Bahrain invokes WTO's 'national security' clause in Qatar row   

          Bahrain invokes WTO's "national security" clause in Qatar row   

          Bahrain invokes WTO's 'national security' clause in Qatar row   

By Tom Miles

GENEVA (Reuters) - Bahrain told a WTO meeting on Friday trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were justified on national security grounds, a trade official who attended the meeting said.

Speaking on behalf of all three countries, Bahrain's representative told the WTO's Goods Council the measures were "in accordance with Article XXI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade", which allows the usual rules to be broken for national security reasons, the official said.

Reuters could not immediately find any precedent in the WTO's 22-year history of a country explicitly and formally citing the "national security exemption" to pre-empt a potential trade dispute.

Some trade experts say that using national security as a defence risks weakening the WTO by removing the taboo and enabling countries to escape international trade obligations.

On Thursday the head of Qatar's WTO office told Reuters that his country was exploring all legal avenues to challenge the "blockade", including a complaint to the WTO.

He said that a national security defence could be challenged on the grounds of necessity and proportionality.

The feud erupted this month when Qatar's three Gulf neighbours, together with Egypt, severed diplomatic and travel links with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism and regional foe Iran. Qatar denies the accusations.

Qatar, which had asked for the issue to be discussed at the Council on Trade in Goods, following a similar debate at the Council on Trade in Services earlier this month, said the restrictions affected commercially important sectors such as aluminium.

The UAE's representative said there were treaties against the funding of activities that threaten other countries' national security, and warned against the WTO intervening in the matter, the official who attended the meeting said.

Egypt's representative also said the measures fell under "exceptional circumstances" and were therefore consistent with WTO rules.

A U.S. trade diplomat said that all parties should remain open to negotiations, the trade official said, and that the United States would not get ahead of current diplomatic discussions and would continue to support the mediation efforts of the Emir of Kuwait.

Turkey's representative at the meeting said Turkey hoped for a quick resolution, emphasising "hundreds years of fraternal and strong ties" among the countries involved.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Ralph Boulton)


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          "The Flight" Chapter 2 of Apurvai, a travelogue by P.L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Many years ago, I translated chapter 1 from the 1960 book. You don't HAVE TO read it to follow this chapter, but it is recommended. Unlike my other translations which were done from audio files of PuLa narrating his work, this one has been done from the actual book. So even Marathis who've never read the book will find something new here. 

To set the stage a little, in this chapter, PuLa describes the experience of his first ever international flight. Based on the references to the Suez Crisis, I'm guessing it happened in 1956 or 1957. So almost 60 years ago! I was surprised to learn of the sheer number of stopovers flights had to make in those days. It is indeed a different era. But so much of what he writes resonated with me in terms of my experiences with international flights. Which is why I chose to translate this although it isn't as ROFLMAO funny as the previous chapter.

Usual caveats - Much of PuLa's humor comes from how he played with the Marathi language, and it can get lost in translation. But his observations and descriptions stay relevant even 55 years later.

Our flight to London from Santa Cruz airport was scheduled for 11 PM on August 20th. It wasn't my first time flying, but it was the first time I was flying to another country, that too on a huge airplane. I had been told to reach the airport about an hour before the flight. Even if I hadn't been told this, I would've gone there two hours before. Because even when I am taking an M.S.M. train (or as you kids today call it, Southern Railway), I go to the station an hour early. Even if I have a reserved seat. 

I find it convenient to allow that buffer for unforeseen but predictable events like getting on the wrong train, not being able to find my compartment, taxi to the station breaking down, heavy rain causing waterlogging, forgetting some important stuff at home and realizing it halfway to the station, forgetting to fill the water bottle, and of course, panicking every few minutes thinking that I have either forgotten the ticket at home or lost it. 

And of course, Indian Railways regularly contributes with unforeseen but predictable events of its own. Just as you've spread out a sheet on your berth and laid down, a railways employee comes and says the compartment has some problems, so we need to shift to another one. It takes about 45 minutes to find a porter, find the replacement compartment, and move all the luggage. It turns out that if you turn the lights on, the fan stops working, and if you turn the fan on, the lights stop working. Finally both are fixed, and when you go to the bathroom, there is no water in the compartment. So you have to stay awake till Lonand to find a guard and complain about it. If you're lucky, it'll get fixed by the time the train reaches Nira. Or then wait till Miraj at 5 AM so you can use the bathroom on the station. 

So even if you go very early to the station, there's no guarantee that your rail journey will be pleasant. I wonder if we are destined to ever get railways that take the responsibility of passenger comfort seriously. Until then, there are only two ways to travel without any problems - on foot like Vinoba Bhave or by air.

Or so I thought.

When I bought my tickets at the Air India office, the lady behind the counter had told me to reach the airport at 9 PM. And then, flashing me a disarming smile, suggested that I call the airline before leaving to make sure the plane wasn't delayed. So just as we were about to leave, I remembered that smile and mentioned this to the huge contingent of friends, family, and neighbors gathered at our house to bid us farewell.

"Haha, don't be an idiot! It's a plane, not an ST bus to be delayed. Airlines operate with second-by-second precision!"

A friend, who had never traveled an inch north of Malad or south of Kala Ghoda, said making me feel like an idiot in front of everyone. This guy has always had this publicly dismissive attitude towards me. I don't know why I am still friends with him. When I told him I was being sent to England by Doordarshan, his first reaction was,

"You??? Why??? Looks like the government has too much money to waste!"

When I first wore the suit mentioned in the previous chapter, he laughed and said I looked like a trumpeter from one of the Dhobi Talao wedding bands. Totally unnecessary snark. But he can't help it. So even though he had no first hand experience on the matter, he stayed true to his nature and ridiculed me for wondering if I should call the airline to check the flight status.

My wife called the airline office anyway. And we came to know that because the incoming plane from Tokyo hadn't reached yet, our flight was delayed by two hours. 

I winced. The idea of sitting in Mumbai's humidity for two more hours wearing a three piece suit, that noose-like tie, those damned expensive Chinese shoes, the nylon socks bought after the Middle East cooled down, and a thick coat meant for England's cold weather, was unbearable. I was tempted to take off all my clothes (except for one) and cal the whole thing off. 

"So....will the plane depart exactly two hours later than scheduled?"

Someone from the annoyingly large farewell contingent asked, and that question suddenly made our house explode into a pointless deliberation that made it resemble a legislative body debating a useless resolution.

"Will the plane leave two hours later or do you go to the airport two hours later?"

"But does two hours really mean two hours?"

"But what does a plane coming from Tokyo have to do with an Air India flight going to London?"

"Let's say the plane reaches earlier than estimated......will it still leave two hours late or earlier than that?"

"Let's say that Tokyo flight is delayed by four hours instead, will your flight leave two hours late or four hours late?"

"Someone told me that last week a flight scheduled for midnight eventually departed after dawn. Is that true?"

"Are you sure it's a plane from Tokyo? Maybe it's Kyoto."

"I just called a friend of mine who works in a restaurant at the airport. He says there is some mechanical problem in this plane, and the Tokyo plane thing is just an excuse."

"So the flight might get cancelled?"

"Do they have a replacement plane? How many planes does All India Radio have anyway?"

"It's Air India, not All India Radio."

"Yeah, same difference."

"Mechanical problems......that's scary!"

"You both have life insurance, right?"

"Remember the plane that crashed at Cairo five years ago? My boss' nephew was on it. His wife got two million as compensation!"

"I've heard you can buy life insurance at the airport."

All this nonsense from people who had nothing to do with our travel whatsoever. I prayed to god to rescue me from this plane chaos by sending the plane he sent for Sant Tukaram. 

"I'm telling you guys. Instead of spending the two hours sitting at home, spend them sitting at the airport. Let's say they repair the plane early and it leaves before time. What are you going to do? It's not like you can catch it on the way. It's not the Barshi-Pandharpur passenger train. Hehehehe!"

So finally, following the over-cautious traditions of my train journeys, we reached the airport at 9:30 PM for a plane that was scheduled to depart at 1:30 AM. Some of my other friends and colleagues were at the airport already to see me off. They either didn't know that the plane was delayed, or even if they knew, they were aware of my over-cautious traditions. 

All my friends at the airport made me feel very awkward and also emotional by showering me with so many garlands and bouquets, that the airport officials thought I was a politician. And I had an epiphany at that moment - the greatest wealth in my life is my friends. If wealth were to be measured in friendships, I am probably richer than Tata-Birla combined. I have so many dear friends in so many walks of life! And so many of them had come late at night and out of the way to the airport to see me off. 

I felt touched but also embarrassed. Firstly, I still wasn't sure I could pull off the suit-boot look. Having such a huge audience for it felt weird. And then there were these garlands and bouquets. I was overwhelmed. I have gotten used to getting such attention at functions and award shows and suchlike. But on this occasion, I was feeling like I had an emotional debt to pay off. Just popping by to say goodbye is one thing, but these guys had come all the way to the airport!

My embarrassment was compounded by the fact that I hadn't really done or achieved anything to deserve all the attention that night. When I get such attention after a successful theater performance, it's okay. At least I gave them some happiness, and they are appreciating it. But that night, my wife and I were just flying to England like thousands of people do everyday. And yet my mob of friends at the airport had made me feel like I was doing something special. With a luggage full of such love and good wishes, I started feeling confident that even if all the engines of the plane failed, I could fly anywhere I wanted. 

The crowd of friends and all the flowers being heaped on me made the press photographers hanging around think that I was some big deal. They suddenly started snapping our pictures like paparazzi. In all this chaos, one of my friends went to the airport officials and convinced them to open a "VIP Lounge" for me. A sturdy fellow in a crisp uniform politely asked us to follow him to the VIP lounge. 

At that moment, my wife looked at me happily with an expression that said - "all these years that I have put up with you are finally paying off!"

As we were led into the imposingly plush VIP lounge, I started feeling even more awkward. Given our colonial history, I know that "England returned" has a certain halo attached to it. But I had no idea that the halo starts appearing even before you leave India. I started feeling worried about the possibility of a real VIP showing up and frowning at how our raucous farewell contingent had made the VIP lounge resemble Khandke's chawl. 

Even in all that chaos, I overheard one of the uniformed guys whispering to the other,

"Nowadays, any random person can become a VIP."

His colleague responded,

"Hoga koi Minister ka baccha nahi toh jamai!"

and walked away.

So I tried to appear and act as VIP-ish as possible. I went around folding my hands and solemnly thanking all the people who had come to see me off. Then I started giving away the garlands and bouquets to kids and being unnecessarily nice to them. Basically, emulating every aspect of VIP behavior that I could remember. 

A few of the professional photographers kept taking pictures of all this, and then offered to send them to me. They helpfully quoted a "professional" rate for it that was ten times what it would cost to get a photo taken in my neighborhood studio. But I was pretending to be a VIP and had to play the part. Once I parted with all the advance payments for the photos, the expression on my face finally came to resemble something that actually deserved to be photographs. I have no idea where those expensive photos are now, by the way.

Eventually there was an announcement that the customs check process had started, and we finally prepared to leave that VIP cell....I mean lounge. While leaving, I handed a generous tip to the uniformed guys standing at the door. The astounded expressions on their faces made me realize that real VIPs probably never hand out any tips. They hand out only two things - promises or threats.

We left the lounge and walked straight to the weighing scales near the customs area. I put our bags on it one by one and felt relieved when each of them were a pound or so less than the 44 pound limit. My wife on the other hand seemed a little disappointed and said,

"Hmpf, I guess we could have taken a few more papads then."

I ignored her and walked to the customs booth, standing in front of the officer with an appropriately guilty expression on my face.

This was the second time in my life that I had faced a customs officer. A few years ago, when returning from Goa (then a Portuguese territory) I stood in front of a customs officer for the first time. Everyone in front of me had been questioned extensively and had their bags checked thoroughly. So I was already terrified. Even though there was no reason to be terrified. In the entire crowd there, we were probably the only ones returning from Goa without as much as a tiny piece of chocolate. But customs booths are one of those weirdly imposing places where I feel nervous by default.

Some people are scared of a dentist's chair. Not me. I have been to dentists many times. One dentist actually turned my simple complaint of an aching tooth into an imperative to extract it with the glee of a professional sadist. It hurt so much, I think I actually saw a few angels waiting to welcome me into heaven. But even then, the next time I went to a (different, obviously) dentist, I went with the ease with which I go to Kulkarni's restaurant to eat bhajiyas. No fear or worries. But put me in front of a custom's officer and my heart starts racing.

There are many random entries in my list of "people I am irrationally scared of". For some reason, I am terrified of every liftman. Not afraid of the actual lift, mind you. It's not like I am scared that the lift will plummet to the basement or anything. I am just scared of the liftmen, at least in Mumbai, where almost all of them seem to have a cold blank expression on their face. I am also terrified of waiters in fancy restaurants. If one is standing next to me, I feel so nervous that I invariably spill something. I was never scared of male teachers, but female teachers always petrified me. And I can slap a doctor on his back and sing songs with him even when he is in the middle of surgery, but when it comes to nurses, my hands start trembling even if I am handing them a note. I have no idea why I carry these bizarre fears in my heart.

That customs officer I encountered when returning from Goa had insulted me rather painfully! I still shudder and shed a tear when I think about it.

When it was my turn, he asked me my name, address, and profession. Those days, I earned my living in a college fostering deep hatred for literature among the students. As soon as I told the officer that I was a Professor, and that too of Marathi, he just looked straight into my eyes, and with an expression conveying immense pity, said,

"You can go."

He didn't ask to search my luggage, didn't ask me if I was carrying any contraband, didn't even ask me if I had anything to declare. With utter conviction that I lacked the ability or the means to smuggle in alcohol, gold, cigarettes, or anything like that, he sent me on my way. I have never felt more humiliated. I would've preferred it if he had instead put me through a two hour long interrogation under a bright lamp.

So that day in Mumbai airport, I was wondering if the customs officer in charge of examining departing passengers would be more respectful. He looked at my bags, then glanced at my face, and then wordlessly made some chalk markings on the bags and waved me through. Rude, isn't it?

Next my wife and I went to Passport Control. Our passports had been issued two years ago and were valid for three more years. But one of my friends in the farewell party had authoritatively said, 

"Ohhhh.....just three years validity left? That might create problems. Good luck!"

I nervously handed over the passports to the officer. He glanced at them for a nanosecond and returned them to me. I was less worried about the validity and more worried about the passport photo. But the officer had evidently discovered some similarity between my passport photo and the way I actually look. Once we were done with that, a health officer quickly made sure we had taken the necessary vaccinations and we were done.

Once we got the "worthy of traveling abroad" certification from Pandit Nehru's people, all we could do was wait for the plane to leave. It was past midnight. The departure area at Santa Cruz is decorated and furnished in a very modern way. There are lots of comfortable couches and chairs for passengers to relax in. But my wife and I were sitting there uncomfortably, feeling out of place.

There was a European couple sitting in front of us. They seemed confused by Indian currency. These were the days when paisa coins co-existed with anna coins and the poor visitors had no idea if the many coins they had were worth five rupees or five annas. Hoping to give them a happy memory of Indian hospitality, I jumped in to offer unsolicited advice and ended up compounding their confusion even more. Finally my better half stepped in, sorted the whole thing out, and informed them that Indian women have a much better understanding of money than Indian men. 

The European couple left for their flight and I started looking around at other fellow-passengers. With a parochial mindset, I went around to see if there were other Marathi folk there, and soon met a man named Patil and a student named Joshi. I was there representing the Deshpande name. All we were missing was a Kulkarni. If we had found one, we would have had Patil-Joshi-Deshpande-Kulkarni, the four pillars of the ancient Marathi administrative set-up. Sadly there was no Kulkarni on that flight, but it did end up having a pilot named Nadkarni. Nadkarni is essentially the South Kannada version of Kulkarni, so I guess we ended up with the full set eventually.

 Around 1 AM, the plane's wings must have fluttered because suddenly, there was a lot of activity around us. The crowd started walking in one direction, and we went along. I looked at the glass barrier at the customs desk and saw our contingent was still patiently waiting. The elders had tears in their eyes and the younger lot looked like they were cracking stale jokes at our expense and passing them off as new. 

When we eventually reached the gate, I confirmed three times that it was the right plane. Or else we'd wake up the next morning in Cochin instead of Cairo. I still carried emotional scars from the night at Pune station that I got on a train to go to Kolhapur and woke up the next morning to find I was in a compartment parked in the Pune railway yard. I have always had the kind of luck where I take a girlfriend to watch a movie on the sly and run into a nosy old relative who decided to come watch the same movie. And I couldn't afford to let that luck mess up international travel. 

There was an air hostess standing at the door, welcoming us with an unnaturally wide smile. The rest of the crew, dressed in crisp dark trousers and skirts and blindingly white shirts, sporting wing shaped lapel pins and painstakingly groomed mustaches, was darting about doing their work. We reached our seats and stared out the tiny oblong window at the terminal, wondering if our friends and family were still there. 

Once I was in the seat, I assured myself that despite all apparent obstacles, it now seemed like I would definitely go to England, and fastened the seat belt around my stomach. The engines started humming and the fans started rotating one by one.   The plane got going. After zooming along the ground for a mile or so, it slowed down and stopped at the other end of the runway. 

As soon as it stopped, I started fearing the worst. The plane had already been delayed by mechanical problems. I wasn't sure if they had fixed the problems completely or had postponed some repairs. Maybe now they'd discover more problems. I also carried emotional scars from bus drivers who'd make passengers board on a scorching hot day, bake them in that tin box for an hour while they waited, and then open the bonnet of the bus to examine what's wrong with the engine. 

Luckily, nothing like that happened. In a couple of minutes, the plane started moving again, then sped up, and eventually left terra firma in a graceful glide. I watched the airport rapidly disappear from my view and before I knew it, Mumbai started resembling a gem-laden ornament below us. In that ornament, four million people were probably dreaming as they slept, while I sat with wide open eyes, realizing my childhood dream of foreign travel. 

And next to me was my soul mate and my life partner accompanying me on this adventure. Over the previous twelve years, we had built many castles in the air together, while never feeling tempted to build a house on the ground. We never stayed in one place for more than 2-3 years anyway. We had in common a huge appetite for new challenges and new experiences. And the latest one was to be living in England for 5-6 months.

Our flight had been in the air for a while, and the plane was completely dark as was the sky outside, but I still couldn't sleep. The plane was completely packed and experienced travelers were already snoring. Our air-hostess was Japanese. She was promptly and efficiently offering candy and nuts to travelers with a studied smile straight out of the training syllabus. Her walk was brisk and her voice had the crispness of springtime. 

I was feeling really hot. That damned suit on my body started feeling like clunky armor and I again cursed myself for wearing it on the plane. I looked around and was taken aback when I noticed at an Englishman sitting in front of me. Here I was, wearing a brand new three piece suit because I was going to his snooty country. And this dude was sitting there looking very relaxed in khaki shorts, a flannel shirt with some twenty five pockets, and a flimsy felt hat that did not match.

So I discreetly looked around at the other white people on the flight. Not a single one of them was dressed even as remotely formally as I was. Sitting there overdressed in that damned suit in the middle of the night, I started feeling like even more of a neophyte than I already was. 

Suddenly the Japanese air-hostess appeared with a small wet towel on a plate. I eyed the towel suspiciously for a second. I had no idea what purpose a wet towel was supposed to serve at two in the morning. But I was brought up never to turn a plate away, so I picked up the towel and thanked her. I looked at my wife to see if she had any suggestions, but she was fast asleep. I slowly glanced across the aisle and saw that the guy there was gently rubbing the towel on his face. I did the same, and the cool cologne scented fabric gave me some relief from the intense heat I was experiencing. 

Our massive jumbo jet was slicing through the darkness leaving cities and mountains behind. I was finally feeling a little drowsy. Almost everyone around me, including my wife, was already asleep. That Englishman with the khaki shorts was in fact trying to drown out the noise of the engine with his own booming multi-octave snores with his mouth open. The ex-subject of Her Majesty's realm inside me felt relieved to observe first-hand that even the English can snore with their mouths open. Because once our travel plans were made, I was a bit worried about that. 

You see, I am one of "those" too. But over the course of my life, I have come across some impressively loud snorers. My grandma says that people with big hearts and minds snore the most. I don't know if there is any correlation between big bodies and big hearts and minds - I won't mind if there is. I started thinking a lot about snoring and hearts and minds. I do remember that I spent a lot of time thinking about it. But I don't know for how long, because the next thing I knew, I was waking up to the dawn's early light.

Our plane was flying over a huge desert. I noted how different this dawn was from any other dawn I had experienced in my life, thousands of miles over a limitless desert. This experience, coming right after I had experienced a darkness so different from any other darkness I had experienced in my life, spurred some philosophical and metaphorical thoughts. It felt like I was witness to the dawn of a new phase of my life. I thought about my recent years and realized that I hadn't really experienced real dawn in years. In Mumbai's fast-paced hectic life, by the time my day ended, it was usually well past midnight. So by the time I usually woke up, dawn would have given up on waiting for me and slid away, making way for harsh sunlight. 

Our Japanese air-hostess, still looking as fresh as a dew-kissed flower, was making the rounds with hot fortifying beverages for the morning. I have never found those beverages particularly fortifying immediately after waking up, so I politely declined her offer of tea or coffee. Instead, I got up and headed to the bathroom. Taking care not to wake up or bump into any of the other passengers, I tiptoed my way to the front, and slowly opened the door to what I thought was the bathroom. Instead I found myself face-to-face with the fine gentlemen flying the plane. It was the cockpit door! I guess the expression on my face gave away what my need was because the co-pilot, without saying anything, pointed me to the correct door. 

I finished my morning ablutions and returned to the seat to find the "fasten seatbelts" sign flashing. By the time I was able to find the belt and buckle it up, the plane had started its rapid descent. I looked out the window and saw that we were headed to a desert island surrounded by more desert. I assumed it was Cairo, our first stopover. I started looking around the landscape in the hopes of spotting some pyramids. By the time I spotted a bump that I thought was a pyramid and was about to point it out to my wife, the plane was touching down, and before I knew it, it was standing stationary in a foreign land.

I looked at the dinky terminal outside the window and was a little disappointed that a city as renowned as Cairo should have an airport that looks more like an ST bus stand. But once we got off the plane, I learned that we were not in Cairo, but in some place called "Bahrain" instead. I felt a bit like Columbus who reached land confident that he was in India but then discovered that he was instead in some strange land he did not know anything about. And I felt relieved that I had not pointed out those supposed pyramids to my wife.

I had never heard of Bahrain before and had no idea where the hell it exactly was or why we were there instead of Cairo. But we walked into the terminal and headed for the restaurant. I learned that there were oilfields nearby and that Bahrain is a small island nation that is known for its oilfields. That was pretty much all we learned about the place. 

We sat in the restaurant, ordered tea, and waited while the plane was refueled. The tea arrived after a long time. One sip of that concoction and I was convinced that in Bahrain, they used dried date palm leaves in lieu of tea leaves and the milk probably came from a camel instead of a cow. Over the course of my life, I have tasted many different kinds of tea......except of course the spilled tea from Mongini's mentioned in the previous chapter. Tea served in small glass tumblers in Mumbai, tea served in mud bowls on the banks of the Narmada, tea served in metallic cups in Madras, masala milk tea, railway station tea flavored with charcoal, tea without milk, tea without sugar, and even Chinese tea made from jasmine flowers. But I will never EVER forget that horrible tea from Bahrain airport. I will happily drink the bitterest castor potion than drink that tea again.

Well, at least the tea was free, because it was paid for by the airline.

Pretty soon, the plane was ready and we all climbed back into its belly. The plane took off soon and headed for Cairo. The flight from Bahrain to Cairo was essentially just desert after desert after desert. Once in a while, just as a change of scenery, there would be a small strip of water. But otherwise, totally barren. Not a single glimpse of green. 

And that's when I really understood why the green flag of Islam came was hoisted in these deserts first. The prophet was very clever in choosing the color green for his flag. It is obvious why millions of Arabs enthusiastically followed that rare pleasant colored flag. I'm sure that the green flag was as instrumental in the spread of Islam as the Koran was. Add to it the moon that the desert dwellers probably equated with the relief provided by night, and I felt I had to applaud the prophet for his grasp of semiotics. 

It was about 8:30 in the morning. I was staring at the desert out the window hoping to spot a camel train. But in vain. I did spot a lot of dry river beds though. Soon the sun got really bright and the glare made it difficult to keep looking outside. Soon our plane moved from the sea of sand to a sea of water. Being geographically challenged, I first decided it was the Red Sea, then the Caspian Sea, then the Black Sea, and then the Dead Sea. I still have no idea which one it was.

A while later, there were murmurs all around that we were flying over the Suez Canal. All passengers looked out the windows, identified the first strip of water they could find, and assured themselves that it was the Suez Canal. Again, no idea if any of those were actually the Suez Canal. From the height we were flying at, every strip of water looked as tiny as the Fergusson College canal in Pune. But in one strip, I spied some dots that seemed like boats and I silently convinced myself that it was indeed the Suez Canal. It was hard to believe that this tiny strip of water was responsible for almost starting World War 3 and almost sinking my travel plans.  

When your plane is flying so high that you can only see the sky and clouds above you as well as below you, you can't help but get philosophical. You forget any fears you have about the plane crashing. Looking at creation from a height that makes even seas look like saucers of water makes you realize how insignificant you are in the whole scheme of things. As our plane flew towards Cairo, I couldn't help but realize that I was looking at the cradle of civilization. These deserts were where the Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian civilizations had once bloomed. Where the library of Alexandria was once home to millions of of books that were burned. I'm assuming some Big Four or Big Five must have had a summit even then and decided that burning books was in the best interests of the world.

As impressive as the sights of great oceans, great skies, and great lands is while flying, one look at the great space when flying above clouds make them all pale in comparison. And you start wondering what the whole point of creation is, and whether you make any difference to it whatsoever. 

Our plane was about to reach Cairo soon and I started thinking about it. Egypt is an ancient civilization, much like India. Historians have discovered that trade and cultural links between Egypt and India date back millenia. This is the land that saw rich culture flourish for millenia even before Christ was born. And when Christ was born, the bright star that shone was above these lands too. This is the land where Jews, Christians, and Muslims found their faiths and then unfurled the blood-soaked flags of those faiths.

I was in the middle of these thoughts and didn't even realize when I dozed off. The next thing I knew, someone was yelling "KAHIRO!!!!", waking me up.

The first sight I saw at Cairo airport was of battle-ready fighter jets. Next to them were imposing anti-aircraft guns with their barrels pointed to the sky. The stage seemed to be set for the next big war. The only question seemed to be which actors would enter the stage first and who the director would be. Actors from dozens of countries seemed to be ready, with war-paint on, or make-up on. Who knew when the final act would start and when it would end.

When I read a big sign that said, "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT", I felt like someone had sprayed a stream of cold water on my face on an oppressively hot day. Why shouldn't all human beings be welcomed heartily all over this little planet of ours? Although as long as there exist things like passports and visas, built on an assumption of distrust of fellow human beings, can we really expect true expressions of such humanity? The sign that said "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT"....to any "you" who reached there, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed.....why shouldn't such signs and more importantly sentiments, be displayed everywhere?

The funny thing is, this "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" sign was right next to the massive anti-aircraft guns and the irony endemic to human existence tickled me and troubled me in equal amounts.

We headed to the restaurant inside the terminal. The waiters there were very friendly and polite, and served us some divine Egyptian coffee. Compared to Mumbai airport, I thought Cairo airport was small. There was a lot of new construction happening around us though. Egypt is currently in the midst of writing a new chapter in its history. Everybody is watching carefully to see which way their new statesman (Nasser) takes them.

It was in Cairo airport that I first encountered Egyptian people. And as I examined their appearance carefully, I wondered how many Egyptians there might be in Mumbai too. Because in terms of appearance, I didn't really see any major differences between Egyptians and Indians. Beyond the facts I had memorized in my childhood to score 2 marks in the history exam, such as pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, and the Nile river, my knowledge about Egypt was as barren as their desert. I had never even thought about anyone living in Egypt other than Cleopatra, General Najeeb, and now this Nasser fellow.

Suddenly, I was overcome by a profound sense of ignorance and curiosity as a foreigner in a foreign land. And sitting there in the Cairo airport, I started thinking about how day-to-day life in Egypt must be and how I knew nothing about it. How do school teachers, lawyers, and bureaucrats here dress? Is it similar to how those folks dress in India? What is the most popular item in a typical restaurant in Egypt? Do wives here refer to their husbands by name or is there some tactful pronoun that has been coined for the purpose like in India? With each passing second, the expanse of my ignorance about this fascinating culture seemed to exceed the expanse of the desert.

Then I started thinking about the people who worked at that airport. For them, a typical day consisted of interacting with travelers from dozens of different countries, for maybe an hour or two at a time, before they went on their way and were replaced by a different set of foreigners. Do they feel the same sense of curiosity and note their ignorance about other cultures? Or has it become just a mundane feature of their lives by now? Do they actively notice the multi-colored lattice of different races and nationalities or does it just pass by in the blink of an eye like a frame from a cinema reel?

I spent the rest of the time in Cairo thinking about all this before we were called back to the plane. The next stopover was Geneva in Switzerland. As our plane surged through the clouds, we gradually left the desert behind and were soon traveling over Europe. Specifically, Italy, as the pilot informed us.

While I was almost entirely ignorant about Egypt except for its ancient history and contemporary politics, I at least knew more about Italy thanks to all the books I had read. Names like Rome, Venice, and Naples started swimming around in my head. I decided that if the plane had to crash right now, I would want it to do so near Naples. I had read that Naples was home to some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures in the world. So if my plane crashed in Naples, I could drag myself to those sculptures, see them first hand, and then die happy.

Yes, I know it is morbid to keep pondering the possibility of the plane crashing but that's how I am and be honest, aren't you too?

But the plane kept going. I kept looking at the Italian landscape underneath and we didn't see Naples or Venice. But we did fly over Rome. It was hard to miss. As I looked at the distant but clear images of various buildings and cathedrals in Rome, I first felt a great sense of satisfaction at seeing them first hand. Then I compensated for the unfamiliar bliss by berating myself for still not having read Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" even after buying it years ago. I made a mental note to read it as soon as I returned home.

When you're flying over different countries of the world, you think more about what you haven't read about those lands than what you have read. In another hour or so, our plane was flying over the gorgeous alps and I realized we were in Europe's Eden.

Soon the plane touched down in Geneva. I had heard a lot of cautionary tales about how the cold in Europe is way worse than anything I might have experienced in India. I experienced it first hand as I walked into the Geneva airport and felt like I had walked into a massive refrigerator. And this was just August! So I shivered a little and prepared for six more months of this inhumanly cold weather. No wonder these white folks ran away and captured our warmer lands.

As soon as I stepped into the chilly Geneva airport, my brain initiated a flashback from 20 years ago from my college days in Pune. I had grown up in Mumbai, where it never gets even remotely chilly. Then in Pune in the winters, every so often, I would wake up to such a chilly morning. It felt more bracing than oppressive, making me feel like running all the way across the world. I had always thought cold weather would make me feel like a shriveled old man, but instead, it made me feel like a daring young man, ready to achieve anything!

Anyway, we walked into the restaurant at the Geneva airport and it looked more like a flower shop than a restaurant. The faces of all the staff members were fresh and enthusiastic like recently bloomed lilies. There was a spring in their step. It didn't look like anyone could ever age, and everyone looked like they were in their 20s even though they probably weren't. We were served coffee in a very elegantly crafted glass cup. And it tasted divine and almost intoxicating. I wondered that if even the coffee here gets my pulse racing so much, what will stronger beverages do? I had heard that Switzerland is a place where extreme beauty and extreme pleasure is the default and my experiences at their airport confirmed it.

I didn't even realize when that stopover at Geneva ended. It was cold, but I was surrounded by beauty, human and non-human, and I felt more alive than I ever had. Before I got back on the plane, I turned around and took a 360 degree mental picture of all I could see of Switzerland from that terminal. The tall trees sheltering cute little houses, the snow-covered peaks of the Alps kissing the deep blue sky. I promised myself to return for a more leisurely visit. When the plane took off, I was looking at a meandering little river as it flowed through the verdant Swiss countryside, when suddenly, our plane ascended above the clouds. And those fluffy white things that a few hours earlier had seemed gorgeous, now seemed like villains for blocking my view of the Swiss landscape. Our journey continued.

The next stop was to be at Dusseldorf in Germany, It had been over 20 hours since we took off from Mumbai. The hands of my watch had already been rotated many times by then. Every hour, the pilot made announcements about how high we were flying, what the temperature outside was, what the local time was, and so on. Passengers around us were saying random things in response to those announcements like, "Oh! 18,000 feet? That's nice! Very high!"

We were flying through clouds at that moment, so I personally couldn't tell the difference between 18,000 feet and 18 million feet. Honestly, this whole thing of estimating distances has been a challenge for me, whether I am in the air or on the ground. Whenever I read about some witness in court say stuff like "the accused was 19 feet away from me", I feel jealous of his ability to express distance so precisely. Because I absolutely suck at it. I can't even remember the inches in my own measurements for shoes, hats, collars, socks, and so on. When a shoe salesman asks what size I want, I just give him the chappals I am wearing then and ask him to figure it out. I have immense respect for people who go shoe shopping and say stuff like "Bring me Number 8 pairs".

And when someone remembers the precise date on which something happened, I feel overcome enough with admiration to go hug them. When I hear someone say stuff like, "I remember it was July 17th...", I am amazed. I suck at dates too. Which is why I always sucked at history in school. Even now, I remember only three dates - Shivaji Maharaj died in 1680, the 1857 uprising happened in 1857, and using multiple reminder mnemonics, my wife's birthday. Other than these three, I have no idea of any other dates. You can ask me when India gained independence and I will try to hedge between 1947 and 1950.

Anyway, the point is, I am horrible with anything that is expressed numerically. So even before I could figure out how high 18,000 feet exactly is, our plane was touching down in Dusseldorf. Before I knew it, we were surrounded by cries of "Achtung! Achtung!" and "Gut! Gut!". My wife and I walked to the terminal, now sick of this sequence of stopovers. Yes. I was in Germany with its rich history and culture and intriguing contemporary split between East and West, but I didn't give a damn. The aforementioned Joshi and Patil left us here and we sat there hoping that we'd reach London before we died of boredom.

Why does the final stretch of the journey always seem to last the longest? Even when I am traveling from Pune to Mumbai by train, it is the same. The time from Pune to Thane or Kalyan seems to breeze by in a happy procession of vada, omelets, chikki, etc. But from there, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikroli, Dadar, etc seem to take an eternity to pass by. Very annoying! It's the same with other trips too. When you're taking a train from Mumbai to Delhi, everything seems great until you reach Mathura, and then after that, things seem to slow down. If you're going from Mumbai to Nagpur. it is Wardha that is the tipping point after which it is all yawns and polite curses.

The flight from Dusseldorf to London seemed similarly annoying and yawn-inducing. Finally, after about the hundredth yawn, the plane started barreling downwards. All the passengers around us seemed to have perked up as the plane continued descending. Finally there was a bump and the plane started slowing down. And a few passengers around me echoed my thoughts,

"Ah! London!"



          Recipe for Egg Salad Sandwich On Toast - Slightly Indian   
When I moved from India to the United States in 2006, I encountered a multitude of food items I had never tasted in India. I could readily understand why I had never tasted most of those items in India, due to Indian conventions, habits, and availability of ingredients, such as ribs or steak tartare. But there was one item whose sheer simplicity astounded me. And which, by rights, should have been really popular in India. That item was the egg salad sandwich. I couldn't figure out why I had never encountered it in India.

