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                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MOAMER Qadhafi may be wound-
  Obama’s speech on M-E                                                                                                                                                                                            ed and on the run, Italian Foreign
  uprisings on May 19                                                                                                                                                                                              Minister Franco Frattini said on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Friday, a suggestion that was
                     US President                                                                                                                                                                                  roundly rejected by the Libyan gov-
                     Barack Obama                                                                                                                                                                                  ernment spokesman.
                     will give his                                                                                                                                                                                    Frattini’s remarks, based on a
                     long-awaited                                                                                                                                                                                  comments he said were made to
                     speech on upris-                                                                                                                                                                              him by the Roman Catholic bishop
                     ings in the Arab                                                                                                                                                                              of Tripoli, came as rebel leader
                     world and North                                                                                                                                                                               Mahmud Jibril was headed for the
                     Africa and the                                                                                                                                                                                White House to press for US recog-
  wider Middle East on May 19 at                                                                                                                                                                                   nition and aid.
  the State Department, an official                                                                                                                                                                                    “I tend to think of as credible
  said. Obama’s address will come                                                                                                                                                                                  comments by the bishop of Tripoli,
  amid region-wide reverberations                                                                                                                                                                                  monsignor (Giovanni Innocenzo)
  from the killing by US special                                                                                                                                                                                   Martinelli, who told us that Qadhafi
  forces of Al Qaeda leader Osama                                                                                                                                                                                  is very probably outside of Tripoli
  bin Laden. (AP)                                                                                                                                                                                                  and probably also injured. But we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   don’t know where he is,” Frattini
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   told reporters in Rome.
  US special Middle East envoy
  George Mitchell resigns
                                                          Pakistani soldiers cordon-off the bomb attack site, in Shabqadar town, north of Peshawar, on Friday. (AFP)
                    SPECIAL envoy
                    to the Middle




                                                          80 killed in Pakistan
                    East, George
                    Mitchell, is
                    resigning after
                    two years in
                    office, US officials
  said on Friday, in a move likely to
  further complicate the moribund




                                                          suicide bombing
  peace process. The surprise resig-
  nation by the seasoned diplomat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Down, not out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       LIBYAN LEADER MOAMER QADHAFI
  comes only days ahead of
  President Barack Obama’s highly-                                                                                                                                                                                     “I am telling the coward
  anticipated speech on the pro-                                                                                                                                                                                       crusaders that I am at a
  democracy uprisings sweeping                                                                                                                                                                                         place you cannot reach
  Arab nations on Thursday. (PG 16)                                                                                                                                                                                    and kill me.”


  Communists taste defeat in
                                                          Taliban own up blast to avenge bin Laden’s death                                                                                                             Frattini had earlier told Corriere
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   della Sera daily: “I am of the view
  Kerala, West Bengal polls                                                      AP
                                                                             HABQADAR
                                                                                                                                                                  sharpen its skills.                              that (Qadhafi) has probably fled
                                                                                                                                                                    At least 80 people were killed, including 66   from Tripoli but not from the coun-
                      THE ruling                                                                                                                                  recruits, and around 120 people were wound-      try.” But Libyan government
                      Congress party                      A PAIR of Taliban suicide bombers attacked                                                              ed, said police officer Liaqat Ali Khan.          spokesman spokesman Mussa
                      and its allies                      paramilitary police recruits eagerly heading                                                              Around 900 young men were leaving the          Ibrahim told journalists in Tripoli
                      weathered a                         home for a break after months of training,                                                              centre after spending six months of training     “the leader is in very good health,
                      string of corrup-                   killing 80 people on Friday in the first act of                                                          there. They were in high spirits and looking     high morale, high spirits,” and “he
                      tion scandals to                    retaliation for the US raid that killed Osama                                                           forward to seeing their families, for which      is in Tripoli.”
                      win three major                     bin Laden.                                                                                              some had brought gifts, a survivor said.            Frattini also cast doubt on the
                      state elections                        In claiming responsibility, the Al Qaeda                                                               Some people were sitting inside public         reliability of television images
  Friday — ousting Communists                             linked militant group cited anger at                                                                    minivans and others were loading luggage         showing Qadhafi on state television
  from Kerala And West Bengal two                         Pakistan’s military for failing to stop the                                                             atop the vehicles when the bombers struck,       earlier this week. “I have a lot of
  strongholds in the process.                             American incursion on their soil.                                                                       witnesses said.                                  doubts that those images were shot
  Considering the simultaneous                               The blasts in the northwest were a                                                                     “We were heading towards a van when the        that day,” he said.
  defeat of Communists in Kerala                          reminder of the savagery of Islamist insur-                                                             first blast took place and we fell on the            Qadhafi, in an audio recording
  state, the Bengali verdict appeared                     gents in Pakistan. Tensions also have risen                                                             ground and then there was another blast,”        broadcast on state television on
  to vindicate Congress’ national pro-                    between the US and Islamabad over allega-                                                               said 21-year-old Rehmanullah Khan. “We           Friday, said that he was in a place
  market policies. But Kerala’s race                      tions that some elements of Pakistani securi-                                                           enjoyed our time together, all the good and      where NATO cannot reach and kill
  was tight, and Bengal’s more a                          ty forces had been harbouring bin Laden,                                                                bad weather and I cannot forget the cries of     him.
  protest against Communist corrup-                       who died in a May 2 raid in Abbottabad, a                                                               my friends before they died.”                       “I am telling the coward cru-
  tion and ineffectiveness. (PG 6 & 7)                    garrison town about three hours’ drive from                                                               The scene was littered with shards of glass    saders that I am at a place you can-
                                                          the scene of the bombing.                                                                               mixed with blood and flesh. It was the first       not reach and kill me,” he said in
                                                             “We have done this to avenge the                                                                     major militant attack in Pakistan since bin      the recording broadcast on al-
                                                          Abbottabad incident,” Ahsanullah Ahsan, a           the Frontier Constabulary, a poorly equipped        Laden’s death on May 2, and the deadliest        Jamahiriya television.
   Today in Qatar                                         spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban said. He
                                                          warned that the group was also planning
                                                                                                              but front-line force in the battle against Al
                                                                                                              Qaeda and allied Islamist groups like the
                                                                                                                                                                  this year. Militants had pledged to avenge the
                                                                                                                                                                  killing and launch reprisal strikes in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      NATO bombed Qadhafi’s Bab al
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Aziziyah compound in Tripoli on
12:45pm Endeavour Qatar function at Oryx Rotana           attacks on Americans living inside Pakistan.        Pakistani Taliban close to the Afghan border.       Pakistan.                                        Thursday.
6:00pm World Clubs handball at Gharaffa Club                 The bombers blew themselves up in                  Like other branches of Pakistan’s security
                                                          Shabqadar at the main gate of the facility for      forces, it has received US funding to try to                                SEE ALSO PAGE 12                          SEE ALSO PAGE 2




                                                                   DFI grants fund to 25 Arab film producers
                                                                      TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK               would give much-needed finan-           voices and perspectives, a por-     on the effects of civil war.       Arab world to come forward in
                                                                                 CANNES                  cial support to the filmmakers          tion of the amount has been ear-      Explaining the reasons for       their support. DFI’s grants are
                                                                                                         and help them in showcasing            marked for filmmakers embark-        funding      initiatives,    DFI   like the life-support system for
                                                                   AMIDST the winds of change            Arab world stories in front of         ing on their first full-length       Executive Director Amanda          filmmakers. In many cases, we
                                                                   sweeping the Middle East and          global viewers.                        movies.                             Palmer said: “The MENA region      are providing budding talents
                                                                   North Africa (MENA), Doha                Keeping in mind the diversity          The selected projects are        has always struggled to get        financial support to turn their
                                                                   Film Institute (DFI) has              of the region, funds have been         diverse and include sports and      financial support from the Arab     dream into a reality.”
                                                                   announced grants for 25 new           allocated to producers hailing         family themed-films centred on       world and the unrest has further      HE Sheikh Jabor bin Yousuf
                                                                   film projects in various stages of     from Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon,          self-realisation and survival,      increased productions costs.       al Thani, Festival Board
                                                                   development.                          Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Tunisia      films celebrating freedom of         Therefore, it has become impor-    Member added: “DFI’s film
                                                                     Making a clarion for more           and Morocco. In line with the          expression in the Middle East,      tant for organisations like the    grants are aimed at establishing
                                                                   financial support from the Arab        organisation’s commitment to           nostalgic tales of love and rela-   DFI to support these filmmak-
DFI Executive Director Amanda Palmer                               world, the DFI said the grants        discovering and supporting new         tionships, and political dramas     ers and encourage others in the          CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
02         Saturday, May 14, 2011
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  Mubarak’s arrest
  extended, wife
                                                                    NATO-led air strike leaves
  held over illegal                                                 16 dead, 40 hurt in Libya
  wealth pileup                                                               REUTERS
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              AFP                 is looking into allegations       LIBYAN rebels will meet sen-
             CAIRO                they used their position to       ior White House officials in
                                  acquire wealth illegally,         Washington on Friday to seek
  EGYPT on Friday ordered         the investigator’s office          cash and diplomatic legitima-
  ousted president Hosni          said.                             cy in their battle to topple
  Mubarak to be held in             Mubarak       was     first      Moamer Qadhafi.
  detention for 15 days on        detained on April 13. He is          The United States, Britain
  charges he abused his posi-     in custody in a Sharm el-         and France say they will
  tion to illegally acquire       Sheikh hospital after hav-        maintain their NATO-led air
  wealth, the official MENA        ing reportedly suffered a         campaign until Qadhafi is
  news agency said.               heart attack when he was          forced from power but the
     Essam al Gohari, who         first questioned.                  rebels say they also need cash
  heads the Illicit Gains           He has already been             to hold their besieged posi-
  Authority, “has ordered the     interrogated by the state         tions on the ground.
  detention of former presi-      prosecutor over several              Libyan state television said
  dent Hosni Mubarak for 15       charges, including ordering       a NATO strike on the eastern
  days following questioning      the shooting of anti-regime       city of Brega on Friday killed
  in Sharm el Sheikh that         protesters, and has been          at least 16 civilians and
  lasted three hours, over        held under remand for             wounded up to 40. It showed
  accusations of the illegal      repeated 15-day periods.          footage of at least nine bodies
  acquisition of wealth,”                                           with multiple wounds,
  MENA said.                                                        wrapped in blankets at an
     Mubarak, who is current-       Mubarak, who is                 unknown location.
  ly under arrest in a hospital     currently under                    It was not immediately pos-
  in the Red Sea resort of          arrest in a hospi-              sible to confirm the report.
  Sharm el Sheikh, and his          tal in the Red                     Rebels fighting the Libyan
  wife Suzanne were ques-           Sea resort of                   leader’s army for almost three     Rebel fighters at their positions on the south side of the rebel-held town of Zintan, in Libya’s Western Mountains, some 150 kilometres
  tioned late Thursday over         Sharm el Sheikh,                months control Benghazi and        southwest of Tripoli, on Thursday. (REUTERS)
  the corruption charges.           and his wife                    the east of the country, while
     Later on Friday, Suzanne       Suzanne were                    Qadhafi’s        forces      are    comes a day after the coun-       Libya’s future,” Jalil told Al       Moscow also said it was up       tional legitimacy to allow
  has been remanded in cus-         questioned late                 entrenched in the capital          cil’s chairman Mustafa Abdel      Arabiya in comments on             to the UN Security Council to      them access to the frozen
  tody for 15 days pending          Thursday over                   Tripoli and nearly all of the      Jalil met British Prime           Friday, promising amnesty to       decide how to distribute           assets.
  investigations into the ille-     the corruption                  west.                              Minister David Cameron in         anyone who defects from            Qadhafi’s frozen assets, and           Food, fuel and medical
  gal acquisition of wealth,        charges.                           The rebels have made a          London, securing a promise        Qadhafi’s side.                     argued that the funds should       equipment are in short supply
  the official MENA news                                             plea for Washington to free        of more aid.                        Russia, which is critical of     not be used to arm either side.    in the rebel-controlled
  agency reported.                   It was the first time the       up some $180 million in               “To those who stand behind     the NATO mission, called on          The rebels say they need         Western Mountains region,
     “The head of the Illicit     Mubaraks have been ques-          frozen Qadhafi assets to fund       Qadhafi they must know his         Friday for talks between the       funds urgently to pay salaries     where the main delivery route
  Gains Authority, Assem al       tioned by this branch of the      their campaign.                    regime is ending. There is no     rebels and the Libyan govern-      and run the areas under their      is under threat from Qadhafi
  Gohari, has ordered the         justice ministry, which is           The Washington meeting          place for Moamer Qadhafi in        ment.                              control, and want interna-         forces.
  15-day      detention      of   looking into “charges that
  Suzanne Thabet pending          they used their position to
  investigation over accusa-      acquire wealth illegally,”
  tions she abused her posi-
  tion for the illegal acquisi-
  tion of wealth,” MENA
                                  the investigator’s office had
                                  told AFP earlier.
                                     Mubarak, who is in cus-        Egyptians call for unity 1,200 Libyan migrants
  reported.                       tody in a Sharm el-Sheikh
                                                                                             feared drowned in sea
                                                                    after church attacks
     A security source told       hospital on grounds of ill
  AFP Mrs Mubarak could be        health, has already been
  taken to Qanater prison on      interrogated by the state                                                                                                                               AFP                  Ethiopian men, they said
  the outskirts of Cairo.         prosecutor’s office over                                                                                                                                GENEVA                they were among only nine
     On Friday, the authority     several charges including                                                                                                                                                    survivors from the boat that
  also ordered a further 15-      ordering the shooting of                       AFP                     Fifteen people were killed      ly Muslim prayers at noon.         THE UN refugee agency said         left Tripoli on 25 March car-
  day detention of the former     anti-regime protesters.                        CAIRO                 in clashes last Saturday after    The demonstrators who gath-        on Friday it feared that up to     rying 72 people,” she told
  president after a three-           His 30-year grip on                                               Muslims surrounded a              ered in the square ahead of        1,200 people fleeing Libya          journalists.
  hour interrogation of           power was brought to an           THOUSANDS of people ral-           church in Cairo demanding         the prayers also waved             have      died       in      the      The 12-metre (40-foot)
  Mubarak and his wife.           end on February 11 follow-        lied in Cairo’s Tahrir Square      the handover of a woman           Palestinian flags.                  Mediterranean Sea so far, as       craft heading for Italy was
     It was the first time the     ing mass nationwide               on Friday calling for national     they said Christians had            Activists have called for a      it found evidence that a mili-     packed with “barely any
  Mubaraks had been ques-         protests that called for his      unity after attacks on             detained after she converted      march to neighbouring Gaza at      tary vessel refused to rescue      standing room” and drifted
  tioned by this branch of        resignation and for political     Egyptian churches, and soli-       to Islam and married a            the weekend to show solidarity     one boat.                          for more than two weeks after
  the justice ministry, which     and economic reforms.             darity with the Palestinians.      Muslim. The Muslims also set      with the Palestinians as they         “There are about 12,000         it ran out of fuel, water and
                                                                       Some held up crosses and        fire to a second church.           mark the “Nakba” or “catastro-     people who have arrived in         food.
                                                                    others waved Palestinian                                             phe” which befell them follow-     Italy or Malta and we believe         “The refugee that we inter-
                                                                    flags as the numbers swelled          Some held up                    ing Israel’s establishment in      that as many as 1,200 people       viewed said that military ves-
                                                                    in Cairo’s iconic square, the        crosses and others              1948. The interior ministry has    are dead or have gone miss-        sels twice passed their boat
                                                                    epicentre of protests that           waved Palestinian               urged them to cancel the           ing,” said Melissa Fleming, a      without stopping and then a
                                                                    overthrew president Hosni            flags as the num-               march. The young Egyptian          spokeswoman for the UN             military helicopter dropped
                                                                    Mubarak in February.                 bers swelled in                 woman whose complicated            High Commissioner for              food and water onto the boat
                                                                       “If you attack a Christian,       Cairo’s iconic                  love life led to last weekend’s    Refugees.                          at some point during the jour-
                                                                    you’re       attacking      all      square, the epicen-             clashes was arrested on               A migrant told the UNHCR        ney,” Fleming added.
                                                                    Egyptians,” said one man giv-        tre of protests that            Thursday and charged with          that unidentified military ves-        “The first boat refused their
                                                                    ing a speech at a podium.            overthrew presi-                marrying more than one hus-        sels off the Libyan coast          request to board, the second
                                                                    “The churches attacked in            dent Hosni                      band, a judicial source said.      refused or failed to pick up a     only took photos,” according
                                                                    Imbaba are not less than the         Mubarak in                        Abeer Talaat Fakhry, 26,         boat carrying 72 people, most      to the refugee. The man was
                                                                    mosques        attacked     in       February.                       was living with her Christian      of whom subsequently died of       unable to identify where the
                                                                    Jerusalem,” he said, linking                                         husband in the southern city       exhaustion, thirst or starvation   vessels came from, Fleming
                                                                    the two themes of Friday’s            The unrest threatened to       of Assiut when she ran away        in late March or early April.      aid.
                                                                    protest.                           drive Egypt’s often tense reli-   from home, converted to               Fleming told AFP that the          “According to the refugee,
                                                                       “National unity was there       gious tensions to the brink,      Islam and informally married       survivor’s harrowing account       when water ran out people
                                                                    during the revolt but the rem-     prompting the military to         Muslim Yassin Thabet.              obtained after a long inter-       drank sea water and their
                                                                    nants of the old regime want       arrest more than 200 people         Copts account for up to 10       view on Thursday was “com-         own urine. They resorted to
                                                                    to destroy the country,” said      it said will swiftly be tried.    percent of the country’s 80        pelling and credible”.             eating toothpaste,” Fleming
                                                                    Ahmed Muhanna wearing a               Activists had called for a     million people. They com-             “At Shousha refugee camp        said.
  Egypt’s ousted president Hosni Mubarak and wife Suzanne at        green headband bearing the         mass show of unity on Friday,     plain of discrimination, and       run by UNHCR in Tunisia               “One by one people started
  a programme, in Cairo, on February 10, 2006. (AFP)                words      “the    army     of     which has become a regular        have been the target of            we met with three of the           to die” until the boat reached
                                                                    Mohammed.”                         day of protest after the week-    repeated sectarian attack.         survivors.      They       were    a beach in Libya, he said.




Saleh rejects demand for change; troops kill 3
          REUTERS                 Friday, an opposition source      cians, army officers and tribal     as “saboteurs.” He advised
            SANAA                 and witnesses said.               leaders. Armoured vehicles,        whoever wanted power to use
                                    The unit loyal to President     troops and even military acad-     the ballot box and “stop play-
HUGE crowds in Sanaa and          Ali Abdullah Saleh began          emy students with batons           ing with fire.”
other Yemeni cities demand-       shooting as protesters sur-       deployed in Sanaa to contain a        Saleh offered a “construc-
ed on Friday that President       rounded a building where the      sea of protesters stretching       tive dialogue” with opposition
Ali Abdullah Saleh leave after    troops had taken shelter after    seven km (four miles) down a       parties, but did not promise
months of popular tumult          a clash earlier in the day, the   main street in Sanaa.              to sign a Gulf Arab plan to
that has brought the Arab         opposition source said,             “We are steadfast, you           which they have already
world’s poorest country close     adding dozens were wounded.       leader of the corrupt,” anti-      agreed. Under the proposal,
to economic meltdown.               Nineteen demonstrators          Saleh demonstrators chanted.       Saleh would step down in 30
  But in a defiant speech to       were killed in the capital        “Peaceful, peaceful, no to civil   days, rather than when his
thousands of flag-waving sup-      Sanaa and Taez, the second        war.” The bodies of 13 pro-        term ends in 2013.
porters, Saleh declared: “We      largest city, during a 24-hour    testers killed on Wednesday           Many of the youthful anti-
will confront a challenge with    period ending Thursday. At        were lined up in front of the      Saleh protesters had also
a challenge.”                     least 179 people have died in     speaker’s platform. One was a      denounced the deal mediated
  Yemen’s elite Republican        anti-regime protests in the       soldier from forces loyal to       by the six-nation Gulf
Guards killed at least three      past three months.                General Ali Mohsen, who has        Cooperation Council (GCC)
people when they opened fire         Saleh, a wily political sur-    broken with Saleh.                 because it would give the
on anti-regime protesters in      vivor, has clung to power           Saleh, addressing his sup-       president immunity from           Yemeni protesters hold up placards calling for ousting President Ali Abdullah Saleh without foreign
the southern city of Ibb on       despite defections from politi-   porters, described protesters      prosecution.                      help during a protest, in Saada, on Friday. (AFP)
                                                                                            GULF / MIDDLE EAST                                                                                                 Saturday, May 14, 2011
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Troops occupy mosques, but                                                                                                                                                                                                 Inside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                M-E
thousands protest in Syria
              AP                                                                                                                                                                  the word,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Syrian families flee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         unrest, take refuge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in Lebanon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         WADI KHALED Syrian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         families fearing fresh vio-
            BEIRUT                                                                                                                                                                   In the central city of Homs,        lence during anti-regime
                                                                                                                                                                                  a witness said hundreds of             protests on Friday fled into
SYRIAN soldiers occupied                                                                                                                                                          soldiers and black-clad riot           the area of Wadi Khaled
mosques and blocked off pub-                                                                                                                                                      police wielding clubs were             in northern Lebanon, a
lic squares on Friday, but                                                                                                                                                        standing on alert at the main          local official said.
thousands of people managed                                                                                                                                                       Clock Square, where protest-              “Around 50 Syrian fami-
to hold demonstrations any-                                                                                                                                                       ers had tried to launch a sit-in       lies from Homs, Tall
way as the regime carries out                                                                                                                                                     like the one seen in Egypt’s           Kalakh and Bab al Sibah
one of the most brutal crack-                                                                                                                                                     Tahrir Square.                         entered Wadi Khaled via
downs since a wave of popu-                                                                                                                                                          “They have taken every              the illegal Naura crossing,”
lar revolts began sweeping                                                                                                                                                        measure to ensure that no              Fayez Abdullah, mayor of
the Arab world.                                                                                                                                                                   people can gather,” he said. “I        the village of Amayer in
   The protests were reported                                                                                                                                                     doubt anyone can move                  Wadi Khaled, said.
mostly in remote areas and                                                                                                                                                        today.”                                   Most of them said they
villages because the security                                                                                                                                                        There is a media blackout           had gathered their
lockdown was severe in larger                                                                                                                                                     in Syria, making it impossible         belongings in the early
places that have become                                                                                                                                                           to confirm witness accounts             hours and made their way
flashpoints for protesters                                                                                                                                                         independently. Witnesses               into Lebanon as they
demanding the ouster of                                                                                                                                                           spoke on condition of                  feared clashes with secu-
President Bashar Assad.                                                                                                                                                           anonymity out of fear for              rity forces during protests
   Human rights groups say                                                                                                                                                        their personal safety.                 against President Bashar
that between 700 and 850 peo-                                                                                                                                                        The protests that did man-          al-Assad’s rule after
ple have been killed since the                                                                                                                                                    age to come off were around            Friday prayers.
start of the uprising in mid-                                                                                                                                                     the northeastern city of                  Abdullah said the
March, with the United Nations                                                                                                                                                    Qamishli, where about 5,000            Lebanese army had been
saying on Friday that it consid-                                                                                                                                                  people marched in the                  taking down the names of
ers those estimates realistic.                                                                                                                                                    streets chanting “Freedom!”            the Syrian migrants as they
   There appeared to be an                                                                                                                                                        and “Freedom to political              entered Wadi Khaled in the
attempt to prevent the mas-                                                                                                                                                       prisoners!” said rights                Lebanese district of Akkar.
sive casualties seen during                                                                                                                                                       activist Mustafa Osso.                 An army official however
previous weeks, when securi-       Syrian anti-regime protesters hold a banner reading ‘Freedom means to stop killing and arresting’ during a rally, in the Kurdish town of       Thousands         also     were        told AFP the military had
ty forces opened fire on pro-       Qamishli, northeastern Syria, on Friday. (AFP)                                                                                                 demonstrating in the nearby            taken “no extra measures”
testers who gathered after                                                                                                                                                        towns of Amouda and                    at Lebanon’s porous north-
Friday prayers. Assad has          that in the central cities of      dents said Syrian soldiers          into military barracks where       have deployed in the public          Derbasiyeh, he said. Some              ern border. (AFP)
come under scathing criti-         Homs and Hama, riot police         occupied mosques and                soldiers sleep, eat and drink,”    square in the centre of town,        shots were fired, but the pro-
cism for the crackdown, with       were armed only with batons.       blocked off major public areas      said a resident in the coastal     and soldiers and armed thugs         testers did not disperse for           Israeli police on high
the US and Europe imposing           Still, it was clear that         on Friday to prevent people         town of Banias. “They’ve put       have broken into shops,              long, he added.                        alert as ‘Nakba’
sanctions.                         authorities were intent on         from leaving their homes.           up barriers and sandbags           offices and homes to intimi-             The government’s bloody
   Leading human rights            preventing any gatherings.           “The army has transformed         around the mosques.”               date people.                         crackdown has increased in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         events begin
activist Mazen Darwish said          In several key areas, resi-      major mosques in the city             Up to 1,200 security forces        “It is tragic in every sense of    intensity in recent days.              JERUSALEM Israeli secu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         rity forces were on high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         alert on Friday for fear of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         violence as the


                                                                      Senior cleric warns Iranian                                                                                                                        Palestinians began mark-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing the “Nakba” or “catas-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         trophe” which befell them
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         following Israel’s estab-


