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Hours after the kidnap- oured for peace, Obama speech that he saw as a trea- ping on Thursday, the gunmen freed became the first sitting US tise on the use and prevention the 17 children they held after talking president in 90 years and the of war. He crafted much of the with a government negotiator. Pg 10 third ever to win the prize — address himself and the schol- some say prematurely. In this arly remarks — at about 4,000 damp, chilly Nordic capital to words — were nearly twice as Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al Thani with US Deputy pick it up, he and his wife, long as his inaugural address. Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman (second left), in Doha, on Thursday. (See also page 18) Michelle, whirled through a In them, Obama refused to day filled with Nobel pomp renounce war for his nation or US, Qatar to tap alternative and ceremony. And yet Obama was staying here only about 24 hours, skip- ping a slew of Nobel activities. under his leadership, saying defiantly that “I face the world as it is” and that he is obliged to protect and defend the US. sources of energy: Poneman This miffed some in Norway See also page 2 8,000 shifted in US after blaze Firefighters in northeast Nebraska have turned off the propane that was fuelling the blaze at a closed manufac- Qatar Science and Technology Park impresses US deputy secretary of energy turing plant and officials say the fire is RAJESH MISHRA would leave no stone unturned to When asked about the parity in oil and under control. Authorities had been achieve this objective. Exploiting solar gas prices, he said that it would not solve concerned on Thursday morning that DOHA US Deputy Secretary of Energy energy or nuclear energy is just a part of the problem. “Free market and trans- blaze would cause a 30,000-gallon Daniel Poneman on Thursday said that this joint mission, which can help gener- parency in dealings are the only solutions tank to explode at the plant. Officials his country and Qatar had agreed to tap ate 20 percent of the total volume of elec- to the problem of fluctuating prices,” he evacuated the homes of roughly 8,000 alternative sources of energy to reduce tricity consumed,” he remarked. added. people after the fire started at 7 am. carbon emissions substantially in the Adding that the two countries were in According to Poneman, economic dis- future. constant touch over many issues of glob- ruption and the discovery of natural gas Addressing a press conference at the al importance, Poneman said, “We have a in North America had led to the decline residence of US Ambassador to Qatar, the very rich agenda with Qatar, which is an in gas prices but he hoped the market US deputy secretary of energy said the important GCC country. Oil and gas is an would stabilise soon. two countries would carry out research important part of our relationship, but Referring to his visit to Qatar, work on solar thermal energy, photo- we want to diversify it. With our similar Poneman said, “I have visited Qatar earli- voltaic solar power and in nuclear energy environmental concerns, we can bring er too. However, on this visit, I met old fields to cut greenhouse gas emissions. about the real difference in the world we friends and made new ones. I visited the Solar thermal energy converts solar live in.” Qatar Science and Technology Park and energy into heat while photovoltaic He said that he had held significant was highly impressed by its vision of sus- power converts solar energy into electric- discussions with Prime Minister and tainable growth. I am thankful to the US ity. Poneman also advocated the use of Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Ambassador to Qatar HE LeBaron for his eco-friendly energy sources such as bio- Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabor al generous hospitality.” mass and geothermal as a viable alterna- Thani and Deputy Prime Minister and Also present at the press conference US President Barack Obama with the insignia of the Nobel Countdown to naming of tive to fossil fuels. Minister of Energy and Industry His were the US Ambassador to Qatar HE Peace Prize, the medal and the diploma, in Oslo, on 2022 World Cup host “Both Qatar and the US are committed Excellency Abdullah bin Hamad al Joseph LeBaron and First Secretary at the Thursday. (EPA) to building a low carbon economy and Attiyah. US Embassy Joey Hood. OPEC’s experiences will come Williams team boosts Qatar’s F1 hopes RAAJIV TRIPATHI handy for GECF: Bokhanovsky DOHA The presence of AT&T Williams Formula One Team at the Losail International Circuit GYANENDRA KESHRI will be a great step in realising Qatar’s long-cherished dream of DOHA The Gas Exporting having the F1 race here. Countries Forum (GECF) This is for the first time that a would learn from the experi- F1 team has visited here and ences of the Organisation of used the track for preparing its Petroleum Exporting promotional campaign for the Countries (OPEC) while moni- 2010 season and to celebrate its toring prices and demand and association with Qatar. supply of gas, the forum’s Earlier in the day, HE Sheikh newly appointed Secretary- Khalid bin Hamad al Thani General Leonid Bokhanovsky became the first Qatari to drive said. an F1 car. With two places in the Gulf region already having the pre- mier car racing series event, Qatar was a bit lagging on this “We will try to establish count. But it is now doing its close contacts with organisa- best to make up for the lost tions like the OPEC and take time. lessons from their past experi- Williams Team Principal Sir ences,” Bokhanovsky told Frank Williams feels the facili- HE Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad al Thani along with AT&T Williams F1 team personnel at the Losail Qatar Tribune on the sidelines Newly elected GECF Secretary-General Leonid Bokhanovsky, in ties here are “good enough” and International Circuit, in Doha, on Thursday. of the 9th ministerial meeting Doha, on Wednesday. “we can be optimistic about the of the GECF here on Qatari dream.” the history with 16 world cham- the F1 cars may find it much layout, the track can meet the Wednesday. trends worldwide and moni- priorities of the GECF. The chief stock owner of the pionships, praised the Losail more easy to overtake each specifications of the F1 race,” he He said forecasting gas toring supply and demand of The 11-member countries of British team, which has been track: “The straight is quite long other. added. exploration and production gas would be among the major Continued on page 16 among the most successful in and the corners are wide. I feel “With slight changes in the Continued on page 16 2 Friday, December 11, 2009 United States Obama defends war at Nobel Prize ceremony AFP he would use the prize to bol- ster his pro-engagement foreign OSLO US President Barack policy. Obama on Thursday accepted “The goal is not to win a pop- the Nobel Peace Prize, uncom- ularity contest or to get an fortably acknowledging his role award, even one as prestigious as a leader at war while insisting as the Nobel peace prize. The that conflict can be morally jus- goal has been to advance tified. America’s interests,” he said. Obama’s elevation to a pan- “If I am successful in those theon of winners alongside the tasks, then hopefully some of likes of Nelson Mandela, the criticism will subside, but Mother Teresa and Martin that is not really my concern. Luther King before he has even “If I am not successful, then spent a year in office has all the praise and the awards in sparked international debate. the world won’t disguise that Obama said he received the fact.” award with “great humility”. The Nobel committee praised “Compared to some of the Obama for nurturing a new era giants of history who have of engagement and multilater- received this prize — alism in US foreign policy when Schweitzer and King; Marshall it made its shock announce- and Mandela — my accom- ment in October. plishments are slight”. Obama praised Norway’s hos- The US president, who like pitality amid disappointment in other winners will get a diplo- Oslo at his decision to cut short ma, a medal and 10 million his stay, snubbing a traditional krona (1.4 million dollars), luncheon with the king on the dwelled at length on his respon- day after the prize ceremony to sibility fighting conflicts in Iraq return home. and Afghanistan, where he has Disappointment in Norway just sent 30,000 extra troops. was mirrored in the United “War is sometimes necessary, States, where the US leader’s and war is at some level an once huge popularity has start- expression of human feelings.” ed to fray and isolationist senti- The United States “has ment is on the rise. helped underwrite global secu- Several Norwegian peace and rity for more than six decades anti-nuclear organisations held with the blood of our citizens demonstrations outside the and the strength of our arms,” award ceremony. Outside the he said highlighting conflict in Nobel committee offices, pro- Europe and Asia. Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Thorbjoern Jagland (left) presents the diploma and President Barack Obama gives his Nobel lecture, in Oslo, on testers held up a banner reading “The service and sacrifice of medal to President Barack Obama, in Oslo, on Thursday. (AFP) Thursday. (AFP) “Obama you won the prize, now our men and women in uniform earn it.” has promoted peace and pros- deployment of thousands of ous, and we must never trum- the side of those who sought these governments fear the Norwegian Nobel Committee, An InFact institute poll pub- perity from Germany to Korea, young Americans to battle in a pet it as such,” Obama argued freedom. aspirations of their own people Thorbjoern Jagland, told the lished on Wednesday in the and enabled democracy to take distant land. Some will kill. that it could “sometimes be not “We will bear witness to the more than the power of any prize ceremony that “history Verdens Gang daily showed just hold in places like the Balkans.” Some will be killed,” he said. only necessary but morally jus- quiet dignity of reformers like other nation.” can tell us a great deal about 35.9 percent of Norwegians “Our actions matter, and can “And so I come here with an tified,” saying negotiations Aung Sang Suu Kyi; to the brav- Obama has been closely lost opportunities.” thought Obama deserved the bend history in the direction of acute sense of the cost of armed would not end the Al-Qaeda ery of Zimbabweans who cast questioned about his creden- “It is now, today, that we have prize and 33.5 percent said he justice,” Obama told the glitter- conflict — filled with difficult threat. their ballots in the face of beat- tials since the Nobel committee the opportunity to support was unworthy. ing event at Oslo City Hall, questions about the relation- The US leader paid tribute to ings; to the hundreds of thou- made its shock announcement President Obama’s ideas. This The medicine, physics, chem- warning that diplomacy must ship between war and peace, anti-government demonstra- sands who have marched silent- in October. year’s prize is indeed a call to istry, economics and literature be backed by “consequences” to and our effort to replace one tors in Iran, Myanamar and ly through the streets of Iran,” Responding to the interna- action for all of us.” Nobel laureates will receive beat repression. with the other.” Zimbabwe and said the United Obama said. tional controversy over the Obama told a press confer- their awards at a ceremony in “I am responsible for the Warning that is “never glori- States would always stand on “It is telling that the leaders of award, the chairman of the ence before the ceremony that Stockholm on Thursday. Gitmo inmate sent home Frigid temperatures, to Kuwait snow ice upper Midwest AFP WASHINGTON The United States handed over a Kuwaiti citizen held at Guantanamo Bay to his home country on Wednesday, three months after a federal judge ordered him released, the Justice Department said. His departure left 210 detainees at the controversial US prison camp in southeastern Cuba. Fouad al-Rabiah, 50, was found innocent of terrorism charges in September but had since remained at the US naval base, with his lawyers pleading for his transfer. A man removes ice, in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Much of the Midwest is forecasted to Lieutenant Commander have blizzard conditions with sustained winds exceeding 35 miles per hour. (REUTERS) Kevin Bogucki, Rabiah’s lead military counsel, said the AP New England, also pounded by heavy release “underscores the impor- snow and strong winds on Wednesday, tant role federal courts play in DES MOINES Frigid temperatures iced the expected more snow but temperatures to securing justice for Upper Midwest as a storm that dumped hover around freezing. Guantanamo detainees.” more than a foot of snow in several states Wind gusts of nearly 60 mph may have Rabiah “is an innocent man, from Iowa to New England threatened contributed to a double-decker bus over- wrongfully charged, and wrong- another round on Thursday as it neared turning on Thursday on the New York fully confined for eight years,” the end of its cross-country trek. State Thruway near Buffalo. The driver Bogucki said in a statement. Commuters from Des Moines to and eight of the 12 passengers were taken “Now that he is finally free, Chicago were warned of morning temper- to hospitals, but none was seriously the people of Kuwait should atures reaching 10 degrees at best and icy injured, state police said. welcome him back with open roads. Wind chill values could dip as low The storm was expected to move off the arms.” as negative 25 in parts of Wisconsin, Iowa coast of Maine by Thursday night, having The Kuwaiti Family and Illinois, according to the National affected about two-thirds of the country Committee, a group formed by Weather Service. since hitting California earlier this week, relatives of Kuwaiti detainees at Blizzard warnings covered parts of meteorologists predicted. Guantanamo, noted that a southwest Michigan where another 12 The storm was blamed for at least 17 “state of the art rehabilitation inches of snow was expected by Friday deaths, most in traffic accidents. center” in Kuwait modeled after evening. Up to 18 inches could fall in parts Hundreds of schools were closed, power a similar program in Saudi of central and western New York, while was knocked out to thousands of people Arabia was ready to receive wind gusts approaching 60 mph were from Missouri to New York and hundreds released detainees. reported near Buffalo. of flights were cancelled. “The new facility will provide But most of the Midwest was focused on In northern New York, up to a foot fell on detainees with access to educa- digging out of the snow, up to 19 inches in Wednesday and more than 3 feet was tion, medical care, group dis- some areas, and bracing for bitter-cold expected by the week’s end. Areas in Maine cussions and physical exercise weather. “It’s already very cold across the and New Hampshire received up to a foot to help them recover from their entire region,” said Casey Sullivan, a weath- of snow. Up to 7 inches fell in northeast long ordeal in Guantanamo,” er service meteorologist in Romeoville, Ill., Pennsylvania. the group said. adding that parts of northern Illinois may The storm drenched California in rain, In declaring him innocent, hit only 2 degrees. “Iowa’s even colder.” Des blanketed the mountain West in snow and US District Court Judge Moines, which saw 16 inches of snow by shattered snowfall records in Flagstaff, Colleen Kollar-Kotelly said Wednesday, could see a high near 9 Arizona, earlier this week. Rabiah was mistreated during degrees, but wind chill values could make Wind gusts of up to 100 mph were his detention and that the only temperatures feel like minus 25. reported in New Mexico, wind chills as evidence prosecutors gathered In Madison, Wisconsin, near where low as minus 40 hit southern Montana, against him came from uncor- almost 19 inches of snow fell, the wind and heavy rain and flooding affected parts roborated statements from chill could hit minus 20, according to the of the South, according to the National other inmates. weather service. Weather Service. Americas Friday, December 11, 2009 3 Zelaya in talks to exit Honduras Right-wing Pinera leads in Chile presidential poll AP SANTIAGO Sebastian Pinera, a billionaire with investments in Chile’s main airline, most popu- lar football team and a leading TV channel, heads into Sunday’s presidential election with a good chance of returning the right wing to power for the first time since democracy was restored 19 years ago. Opinion polls put Pinera far ahead of Eduardo Frei, a former president who represents the fraying centre-left coalition that has governed Chile since General Augusto Pinochet ended his dictatorship. A victory by Pinera would mark a tilt to the right in a region dominated by leftist governments. The 60-year-old businessman is expected to keep the fiscally prudent policies of the ruling Policemen on duty as followers of Honduran ousted president Manuel Zelaya protest near the Brazilian embassy, in Tegucigalpa, on coalition as he focuses on fight- Sebastian Pinera, the presidential candidate of the opposition Wednesday. (EPA) ing corruption and bringing new Coalition for Change, in Santiago, on Wednesday. (AP) faces to government. AFP work. cial said that a deal had not yet elections as a first step out of the Outgoing President Michelle round victory, with 44 percent of percent against Frei, and a “What we have proposed is, in been struck. five-month crisis. Costa Rica, Bachelet has sky-high 78 percent the votes to 31 percent for Frei. slightly tighter margin of 47 per- TEGUCIGALPA Honduras and the case of an eventual exit from A Mexican official also con- Panama and Peru also have approval ratings, but the left Marco Enriquez-Ominami, a cent to 35 percent against Mexico are negotiating a deal Honduras, it will have to be as firmed that a plane had been backed the polls. couldn’t agree on fewer than congressman who broke with Enriquez-Ominami. The centre that would let deposed president president of the Honduran peo- sent to pick up the deposed The election winner, Porfirio three candidates, none of whom the socialists after realising that polled 1,200 people nationwide Manuel Zelaya exit his refuge at ple,” he said. president, but cautioned: Lobo, on Monday said he hoped have close to her popularity. primary rules favored Frei, between November 24 and the Brazilian embassy and leave Zelaya, overthrown and “That a plane arrives in foreign countries would “open up Pinera also has made a point of would get 18 percent and leftist December 5. the country. kicked out of Honduras in a mil- Tegucigalpa does not mean a little” to Honduras, which had appealing to centrists. Jorge Arrate would get 7 percent, “We are going to win by a wide However Honduras late on itary-backed coup in late June, that (Zelaya) is going to leave,” suffered widespread internation- “Pinera is the most moderate according to the poll by the cen- margin,” Pinera predicted as he Wednesday rejected a Mexican clandestinely returned to his said a Mexican official. al condemnation and aid freezes candidate that the right has ever tre for the Study of prepared for a campaign-closing request to grant Zelaya safe pas- country and has been staying at The military ousted left- after the coup. had,” said Patricio Navia, a Contemporary Reality. The poll rally in the capital on Thursday. sage to travel, saying that the ex- the Brazilian embassy in leaning Zelaya — with the The Honduran Congress voted Chilean political analyst who had an error margin of plus or The other three candidates leader could leave the country Tegucigalpa since September 21. backing of the courts, 111-14 earlier this month against teaches at New York University. minus 3 percentage points. planned to close their cam- only if he is seeking asylum. Honduran officials have Congress and business leaders bringing Zelaya back to the pres- The elections are unlikely to Despite those numbers, paigns elsewhere in Chile. Mexico’s request “does not threatened to arrest him on a — over plans to alter the con- idency before his term runs out produce radical changes in trends suggest a first-round win Arrate proposed last month contain a request for asylum, so string of charges that include stitution which they saw as a on January 27, despite pressure Chile, an economically stable for Pinera can’t be ruled out, cen- that the three leftists form a unfortunately we cannot grant treason and corruption, and bid to extend term limits. from the international commu- copper producer, Navia said. tre director Carlos Huneeus said, common front to defeat Pinera it,” acting Interior Minister authorities reinforced the sol- Zelaya has lobbied for his nity. “The big surprise of this election concluding that “the right is in a in the second round, but the oth- Oscar Matute told CNN en diers surrounding the embassy reinstatement since, pressing Zelaya supporters, who con- is that all the candidates are pro- better position than ever” to ers were cool to the idea. Espanol. following reports of a possible neighboring countries not to fronted a heavy-handed military posing very similar policies.” reach the presidency. Chile has never elected a bil- Zelaya, who insists he is the Zelaya departure. Zelaya sup- recognise the regime. crackdown while attempting to Pinera lost to Bachelet in 2006, It remains to be seen whether lionaire before. legitimate president, refused to porters also flocked to the site. His efforts were hampered by protest the coup, later agreed to but has topped all polls since Chile’s leftist coalition could While the extent of his wealth play along. Mexican authorities on November 29 elections, which give up their campaign to beginning his third campaign for regroup ahead of a second- has not been made public, “I am not seeking asylum in Wednesday confirmed that installed a new government. demand his reinstatement, but president last year. The latest round vote January 17, but polls Forbes magazine ranks Pinera at any country,” he