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FRIDAY DECEMBER 30, 2011 SAFAR 6, 1433 I Newsline I Nationline I Businessline I Lifeline I Sportsline VOL. 6 NO. 1943 QR 2
DOW JONES 12,233
-33.00 KIDS TOO IN REBELLIOUS MOOD SLUMP IN THE REALTY SECTOR
IQ, Al Koot
HIGH: 22 C | LOW: 13 C
Newsline Real Estate
Qatar Holding takes 10% stake, exit JV
stake in Lagardere ASIF IQBAL
QATAR Holding, an investment DOHA
arm of the Gulf state, has built a
more than 10 percent stake in INDUSTRIES Qatar (IQ) and Al Koot
French media-to-aerospace con- Insurance and Reinsurance Company, a sub-
glomerate Lagardere, market regu- sidiary of Gulf International, have sold their
lator AMF said on Thursday. AMF stakes in Fereej Real Estate Company owing
said Qatar Holding had informed it to grim demand and oversupply in the realty
earlier on Thursday of its accumu- market
lation of 13.2 million shares in IQ sold its 34 percent stake in the local real
Lagardere, or 10.1 percent of its estate company for QR161 million. Al Koot
capital. The move, which gives the Insurance and Reinsurance Company
investment vehicle a 7.9 percent received QR156.5 million after completing all
voting rights stake, was carried out necessary settlements for its 33 percent stake.
by off-market purchases, the regu- “There is deﬁnitely a slump in the realty
lator said. (PG 21) market because of oversupply of commercial
and residential property,” Yusif Mousa, a
prominent Qatari investor told Qatar Tribune.
Qatar Exchange starts trading According to
in Treasury bills Mousa, there are
Anti-Syrian regime protesters ﬂash the victory sign during a demonstration, in Homs province, Syria, on Thursday. (AP) many ofﬁce and
QATAR Exchange launched the debt residential prop-
instruments market with the trading
of the Qatari government’s short
term treasury bills (T-Bills) on the
bourse from Thursday. The volume
of Treasury Bills executed on its trad-
81% Arabs want Assad erty available on
lease but very
few takers. He,
that the sector is
ing debut was 10,000 while the
value was QR 98,202,900, accord-
ing to the ofﬁcial. It plans trading of
bonds or ﬁxed-income securities in
2012 as part of expanding its prod-
out: Doha Debates poll deﬁnitely going
to grow in 2012
and beyond. Al Koot Insurance
Fereej Real Company received
Estate Company QR 156.5 million
uct portfolio. (PG 21) But 55% Syrians want him in is a shareholding after completing
35 civilians killed in Turkish
TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK
17 more killed as monitors fan out company incor- all necessary set-
porated in Qatar tlements for its 33
in July 2008, percent stake.
air strike near Iraqi border REUTERS
sion is too small and easily restricted with a paid up
THOUGH the majority of Arabs want by state security agents determined to capital of QR300 million which was
TURKISH warplanes killed 35 that Syrian President Basher al Assad cover up abuses. increased to QR500 million. It is a joint ven-
people in an air strike on the Iraq should resign in the wake of the SYRIAN security forces shot dead 17 The Syrian Observatory for Human ture between IQ (34 percent), Al Koot
border, ofﬁcials said on Thursday, regime’s brutal crackdown on pro- protesters on Thursday, six of them in a Rights said Assad’s security forces Insurance and Reinsurance Company. (33
in an attack which a pro-Kurdish democracy protesters, Syrian people city being visited by Arab League moni- opened ﬁre on protests in cities around percent), and Qatar Real Estate Investment
political party described as a don’t want an immediate change in the tors checking on President Bashar al the country. Six died in Hama, a major Company (33 percent).
“massacre” of civilians. Turkey’s leadership. Assad’s compliance with a pledge to hotbed of unrest, shortly after the It was set up to carry out real estate related
military command said it launched According to the latest opinion poll stop a military crackdown on popular arrival of monitors for a ﬁrst look. activities in Qatar, GCC and international
an air strike on PKK militants after by the Doha Debates, over 55 percent unrest. The Observatory said security forces markets. The company is engaged in inte-
an intelligence drone spotted a Syrians support their president and The Arab League is hoping its deal ﬁred at a street rally in Douma, a grated facilities management services
group of people moving toward its want him to stay in the ofﬁce. Despite with Assad can put an end to nine Damascus suburb, killing four people. including: mechanical (HVAC), electrical
sensitive southeastern border on bloodshed, most Syrians feel that the months of bloodshed. But anti-Assad and plumbing (MEP), telecommunications
Wednesday. (PG 3) future of their country is safe in Assad’s activists have said the monitoring mis- SEE ALSO PAGE 2 maintenance, transportation and vehicle
hands. maintenance and energy management as
That level of support is not found else- well as real estate investment.
Australia crush India by 122 where in the Arab region as 81 per cent Turkey, Lebanon and the United Qatar Foundation is a private, non- “In view of the development in the real
runs in Melbourne Test of interviewed people want President States may improve while ties with proﬁt organisation that is supporting estate segment, the company has decided to
Assad to step down. They believe that Iran and Israel are likely to worsen. Qatar on its journey from carbon econ- proceed with the liquidation,” IQ and Gulf
AUSTRALIA crushed India by 122 Syria would be better off if democratic The poll conducted by YouGov Siraj omy to knowledge economy by unlock- International said in a statement to Qatar
runs in the opening Test on elections are held under the supervision questioned more than 1,000 people in ing human potential for the beneﬁt of Exchange on Thursday.
Thursday, destroying its vaunted of a transitional government. the Arab world between December 14 not only Qatar, but the world. The decision of the two companies to shed
batting lineup with aggressive The opinion polls support the and 19. Founded in 1995 by the Emir His their stake in the local real estate company
pace to claim a decisive victory November’s Doha Debate results in The Doha Debates, a member of Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al comes a day after Union Development
inside four days in Melbourne. which 91 per cent of the audience had Qatar Foundation for Education, Thani, QF is chaired by Her Highness Company (UDC), the developer of Pearl
India needed 292 runs for victory, called for President Assad to resign. Science and Community Development Sheikha Moza. Qatar, said it was in talks to issue 80 million
but was never in the hunt. (PG 28) According to the opinion poll, if and a leading public forum for debate new shares to a state pension fund.
Assad resigns, Syria’s relations with and discussion in the Arab world. SEE ALSO PAGE 20
Doha residents gear up to welcome 2012
AILYN AGONIA in association with Sharq Bollywood-style, the Premier can be bought for QR200 until Hotel. At Paloma in
DOHA Village and Spa Hotel, is Events Qatar is organising an December 30 and for QR300 InterContinental Doha Hotel,
organising a year-end party ’80s themed Bollywood Disco at the venue. Doha’s most sought-after live
FOR party-boppers who want for a noble cause featuring featuring DJ Nawed Khan at Renowned DJ Paul Mendez band Big Mouth will be play-
to welcome 2012 in grand Filipino alternative-rock band the Sealine Beach Resort on will entertain the Lava Lounge ing the best of rock, RnB and
style, Doha hotels have made Alamid on December 30. December 31. DJ Nawed is patrons with house music and other tunes.
elaborate arrangements to The concert is being organ- one of the biggest names on with his big hits. One of the The band will lead the
cater to their needs. Residents ised for the victims of typhoon the Indian music horizon and hottest nightspots on the New much-awaited countdown to
can tickle their taste buds with Washi (Sendong) which dev- has worked under renowned Year eve will be the 2012 at midnight and then
mouth watering dishes while astated parts of the Bollywood banners like Yash InterContinental Doha Hotel Paloma resident DJ Shadi will
enjoying music of their choice. Philippines recently. With a Raj Films, Shahrukh Khan’s featuring Suzee X and Steve KZ. cap the evening with the best
But for the countdown to space for about 200 to 250 Red Chillies Entertainment Tickets to one of the biggest par- commercial house and RnB
New Year at Doha hotels along guests, it will be held at the and Sanjay Gupta’s White ties can be bought for QR 150. music. The hotel’s resident
with families and friends, one Shisha terrace of Sharq Village Feather Films. Meanwhile, Global DJs is magician Rick Naylor will also
must put one’s hand in one’s and Spa Hotel and tickets are Guests are requested to organising an unforgettable be hopping around the tables
pocket. QR100. come in their best outﬁts at New Year’s Eve party featur- to entertain the guests. Tickets
For the lover of rock music, And for those who want to the country’s only New Year’s ing ‘Defected In The House at are priced at QR150 and the
Fresh Events and Production, welcome the New Year in Eve Bollywood event. Tickets the Club Seven’ at La Cigale party starts from 7pm. Big Mouth band members at a show, recently.
02 Friday, December 30, 2011
www.qatar-tribune.com GULF / MIDDLE EAST
29 civilians killed
smuggling in Syria; Arab
SYRIA’S envoy to Beirut
has urged the Lebanese
government to prevent DPA should not be merely to observers would deploy
cross-border arms smug- BEIRUT inspect the situation on the across Syria by the end of the
gling, saying the alleged ground, but to make sure that month.
trafﬁcking was “comple- AT least 29 civilians were the Syrian regime is comply- The mission’s chief,
mentary to terrorism”. killed in Syria on Thursday, ing with the Arab League pro- Sudanese General Mustafa al-
In an interview with the the opposition said, as a team tocol to end violence,” said Dabi, said the mission was
Hezbollah-run website Al of Arab League observers Burhan Ghalyon, the head of still in its early days and need-
Intiqad, Ali Abdelkarim inspected restive areas amid the opposition Syrian ed more time to assess the
Ali called on Lebanon to increasing criticism that they National Council, in Cairo. problems on the ground.
take “serious, strict meas- were doing little to halt the He said 16 newly arrived
ures to end arms smug- government violence against Five people died in observers were joining 50 col-
gling from Lebanon into protesters. Hama province leagues on the ground. “Give
Syria and... not give in to The opposition Local when security us more time and then criti-
international pressure.” Coordination Committees forces fired at pro- cise our work,” al Dabi was
Ali, the ﬁrst Syrian reported that most of the 29 democracy demon- quoted by Arab media as say-
ambassador to Lebanon, civilians were killed by strators, while five ing.
linked the issue of suspected Syrian security forces in the others were killed He was severely criticised
arms smuggling to claims area of Reef Damascus near in the central by the opposition for saying
that Al Qaeda was operating the capital. province of Homs. he had seen “nothing fright-
along the Lebanese-Syrian Five people died in Hama ening” on his ﬁrst visit to
border, made earlier this province when security forces Under a peace plan Homs, at the heart of the
month by Lebanon’s pro- ﬁred at pro-democracy endorsed by the pan-Arab country’s 10-month uprising.
Syrian defence minister. demonstrators, while ﬁve organization, Syria has to “How can he say such a
“Defence Minister Fayez others were killed in the cen- withdraw military hardware thing? This is very disap-
Ghosn’s exposure of Al tral province of Homs, a from civilian areas, release pointing,” opposition mem-
Qaeda members who are Syrian activist based in all political detainees and ber Sheikh Anas Airout said
inﬁltrating Syria via the Lebanon told dpa, on condi- initiate a dialogue with the on Wednesday.
Lebanese border village of tion of anonymity. opposition. “This regime is playing on
Aarsal is an issue that must The crackdown came as It would have been better if everybody. This is a tragedy,” Demonstrators hold a poster of Syrian President Bashar al Assad (right) shaking hands with Sudanese
be dealt responsibly and Arab League observers were the monitoring mission was said Airout, who led several General Mustafa al Dabi during an anti-govt protest, in Kafranbel, near Adlb, recently. (REUTERS)
seriously,” Ali was quoted preparing to deploy in the dis- larger and better equipped, mass protests against the
as saying. “Arms smuggling sident provinces of Daraa and said Ghalyon, after talks regime of President Bashar al Syria allow the Arab pressing for “unrestricted people have been killed in
and terrorism are comple- Idlib, in which a general Thursday with Arab League Assad before he ﬂed to observers full access to pris- access to all the sensitive loca- Syria since the government
mentary, and measures to strike was being observed in chief Nabil al-Arabi. Turkey. oners and dissidents. Aides to tions.” began its relentless clamp-
put an end to this matter several areas, said activists. A source close to the mis- Meanwhile, Germany Foreign Minister Guido According to the United down on pro-democracy
must be clear and decisive.” “The aim of the mission sion told dpa that 150-200 demanded Thursday that Westerwelle said he was Nations, more than 5,000 protests in mid-March.
Syrian- and Iranian-
backed Shiite group
Hezbollah dominates the
government of Prime
Minister Najib Mikati and
is a staunch ally of Syrian
President Bashar al Assad,
Yemeni army kills six
who blames the violence in
his country on “armed ter-
Qaeda militants in south
backed opposition, which
supports Syrian democracy AFP At least 400 extremists army and Islamist ﬁghters.
protesters, has for its part ADEN were also killed during the He said the IDPs need
slammed Ghosn as a “min- same battles, according to urgent assistance and that
ister for the defence of the YEMEN’S army killed six local ofﬁcials in the region. more than 65 percent of
Assad regime” over his suspected Al Qaeda mili- them are living in schools in
statements. tants in a Katyusha rocket Nearly 270 Yemeni Aden.
Lebanon’s defence coun- attack on their hideout in soldiers have been The Islamist extremist
cil meanwhile met to discuss the restive southern city of killed in the bat- network has turned 11
escalating tension at the Zinjibar, an ofﬁcial said on tles that began in months of political turmoil
border, which has witnessed Thursday. May with militants in the country to its advan-
deadly shootings in recent “The army carried out heavy from the Partisans tage, using the popular
weeks as Syrian troops crack shelling using Katyusha rock- of Sharia, the Al- revolt against President Ali
down on suspected army ets on a house in Zinjibar’s Qaeda-linked Abdullah Saleh to bolster its
defectors and refugees. east where Al-Qaeda militants insurgent group presence in southern and
“The council emphasised were gathered to plot attacks that took over eastern Yemen.
the need to control the on army units... killing six,” most of Zinjibar, Militants linked to Al-
security situation in border said the ofﬁcial in the adjacent according to an Qaeda control several
villages and prevent arms town of Jaar. army toll. regions and towns including
smuggling to and from Among the dead were a Zinjibar, where they clash
Lebanon,” read a state- Saudi and a Algerian, said Meanwhile, hundreds of regularly with government
ment issued after the ofﬁcial, adding the house people who have been dis- forces and tribal auxiliaries.
Wednesday’s meeting in which they were hiding placed by the conflict in Government forces are
attended by the president, was completely demolished Zinjibar, Abyan’s capital, also sometimes supported
premier and army chief. in the attack that took place announced they will march by US drone strikes in their
Lebanon’s government late on Wednesday. on foot from Aden to battle against the Partisans
has said it is investigating An army official mean- Zinjibar to demand an end of Sharia.
Ghosn’s claims a terrorist while said that ﬁve soldiers to the ﬁghting, organisers Saleh’s request to be let
group was smuggling were also wounded in said in a statement. into the United States shows
weapons into Syria through Wednesday clashes in The “March of Dignity” he may now be resigned to
Aarsal, which borders the Zinjibar and were taken to a will take place on Saturday, surrendering power after
Syrian protest hub of Homs. military hospital in the main the statement said. months of protests, but gives
Aarsal, considered a southern city of Aden. In September, Ahmed al- him no guarantee of the
stronghold of opposition Nearly 270 Yemeni soldiers Kahlani, Yemen’s minister immunity from prosecution
leader Saad Hariri, has in have been killed in the battles for parliamentary affairs that he seeks in exchange for
recent months witnessed a that began in May with mili- who is responsible for over- stepping down.
string of deadly incursions tants from the Partisans of seeing Abyan’s Internally Washington, which is
by the Syrian army in a bid Sharia, the Al Qaeda-linked Displaced Persons (IDPs), weighing granting a visa for
to crack down on arms Security forces loyal to the outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh stand guard as military positions are insurgent group that took said more than 100,000 medical treatment, neither
smuggling. moved from government buildings as per a Gulf nations-brokered agreement to transfer power, in over most of Zinjibar, accord- Yemenis have been displaced wants to nor can shield
Sanaa, on Thursday. (AFP) ing to an army toll. by the conﬂict between the Saleh on its soil for long.
