domenica, marzo 30, 2008

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.... and that's all I have to say.......

mercoledì, marzo 19, 2008

Where is the truth?...And there is one?

Here two very different articles regarding who is who, and what is behind what....
Good to know that there are always two (at least) sides of the story.
Well just read this if you have time and let me know...

China brands Dalai Lama a monster and forces students to denounce him
Jane Macartney in Beijing
The hardline leader of Tibet has branded the Dalai Lama a “monster” as it emerged that Tibetan students in Beijing have been ordered to effectively renounce any allegiance to their god-king.
Zhang Qingli, the Communist Party Secretary in Tibet, said that the struggle to crush the unrest in the deeply Buddhist Himalayan region involved nothing less than the stability of the entire country.
That battle by China to reassert control over its restive Tibetan population has now drawn in students attending schools and universities in Beijing.
They are required to provide four answers, Tibetan sources told The Times. First, they must write a reply to the question “What position does the Dalai Lama occupy in your heart?” Second, they must provide the address and place of work of their parents. Third, they must give details of their own identity card. Finally, they must guarantee not to take part in any political activities.
Many of Tibet’s most promising students are sent to Chinese schools and universities outside the Himalayan region by parents eager to ensure they receive an education in Mandarin Chinese – the official language of China and an important tool to a good career.
One parent said: “How can they ask children of 17 or 18 to write such a political document. These children can barely even speak Tibetan. Does the government have so little trust in Tibetans that it even requires children to make such an allegiance?”
The demand that students effectively denounce the Dalai Lama, declared only on Tuesday by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao as an enemy of China, highlights the nervousness among Communist Party authorities at the continued influence the 14th reincarnation of the Ocean of Wisdom still wields among Tibetans.
Mr Zhang, addressing a meeting in Lhasa, issued a blistering tirade against the 72-year-old monk, who has lived in exile in India since he fled Lhasa in a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
“We are in the midst of a fierce struggle involving blood and fire, a life and death struggle with the Dalai clique."
The hardline party boss, launching a campaign to restore Chinese authority in Lhasa after a deadly riot last Friday in which Tibetan mobs stabbed, hacked and burnt to death several ethnic Han Chinese, is presiding over house-to-house searches for those involved.
He said: “As long as we... remain of one heart, turn the masses into a walled city and work together to attack the enemy, then we can safeguard social stability and achieve a full victory in this intense battle against separatism."
The leader who, since taking up his post two years ago, has imposed a series of new restrictions banning all government servants from attending religious ceremonies, said the Dalai Lama clique was bent on separating the Tibetan region from Chinese rule and was seeking to use the period before the Beijing Olympic Games in August to foment unrest.
"The Dalai Lama is a wolf wrapped in a habit, a monster with human face and animal's heart."

But then you can also read:

THE Dalai Lama show is set to roll into Australia again next month and again Australian politicians are getting themselves in a twist as to whether they should meet him.
Rarely do journalists challenge the Dalai Lama.
Partly it is because he is so charming and engaging. Most published accounts of him breeze on as airily as the subject, for whom a good giggle and a quaint parable are substitutes for hard answers. But this is the man who advocates greater autonomy for millions of people who are currently Chinese citizens, presumably with him as head of their government. So, why not hold him accountable as a political figure?
No mere spiritual leader, he was the head of Tibet's government when he went into exile in 1959. It was a state apparatus run by aristocratic, nepotistic monks that collected taxes, jailed and tortured dissenters and engaged in all the usual political intrigues. (The Dalai Lama's own father was almost certainly murdered in 1946, the consequence of a coup plot.)
The government set up in exile in India and, at least until the 1970s, received $US1.7 million a year from the CIA.
The money was to pay for guerilla operations against the Chinese, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama's public stance in support of non-violence, for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.
The Dalai Lama himself was on the CIA's payroll from the late 1950s until 1974, reportedly receiving $US15,000 a month ($US180,000 a year).
The funds were paid to him personally, but he used all or most of them for Tibetan government-in-exile activities, principally to fund offices in New York and Geneva, and to lobby internationally.
Details of the government-in-exile's funding today are far from clear. Structurally, it comprises seven departments and several other special offices. There have also been charitable trusts, a publishing company, hotels in India and Nepal, and a handicrafts distribution company in the US and in Australia, all grouped under the government-in-exile's Department of Finance.
The government was involved in running 24 businesses in all, but decided in 2003 that it would withdraw from these because such commercial involvement was not appropriate.
Several years ago, I asked the Dalai Lama's Department of Finance for details of its budget. In response, it claimed then to have annual revenue of about $US22 million, which it spent on various health, education, religious and cultural programs.