                                                                      president, says crisis over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         lishment in 1948.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “The police are on high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         alert and we have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         deployed thousands of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         police officers in and
                                                                                    AFP                   Council, a body which overseas                                          Ahmadinejad withdrew from              around Jerusalem, as well
                                                                                   TEHRAN                 electoral procedures in Iran.         The confrontation                 the public eye and abandoned           as in the north,” police
                                                                                                             But      Janati      warned        between                           cabinet meetings as well as offi-       spokesman Micky
                                                                      THE crisis in the higher eche-      Ahmadinejad, without nam-             Ahmadinejad and                   cial visits in late April, provok-     Rosenfeld told AFP  .
                                                                      lons of Iran’s regime has           ing him, not to allow the             Iran’s supreme                    ing an unprecedented crisis               Police said around
                                                                      “passed,” influential conser-        recurrence of any rebellion           leader Ayatollah                  within the conservative camp.          8,000 people had turned
  Jordanians at a rally, in Amman, on Friday. (REUTERS)               vative cleric Ayatollah Ahmad       against the authority of the          Ali Khamenei                         Janati also indirectly cau-         up for the traditional on
                                                                      Janati said on Friday, as he        all-powerful Khamenei, who            sparked by the                    tioned the president that he           Friday prayers at the

  Jordanians back                                                     issued a veiled warning to
                                                                      President Mahmoud Ahm-
                                                                      adinejad.
                                                                        The confrontation between
                                                                                                          has final say on all state mat-
                                                                                                          ters in the Islamic republic.
                                                                                                             “He who makes bad deci-
                                                                                                          sions will lose the popular
                                                                                                                                                aborted dismissal
                                                                                                                                                of Intelligence Min-
                                                                                                                                                ister Heydar
                                                                                                                                                Moslehi was “real-
                                                                                                                                                                                  could not indefinitely protect
                                                                                                                                                                                  his controversial chief advisor
                                                                                                                                                                                  Esfandiar Rahim Mashaie, the
                                                                                                                                                                                  bane of religious traditional-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         flashpoint Al-Aqsa
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         mosque compound
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         inside the Old City,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         which is located on a

  Palestinian’s                                                       Ahmadinejad and Iran’s
                                                                      supreme leader Ayatollah Ali
                                                                      Khamenei sparked by the
                                                                      aborted       dismissal       of
                                                                                                          support,” Janati said in an
                                                                                                          allusion to Ahmadinejad’s
                                                                                                          efforts to invoke popular sup-
                                                                                                          port against his critics within
                                                                                                                                                ly unexpected,”
                                                                                                                                                Janati said in a
                                                                                                                                                prayer sermon at
                                                                                                                                                Tehran University.
                                                                                                                                                                                  ists in the Iranian regime.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Mashaie, who has worked
                                                                                                                                                                                  closely with Ahmadinejad for
                                                                                                                                                                                  more than 25 years, has been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         site considered as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         holiest place in Judaism
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and the third holiest in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Islam after Mecca and

  right to statehood                                                  Intelligence Minister Heydar
                                                                      Moslehi was “really unexpect-
                                                                      ed,” Janati said in a prayer
                                                                                                          the regime’s conservatives.
                                                                                                             Despite his repeated and
                                                                                                          public assertions of allegiance
                                                                                                                                             a key role in the vetting of elec-
                                                                                                                                             toral candidates, was reported-
                                                                                                                                                                                  condemned for holding
                                                                                                                                                                                  nationalistic views dating
                                                                                                                                                                                  back to pre-Islamic Iran.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Medina.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hundreds more were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         waiting outside the gates
                                                                      sermon at Tehran University.        to the supreme leader,             ly put under pressure by                “Some people seek to cause a        of the Old City, with
               AP                  Facebook-generated cam-              “We did not expect this from      Ahmadinejad has been harsh-        Ahmadinejad to resign in late        deviation, and act against the         police refusing to let in
             AMMAN                 paign aimed at marching            (Ahmadinejad) ... but the crisis    ly grilled by conservative         April amid a struggle for con-       country and Velayat-e Faqih            any men under 45 who
                                   on the borders of the              has passed. Calm has returned       opponents for challenging          trol of the intelligence network     (the supreme leader)... But            were not carrying a blue
  HEEDING a call from              Palestinian territories.           and minds have been put at          Khamenei’s decision in             ahead of a parliamentary poll        there will come a day that the         Israeli identity
  Palestinian        Facebook        Egypt’s powerful Muslim          ease,” said the cleric, who         rejecting Moslehi’s dismissal.     in March 2012. In protest at         regime and the people will deal        card,reports said. (AFP)
  organisers, several hun-         Brotherhood          backed        heads the powerful Guardians           Moslehi, whose ministry has     Khamenei’s                  veto,    with them,” Janati warned.
  dred Jordanians took to the      Friday’s demonstration in
  streets of the capital on        Cairo’s Tahrir Square but
  Friday demanding a sover-        does not favor a march to
  eign Palestinian state and
  that refugees be given the
  right to return home.
     Palestinian youth groups
  called for protests in the
                                   the borders. On Thursday
                                   Egypt’s ruling Military
                                   Council called on organis-
                                   ers to cancel the march and
                                   to concentrate instead on
                                                                      Iraqis demand better services, jobs
  West Bank and nearby             local issues.                                     AP                                                                                                                                poor services.
  Arab countries to mark the         Pro-Palestinian demon-                       BAGHDAD                                                                                                                                While other demonstra-
  anniversary of the May 15,       strations are not unusual in                                                                                                                                                        tions across the Middle East
  1948, creation of the            Jordan or Egypt, but gath-         MORE than 500 Iraqi                                                                                                                              have focused on regime
  Jewish state.                    erings and marches solicit-        protesters have gathered                                                                                                                         change, most of the protests
     Palestinians call the         ed on Facebook are. organ-         in downtown Baghdad,                                                                                                                             in Iraq have been pushing
  anniversary the “day of          isers     are    apparently        demanding better govern-                                                                                                                         for improved services like
  catastrophe” because of the      inspired by the Arab upris-        ment services and more jobs.                                                                                                                     reliable electricity and
  refugee crisis that accompa-     ings in Egypt and other              The demonstration on                                                                                                                           water, an end to corruption
  nied the creation of Israel.     Arab countries that were           Friday at Baghdad’s central                                                                                                                      and withdrawal of US
  About 500 protesters             heavily dependent on               Tahrir Square was one of the                                                                                                                     forces.
  marched in Amman’s down-         social network sites.              largest in Iraq in recent
  town market district, some         In Jordan, protesters            weeks.
  wearing Palestinian black        chanted, “The people want            People from a cross-section                                                                                                                      Several hundreds
  and white kefiyahs or head-       to liberate Palestine.” They       of Iraqi society are calling for                                                                                                                   people gathered
  scarves and holding keys to      also shouted, “The people          a million people to gather in                                                                                                                      peacefully on Fri-
  family homes left behind.        want to end Wadi Araba,” a         Baghdad to demand a crack-                                                                                                                         day since protests
     Jordanians and demon-         reference to Jordan’s 1994         down on corruption, better                                                                                                                         began sweeping
  strators of Palestinian origin   peace treaty with Israel.          government services, and an                                                                                                                        the Arab world.
  also demanded that the             The slogans also reflect-         end to repression.
  Israeli ambassador be sent       ed changes in the political          Iraqi officials say they wel-
  home. Jordan and Egypt are       climate, including the             come any peaceful protests.                                                                                                                        Prime Minister Nouri al-
  the only two Arab countries      ousting of long-term lead-         But in what was widely                                                                                                                           Maliki has imposed a June 7
  to have signed peace treaties    ers in Tunisia and Egypt           seen as an attempt to limit                                                                                                                      limit on his Cabinet for enact-
  with the Jewish state.           and efforts by the                 turnout, Baghdad’s security         Iraqi demonstrators hold pictures of missing relatives as they shout slogans during a protest against        ing reforms or face dismissal.
     In Cairo, thousands ral-      Palestinians to get the            spokesman warned that any           corruption, unemployment and poor public services at Baghdad’s Tahrir Square, on Friday. (AFP)               Many protesters said they
  lied in support of the           United Nations to recog-           act of violence could be in                                                                                                                      came out Friday to try to force
  Palestinians, beginning a        nize their independence.           danger.                             gathered peacefully on Friday      ing the Arab world. In Iraq as       anger has been focused on            the government to meet the
                                                                        Several hundreds people           since protests began sweep-        in elsewhere, much of the            corruption and poverty and           deadline.
04         Saturday, May 14, 2011
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UK unions                                                                                                                      PRINCE IN BATTLE GEARS
                                                                         Britain’s Prince Charles (left) speaks to people during a visit to 9 Regiment Army Air Corps, in Boroughbridge, northern England, on Friday. (REUTERS)




threaten stir
over pension
reforms
          REUTERS                 series of industrial disputes in
           LONDON                 the 1980s.
                                    Membership has roughly
PUBLIC sector unions are          halved since then, although
gearing up for coordinated        the public sector remains a
strikes involving as many as      bastion of union support.
1.9 million workers if talks        “Coordinated strikes are
over pension reforms break        unusual these days given the
down.                             way the law works, in that
  Teaching unions are among       everyone has to have their
those that have already voted     own grounds for dispute coin-
to ballot members on strikes      ciding. Pensions affect a large
that could come as soon as        number of unions and work-
June.                             ers in a way no other issue
  A second wave of coordinat-     does,” said Richard Hyman,
ed strikes could sweep Britain    Professor       of     Industrial
in the autumn if other unions     Relations at London School of
are dissatisfied with the out-     Economics.
come of negotiations between        “If there is very strong sup-
Treasury officials and union       port the electoral implications
bosses, expected to conclude      going forward could be sub-
around the end of June.           stantial and that might worry
  Union action could add to
the strains on a Conservative-
led coalition government that
has just completed a year in
power and is committed to
                                  some in government. It’s
                                  extremely difficult to predict,”
                                  he said.
                                    The coalition government is
                                  consulting over proposals to
                                                                      Zapatero, Spanish prince                                                                                                                        Local polls
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      first test of
cutting a record budget deficit.
  “Unless the government
                                  make public sector workers,
                                  whose pensions have been
                                  deemed unsustainable and
                                  unfair compared to the private
                                  sector, retire later and receive
                                                                      console quake victims                                                                                                                           Berlusconi’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      popularity
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   AP
                                  lower benefits.
                                    Experts say the proposals                      AFP                                                                                          evacuated from their homes.                       ROME
                                  could save the Conservative-                    LORCA                                                                                            Thousands spent a second
                                  led coalition government 2                                                                                                                    night away from home, but             PREMIER                 Silvio
                                  billion pounds a year at a time     SOBBING relatives joined a                                                                                unlike the hours following the        Berlusconi faces his first
                                  when finance minister George         funeral mass in the quake-                                                                                quake, when they shivered             electoral test since going on
                                  Osborne is seeking to cut a         wrecked Spanish city of Lorca                                                                             under blankets outdoors,              trial for allegedly buying
  Tough stand                     budget deficit running at
                                  about 10 percent of GDP by
                                                                      on Friday for four of the nine
                                                                      victims of the tremor who
                                                                                                                                                                                most were able to sleep in
                                                                                                                                                                                hundreds of tents supplied by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sex from an underage pros-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      titute, as cities including
  DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER           2015.                               perished in a hail of tumbling                                                                            the Red Cross and the mili-           Milan, his home base, and
  NICK CLEGG
                                    Deputy prime minister Nick        masonry and bricks.                                                                                       tary.                                 garbage-plagued Naples
                                  Clegg, the Liberal Democrat            Crown Prince Felipe and                                                                                   Touring the worst of the           elect mayors.
  Clegg had warned                leader, warned last year that       his wife Letizia held hands,                                                                              devastation before the mass,             Berlusconi has made the
  last year that                  Britain could no longer afford      hugged and spoke with the                                                                                 Zapatero promised that an             voting on Sunday and
  Britain could no                “gold plated” public sector         bereaved, many in tears, as                                                                               agreement would be signed in          Monday personal: he has
  longer afford                   pensions.                           about 2,000 people gathered                                                                               the next days to ensure the           campaigned relentlessly,
  “gold plated”                     “In the early 1970s life          for the service in an open-                                                                               reconstruction of Lorca.              especially in Milan, and has
  public sector                   expectancy of a 60 year old         sided pavilion in the south-                                                                                 “The earthquake was hard,          called on Italians to vote for
  pensions.                       was around 18 years — now it        eastern city.                     Spanish Crown Prince Felipe (left) comforts a family member of an       it had a strong impact, but the       his candidates to signal
                                  is around 28 years,” a                 Four wood coffins were          earthquake victim in Lorca, southeastern Spain, on Friday. (EPA)        country is stronger, our deter-       support for the national
changes tack, it is heading for   Treasury spokesman said.            lined up in front of the con-                                                                             mination for solidarity and           government.
sustained industrial action on      At its annual conference          gregation during the mass         Manuel Lorca Planes.                were hit by a bomb. But Lorca       reconstruction is stronger,”             “We must win not only to
a massive scale,” said Dave       this week the Prison Officers        before being taken for burial        “It’s torment,” said one         is very strong,” she said.          he vowed.                             bring good government to
Prentis, general secretary of     Association (POA) passed a          in flower-draped hearses.          woman as she broke down in             The 5.1-magnitude earth-            The government later               cities but also — and above
Unison which has more than a      vote of no confidence in             Families of the other victims     tears during the mass and           quake struck at 6:47 pm (1647       announced aid including               all — to confirm and
million members in public         Justice Secretary Ken Clarke        preferred to hold private serv-   was too overcome to speak           GMT) on Wednesday at a              18,000 euros ($25,000) to             strengthen the national
sector pension schemes.           and backed a motion for             ices.                             any more or give her name.          depth of just 10 kilometres         spouses and adult children of         government,” he said in a
   “I am leading the negotia-     industrial action should               Prime Minister Jose Luis          Her sister, Andrea Navarro,      (six miles), less than two          those killed or severely dis-         message posted on his
tions with the Treasury on        “slashing and swingeing” cuts       Rodriguez Zapatero also           35, said the family had spent       hours after a smaller 4.4-          abled, rental for those whose         party’s website.
pensions. We are hoping for       to pensions be imposed.             attended the mass as two          two days in cars and was still      magnitude quake.                    homes were destroyed or con-             Nearly 13 million voters
the best, but planning for the      If at a later date the POA        days of national mourning         anxious after the terror of            Ripping open walls, top-         demned, and funds for                 — almost a quarter of the
worst. This includes getting      votes in favour holding of a        began for all five male and        Wednesday’s quake, which            pling roofs and crushing cars       rebuilding.                           Italian population — are
our membership records as         strike ballot it will join teach-   four female victims, including    damaged their third floor flat.       under stones, the tremor also          The Red Cross admitted it          eligible to cast ballots in
accurate as possible, ready for   ing unions the NASUWT               a 14-year-old boy and two            Marisol Lozano, 54, said         injured another 130 people,         still lacked enough fold-up           some 1,200 cities, towns
industrial action,” he said.      (250,000 members), the              pregnant women.                   she knew the teenage boy            according to emergency serv-        canvas beds for all the home-         and villages.
   Trade unions have had          300,000-member National                Attendants comforted dis-      who was killed and his family.      ices, and forced thousands          less, many of them poor                  But all eyes are on the big
fraught relations with the        Union of Teachers (NUT) and         tressed mourners, guiding            “In towns like this, every-      from their homes.                   immigrants from Latin                 races: Milan, where the
Conservative Party since          28,000-strong           National    some out of the emotion-          body knows everybody. We               According to the Red Cross,      America and north Africa              incumbent mayor, a close
Prime Minister Margaret           Association of Head Teachers        laden service presided over by    still can’t believe such a disas-   15,000 of the historic city’s       unable to find alternative             Berlusconi ally, is expected
Thatcher defeated them in a       (NAHT).                             the bishop of Cartagena, Jose     ter happened. It’s like we          93,000 inhabitants were             lodging.                              to win; and Naples, where
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Berlusconi’s forces hope to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oust the centre-left, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      has held the office of mayor

Ireland arrests rebels ahead of queen, Obama visits                                                                                                                                                                   for several terms.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Also electing mayors are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the industrial city of Turin,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      home to the Fiat auto giant,
                                                                                                                      AFP                      Under Irish anti-terror laws,    military hero, in Trim, County        and Bologna. Both are
                                                                                                                     DUBLIN                 he can be questioned for 72         Meath on April 21 “may have           expected to remain in the
                                                                                                                                            hours without charge.               been some sort of atavistic           hands of Berlusconi’s cen-
                                                                                                        IRISH police said on Friday            The queen, who begins a          response” to the announce-            tre-left opponents.
                                                                                                        they had arrested several dissi-    four-day visit on Tuesday, will     ment of the queen’s visit.               In Milan, Berlusconi has
                                                                                                        dent republican suspects and        be surrounded by extremely             “Opposition to Queen               the most invested: his
                                                                                                        an Irish-born convert to Islam      tight security following the        Elizabeth’s visit is the response     media empire is based
                                                                                                        ahead of historic visits by         murder of a policeman in            of a tiny minority of people,”        there, as is his football team
                                                                                                        Queen Elizabeth II and US           British-ruled Northern Ireland      Shatter said.                         AC Milan, and his villa is
                                                                                                        President Barack Obama.             last month.                            Police said the VIP visits will    just outside the city. But it’s
                                                                                                           The arrests come as Ireland         A number of dissident repub-     involve “substantial security         also the city where
                                                                                                        prepares to roll out a major        lican suspects have been arrest-    operations”.They warned that          Berlusconi is facing trial on
                                                                                                        security operation for the first     ed in the Republic in recent        in addition to road closures and      prostitution and abuse of
                                                                                                        visit by a British monarch since    days. Four men were held in         extensive traffic restrictions         office charges, along with
                                                                                                        independence, followed by           Youghal, County Cork, in the        there would be “periodic              three other legal cases.
                                                                                                        Obama’s trip to see his Irish       south of the country, on            searches of pedestrians and              The premier has denied
                                                                                                        roots.                              Thursday. They are being ques-      vehicles” at key locations.           wrongdoing in all cases,
                                                                                                           Police said that as part of an   tioned under anti-terror laws          Adding to the Irish authori-       launching           vehement
                                                                                                        investigation of “threats to kill   after ammunition was found in       ties’ security headache, British      attacks against what he
                                                                                                        or cause harm” they searched a      a car. At a commemoration in        Prime Minister David Cameron          says are left-leaning prose-
                                                                                                        house in Dublin on Thursday         Northern Ireland last month a       will also visit Ireland during the    cutors intent on ousting
                                                                                                        and arrested a man in his 40s.      masked member of the Real           queen’s visit.                        him from power.
                                                                                                           Police refused to comment        IRA dissident group con-               Obama is due in Ireland the           The sex case, with its
                                                                                                        on media reports that he is an      demned the queen’s visit,           following week when he will           racy details, is potentially
                                                                                                        Irish-born alleged Al Qaeda         accusing her of “war crimes”.       meet the Irish president and          highly       damaging        to
                                                                                                        sympathiser who is being ques-         Justice Minister Alan Shatter    prime minister and visit the          Berlusconi — with recent
                                                                                                        tioned about remarks in an arti-    told the Irish parliament that a    town of Moneygall from where          polls showing that scandal
                                                                                                        cle in a Sunday newspaper           pipe bomb explosion that            one of his ancestors, Falmouth        is finally taking its toll on
A masked member of the Real Irish Republican Army splinter group reads a statement, in                  describing Obama as an enemy        scorched a monument to the          Kearney, emigrated to the US          his popularity.
Londonderry, Northern Ireland, recently. (AP)                                                           of Islam.                           Duke of Wellington, a British       in 1850.
                                                                          PHILIPPINES / SOUTH-EAST ASIA                                                                                                     Saturday, May 14, 2011
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Philippine troops kill 10 communist rebels
             DPA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cambodia war
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   crimes judge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   threatens suit
                                  of its payroll money.              mittent talks to resolve one of     assault rifles and radios,         leftist insurgencies in Asia.      state for decades and are list-
           MANILA                   In Albay province, 330 kilo-     Asia’s       longest-running        police chief Aaron Aquino of         With funding from abroad        ed as a terrorist organization
                                  metres south-east of Manila,       Marxist rebellions. But they        Compostela Valley province        drying up, the guerrillas have     by the U.S. and EU govern-           against
TEN suspected communist
rebels were killed on Friday in
                                  two communist rebels were
                                  also killed in a clash with sol-
                                                                     have repeatedly failed to
                                                                     agree on a truce.
                                                                                                         said.
                                                                                                           Aquino said one of the
                                                                                                                                           turned to extorting money
                                                                                                                                           from companies and individu-
                                                                                                                                                                              ments. The military estimates
                                                                                                                                                                              their strength at several thou-      prosecutor
two separate clashes with         diers in Jovellar town,                                                guards working for Russell        als. The rebels have warned        sand fighters.
government troops in the          according to army Lieutenant                                           Mining & Minerals Inc.            that they will launch fresh          The instability has stunted                    DPA
                                                                       According to mili-                                                                                                                                  PHNOM PENH
Philippines, the military said.   Colonel Audrey Pasia.                tary estimates, the               apparently resisted and was       attacks against mining and         economic development in
  Eight suspects were killed        The soldiers were arriving         rebels have col-                  fatally shot.                     logging companies, accusing        rural areas. The rebels have
in Rizal town in Nueva Ecija      to investigate complaints            lected nearly 2 bil-                Private security guards are     them of taking land from peas-     survived by raiding remote           A GERMAN judge who
province, 135 kilometres          from a villager that guerillas       lion pesos (46.5                  not authorized to carry           ants and indigenous people.        police and army posts to             jointly heads the investiga-
north of Manila, in a firefight     were extorting money and             million dollars)                  assault rifles, and police have       According to military esti-     snatch weapons and extorting         tion office at the UN-
with policemen and soldiers       valuables from local resi-           since 1998.                       repeatedly warned that such       mates, the rebels have col-        money from businesses in             backed war crimes tribunal
at a checkpoint.                  dents, when the clash broke                                            weapons attract rebels,           lected nearly 2 billion pesos      areas where they operate.            in Cambodia has threat-
  Colonel Felicito Trinidad,      out and two guerillas were           In a first attack Thursday,        Aquino said.                      (46.5 million dollars) since         Meanwhile, the Philippine          ened to file contempt-of-
an army brigade commander,        killed.                            about 60 guerrillas flagged            Communist rebels have           1998. Last year alone, they        police said Al Qaeda-linked          court charges against the
said the guerrillas were inter-     The renewed violence came        down four motorcycle-riding         been fighting the Philippine       amassed 95.5 million pesos         militants were believed to be        tribunal’s international
cepted after intelligence indi-   three months after the New         security guards on a remote         government since the late         from extortion.                    holding a Malaysian trader           prosecutor.
cated they were heading to        People’s Army rebels and the       mining road in the southern         1960s, making the movement           The New People’s Army           who was kidnapped on a                  The       unprecedented
rob a sugar milling company       government reopened inter-         Philippines and seized their        one of the longest-running        have fought for a Marxist          restive southern island.             development that two sen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ior UN staff might face off
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   within the tribunal’s sys-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tem came days after the
Thai police                                                                                     SELECTING THE BEST
                                      A Filipino vendor sorts edible vegetables at a market, in Manila on Thursday. According to Food and Agricultural Organization of United Nations, more than one bil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   prosecutor,          Andrew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Cayley, said an investiga-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tion by Judge Siegfried
arrest UAE                            lion tonnes of food, or 30 per cent of food produced for human consumption, is wasted around the world. (EPA)                                                                Blunk’s office was defi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   cient.

man with                                                                                                                                                                                                              Blunk did not reply on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Friday to emailed ques-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tions, but the Cambodia
bear, pair of                                                                                                                                                                                                      Daily quoted him as saying
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   it could “write any story

panthers                                                                                                                                                                                                           you like” after he declined
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to say what lay behind the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   contempt-of-court charges.
             AFP                                                                                                                                                                                                      Cayley said on Monday
          BANGKOK                                                                                                                                                                                                  that he had reviewed the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   file prepared by Blunk’s
A MAN whose luggage con-                                                                                                                                                                                           team on the third case in
tained a baby bear, a pair of                                                                                                                                                                                      the prosecution of leaders
panthers, two leopards and                                                                                                                                                                                         of Cambodia’s former
some monkeys was arrested                                                                                                                                                                                          Khmer Rouge regime and
as he tried to smuggle the                                                                                                                                                                                         would request the investi-
live animals out of Thailand,                                                                                                                                                                                      gating judges do more
police said on Friday.                                                                                                                                                                                             work on it.
   Noor Mahmoodr, a 36-                                                                                                                                                                                               His comments seemed
year-old citizen of the                                                                                                                                                                                            to confirm long-standing
United Arab Emirates, was                                                                                                                                                                                          rumours that the judges
detained soon after mid-                                                                                                                                                                                           have done little on the
night by undercover officers                                                                                                                                                                                        case.
at a Bangkok airport with                                                                                                                                                                                             Cayley, a British nation-
the animals — all aged                                                                                                                                                                                             al, told DPA on Tuesday
under two months — in his                                                                                                                                                                                          that case three still needed
cases.                                                                                                                                                                                                             “a substantial amount” of
   The man, who was trying                                                                                                                                                                                         investigation and called on
to get the creatures onto a                                                                                                                                                                                        Blunk’s office to notify the
first-class flight to Dubai                                                                                                                                                                                          suspects they were under
from Suvarnabhumi airport,                                                                                                                                                                                         investigation and to inter-
was charged with smuggling                                                                                                                                                                                         view them.
endangered species out of                                                                                                                                                                                             “And [there are] a num-
Thailand, Colonel Kiattipong                                                                                                                                                                                       ber of other steps, includ-
Khawsamang of the Nature                                                                                                                                                                                           ing investigation of crime
Crime Police told AFP.                                                                                                                                                                                             sites also originally
   He said one of the bags                                                                                                                                                                                         named by the prosecution



