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Iran says it open to Afghan meeting offer from US
Rula Amin, Al Jazeera's correspondent reporting from Damascus, described the visit as "very significant". "Jeffery Feltman said he is here to address a long list of concerns for the US with the Syrians," she said.
"Before this administration it was a confrontational policy ... and now this administration seems to think that Syria could be key to resolving many of the hot issues on President Obama's plate." Amin said that this included the situations in Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Israel and Lebanon. "Syria has been Iran's strongest partner in the region, and that is how Iran extends its influence in the Middle East," she said.
This will happen after The Grand High Mythical Moderate Taqiyyalope Glow Ballin' Khatami is elected in a couple months.
Obama Ponders Outreach to Elements of the Taliban
Watch in rapt fascination as The Obamanable Ponders!
LOL! OK. Understand this, Pleebles ~ This negotiate with the peaceful Taliban crap has actually been going around the Glow Ball since Dec 2007. This followed by the requisite denials in February 2008, that followed by this in SEPTEMBER 2008 when it is revealed that the Saudis are "sponsoring" it, which was then followed directly by this shit here in October of 2008 when Mr. Gates still worked for your Republican president Mr.GWB:
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has agreed with a top British commander that NATO needs to bring the Taliban into the process of reconciliation.This was echoed by Petraeus, also in October of 2008:
"I do think you have to talk to enemies," Petraeus said Wednesday at an appearance at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, when asked about potential dialogue with the Taliban.SHOCKA! UK Moderates Turn Out To Be Extremists:
"You've got to set things up. You've got to know who you're talking to. You've got to have your objectives straight," he said. "But I mean, what we did do in Iraq ultimately was sit down with some of those that were shooting at us. What we tried to do was identify those who might be reconcilable."
OU to Olmert: ‘Cease and desist’
As the Gaza conflict was drawing to a close, Gordon Brown made the following proposal:
Prime Minister Gordon Brown has offered British naval resources to help monitor events in the Gaza conflict and stop weapons being smuggled in.He wants to help ensure protection and monitoring of the crossings into Gaza.
One of the UK’s most influential Islamic leaders, who has helped counter extremism in the country’s mosques, is accused of advocating attacks on the Royal Navy if it tries to stop arms for Hamas being smuggled into Gaza.
Dr Daud Abdullah, deputy director-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, is facing calls for his resignation, after it emerged that he is one of 90 Muslim leaders from around the world who have signed a public declaration in support of Hamas and military action.
The Orthodox Union is denouncing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's statement favoring a division of Jerusalem, calling it "fundamentally at odds with the role Jerusalem has played for millennia" and saying he should "cease and desist" from further such statements.Palestinian Prime Minister Says He Will Resign
For the good of the people you know, for unity between the Hamassholes & the Abbassholes.
Abassholes make room for Hamassholes
The White House Spokesman Mike Hammer likes it, he sez Abbassholes Akbar!
Western-backed Fayyad announced he would step down by the end of March in a move that could help bolster unity talks between the rival Fatah and Hamas factions.'Experts" Say: Jerusalem needs 'special regime'
"This government made great strides in providing the transparency, accountability, and security that will be essential to achieving a two-state solution," said White House National Security Council spokesman Mike Hammer.
Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Fayyad -- the point man in Western-backed reconstruction plans for the Gaza Strip that freeze out the territory's Hamas Islamist rulers -- to deliver a message of support for Abbas' Palestinian Authority.
"We expect any future Palestinian government to continue this progress, in line with the Quartet principles and consistent with President (Mahmoud) Abbas' vision," Hammer said, referring to the quartet of Middle East mediators: the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European Union.
He said the United States "remained committed to achieving two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security.
Indeed it does.
'There should be no Hizbullah-UK talks'
Russia urges US to heed its missile shield concerns
Bill Rammell, the Foreign Office minister for the Middle East, told the British Parliament on Wednesday that his government would hold discussions with Hizbullah's political wing.
Rammell said the decision was made "in the light of more positive developments in Lebanon, and the formation of the national unity government in which Hizbullah is participating."
"Our over-riding objective is to press Hizbullah to play a more constructive role and move away from violence," he had said.
Rammell said Britain would not have talks with Hizbullah's military wing, and that the talks with Hizbullah would have no impact on London's refusal to deal with Hamas.
Bad Vlad, he must break you.
Clinton and Lavrov hail new US-Russia approach
China, Russia to strengthen ties
Bernanke: Fed will ‘forcefully’ deploy all tools to restore financial stability
When it comes to Muslim courts and Sharia law in Britain, Tony Blair does not understand what all the controversy is about.
At Davos, Blair said that while capitalism certainly wasn’t finished, we need to do more thinking about the moral values guiding capitalism.How they all learned to stop worrying and love the Obamanable:
New Poll Reveals 56 Percent Of Americans Favor Bank Nationalization
Gold Man Sacks CEO: Just Say Nyet to Nationalization
Gold Man, Deutsche Bank Got Funds From AIG Bailout
WELT ONLINE: Isn't the US model of capitalism and idea whose time has passed? Laisser faire is not always the answer.
Blankfein: The economic system is changing constantly. Market upheavals have occurred in the past and will certainly happen in the future. Questioning the system is both understandible and, frankly, healthy. There are obviously things that need to be improved and changes that need to be made. But the efficient distribution of capital and the encouragement of entrepreneurialism, which are at the heart of capitalism, create greater opportunities for many more people than centrally-planned alternatives.
The Other Banking Drama: Those Secret Swiss Accounts
While world markets are teetering in a global banking meltdown, another banking drama is playing out in Switzerland that could end the way private banking has been done there for centuries.
U.S. tax authorities have challenged long-standing Swiss banking secrecy laws, demanding that UBS AG release the names of 52,000 Americans suspected of opening secret accounts to evade taxes. The bank agreed to release client information on 250 U.S. citizens and pay a $780 million fine as part of a settlement, but that decision has put the entire Swiss banking system in jeopardy, according to Wharton faculty. "Swiss banking as we have known it is dead," says Wharton professor of operations and information management Maurice Schweitzer.
While much media attention has been paid to "cap-and-trade" schemes as a way to prevent global warming, there is a second path to global warming salvation - carbon offsets. Indeed, the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee hosted hearings recently on how to use carbon offsets to reduce the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions - it promises to be more smoke and mirrors.
Under a carbon offset scheme, a country (or company) can meet its emission targets by paying others to reduce their emissions. To facilitate this process, the United Nations created the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), an international market where buyers who need to offset their emissions can purchase carbon credits from developing countries - effectively paying for emission reductions by others.
Parents face possible court action for withdrawing their children from lessons on gay and lesbian history.More than 30 pupils were pulled out of a week of teaching at a primary school which included books about homosexual partnerships.Holocaust denier David Irving peddling Hitler's hair and bones:
Irving, who was jailed in Austria for Holocaust denial, 'authenticates' the relics and displays them on his website run from his home in Windsor.
But I’m still right here,
giving blood ~
and keeping faith
And I’m still right here.
I’m gonna wait it out.