Wednesday, December 17, 2014

China Is the World's Top Exporter of Dirty Money

China Is the World's Top Exporter of Dirty Money

China’s push to invest big bucks abroad has been heating up, following a record $108 billion of direct investment overseas last year. Just this week, premier Li Keqiang signed $14 billion of deals in Kazakhstan on Sunday and announced a $3 billion investment fund into Eastern and Central Europe on Wednesday. In November, president Xi Jinping said that China plans to invest $1.25 trillion overseas over the next decade.

Đại học Phú Thọ của Iran :-) - Sharif University of Technology

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Beware: Putin, the wounded animal

Beware: Putin, the wounded animal
Vladimir Putin is not a good man and not a good leader.

There, I said it ... and the U.S. government basically began saying that eight months ago, when it joined with other Western nations in imposing a series of economic sanctions on Putin's Russia.

The sanctions hurt Russia a bit, but now oil's freefall is causing the ruble to crash and slamming that nation with a guaranteed recession or even depression.

A YPJ Kurdish Sniper :-)


Dec 16
"This is a bloody war, but we need to fight it, we need to protect our women and children or nobody else will defend us.” says Arin, a 27 Years old Kurdish YPG/YPJ Woman Fighter in Til Koçer. "
Arin, who was born and raised in Germany, said she was awarded her pistol after she killed 20 ISIS Terrorists, earning her the reputation among her colleagues as one of the most dangerous snipers in the group.  “I had a good life, I liked living there,” but she felt she had to do something as the news became worse. “I remember watching television when I saw women and children slaughtered by ISIS, and I couldn’t stand it anymore.”
Last year she travelled to Rojava (Western Kurdistan) to join the YPJ and now heads her unit, which originally had 20 members. Today only seven survive. Arin hasn’t talked to her parents since she left Germany. “I don’t call them, it’s better this way,” she said, adding that she might call then one day, once the war is over. “My life is here with these brave women. They are my family.”
Dec 16

"This is a bloody war, but we need to fight it, we need to protect our women and children or nobody else will defend us.”  says Arin, a 27 Years old Kurdish YPG/YPJ Woman Fighter in Til Koçer.

Arin, who was born and raised in Germany, said she was awarded her pistol after she killed 20 ISIS Terrorists, earning her the reputation among her colleagues as one of the most dangerous snipers in the group.

“I had a good life, I liked living there,” but she felt she had to do something as the news became worse. “I remember watching television when I saw women and children slaughtered by ISIS, and I couldn’t stand it anymore.”

Last year she travelled to Rojava (Western Kurdistan) to join the YPJ and now heads her unit, which originally had 20 members. Today only seven survive.

Arin hasn’t talked to her parents since she left Germany.

“I don’t call them, it’s better this way,” she said, adding that she might call then one day, once the war is over. “My life is here with these brave women. They are my family.”

Let's come to her class and see how she teaches ! :-)


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Maryam Mirzakhani (a Marie Curie in Mathematics :-))

[Meeting a Genius :-)] A Tenacious Explorer of Abstract Surfaces _By: Erica Klarreich


Who is this little girl? :-) Fields Medalist & Prof. Maryam Mirzakhani, grew up in Iran and was at first more interested in reading and writing fiction than doing mathematics.

Maryam Mirzakhani - Fields Medalist in Mathematics 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Top 9 Muslim women that made headlines in 2014 :-)

As the final chapter of 2014 comes to a close, some Muslim women have risen to the forefront in their shredding of stereotypes by showing the world a courageous, unyielding side.

Below are Al Arabiya’s top Muslim women of this year, in no particular order:

1- Maryam al-Mansouri



Mansouri, an Emirati female fighter pilot, became widely known for flying her F-16 to lead the UAE’s air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) radical group in Syria in September.

On Turkish-Syrian border, a baby Obama is born :-)


Kurdish refugees on the Syrian/Turkey border.

'Only Obama helped us in our time of need, so I named my son after him,' says a Syrian refugee who goes by the name of Abu Obama. US-led airstrikes on his hometown of Kobane have helped its defenders to resist an Islamic State offensive.

Abe pledges Japan constitution rewrite after election win



Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday vowed he would try to persuade a sceptical public of the need to revise Japan's pacifist constitution, the day after scoring a thumping election victory.

The premier, who was re-elected by a landslide in Sunday's polls, pledged to pursue his nationalist agenda while promising to follow through on much-needed economic reforms.

Finally, a New Surgeon General


Finally, a New Surgeon General

President Obama nominated Vivek Murthy to be U.S. surgeon general on November 13, 2013. The Senate health committee signed off on him in February. On Monday, one year, one month, and two days after his selection, the Senate is poised to confirm him to a post that has been vacant since July.

Oil prices, ruble, inflation all bite Russia, but how badly?

A board in Moscow shows the exchange rates for the rouble.

Between Western sanctions and plummeting crude oil prices, things are looking grim for Russia's economy. But Russians appear prepared to weather the storm.

Russia's petroleum-dependent economy is facing a perfect storm of bad news, brought on plunging global crude prices and an ever-tightening set of Western sanctions imposed over the Kremlin's Ukraine policy. The Kremlin, which failed to diversify the economy fast enough during the fat years, now faces the urgent task of carrying out painful economic restructuring and public belt-tightening at the same time. If it doesn't, it risks losing the political and social stability that have been the hallmarks of the Vladimir Putin era.

Ruble hits new low despite interventions :-(


A woman walks past a board listing foreign currency rates against the Russian ruble outside an exchange office in central Moscow, on December 12, 2014 (AFP Photo/Kirill Kudryavtsev)

Moscow (AFP) - The Russian ruble tumbled to new record lows Monday despite repeated interventions by the central bank to keep the national currency afloat.

The ruble broke through level of 60 to the dollar and 75 to the euro for the first time, hitting 61.25 to the greenback and 76.10 to the European single currency in afternoon trading.