Austria passes controversial new asylum law

•May 2, 2016 • 2 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-36152927

Austria has passed a controversial new law that restricts the right of asylum and allows most claimants to be rejected directly at the border.

Rights groups say the law undermines the principle of protection from war and persecution.

It comes days after Austria’s far-right came top in the first round of a presidential election.

Austrian officials say they are also considering building a fence at the main border crossing with Italy.

The new asylum law lets the government declare a “state of emergency” over the migrant crisis and reject most asylum-seekers, including those from war-torn countries such as Syria.

It also limits any successful asylum claim to three years.

“These amendments are a glaring attempt to keep people out of Austria and its asylum system,” said Amnesty Europe director Gauri van Gulik.

But Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Austria had no other choice as long as “so many other EU members fail to do their part” to limit the influx of migrants and refugees.

“We cannot shoulder the whole world’s burden,” he said.

Meanwhile, the police chief in Tyrol said Austria was proposing building a 400m fence at the Brenner crossing in the province.

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“Austrian officials say they are also considering building a fence at the main border crossing with Italy.”

like trump?

“The new asylum law lets the government declare a “state of emergency” over the migrant crisis and reject most asylum-seekers, including those from war-torn countries such as Syria.”

i would expect some terrorist action in Austria soon..or is that being to cynical?

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Kazakhstan’s land reform protests

•May 2, 2016 • 4 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36163103

Over the past few days, protests against changes to the country’s Land Code have spread across the country.

First, people in the city of Atyrau in western Kazakhstan took to the streets. Then, demonstrations occurred in Aktobe in the north and in Semey in the east.

Some observers estimate that between 1,000 and 2,000 people gathered in each city, which is quite serious for Kazakhstan where no dissent is tolerated.

People are angry at the changes in the law that allow foreigners to rent agricultural land in Kazakhstan for 25 years.

This law, which was approved in November but will come into effect on 1 July, also enables land to be sold or leased at auctions.

The law fuels one of the protesters’ biggest fears – that Chinese investors will come and buy out their land.

It’s an emotive subject. One protester at the demonstration in Aktobe on 27 April shouted: “We can’t give land to the Chinese. If they come then they won’t leave!”

Many fear that Kazakhstan, with a population of 17m, will lose out to its bigger neighbour.

At the Aktobe rally, one protester said: “After 25 years, they will stay for 65. After 65 their descendants will take Kazakhstan’s citizenship and our descendants will be their slaves.”

China shares a lengthy border with Kazakhstan and has been heavily investing in its energy sector and infrastructure.

In some ways, the legal amendments seem quite progressive.

Current state management of the land has proven to be ineffective, and by allowing land to be sold and rented via auctions, the new legislation may in fact add some transparency to land purchases, stimulate innovations and attract badly needed investment in the agricultural sector.

The government says that the new changes in the law will let foreigners rent, not own, land.

“All speculations on this issue are groundless,” President Nursultan Nazarbayev stated earlier this week. “All provocateurs should be identified and punished according to the law”.

Furthermore, under existing legislation, foreigners are already allowed to rent agricultural land for 10 years – the changes will simply bring this up to 25 years.

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the land of borat is restless..

“People are angry at the changes in the law that allow foreigners to rent agricultural land in Kazakhstan for 25 years. This law, which was approved in November but will come into effect on 1 July, also enables land to be sold or leased at auctions. The law fuels one of the protesters’ biggest fears – that Chinese investors will come and buy out their land.”

scared of the chinese?

“We can’t give land to the Chinese. If they come then they won’t leave!”

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Abu Sayyaf: Islamist extremists or profiteering criminals?

•May 2, 2016 • Leave a Comment

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http://edition.cnn.com/2016/04/26/asia/abu-sayyaf-explainer-philippines/

Philippines-based Islamist extremist group Abu Sayyaf has made international headlines with the kidnapping and subsequent killing of Canadian John Ridsdel, whose remains were found the day after a ransom demand deadline expired.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed Monday to work with the Philippines and international partners“to pursue those responsible for this heinous act and to bring them to justice.”

Abu Sayyaf is a violent extremist group that split from established Philippines separatist movement Moro National Liberation Front in 1991. It was formed by Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, who trained in the Middle East and reportedly met with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The Philippines is a predominantly Catholic country, but the south has historically had a large Muslim population. Abu Sayyaf’s stated aim is to establish an independent Islamic state on the southern island of Mindanao.

The group first became active in the early 1990s and was responsible for bombings across the southern Philippines and in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

Following the 9/11 attacks, Washington worked hard with the Philippine military to try and stop the group’s terrorist activities.

Largely weakened by these attacks, Abu Sayyaf started to move from large-scale bombings to kidnappings, a move many analysts see as more profit-driven and criminal in intent.”Abu Sayyaf was formerly what we all think of when we think of a terrorist organization,” said Greg Poling, director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at the Washington-based Center for Strategic International Studies.

