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Exiled Leader Fights For Xinjang.


THINKING OUT LOUD

A couple of years ago I had set up a wifi system around my house but it was down, I am thinking of making another one and I am going to name it "wifi republic".

I am going to re-organize my blogs too, now I am testing some templates, trying and testing them at this stage. I am trying to fully utilized the latest blogspot editor. Not doubt that they are better with many needs that are taken care of. However the new blogspot editor lack fluidity where we can used different blog templates for different categories of posts or entries.

However I had thought of this new format. Try
anak matlesen to see the new format. The present PERWI is slightly messy as I had attempted to master the new blogspot editor. I think by doing that I had taken extra "memories".

I am still in the learning curve and I may not proceed with the present idea for I have to evaluate either to follow the existing system that blogspot new editor provide or do the necessary such as amending the html on the free template that I had obtained satisfactorily to get a system that I want.



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United on top with last minute winner.

Sat, 17 Jan 2009 18:53:51 GMT

United's Berbatov (R) celebrates scoring against Bolton
Defending champion Manchester United has reached the top of the Premier League with a last-minute winner by striker Dimitar Berbatov.

The game against Bolton Wanderers brings to seven the number of 1-0 league wins United has managed to secure this season.[read more]

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UK: Israeli attack on UN 'indefensible'

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 18:27:42 GMT | PressTV.ir

      British PM Gordon Brown

Britain raps Israel for staging an attack on a UN building in Gaza, saying the attacks Tel Aviv has no defense for its conduct. 

"Today's attack on the UN headquarters in Gaza is indefensible," AFP quoted British Prime Minister Gordon Brown as saying on Thursday.

Earlier in the day, Israeli warplanes bombed a UN compound, wounding three workers. A food depot was also set on fire.

The assault prompted the international agency to freeze relief work in Gaza, where an 18-month blockade imposed by Israel has caused a humanitarian crisis.[ read more ]
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Israel looking to ignite new war: Lebanon

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 16:11:58 GMT | PressTV.ir 

An Israeli soldier points toward Gaza as he stands on an armored vehicle preparing for combat missions in the strip. The Israel operations against the Palestinians have sparked Lebanese fury.
Lebanon rejects Hezbollah involvement in a recent rocket attack on Israel, suggesting that the launch may have been a ploy by Tel Aviv. 

In a ceremony in the southern Lebanese city of Nabatiyeh, Labor Minister Mohammed Fneish said Lebanon was not involved in the recent rocket attacks on Israel and denied having any further information regarding the incident. 

"It is not on us to safeguard Israeli security or find the perpetrators. UNIFIL forces must find and apprehend the rocket launchers," Fneish added. 

Several rockets were fired across the Lebanese border and into Israel on Wednesday; Tel Aviv responded by firing a barrage of rockets into southern Lebanon. 

Hezbollah and Palestinian factions have dismissed involvement in the attacks. Israeli forces have, meanwhile, massed along the Lebanese border and are speculated to be planning to open a second front by waging war on Lebanon. [ read more ]

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First Arab Leaders Arrive in Doha for 'Doubtful' Summit

15/01/2009 | AlmanarTV.lb

Qatar on Thursday continued preparations for a proposed Arab summit in Doha on the Gaza crisis as the first heads of state arrived for Friday's meeting despite continuing doubt whether it will go ahead.

Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir was the first leader to arrive, according to Qatar's official news agency QNA, while Mauritanian state press agency AMI reported that General Ould Abdel Aziz, leader of the junta that seized power last August, had set off from Nouakchott for Qatar.

Arab League chief Amr Mussa said in Kuwait late on Wednesday that a quorum of 15 countries to hold a summit in Doha had not been achieved, as only 13 of the 22 member states had agreed to attend. The apparent split between Arab leaders was highlighted by Saudi Arabia's decision to stage a Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Riyadh on Thursday.[read more]

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Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Withdraw Completely From Mogadishu

Ahmednor Mohamed Farah | 15 January 2009 | Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu) 

Mogadishu — The Ethiopian troops pulled out completely from the Somali capital Mogadishu, witnesses and officials told radio Shabelle on Thursday.

