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  1. Mastermind

    ****Happy Norooz****

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  2. by Martin Walker January 23, 2006 United Press International Email this article to a friend Print this article The prospect of a mushroom cloud rising from the Dasht-e-Lut, Iran's Desert of Stones, may not be Tehran's greatest threat to international stability. A successful test of an Iranian nuclear weapon at some point in the next few years may prove less destabilizing than a simple free market economic measure that Iran is said to be planning for March of this year. Tehran is preparing to open a bourse, a mercantile exchange and potentially a futures market, where traders can buy and sell oil and gas, along the lines of the International Petroleum Exchange (IPE) in London and the NYTMEX in New York. The differences are first, that this one would price its energy in euros, not dollars, and second, that it would not use West Texas Intermediate or Brent Crude (from the North Sea) as its standard oil for pricing. It would use a Persian Gulf-produced oil instead. So what? This sounds like a minor change, and possibly even a useful one, broadening the choice among traders and consumers in the kind of way that Adam Smith, the 18th century father of modern capitalism, would have recommended. Not so. This could be a far more profoundly punishing blow to American interests than Iran's ability to manufacture a crude atom bomb that would have little credibility until it became small and stable and reliable enough to be delivered on some putative target. The relationship between the oil price and dollar is intimate and important, and very useful to the dollar's highly profitable status as the world's reserve currency. The prospect of a rival bourse and futures market opens the intriguing possibility, beyond hedging the future oil price, of profitable arbitrage between the euro and the dollar. And if oil and gas are to be denominated in more than just one currency, why not open the trade to others? Why not denominate the price of a barrel of oil in Japanese Yen, or in Chinese yuan, the currency of the world's second biggest oil importer? Why not, in short, end the monopoly rule of the almighty dollar? Such a move would not be welcomed in Washington, which swiftly moved after the fall of Baghdad in 2003 to reverse Saddam Hussein's impudent decision to start selling Iraqi oil for euros, rather than dollars. After all, the great benefit of running the world's reserve currency means that if all else fails, the United States Treasury can just print more and more of the stuff and pay for its oil imports that way. There are, naturally, limits to the degree to which the United States can debase its currency, as the world found with the first great OPEC price rise of 1973, when the price per barrel tripled. This is usually attributed to the political decision by Saudi Arabia and other Arab oil producers to punish the United States for its decisive support of Israel in the Yom Kippur War. That is partly true, but the crucial OPEC decision was as a direct result of President Richard Nixon's Aug. 15 decision to end the dollar's link to the gold standard. The dollar declined in value, which meant the OPEC producers received less value for their oil. So at their Beirut meeting on Sept. 22, OPEC adopted resolution XXV:140, which resolved to take "any necessary action ... to offset any adverse effects on the per barrel real income of member countries resulting from the international monetary developments as of Aug. 15." That was also the time when Sheikh Zaki Yamani, the Saudi oil minister, first mentioned the possibility of deploying the ultimate weapon of an oil embargo. Most of the financial world is currently awaiting another, similar devaluation of the dollar, in response to the monstrous scale of current deficit on the U.S. current account. Writing in the Financial Times last week, Harvard Professor Marty Feldstein suggested that on the basis of the 1985-87 Louvre and Plaza devaluations, the dollar could fall as much as 40 percent or even more. The markets simply do not know when. But should it come after an Iranian bourse is up and running, some very tidy sums could be made by those playing a dollar-euro trade on Tehran's energy futures market. The Tehran bourse is listed as an objective for this year in Iran's current five-year plan. The Tehran Times reported July 26 that the final authorizations had been received for the bourse to go ahead. Mohammad Javad Asemipour, the technocrat and former deputy petroleum minister who has been charged with launching the bourse, has made a number of discreet scouting trips to London, Frankfurt, Moscow and Paris. Just after Christmas, he was quoted by the Iran Labor News Agency saying "transparency in oil transactions would be one of the advantages of having such an establishment "(the bourse), and adding that this would "allow dealers access to related information and promote equal trade opportunities." Asemipour is an elusive type, but one who seems convinced that Iran can play off the European against the Americans, the euro against the dollar. Just over a year ago, he was quoted in the quasi-official Iran Daily saying that the Europeans have played "a beautiful game" with the United States during the years of sanctions, when they actively participated in economic projects, particularly in the energy sector, across Iran. "In this game, the Europeans have pretended to be siding with America, whereas they got involved in business here and developed a sort of competition with the Americans," he said. "But in practice, they (the Europeans) have pursued their own interests." There is no shortage of officials in the Bush administration who nurture such suspicions of the French and Germans, despite what seems at the moment to be a common concern about Iran's nuclear ambitions. The question now is whether the world's traders will come to a Tehran Bourse if and when it opens, bearing in mind that a similar idea in Dubai failed to gain much traction. But that was before oil prices reached $65 a barrel, and before the Dubai's partners in the Gulf Cooperation Council decided it was time to stop glowering at Iran as a potential enemy, and started to invite Tehran to their meetings as an observer. Before, that is, the Arab world began to judge that whatever the American intentions, Iran had become the real winner of the Iraq War. The world could be about to change much faster than we think, whether or not Iran tests an atomic device. There are other, possibly more devastating weapons available that could hit a financially vulnerable American where it hurts most
  3. Mastermind

