Ông Putin điện đàm với Quốc vương Bahrain về vụ tranh cãi quanh Qatar   

Reuters đưa tin, ngày 1/7, Điện Kremlin cho biết Tổng thống Nga Vladimir Putin đã điện đàm với Quốc vương Bahrain Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa về tranh cãi giữa Qatar và một số nước Arab khác.

Theo thông cáo, ông Putin đã nhấn mạnh đến sự cần thiết của việc đối thoại trực tiếp giữa tất cả chính phủ có liên quan đến tình hình căng thẳng này, điều đang tạo ra ảnh hưởng tiêu cực đối với khu vực Trung Đông.



Hồi đầu tháng 6, Saudi Arabia, Các tiểu vương quốc Arab thống nhất, Bahrain và Ai Cập đã cắt đứt quan hệ ngoại giao và áp đặt lệnh tẩy chay Qatar, cáo buộc Doha tài trợ khủng bố và tìm cách "ve vãn" Iran.

Qatar đã bác bỏ những cáo buộc này./.
              
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          Ook pechvogel Izagirre moet onder het mes na val in Tour   

Ion Izagirre heeft bij zijn valpartij van zaterdag in de openingsetappe van de Tour de France in het Duitse Düsseldorf een onstabiele breuk in de wervelkolom opgelopen en moet geopereerd worden. Dat heeft zijn team Bahrain-Merida zaterdagavond bevestigd in een persbericht.


           Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row    
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          Putin, Bahrain King note Qatar conflict negatively affecting situation in region   
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          3. The Passion of the Christ Tidak Boleh di Putar di Sebagian Negara Arab   
3. The Passion of the Christ


Meski sangat brutal dan tidak dibuat dalam bahasa Inggris, “The Passion of the Christ” (2004) masih menjadi film dengan rating R paling laris di Amerika Serikat sampai saat ini. Tetapi, di pasar internasional, nasibnya tidak seberuntung itu. Film besutan Mel Gibson ini dilarang untuk diputar di Arab Saudi, Bahrain, dan Kuwait. Sementara itu, di Malaysia film ini boleh diputar, tetapi hanya boleh disaksikan oleh penonton yang beragama Kristen. Banyak yang berpendapat bahwa sentimen anti-Semit dari film ini cukup kuat. Di Israel sendiri, “The Passion of the Christ” tidak punya larangan pemutaran. Meski demikian, film ini tidak hadir di bioskop setempat karena tidak ada yang mau mendistribusikannya.



Sutradara: Mel Gibson
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          Qatar says Arab states' demands 'made to be rejected', but Doha ready for dialogue    

ROME (Reuters) - Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty.

However Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, added Doha was still ready to sit down and discuss the grievances raised by its Arab neighbors.

He was speaking ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands. Officials say they are aimed at ending a rift that erupted last month over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, charges it denies.

"This list of demands is made to be rejected. It's not meant to be accepted or ... to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that Qatar was willing to engage in further dialogue given "the proper conditions".

The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and closing a Turkish air base in Qatar.

Arab states have said the demands are not negotiable and warned that further unspecified measures will follow if Qatar does not comply.

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar would not close down the Turkish base in his country or shut Al Jazeera as demanded by the Arab countries.

He spoke after arriving in Rome from the United States. Washington is helping Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar, to mediate in the dispute.

Earlier on Saturday, the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had separate telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain about the rift and stressed the need for a diplomatic solution.

(Corrects to clarify that Qatar has yet to make a decision on demands.)

(Reporting by Philip Pullella and Mostafa Hashem, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Gareth Jones)


          Qatar says Arab states' demands 'made to be rejected', but Doha ready for dialogue    

ROME (Reuters) - Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states were designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday, explaining that their ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty.

However Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, speaking to reporters in Rome, added Doha was still ready to sit down and discuss the grievances raised by its Arab neighbors.

He was speaking ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands. Officials say they are aimed at ending a rift that erupted last month over accusations that Qatar supports terrorism, charges it denies.

"This list of demands is made to be rejected. It's not meant to be accepted or ... to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed said, adding that Qatar was willing to engage in further dialogue given "the proper conditions".

The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, closing down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran and closing a Turkish air base in Qatar.

Arab states have said the demands are not negotiable and warned that further unspecified measures will follow if Qatar does not comply.

Sheikh Mohammed said Qatar would not close down the Turkish base in his country or shut Al Jazeera as demanded by the Arab countries.

He spoke after arriving in Rome from the United States. Washington is helping Kuwait, which has retained ties with Qatar, to mediate in the dispute.

Earlier on Saturday, the Kremlin said Russian President Vladimir Putin had separate telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain about the rift and stressed the need for a diplomatic solution.

(Corrects to clarify that Qatar has yet to make a decision on demands.)

(Reporting by Philip Pullella and Mostafa Hashem, writing by Sami Aboudi; Editing by Gareth Jones)


           Cảnh báo chiến tranh thế giới nếu can thiệp quân sự vào Qatar    
Ngoại trưởng Bahrain Khalid Bin Ahmed al-Khalifa cảnh báo, nếu Qatar không làm theo các thỏa thuận với các nước trong khu vực thì Doha sẽ bị “can thiệp khẩn cấp”.Ảnh: SputnikBahrain cho thấy nước này hành động theo chỉ thị của Saudi Arabia trong khuôn khổ "kế hoạch khu vực"của phương Tây. Tuy nhiên, trong điều kiện hiện nay, trong đó có cuộc khủng hoảng vẫn đang tiếp diễn ở Syria, ở khu vực này đang hình thành cấu hình quyền lực mới chống lại phương Tây.Trong tình hình này, sự can thiệp quân sự có thể là sự khởi đầu của một cuộc chiến tranh thế giới mới.Traả lời phỏng vấn hãng Sputnik, chuyên gia trong lĩnh...
          Soal Krisis Diplomatik Qatar, Putin Turun Tangan    
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          Ion Izagirre sufre una fractura lumbar tras su caída en el estreno del Tour   
El ciclista español Ion Izagirre (Team Bahrain Merida) tendrá que pasar por quirófano tras su caída este sábado en la primera etapa del Tour de Francia, en la cual sufrió una fractura lumbar que le impidió retomar la contrarreloj de Dusseldorf (Alemania) y obligó a abandonar la grande gala tras siete kilómetros de prueba.
          New 2018 Merida Reacto III - Top Things to Know   
New 2018 Merida Reacto III - Top Things to Know

For 2018, Merida has just announced the third iteration of this well-rounded aero road bike, the Reacto III. Improving on the previous version that earned praise thanks to its wind tunnel test results and ability to smooth out rough roads, the Reacto III looks set to keep up with the fast developing market. It's a bike that will be seen in use with Bahrain Merida’s Tour de France debut. Here are ten things to know.

Not sure if an aero road bike is right for you? Watch and read our guide to how Aero road bikes stack up against traditional race and endurance road bikes.

1. Similar profile to the last

From a distance, the new Reacto looks much like its predecessor (unless you’re looking at the disc version!), and that’s because in many ways it is. The sculpted seattube and lowly-set seatstays remain, as does the deep aero S-Flex seatpost. Likewise, Merida sticks with its NACA Fastback profiles on many of the frame’s tubes for cheating the wind.

However, take a closer look at some subtle exterior differences appear. The downtube shape is slimmer, the seatstay connection is lower and obviously, there’s that one-piece cockpit setup too. All told, Merida claims a 5% improvement in aerodynamics compared to the previous Reacto.

2. Two frame levels, two geometries

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The new Reacto is available in two levels of frame, the premium CF4 and the CF2, each with differing geometry.

Sitting as the top-end option, the CF4 frame uses a premium carbon fiber layup and hosts a number of subtle features that help it to be a little faster. Most notably, the CF4 frame features a more aggressive geometry that’s well suited to the racers. In fact, the stack height is lower and the head angle steeper when compared to the previous Reacto. The bottom bracket height has been dropped 5mm too.

The more affordable Reacto bikes make use of the CF2 frame, something that’s a little heavier and also features a more relaxed geometry when compared to the CF4. Here, the head tube angles are relaxed by half a degree, the stack sits over 20mm higher and the reach is also subtly shorter.

3. Lighter, faster, smoother

It wouldn’t be the bike industry without such claims, and Merida certainly hasn’t disappointed in improving the most obvious metrics.

While frame stiffness is said to be kept the same as the previous version, the weight is drastically different, 18.5% less for the entire frameset in fact. Including frame, fork, headset, seatpost and seatpost clamp, the previous Reacto weighed 2,046g, with the new at 1,695g.

Looking at the specifics (sizes unknown), the new CF4 rim brake frame and fork together weigh a claimed 1,368g. The CF4 Disc version adds just 60g to the figure.

Featuring a few subtle differences, namely a cheaper carbon fibre lay-up, the CF2 rim brake frame and fork weigh a claimed 1,500g together, with the disc brake version adding 97g.

The weight loss, achieved through slimmer tubes and a new carbon layup, hasn’t come at the cost of ride comfort. With the lower set seatstays and an updated seatpost said to provide a bike that’s approximately 10% smoother.

4. Disc and rim brake options

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It seems fewer and fewer road racing bikes are being released without a disc-brake option, and the new Reacto is no exception. While all models will remain available with a direct-mount rim brake option, a large number of models will also be available in a disc-brake version (disc versions are sadly not being brought into Australia).

The disc brake versions feature flat-mount calipers, 12mm thru-axles and 160mm rotors front and rear.

5. Borrowed from the Scultura Disc

First seen with last year’s Merida Scultura Disc road bike, the Reacto Disc makes use of the same clever disc cooling system. These aluminium fins that sit on the fork and left chainstay help direct air into the brake calipers and rotors, and are said to reduce temperatures by around 35%.

6. Tricky Thu-Axles for the Disc

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Where the rim brake versions stick with tried-and-trued quick releases, the disc versions make use of 12mm thru-axles front and rear. Interestingly, the CF4-level bikes receive the fast ‘R.A.T’ system, something designed to aid speedy wheel changes in a race situation.

This ‘Rapid Axle Technology’ (R.A.T) system was originally conceived by Focus Bikes and offers a clever keyed system that requires a flick of the quick lever and then quarter turn to undo, not the full unwinding of a more common threaded thru-axle system (something the CF2 Disc bikes make use of).

7. Tire clearance

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Tires are forever getting wider as research has proven narrower isn’t always faster. Where some bikes are touting space for 28 or even 30c tires, Merida has kept the new Reacto a little more conservative and promises easy fitting of 25c tires on both the rim and disc-equipped versions.

8. Integrated cockpit

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Integrated cockpits have become a popular pick on the latest aero road bikes, and smoothing out the front of the bike just makes sense when looking to fully optimize aerodynamics.

Where we’ve seen brands such as Trek, Specialized, Canyon and others go to the efforts of designing such an integrated handlebar and stem in-house, Merida instead reached out to a long-time component partner to refine a proven product.

As a result, the CF4-level Reactos will feature a one-piece carbon handlebar and stem that’s a close match to FSA’s Metron 5D. A special headset cone spacer has been supplied for a smooth, integrated fit with this cockpit setup.

The CF2 bikes will stick with a more traditional stem and handlebar, as is often the case on more affordable aero road bikes.

9. S-Flex seatpost gets better

Merida’s comfort adding S-Flex seatpost that features a flexible design and a small vibration-dampening rubber insert gets a small makeover. The design has been in use since 2012 and for 2018 will offer more comfort at a lower weight (94g saved).

The CF4-level bikes will feature a 206g fixed-offset version, while the cheaper CF2 framed bikes will use a flip-able head design that offers 0-15mm fore-aft saddle adjustment.

The seatposts are interchangeable between frames and Merida will offer the lighter fixed seatpost in either 15 or 25mm offset versions.


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          Tour de France - Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) souffre d'une fracture lombaire et doit être opéré   
Avec son compatriote Alejandro Valverde, l'Espagnol Ion Izagirre (Bahraien-Merida) est l'un des coureurs à avoir déjà du abandonner au Tour de France à la suite d'une chute dans le contre-la-montre de la première étape samedi à Dusseldorf.
          Katar weist arabische Forderungen zurück   
02.07.17 00:22 | Im Konflikt zwischen Katar und vier arabischen Regionalmächten hat Katars Außenministerium erklärt, man werde Forderungen von Saudi-Arabien, Ägypten, Bahrain sowie den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten zurückweisen. Den Ländern gehe es nicht um die Bekämpfung des Terrorismus, sondern um die Bescheidung von Katars Souveränität, sagte Außenminister al-Thani in Rom. Sein Land sei aber bereit zu Gesprächen. Saudi-Arabien, Ägypten, Bahrain und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate hatten am 5. Juni ihre diplomatischen Beziehungen zu Katar abgebrochen.
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           Putin discusses Qatar dispute with Bahrain king - Kremlin    
MOSCOW, July 1 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states with Bahrain's King Hamad bin...
          Ion Izagirre sufre una fractura lumbar tras su caída en el estreno del Tour   
El ciclista español Ion Izagirre (Team Bahrain Merida) tendrá que pasar por quirófano tras su caída este sábado en la primera etapa del Tour de Francia, en la cual sufrió una fractura lumbar que le impidió retomar la contrarreloj de Dusseldorf (Alemania) y obligó a abandonar la grande gala tras siete kilómetros de prueba.
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          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed the importance of diplomacy to end a dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states during a telephone call with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
          Putin discusses Qatar dispute with Bahrain king - Kremlin   
Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states with Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa in a telephone call, the Kremlin said on Saturday.
           Qatar stands firm, rejecting Arab demands as deadline looms    
ROME (AP) — Qatar said Saturday it doesn't fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Monday deadline to comply with a list of demands from four Arab states that have imposed a de-facto blockade on the Gulf nation. During a visit to Rome, Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani again rejected the demands as an infringement on Qatar's sovereignty. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier this month and shut down land, sea and air links.
          Căng thẳng tại vùng Vịnh: Qatar bác bỏ yêu sách của các nước Arab    

Ngày 1/7, Ngoại trưởng Qatar Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani tuyên bố nước này sẽ bác bỏ một loạt yêu cầu của các quốc gia Arab, song khẳng định Doha sẵn sàng đối thoại để giải quyết cuộc khủng hoảng ngoại giao hiện nay.

Phát biểu trước báo giới tại thủ đô Rome của Italy sau chuyến thăm Mỹ, ông al-Thani nhấn mạnh "tối hậu thư" của các nước Arab và vùng Vịnh không nhằm mục đích giải quyết chủ nghĩa khủng bố, mà là xâm phạm chủ quyền của Qatar.

Người đứng đầu Bộ Ngoại giao Qatar cho biết Doha sẵn sàng ngồi vào bàn đàm phán để thảo luận những yêu cầu và quan ngại của các nước láng giềng.

Ông al-Thani nêu rõ: "Danh sách các đòi hỏi đó sẽ không được chấp thuận. Chúng tôi sẵn sàng đối thoại nhưng phải theo các điều kiện hợp lý."
 
Tuyên bố trên của Ngoại trưởng al-Thani được đưa ra chỉ một ngày trước "hạn chót" mà Saudi Arabia, Các Tiểu vương quốc Arab Thống nhất (UAE), Bahrain và Ai Cập đặt ra để Doha phải chấp thuận bản yêu sách gồm 13 điểm (kết thúc ngày 2/7).

Bản yêu sách bao gồm việc đóng cửa kênh truyền hình Al Jazeera, hạ cấp quan hệ với Iran và đóng cửa một căn cứ quân sự của Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ trên lãnh thổ Qatar.

Ngoại trưởng Qatar nói thêm rằng nước này sẽ không đóng cửa căn cứ quân sự của Thổ Nhĩ Kỳ hoặc đóng cửa kênh truyền hình Al Jazeera theo như yêu cầu của các nước Arab vùng Vịnh.


Trong khi đó, các quốc gia Arab và vùng Vịnh tuyên bố các yêu cầu của họ không thể đàm phán, đồng thời cảnh báo các nước này sẽ cân nhắc những biện pháp trừng phạt tiếp theo nếu Qatar không tuân thủ. Hiện Mỹ vẫn đang hỗ trợ Kuwait trong các nỗ lực hòa giải nhằm giải giải quyết bất đồng giữa Qatar và các nước Arab.

Cùng ngày 1/7, Điện Kremlin cho biết Tổng thống Nga Vladimir Putin đã có các cuộc điện đàm riêng rẽ với lãnh đạo Qatar và Bahrain về căng thẳng ngoại giao tại vùng Vịnh hiện nay.

Nhà lãnh đạo Nga nhấn mạnh rằng cần thiết phải thúc đẩy một giải pháp ngoại giao cho cuộc khủng hoảng này./.

          Qatar tìm kiếm sự ủng hộ của các nước Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc   

Qatar đang vận động các quốc gia ủy viên không thường trực Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc chống lại lệnh cấm vận của các nước Arab vùng Vịnh đối với Doha.

Ngoại trưởng Qatar Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani đã gặp đại diện các nước ủy viên không thường trực Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc tại Phái bộ Qatar tại Liên hợp quốc ở New York (Mỹ) ngày 30/6.

Ông Al Thani hối thúc các quốc gia này yêu cầu các nước Arab và vùng Vịnh dỡ bỏ phong tỏa Qatar, đồng thời có tiếng nói công khai ủng hộ Doha.

Trước đó, ông Al Thani thông báo Qatar đang chuẩn bị làm việc với các quốc gia vùng Vịnh cô lập Qatar nhằm tiến tới một giải pháp cho cuộc khủng hoảng ngoại giao được coi là tồi tệ nhất ở khu vực trong nhiều năm qua. Tuy nhiên, theo người đứng đầu Bộ Ngoại giao Qatar, Doha sẽ không thảo luận bất kỳ giải pháp nào ảnh hưởng đến chủ quyền của nước này.

Ngoại trưởng Qatar cũng cho rằng lệnh phong tỏa Doha là “hành động xâm lược rõ ràng” và vi phạm luật pháp quốc tế, khẳng định các hành động thù địch này dựa trên những cáo buộc vô căn cứ và giả định sai trái.

Qatar đã bác bỏ bản yêu sách của bốn quốc gia Arab cắt đứt quan hệ ngoại giao với Doha, cho rằng những yêu cầu này là không chấp nhận được. Nước này đồng ý với Mỹ rằng các bên cần phải thúc đẩy một "giải pháp hợp lý" cho cuộc khủng hoảng vùng Vịnh hiện nay. 



Cùng ngày 1/7, hãng tin Tasnim cho biết Iran đã mở không phận cho các máy bay chở khách của Qatar trong những ngày qua.

Hội đồng An ninh quốc gia tối cao (SNSC) của Iran đã cấp phép cho các máy bay chở khách của Qatar bay qua không phận nước cộng hòa Hồi giáo này, trong khi đóng không phận đối với các nước Saudi Arabia, Ai Cập và Các Tiểu vương quốc Arab Thống nhất (UAE).

Theo Tasnim, chính quyền Qatar đã thương lượng với Bộ Ngoại giao Iran về vấn đề trên và đã nhận được sự chấp thuận của SNSC.

Một số nước Arab đồng minh của Saudi Arabia gần đây đã đóng cửa không phận đối với Qatar sau khi Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain và Ai Cập hôm 5/6 áp đặt biện pháp tẩy chay Qatar, cáo buộc nước này ủng hộ các chiến binh Hồi giáo. Qatar đã cực lực bác bỏ tất cả các cáo buộc liên quan./.

          Qatar rejects Arab states' ultimatum   
Demands made of Qatar by four other Arab states are designed to be rejected, Doha's foreign minister said on Saturday (June 30), adding however that he was ready to discuss their grievances. Their ultimatum is, he insists, aimed not at tackling terrorism but at curtailing his country's sovereignty. Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani was speaking ahead of a Monday deadline to comply with a list of 13 demands from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, which have imposed a de facto blockade on the small Gulf nation. The four countries accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism - a it denies. "This list of demands is made to be rejected. It is not meant to be accepted or.. to be negotiated," Sheikh Mohammed told reporters during a visit to Rome . The demands included severing ties with terrorist groups, downgrading ties with arch-rival Iran, closing a Turkish air base in Qatar and shutting down the pan-Arab Al Jazeera satellite channel. "We are not going to accept anything that infringes on our sovereignty or anything that is imposed on Qatar," Sheikh Mohammed added. He added his country did not fear any retaliation and believed wisdom would prevail. "We believe that the world is governed by international laws, that don't allow big countries to bully small countries," he said. "No one has the right to issue to a sovereign country an ultimatum."
          LATEST POINTS TO PONDER SUNDAY 3/3   

Top World News Now                 
March 3, 2013


United States
Obama Pardons 17 Felons, First in His Second Term
DHS built domestic surveillance tech into Predator drones
'Hundreds of thousands' of documents captured with Osama bin Laden, but only 17 released
Michigan governor moves to appoint emergency manager in Detroit
Pentagon Plans to Ask for Base Closures 
Thousands of Soldiers to Leave Europe
U.S. lawmakers question military aid to Egypt, citing concerns about Israel
US factory work is returning, but the industry has changed
'Anonymous' Hacker Explains Why He Fled The US
Among Most Polluted in US, NYC Area Awaits Cleanup
US Budget Cuts Force Yellowstone to Delay Opening
Obama signs sequester bill
Obama moves a step closer to approval of Keystone pipeline
Navy Building a Drone Base in Sunny Malibu


Russia
Ukrainian leader, fresh from EU talks, to meet Putin
Russian Arms Trade Czar Says "War" Declared on Weapon Supplies to Syria
Russian demonstrators rally in support of U.S. adoption ban
Moscow Police to Probe Alleged Rally Payment Scam
Moscow Mayor says no to more mosques in the city
Opposition’s ‘Social March’ Fizzles Out in Moscow
Uzbek National Shot Dead in Moscow
Putin, Obama stress cooperation, pledge to 'avoid deterioration' in relations
Russia presses for extradition of fugitive banker
Ukrainian President: Gas contract with Russia is killing us
Putin Signals Russia Can Be More Flexible on Syria
Putin says Russia should listen to French arguments on Syria, over vodka
Russians commend Putin's performance, believe he can keep election promises


China
Islands Dispute: China Warns Japan Ahead Of Legislative Session
A push for change in China as new leaders take the helm
China's reform roadmap gets clearer
China "fully prepared" for currency war
China divided on TV 'execution parade': judicial resolve or crude voyeurism
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Kills 12 in Chinese Coal Mine
Spill in China Underlines Environmental Concerns
China's fourth space launch center to be in use in two years
Xi Jinping taking on corruption in China
Premier Li Keqiang, as Hu Jintao protege, may be outgunned on policy
China calls for decreased tension on Korean Peninsula
5 Tibetans, mostly Buddhist monks, arrested for inciting self-immolations
Darkness at noon as worst dust storm in months mixes with morning smog
China's First Aircraft Carrier on Way to Permanent Base at Qingdao in North


United Kingdom
Cameron: UK 'can transform Africa' with G8
Cameron Vows To Stay The Course
Cameron buries hatchet with Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell - and offers him £250,000 EU job
Government fights Europe over air pollution reduction
EU banker pay cap 'threatens thousands of British jobs'
Revealed: One in four of UK's top companies pay no tax
Banker Andrei Borodin granted asylum in Britain after fleeing Russia
UK Explorer: Green Campaigning Has Failed
UK commits £88m to Chilean telescope 'as big as all existing ones put together'
Paedophile ring leader, Colin Peters, linked to Barnes scandal
Cameron vows to defend UK banks


European Union
Hundreds of thousands march against austerity in Portugal
Italy paralysed as Grillo plots exit route from euro
Italian newcomer Grillo predicts collapse in six months
Italy President Napolitano calls for realism after vote
Greek military prepares for mass repression
1000s hold anti-austerity demo in Greece
At least 22 people hurt in Macedonia ethnic protests over new defense minister
Mass layoffs at Caterpillar in Belgium
Dark Rumblings Of A Coup D'État In Spain
Spain Delays Catalunya Banc Auction
Spain overturns Islamic face veil ban
Thousands march in Portugal to protest austerity

Germany
Germany Blasted for Role in Europe's Crisis
German states rail against 'stupid' wealth transfers
Italian president says Germany must give EU recovery a boost
Germany Debates Fracking as Energy Costs Rise
Bitter feud divides family of Germany's reunification leader
Racism in German military mirrors society
Germany discovers toxin in animal fodder
Angela Merkel Wishes Bulgaria's Borissov Quick Recovery
Merkel cabinet lowers bars to German labor market
Kerry praises Germany's 'exemplary leadership' in Europe
Italian president scraps meeting with German opposition leader over "clown" remarks

France
Hollande leads tributes to 'a great figure' and resistance fighter
As France's Mali mission grows, so does terror threat from homegrown militants inside France
France considers marijuana-based drug
France will not reach 2015 disabled access target
Paris seeks alternative to 75% tax
France-Qatar tensions rise over Mali war, Tunisia
Hollande juggles trade, human rights in Moscow
Hollande to Talk Syria Settlement With Putin
Kerry holds talks on Mali with French leadership
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Al-Qaeda leader behind Algeria gas plant hostage massacre killed in Mali
US Seeks to Confirm Report of Terror Leader's Death
Syria: Fierce Clashes in Provincial Capital Raqqa
Assad Forces Take Aleppo Village, Reopening Supply Line
Syrian President Assad Blasts British Government
Iran Says Syria’s Assad to Run for 2014 Election
How Does the U.S. Mark Unidentified Men in Pakistan and Yemen as Drone Targets?
Syrian Rebels Angry Over US Aid: ‘Only Thing We Want Is Weapons’

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu secretly visited Jordan to discuss peace with Palestinians
Netanyahu gets two more weeks to form Israel coalition
3 Syrian Mortars Land in Southern Golan Heights
Gaza Border: Senior Officer's Vehicle Hit by Gunshots
New coalition will have to freeze construction outside settlement blocs
Tissue tests planned for Israelis in Gaza who want to cross border
Palestinian PM evacuated from West Bank after Israeli soldiers fire teargas at protesters
Sequestration: Israel Could ‘Gradually’ Lose $500 Million in US Aid
Netanyahu blasts Erdogan's 'dark and libelous' criticism of Zionism


Turkey
Scud Missile Fired in Syria Lands Near Iraqi Village
Bombs Kill at Least 22 in Iraqi Capital
Erdoğan: Islamophobia, anti-Semitism same
Turkey's Difficult Choice in Palestine, Israel
Erdogan Calls for More Support for Syrian Opposition
Kurdish leader 'outlines' Turkey peace plan
More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'
Turkey Provides Schools for Syrian Refugee Children
Iraq budget stalemate deepens over Kurd oil payments
Iraq continues to allow Iranian overflights to Syria


Egypt
John Kerry visits Egypt as dozens injured in violent protests
Kerry urges Egypt to take difficult economic steps; opposition figures skip meetings
Protesters Demand Armed Forces Intervention in Cairo
Ex-member: Muslim Brotherhood has secret societies in 80 nations, including U.S.
Bahrain Activist Zainab Al-Khawaja Sentenced to Jail
176 Protesters Held in Saudi Arabia
Qatar's Influence in Egypt Runs Deeper Than Its Pockets
Morsi criticized for reaction to tragedy
Parties who boycotted Morsi's national dialogue invited to send suggestions
Opposition refuse to stand in Egypt's parliamentary elections

Iran
Ahmadinejad: National dialogue only way to end Syria crisis
Ahmadinejad: West's war against Iran media doomed to failure  
Ahmadinejad to Visit Pakistan This Month to Inaugurate IP Gas Pipeline Construction
Threatening Iran Won't Help in Nuclear Talks, Envoy Says
Seized Chinese Weapons Raise Concerns on Iran
Head Of Iran's Qods Force Suggests Assad Is Vulnerable
Sanction-Hit Iran Fears Unrest as New Elections Near
Khamenei tells Zardari pipeline must advance despite US opposition
Ahmadinejad Aide’s Candidacy a Challenge to Iran’s Theocratic Status Quo
Ahmadinejad, Zardari Stress Expansion of Iran-Pakistan Ties


Venezuela
Hugo Chavez undergoing chemotherapy
VP Maduro: Capriles Seeks Destabilization in Venezuela
Venezuela decries "absurd" rumors over Chavez death
Maduro: Chavez ‘battling’ for his life
Rumours swirl as Chavez stays out of sight
Former envoy claims Venezuela's Chavez is dead
Venezuela government denies rumours about Chavez
Venezuelans hold demo in support of Chavez
Student demonstration dispersed by authorities in Venezuela
FARC: Colombia government to blame for coffee strike


Brazil
Brazil to get its first nuclear subs
Rousseff Meets Nigerian Leader for Trade Talks
Brazil's Unemployment Rises More Than Forecast in January
Prosecutors investigate spying charges against consortium building dam in Brazil
Brazil turns to Catholic Church to quash crack epidemic
Brazil Wind Developers May Be Required to Build New Power Lines
No one is safe from Argentina's drug war
Modern Slavery Rears its Ugly Head in Chile
Chilean Navy Saves 25 Stranded Whales, 20 Die
Peru says American couple found; family wants 'proof of life'


Mexico
Nieto Says Justice Will Be Done in Union Boss’s Case
Six Bodies Found in Mexico, Including Teenage Boy Earlier Arrested for Murder
Mexican Daily Hit by Third Attack This Week
Army Kills 4 Gunmen in Northern Mexico
Two Police Gunned Down in Guatemala
Fire hits big Mexico City marketplace
Pena Nieto enacts major education reform
Powerful head of Mexico teachers union is arrested
Mexico to Launch New Police Force Later This Year

Cuba Dissident’s Daughter Says Dad’s Death Was No Accident
Cuban Dissidents Hope to Build Mass Organization
A post-Castro Cuba
Chavez Congratulates Raul Castro on Re-Election
Castro Retirement News Prompts Tepid Response In Miami
Transition now seen as underway in Cuba
Cooperatives Could Save Cuban Socialism
South African medical students in Cuba may be deported
No ease for Cuba from US state sponsor of terrorism list


United Nations
U.N. Security Council asks for report on possible Mali peacekeepers
Ban Tones Down Criticism of Rwanda Over Congo Claims
UN chief says Iran should gain world confidence over its disputed atomic plan
Libya to ask U.N. to lift arms embargo
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Emir of Ansar Dine added to US, UN
          POINTS TO PONDER AND TOP NEWS   

Top World News Now                 
February 26, 2013



United States
Obama To Tell Israelis of Plan for Iran War
Obama's Paycheck Exempt From 'Sequester'
White House Sells Meetings with Obama for $500k
Pentagon to Keep Gen. Allen Probe a Secret
Kerry: US to Hasten Syria Government Change
Kerry’s first overseas trip off to shaky start
Bill unveiled to legalize medical pot
Why Should Taxpayers Give Big Banks $83 Billion a Year?
Listen up ladies! Next time there's a draft, Uncle Sam might want you too
Homeland Security Chief Threatens Long TSA Lines From Sequester
TB outbreak: LAPD urges officers to wear masks
US Internet providers start spy program to stop file-sharing
Billions at stake: US and BP clash in court over Gulf oil spill
Nation of Islam asks for gang protection
New York City homelessness continues to set new records
Canadian Asteroid-Hunting Satellite Launched into Space


Russia
Putin's KGB/FSB Converging with New IMF Banking FSB
Putin signs radical anti-tobacco bill into law
In Putin's Russia, Shooting the Messenger
Medvedev: No Grounds for New ‘Cold War’
Deputy FM Ryabkov: Iran sanctions may be lifted
Zyuganov reelected Communist chief, vows reset in left-wing politics
China, Russia ink major energy deal
Moscow 'regrets' treatment of Russians abroad
Moscow Welcomes Release of 15 Russian Sailors in Nigeria
1kg meteorite piece found in Russian Urals, biggest chunk yet discovered
Moscow Police Seize Large Cache of ‘Black Market’ Weapons
At Least 17 Amur Tigers Dead in Russia's Far East in 2012
Protests in Ukraine as EU gives May ultimatum
Ukraine wields natural gas trump card in Brussels
As Medvedev is savaged, Putin silent
State Duma Backs Putin's Foreign Assets Bill


China
Xi vows peaceful path on Taiwan
Xi calls for cross-Strait cooperation in realizing "Chinese dream"
Xi rewards Chinese missile brigade for launching 100 missiles
Hu Jintao meets KMT honorary chairman
State councilor meets South Korea's new president
South Korea's Park Warns North Against Nuclear Pursuits
Foreign Ministry: All Japanese activities regarding Diaoyu Islands illegal
Min of Environmental Protection refuses to release data from soil contamination investigation
China to halt approvals for small coal mines
2 Tibetan Monks Self-Immolate as Anti-China Protests Continue
Tibet's Growing Tragedy: Self-Immolation Protests Reach 105
5.4-magnitude earthquake jolts Tibet
BBC World Service Shortwave Radio Blocked in China
Chinese transport "workhorses" extending military's reach


United Kingdom
David Cameron: I'll stop migrant benefits
John Kerry: US Won't Back UK on the Falklands
Britain's top cardinal resigns over allegations 'he behaved inappropriately with priests'
Family Targeted in North Belfast Blast Bomb Attack
Cameron to hold talks with Kerry
Head of Cameron's local Tory branch resigns over gay marriage
Clegg denies cover up of associate's misconduct
Tory threat to rival parties over libel law
UK Ratings Cut Puts Spotlight on Budget
Will Litvinenko-MI6 links be revealed?
UK onshore wind farms to create more carbon dioxide than they save
Tax Breaks Spur Record UK Offshore Oil & Gas Spend


European Union
Berlusconi revives political career in chaotic Italian election
Italian markets celebrate Berlusconi’s poor performance in election
Italy's center-left to win lower house, leads in Senate race
Initial results indicate stalemate in Italian election
Angry Italians deliver austerity warning
EU ministers discuss horse meat crisis
EU holds breath over crucial Italy election
Topless Femen protest against Berlusconi as he votes in election
Protest votes add to uncertainty in close Italy election
Spanish Police Nab 3 Suspected of Spying for Iran
Spain police arrest 45 in Madrid after protest


Germany
Merkel holds talks with Turkish leaders frustrated by slow-moving EU talks
Germany presses Turkey for progress in lifting embargo on Cyprus
German government backs ban on far-right party
German Intel Paid Neo-Nazi Informer $240,000
Bare-chested protesters take on Berlin
Merkel: China, Russia seeing Syrian president's time is up
Merkel Raises Turks' Hope Of European Union Entry
Merkel kicks off sensitive visit to Turkey
Merkel inspects German Patriot missiles in Turkey
Germany arms the Persian Gulf monarchies
Germany patient with France on deficit


France
Hollande's Sarkozy joke riles French opposition
Ayrault: Boko Haram Claiming to Hold French Family
France blasts 'cruelty' as Boko Haram displays kidnapped family
France to pause austerity, cut spending next year instead: Hollande
Hollande urges compulsory labeling amid horsemeat scandal
France's military operation in Mali in 'final phase'
France warns of kidnappings, attack risk in Benin
France is euro 'problem child', frets Angela Merkel's party official
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian Opposition Pledges to Attend Rome Summit
Syria says ready to talk with armed opposition
Kerry Vows Not to Leave Syria Rebels 'Dangling in the Wind'
Car blast rocks central Damascus, casualties reported
Assad's Army Has Fled Entire Area Bordering Israel
Syrian Refugees Riot in Jordan Camp; 3 Hurt
Nearly 100 Rebels Are Reported Killed in Mali Battle
No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali
West African Mali forces to cost €715m

Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets

Israel
Netanyahu: Arrow will help us on peace, or defense
Netanyahu urges the PA to calm rioters and stone throwers
West Bank Streets 'Boiling' as Abbas Accuses Israel of Stoking Unrest
IDF and Palestinians clash following prisoner's funeral
West Bank Protests Grow, Fears of New Intifada
Israel, US successfully test anti-missile system
Palestinian officials accuse Israel of torturing inmate to death
Palestinian Detainee’s Death in Israel Sparks Unrest
Thousands of jailed Palestinians stage 1-day hunger strike


Turkey
Erdogan holds joint press conference with Merkel
Kurdish Peace Process to Start After PKK Leave Turkey
Erdoğan: Assad a ‘mute devil’ for not defying Israel
Defense Minister Says 965 Suicides Among Soldiers in 10 Years
Turkey in Key Stage to Address Kurdish Issue
Turkey lists requests from Germany's Merkel
Turkey eyes Karabakh step from Armenia to open ways
Turkey Pressures Germany on EU Accession
Turkey says aid pledges for Syrian refugees 'unfulfilled'
Iraq shuts down 3 illegal tunnels to Syria


