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American diplomacy: What Hillary did next | The Economist   Leave a comment

Very enlightening read on the USA Secretary of State Hillary Clinton…..


” “WHY extremists always focus on women is a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn’t matter what country they’re in. They want to control women. They want to control how we dress, they want to control how we act, they want to control everything about us.” So said Hillary Clinton last month to a young Arab woman who had asked her at a public meeting about wearing the hijab. This encounter was in Tunis, where Mrs Clinton had just taken part in an international summit on Syria. She had come straight from London, where she attended a meeting on Somalia, and went on to Algeria and Morocco before making the nine-hour hop back to Washington, DC.

If Barack Obama is re-elected in November, one big thing is going to be different in his second term. He will no longer have his relentlessly globe-trotting former presidential rival at his side. As the frazzled aides and reporters who travel regularly in the back of her converted Boeing 757 attest, the job is punishing, especially the way she has chosen to do it.

Since taking office, Mrs Clinton has visited 95 countries (see map) and logged some 730,000 miles, sometimes cramming more than a dozen meetings into a single day. This marathon came hard after the titanic Democratic presidential campaign of 2008. “I’ve had an extraordinary 20 years. I’ve been really at the highest levels of American political life,” she told The Economist in a recent interview, “I need a little time to reflect, step off the fast track I’ve been on.”

Evaluating her record is a complicated business. The job of a secretary of state has at least three parts: implementing foreign policy, acting as America’s global ambassador and running the behemoth that is the State Department. “


via American diplomacy: What Hillary did next | The Economist.

Posted March 29, 2012 by arnoneumann in Diplomacy, Politics, USA

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Strait of Hormuz showdown: Iran-U.S. brinkmanship nears its breaking point | News | National Post   Leave a comment

The United States maintains a navy presence in the Gulf in large part to ensure oil traffic there is unhindered. Its Fifth Fleet is based in Bahrain.

Iran, which is already subject to several rounds of sanctions over its nuclear programme, has repeatedly said it could target the Strait of Hormuz if attacked or its economy is strangled.

Such a move could cause havoc on world oil markets, disrupting the fragile global economy, although analysts say the Islamic republic is unlikely to take such drastic steps as it relies on the route for its own oil exports.

via Strait of Hormuz showdown: Iran-U.S. brinkmanship nears its breaking point | News | National Post.

Emanuel Ends Cheap Water Era’s Drain on Chicago’s Finances as Pipes Burst – Bloomberg   Leave a comment

“Chicago’s proposed rate increase, the centerpiece of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to create jobs while fixing a century-old utility, would end the long tradition of cheap water in the third-largest U.S. city. And it would force Coleman to pay up.

“I don’t like it, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” said Coleman, 49, a radiation therapist. “I see it irritating residents of Chicago, me included.”

Emanuel is pitching the increase as an economic stimulus bill whose cost would be shared by suburban water users. If approved by the City Council, the program would add 18,000 jobs over 10 years to both the municipal payroll and private companies hired to do the work, said Bill McCaffrey, an Emanuel spokesman. It’s a Chicago version of President Barack Obama’s plan to boost some taxes to pay for recession-proofing jobs.

Coleman joins a line of complainers stretching from coast to coast as  as utility companies, towns and cities propose or enact steep water-bill increases as pipes and sewer systems crumble. The rate boosts acknowledge concerns that have been ignored for years, partly because they are underground, water experts say.

“Cities, especially east of the Mississippi, where the infrastructure is older, are having their comeuppance now,” said Peter Annin, author of “The Great Lakes Water Wars.”

‘Super-Tight Revenue Times’

“Their water systems are more than a century old and people have put off the upgrading, and now they are breaking,” Annin said. “Mayors and city councilors in older urban areas are in a real spot because here we are in super-tight revenue times, and there is no more basic infrastructure need than the water system.” “




via Emanuel Ends Cheap Water Era’s Drain on Chicago’s Finances as Pipes Burst – Bloomberg.

Posted October 23, 2011 by arnoneumann in USA, Water

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At Pentagon, Leon E. Panetta Charts Change of Course –   Leave a comment

“Jennifer Palmieri, a former longtime aide, said Mr. Panetta has a straightforward formula for survival in Washington. She has packaged them into what she calls The Five Rules of Panetta:

¶“You can’t slam dunk anyone.” Work with opponents.

¶“Any [expletive] can burn down a barn; it takes a leader to build one.”

¶“He who controls the paper controls the outcome.”

¶“Never let them see you sweat.”

¶“In a negotiation, take what you can get. And then come back for more.”

Those negotiating skills will prove critical as he guides another president on federal spending while jousting with other security agencies, including his former agency, the C.I.A., over a shrinking pie. “He’ll be particularly well suited to take on the budget challenges at the Pentagon,” Mrs. Clinton said.”

