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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-06-12

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

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  • [01] Draft Law Abolishing Anonymity of Card Phones
  • [02] Qadaffi: Women like Furniture

  • [01] Draft Law Abolishing Anonymity of Card Phones

    The Greek Government has announced its intention to introduce specific legislation to be put into effect in July 2010 to abolish the anonymity of owners of mobile card phones as a measure to combat crime. Transport Minister Evripidis Stylianidis pointed out that the 13,5 million card cell-phone owners will have to submit their personal data to mobile companies until July 2010. Important changes in the cell-phone market are expected to follow from its implementation in Greece. Minister of transport is going to present the new bill next Tuesday.

    The lifting of anonymity is already being implemented in other 11 European countries. The relative EU directive expires on 15 March. The 13.5 million card cell-phone owners will have to submit their personal data only to mobile phone companies, even if they had purchased their sim cards from kiosks.

    Source: NET

    News item: 23536

    [02] Qadaffi: Women like Furniture

    News

    Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, who came to Italy with a retinue of 40 female bodyguards and demanded to meet 700 of the country's most important women, called for a feminist uprising

    European women are being forced to work like men, travel alone and sleep in hotels out of necessity rather than choice, Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi lamented to an incredulous crowd of 1,000 Italian women on Friday.

    The women in attendance, including ministers and prominent businesswomen, initially responded with boos but applauded when Qaddafi said he believed in equal rights for men and women, who should be free to marry and divorce at will.

    "In the Arab and Muslim world the'' women's rights ''situation is terrible'', a situation that ''could lead to a revolution'' said Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in the Music Park in Rome to an audience of Italian business women. ''Women are like furniture for them which you can change anytime'' said the colonel. He pointed out that in some Arab countries woman are not even allowed to drive.

    But many criticize Gaddafi, like Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for using women to assert his own authority and influence.

    Source: Reuters, BBC, Associated Press

    News item: 23531


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