Saturday, February 12, 2011
WALID SHOEBAT INTERVIEWS
Jim Grant: The Fed Is Now In The Business Of Manipulating The Stock Market...Should Confess It Has Sinned Grievously By Tyler Durden Created 01/28/2011 - 16:03AUDIO ON LINK
Jim Grant, who will never be accused of being a fan of the Criminal Reserve, and whose views on what will happen to asset prices in a printer-happy world are gradually being validated, appeared on Bloomberg TV, telling Margaret Brennan upfront that Bernanke owes the world an apology. Alas, after various revolutions around the world have been catalyzed by Bernanke's policies, we have a feeling that ever more oppressed people will soon see the Printer in Chief as a patron saint of violent revolution, alas against crony regimes fully supported by the US (and hopefully the US will view it the same way when its time comes). That aside, Grant's criticism of the Fed should really start to grate on the Chaircreature: I think what would be very good for the Fed if there would be a confession, the Fed should confess that it has sinned grievously, and is in violation of every single precept of its founders and every single convention of classical central banking. Quantitative Easing is a symptom of the difficulties that the Fed has created for itself. The Fed is running a balance sheet which if it were the balance sheet attached to a bank in the private sector would probably move the FDIC to shut it down. The New York Branch of the Fed is leveraged more than 80 to 1.Meaning, that a loss of asset value of less than 1.5% would send it into receivership if it were a different kind of institution...The Fed is now in the business of manipulating the stock market.Jim also has some very critical discussions on how the Fed never settles up on the $3.4 trillion in custodial debt on its books. As always, we can't get enough as more and more mainstream figures turn to bashing that biggest abortion of modern capital markets.
RAND PAUL SAY NO TO PATRIOT ACT
DOUG HAGMANN HOUR 2 FRI FEB 11,11 ON PATRIOT ACT
CANADA-USA INTEGRATION ON TERRORISM
LAURIE ROTHS SITE
DOUG HAGMANNS SITES
CANADA FREE PRESS-JUDI MCLEOD
THIS PATRIOT ACT PASSAGE WILL AFFECT US OVER HERE IN CANADA TO BECAUSE HARPER AND OBAMA SIGNED A SECRET DECREE THAT BRINGS OUR INTEGRATED ECONOMIES AND SURVELLENCE AND TERRORISM ACTS ALL TOGETHER.SO THIS MEANS CANADIANS CAN BE WATCHED BY ALL THE SURVELLENCE MOVES THAT THE U.S. USES IN THIS PATRIOT ACT.THEY CAN LISTEN IN ON US THREW OUR PHONES,COMPUTERS AND IF YOU GOT HD ON YOUR TV THEY CAN EVEN WATCH YOUR MOVES AND HEAR WHAT YOU SAY THROUGH YOUR TV,COMPUTER EVEN WHEN ITS TURNED OFF.SO YES THIS PASSAGE OF THE PATRIOT ACT IN AMERICA WILL AFFECT US OVER HERE IN CANADA.THE GOVERNMENTS CAN WATCH US WITH ANY WAY THEY WANT WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS.WE ARE DEFINATELY UNDER MARTIAL LAW LIKE AMERICA IS.
House passes Patriot Act rule, clears way for passage FEB 10,11 By Josiah Ryan THE HILL
The House passed a rule Thursday setting up a second vote to extend Patriot Act surveillance authorities until Dec. 8. The new rule clears the way for the legislation to be passed by just a simple majority, after the same bill failed to win a two-thirds majority under a suspension of House rules earlier in the week. In the suspension vote, more than two dozen Republicans bucked their leadership and joined Democrats to sink the extension.In floor debate preceding Thursday's vote on the rule, Democrats jabbed Republicans for dropping the first vote and protested the closed rule for the second vote, which prevents amendments.Rep. Sheila Jackson (D-Texas) said Republicans were practicing unique trickery by calling the bill back for a second vote.We have a right to have a voice and that voice has already been expressed, said Lee. What more needs to be said?
Some Democrats said they would have proposed an amendment that extended the law for only 60 days. But in many ways the floor discussion mirrored the debate earlier in the week.Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) called the Patriot Act a destructive undermining of constitutional principals and the rights of people to be secure in their homes.But Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) countered that if the law were unconstitutional, the courts would have struck it down by now. He also accused Kucinich of making up arguments.Some Democrats argued that Republicans should have held hearings on the Patriot Act before rushing through an extension. But Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) said Democrats did not require a hearing when they passed an extension last year, and pledging to push for committee hearings later this year. The House could take up the Patriot Act extension bill as early as Friday. The Senate is expected to take up the Patriot Act next week, but is looking at bills that would extend the three surveillance authorities for at least three years.
House clears way for PATRIOT Act extension
By David Edwards Friday, February 11th, 2011 -- 9:20 am
The US House of Representatives voted Thursday night to clear the road for an extension of controversial provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act.The final vote was 248 to 176, largely along party lines. Just 4 Republicans voted against the extension, while only 15 Democrats voted for it.Under the House bill, the act would be extended until Dec. 8. A vote was planned for Monday.Democrats protested a Republican plan to hold the vote under the closed rule, which prevented amendments. The last PATRIOT Act extension was passed in Feb. 2010.Thursday's House vote paved the way for a second ballot on the PATRIOT Act, allowing it to clear the chamber with a simple majority. An earlier vote failed when it did not obtain a two thirds majority.
The Wednesday vote was 23 votes short of the two-thirds majority needed to pass it under a procedure that allows bills that aren't controversial to pass quickly.
When the act was first signed into law, Congress put in some sunset provisions to quiet the concerns of civil libertarians, but they were ignored by successive extensions. Unfortunately, those concerns proved to be well founded, and a 2008 Justice Department report confirmed that the FBI regularly abused their ability to obtain personal records of Americans without a warrant.The only real sign of strong opposition to the act was in 2005, when a Democratic threat to filibuster its first renewal was overcome by Senate Republicans.The Obama administration had called for the act to be extended for three years, two years longer than Republicans were seeking.As a US Senator and candidate for the presidency, Barack Obama never actually argued for a repeal of the Bush administration's security initiatives. Instead, he's consistently argued for enhanced judicial oversight and a pullback on the most extreme elements of the bill, such as the use of National Security Letters to search people's personal records without a court-issued warrant.A prior version of this article said the House had passed the PATRIOT Act extension.-- With earlier reporting by Daniel Tencer and Stephen C. Webster
IT WAS FEB 4,11 WHEN OBAMA,HARPER SIGNED THIS SECRET INTEGRATION OF OUR SERVELLENCE AND TERRORISM WATCHING ACTS.HERE IS THE REMARKS BY HARPER,OBAMA ON FEB 4,11
The White House-Office of the Press Secretary-For Immediate Release February 04, 2011Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada in Joint Press Availability South Court Auditorium 3:21 P.M. EST
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everyone. Please be seated.
I am very pleased to be welcoming my great friend and partner, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, back to the White House to reaffirm our extraordinary friendship and cooperation between the United States and Canada. I’d like to talk a bit about what we accomplished today, and then address the situation unfolding in Egypt.The United States and Canada are not simply allies, not simply neighbors; we are woven together like perhaps no other two countries in the world. We’re bound together by our societies, by our economies, by our families -- which reminds me my brother-in-law’s birthday is today and I have to call him. (Laughter.) And in our many meetings together I’ve come to value Stephen’s candor and his focus on getting results, both when it comes to our two countries and to meeting global challenges. Although I, unfortunately, have not yet had the pleasure of seeing him and his band jam to the Rolling Stones —- but I’m told the videos have become a sensation on YouTube. So I'll be checking those out after this bilateral. (Laughter.)
We’ve had a very successful day. Our focus has been on how we increase jobs and economic growth on both sides of the border. Canada is our largest trading partner and the top destination for American exports, supporting some 1.7 million jobs here. So today we’ve agreed to several important steps to increase trade, improve our competitiveness, and create jobs for both our people.First, we agreed to a new vision for managing our shared responsibilities —- not just at the border but beyond the border. That means working more closely to improve border security with better screening, new technologies and information-sharing among law enforcement, as well as identifying threats early. It also means finding new ways to improve the free flow of goods and people. Because with over a billion dollars in trade crossing the border every single day, smarter border management is key to our competitiveness, our job creation, and my goal of doubling U.S. exports.
And, Mr. Prime Minister, I thank you for your leadership and commitment to reaching this agreement.We’ve directed our teams to develop an action plan to move forward quickly. And I’m confident that we’re going to get this done so that our shared border enhances our shared prosperity.Second, we’re launching a new effort to get rid of outdated regulations that stifle trade and job creation. Like the government-wide review that I ordered last month, we need to obviously strike the right balance -— protecting our public health and safety, and making it easier and less expensive for American and Canadians to trade and do business, for example, in the auto industry. And a new council that we’re creating today will help make that happen.Third, we discussed a wide range of ways to promote trade and investment, from clean energy partnerships to the steps Canada can take to strengthen intellectual property rights.
And we discussed a range of common security challenges, including Afghanistan, where our forces serve and sacrifice together. Today, I want to thank Prime Minister Harper for Canada’s decision to shift its commitment to focus on training Afghan forces. As we agreed with our Lisbon -- or our NATO and coalition allies in Lisbon, the transition to Afghan lead for security will begin this year, and Canada’s contribution will be critical to achieving that mission and keeping both our countries safe.Finally, we discussed our shared commitment to progress with our partners in the Americas, including greater security cooperation. And I especially appreciated the Prime Minister’s perspective on the region as I prepare for my trip to Central and South America next month.Let me close by saying a few words about the situation in Egypt. This is obviously still a fluid situation and we’re monitoring it closely, so I'll make just a few points.First, we continue to be crystal-clear that we oppose violence as a response to this crisis. In recent days, we’ve seen violence and harassment erupt on the streets of Egypt that violates human rights, universal values and international norms. So we are sending a strong and unequivocal message: Attacks on reporters are unacceptable. Attacks on human rights activists are unacceptable. Attacks on peaceful protesters are unacceptable.The Egyptian government has a responsibility to protect the rights of its people. Those demonstrating also have a responsibility to do so peacefully. But everybody should recognize a simple truth: The issues at stake in Egypt will not be resolved through violence or suppression. And we are encouraged by the restraint that was shown today. We hope that it continues.
