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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Obama's Turkish Friend Slams Iran Sanctions

Turkey's prime minister, whom Obama backs, is behaving like an agent of influence of Islamonazi Iran. Click here for the story.

Brzezinski Urging US to Embrace Taliban Factions


China Confidential analysts say Zbigniew Brzezinski, who served as U.S. National Security Advisor in the catastrophic Carter administration, is urging the Obama administration to forge an alliance with so-called reconcilable Taliban factions and to signal support for "Islamic values."

The Polish-born political scientist was the brain behind President Jimmy Carter's abandonment and betrayal of Iran's modernizing monarch, the Shah, and anti-Soviet, covert intervention in Afghanistan, on the side of drug-dealing warlords and Islamist murderers. The secret war, which the Reagan administration escalated, succeeded in hastening the downfall of the Soviet empire--at a cost of creating the Islamist monster that now threatens the civilized world.

Brzezinski is a vicious enemy of Israel, whose existence he regards as a "mistake."

He advocates "living with but not accepting" a nuclear-armed Iran.

Turkey Dumping Dollar in Iran Trade





Click here for the story--yet another report on Turkey's anti-American, pro-Iran tilt.

So much for Obama's outreach. The U.S. President backs Turkey's Islamist-leaning and -rooted government, to the point of pushing its bid for EU membership, even though the United States is itself not an EU member.

Obama has also spoken out in defense of Muslim headscarves, veils, and burqas, and has criticized staunchly secular and democratic France for restricting the barbaric gear and garments.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Separatist Muslim Leader Justifies Uighur Riots


The controversial, separatist leader of Muslim Uighurs has floated a fantastic new story to justify the bloody riots. Click here for the report.

American support for the exiled separatist has played into Chinese fears of foreign plots aimed at tearing China apart in order to contain its rise.

Israeli View: Obama Strengthening Iran Regime


The Israeli view is in sync with the China Confidential analysis: U.S. President Barack Obama's engagement (appeasement) policy has effectively strengthened the Iranian Islamist regime--and Islamism in general. The Christian Science Monistor reports from Israel:

Instead of pursing a diplomatic track alone, the United States should also be imposing tougher sanctions and threatening a military attack, Israeli military experts said. This carrot-and-stick approach would apply pressure on Iran to negotiate in good faith and with haste. "There will be no chance to reach an agreement if there is diplomacy which is not backed by a military option," said Maj. Gen. Eitan Ben Eliyahu, a former commander in the Israeli air force.

While many agree, Israelis are debating whether Iran's political system is weaker or stronger after the June 12 presidential election, which sparked the gravest unrest since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Some Israelis believe Iran's political elites are vulnerable to the broad-based opposition movement inside the country, which is waiting in the wings for another opportunity to foment a large-scale rebellion. But by negotiating with Iran, they say, the US is weakening this opposition by giving legitimacy to a circle of hard-liners who brought Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power when they rigged the election on June 12.

Many Iranians agree with this view. In fact, there was a discussion on several Farsi-language blogs and websites before the negotiations began in October, demanding that the Obama administration insist that a leader in the opposition movement participate in the talks. This would show the hard-liners running the state, they said, that the world does not recognize the current government as the sole representative of the Iranian people.

There seems to be evidence already that Iran's political system is deriving strength from the negotiations. Not only has Iran now ignored the deadline, which was Oct. 23, to accept a draft proposal agreed upon last week in Vienna, but powerful figures have unleashed hostile rhetoric about the process.

Click here to read the entire article.

Make Way for the Geely and China's Henry Ford


While America's auto industry struggles for survival, Li Shufu --China's Henry Ford--is building "a car-making behemoth from nothing." Reuters reports here.

Iran Update: US Allowing Iran to Buy Time

Click here for the Reuters report.

The Obama administration's appeasement of Iran will continue--until the Islamonazi regime is overthrown or defeated in war.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

True to Form, Iran Stalls for Time


Iran has rejected a key element of the nuclear compromise, as reported here.

The Obama administration's engagement (appeasement) policy has been an utter failure--for the West. For Iran, however, appeasement has been a blessing, giving the Islamist regime precious time--another year, basically--to achieve its atomic aims.

On Turkey's Troubling Tilt

Islamic intensity is growing in Turkey, along with an alarming increase in anti-Semitism.

Read the whole story here.

French Website Promotes Luxury Labels in China

The site, http://www.ccolbert.cn/, reflects Chinese hunger for luxury goods. Seventy French firms are represented. Click here for the story.

Russia, Ecuador Sign Arms and Energy Deals

The Monroe Doctrine is clearly dead. Russia is deepening its ties in Latin America, as shown by newly announced arms and energy deals. Click here for the story.

Ecuador Breaks Big Pharma's Grip

An extraordinary story. Read all about it here.

Angola Condemns 'Angolagate' Arms Trial


Angola says the high-profile arms trial--dubbed "Angolagate" by the French media--was biased and unjust.

AFP reports:

Angola on Wednesday condemned the outcome of a high-profile arms smuggling trial in a French court, which convicted all but six of the 42 defendants, including the son of an ex-president.

"This trial was unbalanced and unjust, tied up with political considerations and motives," said a Luanda government statement published by the state news agency Angop.

The court in Paris Tuesday sentenced the main players in a network that flouted an international embargo and shipped arms to Angola during its civil war in the 1990s, including a former government minister and a son of the late President Francois Mitterrand.

The French court also convicted Russian-Israeli tycoon Arkady Gaydamak in absentia for organising the arms sales to the formerly Marxist regime led by President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who is still in power.

The Angolan government said it was "stupefied" by the conviction of "French citizens who helped our country to uphold the state and the democratic process, threatened by an armed subversion."

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Germany to Use Israeli Drones in Afghanistan

Germany joins Australia and Canada in leasing Israeli drones for use in Afghanistan. Click here for the story.

Iran Supreme Leader: Challenging Vote No. 1 Crime




Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said that questioning the results of the controversial Iranian presidential election in June presidential was “the biggest crime.” Khamenei, who has the final say on all state matters in Iran, did not go so far as to order the arrest of opposition leaders, but his words signaled the regime could take stronger action if the criticism of the ballot continues.

