Russian Youth Encouraged..
Obediently, couples move to a special section of dormitory tents arranged in a heart-shape and called the Love Oasis, where they can start procreating for the motherland. With its relentlessly upbeat tone, bizarre ideas and tight control, it sounds like a weird indoctrination session for a phoney religious cult. But this organisation - known as "Nashi", meaning "Ours" - is youth movement run by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin that has become a central part of Russian political life...Under Mr Putin, Russia is sliding into fascism, with state control of the economy, media, politics and society becoming increasingly heavy-handed. And Nashi, along with other similar youth movements, such as 'Young Guard', and 'Young Russia', is in the forefront of the charge.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Russian Youth Encouraged..
Sunday, July 29, 2007
US 'Plans Huge Saudi Arms Deal'
The United States is reported to be preparing a major arms deal with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states worth $20bn (£9.8bn) over the next decade.
Israel Hails US Military Aid Rise
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has confirmed that the United States is planning a significant increase in military and defence aid to Israel.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Media Spin on Iraq: We’re Leaving
Urging a course of action that’s now supported by “the best strategic minds in both parties,” the Time story calls for “an orderly withdrawal of about half the 160,000 troops currently in Iraq by the middle of 2008.” And: “A force of 50,000 to 100,000 troops would dig in for a longer stay to protect America’s most vital interests…”
Friday, July 27, 2007
Oil Near All-Time High Over $77
NEW YORK (AP) - Oil prices closed over $77 a barrel, near an all-time high on Friday on technical buying and news of faster-than-expected economic growth.
Dow, S&P Have Worst Week in 5 Years
NEW YORK (AP) -- Wall Street extended its steep decline Friday, propelling the Dow Jones industrials down more than 500 points over two days after investors gave in to mounting concerns that borrowing costs would climb for both companies and homeowners. It was the worst week for the Dow and the Standard & Poor's 500 index in five years
TSX Ends Week Down Nearly 6%
The Toronto stock market ended the session sharply lower Friday, with investors relieved to see the end of a trading week where almost 6 per cent was carved from the TSX over concerns about tightening credit conditions.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Dollar Shoots Past 96 Cents
The Canadian dollar shot up more than eight-tenths of a cent on Tuesday following the release of a strong May retail sales report.The loonie was up 1.09 cents at 96.60 cents US in afternoon activity on foreign exchange markets. The dollar has not closed above that amount since Feb. 22, 1977.
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Monday, July 9, 2007
Hearts Over Minds, He Tells Democrats
WASHINGTON — Drew Westen, a genial 48-year-old psychologist and brain researcher, was talking to a rapt liberal audience about the role of emotion in politics, how to talk back aggressively to Republicans, and why going negative is not to be feared.It was Day 2 of the progressive "Take Back America" confab, and those who had crowded into a meeting room of the Washington Hilton were about to discover why Westen, a psychology professor at Atlanta's Emory University and former associate professor at Harvard Medical School, had quietly become the great rumpled hope of Democrats who believe their candidates should have won the last two presidential elections.
Report: Wars Costing $12 Billion A Month
WASHINGTON (AP) - The boost in troop levels in Iraq has increased the cost of war there and in Afghanistan to $12 billion a month, and the total for Iraq alone is nearing a half-trillion dollars, congressional analysts say. All told, Congress has appropriated $610 billion in war-related money since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror assaults, roughly the same as the war in Vietnam. Iraq alone has cost $450 billion. The figures come from the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which provides research and analysis to lawmakers. For the 2007 budget year, CRS says, the $166 billion appropriated to the Pentagon represents a 40 percent increase over 2006. The Vietnam War, after accounting for inflation, cost taxpayers $650 billion, according to separate CRS estimates.
Iraqi FM: Turkey Massing 140,000 Troops
BAGHDAD (AP) - Turkey has massed 140,000 soldiers on its border with northern Iraq, Iraq's foreign minister said Monday, calling the neighboring country's fears of Kurdish rebels based there "legitimate" but better resolved through negotiation. In Washington, a Pentagon official disputed the claim by Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, a Kurd from northern Iraq, and said satellite photos indicated no such troop buildup. It was unclear where Zebari got the figures. If accurate, Turkey would have nearly as many soldiers along its border with Iraq as the 155,000 troops which the U.S. has in the country. Zebari's comments came amid calls by Turkey's military for the government to give it the green light to carry out military operations in northern Iraqi against the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Canadian Dollar Rallies To 30 Year High
TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar pushed to a 30-year high against the greenback on Friday, supported by strong employment data, firm oil prices and expectations of a rate hike by the Bank of Canada next week. At mid-morning, the currency touched C$1.0463 to the U.S. dollar, or 95.57 U.S. cents, up from C$1.0567 to the U.S. dollar, or 94.63 U.S. cents at Thursday's close.
Bank Says Index Set To Hit 15,000
Powered by strong energy and commodity stocks, the TSX is set to gain about 1,000 points and hit 15,000 by year end, CIBC World Markets says. The bank issued its latest Canadian Portfolio Strategy Outlook Thursday. It said that although the TSX was volatile in June over investor concerns about looming inflation and interest rates, strong market fundamentals would likely outweigh those worries.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Australians 'are in Iraq for oil'
Australia has admitted that securing oil is a key factor behind its continued troop deployment in Iraq. It is the first time such an admission has been made. Defence Minister Brendan Nelson said that maintaining "resource security" in the Middle East was a priority for the government in Canberra.
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
Monday, July 2, 2007
Bush and Putin 'United' On Iran
US President George W Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin have said they will work together to resolve the crisis over Iran's nuclear programme. Speaking after talks at his family retreat in the US state of Maine, Mr Bush said he and Mr Putin recognised the need to "send a common message". The US has accused Iran of seeking nuclear arms, which Iran denies.