Wednesday, March 7, 2012

109 Turkish premier: Focus on Israeli nukes, not Iran nuclear energy program

(1) DAVID CAMERON and his shadow cabinet have found a new billionaire backer
(2) China Opposes Iran Sanctions Sought by U.S.
(3) China's dependence on Iranian oil deters it from backing tougher sanctions - WSJ
(4) Iran to Allow IAEA Inspectors into Nuclear Plant
(5) Ousted Honduran president: Israelis sent to kill me
(6) Walking on Water, Feeding the 5000: Buddhist stories adapted by Christanity
(7) Kol Nidre - "All vows , obligations, oaths, and anathemas"
(8) Turkish premier warns against military strike on Iran
(9) Erdogan: Focus on Israeli nukes, not Iran nuclear energy program

(1) DAVID CAMERON and his shadow cabinet have found a new billionaire backer

From: FJA <> Date: 28.09.2009 01:41 PM

DAVID CAMERON and his shadow cabinet have found a new billionaire backer.

Alan Howard, a former comprehensive school pupil, is the architect of the biggest hedge fund in Europe and is using his wealth to help leading members of the Conservative party.

Howard, 46, a taker of calculated risks who, for fun, sledges down the Alps in the dark wearing a miner’s headtorch, is Britain’s first hedge-fund billionaire, according to calculations by the compiler of The Sunday Times Rich List.

In terms of overall wealth he is not far behind Lord Ashcroft, the deputy chairman of the Conservatives, who has a £1.1 billion fortune and has loaned the party £3.6m.

Howard is being wooed by the Tory party and has already been persuaded to help senior figures such as George Osborne, William Hague and Liam Fox with money for flights or to run their private offices.

He is a board member of the Conservative Friends of Israel and has set up a scholarship at his alma mater, Imperial College, London. He is president of the UK Jewish Film Festival in London in November.

Despite these public gestures, he guards his privacy. He has given only one interview and is known to have bought the copyright of photographs taken of him at charity events so they cannot be reproduced.

A City insider who knows him but asked not to be identified said: “He is actually a pleasant guy [and] even wears cardigan sweaters to the office, but his paranoia stems from a fear of being kidnapped by terrorists.”

His office is a modernist suite of edged glass, stainless steel and veneered walls on the site of the former headquarters of Marks & Spencer in Baker Street, central London.

He is chauffeured there each morning in a black Mercedes from his £3m home in north London. He and his wife Sabine have also bought a £7m apartment overlooking New York’s Central Park.

Former colleagues put his success down to extreme hard work. He sits in the middle of the trading floor, punching through more deals than anyone else and overseeing what his traders do. “I have never seen a group of people who are better at what they do,” said one of the fund’s former traders. “I’m talking Tiger Woods good.”

Howard is said to obsess about “black swans” — events that are difficult to predict and can wipe out a fund. He switched most of his fund’s investments to cash in the weeks before markets crashed in the credit crunch.

Last year Howard earned up to £100m, while the value of his hedge fund, Brevan Howard, soared. It manages $27 billion of assets — funds are always expressed in dollars — and made a 20% profit last year, earning £530m in fees, while the credit crunch devastated other hedge funds.

Despite selling 15% to Swiss Re, which occupies the “gherkin” building in the City, Howard still has majority voting rights in the partnership he formed in 2002 with four other traders from his time at Credit Suisse First Boston bank.

This year he has personally given Liam Fox, the shadow defence secretary, £4,500 on top of £15,000 two years ago. His fund also paid for Fox’s air ticket from New York to Vail, Colorado, to attend the American Enterprise Institute’s annual world forum. The likes of former vice-president Dick Cheney, and Newt Gingrich, the American right-winger, have been guests.

The hedge fund has twice paid in previous years for George Osborne, the shadow chancellor, to make the same trip. Howard has also given £5,000 to William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary, and £10,000 to the Conservative party, which will be hopeful of bigger gifts for next year’s general-election war chest.

One of his senior economists was part of a team under John Redwood, the former Conservative Welsh secretary , which produced a policy document for the party on freeing Britain from regulation to compete in world markets.

The Tories are not the only recipients of Howard’s largesse. The maths block at Hasmonean high school in north London, where he was a pupil, is named after him, and his wife helped organise Imperial College’s centenary celebrations in 2007. Last year his charitable trust spent £1.6m on holocaust education and other projects.

A spokesman for Howard said: “He owns a lot of the company but doesn’t give interviews and will not comment on his personal wealth. There are no pictures of him and he won’t talk about donations to the Conservatives or anything.”

(2) China Opposes Iran Sanctions Sought by U.S.
Published: September 24, 2009

BEIJING — China will not support increased sanctions on Iran as a way to curb its nuclear program, a government spokeswoman said Thursday.

Although China has generally opposed the use of sanctions, the announcement is sure to complicate President Obama’s efforts to impose tougher penalties on Iran, should international talks over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, scheduled for Oct. 1, fail to make headway.

“We always believe that sanctions and pressure are not the way out,” said Jiang Yu, a foreign ministry spokeswoman, during a news conference. “At present, it is not conducive to diplomatic efforts.”

On Wednesday, the White House savored success after Russia, a longtime opponent of economic sanctions, said it would consider tough new sanctions against Iran.

As a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, China has veto power over any decision by the body to impose sanctions.

Iran has indicated that any discussion of its nuclear program will be off the table during next week’s talks in Geneva, which will include the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Although he has pledged to engage the Iranians diplomatically, Mr. Obama has been pushing for a new round of sanctions that might persuade Iran to come back to the negotiating table.

Iran has denied that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, saying its efforts to enrich uranium are for a civilian nuclear energy program.

Despite its stated antipathy to sanctions, Beijing has shown some willingness to make exceptions. In June, China voted to approve a package of financial and trade restrictions aimed at punishing North Korea for its launch of ballistic missiles and the detonation of a nuclear device. Aside from a ban on arms exports, however, the sanctions, more recommendations than requirements, have been widely seen as ineffective.

(3) China's dependence on Iranian oil deters it from backing tougher sanctions - WSJ

SEPTEMBER 28, 2009

China's Oil Needs Affect Its Iran Ties
While Beijing Rejects Nuclear Proliferation, It Depends on Crude


BEIJING -- China's dependence on Iranian oil could deter it from backing tougher sanctions on Iran, though Beijing supports containing nuclear proliferation as part of a broader push to raise its international diplomatic stance.

China's trade with the U.S., at $150 billion in the first seven months of this year, dwarfs its $12 billion trade with Iran over the same period. But China is the world's second-biggest oil consumer after the U.S., and the Persian Gulf country is one of Beijing's biggest suppliers. Chinese imports of Iranian crude grew to 13 million metric tons in the first half, about 15% of China's total, and up 22% from a year earlier, according to government data.

With its growing middle class embracing cars, China already depends on imports for half of its oil needs. That ratio will have to increase to make up for the shortfall from domestic production, which can't grow much more, leaving China eager to keep Iran's oil flowing unchecked.

China's reaction to the revelations that Iran has a secret nuclear plant has been muted thus far. "We hope the talks between representatives of six major powers and Iran to be held on October 1 can make positive progress," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said. In a statement, the ministry said it hopes "that Iran cooperates" on the issue of the uranium-enrichment plant, and reiterated its stance that nonproliferation should be achieved "peacefully through negotiations."

Despite the diplomatic talk, there are signs that China's leaders could be willing to take a tougher stance on nuclear proliferation as they weigh the impact of destabilizing regional arms races on their trade-dependent economy.

Although China would prefer a negotiated settlement, "we have to keep it clear, commitment to nuclear nonproliferation is China's bottom line," said Yin Gang, a scholar at the Institute of West Asian and African Studies of the government-affiliated Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

With Iran flouting previous United Nations efforts, patience is running thin, he said, and Iran shouldn't count on China's unconditional support. "If the solution to the nuclear issue is through nonpolitical means, or a military attack cannot be avoided, I don't think China has the power to stop such [a] military attack," said Mr. Yin. He added that even though China and Iran are old friends "it doesn't mean that Iran could expect that when it comes to the nuclear issues, [China's] interests are bound together with Iran's."

Recent action on North Korea, another longtime China ally with nuclear ambitions, shows how China's position on nuclear arms has stiffened. In May, China supported U.N. sanctions against North Korea after its second nuclear test clearly angered China's leaders. And before the U.S. invasion of Iraq, China declined to exercise its U.N. Security Council veto on action against Iraq.

Nonetheless, China's oil companies have been strengthening their ties to Iran's oil industry in recent months. Chinese state-owned oil companies recently have signed a string of multibillion-dollar deals to develop Iranian oil and gas fields, filling a gap left after Iran's talks with major Western oil companies collapsed under the growing threat of nuclear sanctions.

Iran is the world's fifth-largest oil exporter, but years of sanctions, underinvestment and mismanagement have led to declining oil production and crippled domestic fuel refining, forcing the country to import around 40% of its gasoline. That leaves Iran vulnerable to any embargoes that would cut off fuel shipments.

Some big Western oil traders have recently scaled back or are preparing to halt fuel shipments to Iran in anticipation of sanctions, leaving an opening for Chinese fuel traders.

According to official Chinese data, none of China's gasoline exports have gone directly to Iran, but much of its growing fuel exports head to Singapore, a regional trading hub from which fuel is re-exported to ports across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Oil companies in China -- the second-biggest buyer of Iranian crude after Japan -- have stepped up investment. China National Petroleum Corp., the flagship state-owned oil company, has signed billion-dollar contracts to develop oil and natural-gas fields, replacing other foreign companies that have backed out. China's biggest oil refiner, state-owned Sinopec Group, has also signed on to develop Iranian oil fields.
—Sue Feng, Bai Lin and Gordon Fairclough contributed to this article.

(4) Iran to Allow IAEA Inspectors into Nuclear Plant

By VOA News
26 September 2009

Iran says it will allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency into its newly disclosed uranium enrichment plant.

Iran's nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, said Saturday on Iranian state television the timing of the visit will be worked out with the IAEA.

Earlier, a top aide to Iran's Supreme Leader said the Iranian nuclear facility should be operational soon.

The chief of staff to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Iran's Fars News Agency that "God Willing, the new plant will be operational soon and make the enemy blind."

On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama and other Western leaders accused Iran of building a secret nuclear plant and insisted the IAEA have immediate access to ensure it is not being built to produce nuclear weapons.

Iran denied the facility has been a secret.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Iran complied with IAEA rules by informing the agency early enough that the facility near the holy Shi'ite city of Qum was under construction.

In Israel Saturday, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said the newly disclosed atomic facility was proof Iran is seeking nuclear weapons. He said he hopes world powers will give an "unequivocal" response when representatives from Germany, the U.S., Britain, France, China and Russia meet with Iranian officials in Geneva on October 1.

Israel has described Iran's nuclear program as a threat to the Jewish state and has not ruled out any options in preventing Iran from acquiring atomic weapons.

The United States and its allies accuse Iran of working to produce a nuclear weapon. Iran says its atomic program is for peaceful purposes, to generate electric power.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters

(5) Ousted Honduran president: Israelis sent to kill me

From: Kristoffer Larsson <> Date: 27.09.2009 06:41 PM

And don’t forget this article forwarded by me earlier:
Israeli Commandos with Experience in Palestine and Colombia are Training the Honduran Armed Forces


Ousted Honduran president: Israelis sent to kill me

Manuel Zelaya takes refuge in Brazilian Embassy in Honduras since coming back to the country. He claims Israeli mercenaries hired by the de facto government tormenting him, planning on murdering him

Published: 09.25.09, 10:52 / Israel News

Ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya, who returned to his country this week after three months in exile, is accusing his government of hiring Israeli mercenaries to torture him with high-frequency radiation in his safe haven in the Brazilian Embassy.

