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LADY GAGA US CAGERS CROWNED EMERGE QUEEN AT CHAMPS MTV MUSIC AFTER AWARDS 16-YEAR WAIT PAGE 28 | CHILL OUT PAGE 35 | SPORTS www.qatar-tribune.com First with the news and what’s behind it TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 14, 2010 SHAWWAL 5, 1431 I Newsline I Nationline I Businessline I Lifeline I Sportsline VOL. 5 NO. 1471 QR 2 Direct M-E talks a futile exercise: Palestinian expats IHSAN YOUSSEF the critical situation in the ments in Israel’s history extend the freeze on settle- DOHA occupied land, most opposed to any ‘land for ments,” said Ayman, betray- Palestinian expatriates peace’ deal with the ing a deep-seated scepticism EVEN as leaders of Palestine Qatar Tribune talked to Palestinians. among the Palestinians who and Israel get ready for the sounded pes- “We have consider the latest peace bid next round of direct talks in the Egyptian resort city of Sharm-el-Sheikh, Palestini- simistic about the outcome of the exercise. QT already seen Exclusive that apart from the rhet- nothing but an exercise in futility. Leave apart the settlement ans in Qatar seem to have lit- Ayman Yaseena, a journal- oric of the recent summit in issue, negotiations could also tle hope that the talks could ist, said the Israeli Prime Washington, there has been be derailed by incidents like succeed. Minister Benjamin Netan- no hint of a real progress in the attack claimed by Hamas Disillusioned by past fail- yahu was leading one of the the matter what with Israel ures and painfully aware of most right-leaning govern- showing no willingness to Ayman Yaseena Nawal al Qassim Yehia al Agha CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 DOW JONES 10,502 QE 7,510 QATAR STARS LEAGUE-III KICKS OFF +40 PTS +56 PTS Stage set Lekhwiya makes dream SENSEX 19,208 CURRENCY +409 PTS Indian Rupee Philippine Peso HOT AND HUMID 12.76 12.09 for FIFA WEATHER 0 0 HIGH: 43 C | LOW: 31 C panel’s visit Newsline 16 killed in Kashmir protests debut, mauls Sailiya 4-0 today TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK DOHA AS many as 15 protesters were THE stage is set for the six- killed and scores of others wounded JAI NARAIN PANDEY member FIFA inspection on Monday in confrontations across DOHA team arriving in Doha to the Kashmir valley fuelled in part by review the country’s infra- a report that the Holy Quran was LEKHWIYA made its debut in the structure and plans to host desecrated in the United States, a Qatar Stars League with a bang the 2022 World Cup. police ofﬁcial said. A police ofﬁcer with Mohammed Razaq pumping The FIFA team, which will was also killed. (PG 14) all the 4 goals of the match into the be on a three-day visit begin- Al Sailiya goalpost to open the ning on Tuesday, will view league season at the Gharaffa presentations on Qatar’s Clinton heads to M-E for talks Stadium on Monday. vision and plans, in addition The second match of the day to meeting with dignitaries ISRAELI Prime between Umm Salal and Al Arabi and experiencing local culture Minister Benjamin Sports Club ended in a 2-2 draw. and cuisine. Netanyahu’s The Lekhwiya spark came on Qatar 2022 Bid Committee remarks on only in the 55th minute of the play Chairman HE Sheikh restricting new as their defender Razaq, lurking in Mohammed bin Hamad bin Israeli housing in the rival box, took advantage of the West Bank the goalmouth melee to give are the latest hur- Lekhwiya the lead in the 56th The team will be dle for Secretary of State Hillary minute. Three more goals by shown a presenta- Rodham Clinton as she ﬂies to Razaq at quick intervals in the tion on Qatar’s Egypt and Israel for the next round 59th, 62nd and 89th minute of the development of of Middle East peace talks. Clinton match gave no chance to Sailiya environmentally- left Washington on Monday. (PG 7) even to reduce the margin. friendly cooling With four new recruits — Bakari technology on Kone and Aruna Dindane of Ivory Tuesday. Oil prices near $80 on US Coast, Hasanov Jasur of pipeline closure Uzbekistan and Abdeslam Khalifa al Thani said the FIFA Ouaddou from Morocco — team’s visit was an important OIL prices rose strongly on Lekhwia had sounded the warning milestone in the journey of Monday, nearing $80 following bell in the Sheikh Jassim Cup Qatar’s bid and a seminal the closure of a key pipeline carry- tournament by defeating defend- moment in the sport of foot- ing crude to the United States and ing QSL champion Al Gharafa 1-0 ball throughout the region. strong Chinese industrial data, and Al Sadd Club 2-1 before “We are thrilled to have the analysts said. New York’s main losing the ﬁnal to Al Arabi on opportunity to present our contract, light sweet crude for September 5. bid, in all its detail and ambi- delivery in October, jumped $1.15 Al Sailiya, which had ﬁnished at Al Sailiya’s Ali Mejbel Fartous (left) and Dami Trawri (right) of Lekhwiya vie for the ball during the ﬁrst QSL match tion, to the visiting team of to $77.60 a barrel. Brent North the 11th position in the league with played at Al Gharaffa Sports Club Stadium, in Doha, on Monday. Lekhwiya outplayed Sailiya 4-1. (MANEESH BAKSHI) the world governing body of Sea crude for October advanced 19 points last season, could not football.” 75 cents to $78.91 in mid-after- match the aggressive style of its Lekwiya could have scored more 33rd minute. inside. The third goal was scored The FIFA team will be noon London trade. (PG 29) opponent and kept the ball drib- goals but for the brilliant saves by The defence line of Sailiya was almost the same way. But Kone shown a presentation on bling before losing the grip over it. Sailiya goalie Mohammed Aneas so weak that their players failed to and Hasanov were instrumental Qatar’s ground-breaking And, the Lekhwiya trio of who stopped consecutive shots clear the ball on almost all the in at least three of the goals development of 14 die in Venezuela plane crash Hasanov, Kone and Razaq were from close range in the 27th occasions. Razaq scored the sec- Lekhwiya scored before always waiting in the wings to minute and dived in his front with ond goal when the ball was in play CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 latch on to any opportunity from an open goalmouth to thwart a inside the box for quite sometime CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 QT SPOTLIGHT ON QATAR’S left, right and the centre. clear chance Hasanov got in the before he turned around and put it SEE ALSO PAGE 36 2022 BID: PAGE 19 A passenger plane owned by Obese & sleepless Qatar residents far from ship-shape Venezuela’s state-run airline TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK The study showed sleep disor- respondents, primarily Qatari the World Health Organisation coffee was the preferred breakfast Conviasa crashed with about 50 DOHA ders on the rise. Almost 67 percent nationals followed closely by Asian (WHO) reports highlighted during option for 68 percent of the people on board on Monday, of the respondents of the online and Arab expatriates. the meeting at the WHO Eastern respondents, closely followed by killing at least 14 as it came down ALMOST three quarters (72 per- survey said they did not get The ﬁrm’s maiden survey in Mediterranean region in Egypt cereals and eggs. The water intake just outside a steel mill. The ATR- cent) of the participants in a sur- enough sleep. Only 32 percent Qatar has also found that 31 per- which alerted that the increasing levels were found healthy with 42 plane was on a domestic route vey in Qatar ﬁnd themselves obese respondents conﬁrmed that they cent respondents did not consider use of TV and computers was lead- over 60 percent respondents con- between the Caribbean island of or slightly overweight, an exercise were able to get eight hours of breakfast as an important meal of ing to sedentary lifestyles. Further ﬁrming an intake of at least 1.5 Margarita and the southern indus- conducted by a US-based ﬁrm has sleep every day. Over 16 percent the day and added they just did complementing the trend of lack litres of water every day. trial city Puerto Ordaz when it revealed. said they were never able to man- not have time for breakfast. But as of movement is the increased Over 35 percent of the respon- crashed near the gates of the vast The survey has also revealed that age a comfortable sleep. many as 61 percent said they eat intake of fried food. dents said multi-vitamins as a regu- Sidor mill on the banks of the 70 percent of the respondents rely The independent study on the fried foods at least two or three According to the survey, which lar part of diet was waste of money. Orinoco river. (PG 3) on television and the Net instead of health and ﬁtness trends conduct- times a week. comprised of over 76 percent Just 10 percent said they took the physical action to relieve stress. ed by Zarca Interactive had 300 The study has vindicated what males, a combination of toast and doses as prescribed by the doctor. 02 Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com UNITED STATES Impeachment HOMELESS IN NEW YORK trial of Louisiana judge begins AP bench without making a WASHINGTON mockery of the court system,” Schiff said. A FEDERAL judge from Porteous’ attorney, Louisiana is corrupt and unﬁt Jonathan Turley, denied to serve on the bench, House some allegations but members said on Monday as acknowledged others such as they began a rare congres- accepting meals, which he sional impeachment trial by said is perfectly legal. He said laying out their case against the judge’s behaviour, while the jurist. perhaps reﬂecting poor judg- Playing the role of prosecu- ment, doesn’t meet the high tors, Republicans Adam crimes and misdemeanors Schiff and Bob Goodlatte standard set in the Homeless people eat food donated by a charity organisation called HomelessBus.org, in New York, on Monday. (REUTERS) used their opening state- Constitution for impeach- ments to a Senate impeach- ment. ment panel to outline what “Judge Porteous has never they called a decades-long been indicted, let alone con- Geithner welcomes GOP pattern of unethical behav- victed, of any crime,” Turley said. “What the Congress has impeached this judge for is an appearance of impropriety.” Turley also said much of the conduct in question occurred support for Obama plan when Porteous was a state judge and that Congress would be breaking from precedent by convicting him for behaviour that occurred In the dock before he joined the federal bench. DISTRICT JUDGE The Senate trial is the ﬁrst G THOMAS PORTEOUS AP since the 1999 case against on Sunday, saying he would John Boehner’s change in tration have tried to make the former President Bill Clinton. WASHINGTON support extending tax cuts Geithner and the position and support for the case that conditions would The House voted Porteous, who was appointed for the middle class even if administration middle class tax cuts, but have been worse without unanimously in by Clinton in 1994, would be TREASURY Secretary cuts for the wealthy are have tried to make time will tell if his actions will Obama’s economic policies, March to impeach just the eighth judge to be Timothy Geithner said on allowed to expire. the case that con- be anything but continued including the $814 billion Porteous. A two- impeached and convicted by Monday the administration Representative John ditions would have support for the failed policies stimulus package. Geithner thirds vote is need- Congress. is encouraged to hear Boehner said President been worse with- that got us into this mess,” said that a return to ed in the Senate to The House voted unani- Republicans say they would Barack Obama’s proposal to out Obama’s eco- Obama spokesman Robert Republican policies would convict him. mously in March to impeach support President Barack renew lower tax rates for nomic policies, Gibbs said in a statement. put the economic recovery in Porteous. A two-thirds vote is Obama’s plan to extend tax families making less than including the $814 “We welcome recent indi- jeopardy. needed in the Senate to con- cuts to the middle class. $250,000 but let the lower billion stimulus cations that Republicans “We can’t afford to go back iour by New Orleans-area US vict him. Geithner said in a speech rates for wealthier Americans package. won’t hold middle-class tax to the policies of the past District Judge G. Thomas Senators hearing the case that the administration expire was “bad policy” — but cuts hostage,” Geithner said. decade when we passed large Porteous. They said that appear ready to resolve it would welcome the GOP he will support it if he must. for all Americans.” Geithner called on tax cuts for the wealthiest included taking cash, expen- quickly, scheduling a series of votes. The Obama adminis- “If the only option I have is Boehner’s comments sug- Congress to move quickly to Americans without paying sive meals and gifts from all-day hearings this week tration has proposed extend- to vote for some of those tax gested some room for com- extend the tax cuts. That for them and saw little lawyers and a bail bondsman, and next. ing the 2001 and 2003 Bush- reductions, I’ll vote for it,” promise ahead of a show- debate is expected to be a key impact on job creation and lying to Congress and ﬁling Porteous’ behaviour was era tax cuts for the middle Boehner said on CBS’s “Face down on tax rates that could focus this month before years of stagnation in middle for bankruptcy under a false uncovered in a ﬁve-year FBI class. But it would let the tax the Nation” program. become a ﬂashpoint in the Congress adjourns to cam- class wages,” he said. name. investigation in Jefferson cuts for the top 2 percent of “If the only option I have is November 2 mid-term elec- paign for the November 2 Republicans say the level of “It is the unanimous view of Parish dubbed “Operation taxpayers expire at the end of to vote for those at 250 and tions in which Republicans elections. Republicans have spending undertaken by the the House of Representatives Wrinkled Robe.” Although this year. below, of course I’m going to are seeking to wrest control made high unemployment Obama administration has that his conduct is not only the sting netted convictions The top Republican in the do that,” he said. “But I’m of Congress from Obama’s and the Democrats’ handling done little to boost the econo- wrong but so violative of the against more than a dozen House of Representatives going to do everything I can Democrats. of the economy a major cam- my. Instead, it has increased public trust that he cannot be others, Porteous was never offered a hint of compromise to ﬁght to make sure that we The White House respond- paign theme. the deﬁcit to unsustainable allowed to remain on the charged with a crime. on the divisive issue of taxes extend the current tax rates ed cautiously. “We welcome Geithner and the adminis- levels, they say. Detroit airline attack trial set to begin soon AP DETROIT A NIGERIAN man charged with trying to blow up an international ﬂight near Detroit on Christmas is returning to court for the ﬁrst time since January, following disclosures that his lawyers have talked to pros- ecutors several times about a plea deal. US District Judge Nancy Edmunds was expected to set a trial date on Monday, eight months after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was arraigned on six charges, including the attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. Abdulmutallab is being held at a federal prison in Milan, Michigan., while awaiting trial. He has not appeared in court since January 8. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and others during their training at a desert camp. (AFP) Passengers who saw ﬂames In a court ﬁling, defence lawyers Abdulmutallab is being held at a pounced on Abdulmutallab, sub- last week said they had talked to federal prison in Milan, Michigan., dued him and forced him to the prosecutors on “multiple occasions” while awaiting trial. He has not front of Northwest Airlines Flight about resolving the case. The US. appeared in court since January 8. 253 as it approached Detroit attorney’s ofﬁce has declined to US investigators have said Metropolitan Airport on December comment. Abdulmutallab told them he 25. Authorities say he was trying to “Making a plea deal would send received training and instructions set off explosives hidden in his the wrong message. ... They have from Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen. underwear. enough evidence to put His father warned the US Embassy Abdulmutallab boarded the Abdulmutallab in prison for life,” in Nigeria that his son had drifted plane, which carried nearly 300 Shama Chopra, who was on the into extremism in Yemen, but that passengers, in Amsterdam after ﬂy- plane, and husband Ray Chopra of threat was never fully digested by ing there from Nigeria. Montreal said in an e-mail. the US security apparatus. AMERICAS Tuesday, September 7, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 03 14 killed in Venezuela plane crash Inside REUTERS & AP CARACAS Americas A PASSENGER plane owned by Venezuela’s state-run air- line Conviasa crashed with about 51 people on board on Monday, killing at least 14 passengers as it came down just outside a steel mill. The ATR-42 plane was on a domestic route between the Caribbean island of Margarita and the southern industrial city Puerto Ordaz when it crashed near the gates of the Trapped Chile vast Sidor mill on the banks of the Orinoco river. miners to start “We still don’t know the exercise regime exact cause,” local governor COPIAPO Chile’s trapped Francisco Rangel Gomez told miners will start an exer- state TV, adding that the pilot cise regime under the had radioed warning the guidance of a personal plane was in difﬁculty. “I trainer as they await res- hope we are able ﬁnd more cue after weeks of con- survivors.” ﬁnement underground, Jose Bonalde, head of ﬁre ofﬁcials said on Monday. services and the scene, told The daily, hour-long Reuters that 13 corpses had exercise programme, been removed from the plane. which was set to start on A nearby Puerto Ordaz Tuesday, will allow the hospital received 21 injured men to stay in “good people and two corpses physical condition” and from the crash site, where will also “prepare them twisted and charred wreck- for their rescue,” Health age of the turboprop plane A video picture shows rescue workers at the ATR-42 plane crash site, in Puerto Ordaz, on Monday. (REUTERS) Minister Jaime Manalich was still smoldering after told reporters. the mid-morning accident. seat twin-engined turbo- governor Gomez said. Francisco Garces said the ing to injured victims, and at passengers and four crew The trainer will lead the Hospital director Yanitza props, is a joint venture In the last major crash in plane was traveling between least 23 survivors were taken members, Rangel Gomez exercise sessions via Rodriguez said many of the between Airbus parent com- Venezuela in 2008, another industrial city Ciudad to hospitals, Bolivar state Gov said. He said that Conviasa closed circuit television, survivors were seriously pany EADS and Italian aero- ATR-42 belonging to private Guayana to the Caribbean Francisco Rangel Gomez told Flight 2350 had taken off ofﬁcials said. The 33 injured. Gomez put the space group Finmeccanica. local airline Santa Barbara tourist island of Margarita the Venezuela-based televi- from Margarita Island and miners, who have been number of survivors at at Officials also said the with 46 passengers on and that rescue teams were sion network Telesur. crashed shortly before mostly sedentary since least 23. He said 51 people crash did not cause any board crashed into moun- heading for the crash site. Two of the injured died, reaching its destination, the they ﬁrst became trapped were on the Conviasa ﬂight, injuries or damage to tains, with no survivors. Garces told state television while 21 others were being airport of Puerto Ordaz. during an August 5 mine while Transport Minister Sidor’s installations. The Conviasa plane was that the plane went down on treated, hospital ofﬁcial Garces had initially said the shaft cave-in, are at Francisco Garces earlier had “The plane fell on a waste ﬂying ﬂight number 2350 the property of the state-run Yanitza Rodriguez said. plane went down shortly after exactly the point in their said 47 were on board. area where they put barrels and carried the registration Sidor steel foundry. The plane, a twin-engine takeoff. It was unclear what conﬁnement when ATR, which makes 40-70 of unused steel materials,” YV1010. Transport minister Rescue workers were tend- turboprop, was carrying 47 caused the crash. adverse emotional and mental conditions like anxiety and depression can begin