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h/t American Israeli Patriot.

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Evo Morales, the Bolivian president, could stay in power until 2018 under constitutional rules proposed on Friday by his supporters.

The proposal will fuel concerns that Mr Morales is bent on concentrating his power, emulating Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan leader, his closest regional ally.

The governing MAS [Movimiento al socialismo = Way to socialism] party’s representatives in an assembly that is rewriting Bolivia’s constitution have proposed that the new document allow presidential re-election.

The MAS also confirmed that Mr Morales will be a candidate for the presidency in elections likely to take place next year, under new rules currently being discussed in a constitutional assembly.

That appeared to contradict statements made last week by the president, who suggested he would not stand in the 2008 elections. But MAS politician Carlos Romero on Friday clarified that Mr Morales would also be allowed to stand for a third term as president in elections in 2013.

Mr Romero told the EFE news agency that “2008 would not be a re-election, but a new election” under a new constitution, implying that Mr Morales could seek re-election for another five-year presidential term, which would end in 2018.

My goodness… But it goes on:

The MAS proposal echoes the rule of Alberto Fujimori, the authoritarian leader of Peru from 1990 to 2000, who was able to override a presidential two-term limit to stand in the 2000 elections thanks to the congressional passage of a “law of authentic interpretation” which suggested that Mr Fujimori had in fact only run for the presidency once under the existing constitution.

And then he is copying Fujimori….

Also FT reports about the sacking of YCFB [Bolivian Petrol Company]’s chief Morales Oliveira because of an scandal with the contracts with foreign investors [including Spanish-Argentinian Repsol YPF]:

The basis of the scandal is a string of irregularities in new gas contracts the government submitted to the legislature. The lower house of Congress – which is dominated by the pro-government MAS party – last November approved the 44 contracts signed last year with 12 foreign investors, including Respol of Spain, Petrobras of the US, Total of France and BG of the UK.

However, when the contracts were examined by the Senate, in which the opposition has a slim majority, it was discovered that the contracts submitted to the legislature were substantially different from those signed with international energy companies. Among the differences were errors in the names of the companies involved and in the location of natural gas reserves.

Because of the irregularities, the new contracts – which are slated to introduce higher tax rates for multinational investors – have still not come into force, five months after they were signed. The result has been that foreign investment in the sector has been frozen since last year

Related news: I did not treated it here -I just did not have time…- but some days ago I read a woman had been stoned to death in Bolivia, after being accused of adultery h/t Blogbis and Desde El Exilio. The Bolivian Constitution has forbidden the death penalty, yet some people are condemned to it by comunitary justice. Of course no trial, no lawyer…. And there are people who justify this:

Felipe Quispe, ex-peasant leader and today leader of his community Ajaría Chico (Omasuyos), said that the death penalty comes when the victim does not modify his/her behaviour after a first reflection and a second, after some chicotazos -I figure this is like beats but I am not sure..-

There are times in which they are expelled from community and some others they are condemned to death, he/she can be anihilated, hunged more than everything“, he revealed coincidentally with Callisaya [MAS deputy], who assures that “these extreme cases” happen when someone is “contaminated, polluted” and cannot be reiserted.

I think no comment is necessary…


El presidente boliviano, Evo Morales, podría estar en el poder hasta el año 2018 bajo las nuevas normas constitucionales que ha presentado su partido. Emulará así a Chávez, el líder venezolano, su aliado más cercano en la región.

El político del MAS, Carlos Romenro, dijo que se permitirá a Morales presentarse no sólo a un 2º mandato, cuyas elecciones se celebrarán en 2008, si no también en 2013, pudiendo presentarse a un tercer mandato.

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A website run by associates of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian president, reported last night that the Britons would be put before a court and indicted.

Referring to them as “insurgents”, the site concluded: “If it is proven that they deliberately entered Iranian territory, they will be charged with espionage. If that is proven, they can expect a very serious penalty since according to Iranian law, espionage is one of the most serious offences.”