The egg salad sandwich is so simple, even minimal. So elegant. So tasty. And so ideal for spicier Indian variations. And yet, almost completely absent from menus in India. Why? I have no idea!

Most chicken sandwiches you get in India are cousins of the egg salad sandwich - shredded chicken mixed with mayonnaise and mustard, served on toasted or untoasted bread. Another popular item in India, the Russian salad (which results in Russian salad sandwich or Rusian salad roll) is also similar. So why is the egg salad sandwich not available in India? I have no idea! But I hope it becomes popular.

Here's the most basic recipe for an egg salad sandwich. Take hard-boiled eggs. Shell them. Mash them. Add mustard, mayo, salt, pepper. Make a sandwich using toasted bread. Enjoy!

Another reason this sandwich should, by rights, be extremely popular in India, is the fact that you can easily add quintessentially Indian spices and make it more flavorful. You can also add different veggies to it, to play around with the texture. That's what I do. I love experimenting with the basic egg salad. I have tried various combinations over the years. Here is my favorite recipe for what is (for me) the perfect Egg Salad Sandwich on Toast:

Recipe (makes 2 sandwiches of 2 toasted bread slices each)

Ingredients:
4 slices of bread
2 eggs hard boiled
1 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbs mustard (I prefer Dijon, but french mustard works well too)
1 tbsp chopped onion (optional)
1 tbsp chopped bell pepper/capsicum (optional)
Paprika/cayenne/red chili powder (to taste, optional)
Cumin powder (to taste, optional)
Black pepper (to taste)
Salt (to taste)

Directions:

Egg salad is among the easiest sandwiches to make. You don't need to be an expert on cooking by any means. Even the novice-est of novices can get it right.

The first step is to hard boil eggs.



















The perfect timing and technique for this varies based on the freshness of your egg (surprising fact - slightly stale eggs when boiled are easier to peel than fresh eggs), its size, and how hard you like your egg boiled.



















Peel the egg. Put the peeled eggs in a bowl.


















Now we need to mince the eggs. There are different ways of approaching this. You can just crush a whole egg with a spoon or a spatula.



















Or you can use an egg slicer to first make elegant slices and then mince the egg.



















Eventually, you mince them with a spoon or a spatula. Go to town on 'em. Crush them the way Assad crushes protesters in Syria.



















Now whether you want to go as far as Assad or dial it back like Mubarak depends on your taste. I like to leave some pieces of the egg white intact, roughly 1 cm in size. Personally, I prefer slightly chunkier versions to an egg salad where the entire egg is minced like keema. So my ideal minced eggs look like this.



















From here on, it's as easy as silencing protesters in Bahrain. Let me tell you about the basic ingredients first. You first add 1 tbsp each of mayonnaise and mustard.



















Then you add salt and pepper. Nothing like a pepper grinder to bring out the freshest flavors!





At its most basic, this is egg salad. You can mix the whole shebang, put it between toasts, and you're good to go. But I also like to add onions. And red or green bell pepper (aka capsicum). This time, I added red peppers because that's all I had at home. They tend to be slightly sweet.



















I also like to add red chili powder (or paprika or cayenne depending on your taste) because I like a little heat in my egg salad. Not too much. Just a pinch. I also add a pinch of cumin powder because based on all my experiments, I think that's a spice that goes best with egg salad.



















Then you mix the whole thing together. Stir it, stir it, stir it, stir it, like a polaroid picture! And this is how it looks.



















I know, not very appetizing. But as Shrek said, don't judge me before you taste me.

Next, we toast the bread. You can use a toaster, but I prefer toasting them on a pan, girdle, or as I have done here, a tava. I like 'em nicely browned and crisped!



















Done toasting? Now take a toast, and add a generous helping of the egg salad.



















And when I say generous, I mean really generous! It's egg salad not butter. Lay it on as thick as Fox News. It should be a thick layer, well thicker than the bread itself.  Cover the bread entirely, without letting any salad spill out the edges. Like this. The spartan toast should look overwhelmed by the rich gooey mixture.



















But don't worry about the spartan toast. Its Leonidas is on its way (when the heck did the Arab Spring similes turn into Ancient Greek similes!??). Put the other toast on top. And make sure the egg salad layer is thick like this.



















Next, you can either pounce on the sandwich like the Persians pounced on the Spartans at Thermopylae. Or you can cut the sandwich in two, like Xerxes wanted done with Leonidas.



















There it is. Beautiful, tasty, simple, and nutritious Egg Salad on Toast. Enjoy! I like to position my diagonally cut sandwiches like in the image above and imagine it is the globe from Pacman that I Binky, am attacking. As you can see, all my cooking similes and metaphors have to do with wars and bloodshed. What do to? I am Gandhian that way. Anyway, enjoy the sandwich.

Oh, and if you're like me and savor licking remnants of food off utensils, don't forget the bowl you made the egg salad in.  See this?



















Don't throw it in the sink. Long after you've polished off the sandwiches, working on the remains of that great civilization in the bowl can bring you greater please than archaeologists relishing Greek ruins.

           Bahrain invokes WTO's "national security" clause in Qatar row    
GENEVA, June 30 (Reuters) - Trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are justified by national security,...
          Dubai's Majid Al Futtaim to expand Carrefour in Middle East with Geant stores buy   

Majid Al Futtaim, a holding company which also owns and operates shopping centres in the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement it had acquired Geant franchise owner Retail Arabia from BMA International.

The value of the deal, which also includes four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain, was not disclosed.

All 30 stores will be rebranded under the Carrefour brand by the end of 2017 and existing employees will be retained. The deal covered the stores only and did not include Geant franchising rights.

The acquisition increases the number of Majid Al Futtaim Carrefour-operated outlets to 80 in the UAE, 11 in Bahrain and 8 in Kuwait.

Perella Weinberg Partners advised Majid Al Futtaim on the transaction.

source: www.reuters.com


          Denmark’s Larsen Meeting Challenge of Multiple Lane Conditions To Retain Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open Lead   

In a tournament that puts a premium on a player’s ability to adjust to vastly different lane conditions, third-round leader Thomas Larsen of Denmark feels he’s as prepared as he can be to meet the challenges of competing in the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort PBA Oklahoma Open.

After three rounds bowled on three different PBA lane condition patterns, the two-time PBA Tour and four-time European Bowling Tour winner, leads a field of 33 players who advanced to Friday’s final round at the FireLake Bowling Center with a 5,398 24-game pinfall (224.9 average).

The players advancing to the fourth round will be put to the test on the 44-foot Oklahoma Open lane condition and will battle to be among the top nine who will advance to the live ESPN stepladder finals Saturday and Sunday at noon CDT (1 p.m. ET) at the Grand Casino Hotel Event Center in Shawnee.

Larsen bowled eight-game pinfall totals of 1,826 on the 32-foot Wolf pattern lane condition in the first round, 1,793 on the 40-foot Bear pattern in the second round and 1,779 on the 52-foot Badger pattern in Thursday’s third round with games of 223, 190, 246, 200, 244, 219, 219 and 238.

“It was another successful day today,” said the 27-year-old Larsen who led after the second round. “You never know what will happen when you’re bowling on a completely new lane condition but I was ready for the challenge.

“I used a lot of balls again today in the round,” he continued. “Just like in yesterday’s round I used several balls and had to make changes in my ball speed and hand position at the release – the changes were just different today.”

Larsen is trying for his first PBA Tour title on U.S. soil. His Tour titles came in the 2013 Abu Dhabi Open and 2014 Kuwait International Open.

Larsen holds a 45-pin lead over 18-time PBA Tour titlist Chris Barnes of Double Oak, Texas, in second with a 5,353 pinfall. Three-time PBA Tour winner Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., is third with 5,346.

Trey Ford III, the 16-year-old PBA member from Bartlesville, Okla., advanced to the fourth round with a 10th-place 5,199 pinfall total. He bowled games of 234, 218, 235, 163, 213, 183, 236 and 206 in the third round.

“I’m a little surprised how well I’m doing because when I practiced on these conditions at home I didn’t do that well,” said the high school sophomore who uses the unique two-handed delivery. “Generally, I feel comfortable making the adjustments I need to make – I’m just trying to learn as much as I can.

“If I have a bad game or get a split, I just have to remember that there are more opportunities and more bowling to go.”

Ford has been a PBA member since age 13 and has three top-10 finishes in PBA regional competition with a best of sixth.

Saturday’s stepladder round will feature players who qualified fifth through ninth with the winner advancing to the no. 5 qualifying position to join the tournament’s top four qualifiers for Sunday’s stepladder final.

Friday’s final qualifying round will be streamed live on PBA’s online bowling channel Xtra Frame beginning at 9:30 EDT (8:30 CT). For subscription and schedule information click on www.xtraframe.tv.

GRAND CASINO HOTEL & RESORT PBA OKLAHOMA OPEN

FireLake Bowling Center, Shawnee, Okla., Thursday

Third Round (after 24 games. Top 33 players advance to Friday’s fourth round)

1, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 5,398.
2, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 5,353.
3, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 5,346.
4, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 5,277.
5, Jason Sterner, Rockledge, Fla., 5,274.
6, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 5,266.
7, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 5,243.
8, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 5,213.
9, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 5,203.
10, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 5,199.
11, Sam Cooley, Australia, 5,187.
12, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 5,158.
13, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 5,157.
14, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 5,150.
15, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 5,139.
16, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 5,127.
16, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, 5,127.
18, John Szczerbinski, N. Tonawanda, N.Y., 5,116.
19, Dom Barrett, England, 5,088.
20, Martin Larsen, Sweden, 5,087.
21, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 5,085.
22, Stuart Williams, England, 5,083.
23, Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., 5,081.
24, Ronnie Russell, Marion, Ind., 5,071.
25, Craig Nidiffer, Trenton, Mich., 5,064.
26, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 5,061.
27, AJ Johnson, Oswego, Ill., 5,057.
28, Gary Faulkner Jr., Memphis, Tenn., 5,045.
29, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 5,030.
30, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 5,019.
31, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 5,014.
32, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 4,999.
33, Amleto Monacelli, Venezuela, 4,998.

Did not advance
34, Sean Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,993.
35, Kristopher Prather, Milton, Fla., 4,991.
36, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 4,979.
37, Dylan Burns, Lawrence, Kan., 4,975.
38, Zeke Bayt, Westerville, Ohio, 4,965.
39, Richie Teece, England, 4,963.
40, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 4,951.
41, (tie) DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, and Jon Van Hees, Charlestown, R.I., 4,947.
43, Jake Peters, Henderson, Nev., 4,944.
44, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 4,943.
45, (tie) Andrew Anderson, Holly, Mich., and Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 4,932.
47, J.R. Raymond, Clinton Twp., Mich., 4,927.
48, Devin Bidwell, Wichita, Kan., 4,923.
49, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 4,917.
50, Jesse Buss, Belvidere, Ill., 4,916.
51, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 4,904.
52, Gabriel Garcia, Port St. Lucie, Fla., 4,901.
53, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 4,879.
54, Graham Fach, Canada, 4,876.
55, AJ Chapman, Wichita, Kan., 4,875.
56, Osku Palermaa, Finland, 4,873.
57, Ahmed Alawadhi, Bahrain, 4,870.
58, Ryan Shafer, Horseheads, N.Y., 4,868.
59, Francois Louw, South Africa, 4,867.
60, Kurt Pilon, Warren, Mich., 4,860.
61, (tie) Patrick Allen, Elmwood Park, N.J., Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, and James Cantere, Oklahoma City, 4,858.
64, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4,851.
65, Anthony Lavery-Spahr, Pasadena, Texas, 4,844.
66, Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 4,841.
67, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 4,812.
68, Brian LeClair, Athens, NY, 4,792.
69, Osama Hassan, Bahrain, 4,789.
70, Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 4,783.
71, Tom Sorce, Blasdell, N.Y., 4,780.
72, Ramon Hilferink, Netherlands, 4,761.
73, Dylan Macon, Lubbock, Texas, 4,737.
74, Dino Castillo, Highland Village, Texas, 4,735.
75, Paul Brewbaker, Midwest City, Okla., 4,732.
76, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 4,708.
77, Isaac Kim, Lebanon, Pa., 4,660.
78, Jeff Hatt, Oklahoma City, 4,655.
79, (tie) Brad Miller, Maryland Heights, Mo., and Isaac Russell, Malaysia, 4,654.
81, Michael Houtz, Myerstown, Pa., 4,575.
82, Kenneth Bland Jr., Jacksonville, Texas, 4,549.
83, Omar Rashid, Bahrain, 4,522.
84, Tom Hess, Urbandale, Iowa, 4,376.
85, Tyson Branagan, Fort Worth, Texas, 4,358.
86, Cody Shoemaker, Hanover, Pa., 4,304.
87, Armando Santacruz, Ecuador, 4,296.
88, William Tarpein, McDonough, Ga., 4,058.
89, Jose Rosero, Ecuador, 4,009.
90, Yebgueni Velez, Ecuador, 3,885.

300 games (1) – Walter Ray Williams Jr.


          McLaren: Ron Dennis ist weg, Scheich als neuer CEO   
​Jetzt ist es offiziell: Der langjährige McLaren-Teamchef und –Mitbesitzer Ron Dennis (70) hat seine Anteile verkauft. Neuer CEO der McLaren-Gruppe ist Scheich Mohammed bin Essa Al-Khalifa aus Bahrain.
          Ron Dennis Sells His Stake In McLaren, Bahraini Sheikh Named Chairman   

The prospect of Ron Dennis making another comeback to the chairmanship of McLaren has officially been taken off the table as the longtime company chief has agreed to sell his shares in the growing entity he essentially built.
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          Für 313 Millionen: Ex-McLaren-Teamchef verkauft Anteile    

Der langjährige McLaren-Teamchef Ron Dennis (70) verkauft seine Anteile an der McLaren-Gruppe und scheidet damit endgültig aus dem britischen Traditionsrennstall aus.

Das bestätigte das Unternehmen, zu dem auch das Formel-1-Team gehört, am Freitag. Wie der britische TV-Sender Sky berichtet, bekommt Mitbesitzer Dennis für seine 25 Prozent Anteile angeblich insgesamt etwa 313 Millionen Euro (275 Millionen Pfund) ausgezahlt.

"Ich bin sehr froh darüber, dass ich mich mit den anderen Anteilseignern einigen konnte. Es ist das passende Ende meiner Zeit bei McLaren und es ermöglicht mir, mich auf andere Dinge zu konzentrieren", sagte Dennis, der bereits im vergangenen November als Geschäftsführer des Formel-1-Teams abgesetzt worden war: "Ich habe immer gesagt, dass meine 37 Jahre in Woking (Sitz des Rennstalls, d. Red.) als eigenes Kapitel im Buch von McLaren betrachtet werden sollten."

Rücktritt als Vorsitzender

Dennis verkaufte seine Anteile an der McLaren Technology Group und McLaren Automotive.

Zudem wird der Brite in beiden Unternehmen als Vorsitzender zurücktreten. In einer Pressemitteilung hieß es, dass Dennis seine Karriere als Berater und Unternehmer fortsetzen werde. Darüber hinaus will er sich sozialen Projekten widmen.

Seit 1980 bei McLaren

Dennis arbeitete seit 1980 für McLaren und führte den Rennstall zu 158 Grand-Prix-Siegen und 17 WM-Titeln.

Dabei betreute er einige der größten Fahrer der Geschichte, darunter Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Lewis Hamilton und Mika Häkkinen. Sie alle wurden auch dank seiner Hilfe Weltmeister. "Ich wünsche McLaren nur das Beste und bedanke mich bei allen meinen Kollegen", sagte Dennis.

Die McLaren-Gruppe gehörte bislang zu 50 Prozent dem bahrainischen Staatsfonds Mumtalakat und damit der Königsfamilie des Inselstaats, sowie je zu 25 Prozent der Saudi/TAG-Gruppe von Mansour Ojjeh und Dennis.

Der Wert der Gruppe beläuft sich aktuell geschätzt auf 2,7 Milliarden Euro (2,4 Milliarden Pfund), mehr als 3400 Angestellte sind in allen Unternehmen beschäftigt.


          Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday   

Assia Djebar’s 81st Birthday

Date: June 30, 2017

Many women achieve greatness, but few become “Immortal.” Assia Djebar was the first woman from the Maghreb to be given the "Immortal" title, as a member of the Académie Française.

Born Fatima-Zohra Imalayene on this date in 1936, the Algerian novelist, translator, and filmmaker used the pen name Assia Djebar. She was the first Algerian woman to be admitted to the country’s top literary university, the Ecole Normale Superieure. Djebar published her first book at 21; by the time she was 30, she had written 4 novels in French. She quickly became one of North Africa's most influential writers.

A feminist, Djebar wrote about women's independence and encouraged Algerian women to forge their own paths and find their unique voices. She believed that education was the key to giving women a voice in society, and in 1962 began teaching history at the University of Algiers. Her work inspired many women to express themselves freely.

Today’s Doodle reflects a scene from the first chapter of Djebar’s novel Fantasia, in which she explores the history of Algeria through her experiences as a young girl.  

Location: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates

Tags: Birthday, writer, novelist, Literature


              
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          Ron Dennis vende su participación en McLaren y así termina su evicción de la compañía que levantó    

Ron Dennis McLaren

Ron Dennis, el hombre que lideró el equipo McLaren durante décadas con una mano de hierro ha vendido todas sus acciones de McLaren por un importe que no se ha hecho público. Ron Dennis es l que ha hecho posible que el sueño de Gordon Murray se hiciese realidad, el [McLaren F1](Así rozó los 391 km/h el McLaren F1 en 1998), y que ha sentado las bases de cómo se debe gestionar una escudería de Fórmula 1 -y de cómo no debes tratar a tus pilotos-, cosechando varios títulos mundiales en el proceso.

Esta venta pone fin a una colaboración entre Ron Dennis y McLaren de 37 años, que comenzó en la temporada 1980 con una escudería McLaren que no conseguía éxitos en Formula 1. Hoy, McLaren Group está valorada en 2.400 millones de libras esterlinas, es decir, 2.728 millones de euros.

La venta de sus acciones, que corresponden al 25 % que todavía poseía en McLaren Technology Group y al 11 % de McLaren Automotive (el fabricante de deportivos), se hace en favor de la propia McLaren. Los rumores hablan de una venta de sus acciones por valor de 275 millones de libras esterlinas y la operación “se formalizará en los próximos días o meses”, según la nota de prensa.

McLaren F1 Woking

Ron Dennis saldrá así definitivamente de McLaren, una marca y un grupo que ayudó a levantar (ayer McLaren Automotive acaba de anunciar su cuarto año consecutivo de beneficios a pesar de sus seis años de vida), aunque había sido apartado de cualquier puesto de responsabilidad desde 2014.

El jeque Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa será el nuevo CEO de McLaren Group, mientras que The Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company y el grupo Tag seguirá siendo los mayores acciones del grupo McLaren.

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          McLaren unifica todas sus compañías en una sola estructura tras la salida de Dennis   
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La icónica sede de McLaren en Woking, al sur de Londres.

Aunque desde nuestra perspectiva McLaren es una sola entidad, lo cierto es que siempre ha sido un grupo de organizaciones separadas creadas bajo un mismo paraguas al que simplemente llamamos McLaren. A partir de ahora, y tras la salida de Ron Dennis del accionariado de la compañía, esta ha decidido modificar su estructura y unificar todas sus compañías en una sola, con varias divisiones.

Hasta ahora nos encontrábamos dos principales estructuras, McLaren Automotive y McLaren Technology Group. Mientras la primera era la compañía encargada del desarrollo y comercialización de los vehículos de calle de la marca, la otra era una estructura que aglutinaba las dos actividades iniciales y principales de la empresa, la división de competición (McLaren Racing) o el equipo de Fórmula 1 que todos conocemos y McLaren Applied Technologies, una división de la empresa destinada a la consultoría de ingeniería, que operaba de la misma manera que Lotus Engineering y Williams Advanced Engineering.

De esta manera, McLaren Automotive y McLaren Technology Group ahora estarán reunidas bajo la misma estructura corporativa que recibirá el nombre de McLaren Group. El anuncio de esta reestructuración llega de manera paralela a la compra de toda la participación de Ron Dennis en McLaren Automotive y McLaren Technology Group, un divorcio de lo más esperado en los últimos tiempos.

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El anuncio ha llegado tras conocerse la salida de Ron Dennis de la compañía.

Por el momento, la compañía solo ha anunciado esta reorganización pero no ha revelado si esta implicará cambios de importancia en las divisiones que la componen, por lo que por el momento solo tendrá efecto sobre papel. La sede de la compañía, en Woking continuará albergando las mismas actividades que se estaban llevando hasta ahora.

El motivo para una reestructuración de este tipo es simple, eliminar las posibles barreras e inconvenientes administrativos generados por la existencia de dos empresas separadas legalmente, aunque estuvieran ubicadas en la misma dirección. De esta manera se consigue también que la entidad resultante tenga más valor, al unificar en un solo conjunto todos los activos de la empresa.

Los propietarios mayoritarios serán Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company y TAG Group, propiedad de Mansour Ojjeh, antiguo socio de Dennis en McLaren desde 1984. Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa será el Presidente Ejecutivo del Grupo McLaren y Mansour Ojjeh será Director del Comité Ejecutivo, pero en el mismo comunicado se ha confirmado que tras la reestructuración los altos ejecutivos de la firma seguirán en sus puestos. Mike Flewitt sigue al frente de la división McLaren Automotive, Jonathan Neale el Director de Operaciones de McLaren Technology Group y como Director Ejecutivo de esta división seguimos encontrando a Zak Brown.

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La noticia McLaren unifica todas sus compañías en una sola estructura tras la salida de Dennis fue publicada originalmente en @motorpuntoes por Sergio J. Cabrera.


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          DEMOCRATS VS AUTHORITARIANS:   
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          Bahrain arrests pro-Qatar lawyer, sympathizer   
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          Bahrain says will emulate UAE in jailing Qatar sympathizers   
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          Bahraini court passes prison sentences on 21 activists   
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          Saudi Arabia’s attempt to silence Al Jazeera is outrageous   

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          Qatar working with U.S., Kuwaitis on response to Gulf demands: minister   

Qatar working with U.S., Kuwaitis on response to Gulf demands: ministerDOHA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Qatar said on Thursday it was working with the United States and Kuwait to respond to a list of demands presented by Arab states who have accused Doha of supporting terrorism, an allegation that ignited a regional crisis between the U.S. allies. The feud erupted on June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and travel links with Qatar, accusing it also of courting regional foe Iran.



           Qatar 'Sangat Bersyukur' Atas Dukungan Turki Selama Blokade   

(Menteri Luar Negeri Qatar Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Sani)

  Yes  Muslim  - Menteri Luar Negeri Qatar menyatakan, "Sangat bersyukur dan berterimakasih", atas dukungan Turki selama krisis diplomatik dengan negara-negara tetangga di kawasan Teluk yang berlangsung sejak awal bulan ini, demikian disampaikan Menteri Luar Negeri Qatar Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdurrahman Al-Sani pada hari Kamis, 29 Juni 2017 kemarin.

Turki selama ini memiliki hubungan yang kuat dan mesra dengan Qatar namun hubungan kedua negara itu tidak berarti merusak hubungan Ankara dengan negara-negara Teluk lainnya, kata al-Sani dalam sebuah diskusi panel di Washington Amerika Serikat yang berfokus pada bagaimana menyelesaikan krisis Teluk.

"Turki telah mendukung Qatar dengan pasokan kebutuhan pokok karena blokade yang dilakukan oleh negara-negara tetangga dan mendesak pihak yang berseteru untuk melakukan dialog," katanya.

Arab Saudi, Bahrain, Mesir dan Uni Emirat Arab secara tiba-tiba memutuskan hubungan dengan Qatar pada 5 Juni, dengan alasan Doha memberikan dukungan kepada kelompok teroris.

Doha membantah tuduhan tersebut dan menolak 13 poin daftar permintaan yang dituntut dari empat negara pemboikot sebagai syarat untuk memulihkan hubungan.

Al-Sani mengatakan sebagian besar pernyataan tentang Qatar tidak berdasar dan bahwa negaranya siap untuk berbicara dengan negara tetangga untuk memecahkan masalah tersebut.

"Selama hal itu tidak melanggar independensi dan kedaulatan nasional kami, kami siap untuk duduk bersama tetangga kita dan membicarakan semua masalah," kata al-Sani.

"Krisis harus diakhiri dengan solusi politik dan diikuti partisipasi pelaku politik internasional."

Al Sani digambarkan "sangat produktif" dalam sebuah pertemuan awal pekan ini dengan Sekretaris Negara AS Rex Tillerson, tiga minggu setelah kementerian luar negeri AS secara terbuka menyatakan kebingungan pasca embargo oleh sejumlah negara yang didukung Arab Saudi terhadap Qatar.

Al-Sani yakin Tillerson bekerja keras untuk mengatasi krisis Teluk dan berharap usaha Amerika tersebut akan berhasil. 

Sumber: World Bulletin



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          Looking For A Cruise With A Difference?   
Cruise ship companies are continuing to add ships to their fleets and they are also becoming far more imaginative with the cruise itineraries that they are providing. The Caribbean and Mediterranean are still the most popular cruising destinations, but there is now a large range of exiting cruises that are available around the World.




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          Demand for Qatar to close down al-Jazeera 'unacceptable': U.N.   

Demand for Qatar to close down al-Jazeera 'unacceptable': U.N.A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations for Qatar to close down its al-Jazeera TV channel is an "unacceptable attack" on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights chief said on Friday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar three weeks ago, accusing it of backing militants, then issued an ultimatum, including demands it shut down a Turkish military base in Doha, shutting Al Jazeera and curbing ties with Iran. U.N. High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is "extremely concerned by the demand that Qatar close down the Al Jazeera network, as well as other affiliated media outlets", his spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.



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Divisions Among Gulf Arab States Increases Instability in the Horn of Africa
Gulf Cooperation Council isolation of Qatar impacts Djibouti, Eritrea, Somalia, Somaliland, Ethiopia and Sudan

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
Thursday June 29, 2017

A dispute over territory involving the Horn of Africa states of Djibouti and Eritrea was reignited in the aftermath of the withdrawal of Qatari military forces stationed on the border of the countries on June 13.

Doha had served as a mediator in competing claims over Ras Doumeira Mountain and Island on the Red Sea coast near Bab al-Mandab Strait, a strategic shipping lane. Qatari troops were stationed in the area to prevent the potential of a resumption of armed clashes which erupted between Djibouti and Eritrea during June 10-13, 2008.

Qatari military forces serving as peacekeepers pulled out their personnel without any stated reasons. Speculation surrounding the Qatari moves suggests that the burgeoning split among the Gulf monarchies with Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain making demands on Doha amid the imposition of an economic embargo, prompted the withdrawal from Ras Doumeira.

Djibouti and the self-declared independent Somaliland are supporting the position of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain against Qatar. Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia which are also supporting the claims against Qatar have as well called for talks to resolve the differences within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

Eritrea, which allows the UAE and Saudi Arabia to utilize its port at Assab for military purposes partly related to the ongoing war in Yemen, has taken a cautious line diplomatically on the confrontation despite being affected by the split in the GCC. Nevertheless, most media accounts indicate that Asmara is siding with Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain in their differences with Doha.

Seaport facilities and airports in Eritrea have been upgraded to accommodate the continuous bombardments of Yemen by Saudi and UAE warplanes aimed at defeating the Ansurallah movement which the GCC says is supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yemen has been subjected to daily airstrikes and ground operations since March 2015 aimed at driving the Ansurallah (Houthis) from large swaths of territory inside the most impoverished nation in the Middle East.

Qatar has been accused by other GCC states of funding international terrorism, maintaining a Turkish military base on its territory and assisting the foreign policy aims of Tehran. Doha has categorically rejected the allegations and refuses to agree to the conditions called for by Riyadh, the UAE and Bahrain.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain with the support of Egypt on June 23 presented thirteen demands for Qatar to adhere to within ten days. These issues include the closing of Al Jazeera television network, the downgrading of relations with Iran, halting the funding of 59 targeted individuals and 12 entities labelled as terrorists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and ISIS, and the removal of the Turkish military base in Doha.

Origins of the Present Territorial Dispute and its International Implications

The disagreements involving Eritrea and Djibouti over Ras Doumeira are directly a by-product of the demarcation of African colonized territories during the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries where the European imperialist states of Italy and France carved up the area. Later in 1935, Rome and Paris decided to apportion significant areas in Djibouti (then French Somaliland) to Eritrea then under Italian control.

After the defeat of Italian imperialism led at the time by Benito Mussolini during World War II, Eritrea became a British Protectorate and was eventually federated to Ethiopia in 1952. Later in 1962, Eritrea was incorporated into Ethiopia over the objection of the people in the former Italian controlled outpost.

Djibouti did not win its independence from France until 1977 which was relatively late in comparison to other previously colonized East African states. Eritrea proclaimed independence in 1991 after the three decades-long armed struggle and the collapse of the Ethiopian government of Mengistu Haile Mariam that same year. Two years later, in 1993, an internationally-supervised election in Eritrea garnered the state recognition by the-then Organization of African Unity (OAU) and the United Nations.

In April 1996, just five years after Eritrea had gained independence, the new government nearly went to war with Djibouti after Asmara was accused of shelling the disputed territory of Ras Doumeira. The crisis deepened by April 16, 2008 when Djibouti reported that Eritrean troops had established military fortifications digging trenches on the border near Ras Doumeira.

The Djibouti government sent a letter to the United Nations requesting intervention saying a revised map published by Asmara claimed Ras Doumeira as Eritrean land. Conversely, Eritrea claimed it had no territorial problems with Djibouti denying that troops had been deployed to the border areas.

Former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi responding to the escalating tensions on May 15, 2008 asserted that the disagreement was a "threat to the peace and security of the whole Horn of Africa" noting Addis Ababa had no choice other than securing its trading route through Djibouti if war erupted. Ethiopia, a landlocked state, has been dependent upon Djibouti for access to the Red Sea since Eritrea declared independence in 1991.

On June 10 of the same year, the Djibouti government reported that 21 Eritrean troops in the area defected to their side of the border. Eritrea demanded the repatriation of the soldiers opening fire on the Djibouti forces.

Clashes continued for three days claiming the lives of an estimated 140 soldiers on both sides of the conflict. Djibouti called up retired military and police units to engage in the battle.

France, which has a large military base along with the United States at Camp Lemonnier, provided logistical and technical support to Djibouti. The fighting ended after three days. Later in 2010, Qatar agreed to station 450 troops in the Ras Doumeira border area to prevent further fighting. The UN said in 2009, that Eritrea had failed to withdraw its forces from the Ras Doumeira areas under dispute.

The withdrawal of Qatari soldiers has raised the specter of renewed clashes between the two nations. Djibouti’s UN Ambassador Mohammed Idriss Farah claims that Eritrea has moved into the areas previously held by Qatari troops.

Djibouti has filed a formal complaint with the African Union (AU) over the alleged activity of Eritrean troops. Farah stated that: "Eritrean troops occupied the Dumeira Mountain immediately after Qatar's peacekeepers left. Sometimes the Eritrean troops go to the top of the mountain and return on the other side. What makes this one different is that they moved in right after the peacekeepers left."

Eritrean envoy to the AU, Araya Desta, said of the current situation:“We don’t want to take any of Djibouti’s land. The last time we had some skirmishes. It was unnecessary.”

AU Must Take Decisive Action to Avoid Border War

The AU Peace and Security Council (PSC) issued a statement after the complaint filed by Djibouti over differences with Eritrea. The continental organization convenes its bi-annual summit in Ethiopia on July 3-4.

According to the PSC: “The Chairperson of the Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, is following the recent developments between the Republic of Djibouti and the State of Eritrea in the aftermath of Qatar’s decision to withdraw its peacekeeping troops at the Djibouti- Eritrea border. The Chairperson of the Commission appeals for calm, restraint and stresses that the AU is fully seized with the matter. He highlighted that the AU Commission, in close consultations with the authorities in Djibouti and Eritrea, is in the process of deploying a fact-finding mission to the Djibouti-Eritrea border. The Chairperson of the Commission stands ready to assist Djibouti and Eritrea to normalize their relations and promote good neighborliness within the framework of relevant AU instruments.” (http://www.peaceau.org/en/article/press-release-au-commission-calls-for-restraint-on-the-djibouti-eritrea-border)

These developments in the Horn of Africa are a continuation of the conflicts emanating from unresolved European colonial-era border demarcations. Also the current split within the western-allied Gulf Arab governments and the dependence of these African states for economic revenue generated through usage of their territory and waterways, which has compelled AU member-states such as Somalia, Djibouti, Eritrea and Egypt to side with the anti-Qatari forces does not bode well for continental security in the long term.

Moreover, the political and security interests of various states in the Middle East which routinely work in conjunction with U.S. foreign policy interests are inevitability the concern of the AU. Consequently, Africa has to pay close attention to events unfolding within the GCC countries and their allies and seek the resolution of these conflicts in a manner which curtails the potential for a destabilizing impact on continental states. 

          Bahrain World Trade Center   
O Bahrain World Trade Center é um complexo comercial localizado na cidade de Manama, capital do Bahrain, nas proximidades do Golfo Pérsico.


O edifício é composto por duas torres simétricas projetadas em forma de vela, com uma altura de 240 metros, e 50 andares. As torres são ligadas através de três pontes e cada uma tem anexado a sua estrutura uma turbina eólica gigantesca com 29 metros de diâmetro movidas pela energia do vento. As turbinas geram cerca de 225 kW máximos com ventos entre 15 e 20 m/s. O objetivo é que a brisa do Golfo Pérsico gere energia capaz de reduzir o consumo de energia elétrica do prédio em até 15%. Isso representa cerca de 1,3 mil MWh por ano, suficientes para iluminar 300 casas populares e deixar e emitir 55 toneladas de carbono anuais.


A Atkins, responsável pelo projeto do BWTC projetou as torres de forma que o vento fosse afunilado para as turbinas, dando um perfil elíptico as torres, forma pouco comum para prédios desse porte.


Testes em túnel de vento mostraram que o desenho das torres acelerava o vento para as turbinas em até 30%, o que garante maior eficiência nos ganhos de energia.


Para quem quiser saber mais sobre a construção do BWTC, recomendo que vejam o vídeo abaixo (dividido em 5 partes), que é uma reportagem feita pela equipe do National Geographic Channel e mostra os detalhes de como o projeto pôde ser viabilizado (vídeos em espanhol):












Vejam também o site oficial:

http://www.bahrainwtc.com/

          The Frequency of OM   

          Into the Mind of the Founder: Majra.Me   

          McLaren unifica todas sus compañías en una sola estructura tras la salida de Dennis   
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La icónica sede de McLaren en Woking, al sur de Londres.

Aunque desde nuestra perspectiva McLaren es una sola entidad, lo cierto es que siempre ha sido un grupo de organizaciones separadas creadas bajo un mismo paraguas al que simplemente llamamos McLaren. A partir de ahora, y tras la salida de Ron Dennis del accionariado de la compañía, esta ha decidido modificar su estructura y unificar todas sus compañías en una sola, con varias divisiones.

Hasta ahora nos encontrábamos dos principales estructuras, McLaren Automotive y McLaren Technology Group. Mientras la primera era la compañía encargada del desarrollo y comercialización de los vehículos de calle de la marca, la otra era una estructura que aglutinaba las dos actividades iniciales y principales de la empresa, la división de competición (McLaren Racing) o el equipo de Fórmula 1 que todos conocemos y McLaren Applied Technologies, una división de la empresa destinada a la consultoría de ingeniería, que operaba de la misma manera que Lotus Engineering y Williams Advanced Engineering.