“But after about 15 years of a pretty harsh crackdown by the U.S. and the Philippines, what they’ve basically become is a criminal group made up of a few hundred who engage in extortion and kidnapping.”
Poling said the group is now largely fragmented, with around 200 to 400 members, and lacks the popular support base it enjoyed in the early 1990s.

“This is basically a group of criminals whose only support comes from family connections in the local communities,” he said.

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“Abu Sayyaf is a violent extremist group that split from established Philippines separatist movement Moro National Liberation Front in 1991. It was formed by Abdurajak Abubakar Janjalani, who trained in the Middle East and reportedly met with al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.”

i think they go hand in hand..

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Tokyo races against quake that will shake world on “X” day

•April 30, 2016 • 4 Comments

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http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-04-26/tokyo-races-against-quake-that-will-shake-the-world-on-x-day

There’s nothing comical about this manga comic: office building windows shatter, trains derail and cars plunge from buckling bridges. It all happens at 4:35 p.m. on a day dubbed “Tokyo’s X Day.”

This catastrophic scenario is depicted in a 300-page book on earthquake preparedness published by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The book, which includes tips on how to make fly traps to rid evacuation centers of the pests, begins with a weighty warning: Experts say there’s a 70 percent chance of a quake directly hitting the greater Tokyo area, home to 36 million people, within the next three decades.

“It’s a race between us and the earthquake. And if we don’t win it we won’t be able to protect the capital,” said Professor Satoshi Fujii of Kyoto University, a special adviser on disaster preparation to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s cabinet.

Preparations for the Big One in Tokyo have taken on more urgency this month after two devastating temblors struck in southern Japan, exposing weaknesses in the nation’s readiness for such disasters. Lying on the so-called “Ring of Fire,” an arc of volcanoes and fault lines crisscrossing the Pacific Basin, Japan is a nation of quakes, up to 2,000 per year, with densely populated cities. This combination puts thousands of people at risk of losing their lives in a major calamity that could strike at any time.

On April 14, Kumamoto prefecture, on the southernmost of Japan’s main islands, sustained the biggest quake in the country since the March 2011 disaster that killed around 16,000 people in northern Tohoku. The quake, with a magnitude of 6.5, was followed some 28 hours later by another registering a magnitude of 7.3. This kind of double strike hadn’t been foreseen by experts, according to Fujii.

The government should immediately inspect official buildings used as disaster command posts after some in Kumamoto were put out of action, he said in an interview. “Once and for all, we have to take action on the basis this thing is coming,” Fujii said. Earthquakes are occurring at a pace of more than one every 10 minutes in Japan during some hours as tremors still rattle the island of Kyushu, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

There are educated guesses as to how such a disaster might play out. A magnitude 7 earthquake occurring directly under greater Tokyo, the world’s largest metropolis, is a “highly imminent scenario” that may result in as many as 23,000 fatalities and 95 trillion yen ($856 billion) in economic damage, according to the cabinet office’s Disaster Management in Japan white paper for 2015.

The government is aiming to reduce that number by half by reinforcing more houses, preventing fires and attempting to lessen population densities in areas at most risk from an earthquake.

An even more devastating vision assumes a triple-earthquake combined with a massive tsunami that would swallow a large swathe of Japan’s Pacific coast, with damage reaching as far as Tokyo. That might leave as many as 323,000 people dead and result in economic damage of 214 trillion yen, according to the cabinet office. The probability of such a scenario is “extremely small,” but the panel decided to publicize it in order to share lessons learned from the earthquake and tsunami of 2011, according to a final report three years ago.

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to be honest..there wont be much anyone can do if they get the big one..parts of the island will just fall into the ocean..

“Experts say there’s a 70 percent chance of a quake directly hitting the greater Tokyo area, home to 36 million people, within the next three decades.”

but the government can protect you!

“It’s a race between us and the earthquake. And if we don’t win it we won’t be able to protect the capital,”

i know who wins that race..

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Zuckerberg gains $4 billion to become world’s sixth richest person

•April 30, 2016 • 1 Comment

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/katevinton/2016/04/27/mark-zuckerberg-gains-4-billion-to-become-worlds-sixth-richest-person-ahead-of-larry-ellison/#6ae8cd6c75be

The market’s positive response to Facebookstrong first quarter earnings report has made the social media giant’s CEO $4.2 billion richer in after-hours trading. Mark Zuckerberg is now the sixth richest person in the world with fortune that Forbes estimates is $51.7 billion, surpassing Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison by nearly $2 billion as of 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.

On Wednesday, Facebook stock jumped nearly 10% in after-hours trading, after the company announced that its revenue and earnings had beat analysts’ expectations again for the first quarter of 2016, following a record fourth quarter. Revenue for the first quarter was $5.38 billion, above the $5.26 billion analysts predicted, with mobile advertising continuing to drive overall revenue. Facebook’s net income was $1.51 billion, up 195% from last year’s first quarter.