The warning followed claims by Iranian officials that the British navy personnel had been taken to Tehran, the capital, to explain their “aggressive action” in entering Iranian waters. British officials insist the servicemen were in Iraqi waters when they were held.

The penalty for espionage in Iran is death. However, similar accusations of spying were made when eight British servicemen were detained in the same area in 2004. They were paraded blindfolded on television but did not appear in court and were freed after three nights in detention.

Iranian student groups called yesterday for the 15 detainees to be held until US forces released five Revolutionary Guards captured in Iraq earlier this year.

Blair has called on the Cobra team.

UK has been denied access to British sailors.

UK envoy seeks access to British sailors.

“We have repeated the line asking for their release. We asked for details of where they are and asked for consular access,” the diplomat said.

“The (Iranian Foreign Ministry) promised to look into these requests and dialogue is continuing,” the diplomat added.

Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported on Saturday that the 15 sailors and marines had been transferred to Tehran. But this has not been independently confirmed.

Jack Straw, leader of Britain’s House of Commons and former Foreign Minister, told BBC television that one of those detained was a woman and said British Foreign Ministry officials were “working very hard indeed to try to secure their safe return.”

“It requires some very careful and intense diplomacy,” Straw said.

Britain in the darh about British soldiers whereabouts. I really do not like this. If they are safe and sound, why they are not letting Britain contact with them? I do not want to be a catastrophist but in this case, and with the motives Iran has now to start a war or similar open conflict -mainly they want to begin it to countermeasure the every-day-growing opposition in Iran-, Britain should ask publicly for a proof of health state of their Marines.

International Community asks Javier Solana to negotiate with Iran (link in Spanish). In his note he:

reiterated the compromise to continue searching for a negotiated solution to the nuclear subject and underlined that “Iran is a country with an enormous potential of whom we are natural associates“. (¡!)

Others blogging:

Atlas Shrugs: This is an act of war.

The Jawa Report: What their ultimate goal might be is hard to tell so far: are they expecting the British to cave, or are they trying to provoke an attack that they would use to justify their nuclear program?

Captain’s Quarters: The Iranians cannot try the men for espionage if they captured the sailors in uniform. Article 46 of the Geneva Convention states this clearly:

2. A member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict who, on behalf of that Party and in territory controlled by an adverse Party, gathers or attempts to gather information shall not be considered as engaging in espionage if, while so acting, he is in the uniform of his armed forces.

Michael van der Gälien: “The order to show restraint” – since when should one “show restraint” when foreign forces try to kidnap one’s fellow countrymen / soldiers? That’s not “showing constraint”, that’s letting rogue regimes do what they want to.

Austin Bay Blog: Note that a Saudi source says that it has an Iranian source which claims the British sailors and marines were taken with a purpose: as barter for Iraqi operatives captured in Iraq. As events progress, the hostage taking incident looks more and more like a desperate measure.

This incident gives Washington and Baghdad an opportunity to highlight Iranian troublemaking in Iraq. Unfortunately, the White House isn’t that media-wise. Perhaps the Iraqi government is.

Hot Air: links to Jerusalem Post:

a senior Iranian military official said Saturday that the decision to capture the soldiers was made during a March 18 emergency meeting of the High Council for Security following a report by the Al-Quds contingent commander, Kassem Suleimani, to the Iranian chief of the armed forces, Maj.Gen. Hassan Firouz Abadi. In the report, according to Asharq al-Awsat, Suleimani warned Abadi that Al Quds and Revolutionary Guards’ operations had become transparent to US and British intelligence following the arrest of a senior Al Quds officer and four of his deputies in Irbil.

AllahPundit also links to Iranian blogger Kamangir who says Iran wants an apology, and, if that apology is not offered, they are not going to release the soldiers.

A Tangled Blog -about negotiating with Iran the release of the hostages-:

..”negotiating” implies something being offered in exchange for something else, so are we to accept that our Government is seeking to establish Iranian wants so it can meet some of these in the hope our sailors may be released? Given Mr Hain’s preponderence to dally with terrorists maybe he should fly to Tehran and start another “peace process”? Iran is laughing at the West’s gutlessness -once more the paper tiger has been exposed by the Mullahs. I’m sure they are encouraged.

