An Incomplete Knowledge of Geography
(Hat tip to Davids Medienkritik .)
A whirlwind tour of news, analysis and opinion from around the world. An "Open Intelligence" source for the masses ( Well, maybe for friends and family.)
This is an area that has a long history of religious violence between Muslims and Christians.This reporter evidently does not read the background pieces published by the BBC. We get this quote from Indonesia flashpoints: Sulawesi:
A government-brokered truce has only partially succeeded in reducing the number of incidents in recent years.
Police say the heads were found some distance from the bodies.
It is unclear what was behind the attack, but the girls attended a private Christian school and one of the heads was left outside a church leading to speculation that it might have had a religious motive.
But systematic one-sided attacks - bombings and unexplained killings of mostly non-Muslim victims - have continued.Few in Indonesia will suffer from the confusion evidenced by the author.
Odd as it might seem that a landlocked country thousands of miles away from the blue Caribbean could be key to Cuba policy, McCarry said economic or geopolitical interests are not driving Czech involvement.The French, on the other hand, worship at the altar of "El MiChe".
"I think the real reason they are involved is because they think it's the right thing to do. They suffered under a communist dictatorship and they want to help the Cuban people free themselves from a communist dictatorship," he said.
Czechs have supported dissidents in Cuba since the 1989 revolution here, and more recently they have taken to publicly criticizing the castro regime on the global stage, largely through annual United Nations resolutions. Former President VÃ¡clav Havel, still hugely admired in Cuba for his heroism while he himself was a dissident, founded the International Committee for Democracy in Cuba in 2003. And Czech humanitarian organizations and parliamentarians have made trips to Cuba to meet with dissidents and give aid to families.
Tensions have also grown between the Czech Republic and Cuba. A one-year old office in the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Transition Promotion unit, has made change in Cuba a priority. And in 2001 two Czech citizens, Jan Bubenik and former Freedom Union Deputy Ivan Pilip were detained for almost a month for alleged partisan activities against the castro regime.
Like it’s Nordic counterpart, the Chilean government has worked hard over the past two decades to open its markets, while at the same time not letting go of the strategic tiller. Both countries take an active role in managing the exploitation of their natural resources (oil in the case of Norway; minerals for Chile).Chilean Presidential Campaign Update
Chile still has a long way to go to make sure its new-found wealth is redistributed fairly. That said, nearly one in five of the population have been lifted out of poverty since 1990. Strategic social spending has also ensured that the rich-poor divide is considerably smaller than that in, say, Brazil or Mexico.
As for politics, Chile’s democratic star may not shine quite as brightly as that of squeaky clean Norway, but it’s come a long way since the dark days of the Pinochet dictatorship.
In a continent where “institutionality” could easily be mistaken for a trip to the funny farm, Chile has enjoyed remarkable political stability in the past decade. Centre-right president Ricardo Lagos is not only set to finish his six-year term (Argentina has had six presidents over the same period), but does so with record-high popularity ratings.
A raft of political and judicial reforms have ensured Chile the kind of reputation that wins praise not only from pro-democracy groups but from investors too.
As for the knotty question of corruption, Chile is one of the few countries in South America to have tackled the issue head on, obtaining a merit-worthy 20th place out of 159 in Transparency International’s corruption perception index (more than 100 places above neighbouring Bolivia).
George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green (has he been seen in his constituency since his election or has he been spending his time trying to get on the Peace Mom and Jihad Jane act in the states?) is seething with anger.
Well he might do. There he was, certain of having won his battle with the Senate Committee, simply because he used his normal bully boy tactics of shouting, abuse and refusal to tell the truth to the senators’ courtesy. The journalists loved it. A great circus performance.
They were a little less happy when Christopher Hitchens used the same methods on Gorgeous George and destroyed him in a public debate. Since then Galloway has been out of the picture. Jihad Jane Fonda decided he was bad karma and cancelled all their joint appearances. Sean Penn is still recovering from his watery humiliation.