Second, the future of Egypt will be determined by its people. It’s also clear that there needs to be a transition process that begins now. That transition must initiate a process that respects the universal rights of the Egyptian people and that leads to free and fair elections.The details of this transition will be worked by Egyptians. And my understanding is that some discussions have begun. But we are consulting widely within Egypt and with the international community to communicate our strong belief that a successful and orderly transition must be meaningful. Negotiations should include a broad representation of the Egyptian opposition, and this transition must address the legitimate grievances of those who seek a better future.Third, we want to see this moment of turmoil turn into a moment of opportunity. The entire world is watching. What we hope for and what we will work for is a future where all of Egyptian society seizes that opportunity. Right now a great and ancient civilization is going through a time of tumult and transformation. And even as there are grave challenges and great uncertainty, I am confident that the Egyptian people can shape the future that they deserve. And as they do, they will continue to have a strong friend and partner in the United States of America.
Mr. Prime Minister.
PRIME MINISTER HARPER: Well, first of all, thank you, Barack. Both thank you for your friendship both personal and national. And thank you for all the work you’ve done and all of your people have done to bring us to our announcement today.
[Speaks in French.]And I will just repeat that.
Today, President Obama and I are issuing a declaration on our border, but it is, of course, much more than that. It is a declaration on our relationship. Over the past nearly 200 years, our two countries have progressively developed the closest, warmest, most integrated and most successful relationship in the world. We are partners, neighbors, allies, and, most of all, we are true friends.In an age of expanding opportunities but also of grave dangers, we share fundamental interests and values just as we face common challenges and threats.
At the core of this friendship is the largest bilateral trading relationship in history. And since the signing of the Canada-U.S. free trade agreement, a milestone in the development of the modern era of globalization, that partnership has grown spectacularly.Not only is the U.S. Canada’s major export market, Canada is also America’s largest export market -- larger than China, larger than Mexico, larger than Japan, larger than all the countries of the European Union combined. Eight million jobs in the United States are supported by your trade with Canada. And Canada is the largest, the most secure, the most stable, and the friendliest supplier of that most vital of all America’s purchases -- energy.It is in both our interests to ensure that our common border remains open and efficient, but it is just as critical that it remains secure and in the hands of the vigilant and the dedicated. Just as we must continually work to ensure that inertia and bureaucratic sclerosis do not impair the legitimate flow of people, goods and services across our border, so, too, we must up our game to counter those seeking new ways to harm us.
And I say us because as I have said before, a threat to the United States is a threat to Canada -- to our trade, to our interests, to our values, to our common civilization. Canada has no friends among America’s enemies, and America has no better friend than Canada.The declaration President Obama and I are issuing today commits our governments to find new ways to exclude terrorists and criminals who pose a threat to our peoples. It also commits us to finding ways to eliminate regulatory barriers to cross-border trade and travel, because simpler rules lead to lower costs for business and consumers, and ultimately to more jobs.Shared information, joint planning, compatible procedures and inspection technology will all be key tools. They make possible the effective risk management that will allow us to accelerate legitimate flows of people and goods between our countries while strengthening our physical security and economic competitiveness.So we commit to expanding our management of the border to the concept of a North American perimeter, not to replace or eliminate the border but, where possible, to streamline and decongest it.There is much work to do. The declaration marks the start of this endeavor, not the end; an ambitious agenda between two countries, sovereign and able to act independently when we so choose according to our own laws and aspirations, but always understanding this -- that while a border defines two peoples, it need not divide them. That is the fundamental truth to which Canadians and Americans have borne witness for almost two centuries. And through our mutual devotion to freedom, democracy and justice at home and abroad, it is the example we seek to demonstrate for all others.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: All right, we’ve got time for a couple of questions. I’m going to start with Alister Bull.
Q Thank you very much, Mr. President. Is it conceivable to you that a genuine process of democratic reform can begin in Egypt while President Mubarak remains in power, or do you think his stepping aside is needed for reform even to begin? And to Prime Minister Harper, on the energy issue, did you discuss Canada’s role as a secure source of oil for the United States, and in particular, did you receive any assurances the U.S. administration looks favorably on TransCanada’s proposed Keystone Pipeline to the Gulf Coast? Thank you.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I have had two conversations with President Mubarak since this crisis in Egypt began, and each time I've emphasized the fact that the future of Egypt is going to be in the hands of Egyptians. It is not us who will determine that future. But I have also said that in light of what’s happened over the last two weeks, going back to the old ways is not going to work. Suppression is not going to work. Engaging in violence is not going to work. Attempting to shut down information flows is not going to work.In order for Egypt to have a bright future -- which I believe it can have -- the only thing that will work is moving a orderly transition process that begins right now, that engages all the parties, that leads to democratic practices, fair and free elections, a representative government that is responsive to the grievances of the Egyptian people.Now, I believe that President Mubarak cares about his country. He is proud, but he’s also a patriot. And what I've suggested to him is, is that he needs to consult with those who are around him in his government. He needs to listen to what’s being voiced by the Egyptian people and make a judgment about a pathway forward that is orderly, but that is meaningful and serious.And I believe that -- he’s already said that he’s not going to run for reelection. This is somebody who’s been in power for a very long time in Egypt. Having made that psychological break, that decision that he will not be running again, I think the most important for him to ask himself, for the Egyptian government to ask itself, as well as the opposition to ask itself, is how do we make that transition effective and lasting and legitimate.And as I said before, that's not a decision ultimately the United States makes or any country outside of Egypt makes. What we can do, though, is affirm the core principles that are going to be involved in that transition. If you end up having just gestures towards the opposition but it leads to a continuing suppression of the opposition, that's not going to work. If you have the pretense of reform but not real reform, that's not going to be effective.And as I said before, once the President himself announced that he was not going to be running again, and since his term is up relatively shortly, the key question he should be asking himself is, how do I leave a legacy behind in which Egypt is able to get through this transformative period. And my hope is, is that he will end up making the right decision.
PRIME MINISTER HARPER: You asked me about the question of energy, and, yes, we did discuss the matter you raised. And let me just say this in that context. I think it is clear to anyone who understands this issue that the need of the United States for fossil fuels far in excess of its ability to produce such energy will be the reality for some time to come. And the choice that the United States faces in all of these matters is whether to increase its capacity, to accept such energy from the most secure, most stable and friendliest location it can possibly get that energy, which is Canada, or from other places that are not as secure, stable or friendly to the interests and values of the United States.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: I think we’ve got a Canadian reporter.
Q Prime Minister, can you answer this in English and French? Canadians will be asking how much of our sovereignty and our privacy rights will be given up to have more open borders and an integrated economy. And while I have you on your feet, I want to ask you about Egypt, as well, whether you feel that Mr. Mubarak should be stepping down sooner, it would help the transition? And, Mr. President, on the sovereignty issue, you're welcome to answer it -- you don't have to speak in French, though. (Laughter.)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you. (Laughter.) Now, I love French, but I'm just not very capable of speaking it. (Laughter.)
PRIME MINISTER HARPER: On the question of sovereignty, this declaration is not about sovereignty. We are sovereign countries who have the capacity to act as we choose to act. The question that faces us is to make sure we act in a sovereign way that serves Canada’s interests. It is in Canada’s interests to work with our partners in the United States to ensure that our borders are secure, and ensure that we can trade and travel across them as safely and as openly as possible within the context of our different laws.And that is what we're trying to achieve here. We share security threats that are very similar on both sides of the border. We share an integrated economic space where it doesn’t make sense to constantly check the same cargo over and over again -- if we can do that at a perimeter, if we can decongest the border, that's what we should be doing. If we can -- if we can harmonize regulations in ways that avoid unnecessary duplication and red tape for business -- these are things that we need to do.So that's what this is all about. This is about the safety of Canadians and it is about creating jobs and economic growth for the Canadian economy.Let me maybe -- I'll do French and then I'll come to Egypt.(Speaks in French.)On the question of Egypt, let me just agree fully with what President Obama has said. I don't think there is any doubt from anyone who is watching the situation that transition is occurring and will occur in Egypt. The question is what kind of transition this will be and how it will lead. It is ultimately up to the Egyptian people to decide who will govern them.What we want to be sure is that we lead towards a future that is not simply more democratic, but a future where that democracy is guided by such values as non-violence, as the rule of law, as respect and respect for human rights, including the rights of minorities, including the rights of religious minorities.(Speaks in French.)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: With respect to security issues and sovereignty issues, obviously, Canada and the United States are not going to match up perfectly on every measure with respect to how we balance security issues, privacy issues, openness issues. But we match up more than probably any country on Earth.We have this border that benefits when it is open. The free flow of goods and services results in huge economic benefits for both sides. And so the goal here is to make sure that we are coordinating closely and that as we are taking steps and measures to ensure both openness and security, that we’re doing so in ways that enhances the relationship as opposed to creates tensions in the relationship. And we are confident that we’re going to be able to achieve that.We’ve already made great progress just over the last several years on various specific issues. What we’re trying to do now is to look at this in a more comprehensive fashion, so that it’s not just border security issues, but it’s a broader set of issues involved. And I have great confidence that Prime Minister Harper is going to be very protective of certain core values of Canada, just as I would be very protective of the core values of the United States, and those won’t always match up perfectly.And I thought -- I agree even more with his answer in French. (Laughter.)All right. Thank you very much, everybody.
