Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Horst Köhler, former President of the Federal Republic of Germany, as his Personal Envoy for Western Sahara.
The new Personal Envoy succeeds Christopher Ross of the United States who completed his assignment on 30 April 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Ross' tireless efforts and dedication to facilitate negotiations between the parties in order to achieve a just, durable and mutually acceptable political solution, which would provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara.
Mr. Köhler brings more than 35 years of experience in government and international organizations, including as President of the Federal Republic of Germany (2004-2010), Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. (2000-2004) and President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London (1998-2000). Mr. Köhler also served as State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Finance (1990-1993) before being appointed President of the German Savings Bank Association (1993).
Mr. Köhler graduated from the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen with a Diploma in Public Economics and Political Sciences in 1969. He also obtained his doctorate degree in Economics in 1977 and has been an Honorary Professor at the University of Tübingen since 2003.
Born in 1943, Mr. Köhler is married and has two children.
In its 2017 annual report issued after its 41st session held in July in Krakow, Poland, the World Heritage Committee , praised the progress carried out at Historic Cairo and the serious steps taken by Egypt to develop the area and preserve its architectural and urban heritage.
Mohamed Abdel Aziz, General Director of the Historic Cairo Rehabilitation and Development Project announced.
He explains that the World Heritage Committee (WHC) in its report praised the progress that has been made by the State Party in conformity the recommendations of the committee and of the 2014 Advisory mission in measures by the state party in conformity with the recommendation o the committee and of the 2014 advisory mission in terms of putting in place both short and long terms measures to address the urgent problems facing the urban fabric of the old city and its socio-economic structures.
It also noted the immediate measures on the control of conservation and demolition of structures on urban regeneration strategies for specific areas, and on awareness raising, as well as the revival of work on major conservation projects, and the planning of new ones.
Abdel Aziz explains that the committee also welcomes to the steps have been taken to start and plan a major urban regeneration of Historic Cairo Project (URHC), under the control of the Ministry of Antiquities and the scoope of its urban, cultural, economic and social goals aimd at revitalising the old city structures, and one year work programme to undertake studies and define an overall master plan.
It also welcomes proposals for a new management structure that envisage a legally appointed body that could be instrumental in driving the URHC Project forward.
He said that the committee recommends the State Party to give high priorities to the work of the newly- established URHC project to achieve its goals and submit the draft Master Plan and establish benchmarks in order that progress can be monitored and defined over time.
Abdel Aziz asserts that the Ministry of Antiquities is scheduled to submit an update report on the state of conservation of the property and the implementation of the above, for examination by the WHC at its 43rd session in 2019. As well invite a joint WorldHeritageCenter and ICOMOS reactive montioring mission to consider the progress with the development of the Master Plan and the impact of the new policy and recent administrative measure.
By / Nada Ebrahem
The Italian Foreign Affairs Minister Angelino alfano stated Monday that return of Italian ambassador to Egypt after a year from his summon over killing Julio Regene.
Alfano added that The Italian government remains committed to clarifying the circumstances of Julio's tragic disappearance.
He also confirmed that (The existence of Italian ambassador in Egypt will help to truth comes out).
Egyptian spokesperson to Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Sameh Shokry received a call today from his Italian counterpart to inform him the decision of the Italian government to return Italian ambassador.
Italian student Julio Regene was killed on January 25 last year and his body was found on the outskirts of Cairo next to the Cairo-Alexandria highway (known as the Desert Road)
by Abeer Almadawy
President Vladimir Putin, during a meeting with the head of the bloc of the "United Russia" in the Duma (parliament),condemned
The so-called "death groups" that incite and encourage children and minors to commit suicide through social networking sites .
The Russian president has completely rejected these calls, which have emerged recently through social networking sites under the cover of humanity and ideas Which killed dozens of people, especially among women and minors
Putin commented on the role of these dangerous groups, by Saying that they are making money through these actions.
"How do you differ from them from the killers?"
The "death squads" have appeared on social networking pages in Russia that incite suicide, often involving teenagers, and have caused more than 130 suicides across Russia.
Last June, Putin signed a law to tighten the sentence of incitement and encourage suicide and sentenced the perpetrator to 5 to 10 years in prison.
If the victim is a minor or a pregnant woman, the penalty can be up to 12 years. At that time, the Russian president, in an interview with the educators at the Siri Ose Center in Sochi, considered that the Internet could contain anything that the law does not prohibit. "The destroyer and the criminal, and the society must protect itself from them."