What Mr Galloway had not reckoned on is that the Senate Committee is somewhat different from the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, who has been investigating the MP’s financial affairs with glacial speed since 2003. (To be fair, he has been hampered by the case Galloway brought against the Daily Telegraph, the rather eccentric decision given by Justice Eady and the newspaper’s appeal.)
The Senate Committee has gone on investigating various documents and questioning various Iraqi officials in American custody. And they have found a trail of money being paid to Galloway and his estranged wife out of the great oil-for-food scam.
According to Tariq Aziz, former Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister, the moneys were paid over because Mr Galloway was such a great friend to Iraq. Most of us do not get paid for our friendship but let that pass.
Mr Galloway is now huffing and puffing and challenging the Senate Committee to charge him with perjury. Is he sure they won’t?
Lost in a maze of debt, poverty, corruption and foreign aid?Thus begins a tribute by Ethiopundit to the winner of the Milton Friedman prize for advancing liberty given every two years by the Cato Institute. The winner in 2004 was Hernando de Soto of Peru. This tribute is not so much to the man, but rather to his economic philosophy. That philosophy can be summed up as capitalism with an emphasis on property rights and the rule of law. Here is a taste:
Left in the lurch by Marx and Lenin?
Try Basic Property Rights with Rule Of Law!
Billions of lives improved!
In and interview in Reason Online de Soto elaboratesThe conclusion applies the analysis to Ethiopia.
"Agrarian reform is a process by means of which government assigns lands to the peasants...Until you have universal, well-protected, clear, and transferable private property rights, you cannot have a market economy.
If you take a walk through the countryside, from Indonesia to Peru, and you walk by field after field--in each field a different dog is going to bark at you. Even dogs know what private property is all about. The only one who does not know it is the government."
Indeed, North Vietnamese land reform in the 1950s led to widespread famine and revolts against the Communists resulting in thousands of deaths. One must wonder then, why do governments stick by the dead end of absent individual rights to own land?The complete article is well worth the read. Ethiopundit looks like it will be a valuable addition to my blogroll.
The answer is easy and obvious - when no one can own land, the ultimate source of freedom and prosperity lays in government hands. It is all about absolute control of everyone at any cost. For example, Ethiopians today are the serfs or at best sharecroppers of a tiny revolutionary feudal aristocracy that trades mass destitution for their own place in power.
The Creation of a Nation of Serfs tells how this lethal nonsense came to Ethiopia. Marx Reloaded (not Groucho) reveals some clues about the origins of this despotic absurdity.
The importance of the rule of law and property rights in developing free and prosperous societies is not a matter for debate it is simply a fact that is amply demonstrated by history. Those that deny private property rights understand the truth more than anyone - they just choose to ignore it.
“Now I want to make it clear,” Mr. Bryant said in a prepared statement. “Ontario does not automatically move in lock step with the U.S. on this or any issue.” He said the decision to harmonize the province's daylight time with the United States followed a review by a government committee into the potential impact such a move could have on Ontario. The committee found that any misalignment with the province's biggest trading partner could have a very real and negative impact, including trade disruption as well as creating border pressures.The Last Amazon comments:
The extra hour of daylight in the afternoon will also provide a much needed chance to encourage children to play sports outside, rather than watch television, after school, Mr. Bryant said. It could also reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities, he added.
Anti-Americanism can now be considered to be firmly entrenched in the Ontario psyche when the provincial government feels compelled to point out that just because we are following the US lead it should not be misconstrued as the government is in lock step on this or any other issue. No, Canadians are nobler than that because we are doing it for trade and our children.
| You scored as Evangelical Catholic. You are a Protestant convert, or have been affected by evangelical Protestantism in some way. You love Scripture and incorporate into your daily life. You have a clear vision of Catholic morals and doctrines, and you make great effort to adhere to them.|
However, your interpretation of Scripture may not be in line with Catholic teaching, and you may not accept legitimate plurality in doctrinal expression. You might want to read the Fathers of the Church and Papal encyclicals to deepen your Catholicism.
