Setser: Understanding the Falling Dollar

Brad W. Setser, Fellow for Geoeconomics
Lee Hudson Teslik, Assistant Editor

November 12, 2007

Brad W. Setser, a fellow at CFR’s Center for Geoeconomic Studies and an expert on currencies, outlines the factors leading to the precipitous recent fall in the valuation of the U.S. dollar. Setser says expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will make further rate cuts have added to the dollar’s decline, and says more generally that some countries with large dollar reserves are becoming less comfortable sitting on these reserves. He says the Fed shouldn’t attempt to use interest rates to sway currency exchange rates, but should focus instead on guaranteeing domestic economic stability, adding that it would take a “rather extraordinary series of events” to create a situation in which the United States ought to intervene directly in currency markets by coordinating the sale of euros or yen and buying dollars.

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Hatred's Kingdom: How Saudi Arabia Supports the New Global Terrorism

Populaire passages

Any attempt by an outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force. - Pagina 117

(g) Ensure, in conformity with international law, that refugee status is not abused by the perpetrators, organizers or facilitators of terrorist acts, and that claims of political motivation are not recognized as grounds for refusing requests for the extradition of alleged terrorists; 4. - Pagina 250

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Thread of France situations by Dutch Muslim council

 Concerns of Dutch Cabinet of Islam film of Wilders THE HAGUE - the cabinet has expressed is concerns about responses in the Netherlands and abroad on a film concerning the Qur’an PVV-leader Geert Wilders is working on. The member of Parliament wants to show with its film that the Qur’an ` is a terrible and fascist book that inspires people to terrible actions. The ministers Hirsch Ballin van Justice, van der Horst of Home Affairs and Verhagen of Foreign Affairs pointed out to Wilders in conversations to possible `repercussions the film can have. The cabinet has taken also measures in case the film leads to social disorder.

Some years ago an Islam film of Theo van Gogh and Ayaan Hirsi Ali created large anger in the Moslem world. Van Gogh was assassinated in 2004, by a Muslim extremist.

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Saudi ambassador: The Arabs will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state

He spoke at Middle East conference held Nov. 27 at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis after three opening speeches by US, Palestinian and Israeli leaders to the 44 delegations present. The three announced that a steering committee would negotiate the core problems at issue continuously from Dec.12 and conclude their talks by the end of 2008.

On his way home from the conference, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said the next Middle East meeting would take place in Moscow. The date and agenda are still to be agreed.

Speaking after the opening session, Saudi FM Saudi al-Faisal emphasized that to achieve a permanent accord, it was essential for Israel to freeze settlement activity, dismantle unauthorized outposts, release jailed Palestinian prisoners, discontinue building the West Bank barrier, and lift the siege against the Palestinian people.

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EU-Kommission kritisiert Umgang mit Asylbewerbern

Deutschland bietet Kindern und Gewaltopfern unter den Asylbewerbern laut einem EU-Bericht nur ungenügenden Schutz. Im Vergleich zu anderen Ländern kommt die Bundesrepublik jedoch glimpflich davon.

BRÜSSEL - Die EU-Kommission zählte heute eine Reihe kritischer Punkte in der deutschen Asylpolitik auf. So fehle in Deutschland wie in acht anderen EU-Staaten ein Verfahren, um besonders schutzbedürftige Flüchtlinge zu erkennen. Ein solches Verfahren sei aber "ein zentrales Element", um die EU-Richtlinie zur Aufnahme von Asylsuchenden korrekt anzuwenden, heißt es in dem Bericht.

Auch mit den Informationen für Asylbewerber in Deutschland ist die Kommission unzufrieden. Die Richtlinie schreibe vor, dass die Flüchtlinge in einer ihnen verständlichen Sprache über Rechte und Pflichten aufgeklärt werden müssen. Deutschland habe diese Vorgabe nicht voll in nationales Recht übertragen, kritisierte die Brüsseler Behörde. Sie wies zugleich darauf hin, dass die Mitgliedstaaten dafür Zuschüsse aus dem EU-Flüchtlingsfonds bekommen können.

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The defeat of Europa by Albanian terrorists

Diplomat urges quick EU exit out of Kosovo
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 3:41 PM

A Swiss diplomat suggests that international bodies stationed in Serbia's Kosovo should hand over power to local people as soon as possible and then get out reports United Press International.

