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  US Dollars Yielded Unanimous UN Vote Against Iraq
Bennis said that just after that 1990 vote, the U.S. envoy turned to the Yemeni ambassador and told him that his vote would be ''the most expensive 'no' vote you would ever cast''.
The U.S. aid package to the impoverished country, authorised by the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), demands that the aid recipient ''does not engage in activities contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests''.
After Colombia, the largest single beneficiary of U.S. aid is Bulgaria, which received 13.5 million dollars in outright military grants (mostly to buy U.S. weapons systems) last year and an additional 8.5 million dollars this year.
www.commondreams.org /headlines02/1111-02.htm   (1100 words)

  
 China's foreign trade hits 606 billion US dollars
Statistics from Chinese Customs issued Wednesday show imports in the first nine months surged by 40.5 percent to 298.56 billion US dollars, exceeding the imports of last year.
Exports, one of the three economic generators, were 307.7 billion US dollars, up 32.3 percent year-on-year.
Exports, investment and consumption were regarded as the three driving forces of the national economy, which grew by about 8 percent in the first half of 2003 and the government said it would reach an 8 percent annual growth goal this year.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /en/doc/2003-10/16/content_272405.htm   (294 words)

  
  About 50 Percent of US Dollars in Russia Are Forged - Pravda.Ru
Russian banks received of counterfeit dollar numbers in 1993, for it was believed at that time that there was no other way to detect them.
US dollars make 97.5 percent of all counterfeit currencies in the world.
About 50 percent of US dollars that are in circulation in Russia are forged as well.
english.pravda.ru /russia/economics/09-06-2003/3029-fake-0   (783 words)

  
  United States dollar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Several countries use the U.S. dollar as their official currency, and many others allow it to be used in a de facto legal capacity.
In Lebanon, one dollar is equal to 1500 Lebanese pound, and is used interchangeably with local currency as a de facto legal tender.
The first dollar coins issued by the United States mint were of the same size and composition as the Spanish dollar and even after the American Revolutionary War the Spanish and U.S. silver dollars circulated side by side in the United States.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/United_States_dollar   (3062 words)

  
 US arms, dollars for Pak loyalty
Another request approved by the US defense attache is for the C-130 cargo aircraft, similar to the one used to transport critical nuclear systems to North Korea in exchange for missiles.
The US mission has recommended that Pakistan be provided $ 200 million each in fiscal 2003, 2004 and 2005 under the Economic Support Fund, which would be used to pay for the bilateral debt.
US President George W Bush had pledged this amount during General Musharraf's visit to the US in February 2002.
www.hvk.org /articles/0503/183.html   (653 words)

  
 Asia Times Online :: Asian news and current affairs
As an example of the dollar's imperviousness to reports of petro-switches, the UAE announcement had almost no effect on world currency markets, whose traders are skittish enough to respond to slight rumors of wheat blight in the Caucasus to shift in and out of currencies with lightning speed.
The US dollar, which spent last week strengthening against the euro before the threats by the Middle Eastern central bankers, fell slightly against the European currency by a quarter of a percentage point to a one-week high of $1.1945 - before it retreated later.
Although use of the dollar as the world's fiat currency has been declining for about 30 years, some 70% of international currency reserves, which finance international trade, are in US dollars.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Global_Economy/HC17Dj02.html   (1069 words)

  
 SplaTT's Blog: Blogging is worth $3,350 US dollars for a 3 month period according to eBay...
SplaTT's Blog: Blogging is worth $3,350 US dollars for a 3 month period according to eBay...
Blogging is worth $3,350 US dollars for a 3 month period according to eBay...
Well its over...The last 10 days has seen some of us visiting eBay every couple of hours to see what the price of blogging was going to be and its all done...check out Jeremy's post about the last final minutes as a group of us sat on Messenger counting the minutes down...
www.splatt.com.au /blog/archives/2004/12/blogging_is_wor.html   (343 words)

  
 Evidence Of Waste Of US Taxpayers’ Dollars In Iraq Contracts
As a result, basic facts are not being shared with me or others in Congress about the process by which contracts are being awarded, the scope of specific contract terms, the details of task orders, and the payments being made to Halliburton and Bechtel.
But what is unclear is how these arrangements protect the interests of the US taxpayer or further the goal of putting Iraqis to work rebuilding their own country.
After repeated suggestions that the contract was limited to fighting oil fires and carrying out related repairs, the Defense Department later revealed that the contract was much broader in scope and extended to operating oil facilities and distributing fuel.
www.mees.com /postedarticles/oped/a46n40d02.htm   (3076 words)