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Friday, February 11, 2011
VICTORY FOR THE WORLDS CITIZENS
UNDERSTANDING WORLD GOVERNMENT
BANK OF INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENT PRESS
BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS PAPER 17 REGIONAL AREAS OF THE WORLD AND CURRENCIES
BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS SITE
G-10 PRESS RELEASES FROM BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS
BIS ANNUAL REPORTS
CENTRAL BANKERS SPEECHES
BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS-NEW WORLD ORDER-JULY 10,10 HOURS 1 & 2
RAND PAUL SAY NO TO PATRIOT ACT
THE BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS IS THE CENTRAL BANK OF THE WORLD THAT LENDS ONLY TO CENTRAL BANKERS AROUND THE GLOBE.THE IMF LENDS TO THE COUNTRIES BANKS OF THE WORLD.BETWEEN THIS BANK AND THE IMF I BELIEVE WILL BE THE BANKS OF THE WORLD.THE IMF THE WORLD BANK AND THE POLICEMAN OF THE IMF THE BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS WHERE WE PAY OUT CAP & TRADE,CLIMATE,ENERGY SCAM TAXES TOO TO PAY FOR THE WORLD GOVERNMENT.THE GLOBAL CURRENCY WILL BE THE SDRS OR SPECIAL DRAWING RIGHTS UNTILL THE EU INVENTS THE WORLD MICROCHIP IMPLANT SYSTEM THEN THE EU WILL MAKE ALL TAKE THE IMPLANT OR BE MURDERED.
IMF chief urges global monetary reform
by Veronica Smith - FEB 10,11
WASHINGTON (AFP) – IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn on Thursday said the currencies of China and other emerging economies should play a greater role in global finance, as part of a bid to promote monetary stability.Strauss-Kahn, the managing director of the 187-nation International Monetary Fund, backed the inclusion of the yuan in a basket of currencies that makes up the IMF's Special Drawing Rights, a type of reserve currency.Strauss-Kahn also advocated an expanded role for the SDR to help to bolster the monetary system in the face of damaging volatility.Noting the only way the world survived the 2008 financial crisis was through extraordinary international policy cooperation, he warned: Global imbalances are back.Issues that were worrisome before the crisis -- large and volatile capital flows, exchange rate pressures, rapidly growing excess reserves -- were on the front burner once again, the managing director said at an IMF panel discussion on international monetary reform.
If the problems were left unresolved, they could even sow the seeds of the next crisis,he warned.Such reform would help address the root of those global imbalances and bolster the system's ability to prevent future crises.When we worry about the deficiencies of the international monetary system, we are mostly worrying about volatility: a sense that money sometimes flows around the globe in too volatile a fashion, and that countries need a more stable, more predictable external environment in order to prosper, the former French Socialist finance minister said.
Strauss-Kahn recalled that the IMF has been working to limit that volatility through several approaches: by strengthening coordination of economic and monetary policy, stepping up surveillance of capital flows and improving its financial safety net for member nations in need.Under a mandate from the Group of 20 developed and emerging economies, representing about 90 percent of global output, the IMF has launched a mutual assessment process that takes into account the global effect of country-level policies.France, which holds the rotating G20 presidency this year, has put currency reform at the top of its agenda. Strauss-Kahn's remarks were his clearest yet showing an alignment with the remedies proposed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
As part of a reform toolkit, Strauss-Kahn suggested a central role for Special Drawing Rights.Over time, there may also be a role for the SDR to contribute to a more stable international monetary system, he said.A key move would be expanding the SDR basket, which currently includes four major currencies: the dollar, euro, yen and pound.Adding emerging market currencies -- such as the renminbi -- could help the process of internationalization of these currencies, which would benefit the system as a whole, he said, referring to the official name of the Chinese yuan.
SDRs were created in 1969 to serve as an international reserve asset alongside gold and the dollar. But they have never been a major player in the global system. Under current SDR criteria, a currency must be freely usable.The United States, the biggest IMF stakeholder, cautiously welcomed the proposal, but a senior official said the yuan's status would depend on whether Beijing allows the currency to trade freely.Washington accuses China of keeping the yuan undervalued in order to gain an unfair trade advantage. It is very important that the currencies in that basket be freely usable and be large in international transactions, said Treasury undersecretary Lael Brainard.A separate IMF report Thursday, on a January 28 meeting of the executive board comprising 24 countries and groups of countries, said: Many remained unconvinced at this stage that there is a key role for the SDR in the process of monetary reform.However, the idea of expanding the SDR basket attracted strong support.Many urged staff to assess promptly the potential for expanding the basket to include currencies of large emerging market economies in line with their growing role in global trade and finance.But a number of directors cautioned that including currencies that are not fully convertible -- such as the dollar-pegged yuan -- could reduce the attractiveness of the SDR.
Globalists Push SDRs as World Reserve Currency
Kurt Nimmo Infowars.com February 11, 2011
Once again the IMF is calling for SDRs, short for Special Drawing Rights, to replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency.Over time, there may also be a role for the SDR to contribute to a more stable international monetary system, said Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the IMF. He said there are some technical hurdles involved with SDRs, but he believes they could help correct global imbalances and shore up the global financial system.In addition to creating a globalist fiat currency controlled by the financial elite and their central banks, the IMF is proposing the creation of SDR-denominated bonds, which would reduce the use of U.S. Treasuries if implemented. The IMF also suggested that assets such as oil and gold, which are currently traded in U.S. dollars, should be priced using SDRs.The nominal value of an SDR is derived from a basket of currencies – specifically, a fixed amount of Japanese Yen, US Dollars, British Pounds and Euros. The IMF cooked up the SDR scheme in 1969. It was originally intended to be the primary asset held in foreign exchange reserves under Bretton Woods, but after the collapse of that system in the early 1970s – a victim of the bankster plan to send the U.S. deficit into the stratosphere – SDRs took on a far less important role.
Following the onset of the engineered global financial crisis in 2008, the so-called BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – led primarily by Russia and China, have called for dumping the dollar and moving into a global currency scheme. The SDR facility stands ready.The IMF and the globalists plan to elevate China and undermine the United States. Strauss-Kahn told reporters last June in a news briefing that he believed there would be more pressure to include yuan, also known as the renminbi, among SDR currencies.Early in 2009, China issued an aggressive call to dump the dollar and move into SDRs. The role of the SDR has not been put into full play due to limitations on its allocation and the scope of its uses. However, it serves as the light in the tunnel for the reform of the international monetary system, said Zhou Xiaochuan, governor of the People’s Bank of China.The IMF, however, has so far held off on spiking international foreign exchange reserve assets with the yuan. The problem is that China has yet to liberalize its currency, in other words the authoritarian state has yet to allow central banks to hold yuan-denominated deposits without restriction. In June, the United Nations called for abandoning the U.S. dollar as the main global reserve currency, saying it has been unable to safeguard value.In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way, said Franklin D. Roosevelt.Same thing can be said for economics. The banksters have purposely attacked the dollar in order to move us into a globalist world currency.
Federal Reserve operative and current U.S. Treasury boss Tim Geithner gave the SDR concept a nod during the globalist G20 confab in London. During the meeting, it was announced that the IMF would have a trillion dollars allocated to its coffers and an increase in the SDR facility of $250 billion.The globalist plan to establish a world currency began in earnest after the Second World War when John Maynard Keynes and the British government proposed the Bancor as a world reserve currency or – as the globalists like to call it – a supranational currency. At the time, it was decided under Bretton Woods that the U.S. dollar would serve as the world’s reserve currency.Keynes approach gained renewed favor among establishment economists and central banksters after the engineered financial crisis.The Federal Reserve is facilitating the move into a world currency controlled by the IMF and the globalist central banks by quantitative easing, that is to say devaluing the U.S. dollar by cranking up the printing press.As investor Marc Faber noted last year, this funny money intervention by the Federal Reserve is going to create a final crisis that will destroy the U.S. financial system. The Fed will print and print and print until the final crisis wipes out the whole system, Faber warned.Following that engineered destruction, there will be desperate and hysterical calls to embrace the SDR scheme and adopt the globalist world economic order.
Council going after blog mayor says slanders staff
By PAUL JANKOWSKI, SUN TIMES STAFF FEB 10,11 THE SUN TIMES
South Bruce Peninsula council is going after an unnamed blog that Mayor John Close says has slandered town staff.A resolution that followed a closed-door session Tuesday called for information regarding the possible identity of a contributor to the blog be passed along to the (municipality's) lawyer and further that any costs in this matter be borne by the town.A news release issued Wednesday -- and sent out over the names of every council member -- states: The council for the Town of South Bruce Peninsula wish to make a public statement indicating their support of their CAO, Rhonda Cook and of all town staff. Staff is hired to implement the decisions of council and to run an effective administrative office. These staff are an important and integral part of the public process however, they are to be treated respectfully by members of council and the public alike.This council endeavours to uphold the standards set out in Bill 168 . . . regarding workplace violence and harassment. Bill 168 is very clear regarding an employee's right to be free from harassment. Harassment includes but is not limited to statements or actions which are offensive, unwanted or intimidating. Council will not tolerate the harassment of its employees.
Asked if the release had anything to do with several recent in-camera sessions which included discussion about an unnamed blog, Close said: It certainly does.Close said he was not at liberty to name the individual or the blog site involved but quite honestly I'm sure everybody knows who we're talking about. Council is pretty confident on the possible identity of a contributor, so we are going to follow this up . . . We fully intend to take this to its conclusion.The news release, he added, makes it clear council is in full support of Rhonda Cook, our CAO that leads an incredible and professional group of staff. This council is going to take a zero tolerance to anybody who feels at liberty to just slander our staff . . . I can't tell you how much council is behind this. We're not going to tolerate it. We have a community we're proud of and we're going to build it. Those who want to slander, that's the end of it,he said.Meaford council has also threatened to take legal action against an unnamed blog for statements posted on it about municipal staff and Mayor Francis Richardson during the last municipal election campaign. A lawyer hired by the municipality obtained a court order in November that required Google and Bell Canada to provide the municipality with the names of the people associated with postings on the blog.Meaford has not yet made those names public, but a defamation suit is still a possibility, David Kennedy, Meaford's deputy CAO, said Wednesday.
