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May 30 2007

Swenglish Rantings Radio – 070530

Swenglish Rantings Radio

Paul & The Monkey Princess

Swenglish Rantings Radio

WEDNESDAY, MAY, 30TH, 2007

Listen to our latest Swenglish Rantings Radio Show

The Monkey Princess & Paul

in the Mornings

Today’s Swedish Name Days are Vera & Veronika – Grattis pÃ¥ namnsdagen, Happy Name Day from us to you!

The Swedish Bikini Team and other Swedish phenomena!

Gunshots At Swedish Police In Stockholm – Armed Bandits Escape

MRSA(Super Infection) Spreading in Sweden 1 in 7 Clinic Staff Test Positive

Swedish Motor Cycle Gang Connected in Stolen Property Fencing Ring

Sweden’s Green Party Picks GAY Fight With Russia

 

 

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Swenglish Rantings Radio Playlist Calendar

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Radio Sweden

Radio Sweden

2007-05-30

http://www.sr.se/

Radio Sweden 2007-05-30
Sweden launches its official embassy in the virtual online world, Second Life. Radio Sweden was there.. And while the country makes headlines in the virtual world – how is it doing internationally? To make sure that Swedes aren`t left behind as globalisation changes everyday life, the government has appointed a new council. But there are risks….Also, an alarming report indicates that women with disabilities are one of the most highly victimised groups in Swedish society.

http://www.sr.se/laddahem/podradio/SR_SRI_en_sweToday_070530061754.mp3

Breakpoint

BREAKPOINT with Chuck Colson – 2007-05-30

ThePoint

Same-Sex ‘Marriage’: Judicial Activism Knows No Borders
Three years ago, Fred Davie and Michael Adams were “married” in Lowell, Massachusetts, following that state’s Goodrich decision, which created a right to same-sex “marriage.” But that didn’t settle the matter for Davie and Adams.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/cb9aa18e-38ae-4f44-acfb-2167c5d74c5d.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
Daily Commentary  

Daily Commentary – 2007-05-30

Aikman: The Irresponsible (Former) President
Whatever happened to Jimmy Carter? For decades, he was building homes for poor people with Habitat for Humanity, and campaigning against dangerous tropical diseases.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/6492c410-48da-41ad-8791-8a081d7ff7fe.mp3?siteid=PodCast


Billoreilly

The Cato Institute

http://www.cato.org

Chavez Clamps Down on Caracas
featuring Gustavo Coronel

http://www.cato.org/dailypodcast/itunes/gustavocoronel_chavezclampsdownoncaracas_20070530.mp3

Africa’s Zimbabwe Problem

by Brett D. Schaefer and Marian L. Tupy



Brett D. Schaefer is Jay Kingham Fellow in International Regulatory Affairs in the Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, a division of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation and Marian L. Tupy is a policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.

Zimbabwe was recently elected to chair the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), to the dismay of human-rights groups and nations, like the United States, that would like the United Nations to take its responsibilities seriously. This election is more than a travesty; it is a cruel demonstration of disregard for the suffering of the people of Zimbabwe on the part of the U.N. and those African countries that helped Zimbabwe to the chairmanship.


 
Dennis Prager  

Dennis Prager – 2007-05-30

 

About

SHOW

Where’s Inga?
Prager H1: Miss Sweden was AWOL for the Miss Universe contest. She withdrew because she found the swimsuit competition degrading. What’s degrading about it? And didn’t they know there was going to be a swimsuit contest? Kim Jong Il’s health may be failing. He should drop dead… Bashar Assad wins another squeaker in this week’s Syrian election…

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/5dc70078-b19f-4532-a9a5-51f7e33c6733.mp3?siteid=PodCast

Hillary’s Soft Socialism
Prager H2: Her Left-leaning agenda emerges in a speech she gave in New Hampshire yesterday. Her theme: fairness trumps freedom. The further you move Left, the further the government intrudes in your life. As soon as the government gets into the fairness business, you guarantee mediocrity.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/6522e24f-ccd6-4f22-bf00-5f9a9e93537c.mp3?siteid=PodCast

Atomic Bazaar
Prager H3: Dennis talks to William Langewiesche, International Correspondent for Vanity Fair and author of The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/c66c8e1e-93ee-4517-9550-7632cf761fa4.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
HughHewitt  

