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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
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                                                                                                ‘Give al-Assad chance to implement reforms’

Lebanon’s Christian head sparks debate over Syria
BEIRUT, Sept 14, (AFP): A heated                    Many of Syria’s minority Christians,       lead to civil war, in which Christians          arch’s stance, with some lauding it as a       ence in Lebanon for 30 years,” said ana-            “Syrian Christians are not threatened
debate has erupted in Lebanon over con-          which include Maronites, are concerned        would be the biggest victims”.                  shield for Christians and others warning       lyst and columnist Jean Aziz.                    — they have long lived side-by-side with
troversial remarks by the head of the            that Islamic extremists could rise to                           Split                         it marks a grave political faux pas.                               War                          Muslims,” said Hindi, a participant in the
nation’s Maronite Christians, who has            power should Assad’s regime collapse.                                                            “It was a big mistake for the patriarch                                                      meetings of Syrian dissidents in Turkey.
warned an end to Syria’s regime threatens           Rai last week echoed that fear, voicing       Lebanon’s Christians, a community            to go to France, which has a history of          “He is not defending the regime but he            “This is yet another tool of fear the
Christians across the Middle East.               concern of a takeover by the radical          that once enjoyed unparalleled political        hundreds of years of support for               fears that unrest in Syria will lead to civil    Assad regime has created.”
   During his first visit to France last         Muslim Brotherhood, a movement the            leverage, are now split on the protests         Maronites, and say the Assad regime            war, which would see the Christians of              And as Syrian protesters continue to
week, Patriarch Beshara Butros Rai urged         Syrian authorities have blacklisted for       rocking Syria.                                  must be protected at a time when the           Syria and Lebanon suffer the same as             brave the guns of their ruling regime,
that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad —          decades.                                         Maronites allied with Shiite militant        Assad regime is breaking down,” said           those of Iraq.”                                  many are hoping the path will lead to
once the arch-enemy of Lebanon’s                    “We endured the rule of the Syrian         group Hezbollah, which is supported by          political commentator and author Elias           Lebanon was gripped by a deadly civil          democracy, the only hope for the
Maronites — be given a chance to imple-          regime. I have not forgotten that,” Rai       Syria and Iran, are backing Assad and           al-Zoghbi.                                     war from 1975 to 1990, which saw Syria           Christians of the Middle East.
ment reforms, saying the “poor man can-          said. “We do not stand by the regime, but     accusing the radical Sunnis of stirring the        But others argue Rai is doing what is       send troops in to its smaller neighbour,            “What we are witnessing today is a
not work miracles”.                              we fear the transition that could follow.     unrest.                                         necessary to ensure the survival of his        where they remained for 29 years.                transition, which often means the voices
   Assad’s regime has cracked down on a             “We must defend the Christian com-            Other Lebanese Christians, allied with       dwindling community.                             Ahed al-Hindi, a Washington-based              of radicals sound loudest,” said Aziz.
string of unprecedented protests across          munity. We too must resist.”                  pro-Western former premier Saad Hariri,            “The patriarch is not enamoured with        Syrian activist and himself a Christian,         “It’s possible that could drown out
his country, killing more than 2,600 civil-         He later clarified his statement by        have voiced support for the anti-Assad          the regime of Bashar al-Assad, nor is he       openly rejected Rai’s explanations as            Christian minorities.
ian protesters since the uprising began in       telling local press he feared the fall of     protests.                                       blind to the atrocities Lebanon suffered       serving to strike fear into the hearts of           “But ultimately, the course of history is
March, according to the United Nations.          “regimes described as dictatorial... could       Observers are divided on the patri-          as a result of that regime’s military pres-    Christians.                                      headed towards democracy.”

                                                 because the National Assembly has                                                                                                                                                                Barroso announced he will “soon” pres-
Pathetic people                                  refused to adopt their opinions.                                                                                                                                                              ent proposals for eurozone states to issue
                                                    Kuwait is still a country of constitu-                                                                                                                                                     joint bonds, a way to even out interest
               Continued from Page 1             tional institutions which practice their                                                                                                                                                      rates among the single currency area’s 17
                                                 work freely — without pressure and                                                                                                                                                            nations.
for the wrong authority — Hitler’s               without discrimination in favor of blocs                                                                                                                                                         Such “eurobonds” are currently
Germany!                                         or parties but this does not prevent some                                                                                                                                                     opposed by Germany and could require a
   We understand if they are upset due to        of our corrupt politicians from proclaim-                                                                                                                                                     new round of painful EU treaty negotia-
the continuous suffering of the Syrians          ing through the media that they have ded-
because we feel the same way, but what is                                                                                                                                                                                                      tions.
