Egypt braced for protests as Muslim Brotherhood claim fatal attack on party office

Mursi and the Brotherhood accuse loyalists of the old regime of being behind
violence and of thwarting their efforts to reform an economy hobbled by
corruption. Opponents say the Islamists, who have won a series of elections
against a diffuse opposition, of seeking to entrench their power and impose

In a speech on Wednesday, Mursi denounced his critics but admitted some
mistakes and offered talks to ease polarisation in politics that he said
threatened Egypt’s new democratic system.

But opposition leaders said their protests would go ahead.

“Dr. Mohamed Mursi’s speech of yesterday only made us more determined in
our call for an early presidential vote in order to achieve the goals of the
revolution,” the liberal opposition coalition said after its leaders
met to consider a response.

“We are confident the Egyptian masses will go out in their millions in
Egypt’s squares and streets on June 30 to confirm their will to get the Jan.
25 revolution back on track.”

With the start of Egypt’s weekend, people began to gather in Cairo’s Tahrir
Square, site of the uprising of Jan. 25, 2011, and at venues in other towns.
The atmosphere was largely festive but there widespread fears of trouble in
the days ahead.

It is hard to gauge how many may turn out but much of the population, even
those sympathetic to Islamic ideas, are deeply frustrated by economic slump
and many blame the government.

Previous protest movements since the fall of Mubarak have failed to gather
momentum, however, among a population anxious for stability and fearful of
further economic hardship.

The army, which helped protesters topple Mubarak and is on alert across the
country guarding key locations, says it will act if politicians cannot reach
consensus. The United States, which continues to fund the military as it did
under Mubarak, has urged Egypt’s leaders to pull together.

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US suspends trade benefits for Bangladesh over safety conditions

“Countries that tolerate dangerous – and even deadly – working
conditions and deny basic workers’ rights, especially the right to freedom
of association, will risk losing preferential access to the U.S. market,”
Trumka said.

It also puts American companies on notice they must take meaningful steps to
improve conditions for Bangladesh’s factory workers, Senate Foreign
Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, said in
a statement.

“No one will want to wear clothing that is ‘Made in Bangladesh’ if it is
made on the blood of workers. It’s time for American industry to show
leadership and work with their European counterparts on a global standard
for safety.”

Suspending Bangladesh from the GSP program will increase U.S. duties on an
array of products the country exports to the United States, such as tobacco,
sporting equipment, porcelain china, plastic products and a small amount of
textile products.

But it will not directly affect Bangladesh’s main export, clothing, since
garments are not eligible for duty cuts under the program, which was created
in 1976 to help economic development in the world’s poorest countries and to
reduce import costs for U.S. companies.

In 2012, Bangladesh was spared about $2 million in U.S. duties on about $35
million worth of goods under the GSP program, but it paid about $732 million
in U.S. duties on $4.9 billion of clothing exports not covered by the
program, said Ed Gresser, a trade analyst with the GlobalWorks Foundation.

A European Union decision to suspend trade benefits would have far more impact
since Bangladesh’s clothing and textiles exports receive duty-free treatment
there in contrast to average U.S. duties of around 15 per cent.

EU officials raised the possibility of suspension in early May in the hope of
prodding Bangladesh into action.

The EU imported roughly 9.2 billion euros ($12.13 billion) of goods from
Bangladesh last year, according to data from the EU’s executive branch, the
European Commission.

Clothing and textile products ranging from towels and bedding accounted for
almost 93 per cent of those goods.

EU and Bangladeshi officials will meet in Geneva in July for talks aimed at
improving safety conditions in Bangladesh and preserving the country’s trade

An EU spokesman in Brussels said the U.S. action underscored the EU’s

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Bombings in Baghdad cafés leave at least 22 dead

Sectarian tensions have been inflamed by the civil war in Syria, which is fast
spreading into a region-wide proxy war, drawing in Shi’ite and Sunni
fighters from Iraq and beyond to fight on opposite sides of the conflict.

The latest bombs struck as Iraqis celebrated moves by the U.N. Security
Council towards ending sanctions imposed on Baghdad more than two decades
ago after former President Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990.

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Ecuador president says he has yet to consider any asylum bid for Edward Snowden

The US Spanish-language television network Univision published on its website
what appeared to be a “safepass” document with the letterhead of
Quito’s consulate in London, asking authorities in transit countries to “give
the appropriate help” as the bearer travels to Ecuador.

“You request asylum when you are on a country’s territory. Snowden is not
on Ecuadoran territory, so technically we cannot even process the asylum
request,” Correa said.