Hugh Hewitt – 2007-05-30

 

Hugh Hewitt’s Blog

Transcripts

amar Jacoby
Hewitt: Hour 1 – Hugh returns to the immigration bill with the Manhattan Institute’s Tamar Jacoby, who is one of the more articulate proponents of the immigration bill.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/75e345f6-be0c-41d7-878b-bc28dda57eab.mp3?siteid=PodCast

Stephen Hayes, Mike Allen
Hewitt: Hour 2 – Hugh gets to the bottom of the news that Fred Thompson is poised to enter the presidential field with the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes, and The Politico’s Mike Allen.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/5622b012-f8b4-4f5b-afa9-5ecbec78a1b9.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
BillBennett  

Bill Bennett – 2007-05-30

Bush vs. Base on Immigration
Bill Bennett finds out what the country thinks concerning President Bush, and his push for Immigration Reform, with Heather Mac Donald, John M. Olin Fellow: The Manhattan Institute.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/149b8a93-553f-4cc9-819c-9d6e20f14013.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
MikeGallagher  

Mike Gallagher – 2007-05-30

MikeOnline.com

Sen. James Inhofe
The Oklahoma senator spoke about his effort to make English the official language in the United States.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/e85da2de-ca75-4311-91da-822ede5ca3b0.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
Mike Medved  

Michael Medved – 2007-05-30

 

BIO

MichaelMedved.com

Conspiracy Day
Medved H1: Medved opens the phone lines to listeners who want to expose our nation’s conspiracies, including 9/11 and religious conspiracies that want to take over the U.S.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/15343639-31e9-491e-aedb-55c55e102276.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
JaySekulow  

JaySekulow – 2007-05-30

ACLJ.org

Jay Sekulow Live

To Armed Forces: Don’t Give In
At the ACLJ, we’re encouraging the Armed Forces to stand firm and don’t give in to intimidation tactics used by some groups to keep the military from participating in patriotic celebrations that involve Christian groups.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/507b82fa-a7db-4960-856e-239743416cc7.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
BritHume  

 

Brit Hume‘s Political Grapevine

2007-05-30

Special Report

http://media2.foxnews.com/053007/053007_sr_hume_128.mp3

 
NeilCavuto  

Neil’s Common Sense – 2007-05-30

Neil Cavuto

http://media2.foxnews.com/053007/053007_cav_cavuto_128.mp3

 
JohnGibson  

 

John Gibson’s My Word

2007-05-30

 


War On Christmas

BIO

http://media2.foxnews.com/053007/053007_bs_gibson_128.mp3

 
Billoreilly  

Bill O’Reilly’s latest Talking Points Memo – 2007-05-30

 

BIO

Home Page

http://media2.foxnews.com/053007/053007_views_oreilly_128.mp3

Sweden’s Green Party Picks GAY Fight With Russia

This Weekend marked the 14th year of the abolishment of the criminality of homosexuality in Moscow. While being homosexual is no longer a crime, homosexuality has not been forced by Russia’s Government and Militant Gay activists into Russia’s schools, government institutions and culture. Russia is still by and large a people with traditional values, much like the people throughout the western world. Here in the Western world tolerance is interpreted by indoctrination and any thought or spoken word that is not in harmony with GAY activists is called Homophobic.

Moscow does not want this seen in their streets, Why?

Many people believe that what homosexuals do or how they live their lives is of no concern to the rest of society except when laws and policies are adopted to force society to not only tolerate but actually embrace the homosexual lifestyle. This is evident in many countries by the forced schooling of children and forced re-education of employees. Many people hold religious beliefs and moral values that are diametrically opposed to Homosexuality. This does not mean that violence or discrimination against homosexuals should take place or be condoned by our governments.

What Parent Wouldn’t want to bring their Child To See this?

I personally do not want to see the Sunday Wife Swappers Parade, The Annual Bondage and Discipline Parade, or the various Bug Foot Squasher Sex Parades. The Furries Parade might be fun for the kids to see, as long as the other activities that are on public display during these parades is not displayed. Many people are offended by the naked, near naked, and simulated Sex presentations of Marchers and bystanders in Gay parades.

Why do people think that marches like this should be allowed in every city in the world?

That said, I have been in New York City to see the Village Gay Parade. Like many, I laughed at the antics, costumes and extravagance of the participants. I am not Gay, but I sort of think that if I were GAY I would take offense to the comical characters that are portrayed in todays TV shows. Why does being GAY have to take on the role of being the freak show or comic relief? The representations certainly do not represent the lifestyle of most people in the homosexual community. That is sort of what I think about the parades. Why does it have to be in the middle of town and demonstrate the most extreme elements of the gay life style within communities that by and large do not share the values exhibited and are forbidden by law to express their disapproval?

Not for Nothing, I don’t mind seeing something like this

everyday of the week but you know even my wife

doesn’t want this paraded past me on the Streets.

I know lots of families that for one reason or

another think that the kind of activities

that go on at these parades are

Not Suitable For Public Viewing.

My wife and I have been watching this British TV-series, “New Street Law” (here in Sweden it is called “Advokaterna pÃ¥ New Street”). One of the characters in the series is gay… That’s it – he has a boyfriend instead of a girlfriend, and that’s all there is to it! There is no joking around about this, it is a serious show, he is not the funny sidekick or the comic relief in any way, he’s just doing his job like everybody else, and is treated like everybody else. We really like the show, and the fact that one of the characters is gay, well – it just shows how things OUGHT to be. “He’s gay” – so what?!? There really IS no need to go on and on about it, he doesn’t flaunt it and noone makes jokes about it, that’s just the way it is…

Russia 14 years ago removed the legal prosecution of homosexuality, today they do not want extravagant Gay Parades in the middle of Moscow. Moscow’s Mayor Yuri Luzhkov had called the gay pride parades “Satanic” and vowed that it would never be permitted in his city, this was with respect to the Russian Orthodox Church and in keeping with the sentiment of the majority of his citizens. There are no laws in Russia like countries of the European Union that force people to embrace homosexuality. Homosexuality in Russia is legally tolerated but not endorsed, promoted or taught.

This past weekend 40 or so people flew to Russia knowing the parade was not granted a permit and that any action to cause a public spectacle would be illegal. The purpose of the plane trip to Moscow was to cause trouble and make headlines in the World Newspapers and Television. That goal was achieved. The consequences of their actions on the gay community in Russia have not been measured yet.

What are the plans for the Gay Parade in Gaza, Riyadh, and other places in the world where homosexuality is not even legal?

In an effort to aggravate Russia more, a group of Swedish politicians have invited Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov to attend Stockholm’s Gay Pride festival on August 4th of this year.

Stockholm city council Green Party leader Yvonne Ruwaida states “We have invited the mayor to visit our festival and to see how we work with HBT (homo-, bi- and transsexual) issues here. It is important to deal with homophobia,”

“Homophobia” is the catch word to demonize anyone that does not embrace homosexuality or the policies that the homosexual movement are pushing. In practice, if you do not agree with anything the gay movement says, then you are homophobic.

The Russians Feel This is not Proper Street Attire.

Many people feel the same.

Some feel that the display of sex and

performance of sex acts is a private matter,

not something to be paraded.

Go Figure?

This in your face legislating morality has gone pretty far, too far. People should have a right to engage in a lifestyle of their choice. I do not feel that someones selection of sexual partner should be a lightning rod for discrimination or violence. It is however, a totally different story to force that lifestyle down the throats of those that do not share those values, and use legal means to indoctrinate the rest of society in a minority culture.

Swenglish Rantings Radio – 070530

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May 03 2007

Swenglish Rantings Radio – 070502

Swenglish Rantings Radio

Paul & The Monkey Princess

Swenglish Rantings Radio

WEDNESDAY, May, 2nd, 2007

Listen to our latest Swenglish Rantings Radio Show

The Monkey Princess & Paul

in the Mornings

Today’s Swedish Name Days are Filip and Filippa – Grattis pÃ¥ namnsdagen, Happy Name Day from us to you.

Since we didn’t do our radio show yesterday, as it was May Day, we would like to say Grattis pÃ¥ namnsdagen, Happy Name Day to Valborg as well!