"The day after the election, some people, without logic or reason, called the glorious election a lie," Iranian television quoted Khamenei as saying.

Although the street protests died down months ago, leading opposition figures have refused to silence their protests. Khamenei said he sent private messages to those who continue to question the election telling them they may not be able to control the future direction of events – an implied threat of additional government action if they fail to cease their activities.

Meanwhile, Britain’s Foreign Secretary David Miliband urged Iran to overturn a four-year prison sentence given to a local employee of the British embassy in Tehran. Hossein Rassam, 44, was arrested in June at the time of massive street protests over the disputed presidential election. The Iranian, who worked as the embassy's chief political analyst, was accused of spying and inciting unrest. In a statement, Miliband called the reported sentence "wholly unjustified."

-World Jewish Congress

China Investigating GM and Ford

China is investigating GM and Ford--a reprisal for the Obama administration's imposition last month of nearly $2 billion in import duties on Chinese-made tires. Click here for the story.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Japanese Automakers Set Records in China

Japan's auto industry is coming back, thanks to its booming China business. Toyota, Honda, and Nissan hit record production numbers in China for September. Click here for the story.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Is Turkey Turning Against the West?


Euronews reports:

Some commentators are asking whether there may be a shift underway in Turkey’s foreign policy. At a meeting in Turkey last year between the Iranian and Turkish presidents, Ankara made it clear it wanted to improve bilateral relations. The Turkish president was quoted as saying their ties are based on their beliefs, culture and deep historical roots.

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Affluent Young Chinese Love Diamonds

China, a country where gold and jade have traditionally signified love, is surpassing Japan as the world's second-largest consumer of diamonds, after the United States. Click here for the story.

Top Chinese General Welcomed to Pentagon

The United States defense chief calls for a lasting dialogue and military cooperation. Click here for the story.

Iran Dragging Out Nuclear Negotiations

Iran's state television says the country will accept the general framework of a United Nations-brokered uranium deal, but will demand some "important changes."

The network reported the development Tuesday saying the comments were made by unnamed officials with ties to Iran's nuclear negotiating team. The network also says Iran will offer its formal response to the UN proposal "within 48 hours."

The proposal from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would require Iran to send its uranium abroad for low-level enrichment. The plan is aimed at preventing Iran from enriching uranium to the point that it can be used for nuclear weapons.

In the meantime, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says Iran will continue its nuclear program. He says when an "illegal regime" has nuclear weapons, it is impossible for other countries to be denied the right to have "peaceful nuclear energy."


Reference to Israel

Ahmadinejad's comments Tuesday were an apparent reference to Israel. He made the remarks while meeting with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has voiced support for Iran's nuclear program.

Elsewhere, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner has expressed frustration with the pace of negotiations with Iran. Tuesday, he accused Tehran of using delay tactics.

China Confidential analysts agree. Iran will play with words, they predict, in order to play for time.

There is no diplomatic solution to the problem of Islamist Iran. Regime change is the only alternative to potentially catastrophic conflict.

Australian Firms Ink Big China Deals

Australian companies have signed more than $3 billion in contracts for projects in Guangdong. Click here for the story.

Stage Set for New Round of US-China Trade Talks

The trade talks, which begin tomorrow, ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming visit, are expected to be acrimonious, as reported here.

Palladin Takes Off, Targeting Huge, Neglected Niche










By Andre Pachter


Every so often, this reporter comes across a movie that reminds him that the business of making movies is more of an art than a science--which is why there is no computer program for producing hits.

The Gods Must Be Crazy and The Tall Blond Man With One Black Shoe were movies of this kind--critical and commercial successes made outside the studio system.

Readers old enough to recall those so-called small pictures--which towered above their peers--will appreciate the references in the context of yet another China Confidential piece on Looking for Palladin. Andrzej Krakowski's made-in-Guatemala masterpiece, which this reporter was privileged to have seen when it was making the festival rounds, is an instant classic. It is an independently produced niche film that is actually aimed at a huge and ironically neglected (by Hollywood) audience--older baby boomers. Ironically neglected because baby boomers turned film into something of a religion back in the 1960s and '70s, along with sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll.

Blockbuster-obsessed studio executives have apparently written boomers off as irrelevant. But to ignore so many passionate (and moneyed) movie lovers is simply stupid, as the global buzz around Palladin proves. The picture is taking off faster than the distributor can crank out the 35 mm prints.

Which is not to say Looking for Palladin lacks intergenerational appeal. On the contrary; the film is universally appealing. The dialogue, characters, and plot transcend national, ethnic, and age barriers.

A moving tale of redemption and discovery, Palladin tells the story of a young and cynical talent agent (David Moscow) tasked with tracking down an aging, reclusive screen legend (Ben Gazzara) in order to persuade him to accept a lucrative, but possibly demeaning, cameo role in a sequel to a Hollywood movie in which he starred. The fact that his character died in the original version is merely an inconvenient detail in the eyes of both the sequel's producers and the agent. The young man finds the actor, and, in the process of pursuing his quarry, also finds himself, in Antigua, Guatemala, an inviting, small city in the country's central highlands.

Enough said. Looking for Palladin is independent filmmaking at its best. See it as soon as possible--on the big screen, in a real theater, if at all possible. Given Palladin's trajectory, and the current state of the entertainment industry, it is only a matter of time, a few years, perhaps, before the film is remade--and ruined--in the best (Tall Blond Man, The Man Who Loved Women, etc.) Hollywood tradition.

That said, Looking for Palladin cries out for both a sequel and a spinoff TV series (of the HBO persuasion).

Click here for theatrical release times and dates and to view the trailer.

Monday, October 26, 2009

China Increasingly Using its Currency in Trade



For better or worse, China and the United States are locked into a symbiotic relationship. So, although China isn't dumping dollars, which would be self-defeating, given China's huge dollar reserves, it is diversifying into physical commodities and other currencies, and increasingly using its own currency in international trade. Chinese bank branches in Indonesia, Africa and South-East Asia, for example, are issuing letters of credit in Chinese currency.

UPDATE: China says FX Reserve Diversification is long-term; bank's opinion article sends dollar down. Click here for the report.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

China, Japan Push Competing Bloc Concepts

Both Asian powers support an EU-style bloc. But Japan, unlike China, would include the United States. Click here for the report.

