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  • China and Russia Lay Foundation for Massive Economic Cooperation

    07/11/2015 5:24:54 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 19 replies
    Foreign Policy (.com) ^ | July 10, 2015 | y Reid Standish
    In the past decade, Beijing and Moscow have been more competitors than partners. But that relationship may now be changing as Russian and Chinese leaders are considering combining their two countries’ regional economic projects — the Eurasian Economic Union and the Silk Road Economic Belt, respectively. While meeting at a two-day summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Ufa, Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping are reportedly discussing a framework that would merge China’s multi-billion dollar network of roads, railways, and pipelines through Central Asia with the Eurasian Union, the post-Soviet economic bloc that includes Armenia,...
  • "Moderate" Syrian Rebels Sign Non-Aggression Pact With ISIS; Iraq Defies US

    09/14/2014 10:14:01 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 15 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 9/13/14 | Tyler Durden
    First, Germany and UK (and Australia) - the USA' broad coalition of allies to strike ISIS - will not support airstrikes on ISIS in Syria. Second, Turkey - the USA's closest ally in NATO among the Middle East - denies them its airbases for use as launch sites of airstrikes and will not support airstrikes in Syria (after John Kerry visits) Third, Iraq's newly-installed US-friendly PM al-Abadi defies the US and halts airstrikes on ISIS-held civilian areas (leaving it up to the US to be the bad guys against his people once again), and Finally, The USA's proxy boots-on-the-ground -...
  • The Syrian rebels that Obama is trying to ARM against ISIS have signed NON-AGGRESSION pact

    09/13/2014 3:29:49 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 42 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 9-13-14 | soopermexican
    As part of the new phase of maybe-kinda-probably war against ISIS, Obama is seeking to arm the Syrian rebels, hoping they’ll fight against the ravenous terrorists who cut through the Iraqi army like a hot Jihadist knife through butter. There’s just one tiny problem with this strategy – those rebels have signed a non-aggression pact with ISIS: The U.S. backed, Syrian Revolutionary Front (SRF), have signed a ceasefire agreement with members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the Rif Dimashq Governate. According to the ceasefire agreement, the two militant groups will not engage in violence with...
  • (Effin') Kerry Quietly Makes Priority of Climate Pact

    01/02/2014 5:16:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/02/13 | CORAL DAVENPORT
    **SNIP** His goal is to become the lead broker of a global climate treaty in 2015 that will commit the United States and other nations to historic reductions in fossil fuel pollution. Whether the secretary of state can have that kind of influence remains an open question, and Mr. Kerry, despite two decades of attention to climate policy, has few concrete accomplishments on the issue. The climate bills he sponsored as a senator failed. At the United Nations climate summit meeting in Copenhagen in 2009, Mr. Kerry, then a senator from Massachusetts, labored behind the scenes to help President Obama...
  • Claims of Turkey-Israel Pact Against Syria 'Groundless'

    04/06/2013 1:38:48 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/4/13
    Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu hit back at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's claims in an interview that Ankara made a pact with Israel against Damascus. "Such arguments like Turkey is in cooperation with Israel against Syria have no grounds," the Turkish foreign minister said, according to the Anatolia news agency. "Turkey never speaks to Israel or any other third party about its neighbors," he said. "This is not something that should be taken seriously." Assad slammed Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in an interview conducted this week with two Turkish media outlets, accusing Ankara of "contributing directly to the...
  • Bennett Vindicated as Coalition Crafting Enters Overtime

    03/01/2013 6:54:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 7 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/3/13 | Gil Ronen
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet President Shimon Peres Saturday evening and ask him for a two-week extension in which to put together a coalition of parties and form a new government. Peres will grant Netanyahu the two-week extension. If Netanyahu fails to cobble together a coalition within a fortnight, however, he will be in serious trouble. Peres could decide to task someone else with creating a coalition, or new elections could be called. We are, therefore, entering the "money time" of coalition crafting. The reports in two major news sources Friday that Netanyahu's representatives offered Yesh Atid a policy...
  • Obama urges Russia to work with U.S. to extend arms pact