Egypt
Bahrain Bans Import of Plastic Guy Fawkes Masks
ElBaradei Calls for Boycott of 'Sham' Parliamentary Election
Egyptian Brotherhood Hits Back at Opposition Leader
Stripped of 'Country of Origin' Label, US Agrees to Sell Tear Gas to Egypt
Bahraini Dies After Being Struck by Tear Gas Canister
Divided Egypt opposition attacks Morsi on election call
Morsi calls parliamentary elections in April
Thousands hold anti-government protests in Egypt
New death from SARS-like virus in Saudi

Iran
World Powers May Offer Iran Sanctions Relief at Nuclear Talks
UK claims General Shateri actually died in January bombing of Hezbollah-bound weapons convoy
World Powers Seek Compromise in Iranian Nuclear Talks
Ahmadinejad Admits to Economic Pain
Iran tests suicide drones in ongoing military drill
Iran denies downing foreign drone
Iran claims it has captured a foreign ‘enemy drone’ during military exercise
Iran announces new uranium deposits discovery
Iran selects 16 new sites for nuclear plants
Iran sentences 4 to death in biggest bank fraud case
Envoy: Iran to continue talks with IAEA on nuclear program


Venezuela
Chavez warns that Africa and South America Must Unite or face Western Interventions
Indigenous Venezuelans Hold Ritual for Chavez
Colombian Rebels Call on Santos to Save Peace Talks
Villegas: Condition of cancer-stricken Chavez not "favorable"
Prosecutor Accuses Former Colombian Governor of 2000 Massacre
Bolivia's Morales says was unable to see Chavez in Venezuela
Questions about political succession whirl in Venezuela after Chavez comes home
Poll: Maduro would win vote if Chavez goes
Chávez's return is obstacle for Venezuela's embattled opposition
Bolivia's Morales arrives in Venezuela to visit President Chávez


Brazil
Falklands dispute: Argentina accuses UK of ‘defiance’ of anti-nuke treaty
Rousseff says extreme poverty almost eradicated
PM Medvedev begins visit to Brazil
Pro-Cuba Protesters Halt Dissident's Brazil Event
After Being Hounded by Protesters, Cuban Dissident Praises Brazil's Freedom of Expression
Brazil dockers end China ship protest; port strike threat
Argentina to renovate railways with Chinese trains in 2014
Union Leader Protests by Bringing Trucks to Argentine Labor Ministry
New tobacco law ignites controversy in Chile
Ex-leaders of German sect in Chile enter prison to begin sentences for sexual abuse of minors


Mexico
Official Accuses CIA of 'Managing' Not 'Fighting' the Drug Trade
Nieto Meets with San Antonio Mayor
Government Says Over 27,000 People Missing in Mexico
Mexico Slaughters Nearly 500,000 Birds Infected with Avian Flu
Guatemala Moves Up Ex-Dictator’s Genocide Trial
Police Chief in Mexican Border City on Nuevo Laredo Missing
Suspect in General’s Murder Arrives in Mexico
Mexican Police Detain 81 Migrants
Vigilantes reportedly release captives in southern Mexico

Castro successor lacks charisma but is experienced manager
Raúl Castro Says His New 5-Year Term as Cuba's President Will Be His Last
Fidel Castro makes surprise parliament appearance amid leadership speculation
Cuban parliament gathers, president to be selected
Esteban Lazo Elected New President of the Cuban Parliament
Haitians Rage as UN Rejects Payout for Cholera Victims
Yoani Sanchez May Be Top Dissident in Cuba, but She Agrees US Embargo Must Go
Medvedev Discusses Meteorite Strike with Fidel Castro
Raul Castro Mentions Possible Retirement


United Nations
UN Removes Osama bin Laden From Sanctions List
Tunisia Arrests Suspect in Killing That Sparked Unrest
African leaders sign DR Congo peace deal
At least 53 killed in rival Arab militia clashes in North Darfur
Tunisia's New Premier Promises Inclusive Government
US blocks UN resolution condemning Damascus terror bombings
Tunisia: Party Names Premier Candidate
Tunisian PM steps down after crisis prompted by political assassination
Unesco agrees 5.6 million-euro plan to save Mali's cultural treasures
Top World News Now                 
February 21, 2013

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United States
GOP Resists Obama's Push for Tax Rise to Head Off Cuts
Obama Fleshes Out Plans for Infrastructure Projects
Obama considers urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage
White House announces online espionage response policy
US issues final word on essential benefits under "Obamacare"
Anonymous thrown into China-US cyberwar scandal
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilian workers
In wake of Benghazi, rapid response Marine unit heading to Europe
US issues worldwide caution to its citizens of terror threats
Body found in restaurant rubble after Kansas City explosion
Why Americans Might Be Better Off If Their Burgers Were Made Of Horsemeat
Sex-Change Surgery Available Through Many US Colleges
Majority of US citizens say illegal immigrants should be deported
Hundreds of thousands march in Puerto Rico against gay rights
 
 

Russia
Putin Invites G20 Leaders to St. Petersburg Summit
Migrant workers call on Putin for amnesty
Lavrov: Time to end the war in Syria
Moscow: N. Korea sanctions can only impact nuclear program
IMF warns of higher inflation, slower GDP growth in Russia
Russia's missing billions revealed
Russia Tries To Remove Images of New Drone From the Internet
Russian Military to Develop Anti-Meteorite Defenses
Russia investigates 25 cases of Defense Ministry fraud - Prosecutor General
MP resigns after bloggers disclose his Florida property
Russia escalating attacks on free expression a year on from Pussy Riot protest
‘Ample Evidence’ Linking Ukraine Ex-President to Journalist Murder
French Specialists Resume Work at Chernobyl Disaster Site
Ukraine: Embezzlement At State Orphanages
Belarus Phases Out Russian Warplanes, Radars
 
 

China
Xi Jinping's campaign to purge Communist Party 'won't be easy'
Incumbent cabinet holds final meeting
China's central banker skips retirement bar to stay on
Manila to tackle sea row 'with or without China' at UN
Attacks originating from US rank 1st among overseas hackings in China
Photos show new activity at N Korea nuclear site
Spy agencies scrounge for details on North Korean nuclear test
North Korea: A nuclear 7-Eleven?
N Korean propaganda video shows Obama in flames
US Envoy Opposes S Korean Nuclear Armament
Rise in online fan clubs extolling China's party leaders
After China's multibillion-dollar cleanup, water still unfit to drink
Smog in Pearl River Delta 'worse than in Beijing'
Maoists Block Deal to Break Nepal's Long Political Deadlock
 
 

Cameron to pay respects to victims of Amritsar massacre
Cameron's India trip hits wobble with concern over helicopter deal
Sars-like virus death reported in UK
New coronavirus can infect human lungs as easily as cold virus
Magdalene laundries: Ireland to apologise to survivors
Iranian torture guard refused UK citizenship
Britain expands "bigger than burgers" horsemeat tests
Regulator warns Britain 'on the brink' of energy crisis
Scotland 'faces EU funding cut'
Tanker drivers in Scotland vote to strike
Belfast Orange Order warns members over flag protests
One in four Africans attacked in Ireland
 
 

Berlusconi accused of trying to buy votes days before election
After Bulgarian Protests, Prime Minister Resigns
Greek police fire tear gas on anti-austerity protesters
Greece welcomes Hollande with ‘news blackout’
Dutch experiment in legalised prostitution a disaster
Thieves in Belgium pull off most spectacular and dramatic diamond heist in years
Iceland considers dropping its currency
Lawmakers Threaten to Veto Tightened Budget
EU reinforces sanctions against DPRK
To Revive Honey Bees, Europe Proposes a Pesticide Ban
Anti-austerity strike to bring Greece to a standstill
Italy politicians make final drive for votes before poll
 
 

Berlusconi's possible comeback a nightmare for Angela Merkel
Merkel's Rainbow Problem: On Gay Rights, Chancellor Still a Conservative
German Officials Signal Berlusconi Isn't Their Man
Germany Sends Troops to Mali
German police raid firms over Ponzi scheme
Germany: Court Backs Adoption by Same-Sex Couples
Net activists slam Germany's open data portal
NSU victims' families want more than sympathy
Security staff at Hamburg airport to strike Wednesday in pay dispute
Swiss mayoral candidate 'pro-Hamas, pro-Iran'
Outgoing chairman of Switzerland's Novartis foregoes $78 million golden parachute deal
Norway is Afraid of Foreign Spies
 
 

Hollande: French soldier killed in northern Mali
Hollande confirms seven kidnapped in Cameroon
Hollande urges investment in Greece, growth in Europe
Hollande: France will miss 2013 growth target
French Kidnapped in Cameroon Were Taken Into Nigeria
France saw 58 percent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in 2012
Man arrested for serial attacks on Paris Chinese
France to unfreeze development aid to Mali
France Charges 11 In Alleged Kurdish Extortion Ring
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Syrian rebels threaten Hezbollah with 48-hour deadline
Syrian military reportedly shoots down Israel drone
US direct military support to Mali likely to continue after elections
Mortars Explode Near Assad Palace in Damascus
Missile kills more than 30 in Syria
Typhoid breaks out in rebel-held eastern Syria
Foreign Arms Supplies to Syrian Rebels Expanding
Pro-Assad militia now key to Syrian government’s war strategy
Russia's double dealing on arms to Assad regime leaves UK isolated over Syria
Syrian Rebels Threaten to Attack Lebanon Over Border Dispute
 
Insight Into Today’s News
Billionaires Continue To Dump Stocks
G20 issues empty declaration against currency wars
Norway Enters The Currency Wars
The Second-Mortgage Shell Game
The Last Liberal Branch of Government
US/NATO occupation of Afghanistan unraveling
Goodbye? We’ve Lost Who We Are?
US Schools Go Into Full Prison Mode
Hornady Addresses Ammo Shortage: We’re working 24/7
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
 

Former foreign minister Livni joins Netanyahu coalition
Prisoner X: Benjamin Netanyahu adds to mystery
Secretary Kerry to skip Israel in first trip
Turkey, Israel Cut 1st Defense Deal Since Freezing Ties
Israel Seeks to Curb Weapons Flow to Gaza
West Bank protesters rally for release of deteriorating prisoners
Palestinian Prisoner's Hunger Strike Reaches 211th Day
Fatah Official Warns of Violence if Prisoners Aren't Freed
'Iron Dome' may be instrumental in peace process
Head of Israeli IVF unit arrested in Romania
 
 

 
 

Security deteriorating in Egypt due to political instability
Opposition Sets Conditions For Dialogue With Morsi
Morsi's advisory team less diverse after months of walkouts
Morsi Issues Presidential Decree to Appoint New Mufti
Strike, Protests Hit Egypt's Port Said for 3rd Day
Egyptians protest at Libyan border over new visa rules
Egypt ministry appeals against order to block YouTube
Egypt files new charges against Mubarak's last premier
2 Sunni groups halt roles in Bahrain crisis talks
A Palace Rift in Bahrain Bedevils Key US Navy Base
 

Iran to Conduct Military Drills Over 3 Days
Reformists Meet Khamenei To Improve 'Internal Climate'
Rivals Forced to Apologize to Supreme Leader
Ahmadinejad threat to cancel Iranian poll
Iran Pushes Nuclear-Free Mideast Plans
Syrian Prime Minister Claims Iran is Now “Occupying” Syria
MPs say sovereignty over three Persian Gulf islands is non-negotiable
Iran protests Berlin film award for banned Jafar Panahi
Fatwa Issued Against 3G Internet Operator in Iran
Iran FM Spurns Western 'Gold Trade' Offer
Stung by 'Argo,' Iran Backs Conference Denouncing 'Hollywoodism'
 
 

 
 
Top World News Now                 
February 15, 2013
 

United States
Environmentalists Press Obama in Heated Oil Pipeline Debate
NRA exec accuses Obama of gun 'charade' at State of the Union
Kerry: Moves Against North Korea Would Scare Iran Off Nukes
Senate Republicans Block Hagel Nomination For Defense Secretary
Key US general backs keeping Afghan forces at peak strength
Missouri Democrats Introduce Legislation to Confiscate Firearms – Gives Gun Owners 90 Days to Turn in Weapons
Transocean to pay $400 million for 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
High taxes force more Americans to renounce their citizenship
600 children living in Washington, DC homeless shelter
Conspiracy Theorists Leap at the Confusing Case of Dorner’s Multiple Wallets
Body in burned cabin ID'd as Christopher Dorner
Cruise ship nightmare nearing end for passengers after hellish trip
CDC Warns of Super-Gonorrhea
 
 

Russia
Russia activates ‘Operation Fortress’, 20,000 troops after air defense forces shoot down space object
Putin orders Russian security on high alert before Olympics
Putin Warns Foreign NGOs Against 'Meddling' In Russian Affairs
Putin Orders FSB to Set Up Anti-Hacker Defense
Putin: Russia will not tolerate foreign pressure
Foreign Ministry: Russia ‘Ready’ to Consider Further Nuclear Arms Cuts
Army Chief: Russia may be drawn into resource wars in future
Russian Army Commissions Bioengineered Liver for $17 Mln
Russia charges Georgian politician with plotting mass unrest
Constitutional Court: Authorities must not politically discriminate against protesters
Six Suspected Militants Killed in Dagestan Operation
Very strong earthquake in a sparsely populated Siberia area
Thousands of Russian convicts may go untracked if bracelet batteries die
 

China
Xi's Vows of Change in China Belie Private Warning
Xi Jinping Prepares to Deal With New 'Gang of Four'
Beijing ramps up propaganda war to bolster Diaoyus claim
China's environment unaffected by DPRK nuclear test so far
China's Netizens React Colorfully to N. Korean Nuke Test
Nuke test gives US excuse to boost its military
S. Korea stages large-scale drills following DPRK nuke test
South Korea flexes missile power after North test
The Real Japan-China Conflict
7 dead, 18 injured in China after man sets off bomb over child custody dispute
Depressing landmark reached, 100th Tibetan self-immolates
Tibetans commemorate centennial of 'Tibetan independence'
Clues to why most survived China's melamine scandal
 

Major warns Cameron's EU referendum is a 'gamble'
EU warns Tories that UK security opt-out 'doesn't make sense'
UK Military Flies Ghana Troops, Equipment to Mali
Britain warns of Syria jihadist threat to Europe
British MPs to receive on-the-job mental health aid
UK Lawmakers Say Credit Schemes Not Working
Another policeman held in UK graft probe
New SARS-like virus shows person-to-person transmission
Deaths, lies and the NHS: Shocking new healthcare scandals emerge in UK
UK Arrests Men in Horse-Meat Probe
Horsemeat: Bute Found In Carcasses In UK
UK soap opera star faces child sex charges
 
 

Europe Rejects Critics of 'Robin Hood' Tax
Austerity's children becoming Europe's "lost generation"
Economy in Europe Contracts More Than Expected
Pope rounds on rival cardinals and their 'sins against unity'
Man sets himself alight at Rome airport
Berlusconi defends need for bribery in winning contracts
Monte Paschi's former finance chief held in Italy
Italy unemployment crisis reaches alarming rate
Foreign investors set to sue Spain over energy reform
King Juan Carlos fights new pressures to abdicate
Greece: Alexis Tsipras raises the political stakes
Interior Ministry: Mafia plotting to crash Serbian Air Force One
 

Un-Natural Gas: Fracking Set to Shake Up German Campaign
Germany and Spain Move to Curb Green-Energy Supports
German airports security staff strike continues Friday
Germany to help Israelis stuck in unfriendly countries
Roma in Germany forced into abject poverty
Barbarians at the Gate
Reports Of 'Neo-Nazi' Guards At Amazon Warehouses In Germany Creates Fresh Scandal
Tempting PhDs lead politicians into plagiarism
Germany's Great Church Sell-Off
Swiss push reconciliation plan for Sri Lanka
Switzerland prepares to sit at G20 head table
Norway Ready to Use Rate Cuts to Cool Krone
 

Hollande Tiptoes Toward Raid on Pensions Under Pressure From EU
Hollande says France ok with India civil nuclear liability clause
Hollande in India to sell warplanes, nuclear power, metro construction
Tunisians denounce France interference
The European Slump: France Gives Up Lowering Its Budget Deficit
French Goodyear workers protest against closure of Amiens Nord plant
France moves step closer to legal euthanasia
French firm suspected as culprit in spreading horsemeat scandal
France to return 7 paintings looted during WWII
 
 
War For Global Energy Supremacy-World War III
Libya Braces for Unrest on Anniversary of Qaddafi Revolt
Syrian rebels down 2 government planes
Syria rebels capture oil field and military base
Saudis say Syria death toll may be 90000
As war in Syria continues, refugees in Turkey open a high school
Armenia tries to help as Christian Armenians flee Syria
In Mali town, counter-insurgency task ties down French
French incursion frees few slaves in Mali
Official Details French Role in Mali
US Pledges to Help Mali With Long-Term Stability
 
Insight Into Today’s News
US Media Yet Again Conceals Newsworthy Government Secrets
Now We Know: War Is Murder
It Can't Happen Here?
The Andromeda Strain, Yes. Jesus, No. Your Tax Dollars at Work.
Remember 1994
Morningland Dairy destroyed by feds, $250,000 inventory stolen by government thugs during armed raid
Department of Homeland Security Targets Gun Collector
CIA Adviser Warns of 'Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction'
Debtors Prisons In The US Are Rapidly Filling With People Who Can’t Pay Bills
 

Netanyahu threatened media over Prisoner X
'Prisoner X' took part in Mossad operation of killing Hamas operative in Dubai?
Lawyer: ‘Prisoner X’ negotiated plea bargain before suicide
Israeli Security Delegation Arrives for Talks in Cairo
Border area on alert as Israel carries out drills
Israel shells out almost a fifth of national budget on defense
Israel falls 20 places in World Press Freedom Index
Leading Rabbi Says Let Haredim Guard Their Own West Bank Cities
Israeli Siege Snuffing Out Gaza's Camel Industry
 

 

Morsi's Egypt Poised to Criminalize Protest
Morsi's graduate son snares plum Egypt job at 66 times lowest salary
Salafis open fire on Morsi
Ruling party aims for outright majority in new parliament
Egypt political forces call for symbolic funeral of slain boy potato seller
Egypt Military Offers Rare Apology for Child Death
Teenage protester shot dead amid clashes on Bahrain uprising anniversary
Saudi Minister Puts Young Royals in Succession Spotlight
Bahrain condemns Iran's statements
 

Ahmadinejad bluffed that Iran is now a 'nuclear state'
IAEA, Iran Fail to Reach Nuclear Deal
Kerry urges Iran to make "real offers" in nuclear talks
Gulf states reject Iranian suggestion that Syria, Bahrain be discussed at nuclear talks
Iran denies transferring arms to Somali militants
Iran Using China To Smuggle Nuclear Material? ISIS Report Raises Concerns
Iran Mourns Senior Commander Killed in Syria
Iran Begins Its Election-Season Web Crackdown a Few Months Early
Pak-Iran pipeline deal likely to be inked today
 

Venezuelan students protest outside Cuban Embassy as Chavez remains out of sight in Havana
Venezuela to Limit Medicine Prices After Chavez Devaluation
Maduro: Chavez Undergoing “Very Complex and Tough” Treatment
Venezuela's move to devalue is desperate
Chavez Devaluation Puts Venezuelans to Queue Before Price Raise
Capriles: Venezuela needs no devaluation, but stop handouts
US Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela's Cavim Arms Company
Farc rebels kill seven Colombian soldiers in blow to peace process
Eastern Colombia locked into neo-paramilitary war
 

Witnesses of Argentina major train accident fear for their lives
Woman in Argentina marries twin sister's convicted killer
Rousseff Stumbles on Energy
Brazil's Hydroelectric Dam Boom is Bringing Tensions
Brazil Papal Contender: Place of Birth Irrelevant
Argentina confirms quizzing of Iran suspects
Epic Glacier Collapse In Argentina: Ice Bridge Connected To Perito Moreno Thunders Into Lake
Argentina Continues Its Defiance of Ghana in the Courts
Chile's Mapuche Indians clash with police in Collipulli
 
 

A glimpse of Nieto's new crime fighting strategy
Mexico arrests six suspects for rape of Spanish tourists
The comments came ahead of a deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt for Doha to accept 13 demands.
          Weekly Commentary: The Road to Normalization   
The past week provided important support for the “peak monetary stimulus” thesis. There is mounting evidence that global central bankers are monitoring inflating asset prices with heightened concern. The intense focus on CPI is beginning to blur. They would prefer to be on a cautious path toward policy normalization.

June 25 – Financial Times (Claire Jones): “Global financial stability will be in jeopardy if low inflation lulls central banks into not raising interest rates when needed, the Bank for International Settlements has warned. The message about the dangers of sticking too closely to inflation targets comes as central banks in some of the world’s largest economies are considering how to end years of ultra-loose monetary policy after the global financial crisis… ‘Keeping interest rates too low for long could raise financial stability and macroeconomic risks further down the road, as debt continues to pile up and risk-taking in financial markets gathers steam,’ the bank said in its annual report. The BIS acknowledged that raising rates too quickly could cause a panic in markets that have grown used to cheap central bank cash. However, delaying action would mean rates would need to rise further and faster to prevent the next crisis. ‘The most fundamental question for central banks in the next few years is going to be what to do if the economy is chugging along well, but inflation is not going up,’ said Claudio Borio, the head of the BIS’s monetary and economics department… ‘Central banks may have to tolerate longer periods when inflation is below target, and tighten monetary policy if demand is strong — even if inflation is weak — so as not to fall behind the curve with respect to the financial cycle.’ …Mr Borio said many of the factors influencing wage growth were global and would be long-lasting. ‘If, as we think, the forces of globalisation and technology are relevant [in keeping wages low] and have not fully run their course, this will continue to put downward pressure on inflation,’ he said.”

While global markets easily ignored ramifications from the BIS’s (the central bank to central banks) annual report, the same could not be said for less than super dovish comments from Mario Draghi, my nominee for “the world’s most important central banker.”

June 27 – Financial Times (Katie Martin): “What’s that, you say? The ‘R-word’? Judging from the markets, Mario Draghi’s emphasis on reflation changes everything, and highlights the communications challenge lying ahead of the president of the European Central Bank. The ECB’s crisis-fighter-in-chief threw investors into a fit of the vapours on Tuesday when he said he was growing increasingly confident in the currency bloc’s economic recovery, and that ‘deflationary forces have been replaced by reflationary ones’.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “Mario Draghi hinted at how he may sell a gradual unwinding of European Central Bank stimulus. The ECB president repeated his mantra that the Governing Council needs to be patient in letting inflation pressures build in the euro area and prudent in withdrawing support. At the same time, there’s room to tweak existing measures. ‘As the economy continues to recover, a constant policy stance will become more accommodative, and the central bank can accompany the recovery by adjusting the parameters of its policy instruments -- not in order to tighten the policy stance, but to keep it broadly unchanged.’ The comments echo an argument first made by Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann… With his nod to a frequent critic of quantitative easing who has been calling for an end of the 2.3 trillion-euro ($2.6 trillion) program, Draghi may have set the stage for a discussion in the coming months on phasing out asset purchases.”

When the ECB chose not to offer any policy clarification coming out of its June 8th meeting, wishful markets had Draghi holding out until September. The timeline was moved up, with the ECB president using the bank’s annual meeting, held this year in Sintra Portugal, to offer initial thoughts on how the ECB might remove accommodation. Market reaction was swift.

German 10-year bund yields surged 13 bps Tuesday and almost doubled this week to 47bps. French yield jumped 14 bps Tuesday – and 21 bps for the week - to 82 bps. European periphery bonds were under pressure. Italian 10-year yields rose 16 bps Tuesday and 24 bps for the week to 2.16%. Portuguese yields rose 14 bps Tuesday, ending the week at 3.03%. Draghi’s comments rattled bond markets around the globe. Ten-year Treasury yields rose seven bps to 2.21% (up 16 bps for the week), Canadian bonds 11 bps to 1.57% and Australian bonds 10 bps to 2.46%. Emerging market bonds also came under heavy selling pressure, with Eastern European bonds taking a pounding.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Robert Brand): “This is what it sounds like when doves screech. Less than 24 hours Mario Draghi jolted financial markets by saying ‘deflationary forces’ have been replaced by reflationary ones, European Central Bank officials reversed the script, saying markets had misinterpreted the central banker’s comments. What was perceived as hawkish was really meant to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, three Eurosystem officials familiar with policymakers’ thinking said. Their dovish interpretation sparked a rapid unwinding of moves in assets from the euro to stocks and sovereign bonds.”

I don’t see it as the markets misinterpreting Draghi. Understandably, inflated Bubble markets have turned hyper-sensitive to the course of ECB policymaking. The ECB’s massive purchase program inflated a historic Bubble throughout European debt markets, a speculative Bubble that I believe unleashed a surge of global liquidity that has underpinned increasingly speculative securities markets.

If not for massive QE operations from the ECB and BOJ, I believe the 2016 global reversal in bond yields would have likely ushered in a major de-risking/deleveraging episode throughout global markets. Instead, powerful liquidity injections sustained speculative Bubbles throughout global fixed income, in the process spurring blow-off excess throughout global equities and risk assets more generally. Recalling the summer of 2007, everyone is determined to see the dance party rave indefinitely.

First-half QE has been estimated (by Bank of America) at (an incredible) $1.5 TN. Bubbling markets should come as no stunning surprise. At May highs, most European equities indices were sporting double-digit year-to-date gains. The S&P500 returned (price + dividends) almost 10% for the first half, with the more speculative areas of U.S. equities outperforming. The Nasdaq Composite gained 14.1% in the first-half, with the large company Nasdaq 100 (NDX) rising 16.1%. Despite this week’s declines, the Morgan Stanley High Tech index rose 20.3%, and the Semiconductors (SOX) jumped 14.2% y-t-d. The Biotechs (BTK) surged 9.7% during Q2, boosting y-t-d gains to 25.6%. The NYSE Healthcare Index gained 7.7% for the quarter and 15.3% y-t-d. The Nasdaq Transports jumped 9.7% during Q2, with the DJ Transports up 5.3%. The Nasdaq Other Financials rose 7.9% in the quarter.

Central banks have closely collaborated since the financial crisis. While always justifying policy stimulus on domestic grounds, it’s now been almost a decade of central bankers coordinating stimulus measures to address global system fragilities. I doubt the Fed would have further ballooned its balance sheet starting in late-2012 if not for the “European” financial crisis. In early-2016, the ECB and BOJ would not have so aggressively expanded QE programs – and the Fed not postponed “normalization” – if not for global ramifications of a faltering Chinese Bubble. All the talk of downside inflation risk was convenient cover for global crisis worries.

As Mario Draghi stated, the European economy is now on a reflationary footing. At least for now, Beijing has somewhat stabilized the Chinese Bubble. Powered by booming securities markets, global Credit continues to expand briskly. Even in Europe, the employment backdrop has improved markedly. It’s just become difficult for central bankers to fixate on tame consumer price indices with asset prices running wild.

Global market liquidity has become fully fungible, a product of multinational financial institutions, securities lending/finance and derivatives markets. The ECB and BOJ’s ultra-loose policy stances have worked to counteract the Fed’s cautious normalization strategy. Determined to delay the inevitable, Draghi now faces the scheduled year-end expiration of the ECB’s latest QE program, along with an impending shortage of German bunds available for purchase. Behind the scenes and otherwise, Germany is surely losing patience with open-ended “money” printing. This week’s annual ECB gathering provided an opportunity for Draghi to finally get the so-called normalization ball rolling. Despite his cautious approach, markets immediately feared being run over.

June 28 – Bloomberg (Alessandro Speciale): “Mario Draghi just got evidence that his call for ‘prudence’ in withdrawing European Central Bank stimulus applies to his words too. The euro and bond yields surged on Tuesday after the ECB president said the reflation of the euro-area economy creates room to pull back unconventional measures without tightening the stance. Policy makers noted the jolt that showed how hypersensitive investors are to statements that can be read as even mildly hawkish… Draghi’s speech at the ECB Forum in Sintra, Portugal, was intended to strike a balance between recognizing the currency bloc’s economic strength and warning that monetary support is still needed, said the officials…”

June 28 – Bloomberg (James Hertling, Alessandro Speciale, and Piotr Skolimowski): “Global central bankers are coalescing around the message that the cost of money is headed higher -- and markets had better get used to it. Just a week after signaling near-zero interest rates were appropriate, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney suggested on Wednesday that the time is nearing for an increase. His U.S. counterpart, Janet Yellen, said her policy tightening is on track and Canada’s Stephen Poloz reiterated he may be considering a rate hike. The challenge of following though after a decade of easy money was highlighted by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi’s attempt to thread the needle. Financial markets whipsawed as Eurosystem officials walked back comments Draghi made Tuesday that investors had interpreted as signaling an imminent change in monetary policy. ‘The market is very sensitive to the idea that a number of central banks are appropriately and belatedly reassessing the need for emergency policy accommodation,’ said Alan Ruskin, co-head of foreign exchange research at Deutsche Bank AG.”

Draghi and the ECB are hoping to duplicate the Fed blueprint – quite gingerly removing accommodation while exerting minimal impact on bond yields and risk markets more generally: Normalization without a meaningful tightening of financial conditions. This is unrealistic.

Current complacency notwithstanding, turning down the ECB QE spigot will dramatically effect global liquidity dynamics. Keep in mind that the removal of Fed accommodation has so far coincided with enormous counteracting market liquidity injections courtesy of the other major central banks. The ECB will not enjoy a similar luxury. Moreover, global asset prices have inflated significantly over the past 18 months, fueled at least in part by a major increase in speculative leverage.

There are three primary facets to QE dynamics worth pondering as central banks initiate normalization. The first is the size and scope of previous QE operations. The second is the primary target of liquidity-induced market flows. And third, to what extent have central bank measures and associated market flows spurred self-reinforcing speculative leveraging and market distortions. Inarguably, ECB and BOJ-induced flows over recent quarters have been massive. It is also reasonably clear that market flows gravitated primarily to equities and corporate Credit, asset classes demonstrating the most enticing inflationary biases. And there are as well ample anecdotes supporting the view that major speculative leveraging has been integral to myriad Bubbles throughout global risk markets. The now deeply ingrained view that the cadre of global central banks will not tolerate market declines is one of history’s most consequential market distortions.

And while the timing of the removal of ECB and BOJ liquidity stimulus remains uncertain, markets must now at least contemplate an approaching backdrop with less accommodation from the ECB and central banks more generally. With this in mind, Draghi’s comments this week could mark an important juncture for speculative leveraging. Increasingly unstable currency markets are consistent with this thesis. The days of shorting yen and euros and using proceeds for easy profits in higher-yielding currencies appear to have run their course. I suspect de-leveraging dynamics have commenced, though market impact has thus far been muted by ongoing ECB and BOJ liquidity operations.

June 27 – Reuters (William Schomberg, Marc Jones, Jason Lange and Lindsay Dunsmuir): “U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Tuesday that she does not believe that there will be another financial crisis for at least as long as she lives, thanks largely to reforms of the banking system since the 2007-09 crash. ‘Would I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis?’ Yellen said… ‘You know probably that would be going too far but I do think we're much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don't believe it will be,’ she said.”

While headlines somewhat paraphrased Yellen’s actual comment, “We Will not see Another Crisis in Our Lifetime” is reminiscent of Irving Fisher’s “permanent plateau” just weeks before the great crash of 1929. While on the subject, I never bought into the popular comparison between 2008 and 1929 – and the related notion of 2008 as “the 100-year flood”. The 2008/09 crisis was for the most part a private debt crisis associated with the bursting of a Bubble in mortgage Credit – not dissimilar to previous serial global crises, only larger and somewhat more systemic. It was not, however, a deeply systemic debt crisis akin to the aftermath of 1929, which was characterized by a crisis of confidence in the banking system, the markets and finance more generally, along with a loss of faith in government policy and institutions. But after a decade of unprecedented expansion of government debt and central bank Credit, the stage has now been set for a more systemic 1929-like financial dislocation.

As such, it’s ironic that the Fed has branded the banking system cured and so well capitalized that bankers can now boost dividends, buybacks and, presumably, risk-taking. As conventional central bank thinking goes, a well-capitalized banking system provides a powerful buffer for thwarting the winds of financial crisis. Chair Yellen, apparently, surveys current bank capital levels and extrapolates to systemic stability. Yet the next crisis lurks not with the banks but within the securities and derivatives markets: too much leverage and too much “money” employed in trend-following trading strategies. Too much hedging, speculating and leveraging in derivatives. Market misperceptions and distortions on an epic scale.

Compared to 2008, the leveraged speculating community and the ETF complex are significantly larger and potentially perilous. The derivatives markets are these days acutely more vulnerable to liquidity issues and dislocation. Never have global markets been so dominated by trend-following strategies. It’s a serious issue that asset market performance – stocks, bond, corporate Credit, EM, real estate, etc. – have all become so tightly correlated. There are huge vulnerabilities associated with various markets having become so highly synchronized on a global basis. And in the grand scheme of grossly inflated global securities, asset and derivatives markets, the scope of available bank capital is trivial.

I realize that, at this late stage of the great bull market, such a question sounds hopelessly disconnected. Yet, when markets reverse sharply lower and The Crowd suddenly moves to de-risk, who is left to take the other side of what has become One Gargantuan “Trade”? We’re all familiar with the pat response: “Central banks. They’ll have no choice.” Okay, but I’m more interested in the timing and circumstances.

Central bankers are now signaling their desire to proceed with normalization, along with noting concerns for elevated asset prices. As such, I suspect they will be somewhat more circumspect going forward when it comes to backstopping the markets - than, say, back in 2013 with Bernanke’s “flash crash” or with the China scare of early-2016. Perhaps this might help to explain why the VIX spiked above 15 during Thursday afternoon trading. Even corporate debt markets showed a flash of vulnerability this week.


For the Week:

The S&P500 dipped 0.6% (up 8.2% y-t-d), and the Dow slipped 0.2% (up 8.0%). The Utilities fell 2.5% (up 6.2%). The Banks surged 4.4% (up 4.2%), and the Broker/Dealers jumped 2.6% (up 9.8%). The Transports rose 1.9% (up 5.7%). The S&P 400 Midcaps added 0.2% (up 5.2%), while the small cap Russell 2000 was unchanged (up 4.3%). The Nasdaq100 dropped 2.7% (up 16.1%), and the Morgan Stanley High Tech index sank 3.0% (up 20.3%). The Semiconductors were hit 4.9% (up 14.2%). The Biotechs dropped 3.9% (up 25.5%). With bullion dropping $15, the HUI gold index sank 4.5% (up 1.9%).

Three-month Treasury bill rates ended the week at 100 bps. Two-year government yields gained four bps to 1.38% (up 19bps y-t-d). Five-year T-note yields rose 13 bps to 1.89% (down 4bps). Ten-year Treasury yields jumped 16 bps to 2.30% (down 14bps). Long bond yields increased 12 bps to 2.84% (down 23bps).

Greek 10-year yields were little changed at 5.36% (down 166bps y-t-d). Ten-year Portuguese yields rose 10 bps to 3.03% (down 72bps). Italian 10-year yields surged 24 bps to 2.16% (up 35bps). Spain's 10-year yields jumped 16 bps to 1.54% (up 16bps). German bund yields surged 21 bps to 0.47% (up 26bps). French yields rose 21 bps to 0.82% (up 14bps). The French to German 10-year bond spread was unchanged at 35 bps. U.K. 10-year gilt yields jumped 23 bps to 1.26% (up 2bps). U.K.'s FTSE equities index fell 1.5% (up 11.2%).

Japan's Nikkei 225 equities index declined 0.5% (up 4.8% y-t-d). Japanese 10-year "JGB" yields gained three bps to 0.09% (up 5bps). France's CAC40 sank 2.8% (up 5.3%). The German DAX equities index was hit 3.2% (up 7.4%). Spain's IBEX 35 equities index fell 1.8% (up 11.7%). Italy's FTSE MIB index declined 1.2% (up 7.0%). EM equities were mostly higher. Brazil's Bovespa index rallied 3.0% (up 4.4%), and Mexico's Bolsa gained 1.8% (up 9.2%). South Korea's Kospi increased 0.6% (up 18%). India’s Sensex equities index declined 0.7% (up 16.1%). China’s Shanghai Exchange rose 1.1% (up 2.9%). Turkey's Borsa Istanbul National 100 index added 0.8% (up 28.5%). Russia's MICEX equities index gained 0.6% (down 15.8%).

