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Originally posted by SLAYER69
reply to post by whiteraven
Very good work. You must have dug deep in some old archive.
Thanks for all the hard work it is appreciated.
[edit on 9-6-2009 by SLAYER69]
The Obama administration's special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke, says there is a backlash of Pakistani public opinion against the Taliban because of its attempted seizure of the Swat Valley and acts of terrorism. But Holbrooke says the needs of Pakistanis displaced in recent fighting must be urgently addressed.
Holbrooke, who visited Pakistan last week for a first-hand look at fighting-related humanitarian needs, says he observed a dramatic change in public opinion there because of what he called the "outrages" of the Taliban and their supporters.
Mrs Clinton, interviewed on the ABC programme This Week a year after she conceded to Mr Obama in the Democratic primary race, said that it was US policy that a nuclear attack by Iran on Israel would be seen as an attack on the US.
A US congressman has raised doubts over the country's capability to intercept long-range trans-Pacific strategic missiles once fired from 'rogue regimes'.
June 1 (Bloomberg) -- Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the emerging U.S. missile-defense system is capable of repelling an attack from North Korea should the reclusive regime ever threaten American territory.
Gates toured an 800-acre missile-defense complex at Fort Greely, Alaska, today and climbed down into a silo to inspect one of the 16 interceptor rockets now positioned at the base. The Pentagon chief stopped in Alaska on the way back from an Asia security conference in Singapore and a visit to the Philippines
BOGOTA, June 10 (Xinhua) -- China has donated 2 million yuan (about 300,000 U.S. dollars) to Colombia for clearing anti-personnel mines in the country, which killed hundreds of people in 2008,
Chinese Ambassador to Colombia Li Changhua said.
During a meeting with Colombian Vice President Francisco Santos, Li said the donation, which was delivered on Tuesday night, was to support the implementation of the presidential program of Integral Action Against Anti-personnel Mines in Colombia.
The Colombian government said in a statement on Wednesday that China stressed its support for Colombia to eliminate the threats of anti-personnel mines, forbidden by international conventions, and to promote social and economic development in mined areas.
"The Chinese government aims to contribute to the social and economic development in the regions affected by mines in Colombia, and shows its solidarity with all victims of this device," Li said.
Santos said the donation reflected the good relations between China and Colombia, and the solidarity between the two peoples.
CAIRO (Reuters) - Barack Obama has presented a fresh understanding of Islam not shown by predecessors, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said in his first interview since the U.S. president addressed the Muslim world from Cairo.
Obama called for a "new beginning" in ties between the United States and Muslims, many of whom felt targeted by the "war against terror" launched by former President George W. Bush after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and his wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
At least one person has been killed and several injured in a suicide attack on Pakistani security forces in the troubled city of Peshawar, police say.
Officers said an attacker threw a grenade at a police checkpoint and the suicide bomber blew himself up.
There is a similar but more aggressive move as this post is being written in another south american country, but it just has not hit the news yet.
BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan -- One at a time the government's top critics seemed to go to jail, or simply disappear.
Syrgak Abdyldayev, a local journalist, began to investigate whether the attacks had anything to do with a team of Russian-speaking specialists who arrived last year to advise the Kyrgyz government. He published several scathing articles accusing the government of shunting aside its opponents and turning to Moscow for financial support, including one in February that likened Russian aid to "oxygen for a sinking submarine."
Then Mr. Abdyldayev became a victim. Three men attacked him with metal pipes as he left his newspaper one evening in March, broke both his arms, his ribs and a leg, and stabbed him 26 times in the buttocks.
Times are changing in Kyrgyzstan, a mountainous Central Asian republic that not long ago was a hoped-for springboard for Western-style democracy in the former Soviet Union.
The president, Kurmanbek Bakiyev, has steered Kyrgyzstan sharply back into the orbit of Moscow. In January, Mr. Bakiyev jolted Washington by announcing he was evicting the U.S. from an air base that has been crucial to the supply of troops fighting in Afghanistan. And political freedom here, as in Russia, is in decline. The Kyrgyz and Russian governments deny any link to the attacks on Kyrgyz critics.
In the West, hopes were high that the global financial crisis would rein in Vladimir Putin's assertive foreign policy. But here, as in other parts of the former Soviet Union, hard times have had the opposite effect: The Russians are coming back.
Russia has been hit by the crisis, but remains far richer than its former satellites, and it has used its largess to regain clout near its borders, in what President Dmitry Medvedev calls the "zone of privileged interests."
"Basically Russia sees the crisis as an opportunity to increase its influence in the post-Soviet space," said Nikolai Zlobin, analyst for the Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C., who meets regularly with Russian officials. "They think this is the right time to act."
Moscow has already delivered more than $300 million of a $2.1 billion aid package to Kyrgyzstan it promised Mr. Bakiyev when he announced he was evicting U.S. troops from the base. That has helped the Kyrgyz government pay wages and pensions as Mr. Bakiyev competes in hastily called presidential elections in July.
Moscow lately considered extending a $5 billion loan to the cash-starved government in Ukraine, and has held talks on credits for Belarus and Armenia.
This week Mr. Putin stunned Western officials by announcing that Russia would pull its long-standing application to join the World Trade Organization, and instead form a trade block with neighboring Kazakstan and Belarus. Western officials say the move appears to be a pressure tactic by the Kremlin, which has been frustrated by the lengthy WTO application process.
Moscow's assertiveness poses a challenge to President Barack Obama as he vows to "reset" relations with Russia in the run-up to his first presidential visit to Moscow in July. Both the U.S. and Russia are praising a new level of cooperation on arms control and other issues. But they remain at odds over how much influence the other should exert in Russia's traditional backyard.
If true this shows decline in US influence overseas.
This in turn creates a viscous cycle of less perceived influence, decoupling of old partnerships under US influence toward coupling of new partnerships without US influence.
The US dollar is not Russia’s basic reserve currency anymore. The euro-based share of reserve assets of Russia’s Central Bank increased to the level of 47.5 percent as of January 1, 2009 and exceeded the investments in dollar assets, which made up 41.5 percent, The Vedomosti newspaper wrote.
USA plans to encircle Russia with missiles and radars
Sunken Soviet submarine found at Baltic Sea
The dollar has thus lost the status of the basic reserve currency for the Russian Central Bank, the annual report, which the bank provided to the State Duma, said.
ASTANA, June 12 (RIA Novosti) - Kazakhstan has frozen WTO accession talks to pursue joint membership of the global trade body together with Russia and Belarus as part of their customs union, the Kazakh president said on Friday.
The whole circus that happened in Georgia tells me just one thing. Shakashwili did a great favor to Russia. He must be working for Putin. It is all a show. It all helped to define who is who in that region. NATO is not welcome there. It cannot establish roots in this region. NATO belongs to Atlantic region.
The Great Game is in question now. Is it time to finish it, and start another Great Game? Geographical importance may lessen in this age of globalization.
So from that standpoint you can measure the resolve and focus of the nation, which is what war comes down too in the end. This resolve is one reason war never ends...another topic. (Do you think Japan really feel that they lost WW Two?...ever ask one?)
I think if you look at the two most recent wars in the East.....Korea and Nam...the first it was a stalemate....the second was a loss.
Now we have President Obama with a Blackberry.
Yep. This is what I mean - the new paradigm is a new technological revolution which is quietly happening. American way of life, I'm afraid it has already changed.