Buddhismus ist keine Religion des Friedens

July 31, 2007

Im politischen Teil der Tageszeitung Die Welt prangern die Kulturwissenschaftler Victor und Victoria Trimondi zu Recht die westliche Idolatrie um den medienwirksamen Dalai Lama an:

“Es ist unglaublich, fast unheimlich, mit welcher Ignoranz die treuherzigen Deutschen den Dalai Lama, diesen gelb-roten “Gott zum Anfassen” (Der Spiegel), der erst im 20. Jahrhundert aus dem finstersten Mittelalter seines Landes entsprungen ist und der sich mit erstaunlichem Geschick westliche Begriffe des Liberalismus, Humanismus und der Psychologie angeeignet hat, als “Jesus der Neuzeit” anbeten.

Die vielfachen irrationalen, berauschenden, grausamen, düsteren und apokalyptischen Aspekte des Lamaismus sind in der großen Öffentlichkeit wenig bekannt. Sie werden vom Dalai Lama und seinen Anhängern verschwiegen.”

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Disparition de Michelangelo Antonioni, le cinéaste de l’incommunicabilité

July 31, 2007


Maître de l’incommunicabilité, du mal de vivre, Michelangelo Antonioni s’est éteint à son domicile de Rome à l’âge de 94 ans, au terme de soixante ans de carrière.

Le metteur en scène italien avait connu la consécration internationale : Lion d’or à La Mostra de Venise en 1964 pour « Désert rouge », Palme d’or au Festival de Cannes en 1967 pour « Blow up », Prix spécial du jury à Cannes pour « Identification d’une femme » en 1982, Oscar du cinéma à Hollywood pour l’ensemble de sa carrière en 1995 et Lion d’or pour la carrière à Venise en 1997.

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U.S. plan to counter Iranian influence in the Middle East

July 31, 2007

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice unveiled a series of military-funding proposals intended to counter growing Iranian influence in the Middle East by bolstering Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia over the next ten years deals include a ten-year, $30 billion arms-assistance plan for Israel, and a similar $13 billion plan for Egypt.

The plan may face an uphill battle in Washington, however, with congressional lawmakers expressing skepticism that the deals will effectively stymie Iran’s drive to secure nuclear weapons, and also questioning whether injecting more arms into the Middle East might create a tinderbox scenario.

Speaking ahead of meetings with Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak, Condoleeza Rice said also Iran poses the biggest threat to U.S. interests in the Middle East.

The proposals come as both Condoleeza Rice and U.S. Defense Secretary of Defense Robert Gates are touring the Middle East in an effort to apply additional pressure on Iraq‘s neighbors for help securing the war-torn nation.

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Nigeria Army Purge

July 31, 2007

Nigeria‘s President Umaru Yar’Adua ordered the removal of forty top generals in the Nigerian military, including the commanders of each of the five divisions of the country’s armed forces. Many analysts say Yar’Adua, who came to power through a disputed election, may fear a coup, though military officials deny that any such fears were linked to the dismissals.

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United States presidential election, 2008: Obama on Iraq withdrawal

July 31, 2007

Barack Obama said in CNN his first act as president would be to ask his Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS-US Army) to put together a plan to “begin withdrawing” from Iraq.

He added that the withdrawal would in all likelihood be “messy” and that “people who say we’ll just pull them out are irresponsible.”

Obama will present his plan to combat terrorism in a speech tomorrow in Washington.

Nicolas Sarkozy holds the stage. But for how long?

July 31, 2007

The Economist examines the brazen first few months of Nicolas Sarkozy‘s presidency, questioning how long the Frenchman will be able to keep up his sparkly image in the face of several lingering problems.

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Gordon Brown: “more bulldog than poodle”

July 31, 2007

The Financial Times reports Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he will delay a decision on whether to withdraw British troops from Iraq until after U.S. General David Petraeus releases his September report examining the effectiveness of the U.S.-led troop surge. Despite this concession, the article (read here) says the first meeting between Brown and U.S. President George W. Bush, held yesterday at Camp David, was marked by tensions.

Dana T. Milbank comments in The Washington Post that Gordon Brown seems “more bulldog than poodle.”

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