Europe against GMO crops! Please, sign the Avaaz petition!
I already did. It's us who decide, not Monsanto!!!

I didn't post this when it came out, because it would ruin the Xmas message, but unfortunately that was part of the Christmas too. I'm not going to get political, because its useless.
I just hope that could serve us as reminder that human beings can be infinitely good, but infinitely evil also. Maybe one day, we would never have to read sad Christmas stories, but for now, I'm very upset one rose had to go in such ugly way. Miss Bhutto was my hope for peace and compassion in the Middle East, for female energy in that male society, but unfortunately that hope was killed. They claim it was Al Khaida. It doesn't matter. She's dead. I hope this death will lead to life eventually and that people will finally understand death might not be the worst option, but for certain it's the dullest one. Funny thing, martyrs always gave stronger kicks to history than those who die naturally.
Rest in Peace, Benazir Bhutto! And I hope your son is a good person and will be a good leader.

Benazir Bhutto assassination
Benazir Bhutto assassination

By SADAQAT JAN and ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writers Thu Dec 27, 5:17 PM ET

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated Thursday by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up. Her death stoked new chaos across the nuclear-armed nation, an important U.S. ally in the war on terrorism.

At least 20 others were killed in the attack on the rally for Jan. 8 parliamentary elections where the 54-year-old former prime minister had just spoken.

At least nine people were killed across the country in rioting that broke out in the aftermath of the assassination. In the southern port city of Karachi, where she was born, angry Bhutto supporters shot at police and burned a gas station.

At the hospital where Bhutto died, some supporters smashed glass and wailed, chanting slogans against President Pervez Musharraf, whom they blamed for not ensuring her safety. Musharraf blamed Islamic extremists for her death and said he would redouble his efforts to fight them.

"This is the work of those terrorists with whom we are engaged in war," he said in a nationally televised speech. "I have been saying that the nation faces the greatest threats from these terrorists. ... We will not rest until we eliminate these terrorists and root them out."

In the U.S., a tense looking President Bush strongly condemned the attack "by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan's democracy." White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said Bush spoke briefly by phone with Musharraf.

Musharraf convened an emergency meeting with his senior staff, where they were expected to discuss whether to postpone the elections, an official at the Interior Ministry said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

The government announced three days of mourning for Bhutto, including the closing of schools, commercial centers and banks.

Nawaz Sharif, another former prime minister and leader of a rival opposition party, demanded Musharraf resign immediately and announced his party would boycott the upcoming election.

The attacker struck just minutes after Bhutto addressed thousands of supporters in the Rawalpindi, a city 8 miles south of Islamabad where the army is headquartered. She was shot in the neck and chest by the attacker, who then blew himself up, said Rehman Malik, Bhutto's security adviser.

Sardar Qamar Hayyat, a leader from Bhutto's party, said at the time of the attack he was standing about 10 yards away from her vehicle — a white, bulletproof SUV with a sunroof.

"She was inside the vehicle and was coming out from the gate after addressing the rally when some of the youths started chanting slogans in her favor. Then I saw a smiling Bhutto emerging from the vehicle's roof and responding to their slogans," he said.

"Then I saw a thin, young man jumping toward her vehicle from the back and opening fire. Moments later, I saw her speeding vehicle going away," he added.

Mangled bodies lay in a pool of blood and pieces of clothing and shoes were scattered on the road. The clothing of some victims was shredded and people covered their bodies with party flags.

Bhutto was rushed to the hospital and taken into emergency surgery. She died about an hour after the attack.

Hours later, her body was carried out of the hospital in a plain wooden coffin by a crowd of supporters. Her body was expected to be transferred to an air base and brought to her hometown of Larkana.

A doctor on the team that treated her said she had a bullet in the back of the neck that damaged her spinal cord before exiting from the side of her head. Another bullet pierced the back of her shoulder and came out through her chest.