told Venezuela- talks were taking place to grant The United States and the said they would still fight for his survey, published on Wednesday, indicate Pinera would win then No. 701 on its world’s richest list, based Telesur television net- Zelaya asylum, although an offi- European Union have hailed the plan to change the constitution. had him falling short of a first- as well, with 49 percent to 32 with $1 billion. Peru to buy Chinese tanks, Brazilian jets REUTERS been beefing up their armed forces. say how much it would spend on the “The government is in talks to new equipment. LIMA Peru is in talks to buy tanks from acquire a fleet of tanks made in China Chilean Defense Minister Francisco China and fighter planes from Brazil to replace some of the obsolete units Vidal has said any US equipment that to replenish an “obsolete” military of the armed forces,” Defense Minister Chile buys would cost much less than arsenal, officials said on Wednesday, Rafael Rey told local radio. “It’s about a recent $650 million estimate provid- just weeks after accusing Chile of equipment replacement — not about ed by the Pentagon. Vidal said poten- starting an arms race. entering an incessant arms race,” tial purchases of missiles and Sentinel President Alan Garcia has criticised Prime Minister Javier Velasquez said radar systems would not upset the Chile, which defeated Peru in the 19th on RPP radio. military balance in South America. century War of the Pacific, for negoti- Peru said Super Tucano planes it Chile’s armed forces have benefited ating the purchase of US missiles and buys from Brazil’s Embraer would be from years of windfall copper earn- radar equipment. used to combat cocaine trafficking in ings due to a law that entitles them to Garcia has also tried to spearhead remote parts of the Andes and 10 percent of state copper giant an anti-arms initiative in Latin Amazon jungle. Peru’s government, Codelco’s sales. The government has America, where countries like which hopes to replace Soviet-era sent a bill to Congress that aims to Venezuela, Brazil and Colombia have tanks acquired in the 1970s, did not scrap the Codelco payment. Castro criticises Obama for accepting Nobel peace prize REUTERS HAVANA Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro criticised US President Barack Obama on Wednesday for accepting the Nobel Peace Prize as he steps up the US war effort in Afghanistan by deploying more troops. Castro said just two months ago that it was “a positive measure” for Obama to be awarded the prize by the Nobel Committee, a decision that stunned the White House when it was announced in October. Obama will frame the war in Afghanistan as part of a wider pur- suit for peace when he accepts the prize in Oslo on Thursday, a US offi- cial said. But Castro, who has gener- ally written positively about Obama, was more critical in a column pub- Former Cuban President Fidel Castro: Raising critical point. (AFP) lished in state-run media. “Why did Obama accept the Nobel that Washington’s current policy is closed intestinal ailment in July Peace Prize when he’d already decid- “the same as Bush’s.” 2006. ed to fight the Afghanistan war to Castro, 83, ran Cuba for almost 50 But he still has a behind-the- the last? He wasn’t obliged to com- years after taking power in a 1959 scenes role in government and keeps mit a cynical act,” Castro wrote. revolution but was sidelined by ill- a high profile through his writings. “The president of the United ness and handed over the presidency Climate change has been a promi- States doesn’t say a word about the to younger brother Raul Castro last nent theme in his columns, and in hundreds of thousands of people, year. Wednesday’s article he said rich including children and innocent eld- The elder Castro has been seen countries should make the “maxi- erly people, who have died in Iraq only in occasional photos and videos mum sacrifice” at UN climate talks and Afghanistan,” he said, adding since having surgery for an undis- that began this week in Copenhagen. 4 Friday, December 11, 2009 Europe EU moots $9bn fund to lift climate talks EU meet has foreign AFP ministers in cold BRUSSELS European leaders hope to put together a multi-bil- AFP tations to arrive. lion euro fund on Thursday to “There’s a kind of foreign help developing nations tackle BRUSSELS A new EU era ministers’ union that takes global warming and boost fal- dawned on Thursday with that very badly,” believing no tering UN climate talks in the bloc’s 27 leaders set to get European summit should Copenhagen. up close and personal at a pronounce on foreign policy But with many nations reluc- revamped summit, without without them present, he tant to dip into depleted nation- the usual attending ministers said. al coffers, richer western and with its president Lellouche hastened to add European countries will be Herman Van Rompuy mak- that if French President expected to put up most of the ing a discreet entrance. Nicolas Sarkozy wishes to six billion euros (nine billion The changes are enshrined consider foreign affairs “he dollars) sought over the next in the European Union’s will not be asking his minis- three years. reforming Lisbon Treaty, ters for advice.” If the pledges for the money designed to streamline the Swedish Foreign Minister come in during the EU summit workings of the expanded Carl Bildt told the European in Brussels, Europe hopes it will bloc, which came into force parliament on Thursday that spur the rest of the developed this month after a decade of he rejected the job of minis- world to chip in too. painstaking institutional ters’ union head. If not, the bloc’s much-touted reform. “Sometimes I felt that leading role in the battle against One of the most visible expectations on me was that climate change will take a changes will be evident as I was going to be chairman of knock. soon as they take their seats, the trade union of foreign “It’s a question of instant with the creation of an inner ministers,” he told the assem- money, within the context of an France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy (right) and Britain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown, in Evian, recently. (EPA) circle of leaders meeting for bled MEPs as he looked back economic crisis and squeezed the first time without their on Sweden’s six months at the budgets,” as one European cent if the rest of the world outside Europe would mean deal comes into effect. wants to pay for Copenhagen.” foreign ministers whispering EU helm. diplomat put it. agrees similar measures. cuts of just 13 percent. But other EU nations, notably The United States and China, in their ears. “Lisbon takes the foreign “The Swedish EU presidency Britain leads those keen to set Reinfeldt, who will preside France, Germany, Italy and east- the world’s two largest carbon “They will not sit in a room ministers away from the wants a precise figure, and it a more ambitious target. over the two-day summit, made ern EU powerhouse Poland, are polluters underlined that opin- that is a huge circle where European Council. I happen would be of the order of two bil- “It’s not enough to say ‘I may it clear that, given the current less keen to set figures. ion when they clashed at the you hardly can see each other to believe that is very good, lion euros per year” from do this, I might do this, possibly level of pledges, the European “France will be generous,” world climate talks over the without a pair of binoculars,” but I cannot say that this is Europe, another diplomatic I’ll do this.’ I want to create a sit- leaders would not agree to big- comes the cry from Paris, blame for global warming and said one European diplomat the view of every foreign source said, ahead of the two uation in which the European ger cuts. although still without pinning the funds to help poor countries close to the summit prepara- minister, to put it in the day EU summit in Brussels. Union is persuaded to go to 30 As for the hard cash for the down a number. cope with the problem. tions. mildest possible terms.” While the European leaders percent,” Prime Minister developing world, Britain and Why reveal all before discov- The EU summit in Brussels “They will sit in an inner Another major change in have already promised to cut Gordon Brown said on Tuesday. Sweden, which holds the rotat- ering the intentions of the will also be notable as the first circle. Only they will sit there, what Swedish Prime Minister their greenhouse gas emissions European frustration heated ing EU presidency until the end world’s other great historical to be held under the auspices of nobody else.” Fredrik Reinfeldt described by 20 percent over the next up on Wednesday when of the year, have already prom- polluters, others argue. the bloc’s reforming Lisbon For some this is a less com- as “a new era for Europe” after decade, the call to give cash Sweden’s Prime Minister ised to contribute a total of “We’re not going to hand over Treaty which came into effect forting prospect than for oth- the bloc’s reforming Lisbon now is another matter. Fredrik Reinfeldt berated the some 1.5 billion euros between a blank cheque so that others this month. ers. French European Affairs Treaty entered into force on The tensions are equally United States for not matching 2010 and 2012. can wriggle out of their respon- New EU Council president Minister Pierre Lellouche December 1, is the presence prevalent over emissions cuts. Europe’s ambitions in the battle The ‘fast start’ money is sibilities,” said German Foreign Herman Van Rompuy will be in said in Brussels this week of the European Council’s Heavily coal-reliant Poland against global warming. deemed necessary to help poor Minister Guido Westerwelle. attendance for the first time, that he had “seen certain for- first ever president, ex- and others oppose an initiative EU figures published last nations tackle global warming, Or as Poland’s European though maintaining a discreet eign ministers taken aback” Belgian PM Herman Van to increase Europe’s emissions week showed confirmed and deal with its consequences, affairs minister, Mikolaj profile until the new year so as by the failure of summit invi- Rompuy. cuts from 20 percent to 30 per- pledges from developed nations before a longer term post-Kyoto Dowgielewicz, put it: “nobody not to tread on Sweden’s toes. Greek PM calls for ‘national US, China clash at Copenhagen meet rally’ to clean up economy AFP COPENHAGEN Environment ministers sought to boost UN AFP restore stability in public climate talks on Thursday after finances, to promote develop- the marathon meeting ran into ATHENS Greece’s prime minis- ment.” turbulence, including a tough ter on Thursday called an all- The government’s credibility exchange between the United party crisis meeting aiming to has been damaged by the reve- States and China. reassure panicked markets that lation that the public deficit is As it was announced that Athens is ready to “clean up” its expected to surge to 12.7 per- Russian President Dmitry economy, as Europe’s central cent of output this year and Medevdev would attend, bank urged bold measures. that debt amounts to 113 per- France’s environment minister George Papandreou con- cent of gross domestic product. said President Nicolas Sarkozy vened the meeting as the Jean-Claude Trichet, the wants a European target of a 30 European Central Bank (ECB) ECB’s president, urged the percent cut in greenhouse gas called for “courageous steps” to Greek government to take “the emissions “as soon as possible”. tackle the economic crisis after courageous and necessary Russia has said it is ready to a series of downgrades of Greek measures” to tackle its debt cri- cut its greenhouse gas emis- debt amid growing concerns Greek PM George Papandreou. sis since it concerns all coun- sions by 20 to 25 percent by Delegation members of Belgium, in Copenhagen, on Thursday. (AFP) that the country is heading tries which use the euro cur- 2020 from 1990 levels, raising toward bankruptcy. government debt bonds. rency, the eurozone. its target from 15 percent, but over blame for the greenhouse- said. “After a day or two, people “At this point a national rally But official statistics released Many analysts have warned Sarkozy’s minister upped the gas crisis, with Beijing saying China and the United States settle down, they have found is required to solve these prob- later in the day showed unem- that the crisis in Greece expos- ante. countries like the US had a are the world’s two largest car- the electric cooker, they have lems,” Papandreou told Greek ployment rising to 9.1 percent es great strains within the After an optimistic start, the duty to pay out billions of dol- bon polluters and it is widely put the curtains over the bed- President Karolos Papoulias. in September on an annual eurozone, and also challenges 12-day effort to sketch a plane- lars in compensation to poorer, agreed that no climate deal at room window and they are “This situation is unfair to basis with over 450,000 people many European governments tary-wide pact to tackle carbon developing countries. the crunch summit will be pos- ready to get down to work and our country which has a lot of out of work. that will have to reduce budget emissions and bankroll the However, China would not sible unless the two superpow- that’s where we are now,” he potential, which it fails to Industrial production also deficits in time to satisfy mar- fight against climate change be at the top of any US list of ers find common ground. said. utilise,” the premier added. slumped 9.2 percent in October kets without strangling eco- saw major controversy over an countries receiving compensa- UN climate chief Yvo de Boer The goal of the talks is to The meeting, set for next on an annual basis, the nation- nomic recovery. early draft text. tion for the effects of global said he believed the mood had agree a long-term strategy on week, is aimed at “sending a al statistics service said. Jean-Claude Juncker, presi- Separately, the tiny Pacific warming, a US official said. improved since the start. curbing greenhouse gases and powerful message abroad The government is seeking dent of the eurogroup which island state of Tuvalu — “The Chinese have enor- “I sense there is a real seri- funds for adapting to showing that we’re deter- to reassure financial markets unites the 16 countries in the backed by other poor countries mous capacity,” US negotiator ousness now to negotiate. drought, flood, storms and mined to move forward, to and investors who lend money eurozone, said the budget situ- most exposed to climate Jonathan Pershing told AFP on Good progress is being made in rising seas unleashed by glob- clean up our economy and ... to Greece that new budget pro- ation in Greece was “tense” but change — called for talks that Thursday. a number of areas, perhaps al warming. give hope to every Greek citi- posals to cut spending will be he “totally excluded” a state would lead to emerging giants “If you think about what will especially in the area of tech- If all goes well, the deal — zen.” produced within six to seven bankruptcy. China, India and Brazil taking be prioritised in terms of the nology, which has been of great backed by 110 world leaders, Greek stocks came back to weeks. Greece’s sovereign debt was on binding emissions curbs, an needs of the community for importance to developing attending the outcome on life on Thursday after shed- Papandreou said on downgraded on Tuesday by the idea that breaks a 17-year most of the countries, the countries,” he told reporters. December 18 — will be ding almost 10 percent of their Wednesday that he would do international ratings agency taboo in climate negotiations. poorest countries, the coun- He likened the process to endorsed by all 194 nations of value over two days following “whatever is necessary to Fitch, prompting financial At the same time, the United tries that are hardest hit — I “nervousness,” of people mov- the UN Framework Convention ratings agency downgrades of check the huge deficit, to market jitters. States and China traded words wouldn’t start with China,” he ing into a new, empty house. on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Industry, services pull Estonia to fight EU ruling Italy out of recession AFP AFP consensus compiled by Dow Jones Newswires. TALLINN Estonia said on Thursday ROME Industry and services It attributed the recovery from it would contest a European Union helped Italy pull out of recession a sharp slowdown to “a rise in court ruling which did not slash a with third-quarter gross domes- value added by industry and 34-million-euro (50-million-dollar) tic product growth of 0.6 percent, services” while that of agriculture fine imposed by Brussels for stock- the national statistical institute fell back. Year-on-year GDP piling sugar. Estonian foreign min- said on Thursday. shrank 4.6 percent in the third istry spokeswoman Mariann The gain follows five quarters quarter, Istat said. Sudakov told AFP that the Baltic running of contraction and is Economy Minister Giulio state was unhappy with a slightly higher than the eurozone Tremonti said last month that European Court of Justice decision average of 0.4 percent, Istat Italy’s GDP might grow by more in October and would appeal by noted. The agency confirmed a than one percent next year, more the December 15 deadline. “We first estimate issued last month optimistic than an official gov- disagree with the European that closely echoed economists’ ernment forecast in late Commission about the size of the forecasts of 0.6 percent quarterly September of 0.7 percent growth sugar surplus counted when levy- growth and an annual contrac- after a 4.8 percent contraction European milk producers during a demonstration in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, on Wednesday. The slogan reads, “The fair ing the fine and wish the fine to be tion of 4.7 percent according to a this year. milk”. (REUTERS) lowered,” Sudakov explained. United Kingdom Friday, December 11, 2009 5 Osborne punches holes in Darling’s deficit-busting plans REUTERS LONDON Britain may lose its top credit rating unless borrowing is cut faster, Conservative eco- nomics chief George Osborne said on Thursday, but Finance Minister Alistair Darling said Labour’s plans would soothe markets. In interviews with Reuters a day after Darling outlined plans to halve the budget deficit over four years, both men laid out dif- ferent approaches to fiscal poli- cy which are likely to dictate much of the political debate before an election in 2010. Opinion polls put the Conservatives out in front but some point to a hung parlia- ment — the nightmare scenario for investors eager to see swift action on a budget deficit set to reach nearly 13 percent of gross domestic product this year. After digesting the pre-budget Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling, in London, on Thursday. (AP) Tory party shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, in London, on Thursday. (REUTERS) report overnight markets remained concerned, driving “The thing I am aiming for is Wednesday’s pre-budget report. would deliver an emergency would do what is necessary to Labour have said they want “The medium-term outlook British government bond making sure that Britain keeps “The steps that we have taken budget if victorious next year drive growth forward, allowing the wealthiest in society to bear for the UK public finances futures down by more than a full its credit rating.” Ratings agen- will reassure people that we and argue that hacking back the party to get painful cuts in the brunt of deficit-busting tax remains a concern,” said Fortis point. cies have warned that Britain’s have a credible, deliverable, real- debt will safeguard confidence spending out of the way quickly. rises — although they are also economist Nick Kounis. “The bulk of dealing with the triple-A credit rating, which istic and fair plan to cut govern- and keep interest rates low, The two approaches will form hiking taxes for the many — and “However, the truth is that the deficit has to come from spend- enables the government to bor- ment borrowing over a four year enabling a sustainable recovery the key dividing lines in the run are also banking on a strong focus is really on the party — ing restraint,” Osborne said. row more cheaply than less period,” he said. to take root. in to an election that must be recovery to boost tax revenues most likely the Conservatives — “Unfortunately, the measures credit-worthy nations, could be Going any faster than that, “We’ve got to keep interest called by June 2010, with mar- and reduce welfare spending. that will be in power after the announced on Wednesday at risk unless the government while economic conditions rates as low as possible for as kets largely in the dark so far as But significant spending cuts election and whether they will don’t start tackling the deficit lays out a credible plan to cut remained uncertain, would not long possible,” Osborne said. to how exactly Labour would are also on the cards and, get a large enough majority to until 2014/15 and that is far too the deficit. Darling argued he be sensible, he said. The Conservative leadership halve the deficit or how the whichever way voting goes next allow aggressive fiscal consoli- late.” had done just that with The Conservatives, however, believes the Bank of England Conservatives would do more. year, a painful few years await. dation to take place.” British writer gets sales boost Man gets lifer for plot to Govt extends financial support from Tiger Woods’ crash blow up plane for offshore wind farms is “about the new physics of the REUTERS REUTERS BWEA said. AFP LONDON Sales of a little-known The fact that Woods had a book like his in second half of the 20th century — quarks, string, and so on,” he added. LONDON A British man, found guilty of conspiring with the LONDON The British govern- ment has extended financial F inance Minister Alistair Darling said in “There are up to 3,000 megawatts worth of projects which should now benefit from British scientist’s book have his car was not a It is unclear whether Woods ringleader of a suspected al support for offshore wind his