Gates of Vienna News Feed 10/4/2014

The recent case of Ebola brought to Texas by a traveler from Liberia has brought renewed calls for restricting air travel to the U.S. from African countries where Ebola is raging. Meanwhile, Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, says that the Ebola virus was deliberately created by white scientists for the express purpose of exterminating black people.

In other news, Belgian police have launched an investigation into what is reportedly a jihadist training camp in the Ardennes. Apparently would-be mujahideen took photos of themselves training with dummy rifles in the forest, and then posted the pictures on Facebook.

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Financial Crisis
» Italian House Speaker Hails Parliament Salary Cuts
» Italy: Jobless Worker Dies 11 Days After Setting Fire to Self
» M5S Complains Italian Finances ‘A Horror Movie’
» Banned Books: Saving Comrade Stalin
» Ebola in the U.S.: Stricter Travel Quarantine Practices Dropped by Obama Admin. In 2010
» Ebola Fears Increase Pressure to Restrict Flights From Africa
» Farrakhan Claims Ebola Invented to Kill Off Blacks
» Warning: Globalism is Hazardous to Your Health
Europe and the EU
» BAT to Invest One Bn Euros in Italy
» Belgian Police Launch Probe Into ‘Jihadist Training Camp’ In Woods
» Danes Cautioned About Visiting Muslim Countries
» EU ‘Doing More for Marines’ Detained by India Than Italy
» EU Presses Italy on Magistrates’ Civil Responsibility Law
» ISIS: Cyprus: “We Are a Target Anyway as Christians”, FM Says
» Italian Students Studying Abroad Rises 55% in Three Years
» Italy: Robledo Shifted as Clash Between Milan Prosecutors Continues
» Italy: Lombardy Official Served Notice in Graft Probe
» Italy: Opera to Sack Artists, Outsource Orchestra, Choir
» Italy: Heavy Rains Put Wine and Olive Oil Production at Risk
» Italy: Dentists Using Botox and Fillers to Save Money
» Italy: Prostitute Beats Man, 83, For Not Paying
» Italy: Inquiry as Priest Filmed ‘Exorcising’ Parishioner’s Genitals
» Italy Reported to EC for Death of Rare Brown Bear Daniza
» Italy: Renzi Warns of Danger in Status Quo, Demands EU Revamp
» Pop Star Intercedes Over Accused Italian Paparazzo
» Swedish Man Charged With Terror Offences in London
» UK: New Head of MI6 is a Middle East Expert
Mediterranean Union
» Ever More Tunisians See EU Partnership as Important, Survey
North Africa
» Death Toll Among Egyptian Hajj Pilgrims Reaches 20
» Tunisia: 7 Mln Euros From EU in 2015 for Gender Equality
Middle East
» Erdogan Demands Apology From US Vice President Biden
» ISIS Commits Indefensible Acts in the Name of Islam, Boldrini
» Mogherini Says Fight Against ISIS Isn’t ‘West vs. Islam’
» Syria Warns Turkey Against Military Intervention
» Three Lions From Gaza Arrive in Jordan for Treatment
» Who is Buying the Islamic State’s Illegal Oil?
» Yemeni Rebels Order Public Sector Wage Freeze
South Asia
» India Singer Says Jeans ‘Provoke’ Men
» Myanmar: Clashes Between Karen Rebels and Government Troops in Mon State, Five Dead and Two Wounded
Far East
» Hong Kong Protest on Hold as Talks Between Students and Government Set to Start
» Two Injured and Eight Arrested in Hong Kong Clashes
Sub-Saharan Africa
» Former DRC Fighters Die of Starvation
Latin America
» Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc, ‘ Dies at 63
» Rousseff Primed to be Re-Elected in Brazil
» Another 807 Migrants Arrive in Vibo, 20 of Them Pregnant

Italian House Speaker Hails Parliament Salary Cuts

97 mn euros to be saved over four years, says Boldrini

(ANSA) — Rome, September 30 — Italian House Speaker Laura Boldrini on Tuesday hailed the passage of salary cuts for parliament personnel as “unprecedented”.

“Today we, the Senate and the Chamber, have taken an unprecedented decision together,” Boldrini said on her Facebook page.

“We have approved the reform of personnel salaries, which will bring a savings of 97 million euros over four years”. “We have done it to reinforce the institution (of parliament), also bringing the salaries in line with the country, in the light of the grave (economic) crisis we are going through”.

Italian parliamentarians and their personnel have been harshly criticized for overly generous salaries in recent years, especially given major public spending cuts to fix the country’s finances and Italy’s large public debt.

Stefano Dambruoso of the centrist Civic Choice (SC) party abstained from the vote, complaining that the measure did not go far enough. Dambruso said the salary reform still ensures a 2.5% raise every two years, and that compensation would remain disproportionately high even after the cuts compared to European counterparts. “Therefore I hope that the cuts can be rediscussed soon and with greater alignment of Chamber salaries with the European average,” said Dambruoso.

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Italy: Jobless Worker Dies 11 Days After Setting Fire to Self

Builder ‘desperate’ after fruitless job search

(ANSA) — Catania, September 30 — A jobless worker who set fire to himself 11 days ago died of his burns in a Catania hospital Tuesday.

Construction worker Salvatore La Fata, 56, suffered second and third degree burns to 60% of his body on September 19.

Friends and family said he was desperate after a long and fruitless search for work.

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M5S Complains Italian Finances ‘A Horror Movie’

FI says Renzi needs ‘courage of Thatcher’ to save economy

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — Italy’s economy and fiscal policies have become “a horror movie” the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) said Wednesday.

