Unseen photos of ship Titanic at a depth of nearly four miles

National Geographic published new photos of the liner Titanic just before it meets the centenary of the sinking

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WASHINGTON, March 22. – The National Geographic magazine today released new photos of the liner Titanic just before it meets the April 15 anniversary of the sinking of the ship, whose wreck can be seen now in full scale for the first time.

The scientific publication opens its April issue with a special on the Titanic which include new photographic compositions of the remains of the giant ship now in bed abyssal Atlantic.

For the first time snapshots taken with the use of sound technology allow you to see the view of half the bow resting on the seabed, at a depth of nearly four miles and still retains much of its original form despite having sunk a hundred years.

In a side view of the starboard side can be seen that much of the bow was bent to rest on the bottom and covered with mud so you can leave hidden forever marks the waterway open by the iceberg that hit against the Titanic.

The stern was the worst sufferer by the loss and the passing of the years that have left an unrecognizable converted into mass of iron, which makes the work of experts in analyzing the wreck.

The Titanic was traveling from the British port of Southampton to New York collided with an iceberg on the fourth day of its voyage, which opened a large crack across the bow and the ship broke in two as it sank.

Other images published by National Geographic includes a view of the huge engines that drove the Titanic, and another composition of the bow as it is today in the depths of ocean.

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Europe leading the way in Protectionism!

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Resurgent protectionism, a ghost who comes from Europe

The setbacks in the GDP of many nations has led to this business practice, which damages the health of world economies

The resurgence of protectionism in several countries, mainly in Europe, both in trade and in capital flows following a prolonged recession, are a risk to the financial health of many economies.

According to a study published yesterday in New York by Standard and Poor’s, the closure of European economies may affect the development and growth of Latin American countries, mainly in the center of the region.

“The impact of possible shocks differs in several places outside the region. Central America is more vulnerable than Mexico and many Latin American countries, which have a greater capacity to adopt countercyclical policies, “says the report.

Latin America will grow between 3.5 and four percent in 2012 that is two percentage points higher than developed countries and currently available as a region of higher grades of sovereign debt before the start of the global crisis in 2008, according to S & P.

However, the rating agency warns in his study entitled The changing global economic outlook and its impact on Latin America a risk of unexpected change of the current policy framework affecting international trade and capital flows.

According to Standard and Poor’s (S & P), “uncertainty and change characterize the global economy in 2012” with the possible negative impact on emerging markets.

These recent analyzes, the firm adds the risk of “abrupt changes in the rules of the international economic system” that could “affect” the prospects for growth in Latin America.

For the World Economic Forum, there are many examples of countries taking measures that discriminate against foreign firms and products to protect its domestic market.

“The pressures of high unemployment are increasing the demand for protection and stabilization measures of the government. There are several legal forms of protection that can be applied administered through procedures such as those on anti-dumping , countervailing duties and safeguards, “the agency said in its 2010 report on Global Trade Facilities .

Then there is the prospect of many years of hardship and painful reforms in Europe (and to a lesser extent, in the U.S.), which could create an unexpected political backlash, changing the general course of international politics.

“The stagnation would undermine the perception of earnings, a result of increased international economic integration, potentially leading to a backlash in some countries for greater nationalism” they add.

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For specialists, Brazil is one of the nations in Latin America is turning to protectionism in the economy as a way to revive its growth rate, which rose from 7.5% in 2010 to 2.7% in 2011.

The country has great potential in raw materials and an internal market of 205 million.

The scenario in Latin America may be complicated if the sixth largest economy now decided to close. “There will be a slowdown in world trade will be cut and recovery prospects on a global scale,” according to the analysis of S & P.

Resurgent protectionism, a ghost who comes from Europe

Protectionism comming from Europe

France is another example. President Nicolas Sarkozy threatened on Sunday to ignore the European limitations on the issue of protectionism to support his country in an election more than an economic issue.Sarkozy said it was time to support local businesses and stop the uncontrolled flow of immigrants and cheap imports, which demonstrate the lack of protective controls.

He also proposed a European law similar to the Buy American , which would force governments to be in favor of the purchase only of products manufactured in Europe, and said France would begin to apply the rule unilaterally.

“I want a Europe that protects its citizens. I do not want unfettered competition. “

United States has been criticized for its other nation protectionism that violates NAFTA agreements and NAFTA.

Even Mexico has stated that “political restriction” in the U.S. Congress led by the unions, the clause Buy American for the consumption of American products and the tendency of EU to protect their companies, restrict international competition, as an example is the question of the entry of Mexican carriers to U.S. territory.

More anti-dumping

In recent years there is a rise in applications and implementations of the measures dumping (if a company exports a product at a lower price than it normally charges on the market, is said to be dumping ), says the World Economic Forum.

According to the agency, average tariffs in Brazil and Argentina rose three percentage points, due to increases in industrial taxes.

In contrast, there was a marked decrease in the average tariff rate of one to two percentage points in Nigeria, Mexico, Iceland and Ukraine.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn Faces His accuser in Paris!

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn had a police-arranged meeting Thursday with the French writer who accuses him of a 2003 rape attempt, an allegation she repeated in the face-to-face session.

The encounter between Tristane Banon, 32, and Strauss-Kahn, 62, took place at a Paris police station as part of an investigation so that prosecutors can decide whether to bring charges.

Only police were present at the encounter, common in French justice when two people give a different version of events. One of Strauss-Kahn’s lawyers said both sides had stuck to their version of what happened.

“DSK stuck to his version of events, as did she,” lawyer Henri Leclerc said, using the politician’s initials, by which he is commonly known in France.

Asked whether his client had apologized, Leclerc said, “He has nothing to apologize for.”

Banon gave a television news interview late Thusday, saying that she had maintained her allegation that the one-time French presidential hopeful had lured her to a Paris apartment and violently tried to rape her.

“There was a rape attempt and I repeated that,” Banon told TF1 television.

“I had in front of me exactly the same Strauss-Kahn that I saw on television, with the same arrogance, the same coldness,” said Banon, who lodged a formal complaint against Strauss-Kahn in July.

She brought the charge after Strauss-Kahn was accused of attempting to rape a New York hotel maid, although charges related to that case were dropped after US prosecutors deemed the alleged victim unreliable.

“I thought he’d apologize at least for what he’s admitted to. I looked at him constantly, he didn’t dare look at me,” Banon said.

The Socialist politician denies attempted rape, says Banon’s allegation is imaginary and is suing her for defamation.

She said she did not feel hatred towards Strauss-Kahn, only contempt, and alleged that he was employing people to try to discredit her.

“I knew I’d be given a hard time, just as Nafissatou Diallo [the hotel maid] was in the United States,” she said.

“In what kind of country do you attack my lawyer, my childhood, my family, my father in order to explain that I wasn’t the victim of an attempted rape?”

Banon also poured scorn on Strauss-Kahn’s attempt to get a civil case brought by Diallo in New York dismissed, claiming diplomatic immunity as a former chief of the International Monetary Fund.

“That’s just like him,” she said. “I ask myself why would an innocent man need immunity? If I was wrongly accused of something I wouldn’t need diplomatic immunity.

“What does diplomatic immunity mean? That you have the right to attack women, to try to rape them, to rape them?”

Thursday’s meeting could bring investigations to a close, after which the prosecutor could decide that there’s no case, or that the alleged crime happened too long ago or that a prosecution is warranted.

Banon’s complaint is for attempted rape rather than sexual assault or harassment. If the prosecutor decides to downgrade the charge, Strauss-Kahn would be protected by a statute of limitations on the lesser crimes.

Banon has said that she will bring a civil suit if there is no criminal prosecution.