<![CDATA[Hedgehogs.net: '' related content]]> http://www.hedgehogs.net/tag/foreign+minister?view=rss http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11452629/coalition-needs-two-years-to-expel-islamic-state-from-iraq-says-uk Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:09:24 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11452629/coalition-needs-two-years-to-expel-islamic-state-from-iraq-says-uk <![CDATA[Coalition needs two years to expel Islamic State from Iraq, says UK]]>

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11450972/argentina-prosecutor-alberto-nisman-was-found-dead-in-a-barely-locked-apartment Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:08:15 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11450972/argentina-prosecutor-alberto-nisman-was-found-dead-in-a-barely-locked-apartment <![CDATA[Argentina Prosecutor Alberto Nisman Was Found Dead In A Barely Locked Apartment]]>
The locksmith who opened the back door to give investigators access to the home where Alberto Nisman was found dead said it was barely closed, raising questions about whether a killer might have entered or exited what was earlier described as a 13th-story apartment locked from the inside. After testifying to investigators, the man who gave his name only as Walter said he was able to quickly open the door with a hook. He added, "If someone entered or not, I don't know."

The official news agency Telam, meanwhile, said investigators had found a third access to the home, a narrow passage holding air conditioning equipment that connects to a neighboring apartment occupied by an unidentified foreigner. They were investigating a seemingly recent footprint and fingerprint found inside.

Initial official reports of the scene had strongly suggested suicide: a securely locked apartment and no evidence of another person involved.

Nisman, 51, was found slumped in the bathroom of his apartment Sunday night with a bullet wound in his head and a .22 caliber handgun beside his body.

Four days before, he had given a judge a 289-page report alleging President Cristina Fernandez had secretly reached a deal to prevent prosecution of former Iranian officials accused of involvement in the 1994 car bombing of the country's largest Jewish center.

The death, and Tuesday's release of Nisman's full report, caused a crisis for the government, which scrambled to promise "maximum transparency and cooperation" in the investigation into the death of a man trying to prosecute the president for covering up "crimes against humanity."

The Ipsos polling company said 70 percent of 414 people it questioned soon after news of the death believed it was murder.

Lead prosecutor Viviana Fein said there was no evidence of anyone else involved in the death, but said Nisman left no suicide note. A test of his hand showed no residue of gunpowder, though she said that may have been due to the small caliber of the gun. The fact that national Security Secretary Sergio Berni quickly turned up in the apartment also fed doubts.

Fein said the gun found beside Nisman was registered to another man, Diego Lagomarsino, described by officials as a colleague of Nisman, who reportedly gave it to him on Saturday.

Nisman had spent 10 years investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people, the worst terror attack in Argentine history.

His full report accused Fernandez and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman of reaching agreement with Iran to avoid prosecution of eight Iranians, including former senior officials, charged with involvement in the bombing. He said that would open a lucrative trade in Argentine grains and meat for Iranian oil.

In the end Interpol never dropped its "red notices" for the arrest of five of the Iranians, however, and the government said trade with Iran has diminished in recent years.

Writing with passion, Nisman called it "a criminal plan to erase at a stroke the serious accusations that weigh on the Iranian fugitives ... something unprecedented and never before seen."

The document did not appear to show direct or documentary evidence of a deal, but it did include wiretap transcripts of several people discussing such negotiations and saying the deal was approved by "la jefa" — Spanish for a female "chief" — and "at the highest level."

Among those involved in the talks, Nisman said, was a key suspect in the bombing, Mohsen Rabbani, former cultural attache at the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires.

The government dismissed Nisman's allegations as "weak" and "baseless" and Fernandez on Tuesday released a long message saying Nisman's investigation was meant "to divert, to lie, to cover up and confuse" ahead of a trial of former President Carlos Menem and other officials for a separate alleged cover-up of the bombing. Nisman, however, was the prosecutor in that case as well.

Nisman was appointed to his post in 2005 by then President Nestor Kirchner, Fernandez's late husband, after a bungled 10-year probe launched under Menem that led to a trial in which all the defendants were found innocent.

