Wednesday, September 27, 2006

And someone is just noticing now that the economy is in turmoil?

Although:

"...a risk of a global and dramatic economic meltdown cannot be ruled out..."

–seems a bit hyperbolic to me. After a tragic event like 7/27, one would expect the markets to drop. But they'll bounce back.

Only 90 shopping days till Christmas, after all.

T.

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From yesterday's Asia Financial Week

GLOBAL ECONOMY IN CHAOS

The worst terrorist attack in history –carried out earlier this year on a series of Southeast Asia targets by anti Globalization, right wing militia– has created escalating chaos in global financial markets. As a result, exchanges are paring down operations while investors panic. Additionally, in light of a nervous Muslim population in the United States and grumblings abroad, the U.S. dollar has plunged against other major currencies.

U.S. financial regulators are not declaring a market emergency for the time being, but trading is likely to be disrupted on an intermittent basis for several days at a time. This move suggests that the U.S. dollar will not play its traditional safe-haven role, although the Fed has said that it will provide as sufficient liquidity as necessary. But given the potential and probable further disruption to the U.S. financial system, the knee-jerk reaction will be to get out.

In terms of safe-haven assets, gold has already received a boost. The Bank of England gold auction is still set for tomorrow, but given the chaos in global markets, it is thought likely to be cancelled.

Meanwhile, the Indonesian Rupiah is rising against the dollar. The most immediate reaction is in oil and gas markets with the Muslim and South East Asian connection as tension heightens. With these attacks increasing tensions in the region, a risk of a global and dramatic economic meltdown cannot be ruled out.


© 2006 Asia Financial Week

Friday, September 22, 2006

Siraj,

T. Touching down.

Adullah Badawi is the Prime Minister of Malaysia? Guy is dreaming if he thinks he's going to send a army into US territory. Probably plays well in Kuala Lumpur, I'm sure. Sounds suicidal stateside, though. Maybe someone should tell him that.

Can't wait till Jasp weighs in on this. Sometimes irritating, but we all know the Jasp is wildly funny if you're not the guy he's tearing a new asshole.

Also gotta say, 'right wing militant Christian fundamentalists' is a mouthful. Why can't the press just say 'Crusaders'? That's what everyone else on the planet is calling these Nazis.

Terry

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For your reading pleasure, ripped this off the T4US Newsnet site–

BADAWI WOULD SEND TROOPS INSIDE UNITED STATES TO CATCH LOWELL

On the first day of Ramadan the Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Wednesday that he would order Malaysian Special Forces to go after Oliver Lowell inside the United States –and without that country's permission– if he received good intelligence on the PURE leader's location.

"Quite absolutely," Badawi said.

The Prime Minister made the comments Wednesday in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, on temporary foreign assignment for T4US Newsnet.

Although Washington has said it won't allow foreign troops to operate within its territory, Badawi nevertheless reiterated, "We would take the action necessary to bring him to justice."

But the American leader, President Bush, laughed off Badawi's remarks and told reporters Wednesday his government would oppose any Malaysian action within US borders.

An August air strike on two suspected PURE targets on the island of Cyprus provoked protests by tens of thousands of Europeans. Moreover, complaints by the president of Cyprus –Tassos Papadopoulos– were in direct contrast to previous reports that Pan Moslem leaders launched the limited attack only after consulting with his government.

Despite denials by President Bush and Britain’s Tony Blair that their respective nations are willfully harboring members of PURE and other right wing militant Christian fundamentalists, rumors to the contrary persist at the highest diplomatic circles. To the naysayers Blair snorted, "This notion that anybody who has a record as a terrorist will get safe haven -- we would not even think of doing that," he said.

Nevertheless the Malaysian Special Branch is probing reports that American and British money amounting to hundreds of thousands of dollars was wired from their countries to conservative groups with strong ties to PURE, including individuals directly involved in the July 27 attacks. The Malay intelligence agency is also probing the financial records of Washington's Galilee Savings & Loan, through which monthly payments of US $3,500 were wired to British National Party accounts in London.

Following revelations of an American/UK link to the July 27 incident, a draft report by a joint panel composed of political representatives from India, Indonesia and Malaysia accused Scotland Yard, MI-5, the Central Intelligence Agency and the FBI of 'not aggressively pursuing' leads in their own countries.

