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International Summit to tackle issues of business and global health

International summit of world's future leaders will be tackling issues of business and global health during the summit held in Pittsburgh from October 18 to October 22. Besides the mentioned issues, they will also be talking and discussing education, sustainable development, human rights, social business as wells leadership and governance. The One Young World Summit is staged by a London-based charity created by David Jones and Kate Robertson to gather together young creative people from around the globe. This year, 190 countries are expected to participate with 1500 future leaders. Bill Clinton will be delivering the keynote speech and also Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, is making an appearance. You can learn more about the summit at http://oneyoungworld.com/ and if you're a representative of any media outlet, you can register for media credentials at oneyoungworld.com/media

Escape Completely with Princess Cruises

I's autumn and while the majority of people tend to go traveling during summer, autumn is probably the best time for that. Escaping the gray weather, escaping the taxes and unemployment, escaping the depression, and to come back rested, as a new man. Or woman. Princess Cruises has thought about that and from now through November 6, 2012, they are giving away 10 free cruises every week simply because you have registered to receive email from Princess. No purchase is necessary for you to win at all. They are also offering you the chance to participate in their Ballot Box Trivia Challenge for the chance to win a cruise on the new Royal Princess. More information about the promotion can be found at www.princess.com/campaign Princess Cruises was founded in 1965 by Stanley McDonald. And now, in 2012, they are doing everything possible to make your travel experience as comfortable as possible from the moment you set foot on board. With more than 100 itineraries, delicious onboard fresh food, the chance to watch Movies Under the Stars®, they are a force on the water to be reckoned.

40 percent of energy in USA is consumed by buildings

According to World Business Council for Sustainable Development, 40 percent of energy in United States is consumed by buildings and that's even a small number compared to dense urban settings like New York City where commercial buildings consume up to 75 of the energy. If all commercial buildings would follow the recently "actionated" blueprint of the Empire State Building retrofit, carbon emissions would be reduced by 4 million tons. It would be a major money saver to the building owners, but the number is also equivalent to the energy amount generated by a typical coal-fired power plant. What Johnsons Controls and Jones Lang LaSalle, who were in charge of the Empire State Building retrofit project, did, was simple. The project included the refurbishment of all 6500 windows, a chiller plant retrofit, new building controls, and also web based tenant energy management system. Results of the first year? They exceeded the guaranteed energy-efficiency numbers by five percent, cut the energy usage of the building by 38 percent and saved $2.4 million dollars in doing so. And if you add a guarantee against the promised energy efficiency and the actual one - meaning if the building doesn't measure up to the guranteed efficiency, Johnsons Controls will cover the difference. With all that in mind, why doesn't all building owners turn their buildings more energy efficient? Especially, if over the course of 10 years, it might not end up costing you anything.

Blue Train Jazz Me, Estonia

[extract1] According to the New York Times, and their Top 41 places to go to in 2011, Tallin Estonia is the 21st place to go. Not bad ranking, and may sound like a trouble to get there, but it is a actually a very good deal. For Estonian Public Broadcasting, the Music that Falls Between the Cracks is in part from Estonian. They said, David Rothenberg an ECM recording artist, describes himself as a "musician, composer, author, and philosopher-naturalist." The American, regularly plays and records with Estonian musicians. The unreal question is why Jazz? That underestimated profession of shadows and stages? Why all that time, all those metro research alleys? Why all those faces and words that disappear like a musical note vanishes in the air? Like music, it is here and then it is gone. A delight. It seems like Estonia has plenty of Jazz, so lets just say it now, it may not be Coltrane’s town but Coltrane horn does put the notes just right to it, specially on the Blue Train. So, if it is good for the Culture Cauldron, it is good for the rest of us, mortals. You might be called the “new” town and all eyes of the community are set on you. But, you and me know , yes we well known, there is nothing new about you. Your blood and heritage, your jazz and bull fights are ancient, they have been in “town” for generations. So, the test is over, there is no testing in Jazz. There is no rehearsing in improvisation, live it, feel it, deal with it. Why not get personal, if jazz is all about personality and more. After all these months of hard jazz transcribing I almost feel at home in far off virtual Estonia. Change can be hard, what are short notes without long blows. But I feel optimistic, it must be that jazz that smokes my coffee. Jazz is all about that, an instrument and off you go. On your streets, on your wordless poetry, on your way. An improvisation and “pay for the check”. Honesty, is like breathing fresh air, highly recommended to get everything off your chest. For me, a city known for its Jazz, and for its opportunities (and don’t get me wrong I am not talking about millionaire opportunities, but opportunities to play) is a city worth hanging around in. Jazz and my imagination, going wild, in Estonia. Did Miles ever talk about Politics? Man you seemed to never have listened to the Man. And so this time, I leave Estonia in words, I leave it naked, shameless. I leave my life there, I leave my soul, my blood, my connections, my worries, and my jazz. I leave Estonia in good hands. As all jazz artists of the keyboard, I care not for awards, nor for recognition. After all I am not the kind of person who needs to build a library ego to see the sky. All Jazz artists know, we are all just borrowing things. There are infinite musical notes, and we did not invent a single one of them. We do borrow them to express ourselves, with total disregard we get personal with notes we did not invent. I leave Estonia with words that are like a good combination of improvisation, beats, and be bops. All me, what more could you want, a city that lets you ride and ride. As Estonia Public Broadcasting very well said, After his latest concert series with his quartet in Germany, Kristjan Randalu - dubbed "a dazzling piano player“ by jazz legend Herbie Hancock - is back in Estonia. Someone is back and I am gone.

