Warren Buffett shows us 2 ways we can aim for a million from shares

first_img Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: The Motley Fool Kevin Godbold | Sunday, 15th March, 2020 Warren Buffett shows us 2 ways we can aim for a million from shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img The COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is a disturbing turn of events. On a human level, I find it very upsetting. But I’m certain this is one of those times that Warren Buffett will see opportunities in the stock market.The crisis has the potential to plunge the world into a general recession or economic slump. I think that’s what the stock market has been telling us recently. However, share prices often behave as a leading indicator. By the time we reach the bottom of any economic downturn, it’s likely that share prices will have been rising again for some time.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Searching for quality selling cheapIndeed, the stock market will be looking ahead, and when the economic news flow is at its worst, the major market indices will probably be well up from their lows. You could end up wondering how you missed the boat! And that’s why you’ll read many articles on The Motley Fool urging you to consider buying shares right now. If you wait until the news is all rosy again, you’ll likely miss the best opportunities to bag the shares of quality businesses while they are selling at a discount.And it’s a good idea to buy such discounted ‘merchandise’. Two things can propel your returns from shares. The first is ongoing operational progress in the businesses behind your stocks. And the second is a valuation re-rating upwards from the stock market.When times are tough and the general economic outlet is murky, such as now, the stock market tends to compress valuations. To extend my earlier analogy, the merchandise gets marked down. And when the general economic sun is shining and there isn’t a cloud in the sky, the price of the merchandise tends to creep up.Market dynamics like that are one of the reasons Warren Buffett’s long-term investing record is so good. He’s known for going out shopping for shares when those representing quality companies have been marked down. Yet, to do that, he’s had to go out in bad economic weather and times of macroeconomic crisis. But his focus on the underlying quality of an enterprise has served him well over the years.Both active and passive can work wellIn his 2019 letter to the shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway – the conglomerate he controls – Buffett points out that the per-share market value of the business has increased by 2,744,062% since he started running it in 1965. His investing methods clearly work well! And I think it’s worth studying his investment approach with the aim of building your own Buffett-style fortune in shares.But if you haven’t got the time or inclination to work hard at investing, there’s more good news in Buffett’s letter. Over the same time period that he was building up Berkshire Hathaway, he reckons the S&P 500 index has delivered a return of 19,784% with dividends reinvested along the way.So I think investing regularly in low-cost index tracker funds could also prove to be a decent path to success in the markets. Good luck on your investing journey! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

