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QATARI 60% FEDERER MULTITASKING AMUSES WINS CANET DOHA CINCINNATI STRADDLES VIEWERS AT TOURNEY FRENCH, NATIONAL AMERICAN THEATER CINEMA PAGE 13 | NATION PAGE 25 | SPORTS PAGE 32 | CHILL OUT www.qatar-tribune.com First with the news and what’s behind it TUESDAY AUGUST 21, 2012 SHAWWAL 3, 1433 I Newsline I Nationline I Businessline I Lifeline I Sportsline VOL. 6 NO. 2178 QR 2 DOW JONES 13,260 SENSEX -15 PTS 17,691 QE CURRENCY 8,486 +65 PTS SPECTACULAR FIREWORKS Aluminium recycling to +33 1QR 15.29 Indian Rupees PTS 1QR 11.64 Philippine Pesos HOT AND HAZY WEATHER 0 0 HIGH: 43 C | LOW: 34 C Newsline be discussed at Egypt to use aircraft, tanks against Sinai militants November meet EGYPT is preparing to use aircraft ASIF IQBAL around the world. and tanks in Sinai for the ﬁrst time DOHA Qatalum noted that the since the 1973 war with Israel in recycling industry maintains its offensive against militants in QATAR, the host of the 16th an intertwined relationship the border area, security sources Arab International Alum- with the output of all types of said on Monday. The plans to step inium International Con- industrial sectors and a pro- up the operation were being ference (Arabal) slated to portional relationship in ﬁnalised by Egypt’s newly begin on November 20, will terms of the diversity of out- appointed Defence Minister include a discussion panel puts, uses of industrial prod- General Abdel Fattah al Sisi as he on aluminium recycling in ucts and the increasing need made his ﬁrst visit to Sinai on the conference agenda, to recycle and reuse. Monday. (PG 3) Qatar Aluminium There is an urgent need to (Qatalum) has said. have rapid and on-going According to Qatalum, development of methods of Top Gun director recycling is becoming one of aluminium output recycling commits suicide the increasingly that are able to important indus- Recycling is cope with the PROMINENT Hollywood ﬁlm Spectators watch ﬁreworks during Eid festivities at Katara, in Doha, on Monday. (HANSON K JOSEPH) tries in terms of becoming general mind-set director Tony Scott, whose signa- global interest one of the and culture of ture works included Top Gun, and size and type increasingly this industry, jumped to his death from a bridge of investment, important which is based on in San Pedro, California, city ofﬁ- which targets the industries in efficiency in UN observers end cials announced late on Sunday. e n v i r o n m e n t , terms of glob- operation, pro- Police and US Coast Guard ofﬁ- community, and al interest duction, energy cials pulled Scott’s body out of the the industry itself. and size. consumption, water near the Vincent Thomas “The evolution and diversi- saving the environment, and Bridge, which is built over Los ty of industry, the rising optimising the use of natural Angeles Harbor. (PG 8) income, and type of con- resources, as the recycling Syria mission sumption are all important process does not affect the factors to be taken into con- metal itself, therefore it is Euro, stocks slip after ECB sideration when developing possible to have continuous downplays bond report the solid waste recycling recycling and use of outputs industry,” Qatalum said in a in more new products, the GLOBAL shares and the euro statement. statement said. slipped on Monday after the REUTERS with no clear front lines. chance for a political settlement to Arabal began in 1983 with Aluminium recycling is con- European Central Bank sought to BEIRUT “Our mission failed because the the bloodshed ever emerges. Kuwait Aluminium nected with several sources, squash speculation about potential two sides did not abide by their Battling a 17-month-old uprising Company bringing together including the transport sector, market intervention to contain the UN MILITARY observers departed commitments,” said one uniformed against his family’s 42-year rule, the leading ﬁgures in Middle wire manufacturing, and eurozone debt crisis, dashing Damascus on Monday after a four- observer, who declined to be President Bashar al Assad has used East aluminium industry to many more products which recent investor enthusiasm for risk. month mission in which they ﬁghter jets and helicopter gunships strengthen ties and discuss are made from aluminium German magazine Der Spiegel became helpless spectators of to pound rebel strongholds. the issues of the day to pro- and composed of strong and said that the ECB might buy debt Syria’s conﬂict, and activists said The unarmed monitors Insurgents have stepped up their vide an overview. Over the lightweight materials. The issued by eurozone countries if government forces launched air suspended own attacks, hitting tanks, military past 29 years, Arabal, has recycling process is based on interest rates rose too high. (PG 24) strikes near the capital that killed operations in June convoys and security buildings. grown and now attracts reusing scrap aluminium to two dozen people. after coming under The mandate of the monitoring heads of industry from produce new products. Helicopter gunships attacked fire and most have mission, known as UNSMIS, Xilai’s wife gets suspended Mouadamiya and Daraya, suburbs already departed, expired on Sunday. The last moni- death sentence for murder south of Damascus, activists and leaving a small liaison tors are due to leave by Friday. residents said, giving casualty tolls office in the Syrian After a brief lull, violence intensi- A CHINESE court on Monday that could not be independently capital. ﬁed during the monitors’ presence handed the wife of disgraced polit- veriﬁed. in Syria and at least 9,000 people ical leader Bo Xilai a suspended “It seems they suspected that have been killed since they arrived death sentence for murder in a there were rebels in the area,” said named, before seven United to oversee a ceaseﬁre declared on case that has rocked the an activist in Daraya, speaking on Nations cars left a Damascus hotel April 12 by outgoing UN-Arab Communist party ahead of a 10- condition of anonymity. Gunships carrying some of the last members League mediator Koﬁ Annan. yearly power handover. Gu Kailai also appeared to hit targets in the of a mission once 300 strong. The truce never took hold. At was found guilty of murdering western Damascus district of Kfar The unarmed monitors suspend- least 18,000 people have now been British businessman Neil Souseh, a housewife said by phone. ed operations in June after coming killed in Syria since the anti-Assad Heywood, a crime she had con- Control of Mouadamiya has under ﬁre and most have already revolt began. At least 170,000 have fessed to. (PG 9) changed hands several times, as departed, leaving a small liaison ﬂed the country, according to the have many other places in a war ofﬁce in the Syrian capital in case a United Nations. An employee of Qatar Aluminium at the factory, in Doha, recently. New Indian envoy to First Crowne Plaza in Qatar opens its doors join on Wednesday CATHERINE W GICHUKI DOHA sub-contractor. “I’m delighted to be the Expressing happiness at being given the responsibility SANTHOSH CHANDRAN ﬁrst guest at Crowne Plaza of opening the ﬁrst Crown DOHA CROWNE Plaza Doha – The Doha – The Business Park. Plaza hotel in Qatar, he said, Business Park was inaugurat- Our vision was to develop a “My plan is to offer the best SANJIV Arora will take ed by HE Sheikh Mohammed hotel that would offer unpar- service and facilities to our over as the new Indian bin Hamad bin Abdullah al alleled meeting and confer- guests.” Ambassador to Qatar on Thani on Monday. ence facilities and exciting IHG’s India, Middle East August 22. The Trans Orient new restaurants for the and Africa Chief Operating Before the new appoint- Establishment and booming Doha market. This Ofﬁcer Pascal Gauvin said ment, Arora was consul- Sanjiv Arora InterContinental Hotels hotel does exactly that and that the hotel was “a fantastic general of India in Group (IHG) celebrated the under IHG’s management we example of the Crowne Plaza Houston, the United States. Egypt where began his hotel’s opening by welcoming are certain it will be a suc- brand” and added, “We now Arora, who hails from career as second secretary Sheikh Mohammad. cess,” he said. look forward to welcoming Indian state of Punjab, in the Indian consulate in Later, he checked into the Speaking to Qatar many more guests to their joined the Foreign Service Cairo in 1985. hotel to become its first Tribune, the hotel’s General new home in Doha.” in 1984 after his Master’s Later, Arora was appoint- guest after the welcome cer- Manager Savino Leone said Located in the heart of degree in Business ed as second secretary in emony attended by the that the hotel has all the facil- Doha’s banking district just Administration (MBA). Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in hotel’s employees and repre- HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Abdullah al Thani (centre) ities for corporates including two kilometres from Doha His ﬁrst posting was in 1988. sentatives of the owning with ofﬁcials at the inauguration of the Crowne Plaza hotel, in meeting rooms, restaurants company and construction Doha, on Monday. (JALAL PATHIYOOR) and an events centre. CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 02 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com GULF / MIDDLE EAST Inside Gulf/ME UN ends mission in Syria, 32 killed as fighting intensifies AFP ALEPPO DEADLY ﬁghting rocked the Syrian city at the heart of the uprising on Monday as rebels doggedly resisted a regime onslaught launched in key Libya makes arrests over Tripoli car bomb attack northern hub of Aleppo a TRIPOLI Libyan security services on Monday announced month ago, activists said. the arrests of a number of people suspected to be At least 32 people were behind a double car bomb attack in the capital the pre- killed, including two chil- vious day which left two dead. dren in shelling in Daraa, the “Several individuals were arrested in Tripoli, some of birthplace of the revolution, whom acknowledged having direct or indirect links with a watchdog said, as the the blasts,” said Issam al Naass, a spokesman for the United Nations brought an High Security Commission which is part of the ministry end to its troubled observer of interior. He was unable to specify the number of mission in the country. arrests, saying the ﬁgure varied depending on the New international envoy “progress of the investigation.” The arrests could not be Lakhdar Brahimi, who has conﬁrmed from other sources. said he is not conﬁdent of The High Security Commission, formed by former being able to restore peace, rebels who helped topple Libyan strongman Moamer warned on Sunday that it was Qadhaﬁ last year, had taken over security in Libya after now a matter of ending rather the fall of the dictator’s regime, before being made part than avoiding a civil war after of the interior ministry. (AFP) 17 months of bloodshed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported con- 409 killed, 975 hurt in Iraq during Ramadan tinued ﬁghting on Monday on the second day of Eid al Fitr, BAGHDAD Bombings and shootings in Iraq killed at least the holiday celebrated by 409 people and wounded 975 during the holy Muslim Muslims around the world to fasting month of Ramadan, according to an AFP tally mark the end of the holy United Nations observers arrive at a hotel in Damascus from Homs, as they prepare to depart Syria, on Monday. (AP) based on security and medical ofﬁcials. month of Ramadan. The month saw a number of deadly days, including July It said clashes erupted and medicines run out. military operations against their rage at President Bashar the escalating violence and a 23, when 113 people were killed and 259 wounded in a between rebels and govern- Fighting also broke out in the rebels have been focused. al Assad’s rule, as he made a failure by world powers to wave of attacks across the country, and August 16, when ment troops in the southern several southern parts of the The commercial capital rare public appearance with agree on how to respond to 82 were killed and 270 wounded. city of Daraa after several areas capital Damascus as the has emerged as the key bat- top ofﬁcials for Eid prayers at a Assad’s crackdown and bring Ramadan, when observant Muslims abstain from food, were shelled, killing 15 people, regime battles persistent pock- tleground of the conflict Damascus mosque. peace to the strategic Middle drink, smoking and sex during the day, began on July 21 including two children. ets of rebel resistance, and in since rebels seized large “Eid is here, Eid is here, God East state. and ended for Iraqi Sunnis and some Shiites after sundown Government forces using Aleppo province on the border swathes of the city in an curse you, O Bashar,” protest- Created by a UN Security on August 18, and the rest the next night. But violence often combat helicopters, tanks and with Turkey. offensive launched on July ers in Qudsaya in Damascus Council resolution adopted in rises during the holy month in Iraq because, “radicalised ter- heavy artillery have also been The Observatory said 20. Government officials province sang to the tune of April, the team of some 300 rorists are often more intent on conducting these (suicide carrying out “savage” attacks troops backed by helicopters have said it will be the Jingle Bells, according to ama- unarmed observers was pro- attacks) during the holy month of Ramadan because it is a on Herak, the opposition pounded several areas of “mother of all battles.” teur video posted on YouTube. gressively deployed into Syria period associated with martyrdom and self-sacriﬁce,” said Syrian National Council said, Aleppo city, including the Demonstrators had taken to UN observers wound up as part of then UN-Arab John Drake, a security analyst with AKE Group. (AFP) warning of a humanitarian Salaheddin neighbourhood the streets of the capital and their troubled mission at mid- League envoy Koﬁ Annan’s six- catastrophe as supplies of food where much of the regime’s other cities on Sunday to vent night on Sunday in the face of point plan to end the conﬂict. Brahimi’s ‘civil war’ remark Israel holds four Palestinians contradicts reality, says Syria over ‘kidnap plot’ AFP sion of weapons before a mil- Palestinian prison in the TEL AVIV itary court, which remanded West Bank town of Jericho AFP Human Rights. The United them in custody until trial. where he was being held DAMASCUS Nations puts the death toll ISRAEL has been holding The Shin Bet statement under British and US super- at 17,000. four Palestinian militants said that Saadat was jailed in vision. SYRIA lashed out on Brahimi said that “change since May on suspicion of Israel for his “involvement in Then Palestinian leader Monday at comments by is inevitable” in Syria, plotting to kidnap Israelis for several terrorist attacks, Yasser Arafat had detained new international peace adding that it must be far- use as bargaining chips for notably the murder of him in January 2002 as one envoy Lakhdar Brahimi reaching. their jailed leader, the securi- (Tourism) Minister of Israel’s conditions for lift- describing the increasingly “The aspirations of the ty service said on Monday. Rehavam Zeevi.” ing a siege on his West Bank brutal 17-month conﬂict as a Syrian people must be satis- The Shin Bet statement headquarters in Ramallah. civil war. ﬁed,” he said, without saying ended a protracted media The Shin Bet state- His detention came after “To speak of civil war in whether embattled blackout on the arrest of the ment said that the PFLP claimed the killing Syria contradicts reality and President Bashar al Assad four members of the leftist Saadat was jailed of Zeevi, an ultra rightwinger is found only in the head of must step down from power. Popular Front for the in Israel for his who supported the ideology conspirators,” the foreign Brahimi, appointed by the Liberation of Palestine. “involvement in of “transfer,” which would ministry said in a statement UN Security Council to “In May, Shin Bet agents, several terrorist see all Palestinians in the published by the official replace Kofi Annan, has backed by the army and attacks West Bank and Gaza Strip SANA news agency. been welcomed by the West police, arrested an armed In fact, Israeli prosecutors expelled to neighbouring Brahimi said on Sunday and by Assad’s traditional PFLP cell that was preparing dropped charges against the Arab countries. that it is no longer a ques- allies Russia and China, to kidnap Israelis for use as PFLP leader of involvement While in prison, Saadat tion of “preventing civil war” although the White House bargaining chips to secure in the October 2001 murder was elected to the in Syria but rather stopping Former Algerian foreign affairs minister and new Syria envoy said it would seek clariﬁca- the release of Palestinian in annexed Arab east Palestinian parliament in it as the country is already in Lakhdar Brahimi, in Paris, on Sunday. (AP) tions on the terms of his prisoners,” the statement Jerusalem of the far-right January 2006. the throes of the “cruellest” mandate. said. Zeevi. The PFLP leader was conﬂict. evision. going to be easy,” said the Damascus insists it is It said the four were sus- A military court in among several high-proﬁle “A civil war, it is the cru- “There are a lot of people Algerian diplomat. fighting an insurgency by pected of plotting to seize December 2008 sentenced Palestinian prisoners who ellest kind of conﬂict, when who say that we must avoid Syria’s popular uprising, “armed terrorist groups” “soldiers or settlers” with the Saadat to 30 years in prison were excluded from an a neighbour kills his neigh- civil war in Syria, me I which began in March 2011, backed by the West, Gulf aim of securing the release of for heading a “terrorist exchange last year in which bour and sometimes his believe that we are already has spiralled into an armed states and Turkey, a blanket jailed PFLP leader Ahmed organisation.” hundreds were freed in brother, it is the worst of there for some time now. conflict with more than term used to describe rebel Saadat. Saadat had been seized by return for the release by conﬂicts,” Brahimi said in an What’s necessary is to stop 23,000 deaths, according to fighters and peaceful It said the four were Israeli forces in a controver- Gaza militants of Israeli sol- interview with France 24 tel- the civil war and that is not the Syrian Observatory for demonstrators alike. charged with illegal posses- sial 2006 raid on a dier Gilad Shalit. Jordan protests against Syrian shelling on border village AP north during clashes ment summoned Syrian presence of thousands in a AMMAN between the Syrian military Ambassador Bahjat squalid desert tent camp and rebel forces on the Suleiman to hand him the near the border is seen as an JORDAN has sharply Syrian side, wounding a 4- letter of protest late Sunday. embarrassment to Syrian protested to Syria for year-old girl. She was Foreign Minister Nasser President Bashar Assad, artillery shelling that reported in fair condition on Judeh said on his Twitter illustrating that people are wounded a girl in a border Monday. Four others were account late Sunday that the fleeing his military’s village and panicked other treated brieﬂy after suffering ambassador declined to onslaught against his own civilians, Information panic attacks, Maaytah said. report for the meeting, claim- people. Minister Sameeh Maaytah Maaytah said Jordan ing he was busy. Judeh said a Jordan tries to avoid said on Monday. denounced the incident and “stern warning” was given to angering its more powerful The Syrian ambassador to “will ensure this does not his deputy. The text of the let- neighbour, but tensions are a Jordan rebuffed a summons happen again.” He did not ter was not made public. constant in the relationship. to the Foreign Ministry to say how. The affair underlines grow- Syria opposes Jordan’s receive a written protest, Last month, Syrian troops ing tensions between the two alliance with the United sending his deputy instead, killed a 6-year-old Syrian boy neighbours against the back- States and its 1994 peace ofﬁcials said. ﬂeeing to Jordan with his ground of Syria’s civil war. treaty with Israel. Jordan is a Late on Sunday, four family. More than 150,000 Syrian critic of Iran, Syria’s main A relative of Tala Husam Qerba’a, who was wounded by Syrian artillery shells that fell near her family shells landed in Jordan’s Maaytah said the govern- refugees are in Jordan. The ally in the region. house, checks her wounds in Turra, Jordan, on Monday. (AP) GULF / MIDDLE EAST Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com 03 Iraq denies helping Iran avoid sanctions AFP that the international sanc- “This is a big lie.” BAGHDAD tions on Iran do not apply to But he added that some oil Iraq for many reasons.” was being smuggled through IRAQ insisted on Monday The New York Times Iraq’s autonomous northern that its trade with neighbour- reported on Sunday that Kurdistan region, which he ing Iran was above board, and Iraq was carrying out an said was not only breaking denied reports that it was array of tasks within a net- sanctions, but also infringing helping the Islamic republic work of ﬁnancial institutions on Iraq’s sovereignty. skirt sanctions by smuggling and oil-smuggling opera- “We have warned about this oil and secretly moving cash. tions that have helped fun- from the beginning,” Mussawi Ali Mussawi, spokesman for said. “It (oil smuggling via Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al- Iran and Iraq, Kurdistan) is not only break- Maliki, said that Baghdad’s which fought a ing sanctions, but Iraqi oil is trade and dealings with 1980-1988 war that being smuggled out of the Tehran were below “the per- was one of the country, and not through mitted level” for neighbouring bloodiest conflicts Iraq’s main pipelines.” countries, and dismissed of the past centu- Iran and Iraq, which fought claims Iraq was selling oil on ry, killing an esti- a 1980-1988 war that was one Iran’s behalf as a “big lie”. mated one million of the bloodiest conﬂicts of the “We are dealing with Iran in people, have past century, killing an esti- a public and transparent fash- drawn closer since mated one million people, ion, we have not done any have drawn closer since the secret deals,” Mussawi said. US-led invasion of 2003. “We feel that we have dealt nel cash to Iran as sanctions The US sanctions, and oth- with Iran less than the permit- choke its economy. ers imposed by the European ted level.” Mussawi, however, insist- Union, aim to pressure He said of enforcing sanc- ed that Iraq’s central bank Tehran to roll back its nuclear tions against Iran: “There is was an independent institu- activities, which the West always a permitted level for tion and was not subject to fears are geared to developing neighbouring countries. Maliki’s orders, and said of atomic weapons. Iran denies “International ofﬁcials and the Times’s claims Iraq was its programme is anything but Americans always emphasise selling oil on Iran’s behalf: peaceful. Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (right) with Saeed Jalili, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, in Baghdad, recently. (AP) COMFORTING THE BEREAVED Month-old Yemen’s Interior Minister Abdul Qader Qahtan (right) comforts the son of a police trooper, killed in Saturday’s attack on an intelligence service headquarters, during a funeral in Sanaa, Somali parliament delays baby reunited on Monday. (REUTERS) presidential election with family after UAE AFP MOGADISHU car theft THE election of a new Somali AFP president will not take place on DUBAI Monday as scheduled, newly appointed lawmakers said, but A BABY girl, who was in the added they expected to con- back of a car stolen from out- vene the parliament for the side a shop in the United ﬁrst time later in the day. Arab Emirates, was reunited “The presidential elections with her parents after a fran- will not be held today,” said tic seven-hour search, The lawmaker Aweys Qarni. “The National newspaper report- election committee must still ed on Monday. be convened.... There is still The month-old girl, Lailas, work to go before the presi- Supporters of former Somali prime minister Mohamed Abdullah was in a white Toyota Prado dential elections.” Farmajo during an election rally, in Mogadishu, recently. (AFP) when it was stolen in the War-torn Somalia’s Santsaiya 6 area of Sharjah, Western-backed transitional er, and they will organise the little but a reshuffling of not far from commercial hub government ends its mandate election committee for the new positions. The names of Dubai, on Saturday, after her on Monday after eight years of president,” he said, adding that more than 200 new lawmak- parents left the car’s engine political inﬁghting and ram- it was expected the eldest ers chosen by a “technical running while they nipped pant corruption. member would chair the meet- selection committee” from a It is being replaced by new ing until elections were held. list prepared by clan elders Within hours, lawmakers selected by a Despite delays in the process were published on Friday. Ahmed Ibrahim al group of 135 traditional eld- of forming a new government, The remaining 75 names Shamsi, an Emi- ers in a United Nations- it was hailed as an “unprece- were still pending at the rati from Sharjah, backed process, the latest bid dented opportunity for greater weekend “because of inter- contacted police to bring stability to the Horn peace and stability” in a joint clan argument and other rea- on Twitter to say of Africa country. statement from the African sons related to a lack of fulﬁl- he had spotted Somalia has not had a stable Union, European Union, US ment of the conditions,” the stolen car, the central government since the and UN issuedon Sunday. according to committee co- newspaper said. 1991 ouster of dictator “The conclusion of the tran- chair Halimo Yarey. Mohamed Siad Barre in 1991, sition should mark the begin- Some 70 nominees were which unleashed a bloody civil ning of more representative rejected because they did not war and two decades of chaos. government in Somalia,” meet the requirements to into the shop, the report said. “We are preparing for the added the statement, also serve in parliament. Within minutes, car and ﬁrst gathering of the new par- signed by Norway, Turkey and Lawmakers must be Somali baby were gone. liament today,” said Abinasir East Africa’s main diplomatic citizens of sound mind, have After the alert was raised, Garale, a lawmaker newly re- body IGAD, among others. a high school diploma and be police rapidly put out a elected to parliament. Analysts have posed a far free of ties to warlords or Twitter alert, which was “In coming days the new gloomier outlook on the links to atrocities committed quickly retweeted by more parliament will select a speak- process, suggesting it offers during the civil war. than 1,700 people, includ- ing Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, and hundreds of Sharjah Egypt to use aircraft, tanks against Sinai militants residents, in both Arabic and English. Within hours, Ahmed Ibrahim al Shamsi, an Emirati from Sharjah, con- REUTERS to strike terrorist elements army-police operation that tacted police on Twitter to ISMAILIA using aircraft and mobile has raided militant hideouts, say he had spotted the stolen rocket launchers for the ﬁrst arrested their members and car, the newspaper said. EGYPT is preparing to use time since the beginning of seized weapons. And at 5:00 am on Sunday aircraft and tanks in Sinai for the operation,” an Egyptian Israeli ofﬁcials, who say it was found in Muwailah, a the ﬁrst time since the 1973 security source said. they are in regular contact few kilometres (couple of war with Israel in its offen- Another security source said with Cairo, have encouraged miles) from where it was sive against militants in the the army was planning to Egypt to take tough action stolen, with Lailas safe border area, security sources attack and besiege al Halal against the gunmen responsi- inside, the report said. said on Monday. ble for the assault and have “The baby was taken The plans to step up the Egypt blamed the previously allowed the use of immediately to Al Qassimi operation were being ﬁnalised attack on Islamist helicopters in the operation. hospital where she was by Egypt’s newly appointed militants and the No one has claimed found to be in good health,” Defence Minister General conflict is an early responsibility for the killing it quoted Sharjah police Abdel Fattah al Sisi as he made test for President of the border guards but a spokesman Major his ﬁrst visit to Sinai on Mohamed Morsi - Sinai-based Islamist mili- Mohammed al Shihi as say- Monday following the killing of elected in June tant organisation, the Salaﬁ ing. 16 border guards on August 5. mountain in central Sinai, Jihadi Group, warned the It was the biggest response Egypt blamed the attack using weapons including Egyptian army last week Sharjah police had received on Islamist militants and the tanks, where militants were that the crackdown would to an online alert. conﬂict is an early test for suspected to be hiding. force it to ﬁght back. “We received a lot of calls, President Mohamed Morsi - Disorder has spread in People cross the Egyptian border with Hamas-ruled Gaza, which was opened for three days ahead of Al Sisi was appointed of people thinking they saw elected in June following the North Sinai, a region with EId al Fitr, in Rafah, recently. (AP) defence minister last week the car, people who wanted overthrow last year of Hosni many guns that has felt neg- in a surprise shake-up by to help, we had a lot of help,” Mubarak - to prove he can lected by the central govern- Israel to keep the region between both countries limit- forces there to stem weapons Morsi, replacing Field Shihi said. rein in militants on the bor- ment, since the overthrow of under control and Islamist ed military presence in the smuggling by Palestinian gun- Marshal Hussein “So many people cared this der with Israel. Mubarak in a popular upris- President Morsi has prom- desert peninsula though in men and other crimes. Tantawi who served as time, more than before, “Al Sisi will supervise the ing. Mubarak’s government ised to restore stability. recent years, Israel agreed to After the border attack this Mubarak’s defence minister because yes it is just a car, putting together of ﬁnal plans had worked closely with The 1979 peace treaty allow Egypt to deploy more month, Egypt launched a joint for 20 years. but a baby was in it,” he said. 04 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA Search for missing Filipino minister continues AFP The plane carrying Robredo, MANILA an aide and two pilots went down about a kilometre (0.6 PHILIPPINE rescuers miles) from Masbate on stepped up the search for an Saturday. So far only the aide inﬂuential Philippine politi- has been rescued. cian on Monday, two days Helicopters are now after he went missing in an searching a wide area of sea airplane crash at sea. and surrounding islands Military helicopters were while special equipment has expanding the areas they arrived in Masbate to allow were surveying while special divers to reach a depth of 300 divers arrived in the central feet (91 metres) where the island of Masbate to help plane might lie, Roxas said. locate the plane of Interior “We are hoping we might Secretary Jesse Robredo that spot something on an isolated crashed on Saturday. coast somewhere,” he said. Some wreckage from the Helicopters are plane and even the ﬂight now searching a manifest have been recovered wide area of sea from the water but the sea and surrounding bed is so deep that ordinary islands while spe- scuba divers cannot reach it. cial equipment has Despite the dimming hopes, arrived in Masbate the Aquino government is still to allow divers to holding a vigil at a Roman reach a depth of Catholic chapel for Robredo 300 feet where the who was an early supporter of plane might lie. the president and a key leader President Benigno Aquino in the government’s reformist had spent the night on the cen- programme. tral island of Masbate to mon- As interior secretary, itor the search for Robredo Robredo was in control of the who is both a key aide and a country’s 143,000-strong close personal friend. national police force which has However Transport long been dogged by accusa- Secretary Mar Roxas, who is tions of corruption and abuse. also monitoring the search, He also oversaw local govern- conceded, “there has been no ment ofﬁcials including some positive news”. politicians who use private “This is still search and res- armies to enforce their will. cue. The president has been In recent months, he had here all night and he moni- been cracking down on ﬁnan- tored the search to make sure cial irregularities in the police all agencies of government are and working to dismantle the doing everything they can,” he private armies ahead of told ABS-CBN television. national elections in 2013. Divers conduct search operation at an estimated airplane crash site in the waters off Masbate City, Philippines, on Monday. (EPA) Vietnam Indonesian quake Flashfloods, landslides in NEW OWL SPECIES This photo released on Monday by the Philippine Biodiversity Conservation Programme shows typhoon a new species of owl (Ninox Philiippensis Camiguin Sur) found in Camiguin island. Scientists toll rises toll increases to 6 Philippines as Tembin strikes and birdwatchers have discovered 10 new owl species in the Philippines, using advanced recording equipment that can distinguish between their hoots. (AFP) to 27 AP JAKARTA He said the earthquake damaged hundreds of houses and buildings in Parigi AFP MANILA DPA THE death toll rose to six on Mountong and Sigie, the HANOI Monday from a powerful closest districts to the epi- TYPHOON Tembin brought weekend earthquake in centre, and several roads and heavy rains to the northern AT LEAST 27 people Indonesia as rescuers reached bridges were destroyed in Phillipines on Monday, trig- were killed and two miss- mountainous villages that the area. gering landslides and ﬂash- ing after Tropical Storm had been cut off by landslides, ﬂoods just weeks after a series Kai-tak hit northern ofﬁcials said. of deadly storms and monsoon Vietnam, authorities said At least 43 others were Six people includ- rains, the government said. on Monday. injured, including eight in ing a 9-year-old The storm, which was Most victims were critical condition. The mag- boy, were killed by upgraded from a tropical killed by ﬂoods and land- nitude-6.3 quake struck on falling debris and storm, was moving slowly slides on Saturday and Saturday evening near Palu tonnes of mud and northwards off the northern Sunday, the National city on Sulawesi Island as the death toll was tip of the main Philippine Committee for Search residents were ending their likely to rise fur- island of Luzon while batter- and Rescue said. fast on the ﬁnal day of the ther in coming ing the mountainous region The storm lashed the Muslim holy month of days. with powerful downpours. northern provinces from Ramadan. The heavy rain caused Friday, damaging about Sutopo Purwo Nugroho landslides that damaged 12,000 houses and ﬂood- of Indonesia’s Disaster The epicentre was located eight major highways, the ing 23,000 hectares of Management Agency said 61 kilometres south of the National Disaster Risk rice and other crops, the rescuers with heavy equip- provincial capital of Central Reduction and Management Hydro-Meteorological ment and bulldozers were Sulawesi Palu, at a depth of 10 Council