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International exhibition of contemporary art

25–28 January 2013

Bologna Exhibition Center

A “new ARTE FIERA” to further strengthen the national and international leadership of the largest Italian fair devoted to modern and contemporary art. A strategy that begins with the appointment of two new artistic directors for the exhibition, Italian art experts Giorgio Verzotti for contemporary art and Giorgio Verzotti for modern art.

ARTE FIERA 2013, International exhibition of contemporary art, will offer a complete panorama of artwork thanks to the presence of distinguished modern and contemporary art galleries and to the creation of even stronger synergy with Bologna and its cultural institutions.

ARTE FIERA 2013 Events

ARTE FIERA Conversations – The 2013 edition will host Arte Fiera Conversations, panels, talks and debates all gathering in two new frames. Talks of “In the Spotlight” will be focused on personalities speaking about their direct or professional art-related experience. Those of “Looking forward” will have the purpose to present peculiar patterns for artistic and cultural expression.

Italian Stories Exhibition – Curated by Laura Cherubini and Lea Mattarella
The exhibition features around eighty selected works by artists represented by the galleries participating in Arte Fiera 2013. It spans the twentieth century through the younger generations, concentrating not just on the most important characteristics of Italian art but also on the way in which our country’s culture has served as a stimulus and source of inspiration for artists outside Italy. It is a story in images of the way we are, the way we see ourselves and the way others see us.

A New Section: SOLO SHOW – Among the announced initiatives, supplementing the sections devoted to modern and contemporary art, is the new SOLO SHOW section for galleries that intend to present exhibits focusing exclusively on the works of a single artist. The artists who take part in this new ARTE FIERA initiative will be selected by the Artistic Committee from among the proposals submitted by exhibiting galleries.

Award Euromobil Under 30 – The seventh edition of the Euromobil Group Award is addressed to the under 30 Italian and foreign artists whose works are exhibited at Arte Fiera 2013. The Award will be assigned by a jury of experts and critics. The prize will be presented during Arte Fiera on Saturday, January 26th at 16.00 at the Euromobil Group Space “I luoghi dell’arte, i luoghi del design.” The winner will be invited to “interact” with the Collectons of Euromobil Group, main sponsor of Arte Fiera.

ART CITY Bologna 2013
Museums, exhibitions, events in town – ART CITY Bologna represents the programme of exhibitions and institutional initiatives proposed, on the occasion of Arte Fiera, through museums and public places in town. Giorgio De Chirico at the Archeological Museum, Marino Marini at the Archiginnasio Library, Bas Jan Ader at Villa delle Rose give you a small anticipation on the over twenty exhibitions that will be a further chance to discover Bologna.

Art White Night – Saturday January 26th, night will come alive and enlighten the Bologna city centre during the Arte Fiera’s White Night. An extraordinary event that will involve museums, exhibitions, art galleries and shops open to public until midnight and many other initiatives all over the town.

Opening times
Preview by invitation: Thursday 24 January, 12–9pm
Opening to visitors: Friday 25–Monday 28 January
Opening hours: Friday 25–Sunday 27 January, 11–7pm; Monday 28 January, 11–5pm

Daily ticket: 20.00 EUR
Pass for 4 days: 35.00 EUR
Sectors: Modern and contemporary art; publishing houses, bookstores, institutions;
Entrances: Costituzione Ovest entrance and Nord entrance

Organisation: Arte Fiera – BolognaFiere
Viale della Fiera, 20, 40127 Bologna, Italy
T 39 051 282 111 /

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Qube Cinema XP-I Server and Xi 4K Integrated Media Block (IMB) Achieve DCI Compliance

Dual Projector, 4K 3D and HFR Technology Leader Now DCI Compliant

Burbank, CA: Dec. 11, 2012… Qube Cinema announced that its XP-I digital cinema server and Xi 4K Integrated Media Block (IMB) have passed the DCI Compliance Test Plan (CTP). The high performance, security and reliability of the XP-I and Xi IMB have been confirmed by these tests. This server-IMB combination accommodates 4K resolution and is the ultimate setup for high frame rate (HFR) exhibition, making it essential for today’s digital cinema.

