Archive for March 8th, 2007

Haloscan installed

I have just installed Haloscan and, well, the problem is all the comments have gone away. I thought that, with the new installation that was not going to happen.

But well, now there are other pros: such as, the comments widget and the possibility of having trackbacks, something that I find very useful.


He instalado el Haloscan. Lo siento por los que hubiérais comentado algo porque, al instalarlo, dejan de aparecer.

Eso sí, hay otras ventajas como la utilidad lateral que va señalando los nuevos comentarios y la posibilidad de usar los trackbacks, lo que personalmente considero muy útil.

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Iranian women had been protesting throughout all this week. Of course, this is not the first time and the demonstrations have had similar results.

It all began when women where protesting the imprisonment of some other women who were beaten and arrested last year when they were demanding their rights at a protest.

[…] “half an hour after the protestants gathered in silence, two Police officers, one not wearing Police uniform [an icon of the intelligence forces] and a black-wearing woman approached the participants and tore apart their banners while swearing. Then, they confiscated one of the participants’ cell phone and told them to leave the place immediately, because “it is ordered from the above”. According to the latest news [at the time of writing], a Police officer is pushing, beating, and swearing to the protestants. He has been heard saying “we will arreast you all” and “we will hang you all from trees“.

A truly multicultural expression from the country who invented the Dialog between Civilizations.

Result? 50 arrests were made. The police officers hit one of the demonstrators, activist Nahid Jafari, in the van where she and the others where trasported and they were broke her teeth. Now they are denying her any medical assistance (a very similar procedure to the one used with Ahmad Batebi).

Nahid Jafari

They were afterwards transferred to the “Social Corruption Office” and then to the Evin Prison.

The women started a hunger strike.

Their relatives asked for information about them, because the authorities had not told them anything.

All but three were freed on condition the could not demonstrate today, the International Women’s Day. But they have demonstrated and the police have repressed them, although they have not been succesful in removing them. At least two of them have been violently beaten with batons.

Meanwhile on Thursday morning, teachers also gathered in front of parliament in their third protest in a week demanding raises and asking that colleagues fired for political reasons, as many as 1,500 only in Kurdistan, be given their jobs back.


Desde hace una semana, las profesoras iraníes se están manifestando pidiendo un aumento de salario y en solidaridad con varias colegas (hasta 1.500 en Kurdistán) que han sido despedidas por razones políticas. También pedían la libertad de varias otras mujeres que fueron arrestadas el año pasado para pedir más derechos.

Cuando llevaban menos de media hora, aparecieron dos oficiales de policía, uno de ellos sin uniforme (lo que indica que era de la temida policía secreta) y rasgaron sus pancartas mientras les insultaban. Confiscaron el teléfono móvil de una de las protestantes y les amenzaron con arrestarlas y colgarlas de un árbol.

Pero las amenazas no tuvieron efecto así que les arrestaron. Ya en el coche, rompieron los dientes de la activista iraní Nahid Jafari y, después, le negaron asistencia médida. Fueron conducidas primero a la Oficina de Corrupción Social y luego a la temida prisión Evin de Teherán.

Los familiares de las detenidas solicitaron información.

Todas menos tres fueron puestas en libertad, bajo la condición de que no podían manifestarse. Pero lo han hecho y la policía ha vuelto hoy mismo a reprimir con fuerza la manifestación. 2 de ellas han sido violentamente pegadas con bastones.

Todo un canto a la Alianza de las Civilizaciones o a la verdadera democracia iraní, como hay algunos que llaman a la teocracia islámica.

Gateway Pundit: Iranian Women Arrested at Tehran Courthouse Protest

The women were protesting the arrest of 5 women from last year’s Womens Rights protest. 25 women were arrested outside a courthouse in Tehran earlier today.

Kamangir (Archer) – کمانگیر » Blog Archive » Police Violence in Iran against Activist Women (Updated)

A calm protest in front of the Revolution’s Court was attacked violently by the Police. Here are a few news on the incident.

Gateway Pundit: Iranian Officials Break Teeth of Prominent Womens Rights Activist

The police officers hit Nahid Jafari’s head to the police van and as a result of such violent actions, her teeth broke and the officers are currently refusing to take her to the emergency room.

