Saudi Arabia moves heavy arms to border with Yemen..warplanes bomb Houthi positions

•March 27, 2015 • 13 Comments

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http://rt.com/news/243789-saudi-arabia-military-yemen/

Saudi Arabia is deploying a significant task force to the border with neighboring Yemen, where Houthi Shiite rebels allegedly forced the president to leave the country. President Hadi has been asking the UN to approve the use of foreign forces in Yemen.

The situation in Yemen remains murky, with Houthi militants claiming capture of the southern seaport of Aden, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s stronghold. The fighters say the city of Aden is now under their control and they’re arresting the president’s supporters there.

The rebels claim Hadi has fled the country, and announced a 20 million riyal ($100,000) reward for Hadi’s capture, Lebanese-based Al-Manar TV reported, citing the rebels’ representatives. While two of the president’s aides have said he remains in Aden and has no intention of leaving the country, later reports claim he has left Yemen.

Yemen’s president has left the country on a boat from Aden, officials told AP. Hadi is now traveling by sea to the neighboring country of Djibouti, Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh’s secretary told RIA Novosti.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/03/26/GCC-states-to-repel-Houthi-aggression-in-Yemen-statement-.html

Arab Gulf states announced late Wednesday that they have decided to “repel Houthi aggression” in neighboring Yemen, following a request from the country’s President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.

President Hadi, who was forced to flee his presidential complex in Aden earlier in the day, has urged the Gulf states to intervene military in Yemen.

In their joint statement Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait said they “decided to repel Houthi militias, al-Qaeda and ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria] in the country.”

The Gulf states warned that the Houthi coup in Yemen represented a “major threat” to the region’s stability.

It also accused the Iranian-backed militia of conducting military drills on the border of Saudi Arabia, a leading member of the GCC, with “heavy weapons.”

In an apparent reference to Iran, the statement said the “Houthi militia is backed by regional powers in order for it be their base of influence.”

The Gulf states said they had monitored the situation and the Houthi coup in Yemen with “great pain” and accused the Shiite militia of failing to respond to warnings from the United Nations Security Council as well as the GCC.

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.648912

The envoy added that Yemen’s President Hadi and other members of his cabinet are continuing to run the government from the city of Aden, but refused to give the whereabouts of the president, who reportedly escaped his residence.

“Having Yemen fail is not an option for us,” the envoy told reporters.

The envoy said the started at 7 p.m. EST and the U.S. is not participating in the operation.

A U.S. official told Reuters that Saudi Arabia coordinated with the U.S. ahead of the operation. The U.S. is providing support to Saudi Arabia as it carries out the operation, the U.S. official added, without elaborating on the kinds of support Washington has provided its ally.

Meanwhile, Warplanes launched an attack on Sanaa airport and the Yemeni capital’s al Dulaimi military airbase, residents and an official said. There was no immediate word on the affiliation of the aircraft.

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was this sanctioned by the UN..did it go to a vote?

why are nearly all the GCC partners sunni?

this is to curtail iran who they claim is backing the houthis and they are shia..its the old divide again..

the president is now in saudi arabia..

“The U.S. is providing support to Saudi Arabia as it carries out the operation”

did obama get congress approval for this?

so america, as always, seem to back the sunni side over the shia side..why is that?

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Germanwings pilot was locked out of cockpit before crash in France

•March 27, 2015 • 27 Comments

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http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/world/europe/germanwings-airbus-crash.html?_r=2

As officials struggled Wednesday to explain why a jet with 150 people on board crashed in relatively clear skies, an investigator said evidence from a cockpit voice recorder indicated one pilot left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in.

A senior military official involved in the investigation described “very smooth, very cool” conversation between the pilots during the early part of the flight from Barcelona to Düsseldorf. Then the audio indicated that one of the pilots left the cockpit and could not re-enter.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”

He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

While the audio seemed to give some insight into the circumstances leading up to the Germanwings crash, it also left many questions unanswered.