pre-budget speech this new support.” Suppliers soared after it was pictured in huge surprise, since — whose life has been plunged Qaeda plot to blow up transat- farms by four years to 2014, on Wednesday that who do not generate enough Tiger Woods’ crashed car, he said he was roughly from into turmoil amid reports of lantic airliners, was jailed for life helping plant thousands more offshore wind farms green energy to earn enough Thursday. multiple extra-marital affairs on Thursday. turbines over coming years as accredited under the ROCs to meet their targets Get a Grip on Physics by Doctor the target audience of and signs he could lose lucrative Adam Khatib, 23, was told he the country races to meet test- must pay into a fund, the pro- John Gribbin was photographed educated layman with sponsorship deals — was actu- must serve at least 18 years in ing 2020 renewable energy tar- Renewable Obligation ceeds of which are paid to in a footwell of the car after the an interest in science. ally planning to read it at the prison after being convicted of gets. Certificates scheme those suppliers that have. US golf superstar smashed it into time of the crash. conspiracy to murder at Finance Minister Alistair before March 2014 Anders Eldrup, chief execu- a fire hydrant and a tree outside If he had, “it’s designed to dip London’s Woolwich Crown Darling said in his pre-budget would qualify for two tive of state-owned DONG his Florida home last month. “Now it sells second-hand for in to, not to read from cover to Court. speech on Wednesday that off- ROCs per megawatt Energy of Denmark, a major Within days of the pictures 75 dollars, but of course I get cover,” said Gribbin. The jury heard he had plotted shore wind farms accredited hour (MWh) of elec- investor in UK offshore wind, going round the world, the book’s nothing from that. I don’t even The Briton also noted that the with Abdulla Ahmed Ali, who under the Renewable tricity they generate. said the move would “undoubt- best-seller ranking on Internet have any spare copies to put on book had since slipped back was jailed in September for plan- Obligation Certificates (ROCs) edly fuel investments in renew- retailer Amazon.com shot up eBay myself!,” he added. down the best-seller rankings, ning suicide attacks on planes scheme before March 2014 able energy.” from 396,224th position to The fact that Woods had a after available copies had been bound for North America using would qualify for two ROCs per for projects accredited by April Britain has 228 offshore 2,268th. book like his in his car was not a exhausted. liquid explosives in August 2006. megawatt hour (MWh) of elec- 2010. wind turbines, with an Unfortunately for Gribbin, an huge surprise, since he was “The sales spurt was not as Khatib had researched chemi- tricity they generate. Uncertainty over support installed capacity of 668 MW. astronomy expert at the roughly from the target audience impressive as it seems, because cals that could be used to make Britain, already home to the levels for projects after next There are a further 1,407 in University of Sussex in southern of educated layman with an Amazon compiles these lists bombs and his fingerprints were world’s biggest offshore wind year has held back billions of construction and approved, England, the book was almost interest in science. hour by hour, so if you sell a found on items in the plotters’ farms, hopes to install 33 potential investments. totalling 4,598 MW. Each MW out of print, but the publicity has “I can only guess that Tiger dozen in an hour you shoot up bomb factory in east London. gigawatts of turbines in its “Keeping the two ROCs fund- of offshore wind capacity could boosted sales of second-hand was reading the book because the charts,” he said. He had also travelled to waters by 2020 in its efforts to ing for offshore wind will help power around 640 homes. copies online too. like many people he has heard By Thursday the book stood at Pakistan with Ali, the court source about a third of its elec- the UK retain its world lead Alastair Darling also con- “I’m delighted by the publicity, stories about the Large Hadron 157,924 on the Amazon.com heard. Ali and two others were tricity from renewables. and kickstart billions of firmed on Wednesday he but chagrined that it wasn’t a Collider and wanted to get some best-seller list, while several jailed for 108 years in September High costs of offshore wind pounds of investment ahead of would fund four carbon cap- book that is still in print,” he told background,” he said, referring to copies were available for bids on for the foiled plot, which led to make the technology unattrac- the next major phase of off- ture and storage demonstra- AFP. “There were only a couple of the world’s biggest atom-smash- eBay, at least one of them tight restrictions on the amount tive to developers, prompting shore developments,” Maria tion plants to trap and bury cli- hundred copies left in stock, and er. The book — originally pub- described as Get a Grip on Physics of liquids passengers could take the government to increase McCaffery, chief executive of mate warming gases from they all went in a day or so. lished as Get a Grip on Physics — — Tiger Woods”. on board planes. incentives from 1.5 to 2 ROCs renewable energy group the power plants in the UK. Skiiers urged Global warming is to cut binge man-made: Scientists drinking AFP IANS LONDON The British foreign min- LONDON More than 1,700 British scientists have signed a S ome of leaked emails expressed istry has launched a campaign petition insisting that global frustration at the sci- to persuade Britons to stop warming is man-made, a entists’ inability to drinking heavily while on skiing holidays in the French Alps. spokesman said on Thursday after leaked emails sparked a explain what they “There has been an increase row over the science behind described as a tempo- in recent years in the number of climate change. rary slowdown in people who have taken the mix- The emails, intercepted from warming. ture of booze and skiing as part scientists at Britain’s University of a package and got into trou- of East Anglia, a top centre for what they described as a tem- ble with it,” said Sir Peter climate research, have been porary slowdown in warming Westmacott, Britain’s ambassa- seized upon by sceptics as evi- and discussed ways to counter dor to France, who launched the dence that the experts twisted the campaigns of climate campaign with Yves Guyon, data in order to dramatise change naysayers. president of Lyons airport global warming. A spokesman for the Met authority. But the British scientists’ Office, Britain’s national weath- The initiative aims to warn petition, released on the fourth er service, said its head John Britons about the risks of drink- day of a landmark United Hirst had written to 70 col- ing excessively on high altitude Nations summit on climate leagues last Sunday asking through posters, fliers and beer change in Copenhagen, insist- them to sign “to defend our mats in resorts such as Val ed the evidence was clear. profession against this d’IsËre, Meribel and Morzine, “We, members of the UK sci- unprecedented attack to dis- the Guardian reported on ence community, have the credit us and the science of cli- Thursday. utmost confidence in the mate change.” Westmacott said authorities observational evidence for The petition was then for- were keen to discourage the global warming and the scien- warded to scientist colleagues attitude. The campaign comes tific basis for concluding that it to generate support “for a sim- after Rachel Ward, a 20-year-old is due primarily to human ple statement that we... have Briton, died after she got lost on activities.” the utmost confidence in the Refuse workers operate a rubbish tip in Barnet, London, recently. Braced to cut costs when Britain is facing the biggest govern- her way home, fell into a river Some of leaked emails science base that underpins ment deficit in its history, a London council is trying the budget airline approach. (REUTERS) and succumbed to hypother- expressed frustration at the sci- the evidence for global warm- mia. entists’ inability to explain ing,” the spokesman said. 6 Friday, December 11, 2009 Gulf/Middle East Israel wants to grant new credits for settlements AFP programmes and other educa- tion, settlers were outraged at tional or cultural activities. the very idea the state would JERUSALEM Israel’s premier The communities being con- restrict Jewish construction wants to list some West Bank sidered are mainly outside the activity in the West Bank which settlements as national priority large settlement blocs Israel they consider part of the “Land zones and grant them 28 mil- wants to annex under any peace of Israel.” lion dollars in credits, his office accord with the Palestinians. On Wednesday, thousands of said on Thursday. Netanyahu’s spokesman people, many of them settlers, The plan to be submitted to Mark Regev insisted the plan rallied outside the prime minis- the cabinet on Sunday would “has nothing to do with the ter’s residence to protest the include new settlements in the decision to suspend for 10 moratorium that was list of communities designated month housing construction in announced last month follow- as national priority zones that Judaea and Samaria,” the bibli- ing intense US pressure. are entitled to additional state cal term for the West Bank. The settlement issue has funding. Settler leader Danny Dayan been one of the thorniest in the The announcement came hailed the proposal. “It is a just Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. two weeks after a controversial measure,” he told army radio. The negotiations, which decision not to grant building At the same time, he stressed resumed in 2007 after a seven permits for settlements in the that settlers will continue year hiatus, came to a standstill occupied West Bank for the fighting Netanyahu over the again when Israel launched a next 10 months while allowing construction “freeze” he military offensive against Gaza construction already under way imposed in West Bank settle- late last year. Israeli people wait to purchase the new iPhone 3Gs at an Apple store, in Tel Aviv, on Thursday. Hundreds of people lined up at the to continue. ments. The Palestinians insist they Apple Store in Tel Aviv to be the first to purchase new iPhone 3Gs. (AFP) The new credits would bene- While Palestinians have will not return to the negotiat- fit 110,000 settlers, according to rejected the 10-month morato- ing table unless there is a com- the office of Prime Minister rium because it excludes plete freeze on Jewish construc- Benjamin Netanyahu. They can be used for vocational training Jerusalem and several thousand homes already under construc- tion in the West Bank, including east Jerusalem. Rights violations in Iran on rise: Amnesty REUTERS Amnesty International’s Middle the vote was rigged. LONDON Human rights viola- tions in Iran are as poor as at A mnesty called on Iran’s Supreme East and North Africa Programme Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui said in a statement. Some of those detained dur- ing the protests have since been forced to flee the country, the any time in the past 20 years, Leader Ayatollah Ali The report claimed patterns report said. the human rights group of abuse before, during and, One former detainee says he Amnesty International said on Khamenei to allow particularly, after the election, was held at the Kahrizak deten- Thursday. United Nations human when authorities deployed the tion center for about 58 days, Its report, which followed rights experts to visit Basij militia and Revolutionary kept in a shipping container June’s disputed presidential the country to help Guards to suppress mass throughout and only allowed to election, included allegations of carry out an investi- protests against its disputed contact his family after 43 days, torture, rape and unlawful gation. outcome. the report added. killings. Mass demonstrations “Anyone who is arrested or Amnesty called on Iran’s truth,” it added. against the re-election of hard- detained must be protected Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Iran has dismissed previous line President Mahmoud from torture or other ill-treat- Khamenei to allow United criticism of its human rights Ahmadinejad plunged the ment, prisoners of conscience Nations human rights experts record. Islamic Republic into crisis, but must be released and those to visit the country to help carry “Members of militias and offi- opposition rallies no longer convicted after unfair trials — out an investigation. cials who have committed vio- muster the huge crowds that including the ‘show trials’ Official inquiries to date lations must also be promptly flooded the streets immediate- which made a mockery of jus- “seemed to have been more held to account and on no ly after the June 12 ballot. tice — must have their cases An Isralei woman during a rally call for the end of the 10-month freeze to Jewish settlement building, concerned with covering up account should anyone be exe- Defeated candidate reviewed, or be released,” in the West Bank, on Wednesday. (EPA) abuses than getting at the cuted,” Deputy Director of Mirhossein Mousavi has alleged Sahraoui said. Top clerics aiding Israel lets Gaza export flowers after 3 years Swine flu claims six lives in Gaza fuel to opposition DPA GAZA Israel allowed Gaza Strip farmers on Thursday to send a DPA GAZA A 56-year-old Palestinian woman from the Gaza Strip fire: Iran minister flower-laden truck through the Kerem Shalom crossing point on the border between Gaza Strip and Israel, en route to Europe, died on Thursday in a Gaza hos- pital of swine flu, doctors in the Hamas-run ministry of health in the salient said. AP officials in the salient said. Her death brings to six the TEHRAN Iran’s top intelligence official denounced senior cler- T he recent plot is like an iceberg float- It marked the first time in three years Israel has allowed Gaza farmers to export flowers number of Gazans who have died of the disease in the past six days. Another 25 people are known ics who he said support the to Europe, Ra’ed Fatouh, the to be infected with the virus, amid country’s opposition, an ing in the ocean. Its goods entrance coordinator a shortage of vaccinations in Gaza acknowledgment of the split in larger part is under between Gaza and Israel, noted. hospitals, the ministry said. the leadership amid the post- the water, while a Palestinians had tried in The ministry said the latest election turmoil and a sign of small part of it is visi- February to send roses to fatality had previously suffered growing pressure by hard-liners ble. Europe for Saint Valentine’s from a heart failure and a severe within the government to Day, but militants fired rockets lung infection. A doctor, three extend the crackdown. expresses the same ideas that into Israel and the crossing women, a child and a man had The comments, reported on come in the statements of point was closed before that Palestinian workers sort flowers at a greenhouse, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, on Thursday. (AP) died over the past five days. Thursday by the state news (opposition) leaders,” Moslehi convoy got through. The ministry called on Arab agency IRNA, came after this said. The minister accused The trucks included 28,000 blockade on the Gaza Strip since Fatouh said Israel opened the Karni crossing and the and foreign countries to urgent- week’s widespread student Rafsanjani of supporting the red, white and yellow roses, and militants snatched Israeli sol- Kerem Shalom to allow 115 Nahal Oz depot, which are entry ly send the needed vaccinations protests, the biggest anti-gov- idea that the supreme leader Fatouh said their export “gives dier Gilad Shalit during a cross- trucks carrying humanitarian points for fuels and cooking gas to Gaza, and said the ministry is ernment rallies in months. The should quit if the people do not hope to Palestinian farmers that border raid on June 25, 2006. aid to enter the coastal enclave. into the Gaza Strip, shut. in ongoing contact with the unrest appears to have raised support him. Under Iran’s sys- they can export their products The siege was tightened even The trucks also carried commer- Israel has said the blockade World Health Organization and authorities’ frustration that a tem, the supreme leader is from Gaza to all over the world.” further after Hamas seized con- cial and agricultural products. cannot be lifted as long as Shalit the ministry of health in fierce crackdown since the June answerable only to a body of Israel has been imposing a tight trol of the salient in June 2007. However, he said Israel kept is still held in the Gaza Strip. Ramallah. election has failed to crush the clerics, and hard-liners believe opposition. his power comes from God. Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi spoke to a gathering of pro-government clerics in the holy city of Qom and Rafsanjani has come under heavy criticism from hard-line clerics and politicians for months. But Moslehi’s com- Egypt seeks to block Gaza smuggling tunnels warned that the opposition ments were among the AFP pensation payments promptly. Israel has long complained movement — which authori- strongest by a figure within the Theories abound regarding about the tunnels, which are ties label as a foreign-backed government. CAIRO Residents of the Egyptian exactly what is going on at the also used to bring in weapons. It plot to overthrow clerical rule Because of his status, border town of Rafah, a smug- border. conditioned ending a war in — extended into the country’s Rafsanjani has been viewed as gling haven within tunneling dis- Some residents and a local December and January with high ranks. untouchable amid the crack- tance of the Gaza strip, are security official said Egypt is Hamas on guarantees for an “Unfortunately, based on down. The government has also accustomed to the sight of erecting surveillance equip- end to the smuggling. precise intelligence, a lot of balked at hard-line pressure to smugglers burrowing into the ment while others believe the But the industry, controlled forces that were expected to arrest the political leader of the earth. But conflicting reports pipes will be used to pump by Hamas, still thrives. defend the supreme leader opposition, Mir Hossein about excavations along the water into the tunnels to flush During the war in December instead went with those who Mousavi, likely because such a frontier have left them mystified. out the smugglers. and January, Egypt faced acerbic rose against the supreme step could inflame more They say that Egyptian engi- The Israeli newspaper Haaretz criticism from several countries leader, he said, referring to protests. neers showed up more than a on Wednesday cited Egyptian in the region for refusing to per- Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who The opposition claims that month ago with heavy earth- sources as saying that the barrier manently open its Rafah border stands at the top of Iran’s cleri- Mousavi was the rightful win- moving equipment and began would extend 20 to 30 metres (70 crossing, although it allowed in cal leadership. ner of June’s election and that digging in earnest. to 100 feet) underground in a bid a stream of medical supplies and “The recent plot is like an ice- President Mahmoud Workers, they reported, have to block all but the most deter- treated Palestinian wounded. berg floating in the ocean. Its Ahmadinejad won by fraud. The now begun driving extra-long mined smuggling. A wall would throttle Gaza larger part is under the water, supreme leader declared pipes into the ground at four or “It will be impossible to cut or Smugglers at the entrance of a tunnel near southern Gaza Strip town even further, as the border while a small part of it is visible,” Ahmadinejad the legitimate five metre (yard) intervals. melt,” the paper said, although of Rafah, on Thursday. (AFP) crossings are not likely to be he said. victor, and security forces Even more baffling, trucks it added: “It is not expected to reopened as long as Hamas and Moslehi specifically criticized crushed mass opposition freighted with iron sheets are stem smuggling completely.” crowded enclave of 1.5 million The territory has since been Israel remain at daggers-drawn. Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a protests by hundreds of thou- seen driving up to the border. Egypt has not officially people, to all but very limited dependent on smuggling for all It could also be seen as a sub- former president and a power- sands in the weeks following Local authorities evacuated responded to the report. A sen- basic supplies since Hamas but those supplies and the bor- terranean equivalent of Israel’s ful figure in the clerical estab- the vote. some properties along the route ior Interior Ministry official seized it from loyalists of der is honeycombed with tun- meandering security barrier lishment, who has supported Since the summer, the oppo- of the excavation. Affected resi- referred AFP to the foreign min- Western-backed Palestinian nels, which often collapse, that boxes in large portions of the opposition. sition has held smaller protests dents, used to being ignored by istry, which had no comment. President Mahmoud Abbas in sometimes claiming the lives of the West Bank, a project Egypt “Shockingly, Rafsanjani more sporadically. the authorities, received com- Israel has closed off Gaza, a June 2007. the smugglers. vehemently opposed. Gulf/Middle East Friday, December 11, 2009 7 Maliki flays rivals for putting Iraqi security at risk AFP because there is no political BAGHDAD Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki accused rivals on Thursday of stoking political consensus on it,” the premier said. “Every party wants to be in charge of this service.” “This security organisation is Al Qaeda claims role rows that have put Iraq’s securi- ty at risk, as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived handicapped because there is no consensus.” The post has been vacant for in Baghdad blasts in Baghdad on a surprise visit. several months. Its last occu- AP elections and the withdrawal During questioning in parlia- pant, Major General Abdullah of US combat troops. ment, Maliki said Iraq’s security Sherwani, left after twin bomb- BAGHDAD Al Qaeda’s umbrella Al Qaeda’s claim gave forces needed to be de-politi- ings against the foreign and group in Iraq claimed responsi- renewed emphasis to US mili- cised, just days after coordinat- finance ministries in Baghdad bility on Thursday for coordi- tary warnings that insurgents ed bombings rocked Baghdad in August. nated Baghdad bombings this would likely continue high- and killed 127 people. For his part, Falah Shanshal, week that killed 127 people and profile attacks in an attempt “Now if I detain Osama bin the chair of the justice commit- wounded more than 500, warn- to destabilise the Iraqi govern- Laden, some people will ask, tee, told AFP “there is huge ing of more strikes to come ment in advance of the March ‘Why did you arrest him? He is a anger in parliament because of against the Iraqi government. 