Bahrain vows ‘zero tolerance’ to prisoner abuse Egypt forces search
man treatment and degrading
detention practices,” said the
charged with free speech
activity,” said the English-
leading international and
regional news and feature
other charges “including acts
of violence and sabotage”
18 NGOs offices
statement carried by state language statement. channels and broadcast out- would still be prosecuted. AP and wounding six others during
BAHRAIN’S rulers have news agency BNA. lets guaranteeing a pluralist, In March, security forces CAIRO the 18-day uprising that toppled
pledged a policy of “zero toler- The government would The Bahrain Inde- inclusive media environment boosted by some 1,000 Gulf Hosni Mubarak’s regime on
ance” towards any abuse of order “audio visual equip- pendent Commis- that encourages responsible troops crushed the month- EGYPTIAN soldiers and police February 11. Over 800 protest-
political detainees, to reinstate ment to ensure that all ofﬁcial sion of Inquiry said journalism while minimising long uprising in Manama’s stormed non-governmental ers were killed in the protests
all public workers sacked for interviews with suspects, wit- 35 people were speech inciting hatred, and Pearl Square, epicentre of an organization ofﬁces through- that began January 25.
dissent and to encourage for- nesses or detainees will be killed in the sectarianism,” it added. anti-government movement out the country on Thursday, The court said three of the
eign media into the kingdom. recorded,” it said. unrest, including Bahraini authorities on that apparently took its lead banning employees inside defendants were not at the site
The government said in a The rights of suspects five security per- Saturday dropped charges from Tunisian and Egyptian from leaving while they inter- of the killings while the two oth-
statement on late Wednesday would be ensured including sonnel, and five relating to freedom of expres- protests. rogated them and searched ers ﬁred against protesters in
that the measures were in line “not be detained incommuni- detainees who sion in 34 cases linked to anti- The Bahrain Independent through computer ﬁles, an self defence. The raids and the
with the recommendations of cado; be shown a warrant were tortured to regime protests in February Commission of Inquiry said activist and security ofﬁcial acquittal of the policemen were
an independent probe into a upon arrest; be given prompt death while in cus- and March, BNA reported. 35 people were killed in the said. Egyptian state television certain to usher in a new low in
month of unrest that shook access to their lawyers; and tody. Hundreds The news agency cited unrest, including ﬁve security reported at least 18 ofﬁces relations between the ruling
the Gulf state earlier this year. allowed family visits.” were also injured. prosecutor general Ali al personnel, and ﬁve detainees were targeted in the raid. generals who took over from
The kingdom would The steps also include Bouainain as saying the move who were tortured to death In Cairo, an Egyptian court Mubarak and rights groups and
demonstrate a “zero tolerance “reinstating all public sector The government would also affected 343 suspects, but while in custody. Hundreds acquitted ﬁve policemen of activists who engineered the
policy towards torture, inhu- employees by 1 January 2012 begin “signing contracts with that some of them facing were also injured. charges of killing ﬁve protesters uprising that ousted him.
GULF / MIDDLE EAST Friday, December 30, 2011
35 Kurds killed in Turkish Iran tracks,
air strike near Iraq border
AFP Ertan Eris, a local BPD
Gulf of Oman
AN Iranian surveillance
DIYARBAKIR councillor, told pro-Kurdish plane has recorded video
Roj TV from the scene of the and photographed a US air-
TURKISH warplanes killed bombing that the dead were craft carrier during Iran’s
35 people in an air strike on among a group of up to 40 ongoing navy drill near a
the Iraq border, ofﬁcials said people, ranging in age from strategic waterway in the
on Thursday, in an attack 16 to 20, who were engaged in Persian Gulf, the ofﬁcial
which a pro-Kurdish political cross-border smuggling. IRNA news agency report-
party described as a “mas- The pro-Kurdish Firat ed on Thursday.
sacre” of civilians. news agency released photos The report did not provide
Turkey’s military command showing bodies wrapped in details and it was unclear
said it launched an air strike blankets, lying on the snow what information the
on PKK militants after an side by side. Television also Iranian military could gleam
intelligence drone spotted a showed angry and weeping from such footage. But the
group of people moving villagers gathered around the announcement is an indica-
toward its sensitive south- bodies. Locals used mules to tion Iran is seeking to cast its
eastern border under cover of carry the bodies down from navy as having a powerful
darkness late Wednesday. snowy mountain slopes to role in the region’s waters.
Turkey’s main pro-Kurdish the village. IRNA quoted Iran’s navy
Peace and Democracy Party PKK spokesman Ahmed chief, Adm. Habibollah
(BPD) said the planes Denis said in a statement to Sayyari, as saying the action
bombed a group of villagers AFP in Baghdad that those shows that Iran has “con-
from the Kurdish area of the killed were civilians. trol over the moves by for-
southeast who were smug- “Those people were trans- eign forces” in the area
gling sugar and gas across the porting goods between the where Tehran is holding a
border. two countries and the govern- 10-day military exercise.
BDP leader Selahattin ment of Turkey knew that. “An Iranian vessel and
Demirtas called the attack a We do not have any base for surveillance plane have
massacre, saying all the vic- our party in those areas. We tracked, ﬁlmed and pho-
tims were civilians. condemn this operation tographed a US aircraft car-
“It’s clearly a massacre of against the Kurdish people rier as it was entering the
civilians, of which the oldest and we call for world opinion Gulf of Oman from the
is 20,” Demirtas said in a Locals gather around bodies of people who were killed in air strikes, in Ortasu village, near the southeastern Turkish town of Sirnak, on to work to stop this massacre Persian Gulf,” Sayyari said.
statement that called on Thursday. (REUTERS) against our people in Turkey.” He added that the “for-
Turkey’s Kurdish population Kurdish media and local eign ﬂeet will be warned by
for calm. “The area where this hap- the military said in a state- ple were killed and another tors and security ofﬁcers have sources close to the PKK have Iranian forces if it enters
But Ankara’s joint military pened is called Sinat- ment, referring to the out- person wounded in an aerial been sent” to the southeast- presented slain rebels as civil- the area of the drill.”
command said in a statement Haftanin, in northern Iraq, lawed Kurdistan Workers’ operation” and said an inves- ern village of Ortasu near ians after previous incidents State TV showed what
that its jets bombed an area where there is no civilian pop- Party (PKK). tigation was under way. where the air strike took in the area, where the mili- appeared to be the reported
inside Iraq “regularly used” ulation, and where the terror- The governor’s ofﬁce in “A crisis centre has been set place, Governor Vahdettin tants have been known to video, but it was not possi-
by PKK rebels. ist organisation has bases,” Sirnak province said “35 peo- up in the area and prosecu- Ozkan said. operate. ble to make out the details
of the carrier because the
footage was ﬁlmed from far
away. The Iranian exercise
Riyadh to give Hamas targeting Fatah members is taking place in interna-
tional waters near the Strait
of Hormuz — the passage-
fuel aid to Yemen in Gaza, says rights group
way for one-sixth of the
world’s oil supply.
Beyond it lie vast bodies
of water, including the
to prevent chaos AP forces, questioning them at control of the Gaza Strip dur- both Fatah and Hamas say-
Arabian Sea and the Gulf of
Aden. The US Navy’s
Bahrain-based 5th Fleet is
REUTERS West have escalated after GAZA CITY length. ing several days of ﬁghting, ing they hope to allow also active in the area, as
DUBAI Tehran’s threat to shut the Hamas and Fatah joined in leaving the Fatah-led Palestinian elections to go are warships of several
Straits of Hormuz, the AN independent Palestinian a short-lived unity govern- Palestinian Authority in ahead in 2012. other countries that patrol
SAUDI Arabia will donate world’s most important oil rights group said on Thursday charge in the West Bank. In a response to the report, for pirates there.
fuel to Yemen, throwing a export route. that Hamas authorities in Fatah activists in Repeated attempts at recon- Hamas said, “Such claims Lt Rebecca Rebarich, a
second lifeline in six months “It is a deal to once again Gaza are targeting members Gaza were hoping ciliation failed, and both sides aim to poison the atmosphere spokeswoman for the US
to its impoverished south- show who is their friend,” of the rival Fatah, questioning to celebrate their have cracked down on the of reconciliation by raising 5th Fleet, said the aircraft
ern neighbour to prevent a another source with direct them and searching their movement’s other in their respective terri- false accusations. We do not carrier USS John C. Stennis
shortage there from escalat- knowledge of the Saudi deal homes. anniversary next tories. have any political prisoners in and guided-missile cruiser
ing into chaos, industry said. One Fatah activist quoted week, but Hamas The rights center said it Gaza.” USS Mobile Bay headed out
sources said on Thursday. “Technically, it is a dona- in the report from the has so far banned condemns “political arrests Hamas also said that its from the Gulf and through
State oil giant Saudi tion, it looks like a favour. Palestinian Center for the celebrations in and accompanying methods activists are still being held by the Strait of Hormuz on
Aramco will buy oil prod- But it is not,” the source Human Rights said he was the coastal strip. of torture and calls for imme- Fatah forces in the West Tuesday, after a visit to
ucts from the market but added. held for 15 days, during which Fatah has banned diate release of all political Bank. Dubai’s Jebel Ali port.
will ask the supplier to dis- It is the second such Hamas ofﬁcers placed a plas- similar Hamas ral- prisoners detained by Fatah activists in Gaza were She described the pas-
charge the cargo in Yemen action. Yemen relied on 3 tic bag over his head during lies in the West Palestinian security services hoping to celebrate their sage through the strait as “a
instead of in Saudi ports, million barrels of Saudi- interrogation and subjected Bank. in the West Bank and the movement’s anniversary next pre-planned, routine tran-
industry sources familiar donated crude oil to run its him to loud noises. Gaza Strip.” week, but Hamas has so far sit” for the carrier, which is
with the matter told reﬁnery in June, when its On Monday and Tuesday ment following 2006 parlia- Reconciliation talks cur- banned the celebrations in providing air support from
Reuters. The amount main pipeline was shut after alone, the report said, Hamas mentary elections. But the rently under way with the coastal strip. Fatah has the north Arabian Sea to
Yemen will receive from blasts, unleashing a fuel summoned some 50 former following year, the alliance Egyptian mediation appear banned similar Hamas rallies troops in Afghanistan.
Saudi in January will be shortage which saw people members of Fatah security shattered and Hamas seized to be making progress, with in the West Bank.
around 500,000 tonnes. getting killed at dry petrol
The pipeline, The pipeline, which was
summer, is shut
once again, after
repaired during summer, is
shut once again, after con-
secutive blasts on it in
October. The lack of crude
Lebanon gears up for New Year amid threat
ﬂow in the pipeline has also AFP “They said it would be best
blasts on it in forced the Aden reﬁnery, for me and my restaurant,” he
October. which mainly produces to said. But he said the blows dealt
meet the domestic fuel ZUHEIR Arnaout seethed to business in Tyre by a string of
Nearly a year of protests demand, to halt operations. with anger as he surveyed the bombings in recent months has
demanding the end of By asking the suppliers to damage from a bomb that tar- left him no choice but to push
President Ali Abdullah ship the cargo directly to geted his restaurant in Tyre, on with the festivities.
Saleh’s 33 year rule has Yemen, Saudi Arabia will one of the few cities in south- “My restaurant cost me half
brought the poorest Arab avoid sailing its own oil ern Lebanon where alcohol is a million dollars to build, and
country to the brink of a tankers to this risky area but still tolerated. since the last bombing we
civil war. will pick up an expensive bill “What is it they want? To have basically had zero busi-
“There is a government to that includes a shipping stop people from drinking, ness,” he said.
government agreement premium. from having a good time?” he Other restaurant owners
between Yemen and Saudi Increasing chaos in demanded outside the popular are taking a more cautious
Arabia where Aramco is buy- Yemen has created a power “Tyros” restaurant on the sce- approach, with some hanging
ing the gasoline and gasoil vacuum and seen Somali nic Mediterranean seafront. signs in their windows read-
and paying for it,” one source pirates take advantage and On Wednesday, a bomb ing: “We regret we are unable
familiar with the deal said. ramp up attacks, analysts made of two kilos of TNT to offer alcohol.”
Although a small oil pro- say, making Yemeni waters exploded and caused exten- Another restaurant owner
ducer, Yemen’s location on off-limits for several inter- sive damage to the restaurant, who also requested anonymi-
the strategically important national trading companies. destroying the “Tyros” band’s People protest against killing of three civilians, in the Wadi Khaled area, in northern Lebanon, on ty said: “We were hanging
Bab al-Mandab strait, “It is not clear who the instruments in the process. Wednesday. (REUTERS) posters advertising our bash
through which millions of lucky suppliers are yet,” the The attack came a few days with alcohol galore on the
barrels of oil are shipped source said, referring to the before New Year’s Eve and was Home to both Muslims and lucrative tourism sector, would not give in to threats. evening of December 31.
between Asia, Europe and traders that would be ship- the third of its kind targeting Christians, Tyre is also popu- which peaks in summer, as “New Year’s Eve will be cel- “They were torn down
the Americas, makes insta- ping the barrels to Yemen. alcohol-friendly restaurants in lar among expats and UN well as its popularity during ebrated in this restaurant — overnight, and we have no
bility there a risk to global The sources said the Tyre in the past two months. peacekeeping troops the winter holiday season. the livelihood of 32 families idea who might have done it.”
trade. 500,000 tonnes to be No one has yet claimed deployed in southern “There are rumours going depends on it,” he told AFP. On November 16, twin bomb-
Secure passage through donated to Yemen next responsibility for the bomb- Lebanon along with their round that some want to pre- Another restaurateur, who ings hit Tyre in an attack ofﬁ-
the vital shipping lanes is in month was made up of ings in Tyre, an ancient families. vent the New Year’s Eve asked not to be identiﬁed, said cials said targeted the few
the spotlight at a time ten- gasoline, diesel and some Phoenician city that boasts a Like many Tyre townsfolk, countdown from being cele- he had received an anonymous remaining alcohol-friendly
sions between Iran and the fuel oil. picturesque port and Roman Arnaout believes the bomb- brated in Tyre,” he said. call advising him not to organise shops and clubs in conserva-
archaeological sites. ings aim to kill off the city’s But Arnaout insisted he anything for New Year’s Eve. tive southern Lebanon.
04 Friday, December 30, 2011
www.qatar-tribune.com PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA
Filipino held over Arroyo faces fresh criminal case
priest’s killing AFP
year over a campaign prom-
ise to root out corruption.
Since assuming ofﬁce, he
AP and had close ties with the PHILIPPINE prosecutors has fired former Arroyo
MANILA townspeople, said Arakan have ﬁled a second criminal appointees in government-
police chief Benjamin case against ex-president owned corporations, had the
THE main suspect in the Rioﬂorido. A native of Gloria Arroyo over alleged former leader arrested and
killing of an Italian mission- Santa Maria Hoe town in corruption involving a tele- engineered the impeach-
ary priest who had cam- Italy’s Lecco province, com deal with a Chinese ment in Congress of the
paigned for indigenous peo- Tentorio had lived in the firm, officials said on Supreme Court’s chief jus-
ple’s rights was arrested on Philippines for the past 32 Thursday. tice, who was allegedly sym-
Thursday in the restive years and was an outspoken The case stemmed from a pathetic to his predecessor.
southern Philippines, the advocate for the rights of $330 million deal with The ex-elections commis-
Philippine justice secretary marginalised indigenous China’s ZTE Corp to set up a sioner, Abalos, was arrested
said. people. The tribes are often nationwide broadband net- earlier this month for his
The alleged gunman, victimised by armed gangs work across the Philippines, alleged cooperation with
Jimmy Ato, was captured in sometimes working for the in which Arroyo’s husband Arroyo to rig elections in
the same Arakan township military or mining, logging and a close political ally 2007 to favour her senatori-
in Cotabato province where and agricultural companies allegedly received huge kick- al candidates.
the Rev Fausto Tentorio that are blamed for exploit- backs. The 64-year-old Arroyo,
had served as a parish ing their lands. Arroyo, who is under who says she is suffering
priest when he was killed He was the third mission- arrest for a separate charge from a rare spinal illness, is
outside his church on ary from the Rome-based of vote rigging, had earlier expected to be tried as early
October 17, Justice Pontiﬁcal Institute for denied the corruption as next month on the vote-
Secretary Leila de Lima Foreign Missions to be charges, but public pressure
said. killed on southern over the allegations in 2008
The suspect’s brother and Mindanao Island, a had forced her to scrap the
alleged accomplice ﬁred resource-rich but impover- deal.
