EU leaders issued a joint warning to Iran on Monday (1/23/2012) night, that the Islamic republic would face economic isolation if it didn't immediately abandon its nuclear ambitions.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said he would not accept the Iran's efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Cameron asserted it when the military tensions between Iran and the West continued to increase. In a rare joint statement with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Cameron warned Tehran that Iran would face economic isolation unless they immediately left its nuclear ambitions.
Their statement was, "We have no quarrel with the Iranian people. However, Iran's leadership has failed to restore the international confidence related to the peaceful nuclear program. We will not accept Iran to acquire the nuclear weapons."
The statement, which is a conclusion of intense activity during the day supported by an EU sanctions package that is "unprecedented", designed to suck the blood of the Iranian regime. Sanctions package also includes a prohibition to import Iranian oil to Europe.
The sanction was taken by Iran with challenge. A number of parties from the ruling regime warned, Iran would close the strategic Strait of Hormuz. Closure of the strait was seen as a move that would effectively close the Gulf which has been the oil shipping lanes of traffic and causing the world oil prices would skyrocket.
United States has warned Tehran that the closure of the strait (which channels a fifth of world oil exports) would trigger a massive military response from the West. The message was further confirmed at the weekend when the UK, U.S., and France sent six warships through the straits.
The tension came amid the growing concern that Tehran was getting closer to the developing of nuclear weapons. After negotiations to agree on new sanctions the European Union, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said, "There is no civilian explanation that makes sense for Iran's uranium enrichment program."
Member countries of the European Union import nearly 600,000 barrels of crude per day from Iran. Ban the export of gold, precious metals, and diamonds from Iran also have been applied along with the economic transactions and travel to the members of the Iranian regime.
Leading figures in Tehran responded to the new sanction with anger. Mohammad Kossari, Deputy Head of Foreign Affairs and Security Committee of the Iranian Parliament said, "If there are disturbances related to the sale of Iranian oil, the Strait of Hormuz will be closed." Senior politician Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh added, "In case there is a threat, closing the Strait of Hormuz is one of Iran's right."
But the British sources believe the full closure of the strait is still not possible because it will bring enormous adverse consequences for Tehran.
Yesterday (01/23/2012) The U.S. aircraft carrier, USS Admiral Lincoln, which carried 90 aircraft led a group of six boats acrossed the Strait of Hormuz. The ship was escorted by three other of the U.S. warships and a war ship from Britain and France. A source at the Ministry of Defence denied that it was a provocative step to increase pressure on Iran. The source added, "This is a statement which makes it very clear, this is international waters, and all countries should respect that. It shows that we work in partnership and solidarity."
Professor Paul Stevens, a senior researcher at the institute think-tank Chatham House said he doubted Tehran would carry out its threat to block the strait for fear of triggering a "war" with the U.S.. Instead, he said, the blockade of oil would encourage the hardliners in Iran to launch a wave of terror attacks.
Professor Stevens said, a blockade of oil would not work because Tehran could ship its oil through a pipeline to Turkey and Egypt. He added, "History has been filled by the failure of the oil embargo. But it seems the lessons of history has been ignored by the decision makers in the EU."
Aircraft carriers USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74)were photographed last week, Monday (1/23/2012) through the Strait of Hormuz.
Maybe Iran will not develop nuclear weapons this year, because it does not have sufficient capability to produce uranium weapons. This statement was reported to the Institute for Science and International Security on Wednesday (01/25/12). This report seemed to differ with the International Atomic Energy Agency report in November 2011 which said Iran has made significant progress on nuclear weapons. Some European intelligence officials denied the U.S. National Intelligence Estimate's report issued in 2003, which said Iran had stopped to develop its nuclear program. The Europeans believe Iran has never stopped in nuclear's scientific research and its development efforts.
Fukushima City which is located in Iwaki coastal region, northeastern Japan is the center of the leading commercial and industrial areas in Japan. In this city also embedded the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor as nuclear power plants. It was moving the wheel of life more than 120 thousand people who inhabited the city positioned 240 kilometers in north of Tokyo. Just as the bad news from the sky, the incidence of devastating earthquake measuring 8.9 on the Ritcher Scale followed by tsunami waves on March 11, 2011 and resulted in leakage at Fukushima's nuclear reactor tube. The prosperous city which inhabited mostly by businessmen became silent, uninhabited. The threat of nuclear radiation that led to the death and disability had been encouraging the residents to stay away from the city.
