Daily Archives: March 6, 2011

Building a better future by David Cameron

British Prime Minister David Cameron


By : DAVID CAMERON ( The Blue Blog of  The Conservative Party )




March 6, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / THE BLUE BLOG ) —  I’m in Cardiff this weekend with three clear messages for the party. One: thank you for everything you’ve done. We’re in government delivering Conservative pledges – from bringing some sense to our public finances to dismantling Labour’s nanny state. This wouldn’t have happened without the constant work of activists up and down the country over this past year. So thank you.

Two: get ready because we’ve got some big elections coming up – council elections, Welsh Assembly elections, Scottish Parliament elections and of course, the AV referendum. AV is fundamentally unfair – it makes politics and politicians less accountable and it means some people’s votes can count more than others. We’ve got to get out there, take these arguments to the country and urge them to vote no to AV.

The third message is to do with our economy. In just over two weeks, we’re going to unveil the most pro-enterprise, pro-business Budget for a generation. It’s going to be a no-nonsense, roll-our-sleeves up Budget in which we do everything we can to make it easier for businesses to grow, invest and take people on.

Make no mistake, I am an enterprise Prime Minister. Every summit I go to, every trip I make, every foreign leader I meet, I’m trying to drum up new trade or business for Britain. I know some people don’t like me doing that. But do these critics think the Germans and the French and the Americans are all sitting at home waiting for business to fall on to their lap? Of course not. They’re getting out there, and so am I.

This is an enterprise government too. Everywhere we can we’re breaking down the barriers to business growth – cutting corporation tax, gripping regulation, bringing in an enterprise allowance to help those who are unemployed set up their own business. But there’s so much more to do. Right now in our country there are what I would call the enemies of enterprise, whether it’s bureaucrats who concoct ridiculous rules or town hall officials who take ages to make planning decisions. Believe me, we are taking them on.

Enterprise is in our party’s DNA. We have always been on the side of the doers, the grafters, the entrepreneurs. They are the wealth creators and the job creators, the ones who will drive Britain’s prosperity in the years to come, and that’s why this government is doing everything possible to get behind them today.  (*)


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Photostream : Russian President meets Presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) meets with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev (right) and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan, March 5, 2011. The three leaders exchanged opinions about the progress made in the implementation of the Joint Declaration signed in 2010 in Astrakhan. The talks continued during a working lunch. Following the talks, Dmitry Medvedev, Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan issued a joint statement. The document states that the three leaders discussed the practical implementation of the tripartite declaration adopted during their previous meeting in Astrakhan on October 27, 2010, and decided to take the following steps in addition to those provided for in the declaration. In particular, the heads of state agreed to complete the exchange of prisoners as soon as possible. In addition, the document stresses their commitment to resolve all disputes by peaceful means and to investigate possible incidents along the ceasefire line, with the participation of the parties under the auspices of the OSCE Minsk Group with the assistance of the Special Representative of the OSCE chairman.The Presidents noted the importance of their regular contacts on the settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict and agreed to continue in this format in addition to the work of the OSCE Minsk Group, the statement reads.Dmitry Medvedev, Serzh Sargsyan and Ilham Aliyev also visited one of Krasnaya Polyana’s ski resorts. Photo: the Presidential Press and Information Office

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) meets with President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev (left) and President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (C) talks with Azeri President Ilham Aliyev (L) and Armenian President Serzh Sarksyan during their meeting in the resort of Krasnaya Polyana in Sochi March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (R) takes Azeri President Ilham Aliyev for a snow mobile ride during their visit to the resort of Krasnaya Polyana in Sochi March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Dmitry Astakhov/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, left, and Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev ride a ski lift during their informal meeting in Krasnaya Polyana near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia, Saturday, March 5, 2011. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Dmitry Astakhov, Presidential Press Service)

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Japan foreign Minister quits over illegal donation

Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara speaks during a press conference to announce his resignation from the post at Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Sunday, March 6, 2011. Maehara said he is stepping down over accepting a political donation from a foreigner, which is illegal in Japan. (AP Photo/Junji Kurokawa)

TOKYO, March 6, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / AP) – Japanese Foreign Minister Seiji Maehara said Sunday he is stepping down for having accepted a political donation from a foreigner, which is illegal in Japan, as reported by AP on Sunday (3/6/2011).

The resignation is another blow to the embattled administration of Prime Minister Naoto Kan, whose public approval rating has fallen below 20 percent amid concerns that the government is failing to tackle serious problems ranging from a lackluster economy and bulging national debt to an aging, shrinking population.

Maehara, 48, was foreign minister for just six months.

The allegation came up during a parliamentary budget committee meeting last week. Maehara initially said he didn’t know about it, but later acknowledged that his office accepted the donation from his longtime supporter, an ethnic South Korean resident in Kyoto, and apologized.

Japan’s political funding law prohibits lawmakers from accepting donations from foreigners, and opposition lawmakers demanded he take responsibility.

“I carefully thought about my political funding issue over the last few days, and I have decided to resign as foreign minister,” he told a televised news conference Sunday night.

“I apologize to the people that I ended up resigning after just six months on the job, and for causing distrust due to a politics-and-money problem despite my pledge to seek clean politics,” he said. “It’s truly regrettable that I caused such a problem because of my own mistake.”  (*)

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UK diplomatic team in Libya to meet with rebels

Britain's Defense Secretary Liam Fox


LONDON, March 6, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / AP)  – Britain’s Defense Secretary says a small British diplomatic team is in eastern Libya to try to talk to rebels there.

As reported by AP on Sunday, Liam Fox declined to comment on reports that members of a special forces unit were being held by rebel forces after a secret mission to put British diplomats in touch with leading opponents of Moammar Gadhafiwent awry.

“We are in touch with them but it would be inappropriate for me to comment further on that for reasons I am sure you will understand,” Fox told BBC radio Sunday.

The Sunday Times newspaper reported that up to eight soldiers were captured as they escorted a junior British diplomat through rebel-held territory in eastern Libya.   (*)


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Philippines Names New Military Chief

Philippine President Benigno Aquino

Sunday, March 6, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM / VOA) — Philippine President Benigno Aquino has named a new armed forces chief, charged with cleaning up corruption in the 130,000-member force, as reported by VOA on Sunday.

Mr. Aquino announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Eduardo Oban as the new chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during a graduation ceremony of the Philippine Military Academy in Baguio City Sunday.

Oban succeeds General Ricardo David, who will retire Monday.

The appointment comes amid a congressional inquiry that has exposed scandals involving the misuse of millions of dollars by top Philippine generals.

General Oban is widely respected among younger officers. He played a key role in ending an army mutiny in 2003, when 300 junior officers took over a high-rise apartment in Manila’s business district to protest corruption in the Gloria Arroyo administration.  (*)

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