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The theft of copyrighted works like music, movies, books, software and games is a devastating problem. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates such theft costs our nation’s economy roughly $58 billion in total output every year; more than 370,000 domestic jobs; $16.3 billion in earnings; and $2.6 billion in tax revenue for state, local, and federal governments.

This rampant theft inhibits the ability of American businesses to invest and innovate — and stifles the capacity of American artists and creators to earn a living, support their families, and invest in their own creative development.

Slick, professional-looking websites that operate without the authorization of, or compensation to, artists and producers have increasingly become a tool of thieves around the world. Such sites deceive consumers because they carry advertisements for Fortune 500 companies and process transactions with major credit cards. S. 3804 would give the Department of Justice an expedited process for cracking down on such rogue entities. The Justice Department would target the most egregious pirate websites, go to a federal court with the evidence, and then seize the domain name. Once a site has been seized, the Court would issue an order to intermediaries — such as ISPs, payment processors, Internet registries and registrars, advertisers, etc. — that prohibits them from doing business with such rogue sites.

This legislation represents a significant step forward in our nation’s approach to our piracy and counterfeiting crisis. Please support this important measure.
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This is big news and an important step toward a peaceful resolution of the Basque conflict.

The armed Basque group ETA says it is willing to accept international mediation to help solve its long-running conflict with the Spanish government. Two weeks after it announced a cease-fire, the group said in a statement it is willing to “jointly explore” with overseas mediators the steps required for a democratic process, “including commitments to be taken by ETA.”  Read the entire article here:

Delphine Pontvieux is looking forward to discussing her book and to answer your questions all week long (September 20-27) on

LibraryThing is a social cataloging web application for storing and sharing personal library catalogs and book lists. Based in Portland, Maine, LibraryThing was developed by Tim Spalding and went live on August 29, 2005. It currently has over a million users and nearly 45 million books catalogued. (per Wikipedia)

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Delphine Pontvieux was invited by the Goddesses’ book club in West Palm Beach, Florida, to discuss her novel on Wednesday, September 15th. “ETA-Estimated Time of Arrest” was their pick of the month, and given what is currently happening with ETA in the real world, it turned out to be quite the perfect timing for it.

It was a first for some of the goddesses to meet face-to-face with the author of the book they just read , and it made for a grand time, laughs, and also more serious in-depth discussions centered around the topic of terrorism, dictatorship, love and the pursuit of freedom. For more information about the goddesses, please check out this link:

A message from Delphine: Thank you all for picking my novel as your selection of the month, and most especially for inviting me to discuss it with you! And a special thank you to Coco who so graciously organized and hosted the catered event (dinner courtesy of Aglilio restaurant in Wellington) and decorated the place to fit with the theme of the book. I had a fantastic time, and made wonderful -and very well-read- new friends. I particularly loved discussing the personality traits of the characters appearing in my book with you: it is quite amazing to witness how everyone’s perception differs from one person to another, and it makes for intense conversations. And yes, I am going to work extra hard on writing novel #2 so that i can come back soon and we can do this all over again!

Watch an excerpt of the  video given to BBC news by ETA in which they announced their ceasefire last week:

And another one that shows why the news of a truce are met with much doubt and cynicism:

Delphine Pontvieux is now on (the Internet Movie Database). You can check out her profile and more here:

1959 – ETA is formed during dictatorship of General Francisco Franco to fight for Basque self-determination.

1968 – ETA carries out first killing: victim is Meliton Manzanas, police chief in the Basque city of San Sebastian.

1973 – Franco’s Prime Minister Luis Carrero Blanco is killed when his car drives over explosives planted by ETA in Madrid.

1980 – In its bloodiest year, ETA kills nearly 100 people despite Spain’s return to democracy.

September 1985 – First ETA car bomb explodes in Madrid. A U.S. tourist is killed and 16 Civil Guards wounded.

July 1986 – Twelve Civil Guards are killed in Madrid and 50 wounded. Juan Manuel Soares, a repentant Basque separatist, is sentenced to 1,401 years in jail in April 2000 for the killings.

June 1987 – Twenty-one shoppers are killed by a bomb at Barcelona supermarket. ETA apologises.

July 1997 – ETA accepts the “crude and painful” consequences of its killing of Popular Party member and Ermua town councilor Miguel Angel Blanco after they kidnapped him on July 10.

