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Saturday, 12 February 2011
Waves Of Tunisians Arriving In Italy (In Italian)
From Corriere della Sera:
Lampedusa, 4mila arrivi in quattro giorni
E i barconi continuano ad approdare
Si punta al trasferimento di tutti in aereo entro sabato.
Il Consiglio dei ministri: emergenza umanitaria
LAMPEDUSA (Agrigento) – Molti hanno trascorso la notte sul molo Favaloro e di Porto Vecchio mentre i più fortunati hanno trovato un improvvisato giaciglio nei locali della stazione marittima o nella «casa della fratellanza» di don Stefano Nastasi, il parroco di Lampedusa. Sull’isola la situazione resta drammatica e in continua evoluzione perché gli sbarchi non accennano ad esaurirsi.
TRASFERITI - Stando ai conteggi ufficiali della Capitaneria di porto sono circa 4mila le persone transitate negli ultimi quattro giorni sull’isola. Il comandante Antonio Morana ha detto che 214 sono arrivati dalla mezzanotte su cinque diverse imbarcazioni, l'ultima entrata nel porto alle 14. Al largo dell'isola ci sono una nave della Marina Militare e un pattugliatore della Guardia Costiera, mentre diversi velivoli, sia delle Capitanerie di porto che della Guardia di finanza, perlustrano il tratto di mare tra le coste africane e la Sicilia. Più della metà dei migranti è stata già trasferita in nave e col ponte aereo in altri Cpt disseminati in tutto il sud Italia. In tarda mattinata erano circa 1.400 le persone ancora in attesa di trasferimento. Il ponte aereo prosegue ininterrottamente per tutta la giornata, a meno che non si decida, per ragioni umanitarie, di cedere rispetto alla linea della fermezza e riaprire, seppur provvisoriamente, il centro di accoglienza di contrada Imbriacola che è perfettamente funzionante ma resta chiuso.
CONSIGLIO DEI MINISTRI - In tal senso anche a Lampedusa si attendono istruzioni da Roma. Il Consiglio dei ministri ha dichiarato lo stato di emergenza umanitaria. A meno di ripensamenti fino ad ora il governo insiste sulla chiusura del centro di accoglienza. «Si punta a al trasferimento entro sabato di tutti gli immigrati presenti sull’isola» ha ribadito il sindaco di Lampedusa Bernardino De Rubeis. Queste sono le indicazioni che ha ricevuto dal Viminale con cui è costantemente in contatto. Il ponte aereo è cominciato in mattinata con i primi due voli diretti a Bari. Più tardi sulla nave di linea della Siremar per Porto Empedocle dovrebbero essere imbarcati almeno altri duecento immigrati.
A radical preacher banned from entering the country may now lose the platform to broadcast messages of hate to British television screens.
Zakir Naik - who has claimed that "every Muslim should be a terrorist" - was banned from coming to Britain last June by Theresa May in one of her first major acts as Home Secretary. But eight months on, the 45-year-old cleric is still a key figure in a company that holds an Ofcom-approved licence for Peace TV.
Now, the broadcasting watchdog has confirmed it is investigating the satellite channel, broadcast in English and Urdu, after receiving a complaint from a viewer over its extremist messages. Programmes on Peace TV have included praise for "mujahideen" fighting British troops in Iraq, labelled Jews as an "enemy of Islam" and made claims about the 9/11 terror attacks being an "inside job".
During the court case, lawyers for the Home Office also suggested that Naik's sermons broadcast in India acted as inspiration for the terrorists behind the Mumbai attacks in 2008.
An Ofcom spokesman said: "We are in the middle of an investigation about Peace TV. Ofcom will not tolerate extremism on British television, and transgressors will be dealt with."
A Peace TV spokesman said: "We have received no complaints in the last two years. As far as we are aware there is no Ofcom investigation. We are currently appealing Theresa May's decision in the Court of Appeal."
Lawyers acting for the estate of late avant-garde composer John Cage have branded the Performing Right Society for Music ‘utterly useless’ after it was revealed that it has failed to collect any royalties at all for performances of his most famous work, 4’33” – a three-movement composition consisting entirely of silence.
‘These people are only too happy to collect money for the big pop acts each time their songs are played by hairdressers, shops and pubs,’ said lawyer Rupert Asquith, ‘but they just seem to turn a deaf ear to our client’s silent work. Honestly, if John Cage had had a penny for every time office staff were caught getting on with their work while shamelessly listening to 4’33”, he could have bought himself some state-of-the-art speakers to properly appreciate his composition.’
In a bid to assert Cage’s artistic rights and recoup some of his lost royalties, his lawyers have taken to the streets and are threatening to sue anyone going about their daily business without humming, talking to themselves or otherwise making a noise. ‘Public libraries continue to be the worst offenders,’ said Asquith. ‘They don’t even try to pretend they aren’t just playing his work on repeat. But at least they appreciate the integrity and beauty of the composition. If anyone interrupts the performance they get roundly hushed and the whole piece is started again from the beginning.’
The campaign by John Cage’s estate has found support from famous musicians. ‘It’s a cause close to my heart as it was the first thing I learnt to play on the piano,’ said Elton John. ‘It took a while to master, mind. But once you’ve heard it, it’s one of those pieces of music that stays with you. There are still days when I can’t get it out of my head.’
But Cage’s lawyers accept they have an uphill battle to get people to take their claim seriously. ‘The Performing Right Society for Music has plenty to say about fair reward for artistic endeavour, but as soon as we ask about the royalties cheques for 4’33”, they go quiet. Can you believe that? They sit there performing his most famous work and won’t even stump up a penny.’