The threads of these groups began to unfold through media reports, resulting in similar episodes and incidents, prompting the authorities to take immediate action and open an investigation into the arrest of elements promoting suicide through social media.
in historical visit paid by the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and the head of the Palestinian authority,he was received by Chinese President Xi Jinping who from his side supports the peace process according to the 2 state solution.
The two leaders also exchanged views on the bilateral relationship and other issues of common concern. The two sides signed a range of agreements following the presidents' meeting.
Xi said in talks with visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Beijing on Tuesday:
" China supports the political settlement of the Palestinian issue on the basis of the two-state solution and China supports Palestine to build an independent, fully sovereign state along the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
The Chinese president also stressed that both Palestine and Israel are important partners along the "Belt and Road", and proposed launching a tripartite dialogue mechanism with Palestine and Israel to promote key projects.
Abbas said China can help promote peace and stability in the Middle East and support diplomacy to solve regional problems, adding that Palestine will adhere to the one-China policy.
Xi said that China is willing to participate in and support all efforts that are conducive to a political settlement of the Palestinian issue. China plans to convene a Palestine-Israel peace symposium later this year to contribute wisdom to resolving the issues, he stated.
Castle Journal likes to spot on the world's writers who are most influencing by their brave and dare ideas which take the truth from its dead hole to the light ..
Michael Blair is one from these writers who are talking about, during his trip with writing he added hundred of articles interested in his country's problem...so why now we don't sail with his biography according to what he said about himself as the following.
Michael Blair says
Well, here I am, in 2017. Writing a brief history of my life so far.
I was born on the seventeenth of February, 1955. There was a snowstorm that day and my life has been pretty much the same. Always some kind of drama going on.
Living in the country in the middle of nowhere, was as good as it sounds. We had great freedom and apart from school, it was a wonderful time to be a child.
I remember being able to read around four or five. Definitely before I went to primary school, which I developed a phobia for, although I didn't know this at the time. I just knew I couldn't go there, and made such a fuss, the entire village knew I was being physically dragged to this hated place.
This village, Kirkmichael in Perthshire, consisted of around three hundred people, possibly less, but I never got round to counting them.
Our school was quite small, but we had two classrooms and two teachers. Mrs Menzies and Miss Mcgregor.
Mrs Menzies, who was a delightful lady, was in charge of the smaller children, five up to eight, and Miss Mcgregor, who as well as being a total psychopath, taught the older children, nine to twelve.
Anyway, for some reason, I developed this aversion to going to the bloody place. Around this time I began to have terrible pains in the left side of my abdomen and back. This was, after many tests, diagnosed as a blockage in my left kidney.
So bad was the pain, at times I would vomit and become delirious.
One time I was really ill at home, and my parents called the local, 13 miles away, doctor. He always arrived in his brand new E-type Jaguar. Dr Will Shaw.
I recall watching him and my parents as they attended to me as I lay unconscious on the bed. I was overlooking the whole room. I wasn't scared, just curious that I could see myself lying on the bed.
Eventually I remember wakening up and seeing the relief on three faces as they saw I was still in the land of the living.
I must have had an out of body experience. I didn't tell anyone what had happened for many years, because I didn't think they would believe me.
After two attempts to cure the kidney problem, and many weeks in hospital, where I read anything I could get my hands on, the surgeon decided I should have the offending organ removed. I remember being relieved to hear that at last there was going to be an end to my pain.
The real upside to hospital stays, apart from the fun with the other kids on the ward, was the endless supply of powerful pain relief medication. Morphine, in my case, injected into my backside. They had to change from one buttock to the other because of the bruising caused by the countless injections!
I remember the bliss of drifting off on a beautiful soft cloud and the feeling of complete euphoria. I milked that after operation pain for as long as they believed it was there!
After a couple of weeks in hospital, I got home and went back to school some time later. I didn't like it any more than I had earlier, but the pain had gone and I had a scar which after three major operations in the same place, was extremely ugly but a great thing to show off with!
Aged twelve, I and four other kids from the village were sent to the high school. This was completely devoid of anything remotely interesting, and I shall move right along.
I always felt like I didn't really fit in with the typical male macho attitude, and was a bit of a loner at times, although mostly I had plenty of friends and relatives to get along with.