                                  Eight new reef fish species
had been abandoned in an                                                                                                                                                                                           in the introductory sub-
airport lounge because the                                                                                                                                                                                         mission, which haven’t
animals were being too                                                                                                                                                                                             been investigated at all,”
noisy.                                                                                                                                                                                                             Cayley said.
   “This is a very unusual                                                                                                                                                                                            Tribunal observers have
case and a very large one so                                                                                                                                                                                       long feared the investigat-
we really applaud the Thai
police for going after them
as strongly as they did,” said
Roy Schlieben of wildlife
protection group FREE-
LAND, whose staff were
                                  found in Indonesian waters                                                                                                                                                       ing judges are trying to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   shelve the tribunal’s third
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and fourth cases. That
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   would suit the Cambodian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   government, which has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   repeatedly said it would
present at the arrest.                                                                                                AFP                  Tulamben, a well-known             Manonichthys, Grallenia and          not permit those cases to
   Several people were                                                                                             DENPASAR                recreational dive site, as well    Pseudochromis.                       go to trial.
thought to be involved and                                                                                                                 as Nusa Dua, Gili Manuk               In their two-week marine             Asked whether the court
police investigations are                                                                                SCIENTISTS               from     and Pemuteran, at depths of        survey which ended on                was indeed trying to bury
under way into a wider net-                                                                              Conservation International        10 to 70 metres (11 to 77          Wednesday, the team also             cases three and four, Blunk
work       of     traffickers,                                                                           have discovered eight new         yards).                            found a new species of               responded with a threat.
Schlieben said. The animals                                                                              fish and one new coral                                               Euphyllia or bubble coral.              “The use of the word
were taken into the care of                                                                              species off Indonesia’s Bali        Indonesia is a                      Tulamben is the grave of          ‘bury’ is insolent, for which
local veterinarians.                                                                                     island.                             massive archipela-               the US Army Transport ship           you are given leave to apol-
   “There’s a pretty strong                                                                                 The new species include          go of 17,000                     Liberty, which was torpe-            ogize within two days,”
likelihood that some of                                                                                  eels and damsels, the               islands which form               doed by a Japanese subma-            Blunk wrote in an email on
them wouldn’t have sur-                                                                                  colourful little fish that dart      part of the so-                  rine in 1942.                        Tuesday without specify-
vived the flight in the condi-                                                                            among coral branches and            called Coral Trian-                 Indonesia is a massive            ing a penalty.
tion they were in,” he told                                                                              help give reefs their dazzling      gle, an area of rich             archipelago       of    17,000          Blunk’s actions come at a
AFP.                                                                                                     appearance while playing a          marine biodiversity              islands which form part of           critical time for the court as
   “The fact they were trans-                                                                            key role in reef ecology.           deemed vital to                  the so-called Coral Triangle,        it prepares for its second
ported alive would indicate                                                                                 “We have carried out a           the health of the                an area of rich marine biodi-        case against four senior
the person at the other end                                                                              marine survey in 33 sites           seas and global                  versity deemed vital to the          surviving Khmer Rouge
wanted to keep them in                                                                                   around Bali island. We have         food stocks.                     health of the seas and global        leaders this year.
their residence or some sort                                                                             identified 952 reef fish, and                                          food stocks.                            Cases three and four
of zoo, or maybe even breed                                                                              among them we discovered                                                In November last year a           involve five unnamed
them,” he said.                                                                                          eight new species,” team            Erdmann said the new             team of scientists discovered        former Khmer Rouge,
   If convicted, Mahmoodr                                                                                senior adviser Mark Van           fish species had not been           several new species in               who between them are
could face up to four years                                                                              Nydeck Erdmann said.              named but they were in the         Indonesia’s eastern Papua            thought to be directly
in jail and a 40,000 baht                                                                                   The surveys were carried       genuses    of   Siphamia,          region, including an eyeless         responsible for tens of
($1,300) fine, Kiattipong         A new species of fish named ‘Manonichthys’ found off Indonesia’s        out off the popular tourist       Heteroconger,     Apogon,          cave fish and a frog that car-        thousands of deaths.
said.                             Bali island. (AFP)                                                     island’s northeast coast at       Parapercis, Meiacanthus,           ries its offspring on its back.




Swedes caught in Philippine cybersex ‘nightmare’
             AFP                  operation in which 17 naked        was fabricated or obtained             Sederholm, 31, bristled at     Sederholm were IT consult-
       CAGAYAN DE ORO             women in an office building         illegally, and appear bewil-        their portrayal by the            ants who had been been hired
                                  performed in front of cameras      dered why they should be            Philippine press as modern-       to set up the computer sys-
TWO Swedish computer              for overseas Internet clients.     jailed for Internet pornogra-       day slave traders.                tems at the cybersex shop
experts jailed for life in the      The government hailed the        phy when prostitution is ram-          “The women were not            where the women worked in
Philippines on cybersex           verdict as a landmark victory      pant across the Philippines.        forced to do it. It was nothing   Cagayan de Oro.
charges say they are living a     in the battle against human           “We don’t see ourselves as       like that at all,” said             Although they refused to
nightmare among hardened          trafficking because the             human traffickers at all,”           Sederholm, who like his busi-     say who hired them, they
criminals and insist they did     Swedes were the first to be         Solemo, 35, said in an exclusive    ness partner was wearing a        denied police charges that
nothing wrong.                    handed life sentences for what     interview with AFP on               prison-issue yellow T-shirt,      they owned the business and
  Emil Andreas Solemo and         has in recent years become a       Thursday from a crowded jail        long shorts and a sandals.        recruited the women, saying
Bo Stefan Sederholm were          booming cybersex industry.         in the southern city of Cagayan        Solemo, a tall man with        they only arrived in the coun-     Swedish nationals Emil Andreas Solemo (left) and Bo Stefan
this week convicted of human        But both men claim most of       de Oro where they have been         gold-rimmed glasses and a         try a month before being           Sederholm at a prison, in Cagayan de Oro City, in southern island
trafficking for running an         the evidence against them          since their arrest in April 2009.   goatee,     said     he    and    arrested.                          of Mindanao, on Friday. (AFP)
06         Saturday, May 14, 2011
           www.qatar-tribune.com                                                                                  INDIA


                                                                                                          Mamata ends                                                                                                 Monsoon
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rains set
                                                                                                          Left’s 34-year                                                                                              to begin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on time
                                                                                                          rule in Bengal
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               REUTERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               NEW DELHI


                                                                                                                                                                                                                      MONSOON is likely to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      enter India through the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      southern Kerala coast on
                                                                                                                     REUTERS                                                                                          May 31, the weather office
                                                                                                                     NEW DELHI                   BUDDHADEB LOSES FROM JADAVPORE                                       said on Friday, marking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the start of the four-
                                                                                                          MAMATA Banerjee has                    KOLKATA Outgoing West           since 1987. This is the first         month rainy season that
                                                                                                          waged a three-decade long              Bengal Chief Minister           time the Communist Party             is forecast to be normal
                                                                                                          battle that has catapulted her         Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee         of India-Marxist (CPI-M) has         this year, possibly boost-
                                                                                                          to the upper echelons of               lost to Trinamool Congress      lost Jadavpore since the             ing the farm sector.
                                                                                                          India’s turbulent politics, and        nominee Manish Gupta by         seat was carved out in
                                                                                                          on Friday, she cemented her            16,684 votes from               1967.                                  Higher agricultur-
                                                                                                          status as a powerbroker by             Jadavpore constituency.           This is not the first time            al supplies trig-
                                                                                                          trumping one of the world’s              Gupta polled 103,972          that Bhattacharjee has lost            gered by normal
                                                                                                          last democratically elected            votes, compared to              in the assembly polls.                 rains could
                                                                                                          communist governments.                 Bhattacharjee’s 87,288.           In 1982, he lost his                 encourage the
                                                                                                             With the thumping election            Bhattacharjee has been        Cossipore seat, from where             Indian govern-
                                                                                                          victory in West Bengal state, the      winning from Jadavpore          he had won in 1977. (IANS)             ment to allow
                                                                                                          stronghold of India’s commu-                                                                                  overseas sale of
                                                                                                          nists since they took power          without support. But on the       which has pushed Banerjee              wheat and lift
                                                                                                          there in 1977, Banerjee’s            other hand she is reckless,       into the ranks of India’s pow-         export curbs on
                                                                                                          Trinamool Congress has               populist, anarchic. She is not    erful women politicians who            rice.
                                                                                                          become the most important of         a leader to run a government,     have resonated with an
                                                                                                          Prime Minister Manmohan              although she can organize         ancient tradition of revering          “The date of onset of
                                                                                                          Singh’s coalition allies, and also   anti-government campaign,”        virginal mother figures.              south-west monsoon over
                                                                                                          one of the most unpredictable.       Dwaipayan Bhattacharyya, a          She is a worshipper of Kali,       Kerala is likely to be on
                                                                                                             By decimating the commu-          fellow in political science at    the foremost of those awe-           May 31, with a model
                                                                                                          nists, Banerjee has removed          Kolkata’s Centre for Studies      inspiring figures, who is often       error of plus, minus of
                                                                                                          one of the loudest dissenting        in Social Sciences.               depicted as dancing in the           four days,” state-run
                                                                                                          voices to the Congress party-           The diminutive, mercurial      frenzy after a bloody victory        India      Meteorological
                                                                                                          led government’s economic            56-year-old whose supporters      over demons. Banerjee once           Department (IMD) said
                                                                                                          reform efforts.                      call her “Big Sister”, styles     dragged a political opponent         in a statement.
                                                                                                             But her track record of           herself as a woman of the         by the collar during a scuffle          Monsoon starts over
                                                                                                          opposing unpopular, fiscally          people. She is unmarried,         over women’s rights in parlia-       Kerala and covers the rest
                                                                                                          necessary measures such as           lives with her elderly mother     ment, forced the relocation of       of India and neighbour-
                                                                                                          raising fuel prices or cutting       and wears simple cotton saris     a plant to build the world’s         ing countries by mid-
                                                                                                          down subsidies also does not         and rubber flipflops.               cheapest car and had her             July. The rains, which
Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee greets people after meeting the state governor to for-         bode well for Congress.                 But that matronly appear-      skull cracked by communist           irrigate 60 percent of
mally stake claim to form the new government, in Kolkata, on Friday. (PTI)                                   “She is unique as a woman         ance fronts a core of steel       thugs during the 1990s.              India’s farms, are crucial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      for rural growth as about
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      600 million people are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      dependent on farming.

Cong juggernaut                                                       PM backs Karzai’s peace plan,                                                                                                                     The IMD also said the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rains were likely to arrive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      over the Andamans coast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      around May 20. A normal

decimates AGP,                                                        seeks to boost India’s influence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      monsoon means the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      country receives rainfall
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      between 96-104 percent


BJP in Assam                                                                     REUTERS
                                                                                   KABUL
                                                                                                                                                                                 States and NATO agreed to
                                                                                                                                                                                 the plan at a summit in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      of a 50-year average of 89
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      centimetres during the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      four-month rainy season.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Last week, PV Joseph, a
             IANS                                                                                                                                                                Lisbon late last year.               former director at the
           GUWAHATI                                                   INDIAN Prime Minister                                                                                         As part of that plan, NATO-       IMD said monsoon was
                                                                      Manmohan Singh, backing                                                                                    led forces will begin a gradual      on track to arrive near the
THE Congress juggernaut                                               Kabul’s peace plan to recon-                                                                               drawdown from July under a           normal date of June 1,
decimated the opposition to                                           cile with Taliban-led insur-                                                                               transition programme to              give or take two days.
smithereens by securing a                                             gents, urged Afghanistan on                                                                                Afghan responsibility that             Higher       agricultural
majority by winning 78 of the                                         Friday to shake off outside                                                                                will end with the departure of       supplies triggered by nor-
126 assembly seats in Assam                                           “coercion”, while at the same                                                                              all foreign combat troops by         mal rains could encour-
with the wily 76-year-old                                             time seeking to boost India’s                                                                              the end of 2014.                     age the Indian govern-
Tarun Gogoi set to become the                                         waning influence.                                                                                              At home, some pointed out         ment to allow overseas
chief minister for the third                                             Singh’s strong words to a                                                                               that Singh’s mission in              sale of wheat and lift
straight term.                                                        session of the Afghan parlia-                                                                              Afghanistan carried little           export curbs on rice.
  “I would say this thumping                                          ment come at the end of a                                                                                  weight in the face of Pakistani        Further, normal rain-
victory is a victory for good                                         two-day visit to Kabul aimed                                                                               dominance. It was Singh’s            fall levels can reduce
governance and development         Tarun Gogoi                        at renewing Indian ties with                                                                               first trip since 2005, and came       demand for diesel, used
in the last 10 years of Congress                                      Afghanistan, where New              Afghan President Hamid Karzai (left) with Prime Minister               barely more than a week after        to pump water from wells
rule in Assam,” a jubilant           “I am grateful to the people     Delhi has been jockeying for        Manmohan Singh at a joint session of the Afghan parliament, in         Al Qaeda leader Osama bin            for irrigation when rain-
Gogoi told IANS in an inter-       of Assam for reposing faith in     influence to counter historical      Kabul, on Friday. (REUTERS)                                            Laden was killed by US special       fall is scant, and impact
view flanked by his family.         us for the third term,” Gogoi      rival Pakistan.      “It is up to                                                                          forces in Pakistan.                  demand for gold as pur-
  “Bringing peace to Assam is      said.                              you, as the peoples’ represen-        In moves likely to irritate        last year reaching its worst         “At the heart of this state of    chases get a boost when
also one of the main reasons         But Assam’s beleaguered          tatives, to make decisions          Pakistan, Singh earlier              level since the Taliban were      affairs is that India has little     farming incomes rise
for the confidence reposed in       main opposition AGP blamed         about your country’s future         pledged $500 million for             toppled by US-backed Afghan       or no hard-nosed influence            amid high crop output.
us by the voters of Assam.”        manipulation of electronic         without outside interference        development projects in              forces in late 2001.              on events in Afghanistan.            Rural areas account for
  Gogoi won the Titabar seat       voting machines (EVM) by the       or coercion,” Singh told the        Afghanistan, taking what he            “Afghanistan has embarked       This reflects geographical            about 70 percent of
defeating his nearest Ason         Congress for the regional          session, attended by Afghan         said was the total amount of         upon a process of national        reality, the greater stakes of       India’s annual gold con-
Gana Parishad (AGP) rival by       party’s rout in the assembly       President Hamid Karzai.             Indian aid over the next two         reconciliation. We wish you       players like Pakistan,” wrote        sumption.
more than 55,000 votes.            elections.                            Pakistan, which has gone to      years to $2 billion. India is        well in this enterprise,” Singh   India’s Hindustan Times                Earlier this month,
  The Congress won 78 seats,         “We knew the Congress            war with India three times          Afghanistan’s largest regional       said. He reiterated New           paper on Friday.                     IMD Director General
25 more then it won in the         would do something and they        since 1947, has been vying for      donor.                               Delhi’s first public backing of       Singh also said India was         Ajit Tyagi told Reuters in
2006 assembly elections. The       did so by manipulating the         a central role in a negotiated        He also tempered India’s           an Afghan peace plan a day        ready to “widen our coopera-         an interview that mon-
Bodoland People’s Party            EVMs. Otherwise such a result      settlement in its neighbour         opposition to a plan by Karzai       earlier. India, fearing that      tion” in the area of security        soon rains were expected
(BPF), an ally of the Congress,    would not have come,” former       Afghanistan’s affairs.              to reintegrate Taliban fighters       reaching out to insurgents        once NATO completes its              to withdraw on schedule,
won 12 seats.                      chief minister and senior AGP         Kabul and Islamabad last         and reconcile with some of           could cede more power to          planned handover of security         unlike last year when late
  Gogoi and his new council        leader      Prafulla    Kumar      month agreed to give Pakistan’s     their leaders. Fighting has          Pakistan in the peace process     responsibilities to the Afghans      end-season rains hit
of ministers are expected to be    Mahanta told journalists.          security establishment a formal     dragged on for nearly 10 years       once Western forces leave,        by the end of 2014.He did not        sugar output in the
sworn-in May 19.                     Mahanta lost one of the two      role in any peace talks.            in Afghanistan, with violence        was rattled when the United       go into detail.                      world’s biggest con-
  The two main opposition          seats he contested - in                                                                                                                                                            sumer.
parties - the AGP and the          Samaguri - to Forest Minister
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)       Rockybul Hussain but won in
- were literally decimated. The
AGP managed to win in just
10 seats, down from 24 in the
2006 polls, and the BJP in five
                                   Barhampur defeating the
                                   Congress candidate.
                                     “EVM’s were manipulated
                                   by the government machinery
                                                                      Number of Indian tourists to rise by 40% this year
seats, five less then what it got   at the instance of the                          IANS                   India, despite airlines gearing                                           “The young crowd including       destinations are concerned,
in the last assembly elections.    Congress,” former AGP presi-                  NEW DELHI                up to hike airfares, passenger                                         school and college going kids       Hong       Kong,     Thailand,
  From 10 seats in the 2006        dent Brindaban Goswami said.                                           traffic to popular tourist des-
                                                                                                                                                 With huge dispos-               are opting for tourist hot-         Malaysia, Macau, Dubai,
elections, the Asom United           Goswami, who won from            WITH around 9 million               tinations in India and abroad
                                                                                                                                                 able income and                 spots in India. This has fuelled    Singapore, Maldives, South
Democratic Front (AUDF)            Tezpur the last four times, lost   Indian travellers all set to        is likely to escalate by 35 to 40
                                                                                                                                                 rising spending                 the steady increase in the          Africa etc. are hot favourites
rose to become the main            to the Congress.                   travel around the country and       percent and in some cases, by
                                                                                                                                                 power of senior                 hotel occupancy and domestic        for Indians this summer, said
opposition party this time by        Among the prominent losers       abroad this holiday season,         almost 50 percent compared
                                                                                                                                                 corporate execu-                tourism”, added Rawat.              ASSOCHAM.
winning 18 seats.                  include AGP president Chandra      the country’s aviation and          to last year.
                                                                                                                                                 tives, high-end pro-               According to the report,           Meanwhile, the Indian hos-
  The Trinamool Congress           Mohan Patowary and BJP state       hospitality sector are expect-         “With huge disposable
                                                                                                                                                 fessionals in pri-              popular Indian tourist spots        pitality industry is anticipat-
won one seat and independ-         president Ranjit Dutta - both      ing increased profits, says a        income and rising spending
                                                                                                                                                 vate sector, gov-               include the coastal regions         ing an upsurge in the tourist
ents triumphed in two seats.       losing to the Congress.            report by an industry cham-         power of senior corporate exec-
                                                                                                                                                 ernment officials               like Goa, Kerala, Puducherry,       footfall and is expected to
  Meanwhile, there were cele-        Patowary         lost       in   ber.                                utives, high-end professionals
                                                                                                                                                 holding senior                  Rameswaram (in Tamil                increase tariffs for hotel
brations across Assam in the       Dharmapur to first time can-          According to information          in private sector, government
                                                                                                                                                 positions etc., this            Nadu) and the northern hilly        accommodation by 25 to 30
Congress camp with victory         didate Jayanta Malla Baruah        gathered by the Associated          officials holding senior posi-
                                                                                                                                                 year more people                destinations like Darjeeling,       percent. In addition, restau-
processions being taken out        by more than 5,000 votes,          Chambers of Commerce and            tions etc., this year more people
                                                                                                                                                 are planning on                 Mcleodganj, Shimla, Nainital,       rants in these areas have also
and jubilant supporters and        while Dutta lost to another        Industry        of       India      are planning on vacationing
                                                                                                                                                 vacationing                     Mussoorie and Kashmir val-          increased food and beverage
candidates bursting crackers       first timer Pallab Lochan Das       (ASSOCHAM) from its vari-           abroad,” said DS Rawat, secre-
                                                                                                                                                 abroad.                         ley etc.                            costs by 20 to 25 percent,
and distributing sweets.           by more than 8,000 votes.          ous regional offices across          tary general, ASSOCHAM.                                                   As far as the international      added the report.
                                                                                                                 INDIA                                                                                   Saturday, May 14, 2011
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YSR’s son,                                                             Jayalalithaa sweeps TN
widow win                                                                       AGENCIES
                                                                                  CHENNAI
                                                                                                        Poongothai Aladi Aruna and
                                                                                                        fisheries minister K P P Samy.
                                                                                                        AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa
                                                                                                                                             ernment’s priority, she said:
                                                                                                                                             “Today our priority is to form
                                                                                                                                             the government. Tamil Nadu



by record
                                                                       THE Jayalalithaa-led AIA-        was ahead in Srirangam. Post-        has been totally ruined over
                                                                       DMK front forged ahead of its    poll surveys were not very           the past five years. It is not
                                                                       rival the ruling DMK front       clear about who would come           easy to rebuild an entire
                                                                       and is heading for a sweep,      to power.                            state.”
                                                                       according to trends for assem-     Meanwhile, Jayalalithaa on             Charging the DMK govern-
                                                                       bly election in Tamil Nadu.      Friday said Tamil Nadu’s             ment of destroying the state’s


