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Eurovision: Triumphant Underground

March 12, 2010 Triumphant Underground Comment by Shaun Walker Special to Russia Profile The Selection of Nalich to Represent Russia at Eurovision Is a Sign That YouTube Is Becoming a Social Force to Be Reckoned With www.peternalitch.ru Peter Nalitch Russians seem to take the Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to take place in Oslo in late May of this year, extremely seriously indeed. Eurovision is an annual competition held among active member countries of the European Broadcasting Union, where each member country submits a song to be performed on live television and then casts votes for the other countries' songs. Russians saw Dima Bilan’s 2008 victory in the contest as a triumph of the nation as a whole, but this year it’s not your run-of-the-mill pop star that has been chosen for the job– and it’s all thanks to the Internet. The snow is melting, the temperature is rising and spring is here. All of which means only one thing – the Eurovision Song Contest will soon be up

Permanent Aggression, War on the horizon in Latin America

March 12th 2010 , by Eva Golinger - Correo del Orinoco International Latin America has suffered constant aggressions executed by Washington during the past two hundred years. Strategies and tactics of covert and overt warfare have been applied against different nations in the region, ranging from coup d’etats, assassinations, disappearances, torture, brutal dictatorships, atrocities, political persecution, economic sabotage, psychological operations, media warfare, biological warfare, subversion, counterinsurgency, paramiliary infiltration, diplomatic terrorism, blockades, electoral intervention to military invasions. Regardless of who’s in the White House – democrat or republican – when it comes to Latin America, the Empire’s policies remain the same. In the twenty-first century, Venezuela has been one of the principle targets of these constant aggressions. Since the April 2002 coup, there has been a dangerous escalation in attacks and destabilization attempts against the Bolivarian

Global financial services and regulation: friends or foes?

Global Financial Services The impact of regulation on competitiveness 18 March 2010 | Bloomberg LP, London http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/gfs/ Global financial services and regulation: friends or foes? As the global financial crisis shows early signs of receding, this is a key moment to ask what will be the likely future shape and structure of financial services firms. If moves to regulate the industry more tightly are successful, what impact will this have on financial firms' ability to do business? Policymakers and financial services industry leaders from the major economies will discuss the role, structure and regulation of the financial services industry, and which forums, mechanisms and institutions will be effective in restoring confidence in its activities. Registration

IRAN: Not their parents’ revolution

http://mondediplo.com/2010/03/06iranprotest by Shervin Ahmadi Some recent images of popular protest in Iran look like the 1979 revolution. But appearances can be deceptive: modern Iran is profoundly different from 1979. Urbanisation has increased and 70% of Iranians now live in towns; fewer than 50% were urban in 1979 (1). This major shift is not just due to the exodus from the countryside; it was helped by the development of a road network which, with the arrival of electricity and water in rural areas after the revolution, reduced the distance between town and country, narrowing the gap between different ways of life. Things previously inaccessible to Iranians in the countryside, such as healthcare and education, including higher education, were now within reach. The cultural barriers came down. This process has contributed to an overall rise in health standards, a reduction in illiteracy and an increase in the number of graduates. In 1979, more than half of Iranians were illiter

World Oil Trade: New Oil Axis

John Mitchell, March 2010 The World Today, Volume 66, Number 3 http://www.chathamhouse.org.uk/publications/twt/archive/view/-/id/2000/ We have got used to worrying about which volatile region our energy supplies come from. Now change is afoot, new worries for different people. The world oil trade is moving from west to east, with demand growing in a region with few supplies. New balances are developing which will shape the oil market and change its geopolitics. Asia's oil will largely come from the Middle East, an area on which it has little expertise. Atlantic countries need to look to Russia and Central Asia. The rise of Asia in the world economy is not a new phenomenon. This growth has been reflected in energy and oil demand, while oil production in the region has grown more slowly, supplying less than a third of consumption by 2008. Since 1995 the Asia-Pacific oil deficit - the shortfall of production over consumption - has exceeded that of the rest of the world outside the exp