Ethiopia invaded Somalia 2006 to help the interim government oust Islamists from the capital, since then it has been supporting Somalia's weak transitional government for two years.

The Ethiopian presence was deeply unpopular with many Somalis and different groups were united in opposing them. [read more]
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Who killed the peace process?

In this second part to The Real News' interview with Jesse Rissin Rosenfeld, freelance journalist in Israel and the West Bank, the process of peace talks is discussed. Rosenfeld says that a "simmering intolerance" for the Palestinian Authority has contributed to anger at the Israeli attack on Gaza and may pave the road for a new intifada. The PA has been engaged in the "peace process" with Israel and its security forces have been aiding the Israeli attempt at stopping Palestinian resistance to the occupation and the attack on Gaza. A resurgence in protests and riots in the West Bank is therefore seen as a revolt against both Israel and the PA. Rosenfeld says this will mean either a defeat for Mahmoud Abbas in the upcoming elections, or a popular revolt, akin to a third intifada.  [watch video]


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Malaysiakini - live


9.30pm: PAS vice-president Ahmad Awang: "The win shows that Pakatan Rakyat is aviable coalition... This win is not just for PAS but for Pakatan Rakyat."

With this win, the Anwar Ibrahim-led opposition now has 82 seats in Parliament. Barisan Nasional meanwhile has 137 seats and the remaining three seats are held by independents.

Deputy Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has just arrived at Terengganu's Mentri Besar residence, where only a few BN supporters were seen. BN has organised a 35-table buffet dinner outside the building but most of them were unoccupied. Najib is expected to call a press conference soon.


9.29pm: The Election Commission's returning officer announced that PAS has won Kuala Terengganu.

9.26pm It's official. PAS has won the Kuala Terengganu by-election with a 2,631-vote.

Its candidate, Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut, obtained 32,883 votes while BN's Wan Ahmad Farid Wan Sallehgarnered 30,252 and Independent candidateAzhazudin Mamat obtained 193.

9.20pm: The EC is expected to announce official results at any time now. Only PAS candidate Mohd Abdul Wahid Endut is present. No BN leaders are seen at the main tally centre at the Kuala Terengganu state stadium.
Thousands of opposition supporters outside the stadium appeared jubilant.
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Keputusan Pilihanraya Kecil P036 Kuala Terengganu

Rakyat telah tentukan.



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Chelsea mesmerized by United triumph.

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 05:43:33 GMT | PressTV.ir

Defending champion Manchester United has leapfrogged Chelsea in the English Premier League following a narrow home victory over Wigan Athletic.

United is currently two points adrift league leaders Liverpool, which has 46 points. Ferguson's men still have another game in hand and would go to the top should they defeat Bolton on Saturday.
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Wayne Rooney reacts after scoring the winner against Wigan athletic


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Egypt Relays Hamas’s Terms to Amos Gilad

Israel’s envoy Amos Gilad arrived to Cairo Thursday to discuss the Egyptian proposal with intelligence chief Omar Suleiman amid strong reservations by Hamas.

Hamas said that it would deal positively with the Egyptian ceasefire proposal if the resistance movement’s reservations were taken into consideration. A member of the Hamas delegation, Salah el-Bardaweel, said during a press conference in Cairo on Wednesday that Hamas’s demands are the immediate halt of the Israeli aggression on Gaza, lifting the siege, opening the crossings and compensating the Palestinian people.

Hamas also demands an immediate withdrawal of Israeli occupation forces from the Gaza strip before it would agree to a ceasefire. [ read more ]

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UN headquarters in Gaza hit by Israeli 'white phosphorus' shells

Timesonline | 15 January 2009
UN Main Gaza Compound Ablaze
The main UN compound in Gaza was in flames today after being struck by Israeli artillery fire, and a spokesman said that the building had been hit by shells containing the incendiary agent white phosphorus.