De esta manera, McLaren Automotive y McLaren Technology Group ahora estarán reunidas bajo la misma estructura corporativa que recibirá el nombre de McLaren Group. El anuncio de esta reestructuración llega de manera paralela a la compra de toda la participación de Ron Dennis en McLaren Automotive y McLaren Technology Group, un divorcio de lo más esperado en los últimos tiempos.

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El anuncio ha llegado tras conocerse la salida de Ron Dennis de la compañía.

Por el momento, la compañía solo ha anunciado esta reorganización pero no ha revelado si esta implicará cambios de importancia en las divisiones que la componen, por lo que por el momento solo tendrá efecto sobre papel. La sede de la compañía, en Woking continuará albergando las mismas actividades que se estaban llevando hasta ahora.

El motivo para una reestructuración de este tipo es simple, eliminar las posibles barreras e inconvenientes administrativos generados por la existencia de dos empresas separadas legalmente, aunque estuvieran ubicadas en la misma dirección. De esta manera se consigue también que la entidad resultante tenga más valor, al unificar en un solo conjunto todos los activos de la empresa.

Los propietarios mayoritarios serán Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company y TAG Group, propiedad de Mansour Ojjeh, antiguo socio de Dennis en McLaren desde 1984. Shaikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa será el Presidente Ejecutivo del Grupo McLaren y Mansour Ojjeh será Director del Comité Ejecutivo, pero en el mismo comunicado se ha confirmado que tras la reestructuración los altos ejecutivos de la firma seguirán en sus puestos. Mike Flewitt sigue al frente de la división McLaren Automotive, Jonathan Neale el Director de Operaciones de McLaren Technology Group y como Director Ejecutivo de esta división seguimos encontrando a Zak Brown.

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La noticia McLaren unifica todas sus compañías en una sola estructura tras la salida de Dennis fue publicada originalmente en @motorpuntoes por Sergio J. Cabrera.


           UAE Asked US to Bomb Al Jazeera, Says 2003 Cable   
Diplomatic cable, published by Wikileaks, refers to Mohammed bin Zayed asking for Qatari channel to be targeted
By Alex MacDonald
June 28, 2017 “Information Clearing House” – Abu Dhabi’s crown prince asked the US to bomb Al Jazeera as America was planning its invasion of Iraq, according to a diplomatic cable detailing his conversation with a top US state department mandarin.
According to the cable, Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ) “laughingly recalled” to Richard Hass a conversation between his father, Sheikh Zayed, and the emir of Qatar, Hamad Al-Thani, in which Hamad had complained MBZ had asked for the US “to bomb Al Jazeera”.
“According to MBZ, Zayed [his father] derisively responded: ‘Do you blame him?'”
In his comments, made in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq, MBZ warned that public opinion in the Arab world over the invasion – which he described as “containable” if the war was short and efficient – could be heavily inflamed by the Qatar TV network’s coverage and advised that its influence be reined in.
MBZ said
“it was a mystery to him why the Qataris continued to inflame public opinion” through Al Jazeera… “and suggested that the US use its weight to pressure Doha”.
The cable added that MBZ had “emphasised the need for US engagement with the Qataris to rein in Al Jazeera”.
In April 2003, the Al-Jazeera office in Baghdad was struck by a US missile killing one staff member and wounding another, though a US Central Command spokesman told BBC News the station “was not and never had been a target.”  In 2001 the station’s Kabul office was hit by two bombs in another US attack, although there were no casualties.
The statement appears to show decades-long emnity between Qatar and the UAE over Al Jazeera, which has boiled to the surface once again with a Saudi, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt-led blockade of Qatar and demands to close the network down.
Last week Riyadh laid down a list of 13 demands for Qatar, which also included ending Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutting of a Turkish military base outside Doha.
According to the cable, however, MBZ downplayed tensions between the Saudis and Qataris, noting the two populations “share Wahhabi roots”.
More concerning, he said, were UAE-Saudi relations, which MBZ reportedly described as “far more complex”.
He drew his attention to Abu Dhabi’s “nagging bilateral border dispute with Riyadh (the al-Shayba oil field)”.
“Nevertheless, the ever pragmatic Emiratis recognised the need to deal with the Saudis and have thus maintained good relations with Riyadh.”
However, the cable noted that MBZ took a “dim view” – in one case literally – of some senior members of the Saudi government – “sardonically noting that interior minister Nayef’s bumbling manner suggested that ‘Darwin was right’,” and went on to say that King Fahd was not “in complete control of his faculties”.
Nayef bin Abdulaziz al-Saud is the father of Mohammed bin Nayef – who was last week stripped of his position of crown prince by the king, Salman, who instated his son Mohammed bin Salman as heir.
Bin Nayef is thought to have held personal antipathy to MBZ.
Recently leaked emails sent from the Emirati ambassador to the US indicated that the UAE was involved in trying to move bin Salman into a position of power in Saudi Arabia.
“I think we should all agree these changes in Saudi are much needed,” said Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to the US.
“Our job now is to do everything possible to ensure MBS succeeds.”
The 2003 cable also highlights MBZ’s then apparent tacit support for the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, whose removal from power the Gulf nations are now officially committed to.
MBZ “encouraged continued USG (US government) engagement with Bashar, noting that otherwise, ‘the wrong guys’ will fill the vacuum.”
“In MBZ’s estimation, Bashar is active and ‘wants to do good,’ although his relative youth and inexperience are real drawbacks.”
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          Recap: News agency hack blamed for diplomatic meltdown in Qatar   

Early Monday morning in Bahrain, the country's Foreign Affairs Ministry said the nation has severed diplomatic ties with Qatar.

Within minutes of Bahrain's announcement, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, and Egypt followed suit. The diplomatic break between four of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states is being partially blamed on a security incident at Qatar News Agency (QNA). The alleged hack resulted in a fake news article that inflamed leaders in the region.

On May 24, the QNA website and social media channels published remarks attributed to Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the eighth emir of Qatar, and allegedly made by him during a military ceremony.

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          Bahrain invokes WTO's “national security” clause in Qatar row    
Trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are justified by national security, Bahrain's representative told a World Trade Organization meeting on Frida...
          Perseteruan Arab Saudi Vs Qatar   
Perseteruan Arab Saudi Vs Qatar
Zuhairi Misrawi  ;   Peneliti Pusat Pemikiran dan Politik Timur Tengah,
The Middle East Institute
                                                         KOMPAS, 21 Juni 2017



                                                           
Tidak salah bila ada yang menyatakan Timur Tengah sebagai teater konflik. Sederetan masalah berjibun tak kunjung selesai: konflik Israel-Palestina, Negara Islam di Irak dan Suriah (NIIS), Yaman, dan Bahrain. Kini, Arab Saudi berseteru dengan Qatar, yang melibatkan beberapa negara tetangga, seperti Uni Emirat Arab (UEA), Bahrain, dan Mesir.

Perseteruan itu menambah runyam situasi kawasan. Stabilitas politik Timur Tengah akan semakin terganggu, terutama agenda memerangi NIIS dan menyelesaikan masalah Palestina.

Sikap yang diambil Arab Saudi dalam memutus hubungan diplomatik dengan Qatar sangat mengejutkan. Apalagi langkah itu disertai dengan penutupan jalur perbatasan darat, laut, dan udara dengan Qatar. Tidak hanya itu, Arab Saudi bersama sekutunya di Teluk memerintahkan warga Qatar untuk keluar dari wilayahnya dalam jangka waktu 14 hari.

Bahkan, saluran televisi Al Jazeera resmi diputus dan ada larangan keras bagi warga Arab Saudi dan sekutunya untuk bersimpati pada Qatar. Warga mereka yang bersimpati pada Qatar akan dikenai denda yang lumayan besar. Konon jersey Barcelona yang ada logo Qatar juga dilarang beredar di Arab Saudi.

Langkah ini sekali lagi mengejutkan. Saya yakin, orang-orang Teluk dan warga Arab umumnya pun tidak bisa menalar apa yang terjadi saat ini karena mereka selama ini ibarat sebuah keluarga besar di bawah payung Dewan Kerja Sama Teluk (GCC).

Akar penyebab

Sejatinya Arab Saudi bisa menempuh jalur duduk bersama dan melakukan dialog dengan Qatar. Namun, hal tersebut tidak dilakukan, dan sekarang dampak terberat yang harus dibayar dari keputusan tersebut, yaitu bubarnya lembaga GCC yang selama ini paling solid di Timur Tengah. Kuwait yang sedang menempuh jalur mediasi pun mengalami kebuntuan.

Jika ditelisik lebih dalam lagi, sebenarnya perseteruan Arab Saudi dan Qatar bukan hal yang baru. Ibarat sebuah bom, hubungan panas-dingin antara kedua negara bisa meledak sewaktu-waktu, karena kedua negara mempunyai perbedaan yang mendasar dalam menyikapi perubahan besar Musim Semi Arab dan pergeseran geopolitik di Timur Tengah.

Yang paling mencolok adalah konflik politik di Yaman dan Bahrain. Arab Saudi mengerahkan segala kekuatannya untuk mendukung penuh rezim yang berkuasa di Yaman dan Bahrain di tengah guncangan politik yang sangat dahsyat. Selain kedua rezim negara tersebut dianggap sebagai loyalis terhadap Arab Saudi, keduanya secara geografis juga berbatasan langsung dengan Arab Saudi. Jika salah satu negara lepas ke tangan rezim yang loyal terhadap negara lain, khususnya Iran, maka akan memberikan dampak yang serius bagi masa depan rezim Arab Saudi saat ini.

Posisi Qatar terhadap kedua negara yang sedang bergejolak sebenarnya netral. Hal tersebut bisa dilihat dari pemberitaan Al Jazeera yang memberikan porsi yang sama terhadap rezim dan pihak oposisi. Setidak-tidaknya Qatar memandang bahwa warga Yaman dan Bahrain bisa menentukan masa depan negara mereka sendiri tanpa intervensi terhadap pihak lain. Karena itu, Al Jazeera berusaha obyektif melihat gelanggang perseteruan politik di Yaman dan Bahrain.

Saat ini, jujur saja, posisi Yaman dan Bahrain sama sekali tidak menguntungkan Arab Saudi. Setelah bertahun-tahun konflik meledak, pihak oposisi di Yaman dan Bahrain masih belum bisa ditaklukkan oleh rezim yang loyal terhadap Arab Saudi. Bahkan, posisi kelompok oposisi makin menguat. Qatar melalui televisi Al Jazeera selalu membuat framing, bahwa Iran adalah pihak yang dituduh sebagai otak di balik kukuhnya perlawanan oposisi, baik di Yaman maupun Bahrain.

Dalam hal ini harus diakui, bahwa Qatar sekali lagi berusaha obyektif tidak memihak pada Iran. Bahkan, jika dilihat dari pemberitaan di Al Jazeera, Iran sendiri menganggap Qatar cenderung berpihak kepada Arab Saudi, karena memberikan porsi pemberitaan yang lebih besar bagi pihak rezim yang berkuasa daripada pihak oposisi.

Namun, sepertinya Arab Saudi menganggap sikap Qatar tersebut bermain di atas dua kaki. Di satu sisi, Qatar tidak ingin kehilangan kakinya di GCC, tetapi di sisi lain tidak ingin kehilangan perannya dalam perubahan besar pasca-Musim Semi Arab. Karena fakta yang terakhir ini pula, Qatar harus bersitegang dengan Mesir karena cenderung menolak kudeta yang akhirnya memenangi militer sebagai penguasa saat ini. Qatar memandang Ikhwanul Muslimin adalah pemenang secara demokratis, karenanya tidak layak dikudeta dengan cara-cara yang tidak demokratis.

Di samping itu, Qatar juga mulai melihat perubahan peta geopolitik di Timur Tengah. Iran menjadi pemain utama yang benar-benar hadir dan mempunyai pengaruh riil. Iran semakin menancapkan kekuatan di Irak, Suriah, Lebanon, Yaman, dan Bahrain. Bahkan Iran mendapat sokongan penuh dari Rusia sebagai mitra strategisnya di kawasan.

Begitu pula Turki yang mulai memandang Amerika Serikat sebagai pihak yang tidak bisa diajak bekerja sama setelah menolak menyerahkan Fethullah Gulen yang dianggap mereka sebagai otak kudeta. Turki akhirnya mulai merapat ke Rusia dan Iran.

Fakta-fakta itu menjadi perhatian Qatar untuk tidak tunduk pada kepentingan Arab Saudi di kawasan. Bagaimanapun Timur Tengah sekarang, bukanlah Timur Tengah lama, yang selalu tunduk pada kepentingan AS melalui kaki tangannya, Arab Saudi.

Timur Tengah saat ini sudah berubah karena negara-negara di kawasan sendiri juga mengalami pertumbuhan yang cepat, baik secara ekonomi, media, maupun militer. Meskipun Qatar tidak mempunyai kekuatan militer, tetapi harus diakui Qatar saat ini mempunyai kekuatan ekonomi dan media sehingga mempunyai pengaruh yang tidak bisa dianggap sepele di kawasan.

Karena itu, isu soal keterlibatan Qatar dalam jaringan terorisme adalah isapan jempol. Arab Saudi sengaja membungkus isu ini untuk menutupi masalah utama yang sedang dihadapi, yaitu Yaman dan Bahrain, dan membesarnya pengaruh Qatar di Timur Tengah.

Tanpa solusi

Semua tahu, kalau para teroris di Timur Tengah sebenarnya lebih dekat secara ideologis dan politis dengan Arab Saudi. Narasi-narasi ideologis yang dimainkan Al Qaeda dan NIIS sebenarnya lebih dekat dengan Arab Saudi daripada Qatar. Mereka adalah kaum takfiri yang mendapatkan inspirasi dari ideologi yang dianut rezim Arab Saudi.

Memang Qatar melindungi Hamas dan Ikhwanul Muslimin. Namun, kedua kelompok tersebut masih diperdebatkan untuk disebut teroris. Karena itu, keduanya adalah kelompok perlawanan politik yang selama ini diperlakukan tidak adil, baik di Palestina maupun di Mesir. Lagi pula kedua kelompok tersebut tidak mengancam Arab Saudi.

Bagaimanapun sikap yang diambil Arab Saudi dengan memboikot Qatar sangat berlebih-lebihan, bahkan dianggap memaksakan kehendak dan tidak menghormati kedaulatan negara lain. Karena itu, langkah yang diambil Arab Saudi semakin tidak menguntungkan pihaknya.

Saat ini Qatar sudah mendapatkan sokongan penuh dari Turki dan Iran. Itu artinya, pihak oposisi Yaman dan Bahrain juga mendapatkan dukungan moral untuk melakukan perlawanan terhadap rezim yang selama ini disokong Arab Saudi. Dan, akhirnya, Timur Tengah akan terus bergejolak tanpa ada solusi.

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          Bahrain’s Investcorp Acquires $223.5-M Office Tower Seattle, Washington   

Bahrain’s Investcorp Acquires $223.5-M Office Tower Seattle, Washington The acquisition was carried out by Investcorp’s US-based real estate arm Bahrain’s Investcorp has acquired an office building in Seattle, Washington (USA) for approximately $223.5-M, it announced Sunday. The acquisition was carried out by its US-based real estate arm and falls under Investcorp’s “new initiative of acquiring […]

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          Accusing Neighbours Not to Resolve Bahrain’s Domestic Woes: Iran   

Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman has rejected another attempt by Bahraini security officials to blame the Islamic Republic for their internal affairs, describing their anti-Iran allegations as failed and feeble excuses to cover up the Manama regime’s domestic problems.

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          Nothing but Mechanical failure only can stop Renault- Alonso   
It was 3 out of 3 on Sunday in Manama, Bahrain for Renault. Once again, like Malaysia, Alonso led from the pole to the podium. Schumacher was giving a tough fight for Renault until 10th lap, when he was just 0.5 seconds behind Alonso. But the newly introduced F2005 failed to survive. Barichello who faced lot of problems with his gearbox in qualifying started from 20th position. But he fought valiantly and at one time was in 5th position. But at the end of the race he could finish only at the ninth position. He could only blame F2005 and Bridgestone tyres. Their combination is not working out this season.

Trulli, beginning from 3rd position finished 2nd. But he could not compete Alonso. Raikonnen of Mclaren got 3rd place. BAR Honda is having a bad season this year. Sato went out of the race. It is quite usual for him. Button, who was all set to gather some valuable points stopped at 46th lap for his 2nd pitstop. His car failed to stop after the pit stop. Sad end for him.

Narain Karthikeyan started well. He moved from 17th to 15 th in the first lap itself. He was well set to overtake Villenuve of SauberPetronas. But Electrical failure stopped him from moving on.

Like Trulli, Ralf Schumacher of Toyata also gathered some points. More podium finishes for Toyota will make Ferrari tough to reach Renault. With 3 races gone, and except for a 2nd place in Australia, Ferrari is under pressure. We have to wait until next race to know whether Ferrari comes out of the situation.
          Saudi TV mocked for claim Harrods spies on customers   
State news repeats claim made in tabloid Okaz that store is keeping details of customers from Saudi, UAE, and Bahrain.
          Evaluated the Success of Fractionally Integrated-GARCH Models on Prediction Stock Market Return Volatility in Gulf Arab Stock Markets   
This paper evaluated the different Fractionally Integrated-GARCH Models (FIGARCH BBM's, FIGARCH Chung, FIEGARCH, FIAPARCH BBM's, FIAPARCH Chung, and HYGARCH). This is the first research to use six different Fractionally Integrated-GARCH Models. Most research compares one of Fractionally Integrated-GARCH Models with the traditional GARCH, EGARCH, GJG-GARCH, IGARCH, and APGARCH. To do so, daily returns of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Stock Markets analyzed, covering the period 1995 to 2015. Both the Superior Predictive Ability and the Model Confidence Set tests were used to identify the best fitting models of each country. The results reveal that FIGARCH BBM is the best fitting model for UAE, KSA, and Bahrain. FIEGARCH is the best fitting model for Kuwait. FIGARCH Chung is the best fitting model for Qatar. Only the results for Oman were mixed between FIGARCH BBM and FIAPARCH BBM models.
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          6/30/2017: INTERNATIONAL: Qatar mulls WTO dispute in Gulf crisis   
Qatar is considering launching a complaint at the World Trade Organization against a “blockade” by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, its representative at the global trade body said on Thursday. “We are exploring all possible...
          Confirmed: Ron Dennis sells entire McLaren stake    
Ron Dennis Ultra-successful company boss bows out of McLaren after 37 years, selling his shares for a reported £275 million

Ron Dennis, the man who led the McLaren team that created the iconic F1 road car, established today’s standard-setting road car division and scooped numerous Formula 1 world titles, setting the standards by which teams in the sport today operate, is selling all of his shares in the firm for an undisclosed sum.

The move ends a 37-year association between the two sides, which began when the team was struggling for success in F1 in 1980. Today, the McLaren Group is valued at £2.4 billion.

The split will be formalised by Dennis transferring his remaining 25% stake in McLaren Technology Group and 11% shareholding of McLaren Automotive. He is reported to have received £275 million for the shares and, as such, he will have no role at McLaren in future. The deal is expected to complete in "the next days or months".

The news also means the formation of the McLaren Group - the new holding company of McLaren Technology Group and McLaren Automotive. Sheikh Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa will become McLaren Group's executive chairman, while The Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company and TAG Group will remain as majority shareholders. Mike Flewitt continues in his role as boss of McLaren Automotive and Jonathan Neale and Zak Brown also stay in their roles leading McLaren Technology Group.

The company said it had secured finance in order to acquire Dennis's shareholdings as well as"stimulate growth in its wider businesses and consolidate its financial arrangements". A McLaren spokesman said the new investment would be used for its technology arm.

Dennis, who turned 70 this month, was awarded a CBE in 2000. He rose to prominence when he was placed in charge of the then struggling McLaren team in 1980, and soon led it back to race victories and world championships. Drivers who won world titles while he was at the helm of McLaren were Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Häkkinen and Lewis Hamilton.

Dennis and his co-owners of the McLaren Group fell out in around 2014 for unspecified reasons. This triggered a chain of events where he attempted to buy McLaren back from them. However, when he was unable to raise the funds to do so, they effectively sidelined him at the end of 2016 by removing him from any positions of control of the company he part-owned.

Speaking about the announcement, Dennis said: "I am very pleased to have reached agreement with my fellow McLaren shareholders. It represents a fitting end to my time at McLaren and will enable me to focus on my other interests. I have always said that my 37 years at Woking should be considered as a chapter in the McLaren book, and I wish every success as it takes the story forward."

bin Essa Al Khalifa commented: "There will be time in the near future to outline our plans, for the coming months and years will be an extremely exciting time in the story of McLaren. But now, today, it is appropriate that we pause to express our gratitude to Ron. So, on behalf of McLaren and all who sail in her, may I say three heartfelt words: thank you, Ron."

Yesterday, McLaren Automotive announced its fourth year of profits in only its sixth year of existence. The company is believed by some analysts to have be more successful financially than any six-year-old car company in history.

Opinion: will Ron one day outshine Enzo?


          No to bullying of Qatar   
Published: 
Friday, June 30, 2017
GUEST EDITORIAL—Jamaica Gleaner

It may seem distant and the issues complex, but Jamaica has good reasons to pay attention to the row, led by Saudi Arabia, between Qatar and some of its Gulf neighbours.

Not least of why we should have an interest is that more than a handful of Jamaicans live in Doha, the Qatari capital. They are mostly airline pilots. They started to emigrate in the 1990s when Qatar Airways came poaching, and more followed in the 2000s with the demise of Air Jamaica. Jamaican engineers and other professionals also work in Qatar’s natural-gas sector and other industries.

So, should the security situation in Qatar worsen, the Holness administration, which is yet to publicly signal its awareness of the problem, has a responsibility to, as much as it can, ensure the safety of our citizens in that country.

But there is a larger issue at play in Qatar in which a small country like Jamaica ought to be deeply invested: the matter of sovereignty.

While on purchasing power parity (PPP), Qataris are the richest people in the world, with GDP per head of more than US$141,000, their population—half of whom are migrant—is approximately the size of Jamaica’s. More critically, the number of people living in Qatar is only nine per cent of the population of Saudi Arabia, its powerful Sunni Muslim neighbour that is in competition for regional supremacy with Shi’ite Iran.

Like Saudi Arabia and its partners in the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC), including Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar is a monarchy, ruled by the Al Thani family. But Qatar has operated a foreign policy independent of its Gulf partners, a difference that erupted a fortnight ago when Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt imposed an economic and political blockade against the Qataris, accusing Doha of supporting and financing terrorist organisations.

The issues, though, are not straightforward. The Qataris, for instance, support Islamist political groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, whose Mohamed Morsi became Egypt’s first democratically elected leader when Hosni Mubarak fell at the height of the Arab Spring, only to be overthrown in 2013 by Egypt’s current leader, the former army general, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Doha, however, insists that though Islamist, these groups are not terror organisations. It also rejects accusations that it funds, or has any relationship with, al-Qaeda or ISIS.

Another twist in these complexities is Doha’s belief that it could be a kind of honest broker in its neighbourhood, hence its recent embrace of Iran and its deepening relations with Turkey, which it allowed to establish a military base on Qatari territory, much to the chagrin of its GCC partners.

Matters are further complicated by the presence of the Qatar-funded Al Jazeera news network, which, while gaining growing international respect for its news reporting, is seen by the autocratic Gulf monarchies and Egypt as a Qatari foreign-policy instrument trained on their regimes, with the aim of inciting another Arab Spring.

It is not surprising that among the demands of the quartet to lift their blockade is the dismantling of Al Jazeera. They also insist that Qatar close the Turkish base, severely pare down its diplomatic relations with Iran, end its alleged support for terrorist organisations, and pay reparations for the loss of life and financial losses because of Qatari policies in recent years.

Doha’s compliance with the demands would be monitored over the next dozen years. This is not quite Russia and Prussia’s 18th-century partitions of Poland, which the Poles were humiliatingly forced to endorse, but it is tantamount to an expropriation of sovereignty, for which no small country can countenance lest it set itself up to be the next victim.

Or as Qatar’s foreign minister, Sheik Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, argued, this appears to have “nothing to do with combating terrorism (but) limiting Qatar’s sovereignty and outsourcing foreign policy.”

In this June 12, 2017 photo, Qatari and other nationals queue at the check in counters of the Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar. A diplomatic dispute with Arab Gulf countries saw Qatar, a hub of global air travel, cut off from local flight routes. AP Photo Doha

          Majalah Mesir: Negara Pemboikot Qatar Bahas Pembentukan Pangkalan Militer di Bahrain   

Sementarai itu, pihak Doha menyebut tuntutan itu dengan “tidak realistis, tidak seimbang, tidak logis dan mustahil dipenuhi”.

Konten Majalah Mesir: Negara Pemboikot Qatar Bahas Pembentukan Pangkalan Militer di Bahrain ditampilkan pertama kali di dakwatuna.com.


          UN calls demand for Qatar to close al-Jazeera channel unacceptable   
Geneva, July 1 (IANS) The UN Human Rights said that the demand by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain for Qatar to close its al-Jazeera television channel as a condition for normalizing relations is an unacceptable attack on freedom of expression and opinion. “Whether or not you watch it, like it, or […]
          Trump's Qatar Crisis   
Tiny Qatar, the mouse that roared, has now managed to enrage the larger part of the Arab world and defy the newly-minted Mideast expert, Donald Trump. This month, an angry alliance of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, with some background support from the puppet regimes of war-torn Libya and Yemen, declared...
          Ron Dennis sells his McLaren shares, steps down as chairman   

McLaren has formed a new group called McLaren Group which combines McLaren Technology and McLaren Automotive into one, with company boss Ron Dennis selling his shares in the two companies. The Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company and TAG Group remain the majority shareholders in McLaren Group, while company chairman Ron Dennis is stepping down after leading the company and the brand for the past 37 years. Today, McLaren Group is valued at 2.4 billion euros, with a combined turnover of 898 million euros in 2016. It now has over 3400 employees. This is no doubt a big cornerstone for the company. […]

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          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain   
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

(If you enjoy reading these stories then check out my autobiographic book via http://www.lulu.com and type in my pename of Jon Kwame Abbott, or use the book's title (PDAL) but in full kindly.)

In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
          Daftar Mata Uang Negara-negara Di Seluruh Dunia (A-Z)   

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          Qatar/Saudi Arabia: Allow Man Trapped at Border to Enter   

Zayed al-Marri has been trapped on the border of Qatar with Saudi Arabia since June 17, 2017. 

© 2017 Private

(Beirut) – Qatar should admit a man trapped on the border with Saudi Arabia since June 17, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today.

Qatari authorities claim the man, Zayed al-Marri, is a Saudi citizen. But he says he is a Qatari who was stripped of his citizenship and has lived in Saudi Arabia since 1996. Qatar should allow him entry to review the decision to strip him of his citizenship, and if it was arbitrary, restore his citizenship and the accompanying rights. On June 5, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the United Arab Emirates cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar and ordered the expulsion of Qatari citizens and the return of their citizens from Qatar within 14 days. Saudi Arabia’s expulsion of Qataris is arbitrary and inhumane, and should be reversed without delay.

“Qatari grievances in the gulf dispute are no justification for stranding vulnerable people in the desert,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “Saudi Arabia and Qatar should not treat human lives like ping pong balls to hit back and forth.”

A member of Qatar’s National Human Rights Committee told Human Rights Watch that al-Marri’s case is one of at least 10 of families from the al-Gufran clan, whose citizenship is disputed. The other members of the clan have crossed through the Saudi Salwa border crossing and been allowed to enter through the Qatari Abu Samra crossing. The committee said that Qatar has permitted all to enter except al-Marri, who Qatar claims is a Saudi citizen.

A family member of Zayed al-Marri told Human Rights Watch that Qatari authorities took him from the border to a hospital in Doha for treatment on the evening of June 22, but returned him to the border zone the next day. 

© 2017 Private

Al-Marri told Human Rights Watch that Qatar revoked his citizenship in 1996, and he provided a photo of his expired Qatari passport. He said the family had lived semi-nomadically in Saudi Arabia since then. In 2004, Qatar also stripped approximately 6,000 members of the same al-Gufran clan of their citizenship. Two representatives of the clan told Human Rights Watch that they believe the action was related to participation of some members of the clan in a failed 1996 coup against then-Emir Hamad Al Thani, who had deposed his father, Khalifa Al Thani, the year before.

“When the crisis hit, the Saudi government said to me, ‘Go back to your country,’” Al-Marri told Human Rights Watch. “So, I came to Qatar [on June 17], and they said my passport is expired and so now I’m stuck between the Saudi border and the Qatari one.” He contended that Saudi border authorities would not have permitted him to cross the border to the Qatari side if they believed he held Saudi citizenship.

On June 20, he said that Qatari border authorities had provided him with food and water and treated him at the border clinic for sunstroke: “I was feeling terrible. A guy passing through took me to the Qatari border, and I was treated at the clinic. The doctor said I had to be transferred to a hospital inside Doha but the guards wouldn’t let me. They said I don’t have identification and sent [me] back here … I can’t take it anymore, not one minute more.” A family member told Human Rights Watch that Qatari authorities took him from the border to a hospital in Doha for treatment on the evening of June 22, but returned him to the border zone the next day.

He said that he had attempted to re-enter Saudi Arabia after Qatar denied his entry, but that a Saudi border guard told him, “You are Qatari, how are we supposed to let you in?” and told him to go back to the Qatari border guards and ask them to let him in.

Qatari authorities provided Human Rights Watch a copy of a Saudi passport for a man bearing the name Zayed Nassar H. Al Mari. Al-Marri disputes that he is a Saudi citizen, and the expired Qatari passport he provided carries the name Zayed Nasser H. Shafah, though he acknowledges Al-Marri as his family name. The birth dates on the two documents do not match. Al-Marri told Human Rights Watch that he shares a similar name with the individual holding the Saudi passport but denies that it is his.

Human Rights Watch maintained telephone contact with al-Marri between June 18 and 23, after which he apparently lost access to his mobile phone. He remains stuck on the Abu Samra border, but Human Rights Watch does not know whether he is permitted to stay indoors. Temperatures in the border area reached as high as 49 degrees Celsius (120 Fahrenheit) in June.

Al-Marri is likely on Qatari territory, as the Qatari Abu Samra crossing is over eight kilometers from the Saudi Salwa crossing. As such, Qatar has an obligation to ensure his right to freedom of movement and access to basic rights such as food, water, and shelter. Every person also has a right to a nationality.

Human Rights Watch also spoke with another family of denationalized Qataris from the al-Gufran clan whose members were stranded in the border area between June 13 and 15, after which Qatari authorities permitted them to enter. The family of eight, including four children as young as 5 and a woman who is eight months pregnant, said they waited near the Qatari side of the border in temperatures reaching over 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) for two days without regular access to food and water.

A member of the family said that his family was originally Qatari but has lived in Saudi Arabia since 2006. In 2004, he said, Qatar withdrew nationality from his entire family and thousands of members of his extended al-Gufran clan. He said that he and his family members do not hold Saudi citizenship, and faced difficulties trying to attend school and to work in Saudi Arabia without legal documentation. He said: “We lived in Saudi just like the bidun [stateless people in the Gulf]. We were not recognized. We don’t study, we don’t own any property, we can’t marry, and we can’t work freely.”

He said that he fled to the border on June 11, 2017, fearing that he would be detained in Saudi Arabia, which has initiated a broad campaign to locate and expel foreigners in violation of residency laws. His mother and six siblings joined him at the border at 3 p.m. on June 13. His two youngest siblings are 5-year-old twins.

He said that when he arrived at the border, the Qatari border authorities would not allow him to enter and that a Saudi border guard would not let him re-enter the country.

“Gulf countries need to take a step back and see the hardships that this dispute is arbitrarily imposing on people attempting to live their lives in peace,” Whitson said. “These countries should put people’s welfare – and their right to a nationality – ahead of political disputes.” 


