BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ: JELAVICH BOOK ON WEIMAR GERMANY

February 18, 2008 at 5:18 pm | Posted in Art, Books, Film, Germany, History, Literary | Leave a comment

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Berlin Alexanderplatz:

Radio, Film, and the Death of

Weimar Culture

(Weimar and Now: German

Cultural Criticism)

Peter Jelavich (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Book Description

This fascinating exploration of a work that was the epitome of German literary modernism illuminates in chilling detail the death of the Weimar Republic’s left-leaning culture of innovation and experimentation. Peter Jelavich examines Alfred Döblin’s Berlin Alexanderplatz (1929), a novel that questioned the autonomy and coherence of the human personality in the modern metropolis, and traces the radical discrepancies that came with its adaptation into a radio play (1930) and a film (1931). Jelavich explains these discrepancies by examining not only the varying demands of genre and technology but also the political and economic contexts of the media–in particular, the censorship practices in German radio and film. His analysis culminates in a richly textured discussion of the complex factors that led to the demise of Weimar culture, as Nazi intimidation and the economic strains of the Depression induced producers to depoliticize their works. Jelavich’s book becomes a cautionary tale about how fear of outspoken right-wing politicians can curtail and eliminate the arts as a critical counterforce to politics–all in the name of entertainment.

From the Inside Flap

“This is cultural history at its best. Jelavich offers a compelling case study that illuminates the “death of Weimar culture” in chilling detail. No other work informs us so masterfully about the mechanisms of media censorship and authorial self-censorship during the last years of the Weimar Republic.”–Bernd Widdig, author of Culture and Inflation in Weimar Germany

“Jelavich’s unique approach constitutes a brilliant achievement. He constructs a prism of the novel, radio play, and film of Berlin Alexanderplatz that reflects the political, social, and cultural conditions of the disintegrating Weimar Republic against the rise of Nazism.”–Michael H. Kater, author of Hitler Youth

Berlin Alexanderplatz represents historical and cultural scholarship at its best. Though meticulously researched and documented, Jelavich does not drown the reader in historical data. This is a stimulating and persuasive read.”–Lutz Koepnick, author of Dark Mirror: German Cinema between Hollywood and Hitler

Product Details:

Hardcover: 316 pages

Publisher: University of California Press

1 edition January 9, 2006

Language: English

ISBN-10: 0520243633

ISBN-13: 978-0520243637

Berlin Alexanderplatz:

Radio, Film, and the Death of Weimar Culture

(Weimar and Now: German Cultural Criticism)

Peter Jelavich (Author)

STRATEGIC ELLIPSE AND US GEOSTRATEGY

February 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm | Posted in Earth, Economics, Financial, Globalization, Middle East, Military, Oil & Gas, USA | Leave a comment

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Strategic Ellipse

Control of the Strategic Ellipse

One interpretation of current events is to envision a US imperial desire and intent to “control the Strategic Ellipse.”

An example of this line of reasoning:

If you want to know what is really going on, it is a struggle for control of the Strategic Ellipse, which just happens demographically to be mostly Muslim. Bush has to demonize the Muslim world in order to justify his swooping down on the Strategic Ellipse. If demons occupy it, obviously they have to be cleared out in favor of Christian fundamentalists or at least Texas oilmen. And what is the Strategic Ellipse?”

Juan Cole “Informed Comment”

Strategic Ellipse

BANK FOR INTERNATIONAL SETTLEMENTS BIS REVIEW NO. 19 2008: INDIA ECONOMY

February 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm | Posted in Economics, Financial, Globalization, India, Research | Leave a comment

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BIS Review

Bank for International Settlements

BIS Review No 19 available

Press, Service (Press.Service@bis.org)

Mon 2/18/08

Publications, Service (Publications@bis.org)

Please find BIS Review No 19 attached as an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) file.

Alternatively, you can access this BIS Review on the Bank for International Settlements’ website by clicking on http://www.bis.org/review/index.htm.

What’s included?

BIS Review No 19 (18 February 2008)

Jean-Claude Trichet: Structural reforms for the European economy

Erkki Liikanen: Is there a Finnish or Nordic Model? Can the Nordic Model rescue European values?

