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Second big turban nabbed in northern Mali
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Africa North
Suez Canal increases tolls from May, 2pc for boxes, 5pc for bulkers
The US has been exporting its inflation since 2008, mainly to the Middle East, now they are going to export some of back
THE Suez Canal Authority has announced that tolls for the waterway will be increased from May 1.

For general cargo, ro/ro and passenger vessels the increase will be three per cent. Containerships and vehicle carriers will have the least increase at two per cent.

According to a detailed new tariff structure the tolls will increase by five per cent for crude oil tankers, petroleum product tankers, chemical carriers and other liquid bulk carriers, LPG, LNG and dry bulk carriers, said a port news report from GAC.
Posted by: tipper || 02/05/2013 14:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican antitax protesters block roads
Mexican anti-tax protesters calling themselves No Mas Impuestos have blocked traffic in Hermosillo, Sonora Monday.

The protesters are attempting to draw attention to their cause by blocking roads to a baseball stadium using their vehicles.

According to a news article posted on the website of El Imparcial news daily, protesters also claim the local and state government have committed acts of repression and violence against protesters, although the article does not give details.

The Spanish phrase No Mas Impuestos translates as "no more taxes."
Posted by: badanov || 02/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Send in the FBI Hostage Rescue Team (HRT) to break it up. Could be F&F weapons turning up any minute.

Within hours, the HRT had flown down to lower Alabama and set up a military style perimeter around "anti-government lunatic" Jimmy Lee Dykes' compound. Anyone notice how well State and Local law enforcement [those are the ones wearing proper police uniforms vs military attire] handled the highway traffic and kept the media away? Anyone notice the unmarked Ryder truck and green and purple helo's. Our Feds appear to have terminated the crazy, murdering, "anti-government" bastid too!

Should we be pleased, concerned, or both? Guess I'll just take notes and say a few prayers for the brave bus driver.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2013 7:29 Comments || Top||

Argentina freezes prices to break inflation spiral
The last refuge of economic scoundrels...
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Argentina announced a two-month price freeze on supermarket products Monday in an effort to break spiraling inflation.

The price freeze applies to every product in all of the nation's largest supermarkets — a group including Walmart, Carrefour, Coto, Jumbo, Disco and other large chains. The companies' trade group, representing 70 percent of the Argentine market, reached the accord with Commerce Secretary Guillermo Moreno, the government's news agency Telam reported.
The smarter foreign retailers will now bail out...
The commerce ministry wants consumers to keep receipts and complain to a hotline about any price hikes they see before April 1.
Because a nation always does better by turning its citizens into snitches...
Polls show Argentines worry most about inflation, which private economists estimate could reach 30 percent this year.
Though it's illegal to say that in Argentina...
The government says it's trying to hold the next union wage hikes to 20 percent, a figure that suggests how little anyone believes the official index that pegs annual inflation at just 10 percent.

The government announced the price freeze on the first business day after the International Monetary Fund formally censured Argentina for putting out inaccurate economic data. The IMF has given Argentina until September to bring its statistics up to international standards, or face expulsion from the world body in November.

President Cristina Fernandez and her economy minister, Hernan Lorenzino, responded over the weekend with a flurry of attacks on the IMF, saying
...all the things incompetent governments say when they're finally confronted with reality...
the agency's data-gathering efforts had lost credibility in the lead-up to Argentina's historic 2001 debt default. They said IMF advice is leading Europeans astray by favoring big banks over measures that can grow economies out of crisis.
But what would the IMF know compared to a bunch of Argentinian bankers and politicians?
However, Lorenzino also said that the government will begin using a new inflation index starting in fourth-quarter 2013 — just in time for the IMF's decision.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6492 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So Dick Nixon died and went to Argentina?
Posted by: Thrater Thrineger7877 || 02/05/2013 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  I've already seen this movie. :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2013 1:47 Comments || Top||

#3  Argentina is the future for all of us.
Posted by: phil_b || 02/05/2013 1:50 Comments || Top||

#4  At last report, Milton Freedman was resting undisturbed.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/05/2013 1:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Price = demand / supply
So holding the price will basically mean shortages.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 02/05/2013 5:29 Comments || Top||