    *****Keyvan joon Tavalodet mobarak******

    :o wowoowwow saaaaaaat saaaaaal zindaaaaaa basheeee:D ur birth day is the purr fect day to say i care ,,, coz u will remeber me when u certainly make ita big affair ,, n when u do hold a party ...ill bet u ll be the one who would care to make ur special day a costly affair !!!! Many Many Happy Returns of the day. Our sincere prayers for you for a bright future ::kiss
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    So the solving problem shall be called "Hanging people"??? Very Middle Eastern of you! Actually , iam right a man who does things with an animal is to be executed.
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    Yak sawallllll

    you are a piece of Sh!t Mr Kevin, and you have no honour. and what if she had sex with animals? also irrelevant? ofcourse its past right? The issue is a controversial one with differing views. Personally, I prefer a virgin wife as I am one. People have different degrees and sensitivity to such things as a woman's chastity, with some not caring if their wife has had many sexual relationships in the past, to some who will not marry a woman who has spoken with another male who is not a family member. I think somewhere in between these two extremes is a healthy choice, but then again, thats just my opinion. I think those who have openly had sex with many women deserve a girl who has had sex with many men. They deserve their own kind. Promiscuous men deserve promiscuous women.
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    Disgustingly putrid, such people should be hanged.. There are laws in place for such acts if I'm not mistaken in other countries?...doesnt that fall under animal cruelty?......
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    Yak sawallllll

