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OBAMA visite l’Inde pour bloquer la Chine

Obama Visits India With Focus on stopping China Economy

November 06, 2010, 1:21 AM 

 

Nov. 6 2010.

President Barack Obama’s mission overseas in his first two years in office was improving the U.S. image abroad. His next round of travel is focused on repairing the U.S. economy and his relationship with businesses at home.

During a 10-day, four-nation trip, Obama is peppering his schedule with events linked to expanding U.S. exports. On his first day in India, the president will today address the U.S.- India Business Council in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, and huddle with a group of chief executive officers including Jeffrey Immelt of General Electric Co. and Jim McNerney of Boeing Co. to help push along multibillion-dollar deals for U.S. companies.

“The primary purpose is to take a bunch of U.S. companies and open up markets so that we can sell in Asia, in some of the fastest-growing markets in the world,” Obama said Nov. 4 after meeting with his Cabinet at the White House. In an opinion piece published yesterday in the New York Times, he said companies will announce contracts worth “billions of dollars” in India.

While planned long in advance around scheduled meetings of the Group of 20 nations in South Korea and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Japan, Obama’s trip begins four days after U.S. voters in midterm elections turned control of the House of Representatives over to Republicans and narrowed the Democratic Party’s Senate majority. Obama described his party’s losses as a “shellacking.”

New Focus

The sluggish U.S. economy, a national jobless rate that has been at or above 9.5 percent for 14 consecutive months and a federal budget deficit forecast by the administration to hit $1.4 trillion this year were top issues in the campaign.

Obama’s previous overseas trips focused on his vision for U.S. relations with the world, said Heather Conley, director of Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

“Post midterm election, it’s the balancing act of addressing the domestic urgency at home and jobs and being responsive to a very fast-paced international scene,” she said.

Obama said he wants to “show the connection between what we’re doing overseas and what happens here at home when it comes to job growth and economic growth.”

The Indian government is helping the president make his case. “Our investment is creating, saving or supporting tens of thousands of jobs in the United States,” Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao told reporters in New Delhi Nov. 4.

Longest Stay

Obama’s three-day stay in India will be his longest in a foreign country as president. Asia’s third-biggest economy, India offers a rapidly growing market for U.S. companies, including Bentonville, Arkansas-based retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Fairfield, Connecticut-based GE, the world’s biggest maker of jet engines, power-plant turbines and locomotives.

GE last month won India’s biggest single order for gas and steam turbines, a deal the company valued at more than $750 million, and is seeking nuclear plant contracts there.

Chicago-based Boeing expects to bid for $31 billion worth of military contracts in the next 10 years as it competes with Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp. and other suppliers for orders following a tripling of India’s defense budget.

India is the U.S.’s 12th-largest trading partner and commerce between the two countries more than doubled to $37 billion in 2009 compared with 2003, according to U.S. Commerce Department data. In the first eight months of 2010, total trade topped $32 billion.

High Priority

Obama has given closer relations with India a high priority, as illustrated by his hosting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the first state visit of his presidency.

Indian officials are looking for the Obama administration to loosen restrictions on trade in high-technology goods, especially those that may have both military and commercial uses, and help in battling extremists, said S. Chandrasekaran, director of the South Asia Analysis Group, a policy-research organization in India.

“It has to be two-way,” Chandrasekaran said. “India is looking for access to dual-technology and better cooperation in counterterrorism, while the U.S. wants business access in India.”

While Obama’s stay in India is likely to yield “a few workman-like agreements,” there is “going to be no big bang” to boost the slowly growing economic and strategic partnership, Sumit Ganguly, an Indian-American political science professor at Indiana University, said in a phone interview in New Delhi.

Memorial Service

“Unless both governments suddenly pull some rabbits out of their hats, the results will not be as dramatic as they’d hoped,” he said.

Obama begins his trip with a memorial service today for the victims of the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. He’ll stay in the Taj Mahal Palace hotel, the scene of dozens of deaths. Tomorrow he’s scheduled to leave for New Delhi, the capital, where he will hold talks with Singh. Obama will address India’s Parliament Nov. 8.

The president will also find some time for cultural excursions. He will visit a former Mumbai residence of the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, and the New Delhi tomb of a 16th century Mughal emperor, Humayun.

After India, he will squeeze in a twice-delayed trip to Indonesia, where he lived as a boy, before heading to the G-20 summit in South Korea’s capital, Seoul, and the APEC meeting in Yokohama, Japan. That portion of the trip also is focused on U.S. economic concerns.

‘New Markets’

“We need to find new customers in new markets for American-made goods,” Obama wrote in the New York Times. “Our government, together with American businesses and workers, must take steps to promote and sell our goods and services abroad — particularly in Asia.”

“Obama in his international globetrotting now has to show that he is creating benefits for American business,” said Steven Clemons, an analyst at the New America Foundation, a Washington-based policy research group. “He is shifting from a kinder, gentler, less unilateral stance in terms of foreign policy to one where he needs to show bottom-line benefits from American engagement abroad.”

SARKOZY 19e homme puissant de la Planète !

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Rank Name Organization Age
1 Hu Jintao

Hu Jintao

President

People’s Republic of China 67
2 Barack Obama

Barack Obama

President

United States of America 49
3 Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud

King

Saudi Arabia 86
4 Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Prime Minister

Russia 58
5 Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope

Roman Catholic Church 83
6 Angela Merkel

Angela Merkel

Chancellor

Germany 56
7 David Cameron

David Cameron

Prime Minister

United Kingdom 44
8 Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke

Chairman

Federal Reserve 56
9 Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi

President

Indian National Congress 63
10 Bill Gates

Bill Gates

Co-Chair

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 55
11 Zhou Xiaochuan

Zhou Xiaochuan

Governor

People’s Bank of China 62
12 Dmitry Medvedev

Dmitry Medvedev

President

Russia 45
13 Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

CEO

News Corp. 79
14 Silvio Berlusconi

Silvio Berlusconi

Prime Minister

Italy 74
15 Jean-Claude Trichet

Jean-Claude Trichet

President

European Central Bank 67
16 Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff

President

Brazil 62
17 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

CEO

Apple 55
18 Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister

India 78
19 Nicolas Sarkozy

Nicolas Sarkozy

President

France 55
20 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

Secretary of State

United States of America 63
21 Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu

Chairman

Telmex 70
22 Larry Page

Larry Page

Co-Founder

Google 37
22 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin

Co-Founder

Google 37
23 Michael Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Mayor

New York City 68
24 Benjamin Netanyahu

Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister

Israel 61
25 Michael Duke

Michael Duke

CEO

Wal-Mart 60
26 Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Ali Hoseini-Khamenei

Grand Ayatollah

Iran 71
27 Naoto Kan

Naoto Kan

Prime Minister

Japan 64
28 Timothy Geithner

Timothy Geithner

Secretary of the Treasury

United States of America 49
29 Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Chief of Army Staff

Pakistan 58
30 Lou Jiwei

Lou Jiwei

Chairman

China Investment Corporation 59
31 Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il

Supreme Leader

North Korea 68
32 Li Changchun

Li Changchun

Propaganda Chief

People’s Republic of China 66
33 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

CEO

Berkshire Hathaway 80
34 Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

Chairman

Reliance Industries 53
35 Jeffrey Immelt

Jeffrey Immelt

CEO

General Electric 54
36 Li Ka-shing

Li Ka-shing

Chairman

Hutchison Whampoa & Chueng Kong Holdings 82
37 Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Managing Director

International Monetary Fund 61
38 Masaaki Shirakawa

Masaaki Shirakawa

Governor

Bank of Japan 61
39 Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Tibet 75
40 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Founder

Facebook 26
41 Ban Ki-moon

Ban Ki-moon

Secretary-General

United Nations 66
42 Lloyd Blankfein

Lloyd Blankfein

CEO

Goldman Sachs 56
43 Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault

Chairman

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH) 61
44 Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal

Chairman

ArcelorMittal ADS 60
45 Robert Zoellick

Robert Zoellick

President

The World Bank Group 57
46 Robin Li

Robin Li

CEO

Baidu 41
47 Jamie Dimon

Jamie Dimon

Chairman

JPMorgan Chase 54
48 Larry Fink

Larry Fink

CEO

BlackRock 58
49 Rex Tillerson

Rex Tillerson

CEO

ExxonMobil 58
50 Bill Keller

Bill Keller

Executive Editor

The New York Times 61
51 Sebastian Pinera

Sebastian Pinera

President

Chile 60
52 Igor Sechin

Igor Sechin

Deputy Prime Minister

Russia 50
53 Abdalla Salem El-Badri

Abdalla Salem El-Badri

Secretary General

Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) 70
54 Charles Koch

Charles Koch

CEO

Koch Industries 75
54 David Koch

David Koch

Executive Vice President

Koch Industries 70
55 Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son

CEO

SoftBank 53
56 Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan

President

United Arab Emirates 62
57 Osama bin Laden

Osama bin Laden

Founder

Al Qaida 53
58 Eike Batista

Eike Batista

CEO

EBX Group 54
59 Bill Gross

Bill Gross

Co-Founder

PIMCO 66
60 Joaquin Guzman Loera

Joaquin Guzman Loera

Drug Trafficker

Sinaloa Cartel 55
61 Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata

Chairman

Tata Sons 72
62 Wang Yong

Wang Yong

Chairman

State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council of China (SASAC) 55
63 Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar

Leader

D-Company 54
64 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Media Personality

The Oprah Winfrey Show 56
65 Joseph

Joseph "Sepp" Blatter

President

International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) 74
66 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

CEO

Amazon 46
67 Jacques Rogge

Jacques Rogge

President

International Olympic Committee 68
68 Julian Assange

Julian Assange

Editor-In-Chief

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Sarkozy fait le Kow Tow à Hu Jintao

Sarkozy fait le Kow Tow à Hu Jintao chef de l’empire du Dragon et de la répression ! 

29/04/2010

Nicolas Sarkozy serre al main du Président chinois le 28 avril 2010 à Pékin (Michel Euler/Reuters).

C’est la photo qui tue. Sans doute ce « moment décisif » cher à Henri Cartier-Bresson était-il trop tentant pour symboliser la nouvelle puissance chinoise et la contrition de Nicolas Sarkozy qui cherchait à se réconcilier avec LA nouvelle superpuissance. Et peut-être que cette image est totalement trompeuse, ne montrant qu’un instant déconnecté de son environnement.

Il n’empêche, cette photo de l’agence Reuters est violente car elle illustre à merveille les nouveaux rapports de force mondiaux tels que cherchent à les signifier les dirigeants chinois, d’abord à leur peuple, et au reste du monde.

Nicolas Sarkozy aurait pu s’éviter cette scène s’il s’était référé à l’histoire récente, et à celle plus ancienne.

Capture d'écran du site Internet Cyberpresse.caDébut avril, Barack Obama avait été sévèrement critiqué par ses adversaires républicains pour s’être incliné devant Hu Jintao, avec la même courbette que celle de Sarkozy, lors de la visite à Washington du président chinois pour assister au sommet sur le nucléaire. « Obama s’incline devant un communiste chinois », avait titré le Drudge Report !  En novembre dernier, le président américain avait déjà encouru les foudres des Républicains pour une courbette très similaire devant l’empereur Akihito du Japon.

Certains commentateurs avaient rappelé au passage que Dick Cheney avait salué le même empereur « le dos droit », et que le général MacArthur, à la défaite du Japon à l’issue de la deuxième guerre mondiale, avait rencontré son père Hirohito, les mains sur les hanches…

Le « kow tow » devant l’empereur

Kowtow.jpgPlus loin de nous, mais de manière tout aussi pertinente, les premières rencontres diplomatiques entre la Chine et le reste du monde avaient été totalement ratées à cause de cette histoire de courbettes.

Lorsque l’émissaire de la Couronne britannique, Lord MacCartney, est arrivé à Pékin en 1793, il lui a été signifié que pour être reçu par le tout puissant Empereur Qianlong il fallait faire le « kow tow », c’est-à-dire trois courbettes.

Estimant qu’il s’agissait d’un signe d’allégeance qu’un représentant du roi d’Angleterre ne pouvait accepter, MacCartney avait quitté Pékin sans avoir vu l’empereur.

