Must-Reads from Around the World, July 3, 2012

Today's picks: Mexico declares emergency over renewed bird flu outbreak, a new report condemns Syria's "state policy of torture," and the Burmese parliament prepares to reshape its economy, following half a century of military rule.

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti (L) talks with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during a family photo session during a meeting of European Union leaders for the EU summit at EU's headquarters in Brussels, capital of Belgium, on June 28, 2012

Internal Shift — Der Spiegel takes stock of last week’s gathering of E.U. leaders. Its assessment: “Chancellor Merkel suffered a bruising defeat at last week’s Brussels summit after the leaders of Italy, Spain and France ganged up on her,” it wrote. “Europe’s power relations have shifted as a result. It looks like Germany will no longer be calling the shots in the E.U.”

Dire Straits — The New York Times reports Iranian defiance in the face of intensified Western sanctions aimed at stifling its oil exports, with the country “announcing legislation intended to disrupt traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, a vital Persian Gulf shipping lane, and testing missiles in a desert drill clearly intended as a warning to Israel and the United States.”

Bird Flu — With all eyes on the election of the PRI’s Enrique Peña Nieto, Al Jazeera English reports the Mexican government has declared a national animal health emergency “in the face of an aggressive bird flu epidemic that has infected nearly 1.7 million poultry.” It added: “The agriculture ministry said… the ‘economic loss’ from this epidemic ‘is and will be irreparable.”

Damning Damascus — A new report presents strong evidence that “Syrian intelligence agencies systematically use torture and ill treatment that constitutes a crime against humanity,” the Guardian writes. The 81-page report, compiled by the New York-based Human Rights Watch, stems from over 200 interviews carried out since the start of the uprising against President Bashar Assad in March 2011.

Resetting the Agenda — Reuters analyzes the “biggest task yet” for the Burmese parliament, which reconvenes this week: “Debating an ambitious set of laws to reshape an economy that wilted during half a century of military rule.” Despite being “written off as a sham” when it first opened in January 2011, Reuters speculates that “the new session will be a test of their reformist mettle.” It coincides with reports that President Thein Sein has granted amnesty to 46 prisoners.

Maritime Ties — Australia and Indonesia have “pledged increased co-operation on people smuggling,” the BBC reports, after the sinking of two asylum-seeker boats between the two countries in June.  The assurance comes during a two-day meeting in Darwin between Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, on trade and regional security.

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Aristeo Velarde
Aristeo Velarde


Smoke and mirrors, here in Mexico, nobody cares about anything but what is happening.

 Do you even know? More than a thousand videos showing

vote fraud in Mexico. Peña Nieto, the virtual president denies it all! He

simply says, “My opponents set this whole massive thing up, the videos, the

lost ballots, the missingballot-boxes, the Soriana cards (prepaid cars in the

amounts of $100, 500, 1000 pesos), all made up”


Media bought, cops bought, priistas (equivalent to US republicans)

bullying anyone trying to vote, cops stopping people from voting, bulling of

people who don’t agree with the results, you get the picture (W. Bush vs All Gore,

Florida like stage in all Mexican states)!


See for yourselves, the videos allegedly made by

opponents (some, by trusted media outside México), but Enrique Peña Nieto

insists “all made up”.


These are the few videos made for English speakers,

all videos created in just a few days. Pena says: “Actors hired” to make

Enrique Peña (virtual president) look bad? Can someone orchestrate all of it in

a few days, all over Mexican states? You be the judge:







The videos below are all in Spanish, but you don’ have

to speak Spanish to understand Spanish, just keep this in mind, the first shows

a congresswoman fully identified talking and explaining that the cards were to

incentivize their vote for the PRI. The opponents had already warned the IFE, official

governmental organization which organizes the elections, about it since February

this year :





In these other video, the cards shown are the cards (1800,

000); !they exist! Not false as he claims when he speaks in press conferences:






5.         Some

of the PRI members are, either very stupid or ignorant; or somebody told them do

whatever it takes to win, you won’t get in trouble; we have everyone in our

pockets. One member of his staff, fully identified, made a video giving away steak,

a stove, or money for votes:

6.         And this

one shows the places set up under false pretenses such as, free health

checkups, free dental work, etc. You can see not only how they hand over money

(500 pesos bills) for votes, easy to understand, every one fully identified:


I’d like to hear your comments, after all México is your

neighbor. You should know what they are all about!


If you speak Spanish and still don’t believe after

seeing the videos, is evident that you are either a moron or un pendejo

arrastrado. Remember! Thousands of videos have been steadily coming out since,

and before the election started. 

