"Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought?... Has it ever occurred to your, Winston, that by the year 2050, at the very latest, not a single human being will be alive who could understand such a conversation as we are having now?... The whole climate of thought will be different. In fact, there will be no thought, as we understand it now. Orthodoxy means not thinking—not needing to think. Orthodoxy is unconsciousness."
- George Orwell, 1984
Vatican media welcome Obama's speech in Cairo as step toward peace
The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, ran a front-page story June 4 on Obama's speech earlier that day. The newspaper called it an effort to open "a new beginning in relations between the United States and the Arab world."Horowitz, in FrontPage: "An American Leader Stands Up For His Country":
It said the president "went beyond political formulas, evoking concrete common interests in the name of a common humanity," including peace, security, education, work, family life and religious values.
Conservatives will make a great mistake if they fail to see this speech for what it was, and treat it as another round in the partisan food fight. It was not an appeasement our enemies. It was a forthright statement by an American leader in a Muslim capital explaining why America is in fact the global leader in those battles that matter most to people everywhere: freedom, equality, and peace. As conservatives we have many quarrels with the Obama administration – and we should have. But this speech is not one of them.In Suicidal Post Adonai ~ Elohim Israel:
"In the speech there is reinforcement and encouragement for moderate elements and supporters of peace; there is also outspoken criticism of terrorism and [its] origins of violence and extremism that are threatening the stability of our region and the entire world," said Barak in a statement.
He added that Israel lauded Obama's commitment to its existence and security, and his calls for the country's integration in Middle East.
"Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery and torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but more merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress toward more pain."Obama's Far Lesser Dissected April Ankara Address
- George Orwell, 1984
Hamas asks Obama to put 'real pressure' on Israel
Hamas urged Barack Obama on Wednesday to back up his words with actions and to put “real pressure” on Israel, a day before the US president’s much-anticipated speech to the Muslim world. “We will judge this visit on the basis of what he will say and concrete measures that he will take,” Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhum told AFP. “We hope to see concrete measures on the part of the American administration, such as real pressure against the Zionist enemy so that it lifts the Gaza blockade, puts an end to aggression and to settlements. “This visit will be a real test for Obama,” he said. Hamas, which swept Palestinian elections in January 2006 and subsequently shunned by West and Israel, is considered a terrorist organisation by Israel and the United States. The Islamic Resistance Movement seized control of Gaza in June 2007, ousting forces loyal to the US-propped President Mahmud Abbas in a week of deadly street fighting.Palestinians expect Obama to change pro-Israel policy
Yes.... they can only be"strung along for so long"
How US Taxpayers are Funding Palestinian Terrorism
Palestinians: Jerusalem to be our capital
Amman will host Arab festival dedicated to Jerusalem
IRAN SEZ: 'End Zionist distortion of Jerusalem'
Obama seeks closer Saudi ties
Talks between Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and US President Barack Obama here yesterday focused on joint efforts, closer coordination and more Saudi support to revive the Middle East peace process while many other regional and international issues were also taken up for discussion by the two leaders. Some of them included the nuclear standoff with Iran, oil and global energy market as well as US relations with the Muslim world.BTW? The Bling? It holds a medal....
“I thought it was very important to come to the place where Islam began and to seek His Majesty King Abdullah’s counsel,” Obama said before the talks.
It is the King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit
Awarded: For meritorious service while in government office, for extraordinary deeds of bravery, and for other deeds of service to the state.
Here's Vlad getting his
Here's GWB getting hisSpeaking of Muslim Medals...
OIC SECRETARY-GENERAL TO BE DECORATED WITH MALAYSIA'S HIGHEST MEDAL
President Obama reassures Israel via e-mail before Muslim speech
Mighty fuckin' white of him. I feel utterly reassured now, don't you?
Obama visits Saudi Arabia, Cairo – why not Israel?
They don't know why?
For a bunch of Christian Scientists who are supposedly Monitoring they ain't doin' so good.
World Bank says massive aid can stabilize Palestinian areas
"From where Winston stood it was just possible to read, picked out on its white face in elegant lettering, the three slogans of the Party:Leiberman: Israel will not bomb Iran
WAR IS PEACE
FREEDOM IS SLAVERY
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH."
- George Orwell, 1984
Barak: All Israeli options against Iran on table
Eeeee-ooo already with the headline whiplash....
