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Posted 28 February 2007 - 04:37 PM

Chavez has used his oil wealth to lend $2.5 billion to Argentina, offer $1.5 billion to Bolivia and hold $500 million out to Ecuador.

Chavez, 52, is promoting what he calls a ``socialist'' alternative to the Washington-based IMF
``Chavez is the No. 1 enemy of the IMF in the region,'' ``He views the IMF as an agent in the service of the U.S.''

``Chavez's effort to undermine the IMF is also an effort to undermine the Washington consensus on privatization and liberal economics,''


Such offers allow Venezuela to take over the IMF

Venezuela is also backing bonds sold jointly with Argentina, Chavez said he wanted to ``help Argentina end its dependence on the IMF.''

Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, elected in May 2003, said IMF policies had ``devastated'' his country, which defaulted on $95 billion of debt in 2001. `` Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is squeezing the International Monetary Fund out of Latin America.

Chavez, 52, is promoting what he calls a ``socialist'' alternative to the Washington-based IMF and its biggest shareholder, the U.S. Treasury. The timing couldn't be worse for the IMF, whose global clout is diminishing as countries from Uruguay to the Philippines pay their debts.
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 05:58 AM

Originally posted by woj1@cyberonic.
Chavez has used his oil wealth to lend $2.5 billion to Argentina, offer $1.5 billion to Bolivia and hold $500 million out to Ecuador.

Chavez, 52, is promoting what he calls a ``socialist'' alternative to the Washington-based IMF
``Chavez is the No. 1 enemy of the IMF in the region,'' ``He views the IMF as an agent in the service of the U.S.''

``Chavez's effort to undermine the IMF is also an effort to undermine the Washington consensus on privatization and liberal economics,''


Such offers allow Venezuela to take over the IMF

Venezuela is also backing bonds sold jointly with Argentina, Chavez said he wanted to ``help Argentina end its dependence on the IMF.''

Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, elected in May 2003, said IMF policies had ``devastated'' his country, which defaulted on $95 billion of debt in 2001. `` Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is squeezing the International Monetary Fund out of Latin America.

Chavez, 52, is promoting what he calls a ``socialist'' alternative to the Washington-based IMF and its biggest shareholder, the U.S. Treasury. The timing couldn't be worse for the IMF, whose global clout is diminishing as countries from Uruguay to the Philippines pay their debts.



Russia, Iran and Venezuela have all made great gains from Bush's
wars and threats of war, since he drove the price of oil up.
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:11 PM

Originally posted by Bader
Russia, Iran and Venezuela have all made great gains from Bush's
wars and threats of war, since he drove the price of oil up.


Happy are that learn from the misfortunes of others. Precautions are useless after the event .
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 09:35 PM

Who is most to blame for rising mortgage defaults?


Borrowers, for taking on too much debt. Lenders, for offering risky mortgages. Regulators, for not reining in lending. Someone else

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Posted 06 March 2007 - 10:11 PM

RUSSIA TO CHANGE ITS MILITARY DOCTRINE
said in a statement on March 5 that it is developing a new military strategy to take into account what it called the increased use of force by unnamed "leading states," Britain's "Financial Times"
The statement noted that "leading states are paying increasing attention in military policy to modernizing their military forces and improving their weaponry....
Modern forms of armed conflict are being actively implemented, technologies for use of force are being reviewed, the configuration of military presence is being changed, and military alliances are being strengthened, particularly NATO."
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Posted 06 March 2007 - 10:23 PM

the [George W.] Bush administration has decided to reach out more often and more intensively to Russia at a time when the leadership in Moscow is harshly criticizing American policy, and some scholars say the United States has not sufficiently tended to an important relationship." The daily added that unnamed "senior administration officials said their initiative calls for engaging Russian leaders.
I wont advise, because today died 6-9 soldiers in Iraq.:Potstir:
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 08:23 AM

Originally posted by woj1@cyberonic.
RUSSIA TO CHANGE ITS MILITARY DOCTRINE
said in a statement on March 5 that it is developing a new military strategy to take into account what it called the increased use of force by unnamed "leading states," Britain's "Financial Times"
The statement noted that "leading states are paying increasing attention in military policy to modernizing their military forces and improving their weaponry....
Modern forms of armed conflict are being actively implemented, technologies for use of force are being reviewed, the configuration of military presence is being changed, and military alliances are being strengthened, particularly NATO."
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Can you picture Hezbollah becoming govt in Lebanon and inviting Russia in to arm and train a new Lebanese military?
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Posted 07 March 2007 - 10:01 PM

[QUOTE]Originally posted by Bader
[B]Can you picture Hezbollah becoming govt in Lebanon and inviting.