Gothenburg: Drunkenness and Violence during Valborg Celebrations

Gothenburg: Woman attacked with Knife and Robbed

Naked Man In streets of Gothenburg, Sweden

Blood Trail leading from Pool of Blood with Broken Teeth

Stockholm: Highways shut down for illegal Street racing

Moscow Violence, EU Protest and Estonia moves Monument

Ethnic Swedish Cultural Pre-Schools

Re-opening of the Observatory in Slottsskogen, Gothenburg

IT crimes committed using public computers

Find out what two people have to say about The News and Life here in Sweden!!!

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All of the shows below are loaded into my daily PLAYLIST SRR20070502.wpl



Radio Sweden

Radio Sweden

2007-05-02

http://www.sr.se/

Marches, flag waving … promises. May Day speeches in cities and towns throughout Sweden focused on cuts in social welfare benefits, power swings and unemployment. Eurovision fever is spreading through the music world once again. But does the land of ABBA have a chance this year? And … drivers and putters – it may be golf, but not as we know it. Our sports editor finds out why the Swedes are undisputed kings and queens of European disc golf.

http://www.sr.se/laddahem/podradio/SR_SRI_en_sweToday_070502040014.mp3

Breakpoint

BREAKPOINT with Chuck Colson – 2007-05-02

ThePoint

 

Tactfully, Winsomely, Persuasively: Arguing Dungy-Style
Just a week after Marine Corps General Peter Pace received heavy criticism for his statements about homosexuality in the military, Super Bowl champion coach Tony Dungy waded into similarly unfriendly waters. He accepted an award from the Indiana Family Institute, a leading supporter of an amendment that would uphold heterosexual marriage.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/38b082fc-04cc-4074-ae2a-5e9abb595b34.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
Daily Commentary  

Daily Commentary – 2007-05-02

 

Michael Medved: What About the Barbaric Killers?

The Democrats deliberately distort their intentions in the current debate on the Iraq War. They say their withdrawal timetable will “end the war”–but it’s ludicrous to suggest that removal of U.S. troops will suddenly stop the fighting.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/46b6d801-2a81-46c7-a2dc-a9826eacbe55.mp3?siteid=PodCast

PritzgerLibrary

www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org

Jerry Crimmins
Journalist and author Jerry Crimmins discusses his latest book, Fort Dearborn: A Novel. Originally aired 04/26/07.

http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/podcasts/mp3/20070426_crimmins.mp3

 
Dennis Prager  

Dennis Prager – 2007-05-02

About

SHOW

 

Bush Vetoes Surrender Bill
Prager H1: We won’t lose the Iraq war militarily, but we may lose it politically. But let’s also understand the consequences of leaving.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/28e64668-370f-41ce-8a5b-20ad48475b70.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 

Global Warming Fraud, Part 23
Prager H2: A very strong argument against the Global Warming panic mongers comes from a very unlikely source, the Leftist columnist for The Nation, Alexander Cockburn… Dennis continues his discussion of GW’s veto of the Iraqi withdrawal bill.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/93bf8f8a-98bd-43aa-8876-a610857c4eb5.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 

Suicide Killers
Prager H3: Dennis talks to Pierre Rehov, French documentary film-maker whose new film, Suicide Killers, has just been released on DVD.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/f092eef4-8993-4419-a49f-750ca9cf2e9e.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
HughHewitt  

Hugh Hewitt – 2007-05-02

Hugh Hewitt’s Blog

Transcripts

Richard Shelby, John Hinderacker Hewitt: Hour 1 – Hugh discusses the veto by President Bush regarding the supplemental appropriations bill, and has little good to say about George Tenet’s new book. John Hinderacker talks about Powerline’s new candidate forum.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/db7e3ffb-9dd8-47bb-b64e-1b9c2abbcb40.mp3?siteid=PodCast

Brigadier General David Phillips Hewitt: Hour 2 – Hugh gets an update from Baghdad on how the country’s police forces and criminal justice system are being stood up by Brigadier General David Phillips. Later in the hour, Hugh takes calls about the Army’s decision to end mil-bloggers.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/430fa046-6937-46de-9828-a459d00c2e25.mp3?siteid=PodCast

Glenn Reynolds, John Podhoretz, Matt Burden Hewitt: Hour 3 – Hugh discusses the bad decision by the Army to ban mil-bloggers, and discusses Israeli politics, and the freefall in the popularity of the Olmert government with New York Post columnist John Podhoretz.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/a7c151b4-456e-4811-907b-f7d4280eb5c1.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
Mike Medved  

Michael Medved – 2007-05-01

BIO

MichaelMedved.com

This is Mike Medved for Tuesday… missed the feed yesterday!