Junk bond mutual funds saw outflows of $1.735 billion (from Lipper).

Freddie Mac 30-year fixed mortgage rates dipped two bps to 3.88% (up 40bps y-o-y). Fifteen-year rates were unchanged at 3.17% (up 39bps). The five-year hybrid ARM rate gained three bps to 3.17% (up 47bps). Bankrate's survey of jumbo mortgage borrowing costs had 30-yr fixed rates up a basis point to 4.01% (up 34bps).

Federal Reserve Credit last week added $0.8bn to $4.431 TN. Over the past year, Fed Credit declined $5.0bn. Fed Credit inflated $1.620 TN, or 58%, over the past 242 weeks. Elsewhere, Fed holdings for foreign owners of Treasury, Agency Debt jumped another $17.9bn last week to $3.310 TN. "Custody holdings" were up $83bn y-o-y, 2.6%.

M2 (narrow) "money" supply last week slipped $4.3bn to $13.510 TN. "Narrow money" expanded $686bn, or 5.4%, over the past year. For the week, Currency increased $2.7bn. Total Checkable Deposits fell $12.7bn, while Savings Deposits gained $6.9bn. Small Time Deposits were little changed. Retail Money Funds fell $4.1bn.

Total money market fund assets added $4.2bn to $2.621 TN. Money Funds fell $96bn y-o-y (3.5%).

Total Commercial Paper declined $5.4bn to $973.6bn. CP declined $77bn y-o-y, or 7.4%.

Currency Watch:

The U.S. dollar index fell 1.7% to 95.628 (down 6.6% y-t-d). For the week on the upside, the Swedish krona increased 3.4%, the British pound 2.4%, the Canadian dollar 2.3%, the euro 2.1%, the Australian dollar 1.6%, the Norwegian krone 1.3%, the Swiss franc 1.2%, the Brazilian real 1.1%, the Singapore dollar 0.8% and the New Zealand dollar 0.7%. For the week on the downside, the South African rand declined 1.6%, the Japanese yen 1.0%, the Mexican peso 0.6% and the South Korean won 0.4%. The Chinese renminbi gained 0.82% versus the dollar this week (up 2.42% y-t-d).

Commodities Watch:

The Goldman Sachs Commodities Index surged 5.3% (down 6.5% y-t-d). Spot Gold declined 1.2% to $1,242 (up 7.7%). Silver slipped 0.5% to $16.627 (up 4.0%). Crude rallied $3.03 to $46.04 (down 15%). Gasoline jumped 5.6% (down 9%), and Natural Gas rose 3.6% (down 19%). Copper gained 2.9% (up 8%). Wheat surged 11.1% (up 29%). Corn jumped 4.2% (up 8%).

Trump Administration Watch:

June 27 – Bloomberg (Steven T. Dennis and Laura Litvan): “Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to delay a vote on health-care legislation came as a relief to some Republican holdouts, but it sets off what will be a furious few weeks of talks to deliver on the GOP’s seven-year promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Senate Republicans went to the White House Tuesday afternoon to meet with President Donald Trump, who also promised his political supporters he would do away with Obamacare. ‘We’re going to solve the problem,’ the president told senators. But Trump also conceded the possibility that the health bill wouldn’t pass. ‘If we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like,’ he said… ‘And that’s OK, and I understand that very well.’”

June 29 – Reuters: “Congress will need to raise the nation's debt limit and avoid defaulting on loan payments by ‘early to mid-October,’ the Congressional Budget Office said in a report… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has encouraged Congress to raise the limit before the legislative body leaves for their August recess. But it remains unclear if a bipartisan agreement has been struck to allow the limit to be raised, as both chambers continue to be weighed down by health care and tax reform and trying to find an agreement to fund the government after the September 30 deadline.”

June 30 – CNBC (Fred Imbert): “President Donald Trump's White House is ‘hell-bent’ on imposing tariffs on steel and other imports, Axios reported Friday. The plan — which was pushed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and was supported by National Trade Council Peter Navarro, and policy adviser Stephen Miller — would potentially impose tariffs in the 20% range… During a ‘tense’ meeting Monday, the president made it clear he favors tariffs, yet the plan was met with heavy opposition by most officials in the room, with one telling Axios about 22 were against it and only three in favor, including Trump.”

June 29 – Financial Times (Stefan Wagstyl): “Angela Merkel threw down the gauntlet to Donald Trump as Germany’s chancellor pledged to fight at next week’s G20 summit for free trade, international co-operation and the Paris climate change accord. In a combative speech on Thursday in the German parliament, Ms Merkel also promised to focus on reinforcing the EU, in close co-operation with France, despite the pressing issue of Brexit. But in a sign that it may be difficult to maintain European unity around a tough approach to Mr Trump, Ms Merkel later softened her tone, as she prepares to host G20 leaders in Hamburg next Friday.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Joe Light): “Two U.S. senators working on a bipartisan overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are seriously considering a plan that would break up the mortgage-finance giants, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The proposal by Tennessee Republican Bob Corker and Virginia Democrat Mark Warner would attempt to foster competition in the secondary mortgage market… Corker and Warner’s push to develop a plan marks Congress’ latest attempt to figure out what to do with Fannie and Freddie, an issue that has vexed lawmakers ever since the government took control of the companies in 2008 as the housing market cratered. The lawmakers’ plan is still being developed, and a Senate aide who asked not to be named cautioned that no decisions had been made on any issues.”

China Bubble Watch:

June 25 – Financial Times (Minxin Pei): “The Chinese government has just launched an apparent crackdown on a small number of large conglomerates known in the west chiefly for their aggressive dealmaking. The list includes Dalian Wanda, Anbang, Fosun and HNA Group. The news that Chinese banking regulators have asked lenders to examine their exposure to these companies has sent the stocks of groups wholly or partly owned by these conglomerates tumbling in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Obviously, the market was caught by surprise. But it should not be… The immediate trigger is Beijing’s growing alarm over the risks in China’s financial sector and attempt to cut capital outflows. In late April, President Xi Jinping convened a politburo meeting specifically focused on stability in the financial system. Foreshadowing the crackdown, he ordered that those ‘financial crocodiles’ that destabilise China’s financial system must be punished.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Anjani Trivedi): “As Beijing looks to rein in companies that have splurged on overseas deals, it is talking up the systemic risks to its financial system. But just how serious is the problem? After all, for years Beijing has urged leading companies to ‘go global,’ and encouraged banks to support them with lending. Its words were taken to heart: Companies like sprawling conglomerate HNA Group and insurer Anbang pushed the country’s outbound acquisitions to more than $200 billion last year… Now… regulators are investigating leverage and risks at banks associated with China Inc.’s bulging overseas deals. It’s clear that Chinese banks are already heavily exposed to China’s big deal makers through basic lending. Chinese lenders had extended more than 500 billion yuan ($73.14bn) of loans to HNA alone as of last year…”

June 26 – Bloomberg: “China may finally be ready to cut the cord when it comes to the country’s troubled local government financing vehicles. Beijing’s deleveraging drive has seen rules impacting LGFV debt refinancing tightened, spurring a slump in issuance by the vehicles, which owe about 5.6 trillion yuan ($818bn) to bondholders and are seen by some as the poster children for China’s post-financial crisis debt woes. Signs the authorities may be taking a less sympathetic view of the sector has ratings companies flagging the possibility that 2017 could see the first ever default by a local financing vehicle.”

June 29 – Reuters (Yawen Chen and Thomas Peter): “The struggles of China's small and medium-sized firms have grown so acute that many are expected to become unprofitable or even go belly-up this year, boding ill for an economy running short on strong growth drivers. The companies - which account for over 60% of China's $11 trillion gross domestic product - have entered the most challenging funding environment in years as Beijing cracks down on easy credit to contain a dangerous debt build-up. Many of the firms - mostly in the industrial, transport, wholesale, retail, catering and accommodation sectors - are already grappling with soaring costs, fierce competition and thinning profits. The strains faced by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are expected to grow more visible as Beijing deflates a real estate bubble and eases infrastructure spending to dial back its fiscal stimulus.”

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “One of Chinese banks’ favorite tools for increasing leverage has staged a remarkable but worrisome comeback just two months after a regulatory crackdown on leveraged investment… Chinese banks’ issuance of negotiable certificates of deposit in June nearly hit the high recorded in March… NCDs, a type of short-term loan, have become extremely popular in recent years with Chinese banks, especially smaller lenders due to their weaker ability to attract deposits. During a clampdown on runaway debt in April, Chinese regulators warned banks against abusing the tool for speculative, leveraged bets in capital markets. But after a deep but brief drop, NCD issuance has risen again as regulatory attention appeared to ease in recent weeks, hitting 1.96 trillion yuan ($287.73bn) this month, up sharply from 1.23 trillion yuan in May and just a touch below March’s record 2.02 trillion yuan."

June 28 – Financial Times (Gabriel Wildau): “Capital flight disguised as overseas tourism spending has artificially cut China’s reported trade surplus while masking the extent of investment outflows, according to research by the US Federal Reserve. A significant share of overseas spending classified in official data as travel-related shopping, entertainment and hospitality may over a 12-month period have instead been used for investment in financial assets and real estate, the Fed paper argued… Disguised capital outflows in the year to September may have amounted to $190bn, or 1.7% of gross domestic product… Chinese households have in recent years looked at ways to skirt government-imposed limitations on foreign investment as its economy slowed and the renminbi depreciated.”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Joe Ryan): “As Elon Musk races to finish building the world’s biggest battery factory in the Nevada desert, China is poised to leave him in the dust. Chinese companies have plans for additional factories with the capacity to pump out more than 120 gigawatt-hours a year by 2021, according to a report… by Bloomberg Intelligence. That’s enough to supply batteries for around 1.5 million Tesla Model S vehicles or 13.7 million Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrids per year… By comparison, when completed in 2018, Tesla Inc.’s Gigafactory will crank out up to 35 gigawatt-hours of battery cells annually.”

June 28 – CNBC (Geoff Cutmore): “China's economic growth will accelerate because the country will finally get leaders who aren't scared, a former advisor to China's central bank said Wednesday. ‘The most important reason is that there is a new group of officials being appointed ... (who will emerge) around the 19th Party Congress which will be in mid to late October,’ said Li Daokui, who is now Dean of the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing. …Li said the Chinese economy will grow 6.9 to 7 percent by 2018 from 6.7 percent in 2017. China posted 6.7% GDP growth in 2016, the slowest in 26 years. ‘These (new) officials have been carefully, carefully scrutinized before they are appointed so they are clean. They are not worried about becoming targets of anti-corruption investigations,’ he added.”

Europe Watch:

June 26 – Bloomberg (Sonia Sirletti and Alexander Weber): Italy orchestrated its biggest bank rescue on record, committing as much as 17 billion euros ($19bn) to clean up two failed banks in one of its wealthiest regions, a deal that raises questions about the consistency of Europe’s bank regulations. The intervention at Banca Popolare di Vicenza SpA and Veneto Banca SpA includes state support for Intesa Sanpaolo SpA to acquire their good assets for a token amount… Milan-based Intesa can initially tap about 5.2 billion euros to take on some assets without hurting capital ratios, Padoan said. The European Commission approved the plan.”

June 28 – Reuters (Gernot Heller and Joseph Nasr): “Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble… underscored Germany's concerns about what he called a regulatory loophole after the EU cleared Italy to wind up two failed banks at a hefty cost to local taxpayers. Schaeuble told reporters that Europe should abide by rules enacted after the 2008 collapse of U.S. financial services firm Lehman Brothers that were meant to protect taxpayers. Existing European Union guidelines for restructuring banks aimed to ensure ‘what all political groups wanted: that taxpayers will never again carry the risks of banks,’ he said. Italy is transferring the good assets of the two Veneto lenders to the nation's biggest retail bank, Intesa Sanpaolo (ISP.MI), as part of a transaction that could cost the state up to 17 billion euros ($19 billion).”

June 25 – Reuters (Balazs Koranyi and Erik Kirschbaum): “The time may be nearing for the European Central Bank to start discussing the end of unprecedented stimulus as growth and inflation are both moving in the right direction, Bundesbank president Jens Weidmann told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag. Weidmann, who sits on the ECB's rate-setting Governing Council, also said that the bank should not make any further changes to the key parameters of its bond purchase scheme, comments that signal opposition to an extension of asset buys since the ECB will soon hit its German bond purchase limits. Hoping to revive growth and inflation, the ECB is buying 2.3 trillion euros worth of bonds…, a scheme known as quantitative easing and long opposed by Germany… The purchases are set to run until December and the ECB will decide this fall whether to extend it… ‘As far as a possible extension of the bonds-buying program goes, this hasn't yet been discussed in the ECB Council,’ Weidmann told the newspaper…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Carolynn Look): “It seems the sky is the limit for Germany’s economy. Business confidence -- logging its fifth consecutive increase -- jumped to the highest since 1991 this month, underpinning optimism by the Bundesbank that the upswing in Europe’s largest economy is set to continue. With domestic demand supported by a buoyant labor market, risks to growth stem almost exclusively from global forces. ‘Sentiment among German businesses is jubilant,’ Ifo President Clemens Fuest said… ‘Germany’s economy is performing very strongly.’”

June 29 – Reuters (Pete Schroeder and David Henry): “German inflation probably accelerated in June, regional data suggested on Thursday, suggesting a solid upswing in the economy is pushing up price pressures as euro zone inflation moves closer to the European Central Bank's target. The data comes only days after ECB head Mario Draghi hinted that the bank's asset-purchase program would become less accommodative going into 2018 as regional growth gains pace and inflation trends return following a period of falling prices. In another sign of rising price pressures in the 19-member single currency bloc, Spanish consumer prices rose more than expected in June… In the German state of Hesse, annual inflation rose to 1.9% in June from 1.7% in May…”

June 28 – Reuters (Gavin Jones and Steve Scherer): “He is an 80-year-old convicted criminal whose last government ended with Italy on the brink of bankruptcy - and he may well be kingmaker at the next election within a year. Mayoral elections on Sunday showed four-time Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's center-right Forza Italia party remains a force to be reckoned with... ‘Berlusconi sees this as the last challenge of his career,’ said Renato Brunetta, a close ally for over 20 years and Forza Italia's lower house leader. ‘He feels he has suffered many injustices and deserves one last shot. Who can deny him that?’ Matteo Renzi, leader of the ruling Democratic Party (PD), and Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement have dominated the national scene in recent years, relegating Forza Italia to a distant third or fourth in the polls. Yet in the mayoral ballots, Forza Italia and its anti-immigrant Northern League allies trounced the PD and 5-Star in cities all over the country, suggesting they have momentum behind them just as the national vote comes into view.”

Central Bank Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Tom Fairless): “The euro soared to its biggest one-day gain against the dollar in a year and eurozone bond prices slumped after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinted the ECB might start winding down its stimulus in response to accelerating growth in Europe. Any move by the ECB toward reducing bond purchases would put it on a similar policy path as the Federal Reserve, which first signaled an intent to taper its own stimulus program in 2013. But the ECB is likely to remain far behind: The Fed has been raising interest rates gradually since December 2015, while the ECB’s key rate has been negative since June 2014. Mr. Draghi’s comments, made Tuesday at the ECB’s annual economic policy conference in Portugal, were laced with caution and caveats. But investors interpreted them as a cue to buy euros and sell eurozone bonds, a reversal of a long-term trade that has benefited from the central bank’s €60 billion ($67.15bn) of bond purchases each month. ‘All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area,’ Mr. Draghi said.”

June 28 – Financial Times (Dan McCrum and Chris Giles in London and Claire Jones): “Bond and currency markets whipsawed on Wednesday as Europe’s two most influential central bankers struggled to communicate to investors how they would exit from years of crisis-era economic stimulus policies. The euro surged to a 52-week high against the dollar after investors characterised remarks by Mario Draghi as a signal he was preparing to taper the European Central Bank’s bond-buying scheme — only to drop almost a full cent after senior ECB figures made clear he had been misinterpreted. Similarly, the British pound jumped 1.2% to $1.2972 after Mark Carney, Bank of England governor, said he was prepared to raise interest rates if UK business activity increased — just a week after saying ‘now is not yet the time’ for an increase. The sharp moves and sudden reversals over two days of heavy trading highlight the acute sensitivity of financial markets to any suggestion of a withdrawal of stimulus measures after a prolonged period of monetary accommodation.”

June 25 – Reuters (Marc Jones): “Major central banks should press ahead with interest rate increases, the Bank for International Settlements said…, while recognizing that some turbulence in financial markets will have to be negotiated along the way. The BIS, an umbrella body for leading central banks, said in one of its most upbeat annual reports for years that global growth could soon be back at long-term average levels after a sharp improvement in sentiment over the past year. Though pockets of risk remain because of high debt levels, low productivity growth and dwindling policy firepower, the BIS said policymakers should take advantage of the improving economic outlook and its surprisingly negligible effect on inflation to accelerate the ‘great unwinding’ of quantitative easing programs and record low interest rates.”

Brexit Watch:

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “Prime Minister Theresa May struck a deal on Monday to prop up her minority government by agreeing to at least 1 billion pounds ($1.3bn) in extra funding for Northern Ireland in return for the support of the province's biggest Protestant party. After over two weeks of talks and turmoil sparked by May's failure to win a majority in a June 8 snap election, she now has the parliamentary numbers to pass a budget and a better chance of passing laws to take Britain out of the European Union.”

Global Bubble Watch:

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Richard Barley): “Sometimes financial markets are surprisingly bad at connecting the dots—until they can’t ignore the picture forming before their eyes. The screeching U-turn in bond markets is a good example. The world’s central banks are sending out a message that loose monetary policy can’t last forever. The shift is mainly rhetorical, and action may yet be some way off. But expectations matter, as they did when the Federal Reserve indicated in 2013 that its quantitative-easing program could be wound down. That caused global bond yields to surge, led by the U.S., and sparked extended turmoil in emerging markets. This time, the bond reversal has been centered on Europe. Ten-year German bund yields started Tuesday just below 0.25%, but by Wednesday afternoon stood at 0.37%. That helped lift bond yields elsewhere, since low German yields have been acting as an anchor. The selloff in the bund Tuesday was the worst in 22 months…”

June 28 – Reuters (Sujata Rao): “Global debt levels have climbed $500 billion in the past year to a record $217 trillion, a new study shows, just as major central banks prepare to end years of super-cheap credit policies. World markets were jarred this week by a chorus of central bankers warning about overpriced assets, excessive consumer borrowing and the need to begin the process of normalizing world interest rates from the extraordinarily low levels introduced to offset the fallout of the 2009 credit crash. This week, U.S. Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen has warned of expensive asset price valuations, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has tightened controls on bank credit and European Central Bank head Mario Draghi has opened the door to cutting back stimulus, possibly as soon as September. Years of cheap central bank cash has delivered a sugar rush to world equity markets, pushing them to successive record highs. But another side effect has been explosive credit growth as households, companies and governments rushed to take advantage of rock-bottom borrowing costs. Global debt, as a result, now amounts to 327% of the world's annual economic output, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) said in a report…”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Garfield Clinton Reynolds and Adam Haigh): “Greed seems to be running the show in global markets. Fear has fled, and that may be the biggest risk of all. Currency volatility just hit a 20-month low, Treasury yields are in their narrowest half-year trading range since the 1970s and the U.S. equities fear gauge, the VIX, is stuck near a two-decade nadir. While markets have signaled complacency in the face of Middle East tensions, the withdrawal of Federal Reserve stimulus and President Donald Trump’s tweetstorms, the Bank for International Settlements flagged on Sunday that low volatility can spur risk-taking with the potential to unwind quickly.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Annie Massa and Elizabeth Dexheimer): “The growing market for exchange-traded funds hasn’t been fully put to the test, according to one of the top U.S. speed trading firms. Ari Rubenstein, chief executive officer and co-founder of Global Trading Systems LLC, told lawmakers… that while investment dollars have flooded the U.S. ETF market, the new order has not endured an extreme period of stress. Volatility, a measure of market uncertainty, has remained low. ‘In some ways the markets are a bit untested,’ Rubenstein said… ‘It’s definitely something we should talk about to make sure industry participants are prepared in those instruments.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Javier Espinoza): “Private equity buyouts have enjoyed the strongest start to a year since before the financial crisis as fund managers have come under intense pressure from investors to deploy some of the record amount of capital they hold. The volume of deals involving private equity firms climbed 29% to $143.7bn in the first half of the year, the highest level since 2007, according to… Thomson Reuters.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Enda Curran and Stephen Engle): “Investors aren’t sufficiently pricing in a growing threat to economic and financial market stability from geopolitical risks, and the latest global cyberattack is an example of the damage that can be wreaked on trade, Cornell University Professor Eswar Prasad said. His remarks came as a virus similar to WannaCry reached Asia after spreading from Europe to the U.S. overnight, hitting businesses, port operators and government systems.”

Fixed Income Bubble Watch:

June 27 – CNBC (Ann Saphir): “Bond investors may soon pay a hefty price for being too pessimistic about the economy, according to portfolio manager Joe Zidle. Zidle, who is with Richard Bernstein Advisors, believes the vast amount of money flowing into long-duration bonds is signaling a costly mistake. ‘Last week alone, there is a 20-year plus treasury bond ETF that in one week got more inflows than all domestic equity mutual funds, and all domestic equity ETFs combined year-to-date,’ he said… He added: ‘I think investors are going to be in a real painful trade.’”

June 26 – Bloomberg (Mary Williams Walsh): “The United States Virgin Islands is best known for its powdery beaches and turquoise bays, a constant draw for the tourists who frequent this tiny American territory. Yet away from the beaches the mood is ominous, as government officials scramble to stave off the same kind of fiscal collapse that has already engulfed its neighbor Puerto Rico. The public debts of the Virgin Islands are much smaller than those of Puerto Rico, which effectively declared bankruptcy in May. But so is its population, and therefore its ability to pay. This tropical territory of roughly 100,000 people owes some $6.5 billion to pensioners and creditors.”

Federal Reserve Watch:

June 28 – Bloomberg (Jill Ward, Lucy Meakin, and Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave no indication her plans for continued monetary policy tightening had shifted while acknowledging that some asset prices had become ‘somewhat rich.’ ‘We’ve made very clear that we think it will be appropriate to the attainment of our goals to raise interest rates very gradually,’ she said… In her first public remarks since the U.S. central bank hiked rates on June 14, Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ ‘Asset valuations are somewhat rich if you use some traditional metrics like price earnings ratios, but I wouldn’t try to comment on appropriate valuations, and those ratios ought to depend on long-term interest rates,” she said.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Christopher Condon): “Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer pointed to higher asset prices as well as increased vulnerabilities for both household and corporate borrowers in warning against complacency when gauging the safety of the global financial system. ‘There is no doubt the soundness and resilience of our financial system has improved since the 2007-09 crisis,’ Fischer said… ‘However, it would be foolish to think we have eliminated all risks.’”

June 28 – Bloomberg (Luke Kawa): “When a trio of Federal Reserve officials delivered remarks on Tuesday, the state of U.S. financial markets came in for a little bit of criticism. When all was said and done, U.S. equities sank the most in six weeks, yields on 10-year Treasuries rose and the dollar weakened to the lowest level versus the euro in 10 months. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that asset valuations, by some measures ‘look high, but there’s no certainty about that.’ Earlier, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said the stock market ‘seems to be running very much on fumes’ and that he was ‘somewhat concerned about the complacency in the market.’ Fed Vice-Chair Stanley Fischer suggested that there had been a ‘notable uptick’ in risk appetite that propelled valuation ratios to very elevated levels.”

June 27 – Reuters (Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton): “With the U.S. economy at full employment and inflation set to hit the Federal Reserve's 2% target next year, the U.S. central bank needs to keep raising rates gradually to keep the economy on an even keel, a Fed policymaker said… ‘If we delay too long, the economy will eventually overheat, causing inflation or some other problem,’ San Francisco Fed President John Williams said… ‘Gradually raising interest rates to bring monetary policy back to normal helps us keep the economy growing at a rate that can be sustained for a longer time.’”

June 29 – Financial Times (Alistair Gray and Barney Jopson): “Regulators have given US banks the go-ahead to pay out almost all their earnings to shareholders this year in a signal of their confidence in the health of the financial system. The Federal Reserve has given the green light to a record level of post-crisis distributions, including an estimated total of almost $100bn from the six largest banks. All 34 institutions passed the second part of its annual stress test, although the Fed did call out weaknesses in capital planning at Capital One… The big six US banks — Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo — are set to return to shareholders between $95bn and $97bn over the next four quarters, according to RBC Capital Markets analyst Gerard Cassidy. That is about 50% more than they were able to hand out after last year’s exam.”

U.S. Bubble Watch:

June 27 – Wall Street Journal (Shibani Mahtani and Douglas Belkin): “This is what happens when a major American state lets its bills stack up for two years. Hospitals, doctors and dentists don’t get paid for hundreds of millions of dollars of patient care. Social-service agencies help fewer people. Public universities and the towns that surround them suffer. The state’s bond rating falls to near junk status. People move out. A standoff in Illinois between Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and Democratic Speaker of the House Michael Madigan over spending and term limits has left Illinois without a budget for two years. State workers and some others are still getting paid because of court orders and other stopgap measures, but bills for many others are piling up. The unpaid backlog is now $14.6 billion and growing.”

June 28 – Bloomberg Business Week (Elizabeth Campbell and John McCormick): “Two years ago, Illinois’s budget impasse meant that the state’s lottery winners had to wait for months to get their winnings. Now, with $15 billion in unpaid bills, Illinois is on the brink of being unable to even sell Powerball tickets. For the third year in a row, the state is poised to begin its fiscal year on July 1 with no state budget and billions of dollars in the red. If that happens, S&P Global Ratings says Illinois will probably lose its ­investment-grade status and become the first U.S. state on record to have its general obligation debt rated as junk. Illinois is already the worst-rated state at BBB-, S&P’s lowest investment-grade rating. The state owes at least $800 million in interest and late fees on its unpaid bills.”

June 26 – Wall Street Journal (Lev Borodovsky): “Commercial real estate prices are starting to roll over after reaching record highs, capping a long postcrisis rally. While there is no sign that a decline would mean imminent danger for the economy, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren recently warned that valuations represent a risk he ‘will continue to watch carefully.’ So far, prices have proven resilient, reflecting in part the unexpected 2017 decline of interest rates and the rising capital flows from diverse sources such as U.S. pensions and overseas investors.”

June 28 – Wall Street Journal (Chris Dieterich): “Booming demand for passive investments is making exchange-traded funds an increasingly crucial driver of share prices, helping to extend the long U.S. stock rally even as valuations become richer and other big buyers pare back. ETFs bought $98 billion in U.S. stocks during the first three months of this year, on pace to surpass their total purchases for 2015 and 2016 combined… These funds owned nearly 6% of the U.S. stock market in the first quarter—their highest level on record—according to an analysis of Fed data by Goldman Sachs… Surging demand for ETFs this year has to an unprecedented extent helped fuel the latest leg higher for the eight-year stock-market rally.”

June 27 – Reuters (Kimberly Chin): “U.S. single-family home prices rose in April due to tight inventory of houses on the market and low mortgage rates… and economists see no imminent change in the trend. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller composite index of 20metropolitan areas rose 5.7% in April on a year-over-year basis after a 5.9% gain in March, which matched the fastest pace in nearly three years.”

June 27 – Bloomberg (Andrew Mayeda): “The International Monetary Fund cut its outlook for the U.S. economy, removing assumptions of President Donald Trump’s plans to cut taxes and boost infrastructure spending to spur growth. The IMF reduced its forecast for U.S. growth this year to 2.1%, from 2.3% in the fund’s April update to its world economic outlook. The… fund also cut its projection for U.S. growth next year to 2.1%, from 2.5% in April.”

Japan Watch:

June 29 – Reuters (Leika Kihara and Stanley White): “Japan's industrial output fell faster in May than at any time since the devastating earthquake of March 2011 while inventories hit their highest in almost a year, suggesting a nascent economic recovery may stall before it gets properly started. Household spending also fell in May, leaving the Bank of Japan's 2% target seemingly out of reach.”

EM Watch:

June 28 – Reuters (Brad Brooks and Silvio Cascione): “President Michel Temer called a corruption charge filed against him by Brazil's top prosecutor a ‘fiction’ on Tuesday, as the nation's political crisis deepened under the second president faced with possible removal from office in just over a year. Temer, who was charged Monday night with arranging to receive millions of dollars in bribes, said the move would hurt Brazil's economic recovery and possibly paralyze efforts at reform. The conservative leader said executives of the world's biggest meatpacker, JBS SA , who accused him in plea-bargain testimony of arranging to take 38 million reais ($11.47 million) in bribes in the coming months, did so only to escape jail for their own crimes.”

Geopolitical Watch:

June 29 – New York Times (Nicole Perlroth and David E. Sanger): “Twice in the past month, National Security Agency cyberweapons stolen from its arsenal have been turned against two very different partners of the United States — Britain and Ukraine. The N.S.A. has kept quiet, not acknowledging its role in developing the weapons. White House officials have deflected many questions, and responded to others by arguing that the focus should be on the attackers themselves, not the manufacturer of their weapons. But the silence is wearing thin for victims of the assaults, as a series of escalating attacks using N.S.A. cyberweapons have hit hospitals, a nuclear site and American businesses. Now there is growing concern that United States intelligence agencies have rushed to create digital weapons that they cannot keep safe from adversaries or disable once they fall into the wrong hands.”

June 28 – New York Times (Sheera Frenkel, Mark Scott and Paul Mozur): “As governments and organizations around the world grappled… with the impact of a cyberattack that froze computers and demanded a ransom for their release, victims received a clear warning from security experts not to pay a dime in the hopes of getting back their data. The hackers’ email address was shut down and they had lost the ability to communicate with their victims, and by extension, to restore access to computers. If the hackers had wanted to collect ransom money, said cybersecurity experts, their attack was an utter failure. That is, if that was actually their goal. Increasingly sophisticated ransomware assaults now have cybersecurity experts questioning what the attackers are truly after. Is it money? Mayhem? Delivering a political message?”

June 25 – Reuters: “Qatar is reviewing a list of demands presented by four Arab states imposing a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country, but said on Saturday the list was not reasonable or actionable. ‘We are reviewing these demands out of respect for ... regional security and there will be an official response from our ministry of foreign affairs,’ Sheikh Saif al-Thani, the director of Qatar's government communications office, said… Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, which imposed a boycott on Qatar, issued an ultimatum to Doha to close Al Jazeera, curb ties with Iran, shut a Turkish military base and pay reparations among other demands.”

June 27 – Reuters (Foo Yun Chee): “EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7bn) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a single company in an antitrust case, exceeding a 1.06-billion-euro sanction handed down to U.S. chipmaker Intel in 2009. The European Commission said the world's most popular internet search engine has 90 days to stop favoring its own shopping service or face a further penalty per day of up to 5% of Alphabet's average daily global turnover.”
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          Centara appoints Aviareps as sales promotion representative   
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Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, recently appointed Aviareps to conduct the hospitality brand’s sales promotion activities within the Arabian Gulf countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Aviareps is recognised as the global leader in tourism, aviation and hospitality representation with 62 offices in 46 countries around the world, and this exciting partnership will actively drive Thai hospitality business in the Middle East market.

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           UAE severs diplomatic ties with Qatar   
Current PositionThe governments of the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, Jordan, Mauritius, Mauritania and the Maldives are all reported to have severed diplomatic ties with Qatar last week (week commencing 4 June 2017). In a press re...
          Rotana - ART Rotana Amwaj Islands : Human Resources - Colleague Outlet Attendant - Rotana   
Competitive: Rotana - ART Rotana Amwaj Islands : Job Description We are currently seeking for passionate and dynamic guest focused Food & Beverage professionals who pride themselves on their ability to deliver extraordinary levels of customer service and provide creative solutions to our colleagues. As Amwaj Islands, Bahrain
          Aluminium Bahrain Bribery Case Collapses   
A lawsuit against Victor Dahdaleh, a Canadian-British billionaire, for allegedly paying
          Netizen Report: US Tech Companies Grapple with EU Data Rules in a Post-Snowden World   
Ukraine rolls out Russian-style Internet blacklist, Cuba releases artist-blogger "El Sexto" after 10 months in prison, and Bahrain jails Zainab Al-Khawaja for insulting the king.
          Tour de France – Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) souffre d’une fracture lombaire et doit être opéré   
Tour de France - Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) souffre d'une fracture lombaire et doit être opéré
Avec son compatriote Alejandro Valverde, l’Espagnol Ion Izagirre (Bahraien-Merida) est l’un des coureurs à avoir déjà du abandonner au Tour de France à la suite d’une chute dans le contre-la-montre de la première étape samedi à Dusseldorf. Izagirre a été transporté immédiatement à l’hôpital et souffre d’une fracture lombaire instable qui nécessite une opération, a […]

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          Al-Jazeera, insurgent TV station that divides the Arab world, faces closure   
The network has raised political awareness across the Middle East. No wonder Qatar’s conservative enemies want it shut down

On Monday a bold and controversial experiment in Middle Eastern media and politics may be abruptly brought to an end. Al-Jazeera – once heralded as the beacon of free Arab media that broke the hegemony of the western networks and reversed the flow of information from east to west for the first time since the middle ages – faces closing its doors for good.

On 23 June, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt subjected Qatar to unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions, followed by an aggressive blockade and threats of further action if Qatar fails to meet a list of 13 demands, one of which is to shut down the al-Jazeera network.

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          Qatar tyrmää Saudi-Arabian ja sen liittolaisten vaatimukset: "Loukkaavat maan täysivaltaisuutta"   
Saudi-Arabia, Yhdistyneet arabiemiirikunnat, Bahrain ja Egypti ilmoittivat kesäkuussa katkaisseensa kaikki siteensä Qatariin.
          Qatar rejects deadline demands, saying it does not fear military action   

Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani rejects demands from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates

Qatar said on Saturday it does not fear any military retaliation for refusing to meet a Monday deadline to comply with a list of demands from four Arab states that have imposed a de-facto blockade on the Gulf nation.

During a visit to Rome, foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani again rejected the demands as an infringement on Qatar’s sovereignty. He said any country is free to raise grievances with Qatar, provided they have proof, but said any such conflicts should be worked out through negotiation, not by imposing ultimatums.

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          Teller - M&F Bank - North Carolina   
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          Misha Nonoo   
For any young designer, being nominated for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund is a career-altering experience. We first met Misha Nonoo, one of this year’s nominated designers, back in October when she was competing for the Fund, and we were immediately blown away by the designer and her beautiful collection. Misha’s label, Nonoo, is produced exclusively in New York City’s garment district but pays tribute to the designer’s British roots, travels and lifelong love of art. Misha talked to us about how she got her start as a designer, her Fashion Fund experience and what inspires her.

How did you get your start as a designer?


I was born in Bahrain and raised in London by an Iraqi father and English mother. As a child, I spent my holidays traveling around the globe, traversing between Europe, India, Asia and the United States, providing me with a diverse collection of references and a vibrant education of global artistry.

Whilst growing up in London, I found the bespoke tailoring process of Savile Row romantic, and was deeply moved by its historical representation of aristocracy and gentility. Discovering these coats and jackets constructed with the utmost quality, craftsmanship and precision I unearthed my true passion for design.

My parents, aware of my desire to establish a fashion label, strongly advised me to attend business school before launching my collection. In 2003, I enrolled at London’s prestigious European Business School, and continued on to the Ecole Supérieure du Commerce Extérieur in Paris, where I studied International Business and French.

Upon graduation from business school, I moved to New York City and apprenticed with a local tailor in the garment district who specialized in construction and tailoring. I would spend hours in fittings, making patterns and learning about subtle distinguishable details, from the height of a shoulder pad to the interfacing. I launched my label Nonoo in February 2011— the collection is quintessentially British at heart suffused with signature tailored separates and an adventurous spirit for everyday life.

Where do you draw inspiration for your designs?


Personal experience. From places I've travelled to contemporary artists’ shows I've seen and books I've read about historical figures, my inspiration always comes from firsthand experiences.

How would you describe the Nonoo customer in three words?


Composed, culturally curious

Who are some of your favorite fashion designers?


Coco Chanel and Phoebe Philo

How would you describe your personal style?


I always make sure to wear a colorful piece from the current collection. My personal style is equal parts comfort whilst inherently British and composed.

How do you like to style your hair? Do you have a hair routine?


This summer I went very blonde. I am obsessed with Oribe Soft Dry Conditioner Spray. It smells incredible, and my hair has never felt so soft. I feel like it helps keep the color longer as well.

Why did you decide to produce your collection in New York?


I decided to produce my collection in New York City because I am inspired by the close proximity between designer and production, which allows for detail-oriented communication, serious workmanship and uncompromising collaboration.

What do you love about New York?


I love New York’s entrepreneurial spirit.

What was the inspiration for your Spring Summer 2014 collection?


The inspiration for the Spring 2014 collection was artist Gerhard Richter’s iconic squeegee series. Richter’s technical precision, coupled with a sense of freedom, inspired powerful soft dressing with an inherent feminine twist.

What’s your favorite part of fashion week?


Being able to tell my design story. From the models to the music to the set design, it is a beautiful moment being able to see your collection come to life on the runway.
          Menuding Negara Tetangga Bukan Solusi untuk Krisis Bahrain   
Juru bicara Kementerian Luar Negeri Republik Islam Iran mengatakan, rezim Al Khalifa lebih baik memberikan jawaban positif kepada rekomendasi berulang internasional untuk memulai perundingan dengan para pemimpin oposisi Bahrain ketimbang melakukan proyeksi dan selalu menuding tetangganya.
          Vehicle Lease for NSA Bahrain   
Buyer: Naval Facilities Engineering Command
          Ook pechvogel Izagirre moet onder het mes na val in Tour   

Ion Izagirre heeft bij zijn valpartij van zaterdag in de openingsetappe van de Tour de France in het Duitse Düsseldorf een onstabiele breuk in de wervelkolom opgelopen en moet geopereerd worden. Dat heeft zijn team Bahrain-Merida zaterdagavond bevestigd in een persbericht.


          Valverde se despide del Tour   

El británico Geraint Thomas (Sky) estrenó el maillot amarillo del Tour de Francia al ser el más rápido en la cronometrada de 14 kilómetros disputada en Düsseldorf bajo la lluvia, que motivó una caída que dejó fuera de la ronda gala a Alejandro Valverde –con una fractura en la rótula– y obligó a la prudencia a todos los favoritos.
En una jornada de miedo y respeto por la lluvia, Thomas alcanzó la gloria por delante de todos los favoritos. El de Cardiff se la jugó y acertó. Ganó la partida por 5 segundos al suizo Stefan Kung (BMC) y por 7 a otro hombre del Sky, el bielorruso Vasil Kiryienka. El candidato alemán, Tony Martin, solo pudo ser cuarto a 8.
Sonrisa doble en Chris Froome, por la victoria de su amigo Thomas y por empezar el Tour con ventaja sobre sus rivales directos. Fue el mejor de los ilustres, sexto a 12 segundos del ganador, y sacó tajada de la prudencia de todos los aspirantes de la general.
El triple vencedor del Tour sacó oro junto al Rin. Fue de los pocos que no reconoció el recorrido en bicicleta, prefirió hacerlo en coche. Alejó en 35 segundos a Richie Porte, en 36 a Quintana, en 39 a Bardet, en 40 a Aru y en 42 a Alberto Contador. El primer español fue el campeón nacional Jonathan Castroviejo, decimoquinto a 20 segundos.
El madrileño admitió que tiró del lema de riesgos mínimos, sobre todo tras conocer la caída de Alejandro Valverde en la curva maldita donde también cayeron el francés Tony Gallopin, el holandés Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto Jumbo) y el también español Ion Izagirre (Bahrain), como el murciano obligado a retirarse.
Desgracia para Valverde y Movistar, en el primer asalto, con la maleta de la ilusión aún llena. Pérdida irreparable la del 'Bala', quien se salió en una curva a izquierdas estrellándose con violencia contra la valla. Enseguida fue atendido por su director, Eusebio Unzue, y trasladado al hospital de Düsseldorf. Un Tour de apenas 7 kilómetros cerrado con una fractura en la rótula. Las ilusiones rotas en el murciano, con 11 triunfos esta temporada. Y un roto para Nairo Quintana, que se queda sin su hombre de garantías para su intento de lograr el sueño amarillo.
La crono inicial infundió respeto por una lluvia anunciada que no faltó a la cita. Agua en abundancia que convirtió el circuito de Düsseldorf en una pista peligrosa, sobre todo en las curvas, donde los favoritos tuvieron claro que no debían jugarse el pellejo por un puñado de segundos.
En un momento de ligera tregua apareció el bielorruso Vasili Kiryienka para instalarse en cabeza con 16:11 minutos. Dato serio sellado por el campeón del mundo 2015, un reto para el resto. Hubiera sido el primer bielorruso ganador en el Tour, pero su compañero galés Geraint Thomas irrumpió rebajando su marca en 7 segundos. En ese momento, Kwiatkowski era cuarto. ¿Un adelanto del dominio que puede imponer la escuadra de Froome en la presente edición?
Restaban por llegar los grandes candidatos. Los alemanes tenían el bombón en la boca con Tony Martin, pero el tetracampeón mundial se vio superado por tres corredores.
Así que Geraint Thomas, el líder del Sky que se retiró del Giro en el famoso accidente contra la moto, se presentó en sociedad del Tour con su primera victoria. Doble campeón olímpico y triple mundial de persecución, se enfundó el primer maillot amarillo del Tour.
Hoy, la segunda etapa desembocará en Bélgica con un trayecto de 203,5 kilómetros entre Düsseldorf y Lieja. Los esprinters están listos para ser protagonistas.n


          Al Areen Palace & Spa: Reservations Agent   
Competitive + Benefits: Al Areen Palace & Spa: We are in need of an Arabic-Speaking Reservations Agent, whom we intend to develop into an engaged and fully contributing Colleague to the Hotel. Sakhir, Kingdom of Bahrain
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Hostess   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Executive Pastry Chef   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Server - IRD   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Sous Chef-French Brasserie   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Storekeeper - Engineering   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Mgr-Sales   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Mgr-Maintenance   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Mgr- Italian Restaurant   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Chef de Partie-Sushi   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Storekeeper (Bahrain Nationals Only)   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Associate Dir-Public Relations   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Chef de Cuisine-French Brasserie   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Concierge-Club Level   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Head Baker   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Chef-Pastry   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Agent-Front Desk   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Chef de Partie-La Plage   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Mgr-Engineering   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: Bartender-Kahlo Club   
Competitive: The Ritz-Carlton Bahrain: At more than 80 award-winning properties worldwide, The Ritz-Carlton Ladies and Gentlemen create experiences so exceptional that long after a guest stays with us, the experience stays with them. As the premier worldwide provider of luxury experiences, we Bahrain - Manama
          7/2/2017: Front Page: Clock ticks for Qatar to accept demands   

On the eve of the deadline set by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt for Qatar to accept a list of 13 demands, King Hamad Bin Eisa Al Khalifa of Bahrain stressed the need for Doha to rectify its policies. King Hamad yesterday received a phone...
          Tour de Francia: Ion Izagirre sufre una fractura lumbar y pasará por el quirófano   
Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida), que se fue al suelo en el kilómetro 7 de la contrarreloj inaugural del Tour de Francia, sufre una fractura lumbar desplazada que precisa de una intervención...
          Tour de Francia: Ion Izagirre abandona el Tour al sufrir una caída   
Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) ha sido junto a Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) otro de los grandes perjudicados de la primera etapa del Tour de Francia al sufrir una caída que le obligó a la...
          Majid Al Futtaim acquires Retail Arabia, franchise owner of Geant in the Middle East   

·                     Acquisition includes 26 Geant hypermarkets and supermarkets in UAE, Kuwait and Bahrain as well as four Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain
·                     Purchase in line with the company’s ambition to consolidate the Carrefour brand’s leadership position in the region

Cairo, Egypt, 29 June, 2017

Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, has announced the acquisition of Retail Arabia, the franchise owner of 26 Geant stores across the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Kuwait as well as 4 Gulfmart supermarkets in Bahrain. The deal has been agreed between Majid Al Futtaim and Retail Arabia’s parent company BMA International.

All of the acquired stores, which include hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores, will be rebranded under Carrefour. This will see Carrefour extend its leading position in the UAE by increasing its store count from 67 to 80, while in Bahrain and Kuwait, it will further establish the brand as one of the largest grocery retail operators by increasing its stores to 11 and 8 respectively. Majid Al Futtaim has confirmed that all Retail Arabia’s employees will be retained following the acquisition and empowered to deliver Carrefour’s world-renowned customer experience.

Alain Bejjani, Chief Executive Officer at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, commented: “This acquisition is a major milestone for Majid Al Futtaim, one which further cements Carrefour’s position as the largest and most successful grocery retailer in the region and beyond. We are open to further prospects, through both organic growth and opportunistic acquisitions, and will pursue these in line with our disciplined strategic and financial approach. Our ambition is to expand our physical as well as our digital presence, and reinforce our omni-channel offering.”

Bejjani added: “Carrefour is a brand already synonymous with quality, affordability convenience and a diligence to offer exceptional customer experience. By extending its reach, we will deliver these promises to more customers in more locations, while enhancing
Majid Al Futtaim’s overall ability to fulfil its vision of creating great moments for everyone, everyday.”



Majid Al Futtaim was advised by Perella Weinberg Partners on the transaction.


Note to the Editor: The legal name of this company is “Majid Al Futtaim” and should not be shortened or replaced by an acronym to avoid confusion with another business entity.

Disclaimer: All facts and figures in this release are accurate at the time of issuance.




About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia. A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 15 international markets, employing more than 35,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 21 shopping malls, 12 hotels and three mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, Mall of Egypt, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhood centres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company is the exclusive franchisee for Carrefour in 38 markets across Middle East, Africa and Asia, and operates a portfolio of more than 175 outlets in 15 countries.

Majid Al Futtaim operates 284 VOX Cinema screens and 30 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai and Ski Egypt, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company 'Najm', a fashion retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints, lululemon athletica, and Crate & Barrel; and a healthcare business that operates City Centre Clinics. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management. The Company also owns the rights to The LEGO Store and American Girl in the Middle East and operates in the food and beverage industry through a partnership with Gourmet Gulf.


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ماجد الفطيم تستحوذ على شركة ريتيل آرابيا مالكة حقوق امتياز جيـان في الشرق الأوسط
·        اتفاقية الاستحواذ تتضمن 26 متجر جيان هايبرماركت وسوبرماركت في الإمارات والكويت والبحرين وأربعة متاجر غلف مارت في البحرين
·        خطوة الاستحواذ تتماشى مع خطة الشركة الطموحة لتعزيز مكانة كارفور في المنطقة
القاهرة فى 29 يونيو 2017
أعلنت ’ماجد الفطيم‘، الشركة الرائدة في مجال تطوير وإدارة مراكز التسوق، المدن المتكاملة ومنشآت التجزئة والترفيه على مستوى منطقة الشرق الأوسط وأفريقيا وآسيا، عن استحواذها على شركة ريتيل آرابيا Retail Arabia، مالكة حقوق الامتياز لـ 26 متجر هايبر ماركت وسوبرماركت يحمل علامة جيان في دولة الإمارات والبحرين والكويت بالإضافة إلى أربعة متاجر غلف مارت في البحرين. وقد تم توقيع الاتفاقية بين ماجد الفطيم وشركة بي إم إيه انترناشيونال BMA International  الشركة المالكة لريتيل آرابيا.
وسوف تشهد جميع المتاجر المستحوذ عليها، بأنماطها المختلفة من هايبرماركت وسوبرماركت ومتاجر صغيرة، تغيير العلامة التجارية الحالية لتحمل اسم كارفور، مما يساهم في تعزيز دور العلامة القيادي في قطاع التجزئة بدولة الإمارات، ليرتفع عدد المتاجر في الدولة من 67 إلى 80 متجر، وترسيخ مكانتها كأحد أكبر مشغلي قطاع التجزئة في الكويت بزيادة عدد المتاجر من 1 إلى 8 متجر، وفي البحرين، بزيادة عدد المتاجر من 1 إلى 11 متجر. وقد أكدت شركة ماجد الفطيم الاحتفاظ بجميع موظفي شركة التجزئة العربية الدولية، وتطوير قدراتهم وتمكينهم لتقديم خدمة العملاء المتميزة والتي يشتهر بها كارفور.
وتعليقاً على هذا الاستحواذ،  قال السيد آلان بجاني، الرئيس التنفيذي لدى ماجد الفطيم القابضة: ’’تعد هذه الخطوة إنجازًا كبيرًا لشركة ماجد الفطيم يرسخ مكانة كارفور القيادية كأحد أكبر العلامات التجارية في مجال التجزئة الاستهلاكية وأكثرها نجاحًا في جميع الأسواق التي تعمل فيها. وسوف نواصل التوسع إلى آفاق جديدة سواء من خلال النمو الذاتي أو من خلال المزيد من الفرص الاستحواذية التي تتماشى مع استراتيجية الشركة الطموحة لتعزيز تواجدنا وتطوير إمكانياتنا الرقمية ودعم قناة التسويق الموحدة الشاملة الخاصة بكارفور.‘‘
وأضاف آلان بجاني: تمثل العلامة التجارية لكارفور مرادفًا للجودة، والأسعار التنافسية والتسوق المريح والتجربة الفريدة. وسوف يتيح لنا التوسع تأكيد التزامنا بتقديم هذه الخدمات المتميزة لعملائنا في عدد أكبر من المتاجر في المنطقة، وترسيخ رؤيتنا في تحقيق أسعد اللحظات لكل الناس كل يوم.‘‘
تم الاستعانة بشركة "بيريلا واينبرج بارتنرز" كجهة استشارية لشركة ماجد الفطيم في هذه المعاملة.
ملاحظة للمحرر: الاسم القانوني لهذه الشركة هو "ماجد الفطيم"، ويجب عدم تقصيره أو اختصاره لتفادي الالتباس مع كيان تجاري آخر.
إخلاء المسؤولية: جميع الحقائق والأرقام الواردة في هذا الإصدار دقيقة في وقت إصدارها.

نبذة عن "ماجد الفطيم"

تأسست شركة "ماجد الفطيم" عام 1992، وهي الشركة الرائدة في مجال تطوير وإدارة مراكز التسوق، والمدن المتكاملة ومنشآت التجزئة والترفيه على مستوى الشرق الأوسط و إفريقيا وآسيا. وتحفل قصة نجاح "ماجد الفطيم" بالعديد من الإنجازات، التي جاءت نتيجة رؤية أسسها السيد ماجد الفطيم، الذي حلم بتغيير مفهوم التسوّق والترفيه لـ"تحقيق أسعد اللحظات لكل الناس، كل يوم". وقد بدأت ملامح تلك الرؤية تتجسّد عبر العديد من مراكز التسوّق الحديثة والمبتكرة، تم افتتاحها أولاً في دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة، لتتوسّع بعدها عبر 15 سوقاً حول العالم ويعمل بها أكثر من 35 ألف موظف. وقد نالت المجموعة أعلى درجة استثمارية (BBB) للمؤسسات الخاصة في منطقة الشرق الأوسط.
تمتلك وتدير "ماجد الفطيم" اليوم 21 مركز تسوّق و12 فندقاً وثلاثة مشاريع مدن متكاملة بالإضافة إلى العديد من المشاريع قيد الإنشاء. وتتضمّن مراكز التسوّق التابعة لشركة "ماجد الفطيم"، "مول الإمارات"، و"مول مصر"، ومراكز "سيتي سنتر"، ومراكز التسوق المجتمعية "ماي سيتي سنتر"، بالإضافة إلى أربعة مجمّعات تسوّق بالشراكة مع حكومة الشارقة. كما أنّ للشركة امتياز الاستخدام الحصري لاسم "كارفور" في 38 سوقاً على مستوى الشرق الأوسط وإفريقيا وآسيا. وتدير "ماجد الفطيم" أكثر من 175 متجراً في 15 دولة.
كما تدير "ماجد الفطيم" 284 شاشة سينما في صالات "ڤوكس سينما" التابعة لها، بالإضافة إلى 30 مركز ترفيه عائلي "ماجيك بلانيت" في المنطقة، والعديد من المنشآت الترفيهية المبتكرة مثل "سكي دبي"، و"سكي مصر"، وغيرها. و"ماجد الفطيم" هي الشركة الأم  لشركة التمويل المتخصصة بإصدار البطاقات الائتمانية الاستهلاكية "نجم"، وشركة متخصصة بالأزياء والأناقة تدير عدداً من أبرز الأسماء والعلامات التجارية في عالم الأزياء والموضة مثل "أبيركرومبي آند فتش" و"أُول سينتس" و"لولوليمون أثليتيكا" و"كريت آند باريل". كما تعتبر "ماجد الفطيم" الشركة الأم لوحدة أعمال خاصة بالعناية والرعاية الصحية تضمّ شبكة مراكز "سيتي سنتر كلينيك". هذا وتشغّل "ماجد الفطيم" شركة إدارة المرافق "إينوڤا" من خلال مشروع مشترك مع شركة "ﭬيوليا"، العالمية الرائدة في مجال إدارة الموارد البيئية. وتمتلك المجموعة حقوق متجر "ليغو" و "أمريكان غيرل"المعتمد في منطقة الشرق الأوسط كما أنها تعمل في قطاع الأطعمة والمشروبات من خلال شراكة استثنائية مع "غورميه غلف".

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          Forbes Middle East announce its 2017 Ranking of Top 100 Companies in the Arab World   


·         Saudi Arabia dominates the list with 36 companies
·         The total market value of the top 100 companies in the Arab world reached $772 billion
·         49% of the top 100 companies are from the banking and financial services sector
·         Global Telecom Holding (#33) was the top gainer
·         10 new companies joined the top 100 list
Dubai, U.A.E. June 20, 2017: In its June issue, Forbes Middle East unveiled its 2017 ranking of the Top 100 Companies in the Arab World
Saudi Arabia continues to dominate the list with 36 companies. SABIC, which is from the kingdom, emerged at the top. With the rise in oil prices, the total market value of the top 100 companies in the Arab world reached $772 billion in April 2017, gaining 12% compared to the previous year. Although aggregate net profits decreased by 9.7% to $52.9 billion, sales and total assets increased by 2.4% and 3.8% to reach $288.3 billion and $2.7 trillion respectively as companies’ operational performance was relatively stable.
Following a wave of mergers and acquisitions across the region, banks and financial services take the largest share in terms of sector. The industrial sector and telecommunications came in second and third with Etisalat (#5) being the biggest telecommunications company across all metrics and Industries Qatar (#31) as the biggest industrial company in the list.
Global Telecom Holding (#33) was the top gainer in the list. Breaking the ranks this year are 10 new entrants: Omantel (#71), National Bank of Bahrain (#83), LafargeHolcim Maroc (#89), Elsewedy Electric (#92), Emaar The Economic City (#94), Saudi Ground Services (#94), Advanced Petrochemical Company (#97), BBK (#98), National Bank of Oman (#99) and Mannai Corporation (#100).
Khuloud Al Omian, Editor in Chief of Forbes Middle East said, “Although oil prices drive the Arab region’s economy, the share of banking and financial services followed by telecommunication and industrial sector is a positive sign towards more vibrant growth for companies in the region.”
Methodology:
A total of 1,300 listed companies were selected across the Arab stock markets from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Kuwait, Bahrain, U.A.E. (Abu Dhabi and Dubai), Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia. Those suspended from trading or who didn’t disclose their 2016 financial statements were excluded. Four metrics were measured: market value, sales, net profit and total assets. Market value and currency conversions are as of April 6, 2017. The cut-off was $1.9 billion for market value, $849 million for sales, $133 million for net profit and $5 billion for total assets. Each company received four separate scores based on its ranking on each metric within the list. To qualify, a company had to meet the minimum for at least one metric. 154 listed companies qualified at minimum one metric. All four scores were added (equally weighted) to reach a composite score and rank the companies.
The complete list can be viewed at: 
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فوربس الشرق الأوسط تلعن عن
 أقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي لعام 2017
-         المملكة العربية السعودية تتصدر القائمة بـ 36 شركة
-         772 مليار دولار القيمة السوقية الإجمالية لأقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي
-         قطاع البنوك والخدمات المالية يهيمن على القائمة بـ 49%
-         غلوبال تيلكوم القابضة أكبر الرابحين
-         10 شركات جديدة في قائمة أقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي

دبي، 20 يونيو 2017:
كشفت مجلة "فوربس الشرق الأوسط" في عددها الصادر في شهر يونيو/حزيران عن قائمتها لأقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي. أظهرت القائمة تحسنا في أداء الشركات في المنطقة العربية خلال عام 2016، بسبب ارتفاع أسعار النفط مقارنة بالعام الذي سبقه.
واستطاعت الشركات التي أوردتها القائمة أن تحقق زيادة في المبيعات وإجمالي الأصول بنسبة 2.4 % و3.8 % لتصل إلى 288.3 مليار دولار و2.7 ترليون دولار على التوالي، حيث شهد الأداء التشغيلي للشركات استقرارًا نسبياً، على الرغم من أن صافي الأرباح الإجمالية انخفض بنسبة 9.7% ليصل إلى 52.9 مليار دولار. وبلغت القيمة السوقية الإجمالية لأقوى 100 شركة في العالم العربي 772 مليار دولار في أبريل/ نيسان2017، بزيادة نسبتها 12% عن العام السابق.
وقد فرضت الشركات السعودية وجودها على القائمة بشكل كبير، ممثلة بـ 36 شركة، بمجموع أصول قدرت بنحو 944.7 مليار دولار ومجموع مبيعات تقدر بـ 135.6 مليار دولار، واحتلت الشركة السعودية للصناعات الأساسية (سابك) المركز الأول بوصفها أكبر شركة في السعودية والعالم العربي. فيما حلّت قطر والإمارات في المركز الثاني والثالث بـ 19 و 17 شركة على التوالي.
وبالنظر إلى القطاعات، جاء قطاع البنوك والخدمات المالية الذي يشهد موجة من عمليات الدمج والاستحواذ في الإمارات والسعودية وقطر والمغرب ومصر صدارة القائمة بـ 49 %، ولا يزال (بنك قطر الوطني) الذي حاز المركز الثاني، يحتفظ بمكانته كأكبر بنك مدرج للتداول في المنطقة، يليه (بنك أبوظبي الأول) في المركز الـ 3، وهو ثمرة الاندماج بين (بنك أبو ظبي الوطني) و(بنك الخليج الأول).
فيما جاء قطاعا الاتصالات والصناعة في المرتبتين الثانية والثالثة على التوالي، فقد برزت (اتصالات) في المركز الـ 5، بوصفها أكبر شركة اتصالات في العالم العربي بالمقاييس كلها، و(صناعات قطر) في المركز الـ31 بوصفها أكبر شركة صناعية في القائمة.
وكانت (غلوبال تيلكوم القابضة) بالمركز 33 أكبر الرابحين، وعدت الشركة الأكثر تقدما في قائمة هذا العام إذ استطاعت أن تقفز من المركز 85 إلى 52. وقد زادت الشركة إجمالي أصولها بنسبة 18% لتصل إلى 5.6 مليار دولار.
وشهدت قائمة هذا العام إضافة 10 شركات جديدة وهي: (عمانتل) في المركز (71) و(بنك البحرين الوطني) في المركز 83، و(لافارج هولسيم المغرب) في المركز 89 و(السويدي الكتريك) في المركز 92، و(اعمار المدينة الاقتصادية) في المركز 94، و(الشركة السعودية للخدمات الارضية) في المركز 94، و(الشركة المتقدمة للبتروكيماويات) في المركز 97 و(بنك البحرين والكويت) في المركز 98، و(البنك الوطني العماني) في المركز 99، (مجمع شركات المناعي التجارية) في المركز 100.
وصرحت خلود العميان، رئيس تحرير فوربس الشرق الأوسط: "على الرغم من أن أسعار النفط تدفع باقتصاد المنطقة العربية، إلا أن قطاع البنوك والخدمات المالية، يليه قطاعا الاتصالات والصناعة، يسهم ويعد كعلامة إيجابية نحو نمو أكثر حيوية لشركات المنطقة".
المنهجية
بدأنا ب 1300 شركة مدرجة في أسواق الأسهم العربية من السعودية وقطر وعُمان والأردن ومصر والكويت والبحرين والإمارات (أبوظبي ودبي) ولبنان والمغرب وتونس. كما استثنينا الشركات المساهمة العامة التابعة للشركات المدرجة، وتلك الموقوفة عن التداول، بالإضافة إلى الشركات التي لم تكشف عن بياناتها المالية المدققة لعام 2016 . ولإنشاء قائمة أقوى الشركات في العالم العربي، استخدمنا 4 معايير: القيمة السوقية والمبيعات وصافي الأرباح وإجمالي الأصول. واعتمدت القيمة السوقية وتحويلات العملات في 6 أبريل/ نيسان 2017 . فيما كان الحد الأدنى لدخول القائمة 1.9 مليار دولار للقيمة السوقية، و 849 مليون دولار للمبيعات، و 133 مليون دولار لصافي الأرباح و 5 مليارات دولار لإجمالي الأصول. وحصلت كل شركة على 4 تقييمات بناءً على مرتبتها في كل معيار ضمن القائمة.
ويشترط على الشركة أن تلبي الحد الأدنى في معيار واحد على الأقل لضمان التأهل، فيما تحصل على درجة صفر في حال كانت دون الحد الأدنى المعتمد. وتأهلت 154 شركة مدرجة في معيار واحد على الاقل.
ثم قمنا بجمع المعايير ال 4 (بأوزان نسبية متساوية) لبلوغ درجة مجمعة لتصنيف الشركات. فكانت (سابك) الأعلى درجة بينها، و(مجمع شركات المناعي التجارية) في المركز 100.
للإطلاع على القائمة كاملة: قائمة 100 شركة في العالم العربي 2017    
                            

          Russian President Vladimir Putin stresses need for diplomacy in Persian Gulf dispute   
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a meeting with German Foreign Minister at the Kremlin in Moscow on June 29, 2017. (Photos by AFP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has stressed the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Persian Gulf states.
"Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of political-diplomatic efforts aimed at overcoming differences of opinion and the normalization of the difficult situation that exists," said a statement released by the Kremlin on Saturday.
While noting that the conversation was initiated by Qatar and Bahrain, it noted that boosting cooperation in the field of energy and investment was also discussed.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air contacts with Qatar on June 5. The four countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, allegations denied by Doha.
The countries later issued a list of demands for Qatar to meet in return for the normalization of ties. Among them was that Qatar should shut down Al Jazeera, a media network that has reportedly been critical especially of Saudi Arabia, close a Turkish military base, limit its ties with Iran, and “compensate” the sanctioning countries.
Qatar: list of demands designed to be rejected
Meanwhile, Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has stressed that Doha will not give in to any of the demands made by Riyadh and its allies, noting that the requests were “meant to be rejected."
"Everyone is aware that these demands are meant to infringe the sovereignty of the state of Qatar, shut the freedom of speech and impose auditing and probation mechanism for Qatar," he added.
Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani speaks during a luncheon hosted by the Arab Center of Washington, DC on June 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. 
"We believe that the world is not governed by ultimatums, we believe that the world is governed by the international law, it is governed by an order that does not allow large countries to bully small countries," he noted.
Thani made the remarks with less than 48 hours remaining to the end of the demand’s deadlines, stressing that "those parties brand any party of state who opposes their designs as terrorists."
"The United States administration and institutions firmly believe in the state of Qatar, yet the statement made by President [Donald] Trump was based on false allegations and the false impression given to him by the heads of states who imposed blockade on Qatar," he added.
"The state of Qatar has been subjected to unlawful measures on the basis of false allegations without the submission of evidence," he stressed.
Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir attends a joint press conference with his German counterpart at the Foreign Ministry in Berlin on June 7, 2017.
Saudis push on with Qatar demands
On Saturday, Saudi Arabia reiterated that its demands on Doha were "non-negotiable."    
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir tweeted that Riyadh’s "demands on Qatar to stop funding terrorism are non-negotiable."
"Restrictions on Qatar show zero tolerance for terrorism," he said, claiming that Doha had failed to keep previous vows of stopping "funding terrorism and interfering in other countries' affairs." 
Jubeir made a similar statement last week, stressing that the demands, which most countries have dubbed as being unrealistic, were non-negotiable. "We made our point, we took our steps and it's up to the Qataris to amend their behavior and once they do, things will be worked out, but if they don't they will remain isolated," he said.

          Turkey sees hope to find solution to Qatar crisis: Official   
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (C) meets Turkey's Defense Minister Fikri Isik (R) and Qatar's Minister of Defense Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah in Ankara on July 1, 2017. (Photo by the Turkish Presidential Press Service)
A Turkish presidential spokesman has expressed hope about the likelihood of finding a solution to the ongoing crisis between Qatar and several Arab countries.
"There are some indications that a solution is possible. This is our general impression. We need to continue efforts to take measures that go in the right direction," Ibrahim Kalin said.
Kalin made the remarks after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan held talks with Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al-Attiyah at the headquarters of the AKP ruling party in Ankara.
The meeting came as part of Ankara’s efforts to play a mediating role in the ongoing dispute between Qatar and some Arab countries.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air contacts with Qatar on June 5. The four countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, allegations denied by Doha.
The countries later issued a list of demands for Qatar to meet in return for the normalization of ties. Among them was that Qatar should shut down Al Jazeera, a media network that has reportedly been critical especially of Saudi Arabia, close a Turkish military base, limit its ties with Iran, and “compensate” the sanctioning countries.
Doha has refused to meet the demands, calling them unreasonable, and said it would not negotiate with the countries unless the blockade has been lifted.
On Saturday, Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani told reporters in Rome that his country would reject the demands, noting that the ultimatum was aimed not at tackling terrorism but at undermining Qatar’s sovereignty.
"This list of demands is to be rejected, not to be accepted. We are willing to engage in dialogue but under proper conditions," he said.
Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani attends a news conference in Rome, Italy, July 1, 2017. (Photo by AP)
Qatar has been lobbying with the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against the Saudi-led embargo.
On Friday, the Qatari foreign minister met with the representatives of the UNSC member states at the Qatari mission to the UN in New York, urging them to press the sanctioning countries to lift the blockade and to speak out publicly in support of his country.
Turkey has also criticized the ultimatum for Qatar, but has tried not to take any direct stance against Saudi Arabia during the dispute.
Ankara, which has supported Doha throughout the crisis, resists pressure to close its military base in Qatar. Turkey has dispatched hundreds of aid flights and even a cargo ship of food to Qatar during the blockade. 

          British banks join Saudi-led push to pressure Qatar   
British banks say they have halted trading Qatari riyals.
British banks have rallied behind Saudi Arabia and its allies which are coaxing financial institutions into joining an economic and trade blockade on Qatar.
Barclays, Lloyds and Royal Bank of Scotland say they have halted trading Qatari riyals following similar moves by the Post Office, a major high street currency exchange in the UK.
Officials for the banks said the problem was related to their third-party suppliers who had stopped buying and selling the Qatari currency.
The London-based Financial Times newspaper said the decision in Britain reflected the "growing difficulties being caused by the Saudi and UAE-led blockade of Qatar.”
Saudi Arabia and the UAE as well as Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with Qatar last month and imposed a trade blockade on the Persian Gulf country, citing a series of grievances.
With the economic fallout starting to bite, international rating agencies have lowered Qatar’s credit rating and put it on "negative watch".
The country is on damage control, with its central bank saying the riyal is stable and guaranteed at its peg rate to the dollar. The bank has also pledged to guarantee foreign-exchange transactions inside and outside Qatar without delay.
A man counts Qatari riyal notes at a money changer in Doha on May 28, 2013. (Photo by Reuters)
UK-based currency-exchange provider Travelex Group, meanwhile, said it has resumed trading in Qatari riyals after suspending purchases for a short period.
Nevertheless, banks in the US, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan whose governments have close relations with the Saudi regime have reportedly stopped trading in Qatari riyals.
The countries of the Subcontinent have a huge diaspora of workers in the Persian Gulf countries and an interest in Saudi Arabia’s sprawling patronage system.
The US and the UK, on the other hand, covet the region for lucrative arms deals. Last month, President Donald Trump clinched a record $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia in Riyadh, which will grow to $350 billion over the next 10 years in military cooperation.
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (R) and US President Donald Trump sign an agreement at the Royal Court in Riyadh, May 20, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)
The fallout from the crisis has caused the riyal to hit lowest levels but Qatar’s central bank has abstained from intervening. One option is to flood the market with dollars in order to keep riyal spot rates consistently in line with the peg and deter offshore speculation.
The central bank, however, apparently sees no need to spend part of its reserves and get drawn into a battle with offshore banks.
Qatar's central bank reportedly had net foreign reserves of $34.8 billion in May. The world’s top gas exporter is also estimated to have over $200 billion of liquid assets in its sovereign wealth fund.
Analysts say Qatar's reserves are enough to defend the peg for years, even if there is a mass withdrawal of foreign bank deposits from the country.

          Qatar lobbying with United Nations Security Council members to lift Saudi-led bans   

Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani (photo by AFP)

Qatar has been lobbying with the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) against a Saudi-led embargo of the country.
Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani met with the representatives of the UNSC member states at the Qatari mission to the UN in New York on Friday, urging them to press the sanctioning countries to lift the blockade and to speak out publicly in support of his country, Al Jazeera reported.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic ties and cut all land, sea, and air contacts with Qatar on June 5. The four countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and destabilizing the region, allegations denied by Doha.
The countries later issued a list of demands for Qatar to meet in return for a normalization of ties. Among them was that Qatar shut down Al Jazeera, a media network that has reportedly been critical especially of Saudi Arabia, close a Turkish military base, limit its ties with Iran, and “compensate” the sanctioning countries.
Doha has refused to meet the demands, calling them unreasonable, and said it would not negotiate with the countries unless the blockade has been lifted.
Separately, Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Ministry reacted to the refusal, saying this was not the first time Qatar was standing up to Riyadh’s demands, Saudi paper Okaz reported. The Ministry claimed that Doha had “endangered” Saudi national security, and that it continued to lend support to “terrorist groups.”
Al Thani told Al Jazeera that he had given the UNSC members “updates on the situation” and urged “all of them to call for a lifting of the blockade on Qatar.” Qatar was “trying to encourage all the parties to enter a serious dialog to try to put an end to this,” he said.
A day earlier, he had met with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani (L) and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stand together before a meeting at the US State Department, in Washington, DC, June 27, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Tillerson reportedly promised to try to help resolve the Persian Gulf crisis.
The Qatari top diplomat was set to return to Doha soon, where “his country will continue to press its case with a number of different organization like the [UN] International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the International Maritime Organization, and the Human Rights Council in Geneva,” Al Jazeera added.
The blockade has forced Qatar to reroute certain flights, and the country’s Minister of Transport and Communications Jassim Saif Al Sulaiti has met twice this past week with ICAO officials at the body’s headquarters in Montreal, asking it to intervene in the crisis.

          Putin bicara dengan pemimpin Qatar dan Bahrain lewat telepon   
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          'Paradise Discovered, At Last' PART 2 in Bahrain   
This is my Part 2 stories in Bahrain, dated 26 August 08.

(If you enjoy reading these stories then check out my autobiographic book via http://www.lulu.com and type in my pename of Jon Kwame Abbott, or use the book's title (PDAL) but in full kindly.)