Rakesh Mohan: The growth record of the Indian economy, 1950-2008 – a story of sustained savings and investment

Frederic S Mishkin: The Federal Reserve’s tools for responding to financial disruptions

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BIS Review No 19 available

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PAKISTAN ELECTIONS FORUM

February 18, 2008 at 12:30 pm | Posted in Asia, History, Islam, Military | Leave a comment

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Far Eastern Economic Review

FEER

FEER Forum: Pakistan Elections

Far Eastern Economic Review (feer.email@dowjones.com)

Sun 2/17/08

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Dear Reader,

Ahead of today’s critical elections in Pakistan, the Far Eastern Economic Review has added a special commentary on the FEER Forum: Pakistan Elections

Far Eastern Economic Review (feer.email@dowjones.com)

Sun 2/17/08

feer.email@dowjones.com country’s fractured political environment to the FEER Forum.

This article can be accessed for free at http://www.feer.com/forum.

In “Pakistan’s Historic Opportunity for Change,” former advisor to Benazir Bhutto and co-chair of the Hudson Institute’s Project on Islam and Democracy Hussain Haqqani examines prospects for democracy in the divided country. He wonders whether Pakistan can succeed in changing its government through elections for the first time as an independent country, or whether the electoral process will be plagued by widespread fraud and intimidation.

The FEER Forum is a space for the region’s thought leaders to contribute shorter essays on a timelier basis than is possible in the magazine.

We hope you enjoy this commentary.

Sincerely,

Colum Murphy

Deputy Editor

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IRAN FINANCIAL NETWORKS

February 18, 2008 at 5:38 am | Posted in Financial, Globalization, Iraq, Islam, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Research, USA, Zionism | Leave a comment

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Jerusalem Issue Brief – ICA/JCPA

The Nexus Between Iranian

National Banks and

International Terrorist Financing –
Shimon Shapira – Vol. 7, No. 31

Fri, 15 Feb 2008

Jerusalem Issue Brief

Institute for Contemporary Affairs

founded jointly at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs with the Wechsler Family Foundation

Vol. 7, No. 31 14 February 2008

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The Nexus Between Iranian

National Banks and International

Terrorist Financing

Shimon Shapira

On December 19, 2007, a U.S.-based law firm succeeded in freezing the funds of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) in France on behalf of American clients who, in the judgment of U.S. courts, were victims of terrorist attacks sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Iran has been using its state institutions as agents of the terror activity it perpetrates throughout the world. The funding for this terror activity is partly provided via Bank Melli and sometimes also via Bank Saderat.

Bank Melli also played a pivotal role in financing the 1994 AMIA bombing in Argentina. AMIA was the central Jewish community center in Buenos Aires; as a result of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist attack, eighty-five people were killed and more than two hundred were wounded. Iran’s Central Bank also has had a role to play in terrorist financing. In September 2006, the U.S. Treasury disclosed that the Central Bank of Iran was sending money to Hizbullah through Bank Saderat, which was also providing financial services to Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas.

It would be extremely unfortunate if French courts decide to unfreeze Iranian funds in Paris that were originally frozen because of U.S. court rulings about Iranian funding of terrorist attacks.

On December 19, 2007, a U.S.-based law firm succeeded in freezing the funds of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) in France on behalf of American clients who, in the judgment of U.S. courts, were victims of terrorist attacks sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran. Four CBI accounts at Natexis Banques Populaire totaling 90 million Euros, 52 million Swiss francs, and 25 million British pounds were included the freeze. CBI accounts at Bank Melli (the National Bank of Iran) in Paris that held 231 million Euros and $52 million were also frozen.

The action taken against Iranian accounts in Europe to enforce U.S. court judgments was unprecedented. Presently, the freeze is being challenged in French courts; on February 24, 2008, a French appellate court will decide whether the freeze should be lifted or U.S. court judgments against Iran should be enforced. The recipients of Iranian funding, like Hizbullah and Hamas, have not only undermined U.S. interests, but also French national interest in the Levant. Moreover, Hamas has been designated by the European Union as an international terrorist organization.

Iran’s Banking Institutions and Terrorist Financing

Iran has been using its state institutions as agents of the terror activity it perpetrates throughout the world. Iranian embassies, consulates, cultural centers, economic legations, and religious and charity institutions provide cover for Iran’s terror activity and international subversion.