VARS house / aceboXalonso

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Architects: aceboXalonso Area Area of this architecture project Houses Area:  1400 m² Area:  1400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Eugeni Pons+ 40 Share CopyHouses•Madrid, Spain Year:  “COPY” 2009 VARS house / aceboXalonso Projects 2009 Year:  VARS house / aceboXalonsoSave this projectSaveVARS house / aceboXalonso Photographs:  Eugeni PONS, Martín VarsavskyProject Director:Nuria MuruaisModels & Drawings:Alexandra Revelo, Keigo KobayashiStructure Engineer:Alejandro Bernabeu NB35Architects In Charge:Victoria Acebo, Ángel AlonsoCity:MadridCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Eugeni PonsRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BrickworkPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – 20MMWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsText description provided by the architects. After climbing the hill we thought, ingenuously, that the best way of being established here would be to lie down on a carpet protected from the Sun for a parasol. A carpet that we’d be able to wrinkle to be more comfortable, a parasol that rises and goes down, changing the character of the space that it covers, adaptable to the positions of the body. House and body are recognized in that both are opened systems, in constant exchange with the exterior.Save this picture!© Eugeni PonsIt would be interesting also to prolong a bit the experience of ascension, to construct a new top, to inhabit the peak.Save this picture!© Eugeni PonsTo formulate a complex relation between two simple planes, or a complex plane that formulates simple relations (above below, out inside, floor-roof). It depends on if we read the object or the space… The variations obtain, surprisingly, an expressive and unitary vision of the object and contribute different relative positions with regard to the planes that they form; the continuity in the movement dissolves the limits between the different latitudes. Probably this way let’s find a structure that obtains the transverse exchange that we want between the stable interior and the inconstant exterior, flowing in oblique way among spaces of different tone, here buried, there highly, with the stable look on the horizon.Save this picture!Floor Plan 1Vars House is a two floor housing of around 1.200 s.m. for a family in Madrid. Lower floor is an open space with kitchen, domestic service, pool room and mechanicals. Higher is a continuous space with domestic program, 6 bedrooms, another kitchen, living & dinning room and audiovisual space. It’s completely open to the landscape and has two direct access to the garden on the roof, an stair from the living and a ramp from the children’s bedrooms. There’s a patio in the centre, an enclosed space, with a wide size tree as climatical control.Save this picture!© Eugeni PonsStructure, construction and space are the same thing. It’s being built in exposed concrete, walls act as beams of the large projections of the roof. Variable sections of the structure are used as expressive language, qualifying the spaces below.Project gallerySee allShow lessJohn Henry Brookes and Abercrombie Building / Design Engine ArchitectsSelected ProjectsUrban Requalification of S. Martinho do Porto / Gonçalo Byrne ArquitectosSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/506358/vars-house-aceboxalonso Clipboard Spain ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/506358/vars-house-aceboxalonso Clipboard CopyAbout this officeaceboXalonso OfficeFollowaceboXalonso OfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMadridMies van der Rohe AwardHousesSpainPublished on May 19, 2014Cite: “VARS house / aceboXalonso ” 19 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

BL 1 House / UMWELT

first_imgArchDaily Photographs:  Felipe UgaldeConstruction:Constructora AltamareaStructural Calculation:Francisco MillaArchitects In Charge:Ignacio García Partarrieu, Arturo ScheideggerCity:CáhuilCountry:ChileMore SpecsLess Specs 2017 Chile Photographs BL 1 House / UMWELTSave this projectSaveBL 1 House / UMWELTSave this picture!© Felipe Ugalde+ 13Curated by Diego Hernández Share Year:  BL 1 House / UMWELT Houses Save this picture!© Felipe UgaldeText description provided by the architects. BL1 is a house for a young family that decided to move from the capital to the beach of Cáhuil. It is not a second home for resting or escaping during the weekends but the possibility of transforming their metropolitan lifestyle to a more informal and rural one, with a direct and constant contact with the natural environment. Save this picture!© Felipe UgaldeRecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationVectorworksVectorworks ArchitectWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WoodEGGERLaminatesDue to this, in addition to the traditional program of family rooms, common spaces and services, the house includes extra spaces for guests, a workshop/yoga room, a garage/logia/dressing room that can be used as a multipurpose room and an independent cabin for rent (BL 2 House)Save this picture!© Felipe UgaldeSave this picture!1 Level Floor PlanSave this picture!© Felipe UgaldeThe 5000 square meters site with no trees or other pre-existing elements has a direct but distant view towards the ocean coinciding with the west orientation. A predominant and steady wind comes from the south, and from the north only when it rains.Save this picture!Site PlanThe project is organized as an “L” in plan. The east-west wing is built from a pre-existing container that blocks the south wind. The two-level north-south wing is completely built in wood. The point of connection between both sides defines the access, common spaces and through a deck the connection to the garage. Both ends of this “L” are connected by a diagonal terrace and a system of pillars and beams projected from the house protecting it from the sun while allowing the domestic program to expand to the outside. Save this picture!© Felipe UgaldeTo optimize time and economy the house is built with the least amount of details and only based on the construction systems usually used by local builders.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessRem Koolhaas and Virgil Abloh Discuss Consumerism, IKEA and Millennial DesignArchitecture NewsCall for Entries: 2019 Lyceum Fellowship – A SancturaryStudent Competitions Share CopyHouses•Cáhuil, Chile Area:  130 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902919/bl-1-house-umwelt Clipboard Projects “COPY” “COPY” CopyAbout this officeUMWELTOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCáhuilChilePublished on September 28, 2018Cite: “BL 1 House / UMWELT” [CASA BL 1 / UMWELT] 28 Sep 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCoffee tablesFlexformCoffee Table – GipsyCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemWoodSculptformTimber Battens in Double Bay HouseStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Villa OmniaBricksNelissenInner Wall Bricks – LückingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsEducational ApplicationsFastmount®Hidden Panel Fastener at Massey UniversitySealants / ProtectorsTOPCRETMicro-Coating – Baxab®More products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Architects: UMWELT Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/902919/bl-1-house-umwelt Clipboardlast_img read more

