Roberto Abraham Scaruffi: February 2011

Monday, 28 February 2011


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9/10/2009 (12:15) - IL CASO
"Gheddafi ha origini ebraiche"
Muammar Gheddafi, Primo Ministro della Libia
Una tv israeliana: il leader libico
sarebbe figlio di una donna ebrea
TEL AVIV
Il presidente libico Muammar Gheddafi, uno dei più tenaci avversari di Israele, potrebbe essere di origine ebraica. L’ipotesi - finora non supportata da documenti ufficiali - è stata avanzata dalla televisione commerciale israeliana Canale 2, sulla base dei ricordi di una anziana donna di origine libica.

Secondo la 77enne Rachel Tammam, Gheddafi sarebbe figlio di sua zia, Razale Tammam: una ebrea di Bengasi che a 18 anni aveva sposato un musulmano scontrandosi contro la volontà del padre (il commerciante Tammam Tammam) e di fatto tagliando i ponti con i tre fratelli e col resto della famiglia. «Ricordo ancora che Razale abitava a Bengasi nella via Generale Briccola» ha aggiunto Rachel Tammam.

Un’altra anziana ebrea di origine libica, Gita Buaron, ha aggiunto che anche dopo il matrimonio Razale «continuò a digiunare il giorno di Kippur». L’emittente ha aggiunto che voci su una presunta «discendenza ebraica» di Gheddafi sono state diffuse anche in passato, ma mai dimostrate in maniera convincente. La settimana scorsa un giornale britannico ha scritto che anche il presidente dell’Iran Mahmud Ahmadinejad sarebbe di discendenza ebraica. Ma la notizia non ha trovato conferma nè in Iran, nè fra gli ebrei di origine iraniana immigrati in Israele.

Paranoias


Video: Clinton implores world to unite against Gaddafi

Video: Clinton implores world to unite against Gaddafi
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is imploring the world to hold Moammar Gaddafi's regime to account for gross atrocities that include reports of executing soldiers for refusing to turn their guns on their fellow citizens.

RFE/RL Headlines
 
RFE/RL Headlines
2/28/2011 6:53:26 PM
A daily digest of the English-language news and analysis written by the staff of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

RFE/RL is looking for guest bloggers, preferably writing from and about our broadcast region. If you're interested, drop us a line at webteam@rferl.org.

 
Features

Peace In One Pakistani Tribal Valley Offers Hope Peace In One Pakistani Tribal Valley Offers Hope
In a rare positive sign, a localized sectarian conflict in Pakistan's western tribal areas has ended in a peace agreement. Could sustained peace in the Kurram region -- historically a place where Shi'ite and Sunni Pashtuns lived in harmony -- serve as a model for the region as a whole? More
 
News

Belarus Sparks Urgent UN Call On Ivory Coast Belarus Sparks Urgent UN Call On Ivory Coast
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council after reports that Belarus has broken an international arms embargo on Ivory Coast. More
 
From Our Bureaus

U.S. Envoy Calls For Change In Armenia U.S. Envoy Calls For Change In Armenia
The U.S. ambassador to Armenia says Yerevan needs to hold free elections and embark on other "deep" reforms if it is to fulfill President Serzh Sarkisian's recent pledge to turn Armenia into a full-fledged democracy. More
 
Tajik President's Son Gets Customs Job Tajik President's Son Gets Customs Job
The eldest son of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon was named to a senior position within the State Customs Service. More
 
Kyrgyz Protest Violent Drug Bust
Relatives of people detained in a violent drug bust last fall in southern Kyrgyzstan picketed the office of the district governor today to demand his resignation. More
 
Ukraine Peacekeeper Accused Of Bribes
Ukrainian officials said today the case of an army officer charged with bribe-taking while serving in a Ukrainian peacekeeping unit in Kosovo has been sent to court. More
 
Ukraine Students Demand Minister Quit Ukraine Students Demand Minister Quit
Some 300 university students have picketed the Ukrainian parliament building to protest a draft law on higher education that could lead to higher tuition fees. More
 
Witness ID's Markelov Murder Suspect Witness ID's Markelov Murder Suspect
A witness has testified in a high-profile murder trial in Moscow that she saw one of the defendants at the site of the double killing. More
 
Released Belarusian Candidate Compares KGB Jail To Concentration Camp Released Belarusian Candidate Compares KGB Jail To Concentration Camp
A former Belarusian opposition presidential candidate has compared the KGB jail where he was held for two months to a concentration camp, saying he was subjected to torture there. More
 
Belarusian Moscow Protester Charged
The Moscow City Court has upheld the arrest of a Belarusian citizen charged with attacking a policeman during a rally in December. More
 
Gandhara

Picnics Under The Pomegranate Trees In Kandahar Picnics Under The Pomegranate Trees In Kandahar
Kandaharis try to rescue a bit of normalcy in the middle of a war zone. More
 
Outpost Washington

A Murky Merchant of Death A Murky Merchant of Death
More

RFE/RL Central Asia Report
 
RFE/RL Central Asia Report
2/28/2011 6:51:37 PM
A review of RFE/RL reporting and analysis about the five countries of Central Asia.

