Thursday, October 29, 2009
23 Thus he said, The fourth beast(THE EU,REVIVED ROME) shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth,(7TH WORLD EMPIRE) which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces.(TRADE BLOCKS)
24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise:(10 NATIONS) and another shall rise after them;(#11 SPAIN) and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.(BE HEAD OF 3 KINGS OR NATIONS).
TALES OF A MONEY LAUNDERER-US GOVERNMENT CORRUPT WORLDWIDE
Blair EU candidacy on menu of Merkel-Sarkozy dinner
VALENTINA POP 28.10.2009 @ 09:16 CET
A working dinner in Paris between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday (28 October) night is likely to include the issue of the next EU president, with the British government still pressing for Tony Blair.Just hours after her formal re-appointment as chancellor by the German parliament, Ms Merkel is due to dine in the Elysee palace in Paris, with speculations running wild on whom she will back as the EU's future president once the Lisbon Treaty comes into force.So far, she has kept silent over British ex-prime minister Tony Blair's EU bid. Ms Merkel will not reveal her cards until the very last moment. She always does it like that,an EU diplomat told this website.Unlike her, Mr Sarkozy initially signalled support for Mr Blair, only to discover some problems later, over Britain's non-membership in the eurozone. On Monday, French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner again expressed support for Mr Blair, saying as your humble servant, I am backing Tony Blair.But the French fluctuations are likely to end once Mr Sarkozy will know what Ms Merkel wants. Some smaller member states – notably the Benelux countries and Austria – are wary of a Franco-German-British deal on the head of the EU and are backing the Luxembourg Prime Minister and the chairman of the eurozone group, Jean-Claude Juncker, instead.From across the Channel, Gordon Brown still hopes he can convince the French and German leaders to agree to Mr Blair. His foreign secretary David Miliband actively campaigned for Mr Blair during the foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg on Monday. According to official sources quoted by The Telegraph, London believes Ms Merkel will back the former UK leader if she gets to choose EU's next top diplomat, who will get extra powers once the Lisbon Treaty comes into force.We believe the French and Germans are holding out for the best possible deal they can get out of this situation. But we think Ms Merkel will agree if she gets [to choose who takes] the foreign job and Sarkozy will also be after a significant position,the unnamed British official said.France is said to be eyeing the internal market portfolio for its former commissioner, Michel Barnier.Officially, the issue of the EU president and the top foreign policy job will not be on the agenda of the European Council starting Thursday afternoon, as the Czech president will only be able to sign the Lisbon Treaty after a verdict of the Constitutional Court on 3 November. But some back-door diplomacy and horse-trading are still likely to take place.
Cuban dissidents raise alarm over Spanish EU presidency
ANDREW RETTMAN 28.10.2009 @ 09:30 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Cuban prisoners of conscience have written an open letter to Spain in protest at its dealings with Cuban authorities in the run-up to the Spanish EU presidency.The letter, signed by 37 dissidents, 33 of whom remain behind bars, criticised Spanish foreign minister Miguel Angel Moratinos for failing to meet with human rights campaigners while visiting Havana last week.The refusal to meet with the opposition, listen to its opinions and become aware of the suffering of political prisoners and their families is a sign of contempt which the minister already showed during his previous visit in 2007,the letter said.Noting that Spain is to assume the EU's rotating presidency in January 2010, it appealed that [this] attitude of contempt, with which the Spanish government treats Cuban democrats, should not encompass the entire European Union.The letter said that around 200 political prisoners are still in jail in the Caribbean dictatorship and that there is no will for reform, despite Havana's decision to release one dissident shortly after the Moratinos trip.Limited acts of clemency which coincide with visits by friendly governments have in the past been lambasted by NGOs such as People In Need, which see them as public relations stunts designed to help Cuban allies save face.
Mr Moratinos at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Luxembourg on Tuesday (27 October) told press that Spain will conduct a review of EU relations with Cuba under its EU presidency, but that any modifications to the status quo will be based on an EU consensus,not on a Spanish initiative.The existing EU position on Cuba is to encourage a process of transition to pluralist democracy and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, as well as a sustainable recovery and improvement in the living standards of the Cuban people - a text that irks the Cuban government, which sees it as interference in its domestic affairs.The current centre-left Spanish government has in recent years worked to unravel a set of EU sanctions on Cuba imposed after a 2003 crackdown on dissidents known as the Black Spring.Spain, a former colonial power in the region, has commercial interests in Cuba in the oil and tourism sectors, with Mr Moratinos last week helping secure the release of around €200 million owed by Cuba to Spanish firms.Madrid's stance towards Havana also has an ideological aspect, with some left-leaning politicians and commentators in Europe seeing Cuba in romantic terms as a Communist country which stood up to the capitalist might of the US.Mr Moratinos' personal track record on human rights issues is causing concern among human rights workers as Spain heads towards its EU chairmanship.The Spanish minister has in the past spoken in praise of hawkish Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman and was a strong advocate of dropping EU sanctions against Uzbekistan in his time as head of the OSCE, a Vienna-based pro-democracy body.
EU leaders head for difficult summit on climate and institutions-Glacier: the poker game over the EU's top jobs risks overshadowing negotiations on climate change (Photo: Marina and Enrique)VALENTINA POP Today OCT 29,09 @ 09:55 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – EU leaders gather in Brussels on Thursday (29 October) for a two-day summit to try and shape a common position on climate issues amid the twin distractions of negotiating a treaty-saving deal with Czech President Vaclav Klaus and making informal shortlists for the EU's future top jobs.We hope to see a mandate for climate negotiations, we are very close to the Copenhagen Conference, this is the time to form our mandate,Swedish Prime Minister Frederik Reinfeldt said in a webcast ahead of the summit he will be chairing on Thursday. In draft conclusions prepared by Sweden, EU leaders say the overall level of the international public support required could lie in the range of €22 billion to €50 billion a year by 2020 and that the EU is ready to take on its resulting fair share of total international public finance.Precise figures are unlikely to be tabled, despite Mr Reinfeldt's warning of a risk for a clear deadlock at the UN conference in the Danish capital in December. Germany and Italy are wary of advancing figures for fear the EU's negotiating room in Copenhagen may be diminished, while Poland wants to make voluntary contributions and base its share of the longer-term burden on a complicated formula involving carbon emissions levels.
Despite all the Swedish focus on climate talks, the Lisbon Treaty is set to steal the headlines of this meeting. Over dinner, leaders will discuss the precise wording of a deal offered to Czech President Vaclav Klaus, who has requested an opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights in order to sign the treaty.Mr Klaus, whose unpredictability has been a source of frayed nerves in Brussels, has now promised that he will sign the treaty if his conditions are met - a move that can only take place after 3 November when the Czech constitutional court is expected to rule on the compatibility of the treaty with national law.Slovakia, which initially called for a similar opt-out due to the countries' common past, has since changed its mind. We will not sacrifice social rights for people in Slovakia,Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Wednesday.Without the Lisbon Treaty in place, all talks about nominations to the newly created top positions – such as the president of the European Council or EU foreign minister - are off the formal agenda. But this is unlikely to stop the posts and possible candidates being discussed in the corridors.
Several names have emerged in recent days. British ex-prime minister Tony Blair has frequently been mentioned as a candidate for president of the European Council. But he is strongly opposed in some quarters, not least by Luxembourg leader Jean-Claude Juncker who on Tuesday became the first to formally put his name out for the job.
Dutch leader Jan-Peter Balkenende's name has also been circulated, while two latecomers to the names race, former Latvian president Vaira Vike-Freiberga and current Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, who joined the maybe ranks on Wednesday.EU leaders, however, will also be focusing on a series of other issues including the economy where they are expected to endorse a recent statement from the Group of 20 nations calling for more international economic coordination and to make a political commitment to active labour market policies as unemployment rates continue to rise.Meanwhile, the Baltic Sea strategy, the EU's first coordinated approach to a so-called macro-region, is expected to formally endorsement and could become a model for other similar entities – for instance the Danube region or the Alps.Migration will also be on the agenda on Thursday afternoon, as well as enhancing the powers of Frontex, the EU's border agency, while EU foreign ministers will discuss the European Union's role in the world over dinner.
Post-war events intrude upon EU summit HONOR MAHONY Today OCT 29,09 @ 17:24 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Europe's bloody past hung over EU leaders as they gathered in Brussels to finally try and bring a conclusion to the Lisbon Treaty soap opera, with the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary locked in a tussle over how to word an eleventh-hour exemption from a rights charter contained in the document.Czech President Vaclav Klaus started the divisive process of looking back into the Europe's near history earlier this month when, in a surprise move, he made obtaining an opt-out from the Charter of Fundamental Rights a condition for signing the Lisbon Treaty - his signature is needed for the new institutional rules to go into place across the entire EU.Mr Klaus said he feared the charter would expose the country to property claims by ethnic Germans and Hungarians expelled after World War II from the then Czechoslovakia, under the so-called Benes Decrees. The reference to the still-emotive issue prompted a flurry of diplomatic activity on the part of the Swedish EU presidency, which is trying to accommodate Prague so that the the Lisbon Treaty can finally be put into place.But just as Prague appeared to say it was happy with the proposal put forward by the Swedes, the Slovaks entered the fray to say that they wanted an opt-out too, fearing a legal imbalance between the two countries. They believed that any reference to the Benes Decrees and an exemption would then imply that the charter does allow recourse to property claims, but leaving them without the shield against legal actions that their Czech neighbour would have one. The two countries separated peacefully from one another in 1993 but Slovakia was also covered by the Benes Decrees at the time.
Following pressure from the opposition and trade unions who very much support the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Slovak prime minister Robert Fico has since backed away from calling for an opt-out but is now looking for a political declaration on the issue.It could be a phrase citing the charter or in the EU treaty. We don't want any exemption, we want only interpretation. So, if it is true that there is no reason to be concerned [over the Benes Decrees] then let's clearly state it in the conclusions. This is our current political position,said Mr Fico.Hungary, however, has upped the stakes, saying that it has strong reservations about the whole issue.We have serious concerns about what is going on today,Hungarian Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai said.We consider the proposed opt-out to be very dangerous and we will argue against it.Hungary believes that granting the Czech Republic an exemption from the charter on these grounds would effectively remove the Benes Decrees from the scope of European law, including eventual recourse to the European Court of Justice.