Happy July 4th, Iran (And The French Can Come Too)
Supreme Leader of Iran: Muslim Nations 'Hate America'
Iran's supreme leader dismissed President Obama's speech at Cairo University Thursday, saying the Muslim world continues to "hate America." And he criticized the United States and its allies for asserting that Iran seeks nuclear weapons, which he insisted are forbidden under Iran's brand of Islam.Obama to Iran: Let Us 'Move Forward'
Iran nuclear leaks 'linked to Israel
A report on Iran's nuclear program issued by the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee last month generated news stories publicizing an incendiary charge that US intelligence is underestimating Iran's progress in designing a "nuclear warhead" before the halt in nuclear weapons-related research in 2003.OBAMA SEZ: Iran nuclear showdown at 'decisive point'
Ahmadinejad Wants US to Apologize for Its Role in Iranian Coup
FACTBOX Iran's major oil customers, energy partners
Iran says China replaces Total in South Pars project
Total says has not left Iran gas deal
Iran says China gas deal valued at $4.7 bln
Sudan's Chinese refinery expansion to be ready in 2011
Sudan is expecting to complete work to double the capacity of the country's largest refinery in Khartoum in 2011, a senior official said on Wednesday. Sudan which currently pumps some 500,000 barrels a day, will boost capacity of the refinery to 200,000 bpd, Salah H. Wahbi, the president and chief executive of state oil firm Sudapet told reporters on the sidelines of an industry conference.Denying Reform At the UN Human Rights Council
The nation is witnessing two ideas of how to proceed on the corrupt UN Human Rights Council: to join the body as an equal member with Cuba and China as the Obama administration desires, or to pass a Republican bill withholding funds until the council has earned them by reforming itself.Goldman Dumps China as US Seeks Damage Control
On May 12, 2009, the United Nations General Assembly voted to fill 18 seats on the UN Human Rights Council. The United States chose to run for a three-year term on the council for the first time and was elected, joining such human rights "exemplars" as Cuba, China, Saudi Arabia, and Russia. Obama administration officials, including UN Ambassador Susan Rice, believe that they can bring about reform of this dysfunctional council from within. That's not going to happen.
We will be outvoted every time because of the way the council is presently structured. Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns, R-FL, has a much better idea. Cut off U.S. funding for the council, he says, until it truly mends its ways. On the same day that the United States won its seat and thereby legitimized the council by our membership, Congressman Stearns introduced a bill (H.R. 2376) in the House of Representatives that called out the council for the despicable body it truly is. From the outset of the Human Rights Council's existence in 2006, it was clear that it was going to provide "a table for tyrants," in the words of former president of the Czech Republic and human rights activist Vaclav Havel.
Does China Agree With Geithner's Assessment Of Its 'Faith In The US'?
Chrysler's Italian Job Foiled
A federal appeals judge late on Tuesday agreed to temporarily halt the sale of Chrysler's assets to Fiat, a move that could stall Chrysler's exit from bankruptcy proceedings, the Washington Post reports this morning. The decision is a big victory for some small-time lenders, a group of Indiana pension funds that hold a relatively puny $42 million worth of Chrysler's massive $6.9 billion debt load. According to the Washington Post, the group "claims the terms of the sale violate their rights as secured lenders by limiting their ability to recover all of their original investment in the company." Opening arguments for the challenge will be heard Friday. The Wall Street Journal, though, says Chrysler did win a small victory. "Any appeals normally go first to a lower, district court. Going directly to the circuit court allows them to skip a step and speed up the process if the company prevails," the newspaper writes, adding though that Chrysler's initial hopes of exiting bankruptcy this week are now dashed.Government Takeover of GM 'Just Short of Socialism,' Economists Say
Is that right economists? What part of it exactly plays short stop?
US Economy: Services Shrink at Slower Pace, Job Losses Mount
Crude Rises After GOLD MAN Warns Of Energy Shortage
Goldman Sachs lift oil price target to $75
Goldman Raises Year-End Crude Forecast by 31% to $85
OIL FUTURES: Nymex Crude Surges As Bank Predicts Long Rally
Lockhart Testifies On GSEs
Members of the housing and mortgage industries, including representatives from the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), the National Association of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association, testified before Congress yesterday to discuss the status of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs).US Lawmakers Push Short-Selling Changes
FHFA Director James Lockhart talked about three potential roles that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could fulfill moving forward: liquidity provider of last resort of the secondary market for mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and other asset-backed securities, guarantor or catastrophic risk insurer of the credit risk of conventional MBS, or provider of subsidies for increasing the supply or reducing the cost of mortgage credit to targeted borrowers.
