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March 26 2013

02mydafsoup-01 user naivity

No doubt, this is one of the major weaknesses by users - already since about 3 years haven't been enough competent participants who would have criticised the ongoing dysfunctionalities with constant rigour, in the same way as to propose new features, likewise a better participation community for coding, user support and financial donations or fees.

March 17 2013


“In der Früh schafft er es nicht aus dem Bett
weil er abends seine Augen nicht
von dem glühenden Bildschirm lösen kann.”

Postkarte von Iwan Semionow, 1959

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March 14 2013


March 10 2013

Saudi-Arabia: ANHRI Demands the Immediate Release of “Al-Hamid and Qahtani”

Cairo March 10, 2013

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the sentence issued by the Saudi penal court, which sentenced two of the rights’ activist and the close of “The Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association” (ACPRA).

The Penal Court of Riyadah, in the hearing hold on Saturday March 9, 2013, issued its sentence on two of the rights’ activists and members of ACPRA, as the court sentenced “Dr. Mohamed ben Fahad Qahtaini” for 10 years imprisonment and sentenced “Abu-Belal Abdullah El-Hamid” for 5 years imprisonment in addition to enforce the pervious sentence issued against him for 6 years, so the total of the period to be in the prison is 11 years. In addition, to ban them from travelling for equal period to their imprisonment after end the imprisonment duration on the background of long list of broadened charges. The court decided to dissolve ACPRA and confiscate all of its money in addition to stop all of its activities as it didn’t obtain the license. This sentence can be appealed during a period doesn’t exceed 30 days as of Tuesday March 12, 2013.

They have appeared before the penal court for (10) hearings, which was marred by several legal violations; comes at the top of these violations were to held the hearing in camera, which violated the principle of public hearing, in addition to mandate investigators from the criminal investigation to investigate them instead of investigation judges. They have faced several charges, such as “planting the seeds of the sedition”, “disobeying the rulers” and charging the judges by “allowing the torture” in addition to scorning the members of Council of Senior Scholars. “Hamid” was charged of destabilize the security, spread the chaos, violation to public safety, fragmentation of national unity, the destruction of the capabilities of the nation and its gains, planting the seeds of discord and dissent and publishing information on the Internet related to the interrogation procedures after his pledge not to publish for the purposes of excitement and confusion in order to influence public opinion and fair trial process.

ANHRI said that “the charges pressed on them from the Penal Court which is a court specialized in terrorism, is a serious violation to the freedom of expression against the members of ACPRA and eliminate every hope or expectations regarding to a breakthrough in the way of the Saudi-regime dealing with the freedom of expression and peaceful demonstration which mounted to the highest degrees of repression and dictatorship in the light of the disregarding of several international and regional parties to the violations committed by the regime against the intellectuals in Saudi-Arbia”.

ANHRI wonders how could two of the significant rights’ activists in Saudi-Arabia could appear before a court specialized in reviewing the terrorism cases and they didn’t commit any crime but to express their opinions peacefully.

ANHRI demands the immediate release of both of them and drop all the charges pressed on them in addition to guarantee their safety and to stop prosecuting them.
List of charges pressed on Qahtani
List of charges pressed on Hamid
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A day in the life of King Abdullah

A day in the life of King Abdullah

Un entretien avec le fils du roi d'Arabie saoudite, sur la Syrie mais aussi sur les situation sociale dans le royaume

Welfare is increasingly the king's concern, said Prince Miteb. Between two million and four million citizens live below the poverty line, and Saudi Arabia also has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the region, with an estimated two million of 28 million Saudis without work .
“[King Abdullah] gets upset when he repeatedly hears about unemployment, shortage of housing or delay in providing medical treatment to citizens,” he said.
Since 2011, the King has widely expanded welfare spending, including a pledge to invest US$37 billion (Dh136bn) on new housing projects, wage increases and unemployment benefits.

