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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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.

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Justice for Uganda’s people

Representatives for the Lord's Resistance Army rebels are asking victims of the conflict what they believe should happen - whether justice is gained via traditional methods, the country's courts or through the International Criminal Court.

I believe as much Ugandan want justice to prevail; they are tired and badly affected economically and socially by the war. What this rebel outfit committed is beyond just reconciliation as that would show others to be in any part of Africa that forgiveness is possible after all crimes against humanity and torture. I think these criminals must be sentenced in the international courts. They need hard punish to his actions.

France and the United States alliance

French President Nicolas Sarkozy hailed the friendship between France and the United States and paid tribute to American sacrifices in World War II, in a rare address to the US Congress. Arriving for a joint session of the US Senate and the House of Representatives, the French leader received a lengthy and warm applause, including several standing ovations, as he praised the United States for its world influence.

Sarkozy was speaking a day after receiving an effusive welcome from President George W. Bush at an exclusive reception. French-US ties had soured under Sarkozy's predecessor Jacques Chirac who firmly opposed the war in Iraq and the US-led invasion in 2003. But Sarkozy, who is often called "Sarko the American" is one of the most pro-US French leaders in decades and clearly aims to show Bush and Americans that France has turned a page on the past.

November 5, 2007

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The credit crisis

Almost everyone, in various parts of the world will be impacted by the credit crisis, off course some more than others. A family in Cleveland U.S., will be hit hard as their house value will drop significantly due to lack of demand. In a city like San Francisco, where the economy and job market is booming, then someone like me won’t feel the impacted through real estate prices but perhaps the rapid depression of finance stocks and greater difficulty to borrow. It’s a global economy and whether we realize it or not, directly or indirectly, we’re all impacted to some extent.

China and the United States agreed to open a defence hotline

China and the United States agreed to open a defence "hotline," deepen dialogue on nuclear issues, and increase military exchanges, but US concerns over the rapid Chinese military build-up remain. In talks with Defence Minister Cao Gangchuan to kick off his two-day China trip, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates also sought to persuade Beijing to back tougher economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear programme.

The underlying US aim in seeking such a dialogue is to avoid a miscalculation between the two nuclear powers. China has stated that its annual military budget rose 17.8 percent this year to 45 billion dollars. But the Pentagon believes China's military spending is as high as 125 billion dollars a year.

November 4, 2007

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Hugo Chávez: Leader of Latin America populism

Who holds the world's oil? You might assume it's in the hands of big private oil companies like ExxonMobil. But in fact, 77 percent of the world's oil reserves are held by national oil companies with no private equity. And the percentage of oil controlled by state-owned companies is likely to continue rising, mainly because of the demographics of oil. Deposits are being exhausted in wealthy countries and are being found largely in developing countries, where oil tends to belong to the state.

Nationalization is also a political trend in some regions, mainly Latin America, where the populist presidents of Bolivia and Ecuador have made it part of their discourse. They are led, of course, by Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. He has made private producers accept, by force, state control of their operations. When they wouldn't, as in the case of Exxon Mobil and Conoco-Phillips, he simply nationalized their holdings using illegal moves and violence in some cases. Chávez has also asserted his control over Venezuela's state oil company, firing employees not militant in his political party, which before him operated very much like a private, profit-driven enterprise. Now this oil industry is in decline and the corruption is the only rule.

US military organized robotic cars race

Robotic cars competed Saturday in a high-stakes race organized by the US military, which hopes to make driverless vehicles weapons on urban battlefields by 2015. The competition was staged at an unused military based in Victorville, a California town 120 kilometers (75 miles) northeast of Los Angeles, and promises a first-place prize of two million dollars. Cars and trucks with electronic brains, sensors, radar and other sophisticated gear crafted to eliminate the need for humans at steering wheels had to maneuver 100 kilometers along mock city streets in less than six hours.

