…of Islam, Muslims, terrorist and Germanwings


…a Muslim terrorist if not by birth…converted. This’ fucking awesome let me tell you.

UFP News

Andreas LubitzAn article which appeared today in the German magazine, PI-News, reports that during a six-month break from his job with Germanwings, co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, the man now accused of hijacking and crashing the 320 Airbus into the French Alps, killing all 150 aboard, converted to Islam.

An English translation of Michael Mannheimer’s article follows:

All evidence indicates that the copilot of Airbus machine in his six-months break during his training as a pilot in Germanwings, converted to Islam and subsequently either by the order of “radical”, ie. devout Muslims , or received the order from the book of terror, the Quran, on his own accord decided to carry out this mass murder. As a radical mosque in Bremen is in the center of the investigation, in which the convert was staying often, it can be assumed that he – as Mohammed Atta, in the attack against New York – received his instructions directly from the immediate vicinity of the mosque.

Converts are the most important weapon of Islam. Because their resume do not suggests that they often are particularly violent Muslims. Thus Germany now has its own 9/11, but in a reduced form. And so it is clear that Islam is a terrorist organization that are in accordance with §129a of the Criminal Code to prohibit it and to investigate its followers. But nothing will happen. One can bet that the apologists (media, politics, “Islamic Scholars”) will agree to assign this an act of a “mentally unstable” man, and you can bet that now, once again the mantra of how supposedly peaceful Islam is will continue. And worse still, the attacks by the left against those who have always warned against Islam, will be angrier and merciless.

Of course, the pilot could be heard pounding on the cockpit door, which Lubitz had apparently locked from the inside.

Police have removed what they call a “significant piece of evidence” from Lubitz’s home in Montabaur, Germany, but will not say what is was.

Read more at http://universalfreepress.com/report-germanwings-co-pilot-recent-convert-islam/

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BREAKING: WikiLeaks Leaks TPP Draft!!!


Daily Kos

TPPA

Here it is, for the world to see.

Per WikiLeaks:

This is an advanced January 2015 version of the confidential draft treaty chapter from the Investment group of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks between the United States, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Chile, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, New Zealand and Brunei Darussalam. The treaty is being negotiated in secret by delegations from each of these 12 countries, who together account for 40% of global GDP. The chapter covers agreements on investments from one TPP nation to another, including empowering foreign firms to “sue” other states’ governments, as well as regulations around investor-state dispute settlements and tribunals. This document was prepared by TPP investment chapter negotiators in advance of the informal round of negotiations held in New York City 26th January to 1st February, 2015

Global Trade Watch has just provided an analysis of the leaked text via email (and now on its website more details):

The TPP would grant foreign investors and firms operating here expansive new substantive and procedural rights and privileges not available to U.S. firms under U.S. law, allowing foreign firms to demand compensation for the costs of complying with U.S. policies, court orders and government actions that apply equally to domestic and foreign firms. This includes:

§ Foreign investors would be empowered to challenge new policies that apply equally to domestic and foreign firms on the basis that they undermine foreign investors’ “expectations” of how they should be treated. This includes a right to claim damages for government actions (such as new environmental, health or financial policies) that reduce the value of a foreign firm’s investment (what the leaked text calls “indirect expropriation”) or that change the level of regulation a foreign investor experienced under a previous government (a violation of what the text calls a “minimum standard of treatment” for foreign investors).

§ The leaked TPP text largely replicates the “minimum standard of treatment” language found in previous U.S. pacts that tribunals have used to issue some of the most alarming ISDS rulings. Tribunals often have broadly interpreted this vague “right” to fabricate new obligations for governments that do not actually exist in the texts of ISDS-enforced pacts, such as “not to alter the legal and business environment in which the investment has been made.” Due to such expansive interpretations, the “minimum standard of treatment” obligation has been the basis for three of every four ISDS cases “won” by the foreign investor under U.S. pacts.

The text allows foreign investors to demand compensation for claims of “indirect expropriation” that apply to much wider categories of property than those to which similar rights apply in U.S. law. To the limited extent that “indirect expropriation” compensation is permitted in U.S. law, it is generally available only for government actions affecting real property (i.e. land). But the leaked text would allow foreign investors to claim “indirect expropriation” if government regulations implicate their personal property, intellectual property rights, financial instruments, government permits, money, minority shareholdings or other forms of non-real-estate property.

· Foreign corporations could demand compensation for capital controls and other macro-prudential financial regulations that promote financial stability. This obligation restricts the use of capital controls or financial transaction taxes, even as the International Monetary Fund has shifted from opposing capital controls to officially endorsing them as legitimate policy tools for preventing or mitigating financial crises. Proposed provisions touted as “temporary safeguards” for capital controls would fail to protect many standard forms of capital controls, including those successfully used by TPP governments in the past to ward off financial crises.

· The leaked text could newly allow pharmaceutical firms to use TPP ISDS tribunals to demand cash compensation for claimed violations of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) rules regarding the creation, limitation or revocation of intellectual property rights. Currently, WTO rules are not privately enforceable by investors. But the leaked TPP investment text could empower individual foreign investors to directly challenge governments over policies to ensure access to affordable medicines, claiming that they constitute TPP-prohibited “expropriations” of intellectual property rights if ISDS tribunals deem them to violate WTO rules.

· There are no new safeguards that limit ISDS tribunals’ discretion to create ever-expanding interpretations of governments’ obligations to foreign investors and order compensation on that basis. The leaked text reveals the same “safeguard” terms that have been included in U.S. pacts since the 2005 Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). CAFTA tribunals have simply ignored the “safeguard” provisions that the leaked text replicates for the TPP, and have continued to rule against governments based on concocted obligations to which governments never agreed. The leaked text also abandons a safeguard proposed in the 2012 leaked TPP investment text, which excluded public interest regulations from indirect expropriation claims, stating, “non-discriminatory regulatory actions … that are designed and applied to achieve legitimate public welfare objectives, such as the protection of public health, safety and the environment do not constitute indirect expropriation.” Today’s leaked text eviscerates that clause by adding a fatal loophole that has been found in past U.S. pacts.

· Most TPP countries, including the United States, have decided to expose decisions regarding the approval of foreign investments to ISDS challenge. Australia, Canada, Mexico and New Zealand have reserved the right to pre-approve foreign investors. But the United States took no exception for reviews by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States of planned foreign investments to determine whether they pose threats to national security.

· The amount that an ISDS tribunal would order a government to pay to a foreign investor as compensation would be based on the “expected future profits” the tribunal surmises that the investor would have earned in the absence of the public policy it is attacking as violating the substantive investor rights granted by the TPP.

· The text would submit the U.S. government to the jurisdiction of World Bank and United Nations tribunals. All TPP nations have agreed to be so bound with the potential exception of Australia, which has indicated that it might do the same, “subject to certain conditions.”

· None of the structural biases or conflicts of interest inherent in the ISDS system would be remedied. TPP ISDS tribunals would be staffed by highly paid corporate lawyers unaccountable to any electorate or system of legal precedent. They still would be allowed to rotate between acting as “judges” and advocates for the investors launching cases against governments. Corporations launching cases would still directly select one of the “judges.” The text includes no requirements for tribunal members to be impartial, reveal conflicts of interest or recuse themselves in instances of direct conflict. There is no internal or external mechanism to appeal the tribunal members’ decisions on the merits, and claims of procedural errors would be decided by another tribunal of corporate lawyers. The leaked text provides tribunals with discretion to determine the amount of compensation governments must pay investors and the allocation of costs, such as the tribunal members’ fees. A proposal that appeared in the 2012 leak of the text to standardize hourly fees for tribunal members at the lower end of the range of fees currently paid (about $375 per hour, compared to the $700 per hour that some tribunal members receive) has been eliminated.

· An overreaching definition of “investment” would extend the coverage of the TPP’s expansive substantive investor rights far beyond “real property,” permitting ISDS attacks over government actions and policies related to financial instruments, intellectual property, regulatory permits and more. Proposals in the 2012 leak of the text that would have narrowed the definition of “investment,” and thus the scope of policies subject to challenge, have been eliminated. Also omitted is a proposal from the earlier leaked version that would not have allowed ISDS cases related to government procurement, subsidies or government grants.

· An overreaching definition of “investor” would allow firms from non-TPP countries and firms with no real investments to exploit the extraordinary privileges the TPP would establish for foreign investors. Thus, for instance, one of the many Chinese state-owned corporations in Vietnam could “sue” the U.S. government in a foreign tribunal to demand compensation under this text.

