Archive for April, 2013

April 8, 2013

NATO Air-strike kills 11 more children in Afghanistan

  The children were killed during a joint Afghan-NATO operation in the Shigal district of restive Kunar province bordering Pakistan late on Saturday, the latest case of civilian casualties which provoke great anger in the war-torn country.

The lifeless bodies of Afghan children lay on the ground

   Civilian casualties caused by NATO forces have been one of the most contentious issues in the 11-year campaign against Taliban insurgents, provoking harsh criticism from Afghan President Hamid Karzai and angry public protests. On Thursday a NATO air strike killed four Afghan policemen and two civilians during a pre-dawn clash with Taliban at a police post in eastern Ghazni province. After an air strike killed 10 civilians, mostly women and children, in February, Karzai banned Afghan security forces from calling in NATO air strikes.

April 6, 2013

11 milion people living in poverty…the 3rd world? No, this is Spain

   Crisis, unemployment, poverty and inequality. The proportion of Spaniards living below the poverty line — defined as making do on less than 60 per cent of average national income — rose to 26.7 per cent this year from 19.7 per cent in 2007, before the start of the economic downturn, according to the National Statistic Institute.   poverty in spain

   According to the latest statistics of Eurostat, social inequality as measured by the Gini coefficient (where 0 expresses perfect equality and 100 expresses maximal inequality), showed that Spain went from 31.3 in 2008 to 34 in 2011. The EU average is 30. Only 16 countries have issued their statistics for the Gini index for 2011. Of these Spain has one of the highest levels of inequality, only outstripped by Latvia with 35.2. Another measure revealing the growing inequality was shown by the ratio that measures the total income of the richest 20 percent to that received by the poorest 20 percent. The higher the ratio, the greater the inequality. Spain has risen from 5.5 in 2006 to 7.5 in 2011—the highest level in the EU, which has an average of 5.7. In this measurement, Spain outstrips Latvia, which was at 7.3 in 2011.

a whole family sleepin in the street:the bank took their house

   The number of households in which all members are unemployed soared to 1,925,200 in the third quarter of this year from just 379,300 during the same quarter of 2007. To survive, the swelling ranks of the poor are turning to charities for food, clothes and help paying utility bills. The Spanish branch of the international Catholic charity Caritas provided aid to 950,001 people last year, more than double the roughly 400,000 who received aid in 2007 before the economy tanked. Thirty per cent knocked on Caritas’ door last year for the first time in their lives.

April 5, 2013

We are not the enemy – victims of financial terror in Spain who lost their houses

A terrible video from people  affected by mortgages laws in Spain (the same laws the European Union has condemned as illegal practices by Spanish banks against people)

April 5, 2013

Baroness Carmen Cervera uses island haven in South Pacific to manage her art collection

Documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists show how Thyssen-Bornemisza built up part of her collection buying art from international auction houses such as Sotheby’s and Christie’s through a Cook Islands company. The offshore service provider now called Portcullis TrustNet helped with the arrangements under a secretive structure that connected people in as many as six different countries, just to evade paying taxes.

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April 4, 2013

Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma (King Juan Carlos’s youngest daughter) accused in corruption inquiry

  It is reported to be the first court summons for a direct descendant of the Spanish king. Investigating Judge Jose Castro said Wednesday that fresh evidence suggested that she was aware that her husband used her name and status in dealings from which they both benefitted. She was a member of the board of the Noos Institute between 2004-2006, through which Duke of Palma won public contracts to stage sporting and tourism events. She also co-owned one of the private companies which her husband allegedly used to divert funds. Until now, the princess had avoided being dragged formally into the case, although accusations had been mounting up against her.

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  Support for the monarchy reached a historic low of 54 percent, according to a poll in February in the aftermath of the Urdangarin scandal and following the king’s ill-fated Botswana safari to hunt elephants last April.