World View: Albania Refuses Syria Chemical Weapons Destruction
- Venezuela's congress votes to give Maduro dictatorial powers
- Albania refuses Syria chemical weapons destruction
- Executives watching porn are leading targets of hacker attacks
Venezuela's congress votes to give Maduro dictatorial powers
Maduro meets with enthusiastic voters
Venezuela's congress has voted in favor of
granting President Nicolás Maduro emergency dictatorial
policies. A second vote will occur next week to put the change
into effect. Maduro had been one vote short of the number of
votes needed but solved that problem by charging an opposite
legislator with corruption, removing her from the legislature,
and replacing her with someone from Maduro's Socialist Party.
As we described last month in "26-Sep-13 World View -- Venezuela's economy approaches full-scale hyperinflation", the country is plagued by
shortages of everything from milk and cooking oil to toothpaste and
toilet paper. Maduro's government has now arrested more than 100
businessmen in a so-called crackdown on corruption and price-gouging.
According to Maduro:
"They are barbaric, these capitalist parasites! We
have more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the
Thanks to massive overspending and vote-buying by Maduro and by his
predecessor, Hugo Chávez, Venezuela's inflation rate is over 45%.
It's thought that Maduro arranged for the new dictatorial powers
because of elections being held in December. AP and Russia Today
Albania refuses Syria chemical weapons destruction
In what is being described as a snub to the United States, Albania has
rejected a request to allow the destruction of Syria's chemical
weapons to take place on Albania's soil. Albania was considered to be
a good choice to host the destruction, since the country destroyed
tons of its own chemical weapons in 2007 and 2012.
minister Edi Rama announced the rejection on Friday, after four days
of massive demonstrations by opposition activists in front of the
prime minister's residency in Tirana. According to reports from
Albania's government, the country had several things to gain by
allowing the destruction on its soil:
- Albania would officially be a candidate for EU membership
in December, and will become an EU member within four years.
- Albania would receive 12 billion dollars, which is three times as
much as its entire 2012 budget.
- Albania would have a special status with the U.S., which would
abolish the visa regime for Albanian citizens.
- Albania would be a candidate to receive the Nobel Prize for
Albania's refusal has halted further work on the United Nations
program to destroy Syria's chemical weapons, when the international
agreement specifies that the 1,000 tonnes of weapons must be
transported outside Syria by February 5, 2014, and destroyed by June
30, 2014. France and Belgium have been named as possible alternate
locations. Albeu (Albania) and BBC
Executives watching porn are leading targets of hacker attacks
A new survey shows that a leading cause of corporate malware, which
can permit a corporation's entire network to be hacked and
compromised, comes from senior managers visiting X-rated porn sites
with their desktop computers or mobile device. Watching porn on work
computers is not rare. Nielsen reported that about 29 percent of
working American adults watched porn on work computers in March 2010.
KEYS: Generational Dynamics, Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, Hugo Chavez,
Syria, Albania, Edi Rama, France, Belgium
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