Jose Miguel Arroyo
upon arresting ofﬁcers and ished region wracked by President Benigno
was able to escape, de Lima decades of political and eth- Aquino’s ofﬁce quickly wel-
said, adding that no one nic unrest. comed the news, and said it
jamin Abalos, as
was wounded. Thousands of Filipinos was proof that he was seri-
well as a former
Ato’s brother is suspected joined a funeral march for ous in his battle to crush
of driving the motorcycle Tentorio in October that endemic corruption which
ister were also
they used to escape after also became a protest rally he blames for worsening
implicated in the
Ato allegedly shot Tentorio. demanding justice for the massive poverty in the archi-
Police said the 59-year- priest they fondly called pelago nation.
old Tentorio was shot 10 Father Pops. “It is a chance to put to rigging charges.
times from about a yard Tentorio was buried at rest the spectre of the NBN It was not clear whether
(metre) away inside his the Roman Catholic bish- (national broadband net- an arrest warrant was being
church compound as he op’s compound in southern work) ZTE anomaly and to Protesters shout slogans against former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, in Manila, prepared for Arroyo’s hus-
prepared to leave for a Kidapawan city. According ﬁnally put closure for many recently. (AP) band over the botched
meeting. to his wish, he was laid in a Filipinos, who until this day, broadband deal, and offi-
He was a beloved, long- cofﬁn made of wood from a harbour many questions Miguel Arroyo and ex-elec- minister were also implicat- tion in Arroyo’s administra- cials at the anti-graft court
time parish priest who was mahogany tree he himself about it,” Aquino spokes- tions commissioner ed in the case, which ignited tion from 2001 to 2010. where the case was filed
ﬂuent in the local dialect planted many years ago. woman Abigail Valte told. Benjamin Abalos, as well as public anger and percep- Her successor, Aquino, were not immediately avail-
Aquino’s husband, Jose a former transportation tions of high-level corrup- won landslide elections last able to comment.
TRUMPETING NEW YEAR
An Indonesian vendor sells paper trumpets, in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Thursday. Many shops
have started selling trumpets, in different shapes and colours, to celebrate the New Year. (EPA) Cambodia, Thailand revive
talks for joint oil exploration
AFP ﬁrst opened negotiations to
PHNOM PENH jointly develop the disputed
area in 1995, but they hit
CAMBODIA and Thailand problems when ex-Thai pre-
sought on Thursday to mier Thaksin Shinawatra
revive long-stalled plans for was ousted in a military
joint offshore energy explo- coup in 2006.
ration along their disputed Angered by Phnom Penh’s
sea border, with Phnom decision to brieﬂy appoint
Penh saying it wanted a deal Thaksin as an economic
“very soon”. adviser, and amid a fester-
Politics and the occasional ing border dispute near an
border clash between the ancient temple, Bangkok in
neighbours have for years 2009 decided to cancel a
got in the way of solving a 2001 memorandum of
lingering dispute about understanding.
overlapping claims to under- Tensions have eased
sea oil and natural gas ﬁelds markedly since Thaksin’s
in the Gulf of Thailand. sister, Yingluck Shinawatra,
But ties between the two came to power in August.
have eased signiﬁcantly in Thai Foreign Minister Surapong Towichakchaikul (right) with his Impoverished Cambodia
recent months, sparking Cambodian counterpart Hor Namhong, in Phnom Penh, on said it hopes to begin pump-
fresh hopes that a deal can Thursday. (EPA) ing oil in December 2012
be reached to ﬁnally allow from offshore ﬁelds outside
both countries to tap into Foreign Minister Hor
“As both countries the contested zone, with
the potentially rich reserves. Namhong said after meeting
need income from exploration agreements
Cambodia says that it is his Thai counterpart in
oil and gas, we with US energy giant
sitting on an estimated hun- Phnom Penh to discuss re-
should reach an Chevron and French oil
dreds of millions of barrels starting the talks.
agreement very company Total already in
of crude and three times as Thai Energy Minister
soon,” Cambodian place.
much natural gas, although Pichai Naripthaphan said
Foreign Minister Cambodia was feted as
observers say it remains after meeting Cambodian
Hor Namhong said Southeast Asia’s next petro-
unclear how much could be Deputy Prime Minister Sok
after meeting his state after oil was discov-
recovered and what the rev- An, who heads the National
Thai counterpart. ered there by Chevron in
enues would be. Petroleum Authority: “We were finalised, he told 2005, but progress stalled
“As both countries need hope that in the future we’re reporters, “the oil and gas amid apparent wrangling
income from oil and gas, we able to work on the overlap- will come out in eight to 10 between the government
should reach an agreement ping claims area.” years, not now”. and Chevron over revenue
very soon,” Cambodian Once “some processes” Cambodia and Thailand sharing.
‘Red alert’ in Malaysia over drug trafficking Thai ‘Red Shirt’ leader gets second bail
AFP ed at the two terminals so far Bangladesh and the He added that customs AFP ly re-arrested on charges of ernment protests that turned
KUALA LUMPUR this year, despite Malaysia’s Philippines, he said. inspectors were now on “red BANGKOK defaming a member of the deadly in 2010. More than 90
tough anti-drug laws which A Malaysian man arriving alert” with all incoming opposition Democrat Party in people, mostly civilians, were
MALAYSIAN airport include a mandatory death from Manila on Tuesday — flights considered “high A TOP “Red Shirt leader” in a separate case. killed and nearly 1,900 were
authorities have gone on sentence for trafﬁckers. traditionally not a major risk”. Govinden did not say Thailand accused of terrorism He was released again on wounded during the two
“red alert” against drug traf- Govinden added that drug how long the heightened over his role in last year’s Thursday after appearing in a months of rallies, which drew
ﬁcking following a surge this seizures were at their high- Malaysia has seen security level would last. opposition rallies was freed on court in the southern province about 100,000 Red Shirts,
year in arrests and drug est level in a decade. a string of recent Malaysia has seen a string bail on Thursday for the sec- of Songkhla and posting bail of many of whom support fugi-
seizures, a senior customs “The smuggling of drugs drug-trafficking of recent drug-trafficking ond day in a row, his lawyer 200,000 baht ($6,300), his tive former premier Thaksin
ofﬁcial said on Thursday. through airports is becom- busts involving for- busts involving foreigners said. lawyer Suchaiwut Shinawatra.
Customs officers have ing very serious. Last week eigners from coun- from countries in Africa, the Arisman Pongruangrong, Chaosuanklauy told. The controversial ex-
begun this week screening alone three arrests were tries in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and who narrowly avoided capture The sum was signiﬁcantly leader’s sister Yingluck
all inbound passengers to made. More would have Middle East, elsewhere in Asia. by police commandos in April less than the six million baht Shinawatra is now prime min-
Kuala Lumpur International come in and slipped through Europe and else- In October, a Malaysian 2010 by climbing out of the ($190,000) bail Arisman had ister after a resounding elec-
Airport (KLIA) and an adja- the net (without the higher where in Asia. court sentenced a Japanese third-ﬂoor window of a to pay in the terrorism case a tion victory by his party earlier
cent budget carrier terminal, security),” he told. women to death for smug- Bangkok hotel, surrendered to day earlier. Arisman is this year.
said M Govinden, customs Smugglers have tradition- source of trafﬁcked drugs to gling methamphetamines authorities in early December believed to have hidden in Arisman also faces separate
director-in-charge at KLIA. ally arrived from Africa and Malaysia — was arrested into the country in what ofﬁ- after nearly 20 months on the Cambodia after ﬂeeing the charges related to the Red
He said 195 kilogrammes the Middle East but were with three kilogrammes of cials said was the ﬁrst such run. He was freed on bail in Thai capital after the bungled Shirts’ storming of an Asian
(430 pounds) of drugs were expanding their originating amphetamines hidden in his case involving a citizen of the Thai capital on Wednesday attempt to arrest him in con- summit in the Thai resort city
seized and 33 people arrest- points to include places like luggage, Govinden said. Japan. evening, only to be immediate- nection with mass anti-gov- of Pattaya in 2009.
UNITED KINGDOM / EUROPE Friday, December 30, 2011
Members desert British police arrest
Romania, Bulgaria cash
Merkel’s ally Free
BERLIN The junior party
in German Chancellor
Angela Merkel’s coalition,
the Free Democratic Party
ﬁfth man for Indian
in on EU membership
(FDP), suffered a slump in AFP
membership this year, BUCHAREST
according to new data on
Thursday. FIVE years after joining the
The 7.5-per-cent decline European Union, Bulgaria
in grassroots membership and Romania are cashing in
adds to other signs that LONDON British police billions of euros in aid and
the FDP is ﬁghting for its arrested a ﬁfth man on their citizens can earn a living
political life and may fail Thursday on suspicion of in the bloc’s more fortunate
to win any seats at the murder following the fatal members, even if obstacles
2013 general election. shooting of an Indian stu- persist.
Currently, 28 per cent of dent in northwest England “Many things have changed
Merkel’s parliamentary earlier this week. since January 1st, 2007. For
coalition comprises FDP Anuj Bidve, a 23-year- one thing, Romanians and
deputies and she has no old postgraduate student, Bulgarians can travel freely
other obvious centre-right was shot in the head at and work in the EU,”
allies. The pro-business close range on Monday in Romania’s Minister of
party said its membership Salford, near Manchester. European Affairs Leonard
numbered 63,416 at the “In the early hours of Orban said.
end of the year, down by Thursday 29 December Despite labour market
more than 5,000 from a 2011, police arrested a restrictions introduced by 11
year before. The slump is 20-year-old man on suspi- member states, hundreds of
the worst in 15 years and cion of murder. He and thousands of Bulgarians and
analysts said it indicated four others aged 16, 17, two million Romanians are
dissatisfaction in the party. 17 and 19 remain in working in other EU coun-
Foreign Minister Guido police custody,” police tries, mostly Italy, Spain and
Westerwelle gave up his said in a statement. Germany.
leadership of the party Bidve, from the western Whether they are construc-
to Economics Minister Indian city of Pune, had tion workers or nurses,
Philipp Roesler, but the been enjoying a short Bulgarian migrants sent
party has not succeeded break in the city with eight home more than 680 million
in winning back popular- Indian friends when he euros ($880 million) in the
ity. (DPA) was shot. (AFP) ﬁrst 10 months of 2011, while
remittances from Romanians
topped 2.7 billion.
The biggest windfall for the
two former communist coun-
tries, among the poorest in
Europe, was however the EU
money aimed at helping them
catch up with the older mem- EU Commissioner Johannes Kahn (right) with Romanian Minister for European Affairs Leonard Orban, in Bucharest, recently. (AFP)
Nearly 20 billion euros is not easy. Lengthy proce- emergency hospital built in experts. impunity,” Cristian Ghinea,
were set aside for Romania dures and scarce funds to co- the 1970s has remained on In 2008, Bulgaria had hun- head of the Romanian Centre
over the 2007-2013 period ﬁnance the projects as paper, although nearly 21 mil- dreds of million euros in EU for European Policies, said.
and some 6.7 billion for its required by the EU have lion euros have been ear- funding suspended over cor- While Romania’s EU mem-
southern neighbour. delayed many of the develop- marked for it. ruption fears. bership had brought about
An additional 13 billion ment-targeted programmes. “There’s a lot of red tape, Closely monitored by the many changes, “no radical
euros was earmarked for the With barely 3.5 percent of the bidders have contested EU in order to improve their transformation” was yet visi-
two countries’ farmers. the funds used so far, the speciﬁcations...”, a local judicial systems, the two ble, which has led to some
A bridge across the Romania has by the far the ofﬁcial, Ilie Balan, said. countries have made disappointment.
Danube, the extension of the poorest track record. Bulgaria “This is the ﬁrst large-scale progress in ﬁghting corrup- “There is also a certain
underground rail system in posts a much higher rate, 18 project we have had to man- tion though much remains to degree of disillusion, because
Snow church opens in Bavaria Soﬁa and hundreds of kilo- percent, according to the age and we had no previous be done. our expectations were too
MITTERFIRMIANSREUT A church built entirely of ice and metres (miles) of motorways minister in charge of experience,” he added. “For the ﬁrst time, mayors high, we thought the EU was
snow has opened in Bavaria‚ a century after villagers ﬁrst in both countries will draw European funds, Tomislav With fraud suspicions and former members of the Santa Claus,” Ghinea
built a snow church in an act of protest. most of the EU funds, a god- Dontchev. looming, Romanian authori- government have been sent stressed. In Alexandria’s
The church at Mitterﬁrmiansreut, near the Czech border, send for lagging infrastruc- In Alexandria, a town in ties in October froze most of to court. This is a major open-air market place, disen-
is more than 20 meters (65 feet) in length and boasts a ture. Romania’s impoverished the projects under way to improvement showing that chantment is the prevailing
tower. It’s made up of some 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 But spending all this money south, a plan to renovate an have them veriﬁed by high ofﬁcials no longer enjoy sentiment.
cubic feet) of snow. The structure was bathed in blue light
as it opened Wednesday evening with a blessing from
Dean Kajetan Steinbeisser.
But when the ancestors of today’s villagers built the ﬁrst
snow church in 1911, they weren’t thinking just of archi-
tectural achievement. (AP)
BBC ignites row by choosing panda as female face
REUTERS (Sweetie), a female panda also tweeted: “No offence to African Charlene Wittstock youngest player to win the
News Corp earmarks £100mn to settle disputes LONDON whose arrival at Edinburgh Sweetie — sure a lovely who married Prince Albert of U.S. Open.
LONDON The British arm of News Corp has increased the Zoo on loan from China gen- panda and best in the class Monaco and Spanish billion- Bob Chaundy, the freelance
legal fund it will use to settle civil litigation cases brought THE BBC has ignited its sec- erated huge publicity earlier etc — but clue is in the title aire the Duchess of Alba, 85, journalist who wrote the piece
by victims of phone hacking to £100 million from 20 mil- ond sexism spat in the space this month, has provoked a ‘women’ not ‘female of the who tied the knot with a civil for the BBC, responded on
lion previously, the Independent newspaper reported on of a month by choosing a storm of angry tweets, includ- species’ of the year.” The cor- servant 24 years her junior. Twitter: “I didn’t choose the
Thursday. panda as one of its 12 female ing one from former deputy poration has also been criti- Among the BBC’s male BBC women faces of the year
Rupert Murdoch’s News International has earmarked the faces of the year. prime minister John Prescott. cised because a quarter of the faces of year were “King’s subjects — just wrote them.
money to settle several high-proﬁle cases, with some set- Last week, it was criticised “So the BBC couldn’t ﬁnd a female faces this year were Speech” actor Colin Firth, Two black eyes from wife
tlements expected to be well over 1 million pounds apiece, for choosing its annual BBC woman for Sports Personality chosen for their involvement Tunisian Mohammed though. Pandamonium!”
said the newspaper, citing sources close to the situation. Sports Personality of the Year of the Year, but they could in marriages. Bouazizi whose suicide The BBC pointed out this
News International has settled legal claims by a number from an entirely male short- ﬁnd a panda for a female face They include Prince sparked the Arab Spring revo- was not the ﬁrst time an ani-
of high proﬁle public ﬁgures but is still negotiating a host list. The decision to include of 2011,” he wrote. William’s new sister-in-law lutions and golfer Rory mal had appeared in its Faces
of further claims after it admitted hacking the phones of the face of Tian Tian Labour MP Stella Creasy Pippa Middleton, South McIlroy who became the of the Year lists.
celebrities, politicians and victims of crime. (REUTERS)
2011 has been an ‘annus mirabilis’ for British royals
AFP she is now known, tied the The Mail on Sunday newspa- her oldest granddaughter, William and Catherine,
LONDON knot at Westminster Abbey per’s royal editor. married England rugby star both 29, have settled down to
on April 29, in a glittering cer- “It’s been a fantastic year Mike Tindall in July. married life on Anglesey in
QUEEN Elizabeth II’s dia- emony that breathed new life for the royal family. The wed- William’s brother Prince northwest Wales, where the
mond jubilee in 2012 should into Britain’s monarchy, as ding really lifted not just the Harry meanwhile did his prince is a Royal Air Force
put the icing on an “annus two billion TV viewers were royals but the whole country,” Apache attack helicopter search and rescue helicopter
mirabilis” for the British roy- swept up in the royal magic. she told AFP. training. pilot.
als during which the world Another feast of regal pro- “It has been a perfect year It is all a far cry from 1992, The couple made their ﬁrst
watched Prince William’s portions is planned when the for the queen and everything when the monarchy hit a low overseas tour in June and
wedding to Kate Middleton. country marks the queen’s 60 has gone her way. It’s quite ebb in what Queen Elizabeth July, visiting Canada and
The year ended on a low for years on the throne, the miraculous. It has been one called her “annus horribilis”. California, where they were
the queen as her 90-year-old month before it welcomes the great occasion after another. Windsor Castle was wrecked given an ecstatic welcome.
husband Prince Philip was world to London for the 2012 Every time we’ve seen her in a ﬁre, while three of her But they will be forced to
rushed to hospital for emer- Olympics. she’s looked so happy.” children’s marriages fell spend six weeks apart in
gency heart surgery as the The extremely rare dia- Besides the royal wedding, apart. February and March when
royal family gathered to cele- mond jubilee will witness an 2011 saw the 85-year-old sov- Worse followed in 1997 William will deploy to the
brate Christmas at their extended four-day weekend ereign undertake two suc- when Diana, princess of Falkland Islands.