The edge of its city streets filled with colorful billboard now has become deserted. Corner of the city which was usually passed by the commercial vehicle, now it's just overgrown by grass began to creep into the pavement. Places of entertainment that never slept all day, now it's finally asleep, not awake. This beautiful and cool city as if transformed into a ghost town. A city that will be dead for 20 years --- the time needed for its re-turn --- after the threat of nuclear radiation disappears by itself.
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The political and world economy condition are now under attack by two crises: the financial crisis in Europe and the political crisis in the Middle East, including Iran's nuclear and oil crisis. Although Iran and the Middle East crisis continue to warm, but the impact is not like the Euro crisis. The financial crisis in Europe is considered more deadly. If Europe really collapses and the Euro zone disappears, it will disrupt the world economy, very significant, and we will be exposed to its negative effects. Specific impact is the decline of the stock market, and the world economy will slow significantly. Foreign investment will dry up because of all the export-oriented companies will feel the enormous pressure. Therefore, the government should really keep domestic growth.
A few nights ago I saw the reruns of the Fox News debate (Mike Huckabee) on youtube. He asserted that we couldn't leave Iraq until we could leave it with honor. When he spoke about the importance of honor, he reminded me of Japanese army's doctrine in World War II. It makes one wonder whether Mike Huckabee understands the meaning of honor. The war in Iraq has lost its credibility because of lies to justify our involvement has been exposed and each the pretext of self defense was removed. What honor is there in the killing of civilians who are trying to protect their homes? What honor is there in the country which continues to contaminate them with depleted uranium? What honor is in the battle with the most sophisticated modern weapons against the people who use the most basic and just trying to regain their self determination? What honor is there in destroying the life and property to some profit, hmm?
The U.S is predicted to collapse if it still uses the expenses system as it is now. With the debt that has penetrated the range of $ 14.3 trillion per May 2011, how can the U.S. plan to deploy a new war and survives from the war that has be...en held so far? Moreover, to attack Iran, ...ah, you might be out of business. The Pentagon's madness with the war and weaponry has crippled the local economy and brought misery to the American people themselves. Funds of charitable institutions for humanitarian aid has been reduced, because the people who used to supply the funds before the crisis have now turned into beneficiaries.
Throughout Wednesday (January 25, 2012), the earth was like being bombarded by high energy particles due to the biggest sun storm since 2005. But its impact was unextraordinary. Only in a few locations in the U.S., the connection to mobile phones and Global Position System (GPS) was disconnected.
Doug Biesecker, a physicist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center stated the disruption caused by radiation which disrupted the satellite performance. GPS was affected because the earth's electromagnetic field was disturbed. "This happens if the cell tower is located in the same direction with the sun. Your call is suddenly disconnected, but you don't realize it." Biesecker said. He explained the phenomenon began with a burst of sun on Sunday (22 January 2012) night. This incident was launched the tsunami of cosmic energy in the form of charged particles, static radio and X-rays that traversed a distance of 93 million kilometers toward the Earth.
To avoid the communication problems caused by radiation, the U.S. airlines, Delta Airlines diverted the flight route that crossed the polar region. "Polar route is deflected more toward the south than usual," said a spokesman for Delta Airliner, Anthony Black.
In other places, the Solar storm brought the beauty of Aurora in the polar sky. This natural phenomenon could be seen, among others from Chicago, USA, in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, the Aurora could be seen in Tasmania and New Zealand.
M E M O R Y : Only one meaning to the bridge
With sturdy the Szechenyi Lanchid was standing on the Danube river or Duna in Hungarian language, I walked up the chain bridge made in the 19th century on a summer day. Dynamic Pest was behind my back, while the presumptuous Buda was looming in front of me. Szechenyi Lanchid was not only a steel construction for Hungary's capital icon. In its self there were characters, memories and spirit of a nation for hundreds of years. Glory of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Enormity of the World War II, invasion of the Soviet Union and the collapse of communism had become crystals in it.
Although different in function and style of architecture, I always found a similar crystal at various bridges that I went through. I did not see the bridge just as a connecting point to another point on the other side.
From the bridges on the river Danube in Vienna (Austria), the River Arno in Florence (Italy), the River Elbe in Dresden (Germany), the river Sein in Paris (France) until the river Aa far north of the Netherlands, I learned.
In the province of Groningen, northern Netherlands, there's a 16th-century fortress named Bourtange. The fortress is now a tourist center, is surrounded by a moat with a red bridge.
In the Netherlands, the role of a bridge is crucial for fishing vessel traffic that passes through the canals and rivers. The bridge is found in a village in south of Groningen city, in the spring some time ago.
A pedestrian bridge divides the river Danube in Vienna, Austria some time ago. Almost every evening during the summer, a variety of restaurants and entertainment venues on both sides of the river are visited by many city residents and tourists.