"The money had been sent to right wing organizations in the British Isles, and throughout Europe, and it came from wealthy American sources," a representative of the Malaysian Special Branch said.



©2006 T4US Newsnet

Monday, September 18, 2006

Hala!

You all may recall, a month ago to the day, the Indonesian Embassy in Oslo issued a Press Release announcing:

"...the Governments of Indonesia and Norway have agreed to increase cooperation in fields such as energy, trade, politics, and security."

This latest news story details how progress in the last month has resulted in a strengthening of ties and shared vision between the two countries, particularly in the area of human rights.

Knut Asplund, an associate of the Norwegian Center for Human Rights explains:

"We want to become a sort of humanitarian superpower."

More power to the anyone with the goal to be a humanitarian superpower. But I'm posting the article here for you guys because one point confuses me. Why is it important that an article about human rights also report that:

"All three Norwegian oil and gas companies, Statoil, Norsk Hydro and Saga Petroleum have signed development agreements with Indonesia equivalents."


Is there some correlation between energy resources and human rights I'm somehow unaware of?

S.

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INDO-NORWAY RELATIONS STRENGTHEN OVER SHARED VISION FOR MEDIA, HUMAN RIGHTS AND TRADE

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called on the international media Saturday to play a mediating role in conflicts rather than fanning animosity.

"You are society's conscience, you are the agents of change and we count on you to help the human race by promoting freedom of speech, spreading tolerance and advancing peace and understanding," he said in his opening remarks at the Global Inter-Media Dialogue here.

As the leader of the world's most populous Muslim nation, Yudhoyono said the Muslim community worldwide was not asking for special treatment but for the respect given to other religious groups.

He said the media should encourage people to move beyond their image of Islam through learning about one another and discussing any differences or similarities.

"In times of hostility, it is always critical to narrow the perception gap, avoid misunderstandings and maintain communication through accurate information. No one can do this better than the media."

Speaking on the same occasion, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Store said it was important to discuss the extent to which the media should take into account sensitivities that are not protected by the law yet deeply held.

"Freedom of expression can never be exercised in isolation from its context. Awareness of other people's sensitivities and of their right to be treated with respect should be part of all normal, civilized behavior," he said.

For Norway, as it is with most other Scandinavian countries, human rights has become a major foreign policy issue, at times even the defining issue around which other aspects of bilateral relations are built.

"Norway is trying to find its place in international diplomacy, a niche," Knut Asplund, an associate of the Norwegian Center for Human Rights explains. "We want to become a sort of humanitarian superpower."

Human rights is the obvious choice for a country in which the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded each year. Norway's contribution to international peace includes the 1993 Oslo Agreement between Israel and Palestine.

In recent weeks Norway and Indonesia have reached a milestone in the development of bilateral relations between the two countries. All three Norwegian oil and gas companies, Statoil, Norsk Hydro and Saga Petroleum have signed development agreements with Indonesia equivalents. Such discussions have not only formalized the growing interest for trade and economic relations between our two countries, but also delivered a mutual promise of military support from one country to the other, should either require a partner in the defense of their shared economic interests.



All Rights Reserved. ©2006 i-Malay News

Friday, September 15, 2006

Hala!

Can you imagine what would happen if these crazies got their hands on an actual nuclear bomb?

S.


PURE’S NUKE PLANS UNEARTHED: REPORT

Oliver Lowell’s multinational separatist PURE network had stored detailed plans for nuclear bombs and other terrorist devices in one of its cells in Socotra, several media reports now say.

Al Jazeera on Wednesday said that it had discovered partially burnt documents in a hastily abandoned safe house that had been the target of missile bombings on September 3rd by Pan Moslem Coalition Forces. The notes, written in English, German, and Danish had graphic designs for missiles, bombs and nuclear weapons.

If the reports are true, then there are descriptions of how the detonation of TNT compresses plutonium to a critical mass, sparking a chain reaction, and ultimately a thermonuclear reaction. The design suggested Lowell’s group was trying to acquire, or might be working on a device similar to, one from a Soviet stockpile.

