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Δευτέρα, Δεκεμβρίου 15, 2014

Erdogan tells EU to 'mind own business' in Turkey arrests. EU's Mogherini 'very surprised' at Erdogan comments on arrests

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday (Dec 15) lashed out at the European Union for criticising the mass arrests targeting opposition media outlets, telling Brussels to "mind its own business."

"The European Union cannot interfere in steps taken ... within the rule of law against elements that threaten our national security," Erdogan said in a televised speech in the western Turkish city of Izmit. "They should mind their own business," he added, in his first comments after Sunday's raids.

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn on Sunday condemned police raids as going "against the European values" and said they were "incompatible with the freedom of media, which is a core principle of democracy."

The unusually strongly worded statement followed a visit to Turkey by the two officials last week on expanding cooperation with Ankara and discussing its long-standing bid to join the bloc.

  • But Erdogan warned EU officials against pressuring Turkey's prosecutors, judges and police. "I wonder if those who keep this country at the EU doorstep for 50 years know what this step means?" he said, referring to the arrests.
"Elements that threaten our national security will receive the necessary response, even if they are members of the press," he said. "When taking such a step we don't care what the EU might say, or if the EU is going to accept us. We don't care... Please keep your mind to yourself," the combative president added.

Turkish police on Sunday arrested over two dozen people including the editor of Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper and others in lightning raids on supporters of US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has become his number one nemesis.

Erdogan slammed EU member states, including Germany, for failing to cooperate with Ankara on a number of issues, including the fight against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). "Dossiers are being given to you and you say there's no result but you want to launch an operation against my own country," he said.
 - AFP/ec


  • Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said Monday the judiciary and some other state institutions, including the state scientific agency Tubitak, must still be "cleansed of traitors" following the detention of two dozen opposition journalists and others...

Erdogan has been locked in a battle with followers of his erstwhile ally, the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom he accuses of infilitrating state institutions, then trying to topple the government. Gulen denies the accusation.

Hundreds of civil servants, including police officers, prosecutors and Tubitak scientists, have been purged over the course of the last year or two as tension has escalated.

  • EU's Mogherini 'very surprised' at Erdogan comments on arrests...

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday she was "surprised" after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan lashed out at Brussels for criticising mass arrests targeting opposition media.

"I've seen the reaction from President Erdogan and I'm very surprised," said Mogherini, pointing out that Erdogan's call for the EU to "mind its own business" came just a week after she visited Turkey for talks with him.

Σάββατο, Οκτωβρίου 12, 2013

Thousands rally in Israel to remember slain PM Rabin.

AFP - Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to mourn peace-seeking prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the 18th anniversary of his assassination by a Jewish extremist.

The demonstrators were mainly young people representing a wide political spectrum but protesting against Israeli radicals opposed to peace with the Palestinians, an AFP reporter said.
The demonstrators carried portraits of Rabin -- who was assassinated after addressing a rally in the same square on November 4, 1995 -- and banners with slogans against racism and intolerance.

"Stop the price tag, defend democracy," read one banner, referring to so-called "price tag" attacks on Palestinians by Jewish extremists opposed to the dismantling of settlements in the occupied West Bank.

"My grandfather was assassinated for peace, and you owe this peace to us, to all of us," Rabin's grandson Yonatan Ben-Artzi said in a speech to the crowd, addressing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
  • Media said 30,000 people joined the rally in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square, where the premier was gunned down by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir, who is currently serving a life sentence.
  • Amir had hoped to derail the 1993 Oslo accords signed by Rabin and the Palestinians, a landmark agreement aimed at resolving the decades-old conflict.

Organisers of Saturday's rally had planned it to roughly coincide with the anniversary of the assassination in the Jewish Calendar, which falls next week.
An official ceremony will be held on Tuesday at the Jerusalem cemetery where Rabin is buried.

Κυριακή, Δεκεμβρίου 23, 2012

North Korea rocket launch was 'missile test'

North Korea's launching of a rocket into space last week amounted to the test of a ballistic missile capable of carrying a half-ton payload over 10,000km, the South Korean defence ministry says.
"Based on our analysis and simulation, the missile is capable of flying more than 10,000km with a warhead of 500-600kg," a defence ministry official told reporters on Sunday.
North Korea launched its three-stage Unha-3 rocket on December 12, insisting it was a purely scientific mission aimed at putting a polar-orbiting satellite in space, but critics say it was aimed at nurturing the kind of technology needed to mount a nuclear warhead on a long-range missile.