The biggest item was for politically related expenditure, at $US7 million. The next biggest was administration, which ran to $US4.5 million. Almost $US2 million was allocated to running the government-in-exile's overseas offices.
For all that the government-in-exile claims to do, these sums seemed remarkably low.
It is not clear how donations enter its budgeting. These are likely to run to many millions annually, but the Dalai Lama's Department of Finance provided no explicit acknowledgment of them or of their sources.
Certainly, there are plenty of rumours among expatriate Tibetans of endemic corruption and misuse of monies collected in the name of the Dalai Lama.
Many donations are channelled through the New York-based Tibet Fund, set up in 1981 by Tibetan refugees and US citizens. It has grown into a multimillion-dollar organisation that disburses $US3 million each year to its various programs.
Part of its funding comes from the US State Department's Bureau for Refugee Programs.
Like many Asian politicians, the Dalai Lama has been remarkably nepotistic, appointing members of his family to many positions of prominence. In recent years, three of the six members of the Kashag, or cabinet, the highest executive branch of the Tibetan government-in-exile, have been close relatives of the Dalai Lama.
An older brother served as chairman of the Kashag and as the minister of security. He also headed the CIA-backed Tibetan contra movement in the 1960s.
A sister-in-law served as head of the government-in-exile's planning council and its Department of Health.
A younger sister served as health and education minister and her husband served as head of the government-in-exile's Department of Information and International Relations.
Their daughter was made a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile. A younger brother has served as a senior member of the private office of the Dalai Lama and his wife has served as education minister.
The second wife of a brother-in-law serves as the representative of the Tibetan government-in-exile for northern Europe and head of international relations for the government-in-exile. All these positions give the Dalai Lama's family access to millions of dollars collected on behalf of the government-in-exile.
The Dalai Lama might now be well-known but few really know much about him. For example, contrary to widespread belief, he is not a vegetarian. He eats meat. He has done so (he claims) on a doctor's advice following liver complications from hepatitis. I have checked with several doctors but none agrees that meat consumption is necessary or even desirable for a damaged liver.
What has the Dalai Lama actually achieved for Tibetans inside Tibet?
If his goal has been independence for Tibet or, more recently, greater autonomy, then he has been a miserable failure.
He has kept Tibet on the front pages around the world, but to what end? The main achievement seems to have been to become a celebrity. Possibly, had he stayed quiet, fewer Tibetans might have been tortured, killed and generally suppressed by China.
In any event, the current Dalai Lama is 72 years old. His successor — a reincarnation — will be appointed as a child and it will be many years before he plays a meaningful role. As far as China is concerned, that is one problem that will take care of itself, irrespective of whether or not John Howard or Kevin Rudd meet the current Dalai Lama.

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venerdì, marzo 14, 2008

Bentornato Berlusconi

Questo articolo l'ho visto su Repubblica stamattina.
L'hanno tolto subito... sarà un caso? Io lo riporto, vediamo se qualcuno lo legge.

Dedicato a tutti quelli che....
non votano
Dedicato a tutti quelli che....
sono tutti uguali.

Da La Repubblica di Giovedì 13 marzo

L'ex ministro: "Vorrei tornare alla Difesa e si rovescia la politica estera"
"Bisogna rispondere positivamente alla richieste della Nato"
Martino: "Se torno alla Difesa
via dal Libano e di nuovo in Iraq"

ROMA - Ritiro dei soldati dal Libano e ridispiegamento militare in Afghanistan e in Iraq. L'ex ministro della Difesa Antonio Martino vuole rovesciare l'attuale politica estera italiana e riportarla sulla strada tracciata con il secondo governo Berlusconi. In un'intervista alla Reuters Martino, che afferma di volere per sè l'incarico di titolare della Difesa ma su questo non v'è nulla di "definito" , afferma il suo punto di vista tradizionalmente filoatlantico. "Ho intenzione di ridurre drasticamente", spiega Martino aggiungendo di esprimere un punto di vista assolutamente personale, "la nostra presenza in Libano, se non cancellarla del tutto, e inviare soldati in Afghanistan e in Iraq, dove ve ne è necessità".