Mr Bajnai is also been squeezed by the opposition, the right-wing Fidesz party, who are expected to come into power after the country's elections next May. The party, which may by then hold a majority in parliament, has said it will not ratify any future protocol that includes a Czech opt out from the charter.The Swedish EU presidency now has to untangle this legal, political and emotional knot. Ahead of the summit, Fredrik Reinfeldt, who has been smothered in institutional issues since taking over at the helm of the EU in July, said it would be very difficult.The negotiations come even though most analysts agree the charter would not expose the Czech Republic to the property claims Mr Klaus says he fears.
EU and US seal extradition pact
VALENTINA POP Today OCT 29,09 @ 12:14 CET
The EU and the US have signed a judicial co-operation agreement allowing European countries to refuse to extradite criminals who may be sentenced to the death penalty.
We are establishing a joint ambition to continue our co-operation to fight gross international crime. But equally important is that we are agreed on strengthening the protection of the rights of the individual,Swedish justice minister Beatrice Ask, on behalf of the EU presidency, said at a signing ceremony with US attorney general Eric Holder at the Swedish embassy in Washington on Wednesday (28 October). A long-time critic of the death penalty in the US, the EU began negotiating the extradition agreement after the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks on US soil. This is the first agreement on extradition between the United States and the European Union. It will enter into force in February 2010, after EU justice ministers ratified the deal earlier this month.Under the deal, existing bilateral extradition treaties between the US and each member state will be streamlined and modernised, clarifying for instance the kind of offences that are extraditable, rules surrounding the exchange of information and transmission of documents and transit rules.The agreement also sets the ground for the creation of joint European-US task forces to address terrorism and serious crimes and enables easier access to bank account information of suspected criminals.
It will allow international witnesses to testify by video conference, making it no longer necessary for a European witness, for example, to cross the Atlantic in order to appear in court.While the two politicians applauded the agreement, they acknowledged that many important details remain to be ironed out.The declaration is what we agreed on,Ms Ask said.It's not possible for us to sort out all the judicial details.Neither will the agreement have any impact on the transfer prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Mr Holder said he hoped more countries would take inmates, but expressed scepticism that the official deadline for closing the prison – 22 January 2010 - could be met.Only a handful of European countries so far have agreed to accept people released from Guantanamo. Spain, which will take over the rotating EU presidency in January, has been asked by the US to persuade the other member states to accept more detainees.Madrid has already committed to accepting two detainees and is currently reviewing additional files of other inmates, Spanish justice minister Francisco Caamano said after an earlier meeting Mr Holder. The Socialist government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has said that Spain will only accept Guantanamo detainees who are not facing charges and have no criminal record in any EU country.
1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog,(RULER) the land of Magog,(RUSSIA) the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW)and Tubal,(TOBOLSK) and prophesy against him,
3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech(MOSCOW) and Tubal:
4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws,(GOD FORCES THE RUSSIA-MUSLIMS TO MARCH) and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:
5 Persia,(IRAN,IRAQ) Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet:
6 Gomer,(GERMANY) and all his bands; the house of Togarmah (TURKEY)of the north quarters, and all his bands:(SUDAN,AFRICA) and many people with thee.
7 Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.
8 After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.
9 Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.(RUSSIA-EGYPT AND MUSLIMS)
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought:
11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates,
12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
1 The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap.
3 They (ARABS,MUSLIMS) have taken crafty counsel against thy people,(ISRAEL) and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they (MUSLIMS) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:(TREATIES)
6 The tabernacles of Edom,(JORDAN) and the Ishmaelites;(ARABS) of Moab, PALESTINIANS,JORDAN) and the Hagarenes;(EGYPT)
7 Gebal,(HEZZBALLOH,LEBANON) and Ammon,(JORDAN) and Amalek;(SYRIA,ARABS,SINAI) the Philistines (PALESTINIANS) with the inhabitants of Tyre;(LEBANON)
40 And at the time of the end shall the king of the south( EGYPT) push at him:(EU DICTATOR IN ISRAEL) and the king of the north (RUSSIA AND MUSLIM HORDES OF EZEK 38+39) shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over.
41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.(JORDAN)
42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.
1 Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog,(LEADER OF RUSSIA) and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech (MOSCOW) and Tubal: (TUBOLSK)
2 And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts,(RUSSIA) and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel:
3 And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand.
4 Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands,( ARABS) and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured.
5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
6 And I will send a fire on Magog,(NUCLEAR BOMB) and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
7 So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel.
8 Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.
3 A fire(NUCLEAR BOMB) devoureth before them;(RUSSIA-ARABS) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
20 But I will remove far off from you the northern army,(RUSSIA,MUSLIMS) and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things.(SIBERIAN DESERT)
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(NUCLEAR BOMB)
31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.
Peace partner orchestrated Temple Mount violence - Wednesday, 28 October 2009 06:30 News from Jerusalem Temple Mount in Jerusalem
Riots on the Temple Mount were orchestrated by the Palestinian Authority, which maintained an operations room from which its officials guided the violence, Jerusalem police sources told WND.The sources said the PA manned the operations room with the Islamic Movement, a Muslim fundamentalist organization involved in Temple Mount activism. The intelligence unit of the Jerusalem police discovered the room Sunday, the same day as the clashes, the police sources said.Information from the room's discovery led to the arrest on the mount of PA President Mahmoud Abbas' top adviser on Jerusalem affairs, Hatam Abd al-Qadir, on suspicion of disorderly conduct, the police sources told WND. Police said al-Qadir, detained during the clashes, attacked officers and urged worshippers to hold protests.Asked to comment on the police accusations, Dimitri Diliani, the spokesman for Abbas' Fatah party in Jerusalem, refused to deny to WND the claimed discovery of the operations room nor his group's involvement in the Temple Mount riots.The Palestinian people in general and the PA specifically are working on defending our religious and national rights, Diliani said.Diliani confirmed the PA's involvement with the Islamic Movement. The group has been accused of financing Palestinian terrorism.
Some in Israel are trying to paint a picture of us as an ally of the Islamic Movement. I don't think it is wrong. We are allies with anyone who wants to defend such rights and shares with us such values despite our differences,he said.Sunday's clashes, in which at least 25 Arabs and three Israeli policemen were wounded, bore all the marks of a pre-planned PA campaign.Official PA television and radio have been calling on Muslims to storm the Al Aqsa Mosque to protect the site from Jewish threat.The Islamic Movement sponsored buses to transport young Arab Israeli men to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount from the fundamentalist-dominated Muslim city of Um Al-Fahem.The violence began when Israeli officers attempted to accompany a group of tourists on to the mount.The Jerusalem police told WND they have film of several Muslim youth on the mount Sunday preparing the unrest by gathering rocks and pouring oil onto the ground to foil security forces.wnd
Lambs tried by wolves Wednesday, 28 October 2009 16:01 News from Jerusalem
Disproportionate use of facts! Why does UNHRC so fervently target Israel while ignoring more heinous crimes?
The UNHRC endorsed Goldstone's Gaza report and I, for once, am happy for this just and timely decision. However, it is clearly not enough, as there are still criminals walking among us, some of whom are even occupying key positions in the US and European governments. To fix this unbearable situation, in which criminals are not persecuted simply because of the high positions they occupy, I would like to propose for the Human Rights Council to start from the very head of the pyramid of power, to set an example for all other would-be war criminals. And what example could be more noticeable than the US? Therefore, it is the UNHRC’s obligation to condemn and indict the Clinton administration, as well as the military and civilian leadership of NATO for war crimes committed against the Serbian people during the 1999 Kosovo War (also known as Operation Allied Force) that left more than 500 innocent civilians dead. According to the Human Rights Watch smart weapons (initially) constituted more than 90 percent of the ordnance employed. By mid-May, this had declined to only 10 or 20 percent of the total.This means that as soon as the war started getting too expensive, concern for civilian lives gave way to concern for NATO budget, or maybe it was a deliberate campaign of terror? In any case, this had a horrible toll on human lives and property; as few as 489 and as many as 528 Yugoslav civilians were killed in the ninety separate incidents in Operation Allied Force.I would also like to draw your attention to the completely disproportionate use of force, as is evident from the casualty ratios (2 NATO soldiers killed in non-combat incidents versus almost 700 Serbs, most of whom civilians, killed in the bombings.) In fact, these numbers indicate something closer to a massacre than to an armed conflict. Perhaps a more proper term for the conflict would be The Kosovo Massacre and not the Kosovo War.Among the targets attacked we can find the People's Republic of China embassy in Belgrade, Serbia's main TV station, the Zastava car factory – all illegal targets under the Geneva Convention. Even worse – civilian chemical factories were bombed, which resulted in major pollution incidents and loss of jobs for thousands of uninvolved civilians. Furthermore, cluster bombs were used in the city of Novi Sad resulting in continuing risk of injury for the civilian population of this city to this very day.
Deliberate campaign of terror?
According to the Geneva Convention (Protocol I, Art. 52(2)) legitimate targets include those objects which by their nature, location, purpose or use make an effective contribution to military action.This is clearly not the case with all of the above-mentioned targets, thus making their destruction, and the loss of innocent lives which it entailed, clear-cut war crimes that deserve indictment and fair trial in an objective international court.It is even possible that many of these attacks resulted from a deliberate campaign of terror rather than simply gross negligence, as almost half of the incidents (forty-three out of ninety) resulted from attacks during daylight hours, when civilians could have been expected to be on the roads and bridges or in public buildings which may have been targeted.Of course, all the officials involved in the above mentioned crimes will have to be arrested and transported to some neutral country where they will receive a fair and unbiased trial. I would like to propose Israel for this task, since its courts have already earned a reputation of fairness and objectivity in trying war criminals such as the Nazis Eichmann (1962) and Demjanjuk (1986).Yeah, Clinton will do time in an Israeli prison for crimes against the Serbian people.
Sounds like nonsense?
But wait, there is more! The US isn’t a member of the council and so doesn’t have a say in the matter, but let’s look at some of the actual members of the council and their actions to promote human rights and international justice:Britain chose not to participate in the voting, perhaps finding it difficult to condemn Israel after the Guardian exposed Britain’s use of phosphorus bombs in Afghanistan and torture in Iraq. It didn’t feel quite guilty enough to show support for a fellow democracy trying to defend itself, however, possibly not wishing to anger its loyal Islamic allies. The same allies it bombs, kills and oppresses on a daily basis.Unlike the indecisive British, Russia bravely voted against Israel. Russia, which did very little to safeguard the rights of civilians,and which according to the same HRW had responded to the Chechen’s uprising with a campaign unparalleled in the area since World War II for its scope and destructiveness.Yes, one of the nations that voted against Israel is responsible for the worst violence Europe has known since WWII.
Why does charade continue?
