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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Best of WikiLeaks until Now

One of the best leaks on Russia, America and the Caucasus - "Chechnya, the once and future war" from the author of the superb "Chechnya's ruler, a three-day wedding and a golden gun". This Burns should start writing books. American literature got a new great writer.


I decided to discontinue this post because the leaks have turned into a flood. Maybe I will be updating this post now and then, but basically this post is finished. Here is a new leak and I decided to move to the top one of the previous since for me they seem to be connected.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emissaries also learn of a special "Iran observer" in the Azerbaijani capital of Baku who reports on a dispute that played out during a meeting of Iran's Supreme National Security Council. An enraged Revolutionary Guard Chief of Staff Mohammed Ali Jafari allegedly got into a heated argument with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and... and slapped him in the face because... because the generally conservative president had, surprisingly, advocated freedom of the press.


An unidentified Iranian businessman in Istanbul, Turkey, told U.S. diplomatic officials in August that election fraud was being led by "six or seven" Revolutionary Guard generals who were afraid they'd lose their power and privileges if Mousavi won.


Israel responsible for WikiLeaks in anti-Turkish plot, AKP member says (:D :D NB)


He made clear he was not amused by a US diplomat's description of him as "Batman" and President Dmitry Medvedev as "Robin". (Loool! NB)


Israel to Egypt and Abbas: We are going into Gaza to trash Hamas a bit. What about you guys to follow and take control over the strip from these Islamists?

Egypt/Abbas: No. Thank you

Israel: So we just go in to teach these monkeys a lesson and then get out?

Egypt/Abbas: Yes, please do


Saudi King Abdullah told U.S. officials that Pakistan's President Zardari was incapable of reforming his country. "When the head is rotten it affects the whole body," the Saudi monarch said, according to a cable.


Turkey’s main opposition party is “no more than a bunch of elitist ankle-biters,” U.S. diplomats in Ankara said in one of the documents leaked late Sunday by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks


Turkey’s foreign policy has “Rolls Royce ambitions, but Rover resources” and Turks “can’t compete on equal terms” with either global or regional powers, former Ambassador to Ankara James Jeffrey said in a separate confidential document.


The metaphor most commonly deployed by Jordanian officials when discussing Iran is of an octopus whose tentacles reach out insidiously to manipulate, foment, and undermine...


-- HBJ characterized Qatar,s relationship with Iran as one in which "they lie to us, and we lie to them".


A solution to the Arab/Israeli conflict would be a great achievement, the [Saudi] King said, but Iran would find other ways to cause trouble. "Iran's goal is to cause problems," he continued, "There is no doubt something unstable about them." He described Iran as "adventurous in the negative sense," and declared "May God prevent us from falling victim to their evil."



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Monday, November 29, 2010

The Lead Goose

Guardian: Saudi Arabia has repeatedly urged the US to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear installations (my intuition was basically correct)

A special report by the Economist on Japan's demographic implosion. The links to all articles of the report are inside the article on the right side.

Western Europe’s working-age population is already shrinking, though not as fast as Japan’s. East Asia, too, will watch Japan intently. Its industrial-growth model has closely resembled Japan’s in its post-war boom, rising on the same tide of an expanding workforce and export-led productivity gains. Japan has been called the lead goose in that V-formation. For now, as Florian Coulmas, a population expert at Tokyo’s German Institute for Japanese Studies, puts it, Japan is “the oldest goose”. But South Korea’s and China’s working-age populations too will soon start to shrink.

Source: Into the unknown

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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Sky's the Limit

This post has been replicated from my Whales page where you can watch full sized videos of my nature posts.

Underwater Birds

Giant Manta flying into the sky

The first commandment of the flying fish: Be airborne and multiply

A flying fish in a record breaking 45 seconds long flight

The Future of the Fish Flight


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Friday, November 19, 2010

The future of Japan

The Economist: The Japan syndrome

Given that I am a bit short on posts recently, I decided to resume posting here stuff I originally intended for my marine life blog. If you are not interested in underwater thingies, then just ignore it. And here we go with undersea volcanoes

Submarine ring of fire


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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Climate Change hits the Middle East

The latest links by Reuters on the impact of global warming on the Arab World. After demography this is probably the second most important factor to determine the future of this region. People can dwell on intricacies of the Israeli Palestinian negotiations or dream about a new prosperous and united Middle East to emerge as much as they want, but it's not clear how much of the present Middle East will survive the next two decades intact.

Arab world among most vulnerable to climate change

Yemenis abandon farms, seek food security in city

Climate change worsens plight of Iraqi farmers

Environmental disaster hits eastern Syria

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