The DCI compliance testing was conducted by CineCert. To pass the CTP, the Qube XP-I streamed 2K and 4K DCP content to the Xi IMB embedded in a Barco DP4K-32B DCI-compliant projector. The Qube XP-I server now joins the Qube XP-D server, which achieved DCI certification earlier this year.

“The performance and dependability of Qube servers and the Xi 4K IMB that exhibitors have come to expect has been validated,” said Rajesh Ramachandran, president and CTO of Qube Cinema. “Achieving DCI compliance reinforces our commitment to provide postproduction facilities and exhibitors with the means of creating and showing the best 4K and HFR content.”

The XP-I server is capable of streaming up to 1 Gbps of data from a single DCP to two synchronized Xi 4K IMBs imbedded in two projectors for pristine 4K 3D cinema at up to 60 fps (30 fps per eye) and in 2K 3D at up to 240 fps (120 fps per eye). The XP-I streams data through a dual Gigabit Ethernet interface to the Ethernet-based Xi 4K IMB, ensuring that there is no limitation on the distance between the server and projector. The Xi 4K IMB is installed in numerous commercial locations worldwide with DLP Cinema projectors from all of the TI OEMs and supports HD, 2K, 4K and 3D content in DCI-compliant formats.

The modularized third-generation Qube XP software gives a common user experience for setup, operation and maintenance of both the XP-I and XP-D servers. This allows XP-D users to upgrade easily to the XP-I and Xi IMB to accommodate 4K resolution and higher frame rates. With their high bit rate throughput and unique ability to work transparently with dual projectors, the XP-I server and Xi 4K IMB are also ideal for giant screen exhibition.

The Qube XP-I digital cinema server and Xi 4K IMB are available from Qube Cinema and its worldwide network of resellers. For more information, visit

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The Move to Full SCPC-TDMA Convergence

ImageOct 26th, 2012 by Carlos Placido   More from this Analyst | Profile

Shaped by the vision of an all-IP future, satellite markets served by TDMA and SCPC solutions have blurred over the past several years. Products and feature enhancements introduced by manufacturers at either camp have consistently reinforced this notion that, despite conceptually different ways of accessing satellite spectrum, there is increasing overlap among the market segments that TDMA and SCPC equipment vendors target.

One clear example of SCPC-TDMA convergence can be perceived in iDirect´s recent release of performance measurements on the Evolution X7 Remote. On October, 17th iDirect announced reaching 100 Mbps of aggregate IP throughput using the new X7 Evolution modem, operating with either TDMA or SCPC return access. Triple digits in Mbps of aggregate throughput flowing through a single site has, until recently, been only possible using SCPC modems.

For years, SCPC technology has been associated with dedicated point-to-point links and TDMA with shared multipoint applications. Peak data rates as well as network topologies and end-to-end latency requirements were also considered aspects defining which technology to use. However, these associations are gradually disappearing. The iDirect announcement follows a number of product launches and moves by other key players, reinforcing this notion of convergence. Sample developments include:

  • Gilat´s launch of the SkyEdge II Accent Dual Waveform VSAT, featuring a dual SCPC/TDMA return
  • Comtech´s development of the Advanced VSAT system, combining outbound DVB-S2 ACM with SCPC returns to better serve multipoint networks
  • Newtec´s diversification from broadcast and multipoint products towards TDMA and SCPC
  • Romantis´ release of a satellite router supporting various modes of operation and topologies including SCPC, TDM/SCPC, TDMA/TDMA and partial / full mesh

Beside the benefits of operating in both TDMA and SCPC modes at high speeds, one key aspect that NSR envisions will become the norm (when technology vendors introduce high-performing edge systems) is the ability to gradually incorporate software-definable enhancements that augment a platform´s future value. It is expected that iDirect will utilize the X7 Remote as a springboard to port process-intensive edge enhancements in future releases of its iDX management software.

Such an ability to simultaneously provide flexibility and performance is key in high data rate applications. Towards high-speed links, the CAPEX/OPEX value proposition shifts the attention to OPEX-saving considerations.  With most systems closely approaching the limits of efficiencies at the transport layer, future efficiencies will need to come from the use of sophisticated application-aware compression and bandwidth optimization.

