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Argentina’s Foreign Minister: Jewish Community Supports Deal With Iran

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Feb 01 2015

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Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman arrives to give a press conference at the presidential palace Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, on January 15, 2015.

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Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman arrives to give a press conference at the presidential palace Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, on January 15, 2015.

Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman arrives to give a press conference at the presidential palace Casa Rosada, in Buenos Aires, on January 15, 2015.

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The death of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman has sent shock waves across the deeply divided country.

Nisman was found in his locked apartment on Jan. 18, with a bullet in his head. He had spent a decade investigating the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center that killed 85 people, and had been about to testify to Congress that President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman had tried to cover up Iran’s alleged masterminding of the terror attack in return for Iranian oil.

The government has denied the allegations, but Kirchner has stated publicly that the death of her accuser was not a suicide. She blamed it on rogue ex-spies of the Argentinian intelligence agency, whose leadership she has been reshuffling in the past year.

Timerman is the first of the top officials accused in the case to give an interview. He spoke exclusively to NPR about Nisman’s death, the possible role of Iran in the attack in 1994 and the conspiracy theories that are gripping the country.

Below are some of the expanded quotes of Timerman’s exclusive interview, which was conducted in English with correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.

Interview Highlights

On the accusations that President Fernandez de Kirchner and Hector Timerman participated in a cover-up

He was accusing me of something that I was not able by law to commit, to withdraw the orders of arrest of the Iranian suspects of putting the bomb in the Jewish center. That is impossible because by law only the judge can do that.

I can tell you we have done everything possible, the president and myself, to help the judge to bring justice to the victims of the attack on the Jewish center. I have enough evidence to show the accusation was false, or was wrong at least.

The other accusation that we were going to exchange oil for food, everybody who knows something about the oil business know that Argentina cannot use Iranian oil because it is a very heavy oil and we cannot process such a heavy oil.

The two accusations are false.

I think it is a shame that there is a campaign to discredit the president and myself, two people who have committed their lives to the issue of human rights.

On why he was negotiating secretly with Iran

There is a law in Iran that forbids to extradite Iranian citizens, and there is a law in Argentina that forbids to judge someone in absentia. … And so the only way to move forward was to sign an agreement with Iran to allow the judge of Argentina to go to Tehran to interrogate the suspects.

All the governments in the world negotiate in secret. In fact, the United States of America has been negotiating in secret for one-and-half year with Cuba. What I am saying is that every single government negotiates in secret, because there are some things, you cannot do it in public. But the aim was to make it possible for the judge to go to Tehran and interrogate the suspects and to see if we can advance in the case that has been stalled for eight years.

On why a large part of the Jewish community condemn the agreement with Iran

No, no, no, let me correct you. Many victims support my position, many victims, many relatives of the victims, support my position. Some of them are against what I have done; some of them. But not all of them, in fact the majority support my position. Now you talk about the Jewish community there are more than 250,000 Jews of Argentina, and it really is a small minority and members of this organization called AMIA [Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina]. To talk about the Jewish community is I think far-fetched. I have many supporters in the Jewish community.

On whether he believes Iran is behind the bombing

It doesn’t matter what I believe. Unless there is a judge who says this person is guilty and this is the punishment, it doesn’t matter what I believe. I did what I did because I trust Mr. Nisman’s investigation. That was why I was helping the judge to go to Tehran to use Mr. Nisman evidence against the Iranians. But I cannot say the Iranians are guilty. But as a person who was persecuted in my life, never to make a judgment against somebody unless there is a judge who says the person is guilty or innocent. So I have to wait until the judge declares who is behind the attack.

You know that there is a local connection that has to be investigated and you know that the judge told Mr. Nisman to focus on the local connection, something that he never did. I think that there is a local connection, there is an international connection — there is an international connection, so far what we have been able to find out.

On what the wiretaps presented by Nisman show

How can you link those conversations with the activity of the president and myself? I think it’s being used for political reasons. The United States went through McCarthyism and I think there is some McCarthyism involved here too.

