BRIC Nations Speak Out Against Use of Force in Libya

Stephanie Ho | Beijing  April 14, 2011 The five BRICS nations have voiced their opposition to use of force in Libya, at a summit in the southern Chinese resort city, Sanya.   Meanwhile, leaders from the five large developing nations criticized the current dollar-dominated world monetary order and called for a broad-based international reserve currency system. … Continue reading

Dozens of Christians arrested in China for showing up to an open air church service. Beijing authorities were alerted to their plans so they taped off the area and took away dozens who showed up to take part…

  Beijing police halt unapproved church service   Apr 10, 5:29 AM (ET) By ALEXA OLESEN BEIJING (AP) – Beijing police on Sunday detained dozens of worshippers from an unapproved Christian church who were trying to hold services in a public space after they were evicted from their usual place of worship, a parishioner said. … Continue reading

Last night NBC's Tom Brokaw said on the nightly news “I was told on the way in here that the Saudis are so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt that it sent high level emissaries to China and Russia to tell those two countries that Saudi Arabia now is prepared to do more business with them(Guess the bow at the G20 wasn't enough Mr. Obama).” I wonder if this is why Defense Secretary Gates got to Saudi Arabia 2 days ago? I think the U.S. and Britain just got busted trying to oust the House of Saud for the last time. If the BRIC nations just gained the Saudi's oil the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan were for nothing(I'm sure Brzezinski is freakin right the heck out right now). India would much rather receive their oil from the Saudi's rather than the U.S. oil interests' plan of sending it through the TAPI pipeline from the Persian Gulf. The current American administration and the British would not lose Saudi oil without war or ousting the regime. That's a fact.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 By Susan Jones (CNSNews.com) – Reporting from Baghdad, Iraq yesterday, NBC’s Tom Brokaw said the Saudi Arabian monarchy is “so unhappy with the Obama administration for the way it pushed out President Mubarak of Egypt” that it has sent senior officials to the Peoples’ Republic of China and Russia to seek expanded business … Continue reading

AFRICOM and the Libya War, countering Chinese influence in Africa.

  by Emile Schepers U.S. participation in the war in Libya appears to be coordinated out of a former French Foreign Legion base in Djibouti, a tiny country of a half million souls at the very tip of the Horn of Africa. This is the forward base of AFRICOM, the unified command for African action … Continue reading

U.N. Security Council gets the votes, no fly zone has been ordered over Libya. U.N. Resolution 1970 is also to allow "all necessary measures" to be taken "to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in (Libya), including Benghazi, while excluding an occupation force".

  Thu Mar 17, 2011   The United Nations Security Council has passed a resolution ordering a no-fly zone over Libya, while suspending the country from the Human Rights Council. Resolution 1970 authorizes a no-fly zone over Libya and to allow “all necessary measures” to be taken “to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under … Continue reading

World scrambles to get citizens out of Libya

By SUZAN FRASER and THANASSIS STAVRAKIS Associated Press IRAKLIO, Crete — Two ferries carrying 4,500 Chinese workers from strife-torn Libya arrived at the Mediterranean island of Crete on Thursday, despite rough seas that left hundreds of Americans stranded on a docked ferry in Tripoli. Passengers smiled and waved from the decks of the Greek-flagged Hellenic … Continue reading

Washington Intensifies Push Into Central Asia

Stop NATO January 29, 2011 Rick Rozoff A recent editorial on the website of Voice of America reflected on last year being one in which the United States solidified relations with the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. One or more of the five nations border Afghanistan, Russia, … Continue reading

New rules regulate China's rare earth industry ; They're cutting exports and they control 95% of rare earth production. Big surprise. For those who don't know rare earth metals are the new Gold.