The introduction of a high-speed modem by iDirect could also position the company as a flexible alternative to SCPC modems for high-speed links over specific high-throughput satellite (HTS) networks, such as O3b. Given the low-OPEX, high(er)-CAPEX characteristics of O3b (relative to traditional FSS) their value proposition will tend to make economic sense towards high data rates. For a long time, there have been questions of whether O3b would embrace SCPC solutions, TDMA or both. The iDirect X7 lowers the perceived risk by offering both TDMA and SCPC returns with high aggregate IP throughputs.

Bottom Line

Just like other aspects of the industry, satellite ground networks are being reshaped by the globalization of high-throughput satellites and technology evolution, enabling higher processing power at the network edge. Looking forward, NSR envisions interesting innovations like the X7 that will equip service providers and operators with new levels of flexibility, speed and operational enhancements.

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Campaign Watch Het grote Harry van Bommel interview met Rob Zwetsloot 2/4

Harry van Bommel #SP interview met Rob Zwetsloot #Hoeksteen LIve! #NL #Verkiezingen september 12 2012 via Salto Televisie Amsterdam LiveStream & Qik 25 juli 2012 2/4

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NL Verkiezingen 2012 Versnel de evaluatie van de wietpas


ma 30 jul 2012, 16:33u – Tofik Dibi

Versnel de evaluatie van de wietpas

GroenLinks wil dat de evaluatie naar de invoering van de wietpas versneld wordt uitgevoerd. Bovendien moet minister Ivo Opstelten (Justitie) bekendmaken hoeveel meldingen van drugsoverlast er de afgelopen maanden zijn geregistreerd. Volgens de Volkskrant is het kopen van wiet op straat tegenwoordig kinderlijk eenvoudig. GroenLinks vindt dit een gevaarlijke ontwikkeling. Het ontbreekt op straat aan kwaliteitscontrole en men kan bij straatdealers eenvoudiger aan andere drugs komen. Daarnaast is voor buurtbewoners de overlast de afgelopen maanden gestegen.

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Netanyahu Ministers Reject Move to Legalize Some Settler Homes

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel seemed headed for a showdown with hard-core Jewish settlers on Wednesday, after his ministers followed his instructions to vote against a draft bill that would have retroactively legalized illegally built settler homes in the West Bank.

The bill was defeated 69 to 22 in the 120-seat Parliament, paving the way for the imminent removal of five apartment buildings housing about 30 families that were built on privately owned Palestinian land in an extension of an existing settlement. Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered the state to demolish the buildings by July 1. In the end, Mr. Netanyahu faced down the more right-wing elements within his government coalition and his own Likud Party, prevailing after intense discussions in the past few days and pledging to build housing for 300 families in the settlement itself, Beit El.

This was Mr. Netanyahu’s first major move on the contentious settlement issue since he expanded his powerby bringing the centrist Kadima Party into his coalition last month, giving his government a mammoth 94-seat majority in Parliament.

Settlement construction has been an acute source of friction for the Israeli government, the Obama administration and other international powers. Rejection of the outpost bill averted entanglement with the Supreme Court and the international condemnation the bill would inevitably have stirred.

Mr. Netanyahu now plans to relocate the five buildings, possibly by slicing them from their foundations through some feat of engineering and moving them to available land elsewhere in Beit El. In a statement broadcast after the vote, he also cited an opinion by Israel’s attorney general stating that the case would in no way serve as a precedent.

Addressing those he called his “brothers and sisters” in the settler movement, Mr. Netanyahu said: “I understand your pain. I share it.” He added, “There is no government that supports, or will support, settlement more than my government.”

But settlers raged. Hundreds converged on Jerusalem on Wednesday to protest in front of the Supreme Court and Parliament. About 50 settlers staged a hunger strike here over the last week, while others arrived after a three-day march from Beit El, about 10 miles north of Jerusalem. Young demonstrators tried to block roads and burned tires.

“This is over much more than five buildings,” Dani Dayan, chairman of the Yesha Council, a settler umbrella organization, told the protesters as the vote was under way. The government, he said, must choose between two paths: that of “Israeli sovereignty over the land of Israel” or that of “the un-Jewish path of expelling Jews from their homes.”

Hillel Fendel, 54, a veteran resident of Beit El who refused food for four days, said that Mr. Netanyahu’s plan to relocate the buildings was “a very fantastic kind of idea that we don’t believe can be carried out.”

