Lusail..the 2022 Qatar World Cup city that doesn’t exist

•September 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment



WITH insanely hot temperatures and alleged human rights violations, practically every objective view of the 2022 World Cup is against it being held in Qatar.

It seems as if the only reason the nation’s been awarded the tournament is that it has cash in excess.

The rich oil state has so much cash, in fact, that it can build cities completely from scratch in a desert.

One of these planned cities is Lusail. It will be a 72-square-kilometre city built on a coastal desert along the Persian Gulf, located 24km north of Doha’s city centre.

The project of Lusail costs $45 billion.

The city will be highlighted by Marina Mall, which will be a super retail centre linked by five interconnected pods, spanning 56,000 square metres.

Lusail will feature four islands, two marinas and a lagoon.


follow the money eh? who gets the contracts?

keep this in mind..qatar will build a new modern city for AUD$45bn..the NBN being installed for australia will cost much more than that!


Kissinger’s counsel

•September 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment




WHEN HENRY KISSINGER celebrated his ninetieth birthday in Manhattan’s St. Regis Hotel in June 2013, he attracted an audience of notables, including Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Valery Giscard D’Estaing, Donald Rumsfeld, James Baker and George Shultz. Kerry called Kissinger America’s “indispensable statesman,” but it was John McCain who, as the Daily Beast reported, electrified the room with his remarks. McCain, who was brutally tortured in what was sardonically known as the Hanoi Hilton, earned widespread respect for courageously refusing to accept an early release from his Vietnamese captors after his father had been promoted to commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.

At the party, McCain recounted for the first time the specific circumstances of that refusal. He explained that when Kissinger traveled to Hanoi to conclude the agreement ending the war in 1973, the Vietnamese offered to send McCain home with him. Kissinger declined. McCain said:

He knew my early release would be seen as favoritism to my father and a violation of our code of conduct. By rejecting this last attempt to suborn a dereliction of duty, Henry saved my reputation, my honor, my life, really. . . . So, I salute my friend and benefactor, Henry Kissinger, the classical realist who did so much to make the world safer for his country’s interests, and by so doing safer for the ideals that are its pride and purpose.

It was a poignant moment. On one side was a scion of one of America’s preeminent military families who went on to become a senator championing a hawkish foreign policy that precisely reflects the neoconservative wing of the GOP. On the other was a Jewish refugee who had personally witnessed the descent of his homeland into ideological fanaticism and fled it with his parents to embark upon a new life in the United States, where he became a premier exponent of realist thought in foreign policy and a world-famous statesman. Both were bound together by events that forged a bond between them that was deeper than any differences they may have about America’s role abroad.

THE COMITY they displayed at the birthday gala is especially striking in the context of the contemporary Republican Party, where the principles that Kissinger has espoused over the past seven decades have not simply been abandoned. Again and again, they have been denounced as antithetical to American values. And this denunciation has come from both the left and the right.

Though Kissinger has come under attack from liberal circles—among the more notable assaults are Seymour Hersh’s The Price of Power, Christopher Hitchens’s The Trial of Henry Kissinger and, most recently, Gary J. Bass’s The Blood Telegram—he has also regularly incurred the ire of conservatives. Throughout the 1970s, he was steadily denounced as deaf to human-rights concerns on the one hand, and as an appeaser on the other.

Perhaps the virulence of the attacks should not have come entirely as a surprise, since Kissinger did not emerge from the conservative wing of the GOP. Instead, he emerged from the ranks of the American establishment. Indeed, Kissinger was a Rockefeller Republican who first earned fame in the 1950s as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he published a study on nuclear weapons and Europe. He was also a professor of government at Harvard and a consultant to John F. Kennedy’s national-security adviser, McGeorge Bundy. Then, in 1968, Richard Nixon tapped Kissinger to become his national-security adviser. Kissinger added the post of secretary of state in 1973, a position that he retained after Gerald Ford became president, though he had to relinquish his post as national-security adviser.

Throughout, Kissinger attempted to apply the theoretical principles of classical realism to achieve what he saw as a global equilibrium of power. Together with Nixon, he promoted détente with the Soviet Union, established relations with China, ended the Vietnam War, and pursued shuttle diplomacy to end the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and the Arabs. In essence, Kissinger outmaneuvered the Soviets in both China and the Middle East. Kissinger’s aim was not to launch a crusade against the Soviet Union, but to formulate a creative response to promote a balance of power in the mold of the Congress of Vienna, which secured the peace for much of nineteenth-century Europe before the big bang of World War I, when a rising Wilhelmine Germany embarked on a reckless bid to relegate the British Empire to the second tier of world powers.

