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Leica sau Leika? - de Dinu Lazar la: 22/09/2004 23:47:38
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Cam multa lume in Ro confunda catzelusha sacrificata de rusi si facuta cosmonauta in anii `50 cu aparatul foto...

Dear Leica friends,

Today we would like to inform you about:

__Premiere at the photokina: Leica Camera AG stages photo
exhibition »24 x 36« to mark 50th anniversary of
Leica rangefinder system
__Naturblick magazine and Leica Camera AG raffle 100 signed
copies of nature photographer Franz Bagyi's new book _At the photokina: “Weitblick“ – the flying display of birds
of prey with free testing of Leica binoculars and scopes _Your opinion counts! Win a LEICA DIGILUX 2 _Don’t miss LFI 07/2004! Available from September 29


__Premiere at the photokina: Leica Camera AG stages photo
exhibition »24 x 36« to mark 50th anniversary of
Leica rangefinder system

Leica Camera AG, Solms, is showing outstanding pictures of young Leica M photographers at the photokina in Cologne from 28th September to 3rd October 2004. The title of this exhibition, »24 x 36«, alludes to the central importance of the ideal format for 35mm camera film found by Oskar Barnack. The exhibition has been especially organized for this year's photokina, where it will be on view to an international public for the first time. The presentation at the photokina is the start of an exhibition tour. The next stop is the Leica Gallery in Frankfurt, where the photos will be shown for four weeks starting 9th October 2004. The idea behind the exhibition is to mark the three anniversaries of the Leica rangefinder system that the Solms company is celebrating this year: In 1879, 125 years ago, Oskar Barnack, the ingenious inventor of the Leica, was born. 90 years ago, in 1914, he created the basis for his revolutionary camera concept with the Ur-Leica. And in1954, fifty years ago, Ernst Leitz launched the first rangefinder camera, the LEICA M3, on the market.

Further information on the Leica M System http://www.leica-camera.com/produkte/msystem/index_e.html


__Naturblick magazine and Leica Camera AG raffle 100 signed
copies of nature photographer Franz Bagyi's new book

On October 3rd, 2004, the last day of the photokina fair, the magazine Naturblick and Leica Camera AG will be raffling a total of 100 copies of the book ‚Verborgene Blicke’ – Ungewöhnliche Wege der Naturfotografie’ at the Leica booth (hall 2.2). The author, the well-known Leica photographer Franz Bagyi, will be at the Leica booth to sign them. Anyone donating at least five euros to the nature conservation project “Büngernsche/Dingdener Heide“ between September 28th and October 3rd, 2004 will automatically take part in the prize draw. Entry cards are available at the Sport Optics section of the Leica booth.

Further information on the Leica R-System http://www.leica-camera.com/produkte/rsystem/index_e.html


__At the photokina: “Weitblick“ – the flying display of birds
of prey with free testing of Leica binoculars and scopes

The “Weitblick“ promotion offered for the first time at this year's photokina is an extra special event for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Every day from September 28th to October 3rd 2004, birdwatchers and nature lovers will have the opportunity to watch the flying display of the birds of prey of the game preserve Hellenthal from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors interested in watching the flying skills of a total of seven kinds of birds of prey (including eagles, vultures and various types of falcon) in more detail on a specially erected outside stage on the banks of the river Rhine can borrow Leica high-end binoculars and scopes free of charge. The flying display will be conducted under the expert control of a trained falconer at a distance of about 80 meters from the stage. The stage is on the Kennedy bank only a few steps from the main entrance to the Cologne fair. At the photokina weekend, the platform on the banks of the Rhine is open to the general public as well.

Further information on the Leica binoculars and spotting scopes http://www.leica-camera.com/sportoptik/produkte/index_e.html


__Your opinion counts! Win a LEICA DIGILUX 2

Participate in our online questionnaire regarding the Leica
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The interview takes about 5 minutes of your time. All information
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Good luck!

Further information on the LEICA DIGILUX 2
http://www.leica-camera.com/digitalekameras/digilux2/index_e.html


__Don’t miss LFI 07 / 2004! Available from September 29

Fresh samples with Digital Module R: Introducing the digital
back for the Leica R – LFI 07 / 2004 presents the new
product and pictures. After having publicised early samples
in LFI 06 / 2004, LFI now reveals a sequence of new test
images from one of the last pre-serial models. They confirm
that Leica will be living up to high expectations.

50 years of Leica M: Where’s the rangefinder system at
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particularities from 50 years of Leica M production. Also
illustrated, how Leica managed to transfer the principle of
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M à la Carte: Flamboyant or inconspicuous, elaborate or
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personal M. LFI speak with Jean-Jacques Viau, marketing
manager of the business unit Photo at Leica, on the story
behind the new project and how the offer is best taken
advantage of.

Portfolios: Dr Erich Salomon Prize for a life’s work: an
homage to the great photographer, Will McBride, whose
close personal relationships with his subjects manifested as
the central theme of his work. Oskar Barnack Prize 2004:
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cu mandrie va aduc...De unde vin - de Adela Adriana Moscu la: 21/02/2005 19:53:52
(la: Romanii vazuti de romani)
WHERE I COME FROM...
de ADELA A MOSCU

I come from the lands of

the Carpathians Mountains,

where the river of Somes

bears witness to many lovers

soothing each other’s wounds

dreaming for lands of opportunity,

the land of Freedom...

From the Heart of Transylvania

I bring you ballads of longing,

dances of passion, and soothing lullabies.

It was a sunny day of August

I flew over the Ocean of Atlantic

American skies of the seventies

caressed me with their international winds,

lit the path of my destiny

with their bright stars...