Many of the most committed settlers believe that the West Bank, often referred to in Israel by its biblical name of Judea and Samaria, is part of the Jewish people’s biblical birthright. Mr. Netanyahu described the area on Wednesday as “the land of our patriarchs.” Israel has occupied the area since conquering it from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war.

The protesters were also campaigning on behalf of other settler outposts slated for demolition. The Supreme Court has ordered one of them, Migron, which also sits on private Palestinian land and is home to about 50 families, to be dismantled by Aug. 1.

The five buildings at the heart of the defeated bill are among the 14 three-story buildings at Ulpana Hill, established in 2000 on a rocky incline above the Palestinian village of Dura al Qar.

The settlers argue that they purchased the land lawfully. Ownership is still being fought over in a Jerusalem district court.

Wednesday’s bill had proposed compensating Palestinian owners of land on which outposts had been built, either financially or with alternative territory.

Speaking to reporters in Dura al Qar this week, Harbi Hasan, 71, one of the Palestinian landowners who petitioned the Supreme Court over Ulpana Hill, said that villagers considered it shameful to sell family land and that he found the idea of swapping the land “very strange.”

“When you offer land, whose land are you offering?” he asked. “Somebody else’s land?”

Palestinian officials said they would not engage on Israel’s terms by distinguishing between so-called legal and illegal settlements. While Israel considers the West Bank as disputed territory, the Palestinians and much of the world consider all the settlements a violation of international law.

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US: “War on Drugs”: America’s second lost war of the last 50 years

The Obama administration has begun, quietly and sensitively, to mark the 50th anniversary of when the United States sent its first “advisers” to Vietnam, and marched into a quagmire-war that would end in enemy victory and divide America.

America is,  simultaneously, 42 years into another lost war.  President Nixon, in 1970 declared the “War on Drugs”, and began to spend billions of dollars, build a vast bureaucracy,  and arrest thousands of young people.
Our governments remain knee deep in the big muddy today. An estimated 100 million Americans have smoked marijuana, including two (and almost certainly three) drug-using recent presidents.  Possession arrests clog the courts.  Drug cartels are moving to control the business along the Interstate 5 corridor.  Drug gangsters are killing each other in once-peaceful British Columbia.

In his new book “Cronkite,” author Douglas Brinkley writes of the legendary CBS News anchorman, a “company man” who served as America’s cheerleader for the space program and Cold War.  But on an eye-opening trip to Vietnam in 1968, he concluded and reported that the U.S. war effort in Southeast Asia would at best achieve stalemate.
In 2006, at the age of 89, Cronkite  likened the War on Drugs to the War in Vietnam as unwinnable and a drain on lives . . . but with those waging it unwilling to admit to error or vast waste.  “Uncle Walter” wrote:

“I covered the Vietnam War.  I remember the lies that were told, the lives that were lost — and the shock when, 27 years after the war ended, former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara admitted he knew it was a mistake all along.

“Today, our nation is fighting two wars:  One abroad and one at home. While the war in Iraq is in the headlines, the other war is still being fought on our own streets.  Its casualties are the wasted lives of our own citizens.

“I am speaking of the War on Drugs. “And I cannot help but wonder how many more lives, and how much more money, will be wasted before another Robert McNamara admits what is plain for all to see:  The War on Drugs is a failure.”

Cronkite asked, in Brinkley’s words, “whether arresting 1.5 million Americans a year on drug charges (half of them marijuana arrests) made sense financially to taxpayers.”

The Pacific Northwest was a center of resistance to the Vietnam War. The region, on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border, is now trying to talk sense to power on the failing drug war.  Will power listen?

Voters in Seattle, in 2003, adopted an ordinance putting marijuana possession at the bottom of the Seattle Police Department’s enforcement priorities.  The state of Washington will vote this November on an initiative to legalize, regulate and tax sales of small amount of cannabis.

Up north, ex-Vancouver mayors and B.C. attorneys general of all political stripes have united to send a message to Canada’s federal government:

Enforcement isn’t working.  The current policy simply plays into gangs’ hands.  Drugs have become stuff of barter, with B.C. Bud flowing out of  the country, with cocaine and meth and heroin coming in.

Vancouver has even defended, against both our Drug Enforcement Administration and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government, the city’s first-of-its-kind safe injection center.  It offers clean needles to addicts, but also medical treatment and education and opportunities to beat addiction.  It has cut down on street deaths.