7 parliamentary elections. mujaheed (religious fighter)’,” the security violations.” The group, known as the Anger over Tuesday’s secu- Maliki reportedly said of dis- “We want to know who was Islamic State of Iraq, said in a rity breaches forced Prime putes between political groups negligent, in order to punish statement posted on the Minister Nouri al Maliki on that he said were causing vio- them and replace them with Internet that the attacks in Thursday to face tough ques- lence. someone else. Today’s session is the Iraqi capital targeted the tions from lawmakers in a He spoke in a closed-door to understand the failures, to “bastions of evil and dens of closed session of parliament, meeting, and his remarks were stop the security violations and apostates.” where he deflected blame and quoted by Shiite MP Samira al to find a solution because the It also warned the group is accused political discord of Mussawi, who was present. blood of Iraqis is being shed “determined to uproot the pil- jeopardizing Iraq’s stability. “All of the recent crime is every day.” US Secretary of Defence Robert Gates (left) with US Army Lt General Kenneth Hunzeker at Baghdad lars of this government” in Iraq Lawmakers, who came out because of political and sectari- Hassan Dehkan, a member of International Airport, in Baghdad, Iraq, on Thursday. (AFP) and said “the list of targets has of an ongoing special session, an differences. I call on parlia- parliament’s security and no end.” The authenticity of the told reporters the prime min- ment to issue a decision to puri- defence committee, said MPs elections. spokesman Geoff Morrell said. President Jalal Talabani and statement could not be inde- ister cast blame on rival polit- fy the security services from had called for Defence Minister Thursday morning, increased Large-scale attacks like the later with Maliki, and will have pendently verified, but it was ical blocs that he says pre- anyone who belongs to any Abdul Qader Obeidi and numbers of soldiers and police- one claimed by Al Qaeda on dinner with senior US military posted on a Web site common- vented him from appointing political party, including my Interior Minister Jawad al men were out on the streets of Tuesday are “sort of a desperate commanders, the spokesman ly used for militant messaging. a chief of intelligence as well party,” Maliki was quoted as say- Bolani to answer questions on central Baghdad, and at least attempt to stay relevant and to added. The blasts on Tuesday were as a lack of cooperation ing. Saturday. one bridge was closed off. try to destabilise the govern- The Al Qaeda-linked Islamic the third major strike against among security forces in He also accused rival groups Maliki on Wednesday sacked Meanwhile, on a surprise visit ment of Iraq” and relaunch sec- State of Iraq has claimed government sites in the Iraqi Baghdad. of blocking the appointment of Baghdad’s security chief over to Baghdad, Gates was to offer tarian violence, Morrell said. responsibility for Tuesday’s capital since August, raising They said al Maliki went so a new intelligence chief, the blasts, which also wounded “whatever assistance the US However, he added that he attacks. Police have claimed the serious questions about the far as to blame a 2003 decision Mussawi told reporters. 450 people and undermined military can provide the Iraqis did not “think anybody believes bombers were backed by abilities of Iraqi security forces by the United States to dis- “The intelligence services government claims of improv- as they deal with the aftermath that it will be successful.” groups based in Syria or Saudi ahead of next’s year national band the Iraqi army. cannot appoint any chief ing security ahead of March of this attack,” Pentagon Gates would meet with Arabia. Iraq to transfer Iran ex-rebels UN probe into torture of AFP BAGHDAD Baghdad is to move Ashraf in July. People’s Mujahedeen mem- bers and their families have prisoners in Syria urged disarmed Iranian rebels from a lived at the camp, a refugee base AFP camp close to the border to in Diyala province north of the southern Iraq before deporting Iraqi capital, for more than 20 BEIRUT Syrian former political them, Prime Minister Nuri al years. prisoners called on the United Maliki said in remarks released Neqrat al-Salman, the camp Nations on Thursday to uncov- on Thursday. to which the Iranians are to be er the fate of thousands of Arabs “We have taken the decision transferred, lies 350 kilometres who have gone missing in Syria to get them (the People’s (220 miles) south of Baghdad in and are believed to have been Mujahedeen) out of Iraq ... and the desert and is where now- jailed without charge. the process of their moving to executed dictator Saddam “We call for the formation of a Neqrat al-Salman is a step on Hussein used to send oppo- committee to investigate the the way of taking them out of nents of his regime. Syrian regime’s peristent viola- the country,” he said on the web- The People’s Mujahedeen was tion of human rights and the site of the National Media founded in 1965 in opposition enforced disappearance of Centre, a government agency. to the shah of Iran and subse- thousands of Lebanese, Syrians, “Their presence in Ashraf quently fought the clerical Palestinians and Jordanians at represents a danger because of regime that ousted him in the the hands of the regime,” Syrian their historical relations with 1979 Islamic revolution. dissident Mamoun Homsi told a certain political groups, notably Saddam allowed about 3,500 Beirut news conference. with the remains of the former members and their families to A former member of parlia- Syrian opposition members take part in a demonstration calling for (Iraqi) regime and members of Party flags at the entrance of Camp Ashraf, where a gathering of live in Ashraf as part of a policy ment, Homsi was sentenced to more human rights in Syria, on the occasion of International Al Qaeda.” supporters of the Iraq-based Iranian opposition group People’s of accommodating the Iranian five years in prison in 2001 for Human Rights Day, in Beirut, on Thursday. (REUTERS) Earlier on Thursday, a gov- Mujahedeen is taking place near Baghdad, recently. (AFP) armed opposition at bases in “attempting to overthrow the ernment spokesman said the Iraq during his 1980-1988 war regime” and now lives in said are used in Syrian prisons, AFP. Iranian dissidents would first be Baghdad was only doing the upcoming parliamentary elec- with Iran. Lebanon with his family. including a chair frame, whips “There are 1,000 intelligence moved to buildings in Baghdad bidding of the Iranian regime. tions in Iraq,” Shahriar Kia said Following the US-led invasion He and other members of the and electric cables. branches in Syria that use meth- on Tuesday. “The Iranian regime has set in a statement, referring to a of 2003, American forces dis- Beirut-based Committee of “We are trying to get the mes- ods of torture on people who A spokesman for the the suppression of Ashraf resi- vote set for March 7. armed the Mujahedeen in Torture Victims in the Prisons sage out to the world, that the did nothing but express their Mujahedeen criticised Maliki’s dents in Iraq as a precondition Iraqi security forces launched Ashraf and placed the residents of the Syrian Regime also dis- human rights situation in Syria opinion or demand basic announcement, claiming that to its support for Maliki in the an operation to take over Camp under protection. played torture methods they is deteriorating,” Homsi told rights,” he said. Syria warns Israel No sign of Saddam loyalists on Syria border on new peace talks AP RABIYA (IRAQ) Iraq’s border with deterred. In Syria, the Iraqi Baath Party spokesman Khudair al- a US Army patrol in al-Tamma, south of Rabiya, captured a don- key caravan with seven people Syria runs for hundreds of miles Murshidi denied any links to who were crossing the border AFP from annexed territory to be through barren land patrolled attacks in Baghdad during an into Iraq. They were carrying approved by an absolute major- by a relative scattering of securi- interview with Al Jazeera TV on guns and bullets designed to DAMASCUS Syria warned Israel ity in the 120-seat parliament ty forces. But despite claims Wednesday. But at nearly the puncture body armour worn by on Thursday it risked closing and then be put to a referendum about exiled Saddam Hussein same time, al Maliki was clearly security forces, and they tried to the door to renewed peace within 80 days. loyalists sneaking across to dis- pointing his finger at Syria by destroy their cell phones before talks, a day after the Israeli par- The bill still needs to be rupt Iraq’s upcoming elections, calling on “neighbouring coun- they were caught. liament agreed to consider a bill approved at two further read- the only evidence around one tries that condemn the attacks On average, about five people that would make it far more dif- ings before it can become law key outpost is faded slogans of to turn their words into are caught each month trying to ficult to return the occupied but it received the backing of 68 Saddam’s banned Baath Party actions.” Iraqi officials have sneak across the Syrian-Iraq Golan. MPs on its first outing. painted on the wall of a decay- accused Syria of harbouring border, US military officials “The current Israeli govern- But Syria hit out at ing grain elevator. Baath Party militants — a said. Most of them are smug- ment of (Benjamin) Netanyahu Netanyahu for giving his gov- Cigarette smugglers? charge denied by Damascus. glers, continuing along genera- is perfectly aware that Syria will ernment’s support to the bill’s Certainly. Foreign fighters? Despite officials denials of tions-old trade paths with ciga- not resume indirect talks bro- passage through parliament, Sometimes. any Baath-linked insurgents rettes and other bounty. kered by Turkey unless this saying he was going back on the But Iraqi and American secu- A US soldier takes a retinal scan of a man at a border crossing found along the border, there Cigarette smugglers have prime minister commits him- policy of previous Israeli gov- rity forces alike around the bor- point at Rabiya, between Syria and Iraq, recently. (AP) have been some recent arrests become of particular concern self to a full withdrawal from the ernments over nearly two der town of Rabiya say they’ve that point to insurgent ties. to military and police forces, Golan,” the foreign ministry said decades. neither seen nor heard of Islamic State of Iraq, posted a To be sure, it is hardly likely Iraqi intelligence officers said who believe the profits from the in a statement. “Since the launch of peace Baathists illegally crossing the statement claiming responsibil- that Baathists would identify officials has stopped a Syrian illicit tobacco that is brought to “Syria’s recovery of its occu- negotiations at the Madrid con- border in recent months. ity for the attacks this week. themselves if captured. Former man in a village near Rabiya last Syria from Iraq ultimately funds pied territory is non-negotiable ference (in 1991), every Israeli The claim has been raised “Nothing’s been communi- Baath Party members could month who was disguised in a insurgents. “What we’re trying as it is a right recognised by UN prime minister has committed to with increasing force recently cated to me about Baathists,” also try regular border crossings woman’s abaya — a black to figure out is whether the resolutions.” a full withdrawal from the Golan by Prime Minister Nouri al Major General Tony Cucolo, with their Iraqi passports, but shapeless cloak worn from head money they are making in Syria Israel seized the Golan to the June 4, 1967 line,” accord- Maliki, who has blamed horrific commander of US forces in many of the Baath leaders still to toe — and turned out to have is financing violence in Iraq,” Heights in the 1967 Middle East ing to the ministry statement. bombings in Baghdad — northern Iraq, said in an at large are on an Iraqi watch inside information about the said Capt. Adam Taliaferro, war and annexed it in 1981, in a “Through this action, Israel is including the ones on Tuesday Associated Press interview this list and could need to rely on October 25 ministry bombings commander of the US Army’s move never recognised by the once again defying the desire of that killed at least 127 people — week. He added he has been illegal crossings. in Baghdad that killed at least border outpost in Rabiya. international community. the international community to on an alliance of Sunni insur- informed “about foreign fighters Though the number of arrests 155 people. The smugglers themselves Israeli MPs passed a bill achieve a comprehensive peace gents and Baathist loyalists who and insurgents.” of obvious insurgents or foreign The officers gave no further usually are poor Iraqi farmers backed by Netanyahu’s right- in the region in accordance with want to derail Iraq’s elections “What we’re seeing is some fighters crossing the border is details and spoke condition of whose wheat and barley crops leaning government at first international resolutions and planned for March. illegal smuggling, some contra- relatively small, Cucolo said the anonymity because of their have been hit by the area’s ongo- reading on Wednesday which the principle of the exchange of On Thursday, Al Qaeda’s band, smuggling of cigarettes — Americans just don’t know roles in intelligence gathering. ing drought and have few other would require any withdrawal land for peace. umbrella group, known as the things like that,” Cucolo said. what their presence here has Earlier this week, on Monday, ways to make money. 8 Friday, December 11, 2009 Opinion HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI CHAIRMAN ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER 3, 2006 ADEL ALI BIN ALI MANAGING DIRECTOR The Hollow War Rhetoric DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI AJIT KUMAR JHA EDITOR -IN-CHIEF EDITOR The idea that fewer than one percent of Americans are being called on to fight in Iraq is obscene PRINTED AT ALI BIN ALI PRINTING PRESS I spoke recently with a student at BOB HERBERT | NYT NEWS SERVICE to wallow in the shallowest understate- Columbia who was enthusiastic about ment. The nation will always give lip-serv- US Joblessness the escalation of US forces in Afghanistan. He argued that a full- blown counterinsurgency effort, which would likely take many years and cost higher levels of emotional difficulties than their peers in the general population. According to the study: “Older youth and girls of all ages reported significantly ice to support for the troops, but for the most part Americans do not really care about the men and women we so blithely ship off to war, and the families they leave Obama’s job programmes may work if they get money from Congress many lives, was the only way to truly win more school, family and peer-related diffi- behind. The National Military Family the war. He was a very bright young man: culties with parental deployment. Length Association, which commissioned the thoughtful and eager and polite. I asked of parental deployment and poorer non- RAND study, has poignant comments from PRESIDENTjobObama’s proposals for pump- priming the market cy, including rebates for consumers who retrofit their homes. And he pro- him if he had any plans to join the military and help make this grand mission a suc- cess. He said no. deployed caregiver mental health were sig- nificantly associated with a greater num- ber of challenges for children, both during the children of military personnel on its Web site. You can tell immediately how much more real the wars are to those are a welcome, if belated, posed giving small busi- There was an article in The Times on deployment and deployed parent reinte- youngsters than to most Americans: “I reminder that the goal of nesses cheap loans and an Monday about a new study showing that gration.” The air is filled with obsessive hope it’s not him on the news getting hurt.” government efforts to sta- array of tax breaks to the eight years of warfare in Iraq and self-satisfied rhetoric about supporting the “Most of my grades dropped because I was bilise the economy must encourage investment Afghanistan were taking an emotional toll troops, giving them everything they need thinking about my dad, because my dad’s be to put more Americans and hiring. on the children of service members and and not letting them down. more important than school.” back to work. Unfortunately, he made that the difficulties increased the longer But that rhetoric is as hollow as a “Mom will be in her room and we hear In a speech on Tuesday, only a passing reference parents were deployed. jazzman’s drum because the overwhelm- her crying.” The reason it is so easy for the Obama outlined a sensi- to the idea of giving more There is no way that the findings of this ing majority of Americans have no desire US to declare wars, and to continue fight- ble list of programmes that could be rolled assistance to cash-strapped state govern- study should be a surprise to anyone. It just at all to share in the sacrifices that the ing year after year after year, is because so out in coming months. But we fear his refusal ments, and extending unemployment insur- confirms that the children of those being service members and their families are few Americans feel the actual pain of those to attach a price tag means that he is still not ance. Administration officials suggest that sent into combat are among that tiny per- making. Most Americans do not want to wars. We’ve been fighting in Iraq and ready to do full battle with Congressional money could be provided through other ini- centage of the population that is unfairly serve in the wars, do not want to give up Afghanistan longer than we fought in Republicans who have vowed to block any tiatives, but Congressional Republicans are shouldering the entire burden of these their precious time to do volunteer work World Wars I and II combined. If voters additional stimulus spending. To work, this especially opposed. wars. The idea that fewer than 1 percent of that would aid the nation’s warriors and had to choose right now between institut- effort needs real money behind it. We, too, are concerned about the size of the Americans are being called on to fight in their families, do not even want to fork ing a draft or exiting Afghanistan and Iraq, More than seven million jobs have been deficit. But creating jobs and ensuring that the Afghanistan and Iraq and that we’re send- over the taxes that are needed to pay for the troops would be out of those two coun- eliminated since the recession started, and incipient economic recovery does not stall, are ing them into combat again and again and the wars. tries in a heartbeat. today more than 15 million Americans are more important right now. And, as Obama again – for three tours, four tours, five To say that this is a national disgrace is I don’t think our current way of waging out of work. Most economists still expect job- pointed out, the bank bailout is expected to tours, six tours – is obscene. All decent war, which is pretty easy-breezy for most lessness to get worse before it gets better. cost $200 billion less than earlier estimates, people should object. citizens, is what the architects of America The president’s package could provide a which opens space in the budget. We already knew that in addition to the had in mind. Here’s George Washington’s substantial boost to jobs, but only if it gets Obama rightly called the apparent conflict many thousands who have been killed or view, for example: “It must be laid down as sufficient money. Proposals by Democrats in between stimulating job creation and reducing physically wounded, hundreds of thou- a primary position and the basis of our sys- the House that could provide $150 billion for the fiscal deficit “a false choice.” The budget gap sands have returned with very serious psy- tem, that every citizen who enjoys the pro- jobs plus $100 billion to extend unemploy- cannot be closed in a sustainable fashion with- chological wounds: deep depression, post- tection of a free government owes not only ment insurance amount to a bare minimum out first achieving robust job growth. He also traumatic stress disorder, and so on. Other a proportion of his property, but even his of what is needed. criticised Republicans who eagerly champi- problems are also widespread: alcohol and personal service to the defence of it.” Obama proposed asking Congress for $50 oned budget-busting tax cuts under President drug abuse, family strife, homelessness. What we are doing is indefensible and billion next year for additional investments George W Bush, only to pose as deficit hawks The new study, by the RAND Corp, was will ultimately exact a fearful price, and in public works, which would put large num- now. The president can win this argument on published in the journal Pediatrics. The there will be absolutely no way for the US bers of people to work. He called for more the merits of economic soundness and fair- children surveyed were found to have to avoid paying it. incentives for investment in energy efficien- ness. But he must be willing to fight. Telangana