The United States revoked Snowden’s passport after he revealed a massive US
surveillance program, and the 30-year-old computer specialist has been holed
up at the Moscow airport’s terminal since arriving there from Hong Kong on

In Washington, US State Department deputy spokesman Patrick Ventrell warned
that giving Snowden asylum would create “grave difficulties for our
bilateral relationship.”

“If they take that step, that would have very negative repercussions,”
Ventrell said.

But a US official also denied that a bilateral trade pact was being used as “blackmail”
in the case, insisting that Washington wanted to maintain a good economic
relationship with Quito.

Ecuador’s Communications Minister Fernando Alvarado announced earlier that the
country “unilaterally and irrevocably renounces these preferential
customs tariff rights.”

“Ecuador does not accept pressure or threats from anyone, and does not
trade on principles or make them contingent on commercial interests, even if
those interests are important,” he said.

Correa’s government said that while it had received the preferential rights in
exchange for its cooperation in the war on drugs, they had become a “new
instrument of blackmail.”

But the US State Department said the trade program was granted by Congress and
Quito could not withdraw unilaterally.

The pact, which covers key Ecuadoran exports such as fresh-cut roses, fruits,
vegetables and tuna, is set to expire on July 31 unless the US Congress
renews it.

The arrangement, which dates back to the early 1990s, originally benefited
four Andean nations, and Ecuador was the last country still participating in
it. Analysts have warned that Washington may refuse to renew it if Quito
grants asylum to Snowden.

The United States is Ecuador’s main trade partner, buying 40 per cent of
Quito’s exports, or the equivalent of $9 billion per year.

The Ecuadoran business community disapproved of the government’s decision.

“It’s a hasty and wrong decision because there was no formal US
government announcement threatening to remove us from the ATPDEA (Andean
Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act) over the Snowden case,”
Roberto Aspiazu, head of the Ecuadoran Business Committee, told AFP.

Ecuador has said it could take as little as one day or as long as two months
to decide whether to grant asylum to Snowden.

An online publication of the Ecuadoran presidency said Washington has put “explicit
and implicit” pressure on Quito over Snowden’s asylum petition as well
as its decision to shelter Assange at its London embassy and its ties with “nations
considered ‘enemies’ of the United States.”

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Rudd to make major announcement

Question time live feed.

Rudd backs Gonski education reforms

Kevin Rudd is all smiles after returning to leadership.
Source: News Limited

KEVIN Rudd has decided to support the Gonski education reforms.

Speaking from Canberra, the PM said he had been in discussions with his colleagues about the Gonski education funding plan.

Mr Rudd said he was uncomfortable with the reforms being known as the Gonski plan.

“I think we have a challenge to take the substance of a plan and describe what it actually does,” Mr Rudd said.

“This national school improvement program is about better schools and education for kids.”

Mr Rudd has extended the June 30 deadline by two weeks.

“I look forward to my discussions with the states that have not signed on,” he said

Mr Rudd said he wanted to have a debate with Tony Abbott “in the next week or so” about the economy.

He also announced the new ministry will be sworn in on Monday afternoon.

Mr Rudd said it had been a busy few days and he had spent the time meeting with his colleagues and in departmental briefings.

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He was due to name a new cabinet today, which will include Senator Penny Wong, Science Minister Don Farrell and Defence Minister Stephen Smith – who’s planning to retire from politics at the election.

Mr Rudd said any member of the Gillard ministry was welcome to stay in his.

“My opinion is to harvest all the talents available,” he said.

He said he did “not support the politics of division”.

“I am saying under my leadership there is a hand out to business,” he said.

The Prime Minister gave an explanation as to why he took back the nation’s top job.

He said the first reason for the decision was “that the government was on track for a catastrophic defeat at the next election”

“Were that to occur we would have seen torn down so many of the reforms under my leadership and Julia Gillard’s leadership,” he said.

“I could not stand idly by and allow these reforms to be destroyed.

“Hence why I put up my hand.”

Mr Rudd said Australians wanted a “real policy choice” at the next election.

He said the third reason for returning was because “I want to make some policy changes”.

“These have been hard times … then those parties come through,” Mr Rudd said.

He did not rule out recalling parliament to get his policy changes through.

Mr Rudd said there would not be an “avalanche” of policy decisions before his ministry was sworn in.

“If I have learned one thing from my previous experience as Prime Minister … it is the importance of proper orderly consultation,” Mr Rudd said.

“Decision making is much better when it can be made collegiately.”

Mr Rudd said he had assured his cabinet colleagues that “anything major goes through the cabinet”.

