Malaysia plane search paused for night

An air search in the southern Indian Ocean for possible objects from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane has ended for the day without success but will resume in the morning, Australian rescue officials said.

Four planes were checking to see if two large objects spotted in satellite imagery bobbing in the remote ocean were debris from flight MH370 that disappeared March 8 with 239 people on board.

One of the objects was 24 metres in length and the other was 5 metres. There could be other objects in the area, a four-hour flight from Australia’s southwestern coast, said John Young, manager of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s emergency response division.

This is a lead, it’s probably the best lead we have right now.

John Young, Australian Maritime Safety Authority

“This is a lead, it’s probably the best lead we have right now,” Young said.

He cautioned that the objects could be seaborne debris along a shipping route where containers can fall off cargo vessels, although the larger object is longer than a container the AP news agency reported.

A statement from the authority said the four planes searched an area of 23,000 km/sq about 2,500km southwest of Perth on Thursday without success.

“The search will continue on Friday,” it said.

News that possible plane parts had been found marked a new phase in the emotional roller coaster for distraught relatives of the passengers, who have criticised Malaysia harshly for not releasing timely information about the plane.

While they still hope their loved ones will somehow be found, they acknowledged that news of the possible debris could mean the plane plunged into the ocean.

“If it turns out that it is truly MH370 then we will accept that fate,” said Selamat Bin Omar, the father of a Malaysian passenger on the jet, which carried mostly Chinese and Malaysian nationals.

But he cautioned that relatives still did not yet know for sure whether this was indeed MH370 or something else.

“Therefore we are still waiting for further notice from the Australian government.” Bin Omar added.

Young said the depth of the ocean in the latest area, which is south from where the search had been focused since Monday, is several thousand metres.

The area where the debris was spotted is about halfway between Australia and desolate islands off the Antarctic.

Malaysian authorities have not ruled out any possible explanation, but have said the evidence so far suggests the plane was deliberately turned back across Malaysia to the Strait of Malacca, with its communications systems disabled.

They are unsure what happened next. A group of Malaysian government and airline officials also flew to Beijing on Thursday night to meet families there.Young said the depth of the ocean in the latest area, which is south from where the search had been focused since Monday, is several thousand meters.

He said it may be difficult to spot the objects as they are relatively indistinct on the imagery but those who are experts indicate they are credible sightings.

“The indication to me is of objects that are a reasonable size and probably awash with water, moving up and down over the surface.” Young said.

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AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

They are still paying people out last night

1-30-14 Tony:   [via Adept1] Everything we heard this morning is very positive. Some things that happened in the night were very positive. There is one small group in a room trying to hold this back, but this could change in a matter of moments…Tier 1 and 2 banks have been notified that this should happen by Monday. A contingent is still trying to hold this off until Monday, and others want us to get it done right now. Where are we now? Notifications have gone out to the lower levels, so a lot of bank employees know a lot more today than on Monday. Tier 2 and Tier 3 banks who were never a part of this have now got notifications to spin back up and get everything going.

We know people who just got paid out yesterday at $ 28. They are still paying people out last night. We know it continues but it is closer to your turn. It could by any moment, any day, and their notifications say Monday. WE have dates, rates, locations, 800 numbers… we just want to wait and see what happens. I’m hearing that things have changed so much in our favor…

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

I THINK IT WAS OBVIOUSLY DONE LAST NIGHT

12-22-13 Already Blessed: I THINK IT WAS OBVIOUSLY DONE LAST NIGHT – I AM WAITING TO SEE THE ACTIVATION…THAT IS ALL….IS THE THING THEY SEEM TO BE ABLE TO KEEP QUIET ABOUT….WISH I KNEW BUT I BELIEVE TODAY IS A GREAT DAY FOR AN RV.
I HEARD 5800 CHASE BANKS WILL BE OPEN ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY….ON A SUNDAY….BECAUSE OF TARGET???? HMMMMMM CHASE TELLER TOLD MY FRIEND TIGGER THAT THEY WILL BE PAID 2 1/2 TIMES NORMAL PAY! WOW.

TODAY IS A GREAT DAY TO GET A NEW EMAIL….USE IT FOR 800′S…..GMAIL….YAHOO….EASY TO DO…..PLEASE GET A NEW EMAIL TODAY!!!! USE IT ONLY FOR C/E.

JUST WAITING FOR ACTIVATION….THIS IS WORTH WAITING FOR!

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

Iranians Celebrate Winter Arrival on Yalda Night

Iranians are preparing to mark their cultural winter feast traditionally called Yalda Night (Shab-e Yalda or Shab-e Chelleh), a celebration with ancient ties.

The inherited winter feast commemorated on the winter solstice reveals the integration of nature into the human life cycle among Iranians.

Yalda Night (Yalda Eve), as the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, is commemorated on or around December 20 or 21 each year.

‘Yalda’ (in Syriac, a dialect of old Aramaic language means birth) marks the birth of winter and the triumph of the sun as the days grow longer and colder.

The annual winter ceremony manifests the traditional concept of light and good prevailing over darkness and evil in the ancient Iranian religion.

According to Iranian mythology, from Yalda night forward, days grow longer. This celebration, based on the Iranian calendar, comes in the Persian month of Day, named after the pre-Zoroastrian god of creation and light (Deity).

Yalda has a root in Zoroastrian belief, to be exact, Mithraism religion. The Mithraists believed that Mithra, the Persian god of light and truth, was born to a virgin mother in the morning of the longest night of the year, symbolizing the Sun god overcoming the powers of darkness.

Having the belief, ancient Iranians gathered in caves throughout the night to witness this miracle together at dawn. They were known as ‘Yar-e Ghar’ (Cave Mates).

According to some beliefs narrated in Persian poetry, many unpleasant events such as the separation between loved ones, loneliness and waiting would be over after Yalda Night.

Nowadays,Yalda has become a social occasion when friends and family gather to eat, drink and practice bibliomancy with the poetry of the highly respected mystic Iranian poet, Hafez.

Each member of the family makes a wish and randomly opens Hafez’s book of poems and recites the poem, which is believed to be an interpretation to the wish.

Fruits, particularly pomegranates and watermelons, and nuts are served in this night. The fruits signify the hope for having a fruitful spring and summer.

The red-colored fruits are believed to symbolize the crimson hues of dawn and glow of life, invoking the glory of Mithra. Pomegranates with angelica powder are also believed to protect individuals against the Devil.

Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and some Caucasian states like Azerbaijan and Armenia share the same tradition as well and celebrate Yalda Night annually at this time of the year.

Yalda Night was officially added to Iran’s List of National Treasures during a special ceremony in 2008.

Assyrian International News Agency

It was scheduled for last night

12-9-2013 Intel Guru TNT Tony It was scheduled for last night again and supposed to be doing it as we speak. We should have been done last night. People are upset all over the place. DC peeps got paid last night and the night before, even though they’ve said they stopped doing that. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Not everyone in DC is happy about this or happy about the way it was done. They are unhappy that they have been lied to for the last days. A bunch of DC peoples have not been paid and they are upset.

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

While we wait for this to happen in the still of the night

10-19-13 BlackBird136: Guys and Gals:

While we wait for this to happen in the still of the night, here is something to chew on…

I have often talked about how I am logical and have done my due diligence regarding this RV, and have tried to convince myself through research that a 4000 % profit is not only possible, but logical and probable.

Here is some information about our investment and why I have been saying it supports at least a buck right now.

As Tony says: “I can Guarantee you 100 thousand per cent!” A year ago,
I did not believe this…I would have been happy with 50 cents! And I know there are lot of you skeptics out there who are not sure either…

One of the ways to value a country in USD is to take the amount of the M2 (hard currency plus short-term bank deposits of $ 100,000 an under) and multiply it by the price of the currency…

You can also use per capita calculations, and GDP, but I am going to KISS…for Iraq that would be 77 Trillion dinar times .0008, which means Iraq’s value is $ 66 Billion USD….surely Iraq supports a higher currency rate?

