Thursday, May 31, 2012
Going Directly to Israelis and Palestinians
"By SHLOMO BEN-AMI, THOMAS C. SCHELLING, JEROME M. SEGAL and JAVIER SOLANA
With no prospect of meaningful negotiations between the Palestinians and the Netanyahu government, a new approach to peace is needed, one that focuses on the Israeli and Palestinian people themselves. Though not a perfect analogy, let’s call it UNSCOP-2 because the work of UNSCOP, the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, in 1947, is the closest precedent for what is needed today.
UNSCOP was charged with coming up with a solution to the Palestine question, and after visiting the region to hold hearings, and then traveling to Europe to interview Holocaust survivors, the committee called for two states, one Arab and one Jewish. It produced a detailed plan that included an economic union, a map of the proposed border and a separate international regime for Jerusalem. This proposal was embodied in the historic Partition Resolution (UNGA 181) approved by the U.N. General Assembly in November 1947.
Here is how we might proceed today:
• The U.N. Security Council (or the General Assembly if the United States does not support this approach) will establish a special committee composed of distinguished international figures acting in their own capacity. Possibly it would be headed by a former American statesman or senator.
• UNSCOP-2’s first task would be to determine if there is any possible peace agreement that would be acceptable to a majority of both the Israeli and Palestinian people.
• The committee would go to the region where, over a period of several months, it would conduct a transparent inquiry into the possibility of genuine peace.
First and foremost, it would listen to the Israelis and the Palestinians. Its hearings would be televised. It would conduct public opinion research and study the record of past Israeli-Palestinian negotiations — in particular, the Clinton Parameters and the progress made at Taba and in the Olmert-Abbas round. UNSCOP-2 would seek new ideas for resolving the most difficult issues, such as refugees.
• Assuming the committee concludes that there is sufficient popular support on both sides for a specific peace agreement, it would then develop a draft treaty which it would forward to the Security Council for further action.
• In a departure from 1947, no effort would be made to impose this treaty. Rather, the Security Council would call on Israel and the Palestinians to use the UNSCOP-2 proposal as the starting point for negotiations in which the two sides would seek to determine if they can agree on any mutually acceptable improvements. The United States could be invited into the process to play the role of honest broker.
Would the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government accept this people-based process? Governments always resist relinquishing control, and they may reject this proposal. Nevertheless, the process should go forward even if one government, or both, fails to embrace it. We should not make any assumptions in advance about how the two governments will respond once UNSCOP-2 has carried out its task.
Once UNSCOP-2 successfully identifies a set of compromises that both peoples can support, perspectives may shift. Possibly, in response to a directive from the Security Council, both sides will accept the UNSCOP plan as the basis for resumed negotiations. If that is not possible, the Security Council will have to consider its next step.
One option then would be for the Security Council to pass a resolution which embodies the UNSCOP plan and calls on Israel and the Palestinians to announce their acceptance. Were this to happen, provided that UNSCOP-2 has identified a solution that is accepted by majorities on both sides, both governments would be under enormous internal pressure to say yes. Should either Israel or the Palestinians be the first to agree to the proposed treaty, the pressure on the other side from its own people would grow even greater.
Agreement may not be immediate. However, an end-of-conflict plan that emerges from this process will have the staying power of historic resolutions such as 181 and 242. Supported by majorities on both sides, it will be an offer that political leaders cannot indefinitely refuse.
Shlomo Ben-Ami was Israel’s foreign minister, 2000-2001. Thomas C. Schelling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2005 for his work on conflict and cooperation. Jerome M. Segal directs the Peace Consultancy Project at the University of Maryland’s Department of Philosophy. Javier Solana was the European Union’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, 1999-2009."
Posted by björn (farmer) at 10:38 PM
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
"Two of the best-known business clans in global finance are joining forces, with the Rothschild banking dynasty set to acquire a stake in the Rockefeller group's wealth and asset management business.
Chaired by Lord Jacob Rothschild, RIT Capital Partners is a £1.9 billion ($3 billion) investment trust, which mainly focuses on capital growth through investing in a range of assets from equities to bonds and private equity from around the world. Now, the trust says it’s taking up a 37 per cent stake for an undisclosed sum in the parent company of Rockefeller & Co that was previously held by Société Générale Private Banking.