Lockhart said the “old, hybrid model” poses too much systemic risk, and notes that five principles must guide the GSEs’ future structure:
Special Master for Compensation!
The Obama administration plans to appoint a "Special Master for Compensation" to ensure that companies receiving federal bailout funds are abiding by executive-pay guidelines, according to people familiar with the matter.Big Banks Eagerly Await US Approval to Repay Aid
The administration is expected to name Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw the federal government's compensation fund for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, to act as a pay czar for the Treasury Department, these people said.
Only those in favor with The Seizer will be ALLOWED to repay...
Morgan Stanley seen among first to exit TARP
Fed Said to Toughen Terms for Banks to Repay TARP
And away we go!
Chavez threatens private banks with sanctions
A rose by any other name is still a rose.....
Venezuela say it hands Russia oil project in Carabobo
Privacy Act of 1974; Implementation
SUMMARY: The Criminal Division (CRM), Department of Justice, proposes to amend its Privacy Act regulations for a newly modified Privacy Act system of records entitled "Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center and International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center System," JUSTICE/CRM-028, as described in today's notice section of the Federal Register.Warrantless Wiretapping Cases Dismissed Against Telecom Companies
The "Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center and International Organized Crime Intelligence and Operations Center System," JUSTICE/CRM-028, will be exempt from the subsections of the Privacy Act listed below for the reasons set forth in the following text. Information in this system of records relates to matters of law enforcement, and the exemptions are necessary to avoid interference with law enforcement responsibilities and to protect the privacy of third parties.
EFF and ACLU Planning to Appeal Dismissal of Dozens of Spying Cases
Judge halts suits over NSA wiretapping
NYT SAYS: Leaked Nuclear List Called "No Threat"
Government officials said Wednesday that the accidental Internet posting of a list of government and civilian nuclear facilities and their activities in the United States included no information that compromised national security.WSJ SAYS: Energy Chief Says Nuclear Disclosure 'of Great Concern'
Energy Secretary Steven Chu, who was questioned Wednesday at a House hearing about the disclosure, expressed concern, however, with respect to a uranium storage facility at the department’s Y-12 complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. The facility holds large quantities of highly enriched uranium, which if obtained could be used to fashion a nuclear weapon.
Same basic story, mind you.
The accidental disclosure of a report that gives detailed information about the nation's civilian nuclear sites and programs is "of great concern," and U.S. officials intend to closely examine whether it has jeopardized national security, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Wednesday.Russia: Protests Spur Plan To Seize Factories
A senior United Russia lawmaker submitted a bill to the State Duma on Wednesday to nationalize the troubled factories in a Leningrad region town where residents blocked a highway over wage arrears a day earlier.Russia lawmakers try to nationalise tycoon's factory
The move threatens to open a Pandora's box for the government by encouraging laid-off workers in hundreds of other one-factory towns to demand that their former workplaces be nationalized as well to get closer to the state's money spigots.
What Vlad wants Vlad will take in due time.
You will see.
Putin visits town after protests
He stealthily slipped a few stray serfs his left as a convincer.
Putin Plays Sheriff for Russia's Cowboy Capitalists
Ten times, fast.
Gazprom and Western Companies Compete in Iran
Russia says they may stop gas transit to Europe by early July
HA HA HA!
Say my name. SAAAAAYYYY IT!
Gazprom rules out Ukrainian gas disruption
Made ya look. SAYYYY IT.
Putin: Gazprom will deliver gas to Ukraine only against advance payment
That's right, my name is called Vlad. Very good!
Go, rest now.
Russia Accelerates Push to Join OECD and WTO
Wal-Mart "confident" about entering Russia
Russian Agricultural Bank to Sell as Much as $1 Billion Bonds
Moscow Struggling to Transform CSTO into a "Russian NATO"
Islamic Development Bank to joint major projects in Turkmenistan
ADB, IDB setting up Islamic fund in Turkmenistan to finance infrastructure
OSCE ambassadors on familiarization visit to Turkmenistan
Turkmen, Uzbek Eyes Stray Toward Brussels
When Uzbek eyes are smiling....
No? No good?
