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                                                                                            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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stage set
                                                    Lekhwiya makes dream
 SENSEX    19,208           CURRENCY
                       Indian Rupee
                       Philippine Peso
                        HOT AND HUMID
                                           12.09                                                                                                                                                                        for FIFA
          WEATHER            0           0
                     HIGH: 43 C | LOW: 31 C
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        panel’s visit
 16 killed in Kashmir protests
                                                    debut, mauls Sailiya 4-0                                                                                                                                            today
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK

 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
 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
 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
                                                                  UNITED STATES

Impeachment                                                                                                                 HOMELESS IN NEW YORK

trial of
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, 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
  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

                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                        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

14 killed in Venezuela plane crash                                                                                                                                                                                   Inside
       REUTERS & AP
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

                                                                     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
                                                    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
  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

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
                                    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
                                                              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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                   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   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

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

                                      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

                                                                                                                          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

                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.

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                                                                                                        ANALYSIS                                                                        Tuesday, September 14, 2010
                                                                                                         We had a values breakdown — a
      Health is                                                                                          national epidemic of get-rich-
                                                                                                         quickism and something-for-
                                                                                                         nothingism. And far too many of
      Wealth                                               Tight leash
                                                                                                         us were happy to buy the dot-
                                                                                                         com and subprime crack for
                                                                                                         quick prosperity highs.
    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

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

                                                                                                                                                                                        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
                                                    especially during this period when            Cups at FIFA headquarters in                                                      requiring very high strength and low weight is the
                                                    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                  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. The technique of heating
                                                                          RIZWAN A HAMID                             COURTNEY SALDHANA                                              and drawing glass into fine fibres has been
                                                                                   DOHA                                          DOHA                                               known for millennia; however, the use of these
                                                                                                                                                                                    fibers for textile applications is more recent.
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06:20 Tellytales                           12:45 Sport Today                             05:45 Cramp Twins                                                                                 22:20 Shreducation                             10:30 Barefoot Contessa                          09:30 Ned’s Newt
06:30 Tikkabilla                           13:00 BBC World News                          06:10 Eliot Kid                                 DISCOVERY HD SHOWCASE                             22:30 Programmes Start At 6:00 am KSA          11:00 Unwrapped                                  09:55 New Adventures of Madeline
07:00 Gigglebiz                            13:30 World Business Report                   06:35 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack   00:30 Mythbusters                                                                                11:30 Paula’s Party                              10:20 Rolie Polie Olie
07:15 Teletubbies                          13:45 Sport Today                             07:00 Codename: Kids Next Door                  01:20 Sci-Trek                                                                                   12:30 Paula’s Best Dishes                        10:45 Babar
07:40 Tellytales                           14:00 GMT with George Alagiah                 07:25 Chowder                                   02:10 The Reinventors                                                                            13:00 Good Deal with Dave Lieberman              11:10 Max and Ruby
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08:35 Teletubbies                          15:45 Sport Today                             08:40 Ben 10: Alien Force                       04:25 Science of the Movies                                                                      14:30 Everyday Italian                           12:20 New Adventures of Madeline
09:00 Tikkabilla                           16:00 Impact Asia with Mishal Husain          09:05 Bakugan Battle Brawlers                   05:15 Risk Takers                                                                                15:00 30 Minute Meals                            12:45 Rolie Polie Olie
09:30 Last Of The Summer Wine              17:30 World Business Report                   09:30 Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes   06:10 100 Greatest Discoveries                    E! ENTERTAINMENT                               15:30 Grill It! with Bobby Flay                  13:15 Corduroy
10:30 The Weakest Link                     17:45 Sport Today                             09:55 Eliot Kid                                 07:00 Sunrise Earth: Viewer’s Vote                00:15 Leave It To Lamas                        16:00 Iron Chef America                          13:35 Max and Ruby
11:15 Innocent                             18:00 BBC World News                          10:20 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey                 07:50 Fantastic Festivals of the World            00:40 Dr 90210                                 17:00 Barefoot Contessa                          14:00 Babar
12:05 Doctors                              18:30 HARDtalk                                10:30 Squirrel Boy                              08:40 Science of the Movies                       01:30 Wildest TV Show Moments                  17:30 Unwrapped                                  14:25 Rupert
12:35 Eastenders                           19:00 The Hub With Nik Gowing                 10:55 Robotboy                                  09:30 100 Greatest Discoveries                    01:55 Reality Hell                             18:00 Paula’s Best Dishes                        14:50 Ned’s Newt
13:05 Holby City                           20:30 World Business Report                   11:20 Camp Lazlo                                10:20 How Stuff’s Made                            02:20 E! Es                                    18:30 Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives                  15:15 Beverly Hills Teen Club
14:00 Last Of The Summer Wine              20:45 Sport Today                             11:45 The Powerpuff Girls                       10:45 Da Vinci’s Machines                         03:15 Extreme Hollywood                        19:00 Throwdown With Bobby Flay                  15:40 Sabrina The Animated Series
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16:05   The Beach Crew                          17:00     First Class All the Way                15:00    The Ride- Alaska To Patagonia         13:00    Seinfeld                                08:00   Hotel For Dogs
16:15   Boo and Me                              18:00     America’s Funniest Home Videos         15:30    Madventures                           13:30    Everybody Loves Raymond                 10:00   Igor
16:20   New Adventures of Ocean Girl            19:00     Monk                                   16:00    Long Way Down                         14:00    Malcolm in the Middle                   12:00   Four Christmases
16:45   Dino Squad                              20:00     Canterbury’s Law                       17:00    Bondi Rescue                          14:30    Community                               14:00   Far North
17:10   The Future is Wild                      21:00     Top Design                             17:30    Banged Up Abroad                      15:00    Brothers                                15:45   Hotel For Dogs
17:35   Rescue Heroes                           22:00     First Class All the Way                18:30    Cruise Ship Diaries                   15:30    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart         17:30   Shine A Light                          SHOW SPORTS 3
17:55   Even Stevens                            23:00     Love & War                             19:30    Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled   16:00    Colbert Report Global                   19:45   Transformers : Revenge Of The Fallen   00:00 AFL Highlights                                    THE STYLE NETWORK
18:20   The Beach Crew                                                                           20:30    Graham’s World                        16:30    The Drew Carey Show                     22:15   Four Christmases                       01:00 AFL Premiership                                   01:00 The Designers
18:35   Fat Dog Mendoza                                                                          21:00    The Ride- Alaska To Patagonia         17:00    Ellen                                                                                  03:30 Mobil 1 The Grid                                  01:30 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane
19:00   Sonic Underground                                                                        21:30    Madventures                           17:30    Three Sisters                                                                          04:00 Goals on Monday                                   02:00 How Do I Look?
19:20   Dino Squad                                                                               22:00    Long Way Down                         18:00    Seinfeld                                                                               05:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights                03:00 Split Ends
19:45   The Future is Wild                                                                       23:00    Bondi Rescue                          18:30    Will & Grace                                                                           05:30 Futbol Mundial                                    04:00 The Designers
20:10   Rescue Heroes                                                                            23:30    Banged Up Abroad                      19:00    The Office                                                                             06:00 ICC Cricket World                                 04:30 Stylemaker: Andre Leon Talley
20:30   Ace Lightning                                                                                                                           19:30    Community                                                                              06:30 World Sport                                       05:00 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane
21:00   Even Stevens                            MBC MAX                                                                                         20:00    Late night with Jimmy Fallon            SHOW MOVIES ACTION                             07:00 World Pool Masters                                05:30 Area
21:25   Sabrina The Animated Series             01:00 Step Up                                                                                   21:00    The Daily Show with Jon Stewart         01:00 Dog Pound                                08:00 Mobil 1 The Grid                                  06:00 How Do I Look?
21:50   Tales from the Cryptkeeper              03:00 There’s Something About Mary                                                              21:30    The Colbert Report                      03:00 Alien Raiders                            08:30 AFL Highlights                                    07:00 Millennium Fashion: The Year In Fashion
22:10   Rescue Heroes                           04:30 This Revolution                                                                           22:00    Party Down                              05:00 Ice Twisters                             09:30 Futbol Mundial                                    08:00 My Celebrity Home
22:35   Ace Lightning                           06:00 Alex & Emma                                                                               22:30    Free Radio                              07:00 Road Of No Return                        10:00 Premier League Snooker                            09:00 Whose Wedding Is it Anyway?
23:00   New Adventures of Ocean Girl            07:30 A Goofy Movie                                                                             23:00    South Park                              09:00 Daylight                                 13:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights                10:00 Married Away
23:25   Sabrina The Animated Series             09:00 Vegas Vacation                             NAT GEO WILD HD                                23:30    The Office                              11:00 New Town Killers                         14:00 AFL Highlights                                    11:00 Fat Free Fiances
23:50   Sonic Underground                       10:30 This Revolution                            00:00 Life Mosaic                                                                               13:00 Shifty                                   15:00 NRL Full Time                                     12:00 How Do I Look?
                                                12:00 Step Up                                    01:00 World’s Deadliest Animals                                                                 15:00 Daylight                                 15:30 Aviva Premiership                                 13:00 Clean House
                                                13:30 Alex & Emma                                02:00 Built For The Kill                                                                        17:00 The Objective                            17:30 NRL Premiership                                   14:00 Clean House Comes Clean
                                                15:00 Partition                                  03:00 Wild Showcase                                                                             19:00 The Italian Job                          19:30 Ladies European Tour Highlights                   14:30 Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane
                                                17:00 Love Don’t Cost a Thing                    04:00 Wild Men                                                                                  21:00 Taken                                    20:30 AFL Highlights                                    15:00 Jerseylicious
                                                19:00 Step Up 2                                  05:00 Life Mosaic                                                                               23:00 Return To House On Haunted Hill          21:30 European PGA Tour Highlights                      16:00 Peter Perfect
                                                21:00 The Women                                  06:00 Life Mosaic                              OSN VARIETY                                                                                     22:30 NRL Premiership                                   17:00 Most Outrageous Weddings
                                                23:00 Apartment 12                               07:00 World’s Deadliest Animals                00:00 The Martha Stewart Show                                                                                                                           18:00 Dallas Divas & Daughters
MBC ACTION                                                                                       08:00 Built For The Kill                       01:00 Eat Yourself Sexy                                                                                                                                 19:00 Split Ends
00:00 Fringe                                                                                     09:00 Wild Showcase                            01:30 What’s the Buzz                                                                                                                                   20:00 Clean House: Search For The Messiest...
01:00 Flashpoint                                                                                 10:00 Wild Men                                 02:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show                                                                                                                          21:00 How Do I Look?
02:00 Rocky III                                                                                  11:00 Caught In The Act                        03:00 Moms Get Real/ Now You Know/ Amplified                                                                                                            22:00 25 Most Stylish
03:30 WWE Raw                                                                                    12:00 Life...On The Savannah                   04:00 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Best Of)   SHOW MOVIES COMEDY                                                                                     23:00 Glamour’s 25 Biggest Do’s and Don’ts
04:30 JAG                                                                                        13:00 World’s Deadliest Animals                05:00 GMA (Repeat)                               00:00 The War Of The Roses                     SUPER MOVIES
05:00 The Guard                                                                                  14:00 Built For The Kill                       07:00 Ahead of the Curve                         02:00 Prelude To A Kiss                        01:00 Heart Of Fear
05:45 Bones                                     MGM                                              15:00 Wild Showcase                            07:30 Nature’s Edge                              04:00 Mr Troop Mom                             03:00 For The Love Of Grace
06:30 Hollywood Shootouts                       01:20     Dancehall Queen                        16:00 Swamp Men                                08:00 The Martha Stewart Show                    06:00 Beverly Hills Chihuahua                  05:00 Four Extraordinary Women
07:00 Flashpoint                                03:00     Board Heads                            17:00 Caught In The Act                        09:00 Eat Yourself Sexy                          08:00 The Associate                            07:00 Fab Five: The Texas Cheerleader Scandal
07:45 The A-Team                                04:30     Jackson County Jail                    18:00 Life...On The Savannah                   09:30 What’s the Buzz                            10:00 The Pink Panther 2                       09:00 Martian Child
09:15 The Guard                                 05:55     American Ninja 4                       19:00 World’s Deadliest Animals                10:00 The Best of Jimmy Kimmel                   12:00 Home For The Holidays                    11:00 Four Extraordinary Women
10:00 Flashpoint                                07:35     Napoleon                               20:00 Built For The Kill                       11:00 The View (Repeat)                          14:00 Girl’s Best Friend                       13:00 Lovely Still                                      TRACE
10:45 Fringe                                    08:55     The Boyfriend School                   21:00 Wild Showcase                            12:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show                   16:00 The War Of The Roses                     15:00 Georgia O’keeffe                                  00:15   Top Money
11:30 Monster Garage                            10:35     The Black Stallion                     22:00 Swamp Men                                13:00 The Martha Stewart Show                    18:00 Backseat                                 17:00 Love Happens                                      00:17   Playlist
12:15 The A-Team                                12:30     UHF                                    23:00 Caught In The Act                        14:00 GMA Live                                   20:00 Two Can Play That Game                   19:00 Martian Child                                     01:00   RNB 10
13:00 Rocky III                                 14:05     The Devil’s Brigade                                                                   16:00 GMA Health                                 22:00 Jackass: The Movie                       21:00 Ice Castles                                       01:45   Playlist
14:45 JAG                                       16:15     The Honey Pot                                                                         16:30 What’s the Buzz                                                                           23:00 Phantom Punch                                     02:00   Urban Hit
15:30 City Homicide                             18:25     Love Field                                                                            17:00 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (Best Of)                                                                                                          02:45   Playlist
16:15 Fringe                                    20:10     In The Heat Of The Night                                                              18:00 Eat Yourself Sexy                                                                                                                                 03:15   Top Sexy
                                                22:00     Summer Heat                                                                           18:30 Popcorn                                                                                                                                           03:17   Playlist
17:00 The Guard                                 23:20     Love Bites                                                                            19:00 The View                                                                                                                                          05:00   Guest Star
18:00 Bones
19:00 Monster Garage                                                                             ORBIT NEWS 1                                   20:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show                                                                                                                          05:15   Playlist
20:00 JAG                                                                                        00:00 ABC Now Top Line/ Inside The Newsroom    21:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live!                         SHOW SERIES                                                                                            07:15   Top Mobile
21:00 WWE Raw                                                                                    00:30 ABC Nightline Twitter                    22:00 The Tonight Show with Jay Leno             00:00 The Deep End                             TCM                                                     07:17   Playlist
22:00 Mortal Kombat II: Annihilation                                                             01:00 McLaughlin Group                         23:00 The Monique Show                           01:00 Drop Dead Diva                           01:40      The Screening Room                           08:00   New
                                                                                                 01:30 ABC World News Live                                                                       02:00 Private Practice                         02:05      The Bad And The Beautiful                    08:30   Playlist
                                                                                                 02:00 NBC Nightly News Live                                                                     03:00 Ghost Whisperer                          04:00      Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid                09:15   Top New
                                                                                                 02:30 ABC World News                                                                            04:00 8 Simple Rules                           05:55      The Screening Room                           09:17   Playlist
                                                MTV MUSIC                                        03:00 NBC Today Show                                                                            04:30 Rita Rocks                               06:25      The Screening Room                           13:00   Urban Hit
                                                00:00 VMA 2010                                   06:00 NBC Nightly News                                                                          05:00 Lie To Me                                07:00      Boys’ Town                                   13:45   Playlist
                                                02:00 Worldchart Express                         06:30 ABC Nightline Live                                                                        06:00 Emmerdale                                08:30      Flipper                                      15:15   Top Fashion
                                                03:00 Music Mix                                  07:00 ABC World News                                                                            06:30 Coronation Street                        10:00      The Bad And The Beautiful                    15:17   Playlist
                                                04:00 Music Mix                                  07:30 NBC Nightly News                         PLAYHOUSE DISNEY                                 07:00 Private Practice                         11:55      Anchors Aweigh                               16:00   Hit S
MBC 2                                           05:00 Music Mix
01:00   Chicago                                                                                  08:00 PBS NewsHour                             07:00 Lazytown                                   08:00 8 Simple Rules                           14:10      The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight        16:50   Playlist
                                                06:00 Music Mix                                  09:00 ABC Nightline                            07:25 Imagination Movers                         08:30 Rita Rocks                               15:45      Where Were You When The Lights Went Out?     17:15   Top Gossip
03:00   Relentless IV: Ashes to Ashes           07:00 Breakfast Club
04:30   Bangkok Dangerous                                                                        09:30 NBC Nightly News                         07:50 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                     09:00 Ghost Whisperer                          17:15      Penelope                                     17:17   Playlist
                                                08:30 100% MTV                                   10:00 ABC World News Now Live                  08:15 Handy Manny                                10:00 Lie To Me                                18:50      Born Free                                    18:00   Urban Hit
06:00   Sci-Fighters                            11:00 Anthems
07:30   Long Distance                                                                            11:30 NBC Early Today Live                     08:40 Jungle Junction                            11:00 Private Practice                         20:25      Ride The High Country                        18:45   Playlist
                                                12:00 Nothing But Hits                           12:00 ABC America This Morning Live            08:50 Special Agent Oso                          12:00 Emmerdale                                22:00      Slaves Of New York                           20:00   Latina 10
09:00   Break of Dawn                           14:00 Biggest! Hottest! Loudest!
11:00   Inside Man                                                                               13:30 NBC Early Today                          09:00 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                     12:30 Coronation Street                                                                                20:45   Playlist
                                                15:00 100% MTV                                   14:00 NBC Today Show Live                      09:25 Handy Manny                                13:00 8 Simple Rules                                                                                   21:00   Focus
13:00   Austin Powers In Goldmember             15:30 Teen Cribs
15:00   The Black Dahlia                                                                         18:00 ABC Now Money Matters/ Bell              09:50 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh          13:30 Rita Rocks                                                                                       22:00   Playlist
                                                16:00 My Life As Liz                             18:30 ABC Now/ Good Money                      10:15 Little Einsteins                           14:00 The Deep End                                                                                     22:15   Top Money
17:00   Con Games                               16:30 My Super Sweet 16
19:00   Need for Speed                                                                           19:00 MSNBC Live                               10:40 Special Agent Oso                          15:00 Drop Dead Diva                                                                                   22:17   Playlist
                                                17:00 Room Raiders                               20:00 MSNBC Live Andrea Mitchell Reports       11:05 Imagination Movers                         16:00 Lie To Me
21:00   Taking Lives                            17:30 Slips
23:00   Ronin                                                                                    21:00 PBS NewsHour                             11:30 Lazytown                                   17:00 Ghost Whisperer
                                                18:00 VMA 2010                                   22:00 MSNBC Countdown W/ K Olbermann           11:55 My Friends Tigger and Pooh                 18:00 Emmerdale                                THE HISTORY CHANNEL
                                                20:00 Room Raiders                               23:00 ABC Now Bell/ Good Money Live            12:20 Handy Manny                                18:30 Coronation Street                        00:30 Ice Road Truckers 2
                                                20:30 Slips                                      23:30 ABC Now N&W/ World View                  12:45 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                     19:00 Ugly Betty                               01:20 Dogfights
                                                21:00 European Top 20                                                                           13:10 Little Einsteins                           20:00 Ugly Betty                               02:10 Ancient Discoveries
                                                22:00 Teen Mom                                                                                  14:00 Higglytown Heroes                          21:00 Private Practice                         03:00 Tales Of The Gun
                                                23:00 My Life As Liz                                                                            14:25 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                     22:00 Lie To Me                                03:55 The Universe
                                                23:30 Disaster Date                                                                             14:50 Special Agent Oso                          23:00 Ghost Whisperer                          04:50 Ax Men                                            VH1
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MBC 4                                                                                                                                           15:30 Imagination Movers                                                                        06:30 Ice Road Truckers 2                               00:30   Music For The Masses
00:00   Hadd El Sekkeen                                                                          OSN COMEDY                                     15:55 Little Einsteins                                                                          07:20 Dogfights                                         01:00   Greatest Hits
01:00   America’s Funniest Home Videos                                                           00:00 Community                                16:20 Handy Manny                                                                               08:10 Ancient Discoveries                               01:30   Greatest Hits
02:00   House                                                                                    00:30 Seinfeld                                 16:45 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                                                                    08:30 Ancient Discoveries                               02:00   VH1 Music
03:00   Entertainment Tonight and Insider                                                        01:00 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart          17:10 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh                                                         09:00 Tales Of The Gun                                  03:00   VH1 Music
03:30   The Insider                                                                              01:30 Colbert Report Global                    17:35 Special Agent Oso                          SHOW SPORTS 2                                  09:55 The Universe                                      04:00   VH1 Music
03:45   Late Show with David Letterman          NAT GEO ADVENTURE                                02:00 Best Late night with Jimmy Fallon        17:45 Imagination Movers                         00:00 Goals On Monday                          10:50 Ax Men                                            05:00   Chill Out
04:30   First Class All the Way                 00:30 Cruise Ship Diaries                        03:00 Monday night Stand Up                    18:10 Handy Manny                                01:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights       11:40 Man Moment Machine                                06:00   Chill Out
05:15   Love & War                              01:30 Departures                                 04:00 South Park                               18:35 Mickey Mouse Clubhouse                     01:30 European PGA Tour Highlights             12:30 Ice Road Truckers 2                               07:00   VH1 Hits
06:15   Hadd El Sekkeen                         02:30 By Any Means                               04:30 Late night with Jimmy Fallon             19:00 New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh          02:30 European PGA Tour                        13:20 Dogfights                                         08:00   VH1 Hits
07:00   House                                   03:30 Wild Rides                                 05:30 Everybody Loves Raymond                                                                   07:00 Goals On Monday                          14:10 Ancient Discoveries                               09:00   Aerobic
                                                                                                                                                19:25 Handy Manny                                08:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights
07:45   Entertainment Tonight and Insider       04:00 Long Way Down                              06:00 Malcolm in the Middle                    19:35 Special Agent Oso                                                                         14:30 Ancient Discoveries                               10:00   VH1 Hits
08:15   The Insider                             05:00 Bondi Rescue                               06:30 The Drew Carey Show                                                                       08:30 Futbol Mundial                           15:00 Tales Of The Gun                                  11:00   VH1 Superchart
                                                                                                                                                19:50 Jungle Junction                            09:00 ICC Cricket World
08:30   Late Show with David Letterman          05:30 Banged Up Abroad                           07:00 Ellen                                                                                                                                    15:25 Tales Of The Gun                                  12:00   Top 10: A-Ha
09:15   Jeopardy                                06:30 Cruise Ship Diaries                        07:30 Three Sisters                                                                             09:30 Super League                             15:55 The Universe                                      13:00   Music For The Masses
09:30   Wheel of Fortune                        07:30 Departures                                 08:00 Seinfeld                                                                                  11:30 Scottish Premier League Highlights                                                               14:00   VH1 Pop Chart
                                                                                                                                                                                                 12:00 Goals On Monday                          16:50 Ax Men
10:00   Monk                                    08:30 By Any Means                               08:30 Everybody Loves Raymond                                                                   13:00 NRL Premiership                          17:40 Man Moment Machine                                15:00   VH1 Music
10:45   America’s Funniest Home Videos          09:30 Wild Rides                                 09:00 Malcolm in the Middle                                                                     15:00 AFL Highlights                           18:30 Ice Road Truckers 2                               16:00   VH1 Music
11:30   The Latest Buzz                         10:00 Long Way Down                              09:30 The Drew Carey Show                                                                       16:00 Goals On Monday                          19:20 Dogfights                                         17:00   Music For The Masses
12:00   Home Shopping                           11:00 Bondi Rescue                               10:00 Will & Grace                             SHOW MOVIES                                      17:00 Scottish Premier League Highlights       20:10 Ancient Discoveries                               18:00   VH1 Superchart
13:15   House                                   11:30 Banged Up Abroad                           10:30 Brothers                                 00:00 Defiance                                   17:30 Scottish Premier League                  21:00 Last Voices Of World War I                        19:00   Guess The Year
14:00   Oprah                                   12:30 Cruise Ship Diaries                        11:00 Everybody Loves Raymond                  02:30 Semi-pro                                   19:30 Goals On Monday                          21:55 Battle 360                                        21:00   The Album Chart Show
15:00   Love & War                              13:30 Lonely Planet: Roads Less Travelled        11:30 Three Sisters                            04:00 Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea              20:30 Brazil League Highlights                 22:50 Battlefield Detectives                            22:00   VH1 Pop Chart
16:00   Hadd El Sekkeen                         14:30 Graham’s World                             12:00 Late night with Jimmy Fallon             06:00 Ocean’s Thirteen                           21:00 Futbol Mundial                           23:40 Battle Stations                                   23:00   Cover Power
12         Tuesday, September 14, 2010
                                                      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
                                                                                    FLOOD VICTIMS
                                                                                                                                                                         Poll violence,
killed in
                                                                                                                                                                         fraud may

A SERIES of NATO airstrikes
                                                                                                                                                                         fuel anger
killed 14 insurgents in central
Afghanistan after a joint
patrol with Afghan soldiers
came under fire, the Western
military alliance said on

                                                                                                                                                                         Karzai, US
   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
                                                               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         (                  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
                                                                                                                                           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
                                                                                                                                                                               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

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
                                                                                                                                                                                  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
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-

                                                                       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

                                                                                                                                           OVER 50 percent of 350,000
                                                                                                                                           eligible voters on Monday
                                                                                                                                           cast their ballots in the two
                                                                                                                                           assembly        by-polls      in
                                                                                                                                           Karnataka, an election official
                                                                                                                                             “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
                                                                                                                                             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
                                                                  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
                                                                                                                                           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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