Little House by Dayan Lake / ALL STUDIO

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953867/little-house-by-dayan-lake-all-studio Clipboard 2020 Houses CopyHouses, Community•Huzhou, China Little House by Dayan Lake / ALL STUDIO Little House by Dayan Lake / ALL STUDIOSave this projectSaveLittle House by Dayan Lake / ALL STUDIO “COPY” ArchDaily Save this picture!reserved tree in the courtyard. Image © Qingshan Wu+ 32Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share Architects: ALL STUDIO Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeALL STUDIOOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPublic ArchitectureCommunityHuzhouAnjiOn FacebookChinaPublished on December 25, 2020Cite: “Little House by Dayan Lake / ALL STUDIO” 24 Dec 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?安吉大雁洼小房子 / 其实建筑事务所是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream China “COPY” Photographs:  Qingshan Wu, Shiqi LiArchitect In Charge:Shiqi LiDesign Team:Shiqi Li, Lei Jin, Mengjiang AiEngineering And Landscape:ALL STUDIOClient:HUATENG Co.,Ltd.Engineering:ALL STUDIOLandscape Design:ALL STUDIOCity:HuzhouCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!view the house from the dock. Image © Qingshan WuRecommended ProductsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. Earlier in this year, ALL Studio was asked by HUATENG Co.,Ltd. to design a dormitory in Anji.The project is located in the northwest of Dayan lake, facing the road leading to the nearby village in the northeast side. The building is required by the client to be used for accommodation, as well as contain space for public activities.Save this picture!the house and surrounding environment. Image © Qingshan WuSave this picture!reserved landscape. Image © Qingshan WuDue to the abundant natural resources on the north side of the project, compared with the original building with its back facing to Dayan Lake, we consider that the relationship between the new building and Dayan Lake should be closer. In the layout of the new building, the main elevation of the building faces to the East. There is a long corridor facing Dayan Lake in the courtyard. A row of Metasequoia reserved from the original site is located between the yard and lake. The steel columns of the corridor and Metasequoia together form a structure of frame in front of the waterscape. Through the corridor, people can reach the small quay by Dayan Lake.Save this picture!trees and the corridor. Image © Qingshan WuSave this picture!axonometricSave this picture!villagers in the courtyard. Image © Qingshan WuIn the design, the building and yard are divided into two areas with different materials: cement field and red brick yard. There is a slightly higher platform between the entrance field and thelake, which indicates that the area’s property for pause and stay.Save this picture!entrance. Image © Qingshan WuSave this picture!the corridor and the house. Image © Qingshan WuSave this picture!the courtyard and the house. Image © Qingshan WuThere are several space elements in the site, include “building”, “corridor”, “toilet”, “terrace”. Among the space elements, there is an independent toilet, which is located by the Dayan Lake. It is the onlyspace made of concrete in the project and it’s the core of the red brick yard. The height of the window is related to the height when people use the toilet. At the same time, the rotation of the building to the west side makes people see the mountains on the opposite bank when people sitting down. The washbasin of the toilet is set outside of the building, and the concrete cantilever canopy emphasizes the dynamic relationship when people coming out of the toilet to the way of washhands. The movement of washing hands faces to the waterscape, and the relationship between people and nature reappears at this time.Save this picture!the lake and the toilet. Image © Qingshan WuSave this picture!toilet and corridor. Image © Qingshan WuCause the low-budget of the project, we hope to retain and maximize the use of natural resources in the site. In the whole design, basic building materials are used, such as: cement floor, wall painting, color steel roofing, red brick, etc. The design retains the original trees in the sitecompletely, and integrates the reserve plants into the landscape system of the project   through terrain connection and sight relationship processing.Save this picture!details. Image © Qingshan WuSave this picture!main entrance. Image © Qingshan WuProject gallerySee allShow lessShenzhen Maozhou River Hydrological Education Exhibition Hall / TJADSelected ProjectsUnique Mount EMEI Theater / WG Studio + BIAD-BOA StudioSelected Projects Share Photographs Projects Year:  Area:  111 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/953867/little-house-by-dayan-lake-all-studio Clipboardlast_img read more

