December 29, 2007

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December 28, 2007

Bhutto's assassination

A sickening and cowardly Act designed to completely de-rail and destroy democracy and the democratic process carried out by sick and evil terrorists who want to impose there dark visons on the world. Benazir Bhutto was an immensely brave and courageous woman who loved her country and who was loved in return she was not going to be bullied or dictated to by evil Cowards such as Baittullah Mehsud, Ayman al-zawhiri and Osama Bin laden the people of Pakistan now deserve some justice in return!!!!

The way forward is for her party members to stand strongly together and honor her by making sure her agenda is fulfilled. That means standing up and putting forward Amin Fahim in her place - the people can't let either Musharraf or Al Queda benefit from the chaos created in the wake of her murder.

Bhutto's murder awakes security concerns in America

The twin themes of global terror and the experience demanded of a prospective US president stalked a White House race rocked by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. The murder of Pakistan's ex-prime minister, a fixture on US television news shows, thrust national security fears back into the spotlight, less than a week before first voting in Democratic and Republican nominating contests.

Several candidates and their surrogates suggested the turmoil sparked in Pakistan, a key US anti-terror ally, raised the bar for the qualities required of the next commander-in-chief. Other candidates argued the terror that erupted in Pakistan, was a reminder of the peril that also faced the United States.

Former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, the hero of the September 11 attacks, has seen his electoral hopes dim in recent weeks, as national security issues faded from the agenda.

December 21, 2007

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Jerusalem has been the only capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years

The truth of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of Israeli Jews would not permit the division of Jerusalem again. Among those who consider the whole of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city are people from the left right and center and not only "diehard nationalists". As for the future, the importance of Jerusalem for the Jewish people is first and foremost the Old City within which is Har ha-Bait (temple mount) and its immediate vicinity, including the Mount of Olives, the Shiloah Spring/Ir David, Mount Zion, Kever Shim'on Hatzadik, etc. Also of importance to the Jewish people are the Jewish neighborhoods in the city.

Jerusalem, it is very important to understand, has been the only capital of the Jewish people for over 3,000 years of which it has been the capital of the state of Israel for the past 60 years, and the most important site in Jewish civilization and religion, the most important one! By contrast, Jerusalem has never been the capital city or any other people or any other state, never! And Jerusalem is only of a secondary importance for Islam! Hence with any future accommodation between Israel and its Arab neighbors I strongly propose that the Old City of Jerusalem and its immediate vicinity remain under Israeli sovereignty. I also suggest that all Jewish neighborhoods of the city outside of the Old City remain under Israeli sovereignty.

The US presidential campaign is turning fierce

The US presidential campaign is turning fierce as candidates attack each other over their tactics and records, less than two weeks before the crucial early nominating contests. The Democratic and Republican front-runners are pulling fewer and fewer punches as the first nominating contest, Iowa's caucuses on January 3, looms large.

Senator Hillary Clinton's campaign brought in Anthony Weiner, a New York member of the House of Representatives, to hurl some verbal punches at her Democratic rival Barack Obama. Weiner mentioned a New York Times article stating that Obama voted neither for nor against issues 130 times during his eight years as a state senator in the Illinois legislature. He cast some 4,000 votes during that time. Former senator John Edwards, who is polling a close third behind Clinton and Obama, accused the Clinton camp of distributing violently anti-Obama flyers falsely signed by his campaign -- in full knowledge that Iowa voters dislike dirty tricks and negative campaigning.

December 20, 2007

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US Congress has approved tighter background checks on gun buyers.

The US Congress has approved tighter background checks on gun buyers. Will this make a difference? The new US law was prompted by the deaths of 32 people at Virginia Tech University, when a mentally ill student used two guns he had been able to buy.

People's mentality needs to be changed, those who want guns will find them easily on the black market & many people who use guns don't have a criminal record so a background check wouldn't work. Societies that severely limit the ownership of guns have far fewer gun related crimes - and that's a good thing.

I don't think tighter legislation will make a difference. Crazy people will pop up now and then and kill people with guns, that's a fact and nothing is going to change that. It's the times we live in. I don't feel comfortable with only the police/govt having guns. I don't trust them to protect us in an emergency. I believe in people taking care of themselves instead of relying on the govt. for everything.

Violence and disease among the top 10 underreported stories of 2007

While US headlines in 2007 were dominated by celebrity gossip, next year's US presidential election and Iraq, humanitarian stories went largely unreported, according to Medecins Sans Frontieres. The aid organization, also known as Doctors Without Borders, identified violence, forced displacement and disease in the Central African Republic, Somalia and Sri Lanka among the top 10 underreported stories of 2007. The list, released on Thursday, also highlighted what it described as the forgotten crises in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and Chechnya.

The group began producing its top 10 list in 1998 in response to the poor US media coverage of a devastating famine in southern Sudan. In its 10th list, it said the ongoing toll of tuberculosis and childhood malnutrition continued to be largely ignored by the media. The organization said eight of the countries and issues highlighted on its list accounted for just 18 minutes of coverage on the top three US television networks' nightly newscasts from January until November.

December 19, 2007

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Unlike traditional learning, an mba online can offer you greater flexibility, as you don't have to waste time and money commuting to the campus and you can choose a program that truly suits your interests or professional needs, because you are not confined to the classes that are offered locally.

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Chavez intervention in Argentine elections

A US prosecutor claimed three covert Venezuelan agents offered two million dollars to hush up an alleged attempt to funnel 800,000 dollars from Venezuela to the electoral campaign of Cristina Kirchner, who is now Argentina's president.