“We don’t know yet the reason why one of the guys went out,” said the official, who requested anonymity because the investigation is continuing. “But what is sure is that at the very end of the flight, the other pilot is alone and does not open the door.”

One of the main questions outstanding is why the pilots did not communicate with air traffic controllers as the plane began its unusual descent, suggesting that either the pilots or the plane’s automated systems may have been trying to maintain control of the aircraft as it lost altitude.

Among the theories that have been put forward by air safety analysts not involved in the investigation is the possibility that the pilots could have been incapacitated by a sudden event such as a fire or a drop in cabin pressure.

A senior French official involved in the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the lack of communication from the pilots during the plane’s descent was disturbing, and that the possibility that their silence was deliberate could not be ruled out.

“I don’t like it,” said the French official, who cautioned that his initial analysis was based on the very limited information currently available. “To me, it seems very weird: this very long descent at normal speed without any communications, though the weather was absolutely clear.”

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this stank of murder..and so it is..how can the whitehouse come out within hours of the crash and claim with no evidence that terrorism wasnt involved? that cant know that..so why say it?

http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/content/s4204336.htm

“Neil Hansford is the chairman of Strategic Aviation Solutions.

He tells ABC NewsRadio’s Fiona Ellis-Jones it’s “irregular” that there was no May Day call made during eight minute descent with no loss of power.

“If it had been a catastrophic explosion and depressurisation it wouldn’t have taken eight minutes to come down,” he says.

“If it had been a loss of power, basically it would have glided longer.”

“You can’t rule anything in and anything out and I think it’s totally improper for The White House to come out and instantly say it can’t be related to terrorism,” he says.”

http://news.yahoo.com/latest-official-says-1-pilot-apparently-locked-073429337.html

“The U.S. doesn’t believe there’s a link to terrorism in the Germanwings crash in France that killed all 150 people aboard the plane.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest, commenting Thursday on the crash, said “based on what we know, there is not a nexus to terrorism.”

no proper manifest supplied, just vague, country of origin numbers..who was on the plane and just who is this co-pilot?

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Climate change: Chinese weather official warns of “huge impact”..get your doom on China!

•March 27, 2015 • 10 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-32006972

Climate change could have a “huge impact” on China, reducing crop yields and harming the environment, the country’s top weather scientist has warned, in a rare official admission.

Zheng Guogang told Xinhua news agency that climate change could be a “serious threat” to big infrastructure projects.

He said temperature rises in China were already higher than global averages.

China, the world’s biggest polluter, has said its emissions of gases that cause climate change will peak by 2030.

However, the country has not set a specific target for cutting emissions of the gases, mainly carbon dioxide.

Mr Zheng, the head of China’s meteorological administration, said warming temperatures exposed his country to a growing “risk of climate change and climate disasters”.

He said temperature rises in China had already been higher than the global average for the past century.

These are rare admissions from a Chinese official, BBC Asia analyst Michael Bristow says.

China’s leaders have acknowledged the damage from global warming but they usually do not lay out the full scale of the problems.

Mr Zheng warned of more droughts, rainstorms, and higher temperatures, which would threaten river flows and harvests, as well as major infrastructure projects such as the Three Gorges Dam. He urged China to pursue a lower-carbon future.

“To face the challenges from past and future climate change, we must respect nature and live in harmony with it,” the Xinhua news agency quoted him as saying.

“We must promote the idea of nature and emphasise climate security.”

China and the US together produce around 45% of global carbon emissions.

http://www.cma.gov.cn/en/NewsReleases/News/201206/t20120629_177151.html

Zheng Guoguang met officials of WMO and EUMETSAT

When meeting R.D.J. LENGOASA, Zheng Guoguang expressed that China would continue to participate and support the business plans and activities of WMO. They exchanged views on how to further strengthen China’s participation. Zheng Guoguang invited R.D.J. LENGOASA to visit CMA and give a speech next month. R.D.J. LENGOASA accepted the invitation.

