Will The Corporate Media Still Report On New Jobs Added When It Reaches Negative Numbers?

US economy: No new jobs added in August

A man and woman enter a job fair in Phoenix, Arizona, on 30 August 2011

It is the first time since 1945 that there has been a zero payrolls figure

The US economy added no net new jobs in August, according to the key non-farm payrolls figures from the Department of Labor.

The August number was much worse than had been expected – the predicted figure was an addition of about 70,000 new jobs.

The unemployment rate remained unchanged from July at 9.1%.

In addition, the figures for the previous two months were revised down to show weaker jobs growth.

The Labor Department now says that in July 85,000 jobs were created, down from 117,000 in the earlier estimate, while the number of jobs added in June was revised down from 46,000 to 20,000.

“Companies that are overall doing OK are hesitating to hire and invest further, creating some fragility for the economy,” Virginie Maisonneuve, head of global equities at Schroders told BBC News.

“We will need some help from the Fed and the government to avoid a recession.”

US government bonds rallied after the figures were released.

Afghanistan joins Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic Cross-Border Transport Accord


Afghanistan joins Tajikistan, Kyrgyz Republic Cross-Border Transport Accord

The corridor starts at Torkham, on the border with Afghanistan, which is also used by Nato as its supply route. – Reuters photo

ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan have finalized an agreement that will allow Afghanistan to take part in a cross-border transport accord recently ratified by the two Central Asian countries.

The CBTA, signed under the framework of the Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) program, will ease the movement of goods, vehicles, and people across international borders, said a press statement received here from Asian Development Bank.

Vehicles and goods from participating countries will be able to cross designated borders faster, thanks to streamlined customs inspections and reduced requirements to transfer shipments between vehicles.

Established in 2001, CAREC brings together Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

It promotes the implementation of regional projects in energy, transport, and trade facilitation.

Senior officials from the Central Asian neighbors agreed on Afghanistan’s accession to the Cross-Border Transport Agreement (CBTA) at a meeting in Bangkok, Thailand. Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan signed the CBTA in December 2010.

To date, member governments, ADB, and other international financial institutions have approved over 100 CAREC-related projects worth about $16 billion.

These projects include six land transport corridors that cover 3,600 km of roads and 2,000 km of railway while they traverse the CAREC region north-south and east-west, linking Europe, East Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, and beyond.

Officials from Afghanistan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan will sign a protocol on Afghanistan’s accession to the CBTA at the 10th CAREC Ministerial Conference to be held in Baku, Azerbaijan in November 2011.

The CBTA will ultimately connect East Asia and the Arabian Sea through Central Asia, specifically along the route of CAREC Corridor 5.

In Afghanistan, the Corridor starts at Torkham at the border with Pakistan, continuing through Jalalabad to Kabul, Kunduz, and Shirkhan Bandar.

From the Tajikistan border crossing of Nizhni Pianj, Corridor 5 passes through Kurgan Tyube, Dushanbe, and Karamik. In the Kyrgyz Republic, it runs to the PRC border via Karamik, Sary Tash, and Irkeshtan.


Everybody BUT Turkmenistan Gets Mobile Service Upgrade

[SEE:  Russian MTS Loses $140 Million, 2 Million Turkmens Lose Internet Connection]

MTS pens signalling agreement with BICS

MTS (OJSC Mobile TeleSystems), the largest mobile operator in Russia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, is now using BICS as signalling provider for its group companies.

Starting in July this year, MTS began using BICS as the global signalling gateway for its daughter companies in Russia, Ukraine, Armenia and Uzbekistan, in order to ensure continuity of services for its 95 million strong mobile subscribers while travelling and using their mobile phones all around the globe.

“We are very proud to have been selected as MTS’ signalling partner, providing the necessary global reach to their customers with the best in class voice and mobile data capabilities while roaming,” said Nicholas Nikrouyan, Chief Commercial Officer at BICS. “We are confident that BICS will add significant value to MTS’ growth strategy and ambition to provide their customers with the highest level of customer experience wherever they are around the world. This new agreement is indicative of the commitment both companies have to further enhance and strengthen our partnership for years to come.”

“We are keen to have a strategic partnership with BICS to enhance our roaming relations and to be in touch with future trends. Also we hope that our business relationships will proceed to prosper in the same fruitful and mutually beneficial manner”, said Evgeny Moskalev, Director of Interconnect, Roaming, Internet & Data services at MTS.

Russia and Tajikistan Renew and Repair Military Agreements

[SEE:  New mini-Cold War Heating-Up In Southern Central Asia?]

Russia gets base deal, strengthens Central Asia influence


Published: Sep 2, 2011 18:31 Updated: Sep 2, 2011 18:31

DUSHANBE: Russia agreed with Tajikistan on Friday to extend the deployment of its military base in the country, a move likely to boost Moscow’s influence in Central Asia after the pullout of NATO troops from Afghanistan.

The expiry of Russia’s current 10-year base lease deal with Tajikistan in 2013 would have dealt another blow to Moscow’s clout in its former imperial backyard ahead of the planned 2014 NATO pullout from next-door Afghanistan.

But Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said after talks with his Tajik counterpart Imomali Rakhmon they had agreed to extend the presence of Russia’s military in the country by 49 years.

“We have paid significant attention to the issues of security of our countries, to regional security,” Medvedev said during a visit to Tajikistan. He said the new base deal would be signed in the first quarter of 2012.

The military base in Tajikistan, formerly known as the 201st division, numbers around 6,000 servicemen and is the biggest deployment of Russian ground forces abroad.

Medvedev and Rakhmon also oversaw the signing of a separate agreement on cooperation in guarding Tajikistan’s lengthy and porous border with Afghanistan — a source of Moscow’s concerns over an influx of heroin and radical, Taleban-style Islam.

No details of the document were available.

Russian border guards left Tajikistan in 2005, ending a Soviet-era deployment and handing over all power over to local authorities.


NATO combat troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, after handing over to Afghan security forces, raising concerns among regional powers about a power vacuum or a worsening security situation which could spill across borders.

Russia has ruled out sending troops to Afghanistan, where the Soviet Union lost some 15,000 soldiers in a 1979-89 conflict that ended with a humiliating army pullout.

But Moscow has courted Kabul ahead of a gradual withdrawal of NATO troops. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has welcomed such overtures amid persistent tensions with the West.

Russia has also sought better ties with Pakistan, a Soviet-era enemy seen as a key to stability in Afghanistan.

Speaking alongside Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Karzai and Rakhmon, Medvedev told reporters: “I believe all of my colleagues are united on one issue: the responsibility for what is happening in our region will in the final account inevitably rest with our countries — Russia, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.”

The four signed a joint statement agreeing to combat jointly terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and organized crime in the region.

They urged US-led troops “to increase efforts for training and arming Afghan national security structures.”

Apart from political dividends, Russia is hoping to gain economic benefits from a number of future regional projects.

The joint statement of the four presidents welcomed Russia’s interest in participating in the TAPI project which aims to build a natural gas pipeline from ex-Soviet Central Asian nation of Turkmenistan to Afghanistan and on to Pakistan and India.

Turkmenistan, which sees the trans-Afghan pipeline as an alternative route to break its heavy dependence on Russia-bound gas exports, has played down talk of potential Russian participation in the project.

CENTCOM Claims AboutTajik Troublemaker, Col. Khudoiberdiyev Set the Stage for Next Psyop

[CENTCOM wants to remind us of this old Tajik warlord, just as it revived the threat from old Uzbek terrorist Mullah Abdullo last year, during the unrest in Kyrgyzstan.  We are supposed to think that the tired, old warlords and terrorist groups like IMU are thriving in Central Asia.  Someone has to be blamed for all the false flag terror actions that the Pentagon and CIA have planned for the Central Asian republics.  It is doubtful that the Uzbek Colonel or the former Tajik militant commander are even alive today, nonetheless, they will be blamed for a lot of death and destruction.  The chaos level is projected to rise so high that it will justify large-scale military movements into the area.  You guess whose military forces that will be.] 

Attack by Khudoiberdiyev possible, Tajiks say

By Dilafruz Nabiyeva
For CentralAsiaOnline.com


Col. Makhmud Khudoiberdiyev, shown in an undated photo, poses a threat to Tajikistan, but the government says it can rebuff it. [Nazim Kalandarov]

Col. Makhmud Khudoiberdiyev, shown in an undated photo, poses a threat to Tajikistan, but the government says it can rebuff it. [Nazim Kalandarov]

DUSHANBE – Another armed incursion by followers of the insurgent ex-Tajik army colonel Makhmud Khudoiberdiyev is considered possible in Tajikistan, but security forces stand ready.


The whereabouts of the long-unseen colonel are a mystery.


Tajik officials say he is in Uzbekistan, from where his forces attacked Tajikistan in 1998, killing hundreds of civilians. Government troops crushed the insurgents but suffered heavy casualties.


Others say he is in Afghanistan.


Tajik Internal Affairs Minister Abdurakhim Kakhkhorov said in late July he does not rule out another incursion by Khudoiberdiyev’s fighters. During the first six months of this year, the police detained 12 alleged members of the ex-colonel’s insurgent group, he said.


Earlier this year police disrupted three terrorist plots in Khudzhand by Khudoiberdiyev’s supporters, Kakhkhorov said.


“Tajikistan’s security agencies are on the alert for possible attacks,” Defence Ministry spokesman Fariddu Makhmadaliyev said. “Our military does everything to prevent them. Therefore, … any attempted attack will be thwarted.”


Gen. (ret.) Abdullo Khabibov said Tajikistan still has many Khudoiberdiyev followers, as proven “by the number of alleged extremists detained.”


What countries are threatened?


If Khudoiberdiyev attempts an incursion, political scientist Izzat Amon said, it might have support from militants of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which threatens not only Tajikistan but Uzbekistan too.


“Anyway, I am sure Tajik security agencies will suppress (Khudoiberdiyev) easily,” Amon said.


Militants may pose a threat not only to Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. but to the region as a whole, Tajik Strategic Research Centre director Sukhrob Sharipov said.


“I think not a single state and not a single politician would want to see a deterioration of the situation in Tajikistan, since that would afflict other countries in the region, too,” Sharipov said. “Anyway, we shouldn’t relax or lose vigilance while that man is alive and has followers; we need to be prepared for anything.”


But he said it’s unlikely Khudoiberdiyev’s supporters would attack now, “since the situation has changed, and so have Tajikistan’s forces, since 1998, when the country was torn by a five-year-long civil war.”


Agencies still watchful


Tajik security agencies, however, do not rule out a boost of Khudoiberdiyev’s underground activity in the republic.

“He has two reasons – or, rather, chances – to do so,” said a State National Security Committee (GKNB) official who gave only his first name, Usmon. “First, 12 of his followers are now on trial in Qurghonteppa, and the case (against them) is rather serious. Those people plotted several terrorist acts in southern Tajikistan.


“Second, an amnesty is pending, and those supporters of Khudoiberdiyev who have served three-quarters of their prison terms qualify for it. It’s hard to say now how many of them will be released, but I think there will be quite a few of them, since several hundred were convicted after the 1998 attack on Tajikistan.”


Tajik secret services will do everything possible to thwart any attempt by insurgents to cross into Tajikistan to engage in subversive activities, the GKNB official said.


If Khudoiberdiyev is in Uzbekistan now, Amon said, “Uzbekistan and Tajikistan bear certain obligations as members of regional and international organisations; besides, official Tashkent has become more concerned about the (Uzbek) domestic situation.”

Investors Point to Hardships in Former Soviet States

Investors Point to Hardships in Former Soviet States

By Nadia Popova

The former Soviet states are notoriously complicated for foreign businesses. Money can be made there as quickly as they can be lost, with governments playing an active role. A U.K.-based gold miner Wednesday said it sued Uzbekistan over a joint gold mining project that went sour.

U.K.-listed miner Oxus Gold PLC’s gold-digging adventure there ended up with criminal charges of industrial espionage and an arbitration case the firm brought against the government.

Minerals-rich, fast-growing former Soviet states offer tax breaks and cheap labor force to foreign investors. Oxus enjoyed tax exemptions and other privileges its joint venture with the Uzbek government, where gold production started in 2003. But laws later changed and the favors were scrapped, while Oxus ended up with a bill from the government for back taxes and customs duties.

In February, Oxus offered to sell its stake in the venture to Uzbekistan. The following month one of its local managers was arrested and charged with industrial espionage. Oxus said it believed Uzbekistan was seeking to liquidate the business. The spokesman for the Uzbekistan government referred this correspondent to the deputy minister of justice, who wasn’t immediately available to comment.

Russian mobile operator OAO Mobile TeleSystems had its Turkmenistan licenses suspended last year due to what the local government said was the expiry of the agreement with the firm and its local unit. The company claimed the licenses and the agreement were not interconnected and launched arbitration.

“The local authorities just wait until the business is up and running, and then take it away,” a manager at a company that got into trouble in one of former Soviet countries said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Russia ready to join UN peacekeepers in Libya

Moscow Time

Photo: EPA

Russia is ready to join a UN peacekeeping mission in Libya if the organization plans to set one up, Russia’s presidential envoy for Africa Mikhail Margelov declared after taking part in the Paris conference featuring 63 “Friends of Libya”.

Margelov has positively assessed the forum’s results that reconfirmed UN’s crucial role in the conflict resolution.

Margelov also noted that Russia supports Mid.East and North Africa modernization and is ready to assist.