Al Arabiya News
March 2, 2013
Egypt’s finance ministry sent a proposal to the country’s antiquities ministry to consider offering key monuments, including the pyramids, to international tourism firm as a quick solution to generate funds needed to overcome the financial crisis, an official has said.
Rumors about the proposal, which some described as preposterous, have circulated online for weeks.
But on Wednesday, Adel Abdel Sattar, the secretary general of the Supreme Council of [...]
It is always enlightening to hear the frank assessment of a diplomat upon leaving the service, once unshackled from “the patriotic art of lying for one’s country”, as 19th Century American journalist Ambrose Bierce described the craft.
Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos was a career diplomat with the Greek foreign ministry. As a junior officer with the service in the 1970s, he helped assure the then freshly democratic nation’s accession to the European Union [...]
Joel B. Pollak
December 25, 2012
Late yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly approved a 5% budget increase for 2012-2013–with half of the additional spending going towards the UN’s “political missions,” which typically handle peacemaking and conflict resolution. In a time of global austerity, the UN’s career diplomats have decided they deserve more cash.
The spending is particularly concerning given the fact that the UN is hardly known for running a tight financial [...]
In the middle of the night at a U.N. conference in Dubai, the presiding chairman of the International Telecommunication Union conference surveyed the assembled countries to see whether there was interest in having greater involvement in the U.N. governing the Internet. A majority of countries gave their approval.
With a sufficient majority supporting the U.N. becoming more active in controlling the Internet, the chairman put forth a resolution. The chairman, though, [...]
North Korean satellite ‘tumbling out of control,’ US officials say -
The object that North Korea sent into space early Thursday appears to be “tumbling out of control” as it orbits the earth, U.S. officials told NBC News.
The officials said that it is indeed some kind of space vehicle but they still haven’t been able to determine exactly what the satellite is supposed to do.
In a statement, the White House said [...]
The embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is considering the possibility to claim political asylum for himself, his family and his close circle in Latin America if he has to cede power, a newspaper reported Wednesday.
“Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister held meetings in Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador over the past week, and brought with him classified personal letters from Assad to local leaders,” the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, reported.
Some Western and Arab countries [...]
November 25, 2012
Iran has accused the United States of “illegal and provocative acts,” including repeated violations of Iranian airspace, in a letter submitted Friday to the United Nations.
The message from Iran’s U.N. ambassador, Mohammad Khazaee, first obtained by the Associated Press, argues that the U.S. Navy has regularly conducted flights over Iranian territory in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman.
The letter was sent to U.N. Secretary General [...]
Saudi Arabia has accused Iran of straying onto its territory near oil and gas fields in the Gulf and warned it was looking at how to respond
Also, two Iranian navy boats intercepted a vessel belonging to state-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco.
“I have submitted to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a letter that details Iran’s breaches of the official conventions and treaties between it and Saudi Arabia,” Okaz quoted Mualimi as saying.
A Foreign [...]
The retreat of western forces from Afghanistan could come sooner than expected, the head of Nato has said as he conceded that the recent Taliban strategy of “green on blue” killings had been successful in sapping morale.
In an interview with the Guardian Nato’s secretary-general, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, responded to pressure for a faster withdrawal from Afghanistan by stating that the options were being studied and should be clear within three months.
“From now until the [...]
August 28, 2012
Venezuela’s largest oil union, a traditional bastion of support for President Hugo Chavez, on Tuesday demanded the resignation of the head of the state oil company for a refinery explosion that killed dozens of people.
Jose Bodas, the secretary general of the FUTPV oil union, said Petroleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA) President Rafael Ramirez, the country’s oil minister and Chavez ally, should step down immediately.
“We have been [...]
German politicians from across the spectrum have reacted furiously to warnings by Italy’s Mario Monti that Bundestag control over EU debt policies threatens to bring about the “disintegration” of the European project.
“We must make it clear to Mr Monti that we Germans will not shut down our democracy to pay Italian debts,” said Alexander Dobrindt, secretary-general of Bavaria’s Social Christians (CSU).
Bundestag president Norbert Lammert said parliament’s integrity cannot be subordinated [...]
LONDON (Reuters) – World badminton has apologized for a scandal that has sullied the sport’s reputation at the London Olympics and resulted in eight women being disqualified from the tournament.
The expulsion of the four women’s doubles pairs earlier on Wednesday sent shockwaves through the tournament, removing China’s top-seeded duo and other doubles pairs from the South Korean and Indonesian teams.
“I’m very, very sorry this has happened for both the players [...]
August 1, 2012
Language within the embattled Cybersecurity Act of 2012 parallels that of a proposal made by Russia and China to the U.N. in 2011, which argued for international regulation of the Internet to fight cybercrime.
In September 2011, Russia, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan urged U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to lead discussion on the “International Code of Conduct for Information Security.”
The proposal called for international cooperation on defeating cybercrime [...]
(CNSNews.com) – So much for the Olympic spirit. Just days after U.N. secretary-general Ban Ki-moon announced the traditional Olympic Truce – for people and nations to “set aside their differences” during London 2012 – news emerged that the one Iranian athlete likely to face an Israeli in competition has withdrawn with a “gut infection.”