Iranian Prospect

After a long wait in front of Evin Prison, families of arrested women issued a statement, requesting the authorities to provide information. The statement expresses: “With 24 hours past the arrest of 33 journalists and women’s rights activists, as their families, we continue to have no information about their situation. Ever since the arrests took place, we have been unable to receive any responsible communication about the situation of those detained, and in spite of the cooperative promises of several judicial and police authorities, no news has been disclosed to their families in attendance by Evin Prison. As family members of the detained individuals, we request immediate release of information about their circumstances, and hope to see them released as soon as possible.”

Nevertheless, in late hours of last night, authorities contacted several families and instructed them to appear at the court for bail proceedings.

Gateway Pundit: Iranian Teacher’s Protest Continues- Women’s Rally Turns Violent!!

Witnesses in parliament’s Baharestan square reached on the phone by Adnkronos International (AKI) said police tried to remove the women by force, in vain. Fatemeh Govarai and Marzieh Mortazi Langharoudi, two of the 31 released from jail, were violently hit with batons by plainclothes officials.

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Well, even if you do not believe it, he really said that in yesterday’s session at Spanish Senate. Afterwards, he tried to mend what he had said and stated “this is the 1st time a political party accusses the Government of caving into ETA’s blackmail“.

The problem here is: Zapatero knew -as we all know now- that De Juana was not in the bad state he has told these last days. Someone who can maintain sexual relations in a shower is not in such a poor state as we have been told. Moreover, the act of exiting the ambulance on foot contradicts again that bad state.

Zapatero said that he was giving the 2nd grade (not excarcelation) because of humanitary reasons, that is, to prevent him from dying. So if it has been proofed De Juana was not dying, what is the blackmail about?

[Note: this is just a question. A worrying question. And I am not referring exclusively or mainly to March 11th bombings. There are other themes of interest here: his own talkings with the ETA terrorists before being president, or if he agreed with Carod Rovira in his meeting with ETA in Perpignan. But people should realise that if the Government is being blackmailes, we are all blackmailed. And the consequences of that blackmail are not know in the present and perhaps all them will be never considered].

But even if we consider that he thought De Juana was so frail as to die, he is totally contradicting himself his own words. In 1990, Zapatero stated about the hunger strike of ETA terrorists:

The Socialist Group shares the firm decision of the Government (Aznar) in front of an attack to democratic system as the colective hunger strike of imprisoned ETA terrorists, whose only final objective is not to fulfill the more accurate way to reinsertion policy inside the penitentiary system. This intent justifies in the political ground the firmness of the Government’s position.

This is marvellous, isn’t it? And very coherent with his present political assertions about the Aznar’s Government (that had also its flaws, as every human-made thing but nothing compared with this…) making concessions to ETA terrorist, eh?? The firmness of the Government’s position. My goodness…

El blog de las Zetapolleces has the video about yesterday’s session (in Spanish).

Thanks to Prevost I know that PP from Tres Cantos (situated near Madrid) has been receiving terrorist menaces for some time. They are calling them “Fascists“, “Hipocrytes” and are announcing “they will be taken to the same place as Franco and Miguel Ángel Blanco“. While Franco was a dictator so unwholly separated and different from any democratic ruler -as all dictators-, this is a great disrespect for Miguel ángel Blanco, murdered by ETA terrorists, when Aznar’s Government did not cave into ETA’s blackmail. A very wrong and wholly undemocratic behaviour.

Maya focuses on leftists’ reaction to these news: they simply consider these menaces made by PP.

Related posts:

Demonstration next Saturday.

ABC.es: nacional – terrorismo – Lapsus de seductor


Desde que calificó de «accidente» el atentado de la T-4, Zapatero no había tenido un «lapsus» o error dialéctico de tal calibre. «No es la primera vez que un Gobierno cede al chantaje de ETA», dijo el presidente del Gobierno en un arranque de frase desafortunado de por sí, que, con la consiguiente interrupción de los senadores del PP, pareció una confesión en toda regla. Luego lo intentó enmendar con la misma frase, pero con el añadido de que «es la primera vez que un partido se atreve a decir que un Gobierno ha cedido al chantaje de ETA».