Israel’s operation in the 1.5 million Gaza strip has left about 1,400 dead, of which presumably 700 were civilians (according to Amnesty International.) Russia’s attack on the 1.1 million Chechnya has left around 100,000 Chechens dead, of which even the most optimistic accounts place the number of militants to be at around 15,000.And I don’t need to tell you about the crimes of Jordan against the Palestinian refugees carving out a meager existence in its territory during the Black September of 1970 or of China’s inhuman occupation and oppression of Tibet and Xinjiang or of the extreme brutality with which the various Palestinian factions deal with one another in Gaza and the West Bank. All these nations have voted against Israel, all these nations are champions of human right violations and yet no one in Europe has yet stood up and cried foul! Why? Why on earth do British, Spanish and Hoggish courts have the audacity to even look at cases directed against foreign subjects having nothing to do with the affairs of the said countries? Why does the UNHRC so fervently levels charge upon charge against Israel while tactfully ignoring far more heinous crimes committed by most of its members? But most of all, why are so many educated and supposedly free-willed people in Europe follow this charade, instead of denouncing it for it is – yet another attempt by the enemies of Israel to harm it using the very values it is the sole representative of in the Middle East – democracy, freedom, and human rights.Politicians play their Machiavellian games with dozens of ulterior motives, secret agreements and business interests; justice is the last thing on their mind. And so it is the duty of the voter, the so-called simple citizen,to have a realistic and balanced image of the world. A brief foray into any human rights website or even the occasional evening spent watching the news will tell you who are the villains of this world and who are its victims.ynet
Bahrain bans citizens from contact with Israelis Wednesday, 28 October 2009 05:46 News from Jerusalem Bahrain's King Hamad-Bin-Isa-Al-Khalifa
Jerusalem followed with concern on Tuesday reports that the lower house of the Bahrain parliament had passed legislation banning any contact with Israelis, with one source saying this was a direct result of the viciously hostile anti-Israel mood in the Arab world following the Goldstone Report and confrontations over the Temple Mount.Reuters quoted Jalal Fairooz from the Shi'ite Al-Wefaq bloc, an opposition group behind the move, as saying that whoever holds any communication or official talks with Israeli officials or travels to Israel will face a fine... and/or a jail sentence of three to five years.The motivation is that steps are being taken by certain countries to allow certain talks to be held with Israeli officials. Israeli delegates have managed to participate in events in Arab countries with no treaties with Israel,he said.Earlier this month the Israeli flag flew at a renewable energy conference in Abu Dhabi attended by a small Israeli delegation. This was reportedly the first time that an Israeli flag had been displayed in the United Arab Emirates which, like Bahrain, is a Gulf state with which Israel has no ties.The legislation passed the lower house of the Bahraini parliament, and now must go to the upper house, whose members are selected by the king. Israeli officials expressed hope that the move would be quashed by the royal family, and that Bahrain, which is an American ally and considered a moderate Arab state, would not, through this action, signal an extremist turn.A source in the Prime Minister's Office termed the move unfortunate,and said it was a throwback to the Arab rejectionist positions of the 1960s and 1970s.
How does the Arab world think it is possible to make peace without contacts and talking? the official said. This is self-defeating. The Arab world says they want peace, but then can't talk to Israel. It makes no sense.The parliamentary move stands in stark contrast to a July Washington Post op-ed written by Bahrain's Foreign Minister Shaikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa, calling for more engagement with Israel.In the piece, Khalifa wrote that the Arab world had not done enough to communicate directly with the people of Israel. An Israeli might be forgiven for thinking that every Muslim voice is raised in hatred, because that is usually the only one he hears. Just as an Arab might be forgiven for thinking every Israeli wants the destruction of every Palestinian.The Bahraini foreign minister wrote that the Arab world had not done a good enough job demonstrating to Israelis how the Arab Peace Initiative launched by Saudi Arabia in 2002 can form part of a peace between equals in a troubled land holy to three great faiths.As a result of that article, Bahrain was viewed in Jerusalem earlier this year as the most likely candidate to positively answer US President Barack Obama's request to the Arab states to make some normalization gestures toward Israel. So far, however, neither Bahrain nor any other Arab country has stepped forward.In January 2007, Bahrain stripped citizenship from a Kenyan-born Bahraini runner, Mushir Salem Jawher, who won the Tiberias marathon. Jawher's citizenship was returned a few months later amid concern in Bahrain that as a result of the action they would be isolated by the international sports community.Bahrain, a pro-Western country with Sunni rulers and a Shi'ite majority, hosts the US Navy's 5th Fleet. Last year Bahrain's king appointed a Jewish woman as his kingdom's envoy to Washington.The Jewish community in Bahrain dates back to antiquity, houses the only synagogue in the Persian Gulf, and today numbers between 30 and 50 people.jpost
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UN chief says Iran should accept uranium plan By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer – Wed Oct 28, 5:46 pm ET
UNITED NATIONS – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon encouraged Iran on Wednesday to accept a U.N.-drafted plan to ship much of its uranium abroad for enrichment, saying it would be an important confidence-building measure.Iranian lawmaker Mohammad Karamirad said the government will formally respond on Thursday to the proposal to send enriched uranium out of the country for processing, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency. Another Iranian lawmaker, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, said the country's top security body would make a final decision on the proposal later Wednesday.Iran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment has led to three rounds of increasingly tough U.N. sanctions. Tehran insists its program is purely peaceful and defends the right to develop fuel for electricity-generating reactors.Even as the Iranian government mulls the deal for shipping uranium abroad, it has made clear it will push ahead with its nuclear program and continue enriching uranium.The plan that Tehran is considering was formalized by the United Nations last week after talks between Iran and the United States, Russia and France. It calls for Iran to ship 70 percent of its low enriched uranium to Russia in one batch by the end of the year for further enrichment. It would then be sent to France to be made into isotopes for use in a Tehran research reactor.The U.S. and its allies back the deal because it would, at least temporarily, leave Iran's uranium stockpiles too low to build a nuclear weapon — which they suspect is Tehran's real goal.The secretary-general said Iran's decision to allow U.N. inspectors to visit a previously secret nuclear site near Qum a positive step and welcomed the draft agreement on uranium shipments.
Agreement would constitute an important confidence-building measure and could set the stage for further advances in the negotiations between Iran and the six world powers that have been trying to rein in its nuclear program, Ban said.The idea for uranium shipments was broached at a meeting earlier this month in Geneva between Iran and the six powers — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.Iran's state media have said the country will agree to the plan's general framework but will demand important changes.Iranian state channel, Press TV, said Tehran is opposed to sending the entire shipment abroad at once, suggesting it wants to do it in stages.The head of Iran's Foreign Policy and National Security Commission, Alaeddin Boroujerdi, was quoted by Iran's semiofficial ILNA news agency as sketching out a scenario in which Iran would send out portions of its low-enriched uranium stockpiles only after it receives a batch of reactor-ready rods.
Iran has also given hints that it may want to send less than 70 percent of its stockpiles abroad. On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Iran might agree to deliver part of (the low-enriched uranium) fuel which we currently don't need.Diplomats from some of the countries involved insist, however, that the uranium shipment would have to be in one batch to be acceptable, or in two, at most, with little time elapsed in between.If Iran makes the shipments in small batches, it would be able to make up for those small amounts quickly by producing more low-enriched uranium. That would mean Iran's stockpile would never be depleted enough to delay its ability to create highly enriched — or weapons-grade — uranium.
Russian space chief proposes nuclear spaceship Wed Oct 28, 9:27 am ET
MOSCOW – Russia's space agency chief is proposing to build a new spaceship with a nuclear engine.
Anatoly Perminov told a government meeting Wednesday that the preliminary design could be ready by 2012. He said it will then take nine more years and 17 billion rubles (about $600 million or 400 million euros) to build the ship.Russian President Dmitry Medvedev urged the Cabinet to consider providing the necessary funding.
Perminov's ambitious statement contrasted with the current state of the Russian space program.Russia is using 40-year old Soyuz booster rockets and capsules to send crews to the International Space Station. Development of a replacement rocket and a prospective spaceship with a conventional propellant has dragged on with no end in sight.
Israeli urgently orders two stealth corvettes from Germany Wednesday, 28 October 2009 06:12 News from Jerusalem Meko A-100 Corvette
DEBKAfile's military sources report that the two corvettes are needed to meet the build-up of Iranian submarines and Syria warships in the Mediterranean Sea and defend coastal infrastructure facilities such as power stations and naval bases which Israel intelligence fears will be at risk in a regional war.The order placed during Israeli chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi's three-day visit to Berlin this week as guest of the German high command surprised the defense ministry. Germany is contributing 500 million euros toward the two Dolphin submarines already on order for the Israeli Navy. The new order is worth several million more. German sources report that the Israeli request has been referred to Chancellor Angela Merkel for her to decide.The German corvette is a 2,200-tonner, 91 meters long and 13.4 meters wide. It carries a crew of 94, a medium-sized helicopter on its deck and 24 weapons systems - 16 sea-to-shore and 8 ship-to-ship launchers adapted to US-made missiles, as well as missile defenses and automatic cannons. It has a range of 7,400 kilometers and maximum speed of 30 knots. The corvette's great advantages for the Israeli navy are its formidable firepower and advanced radar-evading capabilities, making it extremely hard to spot by shore- or ship-based radar.Before commissioning the warships from Germany, the Israeli Navy researched the market: After the US Lockheed Martin's product proved too pricey - $600 million apiece - purchasing agents opened negotiatons with the Hamburg shipbuilders Blohm and Voss. The initial plan was to have the order subcontracted to Haifa shipyards with Israel's aero industry and Navy installing the weapons systems and electronics. But in view of the spiraling tensions with Iran, Israel's high command decided to set about strengthening the country's marine defenses in the shortest time possible.
Also taken note of was the new clause inserted in the new Merkel government's coalition agreement: promising to phase out the Germany fleet operating off Lebanese shores as part of the UN peacekeeping mission: Within the scope of the United Nations we will work towards a phased reduction of our German contribution to the Maritime Task Force of UNIFIL with the aim to terminate it.Because the fleet to be phased out includes two corvettes, the possibility of transferring them directly to Israel instead of sending them back to home base in Germany is under consideration in view of the troublesome vibes besetting in the region.debka
Prayer Book for Rabin by Hillel Fendel OCT 28,09
(IsraelNN.com) In honor of Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Day, the Amit religious-Zionist education network has published a 15-page prayer book appendix in memory of Rabin.