· The leaked text reveals that U.S. negotiators are still pushing, over the objection of most other TPP nations, to empower foreign investors to bring to TPP ISDS tribunals their contract disputes with TPP signatory governments relating to natural resource concessions on federal lands, government procurement of construction for infrastructure projects, as well as contracts relating to the operation of utilities. (In the leaked chapter, text that is not yet agreed upon appears in square brackets; Public Citizen has seen a version of the text that lists which countries support various proposals.)

More from Global Trade Watch:

The leaked text provides stark warnings about the dangers of “trade” negotiations occurring without press, public or policymaker oversight. It reveals that TPP negotiators already have agreed to many radical terms that would give foreign investors expansive new substantive and procedural rights and privileges not available to domestic firms under domestic law.

The leaked text would empower foreign firms to directly “sue” signatory governments
in extrajudicial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals over domestic policies
that apply equally to domestic and foreign firms that foreign firms claim violate their new substantive investor rights. There they could demand taxpayer compensation for domestic financial, health, environmental, land use and other policies and government actions they claim undermine TPP foreign investor privileges, such as the “right” to a regulatory framework that conforms to their “expectations.”

The leaked text reveals the TPP would expand the parallel ISDS legal system by
elevating tens of thousands of foreign- owned firms to the same status as sovereign governments, empowering them to privately enforce a public treaty by skirting domestic courts and laws to directly challenge TPP governments i n foreign tribunals.

And remember why this is important:

Foreign corporations have used these claims to attack tobacco, climate, financial, mining, medicine, energy, pollution, water, labor, toxins, development and other non-trade domestic policies. Under U.S. “free trade” agreements (FTAs) alone, foreign firms have already pocketed more than $440 million in taxpayer money via investor-state cases. This includes cases against natural resource policies, environmental protections, health and safety measures and more. ISDS tribunals have ordered more than $3.6 billion in compensation to investors under all U.S. FTAs and Bilateral Investment Treaties
(BITs). More than $38 billion remains in pending ISDS claims under these pacts, nearly
all of which relate to environmental, energy, financial regulation, public health, land use and transportation policies. Even when governments win cases, they are often ordered to pay for a share of the tribunal’s costs. Given that the costs just for defending a challenged policy in an ISDS case total $8 million on average, the mere filing of a case can create a chilling effect on government policymaking, even if the government expects to win. [emphasis added]

By the way, the screams and groans you just heard are coming from the White House and TPP supporters because when the elite New York Times–which has always flogged so-called “free trade” and treated opponents of such deals as backward people–writes this, this deal is sinking fast:

An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurts their business, according to a classified document.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.

Backers of the emerging trade accord, which is supported by a wide variety of business groups and favored by most Republicans, say that it is in line with previous agreements that contain similar provisions. But critics, including many Democrats in Congress, argue that the planned deal widens the opening for multinationals to sue in the United States and elsewhere, giving greater priority to protecting corporate interests than promoting free trade and competition that benefits consumers.

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Malaysia – Forget Debt As A Percent Of GDP, It’s Really Much Worse


“When central bankers, macroeconomists, and politicians talk about the national debt, they often express it as a percent of gross domestic product (GDP) which is a measure of the total value of all goods produced in a country each year. The idea is to compare how much a country owes to how much it earns (since GDP can also be thought of as national income). The problem with this idea is that it is wrong. The government does not have access to all the national income, only the share it collects in taxes. Looked at properly, the debt problem is much worse.”Jeffrey Dorfman – Forbes

Malaysian Insider

Malaysia’s debt in safe zone, Dewan Rakyat told – Bernama

Abdul Wahid

Malaysia’s debt level is still in the safe zone with a deficit of less than 4%, the Dewan Rakyat was told. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said Malaysia has managed to reduce the deficit from 6.9% in 2009 to 3.5% in 2014. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 26, 2015.

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Malaysia’s debt level is still in the safe zone with a deficit of less than 4%, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (JPM), Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar said Malaysia managed to reduce the deficit from 6.9% in 2009 to 3.5% in 2014.

“This means that Malaysia has entered the safe zone. In terms of financial management, we are getting better,” he said when winding up debate (JPM) on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s opening address.