said in a statement. Forecasting Centre said. clearing the roads to at kilometres. There were no immediate The storm had weak- least 14 villages in Sigie dis- Indonesia is prone to reports of casualties. ened and was dissipat- trict that were blocked by seismic upheaval due to its Tembin, packing maximum ing, but heavy rains landslides. location on the Pacific winds of 130 kilometres per would continue for sev- Nugroho said six people ‘Ring of Fire’, an arc of vol- hour with gusts of up to 160 eral days, it said. including a 9-year-old boy, canoes and fault lines in kph, was expected to remain Up to 300 millimetres were killed by falling debris the Paciﬁc Basin. off the northern tip of Luzon of rain had fallen on and tonnes of mud and the A giant quake off the coun- for more than a day, the coun- mountainous northern death toll was likely to rise try on December 26, 2004, cil added. regions since Friday. further in coming days. triggered a tsunami in the Local communities were Authorities issued threat One of the most affected Indian Ocean that killed warned to monitor the levels warnings. Many roads villages was still unreachable 230,000 people, half of them of rivers and streams in their were blocked by land- by car because of a landslide in Indonesia’s westernmost area and prepare for evacua- slides and fallen trees. caused by the tremor. province of Aceh. tions in case they begin to rise. In Hanoi, a taxi driver was killed when a tree fell on his cab, causing heavy congestion for sev- eral hours late on Friday, city police said. A policeman was Filipinos urged to pray today for peace with China swept away and killed AGENCIES Rockwell Tent in Makati City political and business leaders Justice and Peace… but I will while trying to rescue LAGUNA (PHILIPPINES) was organised by the New were expected to attend. join in praying and more,” he people, the National York-based US Pinoys for “We don’t want anything said in a phone interview. Committee for Search ACTIVIST priest Father Good Governance. that is aggressive for now. In an e-mailed message on and Rescue said. The Robert Reyes has urged the This is all conciliatory as I’m Sunday, Reyes asked those Committee estimated public and Filipinos around reaching out already to the who could not go to Makati the cost of damage at 2 the world to join a 24-hour We don’t want any- next leaders in China,” Lewis City to join at least a part of million dollars. prayer and fasting for the thing that is said in a phone interview. the 24-hour prayer and fast- Disasters from the peaceful resolution of the aggressive for China is set to hold its next ing that will begin at 12 noon annual heavy rains have conﬂict between the now. This is all con- elections in October, she said. of August 21. killed an average of 750 Philippines and China over ciliatory as I’m Reyes, also known as the “We shall fast and pray for people in each of the the Scarborough Shoal. reaching out ‘running priest’, was invited justice and peace, most of all past 10 years and Even in the comfort of their already to the next by the group to the pro- because we love our mother- incurred costs equiva- homes, Filipinos can join the leaders in China. gramme but he said he could land,” he said. lent to 1.5 per cent of Global Day of Prayer for LOIDA NICOLAS LEWIS not join as he was now in a The territorial dispute gross domestic product Peace in the Scarborough special programme of a between the Philippines and per year, according to Shoal as a means of easing the Loida Nicolas Lewis, the Franciscan order based in China erupted after Chinese the Ministry of tension between the two national chair of US Pinoys Laguna province. commercial and military ves- Agriculture and Rural countries, Reyes said. for Good Governance, said “I and many cannot be sels were spotted in the Development. Chairman of US Filipinos for Good Governance Loida Nicolas The Global Day of Prayer to 300 to 500 members of civil physically present for the Scarborough Shoal in the West Lewis, in Makati, Philippines, on Monday. (REUTERS) be held on August 21 at the society groups and church, Global Day of Prayer for Philippine (South China) Sea. UK / EUROPE Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com 05 Crisis-hit Italians Greek, German ministers sell jewellery to make ends meet REUTERS fabrics. “It’s sad because kick off euro diplomacy AP ROME this shop has been going BERLIN for eighty years.” TIMES are now so tough Former prime minister GREECE’S foreign minister that Valerio Novelli, a tick- Silvio Berlusconi, who was meets his German counter- et inspector on Rome’s brought down by an esca- part on Monday at the start buses, is planning to sell lating debt crisis in of a new high-stakes round his old gold teeth. November, liked to claim of ﬁnancial diplomacy that “I can’t get to the end of that with restaurants still could help determine the the month without running full and Italians buying as future of the 17 countries up debts,” said Novelli, 56, many electronic gadgets as that use the euro. who has to support an ex- ever, there was little con- Germany’s Guido wife and daughter. “I know crete evidence of economic Westerwelle is hosting I won’t get much, but I downturn in Italy. Greece’s Dimitris need the money.” But the proliferation of Avramopoulos ahead of a In a country suffering pawn shops, with an esti- meeting in Berlin on Friday from economic crisis, buy- mated annual turnover of 7 between their countries’ ing gold off desperate peo- billion euros, is a very visi- leaders, Chancellor Angela ple has become one of the ble sign that for millions of Merkel and new Prime few boom industries. Italians life has changed for Minister Antonis Samaras. the worse. Both Merkel and Samaras The euro zone’s third also meet this week with In a country largest economy has been French President Francois suffering from in recession for a year and Hollande, the leader of economic crisis, shrank at an annual rate of Europe’s second-biggest buying gold off 2.5 percent in the second economy after Germany. desperate people quarter. The 17-country eurozone has become one There are an estimated is awaiting a report next of the few boom 28,000 “cash for gold” out- month on Greece’s progress industries. lets in Italy, according to in implementing reforms Gianni Mancuso, one of six and austerity measures City centres are being centre-right lawmakers demanded in exchange for transformed as traditional who last month presented two massive bailout pack- shops go out of business, a request in parliament for ages. The report is being their signs replaced by the government to regulate compiled by the so-called ones that announce the sector more strictly. “troika”, representatives of “Compro Oro”, or “I Buy Several recent shootings the European Union, Gold”. in Rome have involved European Central Bank and The Eurispes thinktank owners of Cash for Gold International Monetary German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle (right) with his Greek counterpart from Greece Dimitris Avramopulos, in Berlin, on Monday. (AP) estimates the number of outlets. Parliament has dis- Fund. “Compro Oro” shops has cussed evidence that the Signs of that Greece might they have no appetite for leader of Merkel’s conserva- criticized. In an interview “I am always astonished quadrupled in the last two sector is being taken over be slipping on its commit- granting Greece more time tive bloc, Volker Kauder, has published Monday by about the ﬂippancy with years. The growth of the by maﬁa groups. ments have fueled impa- to comply with the terms of insisted that there is no room Germany’s Berliner Zeitung which some speculate about industry is “a very good “They are all crooks, they tience with Athens in its rescue packages or other for giving Greece more time and Frankfurter Rundschau a withdrawal and the con- indicator of the level of shouldn’t exist,” said Germany and other prosper- concessions. and says he sees little chance newspapers, top European tempt with which inhabi- hardship in the country,” Valeria Arcidiacono, a 46 ous nations ,as well as specu- The German weekly Der of Germany’s governing Central Bank ofﬁcial Joerg tants of the common said Gian Maria Fara, the year-old single mother lation about a possible Greek Spiegel reported this week- coalition supporting a third Asmussen said that he wants European house are spoken think tank’s president. whose teenage son took exit from the 17-nation euro. end that an initial assess- rescue package. Greece to remain in the euro- about,” he added. “Business is very good, and sold her gold and pearl Should the report ﬁnd that ment by debt inspectors sug- Germany’s Economy zone and that “securing that The ECB has said that it you can really feel the cri- earrings at the local pawn Greece has not been meeting gests Greece may need to Minister Philipp Roesler, is in the hands of Greece.” may buy government bonds sis,” said 30 year-old Alexia shop. its bailout commitments, the cover a ﬁnancing shortfall of said recently the idea of “A withdrawal by Greece to drive high borrowing rates Messi, who works in Oro “They were worth 1,000 country could face the up to €14 billion over the Greece leaving the euro has would be manageable,” down if countries ﬁrst ask for Change on Via Medaglie euros and they gave him 42 prospect of having its fund- next two years, rather than “lost its horror.” A regional Asmussen, a German, was help from Europe’s bailout D’Oro in northern Rome. It euros for them, with no ing cut off. This would force the €11.5 billion Athens has ofﬁcial with one of the coun- quoted as saying. But “a funds, a move that would opened its ﬁrst branch ﬁve receipt or anything,” she the country into a chaotic identiﬁed. It did not cite try’s governing parties, withdrawal would not be as beneﬁt countries such as years ago and now has said. default on its debts and sources. Finance Minister Bavarian state ﬁnance minis- orderly as some imagine. It Spain and Italy. seven outlets in Rome. Ranieri Razzante, head eventually out of the euro- Wolfgang Schaeuble said on ter Markus Soeder, has would be connected with Asmussen said that pro- “People are never happy of Italy’s anti-money laun- zone, a move that would fur- Saturday: “I have always said called for Greece to leave the lower growth and higher gram “will be better con- to sell, but now they come dering watchdog AIRA, ther destabilize the currency that we can help the Greeks, currency this year and unemployment, and very ceived” than the ECB’s previ- in with anything - gold, sil- said pawnbrokers had “vir- bloc. but we cannot responsibly argued that “an example expensive. In Greece, in the ous bond-buying pro- ver, old stuff, new stuff. I tually taken over from German ofﬁcials and law- throw money into a bottom- must be made of Athens” ó whole of Europe and in gramme launched in 2010 would say we have twice as banks” as a form of ﬁnanc- makers are making clear less pit.” The parliamentary comments Westerwelle has Germany too.” but long dormant. many customers a day as ing for Italian families, as we did a year ago.” crisis-hit lenders are Meanwhile, the toll of increasingly reluctant to the crisis is being felt by traditional retailers. In central Rome, Massimo Della Rocca, 57, who has offer credit. Bank loans to house- holds were down at an annual rate of 0.6 percent Hollande returns, faces tray full of problems run the men’s’ clothes shop in June, despite inﬂation of AFP old Socialist leader looking Easier said than done, spending savings over the from the far left, which took EDEL since inheriting it more than 3 percent. PARIS tanned and relaxed on his analysts suggest. coming year to meet deﬁcit- one in six of the ﬁrst round from his grandfather 30 Some 8.5 percent of return to the capital. With the Eurozone crisis reduction targets seen as votes in May’s presidential years ago, is planning to Italians sold items at a FRENCH President But few expect the holiday unresolved, the economy crucial to the health of the election. sell up. pawnshop in 2011, accord- Francois Hollande got back glow to last as Hollande flat-lining and unemploy- ailing euro. On Monday, Hollande had “Things have been get- ing to an Eurispes survey. to the ofﬁce on Monday to grapples with a string of ment spiralling, Hollande That will be a politically a taste of the kind of attacks ting worse for years but Some operators are be confronted with an in- thorny economic, political knew before he set off for delicate task for an adminis- he can expect from now on now it’s becoming impossi- active for just a few weeks tray brimming with prob- and social issues threaten- his Riviera retreat that this tration elected on a promise from Jean-Luc Melenchon, ble. Sales this summer are before selling on their lems that have only got ing to derail his presidency. autumn would be challeng- to boost jobs and growth the Left Front leader who down 25 percent from last licences, making it difﬁcult worse in his time away from “There is plenty of work ing. Commitments made at with a strong base of support has returned to the political year,” said Della Rocca, to counter their activities of the Elysee Palace. awaiting us,” he acknowl- a European Union summit among voters employed in fray revitalised after a post- whose garments are all money laundering and A summer break with his edged. “It’s back to business in June mean the govern- the public sector. On these election break in Venezuela made in Italy from local receipt of stolen goods. journalist girlfriend Valerie now. The French want their ment must ﬁnd 33 billion fronts, Hollande is seen as as a guest of President Hugo Trierweiler left the 53-year- problems resolved.” euros’ worth of public being vulnerable to criticism Chavez. More forest fires break out across Greece Review drug nod, WHO urged REUTERS AP Chios is famous for the brush ﬁres broke out Monday LONDON ATHENS production of mastic, a gum- across Greece, while crews like resin with a distinctive were ﬁghting another six THE World Health HUNDREDS of ﬁreﬁghters ﬂavor produced only by trees blazes burning since Sunday Organisation (WHO) should were battling a major forest on certain parts of the island. in other parts of the country. review its approval of a drug ﬁre on Greece’s eastern It is used widely in confec- One of those was on the used to prevent life-threaten- Aegean island of Chios on central Aegean island of ing bleeding in women in Monday, as it ravaged forests, Andros, where two French childbirth because there is agricultural land and the Gale-force winds tourists, a 32-year-old man not enough evidence that it is island’s famed mastic trees were hampering and a 29-year-old woman, effective, a study published for the third day. efforts by about were arrested on suspicion of on Monday said. Gale-force winds were 360 firefighters, starting Sunday’s ﬁre. The ﬁre Research published in the hampering efforts by about soldiers and volun- department did not specify Journal of the Royal Society 360 ﬁreﬁghters, soldiers and teers, as well as how the blaze started. of Medicine said the evidence volunteers, as well as ﬁre- firefighting planes, Forest ﬁres are common in to support the use of miso- ﬁghting planes, helicopters helicopters and 50 Greece during the typically prostol is “at best inconclu- and 50 vehicles. vehicles. long, hot summers, and the sive”, yet it is increasingly Residents of nine villages country has seen a series of used in poorer countries to and hamlets evacuated their blazes in recent weeks after prevent postpartum haemor- homes over the weekend as a tionery, cooking and cosmet- going through a heat wave. By rhage (PPH). precaution. The blaze broke ics and a major source of far the worst spate of ﬁres “Developed countries would out shortly after 2 am on income. Local authorities said came in 2007, when more not dream of giving women Saturday morning and many of the trees had been than 60 people died as ﬂames misoprostol during labour on authorities said that by burned, while the island’s swept across hundreds of the basis of the current evi- Monday it had destroyed beekeepers had also lost 60 kilometers through villages dence, yet industry and about 7,000 hectares (16,000 percent of their hives. and across mountains in the health practitioners are push- acres) of forest and farmland. Another ﬁve forest and Firemen battle against blazes raging on Chios island, in Greece, on Monday. (EPA) Peloponnese. ing it hard,”it said. 06 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com OPINION HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI CHAIRMAN DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER 3, 2006 ADEL ALI BIN ALI MANAGING DIRECTOR AJIT KUMAR JHA Are Drones Immoral? EDITOR -IN-CHIEF EDITOR The answer lies in knowing whether drones have reduced terrorists’ threat PRINTED AT ALI BIN ALI PRINTING PRESS T HREE years ago, I came across PETER BEAUMONT | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE the victims of a drone strike about an hour after it occurred. It Eastside was in Gaza - although the loca- tion for the purposes of this piece does not matter; only the fact of the Asia’s Roiling Sea weapons system. The drone had fired a missile at a militant commander. Standing close by at that moment was a group of children waiting for a lift to US has to work with China to resolve S China sea dispute school, three of whom were wounded. All injury and death is horrible, that suffered by innocents doubly so. Having T HE South China Sea, one of the world’s most important waterways, has been contested off and on for centuries. These navy and commercial vessels to project influence has changed the regional dynamics and worried many of its smaller seen so much of the human conse- quences of war, I tend not to distinguish which weapon has been responsible