<![CDATA[Hedgehogs.net: '' related content (page 4)]]> http://www.hedgehogs.net/tag/israel?offset=30 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11412996/opec-the-beginning-of-the-end Wed, 12 Nov 2014 08:48:50 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11412996/opec-the-beginning-of-the-end <![CDATA[OPEC, The Beginning of the End?]]> Apparently, the market is in a mood to go up, even on a relatively quiet day in the world. Other than more fighting in Ukraine, more fighting in Libya, more fighting in Syria, more fighting in Iraq, more fighting in the land of the Kurds, and, more stupid people killing stupid people over ideology in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Palestine/Israel and outright evil massacres in Mexico, the world is quiet.  

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11412658/inside-the-mind-of-an-oligarch-sheldon-adelson-proclaims-i-dont-like-journalism Wed, 12 Nov 2014 06:21:03 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11412658/inside-the-mind-of-an-oligarch-sheldon-adelson-proclaims-i-dont-like-journalism <![CDATA[Inside The Mind Of An Oligarch â Sheldon Adelson Proclaims "I Don't Like Journalism"]]> Submitted by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11411930/mccain-obama-is-not-taking-the-advice-of-his-military-commanders-on-isis Wed, 12 Nov 2014 01:48:48 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11411930/mccain-obama-is-not-taking-the-advice-of-his-military-commanders-on-isis <![CDATA[McCain: Obama Is Not Taking the Advice of His Military Commanders on ISIS]]>
Speaking at the 92 St. Y in New York, McCain told his host, Bob Schieffer, that the president wasn't taking the advice of his military commanders in the fight against ISIS and was doing a poor job -- both strategically and in communicating his goals to the American people.

The former Republican presidential candidate blamed the current situation on the hasty withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. If the Obama Administration had left soldiers behind, he said, "then Maliki would not have done what he did. It gave rise to ISIS. And now we are facing, I believe, a direct threat to the United States of America."

Late last week President Obama authorized sending another 1,500 American soldiers to Iraq. He also urged Congress to release $5.6 billion to help fund the fight against ISIS. The soldiers, the president announced, would train Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their effort to push back against ISIS. The $5.6 billion includes $1.6 billion to establish a fund that would support Iraqi and Kurdish security forces, and a Pentagon spokesman said CENTCOM will establish training centers for a dozen brigades.

McCain made clear that he thought President Obama's strategy of targeted air strikes, training friendly forces and gradual escalation would not be able to eradicate ISIS. The solution, McCain said, is not "four or five airstrikes a day, my friend. It's not putting 1,500 [troops on the ground] and then another 1,500."

"These people are dedicated to our destruction and we're going to have to destroy them," McCain declared. On Sunday, the senator told Fox News, "we are going to have to have more boots on the ground because the only way you can really identify targets is to have boots on the ground."

When asked what he would do, McCain said, "I would sit down with my military leaders and I would say, 'What do we need to do to destroy ISIS?'.... I know for a fact that the president is not taking the military advice that he is getting. He is not exercising the military recommendations that he is getting from our military leadership."


A WEAK DEAL WITH IRAN

Senator McCain was also deeply pessimistic about America's negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. The potential agreement currently being discussed, he said, "will only delay the acquisition of nuclear weapons by Iran, some say six months, some say a year. That's not acceptable." To this remark, applause rang out around the auditorium.

Referring to recent tensions between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over a deal with Iran, McCain worried that if there is a breakdown in trust between Washington and Jerusalem, "it would motivate the Israelis to take action on their own."

Further, he said, "I worry that if this agreement is believed -- in the region, not just Israel, but throughout the region -- that it does not prevent Iran from achieving nuclear weapons capability, the Saudis will buy nuclear weapons from Pakistan," -- he snapped his fingers - "like that. Then, all the other countries [in the region] would become nuclearized. I'm very worried about it."

A bill co-authored by McCain and being pushed urgently forward by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) would seek to prevent the Obama Administration from going it alone on the negotiations without Congress, as he has hinted he might. Senator Graham told the Washington Post on Monday that he plans to get debate on the bill, which would require the Senate to approve an eventual agreement, started this week -- even before Republican reinforcements arrive in Congress in January.



