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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:21:32 AM EST
EUobserver / Pakistan to EU: Help us to fight terrorism

EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Pakistani foreign minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has urged the EU to keep aid flowing in order to help combat extremism in the aftermath of the floods disaster.

Speaking at a hearing in the EU Parliament in Brussels on Thursday (14 October), the minister said: "If you want to help us fight extremism and terrorism one way of doing that is making Pakistan economically stable."

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:35:28 AM EST
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France24 - Police arrest suspects in plot to kill prime minister, foreign minister
AP - Pakistani police arrested a group of Islamist militants plotting to kill the prime minister in a gun and suicide bomb attack at his house, officials said Thursday. The seven men also are accused of targeting other government leaders for assassination.   Militants in Pakistan have frequently attacked government officials, security officers and political leaders as part of a campaign to destabilize the U.S.-allied government and take over the state. Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed in a gun-and-bomb attack near Islamabad in 2007.   The conspiracy against Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani was nearly complete, police officials said.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:49:27 AM EST
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France24 - NATO backs Taliban talks, vows no halt to military action
NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Thursday said the alliance was ready to support possible peace talks with the Taliban but ruled out halting military operations against the Afghan insurgency.

While the NATO-led force was willing to provide "practical assistance" for reconciliation efforts, "we should continue our military operations" against the Taliban, Rasmussen told a news conference.

Talks with the insurgents must be led by the Afghan government "but our position is if we can facilitate this process through practical assistance then why not?" said the NATO secretary general, without providing further details.

"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 02:02:03 PM EST
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translation: we've lost the war, but the charade must go on until the treasury is dry, paying our enemy (in borrowed rembimbis) to enable us to kill them better.

vonnegut would have had a field day with this

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 05:30:08 AM EST
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"...and so it goes."

I guess you are saying that finally the Opium Wars are ending? the victors declared too early? My, how fast 150 years go by.

It occurred to me while reading some silly right wingers article...he was building his frame on how unfair the Chinese system was, because the state banks were funding industries without regard to profit...


It's like the mirage the Reaganistas created, imagining that capitalism won the war against the fascism of Russia...the Chinese are proclaimed as having turned into capitalists when all they are doing is using tools that others attribute to capitalism.

"...and so on."

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 08:22:17 AM EST
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France24 - Chileans celebrate heroic rescue of all miners
AFP - A complex, against-all-odds rescue of 33 miners trapped in Chile for more than two months transfixed this nation and the world Wednesday, with wild celebrations breaking out at its successful completion.
The ascent of the last of the miners, grizzled leader Luis Urzua, capped nearly 22 hours of euphoric scenes happening every 30 minutes or so, when each of the trapped men was winched individually to the surface through a narrow escape shaft.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:45:14 AM EST
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getting turned off by the ubernationalistic turn this story's taking...

the billionaire pres celebrating the gold mine heroes and flagwaving away, with industrial safety what it is...

cheesy. it's a universal story, let it be that, instead of piggyback politics-as-per.

focus that emotion into fuelling deeper respect for the earth and less national anthemism!

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 05:37:40 AM EST
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Hah. And you didn't even see the WSJ story calling it a triumph of poor, maligned capitalism.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 07:24:56 AM EST
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France24 - Israelis wary of Ahmadinejad border tour in Lebanon
AFP - Israelis were on Thursday warily watching their northern border for a rare opportunity to see up close the arch-enemy of the Jewish state -- Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The Iranian president, who is on a two-day trip to Lebanon, was expected to make a controversial tour of the southern border region during the afternoon which has been slammed by the United States and Israel as "provocative."
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:47:12 AM EST
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Ahmadinejad is just the sort of islamic leader Israel craves. He ticks every box for cardboard cut out enemy.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 05:40:24 PM EST
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France24 - No. 2 junta leader under interrogation in Niamey
AFP - Niger's number two junta leader, Colonel Abdoulaye Badie, is under arrest at military headquarters in Niamey, a military source said on Thursday.
"Colonel Badie was arrested yesterday afternoon and is under detention in military headquarters in Niamey," the military source said.
"He is being interrogated," the source added, without explaining the reasons for the arrest.
Badie was permanent secretary to the junta under General Salou Djibo, leader of the coup which overthrew Niger's president Mamadou Tandja in February. He also served as chief military quartermaster.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 11:48:40 AM EST
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Rule of Law Index | World Justice Project
After three years of intensive development, testing, and vetting--including interviewing 41,000 people and over 900 experts in 35 countries--the World Justice Project is ready to publicly release the first annual WJP Rule of Law IndexTM.

