O mais importante papel de Vladimir Putin. No entanto, desconfio que a criatura do Kremlin desconhece o poder que o Steven Seagal tem nos canais televisivos nacionais.
Levar a consistência ecológica até ao fim.
Manuel Champalimaud afirmou que a EDP soube defender-se “politicamente” da contribuição extraordinária do setor energético (CESE), ao contratar “recentemente” o pai do secretário de Estado da Energia.
Pela borda fora. O motivo não podia estar mais nobremente justificado.
Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said. The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants — Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal — threw the 12 overboard, police said.
Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared “because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain,” Palermo police said. The boat was intercepted by an Italian navy vessel, which transferred the passengers to a Panamanian-flagged ship. That ship docked in Palermo on Wednesday, after which the arrests were made, police said. The 12 who died were from Nigeria and Ghana, police said.
Pronto, para desanuviar tensões imperialistas e evitar mais uma cruzada não podia o Papa Francisco, retirar a palvra “genocídio” e substituí-la como uma “vontade em exterminar de forma sistemática os arménios”?
“Kiev used truly totalitarian methods, attacking freedom of the press, opinion or conscience,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement, also accusing Ukraine of “rewriting history”. Ukraine’s parliament voted on Thursday to ban communist-era and Nazi symbols in a bid to break with the country’s past.
Entrevista a um troll avençado pró-Kremlin. Aviso à navegação: pela causa, há turnos de 12 horas.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan accused Iran on Thursday of trying to dominate the Middle East and said its efforts have begun annoying Ankara, as well as Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab countries.
Turkey earlier said it supports the Saudi-led military operation against Houthi rebels in Yemen and called on the militia group and its “foreign supporters” to abandon acts which threaten peace and security in the region.
“Iran is trying to dominate the region,” said Erdogan, who is due to visit Tehran in early April. “Could this be allowed? This has begun annoying us, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. This is really not tolerable and Iran has to see this,” he added in a press conference.
Entretanto, as reformas continuam a ser implantadas a bom ritmo.
A lista VIP de Pinto Monteiro.
O novo presidente do Sindicato dos Magistrados do Ministério Público (SMMP) ainda não tomou posse, mas lança já uma forte acusação. António Ventinhas diz que Pinto Monteiro não apoiava investigações a pessoas poderosas.
É uma acusação direta ao antigo Procurador-Geral da República Pinto Monteiro.
O recém-eleito presidente do Sindicato dos Magistrados do Ministério Público, António Ventinhas, diz que o antigo PGR não apoiava investigações a pessoas poderosas e que muitos procuradores envolvidos em processos mediáticos enfrentavam processos disciplinares.
Na entrevista à jornalista da Antena 1 Cristina Santos, António Ventinhas afirma que o Ministério Público tem agora mais apoio por parte da Procuradoria. Algo que não acontecia no tempo de Pinto Monteiro.
Uma grande vitória do PS francês. Não sei se o Costa não irá felicitar a Le Pen.
Na última Sexta-feira, um grupo de idiotas carniceiros decidiu celebrar o dia santo do Islão, assassinando o maior número de pessoas. Os bombistas suicidas escolheram como alvo duas mesquitas xiitas. Morreram 142 pessoas. Há mais sírias para além da Síria.
Yemen is a battlefield for Saudi Arabia and Iran
The latest atrocity in Yemen, which claimed nearly 150 lives on Friday, appears part of a proxy war between the Middle East’s two superpowers
Leitura complementar: Aviso de 2004, do Rei Abdullah da Jordânia.
E bem, na Venezuela.
Venezuela Is On the Brink of Collapse por Tom Rogan.
(…)The problem is that Chávez, Maduro, and company have only ever wanted personal power. They see themselves as reincarnations of Simón Bolívar. But where Bolívar opposed the tyranny of the Spanish empire, Maduro opposes the “tyranny” of free enterprise.
The Chávistas have always been crackpots, but, until recently, high oil prices enabled them to paper over their failings. No longer. Plummeting oil prices have eviscerated government budgets. In response, Maduro is doubling down on insanity. Contemplate the comrade’s magnificent crisis plan: Rather than accepting that shortages in goods are caused by his price controls and collapsed currency, Maduro blames hoarders and foreign conspirators (a favorite regime scapegoat), while he restricts shopping days. Rather than recognizing that his neglect means that medical professionals can’t replace their tools, Maduro blames greed. Rather than admitting that Mad Max criminality contributes to police corruption and low morale, Maduro rants about the ills of “individualism” and “consumerism.” Rather than tolerating scrutiny, Maduro attacks freedom of the press. Rather than pursuing dialogue with the political opponents, Maduro imprisons them and cuddles North Korea.
As I say, Chávezville is an asylum. (…)
O Correio da Manhã vai interpor um processo contra o advogado de defesa de José Sócrates, João Araújo, que esta manhã aconselhou uma jornalista daquele jornal a “tomar mais banho porque cheira mal”. Tudo se passou à porta do Supremo Tribunal de Justiça, na Praça do Comércio, em Lisboa, quando o advogado do ex-primeiro-ministro saía da audiência sobre o habeas corpus que apresentou.
Perseguido por alguns jornalistas, João Araújo recusou fazer comentários. “Desampare-me a loja”, disse o advogado à jornalista Tânia Laranjo, do Correio da Manhã, que transmitiu toda a cena em direto na televisão. “A senhora devia tomar mais banho porque cheira mal”, afirmou de seguida, à medida que ia sendo questionado pela jornalista. “Esta gajada mete-me nojo”, diria ainda, sempre a ser acompanhado pela equipa de reportagem da CMTV.