          7/1/2017: Front Page: Bahrain invokes WTO’s national security clause   
Trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE are justified by national security, Bahrain’s representative told a World Trade Organisation meeting yesterday, a trade official who attended the meeting said. Speaking on behalf...
          Ron Dennis verkauft Anteile an McLaren   
Die Ära von Ron Dennis bei McLaren ist nach 37 Jahren endgültig beendet. Der langjährige Chef des Formel-1-Teams hat seine Anteile an der McLaren-Unternehmensgruppe an die anderen Eigner verkauft. Das teilte der Konzern am Freitag mit. Nach Medienberichten soll der 70-Jährige für die 25 Prozent an der Gruppe 275 Millionen Pfund (ca. 313 Millionen Euro) erhalten. Die anderen Besitzer sind ein Staatsfond aus Bahrain und Mansour Ojjeh aus Saudi Arabien.
          7/1/2017: Theemirates: Furniture for the feel-good factor   

During the 2011 anti- government protests in Bahrain, Noof Al Refaei offered her countrymen a more peaceful way to express themselves while also preserving the environment. Instead of using bottles as weapons and old tyres for fires, she offered them...
          The boycott states of Qatar: The establishment of a military base in Bahrain in case of failure to m   
The boycott states of Qatar: The establishment of a military base in Bahrain in case of failure to meet the conditions Arab and international  Since 2017-06-29 at 19:51 (Baghdad time) Mawazine News - Follow up According to unnamed Arab sources, the Arab newspaper Al-Ahram reported that Arab countries boycotting Qatar are moving towards tightening their boycott if Doha does not respond to the previous conditions. Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, gave Doha ...
          Offer - Urgent Senior Mobile Developer for Trivandrum - INDIA   
VINIRMA Consulting Pvt. Ltd. is a 360-degree Human Resource Management Consulting and Staffing Services Organization with operations in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Australia, USA, Singapore & India. VINIRMA Consulting is currently looking for Senior Mobile Developer for one of our clients which is a leading Organization in Trivandrum with the following skill set and terms and conditions. Skillset required: Should have 2 to 4 years of experience in mobile technologies. Web technology experience is desirable. Should have passion to perform technology researches and to pursue his career in technology stream. Following skills are mandatory. Native development – Android, Objective C/Swift 3.0 or above. Hybrid development – Cordova 4.0 or above Mobile Frameworks – Ionic Framework / JQuery Mobile / Sencha Touch (Any one) Scripts – Javascript, AngularJS / JQuery HTML5, CSS skills Following skills are desirable. Knowledge in Java EE and Spring Ext4JS, Bootstrap, React Native Knowledge in Webservices – XML/JSON, SOAP/REST. Working experience in Linux environments Job Description: To be a part of the Mobility center of excellence Involve in mobile app/web development and framework development Perform researches on mobile and Web technologies. Provide consultancy to various projects on mobile and Web technologies. Experience required: 2-4 Years Terms and conditions: Joining time frame: 2 weeks (maximum 1 month). The selected candidates shall be a direct employee of one of the leading organizations in Trivandrum. Should you be interested in this opportunity, please send your latest resume in MS Word format at the earliest at sreejith.murali@vamsystems.com or call +91 471 2766011.
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VINIRMA Consulting Pvt. Ltd. is a 360-degree Human Resource Management Consulting and Staffing Services Organization with operations in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Australia, USA, Singapore & India. VINIRMA Consulting is currently looking for Oracle SQL and PLSQL Developer for one of our clients which is a leading Organization in Trivandrum with the following skill set and terms and conditions. Skillset required: Extensive Knowledge in Oracle PL/SQL Extensive Knowledge in SQL Hands on experience in Performance tuning of SQL and PL/SQL In addition to the above, at least one of the following skill set is also required. Exposure to Data Warehousing and related tools: OWB, Golden Gate, Pentaho etc. Work experience in any Data Warehousing reporting tool: Business Objects, Cognos, Qlik, Micro Strategy etc. Work experience in Data Migration Exposure to Data science - Python and R Looking candidate only from Trivandrum who can come and attend Face to face interview with client Experience required: 2 - 5 years Terms and conditions: Joining time frame: 2 weeks (maximum 1 month). The selected candidates shall be a direct employee of one of the leading organizations in Trivandrum. Should you be interested in this opportunity, please send your latest resume in MS Word format at the earliest at sreejith.murali@vamsystems.com or call +91 471 2766011.
          Offer - Urgent Java Architect for Trivandrum - INDIA   
VINIRMA Consulting Pvt. Ltd. is a 360-degree Human Resource Management Consulting and Staffing Services Organization with operations in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Australia, USA, Singapore & India. VINIRMA Consulting is currently looking for Java Architect for one of our clients which is a leading Organization in Trivandrum with the following skill set and terms and conditions. Skillset required: Should have at least 6 years of experience in Java technologies. Should have passion to perform technology researches and to pursue his career in technology stream. Following skills are mandatory. Object oriented programming concepts. Strong knowledge in Core Java and Server Side Java programming Java technologies such as Spring and Hibernate Knowledge on any one Java MVC framework Following skills are desirable. Knowledge on Web framework Knowledge in Maven, Camel, Cache libraries Working experience in No SQL and Big Data technologies Exposure to Mobile Apps, IoT and Wearables Working experience in Linux and AWS environments UML Job Description: To be a part of the Java center of excellence Involve in Java component development and framework development Perform researches on Java technologies. Provide consultancy to various projects on Java technologies. Experience required: 6-10 Years Terms and conditions: Joining time frame: 2 weeks (maximum 1 month). The selected candidates shall be a direct employee of one of the leading organizations in Trivandrum. Should you be interested in this opportunity, please send your latest resume in MS Word format at the earliest at sreejith.murali@vamsystems.com or call +91 471 2766011.
          Saudi-led blockade against Doha amounts to 'bloodless declaration of war': Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiya   
Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah (file photo)
Qatar says the Saudi-led blockade against Doha is a "bloodless declaration of war," a day after the Persian Gulf Arab country rejected as "unreasonable" the demands presented by Saudi Arabia and its allies to end the unprecedented diplomatic row with the emirate.
Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah made the remarks in an interview with the UK-based Arabic-language al-Araby al-Jadeed newspaper published on Friday.
He added that what Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt had done against Qatar, including closing the land, sea and air borders, were in fact "harming the citizens and damaging the social fabric" of the Persian Gulf.
Attiyah arrived in the Turkish capital Ankara to hold talks with his Turkish counterpart Fikri Isik and the country's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the issue of a Turkish base in Qatar.
"Qatar and Turkey maintain historic ties and my visit comes in the context of boosting defense cooperation between the two countries," Attiyah said in Ankara.
The unprecedented crisis in the Persian Gulf region unfolded on June 5, when Riyadh, Manama and Cairo cut ties with Doha, officially accusing it of "sponsoring terrorism" and destabilizing the region. Qatar, however, has slammed the measures as unjustified, saying they are based on false claims and assumptions.
On June 24, Qatar officially announced that the four countries had sent it a list of 13 wide-ranging demands and given it 10 days to comply with them or face unspecified consequences.
The demands include shutting down the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster, scaling back cooperation with Iran, closing the Turkish military base in Qatar, and paying an unspecified sum in reparations. Qatar later said the demands were "unrealistic, unreasonable and unacceptable."
To further pressure Qatar, Saudi Arabia has totally closed its land border with its tiny neighbor, through which much of Qatar's food supply crossed. Iran and Turkey are now providing Qatar's required food supplies.
'Turkey base closure not on agenda'
Throughout the current standoff between Doha and the Saudi-led bloc, Ankara has resisted pressure to close its military base in the emirate.
A handout picture taken and released by the Turkish Defense Ministry on June 30, 2017 shows Turkey's Defense Minister Fikri Isik (R) and his Qatari counterpart Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah shaking hands prior to their meeting in Ankara. (Photo by AFP)
"The current issues between the (Persian Gulf) countries, who are brothers, must be resolved soon on the basis of a sincere dialogue and respect for Qatar's rights," the Turkish defense minister said on Friday.
“Re-evaluating the base agreement with Qatar is not on our agenda,” Isik further said in a televised interview, adding that Turkey’s presence in the emirate should be seen as a “benefit for the whole Persian Gulf.”
President Erdogan, for his part, has already said the sweeping demands were "against international law", and described the Saudi-led bloc's demand for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Qatar as "disrespect to Turkey."
The punitive measures against Qatar have drawn condemnation from rights groups, including Amnesty International, which says the diplomatic dispute has been toying with thousands of lives.
The coordinated move against Doha is spearheaded by Riyadh, which often manages to have its vassal states fall into line. Saudi Arabia itself is known as the main sponsor of the violent Wahhabi terrorists it has accused Qatar of supporting. Some analysts believe the Saudi anger is rather because Qatar acts more independently of Riyadh, including in its relations with Iran.

          Offer - Urgent Senior Mobile Developer for Trivandrum - INDIA   
VINIRMA Consulting Pvt. Ltd. is a 360-degree Human Resource Management Consulting and Staffing Services Organization with operations in UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Australia, USA, Singapore & India. VINIRMA Consulting is currently looking for Senior Mobile Developer for one of our clients which is a leading Organization in Trivandrum with the following skill set and terms and conditions. Skillset required: Should have 2 to 4 years of experience in mobile technologies. Web technology experience is desirable. Should have passion to perform technology researches and to pursue his career in technology stream. Following skills are mandatory. Native development – Android, Objective C/Swift 3.0 or above. Hybrid development – Cordova 4.0 or above Mobile Frameworks – Ionic Framework / JQuery Mobile / Sencha Touch (Any one) Scripts – Javascript, AngularJS / JQuery HTML5, CSS skills Following skills are desirable. Knowledge in Java EE and Spring Ext4JS, Bootstrap, React Native Knowledge in Webservices – XML/JSON, SOAP/REST. Working experience in Linux environments Job Description: To be a part of the Mobility center of excellence Involve in mobile app/web development and framework development Perform researches on mobile and Web technologies. Provide consultancy to various projects on mobile and Web technologies. Experience required: 2-4 Years Terms and conditions: Joining time frame: 2 weeks (maximum 1 month). The selected candidates shall be a direct employee of one of the leading organizations in Trivandrum. Should you be interested in this opportunity, please send your latest resume in MS Word format at the earliest at sreejith.murali@vamsystems.com or call +91 471 2766011.
          Offer - Urgent Oracle SQL and PLSQL Developer for Trivandrum - INDIA   
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          Several UK banks stop selling Qatar riyals as diplomatic crisis mounts   
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HE Minister of Finance Ali Shareef Al Emadi (pictured) stressed that His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani had given firm instructions, from the very beginning of the siege of the State of Qatar, to do everything necessary to maintain the stability of the standard of living of the Qatari people.

In an interview with British Sky News, HE Al Emadi reiterated that internal situation in Qatar is very comfortable and Qatar seeks to resolve the crisis through dialogue, expressing his belief that the current crisis is a challenge not only for Qatar but for the region as a whole. 

His Excellency the Minister added that Qatar does not face challenges in terms of export movements, port or airport traffic, adding "we continue to operate flights to more than 150 destinations and our port capacity continues to exceed 5 million containers with direct shipping lines to the majority of foreign countries. We have business dealings with more than 190 countries and we will not be affected by the loss of 3 or 4 countries in commercial terms." HE Al Emadi added that the State of Qatar imports food from more than 100 countries and its loss of four of them can be compensated, stressing that shipments of Qatari gas have not been affected since the start of the siege. He noted that the demand to close Al Jazeera was unreasonable because "Al Jazeera is not for Qatar alone, but for the entire Arab world."

On accusations concerning Qatar's rapprochement with Iran, His Excellency said the value of Qatar's trade with Iran does not exceed $200 million a year, while the volume of the exchange of our neighboring countries, which level accusations against us, with Iran is $10 billion, making the UAE closer to Iran than Qatar. Regarding the accusations of supporting terrorism levelled by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar, Al Emadi said: "Osama bin Laden is not Qatari, he's Saudi. People who hijacked the planes and bombed New York, 15 of them were not Qataris, they were Saudis and UAEs." "Baghdadi is not Qatari, he's a Jordanian; al Binali, was not Qatari, was Bahraini."

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His comments come as a senior UN official said that the demand represents a "serious threat to media freedom" and called on international governments to "not pursue" it.
United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt have undertaken an economic and transport blockade of Qatar and have tabled 13 demands that they say must be met if the blockade is to be lifted.
We do not promote the idea of press freedom. What we talk about is responsibility in speech
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They include the severing of ties with the Muslim Brotherhood which they describe as a "terrorist” organisation and ending military cooperation with Turkey.
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He said he understood there was a risk that Qatar was being forced into a closer relationship with Iran. "We are asking Qatar to make a choice and we realise they may choose to take the route to Iran, and we are willing to accept the consequences of that.”
He also said that the UAE would itself abide by a monitoring group it had called to be imposed on Qatar, which would allow Western countries to monitor its supposed funding of "terrorist” organisations.
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His Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir, had said on Twitter: "Our demands on Qatar are non-negotiable. It's now up to Qatar to end its support for extremism and terrorism."

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          EOD2 Ryan Bejar Feature; IVER 3 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle   
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician 2nd Class Ryan Bejar, assigned to Commander, Task Group (CTG) 56.1, talks about his experience with the Iver 3 unmanned underwater vehicle and its importance to the Navy EOD community at CTG 56.1 in Manama, Bahrain, July 6, 2015. Also available in high definition. (U.S. Navy video by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Arthurgwain L. Marquez/Released)
              
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          Arab Federation for Human Rights slams Qatar’s ‘blockade’ label   
Author: 
ARAB NEWS
Sat, 2017-07-01 03:00
ID: 
1498865403138669100

GENEVA: The Arab Federation for Human Rights has condemned the Qatari government for labeling the boycott imposed by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt a “blockade.”
In a report, the federation disclosed that under international law, a blockade is defined as a coercive measure imposed with military force, while a boycott is a withdrawal of diplomatic and economic relations by a state or group of states with another state.
A boycott is the sovereign right of all countries to establish or sever diplomatic ties with another country in case the latter seeks to stir unrest and insecurity among the international community.
The EU has refused to describe the current measures taken as a blockade and continues to demand that Qatar commits itself to combating terrorism. The Russian government has also adopted the same position.
The report pointed out that a senior official at the US Treasury Department, Adam Zubin, stated: “Qatar has shown a lack of political will to implement anti-terrorist financing laws effectively.”

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          Senior Contracts Administrator   
Requisition ID PROJECT OVERVIEW Bechtel is a global provider of engineering construction and project management services with a reputation for excellence and innovative project delivery An immediate opportunity exists within our Mining and Metals business unit to be part of the ALBA Potline 6 Project in Manama Bahrain The Board of Directo
          Senior Spa Therapist   
Apply now Senior Spa TherapistBahrain5 Star Ladies Spa & Health ClubOur client is a high-end Salon that also has a Spa and Health Club exclusively for women targeting luxury upper middle market and many of their customers are VIP and Royal LadiesTheir well-established Spa now has an exciting opening for a female Senior Spa TherapistThe Spa
          Bahrain Looking for a Nepali house maid in Juffair for a family of 3   
Job Extract I am looking for a full time Nepali house maid with a monthly salary of 90-100bhd Visa to be provided Only Intresred candidate contact 34479356
          Bahrain immediately a filipino or any asian waitress   
Job Extract Immediately required filipina or any asian waitress Visa will be provided Good salary package with benifits One Meal on duty To join as soon as possible
          Bahrain housekeeping staff for hotel   
Job Extract We are looking for housekeeping staff for hotel 12 hours duty Good salary package Day off available Free food Free transportation Free accommodation
          Bahrain Cluster Credit Supervisor- Wyndham Garden Manama Bahrain   
Job Extract By the MANAGER TITLEDOTTED LINE TITLE JOB DISCRIPTION ____________________________________________________________________________
          Bahrain Account assistant required   
Job Extract Account assistant required for reputed group of company Excellent package offered intrested candidates may contact between 11am to 6pm Thank you
          Bahrain AC Technesion   
Job Extract Experienced in Servicing of commercial AC like central Split Split Visa will be free no any hidden charges Job Type Full-time Salary BD200000
          Bahrain Require Carpenter & gpsm-board fixing   
Job Extract Require Carpenter he have experience in all carpenter work and he can fixing gpsm-board Should speak English 2 year experience as finishing carpenter Over
          Bahrain General Manager-Project manager for fit out division- Fit ou   
Job Extract General Manager- 10 to 15 years experience LEADING CONSTRUCTION Company in Bahrain urgently requires
          Bahrain Cashier required in restaurant Look-out broadsted Manama gud   
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          Bahrain Hiring Full Time House Maid   
Job Extract Im Malaysian Good Family looking for a Full Time House Maid -Help cleaning a small apartment Help Madam prepare for cooking Help take care babies etc
          Bahrain Part time female house maid needed   
Job Extract Looking for a part time maid to help in house hold activities and to take care of 2 year old baby We are 3 members in family staying in 2bhk flat Salary
          Bahrain Accountant required for bakery   
Job Extract We require an accountant that has a few years of experience for our company We are looking for people from the Philippines or Nepal
          Bahrain Clinical Supervisor BCBA   
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          Bahrain Head of Internal Audit   
Job Extract Job Type Full time Company Name Human Capital House Country Job Opening ID 210 Location Manama Bahrain Job Description Industry Financial Services Main Objectives The Head of Internal Audit is responsible for the audit and review of the Companys functions in
          Bahrain Outdoor Sales Girl Job In Bahrain   
Job Extract Requird for a Marketing & Advertising Company based in Adliya Bahrain Requirement -Minimum 2 years of similar sales experience in GCC Market -Very good communication and interpersonal skills -Valid GCC Driving License is required
          Bahrain Sales Engineer (Civil & Mechanical) Job In Bahrain   
Job Extract Requirement -Candidate should have appropriate Engg Degree qualification -Candidates with proven track record of working in the Gulf region -Excellent working skills and high level of activeness
          Bahrain Production Operations Manager &ndash Precast Concrete   
Job Extract Based in Bahrain one of the more relaxed GCC States this is an exciting opportunity to manage the production at one of the most professional precast companies operating in the Middle East Established for over 30 years this British managed company offers an extensive produc
          Bahrain Solid waste management policy and planning specialist   
Job Extract Job Ref 29558BR Job Position Solid waste management policy and planning specialist Candidate Specification Essential Candidate Requirements Minimum Bachelors Degree in Social Sciences Political Science Environmental Management Natural Resources Management or similar rele
          Bahrain Waitress ( Female )   
Job Extract Waitress ( Female ) in a fine-dining restaurant with facility for events Job Location Bahrain Salary BD 150 with possibility of increase after 3 months based on performance Requirements Should have 2 years work experience in same field Must speak English Arabi
          Bahrain Waiter - Wyndham Garden Manama Bahrain   
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          Bahrain Walkin interview for Driver Helper Required For Workshop (180 BD SALARY)   
Job Extract We require a Driver cum helper for our Electro-mechanical Workshop Venue Gudaibya Church road near Al Hamra Cinema Saudia Electrical Services
          Bahrain Part time Indian housemaid and cook required   
Job Extract A part time housemaid and cook required for an Indian familyMust be able to cook Maharashtrian food Salary for cleaning and cooking 80 nd Interested people contact 39376078
          Bahrain Required Architect Upholstery storekeeperProperty SupervisorPest control   
Job Extract A reputed company requires the following 1- Upholstery & Fabric storekeeper The position required for our Interior DesignsUpholstery division and candidates preferred with know how of materials & products for fabric & leather Upholstery various Carpets & Curtains etc 2-
          Airport Manager Muharraq Airport Bahrain (Full Time)   
Are you zealous dynamic and driven in your approach Have you mastered the art of persuasion & can you communicate effectively on all levels Can you remain target focused & still maintain great professional business relationships Do you have a passion for retail & and do you possess a business owner&rsquos state of mind
          ESL Teacher - Bahrain   
ESL Teacher - Bahrain m2r Education are working with this global leadership training and language education company who have ESL Teacher roles in Bahrain They have more than 130 years of experience and their programs are continually enhanced and refined so you are always teaching with updated materials and the latest learning technology Role Y
          Bahrain Cat for immediate Adaption   
Job Extract A lovely friendly Siamese Cat looking for a good home neutered all vaccinations taken for serious people only please call
          Bahrain Van Salesman   
Job Extract Urgently looking for a Van Sales man cum Driver for a newly established food trading company Candidate with experience in FMCG van sales only need to apply
          Bahrain Looking for Full Time House Maid   
Job Extract Im Malaysian Good Family looking for a Full Time House Maid -Help cleaning a small apartment Help Madam prepare for cooking Help take care babies etc
          Bahrain Airport Manager Muharraq Airport Bahrain   
Job Extract People management including coaching full performance based rostering payroll input annual leave management retention recruitment & performance mgt
          Bahrain FEMALE SPA CLEANER   
Job Extract Should have 1 year or more experience as a cleaner Spa Company is hiring for Female Cleaner
          Bahrain Freelancerpart time - Website Designer Word Press experienc   
Job Extract Full time employment option available in Media house after successful delivery of 1 project We are Looking for Freelancerpart time - Website Designer Word
          Bahrain Barista for Reputed Restaurant   
Job Extract Urgently required Barista for Reputed Restaurant Salary package 200BD to 250BD Walk In Interview On 1(Saturday) 2(Sunday) 3(Monday) July 2017 Timing 10am
          Bahrain INDIAN full time maid   
Job Extract Full time maid required to look after 1 year old boy INDIAN FEMALE MAID ONLY
          Bahrain AdministratorSecretary   
Job Extract Urgently required Experienced AdministratorSecretary for 2 Months temporarily and will be considered for permanent post if performed well apply to
          Bahrain Joinery Draftsman   
Job Extract Establishing liaison with client consultant architects project manager in order to understand the nature of the project PositionTitle
          Bahrain Need experienced HIAB operator   
Job Extract Need experienced HIAB operator Indian preferable Candidate must have valid special use license Ph 38848644 Whatsapp
          Bahrain Telesale and Telemarketing with 1 years Experience required   
Job Extract Only females with atleast 1 year experience in Telesale or communication field may apply Telesales and telemarketing FEMALE only
          Bahrain Urgent Requirement - Supervisor   
Job Extract Urgent requirement for the post of Supervisor ( Sales & Business Development ) in a reputed company Qualification Graduation and above Skills Good
          Bahrain Holiday Consultant Reservation & Ticketing Agent   
Job Extract Reputed Travel agency in Bahrain looking for Holiday Consultant Reservation & Ticketing Agent - Excellent in English ( Writing & Speaking ) - Minimum 2
           Bahrain authorities seize explosives in raid on Shiite group    
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Authorities in Bahrain say they have seized explosives and detained several suspects as part of a raid targetting a Shiite militant group in the Gulf island nation. The ministry says more than 50 kilograms of high-grade explosives and other materials including bomb-making diagrams and ammunition were seized in the raid.
          Friday File: Contenders not pretenders   






"It's not a typical Tour route. On paper it looks like it could be very hard to control, which helps me. The big climbs are in there but the mountain stages are shorter than usual. That could be good for me. That really could be good."
- Simon Yates




















Team Bahrain Merida out for a ride today.




Double British champion Steve Cummings 
looks for a stage win





A look back...

1961 Tour de thirst




          Rotana - ART Rotana Amwaj Islands : Materials - Buyer - GCC National - Rotana   
Competitive: Rotana - ART Rotana Amwaj Islands : Job Description We are currently seeking for passionate and dynamic Materials professionals who pride themselves on their ability to deliver extraordinary levels of customer service and provide creative solutions to our guests. As a Buyer you are responsi Amwaj Islands, Bahrain
          RAMEE GRAND HOTEL & SPA, BAHRAIN: Asst. Finance Manager, Ramee Group ( For 4 * hotels) Indian .   
RAMEE GRAND HOTEL & SPA, BAHRAIN: Ramee Group of Hotels in Bahrain is a leading Hospitality Group with Hotels and Service Apartments spread across Bahrain . Bahrain (BH)
          BRIEF-Russian RDIF, Middle-Eastern sovereign wealth funds participated in Polyus' SPO   
June 30- The Russian Direct Investment Fund said in a statement on Friday:. *A consortium of international investors formed by RDIF with leading Middle-Eastern Sovereign Wealth Funds has participated in the SPO of Russia's largest gold mining company Polyus;. *Investors from countries including the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain took part in the consortium;.
          Sign this petition: Allow girls and women to play football wearing headscarves   
UPDATE: FIFA lifts ban on hijabs after petition


Sign petition
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
During youth Olympics Football Tournament in Singapore 2010, FIFA & the executive committee issued that players couldn’t not wear a headscarf - Hijab, However the players may wear a cap that covers the players heads to the hairline, but does not extend below the ears to cover the neck
Girls and Women from many countries were affected by the following decision and were not allowed to play, which was a painful moment to the players from Jordan, Palestine ,Bahrain and Iran during the Olympics Qualification Rounds 2011.

This petition was done to show the community support to women wearing Headscarfs – Hijab playing football. We need everyone's support in this petition to be sent to FIFA and to hope FIFA will reconsider this decision and allow us to play with the Headscarf
خلال دورة الالعاب الاولمبية للشابات 2010 في سنغافورة،أصدرت اللجنة التنفيذية و الفيفا قرار بمنع اللاعبات من ارتداءالحجاب ، و يجوز للاعبات ارتداء قبعة تغطي رأس اللاعبة ، ولكن لا تمتد أسفل الأذنين لتغطية الرقبة.
والفيفا ستصدر قرارا نهائيا مارس 2012 في هذه المسألة، ونحن بهذه العريضة نتمنى جمع اكبر عدد من الاصوات لنبين دعم المجتمع لسمح ارتداء الحجاب في جميع مباريات كرة القدم المحلية والدولية
Sign petition
LET'S CHALLENGE FIFA ON THIS AND END THE HEARTACHE OF MUSLIM FEMALE FOOTBALLERS WHEN THEY ARE DISQUALIFIED OR BANNED FROM COMPETING BECAUSE OF THIS OUTDATED RULE!
Sign petition
          Reply #560   
I see the 5 showed up in 145 and here is the 89

Im at a hotel in Bahrain flying to Amsterdam at 1130 pm Bahrain time tonight . The Kuwait stop should be short .
          Reply #531   
Its official , Here to Bahrain to Kuwait to Amsterdam to Detroit to Norfolk .

Maybe a number with a 5 in it, ( 5 places in 3 days ) .
          Reply #519   
never heard of bahrain..............have to look that one up................yes ride from airport to lottery lol...........if u need just call....
          Reply #512   
Is that a ride from the airport to the house or a ride to the lottery office to collect winnings JMill ???

I'm delayed here until Thursday now, Wednesday there . Also going to Bahrain to ??? and not Singapore as of today . Seems to be changing daily .
          For sale - george michael and queen - Five Live cd ep 1993 emi... - $13   

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          Iran’s Choice: Fighting with Saudi Arabia for the leadership of the Islamic world is counterproductive   
Recently Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei raised eyebrows by stating that the Muslim world should openly support people of Bahrain, Kashmir, Yemen, etc and repudiate oppressors and tyrants. He also emphasised that Palestine was the...
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          Sales Engineer   
- 250 Bahrain Dinar + accomodation + food + car + visa +annual leave Industrial safety equipment sales will be added...
              
. . للبيع غرشة كوكاكولا أمريكية الإصدار الأول في الأربعينات باللون البني النادر بحالة ممتازة جداً. . . . . . . >>> السعر ٢٥ دينار . . #Vintage #Antique #Old #Collection #Bahrain #KSA #Qatar #Kuwait #UAE #Oman #Manama #GCC #Q8 #Dubai #تحف #أنتيك #Doha #البحرين #قطر #luxury #أبوظبي #دبي #الإتحاد #Rare #نوادر #Pepsi #Cola #بيبسي #Coca_Cola #كولا
              
. . للبيع غرشة بيبسي أمريكية الإصدار الأول في الخمسينات باللون البني النادر بحالة ممتازة. . . . . . . >>> السعر ٤١ دينار . . #Vintage #Antique #Old #Collection #Bahrain #KSA #Qatar #Kuwait #UAE #Oman #Manama #GCC #Q8 #Dubai #تحف #أنتيك #Doha #البحرين #قطر #luxury #أبوظبي #دبي #الإتحاد #Rare #نوادر #Pepsi #Cola #بيبسي #Coca_Cola #كولا
          Streit mit Saudi-Arabien - Uno-Sprecher: Schließung von Al-Jazeera wäre inakzeptabel   
Saudi-Arabien, VAE, Bahrain und Ägypten sollten stattdessen öffentliche Debatte anstrengen
          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain   
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

(If you enjoy reading these stories then check out my autobiographic book via http://www.lulu.com and type in my pename of Jon Kwame Abbott, or use the book's title (PDAL) but in full kindly.)

In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
          Gulf Air to extend Rolls-Royce TotalCare   
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          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain   
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

(If you enjoy reading these stories then check out my autobiographic book via http://www.lulu.com and type in my pename of Jon Kwame Abbott, or use the book's title (PDAL) but in full kindly.)

In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
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          Saudi TV mocked for claim Harrods spies on customers   

State news repeats claim made in tabloid Okaz that store is storing details of customers from Saudi, UAE, and Bahrain.

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          CPJ calls on Saudi-led bloc to drop Qatar media demands   

Committee to Protect Journalists urges Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to drop demand to shut Qatar funded media.

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          Sakhir circuit to honour Schumacher   
The first corner at the Sakhir circuit used for the Bahrain Grand Prix is to be named after Michael Schumacher
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          Demand for Qatar to close down Al Jazeera ‘unacceptable’: UN   
A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations for Qatar to close down its Al Jazeera TV channel is an “unacceptable attack” on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights chief said Friday. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar...
          Ternyata Embargo QATAR dan Kudeta TURKI, Sudah DITARGET Israel Sejak 2014   




  Yes  Muslim  - QATAR (negara terkaya di dunia, pendukung Islam, donatur terbesar Palestina) dan TURKI (negara pewaris Kekhalifahan Turki Utsmani yang kini bangkit menjadi benteng Islam dibawah komando Erdogan), dua negara ini ternyata jadi momok "biang teroris dunia" Israel.

Sejak 2014, Israel sudah "merancang" untuk menghancurkan Turki dan Qatar, dua negara penyokong utama Hamas dan Palestina.

Arsip Berita di media Israel, The Jerusalem Post, pada tahun 2014 memuat pernyataan mantan Presiden Israel Shimon Peres: "Qatar dan Turki Harus Dihukum Karena Mendukung Teror."

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Satu tahun sebelumnya, Jumat 15 Juli 2016, upaya kudeta militer dilakukan terhadap Presiden Turki Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Kesigapan rakyat Turki yang mendukung Erdogan memupus asa para perancang kudeta. Saat itu, Emir Qatar adalah pemimpin negara pertama yang mensupport Erdogan dan mengucap selamat atas kegagalan kudeta.

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          Western Attempts to Incite Persian Gulf States 'Could Provoke New World War'   
Commenting on the recent developments in the Persian Gulf and the remarks of Bahrain's Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa towards Qatar, Turkish security expert Abdullah Agar explained to Sputnik that these are clear attempts of the West to pit the countries in the region against each other, which could provoke a new world war.
          Rex Tillerson and James Mattis are cleaning up Jared Kushner's Middle East mess   

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On March 25, 2011, a Qatar Air Force Mirage 2000-5, took off from Souda Air Base, in Crete, to help enforce a no-fly zone protecting rebels being attacked by Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi. Qatar was the first Persian Gulf nation to help the U.S. in the conflict.

Qatari operations were more than symbolic.

The Qatari military trained rebel units, shipped them weapons, accompanied their fighting units into battle, served as a link between rebel commanders and NATO, tutored their military commanders, integrated disparate rebel units into a unified force and led them in the final assault on Qaddafi’s compound in Tripoli.

“We never had to hold their hand,” a retired senior U.S. military officer says. “They knew what they were doing.” Put simply, while the U.S. was leading from behind in Libya, the Qataris were walking point.

The Qatar intervention has not been forgotten at the Pentagon and is one of the reasons why Defense Secretary James Mattis has worked so diligently to patch up the falling out between them and the coalition of Saudi-led countries (including the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt), that have isolated and blockaded the nation.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) and U.S. Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis participate in the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) at Government House in Sydney, Australia, June 5, 2017.   REUTERS/Mark Metcalfe/POOL

In fact, Mattis was stunned by the Saudi move. “His first reaction was shock, but his second was disbelief,” a senior military officer says. “He thought the Saudis had picked an unnecessary fight, and just when the administration thought they’d gotten everyone in the Gulf on the same page in forming a common front against Iran.”

At the time of the Saudi announcement, Mattis was in Sydney with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to dampen concerns about the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Paris climate accords.

The two glad-handed Australian officials and issued a reassuring pronouncement on U.S. intentions during a June 5 press briefing with that nation’s foreign and defense ministers.

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When the burgeoning split between the Saudis and Qataris was mentioned, Tillerson described it as no more than one of “a growing list or irritants in the region” that would not impair “the unified fight against terrorism …”

But while Tillerson’s answer was meant to soothe concerns over the crisis, behind the scenes he and Mattis were scrambling to undo the damage caused by Saudi action.

The two huddled in Sydney and decided that Tillerson would take the lead in trying to resolve the falling out.

Which is why, three days after the Sydney press conference, Tillerson called on Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt to ease their anti-Qatar blockade and announced that the U.S. supported a Kuwaiti-led mediation effort.

The problem for Tillerson was that his statement was contradicted by Donald Trump who, during a Rose Garden appearance on the same day, castigated Qatar, saying the emirate “has historically been a funder of terrorism at a very high level.”

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A close associate of the secretary of state says that Tillerson was not only “blind-sided by the Trump statement,” but “absolutely enraged that the White House and State Department weren’t on the same page.”

Tillerson’s aides, I was told, were convinced that the true author of Trump’s statement was U.A.E. ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, a close friend of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner. “Rex put two-and-two together,” his close associate says, “and concluded that this absolutely vacuous kid was running a second foreign policy out of the White House family quarters. Otaiba weighed in with Jared and Jared weighed in with Trump. What a mess.”

The Trump statement was nearly the last straw for Tillerson, this close associate explains: “Rex is just exhausted. He can’t get any of his appointments approved and is running around the world cleaning up after a president whose primary foreign policy adviser is a 36-year-old amateur.”

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Worse yet, at least from Tillerson’s point of view, a White House official explained the difference between the two statements by telling the press to ignore the secretary of state.

Tillerson may initially have had a view,” a White House official told the Washington Post, “then the president has his view, and obviously the president’s view prevails.”

Or maybe not. While Trump’s June 9 statement signaled that the U.S. was tilting towards the Saudis and the UAE, Tillerson and Mattis have been tilting towards Qatar. And for good reason.

“Every time we’ve asked the Qataris for something they’ve said ‘yes,’ which isn’t true for the Saudis,” the retired senior U.S. military officer with whom I spoke says. “It really started with the help the Qataris gave us in Libya, but it goes well beyond that. They’ve been absolutely first rate on ISIS. The Saudis, on the other hand, have been nothing but trouble – in Yemen, especially. Yemen has been a disaster, a stain. And now there’s this.”

That view has been reflected by both Mattis and Tillerson.

Six days after Trump’s statement, Mattis met with Qatari Defense Minister Khalid al-Attiyah to sign an agreement shipping 36 F-15 fighters to the Gulf nation.

The $12 billion sale had been in the works for years, so Pentagon officials were able to claim that it had not been fast-tracked by Tillerson, whose department oversees arms transactions. But the Mattis announcement seemed suspiciously well-timed to signal Mattis’ and Tillerson’s views.

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On the same day that Mattis was announcing the Qatar arms agreement, Tillerson told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that it would be a mistake to classify the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group, one of the primary reasons that the anti-Qatar coalition gave for isolating their Gulf neighbor.

“There are elements of the Muslim Brotherhood that have become parts of government,” Tillerson said, naming Turkey and Bahrain as having brotherhood members in their parliaments. Those “elements,” Tillerson added, have renounced violence and terrorism. “So, in designating the Brotherhood in its totality as a terrorist organization . . . I think you can appreciate the complexities this enters into our relations with [governments in the region].”

But the single most important reason for the Qatar tilt is obvious to anyone who knows how to read a map.

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The U.S. leases the al-Udeid Air Base, southwest of Doha, which is home to the Air Force’s 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. The U.S. (and the Qataris), not only mount fighter-bombers from al-Udeid against ISIS units in Iraq and Syria, the base serves as the first line of defense against Iranian encroachments in the region.

Even more crucially, al-Udeid not only protects America’s Persian Gulf allies, it protects Israel – and would be a launching point for U.S. aircraft against Iran were Israel to be attacked by the Islamic Republic.

More crucially, particularly from Mattis’s point-of-view, the Saudi-Qatar feud not only shattered the anti-Iran coalition the administration cobbled together during the president’s trip to Riyadh, it redrew the geopolitical map of the Middle East.

In the wake of the Saudi-Qatar falling out, Turkey pledged its support for Qatar (and deployed troops to a Qatari military base to guard Qatar’s sovereignty), while Iran took steps to help ease the Saudi-imposed blockade.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson (R) walks with Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani before their meeting at the State Department in Washington, U.S., June 27, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

“The Saudis and Emiratis have told us repeatedly that they want to weaken Iran, but they’ve actually empowered them,” a senior Pentagon consultant who works on the Middle East told me. The Saudi actions, this official went on to explain, have backfired.

Instead of intimidating the Qataris, the Saudis have “thrown them into the arms of the Iranians.” The result is an uneasy, but emerging Turkish-Qatari-Iranian alliance backed by Russia.

“This isn’t just some kind of Gulfie dust-up, where we can go out and hold everyone’s hands,” this Pentagon consultant says. “The Saudis have handed the Iranians a gift and we’re on the outside looking in.”

The official then shook his head. “Listen, I can certainly understand where Mattis and Tillerson are coming from. I mean, with friends like these, who needs enemies.”

Mark Perry is a foreign policy analyst and the author of "The Most Dangerous Man in America: The Making of Douglas MacArthur." His next book, "The Pentagon’s Wars," will be released in October. He tweets @markperrydc

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          Trump discusses Gulf-Qatar dispute with Erdogan   

[U.S.A.], July 1 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday to discuss the dispute between Qatar and Gulf and Arab states.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut off economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this month and issued an ultimatum with 13 demands, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups.

Qatar, however, denies the claims.

The White House, in an official release, said Trump and Erdogan spoke about ways to overcome the crisis "while ensuring that all countries work to stop terrorist funding and to combat extremist ideology."

Turkey has backed Qatar in its rift with the Arab states and is seeking to mediate the crisis.

"President Trump emphasised the importance of all our allies and partners increasing their efforts to fight terrorism and extremism in all its forms," the White House statement added. (ANI)


          Chasing the tech at the Tour de France   

It’s a busy two days. And we don’t even get to see any bike racing. 

It’s now traditional for the road.cc tech team to head out to the host city of the Tour de France a couple of days before the Grand Depart with the simple task of photographing as many of the race bikes that will see action over the following three weeks of racing around France as we can.

Our eyes are peeled for any new bikes, those we’ve heard rumours about in the weeks leading up to the Tour, and those that have been kept a well-guarded secret until the racing gets underway. Not just bikes though, but equipment as well; wheels, power meters, tyres, handlebars, saddles too.

The 22 teams taking part in the race are supported by bike brands, big and small, and for these brands the Tour represents a huge shop window to reach millions of viewers and cycling enthusiasts, to hopefully inform their next purchasing decision.  They’re in the business to sell products and the Tour de France is great marketing, especially if a rider wins a stage or the whole thing using your product. 

Pro endorsement counts for a lot in an industry and sport that still looks to what the pros ride, and for this reason, the Tour de France is of huge importance. That’s why there is always a lot of new bikes being launched at this time of year. And this year has been particularly busy. A bike typically has a model life of about three years before a new version gets introduced, and this year there has been a flurry of new bikes from the big players in the business. 

So that’s why we found ourselves in Dusseldorf on the Thursday and Friday before the opening time trial on Saturday, going from one team to another to photograph and film the most interesting and newest team bikes and equipment. And then our camera memory cards are full, brains packed with info on the latest bikes, too many coffees consumed,  feet tired from miles of walking and standing, and it's time to head home before the pandemonium of the Tour actually gets underway. 

We’ll be publishing features on many of the bikes we saw over the following days and weeks, but for now here are some photos from behind the scenes.

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Arriving just in time for Mark Cavendish rolling out for a first ride on his new custom painted Cervelo S5 - read about the bike here

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Hopping from one team hotel car park to another, with the team trucks taking up all the space and bikes lined up washed and ready to 

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Will this Ford Focus RS speed up Team Sky's wheel changes?

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Another team and another star bike, here's Mat and Matt filming Marcel Kittel's race bike 

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Spare water bottles are prime souvenirs for racing fans

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The team presentation offers a chance for spectators to see their favourite riders - sans helmet and shades - at a more leisurely pace around the streets of Dusseldorf

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Button pressing and coffee drinking

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Even the day before the world's biggest cycle race, there are still jobs for the team mechanics

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And bikes still being built as well

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          Qatar’s defence minister to visit Turkey amid base controversy    

ANKARA — The defence minister of Qatar is to visit its ally Turkey on Friday, state media reported, as Ankara resists pressure to shutter a military base in the emirate’s unresolved row with Gulf neighbours.

Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah will meet with Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik at the defence ministry in Ankara, the state-run news agency Anadolu said on Thursday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain announced on June 5 the suspension of political, economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the emirate of support for extremist groups.

Doha denies the claims and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said there is no basis to the allegations and offered Qatar Turkey’s support.

Turkey has provided food and other aid via hundreds of planes and a cargo ship, although Ankara’s attempts to mediate between the sides have so far come to nothing.

Crucially, Ankara is also setting up a military base on the emirate that is set to give Turkey a new foothold in the Gulf.

A bill was fast-tracked through the Turkish parliament this month as the crisis broke out giving Ankara a mandate to send up to several thousand troops to the base.

An initial contingent of 23 soldiers and five armoured vehicles arrived in Qatar on June 22.

Last week Riyadh and its allies issued 13 demands to Qatar, including the shutdown of the Turkish military base, or face further sanctions.

Erdogan hit back at the Saudi-led demands, calling the sweeping demands “against international law” and saying that asking for the withdrawal of Turkish troops from Qatar was a “disrespect to Turkey”.

 

 Yet Ankara has also been careful not to directly criticise Riyadh and previously urged the kingdom to lead attempts to solve the crisis.

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          ISU SAMAN DOJ TERHADAP 1MDB : SKRIP SAMA, PENGARAH BERBEZA   
Oleh : Jebat

Aku terpanggil untuk memberikan sedikit ulasan berkenaan isu dakwaan DOJ ke atas 1MDB ini setelah membaca penerangan daripada pihak Mufti Wilayah Persekutuan dan juga melihat respon si butler pengangkat beg menteri dan pemakan dedak Qatar Foundation serta pandangan netizen yang lain.

1. Jika korang perasan, korang dapat perhatikan bahawa DOJ sekadar mendakwa namun tidak menyatakan nama pihak yang tertuduh. DOJ pun sekadar memberikan 'code name : MO1' kepada mereka yang disyaki terlibat dengan isu 1MDB. Melihat sikap DOJ yang tidak berani menamakan pelaku berkenaan, telah menimbulkan syakwasangka kepada aku, adakah ini satu lagi permainan pentadbiran Amerika ke atas negara Islam? Jika korang teringat akan dakwaan pentadbiran U.S ke atas Arab Saudi ketika berlakunya serangan pengganas 9/11. Pentadbiran U.S turut menggunakan kaedah yang sama dalam menimbulkan fitnah kepada Arab Saudi. 


2. Dalam laporan kongres berhubung insiden 9/11, 28 muka surat dalam laporan berkenaan 'dipadam & dirahsiakan' oleh pentadbiran U.S. Hanya pada 2016, setelah 13 tahun laporan berkenaan itu 'dipadam & dirahsiakan', akhirnya kongres U.S bersetuju memaparkan bagi 28 muka surat yang hilang tu kepada orang awam. Dan ternyata 28 muka surat berkenaan tidak mempunyai sebarang bukti kukuh yang menyatakan penglibatan Arab Saudi secara langsung dalam 9/11. Namun akibat daripada baki 28 muka surat yang 'dipadam & dirahsiakan' itu, selama 13 tahun Arab Saudi diftitnah oleh beberapa ahli kongres Amerika bahawa negara pengeluar minyak itu terlibat dalam aktiviti keganasan.

3. Dalam isu 1MDB, pentadbiran U.S nampaknya mereka menggunakan skrip yang sama namun 'pengarah' yang berbeza. Jika dahulu, 'pengarah' skrip pendakwaan ini datangnya dari Kongres Amerika, pada kali ini, 'skrip' mereka diarahkan oleh 'pengarah' yang datang dari DOJ. Namun jalan cerita mereka tetap sama : mereka membuat tuduhan, namun tidak menyatakan siapakah orang yang dituduh itu. Hal ini berlainan sekali dengan prinsip Islam. Dimana mereka yang menuduh perlu menyatakan secara terang siapakah yang mereka tuduh itu dan perlu membawa bukti yang boleh menyokong pertuduhan berkenaan. Jika tidak, ianya adalah satu fitnah.

4. Mengambil contoh krisis diplomatik di negara teluk yang terjadi baru-baru ini, diantara Qatar dengan negara-negara jirannya yang terdekat seperti Bahrain, UAE, Arab Saudi, termasuk Mesir dan Libya. Kesemua negara yang membuat pendakwaan ke atas Qatar menamakan secara jelas bahawa pemimpin tertinggi Qatar terlibat secara langsung dalam campur tangan dan krisis politik yang terjadi di negara-negara Arab terutama sekali ketika fenomena Arab Spring melanda rantau berkenaan. Kita dapat saksikan berapa banyak rakaman video dan audio risikan yang telah dikeluarkan oleh pihak yang mendakwa bagi menyokong hujjah mereka : Qatar dalang disebalik ketidakstabilan rantau Arab. 

5. Bagaimana pula dengan isu 1MDB. Apa bukti yang DOJ dah keluarkan untuk menyokong hujjah mereka? Ada korang pernah tengok mereka bawak keluar bukti berupa dokumen rasmi dari 1MDB atau dokumen yang berkaitan dengan 1MDB? Jawapannya tidak!

6. Malah saman yang dikemukakan oleh Husam Musa dan Mathias Chang kepada 1MDB di DOJ sendiri pun dah di gugurkan oleh mereka sendiri. Lebih menarik dan memelikkan ialah, Tony Phua pun turut memohon saman yang dikemukakan oleh PM Najib terhadap isu 1MDB ini, sedangkan selama ini dialah antara orang paling kuat menyabitkan isu 1MDB dengan Perdana Menteri. Bukan itu sahaja, dakwaan pihak-pihak tertentu bahawa pihak berkuasa Swiss sedang menyiapkan kertas pertuduhan terhadap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak juga dinafikan oleh pihak pendakwaraya Swiss sendiri. Malah tindakan DOJ membekukan aset syarikat filem Red Granite yang didakwa menggunakan dana 1MDB pun sudah ditarik balik.

7. Jadi ternyata kenyataan yang dikeluarkan oleh DOJ ini sekadar dakwaan bersandarkan maklumat kasar yang dikemukakan oleh Husam Musa dan Mathias Chang. Malah DOJ boleh dikatakan lebih teruk daripada Husam Musa dan Mathias Chang kerana tidak berani menyebut nama individu yang disyaki terlibat dalam isu 1MDB ini.

8. Malah dalam kes ini, aku nampak ada pihak buat-buat buta dengan isu penipuan yang dilakukan oleh Xavier Justo yang menjual dokumen palsu diantara Petro Saudi dengan 1MDB kepada editor The Edge. Malah ramai pulak buat-buat lupa bahawa Xavier Justo sendiri mengakui dokumen perjanjian diantara 1MDB dengan PetroSaudi adalah maklumat palsu dan telah diubah suai oleh editor The Edge dan juga Sarawak Reports.

9. Jadi soalnya sekarang ini, kenapa DOJ takut sangat nak namakan individu yang terlibat itu secara terang-terangan? Bukankah prinsip DOJ adalah transparens. Jadi mengapa tidak berani transparens dalam mengeluarkan tuduhan? Kenapa perlu mengeluarkan tuduhan secara samar-samar? Apa yang DOJ takutkan sangat?

10. Apa-apa pun kes ni memang aku berani katakan sebagai kes paling lawak. Sebab hebatnya PM Malaysia ni, sampai sekarang DOJ pun tak berani letakkan nama dia sebagai pihak yang dituduh.

Rujuk :


Congress releases secret '28 pages' on alleged Saudi 9/11 ties : http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/15/politics/congress-releases-28-pages-saudis-9-11/index.html

13 Tahun Arab Saudi Menjadi Mangsa Fitnah Kongres Amerika : http://www.penaminang.com/2016/07/video-13-tahun-arab-saudi-menjadi.html#

Kertas Saman DOJ terhadap Red Granite : https://www.justice.gov/archives/opa/page/file/877166/download

Rujukan lain :

1. MalaysiaKINI : Tony Pua Mohon Batal Saman PM isu 1MDB 
https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/297958

2. CNBC : Saudi royal family gave Najib $681M 'personal donation' :
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/01/25/malaysia-attorney-general-saudi-royal-family-gave-najib-681m-personal-donation.html

3. US News : Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said $681 million banked into the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's bank accounts was a "genuine donation." :
https://www.usnews.com/news/business/articles/2016-04-15/saudi-confirms-genuine-681m-donation-to-malaysian-pm

4. The Guardian : Malaysian prime minister cleared of corruption over $681m Saudi 'gift' :
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/26/malaysian-pm-najib-razak-cleared-corruption-gift-saudi-royals

5. Global Research : Saudi Royal Family Gave $681M to Malaysian PM Who Banned Shia Islam : 
http://www.globalresearch.ca/saudi-royal-family-gave-681m-to-malaysian-pm-who-banned-shia-islam/5504643

6. BBC : Saudi gift to Malaysia PM Najib Razak 'for election campaign’: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-35409424

7. Bloomberg : Singapore Says None of Its Banks Got $3 Billion of 1MDB Funds :
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-06-08/singapore-says-none-of-its-banks-got-3-billion-of-1mdb-funds

8. Business Standard : Saudi confirms 'genuine' $681 million donation to Malaysian PM Najib Razak :
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/saudi-confirms-genuine-usd-681m-donation-to-malaysian-pm-116041500449_1.html

9. MalaysiaKini : Husam, Chang gugurkan saman berkaitan 1MDB di AS
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/356848

10. Reuters : Swiss say Malaysian Prime Minister Najib not accused in 1MDB probe :
http://www.reuters.com/article/us-switzerland-malaysia-investigation-idUSKCN0VB2LJ

11. Straits Times : Swiss A-G: Malaysian PM Najib not a suspect in 1MDB probe : 
http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/swiss-a-g-malaysian-pm-najib-not-a-suspect-in-1mdb-probe

12. MalaysiaKini : Xavier Justo sues The Edge Media Group owner for damages
http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/337461

13. Straits Times : 1MDB leak deal: Ex-PetroSaudi exec sues The Edge owner in Singapore court :
http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/1mdb-leak-deal-ex-petrosaudi-exec-sues-the-edge-owner-in-singapore-court

14. Channel News Asia : Justo to sue parties he handed PetroSaudi data to in Singapore
: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/justo-to-sue-parties-he-handed-petrosaudi-data-to-in-singapore-8243394

15. The New Straits Times : The Edge owner fails in bid to strike out legal suit by Xavier Justo :
https://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/04/140834/edge-owner-fails-bid-strike-out-legal-suit-xavier-justo

16. Utusan : DoJ tarik sekatan terhadap Red Granite Pictures : http://www.utusan.com.my/mobile/berita/nasional/doj-tarik-sekatan-terhadap-red-granite-pictures-1.365849

17. The Star : Red Granite lawsuit dropped : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/09/25/red-granite-lawsuit-dropped-duo-move-to-voluntarily-dismiss-action-without-prejudice/

18. Hollywood Reporter : Red Granite Free of 'Wolf of Wall Street' Racketeering Lawsuit : http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/red-granite-free-wolf-wall-932160

19. Malaysia Kini : Xavier Justo sues The Edge Media Group owner for damages : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/337461

          Westliche Doppelstandards: Warum amerikanische Waffen an Bahrain etwas ganz anderes sind als russische an Syrien   


 

 

 Die USA haben ihre Waffenverkäufe an Bahrain wieder aufgenommen. Aber natürlich werden korrekt nur Schiffe und Flugzeugmotoren geliefert, also Dinge, mit denen man nicht auf Demonstranten schießt, wie das US-Außenministerium betont, wengleich man sich über die genauen Details …


          Amerikanische PR-Firma soll arabischen Frühling aufhalten   

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          Revolutionäre Fischläden, hoffentlich demnächst auch in Libyen, Bahrain und Damaskus   

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          Arabische Welt im Aufstand: Hilfe, mir wird schwindelig. Ich weiß gar nicht wohin ich zuerst blicken soll   

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          Polizei räumt „Platz der Perle“ in Bahrain   

Die Szenen erinnern sehr an den Tahrir-Platz in Kairo. Um drei Uhr morgens griff die Polizei den Platz der Perle in Manama, der Hauptstadt von Bahrain an, auf dem sich die Demonstranten gestern mit Zelten eingerichtet hatten. Nach Angaben der …


          Bahrain Targets More Cruise Calls   
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The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) held a Cruise Sector Committee meeting this week to discuss further developing the kingdom’s cruise sector, according to Trade Arabia. The focus of the committee is to increase calls to Bahrain. 

“The aim of such meetings is to strengthen the cooperation between all stakeholders and drive the growth of the tourism sector and national economy at large,” said Shaikh Khalid bin Humood Al Khalifa, chief executive officer of the BTEA.

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          Business dealings stable: Al Emadi   
Minister of Finance H E Ali Sherif Al Emadi stressed that Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani gave firm instructions, from the very beginning of the siege of the State of Qatar, to do everything necessary to maintain the stability of the standard of living of the Qatari people.
 
In an interview with British Sky News, Al Emadi reiterated that internal situation in Qatar is very comfortable and Qatar seeks to resolve the crisis through dialogue, expressing his belief that the current crisis is a challenge not only for Qatar but for the region as a whole. He added that Qatar does not face challenges in terms of export movements, port or airport traffic, adding "We continue to operate flights to more than 150 destinations and our port capacity continues to exceed 5 million containers with direct shipping lines to the majority of foreign countries. We have business dealings with more than 190 countries and we will not be affected by the loss of 3 or 4 countries in commercial terms."
 
Al Emadi added that the State of Qatar imports food from more than 100 countries and its loss of four of them can be compensated, stressing that shipments of Qatari gas have not been affected since the start of the siege. He noted that the demand to close Al Jazeera was unreasonable because "Al Jazeera is not only for Qatar but for the entire Arab world."
 
On accusations concerning Qatar's rapprochement with Iran, he said the value of Qatar's trade with Iran does not exceed $200m a year, while the volume of the exchange of our neighbouring countries, which level accusations against us, with Iran is $10bn, making the UAE closer to Iran than Qatar. Regarding the accusations of supporting terrorism levelled by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt against Qatar, Al Emadi said: "Osama bin Laden is not Qatari, he's Saudi. People who hijacked the planes and bombed New York, 15 of them were not Qataris, they were Saudis and UAEs." "Baghdadi is not Qatari, he's a Jordanian; Al Binali, was not Qatari, was Bahraini." He added: "We hear a different story every week about what those states boycotting Qatar want."
 
source: The Peninsula

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          Demand to close down Al Jazeera is unacceptable   
 A demand by Saudi Arabia and three other Gulf nations for Qatar to close down its Al Jazeera TV channel is an "unacceptable attack" on the right to freedoms of expression and opinion, the United Nations human rights chief said on Friday.
 
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt imposed a boycott on Qatar three weeks ago, accusing it of backing militants, then issued an ultimatum, including demands it shut down a Turkish military base in Doha, close down Al Jazeera and curbing ties with Iran. UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is "extremely concerned by the demand that Qatar close down the Al Jazeera network, as well as other affiliated media outlets", his spokesman Rupert Colville told a news briefing.
 
"Whether or not you watch it, like it, or agree with its editorial standpoints, Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English channels are legitimate, and have many millions of viewers. The demand that they be summarily closed down is, in our view, an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion," Colville said. 
 
source: Gulf Times

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          AFC reiterates support for Qatar 2022 World Cup   
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) on Thursday reiterated its support to 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar and said that it will do everything to ensure the smooth conduct of the event.
 
The AFC's expression of support followed FIFA's release of the Garcia report into the alleged corruption in the World Cup bids of 2018 and 2022. The AFC said that it had noted the conclusions in the FIFA report. "In this regard, the AFC is now looking forward to the continued preparation work to deliver a FIFA World Cup in 2022 which is a showcase not just for the game in Qatar but for football throughout Asia," it said in a statement. "The AFC will support Qatar throughout this process which will lead to a historic FIFA World Cup in 2022 -- the first-ever in the Middle East and Arab World."
 
Qatar's 2022 World Cup organisers welcomed the long-awaited FIFA report, saying the conclusions represented "a vindication of the integrity" of Qatar's bid. "Although we question the timing of the leak, we welcome the publication of the Garcia report," Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy said in a statement. "We believe that the extent of our cooperation with this investigation and the conclusions drawn represent a vindication of the integrity of our bid."
 
In the report, Garcia wrote that Qatar"may not have met the standards set out in the FIFA code of ethics or the bid rules" but added, in mitigation, that it only was due to its cooperation that the issues were uncovered. Qatar said earlier this month a rift with fellow Gulf Arab states that includes economic sanctions on Doha has not affected its preparations to host the World Cup, and alternative sources for construction materials had been secured.
 
FIFA has said it is in "regular contact" with Qatar, after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting Iran and funding Islamist groups. Qatar has refuted the charges. In the running alongside Qatar to stage the 2022 tournament were Australia, Japan, the United States and South Korea.
 
source: Qatar Tribune

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          Saudis Signal Expanded Executions Policy After Donald Trump's Visit   
The president's first trip abroad also appears to have sparked crackdowns in Bahrain and Egypt.
          Bahrain Invokes WTO’s ‘National Security’ Clause in Qatar Boycott   

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          FIFA täuschte über Infantino-Ermittlungen    

Der Fußball-Weltverband FIFA hat offenbar Ermittlungen der Ethikkommission gegen seinen Präsidenten Gianni Infantino bewusst verschwiegen und die Chance auf den Erhalt wichtiger Dokumente ungenutzt gelassen. Das berichtet der Spiegel unter Verweis auf entsprechende vorliegende Unterlagen.

In der vergangenen Woche hatte die FIFA erklärt, es gebe keine Ermittlungen gegen Infantino. Dies habe María Claudia Rojas, die neue Vorsitzende der Ermittlungskammer der Ethikkommission, bestätigt.

Allerdings habe sich Rojas laut des Nachrichtenmagazins am 12. Juni schriftlich an ihren Vorgänger Cornel Borbély gewandt und um die Übergabe der nicht im FIFA-Hauptquartier befindlichen Unterlagen gebeten.

Am 15. Juni habe der Schweizer Jurist Borbély um Terminvorschläge für ein Treffen gebeten, um die Übergabe der Unterlagen zu besprechen. Seine Anfrage sei allerdings unbeantwortet geblieben.

Der Spiegel und andere Medien hatten im April von Untersuchungen der Ethikkommission gegen Infantino berichtet, unter anderem wegen des Verdachts der verbotenen Einflussnahme auf Präsidentschaftswahlen in Afrika.

Kurz darauf wurde die alte Ethikkommission um Borbély und den deutschen Richter Hans-Joachim Eckert beim FIFA-Council in Bahrain nicht mehr zur Wiederwahl vorgeschlagen, was unter anderem bei Reinhard Grindel, Präsident des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes (DFB), laute Kritik hervorrief.

Grindel sagte nun dem Spiegel, er habe bislang noch keine Möglichkeit gehabt, mit Rojas persönlich zu sprechen und wisse deshalb auch nicht, ob es ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen Infantino gebe.

Sollten die Vorwürfe zutreffen, hätte sich der FIFA-Präsident allerdings "wegen Befangenheit nicht derart in die personellen Veränderungen der Ethikkommission einbringen dürfen", sagte Grindel.


          Bahrain invokes WTO's 'national security' clause in Qatar row   

Bahrain invokes WTO's 'national security' clause in Qatar rowBahrain told a WTO meeting on Friday trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were justified on national security grounds, a trade official who attended the meeting said. Speaking on behalf of all three countries, Bahrain's representative told the WTO's Goods Council the measures were "in accordance with Article XXI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade", which allows the usual rules to be broken for national security reasons, the official said.



          @maryamalkhawaja on sentencing of #bahrain activists, incl her father   
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          Qatari Airplanes Allowed to Fly over Iran   
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) has granted the Qatari airplanes permission to fly over the Islamic Republic as the planes are banned from Saudi, Egyptian and UAE airspaces after a diplomatic row between Qatar and the Arab countries.


Speaking to the Tasnim News Agency, Qoliollah Qolizadeh, a member of the presiding board of the parliament’s Civil Commission, said given the recent disputes between Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the Qatari flights have been operated over Iranian airspace over the past days.

He further pointed to a recent meeting between the members of the Civil Commission and the country’s aviation officials, saying that during the session, the officials briefed MPs on the flights of Qatari airlines over Iranian airspace.


  • The parliamentarian also made it clear that the Qatari authorities have coordinated the flights with Iran’s Foreign Ministry and got the required permissions from the SNSC.


Neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain, have closed their airspace to the Qatari planes after they cut diplomatic ties with the country, accusing it of fomenting regional unrest and supporting terrorism.
 (Tasnim)
1/7/17

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          Mengapa Iran tak serang Israel - Kajian Timur Tengah   
Pertanyaan ini sering muncul di dalam berbagai diskusi di dunia maya, "Kalau Iran betul-betul anti-Israel, mengapa Iran sampai sekarang tidak jua menyerang Israel?" Pertanyaan ini konteksnya adalah menuduh Iran omdo (omong doang), bahkan ada yang lebih parah lagi, menggunakan teori konspirasi, "Ini bukti bahwa ada kerjasama di balik layar antara Iran dan Israel."

Bila memakai kalkulasi hard power, harus diakui bahwa sebenarnya kekuatan Iran masih jauh di bawah AS. Apalagi, doktrin militer Iran adalahdefensive (bertahan, tidak bertujuan menginvasi negara lain). Iran hanya menganggarkan 1,8% dari pendapatan kotor nasional (GDP)-nya untuk militer (atau sebesar 7 M dollar). Sebaliknya, AS adalah negara dengan anggaran militer terbesar di dunia, yaitu 4,7% dari GDP atau sebesar  687 M dollar. Bahkan, AS telah membangun pangkalan-pangkalan militer di berbagai wilayah di sekitar Iran. AS adalah pelindung penuh Israel dan penyuplai utama dana dan senjata untuk militer Israel. Bujet militer Israel sendiri, pertahunnya mencapai 15 M Dollar (dua kali lipat Iran).

Sebelum menjawab 'mengapa Iran tidak langsung menyerang Israel'?, mari kita jawab dulu pertanyaan sebaliknya, mengapa AS dan Israel tidak jua menyerang Iran? AS sebenarnya tidak berkepentingan menyerang Iran. Tetapi, Israel berkali-kali meminta AS untuk menyerang Iran dengan alasan "Iran memiliki nuklir yang mengancam keselamatan Israel." Ketika rezim Obama enggan menuruti permintaan Israel, Israel bahkan mengancam akan menyerang Iran sendirian, tanpa bantuan AS. Untuk menelaah prospek perang AS+Israel melawan Iran, Anthony Cordesman dari Center for Strategic and International Studies merilis hasil penelitiannya pada bulan Juni 2012.  CSIS melakukan kalkulasi bila AS dan Israel menyerang Iran, antara lain menghitung berapa banyak pesawat pengebom yang dibutuhkan, berapa banyak bom yang harus dibawa, apa kemungkinan serangan balasan dari Iran, dan bagaimana cara menghadapinya.

Salah satu kesimpulan yang diambil Cordesman adalah, profil militer Israel tidak akan mampu melakukan serangan tersebut. Untuk menyerang Iran, Israel harus mengerahkan seperempat pasukan udaranya dan semua pesawat tempurnya, sehingga tidak ada pesawat cadangan untuk berjaga-jaga. Pesawat-pesawat tempur itu harus melewati perbatasan Syria-Turki sebelum terbang di atas udara Irak and Iran. Dan wilayah-wilayah tersebut, sangat rawan bagi Israel. Menurut Cordesman, "Berdasarkan jumlah pesawat yang diperlukan, proses pengisian bahan bakar yang harus dilakukan sepanjang perjalanan menuju Iran, serta usaha mencapai target gempuran tanpa terdeteksi sangatlah beresiko tinggi dan kecil kemungkinan keseluruhan operasi militer tersebut akan berhasil."

Dan bahkan jika pesawat tempur Israel berhasil mengebom reaktor nuklir Iran, pembalasan yang dilakukan Iran akan membawa dampak yang sangat buruk bagi kawasan Timur Tengah. Cordesman menulis, "Anda tidak akan ingin tahu seperti apa jadinya Timur Tengah sehari setelah Israel berupaya menyerang Iran."

Karena itu, bila Israel berkeras ingin menyerang Iran, Israel harus menggandeng AS. Tapi, bila AS menyetujui permintaan Israel ini, AS harus mengerahkan ratusan pesawat dan kapal tempur. Serangan awal saja sudah membutuhkan alokasi kekuatan yang sangat besar, termasuk pengebom utama, upaya penghancuran system pertahanan  udara lawan, pesawat-pesawat pendamping untuk melindungi pesawat pengebom, peralatan perang elektronik, patrol udara untuk menahan serangan balasan dari Iran, dll. Pada saat yang sama, AS harus menghalangi Iran agar tidak melakukan aksi apapun di Selat Hormuz. Bila Iran sampai berhasil memblokir Selat Hormuz, suplai minyak dan gas dunia akan terhambat dan efeknya akan sangat buruk bagi perekonomian dunia. Dan ini bukan pekerjaan mudah. Iran selama ini justru sangat memperkuat kemampuan militernya demi mengontrol Selat Hormuz bila terjadi perang.  Meskipun, AS juga sudah mempersiapkan banyak hal untuk menjaga agar Hormuz tetap terbuka, antara lain dengan menempatkan berbagai perlengkapan militer di Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, dan UAE. Namun inipun mengandung ancaman lain. Iran berkali-kali mengancam, bila wilayahnya diserang, Iran akan melakukan serangan balasan ke semua negara Arab yang di dalamnya ada pangkalan militer AS. Belum lagi, Rusia dan China diperkirakan akan ikut campur demi mengamankan kepentingan mereka sendiri di Timteng. Tak heran bila banyak analis mengungkapkan ramalan bahwa Perang Dunia III akan meletus bila AS sampai menyerang Iran.

Lihatlah situasinya: bila Israel dan AS menyerang Iran, artinya mereka keluar dari wilayah mereka sendiri dan harus bersusah-payah mengusung semua perlengkapan militernya. Lalu, urusan tidak selesai hanya dengan menjatuhkan bom ke situs nuklir Iran. Serangan balik dari Iran, dan posisi geostrategis Iran, sangat memberikan potensi kekalahan bagi AS dan Israel. Karena itulah, Menhan Leon Panetta sampai berkata, "Sangat jelas bahwa bila AS melakukan serangan itu, kita akan mendapatkan akibat buruk yang sangat besar."

Sekarang mari kita balik: bagaimana seandainya Iran menyerang Israel? Minimalnya, ada dua versi jawaban yang bisa diberikan sementara ini.

Berdasarkan kalkulasi hard power. Ingat lagi profil militer Iran. Bisa dibayangkan, berapa banyak senjata yang dimiliki Iran dengan dana 7 M Dollar pertahun, dibandingkan dengan banyaknya senjata yang dimiliki AS dengan dana 687 M Dollar pertahun.  Bandingkan lagi dengan kondisi 'seandainya Israel menyerang Iran' seperti yang sudah dianalisis Cordesman di atas.   Kesimpulan yang bisa diambil adalah saat ini, profil militer Iran memang belum mampu menyerang Israel secara langsung, begitu juga sebaliknya, Israel juga belum mampu menyerang Iran secara langsung. Sementara, AS punya hitung-hitungan lain di luar sekedar menyerang Iran. AS akan menghadapi kehancuran ekonomi yang sangat parah bila sampai mengobarkan perang terhadap Iran.
Artinya, kedua pihak saat ini masih dalam posisi sama-sama bertahan. Itulah sebabnya, retorika Iran selama ini memang selalu defensif: Iran tidak mengancam akan menyerang, melainkan 'akan membalas bila ada yang berani menyerang'. Seandainya Iran dalam posisi diserang dan membela diri dari dalam negeri (bukan dalam posisi menyerang dan mengirimkan pasukan ke luar wilayahnya) Iran sangat mungkin bertahan dan meraih kemenangan, karena memiliki keunggulan geostrategis. Hanya dengan memblokir Selat Hormuz, seluruh dunia akan merasakan dampak buruk perang dan bahkan AS akan bangkrut sehingga tak akan mampu melanjutkan perang.

Sebaliknya, untuk bisa maju perang (=secara ofensif mengirimkan senjata dan pasukan ke luar wilayahnya), Iran tidak mungkin maju sendirian. Bila negara-negara Arab, terutama yang berbatasan darat dengan Palestina, belum siap berjuang, tentu sangat konyol bila Iran harus mengirim pasukan ke Palestina yang jauhnya 1500 km dari Teheran. Berapa banyak pasukan, pesawat tempur, dan rudal yang mampu dikirim oleh Iran yang hanya punya anggaran 7 M Dollar pertahun?  Bila Mesir saja yang pemerintahannya dikuasai Ikhwanul Muslimin (artinya, seideologi dengan Hamas) masih menutup pintu perbatasannya dengan Gaza; masih menolak untuk terjun langsung ke medan pertempuran membela saudara se-harakah mereka, mengapa Iran yang di-ojok-ojok untuk mengirim pasukan perang? Karena itu, dari sisi ini, hanya satu kata untuk menilai pertanyaan 'mengapa Iran tidak langsung menyerang Israel?' : naif.

2. Berdasarkan kalkulasi soft power. Sangat mungkin, di atas kertas, profil militer Iran memang seperti yang diungkapkan di atas. Tapi, bila diingat lagi percepatan kemajuan teknologi militer yang dicapai Iran dan statemen beberapa petinggi militer Iran yang menyebutkan bahwa kemampuan Iran 'jauh lebih besar dari apa yang terlihat', ada aspek lain yang perlu dipertimbangkan. Iran adalah negara yang berbasis teologi mazhab Syiah dan meyakini adanya aspek transenden dalam setiap keputusan yang diambil oleh pemimpin spiritual mereka (rahbar). Militer Iran pun berada di bawah wewenang rahbar, yang sekarang dijabat Ayatullah Khamenei. Iran meyakini bahwa Ayatullah Khamanei memiliki kemampuan transenden sehingga mengetahui kapan saat yang tepat untuk maju perang. Orang lain boleh tidak percaya, tetapi ini adalah urusan rakyat Iran sendiri.

Di sini, pertanyaan mengapa Iran belum juga menyerang Israel secara langsung (seandainya memang kemampuan militernya sebenarnya sudah mencukupi) akan mendapat jawaban sederhana saja: karena belum diizinkan oleh sang Rahbar. Lalu, mengapa Rahbar belum memberi izin? Silahkan dipikirkan sendiri, dengan mengaitkannya pada hal-hal yang bersifat ideologis dan relijius; dan hal ini di luar kapasitas saya untuk menjelaskan.

Intinya, perjuangan melawan Israel bukanlah perjuangan Iran saja. Ini seharusnya menjadi perjuangan bersama semua negara-negara muslim. Dan inilah yang terus diupayakan para pemimpin dan ulama Iran melalui berbagai statemen dan orasinya: membangkitkan kesadaran dan semangat juang kaum muslimin sedunia; sambil terus berupaya memperkuat profil militernya. Ini bukanlah omdo (omong doang), tapi upaya yang memang harus dilakukan sebelum mencapai kemenangan.

Akan tiba suatu masa ketika kaum muslimin sedunia bangkit bersatu dan bersama-sama merebut kembali Al Quds dari tangan para penjajah. Inilah janji Allah dalam QS 17:4-5, "Dan telah kami tetapkan terhadap Bani Israel di dalam Alkitab: sesungguhnya kalian akan membuat kerusakan di muka bumi ini dua kali dan kalian akan menyombongkan diri dengan kesombongan yang besar. Dan maka ketika telah tiba apa yang dijanjikan itu, akan kami bangkitkan para hamba yang perkasa dan  memiliki kekuatan besar untuk mengalahkan kalian. Para hamba itu akan mencari kalian sampai ke tempat persembunyian kalian dan janji [Allah] itu pasti terjadi."

Sumber : http://dinasulaeman.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/mengapa-iran-tak-serang-israel/

Oleh: Dina Y. Sulaeman

          Genetic nomenclature abbreviation: Spbahr for taxon Symplegma bahraini Monniot C. & Monniot F., 1997   
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          British Airways Is Now Flying Qatar Airways Planes Around Europe   

Well this should be fun. Last week I wrote about how British Airways may be leasing some Qatar Airways planes for a couple of weeks to operate flights on their behalf within Europe. British Airways is having serious labor issues with their "mixed fleet" cabin crew, which have gone on strike several times, and threatened to continue to go on strike. The latest strike is scheduled to take place for the first half of July.

Rather than let the strike cause tons of cancelations, British Airways has come up with a creative (but costly) solution. British Airways is wet leasing eight A320 aircraft from Qatar Airways, to operate flights within Europe. These flights will have Qatar Airways crews (both pilots and flight attendants). This comes at a convenient time for Qatar Airways, given the number of shorthaul aircraft that they have parked due to their severed diplomatic relations with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

These planes should be operating for British Airways for about two weeks. While the schedules for these plans haven't been published for the entire two weeks yet, you should see Qatar Airways planes operating on behalf of British Airways as of today.