Sandringham country estate. in Britain from June 2-5, fea- cessful tours. Wales was killed in a car With an eye on William and
But the queen’s husband of turing street parties, a concert She made a groundbreak- crash and the royals’ reaction Catherine, leaders from the
64 years left hospital four at Buckingham Palace, a ing visit to the Republic of prompted public fury amid 16 realms at the October
days after the procedure to gigantic pageant on the River Ireland in May, healing old accusations they were out-of- Commonwealth summit in
unblock a coronary artery, ﬁt Thames, and a carriage pro- wounds, while her trip to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II (right) and Prince Philip, in London, touch and insensitive. Australia agreed to scrap cen-
for the festivities in June. cession. Australia in October started recently. (AFP) But since then, the House turies-old laws barring ﬁrst-
Prince Philip’s heart opera- “What they’re doing is tap- out being called a farewell of Windsor has gradually born daughters or anyone
tion aside, 2011 was a stellar ping into the mood they were tour for its head of state, and sentiment. fuss, and there was a second modernised the monarchy, married to a Roman Catholic
year for the royals. able to capture with the royal ended up reviving royal fer- Prince Philip turned 90 in royal wedding when eventing work which seems to have from inheriting the British
William and Catherine, as wedding,” said Katie Nicholl, vour and melting republican June with a typical lack of world champion Zara Philips, paid dividends in 2011. throne.
06 Friday, December 30, 2011
HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI
ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER 3, 2006
ADEL ALI BIN ALI
Saving Iraq From Civil War
DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI AJIT KUMAR JHA
EDITOR -IN-CHIEF EDITOR Unless America pushes for a unity govt, violence will destroy Iraq
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RAQ today stands on the brink of dis- AYAD ALLAWI, OSAMA AL NUJAIFI & RAFE AL ESSAWI | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE
aster. President Obama kept his
campaign pledge to end the war here,
Eastside but it has not ended the way anyone
in Washington wanted. The prize, for
which so many American soldiers
believed they were fighting, was a func-
tioning democratic and nonsectarian
state. But Iraq is now moving in the
opposite direction — toward a sectarian
Admitting Saleh into the US is the best way to speed up his exit autocracy that carries with it the threat of
devastating civil war.
Since Iraq’s 2010 election, we have wit-
T HE Obama administration is report-
edly preparing to admit President Ali
Abdullah Saleh of Yemen into the United
February. While Saleh’s departure to the
United States does not guarantee a fair
vote or a peaceful outcome, his continued
nessed the subordination of the state to
Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al Maliki’s
Dawa party, the erosion of judicial inde-
States for medical treatment. It is not an presence in Yemen makes one almost pendence, the intimidation of opponents
easy call. But admitting Saleh, under impossible. and the dismantling of independent insti-
strict conditions, offers the best hope for All this year, Yemenis have risked their tutions intended to promote clean elec-
speeding his exit from power and ending lives demanding an end to Saleh’s 33 years tions and combat corruption. All of this
the repression that has cost hundreds of of corrupt authoritarianism. Saleh has happened during the Arab Spring, while
Yemeni lives. repeatedly promised reform and then other countries were ousting dictators in
We understand why the administration failed to deliver. After he was badly wound- favour of democracy. Iraq had a chance to
has moved cautiously. It does not want to ed in a bomb explosion in June, Saleh left demonstrate, for the first time in the
be seen as giving sanctuary to a bloody dic- for treatment in Saudi Arabia and many modern Middle East, that political power
tator — one who previously curried hoped he would not come back. Months could peacefully pass between political
Washington’s favour by cooperating in the later he did, and the abuses continue. rivals following proper elections. Instead,
fight against Al Qaeda — or to give Saleh an As news circulated this week of his possi- it has become a battleground of sects, in We are leaders of Iraqiya, ary; his national security adviser must
overseas platform from which he can stir ble departure, Yemeni views were divided. which identity politics have crippled dem- give up complete control over the Iraqi
up more trouble for Yemen. And it does not Some wanted him gone as soon as possible. ocratic development. the political coalition that intelligence and national security agen-
want a replay of 1979, when Iran’s ayatol- Others bridled that he might escape justice. We are leaders of Iraqiya, the political won the most seats in the cies, which are supposed to be independ-
lahs used the excuse of Washington’s Many Yemenis would like to see Saleh coalition that won the most seats in the ent institutions but have become a virtual
admission of the deposed shah for medical eventually stand trial for his many bloody 2010 election and represents more than a
2010 election. We are extension of Maliki’s Dawa party; and his
treatment to orchestrate the seizure of the crimes. And Washington should not grant quarter of all Iraqis. We do not think of now being hounded and Dawa loyalists must give up control of the
American Embassy and cap- Saleh permanent asy- ourselves as Sunni or Shiite, but as Iraqis, threatened by Maliki, who security units that oversee the Green
ture of American diplomats. lum, which could shield with a constituency spanning the entire Zone and intimidate political opponents.
The arguments for him from future prose- country. We are now being hounded and is attempting to drive us The United States must make clear that
admitting Saleh are still cution. Getting him out threatened by Maliki, who is attempting out of Iraqi political life & a power-sharing government is the only
persuasive. Most important of Yemen right now to drive us out of Iraqi political life and create an authoritarian viable option for Iraq and that American
of all, with Saleh out of the increases the chances create an authoritarian one-party state. support for Maliki is conditional on his
country, Yemen will have a that his country will In the past few weeks, as the American one-party state fulfilling the Erbil agreement and dissolv-
better chance to hold credi- finally be able to move military presence ended, another military ing the unconstitutional entities through
ble presidential elections, beyond his repressive force moved in to fill the void. Our homes to protect the political process, to prevent which he now rules. Likewise, American
now scheduled for rule. and offices in Baghdad’s Green Zone were violations of the Constitution and to help assistance to Iraq’s army, police and intel-
surrounded by Maliki’s security forces. develop democratic institutions. ligence services must be conditioned on
He has laid siege to our party, and has For the sake of stability, Iraqiya agreed those institutions being representative of
done so with the blessing of a politicised to join the national unity government fol- the nation rather than one sect or party.
Westside judiciary and law enforcement system
that have become virtual extensions of his
lowing a landmark power-sharing agree-
ment reached a year ago in Erbil.
For years, we have sought a strategic
partnership with America to help us build
personal office. He has accused Iraq’s vice However, for more than a year now the Iraq of our dreams: a nationalist, lib-
president, Tariq al-Hashimi, of terrorism; Maliki has refused to implement this eral, secular country, with democratic
moved to fire Deputy Prime Minister agreement, instead concentrating greater institutions and a democratic culture. But
Saleh al-Mutlaq; and sought to investi- power in his own hands. As part of the the American withdrawal may leave us
gate one of us, Rafe al-Essawi, for spe- Erbil agreement, one of us, Ayad Allawi, with the Iraq of our nightmares: a country
cious links to insurgents — all immediate- was designated to head a proposed policy in which a partisan military protects a
Women are missing from top-level national public discourse in UK ly after Maliki returned to Iraq from council but declined this powerless sectarian, self-serving regime rather than
Washington, wrongly giving Iraqis the appointment because Maliki refused to the people or the Constitution; the judici-
B RITAIN’S boardrooms are white and
male. So, predominantly, is parliament
and government, and so are the people who
ible working, career breaks, they’ve tried it
all and ungrateful women still walk away.
Under pressure from Europe and the gov-
impression that he’d been given carte
blanche by the United States to do so.
After Vice President Joseph R Biden Jr
share any decision-making authority.
After the 2010 election, Maliki
assumed the roles of minister of the inte-
ary kowtows to those in power; and the
nation’s wealth is captured by a corrupt
elite rather than invested in the develop-
run television and newspapers, as well as ernment (and worried that quotas might be urged all parties to maintain a unity gov- rior, minister of defence and minister for ment of the nation.
those who perform, manage the arts or sit as imposed), some City companies have start- ernment on December 16, Maliki threat- national security. (He has since delegated We are glad that your brave soldiers
senior judges. The national public discourse ed to think creatively about the real barriers ened to form a government that complete- the defence and national security portfo- have made it home for the holidays and
is still largely conducted by a monocultural that hold women back. The findings of qual- ly excluded Iraqiya and other opposition lios to loyalists without parliamentary we wish them peace and happiness. But
middle-class masculine elite. Often this is itative surveys like the ones done for the voices. Meanwhile, Maliki is welcoming approval.) Unfortunately, the United as Iraq once again teeters on the brink, we
treated as a challenge for women. As half Women Matter series by McKinsey consult- into the political process the Iranian-spon- States continued to support Maliki after respectfully ask America’s leaders to
the workforce they are the most obviously ants tell a more complex story than the one sored Shiite militia group Asaib Ahl al he reneged on the Erbil agreement and understand that unconditional support
disadvantaged. But it might be easier to about work-life balance. Haq, whose leaders kidnapped and killed strengthened security forces that operate for Maliki is pushing Iraq down the path
change if it was seen less as a question of More women are being taken on at the five American soldiers and murdered four without democratic oversight. to civil war.
gender and more as matter of diversity. bottom. In the law, medicine, journalism British hostages in 2007. Now America is working with Iraqis to Unless America acts rapidly to help cre-
The statistics are familiar enough: plenty and the City, women are recruited in equal It did not have to happen this way. The convene another national conference to ate a successful unity government, Iraq is
of women go out into the workplace on level numbers. It’s the second or third round of Iraqi people emerged from the bloody resolve the crisis. We welcome this step doomed.
terms with men, only to fall away in the promotions where women begin to fall and painful transition after the fall of and are ready to resolve our problems (Ayad Allawi, leader of the
middle years, leaving the boardrooms – away. The McKinsey work found it wasn’t Saddam Hussein’s regime hoping for a peacefully, using the Erbil agreement as a Iraqiya coalition, was Iraq’s prime
spokesmen claim – struggling to find lack of ambition that stops women, more a brighter future. After the 2010 election, starting point. But first, Maliki’s office minister in 2004-5. Osama al
women of experience to promote. lack of confidence in being able to fulfil that we felt there was a real opportunity to cre- must stop issuing directives to military Nujaifi is the speaker of the Iraqi
Enlightened management insists the short- ambition, and not enough role models ate a new Iraq that could be a model for units, making unilateral military appoint- Parliament. Rafe al Essawi is
age of women is not for want of trying: flex- showing them the way. the region. We needed the United States ments and seeking to influence the judici- Iraq’s finance minister)
( NYT / The Guardian)
A Pandora's Box In The Middle East
The Iran-Israel hostility raises the risk of tit-for-tat attacks & offers a spectre few only recognise: the first radiological war in history
NYONE “who is thinking of largest radiological hostage. Does this BENNETT RAMBERG | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE els suggest that well beyond the zone than at Chernobyl. Prevailing north, north-
attacking Iran should be pre- present an Israeli checkmate? In this immediately in and around the reactor and west winds would carry radioactive debris
pared for powerful blows and volatile part of the world, maybe, but don’t Given the dangers, Israel nearby communities, even the plant’s rela- along the Gulf across sparsely populated
iron fists.’’ So declared Iran’s count on it. tively small inventory of radioactive mate- regions. Given the size of the Bushehr
supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Potential and active combatants have and Iran would do well rial could lead to a vast increase in cancers, plant, the lessons of Chernobyl and
Khamenei, on November 10, speaking in
response to reports that Israel may
historically been reluctant to target oper-
ating nuclear reactors. The US, for exam-
to ask if opening a birth defects and other related illnesses.
There would also be many troubling
Fukushima tell us that Iran’s cleanup bur-
den, energy loss and medical and popula-
strike Iran’s nuclear plants. But the risk ple, refrained from attacking North radiological Pandora’s socioeconomic consequences. Public offi- tion-relocation costs could approach hun-
of tit-for-tat attacks raises a spectre few
seem to recognise: the first radiological
Korea’s Yongbyon plant to halt
Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program, in
box serves either’s cials would have to restrict the consump-
tion of foodstuffs from even modestly con-
dreds of billions of dollars over decades.
Despite these grim scenarios, both
war in history. part over radiological concerns. Israel took interest taminated zones, and require the evacua- Israel and Iran can attenuate risks beyond
General Masoud Jazayeri, deputy com- off the gloves and bombed Iraq’s Osirak tion of commercial, industrial and resi- the imperfect air and missile defenses now
mander of Iran’s armed forces, indicated reactor in 1981 and Syria’s Al Kibar plant capacity makes tit for tat strikes plausible, dential districts in radioactive hot spots. in place. This includes plant shutdowns in
what ‘’blows’’ and ‘’fists’’ could mean when in 2007 before they went into operation, and General Jazayeri’s statement marks The nuclear accidents in Ukraine and times of crisis and the removal of radioac-
he warned last month that Dimona – the betting that neither country would strike only one of many threats. Fortunately, Japan suggest a huge increase in stress- tive elements to more secure locations, as
centre of Israel’s never-acknowledged Dimona in retaliation. The bet paid off. Dimona is no Chernobyl or Fukushima. It related illnesses. Iraq did in 1991. Israel could close Dimona
nuclear arms programme – was ‘’the most Iraq did not have the capacity to strike has a relatively small reactor, and because Addressing such matters would add to permanently given the plant’s age and
accessible target.’’ The significance of the back and Syria feared the consequences of it is used for weapons, operators replace the billions of dollars governments would mission fulfillment - the old reactor has
threat goes beyond the risk to Israel’s doing so. fuel more often, reducing radioactive have to spend on nuclear cleanup. generated all the weapons plutonium the
nuclear weapons programme. An attack Only in 1991, during the first Gulf war, inventory, and Israel may not operate the Bushehr, unlike Dimona, is a very large country requires. Closure would symboli-
on the Dimona complex could release the did we see the first attack on an opera- plant continually. nuclear power reactor. Located in the cally help to reduce nuclear tensions in the
facility’s radioactive contents, posing tional plant, when the United States On the flip side, after decades of service, northern reaches of the Gulf, the plant region as well.
major long-term contamination risks to bombed a small research reactor outside adjacent facilities – some underground – only began partial operation in Given the dangers, Israel and Iran
the reactor site and beyond. Baghdad. But Iraq had removed nuclear hold spent fuel, plutonium and atomic September. It will go to full power early would do well to ask if opening a radiolog-
But in a region where the principle of material from the plant before the war waste that could add significantly to the next year, building up an inventory of dan- ical Pandora’s box serves either’s interest.
‘’an eye for an eye’’ has long held sway started, then tried its own hand at target- consequences of an accurate ballistic mis- gerous elements in the operating fuel as a (Bennett Ramberg served as a
Tehran’s advantage stops there. As the ing reactors when it launched Scuds at sile strike from Iran. Radiological effects natural part of the process. policy analyst in the State
country now housing the Middle East’s Dimona. The missiles missed their targets. would depend on the volume and nature of Were a military attack to strike the plant Department’s Bureau of Politico-
largest nuclear power plant at Bushehr, Iran’s recent threat against Dimona may nuclear isotopes released, seasonal winds at full power after months of operation, the Military Affairs under President
Iran has become the holder of the region’s be mere puffing, but its ballistic missile and protective measures. Computer mod- release of radioactivity could be greater George H W Bush)
THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY.
ANALYSIS Friday, December 30, 2011
The House voting down the
Health is payroll tax cut after Obama
would have been forced to Bloggers’
Wealth Gender Bender
show his hand on the XL oil
pipeline was a mistake. If you
see the president’s approval
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rating going up, blame the
New Blood Test The Iowa Caucus
Will Begin to Thin
May Rule Out
A NEW test measuring levels of troponin I in the
blood may help determine whether someone
KEVIN WARNS the GOP Field
W E are now (finally) down to single digits in
the number of days before the Iowa cau-
is really having a heart attack earlier than is cur-
Troponin I is a protein that is released into the
bloodstream when the heart muscle has been
damaged such as during a heart attack. The more
damage there is to the heart, the more troponin
REPUBLICANS cuses. In spite of all the research and analysis
into what the caucuses have actually meant in
predicting the ultimate nominee—of either
party—reporters and pundits are drawn to Des
Moines like moths to a flame.