A country’s financial position is deemed to be in the safe zone if it has debt of 70%, including contingent liabilities and a deficit of less than 4%.

Read more – Forget Debt As A Percent Of GDP, Its Really Much Worse

On the other hand, a country’s financial position is deemed critical if it has debt of over 100% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and deficit of over 4%.

Replying to a question from Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping), Abdul Wahid said the government would ensure the country’s debt remain below 55% of GDP.

He was confident Malaysia would achieve developed nation status with high income by 2020 despite the challenging economic conditions.

“This will be achieved via the implementation of projects and programmes under the Tenth Malaysia Plan (2011-2015) and core strategies, including ‘game changer’ under the Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016-2020).

“Among others, the focus will be on innovation and productivity to improve competitiveness and ensure sustainable growth.”

Abdul Wahid said besides measuring the status of developed countries in terms of economic performance, human capital development will also be emphasised. – Bernama, March 26, 2015.

“Measuring the national debt as a percent of GDP may be a common international norm, but it makes little sense since not all national income is collected in taxes. Looking at debt to government tax revenue, more akin to a family’s comparison of its debt to its income, the story of our national debt becomes much scarier.”Forbes

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Malaysia – Who can save our country? – Nawawi Mohamad


Malaysian Insider

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With Datuk Seri Najib Razak as prime minister, our country’s funds are going down the drain and the government is spending our money like nobody’s business. This is because it is neither his money nor his inheritance! Surely he would think twice when spending his own money and his inheritance.

But the main reason why Najib has a free hand on spending our money is because there are still many people, especially the voters, who continue voting Umno/BN into power, in every general election, 13 GEs so far!

Of course, they are in the minority but somehow with some manipulation under the veil of democracy, Umno/BN managed to stay in power.

Knowing that the Umno/BN is a minority government, Najib has been quick to consolidate power by empowering his sycophants, from the civil service, within the government and outside. And getting support from a few members of the opposition has been a huge bonus to his power. Thus, Najib is now almost invincible.

Now, who can challenge Najib? So far there is nobody who can stop Najib from ruining the country. There have been criticisms by many influential and prominent people with the most powerful being Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who needs no introduction, yet nothing has changed and Najib keeps on spending and wasting our money.

The problem with those criticising Najib is that most of them are no better than him. Najib can always reply back to his critics, “Look, who is talking!”

Najib has no sincere intention to improve things in the country. Whatever transformation initiatives are nowhere really successful physically and many have failed. Of course, on paper everything is fine and Malaysians are living in heaven.

Najib is only playing a sandiwara all along for the foolish people to watch and be entertained. The 48.6% of them had been had and the most pathetic thing about them is that they do not realise that they had been had.

But one thing is sure, Najib would never let his wife down and will always make her happy. Or rather Najib has to make his wife happy because she can do a lot of damage to him.

What about the opposition? Is the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) still relevant? Unfortunately for the 51.4% voters who voted for PR, you have been had too.

Just watch the destruction of PR day by day. PR leader are simply foolish and hopeless. They are like the marathon runners who ultimately managed to be at the front of the race yet after reaching just a few meters to the end of the race; they start to hit each other ensuring that none of them would cross the finishing line.

Forget opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim because as much as his supporters wish him to be free and continue leading PR, Najib would not want him to be free and revive his political life. Get someone else to lead.

As for PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, he has his own agenda and not necessarily in the best interest of the country and the people.

Lately, Lim Kit Siang has been ridiculous. When it is the democratic right for PAS to table the hudud enactment in Kelantan and Parliament, why is LKS making so much noise? Let PAS table it and wait and see, if not Umno, the numbers will sum up the answer.

If LKS is worried on the hudud being imposed on non-Muslims as reported, the Amended Kelantan Hudud Act 2015 has clearly stated that it is only applicable to Muslims. By the way, why is LKS so worried as if the 28 million of us are hardcore criminals.

So with nobody to remove Najib from power, all the efforts to remove him have failed, the opposition leaders are hopeless, the 48.6% voters unaware of anything and the remaining 51.4% being let down by the PR, who can save Malaysia from the incompetent Najib? – March 25, 2015.

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Southern Indian Ocean theory on #MH370 ‘fabricated’


FMT

Expert claims that the theory lacks “corroborative evidence”.