Un deuxième émissaire britannique, vingt ans plus tard, William Pitt Amherst, se retrouvait dans la même situation, et repartait bredouille sans avoir accepté l’infamant « kow tow ». Cette incapacité à communiquer entraîna par la suite les guerres de l’opium et une confrontation entre la Chine et l’Europe qui laissa bien des traces douloureuses.

Alors, la courbette devant Hu Jintao s’apparente-t-elle au « kow tow » d’antan ? Ce serait malhonnête et polémique de l’affirmer, d’autant que la pratique de la courbette ne figure plus au protocole chinois. Même si la raideur du président chinois face à la malléabilité de ses interlocuteurs occidentaux, même s’il était la puissance invitante, ne peut manquer de susciter des commentaires amusés, et parfois inquiétants, sur le monde qui s’annonce.

On ne sait si la délégation française a répété la scène de la rencontre avec le président chinois, si les conseillers en communication et en « image » de l’Elysée ont fait des recommandations en ce sens.

Mais il en est un qui a cru bon de s’abaisser très très bas, c’est Jean-Louis Borloo, le ministre de l’Ecologie, que l’on voit ici en pleine action.

Jean-Louis Borloo salue Hu Jin Tao, à Pékin, le 28 avril 2010 (Michel Euler/Reuters).

C’est sa secrétaire d’Etat Chantal Jouanno qui appréciera, elle qui avait dénoncé (entre autres) la Chine parmi les responsables de l’échec du Sommet de Copenhague…

Photos : Nicolas Sarkozy et Jean-Louis Borloo serrent la main du président chinois Hu Jin Tao le 28 avril 2010 à Pékin. Le kow-tow devant une cour de justice.

Happy Comeback of Republicans !

Happy Comeback of Harry Reid

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A lot of people have gone broke betting against Harry Reid over the years, and Tuesday was no exception.

How, exactly, did the Senate majority leader win a decisive reelection victory after being all but left for dead?

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The answer serves as a textbook-worthy case study of hard and soft campaign science. Reid played every angle. If there was an advantage to be taken, no matter how slim, he seized it. Aided by a top-flight campaign team and prodigious fundraising, he made sure no opportunity went to waste.

In the end, he captured over 50 percent of the vote to Republican Sharron Angle’s 45 percent. He overcame his home-state voters’ often intense disapproval of his performance and President Barack Obama; a Republican wave that brought down long-serving Democrats across the country; the fury and passion of the tea party; and dire local and national economic conditions.

What follows is a step-by-step guide to the Harry Reid method of winning elections.

Plan ahead

Reid saw years ago that he would have a tough reelection in 2010, and he vowed not to let happen to him what happened to his friend Tom Daschle, the Democratic leader who was defeated in South Dakota in 2004. There’s a school of thought that believes Daschle was caught napping. Reid had actually started building up the Nevada Democratic apparatus back in 2002, after the party suffered a series of defeats in statewide races to a better-organized state GOP. After Reid’s easy 2004 win and ascension to leadership, the work for 2010 began in earnest. He raised nearly $25 million for his campaign, demolishing the previous record — about $7 million — for the state’s most expensive campaign ever. He hired top-flight national consultants to work on the race, and they ran a scorched-earth effort, ensuring that every Angle gaffe was unearthed and responding quickly to any new development.

Build a machine

Reid and his top political adviser, Rebecca Lambe, turned the Nevada State Democratic Party from a squabbling club into a second-to-none professional operation. He used his considerable fundraising muscle to ensure the party had plenty of cash, and oversaw — not to say micromanaged — operations and candidate recruitment at all levels. Reid successfully lobbied the Democratic National Committee to put Nevada on the presidential nominating calendar in 2008 right after Iowa and New Hampshire; Obama, Hillary Clinton and other candidates competed hard in the state, and the party registered 30,000 new Democrats the day of the caucuses alone. 

Reid’s grass-roots operation dovetailed nicely with the Obama campaign’s organizing effort, and, as soon as the 2008 election was over, Reid fine-tuned it to work for him. With multiple campaign offices across the state and legions of staffers and volunteers, Reid’s turnout operation ensured that even in a Republican year, in a state mad at Democrats, more of his voters were flushed out of their houses and to the polls than Angle’s.

 

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Zero South Biodiesel Electric Hummer
 
Zero South Biodiesel Electric Hummer – Click above for high-res image gallery

Zero South, a company that popped up at SEMA in2008, is back again with its Biodiesel Electric Hummer. The heavily modified H1 rides on tracks at all four corners – a necessary modification, since this Hummer is designed for an expedition to the South Pole.

The trip is going to be documented by Chris Paine, who’s best known for the film Who Killed the Electric Car? It was reported back in 2008 that the vehicle was going to be driven by Buzz Aldrin and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. The film is called Drive Around the World and was shot in 3D. Drive Around the World is also the name of an organization that works to inspire an urge to explore while raising money for various charities. The H1 shown above is Zero South’s vehicle for participating in these expeditions.

The Zero South Biodiesel Electric Hummer was originally setuo to run on B99 fuel, but Jay Leno joined the team and modified the powertrain so that a four-cylinder diesel Volkswagen engine would act as a generator to four electric motors. Each motor would then provide power to the individual track it’s coupled to. It’s one heck of a Hummer, and we invite you to check it out for yourself in the gallery below.

Gallery: EMA 2010 : ZERO South Biodiesel Electric  Hummer 

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It’s time for Episode #202 of the Autoblog Podcast, and the cast of characters keeps on revolving as auto show season starts ramping up. Steven Ewing joins Chris and Dan this week to kck the ball around about SEMA, the Consumer Reports Reliability survey for 2010, the refreshed Dodge Grand Caravan and Avenger and the Cadillac ATS. We wrap it up with your feedback and questions before calling it a night at the hour and a half mark. Thanks for listening, see you next week!

Reliability, Chrysler interiors and the Cadillac ATS

Design Ferrari 458 Italia – Click above for high-res image gallery

HRE had a trio of cars parked in its booth, one of them being a Ferrari 458 Italia tuned by British aftermarket house Oakely Design. The car was showed off for the first time in June, and in white, and Oakley said it would build just five. The production was upped to the seven, and this one here comes in a hue red rich enough to make Sleeping Beauty want to take another bite.