Iran and a number of other Islamic counties have pulled athletes from international competitions in the past rather [...]
The Spanish government plans to split the country’s train operator Renfe into four companies before July 2013, when it plans to liberalize railway passenger traffic, Cinco Dias reported today.
The new firms will be specialized in passenger traffic, freight, maintenance and rolling materials, the newspaper said, citing Renfe President Julio Gomez-Pomar and Carmen Librero, the Ministry of Development’s secretary general for transport.
To contact the reporter on this story: Manuel Baigorri in Madrid at email@example.com
(CNN) — Syria’s president on Sunday accused the United States of trying to destabilize Syria by providing political support to rebels fighting the regime.
Bashar al-Assad also said a months-old peace plan aimed at ending the violence has not failed, but it has yet to be implemented because countries are supporting the “terrorists” in Syria.
Al-Assad’s interview with German broadcaster ARD aired as the opposition Local Coordination Committees of Syria reported another [...]
BNI depositors unable to make withdrawals / payments, payments of utility bills, mortgage payments, taxes
Peter Giordano, Adiconsum: “Grave of the Bank of Italy’s attitude that takes action without considering the impact on depositors, and especially on single-income families and pensioners”
Adiconsum Bank of Italy asks for an urgent meeting and the lifting of the
The Bank of Italy authorized the suspension of payments by Bank Network Investments SpA (BNI) without communicating anything [...]
Economic consequences of worst-case scenario being considered
The government is drafting plans to address the potential consequences of a Greek exit fromthe eurozone as leading Chinese economists warned that such a scenario could plunge theglobal economy into a new recession.
“The government is working on plans for the worst-case scenario of Greece leaving theeurozone later this year,” Wang Haifeng, director of international economics at the Institute forInternational Economic Research, under the National [...]
NATO’s chief denied on Monday that the alliance was speeding up the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan as he sought to clear up “confusion” over the pullout planned for the end of 2014.
Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen insisted that NATO was sticking to the timeline agreed at the Lisbon summit in November 2010 after recent comments from Western and Afghan officials indicated that 2013 was a new target.
“There is nothing new in all this [...]
Palestinian terrorists fired at least 80 rockets from Gaza into southern Israel since Friday night, leaving eight Israelis injured in the heaviest series of attacks in months. The barrages came in response to an IAF strike which killed the secretary general of the Popular Resistance Committees, Zuhair Qaisi.
The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least five rockets fired from the Gaza Strip at Beersheba and Ashdod early Saturday morning. [...]
The debt-wracked eurozone needs to build “the mother of all firewalls” to prevent the crisis spreading throughout the bloc, the head of the OECD said on Saturday ahead of a crunch G20 meeting.
“We still have to build the mother of all firewalls,” Angel Gurria, Secretary General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, told bankers ahead of the gathering of top ministers and central bankers.
“To be strong, we have to have a thick [...]
By Benoit Faucon
LONDON (MarketWatch) — OPEC’s secretary general was quoted Saturday as saying $100 a barrel is now an acceptable price for producers and consumers and doesn’t hurt the economy, days after the cartel’s kingpin, Saudi Arabia, said it also favored current price levels.
But in an interview with Austria newspaper Kurier, Abdalla Salem el-Badri also warned against blocking the Strait of Hormuz, a key Middle-Eastern oil route [...]
Oct 20, 2011 (Mathaba/TSR) - Rumors are circulating once again with European and American leaders misinforming the public, and the usual media culprits Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabia broadcasting the occupation NTC (National Terrorist Council) claim of the capture or death of Muammar Gaddafi.
Green Committees have confirmed that the leader is alive, and that the enemy is seeking to take advantage of his being currently out of communications. The aim is to please [...]
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), chairwoman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, meets with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Washington in March 2009. (UN Photo by Eskinder Debebe)
(CNSNews.com) – A U.S. House committee Thursday approved a bill linking U.S. contributions to the United Nations to significant financial and other reforms, one day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned she would recommend [...]
(Reuters) – Oil prices will rise and could harm the economy if an expected supply shortage materializes later this year, OPEC Secretary General Abdullah al-Badri said on Tuesday.
Consumer countries urged the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to pump more to replace supplies shut down in Libya and to prevent fuel inflation hurting economic growth.
Instead last week’s OPEC talks collapsed without a deal, [...]
OPEC secretary general says OPEC unable to reach consensus to boost production
OPEC delegate says OPEC has no consensus for agreement
OPEC president says some in OPEC believed should have had production increase, other said more time needed to asses
OPEC secretary general says OPEC spare capacity down to 4-4.5MBPD after Libya
OPEC president says final proposal was to wait for about three months to asses situation
OPEC president says Status-Quo outcome [...]
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The U.S. envoy to the United Nations told the Security Council on Thursday that troops loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi were increasingly engaging in sexual violence and some had been issued the impotency drug Viagra, diplomats said.
Several U.N. diplomats who attended a closed-door Security Council meeting on Libya told Reuters that U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice raised the Viagra issue in the context increasing [...]