Πυρ ομαδόν κατά Μαντέλη που προκλητικά τραγούδαγε το Jehova Siemens απολογούμενος στα παλαιά Ανάκτορα. Οι υπόλοιποι τρακόσιοι πρίγκηπες της χώρας , θεοσεβούμενα τέρατα ηθικότητας, ετοιμάζονται για τον λιθοβολισμό του βλάσφημου μαύρου πρόβατου κ.Μαντέλη.
Πολιτικές, παραπολιτικές και δημοσιογραφικές φωνές μεγαλοφώνως κατακεραυνώνουν τον Σημιτικό λοχαγό, τον κ.Μαντέλη, γιατί –άκουσον,άκουσον– δέχθηκε 240,000 μάρκα χορηγία πριν απο 12 χρόνια στον λογαριασμό του…
Η υποκρισία και η παραπληροφόρηση των λιθοβολούντων και των παπαγάλων τους βρίσκεται στο γεγονός οτι ο κ.Μαντέλης έλαβε αυτό το μπουρμπουάρ, μιά σταγόνα απο το συνολικό και διαχρονικό ποταμό των 130,000,000 μαύρων, κατάμαυρων ευρώ της Siemens που διακινήθηκαν σε πολιτικά πρόσωπα, κόμματα εξουσίας, και ισχυρούς άνδρες της άθλιας Πόλης μας….
Η αθλιότης δεν έχει τέλος. Σαν το πυθάρι των Δαναίδων. Για δεκαετίες λοιπόν, οι πολιτικοί ταγοί της χώρας είναι αυτοβούλως παραδοθέντες υποχείρια των γερμανικών υπηρεσιών μέσω της εξαγοράς των συνειδήσεών τους με το μαύρο ευρωποτάμι της Siemens να περνάει απο τα υπόγεια της Βουλής…
Αίφνης όμως, ανακύπτουν και θέματα εθνικής ασφάλειας καθώς σχεδόν το σύνολο του τηλεπικοινωνιακού δικτύου και υποδομών της χώρας γράφει στην ούγια Siemens…
Μίσθαρνοι γερμανουπάλληλοι λοιπόν οι πολιτικοί προιστάμενοι του ΟΤΕ. Απο κοντά και η διοίκηση των γερμανοτσολιάδων. Είναι μαθηματικώς αδύνατον να μην ελέγχουν – κυρίως- οι Γερμανοί το σύνολο των τηλεπικοινωνιών της χώρας με τερματισμούς στην Φρανκφούρτη και το Λάνγκλει…
Θυμηθήκαμε παλιότερες δημοσιεύσεις και για το ναζιστικό κλέος της Siemens, και τις τελευταίες ναζιστικού επιπέδου υπηρεσίες αλα Siemens που εγκατέστησαν στην Περσία κατόπιν παραγγελίας του καθεστώτος για να παρακολουθούν και να καταγράφουν τους πάντες και τα πάντα. Και στην Ελλάδα άραγε χρησιμοποιούν αυτό το σύστημα ή κάτι πιό εξελιγμένο;;;
Η θυσία-σφαγή της Ιφιγένειας-Μαντέλη για να εξευμενιστούν και αποπροσανατολιστούν οι θεοί των ανέμων της κάθαρσης του πολιτικού συστήματος και της κοινωνίας μας δεν επαρκεί…
By Jason Simpkins, Managing Editor, Money Morning
In the quarter century stretching from the late-1880s to the First World War, there was a mad rush by the world’s leading powers to occupy and annex African territory. Now, 100 years later, the world’s elite again are scrambling to make their respective marks on the continent.
The methods of extraction have changed, but the end goal remains the same – to gain access to Africa’s coveted bounty of commodities.
Most notably, Chinese interests have swarmed Africa, constructing roads, rail lines, municipal buildings, schools, ports, and pipelines in exchange for access to natural resources.
China’s success on the continent has attracted the likes of India, Brazil, and Japan. But if these relatively new arrivals want access to Africa’s gold, silver, cotton, cocoa, copper, aluminum ore, and oil, they’ll have to negotiate around China, which by far has the strongest ties to the continent.
Engineering an Empire
China’s African investments in 2009 rose an astonishing 80%. In fact, Africa now represents 10% of China’s total outward foreign direct investment (FDI).