The event began with mechanics, one-by-one, moving the eleven competitors to the starting line. At the fateful moment, drivers abandoned the vehicles, which began moving on their own, eliciting cheers from thousands of spectators. The cars picked up pace as they found their way along streets of the closed-down base without any help. Forty other cars, driven by people, set out with the robot vehicles to simulate city traffic. Teams that qualified to be in the "DARPA Challenge" include those from prestigious US universities such as Stanford, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Virginia Tech, where 33 people were slaughtered in a tragic shooting spree in April.

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US government is considering closing a war-on-terror detention center

The US government is considering closing a war-on-terror detention center at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and granting it detainees substantially greater rights. The plan also called for possibly moving most of the detainees to the United States.

One proposal that is being discussed would overhaul the procedure for determining whether detainees are properly held by granting them legal representation at detention hearings and by giving federal judges, not military officers, the power to decide whether suspects should be held. The move would be necessary in the event of the Guantanamo detention center's closure because moving the detainees to US soil would require giving them enhanced protections.

US naval forces in the Gulf are to conduct a crisis response exercise

US naval forces in the Gulf are to conduct a crisis response exercise involving a mock oil spill at a Bahraini port.

US forces began exercises in the Gulf including response to a tropical cyclone that devastates a notional regional nation, destroying its critical infrastructure and displacing thousands of citizens. The week-long drills will also include a response to a mock oil spill from a damaged tanker at sea, to be staged at Mina Salman Port in Manama. The exercises were aimed at enhancing capacity to respond to crises, and it linked the drills to potential disaster situations or oil spills without mentioning military conflict.

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Evo Morales: The new enemy of the United States

After winning the presidency in December 2005, Morales has increased Bolivia's annual natural gas revenues from $300 million to $2 billion a year by exerting greater state control over the industry. Water utilities have reverted to state control and authorities are negotiating the re-nationalization of the country's main telecommunications company, Entel, which is owned by Telecom Italia SpA. Officials have indicated electrical power could be next. Morales has allied himself closely with Hugo Chavez, Venezuela's leftist president, and Fidel Castro, Cuba's aging leader.

Those politics have not endeared him to the United States, his nemesis in the late 1980s and 1990s when he led coca growers, or "cocaleros", in protests against Washington-directed forced eradication campaigns. The plant's small green leaf has been chewed as a mild stimulant here for millenia, but is best known outside the country as the base ingredient of cocaine.

Morales will try to implant the Cuban communism in Bolivia. He is a criminal.

New Al Qaeda's audio

Al Qaeda's No. 2 figure harshly criticized Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi in an audio recording released, accusing him of being an enemy of Islam and threatening a wave of attacks against the North African country because it has improved relations with the U.S.

In a 28-minute recording titled "Unity of the Ranks," Ayman Zawahiri also said the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group was joining ranks with Al Qaeda. The recording could not be independently verified, but it was posted on a website commonly used by insurgents and carries the logo of Al Qaeda's media production house, As Sahab. The recording also carries a message from Abu Laith al Libi, a Libyan Al Qaeda commander in Afghanistan who accused Kadafi of decades of tyranny.

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Chinese plan to buy Hong Kong stocks may delay

Premier Wen Jiabao's comments on a plan to allow Chinese investors to buy Hong Kong stocks may signal a delay in its implementation. The government needs to study the risks, increase knowledge among Chinese investors and prepare regulations to protect the stock markets in Hong Kong and at home before launching the program.

China's currency regulator on Aug. 20 said Chinese investors in the northern Tianjin city's Binhai economic zone will be allowed to invest in Hong Kong stocks with a Bank of China Ltd. account. Since then, the benchmark Hang Seng Index has surged more than 40 percent. China is easing curbs on capital outflows as it battles with surging inflows that lead to higher inflation, soaring stock and property prices and excessive factory investments. The current-account surplus, a gap for trade in goods and services, widened 78 percent in the first six months of 2007 from a year earlier to $163 billion. The capital and financial account, a measure of investment flows, almost tripled to $90 billion.

India is the new friend of dictatorships

Just as thousands of saffron-clad Buddhist monks hit the streets of Rangoon to protest against the military junta, India's oil minister was in the Burmese capital negotiating greater involvement for Indian gas companies.