The prayers include chapters of Psalms to be recited in Rabin’s memory, additional verses whose first letters spell out his name and the word neshamah (soul), as is customary, and Mishna-texts to be studied in his memory. Prayers for the State and for love of fellow man are also included, as are verses decrying murder that were deemed relevant.The concluding prayer reads as follows: O our G-d and the G-d of our fathers, may this prayer in memory of the Prime Minister, Yitzchak ben [son of] Rosa, be accepted before You; and in the merit of my Torah study, prayers and beseeching, may the Nation of Israel in the Land of Israel dwell in security, peace and serenity. May our Torah sprout forth and may our merits increase, and may we love each other and all Israel shall be friends.
Sharpening the awe
The Amit network management explained that the decision to publish the Rabin prayers was made in light of the sense that the Rabin Memorial Day has no significant basis in the religious world. The purpose is to involve as broad of a public as possible in the significance of our memory as people of faith. The prayer book and the prayers will sharpen the awe of the day, and will clarify the importance of our work as educators, in order to demand that every Jew ensure that never again will we see one of us raise a hand against the kingdom.We at Amit believe that we must raise a loud educational voice on the anniversary of the murder of the Prime Minister. This is not just a matter of historic remembrance, but rather a relevant meaning to our shared lives in this multi-faceted Israeli society, in the State that belongs to all of us, despite all the conflicts.Much of the nationalist-religious public has come to feel under attack each year in the days preceding and following the anniversary of Rabin's murder, due to the collective guilt assigned it by leading political figures and much of the media. The prayer book initiative has therefore raised many eyebrows in the religious world, as it uses much of the same terminology often used against it.
Akko Kids Join Prayers for Rain by Maayana Miskin OCT 28,09
(IsraelNN.com) Schoolchildren from the Noam Herzog in Akko (Acre) held a special ceremony early this week in which they prayed for rain. The ceremony was held on the seventh day of the Jewish month of Cheshvan, the day on which Jews in Israel begin praying for rain.Akko's chief rabbi, Rabbi Yosef Yashar, attended the event and sang along with the children. He later termed the occasion particularly moving.Principal Binyamin Buskila explained that the prayer ceremony was the culmination of weeks of learning regarding rain, water, and the significance of rain in Jewish tradition. Students have been studying rain in science class as well as learning what Jewish sages had to say on the subject of rain, he related.The school's main objective is to teach children about prayer, Buskila said. Israel's water crisis will not be solved solely by saving water, or by using water treatment or other important new technologies,he stated. Rather, we must pray, the entire Jewish people must cry out for rain.The students will bring what they have learned to the general public in Akko by distributing stickers calling for everyone to join the prayers for rain, Buskila said. And we hope that in the near future, our city will be blessed by an abundance of rain,he concluded.
Jerusalem Poses New Crisis for Obama As Tensions Rise By Andrew Lee Butters – Wed Oct 28, 4:30 pm ET
Disputes between religious communities over access to holy places are a staple of life in Jerusalem's Old City, but it was more than just another sectarian turf battle that saw Israeli police on Oct. 25 enter the Muslim-controlled area on the Temple Mount to quell stone-throwing by Palestinians. Instead, the riot in the Holy City was yet another sign that, in the absence of any real peace process, the two sides may be headed for renewed confrontation.For weeks now, tensions have been mounting in Jerusalem. Spurred by the Obama Administration's efforts to revive final-status negotiations and emboldened by its successful rebuff of Washington's demand for a settlement freeze, Israel has moved to consolidate its control of occupied East Jerusalem by demolishing Palestinian homes and expanding Israeli construction there. Islamist groups have seized on archeological excavations in the Old City to claim that Israel plans to seize control of the Muslim holy sites - a charge vehemently denied by Israel, but one that has nonetheless roused outrage across the Muslim world. In response to feared protests, Israel has barred Palestinians under 50or not resident in Jerusalem from access to the al-Aqsa Mosque complex on the Temple Mount - known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary - and that, in turn, has only heightened Muslim suspicions over Israel's intentions. (See pictures of 60 years of Israel.)The clashes on Oct. 25 came after Islamist groups called for Palestinians to defend the site after Israel had allowed Israelis to enter it the previous day. The confrontation may have had less to do with keeping Jews from praying at al-Aqsa, however, than with the erosion in Palestinian faith in President Mahmoud Abbas' path of negotiating peace with the Israelis and Americans. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal set the tone that day by declaring, Jerusalem's fate will be decided with jihad and resistance, and not negotiations.The symbolic power of the Jerusalem issue has a radicalizing effect not only on the Palestinians, but all across the Arab and Muslim world, with anti-Israel sentiment at a fever pitch even in Turkey, a long-standing Israel ally.
Although Hamas supporters may have played a leading role in the Jerusalem protests, there was plenty of evidence of Fatah supporters fighting alongside them - a fact noticed by the Israeli government, which banished the Palestinian Authority official responsible for the holy sites for two weeks. Nor is that a new development: while Abbas continues go through the motions demanded by the Obama Administration, he has reportedly threatened to quit and warned that no peace is possible with the hawkish government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And many leaders of Abbas' own Fatah movement are now privately talking about going back to the barricades. A split has emerged between Abbas and a younger generation of Fatah commanders who have lost patience with his faith in a U.S.-led peace process that has left them no closer to statehood than they were a decade ago. There are daily confrontations between the old guard and the new guard, says Hassan Bakir, chairman of the Palestinian Center for Research and Documentation in Beirut. They are tired of listening to Abbas, who hasn't lived up to his promises. The new guard is calling for a return to resistance.
Rather than restore Palestinian faith in the peace process, the Obama Administration's efforts may have only fueled the backlash. Any optimism over renewed peace efforts that had been generated by President Obama's Cairo speech quickly dissipated as Washington failed to win Israeli compliance with its demand for a settlement freeze. And the Administration put Abbas in an untenable position earlier this month by leaning on him to revoke Palestinian support for the U.N. discussing the Goldstone Report, which accused Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes during last winter's fighting in Gaza. So intense was the outcry that followed among Palestinians, including top leaders of Fatah, that Abbas was forced to make a humiliating about-face.
If Israel's relations with the Palestinians are deteriorating and propelling a less accommodating Palestinian leadership to the fore, the scuffles in Jerusalem are also deepening Israel's isolation in the Muslim world. France this week had to cancel plans for a summit of Mediterranean countries after Egypt refused to attend a meeting with Israel's hard-line Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. And in Jordan on Oct. 26, the 15th anniversary of a peace deal with Israel was observed by demonstrators burning an Israeli flag and calls by the parliamentary opposition for the pact to be rescinded.Obama raised expectations after taking office by promising the region speedy movement toward settling the Middle East's most toxic conflict. So far, the Administration's efforts have produced precious little progress - and unfortunately for Obama, the Palestinians may no longer be waiting for Washington to do more to press the Israelis. Instead, they are growing more inclined to do that themselves, in ways that could quickly turn the Middle East into a crisis for the Administration.- With reporting by Rami Aysha / Beirut and Jamil Hamad / Bethlehem
Obama signs hate-crimes bill into law-It's a very sad day for America and for religious liberties October 28, 2009 3:57 pm Eastern By Chelsea Schilling
A hate crimes bill opponents claim will be used to crack down on Christian speech, even the reading of the Bible, was signed into law today by President Obama. The Senate approved the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act by a vote of 68-29 on Oct. 22 after Democrats strategically attached it to a must-pass $680 billion defense appropriations plan. Most Republicans, although normally strong supporters of the U.S. military, opposed the bill because it hands out federal money to states and local governments in pursuit of preventing hate crimes. The bill creates federal protections and privileges for homosexuals and other alternative lifestyles but denies those protections to other groups of citizens. Obama signed the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act at a White House ceremony today. Prior to signing the act into law, Obama spoke briefly of the hate crimes bill.
After more than a decade, we've passed inclusive hate-crimes legislation to help protect our citizens from violence based on what they look like, who they love, how they pray or who they are,he said.I promised Judy Shepard when she saw me in the Oval Office that this day would come, and I'm glad that she and her husband, Dennis, could join us for this event. I'm also honored to have the family of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy who fought so hard for this legislation. I just want you all to know how proud we are of the work that Ted did to help make this day possible.American Family Association President Tim Wildmon warned that the new law creates a kind of caste system in law enforcement, where the perverse thing is that people who engage in non-normative sexual behavior will have more legal protection than heterosexuals. This kind of inequality before the law is simply un-American.Wildmon said the legislation creates possible situations where pastors may be arrested if their sermons on sexuality can be linked in even the remotest way to acts of violence.It threatens free speech and freedom of religion and is totally unacceptable,he said.As WND reported, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder admitted a homosexual activist who is attacked following a Christian minister's sermon about homosexuality would be protected by the proposed federal law, but a minister attacked by a homosexual wouldn't be.The Alliance Defense Fund blasted the hate-crimes bill, calling it another nail in the coffin of the First Amendment.
All violent crimes are hate crimes, and all crime victims deserve equal justice, ADF Senior Legal Counsel Erik Stanley said in a statement.This law is a grave threat to the First Amendment because it provides special penalties based on what people think, feel, or believe. ADF will be on the front line to defend those whose free speech or free exercise of religion rights are violated by this unconstitutional law and to ultimately overturn this attack on freedom.Opponents point to cases in Canada and Sweden, where Christians have faced criminal prosecution for preaching that homosexual behavior is a sin.ADF has clearly seen the evidence of where hate crimes legislation leads when it has been tried around the world: It paves the way for the criminalization of speech that is not deemed politically correct,Stanley explained. Hate crimes laws fly in the face of the underlying purpose of the First Amendment, which was designed specifically to protect unpopular speech.Stanley said such crimes are already punishable under existing federal, state and local laws.
Bills of this sort are designed to forward a political agenda and silence critics, not combat actual crime,he said.The bottom line is that we do not need a law that creates second-class victims in America and that gives the government the opportunity to ignore the First Amendment.Brad Dacus, president of Pacific Justice Institute, testified before Congress against the hate crimes bill in 2007.It is fundamentally unjust for the government to treat some crime victims more favorably than others, just because they are homosexual or transsexual,Dacus said.This bill is an unnecessary federal intrusion into state law enforcement authority, and it is an unwise step toward silencing religious and moral viewpoints.He said the adoption of hate crimes legislation has led to widespread suppression of speech deemed politically incorrect. The Pacific Justice Institute noted that in California, hate crimes laws are commonly invoked as a basis for further laws pushing acceptance of homosexuality in public schools and the workplace. The group also warned that use of hate speech terminology is also now being employed by minority religious groups in America to encourage suppression of free speech, as a prominent Hindu group called on Congress and major Internet service providers to shut down websites critical of Hinduism, including websites of Christian mission organizations.The Pacific Justice Institute pledged to come to defend anyone who is prosecuted under the new hate crimes law because of their religious expression.Liberty Counsel litigation counsel Matt Krause told WND, It's a very sad day for America and for religious liberties in general.