For more stories on Central Asia, please visit and bookmark our Central Asia page .

 
Tajik President's Son Gets Customs Job Tajik President's Son Gets Customs Job
The eldest son of Tajik President Emomali Rahmon was named to a senior position within the State Customs Service. More
 
Kyrgyz Protest Violent Drug Bust
Relatives of people detained in a violent drug bust last fall in southern Kyrgyzstan picketed the office of the district governor today to demand his resignation. More
 
Four Arrested After Kazakh Blast  Four Arrested After Kazakh Blast
Four persons have been detained in connection with an explosion outside a prison camp in Kazakhstan's western Aqtobe region. More
 
Turkmenistan Restricts School, University Teachers And Students Turkmenistan Restricts School, University Teachers And Students
Turkmen authorities have tightened their control over Turkmenistan's secondary schools and universities in the past week. More
 
New Delay In Tajik Libel Case New Delay In Tajik Libel Case
A libel lawsuit by a regional Interior Ministry official against the independent weekly "Asia Plus" has been postponed by a Dushanbe court for the third time. More
 
Sentences Over Tajik 'Plot' Eased Sentences Over Tajik 'Plot' Eased
Tajik Appeals Court Judge Sanavbar Kholova told RFE/RL that the court decided to shorten by between five and eight years the sentences handed down to the supporters and relatives of the late Emergency Situations Minister Mirzo Ziyoev over an alleged antigovernment plot. More
 
A Female President For Kazakhstan? A Female President For Kazakhstan?
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House of Kazakh Opposition Leader's Relative Demolished House of Kazakh Opposition Leader's Relative Demolished
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Independent Tajik Press Suffers From Ban On Street Sales Independent Tajik Press Suffers From Ban On Street Sales
Owners of independent Tajik newspapers are complaining that a new ban on selling newspapers on the streets of Dushanbe is hurting sales. More
 
Popular Kyrgyz Journalist Attacked
A Kyrgyz journalist was severely beaten and hospitalized this week in Bishkek. More
 
Kazakh Official On Interpol Watchlist Kazakh Official On Interpol Watchlist
A man whose name and biographical data match that of Kazakh Deputy Prosecutor-General Askhat Daulbaev is on Interpol's wanted list. More
 
Kazakh Court Denies Uzbeks Asylum  Kazakh Court Denies Uzbeks Asylum
An Almaty city court has upheld a decision not to grant asylum to four Uzbek citizens wanted in Uzbekistan on charges of religious extremism and terrorism. More
 
Kyrgyz Bread Prices Shoot Up Kyrgyz Bread Prices Shoot Up
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Tajiks Seek Russian Help In Libya Tajiks Seek Russian Help In Libya
Tajik officials say they are trying to evacuate their citizens from Libya because of the dangerous unrest there. More
 
Turkmenistan Opens New Grand Bazaar In The Desert Turkmenistan Opens New Grand Bazaar In The Desert
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Kazakh President Energized After China Trip Kazakh President Energized After China Trip
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Ukrainians Honor Dissident Patriarch
A plaque was placed on the building housing the Kharkiv City Transport Inspection Police, site of a former Soviet-era transit jail in which Patriarch Yosyp spent several weeks in 1961 en route to a Siberian prison camp. More
 
Kyrgyz Demand Credible Probe Of Bloodshed Kyrgyz Demand Credible Probe Of Bloodshed
Residents in the southern Kyrgyz city of Osh have urged parliament speaker Akhmatbek Keldibekov to ensure that the investigation into ethnic clashes between ethnic Uzbeks and Kyrgyz in June is thorough and fair. More
 
Kyrgyz Prosecutor Seeks Long Jail Terms Kyrgyz Prosecutor Seeks Long Jail Terms
The prosecutor at the trial of two former Kyrgyz officials charged with organizing mass disorder in two southern cities and attempting to seize power last year have asked the court to sentence them to long jail terms. More
 
Tajik Election Board Head Dismissed Tajik Election Board Head Dismissed
Tajik President Emomali Rahmon has replaced the head of the country's Central Election Commission. More
 
Tajikistan Ends Winter Electricity Curbs Tajikistan Ends Winter Electricity Curbs
Tajikistan's state energy supplier has announced the early end of winter electricity rationing. More
 
$32Mln Earmarked For Kazakh Election $32Mln Earmarked For Kazakh Election
The Kazakh government has allocated 4.7 billion tenges ($32 million) to hold the early presidential election on April 3. More
 
Kazakh President Visits China Kazakh President Visits China
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Kyrgyz President 'Won't Run' Again Kyrgyz President 'Won't Run' Again
Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbaeva says she does not intend to run in the next presidential election scheduled for later this year. More
 
