vrijdag 15 juli · 18:00 – 21:00
I think we will reach each other easily so i will proceed focusing on the main points.
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Cars research center
Classic cars Museum
Formula 1 track
Park with cars theme
Mall, show rooms and Restaurants
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Het regime van kolonel Mouammar Kadhafi heeft zondagavond aangekondigd dat het Libische leger alle verzet heeft overwonnen in Zawiyah, een stad 40 kilometer ten westen van Tripoli. De Navo laat weten “de nodige maatregelen” te zullen treffen om de burgers te beschermen.
In Zawiyah wordt sinds zaterdag opnieuw hevig gevochten. In februari en maart vonden in die stad al hevige schermutselingen plaats.
De woordvoerder van het Libische regime verklaarde zondag nog eens dat er geen discussie mogelijk is over het vertrek van Kadhafi. Daarmee reageert hij op het aanbod van Turkije om de kolonel veilig in ballingschap te nemen.
“Niemand heeft het recht om de leider te vragen op te stappen”, benadrukte woordvoerder Moussa Ibrahim.
De Verenigde Arabische Emiraten maakten zondag bekend de rebellie te erkennen als enige geldige vertegenwoordiger van het Libische volk. Het land zal weldra een vertegenwoordiging openen in Benghazi, de hoofdstad van het verzet. De Emiraten zijn daarmee, na Qatar, het tweede Arabische land dat de rebellie erkent.
(www.nieuwsblad.be / 12.06.2011)
Het Syrische leger heeft de controle heroverd over Jisr al-Choughour, de noordwestelijke stad die onder invloed van de opstandelingen stond. Dat meldt de staatstelevisie zondagavond.
Volgens de openbare televisie heeft het leger de rebellen verdreven en worden ze momenteel achtervolgd in de omringende bergen.
Jisr al-Choughour, een stad met 50.000 inwoners, is nagenoeg verlaten sinds een week, door de hevige gevechten. Het regime heeft het over gevechten met “gewapende groepen”, maar volgens getuigen gaat het om een muiterij bij het leger zelf.
Bij de herovering van het dorp hebben de militairen een graf gevonden met daarin lichamen van agenten die op 6 juni werden omgebracht. Er zouden al tien lijken zijn gevonden.
(www.nieuwsblad.be / 12.06.2011)
London, (Pal telegraph) – Six months have passed since the Tunisian vegetable street hawker Mohamed Bouazizi set himself ablaze starting a region wide revolution that has toppled the Presidents of Egypt and Tunisia with the leaders of Yemen and Libya are following fast. The wave of protests swept through Bahrain, Jordan and Syria.
Revolutions and uprisings are unpredictable and can have unforeseen consequences. Trade and industry grind to a halt. Tourism dries up. The economy in general stagnates and normal economic life ceases to function.
Add to this the high cost of disruptions, strikes, civil war in Libya and the exodus of the foreign workers and the flight of inward investments.
People demonstrated against high food prices, high unemployment and corruption which in turn impede economic development. The young people are particularly badly hit by lack of job prospects and economic progress. Unemployment in the region among the young is very high. According to economic experts unemployment in Syria is 25% but the government own figures show that unemployment is only 11-13% but most observers believe the experts and don’t believe the government. In Egypt 90% of the unemployed are young people (age 15-24).
The combined current account deficit of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, Morocco, and Tunisia is in excess of $15 billion. To plug the gap external financing is needed. The combined oil import bill for the non-oil Arab countries will have to be covered by the international community through the mechanisms of the IMF and the World Bank.
Egypt for example needs economic aid to cover the shortfall in its budget over the next 2-3 years. The losses from the Tahrir Square protests were estimated to be around 1.7 Billion US Dollars. The tourism sector which is an important component of the economy suffered a 45% decline in Egypt and Tunisia since the wave of protest began. In Syria tourism has dried up completely. Even neighbouring Lebanon is feeling the impact of a weaker tourist activity. It is expected that during 2011 Egypt’s economy will shrink by 2.5 to 3% and Yemen’s by more than 4%. It is worth mentioning that Egypt stock market has declined by 25%.