The carbon fiber lip up front boosts downforce by more than 50 pounds, and the sliver of a rear spoiler adds about 48 more pounds of aero downforce to the rear axle at 150 miles per hour. A carbon fiber roof panel, mirror housings and 20-inch HRE wheels complete the coupe’s Jenny Craig makeover, with the rims subtracting 11 pounds at each corner. Performance mods tune the car to 632 horsepower, and a reflashed ECU is meant to make the most of it. Oakley’s work is said to reduce the 0-62 mph time to three seconds and top speed is a lofty 208 mph.

Just in front of that was a Gumpert Apollo, rarely seen on the big-rim circuit, wearing a set of single-lug-nut HRE’s, and a Porche GT3 RS with some fire-engine red multi-spokes. They’re all in the gallery of high-res photos below.

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Ford Fiestas at the 2010 SEMA Show

Ford Fiestas
Perhaps the biggest (or smallest) champion car for Ford this year has been the 2011 Fiesta. The fizzy little sedan and hatchback duo are drawing a lot of attention to Blue Oval showrooms, and thus, Ford has a whole flock Fiestas  represented at this year’s show.

A host of aftermarket tuning companies have put their touches on the pint-sized Ford – modified Fiestas from 3DCarbon, H&R Springs, Steeda Autosports and FSWerks are all on hand, just to name a few. Our favorite, though, might be the automaker’s own Ford Racing Performance Parts Fiesta, powered by a modified version of FoMoCo’s 2.0-liter EcoBoost four (bumped to 2.3 liters), that produces a staggering 350 horsepower. We’ll take two. See the full grip of Fiestas live from Las Vegas in our high-res gallery below.

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Shelby Cobra

The Real Deal: A 1964 Shelby Cobra, CSX2557  
 Shelby and Factory Five Racing have been going at it for years. Back in 2000, Shelby filed suit against the Massachusetts-based replica builder, which resulted in Factory Five being allowed to continue building cars as long as it made no reference to the terms "Cobra," "427 S/C," "Shelby," "Shelby Cobra," "Daytona Coupe" or "Daytona Coupe Cobra." Eight years of apparent peace passed until Shelby again filed suit against FFR because the company felt that the the replica builder’s Type 65 Coupe name was too close to its Shelby Daytona Coupe. The court ruled in favor of Factory Five.

The two companies went back to court a third time because Shelby recently attempted to patent the shape of the Cobra. Well, the case has been settled and the result is yet effectively another victory for Factory Five Racing. The United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board felt that the shape of the Cobra does not solely belong to Carroll Shelby. Factory Five had the following to say:

"On October 13th, 2010, the court denied his application and our opposition was successful. We felt that if he were to get a trademark on the Cobra shape, his PR machine would use that to make the legitimate replica industry look bad. Our position was that a Shelby trademark would have ignored the factual history of the car, which started life as an AC car with a Ford engine in it, as well as completely discounting the huge contributions that replica guys have made to the car’s continuing legacy since the 1970’s. We have never denied Shelby’s part in history, but he has enjoyed huge popularity, in-part, due to replicas.

Looking back, our little company has done more than anyone ever to secure this car for all. Factory Five Racing and our customers have made such a huge contribution to the industry over the years.

I am attaching the Court’s opinion as a PDF document here so you can read it for yourself. Factory Five Racing does not use the word COBRA to describe our products."

You can weigh in on the outcome for yourself and read the full, 49-page ruling of the of the court here: Shelby vs FFR. Thanks for the tip, Bip-D-Bo!

Gallery: 1964 Shelby Cobra CSX2557 

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Toyota Prius Plus Performance Package
Looks like Honda isn’t the only automaker trying to cash in on the idea of a "sport hybrid." Toyata has just debuted its new line of Plus performance parts at this year’s show, and the first vehicle to benefit from these new accessories is the Prius hybrid.

The Prius Plus Performance Package (say that three times fast) includes a seven-piece aero kit that still allows the sleek hatch to maintain its 0.25 coefficient of drag. The new front and rear bumper spoilers, side skirts and rear diffuser are rounded off with an attractive set of 17-inch forged wheels wrapped in slick 215/45-series tires.

In an effort to keep things as economical as possible, the Prius’ hybrid engine does not receive any upgrades, but the hatch’s suspension has been tweaked to provide better overall handling. Sport-tuned lowering springs have been fitted and a rear sway bar has been put in place to keep things flat and stable during cornering.

Toyota will be offering the Plus Performance Package in limited quantities beginning in April of next year. Follow the jump for the official details and see the modded-up Prius for yourself in the galleries below.

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Never say Toyota doesn’t understand the crowd at SEMA, bringing a Sienna minivan and Scion xB with bodies engorged several feet like rolling demonstrators for ExtenZe. How else do you put the swagger in your wagon?

   

2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen
2011 Honda CR-Z Mugen – Click above for high
Heads up, CR-Z fans: Honda has announced that the company will be releasing a mere 300 Mugen accessory kits for the Japanese sport hybrid. The ultra-rare bodywork includes bits like a completely revised front fascia with an altered grille design, a massive rear spoiler and flashy 17-inch rollers. Under the hood things stay nearly completely stock, though Honda has swapped the blasé plastic oil filler cap with a billet aluminum piece. Astounding, we know.

But all of that pales in comparison to the interior work. Along with a new shift knob, Honda has installed "sport mats." We aren’t entirely sure what makes a floor mat sporty, but we’ll take their word for it.

The body kits will be available in all five CR-Z colors. So far, there’s no word on how much the kits will cost, but we can’t imagine they’ll go cheap.  

Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept

Ford Police Interceptor Stealth Concept
While we should be excited to see Ford show off a new, updated cop car, the Police Interceptor Stealth Concept already has us checking our rear-view mirrors. The full details on this cop cruiser were released yesterday  , but seeing it under the bright lights. The man behind the car, Ford designer Melvin Betancourt, says he drew inspiration from the SR-71 Blackbird stealth plane. The blacked-out finish and hidden blue and reds, coupled with the potential for hosting a 365-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 under the hood are more than enough to cause speed-limit scofflaws to think twice about pushing harder on that gas pedal.

