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Penderecki: Violin Concerto No.2 'Metamorphosen'


The Katyn massacre and Smolensk

The USSR claimed that the victims had been murdered by the Nazis in 1941 and continued to deny responsibility for the massacres until 1990, when it officially acknowledged and condemned the perpetration of the killings by the NKVD

The passengers were on their way from Warsaw to attend an event marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyn massacre by the Stalinist regime during the Second World War. 

The Federation which organizes relatives of the victims in the Katyn massacre is supported by the preliminary findings of the British air crash investigator Frank Taylor who found inconsistencies and omissions in the official investigation of the crash.

Mr Taylor confirmed to The Brussels Times that at the request of the Federation he carried out a preliminary review based on the accident reports available in English via the database of the Aviation Safety Network.

In light of the findings of the British expert, the Federation is of the opinion that EU Council President Donald Tusk, former Prime Minister of Poland, mismanaged the investigation and prevented the relatives of the victims from knowing the full truth about the crash.

Jacek Kucharczyk, president of the Institute of Public Affairs in Warsaw, believes the reason for the crash is far more prosaic. He says: “Lech Kaczyński’s ratings were down. He was flying to Smolensk to open his election campaign. He was determined to be on time. Nobody wanted to take responsibility for diverting the plane. The media had made a joke of Kaczyński’s planes always breaking down.”


Boulez: Incises per pianoforti / Bartók: Sonata per 2 pianoforti e percussioni / Boulez: Sur Incises per 3 pianoforti, 3 arpe, 3 percussioni

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The Panama Papers

A massive leak of documents exposes the offshore holdings of 12 current and former world leaders and reveals how associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin secretly shuffled as much as $2 billion through banks and shadow companies.

The leak also provides details of the hidden financial dealings of 128 more politicians and public officials around the world. The cache of 11.5 million records shows how a global industry of law firms and big banks sells financial secrecy to politicians, fraudsters and drug traffickers as well as billionaires, celebrities and sports stars.
The documents make it clear that major banks are big drivers behind the creation of hard-to-trace companies in the British Virgin Islands, Panama and other offshore havens. The files list nearly 15,600 paper companies that banks set up for clients who want keep their finances under wraps, including thousands created by international giants UBS and HSBC.

Documents from the leaked Mossack Fonseca database showed the relations of three of the seven members of the Communist party’s elite ruling council, the politburo standing committee, had companies that were clients of the offshore law firm. They included relatives of Chinese president Xi Jinping. 
A Communist party censorship directive instructed news organisations to purge all reports, blogs, bulletin boards and comments relating to this week’s highly sensitive revelations

The Portuguese Parliament 

has provoked outrage by failing to condemn the long prison sentences handed to the so-called Luanda book club, 17 dissidents convicted of political defiance against Angola’s government.
The Angolan president, José Eduardo dos Santos had warned the former colonial power against “interfering” in Angolan justice, but campaigners attacked the blocking of a motion in Lisbon to repudiate the verdicts as “complicity in the ongoing looting” of the country by the government.
Dos Santos, 73, has been president since 1979 and has been accused of presiding over one of the world’s most corrupt governments, amassing a great fortune for himself, his family and friends, while two-thirds of his country lives below the poverty line.


In memoriam of Brussels terrorist attacks' victims

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Prior to China’s invasion in 1950, Tibet maintained a unique culture, religion and language for centuries

Tibet has a long and rich history as a nation existing side-by-side with China while political power in Asia shifted between empires and kingdoms. In 1913, the 13th Dalai Lama issued a proclamation reaffirming Tibet’s independence and the country maintained its own national flag, currency, stamps, passports and army.
Following China's Communist revolution in 1948, it invaded Tibet in 1950. Overwhelmed, Tibet was forced to give up its independence. After a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959, the 14th Dalai Lama - Tibet’s political and spiritual leader at the time - fled into exile in India followed by tens of thousands of Tibetans. Since 1959, China's government has exercised total political control over Tibet, using all the tools of repression to deter and punish Tibetan resistance.



Pierre Boulez - Pli selon pli

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Losar is Tibetan for New Year. The Tibetan calendar is based on Tibetan astrology, a synthesis of Indian and Chinese astrology. The Tibetan calendar is lunar, which means it follows the cycles of the moon, so the New Year begins on a new moon.



Luciano Berio - Sinfonia - Pierre Boulez (26 March 1925 – 5 January 2016)

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Islamic State claims Paris attacks

Islamic State claimed responsibility on Saturday for a coordinated assault by gunmen and bombers that killed 127 people at locations across Paris that President Francois Hollande said amounted to an act of war against France.
In the worst attack, a Paris city hall official said four gunmen systematically slaughtered at least 87 young people at a rock concert at the Bataclan concert hall before anti-terrorist commandos launched an assault on the building. Dozens of survivors were rescued, and bodies were still being recovered on Saturday morning.
Some 40 more people were killed in five other attacks in the Paris region, the official said, including an apparent double suicide bombing outside the Stade de France national stadium, where Hollande and the German foreign minister were watching a friendly soccer international.
The assaults came as France, a founder member of the U.S.-led coalition waging air strikes against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, was on high alert for terrorist attacks.
It was the worst such attack in Europe since the Madrid train bombings of 2004, in which 191 died.

Until perhaps Friday, the main perception among Western intelligence agencies and Washington policymakers has been that Islamic State poses “no immediate threat” to the United States or the West.

The FBI has said it is now investigating the San Bernardino shooting in the US state of California as a "terrorist" attack, adding that it had uncovered new evidence.

David Bowdich, assistant director of the FBI's Los Angeles office, also said the attackers tried to destroy evidence - crushing two cell phones and throwing them in a rubbish bin.

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