to surface, Push reforms to regain growth, Castro calls Sarkozy crazy, Manalich said. (AFP) Earthquake hits southern Peru OECD tells flays French racist policy WASHINGTON A moder- ate earthquake measuring 5.9 hit southern Peru early on Monday, the US Canadian govt DPA TOKYO FRENCH President Nicolas case,” Castro asked. “Does it make any moral or ethical sense to launch an attack on Iran, which is condemned for Geological Survey said. The epicenter of the tremor, which occurred at 2:15 am (0715 GMT), REUTERS interest rate at a “meas- Sarkozy appears to be going its supposed intention to make was located in the moun- OTTAWA ured pace” toward neutral “crazy,” Cuban leader Fidel bombs of this type? Where is tains 123 kilometers (77 rates by the end of 2011. Castro said in an article pub- the sense of this policy?” miles) northwest of Juliaca, CANADA’S economy is in The Bank of Canada does lished on Monday, suggesting Castro went on to ask, “What Peru, and 168 kilometers for several years of limit- not comment on what it that Sarkozy could not be trust- would happen if the French far (104 miles) southeast of ed growth even after it considers a neutral rate ed with his ﬁnger on the right decides to force Sarkozy the historic center of fully recovers because of but economists estimate it nuclear trigger. to maintain a racist policy con- Cuzco, the US government an aging population and to be between 3.5 percent Castro’s article, published trary to the norms of the agency said. damage from the reces- and 4.5 percent. in the Mexican daily La European Community?” Cuzco is located near the sion, the Organization for The bank nudged up its Jornada, denounced Sarkozy “Would the UN Security Inca ruins of Machu Economic Co-operation rate last week to 1 percent for the expulsion of Roma Council answer those two Picchu, the main tourist and Development said on in the third successive gypsies, which he called “the questions?” he added. France attraction in the country. Monday. hike this year, but gypsy holocaust.” He pointed has deported almost 1,000 There was no immedi- The OECD estimates Governor Mark Carney out that France is the world’s Roma migrants to Bulgaria ate report of casualties or that the Canadian econo- warned that the outlook third biggest nuclear power and Romania since a hardline damage. my won’t be able to is highly uncertain. and said Sarkozy carries speech last month by The reading was based expand more than 1.6 The federal govern- around a briefcase with the Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro at a function in Havana Sarkozy, and more than on the open-ended percent a year between ment is running a mar- launch codes for an arsenal of University, recently. (REUTERS) 8,000 Roma have been Moment Magnitude scale, now and 2017, more than ginal structural ﬁscal more than 300 atomic deported since the beginning now used by US seismol- a full percentage point deﬁcit, the OECD said, weapons. denly goes crazy, as appears to UN Security Council do in that of the year, after 9,875 were ogists. (AFP) less than over the past although it raised the “Suppose that Sarkozy sud- be happening. What would the case with Sarkozy and his brief- expelled in 2009. decade. alarm over ballooning Ottawa can help raise deﬁcits at the provincial the potential growth rate, government level. a kind of speed limit based on how much the economy can produce, by allowing more foreign “The two largest provinces, Ontario and Quebec, face especially challenging ﬁscal situa- Drug lords surrendering without fight: Mexico ownership of industry tions,” it said. AP to two previous capos — just over $2 million, and he and reforming the “Many jurisdictions MEXICO CITY Arturo Beltran Leyva and faces at least seven formal employment insurance have relatively high debt Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel — investigations into alleged program, the Paris-based levels, and their windows MEXICO’S capture of two who died while trying to ﬁght drug trafﬁcking and organ- organization said. of opportunity to bring rival drug gang leaders in two off marines and soldiers. ized crime. He is considered The OECD report pro- indebtedness down are weeks may mark a new trend “I think the case of ‘Nacho’ the second-in-command to vided a snapshot of the closing as demographic in the country’s drug war, an Coronel was a watershed. I Hector Beltran Leyva, who country’s situation as of pressures on public purs- ofﬁcial said on Monday: drug think that the drug gangs now leads the cartel following the June this year. es are set to intensify.” lords surrendering without a know very well the federal death of his brother Arturo. “This slowdown reﬂects Most governments ﬁght when surrounded. government has the superior Villarreal Barragan and primarily lower growth in should be able to bal- Drug lords — once notori- force needed to arrest them, Valdez Villarreal — who are the working age popula- ance budgets without ous for dying in a blaze of bul- and that is why they are not not related — were bitter ene- tion, but also likely tem- tax hikes or spending lets — have started surrender- putting up resistance,” mies, whose dispute led to porary negative effects cuts and simply restrain ing, said Navy spokesman Vergara said at a news confer- bloodshed across the south- from the crisis on capital the rate of growth in Rear Adm. Jose Luis Vergara. ence in which Villarreal ern state of Morelos and accumulation, structural spending, the report The capture of the rivals also Barragan was presented Guerrero as they fought for unemployment and said, echoing the deﬁcit may help allay suspicions that before the cameras. territory. labor-force participa- reduction strategy of the the government hits one gang The unsmiling Villarreal In April, a policeman and tion,” it said. current Conservative while leaving its rivals alone. Barragan towered over ﬁve other people — including The OECD’s outlook government. It urged “The criminals are no marines ﬂanking him, living a mother and her 8-year-old for growth of 3.5 percent some provinces to pro- longer putting up resistance” up to his nickname “El child — were killed in the this year and just over 3 vide more detail on how when surrounded, Vergara Grande,” or “the Big One.” crossﬁre of a shootout percent next year roughly they plan to tackle their said, referring to Sunday’s Mexican marines escort Sergio Villarreal (left) during a news con- Vergara said he was also between the two gangs on the coincides with the Bank bulging deﬁcits. arrest of Sergio Villarreal ference at the Navy School, in Mexico City, on Monday. (REUTERS) known “King Kong” and “The main boulevard of the Paciﬁc of Canada’s latest projec- And household debt- Barragan, a leader of the Child Eater,” for reasons that coast resort of Acapulco. And tions in July. to-income ratios and Beltran-Leyva drug cartel. of Puebla on Sunday. That as “La Barbie,” who also gave are not clear. last week, authorities discov- The OECD said the debt-to-asset ratios Villarreal was taken by came a little over two weeks up when stopped by police. He appears on an Attorney ered 13 bodies in a clandes- central bank should con- remain at near historic about 30 Mexican marines after the Aug. 30 arrest of his “I think it is a sensible atti- General’s Ofﬁce list of tine grave in Morelos state, tinue to raise its policy highs, the OECD warned. without a shot ﬁred in a raid rival, Edgar Valdez Villarreal, tude on their part not to Mexico’s most-wanted drug believed to be victims of the at a house in the central state a U.S.-born trafﬁcker known resist,” Vergara said, referring trafﬁckers, with a reward of feud. 04 Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com UNITED KINGDOM / EUROPE Inside UK/Europe Italy to move resolution Serbia probes funding Sarkozy aides enlisted on religious minorities in United Nations ROME Italy will present a resolution on the protec- tion of religious minorities at the next United sources of war crime fugitive Mladic BELGRADE Serbian secu- rity agents and police have searched several sites in Belgrade in an attempt to spies to stop press leaks DPA Nations’ general assembly, uncover details of the PARIS Foreign Minister Franco ﬁnancing of war crimes Frattini said on Monday. fugitive Ratko Mladic, an THE French daily Le Monde “Freedom of religion is a ofﬁcial said on Monday. said on Monday that aides for principle that applies to The raids, conducted on President Nicolas Sarkozy every religion,” Frattini Friday, focused on four enlisted intelligence agents to said after meeting in people and their homes stop government leaks about Rome with Shahbaz plus a company ofﬁce the investigations concerning Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister belonging to a former aide Labour Minister Eric Woerth for minorities, a Catholic. of the wartime Bosnian and L’Oreal heiress Liliane “We are greatly con- Serb commander, said a Bettencourt. cerned by the persecution police ofﬁcial who did not As a result, the newspaper of Christians in many want to be named. “We will ﬁle a legal complaint, countries around the wanted to get more details against unknown parties, for world,” Frattini said. about his (Mladic’s) ﬁnanc- violation of the protection of “Over the past months ing,” the ofﬁcial said. conﬁdential sources. in Pakistan Christians The arrest of Mladic, Among other things, Woerth were murdered in some indicted by the UN war is suspected of accepting an villages, stirring con- crimes tribunal in the illegal contribution of sciences in Europe and Hague for the 1995 €150,000 ($192,000) from the also in Italy,” Frattini said. Srebrenica massacre of man who manages In August 2009, eight Bosnian Muslims and the Bettencourt’s fortune, Patrice Christians were burned siege of Sarajevo, is vital de Maistre, for Sarkozy’s 2007 alive after being accused for unblocking Serbia’s presidential election cam- of blasphemy. attempt to join the paign. “We have to say clearly European Union. According to Le Monde, its that if there is a clash, it is Serbia also needs to publication in mid-July of between extremists, not arrest Goran Hadzic, politi- police testimony by Maistre between Christians and cal leader of Serbs in particularly irritated people in Muslims,” Frattini said. Croatia during the 1991- the Elysee Palace, seat of the (AFP) 95 war there. (REUTERS) French president. The story, titled ‘Liliane French President Nicolas Sarkozy (right) greets people after visiting the prehistoric Lascaux cave as part of the 70th anniversary of its Bettencourt’s main advisor rediscovery, in the southwestern French city of Montignac, on Sunday. (EPA) makes things difﬁcult for Woerth’, was published shortly end to the leaks. police testimony, the agents with whom he’d had phone Le Monde says that the pro- before the labour minister Consequently, DGPN and identiﬁed David Senat, an conversations. One of those cedure violated the French law himself was due to be ques- DCRI agents were charged, advisor to Justice Minister names was the author of the Le on the protection of conﬁden- tioned by police. without legal support, with Michele Alliot-Marie, as the Monde article. tial sources, a law that was Sources at the French ﬁnding the source of the leaks likeliest source. The weekly Le Nouvel reinforced by the current gov- national police (DGPN) and within the government, Le Senat’s telephone was then Observateur reported that ernment in January of this the domestic intelligence serv- Monde alleges. After examin- subjected to expert technical Senat has been ﬁred from his year. ice (DCRI) told the daily they ing all those who had access to examination, and an operator post as a result of the investiga- Sarkozy’s ofﬁce vigourously were then ordered to put an the transcript of Maistre’s provided the names of people tion. denied the accusation. Truckers drive past the White Tower, in Thessaloniki, on Monday. (AFP) British unions vote for strikes ‘Spain paid €8 mn in Truckers strike revives fuel shortage fears in Greece ATHENS Greece faced fears of renewed fuel shortage on Monday as thousands of freight truckers began a new against austerity cuts ransom to protest against plans to liberalise their sector to help revive the recession-hit Greek economy. Motorists formed long queues at petrol stations in AFP paign to make the case against either lay down, or stand up ised a movement against the Qaeda arm’ Athens in a repeat of a similar week-long protest in July MANCHESTER cuts. and ﬁght.” cuts “on a scale you’ve never AFP that nearly starved the country of fuel. Bob Crow, the ﬁrebrand On Sunday, Crow — whose seen before.” MADRID The Socialist government wants to open the freight mar- BRITAIN’s trade unions voted leader of the Rail, Maritime union helped bring London to The TUC is already set to ket to full competition within three years to cut transport overwhelmingly to back rare and Transport Workers Union a standstill last week with a 24- lobby parliament in October SPAIN paid an eight-million- costs which traders say inordinately push up the price of coordinated strikes as they (RMT) which represents hour strike on Underground and hold a day of action in euro ransom to free three many goods. (AFP) were urged to “stand up and around 80,000 people, spoke trains — proposed a peaceful March, but the vote signals an nationals snatched by Al ﬁght” government austerity in favour of the move, saying campaign of civil disobedience. intention to take action on a Qaeda in north Africa, an cuts at their congress on He suggested the action grander scale. Algerian government adviser Britons support pope despite different views Monday. Matt Wrack of the could include everything from Large-scale protests against was quoted as saying in The opening session of the Fire Brigades protestors dressed as “Batman austerity cuts have already hit Monday’s El Mundo daily. LONDON A majority of British Catholics fear the child Trades Union Congress (TUC) Union promised a climbing up Number 10 other European countries such It was reportedly the abuse scandal has permanently damaged the church’s rep- was dominated by angry movement against (Downing Street) to as Greece and France but are biggest sum paid by any utation but their support for Pope Benedict XVI remains attacks on Prime Minister the cuts “on a Spiderman going up rare in Britain, due in part to country to Al Qaeda in the strong ahead of his visit, a poll said on Monday. David Cameron’s coalition scale you’ve never Buckingham Palace.” more restrictive trade union Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the This is despite signiﬁcant divergence with the pope’s government, which took power seen before.” Mark Serwotka, general sec- legislation than in other coun- North African branch of views on abortion, homosexuality and contraception. in May and plans deep public the unions would be “fools not retary of the Public and tries. Osama bin Laden’s network. The YouGov online poll of 1,636 Catholics for the ITV sector cuts to tackle a record to call major action.” Commercial Services Union This year’s TUC has been Madrid has never acknowl- broadcaster found 87 percent believed that revelations of deﬁcit. “If we stand together, we (PCS) which represents some dubbed “the most important edged paying a ransom for child sex abuse by clerics had permanently harmed the Ministers were accused of ﬁght and win and if we don’t 300,000 workers, added that for a generation” by one union the three volunteers of reputation of the church. But despite criticism of the way “taking a chainsaw to public ﬁght and we become divided, industrial action was boss with delegates furious at Catalan aid group Accio the pope handled the scandal, 72 percent believed he services” and being part of a we lose,” he told the audience “inevitable” unless the govern- the extent of cuts set to be Solidaria, kidnapped in should stay in his position, compared to 14 percent who “demolition government” as in Manchester, northwest ment changed course. imposed by Cameron’s coali- November 2009 in wanted him to stand down. (AFP) delegates backed joint industri- England, to loud applause. Meanwhile, Matt Wrack of tion, led by the centre-right Mauritania by the group and al action and a national cam- “The position’s going to be the Fire Brigades Union prom- Conservatives. then held in northern Mali. But an advisor to the Algerian president on terror- ism issues, Kamel Rezag Bara, Post-war grievances boost German rightists told El Mundo that Spain had paid a total of €8.0 million ($10 million) for the release of the three in March and August. This compared with €3.6 mil- DPA politics. Federation of Expellees stands painful as the truth.” lion paid by Italy for the release BERLIN The Federation of Expellees Erika Steinbach, the platinum- Steinbach’s discourse toys in May of two hostages and €2.5 is the organisation represent- haired 67-year-old Christian carefully with her constituents’ million paid by Austria in April THEY came in their millions ing the interests of the Democrat (CDU) politician, deeply-held, often personally- 2009 for the release of two of its from the Baltic, from Germans made homeless at born in Nazi-occupied Poland experienced resentments of citizens, he said. Bessarabia, and from huge the end of the war, as well as to German parents. the expulsions after the war, France and Britain say they swathes of Eastern Europe those of their descendants. It is After ten years in charge of ﬂirting with outright revision- refuse to pay ransoms to the that Germans used to call dedicated to the recognition of the federation, Steinbach is ism – but never going quite network, which killed 78-year- home. “the right to homeland as one now the vanguard of a deeply that far. old French aid worker Michel Driven, strafed and starved of the God-given rights of conservative assault on the Every year, on the Tag der Germaneau in July and decap- by the Red Army, forced out by humanity.” political establishment, and Heimat (Homeland Day) the itated British national Edwin vengeful villagers and sent to a In its charter, it explicitly the CDU itself, of which she is expellees’ associations gather Dyer in June 2009. cold homecoming in a strange “renounces all thought of a long-standing member. to celebrate their long-gone Last month French land - their own land - the his- revenge and retaliation,” but “In Germany we make identities as Germans in President Nicolas Sarkozy tory of the some 15 million controversially makes no ref- everything hard for ourselves. Europe’s far east, to where said governments must do German expellees at the end of erence to the Nazi horror that The only things that are their ancestors had fanned out more to ﬁght North African World War II is a grim one. unleashed the war in the ﬁrst unproblematic are toad-tun- German Chancellor Angela Merkel since the middle ages. terrorism than simply paying And for the many victims of place. nels, candle-lit vigils and Aids This year in Berlin, an elder- ransoms to Al Qaeda kidnap- Nazi Germany, it’s not one In total, the federation galas,” she railed in a speech to fall of the Berlin Wall, and for September 9, who had implied ly crowd of several thousand pers, in what was seen at the that evokes much sympathy. claims some two million peo- the federation in Berlin at the her strident promotion of the that the Poles shared the federation members met in time as a jab at Spain. The story, however, is not a ple as active members, which weekend, disparaging, as she view that the expellees are the blame for starting the ﬁghting somewhat subdued circum- Algerian President Abelaziz ﬁnished one, as the legacy of would give it nearly four times sees it, the preoccupations of still unrecognised victims of in 1939. While saying on stances: It had been a difﬁcult Bouteﬂika last year urged the the expulsion of ethnic as many members as German the left. the Second World War. Saturday that “everyone year, with Steinbach in partic- UN to impose “a total ban on Germans and their resettle- Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Steinbach is famous for dis- Unsurprisingly, Steinbach is knows who began the Second ular having been pilloried in the payment of ransoms to ment in Germany “proper” centre-right Christian puting Germany’s acceptance not popular in the country of World War,” she also added the press over her stance on a hostage-takers, who have remains a potent - and often Democrats. of the Oder-Neisse line as the her birth, even less so after that “the recent wave of out- new memorial centre, as yet reached worrying numbers in disruptive - force in modern At the head of the border with Poland after the backing party colleagues on rage has shown: Nothing is as unbuilt. recent years.” PHILIPPINES / EAST ASIA Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 05 Philippine peace talks may resume in October REUTERS & AFP (MILF) rebels after Islam’s tribes were already represent- Peace talks have been ﬁre in 2009, allowing most of MANILA Holy Month of Ramadan. The conﬂict has killed more Peace talks ed in the panel. “We’re ready to sit down stalled since 2008 after two MILF commanders led large- the displaced to return home, but the MILF opted to wait for PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT PEACE talks with the than 120,000 people, dis- BENIGNO AQUINO with the government and dis- scale attacks across the main Arroyo to step down before Philippines’ largest Muslim placed 2 million and stunted cuss the more substantive southern island of Mindanao, agreeing to return to the peace rebel group to end a four- growth and development in Aquino has said he issues to strike a political killing hundreds and plung- table. Arroyo was replaced by decade insurgency could areas believed to be rich in would hold negotia- solution to this problem ing the region into a humani- Aquino, who won the presi- resume in Malaysia in deposits of oil, gas and met- tions with the MILF delaying development in tarian crisis. The attacks were dency in May and has vowed rebels after Islam’s October, a guerrilla leader als. Mindanao is also the Holy Month of Muslim communities,” Iqbal carried out in retaliation for a to end the insurgency during said on Monday after the country’s food basket due to Ramadan. said. Supreme Court decision out- his six-year term. group reorganised its panel of fertile lands spared by He said the rebels had a lawing a deal offered by the The MILF ﬁrst agreed to a negotiators. typhoons. chief negotiator, said. Tausug rebel leader Abdullah new proposal for a wider government of then-presi- truce with Manila in 2003, President Benigno Aquino, “We’ve created our new “We’re hoping to restart Camlian and Antonio Kinoc, a Muslim ancestral homeland dent Gloria Arroyo giving the paving the way for peace who took ofﬁce on June 30, panel to widen the represen- talks very soon, the earliest leader of a non-Muslim on the islands of Sulu, MILF control over large areas negotiations, setting aside its has said he would hold nego- tation of other Muslim and would be the ﬁrst week of B’laan tribe, were new panel Basilan, Tawi-tawi and it claims as its “ancestral ultimate goal of independ- tiations with the Moro non-Muslim ethnic groups,” October.” Islamic scholar members. Muslims from Mindanao, in the south of the domain.” ence to settle for greater Islamic Liberation Front Mohaqher Iqbal, the rebels’ Abhoud Syed Lingga, Sama- Maguindanao and Maranao mainly Catholic country. Both sides agreed to a cease- autonomy. Inside Philippines/East Asia Hong Kong tourists Thailand denies visa Cambodian garment workers back Philippine bus driver’s testimony MANILA Hong Kong tourists who survived a to two Vietnam activists BANGKOK Thailand, under pressure from demand pay rise, go on strike bus hijacking in the neighbouring Vietnam, REUTERS Philippines have corrobo- denied visas to two politi- PHNOM PENH rated testimony by the cal activists seeking to driver that their captor speak at a Bangkok media CAMBODIAN labour activist shot the victims at close event on Monday about Moeun Tola blames the Gap range, a top ofﬁcial said human rights issues in Inc, Nike Inc and other big on Monday. Vietnam, a Paris-based Western brands for sinking Justice Secretary Leila group said. The Vietnam Cambodian workers in low de Lima, head of the gov- Committee on Human wages. Inspired by labour dis- ernment inquiry into the Rights (VCHR) said the putes in China, he is pushing August 23 hostage-taking Thai embassy in Paris had back. which left eight tourists informed its representa- Moeun Tola and thousands dead, said ﬁve survivors tives that their visas had of Cambodian garment work- had given statements to been invalidated. ers began a ﬁve-day walkout Philippine police sent to The Paris-based on Monday to demand better Hong Kong last week. International Federation for wages and beneﬁts, a sign “The account of the Human Rights (FIDH) said recent labour unrest in China survivors tends to corrob- it was dismayed the Thai may be spreading to factories orate the material points, government had blocked elsewhere in Asia that supply the accounts of the driver efforts to publicise a report the world with low-cost Lubang. Meaning (the that listed recommendations goods. victims were shot at) to Vietnam on how it could A wave of worker disputes close range with an M-16 improve its rights record. in China, mostly at foreign- riﬂe,” de Lima told “This is frightening. It owned factories, have raised reporters. illustrates that it is impos- questions over whether other Bus driver Alberto sible to speak about low-cost Asian manufactur- Lubang told the inquiry Vietnam’s human rights ing centres will also see high- last week that, while he record not only in er wages as their workers was handcuffed to the Vietnam, but also in become more assertive. steering wheel, he saw in neighbouring countries,” In Bangladesh, thousands RAGE OVER WAGE Ath Thorn (right), president of the Cambodian Labour Confederation, addresses to garment workers during a protest at the rear view mirror the Souhayr Belhassen, presi- of textile workers demanding a factory, in Phnom Penh, on Monday. (EPA) hostage-taker shoot the dent of FIDH, said in a a rise in wages to $72 a month victims one by one. (AFP) statement. (REUTERS) from $43 clashed with police Adidas and the Wal-Mart a $93 monthly wage — a 50 She said workers were no the National Labor last month and at least 500 have a code of conduct when percent increase from the $61 longer paid on a monthly Committee as a “sweatshop” people were injured. In putting in orders in agreed in July under a four- basis, but by the volume they that supplies US brands. Vietnam, thousands went on Cambodia and can make sure year pact between the govern- produced. San Lei Fung ofﬁcials were strike in April at a Taiwanese- no workers are violated or get ment and several unions. “We don’t get a salary. We not available for comment. owned shoe factory. poor pay and that they can That was up from a previ- are paid by the quantity of Although labour costs in In Cambodia, activists such have contracts that last longer ous monthly wage of $56. work, so we earn around $50 Cambodia, Vietnam, as Moeun Tola say Gap, Nike, than just a few months,” he Chheng Chanvy, 25, has to $90 a month,” Chheng Bangladesh and Laos are con- Wal-Mart Stores Inc and said. camped under a tent for days Chanvy said. “This is not siderably below those in other big brands are socially The Coalition of outside a factory in Phnom enough. My family spends China, the ripple-effect of responsible so they should be Cambodian Apparel Workers Penh to protest monthly almost all of that on water higher factory wages could putting more pressure on Democratic Union, repre- wages as low as $50 paid by and electricity bills,” she said. pressure these countries to Cambodian factories that pay senting about 40,000 work- her Chinese-owned employ- Her factory, San Lei Fung, strengthen infrastructure to as little as $50 a month. ers, expects about 80,000 er, San Lei Fung Garment & has been singled out by US stay competitive as alterna- “Big companies like Nike, people to go on strike seeking Woolen Knitting Factory Ltd. human rights advocacy group tives to China. Indonesia probes Philippine sleuths Search on for mother of Manila airport baby assault on Christians take on tax cheats MANILA Philippine authorities on Monday tried to identify the mother of a baby born on a commercial ﬂight from the AFP AFP Middle East and found abandoned in the airplane’s trash, JAKARTA MANILA A luxury car dealer evoking pity and outrage among Filipinos. is also in trouble “The baby was left for dead. It was already bluish in INDONESIAN police were ON slow days Philippine tax for allegedly colour,” Bungag said. “He could have died in a matter of questioning nine people on investigators say they comb cheating the minutes if he was not found.” Monday over an armed through the obituary pages government out Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman said blood assault on Christian worship- and stacks of sales invoices. of 68.4 million stains most likely from the mother were found on the pers that left one man seri- On other days they get lucky pesos 1.52 million plane. After collecting money to buy the baby clothes and ously wounded and a priest and get to track the infre- dollars). milk, airport ofﬁcials gave him another basic need — a with head injuries. quent Porsche or Ferrari. name. They called him George Francis after Gulf Air’s code Members of the congrega- The poorly paid account- handling 155 cases, includ- name GF. tion said a group of men on ants and lawyers are the ing that of a pawnbroker Doctors and nurses cleaned the baby after a checkup, motorcycles launched the unlikely shock troops of who imported a half million- wrapped him in cloth and mittens, gave him a bottle of unprovoked attack on church President Benigno Aquino’s dollar Lamborghini even milk and warmed him under a light bulb, airport doctor elders on Sunday as they were anti-corruption campaign, though he had paid just 600 Maria Teresa Agores said. (AP) going to hold a service in an exposing to public shame dollars in taxes in the past 10 area of Jakarta that has seen those accused of cheating years. months of religious tension. the government out of bil- A luxury car dealer is also Malaysian prince succeeds father One man — described as a lions of dollars in taxes. in trouble for allegedly KUALA LUMPUR A prince took over a northern Malaysian church elder — was knifed in Rewards are few and the cheating the government out state’s throne on Monday, allegedly against his bedridden the stomach, while Reverend Injured church priest Luspida Simandjuntak lies in a hospital, in threat to life and limb is of 68.4 million pesos (1.52 father’s wishes in a bitter succession tussle that has given Luspida Simandjuntak, who Bekasi on the outskirts of Jakarta, on Monday. (REUTERS) ever-present, but the “Run million dollars) in duties for a rare glimpse into behind-the-scenes court intrigue. tried to help the wounded Against Tax Evaders” team a fleet of Lamborghini, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra was proclaimed the new man, was bashed in the head Soeto said. this attack purely criminal. of the Bureau of Internal Porsche, Mercedes Benz, sultan of northern Kelantan state following a decision by with a plank of wood. “We’ve questioned nine wit- We have yet to establish any Revenue is fuelled by civic and Maserati imports. It the Council of Succession, which determines who ascends The attack came during the nesses. We haven’t arrested link to Muslim groups. And duty, said its chief prosecu- would take the 49 year-old to the throne, palace ofﬁcial Abdul Halim Hamad said. Muslim festival at the end of any suspects yet. There had no, there’s no link to the tor Claro Ortiz. Ortiz, a father of three, as Faris has been embroiled in a public dispute with his Holy Month of Ramadan and been conﬂicts previously after Quran burning issue,” he said. “It’s very exhausting and many more years to earn brother, Tengku Muhammad Fakhry, since their father, after a US pastor provoked the local residents rejected Nelson Sitorus, an ofﬁcial very dangerous because, you enough money for a Tengku Ismail Petra, fell ill more than a year ago. The feud global Muslim outrage with having a church built there.” from the Protestant church know, we tend to run after Lamborghini for himself, has embarrassed one of the country’s most prominent royal threats, since withdrawn, to The investigation was still in group apparently targeted, big names and big people. but he is not ﬁxated on the households by exposing their previously little-known rivalries. burn copies of the Quran. “A its early stages but there was said the attackers were clearly There is, of course some sort yawning wealth gap. Faris’ ascension to the throne is unlikely to end the police task force is investigat- no evidence that the attackers Muslims, who form 80 per- of risk,” he said. “We are some sort of a power struggle. (AP) ing this matter,” national had religious motives, he said. cent of Indonesia’s 240-mil- His 28-member special crusader. We try to correct police spokesman Marwoto “At this point, we consider lion population. team of lawyers is currently what is wrong,” he added. 06 Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com GULF / MIDDLE EAST UN regrets Iran’s ban on N-inspectors AFP their permits revoked after Nackaerts, 59, to take over VIENNA Iran alleged they had made from Olli Heinonen, diplo- “false” reports. But Amano mats told AFP. UN ATOMIC watchdog chief stood by his staff on Monday. The IAEA refused to ofﬁ- Yukiya Amano expressed “I express my full conﬁ- cially conﬁrm any of the nom- “great regret” on Monday at dence in the professionalism inations until the contracts Iran’s decision to bar key and impartiality of the had been signed. inspectors from the country, inspectors concerned,” he The safeguards department saying it hampered the said. “Both are very knowl- is responsible for verifying that agency’s investigation of edgeable about the nuclear countries’ nuclear activities are Tehran’s nuclear programme. fuel cycle and have long expe- exclusively peaceful and not “I learned with great regret rience in Iran.” diverted for military purposes. about Iran’s decision to object It was not the ﬁrst time that Heinonen, 63, stepped down at to the designation of two Iran has objected to the nom- the end of August after ﬁve nuclear inspectors who ination of key inspectors, years on the job and nearly 30 recently conducted inspec- Amano pointed out. years in the agency. tions in Iran,” Amano told the “I call upon Iran once again Nackaerts joined the IAEA in 35-member board of the to reconsider its decision of 2006, when he was appointed International Atomic Energy January 16, 2007 to request Heinonen’s deputy. Prior to Agency. the agency to withdraw the that, he was head of safeguards “Iran’s repeated objection designation of 38 inspectors,” inspections at the European to the designation of inspec- he said. Meanwhile, Tehran’s Commission. tors with experience in Iran’s envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Another key agenda item is nuclear fuel cycle and facili- Soltanieh, rejected the sug- the IAEA’s two-year investi- ties hampers the inspection gestion that the barring of two gation into alleged illicit process,” he said, according to inspectors could hamper the nuclear activity by Syria. a copy of his speech. agency’s work. The IAEA’s latest report on Amano made his com- “I categorically reject this Syria showed that Damascus ments in the opening address statement,” Soltanieh told is still stonewalling on allega- to the closed-door meeting of reporters. “They’re trying to tions that it had been building the board of governors being make an issue (out of this),” a covert nuclear reactor at a held this week. he said, insisting it was Iran’s remote desert site with the In a restricted report circu- right, under the terms of its Iran’s International Atomic Energy Agency envoy Ali Asghar Soltaniyeh (right) at the UN headquarters, in Vienna, on Monday. (REUTERS) help of North Korea until it lated to board members last safeguards agreement with was bombed by Israel in week, Amano had already IAEA, to vet inspectors. decision to bar just two his comments to the IAEA preparation for the IAEA’s deputy directors general. September 2007. Amano told complained about Tehran’s Furthermore, member states inspectors when there was a board on Monday, were “bal- annual general conference — For the all-important posi- the board of governors that it so-called “de-designation” of were not obliged to provide a pool of “over 150 inspectors” anced” since they did not give which brings together all 151 tion of head of safeguards, was “critical that Syria posi- inspectors, particularly in the reason for such a decision. to draw from, Soltanieh said. the full picture. member states — next week. effectively the IAEA’s top tively engage with the agency recent cases of two experi- It was “ridiculous” for the He complained that neither The board meeting will One key item was the inspector, Amano picked on all of these issues without enced inspectors who had agency to complain about the Amano’s written report, nor tackle a packed agenda in appointment of a number of Belgian-born Herman further delay.” Students, cops clash Iranian diplomat seeks asylum Egyptian activist freed in Tehran over Quran burning in Finland, alleges death threat AFP BEIRUT AN EGYPTIAN activist AFP snatched last week by suspect- DPA & AFP HELSINKI ed security agents was released DUBAI after being quizzed for 32 A SENIOR Iranian diplomat hours about his political views, IRANIAN students and said on Monday he was seek- his employer the Cairo police clashed on Monday ing political asylum in Institute for Human Rights during protests in northern Finland after announcing at said on Monday. Tehran against Quran burn- the weekend he had resigned Amr Saleh, a researcher at ing in the US. Hundreds of from the embassy in Helsinki the non-governmental organi- students from several to join the Iranian opposition. sation, was “abducted” at dawn Tehran universities, most of “I won’t go back to Iran on Thursday by four men in them holding a Quran, Ali Larijani because I could face capital civilian clothes, who according clashed with anti-riot police punishment. I will stay to witnesses said they were deployed in front of the US pletely contrary to our val- abroad as a political activist,” security agents, the rights interest section of the Swiss ues as Americans.” But Hossein Alizadeh, Deputy group said. He was released on embassy after the students Iran claimed Washington Head of Mission for Iran’s Friday, 40 hours after being tried to attack it. backed the plan. “We warn embassy in Finland, told held in detention during which Switzerland represents the US government to drop reporters at a press confer- “he was interrogated for 32 the interests of the US in its support for this ence in Helsinki. Iranian diplomat Hossein Alizadeh talks to journalists during a press conference in Helsinki, Finland, hours about his political Iran because Tehran and unprecedented crime and “I am going to request polit- on Monday. (EPA) views,” a spokesman for the Washington have had no savage act; otherwise, it ical asylum from the Finnish group, Ziad Abdel Tawab, said. diplomatic ties for more should await a resolute government,” he added. President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad was re-elected children, he worked for Iran’s “A hood was forced on his head than three decades. The reply by world Muslims,” Alizadeh, 45, resigned last Ahmedinejad, saying that he in June 2009 amidst accusa- foreign ministery for 21 years and he was taken to an undis- furious students shouted Larijani said in his state- week and says he has received was neither the ﬁrst nor the last tions of fraud. including stints in Bulgaria closed location,” Abdel said. “Death to America” and ment carried by the ILNA “unofﬁcial threats” via email. diplomat to resign in protest When questioned why he and Egypt. Saleh’s abductors did not “The silence of each newsagency. The Iranian Embassy in over “fraudulent” elections and had waited this long to take a Iran’s Fars news agency identify themselves, but “it is Muslim is a betrayal of the Larijani also accused Helsinki would not comment the subsequent crackdown on stand, Alizadeh said that it quoted foreign ministry clear that the security services Quran.” While calling on Iran’s archfoe Israel of on Alizadeh’s request for asy- protestors in the country. was difﬁcult to give up the spokesman Ramin are behind this,” Abdel Tawab President Barack Obama to being the main element lum. He is the second Iranian Alizadeh said he considered privileged life of a diplomat, Mehmanparast over the week- said. Saleh was asked about his condemn the Quran-burn- behind the Quran-burning diplomat to resign in the that “the whole regime has but that he could not tolerate end as saying that Alizadeh’s activities in the Cairo Institute ing plans and stop US sup- plans, echoing remarks by Nordic region after the depar- lost its legitimacy,” and he the crackdown on protestors mission had ended on August for Human Rights and “within port for Israel, the students ForeignMinister ture of Mohamed Reza had quit his job to join the in Iran. “Day by day, week by 20. “After his mission was over the campaign for ElBaradei,” demanded the killing of Manouchehr Mottaki. Heydari from the Oslo Green Movement, a coalition week, month by month things Alizadeh asked to remain in he added. Former UN nuclear American Christian minis- Meanwhile, two top embassy last January. of opposition supporters who got worse. I could not accept Helsinki for his children’s watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei ter Terry Jones. Iranian clerics also said He delivered a blistering have been demanding new such a fraudulent election,” exams. We are studying this earlier called for a boycott of Earlier on Monday the anyone desecrating the condemnation of Iranian elections every since he said. Married with three issue,” Mehmanparast added. upcoming elections. Speaker of Iran’s parlia- Quran must be killed, Fars ment said that Muslim news agency reported. nations worldwide would “From the point of view of not remain silent on Quran burnings in the US, describing them as “an unprecedented crime.” Islamic jurisprudence, strong objection to such thoughts is mandatory and necessary and killing the Iran frees women activist on $500,000 bail “The US is quite aware of people who have committed AFP defence, the end of the trial dissident cleric, Grand the fact that the Muslim this act is compulsory,” TEHRAN was declared,” he said. “We Ayatollah Hossein Ali nations will not remain Ayatollah Hossein Nouri are awaiting the verdict and I Montazeri. silent as far as one of their Hamedani was quoted as A VOCAL Iranian women’s am not pessimistic about the The Iranian authorities most important sanctities saying by Fars.His view was rights activist and journalist, fate of the case.” launched a widespread crack- are concerned,” Ali Larijani echoed by Ayatollah Naser charged with “warring against down on critics in the wake of said in a statement on Makarem Shirazi who God”, has been released after Nazar-Ahari, 26, the 2009 poll which saw behalf of parliament. added that such a response posting bail of around had faced trial on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad re- State television showed must be taken after consult- 500,000 dollars, an opposi- charges of elected, sparking mass street footage of an English- ing a “religious judge.” tion website reported. ‘Moharebeh’ protests amid allegations that speaking man with an “The blood of the person “Shiva Nazar-Ahari was (warring against the it had been rigged in his American accent burning a who burns the Quran can freed from Evin prison after God), conspiring favour. copy of the Quran but did undoubtedly be shed. But posting bail of ﬁve billion rials and gathering to Scores of reformist politi- not clarify the date and in this issue, no action (around 500,000 dollars),” commit a crime cians, journalists and rights location of the incident. should be taken without Kaleme.com said late on Kaleme had previously activists seen as close to the Iran insisted the US gov- the permission of a reli- Sunday. reported that she had been opposition were rounded up, ernment was responsible gious judge,” Makarem Nazar-Ahari, 26, had faced jailed since December 2009 and many have been sentenced for the burnings, saying Shirazi told Fars. trial on charges of ‘Moharebeh’ and was also charged with to heavy jail terms on charges President Obama did not Top Iranian officials, (warring against God), con- having ties with the exiled of harming national security explicitly condemn the including President spiring and gathering to com- opposition People’s and provoking unrest. plan itself but said only Ahmadinejad, have mit a crime, propaganda Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), At least 10 people arrested that such a move would harshly criticised the against the regime and harm- the Tehran regime’s most in street protests have also endanger the lives of US issue, with the hardliner ing public order, the report hated foe. been given death sentences. soldiers in Afghanistan and even saying that a bid to said. On September 4, her Nazar-Ahari was ﬁrst Iranian human rights activist and journalist Shiva Nazar Ahari, in Since the 1979 Islamic revo- Iraq. However, Obama did burn Quran was a lawyer Mohammad Sharif told arrested shortly after Iran’s Tehran, recently. (REUTERS) lution, the Iranian regime has ask the minister, Terry “Zionist plot” that would the ILNA news agency that controversial June 2009 executed scores of opponents Jones, to call off the burn- lead to the speedy “anni- Nazar-Ahari’s trial had ended. presidential election and months. She was rearrested on her way to the holy city of after ﬁnding them guilty of ing, saying it was “com- hilation” of Israel. “After presenting the last released on bail after three in December last year while Qom for the funeral of top ‘Moharebeh.’ GULF / MIDDLE EAST Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 07 Clinton heads to M-E to boost peace talks AFP the ﬁrst direct peace talks in 20 of Palestinian refugees, and WASHINGTON months. “She will also have a the future of Jerusalem. bilateral meeting with Marina Ottaway, an analyst US SECRETARY of State Egyptian President Hosni with the Carnegie Hillary Clinton ﬂew to the Mubarak” on Tuesday, State Endowment for International Middle East on Monday to Department spokesman Philip Peace, said the crucial meet- nudge along ﬂedgling peace Crowley said. Robert Danin, a ings will not be those this talks that face a ﬁrst test with former deputy US assistant coming week but those coin- the looming expiration of an secretary of state for Near East ciding with the moratorium Israeli settlement freeze. affairs, expected settlements to deadline. US President Barack be a “key issue” during the sec- “It’s only at that point that I Obama called on Friday on ond round of talks. think there could be a real Israel to extend the partial “The number one challenge danger of a sudden collapse of freeze that expires on is getting some resolution on the talks,” she warned, adding September 26 while he the settlement moratorium the upcoming meetings will pledged his administration expiration because without a be more about setting the would remain deeply engaged resolution of that, then every- agenda for negotiations. in the new negotiations. thing they’ve launched could But she said the upcoming As a sign of active and high- come to nought,” Danin said. talks might explore sugges- level US participation, the chief Danin, now a fellow at the tions on how to “fudge” the US diplomat, accompanied by Council on Foreign Relations issue of settlements in a way Middle East envoy George think tank, added that “both that keeps the negotiations Mitchell, will attend talks on Israel and the Palestinians are safe. Ottaway said she is inter- Tuesday in Egypt’s Red Sea actually digging themselves ested to learn whether the resort of Sharm el-Sheikh and into very hard, entrenched Clinton-led team play the role Jerusalem on Wednesday. positions” on the settlements. of observer in the talks or The visit follows a ﬂare up of Israeli ofﬁcials have indi- whether they become more violence Sunday when Israeli cated that they will not extend directly involved. Will there be tank ﬁre killed three the freeze as is, but the “any attempt to set forth sug- Palestinians at the ﬂashpoint Palestinians have warned gestions of how to proceed and border with Gaza after a rocket they would break off the new US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (centre) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (left) and Palestinian Authority President so on,” she wondered. attack claimed by militants, talks if settlement building Mahmoud Abbas, in Washington, recently. (AFP) In his press conference, according to medics. continues on occupied land. Obama said his administration Clinton will meet on Danin doubted the issue Assembly in the last week of to have got off to a good start. ness and cordiality that hold negotiations roughly will facilitate the negotiations, Thursday with Israeli Prime would be resolved during September. “This issue is like- Recalling the launch, frankly exceeded lots of peo- every two weeks. even though the parties must Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Clinton’s visit, adding more ly to be a white knuckler that Obama told a press confer- ple’s expectations.” The new US-sponsored ultimately decide their own and Palestinian President intense talks on settlements will go down to the wire,” ence on Friday that He underlined that the two negotiations aim to settle in future. Refusing to accept fail- Mahmoud Abbas, whom she could take place if Abbas and Danin said. But he said there Netanyahu and Abbas came leaders afﬁrmed the goal of one year the core issues of ure, Obama pledged: “If these hosted in Washington on Netanyahu meet on the side- is “room for continued hope” to the White House “with a creating two states living security for Israel, the borders talks break down, we’re going September 3 for the launch of lines of the UN General now that the talks appeared sense of purpose and serious- side-by-side and agreed to of a Palestinian state, the fate to keep on trying.” Saudi Arabia pins US set to offer $60 bn IAEA examines hopes on dates sector to boost arms deal to Riyadh Syrian N-drive AFP its September meeting this AFP the House Foreign Affairs ly to buying only about half VIENNA week. The topics range from Buraidah’s growth WASHINGTON Committee or Senate Foreign that amount, the paper said. nuclear security and the Relations Committee, which In its notiﬁcation to THE UN atomic watchdog IAEA’s two-yearly programme US PRESIDENT Barack typically must sign off on arms Congress, expected to be sub- convened on Monday to dis- performance report, to the Obama’s administration will transfers, and could change mitted this week , the admin- cuss the latest developments in appointment of several deputy REUTERS The growing number of soon notify Congress of plans what is in the package. istration will authorize the its long-running probe of dis- directors general, including the BURAIDAH visiting date merchants to offer advanced military air- The Journal, which cited Saudis to buy as many as 84 puted nuclear drives in Syria, successor to the IAEA’s top means a Moevenpick luxury craft to Saudi Arabia in a unnamed ofﬁcials, said the new F-15 ﬁghters, upgrade 70 with chief Yukiya Amano set to inspector Olli Heinonen, who IN A far-ﬂung corner of hotel has set up shop, and massive deal worth up to 60 administration was also in more, and purchase three address the closed-door resigned last month. Saudi Arabia, a dusty town the government is building billion dollars, congressional talks with the kingdom about types of helicopters — 70 assembly. where life is harsh and another large hotel in the sources said on Monday. Apaches, 72 Black Hawks and The board meeting also acts The IAEA’s report beliefs are rigid hopes to turn town centre. The ofﬁcials, speaking on 36 Little Birds, The Journal as a prelude to the agency’s on Syria showed itself into a new trading hub While the kingdom is condition of anonymity To assuage Israel’s said. The notiﬁcation will set annual general conference — that Damascus is for an ancient desert com- famous for its oil reserves, because the transaction has not concerns, Obama off a congressional review. which brings together all 151 still stonewalling modity: the date. date production has been on yet been formally announced, govt has decided Lawmakers could push for member states — next week. on a probe into Ofﬁcials hope that the rise for years, as the conﬁrmed a Wall Street not to offer Saudi changes, try to impose condi- Nevertheless, diplomats said allegations that it expanding the palm date industry in former major Journal report about the deal Arabia so-called tions or block the deal alto- it was the IAEA’s latest reports had been building trade in Buraidah, which lies exporter and neighbour Iraq but warned that key US law- standoff systems, gether, though that is not on Syria, circulated to member a covert nuclear in the remote inner province has been ravaged by vio- makers would block the move. which can be expected, the paper said. states last week, that would reactor with the of Qassim, will help improve lence. The Gulf Arab king- “You can fully expect that a attached to F-15s Another congressional likely be the focus of attention, help of N Korea the economy of a region less dom is now the third largest hold will be placed on this for use in offen- source conﬁrmed the broad as would be any remarks made The IAEA could press for a developed than other parts dates producer after Egypt deal,” thought to be the sive operations outlines of the Journal’s by Director General Yukiya mandatory “special inspection” of the world’s biggest oil and Iran, based on 2008 ﬁg- largest ever arms sale of its report but cautioned “the Amano on the two dossiers in to resolve the allegations. But exporter. “The date market ures by the UN Food and kind, said a senior congres- potential naval and missile- exact dollar amounts in these his opening address. diplomats said there was much has a huge importance for Agricultural Organisation sional source. defence upgrades that could be things is always iffy.” The IAEA’s latest report on debate within the agency over the region and helps Saudi (FAO). Annual production “There is serious concern worth tens of billions of dollars Earlier media reports said Syria showed that Damascus is whether to resort to such a young people to ﬁnd jobs,” has risen to 986,000 metric about some sensitive material more. The administration sees that to assuage Israel’s con- still stonewalling on a two-year measure at this stage. The last said Khaled al-Qaidat, a local tonnes, a third more than which is expected to be the sale as part of a broader cerns, the Obama team has investigation into allegations time special inspection powers ofﬁcial who is overseeing the ten years ago, it said. included in the deal,” said policy aimed at shoring up decided not to offer Saudi that it had been building a were invoked was in the case of market’s expansion, as farm- Qassim is one of the most another source, who said that Arab allies against Iran, the Arabia so-called standoff sys- covert nuclear reactor at a N Korea in 1993. ers unloaded their dates conservative pockets of Obama aides would brief con- report said. The 60 billion dol- tems, which are advanced remote desert site with the help In the end, the hardline com- Saudi Arabia and home to an gressional staff on the deal on lars in ﬁghter jets is the top-line long-range weapons that can of N Korea until it was bombed munist state still denied the Every day up to austere version of Sunni Monday. amount requested by the be attached to F-15s for use in by Israel in September 2007. IAEA access and went on to 1,500 pickups Islam, and analysts say A “hold” would come from Saudis, even though the king- offensive operations against The 35-member board of the develop a nuclear bomb capac- arrive full with many young men from the the chair or ranking member of dom is likely to commit initial- land- and sea-based targets. IAEA faces a packed agenda at ity in secret. dates from region joined Osama bin farmers from Laden’s al Qaeda in Yemen across the king- or militant groups in Iraq. dom in Buraidah from pickup trucks for auc- tion. Saudi Arabia’s unem- ployment rate hit 10.5 per- While most of arduous date picking from palms is done by foreigners, Saudis have started joining the Turkey’s role in Syria-Israel talks vital: Assad cent last year and regions industry. “More Saudis are AFP December that year amid such as Qassim have few demanding work. The num- DAMASCUS Syrian protest over Israel’s industries offering jobs. ber has been rising every devastating offensive on the Finding jobs for the fast- year,” said Abdul-Aziz al- SYRIAN President Bashar al Gaza Strip. growing native population of Twergy, general manager of Assad said on Monday that “Syria is permanently 18 million is a key challenge local date producer Hadhim, coordination with Turkey striving for a just and com- for the kingdom’s leaders. which plans to expand pro- was the key to help relaunch prehensive peace” based on Unlike other Gulf coun- duction to 16,000 tonnes a peace talks with Israel, the several UN resolutions tries, such as Kuwait where year in coming years, up ofﬁcial SANA news agency passed over the years, Assad citizens are entitled to state from currently 5,600 tonnes. reported. told Cousseran. jobs, many Saudis have to About half of the 3,000 Assad made the com- Incidentally, in August, work as security guards or people involved in the mar- ments in talks with French French President Sarkozy taxi drivers. ket are Saudis, he estimates. presidential envoy Jean- chose Cousseran to act as But in Buraidah, things The slated electronic market Claude Cousseran, a former his special envoy to help are looking up: Every day up will only employ Saudi citi- ambassador to Damascus, kick-start peace talks to 1,500 pickups arrive full zens and one plant now has a who delivered a message between Israel and Syria. with dates from farmers or section for women willing to from President Nicolas Assad, whose country traders from across the king- work. The Buraidah initia- Sarkozy to the Syrian wants the restitution of the dom or neighbours such as tive is part of a broader gov- leader, the agency said. Israeli-annexed Golan Jordan, Kuwait or Qatar, ernment push to lower Assad underscored “the Heights as part of any peace according to Qaidat. dependency on oil and build importance of coordination deal with Israel, told The authorities plan build- up industries to ﬁnd jobs for with Turkey to build up on Cousseran he was “grateful” ing a warehousing complex 18 million Saudis — 70 per- what has been achieved in for French support aimed at to allow year-round trading, cent of whom are under 30. (previous rounds of) indi- reviving the peace process. now limited to the August- On the Saudi bourse, the rect negotiations” between He also expressed the October season and there food index has risen 10 per- Syria and the Jewish state “hope of seeing real are even plans to introduce cent this year as ﬁrms such as that were brokered by progress in the peace electronic trading to reach Almarai or Savola have Ankara, it said. process, even if Israel’s poli- buyers in Europe and Asia. become regional players. Syrian President Bashar al Assad (left) with Jean Claude Cousseran, the French presidential envoy for These talks, launched in cies do not inspire that,” the peace process in the Middle East, in Damascus, on Monday. (EPA) May 2008, broke off in SANA said. 08 Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com OPINION HAMAD BIN SUHAIM AL THANI CHAIRMAN ESTABLISHED SEPTEMBER 3, 2006 ADEL ALI BIN ALI MANAGING DIRECTOR NATO & Russia DR HASSAN MOHAMMED AL ANSARI AJIT KUMAR JHA EDITOR -IN-CHIEF EDITOR In seeking better ties with Russia, NATO must not shy away from its principles PRINTED AT ALI BIN ALI PRINTING PRESS T HIS is the first time Lithuania is LINAS LINKEVICIUS | IHT-NYT SYNDICATE participating in a drafting of NATO’s strategic concept, the Westside first to be adopted since the enlargement of the alliance. Naturally we can expect an influx of Ban on Outsourcing ideas from the new allies. The strategic concept will have to explain to our societies what NATO stands for in the 21st century. Allies Ohio’s recent decision smacks of protectionism approach this task from two different perspectives. On the one hand they have to convince their publics that I T is disappointing that the US state of Ohio has thought it fit to ban outsourc- ing of government IT and back office proj- ment. Whether it is the hike in H-1B visa fee to fund US- Mexico border security or cutting down on tax breaks for companies NATO is not a useless relic of the Cold War. On the other hand — and this is especially true for the new allies — they ects to offshore locations, as well as ban that outsource, the measures serve as seri- believe that NATO must remain true to government contracts to other US compa- ous roadblocks to growth and are detri- its core purpose: collective defence. nies who do outsource. No doubt, the mental to global trade. They also fly in the Collective defence was the reason we executive order was passed with an eye on face of every commitment that the US has and many other countries strove for the upcoming election to the US Congress made to the G20 and the WTO to fight NATO membership. We needed to and Ohio governorship. Reeling from high protectionism and facilitate the free flow secure our regained freedom and inde- unemployment rates around 10 per cent of trade. The Ohio ruling sets a bad prece- pendence. I have no doubt that the American legislators are taking the wrong dent and could very well set into motion a principle of “reassurance” will be duly approach to creating jobs at home. domino effect that could see other reflected in the document. Resorting to protection- American states adopt As NATO prepares to respond to new ist measures is tanta- similar measures. This challenges — cyber defence, energy mount to making the directly impacts the security, terrorism, piracy, etc. — it is same mistakes that led Indian IT sector, which imperative that this not be done at the to the Great Depression draws 60 per cent of its expense of its core principle. of 1929-32. At a time outsourcing business Reassurance is usually portrayed as a state of affairs inside Russia; the discus- when American compa- from US clients. visible gesture to someone who feels sions, however, are on the tactical level, nies need business- No matter what costs threatened. In my understanding, reas- Reassurance policy is about how to move ahead. friendly policies to stay US legislators impose on surance within NATO means, first of all, a practical implementa- One approach asks what NATO can afloat, cracking down on American businesses to confidence and commitment to one do to encourage change in Russia. outsourcing will severe- deter them from out- another among all the allies. tion of collective defence. Those who advocate this approach are ly affect their margins. sourcing, enough jobs I believe that reassurance is related It is not directed at any reluctant to raise divisive issues in order The reason why pro- cannot be created not only to a particular concrete threat one country, but against to not undermine the process. I would tectionism has long domestically through the or ally, but rather to the political will say that under this approach, we are been discarded as a adoption of protectionist and readiness to fulfil the basic task of any threat that can be pushing not only the “reset” button, but viable economic policy measures. Innovative the alliance — collective defence. reasonably anticipated. also “delete” — deleting memory, com- is that it simply doesn’t thinking is required to Reassurance is about getting our troops mitments, obligations. work over the long term tackle the problem of ready and interoperable. Another approach is based on a belief in a globalised environ- unemployment. Only thus will we reassure one anoth- that can be reasonably anticipated. that common interests should not er and those who are concerned on the As NATO is planning its defences, so trump values. Relations with Russia outside that the alliance can face mod- is Russia, and this should not in any way suffered as a consequence of its actions ern challenges, and will not be trans- preclude cooperation or building confi- and policies, first of all in Georgia. This Eastside formed into a “coalition of the willing.” NATO is a defensive alliance, and dence and transparency in our rela- tions. Any obstacles to such cooperation approach maintains that it is impossible to make progress toward healthy rela- does not consider any country to be its are not military, but political. tions if Russia does not do its part in Human Costs of Recession enemy. But there should be no doubts The desire of the US administration respecting existing treaties, political regarding NATO’s resolve and capabili- (and all of us) to review, refresh and to commitments and institutions. ty to respond efficiently if the security of some extent put our relations with In a way, these two approaches were any member is threatened. Russia on a constructive, rational track reconciled in the NATO policy agreed Stong social protection measures are the need of the hour Let me touch upon another aspect of reassurance: From time to time it is pre- is quite understandable. We need true engagement with Russia for strategic on in 2009; NATO will cooperate with Russia wherever possible, but will not sented in connection with a stronger stability in Europe. We need Russia to shy away from raising issues on which T HREE years after the world suffered its biggest financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s, the International the global figure to 210 million. The IMF’s paper makes it evident that the human costs of the downturn will have a debilitat- engagement — a reset — with Russia. I fail to see how relations with Russia should in any way be conditioned by fix the conventional arms control regime, we need it for the global war against terrorism, the fight against we disagree. I am optimistic that relations can improve as Russia moves along on the Monetary Fund (IMF) and the ing impact on the succeeding generation as NATO’s reassurance policy. It is a false nuclear proliferation, and many other path of modernization. Russia is not International Labour Organisation (ILO), well. connection, whether it is presented pos- new security threats. condemned to authoritarian rule. The have come out with two significant mes- The ILO cautions that “a return to the itively — that reassurance would But we must also be aware that on the best way to encourage democratic sages. First, the scars of the 2007-09 reces- pre-crisis unbalanced growth patterns encourage historically sensitive allies to other side, NATO is portrayed in transformation is with open and princi- sion on the world’s labour markets would could sow the seeds for future and perhaps have better relations with Russia — or Russia’s security strategy not as a pled positions. last long. Secondly, a right mix of fiscal, even more damaging crises.” It goes on to negatively (as argued by Ambassador strategic friend and not even as a part- Once there is real progress in solving monetary, and social protection measures emphasise that for recessions to be avoid- Wolfgang Ischinger and Admiral Ulrich ner, but as a danger. So we need to ask stalled security issues and bridging dif- needs to be put in place to ease the pain of ed, global imbalances have to be corrected. Weisser in the International Herald ourselves: Do we really know what it ferences, NATO-Russia relations will unemployment and ensure job-creating As the ILO points out, an effective way to Tribune) — that engagement with means for NATO-Russia cooperation to improve substantially. And I can assure economic growth. Two papers, one by the ward off a recession is to ensure that Russia cannot be reconciled with mili- succeed? Do we know what Russia is you that Lithuania will be the first to IMF on the human costs of recession, and “employment growth matches the expan- tary reassurance, which in the view of aiming for in this partnership? Does it embrace this change, notwithstanding the other by the ILO on building an sion of labour supply and that wages its proponents means defence planning correspond to our understanding of any historical sensitivity we have. employment-oriented framework for sus- broadly keep pace with productivity.” against Russia. what it means? Do we really share the tainable and balanced growth, take stock While this could be a long term goal, in the Reassurance should not be a factor in same values? (Linas Linkevicius, former of the recent economic turmoil, and offer interim, the most important requirement NATO-Russia relations. Reassurance We are well aware of Russia’s con- defence minister of Lithuania, palliatives for a world that is just emerging is for governments to implement strong policy is a practical implementation of cerns regarding NATO “encirclement.” is Lithuania’s permanent out of recession. Unemployment increased social protection measures that act as a collective defence. It is not directed at And there are no fundamental differ- representative to the by more than 30 million since 2007, taking cushion in times of economic adversity. any one country, but against any threat ences within NATO in assessing the North Atlantic Council.) (ToI/The Hindu Editorials) The Joy of Appropriate Names The appointment of Bob Diamond as Barclays chief executive brings cheer to a connoisseur of names P ERHAPS some of you were less GBP21m, having the name of Diamond? HADLEY FREEMAN | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE performance-enhancing drugs every that 70 percent of my post is addressed than ecstatic when you heard I’ll tell you what: for Diamond’s former day, since birth. At the other end of the to Mr Hadley Freeman or, worse, Mr that Bob Diamond, the man job as chief executive of Barclays Capital scale, Christine Bleakley certainly lives Hadley-Freeman; I hate that people who likes to kill a dull Sunday to now be partly filled by someone called Nominative determinism up to her name in terms of the vision she often tell me that they expected me to be evening by coating himself in Rich Ricci. I’m sorry, is this a news story is a term coined by the provides of successful women in televi- a man (“I am,” is, I have found, the most melted gold and rolling around in the or a tale by Dickens? New Scientist, referring sion. For a woman whose career began satisfying answer); and while I don’t GBP100m he keeps in his oak-lined Some people teach themselves a for- with a kiss and tell about a certain foot- mind the many, many mangled nick- bank vault while laughing richishly, is to eign language. Others like to travel and to when people’s names baller and arguably ended when she names people make of my name, I can’t become the chief executive of Barclays. learn about new cultures. My area of reflect, perhaps even masturbated a boar on a reality TV help but feel that “Haddles” is even It’s a pain for Diamond, of course, hav- interest is nominative determinism. determine, their job show, Rebecca Loos was most fortu- worse than Hadley. I think my relation- ing to build another bank vault and all, Nominative determinism is a term itously named. Richard Littlejohn has a ship with my name hit its low point but some other people have also found coined by the New Scientist, referring or their interests. Of similarly expressive name. (I just mean when a gentleman I met at a party intro- the thought of the man who even Peter to when people’s names reflect, perhaps course, in the New that he possibly has a small bathroom in duced me to his friends as “Morgan “mate of Russian oligarchs” Mandelson once described as “the unacceptable even determine, their job or their inter- ests. Of course, in the New Scientist this Scientist this refers to his house. What else could I have meant?) And finally, the best example of Stanley”. So shaming. Surely my name at least has the cachet to be confused face of banking”, who made a gigantic refers to science-type people, such as a science-type people. nominative determinism of them all: with Goldman Sachs. pile of money out of a sector of the bank- gentleman called Daniel Snowman who Bobbit, a name that works for both the No, I am not named after Spandau ing industry that was at least partly to has written a book about polar regions. and tacky, with an offputting sheen of action (as performed by wife Lorena) Ballet, nor after a suburb of north blame for the near-collapse of the finan- As Diamond amply proves, wealth is grubbiness. and the result (as demonstrated by hus- London. I am named after Ernest cial system in 2008, being given a job as often reflected in the name of the per- Then there are the names that dictate band John). Bob Diamond, welcome to Hemingway’s first (“And best!” my one of the top head honchos in Britain’s son or business, perhaps because one’s chosen profession: Arsene this premier club. mother likes to insist, consolingly) wife. banking world a little, well, difficult to they’re so rich they buy their own Wenger’s name surely explains his inex- Of course, the reason I am obsessed And now, someone has written a very digest. names. Donald Trump could have only plicable devotion to Arsenal, while the with other people’s names is because my lovely book about her, called The Paris Foolish, pessimistic people! There is ever been a gold-plated, ego-ridden recently captured Jamaican drug lord own is so ridiculous. Ever since I was old Wife, by Paula McLain. While I can’t say nothing but cheer to be derived from turnip, while Goldman Sachs would Christopher Coke is absolutely my drug enough to have friends who figured out it has given me a new found love for my this appointment. Seriously, what could have been rejected by Dickens himself dealer du choix. Usain Bolt trains, I have that my name rhymes with many words, name, there is some consolation in read- possibly be better than the chief execu- as too heavy handed. Paris Hilton no doubt, most diligently, but surely such as “badly”, “madly” and, yes, ing about Hadley’s typical day. And tive of one of Britain’s biggest banks, a always struck me as being named with having a name like that is the nomencla- “sadly”, and particularly so in a sing- most importantly, no one ever, ever man who once received a bonus of especial aptness, being both expensive ture equivalent of injecting oneself with song voice, I have hated my name. I hate called her Haddles. THE VIEWS EXPRESSED ON THE OPINION AND ANALYSIS PAGES ARE THE AUTHORS’ OWN. QATAR TRIBUNE BEARS NO RESPONSIBILITY. ANALYSIS Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 09 We had a values breakdown — a Health is national epidemic of get-rich- quickism and something-for- nothingism. And far too many of Bloggers’ Wealth Tight leash us were happy to buy the dot- com and subprime crack for quick prosperity highs. Borough JENIFER GOODWIN | HEALTHDAY NEWS THOMAS L FRIEDMAN | NYT NEWS SERVICE MIM ABBEY | HUFFINGTONPOST.COM Is it Healthy to Be Strategic Eat Genetically Modified Salmon? WHY US IS NO. 11? To Get More Done Faster In a flat world, values matter more than ever T HE US Food and Drug Administration may soon approve genetically modified salmon W E’RE all looking for ways to get more done faster. The thing is, the best way I for humans to eat, a prospect that is raising want to share a couple of arti- cut from Republicans? A national isn’t always the most obvious or intuitive. I concern among some consumer advocates who cles I recently came across energy policy? Too hard. For a learned a central piece of this puzzle in a sit- consider the fish a threat to both health and the that, I believe, speak to the decade we sent our best minds not uation in which, literally, my entire goal, my environment. core of what ails America today to make computer chips in Silicon entire job, was to find a way to go faster. On September 3, a scientific panel of experts but is too little discussed. The Valley but to make poker chips on I was a competitive runner in college— that advises the FDA paved the way for the first was in Newsweek under the Wall Street, while telling ourselves cross-country in the fall, and the 800 approval of genetically modified salmon, call- ironic headline “We’re No. 11!” The we could have the American dream meters and mile relay in the spring. We ing it “as safe as food from conventional piece, by Michael Hirsh, went on to — a home — without saving and were a small school—NCAA Division III— Atlantic salmon.” say: “Has the United States lost its investing, for nothing down and but competitive in our space. And one The FDA’s Veterinary Medicine Advisory oomph as a superpower? Even nothing to pay for two years. Our spring, my mile relay team qualified for Committee went on to say that the fish — President Obama isn’t immune leadership message to the world nationals. The excitement was great, the AquAdvantage Salmon developed by Waltham, from the gloom. ‘Americans won’t (except for our brave soldiers): pressure even greater, and on that day, I ran Mass.-based AquaBounty Technologies — con- settle for No. 2!’ Obama shouted at “After you.” the best race of my life. The rest of the team tained the same amount of nutrients and had one political rally in early August. So much of today’s debate ran well, as always, but I was the only one “no biologically relevant differences” from How about No. 11? That’s where the between the two parties, notes who PR’d (“personal record”—I ran my per- ordinary farmed Atlantic salmon. The FDA is USA ranks in Newsweek’s list of David Rothkopf, a Carnegie sonal best to date). scheduled to hold public hearings on the issue the 100 best countries in the world, Endowment visiting scholar, “is After the race, I remember my coach hand- from September 19 to 21. not even in the top 10.” about assigning blame rather than ing me the stopwatch showing my split—the If AquaBounty’s salmon is approved, it The second piece, which could assuming responsibility. It’s a con- time for my portion of the race. I also would mark the first time a genetically modi- have been called “Why We’re No test to see who can give away more remember blinking and not believing my fied animal has been approved for America’s 11,” was by the Washington Post at precisely the time they should be eyes—it was a big PR—one I’d dreamed of for dinner plates and restaurant menus. economics columnist Robert asking more of the American peo- years. Each team had been issued an identi- That’s what worries consumer advocates, Samuelson. Why, he asked, have ple.” cal baton, made particularly for nationals. In who say approving the salmon is opening the we spent so much money on school Rothkopf and I agreed that we acknowledgment of my personal victory, my door to all sorts of genetically engineered ani- reform in America and have so little would get excited about U.S. poli- three teammates presented me with the team mals, such as pigs and other mammals. to show for it in terms of scalable tics when our national debate is baton to keep. The FDA is regulating genetically engineered solutions that produce better stu- between Democrats and animals as it would a new veterinary drug, dent test scores? Maybe, he Republicans who start by acknowl- Shorten Your Stride which means that much of the research and answered, it is not just because of edging that we can’t cut deficits My PR that day was greatly the result of a information about the product is being kept bad teachers, weak principals or without both tax increases and piece of advice my coach had given me: confidential, said Wenonah Hauter, executive selfish unions. spending cuts — and then debate “Shorten your stride.” I have long legs, and my director of Food & Water Watch in “The larger cause of failure is nothingism. Wall Street may have which ones and when — who natural tendency as a runner is to use them (go Washington, DC. almost unmentionable: shrunken been dealing the dope, but our law- acknowledge that we can’t compete figure). With naturally long strides, the advice “We don’t know if it’s safe for humans to eat student motivation,” wrote makers encouraged it. And far too unless we demand more of our stu- felt counterintuitive. Yet it was sound. Slightly and the only research that has been done was Samuelson. “Students, after all, many of us were happy to buy the dents — and then debate longer shortening my strides, and taking more of done by the company,” according to Hauter. have to do the work. If they aren’t dot-com and subprime crack for school days versus school years — those shorter strides, actually made me go “The FDA is an under-resourced agency that motivated, even capable teachers quick prosperity highs. who acknowledge that bad parents faster, and reach the finish line more quickly. I has had so much trouble with the regulatory may fail. Motivation comes from Ask yourself: What made our who don’t read to their kids and do didn’t believe him at first, but on trying it out, system for foods — we’ve had tainted eggs, poi- many sources: curiosity and ambi- Greatest Generation great? First, indulge them with video games are found he was right. I have the stopwatch and sonous peanuts and other contaminations — tion; parental expectations; the the problems they faced were huge, as responsible for poor test scores baton to prove it. and is now taking on something in a very non- desire to get into a ‘good’ college; merciless and inescapable: the as bad teachers — and debate what transparent way.” inspiring or intimidating teachers; Depression, Nazism and Soviet to do about that. Break it Down Recently, Food & Water Watch was joined by peer pressure. The unstated Communism. Second, the Greatest Who will tell the people? China In the years since then, I have observed a 30 other animal welfare, consumer environ- assumption of much school Generation’s leaders were never and India have been catching up to natural tendency when it comes to working on mental and fisheries groups, including the ‘reform’ is that if students aren’t afraid to ask Americans to sacrifice. America not only via cheap labor any kind of project: To push. Keep going. Get Sierra Club, which issued a statement citing motivated, it’s mainly the fault of Third, that generation was ready to and currencies. They are catching it done. Drive oneself. Kind of like taking those concerns that the fish could escape and pose an schools and teachers.” Wrong, he sacrifice, and pull together, for the us because they now have free mar- long strides. I have seen this in myself and in environmental threat. Previously, another said. “Motivation is weak because good of the country. And fourth, kets like we do, education like we others. I have also observed that I tend to group of consumer advocates and others more students (of all races and eco- because they were ready to do hard do, access to capital and technology accomplish more, and more quickly, when I warned that “transgenic fish” could introduce nomic classes, let it be added) don’t things, they earned global leader- like we do, but, most importantly, shorten my stride: break it down into chunks, new or unknown allergens into the food sup- like school, don’t work hard and ship the only way you can, by say- values like our Greatest Generation do a chunk at a time, take a break between ply. don’t do well. In a 2008 survey of ing: “Follow me.” had. That is, a willingness to post- chunks, clear my head. AquaBounty creates its salmon by taking a public high school teachers, 21 per- Contrast that with the Baby pone gratification, invest for the growth gene from the Chinook salmon and a cent judged student absenteeism a Boomer Generation. Our big prob- future, work harder than the next Tame that instinct gene “promoter” from the ocean pout, another serious problem; 29 percent cited lems are unfolding incrementally — guy and hold their kids to the high- This all goes against the instinct that says type of fish, said John Buchanan, ‘student apathy.’ ” the decline in U.S. education, com- est expectations. that when you have a big task, you must take a AquaBounty’s director of research and devel- There is a lot to Samuelson’s petitiveness and infrastructure, as In a flat world where everyone big, long run at it. Be aware of this instinct, opment. The pout gene promoter simply turns point — and it is a microcosm of a well as oil addiction and climate has access to everything, values and be strategic. Whatever the task at hand, on the Chinook salmon growth gene, and is not larger problem we have not faced change. Our generation’s leaders matter more than ever. Right now break it down. Do a piece at a time. Watch the actually expressed [active] in the modified fish. honestly as we have dug out of this never dare utter the word “sacri- the Hindus and Confucians have accomplishments of those pieces stack up, The resulting salmon grow to market weight recession: We had a values break- fice.” All solutions must be pain- more Protestant ethics than we do, fueled by breaks and refreshment, and ulti- about twice as fast as ordinary Atlantic salmon, down — a national epidemic of get- less. Which drug would you like? A and as long as that is the case we’ll mately, see yourself accomplish more and get though they don’t get larger overall. rich-quickism and something-for- stimulus from Democrats or a tax be No. 11! to the finish line faster. Kool Kit Have What is Fibreglass? your say Avoid Binge Eating THIS is with reference to the news report ‘Eid Day 1: 304 land at Qatar’s strong WC bid APROPOS your Page 1 report ‘Fair chance for Qatar to win 2022 bid: “The fasting is over, the feasting has begun. BUT...control that palate” F WWW.WIKIPEDIA.ORG ibreglass, (also called glass fibre), is material made from extremely fine fibers of glass. It is HMC’ printed in the Nation sec- Thawadi’, printed on September 12. S ALAUDDIN K HAN used as a reinforcing agent for many polymer tion on September 12. Qatar 2022 Bid Committee CEO products; the resulting composite material, prop- Is there an issue you feel The HMC said that majority of Hassan al Thawadi has painted a D OHA erly known as fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) or strongly about, or an article the patients had gastrointestinal problems owing to excessive con- very positive picture about the country’s prospects of hosting the glass-reinforced plastic (GRP), is called “fiber- glass” in popular usage. Glassmakers throughout you want to comment on? QT sumption of sweets and food on 2022 football World Cup. history have experimented with glass fibres, but the first day of the festival. Also, The country might be ready to mass manufacture of fibreglass was only made will carry your voice to the the sudden change in food habits host the most-followed sport spec- possible with the invention of finer machine tool- public and to places where it from fasting for long hours during the Holy Month of Ramadan to tacle on the planet, but matters now rest with the six-member FIFA ing. In 1893, Edward Drummond Libbey exhibit- ed a dress at the World’s Columbian Exposition matters. Write to us at new meal timing in Eid was the inspection team, which is coming incorporating glass fibres with the diameter and reason for the high number of peo- to Doha on Tuesday to assess the texture of silk fibres. This was first worn by the ple suffering from gastro disor- aspects of Qatar’s bid. popular stage actress of the time Georgia Cayvan. ders. The inspection team has already What is commonly known as “fibreglass” According to experts, it is very visited a number of countries and today, however, was invented in 1938 by Russell ADDRESS important to eat properly and not Qatar will be the last stop of the Games Slayter of Owens-Corning as a material to PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar mix different kinds of food to avoid stomach disorders. team before it submits the report. Once that is done, FIFA’s execu- “Practice makes perfect, but be used as insulation. It is marketed under the trade name Fiberglas, which has become a gener- TELEPHONE They recommended regular tive committee will vote to decide then again no one’s perfect icized trademark. A somewhat similar, but more +974.44422077 exercise to stay fit and healthy, the hosts for 2018 and 2022 World so why practice?” expensive technology used for applications FAX especially during this period when Cups at FIFA headquarters in requiring very high strength and low weight is the QUOTEMEIFYOUCAN food intake and its timings change Zurich, Switzerland, on December 2. use of carbon fibre. +974.44416790 so radically. We must follow the Let’s hope the panel makes an Glass fibre is formed when thin strands of sili- EMAIL advice of experts and avoid assessment that favours the effort ca-based or other formulation glass is extruded firstname.lastname@example.org overeating in order to remain that the country is putting into into many fibres with small diameters suitable healthy. hosting the mega event. for textile processing. 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06:00 Ocean’s Thirteen 21:00 Futbol Mundial 23:40 Battle Stations 23:00 Cover Power 12 Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com PAKISTAN / SOUTH ASIA Musharraf will be ‘welcomed’ by court cases: PM IANS to questions about the for- Baloch nationalist leader Following the general elec- Nawaz Sharif government in ISLAMABAD mer president’s announce- Nawab Akbar Bugti, the Lal tion in 2008, calls for 1999, led the country for ment that he was planning Masjid operation, the sus- nine years. He has been liv- FORMER Pakistani presi- a return to Pakistan’s polit- pension of the judiciary and A sessions court ing in self-imposed exile, dent Pervez Musharraf, who ical arena. the declaration of emer- in Abbotabad in shuttling between Britain, has hinted at his return “I have heard these gency. A sessions court in Khyber- the US and Dubai, for more after spending two years reports but can only say that Abbotabad in Khyber- Pakhtunkhwa than two years now. abroad, would be “wel- he’ll possibly be welcomed Pakhtunkhwa province has province has However, he has been har- comed” by a clutch of cases by the chief justice of the already ordered freezing of already ordered bouring hopes of returning pending against him in the apex court,” Gilani said, Musharraf assets for not freezing of to power and has also country’s courts for his vari- hinting at the cases pending appearing to defend himself Musharraf assets launched his own political ous omissions and commis- in courts against Musharraf in person. for not appearing party, the All Pakistan sions during his nine-year and the judicial crisis during Supreme Court Chief to defend himself Muslim League. autocratic rule, Prime his last few years in ofﬁce Justice Iftikhar in person. “I am going to Pakistan in Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani that eventually led to his Muhammad Chaudhry, the near future and will take said on Monday. ouster. who was suspended twice Musharraf’s impeachment part in politics there,” Talking to reporters in Several cases are regis- in 2007, has had a tense grew and he chose to resign Musharraf has said. “I will his native city Multan, tered against the former relationship with on August 18, 2008. contest elections to become Gilani made the tongue-in- army chief for his alleged Musharraf during the last Musharraf, who clinched president or prime minister cheek remark in response involvement in the killing of few years of his rule. power after toppling the again,” he vowed. Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf 14 Afghan militants FLOOD VICTIMS Poll violence, killed in airstrikes fraud may AP KABUL A SERIES of NATO airstrikes fuel anger against killed 14 insurgents in central Afghanistan after a joint patrol with Afghan soldiers came under ﬁre, the Western military alliance said on Karzai, US Monday. The clash happened on Sunday while the patrol was crossing a river in Uruzgan province, NATO said in a statement. AP United States and its NATO troops requested air KABUL European partners, which support after receiving small- last year endorsed the out- arms ﬁre and concluding THIRTEEN months after come of Karzai’s fraud- there was no danger of civil- their fraud-scarred presiden- marred election. ian casualties, it said. tial elections, Afghans head to “The international commu- Initial reports indicated no the polls on Saturday to vote nity, so eager to demonstrate civilian casualties occurred, for a new lower house of par- progress, will feel obliged to and members of the joint liament. It’s a high stakes declare (the polls) a success,” patrol were unhurt in the endeavor that could roil the said a Western ofﬁcial who attack, NATO said. war-ravaged nation’s political requested anonymity because The number of attacks and scene still further — or con- he was not authorized to clashes are rising amid an ceivably help stabilise it. speak publicly. “This, in turn, allied offensive aimed at sup- If the voting proceeds with only fuels contempt for the pressing the stubborn Taliban minimal violence and vote- international community, insurgency. rigging, it could restore some alienates ordinary Afghans In a separate incident late of the legitimacy that from their elected leadership, Sunday, a rocket was ﬁred by Flood victims wade through ﬂoodwaters, in Dadu, some 320 kilometres north of Karachi, on Monday. (REUTERS) President Hamid Karzai lost and weakens Karzai by mak- militants toward an Afghan in his re-election last year and ing him simply the strongest Floods force 250,000 army supply base in bolster support for his embat- of the weak, corrupt, and tled government and US-led fraudulent.” The number of security forces. attacks and But if the polls are marred clashes are rising — as many fear — by a repeti- amid an allied tion of the bloodshed and more to flee Dadu offensive aimed at fraud of August 2009 , popu- suppressing the lar anger could intensify Taliban insurgency. against the corruption-taint- ed government and against Western-style democracy. Jalalabad city, in eastern This could boost sympathy Nangarhar province, police REUTERS channeling water into new Additional Relief worst-ever natural disaster for the Taliban -led insur- spokesman Ghafor Khan DADU (PAKISTAN) areas, including Lake Commissioner, Riaz Ahmed in terms of damage, with gency with its goal of re- said. The rocket missed its Manchar. Soomro, said. Ofﬁcials say more than six million people establishing Islamic rule, and target and slammed into a SIX weeks after the start of Tens of thousands of peo- several towns around the forced from their home and complicate the Obama Tough time house, wounding nine civil- Pakistan’s devastating ple have ﬂed towns in the lake including Bhon and 20 million people affected. administration’s search for a AFGHAN PRESIDENT ians — including four chil- ﬂoods, waters pouring into a Dadu district of Sindh, and Jhingira are in danger of The calamity has killed more way out of the increasingly HAMID KARZAI dren — all members of one lake in southern Pakistan are ofﬁcials said more were asked inundation, threatening an than 1,750 people, and aid costly nine-year-old war. family, Khan said. threatening several towns to leave after water, ﬂowing estimated 250,000 people. agencies have warned that Karzai’s reputation suffered The government According to initial reports, and forcing tens of thou- from a breached embank- “All my seven brothers millions more are still at risk a further blow this month fol- and the the injuries were not life sands of people to ﬂee, ofﬁ- ment, reached a dangerous and their families are now of death if emergency food lowing the revelation of a international threatening, Khan said. cials said on Monday. point in the lake, Pakistan’s dependent on me as they are and shelter are not provided. major corruption scandal community will The attacks coincide with As ﬂoodwaters make their largest freshwater lake. all farmers and ﬂoods have The government estimates involving a major Kabul bank. lose their rising tensions ahead of way to the Arabian Sea, new “Our entire concentration washed away their lands and losses at $43 billion and says “The government has credibility if Saturday’s parliamentary towns in Sindh province are is now on Dadu district as crops,” said Abdul Ghani, a the gross domestic product already lost its credibility,” there is trouble. elections. The insurgents seek being inundated as embank- the water is just a few inches school teacher, whose village could be around 2.5 percent, said Quorban Ali, 27, as he to topple the pro-Western ments constructed to protect from overtopping the upstream from Manchar from the original target of waited with other labourers government in Kabul and cities and towns in the tradi- Manchar Lake that could Lake has already ﬂooded. 4.5 percent for the 2010/11 to be hired for a day’s work at “All of this, of course, drive foreign troops from the tional ﬂood plains are now threaten many towns,” The ﬂoods are Pakistan’s (July-June) ﬁscal year. a trafﬁc-choked Kabul inter- strengthens the resolve and country. section festooned with cam- recruiting base of the insur- paign posters. “People will gency,” the Western ofﬁcial join the ranks of the Taliban “ continued. “In short, there is in the event of another elec- great potential that Afghan cit- Maoists call stir to bury bribery scandal toral ﬁasco. “The government and the international community will lose their credibility if there is izens, Afghan institutions, the presidency, and the interna- tional community will all lose as a result of this election.” IANS Though the former rebels ongoing prime ministerial trouble,” chimed in Rohullah A study of the 2009 presi- KATHMANDU say the movement is for election. Hamas, a 19-year-old stu- dential election released on peace, a new constitution and The male caller is heard dent. Such an outcome would Saturday by the Afghanistan FACING growing calls for a national self-respect, the saying that a friend in China deepen the dilemma facing Analysts Network, a respect- probe into an audio tape decision smacks of a counter- is ready to give the money and the Obama administration ed think tank, warned that catching the opposition offensive to bury the scandal tries to ﬁx a meeting between and its European allies. Their “fraud is likely to again be bla- Maoist party seeking to buy that erupted this month fol- Maoist leaders and the donor plans to extricate their tant, unsophisticated and MPs’ votes ahead of a crucial lowing the appearance of an in Hong Kong. 150,000 troops from widespread” in many parlia- prime ministerial election, audio tape. Though the Maoists initial- Afghanistan hinge on being mentary contests. the former guerrillas have Heard on the tape is the ly denied the conversation able to transfer territory to The electoral procedures decided to go on the offensive, voice of Maoist MP and for- and said the tape had been the control of a relatively sta- are “highly likely” to collapse announcing a fresh protest mer minister Krishna faked, now however, they ble Afghan government again, said the study, which movement. Bahadur Mahara, who seeks have changed tack and are beginning next year. alleged that in addition to rig- Maoist lawmaker and NRS 500 million from an seeking to divert attention Whatever happens in the ging in the ﬁeld, large-scale spokesman Dinanath Sharma unidentiﬁed male. The money from the issue of bribery. polling process, the results manipulation last year said his party will start a was intended to buy the votes On Sunday, the central are likely to be disputed in occurred at the time the votes month-long soft movement of 50 MPs from regional par- committee of the party decid- many constituencies, ham- were being tabulated within from Friday, which will ties and ensure Maoist chief ed to ﬁre a salvo, calling the pering the seating of the new the central administration of Nepal’s United Maoist Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ include postering, grafﬁti and Pushpa Kamal Dahal tape a threat to national sov- parliament. Another critical the Independent Election at the parliament building, in Kathmandu, recently. (EPA) mass meetings. Prachanda’s victory in the ereignty. factor is the reaction of the Commission . WORLD Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 13 TERRITORIAL DISPUTE ‘Jihadists wanted to cause mayhem at Australia base’ AFP to kill the army, I swear to MELBOURNE Allah the great I’m going to do it,” one of the men, FIVE men plotted to storm Wissam Mahmoud Fattal, an Australian army base in told undercover police, Sydney with high-powered according to a transcript weapons and shoot as read to the court. many people as possible to Fattal, 34, Saney Edow further the cause of Islam, Aweys, 27, Yacqub a court heard on Monday. Khayre, 23, Abdirahmin Melbourne’s Supreme Mohamud Ahmed, 26 and Court heard that the men, Nayef El Sayed, 26, have who have been linked with all pleaded not guilty to Islamic extremists in conspiring to do acts in Somalia, planned to con- preparation for, or plan- tinue their rampage at ning, a terrorist act. Sydney’s Holsworthy army Fattal had visited barracks until they were Holsworthy and described killed or captured. it as an easy target, accord- Crown prosecutor Nick ing to Robinson, while Robinson said the plot was another of the men was hatched between February covertly recorded laying and August 4 last year, when out their plans. the ﬁve were arrested in a “There are about six swoop involving hundreds guys, 20 minutes will be of police in Melbourne. He enough for us to take out said one of the accused visit- ﬁve, six, 10, I don’t know. ed Somalia to seek a fatwa, Until they will use up their or religious decree, for the weapons. Is that permissi- A Chinese ﬁshing boat (blue) is ﬂanked by Japan Coast Guard vessels during an investigation at Ishigaki port on the southern Japanese island, on Sunday. (REUTERS) attack, adding they had con- ble?” Aweys said, accord- demned Australia’s involve- ing to transcript of secret Japan releases China boat ment in the war in telephone intercepts read Afghanistan and believed to the court and reported the country was oppressing by the AAP news agency. Muslims. Aweys praised last year’s Robinson said the men devastating Black Saturday believed Islam was under ﬁrestorm in another inter- crew, Beijing calls for more attack from several coun- tries, including Australia, and wanted to advance their religion. “If I ﬁnd way cepted call, saying “Thanks to Allah. Allah bring them calamity,” about the disas- ter which claimed 173 lives. REUTERS Prosecutors can hold him for make an effort to securely ests, said Takehiko around 20 percent of China’s BEIJING/TOKYO up to 20 days while deciding advance our strategic, mutu- Yamamoto, a professor at “proved” reserves — reserves whether to take legal action ally beneﬁcial ties.” The row Tokyo’s Waseda University. that can be recovered given JAPAN on Monday freed the after his boat collided with over the seized ﬁshing boat “Japan and China are two current techniques. crew of a Chinese ﬁshing boat two Japanese coast guard has given an emotive focus to giants of the Asia-Pacific Activists have tried arrang- detained last week in disput- ships. a long-running dispute economy. It is difﬁcult and ing their own trips to the ed waters, but held onto the China’s Foreign Ministry between Beijing and Tokyo unlikely for China to choose islands to assert the compet- captain at the centre of a ter- said that was not good over who owns a group of to link this dispute to eco- ing claims. ritorial rift between the two enough. islets in the East China Sea, nomic issues and thus wors- But Taiwan authorities neighbours. “Currently, the Japanese called Diaoyu in China and en bilateral trade ties,” he stopped a boat from leaving China demanded Japan side continues to illegally Senkaku in Japan. Taiwan said. port carrying nine activists release captain Zhan Qixiong detain the Chinese ﬁshing also claims the islands. “The loss would be too from Taiwan, Hong Kong, after the 14 crew took a char- boat captain, and China again Wang Guohua, one of the great for both sides.” But with Macau and mainland China ter ﬂight from the southern strongly urges Japan to released ﬁshermen, told potentially large oil and gas headed to the islands. A sec- Japanese island of Ishigaki to immediately release him,” Xinhua that they had done reserves near the islets, the ond Taiwan boat with two the southeastern Chinese spokeswoman Jiang Yu said nothing wrong as the Diaoyu territorial dispute will remain activists on board, however, coastal city of Fuzhou, in a statement on the min- islands were Chinese. a stubborn problem. later headed for the islands China’s ofﬁcial Xinhua news istry’s website “For generations, we have Chinese estimates peg without interference from the agency said. The ﬁshing boat (www.mfa.gov.cn). ﬁshed in those waters and so reserves in the contested area authorities. is also on its way back to Japanese Prime Minister how could they seize us?” of the East China Sea at near- Relations between Beijing China. Naoto Kan appeared to strike Xinhua quoted Wang as say- ly 17.5 trillion cubic feet of and Tokyo have long been A spokesman at the prose- a conciliatory note. ing upon his arrival back in natural gas and over 20 mil- dogged by mutual distrust cutors’ ofﬁce on Ishigaki said Asked what message he China. lion barrels of oil, according and Chinese bitterness over Zhan was still being held after wanted to send to China, Kan A major escalation in the to US data. Japan’s occupation of much Australian commandos take part in counter-terrorism exercis- a court approved extending told reporters: “It is necessary dispute would not be in either If these numbers are accu- of China before and during es at the Holsworthy military base, in Sydney, recently. (AFP) his detention on Friday. for both Japan and China to Japanese or Chinese inter- rate, the gas reserves equal World War Two. EU stalling visa-free US wants N Korea to Four US health workers travel: Medvedev take first step DPA granted bail in Harare SEOUL AFP church, based in Oakland. distribution,” Samkange REUTERS HARARE Cheyne is a long-time resi- said. MOSCOW A US envoy on Monday urged dent who works for the Samkange told journalists North Korea to demonstrate FOUR US health workers University of Zimbabwe that his clients were working RUSSIA said on Monday that its commitment to denu- and doctors from Zimbabwe health department. for a charity called Mother of the European Union was clearisation by taking con- and New Zealand were Ncomanzi is also a doctor at Peace, which caters for AIDS dragging its feet in talks on crete steps to show progress granted bail on Monday a local hospital in orphans. scrapping visas and warned could be made in any talks. after their arrest last week Zimbabwe. The four Americans came that the delay was already “The US is not interested in on charges of illegally run- Their lawyer Jonathan to Zimbabwe to monitor the hurting relations with its talking just for the sake of ning a clinic that provides Samkange said his clients progress and to see how the biggest trading partner. talking with the North AIDS drugs. denied the charges. AIDS drugs were being dis- Russian President Dmitry Koreans,” Stephen Bosworth, “Each of you shall pay bail “I am embarrassed that tributed to the people, Medvedev has repeatedly said the US envoy on North Korea, of 200 dollars and you shall Samkange said. that clinching a deal on visa- said on a visit to Seoul, surrender your passports to The US embassy ofﬁcial free travel is one of its top pri- according to South Korea’s the clerk of court,” magis- said the volunteer work has orities in relations with the European Union. Yonhap News Agency. “We want negotiations that trate Munamato Mutevedzi said. Illegal clinics stretched over a decade, with the church working at a But some EU members are produce a meaningful result, The state did not oppose Harare clinic and another in worried that scrapping visas so we will be looking for indi- bail. Trial was set for Mutoko, about 100 kilome- for Russians could spark a cations that North Korea September 27. The four The four Americans tres (60 miles) northeast of surge of illegal immigration shares that desire and that Americans from Oakland, from Oakland, the capital. from Russia and other former determination,” Bosworth California were identiﬁed as California were Zimbabwe’s public health Soviet republics whose citi- said. Gloria Cox Crowell, 48; identified as sector is still recovering zens already have the right to He made his comments Gregory Renard Miller, 66; Gloria Cox Crowell, from the country’s decade- travel to Russia without a visa. after meeting with South David Greenberg, 62; and 48; Gregory Renard long political and economic “One problem which I Korea’s nuclear envoy, Wi Anthony Eugene Jones, 39. Miller, 66; David crisis, which saw most hos- would say is becoming Sung Lac, while on a diplo- New Zealand doctor Reid Greenberg, 62; pitals and clinics close for a unseemly for our level of our matic tour of the region, Andrew John Cheyne, 49, and Anthony long period. relations is the foot-dragging Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev delivers a speech at his resi- which is to also take him to and Zimbabwean doctor Eugene Jones, 39. Public health facilities on the move to a visa-free dence, in Gorki, outside Moscow, recently. (REUTERS) Japan and China this week. Tembinkosi Ncomanzi, 37, have begun reopening and (travel) regime,” Russian Bosworth said the US were also granted bail. restocking since the forma- Foreign Minister Sergei fears about illegal immigra- consider themselves as part of looked forward to negotia- Crowell is facing a sepa- the state has decided to tion of a power-sharing gov- Lavrov said. tion were unfounded and said a wider European culture, say tions that would lead to the rate charge of importing charge them. They were not ernment between President “This is already creating the EU needed to make a visa rules are one of the most resumption of six-nation medical drugs for distribu- distributing any drugs. They Robert Mugabe and former real problems for the devel- political decision as soon as frustrating aspects of their talks aimed at securing tion in the country. are the ones who were sent opposition leader Morgan opment of our relations,” possible. dealings with the European North Korea’s denuclearisa- The Americans belong to by the Allen Temple Baptist Tsvangirai in February Lavrov said. He added that Russians, most of whom Union. tion. the Allen Temple Baptist church to observe the drug 2009. 14 Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com INDIA PM endorses upgrading of defence forces IANS in the immediate neighbour- economic or political,” he this. No country can make we must be ahead of the tech- centre and the states”. “At the NEW DELHI hood”, and underlined that said. Putting India’s economic progress without ensuring its nology curve,” he stressed. same time, we have to acceler- the country cannot “realise transformation at the heart of security and territorial integri- Defence modernisation, the ate our development efforts in BACKING the modernisation growth ambitions unless we the country’s foreign policy ty.” prime minister said, must the Naxal-affected areas and of defence forces, Prime ensure peace and stability in and strategic orientation, Manmohan Singh also involve the full chain starting make our administrative Minister Manmohan Singh on South Asia”. Manmohan Singh said in strongly endorsed the growing with updating war ﬁghting machinery more sensitive and Monday underlined his com- “We have always prided order to sustain 9 to 10 per- demand for the much-needed doctrines to meet new threats responsive to local concerns,” mitment to preserving India’s ourselves on preserving our cent growth rate and to mod- modernisation of the defence to our security, preparation of he said. strategic autonomy and strategic autonomy, and this ernise its infrastructure, India forces. “As our economy appropriate staff quality Placing India’s growth story stressed that it is too large a is an article of faith for us,” needs to “maintain healthy grows and our technological requirements and creating a in the larger global context, the country to be boxed into any Manmohan Singh told the relations with all major pow- capabilities expand, we must broad-based production and prime minister said although alliance or regional arrange- Combined Commanders’ ers”. Commending the armed set higher standards for the delivery infrastructure on the the Indian economy has ment. Conference in the capital. forces for their contribution to modernisation of our defence ground. Describing “Naxalism weathered the global econom- Alluding to a shift of eco- “India is too large a country the country’s security, the PM Manmohan Singh. forces,” he said. (Maoism)” as “a serious chal- ic crisis of 2008 better than nomic and political power to to be boxed into any alliance prime minister said: “Our “It is not enough for us to lenge to India’s internal secu- most of the large economies of Asia, he also said that “some or regional or sub-regional Armed Forces deserve the that the government will keep pace with change. When rity”, he said combating it was the world, there is little room of our toughest challenges lie arrangements, whether trade, best and I wish to assure you make every effort to ensure it comes to defence capability, a “collective task involving the for complacency. PM reiterates talks offer to 16 killed as fresh violence Kashmiri groups IANS by the CCS and the cabinet spreads across Kashmir NEW DELHI later. IANS The CCS meeting is likely SRINAGAR HOURS before he chairs a to be held Monday evening, crucial Cabinet Committee on an ofﬁcial in the Prime AT least 16 people were killed Security (CCS) meeting on Minister’s Ofﬁce (PMO) said. across the Kashmir valley on the situation in Kashmir, The CCS, which is presided Monday after violent protests Prime Minister Manmohan by the prime minister, com- that were initially triggered Singh on Monday renewed prises Defence Minister A K by a report that copies of the his offer of a peace dialogue Antony, Home Minister P Holy Quran were desecrated “to every person or group” in Chidambaram, Finance in the US. the violence-hit state. Minister Pranab Mukherjee While four people were “We are willing to talk to and External Affairs Minister killed in Tangmarg, where a every person or group which S M Krishna. Christian missionary school abjures violence, within the A senior National was torched, four died in framework of our constitu- Conference leader told IANS Badgam, one in Pampore, tion,” the prime minister said. that “the CM repeated the one in Bandipora and a “The unrest in the state of plea for lifting of the AFPSA seven-year-old in Charar-e- Jammu and Kashmir over the from urban areas”. Sharif. With Monday’s last few weeks is a matter of “He feels a political initia- deaths, the total number of concern. The youth of tive has to begin,” the party people killed since the pres- Kashmir are our citizens and leader added. ent phase of violent unrest their grievances have to be The move to lift AFPSA began on June 11 has risen to addressed,” Manmohan from parts of Jammu and 81. Singh said. Kashmir has been vehemently Chief Minister Omar “We have to ensure better opposed by the opposition Abdullah, who was in the delivery of services and gen- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). national capital during the erate avenues for economic “Any such move will demor- day and met Home Minister advancement for the people alise the security forces P Chidambaram and Paramilitary personnel stop a vehicle during curfew, in Srinagar, on Monday. (EPA) of that state,” he stressed. deployed in the state,” party Congress President Sonia The prime minister’s state- spokesperson Ravi Shankar Gandhi, rushed to Srinagar swung into action as protest- Srinagar city. Pro-Islam and it on Saturday, Roemer said, “Curfew continues to be in ment has raised expectations Prasad told reporters on where he was holding an ers violated curfew — it was anti-US protests were also condemning such acts as “dis- force in the entire Srinagar city, in political circles that the Sunday. emergency meeting of his the second consecutive day of held at Humhama, Ompora, respectful, intolerant, divisive south Kashmir’s Anantnag, CCS will decide on several A meeting of top leaders of the cabinet. 24X7 curfew in towns in the Shalteng, Shalimar, Newthead and un-representative of Pulwama, Bijbehera and north initiatives, including revoca- BJP, presided over by senior The latest burst of violence Valley — in many parts of the and other places in Srinagar. American values.” Kashmir’s Baramulla and tion of the Armed Forces leader L K Advani, here ﬂared up after Iranian TV city. Mobs in north Kashmir’s In New Delhi, US Large crowds also gathered Sopore towns. The situation is Special Powers Act (AFPSA) demanded that Jammu and channel Press TV reported Tangmarg town torched a Ambassador Timothy J in Shalteng, Ompora, Bemina under control throughout the from the urban areas in both Kashmir Chief Minister Omar late on Sunday that copies of Christian missionary school, Roemer appealed for calm, and other places of Srinagar valley,” a senior police ofﬁcer Kashmir and Jammu Abdullah be replaced by a “more the Holy Quran had been the ofﬁce of the social welfare saying he was “dismayed” to city, defying round-the-clock said here. regions. A senior National acceptable person”. burnt in the US. A pastor in department and a police vehi- see reports of a church and curfew imposed here in the “A mob attacked a post of Conference leader told IANS Developments in New Delhi Florida, US, had threatened to cle. As curfew continued in school in Kashmir and wake of widespread violence the local armed police at that an employment package come amid reports from burn copies of the Holy Quran major towns, hundreds of vil- Punjab being attacked and that followed the separatist Humhama in Badgam dis- and a relief package for the Kashmir, where curfew contin- on the anniversary of the 9/11 lagers from south Kashmir’s destroyed by rioters. march to city centre Lal trict. So, guards opened ﬁre in dependents of the those ued for the second consecutive terror attacks but later called Pulwama district took out pro- “One misguided individual” Chowk, led by moderate which one person identiﬁed as killed in the recent violence day on Monday, of street off the plan. cessions. Such protests also had desecrated the Holy Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Gulam Rasool Tantray was are expected to be ﬁnalised protests erupting again. The state government erupted in Shalimar area of Quran by tearing pages from Farooq on Eid on Saturday. critically injured,” police said. TELANGANA AGITATION CELEBRATION ON WHEEL Floods threaten more Haryana A man dressed as a Hindu god Ganesh, rides a motorcycle, in Chennai, on Sunday. Idols of Ganesh are made two to three months before the day of ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’, a popu- lar religious festival in India. (REUTERS) areas, CM reviews situation Protesters attack IANS CHANDIGARH Naidu’s convoy PTI a few BJP men mobbed the THE ﬂood threat in Haryana HYDERABAD residence of Parigi MLA K has risen after the Tajewala Hareeshwar Reddy when the headwork on the Yamuna in TELANGANA Rashtra Samiti TDP chief stopped for break- Yamunanagar district suf- (TRS) activists on Monday fast. fered extensive damage on hurled stones at the convoy of “They tried to storm into the Monday, allowing the fast TDP President N MLA’s house and pelted ﬂowing waters to inundate Chandrababu Naidu when he stones at Naidu’s convoy vehi- low-lying villages, ofﬁcials was proceeding to cles and damaged window said. Mahbubnagar in the panes. When some television “One corner of the Tajewala Telangana region, leaving cameramen tried to record headwork has been washed some TDP workers and media that, they too were beaten up, away with the strong current personnel injured. resulting in injuries to some,” of water. It will certainly dis- Tension prevailed in Parigi he said over phone sipate the regulatory power of as police chased away the pro- Following this, police the point and pose a threat of testors who raised slogans immediately swung into ﬂoods in the nearby villages,” against Naidu and in support action and cane charged pro- an ofﬁcial said here. of Telangana. testors and chased them away. “Water is ﬂowing at very Some TDP workers and Even at Chevella en route, the fast pace through this head- Rescuers help a woman to move to safer place from ﬂooded some media personnel were activists tried to block his con- work. However, our ofﬁcials Ghaggar river after heavy rains, in Punchkula, recently. (REUTERS) injured in the stone pelting, voy but police thwarted the are monitoring the situation.” reports reaching here said, attempt. Chief Minister Bhupinder Meanwhile, the discharge the Yamuna embankment at adding one of the SUVs in the Later, the Leader of Singh Hooda on Monday car- of water from Hathni Kund many places due to erosion convoy was damaged in the Opposition continued his tour ried out an aerial survey of the barrage into the Yamuna was “Incessant rain in various stone-pelting. and addressed a public meet- ﬂood-affected areas in over 265,944 cusecs. parts of Haryana yesterday A police constable also ing at Tunkimetla. Yamunanagar district. “Flood water that had (Sunday) has increased ﬂood received head injury in the Naidu was on his way to Over 125 villages were entered the villages and the discharge to 47,907 cusecs in stone pelting. The TRS work- Mahbubnagar district to ﬂooded in Panipat and agricultural land after peak the Ghaggar river. Preventive ers demanded that Naidu interact with farmers on the Yamunanagar districts on discharge of 7.07 lakh cusecs measures have been taken to clearly spell out his stand on fertiliser scarcity being faced Wednesday as the Yamuna a couple of days back, has check further erosion of separate Telangana state. by them. He was scheduled to river overﬂowed its banks. started receding,” a revenue embankments. No loss of life A TDP leader accompany- stage a dharna in front of the Rescue work is on in the department spokesman said, and property is reported so ing Chandrababu Naidu district Collector’s ofﬁce in ﬂood-affected villages. adding there was damage to far,” he added. alleged that TRS workers and Mahbubnagar. INDIA Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com 15 CAG for debate MAKING OF THE GODDESS A artist works on clay model faces of Hindu Goddess Durga, ahead of the nine-day long Navratri festival, in Bhopal, on Tuesday. The festival will begin from on scrutiny of October 8. (EPA) govt policies IANS this was beyond the CAG’s and NEW DELHI CVC’s ambit. Rai’s remarks also came on COMPTROLLER and Auditor the day Law Minister M General (CAG) of India Vinod Veerappa Moily expressed dis- Rai on Monday threw open to satisfaction over the perform- debate whether government ance of the CAG as an institu- polices can be probed and tion, saying scams “can be scrutinised by the country’s halted in mid-stride” if prompt audit watchdog. attention is drawn to them Rai raised the issue while “when they are being planned inaugurating a month-long and executed”. training programme here for “Post-mortems are good but 45 auditors from the apex they can be conducted only auditing bodies of 36 coun- when a patient is dead. tries. Scandals and scams are “There is yet another issue known even when they are which confronts a perform- being planned and executed. If ance auditor. Should he or audit draws attention to them should he not question a par- forthwith in a well-published ticular government policy or manner, such scandals can be suggest policy alternatives,” halted mid-stride,” Moily said asked Rai in his inaugural while inaugurating a two-day address. conference on Right to Information organised by the Rai’s poser came Central Information on the heels of the Commission. law ministry opin- Dwelling upon the newly- developing concept of per- ing that just like formance audit, Rai said: the courts, the IT firms to protest against “Another recent phenomenon CAG and the Cen- witnessed globally is that gov- tral Vigilance Com- ernments are accountable to mission too should their stakeholders more than not question the ever before and are increasing- government’s ly being called upon to demon- policies. Obama’s outsourcing plan strate results.” “Stakeholders are no longer “There is a view that while satisﬁed with ensuring compli- such matters are essential ance with rules and the regu- components of programme larity of expenditure; they are evaluation, they are excluded now interested in actual out- from the scope of performance comes,” he said. audits. Discuss these issues “They want to know if value REUTERS work that is sent overseas by cause of concern.” Nasscom, Also, a new US immigra- Electric, Goldman Sachs and with various faculty members for money is being achieved MUMBAI/BANGALORE U.S. companies. or the National Association of tion bill will raise the cost of BP. during the (training) pro- from the expenditure of public “The new tax code the US is Software and Service work visas, hurting Indian “These moves and gramme,” said Rai, seeking a funds and expect a greater A DELEGATION of Indian IT implementing will be appli- Companies, will lead the del- ﬁrms like Infosys announcements seem coun- full-ﬂedged debate on the accountability from public companies will visit the cable to companies head- egation to the United States Technologies and Tata terproductive to govern- issue. managers for the collection, United States next week to quartered in the US who to lobby with the administra- Consultancy, which send a ment’s effort to reduce Rai’s poser came on the spending and management of raise their concerns over retain their proﬁt overseas tion against any move to curb large number of staff to the deﬁcit,” Wipro said in a state- heels of the law ministry opin- public funds,” he added. what they fear are protection- and do not repatriate that to outsourcing. United States for onsite proj- ment, referring to the United ing that just like the courts, the “This requirement has ist measures that could harm the US,” said Ameet Obama’s reported com- ects.The Indian outsourcing States administration. CAG and the Central Vigilance evoked a response from public the $60 billion industry. Nivsarkar, vice- president of ments on the tax breaks came sector generates about 70 Analysts say US moves at Commission (CVC) too should auditors and the government. Analysts said a proposed global trade at lobby group on the heels of a ban by the percent of its revenue from the expense of outsourcers not question the government’s The government of India has new tax code by President Nasscom. US state of Ohio on outsourc- the United States. stem from the Obama policies. The law ministry has established a framework for Barack Obama that would “However, the tone of the ing government contracts The customer list of the administration’s efforts to given its opinion on a querry evaluating the performance of end tax breaks for ﬁrms that US administration and all the funded with state money. Indian companies such as top bring down an unemploy- from the telecommunications various departments based on create jobs and proﬁts over- legislation which is being Nasscom termed the Ohio sector player Tata ment rate persistently near ministry on whether its allot- measurable targets and per- seas was unlikely to hurt passed, be it the border secu- ban “electoral rhetoric” and Consultancy, second-ranked 10 percent and stimulate a ment of 2G spectrum could be formance indicators through a Indian outsourcers, but the rity bill or Ohio statement, is said the move would be coun- Infosys and No. 3 Wipro sluggish economy ahead of scrutinised by the CAG. The results framework document move has spurred worries of increasingly protectionist terproductive for the United includes top global corpo- the November congressional law ministry had asserted that approach,” Rai said. future curbs on technology and the trend is deﬁnitely a States. rates such as General elections. RAINBOW COLOURS Workers level the ground outside the illuminated Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, in New Delhi, on Tuesday. The 60,0000-capacity stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games from October 3-14. (EPA) Over 50 % polling recorded in Karnataka by-elections IANS BANGALORE OVER 50 percent of 350,000 eligible voters on Monday cast their ballots in the two assembly by-polls in Karnataka, an election ofﬁcial said. “The polling for Kadur seat in Chikmagalur district and for Gulbarga South in Gulbarga district was peace- ful,” a spokesperson for the state election authority said. Kadur recorded 65 percent voting out of 177,000 eligible voters while it was 54 percent in Gulbarga South with an electorate of 210,000, he said. It is a triangular contest for both the seats where the by- Women shout slogans at a rally, in Bangalore, recently. (AFP) polls were necessitated fol- lowing the death of sitting The JD-S nominee is party Winning Gulbarga South is members, K M spokesperson Y S V Datta and particularly crucial for Krishnamurthy (Congress- the BJP has ﬁelded is Y C Dharam Singh and Kharge as Kadur) and Chandrashekar Vishwanath, a medical practi- the two are considered undis- One killed in Haryana Jat-cop clashes Patil Revoor (BJP-Gulbarga South). Among the early voters in Gulbarga South was union tioner in the area. Datta and Vishwanath had lost in Kadur in the 2008 assembly polls. Counting will take place puted leaders of the party in the district. The Congress has been far- ing poorly in the several by- IANS Hisar divisional commission- stranded on both sides of the and use of teargas,” the ofﬁ- Labour Minister Mallikarjun September 16. Though the polls held after the 2008 HISAR/CHANDIGARH er. An ofﬁcial spokesman said highway. cial said. Kharge. outcome will not affect the assembly elections that the ofﬁcial has been asked to “Several police personnel, The rally was organised by The Congress has ﬁelded stability of the ﬁrst BJP gov- brought the BJP to power — ONE person was killed and submit his report within one including district police chief the All India Jat Aarakshan Ajay Singh, son of former ernment in the state and the ﬁrst southern state where several injured on Monday as month. Subhash Yadav, were injured Sangarsh Samiti, which chief minister N Dharam south India, it will impact the the party is ruling on its own. hundreds of Jat community According to police, hun- as mobs indulged in arson. demanded reservation for the Singh, in Gulbarga South. morale of all the three parties A victory for the JD-S in members, demanding quota dreds of agitators blocked the They indulged in heavy stone community in government BJP nominee Sashil Namoshi and the image of its leaders. Gulbarga South will give a in government jobs and edu- highway connecting Hisar pelting on police personnel jobs as well as in educational is a senior party leader and There are 11 candidates in boost to its morale as the cational institutes, blocked with New Delhi and indulged during the rally,” said a institutes. member of the legislative Gulbarga South. The ﬁght is party has little presence in National Highway No.10 in in arson in the nearby areas. Haryana Police spokesper- The protesters gathered at council while the JD-S has among nominees of the three north Karnataka. Hisar town and clashed with A number of public properties son. Mayyaad near Hansi town. roped in Revoor’s widow parties. The remaining eight The nearly two-week cam- police. and vehicles were set on ﬁre “They set vehicles on ﬁre Reports said scores of pro- Aruna Patil. are Independents. paign was dominated by the The Haryana government and scores of people, includ- and damaged a bank. Police testers were also injured in In Kadur, the Congress can- Kadur has only three candi- illegal mining issue with the on Monday evening ordered a ing policemen, were injured. dispersed the mob by resort- the clashes and were admit- didate is K M Kemparaju, dates - one each from the three parties blaming one magisterial inquiry by the Hundreds of vehicles were ing to ‘lathi’ (baton) charge ted to nearby hospitals. brother of Krishnamurhty. BJP, Congress and the JD-S. another for encouraging it. 16 Tuesday, September 14, 2010 www.qatar-tribune.com THE LAST WORD Cuba to cut 500,000 jobs, spur private sector REUTERS new forms of non-state small state businesses to be HAVANA employment, among them converted to cooperatives. leasing land, cooperatives and The plan amounts to the CUBA will let more than self-employment, absorbing most important reform 500,000 state employees go hundreds of thousands of undertaken by President Raul by next March and try to move workers in the coming years,” Castro since he succeeded most to non-state jobs in the it said. older brother Fidel Castro in biggest shift to the private sec- According to Communist early 2008 and the biggest tor since the 1960s, the ofﬁcial party sources who have seen shift to private enterprise Cuban labor federation saidon the detailed plan to “reorgan- since all small businesses — Monday. ize the labor force,” Cuba 58,000 in total, with an aver- The statement said eventu- expects to issue 250,000 new age of ﬁve to eight employees, ally more than a million jobs licenses for self-employment according to Cuban economist would be cut and, due to by the close of 2011, almost Juan Triana — were national- efforts to increase efﬁciency in twice the current number, and ized in 1968. the state sector, there would create 200,000 other non- “We have to erase forever be few new state sector open- state jobs. the notion that Cuba is the ings. The government’s deﬁni- only country in the world in More than 85 percent of the tion of self-employment which people can live without Cuban labor force, or over 5 includes many entities that working,” Castro said, upon million people, worked for the are essentially small business- announcing in general terms state at the close of 2009, es, including such things as his plans to cut state payrolls according to the government. family-run restaurants and and increase self employment “Our state cannot and cafeterias, auto repair shops in an August speech to the should not continue main- and jobs in the building National Assembly. taining companies, productive trades. Cuba currently has only entities, services and budget- The non-state jobs will 591,000 people working in the ed sectors with bloated pay- include, among other things, private sector, a number that rolls (and) losses that hurt the workers hired by the small includes mostly family farm- economy,” the statement said. businesses, taxi drivers who ers as well as 143,000 self- “Job options will be will now lease their cabs from employed, according to the increased and broadened with the state and employees of National Statistics Ofﬁce. A Cuban state worker (centre) sweeps a street, in Havana, Cuba, on Monday. (EPA) SHADES OF PINK Russia to shift HP to pay A model presents a creation from the Rebecca Taylor 2011 Spring/Summer collection during New York Fashion Week, in New York, on Monday. (REUTERS) ailing jail Stage set for $1.5 billion for inmates out ArcSight REUTERS MOSCOW FIFA panel’s REUTERS SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK RUSSIAN President Dmitry Medvedev proposed legisla- tion on Monday designed to keep severely ill criminal sus- pects out of jail, the Kremlin visit today HEWLETT-PACKARD Co announced a deal to buy secu- rity software ﬁrm ArcSight Inc for $1.5 billion, as HP contin- ued its M&A spending spree said. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ditions, the stadiums repre- even while it hunts for a new The amendments sub- sent the keystone of Qatar’s chief executive. mitted to parliament are environmental-friendly cool- bid and a testament to the The transaction would mark part of a justice reform ing technology on Tuesday. country’s modernity and HP’s second big acquisition campaign that Medvedev, The cooling development. since the departure of CEO struggling to make a mark technology, which have Mark Hurd following a sexual more than halfway through been developed as a second- On Tuesday harassment probe in August. his four-year term, has generation of the cooling sys- evening, FIFA The deal follows HP’s winning called a priority. tem currently in use at Doha’s inspectors will be of a bidding war against Dell They come as Russia faces Al Sadd stadium, will allow guests at the Al Inc for data storage company persistent criticism from the tournament to be held Sadd versus Al 3PAR Inc. rights groups and govern- during the summer months, Rayyan match of HP said it will pay $43.50 ments over the death in jail and will ensure comfortable the Qatar Stars per share in cash for ArcSight, last year of an ailing lawyer conditions for players, coach- League. representing a 24 percent pre- who colleagues say was es and fans throughout the mium to its closing price last denied adequate medical World Cup. On Tuesday The FIFA inspectors will Friday. Analysts would not treatment as his health dete- evening, FIFA inspectors will also visit the Aspire Centre for rule out rival bids for ArcSight, riorated. be guests at the Al Sadd ver- Sports Excellence and the with potential suitors includ- The proposed amendments sus Al Rayyan match of the medical facilities on ing IBM, Oracle and Cisco would ﬁrm up legislation on Qatar Stars League. Thursday. They will also visit Systems pre-trial detention, making it On Wednesday, the FIFA the Museum of Islamic Art ArcSights software help less likely for a severely ill inspectors will see presenta- the same day. ﬁrms protect their digital suspect to remain behind tions on Qatar’s infrastruc- “We feel extremely conﬁ- assets from cyber attacks and bars, according to a Kremlin ture and development plans, dent that FIFA will enjoy fraud, and aids in regulatory statement. including new public trans- learning about our plans for compliance. It said 276 people died portation networks that will hosting the World Cup,” al While some analysts said from disease in pre-trial allow Qatar to host the most Thawadi said. “We can say HP overpaid, they said HP’s detention in 2008 and 233 compact and convenient that every angle will be cov- interest in security software last year.Medvedev has World Cup in history. ered, from green technology ﬁts with its broader enterprise advocated broader imple- Thursday’s schedule to infrastructure and accom- strategy. mentation of less restrictive includes a detailed presenta- modations to the legacy of “I think ArcSight is to degree measures such as house tion on proposed stadia to be greater understanding that a a unique asset, and it compli- arrest — part of a push for used for the tournament. World Cup in Qatar will leave. ments what the company is reform of a justice system Designed to meet and exceed This is a bid unlike any other, doing with the convergence of still burdened by the Soviet FIFA capacity requirements, and we take the responsibility networking and their server legacy of show trials and and built to reﬂect Qatar’s to our country and the entire and storage strategy,” said presumption of guilt. rich cultural heritage and tra- region very seriously.” Stifel Nicolaus analyst Aaron Rakers. At $1.5 billion, HP paid roughly six times ArcSight’s expected ﬁscal 2011 Lekhwiya makes dream debut, mauls Sailiya 4-0 Direct M-E talks a futile exercise, revenue. Wedbush Securities analyst Kaushik Roy agreed that ArcSight would be a good ﬁt CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 say Palestinian expatriates for HP. He said HP overpaid, but not nearly to the degree it did with 3PAR, for which it paid $2.4 billion. Razaq made a solo move from But Roy questioned the the right ﬂank and packed a CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 demanded by Netanyahu, become clear whether Israel “We must not forget that aggressive strategy of HP’s powerful right-footer from 20 the fate of Jerusalem, the was ready to freeze settle- the Arab League, the US board, spending billions on yards to beat Sailiya goalkeeper in which four Israeli settlers demarcation of borders ments or not.” administration and the acquisitions in the midst of a and decide the match 4-0. were killed and the retalia- between a future Palestinian Al Agha denied the allega- European Union are work- leadership vacuum. tion by the Israeli Army even state and the question of the tions that the Palestinian ing to ensure the success of “Investors are nervous Sailiya’s German as diplomatic activities were return of the Palestinian delegation to the Sharm-el- these negotiations,” Al Agha about how the board is using coach Uli Stielike in full swing in Washington. refugees to their ancestral Sheikh talks was ready to said. the balance sheet,” he said. had admitted at a “How can peace negotia- homes are the biggest stum- make concessions. “We Ahmad Salem, a student, “The board is trying to signal press conference tions make a meaningful bling blocks to a peace deal should be wary of the said that neither that we’re in control, we’re on Sunday that his progress with reconciliation as neither Palestinians nor media’s role in giving cur- Palestinians nor Israelis are active, but at the same time it’s was not a big team between Hamas that rules the Israelis are ready to rency to rumors of much interested in the nego- better to focus on getting a like Al Sadd or Al over Gaza and Abbas’ more make concessions on them.” Palestinian Authority’s tiations which have started new CEO,” Roy said. Gharaffa. moderate Fatah in control of Yehia al Agha, the cultural capitulation to the US pres- under American pressure. Analysts said Hurd was the West Bank looking a dis- attaché at the Palestinian sure to make big conces- Ramiz Abu Shamalah undoubtedly involved in talks Sailiya missed a good scoring tant possibility?” asked embassy in Doha said: sions. Unfortunately, the said: “A similar attempt was for ArcSight before he was chance in the 29th minute Mohammed Razaq. Ayman. “Palestinian negotiators Arab media plays up false made when talks were initi- pushed out and moved to when Daganoe Beli The utterances of another will not make any conces- reports published in Israeli ated between the Palestinian Oracle. Moumoune could not place the was not a big team like Al Sadd Palestinian expat Nawal al sions on the issue of return newspapers without ascer- leaders and Netanyahu’s HP sued Hurd last week in ball in the post despite the or Al Gharaffa but he would Qassim were steeped in frus- of refugees. It’s too early to taining their authenticity. I predecessor Ehud Olmert in an attempt to block that move, Lekhwiya goalkeeper not being have to work with the players. tration. She said, “I don’t hazard guesses about the think it is part of the psycho- Annapolis, Maryland in saying his hiring by the rival able to sight the ball as he was Lekhwiya will meet Al Gharaffa think Netanyahu and Abbas success or failure of the logical warfare waged by 2007 but nothing came of technology ﬁrm puts HP’s surrounded by his own players. in the next match on have the ability to reach an negotiations which were in a Israel to create confusion in that exercise as talks were trade secrets “in peril. Sailiya’s German coach Uli September 19 and Sailiya will agreement. Issues like recog- preparatory phase. Things the minds of the Palestinian discontinued in late 2008 in ArcSight shares rose 25 per- Stielike had admitted at a press face Al Sadd Club on the same nition of Israel as a “Jewish will be clearer at the end of masses and shake their faith the wake of the Israeli cent to $43.92 in morning conference on Sunday that his day. state” by Palestinians September when it will in the Palestinian Authority. assault on Gaza.” trading.
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