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  • EU: Brinkmanship as Spain warns over bail-out terms

    09/04/2012 2:55:23 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 9/4/2012 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    Spain has issued a veiled warning that it will not accept a full bail-out from Europe if the terms are too harsh, a move that would paralyse the European Central Bank and call the euro’s survival into question. In an escalating game of brinkmanship, Spanish finance minister Luis de Guindos said his country is not yet willing to sign a Memorandum giving up fiscal sovereignty to EU inspectors. “First of all, one must clarify the conditions,” he told German newspaper Handelsblatt. Mr de Guindos said the crisis engulfing the region is larger than any one country and warned north Europe...
  • Beirut Patriarch: EU Doesn't Care About the Fate of Christians in the Middle East

    09/04/2012 10:59:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The west's attitude to the Syrian conflict was described as "hypocrisy" and sharply criticised by the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church in Beirut, Ignatius Ephrem Joseph III. "For many governments it's merely a matter of economic interests. They don't really care about the fate of the Christians in the Middle East. Otherwise they would advocate equality before the law and the observance of human rights for all, including in those countries where the so-called Arab Spring has not taken place", the Beirut Patriarch claims in an interview with the international Catholic charity "Aid to the Church in Need". It's...
  • UN envoy Brahimi says Syria mission 'nearly impossible'

    09/03/2012 1:13:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | September 2012 | interview by Lyse Doucet
    Lakhdar Brahimi has embarked on one of the world's toughest jobs. But as one of the UN's most experienced troubleshooters, he may offer the skills needed in a conflict where both sides seem to believe they have no choice but to fight to the end. Mr Brahimi often deployed a "no victor, no vanquished" power-sharing approach in previous mediations, including the 1989 agreement that ended Lebanon's 15-year civil war. UN sources who have worked closely with Mr Brahimi over many years say he will be more involved in the minutiae of the process, engaging personally with all the key players,...
  • Rebels hit army headquarters in Damascus

    09/03/2012 1:08:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sunday, September 2, 2012 | Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    Syrian rebels said they planted bombs inside the Syrian army's General Staff headquarters in central Damascus on Sunday as President Bashar al-Assad's forces bulldozed buildings to the ground in parts of the capital that have backed the uprising. Syrian state television said four people were wounded in what it called a terrorist attack on the General Staff compound in the highly guarded Abu Rummaneh district, where another bomb attack killed four of Assad's top lieutenants two months ago. "The operation targeted officers in the Assad army who have been planning and giving the go ahead for the massacres against the...
  • US companies conduct fire drills in case Greece exits euro

    09/03/2012 8:17:16 AM PDT · by John W · 7 replies
    New York Times via nbcnews.com ^ | September 2, 2012 | Nelson D. Schwartz
    Even as Greece desperately tries to avoid defaulting on its debt, American companies are preparing for what was once unthinkable: that Greece could soon be forced to leave the euro zone. Bank of America Merrill Lynch has looked into filling trucks with cash and sending them over the Greek border so clients can continue to pay local employees and suppliers in the event money is unavailable. Ford has configured its computer systems so they will be able to immediately handle a new Greek currency. No one knows just how broad the shock waves from a Greek exit would be, but...
  • Sergei Sokolov | Ex-Soviet official, 101

    09/03/2012 8:28:22 AM PDT · by Borges · 10 replies
    Philly.com ^ | 9/3/12
    Sergei Sokolov, 101, the Soviet defense minister fired by the Politburo after a German teenager landed his plane on Moscow's Red Square in the 1980s, died in Moscow on Friday. *** Russian television reported that his wife of 70 years, Mariya, died Wednesday and that the two will be buried together.
  • Chinese delegation visits 'next Dubai' Kurdistan

    08/31/2012 6:53:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Global Trader ^ | August 2012 | unattributed
    Dubbed by some observers as the 'next Dubai' because of its vast oil reserves, liberal business environment and political and social stability, Kurdistan played host to the Chinese ambassador to Iraq, Ni Jian, for the first time recently. The Chinese interest follows the Kurdistan Region's deals with numerous western companies, especially in the oil and gas sector, who see the region as having impressive high-growth investment potential. Mr Jian met Nechirvan Barzani, prime minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, and they discussed the potential of setting up a consulate in Erbil, the region's capital, and improving trade links. Ambassador Jian...
  • Gangs of Aleppo (Syria) The Arab Spring succumbs to post-state violence

