KKE: Interview with the Greek Communist Party

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Wikinews reporter Iain Macdonald has performed an interview with Dr Isabella Margara, a London-based member of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE). In the interview Margara sets out the communist response to current events in Greece as well as discussing the viability of a communist economy for the nation. She also hit back at Petros Tzomakas, a member of another Greek far-left party which criticised KKE in a previous interview.

The interview comes amid tensions in cash-strapped Greece, where the government is introducing controversial austerity measures to try to ease the nation’s debt-problem. An international rescue package has been prepared by European Union member states and the International Monetary Fund – should Greece require a bailout; protests have been held against government attempts to manage the economic situation.

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O.J. Simpson named suspect in robbery

Friday, September 14, 2007

Reports say that O.J. Simpson, a former American football player is a suspect in a robbery that took place on Thursday night at the Palace Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Simpson was not immediately arrested and was later released. He was not a guest at the hotel.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police (LVMPD) began to question Simpson and at least five other people, after they were accused of breaking into a room in the hotel, with at least one of the individuals holding a gun, but its not known if the room was a guest room.

Several sports memorabilia items, all previously belonging to Simpson, were reported to be stolen from the room, which was registered to sports memorabilia collector Alfred Beardsley, and reports say that when police found the items, Simpson claimed that they belonged to him. Among the items stolen is believed to be a suit that Simpson wore during his 1995 murder trial, an autographed item that had been signed by Joe Montana, and “never before released” version of Simpson’s book If I Did It. Simpson was found not guilty of the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

“When they talked to him, Simpson made the comment that he believed the memorabilia was his. We’re getting conflicting stories from the two sides,” said Jose Montoya, a spokesman for the LVMPD.

Reports say that Beardsley was going to sell the items and made plans to meet with someone on Thursday night who was interested in purchasing them. The unnamed individual, along with OJ claimed to be police officers and ordered Beardsley to turn over his cellular phone, which he refused. He then claims one of the men “roughed him up” before stealing every collectible in the room.

Police are expected to release a statement to the media later today.

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Brazilian President Lula met Chavez, military and economic cooperation

Thursday, February 17, 2005

CARACAS, Venezuela —The Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva met the Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on February 14, 2005 in Caracas, Venezuela. Brazil and Venezuela signed agreements of cooperation on many areas. According to the Brazilian government this was a strategical encounteur. This meeting is the first of three meetings that President Lula will have with South American Presidents in three days. The scheduled meetings are with the presidents of: Venezuela (February, 14), Guiana (February, 15) and Suriname (February, 16).

President Lula was accompanied by the following comitiva: the Minister of Development, Industry, and External Trade Luiz Fernando Furlan, the Minister of Finance Antônio Palocci, the Minister of Foreign Relations Celso Amorim, the Minister of Health Humberto Costa, the Minister of Mines and Energy Dilma Roussef, the Minister of Tourism Walfrido Mares Guia, the President of Petrobras José Eduardo Dutra, the President of National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) Guido Mantega, the President of Eletrobrás Silas Rondeau Cavalcante Silva and the Special Secretary for Aquaculture and Fisheries José Fritsch. In addition a delegation of executives representing enterprises from Brazil accompanied the President.

The Brazilian Ministry of External Relations told the trip aims the construction of a strategical alliance and commercial integration between both countries. The Brazilian Presidential Advisor Marco Aurélio Garcia said:”With this gesture, Brazil will consolidate one of its major political goals, which is the constitution of a South American community of nations”. He added: “These agreements with Venezuela are strategical. We want this agreement as a model for other agreements in the region.”

According to President Lula the integration of the Latin America is the priority number one of his government. Days before the arrival in Venezuela and commenting about the trip Lula said: “We’re going to do the same thing in Colombia and in other countries in which integration is no longer a campaign speech but part of the way we deal with real things, day to day”.

The integration of the Latin America is the politics repeatedly proposed by Lula during the meetings of the Foro de São Paulo. According to him and the others members of the Foro there must be a integration among all the left parties and governments of Latin America. The union aims to be an alternative and opposing force to the politics and influence of the richest countries, mainly the United States. Among the organizations which are usually participants of the Foro de São Paulo are: Communist Party of Cuba, Colombian Communist Party, Communist Party of Bolivia, Communist Party of Brazil, Workers’ Party, Paraguayan Communist Party, Peruvian Communist Party, Socialist Party of Peru, National Liberation Army, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front, Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity, Tupamaros.