Transform your life for free!

first_img  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 April 2004 | News Transform your life for free! Tagged with: Digital Fed up? Bored of life behind a desk? Bills to pay? Boss getting on your nerves?Christian Aid is offering you the chance to start again, and find out what your life could be like if you were born somewhere else in the world.You can transform your life within seconds with LifeSwitch.org, a revolutionary new web site, which is being launched in time for Christian Aid Week 9-15 May 2004. LifeSwitch will enable you to swap your life with someone else’s in a different country. As the tantalising slogan suggests ‘The True You can be the New You’. It is a surprisingly easy process and a new life could be just 5 simple steps away at www.lifeswitch.org:1. Choose a dream country for your new life2. Submit your details and check out a few testimonials and the company disclaimer if you are still not quite sure whether to proceed to the actual morphing of yourself3. Keep your fingers crossed during the transformation process – your profile will be matched with someone else’s in the country you have chosen4. Celebrate the new beginning of your life, or seek help if you are not happy with the outcomeSuranne Jones, who plays Coronation Street’s Karen Macdonald, was one of the first people to give it a go. “I was yearning for a change and a bit more sun”, said the award winning young actress. However, having entered her details Suranne discovered that she would have been a rice farmer. “I was transformed into a young woman in Sierra Leone. My life had not been a happy one. Having been assaulted during the ten-year civil war by a group of soldiers, I was driven out of my home. But there was hope, I approached Christian Aid, and they helped me return to my village and become a rice farmer.” she said.Sara Chamberlain, Christian Aid’s web manager, said: “We take no responsibility for users of LifeSwitch catapulted into a life they may not have expected. While some users may find themselves living a life of luxury in the golden sands of the Dominican Republic, others will ‘experience’ the day-to-day struggle of poor people in developing countries.”Christian Aid Week 2004 aims to raise money for people like Hawa and Patience. Hawa is a real rice farmer in Sierra Leone and was forced out of her home during the civil war five years ago, and Patience is from Zambia, who is a widow and HIV positive. Thanks to money raised through Christian Aid, Hawa was able to move back home and has just had her first successful harvest. Christian Aid’s support means that Patience has a volunteer carer who helps with chores and gives her medicine and food. Hawa’s and Patience’s stories depict the theme of Christian Aid Week, which is: “We believe in life before death. Life is for living, not merely surviving.”– Ends –For more information about LifeSwap.net contact Kati Dshedshorov on 020 7523 2452 or email [email protected] to Editors:1. Christian Aid Week (9-15 May 2004) is the UK’s longest running and most successful door-to-door fundraising week. It started in 1957. Last year more than £14.3 million was raised with the help of over 350,000 volunteers.To make a donation to Christian Aid Week please go to onto www.caweek.org or call 08080 006006.2. Christian Aid is an international development agency. It works with some of the poorest communities helping people irrespective of race, religion, culture or background, exposing the scandal of poverty and injustice. Christian Aid has nearly 600 partner organisations in over 55 countries worldwide.3. Other Christian Aid websites: www.christianaid.org.uk – includes news stories, features, press releases and reports, web clips and photo galleries. The site also offers up-to-date information about Christian Aid’s campaigns, partner organisations, events, exhibitions and a variety of resources that can be downloaded for fundraising events and for campaigning initiatives to raise awareness about issues such as Trade Justice, HIV/AIDS, emergency relief, the environment and sustainable development.4. Digital media company Hi-Res! has been commissioned with the design of LifeSwitch. They are well known for their work on web advertising for films like “Donnie Darko” and the site “Minority Report Experience” for LEXUS cars, as well as thirdplace.com, a site for Sony Playstation2. Awards won include a Golden Cyberlion, a BAFTA, the Grand Jury Prize, and the Gold Pencil. Visit www.hi-res.net for further details. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

