Saturday, June 29, 2013

Libya - A Country in Chaos

The following quotation from a TIME magazine article is dealing with the alleged inability of Libyan officials to deal appropriately with the case of Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam. This is considered as a sign of increasing chaos in Libya. Latest rumours on Libyan weapons from a former Gaddafi arsenal being transferred to Syrian conflict zones might support such estimation.

Libya’s Disaster of Justice: The Case of Saif
al-Islam Gaddafi Reveals a Country in Chaos

" When NATO launched its bombing campaign in 2011 against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces in Libya, the Western and Arab leaders who pushed for military intervention vowed to bring to justice the men who had conducted wartime atrocities against civilians—the main motivation for the military intervention in the first place. Yet two years on, as the legal battle over how to try the worst offenders of the Gaddafi regime drags on, some fear that the effort might have damaged the reputation of the International Criminal Court (ICC), potentially impacting its ability to pursue cases elsewhere. .....

..... For months, prosecutors at the ICC in The Hague have fought a bitter battle to have Libyan officials transfer two high-profile defendants to the Hague, where they are wanted on war crimes: Gaddafi’s once hugely powerful son Saif al-Islam, and Gaddafi’s former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senoussi. The ICC indicted both men (as well as the slain Gaddafi) back in May 2011, at the height of NATO’s bombing campaign, on charges that they ordered security forces to shoot unarmed protesters during the first two weeks of the uprising, before the opposition took up arms. ICC jurists argue that since the U.N. Security Council had ordered the ICC investigation in the first place, each U.N. member (Libya included) is duty-bound to abide by the arrest warrant, and ship the two to The Hague for trial. Yet despite that, neither man seems like to appear in the Dutch city any time soon, and if Libya’s new government has its way, they never will. ..... "

[Source: TIME magazine on June 28, 2013. For more information refer to the original article by Vivienne Walt.]

By the way, former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi seems to become some kind of standard for political wickedness. The following evaluation was published the day before on June 28 by The Original Constitution الدستور الأصلي which belongs to the opposition against Egypt's president Mohammad Morsi. It describes the Egyptian president as "القذافي في نسخته المصري" "The Egyptian Copy of Gaddafi".


Visitor to "blueprint news" coming from the Ugandan capital of Kampala. He could be located in the neighbourhood of "Gadaffi Mosque", named in honour of former Libyan dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi.

The "Moammar Gadaffi Mosque" is dominating the old part of Kampala city, capital of Uganda. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi of Libya built the mosque as a gift to Uganda, and for the benefit of the Muslim population. The completed mosque was opened officially in June 2007 and houses the head offices of Uganda Muslim Supreme Council that represents some 12% of Uganda's total population.

"... To get to the mosque, you can drive down Gaddafi Road. Throughout the Ugandan capital, there are army barracks and auto repair shops named after the former dictator. ..."
[Source: How Gaddafi is Remembered in Uganda]

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Pictures of the Week - Obama in Berlin

Despite problems at home and abroad, U.S. President Obama once again proved his ability to attract a numerous German "fan club" when he came to Berlin on June 18/19, 2013.

Obama planning nuclear disarmament.

Obama behind bullet-proof glass.

No drone attacks guided from Germany.
[B. Obama and German President Gauck]

Obama leaving Berlin.

50 Years Ago ...
U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Berlin:

I vividly remember JFK's visit to West-Berlin in 1963. Crowds of cheering people along his route made it rather impossible to catch a glimpse of that charismatic president. However, we succeeded in getting close to Kennedy when we rode on a motorbike through the deserted Tiergarten park area which is near Brandenburg Gate, an official visiting point for every U.S. president who came to Berlin. There we could see JFK from a three meter distance in his nightblue Lincoln limousine. Weeks before, one of our teachers, some effusive pro-American lady, had already convinced us to install a portrait of Kennedy together with a U.S. flag in one corner of our classroom, - such was enthusiasm at that time. Even though times have changed since as well as some political beliefs, I am still convinced having experienced a historic moment on that day. - Ulysses -

"I regret these Germans are not American voters".

"Whenever you are depressed, then travel to Germany".
- Kennedy's advice to his successor -


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

China - Pollution of the Environment before Court

... news to come ...

Tomorrow at 2:00 pm GMT (3:00 pm local time) U.S. President Obama will make a keynote speech during his visit to Berlin almost 50 years after John F. Kennedy declared: 'Ich bin ein Berliner.' He is expected to speak in front of Brandenburg Gate which has been the background of many dramatic events in German history.

Most probably that speech will be covered by CNN and German TV stations. For further information, please, refer to an article published today by The Guardian, London:
Barack Obama follows in footsteps of JFK with speech in Berlin.