Media outlets that are watching every penny
there will be in the blood. Existing tests measure GOP leader from California finds something to criticise in his own party in an attempt to make their financial numbers
troponin T or troponin I. The new study looked at for the fourth quarter throw caution to the
a highly sensitive type of troponin I test that may wind and rent ballroom and convention-centre
be more accurate in less time. The findings E had two Christmas be first was an unforced error by the king is defenceless. The House vot- space to use as temporary broadcast and filing
appear in the December 28 issue of the Journal miracles this year. The GOP. I kept waiting to see Kim ing down the payroll tax cut after space.
of the American Medical Association. first was that Kevin was Kardashian and Paula Abdul as Obama would have been forced to Hotels in the Des Moines metropolitan area
Researchers led by Dr Till Keller at the there to celebrate his moderators with Lady Gaga per- show his hand on the XL oil pipeline charge New York City rates, restaurants are
University Heart centre in Hamburg, favourite holiday. After forming at halftime. Trust me, every- was a mistake. If you see the presi- full, an airline reservation for the late-deciding
Germany, compared the new highly sensitive a random blood test last summer, thing you need to know from the dent’s approval rating going up, pundit is only available for Omaha, which is
troponin I test with the current test and other my brother learned that he had a candidates can fit into four debates. blame the Republican strategy. just as well because that’s the only place left to
blood markers for heart attack among 1,818 20.3 centimetre malignant tumour What genius decided to take the The Tea Party has many strong rent a car for the nearly two-and-a-half-hour
people who showed symptoms of a possible in his kidney, struggling to burst out focus away from the president and points: fiscal sanity, orderly demon- drive across the flat, largely barren, cornfields
heart attack. Of these, 413 were deemed to be like the creature in “Alien.” With the his dismal record? (I know the strations and a penchant for cleanli- back to Des Moines.
having a heart attack. The troponin tests were guidance of the saintly Dr Jerry threshold for genius has been low- ness that the Occupy Wall Street The weather looks like it will be in the mid-
more predictive than other biomarkers used to Groopman, and the brilliance of the ered. I have heard both Paul Begala group should try to emulate. But 40s during the day and mid-20s at night dur-
make the diagnosis, the study showed. Sloan-Kettering surgical team — the and Tim Geithner called geniuses). they must understand they are part ing the first days of 2012, but that could
The new test was more sensitive than the exist- exuberantly blunt Paul Russo, the of the Republican defence against change, quickly, for the worse.
ing one. This means that if a test result is nega- mystically serene Manjit Bains and the president. They cannot run Veterans of this event know to pack the
tive, the person is not having a heart attack. the calmly proficient Gerald Soff — around like the Knights Templar warmest garments they own. They understand
Another measure, specificity, rules in disease Kevin survived to enjoy Christmas It’s time for some ready to die for their ideals. They that the winter wind starts on the east slope of
with a high degree of confidence. The issue with
available troponin testing has been that they
with his wife, Ellen, his three sons
and his 15 crèches. I knew my
sense & sensibility. compared themselves to the soldiers
in “Braveheart.” Did any of them see
the Rockies and there is nothing to slow it
down until it hits them directly in the butt on
must be repeated two more times over the next favourite conservative was really With a field of the end of that movie? I recommend Grand Avenue.
12 to 16 hours for accurate readings. The new test sick when he stopped railing against they watch “Patton” and adopt his For the candidates and their campaigns this
yields sensitive results in three hours. the vast left-wing conspiracy. And I
nine candidates, credo, “Now I want you to remem- is ears-back sprint time. Well-organised cam-
The study was partially funded by Brahms AG knew he was really well when he the Republican ber that no bastard ever won a war paigns have been building a traditional opera-
and Abbott Diagnostics. Abbott Diagnostics said he was ready to write his annu- by dying for his country. He won it tion in Iowa—that includes at least a “captain”
developed both the new and the conventional al column. That’s when the second product is too by making the other poor dumb bas- in each of the 99 counties and precinct captains
troponin tests used in the study.
“We can rule out heart attacks more quickly
Christmas miracle occurred: Kevin
actually has some critical things to
diluted. That’s the tard die for his country.”
There are still plenty of things to
in as many as possible.
Those captains have lists built or bought over
with the new test,” said Dr. Sandra Chaparro, a say about Republicans. Here’s his reason the polls be grateful for this holiday season: the past months or even years listing voters
cardiologist at the University of Miami Hospital political plum pudding: Nancy Pelosi breaking new ground who have indicated they will attend a caucus
in Florida. “If the patient presents to an emer- It’s time for some sense and sen- have been so fluid with her befuddled appearance on and will vote for their candidate. It also
gency room less than three hours after chest pain, sibility. With a field of nine candi- “60 Minutes”; Eric Holder threat- includes phone-tree volunteers who will call
we can make a diagnosis of a heart attack.” dates, the Republican product is ening to bring suit against states the people on their list who match that criteri-
Many people come to the emergency room too diluted. That’s the reason the First of all, the Republican pri- requiring a photo ID to vote on on caucus day to see if they need a ride to
with chest pain. Typically, the doctor orders an polls have been so fluid. There are mary voter will not decide the gen- (maybe we can text in unlimited the high-school cafeteria, the fire station, or
electrocardiogram (EKG) to check for problems only two candidates with a chance eral election. The independent vot- votes like “American Idol”); Vice wherever that precinct’s caucus will be held. It
with the electrical activity of the heart, along with to win the nomination: Mitt ers, who deserted the Democrats in President Biden suggesting in 2009 does no good to have identified a voter as a
blood work. Not all EKG readings are abnormal Romney and Newt Gingrich. The droves in the midterm elections that Jon Corzine should be the supporter if that voter doesn’t get to his or her
during a heart attack, Chaparro explained. This is rest are sincere, nice people who and are poised to do so again, will president’s go-to guy to get us out caucus.
where the blood test would be used. “can’t light the candle,” as someone be the determining factor. of the ditch (I guess Bernie Madoff Worse yet is having a supporter who gets to
“It is very common to have people going to said of John Connally in 1980. You Republicans should be focused on wasn’t available) and contending the caucus and then votes for someone else. A
the hospital with chest pain and it could be are excused. There’s only one who who can win the general election, that the Taliban is not our enemy; simple psychological trick is to have a volun-
something important or something not signifi- can beat Barack Obama. Romney not who has the most muscular Jay Carney growing nearly as teer with a copy of the list in hand to place a
cant,” she said. A more sensitive test could save was a governor and a businessman, conservative DNA. annoying as Robert Gibbs. sticker with the candidate’s name on the voter.
a lot of money, she noted. and we will need that kind of Second, let’s get the conversation A lot is at stake in the next elec- The theory is, if someone is wearing a Perry
Dr Michael Lanigan, an emergency room expertise to pull us out of the presi- back to the president and his job per- tion: the Supreme Court, federal sticker it’s a little harder to vote for
doctor at the SUNY Downstate Medical centre dent’s famous ditch. Newt is too formance. It will be easy to bench- regulations on business, the Bachmann. But having a volunteer at every
in Brooklyn, said the ultimate goal is a highly volatile and has too much baggage. mark since he left office after two American way of life. We should precinct door takes an enormous amount of
specific and sensitive test that can tell doctors In October, I joked that the years and nine months to campaign look at Europe (which the president planning and organisation and probably only
right away if you are having a heart attack. The Republicans should suspend their full time for the same job but this so greatly admires) and ask if we Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, and perhaps Rick
new test “helps push the envelope further,” he campaigns since the president was time as the Republican populist want that to happen to us. In five Santorum have had both the time and money
said. “We need a blood test that can tell people sinking so fast on his own. I thought Teddy Roosevelt. years, it will be too late. If you think to be able to do that.
when they walk in or soon thereafter that they David Axelrod was on the verge of Third, in a game of chess, you do you’re better off now than you were The Iowa caucuses don’t generally pick the
are having a heart attack because the sooner urging the president to give a Jimmy not try to capture the king on every four years ago, be sure to order “La nominees, but they do tend to winnow the field.
you make the diagnosis, the sooner you can Carter malaise speech. Scheduling 16 move. You accumulate smaller vic- Dolce Vita” and “The Fall of the It is not unlikely to that two of these three can-
start the right therapy.” major debates in states that thirst to tories with other pieces until the Roman Empire” from Netflix. didates: Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry, and
Santorum will bow out between the announce-
ment of the results on Tuesday night and mid-
day on Thursday.
A combination of finishing at the bottom (Jon
Huntsman is not actively competing), a look at
their campaign’s bank account, and an exami-
Have nation of fund-raising trends will provide the
Paul and the Super Pac associated with
your say Finally, an Ombudsman (Lokpal) for India!
KINDLY refer to your Friday story headlined “Indian House passes Lokpal
Bill.” We must congratulate Anna Hazare and his team for the passage of
the Lokpal bill in the Lok Sabha. There is no doubt that it could happen only
“I’m excited that we’ll soon
see tennis greats in action
including Roger Federer and
Romney’s campaign have been running an
unceasing barrage of negative ads against Newt
Gingrich, which appear to have taken their toll.
Gingrich claimed at the beginning of
December, in an interview with ABC News:
because of the public pressure they generated through their forceful agita- Rafael Nadal at the 20th “I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not
tions for a strong and powerful Lokpal to eradicate corruption from India. Qatar ExxonMobil Open to look at the recent polls and think that the
Is there an issue you feel Though what we have got is a pretty weak Lokpal which exposes the lack odds are very high I’m going to be the nomi-
strongly about, or an article of the UPA government’s sincerity in creating an effective mechanism to beginning in Doha from nee.” This past week he figured out the “expec-
fight corruption, we must also thank the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s January 2!” tation game” by saying, “My goal is to be the
you want to comment on? QT government for at least making it possible to have the Lokpal bill passed. He
I MTIAZ A LI
top three or four” in Iowa.
can therefore say to the public that he was serious about the UPA’s promise Gingrich has not had the money to fire back
will carry your voice to the of tackling corruption from the government offices through this legislation. D OHA with ads of his own, and so has had to resort to
public and to places where it The Congress leaders can also boast of having a responsible, people-friendly
and sincere government. Incidentally, for all the weaknesses in the present
claiming he will only run a positive campaign.
That strategy is mindful of the old legal saying
matters. Write to us at Lokpal, the Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi can now easily blame the Opposition “If the facts are not on your side, argue the law.
parties which did not agree to support the amendments which Team Anna If the law is not on your side, argue the facts. If
wanted. She can also blame her helplessness because of the coalition nature of neither the facts nor the law are on your side,
the present government at the centre. Rahul Gandhi can also defend his party call your opponent names.”
by indicating that the UPA government has partners which include corrupt If Gingrich comes in fourth, that means he
ADDRESS leaders, who sabotaged any move for making it a strong LokPal. will have been beaten by Santorum, Perry or
It’s a checkmate situation now, giving slight advantage to the Congress-led Bachmann, and that would be as big a blow to
PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar UPA government which will be facing assembly elections in five states early “Daily reminder: Make at any remaining momentum as the news on
TELEPHONE next year. While Team Anna must keep its pressure on the political parties to least one person Christmas Eve that he had failed to qualify for
+974.44422077 make it more powerful in the next session of parliament, I think, time has come happy today.” the Virginia primary to be held on Super
for all political parties, both the BJP and the Left parties, to leave aside their Tuesday, March 6.
individual differences, and cooperate generously to work for a really strong D EEPAK C HOPRA It is useful to remember that the Iowa cau-
+974.44416790 Lokpal as suggested by Team Anna’s Jan Lokpal bill. Media must also become I NDIAN -A MERICAN S PIRITUAL G URU cuses are just the first stop in a process that will
EMAIL pro-active and start such programmes where people can report about corrup- last until at least June as it did four years ago in
email@example.com tion cases openly through their channels. One must remember that corrup- the battle for the Democratic nomination
tion is ‘contagious’ in India, and will become ‘cancerous’, if action is not between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
taken immediately. The Republican race for the 2012 nomina-
RAKESH VERMA tion should be a little clearer after next
DOHA Tuesday—but only a little.
08 Friday, December 30, 2011
www.qatar-tribune.com UNITED STATES
BP may face
Romney has edge
Gulf oil spill
over GOP rivals as
US PROSECUTORS are
Iowa caucuses near
readying criminal charges AP November. The Iowa gather- chairman of her bid,
against British oil giant BP DES MOINES ings mark the start of the six announced he would support
employees over the 2010 month period during which Paul instead.
Deepwater Horizon acci- IOWA’S Republican presi- each US state will hold pri- Paul’s anti-government
dent that led to the cata- dential contest remains mary elections or caucuses to appeal appears to tap into the
strophic Gulf oil spill, The deeply unsettled, if not down- select delegates to the desire of a frustrated elec-
Wall Street Journal report- right strange, ﬁve days before Republican National torate for profound change in
ed online late Wednesday. the January 3 caucus. Convention in Tampa, Florida. an era of high unemployment
The charges if brought Texas Republican Ron The party candidate is ofﬁcial- and weak economic growth.
and prosecuted by the US Paul, drawing big crowds, got ly nominated there in August. “In the last couple of weeks
Justice Department would a surprise endorsement on Obama is vulnerable as he I fell into Ron Paul’s camp,”
be the ﬁrst criminal Wednesday night from seeks a second term, weighed said Bob Colby of Newton,
charges over the disaster. Minnesota Republican down with voter dissatisfac- who spent 21 years in the mil-
Citing sources close to Michele Bachmann’s now- tion over his handling of the itary and is a former employ-
the matter, the Journal former state chairman. economy and the stagnant ee of a now-shuttered Maytag
said the prosecutors are Former Pennsylvania recovery from the Great plant in town.
focusing on US-based BP Senator Rick Santorum, who Recession of 2007-2009. Paul, who is airing TV ads
engineers and at least one has languished for months, Romney now is making an hitting Romney and Gingrich,
supervisor who they say suddenly seems to have unabashed push in Iowa. His planned a town hall meeting
may have provided false momentum, just as former rivals are scrambling to deny on Thursday in Perry, Iowa,
information to regulators House of Representatives him huge momentum head- plus stops in Atlantic and
on the risks of deep water Speaker Newt Gingrich may ing into the January 10 pri- Council Bluffs. There were Republican presidential hopeful Ron Paul during a campaign stop at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in
drilling in the Gulf. be losing his. mary in New Hampshire, his other odd campaign notes on Des Moines, Iowa, on Wednesday. (AP)
Felony charges for pro- And Mitt Romney, the for- second home. Wednesday.
viding false information in mer Massachusetts governor Paul, the 76-year-old liber- Two politically active Sioux City minister and a the prospects for back-to-back very happy with the new
federal documents may be who began the campaign by tarian-leaning Texan, drew Christian pastors in Iowa’s leader among Iowa’s social victories in Iowa and New numbers,” he told reporters
made public early next de-emphasizing Iowa, might about 500 people at the Iowa robust evangelical conserva- conservatives. Neither candi- Hampshire, Romney in Dubuque.
year, said the Journal. be poised to ﬁnish on top, State fairgrounds in Ames on tive movement disclosed an date appeared interested. demurred. “I can’t possibly Acknowledging widespread
A conviction on that according to some new polls. late Wednesday. A group of effort to persuade either Meanwhile, an ever more allow myself to think in such voter anger in an age of high
charge would carry a ﬁne The winner in the state’s Occupy Wall Street activists Santorum or Bachmann to conﬁdent Romney scheduled optimistic terms,” he said. “I unemployment, Santorum
and up to ﬁve years in precinct nominating meetings tried to interrupt the rally, but quit the race and endorse the stops on Thursday in Cedar just have to put my head down told an audience Wednesday:
prison, the newspaper said. gains a signiﬁcant boost in the that wasn’t the main surprise. other. Falls, Mason City and Ames. and battle as best I can.” “If you want to stick it to the
The Bureau of Safety and battle among seven State Senator Kent “Otherwise, like-minded He’s running television ads Santorum seems to be gain- man, don’t vote for Ron Paul.
Environmental Enforcement Republicans vying to be the Sorenson, who had cam- people will be divided and asserting he is the best candi- ing steam, according to a That’s not sticking it to any-
(BSEE) has already issued a party’s candidate to challenge paigned a few hours earlier water down their impact,” date to defeat Obama. Time-CNN survey and some body but the Republican
second list of violations President Barack Obama in with Bachmann as a state said Rev. Cary Gordon, a Asked on Wednesday about private polls. “We’re very, Party.”
regarding BP’s operation of
the Macondo well that blew
out in April 2010, causing the
worst maritime environmen-
tal disaster in history.
