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Government Mulls over Foreign Investors in GM

July 3rd, 2016

It was reported that General Motors Co. was talking with Chinese government –owned SAIC about buying a stake in the Detroit company. However, both the Treasury Department and the automaker did not give any comments on the report.


The Treasury Department who gave GM $ 50 billion loan to help the automaker through bankruptcy protection a year earlier could mull over foreign investors for GM. GM has repaid $ 6.7 billion of the bailout money. The government would hold 61 percent of stake (equivalent to $ 43 billion) in the company. The government expects to get the remaining bailout money back with stock sales.


General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection on June 1, going down American history as the third largest company to file for bankruptcy and the largest bankruptcy for the manufacturing sector.


Single investors will have more opportunity to buy GM shares while group of investors will be sought out. Both are offered opportunity to hold GM shares. The government will assure that general guidelines are followed in the sale.


Last week, new GM CEO Daniel Akerson (formerly a telecommunications industry executive) said that it is some years that the government will get its money back. GM expects to pay its debt to government and raise money for investment. 


GM earned $ 2.2 billion for the first six months of 2010. The earnings are a prospective sign to investors. It will keep shares of common stock to its three other shareholders and the government. It will sell preferred stock which will be converted to common shares in 2013.


Prior to November congressional elections, the Obama administration has been in progress of convincing voters that the money bailout for GM and Chrysler spared the auto industry an even more wrenching downturn.


Chrysler filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in April 2009. It announced partnership with Italian automaker Fiat which then held a 20% stake in the “New Chrysler” and could increase higher stake up to 35% and even 51% if Fiat met financial and developmental goals for the company.


Economics is the study of our lives,our jobs, our homes, our families and the little decisions we face every day. Thus, I am keen on reading and studying economic issues.

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AFIO SF gifts: U.S. Foreign Policy while the U.S. Intelligence Community

February 26th, 2015

AFIO SF Gifts: U.S. Foreign Policy as well as the U.S. Intelligence Community
Event on 2015-12-30 11:30:00

Topic:  U.S. Foreign Policy and the U.S. Intelligence Community

Speaker:  Dr. Russell Berman, Stanford University, Hoover Institution

Time:  11:30 (no-host cocktail); 12 noon lunch

Dr. Russell Berman could be the Walter A. Haas Professor within the Humanities at Stanford University with appointments at FSI plus the Hoover Institution. He is a professional on German literary works and culture as well as on social relations between European countries and usa.

Dr. Berman has posted research regarding social event of anti-Americanism in Anti-Americanism in European countries: A Cultural Problem. He’s currently seat associated with Department of Comparative Literature and formerly served as connect dean and manager of Stanford's Overseas research Program. He could be in the advisory board of Business for Diplomatic Action and was past president of this contemporary Language Association. He’s got been granted fellowships from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the National Endowment the Humanities, plus the German Academic Exchange Service. The German government awarded him the Bundesverdienstkreuz award.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Berman received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1972, and a Ph.D. from Washington University in 1979. He has spoken against the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement and it has talked on a wide variety of topics including Freedom or Terror: Europe Faces Jihad as well as on his latest book, In Retreat: America’s Withdrawal from the center East at Hoover organization Spring 2014 Retreat.

Recent mid-term elections revealed that the US public ended up being dissatisfied because of the present administration’s policies. Just what motivates U.S. withdrawal? Simply how much is it a range of the Obama administration? Is it rooted in U.S. cultural leanings that could outlast the management? Simply how much impact does the U.S. cleverness community have on these policies? Dr. Berman will talk about the way the current administration has conducted international policy and its feasible long-lasting effects as other forces come forward to fill the space: failure to correctly deal with the Middle East resulting in unsuccessful states over the region from Algeria to Afghanistan; increased competition with Russia as a revanchist energy; and frayed relations with all the European Union. His latest publication is a call to come back to democratic values in international policy.