For days the Indian foreign office maintained a studious silence as violence escalated in its neighbors. Pressure on the Indian government from US and European countries did not deter Delhi from its now well-established policy - that economic and security interests dictate foreign policy. Earlier this year Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee visited Burma and was questioned on India's growing economic and military ties with the authorities there.

On a number of recent issues India has either refused to react, delayed its response or just said it is an internal matter for the countries concerned. Israel's invasion of Lebanon last year, the Israeli blockade of Gaza, the actions of Sudan's military authorities, Iran's nuclear stand-off with the US and the recent crackdown in Burma are all examples of this new approach.


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Israel could become a full member of the OECD

Israel could become a full member of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in less than two years. Israel already has observer status and takes full part in a series of working groups and OECD committees.

The OECD invited Israel, along with Chile, Estonia, Russia and Slovenia, to begin negotiations on membership in May. It has 30 member countries, including most of the developed world, and tries to coordinate economic policies among industrialized countries. When founded in 1961, OECD membership represented 75 percent of global wealth. Today it accounts for 60 percent and efforts are being made to enlarge membership to incorporate rapidly growing economic powers.

Trade exchange between Saudi Arabia and the US soars

Trade exchange between Saudi Arabia and the US witnessed quite a hike during the past four years. While receiving a US trade delegation, Secretary-General Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry Husain Al-Azal said trade exchange between the two nations had exceeded 157 billion Saudi Riyals (USD 41.86 billion) in 2006, versus SAR 86.2 billion (USD 23 billion) in 2003. The US tops the top 10 list of exporters to Saudi Arabia and it is considered the world's second biggest market for Saudi products, said Al-Azal.

He added that in 2006, Saudi exports to the US reached SAR 119.24 billion (USD 31.79 billion) and US exports to Saudi Arabia reached SAR 37.8 billion (USD 10.8 billion). Al-Azal hoped to further boost Saudi-US commercial, investment and economic ties, considering the delegation's visit an opportunity to present advantages of foreign investments in Saudi Arabia.

November 3, 2007

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GERMANY and Italy vs Cosa Nostra

GERMANY and Italy have set up a joint unit to tackle Italian organized crime groups such as Cosa Nostra and 'Ndrangheta, the president of Germany's federal crime office said.

Security officials in Germany and Italy have been working to set up the unit since six Italians were shot dead in a suspected Calabrian mob feud in the western German city of Duisburg in August. The unit is now ready to begin operations and will be officially presented in December in Berlin, federal crime office President Joerg Ziercke told the paper. Since 1997, more than 65 Italians have been arrested in Germany, including some of the most wanted members of Italian organized crime groups.

Nigeria's foreign currency reserves rose to 48.9 billion dollars

Nigeria's foreign currency reserves rose to 48.9 billion dollars in October 2007 from 46.7 billion dollars the previous month, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) said. Reserves had grown steadily in the last three years, driven by high crude oil prices in the international market. Oil prices attained new record high of 94 dollars per barrel Wednesday in the world's energy market.

The CBN said the reserves level, which hit 45 billion dollars in 2005, dropped to 32 billion dollars after Nigeria paid 12.4 billion dollars in debt owed to governments in the Paris Club of creditors. It said reserves began to build from April 2006, when the total came to 37 billion dollars. The total then went to 41.95 billion in December 2006 and to 42.65 billion in the first weeks of 2007. The Paris Club in 2005 cancelled 18 billion dollars of Nigeria's debt, leaving a total of 12.4 billion dollars, including arrears and interest.

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In the Spanish Civil war, the left was responsible

I am not partisan of Franco and his supporters, I am just point out that the biggest killers being on the left.

As for putting down an insurrection; perhaps a little history lesson is in order:-

In February 1936, the Popular Front, a coalition, won a majority of the seats in the Spanish parliament. The alliance was made up of the Socialist Party (PSOE), the Republican Left Party, the Republican Union Party and Communist Party of Spain, as well as Galician and Catalan nationalists. In total they got 34.3 percent of the popular vote, compared to 33.2 percent the opposition led by CEDA.
This was not much of a mandate.

