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Nobel Peace Prize Summit To Discuss Creating A One World Religion.


AFP – Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

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“We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit.

Walesa won the Nobel 30 years ago for leading Poland’s Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism in Poland in 1989.

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ds to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said.

“That’s definitely neither communism nor capitalism as we have it today,” said the former shipyard electrician, who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.

The Dalai Lama, Iranian human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi and Ireland’s 1976 laureate Betty Williams are taking part in the summit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched the summits in 2000, said he could not attend.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is to receive the gathering’s Peace Summit Award for her anti-AIDS campaigning. The first eight summits were held in Rome. Since 2008, they have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Hiroshima and Chicago. source – France 24.

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Walesa Wants New Secular ‘Ten Commandments’.


Polish Nobel peace laureate Lech Walesa on Monday called for a new “secular Ten Commandments” to underpin universal values, addressing a summit of Nobel Peace Prize winners in Warsaw.

“We need to agree on common values for all religions as soon as possible, a kind of secular Ten Commandments on which we will build the world of tomorrow,” he said in an opening speech kicking off the three-day summit.

Walesa won the Nobel 30 years ago for leading Poland‘s Solidarity trade union, which negotiated a peaceful end to communism in Poland in 1989.

Besides universal values, the international community needs to focus on the economy of tomorrow, he said.

“That’s definitely neither communism nor capitalism as we have it today,” said the former shipyard electrician, who became Poland’s first post-war democratic president.

The Dalai Lama, Iranian human rights advocate and 2003 Nobel winner Shirin Ebadi and Ireland’s 1976 laureate Betty Williams are taking part in the summit. Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who launched the summits in 2000, said he could not attend.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone is to receive the gathering’s Peace Summit Award for her anti-AIDS campaigning.

The first eight summits were held in Rome. Since 2008, they have taken place in Berlin, Paris, Hiroshima and Chicago.

 

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In Further Islamist Crackdown, Egypt to Dissolve Brotherhood NGO.


CAIRO — Egypt’s army-backed government has decided to dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood as a registered nongovernmental organization (NGO) , a state-run newspaper reported on Friday, pressing a crackdown on deposed President Mohammed Morsi‘s movement.

The decision applies to the NGO registered by the Brotherhood in March in response to a lawsuit that argued the group had no legal status.

It marks a mostly symbolic legal blow to Morsi’s group as the authorities round up its members in the harshest crackdown in decades.

“The minister’s decision has in fact been issued but it will be announced at the start of next week in a press conference,” Al-Akhbar newspaper quoted Hany Mahana, spokesman for the minister of social solidarity, as saying.

The Brotherhood won parliamentary and presidential elections after veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in 2011 but the army deposed Morsi on July 3 in response to mass protests against his rule.

The security forces have killed hundreds of Morsi’s supporters and arrested many of its leaders on charges of inciting violence. There has so far been no attempt to ban its political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party.

Al-Akhbar said Social Solidarity Minister Ahmed el-Boraie’s decision to dissolve the group as an NGO stemmed from accusations that the Brotherhood had used its headquarters to fire and store weapons and explosives.

Though formally outlawed under Mubarak, the Brotherhood was grudgingly tolerated for much of his presidency, taking part in parliamentary elections and operating a charity network that helped to it to become Egypt‘s biggest political party.

The Brotherhood was founded in 1928 but formally dissolved by Egypt’s army rulers in 1954. The group’s opponents drew on that to argue the Brotherhood remained an illegal movement even after Mubarak’s downfall.

In response, the Brotherhood decided to shore up its legal standing by formally registering as an NGO.

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Russia’s Putin: ‘Galley slave’ or Persian Gulf monarch?.


Vladimir Putin once compared ruling Russia to being a ‘galley slave,’ but a new pamphlet critical of his state-owned wealth compares him to a Persian Gulf monarch.

Rumors of Russian President Vladimir Putin‘s supposed vast wealth have been flying around the Internet for years, but now opposition politician Boris Nemtsov has weighed, measured, and described it in print.

In a just-released pamphlet co-authored with Solidarity activist Leonid Martynyuk, Mr. Nemtsov claims that President Putin has at his disposal 20 lavish state villas and palaces, four yachts, a fleet of more than 40 aircraft, 15 helicopters, phalanxes of cars, a collection of luxury wristwatches worth about $700,000, and an alleged personal fortune that may amount to billions of dollars.

Though Putin’s official salary is just over $100,000 per year, “with a lifestyle like that, it could be compared to that of a Persian Gulfmonarch,” say the authors of “Life of a Galley Slave” – the title is a riff on a famous Putin quote, in which he declared that he has “toiled like a galley slave, from morning to night” in his public life.

Most of the assets enumerated in the pamphlet are actually state possessions. Like Soviet commissars of the past, Putin has extensive personal access to a vast empire of property and perks that he does not literally own. Putin has repeatedly denied holding a private fortune.

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Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told the Moscow daily Kommersant that he had not read the report, but added it probably contains nothing controversial.

“Information on the residences and transportation of the president is absolutely open, and there is no secret about it,” Kommersant quoted Mr. Peskov as saying. “It is all state property and Putin, as the elected president, uses it in accordance with the law. Moreover, he is forced to use many of these things.”

But it also seems undeniable that Putin enjoys a lifestyle that would make a Soviet General Secretary blush.