The Index provides detailed information and original data regarding a variety of dimensions of the rule of law, which enables stakeholders to assess a nation's adherence to the rule of law in practice, identify a nation's strengths and weaknesses in comparison to other countries, and track changes over time.


"Ce qui vient au monde pour ne rien troubler ne mérite ni égards ni patience." René Char
by Melanchthon on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 01:47:05 PM EST
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I'm glad you caught this, i also did but couldn't then post a comment.  It relates to what i wrote to Migs some nights ago about the US justice system.

All well and good for a rational person trained in physics and math to think that, but there's a better than even chance you're underestimating the prejudices and corruption inherent in the US "justice system."

Property rights may be more "sacred' in the US than anywhere else (pointing to exactly what's wrong with the civilization as a while), but me bets they're more sacred for financial engineers who own the government than for pigmented people who were sold a bill of goods.

the breakdown of the system of law, poignantly underscored by the supremes giving corporations the right to unlimited free spending for elections, has been going on for decades if not longer.  just worse now of course.

it will be one of the key factors in the breakdown of the US system (while a renewed judiciary is born bottom-up.)  Corporate finance not only owns the government, but the judicial system, with significant exceptions of course. (9th circuit is one.)  since they also own the fourth estate, where can the citizenry turn???

There could well be an entire diary series on this issue.  

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaïs Nin

by Crazy Horse on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 05:08:30 AM EST
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Crazy Horse:
There could well be an entire diary series on this issue.  
And that would be a good thing...

By laying out pros and cons we risk inducing people to join the debate, and losing control of a process that only we fully understand. - Alan Greenspan
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 05:14:34 AM EST
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Chile, SANTIAGO, Oct 13, 2010 (IPS) - "This country has to understand that changes must be made," said Mario Sepúlveda, the second Chilean miner -- of the group of 33 trapped 700 metres underground for over two months -- rescued in the early hours of Wednesday morning.  But what changes? What lessons has the mining accident in the northern region of Atacama left Chile, the world's largest producer of copper? In the media frenzy surrounding the rescue operation that started Tuesday night, no one has bothered to mention that there were more than 191,000 workplace accidents in this South American country of 17 million people in 2009, including 443 deaths, and 155 deaths in the first quarter of this year alone.

Juan Cole on the Chile mine disaster: So here are the questions that a social historian would ask about the sorry episode, and which I never heard anyone on television news ask during all the wall to wall coverage...

Honduras: The drum beat of violence and assassinations targeting union members and others in the National Resistance Front continues in Honduras, as human rights defender Berta Oliva described during a Chicago visit before receiving the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award from the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) in Washington D.C. Wednesday on behalf of a coalition of Honduran human rights groups including her group, COFADEH. (The award is named for Chilean diplomat Orlando Letelier and IPS staffer Ronni Karpen Moffitt, murdered by agents of then-Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1976.)  Just in the last month, numerous acts of violence and intimidation have occurred: a social security unionist and a member of the campesino group MUCA were killed; 22 university union employees were illegally ordered arrested; and an opposition journalist survived an attempted murder. Oliva noted that 83 members of the resistance movement have been murdered or disappeared since current president Pepe Lobo Sosa took office in January.

GUATEMALA CITY - Spain will contribute a total of $58.6 million for Guatemalan reconstruction over the next two years, Madrid's secretary of state for international cooperation said on Tuesday. (...) Of the $58.6 million offered by Spain for the reconstruction of this Central American country, $3.7 million will go to housing construction, while some $2.2 million will be channeled through Unicef to finance programs to fight juvenile malnutrition.  Spain's AECID foreign aid agency will contribute $7.2 million for the recovery of educational infrastructure, while $15 million more, which was originally approved in 2009 for infrastructure projects for the water supply, will be "reprogrammed" for relief projects.  Another $30 million - 10 percent of Spain's total budget for Latin America within the Water Fund - will be directed to preventing the effects of climate change.

Caracas, 13 Oct. AVN .- The State Enterprise In Support Food Production (EMAP) of Bolivia will expand rice sales to Venezuela and Cuba by the Unified Regional Compensation System (Sucre), said Bolivian Vice Minister for Domestic Trade and Exports, Huascar Ajata, on Wednesday. The deputy minister said that the sale could be in the order of $ 6 million, while recalling that on Friday his country has completed the first sale of 5,000 tons of crude soybean oil to Caracas, as quoted by Prensa Latina.

MIAMI, USA -- At 8:00 pm EDT Wednesday, the centre of Hurricane Paula was located near latitude 21.8 north, longitude 85.6 west. Paula was moving toward the north-northeast near 3 mph. A turn toward the northeast and east is expected on Thursday. According to the National Hurricane Center in Miami, on this track Paula will be passing very near or over western Cuba on Wednesday night or early Thursday. Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph, with higher gusts.