Nisman won arrest orders against several Iranians, including several current and former officials, and Interpol later put five of them on its most-wanted list.

But the case made little progress and, in 2013, Argentina and Iran agreed to jointly investigate the attack. Nisman alleged that was a cover for a secret pact that would actually protect the Iranian suspects.]]>
http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11450970/popes-rabbi-abraham-skorka-urges-calm-after-jewish-prosecutor-dies-in-argentina Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:08:09 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11450970/popes-rabbi-abraham-skorka-urges-calm-after-jewish-prosecutor-dies-in-argentina <![CDATA[âPope's Rabbi' Abraham Skorka Urges Calm After Jewish Prosecutor Dies In Argentina]]>
Given Argentina’s large Jewish community — 250,000 people — the news hit too close to home for Skorka.

On Sunday (Jan. 18), the Jewish prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of Buenos Aires’ Jewish center — an attack that killed 85 people, including friends of Skorka — was found dead in his apartment with a bullet in his head.

Skorka, who arrived in the U.S. for a one-week tour the day of Alberto Nisman’s death, urged calm after tens of thousands of Argentines — Jews and non-Jews alike — took to the streets in Buenos Aires and other major cities, rejecting initial government assertions that the prosector had killed himself.

“Let us wait to see truly what the truth is,” said Skorka, before addressing an interfaith audience at a Washington synagogue. “We need to know the truth. This is not a specific Jewish problem. It is a problem that involves all of Argentine society.”

Skorka’s wait-and-see reaction was notably more muted than that of the crowds in Argentina, who implicated the government in both Nisman’s death and a cover-up of the bombing investigation.

Skorka, who became fast friends with Francis when the pontiff was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, has visited or traveled with the pope five times since he was elected pope in 2013. The two, who authored the book “On Heaven and Earth” together, still email and talk on the phone.

Skorka said he had not yet discussed Nisman’s death with the pope, who, as an auxiliary bishop in Buenos Aires, was the first to sign a highly publicized 1994 letter demanding a full investigation of the bombing.

“I am sure he is in shock, as I am,” said Skorka. “I am sure what he is thinking now is: ‘Will God bless Argentina in order to avoid more dramas?'”

On the streets of Buenos Aires, home to Latin America’s largest Jewish population, many of the protesters’ signs implicated the Argentine government in Nisman’s death and the 1994 plot, the largest mass killing of Jews since the Holocaust. “Yo soy Nisman” — “I am Nisman” — read many of the placards.

The terrorist group Hezbollah and its patron, Iran, are widely believed to have been behind the 1994 attack, and Nisman, who was to report to Argentine lawmakers on Tuesday, had filed a criminal complaint against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and Foreign Minister Hector Timerman.

Nisman had alleged a government cover-up related to the bombing that would yield much-needed Iranian oil. Iran has denied involvement in the bombing, and Fernandez has dismissed charges of a cover-up.

Asked whether he had confidence that a government investigation could discover whether Nisman really killed himself, and whether Argentine officials abetted the terror attack, Skorka acknowledged that past investigations have been compromised.

But, Skorka continued, “you cannot cover problems from the past forever.”

Argentina is still coming to terms with its “Dirty War” of the 1970s and ’80s, in which its ruling military junta tortured and killed leftists — including many Jews, priests, nuns and lay Catholics — some of whose bodies have never been recovered. They are known as “the disappeared.”

The Roman Catholic Church in Argentina had historically enjoyed close ties with the military. Francis, who headed the Jesuit order in Argentina during the Dirty War, was publicly silent during its reign of terror and has said little about it since. But he is credited by many for quietly working behind the scenes to save dozens of lives, giving them refuge on church property and helping them leave Argentina.

Skorka said his friendship with Francis has deepened since he became pope, and the rabbi told the story of a trip he took to the Vatican in November with his grown daughter, Gabriela Skorka, who was taken by Francis’ persistent humility and the strength of the bond between the pope and her father.

