November 30, 2010


Putin Backs Euro Over Dollar

November 30, 2010 | From theTrumpet.com
Russia sees Germany as the next superpower.
 
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin praised Europe’s single currency while criticizing the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency in Berlin on November 26. 

“As you know, there are currently problems in Portugal, Greece and Ireland, and the euro is a bit unsteady, but the euro is a stable world currency,” he told business leaders. “And certainly it must play its own role. I think, what went wrong in the last decade and what needs to be done: We have to get away from the overwhelming dollar monopoly. It makes the world economy vulnerable and unbalanced.” 

Putin went so far as to say that he believed Russia may one day join the euro. “The rapprochement of Russia and Europe is inevitable,” he said.
 
Ahead of his visit, he proposed a European free-trade area that included Russia in an editorial in the German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung

Putin’s latest statements follow on from an agreement between Russia and China to abandon the U.S. dollar in favor of using their own currencies for bilateral trade, announced by Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and Russia’s Putin on November 23. 

Russian government-funded news channel Russia Today shed some important light on how the Russians see the world. Max Keiser, news anchor for the network, said, “The crisis is only adding to Germany’s ability to ultimately break away from the euro and to compete head to head with China for competition in terms of being the 21st-century superpower. It’ll be Germany and China. The U.S. is gone, the UK is long gone, continental Europe, outside of Germany, doesn’t produce anything.” 

“I predict the rise of Germany again,” he continued. “This is something that after World War ii was attempted to be outlawed, but Germany is back. And of course Germany has excellent relationships with Russia. The Russian leadership speaks German, the German leadership speaks Russian, so there is a lot of talk there.”
“We’re talking about a complete reconfiguration of the global money system,” he said. 

This is how Russia views the world. And its view is more accurate than America’s. The United States is going down; Germany and China are the rising superpowers. 

Expect Russian foreign policy to reflect both a fear of Germany and a desire to draw close to what Moscow sees as the next superpowers. 

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TWENTY YEARS AFTER THE FALL OF COMMUNISM

Submitted by JR Nyquist on Mon, 29 Nov 2010 
 
I continue my conversation of last week with former KGB analyst and scholar, Victor Kalashnikov. This week I asked the former KGB lieutenant colonel about the motives of Russian policy-makers. He brushed aside questions of ideology, noting that "different motives are now in place." And yet, the strategies used by today's Russian leaders appear to be Soviet strategies. "Just to bring you closer to the crucial questions," confided Kalashnikov, "a couple of facts need to be acknowledged. There are still plenty of Stasi [communist secret police] officers in Germany, and many of them refuse to cooperate with the German authorities, stressing they only could do that if they got the okay from Moscow. They stay attached to the Russians, and loyal. It sounds like, after the end of the Second World War, the Germans would refuse to cooperate on account of their loyalty to Hitler."

Kalashnikov is telling us that the former communist secret police of East Germany remain loyal to bosses in Moscow. And these bosses still exercise authority. "There is a very serious problem regarding the history of East Germany," continued Kalashnikov. "I talked to several historians here in Berlin. From them I heard they are reconsidering the GDR [i.e., communist East Germany]. According to new archive materials, the impact of the Soviet Union on the GDR was much higher than previously thought. The influence was pervasive. The GDR was nothing but a tool of Moscow's military policy. So it was an enormous entity [where] the main sociological issue was not the working of the GDR according to Marxist doctrine, but its existence as a military formation. The KGB maintained, like in Angola, networks for controlling and managing personnel; so the control was from Russia. It was simply overwhelming control. The problem now is that German official authorities and institutions, responsible for the archives, are extremely reluctant to see the linkages between East Germany and the Soviet Union. I talked to a top guy responsible for archives related to the KGB and Stasi. Most of the documents produced by Stasi have a stamp showing delivery to the Soviet "friends." Now German researchers do not seriously attempt to trace further what that information was used for; or what the Soviet instructions were in such and such an operation. They don't want to press Moscow for answers. They don't want to make Moscow angry. From this we see that our whole concept of the history of Stasi is on very shaky ground; because the links leading back to Moscow have been lost, and there is no political will to investigate."

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Germany faces its awful choice as Spain wobbles

Desperate moments call for desperate measures. In June 1940, the British War Cabinet led by Winston Churchill offered a total national merger to a shattered France. 