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Canadian Foreign Minister combats child, early, forced marriage — Breaking News 24 SEVEN

February 16th, 2015

Foreign Minister Baird on Canada’s mission to combat son or daughter, early and forced wedding — Breaking Information 24 SEVEN
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Does anyone know any good foreign Internet Radio stations?

October 26th, 2013

Question by SilversunPocket: Does anyone know any good foreign Internet Radio stations?
I live in the USA and love Internet Radio sites such as Pandora (which is my favorite site, btw), but I like a lot of foreign music and most of America’s music isn’t enjoyable to listen to. I was wondering if there were any Internet Radio sites you know about that have a wide span of foreign music or if you recommend or have any favorite sites? Thanks.

PS: Please don’t recommend YouTube – it’s not the same and can get annoying.

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Answer by Beerald

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Q&A: What foreign country is going to come into the United States and save US from Obama?

September 18th, 2013

Question by Aunt Acid: What foreign country is going to come into the United States and save US from Obama?
Obama set a precedent.

It seems that now it’s okay to SAVE people from their leaders.

WHO will SAVE US from Barack Hussein Obama and his Communist Czars and his Black Panther Muslim Brotherhood?

Best answer:

Answer by Cob Bollum
Ha, this shows how unrealistic most of you guys really are.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

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Alberta Government: Foreign Investment Beneficial to Canadian Economy

July 23rd, 2012

Alberta Government: Foreign Investment Beneficial to Canadian Economy
Under Canada's laws, the federal Canadian government reviews all foreign deals of at least 330 million Canadian dollars (US$ 324 million) to ensure each transaction provides a "net benefit" to the Canadian economy. The Canadian government confirmed …
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Non-government schools are justified in fearing Gonski reforms
Two years after Julia Gillard, as the then education minister, established the school funding review and months after the final report was delivered late last year, the government's preferred funding model will be made public. It is understandable that …
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How to Dramatize Your Foreign Language Teaching and Learning

July 4th, 2012

In my previous article “How to Add Drama to an EFL Class or Start a Drama Group” some interesting ways in which you could initiate Drama into an EFL class or new drama group we suggested. If you’re a foreign language student, sooner or later you’ll start becoming “tired” or “bored” with the more conventionally used teaching approaches. This is especially true if you attend (or teach) a class that must follow a standard curriculum or course book series. To crank out more speaking and develop more vocabulary and language use in context, try some of these additional drama-based activities to spice things up a bit.

Do Improvised Dialogues

Another popular technique is to “improvise” scenes based on specific character sets in different situations like a Mother – Daughter, Father – Son, Teacher – Student, Boss – Worker, Robber – Bank Teller, Waiter – Customer, or a multitude of other possible combinations of two, three or even more characters. Give each character set a scenario in which to work like a son with bad grades who wants to borrow Dad’s car. A Mother who needs help around the house with a daughter giving excuses so she can talk on the phone with her friends.

Have a student answer the phone and have a chat with the “wrong number” who wants to talk anyway.

Interview a famous person

Simulate an interview with a famous person or historic figure or even create a fictitious scene involving a famous person or historic figure. You can get an extensive list of famous people / historic figures the students are familiar with and use these as a basis for constructing scenes and dialogues. You can even have famous people “Talk” to each other who couldn’t literally have done so. What would Jesus or Mohammed say to Adolph Hitler? What would George Washington say to Marilyn Monroe, Pamela Anderson or JFK? What might Chairman Moa and Idi Amin or Augustus Pinochet have talked about? How about a chat between Princess Diana and Cleopatra or Marie Antoinette? The possibilities are endless. Some wonderful ideas, dialogues, scenes and scripts could come out of a little swapping and brainstorming in this manner.

