Governator in action-packed best-selling debut

Governator in action-packed best-selling debut
by Peter Alford

The Australian
November 10, 2004 Wednesday All-round Country Edition

Tokyo

Arnie launches his ‘buy California’ roadshow with its biggest investor,
Japan

HE’S baaack and, as always, he’s selling something. This time it’s
the world’s sixth (or fifth, depending on whose figures you believe)
biggest economy.

The Governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, arrives in Tokyo today with
his first trade mission — 57 business people, farmers and state
officials — “to promote California as pro-business, pro-environment
and pro-workers”.

There’s characteristic calculation behind even that bluff
sloganeering. Schwarzenegger hopes to persuade Toyota to build a new
Prius plant in California, arguing his state is the biggest single
US market for the eco-friendly hybrid vehicle and any high-wage
disadvantage would be offset by skills and technology resources.

No one who’s followed Schwarzenegger’s career would be remotely
surprised he’s chosen Japan to road test the “buy California” pitch
he’ll take next year to China, Mexico and possibly Australia.

Firstly, there’s Japan’s importance to his state’s economy. Japan
is the biggest foreign investor in California, owning $US30 billion
($39.5 billion) of assets, a major source of foreign tourism and the
state’s second-largest foreign market, after Mexico.

But the $US11.7 billion of exports Japan bought last year are almost
30 per cent down on the high-water mark of $US16.4 billion in 2000,
before Japan’s most recent downturn and the slump in world demand for
Californian electronics and software. Secondly, Japan loves Arnie and
he reciprocates. Schwarzenegger made a point of accompanying each
of his new movies to Tokyo, the last occasion being the release of
Terminator3: Rise of the Machines 16 months ago, when his spiel was
interrupted by questions about whether or not he was stalking then
California governor Gray Davis, predator-style.

Schwarzenegger had collided with politics in Japan even earlier,
as an unwitting terminator of justice minister Shozaburo Nakamura’s
career. Nakamura was forced out in 1999 after first allowing the actor
into the country without a passport, then allegedly souveniring the
entry papers to impress his wife and daughter.

Schwarzenegger made a lot of money in Japan and not just at the box
office. His portfolio of Japanese television ads during the 1990s
— flogging energy drinks, pay-TV, noodles and beer — set a still
unmatched benchmark for wackiness (check some at www.jap ander.com)
and earned him about $US2 million per contract, which usually involved
two or three 15-second ads in a year.

But one thing the super-salesman won’t be visiting on this trip to
Tokyo is a trade office. At least 27 US states are represented in
Tokyo — along with most Australian states — but not California.

It used to be. But in the depths of the Davis administration’s
financial crisis last year, a Democrat-led push in the state
legislature shut California’s 12 overseas offices and removed the
governor’s powers to open new ones.

Oddly enough, the same lawmakers let through a privately funded trade
office in Armenia — possibly less of a tribute to Armenia’s economic
dynamism than to the considerable influence of Armenian-American
business people on the west coast. They then refused several other
bills proposing to reopen state offices on the same basis.

The Governator is not pleased to have had his wings clipped in
this way by the Sacramento girlie-men. Particularly since Democrat
lieutenant-governor Cruz Bustamante, a remnant of the Davis regime,
exploited a legislative loophole and his position as chairman of
the California Commission for Economic Development to open de facto
offices in Taiwan and Beijing.

But it’s doubtful any shopfront Bustamante happens to open can rival
Arnie’s selling powers, and certainly not in Japan. The big fella
put it best in his first State of the State address in January: “If
I can sell tickets to my movies like Red Sonja and Last Action Hero,
you know I can sell anything.”

Status of Collective Security Treaty on rise – Russian spokesman

Status of Collective Security Treaty on rise – Russian spokesman

RIA news agency
10 Nov 04

Moscow, 10 November: The Collective Security Treaty Organization
(CSTO) continues to develop dynamically as a military and political
organization, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Aleksandr Yakovenko
said in an interview to RIA news agency.

“Following the session on collective security in Astana in June 2004,
the CSTO continues to develop dynamically as a military and political
organization. The unanimous approval of the resolution granting the
CSTO an observer status with the General Assembly by the 6th Committee
of the UN General Assembly Session speaks for the CSTO’s rising
prestige as an international regional organization,” Yakovenko said.

In the run-up to the meeting of the [CSTO’s] Council of Foreign
Ministers, Yakovenko said that the CSTO is a multifunctional military
and political integration body, comprised of Armenia, Belarus,
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan. The CSTO’s main task
is to create an advanced collective security system, capable of
responding to any possible threat to the security of the member states.

