Monday, August 24, 2009

Malta

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League Secretary-General Amr Moussa, left, shares a word with EU policy chief Javier Solana, right, at the European Union - Arab League, Ministerial Meeting Malta 2008 in , St. Julian's, Monday Feb. 11, 2008, LINK

The Arab League will establish a "liaison centre" in Malta to guarantee a long-term relationship and develop Arabic translation, the EU Commissioner for External Relations, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, was quoted as saying by the Kuwait News Agency. She was speaking in Cairo where former Foreign Minister Michael Frendo was special guest of the Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, at a joint European Commission-Arab League cultural event at the historic Cairo Opera House. The event was jointly hosted with Ms Ferrero-Waldner and the Anna Lindh Foundation.

Both Mr Moussa and Ms Ferrero-Waldner said the idea of the event developed as a result of the Malta initiative that led to the first ministerial meeting in Malta on February 11-12, 2008. They described the Malta meeting as "a cornerstone for enhanced Euro-Arab relations", adopting a platform to develop further avenues of cooperation between the League of Arab States and its member states and the EU and its member states.
Mr Moussa thanked Dr Frendo for the Malta initiative "for which he worked so hard and which he successfully achieved with great success". He said the Malta initiative "has come to complement the Union for the Mediterranean".  LINK

"Spanish King Juan Carlos I is expected to visit Malta in November, the first time a Spanish king has visited the island in some 400 years.

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk is also expected to pay an official visit to Malta in October.

The EU-Arab League liaison centre was expected to open in Malta in October 2009.

Maltese Foreign minister Dr Borg said the liaison centre would be housed in the former Malta Council for Economic and Social Development office (farmer: this is an institutional consultative body established by the 1957 Treaty of Rome, LINK), close to the police headquarters. According to Dr Borg, the opening date was still to be confirmed and both EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Secretary General of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, would be attending.He defended the government's decision to enter the Partnership For Peace, saying that this would not only lead to training opportunities for the armed forces but also to a better position for Malta during EU defence meetings. LINK

"Malta Communiqué" (EU- League of Arab States Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting) (11.02.08)

What lead to the "Malta Communiqué"? - The "Malta Initiative" - It was the first ever EU-Arab League summit in February 2008, opened by Javier Solana: "Inter-cultural dialogue, global warming, energy security, immigration and economic, social and political development are on the agenda for the talks, according to Maltese Foreign Minister Michael Frendo.The ministers are also expected to discuss the situation in the Palestinian territories and the Middle East peace process.
Bringing together these two worlds in Malta is in itself a political message in favour of the politics of moderation and against extremism and division," Frendo told AFP last week.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana was to open the talks Monday, when the participants were to have a working dinner, to be followed by another meeting Tuesday morning." LINK

 A second foreign ministers’ meeting is planned in Istanbul before the end of year, while a second summit of heads of State and government might take place under the Spanish EU presidency (2010). Dr. Borg said "Other proposals also deserve careful review – such as Israeli President Shimon Peres’ idea for a ‘provisional’ Palestinian State and the recent suggestion by Javier Solana, the EU’s High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, that if no solution emerges within a reasonable period of time, the UN Security Council should impose a two-State peace settlement. " from: "Malta’s evolving Mediterranean outreach" Vanya Walker-Leigh 30 July 2009

stay tuned!

farmer

Monday, August 10, 2009

holiday

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Javier Solana, at Cela(Bueu), where he has his stable residence for the summer since 1995.


"Bueu (Pontevedra), 7 ago (EFE) .- The EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, today expressed hope that the Irish vote in favor of the Treaty of Lisbon in the second referendum for the upcoming October 2, after expressing its rejection in June 2008. 

In a meeting with journalists in Bueu, where he made his annual summer holiday, Solana said he has "high hopes that the people of Ireland support the Treaty of Lisbon" and that "it is very important that this process would have positive results." 

The representative of the EU said, that the referendum in Ireland is a key step for the entry into force of the Treaty possible by January 2010. " ...
   