    well saving ourselve is also important. actully the most important. it is life and in this world every1 thinks of himself/herself. A friend of mine says no one likes left overs well I dont think we should think of it as 'left-overs' for the Prophet (saw) married many women only one was a virgin. Because sometimes a woman may become a widow, without any fault of her own. She maybe will be clean (in terms of her heart/actions), good family and so on. I dont think clean has got to do with 'virginity'. It has got to do with a person commiting zina/fornication.
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    Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat I AM SORRY IF THIS IS OFFENSIVE. I AM MERELY POSTING IT FOR HUMOR VALUE (AND THE LESSON IT TEAHCES US ABOUT HOW HUMANITY CONSTANTLY MANAGES TO SHOCK AND SURPRISE US IN BOTH GOOD AND BAD WAYS) BBC NEWS Sudan man forced to 'marry' goat A Sudanese man has been forced to take a goat as his "wife", after he was caught having sex with the animal. The goat's owner, Mr Alifi, said he surprised the man with his goat and took him to a council of elders. They ordered the man, Mr Tombe, to pay a dowry of 15,000 Sudanese dinars ($50) to Mr Alifi. "We have given him the goat, and as far as we know they are still together," Mr Alifi said ahahhaha Mr Alifi, Hai Malakal in Upper Nile State, told the Juba Post newspaper that he heard a loud noise around midnight on 13 February and immediately rushed outside to find Mr Tombe with his goat. "When I asked him: 'What are you doing there?', he fell off the back of the goat, so I captured and tied him up". Mr Alifi then called elders to decide how to deal with the case. "They said I should not take him to the police, but rather let him pay a dowry for my goat because he used it as his wife," Mr Alifi told the newspaper.
  11. Freedom of speech, In the west This is a complete joke, just read what Ken Livingstone said to be suspended for one month. Ken Livingstone was recorded asking reporter Oliver Finegold if he is a "German war criminal". Mr Finegold replies: "No, I'm Jewish, I wasn't a German war criminal. I'm quite offended by that." The mayor then says: "Ah right, well you might be, but actually you are just like a concentration camp guard, you are just doing it because you are paid to, aren't you?" London's mayor has been suspended from office on full pay for four weeks for comparing a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard. The Adjudication Panel for England ruled Ken Livingstone had brought his office into disrepute when he acted in an "unnecessarily insensitive" manner. The ban is due to begin on 1 March and the mayor's deputy Nicky Gavron will stand in for Mr Livingstone. The mayor said: "This decision strikes at the heart of democracy." He added: "Elected politicians should only be able to be removed by the voters or for breaking the law. The hearing followed a complaint from the Jewish Board of Deputies, which had not called for the mayor to be suspended over the comment he made to the Evening Standard's Oliver Finegold outside a public-funded party. The chairman of the panel, David Laverick, said it had decided on a ban because Mr Livingstone had failed to realise the seriousness of his outburst. He said: "The case tribunal accepts that this is not a situation when it would be appropriate to disqualify the mayor. Mr Livingstone has said he was expressing his honestly-held political view of Associated Newspapers, but he had not meant to offend the Jewish community.
  12. Virginaty In our culture its always important, to marry a ''clean'' boy/girl, (and the ''aross'' specially is very important!) And he/she must also have a good family and good behavouir and so on... But how do you think about it personally? Must your partner be a virgin? and why?
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    Free Speech Hypocrisy?

    How funny Keyvan I was just reading his statements. Anyhow I remeber an Austrian right wing politician who was running for prime minster years ago by the name Joerg Haider, he did not want to compensate the Jews for lost property during Hitlers Ego issues.... There has been numerous amount of genocides that have taken place through the course of history. Majority of attention is fueled towards the holocaust, which we will never forget... IF people wish to protest over the cartoons then so be it. If the jews want to build holocaust memorials in every state, then let it be. This historian that you speak about is still on trial for his statement. He has no freedom of expressing his views on the holocaust. We need to define the word "West", How did it evolve? And europe isnt one country, denmark doesnt have any holocaust revision laws as far as i know.
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    WTH

    Are we a jk, muslim people and religion they drew a carton............muslim protest and die.........doesnt matter.....Western care less............Denmark government says he doesnt represent our people and he is just an individual......so no regret or appology......::blink:: now the Italian Reforms minster Roberto Caldeoli make a T shirt from the Cartons and wear it on TV.......... ....what a massage he trying to tell us.... Next news, an indian state government mister, Mohammad Yqoub Qureshi, offers a reward of $11.5 million for the beheading of any cartoonists who drew the images and his weight in gold. how much more to come:(
  15. Iranians rename Danish pastries Iranians wishing to buy Danish pastries will now have to ask for "Roses of the Prophet Muhammad". Bakeries across the capital, Tehran, are covering up signs advertising the pastries and replacing them with ones bearing the dessert's new name. The confectioners' union ordered the name change in retaliation for the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in a Danish newspaper. The images have caused angry protests across the world. The union said that their decision was prompted by the "insults by Danish newspapers against the Prophet". 'Punishment' Danish pastries are very popular in Iran and not subject to a boycott affecting other Danish products as they are made locally. Ahmad Mahmoudi, a cake shop owner in Tehran, backed the move. "This is a punishment for those who start misusing freedom of expression to insult the sanctities of Islam," he said. But others were less convinced. "I just want the sweet pastries. I have nothing to do with the name," shopper Zohreh Masoumi said. This is not the first time a popular snack has been hit by fallout from a political row. French fries and French toast were renamed "freedom fries" and "freedom toast" at cafeterias in the US House of Representatives in 2003, after France opposed the US-led invasion of Iraq. -BBC
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