          Saudi-Arabien VS Katar   
Erweiterte Achse des schiitischen Widerstandes?
Saudi Arabien hat Katar eine Frist von 24 Stunden gesetzt, um sich 10 Forderungen zu unterwerfen. Dem Vernehmen nach sollen darunter die Auflösung von Al Jazeera sein, der Abbruch der diplomatischen Beziehungen mit dem Iran, und ein Ende der Unterstützung der Moslem Bruderschaft, zu der auch die palästinensische Hamas gehört. Zu letzter Forderung scheint Katar ja schon bereit gewesen zu sein, und hat Hamas-Führer aus dem Land verwiesen, wie man in den Medien lesen konnte. Saudi Arabien geht so weit, mit militärischen Aktionen zu drohen, sollte Katar den Forderungen nicht nachkommen. Aber während Saudi-Arabien mit gerade mal 1000 Soldaten Bahrain übernehmen konnte, um den Diktator vor einer populären Revolution zu retten, wäre ein Krieg gegen Katar wesentlich unvorhersehbarer. Nicht nur wegen der durch Deutschland an den Kleinstaat gelieferten Waffen.
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          Bahrain Grand Prix proves that Formula 1 finally has parity   

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          Comment on Williams documentary to open on August 4th | Caption Competition by anon   
<a href='http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/members/charleski/'>@charleski</a>, one that seems to have been given more credence is that Mansour Ojjeh and Ron Dennis used to have an agreement where they would vote together. It was an arrangement that the two had kept to since 1983, when Ojjeh first invested in the team, and it was an arrangement that became important to Dennis when Mumtalakat bought a sizeable share of the team and the associated voting rights. It is claimed that, back in 2012, Dennis was against participating in the Bahrain GP and arranged a vote with the other shareholders where he hoped to win support for calling for the race to be cancelled. With Mumtalakat voting against the motion and Ron for it, Ojjeh, who was asked to chair the meeting, had the deciding vote. It seems that Ojjeh was of the personal opinion that the race should go ahead, though at the same time Ron was expecting him to vote with him under their historical agreement. However, when the time for the vote came, Ojjeh broke his agreement with Ron and voted for what he believed was the right decision - that the race should go ahead - rather than voting in step with Ron. It is claimed that Ron was outraged that Ojjeh broke their historical agreement and considered Ojjeh's decision as an act of betrayal. Now, around that same time, Ojjeh's health was deteriorating due to a lung condition, leading to the need for a double lung transplant in 2013, leaving Mansour to temporarily step back from his role (with his brother, Aziz, temporarily taking over his position). Ron, in turn, seems to have seen Ojjeh's ill health as an opportunity to push him out of the team, resulting in the move to oust Whitmarsh and replace him shortly afterwards. Although it seems that Mumtalakat initially supported Ron's return as he promised a return to better form, as the promises that he made to them began to fall apart and his relationship with Ojjeh soured, it seems that Mumtalakat's enthusiasm for him waned over time. There are claims that Ron then sought new investors - possibly from China - to buy out Ojjeh and Mumtalakat in what would effectively have been a hostile takeover, with both Ojjeh and Mumtalakat pushing back against Ron's behaviour and eventually pushing him out instead.
              
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          Putin discusses Qatar dispute with Bahrain king - Kremlin   
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in a telephone call, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

          Lewis Hamilton Secret Life Reebok   
Lewis Hamilton Secret Life Reebok Lewis Hamilton reveals his hidden acting talents ahead of Bahrain. The Formula One World Champion joins a long list of athletes who have made the seamless transition from the sporting arena onto the silver screen. Distributed by Tubemogul.

          Putin discusses Qatar dispute with Bahrain king   
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          Die Bikes der WorldTour 2017   
Die Bikes der WorldTour 2017

Neue Saison, neue Teams, neue Bikes, neue Fahrer, neue Kits: Die WorldTour 2017 ist gestartet und unsere australischen Kollegen waren beim ersten Rennen der Santos Tour Down Under mit dabei. Was sie da gemacht haben? Reichlich Bilder natürlich, und alle Bikes im Video.

Wir stellen euch alle Teams und Bikes ausführlich vor und sagen euch, was sich zur neuen Saison alles getan hat.

AG2R-LA MONDIALE

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Das französische Team AG2R LA Mondiale hat sich für die neue Saison neue Bikes angeschafft und wechselt von Focus zu Factor, einem noch recht ungeschriebenen Blatt im Profi-Sport. Die Premium-Marke hat 2016 bereits das Pro-Conti Team ONE Pro Cycling ausgestattet. Das Die Bikes im Einsatz sind das klassische Leichtgewicht „2 im Bild und später in der Saison das Aero Bike One, das aktuell noch auf die Bedürfnisse des Teams abgestimmt wird. Außerdem wechselt das Team zahlreiche Komponentenhersteller, nämlich von SRAM zu Shimano bei den Gruppen, Zipp zu Mavic bei den Laufrädern, Zipp zu Black Inc beim Cockpit und von Quarq zu SRM bei den Powermetern.

  • Marke: Factor
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Mavic
  • Cockpit: Black Inc

ASTANA

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Auch das Team Astana wechselt seinen Bike-Ausstatter für die neue Saison. Specialized war einmal, jetzt ist Argon-18 am Start. Zur Auswahl stehen die Räder Gallium Pro (im Bild) und das Nitrogen Pro für Sprinter. FSA ist fast ausschließlich für die Komponenten zuständig, mit aktuell noch ein paar Schaltkomponenten von Shimano (was sich aber im Laufe der Saison ändern wird) und Laufrädern von Vision.

  • Marke: Argon-18
  • Schaltgruppe: FSA / Shimano
  • Laufräder: Vision
  • Cockpit: FSA

BAHRAIN-MERIDA

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Das brandneue Pro Team Bahrain-Merida setzt auf die Leichtgewichte Scultura Team und Reacto Team (im Bild) von Merida sowie Shimano Schaltkomponenten und Laufräder von Fulcrum. Das Paket wird durch ein Cockpit von FSA sowie dem neuen SRM Powermeter abgerundet.

  • Marke: Merida
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Fulcrum
  • Cockpit: FSA

BMC RACING TEAM

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Kaum Veränderungen im Hause BMC. Das Teammachine SLR01 wird das Standard-Arbeitsgerät für das Team sein, ausgestattet mit Shimano Schaltung und Laufrädern sowie SRM Powermetern. Neu ist das knallige Rot und der Wechsel zu Vittoria-Reifen.

  • Marke: BMC
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Shimano
  • Cockpit: 3T

BORA-HANSGROHE

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Es war das Diskussionsthema der Vorsaison: Das Bora Team sicherte sich mit dem Wechsel zu Specialized das Talent des Weltmeisters der letzten zwei Jahre und Superstar Peter Sagan. Das Team hat die Qual der Wahl zwischen dem vielseitigen S-Works Tarmac, dem Aero-Bike Venge ViAS (im Bild) und dem neuen Roubaix, was mit Sicherheit bei den Spring-Classics auf den Pflasterstein-Rennen zum Einsatz kommen dürfte. Shimano kümmert sich um die Gruppe, die Specialized-Eigenmarke Roval um die Laufräder. Das Cockpit wird von der Shimano Tochter PRO übernommen, allerdings nur beim Tarmac. Das Venge hat bekanntlich ein integriertes Cockpit.

  • Marke: Specialized
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Roval
  • Cockpit: Pro

CANNONDALE-DRAPAC

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Ebenfalls kaum Änderungen gibt es beim Cannondale-Drapac Team. Das SuperSix Evo (im Bild) wird bei den Rennen dominieren, das Synapse könnte eine Chance bei den Classics haben. Schaltgruppe kommt von Shimano, die Laufräder von Mavic und das Cockpit von FSA.

  • Marke: Cannondale
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Mavic
  • Cockpit: FSA


TEAM DIMENSION DATA

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Auch in der neuen Saison wird Cervelo das südafrikanische Team Dimension Data mit Bikes versorgen, vorzugsweise mit dem R5 und dem S5 Aero-Bike (im Bild). Rotor ist der Sponsor für den Antrieb, zusammen mit KMC, die für ihre goldenen Ketten bekannt sind. Bis Rotor allerdings die neue Uno Gruppe fertigstellt hat, werden auch Shimano Komponenten verbaut. Die Laufräder kommen von ENVE, genauso wie das Cockpit.

  • Marke: Cervelo
  • Schaltgruppe: Rotor / Shimano
  • Laufräder: ENVE
  • Cockpit: ENVE

TEAM FDJ

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Während andere Teams dieses Jahr schon wieder seinen Fahrradausrüster wechselten, ist das Pro-Team FDJ schon seit 15 Jahren dem Hersteller Lapierre treu, so lange wie kein anderes Team der WorldTour. Deswegen gibt es auch bei der Ausstattung keine Überraschung. Das Xelius SL wird bei der Tour Down Under an den Start gehen und mit Komponenten von Shimano und PRO ausgestattet.

  • Marke: Lapierre
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Shimano
  • Cockpit: PRO

KATUSHA-ALPECIN

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Alpecin ist beim Team Katusha als Co-Sponsor eingestiegen, was auch schon die wichtigste Neuerung im 2017er Lineup darstellt. Canyon ist weiterhin für die Bikes verantwortlich, darunter das vielseitige Ultimate CF SLX und das Aero Bike Aeroad CF SLX (im Bild). Katusha ist 2017 das letzte Team, das mit einem SRAM-Antrieb unterwegs ist, und zwar der Red eTap. Powermeter kommen von Quarq, die Laufräder von Zipp (beides SRAM Töchter). Fun Fact: SRAM hat immer noch keine passenden Direct-Mount Bremsen für das Aeroad im Angebot, weswegen das Team auf eine unmarkierte Shimano Dura-Ace zurückgreift.

  • Marke: Canyon
  • Schaltgruppe: SRAM
  • Laufräder: Zipp
  • Cockpit: Canyon

LOTTONL-JUMBO

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Das LottoNL Team bleibt Bianchi treu und wird verwöhnt mit den neuesten Modellen Oltre XR4 (im Bild), dem Specialissima und dem Infinito CV. Letzteres wird sicher bei den Cobbled Classics auftauchen, das Specialissima punktet dagegen mit Vielseitigkeit. Shimano liefert Antrieb und Räder, das Cockpit kommt von FSA.

  • Marke: Bianchi
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Shimano
  • Cockpit: FSA

LOTTO SOUDAL

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Auch bei Lotto Soudal gibt es nicht viel Neues zu entdecken. Andre Greipel und Co. gehen weiter mit Ridley Bikes und Campagnolo Komponenten an den Start. Arbeitsgeräte sind das Helium (im Bild) und das Aero Rennrad Noah. Ein neues Helium mit dem Zusatz SLX war ebenfalls zu sehen, mit interner Kabelverlegung, abgerundeten Rohrformen und einer geraden Gabel.

  • Marke: Ridley
  • Schaltgruppe: Campagnolo
  • Laufräder: Campagnolo
  • Cockpit: Deda

MOVISTAR

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Auch beim Team Movistar hat sich nicht viel getan. Weiter geht es mit Canyon Bikes und Campagnolo-Antrieb, hauptsächlich beim Ultimate CF SLX (im Bild) und dem aggressiveren Aeroad. Die meisten Fahrer setzen dabei auf die elektrische Super Record EPS Schaltung.

  • Marke: Canyon
  • Schaltgruppe: Campagnolo
  • Laufräder: Campagnolo
  • Cockpit: Canyon

ORICA-SCOTT

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Scott hat das Orica-Team schon seit 2012 mit Bikes ausgestattet und wird mit der neuen Saison Co-Sponsor. Die meisten Fahrer werden bei der TDU das aerodynamische Foil (im Bild) bevorzugen, haben aber auch die Möglichkeit auf das Addict zu wechseln. Shimano kümmert sich um die Schaltgruppe und die Laufräder, die Scott-Eigenmarke Syncros um das Cockpit.

  • Marke: Scott
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Shimano
  • Cockpit: Syncros

QUICKSTEP FLOORS

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Etixx ist raus, Floors ist drin. QuickStep setzt auf einen neuen Sponsor und Farben, ansonsten ändert sich nicht viel. Specialized stellt die Bikes (S-Works Tarmac im Bild), Shimano den Antrieb, Roval die Laufräder und FSA das Cockpit.

  • Marke: Specialized
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Roval
  • Cockpit: FSA


TEAM SUNWEB

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Das neue Giant-Alpecin Team nennt sich jetzt Sunweb und kommt 2017 mit einigen Neuheiten um die Ecke. Die Farben gehen weg vom Giant-Blau hin zu einem Rot-Weiß-Schwarz, wie auf dem TCR Advanced SL (im Bild) bei der Tour Down Under. Bei den Classics wird auch das Langstreckenrennrad Defy Advanced SL zum Einsatz kommen. Giant kümmert sich jetzt auch selbst um die Komponenten fürs Cockpit, Shimano stellt mit Antrieb und Felgen den Rest.

  • Marke: Giant
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Shimano
  • Cockpit: Giant

TEAM SKY

2017 WorldTour Pro Road Bikes 4

Team Sky startet mit einem brandneuen Bike ins neue Jahr, und zwar dem neuen Pinarello Dogma F10. Weniger Gewicht, verbesserte Steifigkeit und höhere Aerodynamik stehen im Vergleich zum Vorgänger auf dem Papier. Shimano ist verantwortlich für die Gruppe und die Laufräder, PRO für das Cockpit.

  • Marke: Pinarello
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Shimano
  • Cockpit: PRO

TREK SEGAFREDO

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Auch die Fahrer vom Team Trek Segafredo dürfen aus drei Bikes wählen; dem Emonda (im Bild), dem Langstrecken-Bike Domane und dem Sprinter Madone. Auf der Tour Down Under wird mit Sicherheit das Madone die meisten Einsätze bekommen. Shimano stellt den Antrieb, die Trek-Tochter Bontrager quasi alles andere. Bis zu der Rückkehr nach Europa sitzen die Trek-Fahrer auf den 2016er Modellen.

  • Marke: Trek
  • Schaltgruppe: Shimano
  • Laufräder: Bontrager
  • Cockpit: Bontrager

UAE ABU DHABI

2017 WorldTour Pro Road Bikes 17

Colnago feiert dank dem UAE Abu Dhabi Team (ehemals Lampre-Merida) seine Rückkehr in die WorldTour. Das in Italien sitzende Team setzt natürlich auf italienische Fahrradkunst, mit dem Colnago C60 (im Bild) und dem Concept. Campagnolo sorgt für den Antrieb, Deda für das Cockpit.

  • Marke: Colnago
  • Schaltgruppe: Campagnolo
  • Laufräder: Campagnolo
  • Cockpit: Deda


          Kremlin Says Putin Discusses Qatar Dispute With King Of Bahrain   
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in a phone call on July 1.
          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

          British Airways Is Now Flying Qatar Airways Planes Around Europe   

Well this should be fun. Last week I wrote about how British Airways may be leasing some Qatar Airways planes for a couple of weeks to operate flights on their behalf within Europe. British Airways is having serious labor issues with their "mixed fleet" cabin crew, which have gone on strike several times, and threatened to continue to go on strike. The latest strike is scheduled to take place for the first half of July.

Rather than let the strike cause tons of cancelations, British Airways has come up with a creative (but costly) solution. British Airways is wet leasing eight A320 aircraft from Qatar Airways, to operate flights within Europe. These flights will have Qatar Airways crews (both pilots and flight attendants). This comes at a convenient time for Qatar Airways, given the number of shorthaul aircraft that they have parked due to their severed diplomatic relations with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

These planes should be operating for British Airways for about two weeks. While the schedules for these plans haven't been published for the entire two weeks yet, you should see Qatar Airways planes operating on behalf of British Airways as of today.


              
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Ngoại trưởng Bahrain Khalid Bin Ahmed al-Khalifa cảnh báo, nếu Qatar không làm theo các thỏa thuận với các nước trong khu vực thì Doha sẽ bị “can thiệp khẩn cấp”.Ảnh: SputnikBahrain cho thấy nước này hành động theo chỉ thị của Saudi Arabia trong khuôn khổ "kế hoạch khu vực"của phương Tây. Tuy nhiên, trong điều kiện hiện nay, trong đó có cuộc khủng hoảng vẫn đang tiếp diễn ở Syria, ở khu vực này đang hình thành cấu hình quyền lực mới chống lại phương Tây.Trong tình hình này, sự can thiệp quân sự có thể là sự khởi đầu của một cuộc chiến tranh thế giới mới.Traả lời phỏng vấn hãng Sputnik, chuyên gia trong lĩnh...
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          National Bonds : 61% of savers in Saudi Arabia plan to save more in 2017   

Dubai - MENA Herald: National Bonds Corporation (National Bonds), the leading sharia-compliant savings and investments company in the UAE, has announced the results of its 2016 Savings Index for select GCC countries based on a survey conducted across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait and Oman. The results showed that the UAE recorded the highest percentage of [...]

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          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

          Ready for dialogue, but will reject Saudi Arabia: Quatar Foreign Minister   
The comments came ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands. Reported by DNA 24 minutes ago.
          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain   
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

(If you enjoy reading these stories then check out my autobiographic book via http://www.lulu.com and type in my pename of Jon Kwame Abbott, or use the book's title (PDAL) but in full kindly.)

In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
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          The USA, Qatar and ‘New’ Imperialist Alignments   

The official story is that Saudi Arabia, supported by Egypt, the Emirates, Bahrain and other sidekicks in the Gulf, is trying to isolate Qatar from the rest of the Arab world as punishment for betraying the Sunni cause and for financing jihadhi terrorism. Like all lies, this one contains an element of truth which conceals other aspects of the situation which must not be brought to light, much less focussed on.

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          TDF 2017: Az eső átírta a forgatókönyvet   
Esős, és emiatt veszélyes 14 kilométeres egyéni időfutamon van túl a Tour de France mezőnye. A sárga trikó a Sky csapatához került,  a Movistar pedig egy nagyon fontos emberét veszítette.  14 kilométeres egyéni időfutammal rajtolt a 104.  Tour de France, és ezen információ hallatán a legtöbben valószínűleg elsődlegesen Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin) nevére és az ő győzelmére asszociáltak volna, nem is tévesen, a német időmenőn nagy volt a nyomás,  hogy hazai környezetben vigye el a sárga trikót. A mai szombaton azonban Düsseldorf esős napra ébredt, és ez a tény jócskán átírta a forgatókönyvet. Az időjárás leglátványosabban a Lotto NL-Jumbo csapatával (Dylan Groenewegen és George Bennett is ugyanabban a kanyarban csúszott meg), a legfájóbban pedig a Movistar csapatával szúrt ki. Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana legfontosabb segítője is bukott, és kórházba kellett szállítani kivizsgálásra. Hasonlóképpen korán búcsúzik a versenytől Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) is. Az időfutamot végül Geraint Thomas (Sky), Chris Froome első számú segítője nyerte Stefan Küng (BMC) és saját csapattársa,  Vasily Kiryienka előtt. Martin csak negyedik lett, 8 másodperc hátránnyal. Az összetett fő esélyesek  közül Froome végzett a legjobb, 6. helyen, hozzá képest 35 mp a lemaradása Richie Porte-nak (BMC), 37 mp Nairo Quintanának (Movistar), 40 mp Fabio Arunak (Astana)  és  42 mp Alberto Contadornak (Trek-Segafredo) Top10 a  szakaszon: 1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:16:04 2 Stefan Küng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:05 3 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:00:07 4 Tony Martin (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:08 5 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:10 6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:12 7 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:15 8 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 9 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:16 10 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data (Kép forrása: letour.fr)
          Na Valverde ook Izagirre na valpartij uit Tour de France   
Naast Alejandro Valverde moest ook een andere kopman opgeven. Ion Izagirre, de renner van Bahrain Merida kwam in dezelfde bocht als Valverde ten val en moest ook opgeven. Naast Valverde en Izagirre kwamen ook Tony Gallopin en Luke Durbridge ten...
          Comment on McLaren confirms Dennis departure by Ambient Sheep   
Strange to think that a bunch of protestors in Bahrain ultimately caused this. It's weird sometimes how the web of history weaves itself (see also James Burke's <i>Connections </i>).
          Comment on Not to be hyperbolic, but Qatar-Saudi Arabia dispute could boil over into World War III  by michael r james   
Both Iraq and Iran are Shia majority. But for decades Saddam Hussein who was Sunni but ran a quasi-secular military dictatorship managed to keep it all under control. The US invasion destroyed Hussein's civil and military government structure and so the Shias resumed their natural supremacy (installed democratically!) and this got worse with al-Maliki who was hardline and overtly persecuted Sunnis and refused reasonable bi-partisan government (while the Bush's US looked on disinterestedly, FFS!). This is what caused the Sunni backlash, including al-Queda elements, which continues to this day (when you see some horrific bombing in Iraq it is Sunni retribution against the dominant Shia). These various Sunni insurrections are covertly supported by the rich Middle-East regimes, notably Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Emirates. The Sunni insurrection in Iraq spread into Syria which is a bit like Iraq: Sunni are numerically dominant but the Shias control more of government with Assad as a Shia-related sect, and thus why they (and Lebanon's Hizbollah) have been historically supported by Iran. And Russia (whose only Mediterranean base is in Syria grace of Assad). And of course these countries border Israel. None of these Sunni-majority countries admit to supporting ISIS but indirectly they do (funds and arms go thru intermediates, and Qatar does it by paying big ransoms when their citizens or others are taken hostage--it's a nod-and-wink game by both parties). They all do--even or especially the Saudis. That is why this Saudi action against Qatar has nothing directly to do with any of this stuff in Syria. Instead it has to do with the Saudi's need to control what they perceive as instability coming from Qatar's relatively "progressive" approach (al Jazeerah doesn't step on Qatari internal affairs but has no problem reporting on the worse practices of the rest of the Arab world; women in Qatar have vastly higher freedom and status than in Saudi Arabia or the others--something that it shares with the Shia majority Iran and Iraq!). Qatari support of the Arab Spring in Egypt and of the Muslim Brotherhood (Sunni Pan-Islamists, long-supported by the Saudis but now perceived as a threat to the Saudi royal family) who actually won the Egyptian election would have got the Saudis very nervous and furious. To complicate things there are Shia minorities in many of these countries (and about 45% of Yemenis hence the vicious Saudi war there, supported outrageously by the US) who are tolerated but hardly treated as equals; in fact Bahrain has majority Shia but again the rulers are Sunni, and Shia unrest over their suppression is what caused Saudi Arabia to march its armed forces in to rescue the Bahrainis a few years back. Bahrain also has the second largest US (naval) base. Not a single one of these parties is innocent but Qatar is probably the most "progressive", something that threatens the Saudis. It's why the largest US (air) base in the middle-east is there--after they had that 1996 massacre in Saudi Arabia and had to find somewhere else. Both Bahrain and Qatar were British protectorates into the 60s. Most Americans in their State department know all this which is why Rex Tillersen keeps making statements that clash with idiot statements and actions by Trump; he's no idiot and probably will inevitably have a clash with Trump too big to survive. Being former CEO of Exxon made him an easy mark as a super-global-villain but I reckon he is one of the few competents desperately trying to keep Trump from exploding the situation (in the ME, China, North Korea, Ukraine, Cuba, you name it). Probably because he isn't stupid and listens to his State Department experts (he hasn't rushed in to replace all the Obama people). At any rate, what we see is typical of authoritarian states---there can be only one supreme authority and Saudi Arabia is worried about, and is actually losing control over "its" peninsula. I doubt that WW3 is likely but a meltdown within the peninsula might almost be inevitable because the Saudi kings and Wahabi sect won't be able to hold back modernism forever. Or keep exporting it (including bin Laden; and of our direct interest, Indonesia). And into this astoundingly complicated mess we have Donald Trump! What could possibly go wrong? Also it is why I have never thought it was a great strategy of Qantas to put all of its European traffic into Dubai.
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          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
          Putin discusses Qatar dispute with Bahrain king - Kremlin   
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in a telephone call, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
          DEMOCRATS VS AUTHORITARIANS:   
Corker hold puts Saudi arms deal at risk (Jack Detsch, June 29, 2017, Al Monitor)

On Monday, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., sent a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson vowing to block future arms sales to Gulf countries pending a resolution to the regional dispute over Qatar. The letter is widely seen as an effort to give Tillerson more leverage as he tries to negotiate an end to the crisis, which began June 5 when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut ties with Doha over its alleged support for terrorism.


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          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain   
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

(If you enjoy reading these stories then check out my autobiographic book via http://www.lulu.com and type in my pename of Jon Kwame Abbott, or use the book's title (PDAL) but in full kindly.)

In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
          Comment on F1: 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Weekend Begins by Paul Ebeling   
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           Jon Izagirre abandona el Tour tras sufrir una caída en la crono    
Izagirre, de 28 años, se presentaba como líder del Bahrain, equipo que le fichó este año procedente del Movistar para asumir los galones de líder en algunas pruebas.
          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   

          Foreign Exchanges in several countries boycott Qatari Riyals   

[Russia], July 1 (ANI): Several banks, foreign exchange companies in the Gulf have refused to exchange Qatari riyals and also stopped accepting them, following the economic blockade announced by Saudi Arabia and its Arab allies.

The currency blockade has caught many people off guard as foreign exchanges in many countries have also refused to exchange riyals citing a lack of demand for the currency. Meanwhile, rating agencies have lowered Qatar's credit rating and put it on "negative watch" as a result of the boycott of Qatar by a group of Arab countries, Sputnik reported.

Iran, with which Qatar shares a natural gas field in the Persian Gulf, and Turkey, which has a military base in Qatar, have sent deliveries of food and other supplies to Qatar by sea.

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, alleging that the Gulf nation supports terrorists and militant groups with ties to Iran.

Saudi Arabia closed the crossing at Qatar's only land border, which Qatar uses to import about 40 percent of its food supplies.

Qatar's Arab neighbors also denied permission for the national carrier Qatar Airways to use their airspace, and airline carriers from the UAE canceled all flights to Doha.

Iran, with which Qatar shares a natural gas field in the Persian Gulf, and Turkey, which has a military base in Qatar, have sent deliveries of food and other supplies to Qatar by sea.

While the Qatari riyal has been officially pegged at $3.64 to the dollar since 2005, offers for the currency have fallen below the fixed rate due to a fall in demand.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt has issued an ultimatum with 13 demands, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups.

Recently, United States President Donald Trump discussed the Qatar-Gulf dispute with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan but Turkey has backed Doha in its rift with the Arab states and is seeking to mediate the crisis. (ANI)


          U.S. picks up the tab for China's security   

All right, kids, we’ll begin our class on world affairs, with an article from today’s Herald Tribune.
It says that the United States is sending robotic mine clearing equipment to help protect tanker traffic through the Straits of Hormuz, in the event the Iranians try to block that waterway. Those narrow Straits, you’ll remember, are how most of the oil from the Middle East and the Gulf is shipped to the world.
Protecting them is the main reason that the United States maintains a large naval base in Bahrain for its aircraft carriers and destroyers and mine sweepers and so on. All this costs us tens of billions of dollars a year. But we’ve always been told that it’s worth it.
Back in 1980, Jimmy Carter warnedthat the U.S. would go to war to protect that vital region. That kind of thinking got the U.S. involved in two hugely expensive Gulf wars, and it has remained bedrock policy.
This past September, for instance, the U.S. carried out a massive joint naval exercise in the Gulf. Among the other countries practicing what they would do to keep the Straits open in the event of hostilities, were the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Yemen, Jordan, New Zealand, Estonia, Netherlands, Italy, Australia, Canada—but, apparently, not China.

Which, kids, is kind of ironic—Why?

Because with the huge increase in domestic petroleum production, the U.S. will soon no longer rely at all on the Gulf. In fact, the country for whom the region and the Straits of Hormuz are essential for its petroleum needs is China.
You would think Americans would be furious that they’re paying huge sums for China’s oil security. Indeed, following Jimmy Carter’s logic, it’s the Chinese who should carry the burden of patrolling the Gulf. But that specter terrifies many American officials.
In the same way, you would think the U.S. might welcome China’s new naval modernization program. They don’t. In fact—though the U.S. navy is much mightier than China’s, many—like Mitt Romney—argue that the U.S. should ramp up its own naval program to keep far ahead of the Chinese.
But, wait, the story is even more complicated: The reason the U.S. navy is bringing that sophisticated new mine clearing equipment to the Gulf is to free up other U.S. ships currently patrolling those waterways. Free them up to go where?
To the Pacific—to join the forces that Obama is shifting to the region to confront-----the Chinese.
O.K. class. Any questions?

              
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          TEACH in Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, Travel Writing, November 2016.   
In November 2016, Openendedsocialstudies.org founder Thomas Kenning participated in the Bilateral US
          Qatar begging for Washington to evade the demands of the boycott countries   
Qatar begging for Washington to evade the demands of the boycott countries Arab and international Saturday July 1, 2017 Qatar continues, trying to beg the United States to "play a role" describes Balehioa in an attempt to make Washington, save it from the isolation that has established itself as a result of its support of terrorism and the threat of the Gulf and the Arab world stability, prompting the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt to boycott and impose sanctions. The ...
          Geraint Thomas vence bajo la lluvia y Valverde abandona tras una dura caída   
   El ciclista británico Geraint Thomas (Sky) ha ganado este sábado la etapa inaugural de la 104ª edición del Tour de Francia, disputada en Dusseldorf (Alemania) sobre 14 kilómetros, al llevarse la contrarreloj con un tiempo de 16:04 en una jornada marcada por la lluvia, que empapó el asfalto y provocó varias caídas, como la que causó las retiradas de los españoles Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) y Ion Izagirre (Team Bahrain Merida).
          Formula 1: Gran Premio del Bahrain (partenza ore 17:00)   

Il pilota finlandese Valtteri Bottas ha ottenuto la sua prima pole position in Formula 1, nel Gran Premio del Bahrain, e la Mercedes sembra aver ripreso un po' di vantaggio sulla Ferrari. Dietro Bottas e Hamilton (i cui tempi differiscono di solo 0.023 secondi) ci sono Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkonen e Verstappen, tutti con distacchi piuttosto ampi dalla Mercedes.

L'articolo Formula 1: Gran Premio del Bahrain (partenza ore 17:00) è su Il Veggente.


          ICAO Commends Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE,Bahrain’s Air Navigation Safety Measures   

From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English.

The Board of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held an irregular session in which the Secretariat General of the …

continue reading ICAO Commends Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE,Bahrain’s Air Navigation Safety Measures


          Leaders of Russia, Bahrain, point to positive trends in bilateral trade   
"The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements reached at the Russian-Bahrain high-level talks held in Moscow in September last year," the statement reads
          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   

          Valverdes Sturz Grund für Martins geplatzten Traum von Gelb?    

Tony Martin radelte sich auf der Rolle gerade den Frust aus den Beinen, da ließen einzelne Fan-Rufe zumindest wieder ein Lächeln über seine Lippen huschen.

Das so ersehnte und eigentlich für ihn bestimmte Gelbe Trikot gehörte beim Auftakt der 104. Tour de France in Düsseldorf aber dem Briten Geraint Thomas.

"Die Enttäuschung ist unendlich groß. Ich hatte die klare Zielstellung zu gewinnen. Es ist sehr schade für mich, es war eine einmalige Chance, in Deutschland in Gelb zu fahren", sagte Martin.

14 Kilometer lagen zwischen dem Traum vom "Maillot jaune" beim ersten Grand Départ in Deutschland seit 30 Jahren und der Realität, die schließlich hieß: vierter Platz mit acht Sekunden Rückstand auf den Waliser aus der Sky-Mannschaft von Titelverteidiger Chris Froome.

"Ich habe auf dem letzten Kilometer etwas liegenlassen, da ist mir der Akku ausgegangen", sagte Martin (Die Gesamtwertung im Überblick).

Martin wird durch Teamfahrzeuge blockiert

Es ehrte den Sportsmann, dass er die Gründe seiner Niederlage zu allererst bei sich selbst suchte. Dabei war ihm bei Kilometer 8,1 - kurz vor der Zwischenzeitnahme - großes Unglück widerfahren. 

Die unmittelbar vor ihm gestarteten Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) und Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain Merida) waren auf regennasser Fahrbahn in derselben Schnellkurve zu Fall gekommen. Als Martin die Unfallstelle passieren wollte, war die Ideallinie durch Teamfahrzeuge und Medical Car blockiert.

Martin musste deutlich vom Gas gehen, verlor entscheidende Sekunden. Zeit, die ihm am Ende für den Sieg und für das Gelbe Trikot fehlen sollten. Bei der Zwischenzeit hatte der Deutsche nämlich noch vier Sekunden vor Sieger Geraint Thomas gelegen.  

"Es hat schon arg eingeschüchtert, man hat immer wieder Stürze gesehen, einige hat es auch schlimm gelegt. Da ist man nicht grad motiviert, noch mehr Risiko zu gehen, ein halbes km/h zu schnell und das Rennen ist zu Ende", sagte Martin über die Wetterverhältnisse.

Tour-Aus für Valverde 

Der gestürzte Valverde musste die Rundfahrt mit einem Bruch der Kniescheibe frühzeitig beenden. Schon nach einem Tag hat Tourfavorit Christopher Froome also einen großen Widersacher weniger. 

Der Südafrikaner machte die mit Abstand beste Figur - und distanzierte als Sechster seine Konkurrenten wie den Australier Richie Porte deutlich (Die Favoriten im Check).

Eine starke Vorstellung zeigten Sprinter Marcel Kittel als Neunter (+0:16), der mit einem Etappensieg im Massensprint noch gute Chancen auf ein Gelbes Trikot hätte, und Nikias Arndt als Elfter (+0:16).

Die deutschen Profis genossen die Atmosphäre beim ersten Tour-Start in Deutschland seit 30 Jahren trotz der äußerlichen Widrigkeiten. "Es war eine supergeile Erfahrung", sagte Rundfahrt-Talent Emanuel Buchmann stellvertretend.

Zabel mit Sturz im Pech

Pech hatte Debütant Rick Zabel, der bei seiner Tour-Premiere gleich zu Sturz kam. "Ich habe ein bisschen zu viel Risiko genommen und bin weggerutscht. Ärgerlich, aber Schwamm drüber", sagte der Sohn der Sprinter-Legende Erik Zabel.

Hunderttausende Fans aus aller Welt hatten sich in der Rheinmetropole trotz des wechselhaften Wetters entlang der Strecke versammelt. Und viele davon drückten Martin die Daumen, wünschten sich, ihn am Abend im Gelben Trikot zu sehen. Dieser Traum wurde jedoch keine Realität.

Um 18.20 Uhr hatte Martin die Startrampe an der Düsseldorfer Messe im Regenbogentrikot des Weltmeisters verlassen. Tief atmete er ein letztes Mal ein, der Blick starr fokussiert auf sein großes Ziel - dann begann die Reise zum "Mittelpunkt der Radsport-Welt", wie er das Gelbe Trikot dieser Tage bezeichnete.

Martin hatte in Düsseldorf schon im Vorfeld vor den Gefahren gewarnt, die bei Regen entstehen würden. Straßenbahn-Schienen, Zebrastreifen, rot eingefärbte Radwege - es gab zahlreiche potenzielle Fallen bei Nässe. 

Schon vor seinem Start zeichnete sich ab, dass auch das Glück eine gewisse Rolle spielen würde. Die Bedingungen wechselten häufig, der Regen ließ mal nach, wurde wieder stärker, und war zwischendurch auch ganz weg. Der Straße aber blieb durchweg rutschig, es war für die Fahrer vor allem in den Kurven ein Ritt auf der Rasierklinge (Tour 2017: Das müssen Sie wissen).

Am Ende blieb dem viermaligen Zeitfahr-Weltmeister nur die Atmosphäre vor heimischen Publikum positiv in Erinnerung. "Ein war ein wunderschönes Rennen. Ich habe überhaupt keine Anweisungen verstanden, weil die Leute mich so gepusht, so angefeuert haben", sagte Martin.


