US Cables




Bank examined Trump's Account for Russia Links - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the scandal-hit bank, Deutsche Bank, had loaned hundreds of millions of dollars to Donald Trump"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it conducts now a close internal examination, whether there are suspicious connections to Russia"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "recent loans to Trump were struck in highly unusual circumstances - they may have been underpinned by financial guarantees from Moscow"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Democratic congressman Bill Pascrell Jr., a member of the House Ways and Means committee: "we know that Deutsche Bank is a major lender to Trump"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the bank was under federal investigation for aiding Russian money-laundering - a troubling potential conflict"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Congress should also be allowed to review Trump’s tax returns in closed session"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump owes Deutsche around US$ 300m - he has four large mortgages, all issued by Deutsche’s private bank"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the loans are guaranteed against his properties: a hotel in Washington DC, and a Chicago hotel"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in recent years the disgraced bank has been hit by a series of scandals. Last month the UK and US imposed record fines of US$ 630m"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in December ( 2016 ) the Deutsche Bank agreed to pay the US Department of Justice a fine of US$ 7.2bn"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Deutsche failed to prevent money laundering by its Moscow branch involving at least US$ 10bn of Russian cash"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump and his businesses have a long history with the German bank, which this month posted its latest net loss, of € 1.4bn"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it has been the only financial institution willing to lend Trump significant sums"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "other banks, which had previously extended him credit, turned off the tap after Trump’s businesses declared bankruptcy four times"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Trump has been fighting accusations contained in a dossier, that he secretly colluded before the US election with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on Monday, Michael Flynn resigned as national security adviser after it emerged he had lied"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "over his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to Washington"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "citing current and former officials, the "New York Times" reported that three members of Trump’s team"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "had been in contact with senior Russian intelligence officers before the US election"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Climate Change Plan to cut US Carbon Pollution
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Barack Obama unveils a plan that will cut carbon pollution from power plants"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and promote cap-and-trade"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "undertaking the most significant action on climate change in American history"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the proposed regulations Obama will launch at the White House"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "will cut carbon pollution by as much as 25% from about 1,600 power plants in operation today"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "power plants are the country's single biggest source of carbon pollution"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "responsible for up to 40% of the country's emissions"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the rules, which were drafted by the Environmental Protection Agency, do more than Obama, or any other President"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "has done so far to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions responsible for climate change"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the plan will allow electricity companies to reduce pollution"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by shutting down the oldest and most polluting coal plants"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they can install carbon-sucking retrofits. They can expand wind and solar energy, upgrade the electrical grid"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and encourage customers to update to more efficient heating and cooling systems"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • David Doniger, who heads the climate programme at the NRDC: "if you want to get substantial reductions"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and you want to get it economically, you have to take into account a system-wide approach"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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nobody who works full-Time should have to live in Poverty
- the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Obama used his executive authority"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in the richest nation on earth, nobody who works full-time"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "should have to live in poverty"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the executive order raises the minimum wage for federal contract workers to US$ 10.10 an hour"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "boosting wages will lower turnover and absenteeism and increase morale and productivity overall"

 

 

 

 

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  • "raising wages for those at the bottom will improve the quality and efficiency of services provided to the Government"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama condemns 'shameful' Failure to pass Reform
- the Guardian
: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "a furious Barack Obama accused members of Congress"

 

 

 

 

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  • "of caving to the gun lobby"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "after the best chance of reform in over a decade fell at the first hurdle"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "moderate Republicans and four Democrats bowed to pressure from the "National Rifle Association""

 

 

 

 

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  • "and blocked a bipartisan Senate amendment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases to gun shows and online sales"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as the measure fell, Patricia Maisch, a survivor of the mass shooting in Tucson, shouted"

 

 

 

 