Zapatero en 1990 sobre la huelga de hambre y el derecho a la vida (Internet Política)


El Grupo Socialista comparte la firme decisión del Gobierno ante un método de ataque al sistema democrático como es la huelga de hambre colectiva de los reclusos cuyo fin único es desatender lo que es, a nuestro juicio, la vía más acertada para una política de reinserción dentro del sistema penitenciario. Ese intento justifica que en el terreno político la posición del Gobierno sea firme.

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Former Russian diplomat who once led the United Nations’ powerful budget oversight committee was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to launder hundreds of thousands of dollars obtained from companies seeking U.N. contracts.

Vladimir Kuznetsov, 49, was convicted of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The jury in U.S. District Court deliberated for less than a day. Kuznetsov was charged in 2005 after an internal U.N. investigation of Alexander Yakovlev, a Russian who worked in the U.N. procurement office. [And one of the people who were accused of … the Oil-for-food scandal…].

Yakovlev, who testified against Kuznetsov, pleaded guilty in 2005 to soliciting a bribe, wire fraud and money laundering. He admitted accepting nearly $1 million in bribes from foreign companies seeking contracts to provide goods and services to the United Nations. Both men face up to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors said Kuznetsov established an offshore company to hide Yakovlev’s criminal proceeds, and in 2000 established his own offshore company to hide the transfer of criminal proceeds to himself from Yakovlev’s account.

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan waived Kuznetsov’s diplomatic immunity at the request of U.S. authorities.

More in Boston Globe.


El diplomático ruso que estaba encargado del Presupuesto de la ONU ha sido condenado por blanquear cientos de miles de dólares obtenidos de las empresas que querían negociar con la ONU.

Vladimir Kuznetzov, según los fiscales, estableció un compañía offshore para esconder las actuaciones criminales de Alexander Yakovlev, uno de los principales implicados en el escándalo Petróleos por Alimentos. Yakovlev se autoinculpó de las acusaciones de soborno, fraude y blanqueo de dinero en 2005 y admitió haber cobrado 1 millón de dólares en sobornos.

Ambos podrían enfrentarse a 20 años de prisión.

Pero es mucho más interesante la condena de Libby ¿eh?

Barcepundit ha tratado también el tema.

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Ya No Mas: Castro’s regime has killed more than 8.000 victims (in Spanish):

The chief executive of the project “Cuba Archive“, María Werlau,presented in Madrid the first data from a registry that documents the deaths that have been produced during the process whose head has been the dictator Fidel Castro.

The partial results of this investigation show that between Jan 1st 1959 and Oct 31st 2006 there has been 5.775 documented cases of executions, 1.231 unlawful murders, 200 cases of disappeared dissidents and y 984 deaths in prison, which sum up to a total of 8.190 deaths. Deaths in prison are up to a total of: 159 murders, 209 deaths because of medical negligence, 264 suicides, 21 accidents and 331 by “supposed natural causes“, about which Werlau said that “the death rate in prisons is higher that the rate shown by the rest of the population”.

The especialist added that the rate of deaths is higher but that the process is slow and difficult as the registry has not only the Castro’s dictaatorship -1959-, but also the Bastista’s dictatorship -since 1952-, to consider all of them as victims.

Thanks to El blog de Martha Colmenares.

Más en ABC.es.

Related with this, Babalu Blog has reported the beatings Guillermo Fariñas, Reporters without Borders Prize 2006, has suffered (link in Spanish) in the city of Santa Clara last March 2nd. He was beaten in the face with evident results: haematomas and inflammation in the face, bruises in the head and injuries in the skin. The independent journalist was handcuffed and driven in the patrol car from the Revolutionary National Police (PNR) to the 3rd unit of the PNR where he was detained for 1 hour, till he was freed by orders from La Habana.

He had been invited by the artist Miriam Fernández and other members of the emergent Cuban civil society in Villa Clara, who had been invited to a show of alternative art to realise in La Habana.