It’s not only the outside that incorporates the idea of stealth design. The interior features a police radio hidden in the console, along with the on-board computer and the glove box has a hidden space to hide weapons. Slow down and check out the Stealth concept in our high-res gallery, below.

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7Tune.com’s Adam Zillin was chilling at Fuji Speedway when two Lexus LF-As arrived for some race-quality testing. This blue example flashed yellow brake calipers, some of the infinite customization Toyota promised for its supercar fans.

    

If you’ve ever heard of the Dacia Sandero, it’s probably from Clarkson teasing James May about it on Top Gear. The no-nonsense, bare-bones hatchback – sold alternatively as a Renault in markets where its budget subsidiary Dacia doesn’t exist – is a favorite of Captain Slow.

In South America, the Sandero also comes as a crossover version called the Stepway, and taller though it is, it’s just as decidedly spartan. That didn’t stop Renault from drumming up some excitement over the budget range, however, with the show car you see here.

Envisioned as a successor to the current model and closer to a junior Duster, the Sandero Stepway Concept dials up the glitz factor just a touch with a sporty body kit, three-tone paint scheme and enough blue LEDs to light up the trendiest of night clubs. Also, some flower decals… for some reason. The result is something akin to a futuristic cup of cappuccino, and you can check it out in further detail in the high-resolution image gallery below.

Gallery: Renault Sandero in Brazil  

[Source: Renault]

 Airhead Kustoms Ford F-350 Super Duty

Airhead Kustoms Ford F-350 Super Duty 

Airhead Kustoms is going big for the show . Calling its creation the Pit Boss, Airhead Kustoms has teamed up with Cars by Kris to transform the rugged 2011Ford F-350 Super Duty into the ultimate tow and support truck. The already lofty power numbers of the stock pickup have been given a boost thanks to the addition of a Snow Performance water/methanol injection system, Nitrous Express diesel nitrous system and an AFE Power cold air intake.

Sorting out the ride and handling is a DJM Suspension setup that uses front lowering beams, a rear flip kit and beefy shock absorbers. Hellwig anti-roll bars and Firestone Ride-Rite air helper springs further aid in keeping this Pit Boss in check.

Inside, the Super Duty interior has been upgraded with a custom headliner and leather upholstery. A Rockford Fosgate sound system and a Dashboard Devices in-dash computer provide plenty of entertainment and information. The Pit Boss was built to get a race car to the track but the interior keeps things cozy once you are there. Have a look for yourself in our high-res gallery below.

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myChevrolet Mobile Phone App

If you own a 2011 Genaral Motors  vehicle equipped with OnStar and you also carry an iPhone or Android-based phone, then you are in for a treat. Two new apps have just been released for your smartphones: myChevrolet and OnStar MyLink. OnStar MyLink works with the onboard OnStar system in your car and offers location-based services, such as a GPS parking reminder and vehicle reference material. The MyLink app also features a searchable database of warning lights, dashboard indicator lights and a variety of commonly searched features from the owner’s manual.

The myChevrolet app takes things a step further. Working in conjunction with the OnStar app, the myChevrolet application allows you to lock or unlock the doors, start the engine and access a wealth of diagnostic information. The app allows you to see fuel level, remaining oil life and current tire pressure.

These features aren’t just for Chevy owners either; the app is available for Buick, GMC and Cadillac models, as well, in the form of myBuick, myGMC and myCadillac. All of the apps are available as a free download from the phone’s respective app marketplace. The full details are available in GM’s press blast, after the jump.
[Source: General Motors]

SEMA Savini wheels booth

This is what happens at SEMA: you’re strolling the aisles minding your own business, you turn your head and then a cluster of mighty malicious metal rocks you like a pow! straight out of vintage Batman. Holy Toledo! In this case it was the Savini Wheels booth, loaded up with a sedan and four coupes that should be parked outside the Legion of Doom. A  Rolls -Royce Ghost inscribed with the ominous phrase "The Omen Machine" (probably meant for Lex Luthor), sits among a Lamborguini Murcielago with white-carbon-fiber-accented rims, Mercedes SLS, Bentley Continental GT  and aFerrariu 458  on a delicious set of spokes.

We couldn’t get any more information on the cars or wheels because the hall wasn’t open yet… but what more do you need? Beastly cars for bad, bad men are in the high-res gallery below.

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Platinum Motorsport Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG

Platinum Motorsports SL65 AMG at Continental’s SEMA booth – Click above for hiigh-res image gallery

The Mercedez-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series isn’t short in the tooth, but gussied up correctly it can still make a worthy meal for the autophile – even when it’s dressed in everybody’s-doin’-it matte gray. Continental tire’s booth, showcasing its ExtremeContact DW and ExtremeContact DWS rubber, had this light-eating creature from Platinum Motorsports glaring from the corner. ‘Roided-up skirts and splitters with carbon fiber trimmings abound, and every transparent plane has been remedied by the liberal application of tints. We’d buy that for it for a dollar, no doubt.

There was something else under covers that we’ll be bringing you later. For now, the SL65 AMG was left to preside over a back-up band consisting of a Bentley Continental GT, a Maybach as black as the intergalactic void itself, and a BMW racer with a set of slick slicks. Enjoy the view in the galleries below.

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2009 Mazda MX-5 Miata

2009 Mazda MX-5 
 Mazda is hard at work on the next-generation MX-5. We know the automaker has set a target weight of 2,200 pounds for the forthcoming roadster, and it plans to keep weight distribution at the magic 50/50 figure. A new report from Autocar, however, reveals a bit more information about what’s in store for the new MX-5.

Mazda showed off a concept vehicle back in 2003, called the Ibuki, that previewed the styling of the current generation car and many believed that was all it revealed. However, the Ibuki concept featured a twin-backbone frame that can be found in the current Mazda RX-8. This layout allows for vital components, such as the powertrain, gas tank and exhaust system, to be placed between the front and rear axle. The twin-backbone setup also enables the automaker to produce an open-top car with the rigidity of a fixed-roof vehicle. If the next-generation MX-5 receives these updates, it will allow Mazda to take its iconic two-seater to new heights.