Australian Foreign Minister Discusses China

Australia's foreign minister stresses the importance of his country's relationship with China but says he remains "clear-eyed." Click here for the interview.

Taiwan Leader Promises to Seek Peace with China





Taiwan's president has marked the 60th anniversary of a key battle against Chinese Communist forces by vowing to seek eternal peace across the Taiwan Strait.

Ma Ying-jeou said Sunday Taiwan will continue dialogue and negotiations with China to try to secure a peace that consigns the killings of previous battles to history.

Ma addressed a ceremony on the island of Kinmen honoring veterans of the 1949 battle of Kinmen in which Taiwan Nationalists repulsed an invasion by Chinese Communist forces. The Kinmen island group lies just off the coast of southeastern China's Fujian province.

The three-day battle that began on October 25, 1949 killed around 3,000 Chinese Communist soldiers and 1,200 Nationalist troops.


Turning Point

Ma described the battle as a turning point in modern Chinese history, saying it allowed Taiwan and China to experiment with differing political and economic systems.

China's former Nationalist government fled to Taiwan in early 1949 after losing the Chinese civil war to the Communists. Taiwan and China have been ruled separately ever since. Beijing views Taiwan as a renegade province and has vowed to reunite with it, by force if necessary.

China and Taiwan have held a series of talks since President Ma took office last year with a pledge to improve cross-Strait relations.

At the ceremony, Ma said the battle of Kinmen gave Taiwan the opportunity to develop into a democracy.

China, he said, initially endured three decades of turbulence in which millions of people died and society's core values collapsed. But, he acknowledged that in the most recent 30 years, China has undertaken gradual reforms that have allowed it to develop into a regional power.

MEND's End? Nigerian Rebels Agree to Ceasefire


Nigeria's most prominent armed group has declared an indefinite ceasefire to allow for peace talks with government.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) says the government has committed itself to what it called "a serious and meaningful dialogue" with the group to address its concerns.

MEND emerged in early 2006, knocking out nearly a quarter of Nigeria's oil output within weeks, the start of what it called a fight for more local control of oil resources. Security analysts say MEND has been depleted by several key leaders and thousands of gunmen who accepted a government amnesty and disarmed.

The amnesty granted immunity from prosecution to any militant who renounced violence before October fourth.

Despite a recent drop-off in violence, the Niger Delta remains a stronghold for gangs and militants groups with strong opposition toward foreign oil companies and the government.

Security analysts say the Nigerian oil industry remains vulnerable to opportunistic attacks, crude oil thefts and kidnappings.

Perfidy: Karzai Questions US Reliability

Afghanistan's corrupt, clownish leader has sharply criticized the United States, without whose troops, he would long ago have been eliminated. Click here for the story.

Turkish TV Broadcasting Anti-Israel Series

A viciously anti-israel Turkish television series--broadcast by a state-sponsored channel--is causing the Jewish community in Istanbul serious concern.

The fictional series, Ayrilik (Farewell), which is aired on prime time on TRT, shows IDF soldiers (played by Turkish actors) killing a baby and a young girl, and lining up Palestinians to be shot by a firing squad, among other atrocities.

The program portrays the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a war of religion, in keeping with the Islamizing trend that threatens Turkey's secular system.

A Jewish Agency official in Istanbul told China Confidential that the group would not comment on the topic of Turkish Jews because the matter was "very delicate."


Jewish Community

There are around 26,000 Jews in Muslim but non-Arab Turkey. The vast majority live in Istanbul.

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey, Bülent Arınç said he was planning to meet with Gabby Levy, Israel’s ambassador to Ankara, to discuss "ongoing problems" between the two countries.

“There were very harsh reactions against Turkey because of this television program,” Arınç told reporters in reference to the series, parts of which, the government has reportedly censored because of its extreme viewpoints.

The row flared up last Thursday as Israel summoned the Turkish envoy to protest the program, saying it “incited hatred against Israel” and was “not worthy of being broadcast, even in an enemy state.”


EXTRA: Turkey's Prime Minister declares: "Iran is our friend." Click here.

Indian Nationalist Writer Lashes Out at China

An influential Indian freelance writer specializing in international relations criticizes China's stance and warns of a dangerous superpower rivalry. Click here for the story.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hezbollah and Al Qaeda Targeting Angola

More than one year ago, China Confidential reported on the Islamist threat to Angola, an overwhelmingly Christian, resource-rich country that is important to the energy security of both the United States and China, and to the stability of all of South-Central Africa. Click here for the September 2008 China Confidential report--on the decapitation of an Angolan girl by a mob of Muslim extremists.

Unfortunately, the Islamist threat to Angola has increased as Iran's Islamist Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, and Al Qaeda have set their sights on destabilizing a potential pole of stability that is striving to overcome nearly three decades of bloody civil war.

When it comes to Angola, Shiite Hezbollah and Sunni Al Qaeda share certain long-range objectives: to disrupt the supply of oil--Angola rivals Nigeria as sub-Saharan Africa's largest producer--to control the Angolan diamond industry, to convert Angolans to Islam and Islamism, and to sabotage Angolan-Israeli relations.

Aiding Angola's enemies is the so-called Democratic Republic of Congo, an Angolan neighbor known for its horrific human rights abuses and a decades-old conflict, The Second Congo War, sometimes called the African World War, which continues to rage in the eastern part of the country, despite the signing of peace accords in 2003. The Congo conflict is the world's worst since World War II. More than five million people have been killed; and the prevalence of rape in the DRC is worse than anywhere on the planet.


DRC Springboard


With the DRC as a springboard, Islamists are trying to gain a foothold in Angola through Muslim NGOs, mosque construction, Islamic centers and Koranic schools--all signs of Muslim growth in a former Portuguese colony, where the Christian population has been estimated at anywhere from 53% to more than 93% with nearly all the remaining population adhering to indigenous beliefs.

In contrast with Angola, Muslims constitute about 10% of the Congolese population. (Islam has been present within the area since the 18th century, when Arab traders from East Africa pushed into the interior for ivory and slave trading purposes.)