As I got further into my teenage years, I became very shy, to the point where I couldn't even answer the phone. This was very strange, as I had always been fairly outgoing.
Once again, cutting a long story short, I discovered alcohol. This was a revelation. I had tasted it when I was younger and had been very ill because of its effect on me.
But in social surroundings, alcohol became my saviour and unfortunately my downfall.
I won't detail all the disasters, car crashes and family chaos it caused, but suffice to say, it was ten years of misery for many people. Of course, I didn't see it that way. I was having fun, but it wasn't fun for anyone else.
One day in June 1981, I met my wife to be. She was visiting from California and we got on well at the time. Her son was almost five years old and we bonded well. We moved in together within weeks and married in April of 1982.
No point in detailing the time we were together. Many mistakes were made on both sides and although we were officially married for thirty-five years, we spent a lot of the time living separately.
We were however together in 1995, when we lost her son, my stepson, in a car accident. He was eighteen years old and had the world at his feet.
This had a devastating effect upon my now ex wife and myself. Even now, twenty-two years later, I have difficulty talking or even writing about the aftermath of this tragedy.
These things happen to other people, not us. Well, it happened to us and I would not wish the pain on my worst enemy.
After many years fighting the system, we got some compensation, and began a charity in our son's name. This has helped many young people get a start with the costs of firms year in university.
I had always wanted to write or do something which wasn't in the normal way of living in the country.
On a trip to Los Angeles in the mid eighties visiting my wife's family, I met Florence, a sister of my late father in-law, *Nathaniel Branden*. He was at that time, at the peak of his intellectual powers. Writing and giving lectures all over the world.
His sister and her husband were visiting from Canada. She was a very no nonsense kind of lady, who scared the hell out of me.
During a conversation with her, she told me I should write. I asked her why and she just said she knew I should be writing. I was a bit taken aback, but as I had always read avidly, I thought she might be right.
When we got back to Scotland, I decided I could try writing a novel. I loved thrillers, as did Nathaniel. As well as sending me his own books, he would send me his already read paperbacks.
I had an idea of what I would write and got going writing in longhand. The book was taking shape and I sent a first draft, typed, to Nathaniel, who was impressed with what he read, but he sent me suggestions and tips for a second draft.
I began working on this, but around that time the marriage was in the first of a long line of difficult times. The writing stopped and the manuscript was put away.
Not so long after this crisis, the Iran Contra affair broke in the media. Colonel Oliver North was tried and the public found out about the arms for Iran and the terrorists in Central America.
This was exactly what I had been writing without knowing this whole situation was going on at the same time. I was amazed and annoyed that my writing had been put aside and unfinished.
To this day I wonder what would have happened if I had finished the book before the Iran affair was made public.
Who knows, maybe no one would have published it because it was so unbelievable at the time.
Oh well, back to the story.
Fast forward to 2011and the advent of Twitter and Facebook and the rest of social media.
I started on Twitter after the final break up of my relationship with my wife. I was living quietly and just wondered what all the fuss was about Twitter more than Facebook.
After a while I got speaking to Adam Luebke, who had acquired a website called deardirtyamerica.com.
We had chatted about the differences between the USA and UK despite both being English speaking countries.
Adam asked me if I would write an article on the cultural differences.
I was hesitant but decided to have a go and see what I could come up with.
Adam liked what I was writing, despite my inability to figure out how to use a keyboard to paragraph the pieces!
As time has gone on, I've written many pieces for deardirtyamerica.com. I also have the pleasure of writing for Castle-journal.com and swamp.media.
This has given me the chance to see life from many other people's perspectives and get important messages out to the rest of the world.
We live in an ever shrinking world, apparently ruled by people who pull the strings of other people who do the same thing all the way down the line.
Social media is beginning to turn the tide on these puppet masters and their evil acolytes.
Wake up stay awake and resist!
*Nathaniel Branden/Ayn Rand*
US spy satellites spotted a mobile missile launcher capable of launching an intermediate range ballistic missile being moved in a way that leads the US military to believe preparations are being made for a possible launch, a senior US defense official tells CNN.
The activity appears to involve some modifications around one of the tunnel entrances to an underground test area, CNN reported.
The officials said it is not yet clear if the activity indicates a sixth nuclear test is imminent but noted there is concern that North Korea could set off a test during Wednesday's visit to Washington by top Chinese diplomats and military officials.
U.S. officials have known that the site is ready to conduct an underground test for some time.