    12/03/2012 7:40:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    reuters ^ | 12/3/12 | reuters
    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Russia on Tuesday to work with the United States to "update" a decades-old agreement on dismantling nuclear and chemicals weapons that is set to expire in mid-2013. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in October that Moscow intended to end the 1992 agreement, the latest sign that the much-vaunted "reset" in relations between the Cold War-era foes may be running out of steam. Obama, attending a conference of nuclear anti-proliferation experts at the National War College in Washington, took note of Moscow's complaints and expressed optimism the pact would be extended. "Russia has...
  • Family Uses Son's Obituary To Send A Message (Republican Budget Cuts Killed Him...)

    04/10/2011 9:11:27 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 55 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | 04/10/2011 | News Channel 5
    Crossville, Tenn. - A Cumberland County family blames the state's healthcare system for the death of their son. Frank and Ann Zingheim's 48-year-old son, Scott, committed suicide on March 31st. On Sunday, his obituary appeared in The Tennessean, with a tribute to his life, and also a message for state lawmakers. "No one listens, no one listens," said Frank Zingheim. "There are major cuts being made in Nashville right now." Scott Zingheim was diagnosed as a Paranoid Schizophrenic when he was 15-years-old. His parents say he was in and out of hospitals for most of his life, until one program...

    08/04/2010 9:37:39 AM PDT · by Edisto Joe · 20 replies
    The Edisto Joe Outlook ^ | 08/04/2010 | JH Howard
    Under what circumstance would a normal law abiding citizen intentionally defy federal law? Recently a grandfather went to the post office with a care package for his grandson serving with the Marines in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. When he went to the counter with the box, the clerk looked over the form that lists the contents and saw a carton of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco as contents. The clerk then gave the man back his package and informed him that the US Postal Service, by law, could no longer mail packages containing those items. Not even to troops serving in war...
  • The ObamaCare Suicide Pact

    02/24/2010 5:54:21 AM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 8 replies · 445+ views ^ | 2-23-10 | CFIF
    Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are on a Kamikaze mission. And they’re now preparing to ram government-run health care down our throats by using a series of legislative tricks and parliamentary gimmicks. They’ve just repackaged the same tired ObamaCare ideas that the American people have already rejected... rationed care… drastic cuts to Medicare Advantage… hundreds of billions of dollars in tax increases… the unconstitutional individual mandate… taxpayer-funded abortions… and more.
  • Lynn Seeks Ways to Strengthen U.S.-Australia Pact

    02/12/2010 3:46:08 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 188+ views
    PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, Feb. 12, 2010 – Australia is already one of America’s strongest allies, and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III will visit the nation to see how the alliance can become even stronger. Lynn will meet with Australian leaders in Sydney, Adelaide and Canberra to discuss the scope and shape of U.S.-Australian military cooperation. “Australia is a critical ally that is supporting the effort in Afghanistan in important ways, and we think we can work with them on future threats like cybersecurity,” Lynn said during an interview aboard a military aircraft. Tomorrow, Lynn will speak about...
  • Pact signed to expand US use of Colombia bases

    10/30/2009 7:36:59 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 275+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/09 | Frank banak - ap
    BOGOTA – In a private, low-key ceremony, the U.S. ambassador and three Colombian ministers on Friday signed a pact giving American personnel expanded access to military bases in this drug-producing country, a deal that Venezuela's Hugo Chavez has called a threat to the region's security. Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez said the 10-year deal takes effect immediately and restricts U.S. military operations to Colombian territory — alluding to fears expressed by leftist leaders in the region that it would make Colombia a base for asserting U.S. power in South America. Details of the pact, which aims to boost drug and counterinsurgency...
  • Ousted Honduran leader: Pact will restore me (U.S.-brokered 'done' deal)

    10/30/2009 12:02:19 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 46 replies · 2,490+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/30/09 | Juan Zamorano - ap
    TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – Deposed President Manuel Zelaya and his opponents have agreed to a U.S.-brokered deal that he said will return him to power four months after a coup shook faith in Latin America's young democracies. The power-sharing agreement reached late Thursday calls for Congress to decide whether to reinstate the leftist Zelaya. While the legislature backed his June 28 ouster, congressional leaders have since said they won't stand in the way of an agreement that ends Honduras' diplomatic isolation and legitimizes presidential elections planned for Nov. 29. Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Thomas Shannon said Friday that the two...
  • U.S. and U.A.E. to Sign Nuclear-Cooperation Pact

    01/15/2009 2:49:49 PM PST · by BGHater · 4 replies · 296+ views
    WSJ ^ | 15 Jan 2009 | Jay Solomon
    The Bush administration plans to sign a nuclear-cooperation agreement with the United Arab Emirates on Thursday,according to officials involved in the negotiations,despite concerns in Congress. The pact, one of the administration's final foreign-policy acts, could help the U.A.E. become the first Arab nation to develop a nuclear-power industry as early as 2017, said these officials. The Bush administration has championed the agreement as a model for promoting peaceful nuclear energy,while guarding against weapons proliferation. Still, some U.S. lawmakers are seeking to block the U.A.E. deal over fears it could fuel a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East at a time...
  • Bush, Maliki Sign Security Pact in Baghdad

    12/15/2008 3:32:56 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 374+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 15, 2008 – With fewer than 40 days left in office, President George W. Bush signed a security pact in Baghdad yesterday, putting an end in sight for the Iraq war after nearly six years of fighting. “The war is not over yet,” Bush said, “[but] it is decisively on its way to being won.” During a surprise farewell visit to Baghdad yesterday, Bush met with Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for a signing ceremony, affirming the two landmark agreements to withdraw U.S. troops and formalizing a long-term relationship between the two countries. “[The agreements] cement a...
  • Canada to offer Obama continental climate change pact

    11/06/2008 3:11:42 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 765+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/6/08 | AFP
    OTTAWA (AFP) – Canada's prime minister said Thursday he hoped to work with US president-elect Barack Obama on a North American deal to curbing greenhouse gas emissions linked to global warming. "It's almost essential for Canada to manage this problem in cooperation with the United States because we share the same economy, we share the same continent," Prime Minister Stephen Harper told reporters. "And we need a partner in the matters of the environment if we want to make real progress." The United States, said Harper, has not embraced an "aggressive" environmental agenda, but Obama was set to redouble US...
  • EU fights to prevent climate change pact unravelling

    10/16/2008 6:56:27 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 374+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 10/16/08 | Lorne Cook
    BRUSSELS (AFP) – European Union leaders fought growing pressure Thursday to roll back their climate change plans, standing by their targets and timetable for the package as the financial crisis bites. After Italy and Poland brandished the threat of a veto if their reservations were not taken into account, Germany, Europe's largest economy, also voiced concerns over the ambitious environmental plans. "I can confirm that the objectives remain the same, the calendar remains the same, now it's up to (us) to find solutions for those countries that expressed concerns," French President Nicolas Sarkozy said. "The climate package is so important...
  • Bush calls for vote on Colombia trade pact

    09/20/2008 5:37:00 PM PDT · by BGHater · 8 replies · 435+ views
    The Hill ^ | 20 Sep 2008 | Kevin Bogardus
    President Bush on Saturday used the visit of Colombia’s President Alvaro Uribe to urge Congress to pass a free trade agreement with the South American country. In remarks to reporters alongside Uribe at the White House Rose Garden, Bush said it is vital that Congress considers the trade pact before adjourning. “It is a statement of friendship, it's a statement of common values. And if this agreement were not to pass it would embolden the voices of populism in the neighborhood, to the detriment of a government which has been very strong in dealing with human rights and human dignity...
  • Massachusetts High School Faces Pregnancy Boom [17 girls entering summer vacation expecting...]

    06/19/2008 10:29:24 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 68 replies · 314+ views
    Massachusetts High School Faces Pregnancy Boom Thursday, June 19, 2008 A Massachusetts high school is facing a pregnancy boom with 17 girls entering summer vacation expecting babies in what some have called a pregnancy pact. Officials at Gloucester High School in Gloucester, Mass., are investigating whether half of the teens made a pact to get pregnant during the school year, reported. Officials said that beginning last fall a large group of girls started asking the school clinic for pregnancy tests, the site said. "Some girls seemed more upset when they weren't pregnant than when they were," principal Joseph Sullivan...
  • Iraq: Debate Flares Over U.S. Security Pact

    06/12/2008 3:25:34 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 2 replies · 26+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | June 12, 2008 | Charles Recknagel
    Negotiations between Washington and Baghdad over a new security pact are turning into a political crisis in Baghdad. The talks are intended to establish the legal conditions under which U.S. troops will remain in Iraq after their UN mandate expires at the end this year. Not a great deal is known publicly about the details of the negotiations over the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between Washington and the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. That is because both sides are keeping their negotiating stances secret -- precisely to avoid the slowdown of a larger public debate. But the strategy...
  • Fla., Ala. and Ga. sign pact for secrecy in water talks

    02/20/2008 9:49:33 AM PST · by BGHater · 15 replies · 108+ views
    AP ^ | 19 Feb 2008 | Ben Evans
    Officials from Alabama, Florida and Georgia signed a confidentiality agreement in January that includes two private utilities and prohibits the parties from disclosing to the public details of the ongoing negotiations over water rights in the region. A Florida seafood industry group says the secrecy deal is illegal and is asking the state's open government commission to throw it out. ``It just fuels suspicion on the part of people down here whose livelihoods depend on this,'' Kevin Begos, executive director of the Franklin County Oyster & Seafood Task Force, said Tuesday. The task force obtained a copy of the agreement...
  • Bush asks Senate to OK international pact against steroids, other performance drugs in sports

    02/07/2008 5:41:12 PM PST · by BGHater · 2 replies · 93+ views
    AP ^ | 07 Feb 2008 | AP
    President Bush asked the Senate to swiftly approve an agreement ratified by more than 70 nations to fight the use of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs in sports. In a statement Thursday, the White House said the agreement's principles are already reflected in U.S. law and policy. "Ratifying the convention will solidify our nation's place as a leader in the worldwide effort to rid athletics of cheating through chemistry," White House press secretary Dana Perino said in a written statement. U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Jim Scherr said he appreciated Bush's support. "This convention is emblematic of the commitment our government...
  • U.S. and Russia sign pact to hunt for water on Mars, moon

    10/03/2007 1:11:08 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 9 replies · 304+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/03/07 | Michael Stott
    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and the United States, the world's great space powers, celebrated the eve of the first satellite launch 50 years ago with a pact to use Russian technology on NASA missions to seek water on the moon and Mars. NASA administrator Michael Griffin signed the cooperation deal with his Russian counterpart at a ceremony on Wednesday at the U.S. embassy residence in Moscow attended by cosmonauts and astronauts and featuring a recorded greeting from space. Both sides avoided mention of superpower rivalry during the Cold War and recent clashes over U.S. "Star Wars"-style missile defense plans to...
  • Defence pact to put Japanese troops on Australian soil

    02/04/2007 11:47:52 AM PST · by Dundee · 11 replies · 457+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 05, 2007 | Peter Alford
    CANBERRA and Tokyo are negotiating a defence and security agreement that will open the way for Japanese troops to train on Australian soil. The co-operation pact will bring a new dimension to Australia's relations with its biggest trading partner, providing for joint military exercises, regular meetings between foreign and defence ministers, exchanges of officials and closer work on regional challenges such as North Korean nuclear proliferation. It will be Japan's first bilateral security agreement, other than the US-Japan alliance, which remains the linchpin of the Japanese defence arrangements. Both Canberra and Washington have been pushing the previously reluctant Japanese Government...
  • Fort, center settle suit on bio pact (Ft Huachuca vs. Center for Bio-Diversity)

    09/20/2006 4:21:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 309+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — A federal judge has approved a lawsuit settlement in which the post and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will renegotiate a biological opinion. “Fort Huachuca’s proactive decision to re-initiate consultation was instrumental in the Center for Biological Diversity and the Army agreeing to settle the lawsuit involving activities at Fort Huachuca and the impact of these activities on the San Pedro River basin,” post spokeswoman Tanja Linton said Tuesday. Jeff Humphrey, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman in Phoenix, said the settlement was signed Friday by U.S. District Judge Cindy K. Jorgenson, who is assigned to...
  • California signs pact with Britain to fight global warming

    07/31/2006 2:59:47 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 29 replies · 657+ views
    • ‘Will not wait’ for federal government to act • To share research, information The state of California and the government of Great Britain have signed an agreement to collaborate on clean energy and ways to fight climate change. "California will not wait for our federal government to take strong action on global warming," says Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in a written statement following a meeting with British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the chief executive officers of more than a dozen California-based companies Monday. "Today, we are taking an unprecedented step by signing an agreement between California and the United...
  • The fateful hour has arrived

    04/18/2006 3:09:54 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 58 replies · 1,705+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 17 April 2006 | Caroline B. Glick
    This week Iran presented the US with the ultimate challenge and Washington must now make a decision. Is it fighting to win? Since the September 11 jihadist attacks on the US mainland, President George W. Bush has stated repeatedly that the greatest threat to global security is the specter of rogue regimes and terror groups acquiring weapons of mass destruction. At his January 2002 State of the Union address, the president declared that the regimes of Iran, North Korea and Iraq comprised an axis of evil and a central goal — indeed the most crucial goal — of the US-led...
  • The Rise of the Islamist Axis

    04/18/2006 2:50:09 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 15 replies · 681+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7 April 2006 | Caroline B. Glick
    Not meant to scare, rather to serve as a wake-up call. This Monday Russia's Novaya Gazeta newspaper reported that part of Ukraine's Soviet-era nuclear arsenal may well have found its way to Iran. With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainians agreed to transfer the Soviet nuclear arsenal that remained in Ukraine after independence to Russia. According to Novaya Gazeta, some 250 nuclear warheads never made it to Russia and are thought to have been sent to Iran instead. The report further noted that the warheads in question will remain operational until 2010. ............................ Iran's recent financial maneuverings also...
  • Syria and Iran Sign Pact to Resist Int´l Pressure, Hide Weapons

    12/22/2005 1:24:55 PM PST · by doctorhugo · 39 replies · 1,231+ views
    Israel National News - ARUTZ SHEVA ^ | Decmebr 21, 2005 | Ezra HaLevi
    Syria has agreed to store Iran's nuclear material, and Iran will grant asylum to Syrian officials implicated in the murder of former Lebanese PM Rafik Harriri, according to Jane's Defence Weekly. Another aspect of the agreement that directly affects Israel is that Syria committed itself to continue to supply the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah terror group with weapons, ammunition and other equipment. Hizbullah currently has 15,000 missiles and rockets that it received from Iran deployed on Lebanon’s border with Israel. Also affecting the Jewish State is an Iranian commitment to supply Syria with the technology necessary to produce weapons of mass destruction...
  • Bully for Bolivia

    10/25/2005 2:06:02 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 7 replies · 573+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Oct. 25, 2005 | Staff
    Latin America: A weekend march by 5,000 Bolivians in favor of a free trade pact with the U.S. got little attention. But it was a clear signal to step up commerce in a troubled region we often don't know what to do about. Bolivia is the poorest country in South America. The prospect of a growing free-trade movement, coming from humble factory workers, is startling. It surprised even other Bolivians who often hear anti-free trade rhetoric. After all, just about the only thing we ever hear about Bolivia is that a far-leftist, Evo Morales, leads in the presidential polls for...
  • U.S. Out in Cold in UNESCO Diversity Pact

    10/20/2005 5:46:49 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 431+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 10/20/05 | Joelle Diderich - ap
    PARIS - UNESCO's member nations voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a pact on protecting cultural diversity after a bitter debate left the United States isolated in opposition to what it sees as a threat to sales of American movies and music. The convention — championed by the European Union and Canada — aims to promote ethnic traditions and minority languages and to protect those local cultures from the negative effects of globalization, UNESCO said. The United States argued the convention could be used to erect trade barriers against cultural exports such as films and pop music as well as indirectly...
  • World needs Kyoto climate pact: scientist