He said the law will not deter crime or help the law-enforcement system.The only thing it will do is silence and scare Christians and religious organizations,Krause said.It will penalize thoughts and actions, and it will not stop crime. It should be called the thought-crimes bill.He continued, We encourage pastors and church leaders to keep doing what they're doing and preach the gospel. If they run into any barriers, they can contact us because we are ready and willing to defend them in any way we need to.The White House announced it will host a reception this evening to commemorate the enactment of the hate crimes legislation. Obama's remarks will be aired live on the White House website.
25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity;(MASS CONFUSION) the sea and the waves roaring;(FIERCE WINDS)
26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Storm dumps snow on Rockies, plains, more forecast By KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press Writer – OCT 28,09 8:30PM
DENVER – A storm bringing the first heavy snows of autumn to a large portion of the Rockies and western plains crippled parts of Colorado and Wyoming Wednesday, forcing road closures and sending students home from school as more than 2 feet piled up with much more expected.The slow-moving system socked Denver commuters with treacherous driving conditions — a strong punch for residents who were sporting short sleeves just a couple of weeks ago. Visibility fell below a quarter-mile in many areas, and forecasters warned the storm would linger.Western Nebraskans were already taking action as snow fell. Chadron State College closed its main campus and satellite locations through Thursday, and other schools in the area also shut down. Forecasters said 8 inches of snow had fallen in Whiteclay, near the northern border with South Dakota.The storm was expected to be the biggest snowmaker to hit Colorado's Front Range in October since 1997, said Byron Louis, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Boulder, Colo.Up to 18 inches of snow was forecast in Denver and as much as 4 feet was possible in the Colorado mountains. Cheyenne was expected to get at least 14 inches before the storm moves off.The National Weather Service predicted similar amounts for a wide area of Nebraska and Colorado plains. The storm also brought snow to northern Utah's Wasatch Front.The storm was even more unusual in parts of western Colorado. In Grand Junction, where about 2 inches fell, it was the heaviest snowfall this early in the season since 1995, said National Weather Service hydrologist Bryon Lawrence. Cold Creek in the southwest had recorded 28 inches by midafternoon.Some schools in Colorado and Wyoming closed pre-emptively, including those in a Cheyenne district. And Colorado State University in Fort Collins sent students and staff home around midafternoon. A Colorado Springs homeless shelter decided to allow people who have been kicked out for breaking rules to return because of the weather.
Wyoming state government shut down its offices in the Cheyenne area due to weather early in the afternoon.Most of the roughly 70 accidents in Wyoming happened on Interstate 80 before the Wyoming Department of Transportation closed the highway between Cheyenne and Laramie early in the day. Nine crashes caused injuries but no one was killed.People are just not slowing down enough,department spokesman Bruce Burrows said.The National Weather Service in Wyoming warned whiteout condition would last through Thursday morning.Heavy snow was blamed for a multicar pileup on U.S. Highway 6 in Denver, and the weather closed two northern Colorado highways near Wyoming. Colorado's interstate highways remained open, with some closures on mountain passes.Denver International Airport reported some delays and asked fliers to call first to avoid being stranded at the airport. Some airlines told travelers they would waive or reduce fees for changing flight tickets because of the storm.
Meanwhile, wind was a concern in some prairie areas of Wyoming.When we start getting those wind gusts on Thursday — gusts up to 40 mph — it's going to create some blowing and drifting snow and that's going to cause some problems,said Dan Deal, with the Weather Service in Cheyenne. Drifts several feet deep and wind chills as low as 10 degrees were forecast.The system kicked up heavy winds and dust Tuesday in Nevada, Arizona and California.Winds gusting through Southern California forced a commuter train line to shut down and knocked a tree onto a car, but no serious injuries have been reported.In San Diego County, wind toppled a tree onto a car in San Marcos but the couple inside escaped serious injury. The National Weather Service warned of the possibility of further gusts up to 50 mph through Thursday morning in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Fire danger warnings were up in some areas.Back in Wyoming, the storm brought some big rig truckers to a halt.The smart thing is to just shut it down and call it a day,said Donnel Farrow of Willingboro, N.J. Farrow was hauling mail from Pennsylvania to Salt Lake City but pulled over his rig at a truck stop just east of Cheyenne, Wyo., after a rough drive across Nebraska.Associated Press Writers Mead Gruver and Matt Joyce in Cheyenne, Oskar Garcia in Las Vegas and Scott Sonner in Reno, Nev., contributed to this report.
7 And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.
8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse:(CHLORES GREEN) and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword,(WEAPONS) and with hunger,(FAMINE) and with death,(INCURABLE DISEASES) and with the beasts of the earth.(ANIMAL TO HUMAN DISEASE).
DRUG PUSHERS AND ADDICTS
23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (DRUGS) were all nations deceived.
21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries (DRUGS), nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
WHO to send 200M swine flu vaccines to 100 nations Wed Oct 28, 3:42 pm ET
HAVANA – The World Health Organization plans to distribute 200 million doses of swine flu vaccine to 100 developing countries.WHO secretary-general Margaret Chan says shipments could begin next month.Cuba is on the list of recipients. State media reports that Cuba will accept vaccines, putting aside previous skepticism about their effectiveness.The communist government previously said it would rely on the army sealing off areas where the virus is spreading and mass quarantines to fight swine flu.Cuba has reported seven deaths and 793 confirmed cases.The WHO says nearly 5,000 swine flu deaths have been reported worldwide.Chan spoke Wednesday at the end of a four-day visit to the island.
Obama Administration Launches Deceptive Swine Flu Propaganda Blitz
Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null Infowars October 29, 2009
President Obama and his top health officials are engaging in a major public relations effort to divert attention away from whether its swine flu vaccine is effective and safe – to whether there is enough of it to go around. And the media, as always, is cooperating fully. This echoes the way media debate was manipulated during the Vietnam and Iraq Wars. Instead of debating whether we should even be fighting those wars, the media debated only whether we were using the correct military strategy.If people would simply shut off the CDC’s supported propaganda noise being blasted across the airwaves and newspapers and simply do their homework, Americans would wake up and realize the hoax behind the swine flu pandemic. Increasing numbers of scientists and doctors are issuing harsh criticisms of the Government’s plan to vaccinate (forcibly if necessary) virtually the entire U.S. population with what they claim is a poorly tested vaccine that is not only ineffective against swine flu, but could cripple and even kill many more people than it helps.The CDC’s public relations campaign has been running scare ads that portray swine flu as a full-blown pandemic responsible for snuffing out countless lives, and which, unless stopped by universal vaccination, could kill millions of American citizens. But scientists and health officials throughout the world have called the governments claims unjustified and deliberately misleading.
For example, Dr. Anthony Morris, a distinguished virologist and former Chief Vaccine Office at the U.S. Federal Drug Administration (FDA), states that There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine thus far developed is effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza and that The producers of these vaccines know they are worthless, but they go on selling them anyway.And in November 2007, the UK newspaper The Scotsman, made public warnings by the inventor of the flu jab,Dr. Graeme Laver. Dr. Laver was a major Australian scientist involved in the invention of a flu vaccine, in addition to playing a leading scientific role in the discovery of anti-flu drugs. He went on record as saying the vaccine he helped to create was ineffective and [that] natural infection with the flu was safer. I have never been impressed with its efficacy,said Dr. Laver.We hear the assumption being made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that the number of deaths from the H1N1 virus is at pandemic levels and now a national emergency.One would assume that with all of its resources, the New York Times’ October 26 front page story on the CDC’s statistics would be accurate: 20,000 hospitalizations and 1,000 deaths due to the swine flu. However, this is all fiction. And it is a fiction solely based upon the CDC’s own contradictory statements and actions.
Our independent investigations into the clinical trials and statistical studies of influenza vaccines reveal glaring discrepancies. Let us not forget that it is this same New York Times, with its star reporter Judith Miller, who led America into believing that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, tried to purchase yellow cake uranium from Niger, and had dealings with al-Qaeda. And let us also remember that it is the same CDC and health officials in Washington, including President Ford and his top health advisor Joseph Califano, who pushed through and propagandized an untested vaccine during the 1976 swine flu scare, which resulted in thousands of severely neurologically damaged Americans and about 500 reported deaths. Aside from permanent paralysis, many of these vaccine victims also underwent torturous processes for many years to get the government to recognize their illnesses and help cover their costs. Not only was the CDC’s prediction and vaccination campaign for the 1976 flu season a total disaster, it also turned into a deadly scandal, witnessed across the United States on 60 Minutes when Dr. David Sencer, then head of the CDC, confirmed that the vaccine was never field tested, that there were only several reported incidents of H1N1 infection and none of these had been officially confirmed, and then lied about the CDC having no prior evidence that the swine flu vaccine could cause severe and permanent neurological damage. The end result from the 1976 debacle cost the government $3.5 billion in damages, two-thirds were for severe neurological injury and death directly due to the CDC’s vaccination campaign.Therefore, being anti-vaccine or pro-vaccine is not the most urgent issue. What is critical is whether or not there is legitimate, sound science to support either position; in this regard, the vaccine manufacturers and our federal health agencies have failed in the past, and continue to fail today. And they fail dismally. There is absolutely no evidence for sound-scientific protocol or anything resembling a gold-standard behind the swine flu infection statistics and vaccine efficacy and safety clinical trials to support Obama’s and his health advisors’ claims. Instead, the reports on hospitalizations and deaths due to the H1N1virus are grossly distorted. What we are really witnessing is official science and statistics that are little more than propaganda.One unfortunate development over the years is the notion that there is such a thing as a flu season.The truth is that we move annually into periods where there are dramatic increases in flu-like causing pathogens, however, the majority of these are unrelated to any strain of influenza virus. There can between 150 and 200 different infectious pathogens—adenovirus, rhinovirus, parainfluenza, the very common coronavirus and, of course, pneumonia—that produce flu-like symptoms, and worse, during a flu season.For example, how many people have heard of bocavirus, which is responsible for bronchitis and pneumonia in young children, or metapneumovirus, responsible for more than 5 percent of all flu-related illnesses? This is true during every flu season and this year is no different. Furthermore, all flu vaccinations, including the swine flu, are useless for protecting people from these many prevalent infectious organisms.