Trade between Africa and China has grown 40% a year since 2001, reaching a record-high $107 billion in 2008. That was enough for China to top the United States and European Union as the continent’s largest trading partner.
China is most interested in Africa’s oil resources, such as those found in Nigeria, Sudan, and Uganda. About 13% of Africa’s total oil exports go to China.
The state-run China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) (NYSE ADR: CEO) is the main agent in such oil deals. CNOOC recently purchased oil assets in Uganda from Britain’s Tullow Oil for $10.5 billion (7 billion pounds), and is in talks with Nigeria to buy 6 billion barrels of oil – equivalent to one-sixth of the country’s total reserves – for as much as $50 billion.
CNOOC also paired with Sinopec Corp. (NYSE ADR: SHI) to take a 20% stake in an oil field off the shore of Angola for $1.3 billion, and with Ghana National Petroleum Corp. (GNPC) to bid for a stake in the Jubilee oil field in West Africa. Of course, China isn’t just pursuing industrial resources. With incomes growing among its more than 1 billion citizens, China is growing into one of the world’s largest markets for luxury goods.
China last year surpassed the United States and Germany as South Africa’s largest trading partner, in part because of its ravenous appetite for diamonds. Diamond sales in China rose 16.9% to $1.5 billion in 2009. South Africa-based De Beers’ diamond sales in China quintupled to 2.3 million stones.
Total trade value between China and South Africa was $14.29 billion in 2009 – down 1.19% from 2008, according to statistics recently released by South Africa Customs. Those statistics also showed that trade value between South Africa and Germany fell 27.88% year-over-year, and trade with the United States fell 34.8% from 2008.
Bilateral trade between Egypt and China grew to $6.24 billion in 2009 from $610 million in 1999, according to Egyptian government statistics. The annual rate of growth in the past five years has been more than 30%.
“The Chinese people cherish sincere friendship toward the African people, and China’s support to Africa’s development is concrete and real,” China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said at the fourth ministerial Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in November. “We will help Africa build financing capabilities. We will provide $10-billion for Africa in concessional loans.”
Premier Wen and Chinese President Hu Jintao unveiled eight measures on bilateral cooperation at that meeting, as well as $10 billion of low-interest loans to African nations.
Can You Hear Me Now? Africa Gets Wired
With the long-term outlook for commodities decidedly bullish – and given China’s apparent success on the turbulent continent – many other emerging countries are coming to view Africa as an important part of their economic growth models.
India – China’s continental rival – is one such country.
Indian officials next week will meet with representatives from 34 African countries for a three-day conclave to discuss $9 billion worth of business projects. The conclave will also lay out a roadmap for the second edition of the India-Africa Forum Summit to be held next year. India hosted the first summit in New Delhi in 2008.
India’s trade with Africa soared to more than $30 billion in 2008 from just $967 million in 1991. And it could reach $70 billion in the next five years. Sudan and Mauritius are among the top five investment destinations for India, with both accounting for about 18% of India’s FDI flow.
It’s not just Africa’s commodities that India is interested in, either.
Indian telecoms tycoon Sunil Bharti Mittal, chairman of Bharti Airtel Ltd., last month shocked investors when he revealed that his company had offered to buy the loss-making African assets of Kuwait’s Zain Telecom.
Africa represents “the most under-penetrated market in the world”, offering huge potential growth, Mittal told the AFP in a conference call with analysts. The deal could negatively impact earnings in the short term, “but in the long run, we are looking for a growth story in this. And therefore it’s not a cause of worry.”
Just 36 out of every 100 people own a mobile phone in Africa, compared to India where subscribers total 45 out of every 100, and advanced economies where mobiles outnumber people, AFP said. According to estimates, the total population of the 15 African countries Zain operates in is just under 500 million.
Bharti is offering $10.7 billion for the unit, which lost $111 million dollars for the first nine months of 2009. Bharti twice failed to merge with Johannesburg-based MTN Group Ltd. (PINK: MTNOY), which is the continent’s largest operator.
“The Future of the World’s Natural Resources”
Brazil – which boasts one of the largest and fastest-growing economies in the world, and with its own cache of valued commodities – is looking to partner with Africa as well.
Brazilian companies have invested just $10 billion in Africa since 2003, but with a booming economy and growing demand for resources that number is likely to rise sharply.