Firozali A.Mulla
Firozali A.Mulla

Instead of all the doom saying going on it is ideas like this,

which are needed. We already know it will cost a lot of money; it's just a

question as to how much and when they will have to gather it. Once an operation

of this magnitude has been finished they can then set up a controlling

authority to prevent something like this from happening again, an European

Commission branch which keeps the member states and banks in line so to speak. It

is something like this or the same old loop until the whole Western world is

bankrupt of banks lend money to country, country bails out bank, country gets

into trouble and lends more from bank, bank and country run out of money,

Europe starts paying, rating agencies see Europe is paying and smell money

rating down countries and banks having Europe pay even more etc. Separate the

damn banks from the countries already. It's idiot politicians who got us into

this; it is idiot politicians who will need to take the decisions to get us out

of this. The banks only did what they do best, hoard money at whatever price. Spain's government

will pass additional measures in order to achieve its annual deficit target,

Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said on

Tuesday. "(We) will make additional efforts to guarantee ourdeficit reduction objectives," de

Guindos said at an event in Madrid. Spain said

it would reduce its public deficit to 5.8 percent of its

gross domestic product (GDP) from 8.9 percent in 2011 but figures for the first

five months of the year, released last week, showed this objective is

unattainable without new measures. The government said it was considering

raising consumer, energy and property taxes to make up for the

shortfall. After Finland and the Netherlands cast doubt on Monday on a

European summit deal designed to save Spain and Italy from being engulfed

by the currency bloc's debt crisis, de Guindos said individual countries had no

capacity to block such agreements. He said so-called "bad

banks", where toxic real estate assets are parked to later be

sold off, would form part of the memorandum of understanding for a European

financial assistance due to be signed by July 9. In Europe, the

Eurozone crisis still burns and at home his finance minister has just warned

that economic growth will be lower than forecast. The projected two-year

shortfall of up to 43 billion euros is what has to be covered with spending

cuts and tax increases to reduce the overall public deficit by stages to

targets for this year and next. Voters, businesses and the right-wing

opposition in France will closely watch Ayrault’s speech but also by financial

markets worldwide as France along with Germany is a key player in resolving the

Eurozone debt crisis. The Socialist government under President Francois

Hollande, whose poll mantra had been growth over belt-tightening, may be forced

to review pledges to voters to create jobs, spur growth and reduce the public

deficit. The state audit office, which warned that the budget must be adjusted

by up to 10 billion euros this year and by 33 billion euros ($41.7 billion)

next year, raised prospects that sweeping cuts -- and deeper than expected --

are now inevitable. The Les Echos financial daily's top headline on Tuesday was

"France condemned to unprecedented austerity." The newspaper foresaw

that salary freezes, cuts in public sector current spending, and a review of

grand infrastructure projects were in the pipeline. It said that the

construction of high-speed rail networks could be cut back to help cut the

public deficit. The left-leaning Liberation newspaper underscored the

government's "historic responsibility to take charge of France's financial

recovery." The prime minister "has his back to the wall," Le

Parisien daily added. France is set to revise growth forecasts for this year to

0.4 percent from 0.5 percent and for next year to 1.3 percent from 1.7 percent.

U.S. State Department officials said that financial transactions that

facilitate the import of Iranian condensate are liable to a new round of

measures effective June 28 that aim to cut Iran's oil revenues and force Tehran

to drop its disputed nuclear programme. The fresh sanctions target condensate,

produced in association with gas, which is Tehran's second-biggest source of

export revenue after crude and refined products, which were targeted in earlier

sanctions. Officials at Dubai-government-owned Emirates National Oil Company

(ENOC) declined to comment. But two Gulf-based sources close to the company

said ENOC had already applied for an exception. The U.S. State Department

declined to confirm or deny this. "I am sure they are petitioning for a

temporary exemption, and this could apply for six months if not a bit longer.

Thereafter, they need to find an alternative," one industry source said. "As

a major U.S. ally and a big part of the strategy against Iran, I would have

thought the UAE would get some leeway," another Dubai industry source. OPEC

member the United Arab Emirates, a U.S. ally in the Gulf, is home to one of the

biggest Iranian communities in the world and has a thriving trade across the

Gulf with Iran. Dubai uses Iranian condensate at ENOC's 120,000 barrels per day

(bpd) Jebel Ali refinery that services its domestic fuel market. "Almost

everything they put in that refinery is Iranian condensate. They would either

have to shut down if they stop or find an alternative," a Dubai industry

source said.


is radical, while marriage is conservative. -Eric Hoffer, philosopher and

author (1902-1983) I thank you Firozali A.Mulla DBA