Daily Archives: September 22, 2016

Today’s Holiday:Bulgaria Independence Day

Today’s Holiday:
Bulgaria Independence Day

On September 22, 1908, Prince Ferdinand (1861-1948) of Bulgaria declared the country’s independence from the Turkish Ottoman Empire, which had ruled since the 14th century. In 1944, the former Soviet Union invaded Bulgaria and imposed its communist system for nearly 50 years. Like many other eastern European countries, Bulgaria became an independent republic with a new constitution in 1991. In 1998, the Bulgarian Parliament reinstituted September 22 as Bulgarian Independence Day.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday:Anne of Cleves (1515)

Today’s Birthday:
Anne of Cleves (1515)

Anne was the fourth queen consort of King Henry VIII of England. She was the sister of a powerful German Protestant leader and was considered a desirable match for Henry by English councilors, most notably Thomas Cromwell, who sought to ally England with Protestants in Germany. The marriage was agreed upon in 1539, and although Henry tried to break the contract after actually seeing his bride, they married in 1540. The marriage was never consummated, however, and they divorced after how long?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History:Sara Jane Moore Attempts to Assassinate US President Gerald Ford (1975)

This Day in History:
Sara Jane Moore Attempts to Assassinate US President Gerald Ford (1975)

In September 1975, Ford was the target of two assassination attempts. Just 17 days after Manson Family member Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme unsuccessfully attempted to shoot Ford, Moore shot at him outside a San Francisco, California, hotel. The bullet just missed the president, and Moore was then subdued by a bystander, who likely saved Ford’s life. Moore was sentenced to life in prison but was paroled in 2007. What has she since said about the assassination attempt?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day:Jane Austen

Quote of the Day:
Jane Austen

One cannot fix one’s eyes on the commonest natural production without finding food for a rambling fancy.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day:The Huaorani

Article of the Day:
The Huaorani

Known pejoratively as “Aucas,” meaning “naked ones” or “savages,” the Huaorani are an indigenous people of the Ecuadorian Oriente in the Amazon basin. With a population of approximately 2,000, the Huaorani speak Huao Terero, a language unrelated to any other known living language. Several Huaorani communities have rejected all contact with outsiders and move often to progressively more isolated areas. During the mid-20th c, what led them to become one of the most violent cultures ever known?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day:dovecote

Word of the Day:

Definition: (noun) A compartmental structure, often raised on a pole, for housing domesticated pigeons.
Synonyms: columbary
Usage: They were not allowed to keep doves themselves, and when the swarms from my lord’s dovecote settled on their crops they must not lose their temper and kill a bird.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

France 24 : Belgian policemen arrested for helping migrants into France

Belgian policemen arrested for helping migrants into France


Two Belgian policemen were arrested after helping a group of migrants return to France after they wound up in Belgium by mistake while heading to Calais, officials said Thursday.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve summoned Belgium’s ambassador to France, Vincent Mertens de Wilmars, to “ask for an explanation (and) express his displeasure”, the ministry said.

The Belgian officers were arrested by their French counterparts in the border town of Nieppe late Tuesday after they brought the 13 Iraqi and Afghan migrants across the frontier.

French police said the migrants had originally been in a truck believing they were heading for Calais — the northern French port from where they wanted to try to travel on to Britain — but got out after realising that they had crossed into Belgium.

The Belgian police then picked them up having found them on the side of the road, according to one of the Belgian officers, Georges Aeck.

He told Belgian broadcaster RTBF: “We didn’t want to leave them… on the side of the road to walk to the border.

“So we took them… in the direction they wanted to go.”

The Belgian police took the migrants back to France in a police van, “but without respecting the re-admission procedure under which you have to inform the authorities,” a police source told AFP.

French authorities expressed “their strongest condemnation after this initiative, which does not conform to the normal work practices agreed between France and Belgium”.

The Belgian police union said the French police had handcuffed their Belgian colleagues before questioning, a claim denied by French authorities.

A police source said the incident was “a first” and that the Belgian and French police “get along well”.

The migrants were taken to a border police station in the northern French city of Lille.

Three minors were placed in the care of local authorities and the adults have been temporarily detained while their status is assessed.

Calais is a magnet for migrants who try to board lorries there to reach Britain.

The migrant crisis and immigration are hot topics in France seven months ahead of presidential elections.

The French government has begun dismantling the sprawling migrant camp in Calais known as the “Jungle”, a squalid collection of tents and temporary shelters holding between 7,000 and 10,000 people.

More than 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean so far this year to seek asylum or a better life in Europe, according to the UN refugee agency UNHCR.


France 24 : Interview: Assad blames US for Syria truce collapse

Interview: Assad blames US for Syria truce collapse


President Bashar al Assad rejected U.S. accusations that Syrian or Russian planes struck an aid convoy in Aleppo or that his troops were preventing food from entering the city’s rebel-held eastern neighborhoods.

In an interview with The Associated Press in Damascus, Assad blamed the U.S. for the collapse of a cease-fire many had hoped would bring relief to the war-ravaged country, and also said deadly U.S. airstrikes on Syrian troops last week were intentional, dismissing American officials’ statements that they were an accident. Assad said the U.S. lacked “the will” to join forces with Russia in fighting extremists.

Assad, who inherited power from his father and is now in his 16th year in office, cut a confident figure during the interview – a sign of how his rule, which once seemed threatened by the rebellion, has been solidified by his forces’ military advances and by the air campaign of his ally Russia, which turned the tables on the battlefield last year.