Its Strictly a 315 Mill Business, nothing Personal?

[extract1] It would be great to start this story with words like, “no one imagined that the versatile writers who started out from nothing would today sell their site for 315 USD million”…but this is not a Hollywood script, so I will spare your day and not insult your intelligence. It was May 9th, 2005 when the Huffington Post was launched. It is no secret, (at least not today), that Arianna Huffington co-founded the Huffington post. She was and still is an influential figure in media. Huffington also had and has strong links in politics. So maybe it was no surprise when the Huffington Post ranked high in the one choice for America News Media. Some who are becoming very enthusiastic about the merger say it is the most read news media of American News. I am not a very big fan of ethusiasm myself. However, today, the main page of the Huffington Post, looks very much like… well I am not really sure what the main page really looks like. One thing that can not be misses are the big captions, they read, “A Brand New Media Universe.” And we have heard this kind of news before, haven’t we? AOL acquired the Huffington Post (acquired here is an elegant way of saying took over or bought by large amounts of money) for 315 million USD. Seems like the Huffington Post had gained a “vast” reputation in the eyes of the general public. And we all know how the reputation things go, don’t we? Fortunately, AOL announced that they will make Huffington herself president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which will now include The Huffington Post and existing AOL properties such as Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone, MapQuest, Black Voices, PopEater, AOL Music, AOL Latino, AutoBlog, Patch, and StyleList. This everyone can see in the illustration on the main page of the Huffington Post. They did a big drawing so everyone could understand it. For me the illustration does look like very much like an umbrella. And what is better for journalism? To have an umbrella in the storm? Or to have the socks wet in the rain? Some would say, “depending on what kind of news style you are going for”, others would say, “iIt’s nothing personal it is just good business”, or “it is personally good business,” and other would just say “wait and see”. I would say today, read a book. Personally I have had my socks in the rain for long time, and would not mind to have them in there again. If I did have an umbrella perhaps it would come handy to drive away the Elephants, Donkeys and Australian Crocodiles, that everyone knows come with the leaky and wet rain-flood reporting.

Rembrandt Bread to Art? Montesquieu to Flour?

Self Portait Rembrandt Make due with what you’ve got and experiment with art. Two clichés that only can be lived become alive today. Or, more elegantly put, “the artists tools are not the limitation but the opportunity of the technique”. It is well known that artists, specially the good ones, lived a life of tragedy, poverty and went unappreciated but never stopped to cry about that, certainly not to cry about their luck. Of course that was before main stream art came roaming. Back in the dark days of candles and 1660s, Rembrandt mixed his paintings with flour. The reason? Unknown, as his talent a marvel. However, good painters, those who paint with the body, know that a little bit of flour is most inevitable to end up in the canvass. After all why not? Flour makes bread and bread in Spanish translates to “Pan”, which in turn is the Latin way to name “everything”. That is right Bread is everything. Or so they say in the streets today, the streets which still conceal a Rembrandt or two, who are worth nothing because of course they are alive. But you wait, and I will wait with you. [extract1] Experts at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage in Brussels revealed the insights of the techniques that they say Rembrandt “experimented with” flour to create his masterpieces. The mysterious layer of the 17th Century was after all this time, yes simply flour. "The most striking result is undoubtedly the presence of starch, which to our knowledge has not been observed before in Rembrandt's work," Discovery News quoted Jana Sanyova, an analytical chemist, as saying. "He was probably looking for special effects," she said. The find appears in the journal Analytical Chemistry. (ANI) Special effects, yes that could be it, or perhaps he just happened to have some flour at the table, and thought of taking everybody for the ride. Is the flour on Rembrandt’s painting the same flour he used to cook? Did Rembrandt himself go to the kitchen looking for the flour? I can almost imagine him, walking nervously about, thinking that the paint was way too thin, “too thin”, “too thin”, and then... “ Eureka!”. Yes flour. Is that the way it went? It could have very well been that way. Or perhaps it was an accident? Unlikely, just look at this paintings. Risking the shock of art historians, I dare to imagine Rembrandt. Today he he has in my imagination become more human. It is the presence of flour that did it for me. And that is news, the insight of today. I too have some flour in my kitchen, most likely it will end up in the oven not on a canvass. But as Montesquie said himself, "It is an incredible thing that all the philosophy of the world consists of two words, to hell", or in this case, “to flour”, but not any flour, a Rembrandt flour, yes, factual and newsworthy, a Masterpiece.

