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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PRIME Minister and Minister of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Foreign Affairs HE Sheikh Hamad
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 quoted on Thursday as saying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Islamists were likely to represent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the next wave of political power in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the Arab world and that the West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 should embrace them.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The prime minister said in an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 interview with the Financial Times
  Millions of dollars deposited                                                                                                                                                                                  that moderate Islamists could
  in 15 Kuwaiti MPs’ accounts                                                                                                                                                                                    assist in fighting what he called
  MILLIONS of dollars have been                                                                                                                                                                                  extremist ideology.
  deposited suspiciously into the                                                                                                                                                                                  “We shouldn’t fear them, let’s
  bank accounts of 15 Kuwaiti MPs                                                                                                                                                                                cooperate with them. We should
  suspected of money laundering,                                                                                                                                                                                 not have a problem with anyone
  reports citing informed sources said                                                                                                                                                                           who operates within the norms of
  on Thursday. The central bank told                         The Emir His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani with the Speaker of the Iraqi House of Representatives Abdul Aziz Osama al Najafi,           international law, comes to power
  prosecutors that bank accounts                             in Doha, on Thursday.
  held by the 15 lawmakers “have
  received suspicious deposits and
  the anti-money laundering law
  applies to them,” Al Jarida news-
  paper reported. But the central
  bank said any reports of money
  laundering are prepared by the
  Kuwait Financial Intellig-ence Unit
  and not the bank. (PG 12)
                                                         Qatar marks AIDS day with
 Hillary meets Suu Kyi, calls
 Myanmar junta for reforms
 US Secretary of State Hillary
                                                         pledge to eliminate scourge                                                                                                                                Clarion call
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    PRIME MINISTER HE SHEIKH HAMAD
 Rodham Clinton on Thursday                                                                                                                                                                                         BIN JASSIM BIN JABOR AL THANI
 shared dinner with Myanmar’s
 most famous former political pris-
 oner Aung San Suu Kyi and chal-
                                                         Six new HIV cases                                                                                       He said that the stigma associated with
                                                                                                                                                              AIDS prevents people from coming forward
                                                                                                                                                              for counselling and getting examined.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “We shouldn’t fear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    them, let’s cooperate
 lenged the nation’s leaders to
 expand upon recent reforms, end
                                                         detected in 2011                                                                                        “Timely action can save many lives and
                                                                                                                                                              also prevent the transmission of virus in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with them. We should
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    not have a problem with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    anyone who operates
 violent campaigns against ethnic                                                                                                                             community,” he added.                                 within the norms of
 minorities and break military ties                                  CATHERINE W GICHUKI                                                                         Urging people to stop discrimination, he           international law.”
 with North Korea. “We believe                                                  DOHA                                                                          said: “It is time that the health care profes-
 that any political prisoner any-                                                                                                                             sionals and the community should stop bias-        and fights terrorism,” he said.
 where should be released,” Clinton                      QATAR joined the rest of the world to mark                                                           es. Let’s take a vow not to discriminate              In Egypt, which is holding its first
 told reporters. (PG 10)                                 the World Aids Day on Thursday. This year                                                            against HIV positive cases. ”                      free election in six decades, the
                                                         marks the 30th anniversary of the HIV/AIDS                                                              Director of Public Health, Supreme              Muslim Brotherhood expects to
                                                         pandemic and the theme for 2011 World                                                                Council of Health, Dr Mohamed bin Hamad            pick up two-fifths of        the vote
  Anti-corruption watchdog                               AIDS Campaign is “Stigma and discrimina-                                                             al Thani said that despite steep rise in the       for an assembly that might limit the
  cuts ties with FIFA                                    tion in health care settings”.                                                                       population of Qatar over the last decade, the      power of the generals.
                                                            Addressing a press conference on the occa-                                                        number of AIDS cases had not grown mani-               The Brotherhood hopes its new
  A LEADING anti-corruption watch-                       sion, Head of Infectious Disease and member                                                          fold. He said that HIV/AIDS cases in Qatar         Freedom and Justice Party will
  dog has cut ties with FIFA out of                      of National Aids Committee Dr Abdullatif          A Qatari health official at the press conference,   was only 0.02 percent (two cases in every          secure a solid platform in parlia-
  frustration with football’s embat-                     Alkhal said that six new cases of human           in Doha, on Thursday.                              10,000) of the total population in 2007 and        ment, saying it hopes to form a
  tled world governing body, dealing                     immunodeficiency virus (HIV) were detected                                                            0.34 percent per 100,000 (3-4 in 1 million)        coalition government once polls
  a blow to president Sepp Blatter’s                     this year in Qatar.                                  Alkhal said though there had been a             population aged between 15-24 years old. He        are over in January.
  mission to clean up the sport.                            “In Qatar, 84 patients continue to live with   decline of 20 percent in new HIV cases             said that universal access to treatment and           Egypt’s election commission
  Transparency International said its                    HIV infection. So far, 260 patients have been     worldwide, the number continues to rise in         preventive mechanism against the HIV infec-        chief Abdel Moez Ibrahim said a
  working relationship with Blatter’s                    diagnosed with AIDS and half of them are          the Middle East and North Africa due to lack       tion were the key in minimising the spread of      large turnout — forecast as high as
  organisation broke down because                        Qatari nationals. In 2011, six new cases of       of awareness and high risk sexual behaviour        disease.                                           70 percent — meant the publica-
  past allegations of wrongdoing                         HIV infection were detected. But all these        among men. “Our battle against AIDS will be           “No doubt, a few cases have been reported       tion of results had to be pushed
  won’t be investigated. It also                         patients are being treated at the HMC clinics.    won, when we will completely remove the            but Qatar has a good record. Utmost care is        back another day to Friday.
  objected to FIFA paying Swiss                          And most of them are enjoying a healthy life.     stigma associated with the disease. A HIV          taken during blood transfusions and dispos-           Tunisians also elected a coali-
  bribery expert Mark Pieth to over-                     You will be surprised to know that some of        positive person is discriminated by the socie-     able needles are being used by the                 tion government in October led by
  see reforms. (AP)                                      them have even married and are having             ty at workplaces, schools and even by the                                                             the moderate Islamist Ennahda
                                                         healthy children,” he said.                       health staff,” he said.                                               CONTINUED ON PAGE 12            party.

Syrian troops kill 20 more as EU imposes fresh curbs
               DPA                           Syrian forces in al Tremeesa                                        up joint ventures with Syrian       front to push the Syrian gov-
                                                                                  Arab League for-
              BEIRUT                         near Hama. Further south, in
                                             the province of Homs, two
                                                                                  eign ministers are             financial institutions. The EU
                                                                                                                 also applied travel bans and
                                                                                                                                                     ernment to stop the violence.
                                                                                                                                                       Meanwhile, Navi Pillay, the
                                                                                                                                                                                       Syria’s opposition, rebels tie-up
SYRIAN troops killed at least                civilians were killed, including
                                                                                  to discuss impos-              asset freezes to another 12 peo-    United      Nations      High
20 people in rebellious                      one by sniper fire, it added.
                                                                                  ing a travel ban on            ple and 11 entities in Syria.       Commissioner for Human                        AFP                  Turkey appeared to mark a
provinces on Thursday while                    Syrian activists based in
                                                                                  17 Syrian regime                 “The most important thing is      Rights said in a report on                   ISTANBUL              change of tack from the previ-
the European Union imposed                   neighbouring Lebanon said six
                                                                                  figures during a               to keep the people of Syria as      Thursday that more than                                            ous reluctance to back the
fresh sanctions on the regime                more civilians were killed in
                                                                                  meeting in Qatar               safe as possible, to put pressure   4,000 people had been killed     SYRIA’S civilian opposition       armed struggle. “It is agreed
of President Bashar al Assad.                Tel Kalah after Syrian troops,
                                                                                  on Saturday.                   on the regime ... to make sure      in the Syrian government’s       and army rebels have agreed to    that it would be a coordinated
   The regime came under fur-                backed by tanks, entered the       insurances. It also banned EU    that Assad realises that he         crackdown on anti-govern-        coordinate their struggle         movement. The council
ther pressure after the United               border village.                    companies from participating     must step aside,” said EU for-      ment protesters.                 against President Bashar a -      recognised the Free Syrian
Nations said 4,000 people had                  In Brussels, the European        in oil or power projects in      eign policy chief Catherine           The Geneva-based UN            Assad’s regime, an official said   Army as a reality, while the
been killed in the 8-month                   Union banned the purchase of       Syria.                           Ashton.                             Human Rights Council will on     on Thursday.                      army recognised the council
crackdown on protesters.                     Syrian bonds, the sale of sur-       The bloc prohibited Syrian       Arab League chief Nabil al        Friday vote on a resolution to     The first meeting between        as the political representa-
   The London-based Syrian                   veillance software to the Syrian   lenders from opening branches    Arabi joined the EU foreign         censure Syria.                   the Syrian National Council       tive” of the opposition,” the
Observatory for Human Rights                 government or the issuing of       in the EU and banned             ministers in Brussels for talks                                      and the Free Syrian Army in       SNC’s Khaled Khoja said.
said 12 civilians were killed by             reduced interest rates and         European banks from setting      aimed at forming a united                    SEE ALSO PAGE 2
02         Friday, December 2, 2011
                                                           GULF / MIDDLE EAST

  Islamists seen                                                     Syrian activists call strike
  winners in
  Egypt election                                                     amid growing violence
           REUTERS                 the party is also leading the                 BEIRUT
              CAIRO                race for individual seats
                                   that account for a third of       SYRIA’S opposition called a
  INITIAL results of Egypt’s       the total.                        general strike on Thursday
  first free election in six           Al Nour Party, one of          over     President     Bashar
  decades will emerge on           several newly formed              Assad’s deadly crackdown on
  Thursday, with Islamist          ultra-conservative Salafi          an 8-month-old revolt,
  parties expecting to com-        Islamist groups, said dur-        ramping up efforts to per-
  mand a majority in parlia-       ing the voting that it would      suade the country’s business
  ment, hard on the heels of       pick up at least 70 seats in      elite to abandon their long-
  victories by their counter-      the new assembly.                 standing ties to the regime.
  parts in Tunisia and                Such an outcome, if con-          The move came as Syrian
  Morocco.                         firmed, would give Islamist        troops stormed a village in
     Parliament, whose exact       parties an option to com-         the central province of
  makeup will be clear only        bine to form a solid major-       Hama, killing six people, the
  after Egypt’s staggered vot-     ity bloc, although it is not      latest in what has become
  ing process ends in              certain        that       the     daily violence and bloodshed
  January, may challenge           Brotherhood would invite          in the country. The United
  the power of ruling gener-       al Nour to join a coalition       Nations says at least 3,500
  als who took over in             after the party quit an FJP-      people have been killed since
  February when a popular          led electoral alliance.           the uprising began in March.
  uprising toppled Hosni              Senior FJP official
  Mubarak, an ex-air force         Essam el Erian said before          The move came as
  chief.                           the vote that                       Syrian troops
     The Muslim Broth-                Salafis, who had kept a           stormed a village
  erhood, Egypt’s oldest and       low profile and shunned              in the central
  best-organised Islamist          politics during Mubarak’s           province of Hama,
  group, believes its new          30-year rule, would be “a           killing six people,
  Freedom and Justice Party        burden for any coalition.”          the latest in what
  (FJP) is on course to               The FJP might seek               has become daily
  secure about 40 percent of       other partners, such as the         violence and
  seats allocated to party lists   liberal Wafd Party or the           bloodshed in the
  after the first stage of vot-     moderate Islamist Wasat             country.
  ing this week, which             Party, set up by former
  passed off peacefully,           Brotherhood members in              A recent spate of economic
  albeit with many irregular-      1996 although not officially       sanctions from the Arab
  ities.                           licensed until a few days         League,       Turkey      and
     Islamist success at the       after Mubarak’s fall.             European Union are punish-
  polls in Egypt, the most            The liberal multi-party        ing Syria’s ailing economy, a
  populous Arab nation,            Egyptian Bloc has said it is      dangerous development for
  would reinforce a trend in       on track to secure about a        the      government         in
  North Africa, where mod-         fifth of votes for party lists.    Damascus. Syrian business        A protester flashes victory sign during a protest, in Damascus, recently.   (AP)
  erate Islamists now lead            Some Egyptians fear the        leaders have long traded
  governments in Morocco           Muslim         Brotherhood        political freedoms for eco-      northern city of Aleppo,           mostly closed shops in the          said. The British-based           reporters. “They have
  and post-uprising Tunisia        might try to impose               nomic privileges in the coun-    reported business as usual on      Damascus         suburb    of       Syrian Observatory for            burned my heart.”
  after election wins in the       Islamic curbs on a                try, where the prosperous        Thursday.                          Zabadani, which also has            Human Rights also said six          She blamed “armed ter-
  last two months.                 tourism-dependent coun-           merchant classes are key to        But in the flashpoint city of     seen large anti-regime              people were killed and nine       rorists” for killing her son.
     Western powers are            try whose 80 million peo-         propping up the regime.          Homs, a resident told the          protests.                           wounded in Traimseh. It             The shooting is particu-
  coming to accept that the        ple include a 10 percent            The sanctions, coupled         Associated Press that most of        Despite the recent diplo-         added that the operation was      larly resonant in Syria
  advent of democracy in the       Coptic Christian minority.        with increasing calls for        the shops were closed, except      matic        squeeze     and        continuing in the village.        because the boy, Sari Saoud,
  Arab world may bring                Ali Khafagi, the leader of     strikes, could sap their         for those selling food. Homs       Thursday’s strike, the gov-           Also on Thursday, the           was from a Christian family.
  Islamists to power, but          the FJP’s youth committee,        resolve.                         has been one of Syria’s most       ernment has shown little sign       government took local jour-       Christians and other reli-
  they also worry that             dismissed such concerns,            It was difficult to gauge       volatile cities, with increasing   of easing its crackdown.            nalists on a trip to the vil-     gious minorities in Syria
  Islamist rule in Egypt           saying the Brotherhood’s          how widely Syrians were          clashes between troops and           The Local Coordination            lage of Kfarbo in Hama            generally      support     the
  might erode social free-         goal was to end corruption        abiding by the strike, which     army defectors.                    Committees activist group           province, where they spoke        regime because they feel it
  doms and threaten Cairo’s        and start reform and eco-         activists announced on an          “Few people are in the           said security forces swept          to the family of a 9-year-old     offers them important pro-
  1979 peace treaty with           nomic development.                opposition Facebook page.        streets and only about 20          through the village of              boy who was shot dead in          tections.
  Israel. Egypt’s April 6             Only a “mad group”             The regime has sealed the        percent of students went to        Traimseh in the central             Homs three days ago while           Syria is overwhelmingly
  youth movement, a prime          would try to ban alcohol or       country off from foreign jour-   schools and universities,”         province of Hama. The group         he was buying cookies from        Sunni Muslim, and many
  mover in the revolt against      force women to wear head-         nalists and prevented inde-      said one resident, who asked       said six people were killed,        a shop.                           minorities fear they will be
  Mubarak, also said there         scarves,” Khafagi told            pendent reporting.               that his name not be made          without      giving   further         “He was holding a biscuit       marginalized if a Sunni
  was no cause for concern.        Reuters on Wednesday.               Residents in Syria’s two       public for fear of government      details. Another person was         in his hand not a pistol,” the    regime takes over. Assad
     “No one should worry             The Brotherhood’s pri-         economic powerhouses, the        reprisals. A video posted          shot dead in the nearby             child’s mother, Georgina          and the ruling elite are from
  about the victory of one list    ority, which gained trust         capital, Damascus, and the       online by activists showed         province of Homs, the group         Mtanious al Jammal, told          the tiny Alawite sect.
  or political current. This is    by aiding the poor during
  democracy and this great         the Mubarak years, is
  nation will not allow any-       likely to be economic
  one to exploit it again,” its
  Facebook page said.
     FJP officials have said
                                   growth to ease poverty
                                   and convince voters they
                                   are fit to govern.                 Syrian oil, VIPs targeted in new sanctions
                                                                               REUTERS                the restive town of al Trimsa                                          armored troop carriers              Western and Arab govern-
                                                                                BEIRUT                in Hama province, a hotbed                                             deployed around town,             ments have intensified pres-
                                                                                                                                            Bloodshed went
                                                                                                      of anti-Assad sentiment, on           on in Syria, with                snipers dug in on rooftops        sure on Assad in the past two
                                                                     THE Arab League put Syrian       Thursday,       the    Syrian         six people killed                and checkpoints sprang up         weeks to withdraw forces
                                                                     VIPs on a travel ban list on     Observatory for Human                 and five critically              to secure the area, the           from restive cities, free pris-
                                                                     Thursday and European            Rights said.                          wounded during                   Observatory said.                 oners and start talks with the
                                                                     Union foreign ministers             Syria’s crisis erupted in          an army sweep.                     The state news agency           opposition on greater politi-
                                                                     readied a raft of economic       March with street unrest                                               SANA said border guards           cal freedoms.
                                                                     sanctions against President      inspired by anti-authoritari-                                          killed and arrested several         An Arab League commit-
                                                                     Bashar al Assad to press him     an revolts elsewhere in the        defect with their weapons to        people from “armed terrorist      tee convening in Cairo listed
                                                                     into stopping a military         Arab world. But with Assad’s       fight loyalist troops.               groups who infiltrated over        17 Syrian VIPs banned from
                                                                     crackdown on popular             iron fist policy toward pro-          In Dael, where seven sol-         the border (from Turkey)          travel to Arab states, includ-
                                                                     protests.                        testers having killed thou-        diers were killed in an attack      and attacked an observation       ing Assad’s brother Maher
                                                                       Bloodshed went on in           sands of civilians, according      on a security forces convoy         point” in the northwestern        who commands the mili-
  Egyptians use their laptop computers outside a polling station,    Syria, with six people killed    to a UN count, Syria may be        Wednesday, government               district of Idlib. A border       tary’s elite Republican Guard
  in Cairo, on Wednesday. (AP)                                       and five critically wounded       sliding toward civil war as        forces carried out raids and        guard died during “long           and is Syria’s second most
                                                                     during an army sweep into        some soldiers and officers          arrests as tanks and                clashes,” SANA reported.          powerful man.