margins                                                                   The AIADMK had estab-
                                                                       lished leads in over 190 seats
                                                                       in the 234-member House.
                                                                       The ruling DMK front is way
                                                                       behind, leading only in 39
                                                                                                        finances were in ruins due to
                                                                                                        the five years of DMK rule and
                                                                                                        her priority would be to
                                                                                                        restore fiscal stability of the
                                                                                                        state and bring back rule of
                                                                                                                                             fiscal stability whenever it
                                                                                                                                             comes to power, the AIADMK
                                                                                                                                             general secretary said: “It is
                                                                                                                                             easy to renovate a damaged
                                                                                                                                             house.
             IANS                   band who won only two years        constituencies.                  law. She said her government            But if the house is totally
          HYDERABAD                 ago by 68,681 votes.                  Corruption charges on vari-   would implement the promis-          destroyed then the debris has
                                       She polled 114,198 votes        ous DMK leaders arising out      es made in the party’s election      to be removed first.”
SENDING a strong message            while her brother-in-law Y S       of the 2G spectrum allocation    manifesto within one and half           “Between 1989-91 the DMK
to the ruling Congress, Y S         Vivekananda Reddy of the rul-      scam have come to haunt the      years time.                          ruined the state’s finances. I
Jaganmohan Reddy, son of            ing Congress secured only          party.                                                                rebuilt the state,” she said.
former Andhra Pradesh chief         28,626 votes.                         As the AIADMK juggernaut         Charging the DMK                  She said in 1996 there was a
minister Y S Rajasekhara               B Tech Ravi of the Telugu       rolls on in Tamil Nadu, a           government of                     change in government “and
Reddy, retained the Kadapa          Desam Party (TDP) finished a        majority of DMK ministers           destroying the                    in 2001 for a second time I
Lok Sabha seat on Friday            poor third with 11,552 votes       are trailing.                       state’s fiscal sta-               found the state’s economy
while his mother Y S                and lost his deposit.                 M Karunanidhi has submit-        bility whenever it                was bad”.
Vijayalaxmi retained the               Vijayamma, as she is popu-      ted his resignation as the          comes to power,                      “At that time the Asian
Pulivendula assembly seat           larly known, was elected unop-     Tamil Nadu chief minister to        the AIADMK gener-                 Development Bank, Indian
with record margins.                posed in the December 2009         governor Surjit Singh Barnala.      al secretary said:                Planning Commission and
                                    by-elections held four months      Among the DMK ministers             “It is easy to                    others had written off the
  The result is a                   after YSR’s death.                 trailing are finance minister K      renovate a                        Tamil Nadu government. But
  huge setback to                      In Pulivendula, one of the      Anbazhagan, higher educa-           damaged house.”                   our government restored
  the ruling                        seven assembly segments of         tion minister K Ponmudi,                                              Tamil Nadu’s fiscal health. We
  Congress party as                 Kadapa Lok Sabha seat,             food minister E V Velu, trans-     Expressing her gratitude to        made it a leader in many
  it had gone all out               156,276 of the 189,000 elec-       port minister KN Nehru,          the people of Tamil Nadu for a       spheres,” she said.
  to defeat Jagan or                torate voted.                      health minister M R K            decisive              mandate,          She said the DMK govern-
  at least reduce his                  In 2009, Jagan won with a       Paneerselvam,       backward     Jayalalithaa said: “It is a victo-   ment again played havoc with
  victory margin.                   majority of 178,846 votes. He      classes minister K K S S R       ry for the people and democ-         the economy between 2006-
  Making an impressive elec-        had polled 542,611 votes while     Ramachandran, agriculture        racy. Money power got defeat-        2011.
toral debut within three            Palem Srikanth Reddy of the        minister Veerapandi Arum-        ed in this election.”                   According to her it is going
months of its launch, YSR           TDP had secured 363,765            ugham, hindu religious and         According to her, over the         to be a difficult challenge to
Congress party wrested both         votes.                             charitable endowments min-       past three years she had seen        restore fiscal stability.
the seats from the Congress in         The YSR family won the          ister K R Periyakaruppan,        people being disgusted with             Jayalalithaa also thanked
the high profile by-elections.       Kadapa seat for the record sev-    school education minister        the DMK government and               the Election Commission of
  Both Jaganmohan and               enth consecutive time and          Thangam Thennarasu, tour-        were waiting for a chance.           India for conducting the elec-
Vijayalaxmi have thus contin-       Pulivendula seat for the 11th      ism minister Suresh Rajan,         “Last three years I could          tions in a free and fair man-
ued the family tradition of         time. While it won all the pre-    sports minister T P M            gauge a change in people’s           ner.
never losing an election.           vious elections on Congress        Mohideen Khan, commercial        mood. Once they got the                 Thanking her allies, she
  Riding on a sympathy wave         tickets, this time, the victory    tax minister S N M               opportunity they showed their        hoped the alliance with the
in the first election after the      was in the form of YSR             Ubayadulla, forest minister N    anger,” Jayalalithaa said.           two Left parties would contin-    All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader J Jayalalithaa
death of YSR in a helicopter        Congress.                          Selvaraj,      IT     minister     Questioned about her gov-          ue even at the national level.    at her residence, in Chennai, on Friday. (AFP)
crash in 2009, Jaganmohan              YSR’s younger brother Y S
Reddy retained the Kadapa           Vivekananda Reddy lost the
parliamentary seat with a mar-      election in Pulivendula despite
gin of 543,053 votes.
  Jagan, as he is popularly
known, polled a whopping
687,068 votes while state
                                    contesting as Congress candi-
                                    date.
                                       In the past, Vivekananda
                                    was elected twice each from
                                                                       SC imposes temporary ban on endosulfan
Health Minister D L Ravindra        Kadapa and Pulivendula.                        AFP                  Kapadia, declared it was             aerially sprayed with the         on the reproductive system,”     least 70 percent of endosul-
Reddy of the Congress got              Jagan and his mother quit                 NEW DELHI              “the risk that is bothering          chemical during the 1980s         said Chandra Bhushan,            fan globally, initially lobbied
144,015 votes.                      the Congress in November last                                       us” before imposing the              and 1990s, but use of the         deputy director of the New-      strongly against a global
  M V Mysoora Reddy of the          year and also resigned from        INDIA’S top court on Friday      eight-week ban and asking            chemical in Kerala is now         Delhi based Centre for           ban. But it gave in after win-
Telugu Desam Party (TDP) fin-        parliament and assembly,           temporarily banned use of        the government to produce a          banned.                           Science and Environment, a       ning concessions for an 11-
ished a poor third with 127,183     respectively, accusing the lead-   the pesticide endosulfan,        report on the chemical.                 Campaigners say the            non-governmental organisa-       year phase-out period to
votes. Both the Congress and        ership of trying to divide their   which the government has            “Even if one child suffers        effects of endosulfan have        tion.                            give scientists and farmers
TDP candidates lost their           family.                            resisted blacklisting despite    we do not want it on our             led to “Kerala’s Bhopal,” a         “The Indian producers of       time to find alternative pes-
deposits.                              In March, Jagan launched        curbs imposed in 60 other        heads. That is why we are            reference to the 1984 indus-      endosulfan       have   been     ticides and allow its industry
  The highest victory margin        the YSR Congress, promising        countries over health con-       imposing an all-India ban on         trial disaster at a Union         unwilling to admit its dan-      to adjust to the ban.
from Kadapa till now was            to work for the implementa-        cerns.                           the use and production of            Carbide plant in central          gers and the government has         The global market is val-
418,000, secured by YSR in          tion of all the welfare              India is the world’s biggest   endosulfan,” the bench said.         India that claimed thou-          been complicit,” he said.        ued at around $300 million,
1991. The YSR family has been       schemes launched by his late       producer and user of the            Opposition to use of the          sands of lives.                   “It’s a big business.”           according to Indian industry
winning this seat since 1989.Of     father. The result is a huge       controversial chemical that      chemical in India has been              The Kerala government            Representatives of 127         estimates. India had argued
the 13.29 lakh eligible voters in   setback to the ruling              is sprayed on crops from         strongest in southern Kerala         says several hundred people       governments meeting in           endosulfan, developed in the
Kadapa, 10.28 lakh exercised        Congress party as it had gone      cocoa, rice to cotton even       state where studies suggest          died from problems related        Geneva last month agreed to      1950s, provided “a much
their franchise in the May 8 by-    all out to defeat Jagan or at      though it has been linked to     one sprayed area, Kasargod,          to the spraying and has paid      add the pesticide, which is      needed cost-effective crop
election.                           least reduce his victory mar-      birth deformities and ill-       has experienced unusually            compensation to their fami-       also produced by China, t o      protection tool, especially in
  Y S Vijayalaxmi bagged            gin. It not only fielded a minis-   nesses in farmers and their      high levels of severe sick-          lies. “It’s a very dangerous      the UN’s list of pollutants      developing          countries,
Pulivendula assembly seat           ter against him but deployed       families.                        nesses and birth deformi-            chemical, it causes birth         and said it should be elimi-     where its availability could
with a margin of 85,191 votes,      nearly a dozen ministers to          The Supreme Court bench,       ties.                                deformities, neurological         nated worldwide by 2012.         make a significant difference
breaking the record of her hus-     run the party campaign.            headed by Chief Justice S H         Cashew plantations were           problems, and has an impact         India, which supplies at       to the grower’s profit.”




UDF gains narrow majority in Kerala                                                                                                                   AGENCIES                 42. Even as the UDF is all       (Democratic) led by M P
                                                                                                                                                 THIRUVANANTHAPURAM            set to scrape through, the       Veerendrakumar bagged
                                                                                                                                                                               performance of the coali-        two seats.
                                                                                                                                             BACKED by a consolidation         tion leader Congress’ per-         The prominent UDF can-
                                                                                                                                             of religious minorities,          formance was none too            didates who romped home
                                                                                                                                             Congress-led       UDF      in    impressive as it could win       include its chief ministerial
                                                                                                                                             Kerala on Friday gained a         only 23 seats.                   probable Oommen Chandy,
                                                                                                                                             narrow majority over the            Going by the trend, CPM        KPCC president Ramesh
                                                                                                                                             CPM-controlled LDF in the         emerged as the single            Chennithala, K Mural-
                                                                                                                                             140-member               state    largest party in the House       eedharan (Cong), IUML
                                                                                                                                             Assembly.                         having already won 35 seats      leader P K Kuhalikutty and
                                                                                                                                               Outgoing Kerala chief           even if the LDF loses            Kerala Congress leader K M
                                                                                                                                             minister VS Achutanandan          power.                           Mani (Pala).
                                                                                                                                             said on Friday that he                                               Chief      minister     VS
                                                                                                                                             would not try to garner a           Chief minister VS              Achuthanandan scored a
                                                                                                                                             majority using disgruntled          Achuthanandan                  hat-trick from the CPM
                                                                                                                                             members from other par-             scored a hat-trick             stronghold Malampuzha by
                                                                                                                                             ties and would sit in the           from the CPM                   a huge margin of 20,000
                                                                                                                                             opposition. Out of 129              stronghold Malam-              votes over Lathika Subhash
                                                                                                                                             results declared, 67 seats          puzha by a huge                of the Congress.
                                                                                                                                             went to UDF and 62 to               margin of 20,000                 Most of the ministers
                                                                                                                                             LDF. UDF is leading in              votes over Lathika             including home and tourism
                                                                                                                                             another five seats and LDF           Subhash of the                 minister             Kodiyeri
                                                                                                                                             in six.                             Congress.                      Balakrishnan received a
                                                                                                                                               Though the state was                                             fresh mandate.
                                                                                                                                             poised to live up to its repu-                                       The LDF maintained sway
                                                                                                                                             tation of giving mandate to         The UDF’s main partner,        over most of the northern
                                                                                                                                             the rival coalitions alter-       Indian Union Muslim              districts, except the Muslim
                                                                                                                                             nately, the UDF tally fell far    League, put up a sterling        League-dominated Mala-
                                                                                                                                             short of its expectations         performance notching up          ppuram. While the UDF put
                                                                                                                                             going by its splendid show-       17 of the 24 seats it contest-   up a good showing in the
                                                                                                                                             ing in the Lok Sabha polls        ed. While minor UDF com-         Christian heartland Central
                                                                                                                                             in 2009.                          ponents JSS and CMP were         Travancore, the trend was
                                                                                                                                               In 2006 assembly polls,         washed      out,     recently    mixed in down south includ-
Kerala Chief Minister V S Achuthanandan being presented a shawl by the CPI(M) district secretary, in Pallakad, on Friday.   (PTI)            LDF won 98 seats and UDF          formed Socialist Janata          ing the state capital.
08             Saturday, May 14, 2011
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22:45 Beautiful People                        00:05 Cow And Chicken                           03:00 Way Of Life                                  16:45 Wizards Of Waverly Place              09:15 Ticket To Ride 2009/2010                     00:30 The Haunted                           15:10 Tigga And Togga
23:15 A Thing Called Love                     00:30 Cramp Twins                               03:55 The Reinventors                              17:10 Shake It Up                           09:40 X Games Heroes                               01:20 A Haunting                            15:15 Bob The Builder
                                              00:55 George Of The Jungle                      04:25 Sunrise Earth                                17:30 Fish Hooks                            10:05 X Games Heroes                               02:10 Murder Shift                          15:35 Thomas And Friends
                                              01:20 Adventure Time                            05:20 Da Vinci’s Machines                          17:57 Have A Laugh                          10:30 X Games Heroes                               03:00 Undercover                            15:45 Tigga And Togga
                                              01:45 Eliot Kid                                 06:10 Stephen Hawking’s Universe                   18:00 Hannah Montana Forever                10:55 X Games Heroes                               03:50 Dr G: Medical Examiner                15:50 Kipper
                                              02:10 Ed, Edd N Eddy                            07:00 Discovery Atlas: Italy Revealed              18:20 Good Luck Charlie                     11:20 Lucas Oil Motocross Championships 2009       04:45 Ghosthunters                          16:00 Wind In The Willows
                                              02:35 Ben 10: Alien Force                       08:40 Way Of Life                                  18:45 Sonny With A Chance                   12:10 Lucas Oil Motocross Championships 2009       05:15 The Haunted                           17:15 Wild Life
                                              03:00 The Powerpuff Girls                       09:30 The Reinventors                              19:10 Dadnapped                             13:00 Winter X Games Europe 2010                   06:10 Mystery Diagnosis                     17:20 Kipper
                                              03:15 Chowder                                   10:20 Da Vinci’s Machines                          20:40 Hannah Montana Forever                13:50 Ride Guide Mountainbike 2009                 07:00 Forensic Detectives                   17:30 Bob The Builder
BBC LIFESTYLE                                 03:40 The Secret Saturdays                      11:10 Mythbusters                                  20:57 Have A Laugh                          14:15 Ride Guide Mountainbike 2009                 07:50 On The Run                            17:50 Thomas And Friends
00:30 Come Dine With Me                       04:05 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey                 12:00 Motor City Motors                            21:00 Wizards Of Waverly Place              14:40 Breitling Airsports 2009                     08:40 Mystery ER                            18:00 Percy The Park Keeper
01:20 The Home Show                           04:30 Ben 10: Alien Force                       12:50 American Icon: The Hot Rod                   21:25 Jonas LA                              15:05 Breitling Airsports 2009                     09:30 Real Emergency Calls                  19:00 Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks
02:10 Masterchef: The Professionals           04:55 Best Ed                                   13:15 Chasing Classic Cars                         21:50 Good Luck Charlie                     15:30 Breitling Airsports 2009                     09:55 Real Emergency Calls                  19:25 Anton
03:40 Rhodes Across China                     05:20 Skunk Fu!                                 13:40 Mega Builders                                22:15 Sonny With A Chance                   15:55 Breitling Airsports 2009                     10:20 Who On Earth Did I Marry?             19:30 Angelina Ballerina
04:25 Daily Cooks Challenge                   05:45 Cramp Twins                               14:30 Powering The Future                          22:40 Wizards Of Waverly Place              16:20 Lucas Oil Motocross Championships 2009       10:45 I Was Murdered                        19:45 Megaminimals
05:25 Daily Cooks Challenge                   06:10 Eliot Kid                                 15:20 Space Pioneer                                23:05 Jonas                                 17:10 Carpocalypse                                 11:10 FBI Files                             20:00 The Magic Key Adventures
06:20 Daily Cooks Challenge                   06:35 The Marvelous Misadventures Of Flapjack   16:10 The Reinventors                              23:30 Hannah Montana                        18:00 Ride Guide Mountainbike 2009                 12:00 True Crime With Aphrodite Jones       20:15 Pingu
07:05 Cash In The Attic                       07:00 Ed, Edd N Eddy                            17:00 Way Of Life                                  23:55 Kim Possible                          18:25 Ride Guide Mountainbike 2009                 12:50 The Will: Family Secrets Revealed     20:25 Rubbadubbers
07:50 Saturday Kitchen                        07:25 Chop Socky Chooks                         17:50 Brew Masters                                                                             18:50 Lucas Oil Motocross Championships 2009       13:40 Mystery ER                            20:35 Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks
08:20 Saturday Kitchen                        07:50 Chowder                                   18:40 American Icon: The Hot Rod                                                               19:40 Lucas Oil Motocross Championships 2009       14:30 Real Emergency Calls                  21:00 Wind In The Willows
09:10 Saturday Kitchen                        08:05 Cartoon Network Dance Club                19:05 Chasing Classic Cars                                                                     20:30 Winter X Games Europe 2010                   14:55 Real Emergency Calls                  22:15 The Magic Key Adventures
10:50 Masterchef: The Professionals           08:15 Ben 10: Alien Force                       19:30 Solving History With Olly Steeds                                                         21:20 Carpocalypse                                 15:20 Who On Earth Did I Marry?             22:25 Pingu
11:40 Masterchef: The Professionals           08:40 Bakugan: Gundalian Invaders               20:20 Ultimate Survival                                                                        22:10 Ride Guide Mountainbike 2009                 15:45 I Was Murdered                        22:35 Jakers! The Adventures Of Piggley Winks
12:25 Saturday Kitchen                        09:05 Batman: The Brave And The Bold            21:10 Discovery Atlas: Russia Revealed                                                         22:35 Ride Guide Mountainbike 2009                 16:10 Forensic Detectives                   23:00 Barney And Friends
13:15 Saturday Kitchen                        09:30 The Secret Saturdays                      22:00 Way Of Life                                  DISNEY XD                                   23:00 IFMXF 2010                                   17:00 On The Run                            23:25 Tigga And Togga
14:10 Holmes On Homes                         09:55 My Gym Partner’s A Monkey                 22:50 Brew Masters                                 06:00 I’m In The Band                       23:25 IFMXF 2010                                   17:50 FBI Files                             23:30 Dorothy The Dinosaur
15:40 Fantasy Homes By The Sea                10:20 George Of The Jungle                      23:40 Space Pioneer                                06:40 Kid Vs Kat                            23:50 Aiya TV                                      18:40 Mystery ER                            23:45 Toddworld
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7:00 pm OSN Movies HD: DANCE FLICK                                                   7:00 pm OSN Comedy: MY BOYS                                                              7:00 pm Zee Aflam: JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM                                            10:30 pm NAT GEO Adventure: DAVID ROCCO’S DOLCE VITA


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                       OSN MOVIES HD               OSN MOVIES COMEDY                     OSN FIRST HD                         OSN COMEDY                       MBC 2                          MBC MAX                       ZEE AFLAM                       TRACE URBAN                NAT GEO ADVENTURE           THE HISTORY CHANNEL


  7:00 PM              DANCE FLICK                      MANAGEMENT                  PERSONS UNKNOWN                            MY BOYS                    TURBULENCE 2                 CONFESSIONS OF A                       BHAI                           PLAYLIST                 BANGED UP ABROAD                CONSPIRACY?
                                                          [18:00]                                                                                                                    TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN                     [16:00]

  7:30 PM                                                                                                             HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AFRICA 10                                              MODERN MARVELS
  8:00 PM                                                                                THE EVENT
                                                                                                                      THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH
                                                                                                                             JAY LENO
  8:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             EXPLORING THE VINE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             PLAYLIST                                             DEEP SEA DETECTIVES
                                                                                                                        THE DAILY SHOW WITH
  9:00 PM                                                                                                                   JON STEWART
                    THE PRIVATE LIVES               BALL AND CHAIN                   SONS OF ANARCHY                                                  MISS CONGENIALITY 2:                 JUST MY LUCK             JHOOM BARABAR JHOOM
                      OF PIPPA LEE                      [20:00]                                                                                        ARMED & FABULOUS                                                    [19:00]
  9:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        DEEP WRECK MYSTERIES
                                                                                                                        THE COLBERT REPORT                                                                                                             TRACE VIDEO MIX

 10:00 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         DAVID ROCCO’S DOLCE VITA
                                                                                                                        SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
                                                                                                CSI
 10:30 PM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CLUB 10                                               DEEP SEA SALVAGE
                                                                                                                             SOUTH PARK
 11:00 PM

                                                  ANGER MANAGEMENT                                                        LATE NIGHT WITH                                                                               AA DEKHEN ZARA
 11:30 PM           THE HURT LOCKER                     [20:00]                          THE CLOSER                        JIMMY FALLON                      VACANCY                 THE END OF THE AFFAIR                  [22:00]                          PLAYLIST                 BANGED UP ABROAD            NOSTRADAMUS: 2012

