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  • Communist Party of China Embraces Virtues of Religion in Diplomacy

    05/04/2015 8:28:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2015-5-4 | Chen Lijun
    Even though the Communist Party of China is officially atheist, and the central government was once wary of religion, subtle signs and increasing activities show there is a changing attitude towards religion in order to unite China and its neighbors. In March last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in the offices of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, and extolled the profound impact Buddhism has had on China. "Buddhism originated in ancient India," said Xi, the leader of the officially atheist Communist Party of China. "After it was introduced into China, the religion went...
  • Three Words Explain Obama’s Visit To Saudi Arabia: Stability Is King, Now More Than Ever

    01/27/2015 2:50:52 PM PST · by alexmark1917 · 6 replies
    INVESTMENT WATCH BLOG ^ | Worker Ant #11
    Three Words Explain Obama’s Visit To Saudi Arabia: Stability Is King Almost 70 years ago, a fading President Franklin Roosevelt, returning from Yalta, held a historic meeting on board a U.S. destroyer with King Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud of Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama met with King Salman, one of Abdul Aziz Ibn Saud’s sons. Much has changed in the U.S.-Saudi relationship. But the elements that drove FDR and all of his successors to maintain and strengthen those ties—oil and regional stability–are still in place. The United States and Saudi Arabia never shared common values. The arrest and...
  • Egypt trying to reposition itself as bastion of stability

    09/12/2014 7:08:40 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    Ahram ^ | Thursday 11 Sep 2014 | Dina Ezzat
    Next week, when President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi arrives in New York at the head of the Egyptian delegation to the UN General Assembly he will likely seek to put an end to questions of his legitimacy as head of state. He will also, according to the same diplomatic argument, be ending the “diplomatic isolation” that “some countries” – the reference is always made to Qatar and Turkey – have tried to impose on Egypt. This said, Cairo officials, including the head of the state himself, are aware that when all is said and done, ”the return of Egypt,” as would be...
  • A Battle Won but the War Continues to Defund Obamacare

    09/14/2013 8:08:58 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    Breitbart Big Government ^ | 9-14-13 | David Bossie
    This week, thanks to a groundswell of opposition from conservative activists, the House Republican leadership decided to delay voting on their continuing resolution. Leadership would never admit it, but they canceled Thursday’s scheduled vote because they did not have enough support from Republican members. Using tactics that only Washington insiders could dream of, House leadership attempted a questionable parliamentary scheme which is known as "deem and pass." The goal was to give Republicans a chance to say they voted to defund Obamacare while simultaneously passing a bill out of the House that funds it. If that sounds confusing, that’s because...
  • 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.”
  • Germany Accuses US of Indirectly Manipulating Dollar ( Financial Stability Board)

    10/23/2010 2:40:31 PM PDT · by goldendays · 18 replies · 3+ views ^ | 10/23/2010 | Reuters
    Germany Accuses US of Indirectly Manipulating Dollar By: Reuters German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle on Saturday took issue with what he called a U.S. policy of increasing liquidity, saying it indirectly manipulated exchange rates. The U.S. Federal Reserve is widely expected to embark on a fresh round of asset purchases to prop up the economy. AP "There was criticism of the American policy of monetary easing, or creating more liquidity," Bruederle said after a meeting in South Korea of finance officials from the Group of 20 economic powers. "I tried to make clear in my contribution to the discussion that...
  • Without Stable Money, There Can Be No Trust (Why we need to return to the Gold Standard)

    07/22/2010 10:18:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Forbes ^ | 07/22/2010 | John Tamny
    Imagine being contacted by a real estate agent about a 5,000-square-foot house, only to show up and find a home half the size. Off the bat, the prospective purchaser would have very little trust. Of course the above scenario is purely hypothetical given that a foot is a foot. Since its definition is unchanging, 5,000 square feet means the same today as it did 20 years ago. Whatever the level of trust home buyers have in their real estate agents, square footage will never be a factor; that is, unless the length of the foot is allowed to "float," and...
  • Government Transition Proves Iraqi Stability