So much to see...

so much to feel...

so much to learn...

My open heart absorbed it all,

embraced it all...

So thirsty was my soul for self expression,

My every cell was burning with desire to

make a difference in the hearts

of those who suffer.

I wanted to make beauty

for the sake of healing...

Between two cultures I

I pray for peace,

and here I am

a Citizen of the World

wishing to hug all who are lost,

who are forgotten in the shadows of

indifference, prejudice and hate.

I come from the lands

where birds sing a romance language,

petals of roses are transformed into jams,

flowers of elderberry are made into cold juices

cups of words are found at every corner

with a smile of hope,

red wines overflow at cozy taverns

and no one is alone on holidays,

where friendship lasts a life time

and everyone still has a dream.



Copyright- Adela-Adriana Moscu , January 10, 2005, Lancaster, PA, USA


more poems at www.poezii.ro and www.scrie.com/adela
Two woodpeckers - de Belle la: 26/05/2005 21:37:20
(la: Trancaneala Aristocrata "3")
A Hawaiian woodpecker and a Californian woodpecker were arguing about which place had the toughest trees.
The Hawaii woodpecker said Hawaii had a tree that no woodpecker could peck.
The California woodpecker accepted his challenge, and promptly pecked a hole in the tree with no problem.
The Hawaiian woodpecker was in awe.
The California woodpecker then challenged the Hawaiian woodpecker to peck a tree in California that was absolutely unpeckable.
The Hawaii woodpecker expressed confidence he could do it, so accepted the challenge.
After flying to California, the Hawaii woodpecker successfully pecked the tree with no problem.
So the two woodpeckers were now confused. How is it that the Californian woodpecker was able to peck the Hawaiian tree and the Hawaiian woodpecker was able to peck the Californian tree, but neither one was able to peck the tree in their own state?
After much woodpecker-pondering,
they both came to the same conclusion...
Your pecker is always harder when you're away from home.
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Care dai malaiu sa stai mai in fatza? - de Dinu Lazar la: 22/09/2005 09:13:20
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
call for artists

famous Contemporary artists
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Date published: 2005-12
Number of pages: 208
Publisher: WoA
Language: English

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Place and availability in the book are subject to quality. Our policy is inviting artists for two pages inclusion from 3 to 6 works, up to 500 words of critic essay and photo on the present publishing project. If interested please contact us today, or download the agreement as PDF file included on the website www.worldofartmagazine.com and mail us quality pictures for selection (we can review your site for this purpose). The book will be distributed through more than 7,500 large bookstores and eCommerce channels in USA and internationally including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, Powell’s, Alibris, Books-A-Million, Buy.com, Walmart, Ecampus, Textbookx, Blackwel also AmazonCanada, AmazonFrance, Amazon,Germany, Amazon,GreatBritain, AmazonJapan, Australia, New Zealand and others.


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Imm, - de papadie67 la: 25/10/2003 04:09:20
(la: Uitarea de sine sau pierderea identitatii)
daca-mi permiti, as adauga "my two cents" la discutie.
Presupun ca mi-ai permis (: deci continui:

era ceva ce ma deranja la felul in care descriai "cresterea" dragostei si cred ca am gasit ce: folosesti verbe care implica EFORT : "anii pe care Reusesti sa ii stai", sau "cind ai Reusit sa stai casatorit", etc

Daca asa e dragostea si daca iubirea e ceva diferit, atunci personal sunt foarte sigur ce prefer: fie flacara, fie gheatza dar in nici un caz o balta caldutza, si aia mentinuta cu grija si efort.

Din punctul meu de vedere, doi oameni ar trebui sa fie impreuna deoarece nu Reusesc sa se separe, nu pentru ca au Reusit sa nu se desparta.

...sigur, nu vorbim aci de cupluri cu copii, ca-i cu totul alta mancare de peste!

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Two cents or more.. - de lmm la: 25/10/2003 04:33:19
(la: Uitarea de sine sau pierderea identitatii)
PAPADIE !!!
Nu iti permisesem de fapt, alta data sa astepti sa spun da ...:)

Inteleg ce spui, dar cind folosesc cuvintul REUSESC pentru mine este doar o denumire a succesului ci nu al vreunui efort.
In limba engleza cum stii I succeeded este Am reusit !!! Este satisfactia de a nu esua in ceva, DAR de a reusi.
.....dupa un anumit timp admit, am mai uitat cuvinte care poate ar fi mai potrivite si de multe ori acum traduc automat...

Mai trag concluzia ca anumite lucruri le intelegi mai bine sau mai altfel diferit de virsta, de sex samd...,deci ce-ar fi sa ne spunem fiecare parerile dar fara sa le negam pe celelate?

Flacara sau gheata sint cele doua variante ideale, da..., e mina care ti-o intind...;)
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utilizatorul zamolxe.... - de lmm la: 26/10/2003 12:38:23
(la: A existat holocaust in Romania?)
...scria la sfirsitul unui comentar al sau urmatoarele cuvinte la care ma alatur pentru ca si mie personal mi se pare interesanta intrebarea.Deci citez:

PS. S-a mai pus intrebarea, si eu o reiau, la care nici un evreu sau neevreu nu a dat un raspuns concret, clar, si documentat: de ce sint evreii persecutati de toate popoarele lumii?
Nu am studiat acest aspect, dar mi se pare extrem de ciudat. Nu se poate ca toate popoarele sa deteste si asupreasca evreii asa pur si simplu!
Trebuie sa fie o cauza sau mai multe, trebuie sa fie motive concrete!
Incheiat citatul....