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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11411217/apparently-you-can-buy-some-happiness Tue, 11 Nov 2014 21:49:21 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11411217/apparently-you-can-buy-some-happiness <![CDATA[Apparently, You CAN Buy (Some) Happiness]]>

It looks as if you can buy happiness, after all.

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11410839/dsks-investment-banking-venture-just-went-bust Sun, 09 Nov 2014 07:20:37 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11410839/dsks-investment-banking-venture-just-went-bust <![CDATA[DSK's Investment Banking Venture Just Went Bust]]> 11410839 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11410338/suspect-in-west-bank-hitandrun-surrenders-israel-says Fri, 07 Nov 2014 04:09:23 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11410338/suspect-in-west-bank-hitandrun-surrenders-israel-says <![CDATA[Suspect in West Bank hit-and-run surrenders, Israel says]]> ]]> 11410338 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11409669/brieffounder-tech39s-unit-plans-to-set-up-company-in-israel Thu, 06 Nov 2014 09:55:25 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11409669/brieffounder-tech39s-unit-plans-to-set-up-company-in-israel <![CDATA[BRIEF-Founder Tech&#39;s unit plans to set up company in Israel]]> Nov 6 (Reuters) - Founder Technology Group Corp. * Says unit plans to set up a window company in Israel. Source text in Chinese: bit.ly/1poW8c5.

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11409160/3-countries-that-will-be-watching-the-midterms-on-tueday Tue, 04 Nov 2014 00:39:52 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11409160/3-countries-that-will-be-watching-the-midterms-on-tueday <![CDATA[3 Countries That Will Be Watching the Midterms on Tueday]]>
Midterm elections are typically about domestic issues like the economy and immigration, and are increasingly seen by political analysts and pollsters as an indictment on the president and his party. Yet this Tuesday's midterm elections are not simply about the United States. Indeed, by virtue of America's superpower status in international affairs, millions of people around the world will be tracking the polls and watching the results. And three countries in particular, all of whom reside in the Middle East, will be glued to the television as the votes are counted.

1) Israel - As Washington's strategic ally in a chaotic, bloody, and violence-prone region of the world, Israelis shouldn't have anything to worry about after the midterms are over. Regardless of whether Republicans take the Senate or Democrats hold onto it, U.S. policy towards Israel will not change; Congress will continue to allocate over $3 billion to the Israel Defense Forces, military collaboration will continue as scheduled (if not deepen), and the special-relationship between the United States and the Jewish state will endure.

There is one man, however, that will be watching the midterms closely: Israel's top politician, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Support for Israel is one of the few bipartisan issues that has survived Washington's gridlock over the past six years. Yet for Bibi, a Republican victory at the polls on Tuesday could very well be a chance for the Israeli premier to increase his leverage with a president he hasn't gotten along with well.

Although his professional relationship with President Barack Obama is functional, his personal ties with the president are mediocre at best. The two men have never been in synch when they have appeared together in public, and even the simplest of diplomatic formalities--like a group picture in the Oval Office--can devolve into awkward lecturing about Israel's settlement policy or Israel's status as a Jewish state. Despite the Obama administration's attempts to deny a significant breach in policy between the United States and Israel, President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu have vastly different views about what should occur in the region. For Obama, Israel needs to stop building settlements on the same Palestinian land that forms the foundation of a future state. For Netanyahu, Jews have the right to live anywhere in Jerusalem. A diplomatic agreement with Iran that stops that country's nuclear program is seen by the White House as a foreign policy accomplishment that could solidify Obama's legacy as a leader. Netanyahu, in contrast, considers any diplomatic agreement with the Iranians as an unwanted and dangerous capitulation unless all uranium centrifuges are destroyed and all facilities are shut down.

And then there's that infamous "chickens*^t" comment by an administration staffer, which surely didn't help the Barack-Bibi relationship.

A Republican-majority Congress will allow Netanyahu & Company to bypass President Obama and appeal directly to a House and Senate leadership that is much more in-line with Bibi's thinking on these issues. As Barak Ravid of Haaretz notes in his latest column, "Netanyahu is either convinced, or trying to convince himself, that Obama will have limited room to maneuver following a Republican victory. He believes that a Republican victory could help him thwart what Obama and his people have declared is the most important issue foreign policy issue during his second term as president."