With the caveat that sometimes “stuff happens and you have to act quickly”.

On asylum-seekers Mr Rudd said under the current plan “we see some fragmentation” for support for the system of orderly migration.

He said he would be briefed this afternoon on going to Indonesia next week.

“Following that I will make a decision,” Mr Rudd said.

He said if he went to Jakarta he would not just be speaking about boats, but the broader national security ties between the two nations.

Mr Rudd said he was wary that a potential diplomatic conflict with Indonesia over Tony Abbott’s boat turn around policy could lead to an armed conflict.

“I am a little uncertain as to where that heads,” Mr Rudd said.

“There is a risk of diplomatic conflict and … you’ve got to be mindful of where conflict leads you.”

On party reform for the ALP Mr Rudd said it was “near and dear to my heart”.

“I am revolted by what I have seen unfold in NSW,” he said of the ICAC inquiry.

“I am revolted that this could have been seen to be acceptable practice.”

Mr Rudd said he would be discussing the carbon price with his cabinet colleagues.

“I am very mindful of due process and I want to discuss this fully with the cabinet including the budget implications,” he said.

When asked about his good friend Trish Crossin and her shafting from the Senate pre-selection in the Northern Territory, Mr Rudd said he would take advice on the best way forward.

Ms Crossin was asked to stand aside by Julia Gillard for high profile aboriginal candidate Nova Peris.

Mr Rudd said he had a “strong commitment” to elevating women in the cabinet.

“There will still be a strong team of women ministers in the next cabinet,” Mr Rudd said.

“I want women to have every opportunity.”

Mr Rudd said he would urge party executives to strongly consider pre-selecting female candidates.

The PM also took a question from the Chinese media during the press conference.

He stressed he had “no idea” that the journalist was from the Chinese media.

Mr Rudd said the free trade agreement between Australia and China needed to be concluded.

He said the accusations he had “stalked” and “torn down” Julia Gillard were not true.

Mr Rudd said he had not yet thought about whether or not he would move into The Lodge.

On gay marriage Mr Rudd urged Tony Abbott if he won the election to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

“I would much prefer to have this thing resolved,” he said.

“I think I am now the first Prime Minister of Australia who is a full signed up member to gay marriage reform.”

Mr Rudd said he could not guarantee the budget would be returned to surplus anytime soon.

The lengthy press conference was even attended by Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan.


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Rudd push to dump carbon tax

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has called for an end to negative politics and cast a doubt over the election date

Comeback Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Question Time in the House of Representatives yesterday.

Comeback Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Question Time in the House of Representatives yesterday.
Source: News Limited

KEVIN Rudd will push to dump the carbon tax and go straight to an emissions trading scheme in a bid to unshackle the government from the politically toxic policy.

The Daily Telegraph understands the carbon tax, which is due to rise by $1.15 per tonne to $24.15 next week, will top the agenda when the new Prime Minister convenes his first cabinet meeting, scheduled for Monday.

Sources close to Mr Rudd confirmed it would be a high priority and most likely be at the top of the cabinet agenda.

However, in a signal that he would conduct a consensus government, Mr Rudd indicated to colleagues no changes would be made without approval of the cabinet.

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It is believed the sticking point will be how quickly Mr Rudd could drop the fixed carbon price and go straight to a floating market price, considering the significant cost in also retaining the household compensation package.

Axing the current fixed price for a market-based floating price could see the cost drop to as little as $6 a tonne.

It’s estimated the move could cost the government several billion dollars in lost revenue.

With Parliament not due to return before an election, Mr Rudd is likely to announce it as an election policy, with changes to come in next year.

Such a change would require legislation, which the Greens have indicated they would not support.

“This is a priority issue,” a source close to Mr Rudd said.

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The move would allow Mr Rudd to keep Labor’s commitment to a carbon price but distance his new government from Julia Gillard’s broken promise to not impose a carbon tax.

Yet carbon is also something of a vexed issue for Mr Rudd, who famously described the onset of climate change as “the greatest moral, economic and environmental challenge of our generation”.

His credibility was in tatters when, under attack from Mr Abbott for his “great big tax”, he dumped his government’s controverial emissions trading scheme in April, 2010.

Greens leader Christine Milne today said any changed position Mr Rudd takes is electioneering because Parliament will have risen.

”He has backflipped on climate so much I don’t think people will really trust him to actually respond to the science,” she told ABC Radio.

”He will be much more interested into caving into business and caving into the big miners than responding to the climate crisis.”