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March 09 2013

Saudi Court Sentences Reformists to 10 and 11 Years in Prison

This post is part of our Special Coverage: Reformists on Trial in Saudi Arabia
Earlier today, March 9th, the Riyadh Criminal Court issued its verdict against the two prominent reformists and human rights activists Mohammad al-Qahtani and Abdullah al-Hamid, after being prosecuted for “breaking allegiance to the ruler and his successor” and “trying to impede the country’s developments”. al-Qahtani was sentenced to 10 years in prison and al-Hamid was sentenced to 5 years in prison in addition to completing his previous sentence (7 years, released after a year with a royal pardon). The judge stated that their presence outside prison was “dangerous” and ordered their immediate arrest. In addition, the judge ordered dissolving the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Associations (ACPRA), and confiscating all of its propriety immediately. The defendants have a right to appeal the decision within 30 days.

al-Qahtani and al-Hamid's trial started in June 2012, separately and secretly. After the first hearing, the judge merged both cases but he insisted that it shall remain behind closed doors. The two activists refused, saying that it was a political trial, and publicity was their only grantee for justice. By the fifth hearing, the judge finally capitulated, turning it effectively into a public trial.

al-Qahtani (right) and al-hamid (third on right) right before the session. via @drrayq

al-Qahtani (right) and al-Hamid (third on right) right before the session. via @DrRAYQ

Last night, al-Hamid tweeted [ar]:

إلى الإخوة المتشائمين والمشفقين من #محاكمة_حسم لئن سجنا فهو والله نصر كبير جدا للمشروع ومن السجن تشعل الشموع

@Abubelal_1951: To my brothers who are pessimist and pitiful about the ACPRA trial: if we get imprisoned, it's a huge victory for the project and from prisons candles are lit.

Today's session was attended by over 130 supporters, in addition to correspondents from Al Jazeera, Sky News and some national newspapers. The courtroom was filled with over 30 special force members. Outside, al-Hamid came early to collect attendees’ signatures demanding the dismissal of the Interior Minster Mohammad bin Nayef, and the repeal of all secret trial sentences.

Activist Waleed Abualkhair tweeted:

سحب الأقلام بالإضافة الى الجوالات وعدد الحضور وصل الى ١٠٥ حتى الآن بحسب الكشف وهناك ٣٠ لم يسجلوا

@abualkhair: They took our pens and mobile phones. According to the list, the attendees are now 105, there are 30 who haven't registered yet.

Some activists did not manage to enter. Hood al-Aqeel tweeted:

الان في داخل المحكمه وقد منعت من الدخول للقاعه بحجه عدم وجود أماكن فاضيه !!!

@h_141: I am in the court. They did not allow me in saying that there are no free spaces!

In the verdict, the judge said that al-Qaida and ACPRA are the two sides of the same coin. Moreover, he stated that coercive rule is legitimate. Mohammad al-Abdualkreem reported:

توصل القاضي إلى بطلان نظرية العقد الاجتماعي ومنافاتها لعقيدة المسلم، وجواز التغلب والتوريث والتعيين واعتبارها من أصول السلف

@alabdulkarim0: The judge concluded that the social contract theory is invalid and contradicts with the Muslim faith, and that coercive ruling, hereditary monarchy and appointment are fundamental to Islamic practice.

Back in May 2011, al-Qahtani participated in a Women2Drive campaign, demanding lifting the ban on women driving. Apparently, this led the judge to mention something about it in the verdict. Twitter user Jihad Abdullah tweeted:

القاضي قبل قليل يتهم القحطاني بأنه يركب سيارته وزوجته تقود السيارة ومعهم اجانب يتجولون داخل الرياض، طيب هو حر وزوجته وش دخلك ! #محاكمة_حسم

@CheJihad: The judge just accused al-Qahtani of riding his car with foreigners while his wife is driving. Well, he and his wife are free, you have nothing to do with it!

