Monday, September 2, 2013

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Former NSA contractor gets Germany’s ‘Whistleblower Prize’
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who exposed the most extensive US global surveillance operations, has been awarded this year’s German ‘Whistleblower Prize’ worth USD 3,900 in absentia.
The biennial award was given to Snowden, 31, at a ceremony in Berlin on Friday in recognition of his “bold efforts to expose the massive and unsuspecting monitoring and storage of communication data, which cannot be accepted in democratic societies,” organisers of the prize said.
In a message from his asylum in Russia, Snowden warned against the dangers of a surveillance state. “We should never forget the lessons of history when surveillance took the upper hand,” he said in a statement read out at the meeting.
He also reminded governments that they must be accountable to their citizens for their actions.
Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has written a series of reports about surveillance operations by US and British intelligence services based on top secret NSA documents passed on to him by Snowden, praised him for taking “great personal risks” to expose the “unbelievably high level of lapses” by the United States. He has shown “how a single person can change the world,” Greenwald said.
Snowden, who faces espionage charges in the US, has fled his home in Hawaii to Hong Kong in May and subsequently to Moscow, where he has been staying since 22nd June.
He was granted a temporary asylum by the Russian authorities at the beginning of August.
The whistleblower prize was instituted in 1999 by the Association of German Scientists and the German chapter of the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA).
The German section of global anti-corruption organisation Transparency International joined the prize for the first time this year.
The whistleblower prize jury said in its citation that Snowden took “great personal risks” in leaking the documents on the operations of US and other western intelligence agencies, aware of the current criminal prosecution of whistleblowers in security areas.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel hits out at Russia and China over Syria
German Chancellor Angela Merkel hit out at Russia and China over their stance in the Syrian crisis, saying in an interview published on Saturday that their action weakened the United Nations.
“It is very regrettable that Russia and China have refused for some time to come to a common position (with Western partners) on the Syrian conflict. This considerably weakens the role of the United Nations,” she said in an interview with regional daily Augsburger Allgemeine.
Russia and China have vetoed three resolutions that would increase pressure on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad since the start of the conflict in March 2011.
The two countries are also against a current push by the three Western permanent members of the Security Council – the United States, Britain and France – for a resolution that would allow military action against Syria over a chemical weapons attack which the West blames on the regime and the regime blames on the rebels.
In a separate interview to be published on Sunday in Welt am Sonntag weekly, Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle urged Russia to reconsider its stance. “Those who look away despite the use of chemical weapons … encourage their use.
“That is why we are calling on Russia to send a signal along with the international community,” he said.
Merkel reiterated that the use of chemical weapons in Syria had “broken a taboo” which “cannot remain without consequence.”
However, she categorically excluded German participation in any military action without prior approval from the international community. ”Germany cannot participate in any military intervention without a mandate from the United Nations, NATO or the EU,” she said.
“Therefore, there is no question of any participation by the Federal Army at the moment,” added Merkel, who is seeking reelections for a third consecutive term in a 22nd September vote.
A poll published on Thursday showed German public opinion firmly against military action by the West in Syria, with about six in ten people opposed to any possible strikes and only about a third in favour.

Egypt to try former President Morsi for inciting violence and murder

Ousted President Mohammed Morsi is to be tried on charges of “incitement to murder and violence” in December 2012 when tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied outside the presidential palace. Egypt’s state prosecutor referred the former president for trial late on Sunday. Prosecutors’ investigation revealed that Morsi ordered to break up the protesters’ sit-in, but his order was not obeyed. Fourteen members of the Muslim Brotherhood are also to stand trial on the same charges. The date for the trial is yet to be announced.

Iran intends to exclude dollar, euro from foreign transactions

Iranian Economy Minister Seyed Shamseddin Hosseini has announced that Tehran plans to exclude some Western currencies, specially US dollar and euro, from its foreign trade transactions, Fars news agency reported. “According to the decision made by the cabinet workgroup, the dollar and euro will be gradually put aside from Iran’s trade with other countries,” Hosseini said on Monday. He stated that Iran has already changed its trade partners and redirected its trade transactions from the UK Britain and Germany to Middle-Eastern states. In 2005, then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was the first to propose a switch in transactions from dollar to euro as a counter-measure to the US stance against Iran’s controversial nuclear program.

