ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011
Syria accused of ‘crimes against humanity’
DAMASCUS, Sept 7,
(Agencies): France accused
Syria of “crimes against
humanity” on Wednesday, as
Libya demands Niger stop Gaddafi crossing
activists said regime forces
killed at least 20 people, ‘Caution: Malware Ahead’
including 17 in a tank-
McAfee warns of hacker threat to autos
backed raid on the flashpoint
city of Homs.
“The Syrian regime has committed
crimes against humanity,” French
Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 7, (AFP): tures, security has often been an after-
during talks in Moscow with his Cars made smarter with Internet tech- thought,” it said.
Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. nology are zooming into perilous hack- There were no indications that hack-
“The way it (the Syrian regime) sup- er territory, according to a report by US ers have yet taken advantage of com-
pressed the popular protests is unac- computer security giant McAfee. puter vulnerabilities in cars, according
ceptable,” he said, expressing hope that The first-of-its-kind report, entitled to McAfee.
Russia would change its stance and “Caution: Malware Ahead” and McAfee and smart gadget software
back UN condemnation of the crack- released late Tuesday, warned that specialty firm Wind River, both owned
down. security is lagging as vehicles are by US chip colossus Intel, collaborated
The Syrian authorities, he said, should enhanced with embedded chips and with embedded device security firm
be sent “a powerful signal that such sensors for a growing array of purpos- ESCRYPT on the study.
actions cannot continue.” es. “As the trend for ubiquitous connec-
But Lavrov gave no signs of being
ready to ease a Russian position that last “As more and more functions get tivity grows, so does the potential for
week saw Moscow lash the European embedded in the digital technology of security vulnerabilities,” said Wind
Union for imposing a crippling oil automobiles, the threat of attack and River senior director for automotive
embargo on Syria. malicious manipulation increases,” solutions Georg Doll.
“We are convinced that the essential said McAfee senior vice president and Concerns
thing is to start dialogue at the talks general manager Stuart McClure.
table,” Lavrov said. “It’s one thing to have your email or “The report highlights very real
“We consider that inciting certain laptop compromised, but having your security concerns, and many in the auto
forces within the opposition to boycott car hacked could translate to dire risks industry are already actively designing
the invitation to dialogue is a dangerous to your personal safety,” he added. solutions to address them,” Doll added.
path and risks a repetition of the Libyan Chips are embedded in almost all Researchers cited industry projec-
scenario, which neither Russia nor parts of cars from airbags, brakes, and tions that the number of Internet con-
France wants.” power seats to cruise controls, anti- nected devices will climb to 50 billion
Russia has staunchly opposed attempts theft gadgets, and communications sys- in the year 2020 from a billion last
by Western governments to push through year.
a UN Security Council resolution target- tems, according to McClure.
Researchers have demonstrated that The bulk of those gadgets are
ing President Bashar al-Assad and has expected to be embedded devices such
circulated an alternative draft calling for computers controlling functions in
automobiles can be hacked if attackers as airport ticket kiosks, cash registers,
him to implement reforms. key card readers, and controls for fac-
European Union nations are consider- get into vehicles and, in some cases,
from afar. tory machinery.
ing fresh sanctions against Syria, a diplo-
matic source who asked not to be identi- A security consultant with iSEC A picture taken on Sept 6, shows American documentary film-maker, Sean Stone posing on the top of Milad Tower “Today, we’re seeing bold new
fied said in Brussels. Partners showed peers at a recent Black overviewing the capital Tehran. The son of triple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone, who annoyed Iranians with his 2004 experiments, including Google’s auto-
“There is preliminary political agree- Hat security conference in Las Vegas movie ‘Alexander,’ is in Iran to make arrangements for a documentary, Iranians news agencies reported on Sept 7. (AFP) piloted cars and smart roads with sen-
ment” between EU nations on slapping a that it is possible to unlock or start cars sors that report on traffic conditions
ban on oil-sector related investment as by sending commands in the form of and vehicle speeds,” the report said.
part of a seventh round of sanctions text messages from smartphones. make sure vehicles are being driven systems, steal personal data through that deliver new conveniences such as “Experiments like these show the
against the Assad regime, the source said. safely, can give cyber stalkers ways to Bluetooth connections, or disable vehi- Internet access and the ability to further ongoing possibilities... But there is a
Meanwhile, the US ambassador to Sensors track someone’s movements, according cles remotely, the findings indicated. personalize the driving experience,” concern that as the industry advances,
Damascus, Robert Ford, said in a posting Sensors used by roadside emergency to the report. “The automobile industry is continu- the report said. there has been little done to ensure the
on Facebook that Assad’s regime “bears services to find cars or by car owners to Hackers could disrupt car navigation ally adding features and technologies “However, in the rush to add fea- security of these systems.”
the responsibility for the violence.”
The United Nations says 2,200 people
have been killed since democracy “He is in Libya, in very good spirits, The United States and neighbouring oil instructed not to take their guns to sponsible consumer waste” had deepened
protests flared in Syria in mid-March. feels strong, is not afraid, and would be giant Saudi Arabia, wary that upheaval in protests. structural imbalances and distortions in
Activists said the Syrian security happy to die fighting against the occu- Yemen could give al-Qaeda’s local Prosecutors said that police officer the economy, and must be fixed. Newswatch
forces killed another 20 people on piers,” Juburi, a former Iraqi MP, said by branch more leeway to operate, have Abdel Hakim had initially told the prose- He told the first meeting of an adviso-
Wednesday. telephone. pushed for Saleh to sign the Gulf cution during their probe that he was ry committee set up to see how Kuwait
The Local Coordination Committees, “His son Seif al-Islam is in the same Cooperation Council (GCC) initiative for given 300 shotgun cartridges, but in court should tackle local and global economic WASHINGTON: The Pentagon on
which organises the anti-regime protests state of mind,” added Juburi, whose chan- a transition of power, a blueprint that has he denied this. challenges that not investing in the right Wednesday raised its alert level at US mili-
on the ground, said they included 17 in nel has broadcast a number of audio mes- been amended a number of times. direction threatened the country’s tary bases, most of them domestic, ahead of
the central city of Homs, one in Hama to sages from Gaddafi and his son since they The initiative looked dead in the water finances and growth. the 10th anniversary commemorations of
the north and two in Sarmeen, Idlib went into hiding after Tripoli was overrun after Saleh on three occasions backed out Playing the chords “It might signal an awareness and a the Sept 11, 2001, attacks on Sunday.
province. by rebel fighters last month. decision taken at a senior level to push in “This is not in response to any particular
of signing it at the very last minute. threat but is a prudent and precautionary
The forces used “gunfire and stun Asked how he makes contact with Amendments approved by Saleh’s Continued from Page 1 this direction,” said Fabio Scacciavillani, measure,” said Pentagon spokesman
grenades to terrorise the people near the Gaddafi, Juburi said: “When I need to talk party would have him transfer his powers It is disheartening to see some people chief economist at Oman Investment Fund. George Little. The Pentagon said the move
police headquarters around the citadel at to him, I send him a message, or he con- to his vice president, Abbd-Rabbu trying to cover up the lies of the Kuwait “Risks of global recession are increas- takes effect on Wednesday and will contin-
the downtown,” the LLC said in a state- tacts me when he wants to pass a mes- Mansour Hadi, after signing the deal but Airways head. These people are the rep- ing. We know that most likely the second ue through Sunday. (RTRS)
ment sent to AFP in Nicosia. sage.” gives him three months to formally step resentatives of the extremist Salafist part of 2011 will be much weaker than ❑ ❑ ❑
The activists said forces backed by Libya’s new rulers are anxious to arrest down, as opposed to previous plans stipu- Movement in the Kuwaiti Parliament. Al- expected, potentially leading into global
tanks swept early morning into Homs, Gaddafi and put him on trial, thus sealing lating 30 days. Falah has absolutely nothing to do with recession.” TOKYO: A 5.1-magnitude earthquake
where communications and Internet serv- their hold on the country. After Saleh leaves, elections would be Central bank governor Sheikh Salem shook northern Japan late on Wednesday,
the movement but some are using his sec- but there were no immediate reports of
ices were cut in many neighbourhoods. They are fearful he may slip into a held and the opposition would form an tarian statements to win the hearts of their Abdul-Aziz al-Sabah said in July that the
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory neighbouring country, particularly Niger, interim unity government for a two-year cabinet needed to boost capital spending damage or casualties and no tsunami warn-
voters. ing, the weather agency said.
for Human Rights said “military rein- to which a convoy carrying other senior transition period, retaining Hadi as inter- The hilarious part is that certain parties and support the private sector to over-
forcements including 20 truckloads of officials of his ousted regime fled on come a “one-sided” dependence on oil The quake hit at 10:29 pm (1329 GMT)
im president. have criticized those who have reacted to at a shallow point, just offshore of
soldiers entered the city,” and that there Monday. The government would use the time to Al-Falah’s statements which, they revenue and the government’s control of
all sectors. Urakawa, on the southern coast of
was “intense gunfire in the market and Bidding to cut off Gaddafi’s potential draft a new constitution and hold a dia- argued, were uttered in a private congre- Hokkaido island, the Japan Meteorological
governorate headquarters.” escape routes, the now-ruling NTC said it logue with insurgent groups such as gation that is supposed to be sacred. Kuwait’s parliament cleared a $110 Agency said. (AFP)
Heavy machinegun fire was heard in had dispatched a team to Niamey. Shi’ite Muslim rebels in the north and billion, four-year development plan in
These were the same people who
February 2010, aiming to diversify away ❑ ❑ ❑
the Bab Dreib and Bostan Diwan neigh- “We have sent a delegation today that separatists in the south. applauded MP Faisal Al-Muslim when he
bourhoods of Homs after 2,000 protesters is going to Niger to talk... about securing The new plan also requires a restructur- violated the secrecy code of the banks - from oil and boost the private sector, MURFREESBORO, Tennessee:
took to the streets following the deaths of our borders to stop any kind of infiltra- ing of the Yemeni military within three an act punishable by law. What a contra- which accounts for only a quarter of eco- Authorities say an unidentified man threat-
four people near the city on Tuesday. tion,” said Fathi Baja, head of the NTC’s months of Saleh signing the deal. At pres- nomic output. ened to ignite a bomb inside a mosque in
diction! These shaky ideologies are sold Tennessee on Sept 11.
The activists said demonstrations also political affairs committee. ent, Saleh’s family dominates the armed in the slave markets of our MPs who hold But more than a year later, the coun-
took place in other parts of Syria includ- “We ask any neighbouring countries to forces high command. His son, Ahmed try’s first such plan since 1986 is still Murfreesboro Police spokesman Kyle
on to repulsive sectarian principles. Evans told The Daily News Journal that his
ing Hama, but that a massive clampdown stop Gaddafi people from going to their Ali Saleh, who the opposition worries is mostly on paper after political conflicts
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org department and an agent with the
prevented rallies in Latakia on the land,” Fathi told reporters in the eastern being groomed to succeed him, heads the paralysed the government.
Mediterranean coast. city of Benghazi. The government has approved several Department of Homeland Security are
elite Republican Guard. investigating who made the threat to the
The deadly crackdown came only
hours after Syria said it was postponing a
Asked about the convoy that entered
Niger reportedly carrying money and
Away from the negotiating table, vio- No budget projects under the plan, the latest of
which is a long-delayed 4 billion dinar Islamic Center of Murfreesboro
lence raged on in Yemen’s south where (http://bit.ly/qhnaZx).
planned visit to Damascus by the head of gold, he replied: “According to what we fighters believed to belong to al-Qaeda ($14.7 billion) oil refinery, but key steps The threat comes as the nation prepares
the Arab League. know, security reports provided by groups have seized at least three towns, a local Continued from Page 1 have not been taken on most of those to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the
The Cairo-based pan-Arab organisa- in this region, from phone contacts and official said on Wednesday. Meanwhile, in remarks to KUNA,Al- projects and it is still not clear when terrorist attacks on Sunday. (AP)
tion said later that Nabil al-Arabi would certain people’s dispatches, we can say Shimali underscored the imperative need building of the refinery will start.
Bahrain ❑ ❑ ❑
now visit on Saturday. that they have seen money and gold in to take a second look at perennial prob- Analysts say an important factor
“It was decided that the Arab League these cars.” More than one hundred prisoners are lems in the Arab region such as large per- behind the delays is long-running ten- WASHINGTON: The United States has
secretary general will visit Syria on He added: “If that happened, we want hunger strike in Bahrain after being jailed centages of unemployment and the lack sions between parliament and a govern- put sanctions on three Pakistan-based indi-
Saturday during a telephone conversation that money back.” following a government crackdown on of job opportunities. He said there was a ment dominated by the ruling family. viduals it says are top al-Qaeda members.
between (Arabi), Syrian Foreign Minister The large convoy of civilian and mili- Shiite-led protests in February, an inde- pressing need to reevaluate the benefits Parliament, the most outspoken in a Wednesday’s action freezes any assets in
Walid Muallem and Syria’s envoy at the tary vehicles entered Niger late on pendent commission said Wednesday. of sustained development and job cre- region dominated by autocratic rulers, the United States belonging to Abu Yahya
The Bahrain Commission of Inquiry ation strategies in the medium and long has triggered numerous cabinet resigna- al-Libi; Abd al-Rahman Ould
League,” the group’s deputy leader, Monday and drove through the city of Muhammad al-Husayn Ould
Ahmed Ben Helli, told reporters in Cairo. Agadez. said in an emailed statement that 84 run. Much more socio-economic reforms tions and reshuffles. The current govern-
inmates, including doctors and nurses ment is Sheikh Nasser Al-Mohammad Muhammad Salim; and Mustafa Hajji
Damascus had postponed the trip at the Niger was adamant Gaddafi was not would have to be adopted to face the Muhammad Khan. Americans are also
11th-hour “due to circumstances beyond with them, while Washington said that who treated protesters and opposition fig- challenge of providing viable jobs and Al-Sabah’s seventh since he was appoint- barred from doing business with the men.
our control.” while some senior officials of the ousted ures, are on hunger strike in prison. raising the standard of living among job ed prime minister in 2006. (AP)
Arabi has been commissioned by the regime were in the convoy, he was not Seventeen others have been hospi- seekers, he said. Kuwait’s parliament can question state
business deals and in 2008 led the gov- ❑ ❑ ❑
22-member bloc to travel to Damascus believed to be among them. talised by the ministry of interior due to To create wealth and concrete develop-
with a 13-point document outlining pro- Gaddafi’s remaining forces have been a their refusal to eat and their deteriorating ment in the Arab world, the minister ernment to cancel a $17.4 billion joint KARACHI: Pakistan’s state-owned airline
posals to end the bloody crackdown on given a Saturday deadline to surrender, in health condition. averred, there would have to be an inte- venture with US company Dow says a second flight has received a bomb
dissent and push Syria to launch reforms. a bid to spare further bloodshed. Human rights activist Nabeel Rajab gration of all Arab economies in one uni- Chemical. threat but landed safely in Malaysia.
According to a copy of the document At Bani Walid, 170 kms (105 miles) told AFP this week that more than 200 form construct that would in the final Over the past decade, Kuwait was able Pakistan International Airlines earlier
seen by AFP, Arabi is to propose that southeast of Tripoli, negotiators were still Shiites jailed for their role in the month- analysis attract foreign direct investment to attract just $1.5 billion in foreign direct said a flight to Manchester from Pakistan
long anti-government protests had joined and coax intra-Arab trade. Arab investment, or a mere 0.5 percent of total made an emergency landing in Turkey.
Assad hold elections in three years, move seeking to broker the oasis town’s peace- |(AP)
towards a pluralistic government and ful surrender. the protest. economies would not prosper, he cau- Gulf inflows, data from the United
immediately halt the crackdown. “The negotiations were successful yes- Rajab said the action was started last tioned, if there was no firmly-rooted leg- Nations Conference on Trade and
The initiative, agreed by Arab foreign terday and we are waiting for the NTC to week by 12 of the 47 doctors from islations that guaranteed the safety of for- Development (UNCTAD) show.
ministers last month, angered Syria give us the green light to go in,” said the Manama’s Salmaniya hospital who were eign investments. It lagged not only much less wealthy ▼ US$/KD 0.27380/90
which said it contained “unacceptable council’s chief negotiator, Abdullah arrested during the crackdown on the In another development, calls by Bahrain with nearly $10 billion of FDI
and biased language.” Kenshil. Shiite-led protests. Kuwait’s top policymakers to correct inflows in 2000-2010, but even an ▼ Euro/KD 0.3852
He also said Seif al-Islam was still in The government has accused them of imbalances in the economy and cut budg- impoverished and violence-torn Yemen
Libya’s new leaders were on
the Bani Walid area. “He has been sight- inciting the overthrow of the ruling Al- et waste may signal new resolve to push with $3.5 billion. UNCTAD ranks ■ Yen/KD 0.0035
ed but he’s going going in and out (of Khalifa family. ahead with long-delayed diversification Kuwait as 135th among 141 states in its
Wednesday urgently seeking Niger’s help town) ... Because he has left the town, it Egypt plans. But conflict between the cabinet inward FDI performance index. ▼ British £/KD 0.4373
in preventing Muammar Gaddafi, his doesn’t mean he has left the area,” and parliament, long a headache for any- “The potential for political volatility
family or his troops from crossing the Egyptian prosecutors accused a police
border, as the hunt for the fugitive strong-
officer of giving false testimony on
one trying to get things done in Kuwait,
may block the effort.
there means that some foreign investors
are cautious about making large commit- ▲ KS E +47.3 pts at closing, Sept 7
man intensified. Yemen Wednesday in an often heated session in Kuwait, with 3.6 million people, ments to the country. It is not unusual for
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New regime forces, meanwhile, were Yemen’s ruling party on Wednesday the trial of Hosni Mubarak over his role in depends on income from crude oil for projects to get held up or just not to hap-
poised to battle loyalist troops still hold- approved changes to a plan to ease the killing of protesters. around 93 percent of its government pen,” said Paul Gamble, head of research ▲ Dow +275.56 pts at closing, Sept 7
ing out in their remaining strongholds of President Ali Abdullah Saleh from office Lawyers acting for families of some of budget, the most among oil-exporting at Jadwa Investment in Riyadh. See Page 46
Bani Walid, southeast of Tripoli, Sabha in in hopes of defusing a stalemate that has the 850 people killed in the uprising that Gulf countries. Despite its wealth, the Since 2004, Kuwait’s projected budget
ousted the Egyptian president have com-
the deep south and the coastal city of
Sirte, Gaddafi’s hometown.
paralysed the country and given a lift to
militants suspected of links to al-Qaeda. plained that some police witnesses
state-dominated economy has drawn few
foreign investors, unlike neighbours such
spending has tripled to a record 19.4 bil-
lion dinars planned for the 2011/12 fiscal
▲ Nasdaq +75.11 pts at closing, Sept 7
In the runup to a transfer of the gov- Saleh, who is in Saudi Arabia recover- changed their accounts and accused the as Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. year, which started in April, with expen-
ernment in waiting once the final hold- ing from a June assassination attempt, has prosecution of failing to build a strong In 2009, the $133 billion economy diture on wages for government employ- ▲ FTSE +161.75 pts at closing, Sept 7
outs have fallen, National Transitional defied months of mass protests against his case. nosedived into an estimated contraction ees rising almost as fast.
Council (NTC) number two Mahmud autocratic 33-year rule and confounded The 83-year-old Mubarak, who has of 5.0 percent in real terms, the most Still, the Arab state, whose 2011 gross
Jibril arrived in Tripoli, its acting deputy international efforts to solve the crisis. been in hospital since April, has attended severe in the Gulf, after the global finan- domestic product is expected by private ▲ Nikkei +172.84 pts at closing, Sept 7
information minister said. Last month, he gave the green light for the trial on a stretcher inside a defendants’ cial crisis slashed oil prices to as low as economists to grow around 4.4 percent,
“Jibril arrived today but he is in meet- his GPC party to accept amendments to a cage in court. He is charged with conspir- $36 per barrel. managed to spend only 76 percent of its
ings,” Khaled Najm told AFP. transition plan brokered by Yemen’s Gulf ing to kill protesters and “inciting” offi- So a weakening of crude prices in the 2010/11 budget. ▼ Gold $1810 per oz (London)
Gaddafi’s sole remaining media neighbours and it was approved after two cers to use live ammunition. last several months and a softening glob- “One of the problems historically with
mouthpiece, Mishan al-Juburi, owner of days of discussions. Police witnesses in Monday’s session
had suggested that neither the former
al economy seem to have rung alarm Kuwait’s budget is that they have under- ▲ NYMEX crude $89.38 per barrel
the Syria-based Arrai Oruba television, “We reached an agreement with diffi- bells in the world’s sixth biggest oil spent, particularly in terms of planned
said the defeated leader was still in Libya, culty ... There were extremist elements president nor his former Interior Minister exporter. investment spending, because they were ▲ Brent crude $115.61 per barrel
along with his son Seif al-Islam. who opposed the plan,” said a party mem- Habib al-Adli, who is also on trial, gave HH the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad not able to get projects up and running.
“I can tell you that I spoke with ber present at the conference who any orders to shoot, and one officer on Al-Jaber Al-Sabah said last month that a That’s a big issue for them,” Gamble ▲ 3-month $ LIBOR rate 0.364%
Gaddafi very recently,” Juburi told AFP. declined to give his name. Wednesday told the court that police were misuse of budget surpluses and “irre- said.