The pilot exited the cockpit during the flight from Barcelona to Dusseldorf and could not get back inside despite desperately pounding on the door, according to The New York Times.
The militia groups, some of which until recently had Iranian advisers with them, pulled out of the Tikrit fight in protest of the American military airstrikes, which began late Wednesday night, insisting that the Americans were not needed to defeat the extremists in Tikrit.
Together the three groups represent as much as a third of the 30,000 fighters on the government side in the offensive against the Islamic State, which is also known as ISIS or ISIL, analysts said.
The area of operational activity is in the northeast corner of the country, a region of arid mountainous terrain that spans the Lebanon-Syria border where militant groups such as the Islamic State and the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra are based.
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If you’re going to get out, the best time to escape is before it’s too late. A month early or a year early — it doesn’t matter too much. But one day too late is still too late, and that does matter.
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China's Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (ALLB) to Radically Change the World - Competing Against the Rothschild's IMF ~ link ~
Gerald Celente: “Look at what’s happening with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Of course when the United Kingdom said they were going to join it, there was a lot of pressure from the United States for them not to join it and yet they did anyway. There are now 35 initial members and it’s ready to launch….
“So it will be official by next Tuesday, March 31st. This AIIB is going to be a competitor to the IMF and the World Bank. Again, the United States has been putting pressure on its allies not to join but one by one they are joining anyway.
China's One Belt - One Road and ASEAN connectivity ~ link ~
The ASEAN Master Plan for Connectivity (AMPC) and China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative share striking similarities and parallels. Both envisage transport connectivity as a way to bring member or participating countries closer to one another, facilitating better access for trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchanges. Like the “One Belt, One Road” project, AMPC calls for a system of roads and railways to link contiguous Southeast Asian countries with one another, as well as a system of ports for RoRo (roll-on roll-off) vessels and short sea shipping to link insular Southeast Asian countries with one another as well as with mainland Southeast Asia. Given this shared vision, it is interesting to consider how the two could complement one another and what issues could stand in the way.
China has since 2009 been ASEAN’s biggest trading partner and ASEAN has been China’s third largest trading partner since 2011. Trends indicate that two-way trade will only increase further in the coming years. In 2015 alone, it is expected to hit $500 billion. And since seamless transportation infrastructure can better spur trade, plans to enhance connectivity between the two sides is mutually beneficial. China also puts great emphasis on neighborhood diplomacy, and extending investments and official development assistance (ODA) to finance infrastructure projects is one way of winning the support and goodwill of neighboring developing countries. From this perspective, then, the convergence of interests is very apparent. However, while ASEAN and China shared an aspiration of enhancing transport connectivity, it remains to be seen how compatible AMPC and China’s Silk Road project really are.
Indonesia and China seal Maritime Partnership ~ link ~
In an interview with South China Morning Post, Jokowi said he was particularly interested in “infrastructure and manufacturing developments.” Jokowi also listed highways, railroads, power plants, and ports as ripe for joint projects between Chinese and Indonesian firms. Jokowi noted that China is only the 13th largest investor in Indonesia and promised to remove bureaucratic obstacles responsible for the slow trickle of Chinese investment.
Meanwhile, Xi promised to support Indonesia in developing maritime infrastructure, both by encouraging Chinese firms to invest and by sponsoring projects through the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and the Silk Road Fund.
Jokowi made a similar call for investment in Indonesia at the 2014 APEC summit. In that speech, he noted Indonesia’s pressing need for foreign investment to fund infrastructure projects. “In five years we want to build 24 seaports and deep seaports,” Jokowi said. “We have 17,000 islands, so we need seaports and deep seaports. And this is your opportunity: 24 seaports and deep seaports.”
Rabi call for Free Speech limits on the Internet ~ link ~
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The changes would give the 1,800 islanders access to Australian health and welfare payments for the first time, while the New South Wales government would provide essential services on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia.
But the loss of self-government seems to be too high a price for the islanders, many of whom are descendants of Tahitians and the HMS Bounty mutineers who resettled there from the Pitcairn Islands in 1856 and have fiercely maintained their independence ever since.