Sunday, April 22, 2012

Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE



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 Lord Stirling's News Blog EUROPE




Holy Shroud of Turin

Powerful prayer to St. Michael the Archangel - video ~ link

AVE MARIA - by Helene Fischer - video ~ link
AVE MARIA by Katherine Jenkins - video ~ link 
AVE MARIA by Mirusia Louwerse - video ~ link
Orthodox Cherubim Hymn - video ~ link  
AVE MARIA by Perry Como - video ~ link 
  

 
 
 
 
Sorry this update is so late.  After a couple hours of work, before I could hit update, the system crashed and i lost it all.   Stirling     




Hollande wins first round, sets up run-off with Sarkozy ~ link ~ Socialist presidential challenger François Hollande topped the first round of France’s presidential election on Sunday with 28.4 percent of votes, while incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy finished second with 25.5 percent, according to exit polls. Those figures set up a widely expected run-off between Sarkozy and the candidate of France’s main opposition party who led most voter intentions surveys before the first round.
 
Exit polls showed Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National Front party, had conquered third place with 18.5% of the vote. Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon took 11.7%, and centrist François Bayrou 8.8%, the Ipsos polling agency said. While the tallies of the two leading candidates were in line with dozens of opinion surveys published before Sunday’s ballot, Le Pen’s figures were well above any of those forecasts.
 
 
 
Hollande wins first round with 28.3% - with video ~ link ~ Francois Hollande has secured 28.3 per cent of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential elections, with 95 per cent of the ballots counted. Nicholas Sarkozy is trailing his Socialist rival with 27.02 per cent of the vote.
Far-right candidate Marine le Pen has secured third place with 18.47 per cent of the vote, according to figures released by the Interior Ministry.




Wilders brings down the Dutch Government over the Austerity Issue ~ link ~ Good for him.  It's good to see that the Dutch have a leading politician with some balls!   Stirling    

Geert Wilders the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party, has pulled the plug on the coalition that he has been supporting from the outside. Wilders is taking a gamble in bringing down the government and perhaps triggering a lowering of the Dutch credit rating from AAA status. He is risking the massive gains that his party made in the last election.
 
On the other hand, the decision is hardly a surprise. If on the issue of immigration and compelling immigrants and particularly Muslim immigrants to embrace Dutch culture wilders has been classified as part of the political right, on social issues he tends to vote with the left. He claims in support of his decision that Dutch pensioners "will not bleed for Brussels." In other words, he objects to severe budget cuts that will allow the Netherlands to meet the 3% deficit target prescribed in the European Stability Pact. Pensioners represent a substantial part of the Freedom Party's electorate.
 
 
 
Egypt terminates gas flow to Israel ~ link ~ Steinitz, Mofaz say move endangers peace treaty, however, senior Egyptian military official is quoted as saying gas deal was not nullified, but rather halted because of a business dispute regarding transfer of payment.

Egypt on Sunday terminated a long-term gas deal with Israel, a stakeholder said, prompting Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz to express “deep concern” over what he described as a move diminishing the peace treaty between the two countries.
 
 
 
Egypt ends natural gas deal with Israel ~ link ~ This could blow over or it could be the beginning of a major political/economic/military realignment in the Middle East.  This amounts to about 40% of Israel's energy needs.   Stirling     
 
Ampal-American Israel Corporation, a partner in the East Mediterranean Gas Company (EMG), which operates the pipeline, said the Egyptian companies involved had notified EMG they were "terminating the gas and purchase agreement."
The company said in a statement that the Egyptian General Petroleum Corporation and Egyptian Natural Gas Holding Company had notified them of the decision, adding that "EMG considers the termination attempt unlawful and in bad faith, and consequently demanded its withdrawal".
   
 
 
 
Egypt cancels natural gas deal with Israel ~ link ~ Egypt's national gas company notifies EMG about cancelation; Israeli, Egyptian officials say move is due to business dispute and has nothing to do with Egypt-Israel diplomatic ties. 
 
 
 
Lieberman: Egypt more dangerous to Israel than Iran ~ link ~ Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says he is more worried about the developments along Israel's southern border and believes Egypt presents more of a security danger than Iran.
 
 
 
China steps back from supporting Syria - Parting ways with Russia ~ link ~ If, and it is still a big question if this is true, if this is true, it is a major strategic shift that makes an attack on Syria more likely and a all-out General Middle East War more likely, and of course World War III more likely.    Stirling      
 
Beijing has decided to distance itself from the Assad regime of Syria. Notice of this policy shift came about in a secret exchange of messages with the Obama administration, revealed here exclusively by debkafile’s Washington sources. The latest message received in the latter half of last week said: China will no longer be a problem for America in dealing with Assad. That leaves only Russia.
 
This change of face surfaced at the UN Security Council on Saturday, April 21, when after voting for another 300 observers for Syria, the Chinese delegate Li Baodong made an unusual speech: 
 
 
 
65,000 gather in Moscow to pray for Orthodox Church and defend faith - with video ~ link Tens of thousands of Orthodox Christians have joined a service outside Moscow’s main church, the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in defense of their faith, sacred objects and the Church itself, following recent numerous attacks on Christian relics. The Sunday service has gathered around 65 thousand worshippers, according to official police data. It comes in response to what the church says is a series disrespectful acts against Orthodoxy and religious faith over the past few months.­Sacred Orthodox objects attacked this spring were specially brought to the Cathedral for one day.

Among the relics is a 3.5-metre-tall crucifix cut by an attacker in the cathedral of the city of Nevinnomyssk in Russia’s south. There are also five of the 30 icons cut with an ax in the town of Veliky Ustyug in March. And the Virgin Mary icon, shot with bullets in the early 1920s, was also brought from the same city. Worshippers also denounce other cases of vandalism – in March, the Cathedral of St. Sergius of Radonezh in the city of Mozyr was desecrated with blasphemous inscriptions and sacrilege against the representationof the cross. In April, offenders poured gasoline and set fire to the entrance door to the Cathedral of Demetrius of Thessalonica in Krasnodar. In the Rostov Region, on the eve of Easter, vandals smeared black paint on the walls of a chapel built in memory of those who died in the wars in Afghanistan and Chechnya, as well as the Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster. In February, the activists of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot broke into Moscow’s main cathedral and sang blasphemous songs at the altar.



Russia and China to trade naval know-how in drills - with video and photos ~ link ~ Four Russian warships have docked at a Chinese naval base near Qingdao, a port in the south of the country. They are taking a break from guarding vessels in pirate-infested waters near Somalia for joint military drills.

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The Russian-Chinese maneuvers dubbed Naval Cooperation-2012 began in the Yellow Sea this Sunday.  The exercises are designed to build on what both forces have been doing in the past couple of years in the Gulf of Aden to counter piracy. 





1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Lord, you have been going
bonkers again with the multicolored
headings that make it next to
impossible for us to decipher the
words concealed in all the
camouflage.

Get hold of yourself, man!

Remember Mies van der Rohe:

"Less is more."