Jihad Jane and the Risk of Domestic Terrorism

http://rand.org/commentary/2010/03/12/AOLN.html?ref=homepage&key=t_ft_hood_detectives By Brian Michael Jenkins This commentary appeared on AOL News on March 12, 2010. The revelation of the arrest in October of Colleen Renee LaRose, who had adopted the pathetically predictable nom de guerre Jihad Jane, once again focuses national attention on homegrown terrorism. But while worrisome, this threat needs to be kept in perspective. When you look at the data, and the history of terrorism, the picture is decidedly mixed. Here's what we know: From Sept. 11, 2001, to the end of 2009, there were 45 cases of domestic terrorism. That doesn't mean actual attacks. These include cases where American citizens or residents plotted to carry out terrorist attacks here; plotted here to carry out terrorist attacks abroad; were accused of providing material support to foreign terrorist organizations; or left the U.S. to join jihadist organizations in Afghanistan, Pakistan or Somalia. In 2009,

PROFILE: Saturn temple Sri Mandeswara Swami in Mandapalli

March 13th 2010 was Shani Triodasi an auspicious day for Hindus in India, I've visited this famous ancient Saturn temple in Mandapalli for darshan. I had to stand under scorching sun for 5 hours to get darshan. A profile of the temple. Sri Mandeswara Swami Temple http://www.kakinadainfo.com/mandapalli Mandapalli is Situated 38 Km from Rajahmundry, 60 Km from Kakinada and 30 Km from Amalapuram.In the days of yore, this locality was the holy ashram of the sage Dhadhichi Maharshi. This hermit Dhadhichi has done a supreme sacrifice of donating his valuable spinal cord for the mighty and powerful weapon popularly known as Vajrayudha of Lord Indra, which was employed to kill the deadly asuraas. The weapons wielded by the eight suras in the eight directions called astadikpalakas, killed innumerable ghostly demons. To avenge the death of these demons certain other demons called Aswadha and Pippale invaded the area under reference and brought about untold havoc. At last the eminent hermit

Turkey and Ergenekon: From Farce To Tragedy

12 Mar 2010 . An epic military, political, and security scandal continues to absorb Turkey. The affair's latest bizarre sub-plots make the tensions between the country's 'deep state' and its constitutional order even more acute, says Bill Park for openDemocracy. By Bill Park for openDemocracy.net http://www.isn.ethz.ch/isn/Current-Affairs/Security-Watch/Detail/?lng=en&id=113654 The sprawling, chaotic, all-consuming “Ergenekon” investigation into the activities of Turkey’s so-called derin devlet (“deep state”) shows no sign of abating. Indeed, its tentacles are spreading ever further as it moves from enveloping its politicians and public to polarising the state’s core institutions. The reverberations of a seemingly permanent yet ever-elusive political scandal have reached a decisive stage at the highest level of official politics. Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and head of the ruling Adalet ve Kalkınma Partisi (Justice & Development Party /AKP) in

IRAN: No Nowruz Money for Underprivileged Families

Persia House http://www.persia-house.com/node/1118 Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation Suffers Budget Shortage, Regime Likely to Face Further Challenges in Providing Services to Citizens Borna News – Summary translation by Persia House March 12, 2010 Hossein Anvari, Head of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation, stated: “This year, our organization cannot afford to pay Nowruz [New Years] money to underprivileged families supported by the foundation. Because the committee is facing a budget shortage and lacks sufficient credit, the existing [financial situation] is not sufficient to support these families. We [already] gave each family $40 [40,000 tomans] for the Fajr [anniversary of the Islamic Revolution].” For the original article in Persian, click here . Persia House Analysis: The inability of the Islamic Republic’s premier charity organization to provide for Iran’s underprivileged families suggests that, as the country’s economic situation deteriorates , the government likely will face