What is your style of American Catholicism?
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The opposition of the KDH, however, goes deeper than the matter of the Roma. The KDH questions the principle itself of positive action by the government which limits the freedom of people to decide with whom they enter into private contracts. The governing party is also opposed to EU anti-discrimination legislation which attempts to prevent private individuals from voicing their opinions.Read the rest of the article. The Slovak Constitutional Court have declared that they will not be bound by the diktats of the European Union. I wonder if Justice Ginsburg will be citing this ruling as precedent any time soon; or for that matter, any time during her tenure on the Supreme Court. Mr. Palko, quite clearly, has a better understanding of freedom of conscience and speech than the Canadian Government and the Democratic Party in the US.
In July 2004, when Ake Green, a Pentecostal pastor in Sweden, was sentenced to a month in prison for a sermon in which he described homosexuality as "a tumor on society," Vladimir Palko, the Slovakian minister of the Interior, was the only prominent European politician to denounce the treatment of pastor Green.
Palko cited the case as an illustration of why the KDH opposed the EU anti-discrimination law. He protested to the Swedish ambassador in Slovakia: "In Europe people are starting to be jailed for saying what they think." Palko told the ambassador that it reminded him of the dictatorship the Slovaks had been living under until 1989. According to Palko, what had happened in Sweden was an example of how "a left-wing liberal ideology was trying to introduce tyranny." KDH chairman Pavol Hrusovsky added that the decision to jail Green was "a breach of human rights, the right to religious freedom, and the right of expression." (emphasis added, ed.)
Spending $500,000 on upgrading a plant in the last year but no one thought to move a problematic intake pipe? Flying in bottles of water into a community to the tune of $250,000 for the last six months and water specialists are just now on the scene?
I could make a cheap shot blaming Liberal malfeasance, but frankly, I am stunned speechless by the breadth of it.
"Angry residents offered the visiting officials a jug of the community’s drinking water at the meeting. Friday said both officials backed away whenever the jug came close to their mouths."
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You would think with $2 billion dollars everyone would be drinking piped in Crystal Springs. I look forward to seeing the spin on this.
Poles like Bush, dislike Putin
Warsaw, Oct. 19: U.S. President George Walker Bush is the most liked politician in Poland with 49 pct of Poles declaring they like him. The least liked politician is Russian President Vladimir Putin who is disliked by 61 pct of Poles, a recent CBOS poll has found. Poles also like Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko (47 pct), British Prime Minister Tony Blair (45 pct), to-date German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder (36 pct) and Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet (31 pct). The group of the least liked politicians, apart from Putin includes Belarussian President Aleksandr Lukashenka who is disliked by 55 pct of Poles, Cuban leader Fidel Castro (52 pct) and French President Jacques Chirac (24 pct). The CBOS run the poll on September 14-18, 2005 on a representative sample of 1,028 adult Poles. (empasis added, ed.)
This is only the latest episode in the unhappy relations between France and the Ivory Coast. This West African country, having been a French colony since 1893, was formally made independent in 1960, although its economic assets and major businesses have since remained largely under French control. The French own 45 per cent of the land and, curiously, the buildings of the Presidency of the Republic and of the Ivorian National assembly are subject to leases concluded with the French.I thought the French were all about love and "joie de vivre". But then one must break a few eggs (or shoot a few Africans) to make a souffle.
Case in point; read Rosie Dimanno's recent column in the Toronto Star on current report issued by Toronto Drug Strategy Advisory Committee:This is a twofer:
So let me get this straight: I can't smoke cigarettes in Toronto but I can smoke crack? The former is a public health risk, nipped in the butt at nearly every indoor venue, with bossy and vilifying interdiction campaigns that have transformed smokers into social pariahs. But the latter is a personal choice that ought not to be stigmatized by a judgmental society.
