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April 26, 2009

Tremor jolts Sepid-Dasht in mid-west province of Lorestan

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 1:11 am
Tehran, April 25, IRNA – An earthquake measuring 4.4 on Richter scale jolted Sepid-Dasht in mid–west province of Lorestan on Saturday evening.
According to the report of seismography center affiliated with Tehran University Geophysics Institute, the tremor occurred at 19:44 hours local time ( 15: 14 hours GMT) and its epicenter was at 33.05 degrees latitude and 48.83 degrees longitude.
There is no immediate report on possible casualties or damage.

Iran canceled air show when Russia warned Israel planned to destroy all 140 warplanes

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 1:05 am

Iranian warplanes did not take off

DEBKAfile‘s Iranian and intelligence sources disclose that Moscow warned Tehran Friday April 17 that Israel was planning to destroy all 140 fighter-bombers concentrated at the Mehr-Abad Air Force base for an air show over Tehran on Iran’s Army Day the following day. The entire fleet was accordingly removed to remote bases and the display cancelled.

In the first week of April, Tehran announced it would stage its biggest air show ever to dramatize a ceremonial military parade in the capital on April 18. Iran would show the world that it is capable of fighting off an Israeli attack on its nuclear facilities. Instead only four aircraft flew over the saluting stand. Iranian media explained that the big show was cancelled due to “bad weather and poor visibility,” when in fact Tehran basked in warm and sunny weather.

Moscow had informed the Iranians that its spy satellites and intelligence sources had picked up preparations at Israeli Air Force bases to destroy the 140 warplanes, the bulk of the Iranian air force, on the ground the night before the display, leaving its nuclear sites without aerial defense. A similar operation wiped out the entire Egyptian air fleet in the early hours of the 1967 war.

April 24, 2009

WW 3

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April 9, 2009

Chavez in China Touts ‘New World Order’

Filed under: One World Goverment — Steven @ 5:54 pm

BEIJING –Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his two-day visit to Beijing this week is part of the creation of a “new world order.”

The frequent U.S. critic told reporters that power in the world is shifting from America to countries such as Iran, Japan and China.

[Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Chinese President Hu Jintao] Reuters

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (left) shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

“We are creating a new world, a balanced world. A new world order, a multipolar world,” Mr. Chavez said on arriving in China the evening before a scheduled Wednesday meeting with China’s president and Communist Party leader Hu Jintao.

“The unipolar world has collapsed. The power of the U.S. empire has collapsed,” he said. “Everyday, the new poles of world power are becoming stronger. Beijing, Tokyo, Tehran .. It’s moving toward the East and toward the South.”

Mr. Chavez has made Beijing a frequent stop in his global travels to promote his agenda of anti-American world unity, stopping in the Chinese capital no less than six times since rising to power in 1998 elections.

His visit follows a sweep through the Middle East last week, including a stop in Iran where he said that he has little hope of better relations with Washington under President Barack Obama because the United States was still acting like an “empire” in his eyes.

China’s communist leaders have been low-key in response to Mr. Chavez’s political rhetoric. But Beijing’s state-run industries have been eager to use Venezuela as a jumping-off point for their entry into South America. Chinese companies in the mining and petroleum sector have been especially keen on securing South American mineral resources.

Mr. Chavez said he plans to review with Chinese leaders a goal of boosting exports of Venezuelan oil to China from 380,000 barrels last year to 1 million barrels by 2013 – part of Venezuela’s strategy of diversifying oil sales away from the United States, which buys about half the South American nation’s heavy crude despite political tensions.

The strategy includes plans for China and Venezuela to build four oil tankers and three refineries in China capable of processing Venezuela’s heavy, sulfur-laden crude.

China and Venezuela have also invested in a $12 billion fund to finance joint development projects in areas including oil production, infrastructure and agriculture.