Miracle Message : Woman Survives 23rd Floor Fall

Buenos Aires from the top view of the Panamericana Hotel is an incredible thing, a thing to remember. Maybe she thought about the view, maybe she didn’t. Witness say she ordered a coffee at the top of the restaurant of the Luxury hotel. Then she took her shoes off. And she must have walked a few steps barefoot on the top of Panamerican Luxury Hotel, on the 23rd floor. Barefoot, she must have considered the incredible view of the Buenos Aires. The majestic avenues crossing the city, the cars and the size of things. She must have witnessed the perspective that only can be seen from a 23rd floor in Buenos Aires. She was (and still is) 33 years of old. After ordering her coffee, and taking off her shoes, she seem to have decided to walk over the safety barrier. Then she fell from the 23rd floor. In Buenos Aires streets, televisions sets are common in every corner and shop. And for hours she was the news. She had fallen from the 23rd floor and landed on top a taxi. However, for some miracle or grace, she survived the fall. The taxi driver, said, he had decided to go out of his car. And then she fell on her roof, falling from 23 floors. “If I had been inside the car, I would have died,” he said. And that is how in synchronizity the televisions camera rolled their cameras in disbelief, and the taxi driver began to cry. The woman was taken to the hospital were she underwent extensive surgery. She was put in intensive care. She had multiple injuries. The image of her falling from the 23 rd floor took the imagination of the people of Buenos Aires that day. For a moment she was the city's conversation. They would mention her over orders, or stand in the streets looking at image of her on the roof of the taxi. She seemed so peaceful, resting there. For some reason everything seemed to be just in place, or prehaps in time. "Bloodless" she lay on the roof of a yellow and black taxi. Others avoided to comment about her, perhaps to avoid thinking about the fall, or maybe for some other reason. On the streets of Buenos Aires some people spoke about the word "suicide" other spoke about the words "hope", "message" and "miracle". Then the television crew and cameras switched it off and followed the radio scent of the next newsworthy story. And so the televsion stopped screening the live image and reports. And so everyone went on with their lives wihtout considering the strangeness of the event. Life went on in Buenos Aires, as if everyday a woman falls from a 23rd floor and survives. I do not much about hope, or miracles, but this woman who first bought a coffee and then took her shoes off, who must have contemplated the view of Buenos Aires, only then to fall 23 floors, and finally land on the roof a taxi who’s driver had just decided to step out, and who for some miracle, survived the fall, sure has a message for us all.

The International Business of Street Protest

Belgian newspaper: Protest [extract1] According to Time, on the 24th of January, 45,000 Belgians marched through Brussels to press their fumbling political leaders to hurry up and form a government. According to sources, Belgium and other countries, shows signals of concern. Concerns focusing on economic discontent of the public and rising prices. The Tunisian protest are considered the inspiration of many countries in North Africa, but are the same signs coming from other parts of the world. The North African countries protest, moved by economical demands, poverty, food prices, human rights, democracy and "alleged" police brutality has become a trademark against trademarks. An international arrest warrant has been issued on the former President of Tunisia, members of his family and other people close to him. He is accused of extracting massive amounts of money out of the country, transferring abroad and of corruption. Risk Magazine reported on the cost of insuring against Egyptian soverign debt. According to financial data provided by Markit it rose to its highest level. Five-year credit default swap (CDS) spreads on Egyptian government debt widened from 331 basis points at close of play yesterday to 359bp. In Tunisia after the protest and instability sparked the wave of North Africe unrest, it rose from 183bp to 186bp, their highest fix over the last six months. Spain's moved from 270bp to 265bp. Portuguese CDS spreads fell from 447bp to 444bp and Belgium spreads stayed level at 174bp. While the G20 leaders and CEO continue to discuss trust, world hunger and “the new world reality”, the Russian president arrives to speak about Russia. The International Monetary Fund Global Financial Stability report and World Economic Outlook update expressed unease at the continued weakness of eurozone banks and their negative effects on sovereign risk perceptions. In Ethopia the Prime Minister Meles Zenawi took meassures to cap food prices in response to price gouging by merchants taking advantage of global price hikes. He vowed to put a stop to what he called "market disorder.” On the streets of North Africa, Egypt, Tunisia and Belgium, the people take to the streets. The media report they are organized through twitter and facebook. Poverty in some parts of North Africa are far from having basic services, less alone internet connections. However, the signals become symptoms, unemployment, repression, price fixing, food prices souring, poverty and corruption lead inevitably to the streets. Then changes in government are demanded, concedead and negotiated. “Justice”, persued. Beyond this simplification, which in no way seeks to disrespect every single person on the streets who is protesting and representing a real human life and the conditions they live in, true questions arise.

What are the Voices of North Africa Saying?