A short history of NATO

first_img2012 protests of NATO meeting in Chicago.Because a misogynist, xenophobic and openly racist enemy of humanity like the U.S. president criticized NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) at the July 11-12 Brussels Summit, someone might get the false impression that NATO is worth defending. Far from it.Whatever Donald Trump’s long-term goal regarding NATO, assuming he has one, the alliance is an enemy of the world’s people and always has been.A look at its members and its history shows why.NATO consists of …For most of its history, NATO has included all the major imperialist powers except Japan and Australia. Members have been the United States, France, Britain, Italy and Canada from 1949 on, and Germany since 1955, when it was West Germany. These six plus Japan make up the G7 countries that currently set economic rules for the world.NATO also includes smaller countries that are long-standing members of the imperialist world — like Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Denmark and tiny Iceland. Greece and Turkey are also in NATO.The major NATO powers are imperialist countries because their corporate and financial ruling classes, mainly through their banks, control the bulk of the world’s wealth. The capital under their control is used to exploit labor and extract resources throughout the world.Until World War II, Britain and France directly ruled vast parts of Africa and Asia in the form of colonies. Germany held colonies too, but fewer than those two powers. The Netherlands, Belgium and even tiny Denmark held colonies larger than the home countries.The major NATO countries are now in possession of cutting-edge technologies, control mass media, manufacture powerful weapons and are the most heavily armed. They sell weapons to the world, but keep the most advanced weapons for themselves.Through their control of the world market, currency exchanges and banking, and with their technological advantages, these seven countries now directly and indirectly oppress most of the world.Of the G7 countries, the imperialist United States, with the largest single national economy and by far the greatest military power, is the most dangerous to humanity.NATO’s role 1949-89During the first half of the 20th century, these predatory states battled for markets, colonies and raw materials. In their rivalry, they launched two world wars that together killed 100 to 200 million people — mostly workers, peasants and other toilers.After World War II ended, the class of plunderers and robbers ruling those countries saw that, while they had been fighting each other, a third of humanity had liberated itself from their grip.The Russian Revolution, which ended World War I, also survived the onslaught of Nazi Germany. World War II ended in Europe with the Yugoslav and Albanian revolutions and the Soviet Red Army’s march to Berlin. By 1949, all China was liberated and half of Korea. The Vietnamese people were winning against the French.There was revolutionary civil war in Greece. Colonial regimes were beginning to crumble around the world. The working class in France and Italy seemed on the edge of taking power in these countries where the communist parties had organized the workers’ armed resistance to fascism.So in 1949, Washington, by far the dominant imperialist power then, founded NATO to prevent workers’ revolutions in war-ravaged Western Europe and to confront the Soviet Union and its allies in Eastern Europe. Only in 1955 did the Soviet Union establish the Warsaw Pact with its allies in Eastern Europe.NATO’s reactionary role included planning a military coup in Greece in 1967 that lasted until 1974. It is suspected of participating in a 1968-82 “strategy of tension” in Italy, when clandestine rightist groupings in the Italian ruling class and state carried out terrorist attacks. In 1975, NATO