                                                 icated their lives for the sake of the                                                                                                                                                           Stocks in Europe and the United States
the point in drawing an enmity line with         nation.
Russia? It is a world power with its own                                                                                                                                                                                                       rose in the run-up of the Sarkzozy-Merkel-
                                                    Such leaders are neither bound by                                                                                                                                                          Papandreou talks.
interests and politics, which will not           moral values nor are they loyal to the
change just because some people gath-                                                                                                                                                                                                             Sarkozy will “do everything to save
                                                 nation. To the contrary they exercise all                                                                                                                                                     Greece,” government spokeswoman
ered in front of its embassy and raised          methods under the title of ‘the end justi-
pathetic and ridiculous Nazi slogans!                                                                                                                                                                                                          Valerie Pecresse said, with the Greek gov-
                                                 fies the means.’                                                                                                                                                                              ernment struggling to squeeze more sav-
         Email: alialbaghli@hotmail.com             In real democracy the politicians                                                                                                                                                          ings out of its recession-ravaged budget.
                                                 respect the feelings of the people, are                                                                                                                                                          EU officials have warned repeatedly
Kuwait group                                     loyal to their nation and make the
                                                 supreme interests of the nation their top
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               that Athens will not receive the next slice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of aid, worth eight billion euros ($11.0 bil-
                                                 priority.                                                                                                                                                                                     lion), unless it can persuade EU and IMF
               Continued from Page 1                Oh, people of Kuwait! You must real-                                                                                                                                                       auditors, about to resume work, that it can
up an independent election commission            ize that your homeland is passing through                                                                                                                                                     overcome its deficit crisis. Problems also
“are necessary steps for the desired politi-     one of the most critical phases in its mod-                                                                                                                                                   remain to be resolved over support for
cal reform.”                                     ern history — a phase that will shape                                                                                                                                                         wider bailout funding in Finland, Slovakia
   These reforms can “take Kuwait out of         your future. Do not put your fate in the                                                                                                                                                      and the Netherlands at least.
its chronic political stalemate,” said the       hands of crises-makers and people who                                                                                                                                                            Meanwhile, Italy’s Chamber of
party, which has the support of a number         are more interested in their private agen-                                                                                                                                                    Deputies on Wednesday formally adopted
of MPs.                                          das. It is time to listen and learn.                                                                                                                                                          a 54.2 billion euro ($74 billion) austerity
   Youth groups Fifth Fence and Kafi,                                                                                                                                                                                                          package, the second in three months aimed
both representing independent youth
activists, also backed the reforms and           Syria armor                                                                                                                                                                                   at pacifying markets amid a European debt
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               crisis.
urged the resignation of the government                                                                                                                                                                                                           The package was adopted after deputies
and called for dissolving parliament and                       Continued from Page 1                                                                                                                                                           voted 314 in favour to 300 against.
holding fresh elections.                         protests and serves as a supply line for                                                                                                                                                         A final evening ballot followed an earli-
   The two groups urged their members to         army deserters.                                                                                                                                                                               er confidence vote aimed at speeding up
take part in Friday’s rally.                        At least 26 villagers have been killed                                                                                                                                                     implementation of the measures after
   “Kafi supports the proposed reforms ...       by troops in the last 72 hours in al-Ghab,                                                                                                                                                    investors’ reluctance to buy Italy’s debt
(and believes) it is the real solution for our   local activists said.                                                                                                                                                                         drove interest rates to new highs.
continued political crises,” said the youth                                                    This NASA image obtained Sept 14, shows how using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers are witnessing the
                                                    Most of the deserters, who are estimat-    unprecedented transition of a supernova to a supernova remnant, where light from an exploding star in a neighboring
group in a statement obtained by AFP.            ed to number in the hundreds, are from
   Under the proposed reforms, the Al-           the Sunni Muslim rank and file, which is
                                                                                               galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, reached Earth in February 1987. Named Supernova 1987A, it was the closest super-
                                                                                               nova explosion witnessed in almost 400 years. The supernova’s close proximity to Earth allows astronomers to study it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cervical cancer
Sabah family which has been in power for         dominated by an officer corps from            in detail as it evolves. Now, the supernova debris, which has faded over the years, is brightening. This means that a dif-
more than 250 years, will still have the         Syria’s minority Alawite sect, to which       ferent power source has begun to light the debris. The debris of SN 1987A is beginning to impact the surrounding ring,                                         Continued from Page 1
Amir and crown prince as stipulated by           Assad and the ruling hierarchy belong.        creating powerful shock waves that generate X-rays observed with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Those X-rays are
the 1962 constitution.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and 1,000 die from it every year.