In October ’79 I was sent to Bahrain from Dubai to do a fresh sales campaign in there, also under the supposed care of YBA Kanoo, their Gulf HO in fact. There I was unhappily housed in their bloody singles’ Expat’s residence with three other (straight) Brit pricks and situated not far from The British Club.
A. Feeling my way around town on my first free weekend, I picked up a Saudi guy, aged about 22/24 perhaps, and who was close to becoming a fighter pilot, he said. He was dressed in full gulf Arab rig and very statuesque and handsome he looked too. He took me back to his hotel where I met a younger (say aged 17/18) cousin of his sitting in his room. Soon, the first guy had intimated to me that he’d like to fuck me there and then and so I dropped my trousers and bent over for him. He took out his already biggish, almost black member and started his assignment. While bending over I moved to grab the younger guy, sitting opposite and not 3 or 4 feet away, but he didn’t wish to share his already hard cock in his pants with me, unfortunately. Suddenly, there was a knock on the door, and in panic stations the pilot and I both quickly adjusted our clothing and he said in Arabic to come in, I guess. A new guy entered and they spoke for a few minutes. After that guy had left the room, the pilot officer guy got up and made for me to lower my pants again so he could finish what he’d started a while back. I obliged and he completed a not unpleasant fuck, with me still in a semi bent-over stance. After we’d dressed he asked me to follow him and we went into a room down the corridor. In that room there were about 4 or 5 other youngish Saudis who, I guess, all got a word-by-word story of our recent sexual endeavours just ended. They spoke excitedly together in Arabic and soon the pilot officer said to me that one of the guys present wanted a fuck me too. Always one for a new adventure I agreed and I was motioned to drop my pants and lean up across the side of the bed, my knees on the floor. The new eager guy dropped himself to a squatting position behind me, having already brought out his hard cock, I guess, and over the next 2 to 3 minutes he had a good fuck. All the other guys in the room became quite giggly and very excited at this bold, middle-aged whiteman (Oyibo in Yorouba and Blofonio in Ga languages) allowing himself to get fucked in semi-public. But outside the Gulf region one would be paying very good money for such services, so after him I had two other guys service me too and all went off very, very well all round, I felt. One of the polite guys came to the front door of the hotel to politely see me off, saying as I left that I should return tomorrow. But the next day was a full working day for me so it never happened, worst luck.
B. One of the very best pick-up joints I discovered in Bahrain was the lower bar in The Hotel Diplomat in Manama township. One needed only to buy oneself a couple of beers (all the locals used to by four each at a time) and sit down somewhere prominent. It would take less than 5 or max 10 minutes before a likely horny Arab would saunter up and ask if he could buy me another couple of beers. If I fancied the guy I’d say OK and that would be that, happily!! One evening I was up by the bar and started talking to a very negroid Arab (see his lovely photo in my Profile, if you like), dressed in European kit. He was called Hassan was to learn and son he said he needed to visit the bathroom. After at least 10 minutes he was still missing and I thought he’d left quietly but no, he reappeared and came back towards me. He suddenly tried to squat down onto his haunches as if exercising, but then I saw that he was trying to hide an enormous cock erection in his trousers. Geez, I said under my breath and we both shot out of the hotel, and at his suggestion, to his car. He drove me out of town towards the Saudi waterway area and soon we stopped and got out. I went round and he brought out his lovely big, black and well-shaped 8inch minimum hard, round cock for me to inspect and then play with, while he kissed me passionately up top. Soon he intimated, without saying a single word, he’d like to fuck me and I turned around with alacrity and very much hope and expectation, and he did not disappoint either. Although only 19 years old he knew how to use his glorious black member very expertly, and then he drove us back to Diplomat Hotel for my car, and all within say 30/40 mins maximum of having left it. I was due to depart for Damman, Saudi, soon afterwards and he even came to the airport to see me off. He came fully dressed in his long white Arabic garb and he looked even more beautiful and sexy than he had two days earlier, and that was where I took his photo I’ve attached in my Profile for all of you guys to drool over and, I hope, enjoy as much as I had all those years previously?? (Plz look out for my PART 3 in Saudi Arabia stories soon.)
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          ICAO lauds Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and Bahrain’s air safety measures   
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Sun, 2017-07-02 03:00
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JEDDAH: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held an informal session on Friday in which the Secretariat General presented updated information about safety in the skies over the Arabian Gulf.
In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), the director of the Middle East regional office, Mohammed Rahma, said that in direct cooperation with the countries which announced severing their relations with Qatar, the office staff on June 5 activated a contingency plan set forth in Annex XI to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago, 1944).
The director of the air navigation bureau, Steve Kramer, said that the General Secretariat has no concerns about safety in the skies over international waters in the Gulf.
He added that on July 6, the regional bureau will hold a meeting in Cairo with representatives of the countries that have cut ties with Qatar to discuss any new demands from Qatar regarding the opening of new air routes over international waters in the Gulf.

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          Ook pechvogel Izagirre moet onder het mes na val in Tour   

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          Geraint Thomas verbrodt gele droom van Tony Martin, Chris Froome deelt eerste tik uit aan concurrentie   

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           Geraint Thomas vence bajo la lluvia y Valverde abandona tras una dura caída    
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          LKY TALKED OPENLY ABOUT GLOBAL POWERS BECAUSE HE WAS RESPECTED... NOW S'PORE MUST BE MORE RESTRAINED   

Kishore Mahbubani, the former Singapore's Permanent Representative to UN and a favorite of the late LKY, wrote an article for ST today ('Qatar: Big lessons from a small country', 1 Jul 2017).
http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/qatar-big-lessons-from-a-small-country

In his article, Kishore said that the recent Qatar episode holds many lessons for Singapore. "We ignore them at our peril," he said.

Last month, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen and Libya abruptly cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar, citing Qatar of meddling with with their internal affairs. As a result, these countries have closed their airspace between their countries and Qatar. This has caused much sufferings for Qatar because as much as 40 per cent of its food comes through the Saudi border.

Saudi said Qatar was "dividing internal Saudi ranks, instigating against the State, infringing on its sovereignty, adopting various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region".

In his article, Kishore said that Qatar has made a mistake thinking that with its oil money, it could act as "a middle power and interfere in affairs beyond its borders". In other words, Qatar is poking its nose into other people's affairs and being an interfering "kah poh".

"Qatar believed that its mounds of money and its close relations with the US would protect it from consequences," Kishore added. "In so doing, Qatar ignored an eternal rule of geopolitics: small states must behave like small states."

He went on to cite the historian Thucydides, who famously wrote, "Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must."

In other words, "might" is truly "right".

[LKY is an exception]

However, in the past, LKY as leader of small Singapore, would comment openly and liberally on great powers, including America and Russia, China and India. But Kishore noted that LKY was an exception, "He had earned the right to do so because the great powers treated him with great respect as a global statesman."

So even though Singapore is a small state, the great powers considered LKY a "global statesman" and respected him. "We are now in the post-Lee Kuan Yew era. Sadly, we will probably never again have another globally respected statesman like Mr Lee. As a result, we should change our behavior significantly", Kishore warned.

"What's the first thing we should do? Exercise discretion. We should be very restrained in commenting on matters involving great powers."

To put it bluntly, Kishore meant that if one is not seen as a "global statesman" like LKY, don't behave like one.

[PM Lee should have been more circumspect on tribunal judgement over South China Sea dispute]

Kishore continued, "Hence, it would have been wiser to be more circumspect on the judgment of an international tribunal on the arbitration which the Philippines instituted against China concerning the South China Sea dispute, especially since the Philippines, which was involved in the case, did not want to press it."

Clearly, Kishore is trying to tell PM Lee's govt to be more pragmatic in handling matters, because PM Lee has always been insisting on "upholding international law" with regard to the international tribunal on the arbitration of the South China Sea dispute.

This was what PM Lee said at last year's National Day Rally:

"Upholding international law and the peaceful settlement of disputes, is a vital interest for a small country like Singapore… However, in reality, big powers do not always act like that. Big powers can insist on their own interests and often do. They do not submit to adjudication by international tribunals, they may not comply with their rulings and China is not the only country to do this and nor is this the first time something like this has happened."

"Nevertheless, Singapore must support and strive for a rules-based international order. We have to depend on words and treaties. They mean everything to us. We cannot afford to have international relations work on the basis that might is right. If rules do not matter, then small countries like Singapore have no chance of survival," he added.

Unfortunately, PM Lee's words further angered China resulting in a series of actions by China threatening Singapore.

On social media, most Singaporeans blame PM Lee for being a "kay poh" and unnecessarily antagonizing China. They don't really give a hoot about the South China Sea dispute as they understand Singapore has no claims over any of the islands. It's essentially other people's business, not ours.

[Be pragmatic]

Kishore's writings echoed the feelings of many Singaporeans.

Kishore continued in his writings, "When I hear some of our official representatives say that we should take a 'consistent and principled' stand on geopolitical issues, I am tempted to remind them that consistency and principle are important, but cannot be the only traits that define our diplomacy. And there is a season for everything. The best time to speak up for our principles is not necessarily in the heat of a row between bigger powers."

He was referring to the row between China and US, especially over the South China Sea dispute. US doesn't want to see China grow its presence in South China Seas.

"Being ethical and principled are important in diplomacy. We should be viewed as credible and trustworthy negotiators. But it is an undeniable 'hard truth' of geopolitics that sometimes, principle and ethics must take a back seat to the pragmatic path of prudence," Kishore further explained.

"In the jungle, no small animal would stand in front of a charging elephant, no matter who has the right of way, so long as the elephant is not charging over the small animal's home territory. Let us, therefore, use the Qatar episode to ask ourselves whether we have been Machiavellian enough in recent years."

One thing is certain. From Kishore's writings, it is quite obvious that he doesn't think PM Lee is a "global statesman", like his father LKY was.

WWMGTR
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Headlineislam.com - Dalam ceramahnya, Mufti Besar Mesir pendukung rezim kudeta As-Sisi, Syeikh Ali Jum'ah menyatakan nama QATAR diambil dari nama imam kaum Khawarij.

Dalam video ceramah (video ada di bawah) yang beredar di sosial media, Syeikh Ali Jum'ah mengatakan:

"Yang paling penting dimiliki untuk memahami syariah adalah bahasa Arab. Ilmu bahasa Arab bukanlah Fashohah. Qatar ibnu Fuja'ah dahulu adalah seorang yang ahli Fashohah, tapi juga sekaligus imam bagi para Khawarij Azariqoh. Nah, nama Qatar saat ini diambil dari nama Qatar ibnul Fuja'ah. Ketika itu Qatar ibnul Fuja'ah memasuki Qatar maka jadilah para khawarij di Qatar. Dan Muhallib ibnu Shufroh yang waktu itu memerangi Khawarij berkebangsaan UEA."

Pernyataan Mufti Mesir pendukung rezim As-Sisi ini untuk melegitimasi blokade yang dilakukan negara-negara Teluk (Saudi-Mesir-UAE-Bahrain) terhadap Qatar.

Bantahan

Sejarawan berkebangsaan Kuwait, Abdul Aziz Al Uwaid langsung membantah pendapat Ali Jumah. Ali Jumah dinilai mencampuradukkan antara agama dengan sejarah tanpa ilmu.

Menurut Al Uwaid, nama Qatar sudah dikenal lama sejak sebelum Islam datang. Bangsa Arab waktu itu sudah mengenal pakaian Qatar dan unta Qatar, ini jauh sebelum Islam datang.

Pendapat Al Uwaid dikuatkan oleh Yaqut Alhamawi di dalam "Mu'jamul Buldan".

Adapun Muhallib Ibnu Sufroh yang disebut Ali Jum'ah berkebangsaan UEA juga dinilai salah, karena Muhallib dilahirkan di Oman dan berkebangsaan Oman.

Qatar Ibnul Fuja'ah yang dimaksud Ali Jum'ah sebenarnya berasal dari Kuwait. Ibnu Khalkan menyebutkan nama Qatar Ibnul Fuja'ah sebenarnya adalah Ju'aunah bin Mazin Attamimy. Dia dilahirkan di Kuwait dan kemudian pindah ke Qatar. Itu sebabnya dia digelari "Qatar". Adapun ayahnya yang bernama Mazin merantau ke Yaman dan baru kembali setelah 20 tahun, makanya disebut "fuja'ah". Ini asal usul nama Qatar Ibnul Fuja'ah.

Ali Jum'ah memang terkenal dengan pendapatnya yang kontroversial. Ketika kudeta berdarah di Mesir, Ali Jum'ah adalah pendukung utama As-Sisi dengan fatwa-fatwa agama yang dibuatnya. Ali Jum'ah bahkan pernah mengatakan pernah bermimpi didatangi Nabi Muhammad meminta dirinya mendukung As-Sisi.

(Berikut video pernyataan Ali Jum'ah)


Sumber : Portal Islam (pi/headlineislam.com)

          Các nước Arab thông báo với WTO về biện pháp trừng phạt Qatar    

Bốn quốc gia Arab và vùng Vịnh là Saudi Arabia, Các Tiểu vương quốc Arab Thống nhất (UAE), Bahrain và Ai Cập ngày 30/6 đã thông báo với Tổ chức Thương mại Thế giới (WTO) về tính hợp pháp của việc cắt đứt quan hệ ngoại giao và quan hệ lãnh sự với Qatar, khẳng định rằng hành động này dựa trên việc thực hiện các quyền chủ quyền được đảm bảo bởi luật pháp quốc tế cũng như bảo vệ an ninh quốc gia của những nước này.

Bộ Thương mại và Đầu tư Saudi Arabia cho biết, động thái trên diễn ra bên lề cuộc họp Hội đồng Thương mại Hàng hóa của WTO, diễn ra tại Geneva (Thụy Sĩ).

Trong một tuyên bố chung được trình bày tại cuộc họp, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain và Ai Cập khẳng định rằng tất cả các biện pháp của họ phù hợp với các hệ thống quy định của WTO, theo đó cho phép các nước thành viên hành động nhằm chống lại bất kỳ quốc gia nào gây tổn hại đến an ninh, ổn định, quyền chủ quyền của những nước đó theo Điều 21 của Hiệp định Chung về Thương mại Hàng hoá.



Còn Điều 14 của Hiệp định Chung về Thương mại Dịch vụ và Điều 73 của Hiệp định về lĩnh vực Sở hữu Trí tuệ, đã được các nước thành viên WTO ký kết, cũng đảm bảo tất cả các quyền chủ quyền của các thành viên, cho phép các nước thành viên tiến hành bất cứ thủ tục nào để bảo vệ sự ổn định và an ninh quốc gia trước bất kỳ sự xâm phạm nào./.


          Assessing Heavy Metals Accumulation in the Leaves and Sediments of Urban Mangroves (Avicennia marina (Forsk.) Vierh.) in Bahrain   
Accumulation of 8 heavy metals (HM), Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, and Zn, was assessed in the leaves and sediments of gray mangrove (Avicennia marina (Forsk.) Vierh.) at three sites along Tubli Bay using Inductive Coupled Plasma Analyzer. The results showed no significant differences in HM contents in the leaves of mangroves between the sites except for Mo and Zn. HM concentrations (mg L−1) in leaves were in the following order: Fe > Zn > Mn > Mo > Cu > Ni > Cr. Significant differences existed between sediment content of Tubli site and the other two sites with regard to Cr, Cu, Pb, and Zn due to direct exposure of the site to wastewater outfalls. A general trend of decline in HM concentrations was noticeable from the top towards deeper sediment layers in all the sites of the study area. Concentration of HM in sediment was in the following order: Fe > Mn > Zn > Cu > Cr > Pb > Ni. HM concentration in sediments far exceeded the amount present in the leaves of the mangrove except for Ni. The amounts of HM in mangrove sediments were comparable to regional findings and fell within known sediment quality guidelines.
          Redakan Konflik Diplomatik, Putin Hubungi Pemimpin Qatar dan Bahrain   
Presiden Rusia menghubungi pemimpin Qatar dan Bahrain demi meminta penyelesaian konflik diplomatik yang menimpa Doha.
          10 Pohon Keramat di Dunia   
Pohon kehidupan
Pohon Kehidupan ini ditemukan di tengah gurun pasir di Bahrain, jauh dari organisme hidup lain atau sumber air. Ini adalah pohon mesquite berusia 400 tahun, yang akarnya dapat tumbuh lebih dari 160 meter, sehingga tangguh dalam iklim kering. Orang-orang terkadang sering menyebut pohon ini pohon keramat yang juga disebutkan dalam kitab-kitab.

Apapun kasusnya, pohon luar biasa seperti ini menyebabkan legenda berkembang dan menarik perhatian pengunjung dari seluruh dunia untuk melihat sekilas kedahsyatan pohon besar ini.

2.The Bodhi Tree
The Bodhi Tree 
Pernah mendengar Pohon Buddha? Yeah, pohon yang terdapat di Bodh Gaya, India, diyakini sebagai pohon dimana Siddhartha Gautama mencapai pencerahan sekitar 2.500 tahun yang lalu. Menurut teks-teks Buddhis, tepat setelah Buddha mencapai pencerahan, ia menatap pohon dalam rasa syukur dengan mata tak berkedip selama satu minggu.

The Bodhi Tree dipandang sebagai tempat suci bahkan selama masa Buddha oleh Raja Asoka, yang memegang sebuah festival setiap tahun untuk menghormatinya. Namun, sang Ratu adalah istri "tipe pencemburu" dan pohon itu dibunuh oleh mandu duri. Tapi pohon Bodhi tumbuh kembali di tempat yang sama dan dekat sebuah kuil megah yang dibangun di sebelahnya. Bahkan saat ini, pohon termasuk yang paling penting dari empat situs ziarah Buddhis

3.Major Oak
Major Oak 
Penduduk setempat dari Edwinstone, di jantung hutan Sherwood di Nottinghamshire, Inggris percaya pohon tersebut berhubungan Robin Hood telah menjadi tokoh rakyat penting bagi mereka sejak periode abad pertengahan, jauh sebelum film diciptakan.

Beberapa catatan menggambarkan Robin Hood sebagai petani sementara yang lain mengidentifikasi dirinya sebagai orang kaya yang tanahnya dirampas darinya, memaksa dia untuk menjadi penjahat. Apapun asal-usulnya, Pohon Major Oak dalam cerita dongeng menjadi tempat penampungan di mana Robin Hood dan Merry Men-nya tidur setelah seharian bekerja "mencuri dari orang kaya dan memberikan kepada orang miskin.

4.Árbol del Tule
Árbol del Tule 
ini pohon cemara Montezuma yang terletak di negara bagian Meksiko, Oaxaca dan memiliki batang gagah berani yang ada di dunia. Orang-orang mengira pohon ini tumbuh dari beberapa pohon yang bersatu, namun tes DNA telah membuktikan bahwa pohon tersebut hanya terdiri dari satu pohon.

Pada tahun 2001, pohon ini ditempatkan pada daftar sementara UNESCO sebagai Situs Warisan Dunia. Pohon ini kadang-kadang dijuluki sebagai Pohon Kehidupan karena semua bentuk hewan dapat dilihat di batangnya.

5.The Basket Tree
The Basket Tree 
Ketika masih kecil, Axel Erlandson pindah dari Swedia ke California dengan keluarganya. Saat ia berusia 41 tahun, Axel mulai membentuk pohon sebagai hobi. Desain nya menjadi lebih dan lebih rumit dan akhirnya ia membuka "Pohon Circus."

Untuk membuat pohon khusus ini, "The Basket Tree" Axel menanam enam pohon ara dalam lingkaran dan dicangkokkan secara bersama-sama. Ketika anak-anak bertanya bagaimana dia membuat pohon tumbuh seperti ini, ia hanya akan menjawab, "Saya berbicara dengan mereka.

6.Baobab Trees
Baobab Trees 
Walaupun mungkin terlihat seperti pohon dengan bentuk aneh dan unik, pohon horticulturists ini dapat memiliki bentuk menjulang tinggi dengan bentuk ranting daun seperti tangan dikarenakan evolusi.

Pohon-pohon besar dapat tumbuh hingga 50 kaki tingginya. Pohon-pohon asli daerah gersang seperti daratan Afrika, Semenanjung Arab, Madagaskar, dan Australia dan telah digunakan pada musim kemarau untuk mendapatkan pasokan air yang disimpan dalam cekungan di pohon. Bubuk putih dalam polong mereka dapat dimanfaatkan sebagai makanan, dan daunnya memiliki tujuan pengobatan.

7.The Cotton Tree
The Cotton Tree
Unik dan terbilang istimewa pohon ini tumbuh subur menjulang tinggi diperkotaan ibukota Sierra Leone. pada saat perang Amerika dan Inggris, legenda mengatakan bahwa para budak yang baru dibebaskan mendarat di bibir pantai, berjalan ke pohon raksasa, dan berputar-putar di sekitarnya, memberikan terima kasih untuk pembebasan mereka ke lahan bebas. Pada tanggal 11 Maret 1792, mereka mendirikan Freetown, dan hari ini disebut dengan ibukota Sierra Leone. Saat ini, Cotton Tree berdiri tepat di depan gedung Mahkamah Agung Freeto.

8.Anne Frank Tree
Anne Frank TreePohon yang sering disebut Phon Kuda ini terletak di Amsterdam, memberikan secercah kecantikan untuk Anne Frank pada saat ia sedang membutuhkannya. Dalam Diary of a Young Girl, Frank buku terkenal, tentang waktu ia dan keluarganya menghabiskan bersembunyi dari Nazi selama Perang Dunia II, dia menggambarkan pohon khusus ini.

"Hampir setiap pagi aku pergi ke loteng untuk menghirup udara pengap keluar dari paru-paru saya. Dari tempat favorit saya di lantai Aku menatap ke langit biru dan pohon kastanye telanjang, yang cabang-cabangnya ditetesi air hujan sedikit bersinar, muncul seperti perak, dan pada camar dan burung lain saat mereka meluncur di atas angin. Selama ini ada, pikirku, aku hidup untuk melihatnya, sinar matahari ini, langit tak berawan, sementara ini berlangsung saya tidak bisa bahagia. "

Pohon ikonik itu ditiup oleh angin kencang turun selama badai pada tanggal 23 Agustus 2010. Pohon ini menjadi sbuah sejarah tentang Anne dan rumah di mana dia dan keluarganya tinggal.

9.The Methuselah Tree
The Methuselah Tree 
Pohon Metusalah seperti seorang kakek yang terasing dari keluarganya dan tak ada seorangpun berbicara padanya. Pohon ini adalah tertua yang dikenal hidup di planet ini, tapi lokasi yang tidak terungkap.

Mungkin karena sebuah pohon yang lebih tua, dijuluki Prometheus, tak sengaja ditebang pada tahun 1964 diperkirakan pohon tersebut berusia 4.843 tahun.

10.The Moon Trees
The Moon Trees 
Sementara pohon Metusalah mewakili sejarah epik planet kita, pohon bulan adalah simbol yang menarik di masa depan. Pada tahun 1971, Stuart Roosa mengambil 500 bibit pohon pada Apollo 14 misi di seluruh bulan. Setelah kembali, biji-bijian muncul dari permukaan yang berkecambah dan tumbuh bersama mahluk Bumi terikat di seluruh dunia.

Pohon-pohon bulan adalah metafora gambar-sempurna untuk masa depan kita sendiri. Mudah-mudahan, kita akan belajar nilai organisme yang sangat membuat bumi tetap hidup, bernapas, dan planet layak huni di tengah-tengah alam semesta yang tampaknya terpencil

          Spiegel: FIFA täuschte über Infantino-Ermittlungen   
Zürich - Der Fußball-Weltverband FIFA hat offenbar Ermittlungen der Ethikkommission gegen seinen Präsidenten Gianni Infantino bewusst verschwiegen und die Chance auf den Erhalt wichtiger Dokumente ungenutzt gelassen. Das berichtet das Nachrichtenmagazin Spiegel in seiner aktuellen Ausgabe unter Verweis auf entsprechende vorliegende Unterlagen. In der vergangenen Woche hatte die FIFA erklärt, es gebe keine Ermittlungen gegen Infantino. Dies habe María Claudia Rojas, die neue Vorsitzende der Ermittlungskammer der Ethikkommission, bestätigt. Allerdings habe sich Rojas laut Spiegel am 12. Juni schriftlich an ihren Vorgänger Cornel Borbély gewandt und um die Übergabe der nicht im FIFA-Hauptquartier befindlichen Unterlagen gebeten. Am 15. Juni habe der Schweizer Jurist Borbély um Terminvorschläge für ein Treffen gebeten, um die Übergabe der Unterlagen zu besprechen. Seine Anfrage sei allerdings unbeantwortet geblieben. Der Spiegel und andere Medien hatten im April von Untersuchungen der Ethikkommission gegen Infantino berichtet, unter anderem wegen des Verdachts der verbotenen Einflussnahme auf Präsidentschaftswahlen in Afrika. Kurz darauf wurde die alte Ethikkommission um Borbély und den deutschen Richter Hans-Joachim Eckert beim FIFA-Council in Bahrain nicht mehr zur Wiederwahl vorgeschlagen, was unter anderem bei Reinhard Grindel, Präsident des Deutschen Fußball-Bundes (DFB), laute Kritik hervorrief. Grindel sagte nun dem Spiegel, er habe bislang noch keine Möglichkeit gehabt, mit Rojas persönlich zu sprechen und wisse deshalb auch nicht, ob es ein Ermittlungsverfahren gegen Infantino gebe. Sollten die Vorwürfe zutreffen, hätte sich der FIFA-Präsident allerdings "wegen Befangenheit nicht derart in die personellen Veränderungen der Ethikkommission einbringen dürfen", sagte Grindel.
          Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) souffre d'une fracture lombaire et doit être opéré   
Avec son compatriote Alejandro Valverde, l'Espagnol Ion Izagirre (Bahraien-Merida) est l'un des coureurs à avoir déjà du abandonner au Tour de France à la suite d'une chute dans le contre-la-montre de la première étape samedi à Dusseldorf.
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          Й. Исагирре сошел с Тур де Франс   

Лидер Bahrain Merida Йон Исагирре не сможет продолжить борьбу на Тур де Франс-2017.

Запись Й. Исагирре сошел с Тур де Франс впервые появилась SPORTARENA.com.


          Doha Chooses ‘Rejection’ as Deadline Ends Today   

From ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English.

Dammam, Roma, Ankara- Qatar chose to escalate by rejecting to comply with demands presented by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain …

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          Putin, Bahrain King note Qatar conflict negatively affecting situation in region   
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          Ook Izagirre onder het mes na breuk in wervelkolom   

Behalve Alejandro Valverde moest ook Ion Izagirre na een valpartij in de openingsetappe van de Tour de France afstappen. De 28-jarige Spanjaard, de kopman van Bahrain-Merida, heeft 'een onstabiele breuk in de wervelkolom' en moet onder het mes. Dat heeft zijn ploeg bekend gemaakt. 


          lunge on "Tour de France stage 2 - Düsseldorf / Liège - Sprint time"   

Well, well, well, who would have predicted that as a start.

Off to Belgium today:

Liège in cycling means a lot of hills before coming to town as Liège-Bastogne-Liège is one of the hardest race on the international calendar but stage 2 is dedicated to the sprinters. Only two category 4 climbs are on the map: Grafenberg after only 6.5km and the côte d'Olne 20.5km before the end. There's something unprecedented on the route: 35 kilometres after leaving Düsseldorf, the riders will come back to the starting town after a visit to the Neanderthal man at the prehistoric site of the Neander valley. Geraint Thomas will enjoy his first day ever in the yellow jersey ten years after he made his debut at the Tour de France in London. Moreover, Team Sky will savor their domination on stage 1 as they placed four riders in the top 8 of a Tour de France stage for the first time since the foundation of the team in 2010.

Not entirely flat:

Who's in the mix, off the Inrng we go

The Contenders: the wide flat roads and the lack of any sharp corners means a dragstrip finish to suit the powerful sprinters. Marcel Kittel is the prime pick, he’s in form as we saw in the Ster ZLM Tour and comes with strong lead out and the whole Quick Step team will be delighted to take a win on home soil. If the wind is up the team will be even more at home too.

Arnaud Démare is a less convincing pick, he has beaten the best sprinters but not regularly. Still the finish suits his sprinting style, the big roads allow his FDJ sprint train to drop him into position. Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) is the other pick suited to this kind of finish, like Démare he can hit the front early and nobody can come past.

Three riders suited to the finish but it’s a sprint rather than a team time trial so we’ll see plenty of other names in the mix. Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be there. André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) says he’s in “really good form” so we’ll see if he can deliver a home win for his squad. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) should be in the mix, ditto John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo). Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto-Soudal) has a crash yesterday but slid along rather than slammed into the tarmac so he should be ok. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) won a stage of the Tour de Suisse recently and watch if Nikias Arndt can drop him off again with another perfect lead out. Write off Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data) at your peril but he’s short of form and if he’s going to get a stage win it could be later in the race so will he be the team’s protected sprinter or does Edvald Boasson Hagen get in the mix?

Next there’s a wave of outsiders like Dan McLay (Fortuneo-Oscaro), Adrien Petit and Thomas Boudat (Direct Energie), Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) but getting past the big names cited above is a big ask.

And a look back to yesterday, you can only really focus on 1 team, love them or hate them, Sky smashed it:
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And of course, G in yellow:


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          Comment on Gas sarin diguna dalam serangan ke atas Khan Sheikhoun by Bahrain   
Apakah yang dimaksudkan dengan "gas sarin atau bahan yang seperti gas itu"? Jika dilihat pada foto diatas, apakah mereka yang menolong 'immune' kepada gas sarin hingga tidak langsung memakai pakaian keselamatan? Tidakkah ini ganjil?
          Geraint Thomas vence bajo la lluvia y Valverde abandona tras una dura caída   

El ciclista británico Geraint Thomas (Sky) ha ganado este sábado la etapa inaugural de la 104ª edición del Tour de Francia, disputada en Dusseldorf (Alemania) sobre 14 kilómetros, al llevarse la contrarreloj con un tiempo de 16:04 en una jornada marcada por la lluvia, que empapó el asfalto y provocó varias caídas, como la que causó las retiradas de los españoles Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) y Ion Izagirre (Team Bahrain Merida).


          Geraint Thomas vence bajo la lluvia y Valverde abandona tras una dura caída   

El ciclista británico Geraint Thomas (Sky) ha ganado este sábado la etapa inaugural de la 104ª edición del Tour de Francia, disputada en Dusseldorf (Alemania) sobre 14 kilómetros, al llevarse la contrarreloj con un tiempo de 16:04 en una jornada marcada por la lluvia, que empapó el asfalto y provocó varias caídas, como la que causó las retiradas de los españoles Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) y Ion Izagirre (Team Bahrain Merida).


          Geraint Thomas vence bajo la lluvia y Valverde abandona tras una dura caída   

El ciclista británico Geraint Thomas (Sky) ha ganado este sábado la etapa inaugural de la 104ª edición del Tour de Francia, disputada en Dusseldorf (Alemania) sobre 14 kilómetros, al llevarse la contrarreloj con un tiempo de 16:04 en una jornada marcada por la lluvia, que empapó el asfalto y provocó varias caídas, como la que causó las retiradas de los españoles Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) y Ion Izagirre (Team Bahrain Merida).


          Ion Izagirre sufre una fractura lumbar tras su caída en el estreno del Tour   
El ciclista español Ion Izagirre (Team Bahrain Merida) tendrá que pasar por quirófano tras su caída este sábado en la primera etapa del Tour de Francia, en la cual sufrió una fractura lumbar que le impidió retomar la contrarreloj de Dusseldorf (Alemania) y obligó a abandonar la grande gala tras siete kilómetros de prueba.
          Valverde droht nach Sturz das Saisonaus    

Für den spanischen Radstar Alejandro Valverde ist die Saison 2017 nach einem Kniescheibenbruch wohl gelaufen. Davon gehen die Ärzte seines Teams Movistar nach einer Operation am Samstagabend aus.

Der 37-Jährige war im Auftakt-Zeitfahren der Tour de France in Düsseldorf schwer gestürzt und hatte sich neben der Knieverletzung auch einen Bruch des Sprunggelenks zugezogen.

Movistar-Sportdirektor Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta hofft, dass der Ausfall von Valverde keinen Einfluss auf die Leistung von Team-Kapitän Nairo Quintana hat. "Die Show muss weitergehen, wir sind auch mit acht Leuten in der Lage, eine sehr starke Tour zu fahren", sagte er.

Valverde war auf dem 14-km-Kurs im Regen in einer Linkskurve auf dem nassen Asphalt weggerutscht und mit voller Wucht mit den Beinen voran in ein Absperrgitter gekracht. "Es ist sehr traurig", meinte Quintana.

Ebenfalls eine schwere Verletzung zog sich in Düsseldorf Valverdes Landsmann Ion Izagirre (28) zu. Der Kapitän des Teams Bahrain-Merida war bei einem Sturz ebenfalls gegen die Absperrgitter geprallt. Er erlitt nach Angaben seiner Equipe eine instabile Fraktur im Lendenbereich, die eine Operation erforderlich macht.


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          Putin Bahan Krisis Teluk Lewat Telepon dengan Qatar dan Bahrain   
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, MOSKOW -- Presiden Rusia Vladimir Putin mengadakan pembahasan dengan para pemimpin Qatar dan Bahrain melalui telepon. Pembasan itu di antaranya menekankan perlunya diplomasi untuk mengkahiri perselisihan antara Qatar...
          Tour de France 2017 - Stage One Race Report   
Tour de France 2017 - Stage One Race Report

Geraint Thomas wins opening time trial of 2017 Tour de France

Six weeks after he was forced to abandon the Giro d’Italia while contending for overall victory, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas is the first race leader of the 2017 Tour de France.

Thomas proved fastest over a wet 14km time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany, beating Stefan Küng (BMC Racing) by five seconds. Sky teammate Vasil Kiryienka was third, seven seconds back. Pre-race favorite Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), the world time trial champion competing on home soil, could only finish fourth, eight seconds down.

Thomas’ win marks his first stage win in a Grand Tour.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “I didn’t even think about [winning], to be honest. I was super-relaxed coming here. I didn’t believe it was going to happen. I thought [Tony Martin] is going to beat me, or someone is going to beat me, but it’s an amazing feeling. I had my fair share of bad luck this year. Also, back home, the last month hasn’t been great, or this year really, so it’s amazing to get this win. It’s a great day.”

With his second-place finish, Küng was awarded best young rider on his Tour de France debut, like his Swiss compatriots Alex Zülle, in 1992, and Fabian Cancellara, in 2004.

“It’s a little disappointment to not win but Geraint Thomas was the strongest,” Küng said. “I was ready for today. I prepared a lot for the Tour since the beginning of the year. The conditions were difficult on a wet city-course like that. I tried my best. It was a bit difficult for Richie Porte because he was in a car following one of our guys who crashed. He was for sure holding a little bit back. But it’s better to lose some time here, get through safely instead of ending your Tour here. It’s sure these guys are going to do amazing stuff in the next three weeks. Personally, I’m glad to have the white jersey. It gave me goose bumps to be on stage even if it wasn’t for the win but my priority in the next three weeks is to keep Richie up there through the first week.”

Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished strongest of the GC contenders, 10 seconds behind Thomas but 37 seconds ahead of Simon Yates (Orica-Scott), 47 seconds ahead of Richie Porte (BMC Racing), and 48 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Quintana will likely be more upset by the loss of teammate Alejandro Valverde, who crashed heavily in a slick corner and was forced to abandon with what was later revealed to be a broken left kneecap.

Another Spanish GC rider, Jon Izaguirre of Bahrain-Merida, also crashed heavily on the same corner as Valverde and was also forced to abandon.

The 14km lollipop loop along the Rhein River was saturated with rain from early in the day, making the corner-heavy nature of the route a challenge. The wet tarmac added a hugely technical aspect to the normally benign, short effort. Riders took corners tentatively, and several still hit the deck.

Dylan Groenewagen (Lotto-Jumbo), Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin), Nicholas Roche (BMC Racing), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Paddy Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) were among those to meet the tarmac after sliding out through corners.

Roche spoke about the technical nature of the course and the conditions.

“It’s a city center prologue,” he said. “The roads are a bit greasy. The rain doesn’t help. I’m not sure if there was a bit of oil or if it was the tram tracks because I fell where the tram tracks were. It’s a bit disappointing. I was hoping to do a good prologue. That’s how it is. For riders going for GC, it’s an important time trial. Thirty or forty seconds can be lost there. We know there won’t be many mountain tops in this Tour. So it’s very important to do a good TT today and in Marseille. It’s about doing the maximum effort but staying upright.”

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) set an early fastest time of 16:14, but Kiryienka, the 2015 world time trial champion, came in faster, at 16:11. Sky’s dominance was affirmed after Thomas one-upped his teammate’s time with a 16:04, going into the top spot.

Despite high hopes to take yellow in his home country, Martin crossed the line in 16:12, putting him behind Thomas and Kiryienka with multiple riders still on the course.

