ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2011
Republicans concede any debate will be short-lived
Queen’s visit leaves Aussie republic a distant dream
SYDNEY, Oct 11, (RTRS): When spired against Australia’s republicans. ding and we will see it during the royal “It is completely off the public agen- Australians met in Sydney to form the said Day. “The Gillard government has
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth arrives in And republicans know there is no visit. There is great affection for the da,” said Flint. “The republican politi- Australian Republican Movement. On a its back to the wall and it appears the vot-
Australia next week, protocol says she appetite to put the issue back on the queen,” said Professor David Flint, head cians say they want a plebiscite. They wet and miserable night in Sydney in ers have stopped listening.”
should be addressed as Queen of national agenda. of Australians for Constitutional won’t get it.” July, many of the same people held a 20th Australia’s royal love affair
Australia — something that will grate An opinion poll this week revealed Monarchy (ACM). If opinion polls are correct, then anniversary dinner.
with republicans who want to sever ties support for the monarchy had risen to 55 After their 1999 defeat, republicans Gillard will be ousted at the next election It was a “sodden night when only fools During Queen Elizabeth’s 1963
with Britain and appoint an Australian percent of the population, while support thought they were given a second chance in 2013 in favour of conservative opposi- and fanatics would venture out, 150 rust- Australian royal tour, then Prime
president. for a republic was at its lowest level in 23 when Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd tion leader Tony Abbott, a staunch ed-on believers in an Australian republic Minister Sir Robert Menzies said: “I did
The royal tour, possibly the queen’s years at 34 percent. was elected in 2007, promising another monarchist. If that is the case, the earliest gathered for an evening of warm reminis- but see her passing by, and yet I love her
last to Australia given her 85 years and “Politicians on both sides say they plebiscite on a republic. republicans can expect another vote cence”, founding member Mark Day till I die.”
the long distance from Buckingham believe in a republic but none of them is But Rudd was toppled in a 2010 party would be after the 2016 election, and wrote of the event. For most, Queen Elizabeth is the only
Palace, will reignite debate on whether confident of its electoral appeal to bring it room coup by current Labor Prime only if a republican is prime minister. “But the warmth could not hide the monarch they have known and the emo-
the nation should become a republic. forward,” said Mike Keating, chairman Minister Julia Gillard, and although a bleak reality. We held a party, few came tional connection resonates with many,
Australia is a constitutional monarchy, of the Australian Republic Movement. republican, she heads a minority govern- Republicans-in-waiting and fewer noticed,” said Day. especially older, Australians.
with the British monarch its head of state “It makes me feel personally, and the ment struggling to survive and has no Australians have fought alongside Day recalled the black humour talk of Monarchist Jai Martinkovits, 24, says
who acts in predominately a ceremonial republican movement generally, a bit desire to raise the divisive republican issue. Britain in every major war, but there has treason and sedition when the movement many young Australians also have a soft
manner but has the power to approve the despondent about the state of Australian Gillard, like many republicans, now always been an anti-British streak run- was formed, the optimism in the 1990s spot for the queen, just like they would
abolition of parliament, which happened politics.” says Australia will not become a republic ning through the country. that a republic would be formed, and how their grandmother, and now a growing
in 1975 toppling the then government. In contrast, Australia’s monarchists, until Queen Elizabeth dies, such is the Gold miners staged the failed Eureka the nation’s “heart was broken” when the affinity with the young royals, like Prince
But republicans concede any debate who defeated a national vote to become a affection for the queen in Australia. stockade rebellion against British taxa- republic vote was lost. William, Kate and Harry.
will be short lived and their dream of an republic in 1999, are giddy with excite- Keating says “it’s essentially just put- tion in 1854. During a royal visit in 1868, “Twenty years on from the original “The young royals are huge in raising
Australian republic and president will ment about Queen Elizabeth’s 16th ting the issue off”, while monarchists say Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Alfred, was push and a dozen on from the referen- awareness about what this institution is
remain just that — for many years to “Down Under” royal tour. no future government would dare raise shot in an assassination attempt as he pic- dum, when will the time be right to have and why it is relevant. I think with that
come. “The magic of monarchy still has a the issue in the wake of a royal funeral or nicked on Bondi Beach. another go? Certainly not now. There is a will flow further support for the monar-
Time, politics and apathy have all con- place and we saw that at the royal wed- coronation. Twenty years ago, a small band of toxic mood in public affairs at present,” chy,” he said.
a strike by a customs union shut ports and Nobel peace (prize) and we will not
Talks set halted vessel traffic. rest...we will not rest until the butcher is
Kuwait is one of the top five OPEC tried,” they chanted.
