Monday, 28 January 2008

A Place in the Auvergne, Monday, 28th January, 2008


A specialist in Czech smallness and a historian of culture, he summed up Ztohoven's larger meaning in a neigbhorhood bar. "When people are making fun of something, they are making themselves free of it," he said. "That's the condition of the small nation. It's a defense for everyone in the globalized world."
"I think the goal of Czech mystification is to show us that we live in a world continually mystifying to us - the politicians, the advertisers."

"This can function a little bit like a drug," said Jean-Claude Marin, the Paris prosecutorm at a news conference in central Paris on Monday. "There is a dependency on this complicated game of betting on the markets, and there is a sort of spiral in to which it's difficult to exit."

In a detailed, hour-long briefing Marin portrayed Kerviel as an earnest, if somewhat naive "boy" who had told the police that he concealed his trades because he wanted to enhance his reputation as a trader and to earn a bonuses...

"We will not sign an agreement until there is full cooperation" from Belgrade with the UN war crimes tribunal, said the Deputy Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans of the Netherlands. The Netherlands resisted appeals from virtually every other EU government to sign the accord, known as the Stabilization and Association Agreement.


A Turkish court on Monday sentenced a college professor to 15 months in prison for insulting the memory of Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, but immediately suspended the sentence, saying it would be applied only if he committed another offence...

"I understand the position of the judge: He wanted to save himself," Yayla said. "He didn't have the courage to free me."

A court sentenced six French charity workers to eight years in prison in France on Monday after they were convicted in Chad of trying to kidnap 103 orphans from Dafur.


Canada will extend it's military mission in Afghanistan only if another NATO country puts more soldiers in the dangerous south, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday, echoing the recommendation of an independent panel to withdraw without additional forces.


The trouble in Kismu began at 8.00 a.m. Monday when young men from the Luo ethnic group set fire to a bus believed to be owned by the Kikuyus, a rival ethnic group. Witnesses said the passengers had escaped and the Luos had been exacting revenge for what happened the day before when a mob of Kikuyus trapped 19 Luo people inside a house and burned them to death.

"I had a certain fear of exposing myself too much in my work for a long time," he [Patrick Stewart] said. "A lot of what performing to me had been was elaborate, and at times quite clever, concealment. Someone once said of acting that it is 'telling beautiful lies,' and well, it became just no longer satisfactory to work that way."


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