The government the immediately released all left-wing political prisoners and started to ban opposition political parties and transferring officer not loyal to the left out of the Spanish mainland.

The true tipping point was when Calvo Sotelo, leader of the right winged monarchist party, is murdered by police officers.

When you start banning and murdering your political opposition, they tend to respond.

Dalai Lama accused China of what he called "demographic aggression"

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama accused China of what he called "demographic aggression", saying his people had been reduced to a minority in his homeland under Beijing's rule. The Dalai Lama said Tibetans were being denied an opportunity to learn their language and monasteries were being politicised under what he called a "cultural genocide." The 72-year-old leader said a railway launched last year, linking Tibet to the rest of China, was being used for "exploitation of natural resources." The Tibetan leader added he was semi-retired and was looking forward to retirement from his political role. He has lived in the northern Indian hill town since fleeing Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959. His office has previously said that the Tibetan leader will keep his spiritual role but lessen his political responsibilities.

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Musharraf has imposed a state of emergency

Pakistan's President Musharraf has imposed a state of emergency amid growing political tensions. General Musharraf is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on whether he was eligible to run for re-election last month while remaining army chief.

Emergency Rule is a Double Edge weapon used by the President Gen Musharraf to safe his chair and to make changes in the courts according his wishes. it is a kind of Martial Law Where Chief Justice of Pakistan is suspended and President of Supreme court Bar Association is arrested Under MPO. This is nation is not happy with Mr. Musharraf did. Pakistanis want rule of law in his country and it is not possible without independence of judiciary. They want protection of fundamental rights.

Fukuda's failed attempt to forge a coalition

Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda's failed attempt to forge a coalition with the main opposition party has plunged Japanese politics deeper into confusion and may lead to early elections. Fukuda made the surprise proposal when he met Democratic Party leader Ichiro Ozawa on Friday in a bid to win support for legislation allowing Japan to resume a refuelling support mission for US-led operations in Afghanistan. Although Ozawa agreed to consider the proposal to form a "grand coalition" with Fukuda's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the idea was rejected by executives of the Democratic Party, which controls one house of parliament.

The opposition wants to to take the reins of power from the LDP, which has governed the country almost continuously for the past 50 years.

November 2, 2007

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Fraudulent elections in Cuba announced

Newly-elected municipal assemblies will convene across Cuba in two weeks as the island's multitiered-election process advances without word on the future of Fidel Castro. In an order published on the front page of the state newspaper Granma, Cuba's top executive body decreed that the 15,236 municipal assembly members elected on Oct. 21 and in two subsequent runoff votes will meet for the first time Nov. 16. The order was signed by Castro's brother and acting president, Raul. Assembly members later will start choosing candidates for parliamentary elections due next spring.

Elections in Cuba are like in Venezuela, manipulated and fraudulent. Dictators do not dive with elections, dictators dive with hard streets protest. Cuban citizens do not participate in this election; go to the streets to protest like Myanmar does.

Germany will post a budget deficit of 0.1% of GDP

German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck reiterated that Germany will post a budget deficit of 0.1% of gross domestic product this year and that the economic upswing is still robust. The comments, in a prepared text of a speech to be delivered at the university in Kiel, Germany, come after Der Spiegel weekly magazine reported Monday that Germany would post a surplus of 0.1% of GDP this year.

Turning to recent financial market turbulence, Steinbrueck said there are advantages and disadvantages from a globalized financial system. That's why the German government has proposed legislation to deal with undesired effects, including a bill to boost venture capital by promoting financial investments where a lack of capital is evident as well as the risk reduction bill, which aims to prevent undesired financial investor activities by boosting transparency and legal certainty on capital markets.

