Emami Attacked in China

Belgian Cat and Muckraking Photojournalist Lilu Emami was the Victim of an Assault this Week by Chinese Authorities in an apparent Effort to Intimidate Foreign Journalists in that Country.

Emami, known for her Provocative Reportage, was in Henan Province in China with several Colleagues from a Belgian Television News Agency VRT doing a Series of Reports on AIDS in Conjunction with World AIDS Day, which Falls on December 1st. Their News Van was Pulled Over for no apparent Reason, and the Journalists were pulled Violently from it, their equipment Damaged, and some of their Videotapes and Recording Equipment confiscated.

Exactly What it Is that the Assailants were After is Unclear.

The Incident has sparked Outrage from the International Community of Journalists, who have been Appealing the Chinese Government to Loosen their Stranglehold on News Reports in their Country and provide Safeguards for Foreign Journalists attempting to do Work there.

The Chinese Government has said that an Investigation into the Incident is Underway; VRT is asking for Compensation for its Damaged Equipment and for a Formal Apology from China.

Meanwhile, Belgian Ambassador Armondo Blanco has been Dispatched to China to meet with the Nation’s Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs to discuss the Incident and any possible Solutions going Forward.

–The Minister of Information.

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Belgian Bond

Armondo Blanco, Belgian Ambassador, has appeared in a New Poster in the Nation of Belgium, as Mr 007 Himself, James Bond. The Poster is a Take-Off on the current Marketing Campaign for the upcoming MGM film, “Quantum of Solace,” featuring the self-same Character as played by the Actor Daniel Craig.

The Ad directs Viewers to the Web-Site of the Belgian Controller of Cat Records and Director of Benign Intentions, and is Aimed at Boosting Awareness of the International Belgian Cats Project of Benign Intentions.

–The Minister of Information.

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Armondo Blanco to make Diplomatic Trip to Syria

Armondo Blanco, Belgian Ambassador, will be making a Diplomatic Voyage to Syria in an Effort to Strengthen Spotty Relations between the Two Nations.

Blanco will be Received by Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem in Damascus. The Two are expected to Discuss a stronger Trade Relationship, but Analysts predict that Blanco, known for his Straight-Forward Manner, will probably press Muallem on Matters of a Political Nature in an Attempt to Understand some of the Fundamental Differences between the Political and Social Philosophies of the Two Nations.

No official Policy Matters are Likely to change as a Result of the Diplomatic Trip, which is to take place Next Week, but the Belgians have recently Increased their Efforts to create Relationships with some of the more Controversial and Isolated Nations of the world, including (most recently) Cuba.

Syria has Oft been Scrutinized by America as being In League with Terrorists, much to that Nation’s Annoyance – and was Bombed this Week by U.S. Forces from their Bases in Iraq.

–The Minister of Information.
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European Week of Regions and Cities Registration Open

From October 6-9 of This Year, the European Week of Regions and Cities’ “Open Days 2008” will take place in Brussels, Belgium. Registration is on Open for the Event, which will feature many Workshops, Panels, and Networking Opportunities for anyone who is Interested.

Workshops include Subjects as diverse as Health Care, Environmental and Sustainability Issues, and Food Clusters. In attendance shall be many Luminaries, including Belgian Cats such as Armondo Blanco, Belgian Ambassador, and Ophelia, Princess of Belgium.

–The Minister of Information.

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Armondo Blanco meets with 110-year-old WWI Vet


Armondo Blanco, Belgian Ambassador, met with a Mr Harry Patch this week. Mr Patch is the last living British Veteran of World War I who fought in the Trenches, and he is celebrating his 110th Birthday. He was a Private in the British Army when he took part in the Battle of Passchendaele in West Flanders, Belgium, in 1917.

Armondo Blanco described Mr Patch’s Life Story as “inspirerende.” He offered Mr Patch a Basket of Fruits and a Bottle of Fine Belgian Ale, both of which were Graciously Accepted.

–The Minister of Information & the Minister of Historical Records

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American Ambassador has Lost his Luggage

Sam Fox, the American Ambassador to Belgium and close Associate of Belgian Ambassador Armondo Blanco, has Lost his Luggage.

–The Minister of Information