Algeria, Morocco, Western Sahara, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt, the North African border countries, have all seen recent developments. Western Sahara, Morocco and the Polisario Front lead the way into the demonstrations and violence in North Africa. Egypt recently saw an election which was questioned by opposition, dialogue and questions on democracy rose and sporadic protests continued. Now, Reuters reported that the young members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said on Sunday they would join an anti-government protest this week triggered by the turmoil in Tunisia. [extract1] Algeria streets took to protest and demonstrations, due to rises in food prices and general discontent. Tunisian nation wide demonstrations, change of Presidency, repression, new demands and separation of the opposition, today broke the news again, with tear gas. BBC reported, that protesters who “defied an overnight curfew” were met by Tunisian police forces that fired tear gas at protesters. They were said to be demanding the removal of all allies of former President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali. News coming out from Africa is always complex. They range from new growing business to developing industries, new oii reserves, protests, crisis, piracy, business, massive events, and historical discoveries. North Africa is no stranger to violence and terrorism. Terrorist cells have been "targeting Africa for some time". The findings of Timbuktu manuscripts prove that the Arab presence in North Africa has been strong since ancient times. Africa was the first continent into which Islam expanded. Islam is a predominant religion in African countries. While the north African border countries are under political changes, further South business and tourism continue rising. China, is just one of the countries, which has showed an increasing interest in Africa. China’s developing economy in need of resources views Africa as a potential partner. Reuters reported, “Chinese, Indian and other Asian traders have picked up 57 full or part cargoes of crude oil West Africa loading in January, up from 61 cargoes in December, 55 in November and 50 in October,” Africa news reported on a study of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) which reached the conclusion that “Africa's rapid growth in industrial technological acquisition” brings hope that the “continent”. Africa is part of the fast developing regions. Africa´s resource are now establishing industrial foundations. Is there an unity in the events of Africa that are breaking world news? The idea of a united Africa is not new. Pan-Africanism is concept which goes back deep into African centuries. Pan-Africanism calls for a politically and economically united Africa or unity of African people. COMESA, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa is a free trade area with nineteen member states stretching from Libya to Zimbabwe. The SADC, Southern African Development Community aims to socio-economic cooperation, political and security cooperation’s as well as integration between 15 southern African states. And the Africa Free Trade Zone (AFTZ) is a free trade zone announced at the EAC-SADC-COMESA Summit. Africa continues to engage with the world. Economically African countries are united by agreements, from South to East, West and its Northern Borders. Africa as a continent is not only filled with rich natural resources it´s incredible culture spreads through the region. Image composition, Algeria rights reserved by Swiatoslaw Wojtkowiak and Tunisia Protests by and all rights reserved by m.elorbany

Made in….Who Cares?

Do you turn over your products when you go shopping? Do you look for the “Made in” tag on the back of your product? The President of China Hu Jintao visits Obama at the White House. Accroding to the Mail Online, still no one knows who will be cooking the dinner? The media go frantic. Another event occurs to raise opinions in the Court-Shop of the General Public. Generation Electron, does not care. [extract1] It is not like Americans look into a car just to see if it was made in China or America, or do they? Not. It is not like mayor Corporations do business with countries just because their costs are lower? Not. So basically who cares? I am not sure they even make those tags any more. The streets have changed, here all small supermarkets are run by Chinese communities, and I think there is nothing wrong with that at all. I live in Buenos Aires, so really the Chinese visit to White House, from here looks like more marketing campaigns for the Made in Who Cares tag. The fact of the matter is that I would definitely not buy a product made by Corporations working inside Burma, for sensible reasons and indigestion possibilities. But then again do certain Corporations care about doing business abroad, violations of Human rights and labour? If you do not care why would they care at all? After all the product is made for you. Seems to me like old campaign runners are getting old and they need to come up with more than the Made in Who Cares campaign if they want to fence products over the seas. It is not like the new generations even care about the debt, the bonds, the history and the traditions. Then again those who put the “Made in Who Cares” tag do not care about the new generations either, so lets call that even, and have ourselves a day. After all (at the end of the day), do you even check to see where in the world the product you buy was made in? And do you know anything at all about that country and how and why that product got to your shelves. It is all an absurd paradox, I mean would you buy a piggy bank, just because it says, “Made in Haiti”, probably you would. And would you not buy the new latest technology because it were tagged “Made in Asia”? News for you, you probably already did. So, there is no bigger picture, it is all Micro Economics, (that means the money you have in your pocket). Who made you, who made who, made in Katmandu. Really man who cares? No one is listening, certainly not the electron generation, and certainly they do not care about consumer education. It all just another BRIC in the wall, Tetris sold millions, and Pac Man if re-launched on the X Box would sell millions. Made in who cares, should be changed by something like, “Made by a person just like you, who worked off his life.”