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                                                17:00    Housesitter                                  10:00   Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen                                                                                                   04:15    Ride To Adventure                     19:25   Clean House
                                                19:00    Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen         12:30   The Sum Of All Fears                                                                                                                  05:30    Adventure Guides- Fishing Edition     20:20   The Dish Presents
                                                21:00    Just My Luck                                 14:30   Vertical Limit                                                                                                                        06:20    Adventure Guides- Fishing Edition     21:15   Fashion Police
                                                23:00    The End of the Affair                        16:30   Signs                                                                                                                                 07:00    Trout Unlimited On The Rise           21:40   Clean House Comes Clean
                                                                                                      18:15   The Sum Of All Fears                                                                                                                  08:15    Ultimate Match Fishing Pro            22:10   Jerseylicious
MBC ACTION                                                                                            20:15   Brotherhood                            OSN FIRST HD                                   OSN MOVIES KIDS                                 09:30    Adventure Guides- Fishing Edition     23:05   Top 10
00:00 Las Vegas                                                                                       22:00   Speed                                  00:00 Cold Case                                00:00 The Princess And The Frog                 10:45    Cowboys                               23:30   Top 10
01:00 The Mentalist                                                                                                                                  01:00 American Idol                            02:00 Wild Records!                             11:10    Cowboys
02:00 Miami Vice                                                                                                                                     02:00 Royal Pains                              04:00 Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie   12:25    Familiar Waters
03:30 Flight of the Conchords                                                                                                                        03:00 Survivor: Redemption Island              06:00 Babe: Pig In The City                     13:15    Ultimate Match Fishing Pro
04:30 Verminators                                                                                                                                    04:00 No Ordinary Family                       08:00 Yogi Bear And The Magical Flight Of       14:30    Cowboys
                                                MGM                                                                                                                                                                                                 15:20    Cowboys
05:15 Rush                                      00:05    Species                                                                                     05:00 The Philanthropist                             The Spruce Goose
06:00 Flight of the Conchords                                                                                                                        06:00 Cold Case                                10:00 The Princess And The Frog                 16:10    Familiar Waters
                                                01:50    Carrie                                       OSN CINEMA                                                                                                                                    17:00    Ultimate Match Fishing Pro            TRACE URBAN
06:45 Human Target                              03:25    The Coca Cola Kid                                                                           07:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine      12:00 Scooby-Doo And The Reluctant Werewolf
07:30 24                                                                                              01:00 Malice In Wonderland                     08:00 The Unit                                 14:00 Babe: Pig In The City                     18:15    Cowboys                               00:15 Top New
                                                05:00    Semi-Tough                                   03:00 Astro Boy                                                                                                                               19:55    Familiar Waters                       00:17 Playlist
08:15 Starsky & Hutch                           06:45    A Prayer For The Dying                                                                      09:00 The Philanthropist                       16:00 Fly Me To The Moon
09:00 The Unit                                                                                        05:00 The Prince And Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon   10:00 American Idol                            18:00 Scooby-Doo! Summer Camp Scare             20:45    Ultimate Match Fishing Pro            01:00 New
                                                08:29    The 70s                                      07:00 The Wild Thornberrys Movie                                                                                                              21:10    Ultimate Match Fishing Pro            01:30 Playlist
09:45 24                                        10:30    Dreamchild                                                                                  11:00 Survivor: Redemption Island              20:00 Dinosaur Island
10:30 Starsky & Hutch                                                                                 09:00 Sherlock Holmes                          12:00 The New Adventures Of Old Christine      22:00 Scooby-Doo And The Reluctant Werewolf     22:00    The Wingshooter                       02:00 Urban Hit
                                                12:05    Making Mr Right                              11:15 The Prince And Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon                                                                                                  23:15    Wingshooting The World                02:45 Playlist
11:15 Verminators                               13:40    Love Bites                                                                                  13:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show
12:00 CSI: Miami                                                                                      13:00 The Wild Thornberrys Movie               14:00 The Unit                                                                                                                                03:15 Top Gossip
                                                15:15    Who Was Geli Bendl?                          15:00 Me And Orson Welles                                                                                                                                                                    03:17 Playlist
13:00 Human Target                              16:45    Trip With Anita                                                                             15:00 Cold Case
14:00 Knockout Sportsworld                                                                            17:00 The Prince And Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon   16:00 The Office                                                                                                                              04:17 Playlist
                                                18:25    The Defiant Ones                             19:00 Crazy Heart                                                                                                                                                                            05:17 Playlist
15:00 24                                        20:00    Big Screen 1                                                                                16:30 Coronation Street
15:45 Rush                                                                                            21:00 Brotherhood                              17:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show                                                                                                                06:17 Playlist
                                                20:15    Stanley And Iris                             23:00 Jennifer’s Body                                                                                                                                                                        07:15 Top Money
16:30 Human Target                              22:00    Lifeforce                                                                                   18:00 The Unit                                 OSN NEWS
17:15 CSI: Miami                                                                                                                                     19:00 Persons Unknown                          00:00 Live MSNBC Hardball w/ Chris Matthews     TCM                                            07:17 Playlist
                                                23:55    Asteroid                                                                                                                                                                                   01:20    Anna Christie                         09:15 Monthly Top
18:00 Miami Vice                                                                                                                                     20:00 The Event                                01:00 Live MSNBC News
20:00 World’s Toughest Cops                                                                                                                          21:00 Sons Of Anarchy                          02:00 Live NBC Nightly News                     02:50    Lady L                                09:17 Playlist
21:00 The Mentalist                                                                                                                                  22:00 CSI                                      02:30 ABC World News w/ Diane Sawyer            04:35    TCM Presents Under The Influence      10:17 Playlist
22:00 Sunshine                                                                                                                                       23:00 The Closer                               03:00 Live MSNBC The Last Word w/               05:05    Manpower                              11:00 Urban Hit 30
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lawrence O’donnell                        07:00    San Francisco                         13:00 Playlist
                                                                                                      OSN COMEDY                                                                                    04:00 Live MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show         08:55    Kiss Me Kate                          13:15 Top Money
                                                                                                      00:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart                                                         05:00 Live PBS Newshour                         10:40    Black Legion                          13:17 Playlist
                                                NAT GEO ADVENTURE                                     01:00 The Colbert Report                                                                                                                      12:05    TCM Presents Under The Influence      13:45 Focus P Square
                                                00:00 Market Values                                                                                                                                 06:00 NBC Nightly News
                                                                                                      01:30 South Park                                                                              06:35 Live ABC Nightline                        12:35    The Tender Trap                       15:00 Guest Star- Mohombi
                                                01:00 Departures                                      02:00 Funny Or Die Presents                                                                                                                   14:30    TCM Presents Under The Influence      15:15 Top Sexy
                                                02:00 Don’t Tell My Mother                                                                                                                          07:00 ABC World News w/ Diane Sawyer
MBC 2                                                                                                 02:30 Bored To Death                           OSN MOVIES ACTION                              07:30 NBC Nightly News                          15:00    The Unsinkable Molly Brown            15:17 Playlist
01:00   The Mothman Prophecies                  03:00 Long Way Down                                   03:00 Friends                                                                                                                                 17:05    Interrupted Melody                    16:00 French 10
                                                04:00 Pressure Cook                                                                                  01:00 Children Of The Corn                     08:00 PBS Newshour
03:00   Santa’s Slay                                                                                  03:30 Modern Family                            02:45 Pride And Glory                          09:00 MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show              18:50    Moonfleet                             16:45 Playlist
04:30   The Hitcher                             04:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita                        04:00 South Park                                                                                                                              20:15    The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad           17:15 Top Mobile
                                                05:00 Food Lovers Guide To The Planet                                                                05:00 Grudge 3                                 10:00 MSNBC Morning Joe
06:00   8MM                                                                                           04:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno           07:00 The Snow Walker                          13:00 MSNBC Documystery                         22:00    The Prize                             17:17 Playlist
07:30   Legacy Of Sin: The William Coit Story   05:30 Exploring The Vine                              05:30 Malcolm In The Middle                                                                                                                                                                  18:00 Urban Hit
                                                06:00 Market Values                                                                                  09:00 Bad Girls                                14:00 Live NBC Saturday Today Show
09:00   War of the Worlds                                                                             06:00 Yes Dear                                 11:00 Darkness Falls                           16:00 Live MSNBC News                                                                          18:45 Playlist
11:00   Last Goodbye                            07:00 Departures                                      06:30 The Drew Carey Show                                                                                                                                                                    20:00 Africa 10
                                                08:00 Don’t Tell My Mother                                                                           13:00 House Under Siege                        17:00 ABC 20/20
13:00   Forever Strong                                                                                07:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon             15:00 Bad Girls                                17:57 MSNBC Hardball w/ Chris Matthews                                                         20:45 Playlist
15:00   Twelve Monkeys                          09:00 Long Way Down                                   08:00 8 Simple Rules ...                                                                                                                                                                     22:00 Trace Video Mix
                                                10:00 Exploring The Vine                                                                             17:00 Blue Crush                               18:38 MSNBC The Last Word w/ Lawrence
17:00   Iron Man                                                                                      08:30 Dharma And Greg                          19:00 Ballistica                                     O’donnell                                                                                23:00 Club 10
19:00   Turbulence 2                            10:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita                        09:00 Friends                                                                                                                                 THE HISTORY CHANNEL                            23:40 Playlist
                                                11:00 Banged Up Abroad                                                                               21:00 Speed                                    19:19 MSNBC The Rachel Maddow Show
21:00   Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous                                                         09:30 Malcolm In The Middle                    23:00 Clive Barker’s Book Of Blood             20:00 HBO Documentary                           00:30 Investigating History
23:00   Vacancy                                 12:00 Banged Up Abroad                                10:00 Yes Dear                                                                                                                                01:20 Conspiracy?
                                                13:00 Banged Up Abroad                                                                                                                              20:35 MSNBC Special
                                                                                                      10:30 Outsourced                                                                              21:00 PBS Newshour                              02:10 Modern Marvels
                                                14:00 Banged Up Abroad                                11:00 The Drew Carey Show                                                                                                                     03:00 The Universe
                                                15:00 Banged Up Abroad                                                                                                                              22:00 MSNBC Documystery
                                                                                                      11:30 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno                                                          23:00 MSNBC Documystery                         03:55 The Real Wolfman
                                                16:00 Exploring The Vine                              12:30 Dharma And Greg                                                                                                                         05:40 Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree
                                                16:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita                        13:00 8 Simple Rules ...                                                                                                                      06:30 Investigating History                    TRAVEL CHANNEL
                                                17:00 Banged Up Abroad                                13:30 Malcolm In The Middle                                                                                                                   07:20 Conspiracy?                              00:00 Working Holiday
MBC 4                                           18:00 Banged Up Abroad                                                                               OSN MOVIES COMEDY
                                                                                                      14:00 Yes Dear                                 00:00 The Longshots                                                                            08:10 Modern Marvels                           00:30 Working Holiday
00:00   Wanted Men                              19:00 Banged Up Abroad                                14:30 Modern Family                                                                                                                           09:00 The Universe                             01:00 Globe Trekker
00:45   Wendy’s Age                             20:00 Banged Up Abroad                                                                               02:00 The Hudsucker Proxy
                                                                                                      15:00 Outsourced                               04:00 Did You Hear About The Morgans?                                                          09:55 The Real Wolfman                         01:30 Globe Trekker
01:30   White Poppy Ceren                       21:00 Banged Up Abroad                                15:30 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart                                                                                                         11:40 Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree      02:00 48 Hours In
02:15   Hellcats                                22:00 Exploring The Vine                                                                             06:00 The Fighting Temptations                 OSN PREMIERE
                                                                                                      16:00 The Colbert Report                       08:00 Flirting Wth Flamenco                    00:00 Wrong Turn At Tahoe                       12:30 Investigating History                    02:30 Distant Shores
03:00   Hell’s Kitchen                          22:30 David Rocco’s Dolce Vita                        16:30 The Drew Carey Show                                                                                                                     13:20 Conspiracy?                              03:00 Four Men and a Lady
04:00   Entertainment Tonight and Insider       23:00 Banged Up Abroad                                                                               10:00 Under The Tuscan Sun                     02:00 End Of The Spear
                                                                                                      17:00 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon             12:00 Ace Ventura: Pet Detective Jr            04:00 Free Willy: Escape From Pirate’s Cove     14:10 Modern Marvels                           03:30 Cruise Today
04:15   The Insider                                                                                   18:00 Friends                                                                                                                                 15:00 The Universe                             04:00 Globe Trekker
04:45   Late Show with David Letterman                                                                                                               14:00 Old Dogs                                 06:00 Who’s Your Caddy?
                                                                                                      18:30 8 Simple Rules ...                       16:00 The Longshots                            08:00 Easy Virtue                               15:55 The Real Wolfman                         04:30 Globe Trekker
05:30   Real Housewives Of Atlanta                                                                    19:00 My Boys                                                                                                                                 17:40 Bloodlines: The Dracula Family Tree      05:00 Working Holiday
06:15   Top Chef                                                                                                                                     18:00 Management                               10:00 Freestyle
                                                                                                      19:30 How I Met Your Mother                    20:00 Ball And Chain                           12:00 500 Days Of Summer                        18:30 Investigating History                    06:00 First Class South Africa
07:00   Life                                                                                          20:00 The Tonight Show With Jay Leno                                                                                                          19:20 Conspiracy?                              06:30 Rudy Maxa’s World
07:20   Project Runway                                                                                                                               22:00 Anger Management                         14:00 Fantastic Mr Fox
                                                                                                      21:00 The Daily Show With Jon Stewart                                                         16:00 Easy Virtue                               20:10 Modern Marvels                           07:00 Globe Trekker
07:45   Entertainment Tonight and Insider       NAT GEO WILD                                          21:30 The Colbert Report                                                                                                                      21:00 Deep Sea Detectives                      07:30 Globe Trekker
08:00   The Insider                             00:00 Wild Sex                                                                                                                                      18:00 Tooth Fairy
                                                                                                      22:00 Saturday Night Live                                                                     20:00 The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee            21:55 Deep Wreck Mysteries                     08:00 Spring
08:15   Late Show with David Letterman          01:00 Frogs: The Thin Green Line                      23:00 South Park                                                                                                                              22:50 Deep Sea Salvage                         08:30 Think Green
09:00   The Talk                                01:55 Street Monkeys                                                                                                                                22:00 The Wolfman
                                                                                                      23:30 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon                                                                                                            23:40 Nostradamus: 2012                        09:30 Cruise Today
09:30   Dawsons Creek                           02:50 Monster Crocs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                10:00 Cruising the Spirit of Adventure
10:15   Days Of Our Lives                       03:45 Dangerous Encounters                                                                                                                                                                                                                         11:00 That Crazy French Woman
11:00   The Doctors                             04:40 Phantom Wolverine                                                                              OSN MOVIES FESTIVAL
                                                                                                                                                     01:30 Frenzy                                                                                                                                  12:00 Globe Trekker Special
12:00   Home Shopping                           05:35 Shark Men                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    13:00 Spring
13:00   Wendy’s Age                             06:30 Monster Fish                                                                                   03:30 Quills
                                                                                                                                                     05:30 Everybody’s Fine                                                                                                                        13:30 Think Green
13:45   White Poppy Ceren                       07:25 Hooked V                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     14:30 Travel Today
14:30   Oprah                                   08:20 Secret Shark Pits                                                                              07:15 Rudy                                     OSN SPORT 2
                                                                                                                                                     09:15 Enid                                     00:00 Emirates Twenty20 Cricket                                                                15:00 Indian Times
15:15   Dawsons Creek                           09:15 Dive To Tiger Central                           OSN FIRST                                                                                                                                     THE STYLE NETWORK                              16:00 Globe Trekker
16:00   Grey’s Anatomy                          10:10 Swamp Men                                       00:00 No Ordinary Family                       11:00 Che Part One: The Argentine              01:00 NRL Premiership                           00:00 Jerseylicious
                                                                                                                                                     13:15 A Far Off Place                          03:00 Super 15                                                                                 16:30 Globe Trekker
17:00   Monk                                    11:05 Shark Men                                       01:00 American Idol                                                                                                                           01:00 Fashion Avenue                           17:00 Australia’s Great Wildlife Islands
18:00   The Doctors                             12:00 Monster Fish                                    02:00 Survivor: Redemption Island              15:00 April Showers                            05:00 Super 15                                  01:30 Fashion Avenue
                                                                                                                                                     16:45 Che Part Two: Guerilla                   07:00 Emirates Twenty20 Cricket                                                                18:00 Hollywood and Vines
19:00   Oprah                                   13:00 Hooked V                                        03:00 No Ordinary Family                                                                                                                      01:55 Big Boutique                             18:30 Cruise Today
20:00   Wanted Men                              14:00 Python Hunters                                  04:00 Lie To Me                                19:00 Ghost                                    08:00 Super 15                                  02:25 How Do I Look?
                                                                                                                                                     21:15 Amelia                                   10:00 Total Rugby                                                                              19:00 Globe Trekker
21:00   Wendy’s Age                             15:00 Shark Men                                       05:00 Good Morning America                                                                                                                    03:20 Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?              20:00 Working Holiday
22:00   White Poppy Ceren                       16:00 Street Monkeys                                  07:00 CSI New York                             23:15 The Locusts                              10:30 Live Super 15                             04:15 Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?
                                                                                                                                                                                                    12:30 Live Super 15                                                                            21:00 Think Green
23:00   Hellcats                                17:00 Amazonia’s Giant Jaws                           08:00 One Tree Hill                                                                                                                           04:35 Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?              22:00 Julian and Camilla’s World Odyssey
                                                18:00 Dangerous Encounters                            09:00 Lie To Me                                                                               14:30 AFL Premiership                           05:10 Homes With Style
                                                                                                                                                                                                    17:00 Mobil 1 The Grid                                                                         23:00 Globe Trekker
                                                19:00 Python Hunters                                  09:30 Lie To Me                                                                                                                               05:35 Area
                                                20:00 Shark Men                                       10:00 Karen Sisco                                                                             17:30 Total Rugby                               06:05 Clean House
                                                21:00 Street Monkeys                                  11:00 The View                                                                                18:00 Live Super 15                             07:00 Big Boutique
                                                22:00 Amazonia’s Giant Jaws                           11:30 The View                                                                                20:00 Live Super 15                             07:30 Big Boutique
                                                23:00 Dangerous Encounters                            12:00 American Idol                            OSN MOVIES HD                                  22:00 AFL Premiership                           08:00 Clean House
                                                                                                      13:00 Survivor: Redemption Island              01:00 Head Over Heels                                                                          08:30 Clean House
MBC MAX                                                                                               14:00 Karen Sisco                              03:00 Bandslam                                                                                 09:00 Giuliana And Bill
00:30 The Simpsons Movie                                                                              15:00 Live Good Morning America                05:00 Nativity!                                                                                09:55 Giuliana And Bill                        ZEE AFLAM
02:00 The Company                                                                                     16:00 CSI New York                             07:00 The Lovely Bones                                                                         10:50 Giuliana And Bill                        01:00 Shapath
03:30 An American Rhapsody                                                                            17:00 The Ellen DeGeneres Show                 09:00 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice                                                                11:50 Giuliana And Bill                        03:30 Gupt
05:30 Wimbledon                                                                                       18:00 Emmerdale                                11:00 FAQs About Time Travel                                                                   12:50 Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?              06:00 Parampara
07:30 Desert Bloom                              OSN ACTION HD                                         18:30 Coronation Street                        13:00 The Adventures Of Rocky And Bullwinkle   OUTDOOR CHANNEL HD                              13:45 My Destination Wedding With The Knot     08:00 Shapath
09:00 The Man with One Red Shoe                 00:00 Grudge 3                                        19:00 Persons Unknown                          15:00 I Love You Beth Cooper                   00:05 Adventure Guides- Fishing Edition         14:45 Fat Free Fiances                         10:30 Sailaab
10:30 Zoolander                                 02:00 Notorious                                       20:00 The Event                                17:00 The Sorcerer’s Apprentice                00:30 Ride To Adventure                         15:40 Fat Free Fiances                         13:00 Dhoondte Reh Jaoge
12:00 The Simpsons Movie                        04:15 Midnight Meat Train                             21:00 Sons Of Anarchy                          19:00 Dance Flick                              01:45 Wardens                                   16:35 Marry Me In Mexico: Trish’s Dream...     16:00 Bhai
13:00 The Stepford Wives                        06:00 Fast And Furious                                22:00 Boardwalk Empire                         21:00 The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee           02:10 Wardens                                   17:30 Glamour’s 20 Wedding Do’s And Don’ts     19:00 Jhoom Barabar Jhoom
15:00 The Dive From Clausen’s Pier              08:00 Vertical Limit                                  23:10 CSI New York                             23:00 The Hurt Locker                          03:00 The Crush With Lee And Tiffany            18:25 The Dish Presents                        22:00 Aa Dekhen Zara
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                                                                                                                                                                     ZALMAY KHALILZAD | NYT NEWS SERVICE




                                       Westside

    Liberal Democrats in Decline
  Compromising on core issues leaves Nick Clegg in the lurch

T  HE remarkable political story in Britain
   is the dizzying decline of the third
party, the Liberal Democrats, from king-
                                                         coalition’s radical budget slashing, which
                                                         has pushed the recovering British econo-
                                                         my back toward recession. The Liberal
makers to helpless dependents on a                       Democrats were also forced to backtrack
Conservative coalition partner whose core                on campaign promises, like holding down
beliefs could not be more different from                 college tuition.
their own. The result has been an econom-                   The Liberal Democrats staked their
ic disaster for Britain and an electoral dis-            future on electoral reform. But, after
aster for the Liberal Democrats in this                  watching the party contort its policies and
month’s local elections.                                 its principles, voters concluded that the
   British national elections last year pro-             new voting system, which would produce
duced no parliamentary majority. After                   more frequent coalitions, was not such a
being wooed by the                                                          good idea. Liberal
Conservative          and                                                   Democratic voters were
Labour parties, the                                                         particularly dissatisfied.




                                                                                                                 S
Liberal Democrats, led                                                      The party’s local candi-                      INCE the 9/11 attacks, Pakistan        Ayman al-Zawahri; remove limits on the                          to embrace a settlement.
by the telegenic Nick                                                       dates were heavily                            has behaved toward the United          Predator drone campaign; uproot insur-                             Third, the United States should con-
Clegg, chose to form a                                                      defeated, and voting                          States as both friend and adver-       gent sanctuaries and shut down factories                        clude a longer-term agreement with
coalition with the                                                          reform went down 2 to                         sary — and gotten away with it.        that produce bombs for use against                              Afghanistan to maintain a small, endur-
Conservatives, swayed                                                       1.                                            The latest evidence of its duplici-    American and Afghan soldiers; and sup-                          ing military presence that would give us
by their promise of a                                                          Conservative voters               ty is the revelation that Osama bin Laden       port a reasonable political settlement in                       the capability to conduct counterterror-
referendum on switch-                                                       generally stuck with                 lived for years in a house near Pakistan’s      Afghanistan.                                                    ism operations and respond to possibili-
ing to a more propor-                                                       their party, which was               national military academy and a local              Such a settlement would ensure that                          ties like Pakistani nuclear weapons
tional voting system.                                                       delivering on its promis-            branch of its intelligence service without      Afghanistan does not again become a                             falling into the hands of extremists.
   On most other issues,                                                    es.                                  any evident interference.                       haven for terrorists, allay Pakistan’s legit-                      Fourth, the United States could con-
the Conservatives, led                                                         That may be the real                 Even before the American raid last           imate security concerns and provide                             sider seeking a United Nations Security
by Prime Minister                                                           lesson: Compromising                 week on Bin Laden’s compound in                 amnesty — and allow political participa-                        Council resolution to authorize an inves-
David Cameron, ended                                                        principle is not only bad            Abbottabad, Pakistan had a huge credi-          tion — for insurgents who lay down their                        tigation into how Bin Laden managed to
up calling the shots. By                                                    for the soul, it can be              bility problem. It provides arms and safe       arms and accept the Afghan constitution.                        hide in plain view. The inquiry should
far the most consequen-                                                     bad at the ballot box.               haven for Afghan insurgent groups and              In pursuing these goals, the United                          examine the presence of Al Qaeda and
tial of these has been the                                                  Voters may notice.                   pays their commanders to carry out              States should undertake a major diplo-                          other terrorist organizations in Pakistan.
                                                                                                                 attacks, but denies doing so.                   matic campaign, involving regional play-                           This strategy requires an improvement
                                                                                                                    In the broader war on terrorism,             ers like China and Saudi Arabia.                                in the troubled relationship between the
                                                                                                                 Pakistan says it is completely on our side.        If Pakistan fulfills these demands, the                      United States and Afghanistan. The
                                        Eastside                                                                 In fact, its record is very uneven. It has
                                                                                                                 been helpful in arresting some high-
                                                                                                                                                                 United States should reward it with
                                                                                                                                                                 long-term commitments of assistance,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 impending arrivals of a new American
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ambassador, Ryan C. Crocker, and com-
                                                                                                                 value Qaeda operatives and has allowed          through trade benefits, programs run                            mander, Lt. Gen. John R. Allen of the

                      When Fat’s a Fact
                                                                                                                 the United States to wage Predator drone        by the World Bank and the United                                Marine Corps, provide an opportunity to
                                                                                                                 attacks. But it has refused to move deci-       States Agency for International                                 make progress. The challenge for the
                                                                                                                 sively against groups that Washington           Development and similar efforts to pro-                         Afghan leadership and the new team is to
                                                                                                                 regards as terrorists and has put limits        mote development and education. But if                          achieve a partnership in which the
Don’t blame anyone for your adipose. Put on your jogging shoes                                                   on American unilateral operations. It is
                                                                                                                 not surprising, then, that no one took
                                                                                                                                                                 Pakistan refuses to cooperate, the
                                                                                                                                                                 United States must put an end to its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 United States sustains its commitment at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 much lower cost over time, while
                                                                                                                 seriously Pakistan’s protestations of           duplicity.                                                      Afghanistan does its part by improving

W     OULD you rather be blind than be fat?
      Apparently, there are many among us
who would rather lose their sight than be
                                                         of lining on you. There are also studies
                                                         which show that women with a bit of fat on
                                                         them are more likely to survive in harsh
                                                                                                                 innocence after the discovery of Bin
                                                                                                                 Laden.
                                                                                                                    The killing of Bin Laden only 60 miles
                                                                                                                                                                    First, the United States should reduce
                                                                                                                                                                 its dependence on supply lines running
                                                                                                                                                                 through Pakistan to Afghanistan. We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 governance and the rule of law.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    It is in neither America’s interest nor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Pakistan’s for relations to become more
seen with a few kilos about them, accord-                conditions like a famine.                               from Islamabad, its capital, has put            should expand alternative supply routes                         adversarial. But Pakistan’s strategy of
ing to a report on how obesity is actually                  Now such an eventuality is not likely to             Pakistan on the defensive, and the nature       through Azerbaijan and other countries                          being both friend and adversary is no
contagious. This will be a source of terror              occur in most of our lives, so it would be              of our strike capability is not lost on         in Central Asia. Also, as we draw down                          longer acceptable.
to the adipose-challenged. We know that                  better to hit the treadmill or cross-trainer            Pakistani leaders and their terrorist and       forces in Afghanistan, our logistical                              While the killing of Bin Laden was an
we cannot chose our relatives, but what                  without delay. But, heaven forbid, the per-             insurgent clients. With American influ-         requirements will diminish; this will give                      important success, a greater achieve-
happens when one of our colleagues is a                  son heaving next to you may be a little on              ence now at its peak and our troops still       the United States more leeway to consid-                        ment would be to transform United
little on the portly side? We certainly don’t            the healthy side, as we Indians so love say-            at full strength in Afghanistan, we have        er unilateral attacks against terrorists                        States-Pakistani relations into a true
want the fat genes leaping on to us, so                  ing.                                                    the leverage to force Pakistan to recon-        and insurgents in Pakistan.                                     partnership that fights terrorism,
should we shun the said individual?                         Should you then shun any weight-reduc-               sider.                                             Second, the United States should stay                        advances a reasonable Afghan settle-
   Now it may transpire that you yourself                ing exercise for fear of contagion? This                   The United States should pursue a            on the course set by President Obama to                         ment and helps stabilize the region.
have a little more weight about you than                 would perhaps lead to an outbreak of obe-               two-stage strategy. First, we should for-       build, train and support Afghan security
warrants good health. So, how would you                  sity all around. So let us not make any                 mally present any information about             forces and reduce our own military pres-                           (Zalmay Khalilzad, a counsellor
like it if people ran helter-skelter when you            excuses for allowing ourselves a few inches             Pakistani complicity in shielding Bin           ence while retaining the capacity to pro-                            at the Center for Strategic and
get into the lift? Or your spouse was to take            more, and blame it one the man or woman                 Laden to Pakistan’s leaders.                    vide air support, intelligence collection                                     International Studies,
off to another room fearing that your fat                next door.                                                 Then we should follow up with                and other capabilities that the Afghans                                      was an ambassador to
may become his or her fat?                                  What we really need is another study to              demands that Pakistan break the back-           currently lack. Such a posture can                                Afghanistan, Iraq and the United
   Before the fat really gets into the fire, let         tell us that we are as fat as we feel. All right,       bone of Al Qaeda in Pakistan by moving          strengthen Afghanistan against Pakistani                              Nations during the George W
us tell you that it is quite fine to have a bit          on the ground, hup, two, three, four…                   against figures like Bin Laden’s deputy,        interference and help persuade Pakistan                                      Bush administration.)
                                                 (NYT / HT)




                            Race to Save Digital Art From Oblivion
                               Pioneers of computer art are in danger because their work becomes obsolete as gadgets evolve



      A
              race is on against the fast pace                  work in film and video, “digital preser-      VANESSA THORPE | GUARDIAN NEWS SERVICE        London, was put together in a way that                      be exhibiting at the gallery, points out
              of technological change as sci-                   vationists” are campaigning for more                                                        subverts expectations of art. A piece                       that many contemporary artists are
              entists search for ways to pre-                   shared research and have organised            Preserving today’s works                      that initially appeared to be a still life,                 happy for their work to have a short
              serve today’s most innovative                     the first of a series of symposiums to be       of art poses more of a                      for example, turned out to be in perpet-                    lifespan, or at least can accept that its
              artworks.                                         held at King’s College London and                                                           ual motion. Projectors and monitors                         temporary nature is a key part of the
         A team of experts is warning that                      Cambridge next month.                         challenge to science than                     formed a part of the work itself.                           experience for viewers.
      some of Britain’s contemporary artistic                     The fast pace by which technology          continued efforts to restore                      “In digital art, the key is to find ways                    “Some artists who make digital art
      landmarks will be no more than mem-                       changes means that many of the earli-        and conserve the great oil                     of preserving the colour and visual                         that is ephemeral, who are almost like
      ories within a decade unless conserva-                    est works of art created on computer          paintings and sculptures                      aspects of a piece of art. If we don’t                      performance artists, are dedicated to
      tionists can effectively archive digital                  are in danger of being lost, or are                                                         preserve the digital art made today, it                     the idea that it will not last.
      works and stop them degrading.                            already impossible to read, while new        of the past. It is a problem                   could be like walking into a world-                            “But from an academic point of view,
         “The threat is very real that, unless                  interactive digital artworks, such as        already faced by collectors                    famous gallery and seeing nothing on                        of course, you want to be able to recre-
      we do something, we will have a ‘lost                     3D visualisations and video games,              and contemporary art                        the walls, that no art has survived                         ate the culture of the past and to show
      generation’ in terms of our cultural                      are so complex that scientists are not                                                      some global meltdown,” said                                 it to students.”
      heritage,” said Dr David Anderson,                        yet capable of faithfully preserving
                                                                                                                 galleries, as formats                      Anderson.                                                      Payne’s own work is what he
      who, together with his colleague Dr                       them.                                           are updated and CDs,                           A new digital art gallery launched on                    describes as “perceptual”, playing
      Janet Delve at the School of Creative                       “Digital preservation is desperately             DVDs and digital                         May 9 in the centre of Cambridge. The                       with what the viewer can see, such as
      Technologies at the University of                         important,” said Anderson. “In tech-             recordings degrade.                        vaulted section, set up by Anglia                           the Op Art movement of the 60s and
      Portsmouth, is leading efforts to save                    nology little things change all the time.                                                   Ruskin University inside the Ruskin                         70s.
      the more complex artworks of the digi-                    Over the course of a 20- or 30-year          tures of the past, Anderson and Delve          Gallery, which was opened by the art                           “It is designed with the idea of creat-
      tal age from oblivion.                                    working life, the software we use is         argue.                                         critic John Ruskin in 1858, has been                        ing a discrete physical effect on the
         “Past generations captured who they                    updated or made obsolete all the time,          It is a problem already faced by col-       fitted with cutting-edge 3D plasma                          viewer and for me, ideally, it should be
      were and what they did via museums                        but most of us aren’t really bothered by     lectors and contemporary art galleries,        screens to enable digital artists to                        shown in the context of a cinema, so I
      and books,” Anderson said, “but the                       the changes. But in terms of science         as formats are updated and CDs, DVDs           experiment.                                                 don’t know how you would ever pre-
      pace of technological development in                      and art, digital preservation is increas-    and digital recordings degrade.                   But the preservation of this kind of                     serve it effectively.”
      the digital age has now outstripped our                   ingly important.”                               Lloyd, 48, from Halifax, creates            work, in contrast, is still a work in                          Ironically, an artwork made or
      capacity for preservation.”                                 Preserving today’s works of art poses      innovative work that poses typical             progress.                                                   recorded on celluloid, or even on
         At the same time as the visual artist                  more of a challenge to science than          problems for conservators. Her recent             Dr Simon Payne, a digital video artist                   videotape, is more likely to survive the
      Hilary Lloyd is nominated for this                        continued efforts to restore and con-        film and video footage, previously on          and senior lecturer in film and media                       test of time than more recent work cre-
      year’s Turner prize for her inventive                     serve the great oil paintings and sculp-     display at the Raven Row gallery in            at Anglia Ruskin University, who will                       ated or archived digitally, Payne added.
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                                                                                                            When we all started clamouring
      Health is                                                                                             for more investment in educa-
                                                                                                            tion, I don’t think we envisioned
                                                                                                            it going into corporate profits.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Bloggers’
      Wealth                                                 Amazing America
                                                                                                            We have seen the future, and
                                                                                                            the good news is that the kids
                                                                                                            in Florida will be wearing belts.
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                                                                                                                                                                                        How to Be an
Chemo Combo
and Pancreatic
Cancer
                                                           READING, ’RITING                                                                                                             Optimist Without
                                                                                                                                                                                        Being a Fool
A    FOUR-DRUG chemotherapy regimen for
    deadly pancreatic cancer nearly doubled
patients’ survival time compared to standard
chemotherapy, a new study suggests.
                                                            AND REVENUES                                                                                                                T   HERE are quite a number of motivational
                                                                                                                                                                                            speakers and self-improvement books out
                                                                                                                                                                                        there with a surprisingly simple message:
                                                                                                                                                                                        believe that success will come easily to you
   In late-stage trials, French researchers split a                                                                                                                                     and it will. There is one small problem with
group of 342 patients with advanced pancreat-                                                                                                                                           this argument, however, which unfortunately
ic adenocarcinoma, the most common form of                    A little learning is a profitable thing. Look at Texas and Ohio                                                           doesn’t seem to stop anyone from making it:
the disease, into two groups. Half received                                                                                                                                             it is utterly false.
gemcitabine, the standard treatment, while the                                                                                                                                             In fact, not only is visualising “effortless