In Angola's diamond provinces, historically, Muslims have been mainly west African immigrants and illegal immigrants from the DRC who have become Muslims while working in the DRC's diamond areas. Some Muslims in Angola's diamond provinces have become channels of investment for terrorist networks seeking to purchase diamonds from illegal miners, known as garimpeiros.

Diamond sales reached approximately $1.1 billion in 2006. Despite increased corporate ownership of diamond fields, much production is currently in the hands of the garimpeiros. The government is making an increased effort to register and license prospectors. It has established an export certification scheme to identify legitimate production and sales.

Apart from the diamond trade, many younger Angolans have been attracted by the economic success and social status of Muslim businessmen. The promise of solidarity can be a powerful lure to impoverished people. Despite a fast-growing economy largely due to its oil boom, Angola ranks in the bottom 10% of most socioeconomic indicators. It is still recovering from 27 years of nearly continuous warfare. Corruption and mismanagement are persistent problems. Despite abundant natural resources and rising per capita GDP, Angola was ranked 157 out of 179 countries on the 2008 UN Development Program's Human Development Index. Subsistence agriculture sustains one-third of the population.

The rapidly expanding petroleum industry reached its Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) cap of 2 million barrels per day (bpd) in 2008. But Angola’s production was cut to 1.64 million bpd in January 2009 by an OPEC mandate in response to plummeting oil prices. Crude oil accounted for 83% of GDP, 95% of exports, and 83% of government revenues in 2008. Angola plans to boost oil output back up to 2 million bpd next year, from the current level of 1.93 million bpd.

Looking at Angolan oil output, it is easy to see why Angolan officials refer to the U.S. as a "strategic partner." Approximately 11% of oil consumed in the U.S. comes from Angola, and the government plans to increase that share.

Angola's ties to China are also strong. In 2008, the African nation was China’s second-leading source country for crude oil by volume, importing 599 million barrels valued at U.S. $59.900 billion, up 19.3% year on year.


Long Civil War

As indicated above, Angola was a Portuguese overseas territory from the 16th century to 1975. After independence, Angola was the scene of an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. The U.S. and South Africa supported the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, led by Jonas Savimbi, while the Soviet Union and Cuba backed the ruling Marxist party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, under the leadership of Jose Eduardo dos Santos, the country's current president.

In the 1990s, Israelis also began assisting the government's forces. The LR Group and several Israeli arms dealers supplied dos Santos' forces with equipment that, in the view of some Angolans, determined the outcome of the war. China Confidential intelligence experts say Israelis also helped in the killing of the rebel leader Savimbi in 2002, an event that ended the fighting. Israel's backing of the government, which suffered from an international embargo, strengthened relations; and Israelis were integrated into projects run by the state, which abandoned its Marxist heritage.

Africa has long been a hub of Hezbollah activity; and Israelis in Angola could be a target of Hezbollah and Al Qaeda terrorists. Both groups are believed to have established cells in the country; and intelligence sources say several important Hezbollah operatives who were active in South America's infamous tri-border area of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay during the mid-1990s have relocated to Angola after first infiltrating the DRC.

In August 2008 the counterterrorism bureau within the Israeli National Security Council warned Israeli nationals living in Africa of a specific warning of a pending Hezbollah attack targeting Israelis in Africa. A few weeks later, senior Israeli officials confirmed that two attempts by Hezbollah operatives to kidnap Israeli citizens abroad had recently been thwarted. (Warnings were also issued in April of this year to Israeli businesspeople traveling to Europe.)


A Terrorist's Best Friend

Diamonds are a terrorist's best friend; and Hezbollah is no exception. Its involvement in the international diamond trade is well documented. The Foreign Terrorist Organization (U.S. State Department designation) learned to raise significant funds by dealing in conflict diamonds in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the DRC. Hezbollah continues to profit from illegal networks in all key diamond centers, as well as in more remote areas in diamond-rich West and Central African states. Hezbollah buyers make themselves accessible to informal (i.e. illegal) miners and middlemen.

Angola's oil and identity politics are additional attractions for terrorists and others interested in promoting instability. A smoldering conflict has plagued Angola’s oil rich Cabinda province since independence. More than half the country's oil is produced in the 7,283 square kilometer enclave--nicknamed the Kuwait of Africa--which is located some 60 kilometers north of the Congo River and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), and the DRC.

Cabinda is physically separated from the rest of Angola by (a) the DRC, and (b) a distinct culture and history. The territory's three Kikongo-speaking kingdoms of N'Goyo, Kakongo, and Loango maintained their independence from European empire-builders until the Treaty of Simulambuco in 1885 turned their realms into a Portuguese protectorate with its own governor. Cabinda's population, presently estimated at between 250,000 and 300,000, largely belong to ethnic groups who traditionally straddle the enclave's political frontiers. Although 90% of educated Cabindans speak French, less than 10% speak Angola's official language, Portuguese.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Some Israeli Analysts Thinking the Unthinkable

In line with this reporter's repeated warnings, some Israeli defense analysts are advocating preemptive nuclear missile strikes on Iranian nuclear and missile installations should last-ditch diplomacy fail to preserve the peace. The rationale for going nuclear grows stronger by the day, given Islamonazi Iran's nuclear gains (made possible by American appeasement) Iran's growing arsenal of long-range missiles capable of leveling Israeli population centers, and Iranian threats to annihilate the Jewish State.

It is important to recall that Israel nearly used nuclear weapons during the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Thirteen 20-kiloton nuclear weapons were assembled as Israel faced defeat following an effective Egyptian surprise attack and ahead of an astonishing Israeli counterattack spearheaded by the legendary Ariel ("Arik") Sharon.

It behooves China and Russia to support international efforts to end Iran's illicit nuclear arms program.

Iran Challenged by Ethnic Insurgency


A must read analysis from RFE/RL:

The conflict in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province between the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Jundallah (Soldiers of God), an ethnic Baluch insurgent group also known as the People's Resistance Movement of Iran, has continued on and off for the last six years. The latest spate of violence, which occurred on October 18, killed five prominent IRGC commanders and left dozens of others dead and injured.

