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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:16 PM   #101
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The Untold Story Behind Saudi Arabia’s 41-Year U.S. Debt Secret
The basic framework was strikingly simple. The U.S. would buy oil from Saudi Arabia and provide the kingdom military aid and equipment. In return, the Saudis would plow billions of their petrodollar revenue back into Treasuries and finance America’s spending.

It took several discreet follow-up meetings to iron out all the details, Parsky said. But at the end of months of negotiations, there remained one small, yet crucial, catch: King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud demanded the country’s Treasury purchases stay “strictly secret,” according to a diplomatic cable obtained by Bloomberg from the National Archives database.

With a handful of Treasury and Federal Reserve officials, the secret was kept for more than four decades—until now. In response to a Freedom-of-Information-Act request submitted by Bloomberg News, the Treasury broke out Saudi Arabia’s holdings for the first time this month after “concluding that it was consistent with transparency and the law to disclose the data,” according to spokeswoman Whitney Smith. The $117 billion trove makes the kingdom one of America’s largest foreign creditors.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:20 PM   #102
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I'm surprised it's that low.
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Old Jun 2nd, 2016, 11:11 AM   #103
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The Dalai Lama gets it.

Refugee Crisis In Europe 2016: Dalai Lama Says There Are 'Too Many' Asylum-Seekers In EU

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"When we look at the face of each refugee, but especially those of the children and women, we feel their suffering, and a human being who has a better situation in life has the responsibility to help them. But on the other hand, there are too many at the moment," he said, Agence-France Presse reported. "Europe, Germany in particular, cannot become an Arab country, Germany is Germany," he added.
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"You have to consider many factors, whether you can take care of these people," he said during a visit to the U.K. in September, adding, “You have to be practical.”
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Old Jun 5th, 2016, 06:47 PM   #104
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Na, na, na, ha. Hey, hey...

To vote UK Expats must register for the Brexit Referendum by June 7

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“…voters have swung considerably towards backing Brexit. 52 per cent of people surveyed said they were planning on voting for Britain to leave the European Union, compared to 48 per cent who are voting in. The ICM poll, carried out for the Guardian…”

Alternatively, the Opinium Survey “puts support for staying in the European Union down at 43 per cent, whilst backing for Leave has grown to 41 per cent, with experts saying the results “mask” a large swing to Brexit. They also unearthed evidence that undecided voters are abandoning the Europhile side in their droves amid a relentlessly negative, fearmongering campaign on behalf of Brussels.” It “will spark panic in the corridors of Westminster because it shows that Remain are haemorrhaging voters at a crucial time in the referendum campaign.”
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Old Jun 5th, 2016, 08:04 PM   #105
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To vote UK Expats must register for the Brexit Referendum by June 7
Man, I hope they leave and kick that corrupt EU in the ass. Britain belongs more with us than with them.
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Old Jun 8th, 2016, 10:52 AM   #106
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Where's the hue & cry from the left about feminism, oppression, SJ, something, anything?

Almost new 200 cases of FGM are reported every WEEK in England - with London home to more than half of victims

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Nearly 200 cases of female genital mutilation are being reported every week in England,new figures have revealed.

More than 1,200 patients were treated between January and March - the equivalent of almost 14 women a day.
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FGM ranges from the partial or total removal of the clitoris, to the removal of the entire clitoris and the cutting of the labia minora.

In its most extreme form, all external genitalia is removed and the two sides of a woman or girl's vulva are stitched together.

FGM is generally done without anaesthetic, and can have lifelong health consequences including chronic infection, severe pain during urination, menstruation, sexual intercourse, and childbirth and psychological trauma.

FGM has been a crime in the UK for 30 years, but there have been no convictions for the practice.
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Old Jun 12th, 2016, 09:30 AM   #107
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One of the best articles I've read on the subject.

The Case for Brexit

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Furthermore, what the UK Leave campaign has been all too shy in highlighting is just how disenchanted the average European him/herself has become with it all.

Polling shows understandably high levels of discontent (almost half of Italians, two-fifths of French and even a third of Germans said they, too, would wish to leave the EU in a recent survey) – and that’s not to mention all the various regional separatist movements in Spain, France, Belgium, Italy, etc., whose members don’t even want to be part of the existing member state, much less the gestating superstate alternative. In fact, it was recently admitted by a Danish politician that if Britain did vote to leave it might well find that rarest of things, an orderly queue of Europeans, lined up behind it, hoping to do the same!

As Die Welt put it only this week:-
‘More and more of the 510 million EU citizens not only have no interest in Brussels, they flatly reject the European project and would be shot of it tomorrow. They feel the EU has increasingly become a bureaucratic monster that meddles in too many national interests, rather than worrying about the really important things. One that adopts a cucumber curvature regulation, rather than a viable and permanent solution to the refugee crisis. The British will soon have something of which many other Europeans can only dream: a chance to vote on whether their country remains a member of the Union…’
So it’s hardly a Land of Milk and Honey, is it?
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Old Jun 14th, 2016, 11:18 AM   #108
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It's not looking good for the EU.

Public Support for the European Union Plunges

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*Public anger is also being fueled by the growing number of diktats issued by the unelected officials running the Brussels-based European Commission, the powerful administrative arm of the bloc, which has been relentless in its usurpation of sovereignty from the 28 nation states that comprise the European Union.
*Although the survey does not explicitly say so, the findings almost certainly reflect growing anger at the anti-democratic nature of the EU and its never-ending power grabs.
*On May 31, the EU, in partnership with Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Microsoft, unveiled a "code of conduct" to combat the spread of "illegal hate speech" online. Critics say the EU's definition of "hate speech" is so vague that it could include virtually anything deemed politically incorrect by European authorities, including criticism of mass migration, Islam or even the EU itself.
*On April 20, the European Political Strategy Centre, an in-house EU think tank that reports directly to Juncker, proposed that the European Union establish its own central intelligence agency, which would answer only to unelected bureaucrats.
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Old Jun 14th, 2016, 11:56 AM   #109
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I hope the entire EU falls apart like a rotten melon. That project has had a stink about it since day one.
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Old Jun 14th, 2016, 01:15 PM   #110
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Speaking of stink...

Saudis exerted 'massive' pressure on U.N. to be removed from blacklist

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Saudi Arabia and Muslim allies demanded to be removed from a blacklist for killing children in Yemen by applying huge pressure on U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, a U.N. official tells CNN.
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But last month, a U.N. report claimed the alliance was responsible for 60% of the 1,953 children recorded as killed or maimed in the conflict in 2015 -- a sixfold rise since the previous year. They were added to a blacklist of of groups violating children's rights in armed conflict, before dropping off the list again earlier this week.

That's because Saudi Arabia made a threat of a "total rupture" in relations between the Kingdom and the U.N., placing in doubt hundreds of millions of dollars in financial contributions to U.N. humanitarian agencies and causes, the U.N. official said.
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Can everybody say "extortion"?

The UN never had any credibility with me. It has even less now. Defund the bastards...
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