#6  as Via Meadia notes, Argentina is blessed with natural resources, good weather. It takes populist pols (Peronistas) and crackpot economics and blustery and inept military/gov't to keep it down. They've done a great job so far
Posted by: Frank G || 02/05/2013 7:50 Comments || Top||

#7  Yes BP. Next, banning photographs of queue lines at the markets.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/05/2013 8:44 Comments || Top||

#8  Frank, a little bit of populism is a good thing, kinda like yeast in beer. Make your beer with nothing but yeast?????????????????????
Posted by: AlanC || 02/05/2013 9:34 Comments || Top||

#9  Bummer. Why didn't Germany come up with that idea in 1923?
Posted by: European Conservative || 02/05/2013 11:45 Comments || Top||

#10  What's the acronym for Whip Inflation Now in Spanish?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 02/05/2013 13:54 Comments || Top||

#11  látigo inflación ahora
Posted by: lord garth || 02/05/2013 16:52 Comments || Top||

#12  Ah yes, the "Carter" moment. Who can forget the block-long lines for gas at mandated prices?
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226 || 02/05/2013 17:34 Comments || Top||

#13  Prior to WWII, Argentina was the world's wealthiest country (per capita GDP). Illustrating that socialism only takes a country in one direction.
Posted by: phil_b || 02/05/2013 19:34 Comments || Top||

Fidel makes first appearance in three years [photos]
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Bio-animatronics slowly becoming pretty good?
Posted by: Water Modem || 02/05/2013 3:25 Comments || Top||

#2  I applaud the old bastid. At least he was honest and declared himself a committed communist from the start.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2013 7:07 Comments || Top||

#3  Bio-animatronics slowly becoming pretty good?

Well, they're not that far from Orlando and Disney World. If El Jefe starts singing 'It's a Small World', they're toast.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/05/2013 8:42 Comments || Top||

#4  "Cerebroooooos!"
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226 || 02/05/2013 17:34 Comments || Top||

#5  Looks like the fellows warming up for the soccer game are his walkers.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 02/05/2013 18:22 Comments || Top||

Chinese warship directs "fire-control" radar at Japan MSDF destroyer
A Communist Chinese warship last week directed "fire-control" radar and lit up a Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force destroyer in the East China Sea, where Japan and China are involved in a dispute over the ownership of a group of uninhabited islands, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Tuesday.

As the radar activated was for targeting and the move could have set off an inadvertent but inevitable military clash, Japan lodged a protest with China in Tokyo and Beijing on Tuesday afternoon, just hours after Japan condemned China over the intrusion of two Chinese vessels into its territorial waters around the islands the previous day.

The radar beaming, which a Japanese government source said had occurred in waters off the Japanese-administered, Chinese-claimed Senkaku Islands, called Diaoyu in China, is all but certain to further heighten tensions between the two countries.
More from the Rulers of the Waves.
Posted by: Whiger Wholuting3941 || 02/05/2013 10:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ratcheting up another notch.
but to be honest ... if the Japanese don't stop China from taking over all the ocean territory in SE Asia - who will???
Posted by: Raider || 02/05/2013 16:11 Comments || Top||

#2  "Snotty beamed me twice last night."
Posted by: Muggsy Mussolini1226 || 02/05/2013 17:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Be interesting to know what the MSDF ship did with regards to its ready condition.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/05/2013 18:56 Comments || Top||




IMO unless the Bammer = USA is truly prepared + willing to militarily intervene on the side of Japan, + despite risk of HIGH us CASUALTIES + worst-case Limited or Full-scale NucWar agz Nuke-armed mainland China, THE BAMMER = USA MAY WANT TO MULL TURNING A BLIND EYE TO ANY COVERT JAPANESE MANUFACTURE OF NUCWEAPONS FOR ITS OWN ANTI-CHINA DEFENSE.

Rising China has the Manpower + the Nukes for high-intensity Conventional, Conventional-Nuke, + Nuclear Warfare, + any Nippon-destabilizing MOOTW - JAPAN [+ ROK] HAVE NO OVERT NUCBOMBS + NO DEDICATED LRBMS + NO STRATEGIC AIRPOWER TO DELIVER ANY.



