Thursday, June 30, 2011

snippet from today's press

"Run in European meetings, the Finance Minister (of Belgium and its Debuty Prime Minister Didier Reynders) is close to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Spanish Javier Solana, Secretary General of the WEU (!!??), and Pedro Solbes, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of EFRAG, the Luxembourg Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the Eurogroup, and the other French Jean-Claude Trichet, past president of the ECB." Link

Javier Solana: "Being against Europe is nonsense"

Soros, Solana, Budapest June 2011, Link

"Madrid, 30 jun (EFE) .- The former secretary general of NATO, responsible for Foreign Affairs of the European Union, Javier Solana, today defended the need for supranational institutions like the EU, which address global threats a world "uncertain, unsustainable and unfair."
This has been delivered at the launch of "Humanity Threatened: Governing Global Risks," edited by Solana himself and the professor of social and political philosophy, Daniel Innerarity, and presented today at the Graduate School of Management and Management (ESADE) in Madrid.
Solana said that "being against Europe is nonsense," because its supranational nature allows to decide on global issues.
Gave as an example of "free transfer of power" to the European Union and stressed the need to reflect on the concept of "nation state" (!), because in his view, it is necessary to undertake a "profound transformation" of its meaning other traditional design with a commitment to a supranational level.
"The problems are global and require global institutions for resolution," stated socialist politician, who pointed out that the lack of institutions capable of managing the European multipolarity of early and mid-century led to European countries suffer disasters such as world wars.
With regard to emerging countries, Solana has said that his appearance has shortened the distances between a state economic and others, while "have reminded us that there is a world to share", because until just a few years ago they had into account.
In addition, he referred to climate change as one of the global threats that will continue to face supranational bodies, since the current growth rate the planet can not provide enough resources.
"There is only one planet, or whether or caretaker, or leave a catastrophe for those coming behind," he said.
In this regard, said that tensions arising from the distribution of natural resources may lead to new dangers, like the water of the Nile river in Egypt, which governed a rule imposed during the British rule, which ignores the needs of Sudan or Ethiopia .
Solana also pointed out that although inequality has decreased over the twentieth century under medical advances that have prolonged things like life expectancy, significant disparities still exist between countries and others that also may lead to new threats.
"The globalized world has led to the emergence of new non-state actors" that have the capacity to act with global consequences, some of which are positive and non-governmental organizations and others such as Al Qaeda or negative Somali pirates, he explained." Link
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JS: the significance of the ports


The significance of ports ...
01/07/2011 | Javier Solana and Angel Saz

The port of Bercellona
The port of Bercellona
72% of goods arriving in the European Union passes through the northern ports. According to an analysis of the Port of Barcelona, ​​to redirect traffic to the ports of the south would reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50%.
The Mediterranean is undergoing a monumental political transformation. The protests on its southern bank set in motion a process of democratization in the region. In a less visible, perhaps, is experiencing a return to another, equally important in geopolitical terms. The shifting balance of global power from west to east, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, is causing considerable apprehension in the United States and Europe. Their loss of power is obvious geopolitical and economic. Even if the future moves of the new emerging powers Brazil, China and India remains uncertain, however, this change could represent an opportunity for the Mediterranean basin. The Atlantic area has dominated the last three centuries when the world was the center of gravity to the west. With the focus shifted to the east, however, the main links are global and Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean view of the close relationship that now connects Asia to Europe, the Mediterranean Sea.
In numbers, container traffic between the Far East and Europe now reaches 18 million TEUs (ton equivalent) per year, compared to 20 million TEUs of transpacific trade and only 4.4 million TEUs of transatlantic trade between Europe and America. The flow of containers from the Far East and Europe Mediterranean using the routes through the Suez Canal on a much more rapid than the passage of the Panama Canal, the circumnavigation of Africa, or even (so far hypothetical) Arctic ice-free route . Despite the prevalence of the Mediterranean route for container traffic between Europe and the Far East, 72% of goods arriving in the European Union passes through the northern ports (for example, Le Havre, Antwerp, Rotterdam, Bremen and Hamburg), while only 28% landed in the Southern European ports of Barcelona, ​​Marseille, Valencia and Genoa. More than half of the containers from the Far East to Milan is downloaded in the northern European ports. In other words, the majority of ships entering the Mediterranean from East Asia through the Suez Canal and passing in front of Genoa, Marseilles, Barcelona and Valencia, adding another three days before arriving in Rotterdam or Hamburg. Unload goods at a port in a port instead of Atlantic Southeast Europe implies a considerable financial and environmental burden, eroding Europe's competitiveness. According to an analysis of the Port of Barcelona, ​​taking into account the final destination and origin of goods imported and exported, the optimal distribution of the economic and environmental point of view of the flow of containers should be 37% in Northern European ports and 63 % in the South-European.
The study, based in part on the methodology of the European Agency for the Environment, concludes that redirect traffic to ports in southern Europe would reduce CO2 emissions by at least 50%.
Of course, a rebalancing of this kind is unthinkable for reasons both political and economic.After all, the current imbalance in container traffic reflects the economic dynamism of northern Europe, the efficiency of its ports, the excellent road and rail infrastructure connecting them to virtually every corner of the continent, and economies of scale generated by the volume of goods and intermediate. However, since it is expected that container traffic will increase by 164% by 2020, the ports of southern Europe should be allowed to increase their share of traffic between Europe and the Far East by 40-50%. To achieve this, the ports of southern Europe need stronger logistics infrastructure, particularly rail links them aggancino the main European network. The trans-European transport policy (TEN-T), currently under review by the European Union, it is crucial from this point of view: it provides guidelines for developing the basic infrastructure of the old continent. Although these facilities are largely funded by individual Member States of the EU through their own funds, the Ten-T is binding and marks the priorities for each of the participants. So it is absolutely essential that the Ten-T reflects the importance of rail links to ports in southern Europe.
To this end, the political criterion should be to help efficiency, reconciled by the consideration of environmental costs of transport by land and by sea. If Europe and its companies want to remain competitive and achieve the strategic goal of "Europe 2020" a continent that uses its resources with the railway infrastructure is vital in the Mediterranean. Of course, there is another geopolitical condition that must be met to achieve this balance: the Suez Canal must continue to be a passageway safe and reliable. Any threat to its normal operation would move the routes between Europe and the Far East to the southern tip of Africa, marginalizing the Mediterranean (and rising transport costs dramatically).
The Mediterranean has played a crucial role in early civilization in Egypt and Mesopotamia, was the sea of ​​the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, and was the center of the world for the first Arab and barbarians, then Ottomans and Spanish. Today, after having lost weight following the opening of new directions of European trade (to the Americas and the East), the Mediterranean has a great chance to regain lost prestige." LINK

UNSECO sharply condems Israel

"UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee yesterday decided to call on Israel to stop immediately all archaeological excavations in the Old City of Jerusalem and not carry out its plan to demolish the temporary bridge to the Mughrabi Gate, linking the Western Wall to the Temple Mount, and to build a new bridge in its stead.

The decision was initiated by Jordan along with three other Arab states: Egypt, Bahrain and Iraq. The decision was passed by a consensus of all the 21 members on the committee. Four countries—Australia, Switzerland, Brazil and Mexico—expressed sharp reservation to the anti-Israel content in the decision, but did not vote against. These countries, along with Estonia and Sweden, also demanded to postpone the debate on the charged subject, but their demand was denied by a majority. The Israeli ambassador to UNESCO, Nimrod Barkan, who has the position of observer, asked to speak and to present Israel’s positions against the Jordanian document—but the Egyptians refused, and the Israeli ambassador was not given permission to speak.

Along with the harsh condemnation of Israel and the demand to stop immediately all archaeological excavations in the Old City, including the Western Wall, the committee also called to send a delegation to Israel on behalf of UNESCO to ensure that the work stop. Israel announced that it would not let such a delegation enter.

Political officials in Israel reacted angrily to Jordan’s conduct and said that it had broken an explicit agreement signed last week on the demolition next week of the temporary bridge that is in danger of collapse. In the agreement, Jordan promised not to demand a condemnation of Israel in UNESCO." LINK

eu taxes coming

The EU Commission has voted to fund the EU with a transaction tax. President Barroso is expecting resistance.Germany always spoke out against "EU taxes" . But EU politician Martin Scholz, (
since 2004 leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament) supported the plans now. LINK

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

social programming and global effects

Yesterday at a major conference has been announced the birth of a new College of International Studies (College Internationale de l'Etude Globale - C.I.E.G.) wich is just a working name for that coming institution, but already in builing progress- It is developed by the Global Foundation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme, as General Secretary Michel Wieviorka revealed under the name "neither god nor masters"-network, Link. From the 22 teaching Chairs he announced already twelve, among them Javier Solana, Manuel Castells, Ulrich Beck, Nancy Frazer, Michelle Foucher, Fernando Henrique Cadorso (former president of Brazil) and Leonel Fernandez (president of the Dominican Republic), who will get one of these Chairs. (Video from the announcement, in from minute 13:55, in French).