“I’m sorry about the rain but it’s what everybody’s saying after this race,” Martin said. “I lost eight seconds to Geraint [Thomas], I have to analyse what went wrong. The support was amazing. It was such a big motivation for me. I could not hear my radio, it was so loud with everybody shouting for me. It’s the big thing I will take in from this stage. There are still two weeks to go and still a few goals to reach. In the last 2km I missed a bit of power but that’s normal in such a short TT. You give it everything from the start and see how far you can go.”

Porte also had a bit of a disappointing ride, seemingly shaken after watching Roche’s crash from the team car.

“I stayed super cautious in those corners,” Porte said. “I followed Nicolas Roche in the car but he was not the best guy to follow today, I was super nervous but it was a great start to the Tour. I’m a little disappointed but the main thing was to come through without crashing. It was pretty slippery out there. It was hard sitting in the bus and seeing the other guys crash. It made us try to come through without crashing. It was a hard little time trial, dead flat. But those corners and lines you try to avoid them and it’s quite a mental game.”

Froome rolled down the start ramp as the final rider on course, his race number emblazoned with the “1” of the defending champion. Earlier in the day he had ridden in the team car following teammate Michal Kwiatkowski’s ride. His intention was to gauge the proper speed to carry around the soaked corners, but despite his diligent recon, he wouldn’t be able to overtake Thomas’ time.

Still, Froome’s time of 16:17 was good enough for sixth on the day, distancing many of his GC rivals. And with Kwiatkowski finishing eighth, 15 seconds behind Thomas, Team Sky has four riders in the top 10, while Movistar faces a significant GC deficit and the loss of their most experienced Grand Tour rider.

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Geraint Thomas took yellow and Team Sky put four riders in the top eight on the opening day of the 2017 Tour de France, a wet time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany.


This article was originally published on cyclingtips.com

Photography provided by CorVos


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          New 2018 Merida Reacto III - Ten Things to Know   
New 2018 Merida Reacto III - Ten Things to Know

For 2018, Merida has just announced the third iteration of this well-rounded aero road bike, the Reacto III. Improving on the previous version that earned praise thanks to its wind tunnel test results and ability to smooth out rough roads, the Reacto III looks set to keep up with the fast developing market. It's a bike that will be seen in use with Bahrain Merida’s Tour de France debut. Here are ten things to know.

Not sure if an aero road bike is right for you? Watch and read our guide to how Aero road bikes stack up against traditional race and endurance road bikes.

1. Similar profile to the last

From a distance, the new Reacto looks much like its predecessor (unless you’re looking at the disc version!), and that’s because in many ways it is. The sculpted seattube and lowly-set seatstays remain, as does the deep aero S-Flex seatpost. Likewise, Merida sticks with its NACA Fastback profiles on many of the frame’s tubes for cheating the wind.

However, take a closer look at some subtle exterior differences appear. The downtube shape is slimmer, the seatstay connection is lower and obviously, there’s that one-piece cockpit setup too. All told, Merida claims a 5% improvement in aerodynamics compared to the previous Reacto.

2. Two frame levels, two geometries

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The new Reacto is available in two levels of frame, the premium CF4 and the CF2, each with differing geometry.

Sitting as the top-end option, the CF4 frame uses a premium carbon fibre layup and hosts a number of subtle features that help it to be a little faster. Most notably, the CF4 frame features a more aggressive geometry that’s well suited to the racers. In fact, the stack height is lower and the head angle steeper when compared to the previous Reacto. The bottom bracket height has been dropped 5mm too.

The more affordable Reacto bikes make use of the CF2 frame, something that’s a little heavier and also features a more relaxed geometry when compared to the CF4. Here, the head tube angles are relaxed by half a degree, the stack sits over 20mm higher and the reach is also subtly shorter.

3. Lighter, faster, smoother

It wouldn’t be the bike industry without such claims, and Merida certainly hasn’t disappointed in improving the most obvious metrics.

While frame stiffness is said to be kept the same as the previous version, the weight is drastically different, 18.5% less for the entire frameset in fact. Including frame, fork, headset, seatpost and seatpost clamp, the previous Reacto weighed 2,046g, with the new at 1,695g.

Looking at the specifics (sizes unknown), the new CF4 rim brake frame and fork together weigh a claimed 1,368g. The CF4 Disc version adds just 60g to the figure.

Featuring a few subtle differences, namely a cheaper carbon fibre lay-up, the CF2 rim brake frame and fork weigh a claimed 1,500g together, with the disc brake version adding 97g.

The weight loss, achieved through slimmer tubes and a new carbon layup, hasn’t come at the cost of ride comfort. With the lower set seatstays and an updated seatpost said to provide a bike that’s approximately 10% smoother.

4. Disc and rim brake options

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It seems fewer and fewer road racing bikes are being released without a disc-brake option, and the new Reacto is no exception. While all models will remain available with a direct-mount rim brake option, a large number of models will also be available in a disc-brake version (disc versions are sadly not being brought into Australia).

The disc brake versions feature flat-mount calipers, 12mm thru-axles and 160mm rotors front and rear.

5. Borrowed from the Scultura Disc

First seen with last year’s Merida Scultura Disc road bike, the Reacto Disc makes use of the same clever disc cooling system. These aluminium fins that sit on the fork and left chainstay help direct air into the brake calipers and rotors, and are said to reduce temperatures by around 35%.

6. Tricky Thu-Axles for the Disc

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Where the rim brake versions stick with tried-and-trued quick releases, the disc versions make use of 12mm thru-axles front and rear. Interestingly, the CF4-level bikes receive the fast ‘R.A.T’ system, something designed to aid speedy wheel changes in a race situation.

This ‘Rapid Axle Technology’ (R.A.T) system was originally conceived by Focus Bikes and offers a clever keyed system that requires a flick of the quick lever and then quarter turn to undo, not the full unwinding of a more common threaded thru-axle system (something the CF2 Disc bikes make use of).

7. Tyre clearance

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Tyres are forever getting wider as research has proven narrower isn’t always faster. Where some bikes are touting space for 28 or even 30c tyres, Merida has kept the new Reacto a little more conservative and promises easy fitting of 25c tyres on both the rim and disc-equipped versions.

8. Integrated cockpit

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Integrated cockpits have become a popular pick on the latest aero road bikes, and smoothing out the front of the bike just makes sense when looking to fully optimise aerodynamics.

Where we’ve seen brands such as Trek, Specialized, Canyon and others go to the efforts of designing such an integrated handlebar and stem in-house, Merida instead reached out to a long-time component partner to refine a proven product.

As a result, the CF4-level Reactos will feature a one-piece carbon handlebar and stem that’s a close match to FSA’s Metron 5D. A special headset cone spacer has been supplied for a smooth, integrated fit with this cockpit setup.

The CF2 bikes will stick with a more traditional stem and handlebar, as is often the case on more affordable aero road bikes.

9. S-Flex seatpost gets better

Merida’s comfort adding S-Flex seatpost that features a flexible design and a small vibration-dampening rubber insert gets a small makeover. The design has been in use since 2012 and for 2018 will offer more comfort at a lower weight (94g saved).

The CF4-level bikes will feature a 206g fixed-offset version, while the cheaper CF2 framed bikes will use a flip-able head design that offers 0-15mm fore-aft saddle adjustment.

The seatposts are interchangeable between frames and Merida will offer the lighter fixed seatpost in either 15 or 25mm offset versions.

10. Australian Models

Merida’s Australian distributor, Advance Traders, has told BikeExchange they will be importing the following models. Note that currently there are no plans to import the disc brake versions of the Reacto. Pricing and exact availability to be confirmed.

CF2 Frame: Reacto 4000, Reacto 5000, Reacto 6000 and Reacto 7000-E, Reacto DA LTD,

CF4 Frame: Reacto 9000-E, Reacto Team-E


With the 2018 models near, why not pick yourself up a bargain on previous versions? You’ll find 2016 and 2017 Merida Reacto’s on sale, all on the BikeExchange marketplace.


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          Saudi Arabia’s attempt to silence Al Jazeera is outrageous   
Saudi Arabia’s attempt to silence Al Jazeera is outrageous

Irony is not dead in the Middle East. In April Saudi Arabia, a land where women may not drive, or leave the country without the written permission of a male “guardian”, or appear in public without an all-enveloping cloak, was elected to the UN’s committee on women’s rights. Now that same monarchy, where the government censors everything from political dissent to risqué Rubens paintings, and where a pro-democracy blogger named Raif Badawi has been sentenced to 1,000 lashes and ten years in jail, is trying to shut down the only big, feisty broadcaster in the Arab world, Al Jazeera. This is an extraordinary, extraterritorial assault on free speech. It is as if China had ordered Britain to abolish the BBC.

Al Jazeera is based in Qatar, a tiny, wealthy Gulf state that the Saudis, Emiratis, Bahrainis and Egyptians are subjecting to a heavy-handed blockade. Qatar’s sins, in Saudi eyes, are manifold. It is friendly with Iran (though so are Oman and Dubai, which are not subject to the same strictures). It harbours dozens of people the Saudis do not like, including some with close links to groups affiliated to al-Qaeda. And it owns Al Jazeera.

Last week news leaked that Saudi Arabia is demanding the closure of Al Jazeera as part of the price for lifting the blockade. The Qataris have only a few more days to comply or face unspecified further action.

You can see why the Saudis would like Al Jazeera to go dark. Unlike other Middle Eastern broadcasters, which in place of news tend to emit a wearisome stream of unexamined government announcements and fawning footage of princes and presidents embracing each other, Al Jazeera, which was set up in 1996, tries to tell viewers what is actually going on. During the Arab spring of 2011 it offered a platform to the region’s protesters, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which went on to form a short-lived government in Egypt, and to challenge incumbent regimes in other states as well. Arab autocrats found this both alarming and infuriating.

Some in the West dislike Al Jazeera, too. When it broadcast Osama bin Laden’s tape-recorded messages from his cave in Afghanistan, many concluded that it was not reporting a big news story so much as promoting terrorism. In 2004 the new government in Iraq, still under the thumb of the American-led coalition that had ousted Saddam Hussein the previous year, closed Al Jazeera’s Baghdad office for a month; in 2016 Iraq’s government closed it again, for a year, for supposedly stirring up sectarianism and violence by reporting on it unsparingly.

Drawing a veil over it
All these bans were wrong. Al Jazeera is not a perfect news organisation, but it strives to offer a variety of viewpoints: government and dissident, domestic and foreign. One of its slogans is: “The opinion and the other opinion”. Granted, it has a large blind spot in the shape of Qatar itself, which never receives the sort of criticism the channel routinely hands out to others. There is also a distinction to be drawn between Al Jazeera’s English-language service (started with the help of many staff poached from the BBC) and its Arabic version, which is more biased in support of political Islam, more tolerant of extremism and closer to being a mouthpiece for the Qatari government. Saudi Arabia and the UAE want to close both of them. Yet on any fair accounting, Al Jazeera performs a valuable service by adding to the supply of news and views about the Middle East. It would be absurd to argue that the Arab world’s problem was too much information or too free a flow of ideas. The opposite is closer to the truth. Saudi Arabia should stop trying to extend its harsh brand of censorship to its neighbours; indeed, it should stop bullying them entirely.
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          Bahrain Gagalkan Penyelundupan Narkoba dari Iran via Laut   
Narkoba dalam jumlah besar itu ditemukan tersembunyi di beberapa ban karet di dasar laut yang terikat dengan tali ke kapal.
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          Provoziert Verschärfung von Katar-Sanktionen militärischen Konflikt?   
Am heutigen Abend läuft das Ultimatum gegen Katar ab, das mehrere von Saudi-Arabien, Ägypten, Bahrain und den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten zurückweisen, ist jedoch zu Verhandlungen mit seinen Nachbarn bereit.
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          Qatar to reject demands from Gulf states, says FM   

[Qatar], July 2 (ANI): Qatar is set to reject a set of demands issued by other Arab nations, according to statements made by the country's foreign minister.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told reporters in Rome that Qatar was ready to sit down with neighbouring countries and discuss the accusations.

"This list of demands is to be rejected, not to be accepted. We are willing to engage in dialogue but under proper conditions," he said.

Abdulrahman al-Thani also accused Saudi Arabia and other nations of attempting to undermine Qatar's sovereignty.

Earlier on Saturday, Qatar leaders spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who urged the country along with Bahrain to pursue a diplomatic solution.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt cut off economic and diplomatic ties with Qatar earlier last month and issued an ultimatum with 13 demands, accusing Doha of supporting extremist groups.

Qatar, however, denies the claims.

Turkey has backed Qatar in its rift with the Arab states and is seeking to mediate the crisis. (ANI)


          Qatar defiant as demands deadline approaches   
Qatar said it's prepared to "face whatever consequences" as a deadline nears for it to meet a list of demands by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.

              
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Postul de televiziune Al-Jazeera, care emite din anul 1996 si a revolutionat mass-media din lumea araba, risca sa fie inchis. Arabia Saudita, Emiratele Arabe Unite, Egiptul si Bahrainul si-au suspendat luna trecuta relatiile cu Qatarul, pe care l-au acuzat ca finanteaza terorismul si au acordat conducerii de la Doha 10 zile sa se conformeze solicitarilor lor, pentru a ridica sanctiunile diplomatice si economice fara precedent. Printre aceste solicitari se numara si inchiderea televiziunii Al-Jazeera, scrie The Guardian.
          Gulf deadline to resolve Qatar rift approaches   
DUBAI, July 2- Qatar faces possible further sanctions by Arab states that have severed ties with Doha over allegations of links to terrorism, as a deadline to accept a series of demands is expected to expire on Sunday night with no signs of the crisis ending. The feud erupted last month when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed...
          Detainee in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison beaten, sexually assaulted: Report   
Detainee in Bahrain’s Jaw Prison beaten, sexually assaulted: Report
          Konflikte: Arabische Staaten beraten über neue Katar-Sanktionen   
Doha (dpa) - Kurz vor dem Auslaufen eines Ultimatums an das Golf-Emirat Katar drohen dem Land neue Sanktionen von seinen Nachbarstaaten. Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Bahrain und Ägypten berieten über eine Liste möglicher Zwangsmaßnahmen, berichtete der mit saudischem Geld finanzierte Nachrichtenkanal Al-Arabiya. Der Sender berichtete, Katar habe bis zum Abend Zeit für die Erfüllung mehrerer Forderungen, darunter die Schließung des TV-Kanals Al-Dschasira.
          One Day Before The Saudi Ultimatum Expires, A Defiant Qatar Is "Ready To Face The Consequences"   

Two days ago, when previewing the showdown in the Qatar "diplomatic quagmire", we reminded readers that "Qatar only has until July 3 to comply with the 10-day ultimatum of 13 demands imposed by the Saudi-led bloc", a list which the Saudis described as non-negotiable, with Riyadh's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir saying Doha must “amend its behavior” or “remain isolated."

Fast forward to just one day before the Saudi ultimatum expires, when Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Thani said his nation is unwilling to concede to any demands that threaten its sovereignty or violate international law. The small but wealthy Gulf emirate said it was prepared "to let pass the deadline for complying with 13 demands set down by the bloc", including shutting down Al Jazeera and cutting back ties with Iran, Al Thani said in Rome quoted by Bloomberg, where he met the Italian foreign minister. 

“There is no fear from our direction. We are ready to face the consequences,” Al Thani said. “There is an international law that should be respected and not violated.”

And while Al Thani repeated that Qatar is willing to sit down and negotiate under the right circumstances, he repeated that the ultimatum issued June 23 was made to be rejected.

As a reminder, nearly a month ago, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the U.A.E and Egypt severed commercial, diplomatic and financial links with Qatar saying they were isolating the sheikdom over what they see as its tolerant attitude to Iran and support for Islamist groups, which is ironic since Saudi Arabia is widely acknowledged as the world's premier supporter of offshore terrorism. The group’s demands also include Qatar severing relations with the Muslim Brotherhood and ending Turkey’s military presence in the country. On June 23, Qatar was given 10 days to respond.

Meanwhile, not mincing his words, Al Thani accused the blockading nations - it's clear who he was referring to here - of themselves having ties to groups and individuals accused of terrorism.

“As for the countries that accuse Qatar of financing terrorism, they have the same problems as Qatar, more so, they are on top of the list in that area,” he said. “There are financial institutes in these countries involved in financing terrorist organization and financing terrorist operations in western countries.”

The coalition presented Qatar with its requirements to end the standoff after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged the Saudi-led bloc to lay out its demands. In a statement on June 25, Tillerson conceded that Qatar would find it “very difficult” to comply with some of the requests. On June 27, during a visit in Washington, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called the demands non-negotiable.

As previewing the outcome of the ultimatum, earlier this week Citi said that unless the demands are met by July 3 "then this situation is likely to get a lot worse before it gets any better."

Meanwhile, Citi added, there has been a continued lack of reaction from ‘the West’: there is also confusion as to the stance of key historical players in the Middle East, such as the UK and the US, who have either said very little – Trump once called Qatar a “haven for terrorism”, while Rex Tillerson has twice upbraided Saudi Arabia’s approach. Last Friday, a White House spokesman told the Guardian: “The United States is still accessing the list and we are in communication with all parties. As we have said, we want to see the parties resolve this dispute and restore unity among our partners in the region, while ensuring all countries are stopping funding for terrorist groups.”

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And while the US is still trying to decide on whose side it wants to be in the ongoing conflict, Russia wasted no time and as Reuters reported yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states.

Moscow is trying to tread cautiously in the dispute, since it wants good relations with both Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Russia backs President Bashar al-Assad in the six-year-long Syria conflict and is close to Iran, which has fraught ties with the Saudis.

 

Moscow sold a stake in its state oil champion Rosneft to Qatar last year and has been coordinating oil output cuts with the Saudis as part of a global pact to lift oil prices.

 

The Kremlin, which announced the phone calls with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain in two separate statements on its website on Saturday, did not say when they happened. It clarified that they happened on the initiative of Qatar and Bahrain.

"Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of political-diplomatic efforts aimed at overcoming differences of opinion and the normalization of the difficult situation that exists," said the statement on the talks between Putin and Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani.

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Qatar’s stock market fell sharply Sunday as a deadline for Doha to accept a series of political demands by four Arab states was expected to expire later in the day with no sign of a resolution. The Qatari stock index sank as much as 3.1 percent in thin trading, bringing its losses to 11.9 percent since June 5, when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties, accusing Doha of backing militants. Stocks tumbled across the board Sunday, with 41 lower and only one higher. Qatar National Bank, the largest listed lender in the Gulf, lost 3.1 percent.
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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Qatar’s stock exchange dropped Sunday as the tiny Gulf nation braced for a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries in part over what they allege is its support for extremist groups. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host […]
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DOHA (dpa-AFX) - Kurz vor dem Ablauf eines Ultimatums an das Golf-Emirat Katar drohen dem Land neue Sanktionen von seinen Nachbarstaaten. Saudi-Arabien, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Bahrain und Ägypten berieten über eine Liste möglicher Zwangsmaßnahmen, berichtete der mit saudischem Geld finanzierte arabische...
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Victime d’une chute lors de la 1ere étape du Tour de France samedi, l’Espagnol de l’équipe Bahrain-Merida Ion Izagirre a été opéré d’une fracture lombaire instable.

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) " Qatar's stock exchange dropped Sunday as the tiny Gulf nation braced for a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries in part over what they allege is its support for extremist groups.Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar in early June, restricting access to their airspace and ports and sealing Qatar's only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia. They issued a 13-point list of [...]
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          Ion Izagirre también abandona el Tour por otra caída   

Increíble pero cierto. Ion Izagirre, que venía al Tour como jefe de filas del Bahrain Merida, se ha ido al suelo en la disputa del prólogo del Tour de Francia y ha tenido que abandonar como el murciano Alejandro Valverde. A falta de confirmación oficial ambos se habrían ido al suelo en la misma curva.... Seguir leyendo

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          Tour de France 2017 - Stage One Race Report   
Tour de France 2017 - Stage One Race Report

Geraint Thomas wins opening time trial of 2017 Tour de France

Six weeks after he was forced to abandon the Giro d’Italia while contending for overall victory, Team Sky’s Geraint Thomas is the first race leader of the 2017 Tour de France.

Thomas proved fastest over a wet 14km time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany, beating Stefan Küng (BMC Racing) by five seconds. Sky teammate Vasil Kiryienka was third, seven seconds back. Pre-race favorite Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), the world time trial champion competing on home soil, could only finish fourth, eight seconds down.

Thomas’ win marks his first stage win in a Grand Tour.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” he said. “I didn’t even think about [winning], to be honest. I was super-relaxed coming here. I didn’t believe it was going to happen. I thought [Tony Martin] is going to beat me, or someone is going to beat me, but it’s an amazing feeling. I had my fair share of bad luck this year. Also, back home, the last month hasn’t been great, or this year really, so it’s amazing to get this win. It’s a great day.”

With his second-place finish, Küng was awarded best young rider on his Tour de France debut, like his Swiss compatriots Alex Zülle, in 1992, and Fabian Cancellara, in 2004.

“It’s a little disappointment to not win but Geraint Thomas was the strongest,” Küng said. “I was ready for today. I prepared a lot for the Tour since the beginning of the year. The conditions were difficult on a wet city-course like that. I tried my best. It was a bit difficult for Richie Porte because he was in a car following one of our guys who crashed. He was for sure holding a little bit back. But it’s better to lose some time here, get through safely instead of ending your Tour here. It’s sure these guys are going to do amazing stuff in the next three weeks. Personally, I’m glad to have the white jersey. It gave me goose bumps to be on stage even if it wasn’t for the win but my priority in the next three weeks is to keep Richie up there through the first week.”

Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) finished strongest of the GC contenders, 10 seconds behind Thomas but 37 seconds ahead of Simon Yates (Orica-Scott), 47 seconds ahead of Richie Porte (BMC Racing), and 48 seconds ahead of Nairo Quintana (Movistar).

Quintana will likely be more upset by the loss of teammate Alejandro Valverde, who crashed heavily in a slick corner and was forced to abandon with what was later revealed to be a broken left kneecap.

Another Spanish GC rider, Jon Izaguirre of Bahrain-Merida, also crashed heavily on the same corner as Valverde and was also forced to abandon.

The 14km lollipop loop along the Rhein River was saturated with rain from early in the day, making the corner-heavy nature of the route a challenge. The wet tarmac added a hugely technical aspect to the normally benign, short effort. Riders took corners tentatively, and several still hit the deck.

Dylan Groenewagen (Lotto-Jumbo), Rick Zabel (Katusha-Alpecin), Nicholas Roche (BMC Racing), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal), Paddy Bevin (Cannondale-Drapac), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo), and Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) were among those to meet the tarmac after sliding out through corners.

Roche spoke about the technical nature of the course and the conditions.

“It’s a city center prologue,” he said. “The roads are a bit greasy. The rain doesn’t help. I’m not sure if there was a bit of oil or if it was the tram tracks because I fell where the tram tracks were. It’s a bit disappointing. I was hoping to do a good prologue. That’s how it is. For riders going for GC, it’s an important time trial. Thirty or forty seconds can be lost there. We know there won’t be many mountain tops in this Tour. So it’s very important to do a good TT today and in Marseille. It’s about doing the maximum effort but staying upright.”

Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors) set an early fastest time of 16:14, but Kiryienka, the 2015 world time trial champion, came in faster, at 16:11. Sky’s dominance was affirmed after Thomas one-upped his teammate’s time with a 16:04, going into the top spot.

Despite high hopes to take yellow in his home country, Martin crossed the line in 16:12, putting him behind Thomas and Kiryienka with multiple riders still on the course.

“I’m sorry about the rain but it’s what everybody’s saying after this race,” Martin said. “I lost eight seconds to Geraint [Thomas], I have to analyse what went wrong. The support was amazing. It was such a big motivation for me. I could not hear my radio, it was so loud with everybody shouting for me. It’s the big thing I will take in from this stage. There are still two weeks to go and still a few goals to reach. In the last 2km I missed a bit of power but that’s normal in such a short TT. You give it everything from the start and see how far you can go.”

Porte also had a bit of a disappointing ride, seemingly shaken after watching Roche’s crash from the team car.

“I stayed super cautious in those corners,” Porte said. “I followed Nicolas Roche in the car but he was not the best guy to follow today, I was super nervous but it was a great start to the Tour. I’m a little disappointed but the main thing was to come through without crashing. It was pretty slippery out there. It was hard sitting in the bus and seeing the other guys crash. It made us try to come through without crashing. It was a hard little time trial, dead flat. But those corners and lines you try to avoid them and it’s quite a mental game.”

Froome rolled down the start ramp as the final rider on course, his race number emblazoned with the “1” of the defending champion. Earlier in the day he had ridden in the team car following teammate Michal Kwiatkowski’s ride. His intention was to gauge the proper speed to carry around the soaked corners, but despite his diligent recon, he wouldn’t be able to overtake Thomas’ time.

Still, Froome’s time of 16:17 was good enough for sixth on the day, distancing many of his GC rivals. And with Kwiatkowski finishing eighth, 15 seconds behind Thomas, Team Sky has four riders in the top 10, while Movistar faces a significant GC deficit and the loss of their most experienced Grand Tour rider.

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Geraint Thomas took yellow and Team Sky put four riders in the top eight on the opening day of the 2017 Tour de France, a wet time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany.


This article was originally published on cyclingtips.com

Photography provided by CorVos


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          Thomas gana bajo el chaparrón de Dusseldorf y Valverde abandona tras una caída   

Si esta era una de las ediciones en las que menos españoles tomaban la salida del Tour de Francia -13 como en 1983-, en el primer día nos hemos quedado sin dos, y dos de los más grandes. El primero ha sido el murciano Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) que ha tenido que abandonar la carrera por culpa tras una caída sufrida en la etapa prólogo por culpa de la lluvia. El segundo en decir adiós ha sido Ion Izagirre (Bahrain) por irse al suelo en la misma curva.


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DOHA, Qatar — Qatar's stock exchange dropped Sunday as the tiny Gulf nation braced for a deadline to accept demands from four Arab countries in part over what they allege is its support for extremist groups.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar in early June, restricting access to their airspace and ports and sealing Qatar's only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia. They issued a 13-point list of demands to end the standoff June 22 and gave the natural gas-rich country 10 days to comply.


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Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) retired from the 2017 Tour de France after a crash on the opening day's time trial (Sunada)
Keep up to date with who has withdrawn from the 2017 Tour de France
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          Hy hữu vụ không chiến nảy lửa giữa hai tiêm kích Mỹ   

Năm 1980, Iraq mở cuộc tấn công xâm lược Iran. Không quân Iraq mở màn chiến dịch bằng cuộc tập kích bất ngờ vào 10 sân bay của Iran trong nỗ lực tiêu diệt sức mạnh đường không của Tehran. Cuộc tập kích bất thành trong việc tiêu diệt sức mạnh Không quân Iran. Sau đó Iran phản công trở lại khiến quân đội Iraq thiệt hại nặng. Cuộc xung đột giữa 2 nước kéo dài đến năm 1988. Giữa những năm 1980, Không quân Iran thường xuyên thực hiện các chiến dịch săn lùng tàu chở dầu của Iraq trên vịnh Ba Tư, nhằm triệt tiêu nguồn cung kinh tế của Baghdad. Theo New York Times, chính phủ Ả Rập Xê-út ủng hộ mạnh mẽ Iraq trong cuộc chiến với Iran và cam kết viện trợ 25 tỷ USD cho chính quyền Saddam Hussein. Ngoài ra, chỉnh phủ Ả Rập Xê-út còn khuyến khích các quốc gia vùng Vịnh khác như  Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar và UAE ủng hộ tài chính cho Iraq. Việc Ả Rập Xê-út công khai ủng hộ Iraq cả về tài chính lẫn chính trị khiến quan hệ vốn “cơm chẳng lành, canh chẳng ngọt” giữa Iran và Ả Rập Xê-út càng trở nên căng thẳng. Tháng 5/1984, Iran cho máy bay chiến đấu tấn công các tàu chở dầu của Iraq trên vịnh Ba Tư.
 Chiến đấu cơ F-4 của Iran từng xâm nhập không phận Ả Rập Xê-út. Ảnh: Business Insider.
Ả Rập Xê-út phản ứng bằng cách thiết lập Vùng nhận dạng phòng không (ADIZ) trên vịnh Ba Tư để đánh chặn chiến đấu cơ Iran. Ngày 5/6/1984, 4 tiêm kích F-4 Phantom của Không quân Iran do Mỹ sản xuất bị cáo buộc xâm nhập ADIZ của Ả Rập Xê-út trên vịnh Ba Tư. Chiến đấu cơ của Iran được cho là đang cố tấn công 2 tàu chở dầu trên vịnh. Không quân Ả Rập Xê-út đã điều động các tiêm kích F-15 cũng do Mỹ sản xuất cất cánh để ngăn chặn chiến đấu cơ Iran. Một nhà ngoại giao Trung Đông cho biết, cuộc không chiến giữa máy bay Iran và Ả Rập Xê-út diễn ra trên không phận đảo Al Arabiyah, khoảng 96 km về phía đông bắc tỉnh Jubail, Ả Rập Xê-út. Các tiêm kích F-15 của Ả Rập Xê-út đã bắn hạ 2 chiến đấu cơ F-4 của Iran. Những chiếc F-15 cố gắng bắn hạ chiếc F-4 thứ 3 nhưng không thành công. Không quân Iran lập tức điều động 11 chiếc F-4 khác xuất kích ứng cứu những chiếc F-4 đang bị truy đuổi trên vịnh Ba Tư. Phát hiện Iran điều thêm máy bay, phía Ả Rập Xê-út cũng cho 11 chiếc F-15 khác xuất kích. Tuy nhiên, cuộc không chiến trên không quy mô lớn đã không xảy ra. Chiến đấu cơ 2 nước đều rút về căn cứ.
Hai tiem kich My F-4 va F-15 choi nhau, ai se thang?-Hinh-2
 F-4 rõ ràng không phải là đối thủ xứng tầm đối với F-15. Ảnh: Defence Talk.
Các nhà phân tích quân sự nhận định, những chiếc F-15 của Không quân Ả Rập Xê-út hiện đại hơn rất nhiều so với F-4 của Iran. Ở thời điểm những năm 1980, F-15 là một trong những chiến đấu cơ mạnh nhất thế giới. Ngoài, những chiếc F-15 của Ả Rập Xê-út được sự hậu thuẫn của máy bay chỉ huy và cảnh báo sớm trên không của Mỹ đang hoạt động trong khu vực. Máy bay cảnh báo sớm của Mỹ được cho là đã cung cấp thông tin cho F-15 của Ả Rập Xê-út để bắn hạ chiến đấu cơ Iran. Một quan chức chính quyền Ả Rập Xê-út nói trong cuộc họp báo sau đó rằng, hành động của không quân nước này là “tự vệ hợp pháp”. Đây là cuộc không chiến hiếm hoi giữa 2 loại máy bay do Mỹ sản xuất trong biên chế không quân 2 nước khác nhau. Phần thắng đã thuộc về chiến đấu cơ hiện đại hơn. Ở thời điểm đó, Không quân Ả Rập Xê-út có khoảng 61 chiếc F-15. Hiện tại, lực lượng F-15 của Ả Rập Xê-út đã được nâng lên con số 156 chiếc, cùng với 72 chiếc phiên bản tối tân F-15SA đang đặt hàng.
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Qatar aikoo vaatia juristien avulla korvauksia niiltä Persianlahden mailta, jotka ovat pyrkineet eristämään sen. Tehtävään uhataan valjastaa sveitsiläinen lakitoimisto. Qatarin mukaan oikeustoimet kohdistuisivat ainakin Saudi-Arabiaan, Arabiemiraatteihin ja Bahrainiin, jotka katkaisivat suhteensa emiirikuntaan kesäkuussa. – Kyseiset kolme maata ovat velvollisia korvaamaan niille, jotka ovat kärsineet tilanteesta, sanoi Qatarin kansallisen ihmisoikeuskomission puheenjohtaja Ali bin Smaikh al-Marri kuluneella […]
          Kuwait banks don't plan to withdraw Qatar deposits - official source   

By Ahmed Hagagy

DUBAI (Reuters) - Kuwaiti banks have no intention of withdrawing their deposits and investments from Qatar, a Kuwaiti official source told Reuters on Sunday.

     The source, speaking on condition of unanimity because of political sensitivities, noted that Kuwaiti banks had not announced plans to withdraw deposits or take other exceptional measures when detailing their exposure to Qatar in bourse statements over the last few days.

"This reflects the confidence of Kuwaiti banks and Kuwaiti companies in the financial solvency of the state of Qatar, the Qatari banks and financial institutions and their ability to meet their obligations," the source said.

     "This confidence is confirmed by the international rating institutions. These investments are generating good returns for Kuwaiti banks. There is no reason to worry about them at the moment.”

Among the statements by Kuwaiti banks, Burgan Bank, for example, said its total exposure to Qatar was 66.7 million dinars ($220 million), or 0.9 percent of the bank's total assets.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism. A deadline for Doha to comply with their demands was expected to expire late on Sunday with no sign of the crisis ending.

The four Arab states have warned they may impose further sanctions against Qatar. They did not give details but bankers believe, for example, that governments may ask their banks to pull deposits from Qatar.

Kuwait has not sided with the coalition against Qatar and has instead tried to mediate between the two sides.

(Editing by Andrew Torchia)


          Formula 1 - GP Russia, Ferrari: a Sochi senza paura. (f1addiction_)   
f1addiction_ scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: In Russia, le condizioni climatiche saranno molto diverse da quelle trovate in Bahrain, ma Vettel è ottimista. La Ferrari si prepara ad affrontare la prossima trasferta a Sochi, in Russia, dove trov
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          Formula 1 - Bahrain, test giorno 2: un black out nel garage limita il programma Ferrari (f1addiction_)   
f1addiction_ scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: Sebastian Vettel, nella seconda e ultima giornata di test in Bahrain, è stato limitato da un black out elettrico nel garage della Ferrari.
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          Formula 1 - Antonio Giovinazzi vive il suo sogno in Bahrain. (f1addiction_)   
f1addiction_ scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: Il pugliese, terzo pilota Ferrari è stato protagonista nella prima giornata di test in Bahrain, un sogno, come lo ha definito il giovane pilota.
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Antonio Giovinazzi vive il suo sogno in Bahrain.
          Formula 1 - Alonso, trattative aperte con la Renault (Tuttomotorsport)   
Tuttomotorsport scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: Il pilota della McLaren-Honda, lo spagnolo Fernando Alonso, è stato avvistato nella ospitality Renault nel weekend del Gran Premio del Bahrain intento a parlare assieme al suo manager Luis Garcia Aba
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          Formula 1 - Sergio Marchionne: la vittoria in Australia non è stata un caso isolato. (f1addiction_)   
f1addiction_ scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: Marchionne afferma che la vittoria in Bahrain candida la Ferrari come contendente della Mercedes al titolo mondiale.
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          Formula 1 - Vettel e la Ferrari volano in alto nel mondiale Formula 1 (MarcoCaregnato)   
MarcoCaregnato scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: C’era un po’ di delusione in casa Ferrari dopo le qualifiche di sabato in Bahrain, che hanno visto le Mercedes tornare ad occupare l’intera prima fila dello schieramento, rifilando quasi mezzo second
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          Formula 1 - Gran Premio del Bahrain: trionfo Vettel, paura Mercedes (f1addiction_)   
f1addiction_ scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: Sebastian Vettel trionfa, in Bahrain, dopo una gara superlativa, davanti a Lewis Hamilton e a Valtteri Bottas. Il finlandese umiliato da un doppio ordine di Scuderia.
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          Formula 1 - Bahrain: Vettel deluso per il distacco in qualifica. (f1addiction_)   
f1addiction_ scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: Deludente il risultato della qualifica per la Ferrariche sperava di essere più vicina alla Mercedes. Resta la fiducia per la gara odierna.
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          Formula 1 - Gran Premio bahrain F1 - prove ufficiali - in diretta live streaming gratis ore 17 (Chicchecalcio)   
Chicchecalcio scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: Le prove libere dicono che la FERRAI e` tornata, Sebastian Vettel ha stabilito il miglior tempo in entrambe le sessioni di prove libere sul circuito di Sakhir, dove alle 18.00 di domenica 16 aprile s
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          Formula 1 - Volano le Ferrari in Barhain , con Sebatian Vettel che si candida alla pole (MarcoCaregnato)   
MarcoCaregnato scrive nella categoria Formula 1 che: A pochi giorni dalla gara cinese la Formula 1 torna in pista questo weekend per il Gran Premio del Bahrain, che già da alcune edizioni si svolge in notturna con il circuito di Sakhir illuminato dalle
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          Qatar-Gulf crisis: All the latest updates   

The latest news after some of the Gulf states and Egypt cut ties with Qatar and imposed a land, sea and air blockade. SUMMARY Arab countries submit demands 14 countries severe ties The latest developments since several countries, including Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt, cut ties with Qatar on June 5. (All times local […]

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          Qatar stock exchange drops as Arab ultimatum deadline nears   
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          Qatar defiant as demands deadline approaches   
Qatar said it's prepared to "face whatever consequences" as a deadline nears for it to meet a list of demands by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt.
          Ngoại trưởng các nước Arab nhóm họp về vấn đề Qatar    

Theo Reuters, ngày 2/7, Ai Cập cho biết ngoại trưởng các nước Ai Cập, Saudi Arabia, Các tiểu vương quốc Arab thống nhất (UAE) và Bahrain sẽ nhóm họp tại Cairo vào ngày 5/7 để thảo luận về vấn đề Qatar.