 

Mission Accomplished?
Medved H1: Medved comments on the Rosie’s comments on Iraq and clarifies that George Bush did not say, “mission accomplished.”

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/0cd8b4bb-1253-4570-95a2-a05d11764c97.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 

Rudy Giuliani
Medved H2: Former Mayor of New York and presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani joins Michael Medved.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/777df46f-92e9-40f0-a2da-b55e1d4b09cc.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 

Did Iraq cause an increase in global terror?
Medved H3: Is the war in Iraq at fault for the increase in global terror? Also, the band Rage Against the Machine is back in a big way.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/c81b1766-b65a-467a-915f-bac98837615e.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
JaySekulow  

JaySekulow – 2007-05-02

ACLJ.org

Jay Sekulow Live

Stop Pro-Abortion Legislation
Very troubling legislation has been introduced in Congress – legislation that would enshrine abortion into law. Stand with the ACLJ and protect life.

http://boss.streamos.com/download/Townhall/audio/mp3/e6389902-ee87-4e47-8330-cb2de783cca0.mp3?siteid=PodCast

 
BritHume  

Brit Hume‘s Political Grapevine

2007-05-02

Special Report

http://media2.foxnews.com/050207/050207_sr_hume_128.mp3

 
NeilCavuto  

Neil’s Common Sense – 2007-05-02

Neil Cavuto

http://media2.foxnews.com/050207/050207_cav_cavuto_128.mp3

May 02 2007

Moscow Violence, EU Protest and Estonia moves Monument

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — entry @ 13:46PM

EU Protest Over Moscow Violence

Photo: Mikhail Metzel/Scanpix

Sweden and other EU nations have called on Russia to remove violent demonstrators from in front of the Estonian Embassy in Moscow.

The Moscow protests came after violent clashes between police and ethnic Russian residents of the Estonian capital of Tallinn when Estonian authorities moved a statue of a Soviet soldier from the center to a suburban cemetary.

Estonians regard the statue as a symbol of Soviet occupation, while Russians see it as a symbol of the struggle against fascism.

http://www.sr.se/cgi-bin/International/nyhetssidor/artikel.asp?ProgramID=2054&Nyheter=&format=1&artikel=1343969

Apr 24 2007

Swedish Prostitution/Trafficking Court Case

Two of the pimps involved in the big court case here in Gothenburg have now confessed to their crimes. One man and one woman are now confessing to the charges against them.

20 men are being charged with having bought sex from Russian prostitutes.

 

We have a friend who lives in the Netherlands, where prostitution is LEGAL, and the other day when I was talking to her in instant messages, she said she was going to watch Oprah. She said that she didn’t really like the constant commercial breaks, though – I said well who does – and she then told me that at night time (one would hope way after all Dutch children have gone to bed!) the commercials on TV are mostly about sex, call girls, clubs, you name it! That’s one of the downsides with living in a country that has made prostitution legal, I suppose…

(Prostitution in the Netherlands has been legal since January 1988, when it was defined as a legal profession. However, prostitutes must be at least 18, while for non-commercial sex the age of consent is 16. Clients must be at least 16. Violation of either age limit is a crime for the other party, and possibly for a pimp.

The legalized status allows prostitutes to have access to the social security system, since 1996 sex workers have paid income tax, and reforms in 1999 gave prostitution the same status as any other form of labor. Prostitutes form unions, and are otherwise treated like any other self-employed trades person. Advertising their services is likewise tolerated.

Health and social services are readily available, but the women are not required to undergo regular health checks. A recent study found that despite health rules, about 7 percent of Dutch prostitutes have HIV/AIDS. )

 

Swenglish Rantings Radio – 070424

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Apr 21 2007

Volvo starts a factory in Russia

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — MonkeyPrincess @ 05:06AM

Volvo is investing 935 million crowns in a new facility for assembling of trucks in Russia.