Brazilian imports from Africa rose to $18.5 billion in 2008 from $3 billion in 2000. Exports to the continent have grown eightfold in that time, surging from $1 billion to $8 billion.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the Brazilian president who took office in 2003, visited Africa six times in his first five years in power. Some Brazilian officials have even suggested that African countries prefer to do business with Brazil, which has had similar struggles with poverty.
“They identify with us because we experienced similar problems to them in the past and have successfully adapted technology to local circumstances,” one Brazilian diplomat in Mozambique’s capital, Maputo, told the Financial Times. “They see Brazil as a model to be imitated”.
Indeed, Brazil is proving to be quite the model for success. Brazil was one of the last countries to actually fall into recession and one of the first to dig its way out. Its gross domestic product (GDP) declined by just 0.3% last year. This year the economy will expand by 5.8%, according to central bank estimates. And with the nation’s demand for raw materials expected to rise accordingly, Africa will be a big part of Brazil’s growth plans.
“Brazil is positioning itself to be Africa’s prime partner in its vital quest for greater energy and food security,” says Jeremy Stevens, joint author of a recent research report.
For instance, Vale SA (NYSE ADR: VALE) is working alongside Odebrecht, a Brazilian construction company, in the remote town of Tete, Mozambique to develop some of the world’s largest coal reserves.
“The thing about Africa is that sooner or later it will become a reality,” said Roger Agnelli, president and chief executive of Vale. “Africa is the future of the world’s natural resources, along with South America.”
Investing in Africa
Africa’s potential is so great that investors should actually prefer it to China because its stocks are significantly undervalued, Jens Schleuniger, manager of the Deutsche Bank DWS Invest Africa LC fund, told Reuters in an interview.
“Few know that Africa is the second-most dynamic growth region behind Asia,” he said. “However, there is a lack of trust as many investors attach too much importance to political risks. I believe this is partly exaggerated.”
Schleuniger pointed to Bharti Airtel’s recent activity in the region as evidence that “the appetite for investments in the region is picking up.”
“Above all, you will find investment opportunities in the three Cs – commodities, construction and consumption,” says Schleuniger.
Bharti’s deal with Zain Telecom is an example of the latter, whereas CNOOC’s forays into the continent are an example of a commodities play. Investing in either of these two companies could be preferable to buying into an Africa-listed company because they are profiting from the continent’s resources but are less risky than a domestic company.
Another option would be mining companies Anglo American PLC (OTC: AAUKY), which is one of the largest diversified mining companies, and AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (NYSE ADR: AU), the world’s largest gold miner.
The majority of Anglo American’s operations are in South Africa, where it was founded in 1917. There it mines thermal coal, iron ore, and platinum. The company has a corporate office in Johannesburg, and its secondary listing is on the Johannesburg exchange. Anglo American also has projects or operations in Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe.
There’s also African Bank Investments Ltd. (OTC: AFRVY), which underwrites unsecured credit risk through the provision of personal loans to South African residents, and sells furniture and appliances.
For a more general sampling, the Market Vectors Africa ETF (NYSE: AFK), which seeks to replicate as closely as possible the price and yield performance of the Dow Jones Africa Titans 50 Index, might be worth a look.
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Provided the deal satisfies regulators’ concerns, NBC Universal will soon be controlled by a cable provider. Comcast’s purchase of a controlling stake of NBC’s amalgam of channels and properties could bring about some big changes in broadcast entertainment over the coming years.
Σε εξέλιξη οι προβλεφθείσες αναγκαίες συγχωνεύσεις για τους σοβαρούς παίκτες στο κατακλυσμιαία μεταλλασσόμενο τοπίο των media. Τα πιεστήρια του 2010 ειναι οι πάροχοι των τηλεπικοινωνιών, η “ύλη” το ψηφιακό περιεχόμενο σε οποιαδήποτε μορφή, ο γάμος παρόχων και παραγωγών περιεχομένου αναγκαίος μονόδρομος…
Στην Ελλάδα, οι μεγάλοι των media προσπαθούν ακόμα να καταλάβουν πως παίζεται το άθλημα με τα νέα εκρηκτικά τεχνολογικά δεδομένα, αφου τα στελέχη τους στην πλειονότητά τους προέρχονται απο χώρους εκτός τεχνολογίας. Το πρόβλημα ειναι τεράστιο, διότι οι διοικητικές θέσεις καλύπτονται απο σχεδόν αμόρφωτους τεχνολογικά, εκτός εποχής και τεχνολογικής επιχειρησιακής πραγματικότητος μεσήλικες που πεισματικά αρνούνται να επιμορφωθούν και να προσαρμοστούν στις διαρθρωτικές αλλαγές και επιταγές που αποτελούν μονόδρομο για τις εταιρείες media που κουμαντάρουν. Ο τοίχος πλησιάζει με πολλά χιλιόμετρα ταχύτητα για πολλά μαγαζιά του χώρου.