Tremors Ban & Copenhagen Uneven development is a major challenge rising India faces Despite all differences, UN secretary-general is confident of a pact at Copenhagen LEGITIMATE socio-economic opportuni- grievances a protest fast. Such is the volatility of Indian T can take problematical political forms. politics that the mass mood can change with- HE United Nations Secretary-General, SUZANNE GOLDENBERG | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE we have been bridging this gap as much as Decades of neglect and denial of in months, especially when an emotive issue Ban Ki-moon, has re-asserted owner- we can. This is what I am going to continue ties, especially in education and employ- is worked up by clever political footwork. The ship over the Copenhagen climate growing unease about allowing the climate to do.” He was also adamant that the essence ment, have left the Telangana region of mishandling of the students’ agitation by the change meeting after the “trust issues” change negotiations to drift, once the sum- of the Kyoto agreement - that industrialised Andhra Pradesh underdeveloped and back- police has clearly aided Rao’s cause. between rich and poor nations were mit is over. The crucial element of reaching countries take responsibility for global ward. This inescapable reality explains the Sound political diagnosis must of course fac- exposed by a leaked draft agreement. He an agreement was $10bn in short-term aid warming - would survive. “What is know as militancy of the movements that surface tor in the mass mood but cannot be deter- said he was confident of getting a deal for for the countries that would suffer the worst common but differentiated responsibility from time to time for a separate State. mined by it. In most cases, the real answer to immediate action on global warming. consequences of climate change. “We have principle will be maintained in The region, which broadly corresponds to problems of under-development and back- In an interview with the Guardian on been talking a lot most recently with devel- Copenhagen,” Ban said. Next week brings the areas that were under the princely state of wardness lies in big efforts aimed at develop- December 9, Ban said he believed the nego- oping countries and small island developing the climate change negotiations to their Hyderabad, continues to fall behind both ment and progress. Aside from the unwisdom tiations remained on course for a strong states. They are the most concerned coun- moment of truth, with the arrival of more coastal Andhra and Rayalaseema in develop- of breaking up South India’s largest State, a sep- deal, sweetened with the early release of tries and they seem to agree to this idea of than 100 world leaders in Copenhagen. ment indices. Dams and irrigation projects arate Telangana will fuel demands for a sepa- $10bn in aid to poor countries and set down $10bn,” he said. Ban said he was waiting for the rich indus- have helped to some extent, but the rural hin- rate Rayalaseema, for a separate coastal in international law within six months. Ban admitted the uproar over the leaked trialised countries to promise steeper emis- terlands on the Deccan plateau have resisted Andhra, and, maybe, even for union territory He was also adamant that deal would Danish text had exposed the distrust sions cuts. But he specifically ruled out fur- attempts to boost agricultural productivity status for Hyderabad — and there will be no hinge on the core elements of the Kyoto pro- between the industrialised and developing ther action from America because of Barack and income. Rural unemployment and pover- Pradesh left. The problem of uneven regional tocol, which developing countries feared countries. But he downplayed its repercus- Obama’s difficulties with Congress. “Now we ty are rampant. Leaders of the Telangana and intra-State development is one of the was being sabotaged in the so-called Danish sions, noting he had been in constant con- are approaching this end-game and I am region, including many from the time of the major challenges rising India faces but there is text leaked to the Guardian on Tuesday. The tact with the Danish prime minister, Lars sure people will come out with more serious first major agitation in 1969, have sought to little to suggest that smaller States will make text, prepared in secret by the Danish hosts, Lokke Rasmussen, and that he had been targets,” he said. “Not all developed coun- frame these deprivation and development- for a more even process of development. was interpreted by developing nations as easing matters over with developing coun- tries have come out with ambitious targets.” related issues in the language of regionalism — Surely, regional imbalances can be correct- favouring the rich nations they hold respon- tries. “I have been very consciously engaging But in an important shift, Ban acknowl- as wilful, oppressive neg- ed without recourse to sible for global warming. with developing countries,” he said. edged that rapidly emerging economies like lect of an entire region by bifurcating or trifurcating The UN chief sees a climate change deal “Even if there have been some trust issues, China, India, Brazil and Indonesia, which those in power belonging a stable and potentially as his legacy, and has insisted on drawing will be the major sources of future emis- to other regions. prosperous State. The world leaders into the negotiations, betting sions, no longer slot neatly into the Kyoto The Telangana Rashtra diagnosis is right: they have the authority to make the hard view of the world. Kyoto divided the world Samithi, the party behind Telangana is backward choices on the environmental future for into the industrialised countries, which the current agitation, is of and cries out for rapid their countries. But some have criticised were responsible for global warming, and the same mould. development and the negotiations that are going on outside the the developing countries, which would suf- Although the TRS fared regional autonomy need- official UN forum. Ban was determined to fer its worst effects. poorly in the Lok Sabha ed for this. But the cure set a firm six-month deadline for any politi- “China, India and South Korea have made and Assembly elections pressed by a succession of cal deal agreed in Copenhagen to be given it quite clear that they will have domestic earlier this year, its presi- militant movements — a the full force of international law. The timing regulations,” he said. “This is quite impor- dent K Chandrasekhar separate Telangana State mirrors an appeal by the prime minister, tant even if they will not be internationally Rao has now managed to — will do serious harm to Gordon Brown, in the Guardian this week. bound I am sure they will be domestically rally support by going on the patient. The push for a six-month deadline indicates bound.” (NYT/ The Hindu Editorials) The Symbologist The book is a facsimile and translation of the personal volume in which Carl Jung recorded and illuminated his own visions F ROM 1914 until 1930, C G Jung tor had lost his mind. KATHRYN HARRISON | NYT NEWS SERVICE public, and the Zurich Psychoanalytical he now received them as prophecy, evi- recorded, revised, rewrote, recopied Jung began what would become The Red Society, with which Jung was actively dence, the editor and translator Sonu and painstakingly illustrated what Book shortly after he had fallen out with involved, broke away from Freud’s Shamdasani writes, of “deep subliminal he considered “the numinous begin- Freud, each unable to accept the other’s International Psychoanalytic Association. connections between individual fantasies ning” from which all the rest of his work understanding of the unconscious. Undoubtedly, Jung’s liberation from his and world events.” derived. The Red Book, or as Jung called it, Though Jung agreed with Freud’s basic Jung began what would mentor was as unnerving as it was excit- Jung’s study of archetypes in myths had Liber Novus, consisted of some 200 parch- theory that the unconscious mind existed become The Red Book ing, and in the fall of 1913 he had a series of convinced him that the creation of sym- ment pages of meticulous calligraphy and beyond the reach of consciousness and yet shortly after he had waking visions that disturbed him both for bols was a characteristic of mankind; it visionary paintings collected into a huge influenced human behaviour, he believed their overwhelming, bloody devastation, wasn’t necessarily pathological – quite the folio bound in red leather. While its con- Freud’s conception of it as a dark vault of fallen out with Freud, and because he could not interpret them. opposite. The “union of rational and irra- tent, either whole or in part, was made repressed urges and denied emotions was each unable to accept Having worked with schizophrenic tional truth,” symbols were the essential available to a handful of colleagues and incomplete and unnecessarily negative – patients in thrall to their own tormenting and necessary product of the uncon- patients, its publication was postponed too focused on neurosis. The 1912 publica- the other’s hallucinations, he concluded he was scious, its “most important function.” until now, nearly 50 years after his death, tion of Jung’s Psychology of the understanding of “menaced with a psychosis” and, ever the Using a language of archetypes and sym- because Jung feared the book’s potential Unconscious, which had grown out of his the unconscious clinician, decided to take notes on his bols to speak to the conscious mind, the impact on his reputation. After all, anyone psychoanalysis of the heroes and heroines madness. But the advent of World War I unconscious offered a means toward self- who read it might conclude what Jung of “mythology, folklore and religion” made changed his understanding of the visions. awareness far more profound than the himself first suspected: that the great doc- the two doctors’ differences of opinion In the face of actual widespread carnage, groping of consciousness alone. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY. Analysis Friday, December 11, 2009 9 Afghan Mission at Critical Point Troop casuality is rising steadily but no-one is yet predicting how many more will have to die O NE hundred United GORDON CORERA | BBC-NYT SYNDICATE influx of more than 30,000 US troops Kingdom service personnel on 1 December, the president made have now been killed in clear that he would increase the US Afghanistan this year alone, military commitment to after a soldier from the 1st Afghanistan in the short term, but Batallion the Royal Anglian also aim to start some kind of with- Regiment became the latest casual- drawal in mid-2011. ty on 7 December. The talk of withdrawal was seen The casualty toll in Afghanistan as vital in selling the build-up to a has been increasing steadily from sceptical American public and 2006 when British troops were first Congress. In the short term, more deployed to Helmand province. troops will mean more fighting and But there has been a sense in more casualties. The rising casualty recent months that the mission has toll has certainly changed percep- Caffeine Doesn’t reached a critical point – not so much in terms of its successes or failure on the ground, but in the debates back home amongst the tions of the conflict both in the US and UK. In the UK opinion polls show strong support for the troops but growing uncertainty over the Sober You Up public and politicians. mission. The government has been The toll has been rising largely emphasising that British troops are thanks to the Taliban’s use of impro- fighting in Afghanistan to keep the vised explosive devices – 80 percent rity to Afghan forces. weakened to allow Afghan security streets of Britain safe. AMANDA GARDNER | HEALTHDAY NEWS-NYT SYNDICATE of British deaths this year have come This process could start soon in forces to tackle them. US General Their argument is that ceding from these makeshift bombs. districts where Taliban influence is Stanley McChrystal argued that to control to the Taliban would allow D OWNING a cup or two of cof- think they can sell them. According But individual incidents, like the weak. But in other areas – especially accomplish this, more troops would al-Qaeda to once again establish fee after a few belts of liquor to an FDA news release, up to 26 per- killing of five servicemen by a rogue in Helmand where British troops are be required in the short term in training camps and plan attacks won’t sober you up enough to cent of college students consume Afghan policeman in early operating – such a transfer could be order to change the dynamics of the from Afghanistan. Preventing ter- get you safely behind the these high-octane beverages. November or the period in July years away. conflict against the Taliban. rorism was the original motivation wheel of a car, a new American “There is a folklore that caffeine when eight British soldiers were Training and building up Afghan Paradoxically, it is argued that for intervention in 2001. research concludes. can sober you up,” Gould said. “We killed in 24 hours, have had a signifi- forces remains central to the strate- only by putting in more troops will it The argument is indirect however, Liquor may lessen the effects of were explicitly testing to see if caf- cant impact on the debate over gy. “From a military perspective, our be possible to then prepare for their since UK forces are not fighting al- caffeine, but caffeine doesn’t miti- feine could improve alcohol-induced whether troops should stay in objective is to get the Afghan nation- withdrawal. Critics in Washington Qaeda itself – and some analysts gate the impaired decision-making deficits in cognition.” Afghanistan, and how successful the al security forces into the lead in this say that the argument that more question whether al-Qaeda and the brought on by liquor, the study Gould’s team observed the behav- mission has been. A spike in the counter-insurgency operation,” troops are needed was exactly that Taliban would resume their pre- found. The implications of the study iour of mice that had been given number of casualties occurred in Britain’s chief of the defence staff, used in Vietnam and led to a long 9/11 relationship and whether the are also especially important for ethanol, caffeine, or a combination the summer with Operation Air Chief Marshall Sir Jock Stirrup escalation but not before it was Taliban are really likely to be defeat- younger people, to whom many of of the two, in a specially designed Panther’s Claw. told the BBC on 2 December. understood the conflict was not ed. But within the military leader- the new high-octane, alcohol-caf- maze. Mice under the influence of It was, in part, undertaken to The coalition needs an effective winnable in traditional terms. ship, the belief that the mission is feine combination drinks are mar- ethanol had less anxiety and a secure territory ahead of the Afghan partner on the Afghan side, but this The U.K. is also hoping that it can vital remains strong. keted, the researchers added. reduced ability to learn, although presidential election. But the accu- has been hampered by the disarray weaken the insurgency through ‘’(The mission) is absolutely worth “Caffeine decreases the sedative they moved around more. This basi- sations of fraud surrounding the poll over this year’s election which has what it calls “reconciliation and doing,’’ Gen Sir David Richards told effects of liquor but it doesn’t cally meant they were bumping into and the low turnout – including in been perceived as a challenge to reintegration” – persuading Taliban the BBC in October. “Every one of improve cognitive function, which things they should have known were areas covered by Panther’s Claw – President Hamid Karzai’s legitima- to leave the fight and drawing them our soldiers out there believes that means that deci- there. also intensified the debate over the cy. An effective partner on the into the political process. instinctively and in the way he prac- sion-making Conversely, caf- value of the mission. Afghan side is crucial and the disar- This is only likely to happen if the tices every day. It is a war very much processes may be Liquor may lessen feine produced On November 17, 2009, Foreign ray over this year’s election has com- Taliban stop believing that they are worth fighting, for our sakes and our compromised,” anxiety while Secretary David Miliband said plicated that process and chal- winning and can simply wait for children’s sakes, and the price of fail- saidThomas the effects of decreasing both Afghanistan would not be a “war lenged Hamid Karzai’s legitimacy. what they see as the inevitable with- ure hasn’t been understood,” he said. Gould, co-author caffeine, but caffeine locomotion and without end”. On the previous day in The United States appears to have drawal of foreign troops. The government is keen to stress of the study pub- learning. his Lord Mayor’s Banquet Speech, decided that while he may be an The three month wait for that this is not a war without end. lished in the cur- doesn’t mitigate When given the prime minister spoke of estab- imperfect partner, Washington has President Obama to announce his But no-one is yet predicting when rent issue of the the impaired together, ethanol lishing a process for eventual with- no alternative. new strategy heightened uncertain- that end will come or how many j o u r n a l interfered with drawal based on handing over secu- The Taliban would need to be ty. With the announcement of an more casualties there will be. Behavioural decision-making caffeine’s anxiety- N e u r s o c i e n c e . brought on by liquor, producing effect, “People assume but caffeine could found a study Gas Glut & Falling Prices they’re not as not restore drunk as they are ethanol’s effects and the impaired cognition that on learning. What you got was a laid- remains may lead to poor choices back mouse prone to taking risks and decision-making. And people and not knowing it was taking risks, A often drink more when it’s a caffeine- the researchers said. N organisation of natural gas exporting coun- for crude oil, it could put the brakes on market alcohol mix.” “This adds to the growing body of tries informally known as the Gas OPEC has ANDREW E CRAMMER | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE forces making relatively clean-burning gas less “Caffeine doesn’t change blood evidence that individuals who com- elected a Russian as its first secretary general, expensive than oil today, Ian Cronshaw, an authority alcohol levels and it doesn’t change bine caffeinated energy drinks with underscoring the oversize role the country is likely to For now, the main utility company customers in on natural gas at the IEA, said by telephone. “Our things as far as being able to make alcohol may be inadvertently putting have in the group that it helped found a year ago. Europe of Gazprom, the state-run Russian natural position is that markets should set prices,” he said. proper choices, and those can lead to themselves at greater risk due to Leonid V Bokhanovsky, a vice president at gas company, are still paying relatively high prices Russian-supplied pipeline gas now costs about very dire consequences,” added poor decision-making and the mis- Stroytransgaz, a well-connected pipeline construc- that are linked to oil prices under long-term con- $280 for 1,000 cubic meters, while the same volume Gould, director of Brain and perception that their judgment is tion company, was elected at a meeting of energy tracts used in the Continental natural gas trade. was selling on the spot market for around $180 on Cognitive Sciences at Temple intact,” said Jeffrey T. Parsons, chair- ministers from the 11 member countries in Doha, But for a year, these rates have run about double Wednesday, Cronshaw said. University in Philadelphia. man of psychology at Hunter College Qatar, where the group, the Gas Exporting Countries the spot market price of natural gas in Europe, a cost Before his appointment, Bokhanovsky was a vice “Liquor and coffee are not a good in New York City. Forum, has its headquarters. passed along to consumers in countries that use a lot president at Stroytransgaz, a construction company mix,” agreed Jean Bidlack, a professor “One of the cautions (about the They used their inaugural meeting to address the of Russian gas, like Germany. indirectly controlled by Gennady Timchenko, an oil of pharmacology and physiology at new study) is that this is an animal current global natural gas glut and said it would Companies are thus understandably trying to limit trader and ally of Prime Minister Vladimir V Putin of the University of Rochester Medical model, so we need to do more focus on coordinating investment policies to dis- their Russian purchases. So Russia, which had Russia. Whatever the group’s intentions, the posi- Center in New York. The US Food research to test this with humans. suade countries from further flooding the market. expected to gain market share in Europe, has in fact tioning of an executive from a company controlled by and Drug Administration is looking But I think the take-home message is The overabundance of natural gas is pushing down been losing it for about a year, making efforts to have a member of the close coterie of bureaucrats and for- into the safety and legality of making a rum and coke isn’t going to stop heating and electricity bills around the world. a say in global trade all the more pressing for mer security service men with ties to Putin suggests and selling popular alcohol drinks you from being intoxicated and The glut is partly the result of the invention in the Moscow. the importance of the group for Russia’s interests. that contain caffeine. In November, potentially making bad decisions,” he United States of new drilling techniques that allow As a first order of business, Bokhanovsky commis- The members include Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, the agency sent letters to nearly 30 added. Added Bonnie Levin, an asso- natural gas to be produced from geological forma- sioned a study on how to maintain the link between Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, Qatar, Nigeria, Russia, manufacturers of such drinks, which ciate professor of neurology at the tions considered unusable before. This so-called natural gas and oil prices in contracts, an idea Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela, and as are marketed under names such as University of Miami Miller School of shale-bed gas is shaking up the market and poses a opposed by the International Energy Agency, the observers, Kazakhstan and Norway. “Joose,” “Spykes” and “Sparks,” asking Medicine, “Younger people are threat to the export revenue of Russia, the world’s organisation that advises energy consuming coun- The countries have been meeting informally them to show why their products are already more prone to risk-taking largest natural gas exporting country, as prices for tries. If the group evolves into a cartel, much like the since 2001 and adopted a formal charter in safe and under what authority they and impulsive decision-taking.” gas tumble worldwide. organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries is Moscow a year ago. H AV E Y O U R S AY B L O G S P OT Is there an issue you feel Time to wake up This is with reference to your capital. But it’s too late. Global warming has already started No Mistakes, Just Lessons strongly about, or an Op-ed page main article head- taking its toll. HTTP// WWW.HUFFINGTONPOST.COM/MARK GOULSTON lined “The One Percent Unless we contain global article you want to comment on? Doctrine” by Thomas L Friedman on Thursday. It talked about the issue of cli- warming, we will face unprece- dented disaster in the years to come. 