Ban Ki-moon invites al-Sisi to attend Climate Change Summit 2014..begs for Gaza ceasefire

•July 24, 2014 • 1 Comment

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http://thecairopost.com/news/119430/news/ban-ki-moon-invites-sisi-to-attend-climate-change-summit-2014

In his visit to Cairo, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon invited Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to head the Egyptian delegation in the forthcoming Climate Change Summit, held in New York on September 23, Youm7 reported.

The U.N. Secretary General’s visit to Cairo came within his tour in the Middle East in a bid to end the current fighting between Israel and Palestine, it reported.

“We, the U.N., thank Egypt for its quick response not only by opening the Rafah crossing to receive wounded Palestinians but also for  providing food and medical aid to Palestinian people,” Ki-Moon said.

Since the beginning of the conflict between Israel and Palestine, more than 583 Palestinians were killed and 3,640 injured in Gaza according to the Palestinian Heath Ministry late Tuesday.

Other than praising Egyptian efforts in the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ki-Moon expressed his full support of the Egyptian initiative for ceasing fire between the two sides, presidential spokesman Ehab Badawi said in a Tuesday press statement.

During the meeting, Sisi expressed Egypt’s keenness on attending the summit as a steep for joining constructive engagement in keeping world peace and security along with promoting international missions, Badawi added.

Over the duration of the summit, state members are scheduled to discuss the issuance of a global climate agreement in 2015 through the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change, he added.

“The U.N. seeks through motivating international missions to participate in the forthcoming summit to make it a productive summit and not a negotiation session”, said Ki-moon, according to the U.N. website.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/tel-aviv-flights-cancelled-as-ban-kimoon-begs-for-gaza-ceasefire/story-e6frg6so-1226998208002

Following top-level talks in Cairo, Ban headed to Israel to deliver his message in person as the 15-day conflict showed no sign of easing.

“My message to Israelis and Palestinians is the same: Stop fighting, start talking and take on the root causes of the conflict so that we are not at the same situation in the next six months or a year,” he said.

In Cairo, US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed ceasefire proposals with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi with both voicing guarded hopes of an end to the violence.

And a senior Palestinian official said talks were ongoing between Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and Hamas for a ceasefire.

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thanks to nomnomnom for the link..

example A that al-sisi is one of “them”:

“Ban Ki-moon invited Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to head the Egyptian delegation in the forthcoming Climate Change Summit”

this moon guy really irritates me!

“Sisi expressed Egypt’s keenness on attending the summit as a steep for joining constructive engagement in keeping world peace and security” << world peace through introducing carbon taxes on the worlds population??

example B is that the gaza genocide only started once al-sisi was voted in as president..to control egypts response..

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The Middle East friendship chart

•July 24, 2014 • 6 Comments

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http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/07/17/the_middle_east_friendship_chart.html

With overlapping civil wars in Syria and Iraq, a new flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, and tense nuclear talks with Iran, Middle Eastern politics are more volatile than ever and longtime alliances are shifting. Here’s a guide to who’s on whose side in the escalating chaos.

Correction, July 17, 2014: Due to a production error, this chart originally misstated that Saudi Arabia and Syria are friends. They are enemies.

Here: http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/07/17/the_middle_east_friendship_chart.html

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click the link above..

interesting use of emoticons..look for anomalies..list them below..this not the definitive guide please note!

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Baltic Dry Index collapses to 18-month lows..worst July since 1986

•July 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-07-22/baltic-dry-index-collapses-18-month-lows-worst-july-1986

The bulls will ignore it, shrugging that it’s merely over-supply of ships that the resurgent world economy will quickly soak up as it ‘recovers’… However, World GDP growth expectations are collapsing, trade volumes are slowing, and the Baltic Dry Index has continued to slump to itslowest since the start of January 2013 (a holiday period). For some context, this is thelowest July level for the Baltic Dry since 1986… “noise”

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possibly the most important chart you can view if you want to gauge the real health of the planet economically..another warning sign..

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China’s President Xi Jinping signs Venezuelan oil deal..Argentina and China set to ink multibillion dollar infrastructure-financing and currency-swap deals

•July 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-28414623

Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed a series of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela.

They include a $4bn (£2.34bn) credit line in return for Venezuelan crude and other products.

The agreements came on the latest stop of a four-country visit to Latin America.

Mr Xi has already signed key deals in Argentina and Brazil. He has now departed from Venezuela and will visit Cuba next.