On December 4, 2001 during the 10th edition of the Foro de São Paulo in Havana Lula said:”A shoal of small fish may mean the finishing of the hungry in our countries, in out continent. We should not think as the History ended on our journey by the Earth. Even it happens just once, or with one gesture, let’s effectively contribute to the improve the life of millions of human beings who live socially excluded by this neoliberal model.”[1]

In Venezuela, once again, he brought out the integration wish: “This is the biggest dream I am carrying, that we can negotiate collectively, not like one country, but like a set of countries so we can do that our people may have the chance to conquer the full citizenship.”

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American Boxwood Shrubs An Evergreen Border That’s Perfect For Noise Reduction And Privacy}

Submitted by: Tammy Sons

American Boxwood Shrubs

Boxwood, or Buxus, is a genus containing about seventy species of plants. They can be found in parts of Asia, Africa, South and Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe and Madagascar. Some, like the European and Asian species, are tolerant to frost, and the others are sub-tropical or tropical.

The American Boxwood is easily the most versatile and useful Boxwood when it comes to creating outdoor plants. It is a slow-growing shrub that is evergreen. It grows very densely and can be very easily pruned into shape. During mid or late spring, you will see small, light yellow or cream blossoms appearing that are scented but are without petals.



American Boxwood shrubs are extremely dense, and they become denser if you trim them. Because of how well they take to such pruning, they are excellent to use as privacy screens. If you want a tight, low hedge you can plant them every three feet. If you want more of a property divider then you plant them every five feet, and if you leave them without any pruning, they will naturally grow to be about ten feet tall.


These shrubs are quite popular and can be used in practically any garden. You can shear them into geometric shapes if you fancy them that way, to give your garden a formal setting. For a more casual look to your garden, you can leave the American Boxwood to grow into their natural shape.

Many people like having these shrubs around because of their variegated foliage. There are cultivars of variegated foliage so you can always get different effects. American Boxwood are used greatly for making hedges because of how well they respond to pruning.

Care Tips

All boxwood shrubs have broad, shallow roots, so you have to be careful not to cultivate very closely around them as the digging and planting might cause damage to their fragile root system. This will in turn damage the rest of the shrub.

The best thing to have around these shrubs is grass because they just need to be cut and do not need any digging. Alternatively, you can use a porous material like river gravel to carpet your garden because it will allow water to easily reach the shrubs root system. On the other hand, if you have paving stones or bricks in your garden, they will make it much harder for enough nutrients and water to reach the shrubs root system, so they will not thrive.

Additionally, you can use two or three inches of organic mulch to cool the roots and keep them from becoming too dry. To keep diseases away, keep the shrubs pruned so that light reaches the inner branches and plant them in a well-drained location with just the right amount of fertilizer.

These plants are quite cold hardy, being able to withstand heavy ice and snow. They are resistant to most diseases as well as drought. Most pests tend to leave the American Boxwood species alone even though they feed on other species of Boxwoods.

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Deadly fire below US President’s Trump Tower residence

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

On Saturday, the Trump Tower, in Midtown, New York City, caught fire shortly before 18:00 EST (2200 UTC) on the 50th floor, claiming the life of a 67-year-old resident, Todd Brassner, who lived in apartment 50C. All other residents were evacuated without incident. During the fire, six firefighters received non-life-threatening burns and other minor injuries. Neither US President Donald Trump nor the First Family were in the building at the time of the fire.

The high-end Fifth Avenue address is the personal residence of President Donald Trump, whose family occupies the top three stories of the 58-story building. The US Secret Service maintains a constant security presence inside the building with the New York City Police Department guarding a hard perimeter, intended to stop vehicular attacks, and a soft perimeter, intended for on-foot attacks.

The four-alarm fire required 200 firemen, extra police, and paramedics. At 20:00 EST (0000 UTC Sunday), the New York City Fire Department (FDNY) declared the fire was under control. Trump tweeted, “Firemen (and women) did a great job. THANK YOU!” This is the second fire at Trump Tower since the election; previously on January 8, a fire was caused by an electrical malfunction in a cooling tower on the roof. Three FDNY firefighters received minor injuries, and all residents and office workers evacuated without incident on that occasion.