Tim Guldimann, Swiss head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's mission in the predominantly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo, said U.N. and European Union organizations in the breakaway province should work on finding what he described as an exit strategy, the EU Observer reported Tuesday.


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Surprise, Surprise: Yet More Evidence that the Majority of Foreign Fighters in Iraq Come from Saudi Arabia

By Evan Kohlmann

Almost since the beginning of the Sunni insurgency in Iraq in late 2003, there has been an ongoing public debate about the significance and origins of foreign-born jihadists who have traveled to Iraq intent upon joining Al-Qaida and killing Americans and Muslim "apostates". Despite a veritable avalanche of evidence suggesting that these foreign fighters have had a disproportionate role in destabilizing Iraq and that a large cross-section (if not outright majority) of these fighters are coming from Saudi Arabia, a host of journalists and experts have wasted no effort in downplaying their impact. Regular readers of the Counterterrorism Blog will recall Jonathan Finer's article in the Washington Post, similar pieces published in the Christian Science Monitor, and a litany of commentary from Tony Cordesman (based almost entirely upon facts spoon-fed to him by Saudi intelligence and paid Saudi lobbyists).

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Ministerial Conclusions of the first Euro-Mediterranean Ministerial Meeting on Migration

Legal migration

Facilitate legal movement as one of the key elements of our cooperation, through promoting legal migration opportunities, being aware of the globally positive effect of legal migration in terms of development. It must be underlined that such policies need to take into account the needs of the countries of origin in terms of transferring competences and alleviating the consequences of the brain drain that migration can represent. In order to promote the framework that allows for the orderly management of legal migration in the interest of all parties concerned, it is proposed to analyse the possibilities of facilitating and simplifying legal migration procedures for workers in demand, in order to improve legal channels for migration. These efforts would focus on different categories of legal workers and could also include different forms of mobility such as circular and temporary migration, taking into account the needs of the Euro-Mediterranean countries labour markets as well as in terms of development.

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Minority Report Der BDB

Ganze Straßenzüge und Stadtquartiere werden zu „No-Go-Areas“ – für die einheimische Restbevölkerung, ebenso wie für die zunehmend hilf- und machtlosen Polizeibeamten. Das untergräbt die Autorität des Staates in den Augen seiner Bürger, die – in der sicheren Ahnung, im Stich gelassen zu sein – ihr Heil in der Flucht sehen und so die ethnische Separierung als Nährboden für Parallelgesellschaften, die zur Brutstätte der Gewalt geworden sind, noch verschärfen.

Die von Multikulturalismus geschaffenen Probleme können nicht durch
Multikulturalismus behoben werden. Scheindebatten über Einwanderungsquoten in Medien und Verwaltung, über noch mehr Fürsorge, Entgegenkommen und Sozialarbeit sind Ausfluß einer Appeasement-Haltung, die in vorauseilender Kapitulation die
sozialverträgliche Abwicklung des Staates betreibt.

Der Aufstand der Parallelgesellschaften stößt in ein Macht- und Autoritätsvakuum; er ist Symptom eines Staates in Auflösung, historischer Vollstrecker einer Nation, die keine (mehr) sein will. (..) Sie führt vom Rechtsstaat direkt in die Barbarei.

Islamism on the Rise in Ferghana

Several months ago, I expressed skepticism at the claim that the IMU was making a comeback: given its invocation any time one of the governments that poke territory into Ferghana feel the need to crack down on their citizens, it just didn’t seem credible. That isn’t to say Islamism is not gaining market share, as recounted by a recent Alisher Saipov documentary about the increasing popularity of Hizb-ut-Tahrir on Channel Four. The BBC has picked up this meme as well:

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Iran's secret Syrian plan

By Olivier Guitta

While the story about the September Israeli bombing on a Syrian nuclear facility has been off the radar for a few weeks, the implications of what really took place are going to reverberate for a long time.
For more on this, The Croissant (available to subscribers) ran several stories on this issue.

Interestingly, while North Korea has been mentioned many times, the role of Iran has not been scrutinized.
I just wrote a piece for the Middle East Times on that topic.
Here is an excerpt:
Israel has been providing intelligence and satellite images to the U.S. about a secret Syrian nuclear program for several months, according to media reports. Discussions between Israel and the United States took place last summer regarding a possible strike. But when Israel found the matter so pressing that when they realized the U.S. was not ready to act, on September 6 they attacked a Syrian nuclear site. Hence the question: what is Syria really up to or more to the point what is Iran up to?

