Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Anybody Seen Our Gold? - GATA Sets Historical Wall Street Journal Campaign Against The Global Bank Gold Price Suppression Scheme

GATA Be In It To Win!


GATA Wall Street Journal Ad Asks:

Anybody Seen Our Gold?

Dear Friend of GATA and Gold:

GATA's full-page color advertisement as The Wall Street Journal has committed to publishing it Thursday, January 31, 2008, has been posted at our Internet site in Adobe Acrobat format, along with a preface containing Internet links to the documentation for the ad's assertions. You can find the ad and the preface in the right column of the GATA home page, or use this link to go the ad directly:


We hope that the ad brings the gold price suppression scheme to the attention of a more general financial audience and thereby hastens its end.

GATA has committed enormous financial and human resources to this advertisement. If you think it has been worthwhile, please consider helping us:


CHRIS POWELL, Secretary/Treasurer
Gold Anti-Trust Action Committee Inc.

>>>GO GATA!!!!!!!!!<<<

Monday, January 28, 2008

Russie Completes Iran Nuclear Shipment

Russia completes fuel shipment to Iran's first nuclear plant

MOSCOW, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia completed Monday the delivery of uranium fuel to Iran's first nuclear power plant, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

The eighth and final batch of Russian nuclear fuel, which is necessary for the initial stage of operation of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, was delivered to its construction site, Itar-Tass quoted the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) as saying.

The shipment of 8.6 metric tons of uranium fuel completed Russia's promised nuclear fuel deliveries to the Bushehr power plant, which is located in southwestern Iran.

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Davos 2008 - Who's piste off?

Although the worlds Expert Business leaders and politicians gather each year in the Swiss mountain town of Davos to size up the challenges facing the global economy a few of them are not there this year.

Let's see "Who's Piste Off" from the Telegraph's point of view.

It is the most sought-after invitation of the year for politicians and businessmen alike. So spare a thought for the poor souls who will this year suffer the indignity of staying at home or - worse still - find themselves in another skiing resort. Whether through misfortune, misadventure or pure misery, there will be some notable absentees this year. A minute's silence, then, for the Davos rejects.

It wouldn't do to invite the biggest cheerleader for the global credit bubble, would it? Chuck Prince, the former boss of Citigroup, was for years a regular fixture on the Davos circuit, exuding an unflappable confidence even last year, when the cries of warning about an imminent crisis in financial markets were becoming significantly louder.

Prince is not the only leading banker to have fallen dramatically from grace in the past six months. Perhaps he could club together with dinner jacket-loving Stan O'Neal, formerly of Merrill Lynch...

... and Jimmy Cayne, the embattled head of Bear Stearns. They could even host a rival conference on financial hubris, called something cliched like "Bouncing Back".

This is not the first Davos Lord Browne, the former BP chief, has missed. Despite his billing last year as one of the conference's co-chairmen, the Sir Ian McKellen lookalike was mysteriously absent. The official reason was a bout of flu, though he had coincidentally suffered the indignity of announcing his impending departure from the company just weeks earlier.

This time around the man perennially proclaimed as Britain's greatest businessman will again be notable by his absence. Rumour has it that Tony Hayward, Browne's successor, is planning to keep a low profile (not flapping his arms about in a pink shirt like that, he isn't), so it might be up to another ambitious chief executive to assume the WEF's co-chairman's mantle.

For the first time in years, the Chancellor will not be at the World Economic Forum - unlike most of his international counterparts. Treasury spokesmen insist that Alistair Darling has far more important things to attend to - such as wade through those lengthy red tomes - although some mutter that Britain's absence is due less to scheduling problems than to embarrassment over Northern Rock.

Talking of Northern Rock, snowed-under former chairman Adam Applegarth might as well book himself in for a week's skiing elsewhere in the Alps. The PR challenge of describing to Davos Man (mantra: "failure is not an option") how Britain suffered the first run on a major bank since Victorian times will instead be left in the shaky hands of the Prime Minister. Himself an old Davos hand, Gordon Brown is flying in and out on Friday - presumably before Hank Paulson, the US Treasury Secretary, pins him down for an explanation.

Another of the mighty who has fallen over the past year, Paul Wolfowitz, the former World Bank chief, was one of the big names on the roster in 2007, hobnobbing with Bono and Blair on Africa. The hereafter has been less blissful. Following a scandal involving him and his girlfriend, who also worked for the Bank and enjoyed a mysteriously rapid (and lucrative) ascent to its top ranks, he resigned from the aid giant in the summer.

However, the NGOs that now crowd Davos need not fear - his replacement, Robert Zoellick, will be along to talk aid and suffer harassment. Wolfowitz's Washington stablemate, the delightfully-named Rodrigo de Rato (left) of the International Monetary Fund, will also be a no-show, having been replaced by Dominique Strauss-Kahn last year.

Hands up if you're not welcome: Fed chairman Ben Bernanke has more pressing things to worry about than topping up his glass in the VIP Igloo bar in the swanky five-star Belvedere hotel in Davos...

So too does Ken Livingstone, who will stay at home in London lest fellow Mayoral candidate Boris Johnson pounces on any opportunity for ridicule. Besides, last year "Red Ken" - halo or no halo - managed to crash his car on the descent from the resort and he will be keen to avoid any further slip-ups on the thin ice upon which he treads.

And finally... Davos will be spared the celebrity couple du jour as French president and his current squeeze, the Italian singer/supermodel/actress Carla Bruni, will be arm in arm and clad in aviators on the other side of the globe. While Monsieur Sarkozy has official business in India, his nation will be represented by prime minister François Fillon.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

World Economic Forum - Global Risks 2008 - A Global Risk Network Report

Global Risks 2008
A Global Risk Network Report

A World Economic Forum Report
in collaboration with

Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC)
Swiss Re
Wharton School Risk Center
Zurich Financial Services

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Herzliya Conference Wednesday 1-23-08


Wednesday, January 23rd



Promoting Excellence as a National Value

Reforming Education and Higher Learning

Arab Israelis and National Service

Israel-Diaspora Relations

Jewish Secularism in the 21st Century

Trends in the Connection of the Diaspora's Young Generation to Israel

Rethinking Jewish Philanthropy – Interrelations between Israel and the Diaspora

Government Responsibility for Jewish-Arab Equality and Integration

Law Governance, and National Security

Summing Up: Endurance Forever

20:00 Closing Ceremony and Dinner