Takao Kajima, who was in charge of the suspension on the first generation car and then promoted to program manager for the second, says:

"The MX-5 must always be lightweight sports. The car has got bigger and heavier over the past decade, but it’s now time to reverse the process and get back to basics."

Those words are pure symphony to the ears of Miata owners around the world. As for what Mazda is planning for the next-gen MX-5, consider us on the edge of our seat.

Gallery: Mazda MX-5 Miata

The R/T version of the reworked Dodge Charger peeped out from under the covers at SEMA long enough for us to grab a few shots, showing Dodge gaining supremacy in the race for fake ducts.

   

Neiman Marcus 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Neiman Marcus 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible
Behold one of the quickest-selling special edition vehicles in General Motors history – the Neiman Marcus 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible  A total of 100 models just like the one you see above sold in a scant three minutes, which is nothing short of astounding given the vehicle’s lofty $75,000 price tag. With its show-car quality metallic purple paint (GM calls it Deep Bordeaux), unique red-trimmed wheels and high-end interior, the droptop is likely to be the nicest Camaro to roll out of Detroit anytime soon.

Don’t let anyone tell you that exclusivity isn’t worth something.

The Neiman Marcus 2011 Chevrolet Camaro Convertible is laying the groundwork for the production model, which is slated to land next year with a more manageable MSRP of around $30,000.

2010 Audi A3 TDI

2010 Audi A3 TDI – Diesel is slowly making an impression here in the United States and Audi has been paying attention. Parent company Volkswagen has been selling a steady stream of diesels for many years, and the enthusiasm for the oil-burners has filtered up into the luxury segment. By 2015, Audi plans to have a diesel variant available for every volume product in its lineup.

This means we still won’t see a production R8 V12 TDI, but it does mean we can look forward to seeing the A4 , A6, A8 and Q5  with TDI variants. Currently, the A3 and Q7  are the only US Audis available with diesel engines. You’ve no doubt seen rolling past you as you stop for gas, since the diesel version now accounts for nearly half of all A3 sales. 40 percent of Q7s have the diesel engine under the hood, and Audi is having trouble keeping either model in stock.

Automakers face stricter fuel economy targets in the coming years, and one way to improve their lineups’ mile-per-gallon figures is by adding diesel versions across the entire range. Audi believes that by 2015, diesels will make up 20 percent of the U.S. sales volume – a vast improvement over the current 5.5 percent.


Chevrolet Camaro SSX Concept

Chevrolet Camaro
 Chevrolet has made it clear that the company has a strong interest in helping owners get the most out of vehicles like the Corvette and the Camaro on a race track. While the epic Covette Z06X Concept was seemingly envisioned as the Bow Tie answer to the Dodge Viper ACR-X, Chevrolet is showing the Camaro similar love via the SSX Concept. The car makes use of a host of carbon fiber in places like the trunk lid, hood, fenders and doors to keep weight as low as possible, and while the company isn’t saying exactly how many pounds it managed to shed compared to the standard SS, we’ve got to imagine that the figure is far from insubstantial.

In addition to putting the Camaro on a diet, Chevrolet also took it upon itself to play havoc with the 6.2-liter under the hood by bolting on tricks like new CNC aluminum cylinder heads, sliding in a new camshaft and swapping in a dry-sump oil system. Make no mistake, with around 524 horsepower on tap, this dog will hunt. Hit the jump for the full press blast.

Chevrolet Corvette Z06X Concept

Chevrolet Corvette Z06X Concept
 Chevrolet was kind enough to give us a sneak sampling of what the company has planned for SEMA 2010, and the star of the show looks to be the car you see above. Called the  Corvette Z06X, the bruiser is effectively a race-ready behemoth with a host of suspension tweaks and a slew of weight-reducing materials on board. Built by the Corvette legends at Pratt and Miller, this Satin White machine started its life as a Z06  with the CFZ carbon-fiber package. Throw in an adjustable rear wing borrowed straight from the C6R along with a full SCCA roll cage and you’ve got the bones for go-fast trackday goodness.

Les éléctions sont finies et les Impôts ?

 The Elections Are Over: What About Taxes?

Nov. 2 2010 – 5:28 pm
Voting booth 

Operating without a net, I am writing this prior to the polls closing (not to mention the counting of absentee ballots and of course recounts).   The number one activity in D.C. for tax folks is trying to figure out what is going to happen after the elections in regards to taxes.   I thought it useful to tell you not only what may happen but also why certain things  may or may not happen. 

Let’s start first with the known.  The Democrats are going to have a night that is somewhere between bad (lose the House) and absolutely awful (lose 8 or more Senate seats, lose the House badly — 55+ seats, dog eats salsa and gets sick).  The  unknown is what will be the President’s reaction to all this — will he seek to move to the middle or will he “stay the course.”  The L.A. Times is reporting that the President has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon — that should hopefully give a strong indication of whether the toast falls butter up or down.  In someways everything else discussed below is based on whether the President engages the new Congress or not.

Lame Duck

First a background point on lame duck.  Recall that there are four Senate seats that are to fill a position of an appointed Senator – Colorado, Delaware,  Illinois and W Virginia.  As I understand it, because those are elections to complete a term of office (not a new term of office) the winners of those elections will fill that seat immediately — i.e. they will be seated in lame duck.  The Republicans have the wind blowing somewhat their way in Colorado and Illinois in the most recent polls (see realclearpolitics.com), a close race with the Democrat ahead in West Virginia and the Democrat is way ahead in Delaware.  My prediction the Republicans will have at least two additional Senators in lame duck – making for a 57-43 lame duck Senate.  This makes it all the more difficult for the Senate Democrat leadership to try to force the hard hand — keeping their members together and picking off the needed Republicans to get to 60.   

Second, a general point — from discussions with folks on the Hill there is not much sentiment for doing anything regarding tax in a lame duck.  Having been there both as windshield and bug after big elections the first reaction is folks are usually pretty stunned (not to mention the zombie factor of a lot of elected officials wandering around who just lost) and after the shock wears off (and grinding of teeth) there comes a sense (for good or bad) to leave the mess to the next crew coming in as a lovely housewarming gift.  