but days, with the sea bounded by some of neighbours. Beijing’s ambitions are large: try to see the intent behind the attack Asia’s most vibrant economies – China, the president of a Chinese research insti- that caused the injury and death. In Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan and tute, Wu Shicun, told The Times’ Jane conflict, within the existing framework Malaysia – the competition has become a Perlez that China wanted to control no less of international humanitarian law, virtual free-for-all. Confrontations over than 80 percent of the sea. whether an attack is justifiable and legal territorial control are alarmingly frequent China would prefer to deal with territori- is defined both by the nature of the tar- and could get out of hand, with dangerous al disputes bilaterally because it thinks it get and proper consideration of context, it does not assist in under- drawn up its “kill lists” and in its defini- consequences. can strong-arm its neighbours. The US has whether there will be civilian casualties standing whether the use of drones is tion of when civilian casualties are It is not hard to see why everyone wants to take a neutral position on the claims but and whether they are avoidable. legitimate. acceptable and how those casualties are a piece of the action. The sea is not only an has proposed a fairer way of settling them For this reason, I find the notion of For many, the nature of drone war- counted. When Thomas Aquinas con- important trade route but is also rich in oil, – through negotiation and “without coer- drone warfare no more horrible than a fare itself has become central. The oper- doned killing in self-defence, he defined natural gas, fishing and mineral resources. cion, without intimidation, without threats Tomahawk cruise missile fired from a ators’ very remoteness, it is claimed, the moral “doctrine of double effect”, a Nations are fighting over islands and even and without the use of force.” distant ship or a bomb dropped indis- leads to desensitisation. But throughout key concept in Just War theory from specks of rocks to stake their claims. That makes it all the more important for criminately on a village by a high-flying the history of weapons, designers have Francisco de Vitoria in the 16th century Both China and its neighbours bear the administration to continue to invest F-22 or MiG. What did bother me about always sought to maximise lethality to Michael Walzer in the modern era. responsibility for ratcheting up the ten- more effort in the South China Sea dispute, that drone strike three years ago - about while reducing the vulnerability of In this context, it sets the killing of sion. But there is no question that China’s both working with China and strengthen- all drone strikes that cause civilian those using the weapons. And while it civilians, or the risk of killing them, as economic power and its assertive use of its ing alliances with its rivals. injuries and death - was the knowledge has long been accepted that there is a “a bad effect” against what might be that, unlike a jet pilot or artilleryman relationship between increased distance viewed as moral within the bounds of firing a shell on to co-ordinates where from a target and the ability to kill with self-defence. For while there are very he cannot see who is nearby, this air- reduced feelings of guilt, recent anec- few who would try to deny that a mili- Westside craft’s remote pilot must have been able to see the children who would be dotal evidence suggests that some drone operators, because they spend so tant threat exists in areas where strikes take place, the central issue comes injured. long intimately observing their targets, down to how those combatants are Truth & Lies About Medicare The use of drones to conduct lethal experience the same emotional damage identified and what efforts are being strikes, particularly by the US and often as those who kill at close quarters. made to protect civilians. causing civilian casualties, has come to What then of the issue of internation- One of the most shocking disclosures be one of the most deeply controversial al legality? As Joshua Foust and Ashley about the details of Obama’s decision- It is irresponsible for the Republicans to promise not to trim Medicare moral issues in the development of modern conflict, driven by the fourfold Boyle argue in a new paper, The Strategic Context of Lethal Drones for making process is the use of the defini- tion “militant” for all males of military escalation in the use of drones by the American Security Project, this, too, age within a drone strike zone, regard- R EPUBLICAN attacks on President Barack Obama’s plans for Medicare are growing more heated and inaccurate by the savings in costs that the Congressional Budget Office projects over the next decade from wholly reasonable provisions President Barack Obama in the global “war on terror” from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia. is more complex than some have assumed. The use of force against coun- tries in peacetime, as they point out, is less of whether they are combatants or not. This definition is a deliberate evasion the day. Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in the reform law. The most recent incident occurred yes- governed by Article 51 of the UN of the moral responsibility supposed to made statements last week implying that The Republicans imply that the $716 terday (18AUG) in northern Pakistan - Charter. This permits “the right of indi- be built into the targeting process. the Affordable Care Act would eviscerate billion in cuts will harm older Americans, the first in over a month - when five vidual or collective defence” across bor- Add to that the often wild vagaries of Medicare when in fact the law should but almost none of the savings come from alleged militants were killed in a drone ders in peacetime if either one of two the US intelligence that nominates the shore up the program’s finances. reducing the benefits available for people strike on the compound of a local war- requirements is satisfied: that the group list of those who pose an alleged threat, Both men have also twisted themselves already on Medicare. But if Romney and lord. So controversial indeed is the sub- or individuals being targeted poses a failures of which I witnessed on many into knots to distance themselves from Ryan were able to repeal the reform law, ject that last month Congress indicated threat or if the country, where the strike occasions in Iraq, and it seems certain previous positions, so that voters can no as they have pledged to do, that would it was seeking the internal White House takes place, “consents”. While Pakistan that there have been strikes, perhaps longer believe anything they say. Last drive up costs for many seniors – namely memos used to authorise drone strikes has complained that drone strikes many, which have been unjustifiable in week, both insisted that they would save those with high prescription drug costs, where US citizens fighting with mili- “infringe its sovereignty”, strong evi- their civilian death toll. Medicare by pumping a huge amount of who are already receiving subsidies under tants had been killed. The UK, too, has dence exists that suggests it is heavily If there is a final compelling question money into the program, a bizarre turn- the reform law, and those who are receiv- been drawn in through a court case involved in providing the intelligence to be asked over the future of drone around for supposed fiscal conservatives ing preventive services, like colono- brought by a Pakistani student and other participation for strikes. warfare, it is the one posed last week by out to rein in federal spending. scopies, mammograms and immunisa- demanding to know whether this coun- A case can be made too that drones Foust and Boyle who demanded The likelihood that they would stand by tions, with no cost sharing. try has provided intelligence for a sus- might be “more ethical” than other whether, as a military tool, drone war- that irresponsible pledge after the election Romney and Ryan said last week that pected US drone strike that killed his older systems because they can be more fare is actually effective; whether its use is close to zero. And the likelihood that they would restore the entire $716 billion father. discriminate, lingering over their target is justified when set against the political they would be better able than Democrats in cuts by repealing the law. The Despite genuine concerns over drone for hours or returning for days to the fallout that the drone campaign has to preserve Medicare for the future Congressional Budget Office concluded warfare, much of what has been written location, giving those authorising the produced and whether drones have (through a risky voucher system that may that repealing the law would raise the on both sides of the debate on the sur- operations the opportunity to minimise actually reduced the threat posed by not work well for many beneficiaries) is deficit by $109 billion over 10 years. rounding moral and legal issues has noncombatant casualties. militants. not much better. Regardless of who wins the election, been ill-informed and confused. In part, Paradoxically, it is precisely because Without clarity on these issues - that A Republican attack ad says that the Medicare spending has to be reined in lest this is because for some the issue has of this potential for discrimination, in the drone campaign is operated within a reform law has “cut” $716 billion from it squeeze out other priorities, like educa- become conflated with broader geopo- the context of the execution of the US real, clear and publicly defensible moral Medicare, with the money used to expand tion. It is utterly irresponsible for the litical concerns, not least a critique of drone war, that their use has become framework and serves a quantifiable coverage to low-income people who are Republicans to promise not to trim US military power. While how we more morally problematic because it defence purpose - the questions about currently uninsured. In reality, the $716 Medicare spending in their desperate bid understand the use of military power by brings us back to the subject of intent, drones will only get louder and more billion is not a “cut” in benefits but rather for votes. a state should serve as an important not least in the way in which the US has insistent. (NYT) How To Be More Productive When there is less time to work, one wastes less time I N the Midwest we’re all very JASON FRIED | NYT NEWS SERVICE The benefits of a six-month sched- work and to use the time to explore aware of seasons and seasonal ule with three-day weekends are their own ideas. change. The cold, the warm, the The benefits of a obvious. But there’s one surprising People worked independently or wet, the dry, the hot – we have it effect of the changed schedule: better joined up with other employees on all every year. Some seasons are six-month schedule work gets done in four days than in team projects. The only rule was: more welcome than others, but with three-day five. explore, see if there are ways to make they’re all good about one thing: When there’s less time to work, our existing products better, or come change. weekends are obvious. you waste less time. When you have a up with a new product idea, create a Change is important. When we But there’s one compressed workweek, you tend to new business model, or do whatever were growing up, we got summers off surprising effect of the focus on what’s important. is of most interest. from school. Summer vacation was Constraining time encourages quali- Then, in July, we asked each per- change. It was something to look for- changed schedule: ty time. son to share, with the rest of the ward to. A few months of something different really meant a lot. better work gets done At 37signals there’s another thing we do to celebrate the seasons: we staff, whatever idea he or she came up with, on a day we set aside as We grow out of a lot as we grow up. in four days cover the cost of a weekly communi- “Pitchday.” One of the most unfortunate things than in five. ty-supported agriculture share for The June-on-your-own experiment we leave behind is a regular dose of each employee. We enjoy this benefit led to the greatest burst of creativity change. Nowhere is this more evi- October, we switch to a four-day year-round, but fresh fruit and pro- I’ve seen from our 34-member staff. dent than at work. workweek. And not 40 hours duce really glisten in the summer It was fun, and it was a big morale Work in February is the same as crammed into four days, but 32 months. It’s a simple way to cele- booster. It was also ultraproductive. work in May. June’s the same as hours comfortably fit into four days. brate change. So much so that we’ll likely start October. And it would be hard to tell We don’t work the same amount of In the spirit of continual change, repeating the month-off project a few August from April. I wanted to do something about time, we work less. this summer we tried something times a year. Yes, some businesses are more sea- this. So, at 37signals, the software Most staff workers take Fridays off, new. We decided to give everyone the Are you thinking of introducing sonal than others, but ultimately the company I’ve run for the past 13 but some choose a different day. month of June to work on whatever change to your business or work life? stuff we do at work isn’t that much years, we take inspiration from the Nearly all of us enjoy three-day they wanted. It wasn’t vacation, but Try following the seasons. There are different – it’s just busier some times seasons and build change into our weekends. Work ends Thursday, the it was vacation from whatever work few things that are as regular and than others. That isn’t change, it’s work schedule. weekend starts Friday, and work was already scheduled. We invited predictable, yet so fresh and differ- just more volume. For example, from May through starts back up on Monday. everyone to shelve their nonessential ent. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY. ANALYSIS Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com 07 Polls suggest average voters Health is have already decided who they’re going to support and, therefore, have no need Bloggers’ Wealth Amazing America whatsoever to try to figure out which page the Romney-Ryan campaign is on. Borough NYT SYNDICATE GAIL COLLINS | NYT SYNDICATE LAURENCE CAPRON & WILL MITCHELL | HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW Health, Social Life The Company Improve After Weight-Loss Surgery POLITICAL PAGE Outsmarting Big Pharma in Africa W EIGHT-LOSS surgery to treat obesity not only improves people’s health, but also benefits their relationships and social lives, a new study finds. Researchers from Arizona State University questioned more than 200 adults who under- TURNERS Both Romney & Ryan are in favour of more tax cuts C IPLA, an India-based producer of low cost antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) is one of the biggest success stories in the pharma industry. Most of its sales are in the developing world went weight-loss surgery about their surgical (including 40% in Africa) — where it sells its results as well as why they wanted the opera- HIV drugs for about $350 per year per patient L tion in the first place. ET’S see if we can clear up Ryan is the one who requested Florida, a Republican primary — yet it is as profitable as the pharma giants of The patients, who ranged in age from 26 to a few things. First of all, stimulus money for his district, uprising knocked out Cliff Europe, North America, and Japan. It has dou- 73 years, were asked about their health and Paul Ryan and Mitt but he is sorry. The stimulus was a Stearns, a superconservative vet- bled its market cap in the five years and sales self-esteem, and any changes they experienced Romney are not the same terrible thing, and Ryan had no eran congressman who had cam- reached almost $1.5 billion in the year ended in their social lives, their work and their ability person. They aren’t even intention of trying to glom onto a paigned on his efforts to kill off March 2012, up close to ten times since 2000. to be physically active after the surgery. related! Stop spreading rumours! chunk of it. He thought he was federal funds for Planned What’s the reason for Cipla’s success and The researchers found a big reason the Although they do sort of look alike just forwarding a constituent Parenthood and embarrass the should it worry the likes of Merck and Hoffman patients decided to have the surgery was to and enjoy spending time together. request for some... constituent Obama administration with an La Roche? lower their risk for health problems. They also Perhaps Mitt regards Paul as the thing. Or four. investigation into the Solyndra You could argue that Cipla’s formula is sim- wanted to look better and boost their self-con- sixth son he never had. Romney is the one who hired loans. ply to piggyback on other companies’ products, fidence. Many patients also said they wanted to Ryan is the one who lives on the undocumented workers to mow That sort of bragging enraged so it doesn’t have to pay for R&D. That may be be able to be more physically active and avoid same block where he grew up. his lawn. Totally by mistake. the faithful by reminding them true, but then the firms that do carry out the the stigma associated with being overweight. Romney is the one who lives in Ryan is the one who voted for a that Stearns was a Washington R&D are also dominant in their developed Following weight-loss surgery, the patients four different states. massive prescription drug insider, and he lost to a newcom- domestic markets, where their margins can lost an average of 95 pounds per