The World Bank promised to grant Egypt two billion USD over the next two years and to provide a loan of 2.5billion USD.
The other aspect of this economic downturn is that wealthy Arabs are transferring their funds to Europe and North America. It is an undisputed fact that investors are nervous and afraid of uncertainty. One Arab newspaper estimated that some $30 billion has left Egypt since the onset of the Arab Spring.
In the short term we shall witness a reduction in production, a decline in trade services and other economic activities. Non oil producing countries will be particularly hit. In the most general terms it can be said that the economies of the non-oil countries are on the verge of collapse and are semi-bankrupt.
On the plus side the high oil prices have helped to cushion the economies of the members of the Gulf Co-operation Council. Saudi Arabia is investing $130 billion to finance low cost housing projects, salary increases for Public Sector employees and increased investment in education and social services.
The World Bank believes that if the transfer to democracy is peaceful and sound, we should have economic growth in the years 2012/2013 of 3.5 to 4.5%. Economic growth in 2011 was 1.9%. Experts predict an upturn in economic activity in the years 2012-2014 with the expansion of the financial sector.
Reforms in education and the introduction of literacy programs are urgently needed. In Egypt only 15% of women and 70% of men are literate. Fighting of corruption must accompany political and social reforms. There is a great need for urgent economic reforms to reap the benefits of the political reforms.
(networkedblogs.com / 12.06.2011)
De Israëlische minister van Defensie Ehud Barak heeft de opdracht gegeven drie gebouwen in opbouw in Migron, een nederzetting op de bezette Westelijke Jordaanoever waarvoor geen toestemming werd verleend, af te breken.
“Het standpunt van de minister van Defensie, in samenspraak met de premier, is dat illegale constructies op Palestijnse privégrond vermeden moeten worden en dat dergelijke gebouwen afgebroken moeten worden. Dat geldt uiteraard voor Migron”, meldt een woordvoerster van Defensie.
De nederzetting in Migron, nabij de Palestijnse stad Ramallah, werd opgetrokken zonder de toestemming van de Israëlische autoriteiten, alsook gedeeltelijk op Palestijnse privégrond. Er wonen tientallen gezinnen kolonisten.
De ontmanteling van de nederzetting is al ruim tien jaar hangende.
(www.nieuwsblad.be / 12.06.2011)
Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams and Mairead Maguire, three Nobel Peace Prize winners, have taken a position supporting he Canadian Boat to Gaza. Meeting at Montebello as part a conference on sexual violence toward women during political conflicts, organized by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, all three have added their names to the list of international supporters of the project, which aims to break the illegal naval blockade that Israel has imposed on 1.5 million civilians living in Gaza.
A long-term engagement
Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her efforts to protect human rights, particularly the rights of women and infants, and political prisoners in Iran.
Jody Williams, an American, was awarded the Prize in 1997 for her persistent work to eliminate anti-personnel land mines. It was Mairead Maguire’s efforts to end the violence in Northern Ireland, her birth-place, that were recognized when she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976.
Maired Maguire was also present at the press conference organized by the Canadian Boat to Gaza in Toronto, on May 26. “I completely support this call to the Israeli government to allow passage for the Canadian Boat to Gaza,” she said. “This boat will join the flotilla of 10 vessels that will bring together almost a thousand people. They will show the people of Gaza that the world has not forgotten.”