BEIJING, Feb. 17 (Xinhuanet) — The government will impose stricter mining policies and environmental standards for rare earths and set “reasonable” annual production and export quotas to further regulate the crucial sector, the State Council said on Wednesday. Rare earth metals are comprised of 17 minerals and some are used in high-tech industries ranging from … Continue reading

Algeria prepares for day of protests: the oil-rich, military-dominated north African state, braced itself for a day of pro-democracy protestson Saturday, despite a ban on demonstrations in the capital, Algiers, and a large security presence intent on containing any uprising inspired by Egypt or Tunisia

  Pro-democracy alliance expected to defy ban on demonstrations as euphoria from Egypt and Tunisia spills over to Algeria Riot police use their shields during a demonstration in Algiers last month. Photograph: AP Algeria, the oil-rich, military-dominated north African state, braced itself for a day of pro-democracy protestson Saturday, despite a ban on demonstrations in … Continue reading

IMF calls for alternative to the Dollar on Thursday

By Ben Rooney February 10, 2011   NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The International Monetary Fund issued a report Thursday on a possible replacement for the dollar as the world’s reserve currency. The IMF said Special Drawing Rights, or SDRs, could help stabilize the global financial system. SDRs represent potential claims on the currencies of IMF … Continue reading

Burma Convenes Parliament for First Time in Two Decades

Daniel Schearf | Bangkok January 31, 2011 Burma has convened a session of parliament for the first time in more than 20 years. The government says it is a move toward democracy but democracy activists say the military is still in charge. The opening Monday, of the first session of parliament since 1988, followed the … Continue reading

"Rare Earth Elements: The Global Supply" report by the Congressional Research Service

http://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/R41347.pdf

Russia Ousted from Uzbek Economy

19.08.2010 Vladislav GULEVICH (Ukraine) The region of Central Asia is an epicenter of global interests. Competition between the U.S., Russia, the EU, China, India, Iran directly impacts the regional economy, and Uzbekistan is one of the main routes for financial inflows into Central Asia. Uzbekistan is ranked between more economically well-off Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan and … Continue reading

China Bank Moves to Buy U.S. Branches

BUSINESS JANUARY 22, 2011 “China Bank Moves to Buy U.S. Branches ICBC Signs a Deal for Bank of East Asia’s Retail Outlets” By LINGLING WEI CHICAGO—China’s biggest bank signed an agreement that would make it the first Beijing-controlled financial institution to acquire retail bank branches in the U.S., though regulators could still block the deal. … Continue reading

One day after securing huge deal with China Boeing lays off 1,000 U.S. workers

Boeing just laid off 1000 workers in Southern California, according to the Orange County Register. The move comes just a day after Boeing agreed to a $19 billion deal with China to produce 200 airplanes for the country. The layoffs affect workers in the company’s Long Beach, Anaheim, and Huntington Beach facilities. The bulk of … Continue reading

Did Shot-Down F-117 Aid China's J-20 Development?

by Bill Sweetman at 1/24/2011   Danger Room links to an AP story, reporting that Chinese agents scoured the crash site of an F-117 in Serbia in 1999, and speculating as to whether what they found contributed to the stealth design of the Chengdu J-20. As with much in the world of espionage, it is … Continue reading

New Navy Jammer Could Invade Networks, Nuke Sites

By David Axe January 21, 2011   When China’s stealth-fighter prototype took to the air two weeks ago, it intensified what was already a heated debate in Washington over which, and how many, new fighter planes to buy. Lost in all this noise was the U.S. Navy’s real plan for winning any future air war … Continue reading

Whose Chinese Military Is It?

  Posted by Robert Haddick  January 21, 2011 Here is the latest edition of my column at Foreign Policy: Topics include: 1) Is China’s military under civilian control? 2) Red flags for the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan. Is China’s military under civilian control? Hu Jintao’s seeming lack of control over the PLA should worry Washington. … Continue reading

US Cooperation with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: Challenges and Opportunities…PDF Link

http://smallwarsjournal.com/blog/journal/docs-temp/648-reeves.pdf

Forget about China’s missiles and stealth fighter; worry instead about ‘non-kinetic’ combat

by Robert Haddick on January 19, 2011 What’s got the focus of U.S. naval intelligence? Although the first test flight of China’s new J-20 fifth-generation stealth fighter made the news last week, and PACOM commander Admiral Robert Willard recently declared that China’s DF-21D medium-range anti-ship ballistic missile has now achieved “initial operational capability,” those developments … Continue reading