Everyone argues that Iraq has to be on par with Kuwait…but remember, Kuwait has only 29.5 Billion M2, 1/10th the people, and $ 3.54 rate is logical…that equals $ 104 Billion USD… Russia has an M2 of 32 Trillion rubles, at $ 0.03 USD (3 cents!) So that is $ 992 Billion USD…The USA has an M2 of $ 14 trillion USD…

So now, we are hearing these high RV rates, $ 3.44, up to $ 27.87!!!! $ 3.44 times 77 trillion dinar puts Iraq’s value at $ 265 Trillion USD, and at $ 27.87, a whopping $ 2,145 Trillion USD…IMPOSSIBLE for sure…

So with these statistics in mind, do you see why it is so hard for experts, economists and Forex traders to believe that the IQD will revalue at anything more than a penny?

At a penny, with the M2 at 77 Trillion dinar, it puts the value at $ 770 Billion USD…remember Kuwait is at $ 29.5 Billion, with only 3 Million people, while Iraq has ten times that at 32 Million people…

How is this logically possible without a LOP or redenomination first? Oh Crap you say….

Okay, here’s the flip side to this: We all know Iraq is very rich in oil and other resources! ….They have proven oil reserves of at least 150 billion, ranking at least as high as fifth in the world.

Contrast that with China 26 billion ranked 12th, the US, at 25 billion, ranked 14th, and Japan, 44 million, ranked 79th. Some experts say Iraq may have over 300 billion in reserves, placing it ahead of Venezuela (297 billion) and Saudi Arabia (270 billion).

Key reason this is important is that it is estimated with a high degree of confidence to be commercially recoverable oil. Additionally, Iraq has very low production cost, at about on average about $ 5 to produce a barrel of oil in Iraq, compared to about $ 65 to produce a barrel of shale oil in the good ole USA! That makes Iraq the cheapest producer of oil in the World.

On May 19, 2003 we invaded Iraq. George W. Bush was President (January 20, 2001 – January 20, 2009) by November 2003, 8 months into the war, Iraq was pumping out 2 million barrels a day.

Today production is at 3.8 million barrels a day so put that in perspective. At $ 5 USD a barrel, that is a cost of $ 19 million USD a day; they sell it at the current rate of $ 103 per barrel, yielding a net of $ 374 million USD a day!

And that’s $ 134.7 Billion USD a year! That is 155.6 Trillion dinar a year!

As for Natural Gas, they have 3.6 trillion cubic meters proven reserves (no. 11) double of Kuwait (1.8 Trillion), 150 times more than Japan (21 Billion). They intend to produce 2 billion cubic feet per day.

That costs them $ 1.5 million USD to produce, and they make $ 20 million a day…that’s $ 7.3 Billion USD a year or 8.5 Trillion IQD a year.

And they have a lot of gold and silver and other minerals…They are estimated to raise their GDP by 9.4% annually to the year 2016…

And according to a report published in the “Wall Street Journal” August 2013, Iraq is in ninth place among the total natural resources in the world. Those resources are valued at $ 15.9 Trillion USD of oil, gas and phosphate. Russia was number one at $ 75.7 Trillion USD and the USA was 2nd at $ 45.55 Trillion USD…

Okay, (the finale): I do believe that the M2 is an inflated value now….Here’s why…

I’ve heard rumors that 16 or so countries including China and the US hold IQD in their foreign reserves…that is feasible because the Paris Club (which includes Austria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA, England) forgave $ 32 billion, China wrote off $ 6.8 Billion, United Arab Emerites $ 7 Billion; I assume Kuwait took IQD to the tune of $ 21 Billion..

So that means, these countries have to be holding IQD…so here are the estimates of IQD held:

US: 4.8 Trillion
Other Paris Club 18: 32 Trillion
United Arab E: 8.1 Trillion
China: 7.9 Trillion
Kuwait : 24 Trillion

That means 76.8 Trillion is in these 22 countries reserves alone, I can assume…,So I’d say the M2 is more like a Trillion dinar not including these countries…

So at a buck, Iraq is worth $ 1 Trillion USD, and with the Article above stating that Iraq has a resources value of $ 15.9 Trillion, does that mean maybe we can get a $ 15.90 RV?

YES…no LOP, no RD needed…

So there you have it, I have logically convinced myself that a double digit RV is not only possible, but probable…

I have come a long way, ‘cause I could not wrap my brain around it 6 months ago! I was basically Adam Montana, but better looking…LOL.

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

Last night the rate went live between 12:00 and 3:00 am for three hours

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10-9-2013 TNT Tony:   I received a copy of the 5-page NDA. It’s not that hard to read and understand and I was told there are different ones for different states to cover everything legally. Monday night the banks were briefed on the NDA’s and again this morning. They just received the documents today so they could not have exchanged anyone sooner because they did not have this document. I have been told that you need to do it for all currencies, the document just lists one.

Last night the rate went live between 12:00 and 3:00 am for three hours and they expected it to be live when they came into the bank this morning and this morning it was down again. I absolutely believe it could happen any moment today, tomorrow whenever they are ready to let it loose and today looking a whole lot better. I think we’re in a good position. 99.99% are saying it can happen tonight or tomorrow AM. If it gets past 7-8PM EDT I don’t think we’ll see it until the morning, IMO.

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

Three Killed During Tajikistan ‘Night Races’

In the Tajik capital, Dushanbe, three people were killed and three injured following a crash during nighttime car races that often include the children of the country’s elite.

Sources in Dushanbe’s traffic police told RFE/RL late on October 9 that the children of “very important people,” who often race expensive cars at night in downtown Dushanbe, caused a deadly traffic incident during the previous night.

Tajik media reports said that a nephew of the chief of the Tajik state railway company — 21-year-old Asror Hukumov — is currently under investigation in connection with the crash.

Hukumov is a relative of President Emomali Rahmon.

with additional reporting by Asia-Plus

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

ALL I BEEN HEARING IS TUE NIGHT…

10-8-2013 Intel Guru TerryK …ALL I BEEN HEARING IS TUE NIGHT WHICH IS TONIGHT WHEN THE BANKS ALL TALK IS WHEN THIS IS A GOOD TO GO SITUATION AND WITH WU AND CL PUSHING AND LEW IN PLACE. I GOT A FEW CALLS TONIGHT. ONE FROM UST CONTACT. SHE IS SAYING TONIGHT WE ARE TO SEE A CHANGE. ITS ALL GOOD. I HAVE FAITH. I DO KNOW ITS GOING TO GO. IS IT TONIGHT? VERY WELL CAN BE.

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

As of last night there is a green light all the way to the end

10-3-13 TNT Tony:    I was waiting today, because I have received information 3 times today that we were to have a RV activation here in the U.S. All of those times have now passed and it is still possible to occur.

I have finally been given the information that you want as to what needed to be done in order for us to see this. I was really hoping that I would not have the time or need to explain it to you, but I guess I lose.

I have received very detailed information and it is way too much for me to type here, but I can tell you that it involved China, Iraq and the U.S.

I can tell you that the meeting last night was concluded with everyone in agreement.

It was at times loud and angry, but that’s how some people scold and negotiate and believe me all of those elements were a part of the process.

To tell you guys the truth, I wanted to do a call and explain it all and to answer some questions, but I am tired. I have been on this phone since 7 this morning non-stop. I don’t really feel like typing this.

To answer your most pressing questions, yes I really did expect it today and when I tell you why, you would have expected it too.

Yes I could see it happening at moment now.

Yes I have confirmation that the value of the Iraq dinar has been creeping up in country and today they were informed that by Saturday the Iraq Dinar would reach its full value.

Yes I did receive confirmation that the articles regarding Jack Lew, that have been posted on several sites and in our forum from Iraq, are true. I received the same information last night, about 30 minutes after the meeting.

When we discuss this tomorrow the lights will come on for everyone and you will have every piece of the puzzle that you need except one.

I know this for a fact, because if you have that one, we won’t be discussing the rest of this mess.

As of last night there is a green light all the way to the end, if we can get there before something else happens.

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

BOY I NEVER THOUGHT AT THIS TIME OF NIGHT…

9-22-13 OkieOilMan: BOY I NEVER THOUGHT AT THIS TIME OF NIGHT I WOULD BE POSTING BUT LET’S CLARIFY SOMETHING. I HAVE NO ILL WILL AGAINST ANYONE ON THIS SITE OR ANY OTHER SITE.

THERE ALWAYS WILL BE CONTRAVERSY (SP) AND DIS-AGREEMENTS BETWEEN PEOPLE, THAT IS ONLY NATURAL.

AT THIS VERY ,VERY LAST MOMENT OF THIS SAGA LET’S ALL DO OUR BEST TO TRY TO GET ALONG AND PUT OUR ANGST ASIDE.

I REALIZE ALL OUR EMOTIONS AND FEELINGS ARE RIGHT ON THE TOP OF OUR SKIN BUT WE ARE ADULTS AND SHOULD BY NOW HAVE LEARNED TO CONTROL OUR EMOTIONS.

WE EITHER CONTROL OUR EMOTIONS OR THEY WILL CONTROL US.

DO NOT WORRY ABOUT DISSENTION OR PERSUCUTION BY OTHERS.

I HARBOR NO GRUDGES AGAINST ANYONE. (REPETITION). AFTER NEXT WEEK WE WILL ALL BE OUT MAKING FUTURE PLANS AND WORRIES WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST.

I WANT TO THANK THIS SITE, ALL MEMBERS, AND ESPECIALLY THE MOD’S FOR DOING SUCH AN OUTSTANDING JOB OF MAINTAINING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE–PEACE AMONGST US.

I LOVE EACH OF YOU AND THANK MY FATHER IN HEAVEN FOR HAVING GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY A SMALL PART IN THIS LONG JOURNEY.

AS FOR ME—-DON’T WORRY ABOUT THIS OLE WARRIOR—I HAVE ALREADY BEEN TO HELL AND BACK.–REST EASY MY FRIENDS–GOD HAS ALL THINGS UNDER CONTROL——BLESSINGS GALORE TO ALL

I ASK GOD 1 NIGHT AFTER RECEIVING ORDERS TO MOVE A MOUNTAIN–I DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING NEAR ME BUT A TEASPOON–I ASKED–HOW DO I DO THIS–

HE TOLD ME TO TURN AROUND–AND GUESS WHAT?–THERE SAT THE LARGEST BULL-DOZER YOU EVER SAW.—SEE—–HE ALWAYS PROVIDES A WAY—BY THE WAY–THE MOUNTAIN IS NOW REMOVED.

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

This was supposed to be seen world wide last night, but again we wait

Money Eyes

9-19-2013 TNT Tony:    I can confirm that the Iraq Dinar was announced as International to their people. They were told this morning in the mosque that a changing of the currency has happened and on their TV, scrolling across the bottom is the statement …..(Changing of the value of the IQD has now taken effect. This is posted in the Gazette). This was supposed to be seen world wide last night, but again we wait. People everywhere are upset, (the people who delayed it are being identified and dealt with as we speak), this is still on schedule to be completed ASAP. Yes the bank people are in place and waiting. Yes the rates are still high. Yessssssss you should be Happy.

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

Turkish Police Clash With Protesters for Third Night

ISTANBUL (AP) — Demonstrators clashed with police in southern Turkey on Wednesday for a third straight night, a day after the funeral of a 22-year-old protester whose death at a protest has reignited anti-government anger in Turkey.

Clashes also broke out in parts of Ankara and Istanbul. In the southern city of Hatay, a group of about 200 people confronted police who then responded with tear gas and water cannons.

The death of Ahmet Atakan on Sunday under disputed circumstances has renewed a protest movement that had cooled after thousands took to the streets in June in an expression of discontent against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.

Assyrian International News Agency

RV occured Thursday night

[redhead1] The last report I received from a trusted source was that the RV occured Thursday night in Iraq – that means we should see it anytime imo

deang55] redhead1 “Trusted Source??” LOL LOL LOL LOL

[redhead1] deang55 – yes “trusted source” who is someone who has supplied information in the past and been right – said cards were working as well

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

It was suppose to happen last night

huh

8-23-13 Mort:   …just talked with my guy and he said it was suppose to happen last night and Christine Largarde said it will be done today-so be looking for it today-did not say why it didn’t happen last night-but she said it will be done sometime today & she wants this done asap! She is suppose to be on TV today sometime-if she hasn’t been on already-

[Q.  my contact told me that they are going to try pulling this off over the weekend (the sat-sun overnight/reset window) any thoughts on that?]

A.   mine said as soon as everything is ready to go it will just go to getter done.

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

LAST THURSDAY NIGHT THE R/V OCCURRED

8-12-2013 Intel Guru Okie_Oil_Man TODAY IS NOT OVER YET BUT GETTING LATER BY THE MINUTE. LAST THURSDAY NIGHT THE R/V OCCURRED AND THE RATES WERE RELEASED TO THE BANKS. THE OTHER MAJOR BANKS ARE READY TO EXCHANGE NOW BUT FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON WELLS FARGO AS I UNDERSTAND IT IS HOLDING THE PROCESS UP. (TEMPORARILY OR NOT I DON’T KNOW). I WAS INFORMED SATURDAY NIGHT WE WOULD ALL BE IN THE BANKS TODAY—WELL???

Dinar Daddy’s Tidbits

Putin To Ride With ‘Night Wolves’ In ‘Stalingrad’?

Vladimir Putin has been invited to attend a “bike show” in the city of Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, at the end of this month at the invitation of the leader of a Russian motorcycle gang.

The Russian newspaper “Izvestia” reported on August 6 that the leader of the Night Wolves motorcycle club, Aleksandr Zaldostanov, otherwise known as “The Surgeon,” personally extended the invitation to the Russian president.

“I proposed to Vladimir Vladimirovich that he come to Stalingrad,” Zaldostanov said, “But the president has something scheduled for every second, so whether he can find the time [to come to the bike show], no one can be sure.”

According to Zaldostanov, Putin said, “I want to be there with you, I would be glad to sit on a motorcycle and take off somewhere with you” but, the Russian president lamented, “I have boring matters to take care of.”

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin would not be likely to attend the bike show on August 23 because he has a full schedule that goes late into the night.

Putin did attend a bike show in Sevastopol last year, arriving on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

And the Russian president’s attendance at the “Stalingrad” motorcycle show cannot be ruled out entirely. The event is being held as part of a wider ceremony commemorating the Nazi bombing of Stalingrad on August 23, 1942.

According to “Izvestia,” “the German bombing literally turned the city into a ruin, under which more than 40,000 people died.”

World War II veterans in Volgograd reportedly gave their enthusiastic support to the idea of an “international, patriotic bike show” to be included as part of ceremonies that will mostly be somber events.

‘Tough Guy’ Putin

Putin has embraced and supported Russian patriotism and the strength of the Russian nation, presenting a stark contrast to the leadership of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, who was perceived by some as weak and ruling over a Russia that seemed to be in a state of decay. 

Macho antics, such as paragliding with cranes, riding shirtless on horseback, or more recently catching a 21-kilogram fish, have become of part of the “tough guy”  image Putin has cultivated since he first became president in 2000 (when his first act was to fly to Chechnya to present hunting knives to Russian soldiers).

A motorcycle ride with heavy-bearded bikers in jeans and leather vests would be in keeping with such an image.

The Kremlin has also found an ally in Russian biker clubs.

Zaldostanov’s Night Wolves expressed outrage at the “punk prayer” performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral by the feminist punk performance-art group Pussy Riot in February 2012.

The Night Wolves vowed publicly they would help guard Russia’s Orthodox cathedrals from any further hooliganism, becoming protecters of the faith, and by extension, the state, by condemning actions the authorities were already criticizing.