Government minister Jason Clare this morning said Australia would move to a floating carbon price as soon as it could be done.

”As soon as we can do that, we want to do that,” Mr Clare said on the Nine Network.

”Prime Minister Rudd has said he will have more to say about that in the next few days.”

Treasurer Chris Bowen was more circumspect about the timing of the change.

”It does go to a floating price in the future … That’s something that the Labor Party and the Liberal Party used to both agree on and the Liberal Party did a flip and changed their position,” he told Seven today.

Opposition deputy leader Julie Bishop warned a floating carbon price would leave a big hole in the budget and lead to significant cuts in health and education.

Cabinet minister Mark Butler played down the reports, saying it was ”all speculation”.

But the issue was likely to be discussed by cabinet early next week.

”We are moving to a market-based system, floating price,” he told ABC Radio.

Mr Butler admitted there was a great number of implications for a decision to bring forward an ETS.

Cabinet would need to consider a range of information, including revenue projections and the impact on household assistance, he said.

Opposition climate action spokesman Greg Hunt said the government’s carbon policy was wrong and an Abbott government would axe the carbon tax – whatever name it was called.

”Any move by Prime Minister Rudd to change name of the carbon tax will be a con. No matter what he calls it, the carbon tax still goes up on Monday and Australians will pay it,” Mr Hunt said in a statement.

Liberal senator Simon Birmingham said all the government was planning to do was rename the controversial carbon tax.

”A tweaking of what the carbon tax may look like in the next year or two won’t change what the carbon tax will be for the next five, 10, 20 years,”’ he told reporters in Canberra today.

The tax would increase by 150 per cent to $38 in 2020, and reach $350 by 2050.

”We’ll see the carbon tax spiral up and up and up, whatever this government does,” Senator Birmingham said.

Mr Rudd was sworn in yesterday as Prime Minister by the Governor-General for a second time, along with his new deputy Anthony Albanese and new Treasurer Chris Bowen. Mr Rudd will announce his ministry today.

Those being considered for the frontbench include former ministers Joel Fitzgibbon and Kim Carr as well as western Sydney MP Ed Husic, Victorian MPs Jacinta Collins, Anthony Byrne and South Australian Nick Champion.

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His new leadership group will include Mr Albanese and Mr Bowen, Penny Wong, Jacinta Collins as well as the man who helped orchestrate Mr Rudd’s political assassination in 2010, Workplace Minister Bill Shorten.

In his first address to parliament Mr Rudd sought to rally the troops, taking Opposition Leader Tony Abbott head-on.

“(Voters) want us to build the house up, not tear it down. It’s time for the old politics of negativity to be dead and buried,” he told parliament.

Mr Abbott returned fire, demanding Mr Rudd explain to the nation why Julia Gillard had to be replaced by the “faceless men”.

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The number of Julia Gillard’s cabinet ministers to have announced their departure from the front bench grew to eight yesterday, with Defence Minister Stephen Smith confirming he would not recontest his seat of Perth.

He said he would serve on the frontbench until the election.

Mr Rudd, however, is still refusing to reveal when he might take Australians to the polls.

There is believed to be disagreement among some of Mr Rudd’s closest advisers about whether the current September 14 date should be retained, moving it forward to August or even delaying to October or November.

Australian business leaders yesterday demanded Mr Rudd call the election quickly to rescue the economy.

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Senior business groups warned that patience with the government’s “anti-business policies” was close to breaking point and an early election was needed to boost confidence and get shoppers spending again.

They also called for the carbon tax to be dumped.

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John Howard rallies to the cause

Bond University

Former Australian Prime Minister, John Howard, will return to the campaign trail to assist Tony Abbott combat the return of Kevin Rudd.
Source: News Limited

JOHN HOWARD will formally campaign with Tony Abbott in Melbourne tomorrow in an attempt to take the shine off Kevin Rudd’s return to the Labor leadership.

Mr Howard’s spokesman told News Limited the former prime minister would be at an election rally with the Opposition Leader at the Melbourne Showground tomorrow morning.

“In light of this week’s events it will be a pretty good rally to be at,” the spokesman said.

Mr Howard will introduce Mr Abbott to the rally and will give a US-style presidential campaign speech.

Around 2000 people are expected to attend the rally and it will be similar to one held in Western Sydney earlier in the year.

It will be the first time Mr Howard is out on the husking’s trail with Mr Abbott since the 2010 election.

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The former Prime Minister, who served for 11-years and was knocked off by the Rudd-slide in 2007, has done some fundraising events for the Coalition’s campaign but nothing as public as tomorrow’s rally.