Schizophrenic Dialogues

These fun dialogues will erase any timidness the learners may have in speaking in front of others. Start with your most uninhibited learners at first until others from the group “get up their nerve” to do this activity. In this dramatic speaking practice activity the person “talks” to themselves taking on multiple roles in a dialogue, asking themselves a question and then answering themselves too. The schizophrenic person could also argue pros and cons of a decision or situation aloud. They are often hilarious and loads of fun once the students get the hang of it. A man can discus / argue the pros and cons of going out with woman A or woman B. Betty or Nicole? A woman learner can do the reverse. Tom or Jerry? Other sample themes are; Which friend to tell a secret? Which car to buy? Which vacation to take? The fun almost never ends.

To continue to get even more mileage from these activities and materials, record and use them for listening comprehension, error-correction exercises, pronunciation, language use or grammar practice activities in another class. Teachers and students, I hope some of these ideas help with starting material. I’ll send you some more specific suggestions if you’ll tell me specific areas you’d like more information on. Please let me know about your progress and experiences. Good luck.

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America’s Problems Foreign and Domestic – The Combined Speeds Factor

April 25th, 2012

America’s Problems Foreign and Domestic – The Combined Speeds Factor

If an automobile is approaching another car and both cars are traveling at fifty miles an hour the combined rate of speed they are approaching is one hundred miles per hour. This means virtually nothing unless of course they should collide. More important is the amount of reaction time it takes to avoid a collision. At a combined speed of about fifty miles per hour a driver might have three seconds to avoid a collision in the last one hundred feet of distance. Now let’s say that each car is flying at eighty miles an hour. At the combined speed of one hundred and sixty miles an hour the reaction time in the last one hundred feet would be a fraction of a second. The chance of a serious collision rises exponentially.

Although less tangible the fall in Americas morality and the rise in global anti American sentiment is speeding down history’s highway on a sure collision course. The problem it creates is that when crises occurs (the oncoming accident) our national reaction time will be degraded and that is where mistakes are made.

To say America is falling headlong into gross immorality and violence would have been a bit panicky and excessive only a quarter century ago. We have long since crossed the threshold and now those who still retain an ounce of propriety, civility or just basic humanity are panicky for good reasons. Only those living in a cocoon could not see that Americas penchant for sex, blood and sleaze now has a life of its own, a momentum like a fast moving freight train with an engineer who isn’t looking for his brakes.

The headlines tell the story and there is not enough room here to mention even a fraction of the insanity that has occurred this year alone. Anyone with a TV or radio has heard it all. In Louisiana a fifteen month old baby sexually assaulted. Several high schools have been attacked by disgruntled students and outsiders as well. Five harmless primary school aged children were brutally slain in the Amish community. A family of four was found slain and lying on the side of the road in Florida. The myriad of crime programs on television have enough real life crime and gore to keep them going for years to come.

Sex, violence, and bad behavior in general are the media’s single best selling product. Our children look like they have all just been released from a mental institution where they mutilated and marked themselves in a delusional stupor. The language of the rappers and other segments of pop culture flow like acid out of the mouths of our kids with words, attitudes and dissent that would make Sartre, Lenny Bruce or Carlin look like Charlie Chaplin. Parents pound their children to get good grades while every part of their character and personality is besieged with a cultural blast of death and perversion unequalled in the history of the world. Getting As and Bs is a small price to pay for losing their entire mind to a life with so little purpose or gravity as to make feathers look heavy.

Battles over placards of the Ten Commandments, Chaplains praying in Jesus name, Christmas nativity scenes and school children going to prayer meetings have come to the forefront almost as much as the wars in the middle east. Secular liberalism has snatched the minds of Hollywood actors, academics and politicians who then allow it to trickle down all the way to school aged children. If they weren’t being hit hard enough from the top they are then inundated from the bottom. The internet regurgitates schemes, scum and sexual perversion to millions of kids cloistered in their dens and bedrooms while parents scarcely know what could possibly be so interesting on line other than a quaint chat room blog or IM

Collective American debauchery is up to a figurative one hundred miles an hour and coming up the road at the same speed is world opinion, unsteady, swerving in and out and ready to play chicken. The day of America’s isolation and insulation from world events has long passed. This is the most educated generation in our history yet the average college freshman doesn’t even know where Kentucky is much less Kabul or Bagdad. But others around the world know exactly where Kentucky is geographically and they seem to know where America is morally. They don’t have the trees obscuring their vision of the forest. Americans have never given much credence to world opinion but they have been surprised of late by world behavior as in, actions speak louder than words.