13 killed in clashes in Yemen’s Taez
             AFP                   Saleh’s 33-year rule.             tank stationed near the city’s   person and destroying              ber of Saleh’s ruling party,
            SANAA                    Security officials said five      traffic police headquarters,      dozens of homes, medics and        would form a national unity
                                   Yemeni soldiers were killed       the witnesses added.             residents said.                    government to rule until
CLASHES on Thursday                in battles and medics from          All roads leading into the       Violence across Yemen has        early elections in February,
between forces loyal to            the city’s Al Rawda neigh-        city were blocked by the         left hundreds dead since the       was the clearest sign yet that
Yemeni       President      Ali    bourhood told AFP eight           fierce fighting that has left      protests erupted. A UN-            Saleh had accepted the deal
Abdullah Saleh and dissident       people, including five civil-      outlying districts isolated      backed power transfer deal         to cede power.
tribesmen in the country’s         ians, were killed and 30          from the city centre.            signed by the veteran strong-        The UN Security Council
second-largest city Taez           wounded.                            The Yemeni government          man last month has failed to       called on Monday for those
killed 13 people, five of them        Troop of the loyalist 33rd      accuses what it says are         halt the violence.                 behind killings and human
civilians, medical and securi-     Brigade fired artillery rounds     “militias from Al Islah,” an       An opposition leader was         rights abuses in Yemen to be
ty officials said.                  at several neighbourhoods of      Islamist movement that is        called on to form a caretaker      “held accountable,” as
  Witnesses said the fighting       Taez, a stronghold of the         the main opposition party in     government on Sunday after         demands grow for Saleh to
erupted before dawn as loy-        anti-government protests          parliament, of being behind      Saleh announced a pardon           face trial despite promises of
alist troops tried to storm the    raging since January, but         the unrest and deploying in      for those who “committed           immunity from prosecution
city centre, a stronghold of       met stiff resistance, residents   residential areas across Taez.   errors during the crisis.”         for him and his family
armed tribesmen who have           said.                               On Tuesday, Saleh’s forces       The announcement that            extended under last month’s
pledged support to the               The heavily armed tribes-       shelled several neighbour-       opposition chief Mohammed          agreement with the parlia-          Thousands of Yemeni anti-government protesters take out a rally in
protest movement against           men destroyed one army            hoods of the city, killing one   Basindawa, a former mem-           mentary opposition.                 Sanaa, on Thursday. (EPA)
                                                                                           GULF / MIDDLE EAST                                                                                          Friday, December 2, 2011

  Iran frees 11 held
  for storming
                                                                      18 killed in Iraq violence

  UK embassy

                                                                      A CAR bomb killed 10 people
                                                                      and gunmen executed eight
               AFP                     “How long must we              more in Iraq’s restive Diyala
             TEHRAN                 endure the presence of the        province on Thursday as the
                                    British in Iran ... when they     government hosted US Vice-
  IRAN has released 11 pro-         interfere in affairs that         President Joe Biden at a cere-
  testers detained for storm-       relate to the country’s           mony in Baghdad to mark the
  ing a British diplomatic          national interests ... and        departure of American
  compound in Tehran, a             commit treachery against          troops.
  report said on Thursday,          the      Iranian     people?”       The bomb tore apart a pro-
  after Iran’s top lawmaker         Larijani asked, as he             duce market in the mainly
  described Britain’s response      denounced Britain’s “exces-       Shiite town of Khalis, 80 km
  as “unjustifiable.”                sive” reaction.                   (50 miles) north of the capi-
    The Fars news agency               Larijani — a hardline          tal, leaving the street strewn
  said the protesters were          leader of a faction that con-     with vegetables, body parts
  released on Wednesday             siders itself to be close to      and blood, hours before
  after being arrested during       supreme leader Ayatollah          Biden hailed the end of the
  the temporary seizure of the      Ali Khamenei — had on             war at the ornate al Faw
  British diplomatic residence      Wednesday justified the            Palace in the capital.
  in Tehran on Tuesday.             attacks, saying protesters          “Because of you and the
    It gave no source for its       had been angered by the           work (that) those of you in
                                    British government and            uniform have done, we are
     The Iranian for-               “decades of domineering           able to end this war,” Biden
     eign ministry                  moves by the British in           told an audience of around       Iraqi troops during the handover ceremony, in Basra, on Thursday.     (REUTERS)

     expressed regret               Iran”.                            300 US and Iraqi troops.
     over the inci-                    On Thursday, the protest         The remaining 13,000           (of US troops) from all Iraqi     2008. The explosion in Khalis          just ten minutes later the car    mer members of the Sahwa
     dent, and a sen-               organisers insisted in a          American troops are due to       lands ... will be considered a    left a three-meter (10-foot)           blew up,” witness Ibrahim al-     militia, Sunni fighters who
     ior police com-                statement, carried by Fars,       leave Iraq in the next few       historic victory.”                diameter crater and at least           Temimi said.                      helped US and Iraqi forces
     mander was                     that the attack against the       weeks, nearly nine years after     Maliki repeatedly referred      ten charred cars and pick-up             The blast killed 10 and         battle Al Qaeda.
     quoted as saying               embassy compound was              the invasion that toppled        to the fall of Saddam but did     trucks along with scattered            wounded 25, said police              The attackers lined up fam-
     that a number of               spontaneous, and claimed          Sunni dictator Saddam            not explicitly thank the          onions, pomegranates and               Major Ali al Temimi. A physi-     ily members against a wall
     protesters had                 several protesters had been       Hussein.                         United States for ousting him.    wreckage.                              cian at the local hospital con-   and shot them, army Captain
     been arrested                  injured or arrested when            Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri      He thanked President Barack         “The vehicle, a Kia pick-up,         firmed the toll.                   Falih Feras said. Eight people
     and others were                police intervened.                al Maliki, who spoke before      Obama for completing the          was parked among the other               About 30 km (19 miles)          were killed and five others
     being sought.                     “The student protesters in     Biden at a ceremony in one of    withdrawal on time and for-       cars, a normal thing in this           away in the Sunni town of         wounded.
                                    front of the den of spies (the    the last military bases in US    mer President George W            market, and it was driven by a         Buhriz, gunmen stormed               Khalis and Buhriz are both
  report.                           British embassy) had              hands, said “the withdrawal      Bush for agreeing to it in        young man who left it. And             three houses belonging to for-    located in Diyala province.
     The Iranian foreign min-       absolutely no plans to seize
  istry expressed regret over       it. It was their revolutionary
  the incident, and a senior        rage ... that provoked them,”
  police commander was
  quoted as saying that a
  number of protesters had
  been arrested and others
                                    the statement said.
                                       Meanwhile, 25 Islamic
                                    student           associations
                                    expressed “satisfaction”
                                                                      Thousands in Tunisia protest against extremists
  were being sought.                with Britain shutting down                          AFP                      Also at Thursday’s                        among other slogans.                          that ousted a staunchly secular
     But parliament speaker         its mission in Tehran,                              TUNIS                                                                Students held placards protesting           regime along with president Zine el
                                                                                                                 demonstration were
  Ali Larijani told state televi-   according to a joint state-                                                  miners who pitched                        headscarves, known locally as                 Abidine Ben Ali in January.
  sion in the clerical capital      ment carried by the same          THOUSANDS of demonstrators                 tents and said they                       niqabs.                                         Hardline Islamists, known as
  Qom: “The actions of the          news agency.                      gathered outside Tunisia’s con-            would stay until their                      “Neither mini-skirts nor niqabs”            Salafists, have become more
  British government against           The groups said they           stituent assembly on Thursday to           demands are met. They                     and “If you want to wear the niqab,           assertive in recent weeks.
  the Iranian nation are            would hold “a ceremony to         protest against corruption, unem-          are angered over what                     do it at home”, were among the                  Also at Thursday’s demonstration
  unjustifiable,” the Mehr           thank God for the break-          ployment and religious fundamen-           they say were rigged                      messages spotted.                             were miners who pitched tents and
  news agency reported.             down of ties between              talists.                                   hiring practices                            Islamism is a political movement            said they would stay until their
     Larijani made the com-         Tehran and London.”                 According to AFP estimates,              at a mining                               incorporating religous beliefs into           demands are met. They are angered
  ments on Wednesday when              The Iranian parliament         between 2,000 and 3,000 students,          recruitment firm.                         governance. Leaders from moder-               over what they say were rigged hir-
  Britain ordered the closure       voted on Sunday to expel          teachers, miners and others assem-                                                   ate Islamist parties have been win-           ing practices at a mining recruit-
  of the Iranian embassy in         the British ambassador            bled outside the Bardo Palace,           capital Tunis, where Islamists have         ning large blocs of votes in elec-            ment firm. “We didn’t make a revo-
  London in response to its         and reduce trade relations        where Tunisian lawmakers are             been calling for women students to          tions after the fall of dictators in the      lution for that,” communist leader
  embassy and another diplo-        with Britain in retaliation       gathering to draft a new constitu-       wear head scarves and gender seg-           Arab Spring revolts.                          Hama Hammami said. “People are
  matic compound in Tehran          for fresh Western sanc-           tion.                                    regation in classes.                          In     Tunisia,      the     Islamist       hungry and corruption is rampant.”
  being stormed and van-            tions over Tehran’s nuclear         The protest comes partly in              University professors at the              Ennaahda Party won the most votes               Other demonstrators yelled at the
  dalised by protesters.            programme.                        response to ongoing demonstra-           protest chanted “No to extremism”           in the October 23 elections, the              palace, saying politics should not
                                                                      tions at a university outside the        and “Hands off the teachers”,               country’s first since the revolution           be held behind closed doors.

No Iran strike for the moment: Israel Sudan forecasts 2%
                                    Washington and the EU for
                                    tough sanctions against
                                                                                                       two explosions in Iranian
                                                                                                       cities in recent weeks, only
                                                                                                                                         “using 6,000 centrifuges reg-
                                                                                                                                         ularly, out of 8,000 installed.”
                                                                                                                                                                                growth in 2012
                                    Tehran, but warned that it                                         one of which has been con-          “Until today, they have                           AFP                  billion, which together with
ISRAELI Defence Minister            would not allow Iran to                                            firmed by Iranian authorities.     managed to accumulate                            KHARTOUM                US economic sanctions have
Ehud Barak on Thursday              obtain nuclear weapons, and                                           “Anything that sets back       approximately 50 tons of                                                 choked its access to external
ruled out a strike against          that military action to stop                                       the Iranian nuclear pro-          low enriched uranium, and a            SUDAN will reach two per-         financing.
Iran’s nuclear facilities “for      the programme remained an                                          gramme, whether it is acci-       bit less than 100 kilos of 20          cent economic growth in              North and south currently
the moment,” in remarks to          option.                                                            dental or the product of other    percent enriched uranium,”             2012, despite the breakaway       produce 450,000 barrels per
public radio, but said that the       Barak said he was confident                                       methods, is welcome,” he          he said.                               of the oil-producing south        day of oil, but 75 percent of
Jewish state would keep all         that military action against                                       said, refusing to say whether       Brun said Iran would need            with subsidies costing the        this comes from the south,
options open.                       Iran would not be devastating                                      Israeli forces had any role in    at least 220 kilos of 20 per-          cash-strapped government          which gained full independ-
  “We have no intention of          for Israel.                                                        the incidents.                    cent enriched uranium if it            around $2.2 billion, the          ence in July, dealing a heavy
acting for the moment... We           “War is not a picnic, but if                                        The International Atomic       decided on a drive for the             finance minister said on           blow to Sudan’s already
should not engage in war            Israel is forced to act, we       Israeli Defence Minister         Energy Agency, the UN             much higher levels of enrich-          Thursday.                         weak state finances by slash-
when it is not necessary, but       won’t have 50,000, 5,000 or       Ehud Barak.                      nuclear watchdog, last month      ment necessary to produce a              “Next year we expect the        ing its main hard currency
there may come a time or            even 500 dead, so long as                                          warned it had “credible”          nuclear weapon.                        economy to grow by two            earner.
another when we are forced          people stay in their homes,”                                       information that Iran was           On Tuesday, the former               percent (unchanged from              Rasul put the budget
to face tests,” Barak said.         he said, noting that rockets         Israel and much of            carrying out “activities rele-    head of Israeli military intelli-      2011), and we expect infla-        shortfall caused by the loss of
  “Our position has not             fired at Israel by Iraq during        the international             vant to the development of a      gence, Amos Yadlin, said he            tion of 17 percent,” Finance      southern oil at 30 percent.
changed on three points: a          the 1991 Gulf War had not            community fears               nuclear explosive device.”        estimated Iran has “enough             Minster Ali Mahmud al                But he said this would be
nuclear Iran is unacceptable,       killed a single Israeli.             that Iran’s nuclear              According to the report,       material for four to five               Rasul told reporters, after       partially offset by an extra
we are determined to stop             Asked about potential dif-         programme masks               dated November 8, Iran has        bombs.”                                the cabinet approved the          65,000 barrels per day of
that, and all options are on        ferences between the United          a drive for a                 produced       4,922     kilo-      But he said Tehran could             new budget for 2012.              Sudanese oil production
the table,” he added.               States and Israel on tactics to      weapons capabili-             grammes,        nearly     five   not immediately assemble a               “We will continue to sub-       coming on stream next year,
  Israel and much of the            stop Iranian nuclear develop-        ty. Tehran denies             tonnes, of uranium enriched       nuclear weapon, if that was            sidise oil, wheat and sugar,      and an increase in the output
international      community        ment, Barak stressed that the        any such                      to 3.5 percent, as well as        their goal.                            the total cost of which will be   of gold and other minerals, as
fears that Iran’s nuclear pro-      Jewish state would ultimately        ambition.                     73.7 kilogrammes of urani-          “Once they decide they               6.6 billion Sudanese pounds       well as agricultural products.
gramme masks a drive for a          take the decisions it thought                                      um enriched to around 20          want to, it will take them a           (around $2.2 billion),” he        “From January to October
weapons capability. Tehran          best.                                                              percent.                          year to 18 months to attain a          added. Sudan is facing            this year, we received $1.5
denies any such ambition and          “It must be understood that                                         On Monday, Brigadier           bomb,” he said.                        severe economic challenges,       billion from our gold produc-
says the programme is for           Israel is sovereign. The gov-     rity and the existence of        General Itai Brun, head of          Israel is widely reported to         including spiralling inflation,    tion. We expect the produc-
peaceful civilian energy and        ernment, the army and the         Israel,” he said.                research for Israeli military     have the Middle East’s sole            the sharp devaluation of the      tion of gold and other miner-
medical purposes only.              security services are the only       Barak declined to comment     intelligence, told lawmakers      but undeclared nuclear arse-           Sudanese pound, and crip-         als to increase,” the minister
  Israel       has      pushed      ones responsible for the secu-    on what was behind at least      he estimated that Iran was        nal.                                   pling debts of around $38         said, without giving details.
04         Friday, December 2, 2011
                                                        PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA

                                                                                                                                                                               Malaysia’s PM
                                                                                                                                                                               asks partymen
                                                                                                                                                                               to gear up for
                                                                                                                                                                                             AP                   pare for battle because “the
                                                                                                                                                                                       KUALA LUMPUR               time is near.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Malaysia’s next polls are
                                                                                                                                                                               MALAYSIA’S leader told his         not due until mid-2013, but
                                                                                                                                                                               long-ruling       party       on   many ruling party officials
                                                                                                                                                                               Thursday that it risks losing      believe that elections will held
                                                                                                                                                                               power in elections expected to     within months and that this
                                                                                                                                                                               be held next year if it fails to   year’s congress provides the
                                                                                                                                                                               boost its appeal among a new       last opportunity for nearly
                                                                                                                                                                               generation of voters who have      2,700 party delegates in
                                                                                                                                                                               higher expectations of the         attendance to debate their
                                                                                                                                                                               government.                        strategies and bolster morale.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Prime Minister Najib Razak         Najib stressed that the
                                                                                                                                                                               issued the warning while           party has to work harder to
                                                                                                                                                                               opening the annual congress        attract a “new generation of
                                                                                                                                                                               of the United Malays National      Malaysians who are more
                                                                                                                                                                               Organisation. The party has        critical and have rising expec-
                                                                                                                                                                               been the linchpin of a multi-      tations of the government,”
                                                                                                                                                                               ethnic coalition that has held     including by using social
                                                                                                                                                                               power since 1957, but its pop-     media to reach them.
Filipino doctor Juliet Cervantes (centre), physician attending to former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, leaves a court after she testified and recommended that the for-    ularity has been battered in          If the party cannot adapt to
mer president remain at the posh and state-of the-art Saint Luke’s Medical Centre, in Pasay city, on Thursday. (EPA)                                                           recent years by accusations of     “the factors that have become
                                                                                                                                                                               corruption and racism.             a game changer to the nation-

Court orders transfer of
                                                                                                                                                                                  Najib rejected the criticism,   al political landscape and take
                                                                                                                                                                               pointing out his party’s his-      steps to reformulate a game
                                                                                                                                                                               torical achievements that          plan, it will spell tragedy for
                                                                                                                                                                               transformed Malaysia into a        the party,” Najib said.
                                                                                                                                                                               modern, stable nation and             The party is anxious to
                                                                                                                                                                               claiming that opposition           achieve a convincing electoral
                                                                                                                                                                               groups could not be trusted to     victory after it endured its worst

Arroyo to govt hospital
              AP                   lawyers say she is suffering       was in power, have refused          private hospital where she         pardoned by Arroyo.
                                                                                                                                                                               safeguard the welfare of the
                                                                                                                                                                               country’s ethnic Malay
                                                                                                                                                                               Muslim majority.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Opposition leader Anwar
                                                                                                                                                                               Ibrahim’s three-party alliance
                                                                                                                                                                               has broadened its support in
                                                                                                                                                                               the past four years by pledg-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  results in 2008 polls. Many vot-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ers, particularly in urban dis-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tricts, abandoned the govern-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ment amid criticism that it had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  become arrogant and indiffer-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ent to the people’s needs.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Najib’s administration now
            MANILA                 from a bone ailment.               to let her travel overseas for      was arrested last month to a         The court said, however,        ing to implement policies that     has slightly less than a two-
                                     Doctors who last week            medical treatment, even             government medical facility.       that Arroyo like other            ensure ethnic groups are           thirds parliamentary majori-
A PHILIPPINE court on              said she was fit to be dis-         after the Supreme Court                He said that considering        detainees won’t be allowed to     treated equally and fairly.        ty. Its support comes mainly
Thursday gave former               charged      testified      on     ruled in her favour. She wore       Arroyo is under legal cus-         use a cellphone or computer.      Anwar is currently on trial for    from Malay voters, who com-
President Gloria Macapagal         Thursday that she needs            a head and neck brace as she        tody, “it is difficult to justify     The court has not yet ruled     allegedly sodomizing a male        prise about 60 percent of
Arroyo five days to move to a       additional treatment for a         was turned away from the            if the accused will remain in      on the petition for house         former aide. Najib has denied      Malaysia’s 28 million people.
government hospital after          colon inflammation she             Manila airport last month.          a private hospital.”               arrest and Arroyo’s allies        Anwar’s insistence that the        Some among the large ethnic
she was arrested on electoral      developed in recent days.            The arrest of Arroyo, who            The judge said she can          have argued for lenient           government fabricated the          Chinese and Indian minori-
fraud charges at a high-end          Arroyo’s lawyers want her        survived      several    coup       bring her nurses and doctors       treatment and respect for         charge.                            ties feel they face unfair dis-
private medical facility. Her      held under house arrest at         attempts sparked by corrup-         to the Veterans Memorial           the former president.                In a nationally televised       crimination because of affir-
allies decried the move as a       the private hospital or at         tion allegations during her         Medical Center in Manila             Arroyo’s son, Rep. Dato         speech, the prime minister         mative action policies that
political vendetta.                home while she fights the           nine-year presidency, has           the same facility where            Arroyo, last week decried         hinted that national elections     favour Malays in government
  Prosecutors say Arroyo           charges.                           galvanized the Philippines.         Arroyo’s         predecessor,      what he called the “nonstop       would be held soon, telling        jobs, financial contracts, edu-
should not receive preferen-         President Benigno Aquino           Judge Jesus Mupas of the          Joseph Estrada, was con-           vilification of my mother”         officials that they must pre-       cation and housing.
tial treatment. They want          III’s government, vowing to        Pasay Regional Trial Court          fined after he was toppled in       and “the never-ending
her detained in jail like any      uproot corruption and blam-        gave Arroyo, 64, until next         2001 on corruption charges.        cases” being filed against
other suspect, but her             ing Arroyo for graft while she     Tuesday to transfer from the        He was later convicted and         her.

  Manila to
  send V-P on
  China mercy
                                   Vietnam losing attraction for
                                   Europeans, says EuroCham
                                                 AFP                    While the fast-growing            market where the business cli-     restricts the import of alco-
  THE Philippines said on                       HANOI                 nation was an investment pri-       mate has recently improved.        holic drinks, cosmetics and
  Thursday it would send                                              ority five years ago, businesses       “We believe that Vietnam         mobile phones to three sea
  its vice president to China      VIETNAM is losing its attrac-                                          has its back against the wall,”    ports.
  on a mercy mission to try        tion as a regional investment         A new decree on                  Cany said.                           A new decree on work per-
  to save a Filipino drug          destination because of trade          work permits for                   The communist country            mits for overseas employees
  trafficker on death row.          restrictions, new regulatory          overseas employ-                 has made some progress, he         has also raised concerns
     Jejomar Binay will con-       burdens and economic insta-           ees has also                     added, but warned that a           among foreign businesses
  vey a request from               bility, the European Chamber          raised concerns                  number of new challenges           that it could discourage new
  President Benigno Aquino         of Commerce said on                   among foreign                    had emerged.                       investment, the report said.
  to spare the life of the 35-     Thursday.                             businesses that it                 “EuroCham is concerned             The ruling Communist
  year-old man, who is set            “European investors’ confi-         could discourage                 that Vietnam keeps on imple-       Party, which has total control
  to be executed next week,        dence in Vietnam is going             new investment.                  menting measures that are          in the one-party nation,
  Foreign        Department        down,” Alain Cany, chairman                                            restrictive to trade,” the group   announced an overhaul of the
  spokesman               Raul     of EuroCham, told reporters at     are finding increasingly attrac-     said in its report.                country’s growth model at its     Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak address the United Malays
  Hernandez said.                  an annual review of trade and      tive options elsewhere, such as       It cited a regulation that       five-yearly Congress in            National Organisation’s annual gathering, in Kuala Lumpur, on
     The government was            investment issues in Vietnam.      Indonesia, which is a larger        came into effect in June that      January.                          Thursday. (REUTERS)
  awaiting final confirma-
  tion from Chinese author-
  ities on who would meet
  Binay so the date of the
  trip could be finalised,
  Hernandez said. “We
  want to ensure that he is
  able to meet top officials
                                   Thai floods a ‘wake-up’ call for Asia: ADB
  in China who would be                                                                                                 AFP                     Research suggested that          McCauley said a study last       in Bangkok.”
  appropriate for this issue”.                                                                                      SINGAPORE                more floods of the scale that      year carried out jointly by the       McCauley said the region
     The death row inmate                                                                                                                    hit Thailand in recent            Manila-based ADB, the              should not just brace for
  was caught on September                                                                                 DEVASTATING floods in               months, leaving more than         World Bank and the Japan           floods but also droughts and
  2008 at the Guilin                                                                                      Thailand and other parts of        600 dead affecting millions of    International Cooperation          heatwaves.
  International       Airport                                                                             Asia are a wake-up call to gov-    livelihoods, are likely as cli-   Agency forecast the flooding           After the floods, “we can
  smuggling about 1.5 kilo-                                                                               ernments to do more to cope        mate change progresses, he        in Thailand — but did not          have a drought next year and
  grammes of heroin into                                                                                  with the effects of climate        said.                             predict how soon it would          a heatwave the following year
  China from Malaysia, the                                                                                change, a top Asian                   “I think that these events     come.                              and all of that would be con-
  foreign department said.                                                                                Development Bank official           are wake-up calls for govern-       “The floods that we saw in        sistent with what’s been pre-
  His death sentence was                                                                                  has warned.                        ments around the region to        Thailand are consistent with       dicted as a result of climate
  confirmed late last                                                                                        Asia is dotted with large        pay more attention to these       what’s predicted to occur as a     change,” he said.
  month, Hernandez said.                                                                                  coastal cities from Shanghai       long term trends,” McCauley       result of climate change,” he         “So it’s not any one set of
     Binay went on a similar                                                                              to Calcutta that are vulnera-      told AFP in Singapore on          said.                              measures that need to be
  mission in February to                                                                                  ble to flooding, and govern-        Tuesday during a stopover on        “The study looked at             taken. All of these new risks
  China to save three Filipino                                                                            ments need to put in place         his way to climate change         Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City          need to be considered and fed
  drug mules from the death                                                                               long-term solutions to deal        talks in Durban.                  and Manila and what can be         into the way cities are being
  row, and secured a tempo-                                                                               with the problem, said David          “It’s the wave of the future   expected over the next 40-50       developed and the way social
  rary stay of execution.          Thai residents clean up a Buddhist temple after flood receded on        McCauley, the ADB’s lead cli-      so they need to better cope       years. It predicted exactly the    protection measures are
                                   the outskirts of Bangkok, on Thursday. (AP)                            mate change specialist.            with climate change impacts.”     kind of things that occurred       designed,” he added.
                                                                                UNITED KINGDOM / EUROPE                                                                                                  Friday, December 2, 2011

        Inside Europe                                               EU foreign ministers fail to
  Call for public help in
  German neo-Nazi
  serial murder case
  BERLIN German authori-
  ties called on Thursday for
                                    Croatian Conservatives
                                    set to lose power in
                                    Sunday’s vote
                                    ZAGREB Croatia’s ruling
                                    conservatives, who have
                                                                    impose embargo on Iran oil
  help from the public as           brought the country to the                    AP
  they investigated a neo-          threshold of the European                  BRUSSELS
  Nazi cell believed to have        Union but are enmeshed
  murdered 10 people,               in corruption scandals, are     EUROPEAN Union foreign
  mainly foreign shopkeep-          on course to lose power in      ministers have failed to reach
  ers, in a case that has           Sunday’s election.              an agreement to impose an
  shocked the country.                 The parliamentary vote       embargo on Iranian oil, but
     Describing the case as         will pit the governing          have imposed sanctions on
  “extremely complicated            Croatian Democratic             180 other people and compa-
  and wide-ranging,” the            Union, or HDZ, against a        nies.
  head of the federal prose-        coalition of centre-left par-      Some       countries     on
  cutors’ office, Harald             ties who have convincingly      Thursday argued in favour of
  Range, said they had              led in all recent opinion       the oil embargo, saying it
  taken the decision to             polls.                          would reduce money used by
  throw open the investiga-            The winner is likely to      Iran to develop nuclear
  tion to the public.               lead Croatia into the EU        weapons. Iran denies it has
     “We are hoping for evi-        when it is set to join the      such a weapons program.
  dence from the general            bloc as its 28th member            French Foreign Minister
  public, clues that would          in July 2013. It will also      Alain Juppe said Greece,
  otherwise maybe have              inherit Croatia’s shattered     which relies on Iranian oil,
  remained hidden from us,”         economy and increasing          objected to such a move.
  Range told reporters.             social discontent by resi-         Britain’s foreign minister
     The group, which called        dents angry at rapidly          accused Iran’s government
  itself the “National              falling living standards.       Thursday of supporting
  Socialist Underground”               A poll by Ipsos Puls         repression in Syria.
  (NSU), also carried out “at       agency predicted the               Mobs stormed the British
  least 14 armed robberies”         opposition coalition will       Embassy in Tehran, the
  to finance their activities,       win 79 seats in Croatia’s       Iranian capital, for hours on
  added Ziercke.                    151-seat parliament,            Tuesday, prompting Britain to
     “This terror cell did not      while the ruling party will     pull its diplomats out of the
  leave anything to chance,”        win 43. Some 4,200              country. Germany, France and
  he said, showing a huge           Croatians took part in the      the Netherlands have recalled
  cache of weapons discov-          survey, which has a 2 per-      their ambassadors in solidari-     Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal (right) with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, in Brussels, on Thursday. (EPA)
  ered at a base.” (AP)             cent margin of error. (AFP)     ty.
                                                                       “There is a link between        nesses in both countries.           it is making.                       Iran’s oil exports, turned the         Iraq, whose government has
                                                                    what is happening in Iran and      Those relating to Syria are            New sanctions targeting          question aside and replied that      close ties with that of Iran, has
                                                                    what is happening in Syria,”       aimed at stopping Assad’s           individuals or entities in both     his focus was on the financial        said Camp Ashraf must be
                                                                    British Foreign Secretary          crackdown. Nabil Elaraby, the       countries are widely expected       sector.                              closed by the end of this year.
                                                                    William Hague said on his way      head of the Arab League,            Thursday. But the foreign             “I am sure we will agree on a      Struan Stevenson, a promi-
                                                                    into the meeting in Brussels.      which has also imposed finan-        ministers appeared split over       range of measures,” Hague            nent member of the European
                                                                       He said Iran has aided          cial sanctions on Syria, will       whether to impose an embar-         said.                                Parliament said Wednesday
                                                                    Syrian President Bashar            join the EU foreign ministers       go on Iranian oil.                    Also on the foreign minis-         that the government of Iraq is
                                                                    Assad’s regime, which the          for their discussion of the situ-      German Foreign Minister          ters’ agenda is the situation in     “continuously working on its
                                                                    United Nations estimates has       ation there                         Guido Westerwelle said sanc-        Camp Ashraf, an enclave in           plan to attack Ashraf and mas-
                                                                    killed at least 3,500 anti-gov-      The EU sanctions relating to      tions against Iran’s energy sec-    eastern Iraq that houses more        sacre the residents.”
                                                                    ernment protesters since           Iran are largely aimed at mak-      tor could cut the financing          than 3,000 people, many of             The UN says at least 34 peo-
                                                                    March.                             ing the country give up any         available for the country’s         whom are dedicated to over-          ple were killed when Iraqi
                                                                       The EU has already imposed      efforts to develop nuclear          nuclear program. But Hague,         throwing the government of           security forces raided the
                                                                    sanctions on people or busi-       weapons — efforts Iran denies       asked about sanctions on            Iran.                                camp in April

