Bangladesh: 10th place with approximately 340.000 living slaves.
Nigeria: 4th place with approximately 700.000 living slaves.
Pakistan: 3rd place with approximately 2.150.000 living slaves.
Bangladesh: 10th place with approximately 340.000 living slaves.
Nigeria: 4th place with approximately 700.000 living slaves.
Pakistan: 3rd place with approximately 2.150.000 living slaves.
As we head through Friday into a relaxing weekend, here’s a little some thing you may wish to read and digest-or not-as the case may be. Statistically the majority will simply watch the first few minutes of the linked clip, and then throw the towel in as the subject will not concern them at all, and why should it; after all the subject is clearly an estimate of where world economics will be in just under fifty years time. Unfortunately it does have a huge impact on the U.K. Europe, as well as the U.S. Because whether we all like it or not, whether we all believe it or not, it is going to happen. “In the year 2050, China & India will be the Worlds Superpower’s, and between them they will hold 50% of the worlds GDP. The developed countries will drop from having 80% of the world’s income to 35%. “There will be a monumental shift of economic power. It’s not just a moderation trend, but a fundamental change in the world balance, Former World Bank Presidents presentation Balance of Power Shift Coming Says Wolfensohn, Former World Bank President Article by Joyce Routson Friday, January 1, 2010. In the next 40 years, a global power shift will see today’s leading economic countries drop from having 80% of the world’s income to 35%, says John Wolfensohn, former World Bank president. By 2030, two-thirds of people in the world’s middle class will be Chinese. STANFORD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS — James Wolfensohn is all about balance. The former World Bank president introduced himself to a student audience Jan. 11 by talking about how he is grateful at this point in his life to devote time and money to a “balance between business and non-business activities.” And in the speech before an overflow crowd, he urged students to “enrich your life as you enrich your business.”
“That aspect of duality is the thing that has made my life meaningful” he said.
But the balance of power in the world is what Wolfensohn spent the majority of his hour-long appearance on. A huge power shift will occur in the next 40 years that will reduce the influence of the wealthiest countries, he said. As population and GDP grows in countries such as China and India, they will assume a larger role in relationship to the United States and Europe. The developed countries will drop from having 80% of the world’s income to 35%. “There will be a monumental shift of economic power. It’s not just a moderation trend, but a fundamental change in the world balance,” he said.
By 2030, two-thirds of people in the world’s middle class will be Chinese, Wolfensohn said. “These are not trivial changes — they are tectonic changes in the way the planet works. In my generation we didn’t have to think about it. We knew we were a rich country.” But today’s students will have to confront a new world in which Africa is no longer an isolated continent but the fastest-growing market for cell phones. Looking around the auditorium, Wolfensohn noted that many more students from China and India travel to the United States to study, rather than the other way around. In 2007 just 11,200 Americans studied in China. That year more than 110,000 Chinese were studying in the United States.
“It’s a tragedy in terms of the potential of young people that they’re still being guided to look at European countries,” he said.
Wolfensohn was making a repeat appearance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business as a speaker in the Global Management Program’s Global Speaker Series. In 2004, while still at the helm of the World Bank, he spoke about how developed countries were delivering on the promise they made to aid developing ones. He stepped down in 2005 from a decade-long career heading the agency that is in charge of redistributing the world’s wealth from the rich to the poor. He now heads an investment banking firm in New York. At 76, he is still advising organizations and governments on economic policy and helps developing countries through his foundation.
Asked about whether humanitarian aid to Africa was a help or a hindrance, Wolfensohn said aid organizations need to be selective. “There are some extremely corrupt countries,” he said, adding that the best countries should be rewarded. “I say to the others: it’s not acceptable to steal.” He also predicted a shakeup in how the leadership of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund would be appointed. Traditionally, the president of the former was from the United States and the latter from Europe. The bank may be “internationalized” in the future. The World Bank’s stated goal is to reduce poverty. As an international financial institution, it provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. It was created out of World War II with France as the first recipient of world aid. In the late 1960s the emphasis shifted to loans for developing countries. Wolfensohn is a native of Sydney, Australia, and a naturalized U.S. citizen. In addition to his firm, Wolfensohn & Co., he is an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution. He was appointed to head the World Bank in 1995 by President Bill Clinton and served two terms.
Eighty-year-old Wolfensohn has been proven correct in his ‘almost’ 4-short-years of predictions, which are eagerly followed by leading businesses in the West, but more so throughout Asia. Yours Aye.