Cage’s estate is desperate to reach an agreement on royalties quickly so that nothing stops them ‘hitting the jackpot’ on Remembrance Day when millions of people up and down the country perform a short extract from 4’33”.
The Guardian newspaper owes John Cage a fortune in royalties. Its writers play 4’33” when reading about Muslim girls being forced into marriage, white girls being pimped by "Asian" men, "Palestinian" treatment of homosexuals or Israeli doctors treating "Palestinian" children.
According to a report released by security software firm Symantec, the Stuxnet malworm developers attacked five gateways over 2009 and 2010 before locking onto a domain using SCADA infrastructure software that has infected more than 100,000 computers in Iran. According to this Wired.com report, Symantec's analysis suggest that the Stuxnet Cyber warriors did this via infected USB drives and not via the internet as originally speculated.
Here are some of the highlights from the Wired.com report:
Attackers behind the Stuxnet computer worm focused on targeting five organizations in Iran that they believed would get them to their final target in that country, according to a new report from security researchers.
The five organizations, believed to be the first that were infected with the worm, were targeted in five separate attacks over a number of months in 2009 and 2010, before Stuxnet was discovered in June 2010 and publicly exposed. Stuxnet spread from these organizations into other organizations on its way to its final target, which is believed to have been a nuclear enrichment facility or facilities in Iran.
“These five organizations were infected, and from those five computers Stuxnet spread out — not to just computers in those organizations, but to other computes as well,” says Liam O Murchu, manager of operations for Symantec Security Response. “It all started with those five original domains.”
The new information comes in an updated report from researchers at Symantec (.pdf), a computer security firm that has provided some of the leading analysis of the worm since it was discovered.
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Symantec didn’t identify the names of the five organizations that were targeted; the company said only that all five “have a presence in Iran” and are involved in industrial processes. One of the organizations (what Symantec refers to as Domain B) was targeted with the worm in three of the five attacks. Of the remaining organizations, three of them were hit once, and the last organization was targeted twice.
Symantec has so far been able to count a constellation of 12,000 infections in the five organizations and outside organizations to which the malware spread. The most successful attack occurred in March 2010 when 69 percent of these infections occurred. The March attack targeted only Domain B, then spread.
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Symantec found that the shortest time between when the malware was compiled in one case — that is turned from source code into a working piece of software — and the subsequent attack using the code occurred, was just 12 hours. This occurred in the June 2009 attack.
“This tells us that the attackers more than likely knew who they wanted to infect before they completed the code,” O Murchu says. “They knew in advance who they wanted to target and how they were going to get it there.”
Stuxnet was not designed to spread via the internet but via an infected USB stick or some other targeted method within a local network. So the short timeframe between compilation and the launch of the June 2009 attack also suggests that the attackers had immediate access to the computer they attacked — either working with an insider or using an unwitting insider to introduce the infection.
“It could be they sent it to someone who put it on a USB key, or it could have been delivered via spear-phishing,” O Murchu says. “What we do see is that the exploits in Stuxnet are all land-based, so it is not going to spread wildly on the internet. From that, we can assume the attackers wanted to deliver Stuxnet to an organization that was very close to whatever the final destination for Stuxnet was.”
Symantec, working with other security firms, has so far been able to collect and examine 3,280 unique samples of the code. Stuxnet has infected more than 100,000 computers in Iran, Europe and the United States, but it’s designed to only deliver its malicious payload when it finds itself on the final system or systems it’s targeting.
The senate of the US state of Texas on Tuesday passed a resolution commending respected Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen for his contributions to the promotion of global peace and understanding.
Senate Resolution No. 85, which was approved during Tuesday's session chaired by Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, said, “The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to recognize Fethullah Gülen for his ongoing and inspirational contributions to the promotion of global peace and understanding.” The resolution said Turkish scholar, author, poet, preacher and educational activist Fethullah Gülen has inspired a worldwide social movement that promotes humanistic values and service, known as the Hizmet movement, or the Gülen movement.
“Based on the principle that each human being is of value, regardless of background, faith or culture, the Gülen movement offers a multifaceted approach to seeking world peace.
It also places a strong emphasis on intercultural understanding and the embracing of differences; it values compassionate acts of care and concern; and it promotes the importance of education in laying the groundwork for fostering better relationships between diverse populations,” read the approved resolution.
The senate recognized that the Gülen movement emphasizes the core concept that peace is a function of tolerance and dialogue and it offers “Living to let others live” as the foundation of a life of altruistic service and calls on the younger generation to combine intellectual enlightenment with spirituality to make the world a better place.
Noting that the strength of the universal values promoted by the movement has led to the creation of the Gülen Institute at the University of Houston, which promotes academic research as well as grassroots activity as a means to bring about positive social change, the resolution said, “Gülen and the movement for social justice he inspired are truly deserving of recognition for their impact on our global society.”
“Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Senate of the State of Texas, 82nd Legislature, hereby commend Fethullah Gülen for his dedication to working toward a better world through education, service, tolerance and the free exchange of ideas and extend to him best wishes for continued success in all his endeavors,” the senate resolved.
Gülen, a Turkish Islamic scholar well known for teachings that promote mutual understanding and tolerance between cultures, resides in the US. Gülen has pioneered educational activities in a number of countries, along with efforts to promote intercultural and interfaith activities around the world. One of the world’s most influential Islamic scholars, Gülen made the top of the list of “The World’s Top 20 Public Intellectuals” by the magazines Foreign Policy and Prospect in 2008.