AMT and Extenders:  If the Congress was going to do anything regarding tax these would probably be the easiest tax matters to deal with in lame duck.   Everyone on both sides loves tax extenders and AMT is a given.  The fight is about offsets.  Chairman Baucus has already white-flagged on the S Corporation tax increase  —  that I first highlighted in a previous column.  That leaves the other contentious revenue raiser of  carried interest — aka the weather tax — everyone likes to talk about it but no one ever does anything about it.  I expect that the carried interest as currently drafted will be signficantly watered down, delayed or discarded if there is any lame duck deal.   If the Democrats would agree to half a loaf (some revenue raisers that partially offset the extenders and AMT and that don’t raise red flags to the Republicans) then these two items could get done in lameduck.  I could also see a clean one-year AMT/extender package with no offsets as the last train out before members leave for Thanksgiving/Christmas. 

The Bush Tax Cuts:  The Democrats have been in the balloon float exercise lately — putting out ideas of allowing all the tax cuts to stay in place (for an unstated period of time) except for those making over $1 million or alternatively that they would provide a permanent (or five-year) extension of all the Bush tax cuts for households making less than 250k and a one-year extension for those making more than 250k (the “decoupling” strategy).   These political gambits will not survive the impact of the election results.  The Republicans will insist on a clean extension for everyone (my guess is for two years). 

Solving the Bush tax cut problem in lame duck will be a tall order.   The Democrats don’t have the votes to force their proposals (and to seek to do so in the face of the election results seems unlikely),  Alternatively, it would be hard cheese for Democrats (many who will be turning in their Congressional parking passes) to have to vote for the Republican proposal.  

The delay in enacting tax legislation has the very real problem of potentially reducing the amount of dollars in paychecks for working families who are struggling enough already (as the withholding tables are adjusted to reflect the new-higher tax rates).  Not only would the smaller paycheck hurt families but it would also have a significant negative impact on the economy (and yes, for tax professionals a journey of hell dealing with filing season, withholding, etc.). 

However, readers should know that there is a growing consensus that Treasury/IRS has the authority to not change the withholding tables IF there is strong indication from elected officials that there will not be an increase in taxes.

This authority by Treasury/IRS to not change withholding tables points to what may be the likely path for taxes:  Little to nothing done in lame duck for the reasons mentioned above.  However — if the President does indicate a willingness to work with Congress on Wednesday – negotiations could begin now with the new House Republican leadership and Senate Democrats and Republicans on a consensus tax package (most likely — a two year extension of all Bush tax cuts as well as additional items favored by the President such as a payroll tax holiday and expensing). 

For these discussions to succeed the President will need to recognize the results of the election and work with Republicans AND the Republicans will also need to be gracious in victory and bear in mind that the President is still the President and that they need to work with him (including a payroll holiday being an example).   A consensus tax package would be announced hopefully very quickly (giving consumers confidence going into the holiday shopping season) and then enacted in January when the new Congress is seated.   

We will see — readers should bear foremost in mind that the outlook on taxes is a very wide open situation (although I think certain scenarios can be ruled out) and much will depend on the President’s response to the elections.

L’Empire du Dragon est le outsider présidence française

L’Empire du Dragon (La Chine), est le outsider de la présidence française du G20

Accord militaire Franco-Britannique « historique »

Sarkozy et le Premier Ministre Britannique Cameron concluent un accord militaire "historique"

 

En vertu du second traité, les deux pays simuleront à partir de 2014 le fonctionnement de leur arsenal nucléaire dans un même laboratoire, implanté près de Dijon, dans le centre-est de la France. Parallèlement, un centre de recherche sera ouvert aux spécialistes des deux pays, dans le sud-est de l’Angleterre.

Le président français Nicolas Sarkozy et le Premier ministre britannique David Cameron ont inauguré mardi à Londres un partenariat "historique" en matière de défense, qui prévoit la création d’une force militaire conjointe et d’un laboratoire d’essais nucléaires commun.

"Aujourd’hui, nous ouvrons un nouveau chapitre" dans nos relations, a déclaré M. Cameron lors d’une conférence de presse conjointe peu après avoir paraphé avec M. Sarkozy deux traités lors d’un bref sommet bilatéral à Londres.

Les accords, d’une ampleur inédite, sont un "fait historique qui va nous permettre de réaliser un certain nombre d’économies", a souligné M. Sarkozy. M. Cameron a de son côté évoqué des "centaines de millions de livres d’économies", sans plus de précisions.

Soulignant la volonté des deux pays de travailler "main dans la main", le président français a estimé que "toutes les conditions sont réunies pour une relation absolument exceptionnelle entre la Grande-Bretagne et la France", jugeant qu’il existait dorénavant entre les deux pays "un niveau de confiance jamais égalé dans l’Histoire".

L’un des traités signés mardi prévoit la création d’une force militaire conjointe de plusieurs milliers d’hommes, mobilisable pour des opérations extérieures bilatérales ou sous drapeaux de l’OTAN, de l’ONU ou de l’Union européenne.

En vertu du second traité, les deux pays simuleront à partir de 2014 le fonctionnement de leur arsenal nucléaire dans un même laboratoire, implanté près de Dijon, dans le centre-est de la France. Parallèlement, un centre de recherche sera ouvert aux spécialistes des deux pays, dans le sud-est de l’Angleterre.

"Nous considérons que l’effort de sécurité ne doit pas être relâché dans le monde dangereux qui est le nôtre", a souligné M. Sarkozy. "Au moment où certains disent que l’Europe souffre d’un certain rétrécissement stratégique, nous montrons, Anglais et Français, que ce n’est pas le cas", s’est-il félicité. "On ne résoudra pas les problèmes du XXIe siècle avec les idées du XXe", a-t-il encore fait remarquer.

"Aujourd’hui, je suis très heureux de pouvoir dire que contrairement aux apparences, les montres de la France et de l’Angleterre marquent strictement la même heure", a lancé M. Sarkozy. "Je sais bien qu’il y a la Manche entre nous, mais nos valeurs sont les mêmes", a-t-il asséné.