The funding for this terror activity is partly provided via Bank Melli and sometimes also via Bank Saderat (the Export Bank of Iran). In Lebanon, for example, most of the aid to Hizbullah arrives via Bank Melli. Hizbullah’s financial activity is also conducted in the bank’s framework, and the same is true for all the Iranian bodies active in Lebanon, from Iran’s cultural centers to its aid organizations such as Jihad al-Bina, the private charity foundations of Lebanese Shiite religious figures such as Muhammad Hussein Fadlallah, and the private charity foundation of the supreme leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei. During the 1990s the activity of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Lebanon and the military assistance to Hizbullah were financed through a branch of Bank Melli in Baalbek.

Bank Melli also played a pivotal role in financing the 1994 AMIA bombing in Argentina. AMIA was the central Jewish community center in Buenos Aires; as a result of the Iranian-sponsored terrorist attack, eighty-five people were killed and more than two hundred were wounded. According to Dr. Alberto Nisman, Argentina’s General Prosecutor, Mohsen Rabbani, Iran’s “cultural attaché” in its embassy and one of the masterminds of the attack, received $150,812 that was deposited in his account in Deutsch Bank; these funds were originally transferred from Bank Melli to his account. Approximately $94,000 was withdrawn from Rabbani’s account prior to the AMIA attack, and $45,000 was withdrawn over the following two months.1 Rabbani also received Iranian funds through the Swiss bank, USB. The data accumulated about AMIA demonstrates how instrumental Iranian diplomatic institutions and banks were in a major international terrorist attack.

Iran’s Central Bank also has had a role to play in terrorist financing. In September 2006, the U.S. Treasury disclosed that the Central Bank of Iran was sending money to Hizbullah through Bank Saderat, which was also providing financial services to Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Hamas.2 U.S. Treasury officials also revealed that the Central Bank of Iran was in fact asking financial institutions around the world to hide any possible connection between their transactions and Iranian missile procurement, nuclear programs, and the financing of terrorism.3 The Central Bank of Iran had good reasons for exercising this caution. Bank Melli and Bank Saderat had transferred millions of dollars through their European branches to both Hizbullah and Hamas.4 All these Iranian banks are state-owned; they hence have no independence and serve the interests of the Iranian regime.

Since the Second Lebanon War

After the Second Lebanon War, Iran set up a special rehabilitation administration in Lebanon headed by an Iranian engineer named Hassan Khoshnvis who is living in Lebanon. The administration has completed rehabilitating and building 4,000 projects throughout Lebanon that include Hizbullah-linked religious, educational, and health structures as well as bridges and power stations. Iran also took upon itself to rehabilitate 375 kilometers of roads that had been damaged, of which 199 kilometers have already been renovated.

Another foundation through which Iran acts in Lebanon is the EMDAD (Assistance) foundation. At its head in Lebanon stands Ali Zreik, a Shiite Lebanese who speaks fluent Farsi and is in contact with the foundation’s administration in Tehran. In 2005 the budget of the Iranian foundation in Lebanon totaled $12.6 million. In 2007 the foundation made available some $7 million for Hizbullah-linked rehabilitation activities; however, this sum has been tripled ($21 million). Overall, in the year and a half since the war, Iran has invested $381 million in Lebanon.

Bank Melli is also a principal Iranian financial pipeline for aiding Palestinian organizations like Hamas and, especially, Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Tehran transfers most of the financial aid to these two terror organizations through Bank Melli branches in Damascus and Amman. The U.S. Department of the Treasury has also established that Bank Melli provides banking services to the IRGC and its Qods Force branch, which is used for overseas operations.5 The Qods Force alone provides substantial material support to the Taliban, Shiite militants in Iraq, Lebanese Hizbullah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command. The Treasury Department has estimated that Iran moves some $100-200 million per year to Hizbullah through the Qods Force, much of which has been used for Hizbullah’s re-armament in violation of UN resolutions, especially UN Security Council Resolution 1701.6

It should be stressed that over the last two decades, Iranian-supported terror has not just been a problem for the Middle East. Iranian-backed assassinations and terrorist attacks have struck Switzerland (April 24, 1990), France (August 8, 1991, and May 28, 1996), Germany (September 17, 1992), and Saudi Arabia (July 26, 1996). In other words, Iran has demonstrated its capability to reach out into Europe as well to provide support for terrorist activity. During the 1980s, Hizbullah established operational networks in Italy and France which also had been involved in attacks on the Paris Metro.7 And, as already noted, Iranian banks frequently use Western financial institutions as vehicles for transferring funds, as was the case in the AMIA attack.