AbbotKUALA LUMPUR: Military aviation technology expert, Andre Milne, has written to the Australian government to debunk its theory that missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is lying in the southern Indian Ocean.

In a letter exclusively obtained by IBTimes UK addressed to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Defence Minister David Johnston, Milne alleged the country’s claims that MH370 crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean were false and amounted to a “criminal act of fabrication of evidence”.

He outlined five highly technical facts, all based on a lack of corroborative evidence, that he alleged puts in doubt the current theory that the plane was in the Southern Indian Ocean.

In conclusion, his letter stated: “Failure to refute and disqualify my submission validates my allegation that your claim MH370 exited Malaysian airspace to crash in the Indian Ocean is not only an Artificial Incursion Theory but a criminal act of fabrication of evidence.”

Milne, on behalf of the victims’ families, is calling for additional answers by the Australian government to help fill in the gaps and prove its “seventh arc” theory that the Boeing 777, which had 239 passengers on board, is located in the Indian Ocean. He states the theory lacks “corroborative evidence”.

“The families will not have peace until they get to the truth about what really happened to MH370,” he said.

Milne has since complained to Interpol to investigate what he claims to be a “clear violation of the protocols of Chicago Convention Section 25 International Civil Aviation Organ (ICAO) of the United Nations”.

He wrote: “My investigative action suggests that a now documented pattern of corruption by unknown officials exists that is resulting in the premeditated fabrication of artificial claims and artificial evidence that is being facilitated in an effort to create a cover up and or a diversion from the factual truth related to MH370”.

“Primary motives for creating a cover up are a criminal act occurred during the flight and unfolded in such a way as to have negative impact upon the parties investigating and or associated with the investigative parties or an anomalous act occurred during the flight and unfolded in such a way as to be in conflict with legitimate issues of national security upon the parties investigating and or associated with the investigative parties.”

When asked where he thought MH370 was located, Milne replied: “It is premature and utterly irresponsible to talk about any theory without having any physical evidence.”

He criticised the authorities for discrediting the findings of highly-recognised scientific firm GeoResonance, which claimed the plane may have crashed in the Bay of Bengal.

The firm had identified an aircraft wreck via its satellites, 190km south of the Bangladesh coastline and called the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB), “ignorant” and “slanderous” at the time for not exploring it.

GeoResonance also questioned why Australia’s over-the-horizon radar did not detect the Boeing 777, given the theory that it had crashed into the Southern Indian Ocean, and criticised Inmarsat for releasing only the data that confirmed its “seventh arc” theory instead of publishing all of the raw data to explore alternative locations.

“If it comes out in public that the aircraft is where GeoResonance said it was then you can also add insurance fraud to all the other charges against the parties involved,” Milne said.

“If the plane went into the over-the-horizon radar we would know exactly where it hit the water. No doubt.”

The official 584-page report on March 8 pointed to only one failing that the battery of the aircraft’s underwater locator beacon had run out more than a year before and that there was no “unusual engine behaviour”.

Bill O’Sullivan, a spokesman for Rolls-Royce, said there was no other data transmitted from their engines after the ACARS (Aircraft and Communications Addressing and Reporting System) ceased transmission. “We concur with the findings of the report regarding our engines,” he said.

The last ACARS transmission was sent via the plane’s computers to computers on the ground at 1.07am but the expected 1.37am transmission was never sent.

No sign of the plane has ever been traced. It has been dubbed as one of the biggest aviation mysteries of all time.

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Is The China Led AIIB the new Bretton Woods?


merahza:

…I bet…

Originally posted on Ronmamita's Blog:

Album_no_respectThe title for this post is a rhetorical question, as we expect a hyped public mass media staged event of a international agreement to be announced after a summit such as G20, BRICS or similar institutional body of fraud and deception to “Officially” roll out the new international monetary system.
Yet, what this reveals to me is that the plans (agreements at previous summits) for structural reforms and foreign direct investments have been carried out as commanded for the shift from West to East nears completion.
A replacement to the almighty Dollar’s unilateral role as the international reserve currency for the monetary system is reformed to accept the Renminbi (RMB) full convertibility as a world reserve currency.
The world stage is so comical that I wonder if the U.S. asked to join the AIIB that the U.S. could embarrassingly be denied membership.
I miss the humor of “I get no…

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