If we take the combined figure of flu and pneumonia deaths for the period of 2001, and add a bit of spin to the figures, we are left believing that 62,034 people died from influenza. The actual figures determined by Peter Doshi, then at Harvard University, are 61,777 died from pneumonia and only 257 from flu. Even more amazing, among those 257 cases only 18 were confirmed positive for influenza. A separate study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics for the flu periods between 1979 through 2002 revealed the true range of flu deaths were between 257 and 3006, for an average of 1,348 per year.The recent CBS Investigative Report, published on October 21, is one example. After the CDC refused to honor CBS’s Freedom of Information request to receive flu infection data for each individual state, the network performed independent outreach to all fifty states to get their statistics. Their report contradicts dramatically the CDC’s public relations blitz. For example, in California, among the approximate 13,000 flu-like cases, 86 percent tested negative for any flu strain. In Florida, out of 8,853 cases, 83 percent were negative. In Georgia and Alaska, only 2.4 percent and 1 percent respectively tested positive for flu virus among all reported flu-like cases. If the infectious-rate ratios obtained by CBS are accurate, the CDC’s figures are significantly reduced and agree with earlier predictions that the H1N1 virus will be simply an unwelcomed annoyance. So we are in the midst of an enormous medical hoax, a design and purpose that has yet to unfold completely, that will nevertheless reap huge revenues for the vaccine industrial complex.Another example is a recent alarmist report issuing from Georgetown University, also usurped by federal health officials and their multimedia comrades to fuel a campaign of fear and panic. The report announced that over 250 students were infected by swine flu when in fact none of these students were tested for H1N1 infection. The university’s figure was based solely on a count of student visits to the health clinic and calls into an H1N1 hotline.
This is not the first time the CDC’s predictions for influenza strains have been overstated and miscalculated. In an interview on Swedish television, Dr. Tom Jefferson, head of vaccine studies at the prestigious international Cochrane Database Collaboration, after reviewing hundreds of influenza studies and statistical analyses, has said the WHO’s and CDC’s performance is not very good.And in an ITN News interview last month, Jefferson called the swine flu pandemic a juggernaut they [the WHO, government agencies and vaccine makers] created.For the 1992-1993 season, the prediction was off by 84 percent. For the 1994-1995 season, it was off 43 percent for the primary strain and off 87 percent and 76 percent for two other strains. The Laboratory Center for Disease Control’s study comparing vaccine strains with the strains appearing during the 1997-1998 season found the match was off by 84 percent. Again Dr. Jefferson in a Der Spiegel interview remarked,there are some people who make predictions year after year, and they get worse and worse. None of them so far have come about, and these people are still there making these predictions. For example, what happened with the bird flu, which was supposed to kill us all?…. Swine flu could have even stayed unnoticed if it had been caused by some unknown virus rather than an influenza virus… An influenza vaccine is not working for the majority of influenza-like illnesses because it is only designed to combat influenza viruses. For that reason, the vaccine changes nothing when it comes to the heightened mortality rate during the winter months.Our review of all clinical trial studies conducted by the H1N1 vaccine makers for pre-licensing in the American market—CSL, Novartis, Sanofi-Pasteur, Medimmune and now GlaxoSmithKline—reveals they were poorly designed and feebly executed. Any professor in molecular biology or virology would fail a graduate student who presented a paper relying on research conducted in the manner of the studies the vaccine corporations submit to the FDA. Nevertheless, it is this lack of sound randomized, double-blind controlled placebo studies, particularly for inactivated virus vaccines, that our government is declaring definitive and is using to justify mass vaccination of our population.
Last week, Switzerland’s health authorities rejected Novartis’ new swine flu vaccine, Celtura, being targeted for women and children, because the company’s studies were insufficient to guarantee its safety. In addition, the new Novartis vaccine, which uses a cell base from dogs, was found to be contaminated with canine-specific bacteria. The Swiss newspaper, Tagesanzeiger, also noted there remains some suspicion that Novartis’ new vaccine may be a repackaging of an earlier 2008 vaccine responsible for killing almost two dozen homeless people during an illegal clinical trial in Poland. This is the same Novartis whose Fluvirin H1N1 vaccine being distributed in the US relied only on a hasty clinical efficacy and safety trial enrolling only a small number of health adults. Novartis likely remains unperturbed. The Swiss pharmaceutical giant has reported a $6.1 billion profit so far this year and expects to boost sales for the final quarter with is swine flu vaccine.In July, the CDC announced it would cease testing and counting H1N1 virus infections. Their public reason was simply that they are convinced there is a pandemic and, therefore, accurate monitoring was unnecessary. On August 30, the CDC declared the states should report influenza and pneumonia-associated hospitalizations and deaths together, not singling out actual cases of H1N1 infection if there happen to be any actually confirmed from a laboratory. This has always been the CDC’s policy, and the 36,000 figure of annual flu deaths repeated ad nausea on their website and spewed from the media’s health pulpits for several years straight, does not distinguish between pneumonia, influenza and other flu-like pathogenic deaths. Perhaps it would make very little difference because the current rapid diagnostic tests for the H1N1 virus can range in only 10-50 percent accuracy.Elsewhere in the world, particularly in Europe, civilians are increasingly rejecting the H1N1 vaccine. Recent polls in Germany and Austria show only 13 and 18 percent respectively willing to take the shot. In Sweden, four vaccine related deaths have been announced and almost 200 healthcare workers have reported becoming more seriously ill from the vaccination than they might have from a flu infection. In the US, anywhere from 90-99 percent of adverse events go unreported.If people would simply shut off the CDC’s supported propaganda noise being blasted across the airwaves and newspapers— the spectacle of newscasters being inoculated, interviews with government health officials or private doctors and academics receiving consultation fees from drug makers, and the drivel of the New York Times—and simply do their homework, Americans would wake up and realize the hoax behind the swine flu pandemic. All of the information is before us. Nothing is hidden. All the contradictions and hypocrisies are contained within the massive vaccine industrial complex—including the government health agencies and professional medical associations. The lie is too large for them to not expose themselves if we simply look.
DOCTOR DOCTORIAN FROM ANGEL OF GOD
then the angel said, Financial crisis will come to Asia. I will shake the world.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off,
19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! for in one hour is she made desolate.
19 They shall cast their silver in the streets, and their gold shall be removed: their silver and their gold shall not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the LORD: they shall not satisfy their souls, neither fill their bowels: because it is the stumblingblock of their iniquity.
16 And he(FALSE POPE) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:(CHIP IMPLANT)
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.(6-6-6) A NUMBER SYSTEM
WORLD MARKET RESULTS
HALF HOUR DOW RESULTS THU OCT 29,2009
09:30 AM +4.20
10:00 AM +56.23
10:30 AM +83.51
11:00 AM +80.33
11:30 AM +106.83
12:00 PM +111.85
12:30 PM +129.46
01:00 PM +152.56
01:30 PM +155.45
02:00 PM +165.73
02:30 PM +169.81
03:00 PM +189.92
03:30 PM +189.01
04:00 PM +199.89 9962.58
S&P 500 1066.11 +23.48
NASDAQ 2097.55 +37.94
GOLD 1,047.50 +17.00
OIL 80.00 +2.54
TSE 300 11,075.22 +269.89
CDNX 1310.42 +47.01
S&P/TSX/60 657.21 +15.67
YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
TSX Advances 357,declines 1,243,unchanged 206,Volume 519,529,435.
TSX Venture Exchange Advances 268,Declines 680,Unchanged 373,Volume 230,760,575.
Dow +71 points at 4 minutes of trading today.
Dow -3 points at low today.
Dow +129 points at high today so far.
GOLD opens at $1,037.10.OIL opens at $78.52 today.
Dow -3 points at low today so far.
Dow +129 points at high today so far.
DAY TODAY PERFORMANCE - 12:30PM STATS
NYSE Advances 2,880,declines 739,unchanged 72,New Highs 44,New Lows 32.
NASDAQ Advances 1,958,declines 589,unchanged 109,New highs 15,New Lows 20.
TSX Advances 906,declines 387,unchanged 203,Volume 214,521,961.
TSX Venture Exchange Advances 387,Declines 247,Unchanged 261,Volume 83,588,208.
Dow -3 points at low today.
Dow +207 points at high today.
Dow +2.05% today Volume 248,949,710.
Nasdaq +1.84% today Volume 2,231,620,062.
S&P 500 +2.25% today Volume N/A
PAUL FREEDOM OF CHOICE
AUDIT THAT FED HAS 208 HOUSE AND 30 SENATE MEMBERS SIGNED UP SO FAR.
$28 TRILLION STOLEN FROM AMERICANS,$50 TRILLION WORLDWIDE FOR THE PLANETARY WORLD GOVERNMENT BANKERS SO FAR.
Government Is Trying to Make Bailouts for the Giant Banks PERMANENT
Washington’s Blog October 29, 2009
Congressman Brad Sherman: I’m not looking for a TARP on steroids with oversight. I’m looking for an end of TARP.On September 25th, I wrote:Paul Volcker and senior Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron both testified to Congress this week that the government is trying to make bailouts for the giant banks permanent. Writing Wednesday in The Hill, Congressman Brad Sherman pointed out that :In my opinion, Geithner’s proposal is TARP on steroids.Section 1204 of the proposal [the proposal being the Resolution Authority for Large, Interconnected Financial Companies Act of 2009] allows the executive branch to use taxpayer money to make loans to, or invest in, the largest financial institutions to avoid a systemic risk to the economy.
Geithner’s proposal reminds me of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), the $700 billion Wall Street bailout adopted last year, but the TARP was limited to two years, and to a maximum of $700 billion. Section 1204 is unlimited in dollar amount and is a permanent grant of power to the executive branch. TARP contained some limits on executive compensation and an array of special oversight authorities. Section 1204 contains absolutely no limits on executive compensation and no special oversight.When I asked Geithner whether he would accept a $1 trillion limit on the new bailout authority (if the executive branch wanted to spend more, it would have to come back to Congress), he rejected a $1 trillion limit, insisting that the executive branch be able to respond without coming back to Congress. Both TARP and the Treasury proposal have vague provisions under which taxpayers might possibly recover any money lost through a special tax on the financial services industry. Under the Treasury proposal, only the very largest institutions could benefit from a bailout, but the special tax, if ever collected, would fall chiefly on medium-sized institutions.Thus, the medium-sized institutions will be at a competitive disadvantage for two reasons. First, the largest institutions will be able to borrow money more cheaply because their creditors will believe that if the institution is unable to pay, the taxpayers will. Second, if there ever is a bailout benefitting a very large financial institution, the tax will be imposed on the medium-sized institutions.Sherman is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and a certified public accountant, so he has a good nose for analyzing proposed financial regulations.Last week, Sherman made the following comments to the Washington Independent regarding Congress’ proposed bill on the too big to fails:
That is a huge gravy train to the top 20 [financial institutions] because it allows them to borrow money at a lower rate. Think of what this does to moral hazard.I’m not looking for a TARP on steroids with oversight. I’m looking for an end of TARP.
