Are Iran’s Sunni neighbours about to race for The Bomb?

•July 6, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33309825

The holy month of Ramadan could never be described as a time of feverish activity in the Gulf states that sit between Shia Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia.

It is brutally hot even after the fasting daylight hours give way to the feasting hours of the humid evening.

The sound of Koran readings in the ancient mosques drifts across the modern skyline – a reminder of the energies devoted to prayerful contemplation.

But this year the atmosphere feels a little different.

In the Gulf there is a keen awareness that the deadline is approaching in the talks between the US-led world powers and the government of Iran over that country’s nuclear ambitions.

The Sunni monarchies of the region follow the issue as closely as it is followed in Israel – which of course considers itself the likeliest target for any future Iranian nuclear bomb.

The fears in the Gulf are slightly more complex.

Many of the conflicts raging in the Middle East, from Yemen to Iraq to Syria, are defined to some extent by the ancient division between the two main traditions of Islam – Shia and Sunni.

Iran sees itself as a protector of the Shia wherever they may be found and also believes in the right to export its brand of revolution.

Its regional rivals led by Saudi Arabia therefore regard it as a dangerous and destabilising power – ever ready to blow on the flames of political dissent through its proxy armies like Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Most of the Gulf states are Sunni with Shia minorities but Bahrain has a Shia majority ruled by a Sunni monarchy.

It is no stranger to political unrest and reports that members of that Shia majority are abused, even tortured, in prison – something the authorities deny.

Add to that the uncomfortable fact that historically Iran once regarded Bahrain as its own territory and that some at least of the Kingdom’s Shia population have their roots in Persia and you can see why Bahrain views Iran with particular anxiety.

The Chief of Police in Bahrain, Major-General Tariq al-Hassan, showed me an impressive collection of guns, ammunition and explosives recovered on anti-terrorist operations in recent years.

He says it is clear that Iran is inspiring, inciting and attempting to arm extremist groups in the Kingdom.

“There’s no doubt there’s overwhelming evidence of Iranian interference, direct and indirect,” he told me. “We have evidence the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps or elements within it have been involved in training, funding and recruiting terrorists in Bahrain.”

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in a word..yes..

will they be subjected to the same scrutiny as iran?..in a word..no..

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Images 5/7/15

•July 5, 2015 • 10 Comments

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invisible cages holding us in..

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esoteric symbolism..

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one eye..

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look like mates to me..

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this is a model from chanel doing her thing..

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kate upton with one eye..

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global green usa..so secular eh? oops?..the green religion is alive and well and permeating all cultures..

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home depot paint supplies using kids flashing occult symbolism..

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eurovison 2015..in case you missed it..why did they need an eye in the background?

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image from mars..natural or other?

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you need to understand these numbers..the chinese stock exchange is in a bear market officially..that should set off warning bells..

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Belgium adopts law against “vulture funds”

•July 5, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://www.france24.com/en/20150702-belgium-adopts-law-against-vulture-funds?ns_campaign=reseaux_sociaux&ns_source=twitter&ns_mchannel=social&ns_linkname=editorial&aef_campaign_ref=partage_aef&aef_campaign_date=2015-07-02&dlvrit=66745

Belgium has passed a law to cap how much so-called “vulture funds” can recoup from government debt bought at rock-bottom prices from countries teetering on the brink of default.

Under the new law, approved overwhelmingly by the country’s main political parties, if a Belgian judge determines a fund is acting as a “vulture,” then it cannot claim more than the discounted price paid for the bonds, rather than their face value.

The move comes after Belgium was dragged into a more than decade-long battle between a group of US hedge funds led by NML Capital Management and Argentina over some $1.3 billion of defaulted debt.

In May, NML demanded Argentinian accounts be frozen in Brussels — a move no longer allowed under the new law, which means a Belgian judge can refuse legal decisions made in other countries.

The decision is particularly important as Belgium is home to giant clearing house Euroclear, which processes vast numbers of global financial transactions.

In March, a US judge ordered Euroclear to block any payments concerning Argentine bonds and notify the hedge funds that are claiming the debt.