              
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          Putin Has Phone Talks With Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf Row   
By REUTERS JULY 1, 2017, 12:15 P.M. E.D.T. MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties […]
          Putin Discusses Qatar Dispute With Bahrain King-Kremlin   
By REUTERS JULY 1, 2017, 10:24 A.M. E.D.T. MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states with Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in a telephone call, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Putin stressed the need for direct dialogue between all governments involved in the dispute, which is […]
          Geraint Thomas verbrodt gele droom van Tony Martin, Chris Froome deelt eerste tik uit aan concurrentie   

Geraint Thomas is de eerste leider in de Tour de France van 2017. De 31-jarige Brit van Team Sky werkte de openingstijdrit van veertien kilometer in het Duitse Düsseldorf als snelste af en mag dus zondag in de gele leiderstrui van start. Stefan Küng (BMC) en ploegmaat Vasil Kiriyenka moesten respectievelijk vijf en zeven seconden toegeven. Chris Froome (Team Sky) deed de beste zaak van de klassementsrenners. Het natte parcours leidde tot valpartijen en dwong de Spanjaarden Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) en Jon Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) tot opgave. Philippe Gilbert was de eerste Belg.


          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday.

          What on earth is going on?!   
Science fiction has always captured our imagination through Hollywood in screening the wildest phenomenons from Star Wars to 2012. Thanks to the animation technology, it seems more real than "virtual reality".

What has been going on around the world lately is incredible, incomprehensible and, at times, seems like a science fiction movie. The series of social waves that have swept through Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Bahrain seems to continue without much hope for future. Just when the world witnessed the social waves with awe and reeled back into the normal life, earth quake of magnitude 9.0 strikes Japan, followed by tsunami and nuclear radiation. The Japanese Prime Minister Kan Naoto acknowledged that Japan is facing the worst crisis since World War II.

Only a few months back North Korea and Iran were hot topics across the world press. And, all of a sudden, there are no where in the vicinity of the Hot-Spots radar.

The world recession created the mad Gold rush and within a couple of days, the Gold prices nosedived to a three week low. Markets tumble as nuke crisis in Japan sparks risk aversion. Crude prices decline sharply. Companies like BMW are making statements like, "No one knows how the situation will further develop. It is extraordinarily difficult to shift to everday business after the shocking events in Japan." Japan is pumping billions of dollars into market to stabilize their economoy.

But the world chugs along. Indian fans are worried about India's World Cup aspirations. Manchester United is struggling with its losing spree. Irish fans are overjoyed by defeating the English in cricket.

The NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) have their own tactical plans already laid out to face the uncertainity. NRIs are busy discussing the stability of their foreign land and the possibilities of hedging against the potential of currency-depreciation, by converting the loaned amount from foreign currency to Indian Rupees. Hold on, wow!!, Indian Rupees is something that we do count on!! For now, at least.

During these uncertain times, blessed are those people who live in countries - both underdeveloped and developed - that were nurtured to be totally ignorant of the outside world. While most of the world is worried about their future, some of these people don't even know where Japan or Middle East is located on the map. Isolation does happen to be a virtue, sometimes!! But, disconnect with the outside world has cost the world - in terms of war and invasions - beyond human comprehension.

As the world witnesses incredible scenes of disasters and uncertainity, there are intriguing facts that come to light. How did all these disasters occur on the 26th?!

1 Gujarat India earthquake 26 Jan 2001
2 The Rhodes earthquake 26 June 1926
3 Taiwan earthquake 26 April 2010
4 Japan earthquake 26 Feb 2010
5 NE Japan earthquake 26 May 2003
6 NE Japan earthquake 26 July 2003
7 North America earthquake 26 Jan 1700
8 Yugoslav earthquake 26 July 1963
9 Aceh Tsunami 26 Dec 2004
10 Jogjakarta earthquake 26 May 2006
11 Tasik earthquake 26 June 2010
12 Mentawai Tsunami 26 Oct 2010
13 Merapi volcanic eruption 26 Oct 2010
14 Krakatau volcanic eruption 26 Aug 1883 ( 36,000 dead )
15 China earthquake 26 July 1976 ( 255,000 dead )
16 Portugal earthquake 26 Jan 1951 ( 30,000 dead )
17 Kansu, China earthquake 26 Dec 1932 ( 70,000 dead )
18 Turkey earthquake 26 Dec 1939 ( 41,000 dead )
19 Sabah Tidal waves 26 Dec 1996 ( 1,000 dead )
20 Bam, Iran earthquake 26 Dec 2003 ( 60,000 dead )

What on earth is going on?! Only God knows!

But, as long as you are alive, be thankful and stay the course.
          Ông Putin điện đàm với Quốc vương Bahrain về vụ tranh cãi quanh Qatar   

Reuters đưa tin, ngày 1/7, Điện Kremlin cho biết Tổng thống Nga Vladimir Putin đã điện đàm với Quốc vương Bahrain Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa về tranh cãi giữa Qatar và một số nước Arab khác.

Theo thông cáo, ông Putin đã nhấn mạnh đến sự cần thiết của việc đối thoại trực tiếp giữa tất cả chính phủ có liên quan đến tình hình căng thẳng này, điều đang tạo ra ảnh hưởng tiêu cực đối với khu vực Trung Đông.



Hồi đầu tháng 6, Saudi Arabia, Các tiểu vương quốc Arab thống nhất, Bahrain và Ai Cập đã cắt đứt quan hệ ngoại giao và áp đặt lệnh tẩy chay Qatar, cáo buộc Doha tài trợ khủng bố và tìm cách "ve vãn" Iran.

Qatar đã bác bỏ những cáo buộc này./.
              
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          Ook pechvogel Izagirre moet onder het mes na val in Tour   

Ion Izagirre heeft bij zijn valpartij van zaterdag in de openingsetappe van de Tour de France in het Duitse Düsseldorf een onstabiele breuk in de wervelkolom opgelopen en moet geopereerd worden. Dat heeft zijn team Bahrain-Merida zaterdagavond bevestigd in een persbericht.


           Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row    
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          Putin, Bahrain King note Qatar conflict negatively affecting situation in region   
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          3. The Passion of the Christ Tidak Boleh di Putar di Sebagian Negara Arab   
3. The Passion of the Christ


Meski sangat brutal dan tidak dibuat dalam bahasa Inggris, “The Passion of the Christ” (2004) masih menjadi film dengan rating R paling laris di Amerika Serikat sampai saat ini. Tetapi, di pasar internasional, nasibnya tidak seberuntung itu. Film besutan Mel Gibson ini dilarang untuk diputar di Arab Saudi, Bahrain, dan Kuwait. Sementara itu, di Malaysia film ini boleh diputar, tetapi hanya boleh disaksikan oleh penonton yang beragama Kristen. Banyak yang berpendapat bahwa sentimen anti-Semit dari film ini cukup kuat. Di Israel sendiri, “The Passion of the Christ” tidak punya larangan pemutaran. Meski demikian, film ini tidak hadir di bioskop setempat karena tidak ada yang mau mendistribusikannya.



Sutradara: Mel Gibson
Penulis Naskah: Mel Gibson, Benedict Fitzgerald
Pemeran: Jim Caviezel (Jesus), Maia Morgenstern (Mary), Christo Jivkov (John), Francesco De Vito (Peter), Monica Bellucci (Magdalen), Mattia Sbragia (Caiphas), Luca Lionello (Judas), Hristo Shopov (Pontius Pilate)

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          Qatar says Arab states' demands 'made to be rejected', but Doha ready for dialogue    

ROME (Reuters) - Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty.

However Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, added Doha was still ready to sit down and discuss the grievances raised by its Arab neighbors.

He was speaking ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands. Officials say they are aimed at ending a rift that erupted last month over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, charges it denies.

"This list of demands is made to be rejected. It's not meant to be accepted or ... to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that Qatar was willing to engage in further dialogue given "the proper conditions".

The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and closing a Turkish air base in Qatar.

Arab states have said the demands are not negotiable and warned that further unspecified measures will follow if Qatar does not comply.

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar would not close down the Turkish base in his country or shut Al Jazeera as demanded by the Arab countries.

He spoke after arriving in Rome from the United States. Washington is helping Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar, to mediate in the dispute.

Earlier on Saturday, the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had separate telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain about the rift and stressed the need for a diplomatic solution.

(Corrects to clarify that Qatar has yet to make a decision on demands.)

(Reporting by Philip Pullella and Mostafa Hashem, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Gareth Jones)


          Qatar says Arab states' demands 'made to be rejected', but Doha ready for dialogue    

ROME (Reuters) - Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty.

However Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, added Doha was still ready to sit down and discuss the grievances raised by its Arab neighbors.

He was speaking ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands. Officials say they are aimed at ending a rift that erupted last month over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, charges it denies.

"This list of demands is made to be rejected. It's not meant to be accepted or ... to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that Qatar was willing to engage in further dialogue given "the proper conditions".

The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and closing a Turkish air base in Qatar.

Arab states have said the demands are not negotiable and warned that further unspecified measures will follow if Qatar does not comply.

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar would not close down the Turkish base in his country or shut Al Jazeera as demanded by the Arab countries.

He spoke after arriving in Rome from the United States. Washington is helping Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar, to mediate in the dispute.

Earlier on Saturday, the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had separate telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain about the rift and stressed the need for a diplomatic solution.

(Corrects to clarify that Qatar has yet to make a decision on demands.)

(Reporting by Philip Pullella and Mostafa Hashem, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Gareth Jones)


           Cảnh báo chiến tranh thế giới nếu can thiệp quân sự vào Qatar    
Ngoại trưởng Bahrain Khalid Bin Ahmed al-Khalifa cảnh báo, nếu Qatar không làm theo các thỏa thuận với các nước trong khu vực thì Doha sẽ bị “can thiệp khẩn cấp”.Ảnh: SputnikBahrain cho thấy nước này hành động theo chỉ thị của Saudi Arabia trong khuôn khổ "kế hoạch khu vực"của phương Tây. Tuy nhiên, trong điều kiện hiện nay, trong đó có cuộc khủng hoảng vẫn đang tiếp diễn ở Syria, ở khu vực này đang hình thành cấu hình quyền lực mới chống lại phương Tây.Trong tình hình này, sự can thiệp quân sự có thể là sự khởi đầu của một cuộc chiến tranh thế giới mới.Traả lời phỏng vấn hãng Sputnik, chuyên gia trong lĩnh...
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          Ion Izagirre sufre una fractura lumbar tras su caída en el estreno del Tour   
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          New 2018 Merida Reacto III - Top Things to Know   
New 2018 Merida Reacto III - Top Things to Know

For 2018, Merida has just announced the third iteration of this well-rounded aero road bike, the Reacto III. Improving on the previous version that earned praise thanks to its wind tunnel test results and ability to smooth out rough roads, the Reacto III looks set to keep up with the fast developing market. It's a bike that will be seen in use with Bahrain Merida’s Tour de France debut. Here are ten things to know.

Not sure if an aero road bike is right for you? Watch and read our guide to how Aero road bikes stack up against traditional race and endurance road bikes.

1. Similar profile to the last

From a distance, the new Reacto looks much like its predecessor (unless you’re looking at the disc version!), and that’s because in many ways it is. The sculpted seattube and lowly-set seatstays remain, as does the deep aero S-Flex seatpost. Likewise, Merida sticks with its NACA Fastback profiles on many of the frame’s tubes for cheating the wind.

However, take a closer look at some subtle exterior differences appear. The downtube shape is slimmer, the seatstay connection is lower and obviously, there’s that one-piece cockpit setup too. All told, Merida claims a 5% improvement in aerodynamics compared to the previous Reacto.

2. Two frame levels, two geometries

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The new Reacto is available in two levels of frame, the premium CF4 and the CF2, each with differing geometry.

Sitting as the top-end option, the CF4 frame uses a premium carbon fiber layup and hosts a number of subtle features that help it to be a little faster. Most notably, the CF4 frame features a more aggressive geometry that’s well suited to the racers. In fact, the stack height is lower and the head angle steeper when compared to the previous Reacto. The bottom bracket height has been dropped 5mm too.

The more affordable Reacto bikes make use of the CF2 frame, something that’s a little heavier and also features a more relaxed geometry when compared to the CF4. Here, the head tube angles are relaxed by half a degree, the stack sits over 20mm higher and the reach is also subtly shorter.

3. Lighter, faster, smoother

It wouldn’t be the bike industry without such claims, and Merida certainly hasn’t disappointed in improving the most obvious metrics.

While frame stiffness is said to be kept the same as the previous version, the weight is drastically different, 18.5% less for the entire frameset in fact. Including frame, fork, headset, seatpost and seatpost clamp, the previous Reacto weighed 2,046g, with the new at 1,695g.

Looking at the specifics (sizes unknown), the new CF4 rim brake frame and fork together weigh a claimed 1,368g. The CF4 Disc version adds just 60g to the figure.

Featuring a few subtle differences, namely a cheaper carbon fibre lay-up, the CF2 rim brake frame and fork weigh a claimed 1,500g together, with the disc brake version adding 97g.

The weight loss, achieved through slimmer tubes and a new carbon layup, hasn’t come at the cost of ride comfort. With the lower set seatstays and an updated seatpost said to provide a bike that’s approximately 10% smoother.

4. Disc and rim brake options

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It seems fewer and fewer road racing bikes are being released without a disc-brake option, and the new Reacto is no exception. While all models will remain available with a direct-mount rim brake option, a large number of models will also be available in a disc-brake version (disc versions are sadly not being brought into Australia).

The disc brake versions feature flat-mount calipers, 12mm thru-axles and 160mm rotors front and rear.

5. Borrowed from the Scultura Disc

First seen with last year’s Merida Scultura Disc road bike, the Reacto Disc makes use of the same clever disc cooling system. These aluminium fins that sit on the fork and left chainstay help direct air into the brake calipers and rotors, and are said to reduce temperatures by around 35%.

6. Tricky Thu-Axles for the Disc

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Where the rim brake versions stick with tried-and-trued quick releases, the disc versions make use of 12mm thru-axles front and rear. Interestingly, the CF4-level bikes receive the fast ‘R.A.T’ system, something designed to aid speedy wheel changes in a race situation.

This ‘Rapid Axle Technology’ (R.A.T) system was originally conceived by Focus Bikes and offers a clever keyed system that requires a flick of the quick lever and then quarter turn to undo, not the full unwinding of a more common threaded thru-axle system (something the CF2 Disc bikes make use of).

7. Tire clearance

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Tires are forever getting wider as research has proven narrower isn’t always faster. Where some bikes are touting space for 28 or even 30c tires, Merida has kept the new Reacto a little more conservative and promises easy fitting of 25c tires on both the rim and disc-equipped versions.

8. Integrated cockpit

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Integrated cockpits have become a popular pick on the latest aero road bikes, and smoothing out the front of the bike just makes sense when looking to fully optimize aerodynamics.

Where we’ve seen brands such as Trek, Specialized, Canyon and others go to the efforts of designing such an integrated handlebar and stem in-house, Merida instead reached out to a long-time component partner to refine a proven product.

As a result, the CF4-level Reactos will feature a one-piece carbon handlebar and stem that’s a close match to FSA’s Metron 5D. A special headset cone spacer has been supplied for a smooth, integrated fit with this cockpit setup.

The CF2 bikes will stick with a more traditional stem and handlebar, as is often the case on more affordable aero road bikes.

9. S-Flex seatpost gets better

Merida’s comfort adding S-Flex seatpost that features a flexible design and a small vibration-dampening rubber insert gets a small makeover. The design has been in use since 2012 and for 2018 will offer more comfort at a lower weight (94g saved).

The CF4-level bikes will feature a 206g fixed-offset version, while the cheaper CF2 framed bikes will use a flip-able head design that offers 0-15mm fore-aft saddle adjustment.

The seatposts are interchangeable between frames and Merida will offer the lighter fixed seatpost in either 15 or 25mm offset versions.


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          Tour de France - Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) souffre d'une fracture lombaire et doit être opéré   
Avec son compatriote Alejandro Valverde, l'Espagnol Ion Izagirre (Bahraien-Merida) est l'un des coureurs à avoir déjà du abandonner au Tour de France à la suite d'une chute dans le contre-la-montre de la première étape samedi à Dusseldorf.
          Katar weist arabische Forderungen zurück   
02.07.17 00:22 | Im Konflikt zwischen Katar und vier arabischen Regionalmächten hat Katars Außenministerium erklärt, man werde Forderungen von Saudi-Arabien, Ägypten, Bahrain sowie den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten zurückweisen. Den Ländern gehe es nicht um die Bekämpfung des Terrorismus, sondern um die Bescheidung von Katars Souveränität, sagte Außenminister al-Thani in Rom. Sein Land sei aber bereit zu Gesprächen. Saudi-Arabien, Ägypten, Bahrain und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate hatten am 5. Juni ihre diplomatischen Beziehungen zu Katar abgebrochen.
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           Putin discusses Qatar dispute with Bahrain king - Kremlin    
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          Ion Izagirre sufre una fractura lumbar tras su caída en el estreno del Tour   
El ciclista español Ion Izagirre (Team Bahrain Merida) tendrá que pasar por quirófano tras su caída este sábado en la primera etapa del Tour de Francia, en la cual sufrió una fractura lumbar que le impidió retomar la contrarreloj de Dusseldorf (Alemania) y obligó a abandonar la grande gala tras siete kilómetros de prueba.
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          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed the importance of diplomacy to end a dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
          Putin discusses Qatar dispute with Bahrain king - Kremlin   
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in a telephone call, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
           Qatar stands firm, rejecting Arab demands as deadline looms    
ROME (AP) — Qatar said Saturday it doesn't fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Monday deadline to comply with a list of demands from four Arab states that have imposed a de-facto blockade on the Gulf nation. During a visit to Rome, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani again rejected the demands as an infringement on Qatar's sovereignty. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this month and shut down land, sea and air links.
          Căng thẳng tại vùng Vịnh: Qatar bác bỏ yêu sách của các nước Arab    

Ngày 1/7, Ngoại trưởng Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani tuyên bố nước này sẽ bác bỏ một loạt yêu cầu của các quốc gia Arab, song khẳng định Doha sẵn sàng đối thoại để giải quyết cuộc khủng hoảng ngoại giao hiện nay.

Phát biểu trước báo giới tại thủ đô Rome của Italy sau chuyến thăm Mỹ, ông al-Thani nhấn mạnh "tối hậu thư" của các nước Arab và vùng Vịnh không nhằm mục đích giải quyết chủ nghĩa khủng bố, mà là xâm phạm chủ quyền của Qatar.

Người đứng đầu Bộ Ngoại giao Qatar cho biết Doha sẵn sàng ngồi vào bàn đàm phán để thảo luận những yêu cầu và quan ngại của các nước láng giềng.

Ông al-Thani nêu rõ: "Danh sách các đòi hỏi đó sẽ không được chấp thuận. Chúng tôi sẵn sàng đối thoại nhưng phải theo các điều kiện hợp lý."
 
Tuyên bố trên của Ngoại trưởng al-Thani được đưa ra chỉ một ngày trước "hạn chót" mà Saudi Arabia, Các Tiểu vương quốc Arab Thống nhất (UAE), Bahrain và Ai Cập đặt ra để Doha phải chấp thuận bản yêu sách gồm 13 điểm (kết thúc ngày 2/7).

Bản yêu sách bao gồm việc đóng cửa kênh truyền hình Al Jazeera, hạ cấp quan hệ với Iran và đóng cửa một căn cứ quân sự của Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ trên lãnh thổ Qatar.

Ngoại trưởng Qatar nói thêm rằng nước này sẽ không đóng cửa căn cứ quân sự của Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ hoặc đóng cửa kênh truyền hình Al Jazeera theo như yêu cầu của các nước Arab vùng Vịnh.


Trong khi đó, các quốc gia Arab và vùng Vịnh tuyên bố các yêu cầu của họ không thể đàm phán, đồng thời cảnh báo các nước này sẽ cân nhắc những biện pháp trừng phạt tiếp theo nếu Qatar không tuân thủ. Hiện Mỹ vẫn đang hỗ trợ Kuwait trong các nỗ lực hòa giải nhằm giải giải quyết bất đồng giữa Qatar và các nước Arab.

Cùng ngày 1/7, Điện Kremlin cho biết Tổng thống Nga Vladimir Putin đã có các cuộc điện đàm riêng rẽ với lãnh đạo Qatar và Bahrain về căng thẳng ngoại giao tại vùng Vịnh hiện nay.

Nhà lãnh đạo Nga nhấn mạnh rằng cần thiết phải thúc đẩy một giải pháp ngoại giao cho cuộc khủng hoảng này./.

          Qatar tìm kiếm sự ủng hộ của các nước Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc   

Qatar đang vận động các quốc gia ủy viên không thường trực Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc chống lại lệnh cấm vận của các nước Arab vùng Vịnh đối với Doha.

Ngoại trưởng Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani đã gặp đại diện các nước ủy viên không thường trực Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc tại Phái bộ Qatar tại Liên hợp quốc ở New York (Mỹ) ngày 30/6.

Ông Al Thani hối thúc các quốc gia này yêu cầu các nước Arab và vùng Vịnh dỡ bỏ phong tỏa Qatar, đồng thời có tiếng nói công khai ủng hộ Doha.

Trước đó, ông Al Thani thông báo Qatar đang chuẩn bị làm việc với các quốc gia vùng Vịnh cô lập Qatar nhằm tiến tới một giải pháp cho cuộc khủng hoảng ngoại giao được coi là tồi tệ nhất ở khu vực trong nhiều năm qua. Tuy nhiên, theo người đứng đầu Bộ Ngoại giao Qatar, Doha sẽ không thảo luận bất kỳ giải pháp nào ảnh hưởng đến chủ quyền của nước này.

Ngoại trưởng Qatar cũng cho rằng lệnh phong tỏa Doha là “hành động xâm lược rõ ràng” và vi phạm luật pháp quốc tế, khẳng định các hành động thù địch này dựa trên những cáo buộc vô căn cứ và giả định sai trái.

Qatar đã bác bỏ bản yêu sách của bốn quốc gia Arab cắt đứt quan hệ ngoại giao với Doha, cho rằng những yêu cầu này là không chấp nhận được. Nước này đồng ý với Mỹ rằng các bên cần phải thúc đẩy một "giải pháp hợp lý" cho cuộc khủng hoảng vùng Vịnh hiện nay. 



Cùng ngày 1/7, hãng tin Tasnim cho biết Iran đã mở không phận cho các máy bay chở khách của Qatar trong những ngày qua.

Hội đồng An ninh quốc gia tối cao (SNSC) của Iran đã cấp phép cho các máy bay chở khách của Qatar bay qua không phận nước cộng hòa Hồi giáo này, trong khi đóng không phận đối với các nước Saudi Arabia, Ai Cập và Các Tiểu vương quốc Arab Thống nhất (UAE).

Theo Tasnim, chính quyền Qatar đã thương lượng với Bộ Ngoại giao Iran về vấn đề trên và đã nhận được sự chấp thuận của SNSC.

Một số nước Arab đồng minh của Saudi Arabia gần đây đã đóng cửa không phận đối với Qatar sau khi Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain và Ai Cập hôm 5/6 áp đặt biện pháp tẩy chay Qatar, cáo buộc nước này ủng hộ các chiến binh Hồi giáo. Qatar đã cực lực bác bỏ tất cả các cáo buộc liên quan./.

          Qatar rejects Arab states' ultimatum   
Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states are designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday (June 30), adding however that he was ready to discuss their grievances. Their ultimatum is, he insists, aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani was speaking ahead of a Monday deadline to comply with a list of 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, which have imposed a de facto blockade on the small Gulf nation. The four countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism - a it denies. "This list of demands is made to be rejected. It is not meant to be accepted or.. to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed told reporters during a visit to Rome . The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran, closing a Turkish air base in Qatar and shutting down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel. "We are not going to accept anything that infringes on our sovereignty or anything that is imposed on Qatar," Sheikh Mohammed added. He added his country did not fear any retaliation and believed wisdom would prevail. "We believe that the world is governed by international laws, that don't allow big countries to bully small countries," he said. "No one has the right to issue to a sovereign country an ultimatum."
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March 3, 2013


United States
Obama Pardons 17 Felons, First in His Second Term
DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones
'Hundreds of thousands' of documents captured with Osama bin Laden, but only 17 released
Michigan governor moves to appoint emergency manager in Detroit
Pentagon Plans to Ask for Base Closures 
Thousands of Soldiers to Leave Europe
U.S. lawmakers question military aid to Egypt, citing concerns about Israel
US factory work is returning, but the industry has changed
'Anonymous' Hacker Explains Why He Fled The US
Among Most Polluted in US, NYC Area Awaits Cleanup
US Budget Cuts Force Yellowstone to Delay Opening
Obama signs sequester bill
Obama moves a step closer to approval of Keystone pipeline
Navy Building a Drone Base in Sunny Malibu


Russia
Ukrainian leader, fresh from EU talks, to meet Putin
Russian Arms Trade Czar Says "War" Declared on Weapon Supplies to Syria
Russian demonstrators rally in support of U.S. adoption ban
Moscow Police to Probe Alleged Rally Payment Scam
Moscow Mayor says no to more mosques in the city
Opposition’s ‘Social March’ Fizzles Out in Moscow
Uzbek National Shot Dead in Moscow
Putin, Obama stress cooperation, pledge to 'avoid deterioration' in relations
Russia presses for extradition of fugitive banker
Ukrainian President: Gas contract with Russia is killing us
Putin Signals Russia Can Be More Flexible on Syria
Putin says Russia should listen to French arguments on Syria, over vodka
Russians commend Putin's performance, believe he can keep election promises


China
Islands Dispute: China Warns Japan Ahead Of Legislative Session
A push for change in China as new leaders take the helm
China's reform roadmap gets clearer
China "fully prepared" for currency war
China divided on TV 'execution parade': judicial resolve or crude voyeurism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills 12 in Chinese Coal Mine
Spill in China Underlines Environmental Concerns
China's fourth space launch center to be in use in two years
Xi Jinping taking on corruption in China
Premier Li Keqiang, as Hu Jintao protege, may be outgunned on policy
China calls for decreased tension on Korean Peninsula
5 Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, arrested for inciting self-immolations
Darkness at noon as worst dust storm in months mixes with morning smog
China's First Aircraft Carrier on Way to Permanent Base at Qingdao in North


United Kingdom
Cameron: UK 'can transform Africa' with G8
Cameron Vows To Stay The Course
Cameron buries hatchet with Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell - and offers him £250,000 EU job
Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction
EU banker pay cap 'threatens thousands of British jobs'
Revealed: One in four of UK's top companies pay no tax
Banker Andrei Borodin granted asylum in Britain after fleeing Russia
UK Explorer: Green Campaigning Has Failed
UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'
Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal
Cameron vows to defend UK banks


European Union
Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
Italy paralysed as Grillo plots exit route from euro
Italian newcomer Grillo predicts collapse in six months
Italy President Napolitano calls for realism after vote
Greek military prepares for mass repression
1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Greece
At least 22 people hurt in Macedonia ethnic protests over new defense minister
Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium
Dark Rumblings Of A Coup D'État In Spain
Spain Delays Catalunya Banc Auction
Spain overturns Islamic face veil ban
Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity

Germany
Germany Blasted for Role in Europe's Crisis
German states rail against 'stupid' wealth transfers
Italian president says Germany must give EU recovery a boost
Germany Debates Fracking as Energy Costs Rise
Bitter feud divides family of Germany's reunification leader
Racism in German military mirrors society
Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder
Angela Merkel Wishes Bulgaria's Borissov Quick Recovery
Merkel cabinet lowers bars to German labor market
Kerry praises Germany's 'exemplary leadership' in Europe
Italian president scraps meeting with German opposition leader over "clown" remarks

France
Hollande leads tributes to 'a great figure' and resistance fighter
As France's Mali mission grows, so does terror threat from homegrown militants inside France
France considers marijuana-based drug
France will not reach 2015 disabled access target
Paris seeks alternative to 75% tax
France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia
Hollande juggles trade, human rights in Moscow
Hollande to Talk Syria Settlement With Putin
Kerry holds talks on Mali with French leadership
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali
US Seeks to Confirm Report of Terror Leader's Death
Syria: Fierce Clashes in Provincial Capital Raqqa
Assad Forces Take Aleppo Village, Reopening Supply Line
Syrian President Assad Blasts British Government
Iran Says Syria’s Assad to Run for 2014 Election
How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?
Syrian Rebels Angry Over US Aid: ‘Only Thing We Want Is Weapons’

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan to discuss peace with Palestinians
Netanyahu gets two more weeks to form Israel coalition
3 Syrian Mortars Land in Southern Golan Heights
Gaza Border: Senior Officer's Vehicle Hit by Gunshots
New coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs
Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross border
Palestinian PM evacuated from West Bank after Israeli soldiers fire teargas at protesters
Sequestration: Israel Could ‘Gradually’ Lose $500 Million in US Aid
Netanyahu blasts Erdogan's 'dark and libelous' criticism of Zionism


Turkey
Scud Missile Fired in Syria Lands Near Iraqi Village
Bombs Kill at Least 22 in Iraqi Capital
Erdoğan: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism same
Turkey's Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
Erdogan Calls for More Support for Syrian Opposition
Kurdish leader 'outlines' Turkey peace plan
More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'
Turkey Provides Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
Iraq budget stalemate deepens over Kurd oil payments
Iraq continues to allow Iranian overflights to Syria


Egypt
John Kerry visits Egypt as dozens injured in violent protests
Kerry urges Egypt to take difficult economic steps; opposition figures skip meetings
Protesters Demand Armed Forces Intervention in Cairo
Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.
Bahrain Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail
176 Protesters Held in Saudi Arabia
Qatar's Influence in Egypt Runs Deeper Than Its Pockets
Morsi criticized for reaction to tragedy
Parties who boycotted Morsi's national dialogue invited to send suggestions
Opposition refuse to stand in Egypt's parliamentary elections

Iran
Ahmadinejad: National dialogue only way to end Syria crisis
Ahmadinejad: West's war against Iran media doomed to failure  
Ahmadinejad to Visit Pakistan This Month to Inaugurate IP Gas Pipeline Construction
Threatening Iran Won't Help in Nuclear Talks, Envoy Says
Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
Head Of Iran's Qods Force Suggests Assad Is Vulnerable
Sanction-Hit Iran Fears Unrest as New Elections Near
Khamenei tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
Ahmadinejad Aide’s Candidacy a Challenge to Iran’s Theocratic Status Quo
Ahmadinejad, Zardari Stress Expansion of Iran-Pakistan Ties


Venezuela
Hugo Chavez undergoing chemotherapy
VP Maduro: Capriles Seeks Destabilization in Venezuela
Venezuela decries "absurd" rumors over Chavez death
Maduro: Chavez ‘battling’ for his life
Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight
Former envoy claims Venezuela's Chavez is dead
Venezuela government denies rumours about Chavez
Venezuelans hold demo in support of Chavez
Student demonstration dispersed by authorities in Venezuela
FARC: Colombia government to blame for coffee strike


Brazil
Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
Rousseff Meets Nigerian Leader for Trade Talks
Brazil's Unemployment Rises More Than Forecast in January
Prosecutors investigate spying charges against consortium building dam in Brazil
Brazil turns to Catholic Church to quash crack epidemic
Brazil Wind Developers May Be Required to Build New Power Lines
No one is safe from Argentina's drug war
Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile
Chilean Navy Saves 25 Stranded Whales, 20 Die
Peru says American couple found; family wants 'proof of life'


Mexico
Nieto Says Justice Will Be Done in Union Boss’s Case
Six Bodies Found in Mexico, Including Teenage Boy Earlier Arrested for Murder
Mexican Daily Hit by Third Attack This Week
Army Kills 4 Gunmen in Northern Mexico
Two Police Gunned Down in Guatemala
Fire hits big Mexico City marketplace
Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
Powerful head of Mexico teachers union is arrested
Mexico to Launch New Police Force Later This Year

Cuba Dissident’s Daughter Says Dad’s Death Was No Accident
Cuban Dissidents Hope to Build Mass Organization
A post-Castro Cuba
Chavez Congratulates Raul Castro on Re-Election
Castro Retirement News Prompts Tepid Response In Miami
Transition now seen as underway in Cuba
Cooperatives Could Save Cuban Socialism
South African medical students in Cuba may be deported
No ease for Cuba from US state sponsor of terrorism list


United Nations
U.N. Security Council asks for report on possible Mali peacekeepers
Ban Tones Down Criticism of Rwanda Over Congo Claims
UN chief says Iran should gain world confidence over its disputed atomic plan
Libya to ask U.N. to lift arms embargo
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Emir of Ansar Dine added to US, UN
          POINTS TO PONDER AND TOP NEWS   

Top World News Now                 
February 26, 2013



United States
Obama To Tell Israelis of Plan for Iran War
Obama's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'
White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k
Pentagon to Keep Gen. Allen Probe a Secret
Kerry: US to Hasten Syria Government Change
Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start
Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?
Listen up ladies! Next time there's a draft, Uncle Sam might want you too
Homeland Security Chief Threatens Long TSA Lines From Sequester
TB outbreak: LAPD urges officers to wear masks
US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
Billions at stake: US and BP clash in court over Gulf oil spill
Nation of Islam asks for gang protection
New York City homelessness continues to set new records
Canadian Asteroid-Hunting Satellite Launched into Space


Russia
Putin's KGB/FSB Converging with New IMF Banking FSB
Putin signs radical anti-tobacco bill into law
In Putin's Russia, Shooting the Messenger
Medvedev: No Grounds for New ‘Cold War’
Deputy FM Ryabkov: Iran sanctions may be lifted
Zyuganov reelected Communist chief, vows reset in left-wing politics
China, Russia ink major energy deal
Moscow 'regrets' treatment of Russians abroad
Moscow Welcomes Release of 15 Russian Sailors in Nigeria
1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered
Moscow Police Seize Large Cache of ‘Black Market’ Weapons
At Least 17 Amur Tigers Dead in Russia's Far East in 2012
Protests in Ukraine as EU gives May ultimatum
Ukraine wields natural gas trump card in Brussels
As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent
State Duma Backs Putin's Foreign Assets Bill


China
Xi vows peaceful path on Taiwan
Xi calls for cross-Strait cooperation in realizing "Chinese dream"
Xi rewards Chinese missile brigade for launching 100 missiles
Hu Jintao meets KMT honorary chairman
State councilor meets South Korea's new president
South Korea's Park Warns North Against Nuclear Pursuits
Foreign Ministry: All Japanese activities regarding Diaoyu Islands illegal
Min of Environmental Protection refuses to release data from soil contamination investigation
China to halt approvals for small coal mines
2 Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate as Anti-China Protests Continue
Tibet's Growing Tragedy: Self-Immolation Protests Reach 105
5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet
BBC World Service Shortwave Radio Blocked in China
Chinese transport "workhorses" extending military's reach


United Kingdom
David Cameron: I'll stop migrant benefits
John Kerry: US Won't Back UK on the Falklands
Britain's top cardinal resigns over allegations 'he behaved inappropriately with priests'
Family Targeted in North Belfast Blast Bomb Attack
Cameron to hold talks with Kerry
Head of Cameron's local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage
Clegg denies cover up of associate's misconduct
Tory threat to rival parties over libel law
UK Ratings Cut Puts Spotlight on Budget
Will Litvinenko-MI6 links be revealed?
UK onshore wind farms to create more carbon dioxide than they save
Tax Breaks Spur Record UK Offshore Oil & Gas Spend


European Union
Berlusconi revives political career in chaotic Italian election
Italian markets celebrate Berlusconi’s poor performance in election
Italy's center-left to win lower house, leads in Senate race
Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election
Angry Italians deliver austerity warning
EU ministers discuss horse meat crisis
EU holds breath over crucial Italy election
Topless Femen protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election
Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election
Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected of Spying for Iran
Spain police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest


Germany
Merkel holds talks with Turkish leaders frustrated by slow-moving EU talks
Germany presses Turkey for progress in lifting embargo on Cyprus
German government backs ban on far-right party
German Intel Paid Neo-Nazi Informer $240,000
Bare-chested protesters take on Berlin
Merkel: China, Russia seeing Syrian president's time is up
Merkel Raises Turks' Hope Of European Union Entry
Merkel kicks off sensitive visit to Turkey
Merkel inspects German Patriot missiles in Turkey
Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies
Germany patient with France on deficit