Black Swan, the Final Wake Up Call

Natalie Portman plays, to the limit, a ballerina in the thriller, Black Swan. In the movie, the ballet dancer, is both the innocent White Swan and the sensual Black Swan. From anorexia, drugs and the need to wide out impress the audience, ballet dancers in the New York scene undergo different problems, both physical and psychological. This has led to the fall, and even death of many talented artists. Some say the movie is ectasis erotically charged with an edge of magic and suspense. The world of athletes-artists and the real world of professional dancing. The becoming of both characters, the innocence and the underworld of life are all things one can recognize in the mirror and behind it. Going through the world of ballet, Natalie Portman, took things to letter. "It's good to understand what real ballet dancers have to go through,” she said. Natalie Portman committed to the role with long training sessions that prepared her for this movie. In Black Sawn, Nina Sayers undergoes multiple psychotic symptoms. Some critics attribute the disorders to competition. Nina Sayers faces a new coming ballerina, Lily (Mila Kunis), who she believes is out to steal her main role in the “Swan Queen”. Others say that the movie speaks of her inner struggle. One thing is certain when so many different views rise from a movie, the movie itself is working. Articles that review Black Swan write the words "Oscar awards" several times. The American film, directed by Darren Aronofsky and described as a psychological horror film, is symbolic in many ways. Riding into a series of hallucinations, the dream-music world of Nina is awaken by physically and emotionally warnings, body signs. Limits and unity. A beautiful once in a life time, Wake-Up-Call. Natalie Portman said it was exciting to hear people debating on their different views on what the movie was about.

Is Food a Human Right?

2011 started off just well. Every year 15 million children die of hunger. With a world wide rise of prices in food the international community began the count down to next year. There are news can be shocking, and news that seem to be important. Then there are news that really affect the people. Rise of food is one of those news. The BBC reported and clicked away on a keyboard, "North African neighbors Algeria and Tunisia have both seen widespread rioting and fatal clashes with police in recent days." And was violence a reaction anyone expected? Meanwhile the new world population, which has increased almost to 7 billion, takes it daily time to find or buy food. Every year 15 million children die of hunger. Is food politics? Is food an essential Human right? Much like water? Floods showed that natural disasters can affect non developed as well as developed countries. Australia floods give testimony to that. And so another keyboard in the BBC typed, (or maybe it was the same keyboard, “Food prices in Australia could rise by as much as 30% in the coming months as a result of the Queensland floods, it has been warned.“ But if we go the opposite side, we have droughts, and both floods and droughts affect the price of food. Every year 15 million children die of hunger. So, food price rises, and rises, and rises and rises, the numbers come... Every year 15 million children die of hunger. The question comes... Is Food a Human Right? Prof. De Schutter said, "The right to food is not the right to be fed. It is the right to access the means to produce food or to obtain an income that enables the purchase of adequate food. Political will is needed to tackle the structural flaws in the global food system. " Every year 15 million children die of hunger. We encourage you to comment. Act as if you care. Comment and who knows maybe you might just win...an opinion.

The Price of the “Edge of War”

It can not be argued that the price of war is suffering and human loss. But what is the price of war, and how does a local conflict turn international? How does the price of the edge of war extend to all regions? [extract1] El Pais from Spain reported, “North Korea accuses their neighbour of the South and the United States of America in taking the Korean peninsula on “the edge of war” with their plan to develop military dissuasive manoeuvres on Sunday, just two days after the Pyongyang attack against the South Korean Island of Yeonpyeong”. The attack caused four dead and 18 wounded. Bloomberg reported that Brazilian Stocks dropped. “As North Korea fired artillery shells into South Korea,” speculations, rumours and inflation numbers took the markets. Iron ore company, MMX Mineracao e Metalicos SA, dropped 5.2 percent. Metal prices took a great fall. Shares began changing hands. After North Korea attacked South Korea, Tokyo Electron Ltd., a maker of semiconductor equipment that gets 16 percent of its revenue from South Korea, retreated 2.1 percent The dollar strengthened and Copper fell in London. Speculation on China’s policy rose everywhere as everybody looks into China for something. Bloomberg reported in another article, "as the dollar strengthened on concern the conflict between North and South Korea will escalate, curbing demand for alternative investments." The Defence Minister of South Korea resigned. A new Defence Minister was appointed. The dollar rose to a "seven-week-high". Words like "Greatly Endangered", or "Brink of War", took South Korean, Asian, European and US markets on a ride. Asian shares fell, European stocks hesitated. Metals where on the down. The Banks began to “consider” the conflict and its aftermath. The Sydney Morning Herald from Australia reported, "Oil prices dropped for a third day on persistent worries about the global economy after China took additional steps to control inflation, and North Korea and South Korea clashed." Even Gold, which was in its highest rise and considered a safe investment across the board, declined. The dollar gained against the yen as North Korea’s state- run Korean Central News Agency said planned naval exercises by South Korea and the U.S. moved the peninsula “closer to the brink of war.” North Korea and South Korea exchanged artillery fire, killing at least two South Korean marines. Investors who where concerned about Ireland and future debt problems of Spain and Portugal, now had their eyes on different fact sheets and numbers. Paul Samuelson wrote, “observe, as a warning to the future, a fact terribly eloquent, after the Second World War prices did not decrease to a level that in any way could be compared to those produced after previous Wars. We understand by inflation a period a general increase of price of good and consumptions. Prices vary, they do not vary in the same direction.” Page 309-310 of Course of Modern Economy. First Image Creative Commons some rights Reserved by artemuestra. Japan Stock Markets. Second Image above. Creative Commons some rights reserved by Travel Aficionado.

