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Politics

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

We are losing the war in iraq, admits new US defence secretary , Robert Gates / Politics / Iraq War

By: John_York

Robert Gates, Ex Director of the CIA and George Bush's choice to succeed Donald Rumsfeld as US defence secretary, today admitted to the Senate that the US was not winning the war in Iraq and warned of the risk of conflagration in the Middle East because of the conflict.

We are losing the war in iraq, admits new US defence secretary , Robert Gates

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Politics

Monday, December 04, 2006

Britain's 30 billion pounds Nuclear insurance policy - Trident II / Politics / UK Politics

By: John_York

The UK Labour government led by Tony Blair has revealed plans for the successor to the Trident submarine nuclear deterrent. The plan is for 3 smaller nuclear submarines, in some 20 years time. The initial estimate is for £20 billion, but given the history of defence spending over-runs this could easily reach £30 billion, ($60 billions). Additionally there would be running costs of at least £1 billion.

Britain's £30 billion Nuclear insurance policy - Trident II

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Politics

Monday, December 04, 2006

Democrats force John Bolton the US Ambassador to the UN to resign. / Politics / US Politics

By: John_York

John Bolton is the second high profile member of President George Bush's team to leave after the Republicans lost badly in Novembers mid-term elections. President Bush had originally angered senators by bypassing them by appointing Mr Bolton in August 2005 on a temporary basis whilst the senate was in recess.

The new chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (Senator Joe Biden), made it clear that Mr Bolton would not be confirmed by his committee, saying that "he saw no point in considering Mr. Bolton's nomination again."

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Politics

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Radiation found on at least two BA B767 aircraft that flew from London to Moscow / Politics / Russia

By: John_York

In a new development in the case of the fatal poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko that strengthens the link between the murder and Moscow, according to the Home Office, traces of a radioactive substance has been found aboard two BA planes, with a third being tested. The three B767 short haul aircraft were taken out of service for forensic examination. BA said it has been advised that the risk to public health was low. But it was contacting customers who had flown on the planes.

Radiation found on at least two BA B767 aircraft that flew from London to Moscow

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Politics

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Lebanon drifts towards civil war following the assassination of Pierre Gemayel / Politics / Middle East

By: John_York

The killing of Pierre Gemayel the Minister for Industry and member of the Phalange party, shook lebanon's weakening government, with the finger of blame immediately pointing to Syria. At least three gunmen rammed their car into Gemayel's vehicle near Beirut, then leapt out and riddled it with bullets, firing at Gemayel with silencer-equipped automatic weapons at point-blank range in a Christian neighborhood. Ten bullet holes were seen around the window of the driver's seat of his grey car. The two front seats were soaked in blood.

Lebanon drifts towards civil war following the assassination of Pierre Gemayel

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Politics

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Russian ex-agent poisoned whilst investigating killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya / Politics / Russia

By: John_York

The dangers of doing business with Russia came to the fore this week, when it was confirmed that Alexander Litvinenko (Ex FSB Colonel) was poisoned by potentially a lethal dose of Thallium (a toxic metal commonly found in rat poison) according to Dr. John Henry, who has been treating Litvinenko.

Russian ex-agent poisoned whilst investigating killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya

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Politics

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Baker report on conduct of the Iraq war and options available / Politics / Iraq War

By: John_York

James Baker & Lee Hamilton heading the Iraq Study group commission report on the conduct of the war in Iraq and charged with correcting the US course in Iraq is due to be released by the end of this year. We look ahead at what the report is likely to contain.

Baker report on conduct of the Iraq war and options available

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Politics

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Four more British soldiers killed on the Shatt al-Arab waterway - Basra, Iraq / Politics / Iraq War

By: John_York

Four British servicemen were killed and three seriously wounded on Sunday, after their boat patrol came under attack as it was caught in an explosion caused by an improvised bomb as it was going past, in the southern Iraqi city of Basra.The attack took place on the Shatt al-Arab waterway, the MOD added that the injured personnel were medically evacuated to Shaibah Logistics Base by helicopter.