In Argentina the Chinese leader agreed to an $11bn currency swap providing much needed money for the government of President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Argentina has been locked out of the international capital markets since a default in 2001.

Mr Xi also helped launch a new development bank alongside the other emerging powers of the Brics group – Brazil, Russia, India and South Africa – at a summit in Brazil.

The new bank is intended to create an alternative to the Western-dominated World Bank.

Chinese trade with Latin America has grown rapidly. It is now the second-largest trading partner in Argentina and Cuba, and has been Brazil’s largest since 2009.

China is the second-largest market for Venezuelan oil after the United States.

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http://blogs.wsj.com/frontiers/2014/07/18/argentina-china-deals-reflect-asian-countrys-growing-influence/

Argentina and China are set to ink multibillion dollar infrastructure-financing and currency-swap deals during a two-day visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping that started today, another sign of the Asian country’s growing influence in Latin America.

The two governments are expected to sign 19 agreements, including a 70-billion-yuan currency swap between central banks, equivalent to about $11 billion, Argentina’s Cabinet Chief Jorge Capitanich said on Friday.

The deals are a rare source of positive news for President Cristina Kirchner’s administration, which is struggling with a recession, high inflation, and a possible debt default at the end of the month. But analysts are skeptical the agreements will provide much relief to Argentina´s depleted foreign-currency reserves, which the country uses to pay its creditors and defend the Argentine peso.

The swap doesn’t resolve the underlying economic problems that are draining reserves nor can the yuan be converted into other currencies, says Alberto Ramos, senior Latin America economist for Goldman Sachs.

“If your house is on fire it’s not like buying more insurance will solve the problem. You need to address the main causes of the fire,” Mr. Ramos said.

Reserves now stand at almost $30 billion, their lowest since November 2006.

By most measures, Argentina’s reserves are very low compared to other major Latin American countries, said Claudio Loser, an Argentine economist and former Western Hemisphere director at the International Monetary Fund.

China has also agreed to lend Argentina $2.1 billion to buy railroad equipment, and finance the construction of hydroelectric dams in southern Argentina to the tune of $4.7 billion, Mr. Capitanich said.

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the worlds banker..doing what bankers do..getting more and more customers on the hook..practically bailing out argentina..handing over money to venezuela..buying their low grade crude is symbolic only..

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US intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

•July 24, 2014 • 2 Comments

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http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/mh17/us-says-russia-created-conditions-for-mh17-disaster-by-arming-separatists/story-fno88it0-1226998166756

SENIOR US intelligence officials say they have no evidence of direct Russian government involvement in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which they say was most likely hit by rebels by mistake.

They say the passenger jet was likely felled by an SA-11 surface-to-air missile fired by Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and that Russia “created the conditions” for the downing by arming the separatists.

They said the most probably explanation for why the plane was shot down was that the rebels made a mistake. Separatists previously had shot down 12 Ukrainian military aeroplanes, the officials noted.

“The most plausible explanation … was that it was a mistake,” and that the missile was fired by “an ill-trained crew” using a system that requires some skill and training, an official said.

The intelligence official cited previous incidents over the years in which both Russian and US forces have mistakenly shot down civilian airliners. A Korean airliner was downed by a Soviet fighter jet in 1983 and US naval forces mistakenly shot down an Iranian civilian passenger plane in 1988.

“We’ve all seen mistakes in the past,” the official told reporters, who were briefed under ground rules that the officials’ names not be used in discussing intelligence related to last week’s air disaster, which killed 298 people.

The officials made clear they were relying in part on social media postings and videos made public in recent days by the Ukrainian government, even though they have not been able to authenticate all of it.

For example, they cited a video of a missile launcher said to have been crossing the Russian border after the launch, appearing to be missing a missile. But later, under questioning, the officials acknowledged they had not yet verified that the video was exactly what it purported to be.

They said they did not know who fired the missile at MH17 or whether any Russian operatives were present at the missile launch.

They were also not certain that the missile crew was trained in Russia, although they described a stepped-up campaign in recent weeks by Russia to arm and train the rebels, which they say has continued even after the downing of the commercial jetliner.

The Russian military had been training the rebels at a large base in Rostov on various weapons, including air defence systems, they said.

In terms of who fired the missile, “we don’t know a name, we don’t know a rank and we’re not even 100 per cent sure of a nationality,” one official said, adding at another point that “there is not going to be a Perry Mason moment here’’, a reference to a fictional detective who solves mysteries.