OTOH USFJ + USFK + ASEAN do have a POTUS Bammer Admin which unfortunately many Amers proclaim NOT to trust to truly promote let alone defend or protect American or pro-US Allied interests???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/05/2013 19:12 Comments || Top||


* Also from DAILY TIMES.PK > SOUTH KOREA LEADER [Myung Lee-Bak] SAYS NORTH MAY STAGE MULTIPLE NUCLEAR TESTS, espec to "maximize" its acqusition of vital Nuclear-Scientific knowledge despite International condemnation.


* DEFENCE FORUM INDIA > [Kyodo News] OKINAWA SECESSION [+ Okin-specific Armed Militancy-Terrorism] OVER US MILITARY PRESENCE, EX-MINISTER WARNS, to includ potens anti-Govt,US TerrOps launched agz Tokyo.

Ex-Minister of Financial + Postal Services SHOZABURO JIMI.



Again, China supports both Okinawa-specific sovereign independence from Tokyo, or in the alternate substantial Okinawa political, econ autonomy from Tokyo where China is allowed a significant Trade, PLA presence on Okinawa.

FYI Mama Russia is repor anticipating being on the receiving end vee Tokyo of alleged malicious "JAPANESE PROPAGANDA" regarding Kuriles + Sino-Nippon dispute.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/05/2013 23:55 Comments || Top||

Gasoline costs take biggest share of household income in three decades
[THEHILL] Trips to the gasoline pump in 2012 and 2008 took their biggest share of U.S. household income in several decades, according to the federal Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Keep telling us the U.S. has a 1.7 percent inflation rate. We like consuming BS. We believe everything the govt tells us.
The Energy Department's statistical arm reported Monday that the average household spent $2,912 for gasoline in 2012, which makes up almost 4 percent of pre-tax income, tying 2008 for the highest percentage in roughly 30 years.

Pump prices took center stage in White House races in 2008 and 2012, but gasoline expenditures as a share of household income remain lower they did than the early 1980s, when they were above 5 percent.

Prices last year were elevated enough to push the share of household spending to the highest level in decades even though overall gasoline consumption has been declining for years.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6484 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Approval of the Keystone XL pipeline languishes in Washington while visa doors open permitting tens of thousands of KSA students to be admitted to US universities.

Probably only a coincidence.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2013 2:08 Comments || Top||

#2  And gas has jumped about 25-30 cents a gallon in the last week for no apparent reason.

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 02/05/2013 5:34 Comments || Top||

#3  ...unless you count the Fed and Treasury's continued printing of magic monopoly money.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/05/2013 8:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Thank the EPA Mike, the federally mandated switch from winter to summer blends tends to drive prices at the transition.
Posted by: AzCat || 02/05/2013 19:48 Comments || Top||

Great White North
British anti-mosque lawyer speaks in Ottawa despite protests
A controversial British lawyer gave a speech in Ottawa despite protests from groups who oppose his opinion, which is that mosques should not be built in non-Muslim areas.

Gavin Boby spoke in front of 40 people at the central branch of the Ottawa Public Library Monday evening as protesters stood outside the building.

Boby is known for using zoning regulations to try to stop mosques from being opened in areas he considers "non-Muslim."

Before the speech, he said he does not want Islamic views to dictate certain neighbourhoods. He said, "Increasingly what we are seeing now is self-declared Muslim areas where you get Muslim patrols saying you can't walk a dog, wear a skirt."

A group that claimed it wants to "stop Muslims from taking over neighborhoods" organized Boby’s speech. The Ottawa police hate crimes unit also monitored the talk.

Ihsaan Gardee, executive director with the Canadian Council on American-Islamic relation, said the library should have cancelled the visit. However the library said it only rented the auditorium out to the group and it made the group organizing Boby's speech sign an agreement not to violate criminal or human rights laws.

