ICJ rejects Georgia’s suit against Russia – news from Afghanistan

ICJ rejects Georgia’s suit against Russia

Friday 1.04.2011 | 16:30 | Source: Beta  THE HAGUE — The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has refused to hear complaints in the proceedings that Georgia launched against Russia.

This Attack is Different

Una Moore


Mark asked me to respond to  today’s attack on UN staff in Mazar-i-Sharif. This post is my initial reaction.

Kabul, Afghanistan – Foreigners have been killed in Afghanistan before, and today’s attack was not the first fatal attack on UN staff.  But it was different than previous fatal attacks. Very different. The killers were ordinary residents of a city deemed peaceful enough to be one of the first places transferred to the control of Afghan security forces. The men who broke into the UN compound, set fires and killed eight people weren’t Taliban, or henchmen of a brutal warlord, or members of a criminal gang. They weren’t even armed when the protests began –they took weapons from the UN guards who were their first victims.

Foreigners committed to assisting in the rebuilding of Afghanistan have long accepted the possibility that they might die at the hands of warring parties, but this degree of violence from ordinary citizens is not something most of us factored into our decision to work here.

Tonight, the governor of Balkh province (of which Mazar-i-Sharif is the capital) is telling the international media that the men who sacked the UN compound were Taliban infiltrators. That’s rubbish. Local clerics drove around the city with megaphones yesterday, calling residents to protest the actions of a small group of attention-seeking, bigoted Americans. Then, during today’s protest, someone announced that not just one, but hundreds of Korans had been burned in America. A throng of enraged men rushed the gates of the UN compound, determined to draw blood.  Had the attackers been gunmen, they would likely have been killed before they could breach the compound.

I was sharing a meal with aid worker friends when I heard the news. Phones began buzzing. Security officers were demanding that my friends return to their compounds immediately. Cars had already been sent to retrieve them. Lockdown was in effect.

This is not the beginning of the end for the international community in Afghanistan. This is the end. Terry Jones and others will continue to pull anti-Islam stunts and opportunistic extremists here will use those actions to incite attacks against foreigners. Unless we, the internationals, want our guards to fire on unarmed protesters from now on, the day has come for us to leave Afghanistan.


Motor der Korruption und Bestechung in dem Mafiös geführten Rumänien: US Botschafter Mark Gitenstein

 Absolutalle Privatisierungen waren im gesamten Ostblock, reine Bestechungsgeschäfte, wo sich kriminelle Firmen und Politiker, dann bereicherteten. Siemesn kaufte die kompletten Parteien und Politiker in Griechenland ein, und Telekom erreichte einen Spitzenwerk im Mafiösen Privatisierungsgeschäfte. u.a. erhielt die Ehefrau des Wirtschaftsmininisters, den neu geschaffenen Posten, einer Liegeschaftverwalterin für ausländische Immobilien.

Und damit die Privat Geschäfte weiter gut laufen fordert der US Botschafter Mark Gitenstein, nun die Privatisierung im Energiegeschäft. Die diversen Betrugs- und Bestechungszirkel rund um Georg Soros, der US-Rumänien Handelskammer usw.. machen also lustig weiter, wo Deutsche Bestechungs Lobby Vereine und Gerhard Schröder mit EADS mal aufhörten.

Die Proesse gegen den Ex-PM Nastase, werden wie in anderen Ländern verschleppt, denn zu peinlich sind NATO Politiker und deren Umtriebe.

The US ambassador to Bucharest, Mark Gitenstein, has urged authorities to sell off Romania’s state-owned energy companies in order to root out corruption.

Ambasadorul SUA: Preţul energiei în România va scădea după privatizări

06:51Românii vor plăti mai puţin pentru energie dacă statul vinde o parte din participaţiile sale la companiile din acest sector, pentru a atrage investiţii, susţine Mark Gitenstein, ambasadorul SUA la Bucureşti. Diplomatul american a acuzat autorităţile române că folosesc societăţile energetice în scopuri politice şi personale.Articol complet


26 OCT 2011 / 08:26

Romanian Judge Urged to Resign Over Graft Charges

Case of a high-ranking judge accused of taking bribes adds to concerns that Romania’s justice system is still riddled with corruption.

Marian Chiriac Bucharest

Horatiu Dumbrava, president of the Superior Council of Magistrates, a key body charged with guaranteeing the independence of the judiciary, on Tuesday said a judge should offer to resign so as “not to further affect the poor image of Romanian justice”.

Dumbrava said that Gabriela Birsan, a judge in the highest appeals court, should quit after being accused of accepting bribes in return for granting favours in court.

Last week prosecutors started probing claims that Birsan received jewellery, a paid-for trip to Indonesia and free housing for her son in Paris after issuing favourable verdicts to a businessman.

She is not thought to have acted alone. One of her deputies is also being investigated, prosecutors said.

Birsan says she is not guilty and has appealed against the case on procedural grounds. Her husband, Corneliu Birsan, a judge at the European Court of Human Rights, ECHR, has claimed diplomatic immunity for himself and his wife.

The ECHR has issued a statement saying that Romania should have asked the European Court to lift Corneliu Birsan’s immunity before raiding his and his wife’s house in search of evidence.

Romanian prosecutors responded by saying that the investigation was not targeting his activities – for which he enjoys diplomatic immunity – but those of his wife, Gabriela Birsan.

Independent observers predict that the case will probably be yet another example of much talk and no action.