Renaissance. Some of the bridges to save a long history. Ponte Vecchio bridge is the pride of Florence, Italy which has stood since the 10th century.
Notre Dame: A tour boat crossed under Pont Saint-Michel, a bridge near Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, France.
Buda and Pest: Szechenyi Lanchid connects the Buda city and Pest city in Hungary. The bridge was built in 1849, was named for its originator, Count Istvan Szechenyi.
Mute Witness. Construction of stone over the Arno river, Florence( Italy)is a mute witness of events, ranging from Renaissance glory to mobilization of Nazi troops in World War II.
C H I N A : New Year Fireworks Lead to Disaster
A man burns incense as he prays at the Longhua Buddhist Temple on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year in Shanghai, January 23. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS)
Chinese folk artists perform the lion dance at a temple fair to celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Dragon on January 22 in Beijing. (Feng Li/Getty Images)
A boy watches fireworks as part of Chinese new year celebrations in Shanghai on January 22. (CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS)
An elderly Chinese man attaches a blessing tablet with his wishes for the new year on the first day of the "Year of the Dragon", at the Dongyue Temple in Beijing on January 23. (MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Scuba divers perform a dragon dance underwater at the Shanghai aquarium on January 20 in preparation for the Chinese New Year of the Dragon. (PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)
A performer warms her ears as she readies to take part in the opening ceremony of a Spring Festival Temple Fair to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at Longtan Park in Beijing, January 22.(ZHEYANG SOOHOO/REUTERS)
A performer dressed in traditional costume and wearing make-up drinks tea he prepares to take part in Chinese new year celebrations at the 700-year-old Dongyue Temple in Beijing, January 23. (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS)
Fireworks light up the skyline of Beijing as residents celebrate the start of the Chinese new year in the early morning hours of January 23.(DAVID GRAY/REUTERS)
A man prays inside the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple ahead of the Lunar New Year in Singapore on January 20.(ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand guard in front of visitors before the heaven-worshipping ceremony at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing where people pray for good harvest and fortune during the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year, January 23, 2012. (ZHEYANG SOOHOO/REUTERS)
Performers wearing costumes of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) take part in a worship ceremony in Tiantan Park, or the Temple of Heaven, in Beijing on January 23 to celebrate the new year.(ED JONES/AFP/Getty Images)
Models pose for a picture during Lunar New Year celebrations in downtown Madrid on January 21.(ANDREA COMAS/REUTERS)
A woman donates money to beggars as she visits Dharma Bhakti temple during the first day of the Lunar New Year in Jakarta on January 23.(SUPRI/REUTERS)
People burn incense and pray for good fortune during a ceremony at the Taoist Hsingtien temple in Taipei on the first day of the new year on January 23. (SAM YEH/AFP/Getty Images)
A member of the Chinese community holds her child as she receives a red packet, a monetary gift given during holidays or special occasions, during celebrations in Lima, Peru's Chinatown area on January 22.(PILAR OLIVARES/REUTERS)
A girl lights incense sticks on the first day of the Chinese Lunar New Year at a temple in Kuala Lumpur on January 23. (BAZUKI MUHAMMAD/REUTERS)
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The Snow Leopard (Uncia uncia or Panthera uncia) is a moderately large cat native to the mountain ranges of South Asia and Central Asia.
This is a kind of large cat, with a body length reaching 130cm, and tail length of about 100 cm. This species has a thick fur grayish white with flecks of brownish-black. Female cats are similar, and smaller than males. Unlike other big cats, the Snow Leopard can not roar or purr, and it is the only species within a single genus of Uncia.
Regional distribution of this species is the in mountains of snow in Central Asia, from Afghanistan to eastern Tibet. Its main prey consists of mountain goats, rabbits and other animals found around the habitat of the Snow Leopard.
Snow leopards are solitary animals. Males and females hunt the prey in pairs only during breeding season. The female Snow Leopards usually have two to three cubs, who live with their mother until the young leopard at least one year old.
Although they are protected in almost all countries where the species is located, Snow Leopard is still hunted in the wild because it preys on the livestock
and especially for its fur is taken. Snow Leopard is evaluated as Endangered on the Red List and listed in CITES : Appendix I.
You see that, right? I put an end to this news topic in a hurry. I've told you, I'm still cold. (Darling, please don't sulk if this week we are still sleeping in different rooms, because I do not want this influenza virus will infect you. Mwah. I'll take off this mask if I already feel better. Mwah. I miss your kisses. I mean it. Love - me, your partner.)