Strata Sphere: Spies wear uniforms?

Secular Blasphemy:

I would not consider it impossible that the British boats actually strayed into Iranian coastal waters, or at least waters claimed by Iran (or, the local Iranians believed they did). In that case, it was a local action without official planning. If the opposite is true, and this is a planned hostage taking with sanction from the top, this could become a bad situation for the sailors and marines, and a delicate conflict to handle for a weakened Tony Blair.

Protein Wisdom:

[this incident appears to be also linked to] the prior American capture of a number of Iranian operatives at a site in Irbil that Iran claimed was a consulate (a claim that ought to have been easy for Western journalists to check, but which toward which they displayed complete indifference). My best information suggests that they had petitioned for that location in Kurdish-controlled Iraq to be conferred embassy status, but that it had not yet been accomplished.

The Belmont Club:

As currently interpreted the Geneva Conventions only apply to individuals bent on destroying America. Individuals who blow up elementary schools, kidnap children, attack churches and mosques, kill invalids in wheelchairs, plan attacks on skyscrapers in New York, behead journalists, detonate car bombs with children to camouflage their crime, or board jetliners with explosive shoes — all while wearing mufti or even women’s clothing — these are all considered “freedom fighters” of the most principled kind. They and they alone enjoy the protections of the Geneva Convention.

From a comment at Belmont Club:

Iran is overplaying a weak hand. The mullahs dreams of establishing Iran as a regional hegemon are entirely dependent on maintaining at least the illusion of prestige. I suspect that the Iranian population will play along with the mullahs for so long as they see the possiblility of resurrecting the spectre of ancient Persian glory. Prove the mullahs weak and ineffective and their house of cards comes down around them.

Gateway Pundit: where are they?

Also Iran’s nuclear nuclear program is leading the Islamic Republic to international isolation. But:

Permanent five plus Germany want negotiations

Text of the resolution here.

Related post: Iran seizes 15 British Navy sailors.

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From Deustche Welle:

On the heels of a well-received report on Darfur by the newly revamped UN Human Rights Council, the body is in danger of having its power stripped away. The EU says, give the council more time.

Cuba is leading a bid by a number of countries to strip the Human Rights Council of its power to investigate and condemn violations of human rights, a move some activists warn could jeopardize the entire UN’s credibility, the news agency Reuters reported.

The 47 member states of the new UN watchdog, which was set up last year to replace its discredited predecessor, are quietly negotiating a package of measures which will define its role.

At stake is the fate of “special procedures” — independent investigators appointed to report on countries where abuses are suspected. The former Secretary General Kofi Annan described these rapporteurs as the “crown jewels” of the UN human rights machinery.

“Our fear is that some governments are trying to sell the crown jewels, trying to undermine the independence of special procedures,” Irene Khan, secretary general of Amnesty International, told reporters in Geneva.

“There are huge stakes here for human rights, not only for survivors of abuses but the credibility of the council and the larger credibility of the United Nations,” she said.

Politically motivated

Its 13 special rapporteurs on countries, retained for now from the former UN Commission on Human Rights, include experts probing suspected abuses in Belarus, Cuba, Sudan and North Korea.

One such investigator, Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams, issued a much-anticipated report on Darfur March 12 which blamed Sudan for orchestrating war crimes across Darfur.

Still, some countries singled out for this attention, and their allies such as China, say such finger-pointing is selective and politically motivated. They want to abolish the investigators.

Cuba — which has never allowed a visit by the special rapporteur on Cuba, Christine Chanet —is leading the charge to dismantle country investigators.

The US declined a seat on the Human Rights Council

This is marvellous isn’t it? AS I do not like the things these bad people are telling me, because I am very democratic…. the solution is not to change, as I really do not have to change. No, the solution is ¡¡¡to get rid of this people!!! No, I am not going to kill them -hmm, although I have reasons enough, they are liars…!!-, but I am going to forbid them to critic me. I am going to get rid of these busy bodies…

And Zapatero & Co. so favorable as they are to UN, what are they going to say?