It would be extremely unfortunate if French courts decide to unfreeze Iranian funds in Paris that were originally frozen because of U.S. court rulings about Iranian funding of terrorist attacks. Iranian banks have been active in supporting Iran’s quest for weapons of mass destruction as well. For that reason, the U.S. slapped sanctions on Iranian state-owned banks in October 2007; those actions were pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1737 that requires all UN members to deny Iran any financial assistance that would facilitate its nuclear and missile programs. In short, serious international security interests are at stake in the French court decision.

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Notes

1. See “Report: Requests for Arrests, District Attorney’s Unit in Charge of the Investigation of the AMIA Attack, Pursuant to the Decree Issued 8 February 2005 by Judge Rodolfo Canicoba Corral,” Buenos Aires, Argentina.

2. U.S. Department of the Treasury, “Remarks by Treasury Secretary Paulson on Targeted Financial Measures to Protect Our National Security,” http://www.treas.gov/press/releases/hp457.htm

3. Matthew Levitt, “Making Iran Feel the Pain,” Wall Street Journal, July 2, 2007, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118332904043054630.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Levitt previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Analysis at the U.S. Treasury Department.

4. Ibid.

5. U.S. Department of the Treasury, “Fact Sheet: Designation of Iranian Entities and Individuals for Proliferation Activities and Support for Terrorism,” October 25, 2007, http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2007/oct/94193.htm

6. Ibid.

7. Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies, “Hezbollah: Profile of the Lebanese Shiite Terrorist Organization of Global Reach Sponsored by Iran and Supported by Syria,” June 2003.

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Dr. Shimon Shapira is the author of Hizballah: Between Iran and Lebanon, 4th ed. (Tel Aviv: Dayan Center, Tel Aviv University, 2006). He is a senior research associate at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

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The Nexus Between Iranian National Banks
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BANK OF JAPAN UPDATE

February 18, 2008 at 12:59 am | Posted in Asia, Economics, Financial, Globalization, Japan, Research | Leave a comment

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Bank of Japan

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INDIA RESEARCH FROM KUWAIT

February 18, 2008 at 12:07 am | Posted in Asia, Economics, Financial, Globalization, India, Research | Leave a comment

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India Economic & Strategic

Outlook – February 2008

Global Investment House – Kuwait

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17 Feb 2008

India Economic & Strategic Outlook – February 2008

Dear Sir/Madam,

In continuation of our coverage of emerging economies, we have come out with the update on India Economic and Strategic Outlook. Despite several challenges, Indian economy continued to be resilient enough to grow at a robust rate. Several factors such as high inflation, moderation in global growth rate, rising crude oil prices, appreciation of Indian currency against US dollar, relatively higher interest rate scenario, etc. poses tremendous challenges to the Indian economy, however, it continued its growth momentum. The resilience of Indian economy against global concerns reflects that Indian economy is more of domestic driven unlike other emerging economies in the world.

As per the latest figures, real GDP growth of India accelerated to 9.6% in 2006-07 from 9.4% in 2005-06, boosted by the strong growth in the services, industrial and to some extent agriculture sectors. This growth trajectory continued even in the first half of 2007-08 as real GDP grew by 9.1% compared to 9.9% 1H FY07. The acceleration in growth during 2006-07 and first half of 2007-08 was largely driven by the robust growth registered by services and industrial sectors, which recorded a double digit growth in 2006-07. The GDP growth rate of 9.6% is one of the highest in the world. This indicates that the India economy has acquired considerable strength and buoyancy and it has the ability to overcome obstacles to growth as they manifest themselves. There is good economic governance and inflation has been brought down to around 4%. The central bank has judiciously managed the liquidity by hiking Cash Reserve Ratio for banks and maintaining the higher interest rate. The monetary authorities are maintaining a fine balance between inflation and growth.

The Planning Commission has indicated that investment in infrastructure needs to be increased from the current 5% to 9% of GDP in the 11th Plan period (2007-12) which entails an investment of about US$500bn. The government is taking initiatives in stimulating investment in infrastructure especially power, health and education and in improving agricultural productivity and connectivity. The government has recognized that the growth has to be inclusive and poverty alleviation measures are imperative. Such a huge investment in infrastructure will ensure the sustainability of the growth momentum of India in the longer run.

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