Despre conflictul in Palestina mi-as permite fara sa am pretentia ca sint politician...(;) sa mentionez doua aspecte.
De violenta sint ambele parti de acuzat,absolut,cu aceeasi tarie.
Nu inteleg de ce palestinienii nu inceteaza cu sinuciderile si ignora sanse(chiar daca par minore la inceput) care li se ofera, si nu inteleg de ce Israel se duce noaptea si bombardeaza blocurile in care locuiesc si oameni nevinovati si ce-i mai rau familii, copii...

Despre Israel fiind tara mai civilizata nu inteleg mai multe...de ce trec cu tancuri peste jurnalisti si chiar activisti ai pacii cum a fost cazul unei tinere americane.... De ce, daca vor pace si rezolvarea conflictului pasnic, au ales conducatorul care l-au ales desi precis stiau de ce se intimplase in Libanon...De ce nu demonstreaza pentru pace si arat ca se opun violentei,daca se opun(?????) uciderii de oameni nevinovati ...E adevarat mai sint si gesturi din acestea, cum citisem de curind despre CITIVA (!!....)piloti care s-au opus sa zboare sa arunce bombe stiind ca vor muri si oameni nevinovati si nu numai citiva teroristi....Chiar daca stii exact ca un anume terorist pe care il cauti se afla intr-un loc la un moment dat, esti mai bun ca el daca arunci bombe stiind exact ca tot acolo se afla si alti oameni, nevinovati, copii,mame, batrini ?? ....Nu prea vad spiritul de popor ales, in ce se intimpla in coltul ala de lume de cind ma stiu de fapt.
It takes two to tango, dar lupta mi se pare si strigator la cer de unfair/nedreapta pentru ca ma gindesc daca Israel nu s-ar simti sprijinit/aparat de ....nimeni...., conflictul ar avea mai multe sanse de a fi rezolvat cit de cit intr-un viitor care acum mi se pare foarte indepartat. Si desi personal nu cunosc dar tot aud vorbindu-se de mindria popoarelor arabe, ma gindesc ca poate daca aceasta mindrie le-ar fi si lor respectata cit de cit, dreptul uman de a trai in conditii mai bune si mai civilizate si s-ar inceta cu ocupatia, ma gindesc ca poate ATUNCI nu ar mai fi atita ura si disperare in sufletele lor care sa indemne atitia tinerii palestinieni la acte de sinucidere.
S-au intimplat in istorie nedreptati ingrozitoare contra evreilor.Dar popoare (germania de exemplu)si-au cerut iertare si au platit si mai platesc despagubiri etc.., acum cred ca e timpul sa mai mergem si inainte....
Sa invatam din istorie de exemplu ca violenta nu este buna pentru nimeni, nici contra noastra, dar nici folosita de noi...si sa nu folosim istoria numai ca un paravan in spatele caruia sa ne ascundem, sa si dam nu numai sa cerem..... Istoria nu este o scuza ipocrita pentru un copil alintat´´dar tata uite ce mi-a facut si el mie...´´
Mai bine ma opresc aici inainte de a incepe sa bat cimpii prea tare.
Mea culpa! - de Dinu Lazar la: 14/11/2003 05:51:03
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Pe omu` respectiv il cheama Spencer Tunick. Se gasesc pe web multe poze realizate de el.

Coincidenta este ca domnia sa a fost motivul unui schimb de replici in lista de discutii Fotopro, intre mine si un fotograf american, mai putin prezent pe net - pentru ca uraste computerul - si anume Bruce Esbin.

Intii imi scrie Bruce:

===========================

Spencer Tunick, he is the DUDE!!! When someone is able to get 450
naked women to pose for them in Grand Central Station in NYC, then they are the greatest photographer in the world. Until someone is
able to do this on the Moon then his title will remain.

===========================================

La care eu raspund:

> I am very curious to see what pictures it have made...
>
> His site is ... I have not words... go here:
> http://www.spencertunick.com/individuals.html
>
> It is an idiot... This pictures are made by a groggy man... I cannot
> believe.

> Best regards,
>
> Dinu
=============================================
La care Bruce:

Though I was making a joke about Tunick being the "world's greatest
photographer". All joking aside however I do think he is a great
photographer, and I'll tell you why. Photography as you know is just a
tool that allows people to see many different things in a two
dimensional world, a world that despite being two dimensional still
enables us to experience the image on a high information level.

For me the genius of what Tunick does is showing the Homo-Sapien
species as group of animals without the usual protective barrier of
clothing in different and varied environments. Very interesting
environments at least for me. Buenos Aires, New York City, Antarctica,
Vienna, St. Petersburg, etc. all juxtaposed with a single naked human
form or in huge naked groups. It is strangely interesting because it is
something we would never see otherwise especially the groups. In that
sense it is art because it allows us to see something very unique and
thought provoking on the nature of being human.

Some people could say anyone with a camera could take a picture of a
naked person outdoors, and they would be right, however let them try
and go through the effort to organize the large groups of people and
get the permission of international city governments as Tunick
succeeded in doing. So for me Tunick is far from being an "idiot" or a
"groggy man". For me he is a genuine artist with a nice sense of humor who is exploring the human form in an interesting way through the use of photography.
==========================================

Replica mea este:

> All that you write here is a good sense and true. Seeing so, it is OK.
>
> But... the light, the composition, the color, the perspective, the art?
>
> I need only a idea, only a concept? I do not need any professional sense of the light?
>
> I believe that you understand me...
>
> When I see a picture, I give in my mind notes for technique, art (
> composition) and idea.
>
> 0+0+10/3=3,3...