Don't forget to celebrate! Wednesday, November 2 is America Sucks and We're Moving to Canada! Day. This special holiday celebrates the one year anniversary of the first threats fromLou Minatti has some helpful suggestions for the festivities.
crazypassionate left-wingers that they would be moving overseas because they hate George Bush and despise people who live in places like Texas and Ohio.
Our good friend Humberto Fontova has an absolutely brilliant, fact filled and referenced article up at Front Page Mag titled, simply " (f)idel's Executioner" relating anything and everything you need to know about the cultural icon Che Guevara.(Image by the dissident frogman: MiChe Mouse)
It is a bit long for a blog post, but I urge you to take the time and read the whole eyeopening thing. I have also placed the entire article here below the fold so that you can send all those Che lovers here to get a proper education.
In visiting some of my favorite blogs I noticed one component was missing from my recent “dead and dying in America” series, the series should have been “dead, dying, and poor in America”. These anti-US themes are part and parcel of the mainstream media (MSM)’s core beliefs on both sides of the Atlantic, a template if you will. Dead, dying, and poor Americans fits the MSM template far better than “alive, vibrant, and prospering” Americans. But are the anti-US pronouncements by the MSM true? . . . . .Read the article for the complete analysis of the statistics.
As you can see from the chart on your right (sources: Eurostat and the Bureau of Economic Analysis) on a strictly per capita GDP basis EU-15 countries generally rank near the bottom when compared to the individual US states and the District of Columbia in Purchasing Power Parity (PPP). Per capita GDP is of course no measure of poverty, but it is a clue. . . . . .
What about defined rates of poverty? Per our friends at the BBC referenced above, the US defined rate of poverty is currently 12.7% of the population. Horrifying. According to Eurostat the EU-15 defined rate of poverty was 16% of the population in 2001. To be overlooked. . . . . .
castro's murderous sidekick, che guevara thankfully met his death on this date 38 years ago. The promise was for democracy and equality, all for the people. Instead it turned out to be all for castro and none for the people.
Before castro, there were 11 prisons in Cuba, today there are over 300. Gulags, where torture, starvation and unimaginable horror is the norm. There is no such thing as a fair trial in Cuba, and the laws are flexible so anyone, anytime is subject to arrest and arbitrary sentencing. Neighborhood snitches spy for castro, so everyone knows there are eyes and ears everywhere and you'd better watch what you say.
If che and castro had fulfilled the promise of their revolution, Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet would have been the ideal model for che's so-called "new man", an articulate, charismatic, black physician. Instead, he personifies the true legacy of that terror. A man unjustly sentenced to 25 years in prison for the crime of holding a flag upside down, a universally recognized expression of political dissent. Dr. Biscet is an Amnesty International prisoner of conscience. He is the founder of the Lawton Foundation, a human rights organization made illegal by the dictator fidel castro. The Lawton Foundation peacefully promotes the defense of all Cubans through nonviolent civil disobedience. Dr. Biscet is a follower of the Dalai Lama, Thoreau,Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. and wants to bring democracy and justice to Cuba.
An important battle about who will control the Internet is currently being fought. On the one side is the USA, that wants to keep the status quo and has the support of most of the global Internet community. On the other side is an amalgam of states who want to exercise as much control as possible in order to limit the Internet’s power to undermine their own political regimes. This group comprises Iran, Saudi Arabia, China, Cuba, Venezuela and... the European Union.From EU Referendum: Who is going to be isolated?
As my colleague has pointed out, the EU Commissar for Information Society and the Media, who has been speculating for some time whether the internet can be controlled, though, of course, she would not want to, has announced that America will be isolated if it does not hand the internet over to be run by a motley crew of tranzi regulators and tyrants of various hues.Both articles cover Carl Bildt's arguments.
The BBC, of course, joyously picked up the theme, thus proving that they do not understand the internet any more than the Commissar does. What if all these other countries build their own internet, smirked the Commissar? Well, what? Can Brazil really build an internet? Can Iran or China? Anyway, why bother?