Starting with the tragic events of 9/11 the world has been sending a strong signal. Anti Americanism has capitulated so fast that George Washington’s alleged vision of an invasion of our shores by a large pact of Eurasian nations doesn’t seem all that far fetched. But even if it did not ever come to that, other equally frightening portents are now casting long shadows on the future horizon. Old friends in Europe like Britain and France are distancing themselves in one way or another from the U.S. Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez insulted the President while on American soil. Iran and Korea are posturing against the U.S. with open defiance while building and testing nuclear devices. Anti American rallies complete with burning U.S. leaders in effigy are erupting like California wildfires throughout the world mostly in Muslim nations but not limited to them. Saying “the world is a powder keg” has gone beyond a cursory assessment of world affairs. The volatility of the present world is hardly the question anymore. A more realistic question is why have so many countries around the world taken to playing with matches?

To the secularist the combined speeds factor has only two elements, car one is the US and car two is the rest of the world. The decisions of either driver will affect the outcome of the two approaching vehicles. America is driving recklessly down the road fueled by a mixture of self indulgence, isolationism and a long history of being the biggest and best ride in the neighborhood. World opinion is barreling up the other lane with a car full of screaming multi-culturists and dissidents aching for a single chance to play chicken with the big boy on the block. The decision made in fractions of a second will decide the outcome of the contest. Everything from a close call to serious damage or death is on the menu. It is not really quite this simple…or is it?

To those who have faith in God and are guided by the Bible there is a third element. Three factors are always in play for the believer, us, them and God. The deeper a believer has gone into scripture the more likely they are to conclude that the key factor is God alone. All human history is guided by the Almighty, from whole nations, right down to the individual. Yes, even kings and presidents, whether they know it or not…whether they like it or not. The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1

While democracy may be the best form of government to date in world history and the preservation of personal freedoms the noblest endeavor, it is not the salvation of the world. Put simply governments and ideologies do not a savior make. Religion doesn’t do much for the world either. Faith in Christ and adherence to his word was never meant to be a religion but a way of life. Democracy is a form of government not truly a way of life. If democracy has provided us with the freedoms we know up to now it will be our misuse of those freedoms that will spell our doom tomorrow. The bottom line is that the U. S. and the world still need a savior. Let us hope they find Him before there is a crash that no one can recover from.

Rev Bresciani is the author of two Christian books one that is entirely on the second coming of Christ. He is a contributing columnist for several online news and commentary sites. His articles are read throughout the world. Please enjoy a visit to

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Alan Capper – President of the Foreign Press Association

September 24th, 2010

Alan Capper is President of the Foreign Press Association, a recognition of his international journalistic credentials and his position of seminal influence in world affairs. Since January 2001 he has been New York correspondent for LBC 97.3 FM, London’s leading news radio station, and ITN Independent Television News. He broke the news of the September 11th attacks on LBC and ITN two minutes after the first plane hit the World Trade Center. Since then he has broadcast to the British audience on New York and US political, business, and lifestyle issues. He also broadcasts on WOR-Talk Radio, New York, and UN Television. Most recently he has been a regular New York contributor to Press TV, the English language station in Tehran, Iran. Alan is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, and a member of the Dean’s Council of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government for five years. In 2002 he became an adjunct professor teaching Culture and Communications at New York University. He is currently President of Capper Associates, a three person media consulting firm based in New York with a partner in London, After an early career as a Journalist in London on The Sunday Times and The Daily Express, Alan Capper has combined a career in media, with film, television and arts related projects. He sold his media consulting firm to to the Saatchi & Saatchi Group in 1985. After a period as Chairman of European Operations, in 1992 he became Chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi’s

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