The attack on the headquarters of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) came as Ban Ki Moon, the UN Secretary-General, arrived in Israel on a peace mission and plunged Israel's relations with the world body to a new low.

Mr Ban told reporters in Tel Aviv that he had expressed "strong protest and outrage" to the Israeli Government over the shelling of the compound and was demanding an investigation. He said that Ehud Barak, the Israeli Defence Minister, had told him it was "a grave mistake".
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Israel Has Managed to Lose Again.

Haaretz reported today that IDF Senior officials "believe that Israel should strive to reach an immediate cease-fire with Hamas, and not expand its offensive against the Palestinian Islamist group in Gaza."

This shouldn't take us by great surprise. Though Israel has proved beyond doubt that it is rather capable of conducting large-scale genocide, it also proved that its military forces do not have the answer to Islamic resistance.

he Israeli chief military officials admitted as well that "Israel achieved several days ago all that it possibly could in Gaza." The IDF, so it seems, finished its role in Gaza. It turned its neighbourhoods into piles of rubble.

Rentlessly, it even murdered the civilian population in broad daylight by means of air raids and attacks from warships. Images of white phosphorus artillery shells bursting over schools and hospitals are now part of our collective memory. Tanks firing into schools loaded with evacuees seeking refuge from the bombing of their buildings is now the image associated with the Hebraic soldier and yet, the Israelis failed to achieve any of their objectives. I must admit that it must take a special talent to be an Israeli general. As much as they are good in committing war crimes, they somehow fail in everything else. [ read more ]

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It's less than a week before Obama's inauguration as president.


George W Bush - invites you to his farewell dinner. [ see more ]


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Posing as Hamas men

Gaza residents: IDF troops posing as Hamas men


Haaretz quickly replaced this but you can read the original report here. Or in the words of the Mossad motto: 'By way of deception, thou shalt do war' [ Read More ...]
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Iranian protesters burn Barack Obama pictures


Iranian demonstrators burned photographs of Barack Obama today as they protested against America’s inaction over Gaza.

Dozens of people gathered in Tehran waving Palestinian flags and defacing and setting fire to images of the President-elect.

Iranian demonstrators have often burned effigies or pictures of US presidents in the past but this appeared to be the first time Mr Obama’s picture had been defaced, a week before his inauguration as president.

The Iranian government has condemned the West, and the United States in particular, for not doing more to stop Israel’s attacks on Gaza. The 17-day-old offensive, which Israel says is to stop rockets being fired at it, has killed more than 900 Palestinians. [ read more ]

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Gaza War - Timeline IV (6 -10 January 2009)

January 8: The UN Security Council seeks a non-binding resolution against Israel. Resolution 1860 would call for an immediate and durable ceasefire in Gaza leading to a "full withdrawal" of Israeli troops.

UNRWA suspends operations in Gaza after a UN-flagged convoy is hit by Israeli tanks. One person is killed in the attack.

Several rockets fly from Lebanon into northern Israel, wounding two people. Hamas denies any involvement.

Tel Aviv fires five rockets into Lebanon in retaliation.

The armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad says it has attacked an Israeli naval ship with mortars on the northern coast of the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian fighters fire half a dozen homemade rockets into southern Israel.

The Red Cross finds four emaciated children in the Zeitoun district of Gaza City lying beside their dead mothers in a house containing 12 bodies. Israeli soldiers order the rescue team to leave the area.

Hamas anti-tank missiles kill an Israeli army officer and wounds one more in the former Neztarim settlement in the Gaza Strip.

New Israeli raids on the impoverished enclave kills 20 people, many of whom were women and children . [ read more ]

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Zaid Ibrahim makes his appearance

from the comments - quote.