  
 Jamaica Gleaner - Local suppliers now quoting in US dollars - Friday | May 16, 2003
The practice of quoting goods in US dollar has been most pronounced in the tourist resorts of Montego Bay, St. James and Negril in Westmoreland, but is also being practised in Kingston and St. Andrew, according to information reaching The Financial Gleaner.
He said they have to buy their goods using the existing exchange rates and they have chosen not to also quote the prices in Jamaican dollars because "the rates keep changing" and it would be inefficient to keep changing the prices in Jamaican dollars each week.
Among those quoting their bills in US dollars, according to the source, are suppliers of products such as cleaning agents, toiletries, computers, as well as building owners who have leased office and shop spaces in malls especially in the tourist resorts.
www.jamaica-gleaner.com /gleaner/20030516/business/business2.html   (475 words)

  
 Made in South America: new breed of fake US dollars | csmonitor.com
With some countries in Latin America tying their currency to the dollar, and economies here increasingly reliant on money sent home by citizens working in the United States, the region has been a focal point as the US tries to stem counterfeiting worldwide.
Globally, the Secret Service, the area of the US government charged with overseeing the integrity of American currency, estimates that the amount of counterfeit dollars in circulation is relatively small - "less than 1 percent" of the total supply of more than $670 billion, according to Lorie Lewis, spokeswoman for the agency.
Between 2002 and 2003, US and Colombian authorities helped reduce by 37 percent the amount of Colombian-made counterfeit currency passed in the US, from $15.3 billion to $9.6 billion, according to congressional testimony by the Secret Service.
www.csmonitor.com /2005/0414/p10s01-woam.htm   (743 words)

  
 U.S. Hypocrisy in Ukraine
This May, the Virginia-based private management consultancy Development Associates, Inc., was awarded $100 million by the US government “for strengthening national legislatures and other deliberative bodies worldwide.” According to the organization’s website, several million dollars from this went to Ukraine in advance of the elections.
It is clear that a significant amount of US taxpayer dollars went to support one candidate in Ukraine.
Recall how most of us felt when it became known that the Chinese government was trying to funnel campaign funding to a US presidential campaign.
www.house.gov /paul/congrec/congrec2004/cr120704.htm   (910 words)

  
 US Dollars Yielded Unanimous UN Vote Against Iraq - Global Policy Forum - UN Security Council
Bennis said that just after that 1990 vote, the U.S. envoy turned to the Yemeni ambassador and told him that his vote would be ''the most expensive 'no' vote you would ever cast''.
The U.S. aid package to the impoverished country, authorized by the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), demands that the aid recipient ''does not engage in activities contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests''.
After Colombia, the largest single beneficiary of U.S. aid is Bulgaria, which received 13.5 million dollars in outright military grants (mostly to buy U.S. weapons systems) last year and an additional 8.5 million dollars this year.
www.globalpolicy.org /security/issues/iraq/attack/2002/1111dollars.htm   (1038 words)

  
 N Korea 'not forging US dollars'   (Site not responding. Last check: )
US sanctions imposed in connection with the alleged forgery have stalled talks on the North's nuclear ambitions.
The US negotiator to the talks warned on Wednesday that diplomacy was the preferred, but not the only, option.
Washington's belief that the North was continuing the practise has led to US sanctions on a number of firms, infuriating Pyongyang and stalling international talks on its nuclear programme.
www.populistamerica.com /n_korea__not_forging_us_dollars_   (352 words)

  
 UNHCR - Syria: Information on whether it is illegal to trade in foreign currencies such as US dollars and the penalties ...
Syrians are allowed to trade in foreign currencies or US dollars only when they acquire them through export trading.
However, it is a common practice among Syrians to trade in US dollars, especially in big cities.
Amounts in excess of $5,000 US (or $2,000 for those holding dual Syrian-American nationality) is subject to confiscation upon leaving Syria (2 Oct. 1996).
www.unhcr.org /home/RSDCOI/3ae6ac0288.html   (543 words)

  
 Business, Circulation of US Dollars Stopped in Cuba: Cuba News, Cuba Travel, cultural, business news.
The commercial circulation of the US dollar was suspended in Cuba, starting from Monday, but people will still have the possibility to exchange dollar into convertible pesos without taxes up to November 14.
Tourist leaving the Island will be able to exchange the convertible pesos they did not use during their stay into US dollar or the currency they request but this will be possible if the currency they request is available.
The decision to stop using US dollars was announced on October 25 as a result of recent attacks by Washington to prevent Cuban international transactions in US dollars.
www.cubaxp.com /modules/news/article-255.html   (634 words)

  
 Measuring Worth - Relative Value in US Dollars
The Consumer Bundle is the average dollar value of the annual expenditures of a "consumer unit".
Using that number in 1860 dollars, the cost today would be $166 billion using the CPI and $125 billion using the GDP deflator, about the annual cost of the current war in Iraq.
Presented here are two tables computing the annual "real" cost using our five indicators, one in 2005 dollars, the current number used for real GDP, and the other in 1949 dollars.While the two tables show the same trends, they do give a different perspective.
measuringworth.com /calculators/uscompare   (2290 words)