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  • ""shame on you" from the visitors gallery where she was sitting near bereaved Newtown families"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • New York mayor Bloomberg: "today's vote is a damning indictment of the stranglehold that special interests have on Washington"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "more than 40 US Senators would rather turn their backs on the 90% of Americans"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "who support comprehensive background checks than buck the increasingly extremist wing of the gun lobby"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "opinion polls have consistently shown that a large majority of Americans support moderate gun control reform"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a poll showed 92% to 7% in favour of background checks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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new Deal for US Middle Class - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Barack Obama has pledged in the annual state of the union address"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to use his second presidential term to restore "the basic bargain""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "ensuring prosperity for the great bulk of Americans and not the privileged few"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "many of those who have worked hard to pull America out of the economic crisis have been left behind"

 

 

 

 

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  • "our economy is adding jobs - but too many people still can't find full-time employment"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but for more than a decade"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "wages and incomes have barely budged"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "tonight, let's declare that in the wealthiest nation on Earth"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and raise the federal minimum wage to US$ 9 an hour"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this single step would raise the incomes of millions of working families"

 

 

 

 

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  • "it could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Obama presents bold Gun Control Plan
- the Guardian
: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Obama mounted the biggest challenge in two decades to America's deeply ingrained gun culture"

 

 

 

 

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  • "flanked by a group of schoolchildren, Obama said:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is our first task as a society - keeping our children safe"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this is how we will be judged, and their voices should compel us to change"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the "National Rifle Association" immediately vowed all-out opposition to his proposals"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "warning it was preparing for "the fight of the century""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gun Control
- the Guardian
: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Obama is considering the use of an executive order to restrict access to guns or ammunition"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Vice-President Joe Biden: "every once in a while there's something"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that awakens the conscience of the country"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that tragic event did it in a way like nothing I've seen in my career"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newtown: we can't tolerate this anymore - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "President Barack Obama delivered the most impassioned speech of his Presidency"

 

 

 

 

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  • "addressing the grieving families of Newtown, Connecticut with words of comfort"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "while delivering a clarion call to the nation that enough was enough"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and that the "carnage" of mass shootings must end"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "addressing an audience of about 900 local people, including about 15 families of victims"

 

 

 

 

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  • "at Newtown high school he talked about the disaster at Sandy Hook elementary school"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in which "20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults" had died"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "since the terrible events he had been reflecting on a simple question"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "was America meeting "our first task, our first job""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "caring for our children"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we can't tolerate this any more"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these tragedies must end"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Boeing
- US cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08MANAMA47

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  • "following months of heavy lobbying by the US ambassador"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Crown Prince and King of Bahrain rejected a Gulf Air proposal to buy Airbus"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and directed the airline to make a deal with Boeing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Gulf Air signed an agreement valued at US$ 6 billion with Boeing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the agreement represents a significant US embassy commercial advocacy success"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US ambassador persisted in lobbying Gulf Air management"

 

 

 

 

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  • "board members, government officials and representatives of parliament"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US ambassador had spoken directly to the Crown Prince on Boeing's behalf"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Boeing subsequently returned to Bahrain"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Crown Prince had assured him of the government's sincerity in seeking a deal"

 

 

 

 

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  • "this was a last-minute maneuver to wring concessions from Airbus"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Boeing responded by shaving"

 

 

 

 

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  • "an additional five percent off its proposed sale price"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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comment US:
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  • "the US embassy's role in Boeing's success is noteworthy"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for advancing well beyond every-day advocacy, Gulf Air relied on the embassy to communicate with Boeing"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "conveying Boeing at all levels"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Iraq Oil
- US
cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08BAGHDAD647

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  • "the Iraqi Ministry of Oil has presented the three-part plan for oil field development"

 

 

 

 

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  • "to sign 2-year technical service agreements"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with major international oil companies (IOCs)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "of five giant oil fields:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kirkuk field with Shell Oil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "al-Rumaila with BP"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "al-Zubair with Exxon-Mobil"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "West Khorna with Chevron and Total"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • and Mayssan with Shell and BHP Billiton"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the contracts will be negotiated directly with the companies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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United Nations
- US cable - 2009
: LINK ¤ 09STATE80163

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  • "reporting and collection needs (for US agencies) to collect information on the United Nations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "reporting officers should include as much of the following information as possible:"

 

 

 

 