In a sign of this relationship, Zaldostanov told “Izvestia” he rode his motorcycle to Putin’s residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, to extend the invitation to the bike show in Volgagrad.

Zaldostanov described his meeting with Putin as having an “impulsive, unexpected character.”

He recounted that Putin’s guards would not permit him to drive his motorcycle onto the residence grounds so he parked his motorcycle by a tree outside. “‘The Surgeon’ was shocked to see the president met him at the entrance” to the residence grounds,  ”Izvestia” reported.

– RFE/RL Central Newsroom with reporting by “Izvestia” and Interfax

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Putin To Ride With ‘Night Wolves’ In Stalingrad?

Vladimir Putin has been invited to attend a “bike show” in the city of Volgograd, formerly Stalingrad, at the end of this month at the invitation of the leader of a Russian motorcycle gang.

The Russian newspaper “Izvestia” reported on August 6 that the leader of the Night Wolves motorcycle club, Aleksandr Zaldostanov, otherwise known as “The Surgeon,” personally extended the invitation to the Russian president.

“I proposed to Vladimir Vladimirovich that he come to Stalingrad,” Zaldostanov said, “But the president has something scheduled for every second, so whether he can find the time [to come to the bike show], no one can be sure.”

According to Zaldostanov, Putin said, “I want to be there with you, I would be glad to sit on a motorcycle and take off somewhere with you” but, the Russian president lamented, “I have boring matters to take care of.”

Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed that Putin would not be likely to attend the bike show on August 23 because he has a full schedule that goes late into the night.

Putin did attend a bike show in Sevastopol last year, arriving on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

And the Russian president’s attendance at the “Stalingrad” motorcycle show cannot be ruled out entirely. The event is being held as part of a wider ceremony commemorating the Nazi bombing of Stalingrad on August 23, 1942.

According to “Izvestia,” “the German bombing literally turned the city into a ruin, under which more than 40,000 people died.”

World War II veterans in Volgograd reportedly gave their enthusiastic support to the idea of an “international, patriotic bike show” to be included as part of ceremonies that will mostly be somber events.

‘Tough Guy’ Putin

Putin has embraced and supported Russian patriotism and the strength of the Russian nation, presenting a stark contrast to the leadership of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, who was perceived by some as weak and ruling over a Russia that seemed to be in a state of decay. 

Macho antics, such as paragliding with cranes, riding shirtless on horseback, or more recently catching a 21-kilogram fish, have become of part of the “tough guy”  image Putin has cultivated since he first became president in 2000 (when his first act was to fly to Chechnya to present hunting knives to Russian soldiers).

A motorcycle ride with heavy-bearded bikers in jeans and leather vests would be in keeping with such an image.

The Kremlin has also found an ally in Russian biker clubs.

Zaldostanov’s Night Wolves expressed outrage at the “punk prayer” performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral by the feminist punk performance-art group Pussy Riot in February 2012.

The Night Wolves vowed publicly they would help guard Russia’s Orthodox cathedrals from any further hooliganism, becoming protecters of the faith, and by extension, the state, by condemning actions the authorities were already criticizing.

In a sign of this relationship, Zaldostanov told “Izvestia” he rode his motorcycle to Putin’s residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, to extend the invitation to the bike show in Volgagrad.

Zaldostanov described his meeting with Putin as having an “impulsive, unexpected character.”

He recounted that Putin’s guards would not permit him to drive his motorcycle onto the residence grounds so he parked his motorcycle by a tree outside. “‘The Surgeon’ was shocked to see the president met him at the entrance” to the residence grounds,  ”Izvestia” reported.

With reporting by “Izvestia” and Interfax

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Putin To Ride With ‘Night Wolves’ In Stalingrad?

Vladimir Putin has been invited to attend a “bike show” in the city of Volgograd, formerly called Stalingrad, at the end of this month and the invitation came from the leader of a Russian motorcycle gang.

The Russian newspaper “Izvestiya” reported Tuesday the leader of the “Night Wolves” motorcycle club, Aleksandr Zaldostanov, otherwise known as the “surgeon,” personally extended the invitation to the Russian president.

“I proposed to Vladimir Vladimirovich that he come to Stalingrad,” the surgeon said, “But the president has something scheduled for every second, so whether he can find the time (to come to bike show), no one can be sure.”

According to Zaldostanov, Putin said, “I want to be there with you, I would be glad to sit on a motorcycle and take off somewhere with you” but, the Russian president lamented, “I have boring matters to take care of.”

Putin’s spokesman Dmitri Peskov confirmed that Putin would not be likely to attend the bike show on August 23 because he has a full schedule that goes late into the night, that night.

Putin did attend the bike show in Sevastopol last year, arriving on a three-wheeled motorcycle.

And the Russian president’s attendance at the “Stalingrad” bike show cannot be ruled out entirely. The event is being held as part of a wider ceremony commemorating the Nazi bombing of, then, Stalingrad on August 23, 1942. Izvestiya wrote “the German bombing literally turned the city into a ruin, under which more than 40,000 people died.”

World War Two veterans in Volgograd reportedly gave their enthusiastic support to the idea of an “international, patriotic bike show” to be included as part of ceremonies that will mostly be somber events.

Putin has embraced and supported Russian patriotism and the strength of the Russian nation, presenting a stark contrast to the leadership of his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, who was perceived by some as weak and ruling over a Russia that seemed to be in a state of decay. 

Macho antics, such as para-gliding with cranes, riding shirtless on horseback or more recently catching a 21-kilogram fish, have become of part of the “tough guy” Putin image has cultivated since he first became president in 2000 (when his first act was to fly to Chechnya to present hunting knives to Russian soldiers). A motorcycle ride with heavy-bearded bikers in jeans and leather vests would be in keeping with such an image.

The Kremlin has also found an ally in Russian biker clubs.

Zaldostanov’s Night Wolves expressed outrage at the punk prayer performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral of the feminist punk performance art group Pussy Riot in February 2012. The Night Wolves vowed publicly they would help guard Russia’s Orthodox cathedrals from any further hooliganism, becoming protectors of the faith, and by extension, the state, by condemning actions the authorities were already criticizing.

In a sign of this relationship, Zaldostanov told “Izvestiya” he rode his motorcycle to Putin’s residence in Novo-Ogarevo, outside Moscow, to extend the invitation to bike show in Volvograd.

Zaldostanov described his meeting with Putin as having an “impulsive, unexpected character.” The surgeon recounted that Putin’s guards would not permit him to drive his motorcycle onto the residence grounds so he parked his motorcycle by a tree outside. Izvestiya reported, “The surgeon was shocked to see the president met him at the entrance (to the residence grounds).”

Based on reporting from “Izvestiya” and Interfax

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

THERE WAS A SMALL ISSUE LAST NIGHT

7-5-2013 Intel Guru TERRYK THERE WAS A SMALL ISSUE LAST NIGHT…WHERE 3 COUNTRIES CODES WERE NOT RIGHT…I KNOW SOUNDS STUPID…BUT ANYWAY THIS WAS TAKEN CARE OF FIRST THING THIS MORNING… SO THEY CLAIM THEY ARE BACK ON TRACK…AND WE MAY VERY WELL BE AT THE BANK MONDAY MORNING…I’M SURE GETTING TIRED OF THIS WEEKEND C*** AND BACK TO THE BANK ON MONDAY…IS IT ME OR ARE THE FRICKIN DAYS JUST FLYING OFF OF THE CALANDAR

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Baghdad prepares to deliver fireworks show once CH VII lifts tomorrow night

Baghdad announced the completion of all preparations to celebrate [the day of the full sovereignty of Iraq] through the UN Security Council voted on Thursday to remove Iraq from Chapter VII, noting that “the celebration will include Fireworks and scattering roses.”

According to the statement of the Secretariat received both in Iraq on “Iraq has completed all preparations and created all of the requirements for the completion of Iraqi sovereignty after the UN Security Council voted late Thursday to remove Iraq from Chapter VII, having fulfilled all its international obligations in an important step to restoring regional and international role.

