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FIAT EMPIRE - Why the Federal Reserve Violates the U.S. Constitution

This Telly Award-winning documentary, which features presidential candidate RON PAUL, was inspired by the book, "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by author and FREEDOM FORCE founder, G. EDWARD GRIFFIN. To order a high-quality "Director's Cut" DVD or VHS tape (with up to 160-minutes of unedited ADDITIONAL interviews) go to www.FiatEmpire.com/screener. To instantly download a DVD-quality version of FIAT EMPIRE, go to www.mecfilms.com/mid/orders/fiat4.​htm or www.PAY-PER-VIEW.com. Find out why some feel the Federal Reserve's practices are a violation of the U.S. Constitution and others feel it's simply "a bunch of organized crooks." Discover why experts agree the Fed is a banking cartel that benefits mainly bankers and their corporate clients as well as a Congress that would rather increase the National Debt to $9 trillion than raise taxes. Find out how the corporate media facilitates the partnership between the Fed and Congress and why it

India's nuclear co-operation agreement :On the blink

A manifestly obvious headache Oct 25th 2007 | DELHI From The Economist Eyeball to eyeball with the Communists SINCE he got the job in 2004, Manmohan Singh has never been a strong prime minister of India. He was put in place at the behest of Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress party and the coalition it leads, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA). Mrs Gandhi is broadly in charge, but the UPA depends on Communist-led leftist parties for a parliamentary majority. This gives the Communists a pivotal role. Though there is nothing undemocratic about this, it has upset the UPA's economic policies and now threatens a cherished deal on civilian nuclear co-operation with America. AP As Mr Singh told an audience of visitors from McKinsey, a management consultancy, on October 23rd, competitive politics and fractured mandates have made it “difficult sometimes for us to do what is manifestly obvious”. That statement had particular resonance in a week when it became clear that th

Irregular warfare : After smart weapons, smart soldiers

Oct 25th 2007 From The Economist Irregular warfare may keep Western armies busy for decades. They will have to adapt if they are to overcome the odds that history suggests they are up against REBELLION is as old as authority itself, and so therefore is the business of putting it down. Nearly 2,000 years ago Jewish militants—known as Zealots, hence the English word—took up arms against the world's greatest power and terrorised those deemed collaborators. The Romans dealt with the revolt in Palestine in familiar fashion, laying waste any town that resisted, prompting many to commit suicide rather than suffer capture and, in 70AD, destroying the great Temple in Jerusalem and taking its treasures. “While the holy house was on fire,” records Josephus, “everything was plundered that came to hand, and ten thousand of those that were caught were slain...children and old men, and profane persons and priests, were all slain in the same manner.” Modern Western armies cannot, as the R

War inevitable --- PAKISTANI PERSPECTIVE

War inevitable http://www.nation.com.pk/daily/oct-2007/27/columns5.php PROF M. MUZAFFAR MIRZA This is the statement of Professor Balraj Madhok as issued by National Forum in the national interest and this was asked to send e-mail or send by other means to as many as possible. The statement is “unless effective steps are taken to check this, it may go out of hand, war with Pakistan is inevitable, any kind of softness towards Islamists and Jehadis would be disastrous.” These are war-mongering perceptions for the dismantling of Pakistan. This is not the only deep-rooted ugly desire or future scheduled strategy on the part of Professor Balraj Madhok. Since the creation of Pakistan, we know numerous various dangerous attempts, horrible prejudicial designs and deep-down obnoxious plans to undo Pakistan, in particular, and for Islamists and Jehadis by Indian schemers of foreign policies in general, who are the followers of Chankian politics and the exponents of Gandhian ‘humanism and human

Tug Of War Over Wiretapping

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/26/politics/main3416098.shtml Classified Documents And Threatened Filibuster In Fight Over Immunity For Telecoms (CBS/AP) With legislation that would legalize President Bush's eavesdropping program entangled in a battle over the side issue of corporate immunity, the White House sought to move the process forward by acceding to requests from the Senate Judiciary Committee to view classified documents its members have long demanded. However, the White House continued to draw a line between Senators and House members. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., had demanded that other members of the panel have the same access to the same documents before he considers giving immunity to telecommunications companies that may have tapped Americans' telephones and computers without court approval. The measure is an amendment in the Senate's version of the bill rewriting the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (or FISA).