    10/10/2005 7:45:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies · 777+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 10/10/05 | David Fogarty
    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The world must stick with the Kyoto Protocol on greenhouse gas emissions and the United States needs to show leadership in limiting climate change instead of being an obstacle, a top British scientist said on Monday. Officials from 150 nations meet in Canada next month to discuss how to take the Kyoto pact beyond 2012, when its first phase ends. The pact, which came into force this year, obliges only developed nations to meet emissions targets while developing nations, including big polluters China and India, are excluded until at least 2012. "We are faced with a situation...
  • Bush signs Latin free trade pact

    08/02/2005 11:53:30 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 29 replies · 513+ views
    US President George W Bush has signed into law a controversial free trade pact with six Central American nations.The Central American Free Trade Agreement (Cafta) was approved in the House of Representatives by just two votes in the face of strong opposition. Signing the pact, Mr Bush said it would be good for the US and "advance peace and prosperity" throughout the region. It was opposed by Democrats and some Republicans because of fears it could put US jobs and industries at risk. Workers' rights The agreement brings together the US and Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and...
  • The Nazi connection to Islamic terrorism - (excellent history!)

    07/24/2005 7:35:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 57 replies · 5,845+ views
    Chuck Morse's latest book, "The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism, Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin al-Husseini," provides the clearest, most incisive history of how Islamo-fascism and Jihad terrorism have become the dominant political philosophy in the Arab world. It is the untold story of how Nazism took root in the Islamic world through the untiring efforts of the mufti of Jerusalem, whose aim it was to destroy the Jews in Palestine. Morse writes: The Nazi Holocaust appears to have kicked into high gear on Nov. 25, 1941, during a Berlin meeting between the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini...
  • Intelligence Brief: Shanghai Cooperation Organization (The new Warsaw Pact?)

    07/11/2005 8:19:59 PM PDT · by Srirangan · 11 replies · 462+ views
    Drafted By: Dr. Michael A. Weinstein Overshadowed in the Western press by the G8 summit of leading industrialized nations and the complications to it caused by the London transit bombings, another summit -- the July 5 meetings in Astana, Kazakhstan of the heads of government of the six members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (S.C.O.) -- promised to have greater geostrategic significance than the more widely reported events. Created with its present membership of China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in 2001, the origins of the S.C.O. date back to 1996 when Beijing initiated the Shanghai Five, which included...
  • Defining India-US Defense Relations

    07/02/2005 11:04:39 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 345+ views
    Pranab Mukherjee and Donald Rumsfeld signed the Defence Framework Agreement in Washington on June 28. It defined the parameters of strategic cooperation between the world's oldest and the largest democracies for the next ten years. It is a major development that goes well beyond the Agreed Minutes of Defence Relations signed in Delhi in January 1995 by William Perry and Mallikarjun. That agreement evolved after a deliberate assessment of the emerging global order by both sides. It was obvious even to the Cold War warriors of that era that there were insufficient reasons for continued mutual distrust and distance. The...
  • India-US defence pact will disturb power balance: Pakistan

    07/02/2005 11:02:38 AM PDT · by Srirangan · 5 replies · 413+ views
    Islamabad, Jul 2 (PTI) Pakistan has said the new defence pact between India and US would introduce new weapons systems, disturbing balance of power in the region and leading to an arms race. The ten-year defence agreement would "introduce a new weapon system which will disturb the balance of power in South Asia and lead to an arms race in the region", Pakistan Foreign Minister, Khurishid M Kasuri said yesterday. Kasuri was apparently referring to the prospects of India acquiring Patriot missile defence system from US in his remarks in Dubai while returning from the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC)...
  • Bush Unveils New North American Pact

    03/23/2005 9:30:05 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 2 replies · 162+ views
    AP ^ | 3/23/05 | JENNIFER LOVEN
    WACO, Texas (AP) - President Bush, smoothing over immigration, trade and defense disputes with Canada and Mexico, announced on Wednesday a new North American pact to broaden cooperation on security and economic issues. Bush, Mexico President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin issued a statement jointly saying that while all three nations have worked to enhance trade and have taken steps since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 to address terrorism "more needs to be done." "In a rapidly changing world, we must develop new avenues of cooperation that will make our open societies safer and more secure,...
  • CA: Garbage pact drawing fire (San Jose Mayor Gonzales committed funds without council approval)

