Monday, September 1, 2014
Maker of film on Armenian genocide Fatih Akın says "it is worth dying for art" + Trailer movie.(HD).
Turkish-German director Fatih Akın’s recent film “The Cut,” which takes the Ottoman killings of Armenians in 1915 as its starting point, is one of the films competing for the coveted Golden Lion award at the 71st Venice Film Festival.
Speaking at the festival after its premiere, Akın said he was "ready for the polemics" that would inevitably follow a film about such a sensitive subject.
“There are not many films on the Armenian genocide. This is why this film is necessary ... I have spent seven years of my life preparing for all of the polemics that may be caused by the film. I can say that I have already received threats, but it is worth dying for art,” he said. Hmmm....In a country like 'Erdoganistan' this is exactly what might happen to this brave man, expect a hate campaign against him being launched by the ruler of this country.Hrant Dink is only an example of many.Read the full story here.
'Moderate' Iran vows to continue efforts to ‘liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque’ (Taz).
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that his country will do all in its power to "liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israeli occupation.""As in the past, the Iranian government will use all its capabilities to save the al-Aqsa Mosque and liberate the first Qibla of Muslims," he said, IRNA News Agency reported on September 1.
Al-Aqsa is the one of the holiest sites in Islam and is located in the Old City of Jerusalem. Qibla is the direction that a Muslim should face during his prayers.
"The Muslim world will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to remain under the Israeli occupation," Rouhani noted.
"Iran will spare no effort to help the oppressed people of Palestine. We are certain that the ultimate victory belongs to Muslims," he added.
He further condemned the extremist groups that kill women and children in the name of Islam, and called them "ignorant mercenaries".
President Rouhani made the comments at a conference on World Mosque Day in Tehran, which opened on Sept. 1.
Palestinian Ambassador to Tehran Salah Zawawi and representatives from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan, Qatar, UAE, Syria and Tunisia embassies in Iran attended the conference.
Video - Bardarbunga volcano Eruption appears to be rapidly subsiding.(RUV).
The volcanic activity in Holuhraun appears to be rapidly subsiding according to geologists. Previously they said the activity appeared stable. No explosions have been detected in the eruption and the lava flow had been quite steady. The eruption itself cannot be detected on seismic monitors.
A Magnitude 5 earthquake was detected on the northwestern ridge of Bardabunga around 9 am this morning. It is the strongest quake measured in the area in 18 years.
There is quite a lot of seismic activity in and around the north of Vatnajokull. About 500 earthquakes have been detected since midnight last night and the strongest activity is around Dyngjujokull glacier as has been the case in the past few days.
The strongest of these quakes measured 5.7 and occurred on the 26th of august. It was the most powerful earthquake in Iceland since 2008, when a 6.3 Magnitude earthquake caused widespread damage in southern Iceland.
This story, by the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service (RUV), was updated on 1 September 2014, at 12:55 GMT.
A video of the Eruption earlier can be seen here.More here.
Update: This is NOT an Eruption of the main BardarbungaVolcano caldera !
A second effusive fissure eruption started in an ice-free area north of Bardarbunga, early Sunday morning. The eruption is located in the Holuhraun lava field, where a small fissure opened Friday morning.
"If I want, I will take Kiev in two weeks," Putin tells EU President Barroso. (Bild).[GoogleTranslate].
"If I want, I take Kiev in two weeks."This sinister threat Russian President Vladimir Putin (61) according to a report in the Italian newspaper "La Repubblica" pronounced in a phone call with the outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso (58).
European leaders should have been informed of the threat. Read the full story here.
Glo BULL Warming myth - Arctic ice cap has expanded for second year in row.(DM).
The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’
Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change.
But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012.
To put it another way, an area the size of Alaska, America’s biggest state, was open water two years ago, but is again now covered by ice.
The most widely used measurements of Arctic ice extent are the daily satellite readings issued by the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, which is co-funded by Nasa. These reveal that – while the long-term trend still shows a decline – last Monday, August 25, the area of the Arctic Ocean with at least 15 per cent ice cover was 5.62 million square kilometres.
This was the highest level recorded on that date since 2006 (see graph, right), and represents an increase of 1.71 million square kilometres over the past two years – an impressive 43 per cent.
Other figures from the Danish Meteorological Institute suggest that the growth has been even more dramatic. Using a different measure, the area with at least 30 per cent ice cover, these reveal a 63 per cent rise – from 2.7 million to 4.4 million square kilometres.
The satellite images published here are taken from a further authoritative source, the University of Illinois’s Cryosphere project.
They show that as well as becoming more extensive, the ice has grown more concentrated, with the purple areas – denoting regions where the ice pack is most dense – increasing markedly.
Crucially, the ice is also thicker, and therefore more resilient to future melting. Professor Andrew Shepherd, of Leeds University, an expert in climate satellite monitoring, said yesterday: ‘It is clear from the measurements we have collected that the Arctic sea ice has experienced a significant recovery in thickness over the past year.
‘It seems that an unusually cool summer in 2013 allowed more ice to survive through to last winter. This means that the Arctic sea ice pack is thicker and stronger than usual, and this should be taken into account when making predictions of its future extent.’