The House Committee on Financial Services will hold a hearing on the bill tomorrow, with Tim Geithner, Sheila Bair, John C. Dugan (Comptroller of the Currency), Daniel K. Tarullo (Governor, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System), John E. Bowman (Acting Director, Office of Thrift Supervision), Richard Trumka (President, AFLCIO), and others as witnesses.As the Washington Independent points out, Sherman is going to try to take Tarp off of steroids:Sherman said he intends to offer a series of amendments addressing the issue during the Financial Services panel’s markup of the bill, which has yet to be scheduled. Included will be a provision to cap the president’s bailout authority at $1 trillion, and another to strip out the resolution authority language entirely. A potential third proposal — to create an oversight panel like that monitoring TARP funds — is one he’s leaning against.
New plans to tackle Europe's inefficient food chain
ANDREW WILLIS Today OCT 29,09 @ 09:25 CET
The European Commission has come forward with a list of measures designed to improve Europe's creaking food chain, fuelled by fears that the region is heading for rising food prices as the economy slowly recovers.And while many European consumers already baulk at prices for some food products charged by supermarkets, huge numbers of farmers are struggling to simply cover their costs.Dairy farmers in particular have taken to the streets in recent months, angry that current milk prices do not cover their production inputs.To tackle the apparent contradiction, the college of 27 commissioners adopted a communication on Wednesday (28 October), outlining a list of steps to increase the transparency and improve the functioning of Europe's food chain.Together with national authorities, we will redouble our efforts to ensure that the supply chain works effectively from farm to fork,said the EU's agriculture commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, in a statement.Among other problems, the EU executive's communication points to the large variation in bargaining power between the different actors in the food chain as a chief reason for ongoing tensions and price distortions.Improving contractual relations between actors with the help of member state authorities is therefore essential says the document.To improve transparency in the system, the commission has published a food price-monitoring tool and is calling on member states to a set up a web-based service to enable consumers to compare the price of food in different shops.It is very important for the actors of the food supply chain, consumers and policy makers to increase the transparency of prices along the supply chain,the EU's economy commissioner, Joaquin Almunia, said in a statement.
The commission paper also proposes a list of measures to tackle the negative effect on prices caused by speculators in the agricultural commodities market. They included the need for greater reporting requirements and the possible imposition of position limits to restrict volatility and speculation.Wednesday's initiative comes on the back of fears that rising consumer food prices, and the corresponding drop in citizens' purchasing power, could slow Europe's rate of economic recovery. On average, European households spend 16 percent of their budget on food, making it one of the biggest expenditures.
Bank of Canada says China FX policy great risk By David Ljunggren and Randall Palmer – OCT 28,09
OTTAWA (Reuters) – China's foreign exchange policy poses a great risk and it is a top priority of global policy makers to work toward a change, Bank of Canada Governor Mark Carney said on Wednesday.They are running a great risk with this policy. It is a cause of some of the imbalances in the global economy. It is a contributing factor to some of the vulnerabilities that have existed and were realized,Carney told a Senate committee.It is a top priority I think for all policy makers to work with the Chinese and develop a suite of policies across all major economies, including China, that are consistent with moving off of this policy.The Chinese yuan has been virtually repegged against the dollar since mid-2008, contributing to the further buildup of the country's massive foreign exchange reserves.Making his second appearance before a parliamentary committee this week, Carney repeated the central bank's view that the possibility of intervening on foreign exchange markets should be seen in the context of achieving the central bank's 2 percent inflation target.We should only use our tools that we have, which include foreign exchange intervention, in a manner that is consistent with achieving the inflation target. And that would be the objective of any policy action that we would take,he said.
Carney also repeated that the central bank does not target a specific rate for the Canadian dollar and has options, including credit and quantitative easing, if it feels further easing is needed after cutting interest rates to a record low.He said the Bank of Canada believes it is worth studying further the possibility of switching from its current inflation target to one of targeting price levels.The distinction is a fine one, but under price-level targeting the bank would aim for a specific numeric value in the consumer price index and would try to reverse any past deviation from that target.If the target were overshot, this would mean temporarily tighter monetary policy than otherwise would have been warranted.Under the central bank's current policy, which expires at the end of 2011, it tries to keep inflation at 2 percent and ignores any past deviations.It's too early to come to any conclusions. I would say the price-level targeting research merits continued focus, Carney told the Senate committee.He would not say whether the bank thought it was useful, if inflation targeting were retained, to lower the target from 2 percent.
(Writing by Jeffrey Hodgson; Editing by Leslie Adler)
Construction of controversial Baltic Sea pipeline to start next year
VALENTINA POP 28.10.2009 @ 08:17 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS – Construction on the controversial Russian-German gas pipeline through the Baltic Sea looks set to start next year, after Denmark recently gave a green light to the environmental impact of the project, Nord Stream's pointman in Brussels told this website.Back in 2005, it was dubbed the Schroder-Putin pipeline, after a controversial deal between the then German chancellor and Russian president, announced weeks before the German general elections. Mr Schroder lost the elections that year, but pocketed a well-paid job with Russia's gas giant Gazprom, as chairman of the Nord Stream consortium set to develop the pipeline.Four years later, after extensive environmental studies, the planned 1,200 km-long pipeline from Vyborg (Russia) to Greifswald (Germany) is nearing its construction phase.We received our first environmental permit on Tuesday (21 October) from Denmark and we intend to get started with construction next year,Sebastian Sass, the EU representative for the Nord Stream consortium said in an interview. He added that the other four permits needed – from Finland, Sweden, Germany and Russia - would probably be granted by the end of the year.In a parallel move, Denmark's energy company Dong recently signed a second supply contract with Gazprom Export, totalling 2 billion cubic metres of gas per year to be bought from the pipeline starting 2011, when Nord Stream is set to become functional. At full capacity, Nord Stream will have two parallel steel pipelines delivering 55 billion cubic metres of gas yearly.
The Danish go-ahead is a first breakthrough in what Mr Putin, currently the Prime Minister of Russia, has often criticised as Europe's lack of resolve to move ahead with the project, which has official EU-priority status.Mr Sass said that Gazprom, which holds 51 percent of the shares in the pipeline consortium, understands the project is only going to work if it fully complies with EU standards.Whatever Mr Putin or Ms Merkel says, it doesn't change a thing. If you look at the Finnish or Swedish legislation, it tells you exactly what the procedure is. So whatever somebody thinks, we have to comply with those procedures, otherwise we are open to appeal. And that would be the worst option,he explained.The shallow, dying Baltic Sea and especially the Gulf of Finland, pose particular environmental challenges to the developers of the €7.4 billion project. In order to have as little environmental impact as possible, Nord Stream says it will not use conventional construction methods such as digging trenches or cutting rocks to even out the seabed, but instead use gravel to fill up holes and simply go round massive rocks in the gulf. Construction will be allowed only during limited times, taking into account migratory bird and fish mating seasons.The Russian-German-Dutch consortium also has to clear some 50 unexploded munitions lying on its planned route, mostly in Finnish and Russian waters. Chemical weapons found in the vicinity of the Danish island of Bornholm would not be removed, as the Danish authorities have agreed it would be better to leave them where they are, Mr Sass said.
Estonia votes against pipeline
Meanwhile, the Estonian parliament on Tuesday (27 October) voted a resolution calling on the states concerned not to issue environmental permits, since not all the risks that the project poses have been taken into account sufficiently.Based on the UN's so-called Espoo convention regarding trans-border environmental impact, Estonia has a consultative say in the approval of the project. It cannot directly veto it, but it can submit its concerns to neighbouring states which issue the permits.The Baltic states and Poland have also raised the issue of energy security, for fear that once Germany has a direct link to Russia, Moscow will find it much easier to cut off supplies to Warsaw or Tallinn, without affecting western European consumers, as was the case in 2006.Valdur Lahtvee, chairman of the Estonian Greens faction in the parliament, said that the Schroder-Putin agreement on Nord Stream was of a similar nature to the division of the Baltic states and Polish territories into Russian and German spheres of influence before World War II.
No precise origin of Nord Stream gas
While stressing several times that the pipeline is designed to bring extra quantities of gas to European markets, not to cut volumes from existing routes via Ukraine, Belarus and Poland, Mr Sass did however acknowledge that his consortium was just a transporter and was not making any decisions on the allocation of amounts [of gas].Our arrangement says that we are being supplied from the Russian gas grid. In fact, an advantage to the project and the consumers is that we'll have diverse sources to supply from,he argued.Most of the gas is to come from a Siberian field, Yuzhno-Russkoye. At a later stage, the pipeline is supposed to be the main transporter for gas extracted from the Shtokman field in the Barents Sea. So far, development of that field has stagnated due to harsh Arctic conditions.It's hard to say where all the gas molecules will come from, already today Gazprom is purchasing amounts from Central Asia,Mr Sass said.The EU has been trying to push forward a project bypassing Russia and collecting gas from Central Asia – the so-called Nabucco pipeline through Turkey. Moscow responded to that by drawing its own project, South Stream, aimed at transporting that same Central Asian gas to Europe via a submarine pipeline through the Black Sea. Mr Sass said both these projects were needed, since Europe's gas demand was increasing and its domestic production falling.In terms of security of supply for the EU it doesn't make any sense now to pick and choose between the different projects [Nord Stream, Nabucco or South Stream], because there's only one [of them] about to become very real, that's us,he explained.
Treasury, GMAC in talks for 3rd round of US aid By Dan Strumpf, Ap Auto Writer – OCT 28,09
NEW YORK – GMAC, the former lending arm of General Motors Co., is in talks with the Treasury Department for a third injection of taxpayer aid, a further sign of the U.S. government's entrenchment in the auto industry.The government mandated earlier this year that GMAC Financial Services raise an additional $11.5 billion in capital by early November after undergoing a stress test along with 18 other banks. While other banks deemed undercapitalized have been able to raise funds from private investors, GMAC has been forced to go back to the government.In a separate move to help the company extend more loans, the company said Wednesday the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. would back a $2.9 billion debt offering.GMAC is a crucial player in the U.S. auto industry, providing wholesale financing to many General Motors and Chrysler dealerships to pay for the vehicles on their lots. The company also operates a mortgage lending unit — Residential Capital — which has been pummeled by the housing market downturn. It also runs an insurance unit and an online banking unit called Ally Bank.Having a healthy GMAC is important to us, GM CEO Fritz Henderson said in Washington on Wednesday. Henderson, who said he was not involved in the discussions for more aid to GMAC, called the lender the source of financing for GM and Chrysler.