Mexico, AguachileWhile many a proverbial eyebrow were raised by the presence of el innombrable during the bicentennial festivities, Carlos Salinas' return to the public view was in a quite institutional role: Felipe Calderón invited all current presidents to attend. Similarly, at a forum yesterday celebrating the 20th anniversary of the IFE, the Federal Electoral Institute, the "unnameable" was invited and held a speech. (...) Salinas was invited to the forum for the simple fact that the IFE, in its initial form, and despite all its deficiencies, was set up in 1990 under his watch. It was, however, the first time in quite a few years that the reviled ex-president made a public discourse. It is worth reading in its entirety, and can be accessed here.

"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Thu Oct 14th, 2010 at 05:54:08 PM EST
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From Bloomberg.
What were banking regulators doing while some of the biggest U.S. lenders routinely filed false foreclosure documents in local courthouses around the country? In the case of IndyMac Federal Bank, it turns out the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. was running the joint.


The FDIC formed IndyMac Federal in July 2008 as the successor to the failed bank, and continued operating it in conservatorship before selling it in March 2009.

Among the sworn statements IndyMac filed with the court was a December 2008 affidavit by an IndyMac vice president, Erica Johnson-Seck, who said she had personal knowledge of the amount of money the Machados owed on the mortgage. That wasn't true, she later testified in a deposition. To be fair, there's every reason to believe the old IndyMac was engaged in this sort of conduct already, before it was shut down.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 05:14:32 AM EST
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Following up on last month's demands that Pakistan agree to yet another massive tax increase on "wealthy landowners," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has stepped the issue up even more, threatening to withdraw all humanitarian aid from the nation unless they comply.

Today it was even worse, as Clinton pressured the European Union to do the same. Between them, the US and EU have contributed more than half of the $1.5 billion in humanitarian aid for this year's disastrous floods.

"It is unacceptable," according to Secretary Clinton, "for those with means in Pakistan not to be doing their fair share to help their own people." While rich Pakistanis have contributed to relief efforts, they have balked at donating to the official government aid program, citing corruption.

I hope the U.S. does the same thing the next time an earthquake hits California...
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 06:12:30 AM EST
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Independent - Johann Hari - Obama's robot wars endanger us all

Imagine if, an hour from now, a robot-plane swooped over your house and blasted it to pieces. The plane has no pilot. It is controlled with a joystick from 7,000 miles away, sent by the Pakistani military to kill you. It blows up all the houses in your street, and so barbecues your family and your neighbours until there is nothing left to bury but a few charred slops. Why? They refuse to comment. They don't even admit the robot-planes belong to them. But they tell the Pakistani newspapers back home it is because one of you was planning to attack Pakistan. How do they know? Somebody told them. Who? You don't know, and there are no appeals against the robot.

Now imagine it doesn't end there: these attacks are happening every week somewhere in your country. They blow up funerals and family dinners and children. The number of robot-planes in the sky is increasing every week. You discover they are named "Predators", or "Reapers" - after the Grim Reaper. No matter how much you plead, no matter how much you make it clear you are a peaceful civilian getting on with your life, it won't stop. What do you do? If there was a group arguing that Pakistan was an evil nation that deserved to be violently attacked, would you now start to listen?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 07:04:17 AM EST
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Is there a dystopian alternative universe Man In High Castle-style book on how Delaware was given back to the Delaware tribes and the homeowners with the Bank of Delaware mortgages rose up in rebellion? or how Roosevelt accepted the passengers of the St. Louis, giving them and all other refugees the entire wastelands of Florida instead of sending them back to Germany to be slaughtered? and the aftermath of that?

Nationalism is a few hundred years past its sell by date. I'm really getting tired of being reborn into this stagnant cesspool of idiocy. Robots violating the Three Laws. No freakin' way. These are wartools worked by midget minded people who knowingly act upon malicious robo-signed information, committing acts of criminal negligence at best, and slaughter of civilians war crimes at worst...often at the same time...

...with my tax money, with the stated approval of Congressman Schiff of Glendale California (the great defender of the yearly Armenian Holocaust Legislation) and President Obama of Hawaii...in my name.

War is Peace

Democracy is ...shooting people with high powered weapons from thousands of miles away as if that were the real thought out solution to a problem that wasn't going to require solutions of even greater magnitude to solve the problems it is creating...with the will of the people governed.

Never underestimate their intelligence, always underestimate their knowledge.

Frank Delaney ~ Ireland

by siegestate (siegestate or beyondwarispeace.com) on Fri Oct 15th, 2010 at 08:51:34 AM EST
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