( www.tahrir.ca / 12.06.2011)
Fox News contributor and Washington Times columnist Monica Crowley today said that the United States is in a “holy war” against radical Islam, including Muslim-Americans. Crowley appeared on The O’Reilly Factor, the right-wing network’s most popular program, along with Fox News’ token liberal commentator Alan Colmes, to discuss the upcoming Congressional hearings on radical Islam in America with host Bill O’Reilly. The hearings, chaired by Rep. Peter King (R-NY), are ostensibly to probe the “extent of radicalization” of Muslim-Americans. They have drawn the ire of many Muslims, liberals and progressives who decry the un-American nature of the inquisition. Many compare it to the House Un-American Activities Committee chaired by Senator Joseph McCarthy (R-Wisconsin) in the 1950s. That communist witch hunt has gone down as one of the darker chapters in our nation’s history.
Discussing whether or not Rep. King’s hearings unfairly target Muslim-Americans, Crowley opined “the reality is that we’re in a holy war” against the more radical elements among them. Her statement drew a rebuke from Colmes, who correctly pointed out that not even former President George W. Bush would go so far as to call the struggle between the United States and Islamic extremism a “holy war,” “crusade” gaffe aside.
This isn’t the first time that Crowley’s mouth has landed her in hot water. In 2008, again on the O’Reilly Factor, she attacked the Dutch city of Amsterdam as “a cesspool of corruption, crime. Everything is out of control. It’s anarchy.” Her statement, which was utter bullshit, drew a vociferous response from the Netherlands.
Crowley also deeply offended many Canadians the following year when she appeared in a segment of Fox’s late-night program Red Eye mocking Canadian troops, even as they fought bravely in America’s war in Afghanistan.
(morallowground.com / 12.06.2011)
By Khalid Amayreh
Commenting on the latest French “”initiative”” for the resumption of the moribund peace process, the Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu sought to outsmart himself.
A visionless politician who thinks that political spin, hasbara and sound-bites can suffice as a main tool of leadership, Netanyahu demanded that Hamas, the Palestinian Islamic liberation movement, show good-will by releasing an Israeli occupation soldier taken prisoner in battle near Gaza a few years ago.
“”I have made it clear to the French FM that Hamas must adopt the Quartet principles. If the claim that a new wind is blowing from Hamas, that could be proven by freeing Gilad Shalit,”” the PM added, saying that if Abbas is on such good relations with Hamas, he could pressure Hamas to free Gilad.””
Netanyahu almost innocently ignored the fact that Israel is holding as many as six thousand Palestinian political and resistance prisoners, many of whom languishing in cruel conditions in Israeli dungeons and concentration camps for decades.
Hence, his demand that PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas pressure Hamas to release a combat soldier who is likely to be carrying on his hands a lot of children blood goes beyond the pale of the simple moral decency. Using the words of Professor Naom Chomsky, it is beyond chutzpah.
Moreover, Netanyahu whose Israel has rejected every single peace initiative ever since the Rogers plan of 1969-70, is shamelessly demanding that Hamas accept the so-called Quartet Principles which call for unilateral recognition by the Palestinian Islamic movement of Israeli Nazism, because Israel expresses and embodies Jewish Nazism if only because this nefarious state is based on racism, ethnic cleansing and land theft.
Well, this demand, too, is so brazen and so pornographically unfair, so much so, that even the stupidest and most pliant Palestinian leader would reject outright.
Even leaders of Fatah, which many thought was at Israel’s beck and call, are now saying that their organization didn’t, doesn’t and won’t ever recognize Israel as long as Israel refuses to end its occupation of Palestine.
Hence, Netanyahu and other Zionist leaders ought to realize that a genuine Palestinian recognition of the Nazi-like entity will never materialize, especially if Israel continues to pursue its lebensraum policies at her neighbor’s expense.
In fact, it is futile to continue to evoke peace with Israel given that fascist state’s principled rejection of peace. After all, continuing to entertain peace with this aggressive, arrogant, and bellicose entity is proving to be a huge exercise in self-deception and disappointment.