                                                          A
rest received FOLFIRINOX, a four-drug com-                         MERICAN education is               any difference. Just saying.             loose in their own classrooms.           success” unhelpful, it is disastrous. This is
bination of oxaliplatin, irinotecan, leucovorin                    going to be reformed until it        So that’s the pathbreaking pri-           The sponsor is Representative         good advice to give only if you are trying to
and fluorouracil.                                                  rolls over and begs for            vatisation news in Ohio. Now let’s       Mike Villarreal of San Antonio.          sabotage the recipient. It is a recipe for fail-
   The median survival time improved from 6.8                      mercy. Vouchers! Guns on           take a look at Texas, which has          Villarreal first came to my attention    ure. And no, I’m not overstating it.
months for those in the gemcitabine group to                       campus! Just the other day,        been leading the way in putting for-     as the legislator who proposed              But how can this be? Isn’t optimism a good
11.1 months in the FOLFIRINOX group,                      the Florida State Legislature took a        profit companies in charge of certi-     requiring that the course content in     thing? Yes it is. Optimism and the confidence
according to the study, which is published in             giant step toward ending the                fying teachers.                          public school sex education classes      it creates are essential for creating and sus-
the May 12 issue of the New England Journal of            scourge of droopy drawers in high             “Very interesting and very dis-        be medically accurate. The man is a      taining the motivation you need to reach your
Medicine. Those in the combination group did              school by upping the penalties for          turbing,” said Linda Darling-            positive genius for coming up with       goals. Albert Bandura, one of the founding
suffer greater side effects from treatment, how-          underwear-exposing pants.                   Hammond, a professor of educa-           bills to make the Texas education        fathers of scientific psychology, discovered
ever.                                                        Today, let’s take a look at the pri-     tion at Stanford who studies             system do something we really had        decades ago that perhaps the best predictor of
   “We explain to the patients the advantages             vatisation craze and the conviction         teacher     certification    issues.     assumed it had been doing all            an individual’s success is whether or not they
and toxicities of both regimens,” said study              that there is nothing about mould-          Darling-Hammond says that when           along. None of which make it out of      believe they will succeed. Thousands and
author Dr. Thierry Conroy, a professor of med-            ing young minds that can’t be               the federal government began             committee.                               thousands of experiments later, he has yet to
ical oncology at Nancy University and Centre              improved by the profit motive.              demanding certified teachers in             At a public hearing on Villarreal’s   be proven wrong.
Alexis Vautrin in Nancy, France. “The                        Enrollment in for-profit colleges        every classroom, Texas was among         bill, Reaser vigorously denounced           But there is an important caveat: to be suc-
FOLFIRINOX regimen was able to stabilize                  has ballooned to almost two mil-            the states that responded by creat-      the idea of requiring would-be           cessful, you need to understand the very vital
patients longer with improved quality of life             lion, propelled by more than $25            ing alternative certification pro-       teachers to actually get classroom       difference between believing you will succeed,
and delay degradation of quality of life.                 billion in federal student loans,                                                    experience as part of their training:    and believing you will succeed easily. Put
Unfortunately, it is still a palliative treatment         many of which are apparently                                                         “Practice teachers in front of kids      another way, it’s the difference between being
but able to save months, and sometimes years              never going to be repaid. More than           Let’s take a look at                   that aren’t practice learning!”          a realistic optimist and an unrealistic opti-
of life.”                                                 700 public K-12 schools around the          the privatisation craze                     To get an alternative teaching        mist.
   Pancreatic adenocarcinoma was the fourth               country are now managed by for-                                                      certificate in Texas you need to            Realistic optimists (the kind Bandura was
leading cause of cancer deaths in the United              profit companies. Last week, in               and the conviction                     take coursework and have 30              talking about) believe that they will succeed,
States in 2010, the study said, and the five-year         Ohio, the State House went for the           that there is nothing                   hours of “field-based” experience,       but they also believe they have to make suc-
survival rate is only 6 percent in both the               whole hog and approved legislation                                                   15 of which can be spent watching        cess happen, through things like effort, care-
United States and Europe.                                 that would allow for-profit busi-
                                                                                                      about moulding young                     videos. Villarreal says some pro-        ful planning, persistence and choosing the
   Study participants, whose average age was              nesses to open up their own taxpay-           minds that can’t be                    grammes fill up the other 15 with        right strategies. They recognize the need for
61, were still fully active and able to carry out         er-financed charter schools.                   improved by the                       things like chaperoning field            giving serious thought to how they will deal
daily activities, and sicker patients were not eli-          “It takes the public out of public                                                trips.                                   with obstacles. This preparation only increas-
gible. The trial was conducted at 15 centers in           education,” complained Bill Sims of              profit motive.                         It’s not clear how many people        es their confidence in their own ability to get
France during the second phase of the trial and           the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter                                                 get hired as full-time teachers with-    things done.
expanded to 48 centers during the third phase             Schools.                                    grammes, some of which have              out ever having stood in front of a         Unrealistic optimists, on the other hand,
of the trial.                                                This exciting new plan, which            requirements slightly less rigorous      classroom for a single hour. The         believe that success will happen to them —
   Patients discontinued the study at their               seemed to have been inserted into           than those for the trainers at neigh-    $4,195 Texas Teachers programme          that the universe will reward them for all
request or if they experienced unacceptable toxic         the state budget bill by a magical          bourhood gyms. Most of the new           (its ubiquitous billboards read:         their positive thinking, or that somehow they
effects — which included diarrhea, low blood cell         invisible hand, would also reduce           teachers in Texas — particularly at      “Want to Teach? When Can You             will be transformed overnight into the kind
counts and sensory neuropathy — or evidence of            oversight. It got a rave review in          schools in poor neighbourhoods —         Start?”) is a little opaque. For         of person for whom obstacles cease to exist
disease progression. One patient from each                The Columbus Dispatch from an               come from alternative certification      instance, Reaser assured me in a         (forgetting that even Superman had
group died from treatment-related causes, and             op-ed contributor named Thomas              programmes.                              phone conversation that his stu-         Kryptonite... and a secret identity that took a
273 of the 342 patients had died by the end of            Needles, who cheered legislators               Then, the Legislature invited for-    dents were required to have a vari-      lot of trouble to maintain... and also relation-
the median follow-up period of 26 months.                 for trying to end the “drip-drop of         profit businesses into the game.         ety of in-person interactions with       ship issues).
   Dr. Alberto Montero, an assistant professor            wrongheaded regulation” of char-            “Ever since then, the innovation         their instructors even though the           One of the clearest illustrations of the dan-
of medicine at Sylvester Comprehensive Care               ter schools.                                and competition has been phenom-         website says you can opt for “fully      gers of unrealistic optimism comes from a
Center at University of Miami Miller School of               Needles is a consultant for White        enal,” claimed Vernon Reaser, the        online instruction.”                     study of weight loss. Psychologist Gabriele
Medicine, said the results were “remarkable”              Hat Management, the largest com-            president of Texas Teachers, the            “On our website, we intentionally     Oettingen asked a group of obese women who
because the FOLFIRINOX group experienced                  pany currently managing charter             largest of the state’s alt-cert compa-   don’t say everything,” Reaser            had enrolled in a weight-loss program how
such an improved survival rate.                           schools in Ohio — and with none             nies.                                    explained. “It’s basically to get you    likely they felt they were to reach their goals.
   Montero cautioned, however, that a small               too great a record, according to the           Here is one indicator of how          to call us and ask us.”                  She found that those women who were confi-
minority of patients with pancreatic adenocar-            National Education Policy Center,           innovative things are getting. Texas        When we all started clamouring        dent that they would succeed lost 26 pounds
cinoma match the condition of patients in the             which said that only 2 percent of           is currently considering — although      for more investment in education, I      more than self-doubters, as expected.
study, who were still conducting normal daily             the schools White Hat runs have             not with any great intensity — a bill    don’t think we envisioned it going          But Oettingen also asked the women to tell
activities. Even newly diagnosed patients are             scored well on yearly progress tests.       that would require that people who       into corporate profits. We have          her what they imagined their road to success
often extremely ill, he said, and might not be            The owner of White Hat is a gynor-          go through these programmes              seen the future, and the good news       would be like — if they thought they would
able to tolerate the combination drugs’ toxic             mous donor to the state Republican          spend a couple of days practice          is that the kids in Florida will be      have a hard time resisting temptation, or if
effects.                                                  Party. Not that that would make             teaching before they are turned          wearing belts.                           they’d have no problem turning down free
                                                                                                                                                                                        doughnuts in the conference room and a sec-
                                                                                                                                                                                        ond trip to the all-you-can-eat buffet. The
                                                                                                                                                                                        results were astounding: women who
                                                                                                                                                                                        believed they would succeed easily lost 24
                                                                                                                                                                                        pounds less than those who thought their
                                                                                                                                                                                        weight-loss journey would be no walk in the

       Have                                                                                                                                                                             park.
                                                                                                                                                                                           She has found the same pattern of results in
                                                                                                                                                                                        studies of students looking for high-paying


      your say                                          Women to the fore at CMC
                                                      THIS is with reference to the news
                                                      report, ‘Mabrook Jufairi, three
                                                                                                                Great news
                                                                                                    APROPOS your news report,
                                                                                                    ‘Driving licence rules to be eased’,
                                                                                                                                               “Flowing gowns on the red
                                                                                                                                               carpet at Cannes. Are you
                                                                                                                                                      watching?”
                                                                                                                                                                                        jobs after college, singles looking to find last-
                                                                                                                                                                                        ing love, and seniors recovering from hip
                                                                                                                                                                                        replacement surgery. Realistic optimists send
                                                                                                                                                                                        out more job applications, find the courage to
                                                                                                                                                                                        approach potential romantic partners, and
                                                      cheers for women voters’, front-              published in the Nation section of                 S HARAD D EEP A GARWAL           work harder on their rehabilitation exercises
                                                      paged by Qatar Tribune, in its edi-           Qatar Tribune dated May 12.                                                         — in each case, leading to much higher suc-
     Is there an issue you feel                       tion dated May 10.                               It was thrilling to note that the
                                                                                                                                                               D OHA
                                                                                                                                                                                        cess rates.
     strongly about, or an article                       It made for interesting reading
                                                      how women voters had come out in
                                                                                                    Traffic Department at the Ministry
                                                                                                    of Interior is likely to relax the rules
                                                                                                                                                                                           Believing that the road to success will be
                                                                                                                                                                                        rocky leads to greater success, because it
     you want to comment on? QT                       force to exercise their franchise and         needed to apply for a driving                                                       forces you to take action. People who are con-
                                                      support their own in the Central              licence.                                                                            fident that they will succeed, and equally con-
     will carry your voice to the                     Municipal Council elections held                 It sure cuts a lot of hassle and                                                 fident that success won’t come easily, put in
     public and to places where it                    on Tuesday.
                                                         And though women outnum-
                                                                                                    paperwork to present just the per-
                                                                                                    sonal ID card and an eye-test cer-
                                                                                                                                                                                        more effort, plan how to deal with problems
                                                                                                                                                                                        before they arise and persist longer in the face
     matters. Write to us at                          bered their male counterparts in              tificate, as against a letter from the                                              of difficulty.
                                                      eight out of 29 constituencies,               employer and a copy of sponsor’s                                                       Unrealistic optimists are only too happy to
                                                      sadly, of the four women in fray,             company registration, among other                                                   tell you that you are “being negative” when
                                                      only Sheikha al Jufairi won and got           documents.                                                                          you dare to express concerns, harbor reserva-
                                                      re-elected.                                      Surely, as and when the new rule                                                 tions or dwell too long on obstacles that stand
                      ADDRESS                            However, it is a start and women           comes into effect, it will become                                                   in the way of your goal. In truth, this kind of
                                                      are coming forward more and more              much easier for people to obtain a         “Compassion is a sense of                thinking is a necessary step in any successful
            PO Box 23493, Doha, Qatar                 to try and become a functional part           driving licence.                                                                    endeavor, and it is not at all antithetical to
                     TELEPHONE                        of the society they live in. It was              When needless paperwork is cut,         caring, a sense of concern               confident optimism. Focusing only on what
               +974.44422077                          amazing to read that out of a total           naturally, whatever project one is          for others’ well-being.”                we want, to the exclusion of everything else, is
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                                                      of 1,631 voters in the Airport area           working towards becomes much                                                        just the kind of naïve and reckless thinking
                                                                                                                                                            D ALAI L AMA
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               +974.44416790                          tested and won, 456 women exer-                  Another case in point will be                                                    entire industries) in hot water.
                       EMAIL                          cised their voting rights as against          smart ID cards to be issued soon to                                                    Cultivate your realistic optimism by
          letters@qatar-tribune.com                   415 men.                                      expatriates.                                                                        combining a positive attitude with an honest
                                                                                KHALIDA BIBI                                     AFSAR JAFRI                                            assessment of the challenges that await
                                                                                      DOHA                                            DOHA                                              you. Don’t visualise success: visualise the
                                                                                                                                                                                        steps you will take in order to make success
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                                                       FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER
                                                                                                                                                                                 Yunus resigns as
                                                                                                                                                                                 Grameen Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                 MD a week after
                                                                                                                                                                                 losing legal case
                                                                                                                                                                                              AFP                    Staff and board members
                                                                                                                                                                                             DHAKA                 had also petitioned the gov-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ernment to appoint Yunus
                                                                                                                                                                                 BANGLADESH’S Nobel lau-           Grameen Bank chairman to
                                                                                                                                                                                 reate Muhammad Yunus has          ease the transition to new
                                                                                                                                                                                 stepped down from the pio-        leadership, but Finance
                                                                                                                                                                                 neering microfinance lender        Minister A.M.A Muhith told
                                                                                                                                                                                 he founded, a week after he       reporters late Thursday this
                                                                                                                                                                                 lost a legal fight against his     was “not acceptable”.
                                                                                                                                                                                 government-backed sacking,          “The staff of Grameen Bank
                                                                                                                                                                                 a statement said.                 cannot appoint the chair-
                                                                                                                                                                                    The 2006 Nobel winner          man,” he said.
                                                                                                                                                                                 said he was relinquishing the       Muhith said Yunus’s
                                                                                                                                                                                 post of managing director at      deputy Nurjahan Begum
                                                                                                                                                                                 Grameen Bank and his              would be acting managing
                                                                                                                                                                                 deputy, Nurjahan Begum,           director for three months
                                                                                                                                                                                 would take over.                  while a committee searched
                                                                                                                                                                                    “I am taking this step with-   for a new managing director
                                                                                                                                                                                 out prejudice to the legal        to replace Yunus on a perma-
                                                                                                                                                                                 issues raised before the          nent basis.
                                                                                                                                                                                 Supreme Court, and in order         “Grameen Bank is a fully
Pakistani security officials inspect the site following a suicide bomb attack outside the main training centre of Frontier Constabulary, in Shabqadar town, about 30 kilometres   to prevent undue disruption       government        institution,”
north of Peshawar, on Friday. (AFP)                                                                                                                                              of the activities of Grameen      Muhith said, adding that
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bank,” he said in a letter        Yunus had never agreed with



80 killed, 140 hurt in Taliban
                                                                                                                                                                                 released late Thursday.           him on this point but that the
                                                                                                                                                                                    Yunus, 70, was removed as      bank would now be run
                                                                                                                                                                                 head of the microlender on        accordingly.
                                                                                                                                                                                 March 2 by the central bank         The government is current-
                                                                                                                                                                                 for exceeding the mandatory
                                                                                                                                                                                 retirement age. He defied the


revenge attack in Pakistan                                                                                                                                                       order by returning to work
                                                                                                                                                                                 and lodging an appeal against
                                                                                                                                                                                 the sacking.
                                                                                                                                                                                    But the Supreme Court
                                                                                                                                                                                 ruled on May 2 that Grameen
                                                                                                                                                                                 Bank was a government insti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The government is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     currently examining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     a set of recommen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     dations from an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     investigation body
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to radically restruc-
              AFP                   Al Qaeda chief by US forces        apprehended in the raid and        buses for a 10-day leave,           casualty attacks.                  tution, not a private bank as       ture Grameen Bank
          SHABQADAR                 on May 2.                          taken into custody.                police said.                           The bombers blew them-          Yunus and his lawyers main-         and its sister com-
                                       In the fallout over the uni-      CNN said the women were            “This was the first revenge        selves up in Shabqadar, out-       tained, meaning Yunus must          panies.
PAKISTAN’S Taliban on               lateral raid and in another        interviewed as a group             for Osama’s martyrdom. Wait         side the biggest Frontier          abide by the state’s mandato-
Friday claimed their first           sign of damaged ties with          despite Washington’s desire        for bigger attacks in Pakistan      Constabulary (FC) training         ry retirement age of 60.
major attack to avenge              wary ally Washington, an offi-      to question them separately,       and Afghanistan,” Pakistani         centre in the northwest,              The ruling dashed his last     ly examining a set of recom-
Osama bin Laden’s death as          cial said Pakistan’s senior        and were openly “hostile” to       Taliban           spokesman         where Taliban and Al-Qaeda-        hopes to stay at the helm of      mendations from an investi-
80 people were killed in a          military officer General            the US officials.                   Ehsanullah Ehsan told AFP           linked militants repeatedly        the microlender, which has        gation body to radically
double suicide bombing on a         Khalid Shameem Wynne had             Pakistan’s     intelligence      by telephone from an undis-         attack security forces.            lent more than $10 billion to     restructure Grameen Bank
paramilitary police training        cancelled a visit to the United    agency, which CNN said also        closed location.                       The town is close to            8.3 million mostly rural          and its sister companies.
centre.                             States.                            attended the meeting, was not        Under           Hakimullah        Mohmand, which is in the           women since its inception in        Yunus has criticised the
  Around 140 people were               Pakistan has vowed to           immediately available to           Mehsud, who replaced                lawless tribal belt that           1983.                             proposals and said in his res-
wounded, 40 of them fighting         review intelligence coopera-       comment on the report.             Baitullah Mehsud as leader of       Washington has branded the            Following the ruling, which    ignation letter that he hoped
for their lives, in the deadliest   tion and one local security          Friday’s explosions deto-        the group after he was killed       headquarters of Al-Qaeda           cannot be appealed, Grameen       “Grameen Bank will continue
attack this year in the             official denied a CNN report        nated in northwest Pakistan        by a US missile in 2009, the        and where CIA drones carry         Bank staff and board mem-         to operate maintaining its
nuclear-armed           country,    that US intelligence agents        as newly-trained paramilitary      Pakistani Taliban has been          out missile strikes on Taliban     bers have said they have been     independence and character”.
where the government is deep        had interrogated three of bin      cadets, dressed in civilian        seen as increasingly inspired       and other Islamist militant        beaten or threatened to stop        Yunus and Grameen Bank
in crisis over the killing of the   Laden’s widows, who were           clothes, were getting into         by Al-Qaeda in waging mass-         commanders.                        them      campaigning       for   jointly won the Nobel peace
                                                                                                                                                                                 Yunus’s reinstatement.            prize in 2006 for creating
                                                                                                                                                                                    Yunus said he hoped his        “economic and social devel-
                                                                                                                                                                                 departure would “ensure my        opment from below”.


3 killed in US drone attack in Waziristan                                                                                                                                        colleagues and our eight mil-
                                                                                                                                                                                 lion members, and owners of
                                                                                                                                                                                 the bank, are not subjected to
                                                                                                                                                                                 any difficulty in discharging
                                                                                                                                                                                 their responsibilities”, he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The model has been copied
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in other developing countries
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and Yunus’s sacking was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   widely criticised by interna-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   tional supporters including
              AFP                   attack reported in Pakistan’s      North     Waziristan    on         year, with more than 100               Under      US     pressure,     wrote.                            the US government.
          MIRANSHAH                 tribal badlands on the Afghan      Thursday.                          drone strikes killing over 670      Islamabad has ordered an
                                    border, which Washington             Washington does not con-         people, according to an AFP         internal military investigation
A US drone fired two missiles        has dubbed the global head-                                           tally, and the CIA has said the     to ask how the Al-Qaeda chief
into a vehicle in Pakistan’s        quarters of Al-Qaeda, since          The new attack                   covert programme has                managed to live for years
tribal district of North            US Navy SEALs killed bin             coincided with a                 severely disrupted Al Qaeda’s       under the nose of its military.
Waziristan on Friday, killing       Laden in the Pakistani city of       joint sitting of par-            leadership.                         The opposition leader has
at least three militants in a       Abbottabad.                          liament in Islam-                   US drone strikes inflame          demanded a full, independent
Taliban and Al Qaeda strong-           The new attack coincided          abad, where Pak-                 anti-American feeling in            inquiry.
hold, officials said.                with a joint sitting of parlia-      istan’s intelligence             Pakistan, which has worsened           But under growing domes-
   The attack took place in the     ment in Islamabad, where             chief Ahmad Shuja                since a CIA contractor shot         tic pressure to punish
Kharkamar area, 40 kilome-          Pakistan’s intelligence chief        Pasha and army                   dead two Pakistani men in a         Washington for the bin Laden
tres (25 miles) west of             Ahmad Shuja Pasha and army           chief of staff Ash-              busy Lahore street in               raid, Pakistan’s civilian gov-
Miranshah, a stronghold of          chief of staff Ashfaq Kayani         faq Kayani were                  January, and over the per-          ernment said Thursday it
the Taliban and militants           were briefing lawmakers on            briefing lawmakers               ceived impunity of the bin          would review counter-terror-
linked to Al Qaeda, whose           the bin Laden operation.             on the bin Laden                 Laden raid.                         ism cooperation with the
leader Osama bin Laden was             Another local security offi-       operation.                          Pakistanis have also been        United States.
killed by US forces in              cial confirmed the strike and                                          outraged at the perceived              It was unclear if the move
Pakistan on May 2.                  toll, but said the identities of                                      impunity of the US raid, while      was intended as a threat, but
   “A US drone fired two mis-        the dead were not immediate-       firm drone attacks, but its         asking whether their military       it showed the extent of the
siles targeting a militant vehi-    ly known.                          military and the CIA operat-       was incompetent or con-             task facing US Senator John
cle, killing at least three mili-      At least five rebels were        ing in Afghanistan are the         spired to protect bin Laden,        Kerry as he prepares to
tants,” a senior security offi-      killed in a similar US strike      only forces that deploy them       whose Yemeni wife said he           embark on a mission to shore
cial told AFP.                      that targeted a militants’ vehi-   in the region.                     lived in Abbottabad for five         up badly strained ties with        Microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus (centre) emerges from the
   It was the fourth such           cle in the Datta Khel area of        The US strikes doubled last      years.                              Washington’s fractious ally.       high court building, in Dhaka, recently. (AFP)




Afghan women in headscarves wield guns with ease
                                                                                    AFP                   torn country, the total is          and other insurgents, who            A parking lot containing        it, it feels good,” she said,
                                                                                LASHKAR GAH               around 1,200 out of 126,000,        know that police will take on an   bombed-out patrol vehicles        dressed in a dark green thigh-
                                                                                                          or roughly one percent.             increasing role in the run-up to   outside police headquarters in    length tunic with a badge
                                                                       FOR the handful of women             They mainly work at check-                                           the provincial capital, Lashkar   showing the Afghan flag on
                                                                       police in one of Afghanistan’s     points, searching other               There are just 16                Gah, where AFP met the            one arm and the police
                                                                       most volatile provinces, dan-      women for weapons, suicide            women police out                 women, is a constant reminder     insignia on the other.
                                                                       ger and disapproval are all in     vests or any other signs of           of a total force of              of the dangers they face.            While most members of her
                                                                       a day’s work. Not that it both-    insurgent activity, although          several thousand                   Carmela, 37, said she joined    family are happy with her job,
                                                                       ers them.                          some have even lower grade            in Helmand                       up to support her family after    which comes with a relatively
                                                                         “I’m police — police             jobs such as cleaning build-          province, southern               her husband, a policeman,         good salary of around $350 a
                                                                       should not be scared of any-       ings at police headquarters.          Afghanistan. The                 was killed by the Taliban.        month, she said her father-in-
                                                                       thing,” one of them,                 While on duty, most of              total is around                    She insisted she was not        law was “not happy” but
                                                                       Carmela, told AFP. “I’m            them cover their faces and            1,200 out of                     afraid of the same fate, but      could not say why.
                                                                       doing my job like a man.”          wear sunglasses to avoid              126,000, or roughly              said her greatest ambition in        Such attitudes are com-
                                                                         There are just 16 women          being recognised. All have had        one percent.                     policing was to be able to        mon, particularly in areas
                                                                       police out of a total force of     to secure permission from                                              carry a gun.                      such as Helmand which are
                                                                       several thousand in Helmand        their families to join the force.                                        “One of my favourite sub-       desperately poor and where
An Afghan female police cadet during a training programme at           province,            southern        Police in Helmand are fre-        the transition to Afghan con-      jects in policing is firearms —    many people are poorly edu-
police training centre, in Herat, Afghanistan, recently. (AFP)         Afghanistan. Across the war-       quently targeted by the Taliban     trol of security in 2014.          when I have a pistol and fire      cated.
                                                                                                                 WORLD                                                                                          Saturday, May 14, 2011
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Medvedev warns of risks of one-man show
              AFP                   Medvedev said in the central                                                                                                                                                            He suggested that history
            MOSCOW                  Russian city of Kostroma.                                                                                                                                                            knows examples of lone
                                       “If they do not bring prob-                                                                                                                                                       reformers who had to con-
PRESIDENT               Dmitry      lems in present, have no doubt:                                                                                                                                                      front a majority promoting
Medvedev on Friday warned           in the nearest foreseeable                                                                                                                                                           “an absolutely unpopular
against building a system of        future they will create huge                                                                                                                                                         point of view” to bring about
authority based around a            problems both for the country                                                                                                                                                        change. “But they were
single leader, in the latest        itself and the concrete person.”                                                                                                                                                     proved right,” Medvedev said.
sign of an emerging split                                                                                                                                                                                                   Polls show that Putin
with Russian strongman                “The over-con-                                                                                                                                                                     remains Russia’s most popu-
Vladimir Putin.                       centration of                                                                                                                                                                      lar politician even though his
   Speaking in comments               power is a                                                                                                                                                                         approval ratings and those of
broadcast live on state televi-                                                                                                                                                                                          the United Russia party have
sion, Medvedev did not                dangerous thing                                                                                                                                                                    taken a beating in the past
specifically mention his men-          indeed. It                                                                                                                                                                         months. Medvedev draws his
tor Putin who has dominated           leads to civil                                                                                                                                                                     support from young urban
Russia since 2000 as presi-           war,” said                                                                                                                                                                         well-educated Russians but
dent and now prime minister           Medvedev                                                                                                                                                                           does not have a broad politi-
under a system known as a                                                                                                                                                                                                cal powerbase of his own.
“power vertical.”                      Putin is seeking to co-opt                                                                                                                                                           His address appeared to be
    But the Kremlin chief’s         social and political forces and                                                                                                                                                      a perfectly choreographed
remarks appeared an unusu-          unite them around his ruling                                                                                                                                                         example of Kremlin political
ally clear and harsh criticism      United Russia party in a coali-                                                                                                                                                      theater. Young parliament
of the political system built up    tion he called an All-Russia                                                                                                                                                         members           representing
in Russia over the last decade      People’s Front.                                                                                                                                                                      Russia’s main political parties
since Putin succeeded Boris            The move comes ahead of                                                                                                                                                           including Communists com-
Yeltsin as president.               parliamentary       polls     in                                                                                                                                                     plained that Putin’s ruling
   “The over-concentration of       December followed by presi-                                                                                                                                                          United Russia party sidelined
power is a dangerous thing          dential election three months                                                                                                                                                        them in politics.
indeed. It happened repeatedly      later. “By saying it is danger-                                                                                                                                                         “We are urgently asking
in our country and as a rule it     ous to link the country’s fate                                                                                                                                                       you to be the guarantor of
either led to stagnation or civil   to one person, Medvedev has                                                                                                                                                          the Constitution,” said
war. “We should not allow           clearly shown he does not          Russian President Dmitry Medvedev addresses young deputies of parliamentary parties, in Kostroma, Russia, on Saturday.         (EPA)              Mikhail Degtyarev of the
that,” said Medvedev whom           want Putin to be Russian                                                                                                                                                             the ultra-nationalist Liberal
Putin installed at the Kremlin      president for the next six           Under Medvedev, a presi-         2024. Putin and Medvedev,              against each other. So far nei-    competition. “Each generation        Democratic Party.
in 2008 after serving the maxi-     years,” political analyst          dential term was extended          seen as his junior partner in          ther has ruled out standing.       has its own heroes,” said                “We need real political
mum two consecutive terms.          Dmitry      Oreshkin        told   from four years to six mean-       the ruling tandem, have both           But Medvedev, Putin’s docile       Medvedev, who in recent              competition,” added Grigory
   “Attempts to build a power       Moscow Echo radio.                 ing the country’s next leader      previously said they would             former chief of staff, did not     months      has     appeared         Fandeyev of A Just Russia, a
system for a specific person            “The crack in the tandem is     may stay in power for two          agree who would run in the             embrace Putin’s popular front,     increasingly conscious of his        left-leaning Kremlin-friendly
are dangerous in any case,”         becoming clear,” he said.          consecutive terms, or until        elections so as not to compete         calling instead for political      own place in Russian history.        party.




  US envoy to take Over 40 hurt in China bank blast                                                                                                                                                                      Russia warns
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         West against
  up N Korean nuke                                                                   AP
                                                                                   BEIJING
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         intervention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in Syria
  plans in Seoul                                                       A BANK cashier fired for
                                                                       stealing money threw a gaso-
                                                                       line bomb inside the bank in
                                                                       northwestern China on                                                                                                                                          DPA
               AFP                     Its Committee for the           Friday, injuring over 40 peo-                                                                                                                                MOSCOW
              SEOUL                 Peaceful Reunification of           ple, some of whom jumped
                                    Korea said Pyongyang               from a fifth-story window to                                                                                                                       RUSSIAN Foreign Minister
  THE US special envoy on           must reconsider its stance         escape, the local government                                                                                                                      Sergei Lavrov onFriday
  North Korea Stephen               on pursuing dialogue since         said.                                                                                                                                             warned Western nations
  Bosworth will visit South         it had become clear that              The     suspect,     Yang                                                                                                                      against intervening in Syria,
  Korea next week to coordi-        Lee is “set to stand in con-       Xianwen, fled but was caught                                                                                                                       saying any outside interfer-
  nate         policy-making        frontation to the last”.           by police about nine hours                                                                                                                        ence in fighting between sup-
  towards nuclear-armed                Six-party talks on ending       later a short distance away,                                                                                                                      porters of the government and
  Pyongyang,       diplomatic       the North’s nuclear pro-           the government said.                                                                                                                              its opponents could make a
  sources said on Friday.           grammes in return for                                                                                                                                                                dangerous situation worse.
     Bosworth will arrive on        diplomatic and economic                                                                                                                                                                 “This worries us very much,”
  Monday and meet Foreign           benefits have been stalled            The injured, with                                                                                                                               Lavrov said in comments to
  Minister Kim Sung-Hwan,           since December 2008.                 visible burns, were                                                                                                                             reportersduring a visit to the
  the South’s chief nuclear            The     North      fuelled        carried out of the                                                                                                                              Kazakhstan capital Almaty.
  envoy Wi Sung-Lac and top         regional security fears last         building on                                                                                                                                        “There is a dialoguein
  presidential security advis-      November by disclosing an            stretchers, accord-                                                                                                                             progress (between the regime
  er Chun Young-Woo dur-            apparently functional ura-           ing to a witness                                                                                                                                of President Bashar al-Assad
  ing his three-day stay, they      nium enrichment plant,               quoted by Xinhua.                                                                                                                               and his opponents) and all
  said.                             which could give it a sec-                                            A victim of the blast being taken to hospital, in Tianzhu, north China’s Gansu province, on Friday. (AFP)      healthy forces want a ceasefire
     Discussions are likely to      ond way to make atomic               Employees of the Tianzhu                                                                                                                        ... this must not be interrupt-
  focus on stalled nuclear          bombs in addition to its           County       Rural     Credit      story building.                        building on stretchers,              Tianzhu,     with     about        ed.” An ongoing intervention
  disarmament talks and the         plutonium stockpile.               Cooperative Union were               The statement said Yang              according to a witness quoted      200,000 people, is an area of        by NATO nations in Libya’s
  issue of providing the hun-          The North has expressed         meeting at about 8 a.m. when       was fired last month for                by Xinhua.                         pasturelands stuck between           civil war has done little to
  gry communist state with          interest in restarting the         Yang threw the gasoline            embezzling bank money.                   A woman who answered             deserts and mountains in             reduce unrest and is possibly
  food aid, Yonhap news             six-party forum that also          bomb, the propaganda office           A witness reached by phone           the phone at the Tianzhu           Gansu province about 450             prolonging it - amistake that
  agency said.                      involves China, the United         of the county’s Communist          and the official Xinhua News            County Hospital’s security         miles (725 kilometers) west of       should not be repeated in
     They     would       also      States, Russia, South Korea        Party said in a statement.         Agency described ambu-                 office told The Associated          Beijing.                             Syria, Lavrov said.” (Syria’s
  exchange views on frozen          and Japan.                           It said more than 40 people      lances and police streaming            Press about 20 victims had           More than 80 police were           political groups) are attempt-
  inter-Korean relations and           Seoul and Washington            were hurt, 19 seriously. It        to the scene in the county seat        been sent there. She did not       involved in the search for           ing to find a peaceful solution,
  President Lee Myung-Bak’s         say it should first show it is      said some of the injured           of Tianzhu in Gansu province.          know how seriously they were       Yang, who was cornered at            with the assumption that there
  suggestion that he could          serious about nuclear dis-         jumped from the meeting              The injured, with visible            hurt. Like many Chinese, she       the county waterworks, the           will not be an outside interven-
  invite the North’s leader         armament and work to               room window onto a three-          burns, were carried out of the         refused to give her name.          county government said.              tion,” he said.
  Kim Jong-Il to a multina-         mend ties with the South.
  tional nuclear summit in             Former US president
  Seoul next March.                 Jimmy Carter visited North
     Lee, who is on a
  European tour, said in
  Berlin this week that the
  North should announce
                                    Korea last month and said
                                    it was ready for peace talks
                                    with the South, but the
                                    Seoul government ques-
                                                                       China rules out talks with new Tibetan leader
  willingness to give up its        tioned Pyongyang’s sinceri-                      AP                   Tibet” magazine, a top official
  nuclear weapons ambitions         ty.                                            BEIJING                for Tibetan contacts said
  as a precondition for sum-           Cross-border relations                                             Beijing would only meet with
  mit attendance.                   have been frigid since             CHINA appeared to rule out         personal representatives of
     He also called on it to        Seoul accused Pyongyang            talks with the new head of         the Dalai Lama.
  take responsibility for two       of torpedoing a warship in         Tibet’s government-in-exile           “That government-in-exile
  deadly border incidents           March 2010 with the loss of        on Friday, quashing any hope       of his, no matter who leads (it),
  last year.                        46 lives.                          of      improved      relations    it’s all just a separatist political
     Pyongyang             late        The North denies the            between Beijing and the new        clique that betrays the mother-
  Wednesday rejected Lee’s          charge but shelled a South         leadership.                        land with no legitimacy at all
  proposal as “provocative”         Korean border island last             Beijing does not recognize      and absolutely no status to
  and “reckless”, calling him       November, killing four             the government, based in           engage in dialogue with the
  a traitor.                        people.                            India, that until recently was     representatives of the central
                                                                       headed by the Dalai Lama. It       government,”         said      Zhu
                                                                       has held talks with the Tibetan    Weiqun. China accused the
                                                                       Buddhist leader and his repre-     Dalai Lama — and other exiled
                                                                       sentatives in the past, but nine   Tibetans — of seeking inde-
                                                                       rounds have made no head-          pendence, though he insists he
                                                                       way. Recently, though, the         only wants greater autonomy
                                                                       Dalai Lama turned over politi-     for the region.                        Supporters greet Tibetan government-in-exile’s newly elected PM Lobsang Sangay (right), in
                                                                       cal power to an elected head of       Zhu did not say if China            Dharamsala, on Friday. (REUTERS)
                                                                       the government, Lobsang            would meet with Lobsang
                                                                       Sangay, a 43-year-old Harvard      Sangay if he were to adopt             sands of Tibetans around the       under Chinese rule by follow-        tively independent for most
                                                                       legal scholar who won April        another title. Previously,             world after the 75-year-old        ing the “middle path,” the           of that time. The Dalai Lama
                                                                       elections.                         China has met with officials of         Dalai Lama said he wanted to       Dalai Lama’s policy of meas-         fled into exile in amid an
                                                                          Lobsang Sangay said this        the exile government in their          shift his political authority to   ured compromise.                     abortive uprising against
                                                                       week he was ready to negoti-       capacity as the Dalai Lama’s           an elected leader.                   China claims Tibet has             Chinese rule in 1959, nine
                                                                       ate with China “anytime, any-      special representatives.                 Lobsang Sangay said his          been its territory for cen-          years after communist forces
  US special envoy on North Korea Stephen Bosworth                     where.” However, in an inter-         Lobsang Sangay was elect-           government would seek gen-         turies,   although     many          entered the Himalayan
                                                                       view with the official “Chinese     ed last month by tens of thou-         uine autonomy for Tibet            Tibetans say they were effec-        region.
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New Jersey an unlikely leader in solar energy
          REUTERS                  stringent legislative energy     percent from solar power.         fair game for housing solar        farms.                              is designed to generate more       will simply be passed onto
          MONTCLAIR                mandate by the state govern-       Under its carbon offset pro-    farms.                               “I used to say renewable          than $1 million a year in elec-    consumers.
                                   ment and a generous carbon       gram, New Jersey allows com-         Recently approved legisla-      energy is going to be the issue     trical power, school officials         Most controversial are
NEW Jersey, home to more           offset program has made New      panies that emit greenhouse       tion calls for opening access to   of the future, but I think it is    say. “That’s money we would        180,000 solar panels being
industrial waste clean-up sites    Jersey the nation’s second       gases to buy certificates, or                                         the issue of now,” said             not have to pay to buy electric-   attached to utility poles along
than any other state, is poised    largest producer of solar        credits, from producers of          Most controversial               Democratic state Senator            ity,” said E J Miranda, a uni-     quiet residential streets, part
to become an unlikely shining      power,       trailing    only    renewable energy, giving            are 180,000 solar                James Whelan, sponsor of the        versity spokesperson.              of a push by the state’s largest
example to the nation on use       California, where more than      them a source of revenue and        panels being                     Pinelands legislation.                 The Rutgers solar project       utility company, the Public
of solar power, but not every-     half the days are typically      an incentive to invest in solar     attached to utility                At Rutgers University, 60         has become something of an         Service Electric and Gas
one is happy about it.             sunny.                           power.                              poles along quiet                percent of the Livingston           academic tourist attraction        Company, to produce enough
   One of the nation’s smallest      Legislation passed during        Photovoltaic panels, which        residential streets.             campus is expected to be pow-       with students as far away as       solar power to supply 13,000
and most populous states,          former       Governor     Jon    collect the sun’s energy, have                                       ered by its existing seven-acre     North Carolina paying the          homes.
New Jersey is not known for        Corzine’s administration in      sprung up on utility poles,       old landfills — 80 are located      solar farm and a new 32-acre        farm a visit. But not everyone        The utility’s $518,000 mil-
its sunshine — it has five          2006 requires energy suppli-     atop parking lots and on          in the Pinelands National          solar canopy that will begin        is warming to solar power’s        lion investment in solar ener-
cloudy days for every three        ers to get 20 percent of their   rooftops across the state.        Reserve in the southern part       construction this summer and        embrace. Critics say solar         gy will bump up consumer
sunny days.                        power      from     renewable    Vacant lots, farmland and         of the state — for renewable       set to be completed next sum-       panels are ugly and that the       energy bills by 29 cents a
   Yet the combination of a        sources by 2020, including 2     university campuses are all       energy use such as solar           mer. The new canopy system          high cost of investing in solar    month, the company said.




  New Orleans braces
  for Mississippi                                                   Ron Paul enters race for
  flood waters
           REUTERS
          NEW ORLEANS
                                   levee failed during or after
                                   Katrina and river levees
                                   have held this year all
                                                                    US presidency third time
  AN air of nervous calm per-      along the Mississippi.                        AFP
  vades New Orleans as it            And everyone expects                    WASHINGTON
  awaits a wall of water from      the US government to
  the swollen Mississippi          open the Morganza spill-         RON Paul, a US congress-
  river just six years after the   way to divert the water          man from Texas, announced
  city was devastated by           away from New Orleans to         on Friday a new run for the
  flooding from Hurricane           farmland further north.          Republican        presidential
  Katrina.                           Since 2005, billions of        nomination for 2012, saying
     Traffic continued nor-         dollars have gone into           Americans are now ready for
  mally on the rising river        improving flood protec-          his libertarian ideas.
  through New Orleans on           tion on outflow canals and          It will be the third attempt
  Friday, the last big city the    along surrounding low-           for Paul, who ran as a
  river touches before it emp-     lands that make New              Republican in 2008 but
  ties into the Gulf of Mexico.    Orleans vulnerable to            failed to win any primaries,
     Unlike some cities and        storm surges from the            and was the Libertarian
  towns to its north, New          Gulf.                            Party candidate in 1988.
  Orleans is not consumed            The work included                “Time has come around to
  with flood preparations.          rebuilding the concrete          the point where the people
  Some sandbagging has             floodwalls that breached          are agreeing with much of
  occurred along the river-        after the storm and raising      what I’ve been saying for 30
  front.                           or reinforcing some earth        years. So, I think the time is
     But for the most part         levees around the city.          right,” Paul told the ABC
  people are going about             “People don’t appreciate       program “Good Morning
  their usual activities while     the massive size of our          America.”
  keeping an eye on flood           river levees,” said Jean           Paul, 75, has long
  news.                            Vossen, chief of the civil       espoused a philosophy call-
     “I’m not worried, maybe       branch for the Army              ing for less government,
  anxious is the right word,”      Corps of Engineers’ New          reduced taxes and decrimi-
  said Oliver Hennessey, a         Orleans district.                nalising prostitution and         US Representative Ron Paul, in Washington, recently.   (REUTERS)
  university professor who           The earth structures           drugs.
  had bicycled four blocks         that line both sides of the        “I think that’s how a free      to a non-interventionist for-      tornadoes that ripped across        bility on the taxpayer? It         Afghanistan,           calling
  from his home to the river       Mississippi River rise           society works,” he told ABC       eign policy and eliminating        the south in late April, and        doesn’t make good moral            American involvement there
  to get a view from a West        about 20 feet above              from the state of New             the    Internal      Revenue       contend with historic flood-         sense or constitutional            a costly and “fruitless ven-
  Bank levee top.                  ground level.                    Hampshire, where he is            Service.                           ing of the Mississippi river.       sense.” According to his web-      ture.”
     He watched as two large         The levees are 10 feet         expected to hold his first           Paul’s “live-and-let-live”         “I’m on the Gulf Coast. I         site, Paul “has never voted to       The conservative lawmak-
  ships swept by moving            wide at the crown and            post-announcement cam-            ideas have proven popular          have a house on the beach, or       raise taxes” and “has never        er is considered by some an
  downstream, seeming to           range from 200 feet to           paign event for 2012.             with followers, but his aver-      had one recently. And I don’t       voted for a federal restriction    inspiration for the Tea Party
  tower above the French           300 feet across at their           In 2008 the former obste-       sion to federal relief pro-        think somebody in New York          on gun ownership.”                 movement, having endorsed
  Quarter, the city’s party        base.                            trician rallied thousands of      grams such as financial             or New Hampshire or Iowa               He also voted against the       the notion of lower taxes
  district, directly on the          The heft of these struc-       Americans around his mini-        assistance for flood victims        have to pay for my flood on          Patriot Act and the Iraq war       and less government years
  other side of the river.         tures is reassuring to local     malist message, which             has raised hackles in some         the Gulf Coast.                     and does not participate in        earlier.
     The calm may be sur-          people like Hennessey.           included pressing Wash-           quarters, especially as              “And if the insurance won’t       “the lucrative congressional         In Congress, he has been a
  prising given what the city      “I’m not concerned about         ington to quit the United         Americans grapple with the         sell it to you, it means it’s too   pension programme.”                frequent critic of the Federal
  went through in 2005.            flooding really, as long as       Nations and the World             aftermath of last year’s Gulf      dangerous. If it’s too danger-         For years he has called for     Reserve and advocated a
  New Orleans still has not        they’re going to open up         Trade Organisation, a return      of Mexico oil spill and deadly     ous, why dump the responsi-         pulling US troops out of           return to a gold standard.
  fully recovered from the         the Morganza Spillway,”
  disaster produced by the         he said.
  failure of several local           The fact that a local resi-
  floodwalls          following
  Hurricane Katrina, when
  flood waters inundated the
                                   dent even mentions the
                                   spillway says a lot.
                                     As recently as a few           Bush praised Obama Travellers warned not
  city and resulted in 1,500       months ago, locals had not
                                                                                            to rely only on GPS
                                                                    for Osama’s elimination
  deaths along with stagger-       even heard of the flood-
  ing property losses.             protection structure near
     This time, locals are         Morganza,        Louisiana,
  pinning their hope on two        some 35 miles north of                                                                                                                              REUTERS                  need to put the GPS down
  things — not a single river      Baton Rouge.                                                                                                                                          SALMON                 and look out the window,”
                                                                                 AFP                                                                                                                            said Howard Paul, veteran
                                                                             WASHINGTON                                                                                      TRAVELLERS in the western          search and rescue official with
                                                                                                                                                                             US should not rely solely on       the Colorado Search and
                                                                    FORMER US president                                                                                      technology such as GPS for         Rescue Board, the volunteer
                                                                    George W Bush praised the                                                                                navigation, authorities said,      Organisation that coordinates
                                                                    mission to eliminate Osama                                                                               after a Canadian couple were       that state’s missions.
                                                                    bin Laden as a “good call” but                                                                           lost in the Nevada wilderness         Sheriff’s offices in remote,
                                                                    was “not overjoyed” by the                                                                               for 48 days.                       high-elevation parts of Idaho,
                                                                    news, ABC News reported on                                                                                  Albert Chretien, 59, and his    Nevada and Wyoming report
                                                                    Friday.                                                                                                  wife Rita Chretien, 56, sought     the past two years have
                                                                      ABC said Bush told an                                                                                  a shorter route between            brought a rise in the number
                                                                    audience this week that he                                                                               Boise, Idaho and Jackpot,          of GPS-guided Travellers
                                                                    received word that his suc-                                                                              Nevada during a road trip          driving off marked and paved
                                                                    cessor President Barack                                                                                  from British Columbia to Las       highways and into trouble.
                                                                    Obama wanted to talk to him                                                                              Vegas.                                The spike has prompted
                                                                    while dining at a restaurant.                                                                               Rita Chretien drank water       Death Valley National Park in
                                                                      “I was eating souffle at Rise                                                                           from a stream and rationed         California to caution on its
                                                                    Restaurant with Laura and                                                                                meager supplies until hunters      web site that “GPS navigation
                                                                    two buddies,” Bush said                                                                                  found her on Friday. Albert        to sites to remote locations
                                                                    according to an ABC News          US President Barack Obama (right) with former president George         Chretien has been missing          like Death Valley are notori-
                                                                    contributor. “I excused           W Bush, in Washington, recently. (REUTERS)                             since March 22, when he            ously unreliable.”
                                                                    myself and went home to                                                                                  went to seek help.                    When two roads diverge in
                                                                    take the call,” he added.         attacks, has declined inter-       upon learning the news,                The Chretians mapped the        Western lands, take the one
                                                                      “Obama        simply    said    view requests since the Al         Bush said he was “not over-         route on their hand-held GPS,      more travelled, authorities
                                                                    ‘Osama bin Laden is dead.’”       Qaeda leader was eliminated        joyed,” explaining that the         an electronic device tied to       said.
                                                                      Bush        said     Obama      as well as an invitation from      campaign to track down Al           global satellites and common-         “You’ve got people driving
                                                                    described in detail the mis-      Obama to join him at Ground        Qaeda leader was done not           ly used for navigation.            into the middle of a field
                                                                    sion to raid bin Laden’s          Zero to meet with victims’         “out of hatred but to exact            Law enforcement and             because a machine showed a
                                                                    Pakistani compound on May         families.                          judgment.” “The guy is              search and rescue officials         route that was shorter and
                                                                    2 and that he told Obama,           But he spoke to a crowd at       dead. That is good,” Bush           said that too many Travellers      quicker — which it ultimately
                                                                    “Good call.”                      a Las Vegas event on               said of bin Laden. “Osama’s         are letting technology lull        is not,” said Rob DeBree,
  Flood marks are shown on the outside wall of the Vicksburg          Bush, who initiated the         Wednesday       about      bin     death is a great victory in         them into a false sense of         undersheriff in Albany
  levee system, in Mississippi, recently. (REUTERS)                 global hunt for bin Laden         Laden’s death.                     the war on terror. He was           security.                          County in southeastern
                                                                    after the September 11, 2001        When asked how he felt           held up as a leader.”                  “There are times when you       Wyoming.
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Obama sets terms for ties with Cuba
           REUTERS                   socialist economy.                 actions expected from the
             MIAMI                      This has included more          Cuban side was likely to dis-
                                     opening for private initiative,    appoint those seeking more
THE United States needs to           although Castro insists Cuba       unilateral moves by him to
see “real change” in Cuba            will not shift to capitalism.      relax the U.S. sanctions
before there can be normal              Havana, which demands an        against the island.
relations between the two            end to the long-running US            Since taking office in
neighbours, President Barack         trade and financial embargo         January 2009, Obama has
Obama said.                          on Cuba, has released dozens       eased some aspects of the
  In comments that appeared          of political prisoners into        embargo, such as lifting
to dampen prospects for any          exile in an accord with the        restrictions on travel and
quick improvement in US-             Catholic Church.                   remittances to Cuba by
Cuban ties, Obama told the              But Obama said the gov-         Cuban-Americans, permit-
Miami-based Spanish-lan-             ernment headed by Raul             ting some US telecommuni-
guage      station       WLTV        Castro, who succeeded his          cations business with the
Univision 23 that despite            older brother and veteran          island, and boosting the cate-
“some talk” of reforms by            Cuban leader Fidel Castro in       gories of non-tourist travel to
Cuba’s communist rulers, he          2008, had yet to deliver real      Cuba by Americans to try to
did not see “realistic” changes      change that his administra-        promote “people-to-people”
happening yet on the                 tion could respond to.             contacts.
Caribbean island.                       “The bottom line is political      In the interview, Obama
  “I would welcome real              prisoners are still there who      was asked about the death on
change from the Cuban gov-           should have been released a        Sunday of a Cuban dissident
ernment ... For us to have the       long time ago who never            whom fellow opponents of
kind of normal relations we          should have been arrested in       the government said had
have with other countries,           the first place; political dis-     been beaten by police. Cuba’s
we’ve got to see significant          sent is still not tolerated. The   government has denied this,
changes from the Cuban gov-          economic system there is still     saying he died of natural
ernment and we just have not         far too constrained,” said.        causes.
seen that yet,” Obama said in           He added: “If you think            “He shouldn’t have been
an interview broadcast late on       about it, Castro came into         arrested in the first place,”
Thursday and on Friday.              power before I was born - he’s     Obama said, although he
  Cuban President Raul               still there and he basically has   added more details needed to
Castro, who says he is willing       the same system when the           be known about this specific
to discuss any issue with            rest of the world has recog-       incident.
Washington after a half cen-         nised that the system doesn’t         “There have been thousands
tury of ideological hostility,       work.”                             of people who have suffered as
has launched a range of eco-            The US president’s clear        a consequence of oppressive
nomic reforms aimed at revi-         conditioning of any signifi-        actions by the Cuban regime,”
talising Cuba’s centralised          cant improvement in ties to        Obama added.                        US President Barack Obama (left) with US Vice-President Joseph Biden, in Washington, on Wednesday.       (REUTERS)




  Mexican troops                                                        47% Americans oppose                                                                                                                         1 killed as train
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     hits truck in
  capture drug                                                                                                                                                                                                       Chicago

  cartel leader                                                         debt ceiling increase                                                                                                                        A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   AFP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 CHICAGO


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            COMMUTER           train
                                                                                   REUTERS                                                     Monday, May 16. But it could       raising the ceiling stands at      slammed into a truck at a
                AP                   uncle’s trafficking opera-                   WASHINGTON                                                    be July before Obama and           70       percent        among      grade crossing outside
           MEXICO CITY                                                                                        More than half of
                                     tions in a promotion                                                     Americans — 57                   Congress strike a deal to          Republicans,             while     Chicago early on Friday,
                                     approved by “El Chapo,”            NEARLY half of Americans              percent — are                    increase the borrowing             Democrats favour raising the       killing the truck driver and
  SOLDIERS have captured             Villegas told a news confer-       want their congressional rep-         following news                   authority,      though     the     limit by 33 percent to 26 per-     causing a derailment, officials
  the nephew and suspected           ence. He oversaw cocaine           resentatives to oppose a rise         about the debt                   Treasury estimates it can          cent.                              said.
  successor of a Sinaloa drug        trafficking from South              in the US debt ceiling, a poll        ceiling debate                   avoid default until August 2.        Forty-six percent of inde-          The inbound Union Pacific
  cartel leader who was killed       America through Mexico’s           said on Friday, as President          closely,                            But analysts warn that fail-    pendents are opposed vs. 15        train was approaching the
  last year in a gunbattle with      Pacific routes in the states        Barack        Obama          and      including 66                     ure to raise the limit would       percent in favour.                 station at Mount Prospect,
  troops,       a       Defence      of Jalisco and Colima,             Republicans try to bridge dif-        percent of                       roil financial markets around         “A vote in favour of raising     Illinois, when it struck the
  Department official said on         Villegas added.                    ferences over how to cut mas-         Republicans.                     the world, raising borrowing       the debt ceiling could be a dif-   truck around 8:40 am (1340
  Friday.                               One of Beltran’s alleged        sive annual deficits.                                                   costs for the federal govern-      ficult one for many members         GMT), said Michael Gills,
    Martin Beltran Coronel,          lieutenants,            Juan         The May 5-8 Gallup survey                                            ment and US companies and          of Congress, particularly for      spokesman for the Metra rail
  alias “The Eagle,” was             Francisco Lopez Coronado,          of 1,018 adults showed that 47      question of raising the debt       possibly be a drag on the          Republicans,” Gallup said in a     agency.
  arrested along with four           was also captured. The             percent of Americans want           ceiling has become a political     global economic recovery.          statement.                            “We are told by Mount
  other people in an exclu-          three others arrested,             their member of Congress to         bargaining chip in budget             How to tackle the $1.4 tril-      More than half of                Prospect police that the driver
  sive neighbourhood of              including two women, were          vote against an increase in the     negotiations, with Repub-          lion annual deficit and the         Americans — 57 percent —           of the truck is a fatality,” he
  Zapopan, a suburb of the           in charge of Beltran’s secu-       $14.3 trillion credit limit, ver-   licans demanding trillions of      mounting debt and also likely      are following news about the       told AFP. “I have not heard
  western          city      of      rity, Villegas said. Nine          sus 19 percent who would            dollars in annual spending         to dominate the US political       debt ceiling debate closely,       yet about any injuries on the
  Guadalajara, said Gen.             guns, six cars, jewellry and       prefer a vote in favour.            cuts in exchange for their sup-    debate during the 2012 presi-      including 66 percent of            train.” The incident on the
  Edgar Luis Villegas.               $400,000 in cash were                Thirty-four percent of            port to increase the debt limit.   dential campaign, as Obama         Republicans.                       train led to the service to the
    It is the same suburb            seized at the house.               respondents said they did not          The United States is on         seeks re-election.                   The survey has 4 percent-        northwest suburbs being sus-
  where his uncle, Ignacio              Masked soldiers paraded         know enough to decide. The          track to hit the ceiling on           Gallup said opposition to       age-point margin of error.         pended, he added.
  “Nacho” Coronel, died in a         the five suspects one-by-
  battle with soldiers who           one in front of journalists, a
  raided his mansion in July         practice the government
  2010. The elder Coronel
  had been considered one of
  the top three leaders of the
  powerful Sinaloa cartel,
                                     routinely uses to tout its
                                     drug war victories but that
                                     has been criticised by
                                     human rights activists and
                                                                        New York bomb plotter faces terror charges
  along with Ismael “El              some opposition politi-                          AFP                   jihadists but who were actu-
  Mayo” Zambada and                  cians. Beltran, wearing a                     NEW YORK                 ally undercover police,
  Joaquin       “El     Chapo”       red shirt and sporting a                                               Ferhani insisted everyone
  Guzman, who remain                 dark mustache and beard,           A MAN accused of plotting           dress as sharply as he did.
  among the world’s most-            looked grim as cameras             to blow up a Manhattan syn-            “He wanted to make sure
  wanted men. Ignacio                flashed in his face.                agogue had a double life as a       the undercover officers
  Coronel’s death was the               Although Villegas said          cosmetics counter clerk and         were involved, they wore
  biggest blow against the           Beltran had reached the            dapper dresser who insisted         suits and ties so they didn’t
  Sinaloa       gang      since      top ranks of the Sinaloa           his co-conspirators wear            stand out. That was his
  President Felipe Calderon          cartel, the Mexican govern-        sharp suits.                        operational         security
  intensified a crackdown on          ment had not publicly                New        York      police       approach,” Kelly said.
  cartels in late 2006. Martin       mentioned him before his           Commissioner Raymond                   Ferhani and co-accused
  Beltran took over his              arrest.                            Kelly fleshed out the details        Mohammed Mamdouh, 20,
                                                                        on Friday of the jaunty             a US citizen, were arrested
                                                                        jihadist who combines               on Wednesday after buying
                                                                        “pathological hatred for            handguns and an inert
                                                                        Jewish people” with a dis-          grenade from an undercover
                                                                        tinctly softer side.                officer in a sting operation.
                                                                          Ahmed Ferhani, a 26-              Officials announced the
                                                                        year-old Algerian immi-             arrests on Thursday.
                                                                        grant, formerly worked at              The two are being held
                                                                        swish department store Saks         without bail and face life in
                                                                        Fifth Avenue selling make-          prison if convicted on New
                                                                        up. And in addition to what         York      state    terrorism
                                                                        law enforcement officials           charges. According to prose-
                                                                        describe as an “aspira-             cutors, the pair discussed
                                                                        tional” plan for mass mur-          and planned setting off
                                                                        der in at least one syna-           explosives in a synagogue, as
                                                                        gogue and possibly at the           well as other mayhem.
                                                                        Empire State Building,                 However, the decision by
                                                                        Ferhani had quite different         federal prosecutors to leave
                                                                        aspirations: to be a model          the case in lower-level state
                                                                        and actor.                          hands indicated that the
                                                                          “You see the pictures in          threat was not considered to
                                                                        court. He’s a well-dressed          have national security impli-
                                                                        guy,” Kelly noted in an inter-      cations.
                                                                        view on CNN.                           Kelly and other officials
                                                                          During seven months of            said the two men are “home-
  Members of the alleged drug cartel, in Mexico City, on Friday. (AP)   interaction with people he          grown” and not part of a           New York City officials during a press conference about the break-up of a suspected terror plot against
                                                                        believed to be fellow               wider, foreign-based plot.         New York synagogues, on Thursday. (AFP)
16         Saturday, May 14, 2011
           www.qatar-tribune.com                                                                  THE LAST WORD

Special US ‘Super 30 helps Bihar’s deprived
envoy to    students make it to elite IITs’
M-E resigns
                                                                             RAJESH MISHRA                                                                                      the staff in the past to scare      Patna College and on his
                                                                                   DOHA                                                                                         him, but he stuck to his mis-       favourite teacher DP Verma’s
                                                                                                                                                                                sion. “Things have changed          advice he applied to the
                                                                      NOTED mathematician and                                                                                   now. Crime rate has gone            Cambridge University but
                                                                      head of Super 30, Anand                                                                                   down in Bihar in recent days.       could not afford to go there to
             AFP                     Both sides have shown            Kumar, has said that his insti-                                                                           Besides, the Nitish Kumar           pursue studies despite getting
          WASHINGTON               themselves unwilling to com-       tute not only gives lessons in                                                                            government has provided us          admission letter from the uni-
                                   promise on some of the             PCM (physics, chemistry and                                                                                                                   versity. He said he and his
SPECIAL envoy to the Middle        thorniest issues at the heart of   mathematics) but also helps                                                                                                                   mother sold ‘papads’ to earn
East, George Mitchell, is          the conflict, such as Israel’s      the students focus on their                                                                                 Super 30, an insti-               the livelihood after his
resigning after two years in       continued settlement building      ambition. Super 30 is an insti-                                                                             tute in Patna                     father’s death.
office, US officials said on         in the occupied Palestinian        tute in Patna (Bihar) that has                                                                              (Bihar), helps stu-                 Kumar, who has shared the
Friday, in a move likely to fur-   lands and the final status of       carved out a niche for itself in                                                                            dents focus on                    stage with celebrities like UK’s
ther complicate the moribund       Jerusalem, claimed by both as      India for getting as many as                                                                                their ambition. It                former PM Tony Blair and
peace process.                     their capital.                     212 underprivileged students                                                                                has carved a                      Hollywood filmmaker James
   The surprise resignation by       Washington’s last bid to         make it to the prestigious                                                                                  niche for itself in               Cameron and on whose life the
the seasoned diplomat comes        relaunch direct peace talks        Indian Institute of Technology                                                                              India by getting                  Al Jazeera English channel of
only days ahead of President       between the two sides in           (IIT) since its launch in 2003.                                                                             212 underprivi-                   Qatar, NHK Channel of Japan,
Barack Obama’s highly-antici-      September 2010 failed less           Talking to Qatar Tribune                                                                                  leged students                    Japanese Beauty Queen Norika
pated speech on the pro-           than a month later, when           on Friday, Kumar said,             Noted mathematician and head of Super 30 Anand Kumar address-            make it to the IIT                Fujiwara and British filmmaker
democracy uprisings sweep-         Israel refused to extend a         “Unless the students are           es the Bihar Diwas function, in Doha, on Friday. (MANEESH BAKSHI)        since 2003.                       Michelle Christopher have
ing Arab nations on Thursday.      moratorium on settlement           focussed they cannot achieve                                                                                                                  made short documentaries,
   The official announcement        building in the West Bank.         what they want. Hence, we          “coaching mafia against him”         who cannot afford education        with security guards.”              however, added that he still has
of Mitchell’s departure would        The political landscape has      have designed a multimedia         because of the remarkable           today,” he said.                     Responding to a query on          an unfulfilled dream.
be made later on Friday by the     also been muddied after the        presentation which tells the       success of Super 30.                   “Our students are sons of       how the idea of having an             He said he wanted to run an
White House, officials said,                                           story of a poor boy Bholu and        “There is a section of coach-     poor people such as rickshaw-      institute like Super 30 came to     institute for children right from
stressing the Obama adminis-                                          a rich boy Ricky. The story        ing institutes, which are           pullers, poor farmers, house-      him, Kumar said, “Being a son       Class-I stage so that he could
tration remained committed                                            instills self-confidence in our     spreading rumours like Super        maids and peanut sellers at        of a low paid postal clerk who      bring out the best in them right
to achieving peace in the                                             students, who see Bholu forg-      30 discriminates among              the railway station. Despite       died early, I have suffered a lot   from the beginning.
Middle East.                                                          ing ahead of Ricky despite his     castes and communities. It          their poor economic condi-         in life. I wanted to become a         Kumar said, “Thirty stu-
   “The fact that this is a hard                                      poverty because of his single-     only entertains students            tions, they are all very special   scientist in life but because of    dents are selected on the basis
issue, an extraordinarily hard                                        minded pursuit.”                   belonging to the so-called          because of their mental abili-     the financial constraints, I         of their performance in writ-
issue, is not news to anyone...                                         Kumar, who has attracted         backward castes and Dalits.         ties and capability to work        could not pursue my studies to      ten and oral tests conducted
who’s ever attempted to work                                          attention from the media,          But it is not like that. Our        hard and we try only to hone       that level. Therefore, I decided    every year. I provide food and
on it over these many years,”                                         academic circles and film-          main concern is economic.           their talents,” Kumar said.        to run an institute, which          lodging to these students and
said White House spokesman                                            makers from around the             We cannot ignore the fact that         Kumar said that criminals       entertained talented but            meet the cost by taking
Jay Carney. “But the fact is
that it’s important, and the
                                     Peace maker                      world, said a malicious cam-
                                                                      paign has been started by
                                                                                                         there are many talented chil-
                                                                                                         dren among the upper castes
                                                                                                                                             had even hurled bombs at his
                                                                                                                                             institute and stabbed one of
                                                                                                                                                                                impoverished students only.”
                                                                                                                                                                                  Kumar said he studied in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tuitions in the evening. I am
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    against accepting donations.”
president is committed to            US ENVOY TO THE MIDDLE EAST
continue working on it.”             GEORGE MITCHELL
   Obama tapped Mitchell as          The official
Middle East envoy at the start
of his new administration in
2009, hoping the former US
senator could bring his
renowned negotiating skills
                                     announcement of
                                     Mitchell’s depar-
                                     ture would be made
                                     later on Friday by
                                     the White House.
                                                                      Britain warns Syria of fresh sanctions
to the Arab-Israeli conflict.       Fatah party of Palestinian                       AFP                  Syria.”                             tions targeted at the highest      Damascus to respect human           Syrian ambassador to Paris,
   Mitchell, who managed           President Mahmoud Abbas                         LONDON                  Last month Britain with-          levels of the regime, includ-      rights including freedom of         but it was working towards
against all odds to broker the     signed a surprise reconcilia-                                         drew Khiyami’s invitation to        ing travel bans and asset          expression and urged Syria to       fresh sanctions.
historic Good Friday deal in       tion unity deal with Hamas         BRITAIN summoned the               the royal wedding of Prince                                            allow UN access to besieged           “Together       with    our
Northern Ireland in 1998           last week.                         Syrian ambassador on Friday        William and Catherine.                “These measures                  protest-hit Syrian cities           European partners, we are
ending decades of bitter con-         Israeli Prime Minister          in coordination with other EU        Foreign Office political             would include fur-               including Deraa.                    working on a second stage
flict, has been indefatigable in    Benjamin Netanyahu has             nations to warn of fresh sanc-     director Geoffrey Adams told          ther sanctions tar-                 A      Foreign      Office        of European sanctions,” a
his efforts in the Middle East.    denounced the deal as a “hard      tions against the regime if it     him that “unless the Syrian           geted at the high-               spokesman told AFP it was           French foreign ministry
   But two years on and despite    blow to the peace process.”        fails to stop a crackdown on       government stopped the                est levels of the                “part of a coordinated EU           spokesman        said.    The
numerous trips and closed-            Mitchell, who under former      protesters.                        killing of protesters and             regime, including                move” but did not say how           European        Union      on
door talks, Israel and the         president Bill Clinton led a          In a statement, the Foreign     released political prisoners,         travel bans and                  many other countries were           Tuesday enforced sanctions
Palestinians are no closer to      fact-finding mission to the         Office said it had “called in       the UK along with its EU              asset freezing.”                 involved. Five EU nations           on Syrian President Bashar
achieving a long-coveted peace     Middle East in 2000, resigned      the Syrian Ambassador Dr           partners would take further                                            summoned the Syrian                 al Assad’s brother and inner
accord, which the United           just as the peace process is to    Sami Khiyami to express the        measures to hold the regime         freezing,” the statement           ambassadors to their coun-          circle, and warned the
States hopes to see result in      be pushed back up the agenda       UK’s strong concerns about         to account.” “These measures        added.                             tries in April. France said it      Syrian leader that he could be
two nations living side by side.   in Washington.                     the ongoing situation in           would include further sanc-           Adams also called on             had not summoned the                next.




                         PILLARS OF SUPPORT?
  Supporters of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh attend a rally, in Sanaa, on Friday.   (AP)
                                                                                                         DFI grants fund to 25
                                                                                                         Arab film producers
                                                                                                         CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
                                                                                                                                                                              GRANT RECIPIENTS
                                                                                                         Qatar as a global film-making         POST-PRODUCTION                   Haneen                              Feature Narrative.
                                                                                                         cultural hub. A support sys-         El Shooq,                         Ossama Bawardi, Palestine,
                                                                                                         tem of this nature is vital to       Khaled El-Hagar, Egypt,           Short Narrative.                    DEVELOPMENT
                                                                                                         building a credible and sus-         Feature Narrative.                Ibn Battuta                         Asphalt
                                                                                                         tainable local and regional          Normal,                           Tariq Teguia, Algeria,              Ali Hammoud, Lebanon,
                                                                                                         film industry. It also sends a        Merzak Allouache, Algeria,        Feature Narrative.                  Feature Documentary.
                                                                                                         message that Qatar is not only       Feature Documentary.              Mohamed Saved from the Waters       Dona Cesaria
                                                                                                         supporting and building an           Sudan. Land. Music                Safaa Fathy, Egypt,                 Dima Al-Joundi, Lebanon,
                                                                                                         industry of its own, it is also      Mahmoud Omar, Egypt,              Feature Documentary.                Feature Documentary.
                                                                                                         strengthening the regional           Short Documentary.                Mosqui Cinema                       Fevers
                                                                                                                                              February 19                       Mohamad Malas, Syria,               Hicham Ayouch, Morocco/France,
                                                                                                         hub. We are proud to be a            Tamara Stepanyan, Lebanon,        Feature Narrative.                  Feature Narrative.
                                                                                                         part of this exercise. It will       Short Narrative.                  Notes on a Tunisian Odyssey         A Gaza Weekend
                                                                                                         serve as a stepping stone for        Yearning                          Kays Mejri and Matt Petterson,      Basil Khalil, Palestine,
                                                                                                         the regional filmmakers to            Lina Alabed, Palestine/Egypt,     Tunisia/USA,                        Feature Narrative.
                                                                                                         showcase their creativity to         Feature Documentary.              Feature Documentary.                Housekeeping
                                                                                                         the global community.”                                                 Rumors                              Mazen Khaled, Lebanon,
                                                                                                           DFI’s film grants will contin-      PRODUCTION                        Azza El Hassan, Palestine/Jordan,   Feature Narrative.
                                                                                                         ue to build on the success of its    Beirut Hold’em                    Short Narrative.                    Nostalgia

Doha trade impasse continues: EU                                                                         funding and cultural initiatives
                                                                                                         over the last 12 months. In
                                                                                                         2010, the Institute supported
                                                                                                                                              Michel Kammoun, Lebanon,
                                                                                                                                              Feature Narrative.
                                                                                                                                              Challat of Tunis
                                                                                                                                                                                Teta
                                                                                                                                                                                Merva Faddoul, Lebanon,
                                                                                                                                                                                Short Narrative.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zaid Abu Hamdan, Jordan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Feature Narrative.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Shadow of a Man
          REUTERS                                                                                                                             Kaouther Ben Hania, Tunisia,      Until Morning                       Niam Itany, Lebanon,
                                   Japan who met at the World         my, for development and for        six Middle Eastern films,             Feature Narrative.                Hisham Bizri, Lebanon,              Feature Narrative.
           BRUSSELS                Trade Organization on              the rules-based system with-       including Hawi (Ibrahim El-          Confession and Struggle           Feature Narrative.                  Upside Down
                                                                      out a serious attempt to iden-     Batout), A Man of Honour             Eliane Raheb, Lebanon,            When We’re Born                     Ahmad Ghossein, Lebanon,
THE world’s main trading             I am not prepared                tify a viable compromise,” De      (Jean Claude Codsi), Man             Feature Documentary.              Tamer Ezzat, Egypt.                 Feature Narrative.
nations remain divided over a        to risk losing the               Gucht told reporters after a       Without a Cellphone (Sameh
global trade deal despite a          gains for the econ-              meeting of EU trade minis-         Zoabi), Grandma, a Thousand         MENA filmmakers and estab-          Arab voices and storytelling,”      DFI will also concentrate on
compromise plan put forward          omy, for develop-                ters in Brussels.                  Times (Mahmoud Kaabour),            lishing their credentials as       said Palmer                         making equity investments in
by the European Union to             ment and for the                    “But I have to concede that     The Mountain (Ghassam               important storytellers globally      Aside from the 25 grants          larger regional and internation-
rescue the stalled Doha trade        rules-based sys-                 at present the gaps between        Salhab) and Where Do We Go          by providing grants to 25 film      already identified, DFI will be      al ventures as a co-producer.
round, the EU’s trade chief          tem without a seri-              the main players remain large      Now? (Nadine Labaki).               and television projects per        accepting new applications             Projects eligible for funding,
said on Friday.                      ous attempt to                   and it is not clear how the          In addition, DFI also             year.                              from June 1 to July 15, 2011. All   include feature films, feature
  EU Trade Commissioner              identify a viable                market access negotiations         announced its first internation-        “Now is a truly exciting time   candidates will be reviewed by      length documentaries, short
Karel De Gucht said it was not       compromise.                      can proceed.”                      al co-production Black Gold,        to be a young filmmaker in this     the DFI Selection Committee         fiction and documentary films
clear how trading powers                                                 The EU would nevertheless       with Quinta Communications -        region,” she said. “We have a      and successful applicants will      and experimental films, with
                                     KAREL DE GUCHT
could resolve differences over                                        continue pressing for a solu-      a $55 million Arabian family        film industry that is evolving      be announced at the Doha            no restrictions on story genre,
the key sticking point — how                                          tion, he said. Brussels floated     epic directed by Jean-Jacques       rapidly at many levels. At a       Tribeca Film Festival (DTFF) in     length and overall budget.
to open up trade in industrial     Wednesday to discuss the           its plan last month, widely        Annaud, and starring Antonio        time when both young and old       October 2011. For this second       Films are eligible for funding at
goods.                             EU’s plan moved no closer to       seen as a last-ditch effort to     Banderas, Freida Pinto, Tahar       are pivotal to shaping the Arab    submission cycle, DFI has           all stages of production – from
  Senior negotiators from the      agreement, he said.                rescue an accord intended to       Rahim and Mark Strong.              future, we remain committed        urged filmmakers of North            development,         production,
United States, EU, Brazil,           “I am not prepared to risk       boost world trade and lift mil-      Palmer emphasised DFI’s           to providing an authentic plat-    African region to put forward       post-production to P&A
India, China, Australia and        losing the gains for the econo-    lions out of poverty.              commitment to supporting            form to support and promote        their projects for assistance.      (Prints & Advertising).

				
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