The factory is going to produce 10 000 Volvo trucks and 5000 Renault trucks per year.

It will be located in the city Kaluga, 200 kilometers southwest of Moscow, and is said to be ready by the year 2009.

Swenglish Rantings Weekend Radio – 070420

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Apr 18 2007

Buying Sex & Shoplifting – Same Punishment

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — MonkeyPrincess @ 19:28PM

The maximum penalty for buying sex is the same as the punishment for shoplifting. Police and prosecutors want this to change!

During the eight years since the law against buying sex came, nobody has yet been sentenced to the maximum six months in prison. Back then trafficking and human smuggling was almost unheard of

What the law was for was buying sex from a prostitute on the street, and not by going to a brothel, buying sex from foreign women brought here against their own will.

Now the law should be changed, there should be a difference in the punishment for different kinds of violations against this law.

The average sex buyer probably doesn’t think that he is committing a very serious crime at all. But in some cases the sex buyer becomes part of the organized crime of human smuggling and sex trafficking.

The sex buyers are the ones making sex trafficking and human smuggling profitable.

If there is a maximum penalty, why not sentence people to this maximum penalty? If people don’t get punished, they will continue to do the crime!

Swenglish Rantings Radio – 070418

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Apr 16 2007

Selling SEX in SWEDEN Legal – Buyers of SEX to be Sentenced to Prison

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , , , — Administrator @ 02:38AM

20 men between the ages of 20 and 77 are now facing prison sentences for having bought sex from Russian prostitutes. The men are part of a trafficking investigation that has been going on since wintertime last year. This will be an interesting court case, since the prosecutor wants the court to try whether or not buying sex from a foreign woman who has come here through trafficking is to be considered worse than buying sex from a Swedish woman on the street. The 20 men have during a couple of years, on single or repeated occasions, bought sex from Russian girls by phone calls.

Four other people are being charged for pimping the women, three men and one woman. Part of this charge is also the trafficking, human smuggling.

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Mar 20 2007

PUTIN TAKES HARD LINE WITH IRAN OVER BACK PAY

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Administrator @ 17:41PM

Russia Gives Iran Ultimatum on Enrichment

PARIS, Mar. 18 — Russia has informed Iran that it will withhold nuclear fuel for Iran’s nearly completed Bushehr power plant unless Iran suspends its uranium enrichment as demanded by the United Nations Security Council, European, American and Iranian officials said.

The ultimatum was delivered in Moscow last week by Igor Ivanov, Russia’s Security Council Secretary, to Ali Hosseini Tash, Iran’s deputy chief nuclear negotiator, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because a confidential diplomatic exchange between two governments was involved.

For years, President Bush has been pressing President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to cut off help to Iran on the nuclear reactor, which is Tehran’s first serious effort to produce nuclear energy and has been highly profitable for Russia. But Mr. Putin has resisted.

Recently, however, Moscow and Tehran have been engaged in a public argument about whether Iran has paid its bills, in a dispute that may explain Russia’s apparent shift. The ultimatum may also reflect Moscow’s increasing displeasure and frustration with Iran over its refusal to stop enriching uranium at its vast facility at Natanz.

“We’re not sure what mix of commercial and political motives are at play here,” one senior Bush administration official said in Washington. “But clearly the Russians and the Iranians are getting on each other’s nerves — and that’s not all bad.”

“We consider this a very important decision by the Russians,” a senior European official said. “It shows that our disagreements with the Russians about the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program are tactical. Fundamentally, the Russians don’t want a nuclear Iran.”

At a time of growing tensions between Washington and Moscow, American officials are welcoming Russian aid on Iran as a sign that there are still areas in which the two powers can cooperate.

Russia has been deeply reluctant to ratchet up sanctions against Iran in the Security Council, which is expected to vote on a new set of sanctions against the country within the next week.

But American officials have also been trying to create a commercial incentive for Russia to put pressure on Iran. One proposal the Bush administration has endorsed since late 2005 envisions having the Russians enrich Iran’s uranium in Russia. That creates the prospect of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in business for Russia and a way to ensure that Iran receives only uranium enriched for use in power reactors, instead of weapons.

Iran has rejected those proposals, saying it has the right to enrich uranium on its own territory.