6 of June marked the 44th anniversary of the occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. This means that Israel has had 44 years to make peace with her neighbors. However, instead of making genuine efforts for peace and responding positively to Palestinian and Arab overtures, including an offer to recognize Israel and terminate the state of belligerency, Israel continued to steal more Arab land, build colonies for the most fanatical elements of Jews who are offering non-Jews the choice between physical extermination, enslavement as water carriers and wood hewers or collective deportation.
Meanwhile, the same Israel that doesn’t stop babbling about its “”burning desire”” for peace, continued unabated to make every conceivable effort and take every conceivable step to kill every conceivable prospect for peace by transferring hundreds of thousands of Nazi-like and terrorist-minded religious terrorist who are taught in their synagogues that the life of a goy (derogatory for Gentile or non-Jew) has no sanctity or value, and that a Jew could kill a Palestinian without the slightest compunction.
To confuse the world and justify its systematic land theft of Palestine, Israel has been claiming that the occupied territories of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem are actually disputed rather than occupied territories. Well, if so, how is that mendacious claim compatible with the unceasing and unmitigated devouring by Israel and carving into Israel of a disputed territory?
The truth of the matter is that there is a pornographic gulf of hypocrisy and dishonesty between what Israel claims and what it does on the ground.
Israel claims to want peace, but it wastes no chance to decapitate every chance for peace.
Israel claims to seek recognition by its victims, but every Israeli act and behavior precludes and inhibits recognition of an entity that practices murder and theft and mendacity as its modus operandi.
Israel would like the entire world to fully, unreservedly and unhesitatingly support her wild territorial schemes, and should anyone display any modicum of reservation or hesitation, e.g. by citing international law, the cannons of “”anti-Semitism”” would fire their hellish ammunitions.
In short, Zionist Israel is offering people in the West one of two choices: either you morph yourselves into political whores by supporting Israel, like America’s congressmen and senators, or we will portray you as anti-Semites.
(www.tehrantimes.com / 12.06.2011)
11 Health Benefits of Pomegranate Juice Several recent studies have shown significant potential health benefits from drinking pomegranate juice. Here are eleven: 1.Fights Breast Cancer Studies in Israel show that pomegranate juice destroys breast cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone. It may also prevent breast cancer cells from forming. 2.Lung Cancer Prevention Studies in mice show that pomegranate juice may inhibit the development of lung cancer. 3.Slows Prostate Cancer It slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice. 4. Keeps PSA Levels Stable In a study of 50 men who had undergone treatment for prostate cancer, 8 ounces of pomegranate juice per day kept PSA levels stable, reducing the need for further treatment such as chemotherapy or hormone therapy. 5. Protects the Neonatal Brain Studies show that maternal consumption of pomegranate juice may protect the neonatal brain from damage after injury. 6. Prevention of Osteoarthritis Several studies indicate that pomegranate juice may prevent cartilage deterioration. 7. Protects the Arteries It prevents plaque from building up in the arteries and may reverse previous plaque buildup. 8. Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention It may prevent and slow Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s disease were given pomegranate juice. They accumulated significantly less amyloid plaque than control mice and they performed mental tasks better. 9. Lowers Cholesterol It lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and raises HDL (good cholesterol). 10. Lowers Blood Pressure One study showed that drinking 1.7 ounces of pomegranate juice per day lowered systolic blood pressure by as much as 5 percent. 