Attempts had been made to burn the evidence, but many documents still remained. They included studies into the development of a kinetic energy supergun capable of firing chemical or nuclear warheads, external propulsion missiles, preliminary research on the creation of a thermonuclear device, as well as a multitude of instructions for making smaller bombs, the report added.

None of this was should come as a surprise to Southeast Asia Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono who has said on several occasions that Indonesian Intelligence reports indicated PURE had a history of seeking chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

There were also studies into Malaysian Special Forces' hostage rescue techniques, phone numbers for industrial chemical and synthetic producers throughout the region, flight manuals, aerodynamic research, and advanced physics and chemistry manuals.

Authorities now believe the occupants of the Socotra compound may have escaped the strike via passage by Somalian pirates, with whom it is thought an economic incentive was proffered in the the event the compound was compromised, as it was.

Lowell is believed in hiding somewhere in the US Appalachian Mountains, perhaps in North Carolina.


Related Articles

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Oh this is rich. Isn't a little too late to be kissing ass?

Jasp

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 14, 2006

Wexler Reaffirms Indonesian President Yudhoyono’s Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize

Sends Second Letter Praising Yudhoyono’s Role as a Peacemaker in Resolving the Aceh Conflict and his Unwavering Commitment to Indonesia’s Democracy

(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL), a senior member of the House International Relations Committee and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Indonesia Caucus, sent the following letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee reaffirming his support for the nomination of the President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. On January 25, 2006, Wexler wrote to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating President Yudhoyono for his achievements in brokering an historic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was signed on August 25, 2005, thus ending a separatist conflict that has prevailed for almost thirty years between the Government of Indonesia (GOI) and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). Despite the devastating tsunami of 2004, the outbreak of the Avian Bird Flu, and the recent attacks of 7/27, President Yudhoyono and his government have remained firmly committed to addressing the political, economic and humanitarian needs of their nation, including working towards a resolution of long-standing armed conflicts. In August, Wexler traveled to the Indonesian province of Aceh where he saw firsthand the extraordinary progress made by President Yudhoyono and his government to implement the agreement signed between the GOI and GAM.


Congressman Wexler is a senior member of the House International Relations Committee and is a member of the House Judiciary Committee.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

O'Gara,

More info surfaces on the money trail. They say Saudi authorities have traced Crusader links to people inside the US Embassy in Saudi. I don't believe it of course. No way members of our government are connected to Lowell and crew. Just goes to show you they will go to any length to find a scapegoat. And it's probably going to be some dumb Americans who are honeymooning in the Seychelles. Mark my words, any day now, two kids whose only crime is having blond hair and blue eyes and being on the wrong side of the world at the wrong time are going to be 'detained' for questioning, and never come home again.

Course it wouldn't happen that way if we didn't have pussies in the State Department. But we got we got and it's going to go the way it's going to go.

Siraj, you should get the hell out of Malaysia, dude.

Jasp

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Reprint from the Washington Post

SAUDI INTELLIGENCE PROBING US LINK TO JULY 27 CRUSADERS

The Saudi Ministry of Interior is probing reports that American money amounting to thousands of dollars was sent to U.S. and European nationals involved in the July 27 attacks, while they were temporarily based in the United Kingdom, and in other locations establishing safe houses throughout the world.

The Ministry uncovered financial records showing a steady pattern of payments to Oliver Lowell through the bank account of Anita Oberwetter, the wife of the US ambassador to Saudi Arabia, in May 2006, just before hijackers Sage Gottard and Graham Cardiff arrived in Singapore to plan the final staging of the 7/27 attacks, Ministry sources said.

The Saudi investigators are also probing the financial records of Washington's Riggs Bank through which the monthly payments of US $3,500 were transferred from undisclosed sources in the U.S. to self-identified White separatists.

Following revelations of a US link to the July 27 incident, a draft report by a joint Indian/Indonesian intelligence committee sponsored by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) accused both the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency of 'not aggressively pursuing' leads in the US that would identify and detain remaining crusaders currently seeking refuge in that country.

The draft report also complained of lack of cooperation from US officials in the probe, Asia Pacific News reported on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Al Jazeera reports that Saudi agents tracked phone numbers found in Lowell's last known residence to the Riyadh apartment of a US embassy employee. Two other staffers were questioned on the matter.