"A Chinese MP told me today that the issue of Karpal is about power struggle within DAP than Hudud. The MP said DAP has always rejected Hudud but realises the need to engage the Malay people and improve it is image while keeping into its principles. However, he said Karpal feels sidelined on most issues as Lim Kit Siang and his son give the ultimate direction. Furthermore the MP said both Anwar and Hadi rarely contact Karpal though he is the Chairman of the party and prefer Lim Kit Siang and his son and this is making the old man boil in anger. Otherwise neither Lim Kit Siang nor his son nor Teresa has campaigned for Hudud or accepted it. So, ignore this attention seeking fellow. I respect him but the power struggle within DAP shouldn't be a weapon to disadvantage Pakatan at this crucial time like Karpal is doing. I congratulate YB Lim and his son for their maturity and well thought plans. Keep it up. It is all about civility." unquote [ read more ]

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Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza.

The International Criminal Court prosecutor says it lacks jurisdiction to investigate possible Israeli war crimes committed in Gaza.

The ICC prosecutor said in a statement Wednesday that the "court's jurisdiction is limited to war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of genocide committed on the territory of, or by a national of, a state party while Israel is not a member state.

Tel Aviv launched Operation Cast Lead on December 27 to put an end to rocket attacks against southern Israeli towns. At least 1,015 Palestinians have died during the offensive, while some 4,700 others are reported wounded.

Hamas, the democratically-elected ruler of the coastal sliver, demands a cessation of an 18-month Israeli blockade on the Gaza Strip before its fighters suspend the rocket attacks.[ read more ]

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17 Israeli troops injured in Gaza

Thu, 15 Jan 2009 02:30:17 GMT | PressTV.ir

Seventeen Israeli paratroopers have been wounded after they came under attack by Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip.

Six soldiers were injured when Israeli tanks were hit by anti-tank missiles outside Gaza City, late on Wednesday. They were later transferred to hospitals.
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P.036 by-election - has the BN committed "corrupt practices"?

The Barisan Nasional has suddenly bounced into actions in Kuala Terengganu. Suddenly, it found that it has the required funds and resources to develop KT and to make the lives of the KT folks better than ever. Among others, the followings are the various actions taken or promised by the Barisan Nasional to the Kuala Terengganu folks lately:

  • the Star reported that the Terengganu state government will be giving 25000 laptops for free to all year 5 students by April next year. After that, a factory will be set up to manufacture 10000 units of laptops per month which are to be distributed to students in year 1, 2, 3 and 4. The first batch of 25000 laptops will cost the state government RM30 million.
  • a sum of RM2.7 million was distributed to 9000 needy Chinese folks on January 5th, a day before nomination day. This apparently is an annual event but in any other year, this handout would be made a week before or after the Chinese New Year.*
  • RM3.3 million was pledged by the Menteri Besar for the construction of a hall for the Chinese community in Bukit Kecil, with the ground breaking ceremony slated for Jan 13.*
  • the state government further approved RM2.8 million for the refurbishing of the sole Chinese school in Kuala Terengganu, SJK (C) Chung Hwa Wei Sin. The school's brass band will receive another RM200,000.*
  • RM110,000 was allocated to 40 Chinese religious organisations.*
  • the state MCA has obtained federal allocation worth RM205,000 for two temples while Education Minister Hishamuddin Hussien on Jan 5 announced a RM2,926,000 allocation for 10 Chinese schools in the state.* [ read more ]
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Fire Erupts at Chemicals Plant; Resistance Even Stronger

14/01/2009 | AlmanarTV.lb

For the nineteenth consecutive day, the Palestinian Resistance seemed Wednesday as strong as in the first day of Israel's deadliest offensive against the besieged strip.

The pure blood of more than 1,000 martyrs who have fallen since the beginning of the offensive that took place amid a suspicious international silence has actually increased the resistance's strength and willingness to achieve complete victory.

On Wednesday evening, a fire broke out at the Agan Chemicals facility in Ashdod. Emergency services have been called to the scene and are trying to control the roaring flames. Magen David Adom emergency services reported of two casualties in the fire, in moderate to serious condition.

As a so-called "precautionary measure," the police instructed residents in Ashdod's northern area, as well as in the communities of Nir Galim, Bnei Darom, Neveh Herzog and the sorrounding area, to stay inside and keep all doors and windows closed.