    09/21/2004 8:37:38 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 333+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 9/20/04 | Aaron C. Davis and Rodney Foo
    On a November morning in 2002, as overstuffed trash bins sat untouched along curbs from Alviso to Almaden Valley, San Jose Mayor Ron Gonzales worked swiftly to avert a sweeping garbage strike. His telephone call to the garbage workers union got trash collectors back on the job before most customers ever noticed. But today, surprised San Jose City Council members are being asked to approve an agreement that grew from Gonzales' assurances to the union that day. It calls for $11 million in additional labor costs and ensures another rate increase before 2007. Some council members say the mayor and...
  • CA: Pact May Allow First Major Urban Casino

    08/17/2004 6:24:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 348+ views
    LA Times ^ | 8/17/04 | Dan Morain
    SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is preparing to sign new gambling agreements with several Indian tribes, including one that could spawn California's first major urban casino — something the governor has said he opposed. The Bay Area facility, a short drive from Oakland and San Francisco, could be one of the world's largest gambling halls, as large as five Costcos, with up to 5,000 slot machines, multiple sources said Monday. The agreement would require that once the 259-member Lytton Band of Pomo Indians opened the facility, now the site of a card club called Casino San Pablo, it would pay...
  • Governors Announce Border Security Pact

    08/09/2004 9:19:50 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 441+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/9/04 | Barry Massey - AP
    SANTA FE, N.M. - Governors of U.S. and Mexican states announced an agreement Monday to improve security along their borders. "One of the best ways to secure our individual homelands is by working together — sharing information, technology and personnel," New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson said at a news conference opening a two-day border governors' conference. Richardson is chairing the conference, which drew governors from four U.S. states and six Mexican states. The governor of the Mexican state of Baja California, Eugenio Elorduy Walther, said law enforcement agencies in each border state would create units to improve the exchange of...
  • CA: A contract with disaster - Prison guards pact must be amended

    04/29/2004 8:05:18 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 179+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 4/29/04 | Op/Ed
    Californians should be outraged. The state is cutting basic services and mortgaging its future by borrowing to cover budget shortfalls. At the same time, the prison system continues to be over budget year after year. And the Legislature continues to approve supplemental funds to cover cost overruns, no questions asked. Improved administration of the system is essential, but it alone can't fix this problem. The cost overruns are largely structural, the result of specific provisions in the prison guard contract that encourage unrestrained use of sick leave, the largest single driver of escalating overtime costs. The administrations of Govs. Pete...
  • Lockyer: No illegality found in Oracle pact

    03/03/2004 7:58:59 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 253+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 3/3/04 | Dan Smith
    <p>A state investigation into the Davis administration's troubled 2001 software deal with the Oracle Corp. showed "no evidence of illegality" or corruption relating to the contract, Attorney General Bill Lockyer said Tuesday.</p> <p>What Lockyer called the "possible conclusion of the Oracle investigation" came as he filed 12 felony counts against former Gov. Gray Davis' policy director, Kari Dohn, for allegedly falsifying computerized documents nearly a year after the deal was completed in May 2001 - just as investigations were getting under way.</p>
  • Officials Sign U.N. Anti-Corruption Pact

    12/09/2003 6:58:26 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 136+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/9/03 | Mark Stevenson - AP
    MERIDA, Mexico - Top officials from around the globe signed the first worldwide anti-corruption treaty Tuesday, a move that may open banks in money havens to more scrutiny and allow some poor countries to recover billions of looted dollars. U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites) and Mexican President Vicente Fox (news - web sites) were among the first to sign the U.N. Convention Against Corruption, a pact that requires countries to aid in investigations and return money to wherever it was stolen or embezzled from. The convention, expected to be signed by more than 100 nations over...
  • Pakistan, Saudi Arabia in secret nuke pact