That allegation was made after the Venezuelans were arrested in Miami last week and charged with failing to notify US authorities they were agents of the Venezuelan government. The arrests followed the seizure in August of a bag with 800,000 dollars in cash found in Buenos Aires aboard a chartered flight from Caracas. Guido Antonini, a dual US-Venezuelan national, who was carrying the suitcase, later flew back to his home in Miami, where the defendants allegedly approached him.

Hugo Chavez is trying to transform his democratic neighbors into communist allies, helped by his petrodollars. Chavez is financing the colombian narcoguerrilla, the communist candidates in all the continent and smuggling weapons to Bolivia.

US approved sanctions against Myanmar

The US Senate approved sanctions against Myanmar's multi-million dollar gemstone industry to punish the military regime over its deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The Burma Democracy Promotion Act outlaws the import of gems and timber from Myanmar and imposes fresh financial sanctions and travel restrictions on the junta's leaders and their associates. The legislation also creates a position of special representative and policy coordinator for Myanmar who would work with the Southeast Asian nation's neighbors and the European Union to press for change in the country.

The House of Representatives passed similar legislation last week, but it needs to vote on the Senate version because it was amended. The final bill would then go to US President George W. Bush for his signature. Last week, Bush threatened to spearhead a global campaign to step up sanctions against Myanmar if it continues to ignore calls for a democratic transition. At least 31 people were killed and 74 went missing in the suppression in September of peaceful protests led by Buddhist monks, according to a UN report.

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December 16, 2007

Real leadership needed in South Africa

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party is embroiled in a bitter leadership battle. Members of the ANC are set to choose a leader next week - the favourite to win is ex-Deputy President Jacob Zuma ahead of incumbent President Thabo Mbeki.

Zuma' advisor has been found guilty of bribing none other than Jacob Zuma. The Zuma case has been dismissed by a partial judge because of delays, however the delays were nothing compared to what the normal South African experiences in courts today. He was given preferential treatment. He was set up in the rape case, but his actions there nonetheless expose him as an unethical permissive and irresponsible man. I agree wholeheartedly with Desmond Tutu. Real leadership is needed, but there is none!

US Army upgraded a base in Japan

The US Army upgraded a base in Japan into a key Asian operational hub, despite protests by local leaders who oppose a greater influx of US troops. Camp Zama on Tokyo's outskirts was named a forward headquarters of the I Corps, which is under the Pacific Command but whose troops have also been sent to Iraq. The I Corps headquarters remains at Fort Lewis in the western US state of Washington, but the forward unit gives Camp Zama the communications network to coordinate in response to an emergency.

The Central Readiness Force of the Japanese army -- known as the Self-Defence Forces due to the pacifist constitution -- also plans to move here by the 2012 fiscal year as Tokyo takes a more active military role abroad. More than 40,000 US troops are based in Japan and have often had uneasy relations with local populations who accuse them of causing crime and noise. The Camp Zama upgrade was part of a realignment plan agreed by Washington and Tokyo in 2005 which is part of a global transformation by the US military to meet new challenges. Under the deal, around 8,000 US troops are expected to leave Japan for the US Pacific island of Guam.

December 10, 2007

Refinance with poor credit

You have probably heard of Loan refinance before, or simply refinance. The term actually refers to a financial situation wherein a borrower finds financing to pay off a current loan.

For years now, people have refinanced their Personal Loans and saved thousands of dollars. However, the practice of refinancing loans has yet to be indulged by most. Why? Perhaps the reason is that personal loans generally behave differently from Auto Loan and people are naturally skeptical about new methods. Regardless, refinance is still a good choice, provided that the situation is right.

The only way for loan refinance to work is if you get a lowest interest rate. Low rates typically mean low monthly repayments and this is the situation you should aim for.

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Russian next Prime Minister. Dmitri Medvedev

Medevdev is like all the other sureal communist players in this Russian political oligopoly. Hidden agendas need loyal patrons. Russia seems to have a shortage of checks and balances on politicians. No political opposition? No surprise, the communists are still running the show and the Russian people are going with the ones who fill their bellies, and give them pocket money to spend.

Medvedev is a combination of mr, Putin and mr. Ivanov, which means that Mr. Putin+ Mr.Ivanov will remain behind the scene having 100% support of Mr.Grizlov (Chairman of Russian Parliament -Low House ) and. mr. Mironov (Chairman of Russian Parliment -Upper House).

Israel and US discussed security issues in Tel Aviv

US military chief Admiral Michael Mullen met senior Israeli defence officials in the first visit to the Jewish state by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of State in a decade. Mullen met his Israeli counterpart Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi and Defence Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv. The issue of Iran was discussed during the talks. Israel and the United States accuse Iran of trying to obtain atomic weapons under cover of its civil nuclear programme, a charge Tehran vehemently denies.

The Jewish state has vowed to keep up its campaign for more sanctions to be imposed on Iran despite a US intelligence report last week that said Tehran had frozen its nuclear weapons drive in 2003. The National Intelligence Estimate -- the consensus view of all 16 US spy agencies -- said that US allegations about Iran's atomic goals had been overblown for at least two years, although it could have the capability to make a nuclear weapon by 2015. The revised assessment prompted China and Russia -- both veto-wielding permanent members of the UN Security Council -- to question the US case for further sanctions. Widely regarded as the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear power, Israel regards Iran as its main enemy after repeated calls by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for the Jewish state to be wiped off the map.

