January 31, 2008

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Lebanon operations analyzed by Israeli government

Israel’s 2006 war against Hezbollah in Lebanon was a "large and serious" failure, according to an Israeli government-appointed inquiry.

A lot of people say that Olmert is a war criminal, killing thousands of innocent people. So, I guess that Hezbollah’s "master mind" Nasralla is a saint, and the thousands of missiles shot on Israel didn't hurt anyone (yes, they killed innocent people).
At least Israel as the courage to critic itself, learns from its mistakes, and hopefully understands that war is not the solution for everything. Is the other side learning this too? Not really, but the opposite.

Israel, like all democracies, is airing its dirty laundry in public. It's not pleasant or pretty, but it is necessary if meaningful reform is to be achieved. This is not a sign of weakness, but rather confirmation that democracy, free speech, and accountability are alive and well in Israeli society. The same cannot be said for any other state in the Middle East.

Senate expands tax benefits

The US Senate Finance Committee passed a 157 billion dollar economic stimulus package that expands tax benefits already agreed by the House of Representatives and the White House. The package, which passed on a bipartisan 14-7 vote, reduces the per-person amount of tax rebates promised in the House bill but extends the rebates to an additional 20 million elderly Americans living on social security benefits and to others with low incomes. It also lengthens unemployment benefits.

The Senate committee move came after the House of Representatives passed a package negotiated with the White House to boost economic growth, which slowed over the last quarter of 2007 to a 0.6 percent annual rate on the back of a deep housing slump.

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January 27, 2008

Suharto's Legacy

Another Asian leader who robed his country for years and involved in human rights abuses have passed away. He succeeded Suharno who ruled Indonesia for long in the same way with abuses. When their was a revolt in the country by left wing radicals Suharto as a army commander crushed the revolt and came to power as the president of Indonesia. His rule continued after that for 32 years with many abuses. Finally he was also throne out of power by a people revolt and democracy was established.

Suharto's accomplishments in building Indonesia's economy and infrastructure do not compensate for his venality, corruption, or brutality. His legacy in East Timor is especially damning. While I am not an Indonesian and thus cannot assess his legacy firsthand, I know enough about him to know that he should not be missed. However, I will leave the final verdict to the historians.

India's textile industry in problems

Already plagued by the impact of a stronger rupee, India's textile and garment industry has been dealt another blow by weaker US demand. Some 55m jobs in India depend on the industry, the second-largest employer after agriculture.

As the cost of making textile and garments in India rises, customers are shifting their orders to countries with weaker currencies such as Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Bangladesh. By some estimates, 500,000 jobs in the industry have been cut in India since the rupee rose 13-15 per cent over the course of last year.

The textile industry is clamoring for government relief. A proposal to give tax refunds to exporters and reduce interest rates on loans is in the works. Given the situation with demand from the US, India's textile industry is looking to develop other export markets. It has targeted Asia, Latin America and Africa. Some Indian manufacturers are even setting up factories in China.

January 18, 2008

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Drug related crime is the bane of Western Society

About 80% of the world's cocaine comes from Colombia. It is worth about $60 billion when sold on the streets. The profits are used to finance hostage-taking rebels and paramilitaries in the civil war.

History has shown that Drugs are an essential economic stabilizing factor; the governments themselves are in support of cocaine trades as it provides a source of income regardless of medial and medical criticism. If you were to consider the situation in Colombia and Afghanistan, its evident that the government, if they had the intention to stop the consumption of such dangerous drugs, they are unlikely to prevail.

Drugs are an international problem that requires action across borders and Governments.
Drug related crime is the bane of Western Society so everything should be considered.
Production must be reduced. Use military action, farmer’s subsidies to grow something else or anything else that works.

Fiscal stimulus for the economy

President Bush embraced as much as $150 billion in tax relief to jump start the lackluster economy. If Congress passes an economic stimulus package, the country will be "just fine," he said. Bush said in a White House announcement that such a growth package must also include tax incentives for business investment and quick tax relief for individuals. To be effective, he said an economic stimulus package would need to roughly represent 1 percent of the gross domestic product — the value of all U.S. goods and services and the best measure of the country's economic standing.

While Bush focused solely on taxes, Democratic and Republican leaders in Congress have been working on a broader package that also would include a temporary increase in food stamps and an extension of and perhaps increase in unemployment benefits. The president and Congress are scrambling to take action as fears mount that a severe housing slump and painful credit crisis could cause people to close their wallets and businesses to put a lid on hiring, throwing the nation into its first recession since 2001.

January 15, 2008

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Realities in the Palestine-Israel conflict

Israel was at war with several Arab countries in 1967. From Egypt they captured Gaza and from Jordan (who attacked Israel despite warnings against doing so) they captured the West Bank. On the WB and Gaza lived Arabs. Why is it that Israel is having to negotiate with these Arabs, and not with Egypt and Jordan over the fate of the captured lands? And why is Jerusalem being discussed when it was never the capital of Palestine or Jordan?

Palestinians are active in international terrorism (one of the 9/11 hijackers was Palestinian). Two Palestinians are in British jails for planning attacks in the UK.

Israel is doing us all a favour with his antiterrorists measures. The UK/US/Israel are really the only countries sacrificing their blood to stop Islamic fundamentalism.

3,200 additional troops to Afghanistan

US President George W. Bush has signed off on a recommendation by US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to send some 3,200 additional troops to Afghanistan. The move to beef up US forces there comes amid growing concerns about rising insurgent violence and turmoil in neighboring Pakistan.

The deployment however, is a stop-gap measure at a time when a revamped, unified strategy is needed to halt a worrying two-year slide in public confidence in the government of President Hamid Karzai. Currently, there are 26,000 US troops in Afghanistan, most of them under the 40,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.

January 12, 2008

Europe's premier international rugby tournament

The RBS 6 Nations continues to thrill and excite, and the 2007 tournament was one of the closest ever with England, Ireland, Italy and eventual winners France still in the running for the title on the final day.

The competition attracts a huge following, television audiences have increased a lot since the start of the RBS sponsorship. Ireland's match with England at Croke Park in 2007 attracted millions of viewers and internet users follow the online rugby games also.

All this means that although RBS has been supporting rugby in various forms since the 1980s, the RBS 6 Nations is now the perfect platform for all RBS Group brands.

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January 11, 2008

Questions on Latin America

Here are some questions to think about in this year:

-Can Evo Morales ratify a new constitution without serious violence or even civil war? If that happens, then perhaps there is more hope for Ecuador as well.

-Can Hugo Chávez re-energize his base and move forward with his socialist project? And related, will a real opposition movement emerge?

-Will South America move in a unifying direction (e.g. expanding the Bank of the South, Mercosur, etc.) or will that remain largely rhetorical?

-Thinking of Lula, where is the biofuel debate going? The corn-based model seems to be creating serious problems (e.g. higher prices) but can sugar—or other products--represent a viable model of alternative fuel?

-In what direction will Cristina Fernández de Kirchner go? Will she depart at all from her husband’s political and economic strategies? How will she deal with the U.S.? Will the U.S. election matter?

-Will the Concertación—and thereby Michelle Bachelet’s chances of getting anything done--hold together in Chile? To be fair, rumors of its death have been greatly exaggerated in the past.

-Can the Mexican opposition regroup? Felipe Calderón is popular yet by no means untouchable, but the left is still reeling.

-With Raúl Castro—whose tone and message are different from Fidel’s--more in charge, will there be substantive political and/or economic reforms in Cuba?

-Can Central American countries address drug trafficking and gang violence without also bringing the military back to fighting internal enemies?

-Once the U.S. presidential candidates are decided, will they say anything intelligent about Latin America and U.S. policy?

-Will the immigration debate in the United States reach new lows? Will it be a central issue once the primaries are over?

Europe can be reached by the US credit crisis

Can Europe's economy stay on track even if the United States goes off the rails? This old question is being asked with new urgency across the Continent, after a startling divergence this week in how the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve are reading the economic tea leaves. The answer is that Europe is not as insulated from America's woes as many Europeans would like to believe. They question why, at such a fragile moment, the European Central Bank is warning that it might raise interest rates. The Federal Reserve signaled it would cut rates further to try to ward off a recession.