Some groups were not happy with the decision to let Boby speak. Gardee said, "By affording someone like this who has this kind of message, a publicly-funded taxpayer venue, it adds and gives a credibility to their message, which I don't think is something that should be considered lightly."

Library board chairwoman Jan Harder said she received hundreds of emails demanding the event be shut down, but she echoed the library's sentiment it can only be stopped if a law is broken. She said it is important to preserve freedom of speech.
Posted by: ryuge || 02/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Islam isn't the only middle eastern nonsense being imported.

Christianity is an import to Canada too. Chap with a beard, thinks he's talking to god - sound familiar?
Posted by: ChuffingChuffChuff || 02/05/2013 12:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Please don't interrupt him, he could be interceding for me.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2013 12:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Remember the big magic chap with the beard who wears the red coat and drops off presents - you stop believing in him when you're 6.

The other guy (Jesus/Mohammad) you can carry on until you're an adult.
Posted by: ChuffingChuffChuff || 02/05/2013 12:28 Comments || Top||

#4  At my age Chuffing, I've found that portfolio diversification is the key. Even Bodhisattve brings something to the party.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2013 12:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Islam isn't the only middle eastern nonsense being imported.

But it's the only one that tells all of the others to shut up.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 02/05/2013 14:40 Comments || Top||

The Ottawa police hate crimes unit also monitored the talk.

I wonder if they monitor the mosques and Islamic conferences.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 02/05/2013 17:29 Comments || Top||

Health experts want polio-like vaccination drive for measles
[Dawn] Low immunisation coverage coupled with lack of public awareness and ineffectiveness of measles vaccine have resulted in death of about 100 children during the last two months of the previous year in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Federally Administered Tribal Areas, say paediatricians.

While talking to Dawn, they said that many of the affected children got infection as they were not vaccinated against measles. While many of the immunised children also developed measles because the vaccines they received were not effective, they added.

The health experts said that cold chain couldn't be maintained properly to store the vaccines in specified temperature that rendered the same ineffective and the recipients didn't get protection against measles.

According to paediatricians, measles has become a nationwide epidemic owing to government's focus on polio vaccination that left children vulnerable to other vaccine-preventable childhood diseases.

They said that measles killed children while polio handicapped them therefore priority must be accorded to control the former.

"Low vaccination coupled with lack of awareness on the part of parents results in death of children. Children up to the age of five years in the areas from where cases are being reported should be immunised immediately to put brakes on the epidemic," a senior pediatrician told Dawn.

The province has less than 40 per cent measles vaccination coverage that is lower than the 90 per cent, claimed by the health department.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  No doubt, the campaign will have polio-like success. I put the over/under at 8 medics whacked in the first year.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/05/2013 1:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Doctor Afridi, Doctor Shakil Afridi to the white courtesy phone please. Doctor Afridi.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/05/2013 1:58 Comments || Top||

#3  I'd feel bad if they weren't acting like primitive animals. F Em
Posted by: Frank G || 02/05/2013 8:25 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Myanmar government, Kachin rebels hold talks
[LATIMES] Rebels and the Myanmar government met Monday and agreed to continue talks in an effort to quell the violence that has roiled Kachin state.

The two sides met in the Chinese town of Ruili on the border with Myanmar, also known as Burma. They issued a statement pledging to open up channels of communication, defuse military tensions and create a monitoring system to enforce a cease-fire, according to the Reuters and Associated Press news agencies. Political talks, widely seen as key to any enduring peace, were also promised.

The ethnic Kachin rebels have met with government officials before, only to end up clashing with the army again. The new round of talks follows a recent escalation in fighting, which troubled the U.S. and the United Nations, as the government launched air attacks on the rebels. The army recently seized several key areas around the rebel headquarters in Laiza, strengthening its hand.

Clashes and government offensives have been reported even though President Thein Sein announced a unilateral halt to hostilities last month. Despite the talk of enforcing a cease-fire, it was unclear if a formal deal to do so was signed Monday, Reuters reported.

Rights activists were skeptical about the new discussions. "This is exactly what they did with the Kachin last time," promising "step-by-step talks leading to a political solution," said Myra Dahgaypaw, campaign coordinator for the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

That political solution never happened, Dahgaypaw said. "So much depends on how much the regime is willing to compromise," she said.