It seems, however, that there is a split among the tranzis. Carl Bildt (above), former Swedish Prime Minister, former UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the Balkans, a tranzi extraordinaire, has come out against the insane notion of handing the internet over to the UN.
Take for instance someone who is now becoming a veteran of presidential election contests, Janusz Korwin-Mikke, who used to stand on the "Real Politics" platform, but now just stands on the Korwin-Mikke Platform platform.
If I said to you that Mr. Korwin-Mikke is the type of man who always wears a bow tie, then you will get an idea of the sort of person he is. He's an intelligent, self-styled political maverick. He has some crazy ideas, which, once you think about some of them, at least, start to make a peculiar kind of sense.
He was a dedicated and brave anti-communist activist from the nineteen sixties onwards, managed to get himself arrested several times, and spent sometime in jail during the martial law period.
Towards the end of communism he set himself apart from the mainstream opposition with his Real Politics Union. He is for a low, almost non-existent tax economy, and onetime stood outside the finance ministry eating his tax-returns form. He is vehemently against the European Union (EU), the rules of which he sees as being less liberal than the old Soviet Union. 'Brussels is run by a bunch of 'Euro-Masons', he says. He favours Poland leaving the EU and joining NAFTA, the North Atlantic Free Trade Association. That Poland is nowhere near the North Atlantic is not a problem for him.
Always the contrarian, he thinks that Poland should not interfere in the politics of Belarus, and President Lukashenko - someone usually thought of as a foreign relations pariah - should, indeed, be left alone.
The man is a mass of contradictions, in fact. Some of his views are hyper-modern, but others are from a different, forgotten age. For instance, he has some chauvinistic views about the role of women today, and is a member of the Polish Monarchy Club - which think that we should search for the rightful heir to the Polish throne.
He is also a champion bridge player.
His election slogan in the presidential elections this time - he has stood twice before - was the simple: I'm as fed up as you are! On Sunday, he polled 1.4%.
The European Council's commissioner for human rights has described conditions in the prison in France's most august court building as the worst he has seen. ...Read the rest for details.
Alvaro Gil-Robles said the cells in the historic Palais de Justice in Paris were squalid and inhumane.
It is possible that Hugo Chavez’ prominence in the U.S. media has given many the impression that Latin America is once again becoming a problematic neighbor of the U.S. Chavez has adopted a belligerent attitude towards U.S. policy and is very publicly rallying Latin American countries to wean themselves from dependency on their northern neighbor. The impression of Chavez applied to the rest of Latin America is flawed, however, and is due more than anything to Chavez’s flamboyant personality, his love of publicity, and the discomfort in the relationship between him and U.S. President George W. Bush. His antics should not blind Latin America-watchers to the fact that much of the region is consolidating democratic political institutions and growing economically, albeit slower than desired. Elections throughout Latin America will demonstrate how each nation is approaching these processes in individual ways that don’t constitute a feared ‘pink-revolution’ that will cause the region to regress.I hope he is right and I am wrong. (This website looks very promising. Check out "Links & Organizations" under "Links".)
So, we have a British politician, supposedly representing her Yorkshire constituents and costing us £1.2 million a year, arguing over abstract points of community law in relation to a French politician who has been accused by a political rival of committing an offence which, in Britain is not even against the law and which, according to the police was not even committed.
Welcome to the brave new world of the European Union.
Deutsche Welle: Two years ago, you said: "Grand coalition means grand stalemate." Now it seems likely we'll soon see a grand coalition of the Christian Union parties and the Social Democrats in government. What's your view of the immediate future?Did the Angel express an opinion?
Genscher: My opinion is unchanged: A grand coalition always means a two-way blockade culminating in wrong decisions. Today when people talk about how federalism reform is necessary, it's actually the call to finally undo what the grand coalition of 1966-1969 did wrong. That does not inspire confidence.