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Next Saturday, there will be another demonstration, this time it’s the Popular Party (center-right) the one who calls the citizenship to protest against De Juana Chaos’ 2n grade.

The Government’s decission to grant De Juana Chaos the 2nd penitentiary grade for humanitarian reasons has been contested by a great part of Spanish society. Especially after police spoke about the unauthorised "intimate communication" (that is, sexual relations) he was maintaining the day before and that, when he arrived at the new hospital, he was walking without any kind of assistance.

So, Socialists are now trying to convince everyone that Aznar’s Government was as soft as he is on terrorism. So they have produced a "report", in which they point out the excarcelations made during 1996-2004 period. PP has answered with another one in which they point out the excarcelations made by Zapatero’s Government and the differences between De Juana Chaos and the rest of the cases.

Zapatero has also menaced with opening some clasified information about penitentiary policy of the Aznar’s Government. He has also accused PP of "hypocrisy".

The session in Spanish Senate has been quite a mess, with continous shouts and noises. PP senators have called for the dimission of Zapatero, while the PP speaker have accused PM of telling ETA that "blackmail has results".

[Note: this is a stupid and idiot reasoning: it means that, just because some others had done something wrong, you can do it also wrong or even poorer, instead of changing everything for good. Of course, they are not considering this point of view].

It looks like there is another ETA victim. This time is, Ambrosio Fernández, an old man who has died because of the toxic air he breathe while in his home, which suffered an attack of terrorist street gangs last Jan 6th [festivity in Spain: it’s the day of the Witch Kings, los Reyes Magos].

At the same time, a lot of people have leaved flower bouquets at Dominican Republic Sq. in Madrid, where one of the most bloody De Juana’s terrorist attack was made (July 14th, 1986). Among the people, Aznar has gone to put his own bouquet, and has denied the reporters any kind of statement.

Navarra’s Autonomous Government has called on Navarros to another demosntration, this time on March 17th to protest the "little reasonable attitudes of the Government towards them". According to Spanish Constitution, there is the possibility of making a referendum in Navarra to insert it into Basque Country. The reasons for this Disposition are obscure but it has been pointed by Otegi to make "peace a reality" in the area. He considers that everything will be solved by building a great Autonomous Community by uniting both… adding afterwards that it is just a lead to independence and to the building of a socialist state there. He is also asking France to give the Basque French country to this experiment. Of course, France has said no…

To measure the bad atmosphere Spain is leaving now, we can mention the statement Communist Director for Communication of the Majorship from Rivas Vaciamadrid. In his blog, Royo-Villanova has said that "it is a pity that it is not legal to imprison and torture the chiefs of the PP, impose administrative sanctions on the PP sympathisers and to reprimand their voters". A model of democracy as you can see.

Lastly, PSOE dissident Rosa Díez says that the next step is to let Batasuna present themselves to the May elections without condemning terrorism.

ABC.es: PSOE y PP se arrojan las excarcelaciones de etarras durante sus Gobiernos

El director de comunicación del Ayuntamiento de Rivas aboga por "entrullar y torturar" a los dirigentes del PP – Libertad Digital

El director de comunicación del Ayuntamiento de Rivas aboga por "entrullar y torturar" a los dirigentes del PP

Interior analizará "lo más rápidamente posible" la información sobre la muerte del anciano de Mondragón – Libertad Digital

Interior analizará "lo más rápidamente posible" la información sobre la muerte del anciano de Mondragón

Zapatero, al PP: el debate sobre De Juana Chaos está ‘plagado de hipocresía’ | elmundo.es

Zapatero, al PP: el debate sobre De Juana Chaos está ‘plagado de hipocresía’

ABC.es: nacional – terrorismo – Aznar deposita un ramo de flores en la plaza donde atentó De Juana

ABC.es: El Gobierno de Navarra convoca una marcha por las actitudes de Zapatero

Rosa Díez dice que el siguiente reto es que Batasuna "se presente a las elecciones sin dejar de ser terrorista" – Libertad Digital

Rosa Díez dice que el siguiente reto es que Batasuna "se presente a las elecciones sin dejar de ser terrorista"

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