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  • Obama’s friend, the Islamist Erdogan, has precipitated Turkey’s growing instability

    09/03/2015 8:49:55 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 9/2/15 | Sol W. Sanders
    Once NATO’s formidable eastern anchor, Turkey is increasingly becoming a major problem for Washington policymakers and a contributor to the Mideast chaos. The change is all the remarkable since at the outset of the Obama Administration, the President saw then Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as one of his closest international friends. And, indeed, in 2009 Obama went to Turkey to make the first of two Mideast seminal speeches offering apologies to the Muslim world for what he saw as past U.S. mistakes with an invitation for cooperation. But in late August Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter publicly...
  • Obama Condemns Ukraine Violence, Threatens 'Consequences'

    02/19/2014 12:37:53 PM PST · by Teotwawki · 74 replies ^ | February 19, 2014 | James Novogrod, Alexander Smith and Daniel Arkin
    President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Ukraine on Wednesday, saying that the U.S. holds the government “primarily responsible for ensuring they are handling protesters peacefully” and that “there will be consequences if people step over the line.”
  • Medical director accused of harassing woman she called "homewrecker"

    12/05/2013 5:09:35 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 70 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 4, 2013 | Todd Ackerman
    The medical director of Ben Taub Hospital's Emergency Center has been charged with criminal trespass and harassment, accused of threatening a woman she labeled a "homewrecker." [snip] The woman, warned by Siler-Fisher's husband that his wife was en route to the house, departed with her children before the doctor arrived, according to the charge. The charge also said surveillance video showed Siler-Fisher entering the home by kicking in the doggy door. The woman told police that Siler-Fisher called twice to threaten her during the drive, using profanity and vulgar language. She also said the doctor tweeted her 25 text messages,...
  • Kerry: 'Core Issue of Instability ... Is the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict'

    07/17/2013 5:12:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 7/17/13 | Jeryl Bier
    Secretary of State John Kerry is currently in Jordan for talks with area leaders and a meeting of the Arab Peace Initiative Follow-Up Committee. After a meeting with Jordanian foreign minister Nasser Judeh, Kerry made some rather sweeping remarks about the role the Palestinian-Israeli conflict plays in not only regional but global stability [emphasis added]: Peace is in the common interest of everybody in this region. And as many ministers said to me today in the meeting that we had – many of them – they said that the core issue of instability in this region and in many other...
  • Warning signs on market liquidity risks

    05/16/2011 7:29:07 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/15/11 | Eric Burroughs
    Eric Burroughs Warning signs on market liquidity risks May 15, 2011 07:28 EDT If the great commodity selloff of 2011 shows nothing else, it is that markets are undergoing serious structural changes that need to be followed closely. Our commodities analyst John Kemp has compared the oil plunge with the May 2010 flash crash in U.S. shares, and rightfully so. Four standard deviation moves in oil futures are not normal, even if Gaussian distributions underestimate the chance of such a move. The rise of high-speed electronic trading appears to be creating imbalances between buyers and sellers in nanoseconds that lead...
  • Russia: the rouble rises

    03/02/2011 9:55:17 PM PST · by cunning_fish · 1 replies
    Financial Times ^ | March 2, 2011 | Stefan Wags
    The Russian central bank has put into effect its latest moves in the fight against inflation with some style. After raising interest rates on Monday for the first time since 2008, the authorities late on Tuesday widened the trading band for the rouble – and were happy to see the currency rise sharply on Wednesday, by a full 1 per cent against a US dollar/euro basket. As well as gaining some ground in the anti-inflation front, the central bank can claim another modest advance towards its aim of liberalising the rouble. Governor Sergei Ignatiev should be pleased with this week’s...
  • Number of Chronically Hungry People Nears 1 Billion