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there is one word missing from henry’s book..and that is “new”..this vampire lives forever..

“he emerged from the ranks of the American establishment. Indeed, Kissinger was a Rockefeller Republican who first earned fame in the 1950s as a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he published a study on nuclear weapons and Europe. He was also a professor of government at Harvard


Putin calls on Kiev to enter statehood talks for south-east Ukraine..Rebels fire on Ukrainian ship

•September 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Vladimir Putin has called on Kiev to enter discussions on “statehood” for the south-east regions of Ukraine a day after the EU gave Russia a week to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine or face further sanctions.

In excerpts of an interview with state television broadcast on Sunday evening, the Russian president said talks between Ukrainian authorities and separatist leaders in the east should begin immediately and be about “not just technical issues but on the political organisation of society and statehood in south-eastern Ukraine”.

His spokesperson later said Putin had not meant the region should gain independence, but that dialogue should begin. Western leaders have accused Russia of fanning the flames of the insurgency in east Ukraine, and in recent weeks of providing direct military assistance, as the armed rebels suffered a number of losses to the Ukrainian army and appeared on the brink of defeat.

The EU said late on Saturday that if Russia did not reverse course in Ukraine within a week, a further round of sanctions would be imposed, but there is disagreement inside the 28-member block about the effectiveness of sanctions and a fear that more serious measures would also harm European economies.

Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, said the new sanctions would build on existing measures against Russia. Senior diplomats confirmed the punitive measures were not so much new as a tightening of the restrictions imposed in July on Russian financial, energy and defence sectors. “It’s about closing loopholes,” said a diplomat. They warned, however, that it could be weeks before any new sanctions were applied, perhaps as late as October.

Kiev has said it will not negotiate with the leaders of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics, which it lists as terrorists. But in an apparent victory for Moscow, the separatists said they would be partaking in talks in Minsk this week with a delegation from Kiev. Analysts have speculated that Putin does not want a Crimea-style annexation, which would be expensive and militarily difficult, but instead wants to create a “frozen conflict” that would give Moscow permanent leverage in Ukraine.

Since talks between Putin and the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, in Minsk last Tuesday, the situation on the ground has changed, with rebel forces taking control of Novoazovsk in the far south-east of the country, which they are believed to have taken with help from regular Russian army soldiers and equipment. But the promised assault on the key port city of Mariupol has not materialised.

Pro-Russian separatists have fired on a Ukrainian broader patrol ship in the Sea of Azov by firing artillery from the shore, and a Ukrainian military spokesman said a rescue operation was under way.

There is no information on how bad the damage is or if there are any casualties.

Spokesman Andriy Lysenko said the vessel was a naval cutter. There was no information on the number of people on board.

The pro-Russian rebels claimed responsibility for the attack near the city of Mariupol, located about 50 kilometers [30 miles] from the Russian border and about 35 kilometers from Novoazovsk, which was overtaken by pro-Russian rebels over the weekend.

The separatists have been fighting government forces since April in a conflict that has killed some 2,600 people, but this was the first naval attack of the war.

It came after rebel forces opened a new front in the fighting last week, breaking through to the Azov Sea in Ukraine’s southeast.

“The militia have dealt the enemy their first naval defeat,” Igor Strelkov, a former separatist military commander, said on the social media network VKontakte.


good luck with that vlad..i cant see it gaining any traction..its pretty much a war now..most of the veils have been lifted..russia wants a road route to crimea and will attempt to carve that out..2600 civilians killed now..nobody seems to care about them to much..


Libyan militia occupies US embassy in Tripoli

•September 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Dawn of Libya, an Islamist militia group, has said that it has secured the US embassy compound in the Libyan capital Tripoli, more than a month after US staff evacuated the building.

Although windows at the compound have been smashed, most of the equipment that had been left by the Americans remained untouched, according to an AP journalist who was invited by the militants to have a look around.

A commander of the militia group said that his forces have been in control of the former embassy since last week.

