Bob Marley & The Wailers
Iran: US strategy change to facilitate direct talks
Biden promises foreign policy shifts
Larijani: Iran awaits 'concrete offer ' from Washington
Larijani visits Al Andalus while he is waiting....
He is going to have an interview today with Zappy Dhimmhead...Iran 'ready' for new nuclear proposals
SEPTEMBER 2008: Why the West thinks it is time to talk to the Taliban
Negotiations have begun in secret with the enemy in Afghanistan. Jason Burke reveals the back channels of diplomacy that led to the controversial talksDECEMBER 2008:
The United States and the Afghan government can talk to moderate Taliban members, but only from a position of strength, Washington's envoy to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad saidZalmay Khalilzad: You know.... the dude GWB appointed to replace the fired John Bolton
TODAY: Afghanistan's Karzai Offers Peace to 'Friendly Taliban'
Taliban Beheads Polish engineer
Video Is Said to Be Polish Hostage’s Beheading in Pakistan
Jews to Vatican: Holocaust denial is a crime
World Jewish leaders told Vatican officials that denying the Holocaust was "not an opinion but a crime"The Biggest Honor Killing of All:
The editor-in-chief of the Times of Oman, that country's paper of record, has published an open justification of the Holocaust.Arrests Made in Venezuela Synagogue Attack
Seven Venezuelan police agents and four civilians have been arrested in connection with an attack on a synagogue'Israel agrees to free all prisoners demanded by Hamas apart from 4'
BiBi promises to keep Golan, undivided Jerusalem
Anyone remember this part of Saturday's links?
Obama Campaign Manager To Visit AzerbaijanWell.... lookie here:
Azerbaijan crucial to Western hopes of increased Caspian gas exports
David Plouffe and the Call of Oil
Barack Obama took office just a few weeks ago and already David Plouffe, his campaign manager, appears to be doing quite well for himself. He’s already signed a lucrative book deal, which seems fair enough, but now he’s flying off to oil-rich Azerbaijan at the invitation of a pro-democracy front group that works closely with the ruling despot.Russia: Biden's words on US nuclear stance 'very positive'
According to Radio Free Europe, Plouffe will be giving a speech and also be meeting with President Ilham Aliyev, who inherited power from his father, a former KGB chieftain who took over the country when the Soviet Union collapsed.
A Russia Reality Check
As European leaders listened joyfully here to the Obama administration's first expressions of foreign policy, nothing pleased them more than Vice President Biden's vow "to press the reset button" in relations with Russia.Russia: Filling the power vacuum created by Obama
Over the past year, Russia has invaded the sovereign state of Georgia, parts of which it continues to occupy; cut off natural gas to parts of Europe during the depth of winter; sold weapons to Iran and Venezuela; and otherwise made itself disagreeable.
These moves by Russia will change the balance of power.They already have.
Obama May Postpone Afghan "Surge"; Severe Problems in Supply Routes
While the attention of the US public and the news media here has been consumed (understandably enough) by the congressional debate over the economic stimulus plan, America's war in Afghanistan has nearly collapsed because of logistical problems.US Military Supplies Allowed Through Russia
Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, said Friday that Russia had fast-tracked approval of a plan to allow the United States military to ship nonlethal equipment across Russian territory to Afghanistan.
“We gave our consent, literally, in 24 hours,” he said. “We expect our American partners to provide a concrete request with the quantity and description of cargo. We shall grant the relevant permission as soon as it happens.”As we were saying: US/NATO Afghan supply routes blocked
US envoy in Pakistan on quest for Afghan stability
Russia denies influencing Kyrgyzstan on US base
Russia to bury radioactive waste in Turkmenistan
Merkel: Include Russia in Euro security
Arianespace (France) And Thales (US/France) to build satellites for Gazprom
A Pipeline to Trouble
Turkey to back Nabucco even if EU membership talks stall
Merkel in political crisis as economy minister resigns
The Icelandic Volcano Erupts
In December, reports surfaced that Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson pushed his Wall Street bailout package by suggesting that, without it, civil unrest in the United States might grow so dangerous that martial law would have to be declared. Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), warned of the same risk of riots, wherever the global economy was hurting. What really worried them wasn't, I suspect, the possibility of a lot of people thronging the streets with demands for social and political change, but that some of those demands might actually be achieved. Take the example of Iceland, the first --but surely not the last -- country to go bankrupt in the current global crash.
Today in Russian Business
State-run banks could unite to co-manage toxic assets from borrowers who default on loans as a means of 'cutting expenses'.Gee.....where have I heard that before?
Gold Man Sacks predicts another $9b stimulus
GM to invest $1B rescue money in Brazil
US Treasury delays bank bailout announcement
US Treasury to prop up housing under revamped bank bailout
Treasurys down ahead of massive bond issuance
5 Billion Dolla Gubbmint Pepco secures 4 Mil in credit
2 Mice Carrying Plague Disappear From NJ Lab, FBI Says No Public Health Risk
Australia bushfires toll expected to reach 230
AUSTRALIA has been singled out as a target for "forest jihad" by a group of Islamic extremists urging Muslims to deliberately light bushfires as a weapon of terror.
US intelligence channels earlier this year identified a website calling on Muslims in Australia, the US, Europe and Russia to "start forest fires", claiming "scholars have justified chopping down and burning the infidels' forests when they do the same to our lands".Televisions 'to be fitted in contact lenses within ten years'
The website, posted by a group called the Al-Ikhlas Islamic Network, argues in Arabic that lighting fires is an effective form of terrorism justified in Islamic law under the "eye for an eye" doctrine.
The posting — which instructs jihadis to remember "forest jihad" in summer months — says fires cause economic damage and pollution, tie up security agencies and can take months to extinguish so that "this terror will haunt them for an extended period of time".
"Imagine if, after all the losses caused by such an event, a jihadist organisation were to claim responsibility for the forest fires," the website says. "You can hardly begin to imagine the level of fear that would take hold of people in the United States, in Europe, in Russia and in Australia."
Crews clean 65000-gallon oil spill near Chicago
Hundreds stand in line for tickets to FLA Obamarama
Natural High ~ 1972