=======================================
Si Bruce continua:

Sometimes the technique is secondary to the concept, sometimes the technique is the concept. What I've found refreshing with Tunick's photography is his relative lack of obvious technique, the almost snapshot like quality of his pictures, as if he just showed up accidently with a Ricoh G1 loaded with color negative film and just snapped a shot of this strangeness before him.
This is what gives it power, the utter banality of technique.

============================================================

Asa ca si intre profesionisti parerile sunt impartite.
Succesul comercial al lui Tunick este insa imens.
Mie personal nu imi place ce face. Asta nu conteaza desigur.

Am vrut sa vedeti insa dincolo de usile inchise cam cum gindesc fotografii...sau unii dintre ei.

Dupa mine, talent este sa iei o cizma si sa o fotografiezi, si sa para mai atragatoare si mai sexy decit o playmate, nu sa umpli o gara cu o suta de femei goale si sa faci glamour.
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am cautat inca o data pe net - de Daniel Racovitan la: 17/12/2003 08:56:38
(la: Bob Dylan, crestin.)
am cautat inca o data pe net si uite ce am gasit:

"Another chapter explores the religious beliefs of Bob Dylan, the mercurial singer-songwriter. Scott Marshall, author of the Dylan chapter, writes that Dylan was born Jewish, but converted to Christianity in 1979.

"In early 1979, Larry Myers and Paul Emond, two pastors from the Vineyard church, visited Dylan's home in Brentwood, Calif. and shared the gospel. Not long afterward, Dylan came to faith in Jesus, was baptized, and enrolled in a discipleship class through the Vineyard," Marshall writes.

Despite converting, Dylan continued to support Jewish causes and charities throughout his career. In 1997, for example, Dylan sang a benefit concert for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish charity in Los Angeles. Later that year, he sang for the pope, leaving Dylan-watchers bemused."

http://www.crosswalk.com/fun/books/1217989.html

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Presa si fotografia - de Dinu Lazar la: 19/12/2003 00:43:00
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
2 Time Magazine Journalists Hurt in Iraq
By The Associated Press

19 December 2003

(AP) -- A senior reporter and a veteran photographer for Time magazine
were wounded along with two U.S. soldiers when a grenade was tossed into
their Humvee, the military and the magazine said Thursday.

Time senior correspondent Michael Weisskopf and contributing
photographer James Nachtwey were traveling with a U.S. Army patrol in
Baghdad on Wednesday night when the attack occurred, a statement from Time
managing editor Jim Kelly said.

A military spokesman said they were with a unit of the Army's 1st
Armored Division.

The military official, who spoke only condition of anonymity, said one
of the journalists was severely wounded and the other was slightly injured.
Time said both were in stable condition and were awaiting transfer to a U.S.
military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

Nachtwey is an award-winning photographer known for haunting images of
war and poverty. He was the subject of a 2001 Oscar-nominated documentary,
"War Photographer," and has won many awards. This year he shared a $1
million Dan David prize for documenting "the apocalyptic events of our
time."

Weisskopf is an award-winning correspondent based in Washington. He
covers national politics and investigations and was a finalist in the 1996
Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

The Paris-based World Association of Newspapers has said that at least
16 journalists have been killed in Iraq this year. Many others have been
wounded.

In the last known incident, police said the editor of an independent
newspaper in the northern city of Mosul was shot and killed on Oct. 28.
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Articol din cotidianul israelian Ha'aretz - de Filip Antonio la: 31/01/2004 19:18:05
(la: A existat holocaust in Romania?)
Right-wing Romanian politician to visit Israel

By Amiram Barkat



Corneliu Vadim Tudor, the head of a radical right political party in Romania, intends to visit Israel in March.




News of his intention was relayed by Israeli businessman Nati Meir, who has been in contact with Tudor, the leader of the Greater Romania Party (PRM).

Haaretz has learned that Romanian President Ion Iliescu also intends to visit Israel at the end of March.

Meir, presenting himself as Tudor's adviser for overseas affairs, told Reuters news agency that Tudor will "seek forgiveness at the Western Wall."

In a speech given to Romania's parliament in 2002, and on other occasions, Tudor has claimed that Romania did not take part in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust. But Tudor is now aware that the Holocaust transpired in Romania, said Meir, adding that Tudor has sent Yad Vashem a letter about his country's culpability. Yad Vashem spokesmen, however, said they do not know anything about such a statement.

Since he announced his intention to take part in Romania's presidential elections, scheduled for September, Tudor has made several attempts to shed his reputation for anti-Semitism. But officials from Israel's Foreign Ministry and Yad Vashem believe Tudor's new stance is motivated by electoral calculations.

In past years, Tudor made several statements against Jews and foreigners and his party's official journal has been a warehouse for crude anti-Semitic opinions.

With Meir's help, Tudor met two months ago with Israeli media consultant Ayal Arad, and asked to retain his services. Arad said he is still considering whether or not to accept Tudor's offer. According to Arad, during their meeting, Tudor asked him about how he might persuade Jewish communities that he is not an anti-Semite.

At the end of November 2003, Tudor held a press conference, and said he retracts statements he made in the past about Jews. He stated that he "loves Jews," and denounced statements made by Iliescu to Haaretz about how the Holocaust wasn't distinctive to the Jews. Last month, Tudor dedicated a bronze statue of Yitzhak Rabin in Romania. Tudor invited Rabin's children to the ceremony, but they declined.

Ze'ev Schwartz, who chairs the association of Romanian-born Israelis, dismissed Tudor's recent performances as "a new element in the drama."