But government it will be in name only, as the portfolios have been distributed between the two parties. In addition to the chancellery and the chancellery's chief of staff a post that is being upgraded to a full cabinet portfolio the CDU and the Christian Social Union, its Bavarian sister party, are to receive six portfolios.This means, with the Socialists in charge of foreign policy and finance, that Germany will continue to be
The economics ministry will be stripped of its labour market element and renamed the economics and innovation ministry. The new portfolio, which will go to Edmund Stoiber, the CSU chairman, will also spearhead European Union negotiations in industry policy. The CDU and CSU will also run the defence, interior affairs, consumer protection and agriculture, education and research, and family ministries.
The SPD's portfolios will include foreign policy, finance (emphasis added - ed.), a new labour and social security portfolio carved out of the old economics and health ministries, development, justice, environment, transport, and the new health ministry amputated from its social security component.
This means that controversial portfolios are spread between two disparate political groups, leading The Times to comment that Merkel has had to pay a heavy price for the removal of Schroeder.
- German Suicide Pact
- Understanding the German Elections, Part 6
- Understanding the German Elections, Part 5
- Understanding the German Elections, Part 4
- Understanding the German Elections, Part 3
- A Reason To Like The Two Party System
- German Election Analysis Part 2
- Understanding The German Election
- German Elections Still Up In The Air
- Shifting Strategic Alliances
The protest by about 40 people took place while Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque was inside the embassy, a spokesman for the Collectif Solidarite, which organized the protest, told EFE.
It would be a misreading of Europe's elites to see anti-American complaints as isolated gripes which can be overcome through patient dialogueRead the rest.
A quote from The Financial Times, 7 October 2005
Ms Merkel's expected victory in the battle for the chancellorship is likely to be announced on Monday, following a meeting on Sunday evening in Berlin between Mr Schröder and Ms Merkel, according to the SPD politicians, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The SPD may be given an equal number of cabinet posts as the CDU and be offered first choice of ministries to control, the MP said. SPD officials said these could include the foreign, economics and family ministries.
In addition, the CDU is almost certain to give the SPD assurances [...] that it will drop key elements of its more radical economic reform agenda, such as changes to job protection and collective bargaining rules.
Washington PostRichard Delevan (hat tip WaPo.) has some choice commentary on this development:
Monday, October 3, 2005; Page A16
MANY PEOPLE outside Latin America probably assume Daniel Ortega's political career ended 15 years ago when his ruinous attempt to install a Marxist dictatorship in Nicaragua ended with an election he decisively lost. The slightly better informed might suppose that his two subsequent electoral defeats, the allegations of corruption and child molestation that haunt him, or his single-digit rating in opinion polls have made him a marginal figure in Nicaraguan politics. Sadly, the truth is otherwise: Thanks to the weakness of the country's new democratic institutions, Mr. Ortega is close to regaining power and to broadening the Latin alliance of undemocratic states now composed by Cuba and Venezuela.
Mr. Ortega's comeback has been accomplished through a brazenly corrupt alliance with a former right-wing president, Arnoldo Aleman, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2003 for looting the national treasury. Mr. Ortega's Sandinista Party supported the prosecution, then abruptly switched sides and formed a pact with Mr. Aleman against President Enrique Bolanos, a member of Mr. Aleman's Liberal Party who bravely chose to tackle government corruption. The left-right alliance has used its majority in the National Assembly to rewrite the constitution and stack the Supreme Court. In the past week it has begun stripping the members of Mr. Bolanos's cabinet of immunity so that they can be prosecuted before Sandinista judges on bogus charges. If this power play succeeds, Mr. Bolanos will be next. Meanwhile, Mr. Aleman, who stole tens of millions from one of Latin America's poorest countries, was freed from house arrest last week.