Ahmed Laaouej, the Socialist MP who first put forward the law, hailed its passing as a “victory over the vultures of finance” that came about “despite strong pressure from several national and international lobby groups”.

“These pressures came from representatives of American finance and law firms operating in Europe and defending the interests of some clients, in this case vulture funds,” he said to AFP.

“This law is a strong signal to unscrupulous investment funds which speculate in a shameful manner on the back of people in difficulty,” he added.

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“if a Belgian judge determines a fund is acting as a “vulture,” then it cannot claim more than the discounted price paid for the bonds, rather than their face value.”

i think it means they cant recoup the “face” value over and above the discounted price that they paid for the bond..how that works i have no idea of..perhaps xxx can explain?

“The decision is particularly important as Belgium is home to giant clearing house Euroclear”

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Russia examines 1991 recognition of Baltic independence

•July 5, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-33325842

The Russian chief prosecutor’s office is to examine whether the Soviet Union acted legally when it recognised the Baltic states’ independence in 1991.

The investigation was described as an “absurd provocation” by Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius.

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were occupied by Soviet communist forces in 1940. The USSR broke up in 1991.

Last week Russia’s chief prosecutor declared illegal the transfer of Crimea from Russia to Ukraine in 1954.

At the time Russia and Ukraine were republics of the USSR, under communist leader Nikita Khrushchev.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea in March 2014 was condemned internationally. Ethnic Russians there voted to rejoin Russia, in a highly controversial referendum.

There are large ethnic Russian minorities in Estonia and Latvia, while Lithuania has a smaller ethnic Russian minority.

In their letter, MPs Yevgeny Fyodorov and Anton Romanov, of President Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, said the 1991 decision to recognise Baltic independence had been taken “by an unconstitutional body”.

The source added that there would not be “legal consequences” if the 1991 recognition of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania was deemed to be illegal.

The three Baltic states joined the EU and Nato in 2004. In recent years Russia has viewed that as a hostile challenge to its security interests.

Russian-Baltic tensions have been rising since the Crimea annexation and the outbreak of fighting in eastern Ukraine in April 2014. Heavily armed pro-Russian separatists there are clashing daily with Ukrainian government troops.

Nato has stepped up its presence in the Baltic states, responding to massive Russian military exercises, including heightened Russian air force activity in the Baltic.

Reacting to the Russian prosecutor’s move, Lithuania’s foreign minister called it “a provocation to say the least” and “legally, morally and politically absurd”.

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“said the 1991 decision to recognise Baltic independence had been taken “by an unconstitutional body”

pour some more fuel on the russian agression meme why dont ya! friendly fire!

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BP to pay £12bn for Gulf oil spill

•July 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/business-33363672

BP has reached an $18.7bn (£12bn) settlement with the US Department of Justice (DoJ) following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

It comes as a US federal judge was expected to rule on how much BP owed in Clean Water Act penalties following the environmental disaster.

Over 125 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf after an explosion at the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010.

The settlement is the largest paid by a single company in US history .

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill was one of the worst environmental disasters in US history and claimed the lives of 11 people.

In December the US Supreme Court rejected the oil giant’s legal challenge over an original compensation deal agreed in 2012.

At the time BP had already paid out $2.3bn in so-called business economic loss claims out of a total of $4.25bn in compensation claims to individuals and businesses, according to Patrick Juneau, the administrator appointed by the courts to handle claims.

The settlement process is also separate from other court proceedings relating to the spill, including environmental and criminal penalties.

BP has said its costs associated with the oil spill have already exceeded $43bn even without the Clean Water Act fine.

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absolute pittance..loose change for BP..

revenue for 2014 of $360bn..

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Saudi prince to donate $32bn fortune to charity

•July 4, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-33353370

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal has said he will donate his entire $32bn (£20bn; €29bn) fortune to charity.

Prince Alwaleed, 60, is one of the world’s richest people.

He said he had been inspired by the Gates Foundation, set up by Bill and Melinda Gates in 1997.

The money would be used to “foster cultural understanding”, “empower women”, and “provide vital disaster relief”, among other things, he said.