"This man is a Holocaust denier, and we simply do not believe him," Schwartz said. He added that he intends to help sponsor protest demonstrations of Holocaust survivors and Romanian natives during Tudor's visit.
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Sharon vrea un referendum - de Filip Antonio la: 04/02/2004 11:06:14
(la: Evreii impotriva lui Sharon? Anita unde esti?)
Sharon defends plan to evacuate Gaza settlements
Eds: UPDATES with Sharon backing for referendum, graf 4
AP Photos
By KARIN LAUB
Associated Press Writer
JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Wednesday
defended his plan to dismantle virtually all Jewish
settlements in Gaza, amid new signs that the proposal is
threatening the stability of his government.
Ten lawmakers from the ruling Likud Party sent a letter to
Sharon threatening to abandon the prime minister if he
moves forward with his plans without their consent.
«We announce beforehand that it will be very difficult
for us to support this plan without the approval of the
Likud institutions on this sensitive subject,» the
lawmakers wrote. They added that they would not support the
entry of the opposition Labor Party into the government.
A senior official said Sharon would put his unilateral
disengagement plan - including removing some settlements
and imposing a boundary on the West Bank if peace talks
fail - before a national referendum, as demanded by Likud
lawmakers. The official, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said Sharon would welcome the idea of putting
the plan before the people, because the issue cuts across
ideological lines and «has overwhelming support among the
public.»
Labor said Tuesday that it would back Sharon's plan,
assuring him of a parliamentary majority even if two
ultranationalist parties quit the government.
But one of the lawmakers who signed Wednesday's letter,
Yuli Edelstein, claimed the group had enough support from
other Likud members to block any parliamentary majority for
Sharon.
Even if the effort fails, the letter reflected the
internal divisions that Sharon faces over his Gaza pullout
plan.
Sharon on Tuesday shrugged off the growing threats, saying
he is determined to go ahead with plans to remove 17
settlements in Gaza and three in the West Bank without
waiting for a peace deal with the Palestinians. He said he
would try to form a new governing coalition rather than
back down.
The prime minister's surprise announcement Monday has
divided Israelis into two camps: those who believe Sharon,
for decades the main architect of Jewish settlement
expansion, is truly changing course; and those who suspect
him of trying to sow confusion and deflect attention from a
widening corruption probe against him.
Sharon said Wednesday that his plan is not related to the
corruption probe, Israel radio reported. Speaking to
reporters at the Israeli parliament building, he said he
was moving forward in spite of his legal troubles, not
because of them.
Sharon, who has denied wrongdoing, is to be questioned by
police Thursday on suspicion he accepted bribes from an
Israeli real-estate developer.
Commentators said whatever Sharon's motives, his
declaration has created irreversible facts, and no future
prime minister could demand to hold on to parts of Gaza in
a peace deal with the Palestinians. «The words that were
uttered can never be taken back,» commentator Dan Margalit
wrote in the Maariv daily.
Opinion polls suggested that Sharon has broad public
support for dismantling most Gaza settlements, increasingly
seen by many Israelis as a security burden. Israel controls
one-third of the strip, while 1.3 million Palestinians
share the rest.
In his first public comment on the issue Tuesday, Sharon
avoided mention of Gaza but said he was determined to press
ahead with the removal of settlements.
«Not only is this difficult for the settlers, but also,
it is more painful for myself than anyone else in Israel,»
Sharon said during a visit of the coastal city of Ashkelon.
«But I've reached a decision and I am going to carry it
out.»
Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia told Palestinian
radio he wants to see «deeds, not words. We want to see
them leaving the whole Gaza Strip, leaving Gaza as
liberated Palestinian land and leaving us to concentrate on
their withdrawal from the West Bank.»
In the West Bank on Wednesday, the army said it had
arrested a senior operative in the militant Al Aqsa
Martyrs' Brigades in the village of Tubas. Palestinian
sources identified the man as Jihad Sawafta, who they said
had escaped an Israeli assassination attempt in 2002.
Senior aides to Sharon and Qureia were scheduled to meet
Wednesday in hopes of arranging a meeting between the two
prime ministers, the two sides confirmed. A summit would be
a crucial step in reviving the U.S.-backed «road map»
peace plan.
The talks were to focus on Israel's contentious West Bank
separation barrier - which the Palestinians oppose - and
Palestinian efforts to persuade militant groups to halt
attacks on Israelis, Palestinian officials said.
Efforts to bring the two men together have faltered since
Qureia took office in October, and the road map has been
stalled for months. But Qureia has come under pressure
recently from the United States and Egypt, a key mediator
between Israel and the Palestinians, to agree to a meeting.
The road map aims for an independent Palestinian state,
alongside Israel, by 2005.
«This is maybe their last opportunity to implement the
road map,» a senior Israeli official, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said of a possible summit.
A top security adviser to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat
on Wednesday accused the United States of «blackmailing»
the Palestinians.
Jibril Rajoub said the Americans have threatened to
disengage from the peace process unless the Palestinians
arrest those responsible for an October bomb blast in Gaza
that killed three Americans traveling in a diplomatic
convoy.
«You know that the Americans stopped their involvement
waiting for the results of the investigation,» Rajoub told
foreign journalists. «I think that this is blackmail.»
American officials have said they are disappointed with
the lack of cooperation by Palestinian security forces in
the search for the perpetrators.
Sharon has said repeatedly in recent weeks that he plans
to take unilateral steps in the West Bank and Gaza -
dismantling some settlements, redeploying troops and
imposing a boundary - if there is no progress on the road
map in the coming months.
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Ghinion curat. Nu sunt propri - de pepper la: 18/02/2004 09:42:47
(la: Cum sunt crescuti copiii de unele mame romance)
Ghinion curat. Nu sunt proprietarul site-ului respectiv. Se intimpla numai sa-l frecventez.
Si nu obisnuiesc sa scriu pt a fi induiosatoare, ma jigniti. Eu inainte sa-mi dau cu parerea mai arunc un ochi pe ici, pe colo mai ales cand imi picura venin pe taste. Pur si simplu hraniti un troll. Da' ce conteaza ca e-n batatura altuia, nu? Cum ar fi sa vin si eu aici sa ochesc prostiile debitate de un membru nou (sau doi vechi :D) si sa ma apuc sa spurc tot netul cu GENERALIZARI PERICULOASE gen "MAMELE ROMANCE"!- odioasele, tamaiati, scuipati aici. Daca va uitati cu numai un pic de atentie ati fi vazut ca nu este numai un subiect despre cresterea si educarea copiilor. Sunt zeci numai la o prima cautare. Ati fi vazut si alte opinii in privintza "terrible two", "varsta lui NU", "de ce?". De ce v-am scris? Pt ca ghicesc nu o anume naivitate, ci o anume incrancenare.