The US drilling safety
agency has said it deter-
Vigil honours victims of
mined BP had failed to
conduct an accurate pres-
sure integrity test in one
area of the well.
Texas Christmas shooting
And in four different sec- REUTERS respects,” she added. graduating from the
tions of the well, BP failed to GRAPEVINE The family was beloved by University of Texas at
suspend drilling operations the Iranian community in the Arlington in the spring.
at the Macondo when the SIX victims of a Christmas Dallas area, according to “I do know she left us
safe drilling margin was not Day shooting rampage near long-time family friend Fran happy, and I have no doubt
maintained, the agency said. Dallas were honoured by Hosseiny, who said she about that.”
An explosion at the more than 100 friends on received a call from relatives Karim Ghoghaie, who said
Deepwater Horizon rig on Wednesday who wept and of the victims in Iran on he had known the family for
April 20, 2010, killed 11 clung to each other as they Wednesday morning. more than 30 years, told
people, and the well gushed shared their memories at a Reuters that relatives from
oil into the ocean for 87 candlelit vigil. The massacre London and Los Angeles
days, blackening the south- The group gathered early in rocked the usually arrived on Wednesday to
ern US shoreline and crip- the evening at a park in this festive Dallas sub- claim the bodies, which will
pling the local tourism and quiet suburb about a mile urb dubbed the be buried at a private funeral
ﬁshing sectors. from the apartment complex “Christmas Capital in the Dallas area on
By the time the well was where police said Aziz of Texas” and Thursday.
capped, 4.9 million barrels Yazdanpanah, 58, opened ﬁre known more for its The massacre rocked the
(206 million gallons) of oil on Sunday morning and tourism, Christmas usually festive Dallas suburb
had spilled out of the run- killed his estranged wife season events, dubbed the “Christmas
away well 5,000 feet (1,500 Fatemeh Rahmati, 56, and festivals and vine- Capital of Texas” and known
meters) below the surface two children Nona, 19, and yards than for vio- more for its tourism,
of the Gulf of Mexico. Ali, 14. lence. Christmas season events, fes-
In October the US gov- Toting two pistols and tivals and vineyards than for
ernment slapped BP, dressed as Santa, the gunman “They were worried that no violence.
Transocean — the Swiss also shot and killed his wife’s one was here to remember As friends prepared to
owner and operator of the sister, Zohreh Rahmaty, 58, her them,” she said. “I told them remember the victims on
drilling rig — and US oil husband, Mohamad Hossein they had so many friends and Wednesday, new details from
services group Halliburton Zarei, 59, and their daughter, were so loved that no one will the ongoing police investiga-
with citations for violating Sahra Zarei, 22, before turning forget them.” tion emerged.
oil industry regulations in a gun on himself. Sahra’s boyfriend, Search warrants released in
what is expected to lead to “Nona would not want Jonathan Garcia, was among the day identiﬁed two guns
massive ﬁnes. harsh words said, only good those who paid tribute at recovered from the scene as a
BP — which leased the rig things,” said Allison Baum, Wednesday’s vigil. He was the Smith & Wesson 915 model 9
and was ultimately respon- Nona’s best friend and the last person to have contact mm pistol and a Glock 23 .40-
sible for operations — has organizer of the event to with any of the victims caliber pistol.
spent more than $40 billion remember the family of through a text message sent Police said they found one
on the disaster and could Iranian immigrants who had by Sahra on Sunday morning. pistol in the hand of
still be liable for billions in settled in the Dallas-Fort “We were very close and Yazdanpanah, who shot him-
ﬁnes, compensation and Worth area decades ago. had lots of plans,” Garcia said self in the head, and another
restoration costs. Janet Ferrer (left) and her daughter Emily Ferrer attend a candlelight vigil at Parr Park, in Grapevine, “This is a night of closure of Sahra, who he said hoped in the hand of his brother-in-
Texas, on Thursday. (REUTERS) and a way to pay our to go to medical school after law.
Poor kids miss out on playtime, say pediatricians NYT sends email to
NEW YORK millions, by mistake
US suburban children are
“overscheduled” with formal
classes and lessons, leaving
Schools nationwide have
been reducing time for recess
and phys ed But those in poor
Nationally, about 70 per-
unique beneﬁts, like sparking
children’s imaginations, and
teaching them social skills
CHILDREN in poor urban them little time for simple play. areas, in particular, are feel- cent of elementary schools and “negotiation.” “They REUTERS more than 8 million people
neighbourhoods need more “That’s not the case for poor ing pressure to narrow dis- provide recess time every day, learn how to play well in the NEW YORK on an email marketing list.
chances for old-fashioned children,” said Regina M according to a survey of US sandbox,” she said. The debacle lit up social
playtime in their daily lives, Milteer, lead author of the Nationally, about principals out earlier this Milteer pointed to a 2009 SOME 8 million people media sites such as Twitter
says a new report from the new study. “But they’re still 70 percent of ele- month. study of 11,000 US third- received emails from the New and Facebook, sparking con-
American Academy of not getting free, unstructured mentary schools But that’s short of what graders which found that kids York Times on Wednesday cerns that hackers might have
Pediatrics (AAP). playtime,” she told Reuters provide recess many experts recommend. who regularly had recess time offering a special discount if broken into the newspaper’s
A number of experts have Health in an interview. time every day, The American Heart got higher ratings from their they would reconsider their computer network to send
raised concerns that children For poor children, in cities according to a sur- Association says that all chil- teachers on classroom behav- decision to cancel their sub- out spam.
these days have little time for in particular, the problems vey of US princi- dren should have 20 minutes iour. scriptions. A spokeswoman for the
unstructured play — which, are a lack of safe places to pals out earlier of recess each day — along The ﬁndings do not prove The trouble is, the offer was newspaper blamed human
they say, is important for play, parents who are busy this month. with two-and-a-half hours of that recess, per se, was the supposed to go to only about error, saying hackers were
kids’ physical and mental trying to pay for housing and phys ed per week. reason. But, Milteer said, it 300 people who had decided not involved and security
development. other basics and schools that parities in student perform- According to the AAP, play- makes sense that kids, like to stop taking home delivery was not at fault. “An email
The new report follows are cutting out recess and ance. “In close to one-third of time is vital for children’s adults, are better able to focus of the newspaper — it was was sent earlier today from
another from the AAP a few physical education to make schools with the highest development. Milteer said if they get a little break time erroneously sent by a New The New York Times in
years ago, which argued that more time for academics. poverty rates, recess has been that unstructured play has from their work. York Times employee to error.
WORLD Friday, December 30, 2011
North Korea acclaims new leader
AFP Next to Jong-un on the
violence SEOUL balcony was military chief Ri
Yong-ho. Also in the line-up
AFP NORTH Korea on Thursday were Kim Jong-gak, Kim
ABUJA staged a massive memorial Yong-nam, senior ruling
service for Kim Jong-il to end party ofﬁcials Kim Ki-man
NIGERIAN President almost two weeks of ofﬁcial and Choe Thae-bok, and
Goodluck Jonathan sum- mourning, and formally defence minister Kim Yong-
moned the nation’s secu- declared his untested young chun.
rity chiefs on Thursday son Jong-un as the new The new leader’s inﬂuen-
for talks on stopping spi- supreme leader. tial uncle Jang Song-thaek
ralling violence blamed Addressing tens of thou- was also on the rostrum,
on Islamists that has led sands of troops and civilians South Korea’s uniﬁcation
to concerns of reprisals packing a wintry Pyongyang ministry said. The service
from Christians. square, ceremonial head of ended with an artillery
The meeting, which state Kim Yong-nam praised salute.
included the national the late leader for contribut-
police chief, secret police ing to “global peace and sta-
head, national security bility of the 21st century”. Another speaker,
adviser, chief of defence Kim Jong-un, “the supreme Kim Jong-gak,
staff and others, came leader of our party and army pledged the mili-
after suggestions from and people”, had inherited his tary’s loyalty to the
Jonathan that he would late father’s spirit, leadership, new leader, who
reshufﬂe his security personality, morality and for- has been named a
team. titude, he added. general but has
There was no initial A sombre Jong-un, clad in a not served in the
indication that he had black overcoat, presided from armed forces.
informed them of such a balcony over the ceremony
moves during the meet- along with other members of
ing that lasted some two- the regime. North Korea’s new leader Kim Jong-un (left) salutes the hearse carrying the cofﬁn of late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il during his “Today’s event is an
and-a-half hours. The service in Kim Il-sung funeral procession, in Pyongyang, on Wednesday. (REUTERS) expression of conﬁdence that
A wave of attacks Square, named after the com- the transition of power to
blamed on Islamist group munist country’s founder and dence in Jong-un, who inher- regime presented a proud Kim Yong-nam told the of the 1.2 million-strong Kim Jong-un has been done
Boko Haram on father of the late Kim, con- its a daunting in-tray — face to the outside world at crowd, his voice throbbing armed forces — the world’s smoothly,” Kim Keun-sik, of
Christmas killed at least cluded the mourning follow- severe food shortages, a the Pyongyang rally and fur- with emotion. fourth-largest — over civil- the Institute for Far Eastern
40 people, most of them ing Kim Jong-il’s death on crumbling economy, acute ther polished the cult of per- The North would “trans- ians. Studies in Seoul, told.
outside a church near the December 17 from a heart power shortages and a sonality surrounding the Kim form the sorrow into strength Another speaker, Kim “It was also used to shore
capital, and sparked fears attack at the age of 69. nuclear programme which dynasty. and courage 1,000 times Jong-gak, pledged the mili- up loyalty to Jong-un, show-
they would set off a new The country observed three has alienated the West. “The great heart of comrade greater under the leadership tary’s loyalty to the new ing North Koreans and out-
round of sectarian vio- minutes of silence nationwide UN agencies have said six Kim Jong-il has ceased to of comrade Kim Jong-un and leader, who has been named siders that he has cemented
lence. at noon (0300 GMT), punctu- million people — a quarter of beat... such an unexpected will march ﬁrmly along the a general but has not served his status as new leader.”
Police chief Haﬁz ated by the horns of ships and the population — urgently and early departure from us is path of Songun taught by in the armed forces. China, North Korea’s clos-
Ringim spoke with jour- railway engine whistles. need food aid. the biggest and the most great leader Kim Jong-il”. All troops “will become a est ally, said it was ready to
Analysts said the vast Whatever its internal difﬁ- unimaginable loss to our The Songun military-ﬁrst wall to protect” him, the work with the new regime to
The meeting assembly was a show of conﬁ- culties, the North Korean party and the revolution,” policy prioritises the welfare speaker said. maintain friendly relations.
came after sug-
Russians demand activist’s release Chinese police
nalists after the meeting
and sought to defend the
response to the worsen-
MOSCOW kill 7 ‘terrorists’
ing violence, with the HUNDREDS of people on AFP spokesman for the World
nation’s security agencies Thursday demonstrated in a BEIJING Uighur Congress, an exile
facing harsh criticism square in central Moscow group, described the incident
over their inability to stop against the continued deten- CHINA said on Thursday a as a protest by local Uighurs
attacks blamed on Boko tion of left-wing activist police operation to free prompted by mounting dis-
Haram. Sergei Udaltsov. hostages in the restive content over a police crack-
He however offered few Demonstrators chanted Xinjiang region had left seven down and religious repres-
speciﬁcs and instead “freedom for political prison- “terrorists” dead, but an exile sion in the area.
claimed arrests had ers!”, but organisers warned group described the incident He said seven Uighurs
stopped far worse attacks the demonstrators through as a protest by local Uighurs. were “publicly” shot dead,
from occurring. loudspeakers to avoid shout- The incident is the latest three seriously wounded,
“So far we have arrest- ing political slogans and reported violent confrontation and another four lightly hurt,
ed hundreds of them, but showing banners. in the region — home to and added authorities were
that is not the issue,” They said the action had roughly nine million mostly conﬁscating people’s mobile
Ringim said. not been agreed with the Muslim Uighurs who have phones on Thursday.
“These people to my police and they wanted to long bristled under Chinese “The local government
mind are just the foot sol- avoid arrests ahead of the rule — since three deadly recently started a ‘strike
diers, and we need to get New Year. Police also attacks in July left dozens hard’ campaign, which
strong evidence through warned the demonstrators dead. resulted in the disappear-
the cooperation of mem- through their own mega- The Xinjiang government ances of several people. They
bers of the public so that phones that “this demonstra- said on its ofﬁcial Twitter-like were taken away by armed
we will be able to get to tion is not sanctioned”. weibo account that a “violent forces, who refused to say
the leaders, masters and The rally was taking place terrorist group” kidnapped where they were,” he added.
organisers of these peo- amid a tense atmosphere on two people in the northwest- “The local government has
ple.” Pushkin Square with dozens ern region’s remote Pishan also restricted local religious
Christian leaders have of police buses parked county late on Wednesday activities.”
expressed mounting frus- around the square to form a night, prompting a stand-off Police in Pishan, in moun-
tration over authorities’ security barrier and security with police. tainous southwestern
inability to stop attacks forces keeping a careful eye During the stand-off, the Xinjiang, and the Xinjiang
that have killed hundreds on proceedings. kidnappers killed one police government refused to com-
of people this year. But so far there was no Opposition activists hold a rally in support of Sergei Udaltsov, Left Front movement jailed leader, at ofﬁcer and wounded another. ment when contacted, and
They have said they will unrest or arrests and the Pushkin Square, in Moscow, on Thursday. (REUTERS) Police opened ﬁre and killed the local government was not
be forced to defend them- protesters were politely seven of the suspects, and immediately available for
selves if authorities do not applauding the speakers and for the opposition after their unjust political system to would have been almost wounded and arrested four comment.
address the problem. obeying their pleas to avoid mass protests against change.” unthinkable even weeks ago. others, it added. Late on Thursday, Raxit
Nigeria, Africa’s most provoking the situation. Vladimir Putin. The demonstration, which Before the wave of protests The two hostages were sub- reported that police had
populous nation, is The plight of Udaltsov — “I am here to support gathered several hundred erupted after the December sequently rescued, it said, arrested 33 Uighurs, includ-
roughly divided between sentenced to three short suc- Sergei Udaltsov,” said pro- people around a statue of 4 parliamentary elections, without providing further ing ﬁve women, and barred
a mainly Muslim north cessive prison terms in testor Alexander Lektman, Russia’s national poet police would habitually crack details. It did not say gatherings of more than
and predominantly recent weeks despite poor 26. “He went on a hunger Alexander Pushkin — a down on opposition protests, whether the kidnappers were “three to ﬁve” Uighurs in one
Christian south. health due to a hunger strike strike and that is a great prominent landmark in the often arresting dozens of Uighurs. place “to prevent further
— became a rallying cause political gesture. I want our very centre of the city — people. But Dilxat Raxit, mass protest”.
23 tonnes of ivory seized in 2011: WWF
REUTERS Milliken, who manages now they are at the source in Democratic Republic of FIC. Ivory is used in the mak-
JOHANNESBURG TRAFFIC’s Elephant Trade Africa,” he told. Congo (DRC),” he said. ing of jewellry and art carv-
Information System, said it “This is all adding up to an Milliken said elephant ings.
TRAFFIC, a conservation was the worst year for large unprecedented assault on ele- poaching was also taking Estimates of Africa’s ele-
group which tracks trends in seizures he had seen in the phants and other wildlife,” he place in Zimbabwe, Zambia, phant population vary widely
wildlife trading, said there over two decades he has been said. northern Mozambique, from around 400,000 to
have been at least 13 large- running the database. Milliken said some of the Tanzania and Kenya. 700,000.
scale seizures of over 800 kg He said the poaching and ivory that was making its way A global ban that was In some southern African
(2,000 pounds) of ivory in illegal trade was conse- to illicit markets may be com- placed on the ivory trade in states such as Botswana there
2011, more than double the 6 quences of China’s invest- ing from African government 1989 was widely credited with are large and growing popula-
recorded in 2010. ment drive into Africa to stockpiles from previous stemming a relentless slaugh- tions and in South Africa
“A conservative estimate of secure the mineral and ener- seizures but the trade num- ter of African elephants in there are concerns that ele-
the weight of ivory seized in gy resources it needs to fuel bers and data from other countries such as Kenya. phant numbers have swelled
the 13 largest seizures in 2011 its economic growth. wildlife monitors pointed to a Occasional auctions from to the point that they are
puts the ﬁgure at more than “We’ve reached a point in rise in elephant killings. African government stock- damaging the environment in
23 tonnes, a ﬁgure that prob- Africa’s history where there “The trade data suggest that piles have since been sanc- enclosed reserves.
ably represents some 2,500 are more Asian nationals on thousands of elephants are tioned. But elsewhere the situation
elephants, possibly more,” it the continent than ever being killed a year ... I think Most of the illegal African is far more bleak. In lawless
said in a statement. before. They have contacts central Africa has been bru- ivory winds up in China or regions of the DRC poaching A part of a 1.4 tonne seizure of ivory in Port Klang, Malaysia,
Zimbabwe-based Tom with the end use market and tally affected, especially Thailand, according to TRAF- is rampant. recently. (AFP)
10 Friday, December 30, 2011
www.qatar-tribune.com PAKISTAN / SOUTH ASIA
Pakistan army 17 killed, 81 hurt in Myanmar blast
among TI’s top AFP
10 corrupt bodies A PRE-DAWN blast at a ware-
house in Myanmar’s biggest
city killed at least 17 people
and injured dozens more on
AFP been included “to dispel Thursday, sparking a blaze
KARACHI the impression that our that took ﬁreﬁghters hours to
surveys are biased”. tame, ofﬁcials said.