December 8, 2007

Help on Mortgage Rates

I believe this is politically motivated due to the general election, but nonetheless it gives hope that something will be done to resolve the issue. Good for government. I have been thinking for a long time that this would be one temporary solution. The mortgage brokers and lenders have behaved very badly over the past several years and now must pay the piper. They have deliberately deceived and miss-lead innocent non-sophisticated buyers who were told that they could refinance at the end of the teaser rate periods that they offered. Many mortgage brokers have done a bate and switch routine at the closing table. The current laws regarding disclosures by lenders have no consequences to the offending lenders that are of any significance. There be have monetary penalities imposed for offenses committed.

Consensus in not science

Some green groups are opposed to offset schemes that aren’t matched by real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions at home by rich nations. They say there’s no such thing as buying your way out of polluting lifestyles in a world where greenhouse emissions keep rising.

The debate is over; all we now see is propaganda articles. Political propaganda is NOT science. UK court says Gore is a fraud. August 2007 Update: Man-made Catastrophic Global Warming Not True. Unfortunately, Hansen is a political hack of George Soros. Further, flawed NASA Global Warming data paid for by George Soros. In order to be an intelligent reader you must have a basic knowledge. Please do your own homework and Remember CONSENSUS is NEVER science it’s always a POLITICAL STATEMENT.

December 6, 2007

Sport betting

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If you’re a non-smoker, you can have a smoke free environment to enjoy yourself in. Since there are no time constraints you can research how to play a hand you’re unsure about, unlike a land casino where time is always an issue and it’s illegal to use electronic devices to help you.

While sitting at home and gambling online, you consume alcohol on your own wish, drinking less or in your limits and you also don't have anyone luring you to drink more. Also, most of the players can keep a tab on their playing time limit, as most of them use windows and can have a look at the time being displayed in the task bar, on their computer screens, or can keep looking at the wall clock in their room.

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Drop in Iraq's terrorist attacks is caused for a troops increase

Only about 20 percent of the 70,000 Iraqis working with American and Iraqi troops against Al-Qaeda are likely to be integrated into the police or military. The rest will have to be absorbed in some other way, such as through vocational training and employment programmes.

The 70,000 volunteers, many of them former Sunni insurgents, known as Concerned Local Citizens (CLC) groups and, where tribal leaders are involved as Al-Sahwa (Awakening) movements, are paid a monthly wage by the US military to confront Al-Qaeda militants who attack civilians. The 55 percent drop in attacks across Iraq is a reaction to the surge of an extra 28,500 US troops this summer and the formation of the CLC and Awakening groups.

Economic relations between the US and Japan face challenges

The United States wants positive signals from Japan that it is ready to move more quickly on economic reform to make up for lost opportunities between the two powers. Although Japan and the United States have been close allies for decades, it was South Korea that signed a huge free trade agreement with Washington in June, although it still needs to be approved by both countries' legislatures.

Economic relations between the US and Japan face significant challenges. Earlier this year the US urged Japan to take further steps in opening and deregulating its markets, especially the medical, pharmaceutical and insurance sectors. Japan has also come under criticism in Washington for its zealous protection of its farmers, and for its restrictions on beef imports from the US due to mad cow disease fears.

December 5, 2007

Care homes

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More and more, health care providers are telling people who need continued care that the best place to receive that care is in the comfort of their own home. But to receive quality assistance, it's important to understand the role of home care, how to find home care services and what questions to ask so that you hire the home care agency that's right for you.

The first step to finding a home care service is to talk to your doctor about what services you'll need. You may only require an occasional visit from a nurse to administer medication, or you may need more elaborate medical care.

If you're planning to receive financial assistance from the government or your insurance company, make sure the services you need are covered. Often home care is covered by insurance for a limited period of time.

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British teacher jailed in Sudan for insulting religion

A British teacher jailed in Sudan for letting her class name a teddy bear Muhammad has spoken of her "ordeal", after returning to the UK. Mrs Gibbons, a mother-of-two, was arrested on 25 November and later given a 15 day sentence after being convicted of insulting religion for allowing her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Such an incident highlights the big differences between different countries. This teacher clearly stated that she prefers to continue working in Sudan, and we should understand and respect the reasons she wanted to work there in the first place. We have much to be grateful for her life commitment towards bringing about harmony between Sudan and the rest of the world.

Guantanamo prisoners case

The US Supreme Court began considering the right of Guantanamo prisoners to challenge their detention in civilian courts, in a landmark case over "war on terror" detainee rights. The case, which has drawn attention from rights activists and governments around the world, centers on whether it is constitutionally legal for the US Congress to block detainees from attempting to fight their detentions in non-military courts. It is the most important case of the decade.

The Supreme Court took up the issue of Guantanamo inmates in 2004 and again in 2006, ruling both times those detainees had a statutory -- legal but not constitutional -- right to contest their indefinite detention before an independent judge, a legal process known as habeas corpus. But, urged by the Bush administration, last year Congress passed new legislation that forbid them from seeking justice in a federal court until they are judged by a special military tribunal.