person. As a Ryan is the one who spent his Medicare entitlement, the Bush er named Ted Yoho. absorb the fixed costs of R&D and there’s noth- result of this weight loss, the patients achieved youth cooking hamburgers at tax cuts and two wars without Maybe Tea Party voters now ing to stop them from competing on a cost many of their surgery goals, including better McDonald’s. Romney is the one paying for any of them. He is even only want to send people to basis in Africa, particularly given the low pro- health, the study revealed. who used to enjoy dressing up as a sorrier about this than he is about Washington who will lack the duction costs of most drugs. What’s more, “We thought there would be more negative police officer and playing fun the stimulus. capacity to get anything done. these are markets that traditional developed reactions to the surgery, but the response was pranks on his prep school friends. Personally, I’m kind of OK with market firms are increasingly targeting for very positive,” study co-author Jennie Jacobs Neither one of them worked as a that. their own growth goals. Kronenfeld, an Arizona State University School Wienermobile driver. Really, I Ryan and Romney are Also, I like the idea of having a You could also argue that since Cipla pro- of Social and Family Dynamics professor, said don’t know where you get this congressman named Ted Yoho, as duces many of its products in India, they pay in a news release from the American stuff. on the same page when well as the fact that Yoho less for labour and don’t have to worry about Sociological Association. “Most people had Ryan is the one who likes to it comes to Medicare, describes himself as a “large ani- quality. But firms from around the world are improvements in chronic health problems.” catch catfish by sticking his fist which is that it must be mal veterinarian.” We don’t have now using production facilities in India (where Specifically, the patients experienced into their burrows and dragging saved from the $716 many veterinarians in Congress, costs are rising in any case) and Cipla’s facili- improvements in diabetes, heart disease and them out by the throat. Romney is and you never can tell when a vis- ties have received GMP (good manufacturing sleep apnea. They also reduced their choles- the one who drove to Canada with billion in cuts Obama iting heifer will come down with a practice) approvals from regulatory authorities terol levels. his dog strapped to the car roof. wants to make over the medical problem. in the US, Canada, Europe, Brazil, and many The study showed the participants were also When it comes to the issues, next 10 years. Although All right, a little more about the other countries. So it’s hard to see that Cipla’s able to be more active. The patients who want- both men are on the same page. the same $716 billion issues. location in India provides it with a sustainable ed to undergo weight-loss surgery to avoid neg- Although the page does keep Romney has a plan to make advantage. ativity from their family and friends added that turning, and you have to wonder was in the budget plan Medicare solvent forever. We A more plausible explanation for Cipla’s suc- their relationships improved and they felt less how average voters can cope with that Ryan got the know this because he wrote cess, we believe, is that it matches its business depressed after their operation. all of the confusion. House to pass this year. “Solvent” on the board at a press model to the markets it want to grow in, rather “This provides evidence that overcoming the Fortunately, polls suggest aver- conference the other day. than attempting to force a developed market stigma of being overweight, as reflected by neg- age voters have already decided Ryan used to have a plan to business model on markets where it does not ative reactions of others, can lead to greater who they’re going to support and, Romney is the one who passed make Medicare solvent forever by fit. Big pharma, by contrast, has historically satisfaction among relationships with family therefore, have no need whatsoev- Obamacare before Barack taking it away from everybody done the reverse: it tries to fit emerging mar- and friends, and in social life in general,” er to try to figure out which page Obama. But it wasn’t the same under age 55 and giving them kets to the model it uses successfully in devel- explained study co-author Doris Palmer, a doc- the Romney-Ryan campaign is thing at all because it happened in health insurance vouchers oped ones. Needless to say, this approach has toral student in the School of Social and Family on. a state. instead. But that was so 2011. not worked in reaching lower and middle Dynamics’ sociology program. Practically the only person in Both men want to make more Now, Ryan and Romney are on income segments of emerging markets that Although the participants were satisfied with America who claims to have no big tax cuts that will be paid for the same page when it comes to require price and marketing strategies that fit their appearance, they didn’t feel as good about idea who he’s going to vote for is with the closing of tax loopholes. Medicare, which is that it must be both consumers’ ability to pay and the nature how they looked as they did about other Senator Joseph Lieberman, I- They are in total, complete con- saved from the $716 billion in cuts of the purchasing environment, which is often improvements related to the surgery, the Conn., who recently declared currence that the identity of these Obama wants to make over the more diffuse than in the US and other tradi- researchers noted. himself absolutely and totally loopholes is not an appropriate next 10 years. Although the same tionally developed markets. “They may have hanging skin and those undecided. People, do you think topic for a presidential campaign. $716 billion was in the budget This is where Cipla has found success, with a kinds of issues to deal with,” Kronenfeld noted. it’s possible that the entire presi- Ryan is supposed to be the Tea plan that Ryan got the House to business model that suits high-growth markets “It’s not clear if most insurance companies will dential campaign is now being Party hero and Romney is the one pass this year. both in emerging economies like Brazil and cover treatment of those issues since it may be waged just for the benefit of they hated so much they were But it’s not like he expected it to South Africa and in developing countries such considered cosmetic.” Weight-loss surgery is Joseph Lieberman? On the one actually willing to contemplate a happen. “We would never have as Uganda. To access these markets profitably, increasingly common in the United States as hand, that’s a real waste of about Newt Gingrich presidency to done it,” he told campaign Cipla offers a broad portfolio of products, so legions of people struggle with obesity. The $1 billion. On the other, it’s exact- avoid him. reporters, desperate wretches that it can achieve economies of scale in mar- American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric ly what Joseph Lieberman has But I’m not entirely sure we can condemned to roam the earth keting and distribution, and carefully monitors Surgery reported that roughly 220,000 proce- been waiting for all his life. trust the hard right to know what with calculators, endlessly search- overheads (its SG&A is 20% versus the tradi- dures were performed in 2009. Anyhow, about the issues: it wants any more. This week in ing for the Ryan-Romney page. tional big pharma 30%). But there’s an addi- tional, perhaps less obvious contributor to their success: Cipla has built up a portfolio of skills and resources in a wide variety of highly targeted ways. In addition to investing in its own product development and marketing capabilities internally, it has created a network Have of alliances and licensing agreements with an extraordinarily wide range of other organisa- tions with complementary skills and resources. your say Human capital THIS is with reference to the article ‘Human capital meet to focus on Amadeus THIS refers to the story ‘Amadeus unveils mobile app for travel’ pub- “Eid Mubarak!” T HOMAS K D OHA Upstream, it has an alliance with the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative in the US to develop and produce an improved first??line antiretroviral combination therapy tailored for children with HIV/AIDS. more jobs for locals’ published in lished in Qatar Tribune. Downstream, it works closely with local dis- Qatar Tribune. Amadeus Qatar has launched tributors to reach widely disparate health care Is there an issue you feel Seven million jobs have been creat- Amadeus Mobile Traveller in facilities, pharmacies, and other distribution strongly about, or an article ed in the Gulf over the last decade but only two million of these have Qatar. It is a fully integrated and com- channels, such as a production and marketing partnership with Medpro in South Africa and a you want to comment on? QT gone to Gulf citizens, reinforcing plete mobile application designed minority stake in Quality Chemical Associates the need for petrochemical and to support pre-trip, in-trip and in Uganda. It has also formed a partnership will carry your voice to the chemical producers to create more post-trip functionalities, providing with the Clinton Foundation to distribute public and to places where it opportunities for the local work- force. This is interesting because travellers with access to real time travel information including on ARVs in Africa. In the US, Cipla sells its prod- ucts generic pharmaceutical companies such as matters. Write to us at for this reason more than 300 sen- flight, car rental and hotel book- Teva and Eagle. The deals have been relatively ior HR professionals in the petro- ings. small and highly targeted. 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It will also pro- porters rushed to protect Komen insiders said later Planned Parenthood,” the this year in response to the vide new educational the group after the Komen that the foundation had organisation’s president, PLANNED Parenthood, a decision by breast cancer resources for women under foundation said it would acted under pressure from Cecile Richards, said in a target of US conservatives charity Susan G Komen for age 40, an outreach pro- cut off nearly all of its anti-abortion activists statement. opposed to its abortion and the Cure to cut off grant gramme for Hispanic $700,000 in annual grant opposed to Planned “We’ve spent the last few birth control services, said on money to the women’s health women, and a new screen- money used to fund breast Parenthood. months developing an Monday it would use $3 mil- network. ing tool for the network’s cancer screenings. “We were overwhelmed expanded programme that lion in donations to launch The initiative will add to doctors and nurses. Komen’s decision trig- with support from people all plays to our strengths while an initiative to ﬁght breast basic screenings at Planned The $3 million ﬂooded gered an uproar among its across the country who addressing the biggest barri- cancer with expanded Parenthood clinics by Planned Parenthood’s cof- own supporters that forced wanted to be sure that ers to care,” Richards, of screenings and education. funding ultrasounds, biop- fers in four days earlier Cecile Richards the breast cancer charity to women could still get breast Planned Parenthood, said. Akin’s ‘legitimate rape’ FBI to probe GOP lawmaker’s remark triggers uproar AFP Israel skin show REUTERS without a swimsuit,” Yoder WASHINGTON WASHINGTON said in the statement. “It is my greatest honour to A REPUBLICAN senatorial A GROUP of Republican law- represent the people of candidate has triggered a makers and staff jumped into Kansas in Congress and for ﬁrestorm of criticism, includ- Israel’s Sea of Galilee last year any embarrassment I have ing a rebuff from Mitt after a night of dining and caused for my colleagues and Romney’s campaign, after he drinking, and one freshman constituents, I apologise,” the suggested that ‘legitimate Congressman swam naked, statement read. rape’ rarely causes pregnancy. Republican aides conﬁrmed The August 2011 trip was Explaining his complete late on Sunday. sponsored and paid for by the opposition to abortions, even The incident, ﬁrst report- American Israel Educational in the instance of rape, ed by Politico on Sunday, Foundation, which is afﬁliat- Representative Todd Akin was investigated by the FBI ed with Aipac, an inﬂuential said pregnancy from rape was and led Republican leaders in pro-Israel advocacy group. rare because of biological the House of Representatives Representatives Steve reactions to ‘legitimate rape’. to reprimand the 30 law- Southerland, Tom Reed, makers on the privately Romney, the funded trip. Republican White Representative Kevin Yoder It is my greatest House hopeful, and stripped naked before jump- honour to repre- his running mate ing into the Sea of Galilee after sent the people of Paul Ryan immedi- dining and drinking at a Kansas in ately sought to dis- waterside restaurant in the Congress and for tance themselves town of Tiberias, Politico any embarrass- from Akin’s com- reported, citing more than a ment I have caused ments on one of dozen sources, including eye- for my colleagues the most polarising witnesses. and constituents, I issues in American Other participants, includ- apologise. politics. ing the daughter of another REPRESENTATIVE KEVIN YODER “First of all, from what I congressman, swam fully understand from doctors, clothed, while some lawmak- Ben Quayle, Jeff Denham pregnancy from rape is really ers partially disrobed, Politico and Michael Grimm were rare,” Akin told KTVI televi- reported. among the more than 20 sion in an interview widely Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (centre) with Missouri Representative Todd Akin (right), in Washington, recently. (AP) Two senior Republican lawmakers and staff that distributed by Democrats. “If aides who spoke on condition jumped into the Sea of it’s a legitimate rape, the A 1996 study by the was ‘stunned’ by the remarks Romney-Ryan administra- contribution “so we can of anonymity conﬁrmed the Galilee, Politico said. female body has ways to try to American Journal of and her reelection campaign tion would not oppose abor- ensure that Missouri is repre- report’s accuracy. Senior aides to House shut that whole thing down.” Obstetrics and Gynaecology using Akin’s interview to ask tion in instances of rape,” a sented by a senator who will Yoder’s ofﬁce was not Majority Leader Eric Cantor Akin then said that if a pointed out that an estimated for donations. campaign statement read. ﬁght for women’s rights — not immediately available for and House Majority Whip woman got pregnant after 32,101 pregnancies result Romney, the Republican In a statement later released set them back 50 years.” comment. Kevin McCarthy also went being raped, there should be from rape in the United States White House hopeful, and his by her ofﬁce, McCaskill Akin later said he misspoke, Politico quoted Yoder as swimming in the freshwater consequences for the rapist, each year. The journal said running mate Paul Ryan shunned the ‘offensive’ posi- but stood by his opposition to saying in a statement about lake, which is where but not the unborn fetus. the average national rape- immediately sought to dis- tion advanced by her rival. abortion. “In reviewing my off- the incident that he and his Christians believe that Jesus “Let’s assume that maybe related pregnancy rate stood tance themselves from Akin’s “It is beyond comprehen- the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that wife, Brooke, joined some col- walked on water. that didn’t work or some- at ﬁve percent among victims comments on one of the most sion that someone can be so I misspoke in this interview leagues for dinner. Politico quoted sources as thing. I think there should be aged between 12 to 45. polarising issues in American ignorant about the emotional and it does not reﬂect the deep “After dinner I followed saying that neither Cantor some punishment. But the Democrats pounced on politics. and physical trauma brought empathy I hold for the thou- some members of Congress in nor McCarthy participated in punishment ought to be on Sunday, with incumbent “Governor Romney and on by rape,” she said. sands of women who are a spontaneous and very brief the late-night dip and Cantor the rapist and not attacking Missouri Senator Claire Congressman Ryan disagree And her campaign website raped and abused every year,” dive into the sea and, regret- later rebuked his Republican the child,” he said. McCaskill tweeting that she with Akin’s statement, and a urged supporters to make a he said in a statement. tably, I jumped into the water colleagues over the incident. Troops’ kids victims of Congress inaction Top Gun director REUTERS WASHINGTON AMID all the hand-wringing commits suicide idling, at best,” said Billy Walker, superintendent of a school district 15 miles north- east of San Antonio, Texas. taxes - the local revenues that typically help ﬁnance educa- tion in the United States. The stressed school systems in the US Congress over Calling the looming US are one more instance of a AFP January 2 spending cuts that budget cuts ‘the elephant in country struggling to keep up LOS ANGELES would wallop military and the room’, Walker said that with the needs of military fam- domestic programmes, chil- when the 1,200 students in ilies, worn down by a decade of PROMINENT Hollywood ﬁlm dren of American soldiers Randolph Field schools start war in Iraq and Afghanistan. director Tony Scott, whose already are feeling the pinch classes on August 27 they will The trouble began last year signature works included Top of a budget mess. have to contend with dwin- when