"We know money has been sent to western crusaders while they were in England, and it came from a wealthy US source," a reporter at the news channel said.


Washington Post

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

This is what I'm talking about! Force these guys into a corner where any subsequent move is likely to result in a disadvantage.

Hello, zugzwang. It's a classic bit of game strategy,

btw, Siraj, yes, I kicked ass at RISK Monday night.

And yes, I am willing to offer consulting advice to the Pentagon, but no one's asked me yet.

T.

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FYI: This is how you get these Nazi f*ckers–
(copy & pasted from the Pan Asia Economic News Report)


Economic News Report: Freezing Terrorist Finances

A bulletin from the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Reserve Bank of India, issued on September 12, 2006, lists several multinational financial institutions doing business in the country as "Specially Designated Global Terrorists."

Speaking in their defense, representatives of Western financial institutions have returned complaints about what they call unjustified accusations.

At a recent meeting of American and European bankers held in Geneva last week, many speakers emphasized that they were not ‘fly by night’ or suspect charitable organizations, but well-established financial institutions subject to strict banking controls that by their very nature "would not allow them to take part in sabotage or terrorist activities."

Participants at the International Conference for American and European Banks say they anticipate a coalition of ASEAN member states, Muslim nations, petroleum producers and members of the OIC to deal a painful blow to at least three European banks doing business in South East Asia by freezing their assets. Bankers in India and throughout the world have already preemptively condemned the move.

Representatives of the financial institutions said they have condemned the terrorist activities in Malaysia, India and Indonesia and denied any relationship with PURE or any one of its financial subsidiaries. As a precautionary measure, however, the Western banks in question have withdrawn their money from Islamic and Asian banks. Such withdrawals are said to have reached approximately $3 billion.

In response to the Bulletin from India’s Treasury, Den Norske Bank A.S., Norway’s largest banking institution, has at the that government’s request frozen the banking accounts of 62 organizations and individuals suspected of connections with PURE. Among these are two prominent Ecological charities, which Norway has accused of operating unofficial money transfers in the millions of dollars from their extensive network system to terrorist organizations and for keeping no records of their transactions.

Meanwhile official sources maintain that the United States’ reciprocal demand to freeze Hezbollah accounts is meant to pressure Iran to provide security and military facilities in connection with the war on Afghanistan.

The U.S. would like to expedite the prosecution of the war before the onset of Ramadan on September 22nd.

Subsequently, the Lebanese Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction with the position taken by both France and Russia in support of his position against freezing the bank accounts of Hezbollah.


©2006 Pan Asia Economic News Report

Thursday, September 07, 2006

I know, violence is never the answer. But don't we have to kill these guys to make them stop?

T.



PURE Tells Muslims to Leave

Through a representative of the British National Party, the Christian separatist group PURE warned Muslims and South Asians of all creeds and persuasions to evacuate the British Islands, as Jakarta admitted to unilateral strikes against civilian targets on the Yemenite island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean. Fourteen people were killed when the Indonesian Air Forced launched a strike on a suspected PURE compound. All the casualties held British passports.

Forty-eight hours after news of the strike aired across the major news channels, a bus ploughed through a procession of Muslim executives who were holidaying in Bradford, in West Yorkshire, England, and then exploded.

Their employer, ARAMCO, denounced the bus attack as intentional and particularly vicious in light of it targeting innocent civilians.

In related news Washington has asked her South Asian economic partners to reconsider the ban on several militant outfits, saying more investigations into the suspect organizations were necessary. Taking a contrasting point of view, the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Tayeba declared a jihad against the US for meddling into regional affairs.


BBC

Monday, September 04, 2006

Hey Siraj,

T. Touching down.

I don't get it. What are these crusaders doing in Cyprus or Africa? Sure, it's easier to wage a military campaign when you're within spitting distance of your proposed target, but that also means the so-called enemy is also within striking distance of you.

Bit of combinatorial game theory and Lowell and his skinhead ilk go down the ol' zugzwang.

Though Lowell's supposed to be hiding out in the Appalachian Mountains from what I heard. Smart. Way out range of Indonesian or Indian cruise missiles. Not to mention that the US government is never going to grant any foreign operation access to our airspace in the effort to apprehend this guy, no matter how evil he is.

