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West beats retreat in Ukraine

Posted by seumasach on September 25, 2014

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

24th September, 2014

Considering the huge lift that the White House gave last week to the visit by the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko — ‘rare honor’ of addressing a joint session of the US Congress, et al — one would have thought the Barack Obama administration was getting into a heightened mood of belligerence vis-a-vis Russia. But a close reading of President Obama’s remarks after the bilateral meeting with Poroshenko last Thursday in Washington creates doubts in the mind. 

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China launches a gold exchange

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2014

China set to win Asia gold pricing race with new exchange

Times of India

18th September, 2014

SINGAPORE/SHANGHAI: China launched a gold exchange open to foreign players for the first time on Thursday, putting the world’s top bullion buyer on track to win a race to set the benchmark price in Asia.

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Germany and France reject Syrian airstrikes

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2014

First Germany, Now France Folds On Syrian Airstrikes

Zero Hedge

22nd September, 2014

In yet another rather embarrassing event for The White House, just days after President Obama praised the French for helping in the fight against ISIS, and General martin Dempsey noted “the French were our very first ally and they’re with us again now,” French officials have, according to Reuters, ruled out participation in airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria. With the fall of France (and Germany already saying “nein”), it appears the broad coalition is now a “coalition of none,” as Obama has stated the US would not go it alone…

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Government issues first Islamic bond

Posted by seumasach on September 23, 2014

Gov.uk

14th August, 2014

The government has today (25 June 2014) cemented Britain’s position as the western hub for Islamic finance by becoming the first country outside the Islamic world to issue sovereign Sukuk, the Islamic equivalent of a bond.

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Obama snubs Poroshenko

Posted by seumasach on September 22, 2014

Poroshenko puts on brave face after U.S. refusal over status

Russia Beyond The Headlines

19th September, 2014

Moskovsky Komsomolets writes that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was not able to reach an agreement with his American counterpart Barack Obama on the supply of heavy weaponry to Ukraine and on granting Ukraine special status as a non-NATO American ally. The Ukrainian President commented on the refusal in the following manner: “Obama has said ‘no,’ since we already have a special status. The level of cooperation between the U.S. and Ukraine on matters of security and defense is much higher than the one required by the status of a principal non-NATO ally.” However, Moskovsky Komsomolets believes that Poroshenko’s optimistic tone is just an attempt to “sweeten the pill.” Meanwhile, the newspaper reports that Poroshenko, in his own words, was satisfied with his visit to the U.S., “despite the fact that not all his plans were realized.”

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Assad: end support for terrorism

Posted by seumasach on September 18, 2014

President al-Assad: Combating terrorism begins by pressuring the states that support and fund terrorist organizations

Syria Online

17th September, 2014

Damascus,  President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday received Faleh al-Fayyad, the Iraqi National Security Advisor and envoy of the Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi.

Al-Fayyad briefed President al-Assad on the latest developments in Iraq and the efforts exerted by the Iraqi government and people to confront terrorists, with emphasis during the meeting on the need to bolster cooperation and coordination between the two countries in the field of combating the terrorism which is affecting Syria and Iraq and which poses a threat to the region and the world.

President al-Assad said that combating terrorism begins by pressuring the states that support and fund terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq and that are now claiming to combat terrorism.

The President expressed satisfaction over the level of the standing cooperation with the Iraqi leaderships in terms of confronting terrorist organizations, noting that this cooperation has produced positive results for the two countries and the region.

For his part, al-Fayyad asserted the strength of the relations between Syria and Iraq and the need to remove any obstacle that hinders counterterrorism in order for security and stability to prevail in the region.

The meeting was attended by Syria’s Ambassador to Iraq Sattam Jada’an al-Dandah.

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‘Free Syrian Army no longer exists’

Posted by seumasach on September 18, 2014

CNSNews

17th September, 2014

(CNSNews.com) – Russia on Tuesday accused the West of ignoring its warnings about the growing terrorist threat in Syria, and claimed that the moderate rebel front – the one the Obama administration wants to arm as part of its anti-ISIS strategy – “no longer exists.”

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Joint statement of Chinese and UK governments

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

Joint Statement from Government of the People’s Republic of China & Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Gov.uk

16th June, 2014

I. At the invitation of the Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, H.E. Premier Li Keqiang of the State Council of the People’s Republic of China paid an official visit to the UK from 16 to 19 June 2014 and held the Annual Prime Ministers’ Meeting. The two sides had in-depth discussions on bilateral relations, practical cooperation in various fields and international and regional issues of mutual interest. Both sides underlined that since the establishment of the China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership ten years ago, bilateral relations have made significant progress, with frequent political exchanges and substantial cooperation in economics, trade, education, climate change and energy, science, technology and culture. As P5 members, both sides believe that deepening China-UK relations is not only in the fundamental interests of both countries but is also conducive to maintaining world peace and stability. They agreed to work together to push forward bilateral cooperation in growth, reform and innovation.

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Farage demands West work with Moscow to defeat ISIS

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

RT

16th September, 2014

The West must desist from its staunch opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy in Ukraine, and form an alliance with Moscow in order to defeat Islamic State (IS), UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage has said.

 

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Modi says sky’s the limit with Xi

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

“Modi visualizes the development of India-China relationship as far beyond a bilateral partnership. He wishes it to develop as a major factor in regional and world politics and the emerging world order, augmenting the capacity of the two Asian powers to influence the international system in a profound fashion”. 

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

17th September, 2014

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s interaction with the Chinese media on Tuesday in New Delhi was a customary practice that was to be expected on the eve of the visit of President Xi Jinping. But such occasions often serve a purpose in setting the right mood for the upcoming event for the visiting dignitary. 

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Kerry: US open to talks with Iran on Islamic State

Posted by seumasach on September 17, 2014

Yahoo News Digest

16th September, 2014

Kerry spoke after Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said the U.S. had in fact requested that Tehran join the fight against the Islamic State group but it rejected the overture because of Washington’s “unclean intentions.” Kerry did not respond directly to questions about that claim. He said there are often discussions on the sidelines of nuclear talks.

 

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