Continued from Page 1 producers and accounted for about 7.7 Calls by the Yemenis for an interven-
percent of the group’s overall crude out- tion by the United Nations have increased
Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister put in 2010, Reuters data showed. in the lead-up to UN Yemen envoy Jamal
Ali Akbar Salehi on Tuesday expressed “This will be a supportive factor for Benomar’s report to the Security Council
optimism over the future of relations with oil, but I don’t think it will be serious planned for later Tuesday.
Kuwait. because it is still easy to get crude from
“Kuwait is a friend and both of our other parts of the world,” Newedge’s
peoples converge. We have always had
good relations and there are opportunities
Hasegawa said. Hint of
In another development, the govern-
for these relations to improve,” he told ment of Kuwait categorically rejected
Kuwaiti state radio. Continued from Page 1
Monday strikes organized by state
Salehi, who was visiting Kuwait to employees and their consequent harm of the United States and Europe.”
attend the Tenth Asian Cooperation interests of citizens and the country as a Others noted differences between Arab
Dialogue, added that keenness was whole, asserting it would not consider protesters and US protesters, branded by
expressed by both His Highness the Amir any demand while strikes or threatening one Republican presidential candidate as
of Kuwait and the Iranian leadership “to to stage strikes take place. “anti-American” and so jealousy-ridden
remove any obstacles that stand in the The government, meeting under chair- that they wanted to “take somebody
path of improving these relations.” manship of His Highness the Prime else’s ... Cadillac”.
See Also Page 3 Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al- “The Arab protests started with
Ahmad Al-Sabah, underscored that any requests for reform but quickly trans-
demand by the state employees could be formed into demands for governments to
Oil moves, discussed but through legal channels and leave, or at least their leaders,” said
dialogue. Abdulaziz al-Uwaisheg, columnist in
Saudi daily al-Watan. “The American
Continued from Page 1 Minister of State for Cabinet Affairs
protest is against specific policies ... It did
Mina Saud, otherwise known as Mina Al- Ali Al-Rashed, in a statement after the
cabinet meeting, said demands by state not ask to change the government.”
Zour, according to the US Energy Spanish media have devoted daily cov-
Information Administration. employees would be discussed through
“calm dialogue” which achieved “fair- erage to Occupy Wall Street, dubbing
Investors kept a close eye on the strike participants “Indignados in Manhattan”,
and were watching for any supply disrup- ness and justice.” The cabinet called on
all government employees to translate the with left-leaning newspapers saying the
tion from Kuwait, but the physical market US protesters were inspired by Spain’s
impact was largely muted. meaning of belonging to Kuwait and be
responsible through placing higher inter- Libyan fighters enter the battle zone against forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in the city of Sirte on Oct 10, in a drive to own disenchanted youth-led grouping.
Refiners in Asia have not reported any control Gaddafi’s hometown after a month-long siege. (AFP) “Occupy Wall Street is one more
major delays or disruptions in their ship- est of the state above any other consider-
ation, he said. branch of a global movement,” said
ments. Veronica Garcia, a 40-year-old lawyer
Kuwait’s government was headed on a The cabinet, said Al-Rashed, formed a
team headed by deputy prime minister involved in the Spanish demonstrations.
collision course with labour unions
Tuesday. and interior minister, and authorized it to Abdulmutallab acting as own lawyer While Spain’s “Indignados” have
take all necessary measures to run the poured much of their anger so far on
Tensions escalated after the govern- politicians, Garcia said Saturday’s
country to fill gaps caused by strikes.
ment formed a special team headed by
the interior minister to counter the effects
of the strike and ensure the smooth deliv-
This team, he explained, could use the
service of whoever it sees suitable either
Airline attack suspect sought martyrdom Madrid march was likely to focus more
ery of public services. from in or outside Kuwait to carry out DETROIT, Oct 11, (AP): A young show jurors where things happened on in the courtroom.
The team has been authorised to seek
duties in an appropriate manner.
The teams will have members from the
Nigerian allegedly on a terrorist mis- the plane. Chambers will grill most of the gov- Chocolate cuts
assistance from within Kuwait and sion for al-Qaeda prayed, washed and Opening statements began after an ernment’s witnesses and persuaded
custom department, civil service com- put on perfume moments before trying unexplained 70-minute recess request- Abdulmutallab to let him give the
abroad to fulfil its mandate, according to mission, Kuwait ports authority, Kuwait Continued from Page 1
an official statement issued following a to detonate a bomb in his underwear to ed by Abdulmutallab and his attorney, opening defense statement later
Petroleum Corporation, Ministry of bring down an international jetliner on Anthony Chambers, shortly after they Tuesday. The result is likely to be a The results add to a growing body of
cabinet meeting. defense and national guards. evidence linking cocoa consumption to
In response, Kuwait Labour Unions Christmas 2009, a prosecutor told entered the courtroom. more focused defense and not a wild
jurors as the man’s trial opened Abdulmutallab, 24, came to court justification for trying to bring down heart health, but they aren’t a free pass to
called for an emergency meeting gorge on chocolate.