Mr Abbott is considered a prodigy of Mr Howard and served in his cabinet as a senior minister.

Mr Howard will likely directly address the pitfalls of a Kevin Rudd return.

It is understood Mr Howard has been approached by numerous Coalition candidates for him to join them on the election campaign.

The former prime minister will have a much bigger presence in the campaign this time around.

Mr Howard and Mr Abbott will be at the rally from 11am to midday tomorrow.

The rally will officially launch the Victorian federal Liberal campaign.

“This has been planned for some time now,” the spokesman said.

News of Mr Howard’s attendance at the rally comes as a the first polling following Wednesday’s leadership coup has delivered a bounce for Labor.

The Seven Network poll shows the ALP two-party-preferred up twelve points to 48 per cent.

It is just slightly behind the Coalition’s 52 per cent.

Labor’s primary vote was up nine points to 38 per cent – a potentially election winning position.

On the question of who would be a better prime minister Mr Rudd leads Mr Abbott 52 to 48 per cent.

Outgoing Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce this morning took a swipe at Kevin Rudd saying “the ego has landed” and the Labor party would eventually return to chaos under his leadership.

Senator Joyce, who is leaving the Senate to run as a candidate in Tony Windsor’s lower house electorate of New England, said Mr Rudd would be “kissing babies within an inch of their lives” over coming weeks but that people would soon remember he’s “that crazy bloke”.

“He will go through the process of trying to kiss the babies within an inch of their lives … he will break from time to time into mandarin to show us all what a clever fellow he really is,” Senator Joyce told Sky News.


“But people will start to remember – that’s right I remember you – you’re that crazy bloke.

“He says he wants a new spirit of kindness and transperancy whilst he is standing knee deep in the political carcasses of all his colleagues – they are all around him.”

Mr Rudd is expected to hold a media conference around midday today to reveal at least some of his key ministry appointments.

It will be the first time Mr Rudd takes questions from the media following the leadership coup.


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Summer scorchers to top 50C

daytime high temperatures

Construction workers gather at a new home site at sunrise to beat daytime high temperatures. Summer temperatures in Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth are predicted to top 50C, a new study says.
Source: AP

MELBOURNE, Perth and Adelaide will very likely experience 50C summer heat, a new study into climate change warns.

And man-made climate change was also likely to have played a role in the “angry” summer Australians endured in this year.

University of Melbourne researchers say these types of extreme summers will become even more frequent and severe.

It concluded global warming increased the chances of more “angry” Australian summers by more than five times.

Study co-author David Karoly said the chance of Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide eventually experiencing 50 degree days “are quite high”.

“This extreme summer is not only remarkable for its record-breaking nature but also because it occurred at a time of weak La Nina to neutral conditions, which generally produces cooler summers,” Professor Karoly said.

Dubbed “Australia’s angry hot summer” by the Climate Commission, parts of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia experienced their highest temperatures on record in 2013 and much of the country sweltered through temperatures very much above average, Prof Karoly said.

It was the hottest on observational record.


Lead study author Sophie Lewis said the angry summer had come at a time when cooler summers were most likely to occur.

“These types of extreme summers will become even more frequent and more severe in the future,” Dr Lewis said.

The next hottest summer on record occurred in 1998.

The study showed with more than 90 per cent confidence that human influences on the atmosphere dramatically increased the likelihood of the extreme 2013 summer.

Dr Lewis said for the period of 2006 to 2020, modelling showed summers like 1998 would occur once every 16 years when only natural climate forces were at play.

However, when human influences such as greenhouse gases were introduced, they happened almost one every two years.

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Homosexual Jew goes nuts

Each of you, Jew and Gentile alike, who has not already enlisted in this sacred war should do so now and here. It is not sufficient that you should buy no goods made in Germany. You must refuse to deal with any merchant or shopkeeper who sells any German-made goods or who patronises German ships or shipping…. we will undermine the Hitler regime and bring the German people to their senses by destroying their export trade on which their very existence depends. — Samuel Untermyer

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It’s not called Jewtube for nothing

jewtube Its not called Jewtube for nothing

YouTube, owned by Google, which was founded and is owned by the Jew Sergey Brin, is not content with being a politically neutral video content site.

Google in general is known for being pro-homosexual, according to Huffington Post. In fact, if you search for “gay” at Google right now, you might see a rainbow-styled search engine:

google gay Its not called Jewtube for nothing

It was recently revealed that Google, among other IT giants, had let the NSA access information about users in the secret PRISM project.

See PRISM Break for information about how you can protect your privacy.

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