The European Central Bank still did not believe that the credit crisis originating in the U.S. mortgage market posed a grave risk to Europe's underlying economic prospects. The bank was threatening a rate increase when it should be preparing for a rate cut. The simplest explanation for the European Central Bank's hawkish demeanor is its inflation-fighting mandate. The bank's president, Jean-Claude Trichet, has warned labor unions that they should not use Europe's inflation rate of 3.1 percent as a pretext to demand steep wage increases.

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Kibaki must withdraw

The main opposition party in Kenya is calling for a return to mass action against President Mwai Kibaki following the collapse of diplomatic efforts to resolve the post-election crisis. A spokesman for Orange Democratic Movement, loyal to the defeated presidential candidate Raila Odinga, accused the government of not interested in a mediated solution.

Kibaki should get it that he is not people's president because the Kenyans themselves. He has a zero option rather than to resign and give way to new elections. He is very negative about a re run of elections he knows he cannot get it. Kibaki should know that everything that goes up should come down one day. He will be out of power one day and he will pay for the blood of innocent Kenyans who have died. The 600 death was very avoidable, selfishness does not pay.

Beware Iran

The top US military officer warned Iran American warships would defend themselves, amid charges that Iranian speedboats have interfered with their passage through the Strait of Hormuz three times in the past month. The Pentagon, meanwhile, showed what it said was an unedited 36-minute videotape of the most recent incident on January 6 following Iranian charges that it had faked an earlier edited version that showed Iranian speedboats racing around US warships.

The United States has lodged an official protest over the January 6 incident, but its version of events has come under attack from Tehran which claimed that the Pentagon fabricated a four minute video clip of the encounter. The 36-minute version aired Friday included the material contained in the earlier version, plus extended and largely uneventful footage of Iranian boats following the US ships at some distance. It includes a shot of a dark object floating in the water, but it could not be determined whether this was one of the box-like objects that the Pentagon claims were dumped in the path of a US warship by two speedboats.

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Yes, FARC is a terrorist organization

The U.S. State Department includes the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (known by its Spanish acronym, FARC) on its list of foreign terrorist organizations. Plan Colombia, the United States’ multi-billion dollar initiative to equip the Colombian military to eradicate coca (the plant from which cocaine is made), targets regions controlled by FARC.

    Recent FARC terrorist operations:

  • the November 2005 kidnapping of sixty people, who are currently being held hostage by FARC, until the government decided to release hundreds of their comrades serving prison sentences. Former presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt—who was kidnapped in 2002—is among the hostages;

  • the February 2002 hijacking of a domestic commercial flight and kidnapping of a Colombian senator on board;

  • the February 2002 kidnapping of a presidential candidate, Ingrid Betancourt, who was traveling in guerrilla territory;

  • the October 2001 kidnapping and assassination of a former Colombian minister of culture; and

  • the March 1999 murder of three American missionaries working in Colombia, which resulted in a U.S. indictment of FARC and six of its members in April 2002.

Experts estimate that FARC takes in $200 million to $400 million annually—at least half of its income—from the illegal drug trade. FARC also profits from kidnappings, extortion schemes and an unofficial “tax” it levies in the countryside for “protection” and social services.

Hill called for movement from North Korea

Chief US nuclear envoy Christopher Hill called for movement from North Korea on the long-running international row over its nuclear weapons programme after talks with his Russian counterpart. But Hill, who discussed the issue with South Korea's president-elect Lee Myung-Bak in Seoul, backed off from setting any fresh deadlines.

North Korea missed a key December 31 deadline to disable its main nuclear facilities and give a full declaration of its atomic programmes in return for economic aid under a deal agreed in February 2007. Lee, who formally takes office on February 25, has insisted that North Korea should remove all its nuclear weapons before having meaningful aid and economic assistance from the South. Hill, who wants a quick resumption of six-party disarmament talks, has called for patience over the stalemate.

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Gold is definitely a good option to diversify your investments. Remember, real estate and stocks have bad times frequently.

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January 10, 2008

Rigged elections in Georgia

Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has won his country's snap election, preliminary official results suggest. The election commission said he won 52.8% of the vote, with most ballots counted - indicating he will not have to contest a second-round run-off.