— Blanco’s killing is a turning point for public opinion as millions of Spaniards, incensed by the assassination, take to the streets to vent their anger.

September 1998 – ETA announces a truce which ends in December 1999.

November 21, 2000 – Socialist Former Health Minister Ernest Lluch shot dead in Barcelona.

October 10, 2004 – New Socialist Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero appeals to ETA to give up the fight after the arrest of a suspected leader, Mikel Albisu Iriarte, alias “Mikel Antza.”

March 22, 2006 – ETA declares a permanent ceasefire, which comes into force two days later.

December 30 – Car bomb explodes at Madrid airport killing two Ecuadorians. Zapatero breaks off peace process.

April 8, 2007 – ETA says it is ready to make new commitments to the peace process if Spain stops “attacks” in the Basque region where police have been arresting ETA suspects.

— December 1 – ETA suspects kill two Guardia Civil policemen working undercover in France.

January 14, 2008 – Zapatero rules out any chance of peace talks with ETA and says its only option is unilateral surrender.

— March 7 – Isaias Carrasco, former councilor for the Socialist Party, is killed in Mondragon. ETA later claims responsibility.

— October 30 – A car bomb explodes in a University of Navarre car park in northern Spain, wounding 17 people.

— November 5 – ETA claims responsibility for 10 bombings and says it will press its campaign for Basque rights.

— November 17 – ETA’s suspected military leader, Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina, known by his alias “Txeroki” or “Cherokee,” is arrested in France’s Pyrenean region, near the Spanish border.

— December 3 – Ignacio Uria, an owner of the construction company Altuna y Uria, building a stretch of the high-speed train named by ETA as a target, is shot dead in Azpeitia. ETA later claim responsibility for the killing.

— December 8 – French police announce the arrest of a man identified as Balak, presumed successor to Txeroki.

April 18, 2009 – Jurdan Martitegi, ETA’s new military leader known as “the giant” is arrested in southern France.

— June 19 — Eduardo Puelles, a police inspector is killed in a booby-trapped car in the northern city of Bilbao.

— July 29 – A car bomb explodes outside a Civil Guard barracks in the northern city of Burgos, injuring 46 people.

— July 30 – Two police officers are killed in an explosion at a civil guard barracks on Palmanova, close to the Marivent palace where Spain’s royal family was spending a summer holiday.

— Aug 9 – ETA claims responsibility for bombs in the last two months which have killed three policemen and injured 46.

— August 26 – French police arrest three ETA suspects in a ski resort and then uncover 13 caches of arms in regions across southern France, dealing a heavy blow to the group.

— November 14 – Batasuna calls for talks between ETA and Spain based on principles used in Northern Ireland’s peace process. Spain rejects the overtures the next day.

— December 29 – The Interior Ministry says it has raised its anti-terror alert level to 2 reflecting the risk of attacks ahead of Madrid taking over the EU Presidency on January 1.

February, 27, 2010 – Faction of ETA’s banned political wing Batasuna says it wants to pursue peaceful politics.

— Feb 28 – Ibon Gogeascoechea, ETA’s latest top leader and on the run since 1997, caught along with two other senior ETA rebels in a joint Spanish-French raid near the small town of Cahan in Normandy, the Interior Ministry says.

— March 1 – Spain demands Venezuela explains itself after a judge accused it of helping ETA rebels and Colombian FARC guerillas plot possible attacks on Spanish soil.

— March 17 – A French police officer shot and killed near Paris after his patrol fired on by suspected ETA rebels leaving a car robbery scene.

— March 18 — French President Nicolas Sarkozy vows to hunt down a group of suspected militants from ETA accused of murder of the police officer.

— March 21 — ETA say ready to take steps for political change in Basque Country, but stopped short of calling end to armed struggle, through statement released to Gara newspaper.

— May 20 — French police arrest suspected military leader of ETA in French town of Bayonne.

— Sept 5 – ETA decides to stop carrying out armed attacks, according to a statement published by Basque-language newspaper Gara on its website.

Sometimes reality is stranger than fiction: Read the whole story here:

Armed Basque separatist group Eta says it will not “carry out armed actions” in its campaign for independence.

In a video obtained exclusively by the BBC, the group said it took the decision several months ago “to put in motion a democratic process”.

The Basque interior minister called the statement “insufficient”. Madrid has previously insisted that Eta renounce violence and disarm before any talks.

Read more about this here:

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