On the death of Nisman

I hope [the case will be resolved] as soon as possible because in fact there is a family that was left without a father, without a husband. We are many people in Argentina who were really shocked by what happened. But what I am saying is that there are many people in Argentina, especially some media, who are using the death of Mr. Nisman to attack the president. That really I am sure of. If there is something that I am sure that some media, especially the newspaper Clarin, who use Mr. Nisman’s death to attack and to see if they can harm the government of [President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner].

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/02/01/383098632/argentinas-foreign-minister-jewish-community-supports-deal-with-iran?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Activists Stage New Protest

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Feb 01 2015

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Thousands of pro-democracy activists on Sunday take part in a democracy march to Central, demanding for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

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Thousands of pro-democracy activists on Sunday take part in a democracy march to Central, demanding for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

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In a move aimed at breathing life into Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement, thousands gathered at the city’s Victoria Park today in open defiance of Beijing’s insistence that it have final say on candidates for the territory’s next leader.

Organizers said 13,000 attended the rally, but police claimed the figure was 8,800. Regardless, the number is far fewer than the tens of thousands that came out for past protests calling for free and open elections in 2017 to choose a new “chief executive” for the former British colony.

In any case, The South China Morning Post says it’s “the first major post-Occupy Movement mass rally.”

According to the SCMP:

“[Placards] and balloons all paying homage to the “Umbrella Movement” abounded. At 2.20pm, the march began with the head of the rally leaving Victoria Park’s eastern entrance through Tin Hau.

“Leading the charge were key figures of the Occupy Central movement including Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Chan Kin-man and Reverend Chu Yiu-ming. Others at the front included Democratic Party founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-Ming as well as Daisy Chan Sin-Ying.”

Reuters reports that some 2,000 police flanked the protesters as they marched through the city’s glitzy shopping and financial districts, “seeking to avoid a repeat of the so-called Occupy Central campaign that saw demonstrations shut down key roads for 2-1/2 months.”

Beginning in August, the mass protests attracted international attention amid fears of a Tiananmen Square-style crackdown that never came. However, Hong Kong police did move aggressively on several occasions to try to break up the mass protests that paralyzed parts of the city.

In September, at the height of the mass protests, we published this primer on the history of Hong Kong and what’s at stake for the pro-democracy movement.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/02/01/383109589/hong-kongs-pro-democracy-activists-stage-new-protest?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Examining The Role Of Citizen Journalism In Mexico

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Feb 01 2015

The rise and fall of citizen journalism in the cartel-controlled parts of Mexico is deeply chronicled by writer Eric Benson in the latest Texas Monthly Magazine. He sits down with NPR’s Arun Rath.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/02/01/383121933/examining-the-role-of-citizen-journalism-in-mexico?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Cumberbatch Wants Britain To Pardon Men Convicted Under Anti-Gay Law

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Jan 31 2015

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch poses for photographers in London in December.

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch poses for photographers in London in December.

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English actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Stephen Fry have joined in a campaign to secure 49,000 pardons – most that would be posthumous — for men convicted under Britain’s now-defunct “gross indecency” law that made it a crime to be gay or bisexual.

Cumberbatch has been nominated for a best actor Oscar for his portrayal of code-breaking genius Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. Turing, who Winston Churchill described as having “made the single biggest contribution to the Allied victory in the Second World War” for breaking the German military’s Enigma code, committed suicide in 1954 after being convicted under the law.

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British actor and comedian Stephen Fry at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award nominations in London, earlier this month.

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British actor and comedian Stephen Fry at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award nominations in London, earlier this month.

British actor and comedian Stephen Fry at the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award nominations in London, earlier this month.

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A letter sent by Cumberbatch and Fry to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge asked the royal couple to persuade the government to issue a blanket pardon to gay and bisexual men convicted under the law, which was repealed in England and Wales in 1967.

“The UK’s homophobic laws made the lives of generations of gay and bisexual men intolerable,” the letter says, according to the U.K.’s Channel 4 news.