For Solana, the coming to power of Barak Obama is "the best news of the year" and he found that has helped to improve transatlantic relations. 

"We listen to each other. It's good to know that the U.S. president listens," said the representative of the EU foreign policy. 

Concerning the global economic situation he found that there are some slight signs of economic recovery and expressed the hope that it will confirm in the next months.

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As always in August Solana enjoys "long walks through the forest, often extending throughout the morning. In other years he enjoyed the typical cuisine of the Rías Baixas (fishes from the rivers) in several restaurants in the parishes of Beluso (Bueu) and Aldán (Cangas), at the spring of that town. 
Usually after eating, Javier Solana cultivated many friendships that have been gained in the desktop and with long talk. This is one of the reasons why the position of the European Union, can not much be seen on the beaches of the region. In addition he prefers to escape the crowds that come together in the sand. Maximum is to take a look down to the beach for a dip in the days where temperatures reach higher values, and where the beaches start to empty of people. 
This seems to indicate that the neighbor is not going to resent the unstable summer Galicia is experiencing this year and he will relax with a good book."

"If one day you do not want to go out, stay at home to enjoy reading until dinner time. Mr PESC becomes owner for a few days and "lord" of his agenda without neglecting their duties and plan a trip, or the sand runs through the town to buy down as one of the neighboring municipality. He says that it is "part of the family." 

The ANA PATIÑO BUEU always faithful to Cela, Javier Solana, enjoy the Sunday night of a deserved vacation in the summer house where he has been in place for twelve years. Here, as every summer, he will try to disconnect from the challenges and responsibilities of his position as senior in Common Foreign and Security Policy of the EU. After "a year of hard work for various reasons, including piracy and the Somali conflict or economic crisis," Mr CFSP arrives with "desire to rest and do what I do every summer," but will be continuily informed about what is happening in the world each morning.
Solana opts for a quiet life. He stressed that "I do not give first pages in the summer. Unfortunately, I have to work a lot during the winter." He gets up early and after a round of calls, he explains that "if I am feeling well, I go to the mountains, many miles and I swim on any beach." As usually "always with friends for lunch in any of the bars or chiringos of the area and I enjoy Lapamán sands, a beach that looks beautiful. " 
The first of his days in Galicia (on Monday), he spent part of the morning to run around and Agrelo Portomaior and in the afternoon, he said with simplicity, "at Bueu I had to go to the supermarket and buy what I had forgotten."  
On September 18 he will give a lecture at the prestigious Harvard University and although it has already planed what is going to say, he prefers to "give it a final polishing" these days on vacation. In the series of conferences in the U.S. he will talk about "the world today, globalization, economic crisis and the impact they may have on geopolitics." 
  
(After the Mallorca bombings) beyond the issue of greatest crisis in our country today is terrorism. Following statements by the Interior Minister, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba after the latest attacks by ETA, Javier Solana has expressed "full agreement with what he said" - his colleague and friend, recently."

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stay tuned!

farmer

Friday, August 07, 2009

a V-child is born

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The sun July 9: "baby born to be wild"="false boom after crisis - visible one month later (=today)".

I knew this would happen. But I did not think they would be so obvious. Today, as the baby is born, it's time to show:

As you see, already on July 9 the men in power gave the V-sign (=to take a break from the recession caused by the Financial Crisis). But I did not want to publish it, as I was sure a lot of my readers would have ridiculed me, for this interpretation. Still, my close friends heard me speaking about this in July. I told them, that the 13 doves at the front door of Wall Street at October 8 (I have reported on this event in October here) had been a sign to go into deep crisis.  9 months later, on July 9, the Sun published the 2 pictures on its front cover and I said to my friends that this is the sign coming from the City of London, to take a break of the financial crisis soon (but just a break, as a second crisis will come):

As Published by the SUN, 2009, July 09:

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When the crisis was 9 months old, the real baby on the picture was here 8 months old. One month to go for the headlines of Financial Times Germany, the birth of the V-child: And just at birth-time, one month later, they published the sign again, today's title: 

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"Miniboom for German Economy", "Hurray a little V!",

title story Financial times today: stork bringing a V sign. (LINK 7/8.08.2009)

...also here:

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title: "kommt in Vahrt" instead of "Fahrt" ("starting to take ovv") LINK

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Links:

http://www.ftd.de/politik/international/550449.html?bid=550535&p=1&cp=2

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/855b486a-8322-11de-a24e-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

http://www.ftd.de/wirtschaftswunder/

http://www.ftd.de/meinung/leitartikel/:Kolumne-Was-f%FCr-ein-perfektes-Konjunktur-V-spricht/550393.html

http://www.ftd.de/politik/international/550449.html?bid=550393&p=1

(For the ones who have the FTD paper version: on page 26 we find a half page big black V sign, titled "bungee-boom" with many V-charts).

Interesting enough, they also connect it to the end of the second world war, the times of Churchill, a hawk.

"War Hawk is a term originally used to describe a member of the House of Representatives of the Twelfth Congress of the United States who advocated waging war against Great Britain in the War of 1812. The term has evolved into an informal Americanism used to describe a political stance of preparedness for aggression, by diplomatic and ultimately military means, against others to improve the standing of their own government, country, or organization. This term is usually contrasted with the term dovish, which alludes to the more peaceful dove". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawkish#Modern_usage"dovish
Dovish refers to an economic outlook which generally supports lower interest rates. Doves take the position that inflationary pressures are low enough for low interest rates to be desirable 

hawkish
The term refers to the predatory, stern nature of the hawk. In finance, hawkish refers to a negative outlook on inflation, implying that price levels are too high. "Hawkish" is an adjective typically used to describe monetary policy which favors higher interest rates, tighter monetary controls and restrictive credit policy."

http://forums.babypips.com/newbie-island/5933-what-does-hawkish-dovish-mean.html

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Now this brings us back to the 13 doves in front of Wall Street October 8. (In my October article I had this event connected also to "MER" and on October 24 I had written about MER(o)vin King, the Governor of the Bank of England ) Link). Now I found that they often use the term "Hawk" in opposition of "Dove" for him.

"Hawks and doves face off over next rate move

Mervyn Allister King
Mervyn King is Governor of the Bank of England and is Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee. He was previously Deputy Governor from 1998 to 2003, and Chief Economist and Executive Director from 1991. Mervyn King was a non-executive director of the Bank from 1990 to 1991." LINK

"Mervyn King
The Governor is a self-confessed "inflation nutter" and has long been considered hawkish in his approach to setting interest rates. It is he who has twice had to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer to explain why inflation is so high - something his predecessor Eddie George never had to do - and with the cost of living set to rise further there will be more letters to come. Voting to cut interest rates under such circumstances would be difficult.

King's recent voting record also tells a story. In June 2007 he wanted to increase rates but was outvoted five-four. Hawk count: 1," LINK

"Mervyn King Coos Like a Sucking Dove" http://www.j-bradford-delong.net/movable_type/2003_archives/001867.html

"Commentators often describe the nine committee members in ornithological terms. On that basis, Professor David Blanchflower is the arch-dove while Professor Tim Besley and Dr Andrew Sentance are the über-hawks, egged on (no pun intended) by Mervyn King, the Bank of England's Governor, and John Gieve". LINK

"The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age"

Don't trust the "V"-boom. It's a Valse Peace.

A friend wrote: "We are barely 13 months into a depression whereas at the end of the great depression they had been over 3 years in it.  This depression people, looks like your grandmothers worst nightmare gone wrong and morph into the movie "Alien". 
Why are we not getting the truth about this depression?? 
A friend went into a bank in NZ just a week ago asking for a "mort-gage". ("mort = death ... gage = cage or grip")  She was informed that the amount she was able to deathgrip for was now less than half it was a year ago on the same income. The bank adviser informed her that ... and I quote : "
don't believe the stuff you see on TV about this recession being almost over, it's nothing like the truth, we haven't even begun to see the problems yet". She was advised privately by this bank staff not to get too deep in debt."
stay tuned!

farmer

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Ervin strikes again!