Article ID# 2971665
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,(WORLD SOCIALISM) 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 FRI FEB 11,2011
09:30 AM -3.25
10:00 AM -23.84
10:30 AM -13.70
11:00 AM +22.42
11:30 AM +34.51
12:00 PM +15.18
12:30 PM +10.03
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02:00 PM +27.40
02:30 PM +38.48
03:00 PM +49.01
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04:00 PM +43.97 12,273.26
S&P 500 1329.15 +7.28
NASDAQ 2809.44 +18.99
GOLD 1,357.50 -5.00
OIL 85.47 -1.26
TSE 300 13,766.80 -73.80
CDNX 2357.56 +9.74
S&P/TSX/60 789.87 -5.56
YEAR TO DATE PERFORMANCE
Dow -46 points at 4 minutes of trading today.
Dow -47 points at low today.
Dow +51 points at high today so far.
GOLD opens at $1,363.10.OIL opens at $86.33 today.
Dow -47 points at low today so far.
Dow +51 points at high today so far.
Dow -47 points at low today.
Dow +51 points at high today.
GOLD ALLTIME HIGH $1,427.40 (NOT AT CLOSE)
OH MAN ANYTHING IMMORAL GETS TO LOOK LIKE NORMAL ACTIVITY.THIS IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL.JUST REDICULAS.DEAR FATHER GOD NOW WE KNOW WHY THE JUDGEMENTS ARE COMING ON THE EARTH FOR GOING AGAINST YOUR LAWS.(10 COMMANDMENTS).AND CLAIMING EVIL AS GOOD,NORMAL ACTIVITY.
MPs pass bill to protect ill-defined group THE SUN TIMES
By Brian Lilley, Parliamentary Bureau - FEB 10,11
OTTAWA - Gender expression and gender identity are one step closer to being prohibited grounds for discrimination in Canada after MPs voted to pass bill C-389 through third reading in the House of Commons. The vote passed 143 to 135 and now goes on to the Senate.The bill, which never defines what gender expression or gender identity are, amends both the criminal code and the human rights act to make it a crime to discriminate on those grounds. Those who do would face harsher sentences for any crimes or could face a complaint through the Canadian Human Rights Commission.It's clear to me, when you talk to transgendered and transexual Canadians, they face really significant discrimination and prejudice in our society, said Bill Siksay, the NDP MP behind the bill.Conservative MP Daryl Kramp said he's heard from plenty of constituents that they don't want him backing the bill.I think there's already protection in the Charter, so why compound a protection that already exists? asked Kramp.
Liberal MPs backing the bill said they were supporting the bill to support Charter rights.All people should be protected by the Charter and all our laws, said John McCallum.It's all about human rights, said Carolyn Bennett. This has been a long fight for fairness for some of the most discriminated against people.Pastor Charles McVety, a family advocate and head of Canada Christian College, called the bill a danger to children.If gender identity is enshrined in the criminal code of Canada, any male at any time will be permitted in girls bathrooms, showers and change rooms as long as they have an innate feeling of being female, McVety said. If I then try to stop such a man from showering with my little girl at the local pool I will be in breach of the criminal code of Canada and could face imprisonment for two years.
McVety added that passing the bill will mean transgendered issues will end up in school lesson plans across Canada.Most Liberal, NDP and Bloc members voted for the bill while most Conservatives voted against the bill. Among the Conservatives voting for the bill were four cabinet ministers, Lisa Raitt, John Baird, Lawrence Cannon and James Moore.Article ID# 2970919
2 PETER 2:5
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
2 PETER 3:7
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men
16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you( sudden) terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
11 And the angel of the LORD said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
ISAIAH 33:1,18-19 Woe to thee that spoilest,(destroys) and thou wast not spoiled;(destroyed) and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil,(destroy) thou shalt be spoiled;(destroyed) and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.
18 Thine heart shall meditate terror. Where is the scribe? where is the receiver? where is he that counted the towers?
19 Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue, that thou canst not understand.
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
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.
1 The burden of Egypt. Behold, the LORD rideth upon a swift cloud, and shall come into Egypt: and the idols of Egypt shall be moved at his presence, and the heart of Egypt shall melt in the midst of it.
2 And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians: and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour; city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
3 And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof; and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards.
4 And the Egyptians will I give over into the hand of a cruel lord; and a fierce king shall rule over them, saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts.
5 And the waters shall fail from the sea, and the river shall be wasted and dried up.
6 And they shall turn the rivers far away; and the brooks of defence shall be emptied and dried up: the reeds and flags shall wither.
7 The paper reeds by the brooks, by the mouth of the brooks, and every thing sown by the brooks, shall wither, be driven away, and be no more.
8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.
9 Moreover they that work in fine flax, and they that weave networks, shall be confounded.
10 And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish.
DOUG AND LAURIE TONIGHT ON THE ISSUES FEB 11,11
LAURIE ROTHS SITE
DOUG HAGMANNS SITES
CANADA FREE PRESS-JUDI MCLEOD
ITS FRI FEB 11,11 9:30AM AND REPORTS HAVE IT THAT HOSNI MUBARAK IS AT SHARM EL-SHEIKH HOTEL.OUT OF CAIRO EGYPT AS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF EGYPTIANS ARE ON THE STREETS IN A PEACEFUL PROTESTS IN CAIRO,ALEXANDRIA AND SUEZ AND ALL OVER EGYPT.THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD SAID LAST NIGHT SPEECHES WERE USELESS.THATS BECAUSE THEY WANT ISLAMIC-SHARIA LAW UNDER ISLAMIC WORLD DOMINATION.AND THEY NEED A COUNTRY TO START THE ROLLING EFFECT TO GET THEIR WORLD DOMINATION WHEEL TURNING OF ISLAMIC SHARIA LAW DICTATORSHIP WORLDWIDE STARTED.
ITS 11:04AM ON FEB 11,11 AND HOSNI MUBARAK HAS OFFICIALLY STEPPED DOWN AS EGYPTS PRESIDENT AND LEAVES THE ARMY AND THE ARMY LEADERS IN CONTROL.THE PEOPLE OF EGYPT HAS BROUGHT DOWN ONE DICTATOR.I HATE TO SEE THE NEXT DICTATOR THATS A ISRAEL HATER.WE ARE SEEING PROPHECY FULFILLED QUICKLY NOW.ISRAEL BE PREPARED FOR ANYTHING NOW.
I FIGURE AMERICAS PUPPET ELBARADEI WILL BECOME THE LEADER OF EGYPT WHENEVER MUBARAK FINALLY CONCEDES AND THEN LIKE I HEARD ON A STATION YESTERDAY THEY WANT TO GO AFTER IRANS NUKE SITES.WELL IF USA PUPPET ELBARADEI GETS IN,THAT CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED AS BETWEEN HIM AND AMERICA THEY CAN SET IT UP.AND ISRAEL CAN GET A BREAK AND AMERICA CAN TAKE THE BLAME FINALLY FOR GETTING RID OF IRANS NUKE SITES.WHAT A WAY TO MAKE BARRY SOETORO AKA BARACK OBAMA LOOK LIKE A MESSIAH TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SO HE CAN GET RE-ELECTED IN 2012.THIS IS DAY 18 OF EGYPTS WANTING MUBARAK OUT.LAST NIGHT A IMAM SAID TO THE CROWD,MUBARAK IS NOT A MUSLIM AND WE WANT HIM OUT NOW,NOT LATER OR THERE WILL BE VIOLENCE.(THIS TELLS ME BLOOD WILL FLOW)IF MUBARAK DOESN'T GET OUT.ITS 7:30PM FEB 10,11 WHEN I HEARD THAT REPORT.
Democracy protests bring down Egypt's Mubarak By PAUL SCHEMM and MAGGIE MICHAEL, Associated Press - FEB 11,11
CAIRO – Egypt exploded with joy, tears, and relief after pro-democracy protesters brought down President Hosni Mubarak with a momentous march on his palaces and state TV. Mubarak, who until the end seemed unable to grasp the depth of resentment over his three decades of authoritarian rule, finally resigned Friday and handed power to the military.The people ousted the regime, rang out chants from crowds of hundreds of thousands massed in Cairo's central Tahrir Square and outside Mubarak's main palace several miles away in a northern district of the capital.The crowds in Cairo, the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and other cities around the country burst into pandemonium. They danced, chanted goodbye, goodbye, and raised their hands in prayer as fireworks and car horns sounded after Vice President Omar Suleiman made the announcement on national TV just after nightfall.Finally we are free, said Safwan Abou Stat, a 60-year-old in the crowd of protesters at the palace. From now on anyone who is going to rule will know that these people are great.The protests have already echoed around the Middle East, with several of the region's autocratic rulers making pre-emptive gestures of democratic reform to avert their own protest movements. The lesson many took: If it could happen in three weeks in Egypt, where Mubarak's lock on power had appeared unshakable, it could happen anywhere.