                                                    Lacking an organised command and           illuminating the supernova debris and shock heating is making it glow in visible light. Since its launch in 1990, the Hubble                       Women use an ordinary tampon to col-
   Kuwait was the first Arab state in the        access to weapons to match Assad’s core                             telescope has provided a continuous record of the changes in SN 1987A. (AFP)
Gulf to establish an elected legislature in                                                                                                                                                                                                    lect a sample which they send to a lab for
                                                 forces, many of the deserters have tried to                                                                                                                                                   testing. They receive the result within
1962, and the 50-seat parliament enjoys          flee to Turkey, residents and local
considerable legislative and monitoring                                                                                                                                                                                                        two weeks.
                                                 activists say.
powers.                                             Turkey has kept the border open with                                                  Large European study released                                                                           A positive result indicates that the indi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               vidual has a high risk strain of HPV pres-
   But the Al-Sabah family remains in            Syria and has not stopped thousands of
control of most key cabinet posts, includ-                                                                                                                                                                                                     ent that could potentially cause cell
                                                 refugees who have crossed into its terri-
ing the premiership and the so-called sov-
ereign ministries of defence, interior and
foreign affairs.
                                                 tory to escape the intensifying military
                                                 assaults on numerous villages and towns
                                                 in the northwest.
                                                                                                   Raw milk prevents asthma in kids                                                                                                            changes in the cervix.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The makers advise women with this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               result to take the test again in a year –- as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               in the majority of cases, women’s bodies
   Kuwait has been little impacted by the                                                          NEW YORK, Sept 14, (RTRS):                   researchers who say consumption of           researchers also collected 800 milk
so-called Arab Spring revolution that has                          Egypt                                                                                                                                                                       clear the virus naturally.
                                                                                                   Children who drink raw milk are less         unpasteurized milk, cheese and yogurt        samples from the participants’ house-                The health authorities here introduced
already toppled three leaders but opposi-           Egypt intends to stop using emergency          likely to develop asthma and allergies       can be dangerous.                            holds.
tion Islamist MP Waleed al-Tabtabaei             laws “as soon as possible” after the con-                                                                                                                                                     cervical cancer screening in 1988 aimed
                                                                                                   than those who stick to the safer pas-          Last year, for example, scientists           Compared with kids who only drank              at women aged 20 to 65.
warned Kuwait could be affected.                 troversial powers were reactivated this           teurized version, according to a large       from the Centers for Disease Control         store-bought milk, those who drank
   “The breeze of Arab Spring is blowing         week following the storming of the                                                                                                                                                               “More and more in medicine, we like
                                                                                                   European study.                              and Prevention linked raw milk to a          raw milk had a 41-percent reduction in            to stop you ever developing a disease in
on Kuwait but not to topple the regime,          Israeli embassy, the information minister            Although the study isn’t ironclad         2008 outbreak of E. coli in                  their odds of developing asthma. They
only to reform it,” Tabtabaei told a gath-       was quoted as saying on Wednesday.                                                                                                                                                            the first place, rather than waiting until
                                                                                                   proof that the effects can be chalked up     Connecticut that landed four people in       were also only about half as likely to            you’ve got it and then trying to treat it,”
ering Tuesday night.                                “We hope to end this state as soon as          to raw milk itself, researchers believe      the hospital with life-threatening ill-
   Kuwait has been rocked by a series of                                                                                                                                                     develop hay fever — even after                    doctors said.
                                                 possible, and call on all people to cooper-       certain milk proteins that are destroyed     nesses.
political disputes over the past five years,     ate and not be led into civil strife, espe-                                                                                                 accounting for other factors that might              And HPV home tests absolutely do
                                                                                                   by heat could be helpful to children’s                      Warning                       be relevant.                                      that.
stalling development plans despite abun-         cially since we are at a delicate stage in        developing immune systems.
dant financial surpluses amounting to            Egypt’s history,” state news agency                                                                                                            On the other hand, those who drank                “This is a very important early step —
                                                                                                      They warn, however, that parents             The agency repeated its warning           boiled farm milk had no less asthma
$300 billion.                                    MENA quoted Osama Heikal as saying.                                                            after learning of the current new study,                                                       prevention is definitely better than cure”.