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Australia's prime minister is a free rider

The election of Australia's new government has brought tactical differences with the United States on Iraq and global warming, but the allies' underlying relationship remains strong. U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns held talks with Australia's deputy prime minister, defense and foreign ministers in the first meetings between a senior Washington official and the new government in Canberra.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd swept to power in Nov. 24 elections that ousted the more than 11-year rule of former leader John Howard, a staunch ally of Washington's war on terror, the Iraq invasion and America's refusal to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on global warming. Rudd plans to scale down Australia's contribution in Iraq, without ending it altogether. While front-line troops will be withdrawn, hundreds of others will stay in supporting roles such as guarding the country's embassy. Rudd says he will not shrink Australia's 1,000-troop deployment to Afghanistan. On climate change, Rudd said he hoped Washington would follow his lead and sign the Kyoto pact.

Britain, France and Germany will keep pressing for fresh sanctions

President George W. Bush, his credibility under fire because of intelligence that Iran halted its nuclear weapons drive in 2003, adopted a new argument yesterday to justify tougher sanctions: Just knowing how to produce a bomb is dangerous. Bush, speaking at a White House news conference, said a new report by U.S. intelligence agencies concluding that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago changed nothing because Iran was still producing enriched uranium that could be used to make a bomb.

Britain, France and Germany will keep pressing for fresh sanctions regardless of the intelligence report. Europeans are skeptical about the finding because they aren't convinced the U.S. has access to reliable information on Iran's nuclear programs.

December 4, 2007

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Nuclear energy is a true option for the world

The present unfolding problem with the biofuels (more Brazillian slash and burn for the carbon friendly fuel) suggests that "green" solutions will at the very least need more working out. The environmental lobby should end its knee jerk rejection of nuclear. It is not the occasional 3 mile island or Chernobyl that is causing climate change, nor all those horrid atom bomb tests.

If India and China keep expanding then the world will soon be sucked dry of oil, and a drying planet will have to give over much of its arable land to biofuels. Or we can harness the power of the atom and hope those cold fusion chaps get their skates on.

US financial crisis hurt Brazil currency

Brazil's real fell the most in a week on speculation losses at the U.S. financial sector will trigger a slowdown in the global economy, reducing demand for emerging- market assets. Brazil's currency dropped 0.9 percent to 1.8088 per dollar at 1:09 p.m. in New York. The real has appreciated 18 percent against the dollar this year, the most among the 16 most actively traded currencies tracked by Bloomberg News.

The central bank bought U.S. dollars as part of a strategy to boost international reserves and slow gains in the currency. The bank bought dollars for 1.8275 reais each in an auction. The costs of short-term loans in the dollar, euro and pound increased as banks hoard cash on concern that losses stemming from U.S. subprime mortgages will spread, prompting investors to sell higher-yielding assets funded by borrowing in Japan and Switzerland.

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China in Africa

Africa’s natural resources have caught the eye of China. China has also offered aid without imposing any political conditions such as respecting human rights, a move welcomed by some African governments, but one that has been criticized by the West.

We should be happy the Chinese are in Africa. Very few firms and countries see Africa as a focus of their activities and there is a dire need for infrastructure investment in Africa - clearly the Chinese are comfortable with the risks and have figured out how to get paid! We should salute them and welcome them to other infrastructure projects around the world including the USA.

US intelligence report concluded Iran halted a drive for atomic weapons in 2003

Iran welcomed a US intelligence report which concluded it halted a drive for atomic weapons in 2003, saying the study undermined accusations by US President George W. Bush against Tehran. The report by the US intelligence community said that US allegations about Iran's atomic goals had been exaggerated for at least two years, although it could have the capability to make a nuclear weapon by 2015. The head of the UN's atomic watchdog, Mohamed ElBaradei, said it should help defuse the crisis surrounding Tehran's contested nuclear programme.

A senior official of the IAEA, which has been investigating the Iranian nuclear programme for the past four years, earlier said the report confirmed its assessment that Tehran represents "no imminent danger." But the White House and its European allies urged no let-up in pressure amid talks for a third UN sanctions resolution punishing Tehran for its continued enrichment of uranium in defiance of the UN Security Council.

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Chavez is methodically taking away liberties in Venezuela

Chavez is slowly, methodically taking away liberties; He suppresses free press & speech shutting down TV & radio stations. Intimidates opponents, cozies up to thugs like Castro & Ahmedinijad, acts the clown on world stage getting in spats with other leaders & states. Now he wants to increase & centralize prez powers by changing the constitution to suit his maniacal ego.
What do you lefties think about your hero now? If this doesn’t work, who wants to bet he will force it against peoples will like all good dictators.

I wonder what will happen to socialism when Venezuela runs out of its main source of income, oil, or if the industrialized nations begin implementing alternative forms of energy and re-useable energy. Like the pedestal Chavez has put himself on it will fall and the higher the pedestal the harder the fall as is the fate of all tyrants, despots and dictators.

America's largest financial institutions to explain how they set interest rates

A US congressional panel will ask some of America's largest financial institutions to explain how they set interest rates on credit cards after hundreds of consumers complained to Congress. The Senate subcommittee on investigations has scheduled a hearing at which consumers are expected to relate how they were subjected to sharp rate hikes on their credit card bills despite paying the bills on time. The panel, headed by Democratic Senator Carl Levin, held an initial hearing on credit card practices in March, but the lawmaker told that "abuses" were still occurring.

Many US banks and credit card companies use a process called Universal Default to justify sharp interest rate hikes on credit card bills. Under Universal Default, a bank will sometimes automatically hike a consumer's interest rate if they are late paying a bill to an unrelated third party such as a department store. Banks can track consumers' spending, debts and other financial relationships through reports compiled by the Fair Isaac Corporation which also puts together influential credit reports on millions of consumers.