Not only Iam.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a group of pro-Kremlin political activists from the Nashi movement and similar groups on March 5 that there has always been and always will be a struggle for influence in the world, and that the only question is how best to achieve it, the daily "Vedomosti" reported on March 6. He argued that there is no alternative to diplomatic means, and that the U.S. record in Iraq and Israel's performance in Lebanon in 2006 showed that military strength is not enough to achieve policy goals. Lavrov stressed that the United States wants to secure its status of the world leader based on military superiority, "but lacks the financial, trade, and economic, and -- last but not least -- moral resources to do so." Lavrov believes that "the West is losing the monopoly on establishing rules of the game." He added that President Vladimir Putin's February 10 speech in Munich was supposed to press the idea home and convince U.S. allies of the point. Lavrov argued that fixed alliances have become pointless, and that is why NATO is now in crisis.
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 02:48 PM

Putin is tightening the Kremlin's grip on political life as he prepares to engineer a handover of power to his chosen successor in elections a year and chess champion Kasayev is calling peoples to the street. Street maybe western form of democracy. :chok:
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Posted 08 March 2007 - 05:04 PM

EXPERT WARNS THAT 'WORLD LEADERS HAVE FAILED'

This speech, with all its harsh truths, put an end hopes of establishing a new and more civilized world based on partnership, or even a quasi-alliance of civilized great powers against trends that pose a threat to all: nuclear weapons proliferation (probably unstoppable now).
Fource has returned to its traditional place in the system of international relations....
Provocateurs feel free to act as they please.
This was recently demonstrated in Lebanon, and it's being demonstrated every day in Iraq.
Against this background, stupid plans to deploy obviously ineffective missile-defense systems in Central Europe also seem like an act of provocation....
The United States will flee from Iraq, inevitably.
But correcting the Iraq error by withdrawal will not create a more just or more manageable world.
It's already clear that the collapse of America's unipolar aspirations will not lead to an effective multipolar world; it will lead to chaos."
Karaganov stressed that Russia must "rely on itself, growing truly strong." PM

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 07:28 PM

Israeli PM says Lebanon war was pre-planned:


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has testified he launched last year's war against Hezbollah fighters in Lebanon in line with a contingency plan he approved four months before, the Haaretz daily said on Thursday.


Olmert, under fire for his handling of the inconclusive 34-day war, told a judicial inquiry last month that Hezbollah's capture of two Israeli soldiers on July 12 triggered the plans for a large-scale attack in Lebanon, the Israeli newspaper said.

The inquiry, known as the Winograd Commission, is expected to publish an interim report this month. Haaretz did not say how it had learned the details of Olmert's February 1 testimony.

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Posted 08 March 2007 - 09:15 PM

What Would You Do if You Were Iran?
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Posted 09 March 2007 - 04:23 AM

Originally posted by woj1@cyberonic.
Putin is tightening the Kremlin's grip on political life as he prepares to engineer a handover of power to his chosen successor in elections a year and chess champion Kasayev is calling peoples to the street. Street maybe western form of democracy. :chok:



Without question there will an attempt to undo/break up what he has achieved otherwise Russia may become a major and decisive influence in the Middle East.

Nato has probably become a huge town posse but including the town drunks.
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Posted 09 March 2007 - 04:46 PM

U.S. Democrats propose withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2008. But I think that is no proposal only threat not to realizatio.
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Posted 09 March 2007 - 04:57 PM

Originally posted by Bader
B]Without question there will an attempt to undo/break up what he has achieved otherwise Russia may become a major and decisive influence in the Middle East.

Nato has probably become a huge town posse but including the town drunks. /B]



Maybe not only Ireland and Switzerland (which don
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Posted 09 March 2007 - 05:42 PM

Soltanieh said the IAEA is an impartial agency that should not be swayed by the "political motives" of the UN Security Council.