The Russian Atomic Energy Agency, known as Rosatom, is eager to become a major player in the global nuclear energy market. As Security Council action against Iran has gained momentum and its isolation increases, involvement with Iran’s Bushehr project may detract from Rosatom’s reputation.

In a flurry of public comments in the past month, Russian officials have acknowledged that Russia is delaying the delivery of fuel to the reactor in the port city of Bushehr. The officials attributed the delay to the failure of Iran to pay what it owes, not on nuclear proliferation concerns.

But last month, Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov informed some European officials that Russia had made a political decision not to deliver the fuel, adding that Russia would state publicly that the sole reason was financial, European officials said.

Members of the Security Council are moving towards a vote this week on a draft resolution imposing further sanctions on Iran for its defiance of demands that it suspend its enrichment activities and return to negotiations over its nuclear program.

The resolution is aimed at the country’s arms exports, a leading Iranian bank and the elite Revolutionary Guards military force. It would reduce Iran’s access to foreign currency and isolate the bank, Bank Sepah, from international financing.

The State Department has granted visas to the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and a retinue of 38 aides and security staff so that he can address the Security Council meeting.

Throughout the negotiations, the Russians tried to water down the resolution, a reflection of both their desire to avoid a backlash in Iran and their strong skepticism about the effectiveness of sanctions.

The pending resolution follows on a similar one passed last December that required four months of negotiations, in large part because of Russia’s resistance. Russia’s support came only after an initial proposal to have imposed curbs on Bushehr was dropped.

Russian officials have gone out of their way not to publicly link the Bushehr project and the crisis over Iran’s decision to forge ahead with producing more enriched uranium, which, depending on the level of enrichment, can be used to produce electricity or make weapons.

In remarks on Sunday, for example, Mr. Ivanov said there should be no linkage between discussions on Iran’s nuclear program and the Bushehr plant. “It is a separate issue,” he told a conference of Russia’s Foreign and Defense Policies Council. “All the work being done is under strict control of the International Atomic Energy Agency,” the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency based in Vienna.

He also cautioned against using possible nuclear sanctions for other purposes, saying, “We oppose attempts to use this issue as an instrument of pressure or interference in Iran’s internal affairs.”

But Mr. Ivanov also called on Iran to resolve outstanding questions with the agency about its nuclear program and to stop enriching uranium. The Russians have been pressing Iran to take some sort of pause in its uranium enrichment that might allow the Security Council process to halt and bring Iran back to negotiations.

“The clock must be stopped: Iran must freeze uranium enrichment,” he said. “The U.N. Security Council will then take a break, too, and the parties would gather at the negotiating table.”

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, has also called for a “pause,” noting that even a brief suspension of enrichment would be enough to get the United States to come to the negotiating table with Iran under an offer that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made in May.

The Bushehr nuclear project has a long history. For more than a decade, Russia has been working under a $1 billion contract to complete the ambitious project, which was begun with Germany during the time of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. After the 1979 Iranian revolution, the project was halted; then the site was bombed by Iraq during its eight-year war with Iran. When Iran decided to complete the facility after the war ended, Germany, under pressure from the United States, refused to finish the project or even provide Moscow with the original blueprints.

The project — already eight years behind schedule — is now almost complete. Last year, Russia agreed to ship low-enriched fuel to the plant in southern Iran by March 2007 and open the facility in September, with electricity generation to start by November.

But in mid-February, Russia contended that Iran had not made the two last $25 million monthly payments, after insisting that it be allowed to pay in euros instead of dollars. Russian officials also cited a delay in the delivery of safety equipment from an unspecified third country as a secondary reason for the decision.

Iranian officials denied that payments had been delayed. “Iran has had no delay whatsoever in making payments for the Bushehr nuclear power plant,” Mohammad Saeedi, deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, was quoted by Iran’s state-run news agency IRNA as saying after the Russian decision.

A senior Iranian official confirmed in an interview last week that Mr. Ivanov had threatened Iran with an ultimatum that the fuel will be delivered only after Iran’s enrichment of uranium at Natanz are frozen.

“We would be crazy at this late date to endanger the project by not paying,” the official said. “There is no financial problem. The Russians want to use this issue as a bargaining chip.”

David E. Sanger and Helene Cooper contributed reporting from Washington.

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