Financial Chaos and Debt Default in the European Union

  by Bob Chapman // // // // Global Research, January 19, 2011 Between now and the end of the year, most likely in the fall, we’ll see major financial and economic problems in Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and Italy. Those events will sorely test Germany, France, Holland and Austria. Over and over we … Continue reading

On Jan. 14 Paris prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin began an inquiry into allegations of commercial Chinese espionage carried out against French carmaker Renault. Good article from Stratfor.

By Sean Noonan Paris prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin on Jan. 14 began an inquiry into allegations of commercial espionage carried out against French carmaker Renault. The allegations first became public when Renault suspended three of its employees on Jan. 3 after an internal investigation that began in August 2010. Within days, citing an anonymous French government … Continue reading

The Hu-Obama Summit

Center for Strategic and International Studies By Michael J. Green Jan 12, 2011   Q1: What is the significance of this summit? A1: On January 19, Presidents Barack Obama and Hu Jintao will hold their eighth bilateral meeting, but only their second state visit (the others were all brief sessions on the margins of multilateral … Continue reading

The Fed’s QE2 Traders, Buying Bonds by the Billions

By GRAHAM BOWLEY Published: January 10, 2011     Deep inside the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the $600 billion man is fast at work. In a spare, government-issue office in Lower Manhattan, behind a bank of cubicles and a scruffy copy machine, Josh Frost and a band of market specialists are making the … Continue reading

Japan Will Buy Euro-Region Bonds, Joining China in Assisting Irish Bailout

By Toru Fujioka and Aki Ito – Jan 11, 2011   Japan plans to buy bonds issued by Europe’s financial-aid funds, its finance minister said, joining China in assisting the region as it battles against a debt crisis that prompted bailouts of Ireland and Greece. “There is a plan for the euro zone to jointly … Continue reading

China 'sends troop contingent' into North Korea

A CONTINGENT of Chinese troops has reportedly been stationed for a month in the economic zone of Rajin-Sonbong in northeast North Korea. South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported a South Korean official as saying the People’s Liberation Army force had been deployed “to guard port facilities China has invested in”. But China’s Global Times quoted … Continue reading

Europe fears motives of the Chinese push to buy euro-zone debt

“Europe fears motives of Chinese super-creditor” The EU authorities fear that China’s purpose in buying eurozone debt may be double-edged, intended to push up the euro exchange rate against the yuan and gain advantage for exports. China has pledged to use part of its £1.82 trillion reserves to safeguard global stability Photo: EPA By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard … Continue reading

GE to sign numerous deals with China

GE to sign slew of China deals By Ed Crooks in New York Published: January 18 2011 21:38 | Last updated: January 18 2011 21:38 General Electric, the largest US industrial group, is signing a series of deals with China this week in energy, rail and aviation as it drives to improve its disappointing performance … Continue reading

Chinese President Hu Jintao says international currency system "is product of the past".

China’s President Hu Jintao said Sunday the international currency system was “a product of the past,” but it would be a long time before the yuan is accepted as an international currency. Hu’s comments, which came ahead of a state visit to Washington on Wednesday, reflected the continuing tensions over the dollar’s role as the … Continue reading

Assange says 504 embassy cables refer to Ruppert Murdoch and News Corp

“Exclusive interview: Julian Assange on Murdoch, Manning and the threat from China” Posted by New Statesman – 12 January 2011 The WikiLeaks founder talks to John Pilger. WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange. Photo: Getty Images. In this week’s New Statesman, the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange talks to John Pilger about Bradley Manning, his “insurance” files on … Continue reading