Politicians reacted angrily to the Italian government’s warning Tuesday that it had lowered forecasts in its economic blueprint and said it will not balance the budget in structural terms until 2017.

“We’ve gone from a book of dreams to a horror movie,” M5S MPs said in a statement.

Premier Matteo Renzi’s government was forced to admit that earlier forecasts for economic growth this year “were the product of the fertile imagination of those who have lost contact with reality,” said the M5S. It also shows that Renzi has underestimated the extent of the economic crisis, said Daniele Capezzone of the Forza Italia (FI) political party and chairman of the House finance committee.

He said that Renzi needs the “courage of Margaret Thatcher” to turn around the Italian economy, referring to the former British Conservative prime minister famously known as the Iron Lady for her adherence to free-market policies.

Recently, labour unions invoked Thatcher’s name to accuse Renzi of being too neo-liberal in his proposed changes to labour legislation in Italy.

“In the debate on the left, incredibly, we use the name Thatcher to launch insults, but no one seems to understand that we need exactly the courage of Thatcher to change the course of this country’s 180 degrees,” said Capezzone.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Banned Books: Saving Comrade Stalin

by Diana West

After the US entered a military alliance with the Soviet dictatorship in December 1941, Harper & Brothers’ Cass Canfield (left) called back already distributed review copies of Trotsky’s biography of Stalin and later withdrew My Year in the USSR by New York Times correspondent G. E. R. Gedye. Doubleday, Doran canceled the spring 1942 publication of One Who Survived, the reminiscences of ex-Soviet diplomat and military officer Alexander Barmine. Random House’s Bennett Cerf (right) proposed that the American publishing industry withdraw from sale all books critical of the Soviet Union. None were published until after the war ended.


It is curious feature of Banned Books Week, which came and went at the end of September, that its focus is exclusively fiction, and that much of what is protested are challenges, not actual bans, to “educators” who assign sexually explicit ephemera to high school students instead of English literature.

To highlight more widespread but less familiar uses of the totalitarian tool of killing thought and hiding knowledge, with all too many manifestations in literature and media in the Free World, I am posting the following excerpt from American Betrayal, It begins with an account of some of the travails of my father, Elliot West, an anti-Communist writer in the pro-Red-to-pinko world of mainstream American publishing.

From American Betrayal, pp. 87-94:…

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Ebola in the U.S.: Stricter Travel Quarantine Practices Dropped by Obama Admin. In 2010

Many health and transportation officials are calling for stricter quarantine practices in response to the growing threat of the deadly Ebola virus being carried in by travelers from West Africa, but in 2010 the Obama Administration scrapped a set of regulations that might have prevented the disease from entering the U.S.

Bush administration proposals in response to the avian flu crisis in 2005 would have granted the federal government the power to detain sick airline passengers, USA Today reported in 2010.

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Ebola Fears Increase Pressure to Restrict Flights From Africa

The first case of Ebola diagnosed within the U.S. is prompting calls for heavy travel restrictions between the U.S. and those West African countries hardest hit by the outbreak — and one advocate is even warning against the possibility of “Ebola tourism” by patients seeking better care here.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first diagnosed case, remained in isolation in a Texas hospital Thursday after having traveled from Liberia last month, leaving health officials to try to track down up to 100 persons he may have come in contact with.

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Farrakhan Claims Ebola Invented to Kill Off Blacks

Firebrand Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s latest racially-charged claim is that Ebola — the deadly disease ravaging parts of Africa and now diagnosed on American soil — was designed by white scientists specifically to kill off blacks.

The 81-year-old leveled the charge in his organization’s newspaper, The Final Call, insisting the disease is man-made and cooked up in a laboratory as a means of population control. He underscored the claim on his Twitter page, which has 308,000 followers.

“There is a weapon that can be put in a room where there are black and white people, and it will kill only the black and spare the white, because it is a genotype weapon that is designed for your genes, for your race, for your kind,” Farrakhan wrote.

Farrakhan has previously made similar claims about AIDS.

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Warning: Globalism is Hazardous to Your Health

by Diana West

Common sense and love of country dictate that air travel to the United States from the West African Ebola hot-zone nations of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone be suspended until the highly contagious, highly lethal Ebola outbreak is over. That’s obvious. Thousands of travel visas issued by the U.S. to nationals in these same countries should be canceled. That’s obvious, too.

But President Obama isn’t taking such obvious measures to safeguard the American people. On the contrary, the administration is doing nothing to prevent Ebola from entering this country, even after the first case erupted on American soil in a Liberian tourist named Thomas Eric Duncan. Last month, Duncan, knowingly exposed to Ebola himself, traveled to Dallas from Monrovia, Liberia, with layovers in Brussels and Washington, D.C. Now, he is in an isolation ward in a Dallas hospital as health officials scramble to monitor 100 people Duncan came into contact with for signs of the killer virus.

The White House response? The Daily Caller’s headline says it all: “White House: We Won’t Stop People from the Ebola-Stricken Countries from Coming to the U.S.”

What explains this presidential cop-out? So far, the left side of the media seems to be taking heart from the unlikelihood that any — or, rather, very many — Americans will become infected with Ebola. They dutifully repeat the official mantra of multinational organizations such as the United Nations, the African Union and the World Health Organization that isolating Ebola-ravaged nations would only make the epidemic worse.