Zuckerberg, Ellison and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos are all solidly in the ranks of the world’s top ten richest people, but have switched between fifth, sixth and seventh place this year as their companies’ stocks have risen and fallen. These three billionaires, who hold the majority of their fortunes in their respective company’s stock, can gain or lose billions of dollars in just minutes of after-hours trading after quarterly earnings reports. That’s often enough to unseat another billionaire, as Zuckerberg did today, regaining his spot as the world’s sixth richest person. He’s less than $2 billion behind Bezos, who holds the spot as the world’s fifth richest person. Forbes updates all billionaire net worths throughout trading hours daily in our Forbes Real Time Rankings.

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“strong first quarter earnings report has made the social media giant’s CEO $4.2 billion richer in after-hours trading.”

thats probably in about 10 minutes..its obscene..and he tells us how to live..he has no idea how we live..

the rich get richer and the poor get the picture..

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Comcast in talks to buy DreamWorks animation for $3 billion-plus

•April 30, 2016 • 2 Comments

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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/comcast-talks-buy-dreamworks-animation-888070

Jeffrey Katzenberg might have finally found a buyer for his DreamWorks Animation.

The animation company is in talks with Comcast to be sold for more than $3 billion, a source confirms to The Hollywood Reporter after The Wall Street Journal first reported the news Tuesday. DWA declined to comment on the report and a spokesperson for NBC Universal/Comcast did not respond.

The move, which the Journal characterized as not being close to final, would provide Katzenberg, CEO of the animation company, with a strong buyer after years of searching. A $3 billion deal would be well above the current market value of $2.3 billion of DreamWorks Animation. Katzenberg previously was in talks with Japan’s Softbank and has courted everyone from 20th Century Fox to various Chinese companies.

DWA was formed in 1997 under parent company DreamWorks, which was created five years earlier by founded by Katzenberg, Stephen Spielberg, David Geffen and  Katzenberg. The animation studio was spun off as a separate company in 2004, with Katzenberg at the helm, and in 2006, it entered into a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures, which lasted until 2013, when DWA moved its distribution deal to 20th Century Fox, where it runs through the end of 2017.

News of the proposed deal comes several months after Spielberg’s reinvigorated DreamWorks Studios — now called Amblin Partners — signed a sweeping distribution deal with Comcast’s Universal Pictures.

Buying DWA would give Universal two of Hollywood’s leading animation studios, since it already owns Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment, home of the blockbuster Minions franchise. With both DWA and Illumination in-house, Universal could challenge Disney’s animation powerhouse combination of Pixar and Disney Animation. On the flip side, by adding DWA to its fold, Universal would have two animation studios competing for coveted release slots.

Katzenberg has steered the Glendale film studio through a number of financial challenges during the past few years as he has worked to diversify the company. He formed a joint venture in 2012 with Chinese companies to build a Shanghai-based studio, Oreintal DreamWorks, which was involved in the company’s latest animated movie, Kung Fu Panda 3, which has grossed $504 million worldwide since its Jan. 29 relase. In 2013, DWA also bought the YouTube channel Awesomeness TV and signed a mutli-year deal to provide original content to Netflix.

Meanwhile, DWA has been in the process of transforming its film operations after a series of box-offlice disappointments, like Turbo and Penguins of Madagascar, weighed on its quarterly results. DWA responded by cutting 500 jobs last year, closed an animation studio in Redwood City, and put new executives in charge of the film studio.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Katzenberg

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clan of berg player in hollywood..or is that holy wood?

“DWA was formed in 1997 under parent company DreamWorks, which was created five years earlier by founded by Katzenberg, Stephen Spielberg, David Geffen and  Katzenberg. The animation studio was spun off as a separate company in 2004, with Katzenberg at the helm, and in 2006, it entered into a distribution deal with Paramount Pictures, which lasted until 2013, when DWA moved its distribution deal to 20th Century Fox, where it runs through the end of 2017.”

spot the non jew..its a trick question..

money makes money if you bat for the right team..

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Beyonce invokes “urban terrorism” in a new music video?

•April 30, 2016 • 5 Comments

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http://www.infowars.com/beyonce-invokes-urban-terrorism-in-new-video/

Pop icon Beyonce invokes “urban terrorism” in a new music video which appears to rally people behind the notion of unprovoked violence.

In a video for “Hold up,” the controversial star – whom Obama once labeled a great “role model” for children – destroys businesses, smashes car windows and sets off explosions as kids cheer on in support.

The music star has previously been accused of using her songs, videos and performances as veiled encouragements of unlawful violence, with many asserting her latest super bowl half time show purposely portrayed police in a negative light.

Earlier this year, several law enforcement entities called on agencies across the country to boycott the star following release of the video for her song “Formation,” which some have called a “black power anthem and call to arms,” and its subsequent performance featuring militant Black Panthersat Super Bowl 50.

Beyond that, Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z – along with NGOs chaired by billionaire Nazi collaborator George Soros – have been accused of helping fund the divisive “Black Lives Matter” movement, and affiliated groups which frequently encourage violence against police, white people and Trump supporters in general.

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its all acting anyway..i have seen many more suggestive or violent videos in my life..but she is a puppet..

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