Independent Norwegian poll: Palestinian majority opposes two states

Filed under: Division of Jerusalem — Steven @ 5:53 pm

Amid the ping-pong between Washington and Jerusalem over the validity of a Palestinian state established alongside Israel as the end-product of peace negotiations, the Norwegian Fafo institute which sponsored the 1993 Oslo Framework accords decided to find out how the Palestinians felt about this solution. Its main discovery was that a majority, 53 percent, of Palestinians (like Israelis), is against two states.

This figure breaks down into 33 percent, who opt for the annihilation of the state of Israel, whether by political means or force of arms – to be replaced by a single Islamic republic on all parts of the country; and 20 percent, which favors a united Israeli-Palestinian state, to be eventually engulfed by the latter population.

When Hamas members are polled separately, support for two states drops to 21 percent.

Publication of these findings by the Fafo Institute for Applied International Studies, which is supported by Norwegian foreign ministry and respected by European Middle East policy-makers, indicates that its researchers have given up on the Oslo Accords and the two-state goal pursued by Washington.

However, DEBKAfile‘s Washington sources expect extreme reluctance on the part of the Obama administration to abandon this goal because it is the only policy objective it has developed and is being used, furthermore, as a key to open the administration’s diplomatic door to the Muslim world, especially in the Afghanistan-Pakistan arena (now lumped together as the “Afpak” front).

The US president’s advisers are urging him to speed up Israel-Palestinian peacemaking for these ends – even if it means foisting the two-state objective on the Israelis. Proof that the Palestinians too will have to be whipped into line brings the venture close to a mission impossible.

Iran declares major breakthroughs in nuclear drive

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 5:45 pm
ImageISFAHAN, Iran (AFP) — Iran Thursday declared major advances in its controversial nuclear drive as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad opened an atomic fuel plant and announced the testing of two high capacity centrifuges.

Ahmadinejad’s announcements at a function in central Isfahan province marking national nuclear day are likely to trigger fresh concerns among world powers, who fear Iran’s nuclear programme is aimed at making atomic weapons.

Tehran insists its programme is for peaceful purposes only.

Ahmadinejad said Iran had notched up two achievements — the manufacture of nuclear fuel and “testing of two kinds of new centrifuges having greater capacity (to enrich uranium) than the existing ones.”

He was speaking after cutting the ribbon at the fuel facility in Isfahan, which the Iranian news agency Mehr said can produce 10 tonnes of nuclear fuel annually to feed the heavy water 40-megawatt Arak reactor as well as 30 tonnes for light water reactors such as the Bushehr nuclear plant.

The opening of the fuel plant indicates that Iran has now mastered the complete nuclear fuel cycle from uranium mining to enrichment, even as world powers urge the Islamic Republic to halt its programme completely.

“Today the nuclear fuel cycle has been practically completed and there is no room for the idea of halting (uranium) enrichment in the negotiations” with global powers, the head of Iran’s parliamentary commission of national security and foreign policy, Alaeddin Borujerdi said after the plant was opened.

Speaking at the same function as Ahmadinejad, Iran’s atomic chief Gholam Reza Aghazadeh said Iran had reached a “new phase (generation) of acquiring the technolgy of uranium enrichment.”

“Today in Natanz there are around 7,000 centrifuges installed,” he told the gathering.

Iran has a uranium enrichment facility in Natanz in Isfahan province.

In its February 19 report, the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency said 3,964 centrifuges were actively enriching uranium in Natanz.

It said another 1,476 were undergoing vacuum or dry run tests without nuclear material, and an additional 125 centrifuges had been installed but remained stationary.

Uranium enrichment is at the heart of global fears that Iran is secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons because the process can be used both to make nuclear fuel and the fissile core of an atom bomb.

World powers fear that Iran could configure the Arak plant in a way that it can be used to help make an atom bomb, but Tehran says the reactor is planned to make isotopes only for agricultural and health purposes.

Iran has defied five UN Security Council resolutions calling for a freeze in its enrichment activities, including three resolutions imposing sanctions.

In a bid to defuse tensions, six world powers led by Washington on Wednesday invited Iran for direct talks on the programme which Tehran insists is civilian and purely peaceful.