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“Mr Zheng warned of more droughts, rainstorms, and higher temperatures”

droughts AND rain??

“To face the challenges from past and future climate change, we must respect nature and live in harmony with it,”

green religion..

“We must promote the idea of nature and emphasise climate security.”

his words reminded me of the talk we hear from warmists in europe and the usa all the time..the doom talk hysteria has now been traced to zheng and his meeting with shills from the WMO and eumetsat..

“Zheng Guoguang expressed that China would continue to participate and support the business plans and activities of WMO.”

business plans of the WMO? huh? you can see him in the pictures above..

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Serbia has no plans of joining NATO

•March 27, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://tass.ru/en/world/784269

Serbia is a neutral state and has no plans of joining the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO), Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dadic told the Serbian television channel Pink on Sunday.

He said Serbia’s Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) was the highest degree of cooperation with the alliance for a country which had no plans to join it. Moreover, he underscored it did not mean any changes in Serbia’s position on its neutrality. “We are neutral in military terms and are not planning to become a member of NATO,” he reassured. In this connection, he called not to “make a show” of Serbia’s adopting the plan, “since we have made not a single step further to the NATO membership.”

Dadic said that thanks to cooperation with the alliance Serbia had been granted additional guarantees that Kosovo’s security forces would not be deployed in Kosovo’s northern areas populated mostly by ethnic Serbs without NATO’s consent. Serbia’s goal, according to Dadic, “is to build partner relations with all,” bearing in mind the fact that the country enjoys an observer status at the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) as well.

In 2007, Serbia’s parliament passed a resolution on neutrality in respect of military alliances. Serbia adopted the Individual Partnership Action Plan with NATO in December 2014 and the alliance endorsed the document in January 2015.

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the new switzerland? ;)

“We are neutral in military terms and are not planning to become a member of NATO,”

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Bill Gates warns on future disease epidemics

•March 27, 2015 • 19 Comments

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http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31956344

The world needs to prepare for the next major health crisis, Bill Gates has told delegates at the Ted (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference.

While Ebola seems to be being kept under control currently, next time “we may not be so lucky” the Microsoft co-founder warned.

He said that there were plenty of technology tools that could be used to contain the spread of a virus.

And, he added, governments should learn from how nations prepare for war.

“Nato plays war games to check that people are well-trained and prepared. Now we need germ games,” he said.

He also called for a reserve “medical corps” similar to the reserve armies that civilians can join.

Technology can play a big role in helping prevent the spread of a virus, he told the Ted audience.

The proliferation of mobile phones mean that citizens can easily report where disease breaks out and satellite mapping can quickly collate where the problem areas are.

Meanwhile advances in biology have drastically cut the time it takes to develop vaccines for new viruses

During the Ebola crisis, technology firms such as IBM contributed tracking systems that allowed the authorities to create detailed maps of outbreaks based on text messages from citizens.

Bill Gates has long had an interest in global problems such as poverty and disease and the Gates Foundation, which he set up with his wife, has contributed millions to help solve the issues.

During the recent Ebola crisis, the Gates Foundation shipped vests lined with ice-packs to help doctors and nurses, who must cover themselves in protective gear, keep cool.

At the Ted conference, a mock-up of an Ebola hospital showed how tough life is for the doctors and nurses who work in them. Delegates were invited to try on a protective suit, perform tasks in it and take it off without allowing any part of it to touch skin.

More long term it is vital that strong health systems are built in poorer countries, Mr Gates said.

Meanwhile the world needs to be prepared for the next epidemic.

“We can get ready, we don’t need to panic. We don’t need to hoard cans of spaghetti and hide in the basement,” he told the Ted audience.

“If there is any good to have come out of the Ebola crisis it is that it has acted as a early warning, a wake-up call,” he added.

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thanks to nomnomnom for the link..

“Now we need germ games,”

really?

“We don’t need to hoard cans of spaghetti and hide in the basement,”

i am more of a baked beans sort of guy anyway..