    06/11/2010 10:10:38 AM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 124+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 11, 2010 – Troops and equipment continue to leave Iraq as the drawdown deadline approaches, and in their place, the Iraqi people are stepping up to take control of their country, a spokesman with U.S. Forces Iraq said. Army Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza spoke yesterday with bloggers on a “DoDLive” Bloggers Roundtable about the progress made not only by Iraqi security forces, but by the nation as a whole over the past year. On June 1, two important milestones occurred in Iraq, providing symbolic and substantive examples of the country and its security force’s growth, Lanza said....
  • Support Abortion, We Demand Washngton DC's Aborts the $1.2 Quadrillion Derivatives Market

    06/09/2010 2:03:53 PM PDT · by STD · 6 replies · 51+ views
    Daily Finance ^ | 06/09/2010 | Peter Cohan
    Dear FReepers, Oathkeepers, Tea Partiers, Lurkers and Govenment Shills, How in the world did we allow unelected bankers the right to shoot craps with the economic fortunes of our children and the future of the world. Goldman Sachs has been playing master Loan Shark to reckless governmental leaders around the globe. It's long past time we demand that these hustler's at Goldman Sachs eat their losses! Make them take 'ownership' of this house of cards they have erected upon shifting sands. From today forward their loans and deriviatives are their financial, moral and legal reponsibilty! Mr Blankfien can make everyone...
  • The Status Report: Obama and Global Financial Stability Global Finance

    04/29/2010 8:37:23 AM PDT · by day21221 · 4 replies · 232+ views ^ | January 14, 2010 |
    The Status Report: Obama and Global Financial Stability Global Finance, Global Financial Crisis, Global Governance, G-20 Summit, U.S. Economic Growth Kemal Derviş, Vice President and Director, Global Economy and Development Eswar Prasad, Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development The Brookings Institution Save Print E-mail Share DeliciousDiggDiigoFacebookGoogle LinkedInLiveNewsvineStumbleUponYahoo January 14, 2010 — One year ago, Brookings experts wrote a series of 12 memos to the incoming president on the most pressing policy issues facing the country. Now they assess the administration's progress on those issues in The Status Report, a daily series of commentary with video to be featured in POLITICO's...
  • 1 in 8 U.S. homeowners late paying or in foreclosure

    05/28/2009 8:04:13 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 41 replies · 1,522+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 28, 2009 | By Lynn Adler
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - One of eight U.S. households with a mortgage ended the first quarter late on loan payments or in the foreclosure process in a crisis that will persist for at least another year until unemployment peaks, the Mortgage Bankers Association said on Thursday. "We clearly haven't hit the top yet in terms of delinquencies or the bottom of the housing market," Jay Brinkmann, the association's chief economist, said in an interview.
  • Iraqi Army Marches Through Maysan

    03/21/2009 9:18:02 AM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 425+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | 1st Lt. Jason Frisco, USA
    American and Iraqi troops interact with villagers near Forward Operating Base Hunter, March 7. The village leader offered hot sweet tea, bread and bottled water to the hard-working troops. Photo by 1st Lt. Jason Frisco, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs. FOB HUNTER — Nearly 500 Iraqi Soldiers recently traveled approximately 20 miles to reinforce that the Iraqi Army (IA) is capable of ensuring security and providing stability here. The 3rd Battalion, 41st Iraqi Army Brigade Soldiers joined their American counterparts from the 1st Cavalry Division for ‘Operation Thesinger,’ March 7.“I’m always excited to work with the Americans,” said Lt. Nubrass...
  • Youth Center Projects Bring Unity, Stability to Baghdad Neighborhoods

