The rougher and less traveled a road the better. Smooth roads offer little charm and don’t do anything but put you to sleep anyway.
In sharply contrasting scenes, several hundred mourners filed into a tightly-guarded Holocaust Remembrance Day memorial service while others rallied outside, chanting anti-Nazi slogans in anticipation of the arrival of members of the Arkansas-based White Revolution and other fascist groups.And in Berlin, 6,000 demonstrators confronted 3,300 right-wing extremists who were protesting about the German "cult of guilt": German neo-Nazi march halted on WW2 anniversary
The protest forced the closure of streets around Faneuil Hall and Government Center.
Ten to 15 white supremacist demonstrators arrived about halfway through the memorial service, escorted by eight mounted police and more than 50 riot police.
After marching down Congress Street, the neo-Nazi demonstrators were directed behind police barricades as about ten times as many anti-Nazi protestors hurled insults and chanted slogans like “we say no, we say no, Nazi scum have got to go."
Tufts senior Katie G. Todd attended the protest with a small group of Harvard students after learning of the event through a political activism e-mail list.
“I couldn’t believe it was actually real," she said, adding that the hatred she saw on neo-Nazi websites motivated her to come to the protest and take a stand.
Students Join Protest of Neo-Nazi Rally
Espertantina Mayor Felipe Santolia endorsed the May 9 holiday, which he said was intended to improve relationships between married couples.Brazilian Town Declares Orgasm Day
"We're celebrating orgasm in all its senses. There's even a panel discussion on premature ejaculation. But from what I've seen, women have more trouble achieving orgasm than men, especially in marriage," Santolia said by telephone from Esperantina, 1,300 miles north of Rio de Janeiro.
Santolia said the remote town of 38,000 people has been unofficially celebrating orgasm day for years, but that the town's former mayor had vetoed a bill making it an official municipal holiday.
The city council passed a law Saturday creating the holiday. Santolia, who took office earlier this year, said he would sign the bill later Monday.
"I'm 32, single and I have an open mind. Beside the theme is very much of the moment," he said.
Orgasm Day celebrations include a series of panel discussions by sexologists from across Brazil and a presentation of Eve Ensler's play "The Vagina Monologues."
Santolia said the idea of celebrating Orgasm Day at first created a scandal in this poor region, known for its religious fervor. But he said residents gradually residents warmed to the idea.
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Jeane Kirkpatrick, who served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations during the Reagan Administration, both this week expressed their strong support for the confirmation of John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the U.N.You can read Jeanne Kirkpatrick's entire letter by clicking.
Bolton's confirmation was held up two weeks ago when Sen. George Voinovich (R.-Ohio), who had failed to attend two hearings on the nomination, showed up at the meeting at which the Senate Foreign Relations Committee planned to vote on the question, and changed his mind about immediately voting for Bolton after listening to demagogic tirades by committee Democrats.
The committee now plans to vote May 12 on whether to recommend Bolton's confirmation to the full Senate. Voinovich's vote, according to Republican sources, remains a question mark.
Thatcher endorsed Bolton in a letter addressed directly to the nominee. Kirkpatrick sent a letter backing Bolton to HUMAN EVENTS Editor in Chief Tom Winter.
"I am writing this letter in order to let you know how strongly I support your nomination as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations," Thatcher wrote to Bolton on May 4. "On the basis of our years of friendship, I know from experience the great qualities you will bring to that demanding post."
"A capacity for straight talking rather than peddling half-truths is a strength and not a disadvantage in diplomacy," wrote Thatcher. "Particularly in the case of a great power like America, it is essential that people know where you stand and assume that you mean what you say. With you at the UN, they will do both."
In her note to HUMAN EVENTS Editor in Chief Tom Winter, Kirkpatrick said she believes Bolton "will be an extraordinarily good representative of the United States to the United Nations.
"It is job I know well, having held it nearly five years," said Kirkpatrick. "Moreover, John Bolton's office was only two doors down the hall from mine for several years at the American Enterprise Institute. So, I have had an unusually good opportunity to come to know Bolton's views and values and to observe his effectiveness and see him interact with colleagues. He has been outstanding in all these respects."
"I have also heard him analyze problems (and solutions)," said Kirkpatrick. "He has outstanding intellectual skills and does outstanding work. I have no doubt that he will also do an outstanding job representing the U.S. at the UN."
"Tom, the former UN ambassador concluded, "I do not believe President Bush and his Administration should be denied the strength John Bolton can contribute to our country in this dangerous time."
Sen. Voinovich, are you listening?
