Daily Archives: December 5, 2016

Russia, China veto UN resolution on Aleppo truce


Russia, China veto UN resolution on Aleppo truce

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Russia and China on Monday vetoed a UN Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day ceasefire in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo.

Venezuela also voted against the text, while Angola abstained. The 11 other council members voted in favor.

The vote marked the sixth time Russia has blocked a council resolution on Syria since the conflict began in March 2011, and the fifth for China.

A close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Moscow had expressed strong reservations about the text, the subject of weeks of negotiations.

In an eleventh-hour effort, Russia tried to postpone the vote until at least Tuesday, when the Americans and Russians are set to meet in Geneva.

But the text’s main backers — Paris, London and Washington — decided to go ahead anyway.

Russia says the Geneva talks will concern a plan for all rebel fighters to withdraw from eastern Aleppo, under siege by the regime. But the rebels have rejected the plan.

The two sides “are close to an agreement on the basic elements,” Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin said.

But deputy US envoy Michele Sison suggested there was no deal, accusing Churkin of using a “made-up alibi.”

“We will not let Russia string along the Security Council,” she added.

“We will continue bilateral negotiations (with Russia) to relieve the suffering in Aleppo, but we have not reached a breakthrough because Russia wants to keep its military gains.”

‘Fragile glimpse of hope’

Had the resolution been adopted, it would have been a “fragile glimpse of hope” and allowed to “save lives,” French ambassador Francois Delattre said.

He accused Russia of having “decided to take Aleppo regardless of the human cost.”

But Chinese Ambassador Liu Jieyi said the council “should have continued negotiations,” criticizing “politicization of humanitarian issues.”

In Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault denounced “Russian obstruction.”

The veto prevents the Security Council from “assuming its responsibilities to Syria’s civilian population, which faces the destructive madness of the Bashar al-Assad regime, as well as terrorist groups, starting with Daesh,” he said, using a term for the Islamic State jihadist group.

“The military escalation is… a stalemate that only aggravates the population’s suffering and nourishes terrorism,” Ayrault added.

Human Rights Watch also condemned the veto.

“Russia seems to not want any interference with its & Iran’s joint military ops with Syria military in Aleppo, despite cost to civilians,” the group’s UN director Louis Charbonneau tweeted.

The draft text demanded that “all parties to the Syrian conflict shall cease… any and all attacks in the city of Aleppo.”

It also called for the sides to “allow urgent humanitarian needs to be addressed,” meaning permitting emergency services to enter and serve tens of thousands of residents in the besieged areas.

The resolution’s drafters wanted the temporary ceasefire to pave the way for a cessation of hostilities across Syria, although that would not have applied to military operations targeting “terrorist groups” such as the Islamic State group or ex-Al-Qaeda affiliate Fateh al-Sham Front, previously known as Al-Nusra.

(AFP)

BBC News: HIV ‘game-changer’ now on NHS


HIV ‘game-changer’ now on NHS – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38183672

BBC News: Nigel Farage on Time’s person of year shortlist


Nigel Farage on Time’s person of year shortlist – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-38217040

BBC News: Aleppo battle: Russia and China veto UN truce resolution


Aleppo battle: Russia and China veto UN truce resolution – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-38216969

My Duck today 


My Duck today 

Lollipop 


Lollipop

My black rose


My black rose

Cugetări: you cannot miss what you never had…you can crave it!


Cugetări: you cannot miss what you never had…you can crave it!

Mămăligă cu brânză, și puțin unt..


Mămăligă cu brânză, și puțin unt..

Atsina (Gros Ventre) men. 1872. Photo by Captain Badger.


Atsina (Gros Ventre) men. 1872. Photo by Captain Badger.

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Io non conosco nessuna preghiera più bella di quella con cui concludevano gli antichi spettacoli dell’India: “Possano tutti gli esseri viventi restare liberi dal dolore”.(A. Schopenhauer)


Psilocybin mushroom


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psilocybin_mushroom?wprov=sfla1

Shrooms


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrooms?wprov=sfla1

Amanita ocreata


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amanita_ocreata?wprov=sfla1

Glyphosate


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glyphosate?wprov=sfla1

Dinu Lipatti – The Last Recital, Classical Notes, Peter Gutmann


http://www.classicalnotes.net/reviews/lipatti.html

Watch “Eric Clapton – I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” on YouTube


BOB DYLAN LYRICS

“I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine”

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive as you or me
Tearing through these quarters
In the utmost misery
With a blanket underneath his arm
And a coat of solid gold
Searching for the very souls
Whom already have been sold.

“Arise, arise”, he cried so loud
With a voice without restraint
“Come out ye gifted kings and queens
And hear my sad complaint
No martyr is among ye now
Whom you can call your own
So go on your way accordingly
But know you’re not alone”.

I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
Alive with fiery breath
And I dreamed I was amongst the ones
That put him out to death
Oh, I awoke in anger
So alone and terrified
I put my fingers against the glass
And bowed my head and cried.

Watch “Eric Clapton – I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine” on YouTube


Destăinuiri: Viorel Simionescu – despre Crucea de pe Caraiman


Crucea de pe Caraiman si drumul de acces in 1956

Calitatea slaba a imaginii se datoreaza aparatului extrem de ieftin din material plastic, inclusiv obiectivul. care mai avea si o fisura pe unde intra lumina daca era expus la soare mai multa vreme. De fapt era imprumutat si cu el am facut primul reportaj din excursia in Bucegi. Asa cum au iesit pozele m-au fascinat si m-au legat de imagine toata viata.

There are places that God never leaves: “Alone with the past”. Navajo at Canyon de Chelly. Arizona. 1913. Photo by Roland W. Reed.


There are places that God never leave: “Alone with the past”. Navajo at Canyon de Chelly. Arizona. 1913. Photo by Roland W. Reed.

Destination: California, Eastern Sierra


Destination: California Eastern Sierra

Viorel Simionescu: Copii la scaldat in Dâmbovița langa  fosta uzine electrica din Rucar 3_anii 70


Viorel Simionescu: Copii la scaldat in Dâmbovița langa fosta uzine electrica din Rucar 3_anii 70

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De pe la Breaza  Făgăraşului : <>


Ballerina avente le dita sul suo mento (statua in marmo, 177 cm, eseguita da Antonio Canova tra  il 1809 e il 1823 e conservata  nella National Gallery of Art, Washington).


Ballerina avente le dita sul suo mento (statua in marmo, 177 cm, eseguita da Antonio Canova tra il 1809 e il 1823 e conservata nella National Gallery of Art, Washington).

Nicolae Grigorescu – O floare intre flori (portretul fiicei pictorului Millet)


Nicolae Grigorescu – O floare intre flori (portretul fiicei pictorului Millet)

Cine este:…Cătălina Fogoroş?


Cine este:…Cătălina Fogoroş?

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Munții Făgăraşului de la Breaza Făgăraşului : Ce priveliște!