ARAB TIMES, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2011
‘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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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.
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
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)