Read The Webchat On The US Elections on Skynews.Com

October 30, 2008

Read The Webchat On The US Elections on Skynews.Com

  Dear readers of Stirring Trouble! Please go to Sky News’ website – skynews.com – and read the webchat section which deals with the US election campaign. Our very own Alexander Nekrassov has been debating on it with former Clinton advisor, Jon-Christopher Buar. It’s fun, but it won’t last long, as the webchat page will be renewed tomorrow at 4 pm. And check out skynews.com in general. It’s a good website. Totally different from ours, of course, but with very good content. All the best, Thomas Mathew  Read More →

China Joins The Antarctic Club. The Race To Find Natural Resources Is On

October 30, 2008

China Joins The Antarctic Club. The Race To Find Natural Resources Is On

By Martin McCauley:  It would probably surprise many readers to learn that China now regards itself as a big player in… Antarctica. The icebreaker and research boat Xue Long (Snow Dragon) left Shanghai on October 25 for a six-month stint in the waters surrounding the sixth continent. The objective is to set up China’s first inland research station, the Kunlun Station. The station will be located on the Antarctic icecap itself. The other two Chinese stations are on the periphery of Antarctica. Kunlun will accommodate 20 research scientists and is planned to be completed in January 2009. Many countries are expressing an interest in Antarctica because of its supposed vast mineral and hydrocarbon wealth. Twenty-eight countries have research stations on the ice continent, but most are... 

Stirring Trouble On Sky News: Why Do Russian Oligarchs Mix With Western Politicians?

October 30, 2008

Stirring Trouble On Sky News: Why Do Russian Oligarchs Mix With Western Politicians?

[flv w=420 h=340]http://www.stirringtroubleinternationally.com/video/nekrassovskyinterview.flv[/flv] I have been contributing to Sky News for the last fifteen years at least. It is one of the best TV news channels and has some of top professionals working for it. It is always a pleasure to appear on Sky News, not least because they always pay freelance journalists, unlike the BBC, for example, which only pays lots of money to thugs like Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand, and other disgusting characters. The only thing that slightly saddens me about Sky News is that it has been cutting down on international news in the last couple of years, which is a shame, because they’ve got some of the best foreign correspondents in the world. Look at Alex Rossi in Moscow: he has become, in my opinion,... 

Reaction To My Article On Internet And PC Gamers Was Varied. Very Varied Indeed

October 29, 2008

Reaction To My Article On Internet And PC Gamers Was Varied. Very Varied Indeed

We have received a lot of comments regarding my article about Internet and PC gamers that was written in the form of an open letter and dedicated to my son, Alex. It appears that many of our readers feel strongly on the subject and some were even genuinely offended by my suggestion that playing PC games for hours often amounts to a waste of time.The most amusing commentary came from one of my son’s friends, Al, who wrote that, obviously, I was exaggerating when I wrote that my son did not play PC games at all. Al wrote that he knew of cases when Alex did actually join a group of Internet gamers, although he accepted that my son was not a fanatical gamer. Several women readers actually expressed their strong dislike to the whole practice of unlimited gaming and complained that their children... 

We Post One Of The Previous Commentaries On The US Election Campaign

October 29, 2008

We Post One Of The Previous Commentaries On The US Election Campaign

As I’m taking part in a debate today with former Bill Clinton’s advisor on skynews.com (it will start at 16.30 London time), I decided to post one of the comments I’ve written in the past about the presidential race and the chances of the candidates. Especially as I have been predicting correctly some of the things that are happening now, like the alleged plot to assassinate Obama, for example, that has been supposedly foiled two days ago. The article below has been posted on August 30. I Hate To Spoil The Party For The Democrats. But Things Are Not Looking Good For Obama Guess which family in the US is celebrating today? Really, really celebrating. With champagne, lobster, caviar and more champagne. I’ll give you a hint: the husband’s name is William and his wife... 