    03/20/2009 6:18:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 189+ views
    BAGHDAD — “Changing the attitude and the politics of any country must begin with the young people,” said Inez Bergerson, project engineer here with the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). Bergerson, who is overseeing two youth center projects in Baghdad, said constructing recreational facilities builds inspiration and pride for a neighborhood. “These buildings really help to alter the welfare of the entire community,” Bergerson said. “This kind of service through action to help children can be so powerful that it inspires us to complement all our achievements with a spirit of compassion that touches the whole...
  • U.S. Projects in Afghanistan Support Security, Stability Efforts

    03/20/2009 4:42:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 189+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2009 – Myriad construction programs under way in Afghanistan are helping to improve security and provide a better future for the people of that war-torn country, the chief of the U.S. military engineering effort there said here today. Those construction projects play a role in the counterterrorism strategy in Afghanistan, as new roads, bridges, buildings and other facilities assist security efforts as well as economic and governmental development, Army Col. Thomas E. O’Donovan, commander of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Afghanistan Engineer District, told reporters during a Pentagon news conference. “Roads and other infrastructure are absolutely underpinnings”...
  • U.S.-Ukrainian Militaries Work to Bring Regional Peace, Stability

    12/21/2008 2:18:11 PM PST · by SandRat · 176+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2008 – American and Ukrainian defense leaders are working together to assist Ukraine in its quest to develop modern, democratically managed armed forces, a senior U.S. military officer said here yesterday. The two-day U.S.-Ukraine Bilateral Defense Consultations played a large role in that endeavor, said Army Lt. Col. Gary D. Espinas, who works in international security affairs in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. The annual U.S.-Ukraine meetings constitute a high-level forum, Espinas said, in which senior officials from both countries can discuss key aspects of their defense relationship. Michael Coulter, principal deputy...
  • Everlasting to Everlasting [Devotional]

    11/17/2008 4:05:49 AM PST · by tenger · 2 replies · 193+ views
    Devotions ChopChop ^ | November 17, 2008 | Dave Miller (tenger)
    Lord, you have been our dwelling place throughout all generations. Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:1 Have you ever wondered if the God who created the universe is capable? I know, it sounds like a foolish question. I ask this because I think that we often treat Him as if He were a “if you can” God versus a “I know you can” God. We doubt God. We think that with a billion Christians praying at one time, what’s the likelihood that He...
  • Industrial Zone Program Sparks Economic Stability for Dhi Qar Businesses

    10/22/2008 10:50:54 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 258+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Terence Ewings, USA
    COB ADDER — Partnering with Iraqi security forces to improve conditions and help protect local citizens means more than just securing the neighboring provinces to the Soldiers of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. Part of the combat team’s mission includes aiding the local citizens in improving their economic conditions as well. Iraqi businessmen in Dhi Qar met with U.S. Soldiers and the provincial reconstruction team at an Iraqi-based Industrial Zone program meeting, designed to promote small business development within the security of the base, Oct. 13. The program provides a means to directly impact the economy in...
  • Provincial Reconstruction Team Aids Peace, Stability

    10/08/2008 5:33:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 137+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan , Oct. 8, 2008 – The men and women of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Farah province work with local residents to make life better in one of the country’s most austere regions. Army 1st Lt. Edward Dudick, Pennsylvania Army National Guard, provides overwatch protection in the village of Khormelq during a meeting between village elders and Gov. Azadi Roohul Amin in Afghanistan’s Farah province. U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt, American Forces Network Afghanistan  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Farah is no stranger to the destructive ravages of war. After...
  • N. Korea Conducting Large-scale Air Exercise

    09/23/2008 12:19:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies · 298+ views
    Yonhap News ^ | 09/23/08 | Kim Kwi-geun
    /begin my translation N. Korea Conducting Large-scale Air Exercise Number of flight trainings picked up ... S. Korea/U.S. military alerted (Seoul, Yonhap News) Kim Kwi-geun: It is revealed that N. Korea recently staged a large air exercise involving warplanes such as MIG-21's in the area over Yellow Sea and near Sino-N. Korean border. A government source is quoted as saying on Sept. 23, "We have learned that N. Korea conducted a large-scale air exercise recently over Yellow Sea. We can see a trend that their number of training flights is on the rise compared with previous years, despite the fact...
  • Officials Confirm Stability After Georgia Brigade’s Departure

