Tuesday, November 30, 2010
"Can you separate love and understanding from each other? No, if you really love, you understand, if you really understand, you love. We have great demands on the people we love. We blame when things do not happen the way we imagine it to be. Compare your love with the growth of a flower, then you see that the flower not only every day needs attention in the form of water, light and manure, but that you are towards the flower a lot more forgiving if she one day is not growing anymore. Do you blame yourself for that? You check what she lacks, regularly revising it and give her back energy to grow. Have this same understanding for the people you love."
"Kann man Liebe und Verständnis voneinander trennen? Nein, wenn man wirklich liebt, versteht man, wenn man wirklich versteht, liebt man. Wir haben große Ansprüche an Menschen, die wir lieben. Wir machen Vorwürfe, wenn Dinge nicht so geschehen, wie wir sie uns vorstellen. Vergleiche deine Liebe mit dem Wachstum einer Blume, dann siehst du, dass sie nicht nur jeden Tag Aufmerksamkeit in Form von Wasser, Licht und Dung braucht, sondern dass du der Blume gegenüber viel nachsichtiger bist, wenn sie eines Tages nicht weiter wächst. Machst du dir Vorwürfe? Du prüfst, was ihr fehlt, änderst es und gibst ihr wieder Energie zu wachsen. Hab dieses Verständnis auch für den Menschen, den du liebst."
Monday, November 29, 2010
The dispatches from Rome were hardly complementary. A cable from June 9, 2009 describes Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi as "feckless, vain, and ineffective as a modern European leader." The cable says he has an "overweening self-confidence" that has "made him deaf to dissenting opinion." A separate dispatch says that Berlusconi's "frequent late nights and penchant for partying hard mean that he does not get sufficient rest."
The assessments about the Italian head of government come from the more than 250,000 US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, many of which were made publicly available on Sunday evening. Several news sources, including SPIEGEL, the New York Times, the Guardian and the Spanish daily El País, have now begun a series documenting findings from an analysis of those dispatches.
There are several world leaders who come in for particular critique, including Berlusconi. He is described as "physically and politically weak" in the dispatches which also make it clear that the US State Department under the leadership of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was eager to find out if there was any truth to the rumors that Berlusconi and his good friend Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had teamed up to pursue private business interests together, something both vehemently deny.
To read more: http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,731717,00.html
Besides this article, this website offers also a interesting interactive world map, showing how many cables were send from which country to the US and how they were classified.
Regarding Cambodia for examples it shows that 777 cables were send from the US embassy in Phnom Penh, classified as "for offcial use only" and only very few were classified as "secret". Still would be interesting what they report and write about Cambodia in these cables.
Link to the interactive world map: http://www.spiegel.de/flash/flash-24861.html
Sunday, November 28, 2010
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Saturday, November 27, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
On our anniversary day, today, a little poem I want to share with you, to express a little bit my feelings:
My love, I have tried with all my being
to grasp a form comparable to thine own,
but nothing seems worthy;
I know now why Shakespeare could not
compare his love to a summer’s day.
It would be a crime to denounce the beauty
of such a creature as thee,
to simply cast away the precision
God had placed in forging you.
Each facet of your being
whether it physical or spiritual
is an ensnarement
from which there is no release.
But I do not wish release.
I wish to stay entrapped forever.
With you for all eternity.
Our hearts, always as one.
- Anthony Kolos -
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Through this little act I can at least join this day of mourning from over here in Germany.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
The arrests were part of "an inquiry into international jihadist terror," a spokesman for Belgium’s federal prosecution office said. The alleged extremists were plotting an attack in Belgium, the prosecutor's office said.
"In total 10 people suspected of preparing an attack in Belgium were arrested in Belgium, Holland and Germany," he said.
The target of the plot had "not been determined yet" when the raids took place, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.
The suspects are from Belgium, the Netherlands, Morocco and Chechnya, the statement said. Most live in Antwerp.
The arrests came as Germany remained on high alert amid fears of a terrorist attack. Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière stressed that authorities were watching the “potentially dangerous people.”
“We know rather a lot,” he said on Monday night to broadcaster ARD. Authorities were “not so naïve” as was the case at the time of the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, he added.
However security services are now particularly worried about what they call the “quiet observers” among Islamists in Germany, sources told news agency DAPD.
“They could exploit our security gaps and therefore, despite all our efforts at defence, hit us with attacks,” a security source said.
To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/national/20101123-31363.html
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
"We are shocked by this accident and the deaths of so many people. Our sympathy and our deep condolence at this difficult hour is with the families and friends of the victims. "
According to a Cambodian government spokesman in a mass panic in Phnom Penh yesterday at least 375 people were killed.
