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I confess¬†I do not like football very much, but… all my neighbours are cheering and singing “campeones” ¬†on the event… And it’s a bit difficult to substract oneself¬†from the general¬†joy… ūüėÄ And Zapatero wanted Barcelona to win, so… this is the best result!!!

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Cannavaro despeja un balón de cabeza en presencia de un jugador del Mallorca. EFE/Juan Carlos Hidalgo

Beckam goes. Two goals of Reyes. 1 of Diarra. The Liga Loca finishes.

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Reyes celebra el tanto del empate, despu.es de una buena jugada de Robinho e Higuaín por la banda izquierda. (AP Photo/Fernando Bustamante)

And Il Corriere della Sera points out that Capello wins the title. Normal: he is also Italian. ūüėČ

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The polls are out and:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s allies won a large majority in parliamentary elections on Sunday but fell short of the predicted landslide after talk of a sales tax hike appeared to cost them votes.

When voting ended, leading polling institutes projected Sarkozy’s centre-right allies would win 341-350 seats in the National Assembly, well below some pre-vote estimates that they could win up to 470 deputies.

The pollsters also projected that the Socialists would win between 202-210 seats in the 577-seat legislature.

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The surprise results were a relative setback for the president, who had urged voters to give him a decisive victory to underpin his program of sweeping tax and labor reforms.

Sarkozy’s Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) and allies had 359 seats in the outgoing legislature.

The Socialists and affiliates, who had 149 deputies in the outgoing parliament, appeared to have been buoyed by a row over government plans to hike a value-added tax.

“The blue wave that had been announced…has not taken place,” said Socialist leader Francois Hollande, who has been under fire since Sarkozy’s presidential victory in May

Sarkozy’s poll win tempered by left’s revival | Reuters.ca

Sarkozy Majority Unexpectedly Shrinks, Estimates Show (Update3)
Bloomberg – 38 minutes ago
By Helene Fouquet June 17 (Bloomberg) — French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s parliamentary majority unexpectedly narrowed in legislative elections as Socialist attacks against the prospect of higher sales taxes paid off, estimates by polling companies .

“The tax issue really played against the UMP,” Etienne Schweisguth, a senior fellow at the Institute for Political Studies in Paris, said. “It mobilized Socialists to vote and it may even have scared off some center-right voters.”

The election results mark the first setback for Sarkozy a month after he took office and may harden opposition to an 11- billion euro ($14.6 billion) tax-cut package that the Cabinet is set to approve this week. After the June 10 first round indicated a UMP win in the parliamentary vote, Socialists stepped up an offensive against a possible increase in the value-added sales tax and health-reimbursement curbs.

Sarkozy secures mandate for reform MSNBC

L’UMP ravi d’avoir “une majorit√© claire”, le PS soulag√© [UMP, happy of having a “clear majority” and reaffirms its will to follow its policy after the victory in the legislatives. Socialists are happy because the “vague bleue” has not taken place].
TV 5 – Il y a 42 minutes
L’UMP s’est f√©licit√©e dimanche soir de disposer d’une “majorit√© claire” pour gouverner et a r√©affirm√© sa volont√© de poursuivre l’ouverture apr√®s sa victoire aux l√©gislatives, les socialistes se r√©jouissant que la “vague bleue” attendue n’ait pas eu
Sursaut de la gauche au second tour des législatives nouvelobs.com
Sursaut de la gauche aux législatives en France Journal Chrétien
24 heuresBoursier.comRadio-CanadaLe Figaro
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 What is going on here?

JERUSALEM – Two Katyusha rockets fell on northern Israel Sunday, the first fired from Lebanon since last summer’s inconclusive war with Hezbollah guerrillas. No one was hurt, but there was some damage, police and the military said.

Hezbollah denied firing the rockets in a broadcast on the militant group’s Al-Manar television.

The attack raised the possibility of Israeli reprisal and a new flareup between the two countries. It came as Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was arriving in the United States for talks.

“Israel will not succumb to this provocation but will monitor the situation carefully,” said an official with Olmert, indicating that Israel would not hit back. The official requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

There was no immediate comment from the Lebanese government.

2 rockets fired at Israel from Lebanon – Yahoo! News

And Pope calls for Middle East peace effort
Times of India – 52 minutes ago
ASSISI (Italy): Pope Benedict XVI called for greater peace efforts across the Middle East on Sunday, using the occasion of a pilgrimage to Assisi to highlight the urgent need for greater dialogue.