  BBC apologises for Clarkson’s remarks
  LONDON The BBC was forced to apologise on Wednesday
                                                                    Polish minister in dock over EU comment
  after television presenter Jeremy Clarkson said public sec-                     AP                   was to hold a news conference       ernment figures. The speech ‚
  tor workers taking part in a 24-hour walkout should be                       WARSAW                  on the topic.                       made at a meeting of the
  shot in front of their families. The national broadcaster                                              President         Bronislaw       German Society for Foreign
  issued an on-air apology, saying Clarkson’s comments on           POLAND’S main opposition           Komorowski has called               Affairs ‚ calls for consolidation
  The One Show were a misjudged attempt at comedy.                  party is calling for the foreign   Sikorski’s speech “important,”      of some top EU positions and
  When asked what he thought of the strikers, Clarkson              minister to be impeached,                                              for more effective financial
  said: “I would have them all shot”.                               accusing him of being pre-           Sikorski said                     surveillance. It has met with
     “I would take them outside and execute them in front of        pared to surrender the coun-         Poland felt obliged               support around the world.
  their families,” added the presenter best known as the face       try’s sovereignty to European        to make proposals                   Sikorski said Poland felt
  of the BBC’s top-rated “Top Gear” car show.                       Union interests.                     on the EU’s future                obliged to make proposals on
     “I mean how dare they go on strike when they have                The Law and Justice party          because it is cur-                the EU’s future because it is
  these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed,        said Radek Sikorski violated         rently holding its                currently holding its rotating
  while the rest of us have to work for a living?” he said. (AP)    the constitution on Monday           rotating presiden-                presidency.
                                                                    when he appealed to neigh-           cy.                                 He said Germany had a
                                                                    bouring Germany to take the                                            responsibility to “preserve
  Italy summons Iran envoy over UK embassy attack                   lead in consolidating the EU in    and said it included subjects       peace and democracy” in
  ROME Italy has summoned Iran’s envoy to the foreign               the face of Europe’s spiralling    for discussion. He noted, how-      Europe, and that the biggest
  ministry to express its “firm condemnation” of the storming        debt crisis. The party, which      ever, that had these points         threat to Poland’s security and
  of the British embassy in Tehran and to warn that Italy           has national identity and sov-     been previously discussed, the      prosperity would be the col-
  may take other steps.                                             ereignty issues high on its        current heated debate would         lapse of the euro zone.
    The foreign ministry said on Thursday that Italy also           agenda, was to file an              not have taken place.                 “And I demand of Germany
  demanded security guarantees for diplomats during the             impeachment motion on                Government spokesman              that, for your own sake and for
  meeting with the envoy, Mehdi Akouchekian.                        Thursday. It has no chance of      Pawel Gras said on Thursday         ours, you help it (the euro
    Iranian protesters on Tuesday stormed and ransacked             winning in parliament.             that Sikorski’s speech was          zone) survive and prosper.”
  the British embassy and British diplomatic compounds                Sikorski’s comments have         “informal,” but he had still          “You may not fail to lead.
  after an apparently state-approved rally denounced                rocked Poland politics, and        consulted with Prime Minister       Not dominate, but to lead in        European Union Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton (left) with Polish
  Britain’s support of US sanctions over Iran’s controversial       Prime Minister Donald Tusk         Donald Tusk and other gov-          reform,” Sikorski said.             Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski, in Sopot, Poland, on Friday. (AP)
  nuclear programme. (AP)

Book purports to tell DSK’s version of assault story
                                                                                                                     AP                      Lawyers for the maid,             the temptation. The act is fast,     and also had extensive email
                                                                                                                    PARIS                  Nafissatou Diallo immediate-         very fast.”                          and phone contact with him.
                                                                                                                                           ly dismissed the book by              Diallo’s version of event dif-       Taubmann, who has writ-
                                                                                                       A NEW book purports to give         Michel Taubmann as “com-            fers wildly from those               ten a previous biography of
                                                                                                       Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s            plete fantasy.”                     described in the book.               Strauss-Kahn, said he also
                                                                                                       version of events of what hap-        In key excerpts published           She has alleged that               studied phone records and
                                                                                                       pened in that New York hotel        in Paris Match magazine on          Strauss-Kahn          violently      surveillance tapes from the
                                                                                                       suite.                              Thursday — ahead of the             attacked her when she                hotel.
                                                                                                          In DSK Affairs: The Second       book’s      scheduled      on       arrived to clean his suite,            Strauss-Kahn’s        Paris
                                                                                                       Inquiry, Strauss-Kahn’s biog-       December 8 release —                forcing her to perform sex on        lawyer did not immediately
                                                                                                       rapher says when a hotel            Taubmann alleges Diallo             him before she quickly left          respond to calls seeking con-
                                                                                                       maid locked eyes with the           acted seductively upon burst-       the hotel. Investigators found       firmation that the politician
                                                                                                       then head of the International      ing in on a naked Strauss-          physical evidence, including         did indeed collaborate with
                                                                                                       Monetary Fund after he              Kahn.                               bruises on her private parts,        Taubmann on the book.
                                                                                                       emerged naked from a show-            Upon seeing the then IMF          but the criminal case against          Diallo’s lawyers Kenneth
                                                                                                       er, he interpreted her alleged-     leader, she “started walking        Strauss-Kahn was dismissed           Thompson and Douglas
                                                                                                       ly seductive body language as       towards the exit. But she was-      when prosecutors said they           Wigdor said on Wednesday
                                                                                                       a proposition,                      n’t in any hurry,” the excerpt      had lost faith in Diallo’s cred-     that the allegations in the
                                                                                                          The one-time French presi-       reads. “She stares him in the       ibility.                             book were absurd.
                                                                                                       dential contender has not           eyes.”                                The book’s excerpts do not           “Strauss Kahn’s absurd
                                                                                                       spoken out on the May 14              The excerpt continues:            contain any direct quotes            claim that Ms. Diallo ...
                                                                                                       encounter, which lead US            “The     flesh      is   weak.       from Strauss-Kahn, though            somehow looked at him
                                                                                                       authorities to charge him           Dominique Strauss-Kahn saw          author Taubmann said in an           seductively and consented to
                                                                                                       with attempted rape. The            a proposition. The situation        interview with Paris Match           his violent and abusive sexu-
                                                                                                       book is being marketed as his       amuses him. Rarely in his life      that he has met with the             al acts is complete fantasy,”
Michel Taubmann, journalist and biographer of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, with his        much-anticipated side of the        has he refused a moment of          politician at least six times        the lawyers said in a brief
book, in Paris, on Thursday. (REUTERS)                                                                 story.                              pleasure. He does not resist        since the May 14 incident,           statement.
06          Friday, December 2, 2011

                                       ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER   3, 2006

                                                                          ADEL ALI BIN ALI
                                                                          MANAGING DIRECTOR
                                                                                                                    Crisis of Good Governance
          DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI                                   AJIT KUMAR JHA
          EDITOR -IN-CHIEF                                               EDITOR                                 The US has a pretty bad system of governance but other countries are far worse
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                                                                                                                       ROUND the world, good gover-                                              IAN BREMMER | NYT SYNDICATE
                                                                                                                       nance is now in short supply.
                                                                                                                       Democrats and Republicans on
                                       Eastside                                                                        the so-called deficit reduction
                                                                                                                       supercommittee in Washington
                                                                                                              failed to agree even on what they dis-

                  US-Pakistan Puzzle
                                                                                                              agree about. There is no consensus
                                                                                                              among the leaders of euro zone coun-
                                                                                                              tries on the cause of Europe’s debt cri-
                                                                                                              sis, much less on what to do about it.
         Washington & Islamabad need to find a way forward                                                       Nor are major emerging markets
                                                                                                              blazing a trail toward better gover-
                                                                                                              nance. China’s leaders accept that the

I T’S not clear what led to NATO strikes
  on two Pakistani border posts this week-
end, but there can be no dispute that the
                                                        issued a statement offering their “deepest
                                                        condolences for the loss of life.” We’re not
                                                        sure why President Barack Obama waited
                                                                                                              country’s economic growth is “unstable,
                                                                                                              unbalanced, uncoordinated, and unsus-
                                                                                                              tainable,” in the words of Prime
loss of lives is tragic. At least 24 Pakistani          until Monday to add his voice.                        Minister Wen Jiabao, but early evi-
troops were killed. We regret those                        We are also puzzled, and concerned, by             dence suggests they haven’t done much
deaths, as we do those of all American,                 the delay in opening a full and transpar-             to change it. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s
NATO and Afghan troops and Pakistani                    ent inquiry. On Saturday, the top US                  once and future president, is not the
and Afghan civilians killed by extremists.              commander in Afghanistan, Gen. John                   man to reform Russia. Even Brazil, a
   Washington and Islamabad need to                     Allen, said he would “thoroughly” inves-              notable developing world success story,
work together, urgently, to ensure that                 tigate the incident. But that was never               faces a wave of high-level political scan-
this incident does not destroy their deeply             going to be enough. It took until Monday              dals and resignations.
troubled relationship. The US needs                     for Gen. James Mattis, leader of the                     So where are we to find decent gover-
Pakistan’s cooperation – as grudging as it              Pentagon’s Central Command, to                        nance in today’s crisis-prone world?
is – to pursue the fight against the                    announce a more formal investigation                     It’s hard to look to Washington. For
Taliban. And without American support,                  and name Brig. Gen. Stephen Clark to                  all the worries over squabbling US law-
Pakistan’s fragile government will be even              lead it. The inquiry will include represen-           makers and the histrionics of Tea Party
more vulnerable to                                                        tatives of NATO and                 and Occupy Wall Street activists, to find
extremist attacks.                                                        Allen’s              team.          the real problem in American politics
   So far, Pakistan’s                                                     Significantly, Central              we must follow the money.
leaders seem most                                                         Command said Pakistan                  Interest groups of every stripe have
interested in fanning                                                     and Afghanistan would               the cash and the access to co-opt broad
popular anger. The                                                        be invited to participate.          segments of both parties. This allows
Obama administration                                                      Islamabad and Kabul                 them to block efforts at reform that
and NATO have wasted                                                      should both agree. The              might erode their wealth and influence.
precious time, allowing                                                   panel needs to move                 Not even a financial meltdown of his-         all sorts of entrenched interests -                               After touring the world, you end up
the crisis to escalate.                                                   ahead quickly and cred-             toric proportions could generate              from industry groups to the military to                        where we started. ... The country most
   On Saturday, after the                                                 ibly, with full disclosure          enough public demand to loosen the            the largest state-owned companies.                             likely to produce good governance over
first reports, Secretary                                                  no matter what it finds.            lobbyists’ grip.                              The Saudi monarch and his inner cir-                           the next several years is, believe it or
of State Hillary Rodham                                                      Pakistan’s leaders, as              Across the Atlantic, the problem with-     cle cope with demands from clerical                            not, still the United States. In fact, the
Clinton and Defense                                                       ever, are playing a very            in the euro zone is the structure of the      leaders and competing branches with-                           first three years of the Obama adminis-
Secretary Leon Panetta                                                    dangerous game.                     euro zone itself. These 17 countries          in the royal family.                                           tration has seen passage of more legisla-
                                                                                                              share a common currency, yet they have           Structural change comes slowly in                           tion than at any time since the mid-
                                                                                                              distinctly different political systems,       both countries, not simply because their                       1960s.
                                                                                                              electoral calendars and approaches to         leaders are risk-averse, but because so                           That’s in part because a sense of eco-
                                      Westside                                                                taxes and state spending. The debt crisis
                                                                                                              has now empowered both bureaucrats
                                                                                                                                                            many demands must be satisfied. A
                                                                                                                                                            Chinese state-owned company with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           nomic crisis forced early cooperation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           It’s also because the two parties aren’t
                                                                                                              in Brussels and governments led by            deep political connections or a Saudi                          really that far apart on foreign policy,

           Bid To Kill Kyoto Protocol
                                                                                                              unelected technocrats in Athens and           prince with control of a key ministry can                      national security and trade issues.
                                                                                                              Rome. That may help avert near-term           paralyse a reform plan.                                        There is less contention here than on
                                                                                                              disaster, but it won’t produce a credible        The Russian model of autocracy has                          domestic priorities, but these issues are
                                                                                                              long-term solution.                           built-in problems of its own. Here,                            no less important.
                                                                                                                 Are authoritarian states better            authority is vested in an individual                              Though hotly contested US elec-
    Rich nations are working on new climate change framework                                                  equipped than democracies to govern           leader, and though groups compete for                          tions will bring Washington to a near
                                                                                                              effectively in times of crisis?               access, assets and influence, spoils can                       standstill in 2012, the prospects for

A  T the fortnight-long conclave on climate
   change now underway at Durban, the
demise of the Kyoto Protocol looks immi-
                                                        of environmental apartheid, where a citizen
                                                        of a poor nation is seen as having less rights
                                                        than the world’s worst polluters.
                                                                                                                 On the one hand, it’s considered a
                                                                                                              strength of democracies that the inde-
                                                                                                              pendence of their institutions – courts,
                                                                                                                                                            be awarded only by the emperor or
                                                                                                                                                            trusted members of his entourage.
                                                                                                                                                            Oligarchs come and go. A state-sup-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           2013        are    more      promising.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Republicans will likely strengthen
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           their leverage within both houses of
nent. Instead, the agenda of rich nations                  India must resist such inimical moves. If          media, political parties, banks – bolster     ported industry or military faction can                        Congress. If a Republican wins the
seems to be to reset negotiations and begin             the rich nations manage to push through               public confidence in government, no           fall from favour. Power is concentrated                        White House, the party will face enor-
again from scratch, preparing a “roadmap”               their climate change framework India will             matter who is in charge. On the other,        at the tip of the pyramid. With this                           mous pressure to keep its campaign
for a future climate agreement in 2020 or               have to bear a grossly disproportionate               as checks and balances limit the power        model, the challenge isn’t in coming up                        promises on reform of government
later. Junking Kyoto, rich nations now want             burden, adversely affecting its economic              of individual elected officials, they make    with new policies, it’s in implementing                        spending. If Obama wins, a legacy-
to link their emissions cuts to those of                growth. Even if the Kyoto Protocol is                 it more difficult to get things done when     them. Consolidation of control requires                        minded president will have ample
emerging economies, such as India.                      junked, New Delhi must insist on adhering             change is needed most.                        that economic and security bureaucra-                          incentive to strike an historic bargain
   This ignores the vast gap in present levels          to the principle of equity. It can make com-             Autocracies have weaknesses of their       cies are prevented from becoming com-                          on long-term debt reduction for which
of emissions. For example, while the US                 mon cause with other developing nations               own. Beijing can move hundreds of bil-        peting centres of power, rendering them                        both parties can claim credit.
emits 19.3metric tons of carbon dioxide                 and emerging economies to do so.                      lions of dollars into infrastructure proj-    less effective at getting things done at                          Take pride, Americans. You have the
per capita, India’s share is 1.4 tons. This                New Delhi has already initiated a host of          ects on a scale and with a speed impos-       the local level.                                               worst system of governance on Earth –
means an average US citizen uses up 14                  environment-friendly measures, most                   sible in America. The Saudis can order           In addition, this system works only as                      except for all the others.
times the amount of carbon space as the                 notable among them being its ambitious                construction from scratch of new cities       long as the public accepts the legitimacy
average Indian. Not only this, the rich                 solar policy. To do more, rich nations must           in the sand. Yet leaders of these coun-       of the man at the top. Egypt without                                    (Ian Bremmer is president of
countries’ current approach ignores his-                first set an example by demonstrating that            tries face checks and balances too.           Hosni Mubarak will take time to regain                                  Eurasia Group and author of
toric responsibility for emissions, some-               they have the political will to cut emissions,           The nine members of China’s                its footing, and Venezuela’s near-term                                  “The End of the Free Market:
thing that the Kyoto Protocol had factored              as well as agree to transfer green technolo-          Politburo Standing Committee con-             stability continues to depend on the                                     Who Wins the War Between
in. Such backsliding amounts to a version               gies to low emitters such as India.                   tend with competing pressures from            health of Hugo Chavez.                                                    States and Corporations?’’)
                                                (NYT / TOI)

                             Postscript To Tale Of Stalin’s Daughter
                                          Born Svetlana Stalina, she became the most high-profile Soviet exile since the ballet

