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11.10.2019 - 14:40 [ APnews.com ]

Iran says Chinese state oil firm withdraws from $5B deal

(06.10.2019)

Officials in Beijing didn’t immediately acknowledge their decision. Phone calls to the CNPC rang unanswered on Sunday and its website bore no mention of the withdrawal.

However, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif separately complained Sunday about the U.S. campaign against Tehran and its impact on foreign investments.

23.09.2019 - 14:44 [ ITV.com ]

Jeremy Corbyn relies on union block vote to crush members who want party to back Remain, writes Robert Peston

A source close to Corbyn tells me he expects the block vote of the unions to defeat that motion on Monday when put to conference, although another source told me the two giant unions, Unison and Unite, are no longer as one and Unison may peel away from Unite and abstain.

16.09.2019 - 11:22 [ Haaretz ]

Two Days to Election: Netanyahu Goes to DEFCON 1, Guns Blazing, in Last-ditch Effort to Sway Voters

In the process, Netanyahu has successfully relegated what was supposed to be the central issue of this election – his alleged corruption and prospects of indictment – to the sidelines. He has deftly shifted the focus of the campaign to his fortes in national security and foreign affairs. Come what may, he has proven once again that he is the undisputed heavyweight champion of Israeli election campaigns, making his rivals look like clueless amateurs in comparison.

14.09.2019 - 19:52 [ Haaretz ]

The Israeli Left Is Talking About Palestinians Only in English

Many of the burning issues that are facing Israel barely got a look-in during the election campaign that’s mercifully drawing to a close: the ballooning deficit, the rising housing prices, the climbing cost of living, the burning need to integrate the ultra-Orthodox and Arab communities into the job market, to name just a few. And then of course, the lack of any prospect for a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and an end to the occupation got nary a mention, but you knew that already because you’ve been paying attention and that has become a cliché.

01.09.2019 - 10:32 [ rt.com ]

Iran to speed up legal process for seized British oil tanker Stena Impero – Zarif

(30.08.2019)

His comments come one week after meeting with Erik Hanell, the chief of Swedish shipping firm Stena Bulk, which owns the seized vessel. Hanell asked Tehran to release the ship and its crew of 23.

13.08.2019 - 16:57 [ Spiked ]

The war on democracy must be diverse!

Lucas, the ostensibly leftish leader of the Green Party, proposed forming an entirely undemocratic ‘emergency cabinet’ made up of her and her exclusively female chums. Its job would be to trash the thing that 17.4million of us voted for – leaving the EU. And how did the woke left respond to Lucas’s lunacy? By pointing out that her proposed cabinet consisted entirely of white women! Yes, it wasn’t the fact that Lucas was essentially proposing a coup against democracy that got the woke lobby’s back up – it was that there were no black faces in her clique against the masses.

03.08.2019 - 17:32 [ Jerusalem Post ]

Netanyahu continues push for Russian vote

(30.07.2019)

Likud has invested an estimated NIS 5 million in pursuing Russian-speaking voters after spending zero ahead of the April 9 election. The party has estimated that Russian-speaking immigrants could be worth as many as 15 seats.

26.07.2019 - 09:55 [ i24news.tv ]

Analysis: Bold re-structuring could save Arab, left-wing parties from eroding power. But is it possible?

(12.07.2019)

The results of Israel’s April elections were a wake-up call for both Jewish-Israeli left-wingers and Arab citizens of Israel. More than ever before, they have come to depend on each other. The equation is simple: both want to regain power; and neither can do it alone.

All political strategists say that in order to survive, both the left and Arabs need to create some political structure that can empower both.

25.07.2019 - 19:11 [ Al-Monitor ]

Iraq plans to launch pipelines to export oil through Jordan, Syria

(19.07.2019)

Assem Jihad, a spokesman for the Ministry of Oil, told Al-Monitor, “The ministry is considering the extension of an Iraqi oil pipeline through Syrian territory to the Mediterranean Sea, and is in the process of studying the economic feasibility of the project and the appropriate geographical and security conditions.”

He said the idea had been proposed in 2004 but delayed due to unstable security conditions in both countries.

25.07.2019 - 19:10 [ Letter to Britain ]

How a Pipeline From Iran to Syria Could Bring Peace

(16.02.2018) There was at one time, a completely plausible plan for the region that has gone off the rails — not because any side opposed it — but because there was no oversight to bring the plan to fruition.

In between President Obama’s ‘Pivot to Asia’, the Arab Spring, and the U.S. elections that brought Donald Trump to the White House, the Syrian situation was left unguided and (no surprise!) it therefore deteriorated.

Major powers are now bombing each other’s troops and shooting down each other’s aircraft (and who knows what else is going on that isn’t reported) which makes escalation a foregone conclusion in the absence of leadership and implementation of the original plan.