A poorly-filmed video has appeared on YouTube showing men, who may or may not be the Islamic militants, fooling around by the swimming pool, while some of them perform reckless dives from an upper balcony into the shallow pool.

Safira Deborah, the US Ambassador to Libya, said the video appeared to have been filmed in the residential annex of the embassy.

A commander of the Dawn of Libya told AP that his forces had seized control of Tripoli, the Libyan capital, and its strategic airport after weeks of fighting with a rival militia, which he said his forces took over the embassy compound from.

The Dawn of Libya is deployed around Tripoli and has asked foreign diplomats to return now the fighting has largely stopped.

The US embassy was evacuated in July, as a last-minute ceasefire between warring militias collapsed and the capital fell into complete chaos.

The US embassy is located near the airport, which marked the frontline between two rebel groups. For weeks the staff sheltered in concrete bunkers while 90 heavily armed US Marines fended off any would-be attackers. However, the embassy did not take any direct hits.


libya..peaceful democratic libya..such a beautiful country now they have gotten rid of gaddafi and created a large vacuum of power..what a future for the children of libya to look forward to.. *sarcasm

dawn of libya eh?


Iraqi forces claim to have broken ISIS siege of Shiite town..Australia and Germany supplying arms to Kurds

•September 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Iraqi security forces, along with Shiite militiamen, broke a nearly two-month siege by Islamic State militants on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, Iraqi officials said on Sunday.

Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday and the forces entered the town shortly after midday, The Associated Press reported.

Speaking live on state TV, al-Moussawi said the forces suffered “some casualities,” but did not give a specific number. He said fighting was “still ongoing to clear the surrounding villages.”

Breaking the siege was a “big achievement and an important victory” he said, for all involved: the Iraqi army, elite troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias.

However, U.S. officials would not confirm reports that security forces had broken the siege and Pentagon sources told Fox News to expect more U.S. airstrikes in the Amerli area throughout Sunday.

About 15,000 Shiite Turkmens had been stranded in the farming community, some 105 north of Baghdad. Instead of fleeing in the face of the Islamic State drive across northern Iraq, the Shiite Turkmens have stayed and fortified their town with trenches and armed positions.

Iraqi troops began the push to retake the town from ISIS on Saturday. Its water and electricity have been cut off since June and surrounded by militants since mid-July.

Some residents have said that the Iraqi military’s efforts to fly in food, water and other aid have not been enough amid oppressive heat, lack of electrical power — the town’s power station was destroyed weeks ago — and shelling from the militants.

The U.S. had been watching the area closely in case a slaughter of the Turkmen appeared imminent and air support was needed, said Michael Knights, who studies Iraq and the Persian Gulf as a fellow of The Washington Institute. U.S. airstrikes will hasten the success of the relief effort on the ground, he said.

Mr Abbott, on Monday, did the rounds of television media after announcing on Sunday that Australia would directly supply Kurdish fighters in Erbil with weapons to help them fight Islamic State, alongside coalition allies including the US, Britain, Canada, France and Italy.

He also rejected the need for parliamentary permission to engage in Iraq again, a move being pushed by the Greens and independent MP Andrew Wilkie, as “novel” and said military decisions were always taken by the government’s national security committee and then the cabinet.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has said Australia has a “responsibility” to help the Kurds because of the number of radicalised Australians who have joined Islamic State and are fighting alongside terrorists in Iraq and Syria.

Air Force Chief Mark Binskin has said Australian troops will personally hand over rocket propelled grenades, mortars and ammunition to Kurdish officials from the Peshmerga and warned that “we want to make sure that we know where the arms go and the munitions go when we deliver [them]“.

Ms Bishop said on Monday that the government’s “aim is to make the Peshmerga strong enough to defend themselves” in the face of the most “brutal, barbaric attacks”.

“The bigger risk is to do nothing. The Peshmerga currently can’t defend themselves against ISIS, if the world stands by and does not help them we could see mass killings on a terrible horrific scale,” she said.

Mr Abbott on Monday refused to comment on Fairfax Media’s report that SAS soldiers would accompany troops on the flights to provide security for the weapons handover, saying it was an operational matter.

Germany is facing an “increased abstract threat” stemming from hundreds of people who joined extremists in Syria and Iraq and may eventually return to hit Germany, domestic intelligence warns, as Berlin approves arming Kurdish forces deterring IS in Iraq.