A Treasury Department spokesman confirmed that the department is in talks with GMAC about a third helping of aid. The government already owns a 35 percent stake in GMAC after providing $12.5 billion to the lender. It also owns a majority stake in GM and a smaller stake in Chrysler.The Treasury spokesman declined to comment on whether the government's ownership stake in GM and Chrysler make it more willing to again help prop up GMAC. But Kirk Ludtke, a senior vice president of CRT Capital Group LLC in Stamford, Conn., said a viable GMAC is critical to the success of GM and Chrysler.
Citing unnamed people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal first reported late Tuesday that the U.S. government could hand over another $2.8 billion to $5.6 billion to GMAC, which is based in Detroit. The latest capital infusion would be in the form of preferred stock, the paper said. The government's stake could rise if the new preferred shares were ever converted into common stock.A GMAC spokeswoman said the company is committed to meeting the government's capital requirements but declined to comment on any negotiations with the Treasury Department.GMAC said Wednesday it will offer $2.9 billion in senior fixed-rate notes backed by the FDIC's debt-guarantee program. The offering will be used to extend credit to consumers and businesses, the company said.The FDIC took the rare step earlier this year of allowing the junk-rated company to gain access to its debt-guarantee program, called the Temporary Liquidity Guarantee Program. It agreed to guarantee up to $7.4 billion in GMAC-issued debt in case the company defaulted on payment. The $2.9 billion offering announced today represents the remainder of that guarantee, after the FDIC agreed to back $4.5 billion earlier in the year.Thomas Ferguson, an analyst with KDP Investment Advisors, said the fact that GM is privately held rather than publicly traded makes it more difficult for it to meet the government's stress-test benchmark.In Washington the company is viewed as an integral part of the U.S. auto industry's restructuring,Ferguson wrote in a report. Today's news is consistent with our view that the government will continue as a financial backstop for GMAC.
Last December, the government gave GMAC $5 billion in exchange for 5 million shares and GMAC's agreement to extend financing services to bailed-out Chrysler LLC. Then in May, the Treasury Department announced a new $7.5 billion injection for GMAC — short of the $11.5 billion the government's stress test showed the company would need to stay afloat if the economy worsens.According to the Journal, the FDIC told GMAC Tuesday that it would guarantee the remaining $2.9 billion in debt to prevent the company from being forced to reduce its lending volume.GMAC in August posted a wider second-quarter loss of $3.9 billion. Midway through the quarter, GMAC became the preferred lender for Chrysler. Last week, the Treasury Department informed Chrysler's former lender, Chrysler Financial, that it would have to shut down by the end of 2011.GMAC is scheduled to report third-quarter results next week.Associated Press Writer Ken Thomas in Washington contributed to this report.
Obama financial reforms advance in Congress By Kevin Drawbaugh – Wed Oct 28, 3:44 pm ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration made gains on Tuesday in its push for U.S. financial reform, unveiling a landmark bill to tackle systemic risk in the economy and winning congressional committee approval for a measure to expose hedge funds to more government scrutiny.The systemic risk bill would grant vast powers to a new systemic risk regulatory council, the Federal Reserve and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp to monitor and address risks to economic stability posed by shaky financial holding companies.Those deemed severely undercapitalized by the council could be restructured or even shut down by regulators. Managers could be dismissed, credit exposures limited, pay and bonuses restricted, acquisitions and new ventures blocked.In a measure meant to reverse decades of weakened oversight of Wall Street and the banks, the bill aggressively asserts government power to prevent bailouts like last year's rescues of AIG, Citigroup and Bank of America.It also attempts to shift the cost of future financial stabilization efforts toward industry and away from taxpayers by forcing financial firms with more than $10 billion in assets to foot the bill for any losses from Federal Deposit Insurance Corp actions to resolve the problems of failing firms.President Barack Obama said on Tuesday the bill was urgent and crucial to prevent excessive risk-taking by big firms.We cannot meet these tests with a set of small changes at the margin,Obama said in a letter to Barney Frank, chairman of the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee, that also stressed the importance of building a stronger financial system in which no firm was too big to fail.If approved by Congress, where industry lobbyists and Republicans were certain to push back against it in weeks ahead, the bill would form the centerpiece of a sweeping effort by Democrats to tighten bank and capital market oversight.After the worst financial crisis since the 1930s, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told a packed room of Wall Street dealers and bankers on Tuesday they could not look America in the eye and argue that financial regulation is fine as it is.
Geithner said the financial system was tragically fragile after the crisis and the government must respond by adding new regulations and strengthening old ones.It's a war of necessity, not a war of choice,he said at the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association annual meeting in New York.And it's a just war.Another part of the administration's reforms -- requiring hedge funds and private equity firms to register with the government -- won approval from Frank's committee on Tuesday.The committee already has approved bills to form a new watchdog agency to protect consumers of mortgages and credit cards, and to regulate over-the-counter derivatives.The full House was expected to vote as early as Thursday on the financial consumer watchdog bill, also a central piece of the administration's reform program.Frank will meet this week with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson to reconcile their panels' OTC derivatives bills, said Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Gary Gensler on Tuesday at a roundtable meeting.
The CFTC is working with both panels, which are targeting a vote on the House floor for a single bill next week, he said.Frank's committee was expected to vote on Wednesday on a bill to regulate credit rating agencies. The panel put off for now a proposed bill to set up a new National Insurance Office to monitor insurers, which are now policed at the state level.While House Democrats have been making steady progress on financial reforms, despite stiff resistance from lobbyists and Republicans, the Senate has been moving very slowly. Key lawmakers in the upper chamber of Congress are still far apart of key issues, including the consumer watchdog, known as the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, aides said.(Reporting by Kevin Drawbaugh, Rachelle Younglai, Lisa Lambert, Ross Colvin and Charles Abbott, with Al Yoon and Walden Siew in New York; editing by Carol Bishopric).
Stocks slide as new home sales fall By Tim Paradis, Ap Business Writer – OCT 28,09
NEW YORK – Signs of a weaker housing market and a gloomier outlook on the economy gave investors more reasons to dump stocks.Major market indexes fell by the largest amount in about a month Wednesday after the Commerce Department said new home sales dropped for the first time in five months. Sales slid 3.6 percent in September to 402,000. Analysts had expected an increase.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 119 points, or 1.2 percent, in its third straight triple-digit drop.The Nasdaq composite index fell 2.7 percent, while the Russell 2000 index of smaller companies tumbled 3.5percent. Many of the stocks in both indexes are considered more risky in a tough economy and so they suffered some of the biggest losses.The retreat came as Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reduced its expectation for the nation's economic output for the July-September period. Goldman Sachs predicts third-quarter gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 2.7 percent, weaker than its earlier forecast of 3 percent.
The government's report on third-quarter GDP is due Thursday. Economists are looking for growth at an annual rate of 3.3 percent after a record four straight quarters of contraction.The day's slide signaled that investors were reassessing their hopes for a recovery in the economy. Demand for safe-havens like Treasurys rose as did shares of companies whose business is expected to fare better in a slump. Stocks of consumer staples companies like Procter & Gamble Co., which makes Tide detergent and Gillette razors, edged higher.Energy, financial and retail stocks posted some of the biggest losses.Analysts said the market's slide in the past week isn't surprising given the size of the advance in the past eight months and mixed economic readings.
I'm not panicked at the moment,said Manny Weintraub, president of Integre Advisors in New York.I don't think anyone expected a super robust recovery.Stocks struggled Tuesday after a disappointing report on consumer confidence stirred worries about the strength of the coming holiday shopping period.Wednesday's drop was the biggest for stocks since Oct. 1, when traders grappled with worries about jobs and manufacturing.The Dow fell 119.48, or 1.2 percent, to 9,762.69. The index is down in five of the past seven days.Broader indexes fell for a fourth straight day, the longest streak of losses in about a month.The Standard & Poor's 500 index slid 20.78, or 2 percent, to 1,042.63. The Nasdaq dropped 56.48, or 2.7 percent, to 2,059.61.
The Russell 2000 index fell 20.63, or 3.5 percent, to 566.36.At the New York Stock Exchange 2,777 stocks fell, while 322 rose. Consolidated volume came to 6.7 billion shares compared with 5.4 billion Tuesday.Overseas markets also tumbled. Bill Schultz, chief investment officer at McQueen, Ball & Associates in Bethlehem, Pa., said investors are looking at the latest data and worrying that the market has risen too much in anticipation of a recovery. The S&P 500 index is up 54.1 percent from a 12-year low in March, though it is down 5 percent since the start of last week, when it finished at its highest level in more than a year.The biggest slide since the market began rebounding eight months ago was a 7 percent slide from mid-June to mid-July.You're starting to see some trepidation about how we move forward,Schultz said. He said the market is likely to stall without improvements in how much revenue companies bring in and better readings on unemployment.With about half the companies in the S&P 500 index having reported third-quarter results, revenue is down 7.5 percent, according Thomson Reuters. The unemployment rate stands at 9.8 percent and is expected to top 10 percent.A strengthening dollar has weighed on commodities prices. That has hurt stocks. The ICE Futures US dollar index rose for a fifth straight day Wednesday, its longest advance since the start of July.Bond prices rose as investors sought safety. That sent yields lower. The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note fell to 3.42 percent from 3.45 percent late Tuesday.Crude oil fell $2.09 to settle at $77.46 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Gold fell.
The drop in oil weighed on shares of energy companies. Oilfield services company Schlumberger Ltd. fell $2.66, or 4.1 percent, to $62.27.Financial stocks fell after GMAC Financial Services brought reminders of troubles still hitting many lenders. The former financing arm of General Motors Co. is in talks with the Treasury Department for a third bailout. The company has been among the financial firms hardest hit by rising loan defaults and troubled credit markets. The government holds a 35 percent stake in GMAC after giving it $12.5 billion in bailout money. Home builders fell after the sales data. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. slid 41 cents, or 9.5 percent, to $3.89. Toll Brothers Inc. fell 99 cents, or 5.5 percent, to $16.95.The drop in new home sales follows a report from the National Association of Realtors last week that sales of existing home posted the biggest increase in 26 years in September. Some buyers were trying to get ahead of a tax credit set to expire.Britain's FTSE 100 fell 2.3 percent, Germany's DAX index fell 2.5 percent, and France's CAC-40 slid 2.1 percent. Japan's Nikkei stock average fell 1.4 percent.
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