Was Maria dumped by traffickers after deal to sell her to wealthy family fell through? Police probe theory that a gang ‘gave her to gypsy couple as investigators closed in’ As if this wasn’t bad enough, once again this morning it has been revealed that the Police in the Irish Republic of IRELAND have removed a blonde, blue-eyed girl from a Roma gypsy family over fears she was abducted It breaks my heart to hear of so many children abducted in such a way, more has to be done to stop this evil that crosses the worlds international borders An American couple contact Greek authorities over similarities between mystery girl Maria (above), and an artist’s impression of their abducted daughter Lisa Irwin (below) How the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children imagines Lisa would look today, which bares a striking resemblance to Maria above.
Allegedly: Romani gypsies are a plague that blights the UK as well as Europe, they are more often than not involved in the parasitical ways of stealing, begging, pick pocketing, third-party exploitation, drug smuggling, weapon smuggling, people trafficking, prostitution, and kidnapping children for use in the sex industry. Romani people left north India between the 6th to the 11th Century, they arrived in Europe from the middle east some time around the 14th Century. It is estimated that there are approximately 1 million Romani residing in the USA, with an estimated 11 million Roma scattered across Europe.
This is not my assumption, it is fact. Sadly the establishments around Europe whisper it lightly so as not to offend the human right boards who defend the Romni people. There are those who are up in arms over the treatment of the gypsies, stating history is repeating itself; referring to Adolph HItler and the persecution tactics by the extreme right and their political wing. Which is a load of Tosh & Nonsense! My own personal thoughts on the Romani in general is that they are law breaking tax avoiding riff-raff, who should either live within the society they parasite off, and abide by the rules as others have to, or head back to north India from where they originated. French police move in to clear largest Roma gypsy site in Marseille to find ghost town of rubbish and ramshackle huts after site’s NINETY families slipped away in the night The site, in the heart of Marseille, was the largest Roma camp in the southern French city. It is unknown where the ninety families have gone but they left behind mounds of rubbish and makeshift huts. It comes days after an abducted four-year-old girl was rescued after a similar camp was cleared in Greece. No guessing where a large proportion of them slunk away to; try the ferry local port, and an over night ferry ride to ‘soft touch’ UK Travellers driving French cars take over a Welsh HOSPITAL car park. They say they’re on holiday but are they fleeing the French crackdown?Staff car park at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport is blocked by caravans. French travellers with 14 mobile homes say they’ll move on ‘shortly’, which means hundreds of NHS hospital staff were turned away from work this morning forcing hospital chiefs into taking legal advice over how they might eject the travellers. Issue a European enforcement notice and charge them £1000- a day for parking, or confiscate their top of the range vehicles. If a UK citizen pulled the same stunt they would have the full weight of the law descend upon them. Do I sound pissed off? Yes, of course; I am pissed off, over the way that the Roma community act with impunity, and think that they are above the law. The romantic portrayal of the Roma gypsy’s way of life died out over 60 years ago when they were classed as ‘tinkers’, and yet this romantic notion is carried in the heads of left-wing actors and socialist politicians who fight to further the lifestyle of the gypsy traveller. The law-abiding people of the UK and Europe have tolerated their way of life for too long. Child abduction and sexploitation is the last straw. There is a wind of change coming, which will blow into a storm when the European Union collapses. It can’t come soon enough as very soon we will have thousands of Bulgarians and Romanians who plan to flood into the UK in 2014 Yours Aye.
Obviously what follows via the live link does not apply to those still serving, as they who remain in service meet up with their ‘oppos – mates – chums – pals – buddies- muckers – friend’s (mentally delete where appropriate) on a daily basis, grabbing a beer or a night out when ever the wind blows. What I have found in civvie street is that some married mates require a signed pass from their missus (a cinderella pass is rarely granted), which also applies to some single mates who wear their girl-friends thumbprint on their forehead 24/7. To be a happy chap, see your pals twice a week: Men’s well-being depends on meeting up with friends and ‘doing stuff’
Quick dit. Several years back I received a call from an Ex Bootneck “I need you to come and drink some beer; it’s £1- a pint and the money goes to charity”. Before he had put the phone down on to its cradle I was walking in through the door of his pub. The place was packed with serving, and ex Bootneck’s alike, the charity was going to make some money from this mammoth session.
As it happened he had just taken over the pub from the previous landlord, which required him to clear the old liquid stock to make room for his own; the delivery of which was the following lunchtime. Such is the measure of the man that he decided on the charity night. At midnight he called every one to order and stated that he was locking the doors “those without a cinderella pass that need to go home should to do so in the next 15 minutes, those who stay and make it through to morning and remain standing, can have a full english breakfast on the house”! Standing meant standing, whether it be with eyes closed and a death grip on the brass leaning bar or not… The fallen who chose to adopt the sitting/prone position were shaken afterwards with a cup of tea; a booby prize on the house. I thoroughly enjoyed the full english breakfast, after which I took a taxi home, and slept like a baby until evening dinner. The hangover was absolutely free… Yours Aye.