I understand that suspending commercial flights to the region makes it harder for U.N. officials to jet about, and yes, I’m sure it does take a chunk out of African tourism, but such concerns seem a tad secondary at this moment of crisis. Also, as National Review’s Jim Gerachty has pointed out, the U.S. and others weren’t so coy when it came to enforcing a de facto travel ban to Israel during the summer’s Gaza war. Meanwhile, isn’t it possible to halt commercial travel to these stricken countries without also prohibiting all humanitarian aid?…

           — Hat tip: Diana West [Return to headlines]

BAT to Invest One Bn Euros in Italy

Tobacco giant set to expand Italian operations

(ANSA) — Milan, October 3 — British American Tobacco (BAT) said Friday it will invest one billion euros in its Italian plants over the next five years.

BAT bought the Italian State tobacco company for 2.3 billion euros 10 years ago.

In a statement, BAT said it wanted to significantly expand its Italy operations.

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Belgian Police Launch Probe Into ‘Jihadist Training Camp’ In Woods

Belgian law enforcement officials opened an investigation Friday into an alleged jihadist training camp in the Ardennes region of northeastern Belgium, according to local media reports.

Photos of so-called combatants at the site were recently posted on Facebook.

Sporting combat fatigues, balaclavas and bullet proof vests, the men stomp around the sylvan Belgian countryside, wielding what appears to be dummy guns and looking incongruously menacing in the Western European forest.

But in a tiny European nation that has seen a disproportionate percentage of its population joining jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq, the photographs sparked alarm, prompting a police investigation into the possibility that Belgium’s Ardennes region was being used to train would-be jihadists, Belgian media reported on Friday.

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Danes Cautioned About Visiting Muslim Countries

In a rare move, the Foreign Ministry has changed its travel recommendations to 28 countries with large Muslim populations.

The Foreign Ministry has changed its travel recommendations to 28 Muslim countries in light of Denmark’s military campaign against Isis in northern Iraq.

While the Foreign Ministry’s citizen services department (Borgerservice) is not explicitly telling Danes to avoid travelling to the countries, it warns Danish travellers to use caution in the Muslim countries. Among the advice is to be aware of risky situations, and to avoid being either the only foreigner in a particular area or spending a lot of time in areas that have a high concentration of Westerners, such as airports.

Borgerservice spokesman Ole Egberg Mikkelsen told Politiken that the sharpened travel guidelines are due both to Denmark’s participation in the coalition fighting Isis and the general security risks in the affected countries.

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EU ‘Doing More for Marines’ Detained by India Than Italy

EC Vice-President Tajani ‘uncertain’ if Rome asked EU help

(ANSA) Rome, October 3 — “Europe has done much more than the Italian Government” to help two Italian marines charged by India with killing two fishermen, European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani claimed Friday.

“Even now I have no certainty that the Italian government has made an official request to the European Union to intervene over the detention in India of the two non-commissioned officers, (Salvatore) Girone and (Massimiliano) Latorre,” Tajani said.

Latorre is currently in Italy on a four-month sick leave to treat a stroke-like condition.

The former spokesman for ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi made his remarks during a ‘shadow trial’ staged by the Dreyfus Tribunal, an association founded to champion the rights of people who are wrongfully accused.

Tajani is one of the EC’s 14 vice-presidents.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

EU Presses Italy on Magistrates’ Civil Responsibility Law

Italy risks prosecution at Luxembourg Court of Justice

(ANSA) — Rome, October 3 — The European Commission has asked Italy to present a timetable for introducing legislation on meeting EU norms for the civil responsibility of magistrates, diplomatic sources said Friday.

The EC made the request for the time frame through Italy’s permanent representation to the European Union.

Without adequate legislation Italy could be sent to the Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the EC has warned.

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ISIS: Cyprus: “We Are a Target Anyway as Christians”, FM Says

Island provides basis for British Air Forces engaged in strikes

(ANSAmed) — NICOSIA, OCTOBER 2 — Minister of Foreign Affairs Ioannis Kasoulides has said that Cyprus has a duty to participate in the international alliance against ISIL as daily Famagusta Gazette online reports.

His comments come just days after Cyprus beefed up security amid fears of terrorist reprisals, after the British Royal Air Force started strikes on militants. Kasoulides denied claims that Cyprus is becoming a target because of its participation in the international fight, pointing out that “we are becoming a target anyway as Christians”. He recalled the examples of the Christians in Mosul and other cities of Iraq, who were forced to convert to Islam or flee or were beheaded. “We are all in the same battle”, he said, adding that cultural values and freedom are at stake. He also said that Cyprus’ contribution to this fight highlights the importance of the island’s geographical location, adding that besides the engagement of the British Bases in Cyprus, Nicosia will provide facilities at the ‘Andreas Papandreou’ military base in Paphos for the French civil aviation.

“It is our duty to participate to this battle, as the rest of the international community does, because our civilization, our freedom are in danger as a result of this ‘sickening mentality’ of the Jihadists”, he added.

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Italian Students Studying Abroad Rises 55% in Three Years

7,300 Italian high school students abroad in 2014

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — The number of Italian students studying abroad has risen 55% compared to three years ago, an Italian report on student mobility released Wednesday said.

A total of 7,300 Italian high school students in 2014 left the country for long term study programmes, according to a study that was conducted by the National Observatory on the Internationalization of the Schools and Student Mobility.

By contrast, the number of high school students coming from other countries to study in Italy for a few months numbered 3,200, an increase of 11% over 2011. Sixty-eight percent of Italian high schools participated in an international project this year compared to half in 2011. Out of 431 school principals interviewed, the dominant reasons for not participating in an international project were poor student participation and difficulty finding funding, which were cited by 24% and 23% of respondents, respectively. The study, called Unemployed Generations? No Thanks, was sponsored by the Intercultura and Telecom Italia foundations.