The officials said they chose to brief reporters partly to counter what they called misleading propaganda from Russia and its state-controlled media over the incident.

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uh huh..so much disinformation..pictures unverified..audio unverified..and now two ukrainian jets have been shot down and the claim is it was from a russian jet and a missile from inside the russian border..why dont they just announce putin was flying the russian jet..that might satisfy them?

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UAE plans Arab world’s first mission to Mars

•July 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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http://mashable.com/2014/07/18/united-arab-emirates-announces-planned-mission-to-mars/

The proposed space program is the latest costly project for the country, which has one of the top 10 GDP per capita income in the world. It previously constructed the world’s tallest skyscraper and recently announced plans to create a climate-controlled city.

In the statement announcing the space program, officials said they are seeking to foster growth in the country’s technology sectors and diversify its economy. According to the National, the UAE has already invested 20 billion dirhams (approximately $5.9 billion) in space technology, and plans to launch the Mars probe in 2021 in tandem with its 50th anniversary.

If successful, the UAE would join the U.S. and Russia as one of the only countries to successfully send an unmanned probe to Mars. However, Haym Benaroya, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Rutgers University, said he is skeptical about the project’s plausibility.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/07/16/u-a-e-plans-arab-worlds-first-mission-to-mars/

The government of the United Arab Emirates announced Wednesday the creation of its own space agency and its plan to send an unmanned mission to Mars by 2021. The probe’s journey to Mars would coincide with the 50th anniversary of the U.A.E.’s independence from Britain in 1971. “We chose the epic challenge of reaching Mars because epic challenges inspire us and motivate us,” said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the country’s vice president.

On Twitter, al-Maktoum said the country’s investment in space technologies already eclipsed $5 billion.

The oil-rich Gulf state is never short on hubris. It’s home to the next iterations of global museums like the Louvre and the Guggenheim in Abu Dhabi and the world’s tallest building and busiest airport for international travelers in Dubai. The royal family in Abu Dhabi has even plowed national wealth into owning and improving the reigning English soccer champions, Manchester City.

The U.A.E. has long wanted to launch a type of pan-Arab space agency, not unlike its real equivalent in Europe, and today’s news lays a marker down for the rest of the region. As al-Maktoum’s tweets indicate, the U.A.E.’s rulers see their foray into space as almost a return to the glories of the distant past, when the scientific discoveries of the Islamic world far surpassed those of a Christendom locked in the Dark Ages. But it enters a crowded field when it comes to Mars exploration.

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these guys have excess money to waste so go for it..i note it will be “unmanned”..ho ho ho.. :)

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Electric aliens? Bacteria discovered that exist on pure energy

•July 23, 2014 • 10 Comments

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http://rt.com/news/174092-electric-bacteria-alien-life/

Microbiologists based in California have discovered bacteria that survive by eating pure electrons rather than food, bringing an entirely new method of existence to awareness and raising questions about possibilities for alien life.

The ‘electric bacteria’ – as they have been dubbed by the team that discovered them – take energy from rocks and metal by feasting directly on their electrons. The hair-like filaments the bacteria produce carry electrons between the cells and their environment.

The biologists from the University of Southern California (USC) found that the new discovery joins more than ten other different specific type of bacteria that also feed on electricity – although none in quite the same way.

“This is huge. What it means is that there’s a whole part of the microbial world that we don’t know about,”Kenneth Nealson of USC told New Scientist.

Nealson explained the process by which the bacteria function. “You eat sugars that have excess electrons, and you breathe in oxygen that willingly takes them,” he said. Human cells break down the sugars in order to obtain the electrons – making the bacteria that only absorb the electrons that much more efficient.

“That’s the way we make all our energy and it’s the same for every organism on this planet,”
 Nealson said.“Electrons must flow in order for energy to be gained.”

Some of the bacteria even have the ability to make ‘bio-cables’ – a kind of microbial collection of wires that can conduct electricity as well as copper – renowned for its high electrical conductivity.

Such ‘nanowires’ were first discovered in a separate study conducted by researchers at Aarhus University in Denmark. Their presence raises the possibility that one day bacteria could be used in making subsurface networks for people to use.

“Tens of thousands of bacteria can join to form a cable that can carry electrons over several centimeters,”the New Scientist video on the subject points out.

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“raising questions about possibilities for alien life.”

its always about the aliens..

“take energy from rocks and metal by feasting directly on their electrons.”

that is pretty wild..and does offer up many possibilities..

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