“It is up to young leaders of today including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to acknowledge this mark on our history and not allow it to stand,” it says. “We call upon Her Majesty’s Government to begin a discussion about the possibility of a pardoning all the men, alive or deceased, who like Alan Turing, were convicted.”

The letter says that an estimated 15,000 men convicted under the law are still alive.

In 2009, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown apologized on behalf of the British government for Turing’s treatment, which included a requirement that he undergo chemical castration. Four years later, in in Dec. 2013, Turing was officially pardoned. In a statement issued at the time, then-Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said the mathematician — who also was the first to outline the broad concepts of modern computing “deserves to be remembered and recognized for his fantastic contribution to the war and his legacy to science.”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/31/382901723/cumberbatch-wants-britain-to-pardon-men-convicted-under-anti-gay-law?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Recent Attacks Highlight Difficulty In Combating ISIS

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Jan 31 2015

ISIS militants continued their deadly attacks this week, evidence that the campaign by Iraq and the U.S. to defeat the group could take years. NPR’s Arun Rath talks with reporter Alice Fordham.

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Mindy Kaling’s Super Bowl Ad: Are Indian Women Invisible?

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Jan 31 2015

A Super Bowl commercial for Nationwide Insurance shows an Indian American woman — none other than author and actor Mindy Kaling — trying to hail a cab in New York City. And it’s not easy.

“After years of being treated like she was invisible, it occurred to Mindy Kaling she might actually be invisible,” the narrator says.

Kaling then pretends she is invisible, doing all kinds of ridiculous things. She steals ice cream from a store, walks through a car wash and stretches in a park, naked.

Watching the ad’s teaser, I wondered if there’s more to the message than trying to sell insurance. Do minority women in America feel invisible? What about women in India?

As an Indian woman who lived in the U.S. for 11 years and now lives in India, I have had a taste of both worlds.

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Mindy Kaling and the author agree: A cloak of invisibility has advantages.

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Mindy Kaling and the author agree: A cloak of invisibility has advantages.

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In the U.S., I experienced my share of invisibility. And my minority women friends there tell me they’ve also experienced it.

For me, one example was at work. Some colleagues were putting together a project highlighting the accomplishments of a group. But I wasn’t included in the presentation, despite belonging to that work group.

Then someone higher up — I’m not sure who — decided the project needed to show “diversity” in the workplace. And so, I was eventually asked to participate.

I was game, did my bit and even teased my colleagues about making me the “token minority.” They responded with embarrassment and self-deprecating comments, and we merrily went back to working together.

I must add a line here in defense of all the people who wittingly or unwittingly made sure I wasn’t invisible for most of my time in the U.S. I mostly felt supported and encouraged by numerous colleagues and friends. An experience of significant visibility, I’d say.

Still, it was hard not to notice the times where I was overlooked or my work underappreciated. And I’m not alone. This problem has been documented in studies, especially on African American women. Take this 2010 study for example, which shows how black women go “unnoticed” and “unheard.”

Back here in India, I find myself aching for invisibility — not when hailing a cab though, like Kaling. That would be no good.

But when I’m out and about in New Delhi, I wish I could go about my business unnoticed. That’s because being visible comes with a certain risk of violence, especially in a city like New Delhi, often called the rape capital of India.

Public spaces here often have different rules for men and women. Men outnumber women, and there are liberties a man can take that women still can’t.

For instance, a man can loiter. A woman can’t — at least, not without drawing stares from men and assumptions about the woman’s character being “loose.” It’s a guaranteed way to draw all the creeps in the vicinity.

A man can go for a walk, anywhere and at any time of the day. A woman can’t.

A man can walk out of the house wearing almost anything he wants. Indian men often wear shorts, lungis (wrap skirts for men), or or even no shirt at all. Nobody raises an eyebrow.