After the pope and rabbi embraced, she told them: “I am proud of both of you.”]]>
http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11450969/ukraine-russia-reportedly-agree-on-withdrawal-of-heavy-arms Thu, 22 Jan 2015 04:08:07 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11450969/ukraine-russia-reportedly-agree-on-withdrawal-of-heavy-arms <![CDATA[Ukraine, Russia Reportedly Agree On Withdrawal Of Heavy Arms]]>
Frank-Walter Steinmeier says his counterparts from Russia and Ukraine agreed that heavy arms should be pulled back 15 kilometers (9 miles) from a demarcation line defined in the Minsk agreement of last year.

Steinmeier said the agreement reached after talks in Berlin late Wednesday represented progress, but "no breakthrough" in efforts to achieve a peace accord for eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have battled Kiev's troops for months.]]>
http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11447455/israels-foreign-minister-hopes-abbas-steps-down-amid-economic-sanctions Wed, 21 Jan 2015 00:18:42 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11447455/israels-foreign-minister-hopes-abbas-steps-down-amid-economic-sanctions <![CDATA[Israelâs Foreign Minister Hopes Abbas Steps Down Amid Economic Sanctions]]>

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11447436/a-new-croatian-president-barbie-wins Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:59:02 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11447436/a-new-croatian-president-barbie-wins <![CDATA[A new Croatian president: Barbie wins]]>
Grabar-Kitarovic: Barbie for short
IN THE fight between Squid and Barbie, Barbie won. Squid is the nickname of Ivo Josipovic, Croatia’s incumbent centre-left president, who lost a run-off election on January 11th; Barbie is the nickname of Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, the right-wing candidate and a former foreign minister and senior NATO official. Ms Grabar-Kitarovic won, but she inherits a country that is sharply divided.Her victory was by a whisker, confounding pollsters who had all predicted a win for Mr Josipovic. Croats voting in Hercegovina and in the diaspora helped her. But the poll was also a test of how voters feel ahead of a general election later this year. The answer: they are fed up.In the first round in December, Ivan Vilibor Sincic, a 24-year old populist who rails against banks, the European Union, NATO and Croatia’s elite, took 16% of the vote. His support base is akin to those for the far-left Syriza in Greece and the Five-Star movement in Italy. Mr Sincic called on his backers to spoil their ballots in the second round—and over 60,000 did (almost twice Ms Grabar-Kitrovic’s winning margin).Mr Josipovic lost largely...

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11447433/turkey-and-the-media-trying-times Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:58:57 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11447433/turkey-and-the-media-trying-times <![CDATA[Turkey and the media: Trying times]]>
FREDERIKE GEERDINK, a Dutch journalist with a close interest in the Kurds, reckons she is the only foreign journalist in the mainly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir. On January 6th anti-terrorist police raided her apartment. “Terrorism police just searched my house. Team of 8 guys. They take me to the station now. Charge: ‘propaganda for terrorist organisation’,” Ms Geerdink tweeted as she was hauled off.The timing could hardly have been worse. Bert Koenders, the Dutch foreign minister, was visiting Ankara. And even as Ms Geerdink was being grilled about her Kurdish contacts, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s president, was telling diplomats “there is no freer press, either in Europe or anywhere in the world, than in Turkey.”After Mr Erdogan and his Justice and Development (AK) party came to power 12 years ago, his reforms were enough to get the European Union to open membership talks in 2005. But he has become increasingly intolerant. Fearing his ire, media bosses have sacked hundreds of critical hacks. The pressure rose when a corruption probe of Mr Erdogan’s inner circle became public 12 months ago. Last week police interrogated Sedef Kabas, a TV anchorwoman, for...

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11438311/venezuelas-maduro-names-new-foreign-minister Sun, 28 Dec 2014 01:48:35 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11438311/venezuelas-maduro-names-new-foreign-minister <![CDATA[Venezuela's Maduro Names New Foreign Minister]]>

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11437823/vladimir-putin-in-jeopardy-on-all-sides-as-russias-economy-stumbles Sat, 27 Dec 2014 22:57:43 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11437823/vladimir-putin-in-jeopardy-on-all-sides-as-russias-economy-stumbles <![CDATA[Vladimir Putin in jeopardy on all sides as Russiaâs economy stumbles]]>

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