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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

“We made ??mistakes are rectified and that’s how we progress.”. This council, Vincent Peillon spoke on the morning of Monday, February 25 to students in a class of CP Roger Salengro school in Gonesse (Val d’Oise), the minister just to apply it to himself. On the issue of school timetables, the strategy of the Minister of National Education is rather to summarize the following line: “We made ??a mistake, then a second and that’s how we move forward.” Irony of a socialist leader commented: “The philosopher should know that we should not confuse speed with haste …”

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Painting of Jon McNaughton (anti Obama tea party painter)

Thanks to this great French radio show, “There, if I am there” I Discovered this painter (Jon McNaughton) who’s painting HAS only one purpose: to denigrate and destroy if possible, politically Barack Obama ..

Will you notice this unashamed use this Mormon That Tea Party support and makes you look Jesus Christ Who Would someone be backing not only the American constitution goal aussi the vision Time of the Old MOST conservative and reactionary leaders. Of course the words of this man are hallucinating and maybe even more distressing That the hateful pictures he paints.

And when to the French interviewers Abebooks web sites him what he thought about Mitt Romney HAVING just bought companies to fire workers and Their make money in saling em just Effective, or what he thought of the fact That he hid His money in tax haven, all what he was finding was to say That It was what U.S. capitalists Continue reading

In the first article we have spent on this blog in the U.S. presidential election and its relationship to the polls, we made reference city, like many other observers, the site of synthesis of the various surveys in the United united by Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight blog.

This site, which already gave Obama the winner a week ago, confirmed and even strengthened its forecasts, did not hesitate to say that the strong support% of the popular vote and 303 electoral votes (against 234 for his rival) Obama has a 80% chance of winning the election! While these results are confirmed, but to a much lesser extent, the site Realpolitics, which gives 201 electoral votes for Obama, 191 for his opponent and 146 undecided. The nuance is.

But Le Monde today tells us that part of the electoral debate in the United States these days focuses on the following question: but who is this mysterious Nate Silver, whose comparative surveys blog seems to make more most authoritative among observers? Continue reading

The law has failed in almost twenty years to bring down the price of the funeral. The economic crisis and the Internet could be more effective. For about a year, the funeral market mute. It develops all share a speech on prices, terms borrowed from the supermarket that seemed far indecent in the area. “Funeral low cost”, “discount”, “cut-price” … Appara t in this niche “first prize” a growing number of operators, storefront or online number;? For price comparison websites that facilitate competitive bidding. And families who can not, no longer want, deal with an average expenditure of 3,000 to 3,500 euros to pay their last respects to their deceased.

Ecoplus Funeral, new string of stores launched by the cooperative network’s funeral Choice, opened a new outlet in Lyon on October 17. Photo: Sebastian Erome for Le Monde

That’s almost twenty years since the communal monopoly funeral was repealed (Act Sweat January 1993), liberalizing the sector. Lower rates expected did not occur. On the contrary: most, the burial societies have increased the bill to make as much selling less. Why deny it? In this particular industry, the consumer, so far little compared.

The price of funerals has risen by a third in ten years, fell to November 2011 the consumer association UFC-Que Choisir, who tirelessly denounced the opacity of a sector whose turnover approaching 2 billion Euro ‘: “The funeral is a painful moment when we inevitably lose lucidity Some funeral operators are able to take advantage.”. Continue reading