  
 Saudis Withdraw Billions of Dollars From US   (Site not responding. Last check: )
An analyst from the Rand Corporation said at a Pentagon briefing this month that Saudi Arabia was the "kernel of evil", exacerbating concerns among the country's elite that they have become demonised in the US and their money is no longer safe there.
As part of the fight against terrorism, the US and Saudi authorities have been monitoring the accounts of dozens of Saudi companies and individuals, a move that alarmed Saudi merchants.
Details of Saudi investments in the US are sketchy but financial analysts believe they range between $400bn and $600bn.
www.fromthewilderness.com /timeline/2002/financialtimes082002.html   (598 words)

  
 USNews.com: News: Bad Guys
What remained were billions of U.S. dollars with no reason to be south of the border except as dope proceeds.
The amount of "excess U.S. dollars" they found: at least $9.2 billion in 2003 and $10.2 billion in 2004.
Investigators got a glimpse of the huge flow of funds last month, when Colombian police made what's thought to be the largest cash seizure yet: nearly 50 million U.S. dollars, 2 million Euros, and a cache of gold bars.
www.usnews.com /usnews/news/badguys/070213/10_billion_excess_us_dollars_i.htm   (708 words)

  
 Oil prices surge to record 56 dollars amid US stocks, OPEC   (Site not responding. Last check: )
New York`s main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in April, surged 1.30 dollars to reach as high as 56.35 dollars a barrel in early deals.
That beat the previous record of 55.67 dollars reached last October 25, before moving back to 56.05 dollars.
The US Department of Energy (DoE) said gasoline supplies dropped by 2.9 million barrels and distillate stocks fell by 1.9 million barrels in the week ended March 11.
www.turkishpress.com /news.asp?ID=38849   (729 words)

  
 $60 Billion US Dollars Fled Argentina
According to an Argentine Congressional committee preliminary report, over 60 billion US dollars fled from Argentina between 1992 and 2001.
In 2001 according to Congressional figures, 14, 977 billion US dollars fled from Argentina, but Central Bank figures are more modest, 12,5 billion US dollars.
The report was able to determine that in just one day, November 30, 2001, just a few hours after a freeze on all banking assets was decreed, 143 million US dollars in 857 different operations left the Argentina.
www.rense.com /general35/bsil.htm   (478 words)

  
 US Coins & Sets from Kelley's Coins - 05.20.07
All prices are in US Dollars, Use XE.com's Universal Currency Converter for other currencies.
Not only is the greenback used in the USA, many countries have dropped their own currencies and started using the dollar instead.
From cents to dollars, silver, gold and platinum, mint sets, proof sets, silver, gold and platinum eagles, commemoratives, 50 state quarters and more, the shear volume of coins to collect from the USA is incredible and every single one of them are legal tender coins that you could spend, if you wanted to.
www.kelleyscoins.com /us-coins/index.htm   (202 words)

  
 NOW. Politics & Economy. US Aid Dollars in Perspective | PBS
The White House and Secretary of State fired back maintaining the US is among of the most giving nations in the world.
Some of the discrepancies in interpretation arise for the difference between the total amount of dollars spent and that amount in relation to national budgets and gross national income.
While the United States does indeed lead the world in total amount of dollars pledged, it doesn't come near to the United Nations target of 0.7 percent of GNP and is substantially lower that the average efforts of all Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OCED) nations — 0.41 percent.
www.pbs.org /now/politics/aiddollars.html   (252 words)

  
 Do india accept Us Dollars or is the post office lying to me : Asia Forum - Travellerspoint
Do india accept Us Dollars or is the post office lying to me
US dollars or pounds are definitely the best way to go - especially US dollars - the Indian's will always change US dollars and give you a better rate for them.
Take travellers cheques in US dollars from American Express or Thomas Cook.
www.travellerspoint.com /forum.cfm?thread=18958   (395 words)

  
 South Korean Spy Agency Finds 'No Evidence' North Korea is Counterfeiting US Dollars
U.S. authorities say they are convinced Pyongyang remains actively engaged in counterfeiting and other illegal financial activities.
U.S. Treasury Department officials last week visited several Asian cities, including Seoul, to show authorities evidence of alleged recent illegal activities by North Korea, including counterfeiting.
Pyongyang denies the U.S. accusations, and says it will not return to six-party talks on its nuclear program unless Washington drops the sanctions.
www.voanews.com /english/2006-02-02-voa13.cfm   (551 words)

  
 UN tells Timorese: use US dollars or [Free Republic]
The US really must remain a member simply for the good it does our souls to be associated with such a high minded group of people.
But as to the UN playing the US' hand, I don't believe for a second that the UN is out to do us any favors.
Each of those other economies will sell us their output, coffee, whatever, and by accepting our dollar, they will be propping it up over here.
www.freerepublic.com /forum/a3afbf3005f9f.htm   (733 words)

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