February 24th, 2009

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Washington (Platts)--23Feb2009

One key measure requested by the coalition is for the Environmental
Protection Agency to expand the market for domestic fuels by approving
ethanol-gasoline blends of 13% (up from 10%), and eventually allow up to
20-30% blends
, Rounds said. "Research and science already justifies [allowing higher blends] and it is imperative we move forward now."

Chinese methanol prices continued to rise

Tokyo (Platts)--16Feb2009

Chinese methanol prices continued to rise Monday, on the back of
firm buying interest from traders, who anticipated prices would increase
CFR spot prices rose to $202.50/mt CFR China, up $5/mt from last Friday.
This was the first time since November 19 that methanol spot prices in
China have gone beyond the $200/mt CFR level, when prices were around
$202.50/mt CFR China.
In the eastern China market, prices on an ex-tank basis increased by Yuan
87.50/mt ($13/mt) from last Friday to around Yuan 1,875-1,925/mt, or about
$220/mt on an import parity basis. Chinese methanol prices started to rebound from mid-December,

and have since increased $41/mt, or around 25%.

from mid december oil also went up:
from $32 to $40 today and $48 recently

Islamic terror: Brainchild of the KGB


As Ion Mihai Pacepa, onetime director of the Romanian espionage service (DIE), later explained, the PLO was conceived at a time when the KGB was creating “liberation front” organizations throughout the Third world. Others included the National Liberation Army of Bolivia, created in 1964 with help from Ernesto “Che” Guevara, and the National Liberation Army of Colombia, created in 1965 with help from Fidel Castro. But the PLO was the KGB’s most enduring achievement.

In 1964, the first PLO Council, consisting of 422 Palestinian representatives handpicked by the KGB, approved the Soviet blueprint for a Palestinian National Charter—a document drafted in Moscow—and made Ahmad Shukairy, the KGB’s agent of influence, the first PLO chairman. The Romanian intelligence service was given responsibility for providing the PLO with logistical support. Except for the arms, which were supplied by the KGB and the East German Stasi, everything, according to Ion Pacepa, “came from Bucharest. Even the PLO uniforms and the PLO stationery were manufactured in Romania free of charge, as a ‘comradely help.’ During those years, two Romanian cargo planes filled with goodies for the PLO landed in Beirut every week.”

The PLO came on the scene at a critical moment in Middle East history. At the Khartoum conference held shortly after the Six-Day war, the defeated and humiliated Arab states confronted the “new reality” of an Israel that seemed unbeatable in conventional warfare. The participants of the conference decided, among other things, to continue the war against Israel as what today would be called a “low intensity conflict.” The PLO’s Fatah forces were perfect to carry out this mission.

The Soviets not only armed and trained Palestinian terrorists but also used them to arm and train other professional terrorists by the thousands. The International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party (CPSU), the Soviet Security Police (KGB), and Soviet Military Intelligence (GRU) all played major roles in this effort. From the late 1960s onwards, moreover, the PLO maintained contact with other terror groups—some of them neo-Nazi and extreme right-wing groups—offering them support and supplies, training and funding.

The Soviets also built Moscow’s Patrice Lumumba People’s Friendship University to serve as a base of indoctrination and training of potential “freedom fighters” from the Third world. More specialized training in terrorism was provided at locations in Baku, Odessa, Simferopol, and

Tashkent. Mahmoud Abbas, later to succeed Yassir Arafat as head of the PLO, was a graduate of Patrice Lumumba U, where he received his Ph.D. in 1982 after completing a thesis partly based on Holocaust denial.

Cuba was also used as a base for terrorist training and Marxist indoctrination, part of a symbiotic relationship between its revolutionary cadre and the PLO. The Cuban intelligence service (DGI) was under the direct command of the KGB after 1968. Palestinian terrorists were identified in Havana as early as 1966; and in the 1970s DGI representatives were dispatched to PLO camps in Lebanon to assist terrorists being nurtured by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP). In late April 1979, an agreement was reached for the PFLP to have several hundred of its terrorists trained in Cuba, following a meeting between its chief George Habash and Cuban officials.

The FSB (KGB) is the most experienced terrorist organisation in the world

FP: Tell us a bit more about how the FSB is operating in Arab countries and its people offering both money and advice to Islamists.

Zakayev: The FSB (KGB) is the most experienced terrorist organisation in the world, whose foundations were laid even before the Bolsheviks captured power in Russian Empire in 1917. For over a half of the 20th century, the KGB operated on every continent and effectively terrorised the whole world.

Having one sixth of the world’s dry land under its control, the FSB is in no shortage of resources. However, its most important instrument of influence is the constantly updated ‘Know How’ in every kind of terrorist activity, including kidnappings, explosions, hijacking planes, hostage-taking, use of poisons and nuclear materials for assassinations, etc. The most important ‘Know How’ is the FSB’s ability to form and develop extremist ideologies. Two examples of that are the Al Qaeda and the Wahhabism among Muslim nations in Russia.