a Congress panicked by Gun, jumped to his death Feuding Republicans and dling staff and other cuts. rising budget deﬁcits and from a bridge in San Pedro, Democrats in the US inﬂuenced by the Tea Party California, city ofﬁcials Congress may think that they The stressed movement, a loose coalition announced late on Sunday. have about four months to school systems of ﬁscal conservatives bent on Police and US Coast Guard ﬁnd a smarter alternative to are one more smaller government, enacted ofﬁcials pulled Scott’s body the blunt trauma of $109 bil- instance of a coun- severe spending cuts out of the water near the Tony Scott lion in across-the-board try struggling to designed to be so awful that Vincent Thomas Bridge, spending cuts in January and keep up with the they would provoke a more which is built over Los Joseph Bale of the city coro- $1.2 trillion over 10 years. needs of military measured response. Angeles Harbor, the coroner’s ner’s ofﬁce. What many lawmakers families, worn But that never happened, ofﬁce said, adding that he had Authorities summoned may not realise is that down by a decade Lieutenant Colonel Steven Vilpors with his wife and children at largely because of an identical jumped from the structure. divers and a helicopter in a because of their inability to of war in Iraq and Baltimore Washington Airport, in Maryland, recently. (REUTERS) gamble on the part of Investigators found a sui- bid to ﬁnd Scott’s body in the compromise on a replace- Afghanistan. Republicans and Democrats. cide note in his ofﬁce, the Los port’s murky waters. It was ment for this budget axe - and ing cuts. “I don’t have a lot of cross-country running pro- Each wagered that they will Angeles Times reported. Its recovered at approximately because of a quirk in the way Kids will have fewer read- conﬁdence our federal legisla- grams, as well as positions be in a better position to get contents have not been 3:00 pm (2200 GMT), four the US Department of ing specialists and math, tors will do anything to help that went unﬁlled when some their way after November’s revealed. The newspaper ear- hours after he jumped, and Education allocates funds to English and science instruc- us,” Walker told Reuters. staffers retired, Walker said. presidential and congression- lier reported a suicide note turned over to coroner ofﬁ- schools heavily populated by tors, a smaller special educa- The new cuts come atop Districts like Walker’s, one al elections. had been found in his car, cials, Bale said. military kids - the pain tion staff and other spending earlier belt-tightening that hit of just seven public school dis- Parents are having trouble which was parked on one lane The search has delayed a already is palpable. reductions sprinkled the schools serving Randolph tricts in the United States coping with the budget reali- of the bridge linking the city ferry linking the coast with And that has the adminis- throughout his budget. Air Force Base, Fort Sam whose boundaries are identi- ties, an added woe to the suburb of San Pedro to Santa Catalina island. trators of schools serving With Washington showing Houston and Lackland Air cal to the military bases they already difﬁcult job of school- Terminal Island. Scott was the younger broth- American bases reeling. no signs of action, Walker Force Base because of an serve, are particularly hard-hit ing kids amid frequent trans- A witness saw Scott, 68, er of fellow ﬁlm director Ridley “My sense is the federal said he simply had to bake ongoing scale-back of federal by budget cuts because they fers to new military posts and climb over a fence on the Scott, the maker of Oscar-win- government is pretty much into this academic year’s and state aid. Already gone contain no private real estate spouses shipped off to danger- bridge and jump into the ning movies like Gladiator and parked in the garage. It’s budget the January 2 spend- are baseball, swimming and upon which to draw property ous places like Afghanistan. water, according to Lieutenant Black Hawk Down. WORLD Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com 09 China court gives Gu suspended Gunmen attack Nigerian church, school, death sentence for murder police station AFP KANO GUNMEN in Nigeria’s AFP Even before the hearing He also ﬂouted convention troubled northeast blew up HEFEI (CHINA) began state news agency by openly lobbying for a spot in part of a primary school Xinhua had said the evidence the party’s top decision-mak- then attacked a Catholic A CHINESE court on Monday against Gu was “irrefutable”, ing body, the Politburo church and police station handed the wife of disgraced leading many analysts and Standing Committee. before ofﬁcers fought them political leader Bo Xilai a sus- media commentators to ques- Wang Lijun, the former off, police said on Monday. pended death sentence for tion whether she would be Chongqing police chief who Separately, two gunmen murder in a case that has given a fair trial. ﬁrst raised questions over riding on motorcycles rocked the Communist party “We welcome the fact that Heywood’s death, is also opened ﬁre on troops at a ahead of a 10-yearly power the Chinese authorities have expected to face trial, but it military checkpoint in the handover. investigated the death of Neil remains unclear whether Bo northern city of Kano on Gu Kailai was found guilty of Heywood, and tried those they himself will be implicated. Sunday, injuring a soldier, murdering British business- identiﬁed as responsible,” Sources who attended Gu’s military spokesman Iweha man Neil Heywood, a crime Britain’s embassy in Beijing trial say that there was no ref- Ikedichi said. she had confessed to, and given said in a statement. erence to Bo. Xinhua said Gu After the blast late the death penalty with two “We consistently made clear invited Heywood to Chongqing Sunday at the school in the years’ reprieve, court ofﬁcial to the Chinese authorities that for a meeting last November, Yobe state town of Tang Yigan told reporters after we wanted to see the trials in plied him with wine until he Damagun, which destroyed a brief hearing. this case conform to interna- became drunk and then part of the building, ofﬁcers Zhang Xiaojun, an employee tional human rights standards poured cyanide mixed with deployed around the city, of the Bo family charged with and for the death penalty not to water into his mouth. police spokesman Toyin helping Gu to poison be applied.” Two British diplo- The report said she acted Gbadegesin said. Heywood, was found guilty mats attended Gu’s trial — a after Heywood threatened the Police then intercepted and sentenced to nine years in rare concession in China, couple’s son Bo Guagua, 24. the militants as they tried jail while four police ofﬁcers where trials involving high- Chinese web users posted to storm the church and the were convicted of attempting proﬁle political ﬁgures are angry reactions to the suspend- station early Monday, he to cover up the murder. often held in secret. Analysts ed death sentence, with many added. Tang said the court had sus- Gu Kailai (centre) facing the court during her sentencing, in Hefei, Anhui province, on Monday. (AP) say leaders are eager to draw a saying Gu was given special It was not immediately pended Gu’s death sentence line under the controversy, treatment as the wife of a for- clear who was responsible because she suffered from psy- experts say there have been killing 41-year-old Heywood by motion to the elite group of although Monday’s verdict will mer political leader. for the attacks, but they chological problems, and cases where the courts have pouring poison down his party leaders that effectively likely shift the spotlight back to More than a million posts on resembled those carried because Heywood had threat- ordered shorter sentences. throat, saying that he had rules China until the allega- Bo, who has not been seen Gu could be seen on Sina out by Islamist group Boko ened her son, but he gave no Pictured on state television, threatened her son after a busi- tions against his wife burst into since April and is thought to be Weibo — a microblog similar Haram, which is waging a indication of how long she her hair short and wearing a ness deal went sour. the open, and he is now under under house arrest. to Twitter, which is banned in deadly insurgency across would serve. Suspended death plain white shirt and black The case brought down her investigation for corruption. Bo enjoyed strong public China — after she was spared northern and central sentences are typically com- jacket, Gu told the court she husband Bo, a charismatic but Britain said it welcomed support during his tenure as immediate execution. Nigeria. muted to life in prison in China, accepted the outcome, which divisive politician, and exposed China’s move to investigate party chief of the southwestern “Bigwig gets death sentence “At about 1:05 am (0005 although the amount of time “reﬂects particular respect to deep divisions in the ruling Heywood’s death last city of Chongqing for a tough with reprieve for murder, while GMT) attacks launched served varies. The law states the law, the truth and life”. Communist party before a gen- November, which was initially anti-corruption drive, but his common people get immediate against Damagun police that a death term for murder Gu confessed during her trial erational handover of power attributed to a heart attack, Maoist-style “red revival” cam- execution. Where’s the jus- division and Catholic cannot be commuted to less earlier this month in the east- due to start later this year. although it did not explicitly paign alienated moderates in tice?” posted one Sina Weibo church were successfully than 20 years in jail, but legal ern Chinese city of Hefei to Bo had been tipped for pro- comment on the verdict. the Communist party. user. repelled by the police, who were on full alert,” Gbadegesin said. He reported no casualties S Korean dictator’s ‘S African strikers to be sacked from today’ from the three incidents. Damagun is roughly 30 kilometres (20 miles) from daughter to run AFP MARIKANA (S AFRICA) ed for the morning shift, while unions said they were in the Yobe state capital Damaturu, a city hit hard by Boko Haram which last for presidency LONMIN, the world’s third- largest platinum miner, said workers on a wildcat strike meetings to discuss the ulti- matum. The 11-day-old illegal strike by about 3,000 rock drill week saw gun battles between ofﬁcers and sus- pected Islamists that left at least two people dead. AFP Park promised to make a who fail to report for duty on operators has closed produc- Boko Haram, blamed for SEOUL clean and transparent gov- Tuesday could be ﬁred. tion at the Marikana plat- more than 1,400 deaths in ernment, eradicate corrup- “By 7:00 am on Tuesday) inum mine, where 34 people Nigeria since 2010, have SOUTH Korea’s ruling party tion that has tarnished Lee’s we expect workers to return were gunned down by police repeatedly targeted both overwhelmingly voted for the administration, and safe- to work. After that Lonmin Thursday after 10 others were the security services and daughter of an assassinated guard the nation against has the right to ﬁre them,” killed in clashes between rival churches as well as other dictator to be its presidential external threats. Mark Munroe, Lonmin exec- unions. symbols of authority. candidate on Monday, the “I, Park Geun-Hye, will not utive vice president for min- As union leaders held meet- Security has been tight- ﬁrst time a major party has tolerate any actions that ing, said on Monday. Relatives of killed miners wail at the Lonmin platinum mine, near ings, about 1,000 workers ened around the country chosen a woman to run for threaten our people or dam- He was speaking alongside Rustenburg, S Africa, during a memorial service on Monday. (AP) gathered near the mine said for the Eid festivals, which the post. Veteran politician age our sovereignty,” she said ofﬁcials from the powerful they would not return to the mark the end of the Park Geun-hye — who also in an acceptance speech. She National Union of said. down a crowd of armed work- job, with several accusing Muslim fasting month of lost her mother to a gunman cited North Korea’s “provo- Mineworkers (NUM), but Lonmin chief ﬁnancial ofﬁ- ers, killing 34 in the bloodiest Lonmin of insensitivity for Ramadan. — secured a landslide 84 per- cations and nuclear threats” with no representative of the cer Simon Scott said the com- day of protest since apartheid. expecting them to go back to The Eid al Fitr celebra- cent of the vote to easily see as well as territorial disputes upstart Association of pany had yet to receive any Earlier, most workers work while they are still in tions began at the weekend, off four male challengers at with other countries, an Mineworkers and demands from the strikers ignored an ultimatum to mourning. but Monday and Tuesday the primary of the conserva- apparent reference to the Construction Union (AMCU) and said the AMCU has not return to the job on Monday Monday was the ﬁrst day of have also been declared tive New Frontier Party. row with Japan over owner- — seen as the driving force been part of the company’s at Lonmin’s Marikana plat- a week of national mourning public holidays. Opinion polls show her as ship of islands in the Sea of behind the wildcat strike by negotiations with workers. inum mine, deepening the declared by President Jacob Nigeria, Africa’s most current favourite to win the Japan (East Sea). 3,000 rock drill operators. Ten people died in clashes standoff over a wildcat strike Zuma, with a memorial serv- populous nation and presidency in the December “At this time of crisis, we “Our priority is to return to between NUM and AMCU that has left 44 dead and ice planned for Thursday. largest oil producer, is 19 vote. Park, now 60, had need a prepared leader,” she normality. We are in consul- supporters after the strike shuttered operations. “They can ﬁre us if they divided between a mainly narrowly lost out to Lee said, adding she would open tations with the unions, began on August 10, leading The world’s third-largest want, we are not going back to Muslim north and predom- Myung-bak in the party’s a new era of peace and coop- NUM, which is the majority to the standoff Thursday that platinum producer said only work. Zuma must shut down inantly Christian south. 2007 primary. Lee went on eration in Northeast Asia. union at the mine,” Munroe ended with police gunning 27 percent of workers report- that mine,” one worker said. to become president but the Park is the daughter of country’s leaders are restrict- Park Chung-Hee, who seized ed to a single ﬁve-year term. power in a coup in 1961 and Beaming broadly, Park accepted a bouquet of ﬂow- ers from party leaders and promised to secure the presi- dency and create a country was assassinated by his own spy chief in 1979. Her father won wide respect for transforming the poor war-ravaged nation into Russia hunts for other Pussy members “full of dreams and hope”. an economic juggernaut, but AFP Earlier Monday their lawyer She reiterated a commit- is also reviled in some quar- MOSCOW said they would not seek ment to “economic democra- ters for his human rights clemency from Putin, who was tisation”, in a country with a abuses. Park Geun-Hye’s INVESTIGATORS said on elected president for a third growing wealth gap and high mother was also killed by a Monday they had launched a term shortly after the cathedral youth unemployment, and gunman, a pro-North fresh criminal probe against stunt. said she would work to Korean agent who shot the members of punk band Pussy improve welfare schemes ﬁrst lady in 1974 while aim- Riot who remained free after Five members of and create jobs. ing for the president. an anti-Vladimir Putin stunt in Pussy belted out Russia’s top church. an “anthem” in “The probe is currently Moscow’s church ongoing, search activities are on February 21 being conducted,” a calling on the spokesman for Moscow police Virgin Mary to said, three days after three remove Putin. members of the all-female “Our clients will not ask for a band were jailed for two years pardon,” defence lawyer by a court. He declined to pro- Nikolai Polozov said, adding: vide further details. “Literally this is what they said: Five women in all pulled on Cops control hooded women demonstrators during a protest in solidarity with the Russian punk band ‘Let them go to hell with their brightly coloured balaclavas on Pussy Riot, in Zurich, Switzerland, on Monday. (AP) pardon’.” Polozov said howev- February 21 and belted out an er the defence team planned to “anthem” in Moscow’s Christ During the trial, the prosec- the ﬂuid female collective. Yekaterina Samutsevich were appeal to a higher court as soon the Saviour Cathedral calling tion referred to them as Pyotr Verzilov, the husband found guilty of “hooliganism as they received a copy of the on the Virgin Mary to remove “unidentiﬁed participants”. of one of the jailed singers, told motivated by religious hatred” lengthy verdict. Russian strongman Putin. It was not immediately clear AFP earlierthey were leading and handed two-year jail terms Pussy Riot recently released The three put on trial were whether the authorities’ search “normal lives.” in a court ruling the West a new song entitled “Putin is Park Guen-hye, in Goyang, South Korea, on Monday. (AP) detained in March, while the was limited to just these two On Friday Maria Alyokhina, decried as “disproportionate” Lighting the Fires of the other two remained free. women or other members of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and punishment. Revolution.” 