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Italy: Robledo Shifted as Clash Between Milan Prosecutors Continues

Bruti Liberati strips rival of corruption brief

(ANSA) — Rome, October 3 — A long-running and angry clash within the Milan prosecutors’ office continued on Friday when chief prosecutor Edmondo Bruti Liberati stripped Alfredo Robledo of his brief for corruption cases.

Liberati shifted Robledo to the office in charge of criminal probes.

The pair have been at odds for months after Robledo filed a formal complaint to Italian judiciary’s self-governing body, the CSM, against Bruti Liberati over several high-profile cases.

These include the case against Silvio Berlusconi for allegedly paying for sex with an underage prostitute and abusing his office to cover up the affair — charges that the ex-premier was cleared of after an appeals court overturned a conviction at the first-instance trial.

Robledo argued that Bruti Liberati’s decision to hand the Berlusconi sex case to anti-Mafia prosecutor Ilda Boccassini was illegitimate.

Bruti Liberati has hit back at Robledo, saying he interfered in a case regarding alleged corruption in Milan Expo 2015 contracts and put the investigation in peril.

Supreme court prosecutors are looking into the clash between the two. On Friday sources close to Robledo said he was “serene” and would respond to the transfer by reporting to the CSM.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Lombardy Official Served Notice in Graft Probe

Secretary General Andrea Gibelli suspected of rigging tenders

(ANSA) — Milan, September 30 — A high-ranking official in the Lombardy regional government was served notice Tuesday he is under investigation on suspicion of rigging tenders.

Lombardy Secretary General Andrea Gibelli is being probed for “constraining the freedom of choice of the contractor” in a graft probe in which Lombardy Governor Roberto Maroni is among others under investigation.

           — Hat tip: Insubria [Return to headlines]

Italy: Opera to Sack Artists, Outsource Orchestra, Choir

‘Innovative move in Italy’ says General Manager Fuortes

(ANSA) — Rome, October 2 — The board of Rome’s Opera House has voted to sack the choir and orchestra, replacing them with outsourced artists, Mayor Ignazio Marino announced Thursday. “This was a tough decision to make,” said Opera General Manager Carlo Fuortes. “The only other alternative was shutting the theater down altogether”.

This is the first ever collective sacking of choir and orchestra in Italy, Fuortes added.

“It’s an innovative move in Italy, but very much in use in the rest of Europe,” he said.

The opera house was in disarray after iconic conductor Riccaro Muti abruptly quit last month, citing labour strife, mismanagement and cash problems which he said deprived him of the necessary “serenity” to work.

The capital’s opera house had come off a long hot summer in which strike action disrupted performances after artists and management failed to reach a contract agreement.

The opera lost 12.9 million euros last year and the strikes caused losses of some 300,000 euros during the summer, Marino said.

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Italy: Heavy Rains Put Wine and Olive Oil Production at Risk

500,000 producers may see reduced output due to extreme weather

(ANSA) — Rome, October 2 — Wine and olive oil production may drop as a result of unseasonably heavy rains in September, farmers’ association Coldiretti said on Thursday.

Olive harvesting has recently begun in central and southern Italy. Coldiretti said the extreme weather is a result of climate change and has put 500,000 producers and their entire year’s work at risk.

Heavy rains this summer cost the Italian tourism and agriculture industries more than one billion euros, said Coldiretti.

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Italy: Dentists Using Botox and Fillers to Save Money

Low-cost treatment ‘puts patient health at risk’

(ANSA) — Milan, October 2 — Poorly qualified dentists and low-cost treatment have led to a growing use of Botox and dermal filler injections and increased risk to patient health, warned the Italian Academy of Esthetic Dentistry (IAED) on Thursday. IAED chief Lino Calvani noted that the economic crisis had led to a proliferation of dentist’s offices with unqualified staff that “end up destroying the patient’s oral health”. Carlo Zappalà, dentist and one of the pioneers of dental esthetics in Italy and Europe, added that the need for business had spurred many dentists “to improvise in the field of esthetic medicine, injecting patients with dermal fillers and Botox. This should not be done. Protocols and more inspections are needed”. Calvani added that many patients were unable to afford treatment due to the economic crisis.

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Italy: Prostitute Beats Man, 83, For Not Paying

Chases him down on bike, hauled off by police

(ANSA) — Pisa, October 3 — A Pisan drug addict and sex worker jumped on her bike to chase and beat up an 83-year-old Pisan client who ran off after refusing to pay her, police said after hauling her off him Friday.

The man was a regular who only noticed he had no cash after he had sex with the 37-year-old, police said.

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Italy: Inquiry as Priest Filmed ‘Exorcising’ Parishioner’s Genitals

Diocese opens probe after television sting on clergyman

(ANSA) — Pisa, October 3 — A Tuscan priest who was apparently filmed squeezing the private parts of a detective posing as a parishioner during a purported “exorcism” has been placed under investigation by his diocese, Church authorities said Friday.

The detective’s meeting with the priest was filmed by the Jene popular candid camera troupe for a program aired on Italia Uno Wednesday.

The TV troupe set up the sting operation after a couple told reporters that the husband was sexually molested by the priest when they sought his help.

The detective posed as a parishioner needing help and was subjected to the same “treatment” as the husband, Italia Uno said.