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Sri Lankan terrorist killed

The head of the Tamil Tigers' political wing, S P Thamilselvan, has been killed in an air strike by the Sri Lankan military. There is no other way to bring peace to Sri Lanka only by defeating LTTE by militarily. No body needs war but LTTE needed it so Sri Lankan Government is giving what LTTE asked for. LTTE killed many Sri Lankan leaders their own leaders. They even killed an Indian Prime minister. LTTE is a world thereat world must unite to defeat LTTE and bring peace to Tamil People.

This is the first time that SL troops killed LTTE's first front leader for ever. Therefore I suggest that this is the start of ending the civil war which is very helpfull to gain peace and development to the country.

Processors are backing a UK government consumer campaign

Processors are backing a UK government consumer campaign to reduce the amount of food waste ending up in landfills, part of a programme to also get manufacturers to ensure portion sizes match eating habits.
The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said it is keen to support the campaign by the government-funded Waste & Resources Action Programme (Wrap) to tackle the fact that consumers in the UK throw away a third of the food they buy. The programme includes promoting best practice from the UK and overseas, stimulating research and development in to innovative packaging design and portion control, and improving knowledge of how consumers use products, interact with packaging and understand labeling. The food industry has always argued that the waste reduction campaign must take into account consumer buying, storage and eating habits.

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I support the Iraq war and the expansion of democracy among Middle East countries

The latest figures for civilian deaths in Iraq suggest fewer people were killed in October compared to recent months. Is the tide beginning to turn in Iraq? The number is put at well below one thousand for the second month running. As recently as January, nearly two thousand people were killed. Casualties among the Iraqi and the American military are downward.

I support the Iraq war and the expansion of democracy among Middle East countries. Liberals critics do not want peace, they only want power. Thank God for the conservative movement keeping liberals safe from themselves. Also good job Gen. Petraus on lowering violence. Congratulations US forces.

Colombia lobbying for a trade deal

Congressional Democrats who are delaying action on a proposed trade deal with Colombia, saying violence against labor leaders there too often goes unpunished, are acting mostly for "domestic politics," according to Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos.

Santos said Colombia, which has been embroiled in armed conflict for four decades, has made great progress in recent years reducing violence, including against union leaders. And he disputed claims that most of the roughly 300 killings of labor leaders the past five years were linked to their union activities. This year, for example, 15 of 16 murders of union officials that were prosecuted stemmed from "common criminal issues," he said. Following a speech to the Council of the Americas, are part of an ongoing Colombian lobbying effort to save the embattled trade deal, one of four agreements awaiting congressional action. A trade deal with Peru is expected to face a House vote early next week. Congress will not take up proposed treaties with Colombia, Panama or South Korea before 2008.

November 1, 2007

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- New price saving site launches to save Brits up to 20% this Christmas -

As the nation approaches the final countdown to Christmas, new research rings alarm bells over the financial impact of Christmas in credit crunch Britain. The research from the new money saving website reveals that as Brits prepare for Christmas, many are still paying off last year’s festive spending.

With 41 per cent of Britons paying for Christmas on credit last year, almost one in five are still paying for last year’s festivities (17%), fewer than one in three having cleared their Christmas debts when their January credit card bill arrived (29%).

Following a year of consumer confidence in 2006, Christmas spending soared 52 per cent in two years (from an average £548 per adult in 2004* to £837 per adult in 2006), with over one in five Brits spending over £1,000 on Christmas last year (22%). This year, with spending power at its lowest level for 10 years**, consumers are feeling the financial hangover from a more confident Christmas enjoyed on the credit card and loans.

Alarmingly, it is cash strapped youngsters and low income earners who, having spent the most on last Christmas, are most likely to be feeling the repercussions of last year’s spending spree (see figures below).

The research into the financial impacts of last Christmas amongst a GB representative sample of 2,000 British adults was carried out by the new money savings website which launches this week to enable Brits to get more for their money this Christmas.

With these alarming figures in mind, will give shoppers the opportunity to save up to 20% on their Christmas shopping. Putting consumers back in control of their spending, the site searches over 700 retailers for the best price on around one million products. The site includes a unique price checker which allows consumers to set the price they want to pay for items, notifying them when the price of a product falls to within their budget.

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