Sanatate si sa va traiasca fetita!
p.
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Silence is gold - de Florin si atat la: 07/03/2004 10:45:44
(la: Romani in strainatate)
Intreaga forma a proverbului, care se spune ca are origini orientale, este:
'Speech is silver (or silvern), silence is golden'
'silence is golden' vrea sa aduca in evidenta abilitatea cuiva de a tine lucrurile pentru el insuti-keeping your own councel.

Si pentru cei din Israel, echivalentul este: 'If a word be worth one shekel, silence is worth two'.

Florin si atat
traducind un extract din 'The Wordsworth Dictionary of Phrase & Fable'
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Vecinii de bloc - sa le ascultam manelele sau...? - de artan la: 01/04/2004 04:21:18
(la: Vecinii de bloc - sa le ascultam manelele sau...?)
Cu riscul de a parea ca nu sunt la curent cu ultimele "manele", am o intrebare. Ce sunt "phads" - a long rectangular coarse cloth with paintings illustrating the life and heroic exploits of the two popular folks heroes?
Sa trecem peste asta...
Asa cum am zis ieri, sa continuam. Primul pas pe care l-am facut a fost reclamatia la politie. Dl. "agent de proximitate" a venit la vremea respectiva, a sunat la cativa vecini (in timpul zilei, cand eram plecat la munca), a vorbit cu ei si ca in multe alte cazuri, vecinii de jos au iesit mai curati decat ar fi fost spalati cu Tide. Toti cei care au fost intrebati au declarat ca vecinii de jos (pe care-i voi numi de acum inainte "vj") nu ii deranjeaza deloc.
Esec total - nu cred ca sunt primul caz din Romania care isi cauta dreptatea la institutiile abilitate sa faca acest lucru si nu obtine nimic.
Continuam si maine. Astept idei si comentarii.


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CONCURS FOTO - de Dinu Lazar la: 02/04/2004 05:30:56
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
The Alternative Pick announces The 2nd Annual Altpick Awards.
Submission begins now: http://altpickawards.com (ends July 9th, 2004)

Control begins July 26 when you can come back to the site and see
everything that was entered and vote for the "Popular" choice.

There is also a great list of respected industry professionals who will
be voting separately. This means two chances to win! Or a chance to win twice!!

Winners will appear on the site as well as in the 2005 Alternative Pick
and/ or ALT Pick magazine.

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O conversatie sau cinii latra caravana trece - de Dinu Lazar la: 16/04/2004 01:11:54
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Onor foto grafii cafegii sunt invitati la to www.pdnonline.com!

Newswire:

-More than 750 photographers have signed a petition asking the Missouri School of Journalism and National Press Photographers Association to put aside their differences and work towards reuniting POYi and NPPA's Best of Photojournalism (BOP) contests.

-AFP photographer Patrick Baz gives us his observations from Baghdad, one year after a U.S. tank fired on the Palestine Hotel, killing two journalists. Because of the dangers Western journalists face covering Iraq's hot spots, Baz says a new generation of Iraqi photojournalists are emerging.

-ReflexNews photographer Shawn Baldwin describes a recent kidnapping at the hands of Shiite militiamen while on assignment in Iraq for the New York Times.

-Adam Moss, appointed editor-in-chief of New York Magazine in February, has made a bid to dramatically reshape the weekly's photography and design. Moss poached a photo editor from The New York Times Magazine and a design director from Travel + Leisure. In other news, ZUMA Press signs another photojournalist, Corbis adds to its assignment services department and lifestyle photographer Mats Rudels finds a new rep.

-In edit news, magazine publishers are scrambling to create new venues for the influx of automotive ad dollars. We have news on several new startups.

-With wedding season almost upon us, a number of stock and syndication outfits have tied the knot. PictureArts has acquired Nonstock's RM collection; Sipa has partnered with EPA; Queerstock has bonded with Retna and Imaginechina has hooked up with Taiwan's United Daily News Group.

-PDN and Canon are offering two upcoming educational events surrounding PDN's 30, a special issue showcasing the rising stars in photography. The first PDN's 30 seminar kicks off April 22 at San Francisco's Academy of Art College.

-The French Association of Women Journalists (AFJ) is calling for entries for the fourth annual Canon Female Photojournalist Award. The award includes a 8,000 Euro prize intended to help the winner complete a documentary project.

http://www.pdnonline.com


Attention Wedding Photographers:

Whether you shoot weddings full time, or on the occasional weekend, check out our contest celebrating the most creative wedding photography. Top Knots, sponsored by Fujifilm, honors the best ceremony shots, spontaneous images, portraits and more, selected by a prestigious jury. If your image is chosen, it will be featured in our July issue devoted to Wedding Photography, and on PDNOnline. The deadline is coming up soon, so download entry forms and rules now.

http://www.pdnonline.com/contests/
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Pentru Desdemona - de Florin si atat la: 16/04/2004 13:44:36
(la: Automobile si soferi)
"...destul de comuna ca sa fie inteleasa in sensul ce i l-am atribuit aici." Se pare ca am fost plecat de cam mult din tara si am uitat 'expresia'.