December 2, 2007

Silver is cheap

There is an increasingly wide range of methods available to investors wanting to buy silver, or gain exposure to silver price movements. From silver coins to complex structured financial products, the most appropriate way will depend on the requirements and outlook of the individual investor.

My reasoning for my interest in silver is a little unique. I've tried to avoid the cliché stories about silver and silver coins. They're the easy stories to tell you. I'm avoiding them because, quite frankly, the easy stories silver bugs sell you are not the reason I'm buying.

I buy silver because, first of all, I believe that silver is cheap. Also, silver is a financial catastrophe insurance. And we haven't had a financial catastrophe in the U.S. in 25 years. I'm not predicting financial catastrophe, here. I'm simply buying catastrophe insurance, when it's at its cheapest.

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China and Japan cooperation

China and Japan amicably wrapped up their first high-level trade and economic talks by pledging greater overall cooperation — but left the touchy issue of gas exploration in the East China Sea unresolved. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao hailed the two-day meeting as "successful," and the two sides issued a joint statement promising to strengthen efforts to form a regional free-trade zone, promote energy efficiency and improve protection of intellectual property rights.

They also agreed to participate in an anti-global warming framework to replace the Kyoto Protocol, and cooperate on measures to combat money laundering, terrorism financing and smuggling. The discussions, modeled after similar dialogues China holds with the United States and the European Union, were aimed at strengthening ties between the two longtime rivals for regional influence. They bring together the largest number of Cabinet officials from the two countries since they opened diplomatic ties 35 years ago. Although the meetings mark a new willingness to move beyond divisive disputes that have chilled relations over the past decade, there were still no breakthroughs in Japan's chief issue — China's exploitation of a gas field that straddles a contested part of the East China Sea.

Europe's space laboratory will be launched to the International Space Station

This week, after 25 years in the making, Europe's treasured space laboratory will be launched on a flight to the International Space Station. Scientists and engineers throughout Europe have been waiting for this moment since development of the $2 billion lab began in 1982. The lab is set to go up Thursday with a crew of seven aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. The 17-nation European Space Agency, or ESA, signed up for NASA's space station project with the intent of launching Columbus in 1992 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' famed sailing.

But NASA got bogged down, and the first piece of the space station wasn't launched until 1998. It was also slow going by partner Russia, and the first crew did not take up residence until 2000. Construction ceased in orbit when Columbia was destroyed during re-entry in 2003, and did not resume until 2005. Continued foam loss problems with NASA's shuttle fuel tanks further stalled the process. Once last month's space station mission ended successfully, and the shuttle Discovery was home safe, NASA managers were bombarded with congratulatory messages from European colleagues eager to get their own mission under way.

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There are no palatable ways to ensure the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons

Amidst concerns that Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal may fall into hands of non-state actors, a classified war game in the US has concluded that "there are no palatable ways to forcibly ensure the security of Islamabad’s nuclear weapons." The classified war game by US military experts and intelligence officials in Washington explored strategies for securing Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal if the country’s political institutions and military safeguards began to fall apart.

The conclusion of 2006’s game was that there are no palatable ways to forcibly ensure the security of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons, and that even studying scenarios for intervention could worsen the risks by undermining US-Pakistani cooperation.

US will hold Chemical Ali

US will hold Saddam Hussein's cousin, known as Chemical Ali, and two other former officials sentenced to death, until Iraqi leaders reach a consensus on their fate. Iraq's prime minister, president and a vice-president have been at odds over who has the authority to order the execution of Ali Hassan al-Majeed, former defence minister Sultan Hashem and former army commander Hussein Rashid Muhammad.

The Iraqi government said on Saturday Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had asked US President George W. Bush to order the handover of the three so they can be executed. An Iraqi court in September upheld the death sentence against the three men who were convicted of genocide for their roles in a campaign against Iraq's Kurds in 1988. Under Iraq's constitution, the death sentence should have been carried out within 30 days.

November 29, 2007

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Shutting down North Korea's declared nuclear plants

Work on shutting down North Korea's declared nuclear plants is going well, with the communist state expected to come clean soon about a suspected secret programme. This will be a main topic when the six negotiators get together in Beijing, probably on December 6. The talks group the two Koreas, the US, China, Russia and Japan.

The list should include all nuclear programmes, facilities and materials including a suspected programme based on highly enriched uranium (HEU). US accusations that the North was operating a secret HEU programme led to the breakdown of a previous nuclear disarmament accord in 2002. If it does, the agreement envisages normalised relations with the United States and Japan, an end to economic sanctions and a peace treaty formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War.

United States and China diplomatic incidents

The United States said it expected China to explain why it turned a US warship away from Hong Kong, but played down the simmering dispute as "one small incident" in a sea of good relations. Beijing linked its decision to deny the USS Kitty Hawk a port-of-call stop to recent US arms sales to Taiwan and a public show of support for Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama which "disturbed and harmed" Sino-US ties.

Washington formally complained to China after a US aircraft carrier was denied entry for a Thanksgiving holiday stop last week that had drawn sailors' loved ones halfway around the world in hopes of a reunion. The first sign of trouble came November 20 when China refused to allow two US minesweepers -- the USS Patriot and the USS Guardian -- to enter Hong Kong for refuge from a tropical storm and to refuel. They refueled at sea and made it back to their home port in Sasebo, Japan without incident.