               ER three successive names                       mother didn’t marry a carpenter.”               DOUGLAS MARTIN/ NYT SYNDICATE           soon afterward.                                            they were divorced. In 1984, with her
               were signposts on a twisted,                       Hers was a life worthy of a Russian                                                    After Stalin died in 1953, his legacy                    13-year-old daughter Olga, she went
               bewildering road that took                      novel. It began with a loving relation-                                                 was challenged, and the new leaders                        to Moscow. Lana Peters now
               her from Stalin’s Kremlin,                      ship with Stalin, who had taken the           Reaching New York in                      were eager to put his more egregious                       denounced the West. Peters and Olga
               where she was the “little                       name, meaning “man of steel,” as a         1967, she denounced the                      policies behind them. Svetlana lost                        were given Soviet citizenship, but
      princess,” to the West in a celebrated                   young man. Millions died under his         Soviet regime. Her autobi-                   many of her privileges. In the 1960s,                      soon their lives worsened. The son
      defection, then back to the Soviet                       brutally repressive rule, but at home                                                   when she fell in love with Brijesh                         and daughter who lived in Russia
      Union in a puzzling homecoming, and                      he called his daughter “little sparrow,”   ography, “Twenty Letters to                  Singh, an Indian Communist who was                         began shunning her and Olga.
      finally to decades of obscurity, wan-                    cuddled and kissed her, showered her        a Friend,” was published                    visiting Moscow, Soviet officials                          Defying the official atheism of the
      dering and poverty.                                      with presents, and entertained her           later that year. In 1969                   refused to let her marry him. After he                     state, Olga insisted on wearing a cru-
        At her birth, on Feb. 28, 1926, she                    with US movies.                            she recounted her journey                    became ill and died, they only reluc-                      cifix. They moved to Tbilisi, Georgia,
      was named Svetlana Stalina, the only                        She became a celebrity in her coun-                                                  tantly gave her permission, in early                       but it was no better than Moscow.
      daughter and last surviving child of                     try, compared to Shirley Temple in         from the Soviet Union in a                   1967, to take his ashes home to India.                       In April 1986 they returned to the
      Soviet dictator Josef Stalin. After he                   the US Thousands of babies were               second memoir, “Only                          Once in India, Alliluyeva, as she                      US
      died in 1953, she took her mother’s                      named Svetlana. So was a perfume.                    One Year”                          was known now, evaded Soviet agents                          In an interview with The Wisconsin
      last name, Alliluyeva. In 1970, after                       But all was not perfect even then.                                                   in the KGB and showed up at the US                         State Journal in 2010, she was asked
      her defection and a US marriage, she                     The darkest moment of her childhood                                                     Embassy in New Delhi seeking politi-                       if her father had loved her. She
      became and remained Lana Peters.                         came when her mother, Nadezhda             Morozov, a fellow student. Stalin            cal asylum.                                                thought he did, she said, because she
        Peters died of colon cancer on Nov.                    Alliluyeva, Stalin’s second wife, com-     slapped her and refused to meet him.           Reaching New York in 1967, she                           had red hair and freckles, like his
      22, aged 85.                                             mitted suicide in 1932. Svetlana, who      This time, however, she had her way.         denounced the Soviet regime. Her                           mother.
        Long after fleeing her homeland,                       was 6, was told that her mother had        She married Morozov in 1945. They            autobiography, “Twenty Letters to a                          And he left a shadow from which
      she seemed to be still searching for                     died of appendicitis. She did not learn    had one child, Josef, before divorcing       Friend,” was published later that year.                    she could never emerge.
      something – sampling religions, from                     the truth for a decade.                    in 1947.                                     In 1969 she recounted her journey                            “Wherever I go,” she said, “here, or
      Hinduism to Christian Science, falling                      In her memoirs she told of how            Her second marriage, in 1949, was          from the Soviet Union in a second                          Switzerland, or India, or wherever.
      in love and constantly moving. Her                       Stalin had sent her first love, a Jewish   more to Stalin’s liking. The groom,          memoir, “Only One Year.”                                   Australia. Some island. I will always
      defection took her from India,                           filmmaker, to Siberia for 10 years. A      Yuri Zhdanov, was the son of Stalin’s          Later, she burnt her Soviet pass-                        be a political prisoner of my father’s
      through Europe, to the United States.                    year after her father broke up her first   right-hand man, Andrei Zhdanov. The          port, saying she would never return to                     name.”
        “You can’t regret your fate,” Peters                   romance, she told him she wanted to        couple had a daughter, Yekaterina,           the Soviet Union. In 1970, she mar-                          She became the most high-profile
      once said, “although I do regret my                      marry another Jewish man, Gregory          the next year. But they, too, divorced       ried William Wesley Peters but soon                        Soviet exile since the ballet.

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                                                                                                         ANALYSIS                                                                         Friday, December 2, 2011
                                                                                                        Israel’s best defense is to
      Health is                                                                                         strengthen Fayyadism and giving
                                                                                                        Palestinian security services more
                                                                                                        areas of responsibility to increase
      Wealth                                               Global bytes
                                                                                                        their legitimacy and make clear
                                                                                                        that they are not the permanent
                                                                                                        custodians of Israel’s occupation
         JOHN LEIGHTY/ HEALTHDAY                           THOMAS L FRIEDMAN | NYT NEWS SERVICE                                                                                      ROBERT REICH | THE HUFFINGTONPOST.COM

                                                                                                                                                                                   Restore The
Soccer header
may cause brain
                                                           ISRAEL & THE                                                                                                            Basic Bargain
                                                                                                                                                                                   F   OR most of the last century, the basic bar-
                                                                                                                                                                                       gain at the heart of the American economy

F  REQUENT “heading” of soccer balls by
   avid amateur players may cause brain
damage leading to subtle but serious
declines in thinking and coordination skills,
a new study suggests.
  For the study, researchers used an
                                                         ARAB AWAKENING                                                                                                            was that employers paid their workers enough
                                                                                                                                                                                   to buy what American employers were selling.
                                                                                                                                                                                      That basic bargain created a virtuous cycle of
                                                                                                                                                                                   higher living standards, more jobs, and better
                                                                                                                                                                                      Back in 1914, Henry Ford announced he was
                                                                                                                                                                                   paying workers on his Model T assembly line
advanced MRI technique to analyze                            Netanyahu’s diagnosis of the development is dangerous for Israel                                                      $5 a day — three times what the typical factory
changes in brain white matter of 32 adult                                                                                                                                          employee earned at the time. The Wall Street
amateur soccer players who headed balls                                                                                                                                            Journal termed his action “an economic

436 times a year on average. Players who                     SRAEL is facing the biggest            also be very dangerous for Israel.     Israelis admit is a security force      crime.”
were high-frequency headers — with 1,000                     erosion of its strategic envi-           Diagnosis: From the very start,      that has helped to keep Israel             But Ford knew it was a cunning business
or more a year — showed abnormalities                        ronment since its founding.            Israeli officials have insisted that   peaceful – so Palestinians will be      move. The higher wage turned Ford’s auto
similar to traumatic brain injuries suffered                 It is alienated from its long-         Obama helped to push Mubarak           ready for a two-state solution.         workers into customers who could afford to
in car accidents, the study found.                           time ally Turkey. Its archen-          out rather than saving him.            Instead of rewarding him, Israel        buy Model T’s. In two years Ford’s profits more
  “This is the first study to look at the effects       emy Iran is suspected of develop-           Nonsense. The Arab dictators           has been withholding $100 mil-          than doubled.
of heading on the brain using sophisticated             ing a nuclear bomb. The two                 were pushed out by their people;       lion in Palestinian tax revenues           That was then. Now, Ford Motor Company is
diffusion tensor imaging,” said Dr. Michael             strongest states on its border –            there was no saving them. In           that Fayyad needs – in punish-          paying its new hires half what it paid new
Lipton, lead researcher and associate direc-            Syria and Egypt – are being con-            fact, Mubarak had three decades        ment for the Palestinians press-        employees a few years ago.
tor of the Gruss Magnetic Resonance                     vulsed by revolutions. The two              to gradually open up Egyptian          ing for a state at the U.N. – to pay       The basic bargain is over — not only at Ford
Research Center at the Albert Einstein                  weakest states on its border –              politics and save himself. And         the security forces that help to        but all over the American economy.
College of Medicine in New York City.                   Gaza and Lebanon – are con-                 what did he do? Last year, he          protect Israel. That is crazy.             New data from the Commerce Department
  “We found the real implication for players            trolled by Hamas and Hezbollah.             held the most-rigged election in          Israel’s best defense is to          shows employee pay is now down to the small-
isn’t from hitting headers once in a while,                It was in this context that              Egyptian history. His party won        strengthen Fayyadism – includ-          est share of the economy since the government
but repetitively, which can lead to degener-            Prime       Minister     Benjamin           209 out of 211 seats. It is amaz-      ing giving Palestinian security         began collecting wage and salary data in 1929.
ation of brain cells,” he said.                         Netanyahu went before the                   ing that the uprising didn’t hap-      services more areas of responsi-           Meanwhile, corporate profits now constitute
  The researchers compared neurological                 Knesset last Wednesday and                  pen sooner.                            bility to increase their legitimacy     the largest share of the economy since 1929.
images of study participants, whose average             argued that the Arab awakening                Â Israel’s fear of Islamists tak-    and make clear that they are not           1929, by the way, was the year of the Great
age was 31, and found those with the high-              was moving the Arab world                   ing power all around it cannot be      the permanent custodians of             Crash that ushered in the Great Depression.
est volume of headers had abnormalities in              “backward” and turning into an              dismissed. But it is such a live       Israel’s occupation. This would            In the years leading up to the Great Crash,
five areas of the brain, responsible for                “Islamic, anti-Western, anti-lib-           possibility precisely because of       not only help stabilize Israel’s        most employers forgot Henry Ford’s example.
attention, memory, physical mobility and                eral, anti-Israeli, undemocratic            the last 50 years of Arab dictator-    own backyard – and prevent              The wages of most American workers
high-level visual functions.                            wave.” Ceding territory to the              ship, in which only Islamists          another uprising that would             remained stagnant. The gains of economic
  Negative changes started occurring in the             Palestinians was unwise at such a           were allowed to organize in            spread like wildfire to the Arab        growth went mainly into corporate profits and
neuro-regions when players surpassed                    time, he said: “We can’t know               mosques while no independent,          world without the old dictators         into the pockets of the very rich. American
threshold levels of about 1,000 to 1,500                who will end up with any piece of           secular, democratic parties were       to hold it back – but would lay         families maintained their standard of living by
headers a year, according to the study slat-            territory we give up.”                      allowed to develop in the politi-      the foundation for a two-state          going deeper into debt. In 1929 the debt bubble
ed for presentation Tuesday at the annual                  Netanyahu        added:      “In         cal arena. This has given Muslim       solution and for better relations       popped.
meeting of the Radiological Society of North            February, when millions of                  parties an early leg up.               with      the      Arab      peoples.      Sound familiar? It should. The same thing
America, in Chicago.                                    Egyptians thronged to the streets             Arab dictators were convenient       Remember, those Arab peoples            happened in the years leading up to the crash
  The findings come in the wake of mixed                in Cairo, commentators and                  for Israel and the Islamists – but     are going to have a lot more say        of 2008.
reports on the so-called “cognitive” conse-             quite a few Israeli members of              deadly for Arab development and        in how they are ruled and with             The latest data on corporate profits and
quences of frequently heading soccer balls              the opposition said that we’re              education. Now that the lid has        whom they have peace. In that           wages show we haven’t learned the essential
at practice and during games in a popular               facing a new era of liberalism              come off, the transition will be       context, Israel will be so much         lesson of the two big economic crashes of the
sport played by millions of children and                and progress. They said I was               rocky. But, it was inevitable, and     better off if it is seen as strength-   last 75 years: When the economy becomes too
young adults worldwide. Cognitive is a term             trying to scare the public and was          the new politics is just beginning:    ening responsible and democrat-         lopsided — disproportionately benefiting cor-
used to describe brain-based functions such             on the wrong side of history and            Islamists will now have to compete     ic Palestinian leaders.                 porate owners and top executives rather than
as memory, thinking, learning and process-              don’t see where things are head-            with legitimate secular parties.          This is such a delicate moment.      average workers — it tips over.
ing information. Previous research linked               ing.” But, he told the Knesset,               Â Netanyahu’s prescription is        It requires wise, farsighted Israeli       In other words, we’re in trouble because the
poor memory and motor function test                     events had proved him correct.              to do nothing. I understand            leadership. The Arab awakening          basic bargain has been broken.
results to one or more concussions caused               Netanyahu reportedly said that              Israel not ceding territory in this    is coinciding with the last hopes          Yet incredibly, some politicians think the
by a player’s head hitting a goal post, slam-           when he cautioned President                 uncertain period to a divided          for a two-state solution between        best way to restart the nation’s job engine is to
ming into the ground or colliding with                  Barack Obama and other                      Palestinian movement. What I           Israelis and Palestinians. Israeli      make corporations even more profitable and
another player.                                         Western leaders against backing             can’t understand is doing noth-        rightists will be tempted to do         the rich even richer — reducing corporate
  Dr. Chris Koutures, a pediatrician and                the uprising against Egypt’s                ing. Israel has an Arab awaken-        nothing, to insist the time is not      taxes; cutting back on regulations protecting
sports medicine specialist in Anaheim Hills,            then-president, Hosni Mubarak,              ing in its own backyard in the         right for risk-taking – and never       public health, worker safety, the environment,
Calif., said the retrospective maging study             he was told that he didn’t under-           person of Prime Minister Salam         will be – so Israel needs to occu-      and small investors; and slashing taxes on the
was fascinating, but needs more data to                 stand reality: “I ask today, who            Fayyad of the Palestinian              py the West Bank and its                very rich.
effectively determine safe header limits,               here didn’t understand reality?”            Authority. He’s been the most          Palestinians forever. That could           These same politicians think average work-
especially for younger players.                            Netanyahu’s analysis of the              radical Arab leader of all. He is      be the greatest danger of all for       ers should have even less money in their pock-
  “We need an approach where we follow                  dangers facing Israel is valid, and         the first Palestinian leader to say:   Israel: to wake up one day and          ets. They don’t want to extend the payroll tax
players down the road and count the head-               things could still get worse. What          Judge me on my performance in          discover that, in response to the       cut or unemployment benefits. And they want
ers in respect to age, head injuries, alcohol           is wrong is Netanyahu’s diagno-             improving my peoples’ lives, not       messy and turbulent Arab demo-          to make it harder for workers to form unions.
use and other factors,” Koutures said. “This            sis of how it happened and his              on my rhetoric.                        cratic awakening, the Jewish               These politicians have reality upside down
would be valuable information to share with             prescription of what to do about              His focus has been on building       state sacrificed its own democrat-         Corporations don’t need more money. They
players and their families.”                            it – and those blind spots could            institutions – including what          ic character.                           have so much money right now they don’t even
                                                                                                                                                                                   know what to do with all of it. They’re even
                                                                                                                                                                                   buying back their own shares of stock. This is a
                                                                                                                                                                                   bonanza for CEOs whose pay is tied to stock
                                                                                                                                                                                   prices and it increases the wealth of other
                                                                                                                                                                                   shareholders. But it doesn’t create a single new
                                                                                                                                                                                   job and it doesn’t raise the wages of a single