10 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com PAKISTAN / SOUTH ASIA Top US general in Kabul to try stem anti-NATO attacks AP That raised the death toll to KABUL 10 US troops killed in such attacks in the space of just THE US military’s top gener- two weeks. al met with senior ofﬁcials in Sunday’s attack happened Afghanistan on Monday to in Kandahar’s Spin Boldak attempt to stop a recent wave district near the border with of attacks by Afghan soldiers Pakistan. One of the attackers and police against interna- was killed when the troops tional forces in the country. returned ﬁre and the other Once an anomaly, attacks escaped, Graybeal said. from inside the Afghan secu- A US Defence Department rity forces have been climbing ofﬁcial conﬁrmed that the in recent months. There have dead service member was been 30 such attacks so far American. The ofﬁcial spoke this year, up from 11 in 2011. anonymously because the Army General Martin nationality of the deceased had Dempsey, the chairman of the not been ofﬁcially released. Joint Chiefs of Staff, landed at Bagram Air Field outside The Taliban have Kabul earlier in the day. been actively Dempsey and the command- recruiting members er of US Central Command, of the Afghan secu- Marine General James R rity forces, saying Mattis, met with NATO and in a statement last US Afghan commander week that they con- General John Allen in Kabul sidered these turn- and discussed the progress of coat attacks a the Afghanistan campaign, a major part of their Cleric Haﬁz Mohammad Zubair (third right) with residents at a local mosque, in a suburb of Islamabad, on Monday. (AP) statement issued by the coali- strategy against tion said. international Pakistan president seeks report Allen said in the statement that they discussed “how to maintain momentum against the insurgents,” adding that international forces contin- forces. The Taliban have been actively recruiting members of the Afghan security forces, on girl’s arrest in blasphemy case ued to support a push to train and equip Afghans in prepa- ration of the departure of most international combat forces at the end of 2014. saying in a statement last week that they considered these turncoat attacks a major part of their strategy against international forces. AFP neighbourhood of the capital for refusing to reform the neighbourhood of Mehrabad, is normal,” Abbasi said. “The campaign remains on On Saturday, Defence ISLAMABAD on Thursday and remanded anti-blasphemy law, despite 20 minutes’ drive from Rimsha’s house was locked track,” Allen said in the state- Secretary Leon Panetta called in custody for 14 days after the assassinations of a leading Western embassies. on Monday and no one was at ment. Dempsey and Mattis Afghan President Hamid PAKISTAN’S president on furious Muslims demanded politician and a Christian cab- Police investigator Zabhi- home, said a reporter. Local also met with a number of Karzai to encourage him to Monday called on ofﬁcials to she be punished, police said. inet minister who spoke out ullah Abbasi said Rimsha had police said the family had senior Afghan and coalition work with US commanders to explain the arrest on blasphe- Speaking on condition of against the law in 2011. been remanded until August gone to relatives outside leaders, the statement said. ensure more rigorous vetting my charges of a Christian girl anonymity because of the sen- Human rights activists say 25, when she will be charged Islamabad. Ahead of the talks, a of Afghan recruits. It was dis- with Down’s Syndrome who sitivity of the case, police said the law is often used to settle in court with blasphemy in Hammad Malik, 22, who spokesman for international closed Friday that US troops allegedly burnt pages the girl was 16 years old. petty disputes. Adiyala jail. lives next door, told AFP by forces in Afghanistan said have been ordered to carry inscribed with verses from Activists and neighbours Some reports suggested the The bodyguard killer of telephone that he saw the girl Dempsey would be bringing loaded weapons at all times in the Holy Quran. say she is between 10 and 13 girl had been burning papers Punjab governor Salman burning pages with Quranic up the rising number of Afghanistan, even when they There is a growing debate years old. collected from a rubbish pile Tasser, who was murdered in verses on them. attacks by Afghan forces in are on their bases. The order about religious intolerance in President Asif Ali Zardari for cooking when someone January 2011 for his opposi- “I was sitting outside my his discussions. was a precaution against such Muslim-majority Pakistan, took “serious note” of her entered her house and tion to the law, is being held house and a few minutes before “He’s certainly talking insider attacks. where strict anti-blasphemy arrest and called on the inte- accused the family of burning in the same place. iftar (the meal that breaks the about a number of issues Meanwhile, in the eastern laws make defaming Islam or rior ministry to submit a pages inscribed with verses Abbasi said Rimsha was Ramadan fast) I saw her burn- including progress with the province of Paktia, three desecrating the Holy Quran report on the case, state from the Holy Quran. illiterate but denied she had ing some booklets on the rub- (military) campaign and the Afghans from a politically punishable by death. media said. Muslim anger over the Down’s Syndrome. bish heap. I noticed there were like,” Jamie Graybeal said. connected family were killed The girl, Rimsha, was His government has been alleged incident forced “The girl is 16-year-old as some pages on which Quranic “He’s also obviously talking when their car struck a road- arrested in a low-income heavily criticised in the West Christians to ﬂee the mixed per the medical report and she verses were printed,” he said. about the insider attacks,” he side bomb. Provincial police added, declining to provide chief Zulmai Oryakhail said further details. one of the dead had two In the latest such attack on brothers close to the govern- Pakistan shuts mobile networks to 83 Australia-bound refugees Sunday, two Afghan police- men turned their weapons on US troops in Kandahar province, killing an American ment ó one an adviser to President Hamid Karzai, and the other a former provincial governor and parliamentarian detained by Lanka govt service member, ofﬁcials said. who is now a tribal leader. foil attacks AFP ISLAMABAD AFP 24 kilometres off the coast,” a record inﬂux of boat people COLOMBO spokesman said. “The 83 peo- The detection was this year, many originally PAKISTAN shut down ple aboard have been handed the first since Aus- from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, mobile phone networks SRI LANKA’S navy on over to the police.” tralia’s parliament Iran and Iraq who make their overnight in major cities Monday stopped two The detection was the ﬁrst last week decided way to Australia via Asia. to prevent Taliban and Al Australia-bound trawlers car- since Australia’s parliament to send asylum- Sri Lankan authorities say Qaeda attacks as celebra- rying 83 would-be asylum last week decided to send asy- seekers arriving by they have arrested nearly 900 tions began for the seekers in the ﬁrst detection lum-seekers arriving by boat boat to holding people who have tried to leave biggest Muslim festival since Canberra tightened to holding centres on Paciﬁc centres on Pacific for Australia illegally this of the year. restrictions on boat people, islands before considering islands before con- year. The draconian security ofﬁcials said. their application for refugee sidering their Australia hopes the measure kicked in on The navy said the two craft status. application for prospect of years in detention Sunday at 8:00 pm (1500 were found off the island’s After months of political refugee status. on remote Paciﬁc islands will GMT), at a time when northeastern port of wrangling, the Australian deter asylum-seekers from millions ordinarily tele- Trincomalee with two women government won its battle to processed. attempting the dangerous sea phone friends and rela- and four children among send boat people to Papua Prime Minister Julia voyage, which has cost hun- tives with greetings for those on board. New Guinea and tiny Nauru Gillard’s administration has dreds of lives over the past Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey Eid al Fitr. Networks “The trawlers were detected to have their refugee claims struggled to cope with a decade. (centre), at the ISAF headquarters, in Kabul, on Monday. (AFP) were working again on Monday mid-morning. Karachi and Lahore, Pakistan’s two largest cities, and the troubled city of Quetta, in the insur- gency-torn province of Baluchistan, were among Myanmar govt ends censorship of local media the places where networks AP journalists and even close on Monday. The head of the were suspended. YANGON publications deemed a threat ministry’s Press Scrutiny and “We regret that it had to to national security. Registration Department, be suspended in some cities MYANMAR’S government said This Southeast Asian nation’s Tint Swe, also conveyed the due to the risk of terrorist on Monday it was abolishing the reporters had long been regard- news to a group of editors in attacks,” Interior Minister harsh practice of directly cen- ed as among the most restricted the country’s main city Rehman Malik was quoted soring the country’s media, the in the world. But President Yangon. The move had been as saying by state TV. most dramatic move yet toward Thein Sein’s reformist govern- expected for months but was “We regret inconven- allowing freedom of expression ment has signiﬁcantly relaxed repeatedly delayed. ience caused to youths in the long-repressed nation. media controls over the last Tint Swe had also previously and children.” Under the new rules, journalists year, allowing reporters to print said the censor board itself Terrorists were plotting will no longer have to submit material that would have been would be abolished when cen- to target “a few areas of their work to state censors unthinkable during the era of sorship ends. But Monday’s Punjab province”, of which before publication as they for absolute military rule ó like announcement indicated the Lahore is the capital, the almost half a century. photographs of opposition board will remain in place, and minister said. Sindh However, deep concerns leader Aung San Suu Kyi. it will retain the powers it has province, where Karachi is remain about restrictive press The Information Ministry, always had to suspend publi- the capital, and Baluchistan laws remaining on the books, which has long controlled cations or revoking publishing were also targets, he added. which give the government what can be printed, made the licenses if they deem publish- Customers buy local journals at a roadside shop, in Yangon, on Monday. (AP) great power to crack down on announcement on its website ing rules are violated. INDIA Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com 11 SC to hear drug patents case on Wednesday REUTERS the company’s cancer drug sion by the patent ofﬁce in international aid groups and diseases in Africa and many versions, meanwhile, cost MUMBAI/LONDON Glivec on the grounds that it is March to strip Germany’s Indian generic drug manufac- poor countries. about $2,500 a year. The case has rekin- not a new medicine but an Bayer AG of its exclusive right dled tensions turers - say a win for Novartis Novartis’ drug was Indian generic companies THE Supreme Court will hear amended version of a known to sell another costly cancer between Big Phar- would jeopardise the supply approved in 2001 in the can produce drugs at a frac- ﬁnal arguments starting this compound. drug, Nexavar, because most ma and India, fol- of cheap medicine to hun- United States, where it is sold tion of the cost of originator week in a landmark case over A patent would recognise Indians cannot afford it. lowing a decision dreds of millions of people in under the trade name Gleevec ﬁrms like Novartis or Bayer drug patents that could Novartis’ property rights, in a The hearing involving by the patent office India and around the world, and can cost $70,000 a year. because their costs are lower change the rules for the coun- blow to generic drugmakers Novartis starts on in March to strip since India is the world’s Patients take one or two pills a and they do not need to try’s healthcare sector and who supply medicine to 1.2 Wednesday. It is expected to Germany’s Bayer biggest exporter of cheap day, depending on the dosage. plough money back into potentially curb its global role billion Indians and to poorer last several weeks, with a ver- AG of its exclusive generic drugs. Discount programmes future research. as a supplier of cut-price nations across the world, dict a month or two later. right to sell another “The stakes are very high mean it is available for a lot Menghaney fears a decision generic medicines. although generic forms of Western ﬁrms see huge costly cancer drug, on both sides,” said Leena less in poor countries and in by India’s top court to make it The Supreme Court hearing Glivec launched before 2005 potential in India’s rapidly Nexavar. Menghaney, a manager in India more than 95 percent of easier for drugmakers to win pits Swiss drugmaker Novartis would stay on the market. growing economy but are wary New Delhi for Medecins Sans patients receive it free of patents by giving way to AG (NOVN.VX) against The case has rekindled ten- of lax protection for intellectu- Frontieres (MSF), which charge under a company Novartis would undermine India’s patent ofﬁce, which has sions between Big Pharma al property. They argue India medical innovation. relies on Indian-made generic donation scheme, according India’s position as “pharmacy refused to grant a patent on and India, following a deci- is failing to recognise valuable Their critics - who include drugs to treat AIDS and other to Novartis. Indian generic to the developing world”. Doctors’ 68TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF RAJIV GANDHI Maruti’s Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to former prime minister and her husband Rajiv Gandhi on his 68th birth anniversary at his memorial, in New Manesar strike hits Delhi, on Monday. (AP). plant to hospitals start today in Kerala PTI NEW DELHI PTI THIRUVANANTHAPURAM MARUTI Suzuki India will resume partial oper- FUNCTIONING of govern- ations in its Manesar ment hospitals in southern plant in northern Indian Indian state of Kerala’s state of Haryana on Thiruvananthapuram and Tuesday amid heavy Kollam districts was partially security, over a month affected on Monday following a after violence claimed token strike by doctors protest- the life of a top ofﬁcial ing action against six doctors and injured 100 others over the death of Bihar youth while leaving a trail of Satnam Singh in a mental hos- destruction. pital Thiruvananthapuram on Only 300 permanent August 4. workers will resume The call for the strike was duty on Tuesday and the given by Kerala Government company will operate Medical Ofﬁcer’s Association single-shift till the time (KGMOA). While out-patient the management decides sections in hospitals were to ramp up output from affected, doctors attended the plant. casualty duties and were avail- “We are reopening the able for emergency surgeries. plant with 300 workers. Singh, who was arrested at With this workforce, we Mata Amritanandamayi will operate just a single Ashram at Vallikavu in Kollam shift from 8 AM to 4:30 on August 1 after he tried to PM,” Maruti Suzuki India barge onto the podium where (MSI) Chief Operating she was giving a spiritual dis- Ofﬁcer (Administration) course, died at the mental hos- S Y Siddiqui said. pital here allegedly due to tor- Commenting on the Eid celebrated with fervour ture by jail and hospital staff. security arrangements at Five doctors were suspended the plant, Senior and a doctor on contract duty Superintendent of Police was dismissed on August 16 Yogender Nehra said 200 after an ofﬁcial enquiry by police personnel have Additional Health Director Dr been deployed exclusive- Ramani found lapses during PTI exchanged gifts and enjoyed thousands of devotees ﬂock- ly for the facility. the treatment as they failed to NEW DELHI special dishes, particularly ing to mosques, shrines and Nehra, who is also the properly report the wounds ‘sewayian’ made of vermicelli prayer grounds in the Valley in-charge of the battalion found on Satnam Singh’s body. A FESTIVE spirit reigned and different varieties of to offer special prayers. that had been deployed at Two doctors at the mental across India as Muslims cele- biryani (fried rice) and The biggest gathering of the IMT (Industrial Model hospital, two at the taluk hos- brated Eid on Monday with kebabs (meat cutlets). devotees was witnessed at Township) Manesar fol- pital in Karunagappally and mosques and idgahs overﬂow- Elders gave ‘eidee’ (token Tourist Reception Centre lowing the July 18 vio- another at the Kollam district ing with the devout who money) to children and visited ground near Lal Chowk and lence at the plant, said hospital were suspended, offered special prayers, hand- relatives and markets decked Eidgah in the Old City, ofﬁ- these personnel would be while a doctor on contract ed out alms, took part in feasts up for the festival which remain cials said. supervised by a Deputy duty at the mental hospital and exchanged gifts and greet- crowded till the wee hours. Large gatherings were also Superintendent Police was dismissed from service ings with friends and relatives. witnessed at Jenab Sahib Soura, (DSP) rank ofﬁcer. based on Dr Ramani’s report. In the capital, Prime People dressed in Makhdoom Sahib, Sonawar, Haryana police have Satnam Singh was ﬁrst Minister Manmohan Singh their festive best Iqra Masjid, Jamia Masjid also provided 40 person- treated at Karunagappally and his wife Gursharan Kaur offered prayers at Barzulla. In Eidgah area, a mob al security ofﬁcers and Kollam