Mi-ai facut mare bucurie sa-mi aduci aminte de poezia lui Rudyard Kipling. Imi place sa o savurez in engleza pentru ca are un inteles mai profund...pentru mine:

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

Nu are rost sa mai comentez la ce ai scris. Inteleg acum ce vrei sa spui...:)

Numai bine
Florin si atat
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Henkel CEE Art Award - de Dragos Bora la: 23/04/2004 02:33:25
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
Dear Sir or Madam,

In 2005 KulturKontakt is going to carry on with its
established and successful artists-in-residence-program for the fine arts and for photography. Once again we can additionally offer two arts awards in cooperation with
the company Henkel CEE this year. We kindly ask you to
inform interested artists about these awards.
Thank you very much for your cooperation!
Yours sincerely
Annemarie Türk

http://www.henkel.at/news/CEE_newsletterENG.htm

Brigitte Burgmann-Guldner
KulturKontakt Austria
Spittelberggasse 3
A-1070 Wien
Tel: 00 43 1 523 87 65-40
Committee to Protect Journalists - de Dinu Lazar la: 06/05/2004 23:51:38
(la: O conversatie cu DINU LAZAR, fotograf)
NEWS
Committee to Protect Journalists

EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE: MONDAY, MAY 3, AT 00:01 GMT (For Monday's Newspapers)

CPJ Names World's Worst Places to Be a Journalist

New York, April 30, 2004-The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is marking World Press Freedom Day, Monday, May 3, by naming the World's Worst Places to Be a Journalist.
The list of 10 places represents the full range of current threats to press freedom.

At the top of the list is Iraq, where 25 journalists have died since the U.S.-led war began in March 2003. A brutal crackdown launched last year in Cuba by Fidel Castro's government has left an unprecedented 29 journalists behind bars, serving lengthy prison terms of up to 27 years. Last year saw the biggest blow to Zimbabwe's beleaguered press when authorities closed the country's only remaining independent daily. CPJ also placed Turkmenistan, Bangladesh, China, Eritrea, Haiti, the West Bank and Gaza, and Russia on the list of Worst Places to Be a Journalist.


"In all of these places, reporting the news is an act of courage and conviction," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper. "Journalism is essential in helping all of us understand the events that shape our lives, and our need and desire for information cannot be eliminated by violence and repression."


WORLD'S WORST PLACES TO BE A JOURNALIST:

IRAQ

More than a year after the war in Iraq began, the country remains the most dangerous place in the world to work as a journalist. Twenty-five journalists have been killed in action in Iraq since March 2003. Twelve have been killed in 2004 alone-all of them Iraqis.

Postwar Iraq is fraught with risks for reporters: Banditry, gunfire, and bombings are common. Insurgents have added a new threat by systematically targeting foreigners, including journalists, and Iraqis who work for them.
At least six Iraqi media workers have been murdered, and several more have received threats. Armed groups have abducted some eight journalists in 2004, though all have been released.

U.S. forces pose an additional threat to working journalists: at least seven-and possibly as many as nine-journalists have been killed by gunfire from U.S. forces. Other journalists-mostly Arab or Iraqi-have been detained and suffered mistreatment at the hands of U.S. forces.

CUBA

The arrest and long-term imprisonment of 29 journalists in 2003 has decimated Cuba's fledgling independent press. A year after the government of President Fidel Castro Ruz launched a massive crackdown against the press and the political opposition, the imprisoned journalists and their families are harassed and exposed to humiliating prison conditions and psychological torture. They have denounced inadequate medical attention, have been placed in solitary confinement, and have complained about receiving foul-smelling and rotten food. The journalists, who are held in maximum-security facilities, went on hunger strikes several times to demand better conditions. Those journalists who were not imprisoned continue to face routine police intimidation and harassment and are careful about what they write. They say they have been visited by state security officials and issued warnings to stop writing or face the consequences.

ZIMBABWE

For the last four years, Zimbabwe's government has pursued a relentless crackdown on the private press through harassment, censorship, and restrictive legislation. Last year saw the biggest blow to press freedom yet, with authorities closing the Daily News, Zimbabwe's only independent daily and the country's most popular paper. The country's Media and Information Commission (MIC), whose board is government-appointed, refused to register the newspaper despite two court orders to do so. And in February 2004, the Zimbabwean Supreme Court upheld legislation requiring journalists and media outlets to be licensed by the MIC, making it a criminal act to practice journalism without government approval. Those who fail to register face fines and up to two years' imprisonment.

Zimbabwean officials have proven particularly sensitive to coverage of political unrest and the country's severe economic problems. Journalists who reported on pro-democracy rallies were arrested by police and attacked by ruling party supporters. Last year, authorities deported the last foreign reporter based in Zimbabwe, the U.K. Guardian's Andrew Meldrum, whom officials called an "undesirable inhabitant."

TURKMENISTAN

Because political dissent is not tolerated by Turkmenistan's totalitarian regime, independent journalism is practically non-existent.
President-for-life and self-proclaimed "father of all Turkmen,"
Saparmurat
Niyazov, maintains strict control over all newspapers, radio, and television stations by personally appointing editors, and his office approves news reports before they are published or broadcast.