Press Conference of the People's Supreme Court of Justice

Today, June 6, People's Network, Beijing, published an article on brandnew standards in the treatment of criminal pollution of the environment in court. A high official belonging to the People's Supreme Court of Justice spoke about that subject on a press conference:


[Main Headline] Both administrations of justice explain:
A reduction of the threshold for penalty measurement
[in case of] conviction [could] deliver a severe blow to
criminal pollution of the environment.


Chairman Hu YunTang from the chamber of research at the People's Supreme Court of Justice said while answering the questions of journalists :


... In view of the current state of environment and a most serious situation of pollution, what might be called unusually grim in some regions, an interpretation by the administration of justice is emphasizing to consider [the application of] a severe blow.


Firstly, a reduction of the threshold for penalty measurement [in case] of conviction of crime concerning pollution of the environment. For example, in the past, a pollution of the environment causing the death of more than one person [led to charges in case of conviction]. Today, [same thing] can happen, if more than one person is seriously wounded. When, in the past, more than three persons died, this [had the quality] of increasing the punishment, while, today, only the death of more than one person is needed for a possible increase of punishment.


Secondly, when a [sentenced] criminal turns into a [habitual] criminal, each pollution of the environment was considered as a standard case in the past. Today, while many standards are being fixed, it only needs a relevant conduct to [serve as] conviction.


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Sunday, June 16, 2013

German Court Tries Serial Murder Accomplice

Now tried by a criminal court in Munich, Germany: A female gang member charged for support of a serial murder that victimized innocent small-scale businessmen with a migration background while state authorities didn't notice the common background of these politically motivated murders for a long time.
The nationalist "Nazi" gang's two assassins, however, cannot be tried at the same time. They shot themselves when German security forces had tracked them down.
The extent of that serial murder, comprising the assassination of at least nine victims, eight Turqish and one Greek immigrant, between 2000 and 2006, as well as incredible shortcomings in the proceedings of German police and state security, have caused a broad public interest in Germany.


The Balkan-like Style of a Serial Murder


Nazi murder gang member
being not entirely "German"
as her father is a Romanian.

女纳粹分子Beate Zschäpe在社会上没有根基但是不是隔离的人,她的《家族》是反社会的邻居们,他们多半失业者没有职业才干,靠社会福利过活,对《外国人》有不合理的憎恨他们叫《爱国心》,他们也憎恨国家的学者和国家机关工作人员。

Female Nazi member Beate Zschäpe was not rooted in society. However, she was not isolated but embedded in an anti-social neighbourhood which became her "family".
These people are mostly unemployed without any professional skills and depend on social welfare. Towards "foreigners" they express some kind of unreasonable hatred as well as they detest learned people among their compatriots and all kinds of state officials.


Aggressive and arrogant Nazi girls are usually spoilt by their fathers.


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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Obama and Xi JinPing - Another Historic Meeting ?


Xi JinPing and Obama, on-the-spot report of the meeting:
Discussions not finished at daytime continued at supper.

Chinese language summary from China Radio International CRI

CRI 的纪实来源于《新华网》

Important UPDATE added on June 9 / 10 !

In the frame of General Secretary Xi JinPing's visit to the United States and his talks with U.S. President Obama, there are some aspects the editor of "blueprint news" considers worth mentioning.


International Forum of People's Daily:
Addendum to "The Trip that Changed the World"

克里斯托弗·尼克松·考克斯 [written by] Christopher Nixon Cox

The first aspect is regarding how official Chinese media are evaluating that meeting. Today, June 8, semi-official People's Daily published a comment in Chinese that had been originally written in English by Christopher Nixon Cox, a New York lawyer and grandson of former U.S. president Richard Nixon. As Nixon was the first leader of his country to visit China's famous Chairman Mao ZeDong in February 1972, his grandson is now reminding that historic meeting which can be regarded as the beginning of a process leading to an opening of the People's Republic towards the West. That process finally turned China into a successful global player regarding, both, its political and economic influence.

Another aspect is regarding the perception of China as it appears in the view of U.S. citizens. It seems the American public meanwhile sees China as much as an ally or, at least, a "frenemy".

Even though there are political obstacles enough on the path of a future U.S. - Chinese cooperation, some common understanding of regional peace as a prerequisite for reaching both sides' similar economic goals might become the glue of such cooperation. Recent news on China reacting upon North Korean provocation (=> related blogspots) might be a first sign of political change as well as China's new adage of "Realizing the Chinese Dream" which should mean nothing else but an increase of personal wealth and domestic consumption in Mainland China, going together with an amelioration of working and living conditions for China's citizens.

The latest Gallup poll, at least, shows 55% of Americans asked think China is either an ally (11%) or a nation friendly to the United States (44%), while 40% say it is either unfriendly (26%) or an enemy (14%).
[Source: CNN on June 8, 2013]


Update for June 9 / 10, 2013:

Yesterday, June 8, U.S. National Security Advisor Tom Donilon informed reporters after the conclusion of the two-day summit on Friday and Saturday. He said "The discussions were positive and constructive, wide-ranging and quite successful in achieving the goals that we set forth for this meeting".