Mugabe launches Robert Mugabe intelligence academy

Fri 26 Oct 2007, 7:22 GMT [-] Text [+] HARARE ( Reuters ) - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has launched an intelligence academy named after him, saying it would produce officers able to counter growing threats from Western powers, state media reported on Friday. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980, is fighting isolation from the West, which accuses him of human rights abuses and rigging elections and economic mismanagement. The combative 83-year-old veteran leader says he is being punished for seizing white-owned farms for landless blacks to redress colonial imbalances, a programme critics say has plunged the economy into crisis. "With the current unjustified demonisation of Zimbabwe by Western powers, the role of intelligence in shaping foreign, security and economic policies become even more critical," the Herald newspaper quoted the president as saying at the launch of the Robert Mugabe National School of Intelligence near

The tehelka that was not …..

With footage laced with scenes from Parzania where the distinction between fact and reality blurs this sting is more potent than an Al-Qaeda training video or a Bin Laden message. It was irresponsible and its likely impact on radicalisation of the disenchanted mind unfathomable. If this was about justice, Mr. Tejpal’s outfit would have done the responsible thing of presenting all the corroborating evidence to the Nanavati Commission first. By not doing so Mr. Tejpal’s motives remain highly suspect. READ MORE

TRIBAL ANGER MOUNTS AGAINST MUSHARRAF& BENAZIR

Source: SAAG By B.Raman 1. The tribal anger against President General Pervez Musharraf, which was already running high after the Pakistan Army's commando raid into the Lal Masjid in Islamabad from July 10 to 13,2007, has further escalated in the wake of the air strikes carried out by the Pakistan Air Force on suspected terrorists in the Mir Ali area of North Waziristan before the celebration of the Id festivities. The Pakistan Army claimed to have killed about 200 militants in the attacks carried out by helicopter gunships and military aircraft. It claimed that while 150 of them were the local militants who had formed a local version of the Taliban, 25 were Uzbeks and the remaining 25 were Afghan Pashtuns, Tajiks and Arabs. 2.Local tribal leaders have strongly refuted these claims and asserted that all those killed were innocent civilians, including many women and children. The Army operations, which followed the kidnapping of over 300 Army and para-military personnel by the mi

The International Court of Justice: The Road Ahead

Oct 3rd, 2007 The American Society of International Law - Washington, D.C. The International Court of Justice: The Road Ahead This program will highlight upcoming cases at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and how developments at the ICJ will affect both international law and the Court itself. The Court is now being used by an entirely new universe of countries and is now addressing a wider range of disputes than ever before. Moderated by Judge Stephen Schwebel, speakers include Ruth Wedgwood, David A. Colson, and John R. Crook.- The American Society of International Law Ruth Wedgwood holds the Edward B. Burling Chair in International Law; serves as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations; chairmand of Research and Studies for the American Society of International Law; a member of the policy advisory group of the United Nations Association; an adviser to the Department of Defense on the issue of military tribunals in response to the September 11 crisis; a member

Venezuela Warns U.S. that "Cuba is Not Alone"

October 25th 2007, by Chris Carlson – Venezuelanalysis.com US President George W. Bush speaks about Cuba at the US State Department on Wednesday (AFP) Mérida, October 25, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)- Responding to US President George W. Bush's threats towards Cuba on Wednesday, Venezuelan authorities warned yesterday that "Cuba is not alone." The US president called on the international community to prepare for a "transition" in Cuba and vowed to maintain the embargo of the island. Both Venezuelan and Cuban authorities rejected the statements, labeling them "imperialist aggression." "He spoke like an imperialist and a colonialist," said Venezuelan parliamentarian Saul Ortega about Bush's statements. Ortega assured that the reaction to these threats will be increased unity among the people of Latin America. "In response we have to close ranks in defense of the principles of sovereignty and self-determination," he said. Vice

Pakistani Attitudes toward Terrorism and the West: Recent Public Opinion Surveys

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) & Terror Free Tomorrow cordially invite you to Pakistani Attitudes toward Terrorism and the West: Recent Public Opinion Surveys Panel includes: Ken Ballen President, Terror Free Tomorrow Anthony H. Cordesman Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, CSIS Ambassador Teresita C. Schaffer Director, South Asia Program, CSIS Since September 11th, the U.S. has relied heavily on its partnership with Pakistan in the fight against global terrorism. Yet, according to a recent survey conducted by Terror Free Tomorrow, popular sentiment in Pakistan is turning markedly against the United States and its policies. Our distinguished panel will weigh in on these and other issues, including the political and security situation inside Pakistan and the regional effects of the war in Afghanistan Wednesday, October 17, 2007 LISTEN TO AUDIO 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. 4the Floor Conference Room Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1800 K Street, Wa

Furture of US-CHINA relations : Myths and Realities --William Overholt

William Overholt, RAND Corporation Release Date: 03/27/2007 William H. Overholt holds the Asia Policy Research Chair at RAND's Center for Asia Pacific Policy and is Director of the Center. He has long been an important analyst of Asia. Dr. Overholt is the author of the forthcoming America and Asia: The Coming Transformation of Asian Geopolitics (RAND, 2007), as well as The Rise of China (W.W. Norton, 1993), which won the Mainichi News/Asian Affairs Research Center Special Book Prize. He has also written or co-written, Political Risk (Euromoney, 1982), Strategic Planning and Forecasting, with William Ascher (John Wiley, 1983), and Asia's Nuclear Future (Westview Press, 1976). In 1976 he founded the semi-annual Global Assessment, with Zbigniew Brzezinski, and edited it until 1988.