ClimateGate 1 Year on, the Emails that Changed International Policy

It is now one year since ClimateGate took over. The result ClimateGate had was a chilling effect on the media and warming effect on international developments. Bringing more sceptics in the order of science and environmental science, ClimateGate still proves to be scandalous. A combination of alleged emails, statements, Freedom of Information Acts, and other sensible and legal issue are in the heart and core of this issue. Infowars.com is concerned about the issue. James Corbett in a video report said, “Sitting here now, one year later, it’s becoming difficult to remember the importance of that release of information, or even what information was actually released. Very few have actually bothered to read the alleged emails and documents for themselves.” In the same article James said that in December of that year, the UN’s Copenhagen climate talks broke down when a negotiating document was leaked. While we may agree or not with James Corbett opinion, or whether we can make sense of this gated confusion or not, these are the alleged emails that changed the course of international policy on Climate Change. From the “Harry Read Me” file to an alleged email that states, "If they ever hear there is a Freedom of Information Act now in the UK I think I'll delete the file rather than send to anyone". Another alleged email starts out by saying, “laughable that CA would claim to have discovered the problem. They would have run off to the Wall Street Journal for an exclusive were that to have been true. But the series does not end there another of these alleged emails says, "The main part has been one of your House subcommittees wanting Mike Mann and others and IPCC to respond on how they produced their reconstructions and how IPCC produced their report. In case you want to look at this see later in the email! Also this load of rubbish!" Climate-Gate trashed the reputation of several scientists and of the scientific community and spreads like a virus through the reports. From the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia to the IPCC report. And yes, few people actually did read the IPCC report. As scientists are questioned for altering reports, as the IPCC admits there estimations to 2050 where slightly off, and even more controversial statements find their way into the light, gas and oil developments project themselves to the Artic because the ice is melting. Few alleged emails have the power to change the world. This Climategate ads confusion to more confusion. A tainted reputation that still to the date is costing international development policy and carbon emissions policy too much. Image hyperlinked from http://no.europanetwork.org/?p=10616 http://www.globalwarming.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/CEI%20-%20Climategate%20Reloaded.pdf

163 Detained. 700 Wounded. 19 Dead. How Much More?

163 people detained. 700 wounded. 19 dead. Riots, cars on fire, violence and people missing and dead. [extract1] A camp in Western Sahara is in the heart of this conflict. Moroccan security forces raided it to clear the protest camp. The raid left 11 dead. The reports are contradictory and confusing. Journalist are not reaching all parts of the area and most images that are being broadcasted are those taken by citizen journalists or activists. Moroccan authorities at one point stated they went into the camp to rescue woman and children. However, many other disagree strongly. The Polisario Front issued a statements saying that 159 people were missing. El Pais, of Spain, published an article saying that the Polisario Front has risen the count of the dead to 19 and that they assure the Western Sahara lives a “situation of terror” in which marroquian agents abandon the bodies on the streets to spread panic among the population. Protesters and Human Rights demonstrations have taken the streets of several cities of Spain focusing in front Moroccan Embassies inside Spain. Sources inside the Sahara camp say people are being taken away from their house. The images are clear on the violence. Cars on fire in the streets, protesters scrambling the corners, rocks, tears gas and confrontations. A government spokeperson warned that when the press is instructed to leave it is because military forces will act. The Spanish government which has relationships with Morocco has been driven into the international spot light but the real conflict situation is happening in the Sahara Camp. History between Morocco and the Western Sahara is long and complex. However, violence is fast and instant to act. A government representative of Spain said Spain’s government is sensible to human rights and condemned the violence and called for it to stop. The people of Western Sahara and campaigners called on the United Nations Security Council to take action to protect them. Government representatives of Spain and Parliaments of Spain have unanimous agreed to statements and condemned the violence, urging it to stop. Image AP Photo - Saharan women protest in front of the Morocco Embassy in Spain, Madrid.

Your Life, Your Seven Wonders

Don’t like the 7 World Wonders? Choose your own new ones. That is what online users across the world did in 2007. That is what they continue doing everyday. It is said to be the largest poll online. More than 1 billions users casted their vote. What is yours? [extract1] Politicians around the world pull their strings. To be chosen as a finalist of the new seven wonders, is a boost to eco-tourism, and everyone knows that is a boost for the economy. But, is there a hidden message behind the wonders of nature? Maldives, Amazonas, Indonesia, Uluru reefs, Iguazy Falls or Emirati Islands, these are just some of the New 7 World Wonders. Many others line up and await. It may sound like a bad ad but actually it is much more. If conflict and stress filled the final drop of your glass and if you wonder about the wonders of nature? Check out online the New Seven Wonders online site. According to HelloMagazine this site hold a spectacular set of images. But for me it is hello and goodbye, because I will not be casting my vote, I will be gone far gone to one of the new 7 wonders. Choose your seven world wonders and cast your vote while I pack my way out of this city. Follow me if you can. You choose yours, I choose mine. Guess where, oh where, because soon... I will be gone.