The Shatt al-Arab waterway, flows into the Persian Gulf, and is a narrow stretch of river about 120 miles long. It is fed by the Euphrates, Tigris, and Karun rivers and the middle of which forms the border between Iraq and Iran. The stretch of water is heavily patrolled by the British and Iranians, as it is a key source for smuggling of goods and arms between the two countries.

shatt-al arab waterway - british soliders killed

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Politics

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

US Mid-Term Elections - Victory for the Democrats ! / Politics / US Politics

By: John_York

The Democrats are expected to celebrate victory in the US Mid-term elections. And challenge for the control of Congress, toppling Republican senators in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Rhode Island.

All 435 House seats, 33 Senate seats and 36 governorships were at stake in the elections and Democrats have to pick up 15 House seats and six Senate seats to take control of both chambers.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

UK Labour Party suffers lowest poll readings since 1987 because of Iraq war / Politics / UK Politics

By: John_York

According to the Guardian/ICM poll published today. Labour's support drops to 29%, as the lowest reading since Margaret Thatchers landslide in 1987 ! The Conservatives having climbed to 39%, with the Liberal Democrats third on 22%.

This is on the back of recent coverage of the Military in both the US and UK contemplating withdrawal from a worsening situation in Iraq, as this is seen by most of the UK electorate as Tony Blair's war, as another recent polls results showed that 72 per cent said that Tony Blair's support for George Bush calls into question his political judgement, and 62 per cent believe that British troops should be withdrawn from Iraq as soon as possible with a further 72 per cent believing that the war in Iraq is unwinnable.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

US Iraq War dead exceeds 9/11 as America ponders defeat / Politics / Iraq War

By: Sarah_Jones

With 2 weeks to go, the US war dead in Iraq reaches 71 and signals October is likely to be the worst month so far. Whilst at the same time exceeding the numbers killed on 9/11 In addition to the dead are the wounded numbering more than 25,000. Let alone the iraqi dead estimates of whom go as high as 600,000.

The talk in the White House is now of an exit strategy, the key phrase being used is 'redeployment' rather than withdrawal, redeployment in plain language is withdrawal out of Iraq.

Who will fill the void ? The only possibility is of handing over partial responsibility to Iran and Syria to subdue insurgent factions so as to prevent civil war in Iraq, as both countries presently as stoking the fires of civil war, whereas should the US leave Iraq, it is likely they would want a stable neighbor as the conflict could spill over into Iran and Syria.

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Politics

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Ethics of Investing in China / Politics / China Stocks

By: Sarah_Jones

During the last 15 years, China has seen remarkable economic growth and development as rampant capitalism takes hold. Unfortunately whilst the country has developed economically, it has by and large stood still in terms of human rights.

The latest in a long stream and the most shocking to date of abuses in human rights for big business is surge in the level of executions in China geared towards the burgeoning and highly lucrative organ transplants sold to foreigners who need transplants.

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Politics

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

What would a Gorden Brown PM mean for Britian ? / Politics / UK Politics

By: Sarah_Jones

On the day when Tony Blair made his last speech at a labour party conference, we ponder what a Gorden Brown Premiership would mean for Britian ?

Gordon Brown having waited some 10 years, is now poised to become the next PM sometime during the next 9 months.

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Politics

Friday, August 11, 2006

U.K. thwarts air terror plot !!! / Politics / Iraq War

By: Sarah_Jones

A plot to blow up planes in flight from the UK to the US and commit "mass murder on an unimaginable scale" has been disrupted, Scotland Yard has said. It is thought the plan was to detonate explosive devices smuggled in hand luggage on to as many as 10 aircraft.

Police are searching premises after 21 people were arrested. Home Secretary John Reid said they believed the "main players" were accounted for.

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Politics

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Quality of Life Index - Where's the best place in the World to Live ? / Politics / Social Issues

By: CarlosM

And the winner is… France ! The loser? Iraq. No explanation necessary for the latter, but people may be surprised to see France taking top honors in the annual Quality of Life Index this year. it's the first time this country has risen to first place. More than that, though, it's the first time in 21 years that any country other than the United States has come out tops in the Index ! Its all to do with UNESCO and World Heritage Sites. France sees in excess of 70 million overseas visitors each year, making it the world's favorite destination. UK comes a distant 18th ! with even portugal above us ! http://www.il-ireland.com/il/qofl06/index.php Read full article... Read full article...