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November 26, 2007

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Colombia and Venezuela faced the worst crisis in their relations in years after the Colombian president accused Venezuela of seeking to install a Marxist regime in his country and Caracas "froze" relations between the two countries. Unpopular Venezuelan Dictator Hugo Chavez said earlier he was putting bilateral ties in a "freezer," after Uribe dropped him and Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba as mediators in negotiations with the FARC on a possible swap of captured leftist rebels for high-profile hostages the guerrillas hold. Chavez also announced he had frozen relations with Spain after a recent heated exchange with King Juan Carlos, without saying exactly what that move would entail. At a regional summit in Chile, the king had told Chavez to "shut up" after he called a former Spanish prime minister a "fascist."

The Colombian president said Chavez had failed to act as a neutral go-between in the negotiations between Bogota and the rebels. According to Colombian president, Chavez is the closest allied of the Colombian guerrilla, he and Castro support the FARC with money and weapons.

US and Russian officials opened talks on US missile defense plan

US and Russian officials opened talks on US plans to deploy a missile defense radar and interceptor missiles in Eastern Europe. The expert level talks follow up on a set of wide-ranging proposals for US-Russian missile defense cooperation made last month by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates during a visit to Moscow.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said he had no details on the agenda of the talks. Eric Edelman, deputy secretary of state for policy, was representing the Defense Department at the meeting. A Russian foreign ministry official said that the United States had put concrete proposals in writing but that they fell short of what Gates and Rice promised orally when they met with President Vladimir Putin.

November 19, 2007

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The first non-Russian supply of natural gas to Europe

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Greek counterpart, Costas Karamanlis, inaugurated a pipeline that will transport the first non-Russian supply of natural gas to Europe, a step expected to ease Russia's hold on Europe's energy supplies. The pipeline is also a symbol of a new era of economic cooperation between archrivals Turkey and Greece. "We are forming a bridge as an energy transit country. ... This pipeline will bring prosperity to the area, in all fields," Prime Minister Erdoğan said at a ceremony on a bridge over the Meriç (Evros in Greek) River that separates the two countries. "The Silk Road will also become an energy route linking East and West through Turkey," he added.

Erdoğan and Karamanlis shook hands in the middle of the bridge to inaugurate the 300-kilometer pipeline in a ceremony also attended by US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman and Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev. The Turkish-Greek pipeline, known as the Southern European Gas Ring Project, will provide the European Union with its first supply of gas from the Caspian region, bypassing Russia and the volatile Middle East. Launched in 2005, the pipeline will link the Greek and Turkish networks, and eventually carry gas from Azerbaijan to Italy.

Madrid's international airport will become Europe's third busiest

Madrid's international airport will become Europe's third busiest in terms of departures in 2010, surpassing London's Heathrow and Amsterdam's Schipol, Europe's air navigation agency Eurocontrol said. The number of takeoffs from Madrid-Barajas is expected to rise to 255,442 in 2010, a 17% jump over last year and the biggest increase among Europe's 10 busiest airports, according to a study presented by the agency.

Paris's Charles de Gaulle airport will remain Europe's busiest airport with more than 297,000 departures in 2010, while Frankfurt's main airport will continue in second place with more than 265,000 takeoffs. Madrid-Barajas airport opened a fourth terminal in 2006 and doubled the number of runways to four, which has attracted a growing number of low-cost carriers. Barcelona's El Prat airport, which is scheduled to open a fourth terminal in 2009, will experience the second highest rate of growth in departures, reaching 190,739 in 2010, a 16% increase compared with last year.

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On France strike

Recently, France has ruled that all EU nationals residing in France, not working and who have not reached retirement age are not eligible for the national heath care coverage. Why then does this elite class of French workers who have the luxury to retire 15 years ahead of their their fellow citizens and immigrants, believe that these lavish treats are their inalienable rights? Certainly these workers must come to terms with the concept of equality and those workers rights need to be shared.

The debate is about unifying pension systems in France and ensuring a reasonable balance between duration of work and pension. The future generations will not be able to finance the present special systems, whereby 1 active person should care for 1.75 pensioned. It is unpleasant to face this reality, but why should 10% of the population enjoy a privilege at the always heavier costs of the others?

Crackdown in Diwaniyah

US and Iraqi troops have arrested dozens of militants loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr in a massive crackdown in the central city of Diwaniyah. Hussain al-Buderi, a member of the Qadisiyah provincial council, said that 49 militants, including four leaders, from the Sadr group were arrested since Saturday when Operation Lion's Leap was launched targeting Shiite militants. The city of more than one million people was under curfew and US aircraft were dropping leaflets urging locals to cooperate in locating militant hideouts.

Sadr's office in the town of Nafar, south of Diwaniyah, was also raided as part of the crackdown. The assault also led to the dismissal of 70 policemen, including some officers. In the past one year, Diwaniyah, capital of Qadisiyah, has seen an intense turf war between Sadr's faction and another Shiite rival, the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC), led by powerful politician Abdel Aziz al-Hakim. The groups have turned the city into a battleground despite a peace deal announced by the two in October.

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto met the top US diplomat in Pakistan

Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto met the top US diplomat in Pakistan after Washington called for a resumption of power-sharing talks with President Pervez Musharraf. Ambassador Anne Patterson travelled to Bhutto's stronghold in the southern port city of Karachi for talks at her residence. Patterson also visited the offices of a leading private news channel that was shut down at the weekend by the government to express her concern at the move.

The flurry of activity came after Bhutto spoke late Friday with US Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte during his weekend visit here to try to defuse the crisis over Musharraf's state of emergency. Before he left Sunday, he urged Musharraf to end emergency rule and resume talks with Bhutto, who had last week ruled out further contacts. Patterson told as she left that she was meeting Bhutto and other political leaders to press for free, fair and transparent elections.