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With danger anything to a vast majority who valuable things and even on I then engage in a conver- without us noticing. In such email@example.com knocking at our doors, we have live below the poverty line. occasion have break- sation with that person in a case, you should get into awakened to reality. Countries, A NJALI G OPINATH throughs that never would my head about how upset I the habit of double-checking big and small, rich and poor, have happened if I hadn’t am at myself. Invariably they your work once, twice or have all rushed to the Danish DOHA messed up. will be much more forgiving even more often, especially if If on the other hand I did of me than I am of myself it is a written document. 10 Friday, December 11, 2009 Philippines/South Asia Gunmen hold 57 hostages in Philippines elections. Protest against attack on Nepali journalist REUTERS The killings prompted a MANILA Philippine negotiators crackdown in the generally law- IANS put off until Friday talks to less southern Philippines and secure the release of 57 people the imposition of martial law in KATHMANDU Hundreds of jour- taken hostage by armed moun- Maguindanao last week. nalists and activists staged tain tribesmen from a school in Bandits, communist guerril- protest marches across Nepal the troubled southern region of las and Islamic rebels operate on Thursday, condemning the Mindanao. widely throughout Mindanao — brutal attack on a young radio The raid was carried out less a southern island and region journalist in western Nepal and than three weeks after a mas- which contains Maguindanao. demanding tough punishment sacre in a nearby province in In addition, powerful local fam- for the attackers who left her to which 57 people were killed, ilies maintain large private die on a remote hill. throwing an unwelcome spot- armies and feuding among The Federation of Nepalese light on the Southeast Asian them is common. Journalists, the powerful umbrel- nation and raising tensions Clan rivalry was at the root of la organisation of journalists in ahead of presidential elections last month’s massacre. Nepal that had played a leading next year. Studies funded by the Asia role in the struggle for democra- The hostages were being held Foundation and the US Agency cy during King Gyanendra’s in a remote forested area near for International Development army-backed regime, held rallies the town of Prosperidad in found there had been more in the capital and major towns Agusan del Sur province. Police than 1,200 clan feuds in the outside as well as a sit-in before said the gunmen had seized 75 south since the 1930s, killing the district administration people, but later freed 18, nearly 5,000 people and displac- authorities, urging an end to including all 17 children. ing tens of thousands. impunity. Authorities described the The army dispatched troops Tika Bista, a reporter with a gunmen as former members of to help tackle the situation in local radio station Sisne FM as a civilian militia who had taken Prosperidad following the latest well as Nepali dailies, was found to banditry. Some officials said kidnappings, Lieutenant unconscious in Rukim district they could have taken hostages General Raymundo Ferrer said. Tuesday evening with deep gash- because they were being pur- “We’ve sent troops to help es inflicted on the head, arms and sued by police after a gunbattle rescue the hostages,” Ferrer told legs. Her laptop and mobile tele- with a rival tribal group on Reuters. He said the gunmen phone were smashed by the Wednesday. had been blamed for several attackers who apparently left her Other officials said the group robberies and killings in the to die in the secluded spot. was demanding the dropping of area.“We are not aware of any Doctors at Kathmandu’s cases against them, action Militant leaders tear pictures of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during a rally calling for an end to martial law, in southern political demands but negotia- Model Hospital said on Thursday against the rival group and Maguindanao, in Manila, on Thursday. (AP) tions are now ongoing to free Bista’s condition was stable. The media coverage. the hostages that include two Nepali media alleges that Bista Negotiators had left the Earlier Lino Calingasan, ing. We are trying to find out negotiate. We are hoping this killed after being stopped at a forest rangers and some of the was attacked because of an arti- mountain site to return to town regional police chief, said all how the others can be released,” will be resolved peacefully.” checkpoint in Maguindanao parents who were in the school cle she wrote in a local publica- and would resume talks on remaining hostages were he told Reuters. “It is a good sig- Last month, 57 people, province while on their way to at that time. We’re only playing tion criticising the leaders of the Friday, officials said. adults. “Negotiations are ongo- nal, that they are willing to including 30 journalists, were file a candidate’s nomination for a support role there.” opposition Maoist party. Taliban warn S Korea Filipino rebels ambush police team in Maguindanao for ‘breaking promise’ AFP MANILA Gunmen attacked a houses of Congress have moved to overturn what they said was the “unconstitutional” imposi- police convoy transporting evi- tion of military rule in AFP send troops to Afghanistan dence of an election-linked Maguindanao, but conceded and violate their commit- massacre in the southern they were unlikely to succeed. KABUL The Taliban on ment, then they should be Philippines late on Thursday, “The imposition of martial Thursday accused South prepared for the conse- damaging a vehicle but leaving law in Maguindanao is wrong. It Korea of breaking a promise quence of their action which no casualties, the military said. is against the constitution. The not to send troops to they will certainly face.” The military rushed troops alleged rebellion exists only in Afghanistan after it released The Taliban kidnapped 23 and armoured vehicles to res- their imagination,” Senator Mar 19 Korean hostages two South Korean church volun- cue the policemen as the mili- Roxas said, but lamented that years ago, warning its forces teers while they were travel- tary chief of staff reported news his views “were not shared by to face the consequences. ling between Kabul and the of the ambush at a joint session the majority”. Seoul decided this week to southern province of of the legislature, which was sat Arroyo’s critics voiced fears deploy 350 troops to Kandahar in July 2007. The to debate the legality of martial that she may expand martial Afghanistan next July — two militants shot dead two and law imposed in Maguindanao law to cover the whole country years after it pulled out a released another two amid province last week. in a bid to prolong her six-year 220-strong contingent of mil- negotiations for their release, “One of the police cars at the term beyond next year. itary engineers and medics before finally freeing all of rear of the convoy was hit with They also drew parallels in return for the release of the mostly young women. bullets,” General Victor Ibrado between Arroyo and the late dic- Korean hostages. The insurgents had told the legislature, describing tator Ferdinand Marcos, who At the time, South Korea demanded the withdrawal of the ambush on a highway on used martial law to jail his polit- said the pullout was already Korean troops from the outskirts of Ampatuan ical opponents and keep himself scheduled. “They had Afghanistan in return to the town. “The fender and a tail in power for part of his 20-year promised to withdraw their release of the hostages. light were damaged,” he added. rule. A popular revolt toppled troops from Afghanistan The South Korean govern- He said the convoy was trans- Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago addresses a government panel, in Manila, on Thursday. (AP) his regime in 1986, and he died and committed never to ment has meanwhile said porting unspecified evidence in exile in Hawaii three years send soldiers to the country that as many as 350 troops, on the November 23 abduction tiple murder. Ampatuan supporters could defended the martial law in later. If both the 268-member in future,” the Taliban said backed by helicopters, fight- and murder of 57 people in The massacre victims includ- have been behind Thursday’s Maguindanao, saying it needed House of Representatives and in a statement written in er jets and 140 reconstruc- Ampatuan. Five members of the ed 30 journalists and relatives of ambush.“There were no casual- to dismantle a 3,000-member the 23-seat Senate sit together, English and emailed to tion workers, will be based region’s most powerful political the defendant’s rival for the post ties,” Lieutenant-Colonel militia force under the control Congress can revoke or extend journalists. in Parwan province just clan have been detained in con- of Maguindanao governor, who Jonathan Ponce told AFP. of the Ampatuan clan, which it martial law by a simple majority “The Islamic Emirate of north of Kabul for 30 nection with the slaughter, with alleged the killings were meant “We have dispatched four alleges had threatened to attack vote. However Arroyo’s ruling Afghanistan notifies... South months from July one next Andal Ampatuan Jnr, son of the to stop him running for office. armoured vehicles to the area to if any of the clan leaders were Lakas Kami CMD coalition has Korea that if they anyway year. Maguindanao governor of the A military spokesman in the reinforce the policemen,” Ponce arrested. a comfortable majority in the same name, charged with mul- southern Philippines said added.The government has Opposition members of both lower house. Jakarta gets statue of young Obama Thaksin supporters protest DPA JAKARTA T A bronze statue of Barack Obama as a young child against Thai govt policies he construction of was unveiled on Thursday in the statue was initiat- AFP video-link from an unknown dles in honour of the king’s 82nd Central Jakarta, the neighbour- ed by a group called foreign location. birthday on Saturday. hood where the US president Friends of Obama, a BANGKOK Fugitive former pre- “There are several countries The Red Shirts had called off spent part of his childhood. non-government mier Thaksin Shinawatra criti- like France, Italy or Japan which plans to hold days of protests in The statue has been erected organisation. cised Thailand’s “weakened sometimes also have political late November and early at a corner of a playground at democracy” on Thursday in a instability but they have strong December after Thaksin said Taman Menteng Park, previous- video speech to thousands of democracies.” the protests were too close to ly an athletic field near Obama’s butterfly that landed on his red-shirted anti-government Thaksin said that if his politi- the birthday of the king, the former school. upheld left thumb. supporters rallying in Bangkok. cal allies won elections due by world’s longest-reigning The construction of the stat- At that age Obama studied in Police said around 17,000 2011 then they would scrap the monarch.Thailand remains ue was initiated by a group an elementary school in the demonstrators massed for the current constitution forced deeply divided between called Friends of Obama, a non- neighbourhood, where he lived latest in a series of protests through by a military govern- Thaksin’s supporters centred in government organisation. with his mother, Ann Dunham, against current leader Abhisit ment in 2007, one year after the the country’s poor northeast Ron Mullers, the group’s who married an Indonesian. Vejjajiva, who took office a year army ousted Thaksin in a coup. and the Bangkok-based elite chairman said the unveiling of Obama stayed in Jakarta ago after protests by rival “Today is a very significant linked to the royal palace, mili- the statue was not a political neighbourhood from 1967 to “Yellow Shirts” drove Thaksin’s day, the day we got our first con- tary and bureaucracy. event but purely inspirational. 1971, before he returned to his allies from power. stitution 77 years ago. If the red He has fired up the Red Shirts “That is why it (the statue) is birthplace in Hawaii. The demonstration at shirts win the election, we will from abroad at numerous not Obama as a president, but The process of designing the Democracy Monument in down- bring back the 1997 constitu- protests over the past year with as a child instead, so this can be statue and selecting a suitable town Bangkok was being held to tion and amend it and throw speeches calling for fresh elec- an inspiration for Indonesian location began more than a year mark Constitution Day, a public out the 2007 constitution.” tions and the resignation of children,” Mullers said. ago, while the moulding took holiday which marks the forma- Thaksin said that he support- Abhisit.The Red Shirts started Scores of students from the three months. The 110-centime- tion of Thailand’s first constitu- ed the constitutional monarchy, their protest campaign shortly nearby Menteng 1 Elementary tre-statue cost more than 100 tion in 1932, organisers said. in a riposte to critics who have after Abhisit took power on School were among a crowd of million rupiah ($10,600). “In Thailand, democracy is accused him of disloyalty to December 15 last year. In April 500 who applauded as Jakarta Sylviana said her administra- weakened and politics is unsta- Thailand’s revered King they disrupted an Asian summit Mayor Sylviana Murni unveiled tion was not involved in the ble,” Thaksin, who is in self- Bhumibol Adulyadej. in Thailand and rioted in the almost life-sized statue of A bronze statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy is funding, and that the costs were imposed exile to avoid a jail His 40-minute address was Bangkok, leaving two people 10-year-old Obama smiling at a unveiled at Menteng Park, in Jakarta, on Thursday. (REUTERS) met by local donors. term for fraud, said over a live followed by the lighting of can- dead and scores injured. Pakistan Friday, December 11, 2009 11 5 detained Americans linked to Qaeda: Police AP He said the five met repre- sentatives from the Al Qaeda SARGODHA Five American linked Jaish-e-Mohammed Muslims arrested in eastern militant group in Hyderabad Pakistan were directly con- city and from a related group, nected to Al Qaeda and are Jamat-ud-Dawa, in Lahore. suspected of planning terror “They were asking to be attacks in the country, a local recruited, trained and sent on police chief alleged on jihad,” Islam said. But Islam Thursday. said those groups turned Another senior officer said them down because they did the men wanted to fight jihad not have any “references” (holy war), in northwest from militants trusted by Pakistan and Afghanistan and them. had asked for help from two He said authorities had Pakistani militant groups, shared findings of their probe which had turned them away with FBI officials who had because they did not trust arrived in Sargodha. The US them. embassy, however, would not US officials believe the five Sargodha police chief Usman confirm if the FBI had sent are men who were reported Anwar representatives to the area. missing more than a week ago Neither officer confirmed by their families in the earlier reports the house the Washington. The families asked the FBI for help after finding a farewell video left by T hree of the arrested Americans are of men were arrested in was linked to Jaish-e-Mohammed. The two-story house where Supporters of Jamaat-i-Islami protest against the US government policies and increase in US drone strikes in northwest, in Lahore, the men showing scenes of Pakistani descent, one the men were arrested was on Thursday. (AFP) war and casualties and saying is of Egyptian descent locked and empty on Muslims must be defended. and the other has Thursday, with no police any- The men, ages 19 to 25, Yemeni origins, police where to be seen. were picked up on Wednesday at a house in the city of Sargodha in eastern Pakistan that was owned by the father officer Tahir Gujjar said. A neighbour said he was surprised it was allegedly being used by militants and that the owner was a good Troops kill 15 rebels in Khyber Govt explores currency of one of them, said Usman government, mostly in the man. “I would have never that 10 of the militants were Province, as well as on convoys swap deal DPA Anwar, the local police chief. northwest, and is also seen as thought this family could be killed during a search operation transporting supplies for “They are proudly saying they a global hub for Al Qaeda. involved in any jihadi activi- ISLAMABAD Pakistani troops in Khyber, one of seven tribal NATO. are here for jihad,” said. “They are directly connect- The case is the latest in a series that will likely fan con- ty,” said Mohammad Shakil. Three of the arrested killed at least 15 militants in the country’s troubled north west- districts, where hundreds of troops are hunting the militants. Separately, the security forces killed five militants in with China ed to Al Qaeda. They had cerns among Western nations Americans are of Pakistani ern badlands near the Afghan “Many others were injured and South Waziristan, where army REUTERS plans for attacks inside and that their citizens — specially descent, one is of Egyptian border, officials said on arms and ammunition have is battling Tekrik-e-Taliban outside Sargodha.” He did not of Pakistani origin — are trav- descent and the other has Thursday. also been recovered,” added Pakistan (TTP) militants KARACHI Pakistan is in talks say what evidence he had to eling to the country to con- Yemeni origins, police officer The security forces have been Rehman. alleged for several terrorist with China on a currency-swap support the claim. The men nect with Al Qaeda or take Tahir Gujjar said. fighting with Islamic militants Khyber is lawless territory attacks inside Pakistan and deal with the aim of conserving have not been charged. It was part in training or indoctrina- Two other police officials on various fronts in the tribal that hosts the main land route across border raids on NATO its foreign exchange reserves, a not clear if they had been tion sessions. said on Thursday the men belt in recent months amid for supplies to the US and forces in Afghanistan. senior Pakistani finance official appointed lawyers. Regional police chief Javed were cooperating with inves- lethal bombing attacks on main NATO troops fighting Taliban A statement by the army said here on Wednesday. Anwar said officers seized a Islam gave a different account tigators after first giving con- towns and security establish- in war-ravaged Afghanistan. spokesman said Thursday that Pakistan was forced to agree laptop, jihadi literature and of the men’s activities and did flicting statements. Islam ments that have left hundreds of Militants belonging to the all “five terrorists were killed to an International Monetary maps of Pakistani cities from not include their alleged Al said the arrested Americans people dead in the last few Lashkar-e-Islam outfit are near Kaniguram,” once consid- Fund (IMF) emergency loan of the men. Qaeda links. He said they had spent the past few days in weeks. believed to have conducted sev- ered a stronghold of militants. $7.6 billion in November last Pakistan is home to a slew wanted to join militants in Sargodha, 125 miles (200 kilo- Major Fazalur Rehman, a eral attacks in the neighbour- During the encounter one sol- year to avert a balance of pay- of militant groups waging a Pakistan’s tribal area before meters) south of the capital, spokesman of the paramilitary ing city of Peshawar, the capital dier was also killed and another ments crisis and shore up its violent struggle against the crossing into Afghanistan. Islamabad. Frontier Corps said on Thursday of North Western Frontier injured. reserves, which had then fallen to $6.6 billion, largely because of a soaring import bill. Inflation rises Doctors suspended over The IMF, which increased the loan to $11.3 billion in July, has to 10.51% disbursed more than $5 billion. on food, oil death of Wasim's wife Pakistan’s foreign exchange reserves have recovered some ground and stood at $13.72 bil- price hike AFP “The licences of 17 doctors have been cancelled over negli- lion in the week ended on November 28, according to cen- ISLAMABAD Doctors blamed for gence in the treatment of tral bank data, though they are REUTERS the death of Pakistan cricket leg- Wasim’s wife Huma,” the min- still lower than a record high of end Wasim Akram’s wife have istry announced in a statement $16.5 billion