sent warships to intervene in Portugal to prevent the working class there from opening a struggle for socialism, after a revolution ousted the fascist regime.The U.S. president always chooses the NATO commander, and the general in charge is always from the Pentagon. Therefore, NATO has always been a tool of U.S. imperialist policy. It remains such, despite Trump’s complaints.New NATO role: World capitalist copIn 1990, during negotiations between the U.S. and Soviet leaders to end the Cold War, Washington promised not to move NATO eastward. NATO’s declared purpose up to that time was to “defend member nations from threats by communist countries.” This purpose was seemingly ending with the Soviet Union’s impending disintegration in 1991 and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact.But since 1991, far from dissolving NATO, Washington has insisted that the military pact expand, while remaining under U.S. command.U.S. policy turned NATO into a type of imperialist police force. No longer confined to Europe, NATO has become a worldwide intervention force at the service of the transnational monopolies that exploit global labor and resources.Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic joined NATO in April 1999. This expansion coincided with the U.S.-NATO air war in the Balkans that destroyed the sovereign and multinational country of Yugoslavia.The imperialists still lie about the reasons for the war on Yugoslavia, claiming it was to defend Kosovo, a majority-Muslim area. In his book, “Waging Modern Warfare,” 1999 NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark admitted that the Kosovo war was “coercive diplomacy … much more like the interventions of an earlier era” — that is, before World War II, at a time when imperialist powers openly occupied colonies and protectorates. (p. 418)The former Yugoslavia — once a state representing about 20 million Balkan peoples — was broken into seven ministates that are easy picking for West European and U.S. imperialism.Other U.S.-led NATO military interventions followed. The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in Central Asia starting in 2001, using the pretext of the 9/11 attack and invoking Article 5 of the NATO charter calling for collective defense. The occupation continues with NATO aid.In 2011, with the flimsiest of pretexts, NATO attacked and destroyed Libya. That same year NATO countries also sabotaged and subverted the Damascus government in Syria.The destruction that these interventions brought about have horribly exacerbated the refugee crisis that continues today.France and Germany balked at joining the U.S.-British invasion of Iraq in 2003 because their governments believed it a dangerous and foolish endeavor. For that reason, NATO didn’t begin that disaster. Later, however, many NATO states aided the occupation of Iraq, even though it was an open secret that the U.S. pretext for war — the claim of Iraqi “weapons of mass destruction” — was a lie.NATO’s latest expansionBulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia were admitted to NATO in 2004. Albania and Croatia acceded to the alliance in 2009. There are now 29 members, plus other countries like Sweden that have a special relation with NATO.NATO apologists claim the alliance defends freedom and human rights. On the contrary, NATO’s role is now to reconquer those areas of the world that had gained some independence from imperialism during the existence of the Soviet Union.To confront the onslaught of U.S. imperialism, it is necessary to say both “Down with Trump!” and, equally, “No to NATO!”Catalinotto, a managing editor of Workers World newspaper, co-edited the book “Hidden Agenda: U.S./NATO Takeover of Yugoslavia,” New York: International Action Center, 2001.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Government urged to tackle crisis in Emergency Departments

