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Usa builds world’s largest consulate in erbil

Usa builds world's largest consulate in erbil

The planned $600 million consulate in the Kurdish-Iraqi city of Erbil. Image: DoD

U.S. influence in Iraq is waning, Islamic State is by no means defeated

After the war against the Hussein regime, the U.S. was apparently confident of playing a central role in Iraq, despite the high level of resistance from Sunni fighters and terrorists, supported by numerous police, military, and intelligence officers of the Hussein regime who were released to clean up the mess. An expression of this was the construction of the world’s largest and most expensive U.S. embassy in Baghdad to date – also "Palace of George W." called – , albeit in the highly secured Green Zone. Started as early as 2004, after Bush’s optimistic declaration of victory. The Bush administration had spent $1.3 billion on the fortress complex on a site of more than 40 acres, or 400.000 square meters in the fortress, Congress eliminated half of it, but the cost increased to at least 750 million.

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Spanish socialist tries to flee to the front

Before the constituent parliamentary session, Sanchez sought advice from the Left Front in Portugal

A preliminary decision for Pedro Sanchez will be made today at the constituent session of the Spanish Parliament. The test of whether the loser of the election has a small chance of becoming head of government will be the election of the parliamentary president. Against the much stronger right-wing People’s Party (PP), the second gross election loser, he wants to make former Basque government leader Patxi Lopez parliamentary president, and for that he has made a pact with the "Ciudadanos" (Burger) closed.

To do so, he needs votes from a wide range of parties, as his PSOE has plummeted to the worst result in the party’s history, landing in the elections on 20 October in the hands of the Spanish government. December with 22%, just ahead of the new party "Podemos" (We can do it). A stalemate has arisen in the elections. Neither can the right-wing parties govern together – nor are the votes of Podemos alone enough for the Social Democrats to become head of government or to impose a parliamentary president.

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New year’s eve 2000: attacks, burglaries and faulty alarm systems

The British police ruses for the celebrations and the Y2K problem

Although governments like to be sure about the effects of the Y2K problem, concerns seem to be growing as the millennium approaches. Recently, the British Home Secretary not only urged the British police to rid their systems of the millennium bug, but also warned of the problems it would cause in the transition to the new year.

It is likely, Jack Straw said, that the millennium bug will be caught despite all precautions – z. B. Action 2000 – some computer and telecommunication systems affect. However, unlike the usual New Year’s Eve celebrations, this time, given the symbolic date, rougher operations were to be expected, and, moreover, problems that could arise from errors in computer systems had to be anticipated: "We must be prepared for anything that can go wrong." Straw urged security forces to set up contingency plans and coordinate with other emergency services. Police forces were not allowed to go on vacation at the turn of the year, plans were developed to involve the military if key systems break down, and a committee has been set up to review bug fixes in police computer systems.

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The german federal ministry for research and science states

Germany is to be "High-Tech Strategy" to the "World leader" First of all, there is a lot of paper and colorful pictures from the public relations department

If the grand coalition is unable to inspire society with new ideas, it at least wants to launch innovations in the research sector and has launched a high-tech strategy for Germany entitled "Breeding Ideas", which is intended to continue the "offensive" for innovation and growth launched by the last government with a "Pact for Research and Innovation". A total of 15 billion euros is to be invested in 17 "future fields" – i.e., where ideas are cultivated – by 2009, and the share of research tasks is to rise to 3% of GDP by 2010. 1.5 million new jobs are supposed to be created – if the economy and the countries join in and invest as well. Perhaps one was not quite sure of the persuasiveness of the strategy for Germany, but probably it has become part of the good (spin) tone of government policy that the strategy first of all comes along in nice and colorful, probably not cheap brochures and websites of the public relations department of the BMBF, which are above all somehow aimed at getting to the "top of the world" through "more freedom".

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To let the ideas in the "country of the ideas", also called "talent forge Germany", find, two publications were prepared. A shorter booklet with more pictures for those who want to be impressed, a longer one designed by another book for those who are more interested and attentive. Whether the slogans were thought about as much as the selection of the pictures? "Ideas zunden" could suggest also other associations just in the time of the terror hysteria. The logo is supposed to symbolize a kind of rocket taking off. However, rockets were also in the realm of metaphor "dual-use" products

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The nobel peace prize and a little war

Politicians in many countries rejoice over Nobel Peace Prize for Kofi Annan and the UN – and continue to wage war on terrorism

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and the United Nations were given equal shares of the 100. Nobel Peace Prize awarded. Rewarding their work for a better organized and more peaceful world. The Norwegian Nobel Committee sees the organization at the forefront of efforts to build peace and security in the world and to mobilize internationally to meet global economic, social and environmental challenges. For the Committee, the United Nations is the only viable path to global peace. But the front seems to be elsewhere at the moment and the mobilization follows again its old semantics.

Previously, a group around the Norwegian peace researcher Johan Galtung had demanded that President Bush should receive the prize next year if he could avoid war as a reaction to the terrorist attacks against the USA. From the dream. The head of the Nobel Institute in Oslo, Geir Lundestad, was immediately skeptical that the Nobel Peace Prize would not have such a major impact on Bush that it could somehow influence presidential policy. It is true, therefore, that peace is now being temporarily outsourced to the UN, which is the world’s largest peace organization "humanitarian daily rations" The people who win the Nobel Peace Prize advance to thousands of collateral profits of the war and the terrorist cancer is dissected away in a humanitarian way – that’s it: everybody gets what he deserves.