Jonathan Ross And Russell Brand Should Be Allowed To Stay. And Both Given A Raise

October 29, 2008

Jonathan Ross And Russell Brand Should Be Allowed To Stay. And Both Given A Raise

(By Thomas Matthew.) I think that Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand, the so-called great comedians, should be allowed to continue presenting their shows on BBC-2 Radio, even after their disgusting prank with calling an old man and leaving offensive messages on his answering machine during a show. And they should be both given a raise. Ross should get another couple of million added to his contract and Brand should be propelled into the top earners league on the BBC by getting a raise of a 1000 per cent. No, 2000 per cent.Why am I saying this? Because these two punks represent what the BBC stands for: vulgarity, obscenity, bad sense of humour, arrogance and total disregard for public opinion. That is why they should be allowed to continue with their nasty routines so that more licence payers would... 

Would China Benefit From The World Financial Meltdown?

October 29, 2008

Would China Benefit From The World Financial Meltdown?

(By Martin McCauley.) These are heady days in Beijing: a government member has conceded that China faces serious economic problems but, on the bright side, he said, the country has also been presented with the biggest strategic opportunity for nearly 140 years to establish a dominant role on the world stage. So that you know, in 1868 the Chinese economy was the largest in the world. Chinese experts are as divided about the problems and solutions to the present crisis, as in any other leading financial country. Opinion varies from the pessimistic – China would have a crash landing as a result of the financial meltdown in the United States – to unbridled optimism with its proponents saying that the landing would be soft and that China would not experience severe economic difficulties. A... 

Are Talks With The Taliban In Afghanistan On The Cards?

October 29, 2008

Are Talks With The Taliban In Afghanistan On The Cards?

Martin McCauley writes: President Hamid Karzai has revealed that he has asked for the support of Saudi Arabia and other states to bring the war against the Taliban in Afghanistan to an end. He wants negotiations with Mullah Muhammad Omar to begin to resolve the conflict that Kabul is now admitting cannot be won militarily.The Mullah’s position is quite clear: Western coalition forces must leave Afghanistan as soon as possible. Just like the Soviet Army had left in 1989. The Soviets were not defeated on the battlefield, but lost the diplomatic war. The Mullah is eying the same sequence of events this time round. There are four military forces in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban. The Afghan Army is suffering the heaviest casualties and in between battles it is being trained to take over... 

The Spectator Is Becoming A Joke. And Not Even A Funny One

October 28, 2008

The Spectator Is Becoming A Joke. And Not Even A Funny One

The reason why I think that The Spectator – the oldest magazine in Europe – has become unreadable is because Matthew d’Ancona, its current editor, has simply allowed the overall standards of the publication to fall to such depths that it can’t really be taken seriously any more. It has become a joke, and not even an amusing one at that. To be fair to d’Ancona, I have to point out that the rot started under Boris Johnson’s editorship, when The Spectator was a gathering of mates and matees, who plugged their own books and those of their friends, had sex with each other and generally lived in a world that had nothing to do with reality. The regular columnists simply stopped trying very hard to write original pieces, and even the once witty and controversial... 

Walking A Tight Rope: Is Syria A Terrorist Target?

October 28, 2008

Walking A Tight Rope: Is Syria A Terrorist Target?

By Martin McCauley: The conflict in Iraq has spread to Syria. According to Syrian sources, on Sunday a helicopter raid by the US, eight miles inside Syrian territory, resulted in the deaths of eight unarmed civilians. Some reports indicated that the target was an Al Qaeda group that was preparing to enter Iraq. Washington has consistently urged Damascus to patrol its borders to prevent terrorist groups using its territory to launch attacks inside Iraq. The raid comes as a surprise, because relations between Syria, Iraq and the US have been improving recently. But we should not forget, of course, that the presidential elections are approaching in the US and strange things might be happening in the last days of the Bush regime. Damascus has sought to avoid being sucked into the Iraqi imbroglio.... 

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