NSA spying targeted Brazil, Mexico leaders directly – Greenwald

The US National Security Agency’s global surveillance program directly targeted the communications of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, US journalist Glenn Greenwald told Brazilian TV news program Fantastico. Greenwald said the documents provided to him by NSA leaker Edward Snowden are dated June 2012 and show the communications of the leaders of Brazil and Mexico. Nieto, the contents of whose communications were accessed, was even being targeted while not yet the elected but still a presidential candidate.

​US admits peace envoy took part in Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

The US envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace took part in the latest round of negotiations between Israel and Palestine that resumed in late July, the US State Department said on Sunday. “Israeli and Palestinian delegations have been meeting continuously since final status negotiations resumed on July 29,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement. “The negotiations have been serious, and US Special Envoy Martin Indyk and his team have been fully briefed on the bilateral talks and also participated in a bilateral negotiating session,” she added without specifying whether any progress was made.
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Australia: Islamic Cleric Hate Speech could incite – Police

August 31, 2013 by admin ICAN  
Australia, August 23, 2013: An online video of an Australian Islamic cleric calling for Hindus and Buddhists to be killed is under investigation by South Australian police.
Sheikh Sharif Hussein“The YouTube clip is an edited version of a longer sermon. Police will examine the entire content of the sermon to gain the full context and determine whether any crime has been committed,” a statement said.
The video, published last week by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), contains excerpts from a sermon by Australian cleric Sheikh Sharif Hussein. He attacks and curses Jews, Australian troops, former Prime Minister John Howard, and President Obama.
He calls Australian soldiers “crusader pigs” and accuses them of helping British and American troops rape women in Iraq, claiming that “The Australian participation in the Crusaders’ war on Iraq is 6 per cent. This is out of approximately 365,000 Crusader pigs sent to Iraq, during the term of (Mr Howard), Allah’s wrath be upon him.”
He also threatens President Obama: “Listen, oh Obama, oh enemy of Allah, you who kiss the shoes and feet of the Jews. Listen! The day will come when you are trampled upon by the pure feet of the Muslims.” Finally, he exhorts “Oh Allah, count the Buddhists and the Hindus one by one. Oh Allah, count them and kill them to the very last one.”
The MEMRI clip is from a March 22 sermon, delivered during Friday prayers at the Islamic Da’wah Centre of South Australia. Wagdy Elgeezawy of the Da’wah center said Hussein’s comments were not intended to incite violence but rather “were a call for Allah to exact revenge against those who commit war crimes against Muslims.” He claims that the MEMRI video was “selectively edited by pro-Jewish elements and calculated to portray Islam in a bad light.”
Hussein is certainly not the first Australian radical preacher to make such comments. Ibrahim Saddiq Conlan called for the overthrow of the Australian legal system, noting that “Democracy is evil, the parliament is evil and legislation is evil.” Sheik Haron openly promoted jihad against the West and celebrated the deaths of Australians in war and in the Victorian bushfires. Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali claimed that women who do not wear the hijab are like “uncovered meat.”
A 2007 report claimed that Australia had a larger percentage of Muslim youth at risk of turning to radical Islam than any other Western nation, noting that there were “3,000 in ‘ideological sleeper cells’ in Sydney alone.”
Waleed Alkhazrajy, a spokesman for the Islamic Society of South Australia, added that he hopes the video does not provoke retribution. “We don’t want people to misunderstood these remarks and believe this represents the wider Muslim community view, and then they start to attack members of our community…” In fact, the inevitable outcome is that the incitement issue is soon sidelined and the focus shifts to police fearing for Sheikh Sharif Hussein’s safety.

Indian Banking Meltdown Worst in The World

Indian Banking Meltdown Worst in The World - Exclusive
Sepember02, 2013

It was surprising RBI governor has 5 year tenure like CAG and India
appoints an IDIOT it is 420 weekly tragedy. RBI is monitoring banks on
weekly basis.

But unlike in USA where Credit to Housing led to Meltdown, India was
Inverse - Credit to Industry was ILLEGALLY diverted to Real Estate or
similar investments. There may not be US like Collapse here but is
even More DAMAGING - resulting in Industry & Manufacturing Decline and
Sharp increase in IMPORTS.

Slow down in Growth Rate when India expect Manufacturing and Indusry
to contribute over 15% growth - it is almost zero in many sectors is
Banking Failure - every transcation of coompanies is through Banks
therefore trackable.

What is even most shocking is that D Subbarao was appointed in 2008
just when sub prime crisis in USA had triggered meltdown of banking in
most industrial countries hat have private banking.