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Hmm, this peaceful Iranian Government, “Alianzator of Civilizations” has KIDNAPPED 15 Navy Sailors who were fulfilling their duty in Iraqi sea waters: they were inspecting a ship looking for terrorists and weapons. They were captured at gun point and blinfolded. There are several women among them. All of them had been transferred to Teheran to be questioned. The Iranian ambassador has been convoked twice to Foreign Office.

Of course, Iranian authorities have said that they were in Iranian waters and this morning Iranian authorities have said that they had confessed being in working in Iranian waters. To judge this, you can see this map:

British sailors seized by Iran

or in this other one:

British sailors seized by Iran 2

or this other one:

Navy sailors have conducted routine checks on that waters for some time and no one had disputed them before.

Things are even more complicated because:

a) today UN Security Council is prepared to debate about Iranian sanctions on nuclear project, where Ahmadinejad wanted to appear but has suspended his intervention and presence there. Le président iranien, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, au Parlement à Téhéran. | AP/VAHID SALEMI Anyway, Ahmadinejad had already stated that any UN resolution would be a “torn paper“.

b) two days ago Iran launched a week of naval war games along its coast h/t Right Truth.

c) the Guards who captured the Navy Sailors weren’t normal Guards, they are elite guards belonging to “Pasdaran”, the Guards of the Republic.

d) there are repeated attacks to US-led forces reportedly made by Iranian forces. Precisely, there are sources who consider the possibility of Iran planning the seizure of the British sailors in orden to exhange them with some Revolutionary Guards who are held in Iraq after attacking coalition forces. More on Captain Quarter’s Blog. More here. There are reports that point Iranian Al-Quds force as the group training Iraqi death sqauds.

e) some days back the MSM reported about an Iranian general who had defected from Iran (here an update on the story). And some others have just disappeared in Turkey h/t MyPetJawa:

Two weeks ago there were reports of two Iranian officers missing: Col. Amir Mahmad Shirazi and Brigadier General Mahmad Soultani, commander of the Revolutionary Guards Corps in the Gulf region. The official newspaper of the Corps accused Israel and the US of kidnapping the two and threatened to kidnap American and Israeli officers and to “throw them in the cockfighting arena”. “Iran is on the defense”, stated yesterday Nicholas Burns, US Under Secretary for Political Affairs, who also mentioned that Russia’s refusal to supply uranium for the Bushar nuclear reactor, as well as the tightening economic sanctions on Iran, proves that “international pressure is working”. It is worth mentioning that the Bush administration has decided to undermine the current Iranian government, and that the reports of mass desertions/defections (sorry, same word in Hebrew) of senior officers could be part of the psychological war waged against the ayatollah regime. In addition, a German news agency reported, quoting Novosty (Russian news agency), that the US is poised to attack targets located in Iran in two weeks’ time. This information is based on Russian military experts’ analysis, who claim that Washington has already decided to launch the attack on Friday, April 6th, and that within ten hours different types of missiles (including cruising ones) will pound 20 nuclear facilities in Iran. Also to be attacked are the central command of the Iranian army, Revolutionary Guards, and Iranian Navy bases, in order to prevent Iran from blocking the Straights of Hurmuz.

f) some days ago, Iranian officials said they were prepared to kidnap US and British soliders in retaliation of these alledged kidnappings of Iranian officials h/t Mensa Barbie.

g) Britain had also stated that they wanted to revive nuclear pact to curb Iranian nuclear ambitions. And had announced they were going to present a tougher resolution over Iranian program. Apparently, France agreed with that because French PM, Dominique de Villepin, who was visiting the United Nations, said: “These sanctions are not aimed at the Iranian people. They are strong messages aimed at the Iranian leadership.” French nuclear carrier Charles de Gaulle and task force are now on Arabian Sea.