A key question about Washington’s Initiative 502:  Will the heavy-handed  feds come in, threaten the state, deliver stern warnings about property compensation — and, generally, try to scare us out of doing what is sensible and years overdue?

Soldiers who fought and died in Vietnam were, in numbers disproportionate, poor and/or black and/or Hispanic.  President Lyndon Johnson was the parent of Head Start, but architect of a war that was killing 500 young Americans a week when Cronkite went to Vietnam in 1968.

The similarities could be seen this week in New York, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for an end to criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of pot, and — surprisingly — New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg backed him up.

Since 1990, with Gotham City cops using stop-and-frisk tactics, marijuana possession arrests in New York City have soared from 2,000 to 50,000 a year.  More than 80 percent of those busted are African-American or Hispanic.

“This is an issue that disproportionately affects young people,” Cuomo said.  “They wind up with a permanent stain on their record for something that would otherwise be a violation.  The charge makes it difficult for them to get a job.”

The busts also make it difficult for law enforcement to do their jobs: Take the 6,000 arrests in Manhattan last year for smoking pot in the open.

As Manhattan District Attorney (and former Seattle lawyer) Cyrus Vance put it, “The human costs to each defendant changed with a misdemeanor are serious.  And the drain on our resources in our office and the NYPD to process those 6,000 cases is significant.”

Enough!  Basta, as they say in Italian.  Decriminalization will not produce a society of druggies.  A shift from enforcement to taxation, treatment and education can only bring better results, and allow our police agencies to concentrate on serious crime.

In his autobiography, and in a new biography by David Maraniss, Barack Obama is seen smoking pot at his elite Honolulu high school.  He would see it as a dead end path and pull back, not because of enforcement but out of ambition and self-discipline.

Will this President, who ended one overseas war and is ending another, see fit — if reelected — to pull America out of the War on Drugs?  What did the famous 2008 Obama poster say?  “Hope.”

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Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up

ATHENS — As European leaders grapple with how to preserve their monetary union, Greece is rapidly running out of money.

Government coffers could be empty as soon as July, shortly after this month’s pivotal elections. In the worst case, Athens might have to temporarily stop paying for salaries and pensions, along with imports of fuel, food and pharmaceuticals.

Officials, scrambling for solutions, have considered dipping into funds that are supposed to be for Greece’s troubled banks. Some are even suggesting doling out i.o.u.’s.

Greek leaders said that despite their latest bailout of 130 billion euros, or $161.7 billion, they face a shortfall of 1.7 billion euros because tax revenue and other sources of potential income are drying up. A wrenching recession and harsh budget cuts have left businesses and individuals with less and less to give for taxes — and growing incentive to avoid paying what they owe.

The budget gap is widening as the so-called troika of lenders — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission — withholds 1 billion euros in bailout money earmarked for government financing while it waits to see whether new leaders elected June 17 will honor Greece’s commitments.

Even if the troika delivers that money, Greece will struggle to cover its obligations. It underscored a harsh reality that is playing out in other troubled euro zone economies. Prolonged austerity is making it harder, not easier, for governments like Greece to become self-reliant again.

A top Spanish official acknowledged on Tuesday that Spain could not readily return to the markets to raise money because investors are demanding such high rates, highlighting how the debt crisis is spreading to larger economies in Europe.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany said a day earlier that European leaders needed to find a way to create the political union that the world is looking for to complement their monetary union. European officials took a small step in that direction Tuesday by proposing a central authority for banking regulation, which would require countries to give up a bit of cherished sovereignty.

An essential element of Greece’s recovery plan has been to collect more taxes from a population that has long engaged in tax avoidance. The government is owed 45 billion euros in back taxes, tax officials in Athens said, only a fraction of which will ever be recovered.

To understand the difficulty, just talk to Nikos Maitos, a longtime official in Greece’s financial crimes investigation unit.

When he and a team of inspectors recently prowled the recession-hit island of Naxos for tax evaders, a local radio station broadcast his license plate number to warn residents.

“One repercussion of the crisis is that people are harder to find,” Mr. Maitos, an imposing, burly man, said last week in his sweltering office on the edge of Athens. “And when you do find them, they don’t have money.”

Even tax collectors, who have had to take large pay cuts, find that budget reductions make it hard to pay for the gasoline needed to reach their targets.