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DEBKAfile Exclusive: Iranian-Syrian-French negotiators in Tehran posit Michel Khouri as front-runner for Lebanese president

Under this compromise, DEBKAfile’s Middle East sources disclose, the Fouad Siniora government would be replaced and Hizballah’s militia legitimized. If the negotiators in Tehran Monday - Iranian foreign minister Manuchehr Mottaki, Syrian foreign minister Walid Mualem and French special emissary Jean-Claude Cousseran – strike a bargain, the cliffhanger over Lebanon’s presidential election will end in the nick of time. Michel Khouri, former governor of the central bank of Lebanon, will be unanimously elected by the Lebanese parliament Wednesday, Nov. 21.

Our sources add that the national consensus behind the presidential candidate would also entail the election of a new national unity cabinet, including Hizballah. Another condition is the acceptance of Hizballah’s armed militia, in contradiction of UN Security Council resolutions which required it to be disbanded.

DEBKAfile’s sources report that a deal for ending the Lebanese presidential crisis on these terms, if it is finalized, would strengthen Syria’s hand in Lebanon and its roles as a central Middle East player and a dominant party at the forthcoming peace conference in Annapolis. For the first time, an active state sponsor of terrorists – from Hizballah to Hamas – would be awarded a front seat at a peace process shaped by the Bush administration.

Egyptian-American Writer Magdi Khalil Clashes with Saudi International Law Expert Mahmoud Mubarak on Al-Jazeera Over Holocaust, Armenian Genocide

Following are excerpts from a TV debate on U.S. and Arab approaches to genocide, with Dr. Mahmoud Al-Mubarak, a Saudi international law expert, and Egyptian-American writer Magdi Khalil. The debate aired on Al-Jazeera TV on October 23, 2007.

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"Congress Should Look Into Its Own Crimes Before It Looks Into The Crimes Of Others"

Interviewer: "What's wrong with this new American resolution, commemorating the Turkish massacre of the Armenians some 100 years ago? Why all this fuss? Why are all these accusations of hypocrisy leveled against the U.S.?"

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New Book by a Macedonian: The Coming Balkan Caliphate

 On Tochi Percan blog we find:

An excerpt: 

Christopher Deliso has written a book with the title The Coming Balkan Caliphate: The Great Radical Islam to Europe and the West. The writer has lived in Macedonia and have investigated the Radical Islamism on Balkan: Bosnia and Kosovo.

On Bosnien he writes:

It would not be until the watershed events of September 11, 2001, that the role of Bosnia as an incubator and catalyst for international terrorism would become impossible to ignore. This embarrassing truth had long been suppressed by the many Western diplomats, journalists, and public relations hacks who had built large fortunes and careers on protecting this myth of their own making…Preliminary to any historical debate, therefore it must be acknowledged that high-powered Washington lobbyists and much of the Western media purposefully distorted, omitted, and concealed key facts on the ground.

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Strategic patterns - to know where we stand

The European Elite has aimed for a systematic strategy to get the national states dismantled and replaced by an ideological project. The etnic Europeans are becoming more and more sceptical, but that definitely does not prevent the train in moving on towards Neurope, and Eurabia as long as the oiltrade secures the Euro-consuming European Elite.The etnic Europeans are simply ignored in all matters concerning them most dearly a lot of investigations shows. I addition what concerns the semi-secret alliance-efforts towards the Arabic world the strategic components seen from here is the mentions ones in the links below. 

To draw an almost realistic picture of the future in Denmark and in Europe, you have to make some assumptions concerning among other things characterizing patterns that remain unchanged or that are expected to develop along some fairly known directions according to experience. And the expected reactions to this development must also be included if possible.   

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Islamist Turkish Daily Vakit: Israel, A Cancerous Cell

Vakit wrote that its stand at the ‘Al-Quds International Forum Exhibition' draws much attention and reported on their interview with Ali Akbar Muhteshami, the President of the International Committee for Supporting Palestinian People, participating in the ‘Jerusalem Meeting’.

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Turkey vazal of Wahhabism

The King claps his hands: "Let the negotiations begin!.."