One of the only independent media outlets that penetrates this system of control is the reporting broadcast from abroad by the Turkmen service of the U.S. government-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). And again this year, RFE/RL was subjected to intense official harassment. In September 2003, National Security Service (MNB) agents detained an RFE/RL stringer based in the capital, Ashgabat, for two days, threatened him with 20 years in prison for betraying his country, and injected him multiple times with an unknown substance. More recently, in February 2004, MNB agents arrested two RFE/RL freelancers after one smuggled 800 copies of his banned novel into Turkmenistan. Both were released from prison in March after CPJ and other press freedom groups protested. However, the journalists still face charges of slander and instigating social, ethnic, and religious hatred and have been pressured to sever all ties with RFE/RL.


BANGLADESH

Crime, corruption, and lawlessness make Bangladesh the most violent country for journalists in Asia. Reporters routinely face threats, harassment, and often brutally violent physical attacks in retaliation for their reporting.
Despite promises from government officials to apprehend those responsible for assaults, the majority of attacks on journalists go unpunished. Deep political divisions in the country and within the journalism community also contribute to the climate of fear.

CPJ has documented dozens of violent attacks against Bangladeshi journalists during the last decade, including the murders of seven journalists in the last eight years. Journalists working outside the capital, Dhaka, are particularly vulnerable. Veteran journalist Manik Saha was killed in January
2004 in the southwestern city of Khulna when unidentified assailants threw a homemade bomb at him. In December 2003, a group of thugs affiliated with the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party tried to kill Shafiul Haque Mithu in the southwestern town of Pirojpur after he wrote a series of articles exposing local officials' abuse of power.

CHINA

During the last year, the newly installed government of President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao has escalated an assault on the burgeoning independent-minded media in China. Authorities have arrested high-profile editors, closed publications, and imposed news blackouts on politically sensitive events.

The crackdown reached an apex in early 2004, when officials arrested three popular and respected editors from the pioneering Southern Metropolis News for alleged corruption. The charges came after the paper published a series of reports on the resurgence of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, local police violence, and other sensitive topics. Chinese journalists have called the arrests the "darkest moment" in 20 years of media reform in China.

Forty-one journalists are now imprisoned in China, making it the world's leading jailer of journalists for the fifth year in a row. Independent writers and commentators on the Internet are particularly targeted for prosecution. The arrest of prominent and outspoken commentator Du Daobin in late 2003 sent a clear message to all Internet writers that free expression online will not be tolerated.

ERITREA

Eritrea has been Africa's foremost jailer of journalists since September 2001, when the government banned the entire private press and detained independent reporters. Seventeen journalists are now in secret jails across the tiny Red Sea nation, almost all of them held incommunicado. President Isaias Afewerki and top government officials have accused independent journalists of espionage, spreading disinformation, and "endangering national unity." Authorities continue to insist that the private press also operated without proper licenses, and that independent journalists routinely evaded the compulsory National Service Program. Despite these allegations, no formal charges have been brought against any of the journalists, and the government has given no indication that it intends to prosecute them.

The ruling party has a firm grip on the state media, whose employees are censored and also practice self-censorship. Afewerki has been unfazed by persistent international denunciation of his human rights record and continues to dismiss foreign critics as enemies of Eritrea.


HAITI

Press freedom conditions have seriously deteriorated in Haiti since September 2003, when the murder of a notorious gang leader sparked nationwide violence. From January to March 2004, journalists became targets during the uprising that led to the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on February 29. While hostility against Haitian journalists is common, foreign correspondents were also attacked while covering the two-month rebellion. In March, a Spanish television correspondent was killed and a U.S. photographer was wounded by gunfire. Several radio stations were torched around the country. Investigations into the 2000 and 2001 murders of two prominent Haitian journalists have shown no progress. The Haitian judicial system's failure to prosecute these crimes has perpetuated a climate of impunity, forcing dozens of journalists to go into exile or seek political asylum.

THE WEST BANK AND GAZA

The West Bank and Gaza Strip remains one of the most unpredictable and potentially dangerous assignments for journalists. At least three journalists have been killed there since April 2003-each by Israeli army gunfire. Israeli troops often harass or attack Palestinian journalists, and Israeli authorities enforce tough restrictions on their freedom of movement.
Palestinian journalists are vulnerable to the increasing lawlessness in the Occupied Territories.

Palestinian militias and armed groups have frequently threatened and assaulted reporters and in some cases have ransacked news offices. In 2003 and 2004, Palestinian gunmen raided two television news offices and a newspaper in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, attacked a correspondent on the street in Gaza, and assaulted a reporter in Ramallah.

RUSSIA

President Vladimir Putin's "managed democracy," which includes using various branches of the state bureaucracy to rein in the independent media, is making the practice of independent journalism in Russia more and more tenuous. A shift from blatant pressures to more subtle and covert tactics, such as politicized lawsuits and hostile corporate takeovers by businessmen with close ties to Putin, has allowed the Kremlin to stifle criticism of the president and reports on government corruption and human rights abuses committed by Russian forces in Chechnya.

In advance of the December 2003 parliamentary elections and March 2004 presidential elections, the Kremlin tightened its legal and bureaucratic controls over the domestic press. Russian press groups criticized the Central Election Commission for failing to sanction the state-run national television channels for improperly promoting Putin and pro-Kremlin parties during the campaigns.

Journalists in Russia's provinces continue to be murdered with impunity.
In
October 2003, the editor-in-chief of an independent newspaper in the Volga River city of Togliatti was stabbed to death because of his paper's coverage of organized crime and government corruption. He was the paper's second editor-in-chief to be murdered in 18 months.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to defending press freedom worldwide.




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