Wednesday to “form a united front to face
government repression of labour strikes,”
Kuwait officially Tuesday.
Virtually everyone aboard
wearing a dashiki, an African gown,
and black skull cap and was silent as he
the Amsterdam-to-Detroit flight.
Abdulmutallab has written a few “Given the observational design of the
Northwest Airlines Flight 253 had hol- settled at the defense table. court filings in his own hand, including study, findings of this study cannot prove
according to a statement by the union. that it’s chocolate that lowers the risk of
Opposition MPs meanwhile lent their Continued from Page 1 iday plans, but Umar Farouk Before the recess, Chambers asked a request to be judged by Islamic law.
Abdulmutallab believed his calling the judge to ban the word “bomb” or He has at times appeared agitated in stroke,” said Susanna Larsson from
support to the striking workers and Meanwhile Kosovo’s foreign minister Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, in an
warned the government against intimidat- also says Kuwait has recognized was martyrdom, Assistant US Attorney “explosive” from being used in the trial court, declaring that Osama bin Laden
Jonathan Tukel said. until final arguments, saying it’s up to and a radical Muslim cleric recently email to Reuters Health.
ing those who are demanding their rights. Kosovo’s 2008 declaration of independ- While she believes chocolate has
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, opposi- ence from Serbia. In the plane’s bathroom, “he was the jury to decide what caused the killed by the US are alive. He also has
engaging in rituals. He was preparing smoke and fire. objected to trial testimony from experts health benefits, she also warned that eat-
tion MP Musallam Al-Barrak warned the Enver Hoxhaj told The Associated ing too much of it could be counterpro-
interior minister against using the army Press by telephone from Kuwait on to die and enter heaven,” Tukel said. “I’m going to deny that motion. ... It who will talk about al-Qaeda and mar-
“He purified himself. He washed. He makes no sense whatsoever,” US tyrdom. ductive.
or the national guard to replace the strik- Tuesday that the decision was timed to “Chocolate should be consumed in
ing workers. match his visit. He said it also follows a brushed his teeth. He put on perfume. District Judge Nancy Edmunds said. The government’s evidence is
He was praying and perfuming himself Edmunds also told Detroit-area stacked high. moderation as it is high in calories, fat
Another MP, Ali Al-Deqbasi, said the visit by senior Kuwaiti officials to and sugar. As dark chocolate contains
strike was justified. Kosovo earlier this week. to get ready to die.” attorney Kurt Haskell to leave the Abdulmutallab was badly burned in
After returning to his seat, courtroom before opening statements a plane full of witnesses. The govern- more cocoa and less sugar than milk
At a press conference Tuesday, Foreign Hoxhaj is on a tour of the region that chocolate, consumption of dark chocolate
Minister Sheikh Mohammed Al-Sabah included a stop in the United Arab Abdulmutallab pushed a small plunger began because he could be called as a ment says he told FBI agents he was
on the chemical bomb in his under- defense witness. He was a passenger working for al Qaeda and directed by would be more beneficial.”
described the situation as “dangerous” Emirates; he is also to visit Iraq.
and said the strike must be confronted Kosovo is majority Muslim, but so far wear, an action that produced a “pop,” on Flight 253 and believes the US gov- Anwar al-Alwaki, a radical, American- See Also Page 36
“firmly and decisively.” Arab countries have hesitated from rec- the prosecutor told jurors. ernment conspired with Abdulmutallab born Muslim cleric recently killed by
“The strike is still on and we will con- ognizing Kosovo’s independence because The bomb didn’t work as planned
but Abdulmutallab was engulfed in
to outfit him with a fake bomb.
Abdulmutallab is acting as his own
the US in Yemen. There are photos of
his scorched shorts as well as video of
tinue until our demands are fully met,” of Serbia’s lobbying.
Fahhad Al-Ajmi, board member of the More than 80 countries have recog- flames, said Tukel, who displayed the lawyer. But he is relying on Chambers Abdulmutallab explaining his suicide
nized Kosovo as a state, but Serbia has flight’s seating chart on a screen to to handle the minute-by-minute work mission before departing for the US. Continued from Page 1
customs trade union, told AFP.