22.07.2019 - 14:02 [ Alona Dolinsky ‏/ Twitter ]

Interesting developments within the Arab parties. No progress towards a joint list to contest the September elections;

internal elections in the Islamic Party placed a woman in 4th. Thank you @emankassem

17.07.2019 - 21:20 [ Haaretz ]

Reconstruct the Joint List Now

The formation of the joint ticket has been delayed by disagreements over who should occupy the 11th through 14th slots on the slate (Jack Khoury, Monday). But if they can’t bridge these gaps and reunite as the Joint List, those slots are likely to be irrelevant in any case.

Strengthening Arab representation in the legislature and toppling the government are necessary conditions for fighting the Netanyahu-led coalition that passed the nation-state law. This isn’t the time for unnecessary quarrels or disputes that can be resolved after the election. The Israeli voter rewards political mergers. The Joint List must be promptly reconstituted.

16.07.2019 - 14:44 [ Haaretz ]

Israel’s Do-over Election Gives Arab Parties an Opportunity – One They’re Refusing to Seize

There is only one reason behind all of this: A lack of agreement over who will get the 11th through 14th places on the Knesset slate

10.07.2019 - 22:48 [ Haaretz ]

Israeli Arab Parties Irking Their Voters by Slowing Up Formation of Latest Joint Ticket

The dispute is over how to divide spots 11 through 14 on the joint ticket, the same problem that scotched the four-party framework in the election this past April.

Jurist Raif Zreik, who is holding talks with the parties, has warned in recent days about a massive hemorrhaging of the Arab community’s confidence in the parties.

21.06.2019 - 21:44 [ Washington Post ]

Pelosi says White House did not tell her about Iran strike plan

At a congressional event, Pelosi, second in line to the presidency, was asked if she had been notified by the White House, and she replied, “No.”

21.06.2019 - 15:47 [ Haaretz ]

Former Mossad Chief Calls Netanyahu Voters ‚Mindless‘

A former chief of the Israeli espionage agency Mossad, Shabtai Shavit, called Israeli voters who support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu „mindless people who understand nothing.“

Shavit made the remark in an interview with Israeli daily Maariv, which was published Thursday. He also said that the premier’s political base is made up of people „whose threshold for normality is at the level of grass.“

10.06.2019 - 02:35 [ Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture ]

Iran to ‘soon’ sign MoUs with INSTEX stakeholders to start first trade exchanges

Iran also established a counterparty to INSTEX, called Special Trade and Financing Instrument between Iran and Europe (STFI) in April in a bid to speed up the work.

07.06.2019 - 09:21 [ 972mag.com ]

Meretz facing internal pressure to become Jewish-Arab party

(21.05.2019)

The demand, put forth by an internal Meretz group known as the Forum for Jewish-Arab Cooperation, calls on the party leadership to either formally join with Hadash-Ta’al — a union of the Arab-Jewish Hadash party and Ahmad Tibi’s Ta’al party — or transition into a fully-fledged Jewish-Arab party with an Arab party chairperson alongside a Jewish one.

31.05.2019 - 10:15 [ Haaretz ]

New Election in Israel Are the Golden Opportunity for Arab Parties

In the April 9 election, voter turnout in the Arab community fell to less than 50 percent, and United Arab List-Balad received only 3.3 percent of all the votes cast, just 0.05 percent above the minimum vote threshold to enter the Knesset. The Arab parties won 10 seats in the present Knesset, compared to 13 in the previous one when they ran together as the Joint List. Moreover, 27 percent of the voters opted for Zionist parties, and Meretz in particular.

30.05.2019 - 09:19 [ b92 ]

KFOR reacts: We don’t interfere

According to him, it is a police action of the kind that also took place on in the past, so KFOR „only monitors the situation.“

He also commented on the stance of Serbian officials that KFOR should do something about the action of Kosovo special forces. „This has been discussed earlier, we do not interfere with police actions, until we are asked to intervene,“ Grasso said.

29.04.2019 - 12:48 [ Nature.com ]

Earth’s magnetic field is acting up and geologists don’t know why

(9. Januar 2019)

The magnetic pole is moving so quickly that it has forced the world’s geomagnetism experts into a rare move.

On 15 January, they are set to update the World Magnetic Model, which describes the planet’s magnetic field and underlies all modern navigation, from the systems that steer ships at sea to Google Maps on smartphones.

29.04.2019 - 12:35 [ British Geological Survey ]

World Magnetic Model (WMM)

The World Magnetic Model (WMM) is a standard model of the core and large-scale crustal magnetic field. It is used extensively for navigation and in attitude and heading referencing systems by the UK Ministry of Defence, the US Department of Defense, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the International Hydrographic Organization.

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The WMM is a model of the core and large-scale crustal fields only. However the satellite data contain unwanted signals such as small-scale crustal, external ionospheric and magnetospheric and their induced counterparts. These fields would have added noise to the WMM2015 SV model and could have biased its estimates.

BGS employed two techniques to avoid the contamination caused by external magnetic fields. Firstly we rejected those data most contaminated by these sources, as identified by a combination of local time, geomagnetic indices and solar wind data. ……..