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Darling warns of economic crisis Saturday, 30 August, 2008

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BBC NEWS | Business | Darling warns of economic crisis.

Chancellor Alistair Darling

Alistair Darling is under pressure to come up with solutions to the crisis

The UK is facing its worst economic crisis in 60 years, Chancellor Alistair Darling has admitted.

He told the Guardian newspaper that the economic downturn would be more “profound and long-lasting” than most people had feared.

Using strong language, Mr Darling acknowledged voters were angry with Labour’s handling of the economy.

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne said Mr Darling had “let the cat out of the bag” about the state of the economy.

Voter anger

The Chancellor admitted the government had “patently” failed to get its message across that it understood people’s concerns about rising living costs and growing job insecurity. (more…)

Man Utd 1-2 Zenit St Petersburg Saturday, 30 August, 2008

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BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Man Utd 1-2 Zenit St Petersburg.

By Sam Lyon

Zenit celebrate with the trophy

Zenit celebrate with the trophy after an impressive win over Man Utd in Monaco

Manchester United’s bid for European Super Cup glory ended in failure as Pavel Pogrebnyak and Danny goals earned Zenit St Petersburg a deserved win.

Fresher and more incisive throughout, Zenit took the lead when Pogrebnyak forced home a header from close range.

Playmaker Danny made it 2-0 with a fine solo goal on the hour, before Nemanja Vidic pulled one back from six yards.

It was too little too late, though, with Paul Scholes sent off late on in a lacklustre showing from United.

The midfielder saw red when he punched the ball into the net with only seconds left on the clock, earning himself a second booking and one-match European suspension that could see him sit out the Champions League group match against Villarreal.

It was a sorry end to the match for United, who had looked off the pace throughout. (more…)

Americans bewitched by Obama’s fairy tails Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Americans bewitched by Obama’s fairy tails.

By Afshin Rattansi

As Barack Obama made his speech before nearly 84,000 of his supporters at a Denver stadium as the official Democratic nominee, Press TV asked the former Alaska senator, Mike Gravel about the Illinois senator’s promises.

Press TV: Mike Gravel, what’s your thoughts about Obama’s speech?

Gravel: Well it is a political speech and where there is the political speech by the person campaigning for president of France…of Britain…it is what you should expect and its so typically American and as you pointed out you know these conventions paid for not only by Corporate America, I mean, they got enough power to go ahead and appropriate federal funds for this and state funds and local funds so the taxpayers pay for this pep rally not as much as the Corporate America. In fact, you see, what is worse than that, you can not find out the details of these corporate sponsors for ninety days. So you can not really make a case for this.

You were rattling off some names earlier but there is a lot more detail than that to be discovered and it would be by the time it comes up. This is capitalism at its best and at its worst. (more…)

‘Neocons only want state contracts without bid’ Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – ‘Neocons only want state contracts without bid’.

By Afshin Rattansi ,Press TV, Tehran

American essayist and politician Gore Vidal believes there has never been democracy in the United States. In his opinion the political system in the country is a machine of brainwashing…

Press TV: Gore Vidal perhaps they have been reading your work and some how misinterpreted it. I hear that Democratic National Committee has designed the podium where Obama is due to speak like ancient Rome. Is that a wise move?

Vidal: We have an old American expression “that’s asking for it.” I think to pretend or to bring out some Roman columns is a little too pointed and a little too delicate right now, we should be much more worried about the end of the Roman Empire which was bankruptcy due to the overextended wars which meant overextended military power and that of course brought that great experiment to an end.

Press TV: They also say it is the most expensive in history. What do you think Senator Obama owes his financial backers who are financing his campaign? (more…)

Job satisfaction: Achievable? Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Job satisfaction: Achievable?.

by F. Mardi

Don’t let your job choose you; you choose your job!

Let’s look at these five points in reaching the top of Mount Job Satisfaction:
Long for the peak.
Assess yourself and the mountain.
Accept the challenge.
Don’t look down, just climb up.
Stay at the top.

In escape from Advanced Geometry, I fled the math major for science in high school. At the time I went to high school in Tehran, there were only two prestigious majors to choose between. Children of families like mine were expected to choose the math major in the second year of high school. At the age of sixteen, I was forced to make one of the most crucial decisions of my life. My high school major would determine my college major which in turn would determine my career.

From high school, I was admitted to university in Industrial Food Engineering. In Iran, students must be accepted to specific majors before they enter college, not while they study there. Four years of studying long hours, numerous trips to various factories and plants, and extensive lab work, now it was time to start working in the real world. Thank God I had to do an internship before receiving my degree. In just a week I had decided this was not for me. I envied the engineers in Research & Development; they had their hands on everything – from research through quality control to developing new products. It would have been a dream come true for me to start a career in a food plant and work my way up the chain, so that in about five years I could have a position I would enjoy. (more…)

Russia: US still looking for WMDs in Iraq? Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Russia: US still looking for WMDs in Iraq?.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin

Russia has slammed what it calls the UN Security Council’s hypocritical stance on the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Russian Ambassador to the UN Vitaly Churkin has accused the world body of adopting a double standard approach in dealing with the issue.