Trong một tuyên bố, người phát ngôn Bộ Ngoại giao Ai Cập Ahmed Abu Zeid cho biết: "Theo lời mời của Ngoại trưởng Ai Cập Sameh Shoukry, sẽ có một cuộc gặp 4 bên giữa ngoại trưởng các nước Ai Cập, Saudi Arabia, UAE và Bahrain tại Cairo vào ngày 5/7 để bàn về tình hình đang diễn biến liên quan đến quan hệ với Qatar." 



Bốn quốc gia nói trên đã cắt đứt quan hệ ngoại giao và áp đặt các biện pháp trừng phạt Qatar hồi tháng trước, cáo buộc Doha ủng hộ chủ nghĩa khủng bố và là đồng minh của Iran, điều mà Qatar bác bỏ./.

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          Hát persze, hogy Kittel – TDF 2017 – 2. szakasz   
Majdnem meglepetéssel ért véget a Tour de France  203, 5 kilométeres 2. szakasza Düssedorf és Liége között. Taylor Phinney (Cannondale-Drapac) és Yoann Offredo (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) egészen az utolsó kilométerig tartották magukat. Aztán minden úgy zajlott, ahogyan az a nagykönyvben meg van írva.   A nap nagy részében egy négyfős szökevénycsoport küzdelmeit követhettük figyelemmel, Phinney és Offredo mellett Lauren Pichon (Fortuneo-Vital Concept) és Thomas Boudat (Direct Énergie) vett még részt a szökésben. Mint látható, négyből három versenyző szabadkártyás csapat tagja volt. Nagyjából a cél előtt 20 kilométerrel sűrűsödtek az események, nem sokkal előtte volt egy tömeges bukás, többek között Chris Froome (Sky) és Romain Bardet (Ag2r) is belekeveredett, de komolyabb következményei nem voltak. 20  kilométeren belül azonban már csak ketten voltak szökevények, a szakasz folyamán a pöttyös trikót megszerző Phinney és Offredo. A szökevényeknek drukkolók nagyjából 3 kilométerig reménykedhettek, akkor még fél perc körüli volt az előny, aztán a mezőny helyretette a dolgokat, valamivel az 1 kilométeres kapu előtt befogták a két szökevényt. Logikusan Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgohe) vette át leghamarabb  a kezdeményezést, egy ilyen szituációban neki az az esélye, ha hamar nyitja a hajrát, de azt konzekvensen véghez is viszi. Az ötlet jó volt, de most nem volt elég a klasszikus  sprinterekkel szemben. Egy ideig úgy tűnt, hogy Sonny Colbrelli (Bahrain-Merida) lendülete fog kitartani a célvonalig, de Marcel Kittel (Quick Step- Floors) közbeszólt, és jelezte, hogy ő egy ilyen szituációban jelenleg legyőzhetetlen. Top10 a szakaszon: 1 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 4:37:06 2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 3 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Dimension Data 5 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 6 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 7 Ben Swift (GBr) UAE Team Emirates 8 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 9 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb 10 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe   (Kép forrása: facebook.com/letour)
          Qatar defiant as deadline nears to resolve Gulf rift    

DOHA — A deadline was approaching Sunday for Qatar to accept a series of demands made by several Arab states to lift a de facto blockade, with no indications Doha was ready to comply.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said Saturday that the 13 demands from Saudi Arabia and several of its allies were designed to be spurned.

“The list of demands is made to be rejected,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“Everyone is aware that these demands are meant to infringe the sovereignty of the state of Qatar,” he said at a news conference in Rome after meeting his Italian counterpart.

“The state of Qatar... is rejecting it as a principle,” he said, adding: “We are willing to engage in providing the proper conditions for further dialogue.”

 Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced on June 5 they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

They accused Doha of supporting extremism and of being too close to regional archrival Iran, which Qatar has strongly denied.

The crisis has raised concerns of growing instability in the region, home to some of the world’s largest energy producers and several key Western allies hosting US military facilities.

On June 22, the Arab states presented a list of demands and gave Doha 10 days to comply. The ultimatum is expected to expire at the end of the day on Sunday, though the deadline has not been officially confirmed.

Riyadh and its supporters have already severed air, sea and ground links with Qatar, cutting off vital routes for imports including food. 

 

Threat of further sanctions 

 

Qatari citizens were ordered to leave the countries and various steps were taken against Qatari companies and financial institutions.

It is unclear what further measures will be taken if Qatar fails to meet the demands, but the UAE ambassador to Russia Omar Ghobash warned last week that further sanctions could be imposed.

As well as expelling Doha from the six-member Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab states could tell their economic partners they need to make a choice between doing business with them or with Qatar, he told Britain’s Guardian newspaper.

Riyadh’s demands include ending Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.

Qatar has long pursued a more independent foreign policy than many of its neighbours, who tend to follow the lead of regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

Doha has said it is ready for talks to end the crisis and Kuwait, which unlike most of its GCC neighbours has not cut ties, has taken the lead in mediation efforts.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also called for compromise and hosted senior Gulf officials, but his efforts have been undermined by remarks from President Donald Trump apparently supporting Riyadh’s position.

Newspapers in the UAE rounded on Qatar on Sunday, with prominent daily The National saying in an editorial: “Qatar’s wrong-headed behaviour is depressingly predictable”.

 “A conclusion to the crisis... can only arrive when Doha mends its ways and seeks to answer the Gulf’s concerns. We doubt that day will come soon, even though Qatar must be aware that its actions will deliver profound consequences,” it wrote.

 

The Qatar Stock Exchange closed down 2.31 per cent Sunday following Sheikh Mohammed’s remarks.

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          Key demands for resolving Qatar crisis    

DOHA — A deadline was approaching on Sunday for Qatar to accept 13 demands by several Arab states in return for lifting a de facto blockade.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and issued their demands on June 22.

The deadline has not been officially confirmed.

Here are the key demands:

Close Al Jazeera 

The Qatari-based Al Jazeera news channel has long been a source of conflict between Doha and its neighbours, who accuse it of bias and fomenting unrest.

One of the world’s largest news organisations, it has been repeatedly banned.

Egypt accuses it of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, which it blames for violence after the military ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi in 2013.

The United Nations said the demand to shut Al Jazeera and “other affiliated media outlets” was “an unacceptable attack on the right to freedom of expression and opinion”.

 

Quit backing Muslim Brotherhood 

The Arab countries also demand that Doha cut ties with groups including the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia and its allies blacklist as a “terrorist” organisation.

They also called on Qatar to hand over opposition figures based in Doha.

The emirate has long hosted exiled Brotherhood figures including the movement’s spiritual leader, Egyptian preacher Yusuf Al Qaradawi, and Khaled Meshaal, former head of the Brotherhood-linked Palestinian movement Hamas.

Western governments have concerns about the Brotherhood but have not listed it as a foreign terrorist organisation — nor has the UN.

 

Close Turkish base  

Another key demand is the closure of a Turkish military base in Qatar set to give Turkey a new foothold in the Gulf. 

Turkey sees Qatar as its top Gulf ally but is also keen to improve relations with regional heavyweight Saudi Arabia.

However, Turkey’s parliament approved a troop deployment to the Qatar base just two days after the crisis broke out.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the demands were “against international law”.

 

Downgrade Iran ties 

Riyadh and its allies want Doha to downgrade its warm diplomatic ties with Tehran, Saudi Arabia’s key regional rival.

They accuse Qatar of supporting Iranian-backed groups such as Lebanon’s Hizbollah movement — a charge Doha denies.

Saudi Arabia and Iran sit on opposing sides in conflicts in Syria and Yemen, where Qatar was part of an alliance fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels until the crisis broke out.

Riyadh regularly accuses Tehran of interfering across the Middle East, linking it to instability in the kingdom’s east, where minority Shiites live.

But not all Riyadh’s Gulf neighbours share its hostility towards Iran. 

Oman and Kuwait retain warm diplomatic ties with Tehran, while the UAE hosts a large Iranian expat population and has strong commercial ties with the Islamic Republic.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said his country wants to bolster relations with Doha. 

When Saudi Arabia closed the emirate’s only land border — vital for its food imports — Iran shipped in tonnes of fruits and vegetables.

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          Today .. Gulf deadline granted to the end of Qatar   
Today .. Gulf deadline granted to the end of Qatar Sunday July 2, 2017 8:14 Alsumaria News / Baghdad ends Gulf deadline for the settlement of the conflict country, with the end of the day Sunday and early on Monday (July 3), at a time when any indicators do not appear on approaching the settlement of the crisis. The Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, said that the demands placed to reject, adding that the deadline set by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and ...
          A new initiative with 5 demands to end the Gulf province of Qatar .. Details in full   
A new initiative with 5 demands to end the Gulf province of Qatar .. Details in full KUWAIT, July 2 (KUNA) - A new initiative to resolve the crisis between Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt on the one hand and the State of Qatar on the other, has been made up of five items, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Siyasah reported. According to the articles of the initiative as revealed by the Kuwaiti newspaper to reduce the programs of incitement and stir up tensions on Al Jazeera ...
          Al-Jubeir: Measures against Qatar painful but necessary   
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Mon, 2017-07-03 03:00
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WASHINGTON: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir said measures taken against Qatar were painful considering its status as a brotherly and neighboring country, but were warranted due to its support for terrorist and extremist organizations, as well as its interference in the internal affairs of other countries.
In an interview with journalists at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, he said such interference was rejected not only by countries boycotting Qatar, but by all countries. He expressed hope that wisdom will prevail in Doha to put an end to such interventionism.
“We presented our list of demands to Qatar and clarified our position and took our decision, and the list of demands is non-negotiable and must be fully enforced,” said Al-Jubeir.
During his visit to the US, he participated in meetings with 30 members of the Senate and House of Representatives in Congress, and with heads of committees from the House of Representatives.
Meanwhile, Saudi Ambassador to the UN Abdullah Al-Mouallimi said Qatar insisted on destabilizing Saudi and regional security, and supporting terrorism that threatens the whole world.
Doha is participating with Tehran in creating regional chaos, and Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have taken a sovereign decision to boycott Qatar in order to maintain security and press it to stop supporting terrorism, he added.
Qatar has chosen to be an ally of Iran, and for 20 years has supported terrorist groups with knowledge of their plots against countries in the region, Al-Mouallimi said. This has made Qatar a primary haven for terrorists, who are allowed to conspire against other countries, he added.
Doha was given several opportunities to stop supporting terrorism and interfering in the internal affairs of other countries, most recently in 2013 and 2014, but it did not comply, he said.

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          KSA, UAE, Egypt, Bahrain show legality of measures against Qatar at WTO meeting   
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Mon, 2017-07-03 03:26
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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain have informed the World Trade Organization (WTO) of the legality of severing diplomatic and consulate ties with Qatar, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The four countries, which voiced their stance on the sidelines of a WTO meeting in Geneva, said they were practicing their sovereign rights guaranteed by international law and protecting their national security.
The Saudi Ministry of Commerce and Investment said the aim was to show the conformity of the decision by the four countries with WTO systems.
In a joint statement that was read at the meeting, the countries said their measures conform with Article 21 of the General Agreement on Trade in Goods, which states that in emergencies, member countries can take measures deemed necessary to protect their interests and national security.
Article 14 of the Services Agreement and Article 73 of the Intellectual Property Agreement also allow member countries to take measures to protect their national security and stability against violations.

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          Il Qatar gela da Roma le monarchie del Golfo: non alla lista delle 13 richieste   
Il Qatar non cede. A due giorni dalla scadenza dell’ultimatum delle 13 richieste formulate da Arabia Saudita, Emirati, Bahrain ed Egitto per riprendere i rapporti diplomatici, Doha ha ribadito che respingerà le «condizioni». A confermare la posizione del piccolo emirato, accusato dai 4 Paesi di «sponsorizzare il terrorismo», è il ministro degli Esteri del Qatar, […]
          Arab Saudi, 3 Negara Beri Qatar 48 jam Penuhi Tuntutan   

DUBAI: Arab Saudi dan tiga sekutu yang mendakwa Qatar menyokong keganasan, bersetuju dengan permintaan Kuwait supaya melanjutkan tempoh 13 tuntutan yang perlu dipenuhi Doha kepada 48 jam.

Kenyataan bersama itu disiarkan oleh agensi berita Arab Saudi, SPA, semalam.

Tempoh tuntutan itu sepatutnya tamat semalam. Menurut agensi berita Kuwait, KUNA, tanpa menyatakan sama ada Qatar menolak tuntutan itu, Emir Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber meminta Arab Saudi dan tiga negara itu memberi tempoh lanjutan berkenaan.

Kuwait bertindak sebagai orang tengah selepas Arab Saudi, Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE), Bahrain dan Mesir memutuskan hubungan diplomatik serta perjalanan terhadap Qatar atas dakwaan Doha menyokong pengganas selain menjadi sekutu Iran.

Bagaimanapun, Menteri Luar Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed Abdulrahman al-Thani mendakwa tuduhan itu tidak berasas.

Katanya, 13 tuntutan dikemukakan yang patut ditolak itu termasuk menutup stesen tv al Jazeera dan menutup pangkalan tentera Turki di negara itu.

Semua negara terbabit mengemukakan senarai tuntutan yang perlu dipenuhi oleh Doha dalam tempoh 10 hari dan diserahkan oleh Kuwait, selaku orang tengah bagi menyelesaikan krisis berkenaan.

Jika Qatar gagal memenuhi semua tuntutan itu, sekatan tambahan akan dikenakan ke atas negara itu. - BHOnline

          Qatar berhadapan lebih banyak sekatan    

DUBAI: Qatar mungkin dikenakan lebih banyak sekatan selepas tempoh penerimaan tuntutan negara Teluk, tamat tengah malam tadi.

Menteri Luar Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed Abdulrahman al-Thani, berkata tuntutan itu sengaja dijadikan seolah-olah ia tidak boleh dipenuhi sambil menambah, tujuannya bukan untuk menangani keganasan tetapi mengehadkan kedaulatan negara itu.

Agensi berita kerajaan Qatar, QNA melaporkan ia akan memaklumkan tindak balas Doha kepada pemerintah Kuwait, sebuah negara Teluk neutral dalam krisis itu, menjelang hari ini.

Sheikh Mohammed sebelum ini memaklumkan pemberita di Rome bahawa Doha sentiasa bersedia untuk membincangkan kekecewaan negara jiran Arabnya.

"Senarai tuntutan ini dibuat supaya ditolak. Ia bukan untuk diterima atau boleh dirundungkan.

"Secara prinsip, Qatar menolak tuntutan ini dan kami bersedia untuk berdialog dengan syarat ia dalam suasana sesuai untuk perbincangan lanjut," katanya.

Beliau menambah, tiada negara berhak mengeluarkan tuntutan mutlak kepada negara berdaulat lain.

Krisis itu tercetus bulan lalu, selepas Arab Saudi bersama Emiriah Arab Bersatu (UAE), Bahrain dan Mesir memutuskan hubungan diplomatik serta perjalanan dengan Qatar.

Mereka menuduh Doha menyokong keganasan dan menjadi sekutu musuh serantau Iran, namun Qatar menafikan tuduhan itu. - REUTERS

          Qatarul are încă două zile să accepte ultimatumul statelor arabe   
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          Germany urges 'serious dialogue' to resolve Qatar crisis   
BERLIN: German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, who on Monday starts a tour of several Arab states, called for a "serious dialogue" to end the crisis following the de facto blockade of Qatar by its neighbours.

"Since many weeks, the brotherly countries and neighbours of the Arabian peninsula have been locked in a conflict that has fuelled concern," Gabriel said in a statement.

"We are worried that the distrust and the disunity could weaken all the parties concerned as well as the entire peninsula," said Gabriel, who will visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

Gabriel called for a "serious dialogue between the parties" to resolve the crisis, adding that while Berlin was "not taking sides, the conflict... affects both us and our interests."

"This is true of the fight against the Islamic State but also for the stability of a region that has been particularly marked by crises, tensions and war."

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced on June 5 they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

They accused Doha of supporting extremism and of being too close to regional arch-rival Iran, which Qatar has strongly denied.

The crisis has raised concerns of growing instability in the region, home to some of the world's largest energy producers and several key Western allies hosting US military facilities.

On June 22 the Arab states presented a list of demands and gave Doha 10 days to comply. The ultimatum is expected to expire at the end of the day on Sunday, though the deadline has not been officially confirmed.

Riyadh's demands include Doha ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate. — AFP
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          Qatar deadline extended by 48 hours: Saudi   
Agence France-Presse, by Staff Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Mon, 03 44 2017 02:44:54 GMT Saudi Arabia and its allies said early Monday they had decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade. With the deadline expiring at midnight Sunday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed to give Doha an extension to respond positively to their demands. (Snip) Riyadh´s demands include ending Doha´s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate. The four countries indicated in their statement that they
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          Qatar defiant as Saudi extends deadline to resolve Gulf rift   

Qatar defiant as Saudi extends deadline to resolve Gulf riftQatar appeared defiant as Saudi Arabia and its allies Monday extended a deadline for Doha to accept a series of demands to lift a de facto blockade. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt gave Doha 10 days to comply with their 13 demands, with the ultimatum due to expire at the end of Sunday. Qatar said it would give its response to the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on Monday.



          Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf row   

Putin has phone talks with Qatar, Bahrain on Gulf rowRussian President Vladimir Putin had telephone discussions with the leaders of Qatar and Bahrain, stressing the need for diplomacy to end the dispute between Qatar and several other Arab states, the Kremlin said on Saturday. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties with Qatar last month, accusing it of supporting terrorism and opening up the worst rift in years among some of the most powerful states in the Arab world.



          The Only Way Out Of The Qatar Crisis   

Authored by Ahmed Chari via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Qatar has been known for years as a small peninsula nation that punches far above its weight. Its immense oil wealth and enormous influence, through its English- and Arabic-language Al Jazeera channels, have given it diplomatic clout across the Arab world. Its soft power has been felt in negotiations in Darfur, Tripoli, Sanaa and elsewhere. Everywhere it has been either admired or envied.

Now Qatar is on its back feet, fighting off criticism from all sides. Qatar’s candidate to run UNESCO is now almost certain to lose; a few months earlier, he was the frontrunner. Activists are pressing FIFA to bar Qatar from hosting the World Cup. Pressure is mounting to close the U.S. air base in Qatar; U.S. Air Force general Charles Wald, who opened the base in 2001, is now, in retirement, publicly calling for its closure. A coalition of thirty-four thousand predominantly African American churches protested Qatar in Washington, DC, on June 28, citing Qatar’s persecution of Christians, Jews and other religious minorities. (Qatar bans crosses on the outside of churches and bars public prayer by Christians, even though there may be more Christians in the country than the three hundred thousand native Qataris.) The protest, outside Qatar’s embassy at Twenty-Fifth and M Streets, is the first-ever public demonstration against Qatar in Washington. It won’t be the last.

Even more dramatically, Qatar’s neighbors and allies have turned against it. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their air and sea ports to Qatar’s planes and ships. The Arab-language media is full of venom directed at Qatar. Now it is either pitied or feared.

What happened? Qatar was found to be funding the enemies of America and its Arab allies. Washington policymakers are concerned that Qatar has funded, according to the U.S. State department, Al Qaeda affiliates in Syria as well as elements of ISIS—the very groups America is bombing in its campaign to liberate northern Iraq. It also supports Hamas, which both the United States and EU have designated as a terrorist organization. Bahrain believes that Qatar is supporting armed opposition groups against its royal family. The Saudis fault Qatar’s financial support to the Yemen-based Houthi rebels (opposed to the Saudi regime) as well as Qatar’s backing for violent opposition groups in the Saudi province of Al Qatif, which is mostly Shia.

Meanwhile, Qatar has offered a sanctuary to the Muslim Brotherhood and known terrorists. The oil sheikhdom also shelters the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Yusuf al-Qaradawi; Khaled Meshal, who was until recently the leader of Hamas; and Abbassi Madani, an Algerian Islamist leader—as well as many Taliban leaders. Nor was Qatar simply giving these extremists a roof and a cot. It gave them a platform, through Al Jazeera, to raise funds, woo followers and boost their prestige.

All of this duplicity and support might have been tolerable, as it too often was before the September 11 attacks, were it not for the Arab world’s confrontation with Iran. The Islamic Republic is already engaged in both a direct and a proxy war against the Sunni states. Iran’s state-run broadcasts refer to Bahrain as Iran’s “eighteenth province,” even though Persians have not ruled there for some three centuries, and call on believers to end Saudi control over the Muslim holy places in Mecca and Medina. The UAE has a bitter territorial dispute with Iran. And let’s not forget that Iran is developing atomic weapons and the missiles to carry them; it may be planning to settle its religious and regional arguments with a Hiroshima-style blast.

In contrast with its neighbors’ conflicts with Iran, Qatar is in business with the Islamic Republic. It shares with Iran the Pars Sud gas field, one of the world’s largest.

While Iran was under embargo, Qatar continued to sell Iranian natural gas to Europe. The shared gas field gave Qatar the perfect cover to help its partner in crime, Iran. Yet shipping by sea is slow, costly and risky. Qatar proposed a pipeline across Syria to move Iran’s energy products (as well as its own) to the power-starved European market. A pipeline would have cut costs while strengthening Qatar’s hand. The Syrian dictator soon put an end to this pipe dream.

In short, Qatar’s support for Iran was the last straw for its neighbors. The U.S. State Department is trying to be neutral, and is asking for evidence of Qatar’s transgressions. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has been far clearer: he has demanded that Qatar stop funding America’s enemies.

Clearly, Qatar must stop opening the money spigot for groups designated as terrorists by its allies, and it should turn over the terror leaders it is hosting to face justice in their native lands.

The U.S. State Department should also invite Morocco to help. Iran, and indirectly Qatar, is backing armed uprisings by minority Shia groups across the Sunni-majority Arab world. Morocco’s king, Mohammed VI, is also his kingdom’s supreme religious ruler. His words and moderate religious teachings have calmed restive Shia populations and inspired them to oppose violence. Under the king’s leadership, Morocco is now enjoying a new influence in Africa. Mohammed VI, as a spokesman for political and religious moderation, is an important voice to combat Shia uprisings and Sunni reprisals.

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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

DOHA, Qatar — Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar on June 5, restricting access to their airspace and ports and sealing Qatar's only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia.


           Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours    
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar on June 5, restricting access to their airspace and ports and sealing Qatar's only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia. "The response of the four states will then be sent following the study of the Qatari government's response and assessment of its response to the whole demands," the statement said. Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, showed no signs of backing down in during a press briefing in Rome on Saturday, saying they were never meant to be accepted and that his country "is prepared to face whatever consequences." U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has also tried to resolve the dispute, with the U.S. last week urging Saudi Arabia and its allies to stay "open to negotiation" with Qatar.
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          Qatar gets extension on Saudi demands   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed to extend the deadline by 48 hours for Qatar to respond to a list of demands from the Saudi-led coalition, according to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

DOHA, Qatar — Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar on June 5, restricting access to their airspace and ports and sealing Qatar's only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia.


           Criza din Golf: Ultimatumul pentru Qatar a fost prelungit cu 48 de ore   
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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Arab nations give Qatar 48 hours to accept demands   
Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt accept Amir of Kuwait's request to extend deadline for Qatar
          The Only Way Out Of The Qatar Crisis   

Authored by Ahmed Chari via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Qatar has been known for years as a small peninsula nation that punches far above its weight. Its immense oil wealth and enormous influence, through its English- and Arabic-language Al Jazeera channels, have given it diplomatic clout across the Arab world. Its soft power has been felt in negotiations in Darfur, Tripoli, Sanaa and elsewhere. Everywhere it has been either admired or envied.

Now Qatar is on its back feet, fighting off criticism from all sides. Qatar’s candidate to run UNESCO is now almost certain to lose; a few months earlier, he was the frontrunner. Activists are pressing FIFA to bar Qatar from hosting the World Cup. Pressure is mounting to close the U.S. air base in Qatar; U.S. Air Force general Charles Wald, who opened the base in 2001, is now, in retirement, publicly calling for its closure. A coalition of thirty-four thousand predominantly African American churches protested Qatar in Washington, DC, on June 28, citing Qatar’s persecution of Christians, Jews and other religious minorities. (Qatar bans crosses on the outside of churches and bars public prayer by Christians, even though there may be more Christians in the country than the three hundred thousand native Qataris.) The protest, outside Qatar’s embassy at Twenty-Fifth and M Streets, is the first-ever public demonstration against Qatar in Washington. It won’t be the last.

Even more dramatically, Qatar’s neighbors and allies have turned against it. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their air and sea ports to Qatar’s planes and ships. The Arab-language media is full of venom directed at Qatar. Now it is either pitied or feared.

What happened? Qatar was found to be funding the enemies of America and its Arab allies. Washington policymakers are concerned that Qatar has funded, according to the U.S. State department, Al Qaeda affiliates in Syria as well as elements of ISIS—the very groups America is bombing in its campaign to liberate northern Iraq. It also supports Hamas, which both the United States and EU have designated as a terrorist organization. Bahrain believes that Qatar is supporting armed opposition groups against its royal family. The Saudis fault Qatar’s financial support to the Yemen-based Houthi rebels (opposed to the Saudi regime) as well as Qatar’s backing for violent opposition groups in the Saudi province of Al Qatif, which is mostly Shia.

Meanwhile, Qatar has offered a sanctuary to the Muslim Brotherhood and known terrorists. The oil sheikhdom also shelters the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Yusuf al-Qaradawi; Khaled Meshal, who was until recently the leader of Hamas; and Abbassi Madani, an Algerian Islamist leader—as well as many Taliban leaders. Nor was Qatar simply giving these extremists a roof and a cot. It gave them a platform, through Al Jazeera, to raise funds, woo followers and boost their prestige.

All of this duplicity and support might have been tolerable, as it too often was before the September 11 attacks, were it not for the Arab world’s confrontation with Iran. The Islamic Republic is already engaged in both a direct and a proxy war against the Sunni states. Iran’s state-run broadcasts refer to Bahrain as Iran’s “eighteenth province,” even though Persians have not ruled there for some three centuries, and call on believers to end Saudi control over the Muslim holy places in Mecca and Medina. The UAE has a bitter territorial dispute with Iran. And let’s not forget that Iran is developing atomic weapons and the missiles to carry them; it may be planning to settle its religious and regional arguments with a Hiroshima-style blast.

In contrast with its neighbors’ conflicts with Iran, Qatar is in business with the Islamic Republic. It shares with Iran the Pars Sud gas field, one of the world’s largest.

While Iran was under embargo, Qatar continued to sell Iranian natural gas to Europe. The shared gas field gave Qatar the perfect cover to help its partner in crime, Iran. Yet shipping by sea is slow, costly and risky. Qatar proposed a pipeline across Syria to move Iran’s energy products (as well as its own) to the power-starved European market. A pipeline would have cut costs while strengthening Qatar’s hand. The Syrian dictator soon put an end to this pipe dream.

In short, Qatar’s support for Iran was the last straw for its neighbors. The U.S. State Department is trying to be neutral, and is asking for evidence of Qatar’s transgressions. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has been far clearer: he has demanded that Qatar stop funding America’s enemies.

Clearly, Qatar must stop opening the money spigot for groups designated as terrorists by its allies, and it should turn over the terror leaders it is hosting to face justice in their native lands.

The U.S. State Department should also invite Morocco to help. Iran, and indirectly Qatar, is backing armed uprisings by minority Shia groups across the Sunni-majority Arab world. Morocco’s king, Mohammed VI, is also his kingdom’s supreme religious ruler. His words and moderate religious teachings have calmed restive Shia populations and inspired them to oppose violence. Under the king’s leadership, Morocco is now enjoying a new influence in Africa. Mohammed VI, as a spokesman for political and religious moderation, is an important voice to combat Shia uprisings and Sunni reprisals.

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We have come to a time when confrontation with Qatar will produce peace, and compromising will lead to war. Trump’s instincts are right. If Qatar doesn’t change, the world around it will.


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Qatar may face more sanctions, but definitely not a military conflict   
Qatar may face tougher sanctions on the part of the four Arab states, but the escalation of the diplomatic conflict into a military one is unlikely, Egyptian political experts told Sputnik. On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Yemen and Libya cut diplomatic ties with Qatar, accusing the Gulf nation of supporting terrorists and militant groups with ties to Iran. Saudi Arabia closed the crossing at Qatar's only land border, which Qatar uses to import about 40 percent of its food supplies. Qatar's Arab neighbors also denied permission for the national carrier Qatar Airways to use their airspace, and airline carriers from the UAE canceled all flights to Doha. Iran, with which Qatar shares a natural gas field in the Persian Gulf, and Turkey, which has a military base in Qatar, have sent deliveries of food and other supplies to Qatar by sea.
          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          The Latest: Arab nations extend deadline for Qatar   
DOHA, Qatar— The Latest on the Qatar crisis:. A joint statement issued early Monday on behalf of Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates said it expected Qatar to respond to their demands on Monday. The four nations cut diplomatic ties and began to isolate Qatar on June 5 over allegations it supports extremists and over worries it maintains...
          Qatar Faces Saudi Sanctions Deadline   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to start the program today considering the dilemma of the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. The country is facing a deadline to agree to a series of demands from Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries. Saudi Arabia gave Qatar until Sunday evening to meet its demands, which include closing the Al-Jazeera network which is headquartered in Qatar and reducing diplomatic relations with Iran. NPR's international affairs correspondent Jackie Northam has been following all of this, and she's with us now in the studios. Jackie, welcome. Thanks for joining us. JACKIE NORTHAM, BYLINE: Thank you very much. MARTIN: So just - can you just bring us up to date for people who have not been following it? What started this whole confrontation? NORTHAM: Well. There's actually been a low-grade feud between Qatar and Saudi Arabia for a number of years now, but it erupted last month when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United
          Qatarul are încă două zile să accepte ultimatumul statelor arabe   
Arabia Saudită, Emiratele Arabe Unite, Bahrainul şi Egiptul au acceptat duminică cererea Kuweitului de a prelungi cu 48 de ore termenul ultimatumului pentru Qatar, transmite Reuters.
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          Key demands for resolving Qatar crisis   

Key demands for resolving Qatar crisisA deadline was approaching Sunday for Qatar to accept 13 demands by several Arab states in return for lifting a de facto blockade. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and issued their demands on June 22. The Qatari-based Al-Jazeera news channel has long been a source of conflict between Doha and its neighbours, who accuse it of bias and fomenting unrest.



          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Kuwait Urges Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt to Extend Qatar Demands Deadline   
Four Arab states reportedly agreed to extend requirements deadline for Qatar for another 48 hours after Kuwait urged to do so.
          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   
Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off... Reported by L.A. Times 1 hour ago.
          Qatar deadline extended by 48 hours: Saudi   

Qatar deadline extended by 48 hours: SaudiSaudi Arabia and its allies said early Monday they had decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade. With the deadline expiring at midnight Sunday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed to give Doha an extension to respond positively to their demands. The Kuwaiti government had requested the extension following Qatar's announcement that it was due to hand over its response to the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on Monday.



          7/3/2017: MEDIA: ABC violates charter for Al Jazeera   
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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   
DOHA, Qatar — Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait’s emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 […]
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          President Donald Trump expresses “concern” over ongoing Gulf and Arab conflict   
The US President’s comments come weeks after he appeared to side with Saudi Arabia last month, when the spat ensued. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar accusing them of Islamist extremism. President Trump spoke to the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhani and Qatar separately yesterday to discuss
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          Ultimatum an Katar um 48 Stunden verlängert   
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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait’s emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with ...
          Four Arab states agree to request for Qatar's response term extension for 48 hours   
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1.QATAR
Wakati wa msimu wa joto, nchini Qatar kumeripotiwa kuwa na joto kali na kuna muda hali ya joto hupanda mpaka kufikia nyuzi joto 50 ambapo pamoja na kuwa na joto kiasi hicho Qatar imebarikiwa kuwa na utajiri mkubwa wa madini, mafuta na gesi. 

Rasilimali hizi zimeifanya Qatar kuwa nchi ya kwanza duniani kwa utajiri.
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Botswana inashika nafasi ya pili kwa kuwa nchi yenye joto kali duniani ambalo linafika nyuzi joto 40 na inaelezwa kuwa 70% ya joto hilo huchangiwa na jangwa la Kalahari.
3. VIETNAM
Vietnam ni nchi yenye mfumo wa utawala wa Kisoshalisti kutoka bara la Asia, mji mkuu wa nchi hiyo ni Hanoi unatajwa katika nafasi ya tatu katika maeneo yenye joto kali duniani, inaelezwa kuwa kiwango cha chini cha joto ni nyuzi joto 20 wakati kiwango cha juu kinafikia nyuzi joto 42.
4. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)
Umoja wa Falme za Kiarabu (UAE) unatajwa kuwa kati ya sehemu zenye uchumi unaokua kwa haraka zaidi duniani, moja ya falme zake (Abu Dhabi) inatajwa kuwa na joto linalofikia nyuzi joto 45 wakati kiwango cha chini ni nyuzi joto 25.
5. BAHRAIN
Bahrain ni moja kati ya nchi ndogo barani Asia, inatajwa kuwa joto lake hufikia nyuzi joto 40 wakati kiwango cha chini ni nyuzi joto 17.
6. JAMAICA
Jamaica inashika nafasi ya sita katika nchi zenye joto kali ikiwa na kiwango cha chini cha nyuzi joto 27.
7. MALAYSIA
Malaysia ni moja kati ya nchi za Kiislamu na mji mkuu wake ni Kuala Lumpur wakati Putrajaya ni jiji kubwa zaidi nchini humo, hali ya hewa ni joto linaloanzia nyuzi joto 25-35 mpaka kufikia nyuzi joto 40.
8. INDIA
India ni nchi ya pili kwa kuwa na idadi kubwa ya watu kwenye barala Asia, kiwango cha juu cha joto kinazidi nyuzi joto 48 wakati kiwango cha chini ni nyuzi joto 28, ingawa kuna maeneo ya milima hupata baridi mpaka nyuzi 1.
9. INDONESIA
Indonesia inatajwa kuwa ndio nchi kubwa ya kiislamu duniani na mji wake mkuu ni Jakarta ukiwa na visiwa vingi huku kukiwa na rekodi ya joto linalofikia nyuzi 30.
10. ETHIOPIA
Ethiopia ni nchi ya Kiafrika na mji mkuu wake ni Addis Ababa ambao unatajwa kuwa na joto linalofikia nyuzijoto 35 wakati kiwango cha chini ni nyuzi joto 25.



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          Ini Isi 13 Tuntutan Saudi CS Kepada Qatar   
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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Ultimatum gegen Katar läuft ab — es drohen weitere Sanktionen   

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Im Katar-Konflikt hat sich kurz vor Ablauf eines Ultimatums der vier arabischen Rivalen des Golfemirats keine Entspannung abgezeichnet.

Katars Außenminister Scheich Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani sagte, das am Sonntag auslaufende Ultimatum ziele nicht darauf ab, den Terrorismus zu bekämpfen, sondern die Souveränität seines Landes zu beschneiden. Sein Land sei aber bereit, sich mit den Nachbarn zusammenzusetzen und über deren Sorgen zu sprechen. Katar drohten weitere Sanktionen.

