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Putin, the Kremlin power struggle and the $40bn fortune

An unprecedented battle is taking place inside the Kremlin in advance of Vladimir Putin’s departure from office, the Guardian has learned, with claims that the president presides over a secret multibillion-dollar fortune

By Guest Column Luke Harding- Friday, December 21, 2007 - Full Story

China plays role of Scrooge for Chinese Christians

One can only hope that China follows Scrooge’s path at the end of ‘The Christmas Carol’ and has a change of heart.

China is into the classics, like Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol.” With Christmas just around the corner the Chinese government has personified Scrooge in its harassing of Christians.

By Guest Column Robert Duncan- Friday, December 21, 2007 - Full Story

European parliament adopts resolution on free expression in China

Reporters Without Borders welcomes the resolution adopted by the European parliament on 13 December on the state of relations between the European Union and China and their dialogue on human rights.

By Guest Column - Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

Globalization and the myth of collapsing borders

The problem with Thomas Friedman’s theory that the ‘the world is flat’ is that it is not carried over into real life and ‘is grossly mis-based,’ claims Prof. Pankaj Ghemawat.

By Guest Column Robert Duncan- Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

The War on Zionism

Post Annapolis, the Palestinian Authority made it crystal clear that it will never recognize Israel as a “Jewish state”. Furthermore, it made it crystal clear that it will not compromise on Jerusalem making it a capital offense to do so. Yet negotiations continue. Either Olmert doesn’t believe the PA or what is more likely, he will still cut a deal where Israel is denied that recognition and will divide Jerusalem according to Arab demands.

By Ted Belman - Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

Why is media so sceptical about next Gujarat government?

The poll results for the next Gujarat assembly will be declared within the next few days, but the media seems to be very eager to know the final outcome. Why is media doubtful whether Modi will win or lose? Why is it so curious?

By Guest Column Padma Bhargav- Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

Divestment Bill goes Forward in US Senate

In details that are emerging at this hour the US Senate has decided to take some action regarding Darfur before it begins its Christmas break. It has given its consent to allow for investors to withdraw investments from companies doing business with the Government of Sudan. This bill gives the blessing of the Senate to the efforts of groups like the Save Darfur Coalition.

By Guest Column Scott A Morgan- Thursday, December 20, 2007 - Full Story

The Betrayal of Freedom in Europe: Back in the EUSSR

Last Thursday, the heads of government of the 27 member states of the European Union convened in the Portuguese capital Lisbon to sign the EU Reform Treaty. That “Treaty of Lisbon” is almost identical to the European Constitutional Treaty, the so-called EU Constitution, which was rejected two years ago in referendums in major EU member states.

By Guest Column Paul Belien- Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - Full Story

Paris Produces Palestinian Funding Frenzy

Ninety Nations meeting in Paris this week fell over themselves in the rush to pledge US$7.4 billion dollars over the next three years - US$1.8 billion more than anticipated - in a desperate attempt to salvage their greatest failure in international diplomacy - the creation of a new Arab state between Israel and Jordan.

By David Singer - Wednesday, December 19, 2007 - Full Story

Syrian and Iranian Leadership comprehends only the language of force and coercion.

News—December 13, 2007- A powerful car bomb killed one of Lebanon’s top generals and his bodyguard in a suburb of Beirut on Wednesday, striking an unexpected blow at the country’s most widely respected institution and further undermining Lebanon’s precarious stability.

By Elias Bejjani - Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - Full Story

Hezbollah IS the Syrian Occupation, and Partition is the Answer

There will not be any security nor peace in Lebanon as long as Syrian-Iranian controlled armed groups continue to dominate large swaths of Lebanese territory and violate the authority of the Lebanese state. There is no doubt that the terrorists are using safe havens in the Hezbollah security zones and some Palestinian camps to launch their attacks and assassinations against the Lebanese.

By Guest Column Charles Jalkh/Freedom Fighter- Tuesday, December 18, 2007 - Full Story

Pakistan wants its own way

Before the January 8, 2008 elections in Pakistan, major political parties proclaim their political manifestos.

By Hamid Mir - Friday, December 14, 2007 - Full Story

American Intelligence Reappraises the Iranian Nuclear Issue

At the beginning of December 2007, the National Intelligence Council, the supreme body of the American intelligence community, released a reappraisal of Iran’s nuclear intentions and capabilities. The document, a non-classified summary of a detailed and classified analysis on the subject, states that Iran halted its secret nuclear weapons program in the fall of 2003 and has yet to restart it.

By INSS Ephraim Kam and Ephraim Asculai- Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Full Story

Liberating the Palestine Liberation Organisation

For better or for worse Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) are the parties that will - for the next 12 months - be negotiating the resolution of sovereignty in the West Bank with a view to ultimately creating a new independent Arab State between Israel and Jordan. These identical parties have been negotiating on the same issue for the last 14 years without the slightest sign of success.

By David Singer - Thursday, December 13, 2007 - Full Story

Terrorism can only be controlled by occupation

Hamas continues to fire rockets at Sderot. The situation is intolerable. Chief of Staff Lt. -Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi had a brain wave. He recently said,

By Ted Belman - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - Full Story

Russia Suspends All Activity Related to Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE)

(Canada Free Press judt recieved this from Sean Osborne)

I received this a short while ago from an anonymous source.
Effective midnight Moscow time 12 DEC 07 Russia has suspended all activities and related documents pertaining to the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE).

By Sean Osborne - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - Full Story

Back to the U.N.

In its abuse of American taxpayer dollars and trust, the United Nations has come up with many creative projects over the years, ranging from terrorist schoolhouses in Gaza, to procurement fraud, to per diems for pedophiliac peacekeepers. Now, the U.N. is on the brink of channeling millions in U.S. funds to pay for an encore of its notorious America-bashing, Israel-trashing conference held six years ago in Durban, South Africa.

By Claudia Rosett - Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - Full Story

Mugabe’s Apologists

VICTORIA FALLS, Zimbabwe—Robert Mugabe’s participation in the European Union-Africa summit in Lisbon over the weekend was a triumph of Zimbabwean diplomacy. Both African and EU leaders must share the blame for this farce. Zimbabwe’s foreign ministry managed to portray the octogenarian dictator, who has presided over widespread violations of human rights and an astonishing economic collapse, as the victim of a Western conspiracy.

By Guest Column Marian L. Tupy- Wednesday, December 12, 2007 - Full Story

Annapolis will lead to Dhimmi status for Israel

Everything I read about the negotiations leading up to Annapolis and the event itself suggests that a deal has been cut whereby Israel assumes its rightful (according to Islam) role as a Dhimmi in exchange for Saudi acceptance of the existence of Israel.

By Ted Belman Ted Belman- Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Full Story

Archbishop of York cuts up his dog collar in astonishing live TV protest at Mugabe

The Archbishop of York today cut up his dog collar on live television in a protest over the rule of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe.
Dr John Sentamu said he will refuse to wear the clergyman’s badge of identity until Mugabe is out of office.

By Guest Column STEVE DOUGHTY- Tuesday, December 11, 2007 - Full Story