“After two and a half years of austerity, it’s really a difficult time to bring in revenue,” said Harry Theoharis, a senior official in the Greek Finance Ministry who helps oversee the country’s tax payment system. “You can’t keep flogging a dead horse.”

Salaries and pensions in the private and the public sectors have been cut by up to 50 percent, leaving Greece 495 million euros short of its revenue targets in the four months ended in April, according to the Greek Finance Ministry. With less cash, consumers have curbed spending, leading thousands of taxpaying businesses to fail.

Income expected from a higher, 23 percent value-added tax required by the bailout agreement has fallen short by around 800 million euros in the first four months of 2012. That is partly because cash-short businesses that were once law-abiding have started hiding money to stay afloat, tax officials said.

Greece’s General Accounting Office said recently that the state collected 25 percent less revenue in May than it did a year earlier. And the state has had to slash its goal of raising 50 billion euros from privatizations to just 3 billion euros as foreign investors lose interest.

That has left a caretaker government scrambling for a Plan B. One thought is to take billions of euros reserved for recapitalizing Greek banks, which have suffered from a flight of deposits amid political uncertainty and fears that Greece may abandon the euro for its own currency. But using that money would require the troika’s approval. Other notions, like i.o.u.’s and scrip, so far are only that — ideas.

To some extent, government officials said the tax-avoiding mentality is starting to change amid an aggressive enforcement campaign aimed at 500 wealthy individuals and companies, including former ministers and heads of state agencies and enterprises. People took notice in April when a former defense minister was arrested on charges of corruption and making false declarations related to his income and taxes.

“They are awed when they see inspectors now because of recent cases showing people will be prosecuted or made to pay,” Mr. Maitos said.

Tax collectors got another potential lift recently when the government started enforcing a 1995 law that gives them access to bank accounts of suspected tax evaders.

But Nikos Lekkas, a top official at the financial crimes agency where Mr. Maitos works, said Greek banks had obstructed nearly 5,000 requests for account data since 2010.

“The banks delay sending the information for 8 to 12 months,” he said. “And when they do, they send huge stacks of documents to make it confusing. By the time we can follow up, much of the money has already fled.”

In the past two years, the agency managed to assess back taxes worth 650 million euros on 210 of the cases, he said. But only 65 percent could be collected.

One challenge lies in what Mr. Lekkas calls the big fish — 18,300 offshore businesses belonging to wealthy Greek individuals and companies. Authorities are trying to trace the owners through property records, and they recently seized several large properties linked to offshore companies whose owners owe tens of millions of euros to the state.

That leaves collectors having to go after mostly smaller tax evaders, often with mixed results.

During a surveillance trip on the resort island of Santorini, Mr. Maitos said he and two colleagues observed a gas station owner insisting on cash-only transactions to avoid declaring taxes. When confronted, the man lashed at them with a bullwhip while cursing the state for taking his money.

Officials said things might improve drastically once Greece’s entire tax system is computerized, a move that is supposed to be completed by the end of this year.

Charalambos Nikolakopoulos, the head of the Greek tax collectors’ union, said there was no need for outsiders to straighten things out.

“Yes, we need change,” Mr. Nikolakopoulos said. “But things will only improve in Greece when we get a stable government that will impose its political will.”

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Global manhunt on for accused killer porn star

A manhunt is on for a Canadian porn star accused of murdering a man and mailing the victim’s dismembered body parts to Canada’s liberal and conservative political parties. The torso of the body was left to rot near the accused killer’s apartment complex.

What’s even more shocking is that Montreal Police Commander Ian Lefreniere says Luka Rocco Magnotta filmed himself in the act and posted the 10-minute video online for the world to see.

Montreal Police have identified the victim as 33-year-old Lin Jun. He was from the east-central Chinese city of Wuhan and was attending the University of Montreal. Police say there are videos that indicate the two men knew each other, but it is unclear whether they were dating.

Lefreniere says there is reason to believe Magnotta has fled the country, and Interpol has issued a worldwide 190-country alert for the suspect.

The Toronto Star newspaper is reporting that the suspect’s birth name is Eric Clinton Newman, and that he changed his name to Magnotta in 2006. Lefreniere said Magnotta is deranged, inhuman, and gross.