    02/15/2011 12:55:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 02/15/2011 | John Ellis
    The World Bank projects that the number of chronically hungry people around the world will reach 1 billion by the end of this year, due to a relentless rise in food prices. “The trends towards the 1bn are worrisome,” World Bank President Robert Zoellick said. “Global food prices are rising to dangerous levels. The price hike is already pushing millions of people into poverty and putting stress on the most vulnerable, who spend more than half of their income on food.” The Financial Times reports: The number of chronically hungry people surpassed 1bn – about one in six people on...
  • Sen. Kerry Urges Mubarak to Step Aside

    02/01/2011 8:27:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 30 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2/1/11 | Patrick O'Connor
    Sen. John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, called Tuesday for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down to usher in a new government. In a New York Times op-ed Tuesday, the Massachusetts Democrat appealed to Mr. Mubarak’s sense of nationalism, saying the Egyptian president “must accept that the stability of his country hinges on his willingness to step aside gracefully to make way for a new political structure.”
  • Next Year's Wars

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  • Keith Olbermann: As the Spittle Flies

    03/08/2010 3:55:21 AM PST · by Scanian · 5 replies · 100+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 08, 2010 | Stuart Schwartz
    "As the Spittle Flies" is nearing the end of its run. This cable news soap opera -- a.k.a. "Countdown With Keith Olbermann" -- is alienating viewers as quickly as the angry and demanding diva has pushed away friends, family and colleagues over the course of his tumultuous career. When will the show end? Hard to tell. But the increasingly wild-eyed Keith is drawing rubberneckers in the same fashion as a six-car crackup beside the interstate. One media columnist observes a "creeping mania" brought on by plunging ratings and terminal jealousy. According to TV by the Numbers, the foam-at-the-mouth commentator seems...
  • Rush Plants the Seed: Obama's Instability

    01/22/2010 4:33:51 PM PST · by Doc Savage · 60 replies · 2,406+ views
    January 22, 2010 | Doc Savage
    Rush Limbaugh, during today's show, seemed to plant the first seeds of doubt regarding Barack Obama's mental fitness to serve as President of the United States of America. Rush commented several times during his program on his perception of Obama's mental 'instability.' I anticipate that in the days and weeks ahead Rush will begin to flesh out the idea that Obama's fragile, narcissistic psyche has been irreparably damaged by profound political changes during his first year in office leaving him mentally unfit to serve. Merely a personal observation with which I'm sure many will disagree,... but one that may bear...
  • "Obama's Asian Trip: Shame for Accepting Chinese Military Build-up" (Translation from Japan)

    11/19/2009 11:20:00 PM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 37 replies · 1,894+ views
    Sankei Shimbun, in Japanese (FReepranslated to English) ^ | 20 November 2009 | Sankei News "Assertion" Column (in Japanese)
    Original article from Thursday (19), links to the Japanese "Sankei Shimbun" website. FReepranslation is provided as a summary; the original Japanese version directly by the author governs and takes precedence over the unofficial English.Troubling developments.
  • Internal political instability led to recent provocations by N. Korea: CIA chief

    05/19/2009 5:11:24 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies · 1,354+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 05/19/09 | Hwang Doo-hyong
    Internal political instability led to recent provocations by N. Korea: CIA chief By Hwang Doo-hyong WASHINGTON, May 19 (Yonhap) -- North Korea's recent provocations have come from political instability following the alleged health problems of its leader Kim Jong-il late last year, a top U.S. intelligence official said. "There also are legitimate questions being raised about the internal stability of North Korea, given Kim Jong-Il's health problems, uncertainty about succession, the weak economy, and the persistent food shortages," Leon Panetta, director of the Central Intelligence Agency, told a forum in Los Angeles Monday. "The result is that North Korea remains...
  • N. Korea: Succession Plans Still Murky (good analysis)

