Monday, October 09, 2006
North Korea tested their nukes.
FInally they done it. Yeap, they tested their nuke, making them 9th nation known to have nuke as weapons if confirmed.What are consequences? Well, arms race. Japan and South Korea will have weigh their options and might decide to join the arms race, destabilizing the already ticklish region.
BBC article here.
Posted at 09:43 pm by stormy001
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Bush, Thailand dead democracy and others....
Yeah, I have been a social recluse for long time. Ugh. Need to get back my ass online and outside world, facing my battles like a proud warrior instead of slinking away to my cocoon made by my own fears. I must not succumb.
Thailand Democracy being raped.
Thailand coup is latest blow to people's right to choose their representatives. Why it is such problem to be free to choose on who to be your leader? Seems to me, the generals who took over in name of their King and patriotism found new powers to be tempting. I think they are not honest to have democratic government anytime soon.
confirmed my worst fears. And their bad taste in reinforcing their latest rape of Thailand's democracy, using ex beauty queen!
How low can they get? Sex sells, even in promoting this stinking deal. George Bush and Terrorism.
George Bush is releasing/declassifying (what a classy word) leaked papers THAT CONCLUDED
Iraqi invasion of 2003 and policing as increased terrorist support. Wow. What a revelation. In a mean time, 2000-3000 plus deaths of US soldiers
to reach this. What a sad waste of human lives.Japanese new leader.My fave Premier of Japan, Koizumi is now history
with new face, Abe taking over. He is known for his hawkish stance but pledged to mend ties with China and rest of world who were irritated by Koizumi's visits to Yasakuni War Shrine. I don't think he will be as striking as Koizumi and proably end up as another Nakasone. But it remains to be seen.
Posted at 06:20 am by stormy001
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Microsoft versus Google, Montreal College shooting, Iran and Israeli on Lebanon...
If you can't beat them, copy them. Microsoft's strategy to corner the search market. On Sept. 11(interesting choice of date), Microsoft officially released from testing a trio of search services: Live Search, Live.com, and Live Local Search, which share a strong resemblance to Google's.
A titanic clash between 2 cybergiants. Who will win? Article 1
Kofi Adnan is master of obvious
. This is really a duh
moment. And the West seems to interested to pick up a new fight with Iran. The Iranian atomic game is becoming very dangerous and I do wonder who is the one really looking for a fight.....the West or Iran? With billion dollar military industry, it is not too surprising.
BBC is more neutral
.....but look at this one here
article on this one.....
The Montreal College shooting
, hmmmm I wonder if the postal gun culture finally seeped in Canada?
I feel sorry for the victims. Not a good day. Last Israeli casualty
of Second Lebanon War 2006? IDF doing self examination after failed to rescue 2 kidnapped IDF personnel. Hmmmm, first Hizbollah leader regret
and now this....who is key player behind those incidents really? Second source
on Nasrallah's regret of 27th August...
I also want to pay tribute to Steve Irwin
here in my old blog. May he RIP.
Posted at 12:33 pm by stormy001
Friday, September 08, 2006
Israel and Lebanon story Oil prices dropped.
Israel lifts air embargo
Israel has lifted its air embargo on Lebanon but has decided to continue with the naval blockade of the Lebanese coastline.
Israel had blocked Lebanon's naval and air
space at the start of its conflict with the Hizbollah, which began on
July 12. The air embargo ended on Thursday at 1800 hours local time.
The resumption of normal air traffic began after a commercial flight by
the national carrier Middle East Airlines circled downtown Beirut three
times shortly after the embargo was over. This was followed by the
arrival of a flight from Paris.
Full article is here
OIL prices fell to their lowest level in five months
overnight after energy giant BP said it could bring its huge oil field
in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, back to full production by the end of October.
Oil prices hit five-month low
September 08, 2006 12:00
field, the largest in North America, was partially shut last month
after the UK-based company found leaks and severe corrosion in its
pipelines – a move that had triggered a surge in crude prices.
US light crude for October delivery settled down 18 cents overnight
to $US67.32 a barrel after dropping as low as $US 66.76, the weakest
since April 7. London Brent crude slipped 40 cents to $US 66.53.
Good news is here
? I do wonder.
Video is said to show bin Laden prepping for 9/11 attacks
(CNN) -- For the first time, a video has been released showing al
Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden meeting with suspected terrorist Ramzi
Binalshibh, purportedly as they prepare for the September 11, 2001
attacks, according to Al-Jazeera, which aired the tape Thursday.
is a Yemeni who allegedly admitted a role in planning the attacks. He
was among 14 al Qaeda operatives that President Bush on Wednesday said
had been transferred to the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Hmmmmm., Hollywood effects? I do wonder....CNN article is here.
14 men were transferred from CIA custody so they can face military
hearings if Congress approves the tribunals, the president said
Posted at 10:38 am by stormy001
Thursday, August 31, 2006
UN and Israel story so far plus uranium Iran. Not forgetting Bush
Israel rejects UN call for end to blockade
August 30 2006 at 02:43PM
Jerusalem - United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan pressed Israel
on Wednesday to lift its air and sea blockade of Lebanon, but Israel
rejected his call for an immediate removal of the blockade and set
conditions for it.
Following talks with Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem, Annan
said that ending the blockade was necessary for Lebanon's
reconstruction and for strengthening its government.
But Israel first wants international troops stationed at Lebanon's
border with Syria and at its sea and air ports to impose an arms
embargo on the militant Shi'a Hezbollah movement and prevent it from
In his private parley with Annan, Olmert "stressed the importance of
deploying the international force both along the Syrian-Lebanese border
and at Lebanon's airports and seaports in order to prevent the renewed
supply of weapons to Hezbollah," said a statement from his office.
Israel has a lot to fear since the country was founded on principle of fear. Interesting times indeed.
Iran Ignores Powers, U.N. on Enrichment
By GEORGE JAHNThe Associated Press
Wednesday, August 30, 2006; 6:17 PM
Austria -- A defiant Iran kept on enriching uranium in advance of the
U.N. Security Council's Thursday deadline for Tehran to freeze such
activity or face the threat of sanctions, U.N. and European officials
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad urged European
members of the council against resorting to sanctions, saying
punishment would not dissuade his country from pursuing its disputed
I wonder what kinda game Iran is playing here. First sponsoring Hizobollah in
Lebanon and now this. What is she trying to prove?
Bush to make series of speeches to rally support for Iraq war
The White House announced Wednesday that U.S. President George W. Bush will kick off a series of speeches on Thursday to rally support for the Iraq war, at a time of doubt over the war and growing calls for withdrawing American troops from the Middle East country.
These speeches would take "a comprehensive look" at the state
of the war on terror, the intents and the capabilities of al Qaida and
the other terrorist groups fighting against "freedom" in the Middle
East, White House spokesperson Dana Perino said aboard Air Force One en
route to Little Rock, Arkansas, from Waco, Texas.
"It is important for people to hear from their Commander-in-
Chief, especially in a time of war, to understand the choices,
developments, and consequences of victory and defeat," she said.
Bush now is a lame duck President since his term is almost
over....so I wonder what rhetoric he is going to use to counter
people's uneasiness over Iraqi business.
Posted at 01:13 pm by stormy001
Sunday, August 27, 2006
Steorn and Lebanon Peacekeeping French story so far sin
Free energy David Smith
Sunday August 27, 2006
Mobile phones will never need recharging, cars will never have to be refuelled. This hard-to-believe vision of a free, energy source was announced in an advert in the Economist and first reported by the British press in last week's Observer.
Dublin-based Steorn challenged the world's 'most qualifi ed and the most cynical' scientists to put its technology, based on magnetic interaction, to the test.
'We were the number one blogged subject on the internet for three days,' said Sean McCarthy, chief executive of Steorn. 'We've gone from total obscurity to 750,000 hits on Google.'Article 1 by GuardianArticle 2Interview with audio by inventors.
Holy shit. If this is true, the world will change incredibly. Incredible changes. Seriously,
Why France Finally Anted Up More Troops
Its reservations may be warranted, but its delays in committing more soldiers to the Lebanon force had become politically and diplomatically untenable
By JAMES GRAFF/PARIS Posted Thursday, Aug. 24, 2006
For more than a week, officials at France's Foreign and Defence Ministries have been doing a valiant but thankless spin job trying to justify France's miserly contribution to the beefed-up UN peacekeeping force for south Lebanon. An additional 200 men was regularly touted as "a doubling of the French UN contingent," and much was made of the 1700 military personnel offshore on French ships shuttling refugees to Cyprus. " We're the only country that has sent any new troops to UNIFIL so far," bristled one Defense Ministry official earlier this week. "The Americans are nowhere to be seen, neither are the Brits. We're even now getting unsolicited advice from the Danes, which is a bit much."Full article
The story of France and Lebanon peacekeeping mission since US pooh-poohed any leadership role in Lebanon.
Posted at 05:22 pm by stormy001
Friday, August 25, 2006
Lebanon peacekeepers, Middle East and China....
France To Deploy More Troops To Lebanon
August 24, 2006 3:32 p.m. EST
France (AHN) - French President Jacques Chirac is scheduled to make a
televised address later on Thursday to announce the government's
decision to deploy additional troops to Lebanon to augment the 400
soldiers already on the fields.
Jean-Francois Cope, official
spokesman of the government said the president will "present the
decisions he has made concerning France's actions for peace in Lebanon
and the Middle East."Source
Viva la France?
But here is doubt.....Doubts Emerge About Lebanon Peacekeeping Efforts
24 August 2006United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan
meets with European foreign ministers Friday in Brussels where he is
expected to encourage them to send armed forces to southern Lebanon to
help enforce the truce between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas. Some
Middle East analysts are expressing doubts that the international
peacekeeping force will be able to succeed in its mission.
