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Omar Aziz, a famous Syrian peace activist, 64, died in custody February 16, 2013, Has it learned a few days later through his family. He died at the h? Military hospital in Harasta, a suburb of Damascus, after a long captivity in the detention center of the intelligence services of the Air Force in Mazze, where he was held since his arrest November 20, 2012 in a cell of 16 square meters with 85 other people.

Omar Aziz suffered from hypertension and had lost, according to his family, more than 15 pounds. Shortly before his death, he was transferred to the central prison in Adra. His family was never informed of his condition or even death. These are inmates who sent him the news.

An economist by training (University of Grenoble) and poured into new technologies, Omar Aziz had left Saudi Arabia, where he lived, shortly after the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011. It is one of the architects of the Local Coordination Committees, which have greatly contributed to maintaining the revolt, give slogans and ensured as long as possible that the struggle is peaceful and non-denominational. Continue reading

Able to give as much as others but cheaper, urban models tailored to become the cars of the crisis was said. Worn by the contemporary trend in downsizing (but powerful enough smaller engines, but reduced size record habitability), the “small is beautiful” would also allow general builders, so the French brands, to redress the balance.

It seems that things are not so simple. The latest statistics indicate that the diffusion of small car segment A (Renault Twingo, Peugeot 107 …) caps. As for those of segment B (Renault Clio, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta), which weigh 30% of the European market, they have, according to research firm IHS cited by Les Echos, plunged 19% between late 2010 and late 2012.

“KICKBACK MEASURES TO PRIME THE BRAIN”

At the same time, the entire European market only lost 9.7%. These figures reflect a tad nervous French firms. Launched just last year, the Peugeot 208 has not achieved its objectives. Renault Clio 4, appeared in fall 2012, seems to please, but it is premature to talk about success.

And if there was a problem with small cars? “We suffer from measures scrapping, whose disappearance depresses the market,” argues Lawrence Fox, director of Renault range. Continue reading

The Greek finance minister, Yannis Stournaras said Friday, Jan. 4 that Greece will vote by the end of next week a bill to toughen the regime tax on such employees and professionals.

This law, ahead of a major tax reform planned by the government in April, aims to replenish the coffers of the state in order to reach 2.5 billion euros in 2013, a commitment of Greece vis- -vis its creditors, the European Union and International Monetary Fund. The government, which is struggling to fight against tax evasion is widespread in the country, put on increasing revenue through increased taxation of professionals, champions of tax evasion, and employees with annual revenue more than EUR 21 000.

According to the press, which published excerpts of the bill in December, the new tax “will strangle the middle class”, already hard hit by the rigor imposed for three years and have led to a significant reduction in wages and pensions.

NEW DISCIPLINE PLAN FOR 2013 Continue reading