Cyber security and cyber issues, a "center of the relationship" between the world's largest economies, were one of the important topics when the two leaders had discussions on economic issues.

According to Donilon, the President made clear "the threat posed to our economic and national security by cyber-enabled economic espionage".

"The President underscored that resolving this issue is really key to the future of US-China economic relations. He asked President Xi to continue to look seriously at the problem that we've raised here," he said.

.......... Among other things, Donilon said the two leaders agreed that "North Korea has to denuclearise, that neither country will accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed state and that we would work together to deepen cooperation and dialogue to achieve denuclearization."

The two sides stressed the importance of continuing to apply pressure both to halt North Korea's ability to proliferate and to make clear that its continued pursuit of nuclear weapons is incompatible with its economic development goals, he said.

[Source: Indian Express, New Delhi, on June 9, 2013]

Cyber Attacks - According to the White House, the Chinese acknowledged the problem, agreed to investigate and work out "rules of the road".
"I believe we can work together on this rather than at cross-purposes," Obama said.

Climate change - For the first time, China agreed to work with the United States to limit the production of greenhouse-gases.

[Source of additional information: CNN on June 10, 2013]


A visitor to "blueprint news" coming from the "Favelas" of Rio de Janeiro and who is interested in the Arabic revolution:


Xi Jin Ping while visiting Latin America [found] Sun Zi's
"Art of War" on a Latin American bestseller [bookshelf].

Xi Jin Ping said he found the Portuguese edition of Sun Zi's "Art of War" in an automat selling books while riding on a Sao Paulo railway during his visit to Brazil.

[Source: China News Network 中国新闻网 on June 8, 2013]


Korea related news from Al-Jazeera on June 10, 2013:

Two Koreas Preparing Talks

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Change of Chinese - North Korean Relations ?

Today, a Chinese news service is referring to recent talks between the new Chinese leadership and Kim Jong Un's special envoy to Beijing. Relations between both allies seem to become tougher:


North Korea's special envoy meets with a different "expression":
China demanding, the North must abandon the nuclear [issue].


China doesn't put forward the "relationship of sworn brothers".


China, U.S., South Korea - devoted to ask
North Korea to "abandon the nuclear issue".

[Source: mil.ifeng 凤凰网—军事 on June 2, 2013]


Saturday, June 01, 2013

Terrorism - Chemical Weapons Made in Baghdad

بغداد تعتقل خلية حضرت لهجمات كيماوية في الداخل والخارج
استطاعت خلال 4 أشهر أن تؤسس 3 معامل لتصنيع سلاح كيماوي

Baghdad arrests a cell [of activists] preparing for chemical attacks
at home and abroad [and] being able during four months to install
three laboratories for the [fabrication] of a chemical weapon.

وقال المستشار الإعلامي لوزارة الدفاع، الفريق الركن محمد العسكري في مؤتمر صحافي، إن "هذه العصابة المؤلفة من خمسة أشخاص لاحقتها استخبارات وزارة الدفاع، واستطاعت أن تتابع عملها من أول لحظة".ـ

The information consultant at the [Iraqi] ministry of defense, General Mohammad al-Askari, said in a press conference that " this clique consisting of five persons, not identified [by] the defense ministry's intelligence, was able to carry out [each step of] their operation from the very first moment. "

... هجمات كيماوية ضد أهداف داخل العراق وفي أوروبا وأميركا الشمالية، وذلك بالتعاون مع أجهزة استخبارات أخرى

... chemical attacks directed against targets inside Iraq and in Europe and North America. This should happen side by side with other means [used by] intelligence [communities].

... خاصة غاز السارين وغاز الأعصاب وغاز الخردل. وأضاف أن الخلية حصلت على "برامج وصلتها من تنظيمات القاعدة في الخارج".ـ

... particularly Sarin gas, nerve gas and mustard gas. And he added that [this] cell [received] " programs and their [coordination] from Al-Qaeda organizations outside of the country. "

[Source: Al-Arabiya العربية on June 1, 2013]


قالت الحكومة العراقية اليوم السبت إنها القت القبض على خلية يشتبه بأنها تابعة لتنظيم القاعدة كانت تخطط لإنتاج عناصر كيماوية سامة مثل غاز الخردل لمهاجمة القوات العراقية وإرسالها إلى الخارج لشن هجمات في أوروبا والولايات المتحدة.ـ

Today, Saturday [i.e. June 1st], the Iraqi government said they captured a cell [of activists] suspected of being a subdivision of Al-Qaeda organization [and that is] planning the production of toxic chemical compounds like mustard gas for [launching] attacks on Iraqi forces and their distribution to [foreign countries] to launch attacks in Europe and the United States.

[Source: ArRiyad Network الرياض نت, Saudi-Arabia, dated June 2, 2013]


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