Eat the Rich, the Australian Way?

When we think of Australia we think of blue surf beaches, great food, youth, mates, yachts and paradise but is Australia projecting into a broken mirror? [extract1] According to an article from AFP, "Australia is the world's worst per capita polluter and the top exporter of coal, which is burned to generate power." The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Monday launched a new push to charge for carbon pollution. But, is it more words coming from Australia, or are there actions? Australia is one of the top Carbon emitters in the world. In the Copenhagen United Nations Climate Change conference, Australian representatives where among those who blocked the emission policies. Australia calls us with its beautiful people and culture but is its environmental politics going over waters? The Australian Coral reefs are disappearing and endangered. The coral reefs are key species of the World. Scientists say that coral reefs are so complex and essential for life on Earth that if they disapear the consequences could be devastating. Is Australian politics taking care of that? Does the massive international media forget about Australian developments? Strange voices swallow the environmental complaints. Some wonder about the past, the present and never about the future. Australia does have a thing or two under their sleeve. While large pieces of lands in Australia are daily cut for timber, while mines are opened, while the open doors of tourism and glamour are switched on, let’s just hope we get some peace from that side of the planet. Image Creative Commons, some rights reserved by surfglassy.

Break on Through the Alps with 10.22 Billion USD

Tomorrow, October 15th, history will be made in the Swiss Alps. The event will not happen on the ground nor in the air. The breakthrough will occur underground. [extract1] Politics of new transportation, billionaire investments and engineering miracles, according to the Swiss Info, “It’s not just engineers and politicians who are awaiting the completion of the Gotthard Base Tunnel”. The longest Train Tunnel, the Gotthard Base Tunnel, tomorrow will see its two halves connected. Journalists will gather to witness the mountain open and unite. The Gotthard Base Tunnel with a total of 151.84 km of tunnels, shafts and passages, will steal the record of the longest tunnel to the Seikan Tunnel. The Seikan Tunnel connects two islands of Japan. The Gotthard Base Tunnel also be longer than the Channel Tunnel. This will be the first time a train will ever route under the Alps. Keeping down carbon footprints, competing with the airplane industries, improving freight, passenger and cargo transportation. New High Speed Railways and High Speed Trains are included. This Project moves forward under the dominant Mountain. The cost of the project is of 9.83 Billion Swiss Francs or 10.22 Billion US dollars. The Project plans to take transportation to the next level. The engineering has been compared to the Panama Canal or the Suez Canal. The giant drilling machines continue stepping into the rock as the geologists marvelled with the geological events and layers they found beneath the Alps. Eight workers lost their lives in the construction of this Tunnel. In the Channel Tunnel which connects France with the UK, 11 workers died in the construction. However in the old Gotthard Tunnel which was built in the 19th Century more than 300 workers died under the mountains. The silent Alps are about to be connected in a way they have never been connected before. Milan to Zurich, breaking through to the other side, you dig? Image Creative Commons, Some Rights Reserved by Bilfinger Berger Group.

Mandela, a Saint or a Man?

He spent more 27 years imprisoned. He is known for many things such as liberating South Africa, being the leader of the movement that ended Apartheid, and leading the Reconciliation process. He is also known as an young activist, as a political and insightful thinker and as the former President of South Africa. It is no wonder that Mr Nelson Mandela is thought to be a Saint. His new book called, Conversations with Myself, invites the reader into a more intimate dialogue revealing personal life details. The book will be released by the Nelson Mandela Foundation. It will be published in 22 editions and 20 languages. [extract1] Is a leader, an icon, and a source of inspiration, entitled to be a man as well? Can historical figures have a private life? Is there still much to learn from Mandela in these times? Why do we expect world leaders to be Saints? Panning the world of today, throughout the continents we find traces of countries immerse in conflict. South Africa found it way out through the Reconciliation Process. Today Reconciliation is recognized as a successful model of National unity. Nelson Mandela said, “As I have said, the first thing is to be honest with yourself. You can never have an impact on society if you have not changed yourself... Great peacemakers are all people of integrity, of honesty, but humility.” Mr Mandela from the distance, or crossing over time, brings again a bright light. It comes with a message. Still today Mandela words bring peace and resolution to complex matters with understanding and simplicity. A man who lives by ideals can be confused as a Saint. Mandela makes that clear in his new book. In it he wrote, "I am no Saint". His book is said to be private and revealing. But is humanization of figures not needed? In the words of Mandela himself, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” The man or the saint, continues writing history.