                                                                                                   shouldn’t start giving their kids raw                                                     than those who drank store milk.
                                                    p3                                             milk.                                        which is published in the Journal of
                                                                                                                                                                                                The protective effect was linked to
Scourge paralyses                                   Many political activists are worried the
                                                 laws will be renewed for another six
                                                                                                      “The consumption of raw milk is a
                                                                                                   double-edged sword,” Georg Loss, a
                                                                                                                                                Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
                                                                                                                                                   “From CDC’s perspective, raw milk         so-called whey proteins in the milk,              Newswatch
                                                 months in October and may hinder the                                                           can carry harmful bacteria and other         such as BSA and alpha-lactalbumin.
                                                                                                   researcher with the Swiss Tropical and                                                       “Pasteurization remains an effective
               Continued from Page 1             holding of parliamentary elections.               Public Health Institute in Basel who         germs that can cause severe illness and                                                                  Continued from Page 1
                                                    The emergency laws were a key plank                                                         even death,” researcher Hannah Gould         tool to inactivate harmful microorgan-
   In the face of this scenario we have                                                            worked on the study, told Reuters                                                         isms but may simultaneously destroy               LAGOS, Nigeria: Armed pirates raided a
come to the conclusion that there are a          in clamping down on political dissent             Health by email.                             said in an email to Reuters Health.                                                            tanker off the West African coast and kid-
                                                 during the 30 years of Hosni Mubarak’s                                                         “While it is possible to get foodborne       whey proteins,” said Loss. “The                   napped 23 sailors Wednesday, taking off
few immature people who are using the                                                                 “On the one side it is protective for                                                  results may give rise to technological
political arena for extortion. They use all      rule and expanded the powers of his               the development of asthma and aller-         illnesses from many different foods,                                                           with the vessel in waters that are increas-
                                                 despised security services. Mubarak was           gies but on the other side it may imply      raw milk is one of the riskiest of all.”     developments aiming to destroy harm-              ingly at risk of piracy, an international mon-
dirty tactics and fake statements to prove                                                                                                                                                   ful microorganisms but preserving
their false love for Kuwait. What kind of        forced out in February after three weeks          serious health risks due to harmful             Although earlier studies have found                                                         itoring group said.
                                                 of protests.                                      microorganisms.”                             less asthma and allergies among kids         beneficial components of milk. The                   The International Maritime Bureau,
love is this that tears apart the stability                                                                                                                                                  ultimate aim is to use a safe and pro-
and social fabric of the society? Do these                         Libya                              Raw milk proponents claim the             who drink raw milk, the new work is                                                            which tracks piracy worldwide, said pirates
                                                                                                   drink has several health benefits —          the first to point to the exact compo-       tective milk for prevention of asthma.”           boarded the tanker as it idled about 62 nau-
people by exposing the citizens to this             A son of Muammar Gaddafi and three                                                                                                                                                         tical miles from Benin’s capital of
ugliness want to prove their loyalty for                                                           among them reducing asthma symp-             nents in the milk that might be protec-         In the US, more than seven percent
                                                 of his generals were trying to gain politi-                                                                                                 of adults and even more kids have                 Cotonou. Pirates struck as the Cyprus-
the homeland?                                    cal asylum Wednesday in this poor, land-          toms — that aren’t found in the pas-         tive.                                                                                          flagged vessel tried to transfer its cargo of
   Kuwait is passing through one of the                                                            teurized milk sold in most grocery              Loss and his colleagues tapped into       asthma, causing millions of visits to
                                                 locked nation at Libya’s feet, after driv-                                                                                                  emergency rooms and doctors’ offices              crude oil to a Norwegian-registered ship,
worst stages of its history. The people          ing more than 1,000 miles (1,600 kms)             stores.                                      a large survey in which parents                                                                said Cyrus Mody, a manager at the bureau.
who are fully drenched in corruption                                                                  But there is little evidence for their    answered questions about their chil-         every year.
