The EU with 29 members would cover 3,86 percent of the world's area, have 8,92 percent of the world's population and 22,94 percent of the world's income. The US follows the EU, which is the biggest economy in the world, with $10 trillion 614 billion. China, which has been growing at an extraordinary speed is third rank with $6 trillion 435 million and Japan became the fourth by $3 trillion 641 million. India, which has been outpaced by China for 40-50 years though it is also growing steadilyat about 5-6 percent with $3 trillion 68 billion, is fifth. Brazil, which was a symbol of instability for its rapid booms and busts is sixth with $1 trillion 322 billion and seventh is Russia, which faced a big economic crisis in 1990s but recovered recently with $1 trillion 279 million.
March 16-19, 2005
Boca Raton Resort & Club
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The Dutch government has announced plans to reduce its current 34.5% corporation tax rate to 30% by 2007. The corporation tax will be reduced in three stages, with the first cut, totaling 3%, taking place as soon as January 1, 2005.
The Dutch government expects the corporation tax rate cut to lead to more foreign investment while making Dutch companies more competitive with counterparts in countries with lower tax rates.
Source: Dutch Ministry of Finance
British EU trade commissioner Peter Mandelson modestly admitted that Britain has much to learn from the EU. He points out: "To produce the same output UK workers work 14% longer hours than German workers and 29% longer than French workers."
Today at his burial Arafat the former "terrorist" is hailed by many as a great statesman and the leader of the Palestinian people.
Arafat's transition from terrorist to statesman came about because his opponents and detractors, after his violent appearance on the international scene, had the courage to sit down with Arafat and discuss the aspirations and needs for the Palestinian people. Just as we did with the IRA and other similar so-called "terrorist" organizations.
Today Ben Laden and his followers are considered the terrorists. Their cause apparently different from that of Arafat, but nevertheless very similar.
Isn't it time we at least try and find out what makes Ben Laden and his followers really tick, and take it from there?
Is this defeatism? No, not at all. It is based on historic precedence.
Arafat's death has reminded us again that today's terrorist could very well be tomorrow's statesman. Those who can not accept this reality should at least be aware that history one day could brand them as the terrorists.
The Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a poll in October, concluding that nearly 1/3 of Americans hold negative stereotypes of Muslims, such as (1) Islam encourages oppression of women; (2) Islam teaches violence and hatred; (3) Muslims value life less than other people; and (4) Muslims teach their children to hate unbelievers. The report from Front Page is in response to the above statement by the Council on American Islamic Relations. Note by A-News: The comments, even though it seems to group all Muslims under the same umbrella, focus mainly on actual policies of Arab Muslim Nations.
In the heyday of our multicultural utopia, the Dutch political and intellectual elites believed that radical Muslims and radical libertarians could co-exist peacefully in the same society. In recent years it becameclear that this was an illusion, although the subject continued to be avoided in the politically correct media. Fortuyn broke the taboos surrounding the problem of immigration and paid with his life. Van Gogh paid the same price for a provocation which, had he attacked Christianity rather than Islam, would hardly have raised an eyebrow in today's largely secular Holland. But he aimed his barbs at Mohammed, not Jesus, and found himself in a cultural minefield laid by young radical Moslems in Holland's urban districts.
From an editorial in the Wall Street Journal
The Sinclair Broadcasting Group, a conservative broadcasting company that runs television stations in dozens of major television markets nationwide, has ordered its stations to preempt other programming and air an anti-Kerry program before Election Day.
The "documentary," called "Stolen Honor," was written, produced, and funded by what some people consider as extreme right-wing activists. Sinclair has said that it will be broadcasting this "political" message as "news".
Reports indicate that this isn't the first time the Sinclair corporate office has compromised the journalistic integrity of its stations. Earlier it had ordered ABC affiliates not to air a nonpartisan tribute to fallen U.S. soldiers, fearing the consequences for George W. Bush. It has also refused to run a DNC ad that challenged Bush for citing faulty intelligence about Iraq. It has also been reported that Sinclair and its executives have contributed thousands of dollars to Republican causes -- and their CEO has given the maximum donation to Bush-Cheney 04.
The Democratic Party has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission to protest this illegal corporate contribution to the Bush campaign, since the Sinclair Broadcasting is using its television stations to disguise right-wing smears against John Kerry as news.