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Chavez and Ahmadinejad. The main enemies of the US at this time

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez wrapped up a visit to the Islamic republic aimed at building a "strategic unity" with fellow anti-US populist President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. At the end of a one-day visit, which both presidents described as "very fruitful", the two countries agreed to create a binational bank and a joint fund to expand industrial cooperation, state media reported. The Venezuelan president before leaving Tehran renewed his verbal attacks on the United States, wishing that "the weakening of dollar leads to the fall of the dollar empire."

Chavez, who was accompanied by five ministers including the foreign, oil and industry ministers, last visited Iran in July, laying the foundations alongside Ahmadinejad for a joint petrochemical plant. Both Chavez and his self-proclaimed political "brother" Ahmadinejad attended a weekend OPEC summit in Riyadh, where Chavez warned oil could hit 200 dollars a barrel if the United States attacked Iran. State television showed a smiling Ahmadinejad warmly welcoming his stocky counterpart at an official ceremony.

Despite their cultural differences, Iran and Venezuela have in the last years forged increasingly strong ties based on their shared dislike of the United States. Chavez is the most vocal cheerleader in Latin America for Iran and its nuclear programme, which is feared by the West to be a cover for weapons development although Tehran insists it is purely peaceful. Both staunchly anti-American leaders with a passion for provocative statements, Ahmadinejad and Chavez appeared to have forged a close personal bond marked by much mutual back-slapping and embracing.

The poll-driven nature of politics had imprisoned the political system in the US

Carl Bernstein, half of the legendary reporting team that uncovered the story of the Watergate break-in for The Washington Post, said the poll-driven nature of politics had imprisoned the political system in the US. In Australia to promote his book, A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton, a 640-page doorstopper he has worked on for seven years, Bernstein said he had interviewed about 200 people in the process. He declined to speculate on the likelihood that Hillary Clinton, now a New York senator, would end up as the Democratic Party's candidate in next year's presidential race - a prospect he said the Clinton campaign had been caught out trying to depict as inevitable.

The former first lady was obviously ahead in the polls - if not the poll in Iowa where the first Democratic Party primary will pit her against Barack Obama, her nearest rival. That contest has its own bitter irony for the Clinton campaign. When Bill Clinton was elected president 15 years ago he represented a change from the old political order. Now it is Senator Obama's turn, said Bernstein. "He's the young upstart with a new politics to some extent. She is someone with an older politics."

November 17, 2007

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Venezuelan pressure to politicise the OPEC

OPEC ministers hammered out the agenda for a rare summit of the cartel this weekend, with record oil prices, the environment and Venezuelan pressure to politicise the group set for discussion. The gathering comes at a time of tension on world oil markets, with the cartel under pressure to increase its output to help calm record crude prices that threatened to breach 100 dollars a barrel for the first time last week.

Venezuelan Energy Minister Rafael Ramirez forecast that prices would soon break through the symbolic 100-dollar barrier. They are currently around 90. Ministers have ruled out any increase in output, at least until another meeting next month, and leaders are expected to focus instead on climate change, development and ensuring long-term stability of prices. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said in Caracas before leaving for the Saudi capital that OPEC should take on a stronger "political and geopolitical" role and return to its stance of the 1970s when it raised prices for consumer nations.

Catholic bishops released a statement on faith and politics

U.S. Catholic bishops this week released a statement on faith and politics, as they have for more than 30 years, that urged Roman Catholics to follow church teachings as they participate in the political process. The statement, titled "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility," was posted online Wednesday at and prompted swift reactions, both positive and negative, from a variety of Catholic groups. Less visible was the process of debate and group editing used to produce the document. The bishops considered dozens of proposed revisions, rejecting some and approving others.

The statement, approved at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' meeting in Baltimore, addresses many issues, from healthcare to the war in Iraq, and repeated church opposition to abortion, the death penalty and embryonic stem cell research. It said voters who back candidates because of their support for such "assaults on human life" would be "guilty of formal cooperation in grave evil." Some edits were minor. In one sentence, for example, the bishops deleted a "yet." Elsewhere, "Earth" sometimes became "earth." And like writers everywhere, the bishops rearranged words to emphasize particular points. One sentence originally read, "Other direct assaults on innocent human life and violations of human dignity, such as racism, torture, genocide, and the targeting of noncombatants in acts of terror or war, can never be justified." The revision gave more emphasis to genocide: "Other direct assaults on innocent human life and violations of human dignity, such as genocide, torture, racism and the targeting of noncombatants in acts of terror or war, can never be justified."

November 12, 2007

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Isolation of Cuba is a political show

A trade fair in Communist Cuba is perhaps the last place you would expect to find a Republican governor from the American heartland. Yet last week, Governor Dave Heineman of Nebraska was here to sign a deal to export $11 million worth of his state's wheat to the island.

Just weeks after President George W. Bush delivered an address calling on the world to isolate Cuba, officials from Minnesota, Alabama and Ohio — and more than 100 American businesses — were working the giant Havana International Fair, trying to secure part of the $1.6 billion the Cuban government spends each year to import sugar, wheat, livestock, poultry and beans, among other staples. Those business interests clash with the Bush administration's anti-Castro policies, as well as the need of both Democrats and Republicans to court Cuban exiles in Florida, a crucial voting bloc. So while some trade with Cuba is allowed, it is fraught with restrictions. A 1992 law, for instance, denies ships access to American ports for six months after they have docked in Cuba, making shipping tricky, to say the least.