Trump Tower provides a number of unique problems never before encountered by the Secret Service. Never has a US President’s personal residence been inside a skyscraper or in a densely populated area like Midtown. The security measures have disrupted vehicular and pedestrian traffic requiring time consuming detours and delaying emergency response.

The New York Fire Code did not mandate sprinkler systems at the time Trump Tower was built in 1983, which might have reduced the size and severity of the fire had they been present. The 50th-floor apartment was, according to FDNY Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro, “[T]he apartment was virtually, entirely on fire.” The Secret Service monitors all the fire alarms in the building but it took time to find the source of the thick black smoke emanating from the fire. Secret Service Agents escorted the firefighters throughout the building, including the Trump residence.

Brassner, the sole casualty, was unconscious when firefighters pulled him out of apartment 50C. He was transported to Mount Sinai Roosevelt Hospital. Originally listed as critical, he was pronounced dead sometime during the night. Brassner, guitar collector, was acquainted with artist Andy Warhol and was acknowledged in Warhol’s 1989 autobiography, The Andy Warhol Diaries. The cause of the fire is unknown, with investigations into Brassner’s death and the emergency response ongoing. Currently, the Secret Service leads the investigation.

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Auckland City Council acts to remove suspect chemicals in pre-school’s soil

Saturday, April 1, 2006

Chemicals, which the Auckland City Council said are a suspected cause of cancer and are considered toxic, have been found in soil at a children’s playcentre in Auckland. The contamination was found at the Auckland Central Playcentre in Freemans Bay, and the Council will now spend $100,000 removing the top 50 cm (about 20 in) of soil at the playcentre, doing landscaping and replacing playground equipment.

The presence of “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, including benzo-a-pyrene,” was suspected at the school playground and was confirmed by a chemical analysis on Tuesday. The chemicals may cause temporary digestive and respiratory distress, as well as irritation of the eyes and skin. The levels of benzo-a-pyrene found were between 0.06 and 4.82 milligrams per kilogram of soil at surface level, according to the Ministry of Education. A potential risk is present at levels above 3.5 mg.

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What To Expect From Professionals Who Provide Furnace Repair In Wichita

byAlma Abell

It is smart to have your heating system professionally inspected and repaired before winter. You can be confident that your home will be ready for chilly weather when you choose a full-service HVAC provider that offers:

1. EMERGENCY SERVICES: When you need Furnace Repair Wichita HVAC experts will dispatch technicians 24/7. They will arrive in fully-stocked trucks, and be able to expertly troubleshoot and diagnose problems.Technicians can also make many repairs immediately.

2. EXPERIENCE: Experts, such as Cook’s Heating and Cooling, can work on almost any type or brand of equipment. They are well trained to service older models, as well as today’s more complex systems. Technicians can repair gas or electric furnaces, They will be able to service thermostats, including programmable models. Experts will also be able to evaluate whether poor insulation is preventing your home from staying warm.

3. AIR QUALITY CHECKS: HVAC experts can check carbon monoxide levels in your home, and ensure that you are safe. They will recommend monitors that detect dangerous carbon monoxide levels. In addition. professionals will check your home air, to ensure it has not been polluted by dust mites, pollen, chemicals, pet dander, mold, and other irritants. These can build up over time, and accumulate in air ducts. They will then be circulated throughout your home, and pose a health threat. When technicians find an air quality problem, they can recommend solutions that include filtration systems, electronic filters, humidifiers, and more.

4. REPAIRS/INSTALLATION: When you need Furnace Repair Wichita HVAC experts will provide guaranteed parts and labor. If your system cannot be fixed, they will explain how energy-efficient replacement systems can save you money. Professionals will help you choose a unit that is the right capacity for your home, and that will offer the most energy savings. They are also able to design a system when you are renovating or simply want a different HVAC system. Technicians will let you know about any rebates, discounts, and tax credits that your new unit entitles you to.

When you need Furnace repair, HVAC professionals provide fast emergency service, professional inspections, and guaranteed repairs. They will also help improve your home’s air quality, and guide you to choose the most efficient replacement units.