“The celebrations in Baghdad for the occasion with fireworks in the skies over Baghdad and an Iraqi information and bulletins, organize processions wheeled mobile municipal roaming the streets and scattering flowers and candy on citizens with the participation of a number of folk groups.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recommended in a report to the UN Security Council after Iraq fulfilled all altzamth to the international resolutions, directed by Iraq from Chapter VII.

Iraq these days live historic moments if out of international sanctions imposed for over [23], under Chapter VII of the UN Security Council following the invasion of the former regime of Kuwait in 1990.

Chapter VII consists of 13 articles, resolution 678 of 1990 proposal to eject Iraq from Kuwait by force, the terms of this chapter, Iraq remains under it, because several issues remained outstanding, such as the remains of Kuwaiti prisoners in Iraq, Kuwaiti property, including archives of the Amiri Diwan, Crown Court, the issue of environmental compensation and oil, not only for the State of Kuwait, but other Arab States, and the companies claim they still have some rights.

Scheduled UN Security Council meeting on Thursday to review the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s report on Iraq’s efforts to resolve outstanding issues with Kuwait and the international obligations and would be in the light of this report the Council vote on Iraq out of Chapter VII to chapter VI.

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Clashes Rage Through Night In Istanbul

Clashes between riot police and protesters have lasted through the night in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Police repeatedly fired volleys of tear gas, water cannon, and rubber bullets in a bid to drive demonstrators out of Taksim Square.

Protesters fought back by throwing rocks, Molotov cocktails, and fireworks.

Reports spoke of an unclear number of injured protesters, as clashes continued early June 12.

It is described as the worst night of violence since anti-government protests erupted 12 days ago.

Istanbul’s Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu late June 11 declared that riot police would continue operations night and day to clear out protesters.

Earlier, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he had “no more tolerance” for the mass demonstrations against his Islamist-rooted government.

Erdogan also reiterated his belief that the unrest was part of a conspiracy against his government.

Renewed protests were also reported in the capital, Ankara, where police fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse several hundred demonstrators.

Events in Istanbul escalated after hundreds of police early June 11 stormed Taksin Square, the epicenter of the nationwide protest movement.

The police operation seemed to catch protesters by surprise. But the demonstrators regrouped by the evening to again confront police lines.

The turmoil marks the most serious challenge to Erdogan’s government in his 10 years in power.

The protests began following a violent police crackdown against activists opposed to new construction in Gezi Park, located adjacent to Taksim Square.

But the protests soon expanded into a broader campaign against what opponents call Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian style and his alleged attempts to impose Islamic conservative values in constitutionally secular Turkey.

Erdogan has rejected the charges, instead describing many of the protesters as hooligans and enemies of democracy.

At least four people have been reported killed and some 5,000 treated for injuries or the effects of tear gas over the past 12 days.

Turkey’s NATO ally the United States released a new statement on the crisis.

The White House described Turkey as a “close friend” and said the Obama administration was watching the events in Turkey “with concern.”

It called on Turkish authorities to uphold the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly, association, and free and independent media.

Based on reports from Reuters, AP and AFP

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

In Kazakhstan, Spending Saturday Night In The Gulag

A Kazakh museum documenting political oppression during the Soviet era opened its doors to visitors for a nighttime tour.

The unusual visit on the night of May 18 was organized by the Museum of Political Oppression in Dolinka.

The central town became infamous in the 1930s as the center of the Qaragandy Corrective Labor Camps system (KarLAG).

Some 1,000 visitors took part in the tour, dubbed “Night in KarLAG.”

The guide took the group to the prison hospital, cells, a torture chamber, and the KarLAG head’s office.

“This is the office of the head of the KarLAG prison camp [system]. There were 11 camp heads,” the guide said. “Otto Bin was the first head of KarLAG. When he was the chief here, the authorities allowed families to be together. That was the only time when men and women could live and work together in the KarLAG camp.”

Overnight Plans Scrapped

In the room, actors performed a mock interrogation scene in which a young woman is pressured to denounce her father.

The group also witnessed performances that included an inmate who was hanging by his hands while being mistreated by a guard.

To have a better taste of being a prisoner at KarLAG, the visitors were also offered gulag-type meals.

The museum initially planned to offer visitors the chance to become “Stalin-era prisoners” for one night, but museum director Svetlana Bainova told RFE/RL the plan was scrapped following a request by local officials.

She said the officials argued that such an experience could scare or even psychologically traumatize the participants.

The Museum of Political Oppression occupies the building that served as KarLAG headquarters. It was formally opened in May 2011.

The KarLAG prison camp system was set up during the purges in the 1930s launched by Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the Soviet Union were sent there through the 1950s.

Written by Antoine Blua in Prague based on reporting by Yelena Weber of RFE/RL’s Kazakh Service

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

* (Sunday Night “Dinar Chatter”): Dinar Recaps 7/1/12

[hub] BOBGETZ6 like williamB and i was discussing, with the tarrifs now in full swing, something has to happen,,,,,,,also, you see the news about the US telling maliki to let exxon/moble in or no F16′s

[BOBGETZ6] hub Boyh good signs IMO.

[BOBGETZ6] Both

[pat888] BOBGETZ6 williamB food for thought – last Sun. Wangdang said because tariffs are a line item in the budget tariffs will force it open and it has to RV and for tariffs iraq has to have an international tradable currency. Joey on Gatekeepers said Iraq is loosing a minimum of 15 billion/yr and possibly 100 billion/yr not having tariffs in force. Wangdang is having a call today in about 20 min.

[tdooly] As long as Maliki is PM, we will not see an RV. I have said that for YEARS and I still believe that is correct. IMHO.

[tdooly] rider460 Shabibbi has said we must have a stable government, THAT will not be until Maliki is removed from PM, because he has too much power and can keep the government in turmoil as long as he is there. He controls the Military and the Police and can manipulate all aspects of Government — AS HE HAS DONE during and since the election.

[rider460] tdooly And the Aspect of giving a bunch of Christians Millions upon Millions of Dollars.

[Imperium] rider460 Iraq will not be paying millions & millions of $ out to anyone. The world will use the IQD and equity will be negotiated and traded for goods, services & debts.

[Imperium] Not unlike the USD being used internationally… but Americans didn’t pay out-of-pocket.

[rider460] Imperium Explain that to the population of Iraq.

[tdooly] rider460 I really do NOT think the ‘Christian” aspect is relative. This is a ONE man problem: Maliki.

[da58] After trying to delay tarrifs, and being turned down, CBI is motivated more than ever to avoid the inevitable inflation that obviously will occur. The GOI, unfortunately hasn’t QUITE gotten it together – putting all in a precarious position..makes you wonder – all have the same clocks, and time has run out so to speak for the blame game..Shabs has said for years – he’s ready as soon as he has a seated govt..so – is this rocket science? Ought to be our most fascinating week!

[Imperium] wangdang is insisting .86

[da58] Imperium hasn’t he always?

[pat888] Imperium the .86 is a requirement of IMF but 3-7 days later he expects full blown RV $ 4+

[pat888] da58 at this point, I’ll take the .86 with no problem, cash in a few and wait lol

[da58] pat888 you know what makes sense to me that someone said to me? Is that – tons will cash out, at the stupid buck or so…and – the UST will make a killing on them..knowing it will go up within a week..and when I started thinking about it – wow, it’s absolutely true – they will make mega on my desperate pathetic soul if I cash it all in!! lol so, am just cashing what I need, and will wait it out – and see..

[pat888] da58 yes and Shabbs will rake in the 000′s…I feel lucky to know about this and yes I’ll do the same…cash in a few so I can get the wolves away from my door lol and wait


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* (Millionday Wed Night Chat): Dinar Recaps 5/24/12

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Official Call Details will be released soon for this very exciting call!

[millionday] Gave the central bank, yesterday, a proposal to form a joint committee shall study the decision to delete the zeros from the currency.