International Politics and the "Venezuela Agenda"

Chavez on Elections Day in Venezuela Certain international media and international politicians try to use any news coming from Venezuela as an opportunity. They spin the news on the Venezuelan Elections, and on Chavez, to draw “their Caracas agenda” from their right drawer. Maybe clarity has been lost, but is not Chavez’s government a government for the people of Venezuela? Why is his form of government demonized by some international politicians? Is socialism not a powerful movement in Europe and in the US? Voters turn out in Venezuela was massive. The people of Venezuela proved that they are committed to a full participation. Although Chavez’s party lost seats, what really upsets certain politicians and certain “independent” media is not the elections outcome. It is Chavez’s policy of nationalizing natural resources and all that which his party represents. Opposition groups in Venezuela have the right to speak out and voters can vote whatever way they want. That is elections, that is democracy, that is a government for the people and by the people. Certain international corporations (who have their eye set on the Venezuela’s gas and oil reserves) are not part of the people of Venezuela. They are more interested in going back to the old days of "good business" when Venezuela was the place of oil beyond their borders. Venezuela is still the place for oil and gas, but today Venezuela is much more. Venezuela is internationally known today for its power and for living by a strong symbol. So, Was this a defeat for Venezuelan democracy? Was this a defeat for Chavez government? Was this a defeat for the people of Venezuela? There are two agendas. One agenda is filled with lobby groups and all those corporations that finance political seats across the world to seek international resources and then there is another agenda. It can be seen in the streets of Venezuela. The political party of the opposition marched dressed in yellow and the supporters of Chavez took the streets dressed in red. They not only filled pages of every newspaper around the world, they filled the streets. Like the coat Chavez used when he voted. The Venezuela’s Flag is both red and yellow.

A War so Cold that Ice is Melting

A new Cold War has been set off. (Strange I did not know the Old Cold War was over). Oh yes, now there is a new one. We see it on television. A robotic arm plants a Russian flag underwater in the Arctic floor. That is what we see. After wondering about special effects and why news channel have such bad definition for certain video streams, we are left to meditate about the new Cold War conflict. The Arctic resources are now easy to get to because the Arctic ice is melting. The five Arctic powers - Russia, US, Canada, Norway and Denmark - are all in the mix up of the Arctic claim. [extract1] Seems like the oil disasters, specifically the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill, was not enough. After marathonic speeches, months of watching oil gouge into the ocean, looking at birds covered in oil, beaches closed and listening to thousands of fishermen and scientists speaking about the environment, we are back at it. When things go bad one may think, well at least we learnt the lesson. But, after all that big mess, some people had another brilliant idea, “lets go drilling in the Arctic,” they thought. An oil expert smiled with enthusiasms as he said that "the world is getting warmer and the Arctic ice is melting, so summer would be a great time to explore the Arctic. Why? Because we can now reach places that were not available for us before". Yes, I am paraphrasing but that is what he said. And that was just it. That did it. Who on his right mind could think such a thing? If the ice is melting, shouldn’t we do something about it instead of fighting about who will get to drill? Drilling for oil got us into this situation, how is it going to make things better? What is the big plan? To let the ice melt so that the oceans rise and drown everybody? Come on, let us in on the big scheme, because we are obviously missing out on it. Patiently environmentalists explained and warned Corporations and Governments yet once again. They explained them that an oil spill in the Arctic would be even worse than the one in the Gulf. Worse, how could it be worse? An oil spill? No, that only happened, let see…oh yes, YESTERDAY! So along came the parade, and along came the leaders, and along came some representative lined side by side with military figures in uniforms. And don’t you just love when a country spokesperson comes out in the middle of the afternoon on live TV with the military surrounding him? Then the news said this was the New Cold War. They should tell that to the White Polar Bear who is swimming its way into extinction because the ice it needs to survive is melting. For the White Polar Bear this is the global warming war. For the White Polar Bear this is the a war for his survival. These guys are the brightest of the brightest. The only reason why ice is melting and why the Earth is becoming 5 degrees warmer is because of the oil rush and the emissions that are out of control. Today Global Warming did not only become real, even for those who always denied it, today global warming is seen as an opportunity. Do you think Global Warming is an opportunity? Who do you think the Arctic belongs to? Why do you think these Corporations continue drilling for oil?

Payments to Taleban - another way to keep peace?

Last year, 10 French soldiers were killed in an allegedly calm area, Sarobi which is located located east of Kabul. About a month before this incident took place, the area was given over to French soldiers by Italians. What caused the peaceful area to become so unpeaceful in a moment? The fact is, it never was that peaceful in the first place. It turned out that Italian secret service had been paying off Taleban commanders to keep the peace. Taleban was payed tens of thousands of dollars according to The Times. A senior NATO officer in Kabul didn't really feel too bad about paying Taleban saying "It might well make sense to buy off local groups and use non-violence to keep violence down. But it is madness to do so and not inform your allies." Which obviously is the main reason the French were attacked in this peaceful area. But is it really a good idea to buy off local groups in order to keep peace? It's like saying "Don't fly our planes into the WTC and we'll pay you.". Well, yes, there is something in there, but I'm not sure just paying the insurgents is a good idea. But I think Italians did get closer to the truth - money IS the answer. Or to be more exact - free trade. We must offer them something we could all benefit from. And by the end of the day, introducing them the concept of free trade might do the trick. Obviously it's not as simple as that, but the main point should work here. But paying insurgents off, not telling your successors about it and get them killed that way....are we really better than insurgents?