 

The British War Cabinet led by Winston Churchill offered a total national merger to France, which was rejected by the French cabinet
The British War Cabinet led by Winston Churchill offered a total national merger to France, which was rejected by the French cabinet Photo: PA
“France and Great Britain shall no longer be two nations, but one Franco-British union,” read the declaration.
“The constitution of the Union will provide for joint organs of defence, foreign, financial and economic policies. Every citizen of France will enjoy immediately citizenship of Great Britain, every British subject will become a citizen of France.”
The text was drafted by Jean Monnet, the father of the European Project. If alive today, he would be pounding on the door of the Kanzleramt, exhorting Angela Merkel to offer a total fiscal union to all members of the eurozone before everything falls apart, and to be enshrined in EU treaty law forever.
“All debts of Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Ireland will be fused immediately with German debt; a single treasury will control spending, and issue euro-bonds for all Euroland,” or some such formula.
This is the sort of game-changer that may now be required to save EMU and the Monnet dream. Germany must contemplate doing for Euroland what it has done for its own Volk in the East over the last 20 years – pay big transfers – or watch its strategic investment in the post-War order of Europe collapse with a bang, and in hideous acrimony. Tough call.

It is clear to those working in the bond markets that the debt crisis in the EMU periphery is nearing danger point, and risks spiralling out of control as quickly as the Lehman-AIG-Fannie-Freddie crisis in 2008.
Prof Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup, said last week that Portugal is likely to need a rescue before the end of the year and that Spain will follow “soon after”.

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WikiLeaks Reveals Iran’s Secret, Worldwide Arms Hunt



Guns and ammo from Turkey. Missile components from Germany. Guidance systems from China. Iran is on a global, clandestine mission to acquire weapons and weapons technologies of all sorts, diplomatic cables released Sunday by WikiLeaks reveal. And the Tehran regime is using a series of front companies in its attempt to assemble the arsenal.

In a cable from February of 2010, State Department officials in Washington alert the staff at the U.S. embassy in Beijing that a Malaysia-based firm, Electronics Component Limited (ECL), is trying to buy three-axis fiber optic gyroscopes from a Chinese company. This isn’t just a simple business deal, the dispatch makes clear.

Gyroscopes measure orientation, which makes them a critical component of weapons’ inertial navigation systems. These particular gyroscopes, the State Department warns, “would be suitable for use in the guidance systems of ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, and unmanned aerial vehicles.”

Worse, the cable adds, “ECL is part of a network of Iranian-controlled front companies that… procures sensitive goods on behalf of a number of Iranian entities of proliferation concern, including the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), which is Iran’s primary developer of liquid propellant ballistic missiles.”

The warning is part of a common thread emerging from WikiLeaks’ three major document dumps. These diplomatic dispatches, along with war logs from Afghanistan and Iraq, detail a globe-spanning Cold War between Iran and the United States. Each side has its proxies, each side provides weapons to those allies, and each side uses the game of global diplomacy to corral the other’s ambitions. “The metaphor most commonly deployed by Jordanian officials when discussing Iran is of an octopus whose tentacles reach out insidiously to manipulate, foment, and undermine the best laid plans of the West and regional moderates,” one WikiLeaked cable reports.

November 29, 2010


GLOBALISM REVISITED
 
PART 2

By Debra Rae

November 28, 2010

NewsWithViews.com

Proclaiming the cosmos (universe) as his god, Mikhail Gorbachev handpicked deep ecology as the handy “international disaster key” required for establishing global governance driven by civil society, or non-governmental organizations (NGOs). To this end, Gorbachev calls for integrated global policies that smack of Native American earth servitude.[1]

Gorbachev insists that “necessary” environmental regulations be imposed worldwide. His is a type of planetary commandment rooted in the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Called the Earth Charter, this key document is one-of-three designed to solidify political, economic, social, and religious changes deemed essential in a new world order. The other two are the UN Charter and the International Declaration of Human Rights.[2]

Once secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, essentially the national leader, from 1985 to 1991, Gorbachev has since created a new political party called the Independent Democratic Party of Russia, which he characterizes as “social-democratic.”