Corruption watchdog “This time, we have Ofﬁcials ruled out a bomb
T r a n s p a r e n c y ranked the military but said they had yet to deter-
International (TI) for the according to popular mine the cause of the explo-
ﬁrst time has included response about corrup- sion in Yangon, formerly the
Pakistan’s military in an tion in it. Next time we capital.
annual survey, listing it as will have more compre- Residents in several areas of
a notch more corrupt than hensive details,” he said. the city were woken around
the country’s education “It is public perception 2:00 am (1930 GMT) by the
department. that others are more cor- blast, which appeared to have
The Pakistan chapter of rupt than the armed hit a medical warehouse in the
T r a n s p a r e n c y forces,” he added. eastern township of Mingalar
International reviews Last year, the judiciary Taung Nyunt, witnesses told.
and ranks government came in sixth. “It was not a bomb explo-
departments according “Delay in case proceed- sion,” a government ofﬁcial
to the prevalence of graft ings and punishment has told.
in the system. The ﬂames engulfed several
“Our land revenue and buildings in the warehouse
police departments are Transparency Inter- compound and destroyed
on top in corruption. The national advisor around 50 homes in the area,
judiciary is ranked fourth Adil Gilani said the most of them wooden
while military is in ninth military had been dwellings.
position followed by the included “to dispel At least 17 people, including
education department,” the impression ﬁve ﬁreﬁghters, had died,
Sohail Muzaffar, TI that our surveys while 81 others were injured,
Pakistan chairman, told. are biased”. 37 of them ﬁremen, said Thein
Tensions between Htun Oo, deputy director of Rescue workers search for bodies at the scene of an explosion, in Yangon, on Thursday. (REUTERS)
Pakistan’s powerful mili- Yangon’s ﬁre services depart-
tary and weak civilian ment. “Around 900 people are destroyed.” Thursday, when white smoke from the explosion and saw
government have soared heavily contributed to the Fireﬁghters battled through homeless now and they are The blast also created a could still be seen billowing smoke in the sky. Our build-
recently over alleged development of a percep- the night to douse the ﬂames sheltering at nearby monas- huge crater at least 10 metres from the site. ing was also shaken by the
attempts by an aide of the tion that the judicial sys- and ﬁnally succeeded in extin- teries serving as rescue cen- (33 feet) wide and several “There will be a funeral for explosion. We have no idea
president to enlist tem has also fallen prey guishing the massive ﬁre at tres,” he said. metres deep, ﬁlled with ash, our ﬁve ﬁremen this evening. what’s happening,” a resident
American help to curb its to corruption,” said around 6:45 am, revealing a “About seven warehouses We will honour them. We are in nearby Botahtaung town-
powers, citing a feared Gilani. scene of utter devastation. were totally destroyed. The At least 17 people, very sorry for our loss,” said ship told.
military coup in May. The Supreme Court is A photographer saw rescue responsible ofﬁcials are still including five fire- Thein Htun Oo, who praised Last week, a blast caused by
The army, feared and deciding whether to workers frantically searching trying to ﬁnd out what hap- fighters, had died, his men for “working really an explosive device killed one
admired in almost equal order an inquiry into the for survivors, carrying young pened,” he told. while 81 others hard for the people by risking woman and wounded anoth-
measure, is widely con- May 10 memo, a move children to safety and pulling One resident, Khin Hla Kyi, were injured, 37 of their lives”. er in northern Yangon.
sidered perhaps the most which could build pres- a dead body from the burnt- said she feared for her life as them firemen. In a city not unused to Myanmar has been hit by
professional institution sure on President Asif Ali out rubble, while dazed locals she ﬂed the encroaching ﬁre, bomb blasts, the sound of the several bomb blasts in recent
in Pakistan. Zardari, who has spent surveyed the shells of black- which devoured her home and plastic and metal debris. unexplained explosion years, most of them minor,
Transparency Interna- much of December fend- ened buildings. all of her possessions. Dozens of rescue workers overnight brought hundreds which the authorities have
tional advisor Adil Gilani ing off speculation that The blaze left hundreds “We had to run for our and onlookers crowded of worried locals into the blamed on armed exile
said the military had he could step down. homeless, another govern- lives,” she told. “Now we have around the gaping hole to take streets. groups or ethnic minority
ment ofﬁcial said. nowhere to go. My house was stock of the damage on “We heard a very loud noise ﬁghters.
Police surgeon slain in Pakistan Taliban bomb attack kills Two French
10 Afghan cops in Helmand in Afghanistan
Thursday shot dead a police AFP were newly recruited, he conﬁrmed the attack. “On
surgeon who had com- KANDAHAR (AFGHANISTAN) added. The Taliban, who fre- the way back from training, A MAN dressed in Afghan
plained of death threats in quently use roadside bombs their vehicle struck a road- army fatigues on Thursday
Quetta, capital of Pakistan’s A TALIBAN bomb attack to attack Afghan and US-led side bomb. As a result 10 shot dead two French sol-
restive southwestern killed 10 Afghan police NATO troops, claimed police were killed and one diers in what appeared to be
province Baluchistan, police returning from a recruitment responsibility for the attack. was wounded,” he said. the latest attack by Afghan
said. centre in southern “Our mujahedeen ﬁghters British forces have been security forces on NATO
Baqir Shah was going Afghanistan’s restive attacked a police vehicle and operating in the district troops.
home from hospital when Helmand province on as a result 10 police were since 2006 and recently said The Taliban claimed
the gunmen ambushed his Thursday, the local govern- killed including a police the joint security effort had responsibility, saying the sol-
car and shot him in the head ment said. commander,” said led to an 86 percent drop in dier joined the army in order
ﬁve times, killing him on the The victims were members violence this year compared to carry out his attack in
spot, senior police ofﬁcial of the US-funded Afghan The victims were to 2010. Kapisa province, which is in
Faridullah Braich told. Local Police (ALP) set up last members of the The ALP arms local people the volatile east of the coun-
“We do not know the year and touted as key to a US-funded Afghan to protect their communities try where many of the 3,700
motive of the killing,” Braich handover of security control, Local Police and in areas where the Afghan French troops in Afghanistan
said. which will see all foreign touted as key to a army and regular police are based.
But Shah had spoken combat troops leave handover of securi- have limited reach. “An individual wearing an
about death threats from Afghanistan in theory by the ty control. It does not have law Afghan National Army uni-
unknown people in a tele- end of 2014. enforcement powers and is form turned his weapon
vised press conference earli- “Ten local police were spokesman Qari Yousuf due to more-than triple in against two International
er this year after he resisted killed and one was injured Ahmadi. size to 30,000. Critics have Security Assistance Forces
pressure to fudge the post- Security ofﬁcials examine the blood-stained car of police surgeon after their vehicle struck a Parts of Helmand remain called it little more than a service members in eastern
mortem reports of four Baqir Shah after an ambush, in Quetta, on Thursday. (AFP) roadside bomb in the Nad-e highly unstable, although militia but NATO says the Afghanistan, today, killing
unarmed Russians and a Ali district of Helmand Nad-e Ali was one of the dis- community force helps bol- both service members,” an
Tajik shot dead by police. on the outskirts of Quetta. sacked two police ofﬁcials province,” provincial gover- tricts where President ster security in rural areas. ISAF statement said.
On May 17, police and A subsequent judicial over the killings. nor’s spokesman Daud Hamid Karzai said security There are around 130,000 The Taliban, who frequent-
Frontier Corps paramilitary commission found that the Baluchistan is gripped by Ahmadi said. would be handed from international troops, mainly ly exaggerate their claims,
forces opened ﬁre on the Tajik and the Russians, a regional insurgency for “The police were on their NATO to Afghan control in a from the United States, in said three French soldiers
group, saying they were sui- three of whom were women self-determination. It is also way back from a recruitment second wave of transition. Afghanistan helping govern- were killed and several others
cide bombers who attacked a and one of whom was preg- a ﬂashpoint for Taliban and centre.” Mohammad Marjan, ment forces combat the wounded.
checkpoint in Kharotabad nant, were unarmed. It sectarian violence. Three of the ALP ofﬁcers police chief of Nad-e Ali, insurgency. “Ibrahim (the soldier)...
achieved his aim by taking
out three French invading
troops and wounding a num-
Thousands rally in Dhaka for speedy war crimes trials ber of them after he opened
ﬁre,” spokesman Zabihullah
Mujahid said on their web-
DPA lion civilians were killed, Party. The perpetrator was also
DHAKA between 200,000-500,000 Jamaat-e-Islami was killed, he added.
women were raped, thou- opposed to secession, and The incident brings the
TENS of thousands of sup- sands of homes were torched assisted Pakistani forces dur- total number of coalition mil-
porters of Bangladesh’s ruling and millions were displaced ing the war. The Awami itary fatalities this year to
coalition gathered on during the nine-month war, League-led coalition govern- 563, according to a tally
Thursday in central Dhaka when then-East Pakistan ment of Prime Minister based on independent web-
demanding speedy trials for seceded from West Pakistan Sheikh Hasina Wazed has site iCasualty.org, down from
those accused of crimes dur- to become the independent been prosecuting war crimes a wartime high of 711 in 2010.
ing the country’s 1971 war. nation of Bangladesh. suspects since she took ofﬁce The victims were members
“Our promise today is to try In 2010, seven alleged col- in early 2009. of the French Foreign Legion,
the perpetrators of the laborators in the massacre The Awami League has Paris conﬁrmed.
killings, rapes, arson attacks, were detained. Five of those blamed the opposition “During a support mission
and crimes against humanity facing charges are key mem- alliance led by former pre- with the Afghan National
during the liberation war,” bers of the opposition mier Khaleda Zia of attempt- Army (ANA) in the Tagab
shouted the demonstrators Jamaat-e-Islami party, ing to disrupt the trials. valley, the two non-commis-
gathered in the area where including its leader Matiur Protesters chanted slogans sioned ofﬁcers were mortally
Pakistani forces surrendered Rahman Nizami. The other against Zia, who asked the wounded by deliberate ﬁre
in mid-December 1971. two are leaders of the opposi- government to suspend the Activists of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League march through the streets demanding speeding up of from an Afghan soldier,” the
Bangladesh says that 3 mil- tion Bangladesh Nationalist trials. war crimes trial, in Dhaka, on Thursday. (AP) French presidency said.
INDIA Friday, December 30, 2011
UPA allies flay govt’s Lokpal bill Inside
PTI government is trying to make
NEW DELHI constitutional cocktail,” he
THE formation of Lokayuktas Jaitley said the government
in states under the Lokpal Bill wants to subvert an institution
emerged as a major sticking even before its creation. “You
point in the Rajya Sabha on want to kill it in the womb,” he
Thursday, with not just the alleged.
opposition but even the govern- The government’s counter-
ment’s allies rejecting the provi- charge was led by fellow lawyer
sion as an attack on the federal Abhishek Manu Singhvi, the Ratan Tata calls on
structure. main brain behind the drafting Narendra Modi along
The UPA government’s ally of the bill. He accused the BJP
Trinamool Congress demand- of giving excuses not to pass the
with Cyrus Mistry
ed deletion of the entire chap- legislation.
ter on Lokayuktas, while main Meanwhile, noted advocate AHMEDABAD Ratan Tata,
opposition Bharatiya Janata and BJP member Ram the outgoing chairman of
Party (BJP), Left and other Jethmalani created a ﬂutter in over USD 80 billion con-
parties came up with sugges- the Rajya Sabha when he made glomerate, on Thursday
tions for not making it manda- certain remarks against per- introduced his successor
tory. Another ally, DMK, while sons having money stashed Cyrus P Mistry to the
making clear it will not move away in Swiss banks. Gujarat Chief Minister
any amendment, said the pro- Jethmalani referred to an Narendra Modi during a
vision was an attack on the article published in an courtesy visit at his resi-
country’s federal structure. European magazine in 1991 dence in Gandhinagar, a
Joining the league were par- that contained “names, photo- top state ofﬁcial said.
ties like the Janata Dal-United graphs and bank account num- “Mistry has evinced
(JD-U), Bahujan Samaj Party bers.”Jethmalani spoke about interest in strengthening
(BSP) and the Samajwadi the protocol that India signed business ties with Gujarat,”
Party (SP). with the Swiss government on ofﬁcial sources said.
“You can’t say that we have August 30 last year on double The 43-year-old Mistry,
safeguarded the provision, and taxation avoidance treaty and the son of Pallonji Mistry,
so now parliament can make a used a word to describe the Chairman of the Shapoorji
law on state subject,” BSP government’s intention. The Pallonji Group that holds
leader Satish Chandra Mishra Chair expunged the remark, 18 per cent stake in Tata
said. BSP has 18 members and saying it was unparliamentary. Sons, holding company of
RJD four in the 243-member PM Manmohan Singh (right) and his cabinet colleague during the debate on Lokpal bill in Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi, on Thursday. (PTI) Communist Party of India- Tata Group, will take over
House. Meanwhile, in indica- Marxist (CPI-M) leader the reins from Tata after he
tions of further problems for the The BJP, meanwhile, said the was weak but the house should the present form. “Please tionally possible.” Sitaram Yechury suggested a retires in December, 2012.
government, two Congress provision for formation of not leave without “delivering a accept amendments that the Referring to the provision clause to give states a time of On invitation of Gujarat
members P Kannan and Vijay Lokayuktas should be brought strong law”. colleagues have moved,” he on the setting up of six months, and optional government, Tata Motors
Darda were not present. under Article 252 of the “If you are creating history, said. Going clause-by-clause Lokayuktas in the state, the guidelines for creating the had relocated the mother
Congress has 71 members, alto- Constitution, while the govern- let us not create bad history. in the Lokpal and Lokayuktas BJP leader and noted lawyer Lokayukta. More than 170 plant of Nano to Sanand
gether. The UPA has 95 mem- ment has brought it under We will be leaving a lot of task Bill, 2011, Jaitley said the said it would lead to creating amendments have been from Singur in West
bers in the 243-member upper Article 253. for the next generation to do,” ombudsman was “designed to “a grey area” by which the moved to the Lokpal bill by Bengal in 2008, after it
house but claims support of 114, The BJP-led opposition, rep- he said. be vulnerable to constitutional Centre can usurp powers of various parties. India is a sig- faced stiff opposition there.
counting on Independents and resented by Arun Jaitley who He made it clear the BJP challenge. Let us create an states. “Why are you creating natory to the UN Convention The Tata group compa-
nominated members. initiated the debate, said the bill would not support the Bill in institution which is constitu- a constitutional havoc? The Against Corruption. nies like Tata Chemicals
and Tata Consultancy
Services already have oper-
ations in Gujarat, while
buys Rs 100 crore
State assemblies have fewer Tata Power Limited is set-
ting up an ultra-mega
power plant at Mundra in
Kutch district. (PTI)
insurance cover sittings, scarcer debates: PRS Proposal to move
mortars from LoC
IANS members mostly toe their NEW DELHI India has
PTI NEW DELHI party’s line. rejected Pakistan’s propos-
MUMBAI “A budget, whether good or al to move mortars and
ALTHOUGH they form the bad, has to be passed. It may heavy artillery away from
HAVING moved into his backbone of Indian democra- be discussed, but not much the Line of Control citing
“dream house”, ace cricketer cy, most state assemblies in of the opposition’s sugges- frequent ceaseﬁre viola-
Sachin Tendulkar has now India don’t hold sufﬁcient tions are allowed,” West tions and asked Islamabad
secured his ﬁve-storey Bandra number of sittings or debates Bengal MLA Nasiruddin to come clear on its
residence with a staggering Rs on legislation and budgets, Ahamed of Trinamool nuclear policy, including
100 crore insurance cover, according to data compiled by Congress told IANS. “Even command and control over
one of the biggest insurance PRS Legislative Research, a if the member of the ruling nuclear assets.
deals by an individual. legislative think-tank. benches wants to criticise the This was conveyed to the
The cricket icon has bought According to the ﬁgures budget, he can’t. We have to Pakistani ofﬁcials by India
the insurance from a consor- made available by PRS on the support it,” Debobrato during the two-day talks on
tium of general insurers, basis of a study of 13 state Saikia, ﬁrst time Congress nuclear and conventional
according to industry sources. Sachin’s ‘dream house’ assemblies over the last 10 MLA from Assam, said. conﬁdence building meas-
“A consortium of general years, at least 10 states had Haryana MLA Bharat ures that were held in
insurance companies has attacks, natural disasters like sittings fewer than the Lok Bhushan Batra of the Congress Islamabad after a gap of
given an insurance cover for earthquakes, and burglary Sabha and many passed legis- says the opposition is equally four years, sources said on
the cricketer’s home in among others. The insurance lation on the same day it was responsible for the poor quali- Thursday.