The diocese of San Miniato to which the priest belongs was quoted as saying that a canonical investigation has been opened and “measures have already been taken to prevent similar measures are never repeated, not excluding in case of repetition removal from the priesthood”.

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Italy Reported to EC for Death of Rare Brown Bear Daniza

Failed to protect bruin and her habitat, environmentalists say

(ANSA) — Brussels, October 1 — Italian environmentalists and animal welfare organizations on Wednesday reported Italy to the European Commission for failing to protect a rare brown bear killed last month by a tranquilizer.

The complaint highlighted a “contradiction” between the death of the 8-year-old female brown bear known as Daniza, and the fact that Italy accepted some eight million euros from the European Union to protect endangered species.

Daniza died on September 11 after an overdose of anaesthetic administered during an operation to capture her in the autonomous province of Trento in Italy’s northern Dolomites mountains.

Her death left her two small cubs orphaned.

Trento provincial authorities had ordered the bear to be captured in August after she cuffed a mushroom picker who allegedly came between her and her two young cubs, born this year.

Daniele Maturi, 38, was admitted to hospital with cuts and scratches to his arms and legs after being attacked in mid-August while searching for mushrooms in the woods near Pinzolo, about 100 km from Trento in northern Italy.

He said the bear seemed “crazy” but environmentalists say Daniza was likely only trying to defend her cubs by frightening the intruder.

Following the incident, forest rangers wrote to the environment ministry and Trento authorities expressing concern about plans to capture and isolate the bear without her offspring.

Depriving the cubs of their mother would mean leaving them unable to feed, find shelter, and protect themselves from predators, the rangers said.

Environmentalists raised similar concerns.

“There is a total contradiction between Europe’s program to reintroduce the brown bear and the behavior of Trento authorities, who took European funds but appear incapable of maintaining their commitments, which are to protect the brown bear and its habitat,” environmentalists said.

“This is a clear case of waste of European taxpayer money,” they said. Through a program called Life Ursus, about 10 brown bears were reintroduced in Trento, near Italy’s borders with Switzerland and Austria, about 20 years ago after being driven out of the forested region. The report was filed by Green Italia and the European Green Party, the European Enforcement Network of Animal Welfare Lawyers and Commissioners, and animal welfare groups LEAL, OIPA and Associazione Animalisti.

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Italy: Renzi Warns of Danger in Status Quo, Demands EU Revamp

Premier says power of Brussels technocrats threatens unity

(ANSA) — Rome, October 3 — The European Union is in urgent need of change because it is facing a period of danger posed by outdated rules and outsized bureaucracies, says Premier Matteo Renzi.

In an interview with CNN, Renzi said that EU rules such as a budget limit of 3% deficit-to-gross domestic product (GDP) is “a parameter of the past” although Italy will stick to the rules as they now stand.

But Europe must change its outdated bureaucracies and processes, or face more of the kind of unrest shown by the recent vote on independence on Scotland, or even the upcoming British vote on its future in the EU, Renzi said. “This is a very dangerous moment, we have to change Europe,” Renzi said in an interview with CNN broadcaster Christiane Amanpour recorded in London on Thursday and broadcast Friday. “I am absolutely convinced that 3% is the parameter of the past. But I have a problem: Italy is a country where we have lost credibility because we have not complied with the parameter in the past,” he added. “So Italy’s position is clear: we respect the 3%,” said Renzi, who repeated the comment in several media interviews during his brief visit to London to meet with financial market leaders as well as British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Renzi has been pressing hard for a relaxation of the EU’s budget rules, particularly the 3% limit, in terms of spending on investments like infrastructure.

He expressed solidarity with the government of France, which announced this week it would not meet the 3% limit until 2017 and would not impose austerity measures on its public to speed things up.

With Italy mired in its third recession since 2008, Renzi’s government is pushing a range of reform measures designed to attract investment and stimulate growth.

Renzi said he feared EU austerity policies could increase the popularity of Marine Le Pen’s extreme rightwing, anti-Europe Front National (FN) party in France.

“Europe is a community of destinies and values. I prefer the France of (President François) Hollande and (Prime Minister Manuel) Valls (with a deficit) at 4.4% than that of Marine Le Pen”. He told CNN that much of Europe’s problem is with “management”.

“It is of absolute importance to reduce the power of the bureaucracy in Europe. I think it is absolutely important to reduce the level of power of the technocrats in Brussels,” he said.

Renzi added that he agreed Cameron’s calls for the EU to reform. Cameron has said Britain will hold an in-or-out referendum on Britain’s EU membership in 2017 if his conservative party wins the next general election. Later in the day, Renzi was greeted with jeers from supports of the opposition 5-Star Movement (M5S) political party in the Italian city of Ferrara, where he visited a school being rebuilt after the 2012 earthquake in Emilia Romagna.

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Pop Star Intercedes Over Accused Italian Paparazzo

(AGI) Rome, Oct 2 — Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has been asked to pardon celebrity photographer Fabrizio Corona, accused of stealing private photos relating to footballer David Trezeguet. The surprise request came from pop star Adriano Celentano, who sent an open letter to Mr Napolitano, which he posted on his blog. He pointed out that everyone makes mistakes and that Corona had not done anything any of his fellow paparazzi had not done.

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Swedish Man Charged With Terror Offences in London

A Swedish national appeared in a London court on Friday, charged with a series of terrorism offences.

The 36-year-old man from southern Sweden was arrested at Heathrow airport last weekend, allegedly with an electronic copy of a magazine called ‘44 Ways to Serve and Participate in Jihad’ in his computer, the British newspaper The Guardian reports.