The deputy governor of the Central Bank of the appearance of Mohammed’s “Centre news for the Iraqi Media Network” yesterday: The proposal, sent to the Government for the formation of a committee to study the application of the decision to delete the zeros from the currency, comprising representatives of the Central Bank of Iraq and the Council of Ministers and Vice specialists from Parliament.

Saleh added: “The process of removing zeros from the currency is the currency of the restructuring, and reduce the amount of circulation, pointing out that the deletion of three zeroes throwing system and reduces the mean and reduces the number of securities traded.

[millionday] He explained that the issuance of a new currency must be commensurate with the new phase in which it operates Iraq to overcome the conflicts and wars, and the need to reduce inflation and the amount of money transferred by Iraqi banks. “

The Finance Committee of the House of Representatives has recommended the central bank to provide a feasibility study for the project to delete the three zeroes from the local currency. She stressed the Iraq Stock Exchange that the deletion of the zeros of the local currency hurt at the current stage the level of stock trading in the Iraqi market for securities.

[millionday] so this says the decision is made and they are wanting to have a committee formed — very cool

[millionday] It seems that the graph of the political crisis began to decline in light of the efforts to bring the views of the center of information on the recent meeting of the leaders of the second level of the three main blocs to discuss new proposals that would improve the atmosphere.

At a time when the political blocs supported the initiative of President Jalal Talabani, the last contained eight items and go to hold intensive meetings from the beginning of next week, the Iraqi National Congress announced its support for the government of national partnership led by al-Maliki.

[millionday] After the talks Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Iraqi National Congress leader Ahmad Chalabi, said Mohammed al-Moussawi, spokesman for Chalabi’s “Center news for the Iraqi Media Network”: that “the National Alliance tends to support the government of national partnership, and we our position from the position of the National Alliance, which is still” the main problem “for this government is supporting it.”

He was the head of the National Alliance, Ibrahim al-Jaafari has sent letters yesterday to the components of the National Alliance on their position on the support of the current government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, as confirmed (Jaafari) support. In turn, revealed Deputy Speaker Arif Tayfur, for that of President Jalal Talabani, the face of the need to set a date for convening the National Congress

[millionday] “because the political scene is not borne by the delay and prevarication.” As MP for the coalition of state law on Alfalh, is scheduled to hold the blocks the three main (the National Alliance and the Kurdish and Iraqi) meeting shortly to agree on a coordination mechanism for the resumption of dialogues.

Alfalh revealed in an exclusive statement to “Al Sabah”, “The first meeting will be attended by leaders of the second level, or representatives of the blocks for the resumption of dialogues and to discuss matters relating to the political status quo.” The sources of the Kurdistan Alliance this information, indicating that the new proposals will be at the meeting.

[millionday] However, it confirmed that it was awaiting approval by political leaders to hold the meeting. In the part of the post, said that the coalition Alfalh state law will hold a meeting to discuss the political developments and its role within the National Alliance and inform members on the overall developments in the political arena.


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* Late Night BGG & Poppy3 Chat – Dinar Updates

May 21 10:47 PM [poppy3] man i told ya’ll not to get caught up in all the misdirection rhetoric being published and we did a call this evening to help you prevent that and i come back from a huge victory and here all of you are right in the middle of trying to justify a bunch of malarkey.

Just like the first post above sdar wouldn’t even let maliki’s crew in the door to discuss anything. I told ya’ll he and the fab five haven’t and won’t listen to him any more he blew his chances on the 13th of this month when he didn’t implement one of the nine. Case over . Stop confusing all the issues?? Poppy3

May 21 10:47 PM [DOUBLE B] hurricane That article was posted at almost midnight Iraq time.

May 21 10:48 PM [Gillibeaux12] Thanks poppy

May 21 10:50 PM [BGG] Poppy and I talked about this before the call – there will be a lot of back and forth in the media – but it won’t take a week (to get out in the open). It will be lots tougher to “read” the news coming up.

May 21 10:50 PM [BGG] Lots tougher

May 21 10:51 PM [BGG] and it won’t take a week…

May 21 10:54 PM [mammat] BGG Are you thinking that there was not an assassination BGG?

May 21 10:55 PM [BGG] mammat – lets wait and see.

May 21 10:56 PM [mammat] BGG ok…I think the headline sounded like Mutlaq….the article sounded like one of his delegation

May 21 10:56 PM [Templejc] Assassination? Who…when…where?

May 21 10:57 PM [mammat] Templejc not sure yet friend….not sure

May 21 10:57 PM [BGG] I also think this is just as serious as I’ve been saying with all this “jackassery” going on. Attempted kidnappings, assinations…Maliki needs to take the immunity and get out of Dodge!!

May 21 10:57 PM [Templejc] An article? On call :)

May 21 10:57 PM [DOUBLE B] yeah, probably just some employee

May 21 10:58 PM [Templejc] Cell

May 21 10:58 PM [BGG] DOUBLE B – but who was it aimed at??

May 21 10:58 PM [mammat] BGG You know I think Mailiki’s philosophy might be, “If you can’t beat them, kill them” Not good.

May 21 10:58 PM [mammat] BGG exactly

May 21 10:59 PM [BGG] That’s the real question…

May 21 10:59 PM [DOUBLE B] I just posted what I saw.

May 21 10:59 PM [DOUBLE B] Might have been the Chauffer

May 21 10:59 PM [mammat] DOUBLE B good post BB

May 21 11:00 PM [mammat] It shows how real and heated the situation has become

May 21 11:02 PM [BGG] This s’more tastes like campfire lol

May 21 11:02 PM [mammat] lol

May 21 11:02 PM [BGG] someone applied the 10 sec rule to my food lol

May 21 11:09 PM [tampadinar] assassinated Rashid tribe flames Zaidan…..sounds like Zaidan got assassinated to me

May 21 11:12 PM [DOUBLE B] leader of the Front National Dialogue led by Saleh al-Mutlaq in

May 21 11:12 PM [tampadinar] right

May 21 11:12 PM [DOUBLE B] Sayyed Abdul Aziz al-Hakim (Arabic: سید عبد العزيز الحكيم‎) (1953 – August 26, 2009) was an Iraqi theologian and politician and the leader of Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, a party that enjoys approximately 5% support in the Iraqi Council of Representatives.

May 21 11:13 PM [DOUBLE B] probably just a bunch of smoke

May 21 11:14 PM [tampadinar] or could be a warning to mutlag

May 21 11:28 PM [poppy3] Do you think that we will see the VND rv before the Dinar? A lot of people are saying that. I do not think the IMF would let it happen, because of the double dipping that would happen.

The imf can’t control it at this point they approved the vn rv last month but it was supposed to go in the same basket with iraq but china is pushing them to go on their own. China now owns control of v/n’s major bankings systems.

I talk tonight with a major bank president from v/n and he said it is true they are ready to go and they will not give IRAQ much more time to complete their deal and if they don’t they have approval to go.


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SCOOTER POST: WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONFERENCE CALL IN THE TEACHERS LOUNGE AT REVALUE.US

Hi Folks,

I hope you are well!  Here’s a FUN call with the folks at ReValue.US.  The winner of  THE BEST GURU STORY was announced and the storyline was disclosed with cross examination.   A touch of fun is always welcome, particularly in this whacked-out dinar world we reside — Emerging Geo’s: SCOOTER POST: WEDNESDAY NIGHT REVALUE.US CALL

Have a great night,

Scooter

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Don’t “Cover the Night”: Enlighten Youth Instead

I grew up in Nashville, TN, right in the middle of the Bible Belt. When I was a sophomore in high school (circa 2005), my World History professor assigned mini-research projects about some atrocity or other. Most of us stuck to Europe, a region we extensively studied in class; however, one girl introduced us to Joseph Kony and the evils of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). I had never heard of them before, but she passed out Invisible Children pamphlets explaining in detail the danger the army posed for Ugandan children.