Ivory Coast need peace and elections

US Deputy Secretary of State, John Negroponte, has urged the political leaders in Ivory Coast to follow up on a peace deal and hold elections. The peace deal which was signed in March officially ended a civil war in the once stable country. Former enemies, President Laurent Gbagbo and ex-rebel leader Guillaume Soro forged an unlikely partnership with Mr Soro appointed prime minister. But since then there has been little progress towards unification and polls.

One of the greatest problems, is that in recent years identity has been a divisive issue and the question of who is Ivorian and has the right to vote has been central to the country's problems. Last week, the government announced that immigrants no longer needed residence permits which it said would hopefully help unite the country's citizens. But as the country moves, albeit slowly, towards elections, some analysts worry that the issue of ethnicity could flare up again.

November 10, 2007

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Twice as many instructors will be needed to train Afghan security forces

Twice as many instructors will be needed to train Afghan security forces than the number due to be deployed in Afghanistan next year, but the US Army only plans to send an extra two battalions to Afghanistan in 2008, numbering between 1,200 to 1,400. Over the next year, the troop requirement would also drop, while NATO was due to start contributing forces towards training Afghan units. As well as the 3,400 senior US officers providing training in Afghanistan there are also some 600 police officers and 125 Europeans, with their number starting to rise to 200.

Islamic Taliban militants have been leading an insurgency against the US-led coalition and NATO forces in Afghanistan since they were ousted from power in late 2001. Following US pressure, several NATO members including France agreed last month to send reinforcements to Afghanistan partly with the aim of training the Afghan army which is to boost its ranks over the coming years from 35,000 to 70,000 soldiers. The aim is for the Afghan army eventually to take over from the international forces, although this is unlikely to happen before 2011.

US backing UN membership for Taiwan

Nineteen US lawmakers, nearly all of them from President George W. Bush's Republican Party, have introduced a bill in the House of Representatives backing UN membership for Taiwan, a move that could anger China. It was introduced on Thursday at the House Foreign Affairs Committee by 18 Republican legislators and one Democrat, with the move led by New Jersey Republican Representative Scott Garrett, congressional records showed. The move came after the chief US diplomatic representative in Taiwan earlier Friday reiterated Washington's official opposition to President Chen Shui-bian's apparent determination to push ahead with a referendum on UN membership for the island under the name "Taiwan."

The Bush administration has tried to discourage Chen's effort, which has touched a raw nerve with China, which considers it a provocative step towards independence. Taiwan, under its official name the Republic of China, lost its UN seat to China in 1971. Its efforts to rejoin using its official title have been repeatedly blocked by Beijing, which sees the island as part of its territory.

November 8, 2007

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Venezuela´s President is a global menace. He is an international weapon and cocaine trader.

This week, the Venezuelan government has killed 40 university students and has arrested 400 political dissidents. Hugo Chavez is a dictatorship like Saddam Hussein. Chavez is selling war weapons to the Colombian communist guerrillas and is one of the mayor Latin-American cocaine traders. Chavez and his family control the export of cocaine from Colombia to USA and Europe.

It is undeniable that the topic of Venezuela as a determining factor in a huge institutional anti-democratic crisis is a reason for concern and indignation in different countries of the Western Hemisphere. Because of its ramifications, it also has ramification all over the world. Iran is a case in point. It is not easy to foresee the immediate resolution of this crisis, because it is not easy to foresee everything that Lt. Col. Hugo Chávez could do or undo at any given moment with his political whims and his unlimited use of petrodollars and the country’s armed forces. These armed forces are multiplying their capacity with new weapons imported from Russia and weapons factories now being built in Venezuela.

Now, a new factor has been added to the problem with the statements made by retired General Raúl Baduel, whom Chávez has accused of being a traitor although in the past he was his ally. This element which is included in the anti-democratic process in Venezuela determines serious thoughts about what could happen in a country whose youth is rebelling, especially in the universities, against the arbitrariness of the government determined to have a constitutional reform soon to modify the whole life of the Venezuelan state. Political parties and other known popular sectors coincide with these elements to confront Chavez’s fledging dictatorship. Everyone knows that Venezuela is not an isolated case; it has ramifications in Ecuador, Bolivia, Nicaragua and, naturally, in the starting point of this whole continental conspiracy which is Fidel Castro’s Cuba. There are reasons to believe that this is a huge conspiracy that could compromise the peace and security of many countries of the world, just as it happened before World War II. Therefore, it is necessary to realize the importance of what is happening in Venezuela to avoid extreme consequences that might jeopardize world peace, although this might seem like an exaggeration to many people.

Davao del Sur issue: Property and religion conflict

A chapel in Sta. Maria, Davao del Sur has been padlocked and politics is believed to be the reason. Churchgoers to the Fatima Chapel in Sitio Lagaylay, Barangay Cadaatan, Sta. Maria, Davao de Sur were dismayed that the church was closed by the Bedas family.

The perimeter of the chapel was surrounded by barbed wire. Residents believe that politics is the reason for the closure of the said chapel.

A member of the family, Porferio Bedas, ran unsuccessfully for barangay captain in the said village. The Bedas family stressed that they have the right to close the church because they own the land where it stands. They also said that the trees around the chapel have been cut without their permission. The chapel has been closed for 10 days. The Bedas has pledged to open the chapel again on the condition that residents respect their right of ownership of the property.