    08/31/2012 4:06:21 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 8-28-12 | William S. Lind
    Gangs are one of the most basic, and most potent, building blocks of stateless Fourth Generation war. We commonly think of gangs in connection with crime. But through most of history, the line between crime and war was blurred, often to the point of vanishing. (See Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous Fourteenth Century.) It was the state that drew the line clearly, but today in much of the Middle East and elsewhere states and the state system are collapsing. What is succeeding the state looks much like the 14th century Europe Tuchman describes: people and regions are at...
  • Syrian fighters raid military airport, destroy 5 choppers

    08/30/2012 5:26:45 AM PDT · by bert · 3 replies
    Saudi Gazette ^ | August 30, 2012 12:27 AM | staff
    BEiRUT – Syrian fighters said they destroyed five helicopters in a raid on a military airport between the northern cities of Aleppo and Idlib Wednesday, while state television said the attack was repelled. Abu Mossab, a rebel who said he took part in the attack, said via Skype that rebels shelled Taftanaz military airport with two tanks captured from the army and destroyed five helicopters. “We destroyed five helicopters as well as buildings in the airport,” Abu Mossab said, although the facility remained in army hands after the raid in which the rebels lost two men before pulling back. “The...
  • Update: ‘Free Pussy Riot’ wave of anti-Christian attacks sweeps Russia

    08/31/2012 2:02:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 30, 2012 | MATTHEW CULLINAN HOFFMAN
    August 30, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) - Russia and other European countries are suffering a wave of anti-Christian attacks and disruptive protests in the wake of the conviction of the Russian punk band “Pussy Riot,” including the destruction of crosses commemorating the Christian victims of communism, an attack on the Russian Patriarch, and the theft of relics from the Church of St. Catherine the Great Martyr in St. Petersburg. In Russia the violence seemed to have claimed two lives on Wednesday, when a mother and daughter were found stabbed to death in their apartment, with “Free! Pussy Riot” scrawled on the...
  • Russia says Iran's nuclear power plant is fully operational

    08/31/2012 1:00:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/31/12 | Staff
    Moscow - Iran's first atomic power plant, a symbol of what the Islamic Republic says is its peaceful nuclear ambition, is now operating at full capacity, Russia's state nuclear corporation Rosatom said on Friday. The Russian-built 1,000-megawatt reactor near the Gulf city of Bushehr, was plugged into Iran's national grid last September, ending years of delays and suspicions that Moscow was using the project as a diplomatic lever. Oil-rich Iran says electricity generation is the main motivation for nuclear work that its adversaries say is really aimed at getting atomic weapons capability.
  • Volunteer For Auschwitz Among Polish War Heroes Buried In Mass Grave By Poland's Communist Regime

    Man who volunteered for Auschwitz among war heroes Poland searching for in mass grave WARSAW, Poland - It could hardly have been a riskier mission: infiltrate Auschwitz to chronicle Nazi atrocities. Witold Pilecki survived nearly three years as an inmate in the death camp, managing to smuggle out word of executions before making a daring escape. But the Polish resistance hero was crushed by the post-war communist regime — tried on trumped-up charges and executed. Six decades on, Poland hopes Pilecki's remains will be identified among the entangled skeletons and shattered skulls of resistance fighters being excavated from a mass...
  • Syria's Assad says military 'needs time to win battle'

    08/29/2012 4:19:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | Wednesday, August 29, 2012 | Barbara Plett
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has said the government needs more time to "win the battle" against rebel forces. In an interview with pro-government al-Dunya TV, Mr Assad also dismissed as "unrealistic" the idea of creating humanitarian buffer zones within Syria. Opposition activists say the army has launched offensives across the country to regain control of rebel-held areas. Meanwhile, rebels claimed to have seized 10 missiles from the regime's arsenal near the capital, Damascus. The rebels posted unverified footage on YouTube which purported to show a storage warehouse seized from troops. Heavy shelling has been reported in several cities, including Damascus,...
  • Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity”

    03/15/2012 7:53:37 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 4 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Christian minister accused of “Crime against Humanity” Scott Lively targeted by an international homosexualist plot By Julio Severo Two years ago, Scott Lively, author of “The Pink Swastika”, addressed members of the Ugandan Parliament, which was considering a bill criminalizing homosexuality. Lively urged an emphasis on therapy rather than punishment, and, after the bill was released he opposed the death penalty provision. Scott Lively: accused of “Crime against Humanity” Now, on March 14th a lawsuit was filed in an American court alleging that Lively committed the “Crime Against Humanity,” by speaking against homosexuality in Uganda. The plaintiffs say that his...
  • Syrian Rebels Claim to Take Over Chemical Weapons