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  • "office and organizational titles, names, position titles"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and other information on business cards, numbers of telephones"

 

 

 

 

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  • "cell phones, pagers and faxes, telephone directories and e-mail listings"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Internet and intranet "handles", Internet e-mail addresses, web site identification-URLs"

 

 

 

 

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  • "credit card account numbers, frequent flyer account numbers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "work schedules, and other relevant biographical information"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Goldstone Report - US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09STATE98567

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  • "the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) held a special session on "violations of human rights in the occupied territories" (Gaza)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and mandated that a fact finding mission be sent"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to investigate "all violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by Israel against the Palestinian people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we (the US) have very serious concerns about the Report"

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Report's substance, recommendations, and broader effects could have"

 

 

 

 

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  • "a strong impact on many of our interests"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "these include its recommendations, including a call for this issue to be taken up in international fora"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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OECD mahnt Reformen in USA ein
- der Standard: LINK ¤ der STANDARD

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  • "um das Wachstum zukunftsfest zu gestalten und dafür zu sorgen"

 

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  • "dass auch mittlere und sozial schwächere Schichten der Gesellschaft davon profitieren"

 

 

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  • "sind Änderungen beim Steuersystem, bei Bildung und Ausbildung, Migration und auf dem Arbeitsmarkt notwendig"

 

 

 

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  • "das durchschnittliche Einkommen der Amerikaner ist zwar sehr hoch"

 

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  • "dennoch gibt es Hinweise darauf, dass die daraus resultierenden Vorteile nicht hinreichend auf breiter Basis ankommen"

 

 

 

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  • "besonders Familien mit niedrigem Einkommen haben schlechteren Zugang zu Bildung und zum Gesundheitssystem"

 

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  • "hier sind Reformen notwendig - etwa beim Steuersystem"

 

 

 

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  • "auch muss der Mindestlohn angehoben werden"

 

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  • "Wachstum alleine reicht nicht aus. Die Vorteile des Wachstums müssen geteilt werden"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Human Rights in the US - Wikipedia EN: LINK ¤ US HUMAN RIGHTS

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  • "the human rights record of the United States of America is a complicated matter"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "first and foremost the federal Government of the United States has, through a ratified constitution and amendments thereof"

 

 

 

 

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  • "guaranteed unalienable rights to citizens of the country, and also to some degree, non-citizens"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the US have the highest percentage of people in prison of any nation"

 

 

 

 

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  • "there were more than 2.2 million in prisons or jails, or 737 per 100,000 population, or roughly 1 out of every 136 Americans"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "international and US law prohibits torture and other ill-treatment of any person in custody in all circumstances"

 

 

 

 

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  • "however, the US government has categorized a large number of people as "unlawful combatants", a classification used mainly as an excuse to bypass international law"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Federalist No. 10
- James Madison - 1787: LINK ¤ FEDERALIST NO. 10

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  • ""federalist number 10" is an essay written by James Madison as the tenth of the federalist papers"

 

 

 

 

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  • "a series arguing for the ratification of the United States constitution"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "No. 10 addresses the question of how to guard against "factions""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "or groups of citizens, with interests contrary to the rights of others"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "or the interests of the whole community"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Madison defines a faction as a number of citizens, whether amounting to a minority or majority of the whole"

 

 

 

 

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  • "who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion - or of interest"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "adverse to the rights of other citizens"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Common Sense - Thomas Paine - 1776: LINK ¤ US HISTORY

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  • "I draw my idea of the form of government from a principle in nature which no art can overturn"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that the more simple any thing is, the less liable it is to be disordered, and the easier repaired when disordered"

 

 

 

 

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  • "wherefore, laying aside all national pride and prejudice in favour of modes and forms"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the plain truth is that it is wholly owing to the constitution of the people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and not to the constitution of the government"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "mankind being originally equals in the order of creation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "however strange it may appear to some, or however unwilling they may be to think so, matters not"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but many strong and striking reasons may be given to show that nothing can settle our affairs so expeditiously"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as an open and determined declaration for independence"

 

 

 

 

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