The United States at times seemed overwhelmed trying to keep up with the rapidly changing crisis, fumbling to juggle its advocacy of democracy and the right to protest, its loyalty to longtime ally Mubarak and its fears of Muslim fundamentalists gaining a foothold. Neighboring Israel watched with growing unease, worried that their 1979 peace treaty could be in danger. It quickly demanded on Friday that post-Mubarak Egypt continue to adhere to it.Mubarak, a former air force commander came to power after the 1981 assassination of his predecessor Anwar Sadat by Islamic radicals. Throughout his rule, he showed a near obsession with stability, using rigged elections and a hated police force accused of widespread torture to ensure his control.He resisted calls for reform even as public bitterness grew over corruption, deteriorating infrastructure and rampant poverty in a country where 40 percent live below or near the poverty line.The protest movement that began on Jan. 25 grew from small groups of youth activists organizing on the Internet into a mass movement that tapped into the discontent to become the largest popular uprising in the Arab world.Up to the last hours, Mubarak sought to cling to power, handing some of his authorities to Suleiman while keeping his title.
But an explosion of protests Friday rejecting the move appeared to have pushed the military into forcing him out completely. Hundreds of thousands marched throughout the day in cities across the country as soldiers stood by, besieging his palace in Cairo and Alexandria and the state TV building. A governor of a southern province was forced to flee to safety in the face of protests there.His fall came 32 years to the day after the collapse of the shah's government in Iran.Vice President Suleiman — who appears to have lost his post as well in the military takeover — appeared grim as he delivered the short announcement.In these grave circumstances that the country is passing through, President Hosni Mubarak has decided to leave his position as president of the republic, he said. He has mandated the Armed Forces Supreme Council to run the state. God is our protector and succor.Nobel Peace laureate Mohammed ElBaradei, whose young supporters were among the organizers of the protest movement, told The Associated Press, This is the greatest day of my life.The country has been liberated after decades of repression,he said adding that he expects a beautiful transition of power.Outside Mubarak's Oruba Palace in northern Cairo, women on balconies ululated with the joyous tongue-trilling used to mark weddings and births.
Mohammed el-Masry, weeping with joy, said he had spent the past two weeks in Tahrir before marching to the palace Friday. He was now headed back to the square to join his ecstatic colleagues. We made it, he gasped. The question now turned to how the military, long Egypt's most powerful institution and now its official ruler, will handle the transition in power. Earlier in the day, the Armed Forces Supreme Council — the military's top body — vowed to guide the country to greater democracy. State TV said a new statement by the military would be issued Friday evening.
Abdel-Rahman Samir, one of the youth organizers of the protests, said the protest movement would now open negotiations with the military over democratic reform but vowed protests would continue to ensure change is carried out.We still don't have any guarantees yet — if we end the whole situation now the it's like we haven't done anything, he said. So we need to keep sitting in Tahrir until we get all our demands.
But, he added, I feel fantastic. .... I feel like we have worked so hard, we planted a seed for a year and a half and now we are now finally sowing the fruits.
Multiculturalism has failed, says French president
– Thu Feb 10, 6:10 pm ET
PARIS (AFP) – French President Nicolas Sarkozy declared Thursday that multiculturalism had failed, joining a growing number of world leaders or ex-leaders who have condemned it.My answer is clearly yes, it is a failure, he said in a television interview when asked about the policy which advocates that host societies welcome and foster distinct cultural and religious immigrant groups.Of course we must all respect differences, but we do not want... a society where communities coexist side by side.If you come to France, you accept to melt into a single community, which is the national community, and if you do not want to accept that, you cannot be welcome in France, the right-wing president said.The French national community cannot accept a change in its lifestyle, equality between men and women... freedom for little girls to go to school,he said.We have been too concerned about the identity of the person who was arriving and not enough about the identity of the country that was receiving him, Sarkozy said in the TFI channel show.British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Australia's ex-prime minister John Howard and Spanish ex-premier Jose Maria Aznar have also recently said multicultural policies have not successfully integrated immigrants.
Merkel in October said efforts towards multiculturalism in Germany had failed, totally.The comment followed weeks of anguished debate sparked by the huge popularity of a book by a central banker saying that immigrants, in particular Muslims, were making Germany more stupid.Britain's Cameron last week pronounced his country's long-standing policy of multiculturalism a failure, calling for better integration of young Muslims to combat home-grown extremism.He urged a more active, muscular liberalism where equal rights, the rule of law, freedom of speech and democracy are actively promoted to create a stronger national identity.The prime minister, who took power in May 2010, argued that under the doctrine of state multiculturalism, we have encouraged different cultures to live separate lives, apart from each other and the mainstream.He said this had resulted in a lack of national identity in Britain which had made some young Muslims turn to extremist ideology.Sarkozy said in his television interview Thursday that our Muslim compatriots must be able to practise their religion, as any citizen can, but he noted we in France do not want people to pray in an ostentatious way in the street.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen late last year came under fire for comparing Muslims praying in the streets outside overcrowded mosques in France to the Nazi occupation.Marine Le Pen said there were ten to fifteen places in France where Muslims worshipped in the streets outside mosques when these were full.
Egypt Live Report
CAIRO (AFP) – 2343 GMT: ElBaradei has told CNN that Mubarak's speech was an act of deception at the grand scale. People are stunned here.2258 GMT: German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle voices disappointment with Mubarak's speech, saying it was not the hoped for step forward.The worries of the international community are rather bigger after this speech than before, he says.2251 GMT: We won't leave until he leaves, declares 32-year-old accountant Ayman Shawky. I don't think it's stupidity, it's arrogance. He lost his last chance to leave with his dignity intact.
2247 GMT: Furious Egyptian demonstrators vow to launch their most spectacular protest yet in Cairo on Friday to demand the immediate departure of Mubarak and Vice President Suleiman. Calling Friday a day of rage, several thousand protesters pledge to remain overnight in the tent city which has sprung up in Tahrir Square since the start of the demonstrations on January 28.2239 GMT: Omar Suleiman is the de-facto head of state now: Egyptian ambassador to the US, Sameh Shoukry, tells CNN.2233 GMT: Opposition leader ElBaradei tweets Egypt will explode. Army must save the country now.2225 GMT : Veteran American lawmaker Senator John McCain calls Mubarak's speech deeply unfortunate and troubling. While prominent analyst Richard Hass, president of the think-tank the Council on Foreign Relations, tells journalists: This has got a long way to play out... Most of what will one day be called the revolution in Egypt has yet to unfold.2225 GMT: AFP reporter Daphne Benoit says she has just seen a long line of armored vehicles in front of Mubarak's residence in Heliopolis on the main road between the airport and Cairo city center.2210 GMT: An unnamed US administration official tells CNN that Mubarak's speech was not what we were told would happen, not what we wanted to happen.US President Barack Obama huddled in emergency talks with his national security team after Mubarak defied demands, including from some US lawmakers, to step down. Washington has called for an orderly transition of power, and hinted Mubarak should go sooner rather than later.
2203 GMT: French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he hopes Egypt gets democracy, not Iran-style religious dictatorship, as the EU's chief diplomat Catherine Ashton says the time for a change in government in Egypt is now.2200 GMT: He is still speaking to us as if we were fools, said Ali Hassan, a protester.He is a general defeated on the battlefield who will not retreat before inflicting as many casualties as he can.
2154 GMT: American lawmaker Gary Ackerman, chairman of the House of Representatives subcommittee on Asia and the Middle East, tells MSNBC television that Mubarak?s speech was a sadistic tease.He just lit the final fuse. And now I think the situation is going to verge on the explosive over the next 24 hours.2150 GMT: Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak says it is up to the Egyptian people to decide their future, after Mubarak refuses to step down immediately.2137 GMT: Suleiman urges Egyptians to go back to their homes and back to work, to listen to their consciences and be aware of the dangers around them.2136 GMT: Suleiman addresses the nation, calls on Egyptians to work together on a new path to achieve the aspirations of the people.2132 GMT: Obama watched Mubarak's speech live in the conference room on board Air Force One. Heading back to the White House for a meeting with his national security team.
2129 GMT: Anger, desperation, rage in Tahrir Square. One person next to AFP photographer Marco Longari told him: Now we are going to use weapons. Thousands of shoes lifted in defiance. People crying everywhere. The square is a single sound of fury. We will storm the presidency, said another man.2125 GMT: Egypt vice president to address the nation, state TV says .2110 GMT: Crowds urge the army to join them in their revolt, still chanting angrily after Mubarak says he will delegate his powers to Suleiman, but failed to announce his immediate resignation. Instead the veteran strongman said that his 30-year reign would last until September when new elections are planned.2102 GMT: Crowds in Tahrir Square are furious at Mubarak's speech as he refused to step down immediately, waving shoes and chanting get out, get out.
2101 GMT: Mubarak hands power to Vice President Suleiman .2057 GMT: Transition of power from today until September, Mubarak says and proposes five constitutional amendments .2056 GMT: Time to restore confidence among Egyptians themselves, as well as in the country's economy and internationally, Mubarak says. Egypt is going through difficult times.2050 GMT: Mubarak says we have started a national dialogue, a constructive one. This will put the country on the right track to get out of the crisis, a solemn-looking Mubarak says reading from a speech, standing next to an Egyptian flag.2048 GMT: Mubarak says he will not accept to listen to any foreign accusations. Again he says will not stand in the next presidential elections, promises power will be transferred to whomever the electorate chooses and vows the elections will be free and fair.2045 GMT: Mubarak begins his speech saying it comes from the bottom of my heart. He tells the young people he is proud of them for being a symbol of Egypt. He vows the blood of the martyrs will not be wasted.