She was given open heart massage, but the main cause of death was damage to her spinal cord, he said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

"At 6:16 p.m., she expired," said Wasif Ali Khan, a member of Bhutto's party who was at Rawalpindi General Hospital.

"The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred," Bhutto's lawyer Babar Awan said.

Bhutto's supporters at the hospital exploded in anger, smashing the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit. Others burst into tears. One man with a flag of Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party tied around his head was beating his chest.

"I saw her with my own eyes sitting in a vehicle after addressing the rally. Then, I heard an explosion," Tahir Mahmood, 55, said sobbing. "I am in shock. I cannot believe that she is dead."

Many chanted slogans against Musharraf, accusing him of complicity in her killing.

"We repeatedly informed the government to provide her proper security and appropriate equipment including jammers, but they paid no heed to our requests," said Malik, the security adviser.

As news of her death spread, angry supporters took to the streets.

In Karachi, shop owners quickly closed their businesses as protesters set tires on fire on the roads, torched several vehicles and burned a gas station, said Fayyaz Leghri, a local police official. Gunmen shot and wounded two police officers, he said.

One man was killed in a shootout between police and protesters in Tando Allahyar, a town 120 miles north of Karachi, said Mayor Kanwar Naveed. In the town of Tando Jam, protesters forced passengers to get out of a train and then set it on fire.

Two people were killed in the southern Sindh province and two others in Lahore, police said.

Violence also broke out in Lahore, Multan, Peshawar and many other parts of Pakistan, where Bhutto's supporters burned banks, state-run grocery stores and private shops. Some set fire to election offices for the ruling party, according to Pakistani media.

Akhtar Zamin, home minister for the southern Sindh province, said authorities would deploy troops to stop violence if needed.

Musharraf urged calm.

"I want to appeal to the nation to remain peaceful and exercise restraint," he said.

Rep. Patrick Kennedy, a Democrat from Rhode Island, was in Pakistan and on his way to have dinner with Bhutto Thursday night when he learned of her killing.

"You could really feel the tragedy of this loss because Bhutto really represented hope here for so many people," he said, adding that turmoil was engulfing much of the country.

"Her death really dashed the hope of many here in Pakistan and that's why there's so much disillusionment and anger being vented through these protests that are lighting up the sky tonight as people set fires all over the countryside," Kennedy told the AP in a telephone interview.

Sharif arrived at the hospital and sat silently next to Bhutto's body.

"Benazir Bhutto was also my sister, and I will be with you to take the revenge for her death," he said. "Don't feel alone. I am with you. We will take the revenge on the rulers."

He rebutted suggestions that he could gain political capital from her demise, announcing his Muslim League-N party would boycott the elections and demanding that Musharraf resign.

"The holding of fair and free elections is not possible in the presence of Pervez Musharraf," he said. "Musharraf is the cause of all the problems. The federation of Pakistan cannot remain intact in the presence of President Musharraf," he told a news conference.

"After the killing of Benazir Bhutto, I announce that the Pakistan Muslim League-N will boycott the elections," Sharif said. "I demand that Musharraf should quit immediately."

Hours earlier, four people were killed at a rally for Sharif when his supporters clashed with backers of Musharraf near Rawalpindi.

Bhutto's death will leave a void at the top of her party, the largest political group in the country, as it heads into the elections.

Pakistan is considered a vital U.S. ally in the fight against al-Qaida and other Islamic extremists including the Taliban. Osama bin Laden and his inner circle are believed to be hiding in lawless northwest Pakistan along the border with Afghanistan.

The U.S. has invested significant diplomatic capital in promoting reconciliation between Musharraf and the opposition, particularly Bhutto, who was seen as having a wide base of support in Pakistan. Her party had been widely expected to do well in next month's elections.

Had the PPP either won a majority of seats or enough to put together a majority coalition, Bhutto could have recaptured the job of prime minister.

Bush, speaking briefly to reporters at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, demanded that those responsible for the killing be brought to justice.