“The populations of these countries have known for too long the horrors of combat, of terrorism, of blind violence, the illusion that force can resolve conflicts, the refusal to listen to the reasons of the other and to bring him justice,” Pope Benedict said.
His comments came with no end in sight of years of bloodletting in Iraq and as violence between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah engulfed the Gaza Strip.
“Only a responsible and sincere dialogue, supported by the full backing of the international community, can put an end to so much sadness and give life and dignity to individuals, to institutions and to peoples,” the Pope said.
The pontiff, speaking in Assisi- where John Paul II launched in October 1986 the first day of prayer for world peace- renewed the late Pope’s call, addressing all religions.
“From this town of peace, I want to pay respect to the representatives of other Christian denominations and to other religions,” he said.
“I consider it my duty to launch an urgent and sorrowful appeal to put an end to all the armed conflicts which are bloodying the earth, to silence the weapons and for hate to yield everywhere to love, offense to forgiveness, and discord to union.

Pope Benedict makes pilgrimage to Assisi Canada.com
Pope Benedict Makes Pilgrimage to Assisi FOX News
Reuters – International Herald Tribune – PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) – NDTV.com
all 157 news articles ¬Ľ

The problem with dialogue is: are terrorists are their supporters willing to submit to the results of dialogue? I do not see Hamas fighters-militants-resistants-insurgents-terrorists very inclined to that, after winning. And I do not see also Al-Fatah because now they would want revenge.

UPDATE:

From Christian Science Monitor:

As Gaza unravels, Palestinians flee

Thousands have already left the coastal strip because of its social and economic degradation.

Jerusalem – By the time the Islamic militant group Hamas declared victory in Gaza Thursday, thousands of Palestinians had already fled the coastal strip.

Recent figures collected by European monitors at Rafah, the crossing into Egypt, show that some 14,000 Palestinians have left Gaza in the past year, driven by a combination of political insecurity and economic strain.

Now, the violence between the two main Palestinian factions, which began to escalate Saturday and turned into brutal street warfare early this week, is driving even more Gazans to find a way out.

And thanks to Lord Nazh, who has given me a tip about Lebanon-Israeli fire:

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 Yesterday it was 4, today the number is 35.

An enormous bomb ripped through a police academy bus at Kabul’s busiest transportation hub Sunday, killing at least 35 people in the deadliest insurgent [as ever] attack in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001. The Taliban claimed responsibility.

The thunderous explosion in Kabul, which sheared the metal sidings and roof off the bus, leaving only a charred skeleton, represented a leap in scale from previous Taliban or al-Qaida bombings here, raising the specter of an increase in Iraq-style attacks in Afghanistan.

In the country’s south, a roadside explosion killed three soldiers from the U.S.-led coalition and their Afghan interpreter. The brief statement about the blast in Kandahar province did not disclose the soldiers’ nationalities. The three deaths bring to 84 the number of U.S. or NATO soldiers killed in Afghanistan this year, including at least 40 Americans.

In the Kabul explosion, at least 35 people were killed, including 22 policemen, said Ahmed Zia Aftali, head of the city’s military hospital. A victim said the bus had been filled with police instructors.

A purported Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousef Ahmadi, said a Taliban suicide bomber. The claim by Ahmadi, who called an Associated Press reporter by satellite phone from an undisclosed location, claim could not be verified. If true, it would be the fifth suicide attack in Afghanistan in three days.

Bomb in Afghan capital kills at least 35 – Yahoo! News


PR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung)

35 Die As Bomb Rips Through Bus in Kabul
Washington Post Р4 hours ago
By RAHIM FAIEZ AP KABUL, Afghanistan — An enormous bomb ripped through a police academy bus at Kabul’s busiest transportation hub Sunday, killing at least 35 people in the deadliest insurgent attack in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion in 2001.
Afghan bomb attack against police bus kills 35 (3rd Roundup) Monsters and Critics.com
Kabul police bus blast kills 35 New Straits Times
Times Online РPR-Inside.com (Pressemitteilung) РMelbourne Herald Sun РTaipei Times
all 1,323 news articles¬†¬Ľ¬†

From M&C:

The foreign nationals were driving in another mini-bus and passing the area at the time of blast. They were working with Ashiana, an organization which provides accommodation and education for homeless children in the Afghan capital, police said.

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Daimnation!: The root cause of the violence in Darfur

According to the new UN Secretary, it’s all about global warming [excerpts out of sequence]:Two decades ago, the rains in southern Sudan began to fail. According to U.N. statistics, average precipitation has declined some 40 percent since the early 1980s. Scientists at first considered this to be an unfortunate quirk of nature. But subsequent investigation found that it coincided with a rise in temperatures of the Indian Ocean, disrupting seasonal monsoons. This suggests that the drying of sub-Saharan Africa derives, to some degree, from man-made global warming.