    08/28/2012 6:30:25 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies
    israelnationalnews.com ^ | August. 29, 2012 | Elad Benari
    The Supreme Military Council of the Syrian rebels released on a statement on Tuesday which said that the rebel forces took control of an army missile base in Damascus, in which ten ready-to-launch missiles were found. Some of the missiles, according to the statement, were converted to carry non-conventional warheads. “During the successful operation, the operatives of the Free Syrian Army found a large number of rockets ready for launching, with enormous destructive capability, and they were very surprised to find missiles that were converted to carry non-conventional warheads and which can be equipped with chemical or biological warheads,” said...
  • Russian Expert Predicts Obama Will Declare Martial Law in America by End of 2012

    08/28/2012 7:01:40 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 99 replies
    Occupy Corporatism ^ | 27 August 2012 | Susanne Posel
    Igor Panarin, dean of the Russian Foreign Ministry School for future diplomats, believes that President Obama will announce martial law by the end of 2012. He explains: “There’s a 55-45% chance right now that disintegration will occur.” In 2009, Panarin lectured at the Diplomatic Academy where he said that he believes that the US will begin to collapse in 2010. He compared America to Nazi Germany and blamed the US for the global financial crisis that destroyed the Russian economy. Panarin said that American society is in decline, referencing school shootings like Columbine. Combined with the banker bailouts in 2008...
  • Greenpeace protestors thrown into Arctic by Gazprom oil workers

    08/28/2012 5:48:35 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 44 replies
    EAEM Magazine ^ | 28 August 2012 | David Thorpe
    . Activists protesting at Arctic oil drilling were thrown into the freezing Pechora Sea this morning by Russian sailors working for oil giant Gazprom. 14 activists from 10 countries attached themselves and their boats to the anchor chain of the Anna Akhmatova in order to prevent it from sailing out to the Prirazlomnaya oil platform. When the first officer sought orders from management in Moscow he was told to “use any means at your disposal to continue operations," according to Greenpeace. At 5am this morning, he ordered two Gazprom ships to train high-pressure water cannons onto the Greenpeace inflatable boats....
  • Germany Making Big Euros Off Greek, Eurozone Crisis

    08/27/2012 7:09:36 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | August 21, 2012 | A. Papapostolou
    When Greece makes a $3.98 billion loan payment this month to the European Central Bank, one of its international lenders in bailouts, Germany -- which is putting up much of the rescue monies -- will reap the biggest profit, eFXnews reported. FT Deutschland noted that by 2026, when Greece is expected to finish paying off $325 billion in two bailout packages, that Germany could realize $15.8 in gains. In the meantime, Germany has already made significant gains from the very low interest rate it paid to finance its debt as shown in the calculations of economist Jens Boysen-Hogrefe of Germany's...
  • France Urges Syrian Rebels to Form Provisional Gov't

    08/27/2012 2:21:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 27/8/12 | Chana Yaar
    The president of France formally asked the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government on Monday. "France asks the Syrian opposition to form a provisional government – inclusive and representative – that can become the legitimate representative of the new Syria, “ President Francois Hollande announced in an address at the presidential palace to a group of new French ambassadors. “We are including our Arab partners to accelerate this step. France will recognize the provisional government of Syria once it is formed.” .....
  • Opposition snipers versus Assad’s tanks in Syria’s Aleppo

    08/25/2012 4:12:31 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 9 replies
    Alarabiya.net ^ | Sunday, 26 August 2012 | AFP ALEPPO / SYRIA
    In Aleppo’s Mashhad neighborhood, rebels man a series of sniping positions, eyeing the government forces and their tank just 50 meters (yards) up a sniper alley from behind a short wall of sandbags. There are other tanks nearby, and when they fire the boom reverberates through otherwise quiet streets almost empty of civilians. The fighters spot a young boy carrying belongings wrapped in a blanket as he approaches the sniper alley, and call out to him. “Hey you, boy, stop right there!” one fighter shouts. The boy freezes, standing by a shouldering pile of rubbish, then dashes across the alley...