Manuel Castells is currently professor at the Annenberg School of Communication (University of Southern California) and leads the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute Barcelona University virtual world. After studying in France, Manuel Castells is Associate Director of Studies in sociology at the EHESS, and was appointed professor of sociology and urban and regional planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

The curriculum vitae of this Spanish sociological and informatic genius is well worth reading: LINK
Among others since 2009 he also advised the Vice-President of the EUROPEAN COMMISSION MARGOT WALLSTRÖM (remember "famous Cairo ENP speech blow new life into Barcelona-Process ") on the future direction of EU Communication Policy. LINK, LINK.

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farmer

notre dame de la Garde

French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde on Tuesday clinched the top job at the IMF, keeping the international lender in the hands of a European at a time of growing concern over a possible Greek debt default. Lagarde will become the first woman to head the International Monetary Fund when her five-year term as managing director begins on July 5.

Lagarde, 55, succeeds Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned from the IMF in May to defend himself against charges of sexual assault against a New York hotel maid. He has denied the charges.

LINK

She is part of Project Syndicate (like Solana, sponsored by Soros) and was invited to the Bilderberg Conference 2011. LINK
"On self-assignment from NowPublic, I awaited outside the party room at the Bilderberg conference this year, tracking the whereabouts of Geithner. I saw Kahn there too. He was talking with a maid, and I thought nothing of it. When I turned around, there she was, Christine Lagarde. Aha, I snapped this picture."

Continue reading at NowPublic.com: No more scandals at the IMF | NowPublic News Coverage http://www.nowpublic.com/world/no-more-scandals-imf#ixzz1QeMeAFXH

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farmer

Friday, June 24, 2011

despite a storm the sun shines high


"Book Launch
"Humanity is threatened: to govern the global risks"
Authors: Javier Solana and Daniel Innerarity
Thursday June 30, 2011, at 19:30 pm

At the end of the ceremony, a Spanish wine will be served and attendees can purchase a copy of the book." LINK


"The Great Wave off Kanagawa (神奈川沖浪裏 Kanagawa Oki Nami Ura?, lit. "Under a Wave off Kanagawa"), also known as The Great Wave or simply The Wave, is a woodblock print by the Japanese artist Hokusai. An example of ukiyo-e art, it was published sometime between 1830 and 1833...

Radio UNAM. "La Gran Ola de Kanagawa" (in Spanish). Retrieved 7 July 2010.)...

Andreas Ramos, a writer, notes:

[...]a seascape with Fuji. The waves form a frame through
which we see the mountain. The gigantic wave is a yin yang
of empty space beneath the mountain. (farmer: =what is NOT
SEEN IS SAME IMPORTANT AS WHAT IS SEEN! if you
turn around the picture, the same wave form is seen as a negative)
The inevitable breaking that we await creates a tension in the
picture. In the background, a small wave forming a miniature
Fuji is reflected by the distant mountain, itself shrunk in
perspective. The little wave is larger than the mountain.
The small fishermen cling to thin fishing boats, slide on a
sea-mount looking to dodge the wave. The violent Yang of
nature is overcome by theyin of the confidence of these
experienced fishermen.
Strangely, despite a storm, the sun shines high." LINK

Solana means sunshine.

Solana with FC Barcelona and Poland


before the start at at the end of the Hungarian half-years presideny of the Council of the European Union Javier Solana has been in Budapest to have his word. Now as from July on it is Poland's turn for a half year, he shows up with the former Polish President...interesting, as the former High Representatve of the CFSP of the EU is officially a retired gentleman...and FC BARCELONA is the place to meet...


THE POLISH PRESIDENT and Solana MARVEL AT THE BARCA GAME

"I am delighted with the play of the Barca players, congratulations, and I confess that I have great envy them." Thus concluded Kwasnievski Alexander, former president of Poland, his speech at the opening ceremony of `Pro Forum Future Have you held on Wednesday by Banc Sabadell.

The journalist, sports minister during the 80's and Olympic Committee President of Poland from 1995 to 2005, used his visit to Barcelona to express publicly his admiration for the Barca game.

The event also participated the politician Javier Solana, the creator of the forum with Kwasnievski, whose main objective is to launch a space in which to reflect on the future of the European Union."

LINK

see more pictures also here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bancosabadell/5861220746/in/photostream/


"The former Secretary General of NATO and High Representative for the "common security" of the EU, Javier Solana, has expressed confidence that the Polish presidency of the union will be overall "positive" and know the challenges it faces now same community, the first of which, he said, is the output of the economic and financial crisis with the best possible conditions.

Solana and the foreign secretary of the Generalitat, Xavier Florence, both highlighted the new "trio" of the EU presidency which starts in July, which consists of Poland, Denmark and Cyprus, will know to take decisions more convenient for the whole community, even if it means facing difficult situations." LINK

"The Foundation of the football club at FC Barcelona has explicit objectives to support the links between sport and conflict resolution. This was marked by FC Barcelona’s adhesion to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the donation of 0.7% of the club’s ordinary income to the Foundation to support its programmes and projects. This has led to the strengthening of our early alliances with Unicef, UNESCO and UNHCR. FC Barcelona was awarded a position as a member of the ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council of the United Nations) and has recently endowed a UNESCO Chair in Sport and Peacebuilding in partnership with the Open University of Catalunya to support and develop sport as a tool for social coexistence and the resolution of conflicts. The initiative has seen the launching of an Masters Degree, in Spanish and in English, in Sport, Social Cohesion and Conflict Resolution." LINK

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

they want a "silla única" - a single chair

"The Prince of Asturias has encouraged today to join forces to meet challenges of globalization as a threat to peace, terrorism, human trafficking and the requirements for overcoming the economic crisis energy, environment, migration and health crises.
Don Felipe, who presided in the auditorium of the Museum of Prado's closing ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Elcano Royal Institute for International and Strategic Studies, pointed out that, precisely in today's "complex and difficult moments" is "most useful when may be the calm reflection, yet flexible "about the" grand challenges ". Link
Our country, he added, "has the ability to participate constructively in European and international forums, in the design and implementation of new instruments that undoubtedly will arise in order to contribute to better governance globalization. "

"To members of the board of the institute and former Prime MinisterFelipe González , the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation,Trinidad Jiménez , or former Secretary General of NATO Javier Solana , Prince Philip has championed the partnership between public and private that characterizes this center.

This form of cooperation at the Royal Elcano Institute, said, "is further proof of the desirability of joining the two spheres to serve an important common cause, to benefit the whole society."

After ensuring that the Real Instituto Elcano "falls short of the best" "think tank" of the world, has encouraged the institution to continue working "in the service of Spain" by offering a reflection "calm" but "agile" of " challenges "today." LINK

Javier Solana said there something about going back to a situation like in 1750. (I do not find the link) This was when South-America(Brasil) was divided between the world powers Portugal and Spain. Link. Today an Columbian article talks about the Bilderberg people dividing Latin America and Columbia and giving it to Spain. Link

For his part, former president of Caixa Catalunya and president of the International Centre for Opinion Research of Barcelona (CIDOB), Narcis Serra, noted during the roundtable "The economic crisis and the emerging powers Towards a new international order?" that Europe will not be a global player if no progress on integration.

The current economic crisis is, in his view, the "most serious" since 1929 and Europe must be aware that out of it "affect the international order," so if it does not direct its activities toward a "single seat" not succeed in having a role in the economic sphere and in relations between countries. LINK


2008: "In a balance report of the first 10 years of EMU, the Parliament regrets that, despite the increasing role of the euro in the world, the importance of the euro in international financial and monetary affairs has barely grown.

The EP calls for a single seat for the EU in international financial institutions

To increase the economic weight of the EU, MEPs advocate common positions and strengthen the representation through a single seat in international financial institutions and forums.They also urge Member States of the eurozone to speak with one voice on policy rates.
The European Parliament also calls for the EU to take the leading role internationally to reform the financial architecture for the benefit of global stability."

The full MEPs today called for a chair only for the EU institutions and international financial forums in order to increase the weight of the Union and the euro's international role."


"The Candidate: As I was saying, I trust you gentlemen to counteract centuries of misinformation españolista. The people of this earth must know their real historical roots ...

The Creative: What are according to you?

The Candidate: One hundred per cent British. Reputable studies at the University of Lancashire have concluded that the aborigines of this land, tall, burly, blond and blue eyes were nothing more than Anglo arrivals expedition to the archipelago years after the fall of the Roman Empire in the province of Britannia.

The Creative: Mother, with a little luck we can convince people that the baby Jesus was also born in Westminster ...

The Candidate: The very word "Guanche" is but one etymological derivation of "One Chair". The people of the clan's unique chair that matches our true ancestors canaries. We are One-Chairs! no "Guanches".

The Account Director: Amazing ...

The Creative: Jojojojojojojojo! A single chair to sit at all! For Mordor!"

LINK

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guanches


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farmer

Ashton hearing

"Q4 Lord Teverson: Just briefly, what would you see as the three milestones for the next
12 months, which is really part of the broader question?

Baroness Ashton of Upholland: "...The second one is to build the priority that I have set myself for the neighbourhood into the programmes that we have, to get the Neighbourhood Policy, which we have rewritten, absolutely at the core of what we do, working for all Member States so that everybody feels a sense of ownership of that. That is going to be really key..."

from: page 7 of HOUSE OF LORDS

Sunday, June 19, 2011

WEU lives on, hereinafter called "the Ten"!

DECISION OF THE
COUNCIL OF THE WESTERN EUROPEAN UNION
ON THE RESIDUAL RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS OF THE WEU
(27 May 2011)
-Considering that Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom agree that they shall, under international law, be
jointly liable for fulfilling the residual administrative obligations of the WEU and that, to this
extent, they will assume jointly the rights and obligations of the WEU;
- Considering that it is in the interest of the staff of the WEU and the States Parties that the
execution of the remaining WEU obligations with respect to personnel is ensured by a legal
entity, acting in its own name on behalf of the States Parties
- Considering that the States Parties and Member States of the European Union have jointly identified the European Union Satellite Centre as the legal entity to which shall be transferred the residual administrative obligations arising from the dissolution of the WEU. " LINK



Far-sighted

The Western European Union lives on!
16.06.2011 / 04:05 CET

A huge void will open up in Europe's institutional landscape at the end of this month, when the Western European Union (WEU) ceases to exist.

But international organisations do not simply disappear – they leave behind “residual administrative tasks”, which in this case have been entrusted to the EU Satellite Centre in Torrejón de Ardoz, near Madrid. The Satellite Centre will now administer the pensions of WEU officials and their social plan, and assist in the liquidation of WEU assets.

To that end, the Satellite Centre has been instructed by EU member states to recruit new staff, to be financed from a €5.3 million fund that is to be created by the ten states that launched the WEU in 1954 – Belgium, Germany, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

The WEU, then, lives on in satellite form. The Satellite Centre was chosen for the new task because it is one of just two EU institutional descendants from the WEU. (The other being the Institute for Security Studies in Paris.)



In 2010, Mr. Lovrenčič was elected as Director of the European Union Satellite Centre.
From 2006 to 2009, he served as the EUSC’s Deputy Director. Mr. Lovrenčič received his B.A. magna cum laude in International Affairs from l'Université Américaine de Paris, France, and studied in Cairo, Egypt. He obtained his Master's degree in Foreign Service, with distinction, from Georgetown University, Washington D.C.. He also did post-graduate studies in the field of international security at John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. LINK

More info in the European Union Satellite Center:

Latest mentioned visitor at Torrejón was
03 June 2011: Mr. Krichbaum, German MoP, European Affairs Committee Chairman, who like Javier Solana was attending this years MUNICH SECURITY CONFERENCE. Link

"THE ROLE OF THE KINGDOM OF SPAIN

While the pocket scratch or the European governments, docile to the wishes of the emperor, but uneasy about the disaster of the economy, Rasmussen has decided to reorganize the terrorist organization.Between the barracks is eliminated Retamares Ground Command (Madrid), despite attempts by the girl NATO to keep it.When not possible, intended to be installed in Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid) Air Operations Center.The proposal seems to have angered the military leaders of the kingdom, because they argue that there is already such a center, which will have to invest thirty million euros to renew it.Surely Comrade Rodriguez have said yes to all proposals for Rasmussen, happy to have their emperor." LINK

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farmer