A rebel sergeant told the Irrawaddy magazine that the insurgents did not expect a swift resolution. "We hope there will be a truce so peace will come, but nobody thinks this is going to end soon," Kachin Independence Army Sgt. Brang Shawng told the publication Monday.

The Kachin rebels want greater autonomy. A long-standing truce with the government was shattered more than a year and a half ago, plunging the area into new bloodshed. Since then, the U.N. refugee agency estimates more than 88,000 people have been displaced by the conflict.
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

Ahmadinejad is ready 'to be Iran's first spaceman'
As George Glaigum7976 posted yesterday, Kornbluth's "The Marching Morons" fits the situation. I vote we give the man what he wants.
[Al Ahram] President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Monday he is ready "to be the first man in space" under Iran's ambitious programme which aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020.

"Our youth are determined to send a man into space within the next four, five years, and I'm sure that will happen," he said during a ceremony in Tehran where two new Iranian-made satellites were unveiled, according to ISNA news agency.

"I'm ready to be the first Iranian to be sacrificed by the scientists of my country and go into space, even though I know there are a lot of candidates," Ahmadinejad quipped.

He added to the buoyant atmosphere, saying he was willing to "auction (himself) and donate" the money to the Iran's space programme, which has shrunk because of international economic sanctions over Tehran's controversial nuclear drive, ISNA reported.

The presidency website showed pictures of Ahmadinejad at the ceremony with what was purportedly Pishgam (pioneer), the monkey sent into orbit by Tehran last week.

The monkey's launch was presented by the Islamic republic as a first step towards sending a human into orbit by 2020.

Ahmadinejad unveiled on Monday two small satellites, named "Nahid" and "Zohreh" (Venus in Farsi and Arabic, respectively).
Posted by: Fred || 02/05/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Go for it, STARMOUD, iff you can qualify.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/05/2013 0:59 Comments || Top||

#2  But a monkey already was sent up. (allegedly).
Posted by: Mikey Hunt || 02/05/2013 1:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Spam in a can, as the astronauts uses to say. Have you got the right stuff, Starmoud Spamadinejad?
Posted by: SteveS || 02/05/2013 1:56 Comments || Top||

#4  HAHAHA!!!!
You put the lime in the coconut ... you shake it all around.

Posted by: Raider || 02/05/2013 2:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Somebody has been sampling a bit too much of one of their neighbor's (a "stan of course) top exports.
Posted by: Water Modem || 02/05/2013 3:22 Comments || Top||

#6  As John McCain said, "Didn't he go just last week?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 02/05/2013 6:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Iran Spaceman, Iran Spaceman .....Iran Spaceman!

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 02/05/2013 19:17 Comments || Top||

#8  Hugo for copilot
Posted by: KBK || 02/05/2013 20:58 Comments || Top||

#9  Go for it, STARMOUD

Starmoud! Man, I'm still laughing at that. IMHO, it needs to be immortalized in Fred's Anti-Copyright-Troll Text Replacer.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/05/2013 21:02 Comments || Top||

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Tue 2013-02-05
  Second big turban nabbed in northern Mali
Mon 2013-02-04
  Ansar Dine #3 arrested in northern Mali
Sun 2013-02-03
  Yemen Troops Kill 12 'Qaida Militants' in Restive South
Sat 2013-02-02
  Syria Suicide Attack on Regime Kills 53
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  Binori Mosque cleric among 10 killed in Karachi
Thu 2013-01-31
  Boko Haram 'commander' declares ceasefire
Wed 2013-01-30
  Mali and Niger forces retake Ansongo
Tue 2013-01-29
  Sahel jihadist groups splinter
Mon 2013-01-28
  Timbuktu mayor: Mali rebels torched library of historic manuscripts
Sun 2013-01-27
  French and Malian troops begin restoring control in Timbuktu
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  Green-on-green clash in Khyber tribal region kills 32
Fri 2013-01-25
  AQAP #2 killed for the THIRD time in Yemen
Thu 2013-01-24
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