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Spain’s ruling party used secret accounts for 18 years High Court judge finds

•March 27, 2015 • 3 Comments

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http://rt.com/news/243369-spain-party-corruption-scandal/

Spain’s High Court has ended an inquiry into the slush funds of the country’s ruling Popular Party (PP), which it allegedly used for at least 18 years. The judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to launch a case against the party’s two treasurers.

According to Pablo Ruz, a judge of the National Court in Madrid, the party used “various sources of funding outside of the legal economic sphere” from 1990 until at least 2008. In his statement, he said he had gathered enough evidence to bring the case to trial.

At the same time, a case against 22 other suspects – including ex-Popular Party Secretary General Ángel Acebes and business people who donated money into the parallel accounts – was closed.

The party, which is now headed by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, allegedly used to operate “through various account systems that recorded monetary inflows and outflows outside the official accounting declared by the party and filed with the Audit Court” during the 18 years in question. These systems were used “as parallel accounts, cash boxes or money on the side.

The 190-page report concluded there was enough evidence to support a case against former PP treasurers Luis Bárcenas and Álvaro Lapuerta.

The two may appear in court, along with the heads of Unifica – the architect firm which renovated the party’s headquarters in Madrid and received an undeclared €1.55 million (US$1.6 million) payment.

The investigative judge also said the party may be probed regarding the tax dodging of €1,050,000 million ($1.15 million) in illegal donations it received in 2008 from sponsors who went over the legal limit or were not allowed to make cash gifts, as they had contracts with the government.

Pablo Ruz has also launched an additional probe on a garbage collection contract won by a Toledo firm. According to former PP treasurer Bárcenas, that was a form of payment for a €200,000 ($219,000) campaign donation for Castilla-La Mancha premier María Dolores de Cospedal in 2007, who is currently the PP’s secretary-general.

The Bárcenas scandal broke on January 31, 2009, when El País newspaper revealed part of his secret handwritten ledgers. The treasurer initially denied his affiliation to them, but admitted to it in July 2013.

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“the party used “various sources of funding outside of the legal economic sphere” from 1990 until at least 2008.”

i see..secret donors? slush funds?

sounds like most western democracies..

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Sir Michael Moritz: West’s tech bubble is about to burst..”There are a considerable number of unicorns that will become extinct”

•March 26, 2015 • 1 Comment

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http://rt.com/usa/243705-tuch-bubble-burst-investor/

A dot-com bust could soon take place all over again, as a number of tech companies in the West are valued higher than their earnings will ever justify, says a billionaire investor who got rich in the industry.

Many young technology companies valued at $1 billion or more – known in the industry as “unicorns” – are expected to crash soon, Sir Michael Moritz, chairman of Sequoia Capital, told The Times of London on Tuesday. “There are a whole bunch of crazy little companies that will disappear. There are a considerable number of unicorns that will become extinct,” Moritz said.

Moritz was an early investor in Google, PayPal and Yahoo, which helped him to amass an estimated fortune of $2.7 billion. He is now warning that the “euphoric” atmosphere in Silicon Valley is causing “sporty” valuations for “absolutely everything.”

Even the zaniest ideas can attract money,” Moritz said. “There are some companies that don’t deserve the valuations they have.”

Bill Gurley, a partner at Benchmark Capital, made a similar statement last week at South by Southwest (SXSW), an annual music, film and interactive festival in Austin, Texas.

I do think you’ll see some dead unicorns this year,” Gurley warned in his keynote address at the SXSW technology conference. Gurley, who has invested in Uber and Snapchat, warned of the irrational exuberance among the tech companies and investors. “There is no fear in Silicon Valley right now. A complete absence of fear,” he said.

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i dont know if i trust moritz very much but i do heed his words..thats him up top getting knighted..

i also believe that the valuations of tech darlings like pinterest, twitter and snapchat for example are outrageous and will end in tears..

the unicorns are frolicking in the fields awash with freshly printed dollars..

“There is no fear in Silicon Valley right now. A complete absence of fear,”

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