"The United States strongly condemns this cowardly act by murderous extremists who are trying to undermine Pakistan's democracy," said Bush, who looked tense and took no questions.

The assassination and concerns of further international instability were cited as one reason for a fall in U.S. stock prices and a rise in oil prices Thursday. In afternoon trade, the Dow Jones Industrial Average of blue chip stocks was down more than 140 points or more than 1 percent.

The U.N. Security Council also condemned the assassination.

Pakistan was just emerging from another crisis after Musharraf declared a state of emergency on Nov. 3, and used sweeping powers to round up thousands of his opponents and fire Supreme Court justices. He ended emergency rule Dec. 15 and subsequently relinquished his role as army chief, a key opposition demand. Bhutto had been an outspoken critic of Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule.

Educated at Harvard and Oxford universities, Bhutto served twice as Pakistan's prime minister between 1988 and 1996.

Her father was Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, scion of a wealthy landowning family in southern Pakistan and founder of the populist Pakistan People's Party. The elder Bhutto was president and then prime minister of Pakistan before his ouster in a 1977 military coup. Two years later, he was executed by the government of Gen. Zia-ul Haq after being convicted of engineering the murder of a political opponent.

Bhutto had returned to Pakistan from an eight-year exile on Oct. 18. On the same day, she narrowly escaped injury when her homecoming parade in Karachi was targeted in a suicide attack that killed more than 140 people.

Islamic militants linked to al-Qaida and the Taliban hated Bhutto for her close ties to the Americans and support for the war on terrorism. A local Taliban leader reportedly threatened to greet Bhutto's return to the country with suicide bombings.

Hundreds of riot police had manned security checkpoints around the rally venue Thursday, Bhutto's first public meeting in Rawalpindi since she came back to the country.

In recent weeks, suicide bombers have repeatedly targeted security forces in Rawalpindi.

In November, Bhutto had also planned a rally in the city, but Musharraf forced her to cancel it, citing security fears.


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Surviving girl evacuated in Panama crash

Wed Dec 26, 6:55 PM ET

The sole survivor of a plane crash was reunited with her family Wednesday after rescue workers trekked for five hours to carry the 12-year-old American girl out of a remote mountain area, then airlifted her to a hospital.

Francesca Lewis, wearing a neck brace and with one arm bandaged, met with her parents at a hospital in the town of David, capital of Chiriqui province.

Michael Klein, a prominent California businessman, and his 13-year-old daughter Talia — a friend of Francesca — were killed in Sunday's crash near the jungle-flanked slopes of the Baru volcano, 270 miles west of the capital, Panama City. The Panamanian pilot Edwin Lasso, 23, was also killed.

Francesca was in stable condition at a private hospital with hypothermia, contusions and muscle injuries, and does not remember much about the crash, said Samuel Catta, the doctor treating her.

"She lost consciousness, and she only remembers (the plane) falling into a cloud, and then she saw trees," said Catta, who is treating the girl.

Catta said the girl will probably remain hospitalized for at least a week.

A preliminary investigation showed the Cessna 172 struck a tree and split in two, said National Civil Protection Director Roberto Velasquez.

"It is miraculous that the girl could survive that impact," he said.

Rescuers spent two days combing the mountainous area before finding Francesca and the bodies of the three others Tuesday. But cold, wet weather prevented her immediate evacuation, and she was initially treated in a makeshift shelter.

Michael Klein, 37, was the chief executive officer of Pacificor LLC, a Santa Barbara-based company that manages several hedge funds. He founded two companies in the 1990s before becoming president and CEO of eGroups Inc., which was the world's largest group e-mail communication service. Yahoo Inc. purchased eGroups for $450 million in August 2000 and it is now known as Yahoo Groups.

Michael Klein was on vacation with the two girls at an eco-resort he owns in the Central American nation, according to Kim Klein, his ex-wife and Talia's mother. The three had been scheduled to return to Santa Barbara on Monday, she told the AP from Boquete, Panama, an area close to David, on Tuesday.