That said, Gorbachev’s Green Cross International is more “Red” than it is green. His foundation and he actively work on behalf of the New Paradigm at a former U.S. military base. The Presidio in San Francisco serves as a sort of “White House on the West Coast.”

Globalism’s Central Organizing Principle: Sustainable Development

While propelling the misleading ideal of “global democracy,” today’s burgeoning, borderless, one-world state operates under the United Nations’ guiding principle of sustainable development. While the term “sustainable development,” or “smart growth,” has a noble ring, its agenda is by no means faith-, family-, or America- friendly.

In 1948, a preliminary draft of a World Constitution included the right of a Federal Republic of the World to seize and use property in sustainable society.[3] Keep in mind that Point One of the Communist Manifesto likewise calls for outright abolition of private property; and sustainable development is described, not in any of our nation’s founding documents, but rather in the 1997 USSR Constitution (Chapter #2; Article 18).

In his letter to President George Bush dated December 25, 2000, Mikhail Gorbachev insisted that America’s extraordinary privilege is not tenable over the long run. To the contrary, the one-world vision demands “equitable distribution” of the world’s finite resources. This Robin Hood approach to wealth distribution is classic Marxism.[4]

Indeed, the Marxist-Leninist maxim of “earning one’s keep on planet earth” is at the heart of sustainability.[5] To merit this coveted status, enlightened communities must limit growth, eliminate suburbs, establish ethnic/economic equality, and curtail consumption patterns consistent with America’s middle class.

The socialist principle of government-managed development, sustainable development calls for revamping the very infrastructure of our nation away from private ownership and control of property to nothing short of a national zoning system through which producers are expected to provide for non-producers.[6]

Good global citizens are herded out of the suburbs into urban clusters more easily controlled and regulated by UN-empowered special interest groups. Already, communities boast extensive code enforcement departments. For example, in Birmingham, Mobile, and Atlanta, code enforcers are called Environmental Police; and they mean business.

Land-Grab Bully on the Global Block

Worldwide, hundreds of scenic and cultural treasures are already UN regulated. Disturbingly, the United Nations has designated as Heritage Sites dozens of monuments across our nation. In fact, through the World Heritage Convention, the lion’s share of our national preserves, parks, and monuments (e.g., the Statue of Liberty and Independence Hall) already fall under protection of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).[7]

 

Press Summary Archive

EU finance ministers approve €85bn bailout package for Ireland

29 November 2010

EU finance ministers yesterday gave the go-ahead to a €85bn bailout package for Ireland after an emergency meeting in Brussels. It has been agreed that Ireland’s contribution to the rescue will be €17.5bn, coming primarily from its sovereign wealth fund – the National Pension Reserve Fund. The remaining €67.5bn is comprised of: €22.5bn from the IMF; €22.5bn from the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism (EFSM, which the UK is part of); €17.7bn from the eurozone’s own rescue mechanism, the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF); a €3.8bn bilateral loan from the UK; a €0.6bn bilateral loan from Sweden; and a €0.4bn bilateral loan from Denmark.

Speaking after the announcement, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen insisted that the EU-IMF loan was essential for Ireland. "Can Ireland do without this package? The answer to that is no", he told reporters, adding that his government had considered “all possible policy options” before applying for a bailout. The average interest rate for the portion of the loan provided by the EU is around 5.8%, slightly higher than the 5% applied for Greece. The FT reports that some €10bn will be poured immediately into Ireland’s banks in a bid to stem the outflow of deposits by major companies, while €25bn will be set aside as a “contingency fund” to help support Irish banks in future, if necessary. 

Meanwhile, the Observer reported that on Saturday more than 100,000 people took the streets in Dublin to protest against the government’s four-year austerity plan.

In total, the UK’s contribution to the Irish bailout will be worth an estimated €7bn. Chancellor George Osborne is quoted by the Guardian saying: “There is a loan going from Britain to Ireland of just over £3bn. Of course, Britain is also part of the EU and part of the IMF, so we stand behind their loans as well. It is in Britain's national interest.”