    10/21/2003 11:32:21 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 29 replies · 879+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | 10.22.2003 | Arnaud de Borchgrave
    <p>ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan and Saudi Arabia have concluded a secret agreement on "nuclear cooperation" that will provide the Saudis with nuclear-weapons technology in exchange for cheap oil, according to a ranking Pakistani insider.</p> <p>The disclosure came at the end of a 26-hour state visit to Islamabad last weekend by Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, who flew across the Arabian Sea with an entourage of 200, including Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal and several Cabinet ministers.</p>
  • North Korea asks (demands) for non-aggression pact

    08/13/2003 2:39:54 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 194+ views
    The Times of India ^ | August 13 2003 | Associated Press
    SEOUL: North Korea again demanded on Wednesday that the United States agree to a non-aggression pact to solve a crisis over its nuclear weapons drive, and ruled out an early inspection of its nuclear facilities. Pyongyang ''will not abandon its nuclear deterrent force'' unless Washington met its demand for the pact at six-nation talks expected this month on its nuclear program, the North's foreign ministry spokesman said. The talks — to involve the United States, China, Russia, Japan and both Koreas — aim to resolve the crisis that erupted last October over Pyongyang's development of nuclear weapons. US Deputy Secretary...
  • North Korea wants non-aggression pact with US

    07/21/2003 12:33:23 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 8 replies · 192+ views
    Radio Netherlands ^ | July 21 2003
    North Korea says it wants a non-aggression pact with the United States in exchange for concessions on its own nuclear programme. The Stalinist government in Pyongyang claims this will open the way to arms limitation negotiations. South Korean newspaper the Korea Times reports that North Korea, the United States and China will probably meet in Beijing on September 6th for talks on the crisis. However, the South Korean government says it knows nothing about any such agreement. South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun has denied reports in the US press about a second nuclear reactor in North Korea. At the weekend,...
  • U.S. Shocks with Promise to Back Anti-Smoking Pact (Tommy Thompson told journalists (WHO)) )

    05/18/2003 11:41:47 AM PDT · by TLBSHOW · 99 replies · 732+ views
    reuters ^ | 5/18/2003 | Karen Iley
    U.S. Shocks with Promise to Back Anti-Smoking Pact GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States said Sunday it would fully support a global anti-smoking treaty at this week's world health meeting, startling observers by dropping its objections to the pact. "I'm going to support it -- much to the surprise of many around the world," U.S. Health Secretary Tommy Thompson told journalists on the eve of the World Health Organization's (WHO) annual assembly. Despite having some of the world's toughest anti-smoking rules, the United States, along with Germany, had opposed a clause to ban advertising saying it went against constitutional guarantees...
  • End of the postwar alliance pact

    03/16/2003 8:02:21 AM PST · by knighthawk · 14 replies · 261+ views
    The Daily Yomiuri ^ | March 16 2003 | Francis Fukuyama/The Yomiuri Shimbun
    The first shot of the second Gulf War has yet to be fired, but already the conflict is producing unanticipated consequences that will have a lasting impact long after the war is over. The most important result so far is the unraveling of the U.S. alliance structure, and the weakening of a series of key institutions, including the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the European Union and the United Nations. In planning its strategy of forcibly disarming Iraq, the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush assumed that the United States' European allies would complain and protest, but ultimately fall in...
  • South Korea will ask US to offer North peace pact (VOMITING TILL YOU DIE ALERT)

    01/04/2003 6:04:50 AM PST · by MadIvan · 25 replies · 373+ views
    The Times ^ | January 4, 2003 | Richard Lloyd Parry
    THE incoming South Korean president will ask the United States to promise not to attack North Korea in return for an abandonment of the communist state’s nuclear programme. Yes, because the North Koreans can be so trusted to keep their promises. Anything bad they do can be traced to Kim Jong-Il having a mad dad. He should be on Oprah. /sarcasm - Ivan Roh Moo-hyun’s attempt to end the Korean deadlock, outlined by the president-elect’s aides yesterday, will require a written security guarantee from the US Government if North Korea publicly renounces its nuclear activities. Roh is an idiot. North...