I toll to an American friend in Tbilisi, on this Election Day, in contact with many decent upstanding Georgian citizens, it is clear that Saakashvili will do anything to "win" this election, which he has absolutely, positively lost. The West should open its eyes and ears to the reality of Georgia, a state where none of the oft-touted economic gains have made their way down to the people under the autocrat Saakashvili.

Iran do not have credibility

The United States made a formal protest to Tehran over a weekend incident in which Iranian speedboats swarmed around US warships in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran and the United States do not have formal diplomatic relations and Switzerland looks after US interests in Tehran via its embassy.

The Pentagon released a video and audiotape on Tuesday that it said confirmed US charges that Iranian speedboats buzzed around the US ships on Sunday and radioed a threat to blow them up. Iran on Thursday released its own video to counter the US charges showing the crew of a speedboat politely contacting an American sailor via radio, asking him to identify the US vessels and state their purpose.

I suspect about the Iran’s video, because that country do not have credibility.

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Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity

After two days of talks with the Israeli and Palestinian leaders, President Bush said he believed both sides were prepared to make the compromises necessary for a lasting peace. Speaking in Jerusalem, Mr Bush called for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian land in the West Bank, which began in 1967.

For almost 60 years, every time the Palestinians were offered the possibility of a state side by side with Israel, they chose rejection and violence. In 1947 the United Nations offered them the first Palestinian state in history. They rejected the offer, made war and ended up with a vast Palestinian diaspora. There have been many opportunities for a Palestinian state since then. Abba Eban once said of the Palestinians, "They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity".

The US will stay out of recession

The US will stay out of recession and central banks will again turn their attention to fighting inflation as growth rebounds in the second half of this year, a lobby group representing many of the world's biggest financial institutions has forecast. The Institute of International Finance predicted that world growth would slow to 3.2 per cent this year, with advanced economies growing 2.1 per cent and emerging markets 6.9 per cent.

It said private capital flows to emerging markets would dip only slightly below what it estimated to be last year's record $681bn (EU462bn, £346bn). The IIF said the US would endure a "relatively brief period of weak growth" due largely to financial pressures arising from the credit squeeze rather than the direct effects of the housing slump, before growth picked up. Its overall forecast for US growth is 2.3 per cent year on year. Its estimates are close to those made by Federal Reserve officials last autumn, in spite of the apparent deterioration in economic prospects since then. They come at a time when many Wall Street economists are marking down their forecasts - with Goldman Sachs this week joining Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch in forecasting a US recession and extensive interest rate cuts.

January 7, 2008

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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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Kibaki is a thief. Raila won the election in Kenya!

The election results declaring Kibaki as the winner smells of conspiracy and rigging. How is it mathematically possible to have almost all your cabinet and close confidants rejected yet win? How is it possible to have 115% voter turn out? How is it possible to be rejected by two thirds of the country yet win?. When do we say enough! To fellow Kenyans, let us not be content until truth prevails, until the yoke of corruption is vanquished, until each bonafide vote counts. Your voice counts!

We all know that Raila won the election. Kibaki says he won. The best gauge of a good leader is respect for the people's vote. We are on the brink of a civil war. Kibaki can save Kenya with a five second speech " I am stepping down for a recount. I owe it to Kenya."

FARC lied in Emmanuel kidnap

Colombia called on leftist guerrillas to unconditionally free hostages after saying the rebels lied in an "incoherent" way about the whereabouts of a young boy they promised to free last month. Emmanuel, a 3- or 4-year-old child born to a kidnapped mother and a guerrilla father in a secret jungle camp, was to be turned over by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in a rescue mission sponsored by neighboring Venezuela.

The plan crumbled on New Year's Eve as the FARC blamed Colombian army operations for disrupting the hand-over. The government called that charge a lie and announced the boy had not been in FARC custody since 2005 but was instead living in a Bogota foster home. The FARC in turn admitted it did not have the boy and accused the government of snatching him to scuttle the hand-over mission and discredit the four-decade-old guerrilla army. The FARC is a terrorist group, also dedicated to illegal activities like narcotics trade, kidnapping and paid killings. FARC must be isolated and destroyed.