The title: "A first, in the history of Turkish Republic and the presidential protocol"

"President Gul, at the request of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, went to his feet at his hotel"

Source: Leman weekly political magazine, Turkey, November 14, 2007

Thousands Of Radical Islamists In Istanbul, Call For Jihad And Destruction Of Israel

International Quds (Jerusalem) Meeting convened in Istanbul yesterday and called for armed struggle until Jerusalem is ‘liberated’. Representatives of all Islamic countries, as well as organizations such as Hamas, Hizbullah, Islamic Jihad and Jamaat-i Islamia are attending the giant meeting.

Speeches of condemnation of Israel and determination to continue the armed struggle until Israel is eliminated were interrupted by loud calls of “Allah-u Akbar”.

Source: Milliyet, Cumhuriyet, Turkey, November 16, 2007

The Criminal/Terrorist Pipeline to the United States

By Douglas Farah

The Justice Department recently unveiled a case that demonstrates the growing nexus between criminal and terrorist organizations.

The case involves corrupt Colombia police officials facilitating the travel of informants purporting to be from the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), the Western Hemisphere's oldest Marxist guerrilla movement and designated terrorist organization. The FARC has, over the past decade, devolved into an organization that concentrates heavily on kidnappings, extortion and the protection of the drug trade rather than any ideological motivation.

What is interesting in the case is that criminal groups are willing to knowingly transport terrorist to the United States, and not simply using the "coyote" route through Central America and Mexico.

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Iran: Has the Rising Price of Oil Trumped Sanctions?

By Victor Comras

A major debate is ranging in European capitals on how best to deal with the growing prospect of confrontation with Iran over its ongoing nuclear weapons development program. Last month French President Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called on their EU colleagues to impose new EU sanctions against Iran. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner also warned that dire consequences could result if Iran were permitted to continue unimpeded on its presence course. G7 Ministers meeting in Washington also praised new warnings issued by the 34 nation Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that Iranian banks posed serious international money laundering and terrorism financing risks. The United States had hoped that against this background EU countries would follow-suit after the US targeted new sanctions measures against Iran’s largest banks, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and IRGC controlled companies. But, this has not happened. Rather, the EU council has put on hold any new measures pending further developments and further reports from EU negotiator Javier Solana and IAEA director Mohamed El Baradei.

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Extremist RABITA welcomes Bosnian Muslim Imam

November 12th, 2007

President of the Saudi-funded Muslim World League (aka RABITA), Dr. Abdullah Abdulmohsin Al-Turki, is throwing a party in Mecca right now where world’s leading Imams and Islamic intellectuals have gathered to discuss the coming clash of civilizations that, in all likelihood, they seek to instigate.

A noticeable presence at this conference is the Chief Bosnian Muslim Imam Mustafa Ceric. Mustafa Ceric recently dispatched another extremist Imam Sulejman Bugari to the US in order to radicalize the American Bosnian Muslim flock. Ceric also traveled to Washington before going to Saudi Arabia. I Washington, Ceric approved of the hired congressional help that will help push resolutions that seeks to place Bosnian Serb Christians under Islamic domination.

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Nahoul the Bee Replaces Farfour - Hamas Mickey Mouse
Reactions on youtube:
Nazgul the Mormon Bee?

They're still repeating the lie that the Jews were the killers of the prophets, as if the non-Jews were listening to the prophets through those centuries!


It's funny that they couldn't even hire a new voice actor to play the role of the "heroic" Nahoul. Quality programming here.

As long as they continue this kind of hatred-fueled garbage, they can expect the world to treat them as the scum they are.

Muslim forces anesthetist from operating room

De Stem, Netherlands
Oct. 27, 2007
Max Steenberghe, freely translated by RNB

A Belgian anesthetist has filed a complaint against a Muslim who blocked him from entering the operating theatre where his wife was to undergo emergency surgery.

The woman was operated with the male doctor shouting instructions from a hallway to a female nurse

Doctor Philippe Becx from Bree, Belgium, was called to the hospital in the middle of the night because a woman had to undergo an emergeny caesarean section.

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A Massive and Dangerous Shift

The Washington Post had a provocative article on the massive redistribution of oil wealth the new, record prices for oil, is causing.

The reality of shifting resources from one section of the world to another is not unusual, although this shift is the largest in history. Nor is it necessarily a bad thing for new countries to experience the bounty of controlling a vital natural resource. But what is disturbing about it is that it is mostly benefiting countries that wish to do us harm.

Our inability to wean ourselves from foreign oil has long been providing the financing for groups and countries that want to eliminate us, including terrorist organizations fed from the oil-rich nations. Former CIA director R. James Woolsey has been trying to drive that point home for years. The irony of financing our own destruction seems lost on most policy makers.

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Eurabië, De geheime banden tussen Europa en de Arabische wereld

Arabist Hans Jansen schreef het voorwoord voor Eurabië. Bat Ye’or beschuldigt Europese leiders ervan samen met hun Arabische collega’s een Eurabia-ideologie geschapen te hebben die Europa welbewust kleineert en ‘culpabiliseert’, dat wil zeggen: ‘in het beklaagdenbankje plaatst.

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Met toestemming van de arabist, is hieronder het voorwoord van Hans Jansen, te lezen:

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Europe and the West in Denial

Melanie PhillipsToday I present an article from author Melanie Phillips which was recently published by National Review (hat-tip: Gramfan). This is important reading, so I am cross-posting it in full. I encourage you to read it all, especially if you live in Europe or have any compassion for the plight of Europeans at all. In my view the very same things discussed by Phillips apply to Australia and the United States and Canada, too, but just to a lesser extent because of our relative isolation from the immediate threat from Islamism for now. I have taken the liberty of adding emphasis to items that I believe to be of particular importance.

When I published my book Londonistan last year, I believed Britain was deeply in denial over the threat of radical Islamism. Today — six years after 9/11; two years after the 7/7 London suicide bombings; one year after the discovery of the al Qaeda transatlantic-airline plot; two months after the car-bomb attacks on a London nightclub and Glasgow airport — even with an apparently neverending procession of trials of British Islamist terrorists and with MI5 stating that it is monitoring no fewer than 200 U.K. Islamist terror groupings, 2,000 individual terrorists, and 30 known active major terrorist plots, Britain is still failing to acknowledge the true nature and scale of what it is facing and what needs to be done to counter it.

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Islamaphobia on rise, especially in Europe: U.N. envoy


By Stephanie Nebehay

GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations investigator on racism on Friday condemned a rising trend of Islamaphobia, especially in Europe, where he said it was being exploited by some right-wing political parties.

Doudou Diene, U.N. special rapporteur on racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related forms of intolerance, also accused Switzerland's most popular party, the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP/UDC), of inciting hatred.

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“Brussels is a Time Bomb”

by Baron Bodissey

After the events last week in Schuman Square, it’s instructive to take a look at another aspect of Brussels: its Muslim community.

Brussels EurabiaArthur Van Amerongen is an Arabic-speaking Dutch journalist who spent a year incognito in the Muslim community in Brussels. He will soon publish a book about his experiences called Brussels Eurabia.

Most of the Muslims in Brussels are Moroccans, and Mr. Van Amerongen describes the expatriate Moroccans in Belgium as extremely hateful of Belgium and its culture. They live apart, as an entirely separate community, and do not consider themselves Belgians.

Mr. Van Amerongen was interviewed on Belgian television, and the blog Covenant Zone has posted an English translation. Some excerpts are included below.
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Who Is Allah?

Soeren Kern, August 23, 2007 
Europeans love to mock the salience of religion in American society. But they won’t be laughing for very long. It is a well-documented fact that the de-Christianization of Europe in the name of “tolerance” is rapidly driving the spiritually shiftless continent into the arms of Islam. And now, amidst the postmodern theological confusion that defines contemporary Europe , even Catholic clergy are jumping on the Islamomania bandwagon.

The latest post-Christian theological spectacle comes to us from the Netherlands (of Ayaan Hirsi Ali fame), where the Roman Catholic Bishop of Breda, Tiny Muskens, says he wants Christians to start calling God “Allah” because he believes such a gesture would promote “rapprochement between Christianity and Islam”. Appearing on Dutch television, the 71-year-old cleric said: “Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn’t we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? … What does God care what we call him?”

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Deep Gender Gap In Turkey

According to the newly released World Economic Forum’s 2007 Global Gender Gap index, Turkey is ranked at 121 out of 128 countries. The report aimed at capturing the magnitude of the gap between women and men in the areas of economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, health and survival and political empowerment.

“Turkey continues to rank well below the lowest ranking European countries and displays below average performance on all four sub indexes. The lowest score was in the area of economic participation and opportunity that measures participation in leadership professions such as legislators, senior officials and managers. Turkish women fill only 7 percent of top tier management positions while men hold the remaining 93 percent of the pie. Turkey scored an extremely low 0.08 in inequality when compared to the world average of 0.26. This means that there are 8 Turkish women leaders for every 100 Turkish male leaders.

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The European Union backs the economic integration process of the Arab Maghreb countries - UMA

Date:   2007-11-05


Luís Amado, minister of State and Foreign Affairs and president of the Council of Ministers of the European Union declared, during the press conference at the end of the EU troika meeting with the Arab Maghreb Union - UMA, that the main objective of this meeting was «to stimulate the process of economic integration of the Arab Maghreb countries» and «to resume the direct dialogue process» among these countries and the European Union.

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Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi - Muslims will Conquer Europe

Sheik Yousuf Al-Qaradhawi - Muslims will Conquer Europe - Qatar TV July 28, 2007

“You will invade the Arabian Peninsula and Allah will grant it (to you). Then (you will conquer) Persia and Allah will grant it (to you). Then, you will invade Ar-Rum and Allah will grant it (to you). Then, you will invade The Dajjal and Allah will grant him (to you).” Nafi’ said to Jabir, “O Jabir! We do not believe that the Dajjal will appear until Ar-Rum is conquered.” [Ibid., no. 2028]

The land of Ar-Rum is Europe and Rome is its heart. The Messenger of Allah gave us the good tidings that we will conquer Rome, the capital of Christendom today, after the Muslims conquered the first capital of Christendom, Constantinople.

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Latin America’s Strange Bedfellows

Updated: November 2, 2007


Latin America’s Strange Bedfellows

Colombian President Uribe and President Chavez of Venezuela embrace in light of improving relations. (AP Images/Cesar Carrion, Presidency of Colombia)

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe is Washington’s closest ally in Latin America, while Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez is an anti-American firebrand. Yet a recent warming between the two leaders, prompted by Venezuela’s offer to help Colombia negotiate with one of its guerilla groups, is raising eyebrows and provoking questions about the direction of U.S.-Colombia relations. “How long will the honeymoon last?” asks Poder, a Colombian business magazine, in an October report on Colombia-Venezuela relations (IHT). Given the ideological differences between the presidents of the two countries, it’s a valid question.

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Beijing inches towards tougher stance on Iran

By Harvey Morris at the United Nations, Daniel Dombey in Washington and Mure Dickie in Beijing

Published: November 8 2007 17:50 | Last updated: November 8 2007 17:50

China on Thursday called on Iran to “respond positively” to international concerns about its nuclear programme, a day after Tehran declared it had no need to account for itself to “bad tempered” foreign countries.

Beijing’s measured strengt­hening of diplomatic language followed increased pressure from fellow members of the United Nations Security Council to back new sanctions against Iran.

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Hezbollah Financing Through Criminal Activity

By Matthew Levitt

A two-year counterterrorism and drug investigation culminated earlier this week with the arrest of a dozen individuals in Los Angeles. Authorities reportedly seized 30 kilograms of cocaine and counterfeit merchandise valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars. According to the LA Times, at least one of the suspects is tied to Hezbollah and was referenced - though not by name - in 2005 congressional testimony by an official with the LA County Sheriff’s Department.

I testified at that hearing as well. As I noted then, Hezbollah depends on a wide variety of criminal enterprises, ranging from smuggling to fraud to drug trade to diamond trade in regions across the world, including North America, South America, and the Middle East, to raise money to support Hezbollah activities.

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Six Albanian terrorists dead after police battle

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 7:55 AM 

SKOPJE, Macedonia-Police search teams chased a Kosovo prison fugitive and his criminal gang on Wednesday, killing six gang members and arresting 12 others in northwestern Macedonia, police said.

The search operation led to gun battles in ethnic Albanian villages near Macedonia's volatile border with Kosovo, but the main target of the operation, fugitive Lirim Jakupi, was still at large.

Police vehicles pass by a police blockade set up on the road that leads to the Shara Mountain, above Tetovo, in northwestern Macedonia, on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski) 

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Anwohner fordern Druck auf Autohändler

Nach der Massenschlägerei zwischen rivalisierenden Autohändlern und Großfamilien am Freitag in Tempelhof hat die Polizei die Personalien von 171 Beteiligten aufgenommen. Anwohner klagen bereits seit Jahren über Lärm und Sachbeschädigungen und andere Belästigungen, die von den vier Automärkten ausgehen. Jetzt sollen die Ordnungsämter mehr kontrollieren.
Polizisten fuehren am Freitag, 2. Nov. 2007, in Berlin auf dem Gelaende eines Autohandels einen Mann ab. Bei einer Massenschlaegerei in Berlin sind am Freitag sechs Menschen verletzt worden. Wie die Polizei berichtete, pruegelten sich rund 120 Personen aus zunaechst unerfindlichen Gruenden auf dem Gelaende eines Autohandels im Bezirk Neukoelln und auf der Strasse davor. Auch Steine flogen. Die Polizei rueckte mit insgesamt 180 Beamten an und riegelte das Gelaende ab. Sechs Leichtverletzte wurden ins Krankenhaus gebracht.(AP Photo/Michael Sohn) --- Police officers guide an arrested a man at a car dealer in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 2, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Viele Türken schlagen ihre erfolgreichen Ehefrauen

Türkische Frauen, die mehr Geld verdienen als ihre Männer, werden häufiger von ihren Ehepartnern geschlagen als andere. Zu diesem Ergebnis kommt eine breit angelegte Studie.
Kampagne Gewalt gegen Frauen - Sibel Kekilli
Die türkische Schauspielerin Sibel Kekilli ("Gegen die Wand") engagiert sich für die Menschenrechtsorganisation "terre des femmes" und damit gegen Gewalt gegen Frauen. In ihrer türkischen Heimat ist häusliche Gewalt jedoch an der Tagesordnung
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Social defeat

Door: Hans Jansen

Waar komt het kwaad eigenlijk vandaan? Heeft de mens een vrije wil of is het menselijk gedrag voorbeschikt, door de ‘maatschappelijke structuren’ dan wel door God? Wordt een misdadiger niet eigenlijk gedwongen te doen wat hij doet? Door de maatschappij die hem afwijst? Maakt de maatschappij de mens eigenlijk niet ziek?
In mijn studietijd, in de jaren zestig, wisten mijn superieuren de antwoorden op die vragen. Maar achteraf, in het licht van wat wij dezer dagen gelukkig allemaal te weten zijn gekomen, waren die antwoorden toch eigenlijk niet zo veel soeps. Het kwaad in de ziel en de maatschappij, diende ik destijds goed te begrijpen, werd veroorzaakt door vervreemding.
Ik weet nog steeds niet goed wat dat is, maar als ik meer mijn best had gedaan om de jonge Marx en de oude Hegel te lezen, dan zou ik er misschien wel achter gekomen zijn. Ook Sartre zou goed geweest zijn. Het had iets te maken met aandelen die de eigenaar aan de gemeenschap moest afstaan, dan veranderden de productieverhoudingen en werd iedereen gelukkig. Op de heel lange duur dan. Of zoiets.
Tegenwoordig weten we wel beter. Wat zijn we sinds kort bevoorrecht dat we de psychiater Paul Selten onder ons hebben! Hij weet waar het kwaad vandaan komt, en zijn profeet Marcel van Dam kan het op de buis en in de krant prachtig uitleggen. Het kwaad wordt niet veroorzaakt door de Duivel of door vervreemding. Ook is het geen vrije keuze.

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Sarkozy haalt alles binnen, JP niets

FEM Business is altijd een warm pleitbezorger geweest van Europese integratie en dat zal niet veranderen. Wij zijn voor verdere uitbreiding van de Europese Unie en verdere economische integratie van haar lidstaten. Europese integratie was en is goed voor Nederlandse bedrijven, die daardoor een almaar grotere thuismarkt krijgen. Per definitie is die integratie dan ook goed voor onze economie.

Toch vinden wij dat de Tweede Kamer het nieuwe verdrag over de Europese Unie moet afwijzen. Hoewel de tekstuele wijzigingen op het gebied van de economische- en monetaire unie klein ogen, kunnen de gevolgen groot zijn.

Het nieuwe verdrag kan leiden tot een zwakkere euro, hogere inflatie, hogere rentes en minder economische groei. Dat is in één woord rampzalig, en wezenlijk anders dan wat Nederland werd beloofd aan de vooravond van de invoering van de euro.