                                                 across the vast desert border between the                                                                                                                                                     (AP)
from head to toe impose their judgment           two countries for what could be their only        claims, according to US government           dren’s milk consumption. The                        See Also Pages 35 & 36                                      ❑     ❑      ❑
on others and say their opinions should          shot at refuge.
be adopted. They don’t realize that they            The generals are trying to pave the way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               DOHA: Saudi Arabia is not concerned
by violating the Constitution threaten the                                                                                                                                                                                                     about US debt and is not looking into buy-
                                                 for other Gaddafi supporters to follow,          “The fight is as far away from the end          Residents said the army launched            spread discrimination at the hands of            ing euro zone debt, its central bank gover-
political, constitutional and economic           but one regime loyalist doubted that                                                                                                                                                          nor Muhammad al-Jasser said on
development of the country.                                                                    as the world can imagine. We are still          Katyusha rockets against pockets of            Sunni rulers.
                                                 Gaddafi himself ever will, saying he          very powerful, our army is still powerful,      insurgents in the city.                                                                         Wednesday.
   Is cancellation of institutions, sowing       would be comfortable enough living in                                                                                                                                                            Asked if the OPEC member was worried
                                                                                               we have thousands upon thousands of                Zinjibar, capital of the volatile Abyan
seeds of confusion between competent
authorities, adopting dictatorial attitudes
                                                 the Sahara to stay there indefinitely.
                                                    “I know the Guide well, and what peo-
                                                                                               volunteers,” he said.                           province, was seized in May by militants       Eurozone crisis                                  about the US debt and was considering pur-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               chasing euro zone sovereign debt, he said:
                                                                                                  “We have huge areas of Libya under           calling themselves Ansar al-Sharia (parti-
and blackmail called manifestation of            ple don’t realize is that he could last in    our control — on the northern coast, in         sans of Islamic law).                                                                           “No.” (RTRS)
national loyalty? Can some groups who            the desert for years,” Aghaly Alambo                                                                                                                        Continued from Page 1                            ❑    ❑      ❑
                                                                                               the western areas of the country and the           The United States and Saudi Arabia
are blinded by narrow interests maintain         said, referring to Gaddafi. “He didn’t        whole south belongs to us,” he said.            fear lawlessness in Yemen’s south will         Athens, and credit rating giant Moody’s
national solidarity by promoting tribalism       need to create a hiding place. He likes the                                                                                                  downgraded two major French banks                DUBAI: Bahrain’s flag carrier Gulf Air has
                                                                                                  “We are gathering our forces and we          embolden militants to launch strikes on                                                         reinstated 136 employees, the airline said
and sectarianism among us?                       simple life, under a tent, sitting on the     will liberate every single Libyan city          the region and beyond.                         given their exposure to Greek debt.
   People who shout at the top of their                                                                                                                                                                                                        on Wednesday, months after dismissing
                                                 sand, drinking camel’s milk. His advan-       even if we have to fight street-to-street,         Opponents of President Ali Abdullah             “Europe is in danger,” Polish Finance        staff striking in support of pro-democracy
voices that they are fighting corruption in      tage is that this was already his preferred   house-to-house, for years to come.”             Saleh, recovering in the Saudi capital         Minister Jacek Rostowski, whose country          protests.
the country are themselves corrupt and           lifestyle.”                                      Ibrahim declined to say where he him-        Riyadh from a June assassination               currently chairs EU meetings, told the              Unions called a general strike in March
cause of chaos and problems. The                    He added, “He is guarded by a special      self was.                                       attempt, have accused him of exaggerat-        European Parliament in Strasbourg.               to support protesters, mainly from the
extreme political rivalry has resulted in        mobile unit made up of members of his            A senior NTC field commander said            ing the al-Qaeda threat or even manipu-            “If the eurozone breaks up, the              Shi’ite Muslim community and inspired by
bankruptcy and this is one of the reasons        family. Those are the only people he          Ibrahim was seen in the loyalist desert         lating militants as a ruse to scare            European Union will not be able to sur-          uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt, against the
why some people have opted for crooked           trusts.”                                      town of Bani Walid on Tuesday along             Washington and Riyadh into backing             vive,” he added.                                 Sunni-led government of the small Gulf
methods and settle scores with others by            Convoys carrying regime loyalists          with Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam who like       him.                                               At his most dramatic, Rostowski even         Arab state. (RTRS)
leaking secrets in the false belief they         began arriving in Niger last week. The        his father is wanted by the International          Saleh is holding onto power despite         warned that “war” could return to Europe                         ❑    ❑     ❑
have achieved a victory.                         three generals, including the head of         Criminal Court in the Hague.                    international pressure to quit and months      if the crisis fatally weakens the EU, found-
   Such people forget that the doors of          Gaddafi’s air force and two of his region-                                                                                                   ed amid the rubble of World War II.              LONDON: For years, it was assumed that
                                                                                                                Yemen                          of protests against his 33-year rule.                                                           young women in poor countries had a high-
justice are open to all and that the judici-     al commanders, reached Niamey, the cap-                                                                                                          His underlying message was backed up         er risk of dying in childbirth than from can-
ary is an independent authority.                 ital, overnight Monday. They were joined         Fighting between the Yemeni army and                         Bahrain                        by European Commission president Jose            cer. But a new study shows that’s changing
   It is beyond anyone’s understanding           Tuesday by al-Saadi Gaddafi, govern-          militants in and around a southern                 Bahrain security forces have fired tear     Manuel Barroso, who described the crisis         — experts say breast and cervical cancers
why these groups of people add fuel to           ment spokesman Marou Amadou con-              provincial capital of Zinjibar killed 12        gas at crowds of protesters chanting anti-     as “the most serious challenge of a gener-       are killing more women than labor in over
the fire and try to evoke revolutionary          firmed shortly after midnight on              people on Wednesday, just days after the        government slogans in the Gulf king-           ation.”                                          60 developing countries.
ideas into the minds of the citizens simi-       Wednesday.                                    government declared it had “liberated”          dom’s oil hub of Sitra.                            Barroso stressed: “This is a fight ... for      In the first global review of breast and
lar to what has swept a number of Arab              Muammar Gaddafi is still in Libya and      the city from Islamist fighters.                   Clashes have become a near nightly          the economic and political future of             cervical cancer, researchers estimated the
countries. These groups do not realize           in good spirits, with a powerful army            An army official said seven militants        event in Bahrain, involving police and         Europe.”                                         number of new breast cancer cases rose
that revolutions have spread like wild fire      behind him, the ousted leader’s               and one soldier were killed in a suburb of      mostly Shiite demonstrators demanding              EU economic affairs commissioner Olli        from about 641,000 cases in 1980 to 1.6
in countries where people suffer from            spokesman said on Wednesday.                  the coastal city of Zinjibar, which the         greater rights in the tiny, strategically      Rehn warned that “a default or exit of           million cases last year. (AP)
hunger, have lost their dignity and are             Gaddafi’s whereabouts have been            army last week recaptured from Islamist         important island nation that is the home       Greece from the eurozone would carry                             ❑     ❑      ❑
victims of oppression, suppression and           unknown for months and most of his            fighters suspected of links to al-Qaeda’s       of the US Navy’s 5th Fleet.                    dramatic social, economic and political
                                                 entourage have fled or gone into hiding       Yemen-based branch. Four more mili-                An Associated Press journalist saw          costs.                                           WASHINGTON: The Obama administra-
imprisonment for no reason.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    tion is proposing a ban on the use of elec-
   The political system of Kuwait is an          after forces backed by Libya’s National       tants were killed in another part of            police fire tear gas at the Shiite-dominat-        “Not only for Greece, but also for euro      tronic cigarettes by airline passengers, say-
example of democracy, social prosperity,         Transitional Council (NTC) overran            Zinjibar.                                       ed Sitra area of Bahrain Wednesday night       area member states, other EU states, as          ing there is a concern they may be harmful.
security and stability. I have no clue why       Tripoli on Aug. 23 and seized power.             “The militants sneaked into the area to      in an attempt to disperse protesters. At       well as global partners.”                           Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood
these groups want to import chaos which             “The leader is in good health, in high     try to carry out a suicide attack, but the      least seven people were injured.                   He said what Europe needed was a             says in a statement that the ban would
prevails in some Arab countries but the          morale ... of course he is in Libya,”         snipers from the army prevented them               Bahrain’s majority Shiites began            moment of clarity leading towards a feder-       “enhance passenger comfort” and reduce
reason is known to all ... a parliamentary       Moussa Ibrahim told Reuters via a crack-      and killed seven extremists,” said the mil-     protests in February inspired by other         al future, “and that moment must start           any confusion about whether passengers
minority, political bankruptcy and               ling satellite telephone line.                itary official.                                 Arab uprisings. Shiites charge wide-           today.”                                          may use electronic cigarettes in flight. (AP)

				
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