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Twitter By admin – May 16, 2016 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Government urged to tackle crisis in Emergency Departments RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleSchool principal appeals for return of stolen “Active Schools” flagNext articleBarry Molloy doubt for Harps trip to St Pats admin center_img Pinterest Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Facebook Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire A senior Emergency Department consultant is calling on the new Government to act immediately to resolve the overcrowding crisis.Dr Fergal Hickey of Sligo University Hospital, who also serves as Communications Officer with the Irish Association for Emergency Medicine, was speaking after it emerged that the numbers on trollies for more than 24 hours in January and February was higher than before.He says that’s a matter of concern, particularly in cases of people over the age of 75.Dr Hickey says the fact that the figures were not published until after the election and the formation of a new government raises a number of questions…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/hickeystats.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Another ‘social letting agency’ opens in competition with traditional agents

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Another ‘social letting agency’ opens in competition with traditional agents previous nextAgencies & PeopleAnother ‘social letting agency’ opens in competition with traditional agentsLuton Lets Squared is the latest example of a trend for local councils and housing associations to open their own ‘socially-purposed’ letting agencies on the high street.Nigel Lewis12th December 20190912 Views A sales and letting agency has opened for business on a high street in Luton that will operate as a normal estate agency but also be a housing drop-in centre for homeless people and those on benefits.Called Luton Lets Squared, the branch is part of a growing trend in the UK for councils to open and operate their own ‘social letting agencies’.This one is a joint venture between Luton Council and a local housing association Squared. TThe branch and its website looks at first glance like any other agency on Luton’s high street. But although Luton Lets Squared will charge landlords fees in line with those charge by traditional agents in the area, it will then use the profits to help vulnerable people find accommodation.The agency is to lease properties off local landlords but then sign an AST between itself and the tenant, not the landlord.Profits from the business will also be used to help those who are homeless or struggling to find affordable accommodation. This will include helping them put down deposit and obtain references in order to rent a home.John Holman, interim service director for housing, said: “Luton Lets Squared is an exciting initiative that brings together the accumulated knowledge and experience of two valued organisations.“Affordable accommodation is vital for everyone in the town – irrespective of who they are – and for many a dependable, secure home is the first step towards lifting themselves out of financial hardship.”Read more about affordable homes. Luton Lets Squared social letting agency December 12, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Attack submarine USS Tucson returns to Pearl Harbor

first_img Share this article View post tag: US Navy The Los Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Tucson (SSN 770) returned from a deployment to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on March 7.Tucson successfully completed a six-month Western Pacific deployment while conducting operations in support of national security.This deployment was the first for more than 40 percent of Tucson’s crew. During the deployment, 28 officers and sailors earned their submarine warfare qualification “dolphins” and 21 sailors advanced in rank.While deployed, Tucson conducted port calls in Tokyo, as well as Chinhae, South Korea.“We had a very successful port call to Chinhae. The crew enjoyed some outstanding liberty and it gave us the opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the US and the Republic of Korea,” Lt. Garret Allen, from Wimberley, Texas, said.Upon returning to Pearl Harbor, Master Chief Electronics Technician (Navigation) Juan Gonzalez, from Houston, and Tucson’s chief of the boat, commended the crew for their hard work and dedication to completing a successful deployment.“In my 26 years in the navy, it never ceases to amaze me how young sailors can band together and thrive as a whole to complete difficult missions and tasks,” Gonzalez commented.Tucson is the second ship of the US Navy to bear the name of the Arizona city. It is the 59th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and the 20th of the improved Los Angeles-class attack submarine to be built. Twelve vertical-launch missile tubes for Tomahawk cruise missiles provide Tucson with great offensive capability. Retractable bow planes give the ship increased maneuverability and under ice surfacing potential. March 9, 2018 Vesselscenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Attack submarine USS Tucson returns to Pearl Harbor View post tag: USS Tucson Attack submarine USS Tucson returns to Pearl Harborlast_img read more