He said members of the Council are ignorant about the essence of the Caucasus conflict, Russia Today reported on Friday.

The remarks were made after a Thursday’s meeting of the Security Council during which the Western powers criticized Moscow’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

“Russia violated the security zone patrolled by UN peacekeeping forces deployed by the UN Security Council,” said Alejandro Daniel Wolff, US Representative to the UN. “In Abkhazia, Russia is violating not only the territorial integrity of Georgia, but also the integrity of this Council.” (more…)

Georgia war for Obama, McCain Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Georgia war for Obama, McCain.

Putin: US created the conflict to benefit the candidates

John McCain and Barack Obama are making capital from the South Ossetia standoff which the US engineered for the competing candidates’ sake.

In a CNN interview, the Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused the United States of having opened the conflict in the region to help invigorate the US presidential race with a specific view to boost the chances of Sen. John McCain for the White House.
“The fact is that US citizens were indeed in the area in conflict during the hostilities…following direct orders from their leaders,” he added.
Putin’s stance is shared by the Russian Ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin as well as several others of the Russian officials.
“It is hard to imagine that (Georgian President Mikheil) Saakashvili embarked on this risky venture without some sort of approval from the side of the United States,” he told Russia’s NTV television earlier in the month.
Wednesday in an interview with the Press TV, Russian Duma Deputy Sergei Markov also accused the Bush administration of serving McCain and Vice President Dick Cheney’s interests while claiming that the two US officials had started the Iraq war ‘without any real cause’.
He alleged that McCain was baiting Russia through criticism “because he is a crazy militant and wants war. It is ‘McCain paranoia”.
Putin’s revelations remarks, however, were attacked by the State Department deputy spokesman, Robert Wood and White House spokeswoman, Dana Perino who described the former Russian president’s comments as “patently false.” And though that is the official rejoinder, the history of this administration makes clear it has no compunction of lying through its teeth in the face of clear evidence.

Iran assures India on gas delivery Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iran assures India on gas delivery.

2,775-kilometer IPI gas pipeline

Tehran has assured New Delhi that it would secure the gas pipeline between Iran, Pakistan and India throughout the life of the pipeline.

According to Indian Express daily, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a letter that the country would seek a tri-partite mechanism to reach an agreement with the aim of securing the pipeline at Pakistan-India border.
Iranian Ministry was responding to a recent request by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, that supply security should be guaranteed to turn the pipeline into a confidence building measure.
The delivery of natural gas became a concern for New Delhi as Tehran had announced that it would supply the gas at the Iran-Pakistan border and would not be concerned about what happens next in Pakistan’s territory.
The Daily Express wrote that the Iranian condition could give a free hand to Pakistan to close the pipeline in case of any conflict with India.
The Indian newspaper added that a new tripartite agreement would mean that the responsibility would be on all three countries for home delivery of gas to India.
The Daily Express said that Iran’s promise includes intervening to encourage Pakistan to involve Indian and Iranian companies in the project and to make sure that deadlines are met.
The 2,775-kilometer gas pipeline will at the start transfer 60 million cubic meters of natural gas per day from Iran to India and Pakistan, with capacity set to eventually rise to 150 million cubic meters daily.

Man Utd to face Celtic in Europe Friday, 29 August, 2008

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BBC SPORT | Football | Europe | Man Utd to face Celtic in Europe.

Louis Saha (left) and Shunsuke Nakamura were match-winners the last time the clubs met

Louis Saha (left) and Shunsuke Nakamura were match-winners the last time the clubs met

Champions League holders Manchester United were drawn with Scottish champions Celtic in the group stages of this year’s competition.

The British pair will also face Spaniards Villarreal and Danish side Aalborg in Group E.

Chelsea were drawn with Roma, Bordeaux and Romanian minnows CFR Cluj, while Liverpool will meet PSV, Marseille and Atletico Madrid in a tough group.

Arsenal will play Porto, Fenerbahce and Dynamo Kiev in Group G.

The four English sides were guaranteed to be kept apart after being made top seeds, but Celtic could have faced any one of them after being drawn in the third pot of clubs.

They will get their chance to test themselves against the English champions in two mouthwatering clashes. (more…)

Iran plans to launch Arabic movie channel Friday, 29 August, 2008

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Press TV – Iran plans to launch Arabic movie channel.

Deputy Head of IRIB, Mohammad Sarafraz

The Deputy Head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) says Iran is planning to launch a TV channel to broadcast movies with Arabic subtitles.

Mohammad Sarafraz, the head of IRIB’s World Service said the plan to launch the TV channel is going through the process of ratification.

“Many people in the Middle East are willing to watch films and TV series free from violence and corruption typical of American movies,” he said on Wednesday.

The Iranian official noted that no name has been chosen for the Arabic-language TV channel yet, adding that it would only be broadcast in the Middle East region.