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UK: New Head of MI6 is a Middle East Expert

(AGI) London, Oct 3 — Alex Younger, an expert on the Middle East and Afghanistan, has been appointed the new head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. Younger, who holds a degree in economics, joined MI6 in 1991, the year of the USSR’s collapse. Though his career has also covered European affairs, his knowledge of Middle Eastern terrorism will be of great use in heading the intelligence agency during a phase of high alert due to the threat of the Islamic State (IS).

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Ever More Tunisians See EU Partnership as Important, Survey

61% say it ‘contributes greatly to development’

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS, OCTOBER 1 — The European Union is ever more frequently seen as an important partner for Tunisia by its inhabitants, according to a recent survey conducted within the framework of an EU Neighbourhood Policy opinion polling project.

According to the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) website(, the poll — based on 1,006 interviews conducted in May 2014 — 72% of Tunisians say that the EU is an important partner, compared with 64% in a similar survey six months prior. Some 64% of those interviewed hold that the EU and Tunisia share enough values to be able to cooperate, compared with 57% in the previous survey. Of the Tunisians questioned, 61% felt EU support contributes greatly to the development of their country, compared to 52% six months earlier. Just over half those asked, 51%, have a positive view of the EU, while 13% have a negative one. The survey showed that over half of Tunisians trusted the EU — more than other international institutions like the Arab League (26%) or the UN (28%). Almost three quarters of respondents (74%) felt the EU had good relations with Tunisia, up from 69% six months earlier, and compared to 78% in the Maghreb region. The percentage of Tunisians who declared themselves generally satisfied with the life they lead rose substantially from 49% to 61%, though it was still lower than in other countries in the Maghreb (73%).

However, half of those asked still felt things were going in the wrong direction in their country, against 35% who thought they were heading in the right direction. Eighty-one per cent said the economic situation was bad, but more than half (54%) felt it would get better; 56% were still not satisfied with the way democracy worked in Tunisia, but the figure was down from 72% in the previous survey; 62% were satisfied across the broader Maghreb region.

Thirty-seven per cent of those asked agreed enough information was available about the EU, while 31% agreed it was easy to understand.

The EU Neighbourhood Barometer (opinion polling and media monitoring) is part of the EU-funded Regional Communication Programme, and aims to assess knowledge and perception of the EU Neighbourhood Policy and its cooperation activities and programmes.

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Death Toll Among Egyptian Hajj Pilgrims Reaches 20

The number of Egyptians killed during this year’s Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca reached 20 on Saturday, an Egyptian interior ministry official said.

The two most recent casualties were two Egyptian women who both died from a drop in blood pressure, interior minister’s aide Shaker El-Kayyal told state news agency MENA on Saturday.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslims from around the globe travel to Saudi Arabia every year to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca The Hajj begun this year on Thursday.

Dozens of pilgrims die during the Hajj every year, with many deaths taking place among the elderly, often due to fatigue or caused by crowd stampedes at religious sites.

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Tunisia: 7 Mln Euros From EU in 2015 for Gender Equality

To reduce inequality between men and women at all levels

(ANSAmed) — TUNIS, SEPTEMBER 30 — The European Union will fund as of 2015 a new bilateral program with Tunisia worth 7 million euros to reduce inequality between men and women at a national, regional and local level, Laura Baeza, head of the EU delegation in Tunisia, announced on Tuesday. This program will kick start projects by civil society associations, part of which will be devoted to promote the inclusion of women in political life and another to fight violence against women.

Baeza announced the initiative at a seminar on women’s rights during the electoral period. She added that the EU is already involved in over ten such initiatives in the country.

Though it is the first country in the Arab world in terms of women’s emancipation and family law, Tunisia still needs to fill a few gaps so the principles outlined in the new Constitution and international treaties ratified by the country can be implemented.

As far as legislative elections on October 23 are concerned, although 47% of candidates are women only 12 head a party list.

Baeza called on all Tunisian women to examine different electoral programs to make a good choice when picking representatives in Parliament, stressing that an assembly where women are well represented will be able to defend and promote women’s rights.

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Erdogan Demands Apology From US Vice President Biden

The Turkish President has demanded that Joseph Biden apologize for saying Turkey has permitted foreign fighters to cross into Syria. Turkey is expected to define its role in the fight against “Islamic State” militants.

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ISIS Commits Indefensible Acts in the Name of Islam, Boldrini

‘Muslims reject them’, says Italian Lower House Speaker

(ANSAmed) — CATANIA, OCTOBER 2 — Italian Lower House Speaker Laura Boldrini spoke out against Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday on the sidelines of a NATO meeting in Sicily.

“ISIS is an extremist organization that harms the population of the areas it operates in and commits indefensible acts in the name of Islam, acts that even Muslims reject and which have nothing to do with their religion,” she said.

Italy is supporting the international campaign to combat ISIS, which has captured large areas of Syria and Iraq and carried out a series of atrocities, including the beheading of Westerners. The lower house speaker added that “those that come to Italy”, refugees, are “victims fleeing from villages” that have been taken by the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria. “It has been known for at least two years,” she noted, “that the refugees crossing the border into Jordan were telling of foreigners with advanced weaponry who had begun to spread out over the area.” Boldrini was in Catania for the NATO Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM) parliamentary assembly.

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Mogherini Says Fight Against ISIS Isn’t ‘West vs. Islam’

Encourages leading NATO countries to influence others for action

(ANSA) — Catania, October 2 — Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini on Thursday said the fight against Islamic State militants (ISIS) isn’t a fight between the West and Islam.