Even at 15, I felt a certain tug at my heart that I hadn’t experienced before. I participated in every event Invisible Children had to offer. I walked in the “Global Night Commute,” a multi-mile walk intended to symbolize the nightly trek of the Ugandan children to the safety of hospital walls. I was impressed that these kids had to go miles just to sleep. With thousands of other excited kids, I slept on cardboard, wrote letters to my senator, and spread the story of Uganda. The experience was exhilarating; I had never been around so many people my age that cared about….well, anything.  

After my junior year, I was so inspired by the work of Invisible Children that I begged my parents to let me go to Uganda. Although we weren’t allowed into Northern Uganda, the region most impacted by the LRA, I traveled with a small group of six girls to Kampala to distribute aid packages to orphanages. While I only met one kid that came in contact with the LRA during my trip (and that was in 2006), my experience launched me into a college career of International Development, African Studies, and Anthropology.

Now I’ve learned quite a bit. I’ve changed, Invisible Children has changed, Uganda has changed. What hasn’t changed is the drive of young people to be heard and to actively take part in something good.  One thing that KONY 2012 has gotten right is that children possess a moral compass unmarred by greed, politics, etc. Coincidently, they are also the most vulnerable and easily manipulated audience. What is concerning about the Kony 2012 campaign is that it targets youth with a simplified message to be the conduits for a very adult policy that ultimately condones (or promotes) U.S. military intervention. 

With a growing youth movement in support this policy, the United States has all the more reason to feel comfortable tightening its strategic relationship with the oil-rich Uganda. Already, 42 senators and 62 representatives have co-sponsored KONY 2012 resolutions. Significantly, the resolution calls for the US to strengthen foreign military forces’ capabilities to seek out and arrest Joseph Kony, the leader of the LRA, despite the fact that Radhika Coomaraswamy, the UN secretary-general’s special representative for children and armed conflict, has urged funding to go towards rehabilitation.

Militarism is already insidiously present in the United States’ education system, and KONY 2012 only contributes to the normalization of  military interventionism as the solution to all ills. The picture Invisible children has painted is conveniently black and white: Kony is the bad guy, the military is the good guy. Americans have to help or Africa will fall to pieces.

According to IPS scholar Karen Dolan, “young people have the ability to understand complicated issues. Our challenge is to help them understand the pieces, not to hide them in deceptive over-simplification.” In a surprise visit to an AU panel on the KONY 2012 campaign, a Ugandan embassy representative stated that the first Kony 2012 video was incredibly misleading, and was relieved that the second video offered more factual information about the realities of Uganda and the whereabouts of the LRA; however, KONY 2012 part II, has only received about  2% of the internet traffic of its predecessor. It is worrisome that the truth may still be overshadowed by the hype of Invisible Children’s “Cover the Night” event, in which cities will be plastered with campaign paraphernalia and kids will make a final entreaty to their governments to intervene.

Tell all involved youth that they rock for caring about Africa. “Cover the Night” doesn’t have to be the end of youth activism. Let’s use this opportunity to harness the spirit of justice and re-educate our youth about the continent. Don’t let the pressure get you down! If you don’t march on April 20th in a red Invisible Children shirt, know that there are many other ways to stand in solidarity with African children. Or, if you must, join in the crowds on the 20th, but raise a sign that says something more constructive, like “Support Democracy in Uganda,” “Ugandan kids need care!,” Or, if you are feeling more radical, “Send Peace to Africa: Arms that Hug not Arms that Kill!” We, the youth of this nation, have just had our voices recognized by millions of us clicking and sharing a slick video. Now we must use our powerful voice for an agenda that won’t harm nations across the ocean.

Emily Norton is a graduating senior at American University. She is an intern with Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. 

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* Hammerman (SOME ARE SAYING IQD RVED LAST NIGHT): The G.E.T. Team 4/17/12

4-17-2012 Hammerman:  SOME ARE SAYING IQD RVED LAST NIGHT.  JUST FOOLISH TALK.  NO GROUP IN NEVADA OR TEXAS IS CASHING IN TODAY AND NONE PLANNED YET FOR TOMMOROW. 

2 OF THE BIG 4 ALONG WITH 3 OTHERS SAYING VND RVED WITH CHINA BUT THEY ARE KEEPING IN HOUSE UNTIL THE IQD GOES. (RUMORS)  WE HAVE 8 RVS IN THE LAST 36 HOURS BUT THEY ARE KEEPING IT VERY LOW KEY WAITING ON IRAQ.  SOME OF THE MAJOR BANKS HAVE A LIVE CASH IN RATE ON THE IQD FRONT SCREENS BUT IT IS 1166 SO IT MEANS NOTHING. RUMOR ALSO IS SOME WF TELLER SRCEENS NOW SHOW IQD AT 1166.  THIS IS GREAT NEWS IF TRUE.  WE ARE AT THE END AND VERY VERY CLOSE.  IRAQ IS NOT IN THE USA.  THEY CAME IN SUNDAY AN LEFT SUNDAY.  THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE WAS LAST NIGHT.   OVER, DONE, FINSHED.  ERBIL WAS SIGN SEALED AN SITTING ON A DESK WAITING TO BE RELEASED.   I TEND TO BELIEVE THAT ONE CAUSE IT CAME FROM 3 HIGH END SOURCES.  I STILL DO NOT THINK WE WILL SEE A RATE ON THE IQD BEFORE THE 20TH BUT IT COULD SHOW AT ANY  TIME.  IRAQ WILL BE BACK HERE EITHER ON WEDNESDAY OR THURSDAY FOR A FEW HOURS ONLY.  CALL TONIGHT @ 9:30 EST.   

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* 8ball (chat – Sunday night – IMF – Shabibi – CBI): 8BALLS – Focus on Iraq 4/15/12

8ball

The last rate change in Iraq …..was January 17th 2012 1170 to 1166

3 months out places us at April 17th 2012

21:09:25Sally126

nice 8ball

21:10:048ball

From what Astro was saying that they have to make another change

Being that they are monitored

under chapter 7

there are articles stating that they have to make adjustments to salaries of employees

due to the budget not being able to cover

21:13:22crank7

Maybe we have a shot this week….talk about pressure !!

21:13:238ball

Budget being short can be a great reason for an RV

21:14:16crank7

Thanks winggs.

21:14:178ball

Shabibi being at the IMF conference seems to be …. very well planned timing

May be more than a conference

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SCOOTER POST: FRIDAY NIGHT “SMACKDOWN” AT REVALUE.US – SCOOTER, HIGHLANDER, ENOCH8, PROTEUS, AND PATRIOT

Hi folks,

I hope all is well.  I apologize for my recent absence but I’ve had several priorities that consumed 100% of my time.  However, those projects are over and participated in a FANTASTIC call — Emerging Geo’s: FRIDAY NIGHT SMACKDOWN – SCOOTER, HIGHLANDER, ENOCH8, PATRIOT, PROTEUS .

I hope you enjoy,

Scooter


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U.S. Only Lightening Grip on Reins of Afghan Night Raids

In light of the Afghan War’s protracted wind-down, questions have arisen about who has the responsibility to carry out certain operations, particularly the controversial night raids. Since the war’s inception, the United States has taken pains to emphasize Afghan sovereignty even as it violates this sovereignty. With a timeline in place for withdrawal, U.S. policy has been to encourage the Afghan government to take on more leadership.

A recent memorandum — signed by Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, and Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghan minister of defense — points to the impending transition of responsibility to “Afghan-led operations.” According to American Forces Press Services,

The agreement “codifies what has been happening for some time — that is Afghan-led operations,” George Little, Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon Press Secretary said. The night raids have been an effective tool for U.S. and Afghan special operations forces, he added, and the vast majority of the raids are planned and led by Afghans. Afghans are responsible for entering private residences.

