Saturday, February 19, 2011

Binocular Snapshot for 2/19/2011

LastDayWatchers as you watch the continued FAILURE IN AFGHANISTAN resulting from God curse of the Bush/Obama Administrations as

Suicide blasts kill 18 at Afghanistan bank as soldiers collect paychecks

"Three suicide bombers stormed a branch of Kabul Bank in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing 18 people and wounding dozens more"

"As Afghan soldiers and police officers lined up on Saturday to get their monthly salaries at a bank in downtown Jalalabad, they became targets for seven heavily armed attackers in Army uniforms who had joined them, Afghan officials said"

In a chaotic scene, the attackers, all wearing explosive vests, started a gun battle, and several rushed into the bank, starting a siege there. The fighting ended three hours later, leaving 18 people dead and about 70 wounded, the governor of Nangarhar Province said.


"There were seven suicide bombers dressed in A.N.A. uniform,” said the governor, Gul Agha Shirzai. “Five of the bombers were killed in the firefight with security forces, and two blew themselves up."


The Taliban claimed responsibility for the latest attack.


"We inflicted heavy casualties on the security forces of the puppet government"


A Taliban spokesman said.


This was the fourth carefully planned suicide attack in just a little over three weeks and the third to hit a major Afghan city. The other two were in a supermarket frequented by foreigners in Kabul on Jan. 28, and in Kandahar on Feb. 12. Another suicide attack occurred on the edge of the capital of Khost Province. In all, 57 people have been killed in the attacks.


The frequency of the attacks suggests that the insurgents are staging a carefully calculated campaign to undermine the government and persuade the public that neither the government nor a 150,000-person NATO military force can keep them safe.


"The Taliban would like to prove to the people that the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police are just a rumor,”


said Mirwais Yasini, a senior member of Parliament from Jalalabad, who rushed to the city from Kabul when he got word that the attack was under way.


“The security forces are not established yet, and the Taliban, in order to show to the world and the Afghans, that they have, they can, infiltrate the security cordons and that there are intelligence blunders and that they can do what they want, systematically are breaching the security — in Kandahar, Kabul, Jalalabad"


On Feb. 8, just a bit beyond the city limits, thousands of people gathered for the funeral of Awal Gul, a detainee at the Guantánamo Bay prison camp in Cuba who died there while exercising. People who attended the ceremony said that messages were read from a prominent local Taliban leader and that the crowd chanted anti-American slogans and vowed revenge

A gunman in an Afghan army uniform has opened fire on US-led soldiers in Afghanistan's northern Baghlan province, killing three German soldiers and injuring six others

"The gunman, who was dressed in an Afghan army uniform, was killed during the assault, as US-led troops fired back at the assailant. The incident left six other soldiers injured.


A 30-year-old German sergeant was gunned down in the attack, and a second and third soldier who sustained injuries, succumbed to their wounds several hours after the shooting"

View also the advise coming from the "estate" area, which will prove to be most influential

"Killing people to safeguard US interests will only make your burden heavier"

The top Iranian official further underlined the rulers have no choice, but to respect the will of their nations.


"The people in the region have shown that their awakening is real"


The Middle East today is definitely the result of Islamic awakening among Muslims, and that is why the US, Zionists and the dictators affiliated to them are very anxious."

Is it time for the west to come clean?

"In the rush of politicians such as Hillary Clinton to support the new wave of "freedom", western governments seem to be replicating the same errors they made during the "colour" revolutions,


mistaking the act of revolt for the outcome of a long period of revolution, and accepting the incomplete in the name of "stability".


For, like Tolstoy's unhappy families, each of the autocracies now embroiled in popular uprisings is autocratic in its own way


Which leaves a profound challenge for the west, whose interventions in the region have historically tended to support exactly those autocrats whose power is now being challenged


It is not good enough to talk, as Clinton, Barack Obama, William Hague and others have done, in feeble generalities about "stability", "freedom" and "restraint"

"Some members of Bahrain's Sunni ruling system worry that Shiite powerhouse Iran could use Bahrain's majority Shiites as a further foothold in the region"

On Saturday morning, jubilant Bahrainis honked car horns, waved flags and flashed v-for-victory signs as the tanks moved away from the square"

"We don't fear death anymore, let the army come and kill us to show the world what kind of savages they are"

said Umm Mohammed, a teacher wearing a black abaya cloak.


Bahrain's 70 percent Shi'ite majority long has felt discriminated against in the Gulf Arab island that is ruled by a Sunni Muslim dynasty and is a close U.S. and Saudi ally"

While you are "watching" do not fail to take a peep at the substance to the red defensive shadow

Latin America calls for boosting ties with the Middle East

"The imam keeps the volume on the speakers turned down so the call to prayer doesn’t disturb the nearby coffee shops and convent. Even so, dozens of Lebanese, Syrians and Palestinians have heard the call, kicking off their shoes as they enter a nondescript mosque in this predominantly Catholic country


The hemispheric marriage was supposed to be consummated this month in Peru, during a meeting of heads of state of South America and the Arab League. But the upheaval in Middle East that led to the resignations of presidents of Tunisia and Egypt forced a last-minute postponement.




Even so, Peruvian President Alan García suggested that the eventual meeting will be an opportunity to shake-up old alliances.


"This is an unprecedented step toward joining our two cultures, our two worlds"


he said in a statement.


"Until now, we have always dealt with the United States, China and Europe. But now, we are seeing the rise of Arab nations that have immense resources."


One of the signs of the flowering relationship is that Latin America has sided with the Arab League on the hot-button issue of Palestine.


Since December, nine Latin American countries have recognized a sovereign Palestinian state. Among them are economic powerhouses and reliable U.S. allies such as Brazil, Chile and Peru


Latin America’s stance might not change the facts on the ground, Middle East analysts said. Already, more than 100 nations recognize a sovereign Palestine, yet that has done little to expedite a two-state solution.


But the move is one more sign that the region is no longer taking its foreign policy cues from the United States


Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former ambassador to the United Nations, said the recognition of Palestine is a clear sign that Israel’s relationship with the region is “eroding” as Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez and others have embraced the Arab agenda and cozied up to Iran.


Venezuela, Argentina and Bolivia “seem to be getting in the wrong camp and even getting into bed with Iran, which is not good for South America, Israel or the region,” Gillerman said"

Keep in view what the May 15th Prophecy have said regarding China moves which will result in a "decoupling", as the bailouts come to "nought"

China prevented the use of exchange rates and currency reserves as indicators

"Ministers and central bank governors agreed on a list of indicators including public debt and fiscal deficits, private savings and borrowing, the trade balance and other components of balance of payments such as net investment flows.


But at Chinese insistence there was no mention of the real effective exchange rate or of foreign currency reserves.


The United States and other western countries accuse Beijing of keeping the yuan artificially undervalued to boost its exports, hence accumulating massive foreign currency reserves that they say distort the world economy


U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner repeated after the talks that China's currency "remains substantially undervalued"


and its real exchange rate had not moved much despite a slow appreciation since a reform last June.

"China and Brazil complain that "hot money" inflows risk destabilizing the economies of emerging countries, pointing the finger at the U.S. Federal Reserve's money printing via a $600 billion bond purchase program"

The G20 ministers acknowledged that economic recovery was diverging between developed and developing economies, but they differed in their assessment of global inflation risks.


The communique noted that while growth was subdued in most developed economies, with unemployment high, major emerging markets were roaring ahead, "some with signs of overheating."

From the 100% accuracy of the May 15th Prophecy  written at  LastDayWatchers


INFO ON TAP 


Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead