China leads Asia in gaining global
leadership in scientific research, UN says
half days of labour, it notes.
W ith science and The difference lies in the
technology now the driving scientific knowledge that went
forces behind socioeconomic into developing better fertilize
progress, China is leading a rs, machinery, seed and crop
small number of emerging varieties, crop rotation schemes
Asian economies whose and so on.
remarkable progress in research Capitalizing on the added
and development is challenging value of science-based knowle
the leadership of North dge in virtually all areas of
America, Europe and Japan, a human activity means working
United Nations scient ific report to create knowledge societies,
says. the report says.
According to the UN The phenomenon of brain report.
Educational, Scientific and drain still affects many In addition, the duplication
Cultural Organization’s new countries, however, it says. of work in Europe’s many
UNESCO Science Report 2005 Even India, with its national research institutions is
written by an international team remarkable achievements in mentioned as a handicap compa
of independent experts, China software development and red to the situation in the United
had 810,000 researchers in space, bio technology and States.On the other hand,
2002, compared to Japan’s pharmaceutical research, still Sweden ranks first in research
646,500. loses many of its highly trained innovat ion, ahead of Japan and
With China in the lead, university graduates, mainly to the United States, and Finland
Asia’s gross expenditure on the United States. is fourth in this line-up,
research and development Greater development at followed by Switzerland, the
(R&D) grew to 31.5 per cent of home constitutes the single United Kingdom and Denmark.
the world’s expenditure of $830 most effective magnet for Germany, the Netherlands
billion in 2002 from 27.9 per attracting researchers back to and France have been losing
cent of the total in 1997, while their countries of birth. momentum, while Romania,
the figure for North America In 2001 in the United States, Portugal and Turkey are mov
slipped to 37 per cent in 2002 the private sector provided 66 ing forward and narrowing the
from 38.2 per cent in 1997 and per cent of R&D funding and in gap. Turning to African, Arab
declined in Europe to 27.3 per Japan, 69 per cent. and Latin American and
cent from 28.8 per cent in the The relative weakness of Caribbean countries, the report
same years, the report says. European private sector notes the importance of
Half a hectare of land and involvement, providing 56 per developing a national vision
one year of labour were req cent of R&D funding in the and stressing capacity building,
uired to feed one person in same period, is one of the rather than relying on
1900, whereas that same half- reasons why European R&D international donors, aid
hectare now feeds 10 persons now lags behind that of the programmes and multina tional
on the basis of just one and a United States, according to the corporations.
Why People Have Mixed
Feelings about Islam
Like in any other religion, Koran reveals for the Holy In spite of what we hear to the
Islam may be viewed like a coin: Family of Nazareth that included contrary, Islamic people in
one element with two different Jesus and His Blessed Mother general tend to adapt themselves
sides. It represents the positive Mary is quite impressive to say to the various cultures where they
and constructive on one hand the least. Islamic families tend to happen to be with relative ease.
while on the other hand it love their children dearly and Even though in recent times
represents the negative and they try to raise them responsibly small bands of generally young
destructive. This sounds to be a the best they can. Islamic men have performed
natural phenomenon. In addition, the name of God, actions that were classified as
The concept of prayer, fast, commonly known as Allah, is negative and destructive, Islam as
and self-sacrifice is to be often invoked with great respect a religion that is built on the
commended. Women s long garb in the open by all people from Koran remains a good and holy
along with the covering of their every walk of life and profession. instrument to bring people close
head instills in many that same The Islamic mosques are very to God in a number of ways.
respect that nuns in a convent beautiful and they do serve as an In general, Islamic people may
have enjoyed for a long time. inspiration for many who bow on be described as quiet and humble
their knees and even prostrate on and they tend to be somewhat
the ground as a sign of great altruistic.
respect to the creator of everyt Everything that has been
Besides, Islam s genuine hing that exists. stated here about Islam is quite
belief in the God of Abraham, Those who had the opportu positive and constructive.
Isaac and Jacob and of all the nity to deal with Islamic people However, there is another side
prophets of the Old Testament can testify how nice, helpful, and of Islam, as judged from actions
cannot be taken lightly. altruistic these children of God of responsible Islamic authorities,
In addition, the respect that the happen to be eventually. which seems to be quite negative
and destructive. We may here God is a loving Father who woman who becomes pregnant to
summarize briefly these would not want to see any of his be stoned to death is outrageous
unpleasant elements that have children suffer even if they were to say the least and an outright
incurred the anger and condem not good and pleasing to Him. misinterpretation and even
nation of millions of people from If one were to analyze the desecration of the Holy Script
across every continent. Among concept of jihad within its ures to say the most.
these millions we find also context one will soon realize that When the woman that
scholars from very walk of life, such a holy war is to be waged committed adultery was brought
culture and religion. against our passions. to Jesus for condemnation, Jesus
What puzzles the minds of For example, if my neighbor said: Let the one who is without
many lies in the fact that were to offend me and acts ugly sin among you throw the first
responsible Islamic governments toward me, it would be natural on stone. They all left away.
remain deaf or totally silent when my part to react negatively and It was obvious that Jesus did
confronted with such problems. destructively toward him. not approve of such a barbaric
Instead, here I would have the act.
opportunity to wage a holy war, a
jihad, against my own ugly 3. The Concept of Religion:
instincts that I am harboring The New Webster Dictionary
These negative and destructive against my neighbor. of the English Language descri
elements deal with the way some This could be demonstrated on bes religion as the feeling of
Islamic authorities interpret and my part by showing acts of love reverence which men entertain
handle the concept of jihad, the and mercy toward the one that toward a Supreme Being; the
concept of adultery, the concept hurt me or offended me. recognition of God as an object
of religion and the concept of This is all what jihad is all of worship, love and obedience;
punishment. about, nothing more and nothing and any system of faith and
Like with the case of less. worship.
Christianity, it looks obvious that This would include Jews,
fundamentalist Moslems have 2. The concept of Adultery: Hindus, Buddhists, Christians
done a very poor job in port The Moslems, like the Jews and Moslems among others.
raying a good image of the and the Christians, firmly believe In spite of the fact that religion
Islamic faith in the world at large. in the Ten Commandments that is a supernatural entity, human
God gave to Moses. beings in history have succeeded
1. The Concept of Jihad: When the disciples asked to distort this original holy
The word jihad refers to the Jesus of Nazareth to teach them concept of religion as God
waging of a holy war in the name how to pray, He taught them the always viewed it.
of God! The question that needs Our Father who art in heaven Hence, we have today what is
to be raised here is this: When we prayer. In this Jesus taught us to termed as Established Religion,
proceed to wage this holy war, tell God the Father explicitly: which the same dictionary
we are waging such a war against Forgive us our trespasses as we describes as that form of religion
whom and against what? forgive those that trespass against in a country which is recognized
A holy war waged in the name us. and supported by the state.
of God cannot be holy and far Our appeal to God to have We also have what is termed
less having the approval of God, mercy on us and to forgive us is as Natural Religion, which is
when such a war is deliberately based primarily on our ability to viewed as the knowledge of God
waged against the other children have mercy on other people and and of our duty which is derived
of God! We know even from the to forgive them. from the light of nature.
wise teachings of the Master The idea that the Islamic In addition, we find as well
Teacher, Jesus of Nazareth, that Sharia law allows an unwed Revelation Religion, which
consists of the knowledge of God Mother of God Church Derjev point of letting you striking Him
and of our duty from positive naya of Moscow, the Blessed on the other check.
revelation. Mother remarked: I wish to see We have witnessed in Libya,
Religion in itself remains a my Christian children learning Iran and other Moslem nations
holy spiritual element whose from my Buddhist children that when someone is caught
ultimate purpose is to elevate our detachment from the material steeling, for example, the
mind to God and to enable us to things of this world. government would amputate one
live closely to Him. According to several ascetical of the hands of such a thief, no
The problem with religion writers, the Blessed Mother, matter how minor the item may
comes when we shift from the known in Christianity also as the be. Again, this is viewed as
practice of religion as instituted Mother of God, knows more barbaric and vicious to say the
by God, that is, revelation about God s mind and God s least and as crazy and satanic to
religion, to the practice of feelings than all the people that say the most.
established religion, which ever existed and all the angels These Moslem leaders who
consists of merely its outward combined. are responsible for such atrocious
practice as advocated or expected Whereas in the sphere of amputations are shaming the holy
by a government or fanatical religion, human beings judge religion of Islam by inflicting on
groups. each other by their affiliation to it a very dark spot that millions
Jesus rebuked the Pharisees as established or organized religion, around the world find very
hypocrites for making religion God, the Allah of Islam, judges difficult to erase.
consisting merely of exterior people by their kind and loving Some psychologists have
behavior and nothing more. heart. remarked saying that such
How does God view Jews, punishments inflicted by Islamic
Hindus, Buddhists, Christians 4. The Concept of Punishme leaders reveal a dosage of cruelty
and Moslems in addition to nt: It is viewed all over the world that stems basically from sadistic
others? as totally barbaric to witness tendencies.
The one that can best give us Islamic governments using the Going back to religion, to
this answer would certainly be eye for an eye and the tooth for when one wishes to change the
the Blessed Virgin Mary who a tooth type of punishment to mode of approaching God by
over the centuries has won love deal with their people. changing one s affiliation to
and respect from people of every The Master Teacher of Na religion from Islam, say, to
walk of life, religion and culture. zareth who is highly revered in Christian, the Islamic govern
She professed to the six the Koran by all good Moslems, ment in a number of countries
children in Medjugorje during the told the people of his time: The intervenes and proceeds to inflict
decade of the eighties saying God you preach is not the God I severe punishments on the person
clearly: I am the mother of all know. who wanted to become a
people; I am the mother of those You preach a God who Christian.
who love me and of those who do advocates the eye for an eye and Such punishments do not
not love me; I am the mother of the tooth for a tooth. usually consist of any amput
those who accept me and of those The God I know is a God of ations but rather they would
who reject me; I am the mother love and mercy and not a God of involve physical torture and even
of those who know me and of revenge. death. Again, the world at large
those who do not know me; all of He is a God that when you views this as inhuman and
these are me children and I love strike Him on one check not only barbaric to say the least and as a
them dearly and infinitely. he does not retaliate and strike direct meddling with God s
In a revelation that was back, but, on the contrary. inspiration to say the most. Such
received by Archbishop John He would react toward you governmental interference with
Bereslavsky, Patriarch of the with love and mercy even to the people s choice of dealing with
God in the spiritual sphere has
been referred by some spiritual
experts as blasphemy.
Of course, none of this is
brought into the news media, nor
written in a nation s constitution.
The ‘fear’ element of expres
sing one’s opinion or of changing
religious beliefs is deeply causing
people to suffer anguish from
their suppression of freedom in
Although in some Islamic
countries economy is bringing
them money and luxury,
however, it is not freeing the
hearts and souls of Islamic people
from governmental ruthless
domination. Islam is a great
religion and every single person
needs to read the Koran at least
She was then in exile living in and fanatical Islamic groups
England. She said: It is a pity that relative to the concept of jihad,
Islam which is such a good adultery, religion and punishment
Religion of any kind, be it religion has been desecrated by have created in countless millions
Jewish, Christian, Islam you Islamic governments and small around the world many negative
name it, cannot be enforced on groups of fanatics. She added: feelings that have generated
anyone, like we observe in some While in the Koran women considerable lack of trust.
Islamic countries. occupy an equal place with men, Throughout history, Islam, for
There seems to be nothing Islamic governments always one reason or another, has
wrong in having a nation making tended to treat women as second developed a reputation of being a
a certain faith the established class citizens. Hence, I plan to rather violent religion due mostly
religion of the country in the return to Pakistan and run to to the four concepts outlined
sense that laws would not be become the first Islamic woman above.
enacted that would violate the Prime Minister. The time is ripe when we need
spirit of that religion. But it is The rest is history. She did to eliminate these negative and
abusive and offending to the become later the Prime Minister destructive aspects of Islam as to
Divine Spirit to prevent people of this Moslem nation. have the entire world concentrate
from changing their spiritual In view of what has been on this religion s positive and
style of worship in their dealing stated, we may realize why constructive aspects, the sooner
with God, the Allah of Moslems. people have mixed feelings about the better.
In 1984, Benzir Bhutto, Islam. On one hand, it is obvious This way, Islam, may in due
daughter of former Pakistani that it is a wonderful and great time prove itself to be one of the
Prime Minister Ali Bhutto who religion. best instruments in the promotion
was hanged for political motives, On the other hand, systematic of international understanding
gave a talk at Harvard University. abuses by Islamic governments and world peace.
South Korea’ Top Economic Policymaker
Remains Upbeat over Economy in 2006
Duck-Soo adding that the macro from last year’s estimated 3.8-
data is in place. There is no percent gain.
reason to fear an economic His optimistic economic
South Korea’s economy is downturn this year. policy blueprint for 2006 is based
expected to make a strong on expectations of an economic
comeback in 2006 to end its two- recovery on the back of resilient
year slump, helped by a steady exports and improving domestic
improvement in private spending Meeting with a group of consumption.
and resilient exports. reporters, he went on to say that “Private spending is expected
The overriding forecast for the compared with last year, this year to recover and exports to remain
Korean economy in 2006 is an will not be bad...and overall robust this year, while capital
auspicious one with growth economic conditions will investment is also expected to
accelerating to 5 percent, a sharp improve. Han added that Asia’s recover next year,” Han said.
turnaround from the previous two fourth-largest economy will grow Overseas institutions’ forecasts
years, said Finance Minister Han 5 percent next year, accelerating are in line with Korea, with the
Organization for Economic Korea to delay raising the Institute recently said it slashed
Cooperation and Development benchmark interest rate for a forecasts on facility investment
expecting a 5.1 percent growth third time in four months. growth to 6.9 percent on-year
rate. On Dec. 8, the central bank from an earlier 8.5 percent.
The International Monetary tightened the rate to 3.75 percent, The Bank of Korea and Korea
Fund predicts 5 percent. up a quarter of a basis point. Development Institute say that
Consumption and exports will However, dragging on Asia’s without eliminating nonviable
be the main agents driving up fourth-largest economy are small and mid-sized companies
Asia’s fourth-largest economy factors like sluggish corporate the chances of faltering corporate
this year, the government said, investment and the construction investment picking up are slim.
forecasting a 4 percent growth for sector. Despite the budding signs “The fragile SMEs sector is
consumer spending. Exports are of a recovery that characterized one of the softest spots of the
expected to maintain its double- the economy last year, companies economy. Reforms can no longer
digit growth to reach $300 remain reluctant to invest in be delayed,” the central bank
billion. plants and facilities. said.
Based on this growth scenario, The IMF had also cited SMEs
the Finance Ministry said it hopes as a major factor preventing a
to create 370,000 new jobs, up full-blown economic recovery
from the 300,000 jobs it added in The growth rate of corporate during its recent visit to Korea.
2005. Wider tax benefits will also investment in facilities slowed to Meanwhile, the sector
be provided for research and 4.6 percent in the third quarter of expected to be the worst perform
development activities, while last year. “The optimism for next er this year is construction, which
service sectors will be more open year’s economic performance is has been rapidly losing steam.
to attract local consumers. helping fuel rosier prospects “The construction sector is
To provide the envisioned about facility investment by where economic recovery should
economic stimulus, the Finance companies,” said Bae Sang-geun, begin. Unless we see some
Ministry has pledged to front- economist at Korea Economic progress soon, the weakness in
load up to 52 percent of its Research Institute. this single sector could mean a
annual budget during the first six The previously weak corporate general downturn,” said Oh Suk-
months. investment stemmed mostly from tae, an economist at Citibank
Further propelling the growth structural problems such as Korea.
will be an expected recovery in soaring manufacturing costs and The industry’s decline was
the global economy centering on a lack of value-added industries triggered by the stepped up anti-
the United States, Japan and that can attract fixed investments, speculation real estate law slated
China. according to the LG Economic to go into effect this year.
The ministry predicted that oil Research Institute. The economy grew 1.9 percent
costs may keep rising but would “Domestic manufacturers in the third quarter from the
stabilize, along with major appear to be searching for value- previous quarter, the highest gain
currencies. Crude oil prices added industries to invest in, but in almost two years, due largely
surged 40 percent last year, while it is difficult to find ideal to a pickup in domestic consumpt
the U.S. dollar was among the products,” said Oh Moon-suk, ion and strong exports.
worst performers last year. But one of the think tank’s chief “However, a broad-based
concerns of a weak performance economists. Citing ballooning recovery in the economy has yet
linger, the government added. operations costs, local companies to move into full swing and there
Back at home, consumer have been increasingly moving are still risks to growth such as
prices should stabilize by outside the country. Noting the high oil prices and global
growing at an annualized 3 risk-averse attitude, state-run imbalances,” he pointed out. The
percent, allowing the Bank of think tank Korea Development minister said the government will
ease regulations in businesses electronics and mobile phones.
related to small- and medium- Shipments account for about 40
sized companies, the service percent of the economy.
industry, foreign investment and In the meantime, South Korea’s
next-generation projects, as part of exports gained 12.2 percent from a
its efforts to help encourage year earlier to a record US$284.7
companies to increase their billion in 2005 to mark the third
spending. straight year of a double-digit
The recent upward trend of the growth.
local stock market is helped by The preliminary tally released
eased risks associated with North by the Ministry of Commerce,
Korea’s nuclear weapons program, Industry and Energy also said the
according to the minister. “The country’s imports rose 16.3
local stock market is in the middle percent to $261.2 billion on a
of being re-rated, and customs clearance basis, resulting
environments have drastically in a trade surplus of $23.5 billion.
changed,” said Han. In 2004, exports grew 31.0
The country’s benchmark percent, compared with the year
KOSPI surged more than 50 before, to reach $253.8 billion.
percent last year, while the “Last year’s growth signifies
secondary, tech-heavy KOSDAQ that the quality of South Korean-
gained more than 80 percent. made products, particularly in
Concerning the currency semiconductors and ship-making,
market, Han said the government is now world-class,” said Shin
will let the market determine the Dong-shik, head of the ministry’s
currency rate, but will take action trade bureau. South Korean
if necessary, an indication that any exports fared well in 2005, despite
sharp rise in the Korean won could higher crude oil prices and the
lead to dollar-buying U.S. dollar’s depreciation against
interventionism. the Korean won that eroded the
The local currency has price competitiveness of
appreciated more than 15 percent domestically-made goods in the
over the past two years against the global market, he added.
U.S. dollar, in contrast to falls in South Korean exports were led
both to the Japanese yen over the by autos, semiconductors, general
same period. The won gained 2.2 machinery, petrochemicals, ships
percent against the greenback this and steel, the official said.
year alone. “The currency Semiconductors and autos were
authorities would undertake the top two export items, each
‘smoothing operations’ should the accounting for more than 10
won rise or fall drastically due to percent of the country’s total
abnormal factors such as exports.
speculation,” Han said. Shin said the total export
A strengthening currency volume slightly fell short of the
makes it harder for South Korean projected $285 billion at the start
exporters to cut prices abroad in a of the year, but noted that South
region where companies compete Korea was able to export more
for buyers of such products as than $1 billion worth of goods
every day last year, compared to $290 billion. It also projects a billion, up 11.2 percent from a
$910 million the year before. trade surplus of about $25 billion. year ago, while imports rose 15.6
In 2005, the official said that The state-funded Korea percent year-on-year to $24.22
demands for South Korean-made Development Institute forecast billion. December’s trade surplus
goods were diversified with more that exports would reach $321 stood at $1.56 billion, down from
products shipped to Europe, billion, up 11.4 percent, with $2.10 billion from a year before,
China, Association of Southeast imports reaching in excess of the ministry said.
Asian Nations (ASEAN) member $293 billion this year, up 15.1 The ministry also observed
countries and South America. percent. The nation’s largest that every South Korean home is
“The proportion of exports private research institute, the expected to own at least one
going to Europe rose to 18.6 Samsung Economic Research vehicle this year. South Korea’s
percent last year from 17.6 Institute, was more conservative auto registration totaled 14.35
percent the year before,” Shin in its estimates. It said South million as of the end of
said, citing sharp increases in Korea’s exports would likely post November, which compared with
autos and mobile telecommun growth of 9.2 percent from a year 15.53 households in the country
ication shipments. ago to $313 billion with imports in 2004. Given that the number of
rising 12.1 percent to $294 registered vehicles increases by
billion. an average 350,000 or more a
South Korea’s overall trade in year, the country will most likely
China absorbed 21.9 percent 2005 came to $545.9 billion, enter into an era of one vehicle
of the South Korean exports, making it the world’s 12th for every household this year, it
while shipment to the United country to surpass the $500 said.
States fell as South Korean billion mark. The Netherlands As of November last year, the
companies opened subsidiary passed the mark in 2003, and number of passenger cars
production facilities in that Canada, Belgium and Hong Kong registered totaled 11.07 million,
country. A ministry official, who the year after. In December, the which means one passenger car
declined to be identified by country’s exports reached $25.79 for 1.4 households.
name, said South Korea is
expected to post a double digit
growth in exports, too, in 2006.
The ministry is set to release
its annual trade forecast on
“Exports are likely to exceed
$300 billion this year, with the
country’s entire trade volume
forecast to top $600 billion,” the
official said. “In spite of high oil
prices and the local currency’s
appreciation against the dollar,
exports will retain their brisk
momentum based on the
heightened competitiveness of
South Korean products.” The
Bank of Korea expected this
year’s exports and imports to rise
10.8 percent and 15.1 percent,
respectively, to $315 billion and
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(DOT) for foreign guests. Choose Ferragamo.
massage techniques ranging from Not only its Imperial Suite has
Shiatsu, Swedish, Combination, drawn world’s Who’s Who.
Muslim Mindanao as well dances Reflexology, Aromatherapy, or Others include Brooke Shields,
with Spanish influence. the indigenous “Hilot” therapeu Franco Nero, Van Cliburn
Hence, you don’t need to look tic massage. The spa also offers a (concert pianist), Jeremy Irons,
for another place to see a Filipino variety of facial and body Priscilla Presley, Dame Margot
indigenous performance. It’s all treatments as well as doctor- Fonteyn (prima ballerina), Tina
there at the poolside. supervised weight management Turner, Pia Zadora, Kenny
If you’re fatigued by your program. Loggins, and more.
daytime appointments, feel free The spa is not only for Located on the topmost floor,
to rejuvenate and pamper wellness, but for beauty as well, you can be on top of the world
yourself at the 24-hour Sports stressed Ms. Libongco. For lording over the panoramic view
Club & Spa. At the spa, natural middle-aged women, for of Metro Manila. A place that
sound soothes your mind and example, who are conscious provided access with a helipad,
spirit as soon as you enter the about the way they look, she the Imperial Suite has a spacious
Thai-inspired ambience. endorses the “Diamond Peel--” a receptions room highlighted by
Sounds of waterfalls, wind, special treatment designed to elegant interior design combining
sea titillate your ears as you wait make women look younger. East and West with centuries-old
for your turn for total pampering. In fact, while undergoing the Venetian chandeliers, antique
Here, the place offers a plethora facial treatment, a reflexologist furniture and contemporary art
of wellness and beauty programs. can, at the same time, massage pieces by local masters.
State-of-the-art spa facilities are the soles and heels of your feet, There are eight rooms with a
equipped in both-- steam room, legs, arms and hands. And the living room and a kitchen. Two
sauna, cold plunge pool, and hot experience can be perfected with of them are exclusively for use of
whirlpool, massage room, and finishing touches of manicure “the master and lady of the
treatment clinic. and pedicure, for instance. You house” with separate room for
Managed by Dr. Joel Mendez, are sure to rise up seeing your guests and children.
a diplomate of the Philippine face cleansed, glowing with
Board of Bariatric Medicine and supple and youthful look and
president of the Anti-Aging totally refreshed!
Society of the Philippines, he is Things have been cooking up.
well-known health and fitness With the management takeover of
consultant to stars and celebrities. the prestigious Accor Group of
hotel chains, Hotel Philippine Exhibition”
Plaza is poised to take a (MICE) venue. It
continuous blast. A multi-million boasts its Grand
renovation project has been Ballroom with
undertaken to build Asia’s largest 1,500 pax
indoor and outdoor restaurant capacity and 12
costing a whopping $2.5 million. meeting rooms.
Artistically designed by Spin The hotel’s lush
Design Studio of Japan and tropical gardens
Creative Kitchen Planners and sprawling
International of Malaysia, the grounds are also
restaurant will be transformed home to the
into a major dining outlet Harbor Garden
featuring a wide array of the Tent with 2,800
world’s greatest cuisines-- pax capacity and
Western and Mediterranean, the Sunset
Indian, Italian, Chinese, and Pavilion Tent with
Japanese including grills, 700 pax capacity.
seafood, and an extensive dessert These are function
station. Creative Kitchen rooms offering
Planners has designed various meeting planners
hotel projects in Asia- from unique and truly flexible venue becoming more evident for
Shanghai, Bali, and Phuket. A options. various reasons why they come to
480-seat capacity, each food the Philippines.
section will have different Ms. Libongco is optimistic
environments, which will be that Koreans will keep coming to
achieved through the installation Hotel Philippine Plaza was the hotel in the years to come.
of dramatic lighting so that one of the 21 representatives who She says that the hotel
dining patrons could dine at participated in the Fourth Hotel management has developed a
different times of the day and and Resort Road Show led by good relationship with travel
experience a new ambience each Philippine DOT Secretary Joseph operators and airlines to give
time. Ms. Libongco echoes what Durano in Seoul and Busan in priority to Korean guests. She
the planners say: “one needs to early November last year. said the hotel has an integrated
visit the restaurant 10 times to Ms. Libongco enthused that services and facilities that cater to
determine a favorite seat and to her participation was inspired by the Korean market, and the
judge a favorite food.” The Korean arrivals in the Philippines management is constantly
restaurant is expected to open in in general and Korean guests’ developing new ideas to improve
March this year. impressive hotel room occupancy services to ensure that Koreans
Renovation of 280 rooms on at Philippine Plaza in particular. are satisfied at Philippine Plaza.
five floors this year has to be In fact, the hotel has been “We are happy to have the
undertaken as well to improve tagged as “Koreans most favored Koreans as our guests and we
quality of existing facilities. “But hotel” in Manila. Statistics can find many of them to be ideal
it will be business as usual while prove it. Currently, Koreans now guests who are interested in
the renovation is ongoing,” Ms. occupy an impressive 77 percent Manila and the Philippines and
Libongco continues. of the total hotel accommodation the destinations we have to
Already, Hotel Philippine rate-- outnumbering any other offer,” she concludes.
Plaza is noted as a top “Meeting, foreign guests at the hotel.
Incentive, Convention, and The ubiquitous Korean is
North Korea Stresses Importance
of Military and Agriculture in 2006
North Korea has vowed to founding leader, Kim Il-sung, revolutionary surge,” said the
continue to uphold its military- died. His son, Kim Jong-il, took joint editorial, carried by the
first policy in 2006 while trying over in communism’s first North’s official Korean Central
to rebuild its dilapidated hereditary power succession. News Agency. Songun, or the
economy with emphasis on its The editorial, run by the military-first policy, is North
backward agriculture, according North’s ruling party newspaper Korea’s ruling guidelines.
to Yonhap News. Rodong Sinmun, the country’s The country’s 1.1-million
In a new year joint editorial military paper Josoninmingun military, the world’s fifth largest,
by its official press, North Korea and its daily for youth militia is believed to be armed with
said it will expand cooperative force Chognyonjonwi, also made nuclear weapons.
ties with South Korea in the new no mention of the ongoing North Korea, one of the
year in its fight against U.S. tension over the communist poorest countries in the world, is
attempts to topple its socialist country’s nuclear weapons in confrontation with the U.S.
system. There were no big program, Yonhap said. and other major world powers
surprises in the editorial which “We should confidently build over its nuclear program.
has replaced the North’s an economic power in the 21st It is believed to have already
traditional New Year’s message century through a high-pitched developed several nuclear
since 1995, a year after its drive for affecting a great Songun weapons and possess enough
fissile material to make several message. should be put forward as the
more. Since 2003, South Korea, main front of the economic
the U.S., China, Japan and Russia construction this year, too, and all
have been unsuccessfully trying the forces be mobilized and
to persuade North Korea to give “North Korea’s omission of concentrated on farming once
up its nuclear ambitions in the nuclear issue from the again,” the editorial said. North
exchange for economic and editorial was unexpected,” said Korea’s economy is in shambles
political benefits. Park Jong-chul, a senior after losing most of its traditional
When their fifth and latest researcher at Seoul’s state-funded socialist trading partners after the
round of talks ended in Beijing in Korean Institute for National collapse of global communism in
November without progress, the Unification. “North Korea may the early 1990s.
six countries agreed to meet have not yet decided on the
again but no date has been set. six-way talks.”
The North has openly As indicated in the editorial,
threatened not to rejoin the talks North Korea is likely to
in a new dispute over U.S. maintain its policy for close
financial sanctions against it. In ties with South Korea in an
September, the U.S. blacklisted a effort to counter economic and
Macau-based bank accused of political pressure from the
circulating fake US $100 bills U.S., he added.
allegedly made in North Korea While softening its usual
and laundering money raised by harsh criticism of the U.S., the
the communist country through North’s editorial, titled “Make
drug trafficking. a higher leap full of great
A month later, the U.S. froze ambition and confidence,”
U.S.-based assets of eight North urged the country’s 23 million
Korean entities suspected of people to remain alert against a
proliferating weapons of mass possible U.S.-led nuclear war on But citing its 2005 harvest,
destruction. North Korea has the Korean Peninsula. which is the largest in 10 years,
denied any wrongdoing and “The entire nation should North Korea has said it no longer
vowed to stay away from the six- firmly defend peace and security needs emergency aid. It is asking
party talks unless the U.S. on the Korean Peninsula by the U.N. Food Program and other
sanctions are lifted. The U.S. turning out in the struggle to international agencies to shift
says its law-enforcement action is resolutely foil the U.S. attempt to their direct aid shipment to
non-negotiable. “This year ’s launch another war,” it said. “We development assistance. South
editorial means that there will be must remove the root cause of Korea is the largest aid provider
no big changes in the North’s war completely from this land by to North Korea. It began helping
policy this year,” a South Korean launching a nationwide campaign the North with 150,000 tons of
government official said. for driving out the U.S. troops.” rice in 1995. It sent 400,000 tons
“On the basis of some About 32,000 U.S. troops are in 2003 and 500,000 tons more in
improvement achieved last year, currently stationed in South 2004.
the North is expected to try to Korea, a legacy of the 1950-53 Nearly 6,700 North Koreans
make further improvement in Korean War. have defected to the South since
economic and other fields.” The North, which has been the end of the Korean War,
Independent analysts noted that relying on outside food aid since including 1,894 in 2004 and
North Korea, as of last year, 1995, also said it will exert its about 700 in 2005, to escape
failed to make any comments on efforts to develop the ineffective hunger and political suppression
the nuclear tension in this year’s farm industry.” Agriculture in their communist homeland
Visionary leader who transforms Dubai
from a tiny city to a cosmopolitan emirate
Sheikh Maktoum Laid to Rest on Jan, 5 in State Funeral
DUBAI-In a solemn funeral, countries establishing the UAE and
the United Arab Emirates bade The death of Sheikh enhancing its federal march and
farewell to Sheikh Maktoum bin Maktoum, who had been in office other areas of national activity
Rashid Al Maktoum, the since 1990, was announced on will remain engraved in the
country's former Vice President January 4 by the UAE Ministry memory of the nation and its
and Prime Minister and the Ruler of Presidential Affairs. In a people, the statement said.
of Dubai. He died on January 4 statement, it said that: “The UAE A forty day period of official
while on a private visit to today lost a historic leader who mourning was announced, during
Australia and was laid to rest on contributed throughout his life to which flags will fly at half mast.
January 5 at Dubai's Umm Hurair establishing the UAE and Ministries and other
cemetery. enhancing its structure and the government institutions and
President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa welfare of its people.” departments will remain closed
bin Zayed Al Nahyan performed It added that The late Sheikh for seven days starting from Jan.
funeral prayers for the soul of Maktoum was an example of the 4.
Sheikh Maktoum. Also taking sincere national commitment. The role played by the late
part in the prayers were Their He placed his country’s Sheikh Maktoum in the
Highnesses the Supreme Council interest over any other development of the United Arab
Members and Rulers of the considerations. He was a model Emirates has been widely
Emirates, Crown Princes, Deputy of good behaviour. The excellent acknowledged in messages of
Rulers and other sheikhs and record and legacy of the late condolences sent to President
officials, as well as heads of Sheikh Maktoum in serving his H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed
states and delegations from a country cannot be counted. Al Nahyan and the Al Maktoum
number of other Arab and Islamic His constructive role in family by other leaders from
throughout the Arab world and
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah
bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud said in a
message that It was a great
shock to learn about the sad
demise of Sheikh Maktoum bin
Rashid Al Maktoum. The GCC
countries and the Arab and
Islamic nations have lost one of
their prominent leaders while
Dubai has lost the man who led
In another statement, Sheikh
Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the
Emir of Qatar, said: It is with
shock that we heard about the sad
demise of Sheikh Maktoum bin
Rashid Al Maktoum who Dubai. by the spokesman for Iran’s
dedicated his entire life in the “On this sad occasion, on Foreign Ministry, Hamid Reza
service of his country. May Allah behalf of the government and Asefi, also expressed
(SWT) grant him eternal peace in people of Pakistan, I convey to condolences to the UAE
paradise. Your Excellency and the Government and people.
In another message to brotherly people of UAE our In an editorial, the Dubai-
President HH Sheikh Khalifa and most profound and sincere based Gulf News said that with
to HH Sheikh Mohammed bin condolences. We will always the death of Sheikh Maktoum,
Rashid Al Maktoum, who cherish the memory of H.H. the UAE had lost one of its
succeeded his brother as Ruler of Sheikh Maktoum Bin Rashid Al founders. He was, it added, a
Dubai and was chosen Jan. 5 as Maktoum as a wise leader of unique leader whose vision
the UAE’s new Vice President UAE who dedicated himself to contributed to the prosperity and
and Prime Minister, Algerian the service of his countrymen and development of a nation that has
President Abdelaziz Bouteflika follow Muslims in different parts become a model of stability,
wrote: “Please accept my of the world, he added. progress and tolerance.
heartfelt condolences on this Other messages of “History will also remember
tragic loss, he said. The Arab condolences came from Abdul Sheikh Maktoum as the leader
Nation has lost a noble, dedicated Qadir Ba Jamal, Prime Minister who oversaw the transformation
and resourceful leader, he of Yemen, from Paul Martin, the of Dubai from a tiny city to a
added. Prime Minister of Canada, and cosmopolitan emirate that has
Pakistan’s President Pervez from Tony Blair, the British become an attractive destination
Musharraf also cabled President Prime Minister, while Britain’s for investors, tourists and highly
HH Sheikh Khalifa, saying: It is Queen Elizabeth II sent her skilled workers. Today, Dubai is
with deep sadness and a sense of cousin, HRH the Duke of a model of growth and cited as
shock that we learned about the Gloucester, to pay condolences to one of the most successful
sudden and untimely passing President HH Sheikh Khalifa and economic experiments of all
away of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum Vice President and Prime time, noted the English
Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Minister HH Sheikh Mohammed language daily.
President and Prime Minister of bin Rashid. The paper went on to say that
the UAE and the Ruler of A statement issued in Tahran the manner in which the smooth
transfer of power had taken place about this progress. “But this his father’s right hand.
in Dubai would surely serve as long march to the future and Due to the efforts made in the
reassurance to both citizens and excellence will continue. And late 1950s and 1960s by both
residents of the emirate. this enduring legacy will be Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh
“With the succession of His carried forward, for the UAE is Maktoum, a number of
Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin the ultimate testament and tribute development projects in the
Rashid Al Maktoum as Ruler of to its great and visionary growing emirate, such as Dubai
Dubai, the emirate of Dubai can leaders.” International Airport, power
be reassured of continued growth generation plants, the first hotel
and stability, both areas it has in Dubai and schools and new
enjoyed in considerable measure housing quarters saw the light of
since the formation of the United Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid day.
Arab Emirates,, said the paper. Al Maktoum was born in 1943 in In the early 1960s, Sheikh
With Sheikh Mohammed now the Shindagha neighbourhood, Maktoum completed his studies
at the helm, it can be expected close to the entrance to Dubai locally before he was sent by his
the tradition of the Maktoum Creek (Khor Dubai). father for further education in one
family will be nobly carried In his youth, he studied of the leading universities in
forward with equal endeavour mathematics, English and Arabic Britain. There he mingled with
and vigour for the benefit of all and religious studies. students of various nationalities,
those, of whatever nationality or On 4th October 1958, his many of them were the sons of
creed, who decide to live and father, Sheikh Rashid assumed world leaders and other
work in the emirate, it said. power as Ruler of Dubai in an politicians from around the
Another English language official inauguration ceremony, world. The experience he gained
publication, Khaleej Times, the first of its kind to have taken proved to be of great benefit,
echoed the tribute. “Few place.. particularly during the political
countries in modern history,” it As a precursor of the events that took place in what
noted, “have witnessed such prominent role he was to play in were then known as the Trucial
breathtaking progress in such a the future, Sheikh Maktoum was States in the latter part of the
short period of time.” Sheikh entrusted by Sheikh Rashid to 1960s.
Maktoum, it added, will always deliver a speech on his behalf at Records from the time show
be remembered for his praisewo- the accession ceremony. that Sheikh Maktoum used to
rthy contributions in bringing From then onwards, he was accompany his father on a regular
basis in the early 1960s to the
meetings of the Trucial States
Council, a body that brought
together the Rulers of all of the
In 1966, Sheikh Zayed bin
Sultan Al Nahyan took office as
Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and the
Council then began seriously to
discuss the idea of a future
formation of a federation.
Two years later, on 16 January
1968, Britain declared its
intention to close its bases in the
Arabian Gulf by the end of 1971
and the Rulers of of Abu Dhabi
and Dubai opted to embark on
practical measures to push
forward the idea of federation.
As a first step, six weeks of
discussion took place between
them to resolve all outstanding
issues, prior to setting out the
framework for the proposed
Sheikh Maktoum, then only
25, joined his father in talks with
Sheikh Zayed and other senior
officials. Over the six week
period, he was able to promote a
spirit of consensus with the
Government of Abu Dhabi on
His efforts paid off when, on he stepped down for his father. the sudden and untimely passing
18th February 1968, he and his In May 1981, Sheikh Rashid of Sheikh Maktoum,” Minister
father travelled to a desert point fell sick and the onus fell on his Ban said..
in Abu Dhabi emirate near the sons.Although he recovered, He went on to say that Korean
Dubai border to take part in one Sheikh Rashid opted to take rest people know how much he meant
of the major events that preceded and hence to allow Sheikh to the people of the United Arab
the declaration of the federation. Maktoum to be at the helm of the Emirates as a visionary leader
On 10th July 1971, both emirate. behind what is popularly known
Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh here as “Dubai Miracle.”
Maktoum hosted in Dubai Hundreds of Koreans and
delegations from the other six foreign expatriates residing in
Trucial Sheikhdoms to attend a Korea have thus far visited UAE
Council meeting. South Korean Foreign Embassy to express their
Sheikh Maktoum’s skill as a Minister Ban Ki-moon Friday condolences.
statesman played a major part in extended condolences to the Among them were high
the formation, several months people of the UAE over the death ranking South Korean governm
later, of the federation. of UAE Prime Minister Sheikh ent officials, members of the
In a special ceremony held in Maktoum bin Rashid al Korean National Assembly and
Dubai on 2nd December 1971, Maktoum. CEOs of Korea’s leading busin
the Rulers of the Emirates signed On behalf of the Korean ess groups including Samsung
an accord establishing the State government, I extend sincere and LG groups. Members of the
of the United Arab Emirates. condolences to the people of the foreign diplomatic corps in Seoul
Sheikh Zayed was elected as UAE, Dubai and the al Maktoum including chiefs of diplomatic
President and Sheikh Rashid as family on the death of Sheikh missions from Arab countries
Vice President, while Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid al also visited the UAE Embassy to
Maktoum was appointed as Maktoum, Minister Ban told express their condolence.
Prime Minister, presiding over Amb.Abdulla Mohammed Al- Minister Ban added that
the first meeting of the UAE Ma’ainah when he visited UAE Sheikh Maktoum will be
Cabinet on 2nd April 1972. Embassy in Seoul. remembered in the hearts of
Sheikh Maktoum remained “It is with great sorrow that Korean people as a man of vision
Prime Minister until 1979 when we have received the sad news of and generosity.
Media opinion varies about GCC Summit resolutions
The 26th GCC Summit known the Summit’s resolutions were a which would be implemented on
as “Fahad Summit,” held in Abu mere repetition of previous ones the ground, adding that economic
Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and that they did not come forth resolutions were the basic criteria
December 18-19, 2005 was with anything new at both the for the real success of the Abu
marked by difference in opinions economic and political spectra. Dhabi Summit because “At
among regional and international Regarding the closing previous summits, since the
journalists and mass media Statement, they said that establishment of the GCC, there
personnel who covered the event, recommendations in the area of was no concentration on the
as to how far it has succeeded in economic distinguished the economic issues as such”, he said,
the light of its resolutions, Summit from previous summits. “ Only during the few past years,
recommendations, closing state 15 percent said that the Summit the summits concentrated on
ment and the Abu Dhabi Dec was undistinguished and was not issues which were of interest to the
laration. up to the aspiration of the GCC citizens and expatriates alike”, he
peoples, who were expecting added.
drastic and final solutions to He emphasized that it was the
matters connected to the joint first time ever that a GCC Summit
About 50 per cent of the total GCC Market, the Single Currency, considered human resources vital
media personnel interviewed by the Smartcard, the Railway Project elements in development and
the Emirates News Agency, and others. educational operations. The 26th
WAM, at the end of the summit Abdul Samad Al Mahmoud , GCC summit hosted by Abu
said that Summit was successful representing the GCC General Dhabi?deliberated on a number of
because of its transparency and Secretariat, hoped that the next key economic and trade issues that
clarity in dealing with sensitive summits would include clear-cut would push forward the GCC
issues. But 25 percent stated that articles decided upon beforehand march towards more progress and
prosperity. or referring the case to the upheavals.
Abdulrahman bin Hamad Al International Court of Justice. The declaration also said that
Attiya, GCC Secretary General ‘’The GCC countries always this coincides with the UN’s
said that insight and achiev ements affirm their commitment to the launching of the program of
of the 26th Abu Dhabi summit of principles of good neighborhood, education for sustainable
the GCC have added to the Islamic fraternity and hope that development (2005-2014), aimed
council’s outstanding Iran would respond to the UAE at elevating the status of human
accomplishments march as it and GCC countries peaceful societies.
enters its 25th year. initiatives to spare the region It added that the GCC was
In an exclusive statement to the additional tensions and instability aware of the international
Emirates News Agency, WAM, Al and to move forward towards challenges that can be confronted
Attiya added the time is ripe to development for better future for only through the core development
motivate the GCC march ahead to peoples in the region’’ Al Attiyah of the educational system,
the maximum level of said. The Leaders of the Arab Gulf stressing the importance of
coordination possible among its Cooperation Council (GCC) nationalization of human resources
members in order to achieve the highlighted the Council’s blessed in the field of education so as to
required integration defined by the start 25 years ago under the maintain traditions and culture
council’s charter to attain its patronage of Late Sheikh Zayed while keeping up with modern
citizens’ aspiration and hopes. bin Sultan Al-Nahayan, and developments.
lauded the achievements
accomplished by it in the service
of the GCC states as well as for the
Al Attiya further stated that the Arab and Muslim causes.
agenda of the summit covered also These remarks were contained Furthermore the summit
the political aspects, including the in the final communiqu? issued at underlined the importance of
latest developments in Iraq in line the end of the two-day 26th boosting scientific and
with the importance the GCC session of the GCC Supreme technological research, and
countries’ attaches to Iraq’s Council held in Abu Dhabi Dec. supporting research institutions.
stability, security, unity of its 18-19,2005. The declaration called for
territories and non- interference ‘’Abu Dhabi Declaration’’ said implementing strategies and
into its internal affairs. due to the political, economic, development plans, as well as
‘’The Palestinian cause had a social, and cultural changes taking developing education, training,
priority on the GCC summit place in the region, and in and future planning for interest of
agenda as a result of the Israeli accordance with decisions and all members of the society, and to
continuation of its barbaric statements during previous accord special attention to women,
aggression against the Palestinian summits, the 26th summit looked youths, children, those with
people,’’ Al Attiya added. Al into all issues that were of concern special needs, and the family.
Attiya underlined that the summit to the GCC member states and It also encouraged boosting
agenda? covered the GCC-Iran people. efforts for addressing modern
relations issue and continuation of It added, humans are the pivotal social challenges, commending
Iran’s occupation to the UAE three elements for advancement and for efforts made for reviewing and
islands of Abu Musa, Greater and this reason they should be advancing the educational
lesser Tunbs, in line with the accorded care and interest, adding curricula in line with development
Council firm principles, which that the international challenges plans and goals. The declaration
support the UAE right to regain made it imperative that concluded by noting that Islam
sovereignty over its islands and the educational systems should be highlighted the role of knowledge
resolve of this issue peacefully, upgraded to conform to the current and social development, based on
either through direct negotiations information and technology mutual respect, moderation, and
dialogue that is distant from However, the GCC Secretary soon as possible.
extremism. General stressed that the moves to In a response to a message sent
The Gulf Cooperation Council introduce reforms in the field of by Arab League Secretary-General
(GCC) ended its 26th summit as it education, particularly Amre Mousa to the GCC
confirmed the necessity to support development of curricula, was not Secretary-General in which he
Yemen. The GCC assigned its in response to any external underestimated dangers posed by
supreme council to hold a pressure. He added that as part of Iran’s nuclear programme, the
conference in order to study economic integration, the GCC UAE foreign minister said: “We
investment opportunities in central bank would be established understand the worries of the Arab
Yemen. The Council studied which would have its base in Abu League’s chief regarding the
president Saleh letters to the Gulf Dhabi. According to analysts, the dangers posed by Israeli nuclear
leaders over projects availabilities GCC states (Oman, Qatar, programme but we, too, in the
in Yemen, which could be Bahrain, Kuwait, the UAE, and the Gulf have our own worries and
established in ten years to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) have concerns,” he said, indicating to
reinforce the infrastructure, all taken steps during the past few the danger posed by Iranian
according to GCC Secretary- years, albeit difference in nature nuclear programme.
General Abdul Rahman Hamad Al and strength, on the path towards “We are in a region so close to
Attiyah. political reform. the Bu Shahr facility and we have
Al Attiyah also confirmed that As part of these reforms, the no guarantees on our safety.
the summit announced holding a GCC states have adopted a unified There is no protection against
joint conference including Gulf trade policy with the rest of the any leakage from this reactor,” he
foreign ministries and the Yemeni world, which analysts believe stated. On the proposed joint
foreign ministry to study projects comes in line with the tendency to defense force, Attiyah said
illustrated in president Saleh sign multilateral FTA’s, rather than Supreme Council had reviewed
letters. All the GCC states were the current unilateral agreements suggestions in this regard and
surging ahead with political and by individual member states. The referred the issue to the joint
democratic reforms with particular adopted policy was disclosed by defense council. As he confirmed
focus on women’s participation in the head of the GCC at a Press earlier, the GCC chief said the
political life as well as education, conference he held jointly with proposal on limiting stay of
GCC Secretary-General Abdul UAE Foreign Minister, Rashid expatriate workers in member
Rahman Hamad Al Attiyah Abdullah, after the closing states to a maximum of six years
asserted. ceremony of the summit. had been referred to labor
“We are well on our way in ministers for further study.
pushing reforms and this can be On the issue of Yemen’s entry
seen in the steps taken by us in this to the GCC, Attiyah said the
regard,” Attiyah said, answering a On the unified ID card, which summit reviewed a message sent
question, after the two-day GCC will allow GCC citizens to travel by Yemeni President Ali Abdullah
summit, which concluded in the between member states without Saleh to GCC leaders. But he did
capital. “We’ve already started passports, Attiyah said all member not give a clear reply, adding that
with reforms in the field of states, except one, had finalised the bloc promised financial
women’s participation in political their schemes, denying to name assistance to Yemen to look after
life as well as in the field of the country, which he said was its development.
education. Our meeting here also facing some difficulties. UAE Foreign Minister Rashid
referred a proposal by the Responding to a question on the Abdullah Al Nuaimi reiterated his
Consultative Authority of the joint GCC market, he said there country’s stance on its three
Council for review of the were only three steps to be taken, islands occupied by Iran. “UAE’s
Council’s progress in this regard,” saying efforts were being made to stand on that issue is clear, the
he added. launch this important project as UAE’s three islands are occupied
territories in reality. The UAE is a Iran is not a member of the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, said
peaceful country that believes in Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty the UAE was honored to be the
right, justice and law and also (NPT). It is a legitimate concern,” birthplace of the GCC 25 years
expects others to believe in these he said. “It is up to Mousa if he is ago. “As we celebrate this great
principles, Islamic values and not sharing us that concern but we achievement, the GCC, we must
good neighborliness and that there concur with his over Israeli remember to pay tribute to the
is always a solution through programme. When the Secretary founding fathers of this formidable
peaceful means either through General of Arab League talks organization, whose enduring
direct negotiations, international about threats posed to the region, contribution continue to guide the
community or arbitration, Al he should take into consideration march for cooperation and
Nuaimi said in a joint press that Arab security order also solidarity among the GCC
conference he held with Abdul covers the six Gulf Arab countries and people,” Shaikh
Rahman Ibn Hamad Al Attiyah, countries.” Al Attiyah said that the Khalifa said.
the GCC Secretary General, in the topic of setting up a single central He said the achievements of the
wake of the GCC 26th Summit bank for GCC countries was not GCC in a quarter century were
concluded in Abu Dhabi. among the summit’s agenda. indeed a source of pride for all.
He added that the UAE is a “The UAE has shown interest “We all share similar conviction
civilized country that seeks in establishing such an authority. that the homogeneity of our people
stability, prosperity and calm This will be discussed when the and the ability of our countries to
regional atmosphere. Al Nuaimi part relating to financial authority cooperate is sufficient to cement
referred to H.H. Sheikh Khalifa and the governors committee is inter-GCC ties,” he said.
bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s statement finalized,” he said. In a reply to a All the GCC leaders, except the
that the council has, thus far, fallen question on why no reference was Amir of Kuwait, took part in the
short of meeting peoples’ made in the summit’s final meeting, dubbed “Fahd Summit”
aspirations. “We look forward to communiqu? to Iran’s nuclear after late King Fahd Ibn Abdul
making greater achievements in programme, Al Attiyah said the Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia. The
the future,” he said. leaders did discuss that. “The GCC summit came up with several
summits and ministerial councils recommendations aimed at
always stress the need to maintain ensuring regional security and
the region free from weapons of stability. Calling for greater
Al Nuaimi revealed that the mass destruction. cooperation, Sheikh Khalifa said
leaders discussed a letter from WMD is an international issue despite the remarkable
Amre Mousa, the Arab League’s and it is everyone’s demand to rid achievements of the GCC, they
Secretary General. “We appreciate the region of its evils.” On the still fall short of the expectations
Amre Mousa’s concern as an situation in Lebanon, he said the and aspirations of the people, who
Egyptian citizen about the Israeli summit condemned the yearn for speedy realization of the
nuclear programme. In fact, we assassinations and stressed on the noble objectives for which the
share that concern with him,” he necessity to provide support to organization was founded 25 years
said. “However,” he continued, Lebanon’s stability. The 26th ago.
“talking about threats to Arab Summit of the Gulf Cooperation
national security, Mousa should Council (GCC) had started in Abu
have raised concerns about the Dhabi with the leaders pledging to
Iranian programme.” Al Nuaimi ensure regional security and He urged the ministerial
argued that the GCC countries are stability and live up to the committees of the GCC to finalize
in proximity to the Iranian nuclear expectations of their people in all these pending issues as soon as
reactor in Bu Shahr. terms of prosperity and welfare. possible. Stressing that those who
“We do not have any protection In his opening speech, the act unilaterally would never
in case of a leakage; especially that President, His Highness Shaikh succeed at this junction of time,
Sheikh Khalifa said: “We should the King included Prince Saud Al- economic bloc,” he said King
not forget that the magnitude and Faisal, the Foreign Minister; Hamad.
type of challenges have changed, a Prince Bandar Ibn Sultan Ibn On his part, the Kuwaiti Prime
matter which calls for more efforts Abdul Aziz, the Secretary General Minister said in a statement on his
so as to prepare our people and of National Security Council; a arrival that the Abu Dhabi Summit
countries to confront these number of princes; ministers and “is convened amid various
challenges.” senior officials. regional and international
“The paramount objective is to Sultan Qaboos bin Saeed of developments that attach much
build an enlightened, educated Oman, said on arrival: “I hope the significance to our meeting and
GCC citizen, to provide security GCC Summits would accomplish require us to carry on with our
and prosperity and reinforce the aspirations of our people. We hard work to push our joint Gulf
stability and cooperation amongst express our happiness in joining action forward.”
GCC countries,” he added. He said our brethren leaders of the GCC Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al
the achievements would bring countries in the 26th Summit Thani, Emir of Qatar, on his
about security, stability and headed by the President, His arrival at the GCC Summit, called
prosperity to all countries and Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin for the consolidation of joint
people of the GCC. Zayed Al Nahyan.” The Bahraini efforts among GCC countries in
Earlier, before they began their Monarch underlined, in a various aspects, in order to ensure
meeting, GCC leaders pledged to statement upon his arrival, the security and stability in the Gulf
put their hands together to need for GCC member states to region, in the light of the
confront the serious challenges work closely together to cement challenges they were
facing the region. The Custodian what he called their “lofty encountering.
of the Two Holy Mosques King structure in this vital part of the On what the outcome of the
Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz arrived Arab world.” summit would be, sources said the
in Abu Dhabi to head the “The regional and international Gulf Arab leaders would call on
delegation of the Kingdom of turn of events, which influence our Iran to respond to their repeated
Saudi Arabia to the 26th Summit countries, require from all of us to calls to accept negotiations over
of Arab Gulf Cooperation Council put in efforts and carry on with our the three disputed UAE islands of
(GCC) ‘’King Fahd Summit’’. collective endeavours. In an era of Abu Musa and Greater and Lesser
At Abu Dhabi Airport, King accelerated developments and Tunbs. GCC Secretary-General
Abdullah Ibn Abdul Aziz was major challenges, the GCC has no Abdul Rahman Al Attiyah had
received by Sheikh Khalifa bin other choice but to work hard already ruled out any tough
Zayid Al Nahayan, the President towards cementing this lofty position on Teheran’s nuclear
of United Arab Emirates, GCC’s structure in this vital part of the weapons programme, which he
Secretary General Abdul Rahman Arab world,” he stressed. said earlier, was “no more
Ibn Hamad Al-Atiyyah, a number worrisome as long as it’s designed
of Emirate’s officials. Earlier in for peaceful purposes.”
the day, King Abdullah left Riyadh Before the summit sources
for the United Arab Emirates. At “The economy is our best and expected that the Gulf leaders may
King Khalid International Airport, most appropriate option to urge Syria to cooperate with a UN
King Abdullah was seen off by strengthen ties among the region’s probe into the killing of a former
Prince Mishaal Ibn Abdul Aziz; people. All have to take up their Lebanese Prime Minister. A Gulf
Crown Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul economic responsibilities to official was earlier quoted as
Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister, achieve more integration that is saying that the summit was likely
Minister of Defense and Aviation solid and deep-rooted, bringing to issue a strongly worded
and Inspector General; a number benefits to all the region’s people, statement on Syria. On the
of princes and senior officials. and enabling member-states to economic front, according to
The delegation accompanied preserve their interests as a single Attiyah, the summit discussed
steps towards launching a prosperity of the region. The educational system would in no
monetary union. summit discussed hot issues, way adversely affect the Arab and
The talks covered a GCC- particularly educational and Islamic identity of the GCC
European Union trade agreement economic matters, including the citizens. “The new systems will
under negotiation for 15 years monetary union that is expected to strengthen the citizen’s sense of
which, Attiyah said the bloc hoped be a reality by 2010. belonging and heritage,” he added.
to finalize early next year. “The summit will endorse the Other officials stressed that the
Delegates said the summit would outcome of GCC-level meetings changes in the educational system
also call on GCC members to turn that took place recently and will focus on “moderation” and
any bilateral free trade agreements resolved a number of issues, “reason”, helping to avoid the
into multilateral deals. The rich including the bilateral Free Trade dangers of extremism that threaten
agenda of the 26th GCC summit Agreements (FTA) between the stability of society. They said
was an indication of the leaders’ individual states and the United the modernization of educational
stress on the relevance of the six- States,” said a highly-placed curricula was not dictated by
member bloc, despite the view of official on the opening day of the foreign agenda, but necessitated by
many that progress was slow on a summit. the “real needs of Gulf societies”.
number of issues that relate, Officials said improvement in Environmental issues were not
directly or indirectly, to the lives of the education system in member- at the top of the leaders’ agenda,
the region’s people. states was a top issue, as it impacts but represent an important element
There was an overriding view on the behavior of people and of the discussions. On the other
among top officials and analysts at enables them to perform their roles hand Sheikh Abdul Rahman Al
the two venues of the summit that in society in a responsible way, Attiyah, GCC Secretary-General,
internal issues were taking centre enhancing security and stability. has said that the Council was no
stage in the discussions, but not at “To upgrade the educational longer worried about Teheran’s
the expense of regional and system in a way that catches up programme. “We in the Gulf
international issues. Education and with scientific and technical region are not worried about Iran’s
economic issues appeared to be advancement made by the nuclear programme,” he told
central issues necessary for the industrialized world, and in a way reporters after the GCC Ministerial
progress of the six-member bloc. that also preserves the traditions Council’s meeting late in the night
Top officials emphasized that the and Arab and Islamic identity of at the Emirate Palace, the venue of
proposed changes to educational the region,” said the official. He the 26th GCC Summit.
curricula are not dictated by said the efforts made in the
‘foreign agenda’. education sector were necessary to
enable the GCC countries to catch
up with world’s technological However, Attiyah set a
developments. condition that their position would
“The GCC has survived many “The educational curricula to be continue to be supportive as long
political and security problems in developed will bridge the gaps and as Teheran’s programme is
the last 25 years, and sustained the use education as a means to designed for peaceful purposes.
principles of its existence. But the eradicate unemployment as “It’s not worrisome as long as it is
current challenges require more thousands of university graduates restricted to peaceful use,” he
action than reactions, and the in majors like history and stated, warning that if it is proved
current developments are geography are now jobless and otherwise, it wouldn’t be
exceptional,” said an official. cannot find jobs because the stress justifiable and the issue wouldn’t
Statements given by GCC is on technical and professional be ignored. Al Attiyah unveiled a
leaders arriving in Abu Dhabi qualifications,” he said. new initiative involving GCC
showed that the council is relevant The GCC official underlined member states, Iran, Iraq and
and important for the security and that the development of the Yemen, aimed at ensuring a
Middle East region, including the and Lesser Tunbs remains alive GCC summits to the international
Gulf, free of any weapons of mass and called on Teheran to continue community to pressurize Israel to
destruction. peace negotiations with the UAE give up its nuclear programme,
“We will be announcing very and refer the matter to the according to analysts, do not seem
soon an agreement among the International Court of Justice to to hold water. Critics say that all
GCC states, Iran, Iraq, when it reach a solution. such calls to international
becomes stable, and Yemen, to Returning to the issue of Iran’s community to pressurize Israel or
ensure a Middle East region free nuclear programme, Attiyah said: for Israel to give up its nuclear
of nuclear weapons and weapons “We don’t want to see Iran’s programmes usually go in vain.
of mass destruction. Our move is nuclear reactor which is closer to “As far as I remember, all such
to further interact positively with our Gulf coast than to Teheran calls are just a waste of time. Israel
the international community which posing a threat to us.” On the is not listening to such calls and
fights against WMD GCC’s position towards Israel’s actually doesn’t care about us.
proliferation,” Attiyah stated. nuclear programme, Attiyah said Enjoying full support of the US
He said the GCC leaders’ the super powers in the which deals with us on the basis of
meeting would discuss relations (international) Security Council the “declared” double standard
with Iran from the Islamic should pressurize Israel to open its policy, Israel doesn’t seem to care
brotherhood perspective and the nuclear facilities for inspection so about what we say or do,” a Gulf
basis of friendly-neighbors. He, that it does not continue to threaten political analyst said on the
however, said the issue of Iran’s the security and stability of the sidelines of the summit.
occupation of the three UAE region.
Islands of Abu Musa and Greater But the repeated calls of the
finalists will be picked up before
“Good Mark” system eyed for the end of March this year.
The authorization to use
budget hotels for foreign tourists "Good Mark" means service and
quality of service at these
The Ministry of Culture and Once designated as "Good accommodations are recognized
Tourism (MCT), in coordination Mark" hotels and inns, they will by the government if not
with the Korea National Tourism be subjected to constant guaranteed.
Organization (KNTO) will government supervision to For the successful operation
introduce "Good Mark" system improve quality of service and of the quality mark system, the
for budget hotels as part of its facilities. They will also be ministry will make a push for
ongoing efforts to improve entitled to various incentive standardization of service and
quality of low and middle - measures given by the quality at budget hotels and inns
priced accommodations for government. through training and educational
foreign tourists. In this connection, the programs to keep hotel services
"Good Mark" or kind of ministry has thus selected 75 at low and middle -priced hotels
certificate trust issued by the accommodations from among and inns at higher levels.
government is primarily aimed 115 hotels and inns, which Watch-dog teams will make
at improving quality of low and applied for "Good Mark" status. regular check-up at these
middle -priced hotels and inns Through further inspections accommodations to see whether
while offering varying kinds of and on the spot check-up by a their services and facilities are in
hotels and inns for budget group of hotel experts, public par with Good Mark standards
conscious foreign tourists to officials, consumer groups and as requested by the government,
choose from. university professors, about 50
UN report asks governments to improve
data collection to better women’s lives
Statistics on women not only help
to track their status but can also
directly improve their circumstances,
a United Nations report released ar
gues, recommending that governments
gather and publicize more gender-
“Statistics are unsung yet essential
ingredients for economic and social
progress,” said Jose Antonio Ocampo,
the Under-Secretary-General for
Economic and Social Affairs,
launching The World’s Women 2005:
Progress in Statistics at a press
conference in New York.
The absence of data to analyze issues such as sex
discrimination poses a serious problem.
“One of the most pronounced shortcomings in
this area, with the most damaging effects, appears in
the collection of data disaggregated by sex and of
data focusing on gender issue,” he said.
Mary Chamie, Chief of the Demographic and
Social Statistics Branch of the UN Statistics
Division, agreed that States need help with
gathering and reporting data. “Commitment to the
Millennium Development Goals has been a prod to
improved statistical collection,” she said, referring
to the internationally agreed anti-poverty targets
adopted at a 2000 UN summit meeting.
“But big gaps in reporting remain, and we want
to assist governments and donors to close them,”
The report, prepared by the UN’s Statistical
Division, provides a blueprint for improv ing the
availability of data in demographics, health,
education, work, violence against women, poverty, Statistical Commission.
human rights and decision-making. Among its recommendations, the 165-page report
The UN plays a key role within the global suggests that governments carry out a census every
statistical community by collecting, compiling, 10 years and to improve gender statistics, ensure the
reporting and analyzing data. viability of an integrated national survey
UN recommendations, for example, will be taken programme, and share information with policy
up by intergovernmental bodies such as the makers and the public in a timely manner so it can
Commission on the Status of Women, the be used to good effect.
Commission on Social Development and the
Bishop Theodosy of Russia visits
Korea at invitation of Diplomacy Journal
“It is my understanding that problems through an ecumenical
Rev.Master Seo is viewed by many dialogue and adoration of the Virgin,”
as the angel of peace,” he said he told the Diplomacy Journal.
One of distinguished Russian pointing out that he wrote more than The Church worships sublime
religious leader Bishop Theodosy 2,000 books in order to have his apparitions and revelations of the
visited Seoul on Jan.7 for a two-day messages reach tens of thousands of Virgin and the Lord in Russia and
trip on his way to Japan. people all over the world during his throughout the world (in Fatima,
Father Theodosy is Bishop of the life time. Montichiari, Garabandal, Akita and
Mother of God Church Derjevnaya He then proposed to increase in many other plaices).
in Russia which is taking the lead for exchange of people between his The Revelation of the Virgin to
the Marian movement in Russia’s church in Russia and Korean Archbishop John in Russia began in
Orthodox Church of Mother of God Buddhist temples here to better the autumn of 1984 in city Smolensk.
Derzhavnaya While here, Father understand each other’s religions, This great revelation of Our Lady is
Theodosy paid a visit to the World thus paving the way for the world still continuing. It gave birth to the
Buddhist Supreme Tathagata peace through religions when the Marian movement in Russia.
Followers Peace Foundation headed world is now under contaminated The Orthodox Church of Our
by Lee Jon-young who is with hatred and terrorism in Lady (Orthodox Church of Mother of
concurrently president-publisher of connection with differing religious God Derzhavnaya) follows the Holy
the Diplomacy Journal. views, among others. Scripture and the Church Tradition. It
In an interview with the “Our Church sees the future professes patristic holiness and ardent
Diplomacy Journal, Bishop Russia, and all other countries, as piety.
Theodosy expressed his respect for temples of radiant peace. The Church Our Church offers to Christian
Master Seo Kyung-Bo describing the is working for interconfessional sister churches, especially Marian
late Korean Buddhist leader as “Great contacts and fruitful teamwork. It communities and organisations, and
promoter of world peace.” seeks to settle Russian and universal to other confessions, a dialogue of
peace and Divine love, while reject her and she loves all of her On June 13, 1997 the Blessed
retaining liturgical and ritual children dearly, he explained. Mother made the following statement
traditions which took shape over the Her requests are very simple. in Hiroshima relative to the kind of
centuries. In order for us to secure happiness priests we need to have in the third
The Orthodox Church of Mother and prosperity we need to resort to millennium and beyond. She said: It
of God Derzhavnaya took root in the repentance, prayer, conversion, is not enough for priest s to be
godless years of cruel persecution of fasting, and reconciliation, he added. fathers of people. They need to be
believers in Russia. It is lawful Although the Blessed Virgin has mothers as well. Without the exercise
successor to the confessor hierarchs been claimed to have appeared of such a motherhood the priestly life
of the Russian Orthodox Church thousands of times in many countries is defective.
banished to Solovki and Gulag during the 20th century alone, those On this same day, the Blessed
convict camps. Member unit of the that have been verified to be Mother talked to us about the kind of
International Council of Community thoroughly genuine are enlisted as concept we should develop of God.
Churches (I.C.C.C.), it was registered follows: Fatima in Portugal, God is pure love and mercy. He loves
in Russia, 1992, in honour of the Garabandal in Spain, Medjugorje in us infinitely not only when we love
great miracle-working icon of Our former Yugoslavia, Betania in Vene Him but also when we ignore Him or
Lady Derzhavnaya, Queen of zuela, Grushevo in former Soviet turn against Him. He wants to see us
Heaven and Earth, which the Lord Ukraine, Zeitun in Egypt, Banneau always happy even when we do not
sent to Russia in its grim years. and Beauraing in Belgium, Akita in deserve it. He wants to give us
During the past 150 years there Japan, Kibeho in central Africa, and everything we need both in this life
seems to have been more apparitions Naju in South Korea. Those who and in the next, he concluded.
of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the may be interested in having a clear In the meantime, Bishop
world than the previous eighteen understanding of the meaning and Theodosy disclosed that Father John
hundred years or so. As narrated by purpose of Marian Appar itions may of his church plans to visit Korea
Ricardo Montalban in the videotape: write sometime in April or June for a five-
Marian Apparitions of the 20th According to him, there has never day visit to take the first-hand look at
Century, there is a message of been one case in the history of the Korean religious situation and to
urgency which God wants to entire human race where a nation had promote exchange programs with
communicate to us and He chose the a king, an emperor, a president or a Korean religious organizations
Blessed Mother for this mission. prime minister who was expected to inclduing Korean Buddhists.
“This means that we cannot take do everything conceivable himself. He also suggested Lee Jon-
Mary’s messages lightly,” he said. “On the contrary, each one of young, president-publisher of the
He went on to say that such them was surrounded by ministers or Diplomacy Journal to organize
Marian messages affect our lives very secretaries or counselors all of whom seminars or conferences on topics of
deeply. They are meant to enlighten were assigned a specific job to help religions and others sometime in the
us to enable us avoid catastrophes the head of state run the nation near future. He also took extreme
that await us and, thereby, to put smoothly,” he said. interest in the InternationaL Arts
ourselves on the right track in moving God wants to guide us through Exhibition for World Peace, annual
forward toward a hopeful future. His priests who need to be a living arts exhibition being organized by the
The Blessed Virgin Mary has example to the faithful in prayer and Diplomacy Journal in coordination
been designated by God to be the meditation as well as in fasting and with the IAEWP. This year’s event is
spiritual mother of all human beings complete dedication to God s scheduled for July 1-6..
without exception. Like she stated in service. We expect some of prominent
Medjugorje in former Yugoslavia, The Blessed Mother expects the Russian artists will join the event
she is the mother of all those who priests to reach a certain height of starting this year,” he said.
know her and of all those who do not spirituality through the practice of Academy of Art Andrei Tatunov
know her. She is the mother of those such virtues as humility, meekness, will likely participate in this
who accept her and of those who patience, and perseverance. exhibition.
Disasters of 2005 not completely
‘natural,’ UN health agency says
The high death toll in 2005 behavior, socioeconomic factors explaining that these events
from tsunamis, hurricanes, causing poorer people to live in would not have such a
typhoons, mudslides, earthqua risky areas, and inadequate devastating effect on people’s
kes, volcanoes, locusts and disaster preparedness and lives without other factors at
pandemics can not necessarily be education on the part of play.
blamed on natural disaster, governments as well as the The year 2005 did see the
according to the United Nations general population were part of aftermath of the 26 December
health agency which today that mix. 2004 earthquake and tsunami
pointed to a complex mix of I don't like to use the term waves in Asia, as well as
human and natural factors that ‘natural disasters,’ said Ciro hurricanes in central and north
led to tragedy in those events. Ugarte, Regional Advisor for America, notably Katrina, which
The UN World Health Emergency Preparedness and triggered flooding in the United
Organization (WHO) said that Disaster Relief with the Pan States city of New Orleans, and
routine climate change, global American Health Organization the 8 October earthquake in
warming influenced by human (PAHO) in Washington DC, Pakistan and India. The year also
saw famine after crops were according to Marko Kokic, accounts for about 20 percent of
destroyed by locusts in Niger and spokesperson for WHO’s Health the world’s earthquakes of
a volcano in El Salvador that was Action in Crisis Department, who magnitude 6 or greater. A 6.8
followed by Hurricane Stan. said natural events in Caribbean magnitude quake that struck the
From January to October and Indian Ocean lands were northern Niigata region in 2004
2005, over 97,000 people were amplified because of defores killed more than 40 people.
killed in disasters globally, with tation and stripping of vegetation According to the study, which
some 88,000 of those deaths from coastlines. centred on the Tohoku region of
resulting from so-called natural Disasters are also a consequen northeastern Japan as well as the
disasters, according to the Center ce of development and industriali east coast of the northernmost
for Research on the zation, he said. island of Hokkaido, around 2,700
Epidemiology of Disasters In Europe, experts believe that people would be killed and some
(CRED), a WHO institution that countries such as France and 9,400 buildings destroyed in a
operates a global disaster Germany are more adversely worst-case scenario, Kyodo
database in Belgium. Such deaths affected by floods today because quoted the report as saying.
have been increasing since 1975. major rivers, such as the Rhine, The same scenario would
However, natural phenomena have been straightened to ease result in 1.3 trillion yen ($11.25
do not always generate human commercial traffic. billion) in damages.
disasters. Dr. Ugarte of PAHO Global warming as well as No estimated magnitudes were
noted that in 2005, several routine, cyclical climate changes given by Kyodo, but the area
earthquakes that struck in South are causing a higher number of surrounding the city of Sendai,
America were of a higher strong hurricanes in the around 450 km (280 miles) north
magnitude than the one that Caribbean, meteorologists say. of Tokyo and at the center of the
devastated northern Pakistan and Add to that the increasing region in the study, is hit by
parts of India in October, but number of people living in powerful -- and deadly --
these hit sparsely populated areas substandard housing and on earthquakes every 30 to 40 years.
and therefore caused less coastlines, as well as the The last such quake struck in
damage. The same goes for destruction in a crisis of hospitals 1978, killing 28 people.
several tsunamis in 2005 which and other essential infrastructure Last August, the Sendai area
were not deemed disasters and you have the potential for was rocked by a 7.2 magnitude
because they didn’t endanger more devastating disasters than a quake. Some 59 people were
anyone, Dr. Ugarte said. few decades ago, WHO injured and 200 houses damaged.
Natural phenomena are likely concludes. Northeastern Japan would get
to affect more people because the In the meantime, a major off comparatively lightly,
global population has increased quake striking northeastern Japan however.
to about 6.5 billion people and is could set off a 22-meter tsunami, Last year, the Tokyo
projected to reach 9.1 billion kill nearly 3,000 people and metropolitan government said
people in 2050, according to UN cause more than a trillion yen in that an earthquake in Tokyo of
figures. damage, according to a worst- around 7.3 in magnitude would
One of the earliest recorded case government scenario, Kyodo probably kill 11,000 people and
disasters, the eruption of news agency of Japan said. cause more than $1 trillion in
Vesuvius in 79 AD, buried the The scenario was one of eight economic damage.
ancient Roman city of Pompeii pulled together by the Japan’s worst recent quake
killing about 10 000 people. government’s Central Disaster was in 1995, when the western
Today, 2 million people live Prevention Council in a report port city of Kobe was stuck by a
within its possible range. released recently. 7.3 magnitude quake that killed
Another important factor is Japan is one of the world’s more than 6,400.
environmental degradation, most seismically active areas and
What Gifts Women Bring To Peacemaking
Motivated by a noble cause to fight for their own
country or other countries, many soldiers, men or
women, have sacrificed their lives in the battle field
for little achievement.
Many hot-blooded young soldiers are like young
trees, which are felled before they have a chance to
mature into strong, big trees.
Many of them are deprived of opportunities of
making contributions to the well-being of all
humanity. It hurts me when I stop to think how
much painstaking effort we have expanded to see
our children grow old enough to make their
War doesn’t solve the root cause of the problem.
To build a harmonious world, we have to start from
education at home and schools. Since children are
like young plants.
They are susceptible to their family and people
around them,. Hence, they are easily influenced.
Their behavior usually reflects their parents’
examples and their teacher’s teachings. As mother
and teachers stay with the children longer and closer
at home and at school, they have overwhelming
influence, positive or negative, on their children.
Mothers and teachers can instill the children with
peace education when the children are young
Born and raised in the twentieth century, many enough for their minds to be molded.
women have experienced war as an event Nowadays, children, through video games, learn
principally led by men. In recent years, women, how to score high by killing. Should mothers pay
however, have joined the military to fight for peace attention to how the results of such games would
and justice. Such spirit sounds noble. However, war influence their young and susceptible minds?
doesn’t bring peace. It creates a vicious cycle Should they choose games with more constructive
instead because killing only breeds killing. The Iraqi programs for their children?
war may be taken as a vivid example. Should mothers and teachers provide for children
some good TV programs, and encourage them to
watch and discuss them at home or at school?
Shouldn’t mothers and teachers pay attention to the
In order for us all to comprehe nd this reality, I language children use?
would like to draw an analogy between the fighting
war in Iraq and the killing of a poisonous mother
spider by stepping on it.
The poisonous mother spider was killed but little Children are not born to use foul language;
venomous spiders crawled all over the place and instead, they learn it at home and at school and build
they multiply faster. up a habit of using it. Improper language often
The number of insurgents is growing alarmingly sparks strife, conflict and even an unwanted fight.
double, triple or greater. In July 2005, I happened to have a chance to
attend the Compassionate existed, their conduct improved looked at me and said, “Excuse
Listening Gathering in Seattle. tremendously. me,” and then passed. This is also
Two young teachers coming These students act as seeds of part of peace education.
from St. Francis Catholic School peace. These saplings will soon To bring peace to the world,
at Louisville, Kentucky, shared grow into strong and solid trees, we must have peace and love in
with us their experience of and become the backbone of our our hearts; then we can bring
teaching peace education at country. peace and love to our families, to
school. They teach the third Last Sunday, my husband and our communities and then to the
graders what hunger is, the fourth I were waiting for our seat at a world. Women, either mothers, or
graders what justice is, the fifth Bob Evans Restaurant. A child teachers at school or day-care
graders what compassion is, the squeezed his way between me workers, are ideal persons to
eighth graders how to listen to and another person. His mother initiate peace education and
others compassionately and put immediately said to the boy, “No, enlighten children. This is the
peace education to practice. We no, come back here. What should perfect tool of peacemaking that
were told that although some of you do while passing in front of women can bring to our world of
the students’ problems still another person?” The child strife.
BSP Korea appeals for e-ticketing to address shortage of paper tickets
BSP Korea, which is satisfaction of air travelers after As of Dec. 17 last year, all the
responsible for e-ticketing a successful trial operation of its BSP Korea ticketing agents in
business in Korea, has asked the BSP e-ticketing system in June Korea were made to handle e-
Korea Association of Travel last year. ticketing without flaws.
Agents (KATA) not to increase In Japan, BSP E-ticketing is “If and when local travel
ratio of paper air ticketing responsible for more than 30% trade industries cooperate with
market share to more than 50 % of airline ticketing business e-ticketing system as suggested
following widespread report that whereas the comparable ratio in by IATA, we will be able to
stockpiles of paper air tickets Korea stands at a mere 3.8 % as overcome the difficult situation
available for immediate use have of December last year. facing local ticketing agents
recently been drying up rapidly. Indications are that e- owing to lack of paper tickets in
As of now, only 200,000 ticketing in Korea would stock,” said a spokesman for
paper tickets are in stock which overtake paper ticketing market BSP Korea which is authorized
is good for only one week use if share sooner or later. to handle e-ticketing under
the current demand for paper Paper ticketing market share contract with IATA representing
tickets continues, a spokesman in Korea still remain high due to 265 airlines comprising 94% of
for BSP Korea told the Korea lack of participation in e- international air traffic.
Travel Times. Travel industry ticketing system by local travel Indications are that e-
worldwide is taking rapid strides agents against the backdrop of ticketing would overtake paper
in electronic ticketing, or e- ever increasing number of ticketing market share sooner or
ticketing as a means of slashing outgoing Korean tourists. later worldwide.
costs on the back of soaring fuel IATA headquarters took steps IATA said e-ticketing can
costs. to order about one million blank generate US$3 billion in savings
International Air Transport paper air tickets for use in Korea for the aviation industry each
Association (IATA) Korea has but when these paper tickets year.
recently taken steps to fix flaws would be delivered is yet to be
in e-ticketing system to the known.
Booming Energy Markets Drive Gulf States Development
industry.” “This exhibition and
conference is a way for electricity
ABU DHABI--Under the generation , transmission, and
patronage of Sheikh Diyab bin distribution professionals to meet
Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of He reiterated that “booking of the market,” said Nick Ornstien,
the Abu Dhabi Water and the total area of the exhibition is Group Publisher and General
Electricity Authority, Power- a clear evidence of the success of Manager of PennWell
GEN Middle East was held from the plans designed to achieve Corporation’s UK-based Global
January 30 to February 1, 2006 at excellence in the organizing of Energy Group, who along with
the Abu Dhabi International specialized exhibitions to meet their partner the General
Exhibition Centre. Expert the needs of the UAE and the Exhibitions Corporation (GEC)
estimations for the next decade region in obtaining state-of-the- based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, are
indicate that the GCC art technologies to expand in producing Power-GEN Middle
investments in the field of power power generation projects.” Al East 2006.
generation could reach US $ 50 Mazrouie went on to say “Power- With the need to almost
billion by 2020. Ahmed Humaid GEN Middle East 2006 is the double current electricity
Al Mazrouie Managing Director biggest event of its kind held in production by 2010 and a target
of Abu Dhabi National the region, with over 100 to add 6,000 MW of installed
Exhibitions Company said exhibitors participation. We are capacity, from the present level
“hosting of this exhibition and expecting the event to have over of 12,811 MW, electricity and
conference reflects the high 200 international and regional water authorities throughout the
status acquired by Abu Dhabi companies from the power - UAE are undertaking sizable
emirate in the field of transmission, distribution and projects, many of which will
international exhibitions desalination sectors.” involve private investment.
Strong demand growth coupled sustainable power and water $280 billion in 2005. But the
with significant structural infrastructure development in the revenues are only nominal and
changes within the electricity region,’ said Nigel Blackaby, are, in fact, far lower in real
sector ensure the UAE will Conference Chairman. terms than those earned during
remain a key market in the the oil boom more than two
Middle East for years to come. decades ago, taking account of
Further in the field, the entire inflation and the weaker dollar.
Middle East & North Africa Power-GEN Middle East However, “the era of abundant,
(MENA) region will require offers a forum to present such cheap oil is well passed,”
more than 74 GW of additional ideas in engineering, regulation declares Nicholas Sarkis,
capacity by 2010. and finance affecting the region’s Director of the Paris-based Arab
Power-GEN Middle East power industry. Established in Petroleum Research Centre
exhibition and conference is now 1910, Penn-Well Corporation has (APRC), which provides
in its 4th year. If past success and developed into a leading consultancy services to key
current interest are any international multimedia provider producing countries and oil and
indication, next year’s event will of business intelligence. With its gas companies worldwide.
offer even more opportunities for headquarters in Tulsa, USA, In an interview with Pipeline
international equipment and Penn-Well has offices throughout magazine, Sarkis said he believes
service vendors to identify the world, providing its partners $60 a barrel is a reasonable price
profitable opportunities in the with a truly global service. for oil and stressed that future
marketplace and meet decision- The company is active in a prices hinged on investment in
makers. A host of large-scale diverse range of markets, and has capacity expansion. Everyone is
projects are already underway or established undisputed market asking why oil prices are so high
currently coming up for bid in the leadership in the fields covered and there have been many
UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iran and by its Global Energy Group. explanations and scenarios. Give
elsewhere in the region. Market leading international us the real reasons and tell us
Major industry players like journals including, The Oil & whether prices will stay high in
Black and Veach, GE Energy and Gas Journal, Offshore Magazine, the short and medium term. The
Hitachi amongst other world- Power Engineering International sharp rise in oil prices, which has
renowned equipment suppliers (PEI) and Water and Wastewater taken the average value of the
will be exhibiting alongside Abu International are complemented OPEC crude basket up from
Dhabi Water & Electricity by a large number of highly $24.36 per barrel in 2002 to
Authority (ADWEA), at Power- respected international $50.12 per barrel in the first 10
GEN Middle East. With many of conferences and exhibitions. months of 2005, is attributable to
the regional power and water POWER-GEN Exhibitions and two sets of factors. The first is
suppliers, engineering Conferences are the world’s essentially political in nature -
companies, government and business-to-business power tensions in Iraq and the Middle
finance authorities also present, generation events and stage in the East, ethnic conflicts or strikes in
many opportunities will be USA, Europe, Latin America, Nigeria and Venezuela, and so
available to conduct business at Asia, India & Central Asia and on. The second set of factors is of
the event. Over 100 industry the Middle East. The era of a structural kind and hence more
experts wishing to present papers abundant, cheap oil is well lasting.
at the associated conference have passed These factors include in
already submitted their ideas in In the meantime, Arab states particular the more rapid than
advance of the event. ‘We netted one of their highest oil expected growth in world oil
recognize that innovation and incomes in 2004 and the revenues demand, which rose by 1.95 per
advanced technology are are projected to climb by a cent in 2003 and 3.66 per cent in
essential ingredients in staggering $78 billion to peak at 2004. In the space of only two
years, world needs increased by and alternative energy sources. constant 1973 dollars, the
4.4 million barrels per day, What is your advice for OPEC in nominal value of the OPEC crude
reaching 82.1 million barrels per the coming period? Do you think basket in 2004 - $36.05 per barrel
day in 2004. This led to a rapid it should adopt a strategy that - corresponded to no more than
increase in output, the virtual takes into consideration new $7.58 per barrel in 1973 dollars,
disappearance of spare market fundamentals? It is clear as against, for comparison
production capacity and fears that OPEC member countries are purposes, an all-time high of
about a supply shortage. Lastly, fully aware of the fact that the oil $15.93 per barrel in 1982. Taking
the upward movement in prices industry has entered a new phase account of inflation and
has fueled speculation, which has characterized by an explosion of fluctuations in the value of the
in turn amplified the rise in demand, by major question- dollar relative to the other major
prices. What is the acceptable or marks surrounding the date of currencies, Arab countries’ oil
reasonable price for both Peak Oil, and by the fact that revenues of $202 billion in 2004
producers and consumers at efforts to prepare for the post-oil corresponded in reality to only
present? Taking into era need to be speeded up. about one-third of their 1982
consideration that too low a price Oil production has already revenues in real terms.
harms the economies of begun to decline in several Lastly, to put things into
producers and too high can stifle producing countries and the perspective, one has to point out
demand and spark global others will follow sooner or later. that in 2004 crude oil prices rose
inflation? It has to be hoped that these to an average of $36.05 per
countries will take advantage of barrel, whereas the prices paid by
the high level of oil prices and the final consumer for refined
revenues to diversify their products that year averaged
All forecasts indicate that economies, develop other $66.20 per barrel in the United
world oil demand will continue to productive sectors and leave States, $95.30 per barrel in Japan
increase at a sustained rate in the future generations with other and $116.60 per barrel in the
coming years and will be up to sources of revenue besides oil. European Union, with the highest
around 120 million barrels per Do you have any figures about prices of all being paid by United
day by 2030. To meet these the approximate oil revenues of Kingdom consumers - $157.40
needs, huge investments will be Arab producers in 2005 and an per barrel
required in the development of outlook for such
oil resources that are becoming revenues in 2006?
increasingly scarce and Will they be the
increasingly costly. This is the highest revenues in
reality that will be the driving current prices? As a
force in the future development result of the increase
of prices, not the choices made in both prices and
by producing and consuming production, Arab
countries. countries’ oil
A “reasonable” price for oil is revenues soared from
increasingly the price that has to $151.6 billion (in
be paid to encourage current dollars) in
international oil companies and 2002 to $202.1
producing companies to invest. billion in 2004 and
The era of abundant, cheap oil is are expected to reach
well passed. A price of $60 a around $280 billion
barrel or more is needed for the in 2005.
development of new oil fields Nevertheless, in
Diplomacy Journal publisher makes
Diplomacy Journal publisher makes
a courtesy call on Algerian envoy
a courtesy call on Algerian envoy
Lee Jon-young, president- hope that forthcoming state visit to public projects, mainly
publisher of the Diplomacy Algeria by South Korean President construction ones as part of its
Journal paid a courtesy call on HE Roh Moo-hyun scheduled during five-year economic program.
Amb.Rabah Hadid of Algeria on the first half of this year would Through 2009, the Algerian
Jan. 26 to exchange views on further strengthen the friendly ties government plans to build one
issues pending between Korea and between the countries. Trade million houses, 1,500 kilometers
Algeria. between the two nations stood at of highway, dams, railway
South Korea forged diplomatic $594 million as of 2004, with systems, tap water systems, and
ties with Algeria in 1990. Korean exports to Algeria marking gas pipelines from Algeria to
Since after Algerian President $354 million, and Algerian exports Spain and Italy.
Abdelaziz Bouteflika’s first ever to Korea posting $240 million. In a lengthy struggle to combat
visit to Korea in December 2003, Algeria is now more open and terrorism, Algeria paid a high price
the quality of the relationship readier than ever for active for peace and security in the
between two countries have been exchanges with Korea. Mediterranean region and the
upgraded in many areas of mutual In 2000, Algeria’s gross world. Thanks to more than 10
interests including economy and domestic product (GDP) was $54 years of its own peacekeeping
culture, billion, and within four years by efforts. security in Algeria has now
Algerian President Abdelaziz 2004, the figure had jumped to come back to the Algerian people.
Bouteflika’s friendly visit to Korea $84 billion. Algeria has the second Millions of people lost family
in 2003 reflected the nature of largest economy in Africa next to members or close friends during
South Korea’s relationship with South Africa. this turbulent period of modern
Algeria, despite their relatively Algerian government is Algerian history, however.
short history together expressing currently undertaking major
The Diplomacy Journal, which
replaced the former UN News,
effective January 2006, had
instituted the Artist of the Month
Award. This time the one chosen was
Kim Hwan - Kyung who is well
versed in the Chae-hwa and Ka-sik
technique in painting with dried
lacquer color. This consists of
spreading on the painting the
powered dry lacquer or gold. As a
result, one may notice striking
differences in expression and
molding. The following is comment
made by Dr. Charles Mercieca,
president of IAEWP and chairman of
the screening board of the Artist of
the Month of the Diplomacy Journal.
-Ed. toward the end unique artwork overnight. He has
Mr. Kim Hwan-Kyung has of the Bronze Age during spent the last 40 years of his life
been inspired from an era that excavations that took place in working constantly in the
goes before the Koryo dynasty Namjong-ri, Asan, and production and improvement of
was in power in the Korean Choongnam. artwork. During the decade of
peninsula. His artistic work is During the first century B. C., the sixties, he devoted himself
crystallized by harmonization in some 20 lacquered artistic items mostly to wooden artwork. In the
plastic arts in particular. His were discovered in mokkwan following decade, he established
unique artistic technique has been tomb in Dahori, Euichang, and the Chae-Hwa-Chil-Gi Research
especially revealed in the Kyoungnam. Hence, the Korean Center and he established an
harmonization of function and people produced lacquered wares exchange exhibition program
beauty of furniture. His well before the coming of Christ. between artists in Korea, Japan
masterpieces are revealed in his Mr. Kim s dedication to these and Taiwan.
ability of keeping perfect lacquered items has contributed
mastership spirit and traditional to the revival of such a beautiful
consciousness alive and well. and delightful art work. Of
By nature, Mr. Kim is pensive course, there have been a variety During the decade of the
and he is very much appreciated of styles or techniques in the use eighties, he conducted a series of
by his well elaborate creative of lacquer. For example, the exhibitions which became quite
works that still preserve the Chae-Hwa-Chil-Gi wares popular. He started with his first
distinct characteristics of demonstrate a compound style exhibition of Chae-Hwa-Chil-Gi
traditional Korean artwork. What produced by a combination of at the Gallery Hyundai and
this great Korean artist is trying lacquer and color. continued with other similar
to do is not primarily to create a As professional artists fully exhibitions. In 1989 he was
new type of artwork but to well realize, the usage of color in selected for the First Prize with
preserve, the best he can, the processing remains quite difficult Chae-Hwa-Chil-Gi Vase in
utilization of the lacquer as crafts and challenging, which require Modern Artists Festival and he
materials the way they appeared experience and mastership received a variety of awards. His
some 2,300 year earlier. capability. Needless to say, Kim highlights came during the
Lacquered relics were discovered Hwan-Kyung did not develop his decade of the nineties that
variety of sources. It would be
appropriate to mention that he
has been professor in the
Traditional Religion and Art
Department of Inchon Catholic
University, where he was
considered by everyone that
knew him to be a great asset and
inspiration. In 1999, he presented
a designed work in
Chrysanthemum to Queen
Elizabeth II of Great Britain on
the occasion of her birthday.
He started the 21st century
with a Spring Special Exhibition
at the Main Gallery of Lotte. He
continued to do similar things in
the years that followed. In 2003,
initiated with his selection in the International Prize in the Isagawa he presented several of his
Seoul Craftwork Contest. He Lacquer Design Contest. He also artwork for exhibitions that took
later became a Jury Member of received recognitions from the place in both Southeast Asia and
the 4th Korea Lacquer World Production Technology Council Europe. In 2004, Kim Hwan-
Concourse and was awarded with of the Ministry of Trade and Kyung has received numerous
the Silver Prize of Japan. Industry. Besides, his works were honors that included his
In the middle nineties, he honored by the National appointment of member of the
presented his Solo Exhibition of Association of Culture and advisory board of the Korea
Painting on Lacquered ware at Sports. Applied Fine Artists Association,
Lotte Arts Hal in Seoul. Later he Toward the end of the 20th and the list goes on and on. All
participated in similar exhibitions century, Kim Hwan-Kyung this explains why this great man
in both Daegu and Busan. In continued to receive several has been selected as the artist of
1996 he was awarded the Special awards and recognitions from a the month.