Archive for January 28th, 2015

28/01/2015

‘Empire of Chaos’ in the House

Human Wrongs Watch

By Pepe Escobar, 27 January 2015, RT*

No one in Western corporate media will tell you why US President Barack Obama is hitting Riyadh with a high-powered delegation to “pay his respects” to the new House of Saud potentate, King Salman.

**Image: "Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia" by Anuskafm - Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

**”Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia” by Anuskafm – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

Talk about a who’s who – including CIA head John Brennan; General Lloyd Austin, head of US Centcom; Secretary of State John Kerry; leading House Democrat Nancy Pelosi; and even senile Senator John “Bomb Iran” McCain.

It must have been heart wrenching for most in this crowd to skip a visit to the Taj Mahal in India so they would be part of the last-minute, “unscheduled” stop in Riyadh.

This is how the astonishing mediocrity that doubles as US Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, spun it; “Principally, I think this is to mark this transition in leadership and to pay respects to the family and to the people of Saudi Arabia, but I’m sure that while we’re there they’ll touch on some of the leading issues where we cooperate very closely with Saudi Arabia.”

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28/01/2015

World Tourism Tops 1.1 Billion in 2014

Human Wrongs Watch

The number of international tourists reached 1.13 billion in 201, 4, 51 million more than in 2013, on trend for the fifth consecutive year of above average growth since the 2009 economic crisis, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced on 27 January 2015.

Photo: UNWTO

“Over the past years, tourism has proven to be a surprisingly strong and resilient economic activity and a fundamental contributor to the economic recovery by generating billions of dollars in exports and creating millions of jobs, said UNWTO Secretary-General Taleb Rifai at the opening of the Spain Global Tourism Forum in Madrid.*

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28/01/2015

Iberia a Thousand Years Ago

Human Wrongs Watch

By Johan Galtung, 27 January 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service

A time machine set on the long haul backward may be useful to understand the present in the light of the past. For instance Iberia, the peninsula, today with two states, Spain and Portugal.

**Image: Roman conquest of Hispania | Author: HansenBCN | Wikimedia Commons

**Roman conquest of Hispania | Author: HansenBCN | Wikimedia Commons

The time machine operator is Vigdis L’Orsa, Norwegian journalist, a pillar in the Norwegian community on Costa Blanca with incredible small towns like Alfaz with above one hundred nations living peacefully together.

She runs seminars on Spanish history inviting Norwegians, professionals and amateurs, to explore the Spanish past.

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