Saudi-Arabien, Ägypten, Bahrain und die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate werfen dem Land die Unterstützung von Terroristen vor. Sie haben ihre diplomatischen und wirtschaftlichen Beziehungen zu dem Emirat gekappt. Sie fordern unter anderem die Schließung des Fernsehsenders Al-Dschasira und einer türkischen Militärbasis in dem Land.

Einige Forderungen könnten nicht erfüllt werden, weil sie auf falschen Annahmen beruhten, sagte Al-Thani. So könne man keine Beziehungen zur Extremistenmiliz Islamischer Staat (IS), der Al-Kaida und der libanesischen Hisbollah-Miliz abbrechen, weil solche Beziehungen nicht existierten. Es könnten auch keine Mitglieder der Iranischen Revolutionsgarden ausgewiesen werden, weil sich keine in Katar aufhielten.

Die vier Staaten um Saudi-Arabien erklärten, ihre Forderungen seien nicht verhandelbar. Welche weiteren Sanktionen sie vorsehen, ist bislang aber offen. Banker aus der Region äußerten die Vermutung, dass die Kreditinstitute aufgefordert werden könnten, Guthaben und Interbanken-Kredite aus Katar abzuziehen. Außerdem könnte Investoren untersagt werden, in Katar Gelder anzulegen.

Die Angst vor einer weiteren Zuspitzung der Krise in der Golfregion drückte den Aktienmarkt in Katar deutlich ins Minus. Am ersten Handelstag nach dem mehrtägigen Fest des Fastenbrechens nach dem Ramadan büßte die Börse in Doha am Sonntag zeitweise mehr als drei Prozent ein. Seit dem Ausbruch der Krise am 5. Juni hat sie etwa zwölf Prozent verloren.

Der saudiarabische Aktienmarkt notierte 0,82 Prozent tiefer. Der Index in Dubai sank 0,26 Prozent, in Abu Dhabi 0,41 Prozent.

Reuters

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          Kuwait urges Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Egypt to extend Qatar demands deadline   
Sputnik – Four Arab states reportedly agreed to extend requirements deadline for Qatar for another 48 hours after Kuwait urged to do so. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kuwait urged Saudi Arabia, the...
          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A group of Arab nations early on Monday extended a deadline for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait’s emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain […]
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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

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          Saudi Arabia and its Allies Have Given Qatar Two More Days to Accept Their List of Demands   
Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt accuse Qatar of supporting terrorism, which it denies.
          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


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Katars Verhältnis zu den Nachbarstaaten des arabischen Emirats ist angespannt - dem Land droht die vollständige Isolation. Saudi-Arabien, Bahrain, die Vereinigten Arabischen Emirate, Ägypten und weitere arabische Staaten werfen dem Land Unterstützung von Terroristen vor. Alle Informationen zur diplomatischen Krise im Persischen Golf im News-Ticker von FOCUS Online.
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           Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours    
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A group of Arab nations early on Monday extended a deadline for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with 2022 FIFA World Cup host Qatar on June 5, restricting access to their airspace and ports and sealing Qatar's only land border, which it shares with Saudi Arabia. "The response of the four states will then be sent following the study of the Qatari government's response and assessment of its response to the whole demands," the statement said. Qatar has long denied sponsoring extremist groups and maintains ties to Iran as it shares a massive offshore natural gas field with the country. Qatar's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, showed no signs of backing down in during a press briefing in Rome on Saturday, saying the demands were never meant to be accepted and that his country "is prepared to face whatever consequences."
          Qatar has been given another 48 hours to comply with a list of 13 demands   

Diplomatic crisis in the Gulf© AFP Gillian HANDYSIDE, Sophie RAMIS

Riyadh (AFP) - Saudi Arabia and its allies said early Monday they had decided to extend by 48 hours the deadline for Qatar to accept their list of demands to lift a de facto blockade.

With the deadline expiring at midnight Sunday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed to give Doha an extension to respond positively to their demands.

The move came after a request by the Kuwaiti emir who is acting as mediator in the Gulf crisis, according to a joint statement issued by the official Saudi SPA news agency.

The Kuwaiti government had requested the extension following Qatar's announcement that it was due to hand over its response to the emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, on Monday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt announced on June 5 they were severing ties with their Gulf neighbour, sparking the worst diplomatic crisis to hit the region in decades.

They accused Doha of supporting extremism and of being too close to regional arch-rival Iran, which Qatar has strongly denied.

On June 22 they presented a list of 13 demands and gave Doha 10 days to comply.

Riyadh's demands include ending Doha's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.

The four countries indicated in their statement that they would study and evaluate Qatar's response before delivering their own reply to Kuwait.

Doha has so far indicated that it rejects the demands.

"The list of demands is made to be rejected," Qatar's Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani said Saturday in Rome.

"The state of Qatar... is rejecting it as a principle," he said, adding: "We are willing to engage in providing the proper conditions for further dialogue." 


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


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July 2, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – The Saudi Ambassador to Khartoum Ali bin Hassan Jaafar has urged Sudan to take “clear stance” on the ongoing Gulf crisis, accusing Qatar of seeking the backing of two states with regional ambitions, Turkey and Iran. Last month, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar over […]

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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


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Qatar melarang film blockbuster Wonder Woman tayang di negaranya, demikian menurut surat kabar berbahasa Inggris, Doha News. Padahal di negara lain judul tersebut begitu diburu para pecinta film.

Seperti diberitakan Arab News, yang dikutip Senin (3/7/2017), film tersebut dijadwalkan tayang perdana di Doha pada Kamis 29 Juni. Namun referensi untuk Wonder Woman telah dihapus dari semua situs bioskop di seluruh negeri itu.

Padahal pada 13 Juni, VOX Cinema Qatar melakukan penghitungan mundur sampai hari di mana film tersebut ditayangkan di sana.

Selain dipuji, film ini juga mendapat kritikan dari seluruh dunia. Kemarahan juga muncul akibat bintang utama Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot yang berasal dari Israel memposting pesan di media sosial atas dukungan untuk tindakan militer negara tersebut di Lebanon.

Sebelumnya pada Juni lalu, Lebanon dan Tunisia telah melarang film tersebut tayang di negaranya. Tapi saat ini Wonder Woman diputar di bioskop di Uni Emirat Arab (UEA), Oman, dan Bahrain.

Aktris Gal Gadot pernah melaksanakan wajib militer Israel pada 2006. Saat itu bertepatan dengan perang di Lebanon.

Gal Gadot juga menyatakan dukungannya terhadap Pasukan Pertahanan Israel (IDF) selama konflik Gaza 2014.

 

 

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          Qatar Crisis   

Four Arab states accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism agreed Monday to a proposal by Kuwait to extend the deadline for Qatar’s response to the demands list by 48 hours, the official Saudi news agency SPA reported. With the deadline expiring at the end of Sunday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt decided […]

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          Qatar has been given another 48 hours to comply with a list of 13 demands   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt agreed to give Doha an extension to respond positively to their demands.
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          Arab nations extend deadline for Qatar to respond to demands   
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          Qatar asks for more time as demand deadline from Gulf neighbours expires   
Qatar has been granted a 48-hour extension to a demand deadline from its Gulf neighbours in the feud over allegations that it has been supporting terrorism and of being an ally of regional foe Iran. The request came via neutral Kuwait which has been acting as a mediator. Qatar has called the charges baseless and said the stiff demands - including closing Qatar-based al Jazeera TV and ejecting Turkish troops based there - were made to be rejected. It's not clear if Doha will eventually reject the ultimatum which says it must comply with a list of demands or face fresh sanctions. Qatar claims its an attempt to curtail its sovereignty. "Qatar is not an easy country to be swallowed by anyone. We are ready, we stand ready to defend our country. I hope that we don't come to a stage where, you know, a military intervention is, is made. But, we always stand ready. We are here to defend our country," said Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, Qatari Defence Minister: The feud erupted last month when Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all severed diplomatic and travel ties. Besides the 13 demands, the four countries have threatened more sanctions if Qatar does not comply. Saudi and its allies extend #Qatar deadline by 48 hours https://t.co/5DmrK3CJAN #GulfCrisis pic.twitter.com/Pn6NgnG6d4- AFP news agency (@AFP) July 3, 2017 The US State Department, which is an ally of all countries involved, has endorsed Kuwait's role as a mediator and called for both sides in the dispute to exercise restraint.
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          Qatar defiant as Saudi extends deadline to resolve Gulf rift   
DOHA, Qatar---Qatar appeared defiant as Saudi Arabia and its allies Monday extended a deadline for Doha to accept a series of demands to lift a de facto blockade.   Their demands include Doha ending support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the closure of Al-Jazeera television, a downgrade of diplomatic ties with Iran and the shutdown of a Turkish military base in the emirate.   Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt gave Doha 10 days to comply with their 13 demands, with the ultimatum due to expire at the end of Sunday.   The 48-hour extension was in response to a request by the Kuwaiti emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, who is acting...

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          The Only Way Out Of The Qatar Crisis   

Authored by Ahmed Chari via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

Qatar has been known for years as a small peninsula nation that punches far above its weight. Its immense oil wealth and enormous influence, through its English- and Arabic-language Al Jazeera channels, have given it diplomatic clout across the Arab world. Its soft power has been felt in negotiations in Darfur, Tripoli, Sanaa and elsewhere. Everywhere it has been either admired or envied.

Now Qatar is on its back feet, fighting off criticism from all sides. Qatar’s candidate to run UNESCO is now almost certain to lose; a few months earlier, he was the frontrunner. Activists are pressing FIFA to bar Qatar from hosting the World Cup. Pressure is mounting to close the U.S. air base in Qatar; U.S. Air Force general Charles Wald, who opened the base in 2001, is now, in retirement, publicly calling for its closure. A coalition of thirty-four thousand predominantly African American churches protested Qatar in Washington, DC, on June 28, citing Qatar’s persecution of Christians, Jews and other religious minorities. (Qatar bans crosses on the outside of churches and bars public prayer by Christians, even though there may be more Christians in the country than the three hundred thousand native Qataris.) The protest, outside Qatar’s embassy at Twenty-Fifth and M Streets, is the first-ever public demonstration against Qatar in Washington. It won’t be the last.

Even more dramatically, Qatar’s neighbors and allies have turned against it. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar and closed their air and sea ports to Qatar’s planes and ships. The Arab-language media is full of venom directed at Qatar. Now it is either pitied or feared.

What happened? Qatar was found to be funding the enemies of America and its Arab allies. Washington policymakers are concerned that Qatar has funded, according to the U.S. State department, Al Qaeda affiliates in Syria as well as elements of ISIS—the very groups America is bombing in its campaign to liberate northern Iraq. It also supports Hamas, which both the United States and EU have designated as a terrorist organization. Bahrain believes that Qatar is supporting armed opposition groups against its royal family. The Saudis fault Qatar’s financial support to the Yemen-based Houthi rebels (opposed to the Saudi regime) as well as Qatar’s backing for violent opposition groups in the Saudi province of Al Qatif, which is mostly Shia.

Meanwhile, Qatar has offered a sanctuary to the Muslim Brotherhood and known terrorists. The oil sheikhdom also shelters the Muslim Brotherhood’s spiritual guide, Yusuf al-Qaradawi; Khaled Meshal, who was until recently the leader of Hamas; and Abbassi Madani, an Algerian Islamist leader—as well as many Taliban leaders. Nor was Qatar simply giving these extremists a roof and a cot. It gave them a platform, through Al Jazeera, to raise funds, woo followers and boost their prestige.

All of this duplicity and support might have been tolerable, as it too often was before the September 11 attacks, were it not for the Arab world’s confrontation with Iran. The Islamic Republic is already engaged in both a direct and a proxy war against the Sunni states. Iran’s state-run broadcasts refer to Bahrain as Iran’s “eighteenth province,” even though Persians have not ruled there for some three centuries, and call on believers to end Saudi control over the Muslim holy places in Mecca and Medina. The UAE has a bitter territorial dispute with Iran. And let’s not forget that Iran is developing atomic weapons and the missiles to carry them; it may be planning to settle its religious and regional arguments with a Hiroshima-style blast.

In contrast with its neighbors’ conflicts with Iran, Qatar is in business with the Islamic Republic. It shares with Iran the Pars Sud gas field, one of the world’s largest.

While Iran was under embargo, Qatar continued to sell Iranian natural gas to Europe. The shared gas field gave Qatar the perfect cover to help its partner in crime, Iran. Yet shipping by sea is slow, costly and risky. Qatar proposed a pipeline across Syria to move Iran’s energy products (as well as its own) to the power-starved European market. A pipeline would have cut costs while strengthening Qatar’s hand. The Syrian dictator soon put an end to this pipe dream.

In short, Qatar’s support for Iran was the last straw for its neighbors. The U.S. State Department is trying to be neutral, and is asking for evidence of Qatar’s transgressions. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has been far clearer: he has demanded that Qatar stop funding America’s enemies.

Clearly, Qatar must stop opening the money spigot for groups designated as terrorists by its allies, and it should turn over the terror leaders it is hosting to face justice in their native lands.

The U.S. State Department should also invite Morocco to help. Iran, and indirectly Qatar, is backing armed uprisings by minority Shia groups across the Sunni-majority Arab world. Morocco’s king, Mohammed VI, is also his kingdom’s supreme religious ruler. His words and moderate religious teachings have calmed restive Shia populations and inspired them to oppose violence. Under the king’s leadership, Morocco is now enjoying a new influence in Africa. Mohammed VI, as a spokesman for political and religious moderation, is an important voice to combat Shia uprisings and Sunni reprisals.

Qatar must stop fanning the flames of Islamic division, and Morocco and the Gulf Arabs should be given a real chance to head off a religious civil war between Sunnis and Shia, which could cost millions of lives in a war that could drag on for decades.

We have come to a time when confrontation with Qatar will produce peace, and compromising will lead to war. Trump’s instincts are right. If Qatar doesn’t change, the world around it will.


          Arab nations extend Qatar crisis deadline   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on June 5.
          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   
DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A group of Arab nations early on Monday extended a deadline for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait’s emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain ...
          Crisi Golfo Persico, altre 48 ore per l`ultimatum al Qatar   
Riad, 3 lug. (AdnKronos/Aki) - E` stato prorogato di 48 ore l`ultimatum per rispondere alle 13 richieste formulate al Qatar da Arabia Saudita, Emirati Arabi, Bahrain ed Egitto per riprendere i rapporti diplomatici e commerciali, interrotti dal 5 giu...
              
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          Trump talks with three Gulf rulers, seeks to cool dispute   
July 3, 2017, 9:36 AM (IDT)

On Sunday, US President Donald Trump spoke separately with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi, and Emir Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani of Qatar. According to a White House statement, Trump “addressed his concerns about the ongoing dispute between Qatar and some of its Gulf and Arab neighbors. He reiterated the importance of stopping terrorist financing and discrediting extremist ideology.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin also spoke to two Gulf leaders, the Emir of Qatar and the King of Bahrain, on Saturday. “Vladimir Putin stressed the importance of political and diplomatic efforts aimed at overcoming the disagreements and normalizing the current complicated situation,” the Kremlin statement said.


          Qatar wins 48-hour extension of Arab deadline, remains defiant   
July 3, 2017, 9:33 AM (IDT)

Four Arab nations extended from Monday to Wednesday their deadline for Qatar to respond to their 13 demands - at the request of the Kuwait mediator of the dispute. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar a month ago, making restoration of its access to their airspace and ports contingent on meeting their demands - mainly to cut ties with Tehran, the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist terrorist groups. 

The four foreign ministers are scheduled to meet in Cairo on Wednesday. 
Qatar has so far defied those demands, Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed al Attiyah said Sunday: “Qatar is not an easy country for anyone to swallow. We stand ready to defend our country. I hope that we don't come to a stage where a military intervention is made.”

DEBKAfile: Qatar’s sabre-rattling is as unrealistic as its talk of military intervention: The Qatari army is not up to defending the island-emirate, while the Saudi and UAE armies are engaged to the limit in their uphill war in Yemen.

 


          Qatar gets extra 48 hours to meet Saudi demands   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt have extended the deadline by 48 hours for Qatar to respond to a list of demands from the Saudi-led coalition, according to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The request for an extension came from the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmed Al Sabah, who […]
          Key demands for resolving Qatar crisis   
Key demands for resolving Qatar crisisSaudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain, cut ties with Qatar on June 5 and issued their demands on June 22.
          Arab nations extend Qatar crisis deadline   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on June 5.
          Qatar given more time to respond to Gulf neighbours' demands   

Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain extend deadline by 48 hours, and foreign ministers will meet on Wednesday

Qatar’s Gulf neighbours have given it until Tuesday to respond to a list of demands, after the original deadline passed on Sunday night.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it of supporting terrorism. On 22 June they issued a 13-point list of demands to end the standoff and gave Qatar 10 days to comply.

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          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar diplomatic crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with...


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Arab nations extend deadline in Qatar crisis by 48 hours   

Arab nations extended a deadline early Monday for Qatar to respond to their list of demands in a diplomatic crisis roiling the Persian Gulf, saying Kuwait's emir requested the delay as part of his efforts to mediate the dispute.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off...


          Arab nations extend Qatar crisis deadline   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on June 5.
          Arab nations extend Qatar crisis deadline   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on June 5.
          Qatar Faces Saudi Sanctions Deadline   
Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit MICHEL MARTIN, HOST: We're going to start the program today considering the dilemma of the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. The country is facing a deadline to agree to a series of demands from Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries. Saudi Arabia gave Qatar until Sunday evening to meet its demands, which include closing the Al-Jazeera network which is headquartered in Qatar and reducing diplomatic relations with Iran. NPR's international affairs correspondent Jackie Northam has been following all of this, and she's with us now in the studios. Jackie, welcome. Thanks for joining us. JACKIE NORTHAM, BYLINE: Thank you very much. MARTIN: So just - can you just bring us up to date for people who have not been following it? What started this whole confrontation? NORTHAM: Well. There's actually been a low-grade feud between Qatar and Saudi Arabia for a number of years now, but it erupted last month when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United
          Official Saudi, Bahrain, UAE iPhone 5s and 5c launch date: November 1   

Apple has announced that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available in 35 countries on October 25 and in 16 countries on November 1. The countries are listed in Apple’s press release and it will be available in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and UAE on November 1, not the 4th as we reported yesterday. ...

The post Official Saudi, Bahrain, UAE iPhone 5s and 5c launch date: November 1 appeared first on SaudiMac.


          Ron Dennis lascia definitivamente la McLaren   

Ron Dennis lascia definitivamente la McLaren: l’ex-team boss ha venduto le sue azioni in McLaren Technology Group e McLaren Automotive, che d’ora in poi saranno parte di una nuova azienda, McLaren Group, con Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company e TAG Group che rimarranno azionisti di maggioranza del McLaren Group. Lo sceicco Mohammed bin Essa Al Khalifa […]

L'articolo Ron Dennis lascia definitivamente la McLaren sembra essere il primo su MotoriNoLimits | Auto, F1, motori, turismo, stili di vita.


          Arab nations extend Qatar crisis deadline   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on June 5.
          Arab nations extend Qatar crisis deadline   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on June 5.
          7/3/2017: Sports: Details   
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          Qatar-in pawm theih loh thil phut siamah puh   
Qatar chuan Arab ram pali - Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain leh Egypt-te'n an inzawmna an chhut chat tawh siamṭhat lehna tura thil phut a
          Gubernur Malut Janji Benahi Infrastruktur di Halsel   
Abdul Gani Kasuba
BERITA MALUKU. Gubernur Maluku Utara Abdul Gani Kasuba berjanji akan memfokuskan pembenahan infrastruktur jalan di Kabupaten Halmahera Selatan untuk menghubungkan antara kecamatan satu dengan lainnya guna meningkatkan perekonomian masyarakat setempat.

"Saat ini, pembangunan infrastruktur jalan khususnya di Pulau Bacan hampir seluruhnya diselesaikan sekitar 70 persen, dan kini dalam perampungan, terutama di Kecamatan Bacan Timur ke berbagai kecamatan lainnya di Halmahera Selatan tengah dikerjakan," kata Gubernur saat menggelar halalbihalal di Desa Bibinoi, Kabupaten Halmahera Selatan, Senin (3/7/2017).

Selain itu, Gubernur menyetakan bertekad akan meresmikan pelayaran perdana KMP Lompa, salah satu kapal feri dengan rute pelayaran Babang-Saketa.

"Saya memiliki keinginan untuk memperkecil rentang kendali untuk menghubungkan antara satu kecamatan ke kecamatan lain, begitu pula sarana transportasi laut juga akan disiapkan," kata mantan anggota DPR RI tersebut.

Selain itu, Gubernur juga mengabarkan kepada masyarakat setempat bahwa pada bulan Oktober nanti Presiden Joko Widodo akan melakukan kunjungan ke daerah ini dalam rangka menghadiri kompetisi memancing ikan di Pulau Widi.

Gubernur berharap agenda bertaraf internasional itu dapat memajukan Maluku Utara pada sektor kelautan dan perikanan.

"Ini adalah kesempatan kami untuk menunjukkan potensi laut kita yang sangat kaya terutama akan biota laut dan ikan yang berlimpah ruah," katanya pula.

Kegiatan halalbihalal juga dimeriahkan dengan diadakan perlombaan Tarian Cakalele sebagai perekat budaya dan identitas masyarakat Maluku Utara.

Menurut AGK, lomba Tarian Cakalele ini sangat penting, terutama bagi generasi muda yang tidak akan melupakan budaya dan asalnya.

Turut menghadiri halalbihalal bersama Gubernur Maluku Utara yakni Bupati Halmahera Selatan Bahrain Kasuba beserta jajaran SKPD lingkup provinsi maupun pemda setempat.

          Arab nations extend Qatar crisis deadline   
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Bahrain cut off ties with Qatar on June 5.
          07/01 Links: Where Are the Moderate Muslims?; 2nd Projectile from Syria hits Israel - For 6th time in 1 week   
From Ian:

Where Are the Moderate Muslims?
To many Muslims — especially radical Islamists — Jewish sovereignty in any part of the Holy Land is a red line that cannot be crossed. The mere existence of a Jewish State in the Middle East is totally unacceptable to their Islamic doctrine. As a consequence, Jews in Israel have been subjected to violence, murder and destruction. And until that doctrine undergoes reformation, the “religion of peace” will view the Jewish state as an unacceptable intruder in the Middle East.
This is the true heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was very prescient to demand that any peace agreement include the formal recognition of Israel as a Jewish state — because violence and war by internal and external Muslim terrorist organizations and by neighboring Muslim countries have remained an inescapable barrier to a final status peace agreement.
Israel has no choice but to protect its existence as the Jewish homeland, against all those who wish to destroy it. Genuine peace can only come after hostility from Islamists ends. Violence, incitement and anti-Jewish diatribes preached by Muslim and Palestinian leaders must stop.
Ultimately, the transition of Islam to a true religion of peace will end conflicts in Muslim societies, the Middle East and elsewhere. Shias and Sunnis will stop killing each other, and civil wars will end. ISIS will be defeated. And the Muslim world and local Arab leaders will formally accept the reality of the Jewish state of Israel.
We can hope that — in the near future — the influence of global communications, the internet and social networks can help trigger a 21st century Islamic reformation. In past centuries and millennia, Islam’s elder brethren — Judaism and Christianity — underwent significant reforms that helped lay the foundation of the modern world. The time has now come for Islam to become a genuine religion of peace.
Fred Maroun: Another anti-Semitic war is coming while the world again looks the other way
The overriding responsibility, however, rests with the terrorist regime of Iran which finances the Lebanese terrorists and supplies them with weapons. Although Hezbullah is very much a Lebanese organization that is motivated by its own hatred of Israel, it is also a proxy of Iran, and it would be far less dangerous without Iran, despite Hezbullah’s strong support among the Lebanese population. Iran, however, has a free hand in supporting Hezbullah. Iran is even considered somewhat respectable after it signed a nuclear deal with the US, the UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany.
Since the nuclear deal with Iran did not require that Iran stop supporting terrorism, all six nations that signed the deal also hold part of the responsibility for the impending war. Barack Obama, David Cameron, Francois Hollande, Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, and their governments did not try to stop the terrorist regime’s single-minded determination to attack the Jewish state, but chose the economic benefits of trade with Iran instead.
So-called peace groups indicate by their names a distaste for war; however, they are busy denouncing Israel, the country that would be at the receiving end of the war. Denouncing Hezbullah, the side that is itching for war, seems to be the furthest thing from their minds. Among those so-called peace groups are Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), CODEPINK: Women for Peace, and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), which are listed by the Anti-Defamation League among the top ten anti-Israel organizations in the United States.
The United Nations Security Council stated in resolution 1701 that, “The clear path forward was by disarming and disbanding Hizbollah and other militias, as well as by Lebanon’s exercise of authority over all its territory”, but neither the United Nations nor its Security Council has done anything to enforce that direction. On the contrary. Since 2006, the UN General Assembly adopted numerous resolutions against the Jewish state (20 in 2016 alone), but not a single one against the Lebanese terrorists.
Primetime French TV Show Hosts Frank Discussion on Antisemitism in Wake of Sarah Halimi Murder
The issue of Traore’s motives was front and center during a recent panel discussion on the popular weekend TV talk show “On n’est pas couché” (“We’re not lying”).
The main guest was Michel Boujenah, a French Jewish actor and writer, who engaged in a sometimes emotional examination of Halimi’s murder with three other panelists and the show’s presenter, Laurent Ruquier.
On the subject of Traore, Halimi’s killer, Boujenah told the audience: “They said it was a mentally unstable person. But it was a mentally unstable person who chose his victim, who tortured her, insulted her with every antisemitic slur, and threw her out of the window.”
Boujenah, who was born in Tunis, continued: “He was crazy. But he was a crazy antisemite. There is no doubt about this question.”
Another panelist, Yann Moix, said that the silence around Sarah Halimi’s murder was reminiscent of the case of Ilan Halimi, no relation, the 23 year-old kidnapped, tortured and murdered in 2006 by an antisemitic gang who set out to find a Jewish victim in the belief that Jews were wealthy and therefore would pay a ransom demand.
Responding, Boujenah reflected, “We are 15 million Jews on this planet. There are a billion and a half Chinese. What did we do? What did we do that is so bad? To be hated in this manner. What did we do? I would like an explanation.”



After UN hosts 2-day anti-Israel event, Israel’s envoy says it colludes with terror supporters
Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon accused the United Nations of “colluding with supporters of terror seeking to harm Israel,” following a two-day panel Thursday-Friday marking “50 years of occupation” in which groups Israel says have links to Palestinian terror organizations participated.
The panel was addressed by Palestinian officials, an Israeli MK, Israeli and Palestinian activists and others.
“It is beyond comprehension that UN funds are supporting organizations which aid terrorists and incite against Israel,” Danon said in a statement about the event, which was organized by the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People and held at UN headquarters in New York.
The committee was tasked in 2016 with “bring[ing] together international experts, including from the State of Palestine and Israel, representatives of the diplomatic community, civil society, as well as academics and students to discuss the ongoing occupation.”
Israel protested the meetings which began Thursday, saying that two of the groups participating, Al Haq and the Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, had links to Hamas and the PFLP.
B’Tselem chief: Israel sabotaging fight against anti-Semitism to retain West Bank
The director of Israeli human rights group B’Tselem told a conference at the UN in New York on Friday that Israel was sabotaging efforts to combat anti-Semitism in order to retain control of the West Bank.
Speaking on the second day of a two-day forum at the UN headquarters in New York marking “50 years of occupation,” the left-wing NGO’s executive director Hagai El-Ad said that Israel tries to minimize international criticism of its West Bank policy by labeling it anti-Semitic.
“Palestinians who oppose the occupation are terrorists, Israelis who oppose the occupation are traitors, and those in the international community who oppose the occupation are of course anti-Semitic,” El-Ad said.
“The Israeli government is prepared to undermine the real fight against anti-Semitism in order to preserve the occupation with minimal repercussions from the international community,” he charged. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
UN Palestinian Forum Promotes BDS, Claims Israel ‘Worse Than Apartheid South Africa’
A UN forum on the Palestinian issue on Friday provided a platform for anti-Zionist activists to promote the BDS campaign, claim that Israel practices “apartheid worse than South Africa,” and even – in the case of one Israeli Jewish speaker – proffer a formal apology for having taken up Israeli citizenship under the Law of Return.
The second day of the two-day forum marking “Fifty Years of Occupation” was designed to showcase the perspectives of Palestinian NGOs and their international supporters. Hosted by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People (CEIRPP), the forum was earlier this week strongly condemned by Israeli diplomats at the UN, who stated that some of the speakers were connected to terrorist groups including Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres – who declared in April that the denial of Israel’s right to exist is a “modern form of antisemitism” – earlier distanced himself from the meeting. Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman for Guterres, told reporters on Thursday that the forum “is not something that is being sponsored by the Secretariat. I think any questions as to the invitees and the way the meeting is organized should be directed to the members of the committee.”
Friday’s speakers did not hold back from recycling the favored themes of anti-Zionist activists, such as the analogy between Israel and the white supremacist regime in South Africa, and the familiar accusation that expressing concern about antisemitism is designed to mute criticism of Israeli policy. Allusions as well as explicit references to the supposedly overwhelming power of pro-Israel groups in the US were frequently made, with the moderator of the final panel – Helena Cobban, a veteran pro-Palestinian activist – telling the audience that “the name of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People needs to be restated again and again. And that needs restating in this city (New York) and this country.”
UN cuts peacekeeping budget after pressure from Trump
The General Assembly on Friday agreed to a significant cut in the budget for the UN’s far-flung peacekeeping missions, a reduction that the Trump administration fought hard to achieve though it wanted an even larger decrease.
After lengthy and heated negotiations, the assembly’s powerful budget committee agreed to a $7.3 billion budget for 14 peacekeeping missions for the year starting July 1, a $570 million cut from the current budget of $7.87 billion.
The 193-member world body voted by consensus to approve $6.8 billion. It also agreed to an additional $500 million for two missions that are in the throes of downsizing — the joint UN-African Union mission in Sudan’s troubled western Darfur region and the UN peacekeeping mission in Haiti.
US Ambassador Nikki Haley said after the budget committee’s agreement early Thursday: “Just five months into our time here, we’ve already been able to cut over half a billion dollars from the UN peacekeeping budget and we’re only getting started.”
Livni urges UNESCO not to pass Hebron decision
Former foreign minister Tizpi Livni criticized the UN’s cultural body for its repeated decisions against Israel and called on the organization to reject a further provocative vote on the flash point West Bank city of Hebron set for Sunday.
The Palestinians are pushing to have Hebron — the site of the Tomb of the Patriarchs — declared as a “World Heritage Site in Danger” during the upcoming World Heritage Committee meeting.
Speaking Friday at the UNESCO International Conference on the Empowerment of Women in Paris, Livni, a member of the opposition Zionist Union party, said she had seriously considered skipping the event due to previous “false” decisions against the Jewish state, Ynet reported.
“I am an opposition leader in Israel, but I am not in opposition to the history of my people and not an opposition to the truth,” Livni said. “These decisions will not harm my people’s connection to [Jerusalem and Hebron], but they will hurt UNESCO and the ability to promote common interests.”
Want to Resolve the Kotel Controversy? Here’s a Wild Idea: Try Politics
For a rudimentary introduction to its true splendor, just look at what happened this week in Jerusalem. When their bid to force the Israeli government into a compromise failed this week—to the surprise of precisely no one—the leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements reacted much as the Democrats do these days, by declaring the defeat a moral victory and vowing more outrage. The setback, Reform and Conservative movements exclaimed, was nothing less than a “betrayal,” a blow so cataclysmic after which any further conversation was futile: The Reform movement, thundered its head, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, was no longer interested in negotiating with the Jewish state.
That’s a shame. While many of us in Poughkeepsie and Phoenix and Portland don’t particularly care for Bibi, we care even less for leaders who spend almost all of their time advancing fashionable progressive causes and almost none of it doing what to us comes naturally, which is to recognize that when real and present dangers abound, we ought to set our priorities accordingly. And when we see a leadership that time after time after time lectures the democratically elected government in Jerusalem on its imperfections while, say, praising the leader of an Israeli-Arab party whose colleagues have smuggled cellphones to convicted terrorists and compared the Jewish state to Nazi Germany, we may feel a little unsure about the wisdom of our leadership.
How, then, should we proceed if we are people who are both deeply committed to egalitarian access to the Kotel but not interested in torching our entire relationship to the state of Israel over it?
This is where the art of politics comes in, and it offers us three weapons with which to wage our wars: our bucks, our butts, and our words. (h/t Elder of Lobby)
Report: Germany approves sale of 3 more submarines to Israel
Germany's National Security Council has approved the sale of three advanced submarines to Israel, another chapter in a controversial defense deal.
According to the report, Israel will receive three more Dolphin submarines in a $1.5 billion deal with German shipmaker ThyssenKrupp, in addition to the one already being built in a deal mired in corruption allegations.
In April, Israel agreed to a request by Germany to insert a clause into the contract in a memorandum of understanding. The clause gives Germany the right to cancel the deal if the any improprieties or criminal offenses were proven by the Israeli police investigation.
Israel currently has three Dolphin-class submarines and two Dolphin 2-class submarines (another one is expected to be delivered in 2018). The new Dolphin 2-class submarines would not reach Israel’s coast for another decade are expected to replace the older Dolphins at a cost of combined price of NIS 5 billion ($1.3 billion), a third of which will be financed by Germany.
Second Projectile from Syria civil war hits Israel within hour - For sixth time in 1 week
A projectile landed in Israel’s northern Golan Heights believed to be from fighting between the Assad regime and rebel groups near the city of Quneitra, the army said Saturday evening.
Less than an hour later, a second projectile struck Israeli territory between Quneitra and the Valley of Tears in what the IDF described as spillover from the Syrian civil war.
No injuries were reported from the incident and IDF forces were sent to the scenes to find the projectiles which landed in a "no man's land" between the border fences of the two countries.
A number of projectiles have landed in Israeli territory due to the fighting which has intensified the Syrian side of Quneitra as the Assad regime fights against the al-Qaida-linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham and other rebels groups who launched an offensive to take control of the city of al-Baath (new Quneitra) which is one of the few towns in the province that has remained under control of Syrian government forces.
Voll’s Palestinian History Book Ranked #16 on Barnes & Noble
This is simply incredible.
Assaf A. Voll’s book, A History of the Palestinian People: From Ancient Times to the Modern Era, which we first reviewed here, became the #1 ranked History book on Amazon, until Amazon banned the book.
Yesterday, we reported that the book can be bought on Barnes & Noble.
Today, the blank book is ranked #16 in best-selling books on Barnes & Noble, beating out books like The Handmaid’s Tale (#17), Harry Potter Paperback Boxed Set, Books 1-7 (#28), House of Spies (#30), Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (#38), and Understanding Trump (#55)
Way to go Muqata readers (and JewishPress.com).
You can buy the book at this link and help make it #1.
The anti-Semites are probably going to notice the book there and start putting pressure on B&N to take it down, so you might want to order your copy sooner rather than later.
Update: June 30, 2017: B&N has taken the book down.
Dahlan confidant says Abbas pushing Hamas toward war
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is pushing Hamas toward a war with Israel, Sufian Abu Zaida, a close confidant of self-exiled Fatah leader Muhammad Dahlan, said on Thursday.
“If Abu Mazen’s [Abbas’s] pressure on Gaza continues with Israel’s participation, Hamas will not just accept it,” Abu Zaida, who is a former PA prisoner affairs and civil affairs minister, said in a telephone interview with The Jerusalem Post. “Hamas will decide that it has no choice but to have another confrontation with Israel.”
Over the past two months, Abbas has undertaken a series of measures to pressure Hamas to concede control of the Gaza Strip. He has slashed the salaries of PA employees in Gaza, reduced electricity supplied to the area (with Israel's help) and cut medical budgets.
Abu Zaida is not the only one saying Abbas’s moves could lead to another round of combat. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman told the Herzliya Conference last Thursday that the PA president is aiming “to pull Israel into a war with Hamas.”
Articles In Gulf Press: The Escalation In Gaza – A Result Of Qatar, Iran, Turkey Toying With Lives Of Innocent Palestinians
Following the June 27, 2017 Israeli airstrikes in Gaza in response to the firing of a rocket from Gaza into Israel, articles in the Gulf press