However, the agreement reached yesterday hasn’t stemmed fears of contagion to other eurozone countries. The Times reports that, in early trading this morning, the yields on Spanish and Portuguese 10-year bonds remained at the high levels seen last week. Ashok Shah, chief investment officer at investment firm London & Capital, is quoted by the Guardian saying, “Portugal is already in the borderline, it will have to be rescued soon, maybe within a matter of weeks. The market will also focus on Spain. It will remain very volatile”, he warned. Le Figaro quotes French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde saying: “Sometimes the financial markets are irrational. But it’s true that Europe is hard to understand. One never really knows who the boss is. They want to know: who decides? Who pays?”

Open Europe’s Director Mats Persson is quoted by PA arguing: “It's clearly in everyone's interest for the jitters in the eurozone to calm. However, merely passing debt around countries, banks and the ECB, which is what the current bail-out arrangements effectively are doing, will not solve any of the fundamental problems of either Ireland or the eurozone as a whole.”

New eurozone crisis mechanism will see bondholders involved on a case-by-case basis from 2013
Meanwhile, at yesterday’s meeting, eurozone finance ministers also reached agreement on the creation of a new permanent resolution mechanism for ailing eurozone countries. The new fund will replace the existing €440bn EFSF when it expires in 2013.

In spite of Germany’s demands to make bondholders take automatic “haircuts” in the event of future eurozone bailouts, under the scheme agreed yesterday the involvement of the private sector will be decided on a case-by-case basis. Eurozone finance ministers will decide by unanimity whether assistance is needed by a eurozone country. However, if the country’s debt position is considered unsustainable by the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission, the concerned government will have to enter negotiations with its private sector creditors to restructure its debt. To this end, “collective action clauses” will be annexed to all eurozone government bonds issued after June 2013.

Der Spiegel reports that Volker Wissing, financial expert from the FDP, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partner, has said that, if there are no talks by mid-December about the future participation of banks and financial investors in sovereign defaults, “there will be an uprising in the FDP.”
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Eurozone comment round-up;
Die Welt: Chancellor Merkel should prepare for a downsizing of the eurozone
In the Irish Times, Fintan O’Toole writes of the Irish bailout package, “This is not a rescue plan. It is the longest ransom note in history: do what we tell you and you may, in time, get your country back.”

In the Telegraph, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard argues that “Germany must contemplate doing for Euroland what it has done for its own Volk in the East over the last 20 years – pay big transfers – or watch its strategic investment in the post-War order of Europe collapse with a bang, and in hideous acrimony. Tough call.” In the Weekend FT, John Authers noted that German domestic politics holds the key to the euro’s future. “If Germany cares enough about the eurozone to submit to market blackmail, then the crisis can be resolved; if not, life is more uncertain,” he wrote.

Die Welt argues, “The Merkel government can hope that the current crisis management works, that the markets calm down and countries see reason on fiscal policy. That is possible but it is not probable. Instead, there is the alternative of deeper political union, which doesn't look realistic, or an orderly unwinding of the euro zone to fewer, relatively economically solid countries. Even if a government leader should not speak loudly about it, that is exactly what Chancellor Merkel should now prepare for.”

Another editorial in the paper, under the headline “Myths of the Euro’s benefits crumble”, suggests Germany might be better off without the euro, arguing that “On talk shows and at social events, it is repeated like a mantra: the euro may be unpopular, but without it German industry, and thus the backbone of our economy, would be much worse…Investors have long had reason to doubt this claim.” In Handelsblatt, columnist Ruth Berschens argues: “The future of the euro remains uncertain. The bitter reality cannot be eluded by anyone, not even the EU’s finance ministers […] Germany will have to pay the price for the stability of the euro…[but] its own demise will come at an even higher one.”

In the WSJ, Irwin Stelzer argues that there are warning signs over Italy’s future “with debt equal to 120% of gross domestic product, Italy is more heavily in hock than Portugal, its total debt running at 85% of GDP.” He adds that Portugal's World Bank ease-of-doing-business rank is 31st, while Italy is ranked 80th.
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Liam Fox drops promise to pull out of European Defence Agency
The FT reports that Defence Secretary Liam Fox has dropped his pre-election promise to pull Britain out of the European Defence Agency, which aims to co-ordinate military procurement across the EU. Mr Fox’s aides reportedly said that the UK’s longer-term membership was under review. Meanwhile, the Telegraph reports that EU officials have warned that a failure to break the deadlock over the 2011 EU budget could mean that Baroness Ashton’s new diplomatic service will not be properly financed. The External Action Service is formally due to start work on Wednesday.
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UK likely to opt in to EU cross-border traffic fines
The EU is to agree on a new directive on Thursday, which would enforce cross-border road traffic penalties in Europe, the Sunday Times reports.  Under new rules, British motorists could face six-figure fines if they are captured exceeding the speed limit in other EU countries. Sources close to negotiations have said that the new proposal, for which the UK has an opt-out, is expected to be endorsed by UK officials.
Sunday Times

