(CNN) – Syrian state-run television reported Thursday that forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed three Westerners, including an American woman and a British citizen, who they claim were fighting with the rebels and were found with weapons and maps of government military facilities.
Syrian TV identified the woman, releasing what it claimed were images of her Michigan driver’s license and U.S. passport. It also released what is said was the name [...]
ALEPPO, Syria — In the heart of rebel-held territory in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, a small group of intrepid Westerners is undertaking a mission of great stealth.
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Britain, Germany and the Netherlands urged their citizens to immediately leave the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Thursday in response to what they called an imminent threat against Westerners.
European officials told The Associated Press that schools were among the potential targets.
The warnings came a day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton testified to Congress about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi that [...]
The Foreign Office has urged Britons to leave the Libyan city of Benghazi in response to a “specific and imminent threat” against Westerners.
The FCO has been advising against travel to most of the country since last September, but has now stepped up its warning.
A spokesman said: “We are now aware of a specific and imminent threat to Westerners in Benghazi, and urge any British nationals who remain there against our [...]
Forty-one Westerners, including 7 Americans were taken hostage today on a gas site east of Algeria, said a spokesman for the Islamist group that has abducted two city sites information Mauritania, Nouakchott information Agency and Sahara Media.
Islamists claim 41 Western hostages at Algerian gas field: media
Islamist militants claimed Tuesday they were holding 41 Western hostages at an Algerian gas field.
Islamist rebels seize 5 Japanese nationals, 1 French citizen in south Algeria, [...]
The number 13 is unlucky in Western minds. It is not in Asian minds. This may explain in part why many Westerners view 2013 with foreboding. Most Asians do not. Read more
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – President Barack Obama on Thursday faced some of the toughest questioning of his reelection campaign to date, pressed repeatedly on his failure to achieve comprehensive immigration reform and other unmet promises from his 2008 run.
The Univision presidential forum at the University of Miami here kicked off with grilling on another topic which brought mounting criticism from Republicans Thursday: The government’s decision to label as a terrorist attack the violence at the consulate [...]
An Economist At China’s State Council Sees A Crisis Coming
Li Zoujun, an economist at the Development Research Centre of the State Council, recently made a report, presumably at an internal meeting, which predicted that China could face an economic crisis in 2013.
The full report in Chinese can be read here. We are not going attempt to summarise the whole report as it is quite lengthy, except that for some of his [...]
July 11, 2012
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday dismissed harsher sanctions imposed on Iran this month over its disputed nuclear activity, saying the country was “100 times stronger” than before.
A European Union embargo on Iranian crude oil took full effect on July 1 – a joint effort with the United States to force Tehran to curb nuclear energy work the Western powers say is a camouflaged bid to develop [...]
In the shady underground world of banking, doing wrong means doing right, up is down, and left is right. I often struggle to understand why so many people employed by the banking industry have so much difficulty reaching the same conclusion as the Economic Policy Journal’s Robert Wenzel That People Employed By This Modern Day Slave Master Called The Global Banking System Should Abandon Their Employers Never To Come Back As [...]
Diana Choyleva is the bear in the China shop. The analyst from Lombard Street Research says last week’s China GDP figures – which revealed growth slowing to a three-year low – are an early warning signal of the hard landing to come.
Dig deep into the data, she says, and you’ll find that Chinese exports are falling. All that is propping up the economy is gargantuan investment in infrastructure financed by state- directed [...]
By Nigam Arora
The China super cycle is over. China will still grow at a heady pace, but I believe the torrid growth rates of 10% plus are a thing of the past.
In my article, Generate wealth in 2012 and beyond , I described that the last big-picture macro cycle was ending. The last cycle was characterized by high inflation in emerging markets and high gold [...]
By msnbc.com staff and news servicesKABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban urged Afghans Thursday to target foreign military bases and kill Westerners in retaliation for burnings of copies of the Quran at NATO’s main base in the country as a third day of violent protests began.Thousands of demonstrators gathered across the country, some chanting “Death to America!”, Reuters witnesses and officials said. In eastern Kabul, hundreds of youths threw rocks at police, [...]
by Charles Hugh Smith from Of Two Minds
Some Things You Should Know About China
If all you know about China comes from PBoC and Central Government reports and analysts’ financial statements, then you know very little about China or how it actually works.
I know it’s tough to think about anything but the fast-melting ice cream cone that is Europe, but there are some things you should know about China. All the reassurances [...]
The FBI and Homeland Security have issued a nationwide warning about al-Qaida threats to small airplanes, just days before the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Authorities say there is no specific or credible terrorist threat for the 10-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But they have stepped up security nationwide as a precaution.
According to a five-page law enforcement [...]
By NBC’s LisAurel Winfree
BEIJING – Wanted: A Westerner who can pretend to speak intelligently about a subject they know nothing about. No experience needed. Will pay.
That’s right. Welcome to the Chinese concept of a “face job.”
In China, a face job is when a company hires a white person to pretend to be an employee or business partner, usually for an important event or meeting.
Westerners are thought to [...]
The BBC’s Bilal Sarwary: “We have heard explosions from 5km away”
At least seven people are reported to have been killed after a top hotel in the Afghan capital, Kabul, came under attack by gunmen and suicide bombers.
An official said three bombers had blown themselves up at the Intercontinental Hotel and another had been shot dead.
Later, Nato said two of its helicopters had killed three attackers on [...]
MOGADISHU, Somalia – A Somali court on Saturday sentenced three British nationals, an American and two Kenyans to at least 10 years in prison each for bringing millions of dollars intended for pirate ransom into the country.
Two of the defendants were sentenced to 15 years in prison and a $15,000 fine, said Somali Information Ministry spokesman Abdifitah Abdinur. The other defendants were sentenced to 10 [...]
Despite the Chinese government’s well-publicized program to encourage domestic consumption, few Westerners grasp just how much progress the country is making on this front.
by Arthur Robey
A peon working his bit of land to feed his family is engaged in razor sharp decisions. If he gets the timing of the rain wrong he loses his family. He has to intergrate myriads of facts and come to exactly the right conclusion. Time after time.
We westerners do much better than the peon. We are rich. We do not have to make such [...]
Excellent Read: China Plays Europe Card: Jim Willie, CB
Whether Americans and Westerners in general like it or not, the Chinese have become and will remain the key drivers to many economic and financial market developments, progress, and averted wreckage. The intrepid lapdog US press, loyal to the syndicate, is a critical element to maintain distractions. Of course, China must adapt and react to their own [...]