As we head into the weekend, the following Mellow Jihadi ‘Public Service Announcement’ The bacon sandwich ‘lattice weave’ preparation to ensure a bite of bacon each time. Please note; if back bacon is preferred against streaky bacon; simply use three pieces of back and cut them in half lengthways before latticing. Yours Aye.(Not applicable for vegetarians, or for those of the faith whose delight in bacon is a forbidden pleasure; oink-oink)!
A leaked copy of the world’s most authoritative climate study reveals scientific forecasts of imminent doom were drastically wrong.
The draft of a report to be published later this month by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will reveal that global warming is just half of what they previously predicted. Top climate scientists have admitted that their ‘computers’ got the effects of green house gases wrong. The IPPC are the ultimate watchdog, whose massive six-yearly ‘assessments’ are accepted by environmentalists, politicians, and experts as the gospel of climate science. Top climate scientists admit computers got the effects of greenhouse gases wrong That little blue hypocritical UN sign that appears every where, and yet lacks all credibility…
Six years ago: ‘The Norwegian Nobel Committee’ decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 was to be shared-in two equal parts; Between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. For their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change’. Al Gore -> The master of irony receiving his Nobel prize
Alfred Bernhard Nobel: Swedish chemist, engineer, innovator, and armaments manufacturer. The inventor of dynamite. Nobel also owned Bofors, and played the key role in reshaping the former iron and steel producer to become a major modern cannon manufacturer, as well as other armaments developed and produced through his 90 established armaments factories. Nobel also held 350 different patents (dynamite being the most famous); this despite Nobel’s life long active belief and practice of pacifism. Irony; the one form of humour that everyone thinks they understand, when actually no one really does. It is the cleverest joke ever played upon mankind. Yours Aye.
Volunteers for British clandestine operations within WWII had many reasons for doing so. It was never for the extra money or the glamour of the work, the extra money was negligible, and there was very little glamour attached to the work; it was also too secretive to reveal outside of a very tight knit organisation. Most agents of the Special Operations Executive were square pegs in round holes as far as regular service life was concerned. Potential Agents joined for the love of their country, or to avenge a loved one or a family member. Christine Granville (her cover name, her true name was Krystyna Skarbek) was one such woman Never-before-seen pictures of SOE agent whose extraordinary courage paved the way for the liberation of France Christine Granville – the favourite spy of Winston Churchill – worked for years undermining the Nazi regime despite SOE agents having a short life expectancy in the field. As a specialist agent trained in sabotage and destruction, she operated in heavily occupied territory to fight for her country, and her Jewish mother who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp.As a young 14 year old, I read the original true story of a different SOE agent; ‘Carve Her Name With Pride’ by R. J. Minney [published 1956] that tells the amazing story of Violette Szabo, a young woman who joined Britain’s SOE after her French husband was killed in the battle of El Alamein. On her second mission in France, she was caught by the Nazis, tortured, and sent to the women’s concentration camp in Ravensbrück, where she was eventually shot. Her four-year-old daughter, Tania, collected her mother’s posthumous George Cross from the wartime King, King George VI in 1946.
The Life That I Have is all that I have, and the life that I have is yours. The love that I have of the life that I have is yours and yours and yours. A sleep I shall have, a rest I shall have, yet death will be but a pause. For the peace of my years in the long green grass will be yours and yours and yours
We will never see their like again. I still have the book, which is typically written in the ‘ever-so-matter-of-fact’ sort of way that you would expect from the 50′s; still a great read. Yours Aye.
As a young lad, I always knew when the Gypsies were back around the town; there would be two dozen hand carved wooden pegs on the kitchen table, as well as a sprig of ‘lucky heather’. My Mother would be too afraid not to buy from the old gypsy women, who knocked at the door hawking their home made hand picked wares, afeared of the curse they cast as they cackled and spluttered in their unintelligible tongue, before spitting on the doorstep. The same wares would end up in the bin before my Father arrived home from work, not for his eyes the sight of Mothers superstition and weakness…
Quite often the Gypsies would leave their chalk markings on the wall or pavement outside of a home they had visited, each marking represented their findings from within. Obviously our house was left with three parallel lines outside of it.