Without going into much detail, let me remind your readers that notorious Aiman al Zawahiri spent half a year in Russia in 1997, just before he went to Afghanistan to join Osama bin Laden. That fact was publicly admitted by the FSB Chief Gen. Patrushev, who claimed, however, that the FSB failed to establish al Zawahiri’s identity. In fact, he had been known to the KGB from the old times when Egyptian president Anvar Sadat was assassinated. My late friend Alexander Litvinenko directly named Al Zawahiri as an FSB secret agent. Personally, I have no doubt that Al Zawahiri is the one who really pulls the strings in Al Qaeda.

The seeds of Wahhabism in Russia were sown in 1989, when the Party of Islamic Revival was founded in Astrakhan. Ever since then, the activities of so-called Islamic extremists in Russia and some Muslim post-Soviet republics are guided by the Kremlin’s short-term considerations.

The FSB keeps and guards its loyal agents at the top of its every project, wherever it takes place.

Al Qaeda is a global provocation, designed to clash the Islamic world with the Western world, thus weakening the both sides as much as possible. Those who capitalise on that are Russia, China and their allies in the totalitarian camp.

The task of Hamas and Hezbollah is to prevent peace between Palestinians and Israelis. That benefits Russia, Iran, and Arab dictators.

All the three organisations have nothing to do with the interests of the Muslim world. They are obedient puppets in the hands of others.

FP: Expand for us a bit on how Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah and other Islamist terror groups help Russia, Iran, and Arab dictators.

Zakayev: First of all, they raise tensions in an oil-rich region. The higher the tensions are, the higher the oil prices. Imagine for a moment what would happen to Russia, Iran or Arab countries if they suddenly lost their oil revenues. In a sense, the whole foreign policy of all these countries is targeted at selling oil for the highest possible price.

Secondly, Russia, Iran and a number of Arab countries have authoritarian regimes, whose internal opponents would be very much attracted to Western democracy at the time of stability. Therefore, fighting a war against the Western democracies is vital for those regimes’ survival. Using Al Qaeda, Hamas or Hezbollah, they can fight the West in foreign lands and with foreign hands; so they don’t care about casualties.

Another thing which unites Russia and Iran is their objective interest to prevent stability among the Sunnis. In case of Iran, the reason for that is the hostility along the Shia-Sunni lines. As for Russia, it fears that a stable and united Sunni world would ask it to free the dozens of Sunni nations which are still kept by force under its colonial domination.

FP: What kind of danger would you say Russia poses to the West?

Zakayev: The conflict between Russia and the West is a conflict between authoritarianism and democracy. No peaceful coexistence is possible here. If you do not advance, you retreat. Today, Russia is on the offensive, and has advanced quite far, mostly because of some Western leaders’ short-sightedness. I am confident of the eventual victory for democracy, but to make it happen soon, the West has to start a decisive offensive. Unfortunately, the democratic camp today is less united than the authoritarian one led by Russia, China and Iran.

A delay of the West’s offensive means prolonged sufferings to millions of people, not only in the authoritarian countries, but also far beyond their borders, because the Neo-Bolsheviks have now armed themselves with the ‘international Islamic terrorism’. It is a kind of their big stick with remote control.


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Canada is the only western nation where there haven't been bank bailouts!!!!!!!!

Prime Minister Stephen Harper noted in an interview on CNBC that Canada is the only western nation where there haven't been bank bailouts. Harper traveled to New York City on Monday, just days after President Barack Obama visited Canada for his first foreign trip.

Obama said last week that Canada has shown it is a good manager of its financial system.

"We do have a strong system of regulation and activist regulators who go and meet with the sector," Harper said. "They don't try to micromanage banks' decisions. We try and establish good oversight and transparency."

Canada has avoided the mortgage meltdown and banking crisis that are hitting the United States and Europe hard. Harper said Canada's system of regulation has encouraged "a fairly a cautious culture in the banks."

"For example, our banks when they sign mortgages largely hold those rather than trading them, so they have a lot more interest in the underlying quality of those mortgages," Harper said, adding that Canada has "avoided the subprime mortgage problem."

Harper noted that Canada's big banks aren't as leveraged as their international peers and are actually less leveraged than what they could be under government regulation.

Canada has not experienced the failure of any major financial institution and Canada's banks now have the largest market capitalizations in the world. Royal Bank of Canada has a $27.6 billion market cap compared with Citigroup's much diminished $11.6 billion market cap.

The stock prices of Canada's banks are down but not nearly as much as U.S. or European bank stocks. Canada's financial system is dominated by five banks, unlike in the U.S. where there are scores of banks.

Harper noted that high concentration in the sector.

"We have only six major banks that have most of the market. We only have three major insurance firms and the banks also generally control the brokerages," Harper said.

The World Economic Forum said recently Canada had the most sound financial system in the world, with a rating of 6.8 out of 7.