France
Hollande's Sarkozy joke riles French opposition
Ayrault: Boko Haram Claiming to Hold French Family
France blasts 'cruelty' as Boko Haram displays kidnapped family
France to pause austerity, cut spending next year instead: Hollande
Hollande urges compulsory labeling amid horsemeat scandal
France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'
France warns of kidnappings, attack risk in Benin
France is euro 'problem child', frets Angela Merkel's party official
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian Opposition Pledges to Attend Rome Summit
Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition
Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels 'Dangling in the Wind'
Car blast rocks central Damascus, casualties reported
Assad's Army Has Fled Entire Area Bordering Israel
Syrian Refugees Riot in Jordan Camp; 3 Hurt
Nearly 100 Rebels Are Reported Killed in Mali Battle
No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali
West African Mali forces to cost €715m

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
Netanyahu urges the PA to calm rioters and stone throwers
West Bank Streets 'Boiling' as Abbas Accuses Israel of Stoking Unrest
IDF and Palestinians clash following prisoner's funeral
West Bank Protests Grow, Fears of New Intifada
Israel, US successfully test anti-missile system
Palestinian officials accuse Israel of torturing inmate to death
Palestinian Detainee’s Death in Israel Sparks Unrest
Thousands of jailed Palestinians stage 1-day hunger strike


Turkey
Erdogan holds joint press conference with Merkel
Kurdish Peace Process to Start After PKK Leave Turkey
Erdoğan: Assad a ‘mute devil’ for not defying Israel
Defense Minister Says 965 Suicides Among Soldiers in 10 Years
Turkey in Key Stage to Address Kurdish Issue
Turkey lists requests from Germany's Merkel
Turkey eyes Karabakh step from Armenia to open ways
Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession
Turkey says aid pledges for Syrian refugees 'unfulfilled'
Iraq shuts down 3 illegal tunnels to Syria


Egypt
Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks
ElBaradei Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Parliamentary Election
Egyptian Brotherhood Hits Back at Opposition Leader
Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister
Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call
Morsi calls parliamentary elections in April
Thousands hold anti-government protests in Egypt
New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

Iran
World Powers May Offer Iran Sanctions Relief at Nuclear Talks
UK claims General Shateri actually died in January bombing of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy
World Powers Seek Compromise in Iranian Nuclear Talks
Ahmadinejad Admits to Economic Pain
Iran tests suicide drones in ongoing military drill
Iran denies downing foreign drone
Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise
Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants
Iran sentences 4 to death in biggest bank fraud case
Envoy: Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program


Venezuela
Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions
Indigenous Venezuelans Hold Ritual for Chavez
Colombian Rebels Call on Santos to Save Peace Talks
Villegas: Condition of cancer-stricken Chavez not "favorable"
Prosecutor Accuses Former Colombian Governor of 2000 Massacre
Bolivia's Morales says was unable to see Chavez in Venezuela
Questions about political succession whirl in Venezuela after Chavez comes home
Poll: Maduro would win vote if Chavez goes
Chávez's return is obstacle for Venezuela's embattled opposition
Bolivia's Morales arrives in Venezuela to visit President Chávez


Brazil
Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty
Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated
PM Medvedev begins visit to Brazil
Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident's Brazil Event
After Being Hounded by Protesters, Cuban Dissident Praises Brazil's Freedom of Expression
Brazil dockers end China ship protest; port strike threat
Argentina to renovate railways with Chinese trains in 2014
Union Leader Protests by Bringing Trucks to Argentine Labor Ministry
New tobacco law ignites controversy in Chile
Ex-leaders of German sect in Chile enter prison to begin sentences for sexual abuse of minors


Mexico
Official Accuses CIA of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' the Drug Trade
Nieto Meets with San Antonio Mayor
Government Says Over 27,000 People Missing in Mexico
Mexico Slaughters Nearly 500,000 Birds Infected with Avian Flu
Guatemala Moves Up Ex-Dictator’s Genocide Trial
Police Chief in Mexican Border City on Nuevo Laredo Missing
Suspect in General’s Murder Arrives in Mexico
Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
Vigilantes reportedly release captives in southern Mexico

Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba's President Will Be His Last
Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance amid leadership speculation
Cuban parliament gathers, president to be selected
Esteban Lazo Elected New President of the Cuban Parliament
Haitians Rage as UN Rejects Payout for Cholera Victims
Yoani Sanchez May Be Top Dissident in Cuba, but She Agrees US Embargo Must Go
Medvedev Discusses Meteorite Strike with Fidel Castro
Raul Castro Mentions Possible Retirement


United Nations
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Tunisia Arrests Suspect in Killing That Sparked Unrest
African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal
At least 53 killed in rival Arab militia clashes in North Darfur
Tunisia's New Premier Promises Inclusive Government
US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings
Tunisia: Party Names Premier Candidate
Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination
Unesco agrees 5.6 million-euro plan to save Mali's cultural treasures
Top World News Now                 
February 21, 2013

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United States
GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
White House announces online espionage response policy
US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights
 
 

Russia
Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
Russia's missing billions revealed
Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars
 
 

China
Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock
 
 

Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
Sars-like virus death reported in UK
New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
One in four Africans attacked in Ireland
 
 

Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
Iceland considers dropping its currency
Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll
 
 

Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
Germany Sends Troops to Mali
German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies
 
 

Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
 
Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
 

Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania
 
 

 
 

Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base
 

Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'
 
 

 
 
Top World News Now                 
February 15, 2013
 

United States
Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea
 
 

Russia
Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die
 

China
Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
South Korea flexes missile power after North test
The Real Japan-China Conflict
7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal
 

Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
Another policeman held in UK graft probe
New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
UK soap opera star faces child sex charges
 
 

Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One
 

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
German airports security staff strike continues Friday
Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
Barbarians at the Gate
Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone
 

Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
Tunisians denounce France interference
The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
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          Weekly Commentary: The Road to Normalization   
The past week provided important support for the “peak monetary stimulus” thesis. There is mounting evidence that global central bankers are monitoring inflating asset prices with heightened concern. The intense focus on CPI is beginning to blur. They would prefer to be on a cautious path toward policy normalization.

June 25 – Financial Times (Claire Jones): “Global financial stability will be in jeopardy if low inflation lulls central banks into not raising interest rates when needed, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. The message about the dangers of sticking too closely to inflation targets comes as central banks in some of the world’s largest economies are considering how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy after the global financial crisis… ‘Keeping interest rates too low for long could raise financial stability and macroeconomic risks further down the road, as debt continues to pile up and risk-taking in financial markets gathers steam,’ the bank said in its annual report. The BIS acknowledged that raising rates too quickly could cause a panic in markets that have grown used to cheap central bank cash. However, delaying action would mean rates would need to rise further and faster to prevent the next crisis. ‘The most fundamental question for central banks in the next few years is going to be what to do if the economy is chugging along well, but inflation is not going up,’ said Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS’s monetary and economics department… ‘Central banks may have to tolerate longer periods when inflation is below target, and tighten monetary policy if demand is strong — even if inflation is weak — so as not to fall behind the curve with respect to the financial cycle.’ …Mr Borio said many of the factors influencing wage growth were global and would be long-lasting. ‘If, as we think, the forces of globalisation and technology are relevant [in keeping wages low] and have not fully run their course, this will continue to put downward pressure on inflation,’ he said.”

While global markets easily ignored ramifications from the BIS’s (the central bank to central banks) annual report, the same could not be said for less than super dovish comments from Mario Draghi, my nominee for “the world’s most important central banker.”

June 27 – Financial Times (Katie Martin): “What’s that, you say? The ‘R-word’? Judging from the markets, Mario Draghi’s emphasis on reflation changes everything, and highlights the communications challenge lying ahead of the president of the European Central Bank. The ECB’s crisis-fighter-in-chief threw investors into a fit of the vapours on Tuesday when he said he was growing increasingly confident in the currency bloc’s economic recovery, and that ‘deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones’.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “Mario Draghi hinted at how he may sell a gradual unwinding of European Central Bank stimulus. The ECB president repeated his mantra that the Governing Council needs to be patient in letting inflation pressures build in the euro area and prudent in withdrawing support. At the same time, there’s room to tweak existing measures. ‘As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments -- not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged.’ The comments echo an argument first made by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann… With his nod to a frequent critic of quantitative easing who has been calling for an end of the 2.3 trillion-euro ($2.6 trillion) program, Draghi may have set the stage for a discussion in the coming months on phasing out asset purchases.”

When the ECB chose not to offer any policy clarification coming out of its June 8th meeting, wishful markets had Draghi holding out until September. The timeline was moved up, with the ECB president using the bank’s annual meeting, held this year in Sintra Portugal, to offer initial thoughts on how the ECB might remove accommodation. Market reaction was swift.

German 10-year bund yields surged 13 bps Tuesday and almost doubled this week to 47bps. French yield jumped 14 bps Tuesday – and 21 bps for the week - to 82 bps. European periphery bonds were under pressure. Italian 10-year yields rose 16 bps Tuesday and 24 bps for the week to 2.16%. Portuguese yields rose 14 bps Tuesday, ending the week at 3.03%. Draghi’s comments rattled bond markets around the globe. Ten-year Treasury yields rose seven bps to 2.21% (up 16 bps for the week), Canadian bonds 11 bps to 1.57% and Australian bonds 10 bps to 2.46%. Emerging market bonds also came under heavy selling pressure, with Eastern European bonds taking a pounding.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Robert Brand): “This is what it sounds like when doves screech. Less than 24 hours Mario Draghi jolted financial markets by saying ‘deflationary forces’ have been replaced by reflationary ones, European Central Bank officials reversed the script, saying markets had misinterpreted the central banker’s comments. What was perceived as hawkish was really meant to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, three Eurosystem officials familiar with policymakers’ thinking said. Their dovish interpretation sparked a rapid unwinding of moves in assets from the euro to stocks and sovereign bonds.”

I don’t see it as the markets misinterpreting Draghi. Understandably, inflated Bubble markets have turned hyper-sensitive to the course of ECB policymaking. The ECB’s massive purchase program inflated a historic Bubble throughout European debt markets, a speculative Bubble that I believe unleashed a surge of global liquidity that has underpinned increasingly speculative securities markets.

If not for massive QE operations from the ECB and BOJ, I believe the 2016 global reversal in bond yields would have likely ushered in a major de-risking/deleveraging episode throughout global markets. Instead, powerful liquidity injections sustained speculative Bubbles throughout global fixed income, in the process spurring blow-off excess throughout global equities and risk assets more generally. Recalling the summer of 2007, everyone is determined to see the dance party rave indefinitely.

First-half QE has been estimated (by Bank of America) at (an incredible) $1.5 TN. Bubbling markets should come as no stunning surprise. At May highs, most European equities indices were sporting double-digit year-to-date gains. The S&P500 returned (price + dividends) almost 10% for the first half, with the more speculative areas of U.S. equities outperforming. The Nasdaq Composite gained 14.1% in the first-half, with the large company Nasdaq 100 (NDX) rising 16.1%. Despite this week’s declines, the Morgan Stanley High Tech index rose 20.3%, and the Semiconductors (SOX) jumped 14.2% y-t-d. The Biotechs (BTK) surged 9.7% during Q2, boosting y-t-d gains to 25.6%. The NYSE Healthcare Index gained 7.7% for the quarter and 15.3% y-t-d. The Nasdaq Transports jumped 9.7% during Q2, with the DJ Transports up 5.3%. The Nasdaq Other Financials rose 7.9% in the quarter.

Central banks have closely collaborated since the financial crisis. While always justifying policy stimulus on domestic grounds, it’s now been almost a decade of central bankers coordinating stimulus measures to address global system fragilities. I doubt the Fed would have further ballooned its balance sheet starting in late-2012 if not for the “European” financial crisis. In early-2016, the ECB and BOJ would not have so aggressively expanded QE programs – and the Fed not postponed “normalization” – if not for global ramifications of a faltering Chinese Bubble. All the talk of downside inflation risk was convenient cover for global crisis worries.

As Mario Draghi stated, the European economy is now on a reflationary footing. At least for now, Beijing has somewhat stabilized the Chinese Bubble. Powered by booming securities markets, global Credit continues to expand briskly. Even in Europe, the employment backdrop has improved markedly. It’s just become difficult for central bankers to fixate on tame consumer price indices with asset prices running wild.

Global market liquidity has become fully fungible, a product of multinational financial institutions, securities lending/finance and derivatives markets. The ECB and BOJ’s ultra-loose policy stances have worked to counteract the Fed’s cautious normalization strategy. Determined to delay the inevitable, Draghi now faces the scheduled year-end expiration of the ECB’s latest QE program, along with an impending shortage of German bunds available for purchase. Behind the scenes and otherwise, Germany is surely losing patience with open-ended “money” printing. This week’s annual ECB gathering provided an opportunity for Draghi to finally get the so-called normalization ball rolling. Despite his cautious approach, markets immediately feared being run over.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Alessandro Speciale): “Mario Draghi just got evidence that his call for ‘prudence’ in withdrawing European Central Bank stimulus applies to his words too. The euro and bond yields surged on Tuesday after the ECB president said the reflation of the euro-area economy creates room to pull back unconventional measures without tightening the stance. Policy makers noted the jolt that showed how hypersensitive investors are to statements that can be read as even mildly hawkish… Draghi’s speech at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal, was intended to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, said the officials…”

June 28 – Bloomberg (James Hertling, Alessandro Speciale, and Piotr Skolimowski): “Global central bankers are coalescing around the message that the cost of money is headed higher -- and markets had better get used to it. Just a week after signaling near-zero interest rates were appropriate, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney suggested on Wednesday that the time is nearing for an increase. His U.S. counterpart, Janet Yellen, said her policy tightening is on track and Canada’s Stephen Poloz reiterated he may be considering a rate hike. The challenge of following though after a decade of easy money was highlighted by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s attempt to thread the needle. Financial markets whipsawed as Eurosystem officials walked back comments Draghi made Tuesday that investors had interpreted as signaling an imminent change in monetary policy. ‘The market is very sensitive to the idea that a number of central banks are appropriately and belatedly reassessing the need for emergency policy accommodation,’ said Alan Ruskin, co-head of foreign exchange research at Deutsche Bank AG.”

Draghi and the ECB are hoping to duplicate the Fed blueprint – quite gingerly removing accommodation while exerting minimal impact on bond yields and risk markets more generally: Normalization without a meaningful tightening of financial conditions. This is unrealistic.

Current complacency notwithstanding, turning down the ECB QE spigot will dramatically effect global liquidity dynamics. Keep in mind that the removal of Fed accommodation has so far coincided with enormous counteracting market liquidity injections courtesy of the other major central banks. The ECB will not enjoy a similar luxury. Moreover, global asset prices have inflated significantly over the past 18 months, fueled at least in part by a major increase in speculative leverage.

There are three primary facets to QE dynamics worth pondering as central banks initiate normalization. The first is the size and scope of previous QE operations. The second is the primary target of liquidity-induced market flows. And third, to what extent have central bank measures and associated market flows spurred self-reinforcing speculative leveraging and market distortions. Inarguably, ECB and BOJ-induced flows over recent quarters have been massive. It is also reasonably clear that market flows gravitated primarily to equities and corporate Credit, asset classes demonstrating the most enticing inflationary biases. And there are as well ample anecdotes supporting the view that major speculative leveraging has been integral to myriad Bubbles throughout global risk markets. The now deeply ingrained view that the cadre of global central banks will not tolerate market declines is one of history’s most consequential market distortions.

And while the timing of the removal of ECB and BOJ liquidity stimulus remains uncertain, markets must now at least contemplate an approaching backdrop with less accommodation from the ECB and central banks more generally. With this in mind, Draghi’s comments this week could mark an important juncture for speculative leveraging. Increasingly unstable currency markets are consistent with this thesis. The days of shorting yen and euros and using proceeds for easy profits in higher-yielding currencies appear to have run their course. I suspect de-leveraging dynamics have commenced, though market impact has thus far been muted by ongoing ECB and BOJ liquidity operations.

June 27 – Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): “U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. ‘Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?’ Yellen said… ‘You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,’ she said.”

While headlines somewhat paraphrased Yellen’s actual comment, “We Will not see Another Crisis in Our Lifetime” is reminiscent of Irving Fisher’s “permanent plateau” just weeks before the great crash of 1929. While on the subject, I never bought into the popular comparison between 2008 and 1929 – and the related notion of 2008 as “the 100-year flood”. The 2008/09 crisis was for the most part a private debt crisis associated with the bursting of a Bubble in mortgage Credit – not dissimilar to previous serial global crises, only larger and somewhat more systemic. It was not, however, a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929, which was characterized by a crisis of confidence in the banking system, the markets and finance more generally, along with a loss of faith in government policy and institutions. But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.

As such, it’s ironic that the Fed has branded the banking system cured and so well capitalized that bankers can now boost dividends, buybacks and, presumably, risk-taking. As conventional central bank thinking goes, a well-capitalized banking system provides a powerful buffer for thwarting the winds of financial crisis. Chair Yellen, apparently, surveys current bank capital levels and extrapolates to systemic stability. Yet the next crisis lurks not with the banks but within the securities and derivatives markets: too much leverage and too much “money” employed in trend-following trading strategies. Too much hedging, speculating and leveraging in derivatives. Market misperceptions and distortions on an epic scale.

Compared to 2008, the leveraged speculating community and the ETF complex are significantly larger and potentially perilous. The derivatives markets are these days acutely more vulnerable to liquidity issues and dislocation. Never have global markets been so dominated by trend-following strategies. It’s a serious issue that asset market performance – stocks, bond, corporate Credit, EM, real estate, etc. – have all become so tightly correlated. There are huge vulnerabilities associated with various markets having become so highly synchronized on a global basis. And in the grand scheme of grossly inflated global securities, asset and derivatives markets, the scope of available bank capital is trivial.

I realize that, at this late stage of the great bull market, such a question sounds hopelessly disconnected. Yet, when markets reverse sharply lower and The Crowd suddenly moves to de-risk, who is left to take the other side of what has become One Gargantuan “Trade”? We’re all familiar with the pat response: “Central banks. They’ll have no choice.” Okay, but I’m more interested in the timing and circumstances.

Central bankers are now signaling their desire to proceed with normalization, along with noting concerns for elevated asset prices. As such, I suspect they will be somewhat more circumspect going forward when it comes to backstopping the markets - than, say, back in 2013 with Bernanke’s “flash crash” or with the China scare of early-2016. Perhaps this might help to explain why the VIX spiked above 15 during Thursday afternoon trading. Even corporate debt markets showed a flash of vulnerability this week.


For the Week:

The S&P500 dipped 0.6% (up 8.2% y-t-d), and the Dow slipped 0.2% (up 8.0%). The Utilities fell 2.5% (up 6.2%). The Banks surged 4.4% (up 4.2%), and the Broker/Dealers jumped 2.6% (up 9.8%). The Transports rose 1.9% (up 5.7%). The S&P 400 Midcaps added 0.2% (up 5.2%), while the small cap Russell 2000 was unchanged (up 4.3%). The Nasdaq100 dropped 2.7% (up 16.1%), and the Morgan Stanley High Tech index sank 3.0% (up 20.3%). The Semiconductors were hit 4.9% (up 14.2%). The Biotechs dropped 3.9% (up 25.5%). With bullion dropping $15, the HUI gold index sank 4.5% (up 1.9%).

Three-month Treasury bill rates ended the week at 100 bps. Two-year government yields gained four bps to 1.38% (up 19bps y-t-d). Five-year T-note yields rose 13 bps to 1.89% (down 4bps). Ten-year Treasury yields jumped 16 bps to 2.30% (down 14bps). Long bond yields increased 12 bps to 2.84% (down 23bps).

Greek 10-year yields were little changed at 5.36% (down 166bps y-t-d). Ten-year Portuguese yields rose 10 bps to 3.03% (down 72bps). Italian 10-year yields surged 24 bps to 2.16% (up 35bps). Spain's 10-year yields jumped 16 bps to 1.54% (up 16bps). German bund yields surged 21 bps to 0.47% (up 26bps). French yields rose 21 bps to 0.82% (up 14bps). The French to German 10-year bond spread was unchanged at 35 bps. U.K. 10-year gilt yields jumped 23 bps to 1.26% (up 2bps). U.K.'s FTSE equities index fell 1.5% (up 11.2%).

Japan's Nikkei 225 equities index declined 0.5% (up 4.8% y-t-d). Japanese 10-year "JGB" yields gained three bps to 0.09% (up 5bps). France's CAC40 sank 2.8% (up 5.3%). The German DAX equities index was hit 3.2% (up 7.4%). Spain's IBEX 35 equities index fell 1.8% (up 11.7%). Italy's FTSE MIB index declined 1.2% (up 7.0%). EM equities were mostly higher. Brazil's Bovespa index rallied 3.0% (up 4.4%), and Mexico's Bolsa gained 1.8% (up 9.2%). South Korea's Kospi increased 0.6% (up 18%). India’s Sensex equities index declined 0.7% (up 16.1%). China’s Shanghai Exchange rose 1.1% (up 2.9%). Turkey's Borsa Istanbul National 100 index added 0.8% (up 28.5%). Russia's MICEX equities index gained 0.6% (down 15.8%).

Junk bond mutual funds saw outflows of $1.735 billion (from Lipper).

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates dipped two bps to 3.88% (up 40bps y-o-y). Fifteen-year rates were unchanged at 3.17% (up 39bps). The five-year hybrid ARM rate gained three bps to 3.17% (up 47bps). Bankrate's survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-yr fixed rates up a basis point to 4.01% (up 34bps).

Federal Reserve Credit last week added $0.8bn to $4.431 TN. Over the past year, Fed Credit declined $5.0bn. Fed Credit inflated $1.620 TN, or 58%, over the past 242 weeks. Elsewhere, Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt jumped another $17.9bn last week to $3.310 TN. "Custody holdings" were up $83bn y-o-y, 2.6%.

M2 (narrow) "money" supply last week slipped $4.3bn to $13.510 TN. "Narrow money" expanded $686bn, or 5.4%, over the past year. For the week, Currency increased $2.7bn. Total Checkable Deposits fell $12.7bn, while Savings Deposits gained $6.9bn. Small Time Deposits were little changed. Retail Money Funds fell $4.1bn.

Total money market fund assets added $4.2bn to $2.621 TN. Money Funds fell $96bn y-o-y (3.5%).

Total Commercial Paper declined $5.4bn to $973.6bn. CP declined $77bn y-o-y, or 7.4%.

Currency Watch:

The U.S. dollar index fell 1.7% to 95.628 (down 6.6% y-t-d). For the week on the upside, the Swedish krona increased 3.4%, the British pound 2.4%, the Canadian dollar 2.3%, the euro 2.1%, the Australian dollar 1.6%, the Norwegian krone 1.3%, the Swiss franc 1.2%, the Brazilian real 1.1%, the Singapore dollar 0.8% and the New Zealand dollar 0.7%. For the week on the downside, the South African rand declined 1.6%, the Japanese yen 1.0%, the Mexican peso 0.6% and the South Korean won 0.4%. The Chinese renminbi gained 0.82% versus the dollar this week (up 2.42% y-t-d).

Commodities Watch:

The Goldman Sachs Commodities Index surged 5.3% (down 6.5% y-t-d). Spot Gold declined 1.2% to $1,242 (up 7.7%). Silver slipped 0.5% to $16.627 (up 4.0%). Crude rallied $3.03 to $46.04 (down 15%). Gasoline jumped 5.6% (down 9%), and Natural Gas rose 3.6% (down 19%). Copper gained 2.9% (up 8%). Wheat surged 11.1% (up 29%). Corn jumped 4.2% (up 8%).

Trump Administration Watch:

June 27 – Bloomberg (Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan): “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on health-care legislation came as a relief to some Republican holdouts, but it sets off what will be a furious few weeks of talks to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans went to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump, who also promised his political supporters he would do away with Obamacare. ‘We’re going to solve the problem,’ the president told senators. But Trump also conceded the possibility that the health bill wouldn’t pass. ‘If we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like,’ he said… ‘And that’s OK, and I understand that very well.’”

June 29 – Reuters: “Congress will need to raise the nation's debt limit and avoid defaulting on loan payments by ‘early to mid-October,’ the Congressional Budget Office said in a report… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has encouraged Congress to raise the limit before the legislative body leaves for their August recess. But it remains unclear if a bipartisan agreement has been struck to allow the limit to be raised, as both chambers continue to be weighed down by health care and tax reform and trying to find an agreement to fund the government after the September 30 deadline.”

June 30 – CNBC (Fred Imbert): “President Donald Trump's White House is ‘hell-bent’ on imposing tariffs on steel and other imports, Axios reported Friday. The plan — which was pushed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and was supported by National Trade Council Peter Navarro, and policy adviser Stephen Miller — would potentially impose tariffs in the 20% range… During a ‘tense’ meeting Monday, the president made it clear he favors tariffs, yet the plan was met with heavy opposition by most officials in the room, with one telling Axios about 22 were against it and only three in favor, including Trump.”

June 29 – Financial Times (Stefan Wagstyl): “Angela Merkel threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump as Germany’s chancellor pledged to fight at next week’s G20 summit for free trade, international co-operation and the Paris climate change accord. In a combative speech on Thursday in the German parliament, Ms Merkel also promised to focus on reinforcing the EU, in close co-operation with France, despite the pressing issue of Brexit. But in a sign that it may be difficult to maintain European unity around a tough approach to Mr Trump, Ms Merkel later softened her tone, as she prepares to host G20 leaders in Hamburg next Friday.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Joe Light): “Two U.S. senators working on a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seriously considering a plan that would break up the mortgage-finance giants, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The proposal by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would attempt to foster competition in the secondary mortgage market… Corker and Warner’s push to develop a plan marks Congress’ latest attempt to figure out what to do with Fannie and Freddie, an issue that has vexed lawmakers ever since the government took control of the companies in 2008 as the housing market cratered. The lawmakers’ plan is still being developed, and a Senate aide who asked not to be named cautioned that no decisions had been made on any issues.”

China Bubble Watch:

June 25 – Financial Times (Minxin Pei): “The Chinese government has just launched an apparent crackdown on a small number of large conglomerates known in the west chiefly for their aggressive dealmaking. The list includes Dalian Wanda, Anbang, Fosun and HNA Group. The news that Chinese banking regulators have asked lenders to examine their exposure to these companies has sent the stocks of groups wholly or partly owned by these conglomerates tumbling in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously, the market was caught by surprise. But it should not be… The immediate trigger is Beijing’s growing alarm over the risks in China’s financial sector and attempt to cut capital outflows. In late April, President Xi Jinping convened a politburo meeting specifically focused on stability in the financial system. Foreshadowing the crackdown, he ordered that those ‘financial crocodiles’ that destabilise China’s financial system must be punished.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Anjani Trivedi): “As Beijing looks to rein in companies that have splurged on overseas deals, it is talking up the systemic risks to its financial system. But just how serious is the problem? After all, for years Beijing has urged leading companies to ‘go global,’ and encouraged banks to support them with lending. Its words were taken to heart: Companies like sprawling conglomerate HNA Group and insurer Anbang pushed the country’s outbound acquisitions to more than $200 billion last year… Now… regulators are investigating leverage and risks at banks associated with China Inc.’s bulging overseas deals. It’s clear that Chinese banks are already heavily exposed to China’s big deal makers through basic lending. Chinese lenders had extended more than 500 billion yuan ($73.14bn) of loans to HNA alone as of last year…”

June 26 – Bloomberg: “China may finally be ready to cut the cord when it comes to the country’s troubled local government financing vehicles. Beijing’s deleveraging drive has seen rules impacting LGFV debt refinancing tightened, spurring a slump in issuance by the vehicles, which owe about 5.6 trillion yuan ($818bn) to bondholders and are seen by some as the poster children for China’s post-financial crisis debt woes. Signs the authorities may be taking a less sympathetic view of the sector has ratings companies flagging the possibility that 2017 could see the first ever default by a local financing vehicle.”

June 29 – Reuters (Yawen Chen and Thomas Peter): “The struggles of China's small and medium-sized firms have grown so acute that many are expected to become unprofitable or even go belly-up this year, boding ill for an economy running short on strong growth drivers. The companies - which account for over 60% of China's $11 trillion gross domestic product - have entered the most challenging funding environment in years as Beijing cracks down on easy credit to contain a dangerous debt build-up. Many of the firms - mostly in the industrial, transport, wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation sectors - are already grappling with soaring costs, fierce competition and thinning profits. The strains faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to grow more visible as Beijing deflates a real estate bubble and eases infrastructure spending to dial back its fiscal stimulus.”

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “One of Chinese banks’ favorite tools for increasing leverage has staged a remarkable but worrisome comeback just two months after a regulatory crackdown on leveraged investment… Chinese banks’ issuance of negotiable certificates of deposit in June nearly hit the high recorded in March… NCDs, a type of short-term loan, have become extremely popular in recent years with Chinese banks, especially smaller lenders due to their weaker ability to attract deposits. During a clampdown on runaway debt in April, Chinese regulators warned banks against abusing the tool for speculative, leveraged bets in capital markets. But after a deep but brief drop, NCD issuance has risen again as regulatory attention appeared to ease in recent weeks, hitting 1.96 trillion yuan ($287.73bn) this month, up sharply from 1.23 trillion yuan in May and just a touch below March’s record 2.02 trillion yuan."

June 28 – Financial Times (Gabriel Wildau): “Capital flight disguised as overseas tourism spending has artificially cut China’s reported trade surplus while masking the extent of investment outflows, according to research by the US Federal Reserve. A significant share of overseas spending classified in official data as travel-related shopping, entertainment and hospitality may over a 12-month period have instead been used for investment in financial assets and real estate, the Fed paper argued… Disguised capital outflows in the year to September may have amounted to $190bn, or 1.7% of gross domestic product… Chinese households have in recent years looked at ways to skirt government-imposed limitations on foreign investment as its economy slowed and the renminbi depreciated.”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Joe Ryan): “As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report… by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year… By comparison, when completed in 2018, Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory will crank out up to 35 gigawatt-hours of battery cells annually.”

June 28 – CNBC (Geoff Cutmore): “China's economic growth will accelerate because the country will finally get leaders who aren't scared, a former advisor to China's central bank said Wednesday. ‘The most important reason is that there is a new group of officials being appointed ... (who will emerge) around the 19th Party Congress which will be in mid to late October,’ said Li Daokui, who is now Dean of the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. …Li said the Chinese economy will grow 6.9 to 7 percent by 2018 from 6.7 percent in 2017. China posted 6.7% GDP growth in 2016, the slowest in 26 years. ‘These (new) officials have been carefully, carefully scrutinized before they are appointed so they are clean. They are not worried about becoming targets of anti-corruption investigations,’ he added.”

Europe Watch:

June 26 – Bloomberg (Sonia Sirletti and Alexander Weber): Italy orchestrated its biggest bank rescue on record, committing as much as 17 billion euros ($19bn) to clean up two failed banks in one of its wealthiest regions, a deal that raises questions about the consistency of Europe’s bank regulations. The intervention at Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA and Veneto Banca SpA includes state support for Intesa Sanpaolo SpA to acquire their good assets for a token amount… Milan-based Intesa can initially tap about 5.2 billion euros to take on some assets without hurting capital ratios, Padoan said. The European Commission approved the plan.”

June 28 – Reuters (Gernot Heller and Joseph Nasr): “Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble… underscored Germany's concerns about what he called a regulatory loophole after the EU cleared Italy to wind up two failed banks at a hefty cost to local taxpayers. Schaeuble told reporters that Europe should abide by rules enacted after the 2008 collapse of U.S. financial services firm Lehman Brothers that were meant to protect taxpayers. Existing European Union guidelines for restructuring banks aimed to ensure ‘what all political groups wanted: that taxpayers will never again carry the risks of banks,’ he said. Italy is transferring the good assets of the two Veneto lenders to the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), as part of a transaction that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion).”

June 25 – Reuters (Balazs Koranyi and Erik Kirschbaum): “The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and inflation are both moving in the right direction, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Weidmann, who sits on the ECB's rate-setting Governing Council, also said that the bank should not make any further changes to the key parameters of its bond purchase scheme, comments that signal opposition to an extension of asset buys since the ECB will soon hit its German bond purchase limits. Hoping to revive growth and inflation, the ECB is buying 2.3 trillion euros worth of bonds…, a scheme known as quantitative easing and long opposed by Germany… The purchases are set to run until December and the ECB will decide this fall whether to extend it… ‘As far as a possible extension of the bonds-buying program goes, this hasn't yet been discussed in the ECB Council,’ Weidmann told the newspaper…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Carolynn Look): “It seems the sky is the limit for Germany’s economy. Business confidence -- logging its fifth consecutive increase -- jumped to the highest since 1991 this month, underpinning optimism by the Bundesbank that the upswing in Europe’s largest economy is set to continue. With domestic demand supported by a buoyant labor market, risks to growth stem almost exclusively from global forces. ‘Sentiment among German businesses is jubilant,’ Ifo President Clemens Fuest said… ‘Germany’s economy is performing very strongly.’”

June 29 – Reuters (Pete Schroeder and David Henry): “German inflation probably accelerated in June, regional data suggested on Thursday, suggesting a solid upswing in the economy is pushing up price pressures as euro zone inflation moves closer to the European Central Bank's target. The data comes only days after ECB head Mario Draghi hinted that the bank's asset-purchase program would become less accommodative going into 2018 as regional growth gains pace and inflation trends return following a period of falling prices. In another sign of rising price pressures in the 19-member single currency bloc, Spanish consumer prices rose more than expected in June… In the German state of Hesse, annual inflation rose to 1.9% in June from 1.7% in May…”

June 28 – Reuters (Gavin Jones and Steve Scherer): “He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. Mayoral elections on Sunday showed four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party remains a force to be reckoned with... ‘Berlusconi sees this as the last challenge of his career,’ said Renato Brunetta, a close ally for over 20 years and Forza Italia's lower house leader. ‘He feels he has suffered many injustices and deserves one last shot. Who can deny him that?’ Matteo Renzi, leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement have dominated the national scene in recent years, relegating Forza Italia to a distant third or fourth in the polls. Yet in the mayoral ballots, Forza Italia and its anti-immigrant Northern League allies trounced the PD and 5-Star in cities all over the country, suggesting they have momentum behind them just as the national vote comes into view.”

Central Bank Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Tom Fairless): “The euro soared to its biggest one-day gain against the dollar in a year and eurozone bond prices slumped after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the ECB might start winding down its stimulus in response to accelerating growth in Europe. Any move by the ECB toward reducing bond purchases would put it on a similar policy path as the Federal Reserve, which first signaled an intent to taper its own stimulus program in 2013. But the ECB is likely to remain far behind: The Fed has been raising interest rates gradually since December 2015, while the ECB’s key rate has been negative since June 2014. Mr. Draghi’s comments, made Tuesday at the ECB’s annual economic policy conference in Portugal, were laced with caution and caveats. But investors interpreted them as a cue to buy euros and sell eurozone bonds, a reversal of a long-term trade that has benefited from the central bank’s €60 billion ($67.15bn) of bond purchases each month. ‘All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area,’ Mr. Draghi said.”

June 28 – Financial Times (Dan McCrum and Chris Giles in London and Claire Jones): “Bond and currency markets whipsawed on Wednesday as Europe’s two most influential central bankers struggled to communicate to investors how they would exit from years of crisis-era economic stimulus policies. The euro surged to a 52-week high against the dollar after investors characterised remarks by Mario Draghi as a signal he was preparing to taper the European Central Bank’s bond-buying scheme — o