Devemos agradecer ao autor de Tortura em Democracia, actualmente a residir em Évora.
The Land of Magical Thinking: Inside Putin’s Russia , por P. J. O’Rourke.
(…)Nothing Is True and Everything Is Possible. And sit back and watch the Putin regime rot.
Less than 50 of Parliament’s 300 deputies refused the privilege of a complimentary car that they are entitled to as elected MPs but which Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras had exhorted them to reject during his presentation of the government’s policy program.
Via Jorge Costa.
Na Rússia de Vladimir Putin, um museu sobre os Gulag irá reabrir com a particularidade de ignorar os crimes do
ditador Pai Josef Vissarionovitch Stalin.
Perm-36 museum director Viktor Shmyrov said the “memorial won’t disappear, but the museum has been taken over by other people appointed by the new authorities, who have totally changed the content,” BBC Russian Service reported Wednesday.
“Now it’s a museum about the camp system, but not about political prisoners. They don’t talk about the repressions or about Stalin,” he was quoted as saying.
Arseny Roginsky, president of Russia’s leading human rights group Memorial — which founded the museum two decades ago — said the new management included former prison camp guards, AFP reported.
“The museum’s format is being completely changed,” Roginsky was quoted as saying. “It’s tragic that a museum to Soviet terror will be transformed into a museum to the penal system.”
The takeover of Perm-36, which is located in the Perm region, comes as an increasing number of Russians express favorable views of Stalin and amid the government’s glorification of its Soviet past.
US newspaper accused of “liberal bias” after using image of Selma anniversary march on front page showing Barack and Michelle Obama, but with George and Laura Bush missing
President Obama, listen to Netanyahu on Iran, Faisal J. Abbas Editor-in-Chief of Al Arabiya English.
After Boris Nemtsov’s Assassination, ‘There Are No Longer Any Limits’, por Julia Ioffe.
Even if one of these theories were true, none of Moscow’s embattled liberals would be convinced. “I will never believe it,” Yevgenia Albats, editor of the liberal magazine New Times and an old friend of Nemtsov, told me. “This is not about some domestic affair. These were absolute professionals.” Ilya Yashin, a member of Nemtsov’s Solidarity Party, was of the same mind. “It’s totally obvious for me that it’s a political killing,” he said. “I don’t have the slightest doubt about that.” Maxim Katz, another opposition activist, claimed on Twitter that, any way you slice it, Putin is responsible: “If he ordered it, then he’s guilty as the orderer. And even if he didn’t, then [he is responsible] as the inciter of hatred, hysteria, and anger among the people.”
It’s hard to argue with this last point. Putin’s aggressive foreign policy, his increasingly conservative domestic policy, his labeling the opposition a “fifth column” and “national traitors,” his state television whipping up a militant, nationalistic fervor — all of this creates a certain atmosphere. Putin, after all, has a history of playing with fire, only to have the flames get away from him. After years of the Kremlin tacitly supporting ultranationalist, neo-Nazi groups, the same skinheads staged a violent protest at the foot of the Kremlin walls in 2010 while riot police officers stood by and watched helplessly. Today, a rabid nationalism has swallowed up most of the country, and it is no longer clear that Putin can control it. “In this kind of atmosphere, everything is possible,” Pavlovsky told me. “This is a Weimar atmosphere. There are no longer any limits.”
Until relatively recently, the risks opposition activists knew they were taking on were not generally thought to be life-threatening. The government was likely to hassle activists and make their lives uncomfortable, but mostly it just marginalized them, like the town fool. This began to change with the arrests of protesters in the summer of 2012. When Navalny was sentenced to five years in prison a year later, it came as a shock; this had never been done before. Even after the sentence was suspended, it seemed to be a warning to the opposition.
Nemtsov’s assassination took that warning to its logical conclusion. Now, “we live in a different political reality,” tweeted Leonid Volkov, a prominent opposition activist. “The fact that they killed him is a message to frighten everyone, the brave and the not brave,” Yashin said. “That this is what happens to people who go against the government of our country.” Anatoly Chubais — who, like Nemtsov, served in the Yeltsin government, and who remains close to Putin — visited the site of the shooting this morning. “If, just a few days ago, people in our city are carrying signs that say ‘Let’s finish off the fifth column,’ and today they kill Nemtsov,” he said in astatement, referring to the Kremlin-sponsored anti-Maidan protest in Moscow last weekend, “what will happen tomorrow?” Or, as Albats put it, “Hunting season is open.”
Nemtsov had been confiding to friends of late that he was growing frightened. This summer, he went to Israel to hide out for a few months, fearing arrest. He told Albats that he worried he wouldn’t be able to withstand a stint in a Russian penal colony. In the fall, he filed a police report because of threats he was receiving on social media. It didn’t seem to go anywhere. Recently, he even let his bravado slip in public, telling an interviewer two weeks ago that he was scared Putin would kill him.
And yet, he didn’t let up. According to Albats and Yashin, Nemtsov was working on a particularly incendiary report that he planned to call “Putin and Ukraine,” which would trace the stream of weaponry flowing from Russia to separatists in the Donbass. He was meeting with the families of Russian men who had died fighting with the separatists. He kept up his withering attacks on Facebook and Twitter. He kept traveling to Ukraine and meeting with president Petro Poroshenko, something that couldn’t have gone unnoticed by the Kremlin’s security agencies. And still, Nemtsov never hired a bodyguard. He walked home through Moscow late at night unprotected.
And he almost made it. His apartment building was visible from the bridge. “From his window, where he worked out in the mornings, you can see the place where he was killed,” Romanova told me. “For many years, he saw the place where they would kill him.”