2032 GMT: ElBaradei has tweeted we're almost there, as the crowd in Tahrir Square continues to chant and wait for Mubarak. Hundreds of Egyptian flags waving under huge spotlights with night already having fallen. ElBaradei says that he believes Mubarak should leave behind a three-person presidential council ahead of new elections in the country.2022GMT: Egyptian television earlier interrupted all programming to present footage of a panel of senior military officers, one of whom read out a statement described as Communique number one of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces. In support of the legitimate demands of the people, the army will continue meeting... to examine measures to be taken to protect the nation and its gains and the ambitions of the great Egyptian people, it said.2015 GMT: Fifteen minutes past the time when Mubarak was due to speak and Twitter feed #reasonsmubarakislate goes viral as dozens add their own tongue-in-cheek messages as to why the Egyptian president has still not appeared. One says he is changing his Facebook status to It's complicated. Another says the Egyptian leader is planning his exit and checking Google maps for Saudi Arabia. Yet another says he is playing the game paper, scissors, rock in the presidential palace with Suleiman.2005 GMT: Opposition leader and Nobel peace laureate Mohamed ElBaradei tells US-based Foreign Policy magazine in an interview at his home in Egypt that he has no confidence that Suleiman can steward a democratic transition. They don't understand, let alone are willing to move Egypt into democracy, unless we keep kicking their behinds.
1954 GMT: The European Union says it is ready to help Egypt's deep democracy.1936 GMT: British Foreign Secretary William Hague says that what's happening in Egypt will affect the peace process and urges Palestinians and Israelis to go back to the negotiations. We can't impose peace, he says on his Twitter account during a trip to Bahrain. Has to be a willing agreement that both sides enter into and believe in.
1930 GMT: The festival-like atmosphere in Tahrir Square, at the symbolic epicentre of a two-week-old national uprising, becomes even more frenetic ahead of Mubarak's speech, as Google exec Wael Ghonim, who has become the face of the uprising, tweets that he is also heading there to join the crowds.1915 GMT: Journalist Shahira Amin in Tahrir Square tells the BBC World Service that people thought Egypt was like a mountain that would never be moved.1903 GMT: Protesters unveil a huge white sheet on Tahrir Square apparently to display the footage of Mubarak's speech, as with an hour to go until he addresses the nation the square is packed with people and tension is sky high .1851 GMT: Mubarak expected to speak at 2000 GMT, government says .1837 GMT: Obama says he is following the events in Egypt very closely. We are witnessing history unfold, he says, praising young people who have been at the forefront. He pledges that the United States will do everything it can to help an orderly transition to democracy.1820 GMT: Obama to speak soon on Egypt crisis, White House says.1818 GMT: Markets moving on Egypt news; oil is up, Israeli stock market down: Wall Street Journal tweet .1816 GMT: Mubarak held talks with Suleiman and Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, state television says.
1805 GMT: Police are pulling back from Tahrir Square to prepare for any scenario when and if Mubarak speaks: NBC tweet.1800 GMT: Crowds chanting on Tahrir Square, The people have brought down the regime!. The people and the army will complete the journey! 1751 GMT: I'm here because I don't want to miss this moment, the moment he leaves, 29-year-old Alia Mossallam tells AFP.I don't want to miss being here. We've done so much to reclaim this space. I'm so excited. I think this moment will change us.1749 GMT: AFP photographers perched on a balcony overlooking the square estimate that at least 200,000 people have gathered there to await news, and streets leading to the area are packed with flag-waving merrymakers.1746 GMT: Finance Minister Radwan tells Sky he favours a democratic Egypt but the opposition parties are weak. They have little popular base. Their challenge is to strengthen them. They should not sound like a stuck record. They must say what their programme is.1743 GMT: These men and women have blown the whistle. They have served a wake up call. We have ignored them for too long, Radwan adds.1739 GMT: Radwan tells Sky: Mubarak has ensured stabiity in a very volatile region. Egypt is too important to sacrifice.
1736 GMT: Radwan says the army has taken things in hand because the economy has been losing quite a bit.1733 GMT: Egypt Finance Minister Samir Radwan tells Sky TV that Mubarak may go, saying: He is fed up but he will not leave the country.1730 GMT: President Barack Obama is monitoring breaking news updates in the Egyptian capital on television on his official Air Force One aircraft as he flies to Michigan.
1727 GMT: President Barack Obama's spokesman Robert Gibbs says: We are watching a very fluid situation. The president is watching the same thing you are. Gibbs added he did not want to prejudge events which may take place in Egypt later.1724 GMT: State television says: President Hosni Mubarak is holding talks now with his deputy Omar Suleiman at the presidency in Heliopolis. The report shows footage of the two together in conversation, though it is not clear when it was recorded.1722 GMT: Egypt's most famous cyber activist, Google marketing executive Wael Ghonim, appears convinced that Mubarak has fallen, telling his followers:Mission Accomplished.
1719 GMT: AFP photographer Marco Longari reports live from Tahrir Square: I am sitting in a coffee shop on the square packed with Egyptians from all walks of life, smoking shisha. There is tension, people try to unwind waiting for the speech tonight from the President. People don't speak of anything else. What will the president announce? And then what? 1715 GMT: State TV says Mubarak is currently in talks with his deputy.1710 GMT: Egyptian television interrupts all programming to present footage of a panel of senior military officers, one of whom reads out a statement saying: In support of the legitimate demands of the people, the army will continue meeting... to examine measures to be taken to protect the nation.1705 GMT: The NDP's Badrawi says: The right action in my opinion is to send a letter for constitutional amendments, to step aside and give the power to the vice president and to ask for early elections when the amendment is approved.I don't think (Mubarak) he will leave the country. He is a military hero, he has lots of good things that have been done, lots of mistakes too, Badrawi adds.1703 GMT: Mubarak should step aside, the secretary general of his ruling party tells the BBC. "I expect the president to respond to the demands of the people, because what matters to him in the end is the stability of the country. The post is not important to him, Hossam Badrawi of the National Democratic Party said.1700 GMT: Sky Television says its sources report Mubarak is in his office talking to the vice-president and will address the nation within two hours.1658 GMT: On the bridge over the River Nile carloads of revellers converge on Tahrir Square, waving flags and honking their horns.
1656 GMT: Pro-democracy cyber activist Wael Ghonim, a hero to the anti-regime movement after he was jailed and held blindfolded for 12 days for helping to organise the first protest last month, warns his followers to be cautious.Guys, don't do much speculation for now, just wait and see, he posts on his popular Twitter feed. Long live Egypt! 1653 GMT: A buzz sweeps through the thousands-strong crowd occupying Cairo's central Tahrir Square as anti-regime protesters hear rumours that Mubarak might quit power.1649 GMT: Panetta says that if Mubarak steps down, he will likely hand over power to his vice president, Omar Suleiman.1645 GMT: In Washington, CIA Director Leon Panetta tells lawmakers there is a strong likelihood that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will step down later today.Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is to address the nation from his presidential palace in Cairo tonight, state television said, after the military announced it was acting to protect the nation.
Making Sense of Chaos
by Sean Osborne, Associate Director
08 February 2011: Unlike the Inept-in-Chief, his Ikhwan advisors and appointed incompetents in the U.S. State Department who have been attempting to micromanage the crisis in Egypt via remote control, there are other forces at work that have real boots on the ground in the former land of the Pharaohs.When Obama & Company declared that the transition from Hosni Mubarak’s rule to whatever is supposed to come next had to begin now with Mubarak’s immediate resignation, they utterly failed to account for specific provisions of the Egyptian Constitution.Not 24 hours later and still breathless from all of the overnight backpedalling, they realized the enormity of their sophomoric gaffe and then demanded that Mubarak sign all the documents necessary to transition the government to whatever it may be next and demand yet again the he get the heck out of Cairo yesterday Isn’t this the same kind of over-the-top, pompous American arrogance that Obama went on a world tour to apologize for? What is obvious here is that our king, The One, not only has no clothes on, but he has no alibi.
Benjamin Netanyahu and the Israeli government, are you paying attention to this? Do you really want these people working as a good offices intermediary on the issues of Israeli sovereignty and Palestinian statehood? I should hope not. I should hope that Israel answers to a Higher Authority than the current occupant of the Oval Office.
Now, about those other forces. If you listen to the MSM they’re all gaga over the presence of Code Pink in Cairo’s Tahrir Square protests. Code Pink is a Leftist distraction involved on a Middle Eastern tour courtesy of the Ikhwan Travelling Three-Ring Circus.The real boots on the ground are the Ikhwan’s A-Teams, the Takfir wal Hijra and HAMAS in Gaza. These Islamic purists, born and bred of the al-Ikhwan al-Muslimun, are killing Egyptian security forces in running gun battles in the Sinai, in the border town of Rafah and conducting hit-and-run military operations like the one last weekend near Al-Arish that took out a natural gas pipeline serving Israel and Jordan. Half of Israel’s electricity comes from that gas. This occurred in the same timeframe as Egypt’s receiving permission for a waiver of the Egyptian-Israel peace treaty to deploy a couple of combat brigades into the Sinai. Eventually the other real boots on the ground, the IDF, will have to do something to both contain HAMAS and the other Gaza terrorists and to maintain the increasing threat to its peace treaty with Egypt.These are the real issues that need to be addressed to make sense of the current chaotic scenario unfolding in Egypt. Jordan and the Saudi’s are also threatened by these same forces. And Lebanon, now firmly in Iranian orbit and guarded by Hezbollah and IRGC regulars, is a time bomb whose detonation will occur much sooner than expected. It is in America’s utmost national security interest to have these issues dealt with resolutely by experienced professionals. Keeping our B-Team on the job is a recipe for an unprecedented disaster of Biblical proportions. I’m sorry to say it may be unavoidable at this late stage; it is prophetic as seen in Director Hagmann’s report on Isaiah 19 below.