According to PAF [original in French],

US and European diplomats have stated that the new sanctions should probably include a prohibition to travel for the Iranian responsibles of the nuclear program and adding more materials and nuclear technologies to the list of the ones that Iran cannot import nor export.

[…] The idea of a total weapon embargo is abandoned as Russia is opposed to it.

PAF asks why on earth no one is talking about pointing the embargo to Iranian oil. I guess they are all a bit worried about the oil price.

h) Iran has also protested about the US film 300, in which the Persian King is not very positively portraited. They have the film prohibited in Iran as “US propaganda”. This has been denied on two counts: firstly, there is no present propaganda warfare against any Islamic state -although it should be I add- and any good influence -decorative arts, literature, culture, no slaves…- which Persian empire and civilization had on the world, was overturned because of the Islamic rule.

Victor Davis Hanson: But how odd! The Islamic Republic believes that history started in the 7th century with Islam, so why all of a sudden are they harkening back 1100 years to infidel Persia? h/t O Insurgente.

MyPetJawa: Silly Mahmoud, it’s not “300” that makes your country look savage. It’s kidnapping diplomats. And denying the Holocaust. And trying to develop nuclear weapons for jihad. And threatening to wipe Israel off the face of the Earth. And supporting brave jihadi babyhunters…

i) USA is pressuring US firms not to invest in Iran.

j) Iran had already forbidden the entry to Natanz nuclear compound to the UN inspectors from IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency).

k) first it was reported that Russia had announced Iran it will withhold nuclear fuel for Iran’s nearly completed Bushehr power plant unless Iran suspends its uranium enrichment as demanded by the United Nations Security Council. Then it was denied.

l) at the same time, the President of French -and public- oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, 55, and two directors, were summoned on the orders of Philippe Courroye, a judge who last year placed him under criminal investigation in a case involving Iraq. That concerned the company’s suspected payment of bribes to aquire supplies in the UN Oil-for-Food programme in 1999-2003. According to Le Monde, a total of €60 million had allegedly been paid to Iranian officials up to 2003, including sums paid into accounts controlled by a son of Hojatoleslam Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, the former Iranian President. But Chirac has named Courroye procureur de Nanterre, even against the unfavorable view of the Judges’ Supreme Council, so he can’t be condemned.

m) Iran has sentenced to death to an Iranian intelligence general, accusing him of “with American forces and providing them with details on the deployment and activities of the al-Quds unit and Iranian military intelligence operatives. He was also accused of providing the Americans with classified documents, photographs and maps related to Iran’s nuclear program and armed forces” h/t CUANAS.

n) Switzerland is forgetting about being neutral and supports nuclear Iran.

o) this happens when the teachers are still on strike (photo: right).

It is very interesting the post by Walid Phares in Counterterrorism Blog in which he considers how this move is caused by the end-of-mandate of both Bush and Blair and the need Ahmadenijad has of an external crush to diminish the influence of the important demonstrations oppositors of the regime are doing.

In a short conclusion the “War room” in Tehran has engaged itself in an alley of tactical moves it feels it can control. But the Iranian regime, with all its “political chess” expertise, may find itself in a precarious and risky situation. For while it feel that it can control the tactical battlefield in the region and fuel the propaganda pressure inside the West with its Petro-dollars, it may not be able to contain the internal forces in Iran, because of which it has decided to go on offense.

The Ahmedinijad regime wishes to crumble the international consensus to avoid the financial sanctions: that is true. But as important, if not more, it wants to be able to crush the revolt before it pounds the doors of the Mullahs palaces.

European Union has called for the immediate release of the 15 sailors. More here.

Oil prices rose as the news of their seizure were known.

You can read Counterrorism Blog: Iranian Captures of British Navy Personnel: Intentional Provocation or Local Decision? h/t Noisy Room.Net, Iran: Targeting the US-UK alliance h/t Noisy Room.Net. Also FullosseousFlap’s Dental blog, Gateway Pundit, CUANAS, A Blog for All, Atlas Shrugs, EURSOC, Le Guerre Civile, Flopping Aces, Mensa Barbie, Infidels are Cool, Tigerhawk.