In an Express article looking at EU agricultural spending, Open Europe’s Mats Persson is quoted saying, “The CAP puts prices up, hits the poorest people in Britain hardest and hasn’t even stopped the collapse of British farming” and that since the introduction of the single farm payment, farm subsidies have been obtained by airlines, golf clubs, cruise ships and pony clubs.
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MPs join the Express’ campaign to exit the EU
Saturday’s Express noted that several MPs had joined its campaign for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, quoting a Cabinet source saying that the campaign “strengthens the hands of those of us in Government arguing that it is time to go.” Writing in today’s Express, Nigel Farage argues that the UK should leave the EU.

In the Sunday Telegraph, Jenny McCartney argued: “If recent events have demonstrated one thing very obviously, it is that, just because European integration was confusing, that didn't necessarily make it clever. Perhaps it is time for the British to make it unambiguously clear to politicians precisely how far in, or out, of Europe they really want to be.”
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An article in the FT argues that meeting the EU’s renewable energy targets “will not be cheap. Ofgem, the energy regulator, has estimated £200bn of investment will be required in the energy sector alone to meet these targets.” Meanwhile, in the Independent on Sunday, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne argued a tougher EU emissions reduction target would have a minimal effect on output.
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The Sunday Express noted that four times a year, Maurice Ponga – an MEP from New Caledonia, a French colony near Australia – travels from his home to Strasbourg at a cost to the taxpayer of around £6,000 a time.
Sunday Express

In the Sunday Telegraph, Kamal Ahmed looked at the EU’s antitrust investigation into Google.
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Greece → Ireland → Portugal → Spain → Italy → UK → ?


It is now common knowledge that there is a potential domino effect of European sovereign debt contagion in roughly the following order:
Greece Ireland Portugal Spain Italy UK
While some people have been writing about this for well over a year, many others have joined the party late (there are now over 600,000 hits from a Google search discussing this topic.)
It is also now common knowledge that while Greece and Ireland have relatively small economies, there will be real trouble if the Spanish domino falls.
Iceland has the world's 112th biggest economy, Ireland the 38th, and Portugal the 36th. In contrast, Spain has the world's 9th biggest economy, Italy the 7th and the UK the 6th. A failure by one of the latter 3 would be devastating for the world economy.

As Nouriel Roubini wrote in February:
But the real nightmare domino is Spain. Roubini refers to the Spanish debt problems as "the elephant in the room".
"You can try to ring fence Spain. And you can essentially try to provide financing officially to Ireland, Portugal, and Greece for three years. Leave them out of the market. Maybe restructure their debt down the line."
"But if Spain falls off the cliff, there is not enough official money in this envelope of European resources to bail out Spain. Spain is too big to fail on one side—and also too big to be bailed out."
With Spain, the first problem is the size of its public debt: €1 trillion. (Greece, by contrast, has €300 of public debt.) Spain also has €1 trillion in private foreign liabilities.
And for problems of that magnitude, there simply are not enough resources—governmental or super-sovereign—to go around.
And as I've previously pointed out, Germany and France - the world's 4th and 5th largest economies - have the greatest exposure to Portuguese and Spanish debt. For more on the interconnections between Euro economies adding to the risk of contagion, see this and this.
While it is tempting to assume that the Eurozone bailouts mean that creditor nations which have managed their economies well and saved huge amounts of excess reserves which they lend out, Sean Corrigon points out that the European bailouts are a Ponzi scheme:
Under the rules of this multi-trillion shell game, the sovereigns guarantee the ECB which funds the banks which buy the government debt which provides for everyone else's guarantees.
(America is no different: Bill Gross, Nouriel Roubini, Laurence Kotlikoff, Steve Keen, Michel Chossudovsky and the Wall Street Journal all say that America is running a giant Ponzi scheme as well. And both America and Europe are trying to cover up the insolvency of their banks by running faux stress tests.)
It didn't have to be like this. The European nations did not have to sacrifice themselves for the sake of their big banks.
As Roubini wrote in February:


Ron Fraser
Columnist
 
Germany Up—Ireland Down—Britain Out?