But thanks to Indira Gandhi Indian banking is largely State Owned and
under close watch and conrol of RBI.

http://rbidocs.rbi.org.in/rdocs/Publications/PDFs/049_EHS110912F.pdf

In the above RBI tables it is obvious Credit to Industry was up six
fold in first eight years of UPA rule - 8 fold at the end of his term,
and doubled in first three years of D Subbarao tenure and Three Fold
in five years but there is no corresponding increase in Capacity
Additions and Revenue & Profits.

Fact is imports growth matched Credit Growth to Industry therefore
India was during his IITian turned Economist turned Finance Secretary
turned RBI governor - it was OBVIOUS money was not getting invested in
factories but fake Companies.

This Indian Banking Meltdown is worst in the world.

Function of RBI is to monitor IMPLEMENTATION OF BANK CREDITS FOR THE
DESIRED PUPOSES.

Persons with following Biodata are considered IDIOTS.

With computerized Banking RBI should be able to Monitor REAL TIME
INVESTMENT in Plant and Machinery of all Medium and Large Industries.

Ravinder Singh
Inventor & Consultant
progressindia008@yahoo.com



July 2013 Gross Bank Credit grows at 14.6%

On a year-on-year basis, gross bank credit increased by 14.6% in July 2013 as compared to 13.1% in June 2013. Food credit increased by 5.7% in July 2013 as compared with 3% in June 2013 and non-food bank credit increased by 14.8% in July 2013 as compared with 13.4% in June 2013.

The credit to NBFCs increased by 5.4% in July 2013 as compared with 1.9% in June 2013. The credit to agriculture increased by 10.5% in July 2013 as against 9.9% in June 2013.

The gross bank credit stands at Rs. 50,883 billion as on July 2013 as compared to Rs.44, 393 billion as on July 2012.


  Monthly trend in growth of gross bank credit (%)                                                                           (YoY)
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from RBI


Credit to industry increased by 15.9% in July 2013 as compared to 14.1% during June 2013. The acceleration in credit growth to industry in the month of July 2013 was observed in all the major sub-sectors, food processing, gems & jewellery, cement & cement products, wood & wood products, infrastructure, chemical & chemical products, metals, paper, textiles, leather & leather products and beverages & tobacco.

The services sector credit increased by 13.3% in July 2013 as compared with 12.1% in June 2013. Personal loans increased by 17% in July 2013 as compared with 15.6% in June 2013. Growth in the components of personal loans in July 2013 stood at housing (18.4%), advances against fixed deposits (17.2%), advances to individuals against shares, bonds, etc. (12.5%), education (8.9%) and vehicle loans (23.4%).

  Deployment of Gross Bank Credit by major sectors                                                                   (Rs. Billion)
Sector
June
2013*
July 2013**
June 2013^ (Y-O-Y growth)
July 2013^^
(Y-O-Y growth)
(%)
(%)
Gross Bank Credit
51019
50883
13.1
14.6
Food Credit
1101
988
3.0
5.7
Non-food Credit
49918
49894
13.4
14.8
Agriculture & Allied Activities
6051
6027
9.9
10.5
Industry (Micro & Small, Medium and Large )
22820
22774
14.1
15.9
Services
11699
11671
12.1
13.3
Personal Loans
9348
9423
15.6
17.0
Priority Sector
16105
16283
14.7
16.3
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from RBI
Note: Data are provisional and are collected on a monthly basis from select 47 scheduled commercial banks accounting for
 about 95% of the total non-food credit deployed by all scheduled commercial banks;
  * Data pertains as on June 28, 2013, ** Data pertains as on July 26, 2013, ^Data pertains as on June 28, 2013 over June 29, 2012
^^ Data pertains as on July26, 2013 over July 27, 2012


Warm regards,

Dr. S P Sharma
Chief Economist


M6.1 - BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.1
Date-Time
  • 2 Sep 2013 04:30:18 UTC
  • 2 Sep 2013 15:30:19 near epicenter
  • 2 Sep 2013 08:30:18 standard time in your timezone
Location6.565S 155.058E
Depth49 km
Distances
  • 54 km (33 mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  • 65 km (40 mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  • 394 km (244 mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  • 555 km (344 mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  • 625 km (387 mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 12.2 km; Vertical 2.5 km
ParametersNph = 109; Dmin = 414.0 km; Rmss = 1.22 seconds; Gp = 18°
Version = 9
Event IDus b000jez7
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
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