“The issues of responding to new challenges and threats, namely
terrorism and other violent manifestations of extremism, drug
trafficking, illegal migration, organized crime, are at the top of
CSTO’s agenda. The work in this sector is coordinated in the framework
of the CSTO by the Committee of Security Council Heads of the CSTO’s
member states,” Yakovenko said.

“The Collective Rapid Deployment Force in Central Asian collective
security region (CRDF), created in 2001 and comprising Russian,
Kazakh, Kyrgyz and Tajik units, played an important role in stopping
the activities of Islamic extremists’ groups in Central Asia. In the
time since it has been set up, CRDF has evolved into an important and
almost crucial factor of ensuring peace and stability in Central Asia,”
he said.

The full text of the interview has been published on the RIA news
agency site at

www.rian.ru.

ARKA News Agency – 11/10/2004

ARKA News Agency
Nov 10 2004

First in the world chess Internet-tournament to take place on Dec
18-23 in Yerevan

NKR president signs the law on mass media

CBA Council approves changing of address of Ardshininvestbank

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FIRST IN THE WORLD CHESS INTERNET-TOURNAMENT TO TAKE PLACE ON DEC
18-23 IN YEREVAN

YEREVAN, November 10. /ARKA/. First in the world chess
internet-tournament to take place on Dec 18-23 in Yerevan,
International Grand Master Smbat Lputian stated today. According to
him, the tournament will be dedicated to 75th anniversary of 9th
chess world champion Tigran Petrosian.
The tournament will include teams from Armenia, Russia, France and
China. Prize fund of the tournament makes $55 thousand. 1st place –
$20 thousand, 2nd – $15 thousand and 3rd – $12, 4th – 8.
The organizers of the tournament are Chess Academy and Armenian Chess
Federation. L.D. –0–

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NKR PRESIDENT SIGNS THE LAW ON MASS MEDIA

STEPANAKERT, November 10. /ARKA/. NKR President Arkadi Ghukasyan
signed law on mass media. According to the Information Department
adjunct to NKR Government, Ghukasyan also signed law on citizens who
avoided military service by violating the set order”.
Laws were adopted by NKR NA on October 20, 2004. A.H. –0–

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CBA COUNCIL APPROVES CHANGING OF ADDRESS OF ARDSHININVESTBANK

YEREVAN, November 10. /ARKA/. CBA approved the changing of address of
CJSC Ardshininvestbank. As CBA Press Service told ARKA, on its
sitting of November 9, 2004 the CBA Council took a decision to
approve the address of the bank that is Yerevan, St. Lusavorish 13
and Lusavorich 13/1.
Ardshininvestbank CJSC was founded on May 25, 2003 and received its
license (#83) on Feb 27, 2003. The founder of Ardshininvestbank is
International Business Centre Russian financial industrial group.
100% of the bank’s shares are owned by two enterprises involved in
the group.
The bank was granted its banking activity license # 83 by CBA on 27
Feb 2003.
The banks’ total capital made AMD 5 bln. as of September 30, 2004,
its authorized stock capital- AMD 3 mln., the assets-AMD 35,1 bln.,
the profit for Q 3, 2004-AMD 1354,3 mln., balance profit -AMD 1985,3
mln. ($1 -AMD 507,03). Ardshininvestbank is one of the leading banks
as per volume of assets, credit investments, securities investments,
attraction from legal and physical entities, assets return and
capital. As per size of the total assets the bank ranks the third,
while asp per sum of the profit generated in an-Sep the second in
Armenian banking system. (1 USD – AMD 503.25). T.M.–0–

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Barbados and other islands given an extension to eliminate exportsub

Barbados and other islands given an extension to eliminate export subsidies
By Shawn Cumberbatch

Barbados Advocate, Barbados
Nov 10 2004

BARBADOS has been given another year to make the shift from a regime
of export subsidies.

There is a possibility, however, that this island and many others in
the developing world could be given an additional two yearly extensions
under World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules.

In a decision handed down last week, the WTOs Committee on Subsidies
and Countervailing Measures, said it had extended by another year
(until the end of 2005) the transition period for the elimination
of export subsidy programmes of Barbados and 18 other developing
countries under the implementation decision adopted at the Doha
Ministerial Conference.

Apart from Barbados, there are another eight members of the Caribbean
Community which have had their time extended. These were Antigua and
Barbuda, Belize, Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Kitts
and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Other developing countries on the list were Costa Rica, Dominican
Republic, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Jordan, Mauritius, Panama,
Papua New Guinea, and Uruguay. Officials explained that the WTOs
Subsidies Agreement provided for an eight-year transition period,
in this case until the end of 2002 for most developing countries to
eliminate export subsidies.

However, under the fast-track procedures agreed at Doha, the
Subsidies Committee may grant an annual extension to these countries
until the end of 2007, subject to annual review of transparency and
standstill obligations.