November 29, 2010 | From theTrumpet.com
The drama of change in the new European order.
It is always interesting to look back on history in times of crisis to see what lessons we have failed to learn from the past. 
 
Europe is in great upheaval right now due to the sovereign debt crisis, the current case being Ireland’s failed economy. As in the previous Greek bailout, the Irish crisis has brought German bullying tactics to the surface.
Talks of “hit squads” descending on Ireland to force EU (Berlin’s) will on the benighted Emerald Isle have only added to a spreading sense that Germany is in command of the future direction of EU economic and fiscal policy—that the will of the German elites will prevail in the current crisis. 

The descent of the central bankers “hit squads” on Ireland’s shores just happened to coincide with the meeting of Germany’s defense hierarchy in Dresden last weekend. During the course of that meeting, Chancellor Angela Merkel made a remarkable statement. 

Rising to speak to the cream of the German Bundeswehr, with her Minister of Defense Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg seated beside her, Merkel spoke in support of Guttenberg’s planned reforms of Germany’s military establishment. During the course of her speech, the chancellor declared that “The Bundeswehr could be a symbol of the reform of the country” (Welt Online, November 22). 

Was this really the cuddly, motherly Chancellor Merkel mouthing these words? Was she really saying that the rapid reform of the German military forces—into that which Guttenberg has touted would become the most highly professional, fast-moving force, able to deploy anywhere on the globe at a moment’s notice—could be a model for the reform of the German nation?
 
Is anybody listening this time? Could it happen again? In the face of the demonstrable political weakness and seeming ineptness of the Anglo-Saxon nations—saviors of the world from tyranny twice within one century—could it be that once again, at a time of increasing global economic and political disruption, the old Teutonic military spirit is stirring, hankering to take advantage of global crisis and reassert the old goal of global hegemony? 

Too many signs are pointing in that direction. Too many shallow pundits are looking at quantitative measures of observable current-day German military power and failing to consider the qualitative aspects of the German nation. Especially its history of reaction to crisis and its proneness to rise SUDDENLY out of such times to a position of military might! 

Weekly Southern African Report 

From Jan Lamprecht 
Southern Africa in Crisis 
Sunday, 28th November 2010 

From 1994-Present over 3,000 Farmers have been murdered in S.Africa. 
Many thousands of their farm workers have also been murdered too. 

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 Romanian adoptees coming of age

 

Adopting an open approach: 21-year-old Romanian-born Nicusor 
O'Driscoll, pictured in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh 
McSweeney/ProvisionAdopting an open approach: 21-year-old Romanian-born Nicusor O'Driscoll, pictured in Cork city. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

My siblings didn’t speak English and I didn’t speak Romanian, but somehow I could still communicate with my brother, writes CIAN TRAYNOR

WITH HIS arms tightly folded, head bowed, Nicusor O’Driscoll is uncomfortable with the thought of being among the first to leave the ruins of Romania’s communist regime.

He doesn’t remember the overpopulation, the food rationing, the lack of plumbing or the power cuts. Instead his first memories are of Ireland, having been adopted soon after the execution of Romania’s dictator Nicolae Ceausescu on Christmas Day, 1989.

Following the Iron Curtain’s collapse, an exposé of Romania’s squalid orphanages made headlines around the world. The sight of these “crying rooms” overcrowded with starving children inspired unprecedented numbers of Irish people to volunteer for adoption.

Within six months of Nicusor’s arrival in Cork, there were 28 other Romanian children in his hometown of Carrigaline. By the time he asked his mother where babies came from, adoption was such a familiar topic in his household that his younger sister, Elena, piped up with, “well, they come from Romania, Ukraine, Russia, China . . . ”

Still, while his parents were open about his background and kept in contact with his biological parents, Nicusor felt Irish. It was just easier to leave things as they were. Then, at the age of 19, he received news that his paternal grandmother had been diagnosed with cancer and that a nephew had been born blind from a hereditary condition. He knew he had to go. Within a week, he was travelling back to Romania with his Irish parents.