Have you ever...

Have you ever been on crossroad that you wouldn't like to cross?
Have you ever seen a face that you would like to keep forever
And this very face, to look at you and say the words in frost
That melts away your mind and turns it into freezing tears

But those tears, they were never meant to heal or help
They wouldn't wash away the pain and leave you sober
Those tears, they always come and go in vain
A feast of your self-pity and annoying self-ignorance.

They say the love should be plain and easy
That the truth is better, because it's simpler
But no love could last in fights and egoism
No truth could live in the land of unforgiving.

Have you ever felt so helpless when there is so much to do
When you know what and how, but the why is flowing
Have you ever loved and couldn't move because it hurts
It hurts to know, where this love is going.

And the hope, the hope is always there
Alive, fresh and always tempting
And the hope is even worst ally than fear
Because of hope you'd never stop denying.

Everything for you. Everything but you. Simply nonsense.
And in the middle of that nonsense is me wanting you, loving you, hurting me not to hurt YOU.
Love. Am I fighting for you or fighting against you? Eh.

The biggest enemy of love

What's the biggest enemy of love? Death you might say. Or betrayal. Or the lack of communication...Yeah, you might be right. But...
I was thinking-is it all? Is it enough to love someone, to be faithful and understanding, to ensure your future together...I don't think so.

I think the biggest enemy of love is FEAR. The fear you might loose him for one or another reason. The fear that he's not the last person you'll ever love. Or that he is and he's not going to be there for you, because you won't last. The fear that every word is a sword that stab your or his heart. The horror that every day may be the last-and tomorrow, all this great love will be gone.

Let's face it, jealousy is not a virtue, we're not jealous because we have to show our love. We're jealous, because we want to possess, we want to carve into stone our future with that very person and chain ourselves to that stone. Because we're never ready to admit to ourselves this amazing, fulfilling, omnipotent love can fade away or crash or just disappear. We're not ready to admit there is tomorrow and that we can't control it.

And jealousy is not only about another person. It's ever-present. After the falling in love abates, we face our greatest enemy -the FEAR, the lack of trust, the "what if". Every word, every gesture or stare is being analysed for a sign of betrayal. Not necessarily physical as in affair with sexy blond waitress. No. More like a sign that the love is gone. A sign that the dream we're living in is not going to last forever. A sign for the bad time that always follows the good time.

Exactly that fear is what destroys relationships, I think. I remember every fight or accusation that it's not enough, that it's different, that it wouldn't be like this if he loved me. And today I finally realised- who the fuck am I to say if he loves me? I mean is there a way he could prove it to me if I refuse to accept it? Let's face it- we can't read minds, we unite rarely-when we're in love or when we're making love. But in the rest of the time-what he's thinking, what am I thinking, who knows. And who cares. Because what matters are our actions. The being there. The not being there. The care, the sympathy. All the little things he does and I don't see waiting for the big ones.

All I want to say is I'm not going to live in that fear anymore. He might not be the last person I'll love. It's very real possibility. But as long as he is the man I love, I'd like to live that time in peace and joy, not in fear and annoying accusations.

Yes, he's not giving me everything. Maybe tomorrow I'll find someone who'll give me what I need. Maybe he'll be the one, or maybe he'll be just an affair. Maybe he'll forgive me, maybe not. But I believe in Destiny. The fact I met him on the first place, means Destiny exists. It gives us what we need. So if we're bound to separate and find another someones, as depressing as it is, it can't be for worst. And in any case, I can't judge that in advance. I don't know who's waiting me out there. Nor him. I don't know if we'll end up having 3 kids and a house or we'll end up in tears and shame. But I can't allow this unknown to make my life a hell anymore. Nor his. I know understand how hard it must be to be always scrutinized for a sign of destruction. And always accused it's not enough.

