- Most Germans want Deutsche mark back, poll shows
- Egypt's ruling generals accused of buying time to stay in power
- Syria sanctions: ‚Äėoutraged' US seeks fresh resolution after double veto blow
- Pakistan warns Afghanistan after pact with India
Most Germans want Deutsche mark back, poll shows
More than half of all Germans would like to bring back the Deutsche mark, although the number has remained stable even as the euro zone debt crisis escalated in the last year, a survey released on Wednesday showed. A Forsa poll conducted for Stern magazine said that 54 percent of Germans favour a return of their former currency, an identical figure to a poll taken in May 2010, said Forsa. Chancellor Angela Merkel insists she will defend the euro despite spiralling debt problems in countries such as Greece which have tipped the 17-member currency bloc into a crisis. Most Germans are against granting further aid to Greece. The Deutsche mark is a symbol of West German stability and economic strength in the decades after World War Two and former Chancellor Helmut Kohl struggled to convince the public of the benefits of the euro in the 1990s before it was introduced. Oddly enough, in backdrop of this poll several rumours persist that the German government has already ordered the printers to start printing the Deutsche mark.
For some time now the German political class has been contemplating about leaving the euro. How ironic it is that the euro once conceived as a means of controlling Germany's economic might has now put Germany in pole position i.e. Germany can leave the euro and still be able to dominate Europe in economic terms¬†¬†for the foreseeable future. And what is even more surprising is that Germany will be able to do this without depending on her military as she¬†¬†did prior to the two world wars.
Egypt's ruling generals accused of buying time to stay in power
Egypt's ruling military generals have unveiled plans that could see them retain power for another 18 months, increasing fears that the country's democratic transition process is under threat. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) took control of Egypt after the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak in February, and initially promised to return to their barracks within six months. But since then the "roadmap" to an elected, civilian government has been beset by delays and controversies, fuelling speculation that the army could be buying time in an attempt to shoehorn one of their own senior commanders into the presidency. This week Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi denied that any candidates would emerge from the country's powerful military establishment. "These are only rumours and we shouldn't waste time talking about rumours," said Egypt's current de facto ruler, who provoked a frenzy of media coverage when he made an unprecedented appearance in civilian clothing on a Cairo street recently - a move many analysts described as a carefully orchestrated political stunt. "The armed forces have no interest in staying in power for a long time," he claimed on Thursday. However, he added, "we will not leave Egypt until we have fulfilled all we promised and do our duty towards the people."
It is now all too obvious that¬†¬†the Egyptian uprising has not produced a regime change only a change in face. The same people(the army) who in the 1952 revolution cemented American hegemony in Egypt¬†are¬†¬†working tirelessly to imprison for good the Egyptian people to¬†¬†America's rule. The only salvation for the Egyptian people is to work for the re-establishment of the Caliphate. Only the caliphate will be able to provide peace and justice, and free Egypt from America's hegemony for good.
Syria sanctions: ‚Äėoutraged' US seeks fresh resolution after double veto blow
The UN security council is expected to seek a fresh resolution on Syria after Russia and China on Tuesday night vetoed a draft that threatened sanctions, a security council source said. The veto by Russia, which was supported by China, provoked the biggest verbal explosion from the US at the UN for years, with its ambassador Susan Rice expressing "outrage" over the move by Moscow and Beijing. Rice also walked out of the security council, the first such demonstration in recent years. While walkouts are common at the UN general assembly, they are rare in the security council. The US, France and Britain are planning to bring a new resolution at the first opportunity. The security council source said that similar vetoes in the past had killed off attempts to intervene in crises ranging from Zimbabwe to Georgia, but this time it was different.
Just because Russia and China have vetoed Syrian sanctions, Muslims should avoid turning blindly to them for help. All the five permanent members of the UN Security Council are actively persecuting Muslims all over the world. The crimes of US, France and Britain are well known. Equally, Russia's brutal suppression of Muslims in Chechnya and Dagestan, and China's repression of Muslims in East Turkistan undermine their false gestures of assistance.
Pakistan warns Afghanistan after pact with India
Pakistan is warning Afghanistan to behave responsibly in the wake of Kabul's new strategic pact with India, Islamabad's archenemy. Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tehmina Janjua said on Thursday that Pakistan expects Afghanistan to demonstrate maturity. Janjua says Pakistan seeks friendly ties with Afghanistan, rooted in common history, culture and tradition. She says this is no time for "point-scoring, playing politics or grandstanding." Afghanistan and India signed the agreement on Tuesday, the first of its kind for Kabul with any country. It promptly sparked new concern in Pakistan over India's influence in Afghanistan. Pakistan is sandwiched between the two countries, with Afghanistan to its west and India to its east.
What does the mad Pakistani leadership expect. After colluding with America to install Karzai into power from his home in Quetta, Pakistan, the inapt Pakistani leadership is now complaining. Because of their negligence¬†¬†Pakistan lost $100 billion, spilt the blood of thousands of innocent Muslims, and lost Afghanistan which served as its strategic depth and was a deterrent to India.¬†¬†Most of all, the civilian and military leadership has strengthened¬†¬†America's and India's grip over the whole region.
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