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Taliban Opening Qatar Office, and Maybe Door to Talks

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 4, 2012

Tayeb Agha, seated at center, a former secretary to the Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar, speaking to reporters in 2001 in Spinbaldak, Afghanistan. American and German negotiators began intermittent talks with Mr. Agha early last year.

By MATTHEW ROSENBERG

KABUL, Afghanistan — Giving a first major public sign that they may be ready for formal talks with the American-led coalition in Afghanistan, the Taliban announced Tuesday that they had struck a deal to open a political office in Qatar that could allow for direct negotiations over the endgame in the Afghan war.

The step was a reversal of the Taliban’s longstanding public denials that they were involved in, or even willing to consider, talks related to their insurgency, and it had the potential to revive a reconciliation effort that stalled in September, with the assassination of the head of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council.

It was unclear, however, whether the Taliban were interested in working toward a comprehensive peace settlement or mainly in ensuring that NATO ends its operations in Afghanistan as scheduled in 2014, which would remove a major obstacle to the Taliban’s return to power in all or part of the country.

In a statement, Zabiullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, said that along with a preliminary deal to set up the office in Qatar, the group was asking that Taliban detainees held at the American prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, be released. Mr. Mujahid did not say when the Qatar office would be opened, or give specifics about the prisoners the Taliban wanted freed. Read the rest of this entry »

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‘German Fritzl’ Adolf Bergbauer Who Had Sex With Daughter 500 Times Is Cleared Of Rape

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 21, 2011

A 69-year-old German man who had sex with his daughter more than 500 times and fathered three children with her has been cleared of rape.

 

Adolf Bergbauer was sentenced to just two years and eight months in prison for incest, after a judge threw out the rape charge.

 

Bergbaeur alleged his daughter, whom he began having sex with at the age of 12, always propositioned him, news.com.au reported.

 

He could not be charged with statutory rape because it occurred more than 20 years ago.

 

His daughter, now aged 46, vehemently denied the claims and told a Nuremberg court he had regularly beaten her and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.

 

Media outlets have nicknamed Bergbaeur the “German Frizl”, in reference to the Austrian rapist Josef Frizl, who kept his daughter Elisabeth locked in an underground dungeon for 24 years and fathered six children with her.

 

Two of the three sons Bergbaeur’s daughter bore her father died, while the third survives.

 

The case only came to light after the woman was convicted of blackmailing the wife of a doctor she blamed for the disability of one of her sons, the Daily Mail reported.

 

Prosecutors had demanded a 14-year sentence for the ordeal he inflicted on his daughter but the court ruled it was impossible to prove the relationship was not consensual and highlighted inconsistencies in her testimony.

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Does Germany Owe Greece $95 Billion from WW II?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 20, 2011

By Sven Felix Kellerhoff / Die Welt / Worldcrunch

Die Welt

Nazi officers at the Acropolis of Athens in May 1941, one month after their troops seized the Greek capital Getty Images

BERLIN — In the current debate about the possible bankruptcy of the Greek state, one largely dormant argument has recently resurfaced with increasing frequency: the widespread damage inflicted by the Nazi regime during World War II means that Germany still owes Greece major outstanding wartime reparations.

While the claims for payment of damages are based on very real facts, one could likewise argue that over the course of 60 years or so, those claims have already been satisfied under international law.(See photos of protesters in Athens.)

What is at stake? Without having been provoked, the Wehrmacht — the Third Reich’s armed forces — took over both Greece and Yugoslavia on April 6, 1941. In both countries, German soldiers set up a brutal occupation regime. As was usually the case in European nations invaded by the Germans, the high cost of the occupation was borne by the occupied country — and the Greek economy was plundered through forced exports.

This resulted in galloping inflation and a radically lower standard of living for Greeks. Additionally, the Third Reich forced the Greek National Bank to lend Hitler’s Germany 476 million reichsmarks interest-free.

After Germany’s surrender, the Allied powers organized the Paris Conference on Reparations in the fall of 1945. Greece laid claim to $10 billion, or half the total amount of $20 billion the Soviets suggested that Germany pay.

The suffering caused to Greece by the Nazis is undeniable. Yet at the same time, human suffering cannot really be measured. Independent historians unanimously agree that the total economically measurable damages suffered by Greece as a result of the German occupation, in both absolute numbers as well as proportionate to the population, put Greece in fourth place after Poland, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia.(Read about whether the Greek bailout is falling apart.)

At the Paris Conference on Reparations, Greece was finally accorded 4.5% in material German reparation and 2.7% in other forms of reparations. Practically, this meant that Greece received mainly material goods — like machines made in West Germany — worth approximately $25 million, which in today’s money amounts to as much as $2.7 billion.