Voluntary sterilization of poor women proposed by Louisiana state legislator

Thursday, September 25, 2008

A Louisiana representative has proposed a controversial solution to “generational welfare,” which would pay women on welfare to get sterilization. Republican John LaBruzzo said he thought of the idea because of his constituents’ outrage over paying for welfare.

“You have these people who are just fed up with working their buns off to try to provide for their own family and being forced by the government [to] provide for others’ families who just want to have unlimited kids”, he commented. He is currently working with Baton Rouge to gather data in support of his proposal.

The idea, which LaBruzzo has not finished forming, would award any woman on government assistance a check of $1,000 if she gets a tubal ligation operation. LaBruzzo is also considering rewarding sterilization in poor men and giving tax incentives for higher-income families to have more children.

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LaBruzzo, who is pro-life, said that the people “on the other side of the political spectrum are pro-choice. Well, let’s give these people the ability to choose.”

While LaBruzzo has stated that he has received an outpouring of support over his idea, the ACLU spoke out against the proposal and called it a “meanspirited attempt to eliminate the poor.” Planned Parenthood representative Julie Mickelberry called it a “bribery”, suggesting a solution which attacked the root of the problem was needed and that the representative needed to “go back to addressing issues of education about unintended pregnancy and opening healthcare access.”

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Vehicle Audio System Installers In Rapid City, Sd That Will Go The Extra Mile

byAlma Abell

There’s nothing like customizing your vehicle with a pumping hot audio system! The really good news is that audio systems have come a long way in recent years, as the technology behind them has advanced to the point that it now includes connection options like Bluetooth. This means that the possibilities are now wider and more varied than ever before!


Why Customize?

Customizing a vehicle is a direct expression of one’s own personality. By going to one of the best vehicle audio system installers in Rapid City, SD, you can virtually install your own mobile party! Click here for more information on audio and video systems. The following are just some of the possibilities on offer:

  • A totally integrated multimedia system that includes networked audio and DVD players with inset screens
  • A surround sound audio system that can connect via Bluetooth technology to smartphones and mp3 players so that you have access to thousands of songs at the touch of a button
  • Premium quality subwoofers and speakers are driven by amplifiers that will crank all the way up so you can take the party with you and shake the windows

An Integrated Solution

Even if shaking the windows is not really your thing, it is entirely possible to customize an installation through the best vehicle audio system installers. In fact, some people even have GPS systems hooked right up to their speaker systems so that they have access to clear navigation wherever they are.

Other people go all the way and have a full media player suite installed that can access movies through a local network and media storage. This is the sort of thing that is great for long trips with the family! Whatever type of media system you want to be installed in your vehicle, the best vehicle audio system installers offer a wide range of options.

G7 announce debt relief plan

Saturday, February 5, 2005

London, UK —The quarterly G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors’ meeting at Lancaster House concluded on February 5, 2005, with the G7 failing to agree on a plan to reduce debt in developing countries. According to the Los Angeles Times, British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown announced that he believes, “this summit will be remembered as the summit for 100% debt relief” for the 27 countries involved in the Enhanced HIPC Initiative. Ministers from other G7 countries disagreed. Brown’s so-called International Financial Facility proposal, or IFF, “would not work for the U.S,” Undersecretary of the U.S. Treasury John Taylor said to the Los Angeles Times.

The joint statement issued by the ministers in the wake of the conference stated that, “We are agreed on a case-by-case analysis of HIPC countries, based on our willingness to provide as much as 100 per cent multilateral debt relief.” The ministers did not cite a figure for the minimum amount of debt relief that would be provided.

The conference was preceded by a demonstration in Trafalgar Square on the theme of “Make Poverty History.” Nelson Mandela spoke at the demonstration, attended by an estimated 20,000 people, according to World Development Movement, an organization involved in the planning of the event. Chancellor Brown invited Mandela to address the G7 on February 4, 2005, which he did in a “fireside chat,” according to Larry Elliott of The Guardian.

The G7, or ‘Group of Seven,’ is a coalition of seven major industrial democracies: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States, and Canada. They hold quarterly meetings to discuss financial matters.

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