    04/21/2009 5:52:30 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies · 311+ views
    RFA ^ | 04/20/09 | Joshua Lipes
    Succession Plans Still Murky 2009-04-20 North Korea's leader appears increasingly ill, and time may be running out to find a successor. This picture, taken some time in 1992, shows current North Korean leader Kim Jong Il (R) and then-leader Kim Il Sung (L), inspecting a soccer ground in Pyongyang. WASHINGTON—Appointments to North Korea’s National Defense Commission (NDC) during recent meetings of the country’s rubber-stamp parliament show that leaders of the tightly closed country have begun to finalize plans for a successor to the ailing Kim Jong Il, analysts say. The 12-member NDC, chaired by supreme leader Kim Jong Il, is...
  • Soviet relics feel the pain as Russian crisis deepens

    04/11/2009 9:54:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies · 547+ views
    Guardian ^ | 04/12/09 | Luke Harding
    Soviet relics feel the pain as Russian crisis deepens Luke Harding reports from Dushanbe in Tajikistan on how Moscow's recession has seen the sacking of thousands of guest workers from the central Asian republics. Now they are going home to poverty - and their governments are under threat Luke Harding The Observer, Sunday 12 April 2009 Until last month, Zafar Kasimov was working in a cement factory in St Petersburg. Now, however, he is back home from Russia and scraping a living in Tajikistan, central Asia's most hard-up nation. "My Russian boss told me there was no more work," Zafar,...
  • N. Korea: Kim Jong-il Recuperating at a Pyongyang Hospital (cracks among elites emerging)

    10/22/2008 9:34:48 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 667+ views
    RFA ^ | 10/22/08 | Noh Jung-min
    /begin my translation Kim Jong-il Recuperating at a Pyongyang Hospital Washington - Noh Jung-min 10/22/08 N. Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, who dropped out of sight for nearly two months, is said to have moved his residence to a hospital in Pyongyang. He delegated all his decision-making power (to others,) and ruling party's Personnel Department and (N. Korean) military are (frequently) at odds with each other over policy matters, according to a Chinese source on N. Korea. Jang Sung-taek (Kim's brother-in-law,) who is viewed as currently wielding a real power by foreign media, does not have as much power as the...
  • Something Happened? All N. Korean Diplomatic Missions Ordered to be on Stand-by

    10/17/2008 11:36:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 171 replies · 5,771+ views
    /begin my translation Something Happened? All N. Korean Diplomatic Missions Ordered to be on Stand-by N. Korea's diplomatic missions all over the world were ordered on Oct. 17 to stay at their mission, refraining from going out, and expect important announcement from their government. Sources explained they expect that official announcement could be made in a few days. They speculate that it is related to inter-Korean relationship or Kim Jong-il's health. /end my translation
  • Morgan Stanley weighing possible merger: report

    09/17/2008 6:08:21 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 186+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/17/08
    Morgan Stanley weighing possible merger: report Wed Sep 17, 2008 8:46am EDT SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Investment bank Morgan Stanley is weighing whether it should remain independent or merge with a bank, given the recent turbulence in the company's share price, broadcaster CNBC reported on Wednesday. Morgan Stanley officials were not in merger talks as of late Tuesday, CNBC said, citing unnamed people close to the matter. "But senior people at Morgan concede that further zig-zags in the company's stock price could and possibly will force the company to change course and seek a merger partner, probably a well capitalized bank,"...
  • Strained Vietnam economy hit by fresh ratings blow

    06/04/2008 6:12:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 103+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/04/08
    Strained Vietnam economy hit by fresh ratings blow Reuters - 2 hours 12 minutes ago OTHER STORIES > Moody's statement..[ID:nWLA318] > Fitch statement................[ID:nHKG200860] (Additional reporting by Nguyen Nhat Lam; editing by Neil Fullick) - HANOI, June 4 - Moody's downgraded its ratings outlook on Vietnam to negative from positive on Wednesday, the second outlook cut in a week as the economy grapples with 25 percent inflation and rising trade and current account deficits. ADVERTISEMENT v Moody's Investors Service said the swing in ratings outlook reflected its view that Vietnam's economic imbalances were greater than anticipated, but it also noted strengths...
  • UK financial system at risk from new shocks, says Bank

    10/25/2007 12:43:56 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 121+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/25/07 | Gabriel Rozenberg and Christine Seib
    UK financial system at risk from new shocks, says Bank Gabriel Rozenberg and Christine Seib Britain’s financial system is vulnerable to new shocks in the wake of its most severe challenge for decades, and banks and authorities must learn the lessons of the crisis, the Bank of England says today. In its first detailed analysis of the squeeze that has engulfed credit markets since the summer, the Bank says that financial institutions have become more fragile and that the availability of credit may tighten. In turn, it sounds a warning that tighter lending conditions could spell serious fallout for the...
  • Refugees To Flee 'Arc Of Instability' To Europe

    06/20/2007 8:57:27 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 403+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-21-2007 | Mike Pflanz
    Refugees to flee 'arc of instability' to Europe By Mike Pflanz in Kajo Keji Last Updated: 2:16am BST 21/06/2007 Fresh waves of migrants will attempt to reach Europe unless more is done to rebuild their war-torn homelands, the United Nations refugee chief has said. Somalian refugees attend a UN sponsored event to mark 'World Refugee Day' in Nairobi The number of refugees running from a "boiling arc of instability" from Somalia through the Middle East to Afghanistan jumped 14 per cent to 9.9 million last year. A further 24.5 million have become "internally displaced people" - refugees in their own...
  • China: Bachelor bomb(23 million out to wreak havoc?)

    10/04/2005 5:02:23 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 40 replies · 1,358+ views
    IHT ^ | 09/14/05 | Dudley L. Poston Jr. and Peter A. Morrison
    China: Bachelor bomb Dudley L. Poston Jr. and Peter A. Morrison International Herald Tribune WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2005 SANTA MONICA, California In a trend fraught with troubling political and social implications, China will soon find itself with a marriage-age population remarkably out of balance, with about 23 million more young men than women available for them to marry in this decade and the next - what demographers term a "marriage squeeze." This impending surplus of unattached young men could be a driving force behind increased crime, explosive epidemics of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, and even international threats to...
  • China's widening income gap threatening social stability: government

    08/26/2005 7:12:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 317+ views
    AFP ^ | 08/22/05
    China's widening income gap threatening social stability: governmentMon Aug 22, 1:17 AM ET BEIJING (AFP) - China's rapidly widening income gap has reached dangerous levels, risking social instability by 2010 if the present trend continues, a government report warns. "China's growing income gap is likely to trigger social instability after 2010 if the government finds no effective solutions to end the disparity," the Ministry of Labour and Social Security warned in the China Daily. Su Hainan, president of the ministry's income research institute, found income disparity in China had reached the crucial "yellow" stage -- the second most serious in...
  • It's India Above China in New World Order (a prescient article)

    07/14/2005 8:22:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies · 1,022+ views
    Harvard Business School ^ | 07/28/03 | Martha Lagace
    It's India Above China in New World OrderHBSWK Pub. Date: Jul 28, 2003 Can India overtake China? That's the title of an influential new article in Foreign Policy magazine. A Q&A with authors Yasheng Huang of MIT and Tarun Khanna of HBS. by Martha Lagace, Senior Editor, HBS Working KnowledgeComparing India and China is to embark on an old puzzle that has fascinated smart people for centuries. The newer question of economic leadership, however?Which country will overtake the other in the foreseeable future?" —is an urgent and important one, according to a provocative article in the July-August issue of...
  • Japan:Shanghai violence exposes 'China risk'

    04/17/2005 11:48:09 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 24 replies · 705+ views
    Yomiuri Shimbun ^ | 04/18/05 | Kazumasa Higashi
     Shanghai violence exposes 'China risk' Kazumasa Higashi / Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentThe violent demonstration against Japanese and Japanese establishments that took place Saturday in Shanghai came as a great shock to the 4,500 Japanese companies in the city. As many of the firms are expected to take protective measures to deal with the situation, it is likely that new projects will be stalled. Workers of a Japanese company reportedly staged a strike in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. The spread of anti-Japanese movements is expected to cause Japanese companies to suspend projects to set up affiliates in China and review their business strategies...
  • Grenade thrown at Kyrgyz opposition leader's home

    03/03/2005 3:34:30 PM PST · by Bald Eagle777 · 3 replies · 230+ views ^ | March 3, 2005 | Reuters
    ...Assailants threw a grenade into the apartment of a prominent Kyrgyz opposition leader on Thursday but caused no casualties, opposition and police said. The incident occurred just days after a heated parliamentary election that international observers said fell short of international standards for democracy.
  • "Iraqi Hitler" may emerge says Iraq president - (Well, then, was Saddam Iraq's Peter Pan?)

    12/13/2004 9:08:43 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 372+ views
    REUTERS.COM ^ | DECEMBER 13, 2004 | Staff Writer
    DUBAI (Reuters) - Long-term instability in Iraq could give birth to an "Iraqi Hitler" if citizens continue to feel humiliated and despondent, Iraqi President Ghazi Yawar has said. Daily bombings and kidnappings have plagued Iraq since last year's U.S.-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein and the relentless Sunni-led insurgency has crippled reconstruction and development projects in the country. "This could in the long term create an environment in which an Iraqi Hitler could emerge like the one created by the defeat of Germany and the humiliation of Germans in World War I," Yawar told the London-based Asharq al-Awsat newspaper in remarks...
  • **N. Korean Party Documents Smuggled to China Indicate Internal Worries/Problems** (View Samples)

    11/22/2004 11:06:32 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 44 replies · 3,574+ views
    The Japanese NGO (non government humanitarian) group in support of freedom in North Korea and safety for North Korean refugees, R.E.N.K., has released secret, internal North Korean Workers (Communist) Party documents which indicated substantial concern by the regime's authorities about smuggling that involved Western influences/documents/videos, etc. and reaching North Koreans, as well as secret North Korean Party documents making it to the outside.Partial translation to follow--assistance requested of other Freepers (if they have time or comments) who have "Freepranslation" skills; (these docs were just released today on the web):Here is one of the North Korean internal documents showing heightened concern...
  • Arabs: Terror War Has Spread Instability

    09/11/2004 10:16:55 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies · 1,507+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/04 | Paul Garwood - AP
    CAIRO, Egypt - While people around the world mourned the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, many Arabs warned that the U.S.-led war on terror and Washington's support of Israel has only spread, not reduced, global militancy and instability. "Sept. 11 was a tragic day in our history because so many innocent people were killed at the hands of militants, who find a fertile ground in our region in view of the biased U.S. policies toward Israel and against Arab causes," said 34-year-old banker Mahmoud Obeid in the Jordanian capital, Amman. "We don't hate the Americans as people, but we...
  • ***North Korea Deploys New 4,000 Km Range Missiles*** Top News

    05/04/2004 12:53:11 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 58 replies · 264+ views
    Chosun Ilbo Newspaper (Seoul) in English ^ | 5 May 2004 | Chosun Ilbo Newspaper, South Korea (in English)
    North [Korea] Deploys New 4,000 Km-Range Missiles North Korea has begun work on deploying intermediate range ballistic missiles (with ranges of 3,000~4,000km) it developed last year, building underground bases at two sites. This is much sooner than South Korean and American military authorities had expected. A high ranking government source said Tuesday that, "North Korea is in the middle of building two underground missile sites in Yangdok County, South Pyongan Province and Sangnam-ni, Hochon County, North Hamgyeong Province. Construction is about 70 to 80 percent complete." The source added, "In particular, U.S. spy satellites have discovered about 10 of...
  • Instability Spreads As Thousands Flee From Zimbabwe