He said his enemies alone were to blame for nearly six years of devastation across Syria, and while acknowledging some mistakes, he repeatedly denied any excesses by his troops. He said the war was only likely to “drag on” because of continued external support for his opponents

“When you have many external factors that you don’t control, it’s going to drag on and no one in this world can tell you when” the war will end, he said, insisting Syrians who fled the country could return within a few months if the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar stopped backing insurgents.

He spoke Wednesday in Damascus’ Muhajireen palace, a white-stone building where he often receives guests, nestled among trees on the foothills of Qasioun Mountain. The Syrian capital, seat of Assad’s power, has stayed relatively untouched throughout the conflict, spared the devastation inflicted on other, opposition-held areas of the country. In recent months, Assad’s forces have taken rebel strongholds in suburbs of the capital, bolstering security and reducing the threat of mortar shells.

The attack on the aid convoy outside Aleppo took place Monday night, hitting a warehouse as aid workers unloaded cargo and triggering huge explosions. Footage filmed by rescuers showed torn flesh being picked from the wreckage. Witnesses described a sustained, two-hour barrage that included barrel bombs – crude, unguided explosives that the Syrian government drops from helicopters.

A senior U.S. administration official said the U.S. believes with a very high degree of confidence that a Russian-piloted aircraft carried out the strike. The official wasn’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and asked for anonymity.

Assad dismissed the claims, saying whatever American officials say “has no credibility” and is “just lies.”

Like Syria, Russia has denied carrying out the convoy bombing.

Syria and the United States have been at loggerheads since the Sept. 17 U.S. airstrike last week that hit Syrian troops in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour. U.S. officials said the attack – its first direct hit on Syrian forces since the civil war began – was accidental and that the warplanes thought they were targeting Islamic State group positions. Russia said the strikes killed more than 60 Syrian troops, and afterward, IS militants briefly overran government positions in the area until they were beaten back.

Assad said he did not believe the American account and said that attack targeted a “huge” area constituted of many hills.

“It wasn’t an accident by one airplane… It was four airplanes that kept attacking the position of the Syrian troops for nearly one hour, or a little bit more than one hour,” Assad said in the interview. “You don’t commit a mistake for more than one hour.”

“How could they (IS) know that the Americans are going to attack that position in order to gather their militants to attack right away and to capture it one hour after the strike?” Assad asked. “So it was definitely intentional, not unintentional as they claimed.”

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department dismissed Assad’s claims as “ridiculous,” adding that they underline that Assad has lost his legitimacy to govern.

“It’s difficult to see how these ridiculous claims deserve a response, except to say they prove yet again the degree to which Assad has lost his legitimacy to govern and how vital it remains for the international community to achieve a political solution that gives the Syrian people a voice in their future,” spokesman John Kirby said Thursday.

The strikes contributed to the collapse of the cease-fire, which had already been marred by numerous violations on both sides of the conflict. They also cast serious doubt on chances for implementing an unprecedented U.S.-Russian agreement to jointly target militants in the country.

Assad said the United States lacked the will to work with Russia against extremists in Syria. “I don’t believe the United States will be ready to join Russia in fighting terrorists in Syria,” he said.

Despite extensive evidence to the contrary, Assad repeatedly denied that his forces were besieging opposition-held eastern Aleppo, which has become a symbol both of resistance and also the high price civilians are paying in the war.

He flatly denied claims of malnutrition and a chronic lack of medical supplies.

“If there’s really a siege around the city of Aleppo, people would have been dead by now,” Assad said, asking how rebels were able to smuggle in arms but apparently not food or medicine.

The ancient city, now partly destroyed, has been carved out into rebel and government-controlled areas since 2012. Rebel reinforcements broke a hole in the blockade in August. But in heavy bombardment over the following weeks, more than 700 civilians were killed. Earlier this month, Syrian troops backed by Russian airstrikes retook the roads and the siege resumed.

Since then, the U.N. has accused Assad’s government of obstructing aid access to the city, despite an agreement to allow aid in during the weeklong cease-fire. During the brief cease-fire, trucks carrying aid sat idle by the nearby Turkish border, awaiting permits and safety guarantees.

Throughout the conflict, Assad’s forces have been accused of bombing hospitals and civilians and choking opposition cities. Millions have fled Syria, some of them drowning at sea in the Mediterranean.

The war has been defined by gruesome photos and video posted in the aftermath of bloody attacks or documenting the plight of children in particular. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, and once thriving cities have been ravaged, with entire blocks reduced to rubble. The images have galvanized public opinion worldwide — but Assad, while acknowledging that the war had been ‘savage,’ said eyewitness accounts should not be automatically believed.

“Those witnesses only appear when there’s an accusation against the Syrian army or the Russian (army), but when the terrorists commit a crime or massacre or anything, you don’t see any witnesses… So, what a coincidence,” he said.

Assad scoffed at the idea that Syria’s “White Helmets” – civil defense volunteers in opposition held areas seen by many as symbols of bravery and defiance – might be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize after a nomination earlier this year.

“What did they achieve in Syria?” he said. “I would only give a prize to whoever works for the peace in Syria.”

The group shared this year’s Right Livelihood Award, sometimes known as the “Alternative Nobel,” with activists from Egypt and Russia and a Turkish newspaper, the prize foundation announced Thursday.

Asked about his methods, including the use of indiscriminate weapons, Assad said “when you have terrorists, you don’t throw at them balloons, or you don’t use rubber sticks for example. You have to use armaments.”


Mânăstirea Voroneț – România

Mânăstirea Voroneț – România

The Bridge of Immortals, Huangshan, China

The Bridge of Immortals, Huangshan, China

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