The provocation is symbolically serious but not actually vital. Let’s wait and see.

UN backs tougher sanctions on Iran. In fact, the ones mentioned above: block Iranian arms exports and freeze the assets of individuals and companies involved in Iran’s nuclear and missile programmes. The vote has being unanimous.

Iran says that Ahmadinejad could not go to speak at UN because USA did not give him a VISA!!!

From Washingtonpost.com:

Hard-line Iranian student groups called on the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to release the 15 until U.S forces freed five Iranians captured in Iraq earlier this year and the U.N. Security Council dropped plans for sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. About 500 Iranian students gathered on the shore of the Shatt al-Arab and shouted slogans such as “Death to Britain” and “Death to America,” the Fars News Agency reported.

_________________________ Una foto d'archivio di un gommone di marines britannici impegnato in un pattugliamento nel Golfo Persico (Afp)

En español: EL MUNDO, ABC.es, LD, Barcepundit, La Vanguardia.es.

Italiano: Il Corriere della Sera.

Una foto d’archivio di un gommone di marines britannici impegnato in un pattugliamento nel Golfo Persico (Afp)

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From Le Figaro.fr:

Une délégation du groupe public russe Atomstroyexport était à Rabat cette semaine. Elle y aurait fait avancer sa candidature dans le projet de construction d’une centrale à l’ouest du pays, à Sidi Boulbra, entre Safi et Essaouira. Atom­stroyexport est le bras armé du Kremlin pour mettre en musique les accords politiques de coopération nucléaire. Le groupe russe construit des centrales en Chine, en Inde, en Iran et en Bulgarie, à un coût très compétitif par rapport à ses concurrents occidentaux.

Plusieurs dirigeants d’Atom­stroyexport avaient d’ailleurs déjà accompagné Vladimir Poutine lors de sa visite de septembre dernier au Maroc. Pour l’heure, aucun appel d’offres n’a été lancé par le gouvernement. « Les groupes français et américains tels que Areva et General Electric ne sont pas disposés à laisser les Russes leur souffler un joli contrat et les gouvernements de ces pays ne voudront pas laisser le Maroc entrer dans la zone d’influence du nucléaire civil ­russe », fait valoir un observateur marocain.

La presse espagnole s’est émue ces derniers jours de l’éventualité d’avoir une centrale nucléaire à quelques encablures des îles Canaries. Les commentateurs y doutent de la capacité du pays à assurer le niveau de sécurité nécessaire à de telles installations et rappellent que la menace terroriste est bien réelle dans le pays.

Autre inquiétude, entendue il y a dix jours à Rabat : les partis islamistes, dont le PJD (Parti de la justice et du développement), pourraient fort bien remporter les élections législatives de septembre. « Si les barbus ont le pouvoir, le nucléaire sera un sujet central, voire une priorité », affirme un chef d’entreprise.

Mais, pour l’heure, la situation est plus simple. Le Maroc a un besoin urgent de répondre à la demande croissante d’énergie de sa population et de ses entreprises (+ 8 à 10 % par an). Le pays dépend à 97 % de fioul, de gaz et de charbon venant de l’étranger et ne dispose pas dans son sous-sol de réserves naturelles. Il ne veut pas non plus se mettre sous la dépendance du voisin algérien.

So, a Russian firm is possibly going to build a nuclear reactor for Morocco, just at the same time when Zapatero’s Government has announced that Spanish nuclear energy production will be ended in 30 years’ time and when the position of the Government about the rightly independence of ex-Spanish Sahara has changed, as FM Moratinos has already recognised (also here; both links in Spanish), as it was very clear since they first recognised that Western Sahara could belong to Morocco with an “autonomy statute”, which had been rejected even by UN.

As ever, UN has now changed its own views: Ban Ki Moon considers “flexible” the proposal made by the Moroccan king. I was -an still am- a fierceful critic of this man, forged in the appeasement towards North Korea. Of course, now he is more interested in satisfying France -a very good ally of Morocco- than justice. But well, that is normal in Un, isn’t it?