Mission accomplished. Thanks to all the brave young Egyptians #Jan25, Google executive and protest leader Wael Ghonim tweeted today-Tweeting victory of hope and change in Egypt before it comes to pass By Judi McLeod Thursday, February 10, 2011 CANADA FREE PRESS
Has the youth obsessed President of the United States been punked by Google? Two young Google executives, protest leader Wael Ghonim and Director of Google Ideas Jared Cohen, who heads up the digital warrior teaching Alliance of Youth Movements (AYO), are running the show in Cairo. Mission accomplished. Thanks to all the brave young Egyptians #Jan25, Google executive and protest leader Wael Ghonim tweeted today.Ghonim was joyfully tweeting the final ouster of Egypt’s President Hosni Mubarak. But when Mubarak addressed the throngs in Cairo’s Tahrir Square today, the cheers soon turned to boos. Rather than getting out, Mubarak said he had delegated some powers to his vice president, Omar Suleiman, but would not be leaving the country.In comments at the beginning of a speech in Michigan, Obama was waxing eloquent about a moment of transformation taking place because the people of Egypt are calling for change.The world is witnessing history unfold in Egypt, Obama said in reference to reports that President Hosni Mubarak may step down in hours.But The jubilation over at Google is a little like Mark Twain’s famous quotation: The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.
A senior Egyptian government official told CNN on Thursday that Mubarak was expected to announce he will transfer power to the military. (CNN Feb. 10, 2010). The move would take Egypt’s government outside constitutional authority, the official said.
This is not a coup in the traditional sense,the official said.But this is a transfer of the system of government from the civilian to the military. The military is stepping up, recognizing its responsibility to the Egyptian people.Obama was not the only one cashing in on the hyped success of the Hope and Change theme in Egypt.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that if the reports of Mubarak’s pending resignation are true, then it would certainly be a victory for the young people who had the courage to demonstrate for democratic freedoms in Egypt. I congratulate them on their success. I salute them for their courage. Their energy changed, is changing Egypt. Their actions are an inspiration to the world.There’s a not so hidden message in Obama’s professed enthusiasm for the young revolutionaries bringing down a government and replacing it with hope and change in Egypt.The not so hidden message is that the same thing could happen in the U.S. where the Obama administration now controls up and coming generations.The Obama administration has heaped smears and scorn on older generations who dominate the Tea Party.It’s a frightening proposition to think of tens of thousands of young people demanding hope and change in the streets of American cities.No one knows that better than a Marxist Obama.But for the moment Mubarak, who was told by Obama to get out and to get out now, is still there.When you cut away the mainstream media hype, Google executives leading the Egypt protest may have failed their Messiah.
Social Networking and Far Left Radicals-More Disturbing Associations Coming from Movements.org By Michelle Horstman - CFP- Thursday, February 10, 2011
The unrest in Egypt has brought out many troubling associations in the past few weeks, followed by many unanswered questions. As outlined earlier this week in a piece by Judi McLeod, the State Dept. along with Google, Twitter and many corporate sponsors, have been backing Movements.org, where overseas radicals have been trained in using social networking to organize revolution.
Following the continued activities of Movements.org, I have been disturbed to find further associations with anarchists, socialist groups and others whose main goal is the destruction of capitalism. Just this week on Movements.org, writer Brannon Cullum, formerly a teacher at Trinity Episcopal School in Austin, TX, suggests in her post that radicals start using some alternate online sources for networking that are more secretive and secure:Organizing a movement and looking for a better way to collaborate with your group members? Crabgrass is a free software produced by the Riseup tech collective that provides secure tools for social organizing. Crabgrass has a suite of tools that are perfect for group collaborationg including wikis, task files, file repositories, and decision-making tools. The software is written in Ruby using the Ruby on Rails framework.
Unlike other social networking platforms and group collaboration tools, Crabgrass was specifically designed for activists and movement organizers. It is already used by a wide variety of activists and organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme and environmental activists.Looking further into this software on Riseup.net, I was concerned to find that it appears to be operated by far Left radicals with an agenda for this country and the globe that most would find appalling. From their site (emphasis mine):The Riseup Collective is an autonomous body based in Seattle with collective members world wide. Our purpose is to aid in the creation of a free society, a world with freedom from want and freedom of expression, a world without oppression or hierarchy, where power is shared equally. We do this by providing communication and computer resources to allies engaged in struggles against capitalism and other forms of oppression.
-We value, support, and engage in struggles for human liberation, the ethical treatment of animals, and ecological sustainability. We join in the fight for freedom and the self-determination of all oppressed groups. We oppose all forms of prejudice, authoritarianism, and vanguardism.
-We organize on the basis of autonomy, mutual aid, resource sharing, participatory knowledge, social advocacy, anti-oppression work, community creation, and secure communication.
-We work to create revolution and a free society in the here and now by building alternative communication infrastructure designed to oppose and replace the dominant system.
-We promote social ownership and democratic control over information, ideas, technology, and the means of communication.
-We empower organizations and individuals to use technology in struggles for liberation. We work to support each other in overcoming the systemic oppression embedded in the use and development of technology.
In working towards their stated purpose, Riseup.net securely hosts email and many, many private lists for union, radical feminist, revolutionary, anarchist and communist groups worldwide, including many state socialist organizations. Just a few examples include the Communist Party of the District of Columbia, Houston Anarchists, (who describe Houston as the stronghold of capitalists, fascists, flag worshipers and bible-thumpers; located in Texas, in the US-occupied territory of Native America), Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), a socialist social gospel organization, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) Columbia University, SDS Portland, and a group calling itself Doomsday Engineering, who state on their sign up page, Welcome, O our comrades, to a conspiracy whose center is everywhere and whose perimeter is nowhere. These are but a few of many long lists of similar groups utilizing the resources offered at Riseup.net.Although no names are exposed on the About page, the concept appears to have started back in 2005 with several anarchist bloggers working together. One of them, Josh Wolf, owns the Riseup.net site now.
Some journalists will remember videographer Josh Wolf as spending almost a year in prison for refusing to turn over video footage taken at a G8 anarchist protest in San Francisco back in 2005. Before spending time in prison, he posted online about having the seed money available to them to start his Rise Up Network, using funds he received from the video footage.Today, in addition to operating the Riseup.net site, he is the Outreach Director for Peralta TV, where they feature programming such as their own production, Merritt College: Home of the Black Panthers, as well as the usual lineup of far Left programming from LINK TV and Democracy Now. Peralta is part of the community college system located in Oakland, Ca.We had already learned about the involvement of Movements.org in the current Egyptian unrest, sponsored by our own State Dept. and sponsors like MSNBC, Twitter, Facebook and many more. We were already aware that Movements.org was founded by former State Dept. employee Jared Cohen, now with Google, as well as Howcast’s Jason Liebman and Gen Next’s Roman Tsunder. What we didn’t know is that they are actually referring young activists from around the globe to a radical, anarchist site advocating the end of capitalism and offering secret, secure online networking to work towards this goal.Despite the media coverage, it does not appear that freedom is the real end game for these activists, unless you consider anarchy and communism to be freedom. It is past time to demand answers of our State Dept. as well as anyone sponsoring activities that are a clear attempt to fundamentally change our nation and our world into something none of us will recognize.
Commission memo highlights anxiety over bureaucratic culture
ANDREW RETTMAN 10.02.2011 @ 17:48 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - The European Commission is keen to change its culture of entitlement and bureaucratic focus as it prepares to propose new ways to extract money directly from EU taxpayers in an upcoming €1 trillion budget plan. The internal mood is evident in a six-page-long memo dated January and signed by commission secretary-general Catherine Day, which says: We must be able to demonstrate that the activities we propose to fund out of the EU budget can be delivered with greater added value by the EU than by member states alone.It adds: Conditionality in the provision of funding should be ensured so that the achievement of results (rather than a culture of entitlement or a bureaucratic focus on inputs) is the prime focus.The text, seen by EUobserver, is peppered with instructions to EU officials to kill off under-performing EU projects, to streamline, to simplify and to become more efficient in the way they work. The commission boss also told staff to use old IT resources instead of dreaming up fancy new systems. Services ought to design processes that can be underpinned by standard IT systems not requiring costly new developments and customisation, she noted.
The letter from the Irish-origin Ms Day comes at a time when many EU countries are cutting welfare and raising taxes in a bid to rein in debt. It also comes after Berlin, London and Paris last year began bashing Brussels for trying to raise its budget and staff salaries, with the crisis politics feeding anti-EU sentiment around the bloc.Despite the delicate climate, the Day memo confirms that the commission will ask EU member states to give more money automatically in future.On the financing side, the commission will make a new proposal for a new own-resources decision, it says. Last year Polish budget commissioner Janusz Lewandowski presented a series of options to the European Parliament, including an EU-wide value added tax; an EU financial sector tax; a share of profits from auctioned greenhouse gas emission allowances; an EU charge related to air transport; and an EU energy tax or an EU corporate income tax.The commission's own resources today - a levy on EU countries' customs income - brings in just 10 percent or so of its needs.New arrangements suggest that Mr Lewandowski has been bumped off the dossier in favour of Finnish economic affairs commissioner Olli Rehn, however.Preparatory work on the set-up of innovative financial instruments is being taken forward in the relevant commissioners' group chaired by commissioner Rehn, Ms Day said. She noted that the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg is a potential agency for handling the new mechanisms.The Day memo made clear that the duration and the total value of the new budget blueprint, due in June, is still up in the air.[Despite the commission's] preference for a 10 year MFF [Multi-annual Financial Framework] with a mid-term review after five years, this issue currently remains open for discussion, she wrote. No decision has been taken on the size of the budget or on the share of any policy or activity inside the budget.
The Day letter, originally leaked to Polish daily Rzeczpospolita, has ruffled feathers by indicating that Mr Lewandowski is being sidelined. Polish centre-right MEP Jan Olbrycht said in a statement that Warsaw's man in Brussels will be the main player on the budget even if he is a bit invisible. It's not a coincidence that we all fought to make sure that a Pole becomes budget commissioner,he added.An EU diplomat said it is a moot point who chairs this or that meeting in the commission because member states will ultimately decide on the money, however. Look at the 2012 EU budget. The commission's proposal on that wasn't worth much in the end, the source said.