The Military Strategy of Global Jihad

http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=809 Authored by Lieutenant Colonel Sarah E. Zabel. America entered the Global War on Terrorism with little understanding of the enemy it faced. Al-Qaeda is a splinter faction of militant Islamism intent on establishing its vision of strict Islamic rule in the Muslim world through armed action. Global jihadis have spent more than 40 years refining their philosophy, gaining experience, building their organization, and developing plans to reestablish what they see as the only true Islamic state on earth. In the years leading up to and following the September 11, 2001 (9/11) attacks, global jihadis have written copiously on their military strategy for creating an Islamic state. This paper draws on those writings to examine and explain the mechanisms by which they plan to neutralize the superpower guardian of world order, claim land and peoples for Islamic emirates out of the resulting chaos, and bring these emirates t

Senior Cleric Rules out Alleged Shift in Iran's N. Policy

TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers leader Ali Jannati dismissed as biased certain analyses presented about the resignation of Iran's former nuclear negotiator, stressing that Ali Larijani's replacement with Saeed Jalili would not be followed by a shift in Tehran's nuclear policy. "Certain media have, unfortunately, promulgated lies and magnified the issue," Ayatollah Jannati said while addressing worshippers on Tehran University Campus here on Friday. He blasted media analyses which interpreted Larijani's replacement with Jalili as departure from Iran's declared nuclear principles, and said the resignation resulted from the difference in the tastes of officials, reminding that difference of tastes is something natural. Jannati pointed out that the existence of difference in the tastes of officials is nothing extraordinary and should not have been magnified to such a large extent. "It is of course very natural

PAKISTAN : Russian Analysis, The Terrorist Act in Karachi

Strategic Culture Foundation online magazine 25.10.2007 Vyacheslav BELOKRENITSKY The Terrorist Act in Karachi The terrorist act which took place in Karachi on October 18, 2007, – the worst one in the history of Pakistan – was equally predictable and unexpected. Obviously, millions of supporters of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto were not the only people who waited for her return from the 8-years-long self-imposed exile. Her enemies from the cohorts of Muslim extremists were also ready for it. Shortly before Bhutto's scheduled and announced arrival from Dubai to Karachi, Haji Umar, a leader of a Muslim extremist group in the Pashtun tribal region, told in a telephone interview from an unknown location that the Talibs would wage war on her because of her support for the US plans to fight the Taliban, similar to their war against Gen Musharraf, who had been the target of several assassination attempts. It should be noted that several times Gen Musharraf asked Bhutto to postpo

Black Sea countries boost ties with EU

Friday, October 26, 2007 ANKARA - Turkish Daily News The “Ankara Declaration,” an essential document for the implementation of energy, trade, transport and environmental projects with the European Union was adopted by the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) at the 17th BSEC foreign ministers meeting in Ankara yesterday. The projects were placed on the agenda by the BSCE during the15th presidential summit in Istanbul last July. In his opening speech President Abdullah Gül promised to fully support strengthening the BSEC and maintained that the organization's responsibilities extended to security areas as well. “The BSEC has a great responsibility in keeping peace and stability in the region,” Gül said. Turkish Foreign Minister Ali Babacan presided the ministerial gathering and urged BSEC member states to cooperate with utmost determination in the fight against terrorism and organized crime, which together constitute the biggest threat to international and regional securit

Survey reveals middle-class Turks support secularism

Middle class, centrist views Friday, October 26, 2007 A recent survey reveals middle-class Turks support secularism, consider themselves devout yet modern, and support Turkey’s European Union accession process ISTANBUL – Turkish Daily News The Turkish middle-class is secular, against a military coup, supports Turkey's accession to the European Union and is devout but with a contemporary twist, a recent survey has revealed. The survey, released yesterday, was conducted by Scientific Research Projects for Open Society Institute and the Bosporus University. The survey was conducted from Sept. 7 to Oct. 1, 2007 in 18 city centers and adjacent districts that best represent Turkey's urban population. The 1,809 subjects interviewed, reflect the urban population in the 18-and-over age range. Most of the subjects that participated in the survey were elementary to high schools graduates. Only 41 percent held regular jobs. Money issues About 58.3 percent