Anti-Stealth Sensors to Tackle Chinese and Russian LO Designs

Posted by David A. Fulghum at 1/11/2011 2:13 PM CST With first flight out of the way, the discussion about China’s new J-20 stealth prototype is switching to the aircraft’s mission (fighter or, more likely, long-range strike), sensors (strike missions would require a high-resolution long-range radar) and communications (which would demand high-speed datalinks and sophisticated … Continue reading

J-20 Completes First Flight, with pictures and video

J-20 Completes First Flight (with video) Posted by Robert Wall at 1/11/2011 1:23 AM CST China’s new fighter, the stealthy J-20 has now completed its first flight after several weeks of preparations. Here are the initial pictures from Chinese sites:   Still no word on how long the flight at Chenghdu lasted. It looks like … Continue reading

Geithner Says U.S. Is Insolvent

by Michael S. Rozeff The U.S. government  is insolvent. Who says so? Timothy F. Geithner, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Geithner sent a letter to Congress on Jan. 6, 2011 asking for the debt limit to be raised. If it is not raised, he warned, the U.S. will default on its debt. In his … Continue reading

Latest J 20 Photos Dropped on Cryptome

http://cryptome.org/0003/cn-stealth.pdf

"U.S. Reopening Highways to Mexican Trucks Through Pilot Program" – China is making us do this. They control Mexico's 3 largest ports and the Panama Canal. This isn't the time for more unregulated border crossing after Venezuelas purchase of 1,800 plus heat seeking shoulder fired missiles/MANPADS from Russia this past year… are capable of taking out airliners out to 19,000 feet. These will be in the U.S. very soon if they aren't already. Believe it if you want but those MANPADS are priority one for those who protect us every day.

By Angela Greiling Keane and Thomas Black – Jan 6, 2011 Bloomberg The U.S. proposed opening its highways to Mexican trucks under a second test program that would require Mexican drivers to be proficient in the English language and U.S. traffic laws. The two countries may reach an agreement to allow cross- border trucking within … Continue reading

Asia 1 convoy arrives in Gaza with humanitarian aid

RIA Novosti 10:11 03/01/2011 GAZA, January 3 (RIA Novosti) – The Asia 1 convoy carrying humanitarian and medical aid to Gaza has crossed the Palestinian enclave’s border with Egypt, the Al Quds radio station reported on Monday. The Asia 1 convoy, gathering 170 activists from over 15 Asian states, is carrying 1,000 tons of food … Continue reading

China's new stealth fighter goes nose up for 1st time, article also incudes an image of a simulator that looks to be made for the J-20.

Every Day, It’s a-Getting Closer by Bill Sweetman at 1/3/2011 The most recent imagery from Chengdu shows further progress toward first flight, with the nosewheel off the ground. At the same time, Chinese defense bloggers have pulled up an image of an experimental simulator cockpit that emerged a couple of years ago: The forward view … Continue reading

China says it has mastered nuclear fuel reprocessing

RIA Novosti 19:23 03/01/2011 BEIJING, January 3 (RIA Novosti) – Chinese scientists have developed own technologies for reprocessing spent nuclear fuel, which could increase the country’s power supply dramatically, state television reported on Monday. “Globally, within the nuclear fuel industry, we’re one of a minority of countries that can do the nuclear fuel cycle,” Sun … Continue reading

'Israeli Navy pursuing Gaza-bound Asia 1'

‘Israel Navy chasing Gaza-bound Asia 1’ Sun Jan 2, 2011 Israeli Navy vessels Two warships with Israel’s Navy are reportedly chasing a vessel from Asia 1, an Asia-sourced Gaza-bound aid ship in international waters. The ship, named Salam, is allegedly carrying tons of medical and food supplies for the Tel Aviv-blockaded Gaza Strip as well … Continue reading

China's Real Threat to U.S. Advances

by Robert Wall at 12/29/2010 The potential first flight still this year of China’s J-20 fighter may go down as one of the main military highlights for the country in 2010, but it is the seeming advance made with the DF-21D ballistic missile that has greater strategic military importance.China has been developing the DF-21D ballistic … Continue reading

How Not To Think About The New Chinese J-20 Stealth Fighter

Now that the last few skeptics have been converted to the idea that the J-20 is a real airplane, and not the product of a network of Chinese teenage boys armed with Photoshop, the internetz are rife with speculation about the project’s schedule, technology and capabilities. Much of it is both premature and misguided, the … Continue reading

Contradicting stories on China’s military capabilities arrived this week

“Is China’s military a paper tiger or a real tiger?” by Robert Haddick on December 29, 2010Contradictory stories on China’s military capabilities arrived this week. China’s long-awaited DF-21D medium-range anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) is now assumed to be operational, according to Admiral Robert Willard, commander of United States Pacific Command. And Aviation Week and Space … Continue reading

NATO Trains Afghan Army To Guard Asian Pipeline

by Rick Rozoff Global Research, December 29, 2010 On December 11 the presidents of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan and the energy minister of India met in the Turkmen capital of Ashgabat to bring to fruition fifteen years of planning by interests in the United States to bring natural gas from the Caspian Sea to the … Continue reading

Tough odds in a battle over Taiwan

Tough Odds In A China Battle by David A. Fulghum at 12/28/2010 Wargaming and simulations have shown that the U.S. would generate a 6-1 kill ratio over Chinese aircraft in the event of a conflict over the Taiwan Strait, but predictions are that the Americans would still lose. Even if every U.S. missile destroyed an … Continue reading

Quantitative Easing 2: the Fed's Window Dressing

by Bud Conrad   Thu, 23 Dec 2010         With all the rumors since early fall that the Fed would be adding liquidity with Treasury purchases, I developed a projection of what the future Fed balance sheet would hold, and we published the graph below in The Casey Report in early October. … Continue reading

Latest on NAFTA and the SPP

  North American Integration Back on the Front Burner: Washington’s North American “Security Perimeter”   by Dana Gabriel Dec. 28 2010 In the last year, the bilateral process has been the primary means used to advance North American integration, which has drawn little attention. With the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) seemingly stalled after being … Continue reading

Post Election Violence and Crimes against Humanity in Kenya Seven Days in December: Kenya’s Parliament Rejects the International Criminal Court and the Citizens Reject Parliament

by Leigh Brownhill and Terisa E. Turner Global Research, December 28, 2010 The International Criminal Court’s naming of six Kenyans suspected of committing crimes against humanity has opened up a gulf between members of the country’s political class and ordinary citizens. The sources quoted here decry the erosion of democratic gains in Kenya after parliament … Continue reading

Bloomberg files lawsuit against European Central Bank to overturn a decision by the European Central Bank not to disclose documents that show how Greece used derivatives to hide its fiscal deficit.

Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, filed a lawsuit Wednesday that asks the European Union’s General Court in Luxembourg to overturn a decision by the European Central Bank not to disclose documents that show how Greece used derivatives to hide its fiscal deficit. Bloomberg editor in chief Matthew Winkler appeared on Bloomberg Television on … Continue reading

Theo Lubke, who headed the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s efforts to reform the private derivatives market just joined Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to help Wall Street’s most corrupt firm navigate the looming overhaul of financial regulations.

  By Matthew Leising and Shannon D. Harrington Dec. 15 (Bloomberg) — Theo Lubke, who headed the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s efforts to reform the private derivatives market, joined Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to help Wall Street’s most profitable firm navigate the looming overhaul of financial regulations. Lubke, 44, started this month as … Continue reading

Prosecuting Wall Street Fraud: The US Economy is A Giant Ponzi Scheme

  by Washington’s Blog   Bill Gross, Nouriel Roubini, Laurence Kotlikoff, Steve Keen, Michel Chossudovsky and the Wall Street Journal all say that the U.S. economy is a giant Ponzi scheme. Virtually all independent economists and financial experts say that rampant fraud was largely responsible for the financial crisis. See this and this. But many … Continue reading