The Committee said it also reviewed status reports of Barbados,
Colombia, El Salvador, Panama and Thailand regarding their subsidy
programmes whose transition periods were extended last year under
the regular procedures.

WTO officials said the Committee had also discussed new legislative
notifications from Argentina, Canada, the European Community (EC),
Japan and Jordan, while it reviewed subsidy notifications from Armenia,
Mongolia and Singapore.

The WTO Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures essentially
disciplines the use of subsidies, and it regulates the actions
countries can take to counter the effects of subsidies. Under the
agreement, Barbados and other member countries could use the WTOs
dispute-settlement procedure to seek the withdrawal of the subsidy
or the removal of its adverse effects. In addition, the country
could launch its own investigation and ultimately charge extra duty,
commonly called a countervailing duty, on subsidised imports found
to be hurting domestic producers. Meanwhile, the trade body noted
that under the transition review mechanism provided for in Chinas
Protocol of Accession, the EC, Japan and the United States urged that
country to notify its subsidies as required by the Subsidies Agreement.

China said it was doing its best to comply, and called for
understanding. It cited difficulties due to the size of the country
and the need to educate officials. China said it would transmit
concerns raised at the meeting to the relevant offices in Beijing.
The US and the EC expressed disappointment with the review, but said
they would work bilaterally with China to make progress in this area.

In the wake of this news from the WTO, European Union (EU) indicated
they would abolish all export subsidies on agricultural products if
the US did the same. This is what EU parliamentarian Paavo Väyrynen
told a parliamentary committee in South Africa on Monday.

Export subsidies to European farmers effectively render African farmers
uncompetitive, despite a free trade agreement between SA and the EU,
as European agricultural products often land in Africa and come on to
the market at selling prices that invariably undercut local producers.

Väyrynen, a former Finnish foreign minister and now an elected
member of the European parliament, was addressing the South African
Parliaments defence committee on the military, trade and diplomatic
implications for SA of the expansion of the EU, which this year
expanded by ten members.

Väyrynen, when asked about the removal of agricultural subsidies,
said: The EU has offered substantial decreases in export subsidies.
It is conditional, of course, that the other countries should be
ready to do the same.

It is a difficult issue in Europe. Farmers are important people in
all the member countries, politically and otherwise. It is clear some
kind of subsidy is necessary in Europe, otherwise there would be no
agriculture, he added..

–Boundary_(ID_B+5cul8tjBoczAm+KEVTEQ)–

BAKU: President states position on Armenians’ planned visit

President states position on Armenians’ planned visit

Assa-Irada, Azerbaijan
Nov 10 2004

President Ilham Aliyev visiting the country’s southern regions
told journalists on Tuesday that he does not object to the Armenian
parliament members’ intended visit to Azerbaijan to attend the upcoming
NATO seminar in Baku.

“If we ban the Armenian MPs’ participation in the NATO Rose Roth
seminar, this will not be in our favor.”

The President said that uproar should not be caused in this respect.

“The government is aware of everything, the President is completely
in charge and we will not make any concessions on pivotal issues”,
Aliyev added.*

BAKU: Armenia’s foreign debt highest in S Caucasus

Armenia’s foreign debt highest in S Caucasus

Assa-Irada, Azerbaijan
Nov 10 2004

During the discussions of the 2005 state budget in the Armenian
parliament last week, MPs expressed their concerns over the country’s
foreign debt.

Armenia’s foreign debt currently amounts to $1.129 billion ($362 per
capita). The figure will make up $1.429 billion ($458 per capita)
in the near future, as the government plans to borrow $93.6 million
in 2005, $79.8 million in 2006 and $83.7 million in 2007.

Despite the hard situation, the country is expected to repay foreign
debt worth $48.6 million in 2006 and $39.8 million in 2007.

Some Armenian experts predict an increase in the country’s foreign
debt over the next five years, saying that the figure will exceed $2
billion ($622 per capita) in 2010.

Armenian sociologists, in turn, claim that the country’s per capita
foreign debt will increase and that the amount of per capita debt
will reach $1,053 in 2010.

According to the 2004 statistics, there are 3,213,000 people in
Armenia, 1,221,000 of whom, or 38% of the total population, have left
the country due to social hardship.

Armenia’s opposition explains the tough situation in the country by
its failure to participate in regional projects due to tensions in
relations with Azerbaijan and Turkey with regard to the Upper Garabagh
conflict and a high corruption level.

Georgia, with a population of 5,100,000, is second in South Caucasus
for the amount of foreign debt. The country’s liabilities make up
$1.7 billion or $333 per capita, according to the 2004 data.