Société Générale, which has owned a stake in the Rockefeller wealth and asset management since 2008, appointed a new head of private banking in March, as it moved to overhaul the business.
Société Générale, which has owned a stake in the Rockefeller wealth and asset management since 2008, appointed a new head of private banking in March, as it moved to overhaul the business.
The firms intend to work on investment solutions and other areas of shared expertise to further serve the needs of their clients and investors according to the statement.
The partnerships unite 96-year-old David Rockefeller, and Jacob Rothschild, 76 – whose personal ties span five decades and as stated by Rockefeller “the connection between the two families remains very strong.”
Lord Rothschild, chairman of RIT, added, “The creation of this partnership with the Rockefeller family is truly historic. We look forward to the development of our joint investment activities across the global capital markets.”
The deal is expected to be finalized by the end of September.
Established in 1882 by John D. Rockefeller, an American industrialist and one of the richest men in recent history, Rockefeller & Co provides asset management and advisory services and has $34 billion (£21.78 billion) of assets under administration.
The Rothschild banking dynasty started when Mayer Amschel Rothschild opened a business in Frankfurt in the late 18th century.
The family’s name is associated with some historical deals, such as helping finance Britain's war against Napoleon in the 19th century and raising funds for a loan allowing the British government to buy the Suez canal."
Posted by björn (farmer) at 11:20 PM
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Brussels wants e-identities for EU citizens LINK
from infowars: "The European Union is now moving to create a mandatory electronic ID systemfor all EU citizens that would be implemented across Europe to standardize business both online and in person, authenticating users via a common ‘electronic signature.’ A single authenticating ID would guard access to the Internet, online data and most commerce. It is nothing short of an attempt to phase in a Mark of the Beast system, and a prominent Bilderberg attendee is behind the scheme.
Neelie Kroes is the EU’s Digital Agenda Commissioner, and is introducing legislation she hopes will force “the adoption of harmonised e-signatures, e-identities and electronic authentication services (eIAS) across EU member states.”
The extent of such a system would, of course, expand over time, particularly as many EU nations have resisted the big government encroachment of ID requirements on civil rights grounds, which even now smack of the Nazi regime’s draconian “papers please” policies that empowered their other avenues of tyranny. According to EurActiv.com, Neelie Kroes would later “widen the scope of the current Directive by including also ancillary authentication services that complement e-signatures, like electronic seals, time/date stamps, etc,” as the supra-national body attempts to corral more nations into participation.
This big brother system will be implemented in Europe first and later pushed in North America and the remainder of the globe, as the world is nudged step by step towards a total cashless control grid in the name of ‘safe, verifiable commerce,’ and of course, in the name of “security.” Nevermind that the plan would invite the hacking of identities and fast track forgeries. In the case of Europe, special emphasis is placed in part on “establishing a truly functioning single market” — part of the larger EU goal even now floundering.Neelie Kroes has been a long term Bilderberg attendee, showing up annually since 2005. She was on the official list for the 2006 meeting in Ottawa, Canada, then the 2007 meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, 2008 in Chantilly, Virginia, 2009 in Vouliagmeni, Greece and 2010 in Sitges, Spain as a delegate from the European Commission.
Posted by björn (farmer) at 10:16 AM
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
"Duke of Cambridge reveals he tore up original guest list
because it included names of 777 people neither he nor his bride-to-be knew"PUBLISHED: 00:39 GMT, 22 May 2012 | UPDATED: 07:29 GMT, 22 May 2012
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2147896/Prince-William-slept-just-half-hour-eve-Royal-Wedding.html#ixzz1vlcACF35
Posted by björn (farmer) at 11:48 PM
Saturday, May 19, 2012
"Wenlock - Official Mascot Of The 2012 London Olympics
On the official London 2012 website, we are told that Wenlock, the official mascot of the 2012 London Olympics, has a camera for an eye because that "lets Wenlock record everything".
How creepy is that?
No matter what Wenlock is doing, he is always watching and always recording...."
