Terror Attacks Cast Light on Belgian Identity Crisis – SPIEGEL ONLINE – “Spiegel joins ISIS in attacking Belgium and promoting German takeover?”

Fears seem to be greater in Germany about Belgium’s nuclear power plants than in the country itself. Belgians tend to get used to things, that’s the habit. They tend to respond in ways similar to Françoise Georis, who opened up her Bio, dis-moi organic supermarket directly across the street from Tihange, because this type of store didn’t exist within a 15 kilometer radius of the nuclear power plant. She says she’s pleased to have plant workers among her customers, since “not everyone has their heart in the job that they do.” In general, she says, her customers are more afraid of genetically modified food than they are of radioactivity. Speaking a week before the terrorist attacks, she said she hardly even notices the nuclear power plant — and that’s the case for most here.

Source: Terror Attacks Cast Light on Belgian Identity Crisis – SPIEGEL ONLINE

Egypt police kill members of gang linked to Regeni murder – The Local

The interior ministry said in a statement that it has shared its findings with Italy, which was helping investigate the abduction and murder of the Cambridge University graduate whose mutilated body was found in Cairo in January. The ministry also released photographs of Regeni’s passport, university identification cards and a wallet. The manner of Regeni’s abduction and killing provoked accusations in Italy of Egyptian police involvement, something Cairo had strongly denied. Regeni, 28, had been researching labour movements in Egypt, a sensitive topic, and had written articles critical of the government under a pen name. The incident threatened relations between Egypt and Italy, a strong supporter of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi whose security services have been accused of abusing dissidents. The ministry had announced earlier on Thursday that police had killed four members of a criminal gang that had kidnapped and robbed foreigners in Cairo in a shootout, without mentioning Regeni.

Source: Egypt police kill members of gang linked to Regeni murder – The Local

Friday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Nina Simone | 3CHICSPOLITICO If you love Nina – you have to bookmark this – thanks 3CHICKS!

She was one of the most extraordinary artists of the twentieth century, an icon of American music. She was the consummate musical storyteller, a griot as she would come to learn, who used her remarkable talent to create a legacy of liberation, empowerment, passion, and love through a magnificent body of works. She earned the moniker ‘High Priestess of Soul’ for she could weave a spell so seductive and hypnotic that the listener lost track of time and space as they became absorbed in the moment. She was who the world would come to know as Nina Simone.

Source: Friday Open Thread |Our Gems Week: Nina Simone | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Raul Castro: Blockade Most Serious Barrier to Economic Progress | News | teleSUR English

Destroying a bridge is easy and requires little time. To solidly rebuild one is a much longer and difficult task.After four failed attempts, as a symbol of willpower and perseverance, on September 2, 2013, U.S. swimmer Diana Nyad managed to swim across the Florida Straits, without a shark cage.For this feat, overcoming the distance that geographically separates our countries, on August 30, 2014, to the tune of the national anthems of Cuba and the United States, she was presented with the Order of Sporting Merit, awarded by the Cuban Council of State.This accomplishment contains a strong message, it should serve us as an example for bilateral relations, as it confirms that if she could, then we too can.I reiterate our thanks to President Obama for his visit and the willingness of the government of Cuba to continue moving forward in the coming months for the benefit of our peoples and countries.

Source: Raul Castro: Blockade Most Serious Barrier to Economic Progress | News | teleSUR English