Nine of Putin’s state domiciles, including the lavish Konstaninov palace in St. Petersburg, have been constructed recently on his orders. By contrast with Putin’s total of 20 official residences, the president of the United States has just two; even the entire British royal family has only eight state-owned residences at its disposal.

Former deputy Prime Minister Nemtsov is author or co-author of nine reports about Putin, most focusing on the corruption that pervades Russia on his watch.

In the past, he has usually managed to get his work published in Russia, even if with difficulties. This time he says that no Russian printing house would touch “Life of a Galley Slave,” and a meager 5,000 rough copies were produced in private homes, as was done with the samizdat works of the Soviet era.

“None of the printing houses we previously used have agreed to produce our new project, no matter how much we offered to pay them, because they don’t want trouble with the authorities,” Nemtsov told the daily Moskovsky Komsomolets, Tuesday.

“Even people I am friendly with, who have their own print shops, have refused to help. This is a measure of how fast this country is changing, and what a different level of fear there is of the authorities,” even compared to the recent past, he added.

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By Fred Weir | Christian Science Monitor

Lech Walesa effectively backs Romney.


Mitt Romney meets former Polish president Lech Walesa, Monday, July 30, 2012, in Artus Court, in Gdansk, Poland. …GDANSK, Poland–Lech Walesa, the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former president of Poland, effectively endorsed Mitt Romney during a meeting with the GOP presidential candidate Monday.

Walesa, a co-founder of the Solidarity movement in Poland which challenged Communist rule during the 1980s, urged Romney to “get your success” in the upcoming election.

“I wish you to be successful because this success is needed to the United States, of course, but to Europe and the rest of the world, too,” Walesa told Romney ahead of an hour-long meeting between the two men. “Romney, get your success! Be successful!”

It was Romney’s second meeting of the day in Gdansk, a brief stopover before the candidate heads to Warsaw, the final stop of his week-long overseas tour. Romney’s campaign noted the candidate visited Poland at Walesa’s invitation. It was a sly dig at President Barack Obama, whose diplomatic relationship with Polish officials has been strained since 2009, when the Obama administration canceled an air missile defense system set to be built in Poland. The move was viewed as a concession to Russia.

Earlier Monday, Romney met with Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk. Protestors rallied outside–including a group of people who chanted Obama’s name. Others waved a large sign in Polish in support of Ron Paul.
On his way out of town, Romney, his wife, Ann, and son Josh visited two prominent memorials in Gdansk. They laid a wreath at Westerplatte, where the first shots of World War II were fired. Before heading to the airport, they stopped at the Solidarity Monument, one of the most revered spots in Poland, which marks where the Solidarity movement began.

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By Holly Bailey, Yahoo! News | The Ticket 

Polish Solidarity distances self from Romney visit.


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GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) – Solidarity, the trade union movement which led the Polish struggle against Communist rule, distanced itself on Monday from a visit to Poland by U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney, saying he supported attacks on unions in his own country.

              Romney was in Poland on the third and final leg of a foreign tour aimed at burnishing his foreign policy credentials and demonstrating that he would be a viable alternative to U.S. President Barack Obama on the world stage.

              Romney visited the Baltic port of Gdansk, cradle of Solidarity which toppled Poland’s Communist government in the late 1980s, where he met Lech Walesa, the shipyard electrician who led the union movement during that struggle.

              “Regretfully, we were informed by our friends from the American headquarters of (trade union federation) AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million employees … that Mitt Romney supported attacks on trade unions and employees’ rights,” Solidarity said in a statement.

              “Solidarity was not involved in organizing Romney’s meeting with Walesa and did not invite him to visit Poland.”

Romney is trying to avoid any further missteps after gaffes during the first leg of his tour, in Britain, generated negative newspaper headlines and criticism even from some of his own supporters. He came to Poland from Israel, his second stop.

In Gdansk, Romney, who has called Poland’s neighbor Russia the top “geopolitical foe” of the United States, tried to show that if elected president he would be a stronger ally to Moscow-wary Poland than Obama.

Hundreds of people were on hand to watch Romney and his wife, Ann, arrive at the Gdansk Old Town Hall for a meeting with Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Romney and Tusk and their delegations talked for about 45 minutes, then Romney went to the building next door and met Walesa.

Walesa, who was Polish president for five years from 1990, effectively endorsed Romney in their meeting.

              “I wish you to be successful because this success is needed for the United States of course, but for Europe and the rest of the world too. Governor Romney, get your success. Be successful,” he said.

              Romney, a former governor of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, laughed heartily and thanked Walesa for inviting him.

Romney is to give a speech in the Polish capital, Warsaw, on Tuesday to conclude his week-long foreign tour.

“The relationship that our countries have is very important and it would be a high priority in a Romney administration,” said a senior Romney campaign adviser.

              However, it may prove difficult in Poland for Romney to draw a sharp contrast with his Democratic rival in the presidential election because Polish leaders enjoy fairly strong ties with the Obama White House.

              Walesa ended his association with the Solidarity movement several years ago following disputes over policy.

              Solidarity is still known abroad because of its historic role in the collapse of Communism and the fall of the Berlin Wall. At home, it is now closely linked with Poland’s biggest opposition party, which promotes conservative social values.

              (Additional reporting by Chris Borowski in Gdansk; Writing by Christian Lowe and Steve Holland; Editing by Tim Pearce)

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