Mr Gates praised the decision, calling it an “inspiration to all of us working in philanthropy around the world”.

Prince Alwaleed is listed by Forbes at number 34 on the list of the world’s richest people.

The money will go to the prince’s charitable organisation, Alwaleed Philanthropies, to which he has already donated $3.5bn.

The prince, who does not hold an official government position, is chairman of investment firm Kingdom Holding Company.

The company owns stakes in hotels The Four Seasons, Fairmont and Raffles, as well as News Corp, Citigroup, Twitter and Apple.

The prince will be donating his personal wealth. “This is very much separate from my ownership in Kingdom Holding,” he said at the announcement.

“Philanthropy is a personal responsibility, which I embarked upon more than three decades ago and is an intrinsic part of my Islamic faith,” he added in a statement.

He said he hoped the gift would “help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world”.

Prince Alwaleed’s announcement comes during the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims are encouraged to give charity and help the needy.

He said the donation would take place over several years and would be overseen by a board of trustees, which he will head.

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looks like kim kardashian and leo wanker in the image above..

“The money would be used to “foster cultural understanding”, “empower women”

funniest thing i have read for a month..what about empowering women now?

what about stopping fgm?

what about letting females drive cars? etc etc etc..

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Interlinking of Li and Juncker Plans to open new space for China-EU cooperation

•July 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment
(150629) -- BRUSSELS, June 29, 2015 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C) poses for a group photo with President of the European Council Donald Tusk (R) and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker before the 17th China-EU leaders' meeting in Brussels, Belgium, June 29, 2015. Li co-chaired the meeting with Tusk and Juncker.  (Xinhua/Li Xueren) (wyo)

(150629) — BRUSSELS, June 29, 2015 (Xinhua) — Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (C) poses for a group photo with President of the European Council Donald Tusk (R) and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker before the 17th China-EU leaders’ meeting in Brussels, Belgium, June 29, 2015. Li co-chaired the meeting with Tusk and Juncker. (Xinhua/Li Xueren) (wyo)

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2015-07/01/c_134371095.htm

China and the European Union (EU) have just wrapped up their latest round of summitry with a series of cooperation deals and a firm commitment to dovetailing their development strategies and further boosting bilateral win-win cooperation.

Particularly, they expressed great interest in aligning the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), known as the Juncker Plan, with the international production capacity cooperation initiative championed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.

Amid global economic uncertainties, the alignment of the Juncker Plan, named after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and what can be called the Li Plan is expected to benefit not only the two large economies themselves but the global economic recovery.

At the 17th China-EU leaders’ meeting, held Monday in Brussels and co-chaired by Li, European Council President Donald Tusk and Juncker, the two sides reaffirmed their commitment to deepening their strategic partnership for peace, growth, reform and civilization.

Addressing the summit, Li suggested that Beijing and Brussels conjoin their development initiatives, such as the China-proposed “Belt and Road” and international production capacity cooperation and the EU’s EFSI, and jointly seek cooperation with third parties.

At a China-EU business summit, Li once again expounded the necessity and significance of international production capacity cooperation, pointing out that such cooperation will not only boost South-North and South-South cooperation but promote the global economic recovery.

He proposed to combine China’s comparative advantages in production capacity and equipment manufacturing with the advanced technology of European economies, and urged the two sides to join hands in exploring third-party markets.

It will couple China’s well-established industrial system with the development needs of developing countries and the export needs of developed ones, and thus achieve all-win results, he explained.

Describing China as a strong and reliable partner of the EU, Juncker said at the business summit that the EU is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in infrastructure building and inter-connectivity, adding that it welcomes more Chinese companies to invest in Europe.

In a joint statement, the two sides also agreed to improve their infrastructure links and create a sound environment for sustainable cross-border infrastructure networks between China and the EU.

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everybody is friends with china..you never know when you might need them..

“the alignment of the Juncker Plan, named after European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and what can be called the Li Plan is expected to benefit not only the two large economies themselves but the global economic recovery.”

how will that help anyone in africa or south america?

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