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It's safe to assume that Netanyahu is a closet Republican rooting for a Republican victory.

2) Iran - The Iranians have just as much interest in the midterm elections. If Harry Reid and the Democrats keep the Senate, any new Iran-sanctions legislation that Republicans file will be stalled until the P5+1-Iran negotiations are completed. A Mitch McConnell-run Senate would not be so patient.

After nearly a year of intense negotiations between U.S. and Iranian diplomats, both sides are trying to find some way out of a nuclear dispute that could conceivably lead to an armed conflict. A diplomatic bargain would be the best way to achieve that, which is precisely why Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Barack Obama have invested so much in this outcome. The problem, however, is that if negotiations are extended for a second time past the November 23 deadline, Iranians will be forced to content with a Republican-controlled Congress that was never incredibly supportive of the Joint Plan of Action in the first place.

It will be a lot more difficult for Iranians to receive the legislative sanctions relief that they are looking for if Republicans are allowed to set terms for the debate than if Obama's own party kept their majority. The White House could still waive the sanctions that have degraded Tehran's economy, but it would take an up-or-down vote in Congress for those laws to be abolished from the books permanently. On this specific issue, it would not be surprising if Rouhani is just as concerned about a Republican triumph as President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

3) Iraq - The new Iraqi Government of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is in desperate need of U.S. assistance. Since August 7, President Obama has deployed roughly 1,400 U.S. troops to advise and train the Iraqi Army after its disastrous performance against the Islamic State last June, and the Pentagon has launched hundreds of airstrikes on ISIL targets since that time.

While these actions may seem significant for Americans, they aren't sufficient for the Iraqis who remain under siege from ISIL militants. Airstrikes haven't stopped hundreds of Sunni tribesmen north of Ramadi from being detained and slaughtered by ISIL over the past several days. Nor have they provided the overstretched Iraqi security forces with the sufficient time and space to claw back territory or gain the trust of Iraq's Sunni Arab community. Republicans like Senator John McCain, who will take the chair of the Armed Services Committee if Republicans win the Senate, have called for the deployment of more U.S. trainers, U.S. Special Operations forces, a heavier pace of airstrikes, and a greater sense of urgency in general. And that's not even mentioning Syria, where a no-fly zone and more arms to the moderate Syrian opposition have been floated as serious proposals by McCain and his fellow Republicans. Bob Corker, who would rise to Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, has advocated for similar policy changes.

Haider al-Abadi and his newly-formed cabinet will be watching to see if some of the policies that Republicans have called for will actually come to fruition once a new Republican-majority Congress is sworn in.]]>
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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/blog/CentralBankNews/read/11408604/monetary-policy-week-in-review-oct-2731-2014-japan-and-sweden-ease-as-us-russia-tighten-policy-stance Mon, 03 Nov 2014 03:53:11 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/blog/CentralBankNews/read/11408604/monetary-policy-week-in-review-oct-2731-2014-japan-and-sweden-ease-as-us-russia-tighten-policy-stance <![CDATA[Monetary Policy Week in Review â Oct 27-31, 2014: Japan and Sweden ease as U.S., Russia tighten policy stance]]>     The central banks of Japan and Sweden pulled rabbits out of their hats last week, surprising financial markets with their audacious moves to ease monetary policy, while the United States, Brazil and Russia tightened their policy stance, underscoring the precarious state of the global economy.
    The U.S. Federal Reserve stuck to its commitment to end its third round of asset purchases in the last six years, opening a new chapter in global monetary policy and starting the countdown to its first rate rise since June 2006.
    But just as the Fed gingerly steps into the world of post-QE (Quantitative Easing), the Bank of Japan (BOJ) delves deeper into QE, boosting its target for expanding the monetary base by 10-20 trillion yen to about 80 trillion.
    Despite months of denial that it would undertake additional easing, the BOJ decided it had to take firm action to avoid 15 years of “deflationary mindset” again grabbing hold of the Japanese psyche.
    The Riksbank is facing a similar challenge in pulling Sweden out of a deflationary grip – it forecast deflation of 0.2 perent this year - and cut its benchmark repurchase rate to zero percent and pledged to keep it there until mid-2016.
     But while Sweden and Japan are combating deflation - and have been criticized for being slow to counter the threat of deflation - Brazil and Russia are in the opposite camp, fighting inflation that continues to accelerate despite already very high interest rates.
     The Central Bank of Brazil raised its benchmark Selic rate by 25 basis points to 11.25 percent, restarting its tightening campaign that was paused in May after nine rate rises.
    The Bank of Russia, which is combatting the twin challenges of international sanctions and falling oil prices, raised its policy rate by 150 basis points to 9.50 percent and now expects inflation to remain above 8 percent in the next several months while the economy is expected to stagnate in the current quarter and in the first quarter of next year.

