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Thirty-eight years ago, a ping pong team sent by US president Richard Nixon to Beijing opened the door to Communist China. February 27, 2009, president Barack Obama launched his bid for dialogue with Iran with an Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences delegation from Hollywood. It is led by the actress Annette Bening, AMPAS president Sid Ganis and his predecessor Frank Pierson who flew in just after the Oscar award ceremony. Visiting in the framework of "US-Iranian culture exchanges," they will hold talks in Tehran Saturday and Sunday.
DEBKAfile's Washington sources note that this visit coincides with three relevant events:
1. Friday, Obama announce that the bulk of US forces will be out of Iraq by Aug. 2010 leaving only 50,000 in place. This meets Tehran's objections to the presence of large-scale US forces in Iraq.
2. He calmed Iran's fears on another score when he stated in a PBS interview: "One of the things that I think we have to communicate in Afghanistan is that we have no interest or aspiration to be there over the long term."
3. The US president had his reply from Tehran in the former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rasanjani's Friday sermon, when he extended his government's first overt invitation for talks on the nuclear issue: "…we don't make false promises," said the Iranian strongman. "Therefore I declare that Iran's nuclear plan is not to build weapons …and we are ready to prove it in negotiations."
I guess this is Bush's fault also? I do not think Putin is a "believer" in your Messiah.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canadian fighters scrambled to intercept an approaching Russian bomber less than 24 hours before U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Ottawa last week, Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay said on Friday.
The Bear bomber did not enter Canada's air space but the Canadian fighters had to tell the plane to turn back, MacKay told a news conference.
On the heels of two active duty members of the U.S. military serving in Iraq calling for President Obama to prove his eligibility to be president, a retired major general has agreed to join the case, saying he just wants "the truth."
WND reported earlier when 1st Lt. Scott Easterling confirmed to California attorney Orly Taitz that he wanted to be a plaintiff in the legal action she is preparing on behalf of members of the U.S. military, both active and retired. A second soldier who asked that his name be withheld for now became part of the action just a day later.
Now retired Maj. Gen. Carroll D. Childers has submitted a statement to Taitz and her DefendOurFreedoms.us website, agreeing to be a plaintiff in her pending action.
"I agree to be a plaintiff in the legal action to be filed by Orly Taitz, Esq. in a petition for a declaratory judgement (sic) that Barack Hussein Obama is not qualified to be president of the U.S., nor to be commander in chief of the U.S. armed forces, in that I am or was a sworn member of the U.S. military (subject to recall)," he wrote.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
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New York City
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President Obama's budget proposes $989 billion in new taxes over the course of the next 10 years, starting fiscal year 2011, most of which are tax increases on individuals.
1) On people making more than $250,000.
$338 billion - Bush tax cuts expire
$179 billlion - eliminate itemized deduction
$118 billion - capital gains tax hike
Total: $636 billion/10 years
Holy cow, you bet people around here don't know what is coming, really. - I was born and raised within a communist dictatorship and unfortunately lived there for nearly 30 years until my family and I could finally make it out of Hell.....and I am very strongly smelling Socialism coming, and once that crap would ever come here, so much for freedom of anything, go on ration on everything, a totalitarian fully 100% control of the government, NO private property, work as a slave, say what I want you to say, 100% control of the Press...imprisonment 30 years for speaking out....and more.
No, you don't want Socialism come to
You don't know what you have (freedom) until you lose it, don't let it go...ever !
A U.S. soldier on active duty in Iraq has called President Obama an "impostor" in a statement in which he affirmed plans to join as plaintiff in a challenge to Obama's eligibility to be commander in chief.
The statement was publicized by California attorney Orly Taitz who, along with her Defend Our Freedom Foundation, is working on a series of legal cases seeking to uncover Obama's birth records and other documents that would reveal whether he meets the requirements of the U.S. Constitution.
"As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States," wrote Scott Easterling in a "to-whom-it-may-concern" letter.
In reply to this question I can definitely say that the center of global terrorism is not in
MOSCOW, February 24 (RIA Novosti) - Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Salah arrived in Moscow on Tuesday for an official visit to discuss bilateral cooperation as well as trade and military ties.
Salah will meet with President Dmitry Medvedev, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov during the visit, which ends on Thursday.
Yemeni Ambassador to Russia Mohammed al-Hilali told RIA Novosti last week that investment opportunities in Yemen would be discussed with Russian companies working in the oil and gas sector.
The ambassador also said Yemen supported Russia's aims in convening a Middle East peace conference in Moscow later this year, saying that "Yemen's position on the Middle East fully coincides with the position of our Russian friends."
Yemen's finance minister, Numan al-Suhaibi, was in Russia last week to meet with his Russian counterpart, Alexei Kudrin. The ambassador said they discussed the possibility of writing off Yemen's debt to Russia, adding that the "Russian side promised to look into the issue and if possible would give a positive answer."
This is the fifth official visit of a Yemeni president to Russia, and the first since 2004. After Russia, the Yemeni leader is expected to visit Tajikistan and Indonesia.
Moscow and Sanaa signed their first friendship agreement on trade in 1928 and set up diplomatic ties in 1955.
American taxpayers could soon own 40 per cent of what was once the country's most valuable bank.
Citigroup Inc is in talks that could see the U.S. government boost its ownership stake to 40 per cent, according to media reports.
The bank employs some 11,000 people in the UK.
The news came as governments and financial firms in Japan, France and elsewhere announced fresh capital raising today.
WASHINGTON – A U.S. senator has weighed in on the continuing controversy over Barack Obama's eligibility for office by saying he has never seen proof the new president was actually born in Hawaii.
"Well, his father was Kenyan and they said he was born in Hawaii, but I haven't seen any birth certificate," Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told constituents in Cullman County. "You have to be born in America to be president."
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Renowned investor George Soros said on Friday the world financial system has effectively disintegrated, adding that there is yet no prospect of a near-term resolution to the crisis.
Soros said the turbulence is actually more severe than during the Great Depression, comparing the current situation to the demise of the Soviet Union.
He said the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers in September marked a turning point in the functioning of the market system.
"We witnessed the collapse of the financial system," Soros said at a Columbia University dinner. "It was placed on life support, and it's still on life support. There's no sign that we are anywhere near a bottom."
His comments echoed those made earlier at the same conference by Paul Volcker, a former Federal Reserve chairman who is now a top adviser to President Barack Obama.
Volcker said industrial production around the world was declining even more rapidly than in the United States, which is itself under severe strain.
"I don't remember any time, maybe even in the Great Depression, when things went down quite so fast, quite so uniformly around the world," Volcker said.