However, the stipulations made at the Paris conference were all but irrelevant given that the U.S. opposed heavy economic penalties. U.S. leaders recalled what happened after World War I, when Germany’s first democracy, the Weimar Republic, was massively weakened economically by having to pay off reparations. Indeed, one of the consequences of this policy was the rise of Hitler. Read the rest of this entry »

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The place where Buddha attained face

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 7, 2011

As you know, every big mountain, being literally the navel of the Earth, eventually accumulates a lot of myths and legends, and becomes the axis of the foundation and the fantastic, yet very real stories. The perturbation vertical space bizarre twists of fate and age. For myths and legends of the local population is responsible, the heroes byley – different kinds of adventurers, mountaineers and other violent “surfers”.

It would be interesting to make something like a historical chronicle, for example, for each eight-, but it does take a lot for them to wander:) On Everest, I’ve tried to write , now part of Nanga Parbat, the more that this mountain will give good odds that the same Everest , and Kashmir – the place is not easy.

1. Nanga Parbat. Painting by Nicholas Roerich

Brief introduction: Nanga Parbat – the first ever eight-to which people have tried to ascend, the first-ever eight-, conquered by man alone. Prior to Everest climbing became popular in the environment, Nanga Parbat kept the championship in the number of dead climbers.

This mountain has witnessed the birth and development of Buddhism in the region, not far from it came the first image of the Buddha. Her foot was held Alexander of Macedon, the Muslim conquerors (ie, Tamerlane and his descendant Babur founded the Mughal dynasty), Sikh invaders. Nanga Parbat knows first hand what a big game of British and Russian empires. Roerich painted the mountain. In the end, this mountain long before the whole of Europe saw the swastika neinduistskuyu – at the top in the early 1930s, tried to climb the Nazis.

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Once part of Afghanistan, part of the Pamirs, the whole of northern Pakistani-administered Kashmir and Ladakh were Buddhist. About Ladakh is known to many, but here’s what Baltistan (Gilgit Baltistan, now known as the northern part of Kashmir) had a different name – Tibet-i-Khurd, little is known. Translates it as a Small Tibet, the vast majority of people here and now speaks the language of the Baltic States – one of the western dialect of Tibetan language, but it is Muslim.

A little farther west, in the valleys of Dir and Swat in the XX century, excavated six years of Buddhist temples and villages of the world’s greatest Tibetologist Giuseppe Tucci (incidentally, the teacher Michelle Pesselya, which show the way to go in Pesselya forbidden kingdom Mustang). Tucci found in Swat as many Buddhist antiquities, that the excavation could not stop until now.

However, once from 2007 to 2009 he held down the valley of the Taliban, a Buddhist heritage was dealt a severe blow. The Taliban began destroying bodrenko “idols”, as in his time destroyed Bamiyan Buddhas in Afghanistan. This is despite the fact that none of the Muslim invaders of the early period up to Tamerlane’s finger to these monuments were not touched. Yes, and “idols” are in fact older than Islam in a couple of hundred years.

In 326 BC through the Khyber Pass connecting Afghanistan with Pakistan today, in the kingdom of Gandhara Alexander of Macedon invaded. He went with his army across Kashmir, crossed the Indus and Jhelum and even went to the Ganges.

2. Jhelum River (also known as Gidaspov). Here Macedonian army defeated the Indians along the river lay our way to Nanga Parbat

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GOOD THINGS TO KNOW

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 12, 2011

[1] If you are right handed, you will tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth. If you are left handed, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.

[2] To make half a kilo of honey, bees must collect nectar from over 2 million individual flowers

[3] Heroin is the brand name of morphine once marketed by ‘Bayer’.

[4] Communications giant Nokia was founded in 1865 as a wood-pulp mill by Fredrik Idestam.

[5] Tourists visiting Iceland should know that tipping at a restaurant is considered an insult! In America tipping is forced upon customer at 15 to 18%.

[6] People in nudist colonies play volleyball more than any other sport.

[7] Albert Einstein was offered the presidency of Israel in 1952, but he declined.

[8] Astronauts can’t belch – there is no gravity to separate liquid from gas in their stomachs. 

[9] Ancient Roman, Chinese and German societies often used urine as mouthwash. 

[10] The average person who stops smoking requires one hour less sleep a night. 

[11] The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows. In the Renaissance era, it was fashion to shave them off! 

[12] Because of the speed at which Earth moves around the Sun, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.  Read the rest of this entry »

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