Ajmi said that movement at Kuwait’s vowed to stop it from gaining interna- and cosmologist Stephen Hawking.
four border exit points with Saudi Arabia tional recognition. Experiments should fall into the broad cate-
and Iraq, three commercial seaports and gories of physics or biology. (AFP)
erosclerosis and thereby lead to future pation or incitement. on Tuesday as they moved in for the kill ❑ ❑ ❑
the only international airport, were death from cardiovascular diseases,” said against the strongman’s remaining
“severely affected” and only humanitari- 2 Iranians charged Lars Lind, professor at the Department of
diehards. WASHINGTON: Defying Chinese anger
an cases were allowed. Medical Sciences, Uppsala University. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plans National Transitional Council (NTC) and White House warnings, the US Senate
As many as 1,000 trucks loaded with Continued from Page 1 Industrialized nations tend to have the to create a new constitution, a top ruling fighters were also gearing for a fresh was set Tuesday to approve legislation to
fruits, vegetables and other goods most cases of cardiovascular disease, of party official said on Tuesday, as China onslaught on the desert town of Bani punish China for alleged currency manipu-
“remained stranded at the border posts,” both originally from Iran — in the crimi- joined long-time ally Russia in pressing lation widely blamed here for costing
nal complaint unsealed in federal court in which hardened arteries is a major cause. Walid, another remaining bastion of
Ajmi said, adding that only passenger Risk factors include high fat diets, smok- for prompt reforms in a country riven by forces loyal to the ousted dictator. American jobs.
vehicles were inspected by customs offi- New York City. a deadly crackdown on anti-regime pro- The proposal, powered by a tide of US
Arbabsiar, a naturalized US citizen, ing, diabetes and high blood pressure. In Sirte, jubilant NTC combatants cele-
cers. testers. voter frustration at a sour economy and high
was arrested in late September. Shakuri is Even though many pollutants are now brated the takeover of the strategic police unemployment ahead of November 2012
Kuwait pumps around 2.9 million bar- regulated or banned worldwide, they can The death toll, already topping 2,900, building, which they found to be deserted.
rels per day which generate an income still at large. according to UN calculations, rose fur- elections, envisions retaliatory duties on
The plot was disrupted by the Federal linger in the environment for decades, They ransacked the complex and Chinese exports if the value of the yuan is
that makes up around 94 percent of pub- said co-author Monica Lind, associate ther on Tuesday, with a young man shot destroyed posters of the fugitive Gaddafi unfairly “misaligned.” (AFP)
lic revenues. Bureau of Investigation and Drug
professor at the Institute of dead in the central city of Homs and that they found inside.
Ajmi insisted that “oil exports will be Enforcement Administration.
another man dying of wounds sustained ❑ ❑ ❑
US officials said one overarching Environmental Medicine at Karolinska The building’s rooftop offers a
hit severely within the coming few days
question is whether elements of the Institutet. there a day earlier, activists said. panoramic view of the whole city, with FRANKFURT: Abu Dhabi sovereign
and could lead to a halt in production” if Mohammed Said Bkheitan, a senior the seaside 300-400 metres (yards) to the wealth fund Aabar Investments appeared to
the strike is not resolved. Iranian government were behind the plot. cut its stake in Daimler nearly in half in
official in the ruling Baath party, said
He claimed that about six to seven oil Court documents identified Shakuri as a
member of the Quds Force, a branch of
Egypt rulers Assad will “decide within two days the
north and the massive Ouagadougou con-
ference centre, captured on Sunday, sever- July, dropping just below the 5 percent
tankers have been barred from sailing out creation of a committee to prepare a new threshold only to now say that the cause was
the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard al kms (miles) to the south. a legal technicality.