in October 2007. ISLAMABAD Pakistani inflation been suspended and had their after a meeting of the National Under the proposed deal, rose to 10.51 percent year-on- practice licences cancelled, the Assembly standing committee Pakistani importers would be year in November, after easing health ministry announced on on health. able to buy machinery and to a 22-month low in October, Thursday. Wasim told the committee other goods from China in on higher food and oil prices Huma Akram, 42, died due to the hospital charged 16.8 mil- Pakistani rupees instead of US and analysts said they expect- multiple organ failure in India on lion rupees (200,000 dollars) dollars, said the official, who is ed it to stay in double digits in October 25 this year after she for treatment and other familiar with the negotiations coming months. was airlifted to Chennai when charges to airlift the patient. but declined to be identified. The consumer price index her condition worsened in a hos- Federal Health Minister Ijaz “There have been initial talks (CPI), a key indicator of infla- pital in Pakistan’s eastern city Jakhrani told reporters the on this proposal but the tion, rose 10.51 percent in Lahore. investigation revealed Huma’s Chinese side is yet to take a November from a year ago, and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza death was due to the negli- decision,” the official said. was up 1.39 percent over Gilani had ordered an inquiry gence of the doctors. “This can be a barter sort of a October, the Federal Bureau of after former Pakistan cricket Wasim vowed to continue deal. The rupee payments Statistics said on Thursday. captain Wasim complained that his fight to improve poor made by Pakistani importers “Inflation for November was Students of Fatima Jinnah Dental College during the 13th convocation day ceremony, in Karachi, poor medical facilities and negli- medical facilities which he can be utilised by Chinese com- a little higher than expected on Wednesday. A pioneer institution, the college runs courses in dentistry. (PPI) gence in Pakistan led to his wife’s believed contributed to his panies working here or by the but it is primarily because of death. wife’s death. Chinese yarn importers,” he rising oil and food prices,” said said. Asif Qureshi, director at Invisor Securities Ltd. “We expect inflation to be in the lower double digits until the end of this fiscal year,” he Anger, bewilderment in Peshawar over Obama prize Govt applauds said. Pakistan’s fiscal year ends AFP routine. It creates anger among Nobel to Obama on June 30. A Reuters poll of 11 local residents and produces AFP analysts this week had forecast ISLAMABAD “The Nobel prize is more militancy,” said Aftab. November’s CPI would rise by for those who have made In Peshawar’s Gulberg neigh- ISLAMABAD The Pakistan 10.0 percent year-on-year, on achievements, but Obama is a bourhood, administrator government on Thursday higher commodity prices and killer,” Jabir Aftab, an engineer liv- Mushtaq Mohmand agreed. congratulated US President as the impact of a high base ing in the shadow of bomb “Obama may be good for his Barack Obama over his effect lessened. attacks in Pakistan’s city of nation but as an American presi- Nobel peace prize, hoping for Inflation hit a record high of Peshawar, said on Thursday. dent his reputation in this part of greater engagement in a 25.3 percent in August last year As President Barack Obama the world is terrible,” he said. region at the heart of the US because of a global rise in oil conceded others “may be more “Everybody knows the pres- fight against Islamist extrem- and food prices but it had been deserving” of the prize he won ence of the American army in ism. “We will congratulate decreasing since October for international diplomacy, this region is the root cause of the Obama on winning the Nobel 2008.With inflation in October there was anger and bewilder- problems. People are dying in prize,” foreign office this year rising at its slowest ment in northwest Pakistan Afghanistan, Pakistan and in Iraq spokesman Abdul Basit told pace in 22 months, the central where many blame the United because of Obama policies,” he reporters. bank cut its policy rate by 50 States for a surge in violence. added. “We sincerely hope that basis points to 12.5 percent on “He is the president of a coun- Mohammad Majid, a 26-year- during his tenure as presi- November 24. try which has a history of blood- old teacher, also expressed dent, the US will be engaged The wholesale price index shed and rises to a quarrel. How shock. “He does not deserve this more extensively and inten- (WPI) rose 12.46 percent in was he selected for this prize?” award. I think he should refuse to sively in resolving the issues November from a year earlier, said 27-year-old Aftab. take it,” he said. Security personnel at the site of a suicide bomb explosion, at Jail road near session court building, in confronting and checking and was up 2.78 percent over Since Obama took office, US Security in Pakistan has plum- Peshawar, recently. (PPI) peace and stability in South October, the bureau said. drone strikes targeting Al Qaeda meted since Islamabad joined Asia and the Middle East.” Using 2000/01 as the base and Taliban militants in the US-led “war on terror” after Pakistan in the past two and a Qaeda and his administration extra 30,000 troops to The US president accepted year, the CPI index stood at Pakistan’s northwest tribal belt the September 11, 2001 attacks, half years and around 2,000 sol- has put huge pressure on the Afghanistan where an eight-year the Nobel peace prize in Oslo 212.02 in November against have increased, enraging locals prompting a backlash among the diers have died fighting against weak civilian government to do war against the Taliban at its on Thursday with “deep grat- 209.11 in October. The WPI who say the attacks kill civilians Muslim population as extremists homegrown militants in the more to hunt down militants deadliest, announced nine days itude and great humility”, but index stood at 220.98 in and violate the nation’s sover- declared war on the government. northwest. based in Pakistan who attack US before Thursday’s ceremony, also warned that war was some- November against 215.01 in eignty. More than 2,680 people have But Obama has put Pakistan troops in Afghanistan. raised eyebrows in Pakistan’s times necessary despite its October. “Drone attacks are becoming been killed in militant attacks in at the heart of the war on Al Obama’s decision to send an war-torn neighbour. “acute” human tragedy. 12 Friday, December 11, 2009 Channel Surfing BEST ON TV TONIGHT 6:45 pm MGM: DEFIANCE 10:00 pm America Plus: SAVING GRACE SEASON 2 8:30 pm Discovery Science: WEIRD CONNECTIONS 10:45 pm CNN International: CNN MARKETPLACE MIDDLE TV PRIME TIME GUIDE CINEMA CITY MGM BBC ENTERTAINMENT AMERICA PLUS ANIMAL PLANET DISCOVERY SCIENCE GMA LIFE TV GMA PINOY TV SKY NEWS CNN INTERNATIONAL 7:00 PM CONSTELLATION DEFIANCE ANTIQUES ROADSHOW BURN NOTICE SEASON 2 FASHIONISTAS BY HEART DARNA AFTERNOON LIVE WITH THE BRIEF ANIMAL COPS [18:45] [16:15] PHILADELPHIA NEXTWORLD KAY BURLEY [18:20] [17:00] 7:30 PM THE SWEET LIFE WORLD SPORT STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN QUICKFIRE 2 WORLD REPORT 8:00 PM BURN NOTICE SEASON 2 AFRICA'S SUPER SEVEN WEIRD CONNECTIONS LIVE AT FIVE WITH CHIKA MINUTE JEREMY THOMPSON A FUNNY THING HAPPENED MY FAVORITE RECIPES 8:30 PM ON THE WAY TO THE POLITICAL MANN FORUM CHANCES ARE 24 ORAS HOW IT'S MADE LIVE AT FIVE WITH 9:00 PM JEREMY THOMPSON INTERNATIONAL DESK THE WATCH THE WEAKEST LINK: S9 ER NEWS ON Q [17:15] ANIMAL COPS EAT BULAGA 9:30 PM SOUTH AFRICA KUNG MAWAWALA KA QUEST MEANS BUSINESS MYTHBUSTERS SPECIALS SKY.COM NEWS 10:00 PM FLED UNTAMED & UNCUT TE AMO DARNA CNN MARKETPLACE SAVING GRACE SEASON 2 MIDDLE EAST 10:30 PM NEXTWORLD PINAKAMAMAHAL NEWS, SPORT AND WEATHER TINIK SA DIBDIB LIFE TUNES AMANPOUR. 11:00 PM HOME IS WHERE ANTIQUES ROADSHOW WEIRD CONNECTIONS NEWS, SPORT AND 11:30 PM CIRCLE THE HART IS [20:00] TRUE BLOOD ANIMAL COPS PHILADELPHIA KIDS ON Q SAKSI WEATHER WORLD ONE MOVIES ENTERTAINMENT DOCUMENTARIES FILIPINO CHANNELS NEWS TELEVISION LISTING 03:00 Bloomberg Live! 06:45 Cramp Twins 07:00 Capital Connection 05:45 How Does That Work? 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It was India’s ﬁrst state formed on came after more than a week of linguistic lines. violent protests shut down busi- I Number of districts: 10. Greater Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda, ness in Hyderabad, the main Mahabubnagar, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Khammam. city in Andhra Pradesh and I Geography: Has contiguous area bordering Andhra, Rayalaseema (parts of the home to firms like Microsoft, existing Andhra Pradesh), Karnataka, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Google and Mahindra Satyam. I Area: 114,800 sq km No decision has yet been I Population: about 35 million made on whether Hyderabad, I Languages spoken: Telugu and Urdu one of the faces of India’s eco- I The region is situated at a high altitude in an upland area. Two major rivers nomic success, will stay in Godavari and Krishna ﬂow through the region but most of the land is arid. Andhra Pradesh or move to the I Greater Hyderabad, located almost at the heart of Telangana, is a major new state to be called Telangana. “The process of information technology hub and is likely to be the capital of the new state. forming the state of Telangana I The region sends 119 legislators to the 294-member Andhra Pradesh will be initiated,” Union Home assembly and also accounts for 17 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats from the state. Minister Palaniappan Chidam- baram told reporters, without giving further details. created in 2000, when Bihar, may become part of Telangana India’s ruling Congress party Madhya Pradesh and Uttar — Rao expressed thanks from leaders say the government Pradesh were divided to give his hospital bed. A separate wanted to respect the senti- rise to Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh Telangana state has been a ments of the people of and Uttarakhand. long-standing demand of many Telangana who have been Violent separatist insurgen- locals who allege government demanding statehood for a long cies also cause regular unrest in neglect of the drought-prone, time. Kashmir, Assam and Nagaland. deprived region. The creation of another state The proposed birth of But its creation is expected to not only raises concerns it may Telangana, which covers much take years with approval push movements in other states of Andhra Pradesh’s poor tribal required from both the Andhra to use violent protests to press belt, follows an 11-day hunger Pradesh state assembly and their demands but also worries strike by K Chandrasekhar Rao, India’s national parliament. about whether Hyderabad will Supporters of pro-Telangana movement celebrate, in Hyderabad, on Thursday. The government will carve a new state out of Andhra chief of the main party cam- Formed in 1956, Andhra be locked in a power-struggle, Pradesh, a move likely to fuel more statehood demands. (REUTERS) paigning for the new state. Pradesh is India’s fifth largest affecting the growing IT sector. His deteriorating health state in terms of territory and “The creation of Telangana Though the Congress party Hyderabad rivals Bangalore, ing a world-class airport and state set off firecrackers and sparked violent student sends 42 MPs to India’s 543- will act as a spur for Vidarbha, returned to power with a strong India’s Silicon Valley, and has a flyovers. “If it goes to Telangana, danced in Hyderabad when protests in the region over the member parliament. Kamtapur, Gorkhaland, possibly mandate in the May federal elec- mix of software firms and shop- the investment will be a bit they heard news of the govern- past week. “We are concerned Agriculture has been the for agitations in certain regions tion, it has since grappled with ping complexes along with adversely affected. Telangana is ment decision. One Congress about the health of K state’s economic mainstay but of north India,” political analyst issues such as rising food prices ancient mosques and forts. a relatively underdeveloped lawmaker resigned in protest Chandrasekhar Rao. We request in recent years Hyderabad has Mahesh Rangarajan said, refer- and labour unrest. There are concerns that inte- state. The focus of the new gov- and dozens of ministers from him to withdraw his fast imme- emerged as an information- ring to areas in the states of Last month, the government grating Hyderabad into ernment will be on ... how to the state resigned. diately. We also appeal to all stu- technology hub, earning it the Maharashtra and West Bengal. yielded to demands from tens of Telangana will choke off a improve the conditions of the Since the partition of British- dents to withdraw their agita- nickname “Cyberabad”. “It is very, very significant. It has thousands of protesting sugar major revenue stream to poor,” said DH Pai Panandikar, ruled India in 1947, various sep- tion to help restore normalcy,” India comprises 28 states and got the potential of changing the cane farmers who had brought Andhra Pradesh, which had president of the RPG aratist and state movements Chidambaram said. seven federally administered way the map of India runs parliamentary proceedings to a invested heavily in developing Foundation, a think-tank. have raged across the vast In the Andhra Pradesh state territories, which include the inside,” said Rangarajan. halt in the capital Delhi. the city’s infrastructure, includ- Jubilant supporters of a new nation. Three new states were capital Hyderabad — which capital region New Delhi. Probe into Karnataka minister’s Four killed in Assam blast mining activities launched DPA IANS of the Indian Bureau of Mines is also under pressure from the NEW DELHI At least four people has been surveying the iron ore Congress and Janata Dal- were killed and 17 injured when BANGALORE/NEW DELHI A rich areas in Bellary and neigh- Secular parties to seek a CBI a powerful blast ripped through Central Bureau of Investigation bouring Anantapur district in probe. However, Chief Minister a busy market in India’s north- (CBI) team on Thursday ques- Andhra Pradesh to determine BS Yeddyurappa had rejected eastern state of Assam on tioned Karnataka Tourism the extent of illegal mining. the demand saying there was no Thursday, news reports said. Minister G Janardhana Reddy The CBI probe was sought by illegal mining in the state. The blast took place in the and raided the offices of his the Andhra Pradesh govern- However, he has said his gov- market near an army canton- mining company in Bellary as it ment following a demand by ernment would cooperate with ment in Misamari town in the began a probe into allegations the opposition Telugu Desam, the CBI. Janardhana Reddy and Sonitpur district, 220 kilome- of illegal iron ore mining by his Left parties and others. his elder brother Revenue tres north-east of Guwahati. firm. The CBI team also ques- The central government Minister G Karunakara Reddy Assam Police blamed the out- tioned Reddy’s close associate agreed to Andhra’s request and had recently led a revolt against lawed National Democratic and Karnataka Health Minister directed the CBI to conduct the Yeddyurappa’s leadership. The Front of Bodoland (NDFB) for B Sriramulu, as he has a small probe. Janardhana Reddy told differences were patched up by the attack. “The market was share in the firm, Obulapuram reporters in Bellary that he senior BJP leader Sushma teeming with people when the Mining Company, which oper- would cooperate with the CBI Swaraj, with whom the Reddy bomb went off, leading to utter ates mainly in neighbouring team. He asserted that his firm brothers share a rapport. panic and chaos in the area,” Andhra Pradesh. was not indulging in any illegal A CBI official said: “We are district police chief Jitmol Doley The team visited the house of mining and the CBI probe was a conducting searches at the said. Police said that the death Reddy in Bellary, 40 km from “Congress conspiracy to desta- offices of Obulapuram Mining Actor Amitabh Bachchan (right) receives a lifetime achievement award from Sheikh Majed bin toll could go up as six of the here, to go through documents bilise” the first Bharatiya Janata Company (OMC — owned by Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum at the sixth Dubai International Film Festival, in Dubai, wounded who were moved to a relating to his firm’s activities. Party government in Karnataka. Reddy) and Bellary Iron Ore Pvt United Arab Emirates, on Wednesday. (EPA) local hospital were in serious The CBI action comes as a team The Karnataka government Ltd in Bellary.” condition. Govt to seek custody Congress asks BJP to own up Police seize 3,500 of David Headley Babri demolition, apologise illegal mobile sets REUTERS tion and at a subsequent stage definitely his extradition,” Gopal IANS for political purposes. “Lord Parishad, the Shiv Sena and IANS ch) Neeraj Thakur. “These hand- NEW DELHI India will seek the K Pillai, union home secretary, Ram made a sacrifice to keep Bajrang Dal and their office- sets are being imported largely extradition of a Chicago man said. NEW DELHI Terming Bharatiya promise of his father. You want bearers in connivance with NEW DELHI In a crackdown on from China and their import and charged in the United States He said evidence against Janata Party’s (BJP) position use his name to come to power,” Kalyan Singh entered into a sale of mobile phones not hav- use has been declared illegal by with helping plan last year’s Headley was being collected on demolition of the Babri he said, asking if Lord Ram was joint enterprise for destruction ing the compulsory Intern- the government,” he added. Mumbai attacks that killed 166 from different cities and mosque as a “national alive, would he have carried out of the disputed structure,” he ational Mobile Equip-ment Police had registered a case people and raised tension with charges would be pressed shame”, the Congress said on a rath yatra? said, adding that it was a canard Identity (IMEI) number, Delhi December 3 on the complaint of Pakistan, a top official said on against him in an Indian court Thursday that the opposition “He would have worked for to say that it was a sudden Police on Thursday seized over Indian Cellular Association Thursday. after about a month. party was taking the country better education and health,” upsurge of sentiments. 3,500 such illegal sets in the cap- about some people undertaking David Headley was arrested Headley travelled to Mumbai in a wrong direction “in the the minister said. “You are playing a joke on the ital’s Karol Bagh market and the illegal activity of supplying in the United States two months five times between September name of Lord Ram”. Sibal said contours of admin- people of this country. You, for a arrested 23 vendors selling counterfeit and substandard ago and US prosecutors 2006 and July 2008, taking pic- “Don’t make false arguments. istration were destroyed by the moment, destroyed the soul of them. Sleuths of Delhi Police’s mobile phone handsets. charged him this week with tures and video of some places You will regret it tomorrow. You then Uttar Pradesh chief minis- India,” he said. Crime Branch conducted a Every GSM mobile phone scouting targets for the hit in the attacks as well as the are taking the country in a ter Kalyan Singh. Extensively quoting from the series of raids in Karol Bagh’s instrument is required to carry November 2008 Mumbai ram- port where the attackers landed wrong direction — that too, in “There was no difference Liberhan report, Sibal said electronics market on shops a unique 15 digit IMEI number, page. by boat, according to US court the name of Lord Ram,” Human between a political party, police Kalyan Singh acted to redeem selling mobile handsets which allotted by the International The 49-year-old Pakistani- documents. Resources Minister Kapil Sibal and bureaucracy,” he said, the BJP’s manifesto. do not have valid IMEI numbers. GSM Association. This number born US national pleaded not He then travelled to Pakistan said participating in the debate adding that the state agencies The BJP should own up “We arrested 23 people for is printed inside the battery guilty at his first court appear- to turn over the results of his on the Liberhan commission helped carry out the agenda of responsibility for the demoli- selling substandard mobile compartment of the instru- ance on Wednesday. surveillance, US court docu- report in the Rajya Sabha. the ruling party. tion and apologise. phones without IMEI numbers ment, and can also be displayed US Federal Bureau of ments said. Rejecting the BJP’s con- The minister said that BJP Sibal, whose speech was and seized 3,502 mobile phones on the phone’s screen by enter- Investigation (FBI) officials On November 26, 10 young tention that the demolition of leader Arun Jaitley in his speech repeatedly disrupted by the along with one “Spiderman ing and dialling #06#. The gen- travelled to India this week and men launched an assault on the Babri mosque was a sponta- on Wednesday had skirted the BJP benches, said that the BJP Software Box” which was being uineness of the IMEI number discussed evidence in connec- various targets in Mumbai, neous act and the Liberhan core issue of the responsibility had taken up the temple issue used for loading fake IMEI num- can be easily ascertained from tion with the arrest of Headley. including the city’s main railway report was a “national joke”, for mosque demolition. for political purposes after its bers on these mobile instru- the website www.numbering- “... we will definitely be seek- station, two luxury hotels and a Sibal said the demolition was “a “The Rashtriya Swayamsevak dismal performance in the ments,” said Additional Comm- plans.com and also by sending ing access both for interroga- Jewish centre. scripted exercise” carried out Sangh, the BJP, Vishwa Hindu 1984 Lok Sabha elections. issioner of Police (Crime Bran- the number to 53232 and 57662. India Friday, December 11, 2009 15 PM calls for agricultural boost Satyam to pay $70 mn to IANS & REUTERS