hospitals as he drove to the residence of Vice Jama Masjid, set ablaze a police vehicle and (PSOs) for senior man- appeared mentally disturbed, President Hamid Ansari to Fathepuri Masjid, beat up three policemen. agement ofﬁcials of MSI. before being taken to the greet him on the festival Hazrat Nizamuddin In violence-hit northeast- The company has also mental hospital. which marks the end of the and other mosques ern state of Assam, celebra- strengthened its own KGMOA president Dr fasting month of Ramzan. in the city. tions passed off peacefully security arrangements Vasudevan said doctors were Singh, who expressed the amid tight security. and has deployed 100 being made scapegoats to save hope that the festival will In northern Indian state of “There are no fresh incidents security guards. It had the real culprits behind Singh’s “further strengthen our cul- Jammu and Kashmir, Chief of violence.... Eid prayers have declared an indeﬁnite murder. The enquiry report tural bonds”, also attended a Minister Omar Abdullah and passed off peacefully,” Assam lock-out at the plant on was trying to put the blame on lunch hosted by Bharatiya his father Union Minister for Inspector General of Police July 21. From Tuesday, doctors for lapses on the part Janata Party leader New and Renewable Energy (Law & Order) L R Bishnoi said. initially about 150 cars of administration, he said. Shahnawaz Hussain at the Farooq Abdullah offered There are reports of Eid cele- will be rolled out every While the ongoing Crime latter’s residence. prayers at the Hazratbal brations from districts, includ- day instead of 1,500- Branch probe into the inci- People dressed in their fes- Shrine, where more than ing Kokrajhar, Chirang and 1,700 units earlier. dent was moving in the right tive best offered prayers at 7,000 people had congregated. Dhubri, which bore the brunt MSI has decided to direction, the report by Jama Masjid, Fathepuri Barring protests at Eidgah of the recent ethnic violence. In sack 500 permanent Additional Health Director Masjid, Hazrat Nizamuddin grounds in Srinagar’s old city Guwahati, Assam Chief workers, who were which sought to put the blame and other mosques in the city. area, Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrat- Minister Tarun Gogoi hoped allegedly found to be on doctors would only help Muslims offer prayers during Eid al Fitr at the historic Taj Mahal, in They hugged each other ed across Kashmir with tradi- that Eid will bring lasting peace involved in the violence. weaken the case, he said. Agra, on Monday. (REUTERS) and wished “Eid Mubarak”, tional fervour and gaiety with and amity in the state. Assam riots may put pressure on Congress in 2014 polls REUTERS towns in the remote northeast Assam violence. between Hindus and Muslims Nehru University and former The state and other parts of violence is spreading. While NEW DELHI after getting or hearing of sim- Normally, there is little fall- have often been exploited for member of the National the northeast are home to parties across the political ilar messages. out in the rest of India from electoral gain. Commission for Minorities. hundreds of tribes and ethnic spectrum have condemned THE anonymous text message Nearly 80 people have been bouts of violence in Assam, As India heads for national “Right-wing nationalist par- groups. Violence usually the recent bloodshed in on Bhumidhar Das’ mobile killed and 400,000 displaced which borders Bangladesh elections in 2014 amid a ties are cashing in on this by stems from tribal rivalries, Assam, divisive rhetoric has phone was chilling: “Muslims in ﬁghting between Muslims and is one of seven states con- sharp slowdown in growth, calling Assam’s Muslims ‘for- anger against Muslim settlers come from all sides. will attack and kill our people and mostly Hindu Bodo tribes- nected to the main bulk of the religious politics, along with a eigners’ and ‘illegal Bangladeshi from Bangladesh or from In India’s ﬁnancial capital, after Ramadan. Return men in northeastern Assam country by a ‘chicken neck’ of loss of jobs and wealth, could migrants’ who threaten the fab- insurgencies. Mumbai, massive protests by home.” Within hours, Das, a state in recent weeks. The mass land. This time, however, the be a key issue. ric of Indian society. They are While religion-driven pol- Muslims against events in Hindu working at a car factory ﬂight was sparked by rumours grisly scenes unfolding in the “The conﬂict in Assam is not going to let this go so easily, itics has taken a backseat in Assam turned violent earlier in the city of Pune, joined tens that Muslims, a big minority in far-ﬂung northeast may fan getting communalised,” said especially with elections coming the last decade of India’s eco- this month, killing two people of thousands of fellow migrant predominantly Hindu India, communal politics in a coun- Zoya Hasan, a political scien- up and will try to make this a nomic boom, there are signs and wounding dozens. In workers returning to home- were seeking revenge for the try where simmering tensions tist at New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Hindu-Muslim issue.” Muslim discontent over the Pune, the city 12 Tuesday, August 21, 2012 www.qatar-tribune.com THE LAST WORD 8 killed, 50 hurt Pakistani Taliban in Turkey warn attacks on military car bomb blast AFP ISLAMABAD THE Pakistani Taliban on AFP States and European Union. Monday warned the country’s ANKARA The group launched a sepa- military it had set up a “suicide ratist insurgency in the region bombers squad” to hit troops if A CAR bomb exploded on 28 years ago. an offensive is launched in a Monday, killing eight people Meanwhile, Turkish restive tribal area bordering and wounding 50 others in a Foreign Minister Ahmet Afghanistan. city in south-east Turkey, the Davutoglu said on Monday In an email message sent to mayor of Gaziantap, Asim that Turkey can handle no media, Tehreek-e-Taliban Guezelbey, told local television. more than 100,000 Syrian Pakistan, an umbrella militant The powerful blast went off refugees and has proposed group, said it had received “an close to a police station, set- setting up a UN buffer zone exclusive intelligence report” ting ﬁre to several vehicles inside Syria to shelter them. about the offensive in North including a local city bus, the “If the number of refugees Waziristan from its “sources” mayor told NTV news chan- increases to 100,000, we will in army headquarters. nel which broadcast images of not be able to shelter them in US President Barack Obama addresses the media at the White House, in Washington, on Monday. (REUTERS) TTP spokesman Ehsanullah ﬁreﬁghters racing to put out Turkey. We have to welcome Ehsan outlined details about Obama jabs Romney, the ﬂames. them in Syrian territory” the regiments and units and The explosion was caused by under UN auspices, the possible commander for a remote-controlled car bomb, Davutoglu told the newspa- the campaign, said to be Turkey’s Dogan news agency per Hurriyet. launched on August 26 for one reported quoted Gaziantep’s The chief Turkish diplomat month. “TTP has also prepared governor Erdal Ata as saying. urged the UN to set up itself for resistance, we have set defends poll tactics Gaziantap, a main city in the refugee camps “within the up a suicide bombers squad to region, has so far been spared borders of Syria” in order to welcome (the) army. We will contain the number of defeat our enemy, whom is The powerful blast Syrians ﬂeeing the conﬂict in defending secular, unIslamic went off close to their country. system of Pakistan by punch- a police station, Davutoglu said Ankara ing them back hard InshaAllah setting fire to would take part in a ministe- AFP the candidates but we don’t go refusal to release more tax a “red line” that would change (God willing),” Ehsan said. several vehicles rial meeting of the UN WASHINGTON out of bounds,” Obama said, returns. his perspective on how to Military ofﬁcials were not including a local Security Council on August and then took on Romney over Obama said he did not respond to the conﬂict. immediately available to com- city bus. 30 to study the humanitarian US PRESIDENT Barack an attack ad on his welfare pol- believe that the death of the Obama said he had not ment on the claim. from the violence wrought by situation in Syria and neigh- Obama warned Mitt Romney icy that fact checking groups wife of a steelworker, who lost ordered US military interven- On August 3, The Wall Street rebels from the outlawed bouring countries, hoping a on Monday he could not just have said is false. his job and health insurance at tion “at this point,” but Journal reported Pakistani and Kurdistan Workers’ Party decision will be taken there. “make stuff up” and defended “Everybody who has looked a time when the ﬁrm was being warned that the United States US ofﬁcials were considering (PKK) since they began their But Russia and China, his assault on his Republican at this says that what run by Bain Capital, which his was “monitoring the situation joint counter-terrorism cam- battle for autonomy in which have used their veto foe’s record and character in a Governor Romney is saying is Republican foe founded, could very carefully, and we have paigns in Afghanistan and Turkey’s Kurdish-majority three times on Security surprise news conference. absolutely wrong,” Obama be put down to Romney. put together a range of con- Pakistan against Haqqanis and south-east in 1984. Council resolutions threaten- Obama also demanded said, complaining that “But keep in mind, this is an tingency plans. Taliban ﬁghters. The conﬂict with the PKK, ing sanctions against Romney release more personal Romney was being mislead- ad that I didn’t approve, and I Earlier, Romney, appearing The report said the cam- considered a terrorist organi- President Bashar al Assad’s tax returns, in a counter-offen- ing by claiming he had did not produce, and as far as I at a town hall meeting in New paigns would mark an upturn sation by Turkey and much of regime, may not attend. sive after Romney earlier removed a work requirement can tell, has barely run,” Hampshire with his running in cooperation between the two the international community, In a statement on Monday, bemoaned the president’s tac- for beneﬁt recipients. Obama said. mate Paul Ryan, renewed his countries after more than a has claimed some 45,000 lives Davutoglu said the Syrian cri- tics and accused the “The contrast, I think it is And the president demand- attacks on Obama’s tactics — year of rancorous relations, over nearly three decades. sis “constitutes a security risk Democratic incumbent of not pretty stark. That is, they can ed Romney release more than after last week accusing the since the US raid that killed Turkey has opened a centre for the neighbouring coun- telling the truth. run the campaign they want, the two years of tax returns president of running a cam- Osama bin Laden. in Gaziantep to receive inter- tries” (Turkey, Jordan, His sudden appearance in but the truth of the matter is that he has already promised, paign of “hate.” Pakistan later denied any national aid for Syrian Lebanon) that welcome the White House brieﬁng room that you can’t make stuff up. noting that most Americans, “It seems that the ﬁrst victim agreement with Washington refugees ﬂeeing the uprising Syrian refugees. reﬂected the growing intensity “That is one thing that you unlike Romney did not have of an Obama campaign is the for a joint operation in North against President Bashar al- He called on the UN to of the race to November’s elec- learn as president of the United vast wealth and havens for it truth,” Romney said. “It has Waziristan, and said “rou- Assad. Turkey is struggling to “intervene, in accordance with tion, as well as Romney’s States, you will be called into like Swiss bank accounts. been sad and disappointing.” tine” actions on each side of cope with an inﬂux of almost its mission,” saying that other- efforts to dent Obama’s account. I feel very comfortable “The American people have “All we’ve heard so far is one the border “should not be 70,000 Syrian refugees. wise “the UN will lose credibil- approval ratings by drawing with ... the campaign we are assumed that if you want to be attack after the other. And mistaken for joint operations. There was no immediate ity and we will be entitled to him into a political mud ﬁght. running.” The president also president of the United States frankly they’re typically not Washington has long demand- claim of responsibility but question its mission,” the Obama said his hard hitting responded directly to two com- that your life’s an open book honest,” Romney said, denying ed Pakistan take action against southeastern Turkey has seen Anatolia news agency report- campaign ads and rhetoric rep- plaints from Romney — over when it comes to things like Obama’s charges that he would the Haqqanis, which attacked frequent attacks by the ed. The exodus of refugees to resented a fair attempt to an ad by a pro-Obama group your ﬁnances.” cut taxes for the rich but raise the US embassy in Kabul last Kurdistan Workers Party Turkey has intensiﬁed in the examine Romney’s credentials. that accused him of complicity Obama also said that if them for the middle class. September and acting like the (PKK), designated a terrorist last week as a result of a “You will see that we point in the death of a woman from Syria were to move or use its “Mr President, stop saying “veritable arm” of Pakistani group by Turkey, the United Syrian army offensive. out sharp differences between cancer and the Republican’s chemical weapons it would be something that’s not the truth.” intelligence. JOY OF EID Palestinian children enjoy a ride in a park on the second day of Eid al Fitr, marking the end of Islam’s fasting holy month of Ramadan, in Gaza City, on Monday. (AFP) S American nations back Ecuador in Assange row DPA GUAYAQUIL ( ECUADOR) SOUTH American nations expressed unanimous support for Ecuador in its row with Britain over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Sunday. The foreign ministers of the continent’s twelve coun- tries urged both sides to resolve the dispute through negotia- tion and condemned the potential use of force against Ecuador’s mission in London. “We reiterate the right of states to grant political and diplomatic asylum,” the for- eign ministers from the Union of South American Nations Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa during the weekly change of the said in joint communique. guard ceremony, in Quito, on Monday. (AP) The bloc also rejected Britain’s claim that its own ment. It also said Swedish assertion that Washington was laws would allow it to violate Foreign Minister Carl Bildt was orchestrating a “witch-hunt” international treaties. It a longtime CIA informant. for him, saying the WikiLeaks expressed “solidarity with and Ecuador granted Assange asy- founder was making “wild” support for the government of lum on Thursday. claims to deﬂect attention. Ecuador in the face of threats British authorities have State Department spokes- against its embassy in Britain,” vowed to prevent him from woman Victoria Nuland said First Crowne Plaza in Qatar opens its doors where Assange has taken refuge since June to avoid extradition to Sweden on leaving the country, and sug- gested that they could forcibly remove him from the embassy. that the US had nothing to do with attempts by Britain to extradite Assange, who is holed charges of alleged sexual Assange read a short statement up in Ecuador’s embassy in CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 well-equipped facilities lively pool-side lounge; as the versatile and stylish ball- offences. Assange said he from the embassy steps on London and is wanted in designed to meet both busi- well as the reﬁned Crowne rooms are set to become a top feared that Britain and Sweden Sunday accusing the US gov- Sweden over sexual allega- International Airport, the ness and leisure travellers’ Plaza Club Lounge. There is venue for weddings. were colluding with the admin- ernment of a “witch-hunt” tions. “He is making all kinds hotel has 378-rooms, includ- every need. also a rooftop swimming IHG has 390 Crowne Plaza istration of US President against the website. The of wild assertions about us ing 90 one or two bedroom The hotel also has six food pool, ﬁtness centre and spa. hotels across the globe with Barack Obama to have him Organisation of American when in fact his issue with the resident suites. and beverage outlets includ- The hotel’s iconic glass- 22 in the Middle East and extradited to the US after pub- States, which includes the US, government of the UK has to It has eight meeting rooms ing Rodizio, Brazilian domed meeting venue, The Africa. Another 130 Crowne lishing thousands of classiﬁed has called an emergency ses- do with whether he’s going to and an executive boardroom Churrascaria; Misturado, the Event Centre, is situated in Plaza hotels, of which seven documents. sion for Friday to discuss the face justice in Sweden for all equipped with the latest in Brazilian lounge; Aramede, a the middle of the park com- are in the region, are under No formal charges have yet matter. something that has nothing to technologies for video con- Mediterranean all-day dining plex and contains two state- development and due to open been ﬁled in the US, but Meanwhile, in a related do with WikiLeaks, it has to do ferencing meetings to the restaurant; Savour, an ele- of-the-art ballrooms. Ideal over the next three to ﬁve WikiLeaks claims to have seen development, the US on with charges of sexual miscon- event centre and a variety of gant lounge; Liquidity, the for large-scale conferences, years. evidence of a sealed indict- Monday denied Assange’s duct,” Nuland told reporters.
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