According to IRNA, he said that imitation of western political schools has proved to be a failure for the international community. "The West has the record of Fascism, Communism and liberalism which have caused enormous crimes to humanity in the past two centuries," he was quoted as saying.What do you expect someone called "Supreme Leader" to say, really...
"The capitalists have forged dominance over the mass media and the press and there is no real democracy in the Western states proving that the Western models of democracy could not work," the Supreme Leader said.
China is suspected of hiring scientists to spy and steal unpatented research from Swedish universities, Swedish public radio reported on Monday.Where aren't they spying? If it's there, they want to steal it. Nasty habit.
Quoting an unnamed detective within Sweden's security service, Säpo, radio news program Ekot reported that guest scientists from China were suspected of stealing unpublished and unpatented research from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm.
The Chinese state is suspected of orchestrating the espionage, according to Ekot.
"Guest researchers (can) have assignments besides their guest research assignment: to come across information coveted in their home country," another Säpo inspector, Nils Kaerrlander, told Ekot, speaking of research espionage in general.
"There are also countries that would not hesitate to put pressure on guest researchers, who may have come here with no other ambition but to complete their research assignment," he added.
While Säpo often warns companies and research labs about the possibility of espionage from other firms or countries, spokesman Jakob Larsson insisted that the service had not gone public with any specific suspicions against China or any other nation.
"There is always a risk of espionage, since research is so expensive to do... but we don't know who this mysterious detective (Ekot) is quoting is," he told AFP, referring to the unnamed source.
One of the reporters who produced the story, Bo Goeran Bodin, however claimed that the detective had informed her superiors that she told Ekot about the suspicions against China.
"We have a woman detective at Säpo on tape, but she did not want her name to be revealed... We spoke with her several times and she has said it was China" that was suspected of the espionage, Bodin told AFP.
The Local - China "suspected of spying at Swedish universities"
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Young Egyptian actress Hanan Turk is in the process of preparing for her upcoming film about the life of Palestinian martyr Wafa’ Al Idreesi. The film will be directed by Mohammad Abu Yousef and is written by Mohammad Salmawi.I wonder if the details will include that Wafa, divorced after nine years of marriage, had no children and had returned to her parents' house becoming a burden to her family and an outsider in Palestinian society.
According to the Qatar based daily, Al Raya, Hanan was so fascinated by the script because it reflects the humanistic aspect of the martyr’s life and the way she thinks and makes such a decision as to sacrifice her life for the Palestinian cause. Hanan is reading everything that deals with Wafa’s life, in order to get to know every detail of her character.
The actress predicts that the film will signify a an important factor in her cinematic career, especially if she portrays a believable image of Wafa, who symbolizes true faith and courage.And check out the headline: Hanan Turk dedicates her life to the Palestinian cause. Making one trendy movie is dedicating your life? Whatever sells tickets, Hanan.
For centuries the sea sustained the Marshall Islands, yielding fish to eat and contact with explorers and traders in one of the loneliest parts of the Pacific.Lucky bastards.
But the residents of the tiny tropical nation are now struggling to deal with an entirely unexpected ocean bounty: a huge consignment of cocaine.
Last March dozens of packets of the drug washed up on the palm-fringed beaches of Ebeye, one of more than 1,000 coral islands which make up the Marshall Islands.
The neatly-wrapped bricks, which police believe were dumped overboard by drug runners fleeing the US Coast Guard, weighed 60lb and were seized by the authorities.
More accustomed to coconuts than cocaine, the islands have no history of drug abuse but the unusual jetsam was to change that.
It has now emerged that some of the cocaine was stolen from a police station. With more packages probably found by beachcombing islanders, Ebeye is now awash with the stuff. The cocaine, selling in small bags for only five dollars, has found a ready market.
Although the Marshall Islands were described by Robert Louis Stevenson in 1889 as "the pearl of the Pacific", Ebeye is now little more than a slum.
Its 12,000 inhabitants live in crowded one-room shacks made of plywood, crammed together on the 80-acre island. Around 1,500 of them work at a large US military base nearby, on Kwajelein Island, used to test intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Since the cocaine washed ashore, 14 locals have been charged with possession of the drug and several have been jailed.
Packages of cocaine have been washing up on remote, uninhabited parts of the Marshall Islands since the early 1990s.
Named in 1788 by a British sailor, John Marshall, the islands were the scene of fierce fighting between US and Japanese forces during the war.
Telegraph | News | Tropical islanders getting hooked on washed-up cocaine
The accused may face a six-month prison term although in the event of a confession, the sentence might be reduced.Several hundred Palestinian women marched to the parliament building in Ramallah demanding changes in legislation to protect women from honor killings and a law allowing women over 18 the right to marry without having to get their father's approval.