Guess that's why the Indonesian government thinks they need a GLONASS-K satellite to find him. Good luck with that. The Bushies can't find bin Laden with all the resources of a superpower. And we're using alien technology recovered from Roswell in 1947.

And why pay for a satellite imagery when Google Maps is free?

I kid, of course I kid.

Well, OK, I did try to find Evil, but there were several possible locations listed in New Jersey, and I couldn't narrow it down to just one one.

Wish you were here, Siraj. Amy's coming over. Jasp and Annika, of course. A case of Dogfish Head awaits us, and we're playing RISK tonight. It just feels like a World Domination kind of night. And of course, I plan to win, and it would be nice if you were around to see me smite my friends with fine alcoholic beverages and behavioral psychology. Course, I'm not going to cheat like Jasper, cause I don't have to.

ha!

The old man loves the Xbox, but dude, classic board games still rule.

oh & this Socotra thing:

I've lived all over the world and never once heard of Socotra. And we're supposed to believe a bunch of Nazis found this little island in the middle of the Indian Ocean all by themselves? And like bought a house. That takes initiative. I mean, these guys actually had to look at a map. And what about the neighbors? A bunch of scary looking commandos with swastika tattoos move in next door, I know it's not against the law, but don't you try to run them out of town or something?

Terry


More insane news:


Indonesia bombs PURE Compound in Unilateral Strike

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a press briefing on Sunday night said his country’s warplanes bombed a compound in Socotra, an island off the Horn of Africa. The isolated site on the remote archipelago was believed to contain an ‘off-the-grid’ PURE safe house.

Socotra is part of the Republic of Yemen and the site in question was accessed with permission of that country’s governing body.

The American educated Indonesian president spoke in precise language. "Anyone on that site when the bombs fell is dead," Yudhoyono said from Jakarta.

Replying to a question whether the compound housed PURE terrorists Alfie Turner or Oliver Benjamin Lowell, Yudhoyono said the group of racist separatists housed in the compound were of ‘significant’ importance.

"It clearly was a leadership area," he said, adding the site was linked not only to leaders of PURE, the British Nationalist Party and Nazi Socialist figures, but to a Christian relief organization that Indonesian officials have identified as a front for PURE, the terrorist network blamed for the July 27 suicide attacks on South East Asia Muslim nations.


NYT

Friday, September 01, 2006

Hala!

From the Asia Pacific wire–

"...the ‘war against evil’ will soon move beyond Cyprus..."

And neither Bush nor Blair seem too happy about it.

Assholes.

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S.

WAR ON EVIL TO MOVE BEYOND CYPRUS

Notwithstanding the failed mission in Cyprus on August 27th, representatives of a motley alliance of Southeast Asian neighbor states and oil producing nations –now commonly described as the ‘Pan Moslem Coalition’– declared yesterday that the ‘war against evil’ will soon move beyond Cyprus.

Needless to say, Washington’s offer to try Oliver Benjamin Lowell in an international court was summarily rejected by the Muslim states.

The Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi clarified PMC intentions by reiterating the need to expand the effort beyond the individuals directly responsible for the events of 7/27, but also to destroy those centers where “terror is born.”

Academics interpret that to mean a possible strike against one or more of the notorious ‘survivalist’ training camps that dot both the Americas and the UK.

That is, if they can get at them.

Neither the Americans nor the British are likely to allow any foreign power to ride rough shot through their own backyards. Especially now that some suspect the Muslim group Jemaah Islamiah a growing influence in the South East Asian region.

The Indonesian Government has in the past distanced itself from the group, which is linked to Al-Qaeda. But in light of the events of 7/27, its leadership is thought to be acting in an informal, but highly regarded and discreet advisorial capacity to those in Indonesia's political community.

In the meantime, Indian President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam indicated that progress was being made in the financial sector: "Terrorist assets from the Mediterranean to the North Atlantic are being frozen, just as soon as we identify them."

Nevertheless, despite a recent UN resolution supporting the Coalition effort, American President, George W. Bush, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, are warning Muslim leaders against using aggressive tactics to gain control and de-stabilize western powers.



©2006 Asian Pacific Press