UZBEKISTAN: US AMBASSADOR PROMISES TO INCREASE COOPERATION
Dragon Oil's Shares Soar On News Of Possible Offer
KAZAKHSTAN: CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST DEBATE FLARES IN WASHINGTON
The Center for Strategic and International Studies Board of Trustees
The government of Kazakhstan is paying an influential Washington think tank to write a series of reports and policy recommendations for the US and Kazakhstani governments concerning Astana’s upcoming role as chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
The think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), has partnered with a smaller Washington organization, the Institute for New Democracies (IND), to create the US-Kazakhstan Task Force. The task force’s goal is the preparation of policy recommendations that aim to make Astana’s 2010 OSCE chairmanship as productive as possible, said Margarita Assenova, the executive director of IND.
But many observers, including some task force participants, contend the project appears to be an attempt by the Kazakhstani government to influence Astana’s image in Washington. The task force has issued its first report, which one participant in the process said "could have been written by the Kazakh Embassy." Others involved in the process have described it as "a complete puff piece" and "absurd, totally pro-government," according to one person who was at the last task force meeting and who spoke to EurasiaNet on condition of anonymity. [To see the full text of the report, click here].
Among the many names you will find these notorious Glow Ballers:
Sam NunnTHE INSTITUTE FOR NEW DEMOCRACIES
Henry A. Kissinger
James R. Schlesinger
Along with a veritable host of Seizer preferred bankers, industrialists and oil companies.
Also please remember no one is picking up on the Clinton connection here...
After returning from Kazakhstan, he hopes to get his master's degree in international relations and work, in some capacity, for the Obama administration...
Ilona Teleki, Secretary
Quoc Nguyen, Treasurer
Margarita Assenova, Executive Director
Dr. Bulent Aliriza
Patricia A. Fennelly
Dr. Gregory Gleason
Dr. Daniel Nelson
Dr. Ronald V. Suare
Hope springs eternal in The Stans!
KYRGYZSTAN AND UZBEKISTAN EXCHANGE "HOSTAGE" BORDER GUARDS
England fan shot in Kyrgyzstan ahead of World Cup
WTF is it about freakin' soccer that makes all you people so crazy?
Obama taps Raytheon exec as envoy to Saudi Arabia
Exigent, deluxe, times infinity.
Raytheon's ARTEMIS sensor activated in orbit
President Obama this afternoon announced another batch of nominees for ambassadorships, including a Raytheon executive as envoy to Saudi Arabia.
Retired Air Force General Brigadier General James B. Smith is an international business development executive at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems.
Another former executive at the Waltham-based defense contractor, William Lynn III, won confirmation to the No. 2 job at the Pentagon, overcoming questions about his ties to Raytheon.
The other picks are: Carlos Pascual for Mexico, David Jacobson for Canada, Donald Gips to South Africa, Patricia N. Moller to Guinea, Nicole A. Avant to the Bahamas, Kenneth H. Merten to Haiti, and Anne E. Derse to Lithuania.
Raytheon wins $15M add-on to Army deal
Media Coverage Differed in Killing of Abortion Doctor, Army Recruiter
YA THINK? Also the Feds did not dispatch any Marshals to recruiting centers but they still guard the abortuaries as I write this.
RED ALERT: Did White House order FBI to "back off" anti-terror investigations of radicalized Muslim converts?
Today's update from Stratfor Research describes the background of a recent attack on U.S. soldiers in Little Rock, Arkansas. One soldier was killed and another critically wounded by a lone gunman who began shooting from a pickup truck.PETA now tying its latest advertising campaign to the slaying of Tiller
Police quickly apprehended a suspect, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, a 21-year-old African-American man and convert to Islam. In his vehicle, police recovered an SKS rifle and two handguns. Muhammad reportedly admitted to the shootings and claimed he had specifically targeted U.S. military personnel; he stated had more soldiers been in the parking lot, he would have shot them too.
Planned Parenthood to hold memorial vigil for slain abortion doctor
Pawlenty: "This is not the United States that we know and love"
Well he's pawlenty right about that ....
Interview With Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
Grassley sends the ubiquitous strongly worded letter to the Library of Congress:
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) charged today that top officials at the Library of Congress have interfered with investigations conducted by its independent watchdogs and have frequently admonished investigators for the tone and focus of their investigations. "Your office's attempts to influence and/or control the OIG appear to be in direct contravention of the principles underlying the creation of the Inspectors General," Grassley wrote in a sharply worded letter delivered today to Librarian of the United States James H. Billington.4.0 in Utah
5.7 Socorro Islands, Mexico
6.0 ~ PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS
He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.
- George Orwell, 1984