       Have                                                                                                                                                                        employee.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Nor do the wealthiest Americans need more
                                                                                                                                                                                   money. The top 1 percent is already taking in

      your say                                             Einstein revisited
                                                    APROPOS the Qatar Tribune’s
                                                    editorial Opera versus Einstein, it
                                                                                                         FDI retail in India
                                                                                                  APROPOS India opens the door for
                                                                                                  FDI in retail sector I would like to
                                                                                                                                               In Qatar, the winter is
                                                                                                                                             getting full grip and some
                                                                                                                                            thunder shower in Doha was
                                                                                                                                                                                   more than 20 percent of total income — the
                                                                                                                                                                                   highest since the 1920s.
                                                                                                                                                                                      American businesses, including small-busi-
                                                                                                                                                                                   ness owners, have no incentive to create new
                                                                                                                                                                                   jobs because consumers (whose spending
                                                    is interesting to note that the last          state that Indian politicians are in     nothing but a chance to grab            accounts for about 70 percent of the American
                                                    two centuries has had a major                 habit of first opposing and later        the blazing lights in Corniche          economy) aren’t spending enough. Consumers’
     Is there an issue you feel                     share of new theories and discov-             accepting an issue of importance. It                                             after-tax incomes dropped in the second and
     strongly about, or an article                  eries of laws governing physics               may be recalled how vociferously           and to enjoy nice weather.            third quarters of the year, the first back-to-
                                                    and anyone who has awareness of               political leaders opposed computers                                              back drops since 2009.
     you want to comment on? QT                     all these happenings could seem-              and computerisation in the country.
                                                                                                                                                       A SEF K HAN
                                                                                                                                                                                      The recent small pickup in consumer spend-
                                                    ingly draw a conclusion that                  In fact, decades after they opposed                                              ing has come out of their savings. Obviously
     will carry your voice to the                   there is nothing much more valu-              former prime minister Rajiv                                                      this can’t continue, and corporations know it.
     public and to places where it                  able to be discovered or estab-
                                                    lished in Physics in the coming
                                                                                                  Gandhi’s policy, their children today
                                                                                                  carry computers and hold high posi-
                                                                                                                                                                                   Consumer savings are already at their lowest
                                                                                                                                                                                   level in four years.
     matters. Write to us at                        centuries. Albert Einstein had                tions in Silicon Valley in the US and                                               Get it? Corporate profits are up right now
                                                    laid out the universe for us with             in the IT hub of Bangalore. Likewise,                                            largely because pay is down and companies
                                                    his imposing theory of relativity             I am confident that these political                                              aren’t hiring. But this is a losing game even for
                                                    on which current world’s ener-                leaders opposing the FDI will make                                               corporations over the long term. Without
                                                    gy(nuclear) requirements are                  a turnaround when their children                                                 enough American consumers, their profitable
                     ADDRESS                        met. This new revelation that                 are employed in the sector. One                                                  days are numbered.
                                                    fundamental particles called neu-             thing has happened that because of                                                  After all, there’s a limit to how much profit
            PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar               trinos break the light barrier                malls that mom-and-pop stores are        “Other human beings have a              they can get out of cutting American payrolls or
                    TELEPHONE                       would go a long way in establish-             more clean and becoming profes-          right to peace and happiness            even selling abroad. European consumers are
               +974.44422077                        ing new trends in physics which if            sional. No need to get panicky about        that is equal to our own;            in no mood to buy. And most Asian economies,
                                                    directed properly would result in             opening of the Wal-Marts and other                                               including China, are slowing.
                                                    upliftment of human society just              big foreign retail stores. Both big       therefore we have a respon-               We’re in a vicious cycle. The only way out of
               +974.44416790                        as nuclear energy has currently               retails and small neighbourhood              sibility to help those in           it is to put more money into the pockets of
                      EMAIL                         done for us.                                  stores can co-exit.                                                              average Americans. That means extending the
                                                                          HAIDER AHAMED                                 MANSOUR AHMED
                                                                                                                                                         need.”                    payroll tax cut. And extending unemployment
                                                                                   DOHA                                          DOHA                  D ALAI L AMA                benefits.
                                                                                                                                                                                      Don’t stop there. Create a WPA to get the
                                                                                                                                                                                   long-term unemployed back to work. And a
                                                                                                                                                                                   Civilian Conservation Corp to create jobs.
08          Friday, December 2, 2011
                                                                    UNITED STATES

 Cain says
                                   Obama pleads with
 plans rest
                                   voters for patience
 with wife
                                   on ‘change’
         MANCHESTER                           REUTERS                  Iraq and fighting Al Qaeda,         change will come,” he said.
                                              NEW YORK                 the president said he needed       “Press on, everybody.”
 REPUBLICAN presiden-                                                  another term to fully address        Meanwhile, Obama struck
 tial hopeful Herman Cain,         PRESIDENT Barack Obama              the economy, the environ-          an optimistic note on
 battling allegations of infi-      asked      US      voters     on    ment and other issues.             Wednesday night that law-
 delity, said on Wednesday         Wednesday to keep believing           “Every single thing that we      makers in Congress could
 he would decide whether           in the “hope and change” he         care about is at stake in this     reach agreement to extend
 to continue his campaign          promised in 2008, saying he         next election,” Obama said.        payroll tax cuts he said earlier
 after a face-to-face talk         needed more time to turn              “It’s going to take more than    were needed to avoid a “mas-
 with his wife.                    America around.                     a few years to meet the chal-      sive blow” to the economy.
    While vowing not to end           At a series of fundraisers in    lenges that have been decades        At a fundraiser at a New
 his candidacy over accusa-        New York, where he raised           in the making,” he said.           York       restaurant,       the
 tions he had a long-term          more than $2 million for his          Republicans have not             Democrat said Republican
 affair, the former pizza          campaign and those of other         selected their 2012 nominee        congressional leaders John
 company executive said a          Democrats, Obama acknowl-           but Obama is polling neck          Boehner        and       Mitch
 frank talk on Friday with         edged frustration over the stale-   and neck with one of their         McConnell had indicated in
 Gloria, his wife of 43 years,     mate in Washington that has         leading candidates, former         the past few days they were
 would be a big part of a          soured views of his leadership.     Massachusetts Governor Mitt        open to the one-year exten-
 “reassessment” of his                “After all that is happening     Romney.                            sion that Obama wants to bol-
 White House bid.                  in Washington, it may be              Obama said he knew many          ster the economy.
    “I have talked to my wife      tempting to believe that            of his supporters were disillu-      “It is possible that we see
 many times since Monday           change may not be as possible       sioned by the deadlock in          some additional progress           President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign fundraiser at the Sheraton Hotel, in New York, on
 about this situation. I have      as we thought,” he told sup-        Washington, where a dispute        over the next couple of weeks      Wednesday. (AFP)
 not talked to her about this      porters.                            in the summer over raising         that can continue to help
 face to face,” Cain told             “It has been three wrench-       the debt ceiling brought the       strengthen the economy and         making transatlantic calls         that they do need to do the       state considered crucial to his
 reporters after rallying sup-     ing years for this country,”        United States close to the risk    get us through what has been       because if you look at what is     right thing and we are provid-    re-election chances in the
 porters at his New                said Obama, whose re-elec-          of a debt default.                 a very difficult period, not just   happening in Europe, both to       ing them as much assistance       2012 presidential election.
 Hampshire campaign head-          tion prospects hinge on his           But he told them the stakes      for the United States but obvi-    the banks and for countries        as we can to make sure that         He told nearly 2,000 stu-
 quarters in Manchester.           ability to heal the economy         were too high to give up hope,     ously for the world economy,”      like Italy that need to refi-       the situation is stabilised       dents and voters there he
    Once a frontrunner in the      from the financial crisis that       saying Republicans would           Obama told the campaign            nance their debt, that can         because it will have impact all   wanted to finance the payroll
 race to challenge President       struck before he took office         unwind much of his agenda          event.                             have a profound impact on          around the world,” he said.       tax proposal by raising taxes
 Barack Obama in 2012,             and to lower the 9 percent          and put the country on a             But he warned the US econ-       what happens here,” he told          Obama’s upbeat tone on          on wealthier Americans, chal-
 Cain called recent reports        unemployment rate.                  starkly different path.            omy faced “a lot of head-          the crowd of about 45, who         payroll taxes marked a pivot      lenging Republicans to make
 that he had an affair with an        While listing what he called       “If you are willing to keep      winds” and that “Europe is         paid $35,800 each to attend.       from his campaign-style rally     a choice in a congressional
 Atlanta-area woman “char-         his achievements overhauling        pushing through all the frus-      probably the biggest one.”            “I am cautiously hopeful        earlier in the day in Scranton,   vote he said could come as
 acter assassination” and          healthcare, ending the war in       trations that we may see ...         “I spend an awful lot of time    that they end up recognising       Pennsylvania, a battleground      early as Friday.
 “conviction in the court of
 public opinion.”
    He has said he will decide
 within “several days”
 whether to stay in the race.
    Earlier, at rallies in Ohio,
 Cain said most of his sup-
                                                                                                                                             Protesters vow to regroup
 porters were sticking with
 him despite the latest con-
 troversy, which came amid
 accusations he had sexually
                                                                                                                                             after police evict LA camp
 harassed a number of                                                                                                                                     AFP                     The statement came only         remained defiant. “Occupy LA
 women. He accused his crit-                                                                                                                          LOS ANGELES               hours after some 1,400 Los        will not die. We will move for-
 ics of trying to bring down                                                                                                                                                    Angeles police cleared out        ward and the Occupy move-
 his upstart White House bid.                                                                                                                ANTI-WALL Street protesters        hundreds from the two-            ment will only become
    “They want you to                                                                                                                        on Wednesday vowed to              month-old camp in a park          stronger as a result of this
 believe that with enough                                                                                                                    regroup and carry on their         outside City Hall, Mayor          punitive action,” spokesman
 character assassination on                                                                                                                  campaign after police cleared      Antonio Villaraigosa said.        Mario Brito told reporters.
 me that I will drop out,” a                                                                                                                 Occupy camps in Los Angeles                                            “We feel the pain of being
 defiant Cain said in                                                                                                                         and Philadelphia, detaining          The anti-Wall                   evicted from what was our
 Dayton, drawing a chorus                                                                                                                    nearly 350 people.                   Street movement,                home for 60 days, but it does
 of “boos” from the crowd.                                                                                                                      The latest evictions followed     born in New York in             not compare to the pain of
    Cain, who has denied the                                                                                                                 action in recent weeks against       mid-September,                  millions of Americans who are
 affair and harassment                                                                                                                       anti-Wall Street encamp-             now finds itself in             being evicted from their
 accusations, did not rule                                                                                                                   ments in cities across the           a precarious posi-              homes by greedy banks.”
 out other potential accus-                                                                                                                  United States including              tion, with permis-                In Phoenix, Arizona, police
 ers emerging. “My career                                                                                                                    Dallas,      New       Orleans,      sion to camp in                 used pepper spray to disperse
 was in business for over 40                                                                                                                 Oakland, Portland, and New           public spaces                   a group of protesters during
 years. I have worked with                                                                                                                   York, the cradle of a now-           being rapidly cur-              an anti-Wall Street rally,
 thousands of people. I                                                                                                                      global movement.                     tailed.                         arresting six people.
 can’t possibly say that                                                                                                                        But the demonstrators were                                          Officers deployed pepper
 someone wont trump up                                                                                                                       unbowed, unveiling a plan to                                         spray at two groups of protest-
 another allegation. It just                                                                                                                 shut down major ports along          “I couldn’t be prouder of       ers who apparently tried to
 goes with the territory.”                                                                                                                   the US West Coast and              what I believe is maybe the       break through a police line at
    Cain, 65, denies having                                                                                                                  Canada’s Pacific seaboard in a      finest moment in the history       an annual meeting of the
 an affair with Ginger                                                                                                                       day of action on December 12.      of the LAPD,” he said.            American            Legislative
 White, who says their 13-                                                                                                                      “We’re shutting down these        “Almost 300 people were         Exchange Summit.
 year, on-and-off relation-                                                                                                                  ports because of the union         arrested with a minimal use of      The anti-Wall Street move-
 ship began in the mid-                                                                                                                      busting and attacks on the         force.... The activists’ funda-   ment, born in New York in mid-
 1990s. He said he thought                                                                                                                   working class by the 1 per-        mental rights were respected.     September, now finds itself in a
 she was a friend and he                                                                                                                     cent,” said Barucha Peller of      This was truly an exemplary       precarious position, with per-
 was simply giving her                                                                                                                       the West Coast Port Blockade       operation,” he said. A total of   mission to camp in public
 financial assistance.                                                                                                                        Assembly,        of      Occupy    292 protesters were arrested,     spaces being rapidly curtailed.
    The candidate, who led the                                                                                                               Oakland, in a statement.           he added.                           “If anything, (the move-
 Republican race barely more                                                                                                                    “We are also striking back        The tent settlement in Los      ment) has gotten much
 than a month ago, has nose-                                                                                                                 against the nationally coordi-     Angeles was one of the biggest    stronger,” said one protester
 dived in polls after being hit                                                                                                              nated attack on the Occupy         of many that have sprung up       who identified himself as Joel
 by sexual harassment                                                                                                                        movement. In response to the       across the country to protest     at the camp just two blocks
 charges from four women                                                                                                                     police violence and camp evic-     financial inequality, corporate    from the White House in
 and stumbling recently on                                                                                                                   tions against the Occupy move-     greed and the influence of big     Washington, one of Occupy’s
 the campaign trail.                                                                                                                         ment, this is our coordinated      business on government.           few major encampments to
                                   Occupy LA encampment at Los Angeles city hall, on Tuesday. (REUTERS)                                      response against the 1 percent.”     But Los Angeles protesters      avoid eviction so far.

Obama for $50 mn more funds to combat AIDS
              AP                   get the drugs to 1.5 million        ic, 12 of them in Africa. Bush     would be funded through sav-       state programs that help peo-        The officials said Obama         Obama’s senior director for
         WASHINGTON                HIV-positive         pregnant       launched the $15 billion plan      ings achieved by making the        ple living with HIV and AIDS       does not need congressional       development and democracy
                                   women to prevent them from          in 2003, and in 2008,              program more efficient and          get medicine. There are cur-       approval to allocate the funds.   at the National Security
PRESIDENT Barack Obama             passing the virus to their chil-    Congress tripled the budget        cutting the costs of treatment.    rently more than 6,500             The officials requested            Council.
is renewing the US commit-         dren.                               to $48 billion over five years.        Obama is also announcing        Americans living with the          anonymity in order to speak          Tony Fratto, a former Bush
ment to ending HIV and               Obama will announce the                                              new initiatives to combat the      virus on waiting lists for med-    ahead of the president’s offi-     spokesman, urged both par-
AIDS on Thursday, setting          new initiatives at an event in        President will set a             spread of HIV in the US            ication, according to the          cial announcement.                ties to avoid making the fight
goals for getting more people      Washington marking World              goal of getting                  Officials said he would direct      White House.                         Officials from both parties      against AIDS a political issue.
access to life-saving AIDS         AIDS Day. Former Presidents           antiretroviral drugs             the Department of Health              The rest of the domestic        praised the new initiatives,         “The only way to under-
drugs and boosting spending        George W. Bush and Bill               to 2 million more                and Human Services to              funds will go to HIV medical       and commended Democratic          mine this historic undertak-
on treatment of the virus in       Clinton will also speak at the        people around the                increase funding for domestic      clinics across the country,        and Republican presidents         ing is if it becomes a partisan
the US by $50 million dollars.     event via satellite.                  world by the end of              HIV and AIDS treatment by          with an emphasis on areas          for coming together for the       issue,” he said. “The reasons a
   Senior Obama administra-          The new global goals build          2013.                            $50 million. The White             where      infections      have    announcement.                     Barack Obama and a George
tion officials said the presi-      on the work of the President’s                                         House said there are 1.2 mil-      increased, and care and treat-       “Here’s what we can do          W. Bush can support
dent will set a goal of getting    Emergency Plan for AIDS               Despite Obama’s more             lion Americans living with         ment are not readily avail-        when we work together.            America’s leading role in
antiretroviral drugs to 2 mil-     Relief, which focuses on pre-       ambitious goals, the plan’s        HIV, and 50,000 new infec-         able. Officials said the addi-      We’ve got leaders of both         addressing this disease may
lion more people around the        vention, treatment and sup-         budget is not expected to          tions each year.                   tional clinic funding would        political parties standing        be very different, but what’s
world by the end of 2013. In       port programs in 15 countries       increase. Instead, officials           The bulk of the new fund-       give 7,500 more patients           behind something that             important is they’ve sought
addition, the US will aim to       hard-hit by the AIDS epidem-        said the expanded targets          ing — $35 million — will go to     access to treatment.               works,” said Gayle Smith,         the same goal.”
                                                                                                             WORLD                                                                                       Friday, December 2, 2011
UN cuts world
growth forecast
to 2.6%, IMF
may follow suit
             AFP                  is down from 7.1 percent in
          NEW YORK                2010.
                                     “From the second quarter
THE United Nations on             of 2011, economic growth in
Thursday slashed its forecast     most developing countries
for world growth to 2.6 per-      and economies in transition
cent in 2012 and warned the       started to slow notably,” said
eurozone debt crisis could        the report which hit out at
further undermine the global      governments in Europe and
performance.                      North America.
   “The world economy is tee-        The UN revised down its
tering on the brink of another    2012 prediction for every
major downturn,” the UN           major country and region: it
said in a warning that came as    now foresees 1.3 percent
the International Monetary        growth in the United States,
Fund said it would also lower     down 0.7 percent from its last
its global growth forecast.       forecast, 1.5 percent for Japan
   After rising 4 percent in      (down 1.3 percent), 0.5 per-
2010, the UN predicted 2.6        cent for the 27 nation
percent world growth in 2012      European Union (down 0.8
and 3.2 percent in 2013. UN       percent), 8.7 percent for China
                                  (down 0.2 percent), 7.7 per-
  Developing coun-                cent for India (down 0.5 per-      Youth take part in the Dance4Life event, part of a project for students committed to a world without HIV and AIDS, in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Thursday.         (EPA)

  tries, led by China,            cent) and 3.7 percent for South

                                                                     South Africa unveils plan
  Brazil and India, are           Africa (down 1.1 percent).
  predicted to contin-               In Latin America, Brazil’s
  ue pulling the world            2012 growth was put at just
  economy forward                 2.7 percent, down 2.6 percent
  with average                    from the earlier forecast.
  growth of 5.4 per-                 “Failure of policymakers,

                                                                     to halve HIV infections
  cent in 2012 and                especially those in Europe
  5.8 percent in 2013.            and the United States, to
                                  address the jobs crisis and
economists had earlier said       prevent debt distress and
there would be 3.6 percent        financial sector fragility from
growth next year.                 escalating, poses the most
   “This forecast is condi-       acute risk for the global econ-
tioned however on contain-        omy,” the forecast said.                         AFP                  prevent HIV infection —             drugs to fight AIDS.                 accredited to provide AIDS          widespread        consultations
ment of the eurozone debt            “Because of collective inac-            JOHANNESBURG,              Zuma has dramatically                  South Africa has 5.6 million     treatment also jumped from          among civil society and health
crisis and a halt to further      tion, the situation is likely to                                      expanded South Africa’s AIDS        people with HIV, in a popula-       290 to 10,542.                      authorities.
moves toward stringent fiscal      deteriorate further,” Jomo         PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma on            treatment programme, which          tion of 50 million, and the            Over the last two years,           “South Africa started the last
austerity in developed coun-      Kwame Sundaram, UN assis-          Thursday unveiled a plan to        is the largest in the world serv-   expanded treatment has              South Africa has also made a        plan with Manto Tshabalala-
tries,” said the UN World         tant secretary general for eco-    halve the number of HIV            ing 1.3 million people. “We are     already made gains in com-          greater push to offer testing       Msimang as the Minister of
Economic Situation and            nomic development, told a          infections over the next five       steadily overcoming fear and        bating the epidemic.                services, with 13 million peo-      Health and Thabo Mbeki as
Prospects report.                 press conference to introduce      years, cementing South             confusion. We have overcome            The number of mothers            ple taking HIV tests since          president. Although the plan
   It said 2012 will be a “make   the report. “Unfortunately the     Africa’s turnaround from           divisions. We have stopped          who transmit HIV to their           April 2010, when a national         was adopted by the govern-
or break year” with the world     likelihood of the pessimistic      years of deadly denialism.         making HIV and AIDS a bat-          babies during childbirth has        testing      campaign       was     ment, it was resisted by the
proceeding with slow eco-         scenario is increasingly like-       The five-year plan is the         tlefield on which to fight one        plunged, while the rate of new      launched.                           minister,” said the Treatment
nomic recovery or falling back    ly,” he added.                     first drafted since the 2008        another,” Zuma said in a            infections dropped by 22 per-          Zuma made no mention of          Action Campaign, which
into recession.                      The sovereign debt crises in    ouster of president Thabo          speech in the southern city of      cent during the last decade,        what the new plan will cost,        spearheaded efforts to force
   Developing countries, led      Europe is a “cause and an          Mbeki and his health minister      Port Elizabeth.                     with mortality dropping at a        but local media put the price       the government to provide to
by China, Brazil and India,       effect” of the global slowdown     Manto Tshabalala-Msimang,             The new plan calls for           similar pace. In January            tag at 131 billion rands ($16       anti-retrovirals (ARVs).
are predicted to continue         while the United States is also    known as Dr Beetroot for           stepped-up prevention efforts       2010, only 495 health facili-       billion, 12 billion euros).           “For several years the roll of
pulling the world economy         suffering from unemploy-           advocating vegetables rather       to halve new infections of HIV      ties could start patients on a         AIDS activists, who were         ARVs was kept as slow as pos-
forward with average growth       ment and “shaken consumer          medication to treat AIDS.          and tuberculosis by 2016 and        drug regimen. Now the num-          shunned by the Mbeki admin-         sible. Preventable infections
of 5.4 percent in 2012 and 5.8    and business confidence,”             Despite his own gaffes — he      to put 80 percent of eligible       ber is 2,948, Zuma said.            istration, welcomed the new         and deaths continued,” it
percent in 2013. But even this    said the report.                   once said he had showered to       patients on anti-retroviral            The number of nurses             plan, which was crafted after       said.

                                  RUSSIAN FIRST LADY WITH KIDS
    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s wife Svetlana interacts with children at a children art center, in Dmitrov, outside Moscow,
    on Wednesday. (AP)                                                                                                                      Pacific islands face life
                                                                                                                                            and death situation

                                                                                                                                            WHEN Ursula Rakova talks
                                                                                                                                            about her homeland, her eyes
                                                                                                                                            light up. “We always had a
                                                                                                                                            good life,” she says - but those
                                                                                                                                            days are over.
                                                                                                                                               Rakova has abandoned the
                                                                                                                                            Carteret Islands, which are
                                                                                                                                            part of Papua New Guinea,
                                                                                                                                            because she really had no
                                                                                                                                            choice. The islands are sinking
                                                                                                                                            into the sea, which is rising
                                                                                                                                            partly as the result of increased
                                                                                                                                            carbon dioxide (CO2) emis-
                                                                                                                                            sions caused by man.
                                                                                                                                               Rakova’s island, Huene,
                                                                                                                                            has now become two islands
                                                                                                                                            after a stretch of land
                                                                                                                                            remained under water follow-
                                                                                                                                            ing a storm. Along the beach,       An Indian spiritual leader (right) takes part in a climate change
                                                                                                                                            palms are falling into the          panel discussion, in Durban, South Africa, recently. (AP)
                                                                                                                                            water, because their roots can
                                                                                                                                            no longer keep them standing        ular, negotiators on climate        “Before that, we grew sweet

WikiLeaks warns of ‘surveillance state’                                                                                                     upright while the soil under
                                                                                                                                            them is washed away. “It’s
                                                                                                                                            hardly worth looking them up
                                                                                                                                                                                   “We slake our thirst only
                                                                                                                                                                                with coconut milk. All the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    potatoes and other things. All
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of that is gone, because the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    soil is saline.” The sweet pota-
                                                                                                                                            in an Atlas. They’ll soon be        freshwater sources are con-         to fields are now home to
             AFP                  mer Libyan regime spy on           the Eagle system included the      Libyan and western figures              gone,” Rakova says.              taminated with seawater,”           stingrays and sharks.
           LONDON                 opposition figures living in        email addresses and pseudo-        are on the list, contained in a        The perils of ice melt and       Rakova told a climate confer-          Several months ago, anoth-
                                  exile in Britain.                  nyms of opposition leaders.        leaked screenshot.                  rising sea levels from global       ence in Bali in 2007. “At high      er seven families gave up the
WIKILEAKS founder Julian            It had already been                 One of them, 74-year-old           Kadhafi’s regime has been         warming are a key focus of          tide, our gardens are under         unequal battle to move to
Assange launched the web-         revealed that the electronics      writer Mahmud Al-Naku, cam-        accused of sending agents to        UN climate talks going on in        water, and the salt destroys        Bougainville Island. Huene’s
site’s new project Thursday,      firm, Amesys, had worked            paigned against Kadhafi in          harass and even kill opposi-        Durban, South Africa, where         everything.” The islanders          former population of 2,500
the publication of files it        with the Libyan regime — and       exile and has now been named       tion figures in exile.               negotiators are seeking the         plantd mangroves for years to       has declined sharply.
claims shows a global indus-      French rights groups are           his country’s ambassador to           Owni also published the          way forward after the Kyoto         buttress the coastline and             The      Intergovernmental
try that gives dictatorships      attempting to take the group       London by the victorious new       user manual provided to the         Protocol        expires        in   made breakwaters using              Panel on Climate Change
tools to spy on their citizens.   to court — but Owni’s files         former rebel government.           Libyans to operate their            December 2012. The activist         mussel shells, but they lost        (IPCC) is anticipating a rise in
   In parallel to Assange’s       will prove embarrassing.              Another figure on the sur-       Internet spying system, which       Rakova shows its effect on          thebattle against the sea.          sea level of up to 59 centime-
announcement, Wikileaks’            They appear to show that a       veillance list was Atia            it boasts can intercept emails      her part of the world in               “People now live almost          tres by the end of the century.
partner released evi-     manual provided to Libya to        Lawgali, 60, who has since         and webmail, VOIP calls,            videos placed on YouTube,           exclusively off fish and             A rise of this order would
dence that a French firm           operate a “massive Internet        been named Libya’s new min-        instant messages and search         in the hope of shaking the          coconuts,” says Paul Tobasi,        spell the end of many low-
helped Moamer Kadhafi’s for-       surveillance” set-up known as      ister of culture. Several more     engine requests.                    world into action - in partic-      another former resident.            lying island nations.
10         Friday, December 2, 2011
                                                     PAKISTAN / SOUTH ASIA

Clinton urges Myanmar govt to do more
              AP                  ian government on its com-                                                                                                              steps it had already taken but     government’s plans for
            YANGON                mitment to reforms that have                                                                                                            made clear that more must be       reform in a 45-minute pres-
                                  prompted Suu Kyi to partici-                                                                                                            done. “I came to assess            entation in which he
US SECRETARY of State             pate in upcoming elections.                                                                                                             whether the time is right for      acknowledged              that
Hillary Rodham Clinton on           Earlier, the US secretary of                                                                                                          a new chapter in our shared        Myanmar lacked a recent
Thursday met opposition           state challenged the leaders of                                                                                                         history,” she said, adding         tradition of democracy and
leader and Nobel peace laure-     Myanmar to continue and                                                                                                                 that the US was ready to fur-      openness.
ate Aung San Suu Kyi in           expand upon recent reforms,                                                                                                             ther improve relations with           He asked for US help in
Yangon on a historic visit to     calling for the release of all                                                                                                          the civilian government in         making the transition from
Myanmar.                          political prisoners, an end to                                                                                                          the Southeast Asian nation,        military to full civilian rule,
  The two women met during        violent campaigns against                                                                                                               also known as Burma, but           according to the official, who
a private dinner at the home      ethnic minorities and a break-                                                                                                          only if it stays on the path of    spoke on condition of
of the top-ranking US diplo-      ing of military ties with North                                                                                                         democratization.                   anonymity to describe the
mat in Myanmar on                 Korea.                                                                                                                                    In a series of modest first       private diplomatic exchange.
Thursday. A more formal             “We believe that any politi-                                                                                                          steps, she announced that             Clinton replied that she
meeting will take place at Suu    cal prisoner anywhere should                                                                                                            Washington would allow             was visiting because the US
Kyi’s residence on Friday.        be released,” Clinton told                                                                                                              Myanmar’s participation in         was “encouraged by the steps
  It is the first time the pair,   reporters during the first visit                                                                                                         a US-backed grouping of            that you and your govern-
two of the world’s most recog-    to this long-isolated nation by                                                                                                         Mekong River countries; no         ment have taken to provide
nized female political figures,    the top US diplomat in more                                                                                                             longer block enhanced coop-        for your people.”
have met in person, though        than 50 years. “One political                                                                                                           eration between the country           Yet, she also made clear
they have spoken by tele-         prisoner is one too many in                                                                                                             and      the     International     that those steps must be con-
phone. Clinton has often          our view.” Meeting earlier                                                                                                              Monetary Fund; and sup-            solidated and enlarged if the
referred to Suu Kyi as a per-     with President Thein Sein and                                                                                                           port intensified UN health,         US is to consider easing
sonal inspiration.                other senior government offi-                                                                                                            microfinance and coun-             near-blanket economic sanc-
  Clinton is in Myanmar to        cials in the capital of                                                                                                                 ternarcotics programes.            tions that block almost all
test the long isolated and        Naypyidaw, Clinton offered a      US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (right) with pro-democracy opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi     A senior US official said         American commercial trans-
repressive country’s new civil-   small package of rewards for      during a dinner at the US Chief of Mission’s residence, in Yangon, Myanmar, on Thursday. (AFP)        Thein Sein had outlined his        actions with Myanmar.

                                                                                                                                                                          Pakistan may
                                                                                                                                                                          pull out of war
                                                                                                                                                                          on terror: Khar

                                                                                                                                                                          PAKISTAN, enraged by a
                                                                                                                                                                          NATO cross-border attack
                                                                                                                                                                          that killed 24 soldiers, could
                                                                                                                                                                          end support for the US-led
                                                                                                                                                                          war on militancy if its sover-
                                                                                                                                                                          eignty is violated again, the
                                                                                                                                                                          foreign minister said, warn-
                                                                                                                                                                          ing “enough is enough”.
                                                                                                                                                                            The South Asian nation has
                                                                                                                                                                          already shown its anger over
                                                                                                                                                                          the weekend strike by pulling      Foreign Minister Hina
                                                                                                                                                                          out of an international con-       Rabbani Khar
                                                                                                                                                                          ference in Germany next
                                                                                                                                                                          week on Afghanistan, depriv-       condolences to the people
                                                                                                                                                                          ing the talks of a central play-   and      government       of
                                                                                                                                                                          er in efforts to bring peace       Pakistan, and especially to
                                                                                                                                                                          to its neighbour.                  Pakistan’s men and women
                                                                                                                                                                            “Enough is enough. The           in uniform, for the tragic
                                                                                                                                                                          government will not tolerate       incident that took place on
                                                                                                                                                                          any incident of spilling even      November 26 in Mohmand
                                                                                                                                                                          a single drop of any civilian      Agency,” he said, standing
                                                                                                                                                                          or soldier’s blood,” The           in front of US and Pakistani
                                                                                                                                                                          News        newspaper         on   flags.
                                                                                                                                                                          Thursday quoted Foreign              “We regret it very much,”
                                                                                                                                                                          Minister Hina Rabbani              he added in Urdu. He said
                                                                                                                                                                          Khar as telling a Senate           the United States took the
                                                                                                                                                                          committee        on      foreign   attack “very seriously” and
                                                                                                                                                                          affairs. “Pakistan’s role in       pledged a “a full, in-depth
                                                                                                                                                                          the war on terror must not         investigation”.
                                                                                                                                                                          be overlooked,” Khar said,           “Pakistan and the US have
                                                                                                                                                                          suggesting Pakistan could          stood together for over 60
                                                                                                                                                                          end its support for the US         years,” he said. “We have
                                                                                                                                                                          war on militancy.                  weathered previous crises
                                                                                                                                                                            Despite opposition at            together. I’m certain we will
                                                                                                                                                                          home, Islamabad backed             weather this one too, and
                                                                                                                                                                          Washington          after    the   emerge,      together,    as
                                                                                                                                                                          September 11, 2001, attacks        stronger partners.”
                                                                                                                                                                          on the United States.                But events seemed to be
                                                                                                                                                                            The US embassy released          working against lowering
                                                                                                                                                                          a video statement on               tensions. Two Pakistani
                                                                                                                                                                          YouTube by Ambassador              men      were    killed   in
                                                                                                                                                                          Cameron Munter in which            Afghanistan      early    on
                                                                                                                                                                          he expressed regret for the        Thursday and Pakistani
                                                                                                                                                                          attack. “I would like to           border guards said NATO
                                                                                                                                                                          extend my most sincere             may have been responsible.

                                                                                                                                                                          7 Pakistanis abducted
                                                                                                                                                                          in Afghanistan
                                                                                                                                                                                       AFP                   police chief Ghulam Sakhi
                                                                                                                                                                             PUL-I-ALAM (AFGHANISTAN)        Roghliwani said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                               The abduction comes as
                                                                                                                                                                          SEVEN Pakistani workers            Pakistan’s relations with
                                                                                                                                                                          have been kidnapped in an          Afghanistan and the United
                                                                                                                                                                          area troubled by the Taliban       States are at a low after
                                                                                                                                                                          near the Afghan capital            cross-border NATO air
                                                                                                                                                                          Kabul, police said on              strikes killed 24 Pakistani
                                                                                                                                                                          Thursday.                          troops on Saturday.
                                                                                                                                                                            The Pakistanis — engineers         “We’ve launched a search
                                                                                                                                                                          and workers assigned to a          operation. We hope to find
                                                                                                                                                                          hospital construction project      them and free them very
                                                                                                                                                                          in Logar province — were           soon,” said Roghliwani.
                                                                                                                                                                          returning to their accommo-          There was no claim of
                                                                                                                                                                          dation after work when they        responsibility for the abduc-
                                                                                                                                                                          were snatched at gunpoint on       tion but police said the kid-
                                                                                                                                                                          Wednesday.                         napping might have been
                                                                                                                                                                            “They were going home            carried out by “criminal
                                                                                                                                                                          from work. Along the road,         gangs”        seeking       a
                                                                                                                                                                          their minivan was stopped by       ransom.The Taliban, leaders
                                                                                                                                                                          unknown gunmen, their driv-        of a 10-year insurgency in
                                                                                                                                                                          er was forced out of the car       Afghanistan, were not
                                                                                                                                                                          and all were taken away to an      immediately contactable for
                                                                                                                                                                          unknown location,” Logar           comment.
                                                                                                                  INDIA                                                                                   Friday, December 2, 2011

Retail FDI row stalls parliament for eighth day
            IANS                  including Thursday were dis-                                                                                                                   the decision on the FDI,” a sen-    employment, the opposition
          NEW DELHI               urpted because of the protests                                                                                                                 ior Congress leader told IANS.      says it will harm retail traders.
                                  over the FDI.                                                                                                                                     The stalemate is costing the        The opposition - both the
IT was the familiar sequence         The Mullaperiyar dam                                                                                                                        nation dear: Not only is the        Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
of protests leading to the        issue in Kerala also triggered                                                                                                                 tax payers’ money being wast-       and the Left parties - has dis-
adjournment of both houses        protets in the parliament                                                                                                                      ed but key legislation is also      urpted the proceedings since
of parliament for the eighth      Thursday as MPs from the                                                                                                                       awaiting approval from the          last Tuesday demanding a
successive day on Thursday        state and those from Tamil                                                                                                                     two houses.                         rollback of the FDI decision.
with opposition MPs, and          Nadu shouted slogans.                                                                                                                             The 21-day winter session           Despite the government’s
even      some      Trinamool        Eventhough there were no                                                                                                                    was scheduled to consider           reluctance to do so, it may
Congress members, relent-         signs of a breakthrough                                                                                                                        and pass 31 key bills, includ-      offer some minor concessions
lessly pursuing their demand      Friday, political circles feel                                                                                                                 ing the anti-graft Lokpal bill.     like raising the purchase cap
for a rollback of the decision    that a compromise, paving                                                                                                                         The government has so far        from the small and medium
permitting foreign invest-        the way for normalcy, may be                                                                                                                   refused to withdraw its             units creating and a monitor-
ment in retail.                   worked      out    by      next                                                                                                                November 24 cabinet deci-           ing body to safeguard the
  In fact, no substantive busi-   Wednesday, when parliament                                                                                                                     sion to allow 51 percent FDI        interests of farmers and
ness has been transacted          meets after a four-day                                                                                                                         in multi-brand retail and 100       traders, sources said.
since the winter session of       extended weekend. Tuesday                                                                                                                      percent in single-brand retail.        On Thursday, trouble
parliament began November         is a holiday for Muharram                                                                                                                         The decision will facilitate     erupted in the Lok Sabha soon
22. While the Rajya Sabha         while Monday has been                                                                                                                          global brands like Wal-Mart to      after Speaker Meira Kumar
and Lok Sabha were                announced as a holiday.                                                                                                                        open shop in India in cities with   made an obituary reference to
adjourned after protests over        “The government gets four                                                                                                                   a population of over one million.   former member Harish
price rise and the demand for     days to work on the angry                                                                                                                         While the government says        Kumar Gangawar of the
statehood for the Telangana       opposition parties and some                                                                                                                    the decision will lower con-        Congress and read out a mes-
region during the first four       United Progressive Alliance        Activists from the BJP burn an effigy depicting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a protest               sumer prices, give a better         sage on World AIDS Day. But
days,the next four days           (UPA) allies who are bitter over   against the government’s decision to allow FDI in the retail sector, in New Delhi, on Thursday. (REUTERS)   deal to farmers and create          that peace was short-lived.

Thousands of small
traders go on strike
          REUTERS                    “If these foreigners waltz in
          NEW DELHI               here and take away whatever
                                  I earn, how will I get my little
TENS of thousands of small        girls married in the future?”
shopkeepers went on strike           The Bharatiya Janata Party
across India on Thursday to       and government coalition
protest a government deci-        allies have stalled parliament
sion to allow foreign retail      this week to protest at what
giants like Wal-Mart Stores       they say will be widespread
Inc to enter the country’s        job losses among millions of
$450 billion retail market.       small traders.
  Global        supermarket          One BJP politician last
groups see a huge opportuni-      week threatened to burn
ty in India, Asia’s third-        down any store Walmart
largest economy with a fast       opens in Lucknow.
growing consumer class. For          In a country of 1.2 billion
millions of shopkeepers,          people, the protests were
though, the prospect of com-      patchy. In some BJP strong-
peting with Walmart and           holds most small business
other multinational retail        were closed, while in ruling
brands is daunting.               Congress party-dominated
  “I only earn about 2,000        cities such as New Delhi the
rupees a week and I have 7        strike was partial.
children to take care of,”           Demonstrating traders in
said 42-year-old Rakesh           Delhi chanted “Rollback the
Kumar, who owns a small           FDI” and held placards read-
curtain store in a narrow         ing “If you can’t provide us
alley in Karol Bagh market        with jobs, don’t take away our
in Delhi.                         current ones!”

TN urges Kerala to
abide by SC order

AIADMK MPs protest over Mullaperiyar dam at Parliament House
complex, in New Delhi, on Thursday. (PTI)

            IANS                  Nadu and Kerala have mutual
           CHENNAI                interests and co-operation on
                                  various fronts and they
TAMIL Nadu Chief Minister J       should be fostered, she said:
Jayalalithaa on Thursday          “I would like to take this
requested her Kerala counter-     opportunity to bring to your
part Oommen Chandy to             notice unwarranted provoca-
ensure that his government        tions from across the border
abides by the apex court order    and also our anxieties on the
allowing the water storage        fear psychosis generated in
level at Mullaperiyar Dam to      Kerala.”
be raised to 142 feet.               She said the apex court
  Replying to Chandy’s letter     after considering the report of
dated December 1, 2011, the       the expert committee formed
text of which was released        by the central government
here     to     the     media,    ordered “raising of level of
Jayalalithaa said: “May I take    storage in the Mullai Periyar
this opportunity to request       Dam to 142 feet”.
you to kindly ensure that the        Jayalalithaa said the Kerala
Government of Kerala abides       government amended the
by the order of the Hon’ble       Kerala Irrigation and Water
Supreme Court of India,           Conservation Act 2003 in
which has taken into consid-      2006 there by nullifying the
eration all the safety aspects    apex court order.
of the dam and allow the             She said the Empowered
water level to be raised to 142   Committee under the chair-
feet?”                            manship of the former chief
  While      agreeing      with   justice of India AS Anand is
Chandy’s views that Tamil         looking into dam safety.
12         Friday, December 2, 2011
                                                                  THE LAST WORD

India to see $58 bn                                                   High winds batter California,                                                                                                                      Qatar marks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         AIDS day
remittances in                                                        300,000 suffer power outage                                                                                                                        with pledge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         to eliminate
2011, China $57 bn                                                                  AP
                                                                               LOS ANGELES                                                                                                                               scourge
              PTI                  ed growth of 8 per cent in                                                                                                                                                            CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
          WASHINGTON               2011,” said Hans Timmer, the       HIGH winds flipped over
                                   Director of the bank’s             trees and trucks and knocked                                                                                                                       health staff,” he said.
DEVELOPING countries are           Development         Prospects      out power to more than                                                                                                                             “If all of us play our roles
expected to receive a total of     Group.                             300,000 California cus-                                                                                                                            effectively, then together
$351 billion in foreign remit-       “Remittance flows to all          tomers before moving inland                                                                                                                        we can succeed in achiev-
tances in 2011, led by India       developing regions have            early on Thursday, where                                                                                                                           ing our goal of universal
($58 billion), China ($57 bil-     grown this year, for the first      schools in a Utah town closed                                                                                                                      access to prevention and
lion), Mexico ($24 billion)        time since the financial cri-       because of 100 mph (160                                                                                                                            of AIDS. With pro-
and the Philippines ($23 bil-      sis,” he said.                     kph) wind gusts.                                                                                                                                   grammes like National
lion), the World Bank has            The bank said high oil             Some of the worst Santa                                                                                                                          Aids Control, Zero New
said in a report.                  prices have helped provide a       Ana winds in years blasted                                                                                                                         HIV infections, Zero
   In all, worldwide remit-        cushion for remittances to         through      California     on                                                                                                                     Discrimination and Zero
tances — including those to        Central Asia from Russia and       Wednesday and Thursday,                                                                                                                            Aids Related Deaths, we
high-income countries — will       to South and East Asia from        sweeping down through                                                                                                                              can win the fight against
reach $406 billion in the cur-     the Gulf Cooperation Council       canyons and creating gusts of                                                                                                                      the disease,” he said.
rent calendar year, according      (GCC) countries.                   up to 80 mph (128 kph)
to a newly updated World             Also, a depreciation of          through the night, with a near                                                                                                                       By the end of
Bank brief on global migra-        currencies of some large           100-mph gust recorded on                                                                                                                             2010 about 34
tion and remittances.              migrant-exporting coun-            Wednesday night at Whitaker                                                                                                                          million people
   Other large recipients          tries (including Mexico,           Peak in Los Angeles County.                                                                                                                          were living with
include Pakistan, Bang-            India and Bangladesh) cre-           The National Weather                                                                                                                               HIV infections
ladesh, Nigeria, Vietnam,          ated additional incentives         Service issued high wind                                                                                                                             and over 1.8
Egypt and Lebanon, the             for remittances as goods           warnings and wind advisories                                                                                                                         million had died
report said.                       and services in these coun-        for parts of California, Utah,                                                                                                                       from the
   The World Bank said             tries became cheaper in US         Nevada, and Arizona, New                                                                                                                             disease.
though the economic slow-          dollar terms, it said.             Mexico and Wyoming.
down is dampening employ-            Remittance flows to four of         “What’s driving this is a        A resident views the damage caused by high winds, in Pasadena, on Thursday. (AP)                                  Acting      Head      of
ment prospects for migrant         the six World Bank-designat-       large, cold low-pressure sys-                                                                                                                      Emergency and Prepa-
workers in some high-              ed developing regions grew         tem that’s currently cen-          26,000 more in the Santa             power outage on Wednesday            apartment building on                 redness and Disease
income countries, global           faster than expected — by 11       tered      over      Needles,      Cruz Mountains of Northern           evening affected all passenger       Thursday morning after a              Control, Dr Yosuf al
remittances are expected to        per cent to Eastern Europe         California. The strong winds       California. San Francisco was        terminals. The winds had             tree collapsed, smashing part         Abdullah said to raise
stay on a growth path and are      and Central Asia, 10.1 per         are wrapping around it,”           spared any blackouts but             died down by Thursday                of the roof.                          awareness           about
forecast to reach $ 515 billion    cent to South Asia, 7.6 per        weather service forecaster         thousands elsewhere in the           morning but some delays                “We probably have over              HIV/AIDS in Qatar, the
by 2014.                           cent to East Asia and the          Andrew Rorke said.                 Bay area were in the dark.           were reported in both arriv-         100 trees that are down and           health staff would visit
   Of this amount, $ 441 bil-      Pacific and 7.4 per cent to           The system will sit and spin       In Southern California,            ing and departing flights,            arcing wires and transform-           male workers camps.
lion will flow to developing        Sub-Saharan Africa, despite        counter-clockwise over the         high winds blew over at least        Federal Aviation Admin-              ers that have blown,” police Lt         “We will also take the
countries, according to the        the difficult economic condi-       area for the next day,             six semitrailers before dawn         istration spokesman Ian              Jari Faulkner told the Los            help of the media and the
latest issue of the World          tions in Europe and other          although “it won’t be quite as     on highways below the Cajon          Gregor said.                         Angeles Times.                        Imams in this drive. In
Bank’s      Migration      and     destinations for African           hellacious” as on Wednesday        Pass in San Bernardino                 Northeast of Los Angeles,            The winds were colder but           Qatar, the surveillance
Development Brief, released        migrants, the bank said.           night, Rorke said.                 County, said California              foothill communities were            fiercer than the Santa Ana             system will be upgraded
on Wednesday at the fifth             In contrast, growth in             The pressure front will          Highway Patrol Officer Mario          hard hit as the winds swept          winds that often hit                  for early detection of the
meeting of the Global Forum        remittance flows to Latin           then begin moving cross-           Lopez. One trucker was taken         down the San Gabriel                 California in late fall, but they     disease,” he added.
on Migration and Develo-           America and the Caribbean,         country, eventually bringing       to a hospital.                       Mountains.                           carried the same ability to             It is estimated that
pment in Geneva.                   at 7 per cent, was lower than      blustery      weather       to       Twenty-three flights were             Pasadena closed schools            dry out brush and push fires           worldwide by the end of
   “Despite the global eco-        expected due to continued          Oklahoma, Missouri and             diverted and several delayed         and libraries on Thursday            into conflagrations.                   2010 about 34 million
nomic crisis that has impact-      weakness of the US economy,        Indiana, he said.                  beginning on Wednesday at            and declared a local emer-             High winds in Utah over-            people were living with
ed private capital flows,           while the Middle East and            An estimated 300,000 cus-        Los Angeles International air-       gency, the first time since           turned several tractor-trail-         HIV infections and over
remittance flows to develop-        North Africa, affected by civil    tomers in Southern California      port because of severe cross-        2004. Fire spokeswoman               ers and knocked out power             1.8 million had died from
ing countries have remained        conflict and unrest related to      were without electricity on        winds and debris on runways,         Lisa Derderian said 40 peo-          to more than 30,000 cus-              the disease.
resilient, posting an estimat-     the ‘Arab Spring’.                 Thursday morning and about         officials said. An hour-long          ple were evacuated from an           tomers.

US plans sanctions against
Iran’s central bank

US OFFICIALS concerned about
unintended consequences cautious-
ly backed sanctions against Iran’s
central bank to curb Tehran’s
                                          its nuclear program, she said.
                                             Sherman and other US officials
                                          said there is a way to target the CBI
                                          but it should occur in concerted
                                          action with other countries.
                                             The Treasury Department’s
                                          David Cohen told the panel that the
                                                                                   national financial system and its
                                                                                   ability to access the hard currency it
                                                                                   earns from oil sales,” he said.
                                                                                     We “welcome the opportunity to
                                                                                   continue to work with Congress” on
                                                                                   such sanctions, he said.
                                                                                     The US Senate was expected to
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nuclear aims amid pressure for            administration backed France             approve, as early as Thursday, leg-
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              RAMALLAH                                                             made up $1.5 billion of the $3.7 bil-
                                                                                   lion budget. However, Fayyad, said
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   Salam Fayyad told the Associated                                                the last year ... in which this
Press that the decision was spurred,                                               Palestinian Authority will need any
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Palestinian Authority’s worst finan-
                                          Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad.             external financing to help with
                                                                                   recurrent expenditures.” Foreign                                                                     SECRETARIAL STAFF
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month in tax funds to the                 the transfers again. “It is a priority   Palestinian President Mahmoud
Palestinians.                             for us to find a way that we can be       Abbas, is pursuing reconciliation
   Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin        assured of the uninterrupted flow of      with the Islamic militant Hamas,                             Attractive remuneration packages. Only shortlisted
Netanyahu resumed the transfer on
Wednesday under intense interna-
                                          funds from Israel,” Fayyad said in
                                          an interview at his Ramallah office.
                                                                                   which has ruled the Gaza Strip, one
                                                                                   of the territories the Palestinians
                                                                                                                                                           candidates will be contacted.
tional pressure. But his office said he
might freeze the funds again, should
                                          He did not elaborate. Weaning the
                                          Palestinians off the foreign aid will
                                                                                   want for their state, since a violent
                                                                                   takeover in 2007.                                Please email your resume to   

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