South Korea's estimate of the rocket's range was based on analysis of an oxidizer container, which stored nitric acid to fuel the vehicle's first-stage propellant. The container was recovered from the rocket's first-stage splashdown site.
Without any debris from the second and third stages to analyse, the official said it could not be determined if the rocket had re-entry capability - a key element of inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) technology.
Several countries and international bodies, including the UN Security Council, condemned the North's rocket launch as a disguised ballistic missile test that violates UN resolutions imposed on the country after it conducted nuclear tests in 2006 and 2009.
The North says that the launch was meant to transport a satellite into space. Observers, including the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) confirmed that an "object" had been launched into space by the rocket.
North defiant
The success of the launch was seen as a major strategic step forward for the isolated North, although missile experts differed on the level of ballistic capability demonstrated by the rocket.
The debris collected by the South Koreans was made of an alloy of aluminium and magnesium with eight panels welded manually.
"Welding was crude, done manually," the ministry official said, adding that oxidiser containers for storing toxic chemicals are rarely used by countries with advanced space technology.
Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, meanwhile, has called for the development of more powerful rockets in the wake of last week's launch.
The North's official media said on Saturday that Kim made the call at a banquet for rocket scientists in Pyongyang on Friday.
Kim had already called for sending more scientific satellites into space on the day of the launch. But his speech on Friday marks the first time he was seen explicitly calling for the advancement of his country's long-range rocket program.
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Σάββατο, Δεκεμβρίου 22, 2012

Βόρεια Κορέα: Ανάπτυξη προγράμματος περισσότερων πυραύλων για ειρηνικούς σκοπούς

ηγέτης της Βόρειας Κορέας Κιμ Γιονγκ-ουν έκανε έκκληση για περαιτέρω ανάπτυξη της διαστημικής τεχνολογίας και την έναρξη προγράμματος εκτόξευσης περισσότερων δορυφόρων μετά την επιτυχή εκτόξευση, μεταδίδει το πρακτορείο Kyodo. 

"Θα πρέπει να αναπτυχθεί και να ξεκινήσει μια ποικιλία από περισσότερους ειρηνικούς δορυφόρους , συμπεριλαμβανομένων των δορυφορικών τηλεπικοινωνιών και ρουκέτες με μεγαλύτερη ικανότητα φορτίου," συνεχίζει τος Κεντρικό Πρακτορείο Ειδήσεων της Κορέας μεταφέροντας τις δηλώσεις του Κιμ Γιονκ-ουν.

Στις 12 Δεκεμβρίου, η Βόρεια Κορέα εκτόξευσε 3-όροφο (από 3 κομμάτια) δορυφόρο σε τροχιά, προκαλώντας την  κριτική από τη διεθνή κοινότητα που ζητούσε αυστηρότερες κυρώσεις από τα Ηνωμένα Έθνη.

Η Βόρεια Κορέα ισχυρίζεται ότι ο νέος πύραυλος της προοριζόταν για την μεταφορά και εγκατάσταση ενός δορυφόρου στο διάστημα για ειρηνικούς σκοπούς, αλλά η διεθνής κοινότητα καταδίκασε ευρέως την πράξη αυτή  καθώς πιστεύει ότι απώτερος στόχος είναι η ανάπτυξη και δοκιμή ενός διηπειρωτικού βαλλιστικού πυραύλου  (ICBM) που θα φέρει πυρηνικές κεφαλές.

  • N.Korea to Launch More Rockets - Kim Jong-un

ΜOSCOW, December 22 (RIA Novosti) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called for further development of space technology and the launching of more rockets following the successful launch of one earlier this month, Kyodo reported on Saturday.

"You should develop and launch a variety of more working satellites including communications satellite and carrier rockets of bigger capacity," the official Korean Central News Agency quoted Kim as telling scientists and other people involved in the rocket launch.
On December 12, a North Korean three-stage rocket sent a Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite into orbit, drawing criticism from the international community and calls for stronger sanctions by the United Nations.
North Korea claims its new rocket was intended for putting a satellite into space for peaceful purposes, but the international community has widely condemned what it believes to be the development and testing of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) intended to carry nuclear warheads......rian.ru 22/12/12

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