11. Dental Protection Research suggests that drinking pomegranate juice may be a natural way to prevent dental plaque. Other Health Benefits – Pomegranate The Pomegranate has been touted as a superfruit due to its amazing health properties. This is because Pomegranates are rich in Potassium, folic acid, Vitamins (rich in Vitamin C) and Antioxidants called polyphenols (some studies suggest that they contain 3 times more antioxidants than red wine or green tea). Antioxidants are chemical substances which help in the prevention of cellular damage (said to be a common pathway for cancer, heart problems, aging, and a variety of diseases) and are the main reason for the big obsession. Much research has been done to show that Pomegranates may be able to reduce blood pressure, LDL cholesterol build up and even slow down prostate cancer. There are Three references of the Pomegranate in the Qur’an under the name of Rumman (its Qur’anic name). The references can be found in; “We bring forth the green blade from, which we bring forth the thick clustered grain; and from the date palm, from the pollen thereof, spring pendant bunches; and (We bring forth) gardens of grapes, and the olive and the pomegranate, alike and unlike.”[Surah vi,Verse 99] “He it is Who produceth gardens trellised and untrellised, and the date palm, and crops of divers flavor, and the olive and the pomegranate , like and unlike. “Surah vi,Verse 141] “Wherein is fruit, the date palm and pomegranate .Which is it, of the favors of your Lord, that ye deny?” [Surah LV ,Verse 68] There are also a number of hadith on the Pomegranate; “Pomegranate and its rind strengthen digestion (stomach).” [narrated Ali(radhiyallahu anhu), Abu Nuaim, Al-Jozi] Some research has also evaluated the antioxidant nature of pomegranate juice and its usefulness in fighting certain forms of cancer. Pomegranate juice has been tentatively shown to reduce incidence of breast and skin cancer. It has also been tested and shown to slow the growth of prostate cancer in mice. Another interesting study has evaluated pomegranate juice and osteoarthritis. Pomegranate juice tends to act as an inhibitor on enzymes responsible for damaging cartilage. These studies applied extract of pomegranate directly onto damaged cartilage. More research would have to examine a cause and effect relationship between oral ingestion of pomegranate juice and reduction in cartilage deterioration.
(Facebook / 12.06.2011)
Rabbi Manis Friedman clarifies his controversial comment as quote from Torah permissible in case of self-defense.
Like the best Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis, Manis Friedman has won the hearts of many unaffiliated Jews with his charismatic talks about love and God; it was Friedman who helped lead Bob Dylan into a relationship with Chabad.
But Friedman, who today travels the country as a Chabad speaker, showed a less warm and cuddly side when he was asked how he thinks Jews should treat their Arab neighbors.
“The only way to fight a moral war is the Jewish way: Destroy their holy sites. Kill men, women and children (and cattle),” Friedman wrote in response to the question posed by Moment Magazine for its “Ask the Rabbis” feature.
Friedman argued that if Israel followed this wisdom, there would be “no civilian casualties, no children in the line of fire, no false sense of righteousness, in fact, no war.”
“I don’t believe in Western morality,” he wrote. “Living by Torah values will make us a light unto the nations who suffer defeat because of a disastrous morality of human invention.”
Friedman’s use of phrasing that might seem more familiar coming from an Islamic extremist has generated a swift backlash. The editor of Moment, Nadine Epstein, said that since the piece was printed in the current issue they “have received many letters and e-mails in response to Rabbi Friedman’s comments – and almost none of them have been positive.”
Friedman quickly went into damage control. He released a statement to the Forward, through a Chabad spokesman, saying that his answer in Moment was “misleading” and that he does believe that “any neighbor of the Jewish people should be treated, as the Torah commands us, with respect and compassion.”
But Friedman’s words have generated a debate about whether there is a darker side to the cheery face that the Chabad-Lubavitch movement shows to the world in its friendly outreach to unaffiliated Jews. Mordecai Specktor, editor of the Jewish community newspaper in Friedman’s hometown, St. Paul. Minnesota, said: “The public face of Lubavitch is educational programs and promoting Yiddishkeit. But I do often hear this hard line that Friedman expresses here.”
“He sets things out in pretty stark terms, but I think this is what Lubavitchers believe, more or less,” said Specktor, who is also the publisher of the American Jewish World.
“They are not about loving the Arabs or a two-state solution or any of that stuff. They are fundamentalists. They are our fundamentalists.”
Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a regular critic of Arab extremists, said that in the Jewish community, “We are not immune to having these views. There are people in our community who have these bigoted, racist views.”
