G-8. Nastier by the day.
“Even a paranoid has some real enemies.”
The big story this week is likely to be a failed G-8 summit in Rostock on the chilly Baltic. The west’s lame duck leaders are about to pitch up with Russia and China ’s leaders at the top of their game. In the western camp, the strongest leaders hail from France and Germany , they are unlikely to set much of the agenda. Unless someone adds something to the water, the violence outside the G-8 prison is likely to be matched on the inside. But first this item which if all goes wrong, might just take the focus away.
We have a most unusual super cyclone heading for the Strait of Hormuz . Currently the equivalent of a category 4 hurricane, the modellers expect it to weaken and turn north and head into eastern Iran . Other than delaying some oil tanker journey’s, at present this storm is largely expected to be a non event in oil. However, the modellers sometimes get it wrong, and something like a quarter of the world’s oil shipments pass through the Strait of Hormuz . We will be watching this storm closely for the next two days.
An Amazing Tropical Cyclone!
Updated: Monday, June 04, 2007 2:47 PM
A rare event is taking place in the Arabian Sea . Powerful tropical Cyclone Gonu with sustained winds of 160 mph as of Monday afternoon was taking dead aim toward the north coast of Oman . A landfalling tropical cyclone is almost unprecedented for Oman , which barely gets any rain to speak of, even from thunderstorms during this time of year. Gonu is expected to weaken as it approaches the coast early Wednesday, but strong winds and heavy rain are still likely.
Tropical Strom Risk. Super cyclone Gonu.
Now back to the unfriendly skies. America ’s missiles and radars for the Czech Republic and Poland , have altered the balance in Europe . Europe is getting closer to the day it must chose between East or West. Up first, the US pokes Russia in the eye.
Bush Opens Europe Trip on Jarring Note
Jun 4, 6:20 PM (ET)
By TERENCE HUNT
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) – President Bush’s European trip was jarred as it began Monday by deteriorating relations with Russia and threatening words from President Vladimir Putin.
Bush and Putin will see each other at the annual summit of industrialized nations, beginning Wednesday at the Baltic Sea resort city of Heiligendamm , Germany . In a diplomatic poke in the eye at Putin, Bush bracketed the summit with stops in the Czech Republic and Poland – the two countries where the United States wants to build a missile defense system for Europe .
Already complaining of being encircled by NATO’s expansion, Putin said putting missile defenses on Russia ‘s doorstep would ignite a new arms race. He threatened to retarget Russia ‘s missiles toward Europe .
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