The foreign debt of Azerbaijan, with a population of 8,100,000,
currently amounts to $1.5 billion, or $183 per capita. The country
repaid $102 million out of $143 million owed over the nine months of
this year.*

BAKU: Azeri president meets Muslim envoys on Ramadan holiday

Azeri president meets Muslim envoys on Ramadan holiday

Turan news agency
10 Nov 04

Baku, 10 November: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev received
ambassadors representing Muslim countries in Azerbaijan today on the
occasion of the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

Aliyev congratulated heads of the diplomatic missions and wished their
nations peace and prosperity. Aliyev pointed to the significance
of cooperation between Muslim countries and gratefully noted that
members of the Organization of Islamic Conference denounce Armenia’s
aggression and recognize Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity.

Speaking on behalf of the diplomatic corps, Uzbek ambassador
(?Abdugafur Abdurahmonov) said that the month of Ramadan is the best
demonstration of the fact that Islam is a religion rejecting violence
and preaching humanism.

The atmosphere of tolerance, inter-confessional concord and freedom of
conscience in Azerbaijan were particularly stressed during the meeting.

BAKU: Earthquake in store for Yerevan?

Earthquake in store for Yerevan?

Assa-Irada, Azerbaijan
Nov 10 2004

There have been reports in Armenian mass media since Monday saying
that an earthquake is expected to hit Yerevan.

The country’s educational and industrial institutions have suspended
their activities for two days through head of the Armenian national
seismic service Alvaro Antonian refuted the reports on Tuesday.*

Conyers and Theriault speak on Genocide, Slavery and Reparations

PRESS RELEASE
Armenian National Committee
Eastern United States
69-23 47th Avenue
Woodside, NY 11377
Contact: Doug Geogerian
Tel: 917 428 1918
Fax: 718 651 3637
E-mail: [email protected]
Web:

Conyers, Theriault to Discuss Genocide Convention

DEARBORN, MI – The United Nations Genocide Convention and the right
to reparations will be the subject of an Armenian National Committee
(ANC) of Michigan public meeting on November 21 at the Armenian
Community Center in Dearborn.

Congressman John Conyers (D-MI) and Dr. Henry Theriault of Worcester
State College will discuss the significance of pursuing a just
settlement for the crimes of genocide and slavery, forms of legal
recourse for securing reparations, and the ethical and moral issues
raised by slavery and genocide.

Theriault is an expert on genocide and human right issues. He is an
advocate for reparations as a crucial piece of any resolution of the
Genocide and other cases such as African-American slavery. Among his
many articles, Theriault has published two important pieces on denial
of the Genocide and other genocides entitled, “Universal Social Theory
and the Denial of Genocide: Norman Itzkowitz Revisited,” published
in the June 2001 Journal of Genocide Research and “Free Speech and
Genocide Denial: The Armenian Case.” Theriault has also lectured
around the world on denial, reparation, and other related issues.

In addition to being a Worcester State College associate professor of
philosophy, Theriault has served as coordinator of the College’s Center
for the Study of Human Rights since 1999. The center is dedicated to
developing programs, events, and curricula concerning human rights
including genocide.

Congressman Conyers is the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary
Committee and is now serving his 20th term as the Representative
to Michigan’s 17th Congressional District. Conyers is considered
the “dean” of the Congressional Black Caucus and is also a member
of the Armenian-American Issues Caucus. A staunch supporter of
Armenian-American issues in Congress, Conyers has worked hard on
various Congressional initiatives to recognize the Genocide and has
repeatedly called on various presidential administrations to properly
characterize the Genocide as a such. Conyers has also attended the
annual April ANCA Genocide Observance on Capital Hill and has made
special order speeches in Congress on the Genocide. In addition to his
support for Genocide recognition, Conyers has also been a long-time
supporter of US aid to Armenia and Karabagh.

Other human rights causes led by Conyers include support for Haiti’s
emerging democracy, pursuing reparations for the injustices from the
institution of slavery in the United States, demanding the lifting
of inhumane sanctions on the people of Iraq, and championing House
Resolution 193, which commemorates US ratification of the United
Nations Convention on Genocide. Conyers is a lead sponsor of House
Resolution 40, which if enacted would form a commission to study
reparations for African-Americans.

The November 21 event will begin at 7:00 pm at the Armenian Community
Center, 19310 Ford Road, Dearborn, MI and is free and open to the
public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call
(313) 336-6840 or email [email protected]

http://www.anca.org/

Aliyev on Nagorny

Moscow Times
Nov 10 2004

News in Brief

Aliyev on Nagorny

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Azeri President Ilham Aliyev said Tuesday
that ethnic Armenian forces in Nagorny Karabakh must withdraw before
a peace deal can be signed.

“We demand with justification that the seized territory be freed and
the occupation forces withdraw,” Aliyev said.

From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress