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FRIDAY        DECEMBER 11, 2009                DHU AL-HIJJAH 24, 1430                                                                                                                                                           VOL. 4 NO. 1194 QR 2


                                                              PM MEETS US DEPUTY SECRETARY OF ENERGY
 WORLD
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Obama defends
                                                                                                                                                                                          war at Nobel Peace
                                                                                                                                                                                          Prize investiture
                                                                                                                                                                                          AP                                 but reflects a White House
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that sees little value in extra
                                                                                                                                                                                          OSLO   US President Barack         pictures of the president, his
                                                                                                                                                                                          Obama entered the pantheon         poll numbers dropping at
                                                                                                                                                                                          of Nobel Peace Prize winners       home, taking an overseas vic-
                                                                                                                                                                                          on Thursday with humble            tory lap while thousands of US
 Philippine rebels hold 57 captive                                                                                                                                                        words, acknowledging his own       troops prepare to go off to war
 Government-armed former militia-                                                                                                                                                         few accomplishments while          and millions of Americans
 men took more than 70 villagers and                                                                                                                                                      delivering a robust defence of     remain jobless.
 children hostage on Thursday from a                                                                                                                                                      war and promising to use the          Just nine days after ordering
 southern      Philippines      village,                                                                                                                                                  prestigious award to “reach for    30,000 more US troops into
 demanding charges be dropped                                                                                                                                                             the world that ought to be.”       battle in Afghanistan, Obama
 against them before they would free                                                                                                                                                        A wartime president hon-         delivered a Nobel acceptance
 the captives. 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

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                                                                                                                 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
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                                                                                                                 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.



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                                        Time to wake up
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                                                                               capital. But it’s too late. Global
                                                                               warming has already started
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                                        Friedman on Thursday.
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                                                                               warming, we will face unprece-
                                                                               dented disaster in the years to
                                                                               come. The time is not to control
                                                                                                                                                                   Amistake when it,being a
                                                                                                                                                                     mistake
                                                                                                                                                                             stops

                                                                                                                                                                   you’ve made
                                                                                                                                                                                  you admit
                                                                                                                                                                                       make
                                                                                                                                                                                                     do something to make it
                                                                                                                                                                                                     worse such as eating, drink-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ing, spending, pouting,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       and it is out of my gratitude
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to them for caring that I take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in what they say to me and
   QT will carry your voice to          mate change and concluded              the damage already done but to           “Unless we contain global                  amends (if necessary) for it,     becoming sullen and/or get-       let myself off the hook.
    the public and to places            that if America prepares for cli-      prevent further damage.                     warming, we will face                   learn the lesson it has to        ting angry at someone else, I     Having this conversation not
                                        mate change by building a                 One hopes that the leaders                                                       teach you, and implement          would miss out on learning        only calms me down, it helps
        where it matters.               clean- power economy, it would         gathered at Copenhagen will              unprecedented disaster in                  that lesson going forward so      that important lesson             me feel thankful to and miss
          Write to us at                be more stronger, more innova-         arrive at consensus on contain-            the years to come. The                   that it never reoccurs.           because I would be too busy       those people (who have now
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                                        ent. While agreeing in toto with       that, I also feel that although we                                                  other people I had a fear of         Something that has             better side of my personality
                                        the arguments forwarded by             talk about global warming and               damage already done                     making mistakes. Then I           helped me “white knuckle” it      to begin to take back control
                 ADDRESS                Friedman, I feel what he has           the need to reduce emissions, it                but to prevent                      realised something which          through the moments when          of my actions.
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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.
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14:10 All New Planet's Funniest Animals       12:25 Looney Tunes                           09:00 [V] Tunes: Rock                                                                               15:30 Little People, Big World                                                                        04:25 Katoque 2
14:40 Air Jaws 2                              12:50 King Arthur's Disasters                10:00 Double Shot                                                                                   15:55 Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations                                                               05:05 Kung Mawawala Ka
15:35 Lemur Street                            13:15 Top Cat                                11:00 Back Tracks                                                                                   16:45 While You Were Out                                                                              05:30 Te Amo
16:00 Monkey Business                         13:40 Scooby-doo And Scrappy-doo             12:00 Loop                                                                                                                                         EXTREME SPORTS
                                                                                                                                                                                               17:35 Tommy Walsh's Flip That House USA        00:00 King Of The Cage 1                               05:50 Life Tunes
16:30 Pet Rescue                              14:05 Help! It's The Hair Bear Bunch         13:00 [V] Plug                                                                                      18:00 Grand Designs                                                                                   06:20 The Sweet Life
16:55 Pet Passport                            14:30 Mike, Lu & Og                          13:30 Double Shot                                                                                                                                  01:00 Winter X Games 12
                                                                                                                                               DISCOVERY CHANNEL                               18:50 The Restorer Guy                         02:00 Quattro Int Events: Freeride World               07:05 Tweetbiz...The Bizniz Of Chizmiz
17:25 Wildlife Sos                            14:55 Time Squad                             14:00 Back Tracks                                                                                   19:15 The Restorer Guy                                                                                07:35 Rx Men
17:50 E-Vets: The Interns                     15:20 Sheep In The Big City                  15:00 [V] Tunes: Urban                              00:00 Destroyed In Seconds                                                                           Tour Kickoff 2009
                                                                                                                                               00:30 Destroyed In Seconds                      19:40 Miami Ink                                                                                       08:15 News On Q
18:20 Animal Cops Philadelphia                15:45 The Scooby Doo Show                    16:00 [V] Plug                                                                                                                                     02:30 Quattro Int Events: Surftrip Faroer Islands      08:55 Katoque 2
                                                                                                                                               01:00 Miami Ink                                 20:30 Jon & Kate Plus 8                        03:00 King Of The Cage 1
20:10 Africa's Super Seven                    16:10 Hong Kong Phooey                       16:30 The Playlist                                                                                  21:20 Little People, Big World                                                                        09:40 Philippine Explorer
21:10 Animal Cops South Africa                16:35 Popeye                                 17:00 Loop                                          02:00 Ultimate Survival                                                                        04:00 LGAction Sports World Championships 2008         10:10 Twin Hearts
                                                                                                                                               02:55 Overhaulin'                               22:10 La Ink                                   05:00 Ride Guide Mountain Bike 2008 9
22:05 Untamed & Uncut                         17:00 Tom & Jerry                            18:00 [V] Special                                                                                   23:00 The Restorer Guy                                                                                10:35 Pinakamamahal
23:55 Animal Cops Philadelphia                17:20 Top Cat                                19:00 [V] Tunes: Urban                              03:50 Rides                                                                                    05:30 Ride Guide Mountain Bike 2008 10                 11:00 Balitanghali
                                                                                                                                               04:45 Mythbusters                               23:50 Miami Ink                                06:00 Breitling Airsports 2009
                                              17:45 Wacky Races                            20:00 [V] Tunes: XXX                                                                                                                                                                                      11:40 Quickfire
                                              18:00 Dastardly And Muttley                  21:00 Loop                                          05:40 How Does It Work                                                                         06:30 Breitling Airsports 2009                         11:50 My Favorite Recipes
                                              18:30 The Scooby Doo Show                    22:00 Back Tracks                                   06:05 Ultimate Survival                                                                        07:00 Winter X Games 12                                12:00 Te Amo
                                              19:00 Johnny Bravo                           23:00 HP Space                                      07:00 Really Big Things                                                                        08:00 Breitling Airsports 2009                         12:25 Kung Mawawala Ka
                                              19:30 Dexter's Laboratory                                                                        07:55 Rides                                                                                    08:30 Breitling Airsports 2009                         12:50 Fashionistas By Heart
                                              20:00 Popeye Classics                                                                            08:50 Overhaulin'                                                                              09:00 Ticket To Ride 2008                              13:30 Now And Forever: Duyan
BBC ENTERTAINMENT                             20:20 The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop                                                             09:45 How It's Made                                                                            09:30 Ticket To Ride 2008                              14:00 Daisy Siete "Prince Charming And
00:15 Red Dwarf                               20:45 King Arthur's Disasters                                                                    10:10 Mythbusters                               DISNEY CHANNEL                                 10:00 Winter X Games 12                                       The Seven Maids"
00:45 Suburban Shootout                       21:10 The Jetsons                                                                                11:05 Ultimate Survival                         00:00 My Friends Tigger And Pooh               11:00 Quattro Int Events: SAAS Fee Ride 09             14:30 Full Time Moms
01:15 Suburban Shootout                       21:35 The Flintstones                                                                            12:00 Destroyed In Seconds                      00:20 Handy Manny                              11:30 Quattro Int Events: PKRA Chile 2009              15:20 The Sweet Life
02:35 Model Gardens                           22:00 Looney Tunes                           CINEMA CITY                                         12:30 Destroyed In Seconds                      00:45 Special Agent Oso                        12:00 Breitling Airsports 2009                         16:05 Chances Are
03:00 Model Gardens                           22:25 Tom & Jerry                            01:20 Ba'al                                         12:55 How It's Made                             01:10 Lazytown                                 12:30 Breitling Airsports 2009                         16:45 Twin Hearts
04:25 Suburban Shootout                       22:50 The Scooby Doo Show                    03:00 Men Of Honor                                  13:25 How Does It Work                          01:35 Lazytown                                 13:00 Ticket To Ride 2008                              17:05 My Favorite Recipes
04:55 Suburban Shootout                       23:15 Wacky Races                            05:10 House                                         13:50 Fifth Gear                                02:00 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                   13:30 Ticket To Ride 2008                              17:15 Balitanghali
06:35 Bargain Hunt                            23:40 Dastardly And Muttley                  07:00 Saving Sarah Cain                             14:15 Ultimate Survival                         02:25 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                   14:00 Ride Guide Mountain Bike 2008 1                  18:00 Tweetbiz...The Bizniz Of Chizmiz
07:20 Tweenies: Set 13                                                                     09:00 More Of Me                                    15:10 Miami Ink                                 02:45 Handy Manny                              14:30 Ride Guide Mountain Bike 2008 2                  18:30 Full Time Moms
07:40 Little Robots: Series 3 & 4                                                          10:30 US Top 10 2009-2010                           16:05 Mythbusters                               03:10 Special Agent Oso                        15:00 Quattro Int Events: SAAS Fee Ride 09             19:20 Fashionistas By Heart
07:50 Teletubbies: Set 1                                                                   11:00 Dark World                                    17:00 Ultimate Survival                         03:35 Brandy And Mr Whiskers                   15:30 Quattro Int Events: PKRA Chile 2009              20:00 The Sweet Life
08:15 The Roly Mo Show: Set 3                                                              13:00 Memories Of An Invisible Man                  18:00 Destroyed In Seconds                      04:00 Fairly Odd Parents                       16:00 Breitling Airsports 2009                         20:45 Quickfire 2
08:30 Tikkabilla: Set 1                                                                    15:00 Doctor Dolittle 4: Tail To The Chief          18:30 Destroyed In Seconds                      04:25 Hannah Montana                           16:30 Breitling Airsports 2009                         20:55 My Favorite Recipes
10:40 Bargain Hunt                                                                         16:30 US Top 10 2009-2010                           19:00 Overhaulin'                               04:45 I Got A Rocket                           17:00 Ticket To Ride 2008                              21:05 Chances Are
11:25 Model Gardens                           CARTOON NETWORK                              17:00 Custody                                       20:00 How It's Made                             05:10 Wizards Of Waverly Place                 18:00 Winter X Games 12                                21:45 News On Q
                                              00:15 Out Of Jimmy's Head                    18:30 US Top 10 2009-2010                           20:30 How Does It Work                          05:35 Phineas And Ferb                         19:00 AST Winter Dew Tour                              22:25 Kung Mawawala Ka
11:50 Model Gardens                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  22:45 Te Amo
13:15 The Weakest Link: S9                    00:40 Chop Socky Chooks                      19:00 Constellation                                 21:00 Time Warp                                 06:00 Higglytown Heroes                        20:00 Ride Guide Mountain Bike 2008
                                              01:05 Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends                                                        21:30 Time Warp                                 06:10 My Friends Tigger And Pooh               21:00 Ticket To Ride 2008                              23:05 Pinakamamahal
15:00 Bargain Hunt                                                                         21:00 The Watch                                                                                                                                                                                           23:25 Life Tunes
16:15 Antiques Roadshow                       01:30 Cramp Twins                            22:50 Circle                                                                                        06:35 Handy Manny                              22:00 Quattro Int Events: SAAS Fee Ride 09
                                              01:55 George Of The Jungle                                                                                                                       07:00 Special Agent Oso                        22:30 Quattro Int Events: PKRA Chile 2009              23:55 Kids On Q
17:15 The Weakest Link: S9
20:00 Antiques Roadshow                       02:20 Adrenalini Brothers                                                                                                                        07:20 Lazytown                                 23:00 AST Winter Dew Tour
                                              02:45 Gadget Boy                                                                                                                                 07:45 Lazytown
                                              03:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy                                                                                                                             08:10 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
                                              03:35 Class Of 3000                                                                                                                              08:35 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
                                              04:00 The Powerpuff Girls                                                                        DISCOVERY SCIENCE                               09:00 Handy Manny
                                              04:15 Samurai Jack                           CNBC US                                             00:40 Superships                                09:25 Special Agent Oso
                                              04:40 The Secret Saturdays                   00:00 TBA                                           01:30 Human Body: Ultimate Machine              09:45 Brandy And Mr Whiskers                                                                          GMA PINOY TV
BLOOMBERG TELEVISION                          05:05 Chowder                                00:30 TBA                                           02:20 Science Of The Movies                     10:10 Fairly Odd Parents                       FANN                                                   00:00 Cont. Of Saksi
00:00 After The Bell                          05:30 Ben 10                                 01:00 US Street Signs                               03:10 Mission Implausible                       10:35 Hannah Montana                           01:30 Aghani Concert: Abdel Halim Hafez                00:15 Reporter's Notebook
01:00 Money And Politics                      05:55 Best Ed                                02:00 Live Asia Programming                         04:00 Beyond Tomorrow                           11:00 I Got A Rocket                           03:00 Aghani Concert: Mohammad Abdou                   00:50 Born To Be Wild
02:00 Bloomberg Live!                         06:20 Robotboy                               05:00 CNBC's Cash Flow                              04:50 Sci-fi: Saved My Life                     11:25 Wizards Of Waverly Place                 04:00 Aghani Arabia (Mix)                              01:25 Shout Out! The Starstruck Dailies
                                                                                                                            Channel Surfing                                                                                                                                          Friday, December 11, 2009                       13

                                                                                                                         BEST ON TV TONIGHT




8:30 pm Star Movies: HOME ALONE 2: LOST IN NEW YORK                                8:00 pm Star World: MY NAME IS EARL                                               9:00 pm MBC Max: SPIDER-MAN II                                                     8:00 pm Fox Sports: NHL: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS AT MONTREAL CANADIENS


                                                                                                                          TV PRIME TIME GUIDE
                        STAR MOVIES                     SUPER MOVIES                 SHOWCOMEDY                      STAR WORLD                       MBC ACTION                      MBC MAX                     BOOMERANG                  CARTOON NETWORK                        EXTREME SPORTS                     FOX SPORTS


  7:00 PM               WILD HOGS                                                   THE SIMPSONS            MEDICAL INVESTIGATIONS              HARPER'S ISLAND                 THE THIRD WHEEL                JOHNNY BRAVO             CASPER'S SCARE SCHOOL                  AST WINTER DEW TOUR             DREAM TEAM SEASON 7
                                                     WE ARE MARSHALL
                         [18:20]                          [18:45]                      [15:00]
                                                                                                                                                                                                           DEXTER'S LABORATORY                SQUIRREL BOY
  7:30 PM
                                                                                                                                                                                                              POPEYE CLASSICS              CARTOON NETWORK
                                                                                                                 MY NAME IS EARL                                                                                                              DANCE CLUB                       RIDE GUIDE MOUNTAIN
                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE PERILS OF                                                         BIKE 2008
  8:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                    PENELOPE PITSTOP               THE MARVELOUS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           MISADVENTURES OF
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               FLAPJACK
  8:30 PM              VIP ACCESS:                                                                               MY NAME IS EARL                     MOST DARING                                         KING ARTHUR'S DISASTERS
                     NINJA ASSASSIN                                                                                                                                                                                                       CHOP SOCKY CHOOKS                      TICKET TO RIDE 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                THE JETSONS                MY GYM PARTNER'S
  9:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      A MONKEY                                                           NHL: PITTSBURGH
                                                                                      MY FAMILY                        SCRUBS                                                                                                                                                                                  PENGUINS AT MONTREAL
                                                                                       [15:30]                                                                                    SPIDER-MAN II               THE FLINTSTONES                ED, EDD N EDDY                                                         CANADIENS
  9:30 PM                                               GET SMART                                                                                                                                                                                                               QUATTRO INT EVENTS:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 SKUNK FU!                       SAAS FEE RIDE 09
                                                                                                                                                                                                               LOONEY TUNES
                                                                                                                       SCRUBS                                                                                                            THE SECRET SATURDAYS
 10:00 PM            HOME ALONE 2:                                                                                                               CRIMINAL MINDS
                    LOST IN NEW YORK                                                                                                                                                                            TOM & JERRY               BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE

 10:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  THE LIFE & TIMES OF                  QUATTRO INT EVENTS:
                                                                                                                 PAINKILLER JANE                                                                          THE SCOOBY DOO SHOW                 JUNIPER LEE                         PKRA CHILE 2009
                                                     CHARLIE VALENTINE
                                                         (16 BY 9)                                                                                                                                                                               CAMP LAZLO
 11:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                       WACKY RACES
                                                                              THE DAILY SHOW WITH                                                                                                                                             SAMURAI JACK
                                                                                  JON STEWART                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FIGHTING SPIRIT
 11:30 PM         ALIEN RESURRECTION                                                 [21:00]                         ELI STONE                       SUPERCROSS                   FIRST KNIGHT            DASTARDLY AND MUTTLEY                  MEGAS XLR                     AST WINTER DEW TOUR                    CAGE RAGE

                                            MOVIES                                                  TV PROGRAMMES                                                  MBC CHANNELS                                             CHILDREN’S TELEVISION                                                        SPORTS


                                                                                                                             TELEVISION LISTING
01:40   Unang Hirit                             20:00 So You Think You Can Dance            19:30    Playlist                                09:00    Celebrity Real Life Stories          15:00   The Simpsons                          13:00      Sky Today                                   16:55   Cities Of The Underworld 2
04:35   Reporter's Notebook                     22:00 White Oleander                        20:00    Making The Band                         09:30    Daily Top 5                          15:30   The Simpsons                          16:00      Live At One With Colin Brazier              17:50   Modern Marvels 3
05:10   Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit                                                         21:00    Play List                               10:00    The Main Event                       16:00   The Simpsons                          17:00      Afternoon Live With Kay Burley              18:40   Mega Movers (Yr 2)
05:40   Tinik Sa Dibdib                                                                     22:00    MTV Live                                11:00    Sports Block                         16:30   The Simpsons                          20:00      Live At Five With Jeremy Thompson           19:30   Man Moment Machine 2
06:10   Sis                                                                                 23:00    Pure Arabia                             13:00    CHB (Celebrity Home And Business)    17:00   The Simpsons                          21:00      Live At Five With Jeremy Thompson           20:20   Dogfights (Year 3)
07:00   Ka Blog!                                                                                                                             13:30    Stop, Talk And Listen                17:30   According To Jim                      22:00      Sky.Com News                                21:10   Ax Men
07:45   Happy Land                                                                                                                           14:30    Duda                                 18:00   According To Jim                      22:30      News, Sport Weather                         22:00   Conspiracy? (Re-licence)
08:30   Eat Bulaga                                                                                                                           16:30    Celebrity Real Life Stories          18:30   According To Jim                      23:00      News, Sport And Weather                     22:55   Digging For The Truth
10:25   Kaya Kong Abutin Ang Langit             MBC MAX                                                                                      17:00    Orbit Block                          19:00   Medical Investigations                                                                       23:50   Monsterquest
10:55   Tinik Sa Dibdib                         01:00 Mr Deeds                                                                               17:30    Daily Top 5                          20:00   My Name Is Earl
11:25   Ikaw Sana                               03:00 Down In The Valley                                                                     18:00    Sports Block                         20:30   My Name Is Earl
11:55   Family Feud                             04:30 Coming to America                     MUSIC NOW                                        20:00    The Main Event                       21:00   Scrubs
12:20   Born To Be Wild                         07:30 Little Men                            00:00 Top 10 Cairo                               21:00    CHB (Celebrity Home And Business)    21:30   Scrubs
12:55   Darna                                   09:00 Ace of Hearts                         01:00 Mazaj                                      21:30    Stop, Talk And Listen                22:00   Painkiller Jane
13:30   Full House                              10:30 Down In The Valley                    03:00 Arabesque                                  22:30    Duda                                 23:00   Eli Stone                             SUPER COMEDY                                           TRACE
14:00   Stairway To Heaven                      13:30 Mr Deeds                              05:00 Late Lite                                                                                                                              00:30 Jay Leno Show                                    01:00   Code
14:35   Chika Minute                            15:00 Meet The Robinsons                    07:00 Sabaho                                                                                                                                 01:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine              01:04   Hip Hop Us
14:45   24 Oras                                 17:00 It's a Boy Girl Thing                 09:00 Arabesque                                                                                                                              02:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show                         01:35   Playlist
16:00   Eat Bulaga                              19:00 The Third Wheel                       11:00 Rush Hour                                                                                                                              03:00 Everybody Loves Raymond                          02:00   Urban Hit
17:40   Shout Out! The Starstruck Dailies       21:00 Spider-Man II                         12:00 Arabesque                                                                                                                              03:30 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon                     02:45   Playlist
17:55   Family Feud                             23:00 First Knight                          13:00 Cosmix                                                                                                                                 04:30 Jimmy Kimmel Live                                05:00   Code
18:25   Ikaw Sana                                                                           15:00 Arabesque                                  PLAYHOUSE DISNEY                              SHOWCOMEDY                                    05:30 Jay Leno Show                                    05:04   Playlist
18:55   Full House                                                                          17:00 Mediterranee                               08:00 Little Einsteins                        00:00 The Simpsons                            06:30 The New Adventures Of Old Christine              08:00   Code
19:25   Darna                                                                               18:00 Awtar                                      08:25 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                  00:30 My Family                               07:00 Frasier                                          08:04   French Only
19:55   Stairway To Heaven                                                                  20:30 Duo                                        08:50 Handy Manny                             01:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart         07:30 All Of Us                                        08:35   Playlist
20:25   Chika Minute                                                                        21:00 Heart Beat                                 09:15 Lazytown                                01:30 The Colbert Report                      08:00 The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien              13:00   Code
20:40   24 Oras                                                                             22:00 Aghani Khalijea                            09:40 My Friends Tigger And Pooh              02:00 Comedy Central Presents                 09:00 The Ellen Degeneres Show                         13:04   Urban Hit
21:40   Eat Bulaga                                                                                                                           10:05 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                  02:30 Comedy Central Presents                 10:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live                                13:50   Playlist
                                                MGM                                                                                                                                        03:00 Home Improvement
22:50   Darna                                   00:55 Mad Dog Coll                                                                           10:30 Handy Manny                                                                           11:00 Everybody Loves Raymond                          16:00   Code
23:20   Tinik Sa Dibdib                                                                                                                      10:40 Special Agent Oso Thunder               03:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart         11:30 Frasier                                          16:04   Africa
                                                02:35 Hot Under The Collar                                                                                                                 04:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
23:50   Saksi                                   03:30 Hot Under The Collar                                                                   11:05 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                12:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine              16:35   Playlist
                                                                                                                                             11:30 Chuggington                             04:30 The Colbert Report                      12:30 All Of Us                                        18:00   Urban Hit
                                                04:00 Wisdom                                                                                                                               05:00 Less Than Perfect
                                                05:50 Playing Mona Lisa                                                                      11:55 Imagination Movers                                                                    13:00 Jay Leno Show                                    18:45   Playlist
                                                                                            ORBIT NEWS 1                                     12:15 Handy Manny                             05:30 Will And Grace                          14:00 The Tonight Show With Conan O'Brien              19:00   Trace Video Mix
                                                07:25 Great Balls Of Fire                                                                                                                  06:00 My Wife And Kids
                                                09:10 Hennessy                              00:30 ABC News Now                               12:40 My Friends Tigger And Pooh                                                            15:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon                     20:00   Code
                                                                                            01:00 ABC News Now As Live                       13:05 Little Einsteins                        06:30 Home Improvement                        17:00 Everybody Loves Raymond                          20:04   New
                                                10:55 Death Rides A Horse                                                                                                                  07:00 Fresh Prince Of Bel Air
                                                12:50 The Escape                            02:00 ABC Nightline                              13:30 Bunnytown                                                                             17:30 Frasier                                          20:35   Playlist
MBC ACTION                                                                                  02:30 ABC World News Live 2009                   13:55 Stanley                                 07:30 Three Sisters                           19:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine              23:00   Club 10
                                                14:20 The Glory Stompers                                                                                                                   08:00 Less Than Perfect
00:00 Californication                           15:45 Broadway Danny Rose                   03:00 NBC Nightly News Live                      14:35 Little Einsteins                                                                      19:30 Two And A Half Men                               23:45   Playlist
01:00 Criminal Minds                                                                        03:30 ABC World News                             15:00 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                  08:30 Scrubs
                                                17:10 The Happy Hooker                                                                                                                     09:00 The Nanny
02:00 Stealth                                   18:45 Defiance                              04:00 NBC The Today Show                         15:25 My Friends Tigger And Pooh
03:30 Californication                                                                       07:00 NBC Nightly News                           15:35 Handy Manny                             09:30 Rita Rocks
                                                20:25 A Funny Thing Happened On The                                                                                                        10:00 Will And Grace
04:30 Gladiators UK                                   Way To The Forum                      07:35 ABC Nightline Live                         16:00 Lazytown
05:00 Most Daring                                                                           08:05 ABC World News                             16:25 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                  10:30 My Wife And Kids
                                                22:00 Fled                                                                                                                                 11:00 Seinfeld
06:00 Terminator- Series                        23:35 Home Is Where The Hart Is             08:30 NBC Nightly News                           16:50 Little Einsteins
06:45 Harper's Island                                                                       09:00 Newshour PBS                               17:15 My Friends Tigger And Pooh              11:30 Scrubs                                  SUPER MOVIES
                                                                                                                                                                                           14:30 Rita Rocks                                                                                     XTRA MOVIES
07:30 Law & Order: SVU                                                                      10:00 ABC Nightline                              17:30 Handy Manny                                                                           00:30 US Top 10 2009-2010                              01:40 Ninja Cheerleaders
08:15 K-Ville                                                                               10:30 NBC Nightly News                           18:45 Chuggington                             15:00 The Simpsons                            01:00 Redacted
                                                                                                                                                                                           15:30 My Family                                                                                      03:30 Outlander
09:00 The Amazing Race                                                                      11:00 ABC World News Now Live                    19:00 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                02:30 US Top 10 2009-2010                              05:30 Chariots Of Fire
09:45 Top Gear                                                                              12:00 ABC World News Now Live                    19:25 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                  21:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart         03:00 The Deal                                         07:35 In Memory Of My Father
10:30 Criss Angel                                                                           12:30 NBC Early Today Live                       19:45 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                04:45 Superman Returns                                 09:30 The Negotiator
11:30 Gladiators UK                             MNL TV                                      13:00 ABC America This Morning Live              20:00 My Friends Tigger And Pooh                                                            07:20 Babylon AD                                       11:50 Memories Of An Invisible Man
12:00 K-Ville                                   00:00 Timplang Pinoy                        14:00 ABC America This Morning Live              20:25 Little Einsteins                                                                      09:00 The Rocker                                       13:30 The New World
13:00 Stealth                                   01:00 Pinoy Top Picks                       14:30 NBC Early Today                            20:50 Special Agent Oso                                                                     11:00 Wendy And Lucy                                   15:50 In Memory Of My Father
15:00 Criminal Minds                            02:00 Pinoy Express                         15:00 NBC The Today Show Live                    21:00 End Of Programming                                                                    12:30 US Top 10 2009-2010                              17:50 Heights
16:00 Law & Order: SVU                          04:00 Pinoy Top Picks                       19:00 ABC News Now                                                                                                                           13:00 The Lake House                                   19:30 Heartbreakers
17:00 K-Ville                                                                               20:00 MSNBC Dr Nancy Live                                                                      SHOWMOVIES 1                                  15:00 Jumper
                                                05:00 Balik Music Box                                                                                                                      01:00 Kings Of South Beach                                                                           21:35 Jindabyne
18:00 Terminator- Series                        06:00 Emo                                   21:00 MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports Live                                                                                                     16:45 Star Wars: The Clone Wars                        23:40 Little Children
19:00 Harper's Island                                                                       22:00 Newshour PBS                                                                             03:00 Step Brothers                           18:45 We Are Marshall
                                                07:00 Timplang Pinoy                                                                                                                       04:45 The Who Anthology
20:00 Most Daring                               09:00 Pinoy Top Picks                       23:00 MSNBC Countdown w/ K Olbermann                                                                                                         21:00 Get Smart
21:00 Criminal Minds                                                                        23:59 ABC News Now Live                                                                        07:00 Perfect Holiday                         23:00 Charlie Valentine (16 By 9)
                                                10:00 Pinoy Express                                                                                                                        09:00 Daddy Day Camp
22:00 Supercross                                11:00 M&l Konek                                                                              STAR MOVIES
                                                                                                                                             00:05 Shadow Conspiracy                       11:00 Center Stage 2: Turn It Up
                                                12:00 Pinoy Top Picks                                                                                                                      13:00 Wall-E
                                                13:00 Balik Music Box                                                                        01:45 Return To Me
                                                                                                                                             03:40 Sandlot                                 15:00 Daddy Day Camp
                                                14:00 Emo                                                                                                                                  16:45 Center Stage 2: Turn It Up                                                                     ZONE CLUB
                                                15:00 Timplang Pinoy                                                                         05:20 Supernova
                                                                                                                                             06:50 Shadow Conspiracy                       18:30 Wall-E                                                                                         00:45 Take My Kids Please!
                                                16:00 Gudtaym!                              ORBIT NEWS 2                                                                                   21:00 The Incredible Hulk                     TCM                                                    01:10 Retail Therapy
                                                17:00 Pinoy Top Picks                                                                        08:30 Sandlot
                                                                                            00:00 MSNBC News Live                            10:10 City On Fire                            23:00 I Now Pronounce You Chuck And Larry     01:20      The Teahouse Of The August Moon             01:35 Arresting Design/ Series 1
                                                18:00 Pinoy Express                         01:00 MSNBC Hardball Live                        11:25 Planet Of The Apes                                                                    03:25      Soylent Green                               02:30 Girly Ghosthunters
MBC 2                                           20:00 Pinoy Top Picks                                                                                                                                                                    05:00      Savage Messiah
01:00   Strange Wilderness                                                                  02:00 MSNBC The Ed Show Live                     13:25 28 Weeks Later                                                                                                                               02:55 My Parent's House S4
                                                21:00 Ok Ka Fairy Ko                        03:00 MSNBC Hardball As Live                     15:00 Outsourced                                                                            06:40      Go West                                     03:20 Single In Atlanta
03:00   This Thing of Ours                      22:00 Emo                                                                                    16:45 Bachelor Party 2: The Last Tempt                                                      08:00      The Postman Always Rings Twice
04:30   When Saturday Comes                                                                 04:00 MSNBC Countdown w/ K Olbermann Live                                                                                                                                                           04:10 A Place In The Sun
                                                23:00 Timplang Pinoy                        05:00 MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show Live          18:20 Wild Hogs                                                                             09:50      Screening Room, The Toronto Film Festival   05:05 Big Boutique S2
06:00   Pet Sematary 2                                                                                                                       20:00 VIP Access: Ninja Assassin                                                            10:20      The Three Musketeers
07:30   Nascar 3D: The IMAX Experience                                                      06:00 MSNBCCountdown w/ K Olbermann As Live                                                                                                                                                         05:30 Art And Soul
                                                                                            07:00 MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show As Live       20:30 Home Alone 2: Lost In New York          SHOWSPORTS 1                                  12:25      The Unsinkable Molly Brown                  06:20 Girly Ghosthunters
09:00   The Falcon And The Snowman                                                                                                           22:30 Alien Resurrection                                                                    14:30      Kissin' Cousins
11:00   Man On Fire                                                                         08:00 MSNBC Hardball As Live                                                                   02:00 Premier League: Wigan Vs Birmingham                                                            06:45 Real Weddings From The Knot 9
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14           Friday, December 11, 2009                                                                                   India

Telangana to be 29th state: Chidambaram
REUTERS & AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     TELANGANA: FAST FORWARD
HYDERABAD       India will carve a                                                                                                                                                            Some facts about Andhra Pradesh’s Telangana region, which is all set to get
new state out of southern                                                                                                                                                                     the status of a separate state:
Andhra Pradesh, home to sever-                                                                                                                                                                I Telangana, meaning ‘land of Telugus’, was part of the erstwhile princely state
al major international compa-                                                                                                                                                                 of Hyderabad.
nies, a move that could fuel
                                                                                                                                                                                              I After the accession of Hyderabad State with India in 1948, Telangana remained
social unrest and separatist
demands in other states.                                                                                                                                                                      a separate state till 1956 when it was merged with Andhra State, carved out of
   The government’s decision                                                                                                                                                                  Madras province, to form Andhra Pradesh. 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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