The reasons that Morocco is basing the building of this nuclear facility are basicly, that Morocco does not have enough resources and that they do not want to be dependent from Algerian neighbours.

Of course, Le Figaro is not worried about the reactor security nor abour Islamists. It just says, “nowadays the situation is much more simple”.

Other things to read: “Rodríguez Zapatero: another treason to Saharaui people“.

Related posts: Morocco-Sahara-Spain update, France-Spain-Morocco-Sahara update, Online Jihad, Argelia raises the gas as Zapatero supports Morocco about Western Sahara.


Al parecer una empresa rusa va a construir una central nuclear en Marruecos, cerca de las Islas Canarias. Marruecos basa su intención en que no tiene suficientes recursos energéticos y no quiere depender de Argelia, con la que ya se lleva mal como consecuencia -entre otras razones- del contencioso sobre el Sáhara español. La empresa es la misma que está construyendo centrales nucleares, entre otros países, en Irán y que se considera el “brazo armado del Kremlin” en cuestiones nucleares.

Ban Ki-Moon, el nuevo Secretario General de la ONU, del que nunca he sido una admiradora, ha dicho, después de recibir a una delegación marroquí, que el plan del rey de Marruecos sobre el antiguo Sáhara español, es “flexible“, contradiciendo otra vez la justicia y no haciendo caso de sus propias resoluciones…

Es curioso que Le Figaro, después de enumerar las causas por las que es peligroso que Marruecos tenga una central nuclear (básicamente, el peligro islamista y la falta de seguridad), dice “pero por ahora, la situación es mucho más simple”. ¿A que no se nota cuál es la relación entre Francia y Marruecos?

Por cierto, que esta revelación se hace cuando Zapatero acaba de anunciar que tiene un plan para suprimir la energía nuclear en 30 años y cuando Moratinos ha reconocido lo evidente: el cambio de política respecto de Marruecos.

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BosnewsLife.it h/t Kattolikko Pensiero:

A major Christian rights group has expressed concern that Muslim militants in Nigeria are increasingly kidnapping Christian children to convert them to Islam, BosNewsLife monitored Tuesday, March 20.

Also from BosnewsLife.it h/t Kattolikko Pensiero:

Christians in north-eastern Nigeria on Thursday, March 22, mourned the death of Oluwatoyin Olusase, a Christian teacher who was killed by Muslim pupils at a secondary school for allegedly desecrating the Koran.

From Sudanese Thinker h/t Sandmonkey:

March 20, 2007 (KHARTOUM) – Two Sudanese women have been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery after a trial in which they had no lawyer and which used Arabic, not their first language, the rights group Amnesty International said.

March 22, 2007 (KHARTOUM) – Two ethnic African women from Darfur have been sentenced to death by stoning for committing adultery, while their male partners escaped punishment, a human rights activist said Thursday.

Sudanese Thinker has also written a post about what to do about it.

Portuguese blog O Insurgente has also looked upon this horrible case.


En Nigeria, varios grupos de Defensa de los Derechos Humanos han declarado estar preocupados sobre el incremento de niños cristianos que son secuestrados para convertirlos al Islam. Asimismo y también en Nigeria, varios cristianos han asistido a un acto en homenaje de Oluwatoyin Olusase, una profesora cristiana asesinada por sus alumnos musulmanes porque decían que había desecrado el Corán.

En Sudán, dos mujeres han sido condenadas a muerte por lapidación acusadas de adulterio, después de un juicio en el que no han tenido abogado y en el que se usó el árabe cuando no era su primera lengua. Sus parejas masculinas han escapado todo castigo. Si quereis ayudar podeis ir aquí[en inglés] y mandar la carta que contiene a, entre otros, el Parlamento sudanés y la embajada sudanesa en Washington. No sé cuál será el mail de la embajada sudanesa en España. SI alguien lo sabe puede dejarlo en comentarios.

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