    08/21/2008 5:28:39 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 76+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Joe Thompson, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq, Aug. 21, 2008 – Iraqi security forces and coalition forces leaders held a joint news conference here Aug. 18 to confirm the stable security situation in Iraq’s Wasit province after the Georgian government redeployed the 1st Georgian Brigade to help with its domestic crisis. Brig. Gen. Abed Jabir, 32nd Iraqi Army Brigade commander; U.S. Army Col. Richard Francey, 41st Fires Brigade commander; and Maj. Gen. Abed al-Haneen, Wasit Provincial Directorate of Police, answer questions from the media during a news conference on Forward Operating Base Delta, Iraq, Aug. 18, 2008. U.S. Army photo by...
  • Security Improvements Amplify Stability in Iraqi Province

    08/15/2008 5:55:32 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 80+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Seaman William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008 – Citizens of Iraq’s Babil province feel secure, and overall quality of life in the area is improving due to the efforts of Iraqi and coalition forces, a U.S. commander said yesterday. Army Col. Tom James, commander of the 3rd Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, detailed for military bloggers and online journalists the ongoing effort to secure his region of Iraq and stimulate its economy. James has oversight of Babil province, part of the military’s Multinational Division Center area of responsibility south of Baghdad. “Our mission is to secure the population, defeat extremists and neutralize...
  • Nuclear scientists eye future landfall on a second 'island of stability' (atomic number 164?)

    04/08/2008 10:56:22 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 40 replies · 107+ views
    Modern-day scientific Magellans and Columbus's, exploring the uncharted seas at the fringes of the Periodic Table of the Elements, have landed on one long-sought island - the fabled Island of Stability, home of a new genre of superheavy chemical elements sought for more than three decades. In a presentation at the 235th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, one of the captains of these expeditions into the unknown, described how researchers now are eying other islands on the more-distant fringes of the periodic table. "Now that it has been shown that the 'island of stability' of superheavy elements exists,...
  • Iraqi Security Forces Take Advantage of Stability to Grow

    03/04/2008 5:13:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 115+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 4, 2008 – Iraq’s security forces have taken advantage of security gains to grow their force both in size and quality, the senior U.S. commander in charge of helping the Iraqis develop their forces said today. Video “They have made significant progress in size, quantity and in quality, and some of the things that were on the table, in terms of difficulties, are now off the table,” said Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik, commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq. The command is responsible for helping the Iraqi government in developing, organizing, training, equipping and sustaining the...
  • Trainer Calls Police Development Critical to Iraq’s Stability

    01/30/2008 3:54:50 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 47+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2008 – A senior member of the team working to grow and professionalize the Iraqi police force briefed online journalists and “bloggers” on progress and challenges in a conference call yesterday. Air Force Col. John Probst, deputy director of plans and assessment for the Civilian Police Assessment Training Team, said the team is working toward Iraqi police being able to control provinces and cities independently of coalition and Iraqi army forces. The team works with Iraq’s Interior Ministry, and “our goal is, day to day, to see (Iraqi police) get stronger; our goal is to see the...
  • U.S. experts see rare chance for stability in Iraq

    01/23/2008 8:38:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 74+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 1/23/08 | David Morgan
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sharp drop in violence that has accompanied the U.S. troop buildup in Iraq has given the war-torn country a rare opportunity for stability, analysts said on Wednesday. The panel of independent experts on Iraq told a U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee that the fragile successes of recent months in Iraq could easily unwind if the United States is unwilling to maintain a large troop presence in the Gulf region for years to come. "We may have an opportunity in Iraq that has not been available since 2003 to stabilize the country and avert the downside risks...
  • Marines prepare Iraqi police for future operations, stability

    01/21/2008 4:51:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 64+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Andrew Kalwitz. USMC
    FALAHAT, Iraq (Jan. 9, 2008) -- Lance Cpl. Justin Milsaps and his fellow Marines with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward), provide force protection despite low enemy activity in the area. FALAHAT, Iraq (Jan. 9, 2008) -- Sgt. Berry Oakley looks on as his Marines emplace barriers to provide protection for an Iraqi police station here. The force protection is also intended to spare policemen from manning posts at the station so they can instead patrol the area. Oakley is a Logistics Vehicle System operator with Engineer Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 8, 2nd Marine...
  • As violence ebbs, the next hurdle for Iraq is political progress (in time for U.S. election)

    01/09/2008 3:28:12 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 98+ views
    As violence ebbs, the next hurdle for Iraq is political progress Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has vowed to capitalize on security gains to revive the political process in the coming year. This will be a pivotal year in Iraq. Nine provinces are now under Iraqi Army control. This year, the US plans to hand over responsibility for security in the remaining nine provinces. American military officials say that if current security trends hold up, it will withdraw four more brigades from Iraq by the end of July, bringing the number of troops back to its presurge level of around 130,000....
  • Reduced Violence in Iraq Enables More Emphasis on Long-Term Stability

    12/10/2007 4:00:39 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 32+ views
    WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2007 – Violence in Iraq has been stabilized enough to allow governmental, economic and social advances to move forward, a Multinational Corps Iraq official said. Violence levels are at their lowest since January 2006, Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Anderson, the command’s chief of staff, reported during a conference call with online journalists and “bloggers” Dec. 7. Anderson attributed the downward trend in violence partly to the Iraqi people’s resolve against extremists. “The signs are clear that the people at the grassroots level don’t agree with the extremist views held by these fringe radical elements and the various...
  • Urban Centers in Iraq’s Anbar Province Enjoying Stability, Renewal

    11/05/2007 3:42:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 70+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2007 – Iraqi and coalition forces have largely purged extremists from urban areas in Iraq’s Anbar province over the past 10 months, allowing renewal efforts to flourish with reduced meddling by terrorists, a coalition commander in the region said today. During a video teleconference from Fallujah, Iraq, Marine Col. Stacy Clardy, commander of Regimental Combat Team 2, told reporters at the Pentagon that the combined force is achieving peace in the western Iraqi province. “I would simply say that we -- the Iraqis and the Americans -- are now winning, and for us, winning is peace,” he...
  • Commander Sees More Stability, Local Governmental Growth in Iraq

    08/22/2007 4:49:33 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 172+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2007 – As 3rd Infantry Division soldiers run terrorists from their safe havens south and east of Baghdad during Operation Marne Husky, they also are helping local Iraqi citizens stand up for themselves, a U.S. commander said today. “We are using all forms of military power to project our forces into areas that were previously enemy sanctuaries,” Army Lt. Col. Ryan Kuhn, deputy commander for 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, said during a conference call. Since Aug. 15, soldiers of Kuhn’s “Sledgehammer Brigade” have conducted offensive operations in support of Multinational Corps Iraq’s overarching Operation Phantom Strike,...
  • State-Run Iraqi Enterprises Offer Prospect of Stability, Growth

    05/21/2007 5:05:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 342+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 21, 2007 – Economic expansion through the revitalization of domestic industrial capacity is a major factor for stability in Iraq, a senior defense official said May 18 during a call with “bloggers” and online journalists. Iraq’s state-run factories once served as the lynchpins of diversified regional economies, said Paul Brinkley, deputy undersecretary of defense for business transformation. Turning those factories back on not only would provide employment and wages for hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, he said, but also would set off a ripple effect of smaller business generation throughout the areas in which factories are located....
  • Islamic Legal Scholar Says Iraq Needs American Presence for Stability and Defense

    05/19/2007 9:56:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 306+ views ^ | Noel Sheppard
    If you believe what you see from our news media, everybody in the Middle East with the exception of Israelis wants American military forces out of Iraq as soon as possible, and thinks suicide bombers are martyrs to be revered. Well, meet Abd Al-Hamid Al-Ansari, the former dean of Islamic Law at Qatar University. He was interviewed by Al-Arabiya TV on May 11 during which he made some statements that folks in our media wouldn’t want you to hear (video available here courtesy of MemriTV). First, Al-Ansari came out strongly against suicide bombers: Should I respond by sending my children...
  • Craddock: Security Cooperation Critical to Promoting Stability, Countering Terror

    05/17/2007 5:37:50 PM PDT · by SandRat · 258+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 17, 2007 – Supporting the global war on terror remains U.S. European Command’s top priority, but the command also is striving to strengthening partnerships within the region and in Africa, the command’s leader said today. EUCOM’s strategy of “active security” is aimed at defeating transnational terrorists and violent extremists who threaten the United States, its allies and U.S. interests, Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock told Senate Armed Services Committee members during a hearing on the command’s fiscal 2008 budget request. The goal, Craddock said, is to deny enemies of the United States the freedom to operate and...
  • General Discusses Milestones for Stability in Iraq’s Anbar Province

    05/09/2007 5:42:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 372+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 9, 2007 – Continued vigilance against al Qaeda, improved governance and focused reconstruction are vital to continued success in Iraq’s Anbar province, a top military official said today. “Six months ago some people said that al Anbar was lost, but today, due to the patience, perseverance and commitment of the people in that province, we are seeing encouraging signs of progress in regards to security,” Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters in Baghdad. The Anbar security conference held April 9 in Ramadi brought Iraq’s minister of defense and national security...
  • Long-Term Iraqi Stability Requires Rule of Law, Officials Say

    03/29/2007 6:05:01 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 96+ views
    WASHINGTON, March 28, 2007 ? Security progress in Baghdad requires more than military success; it also requires advances in Iraq?s institutions, including its criminal justice system, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today. ?We can and will win every battle, but we cannot win the peace alone,? Navy Adm. Mark Fox said during a media roundtable in Baghdad. ?Even-handed justice is an essential part of every democratic society.? After decades under Saddam Hussein?s repressive regime, ?the Iraqi government is creating an independent judicial system to ensure that the rule of law applies to everyone,? he said. James Santelle, Justice...
  • Australia in Japan security deal

    03/13/2007 9:01:55 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 2 replies · 331+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, March 13, 2007
    Japan and Australia say the treaty benefits the region as a whole The prime ministers of Japan and Australia have signed a security pact designed to enhance military co-operation between the two nations. Japan's PM Shinzo Abe said the pact would help to stabilise the region. The defence deal - Japan's first with a country other than the US - includes co-operation on border security, counter-terrorism and disaster relief. It is the result of closer co-operation on security matters in Asia that Japan and Australia have been pursuing. The four part agreement Mr Abe signed with Australian PM John...
  • Australian PM begins Japan visit

    03/11/2007 11:19:14 AM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 3 replies · 325+ views
    BBC ^ | Sunday, March 11, 2007
    Mr Howard will hold talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Australian Prime Minister John Howard has arrived in Japan on a visit which will include the signing of a bilateral security pact. The declaration is thought to include co-operation on terrorism, peacekeeping and disaster relief. The government has dismissed suggestions that the defence deal could strain ties with China. Meanwhile, Australian diplomats are due in North Korea for talks on its nuclear programme. The delegation will urge Pyongyang to abide by its agreement last month to start dismantling its nuclear facilities. Such progress could result in Australian aid,...
  • [Aus. Prime Minister] Howard backs Japan security deal

    03/10/2007 6:04:30 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 9 replies · 488+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007
    Mr Howard said the deal would bring the two countries closer Australian Prime Minister John Howard has dismissed suggestions that a security declaration with Japan could strain ties with China. Mr Howard is set to sign the ground-breaking deal during a four-day visit to Japan which begins on Sunday. The agreement is thought to include co-operation on terrorism, peacekeeping and disaster relief. Australia has been looking to exert more influence in Asia, in terms of business as well as regional security. Full details of the pact have not been revealed but it is expected to include plans for greater...
  • How the US plans to 'retake' Baghdad

    02/17/2007 2:42:42 PM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 5 replies · 1,045+ views
    BBC ^ | Saturday, February 17, 2007 | David Loyn
    Mr Bush plans to send 21,500 additional US troops to Iraq No-one is declaring victory, but the first few days of the new security operation in Baghdad have seen a significant fall in violence.The commander of the US side of the operation, Maj Gen Joseph Fil, said: "There's an air of suspense throughout the city... Many of these extremists are laying low and watching us to see what we do and how we do it." The Americans are working to a much more aggressive military doctrine than before. The frequent presence of a B1 "Lancer" bomber - making a...
  • Iraq invasion plan 'delusional' (A bit harsh, but it does seem rather crazy).

    02/15/2007 5:03:23 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 42 replies · 950+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, February 15, 2007
    The US is now sending some 30,000 extra troops to Iraq The US invasion plan for Iraq envisaged that only 5,000 US troops would remain in Iraq by December 3006, declassified Central Command documents show.The material also shows that the US military projected a stable, pro-US and democratic Iraq by that time. The August 3003 material was obtained by the National Security Archive (NSA). Its officials said the plans were based on delusional assumptions. The US currently has some 133,000 troops in the violence-torn state. 'Completely unrealistic' The documents - in the former of PowerPoint slides - were prepared...
  • Mexico's human rights under fire (Mexico should be criticized for a lot of things--but not this).

    02/08/2007 12:10:59 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 6 replies · 456+ views
    BBC ^ | Thursday, February 8, 2007 | Duncan Kennedy
    Law and order is President Calderon's top priority Mexico's human rights record has been severely criticised in a new report by the rights group Amnesty International.The group says that arbitrary detention and torture are systematic and that it is Mexico's poor who suffer most. It also highlights the problem suffered by millions of indigenous peoples at the hands of the authorities. The government's use of soldiers to tackle drugs gangs is criticised but the Mexican government has said that it is working to clean up the abuses. 'Systematic abuses' Amnesty International cites case after case of people who it...
  • Africa Command Geared Toward Stability

    02/07/2007 5:49:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 243+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sara Wood, USA
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2007 – The main goal of the new U.S. command in Africa will be to develop a stable environment on the continent to promote civil society and improved quality of life for the people there, a top Defense Department official said here today. Africa, which represents 35 percent of the world’s land mass and 25 percent of the population, is growing in significance, and it is time for the U.S. to recognize its importance and consolidate efforts there, Ryan Henry, principal undersecretary of defense for policy, said in a Pentagon news conference. “This command will focus...
  • Cheney: Too Early to Judge Iraq Stability Plan

    01/29/2007 3:50:25 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 281+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2007 – It’s too early to judge the new stability plan for Iraq, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told a “Newsweek” reporter here yesterday. “People are trying to make a judgment on whether or not this plan is going to work I think far too early,” Cheney told journalist Richard Wolffe during a White House interview in the vice president’s West Wing office. “And, I think in fairness to the Iraqis, they need to be given an opportunity to follow through on their commitments,” Cheney said. The U.S. and Iraqi governments are implementing a new strategy...
  • Saudi Officials Seek to Temper the Price of Oil

    01/28/2007 7:10:17 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 24 replies · 809+ views
    New York Times ^ | 28 January 2007 | JAD MOUAWAD
    Saudi Arabia, which benefited immensely from record oil prices last year, has sent signals in the past two weeks that it is committed to keeping oil at around $50 a barrel — down $27 a barrel from the summer peak that shook consumers across the developed world. The indications came in typically cryptic fashion for the oil-rich kingdom. In Tokyo last week, Ali al-Naimi, the Saudi oil minister, said Saudi Arabia’s policy was to maintain “moderate prices.” The previous week, on a stop in New Delhi, he effectively put his veto on an emergency meeting of the Organization of the...
  • CA: Shelters provide stability for illegal immigrant children