Iranian leaders again accused Western powers of supporting the insurgent group. The day after the brazen attack, the commander of the IRGC, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said that Iran's security services had "submitted documents" indicating that Jundallah leader Abdolmalek Rigi was "in direct contact" with U.S., British, and Pakistani intelligence services. Jafari said a delegation would go to Pakistan to "present this document to Islamabad."

Both the United States and Britain have condemned the attack, while Pakistan denied the Iranian implication that its security agents were cooperating with the perpetrators.

The two coordinated attacks on October 18 show that Jundallah, as well as improving its intelligence gathering, is adopting new tactics. The first attack was a suicide bombing that targeted a meeting of Shi'ite-Sunni tribal leaders and provincial commanders of the IRGC in Pishin district near the town of Sarbaz, close to the border with Pakistan.

Continue here.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Gates Promises Allies Anti-NK Nuclear Umbrella


Reuters reports:

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Thursday that North Korea poses a threat to his country's allies in North Asia and promised to protect them under the U.S. nuclear deterrent.

Gates, on a visit to Seoul, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Washington, said a day earlier the United States would never tolerate a nuclear-armed North Korea, as Pyongyang in recent weeks has indicated it could return to stalled disarmament discussions. [ID:nN21495767].

"The United States will continue to provide extended deterrence using the full range of military capabilities including the nuclear umbrella to ensure ROK security," Gates said in a meeting with the South's defence chief. South Korea's official name is the Republic of Korea.

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US, Iran Close to Signing Flawed Nuclear Pact

The United States and Iran are moving closer toward a Grand Bargain. Click here for the story.

China Cracking Down on Triads

China has sentenced six alleged gangsters to death. Click here for the story.

China, India Create Climate Change Alternative

Ahead of the Copenhagen conclave on climate change, China and India are blazing an alternative path, as reported here.

US Muslim Tried to Kill His Own Daugther


Perhaps emboldened by Barack Obama's outreach to the so-called Muslim world, an Arizona Muslim fanatic allegedly tried to run his daughter over because she was becoming "too Westernized." Click here for the shocking story, certain to be spiked by Islamist-leaning, Obama-adoring CNN and other journalistic jokes.

Where's the outrage?

Gold Bugs Fear Obama Plotting Confiscation




Gold confiscation is an increasingly important issue--ignored by mainstream media, naturally--for serious investors in the precious metal. U.S. investors seeking a wealth safe haven as the dollar declines in value--and threatens to totally collapse--are concerned that President Barack Obama will eventually resort to gold confiscation.

One analyst puts it this way: "When the world dumps the dollar and it is no longer the world’s reserve currency it will be worth nothing and the government will have no other choice but to confiscate precious metal to operate and stay in control."

There is a historical precedent. In 1933, in order to stabilize the monetary system, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, under Executive Order No. 6102, confiscated all privately owned gold in the United States.

The wildest theory of all among gold bugs is that Obama will create two U.S. currencies--a worthless domestic currency and a gold-backed currency for international trade. Hence, the need for confiscation.

Massachusetts Muslim Plotted Attack on Malls

Obama's outreach to "the Muslim world" is bearing fruit ... for Islamist terrorists.

SWINE FLU IS OBAMA'S KATRINA


There are critical shortages and shortfalls that threaten millions of lives.

The vaccine shortage is real ... and inexcusable.

The medical equipment shortage, including surgical masks, is also real ... and inexcusable. Most of the needed equipment is now made overseas. China is laughing all the way to the bank.

U.S. President Obama had ample time to prepare for the pandemic--the biggest pandemic in two generations. Apparently, he was too busy making media appearances and accomplishing ... nothing.

Nothing of value to ordinary Americans, that is.

But ... plenty that is of value to Islamist sympathizers and stooges and their Iranian and Islamist masters.

America's first Muslim-born (according to Islamist law) President is a tool and a total disaster, a one-termer certain to be remembered as worse than the catastrophic Carter.

EXTRA: Obama's former friend, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, says the swine flu vaccine was developed to kill people. Click here for the story.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

NY Times Reporter Slanders Pentagon

A Pulitzer Prize winning journalist accuses the U.S. military of racism--and worse. Click here for the story.

Afghanistan's Corrupt Clown Accepts Runoff

Karzai bows to pressure. Click here for the report.

Iran Playing US and Others Like a Violin

Stalling ... dragging matters out ... refusing to talk to the French ... pretending to be negotiating while proceeding with nuclear enrichment and arms development ... Islamonazi Iran is playing with words to buy time to achieve its aims. Even if it agrees to outsourcing enrichment, Iran will not be prevented from acquiring atomic weapons.

9 in 10 Americans Agree: Iran Wants the Bomb

Most Americans believe Iran wants nuclear weapons, according to a new poll. Click here for the story.

Gates Says US-Japan Air Base Deal Must Stand

The Pentagon chief says a deal is a deal. Click here for the story.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Romney Defends Israel and America Against Iran


An American politician and Republican Presidential hopeful stands up for America and Israel--in sharp contrast with the Democratic appeasers.

Click here for the story.

South Korea Demands North Scraps Nukes


South Korea is insisting that North Korea abandon atomic arms, as reported here.

That will never happen as long as the Stalinist/Kimist criminal regime is in power. North Korea aims to conquer the South, drive the United States from the Korean Peninsula, and dominate Japan.

China Confidential analysts expect the North to respond to Seoul--with new missile tests and, eventually, another nuclear weapon test.

U.S. appeasement and diplomacy for its own sake--as an end as opposed to a means to an end--is setting the stage for catastrophe.

Iran Blames Israel for Deadly Blast


Sure enough, as China Confidential predicted, Islamonazi Iran has blamed Israel for the attack on the Hitlerian IRGC. Click here for the report.

Israel is bracing for a major terrorist strike--which could trigger a new Mideast war.

Iran is vowing to "punish" Israel, the United States, the UK, and Pakistan for the suicide bombing. Given Iran's development of ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons, vows to "burn Tel Aviv" and actually annihilate all of Israel, control over Hezbollah, which is also bristling with missiles and rockets, and allegations of British involvement in post-election protests and violence, it is not difficult to see how a chain of events could rapidly spin out of control and engulf the entire region in catastrophic conflict.

Defending Small Bondholders, Billionaire US Investor Carl Icahn Offers $6 Billion Loan to CIT


A brilliant billionaire breaks the mold....