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).
Outcry at EU plan to mix aid and foreign policy
ANDREW WILLIS 10.02.2011 @ 17:53 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Discussions are under way for a potential merger between the EU's humanitarian aid and crisis management budgets after 2013, raising concerns among a number of NGOs and MEPs that EU aid could become increasingly politicised.
The commission's humanitarian aid budget in 2010 was €1.2 billion, administered by Romanian commissioner Kristalina Georgieva, while crisis management resources are being increasingly directed by the EU's new External Action Service under Italian official Agostino Miozzo, working for high representative Catherine Ashton.There is an idea on the table [to merge the two budgets] which is being considered by some people,a commission official working in the humanitarian aid sector said on Thursday (10 February) on condition of anonymity. It's not a formal proposal at the moment and it's not something we would support.The commission is to come forward with a blueprint for the EU's next multi-annual budget in June this year. But some MEPs are already warning they will not tolerate any transfer of humanitarian decision making, implied by the budget merger, to Catherine Ashton, who answers primarily to member states despite her official duties in the EU-centric commission.
I don't know where the idea came from or how developed it is. It may be a wrongly interpreted idea of efficiency or part of the inter-institutional power politics currently going on, Dutch Socialist MEP Thijs Berman told this website.If it ends up in the June proposals I will fight it. Humanitarian aid needs to be impartial in order to ensure that all parties in a recipient country accept it as not favouring one side or the other. This is also crucial for the safety of humanitarian aid workers distributing support on the ground.The issue of securing political goals through the distribution of aid has come to the fore recently, with UK Prime Minister David Cameron suggesting this week that money from the EU's neighbourhood policy instrument for Egypt could be cut if Cairo fails to implement desired reforms. We have spent billions of taxpayers' money in Egypt and neighbouring countries, Mr Cameron said on Monday. But in Egypt, there has been little or no progress on torture, the judiciary, democracy or ending a 30-year-old state of emergency.This, say NGOs, is precisely the kind of realpolitik that should not influence where the EU delivers money to those suffering from floods, earthquakes or political violence, for example.
Scrapping the budget for humanitarian aid would be a fatal error. It would not only tarnish the excellent credentials of the commission as an outstanding humanitarian actor but also endanger millions of people, said Elise Ford, head of Oxfam Internationals EU office.A report published by the NGO on Thursday entitled Whose Aid is it Anyway? says the commission has so far managed to fight the global trend towards humanitarian and development aid being driven by political interests. Government humanitarian agencies in Canada, Spain and the European Commission, for example, have developed principled policies that allocate humanitarian aid according to transparent indices of global needs, to ensure that different crises and countries are not overlooked or over-funded, says the report. Undermining such progress, however, long-standing political and security biases have since 2001 being written formally into some donors' aid policies and practices, as in the USA and France, continues the document.Other donors, including Australia, the UK and the European Union, may be on the cusp of bringing aid budgets newly under the sway of such priorities.Under a deal reached last year, the EU external action service will now make key decisions under the bloc's development policy, a decision which also faced much opposition.
3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded;
4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and enquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:
2 KINGS 23:5
5 And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
Lord Stern: West must end hesitation over climate change
ANDREW WILLIS 09.02.2011 @ 17:39 CET
EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Prince Charles and Lord Stern were among the prominent speakers in the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday (9 February) who warned Europe and its Western allies against a slowdown in the fight against climate change. Current economic difficulties presented an opportunity not a hurdle to move towards a low carbon economy, said Lord Stern, an economist at the London School of Economics who authored an eponymous report in 2006 on the costs of climate change.
The case for urgent action is not just powerful, its also attractive, he said, adding that emerging countries such as China had increasingly grasped this while others, like the US, were moving backwards. To contain the global temperature rise to two degrees and prevent mass migrations across the planet, emissions needed to be priced at a higher level, energy grids upgraded and a greater amounts of money spent on research and development, said the economist, calling the changes a new industrial revolution.But if you look back, previous industrial revolutions brought two, three or four decades of strong growth, with huge investment returns for the pioneers, he added.The Chinese five-year plan outlines seven key industries such as clean technology and bio-energy, they are moving very strongly for the industries that will lead this new revolution.Britain's Prince Charles hit out at climate sceptics who sought to use the current economic turmoil as a reason to slow progress towards a greener economy.
Their suggestion that hundreds of scientists around the world ... are somehow unconsciously biased creates the implication that many of us are secretly conspiring to undermine and deliberately destroy the entire market-based capitalist system," he said.I would ask how these people are going to face their grandchildren and admit to them that they failed their future; that they ignored all the clear warning signs by passing them off as merely part of a cyclical process.European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso conceded that fighting climate change had fallen down the agenda in recent years as governments struggled with weak budgets and high unemployment. In March the commission is due to publish an Energy Efficiency Plan, together with a 2050 low carbon roadmap and a white paper on transport.EU policy makers have repeatedly called on member states to step up efforts to reach the EU's 20 percent energy efficiency target by 2020, but have shied away from making the target binding in the same way that EU renewable and emission targets are.Commission officials are also currently mulling plans to produce a specific list of resource efficiency targets this summer which could ultimately be tied to similar restrictions on member state debt and deficit levels.
LAND FOR PEACE (THE FUTURE 7 YEARS OF HELL ON EARTH)
2 I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
THE WEEK OF DANIEL 9:27 WE KNOW ITS 7 YRS
Heres the scripture 1 week = 7 yrs Genesis 29:27-29
27 Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.
28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.
29 And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.
21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
23 And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up, and shall become strong with a small people.
24 He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers' fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yea, and he shall forecast his devices against the strong holds, even for a time.
26 And after threescore and two weeks(62X7=434 YEARS+7X7=49 YEARS=TOTAL OF 69 WEEKS OR 483 YRS) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary;(ROMAN LEADERS DESTROYED THE 2ND TEMPLE) and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(THERE HAS TO BE 70 WEEKS OR 490 YRS TO FUFILL THE VISION AND PROPHECY OF DAN 9:24).(THE NEXT VERSE IS THAT 7 YR WEEK OR (70TH FINAL WEEK).
27 And he( THE ROMAN,EU PRESIDENT) shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:(1X7=7 YEARS) and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease,(3 1/2 yrs in TEMPLE SACRIFICES STOPPED) and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:3
3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
ISAIAH 28:14-19 (THIS IS THE 7 YR TREATY COVENANT OF DANIEL 9:27)
14 Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.
15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.
18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.
19 From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report.
Minister: Israel must move ahead toward peace By EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press - FEB 10,11
UNITED NATIONS – Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Thursday the country must move forward with the Mideast peace process and try to promote stability with all its neighbors despite the turbulence in the region.The Israeli minister spoke to reporters briefly after meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The meeting took place as Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was announcing that he would remain president but was handing his powers to Vice President Omar Suleiman.We have to continue the whole time to look for ways to move forward in this new reality because the alternatives are more complicated, more complex and more dangerous from any other option, Barak said in Hebrew. We have to continue to move towards trying to find arrangements with all our neighbors.Barak said he would not respond to what is happening in Egypt, explaining that it's up to the Egyptian people to find a way and to do it according with their own constitution, norms and practices.But Israel is deeply worried about the prospect that Mubarak could be forced to step down by the unprecedented street protests in Egypt and that a less friendly government will emerge.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned that any new government must maintain their 1979 peace deal — Israel's first with an Arab nation. And Israel's President Shimon Peres delivered an impassioned defense of Mubarak on Saturday, crediting him with preserving three decades of peace between the two nations and warning that his ouster and replacement by the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt's best organized opposition movement, won't bring peace.Barak said that the recent events in Egypt and elsewhere make a lot of Israelis feel weak-kneed.Israel is strong, although we do have to follow things very carefully and make sure that Israel remains strong and to upgrade our security situation, he said. That said, the reality will not change for the better if we will sink into inaction. We have to move forward all the time with the peace process. We have to diminish tensions.Barak said he and Ban discussed prospects by the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers — the U.N., the U.S. the European Union and Russia — and the international community to move forward on the stalled Mideast peace process and recent developments in Egypt and North Africa.
The Quartet met last Saturday in Munich and expressed regret at Israel's decision to end a 10-month moratorium on construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem which led to the collapse of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks just weeks after they had restarted in September. The U.S., U.N. and EU and others have called for urgent progress on efforts to press Israel and the Palestinians to resume talks.Barak said Israel recently approved a set of confidence-building measures and is ready to open immediate discussions with the Palestinians on how to establish security arrangements with the future Palestinian state. Ultimately, he said, both sides have to deal with the core outstanding issues face-to-face in order to have a breakthrough or to find what could be done if a full agreement cannot be achieved.
US vows to oppose UN resolution on Israel
WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States, a veto-wielding permanent UN Security Council member, will use the tools that we have to block a resolution condemning Israeli settlements, a top US diplomat said Thursday.We have made very clear that we do not think the Security Council is the right place to engage on these issues, Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg told the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee.We have had some success, at least for the moment, in not having that arise there. And we will continue to employ the tools that we have to make sure that continues to not happen, said Steinberg.The resolution condemns Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem -- in line with the policy of world powers including the United States, though Washington has opposed the measure.The only way that this is going to be resolved is through engagement through the parties, and that is our clear and consistent position, said Steinberg.
Palestinians have rejected US-brokered Middle East peace talks since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refused to extend a settlement moratorium that expired on September 28.Steinberg also told the lawmakers that Washington was making a vigorous diplomatic campaign to stop countries from declaring their recognition of an independent Palestinian state, as several Latin American nations have done.We have made very clear to a lot of countries ... that we think this is counterproductive. I'm disappointed, frankly, that we haven't had more success, but it has been in our engagement at the highest levels, he said.