    12/01/2006 7:54:05 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 518+ views
    AP on North County Times ^ | 12/1/06 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    FULLERTON -- Life in a government-run shelter for illegal immigrant children might not sound very inviting, but for 16-year-old Sandra it's a vast improvement from what she left behind in Guatemala. For starters, she has enough to eat and nobody beats her. She even gets to study, a luxury she hasn't had since leaving school in third grade. She's been on her own since she was 10, when she fled an abusive home in Guatemala. She was picked up by U.S. immigration authorities two months ago while trying to enter the country illegally through the Arizona desert. She's among two...
  • Unit Immersion in Mosul: Establishing Stability in Transition (Professional Reading)

    11/03/2006 5:20:05 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 203+ views
    As conventional U.S. Forces transition from full combat to stability operations, they will likely assume responsibility for areas that have suffered significant war-related damage. In the wake of combat operations, the local people may be demoralized by their nation's defeat, by the apparent lack of economic opportunity, and by shortages of critical needs such as electricity, water, and fuel.1 The establishment of any governmental authority supported by our military may also contribute to the disillusionment. Such situations are ripe for the development of an insurgency and must be quickly and decisively defused. Experience has proven that immersing tactical units in...
  • Farming key to stability in Muehla

    10/19/2006 5:26:07 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 235+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Cpl. Michael Molinaro
    Iraq – A local Iraqi citizen from Muehla drives a new tractor donated to the Muehla Agricultural Union from Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers. Photo by Cpl. Michael Molinaro, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. FOB KALSU -- The Muehla area is an important farming area in the Babil province, and a successful farming community there could be the key to stability.To help ensure the success of local farmers, the Muehla Agricultural Union received an assortment of equipment and other useful goods from Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers Oct. 9. Refurbished tractors, seed spreaders and water pumps...
  • Umm Qasr base boost to stability

    10/05/2006 4:45:27 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 243+ views
    Iraqi Coast Guard Commordore Tariq Jabbar Hammodi and COL Gary Johnston cut the ribbon to officially open the Umm Qasr Iraqi Coast Guard Forward operating Base. PORT OF UMM QASR -- The Iraqi people recently received a new $3.26 million Forward Operating Base at the port of Umm Qasr, courtesy of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The base will aid Iraqis in securing waterways and creating stability.“Stability is something that Iraq is trying very hard to accomplish,” said Colonel Gary Johnston, Commander, USACE, Gulf Region South. “They won’t be able to do that unless they have all the elements...
  • EU Defence Strategy Snatches Stability From The Jaws Of Victory

    10/02/2006 6:59:20 PM PDT · by blam · 3 replies · 281+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10-3-2006 | David Rennie
    EU defence strategy snatches stability from the jaws of victory By David Rennie, in Brussels (Filed: 03/10/2006) Defence ministers from Britain and other European Union nations will today be asked to endorse a bleak vision of future European military capabilities. According to the new European Defence Agency, traditional ideas of "victory" will have to be jettisoned in favour of limited, multi-national campaigns to restore "stability" to conflict zones, with the grudging consent of an ageing, ever more casualty-averse European population. The vision of Europe in 20 years' time was drawn up at the invitation of defence ministers by the EU...
  • New Report Measures Iraq Stability, Security

    09/01/2006 2:36:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 6 replies · 166+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sep. 1, 2006 – Violence in Iraqi is up, but there has been progress on the political and economic fronts, according to the Defense Department’s quarterly report to Congress, released today. The report measures stability and security in Iraq, looking at political, economic and security progress in the nation. Officials called it a “sober report that lays it all on the table.” The Feb. 22 bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra is Abu Mussab Zarqawi’s “legacy” to the Iraqi people, said Peter Rodman, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. Rodman and Rear Adm. Bill Sullivan, the...