Οπως σχολίασε και ο κος Ραγκούσης, η Ελλάδα των φοριαμών θα γίνει η Ελλάδα του Ιντερνετ. Ετσι κι αλλιώς, δεν γίνεται αλλιώς, οι ισολογισμοί στενάζουν και οι τράπεζες φωνάζουν. Οι μαύρες τρύπες στα λογιστήρια των ελληνικών ΜΜΕ απειλούν με εξαφάνιση μετα τον οργανισμό της κας Αγγελοπούλου σχεδόν το σύνολό τους…
The cable network will have a controlling stake in NBC once the deal is flattened out, and in return, it’s giving General Electric (NYSE: GE) US$6.5 billion along with $7.25 billion worth of programming. If everything passes muster with regulators, then Comcast will go from being a company that just distributes creative content to one that makes and distributes it.
Clearing regulators is not necessarily going to be a cakewalk, though. Already some members of Congress are calling for hearings to determine the merger’s impact on consumers. What happens in those hearings may force Comcast to make some concessions.
But what if the deal goes down pretty much the way Comcast wants it? Well, you may see a lot of funny things happening. There may be some strange changes in store for NBC and the cable channels that fall under NBC’s umbrella. You may not have the same access to online TV shows through portals like Hulu, and you might not able to find a football game you want to watch next season. Your cable line-up could be different, even if you’re not a Comcast customer, and maybe you’ll see a change in what you pay for television.
Comcast is a big cable player and a big ISP; now it’ll be a big producer of a lot of shows that get played through those channels, and that raises some questions. For instance, is it going to let Time Warner (NYSE: TWX) carry the USA Network, or will people have to switch to Comcast in order to get their nine hours of “Law and Order” per day? Will it let DirecTV (Nasdaq: DTV) broadcast the game if it’s on NBC Sports? Will it let you access Hulu through your Comcast broadband connection, or will it make you bundle in a cable plan as well — or will it let you access it only if you’re a Comcast subscriber? Is Comcast going to jack up NBC licensing fees to other cable companies, forcing them to jack up their prices to customers?
I guess we’ll just have to be patient — “30 Rock” will explain everything eventually, I’m sure.
A few weeks ago, media mogul Rupert Murdoch said he wanted to do something about getting those Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) kids to stay off his lawn — metaphorically speaking, of course. He was talking about protecting News Corp.’s (Nasdaq: NWS) online publications like the New York Post and the Wall Street Journal.
The Google News aggregator page sends an incredible number of readers to those publications and thousands of other pubs every day. But Murdoch doesn’t think the traffic’s worth it, especially since Google users can sometimes get around the Wall Street Journal’s paywall by using its First Click Free feature — over and over again. So after Murdoch talked about maybe cutting his publications off from Google completely, the search engine came up with a new way for publishers to connect their sites with Google News. The so-called five clicks free option lets a user read five articles behind a publication’s paywall per day. Once you’re done with those stories, you get no more of their content until tomorrow, unless you care to buy a subscription. This might be interpreted as a blink or capitulation on the part of Google, which has been playing a sort of slow-moving game of chicken with publishers for months. The timing certainly suggests it’s a reaction to Murdoch’s threats. But Kathy Gill with the University of Washington’s digital media program has a different take. She pointed out to us that publishers have always had the option to shut Google News’ Web crawlers out of their sites completely.If they really don’t want to get picked up on Google News, there’s an easy way to avoid it. It’s just that they’ve chosen not to. Even the Wall Street Journal, which is one of the only major online publications to successfully demand subscription fees from readers, allows its content to be accessed for free by Google News users.The Journal is on the First Click Free program, which could theoretically let you read almost the entire paper at no charge every day, as long as you read each article exactly once and access it through Google. So perhaps this five-clicks-free setting is more about Google offering a more moderate option than the all-or-nothing extremes.
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