David Cameron a quant à lui souligné que "la Grande-Bretagne et la France étaient des partenaires naturels" mais qu’ils entendaient "rester des nations souveraines", en réponse aux nombreuses inquiétudes qui sont apparues au Royaume-Uni sur la souveraineté militaire britannique.

"Il ne s’agit pas d’une armée européenne", a promis M. Cameron, dont le parti conservateur est encore largement eurosceptique. "Il ne s’agit pas de partager notre pouvoir de dissuasion nucléaire. La Grande-Bretagne et la France sont et seront toujours des nations souveraines capables de déployer leurs forces armées de manière indépendante et dans nos intérêts nationaux quand nous décidons de le faire", a-t-il poursuivi.

Renault-Nissan s’installent en Russie !

Renault-Nissan rentrent en Russieen  partenariat avec le constructeur russe d’Avtovaz

AFP – publié le 02/11/2010 à 13:57

Poutine donne le feu vert à Renault-Nissan dans le capital du constructeur russe.

Des employés d’Avtovaz, dans une usine en Russie.
Denis Sinyakov / Reuters

Le Premier ministre russe Vladimir Poutine a indiqué mardi n’être pas opposé à ce que l’alliance Renault-Nissan prenne le contrôle du constructeur automobile russe Avtovaz, a indiqué le patron de l’alliance, Carlos Ghosn, cité par les agences russes.

"Le Premier ministre a indiqué qu’il n’était pas opposé, mais qu’il était d’accord, pour que la part de Renault Nissan (dans Avtovaz) soit élargie, et qu’elle puisse atteindre 50%", a-t-il déclaré, après une rencontre à Moscou avec le Premier ministre. L’alliance franco-japonaise deviendrait ainsi l’actionnaire largement majoritaire du constructeur russe.

Actuellement, le japonais Nissan ne détient pas de part dans le Russe, dont les principaux actionnaires sont, outre Renault (25% plus une action), le conglomérat russe Rostekhnologuii (25,1%) et la banque d’investissemnt Troïka Dialog (25%), selon le dernier rapport d’activité disponible d’Avtovaz. "Bien sûr, nous réagissons de manière positive à cette demande", a ajouté M. Ghosn, précisant avoir répondu à M. Poutine que Renault-Nissan allait "étudier cette possibilité avec les autres actionnaires d’Avtovaz, à savoir Rostekhnologuii et Troïka Dialog".

"Pour Renault-Nissan, c’est absolument logique et nous comprenons cette demande. Nous allons étudier cette possibilité avec plaisir", a renchéri M. Ghosn. De son côté, Vladimir Poutine a indiqué, cité par les agences russes, "saluer" une éventuelle hausse des parts de l’Alliance dans Avtovaz. "Nous saluons la possibilité d’élargissement de votre participation dans le capital de la compagnie" Avtovaz, a déclaré Vladimir Poutine à Carlos Ghosn.

La semaine dernière, Carlos Ghosn avait fait part à la chaîne russe Russia Today d’un éventuel rachat des 25% de la banque d’investissement Troïka Dialog dans Avtovaz, précisant toutefois qu’aucune décision concrète n’avait été prise. Renault a acquis en février 2008 25% plus une action dans Avtovaz pour un milliard de dollars. Mais le fabricant des célèbres Lada a entre-temps été pris au piège de la crise économique mondiale et s’est retrouvé confronté à une dette colossale.

Le patron de Rostekhnologuii Sergueï Tchemezov a par ailleurs réitéré mardi la possibilité qu’il vende à Renault-Nissan 4% d’Avtovaz, issus d’une augmentation de capital, annoncée en juillet et qui devrait faire grimper la part du conglomérat à 29%. "Il n’y aucune raison pour que Rostekhnologuii détienne plus de 25% (dans Avtovaz), c’est pourquoi nous avons un partenaire stratégique en la personne de l’alliance (Renault-Nissan), avec lequel nous coopérons, et si il a l’intention d’élargir sa part, nous sommes prêt à soutenir cela", a déclaré M.Tchemezov, selon les agences.

Le Yémen devient un 2ème Afghanistan !

 

Le Yémen a annoncé hier un renforcement draconien des mesures de sécurité dans ses aéroports après la découverte à Dubaï et en Grande-Bretagne de colis piégés par Al-Qaïda, prêts à exploser, en provenance de Sanaa. Une unité spéciale chargée de la protection des aéroports sera créée et des mesures de fouille exceptionnelles seront pratiquées sur toutes les cargaisons quittant les aéroports yéménites. Parallèlement, Washington a décidé d’envoyer au Yémen des experts pour améliorer la sécurité du fret aérien : ils auront notamment pour tâche de fournir une formation et des équipements aux agents de sécurité de l’aéroport de Sanaa chargés d’examiner le fret à destination des Etats-Unis. Face à la menace sur le transport aérien, l’Allemagne a décidé d’interdire les vols passagers en provenance du Yémen. Elle a ainsi étendu l’interdiction qu’elle avait décidée dès samedi concernant les vols de fret, à l’instar de la France et de la Grande-Bretagne. Le Royaume-Uni a d’ailleurs étendu à la Somalie de la suspension des vols fret déjà en vigueur pour le Yémen, évoquant des « contacts possibles entre Al-Qaïda au Yémen et des organisations terroristes en Somalie ».

Concernant l’enquête, les autorités yéménites ont arrêté « de nouveaux suspects » et ont dans le même temps relâché une partie des employés des compagnies de transport aérien FedEx et UPS, arrêtés samedi. La première acheminait le colis découvert à Dubaï, la seconde celui trouvé en Grande-Bretagne dans un avion cargo de sa compagnie. Certains employés demeurent néanmoins encore en détention et sont soumis à des interrogatoires. De plus en plus de responsables militaires et de l’administration Obama jugent nécessaire que certaines équipes des forces spéciales américaines chargées d’éliminer des insurgés au Yémen passent sous le contrôle de la CIA, rapportait le Wall Street Journal d’hier. A Londres, le nouveau chef d’état-major britannique, le général David Richards, prévient que le Yémen « ne doit » pas devenir un nouvel Afghanistan, où sont actuellement déployés plus de 150.000 soldats étrangers, écartant l’hypothèse d’une intervention militaire dans ce pays.