of Kuwait since Monday because cus- Continued from Page 1 constitution.” In contrast to Monday, when NTC
Corps. According to a regulatory disclosure by
toms officers refused to give them the Shakuri approved the plan to try to kill then broke out between Muslims backing The committee will complete its work forces were pounded with rockets and
necessary clearance to leave. the German carmaker, Aabar informed
the Saudi ambassador during telephone riot police and soldiers on one side, and by year end, with the new document gunfire as they battled Gaddafi loyalists Daimler earlier on Tuesday that it owned
Head of the Customs Department, conversations with Arbabsiar, the com- requiring a two-thirds approval of the street by street, they met no resistance on barely less than 5 percent of the company’s
Ibrahim Al-Ghanem on Monday called Christians and some Muslims on the
plaint said. other side. Forensic reports showed many Assad-dominated parliament and then Tuesday as they edged into the city centre. stock on July 8. (RTRS)
on workers to end their strike with a being submitted to a referendum, An advance force of about 30 fighters
promise from Finance Minister Mustafa
In July and August, Arbabsiar paid of the deaths were caused by armored ❑ ❑ ❑
$100,000 to a DEA informant for the vehicles that ran down protesters, or by Bkheitan was quoted by the pro-govern- checked each house as they moved for-
Al-Shamali to meet their demands but the murder of Saudi ambassador Adel Al- ment Al-Watan newspaper as saying. ward from the city’s east, kicking in doors GENEVA: Actress and UN Goodwill
employees refused. gunshots. Ambassador Angelina Jolie was in Libya
Jubeir, court documents said. Security officials said at least three sol- In Beijing, China urged Syria on and covering each other against possible
Ajmi said that fresh appeals were made Tuesday to move faster to implement on Tuesday for a visit to help agencies
Arbabsiar was arrested late last month diers were killed, though it remains snipers hidden on rooftops. bringing aid to Libyans in Tripoli and
by the minister Monday night but the at New York’s John F. Kennedy reforms, a week after Beijing infuriated Clothing abandoned by soldiers and
workers again rejected his offer. unclear how they died. Misrata, she said in a statement provided to
International Airport. After his arrest, the West by blocking a proposed UN remains of meals were found in some Reuters.
“We will not end our strike until the In the two days since the violence,
court papers said, Arbabsiar confessed to Security Council resolution against buildings. “I have come to Libya for a variety of
government issues a clear statement Christians have grown furious with the Assad’s deadly crackdown.
authorities. ruling military, hurling a string of accusa- Yemen reasons, to see a country in transition at
accepting our demands in full,” Ajmi The men are charged with one count of “We believe the Syrian government every level and to witness efforts to fully
said. tions in their direction. The Coptic church should move faster to honour its reform Tens of thousands of Yemenis marched
conspiracy to murder a foreign official, said authorities allow attacks on realize the promise of the Arab Spring,”
Meanwhile, Brent crude held near two counts of foreign travel and use of pledges and swiftly start to push forward on the streets of the capital Tuesday, Jolie said. (RTRS)
$109 on Tuesday on cautious optimism Christians repeatedly with impunity. demanding for a second straight day the
interstate and foreign commerce facilities
Muslim perpetrators of sectarian violence
the inclusive political process with the ❑ ❑ ❑
that European banks may avert a finan- in the commission of murder for hire and broad participation of all parties in UN Security Council take action against
cial crisis after leaders promised a plan to one count each of conspiracy to use a are rarely punished in Egypt, with the Syria,” foreign ministry spokesman Liu President Ali Abdullah Saleh. DAMASCUS: The exiled political chief of
resolve the region’s debt woes while a authorities opting instead for “reconcilia- “This is a message to the world, to the the Islamist Hamas movement, Khaled
weapon of mass destruction and conspir- Weimin said. This was the first time that Meshaal, said in Syria on Tuesday that
strike in OPEC member Kuwait threat- acy to commit an act of terrorism. tion” talks in which Christians are pres- China has veered away from its long- powerful nations, and to the Security
ened exports. sured to drop their accusations. Council...take Saleh and his regime to Israel would free 1,027 Palestinian prison-
standing policy of non-interference in the ers, 27 of them women, in exchange for sol-
World stocks and commodities mar- The military, on the other hand, issued affairs of Syria, which has been rocked court,” the protesters chanted from
dier Gilad Shalit.
kets rebounded on Monday, buoyed by
the pledge from German and French
Pollutants tied a stern warning that it intended to crack
down hard on future protests. The
by anti-government protests and violence Sanaa’s Change Square.
Energised by Yemeni activist
“Hamas and Israel have reached an
since mid-March. agreement under which 1,027 Palestinians,
leaders to come up with a plan by the end Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Tawakkul Karman’s Nobel Peace prize of whom 27 are women, will be freed in two
of the month to tackle Greece’s debt woes Continued from Page 1 said it would take the “necessary precau- Libya win on Friday, protesters warned Saleh phases,” Meshaal said at a news conference
and recapitalise European banks. “These findings indicate that long- tions to stabilize security” and use the full Fighters from Libya’s new regime they would not give up until their in Damascus broadcast on Arabic-language
Oil investors were closely watching for lived organic environmental toxicants weight of the law to prosecute individuals seized the police headquarters in the cen- demands for his departure were met. television channels, calling the prisoners
any supply disruption from Kuwait after may be involved in the occurrence of ath- involved in violence, whether by partici- tre of Moamer Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte “Understand this...we have won the “our heroic detainees.” (AFP)