A recent Vanity Fair article by Michael Joseph Gross contained some additional details about Wenlock....
Even the 2012 cartoon mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, have the notion of surveillance built into their design. Wenlock and Mandeville are two slightly different-shaped silver blobs, meant to be drops of steel taken “from the last huge girder of the Olympic Stadium.” Each of their faces is taken up entirely by a single eye, which is meant to be a camera lens. The packaging for the plush-toy versions of both figures explains, “My single eye is like a camera letting me record everything I see.” (locog has also licensed toy versions of London bobbies and Buckingham Palace guards with camera lenses for faces.) Is the idea of giving children a surveillance toy, I asked Johnson, just a little creepy?“Are you referring to Mandeville and Wenlock?” the mayor replied. “The thing that children up and down the country, indeed across the planet, are crying out to their parents to buy them for Christmas? Are you referring to our national icons as creepy? I think that’s—they will be, if they are not already, as cherished and as sought-after as—uh ... Schtroumpfs. Or Smurfs. They are the Schtroumpfs du jour. They will be infinitely collectible. What to you is a creepy, monocular, Cyclopean android-type thing is to many children a lovable, hilarious, uh, individual—that will comfort them at night.”
Of course this is going to do nothing to reduce the reputation the UK has for being a Big Brother surveillance society.
In the UK today, there are more surveillance cameras per capita than anywhere else in the world. It has been estimated that there are close to 5 million surveillance cameras in the UK constantly watching every move that people make.
So Wenlock is a perfect mascot for an Olympics to be held in London.
The message that this "cute" little Olympic mascot sends is very clear....
Big Brother is watching you." LINK with thanks to Manal Fahmi!
out of a rainbow...
"Then the satraps, the administrators, and governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the judges, the magistrates, and all the officials of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4Then a herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages,
5That at what time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of music, you fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up:
6And whosoever falls not down and worships shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
7Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshiped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
16Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter.
17If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.
18But if not, be it known unto you, O king, that we will not serve your gods, nor worship the golden image which you have set up."
Posted by björn (farmer) at 12:09 AM
Friday, May 18, 2012
BARCELONA, May 14. (IRIN) -
Economist and Carles Gasòliba exeurodiputado has been named president of the Center for International Studies Studies in Barcelona (CIDOB) instead of Narcis Serra, has been reported in a statement.
He has named the board of the foundation of this 'think tank', which has renewed its membership to provide input to outstanding members of the Catalan civil society.
Thus, the trustees is composed of six people - Gasòliba, Serra, Salvador Alemany, Joaquim Boixareu, Josep Ribera and Javier Solana as president of honor - as well as six institutions - Generalitat, Barcelona City, Barcelona Provincial Council, Area Metropolitan Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defence - and five universities - UB, UAB, UPF, UPC, UOC -.
Carles Gasòliba (Barcelona 1945) From 1982 to 2004 he was secretary-general of the Patronat Català Pro Europa under the presidency of Jordi Pujol. From 1986 to 2004 he was a Euro MP for CiU in the Liberal Group of the European Parliament, and was spokesman for same in the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee. In 2004 he was elected CiU Senator for Barcelona, and was also Chairman of the Senate Committee for the Economy and Treasury. During the same period he was an MP in the European Council. He has been a member of European Parliament delegations to Japan, South America, Mexico and Central America.
At present he is Chairman of AXIS. Consultoría Europea, SL; Senior Advisor to RJ Consultoría de Empresas, and Special Advisor to FIPRA International of London. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of EUCOMED (Medical Devices Association) in Brussels. He is Chairman of the Spanish Committee of the European League for Economic Cooperation (LECE) and of its Mediterranean Committee in Brussels. He is a board member of the Fundació Cercle d’Economia.
Posted by björn (farmer) at 9:44 PM
Thursday, May 17, 2012
"MADRID – Just three days before his return to the Kremlin as Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin met behind closed doors at his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, with US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, who was there to transmit President Barack Obama’s renewed determination to strengthen cooperation with Russia. But Donilon returned home empty-handed: Putin will attend neither the G-8 summit on May 18-19 at Camp David, nor the NATO summit in Chicago on May 20-21, despite Obama’s effort to accommodate Russia by moving the G-8 summit from Chicago.
CommentsAs a result, what would have been the first meeting between Obama and Putin after his return to the Russian presidency has been postponed until the G-20 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, set for June 18-19. This delay has provoked much speculation.
CommentsSome point as a cause of Putin’s absence to recent tensions between Russia and the United States arising from Putin’s increasingly harsh response to the protests by his opponents at home. Others suggest that Putin’s aloofness stems from Kremlin infighting.
CommentsWhatever may be driving Putin’s behavior, this month’s two summits will affect relations between the two countries considerably, given the global security issues to be discussed by the G-8 and the need to arrange for Russia’s participation in NATO’s anti-missile shield.
CommentsTwo matters – besides the shaky global economy – are especially important for the G-8 summit. First, Iran’s nuclear program is now on the diplomatic front burner. After more than a year of deadlock, negotiations resumed in April. Russia, as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, participates in these talks, and its cooperation is essential to resolving one of today’s most vexing international problems.
CommentsMuch the same can be said of Russia’s role in resolving the crisis in Syria, owing to the strategic relationship that the two countries have maintained since the Cold War. Indeed, with the growing possibility that former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s peace plan for Syria might fail, and that civil war might erupt, Russia could be the international community’s only effective interlocutor left.
CommentsIn addition, it is essential to align the positions of Russia and the West on the anti-missile shield system now being developed by NATO, which will be a subject for discussion in Chicago. The principal aim of the system is to protect Europe and the US from possible attacks by short- and medium-range ballistic missiles from Iran and North Korea. But Russian leaders are skeptical about the true objectives of a shield, believing that it would undermine Russia’s security by curtailing the retaliatory (and thus deterrent) capacity of its nuclear missiles.
CommentsIn 2009, the “approach by stages of adaptation” launched by Obama seemed to ease bilateral tensions and prepared the way for the 2010 New START arms-reduction treaty, in which Russia and the US took a strategic leap to cut the number of nuclear-missile launchers by half. Following on this progress, at the end of 2010, the Russians agreed to study the possibility of cooperating with NATO on anti-missile defense.
CommentsBut the US was unable to offer legal – not just political – guarantees that an anti-missile system based in Europe would not obstruct Russia’s strategic potential. As a result, Russia is now so mistrustful that its military chief of staff, General Nikolai Makarov, recently declared that his country would not rule out pre-emptive attacks to destroy any part of the anti-missile shield that it views as a threat to its own security.
CommentsOne of the main arguments for this posture was Russia’s uncertainty about whether later steps in the “approach by stages of adaptation” might be a threat to its strategic ballistic missiles. Moreover, Russia opposes the deployment of military facilities in countries – like Romania – that joined NATO after 1999, a point made recently by former US ambassador to Ukraine Steven Pifer of the Brookings Institution.
CommentsIn view of the seriousness of the questions under consideration at the two summits, Putin’s presence would have been helpful. In addition to the inherent value of improving the personal chemistry between leaders, reducing tensions in the relationship between Russia and the West has become indispensable, given that negotiations over the missile shield, Iran, Syria, and other issues are bound to be long – and that the solutions are linked.
CommentsIndeed, acceptable solutions today would open the way for an unprecedented nuclear-arms agreement in 2013. This is a matter of major importance, for which a good understanding between Russia and the US is essential.
CommentsWe must do everything within our power to realize Donilon’s proposal to Putin to, in essence, “reset the reset” and bridge the gap between the two countries concerning the future disposition of their nuclear arsenals. For Obama, success would vindicate the Nobel Peace Prize that he was awarded in 2009. Russia, we can be sure, would benefit as well."
Posted by björn (farmer) at 10:34 AM
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Posted by björn (farmer) at 9:42 PM
Sunday, May 13, 2012
some people are in the know before others and communicate this with symbols and dark sentences. The following eye-opening Spanish article shows how these people use codes to share information among themselves on Twitter, as an example they present also the "Solanian way" on how this can be done:
"How to bypass censorship on Twitter: the example of France
Posted by björn (farmer) at 8:29 PM