Mr. Ortega's goal is to force Mr. Bolanos to accept his constitutional rewrite, which transfers almost all presidential powers to Congress. That would effectively deliver Nicaragua to Sandinista control without one of the elections that Mr. Ortega keeps losing. Scheduled elections next year could then be manipulated. Already, the corrupt alliance has lowered the percentage of the vote a presidential candidate needs to be elected to 35, and criminal charges have been brought against one of the leading candidates. The Sandinistas will have plenty of money to spend, thanks to Hugo Chavez. Mr. Ortega recently announced that he had arranged with Venezuela's self-styled "Bolivarian revolutionary" for a supply of subsidized oil.
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As happens so often in Latin America during the Bush administration, high-level intervention arrives late. It does have one thing going for it: Eighty percent of Nicaraguans say they oppose the Ortega-Aleman pact. Nicaragua's rescue will depend on people power, inside or outside the polls.
Proving you should always put a round in the brain, just to make sure, when dealing with would-be Commie dictators-for-life: Nicaragua's Creeping CoupMr. Delevan also discusses the verification of elections past and future in Venezuela:
That's right, sports fans. In keeping with our retro theme today, we discover that Daniel Ortega - once and would-be future Commie dictator from the 80s - is back and making trouble once again.
Extraordinarily, this is the leader-writer of the Washington Post sounding the warning bell, and how Ortega is tying in with...can you guess...Hugo Chavez, our favourite Venezuelan
rap artistproto-dictator, and his great uncle Fidel. [Complete with oil bribe - how cool is that? does George Galloway know? - for Ortega from Chavez.]
Whether these are meaningful contests should prove fun to argue about. We hear Jimmy Carter has already pre-signed the certification with the same pen he used in 2004.This gives me the opportunity to wish President Carter a Happy Birthday.
Sometime ago a blog acquaintance labeled me with mantle of being a Thatcherite Canadian. I have more than a passing admiration for the Iron Lady of Britain, and I do own the handbag, as well as knowing how to wield one effectively when the occasion warrants it.I regret never sending a note of thanks to Ronald Reagan. I will not have that regret with Baroness Thatcher. (I also want to thank The Last Amazon, whose post I have published in its entirety. She is an orchid of the variety Amazonus Canadacus.)
The Baroness will be celebrating her 80th birthday on October 13, 2005 and I wish to bring to your attention a website devoted solely to sending good wishes to the Baroness on the occassion of her 80th birthday.
Ryan concludes: "I am confident that history will prove our cause right in this war, but by the time that happens, the world might be so steeped in the gloom of ignorance we won't recognize victory when we achieve it," then adding a postcript, which is most damning of all:Pick up the link to the rest of Lieutenant Colonel Ryan's WorldTribune.com piece at EU Referendum.
I have had my staff aggressively pursue media coverage for all sorts of events that tell the other side of the story only to have them turned down or ignored by the press in Baghdad. Strangely, I found it much easier to lure the Arab media to a "non-lethal" event than the western outlets. Open a renovated school or a youth center and I could always count on Al-Iraqia or even Al-Jazeera to show up, but no western media ever showed up Â ever.
Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU) have won the last seat in the country's inconclusive general election.
We all know that if you had removed Hillary and inserted George W. Bush the media for SURE would have run this photo and it would constantly be all over the internet.BTW, the post is about Teflon.
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Note: I know this is gratuitous use of photo but I do like to put this photo out for all to see on a somewhat regular basis.
Correspondents say Prime Minister Helen Clark is now likely to form a minority government with support from a number of smaller parties.
Her Labour Party has 50 seats in the 121-member parliament, two more than the main opposition National Party.
Ms Clark will be the first Labour prime minister to win three successive terms.
National almost doubled its vote, on a platform of tax cuts, closer ties to the US and pledges to cut state aid to Maori communities.
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Ms Clark has said she would prefer to lead a minority government, seeking support from other parties for crucial legislation.
Labour already has the support of the Greens and the Progressive Party and can expect the backing of the indigenous Maori Party.
But New Zealand First and United Future have said they will not support the government if any Greens are given cabinet posts.