    11/07/2003 7:01:48 PM PST · by blam · 9 replies · 210+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-8-2003 | Tim Butler
    Instability spreads as thousands flee from Zimbabwe (Filed: 08/11/2003) The effects of Robert Mugabe's regime are forcing thousands of people to seek sanctuary in neighbouring countries - a situation that is threatening to destabalise the whole region, writes Tim Butcher in Gabrone. Less than a mile from the mirror-panelled banks and high-rise offices of Botswana's richest firms, penniless Zimbabweans gather on dusty street corners begging for work. Unregistered, unkempt and unlawful in a foreign land, the desperate men whisper "Piece work, piece work" sotto voce, meaning "odd job" to any passer-by. If you are brave enough to stop your car...
  • UN Fears Instability In Kabul After Mayor Demolishes 'Illegal' Homes

    09/04/2003 4:02:04 PM PDT · by blam · 1 replies · 1,690+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 9-5-2003 | Phil Reeves
    UN fears instability in Kabul after Mayor demolishes 'illegal' homes By Phil Reeves, Asia Correspondent 05 September 2003 Kabul has always been the exception, a haven amid an unstable country where American troops are still tracking down anti-government guerrillas at huge expense, where swaths of the landscape are no-go areas because of the threat of violence. But now trouble has come unexpectedly to the Afghan capital. To the disgust of the United Nations, Basir Salangi, the Kabul police chief, has begun flexing his muscles, underlining tensions between the US-backed Afghan authorities and the international community. His target comprises one-room mud-brick...
  • US Redeploys Its Troops To Cover 'Arc Of Instability' (Korea)

    06/06/2003 5:14:31 PM PDT · by blam · 5 replies · 245+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 6-7-2003 | Rupert Cornwell
    US redeploys its troops to cover 'arc of instability' By Rupert Cornwell in Washington 07 June 2003 The phased pullback of more than 14,000 American troops far from the demilitarised zone separating North and South Korea is the latest step in a sweeping global rearrangement of US military forces, conceived in the aftermath of the Cold War, and hastened by the war against Saddam Hussein. The withdrawal from what is frequently described as the "most dangerous place in the world" would take years, senior Pentagon officials said, and, for the time being at least, would not affect overall US force...
  • New type of custody fight - 2 women argue visitation rights

    08/09/2002 1:37:36 PM PDT · by LurkedLongEnough · 7 replies · 343+ views
    THE NEWS-TIMES [Danbury CT] ^ | August 9, 2002 | Karen Ali, Staff Writer
    DANBURY — Nancy Lavoie and her girlfriend Sandy MacIntyre began living together in Danbury in 1993. Like many committed couples, they decided to start a family. After much discussion, they decided that MacIntyre would try to get pregnant through artificial insemination. First came a boy, in 1997, and two years later, they had a daughter. By all accounts the children are healthy, happy and well-adjusted. But although the children thrived, the couple’s relationship came apart. At some point after they broke up in 2001, MacIntyre banned Lavoie from the children’s lives. So Lavoie took her former girlfriend to Superior Court,...
  • Instability on Horizon as Arab Regimes Remain Indecisive

    03/13/2002 5:12:48 PM PST · by liberallarry · 3 replies · 230+ views
    STRATFOR ^ | March 13, 2002 | staff
    Instability on Horizon as Arab Regimes Remain Indecisive 12 March 2002 Summary Driven by a burgeoning youth population, stagnant economies and the regionally unpopular U.S. war on terrorism, domestic challenges in many Arab states are nearing critical mass. Arab governments are moving to counter this trend and have taken a number of unusual or unprecedented steps in recent months. But the measures so far are half-hearted at best and will not resolve the underlying pressures nor halt a surge in popular unrest in the coming year. Analysis U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney arrived in Jordan March 12 on the first...