“The day we arrived in Romania was the anniversary of the day my mum had first seen me, 19 years before. The day we left was the anniversary of when I came to Ireland, so that added to the weight of it all. It was a big deal to my parents; they were probably more emotional about it than I was.”
 
Together they travelled through a blizzard to the mountains of Suceava, a 10-hour train journey from Bucharest, to stay with Nicusor’s birth family, whose house was twice the size of his bedroom at home. Seeing how far below the poverty line they lived did not help his nerves.



UN Report Blames Hezbollah for Murdering Hariri

WikiLeaked Cables Confirm China Confidential Views of Hitlerian Ahmadinejad, Afghanistan's Karzai, Qaeda-Supporting Saudis, Chinese Hack-Attacks

For all the talk of engagement, much of the cable traffic reads like a conservative blog.

Click here and here for the story.

Fruits of Appeasement: Cables Confirm Advanced Iranian Missiles Can Reach Moscow, W. Europe


Click here to read about the capabilities of the regime that Obama sought to "engage."

More about the Iranian "mega-missiles," over here:
Perhaps the most worrisome news to come out the diplo doc dump is that North Korea secretly gave Iran 19 powerful missiles with a range of 2,000 miles. The missiles, known as the BM-25, are modified from Russian R-27s, which were submarine-based missiles carrying nuclear weapons. “If fired from Iran,” the New York Times notes, a missile with that range could “let its warheads reach targets as far away as Western Europe, including Berlin.” The BM-25, unveiled in a North Korean military parade last month, may be North Korea’s longest-range missile yet. Ares’ David A. Fulgham observed that its design “is showing second-stage and nose-cone design characteristics associated with Iran’s Shahab 3 missile,” indicating growing missile ties between the two rogue states.

No wonder why European leaders are suddenly so keen on missile defense. And no wonder why so many of the leaders of the Arab Middle East are increasingly freaked out by Iran’s growing conventional arsenal — and nuclear program.

US Senate Could Block Obama Administration Scheme for Civilian Trials for Foreign Terrorists

There is reason for hope, as reported here.
 

WikiLeaked Cables Confirm China Confidential Reporting and Analysis on Iran, North Korea

WikiLeaked Cables Confirm China Confidential View of Turkey's Crypto-Islamist, Iran-Tilting Government


U.S. doubts about Iran-tilting Turkey revealed, as reported here.

WikiLeaked Cables Confirm Obama's Iran Appeasement and Outreach to 'Muslim World' Alienated Arabs and Israelis Fearing Nukes


Unprecedented, massive leaks amount to a U.S. "foreign policy meltdown," according to Spiegel. An excerpt from its online report:

The most explosive documents are those that describe developments that relate to major global crises. In the Middle East, the US diplomats report, it is not just the Israelis who fear Iran's nuclear ambitions. No one speaks quite as angrily about Tehran as the Arabs, who want most of all for the US to supply them with weapons. [Italics added for emphasis.]

When it comes to Pakistan, the US never quite knows if it is dealing with an ally or an enemy in the war on terror. The diplomats repeatedly report on political or military links between the Pakistanis and the Afghan Taliban.

And in Yemen the US allowed itself -- against its better judgement -- to be drawn into President Ali Abdullah Saleh's conflict with the Houthi in the north of the country, even though their military aid was only supposed to be used in the fight against al-Qaida, which is particularly active in the country.

Click here to read the entire article.

Bush Administration Appealed to China on Iran


Islamist Terrorists Seeking Independence and Sharia Law for North Caucasus Consider Making Arabic Official Language; Qaeda/Saudi Support Suspected

Click here to read about Russia's rising Islamist insurgency.

Moscow's radical Muslim problem is getting worse.

What Appeasement and Apologies Have Wrought: Axis of Evil Testing US in Korea, Mideast, S. America

China and Russia Go Along With Moves by North Korea, Iran, Venezuela
that Aim for Ultimate Overthrow of Current US-Dominated World Order



Connecting the dots on the 60th anniversary of China's entry into the Korean War .... click here for Beijing's view of the conflict ... before clicking here and here ... and here and here also ... to see the outline of the Big Picture.