The United States has offered its "deep condolences" for the 349 people so far confirmed dead during a stampede that occurred on the final day of Cambodia’s water festival.
"On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I offer our deep condolences for the tragic loss of life and the injuries in Phnom Penh during Cambodia's annual water festival," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
She praised the "strength and resilience" of Cambodian people, traits she observed during her visit to the Kingdom this month.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims and with all the people of the Kingdom of Cambodia," she said.
"I am confident that they will pull together and persevere through this difficult time."
My grief and sorrow is with the people of Cambodia.
Hundreds Die in Stampede in Cambodia
Cambodia's prime minister said that more than 300 people were killed in a stampede during a water festival.
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Monday, November 22, 2010
Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on state-run TV he was unsure yet as to what caused the stampede.
"This needs to be investigated more," Hun Sen said, according to an AFP report.
Hun Sen said a committee would be set up to examine the incident.
The Associated Press, Reuters and AFP reported that witnesses said 10 people had either collapsed or become unconscious during the festival, triggering the panic.
That led, they reported, to people rushing towards a bridge headed towards Diamond Island. That's when things got worse, a witness told AFP.
"We were crossing the bridge to Diamond Island when people started pushing from the other side. There was lots of screaming and panic," 23-year-old Kruon Hay told AFP. "People started running and were falling over each other. I fell too. I only survived because other people pulled me up. Many people jumped in the water."
Sok Sambath, governor of the capital's Daun Penh district, told AFP "this is the biggest tragedy we have ever seen."
To read more: http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/22/more-than-100-killed-in-cambodia-festival-stampede/?hpt=T2
Dozens of ambulances with their sirens blaring raced to the scene of the tragedy, which occurred late Monday on a bridge leading to an island in Phnom Penh where festivities were being held to mark the end of the three-day annual event.
"At least 180 people died in the incident and the toll will increase," Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Cambodian television.
He added that it was not immediately clear exactly what triggered the stampede.
"This needs to be investigated more," Hun Sen said, adding that a committee would be set up to examine the incident.
He also offered his condolences to the families of the victims.
Witnesses reported people pushing and shoving in the crowd.
"We were crossing the bridge to Diamond Island when people started pushing from the other side. There was lots of screaming and panic," 23-year-old Kruon Hay told AFP at the scene.
"People started running and were falling over each other. I fell too. I only survived because other people pulled me up. Many people jumped in the water."
Police were seen carrying away dead victims at the scene, where bodies were lined up in a row on the ground. Many of the dead appeared to be young Cambodians.
"This is the biggest tragedy we have ever seen," said Sok Sambath, governor of the capital's Daun Penh district.
Dozens of people gathered outside the city's Calmette hospital, where at least 105 people were confirmed dead, according to a police officer.
More bodies were taken to other hospitals across the city, he said.
Many festival-goers were left in tears after the tragic end to the three days of boat races, concerts and fireworks.
The annual festival, one of Cambodia's largest and most exuberant, marks the reversal of the flow between the Tonle Sap and Mekong rivers.
It is also seen as a way of giving thanks to the river for providing the country with fertile land and abundant fish.
Five years ago, around 900 people died on Cambodia's roads annually. By 2009, that number had risen to more than 1,700.
Last year, more than 300,000 vehicles were registered in Cambodia, compared with just 38,000 vehicles in 2004. Most are motorbikes, and they provide none of the protection of a car.
So it is hardly surprising that the number of road deaths has increased. Road safety campaigners fear that if nothing is done, the problem will get much worse.
To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6244925,00.html
Source photo: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6244925,00.html
The taxis, trucks and minibuses have been rolling into Phnom Penh for days and they will keep coming ahead of Cambodia’s biggest event, which starts on Sunday and ends next Tuesday.
At least two million people are expected, temporarily doubling Phnom Penh’s population.
Among them are the racing crews for more than 400 longboats from across Cambodia, here to compete in a festival that marks a 12th century naval victory.
These are not your average canoe: Each one requires up to 70 men or women to paddle.
To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6248366,00.html
Source photo: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6248366,00.html
Supermarkets across Germany are popular places to buy clothes. Prices are cheap: you can buy a men's shirt for seven euros (nine US dollars) or a pair of women's trousers for under 10 euros. However two women from Bangladesh are currently on a speaking tour of Germany to highlight how these cheap prices come at a human cost.
26-year-old Jessmin Begum and 36-year-old Arifa Akter both work as seamstresses in clothes factories in Dhaka that make clothes for European stores. They say the working conditions are terrible and the pay is inadequate.