It is no accident that the violence in Darfur erupted during the drought. Until then, Arab nomadic herders had lived amicably with settled farmers. A recent Atlantic Monthly article by Stephan Faris describes how black farmers would welcome herders as they crisscrossed the land, grazing their camels and sharing wells. But once the rains stopped, farmers fenced their land for fear it would be ruined by the passing herds. For the first time in memory, there was no longer enough food and water for all. Fighting broke out. By 2003, it evolved into the full-fledged tragedy we witness today…

At this point, nothing surprises me about this man at all. But Darfur conflict is mainly an ethnic and religious conflict in which the Government, arming and unleashing the Janjaweed militias, has caused an ethnic and religious cleasing of, firstly, the non-Muslims (Christians and Animists) and of the Black Muslims, afterwards, when the first ones were virtually exterminated. Of course, the huge sea of oil under Darfurian soil has also have something to do with it, specially for China, who is aggresively exploiting it. Hmm, no more blood for petrol!! Eeh, no, it’s China, all for the people…

But of course, for Ban Ki-Moon, the most important reason of all, is the climate change induced, to some extent, by man. Of course, the extent of this man’s influence is not even measured…

Alex de Waal is one of the most important experts on the Horn of Africa: Chasing Ghosts: Alex de Waal on the rise and fall of militant Islam in the Horn of Africa (2005):

Khartoum had been saved from certain military defeat when its adversaries fell out among themselves. In May 1998, Eritrea and Ethiopia went to war over their disputed border, and a couple of months later Ugandan and Rwandan troops fought each other in the occupied Congolese city of Kisangani. As the attempt to found an Islamic state was running into the sand, so was the rival left-wing project of revolutionary militarism. The guerrillas-turned-governments in the four ‚Äėfrontline states‚Äô were, like the Sudanese leaders, concerned only with staying in power.

This parallel is more than a neat coincidence. The radical Islamists and their regional enemies shared ideological fervour and organisational discipline. Both believed that enduring problems of state and society could be overcome by revolutionary change; and, as this failed, both reverted to simple power politics. Like other political creeds, jihadist Islamism is shaped by the contours of local politics ‚Äď and sometimes it vanishes into the landscape.

The demise of grand ideology in the Horn did not mean the end of violence or militancy. Various ideologies have emerged from the ruins of the Islamic state project. Most are regional or tribal. In Darfur and Chad, Arab supremacism took over. Leaders of the infamous Janjawiid militia adhere to the philosophy of Qoreish, according to which the lineal descendants of the Prophet Muhammad and his Qoreish tribe are entitled to rule Muslim lands. This supposedly gives the Arabic-speaking Saharan Bedouin of the Juhayna confederation the right to dominate all the land between the Nile and Lake Chad. While US Special Forces chase a handful of jihadists in the mountains of the central Sahara, they have overlooked this vicious and archaic ideology, which has spread far more havoc just a few miles to the south.

Jihad in Sudan? What Jihad in Sudan? by Robert Spencer – HUMAN EVENTS

For a decade Khartoum has waged what the regime itself calls a jihad against Christians and tribalists in the South. A 1992 fatwa issued by a group of pro-Khartoum Sudanese imams declared: “An insurgent who was previously a Muslim is now an apostate and a non-Muslim is a non-believer standing as a bulwark against the spread of Islam, and Islam has granted the freedom of killing both of them.” This allowed for the murder of Christians and animists in the south; now it has been turned against the Muslims of Darfur, whose Islam doesn’t measure up to Khartoum’s hardline standards. Yet Annan has never acknowledged that what is going on in Sudan is a jihad. And this is just one manifestation of the by-now inescapable fact that the United Nations is damaged beyond repair. The Islamic states maintain an unbreakable solidarity. The only exception to their unwillingness to condemn other Muslim states came when Saddam Hussein’s Iraq attacked Kuwait.Meanwhile, the Europeans and Chinese have oil interests in Sudan that dovetail nicely at the UN with the Islamic bloc’s determination to repel any criticism. France, the most energetic opponent of UN sanctions against the Khartoum regime, is heavily invested in Sudan through its oil giant ElfTotal.¬†

The emperor has no clothes, but Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights and
Oxfam are still paying enthusiastic obeisance. A perusal of each of their websites demonstrates that they criticize the UN only with extreme reluctance and in the most muted tones. In a startling recrudescence of the old “white man’s burden” mentality, they tend to focus more anger at the United States and Western Europe for failing to stop killings than at the murderers themselves. And above all, they won’t describe the conflict as what it really is: a jihad, another example of the crying need for large-scale reform within Islam.

Well, Sarkozy has apparently changed the French ideas in this respect, firstly, calling for a Chinese intervention in the crisis, something very dificult to achieve considering the Chinese practices in Sudan. And secondly, by making Darfur, one of his priorities.

[En espa√Īol]

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