But, Foxman warned, Friedman’s views are not reflective of the Chabad rabbis he knows. “I am not shocked that there would be a rabbi who would have these views,” Foxman said, “but I am shocked that Moment would give up all editorial discretion and good sense to publish this as representative of Chabad.”
A few days after anger about the comment surfaced, Chabad headquarters released a statement saying that, “we vehemently disagree with any sentiment suggesting that Judaism allows for the wanton destruction of civilian life, even when at war.”
The statement added: “In keeping with Jewish law, it is the unequivocal position of Chabad-Lubavitch that all human life is G-d given, precious, and must be treated with respect, dignity and compassion.”
In Moment, Friedman’s comment is listed as the Chabad response to the question “How Should Jews Treat Their Arab Neighbors?” after a number of answers from rabbis representing other Jewish streams, most of which state a conciliatory attitude toward Arabs.
Epstein said that Friedman was “brave” for stating his views so clearly.
“The American Jewish community doesn’t have the chance to hear opinions like this,” Epstein said, “not because they are rare, but because we don’t often ask Chabad and other similar groups what they think.”
The Chabad movement is generally known for its hawkish policies toward the Palestinians; the Chabad Rebbe, Menachem Mendel Schneerson, rejected peace accords with the Palestinians. Rabbi Moshe Feller, the top Chabad rabbi in Minnesota, said that the rebbe taught that it is not a mitzvah to kill, but that Jews do have an obligation to act in self-defense.
“Jews as a whole, they try to save the lives of others,” Feller told the Forward, “but if it’s to save our lives, then we have to do what we have to do. It’s a last resort.”
Friedman is not a fringe rabbi within the Chabad-Lubavitch movement. He was the English translator for the Chabad Rebbe, and at the rebbe’s urging, he founded Beis Chana, a network of camps and schools for Jewish women. Friedman is also a popular speaker and writer on issues of love and relationships. His first book, “Doesn’t Anyone Blush Anymore?” was promoted with a quote from Bob Dylan, who Friedman brought to meet the rebbe.
On his blog and Facebook page, Friedman’s emphasis is on his sympathetic, caring side. It was this reputation that made the comment in Moment so surprising to Steve Hunegs, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council: Minnesota and the Dakotas.
“Rabbi Friedman is a best-selling author who addresses some of the most sensitive issues of the time,” Hunegs said. “I intend to call him and talk to him about this.”
But Shmarya Rosenberg, a blogger and critic of Chabad who lives a few blocks from Friedman in Minnesota, says that the comment in Moment is not an aberration from his experiences with Friedman and many other Chabad rabbis.
“What he’s saying is the standard normal view of a Chabadnik,” Rosenberg said. “They just don’t say it in public.”
For his part, Friedman was quick to modify the statement that he wrote in Moment. He told the Forward that the line about killing women and children should have been in quotes; he said it is a line from the Torah, though he declined to specify from which part. Friedman also said that he was not advocating for Israel to actually kill women and children. Instead, he said, he believed that Israel should publicly say that it is willing to do these things in order to scare Palestinians and prevent war.
“If we took this policy, no one would be killed – because there would be no war,” Friedman said. “The same is true of the United States.”
Friedman did acknowledge, however, that in self-defense, the behavior he talked about would be permissible.
“If your children are threatened, you do whatever it takes – and you don’t have to apologize,” he said.
Friedman argued that he is different from Arab terrorists who have used similar language about killing Jewish civilians.
“When they say it, it’s genocide, not self-defense,” Friedman said. “With them, it’s a religious belief – they need to rid the area of us. We’re not saying that.”
Feller, the Chabad leader in Minnesota, said that the way Friedman had chosen to express himself was “radical.”
“I love him,” Feller said. “I brought him out here – he’s magnificent. He’s brought thousands back to Torah mitzvah. But he shoots from the hip sometimes.”
(www.haaretz.com / 12.06.2011)