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AKP MP’s Comparison Of Turkey’s Alevis With Satanists Creates Controversy

During yesterday’s discussions in Turkish parliamentary Committee on Planning and Appropriations about the budget for Diyanet (the Directorate of Religious Affairs), Alevi demands to receive religious services from Diyanet budget were evaluated. Speaking at the committee meeting the AKP MP Mustafa Ozbayrak opposed the idea and said that there were attempts being made to portray Alevism as a separate religion. He said, “Alevism is a branch of Shia. If we appropriate funds to them, tomorrow other groups such as the Satanists will come with similar demands”.

CHP MP Gurol Ergin who spoke later said that equating over 10 million Alevis with Satanists was a grave mistake. He said, “If Diyanet has a state budget to provide religious services, Alevis should also have a right to their share in that budget.”

CHP’s Mustafa Ozyurek said that Diyanet is providing services for Sunni alone. He said, “The financial assistance it gives to Sunni houses of warship, must be accorded to the Alevi’s cemevi (Alevi house of worship) as well”.

Source: All mainstream Turkish media outlets, November 1, 2007

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Yemen & Turkey: First "Walkaways" Under Assumed U.S. Retreat

By Andrew Cochran

An editorial early in October by Tariq Alhomayed, Editor-in-Chief of the influential Asharq Al-Awsat, probably voiced the opinion of many leaders in the Arab world: "In preparation for the American withdrawal from Iraq, activity is in full swing to fill the imminent vacuum in Baghdad. The Iranians are not the only ones who are preparing for this; the Syrians are also getting ready... America will leave the region and we will find ourselves opening a new chapter that is no better than where we are today. After the devouring of Iraq and Lebanon at the hands of Iran and Syria, the Gulf region will be under the siege of the Islamic revolution and under pressure from Syrian meddling." These statements and the full editorial weren't anti-American, just straight predictions based on an assumption among Arab leaders that the inevitable American withdrawal from Iraq is the precursor to a broader retreat from the region.

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Indian Intelligence Report Paints Bleak Picture of Pakistani Military

By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Over the past year, I've devoted a great deal of attention to the developing situation in Pakistan (see my recent Weekly Standard cover story, as well as blog entries here and at National Review's The Tank). In my recent Weekly Standard story, I note that Pakistan's military "does not appear to be up to the task of confronting the militants" that dominate in the tribal areas. Now The Times of India discusses an Indian intelligence report that vividly illustrates the challenges that Pakistan's military faces:


The Pakistani Army is "bleeding", and quite profusely at that, in its ongoing bloody skirmishes with extremists in the tribal areas bordering Afghanistan, with a "high" casualty rate as well as "unprecedented" levels of desertions, suicides and discharge applications.

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Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Editor: After U.S. Withdrawal

Al-Sharq Al-Awsat Editor: After U.S. Withdrawal, Gulf Will Be 'Under the Siege of the Islamic Revolution and Under the Pressure of Syrian Meddling'

In an editorial titled "[The] American Withdrawal and the Second Stage," published October 9, 2007 in Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, editor Tariq Alhomayed warned of what might happen after the U.S. withdraws its forces from Iraq. He argued that Iraq would be taken over by Iran and Syria, which are seeking to dominate the Middle East, and that the result would be the spread of extremism and violence throughout the region.

The following are excerpts from the article, as it appeared in the English edition of Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. [1]

"In preparation for the American withdrawal from Iraq, activity is in full swing to fill the imminent vacuum in Baghdad.

"The Iranians are not the only ones who are preparing for this; the Syrians are also getting ready. A recent report in TheNew York Times details Syria’s intentions towards Baghdad.

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In memoriam Theo van Gogh

Und an seinen gescheiterten Versuch ungläubig zu leben

Theo van Goghs gemeinsam mit Ayhaan Hirsi Ali produzierter Film „Submission“ wurde nur ein einziges Mal in voller Länge (11 Minuten!) gezeigt und zwar im September 2003 im Rahmen einer Reihe des holländischen Senders VPRO, in der Prominente ein eigenes Programm gestalten durften. Van Gogh und Hirsi Ali waren beide so prominent, daß ihnen sogar Sendezeit zur Präsentation ihrer „antiislamischen Provokationen“ zugestanden wurde, aber in Holland ist man ja bekanntlich auch besonders stolz auf die Meinungsfreiheit. Auf eigene Kappe wollte allerdings auch in den liberalen Niederlanden keine Sendeanstalt die Ausstrahlung dieses Streifens nehmen – das ist auch heute noch so, 10 Tage nach dem Mord an Theo von Gogh.

Rühr ihren Glauben nicht an!

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