In a joint statement, the United States, Britain, Russia, China, France, and Germany said EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana has been tasked to invite Iran for direct talks on its nuclear plans.

“We reaffirm our unity of purpose and collective determination through direct diplomacy to resolve our shared concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme, in line with the package proposals for cooperation with Iran,” they said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Washington will participate fully in the talks.

“There’s nothing more important than trying to convince Iran to cease its effort to obtain nuclear weapons,” Clinton said.

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, a top advisor to Ahmadinejad, in response said on Thursday that Tehran will study the “constructive proposal” which “shows a change of approach (from the world powers).”

“We hope that this proposal means a change of approach to a more realistic attitude. The Islamic Republic of Iran will examine (it) and give its response.”

Iran, Russia to discuss technology exchange

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 3:44 am

ImageTehran, Iran, Apr. 08 – An Iran-Russia joint meeting to exchange technology, themed ‘Chemistry and Petrochemical Industry’, will be held for the first time in Tehran’s Pardis Technology Park on April 29, Iran’s official state news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday. 

According to a report by the Public Relations Department of the park, the event will deal with cooperation opportunities for the two countries.

The event will be sponsored by the Pardis Technology Park and Tapchif Synthetic Petrochemical Institute affiliated to Russia’s National Academy, IRNA said.

The institute, which is active in the field of chemistry and petrochemical industry, was set up 75 years ago and has more than 23 advanced research labs, run by 300 scientists, it added.

April 7, 2009

Blair: Bibi Supports PA State

Filed under: Division of Jerusalem — Steven @ 5:01 pm

(IsraelNN.com) United States President Barack Obama and United Nations Middle East envoy Tony Blair pushed this week for the creation of a Palestinian Authority-led Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

Blair met with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday. He later told journalists that Netanyahu supports the creation of a PA state in principle.

The creation of a PA state is crucial, said Blair, who said such a state was “the only solution that will ever work.” Netanyahu would agree to give up Judea and Samaria to a PA state “if the right context can be created,” he added.

Netanyahu has avoided labeling the creation of a PA state Israel’s only option, but has expressed commitment to the Road Map plan, which aims at the creation of such a state. The plan calls on the PA to fight terrorism.

Last week, Netanyahu said PA Arabs “should have the ability to govern their lives, but not to threaten ours.”

Speaking from Ankara, Turkey on Monday, Obama made it clear that his administration will push for the creation of a PA state as well.

“The United State strongly supports the goal of two states, Israel and Palestine, living side by side in peace and security… that is a goal that I will actively pursue as president,” Obama said. Turkey is in a position to help both Israel and the PA, he added.

Obama called on Israelis and Arabs to “overcome longstanding passions” in order to reach peace.

Last week, Obama visited Saudi Arabia and expressed support for the 2002 Saudi Plan, which calls on Israel to cede all lands outside the 1949 armistice line and to accept millions of Arabs as citizens in exchange for recognition from dozens of Arab and Muslim countries.

Responding to Monday’s remarks, Netanyahu aide Yossi Levi said, “Israel appreciates President Obama’s commitment to Israel’s security and his wish to promote the peace process. The government of Israel is committed to these two goals, and will soon formulate its policy to act in cooperation with the United States.”

The G20 moves the world a step closer to a global currency

Filed under: One World Goverment — Steven @ 4:54 pm

A single clause in Point 19 of the communiqué issued by the G20 leaders amounts to revolution in the global financial order.

“We have agreed to support a general SDR allocation which will inject $250bn (£170bn) into the world economy and increase global liquidity,” it said. SDRs are Special Drawing Rights, a synthetic paper currency issued by the International Monetary Fund that has lain dormant for half a century.

In effect, the G20 leaders have activated the IMF’s power to create money and begin global “quantitative easing”. In doing so, they are putting a de facto world currency into play. It is outside the control of any sovereign body. Conspiracy theorists will love it.

It has been a good summit for the IMF. Its fighting fund for crises is to be tripled overnight to $750bn. This is real money.

Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the managing director, said in February that the world was “already in Depression” and risked a slide into social disorder and military conflict unless political leaders resorted to massive stimulus.

He has not won everything he wanted. The spending plan was fudged. While Gordon Brown talked of $5 trillion in global stimulus by 2010, this is mostly made up of packages already under way.

But Mr Strauss-Kahn at least has resources fit for his own task. He will need them. The IMF is already bailing out Pakistan, Iceland, Latvia, Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, Serbia, Bosnia and Romania. This week Mexico became the first G20 state to ask for help. It has secured a precautionary credit line of $47bn.

Gordon Brown said it took 15 years for the world to grasp the nettle after Great Crash in 1929. “This time I think people will agree that it has been different,” he said.

President Barack Obama was less dramatic. “I think we did OK,” he said. Bretton Woods in 1944 was a simpler affair. “Just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy, that’s an easy negotiation, but that’s not the world we live in.”

There will be $250bn in trade finance to kick-start shipping after lenders cut back on Letters of Credit after September’s heart attack in the banking system. Global trade volumes fell at annual rate of 41pc from November to January, according to Holland’s CPB institute – the steepest peacetime fall on record.

Euphoria swept emerging markets yesterday as the first reports of the IMF boost circulated. Investors now know that countries like Mexico can arrange a credit facility able to cope with major shocks – and do so on supportive terms, rather than the hair-shirt deflation policies of the old IMF. Fear is receding again.

The Russians had hoped their idea to develop SDRs as a full reserve currency to challenge the dollar would make its way on to the agenda, but at least they got a foot in the door.

There is now a world currency in waiting. In time, SDRs are likely evolve into a parking place for the foreign holdings of central banks, led by the People’s Bank of China. Beijing’s moves this week to offer $95bn in yuan currency swaps to developing economies show how fast China aims to break dollar dependence.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the summit had achieved more than he ever thought possible, and praised Gordon Brown for pursuing the collective interest as host rather than defending “Anglo-Saxon” interests. This has a double-edged ring, for it suggests that Mr Brown may have traded pockets of the British financial industry to satisfy Franco-German demands. The creation of a Financial Stability Board looks like the first step towards a global financial regulator. The devil is in the details.

Hedge funds deemed “systemically important” will come under draconian restraints. How this is enforced will determine whether Mayfair’s hedge-fund industry – 80pc of all European funds are there – will continue to flourish.

It seems that hedge funds have been designated for ritual sacrifice, even though they played no more than a cameo role in the genesis of this crisis. It was not they who took on extreme debt leverage: it was the banks – up to 30 times in the US and nearer 60 times for some in Europe that used off-books “conduits” to increase their bets. The market process itself is sorting this out in any case – brutally – forcing banks to wind down their leverage. The problem right now is that this is happening too fast.

But to the extent that this G20 accord makes it impossible for the “shadow banking” to resurrect itself in the next inevitable cycle of risk appetite, it may prevent another disaster of this kind.

The key phrase is “new rules aimed at avoiding excessive leverage and forcing banks to put more money aside during good times.” This is more or less what the authorities agreed after the Depression. Complacency chipped away at the rules as the decades passed. It is the human condition, and we can’t change that.

Silk Road institute planned

Filed under: Endtime Prophecies — Steven @ 4:39 pm
Making way for the Kings from the east.
Tehran, April 7, IRNA — Iran plans to set up a special and independent institute to restore and further introduce Silk Road, a historical route linking Asian countries.
Announcing this deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Hamid Baqaei said that Iran will manage the affairs pertaining to the road through the entity.

The objective of establishing the institute is to conduct studies, undertake restoration works and introduce its capacities to other countries.

It will also release brochures on the road and guide tourists, he noted.

Stating Iran’s significant share of the road, Baqaei added that there many villages, cities and natural sceneries along the road, each of which have numerous potentials for introducing Iran’s culture and civilization to foreign tourists.

Silk Road is an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean region, including North Africa and Europe, which was used by Asian merchants

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