Reuters reports:

Famed corporate raider Carl Icahn said he offered to underwrite a $6 billion loan to CIT Group Inc, complaining that horse-trading between the troubled lender and its largest creditors was harming other bondholders.

In a letter to CIT's board on Monday, Icahn said the cash-strapped commercial lender is offering certain large bondholders the opportunity to purchase $6 billion in secured loans well below their fair market value.

The billionaire investor, who has made himself a champion of corporate governance, said the offer to large creditors comes at the expense of thousands of smaller bondholders.

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And click here for the most informative, interesting, and provocative financial/business blog on the planet.

Iran: Nuclear Program Will Continue if Talks Fail



Appeasement fans the flames of aggression....


An Iranian official said today that Iran will continue to enrich uranium if talks with world powers about its nuclear program fail.

The spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Agency Ali Shirzadian made the announcement while speaking to the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Monday, just hours before talks in Vienna about Iran's nuclear program were set to resume.

The discussions among representatives from Iran, Russia, France, the United States and the International Atomic Energy Agency are expected to focus on a proposal to have Iran ship uranium to Russia and France for conversion to reactor fuel.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Iran Blames US for Suicide Blast


Blaming the United States, Iran vows a crushing response to the suicide attack on the IRGC. Click here for the story.

Iran will soon blame Israel, too.

Russian Rulers Regard Chinese Model

Americans are so naive: Russian leaders see the Chinese Communist Party as a model for ruling, as reported here.

China Water Diversion to Relocate 330,000 People

The project is massive and extremely controversial. Click here for the story.

Five IRGC Commanders Killed






The Islamonazi regime is losing control of Iran's restive minorities. Click here for the breaking news.

Every effort should be made to topple the regime before it acquires atomic arms.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Clinton's Confused and Confusing Russian Reset Trip

American foreign policy is in shambles. Appeasement rules; there is no sense of perspective; priorities are all mixed up. Click here for the report on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's so-called reset trip to Russia--a bad joke.

Over 1 Billion Hungry People in 2009


The number of hungry people is rising, owing to the global economic downtown and the food crisis. Click here for the scandalous story.

Reminder: China Confidential Knows Gold

Next to their predictions regarding North Korea and Iran, China Confidential analysts have excelled in forecasting gold's rise. Click here.

Chinese Exports Reflect Global Recovery

A slowing decline in China's exports reflects a strengthening global recovery. Click here for the story.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Clinton Ends Failed Foreign Trip with Silly PR Stunt


Having accomplished nothing of value or importance, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is winding up her European trip with a ridiculous "Town Hall" meeting. Click here for the story.

The Obama administration is all about style. Substance is irrelevant.

Sadly, Clinton is complicit in the further weakening of U.S. national security--and abandonment of U.S. allies.

China, Russia Ink Missile Notification Pact

The relationship between the two former rivals is rapidly strengthening and deepening, as reported here.

Japan Ending Afghanistan Refueling Mission


Another blow to American influence and prestige.

AFP reports:

Japan will in January end its Indian Ocean naval refueling mission that supports the US-led military campaign in Afghanistan, the defence minister said Tuesday.

"Japan will withdraw in an orderly way, based on the law" when legislation authorising the mission expires, said Defence Minister Toshimi Kitazawa, confirming what the government has repeatedly signaled.

Kitazawa also said Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama's government, which took power last month, ending a half century of nearly uninterrupted conservative rule, has so far taken no action for a fresh bill to relaunch the mission.

The minister added that Japan was considering other forms of support for Afghanistan, saying: "We want to firmly discuss what international contribution we can offer if we have to do so."

Kitazawa made the remarks a day after Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada also said in Pakistan that it would be "difficult in reality" for the government to submit to parliament a bill to continue the mission.

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US Poised to Plunge into Third World Status


The United States is at the brink of disaster, as the Federal Reserve chief presides over the dollar's demise. Another crash is increasingly likely. Click here for the analysis.

Iran's Ally and Turkey Plan Joint Military Exercises


Islamist Iran's secular ally, Syria, announced on Tuesday that it plans to hold military exercises with Turkey, shortly after Turkey cancelled maneuvers with Israel.

"We held our first joint land military exercise [with Turkey] last spring," Syrian Defense Minister Ali Habib told reporters. "And today we have agreed to do a more comprehensive [exercise], a bigger one."

The Syrian announcement is extremely significant. It shows that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated and encircled, thanks, in part, to U.S. President Barack Obama's appeasement policy, which has only accelerated the anti-Israel trend to an alarming extent. His outreach to the so-called Muslim world--a tacit acceptance of Islamist ideology--has emboldened Israel's enemies and encouraged them to believe that the Jewish State's days are numbered.


POSTSCRIPT: Turkey's military is the guardian of the country's secular system. Will it move against the country's Islamist-rooted and -leaning government? Is there still time to stop the Islamizing trend (which also threatens Syria)? Time will tell.

Nobel Nuts Defend Obama Peace Prize Decision


The Nobel Committee, stung by criticism over its idiotic decision to give its Peace Prize to U.S. President Barack Obama, is responding. Click here for the story.

In fact, the award was worse than idiotic. It was a blatant attempt to bribe (the polite term is influence) Obama into refraining from ever even thinking about attacking nuclear-arming, Islamist Iran. In so doing, the Committee sought (a) to hasten the destruction of Israel, a country that Iran is obsessed with annihilating and that the Committee regards as a dangerous mistake that should never have been allowed to happen, and (b) to buy domestic peace with Norway's Muslim gangs and Islamist extremists.

Russia Rejects New Iran Sanctions; US Appeasement Making War Inevitable


Russia has rejected new sanctions on Iran, calling them "counterproductive," proving, as China Confidential analysts have asserted, that there was no prior understanding between Washington and Moscow relative to the Obama administration's sudden scrapping of plans for an Eastern European-based missile defense shield. Click here for the breaking news.

As China is still staunchly opposed to taking truly tough measures to force Iran to abandon its atomic ambitions, the countdown to conflict with the turbaned tyranny continues; and every day that passes favors Tehran.

