Thursday, July 29, 2010

Maze cartoon of Iran and Turkey as a couple kissing at sunset by Yonatan Frimer

Maze cartoon of Iran and Turkey as a couple kissing at sunset.
maze cartoon psychedelic kissing couple iran and turkey
Maze cartoon of Iran and Turkey as a couple kissing with a psychedelic sunset behind them.
By Yonatan Frimer
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Turkish-Iran Relations: Old Rivals or New Best Friends?

Many in the West are increasingly concerned about a Turkish-Iranian alliance against the US and Israel. However the two countries, despite their increasingly closer political and economic ties, compete over the leading position in the Middle East and for the favor of the Arab masses. For the moment the competition is materializing in pro-Palestinian endeavors like the so called "freedom flotillas" and fiery speeches against Israel by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

On June 29, 2010, Ankara, in a first sign of frustration, called on Iran to return "as soon as possible" to the negotiating table over a nuclear fuel swap deal. According to a senior Turkish diplomat, Turkey voted against tougher UN sanctions under the condition that Iran would engage itself in talks on its controversial nuclear program. However, on June 28, 2010 Ahmadinejad announced that any negotiations will be postponed until late August in order to "punish" Western powers. Tehran left it unclear when and if it will continue to talk with Brazil and Turkey, its two allies.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Maze cartoon of nuclear horse race, with Iran catching up by Yonatan Frimer

Maze cartoon of nuclear horse race, with Iran catching up.
maze cartoon Nuclear Horse Race
Maze cartoon of horse in the nuclear race, with USA, Russia and France in the lead, and with Iran trailing but catching up. By Yonatan Frimer
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Iran will not back down in nuclear standoff: Ahmadinejad

QAZVIN - Iran will not step back an inch in its nuclear program, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in Qazvin on Monday.

No sanctions resolution can force Iran to relinquish its right to access to nuclear technology, he added.

The president stated that the imposition of sanctions on Iran has not only proven to be counterproductive but has actually helped the country consolidate its self-sufficiency.

Since they imposed sanctions on Iran in 2006, the country’s industrial exports have nearly tripled in Qazvin and some other provinces, he noted.

“If they step up their pressure now, our industrial complexes will be able to become competitive at the international level,” he added.

He also criticized .... (Read full article on Tehran Times)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Maze cartoon on volatility of stock markets. By Yonatan Frimer

Maze cartoon on volatility of stock markets. By Yonatan Frimer
maze cartoon bull and bear
Maze cartoon of a bear and a bull in a room with a referee who says, "How about you run one day and the other runs the next day..." Created by Yonatan Frimer
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Earnings reports could spark summertime market rally

TORONTO — Investors could find a reason to extend last week's strong advance on North American stock markets if U.S. second-quarter corporate earnings, the first of which are expected Monday, live up to high expectations.

"If we can get some confirmation from the earnings and then the stocks rally on that, it will be a very good sign that we'll have a decent summer," said Blair Falconer, portfolio manager at HSBC Securities.

North American markets finished higher last week, with the TSX up 3.34 per cent and the Dow industrials ahead 5.28 per cent as bargain hunters moved in following big slides of over four per cent the previous week.


Projected profits rise as stocks fall

NEW YORK — Analysts are raising earnings estimates for U. S. companies at the fastest rate since at least 2004 during a quarter when stocks have posted some of their biggest losses in 16 months on concern that the economy will sink back into a recession.

Profit for companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index now are expected to jump 34 percent this year, according to more than 8,000 estimates compiled by Bloomberg. On March 29, the projected increase had been 27 percent. The revision is the greatest during any quarter in at least six years.

But lower-than-forecast home sales, manufacturing and private-sector job growth have sent the benchmark gauge for U. S. equities down 11 percent since hitting 1,217 April 23, despite last week’s rally.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Maze cartoon a Lamboghini racing down the road. Analogy of the economy by Yonatan Frimer

Maze cartoon a Lamboghini racing down the road. Analogy of the economy. Created by Yonatan Frimer


maze cartoon Lamborghini economy analogy
Maze cartoon of a hot Lamborghini racing down the road. The car is labeled "Economy", it passes signs that read "Recession" and goes in the direction of the sign that reads, "GDP growth. As nails on the road are magnified to show they are labeled "Weak Euro", "BP oil spill" and "Unemployment rate"
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Obama: Economy Headed in Right Direction

President Barack Obama says the latest employment figures show the U.S. economy is headed in the right direction, but more needs to be done to put Americans without jobs back to work.

The U.S. economy lost 125,000 non-farm sector jobs during the month of June. That figure reflects the end of some 225,000 temporary U.S. census worker jobs.

The Labor Department reported a decline in the overall unemployment rate which dropped to 9.5 percent from 9.7 percent, the lowest level since 2009.

While the private sector gained 83,000 jobs, the figure was below levels from the previous two months.

President Obama recognized the mixed nature of the latest figures. He said they show the economy is headed in the right direction...(Read More)