Bandra for a value considera- covers the cost of the land, presented. ty of debates. “If you are in India conveyed to
tion of Rs 100 crore,” an ofﬁ- compound walls, besides Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, the treasury benches, you have Pakistan on the need to
cial of a public sector general electrical equipment. Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, to support the budget. The demonstrate in practical
insurance company, who The Tendulkars had moved Himachal Pradesh, Jammu majority of bills are passed measure restraint and
wished not to be named, said. into the sprawling 6,000 and Kashmir, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah makes a point in without much discussion. The responsibility in the nuclear
square feet villa in Bandra Maharashtra and West the state assembly, in Srinagar, recently. (PTI) opposition is equally responsi- ﬁeld and urged it to facili-
While Shah Rukh West in September from a ﬂat Bengal had fewer average ble,” said Batra. “When the tate the talks on the Fissile
has insured his that had been allotted to the days of sessions than the Lok Sabha’s average 72 in a period latures were in the national budget or a bill is being dis- Material Cut-off Treaty.
mansion “Mannat”, maestro under sports quota. Sabha. of 10 years from 2000 to capital to attend a workshop cussed, they deviate and raise India expressed its inabili-
also in Bandra, for “Everyone has a dream of Maharashtra had the high- 2010. More than 90 percent on various aspects of the political issues. They will raise ty to accept the Pakistani
Rs 110 crore, owning a house. I, too, had est average number of assem- of bills in West Bengal, Bihar budget organised by PRS this issues of law and order, or proposal of relocating
Reliance chairman this dream. I am happy that I bly days with the state assem- and Haryana were introduced December. Many of them feel some other issue, so the debate heavy artillery citing the
Mukesh Ambani’s was able to fulﬁll it,” bly sitting for an average 48 and passed on the same day. debates on budgets end with- becomes a mere formality and ongoing violations. (PTI)
$1 billion Antilla Tendulkar had said while days, compared to the Lok Members from the state legis- out much signiﬁcance, as the budget is passed,” he said.
has been insured moving into his new abode.
for 150 crore The cricketer’s residence
As per the ofﬁcial, all the stands on a plot that earlier
four state-run GIs along with
a private insurer have provid-
ed the cover. “Oriental
housed a dilapidated bunga-
low, which he had bought for
Rs 39 crore in 2007.
Andhra, TN on high alert as cyclone Thane approaches
Insurance Company, United The villa has been secured
India Insurance, New India with high-walled fencing to PTI cause heavy rain up to 25 cm to 135 kmph along north Tamil He said Roads and ‘Thane’ cyclonic storm, which
Assurance and National avoid curious onlookers. HYDERABAD/CHENNAI in districts like Nellore, Nadu and south coastal Buildings, Municipal is likely to cross the northern
Insurance Company are the CCTV cameras and sensors Prakasam and Chittoor in Andhra from tonight,” Administration, Electricity, part of the state by early morn-
four government-owned gen- have also been installed. WITH the cyclonic storm Andhra Pradesh, an ofﬁcial Raghuveera told reporters Medical and Health and ing on Friday, threatening to
eral insurers providing the Besides the three storeys ‘Thane’ closing in on the Bay of release said. after the meeting. Fisheries department ofﬁcials bring very heavy rainfall com-
cover along with a private above the ground level, the Bengal coast, Andhra Pradesh State Revenue Minister N have been put on high alert. bined with squally winds gust-
insurer,” the ofﬁcial said, villa reportedly has two government got into a high Raghuveera Reddy held a The government The Minister appealed to pil- ing upto 135 kph.
adding the annual premium underground basements. alert on Thursday and directed high- level meeting with Chief fears there could grims headed for Tirumala- The state government
would be around Rs 40 lakh. With this deal, Tendulkar has Collectors of vulnerable Secretary Pankaj Dwivedi, be damage to Tirupati to postpone their announced a holiday for edu-
According to another insur- joined a select league of indus- coastal districts to immediate- Disaster Management crops like paddy travel plans in view of the cational institutions in coastal
ance ofﬁcial, the cover has trialists and ﬁlmstars who ly evacuate people living in Commissioner T Radha and and groundnut cyclone. districts, including Chennai,
been taken in two parts. While have taken such high insur- low-lying areas and closer to other top ofﬁcials to review the due to the cyclone The Government fears there Cuddalore and Tiruvarur
a ﬁre insurance policy has ance cover in the recent past. the shore. situation and the govern- Of the 72 ﬁshermen who could be damage to crops like tomorrow.
been obtained for Rs 75 crore, While ﬁlmstar Shah Rukh The “very severe cyclonic ment’s preparedness in meet- went missing from different paddy and groundnut due to The regional meteorological
an additional cover of Rs 25 Khan has reportedly insured storm”, that lay centred over ing any eventuality. parts of the state in the last the cyclone. Irrigation ofﬁce said the very severe
crore has been bought for his mansion “Mannat”, also southwest Bay of Bengal this “Isolated heavy to very couple of days, all but eight Department authorities have cyclonic storm ‘THANE’ over
household items like furniture, in Bandra, for Rs 110 crore, morning, is expected to move heavy rainfall is expected over were safe, he said. “We have been asked to ensure there southwest Bay of Bengal
electronic gadgets and cricket Reliance Industry chairman westwards and cross north south coastal Andhra and launched an aerial survey were no breaches to major slightly moved westward and
accessories among others. Mukesh Ambani’s $1 billion Tamil Nadu coast between Rayalaseema districts. The through helicopters to trace canals. lay centered at about 180 km
The ﬁre insurance covers Antilla has been insured for Nagapattinam and Chennai wind speed will increase grad- the eight ﬁshermen trapped Tamil Nadu braced itself for east of Puducherry, 180 km
losses from blaze, terror around Rs 150 crore. on Friday morning. It may ually to 110-120 kmph, gusting in sea.” the possible onslaught of southeast of Chennai.
12 Friday, December 30, 2011
www.qatar-tribune.com THE LAST WORD
US to sell 84 TAKING CARE OF AMERICA’S NEXT GENERATION
F-15 fighter jets
to Saudi Arabia
AFP crude oil exports.
HONOLULU (HAWAII) Saudi Arabia and Iran are
bitter regional rivals.
THE United States said on Tensions between them were
Thursday it had sent a “strong further stoked earlier this
message” to the Gulf region, year after the US accused Iran
as tensions rise with Iran, by of plotting to assassinate the
signing a $29.4 billion deal to Saudi ambassador to the US
provide F-15 ﬁghter jets to in Washington.
Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is already the
The deal, which was signed most militarily advanced of
over the weekend, will supply the Arab Gulf states, one of
84 new Boeing F-15SA air- the richest countries in the
craft and modernize 70 exist- world, and central to
ing planes and include muni- American policy in the Middle
tions, spare parts, training East. It is also vital to US ener-
and maintenance contracts, gy security, with Saudi Arabia
US ofﬁcials said. ranking as the third-largest
It sends “a strong message source of US oil imports.
to countries in the region that In Honolulu, White House
the United States is commit- deputy spokesman Josh
ted to stability in the Gulf and Earnest said the deal would
broader Middle East,” said support more than 50,000
senior State Department ofﬁ- American jobs at a time of
cial Andrew Shapiro. high unemployment and pro-
vide a $3.5 billion annual US President Barack Obama (left) holds a baby as ﬁrst lady Michelle Obama looks on, in Kaneohe, Hawaii, on Wednesday. (AP)
The deal, which boost to the US economy.
Obama’s poll campaign chief
was signed over The delivery of the package
the weekend, will would unfold over 15 to 20
supply 84 new Boe- years and also includes Black
ing F-15SA aircraft Hawk and Apache attack hel-
and modernize 70 icopters, defense ofﬁcials
existing planes said.
“It will enhance Saudi
Arabia’s ability to deter and
defend against external
threats to its sovereignty,” he
came with tensions between
Iran and the United States
and its Gulf allies on the rise
over Tehran’s nuclear drive.
rejects $1 billion fund goal
The deal, announced for- About a year ago, the The Obama campaign has this campaign in contributions Democrats do rely on big- Committee, the campaign has
mally on Thursday in Hawaii administration got the go- CHICAGO identiﬁed more than 40 ways of three dollars or ﬁve dollars money donations, with 357 top raised roughly $155 million
as President Barack Obama ahead from Congress for a 10- to get the electoral votes neces- or whatever you can do to help fundraisers directing at least through the end of September.
vacationed in his native state, year, $60 billion arms deal PRESIDENT Barack Obama’s sary to win the November 2012 us expand the map, to put $55.9 million toward Obama’s The campaign seeks to raise
was ﬁrst unveiled in October with Saudi Arabia that includ- campaign manager on election against the eventual more people on the ground, to re-election effort, money that $60 million in the ﬁnal three
2010 as part of a $60 billion ed F-15s, helicopters and a Thursday rejected speculation Republican nominee, cam- build a real grassroots cam- goes into the coffers of his cam- months of 2011 to beneﬁt the
US arms sale to Saudi Arabia. broad array of missiles, that the president’s 2012 re- paign chief Jim Messina said in paign that is going to be the dif- paign as well as the Democratic re-election bid and the
The agreement boosts the bombs and delivery systems, election effort will raise $1 bil- a video to supporters. The ference between winning and National Committee, accord- Democratic party, a campaign
military strength of Saudi as well as radar warning sys- lion, saying the goal is to build video presented strategies for losing,” Messina added. ing to the Center for ofﬁcial said last week.
Arabia, a key US ally in the tems and night-vision goggles. a “real grassroots” operation. collecting the 270 electoral The Obama campaign Responsive Politics. If it hits that public goal,
Middle East, at a time when The plan initially raised Democratic Party and votes that Obama needs to win excelled at persuading small The campaign does beneﬁt which is expected, they will end
the Obama administration is concerns from pro-Israeli Obama campaign ofﬁcials have the election. donors to contribute in 2008 from a PAC, called Priorities a non-election year having
looking to counter Iranian lawmakers, but US ofﬁcials railed for months against the “People have speculated that when he won the White USA Action, which was formed raised more than $200 million
threats in the region. reassured Congress that notion that the campaign aims this is a billion dollar cam- House, and Obama was keep- in April by former White dollars without a speciﬁc
Underscoring that effort was Israel’s military edge would to raise $1 billion to ﬁnance the paign. That’s bullshit,” said ing that up so far in his 2012 House spokesman Bill Burton Republican nominee to pro-
a fresh threat this week from not be undercut by the sale. president’s re-election effort. Messina, a former White re-election bid with about 98 and former White House aide vide the contrast the campaign
Tehran, which warned that it Additionally, there is now But a Democratic ofﬁcial said House deputy chief of staff who percent of donations in incre- Sean Sweeney. The PAC raises will use to rally supporters.
could disrupt trafﬁc through broad agreement among earlier this year the goal was in has been described as having a ments of $250 or less, the money and conducts supporter Meanwhile, a latest opinion
the Strait of Hormuz, a vital Israel, the Gulf Arab states excess of about $750 million, short temper. campaign said in mid-October and media outreach to beneﬁt poll has said that Obama and
Persian Gulf oil transport and the West that Iran poses the record sum Obama collect- “We don’t take PAC (political when it last ﬁled its quarterly the campaign. his Democratic party has a
route, if Washington levies a signiﬁcant and unpre- ed in 2008 for his ﬁrst presi- action committee) money fund-raising ﬁgures. Together with the clear edge over the opposition
new sanctions targeting Iran’s dictable threat. dential campaign. unlike our opponents. We fund The campaign and Democratic National Republican party.
in New York, on Thursday. (AP)
A SPECIAL SHOW
American Ballet Theatre dancers perform in a special year-end show titled ‘The Nutcracker’ at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Saudi women to run, vote
without male approval
WOMEN in Saudi Arabia will
not need a male guardian’s
approval to run or vote in
municipal elections in 2015,
when women will also run for
ofﬁce for the ﬁrst time, a Saudi
ofﬁcial has said.
The change signiﬁes a step
forward in easing the king-
dom’s restrictions against
women, but it falls far short of
what some Saudi reformers are
Shura Council member
Fahad al Anzi was quoted in
the state-run Al Watan news-
paper on Wednesday saying A Saudi woman at a function, in Riyadh, recently. (AP)
that approval for women to run
and vote came from the “It’s being brought up out of The restrictions are practically
guardian of Islam’s holiest the blue and could open doors all-encompassing.
sites, the Saudi king, and there- to discussions that we have Saudi women cannot study
fore women will not need a enough of already,” al Fasi said. abroad unless a male guardian
male guardian’s approval. The While the Custodian of Two approves and accompanies
China’s new military milestone in space country’s Shura Council is an
all-male consultative body with
no legislative powers.
Despite the historic decision
Holy Mosques Abdullah Aziz al
Saud has pushed for some
changes on women’s rights, he
has been cautious not to push
them throughout their studies.
Government-run hospitals are
allowed to perform surgery on
women only with approval
REUTERS rent dependence for naviga- Chang, a Hong Kong-based within the sprawling science by the king to allow women the too hard against ultraconserva- from a male guardian, except in
HONG KONG tion on the US global position- analyst of the Chinese military and aerospace bureaucracy. right to participate in the coun- tive clerics, who have in the emergencies.
ing network (GPS) signals and and editor of Kanwa Asian As part of this system, the try’s only open elections, male past challenged social reforms. Male guardians in Saudi
CHINA this week reached a Russia’s similar GLONASS Defense magazine. Beidou, or “Big Dipper,” net- guardian laws in Saudi Arabia Saudi’s ruling family draws its Arabia are allowed to remove
milestone in its drive to master system. China has launched 10 work will have an important remain largely unchanged. legitimacy from the backing of their daughters or sisters from
the military use of space with And, unlike the less accurate Beidou satellites and plans to military role alongside the Women cannot travel, work, the kingdom’s religious estab- school at any time. In the case
the launch of trials for its civilian versions of GPS and launch six more by the end of country’s rapidly expanding study abroad, marry, get lishment. that a father, uncle or brother is
Beidou satellite global posi- GLONASS available to the next year, according to the network of surveillance, imag- divorced or gain admittance to The male guardianship laws not available, mothers turn to
tioning network, a move that People’s Liberation Army China Satellite Navigation ing and remote sensing satel- a public hospital without per- are particularly stiﬂing for their sons for approval to work
will bring it one step closer to (PLA), this network will give Management Ofﬁce. lites. China routinely denies mission from a male guardian. women, Saudi female activist or travel.
matching US space capabili- China the accuracy to guide Chinese and foreign military having military ambitions in Hatoun al Fasi, a women’s Wajeha al-Hawidar said. “Male guardianship laws are
ties. If Beijing can successfully missiles, smart munitions and experts say the PLA’s General space. Defense Ministry history professor in Riyadh, “These laws make the a problem that the Saudi
deploy the full 35 satellites other weapons. Staff Department and General spokesman Yang Yujun on said just the announcement woman like a child in all aspects woman has been dealing with
planned for the Beidou net- “This will allow a big jump in Armaments Department Wednesday dismissed fears that Saudi women can run for of her life. She is not dealt with for years. It’s our number one
work on schedule by 2020, its the precision attack capability closely coordinate and support the Beidou network would ofﬁce and vote without permis- as an adult with a fully devel- demand that these laws be
military will be free of its cur- of the PLA,” said Andrei all of China’s space programs pose a military threat. sion will stir debate. oped brain,” al-Hawidar said. revoked,” al Fasi said.