    Through the first 44 weeks of this year, the 90 central banks followed by Central Bank News have cut their policy rates 54 times, or 13.4 percent of this year’s 404 policy decisions, down from 13.5 percent at the end of the third quarter but up from 12 percent at the end of the first half and 12 percent at the end of the first quarter.
    Meanwhile, rates have been raised 41 times, or 10.1 percent of all policy decisions, down from 10.2 percent at the end of September, but up from 9.3 percent at the end of June and 8.7 percent at the end of March.
    Boosted by last week's three rate rises, the Global Monetary Policy Rate - the average rate of the 90 central banks followed by Central Bank News - jumped to 5.56 percent, up from 5.54 percent at the end of the third quarter and 5.53 percent at the end of the second quarter and first quarters.

LIST OF LAST WEEK’S CENTRAL BANK DECISIONS: 

TABLE WITH LAST WEEK’S MONETARY POLICY DECISIONS:
COUNTRY MSCI      NEW RATE            OLD RATE         1 YEAR AGO
ANGOLA 9.00% 8.75% 9.75%
ISRAEL DM 0.25% 0.25% 1.00%
MAURITIUS FM 4.65% 4.65% 4.65%
SWEDEN DM 0.00% 0.25% 1.00%
HUNGARY EM 2.10% 2.10% 3.40%
UNITED STATES DM 0.25% 0.25% 0.25%
BRAZIL EM 11.25% 11.00% 9.50%
ALBANIA 2.50% 2.50% 3.50%
NEW ZEALAND DM 3.50% 3.50% 2.50%
FIJI 0.50% 0.50% 0.50%
COLOMBIA EM 4.50% 4.50% 3.25%
JAPAN DM                  N/A                  N/A                  N/A
RUSSIA EM 9.50% 8.00% 5.50%
MEXICO EM 3.00% 3.00% 3.50%


    This week (Week 45) 11 central banks or monetary authorities are scheduled to decide on monetary policy: Australia, Romania, Kenya, Thailand, Iceland, Poland, Malaysia, United Kingdom, euro area, Czech Republic and Zambia.

TABLE WITH THIS WEEK’S MONETARY POLICY DECISIONS:

COUNTRY MSCI              DATE  CURRENT  RATE         1 YEAR AGO
AUSTRALIA DM 4-Nov 2.50% 2.50%
ROMANIA FM 4-Nov 3.00% 4.00%
KENYA FM 4-Nov 8.50% 8.50%
THAILAND EM 5-Nov 2.00% 2.25%
ICELAND 5-Nov 6.00% 6.00%
POLAND EM 5-Nov 2.00% 2.50%
MALAYSIA EM 6-Nov 3.25% 3.00%
UNITED KINGDOM DM 6-Nov 0.50% 0.50%
EURO AREA DM 6-Nov 0.05% 0.25%
CZECH REPUBLIC EM 6-Nov 0.05% 0.05%
ZAMBIA 6-Nov 12.00% 9.75%


   

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http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11408467/the-market-ticker--with-friends-like-this Sun, 02 Nov 2014 01:10:46 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11408467/the-market-ticker--with-friends-like-this <![CDATA[The Market Ticker - With Friends Like This....]]> How can we defend this sort of crap -- and help fund it?

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