In Iraq, in particolare, dovrebbero essere dispiegati diversi "addestratori" mentre l'Afghanistan sarà la destinazione di "soldati combattenti", rispondendo positivamente alle richieste della Nato. Viene risparmiato l'Iran, invece, il cui presidente è definito "lunatico". "Non possiamo fare lì quanto è stato fatto con Saddam in Iraq, perché non conosciamo l'esatta locazione dei loro siti", avverte Martino.

Quanto al Libano, l'ex ministro della Difesa insiste nel voler rovesciare l'asse voluto da Massimo D'Alema, attuale ministro degli esteri. "Non solo dei soldati italiani in Libano non v'è assolutamente bisogno -ha sottolineato Martino- ma sono anche a rischio".

(13 marzo 2008)

giovedì, marzo 13, 2008

Europe vs Italy - Funny Animation by Bruno Bozzetto

For all thosw who believe that Italians are just the same as other Europeans. ^_^

"Vietato spiare chi scarica musica" - Altolà del Garante della privacy

(Dal sito Repubblica web)

Decisione dell'Autorità che ha chiuso l'istruttoria sul 'caso Peppermint'
la società discografica che attraverso una agenzia controllava le reti p2p

"Vietato spiare chi scarica musica"
Altolà del Garante della privacy

"Una direttiva europea vieta ai privati di poter effettuare monitoraggi"

"Vietato spiare chi scarica musica"
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ROMA - Vietato spiare chi scambia file musicali o giochi su internet. Lo ha stabilito l'Autorità per la privacy che ha chiuso l'istruttoria avviata sul 'caso Peppermint', la società discografica che aveva svolto, attraverso una società informatica svizzera (utilizzata anche dalla società Techland con riferimento a software relativi a giochi), un sistematico monitoraggio delle reti peer to peer, o se preferite p2p.

Tramite l'utilizzo di software specifici, le società avevano individuato numerosissimi indirizzi IP (che identificano i computer collegati ad internet) relativi a utenti ritenuti responsabili dello scambio illegale di file: erano poi risaliti ai nomi degli utenti, anche italiani. E in molti si sono visti recapitare una lettera dai toni minacciosi, con la richiesta di risarcimento del danno. Il Garante, richiamando anche la decisione dell'omologa Autorità svizzera, ha ritenuto illecita l'attività svolta dalle società.

Innanzitutto, ha ricordato il Garante, la direttiva europea sulle comunicazioni elettroniche vieta ai privati di poter effettuare monitoraggi, ossia trattamenti di dati massivi, capillari e prolungati nei riguardi di un numero elevato di soggetti. E' stato, poi, violato il principio di finalità: le reti p2p sono finalizzate allo scambio tra utenti di dati e file per scopi personali. L'utilizzo dei dati dell'utente può avvenire, dunque, soltanto per queste finalità e non per scopi ulteriori quali quelli perseguiti dalle società Peppermint e Techland (cioè il monitoraggio e la ricerca di dati per la richiesta di un risarcimento del danno).

Infine non sono stati rispettati i principi di trasparenza e correttezza, perchè i dati sono stati raccolti ad insaputa sia degli interessati sia di abbonati che non erano necessariamente coinvolti nello scambio di file. Sulla base del provvedimento del Garante (di cui è stato relatore Mauro Paissan), le società che hanno effettuato il monitoraggio dovranno ora cancellare, entro il 31 marzo, i dati personali degli utenti che hanno scambiato file musicali e giochi attraverso il sistema p2p.


lunedì, marzo 10, 2008

Hello everybody!
In these days everything is so hectic and it's hard to keep in touch.

More news from the Italians around the world.
Some of You already knew Barbara and me were going to be married in Catania (Sicily) on April 7th. All of You are obviously welcome there if you're in the right emisphere to pop in!

But that's not the only change that is happening in our lives.
I have just got a position at University College Cork (Ireland), and we're moving there just after the wedding (at least I am and Barbara will follow in a couple of months' time). It's a fantastic opportunity and I will be part of a very good and known lab
Big news then, and quite a few changes.

Cork is hopefully more a long-term destination for us than what Hertfordshire has been, so feel invited to visit at all times.
I think of You all the time.