In a conversation with the Miami Herald, Zelaya said that he has begun to suffer from throat pains resulting from poisonous gases being leaked into the embassy in Tegucigalpa. He also said that he fears mercenaries will enter the building and murder him. "They are threatening to kill us," he said.

Witnesses said that soldiers were noticed installing some kind of satellite in front of the embassy on Friday that emitted loud noises.

Israeli sources in Miami whom the newspaper contacted said that they cannot confirm the presence of Israeli mercenaries in Honduras.

Zelaya, who was deposed in a military coup in June, also said, "I prefer to walk on my own two feet than to live on my knees under a dictatorship." He turned to the American administration with a request to take action in his favor. "I said to President Obama, to Secretary of State Clinton, to the US ambassador, and to anyone willing to listen: they know what to do, but have been very cautious until now."

The de facto Honduran government announced Wednesday that it will initiate talks with Zelaya if he recognizes the election results that were held in the country in November.

"I am ready to meet with anyone, anywhere, including former President Manuel Zelaya," said the interim President Roberto Micheletti. This statement represents a significant change in the president's position, as he previously declared he did not intend to be drawn into conflict with Brazil and that Zelaya "can stay in the embassy five to 10 years if he wants."

(6) Walking on Water, Feeding the 5000: Buddhist stories adapted by Christanity

From: Charles F Moreira <> Date: 28.09.2009 05:19 AM

These have brought back some very fond memories of Buddhism, which I still   find to be a very sensible philosophy of life, religion or whatever you   want to call it.

In today's world where there is so much hatred, especially amongst   followers of religions of the Middle East, which come from the same root   and which profess belief in the same God and prophets -- Jesus = Isa,   Moses = Musa, Noah = Noh, Abraham = Ibrahim, Jacob = Yacob, Mary = Maryam,   David = Daud, Norma = Normah, Shiela = Shailah, John = Johan, etc, etc and   yet they are caught up in the most tumultuous conflict, no doubt   instigated by political forces.

Now you don't find much of that amongst followers of the Far-Eastern   religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Confucianism, Taoism,   Shintoism, which in the main believe in respect for other faiths and to   live and let live, and where animosities may exist, such as between the   Sri Lankan Buddhists and Sri Lankan Tamils, the root essentially   political, whilst their religion is a by-the-way based on the history of   these respective groups.

(7) Kol Nidre - "All vows , obligations, oaths, and anathemas"

From: ReporterNotebook <>  Date: 29.09.2009 12:25 AM

Dead Chickens, Amends, and an Outcry

See Video at The New York Times Link:

Kol Nidre, the central prayer of Yom Kippur, attracts the greatest attendance.  Decide for yourself what it means:

Jewish History, Jewish Religion - The Weight of Three Thousand Years (CHAPTER 3)

by Professor Israel Shahak

... popularly regarded as the most 'holy' and solemn occasion of the Jewish liturgical year, attended even by very many Jews who are otherwise far from religion. It is the Kol Nidre prayer on the eve of Yom Kippur - a chanting of a particularly absurd and deceptive dispensation. By which all private vows made to God in the following year are declared in advance to be null and void.

The Jewish Encyclopedia


Prayer recited in the synagogue at the beginning of the evening service on the Day of Atonement; the name is taken from the opening words. The "Kol Nidre" has had a very eventful history, both in itself and in its influence on the legal status of the Jews. Introduced into the liturgy despite the opposition of rabbinic authorities, repeatedly attacked in the course of time by many halakists, and in the nineteenth century expunged from the prayer-book by many communities of Western Europe, it has often been employed by Christians to support their assertion that the oath of a Jew can not be trusted.

Form of Prayer.

Thereupon the cantor chants the Aramaic prayer beginning with the words "Kol Nidre," with its marvelously plaintive and touching melody, and, gradually increasing in volume from pianissimo to fortissimo, repeats three times the following words:

"All vows , obligations, oaths, and anathemas, whether called 'onam,' 'onas,' or by any other name, which we may vow, or swear, or pledge, or whereby we may be bound, from this Day of Atonement until the next (whose happy coming we await), we do repent. May they be deemed absolved, forgiven, annulled, and void, and made of no effect; they shall not bind us nor have power over us. The vows shall not be reckoned vows; the obligations shall not be obligatory; nor the oaths be oaths."

The leader and the congregation then say together: (Num. xv. 26).

"And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them, seeing all the people were in ignorance"

(8) Turkish premier warns against military strike on Iran,turkish-premier-warns-against-military-strike-on-iran.html

Posted : Mon, 28 Sep 2009 09:20:37 GMT
By : dpa

Istanbul - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has warned against a military strike on Iran's controversial nuclear plants, according to Turkish media reports Monday. Such an attack would be "madness" and its terrible consequences would not just affect Iran, Turkish newspapers quoted Erdogan as saying.

Erdogan is to travel to Tehran next month for talks which will include discussion of Iran's nuclear programme. Turkey, a member of NATO, has good relations with neighbouring Iran.

Erdogan said that focusing nuclear discussions solely on Iran was not fair.

"We are completely against nuclear weapons in the Middle East," daily newspaper Radikal quoted the prime minister as saying at the end of his trip to the United States.

"But there is a country in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons: Israel. There is a difference, though; Israel is not a member of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), while Iran is."

Tensions over Iran's nuclear programme have worsened over the last few days after Tehran revealed it had a second uranium-enrichment facility.

Calls for military action and tougher sanctions against Iran have been increasing. Israel called for "crippling sanctions" and even Russia, traditionally a friend of Iran, has rebuked the country.

Representatives from the US, France, Russia, Britain, China and Germany are set to meet in Geneva on Thursday to discuss ways out of the impending crisis.

Tehran has so far shown little willingness to compromise and wants to talk about global challenges rather than its own nuclear programme.

(9) Erdogan: Focus on Israeli nukes, not Iran nuclear energy program
By Press TV
News Article
Monday, Sep 28, 2009

The Turkish president has condemned Western countries' focus on Iran's nuclear program, stressing that the world should deal with Israel's nuclear weapons instead.

Turkey's "Radikal" newspaper on Sunday reported that Recep Tayyip Erdogan's strong comments against Israel's nuclear program was similar to his "one minute" stance in Davos in January when he walked out of a televised debate with his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres.

Erdogan told reporters in New York that Iran's nuclear program is not aimed at "military ends".

The Turkish president noted that Israel has "nuclear weapons" and has used "phosphorous bombs" against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

"Why these are not on the agenda? It is always Iran…" Erdogan told reporters in New York.

"If only Iran is put on the world agenda, then we may neglect other issues such as the Gaza [conflict] that should be addressed," he said.

Erdogan, upon his arrival to Istanbul from New York, said that during his meetings in the UN General Assembly and the G20 leaders' summit in Pittsburg, no military option against Iran has been on agenda.

Iran's northwestern neighbor has also urged caution over imposing any new sanctions on Tehran, saying they will not be useful.

The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due to visit Tehran next month to discuss Iran's nuclear program with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Erdogan ruled out any attempts to impose sanctions on Tehran's gas industry, saying sanctions would be especially problematic for its neighbor Turkey.

The Turkish president has plans to visit Iran next month to help resolve the dispute over Tehran's nuclear program.

"I will make a trip to Iran towards the end of October... We will discuss regional problems, including this (nuclear) one," Turkey's Anatolia news agency quoted Erdogan as saying.

Israel, which is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and has imposed seveal wars on the region, accuses Iran of trying to develop a military nuclear program and has repeatedly voiced its determination to halt the Islamic Republic's nuclear program through military options.

Unlike Israel, Iran is a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and has been pushing for a the removal of all weapons of mass destruction across the globe.

Tehran says its nuclear program is being pursued within the framework of the IAEA and international regulations.

The UN nuclear watchdog in its previous reports had confirmed that Iran only enriches uranium-235 to a level of "less than 5 percent."

Uranium, which fuels a nuclear power plant, can be used for military purposes only if enriched to high levels of above 90 percent.

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