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In march 2009 Ervin Laszlo published a new (free) book with Marco Roveda.
In 2008 the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum conferred the international prize “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” on co-author Marco Roveda. Professor Klaus Schwab was the one who created the World Economic Forum. His Schwab Foundation has writer Paolo Coelho and David Gergen Director of Center for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA on their board (Link) and partners among others with with  The Boston Consulting Group, Ernst & Young,  Goldman Sachs, Microsoft Corporation(Link).

In their book they cleverly mixed the "Club of Rome"-fears with their philosophy of World Shift 2012, Green Business/Politics and the alleged need for global spiritual transformation. The usual suspects are listed with them: Michael Gorbachev, Deepak Chopra, Fritjof Capra, Spaceman Edgar Mitchell, ...LINK
Some of its dangerous content in short:
"We fight cultural intolerance and religious fundamentalism in
others, but have been, and many of us still are, willing to subscribe
to virulent forms of nationalism under the banner of patriotism and
national security." (p13)
"A Rockefeller, a Vanderbilt, a Ford, a Mellon, and a Carnegie didn’t think of
himself purely as a businessman, out to get the maximum money for
himself and his family; he considered himself a builder of society, a
force for the common good." (p19) (LOL)
"Today another course is expected of the United States. President
Obama is personifying a new model of sustainable development,
one that other governments will also have to confront." (p25)
"Obama and the new politics of the United States — if actions follow words —
will provide answers regarding the change we need at this historical
moment, much as the LifeGate project in Italy, with its aim to convey
new values and promote a new consciousness" (p33)
"The consciousness now emerging bears out the predictions of a
few remarkable thinkers and spiritual people. The Indian sage Sri
Aurobindo
viewed the emergence and spread of what he termed
«superconsciousness» (the kind of consciousness that surfaces in
samadhi, satori, and similar states of meditation) as the mark of the
next evolutionary stage of human consciousness. The Swiss philosopher
Jean Gebser defined the next stage as the coming of fourdimensional
integral consciousness, arising from the prior stages of
archaic, magical, and mythical consciousness. The American mystic
Richard Bucke portrayed this stage as cosmic consciousness,
beyond the simple consciousness of animals and the self-consciousness
of contemporary humans.
For the mystic Eckhart Tolle consciousness is part of the universe:
the essential part. It’s the intelligence, the organizing principle behind
the cosmic arising of form, which is the basic evolutionary process.
Through evolution, consciousness has been preparing forms
for millions of years, and today it’s ready to create form without
losing itself in it. The next stage in the evolution of human consciousness
is the state of awakening — the consciousness of mastering
the art of «awakened doing»." (p35) (No word of God, our Creator)
The fifth element:
"«Whereas the four traditional elements [air, water,
fire, and earth]… have dominated various epochs in the past,»
said Mayan spokesperson and high-priest Carlos Barrios,
«there will be a fifth element to reckon with in the time of the Fifth Sun: ether.»
Ether is a medium, he pointed out, it permeates all space and transmits
waves of energy in a wide range of frequencies. An important
task at this time is «to learn to sense or see the energy of everyone
and everything: people, plants, animals. This becomes increasingly
important as we draw close to the World of the Fifth Sun, for it is
associated with the element ether — the realm where energy lives
and weaves» (source: SacredRoad.org)." (p36)
"The ether was known as Akasha, the element that also connects
all things — as the «Akashic Field» — and conserves the memory
of all things — as the «Akashic Records». Today, in the form
of a cosmic energy — and information — field, the ether regains the
preeminent status it had enjoyed five thousand years ago."(p37)
Take care - there is no bliss in the shift!
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
(Ephesians 1:2-4)
stay tuned!
farmer