sudan.

British firms could be first foreigners to buy land in Cuba since revolution

UK firms start talks with Cuban government about buying land for tourism and energy projects
Maria La Gorda, Cuba 
British firms are talking to the Cuban government about buying land for tourism and energy projects. Above, the beach at Maria La Gorda. Photograph: Jamie Marshall/Getty Images
 
British companies could be among the first foreigners to buy land in Cuba since Fidel Castro's revolution in 1959, following a delegation to the communist state next weekend.
Up to 25 British companies are aiming to strike deals that could allow them to develop hotels, golf courses and renewable energy projects.
Law firm Eversheds, Esencia Hotels and Havana Energy are among the firms that will meet Cuban government officials, who are trying to attract foreign capital to boost the country's shrinking economy.
"Cuba is open and prepared to receive foreign capital and to develop mixed projects along with the Cuban government," said Igor Caballero, a Cuban embassy spokesman in London.
The present government, led by Raúl Castro, has promised economic reforms and last month approved a law allowing foreign investors 99-year land leases. Cuba already has commercial relationships with Russia and China, although their distance makes tourism and other trade deals expensive.
The British trip, organised by the independent Cuba Initiative, takes place between 26 September and 3 October and may lead to the first purchase of Cuban land by a foreign investor since 1959.
"We are optimistic of a positive outcome to the visit in terms of UK investment. There are significant opportunities in a limited number of sectors," said David Jessop, director of Cuba Initiative. The organisation is co-chaired by Cuba's foreign trade minister Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz.
Some projects, such as Esencia Hotels' luxury resorts, could be worth up to $400m (£256m). The government could be prepared to sell 10 golf course sites, and other projects include a $40m development using a sugar-cane by-product to produce renewable energy, to be sold to the Cuban grid.
More than 170,000 Britons visit Cuba every year, a number beaten only by Canada, but Spanish companies such as the Sol Meliá hotel chain have bigger investments there.
Investing in Cuba is a challenge, because of the US embargo on the island, which limits banks' ability to lend funds directed to Cuban projects. Cuba, which still has miles of virgin coast, does not have the resources to develop its own tourism infrastructure. The country's economy is worth $60bn and its total electricity capacity is only slightly more than that produced by Britain's Drax power station alone.

Punishment for not going to Spain last to leave...

The Minister Spanish Foreign Miguel Angel Moratinos ( i ) and Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez ( d).
(Radio Marti 23/09/1910 ) - The Cuban prisoners of conscience who have not accepted travel to Spain and want to stay on the island will be the last out of jail , said in Madrid the Spanish newspaper ABC.

According to newspaper, and it reported authorities Castro to Chancellor  Spanish counterpart Miguel Angel Moratinos , who early on Wednesday met New York with Minister Cuban Foreign , Bruno Rodriguez .
Citing diplomatic sources, another newspaper Spanish , El Pais, said Cuba was granted " medical parole " to prisoners of conscience who refuse to leave the island after her release , which means that the government will maintain open court case for which they were imprisoned.
With presumed arrival this week in Madrid of four other convicts, and  would be 36 the imprisoned during Black Spring of 2003 that have released from prison after the agreement of the Castro regime with the Church Catholic in Cuba and the government mediation Spanish .
The Foreign Ministry Spanish hopes that the rest of the 52 political prisoners Havana promised to release are already released on 25  October, when Moratinos trip to Brussels for another attempt convince the Union European to change its foreign policy Cuba .
The Spanish foreign minister hopes to persuade governments Germany, Sweden and the Republic Czech , its European allies hesitant to  change called common position , which determines the normalization relations with Cuba to democratic reforms and respect for rights humans on the island.

Books...

Todorov: "Venezuela is in the attempt to build a new Cuba "

The French philosopher presents " The totalitarian experience , "a book of essays that analyzes communism

Day 22/09/2010 - 7:30 p.m.
Todorov Zvetan warned this morning that Western countries have adopted " neoliberal ideology "that put all thoughts of " economic imperatives ".
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Todorov during the presentation of "The totalitarian experience '
The philosopher of Bulgarian origin but lived in France since 1963, explained that the only response to totalitarianism is "knowing the truth before taking sides . "
The writer has presented "The totalitarian experience ' ( Galaxia Gutenberg / Círculo de Lectores ) , a series of essays analyzing the totalitarian , fascist and communist , to the fall in 1989, the Berlin Wall in relation to this . The author has referred to countries like Cuba , China , Korea and the radical Islamists to reference areas where the essence of totalitarianism is still valid. Venezuela has also referred to as a country that is "the attempt to build a new Cuba ' yes, without that model will be extended for the rest of Latin America , with the difference that they " have oil , so which have resources, while Cuba sold sugar only has it a lot harder to get ahead and run the national economy».
In addition , Todorov , Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences in 2008, has warned that neither America nor Europe " are safe from a recurrence of totalitarianism . " cause has been identified as a characteristic of fascism is " a strong nationalist component "and has warned that it is something that is repeated in today's Europe , " in a disturbing ", as shown in " xenophobia and distrust of the migrant '.
"It is as if Europe would become a kind of strength that lives with the fear of the stranger ', which causes the populations from other parts of the world, " is the enclosure in a field or were expelled to preserve the purity of our local population , " he explained. A situation that is not comparable to the expulsion of Roma , as the writer explained , since in that case does not address origin criteria , "but they have a different way of life : do not go with a suit and tie , not living in the downtown , do not bring children to school, but carry a marginal life which makes them easily in a perfect scapegoat when it comes to distract public attention from real problems . "
A major crisis
Todorov , Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences in 2008, this book gathers experiences as the salvation of the Jews in Bulgaria during the Second World War or an intimate portrait around the figure of Stalin.
In conclusion , as explained by the author, although "We can not talk now that neoliberalism is totalitarian , yes of certain legacies of totalitarianism ", as seen in "the solutions provided by different governments to the economic crisis , which serve the immediate problems but not to the structural causes of the crisis. " He added : " As a result, three years could have a much worse crisis . "
F: ABC.es / Front Line LPPNEWS simultaneous translations result