"I'm proud of my work, especially when I see people here wearing my clothes," said Begum, who works for a factory that supplies clothes to German-based supermarket chain Lidl. "But it makes me mad that what we get for our work in Bangladesh is nothing."
To read more: http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,6213446,00.html
Theologian David Berger, was correspondent professor for the Pontifical Academy of St Thomas Aquinas in the Vatican, where he said his academic work was watched and censored where it concerned homosexuality.
As a gay man himself, he told Der Spiegel in an interview that living among the Catholic homophobia was a nightmare.
“It must be acknowledged that a large number of Catholic clerics and trainee priests in Europe and the United States are homosexually-inclined,” he said.
He said when he was writing for theological magazines, he had to use phrases such as fornication-partner rather than life-partner, and that the neutral word homosexual could not be used, but gay men were described as perverse sodomites.
“The worst homophobia in the Catholic Church comes from homophile priests, who are desperately fighting their own sexuality,” he said.
To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/society/20101121-31317.html
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Der Spiegel reported on Saturday morning that German security authorities had received information from an extremist who has been phoning the federal criminal police (BKA) over the last few days.
He supposedly wants to defect, and is therefore offering information about his jihadist colleagues’ plans. It was his information which prompted Federal Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière to publicly warn of a possible impending attack.
The caller, who is not in Germany, although Der Spiegel did not say where he is, said a terrorist commando of six people has already been formed, and that two of the men concerned went to Berlin at least six weeks ago.
Four more terrorists including a German, a Turk, and a North African, are allegedly waiting to come to Germany for the attack, which is planned for February or March.
The Interior Ministry received a second warning two weeks ago from the FBI, talking of a pact between the Indian Shiite group Saif and al-Qaida, which involved Saif sending two men to Germany to carry out an attack.
They are said to be expected to enter the United Arab Emirates on November 22, be furnished with new identity papers there and then come to Germany, travelling on visas for the Schengen area which they allegedly already have.
One of the men behind this plan to attack Germany is said to be Dawood Ibrahim, a man considered by the UN to be a supporter of terrorism, and one of those behind the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.
Der Spiegel said that this information was being taken very seriously by the FBI and the BKA, but that the CIA and German intelligence, the BND, as well as the German Office to Protect the Constitution, were more sceptical about it.
Source photo: http://www.berlin-motive.de/berlin/Sehenswuerdigkeiten/Regierungsviertel/Reichstag/html/reichstag01.htm
Friday, November 19, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
In the afternoon the Cambodian documents we need for wedding application in Germany arrived. Send them already to a certified translation service in Berlin. As soon as I get them and the translations back I will go to the registry office here in Germany and apply for our wedding. Step by step we move forward now to our future together. ILYSM
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
“There is information from our foreign partners that planned attacks are allegedly to be carried out at the end of November,” he said in Berlin, describing a “new situation” regarding the Islamist threat towards the nation.
“There’s reason to be worried, but no reason to panic,” he said, mentioning “concrete leads” being followed by the authorities.
De Maizière said he had put federal police on alert and ordered heightened security at German airports and train stations.
The announcement is a marked departure from the German government’s warnings in recent months of an abstract terrorist threat.
But de Maizière said Germans should not be cowed by the increased danger.
“We will not allow international terrorism to limit our way of life or our liberty,” he said.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
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Monday, November 15, 2010
The pro-market Free Democrat said the European-wide ban on the sometimes exorbitant charges was well overdue. “It is now time to get rid of the roaming charges within the European Union, and establish a unitary domestic market for telecommunications services,” she told the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper.
To this end, Koch-Mehrin said she had pushed through the demand for change in 2011 through the industry committee of the European Parliament – and it will now be considered by the executive body, the European Commission.
Roaming charges, which increase costs when a mobile phone user is in a different country from the one where they have their service contract, were introduced nearly 20 years ago, she said.
At that time, “the mobile phone networks were still in their infancy. Mobiles were still something exclusive for just a few users.”
Today, when there are around 500 million mobile phone users in Europe and the network technology has matured, this is no longer the case and the extra charges cannot be justified.
To read more: http://www.thelocal.de/money/20101113-31145.html
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"German Soccer Star to Gay Athletes: Come Out and Play"
A leading player on the German soccer team has issued a call for his gay peers to come out and play openly.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010
The president of the Croatian Football Federation issued an apology for having told a newspaper that he would "certainly" not permit a gay player on the Croatian national team.
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Saturday, November 13, 2010