“We have to assume … that there may well be people who return and commit attacks,” the head of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Hans-Georg Maassen, told Deutschlandfunk radio, adding that there was an “increased abstract threat” of attacks in Germany.

At least 25 jihadists have already come back to Germany, with more than 400 Germans currently believed to be fighting there, Maassen told the radio. In Syria he said, at least five Germans are known to have committed suicide attacks, something that is “simply not acceptable from a German point of view.”

The head of domestic intelligence service said that the Islamic State attracts much more fighters from abroad than any other extremist organization due to their “brutality” and “radicalism.”

“[Islamic State are] far more attractive than Jabhat al-Nursa, the al-Qaida offshoot in Syria. What attracts people is their high brutality, their radicalism, their strictness,” Maassen said as he stressed the necessity to cooperate with Turkey a key transit hub of foreign born nationals traveling to fight in Syria and Iraq.

Meanwhile Berlin has approved 70 million euros in funds for arming Kurdish forces in Iraq who are struggling to contain Islamic State advances.


problem, reaction, solution..

isnt the PKK on terrorist watch lists? food for thought..

just one thing i have noticed..we are told of strikes on IS in iraq..and told they take out one tank or two cars and this created a defeat?..something isnt sounding right in my mind..i would want to see hundreds of dead IS militia for there to be a “defeat”? how can one tank and a few utes with machine guns apparently hold a whole town under siege?


Hong Kong groups vow “era of civil disobedience” as Beijing rules out open elections

•September 2, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Underlining the potential for escalating confrontation, Hong Kong pro-democracy groups have vowed to ensure the city enters an “era of civil disobedience” in protest against proposed voting reforms imposed by the Chinese government.

Braving stop-start rain under a gleaming Hong Kong skyline, thousands of demonstrators flocked to a rally organised by pro-democracy group Occupy Central outside the offices of the Legislative Council on Sunday night, where they were urged to stage mass sit-ins to cripple the city’s financial district.

It came just hours after Beijing said it would deny voters the right to publicly nominate candidates for the city’s 2017 chief executive election, pushing back against months of rallies and street demonstrations that have increasingly polarised the city.

“This is about wanting a fair and proper election,” said web-page editor Dion Tse, 24, who attended Sunday’s rally with her 50-year-old mother, Wong Chi-yi. “The central government doesn’t respect the voice of Hong Kong people. We want them to hear our voice and to see the determination of Hong Kong people.”

China’s top legislative body, the National People’s Congress, approved plans for the voting reform which will see two to three candidates allowed to stand in Hong Kong’s first direct election.

But with the majority approval of a 1200-strong nomination committee needed, opposition politicians said those with dissenting political views would effectively have no chance of getting on the ballot.


“Beijing said it would deny voters the right to publicly nominate candidates for the city’s 2017 chief executive election”

yeah thats probably not very democratic eh?


Plans to privatize Rosneft unchanged

•September 1, 2014 • 4 Comments


Russia intends to press ahead with plans to privatize a 19.5 percent stake in state-owned oil giant Rosneft, RIA Novosti reported Thursday, citing Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev.

“The plan is unchanged, preparations are already under way. We are talking about the sale of the entire 19.5 percent state share, probably in two tranches,” Ulyukayev said.

Ulyukayev had said previously that U.S. sanctions against Rosneft could affect the privatization plans. In an attempt to pressure Russia into ceasing its support of separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine, the U.S. in July cut off Rosneft’s and other major Russian companies’ access to long-term debt in U.S markets.

At that time, Ulyukayev also said the government would only sell if Rosneft’s share price was at least as high as it was during its initial public offering in 2006, when the shares sold for $7.55. Rosneft shares were trading at 227.73 rubles ($6.20) at 5:20 p.m. on Thursday.

The federal budget for 2015 includes 423 billion rubles ($11.5 billion) that the state expects to gain from the sale, which will leave the government with 50 percent plus one share in Rosneft.

The government laid out a multibillion-dollar privatization plan in 2010 that was intended to reduce the state’s overbearing role in the economy and improve Russia’s investment climate, but the plans have been plagued by delays.


thanks to nomnomnom for the link..

“We are talking about the sale of the entire 19.5 percent state share, probably in two tranches,”

not sure who will get to buy this but i have a feeling they may have jewish roots? or am i being way to cynical?



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