Yet for years, many have been claiming that the Arctic is in an ‘irrevocable death spiral’, with imminent ice-free summers bound to trigger further disasters. These include gigantic releases of methane into the atmosphere from frozen Arctic deposits, and accelerated global warming caused by the fact that heat from the sun will no longer be reflected back by the ice into space.
Judith Curry, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, said last night: ‘The Arctic sea ice spiral of death seems to have reversed.’
Those who just a few years ago were warning of ice-free summers by 2014 included US Secretary of State John Kerry, who made the same bogus prediction in 2009, while Mr Gore has repeated it numerous times – notably in a speech to world leaders at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen in 2009, in an effort to persuade them to agree a new emissions treaty.
Mr Gore – whose office yesterday failed to respond to a request for comment – insisted then: ‘There is a 75 per cent chance that the entire polar ice cap during some of the summer months could be completely ice-free within five to seven years.’Read the full story here.
Video - Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi attacks Obama for acknowledging Jewish history in the land of Israel.
Video - Senior PLO official Hanan Ashrawi attacks Obama for acknowledging Jewish history in the land of Israel.HT: Palwatch.by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik.
"[Obama] has adopted the discourse of Zionist ideology...[He spoke] about the Jews' return to their land, [saying] that this is a Jewish state, the Zionist dream, and so on.
Obama's adoption of the discourse of extremist Zionist ideology... is dangerous."
Palestinian leader Hanan Ashrawi is attacking a recent statement by US President Barack Obama to the New York Times as "dangerous" because in it According to Ashrawi, "speaking about the Jews' return to their land" is "extremist Zionist ideology."
Palestinian Media Watch has documented that the PA denies Israel's history, claiming the Jewish people never lived in the land of Israel before the Balfour Declaration, never built a Temple in Jerusalem, and more. These false claims form the basis for PA denial of Israel's right to exist.
The following is the statement by Hanan Ashrawi:
PLO Executive Committee member Hanan Ashrawi: "Look at the most dangerous thing that Obama said to [New York Times journalist] Thomas Friedman. Once again, he [Obama] has adopted the discourse of Zionist ideology. He adopted it when he came to this region, speaking about the Jews' return to their land, and that this is a Jewish state, the Zionist dream, and so on. Obama's adoption of the discourse of extremist Zionist ideology and his turning it into a basis for political decision-making is dangerous." [Official PA TV, Aug. 10, 2014]
International Criminal Court Prosecutor: 'Palestine' Can Join Rome Statute. HT: Forward.
Membership Enables Filing War Crimes Charges Against Israel“Palestine” is now eligible to join the Rome Statute and file war crimes charges against Israel, the International Criminal Court prosecutor said.
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Aug. 29 wrote an op-ed in the British newspaper The Guardian to answer charges that the ICC has avoided opening an investigation into alleged war crimes in Gaza due to political pressure.
The Palesitnian Authority sought to join the court in May 2009. After three years of research and analysis, the ICC Prosecutor’s Office determined in April 2012 that since “Palestine” was an “observer entity,” it could not sign on to the Rome Statute.
Several months later, in November 2012, “Palestine’s status was upgraded in the United Nations to non-member observer state,” which gives it legitimacy to join the Rome Statute, Bensouda told the Guardian.
Membership in the ICC would grant “Palestine” the right to file war crimes against Israel and Israeli figures with the court.“I have made it clear in no uncertain terms that the office of the prosecutor will execute its mandate, without fear or favor, where jurisdiction is established and will vigorously pursue those – irrespective of status or affiliation – who commit mass crimes that shock the conscience of humanity. My office’s approach to Palestine will be no different if the court’s jurisdiction is ever triggered over the situation,” Bensouda wrote.
CEO Canadian Jewish organization to Nominate Canadian PM Harper for Nobel Peace Prize.(Matzav).
The head of a prominent Canadian Jewish organization says he plans to nominate Stephen Harper for a Nobel Peace Prize Mr. Harper is a staunch supporter of Israel whose comments on the Middle East have at times put him at odds with other Western leaders.In a news release issued by B’nai Brith Canada, Mr. Dimant praised the Prime Minister’s approach in dealing with major international conflicts.
The international development minister says aid packages, including tents and hygiene kits, are being sent to Iraq to help religious minorities. Christian Paradis says the supplies are meant to “address basic needs.”
He said Mr. Harper has demonstrated international leadership and a clear understanding of the differences between those who “seek to do evil” and their victims.
“More than any other individual, he has consistently spoken out with resolve regarding the safety of people under threat - such as opposing Russian aggression and annexation of Ukrainian territory - and has worked to ensure that other world leaders truly understand [the] threat of Islamic terrorism facing us today,” Mr. Dimant said.
The Conservative government has said that its outspoken approach is part of a “principled” foreign policy that means it is unafraid to choose sides in conflicts.
Critics, including some former Canadian diplomats, have countered that the Conservative government’s outspoken approach often involves more rhetoric than action and have said that it could limit Canada’s ability to play a constructive role in resolving global conflicts.
This summer, when the United States and others criticized Israel’s shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza, the federal government continued to blame Hamas alone, saying the militant organization was solely responsible for the continuing violence in the region.
University professors are on the list of individuals permitted to submit nominations to the Nobel Foundation.