NEW DELHI Prime Minister According to the British firm to settle case Manmohan Singh on Thursday Prime Minister, there AFP when company founder B $45 million within 10 business called for greater synergy is a need to increase Ramalinga Raju confessed to days and a second payment of between the country’s agricul- investment in NEW DELHI Fraud-hit Satyam staging India’s biggest ever $25 million within 12 months ture and water policies to agricultural has agreed to pay $70 million to corporate fraud. after the first payment is made,” secure food supply, particularly technologies, British payment services firm But the Hyderabad-based Satyam said in a statement. for the poor and vulnerable sec- tions of the population. particularly those Upaid, settling one of several lawsuits against the Indian out- company still faces at least two class action shareholder suits Under the settlement, which is subject to regulatory and Inaugurating the fifth Asian related to improved sourcing company. launched in the United States in other approvals, Upaid will Regional Conference (ARC) crop practices and The out-of-court settlement connection with Raju’s fraud drop all charges against Satyam. here, Manmohan Singh said water savings. is far less than the more than $1 alleged by Indian police to total Satyam said late last month it improvement in irrigation effi- billion Upaid was seeking in more than $3 billion. could not quantify its potential ciency was key to improving meetings to deliberate on issues damages for alleged forgery, Upaid had claimed Satyam liability in the US lawsuits. agricultural productivity and such as modernisation of public fraud and breach of contract. gave it forged documents in a Satyam rebranded itself sustainable water use. irrigation system, public private The settlement, announced filing that eventually resulted in Mahindra Satyam after being The focal theme of the confer- partnership in irrigation devel- late on Wednesday, ends the British firm losing patents taken over in April by midsized ence was “Improvement in opment, impact of climate uncertainty over one of the infringement cases. Indian computer outsourcer Efficiency of Irrigation Projects change on water resources lawsuits filed against Satyam, “The agreement (with Upaid) Tech Mahindra after Raju’s through Technology Upgra- availability and legal aspects in which was shaken in January provides for a first payment of fraud came to light. dation and Better Operation sharing of water resources. and Maintenance”. Pointing to estimates that say An assessment of the irriga- world food demand could dou- Food prices tion system indicates that effi- ciencies of surface water sys- tems can be improved from the ble in the next two decades, Manmohan Singh said it would translate into huge demand for up 19.05% in New panels to boost present level of 35-40 percent to about 60 percent and that of groundwater systems from the water. “It has been said that just as the conflicts of the 20th century November profile of film fest existing 65 percent to about 75 were often over the sharing of REUTERS IANS information and broadcast- percent, he said. scarce petroleum resources, ing ministry and director of “Utilisation of created irriga- those of the 21st century will MUMBAI Indian federal bond NEW DELHI The information Directorate of Film Festival. tion potential is another crucial probably be over the sharing of yields rose towards 13-month and broadcasting ministry The panel will make rec- issue and only about 84 percent water,” he said. highs on Thursday ahead of on Thursday announced the ommendations for upgrada- of the created irrigation poten- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh: Setting the agenda. “Nowhere are these chal- expected robust factory output setting up of two panels tion of National Film Awards tial has been utilised so far in lenges more pressing than in data and as concerns of tighter comprising eminent film for feature, non-feature and the country.” The eleventh five year plan, to improved crop practices,” he Asia.” The Prime Minister added monetary policy were under- personalities to raise the best writing on cinema and According to the Prime which began in 2007, aims to told a conference on irrigation. that the spectre of climate lined by a 19 percent annual rise profile of National Film the Dada Saheb Phalke Minister, there is a need to double annual agricultural This year, the worst monsoon change would also have an in food prices. The yield on the Awards (NFA)and upgrade Award. The expert commit- increase investment in agricul- growth to 4 percent, and the in 37 years ravaged rice and unpredictable consequence on benchmark 10-year bond was International Film Festival of tee for IFFI includes Govind tural technologies, particularly target was the government’s top cane crop, making the world’s the water regime. ended at the day’s high of 7.54 India (IFFI) to the status Nihalani, Karan Johar, those related to improved crop priority, the Prime Minister second-most populous country “Various studies point percent, its highest close since enjoyed by Cannes and Pritish Nandy, Prasoon Joshi, practices and water savings. said. It also hopes to add about a big importer of sugar and towards its adverse impact on mid-November 2008 and above Berlin shows. Kamal Haasan, AK Bir, “The first Green Revolution 16 million hectares to the irri- helping New York raw sugar the hydrologic cycle that could Wednesday’s close of 7.48 per- The expert committee for Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, CS came due to innovations devel- gated area in the same period. futures surge to the highest in result in the intensification of cent. National Film Awards will Sapra along with Shabana oped in the public sector. The “To achieve this we are nearly three decades. both temporal and spatial vari- On Monday, the yield rose to comprise iconic fimmakers Azmi, Pooja Shetty Deora, second Green Revolution may sharply increasing public India is also considering rice ations in precipitation.” 7.57 percent during trade, its and actors like Shyam Kishwar Desai, Maithili Rao well come from technologies investment in agriculture. The imports to ensure the country Manmohan Singh also said highest level in 13 months. Benegal, Mohan Agashe, Sai and Nandita Das. developed in the private sector,” most important area of invest- has adequate grain stocks. challenge of managing our Volumes were a heavy 60.05 bil- Paranjpye, Sharmila Tagore The panel will also include he said. ment in agriculture relates to The fifth Asian Regional water resources in a rational lion rupees ($1.3 billion) on the and Waheeda Rehman. joint secretary ( films), in the Growth in India’s farm sector, water and its efficient use,” he Conference is being held along and sustainable manner would central bank’s trading platform. The panel also includes information and broadcast- which depends heavily on errat- said. Singh said investment in with the 60th international require action on many fronts Data on Friday is forecast to Ashok Vishwanathan, Rajiv ing ministry as Member ic monsoon rains, has lagged agricultural technology should executive meeting (IEC) of the and the government was show industrial output grew Mehrotra, Vishal Bhardwaj, Secretary, Chief Secretary, the rapid growth in the industri- increase. International Commission on addressing these complex inter- 10.3 percent in October from a Nagesh Kukunoor, Jahnu Government of Goa and al and services sectors, which “We need to increase invest- Irrigation and Drainage. relationships through the for- year earlier, a poll showed, on Barua, Shaji Karun as well as Director, Directorate of Film have gained from two decades ments in agricultural technolo- Professionals from 39 coun- mulation of a National Water robust consumer demand and a senior official from the Festival. of liberal reforms. gies, particularly those related tries are participating in the Mission. government spending. 16 Friday, December 11, 2009 The Last Word Dubai debt crisis NY police gun down one in to hit Pakistan Times Square hard: Minister AP NEW YORK An undercover cop chased a Times Square scam artist through sidewalks REUTERS crowded with holiday shop- LONDON Pakistan could be hit by the Dubai debt crisis because T he global ﬁnancial crisis has really shot pers and tourists on Thursday, exchanged gunfire with the suspect and killed investors from country have put down investment in him near a landmark hotel, $6 billion into the emirate, mainly Pakistan, terrorism is police said. in the troubled real estate sector, affecting investment No one else was injured. The a Pakistani government invest- 25-year-old suspect was ment official said on Thursday. and there is the ener- believed to be conning “A lot of money — as much as gy crisis that we are tourists along Broadway and $6 billion — has gone out of facing. 46th Street when he was Pakistan and got stuck in Dubai, recognised by a sergeant who most of it in real estate,” Saleem affecting investment and there works on a task force that Mandviwalla, minister of state is the energy crisis that we are monitors aggressive panhan- for investment and chairman of facing,” he said. dling, chief NYPD spokesman the investment board of “We will get over the energy Paul Browne said. Pakistan, told Reuters in an issue quite fast, the global finan- When the officer interview on the sidelines of a cial situation is getting better, approached, the man took off briefing for the Asia House cor- but on the terrorism side, this running the streets and porate programme. will go on for some time.” FDI through the Marriott Marquis “I think the Dubai picture is has totalled around $1.0-1.5 bil- hotel’s passenger drop-off quite bad. Pakistan is going to lion so far for the fiscal year Sheikha Hassa al Thani (right) speaks to a refugee during a visit to a UNHCR centre for Iraqi refugees, in Damascus, on Thursday. area, Browne said. The ser- be impacted by that, it’s going to starting July 2009, down around Sheikha Hassa is on a three-day visit to raise awareness about the Iraqis refugee crisis. (AFP) geant pursued, and the man impact the world,” the minister 20-30 percent on the previous turned and fired with a Mac-10 said. year, Mandviwalla said. machine pistol that held 30 Dubai World stunned world He saw it returning to around rounds; he got off two shots markets last month when it announced a standstill on its debt payments. Around $26 bil- $5 billion by the 2011-2012 financial year. Net foreign investment in Pakistan fell 21.2 OPEC’s experiences will come handy for GECF before it jammed, Browne said. The officer returned fire, killing the suspect, Browne lion in debt is due to be restruc- percent to $910.1 million in the Continued from page 1 suming countries, as well as of projects, pipelines and LNG car- Many countries like Qatar, said. It’s not clear how many tured, including the debts of first four months, compared major industries, companies and riers, studying gas correlation Algeria and Iran are the mem- shots he fired. property company Nakheel. with $1.15 billion a year earlier, the GECF on Wednesday unani- international organizations, is with other energy resources and bers of both the GECF as well as Dave Kinmahan, a tourist Dubai is not a major investor in figures last month showed. mously elected Bokhanovsky as aimed at developing and promot- promoting increase in natural the OPEC. from Boston, was parking his Pakistan, Mandviwalla said, but However, Mandviwalla said its first secretary-general. ing principles and mechanisms of gas utilisation. The GECF currently has 11 car in a spot below street level at United Arab Emirates capital Pakistan had seen a rise in for- Before his election to the GECF international gas markets. Bokhanovsky said the forum members that include Qatar, the hotel when he saw one man Abu Dhabi is a bigger investor. eign remittances and a doubling post, Bokhanovsky was the vice- On his strategies to promote would work in close coordina- Algeria, Bolivia, Egypt, shooting another. Foreign direct investment into in portfolio flows. president of Gazprom’s sub- the objective of GECF, tion with major political and Equatorial Guinea, Iran, Libya, “I was 20 yards away,” Pakistan is continuing to fall, According to the latest offi- sidiary firm Stroytransgaz. Bokhanovsky said he had out- trade organisations, including Nigeria, Russia, Trinidad & Kinmahan said. He said he Mandivalla said, due to the global cial data, remittances from Bokhanovsky said the forum lined his priorities to achieve the United Nations, the Tobago and Venezuela. thought, “Is this real or this a financial crisis, terrorism and Pakistanis working overseas would soon analyse price trends them. They include, developing European Union and the Kazakhstan, Netherlands and movie?” problems with energy supply. rose 32 perent to $3.1 billion in and supply and demand of gas. scientific and research activity, International Energy Agency. Norway currently have observer The hotel is located in the Foreign direct investment aver- the first four months of the “We will submit a report in promoting gas exploration, pro- When asked how the com- status. Broadway theater district and aged around $5 billion annually 2009/2010 fiscal year. this regard at the next ministe- duction and transportation tech- mon members of the GECF and The members of the OPEC, near the heart of Times Square. before the global financial crisis, Pakistan’s central bank gover- rial meeting,” Bokhanovsky nologies worldwide, monitoring the OPEC would affect the which supply nearly 40 percent The area includes the Minskoff Mandviwalla said, but has slowed nor said last month he saw little added. The next GECF ministe- and forecasting gas exploration forum’s activities, Bokhanovsky of global oil, are Algeria, Angola, Theatre, home to the popular down in the past two years. if any fall-out from Dubai’s debt rial meeting is scheduled to be and production trends world- said the forum would take cue Ecuador, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, show “The Lion King,” and bul- “The global financial crisis crisis, and expected remittances held in Algeria in April 2010. wide, presenting and anticipat- form their past experiences and Libya, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi lets hit the theater ticket box has really shot down invest- from overseas workers to grow The GECF, a leading advisory ing supply-demand balance for take decisions on its own as per Arabia, the United Arab near the Marquis, cracking the ment in Pakistan, terrorism is despite problems in the Gulf. body of gas producing and con- gas, coordinating transportation the stated objectives. Emirates and Venezuela. window. Debt-hit Dubai tries to keep Now Tiger Woods up glitz at filmfest loses tooth in fight REUTERS DUBAI with furious wife Once a central player in Dubai’s ambitions to be a major But the tone was more down- beat on Wednesday night. Gulf Arab, Egyptian and a few Indian actors walked down a red “It has such energy, this city. I very much enjoy the ‘yes we can’ attitude in Dubai,” said British actress Natalie Dormer, who world city, its international film carpet graced in previous years stars in “City of Life,” a drama in IANS festival kicked off this week with by stars such as George Clooney English and Hindi about life in the shadow of the emirate’s debt and Goldie Hawn as Dubai — Dubai that premieres this week. LONDON Celebrity golfer Tiger troubles hanging over it. promoted as the “vision” of its The organisers — who Woods’ troubles got further Over 160 films from around ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin declined to say how much compounded after one of his the world — many of them by Rashid al-Maktoum — sought money they were spending this teeth was reportedly broken Arab directors — play over Hollywood’s eye. year — said the festival’s aim when his furious wife Elin seven days in the Gulf Arab emi- The stars who turned up, remained building bridges Nordegren hurled a mobile rate that shocked global mar- including Indian superstar between cultures of the world. phone at him. kets last month with its Amitabh Bachchan who received “We have 200 nationalities US news reports said Elin announcement that a state- a lifetime achievement award, here and Dubai goes on with its “went psycho” during their blaz- linked conglomerate was seek- were in defensive mode about people and its residents,” said ing row over his affairs on the ing a delay in debt repayment. the city of 1.7 million Asians, artistic director Masoud night he crashed his car, the- The festival was launched to Arabs and Europeans that has Amralla Al Ali. “This is not a city sun.co.uk reported without great fanfare in 2004, when reveled in excess and opulence. of ghosts, everyone is here. attributing the source of its Dubai — a member of the “This festival is something Dubai has so much movement information. Tiger Woods United Arab Emirates federa- Dubai should be proud of. it’s tiring, it’s not a deserted city.” It was also reported that tion — was a boomtown on a Everything that’s being said At a lackluster after-party on a although Elin is devastated by Egyptian actors Hussain Fahmi (right) and his wife Rania Farid Shawqi arrive for the opening ceremony of the sixth Dubai International Film Festival, in Dubai, on Wednesday. The festival mission to become a Singapore- style global trade and tourism center where money was easy about Dubai is not true. We are living in comfort,” Emirati actress Hala al-Khatib told windy beach next to the iconic sailed-shaped Burj al-Arab hotel, conversation centered on Dubai’s the alleged infidelity and walked out on him early this week, she has no plans to file for divorce. T iger has been linked to at least 10 women, will conclude on December 16. (EPA) and living was fast. reporters. debts of at least $100 billion. The 29-year-old married the while eight of them golfer in 2004 and they have a daughter Sam, 2, and Son have been named so far. It has also affected Williams team presence boosts Qatar’s F1 hopes Charlie, 10 months. “She is a child of a divorce and that’s not something she’s likely to going to want to do to his role as a brand ambassador. Continued from page 1 Therefore, I feel there is a good standably quite pleased with Sam and Charlie. She believes in News. potential of having a race here the Williams F1 coming down the importance of parents stay- Though Pepsi did confirm Williams F1’s Nico Hulkenberg, in the future.” here to use the facilities and ing together,” said a friend of the that it was discontinuing a Tiger a German, who has been pro- The track also drew some prospects of promoting it in its former nanny. Woods-branded energy drink, moted from the test driver and words of encouragement from 2010 season’s advertisement Tiger, 33, has been linked to at the move had been announced given a second seat along with Williams F1 Team Chief campaigns. least 10 women, while eight of before the scandal broke, the seasoned driver Rubens Operating Officer Alex Burns. “It is a big honour for us to them have been named so far. It report said Wednesday. Barrichello, also appreciated “The facilities are wonderful. host the Williams F1 team here. has also affected his role as a On Wednesday a spokesper- the track. He had been here The track has some high- Their visit is quite historic and brand ambassador. son for Playgirl said they had before and won the GP2 Asia speed corners which drivers I’m sure the team’s promotional According to DPA news what appeared to be naked pho- series race earlier this year. like. The circuit seems quite shoots will enhance Qatar and agency, advertisers have been tos of Woods, and they plan on “Honestly speaking, I like this challenging. Losail’s image worldwide,” said quick to drop Tiger Woods, publishing them if they can con- circuit very much. Not because I According to Burns, the area al Attiya. media tracking firm Nielsen firm their validity. had won here, but because it is which needs to be upgraded, is The QMMF president admit- said. The golfer has not Woods, who was previously flat and the corners are quite the Grand Stand. “It’s a bit small ted, “We do have F1 race ambi- appeared in a primetime ad on seen as a squeaky clean athletic fast. I had a good fun with the F1 and I feel it needs to be much tions and we’ll try whatever it US television since November role model, has been tainted by car here and also clocked good bigger so that many fans can takes to make the track suitable 29, a few days after he was allegations of serial infidelity timing,” commented come and enjoy the race,” the for both bike and F1 car racing. engulfed in scandal following a with as many as 10 women Hulkenberg. team COO said, adding, “The I can’t reveal the names right late-night car crash outside his around the US including vari- The German said his previous dream of F1 race may not be far now but we’re getting requests home. ous waitresses, nightclub host- race at the Losail took place at away.” from the F1 teams for testing in Despite the halt in television esses and porn stars. night. “There were some patch- Also present at the track was future. ads featuring Woods, none of Woods has been the focus of es of darkness on the track then. the Qatar Motor and “I feel that the F1 activities his multi-million dollar tabloid inquiry since he crashed But that is not a big issue in my Motorcycle Federation may get a big boost after the endorsement contracts have yet his car outside his house in the opinion. As I said, it is a fast President and Losail Circuit Sir Frank Williams, Team Principal (left), with Alex Burns, CEO of Williams Team’s successful use been cancelled by the likes of early hours of November 27 amid track with a very long and chal- General Manager Nasser bin Williams F1 racing team, at a press conference at the Losail of the track spreads around the companies like Nike and allegations of a massive fight lenging straight course. Khalifa al Attiya. He was under- International Circuit, on Thursday. (HANSON K JOSEPH) world,” added al Attiya. Gillette, according to ABC between him and his wife.
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