Braun Runs On Outsider Status In Race For Senate Seat

first_imgBraun Runs On Outsider Status In Race For Senate Seat Braun is in a tightly-contested race against incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly, with Libertarian Lucy Brenton playing the role of spoiler.Recent polls have Braun and Donnelly trading leads, making the Senate race a toss-up heading into Election Day. Pete Seat, executive director of strategic communications and talent development for Indiana Republican Party, said the election has shifted in Braun’s direction.“Mike Braun is leading in the polls and has the clear momentum in the race,” Seat said in a statement. “As a conservative outsider and businessman, Mike Braun has built a record of delivering results.”Braun, whose campaign did not respond to several requests for an interview, made his campaign points in the debates where he argued that compared to career politicians,  he brings new ideas to the table rather than career politicians.“Running for the Senate should be something you do where you bring something to the table and career politicians say one thing and do another,” Braun said in the first debate.Much of the funding for the Braun campaign comes from the candidate himself, with more than $10 million of the $16 million raised since last July has been from personal loans.Downs said most voters do not necessarily see that as an issue.“He self-funds because he’s a successful business person and that’s part of his biography,” Downs said.Braun is the founder and CEO of Meyer Distributing and owner of Meyer Logistics. Both companies have locations in 38 states with the headquarters located in Braun’s hometown, Jasper, Indiana. Meyer is an auto parts dealer that uses Meyer Logistics to ship the parts directly.Braun and his wife, Maureen, have been married since 1976 and have four children.The 1972 Jasper High School graduate, earned an economics degree from Wabash College and his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1978.In his first elected position, Braun served on the Jasper School Board from 2004 to 2014.Braun then served as a state representative from 2014 to 2017 in a district which serves portions of Daviess, Dubois, Pike, and Martin counties. Braun resigned from the state House last fall to focus on his Senate campaign. In a primary where candidates tried to out-Trump one another, Braun won the 2018 Republican primary for over U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer.Braun said in the second debate that lowering the cost of health care would be his main focus if elected.In his company, Braun has said in public appearances and campaign advertisements that he has taken on the insurance companies to fix health care for his employees and held their premiums flat for 10 years.“It may not be the perfect plan but it’s a great plan and I held costs firm for 10 years and I’ll know more about what to do to actually reform healthcare than a career politician that gets briefed from the lobbyists,” he said.But Donnelly has used that in attacks on Braun, noting in a series of television ads that employees at Meyer Distributing must spend $5,000 a year on health care before their coverage kicks in, and that number jumps to $10,000 for a family.Donnelly has also criticized Braun for supporting a lawsuit to overturn the Affordable Care Act, saying that would allow insurance companies to deny coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.Braun has said that he does support coverage for pre-existing conditions, which is included in his own company’s health insurance policies.Downs said sometimes the best idea or the best argument loses out to the one that is easier to understand and Braun’s company having a $10,000 deductible is easy to understand.“He’s using health care in his own organization as a way to demonstrate he knows how to get things done, not that he was saying it’s the best plan around,” Downs said of Braun’s defense of his plan.Braun’s positions on the issues were gathered from the two debates and the candidate’s website.On gun violence, Braun touts his membership in the National Rifle Association, its endorsement of him and his support of the Second Amendment.“I’m going to be for anything that proves effective that keeps guns out of the hands of criminals,” Braun said in the first debate. “I’m going to always be there to defend the Second Amendment rights because so often politicians and liberals end up going there, not the source of the problem.”On the issue of abortion, Braun said he supports legislation that states life begins at conception and makes abortion illegal.“I am 100 percent pro-life and when it comes down to just trying to nurture life in general and take us from where we are currently, all I can tell you is I got the endorsement from Indiana Right to Life, the National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony Group,” Braun said.On other issues:Braun has said he wants to continue rolling back regulations to allow to focus on creating jobs, not red tape, and invest in improving infrastructure, in both urban and rural communities, to help move goods and services through Indiana more efficiently.He said he wants to enact term limits to remove career politicians from Washington and ban retiring legislators from becoming lobbyists for five years after leaving office.Braun said he supports building the wall along the United States and Mexico border and enforce immigration laws and banning federal money from flowing to sanctuary cities, require businesses check the immigration status of prospective employees and crack down on criminal gangs like MS-13, who bring illicit drugs and crime to our communities.FOOTNOTE: James Polston is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.Print Friendly, PDF & EmailFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img By James PolstonTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS —Life-long Hoosier, job creator and a political outsider. That is how Indiana Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Braun describes himself.That might be the kind of message that resonates with voters, said Andy Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics based at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.“Hoosier’s have a long history of liking elected officials who can make an argument about real-world experience,” Downs said. “Hoosiers are not a group of people that automatically say we want people who are career politicians representing us.”Downs also said real-world experience is not a guarantee of success because candidates still have to demonstrate what has to be done and give voters a sense of how they plan to do it.last_img read more