“This isn’t a clash of the West versus Islam,” she told a meeting of the NATO Mediterranean and Middle East Special Group (GSM) parliamentary assembly.

Mogherini also said that NATO countries should encourage others to join in the coalition fight against ISIS Islamic militants.

Turkey, a NATO member country, has come under fire for its refusal to support a military offensive against ISIS.

However, the Turkish Parliament was set to vote Thursday on whether to authorize military force in Iraq and Syria.

Italy is supporting the international campaign to combat ISIS, which has captured large areas of Syria and Iraq and carried out a series of atrocities, including the beheading of Westerners.

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Syria Warns Turkey Against Military Intervention

(AGI) Damascus, Oct 3 — Syria’s foreign ministry warned on Friday that any Turkish military intervention on its soil would be considered an act of aggression. A day after Turkey’s parliament authorised military action against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria and Iraq, the ministry said the “declared policy of the Turkish government represents a real aggression against a member state of the United Nations”.

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Three Lions From Gaza Arrive in Jordan for Treatment

(ANSAmed) AMMAN, October 2- Jordanian veterinaries have started rehabilitation process for three lions brought from Gaza after their homes were destroyed in Israeli raids, animal care officials said today.

The three big cats are part of 28 animals that survived the aerial bombardment of Gaza, which lead to killing of at least 86 animals at Gaza Zoo, Amir Khalil, director of project development at FOUR PAWS International.

The lions, Sultan, Shaker and Sabreen, arrived in Amman earlier in the week, suffering from poor health conditions and in need of medical care and proper accommodation, said Khalil, who noted that cages of the lions were destroyed after their zoo, Al Bisan Zoo in Beit Lahiya in the north of Gaza, was bombarded. There was one other lion at the zoo, but it was killed, he told the Jordan Times.

“Their cages were completely damaged and this posed a great threat to both the staff of the zoo and the lions. That place does not even qualify as a zoo, because it was poorly built and equipped,” he said, adding that its small cages were in bad condition and the war destroyed 90 per cent of the facility.

“Some animals were put in the same cage because most of the cages were destroyed,” he noted. Jordanian health care staff hope to be able to resend the three animals back to Gaza after their homes are renovated.

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Who is Buying the Islamic State’s Illegal Oil?

In June 2014, computer files captured from a courier for the Islamic State shortly after the fall of Mosul revealed that the group had assets of $875 million, largely gained in the sacking and looting of Mosul and its central bank.

The size of the group’s bank account has now risen to an estimated $2 billion dollars, thanks in part to revenues from ransom paid for kidnapped foreigners and more pillaging. However, oil remains the group’s primary source of income.

“The crude is transported by tankers to Jordan via Anbar province, to Iran via Kurdistan, to Turkey via Mosul, to Syria’s local market and to the Kurdistan region of Iraq, where most of it gets refined locally,” Khatteeb explained. “Turkey has turned a blind eye to this and may continue to do so until they come under pressure from the West to close down oil black markets in the country’s south.”

One of the more terrifying aspects of IS’s newly found wealth is that it is no longer based on the traditional donor model, in which rich sympathizers in the Middle-East and the West pour generous funds into training and capacity-building of fresh jihadists. IS’s goal has always been to form a caliphate, and although no country would recognize it as such, it is running the territory it conquers as a state, albeit through illegal means; IS is pumping, refining and selling oil, just like any other petro state.

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Yemeni Rebels Order Public Sector Wage Freeze

(AGI) Rome, Oct. 3 — Yemeni Shiite Houthi rebels have ordered a freeze on public sector wages in order to safeguard public funds, reported the Al Arabiya satellite broadcaster, citing sources inside the group. Following a ceasefire truce with the government, the group has occupied some of the main governemnt offices and seats of power in the capital Sana’a in the last few days. Al Arabiya said state appointments and measures had been frozen. The rebels are led by Imam Abdel Malik al-Houthi.

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India Singer Says Jeans ‘Provoke’ Men

KJ Yesudas sparks storm

(ANSA) — Rome, October 3 — Indian singing legend KJ Yesudas has said women should not wear jeans because they are sexually provocative, spurring the ire of women’s groups in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Yeudas, popular for singing Indian classical and devotional songs, said that wearing jeans was “against Indian culture” and provoked “undesirable” behaviour.

His comments prompted several groups to lead protest marches in the state capital, Trivandrum. “Women should not wear jeans and trouble others. You should dress modestly and do not behave like men,” the singer told a gathering at the Swati Thirunal College of Music in the state capital, Trivandrum, on Thursday.

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Myanmar: Clashes Between Karen Rebels and Government Troops in Mon State, Five Dead and Two Wounded

The victims belong to the ethnic militias, who have resumed guerrilla warfare with the army. Hundreds of people have fled their homes because of the intensification of clashes, at least 30 schools closed. The United States upholds sanctions against Myanmar for the use of child soldiers.

Yangon (AsiaNews / Agencies) — Five rebels have been killed in clashes between armed groups belonging to the Karen minority, and Burmese Army troops in Mon State, in the south-east of Myanmar, along the border with Thailand. The guerrillas belong to the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA). Two government soldiers were wounded in the battle, centered around the town of Kyaikmayaw. The level of tension is growing and has forced hundreds of civilians to flee villages caught up in the conflict; for safety reasons, schools have been closed.