Meanwhile in Iran...
Threat of military action hangs over escalating tensions with Iran
WASHINGTON - The escalating confrontation over Iran's nuclear
program raises an unsettling question: Is Iran the next target for U.S.
Some analysts think so. The focus is on diplomacy for now, but
President Bush hasn't ruled out the use of force to stop Iran from
building a nuclear weapon. Tensions are likely to ratchet up a notch
next Friday if, as expected, Iran ignores a U.N. Aug. 31 deadline to
abandon its uranium-enrichment program.Source
The action never stops in Middle East. What will happen to the world now or in next 5 years. Meanwhile again, in terms of China...China, Venezuela ink eight agreements (AP/Chinadaily.com.cn)
Updated: 2006-08-24 21:08
BEIJING - President Hu Jintao and visiting Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez signed eight agreements on wide-ranging topics Thursday, suggesting a
sign of stronger ties between the two countries.
The agreements, ranging from trade and energy to infrastructure construction
and tourism, were signed after Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks with
visiting Venezuelan President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias.Source
Interesting global powerplay here. Hmmmmmm
Posted at 07:59 am by stormy001
Saturday, August 19, 2006
Lebanon story and China's One Child Policy
One-child activist on trial
18/08/2006 14:25 - (SA)
Beijing - China on Friday put on trial a high-profile blind activist
who angered authorities for exposing forced late-term abortions and
other abuses being carried out under the nation's one-child policy.
Chen Guangcheng's trial began on Friday afternoon in eastern
China's Shandong province, an official at the court where he was being
tried told AFP, nearly a year after he was detained by police.
The proceedings were held amid heavy security, with his wife
barred from attending, police detaining his lawyers briefly on Thursday
night and around 30 of his supporters placed under house arrest.Source
Another sad news. Frankly I dunno which stance to adopt in this issue but this article worth to look at, just to think about.
UN stretched: urgent plea for peacekeepers
Maggie Farley in New YorkAugust 19, 2006
THE United Nations has scrambled to assemble a peacekeeping
force for Lebanon following an offer of only 200 troops from
France, which is expected to lead the contingent.
A handful of countries made firm commitments at a meeting on
Thursday where the Deputy Secretary-General, Mark Malloch-Brown,
asked for 3500 troops able to arrive in southern Lebanon within 10
days to augment the existing UN force of 2000. Italy and Spain,
expected to be Europe's largest contributors, said they needed
cabinet approval before making specific offers.
Potential donors questioned UN officials closely on the rules of
engagement for the peacekeeping force of up to 15,000 troops that
was authorised by a UN resolution last Friday. The UN force is to
deploy alongside 15,000 Lebanese troops in an area that has been a
Hezbollah stronghold as Israeli soldiers withdraw. On Thursday,
Israel withdrew from three sectors as the fragile truce held for
the fourth day.
UN need more clout and power here. This is really pathetic and I am sure Middle East is dire need for international enforcement of peace and security. Sigh.
Posted at 08:42 am by stormy001
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Sri Lanka Appears to Be Back at War
By MATTHEW ROSENBERGThe Associated Press
Wednesday, August 16, 2006; 4:13 AM
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Was it a children's home or a rebel base? Perhaps more importantly, is there a difference?
Ask Sri Lankan officials and they'll tell you that when it comes to the Tamil Tiger rebels, who are widely known to use child fighters, such distinctions matter little while soldiers and rebels trade gunfire in the north and bombs rock the capital in the south.
"If the children are terrorists, what can we do?" said military spokesman Brig. Athula Jayawardana on Tuesday, a day after the air force struck what the rebels claim was a children's home deep inside their territory, killing dozens. The military insists it was a rebel base.
Sentiments like his are becoming more the rule than the exception on either side of the ethnic divide in Sri Lanka, where intense fighting in recent weeks looks increasingly like an outright renewal of civil war.
For some reason my tears just drop reading the first two paragraphs of this news. Whoever used children to fight adult wars is motherfucker assholes deserved to be skewered by rusty skews then thrown in pit of shit. Goddamn it. This really gets into me.
Posted at 09:35 am by stormy001
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
UK terror alert aftermath and clean up.
Airports luggage chaos as 20,000 bags are delayed
Thousands of airline passengers are facing an agonising wait of days to
be reunited with their luggage because of the terror alert.
Increased baggage security checks at airports have caused a huge backlog of tens of thousands of items.
It has led to holidaymakers and other travellers arriving at their destinations without their belongings. Source
The terrorist aim is this kinda distruption as secondary after botched attempt to blow up airliners over Atlantic Ocean. I always suspected that transportation is an attractive target for catrastophic terrorism since it has trickle effect even main objective failed.
Posted at 09:38 am by stormy001