Animal activists aren’t fans of Magnotta either.

Activists started a Facebook page in December 2010 that calls Magnotta a “Vacuum Kitten Killer,” and asks for help in tracking him down. Lefreniere says he is aware Magnotta has been accused of animal cruelty.

A post on the page from this week says: “We are patiently waiting for more information on the case and have faith in the Montreal Police… Members of this group have spent over a year searching for this individual, who we believe is also responsible for several videos where animals were killed. Information gathered by group members was passed onto the authorities in Canada, and we were informed that they were actively working on locating the person seen in the videos hurting animals.”

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Référendum européen en Irlande : quelques électeurs aperçus

Un électeur arrive à un bureau de vote de Dublin lors du référendum du 31 mai 2012 sur le Pacte budgétaire européen. (AFP)

Le référendum sur le pacte budgétaire européen s’est ouvert jeudi matin en Irlande, le «oui» étant donné favori de ce scrutin qui se déroule sous l’œil attentif de Bruxelles et des autres pays européens.

Les électeurs étaient peu nombreux dans la matinée dans les bureaux de vote à Dublin, alors que les averses tombaient dru.

«C’est très calme», constatait Carole Ward, en charge de superviser le vote dans un bureau du centre de la capitale. Moins de 10% des inscrits de son bureau avaient voté en milieu de matinée.

Le référendum ne faisait pas la «Une» des quotidiens irlandais, mis à part l’Irish Times, qui s’abstenait toutefois de toute consigne de vote.

Tant The Irish Independent que The Irish Daily Mail prenaient pour leur part clairement position en faveur du «oui», le premier avertissant qu’un vote négatif «coulerait notre réputation au niveau de celle de la Grèce» tandis que le second soulignait que cela «reléguerait l’Irlande à la périphérie de l’Europe».

Pour Finbar McDonnell, qui travaille dans la construction, «un vote positif montrerait que l’Irlande veut appartenir au noyau dur de l’Europe, à la différence de nos voisins du Royaume-Uni, qui ont choisi de ne pas en faire partie».

Le «oui» donné largement en tête

Le pacte, approuvé par les dirigeants de tous les pays de l’UE, sauf le Royaume-Uni et la République tchèque, prévoit de respecter des «règles d’or» sur l’équilibre des comptes, sous peine de sanctions.

L’Irlande est le seul pays européen à ce stade à organiser un référendum sur le traité européen. Les bureaux de vote doivent fermer à 23 heures (heure française) et le résultat est attendu vendredi.

Les derniers sondages donnaient tous le «oui» largement en tête, mais environ un tiers des électeurs se disaient encore indécis et une faible participation pourrait faire basculer le vote.

Le gouvernement irlandais a mis ces dernières semaines tout son poids dans la balance pour convaincre les 3,1 millions d’électeurs de voter en faveur du traité afin d’assurer l’accès du pays aux fonds du futur mécanisme de stabilité européen, qui doit entrer en vigueur en juillet.

Mais les électeurs pourraient être tentés de manifester leur rejet de l’austérité qui accompagne la mise en oeuvre du plan de sauvetage de 85 milliards d’euros de l’Union européenne et du Fonds monétaire international adopté fin 2010 pour éviter la faillite de son secteur bancaire.

Le Sinn Fein, parti nationaliste de gauche, a fait campagne pour le non, affirmant que le texte «inscrira l’austérité dans la Constitution» de l’Irlande.

La veille du scrutin, le Premier ministre Enda Kenny a encore rappelé qu’il s’agissait de «stabilité, de ramener la confiance dans l’euro» et qu’un vote en faveur du «oui» montrerait que «l’Irlande montre l’exemple».

Un référendum est toujours un exercice risqué en Irlande où les électeurs avaient rejeté les traités de Nice puis de Lisbonne en 2001 et 2008, menaçant de bloquer l’ensemble du processus de construction européenne. Dans les deux cas, un nouveau référendum avait été organisé et s’était finalement soldé par un «oui».

Un «non» irlandais ne compromettrait pas la mise en œuvre du traité, qui doit entrer en vigueur dès que douze pays de la zone euro l’auront ratifié, mais il priverait l’Irlande d’accès au Mécanisme européen de stabilité (MES) et enverrait un signal négatif au moment où la zone euro s’enfonce dans la crise.


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