Proposed U.S. Budget Trims Assistance To Caucasus, Central Asia Proposed U.S. Budget Trims Assistance To Caucasus, Central Asia
While the State Department isn't experiencing the same belt-tightening pressure as other branches of the U.S. government, an effort to cut corners -- and to free up funds for Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan -- has resulted in a proposed reduction in funding for assistance programs in Central Asia and the Caucasus in 2012. More
 
Tajiks Protest Home Demolitions
Some 30 women staged a protest today outside the presidential palace in Dushanbe against the unannounced demolition of their homes. More
LIBIA

Usa riposizionano forze Raìs: 'Tradito dagli amici'

'Forse gli Usa vogliono occuparci, Obama disinformato'. Casa Bianca: 'Esilio Gheddafi'

Proteste contro GheddafiProteste contro Gheddafi
-- MONDO --
Gheddafi nomina negoziatore per parlare coi ribelliUe: 'Ha perso il controllo del petrolio'. Cpi apre inchiestaItalia e Usa contattano nuovo governo

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EUROPE'S FAVORITE DICTATORS
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The EU Has Failed the Arab World
For decades, Europe propped up dictators in North Africa in the interest
of stability. Now the EU is struggling to respond to the wave of popular
uprisings in the region. Its tardy response to the violence in Libya
shows just how divided the bloc is. By SPIEGEL Staff.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,748074,00.html#ref=nlint

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THE WORLD FROM BERLIN
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Gadhafi will 'Fight Until the Last Bullet is Fired'
Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi is clinging on to power, while the US,
UN and EU have imposed sanctions on his regime and his clan. German
media commentators asked what the West should do next to end
the violent clash.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,748122,00.html#ref=nlint

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Photo Gallery: Gadhafi's Waning Power
http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-65177.html#ref=nlint


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'HE IS NO LONGER ONE OF US'
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Post-Gadhafi Era Begins in Eastern Libya
As opposition forces put Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi under
increasing pressure, the post-Gadhafi era has already begun in the
eastern part of the country. Victorious rebels are turning to the task
of governing, but no one knows what will replace the despot's system. By
SPIEGEL Staff.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,748033,00.html#ref=nlint

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THE BATTLE FOR AL-BAYDA
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Fighting for Freedom against Tanks, Mercenaries and Bombs
It has become a symbol of the fight against Libyan dictator Moammar
Gadhafi: Protesters in the northern town of Al-Bayda faced mercenaries,
tanks and bombs, but refused to buckle. Dozens died, but those who were
wounded say they will return to the front if needed.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,747909,00.html#ref=nlint

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THE GUTTENBERG PLAGIARISM SCANDAL
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'German Society Is Applying a Double Standard'
A defense minister in Germany can apparently get away with plagiarizing
his dissertation, but a bakery employee can get fired for stealing a
pastry. That, says highly respected German academic Ernst-Ludwig
Winnacker, is a double standard. Guttenberg's offense, he says, is
unforgivable in academia.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,748090,00.html#ref=nlint

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POLITICAL ALLIES BLAST GUTTENBERG
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Support Wanes Fast for German Defense Minister
He thought he could sit out the plagiarism scandal surrounding his
dissertation. But this week, German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu
Guttenberg is facing withering criticism from his own side of the
political aisle. He is, a member of his own party claims, "a dandy, not
a politician."

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,748197,00.html#ref=nlint

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ERDOGAN URGES TURKS NOT TO ASSIMILATE
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'You Are Part of Germany, But Also Part of Our Great Turkey'
Thousands of Turkish immigrants gave Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan
a rock star welcome in Germany on Sunday in a show of national pride
that remains fervent, even after decades spent in Germany. He told them
they remain part of Turkey, and urged them to integrate into German
society -- but not to assimilate.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,748070,00.html#ref=nlint

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IRELAND GETS A NEW PRIME MINISTER
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With New Government, EU Could Become Next Battleground
Ireland's future prime minister has a tough job ahead of him: Voters who
backed Enda Kenny expect him to take a tough line and renegotiate the
terms of the country's EU bailout. Some are hoping that his ties with
German Chancellor Angela Merkel will lend a helping hand.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,748085,00.html#ref=nlint

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DEATH IN VENICE
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An Italian Idyll Fights for Its Very Survival
The city of Venice absorbs 20 million tourists each year. In addition,
rising water levels have meant an increasing number of floods each year.
A new barrier aims to keep Mother Nature at bay, but Venice faces an
equally big problem: Its population is shrinking dramatically as
Venetians flee the city.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,747429,00.html#ref=nlint

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SPACE JUNK
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Will German Satellite Crash Into Earth?
Parts of Rosat, a massive, out-of-control German satellite, could smash
into the earth sometime between October and December this year.
Officials in Germany, however, say that humans likely are not in danger.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/0,1518,748107,00.html#ref=nlint

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BEST SERVED CHILLED
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Top French Wines at Risk from Climate Change
Bordeaux wines are under threat from global warming, say industry
experts, who warn that the southwestern French region may no longer be
suitable for winemaking by 2050. Winegrowers are already switching to
heat-resistant grape varieties as a precaution.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/0,1518,748139,00.html#ref=nlint

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