Twitter users noticed that the trial hashtag was filled by automatically-generated, repeated messages that attack the two activists and accuses them of treason. Mishari AlGhamdi tweeted:

نفس العبارة تكتبها عشرات المعرفات الوهمية .. شغل رديء .. حتى شغل التطبيل و التدليس خربه الفساد

@mishari11: The same statement is being written by tens of fake accounts. Poor job. Even kissing up and fraudulence were doomed by corruption.

This post is part of our Special Coverage: Reformists on Trial in Saudi Arabia

March 01 2013

Early Neolithic Water Wells Reveal the World's Oldest Wood Architecture

The European Neolithization ~6000−4000 BC represents a pivotal change in human history when farming spread and the mobile style of life of the hunter-foragers was superseded by the agrarian culture. Permanent settlement structures and agricultural production systems required fundamental innovations in technology, subsistence, and resource utilization. Motivation, course, and timing of this transformation, however, remain debatable. Here we present annually resolved and absolutely dated dendroarchaeological information from four wooden water wells of the early Neolithic period that were excavated in Eastern Germany. 

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La lettre et/ou l'image : ce qui est premier ?

Entendant Michel Serres, parcourant le livre de Raffaele Simone (Pris dans la Toile, L’esprit au temps du web, le débat Gallimard trad., 2012), après avoir lu l’entretien entre Boris Cyrulnik et Denis Peschanski (Mémoire et traumatisme : l’individu et la fabrique des grands récits, INA 2012), une question vient à l’esprit : la lettre ou l’image, Qu’est-ce qui est premier ? Autrement dit on parle d’une civilisation de l’oral, une de l’écrit et une troisième du numérique, mais quelle est la place de l’image ? Autrement dit l’image a-t-elle autant de force civilisatrice que l’écrit, le mot, la lettre. Dans la même ligne, Pierre Babin et Marie France Kouloumdjian s’interrogeaient en 1980 sur « les nouveaux modes de comprendre » (Le Centurion, 1983), nous montrent combien nous avons négligé l’image au cours de notre histoire et combien sa mise en avant, via les écrans de cinéma, de télévision et d’ordinateur, nous invite à en mesurer l’importance.

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Roubini: Ten QE Questions

Most observers regard unconventional monetary policies such as quantitative easing (QE) as necessary to jump-start growth in today’s anemic economies. But questions about the effectiveness and risks of QE have begun to multiply as well. In particular, ten potential costs associated with such policies merit attention.


First, while a purely “Austrian” response (that is, austerity) to bursting asset and credit bubbles may lead to a depression, QE policies that postpone the necessary private- and public-sector deleveraging for too long may create an army of zombies: zombie financial institutions, zombie households and firms, and, in the end, zombie governments. So, somewhere between the Austrian and Keynesian extremes, QE needs to be phased out over time.

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Eine allzu lange unterschätzte Gefahr

Olaf Sundermeyer erzählt in seinem Buch „Rechter Terror in Deutschland“ eine erschreckend lange „Geschichte der Gewalt“.

zu Olaf Sundermeyer: Rechter Terror in Deutschland. Täter, Opfer und der hilflose Staat.
Verlag C. H. Beck, München, 2012.

Rezension von H.-Georg Lützenkirchen (28.02.2013)

Der Skandal des Umgangs mit rechter Gewalt in Deutschland liegt darin, dass diese Gewalt lange Zeit überhaupt nicht angemessen wahrgenommen wurde. Gerne wurde sie kleingeredet, es war dann von wahlweise bedauernswerten oder erschreckenden Einzelfällen die Rede, oft wurde ein rechtsextremer Hintergrund nicht wahrgenommen und die Tat ging als ‚normale‘ Gewalttat in die Statistik ein. Eine verfehlte Extremismustheorie, die rechte und linke Gewalt gerne gleichsetzte, verhinderte zudem den Blick auf die spezifischen Bedingungen rechter Gewalt in Deutschland. Nicht auf dem rechten Auge blind war der Staat, er war schlicht nicht informiert.

Entsprechend groß war der Schock, als 2011 die rechte Terrorgruppe „Nationalsozialistischer Untergrund“ (NSU) eher zufällig aufgedeckt wurde. Über zehn Jahre war das Trio Uwe Mundlos, Uwe Bönhardt und Beate Zschäpe sowie das sie unterstützende rechtsextreme Netzwerk unerkannt geblieben. In dieser Zeit verübten sie mehrere Gewalttaten, zwischen 2000 und 2006 ermordeten sie in verschiedenen Städten neun Menschen, allesamt Menschen mit Migrationshintergrund. 2007 erschossen sie in Heilbronn eine Polizistin.

Warum? Olaf Sundermeyer leitet sein Buch „Rechter Terror in Deutschland“ mit der Antwort eines ehemaligen NPD-Funktionärs ein: „Die haben ja das umgesetzt, von dem die meisten anderen in der Szene nur träumen, weil sie selbst zu feige sind, es ihnen gleichzutun. Aber grundsätzlich sehnen viele eine Endlösung für Ausländer herbei.“ Denn Rechtsextremisten fühlen sich in einer „permanenten Notwehrsituation“. In ihrer Logik sind ‚Ausländer‘ Beweis für eine bedrohende Überfremdung; Linke und andere „Gutmenschen“ leisten dieser Überfremdung Vorschub und bedrohen damit zudem die „weiße Rasse“. Überall Bedrohung, gegen die man sich mit Taten statt Worten wehren muss. „Und Taten“, so schreibt Sundermeyer, „sind Gewalttaten“. Sie gehören zum Rechtsextremismus – den Sundermeyer als eine Ideologie beschreibt, „die von der Ungleichwertigkeit der Menschen ausgeht und Gewalt als Mittel der Politik sieht“. Diese Ideologie, so stellt Sundermeyer klar, speist ebenso die rechtsextremen Terrortaten wie „beispielsweise die Politik der NPD“. Die Ziele sind die gleichen, nur dass die NPD sie zuweilen mit „strategischer Rücksicht auf die Anerkennung, die sie für Wahlen benötigt“, zurückhaltender formuliert. Dankenswert klare und richtige Aussagen, die der Autor hier trifft.

Sundermeyers „Geschichte der Gewalt“ beginnt in den 1980er-Jahren. Als markantes Datum steht das „Oktoberfestattentat“ in München, bei dem am 26.September 1980 13 Menschen ums Leben kamen – unter ihnen auch der mutmaßliche Attentäter. Bis heute ist der Hintergrund dieses Anschlages nicht vollständig aufgeklärt. Spuren führen aber zur „Wehrsportgruppe Hoffmann“. Deren ehemaliger „Chef“ Karl Heinz Hoffmann ist nach wie vor in der rechten Szene aktiv. Sundermeyer berichtet von einem bizarren Besuch bei Hoffmann, der ihm die „wahren Hintergründe“ des Attentats in München zu erläutern versucht. In Hoffmanns Wehrsportgruppe waren jedenfalls viele, die mit Gewalttaten auffielen. Der Autor nennt sie alle. [...]

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The trouble with austerity: Cutting is more about ideology than economics

Austerity fetishism is simply the latest expression of free market orthodoxy.

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La nature est-elle impersonnelle ? Une typologie des singularités chez Deleuze – par Didier Debaise | Entre-là

In « L’Impersonnel », colloque international organisé par le Laboratoire ERRAPHIS (Equipe de Recherches sur les Rationalités Philosophiques et les Savoirs) et EuroPhilosophie dans le cadre du programme ANR “Subjectivité et aliénation. Université Toulouse II-Le Mirail, 24-25 juin 2010.

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Should One Fix Monetary Policy Or Fix A ‘Sclerotic’ European Labour Market?

Perspectives from a New Keynesian model New Keynesian macroeconomics (henceforth NK) was born as a defensive reaction to the radical agenda of the new classical economists of the late ‘70s vintage....

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