The most important component of Sunday’s memorandum is the agreement that transfers leadership of night raids to Afghan security forces. Afghan forces are currently responsible for leading 40% percent of the raids, which primarily occur in the southern Pashtun regions. Historically, raids conducted by U.S. forces have been a major point of contention in U.S.-Afghan relations. Emma Graham- Harrison at the Guardian writes,

The night raids, often in insurgent-dominated territory, have generated huge resentment among Afghans, both because of civilian deaths in operations that have gone wrong and through more general anger over intrusions into homes and on families…. Although the deal may constrain them, it allows raids to continue and will also mean responsibility for any civilian deaths or allegations of mistreatment will be shared by an Afghan partner.

The new deal stipulates the U.S. and Afghan forces get special permission from an inter-ministry council called the Afghan Operational Coordination Group, which will be responsible for approving all Afghan-led raids. U.S. forces may still be called upon to assist in raids. New York Times journalist Alissa Rubin spoke with a U.S. official who “emphasized that the relationship between Afghan and American troops was ‘not an adversarial one,’ and United States officials did not appear to be worried that Americans would be denied access to detainees.”

Exceptions made for special programs and the continuation of U.S. support for night raids emphasize the U.S. commitment to continuing influence in Afghanistan. The deal allows for some special forces not under the auspices of the Afghan government, like the CIA- trained units, to continue to conduct night raids without the permission of the government-led council. Capt. Kirby informed reporters that, “It’s not about the U.S. ceding responsibilities to Afghanistan.” Under these conditions the United States would still be consulted before any decision about operations had been made. Kirby refused to answer as to whether the new rules would be applied to independent special U.S. operations like JSOC (Joint Special Operations Command). Similarly, journalist Spencer Ackerman reports that restrictions may only apply to cases where there is a “reasonable chance of taking Afghan prisoners” or what Kirby describes as “search[ing] a residential house or compound.” These restrictions serve to further limit Afghan control over raids.

Similarly loopholes in the Afghan constitution, specifically under Articles 38, allow for warrantless detention. Kirby said that “theoretically, these operations can still go forward without a warrant in advance. But it does have to be pursued as soon as practical afterward.”

U.S. financial support for night raids, moreover, confirms ongoing US involvement in promoting raids. “The Americans are not giving up a huge amount,” one Western official told The New York Times. “And if they are paying $ 4.1 billion a year for the Afghan military, if they want permission to question someone, I think they’ll get it.”

In the end, then, the memorandum’s ambiguity regarding when and where the United States can conduct raids without approval from the Afghan government seems to undermine the shift in paradigm being called for by Washington.

Melissa Moskowitz is an intern at Foreign Policy in Focus.

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Afghanistan and US reach ‘night raid’ deal

The Afghan government has reached a crucial deal with the US to take control of controversial night raids from American forces.

During a meeting of his national security council on Sunday, President Hamid Karzai approved a memorandum of understanding on “Afghanisation of special operations on Afghan soil,” the president’s office said in a statement.

The document will be signed later on Sunday by General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Afghan defence minister, and the US commander of NATO forces, General John Allen, the Afghan foreign ministry said in a statement.

Details were not immediately released, but the name of the memorandum suggests that it will apply to a range of quick-strike raids in villages, not just night-time operations.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from Kabul, said the agreement will give the lead of night raids to the Afghan forces.

“NATO will tell you many of the raids are already led by Afghan forces, while maybe co-ordinated with foreign help,” he said.

“But this agreement will essentially mean that the person going to the front door of an Afghan house will be Afghan.

“This is the last major stumbling block in signing the strategic agreement” expected in advance of a major conference on Afghanistan in Chicago in May.

The strategic agreement will chart the long term relations between the countries after US forces are scheduled to withdraw by 2014.

Night raids have been a constant source of tension between the Afghan government and US military.

Hamid Karzai, Afghan president, has called previously for all international night raids to cease, saying that they were provocative when carried out by foreign troops.

The US military has said such operations are key to capturing Taliban commanders.


AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

Kabul Says Deal Reached With United States Over Night Raids

KABUL — The Afghan government says it has reached a deal with the United States to take over controversial night raids from American forces.

Afghan Foreign Ministry spokesman, Janan Mosazai, told RFE/RL’s Radio Free Afghanistan on April 8 that a memorandum of understanding on special operations was to be signed later the same day.

Afghan defense minister, General Abdul Rahim Wardak, and the commander of U.S. forces, General John Allen, are expected to sign the document.

U.S. officials have declined to comment on the deal before it is signed.

Night raids have long been a sore point in U.S.-Afghan relations.

The agreement on night raids is part of a long-term strategic pact that Kabul and Washington are currently negotiating.

The pact will govern U.S. forces once the majority of foreign combat troops withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014.

With reporting by AFP and AP

Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty

Afghanistan and US ‘close to night raid deal’

Al Jazeera understands that US and Afghan officials are close to signing a deal on the future of controversial night raids, which have become a major hurdle in discussions over the long-term relations between the two countries.

The agreement will give Afghan security forces the lead role in the operations and provide Afghan judicial oversight, officials said.

NATO footage of one such raid, which was filmed in the Sarobi district east of Kabul, shows family members looking shocked and frightened as their home is searched by soldiers and a man is questioned.

No charges were brought as a result of the raid and the family were entirely innocent. 

The deal is expected to help clear the way for a broader strategic partnership agreement that will govern the US presence in Afghanistan once Afghan forces take full responsibility for security by the end of 2014.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from Kabul, said :”the operations will be primarily Afghan-led, although foreign forces will be playing a role in planning and executing.

“Essentially, it will be Afghan military going to Afghan houses, which addresses a major culture sensitivity about the night raids.”

A US defence official, who spoke to Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity, said there was general acceptance on both sides that Afghans should take the lead role in any night raids and that there should be some form of warrant system to give Afghans judicial oversight of the process, the official said.

But some differences remain over issues related to the detention of people for interrogation, the official said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has been pressing for an end to the night raids, said some raids had violated Afghan sovereignty.

The president’s team has been increasingly divided over long term relations with the US, with some of their disagreements resulting in clashes, as previously reported by Al Jazeera.

The United States has been pressing to wrap up the long-delayed strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan ahead of a NATO summit in Chicago in May.

The two countries last month signed an agreement transferring a major US-run prison to Afghan authority, leaving military raids of Afghan homes in the middle of the night as the primary sticking point to achieving a broader strategic partnership deal.


AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

Afghanistan and US ‘close to night raid deal’

Al Jazeera understands that US and Afghan officials are close to signing a deal on the future of controversial night raids, which have become a major hurdle in discussions over the long-term relations between the two countries.

The agreement will give Afghan security forces the lead role in the operations and provide Afghan judicial oversight, officials said.

NATO footage of one such raid, which was filmed in the Sarobi district east of Kabul, shows family members looking shocked and frightened as their home is searched by soldiers and a man is questioned.

No charges were brought as a result of the raid and the family were entirely innocent. 

The deal is expected to help clear the way for a broader strategic partnership agreement that will govern the US presence in Afghanistan once Afghan forces take full responsibility for security by the end of 2014.

Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith, reporting from Kabul, said :”the operations will be primarily Afghan-led, although foreign forces will be playing a role in planning and executing.

“Essentially, it will be Afghan military going to Afghan houses, which addresses a major culture sensitivity about the night raids.”

A US defence official, who spoke to Reuters news agency on condition of anonymity, said there was general acceptance on both sides that Afghans should take the lead role in any night raids and that there should be some form of warrant system to give Afghans judicial oversight of the process, the official said.

But some differences remain over issues related to the detention of people for interrogation, the official said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has been pressing for an end to the night raids, said some raids had violated Afghan sovereignty.

The president’s team has been increasingly divided over long term relations with the US, with some of their disagreements resulting in clashes, as previously reported by Al Jazeera.

The United States has been pressing to wrap up the long-delayed strategic partnership agreement with Afghanistan ahead of a NATO summit in Chicago in May.

The two countries last month signed an agreement transferring a major US-run prison to Afghan authority, leaving military raids of Afghan homes in the middle of the night as the primary sticking point to achieving a broader strategic partnership deal.


AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)

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