Come Now Hillary. You Fool No One

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton lambasted Russia and China on Friday for blocking efforts to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who has lost a key general to defection.
She urged the other 100 or so nations and organizations represented at the summit to "make it clear that Russia and China will pay a price" for that position.
"I ask you to reach out to Russia and China and not only ask but demand that they get off the sidelines," she said. "I don't think Russia and China believe they are paying any price at all, nothing at all, for standing with (the) Assad regime."
Hillary Carries the Torch of George W. Bush as She Calls for "Democracy" in the Middle East

The relationship means the People's Bank of China buys U.S. debt using a different method than any other central bank in the world.
China, which holds $1.17 trillion in U.S. Treasuries, still buys some Treasuries through primary dealers, but since June 2011, that route hasn't been necessary.
China can now participate in auctions without placing bids through primary dealers. If it wants to sell, however, it still has to go through the market.
The change was not announced publicly or in any message to primary dealers

The currency holdings, reported by the central bank on its website today, rose by $199 billion to $2.85 trillion,

Russia – the Union's largest energy resources importer (2009)

  • 36% of the EU’s total gas imports originate from Russia
  • 31% of the EU's total crude oil imports originate from Russia
  • 30% of the EU's coal imports originate from Russia

The EU – Russia's largest trade partner for energy goods

  • 80% of all Russian oil exports go to the EU
  • 70% of all Russian gas exports go to the EU
  • 50% of all Russian coal exports go to the EU


Breaking: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney In Syria to Consult with Assad Regime. Developing.

"Basat al reeh." "Dulab." "Falaqa." They are Arabic names for torture techniques that send chills through the hearts of Syrians, particularly the untold thousands who are believed to have been detained during the uprising of the last 15 months.

On January 27th, President Bush, in an interview with the Times, assured the world that “torture is never acceptable, nor do we hand over people to countries that do torture.” Maher Arar, a Canadian engineer who was born in Syria, was surprised to learn of Bush’s statement. Two and a half years ago, American officials, suspecting Arar of being a terrorist, apprehended him in New York and sent him back to Syria, where he endured months of brutal interrogation, including torture. When Arar described his experience in a phone interview recently, he invoked an Arabic expression. The pain was so unbearable, he said, that “you forget the milk that you have been fed from the breast of your mother.”


Car Bombs and Kidnapped Mayors Turning Up Dead in Mexico

A car bomb exploded outside the mayor of Nuevo Laredo, killing seven civilians injured, property damage the facade of the building and 11 vehicles with damage, according to the Government of Tamaulipas

Within the limits of the states of Oaxaca and Veracruz, was found dead the mayor of Tlacojolpan, Veracruz, Marisol Mora Cuevas, who had been reported kidnapped on the night of June 24 in their home, confirmed Attorney's Office Oaxaca.
The body was found by members of the State Investigation Agency dependent on the Regional Deputy Justice in the road near Bonita Springs - City Island, near the gas plant to plant "Amapa". The body was found handcuffed, plus they showed signs of torture and burns.