He charged the IAEA of violating its own charter by following the demands of December's Security Council Resolution 1737.
"America and Great Britain, which are pressuring the Security Council to confront Iran's peaceful nuclear program, prevent any measure by that body regarding Israel's nuclear activities,".
He added that the decision encourages Israel to furtively expand its purported nuclear arsenal even though it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has a "unique" record of ignoring UN resolutions, IRNA reported :bawling:
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Posted 09 March 2007 - 06:10 PM

GERMAN GOVERNING PARTY WANTS TO GIVE RUSSIA A VETO OVER MISSILE DEFENSE
Kurt Beck, , told the "Frankfurter Rundschau" on March 9 that his party will not agree to setting up a proposed U.S. missile-defense project in Poland and the Czech Republic without Russia's approval.
Beck said that he sees "no sense" in the project and "cannot imagine" that NATO will agree to it "unless a common position is worked out in a dialogue with Russia in advance."
He added that the American plans have fostered a worsening of relations with Russia.
German Foreign Ministry is currently dominated by the SPD, which includes people who are sharply critical of Washington while being enthusiastic about close ties to Moscow .

After Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered his February 10 anti-American speech in Munich, Beck praised it as "open and honest." PM

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Posted 09 March 2007 - 06:12 PM

Originally posted by woj1@cyberonic.
What Would You Do if You Were Iran?




An essential factor is that the US bully prefers to ttack nations where there is a lack of air cover which gives them a decisive advantage.

Iraq in 2003 was as easy as taking over Montana.

I have no doubt that the Iranian ladership has monitored closely the nature of the beast and taken appropriate measures within their power. The essense is to make it costly enough to make them think twice.
The price has to relate to the effect on politics within the US and given the quicksand they are in over Iraq the likelyhood of carrying on into Iran has to be low, more so since Iran is obviously the forward defence line of Russia who know they will be targeted likewise if Iran goes down.

Compare the last Israeli war on Lebanon with no air opposition and the destruction yet they have egg on their faces and still trying to wipe it off with their own people. Now compare that with Iran and the Russian missles defence system protecting the ket targets. And we dont know to what extent the electro-magnetic technology is involved. I expect that the last thing Bush wants is to make a global display that Russia nas equal or superior military tecnology, right now when the number one priority may well be face saving over the mess they have got themselves in in Iraq and as helpless as to a remedy. This could be the main reason for the build up- a huge bluff and may be proved correct by the timing of Puting coming out into the public face of the world. The better question is " what should the US do".

Iran has not allowed itself to be pushed around and so has become a hero in the Middle East which annoys the Royals as much as Israel and the US. Daley's article missed out the Kuwait factor which was the means of taking down an Arab republic which was a political threat to Israel and Arab Royals future. Iraq is what it is today as much because of the Arab League as the US and Israel, they could have resolved the issues between Hussein abd Kuwait which beecome a set up. Now Iran has become the political threat to Israel and the Royals.

Clearly the plan is to destroy the Shia factor across the Middle East and destablise Iran by terrorisn within. It might backfire and cause civil unrest in the Kingdoms, with a little bit of help from a certain neighbour! And Turkey knows they could be next by the same means. The advantage the Iranians have is that this war began in 1979 and they are very intelligent and resourceful with a long proud history. The US is the opposite already after only a couple of hundred years. The US is a prostitute whoes flower is fading fast.
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Posted 10 March 2007 - 12:01 AM

Originally posted by woj1@cyberonic.
Soltanieh said the IAEA is an impartial agency that should not be swayed by the "political motives" of the UN Security Council.

He charged the IAEA of violating its own charter by following the demands of December's Security Council Resolution 1737.
"America and Great Britain, which are pressuring the Security Council to confront Iran's peaceful nuclear program, prevent any measure by that body regarding Israel's nuclear activities,".
He added that the decision encourages Israel to furtively expand its purported nuclear arsenal even though it has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has a "unique" record of ignoring UN resolutions, IRNA reported :bawling:



The IAEA seems to have allowed politics to rule and the issues switch back and forth, one day they say Iran hasnt violated the agreement and later give weight to the US and Britain, and this has see-sawed back and forth for several year. It is a rubbish bin and deserves to be emptied out to avoid further stink.
It seems to me that Iran is the only party involved in the matter than follows the principles. Any other country that signs this agreement has to be as thick as two planks.

It would be interesting to know how many millions of dollars it has cost. Once the IAEA allowed politics to take over they become incompetent and should be discharged automatically but who would do that- I bet it is the Security Council, so we are back to square one.

It seems obvious that financial interests ( leverage) prevails over voting nations and those bureaucrats who run the systems and have been educated beyond their intelligence, because there is no room for intergity.

Recently the IAEA said the intelligence they had been supplied by the CIA had all proved to produce nothing. Where is the effect of that. Has this changed the IAEA? It has yet to show and I cant imagine anything changing inspite of this.
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