 


Politics

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Muslim Outrage at Danish Cartoons / Politics / Strategic News

By: Sarah_Jones

Worldwide protest prompted by cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed have spread to New Zealand and explosively, to Beirut, where the Danish Embassy was set ablaze. There, thousands of Lebanese troops and police used tear gas to quell riots and the country's Interior Minister has resigned. In Afghanistan, one protestor was shot dead and others were wounded. And in Turkey, a Catholic priest has been gunned down on the doors of his church in apparent retaliation. And, as Stephen McDonell reports, now the cartoons have been published in Australia, where debate continues over insensitive media comment versus freedom of speech.
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Politics

Friday, July 08, 2005

The London bombs ! / Politics / Iraq War

By: Sarah_Jones

Four suicide bombers struck in central London on Thursday 7 July, killing 52 people and injuring more than 770.

The coordinated attacks hit the transport system as the morning rush hour drew to a close. Three bombs went off at 0850 BST on underground trains just outside Liverpool Street and Edgware Road stations, and on another traveling between King's Cross and Russell Square.

The final explosion was around an hour later on a double-decker bus in Tavistock Square, not far from King's Cross.

The financial impact of the London Bombs after the initial disruption to the capitals transport system, will likely be felt in the tourism industry, due to the damage now done to London's reputation as a safe tourist destination.

 


Politics

Friday, June 10, 2005

How the US Stole Iraq's Oil ! / Politics / Iraq War

By: CarlosM

The UK-based PLATFORM has revealed the strategy to take over Iraq's oil in a new report, "Crude Designs."

According to the authors, it's not quite the ownership of oil reserves that western interests are after, but an arrangement that will allow governments and companies to deny that “privatization” is taking place at all.

The plan, which was developed by the US State Department's Future of Iraq Project, and supported by key figures in the Iraqi Oil Ministry, is to use highly complex contracts known as production sharing agreements (PSA's) , which have existed in the oil industry since the late 1960s.

PSA's are an ingenious arrangement that leaves intact state ownership of the untapped oil, while inverting the flow of payments between the state and companies. Whereas in a concession system, foreign companies have rights to the oil in the ground, and compensate host states for extracting their resources (e.g. via royalties or taxes), under a PSA foreign companies are compensated for their investment in oil production infrastructure and the risks they take in extracting the oil. Under PSA's, the private companies will continue to operate as "contractors" -- a label that is misleading because it gives companies control over oil development and access to extensive profits.

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Politics

Monday, April 25, 2005

How the Election will effect the stock market / Politics / UK Stock Market

By: John_York

The impact previous governments following elections on the UK Stock Market

Party Dates % change in FT30 % change in Retail Prices % change in FT30 in Real Terms
Labour 31/03/1966 - 18/06/1970 -3% 22% -25%
Conservative 18/06/1970 - 28/02/1974 1% 39% -38%
Labour 28/02/1974 - 10/10/1974 -42% 9% -51%
Labour 10/10/1974 - 03/05/1979 183% 93% 90%
Conservative 03/05/1979 - 09/06/1983 29% 56% -26%
Conservative 09/06/1983 - 11/06/1987 143% 20% 123%
Conservative 11/06/1987 - 08/04/1992 7% 34% -28%
Conservative 08/04/1992 - 01/05/1997 57% 14% 42%
Labour 01/05/1997 - 07/06/2001 15% 11% 3%
Labour 07/06/2001 - 31/03/2005 -39% 8% -47%
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Politics

Friday, February 18, 2005

£700 billion Pensions hole ! / Politics / Pensions & Retirement

By: John_York

Talk about a pensions black hole !

The Public sector pensions bill is estimated at £700 billion pounds which is £300 billion more than the previous published estimate of £380 billion.

To make matters worse, the TUC are organising a series of events across the UK over plans to raise the retirement age of nurses, teachers and other public workers. Read full article... Read full article...

 


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