A woman doesn’t have that freedom. Each time I step out of the house, I have to consider carefully what I’m wearing. Is it too tight? Is it too revealing? Is it going to draw lewd stares and comments from men? There are no specific rules, so to speak. But anything that’s too revealing and modern — shorts, short skirts, tank tops — is bound to draw unwanted attention.

When I was younger, I didn’t care. I wore what I wanted, despite the stares. Now, in my mid-30s, I no longer want my clothes to be a potential risk to my own safety, so I worry about my wardrobe.

An invisibility cloak would definitely come in handy here in New Dehli. I could wear it and go wherever I wanted, whenever I wanted. And I could remove it when I needed to be visible, say, when hailing that cab.

But I recognize that invisibility isn’t the answer. Only when more and more women step out into public spaces here can we hope to make spaces safer for Indian women. It will take time and maybe a few more generations. But, I think, it’s the only way to go.

And actually, when you think about, the situation in New Delhi isn’t that different from that in the U.S. Only by persisting in workplaces and public spaces, and making sure we are seen and heard, can we hope for a day when women of all colors feel more visible.

Going about one’s life as though one’s invisible, is definitely not the answer. Right Mindy?

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/goatsandsoda/2015/01/31/382708057/mindy-kaling-s-super-bowl-ad-are-indian-women-invisible?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Civilians In Eastern Ukraine Flee As Fighting Intensifies

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Jan 30 2015

Civilians in villages near the front lines in Eastern Ukraine are being forced to leave their homes as fighting intensifies between Government forces and Russian-back separatists.

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Latvia Keeps Careful Eye Trained On Russia

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Jan 30 2015

Robert Siegel speaks with Edgars Rinkevics, foreign minister of Latvia, on his visit to Washington, D.C. Rinkevics is in town to to discuss Russia and security cooperation with the U.S.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/01/30/382717122/latvia-keeps-careful-eye-trained-on-russia?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Close Friend Of Putin Awarded Contract For Crimea Bridge

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Jan 30 2015

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In a photo taken in Aug. 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is shown with businessman and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, right, mourn during a farewell ceremony for Putin’s first judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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In a photo taken in Aug. 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is shown with businessman and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, right, mourn during a farewell ceremony for Putin's first judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin in St. Petersburg, Russia.

In a photo taken in Aug. 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is shown with businessman and billionaire Arkady Rotenberg, right, mourn during a farewell ceremony for Putin’s first judo coach, Anatoly Rakhlin in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Moscow has awarded a $3 billion contract to build a bridge linking Russia with the newly annexed Crimean peninsula to a close friend of President Vladimir Putin.

The bridge that would join Russia and Crimea across the Kerch Strait will be constructed by the SGM Group, majority owned by Arkady Rotenberg, which the BBC describes as “a childhood friend and judo partner of the Russian president.” Further, Rotenberg, 63, “was among the first Russian businessmen to be put under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis,” Reuters says.

SGM, which specializes in building pipelines, has no previous experience at building bridges, the news agency notes. The company was assembled in 2008 from several units sold by state-owned gas producer Gazprom, Reuters says.

According to the Kremlin announcement of the deal, the bridge is set for completion no later than Dec. 2018.

The Moscow Times reported in March that it will be Russia’s most costly bridge. The project, it said, was estimated in March at a cost of 50 billion rubles, but by June the estimated cost had tripled.

However, the BBC says “it is still unclear where on the Kerch Strait the structure will be erected, meaning the span could be anything from 4km to 15km (2.5 to 9 miles).”

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2015/01/30/382720112/close-friend-of-putin-awarded-contract-for-crimea-bridge?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world

Guantanamo Bay A Sticking Point Between U.S., Cuba Since 1903

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Jan 29 2015

Guantanamo Bay is home to the United States’ oldest overseas base. And since it was established in 1903, the base has been a bone of contention in U.S. and Cuban relations. Melissa Block talks to Vanderbilt History professor Paul Kramer.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/2015/01/29/382463480/guantanamo-bay-a-sticking-point-between-u-s-cuba-since-1903?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=world