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Posted October 23, 2011 by arnoneumann in USA

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Liberty University’s Johnnie Moore speaks the language of young evangelicals – The Washington Post   Leave a comment

From this lofty perch, he has come to two conclusions about American evangelicals.

The first is that they have become too callous, a somewhat ironic charge coming from a protege of Falwell, who blamed gays and pagans for the Sept. 11 attacks and called the Islamic prophet Muhammad a “terrorist.” Moore says evangelicals have cared too much in recent decades about building massive megachurches for the upper-middle class and too little about getting their hands dirty serving the poor.

His second conclusion is more Falwell-esque: Evangelicals are becoming too liberal about their faith. To Moore, if you say you believe in the Bible as literal truth, but privately believe it’s a metaphor, you’re a phony. In a new book called “Honestly: Really Living What We Say We Believe,” Moore rails against “fake cultural Christianity.”

“When I choose to believe in God, I don’t get to choose what I want to believe, and I don’t get to decide what truth is worth believing. I choose whom to believe, and he gets to tell me what to believe,” he writes. For Moore, Christianity leads to conservative politics.

The Bible says man, not government, is responsible for his own behavior. God, not the government, should decide when life begins or ends. The Bible says people will take the easy route if offered them, which is what he believes the new Obama-backed health-care law does for young adults, many of whom can now remain on their parents’ health plans.

“If I’m confused on something, I go to a higher source,” he says, “the Bible.” ”

via Liberty University’s Johnnie Moore speaks the language of young evangelicals – The Washington Post.

Posted October 16, 2011 by arnoneumann in Faith, Politics, USA

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The TRUTH About Who Really Owns All Of Americas Debt   Leave a comment

Is it the Chinese ? Is it the Europeans ? Is it the Treasury? The stated conclusion is partially correct but the answer as to “Who  is the Who” begs to be looked at further.

“If you ever try comparing the debt situation in the US and Japan, someone will invariably say: Well, Japan can afford a lot more debt because its all domestically owned, whereas US debt is owned by the Chinese.It turns out this isnt really true, though unfortunately this destructive myth continues to dominate political/economic debates.Yes, China holds a lot, but theyre not dominant, and when you add it up, most debt is actually domestically held, just like in Japan.Click here to see who owns American debt ”


via The TRUTH About Who Really Owns All Of Americas Debt.

Posted July 20, 2011 by arnoneumann in USA

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U.S. Treasuries could be rated ‘junk’ in August: Fitch | Economy | Financial Post   Leave a comment

The role that governance plays in our organizations , Institutions and Governments  is under estimated Not only should there be benefial rules but also well defined roles of the representative leadership of the members and stakeholders. In the current case of the US debt ceiling negotioations this model of governance is being put to a key test of its efficiency and effectiveness of its leadership, neotiatiating and decision making abilities.

   “The idea of a brief U.S. default, sometimes called a technical default, has been growing among some members of the Republican Party, who believe it would be an acceptable price to pay if it forces the White House to deal with runaway spending.

Even a so-called ’technical default’ would suggest a crisis of ’governance’from a sovereign credit and rating perspective,” Fitch said in a statement.” ”

via U.S. Treasuries could be rated ‘junk’ in August: Fitch | Economy | Financial Post.

Posted July 16, 2011 by arnoneumann in Governance, USA

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Vaccination Ruse Used In Pursuit of Bin Laden –   Leave a comment

Another twist reported in the behind the scenes intelligence gathering re Ossama bin Laden. Quite facinating what glimpses  we get in these reports.

“In the months before Osama bin Laden was killed, the Central Intelligence Agency ran a phony vaccination program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, as a ruse to obtain DNA evidence from members of Bin Laden’s family thought to be holed up in an expansive compound there, according to an American official.

The vaccination program was set up as the C.I.A. was struggling to learn whether Bin Laden was hiding in the compound, and adds a new twist to the months of spy games that preceded the nighttime raid in early May that killed the Qaeda chief.”

via Vaccination Ruse Used In Pursuit of Bin Laden –

Posted July 12, 2011 by arnoneumann in USA

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IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end Brett Arends ROI – MarketWatch   Leave a comment

“For the first time, the international organization has set a date for the moment when the “Age of America” will end and the U.S. economy will be overtaken by that of China.

via IMF bombshell: Age of America nears end Brett Arends ROI – MarketWatch.

And it’s a lot closer than you may think.According to the latest IMF official forecasts, China’s economy will surpass that of America in real terms in 2016 — just five years from now Put that in your calendar.”

So beside bragging rights does this have any other major implications ?

Indeed it does.

The main implication is that the tradition “rock” of the US dollar as the reserve currency. China coming up on top pushes ahead their desire to have a basketful of currencies as the reserve standard , of which , of course, their currency the rembii will be a part.

That has further impact on the USA economy and the world’s capital flows.

Posted May 25, 2011 by arnoneumann in Economic

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