Once I had mastered the chalk markings and understood their meanings, I would display the double horizontal lines over a single vertical line ‘gypsies not liked’! Then I would run to my Gran’s home, in the hope I could catch them knocking at her door, only to receive a refusal to buy, a cackle and curse in her face with a solid spit on her doorstep would definitely get a good right hander back, either on the chin, or the nose. The Irish way, good old Gran, bless her cotton socks!
The Da Pinci Code: Burglars use chalk markings on walls of homes to help other criminals target the rich and vulnerable How times have changed, the good old fashioned gypsies have now been replaced by the Irish traveller, as well as the Roma Gypsies, who no longer knock at the door. They simply kick it in or smash a window, dependent upon the markings left outside of the property. Yours Aye.
Three little words that have such a powerful meaning when used honestly and correctly. When used incorrectly and used often, they simply mean ‘You got me, I’m just not big enough to admit it‘, which is a sort of “What difference does it make” moment. The fall back after months of denial is the oh-so-contrite “I am sorry“, which brings the wheel back full circle! Obama: ‘I Didn’t Set a Red Line’ on Syria (Joe Biden did it , some idiot gave him a red wax crayon, and he’s running riot around the White House)____________
Here’s a background call in April 2013 with “a White House official” that left no doubt about what President Obama’s own officials thought about where the red line came from: Yours Aye.
According to the Times newspaper, as well as a smattering of additional tabloids here in the UK, and Europe. “The role of senior British officers based at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, has been downgraded because they cannot be trusted with high-level intelligence about a conflict with which they are no longer involved in, military sources say. About 30 British personnel have been working alongside the Americans and French at the Headquarters, fine-tuning a list of targets and orchestrating military assets as part of war planning underway for weeks”.No British Officers are now engaged in military planning for Syria at Central Command and none of them will be involved in the execution of the operation.” ” The military takes great pride in high-level transatlantic co-operation, and British Commanders are usually given greater access to US operational details, and intelligence than any other member of NATO”. “Britain is now non-reliable as far as this operation is concerned”, according to one former officer – A move that will be a severe blow to the pride of the British Armed Forces. Britain’s role has been taken by the French, who were praised as America’s “oldest ally” by John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, on Friday 30th August 2013.
‘Standard Operational Procedure,’ no big deal, and understandable under the circumstances. Telle est la vie… However; A British Officers word is his bond, he is honour bound to keep it, which will always remain so. Extraordinary story of British WWI Captain released by Kaiser from German prison camp so he could see his dying mother in Kent – on condition that he returned to his cell… and he DID Yours Aye.
Princess Diana; the SAS/SBS/SIS Increment murder claim, and why it may not be as mad as you think: 16 years on, the conspiracy theories won’t go away, possibly with just cause. House of Commons – Foreign Affairs – Written Evidence speaks volumesThe investigation into the death of Princess Diana has been reopened by Scotland Yard. When the news broke three days ago, it was splashed across the UK’s news papers as well as main stream TV. Then, there it was… gone! I purposely waited 72 hours to see what the reaction would be by the media, and certain media networks. The story line would either be nipped in the bud, or it would create such a furore that political figures would become involved, as the re-emerging story would open other ‘old’ controversial wounds. Perhaps a D notice has been slapped down within the system? Stranger things have happened within the murky mixture of Royalty and Politics… Yours Aye.
UPDATE 1st Sep 2013: Sir. Christopher Meyer, KCMG. Former British Ambassador to the United States (1997–2003) has written the following article proving the special relationship is as strong as ever Though the return of Sir Winston Churchill’s bronze bust remains an obvious slur by the incumbent President. White House admits it did return Sir Winston Churchill bust to British diplomats after describing such claims as “100 per cent false”. It was Churchill himself who coined the phrase, ‘the special relationship’ in a speech 70 years ago’. ”All this for a Damn F
ORIGINAL POST: Having watched events unfold around Syria, one does not require the brains of an Arch-Bishop to understand that the situation does not bode well for Assad, or the West. The whole situation within Syria, as well as the political situation within the Western world is now a rambling mess; mainly in part due to the ineffectiveness of the U.N. U.S. snubs Britain – and gets cosy with the French: After Cameron’s Commons humiliation, Obama prepares to blitz Syria without us Added to this, is the damage created by the lack of trust we have in our politicians caused by Tony B’liar and the previous socialist Labour Government of the UK, who lied to its citizens over Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction, and their delivery capability of 40 minutes. It is my deepest hope that Tony B’liars ‘dodgy dossier’ will see him incarcerated one day, with his spin doctor Alastair Campbell sharing the same prison cell. The same Peace envoy; Tony Blair, ‘happy holiday’ heading for a multi millionaires yacht in the Mediterranean from where he called for an attack on Syria, before the U.N. chemical weapons teams had even gathered evidence. (Trying to cover the sins of his past, by coercing others to act in the same way)… Champagne socialism at its finest!
‘Closing the gate after the horse has bolted’ helps no one, especially the innocents who have suffered through the release of a chemical blood choking agent. Relevant Western political leaders, were given ”hot intel’ by their Joint Intelligence Committee’s, who knew of Assad’s intended use of chemical weapons, having eves-dropped the wires in live time. Politically the information could have been exposed, and used as a tool against Assad and his regime. Figuratively speaking, such information allowed the West to load a gun, make it ready, and place it against Assad’s temple. Any attempt there after to use WMD would see the safety flicked off, the trigger squeezed, with true justification.
It would now appear that within the last 24 hours Assad’s regime has released a blister agent attack, certainly media & news footage strongly suggests so. Not phosphorous, as was described by some stupid news presenter on TV (The injured were covered in severely large painful blisters, as well as suffering from significant skin peel, the main characteristics of a blister agent damage. White phos would still be doing its job, burning its way slowly through skin and muscle to the bone; none of the injured were showing signs of writhing, agonised, screaming torture; the main characteristics of white phos damage).If the U.N. find Assad guilty of using WMD against his own civilians, a strike against the Syrian regime is urgently required. The strike should be swift, calculated, and devastating to the extreme. It should be against military targets such as airfields, aircraft, and weapon delivery systems. The strike should be issued with the caveat that Assad will be personally targeted, should he proceed with further chemical weapon attacks on his people. For the initial crime, Assad should be tried in an international court of law, no matter what the outcome of the Syrian Civil War. There is only one group who will benefit from this absolute pot mess of madness; the global militant Islamist organisation of Al-Qaeda.
My personal opinion is that those responsible for the use of chemical weapons should be tried and hung. Those who knew of their impending use, who stood back without opposing it, should be tried for assisting in crimes against humanity, and imprisoned. CIA ‘helped Saddam Hussein carry out chemical weapons attack on Iran’ in 1988 I will guarantee that the UK’s special relationship in 1988, placed our own ‘agencies’ and Governments on a level par. They always hope such information never leaks either side of the pond. The old adage of ‘do it-just don’t get caught’ has always applied when meddling in foreign affairs.
The U.S. and the U.K. have bonded, stood by, and supported each other for many years, suffering relevant loss, and gain equally. Politicians through their gross incompetence and negligence should never be allowed to break such a bond.
Tony B’liar poisoned the well of public trust. Yesterday, 30th August 2013, the cowardly spineless leader of the opposition party, Socialist Labour’s Ed Miliband, turned out to be as slippery as B’liar, Miliband is yet another hypocrite Labourite Leader that no one can trust The Labour Party’s Union paymasters pulled Miliband’s strings, and called the shots over the vote in Parliament. The Russians are still the true puppet masters of the trade Union’s.
Malta is a beautiful place, steeped in history and culture, with english being its second official language. Gozo is Malta’s smaller island and less populated, offering a slower pace of life. The maltese are friendly and hospitable by nature, very family orientated, and religious; 98% of the Maltese are Roman Catholic, which all reflects upon the crime statistics for the islands, which is very, very, low. To work and live there is an absolute pleasure. The Islands have over 7000 years of history that is truly unique in itself.Royal Marines have been based in Malta on and off since 1947, the last RM Cdo Unit to serve there left in 1977. There are many ex Bootnecks now living out there as ‘Ex Pats’, all living the dream. Some thing I can personally vouch for, having spent time there.
Unfortunately for one US Embassy worker, his road rage has just turned his dream into a living nightmare. U.S. Embassy worker in Malta sent home after road rage video of him challenging driver to a fight was posted online The queue of volunteers to replace him will be around the block by breakfast time. I hope he’s not a married man, for his family’s sake (try to explain that evolution to the wife)! Yours Aye.
Thats exactly where I would place some ones camera phone if I caught them being disrespectful, as portrayed through the link. Humiliation is a great teaching tool. The latest fad or just gross insensitivity? How teenagers are taking selfies at the most inappropriate places – including Ground Zero, a Holocaust memorial and even in front of DEAD relatives A gross act of disrespect that absolutely disgusts me. Yours Aye.
women really are the stronger sex: Research suggests testosterone weakens the immune system (which means man flu could actually be real) Just a pure coincidence that the article portrays a powerful woman with red hair & blue eyes; Boadicea the Warrior Queen of the Iceni. Who died A.D. 61: After leading her people against the Roman invaders. (works for me, the hairs have stood up on the back of my neck)![Boudicca] Statue at Westminster Bridge, London. Yours Aye.