The violence erupted on September 20 last, the worst since the signing of the bilateral ceasefire in the region between the government and Karen in 2012. At least 30 of the 70 schools located along a river used by the rebels to supply the troops have been closed so far.

Myanmar has always had difficulty in promoting a peaceful coexistence between its estimated 135 ethnic groups. In the past the military junta cracked down on the most recalcitrant, in particular the Kachin in the north. Naypyidaw has been trying to broker a national cease-fire, so far in vain because of the constant eruption of tension in different areas of the country.

Meanwhile, the United States President Barack Obama has decided to prolong sanctions against Myanmar, for its (repeated) use of child soldiers in the government army, the Tatmadaw. This is despite the progress made by the Burmese authorities in recent years to eradicate a practice that was widespread during the 60 years of military dictatorship.

The former Burma on a list of nine countries within the Law on the Prevention of Child Soldiers (SCAS), which includes Syria, Sudan and Yemen. At the same time, Washington recognizes and welcomes the efforts made by the Burmese authorities in trying to eradicate the practice of using child soldiers. The military has discharged at least 109 young people still in service in recent times, for a total of 472 since June 2012, however, there are still plausible estimates on the number of child soldiers still employed in the army, accused of serious human rights violations including the forced recruitment of children, used as porters or anti-mine shields.

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Hong Kong Protest on Hold as Talks Between Students and Government Set to Start

After chief executive refuses to resign, protesters wait for meeting with Hong Kong chief secretary Carrie Lam. Decisions made in Beijing “cannot change,” Catholic source says. However, meeting will “allow both sides to save face.”

Hong Kong (AsiaNews) — After five days of extreme tensions in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial and political centre calm seems to have returned.

Protests by the Federation of Students, backed by the pro-democracy Occupy Central movement, are on hold pending talks between protest representatives and Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary for Administration of the Hong Kong Government.

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying announced talks yesterday whilst rejecting calls for his resignation. He did so after ordinary Hongkongers took to the streets on Monday after the violent police crackdown against unarmed students.

A source told AsiaNews that the crackdown stirred the hearts of citizens, and “turned people against the government.”

During the ongoing demonstrations, protesters called for a new agreement with mainland China on electoral reform in the Special Region. For them, Beijing’s reform was “a farce” that “de facto denies democracy” to Hong Kong citizens.

Since the start of demonstrations, mainland China’s position has not changed. At first, state media tried to ignore the events in Hong Kong, enforcing a blackout on the internet and not talking about the democratic movement in the media.

When the protest went viral, they chose to support Leung, stressing that no one “should interfere” in the country’s internal affairs.

“The compromise opens the door to dialogue and removes the risk of a violent crackdown, and this in itself is a good result,” a local Catholic source told AsiaNews.

“Calls for Leung’s resignation will come to nothing. He cannot change decisions made in Beijing and he cannot quit.”

“How will the next chief executive be elected? How will the vacuum created by the fall of the government be filled? The central government will never allow it. “

Of course, “the margin for negotiations offered to the demonstrators is really minimal,” the source said. “Yet it is an important gesture, shows some openness to dialogue, and in fact allows both sides to save face.”

“The critical point is that this offer by the local government should have come earlier, not before the protests, but before Beijing presented its reforms.”

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Two Injured and Eight Arrested in Hong Kong Clashes

(AGI) Hong Kong, Oct 3 — At least two people were wounded in Hong Kong’s popular Mong Kok shopping district when hundreds of people opposed to the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations converged on one of the movement’s main sites on Friday. Eight people were arrested. A leader of the demonstrating students, Benny Tai, recently said that he feared that the Chinese Mafia were behind the attacks on the movement.

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Former DRC Fighters Die of Starvation

Camp crisis reported by HRW

(ANSA) — Rome, October 1 — More than 100 demobilised fighters and their relatives have died of starvation and disease in a camp in Democratic Republic of Congo, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday.

They were moved to an isolated army camp in the north-west last year after surrendering in the volatile east, HRW said, and received minimal food and health supplies.

Some reportedly got by on crops stolen from farmers’ fields.

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Jean-Claude Duvalier, Haiti’s ‘Baby Doc, ‘ Dies at 63

Jean-Claude Duvalier, a former dictator of Haiti, has died, the president of Haiti, Michel J. Martelly, said on Saturday.

Mr. Martelly announced the death in a post on Twitter.

Mr. Duvalier, 63, known as Baby Doc, ruled the country for nearly 15 years. Along with his father, Francois (Papa Doc) Duvalier, he dominated the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere through a combination of brutality, intimidation and guile.

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Rousseff Primed to be Re-Elected in Brazil

(AGI) Brasilia, Oct 4 — As the presidential campaign draws to an end in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff has extended her lead while it is unclear which of her two challengers will make it to the likely second-round runoff. Environmentalist Marina Silva has continued to slip while the favourite, Aecio Neves, increased his support to 24 percent. In Sunday’s election, 142.8 million voters will cast their ballot to choose their country’s new president, 27 governors and about one hundred deputies.The latest polls failed to bring good news for Marina Silva who was intent on becoming Brazil’s first black president.

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Another 807 Migrants Arrive in Vibo, 20 of Them Pregnant

(AGI) Vibo Valentia, Oct 4 — An Italian naval vessel carrying 807 migrants of various nationalities arrived at the port of Vibo Marina on Saturday morning. The migrants include 560 men and over 240 women and children. Twenty of the women are pregnant. Police officers who boarded the vessel are holding three light boat pilots, who have yet to be identified and booked before being taken to prison in Vibo.

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