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Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates

on söndag, 18 november 2018. Posted in Right Top, USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 2

Statement comes after US media reports say CIA has concluded Saudi crown prince ordered Khashoggi's murder.

Saudi Arabia has admitted Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

Khashoggi - a Saudi writer, US resident and Washington Post columnist - entered the building on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry. 

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What SWIFT is and why it matters in the US-Iran spat

Written by Tony Harkén on tisdag, 06 november 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Left 1, Right bottom - 8st

Belgium-based SWIFT financial messaging service said it was suspending access for some Iranian banks after US sanctions.

The Belgium-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Communications (SWIFT) financial messaging service announced on Wednesday it was suspending access for some Iranian banks "in the interest of the stability and integrity of the wider global financial system".

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History of Iran-US Oil conflict

Written by Tony Harkén on tisdag, 06 november 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 3, Right bottom - 8st

Iran and the United States of America conflict on oil dated back to 1953.

When the US in collaboration with the then British government overthrew the government of nationalist prime minister Dr. Mohammad Mosaddeq, who was leading the oil nationalization movement against Britain.

The US played the key role in the coup against Mosaddeq and in the aftermath of the coup, in 1954, a consortium was set up to run Iran's oil industry in which the US oil companies and the UK, newly established BP, had equal shares: 40 percent. The remaining 20 percent shares went to two other European companies.

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CPTPP-avtalet klart i Stillahavsregionen

Written by Tony Harkén on tisdag, 06 november 2018. Posted in Main 4, USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 4

Klart att frihandelsavtalet mellan länder i Stillahavsregionen träder i kraft i år.

Avtalet, det så kallade CPTPP-avtalet, omfattar 11 länder runt Stilla havsområdet. Genom att Australien, som sjätte land, godkänt (ratificerat) avtalet kommer det att träda i kraft 30 december.

CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership) är ett avtal mellan följande elva länder i Stillahavsregionen: Japan, Kanada, Mexiko, Australien, Chile, Malaysia, Singapore, Peru, Vietnam, Nya Zeeland och Brunei. USA var med och förhandlade fram en tidigare version av avtalet men hoppade av sedan Donald Trump tagit över.

De länder som ingår i avtalet har sammanlagt 500 miljoner invånare och täcker 13 procent av världens BNP.

Tullarna kommer att avvecklas för de flesta varor i handeln mellan länderna.

Avtalet underlättar också handeln genom att avveckla icke-tariffära handelshinder, det vill säga regleringar som är onödigt handelshindrande. Svenska företag som är aktiva i regionen kan komma att påverkas av avtalet på olika sätt.

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Nov 5:th - Trump to reinstate all US sanctions on Iran

Written by Tony Harkén on lördag, 03 november 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 1, Right bottom - 8st

All sanctions on Iran lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal will be back in force on November 5, the US administration has announced.

The sweeping sanctions will see 700 people blacklisted, the US Treasury has announced. These include persons that were granted relief under the 2015 deal, as well as over 300 new names, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters.

Sanctions will also target payments through the special mechanism that the EU has been creating specifically to avoid Washington’s penalties and to keep buying Iranian oil.

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Nya Ford GT Carbon Series - Superbilen med komfort till och från banan

Written by Tony Harkén on lördag, 03 november 2018. Posted in Right bottom intervju, USA, Artiklar om USA, Right 1

Nya Ford GT Carbon Series blir Fords lättaste bil inom GT-flottan, och väger drygt 18 kilo mindre än sin föregångare tack vare lättviktsinnovationer som kolfiberhjul och en motorhuv av polykarbonat.

Bland tillvalen finns fyra accentfärgspaket för bland annat backspeglar och dekor.

Fords nya GT-modell kommer snart att ta sig an banor som Fords lättaste väg-superbil, där föraren dessutom kan ta sig till och från motorstadion komfortabelt med luftkonditionering, radio och Fords kommunikations- och underhållningssystem SYNC 3, till skillnad från banversionen av Ford GT. 

– Ford GT Carbon Series kommer sticka ut i mängden på vägarna med sin kolfiberrika design, och utmärka sig på banor med sina atletiska egenskaper. Den är ännu ett exempel på hur vi ser till att våra kunder får uppleva vår legendariska Le Mans-vinnande modell i nya versioner – och uppleva dess magiska arv, säger Hermann Salenbauch, global chef för Ford Performance.

En superbil med minimerad vikt och stor wow-känsla
Nya Ford GT, som blir Fords tredje specialversion av superbilen, visar upp mer kolfibrer än någon tidigare modell. Tillsammans med valbara accentfärger sticker bilen ut från sina syskon i GT-familjen. Kunderna kan välja mellan silver, orange, rött eller blått för bilens backspeglar, stripes och bromsok. Bilens interiör har fått ett unikt sätesmönster markerat med silverstygn, som också återfinns på ratten, blanka, anodiserade växelpaddlar och ett unikt märke på instrumentpanelen.

– Den här bilen visar hur vi lyssnar på våra kunder. Medan Ford GT Competition-modellen lockar bitna racingentusiaster, så har vi konstaterat att många kunder sökt efter en modell med mer exponerat kolfibrer tillsammans med komfort som luftkonditionering och radio. Vi har utvecklat Carbon Series-modellen efter dessa önskemål, tillsammans med ett distinkt utseende, säger Lance Mosley, marknadschef på Ford Performance.

Godkända sökande kan beställa den nya GT-modellen nu. Ford räknar med att kunna bygga ett exemplar i veckan av specialmodellen. Ford kommer också öppna den sista ansökningsomgången på utvalda marknader från den 8 november och 30 dagar framåt. Läs mer om ansökningsprocessen här:www.fordgt.com.

U.S. to Give Eight Nations Oil Waivers Under Iran Sanctions

Written by Tony Harkén on lördag, 03 november 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 4, Right bottom - 8st

Japan, India, South Korea among those approved: U.S. official.

The U.S. has agreed to let eight countries -- including Japan, India and South Korea -- keep buying Iranian oil after it reimposes sanctions on the OPEC producer on Nov. 5, a senior administration official said.

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IBM TO ACQUIRE RED HAT FOR $34 BILLION

Written by Tony Harkén on måndag, 29 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 2, Right bottom - 8st

COMPLETELY CHANGING THE CLOUD LANDSCAPE AND BECOMING WORLD’S #1 HYBRID CLOUD PROVIDER.

IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Red Hat (NYSE:RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source cloud software, announced today that the companies have reached a definitive agreement under which IBM will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Red Hat for $190.00 per share in cash, representing a total enterprise value of approximately $34 billion.

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Japanska Lexus bäst igen

Written by Tony Harkén on söndag, 28 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 4, Right bottom - 8st

Återigen är det japanskt i toppen i den välrenommerad undersökning gjord av amerikanska Consumer Report som mäter nya bilars pålitlighet.

500 000 bilar har jämförts av ägarna själva, och Volvo hamnar på jumboplatsen med XC60, XC90 och S90, då det klagas mest över Sensus-skärmar som hänger sig och knackande S90-motorer.

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Is The American Dream Over?

Written by Tony Harkén on torsdag, 25 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 1, Right bottom - 8st

US economy about to collapse, taking down dollar & American standard of living – Peter Schiff.

"All the signs are already there. Look at what's happening out there. The stock market is falling, 40 percent of the S&P is already in a bear market. Look at homebuilders, the housing stocks, the financials, the retailers – all these are the same things that were happening in 2007 leading to that crisis," the strategist told RT America.

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21 Saudis to lose US visas over Khashoggi murder

Written by Tony Harkén on onsdag, 24 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 3, Right bottom - 8st

Saudi Arabia still an important ally – Pompeo.

The US will punish those responsible for killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi by revoking visas and possibly imposing Global Magnitsky Act sanctions, but Saudi Arabia remains an important ally, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Twenty-one Saudi citizens will have their US visas revoked or be declared ineligible for them as part of the response, the State Department said on Tuesday. In a short press conference, Pompeo said the US was “exploring” the option of imposing sanctions as well.

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Who needs Saudi Arabia?

Written by Tony Harkén on onsdag, 17 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 1, Right bottom - 8st

SAUDI ARABIA, so far, has tried bluster and bullying to silence the questions about journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago Tuesday.

On Sunday, a regime statement threatened to “respond with a larger action” to any sanction stemming from the case; Saudi-owned media floated such steps as cutting back oil production, buying arms from Russia and holding back counterterrorism intelligence.

On Monday, King Salman told President Trump in a phone call that he “denies any knowledge of what took place,” according to Mr. Trump, who added “it sounded to me like maybe it could have been rogue killers.”

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Saudi event still on as more companies withdraw over Khashoggi

Written by Tony Harkén on måndag, 15 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 1, Right bottom - 8st

Growing list of US media outlets and business leaders will skip event amid concern over Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

Several US media organisations and business leaders have pulled out a major Saudi investment conference over the disappearance and suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi, as global pressure for answers about the whereabouts of the prominent journalist mounts on the Gulf kingdom.

Who is out as partners so far:

Financial Times

Bloomberg

CNN

The New York Times

Economist

CNBC

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish

AOL cofounder Steve Case

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

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Breakingviews - Cox: Global finance has a Saudi Arabia problem

Written by Tony Harkén on måndag, 15 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Left 1, Right bottom - 8st

Is global finance complicit with Saudi Arabian tyranny?

Following the alleged assassination of a journalist critical of the kingdom, that’s the question leaders of the world’s biggest banks and investment firms must ask themselves before they fuel up their jets and head to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s “Davos in the Desert” in just over a week.

From a strictly moral perspective, if they believe a scintilla of what has been put forward by Turkish authorities, they should bow out. But it’s not that simple.

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Saudi summit in crisis as Khashoggi case prompts mass withdrawals

Written by Tony Harkén on lördag, 13 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Main 4, Right bottom - 8st

World Bank joins CNN and Financial Times in pulling out of kingdom’s showpiece investment event.

A high-profile investment summit in Riyadh later this month is rapidly becoming a fiasco as prominent businesses and media groups have pulled out over Saudi Arabia’s alleged involvement in the disappearance and possible murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Read more at - www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/12/saudi-arabia-fii-conference-withdrawal-jamal-khashoggi

The future of money - Blockchain explained

Written by Tony Harkén on fredag, 12 oktober 2018. Posted in USA, Artiklar om USA, Left 1, Right bottom - 8st

A blockchain is a database that is shared across a network of computers.

Once a record has been added to the chain it is very difficult to change.

To ensure all the copies of the database are the same, the network makes constant checks.

Blockchains have been used to underpin cyber-currencies like bitcoin, but many other possible uses are emerging.

Read more at - https://graphics.reuters.com/TECHNOLOGY-BLOCKCHAIN/010070P11GN/index.html

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