Not only has the Obama administrations perfidious policy of appeasing and attempting to actually align with Islamist Iran (and Islamism in general) failed to prevent war; the policy is making war inevitable--on Iran's terms.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should seriously consider her own timetable--for resigning her position rather than collaborating in the further weakening of U.S. national security and betrayal of Israel, Iran's primary target for nuclear annihilation.

Gold Rises to New Record in New York and London


Bullion soars on inflation fears and a weakening dollar. Click here for the report.

Gold will break on through $1,400/oz and hit $2,000 before the end of 2010, according to China Confidential analysts (who have accurately predicted the precious metal's rise throughout the year).

Is Information the Key to Iranian Regime Change?


Abbas Djavadi asserts that a freer flow of information in Iran could lead to regime change.

"The Iranian regime cannot tolerate the free and fair flow of information," he writes. "For that reason, Tehran has been quite successful in banning, jamming, blocking, and disrupting that flow of information, not to prevent 'Western media infiltration,' but primarily in order to minimize communication between its own citizens."

Click here to read Djavadi's informative and intriguing essay.

China, Russia Readying Bilateral Currency Trade

Click here for yet another story signifying the dollar's demise and China's rise.

For another take on the "sickly dollar," click here.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Intelligence Confirms China Confidential Prediction: North Korea Preparing to Test-Fire More Missiles


The Stalinist/Kimist state is preparing to test-fire more short-range missiles.

Reuters reports:

North Korea may be preparing to launch more short-range missiles a day after it fired a barrage off its east coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency said on Tuesday, quoting a government source.

The launches come as the reclusive communist state has signaled to the outside world that it might return to talks on ending its nuclear arms program and made overtures to the South for working-level dialogue amid chilled ties.

Indications of the additional launches are coming from the western part of the Korean peninsula, Yonhap quoted the source as saying. North Korea has issued a warning for vessels to stay out of waters off its coasts, Japan's coast guard and Yonhap said.

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China Bans Foreign Investment in Online Gaming

What's behind the move? A perceived need for increased control over online businesses. Click here for the story.

China Moving to Consolidate Steel Industry

Foreign firms could benefit from lower taxes and capacity cuts, as reported here.

Hong Kong Leader Criticized for Extradition

A Chinese dissident was illegally extradited to the mainland--and tortured. Click here for the story.

China, Russia Ready to Sign Major Agreements

The two former Communist rivals are closer than ever, about to ink billions of dollars in deals. Click here for the story.

North Korea Fires Short-Range Missiles


North Korea is again challenging the international community with provocative missile tests. Reuters reports:

North Korea test-fired short-range missiles on Monday, South Korean media reported, sparking consternation just as the reclusive state had been signaling to the outside world it might return to nuclear talks.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, reacting to the reported launches, said Washington would continue to work toward a nuclear-free Korean peninsula, while a Russian official expressed bewilderment.

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China Confidential analysts say the launch was timed to mar the U.S. observance of Columbus Day, a national holiday.

Analysts expect the North to launch more missiles and to maybe even detonate another nuclear device in order to extract concessions from its adversaries and divert attention from the nuclear and missile programs of the Stalinist/Kimist state's Islamist ally, Iran.

A Journalist's Dream



Thomas Friedman, a well-intentioned liberal, shares our dismay over the Nobel Committee's decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama its Peace Prize. Click here for Friedman's moving Op-Ed essay in The New York Times.

Friedman imagines Obama could be persuaded to accept the Prize--which he clearly does not deserve--on behalf of U.S. peacekeepers, the men and women of the armed forces who sacrificed and risked their lives to rid the world of the fascist and Stalinist scourges.

He's dreaming. Obama is an appeaser. He hopes to become president of the world--i.e. Secretary General of the United Nations--after leaving the White House.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

China Studying US Tree Farming


China is studying American tree farming.

The tree farming term was first used in the United States in the 1940s in order to make sustainable forestry terminology accessible to the U.S. public. Farming signifies perennial production and stewardship of goods. By associating the word farming with trees, foresters aimed to communicate the concept of sustainable production of forest products over time.

Tree Farming implies continuing commitment to the land--the philosophical opposite of the clear-cutting concepts of the early 20th century.

U.S. tree farms are more than pine plantations, say, or Christmas tree farms. Tree farms are varied in nature and contain many different habitats and stages of forest regeneration, from seedlings to mature timber. Biodiversity is a critical component of an authentic--certified--tree farm. Tree farmers must maintain natural forest buffers and other aspects of conservation techniques.

The first U.S. tree farm was designated in Washington State in 1941. The farm's purpose was to demonstrate sound forest management practices to area landowners. California's tree farm program started later in 1941 and has grown to include nearly 600 Tree Farms covering 3.5 million acres of the state.

China Fights Back Against Western Speculation

China is taking steps to protect itself against foreign commodity speculators. Click here for the story.

China's 'Grain for Green' Deserves Recognition

Western media have largely ignored the Chinese government's largest and most ambitious environmental protection policy--direct compensation to individual farmers for aforestation of cropland.

The Grain for Green program has enrolled 139 million mu (9.27 million ha) of cropland and 205 million mu (13.67 million ha) of wasteland, encompassing 25 provinces, 2,279 counties and 32.5 million rural households.

Iran Trade Alert: US Can Punish UK Freight Firms


UK freight forwarding firms working for U.S. counterparts could be subject to U.S. action if they facilitate transportation of goods to or from Iran, or if they use Iranian vessels.

The United States can freeze assets and take other punitive actions against any foreign company that assists a U.S. company in trading with Iran--in any way.

Egyptian Cleric Defies Islamists (and Obama)





A leading Egyptian cleric has barred the barbaric niqab, the Muslim full-face veil, which U.S. President Barack Obama has defended, along with the Muslim headscarf. Click here for the story.

Egypt's Islamist Muslim Brotherhood, which the Obama administration has engaged and encouraged--in anticipation of the overthrow of the country's secular system--is enraged.

Turkey Turning Against Israel


The non-Arab, Islamist-leaning nation is turning against Israel, as reported here.

The United States--specifically, the Obama administration--is to blame. U.S. President Barack Obama has embraced Turkey's Islamist-rooted government as part of his outreach to the so-called Muslim world.

Turkey's military--traditionally, the country's secular guardian--is increasingly infiltrated and on the defensive. The Islamizing trend is probably too advanced to be reversed.

Israel has foolishly relied on Washington, refusing to recognize that Obama will not be satisfied until the Jewish State is isolated to the point of no return, hopelessly hemmed in and set up for eradication or piece-by-piece dismantlement.

US Stabbing its Troops in the Back


Patton and Pershing must be rolling in their graves.

More than eight years after 9/11, the United States is stabbing is troops in the back. Marines in Afghanistan are being told to hesitate before returning fire; their lives are being sacrificed in the name of nation building.

Insanity rules.

Young men who could be farming America's corn fields are hunting Taliban insurgents in the cornfields of Afghanistan. They are being ordered and trained to appeal to local village leaders--who, understandably, react with skepticism and suspicion. After all, the Taliban are everywhere, and the young Americans could be gone tomorrow.

The seemingly endless war in Afghanistan lacks logic and common sense. The war is a national disgrace.

Should Clinton Resign Over Iran?



On the second day of her swing through Europe, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton held a joint news conference in London with British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.

Iran was a main topic.

"Iran will never have a better opportunity to establish normal relations with the international community and it will never have a better opportunity than to show that the peaceful intent that marks its words about its nuclear program is matched by its deeds," Miliband said.

"We are speaking with a single voice and delivering a clear message to Iran," Clinton said. "The international community will not wait indefinitely for evidence that Iran is prepared to live up to its international obligations."

Strong words. One hopes the "international community" will succeed in stopping Iran's nuclear march, that truly tough sanctions, including a naval blockade to end Iranian imports of gasoline and diesel fuel, will bring the Islamist regime to its knees--or bring it down altogether--and thus negate the need for terribly risky military action against Iranian nuclear and missile installations.

But what if--and this is a more likely scenario, given the Chinese and Russian positions on sanctions--the international community disappoints? And what if U.S. President Barack Obama allows nuclear negotiations to drag on indefinitely, leaving Israel isolated and exposed to annihilation, Europe on the defensive, and the United States in danger, over the long run, of being hit, directly or indirectly, by one or more Iranian nuclear weapons--perhaps launched from foreign-flagged cargo ships with North Korean help?

The answer is that Clinton should be prepared to do the right thing--for her country, party, career--and quit. She should be ready to resign rather than collaborate in the further weakening of America's national security. Iran has already been given the gift of time--another nine months, thanks to Obama's policy of appeasement and attempts to align with the Islamist nation (and Islamism in general).

Should Obama stay the course--a perfidious, potentially catastrophic path--his former rival for the Democratic Party's Presidential nomination should step down to protest America's abandonment and betrayal of allies and "engagement" of fascistic foes and Foreign Terrorist Organizations. She should be prepared to take a principled stand in defense of the U.S. national interest and the free world.

In fact, one could argue that she should have already resigned. Her boss is a one-termer--another Carter--notwithstanding his Nobel Peace Prize. The sooner Clinton separates herself from Obama, the better chance she has of winning both the Democratic nomination and the White House in 2012.

No kidding. Hillary can run again--and win.

Yes she can.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Terrorist Who Should be Dead Rebounding







The Taliban have grown fourfold since 2006, and their semiliterate leader--who should have been blasted off the face of the planet within days of 9/11--is making one of the most impressive military comebacks in modern history. Click here for the story.

Mullah Omar's rebound can't be blamed on U.S. President Barack Obama. His predecessor, George W. Bush, was responsible for failing to annihilate Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan after the worst-ever attacks on American soil. Struck by Pearl Harbor 2, the American people would have supported fighting World War III with World War II rules of engagement. Instead, they got CNN rules--and another Vietnam.

Why did that happen? One explanation: the Bush administration was hemmed in by liberal restrains and sensibilities. Decades of indoctrination prevented the President from (a) seeking a formal declaration of war against Afghanistan and Al Qaeda and other enemy (Islamist) organizations, and (b) using any and all necessary weapons to win the war, swiftly and decisively.

This reporter doesn't buy it. The American people, with some exceptions, were ready for a massive, merciless response to the Islamist attacks. What seems to have happened, however, is that Bush held back, did too little too late in Afghanistan, relying on notoriously unreliable, Islamist-sympathizing warlords, and needlessly invaded and occupied Iraq, a contained, secular dictatorship with no weapons of mass destruction and no meaningful Al Qaeda connections, to avoid destabilizing nuclear-armed Pakistan, which had created and sustained the Taliban, and Saudi Arabia--a major money source for the Afghan group and Al Qaeda.

The protracted, purposely misnamed War on Terror failed; and the Obama administration is in the process of downgrading and redefining it so that Al Qaeda, alone, will (for the time being) remain "unreconcilable" and thus outside the pale of diplomatic engagement.

Friday, October 09, 2009

On Obama's Peace Prize


U.S. President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace Prize has been called the anti-Bush prize.

It is that--and more.

The bizarre award represents an audacious advance aimed at encouraging Obama to continue to appease and attempt to align with Islamist Iran and Islamism in general.

In other words, the Nobel Committee has given Obama an anti-Israel prize.

The Committee cited his his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” as well as his call for a nuclear-free world--Committee code for (a) acquiescing to the ambitions of right-wing political Islam, and (b) focusing potentially damaging attention on Israel's presumed nuclear deterrent.

Ironically, the award announcement was made on the same day that nuclear-arming, missile-mad Iran vowed to "blow up the heart of Israel" if it came under American or Israeli attack. Iran ha previously threatened to "burn Tel Aviv" and strike Israel's nuclear reactor.

Another factor to consider: Norway is overrun by Muslim gangs and extremists. The problem is so serious that lifelong liberals have begun to seriously question and criticize their country's immigration and absorption policies.

Still another point to remember: America's greatest Presidents--George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt--would not have won the Nobel Peace Prize.

What's next--an Academy Award for stringing together 90 minutes of Obama Presidential campaign commercials?

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Is Washington Afraid of Beijing?




China's "influence" (in this context, a codeword for power) over the United States is growing, as shown by President Obama's strategic snub of the Dalai Lama. Click here for a thought-provoking analysis.