I'll try to live my life the way I want it and see where it'll take me. I still don't know what that means but...if he can't give me enough, I simply have to find it somewhere else.
But I can't continue to torture him for what he's not. He is what he is and I love very big part of it.
That fear-it's wrong. It's done so much damage. I can't even remember when it first appeared. When I decided he has to prove something to me. He doesn't have to. He really doesn't have to. We are what we are and that's it. Why should I be scared of tomorrow if I'm the one who'll choose it? If I'm the one who'll enjoy it or hate it or whatever? It's really stupid. Tomorrow is tomorrow, now is now. And even the worst might be for the best.

I still don't know if I have to make a decision, if I have to let it go or fight for it...What I know is that people are the way they are and we rarely can change them. Of course, I don't know when it's time to let go and when we have to wait, but I guess the moment will speak for itself. But at least, I'll try my best to stop that- "you must love me or leave me, but you can't leave me, because I love you" thing.

Love must be free, forcing it is just killing it.

And I really should let go of the fear. Even if we were married and had the 3 kids, he still could leave me in any moment for any reason. So what's the point. I love him, all I want is to be with him. I'll do that for as long as possible or sensible. And after that, well, I'm sure a new love will come.

Yes. I believe in tomorrow. I believe in Destiny. Then fear has no place in my heart. Only love and appreciation of the gift I have. Cuz even if temporary, it's more than enough. A diamond guy is a rare specie, even if only for a while, the shining will stay for ever.

Today is the Day of the fight against AIDS/HIV so I found this interesting article in AuroAktiv.
I'm not sure at what point it will start actually, but that initiative makes me optimistic about the outcome of the war against misery.

It's a shame that such a big part of humanity has no access to basic goods. I have said it on many occasions, on many places, but for me the level of one civilization is measured by the life of its poorest members, as well as its achievement- by the life of the richest. And we can see we're in bad condition on both scales. Meaning, rich people live in waste, but not real luxuries are being used/at least not to my attention in the moment/-luxuries from the highest end of technology in every part of the life-stuff that makes everybody say wow. Ultra-expensive stuff that will make the science and the technology to grow and to think of even cooler ways to make the life more exiting. Like flying cars, ultra-modern jets, houses with computer interface and whatever else you can find in sci-fi novels.
Rich people,instead, invest in estates, human labor and expensive but not totally different toys.

And poor people live on the verge of existence. No food, no medicine, no shelter, no education. Nothing. I know my American friends might argue that this is not to be given, but is to be earned, but I totally disagree. If we want to fight the misery, the terrorism, the irrationality in the world, we ought to help the poorest to rise from the mud and see why living in a safe world is worthy.
Because agree with me-if you live in a cage, you don't exactly care you're gonna ruin the life of the civilized people. While if you live in a decent house, have children and life to enjoy, you're much more careful about what to do and whom you do it. And that goes not only for Afghanistan, but for any self-respective country. The higher the quality of the life of the poorest- the lower level of crimes and of general misery. So, let's have a moment and consider what could we do to improve the life of the lowest parts of our society. How to help them see why our life should be respected. How to show them that working for themselves doesn't unnecessarily mean working against us.

I think only this way we can say our civilization is going in the right direction. All other directions can bring only misery.
And, of course, education, medicine and food are the best things we can provide. I hope the EU would be successful with its idea.

EU Parliament clears access to cheap medicines for poor nations

Published: Thursday 25 October 2007
After tough negotiations with the Commission and member states, the European Parliament has finally endorsed an international agreement on improving access to medicines for developing countries. To come into force, the protocol must be ratified by at least two thirds of
the countries.
After the vote had already been postponed three times by Parliament's trade committee, the EP finally gave its assent to a protocol amending a World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) on 24 October 2007.
The protocol aims to facilitate developing countries' access to medicines, by enabling countries "with insufficient or no manufacturing capacity in the pharmaceutical sector" to address public health emergencies, such as AIDS or malaria, by importing cheap generic versions of patented drugs. source:EuroAktiv

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