The fire also caused a series of small explosions, which were heard in the Ashdod area. The Environmental Protection Ministry has dispatched a hazardous material team to the area.
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Red Cross Chief Starts Official Visit to Gaza.

International Committee of the Red Cross chief Jakob Kellenberger has arrived in the Gaza Strip at the start of a three-day visit to the Occupied Territories and the Zionist entity, his agency said Tuesday.

Kellenberger, the agency's president, is planning to hold talks with senior Israeli and Palestinian officials and to visit the embattled Al-Shifa hospital in the Gaza Strip, the ICRC said in a statement. A spokeswoman for the agency reported that he had already arrived in Gaza.

The ICRC, which has a dual role as a relief agency in conflicts and the guardian of the Geneva Conventions, has been unusually outspoken over the past week about the impact of the fighting on civilians and health workers. [ read more ]

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Iran thwarts CIA-backed regime change plot

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:59:49 GMT | Presstv.ir
Tehran has disbanded a CIA-backed network designed to orchestrate a 'Velvet Revolution' in the country, says a senior Iranian official.

Iran's Judiciary Spokesman, Alireza Jamshidi, said on Tuesday that authorities have arrested four Iranian nationals who were plotting a regime change at the behest of the Bush administration.

According to Jamshidi, the four were paid by the White House, the State Department and the CIA, to expand their network and topple the Iranian government -- irrespective of the Algiers Accord.

Under the 1981 treaty signed between the US and Iran, Washington is obliged to refrain from interfering in Iran's 'internal affairs'. [read more]

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Liberty dollars what happened to it, now?


Liberty Dollar office raided :

The future of an Evansville-based company that produces a "private voluntary barter currency" known as the Liberty Dollar is in question after federal agents raided the facility this week, according to an e-mail sent by its founder.

Federal officials reportedly raided the group's headquarters, located in a strip mall at 225 N. Stockwell Road, early Wednesday morning and seized documents and precious metals. [read more & watch video]


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Abnormal state

Aluf Benn | Haaretz.com

Who complained to the United Nations Security Council about the firing of Qassam rockets by the Hamas government in Gaza? The government of Israel.

And when the Security Council met to discuss the threat from Gaza, who refused to send its foreign minister to UN Headquarters so as "not to legitimize the Security Council's discussion of the operation against Hamas"? And who left the most important international arena to its UN ambassador, while the Palestinians and Arab countries flooded the building with high-level delegations? The government of Israel.

Who demanded in every diplomatic encounter that the Security Council impose sanctions on Iran because of its nuclear program and punish Syria for smuggling weapons to Hezbollah, and then accused Iran and Syria of ignoring U.N. resolutions?

Who complained to the United Nations Security Council about the firing of Qassam rockets by the Hamas government in Gaza? The government of Israel. [read more]

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Merrill Lynch says rich turning to gold bars for safety

By Ambrose Evans-Pritchard | 9 Jan 2009 | Telegraph UK

Gary Dugan, the chief investment officer for the US bank, said there has been a remarkable change in sentiment. "People are genuinely worried about what the world is going to look like in 2009. It is amazing how many clients want physical gold, not ETFs," he said, referring to exchange trade funds listed in London, New York, and other bourses.

"They are so worried they want a portable asset in their house. I never thought I would be getting calls from clients saying they want a box of krugerrands," he said.

Merrill predicted that gold would soon blast through its all time-high of $1,030 an ounce, and would hit $1,150 by June.
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Hamas fighting power still exists in Gaza

Haaretz.com (Israeli source) | 14/01/2009

New data on the rockets fired by Hamas during Operation Cast Lead indicate that Israel's ground presence and aerial attacks have partially damaged Hamas' rocket-launching capability. However, the Israel Defense Forces has not critically impaired Hamas' ability to launch rockets.

The Shin Bet security service said yesterday that Palestinians fired 530 rockets at Israel in the first 16 days of fighting in Gaza, and another 40 in the last two days - an average of 30 rockets a day, though the peak figure was 74 on the third day of the war. Most of the rockets are home-grown Qassams with a range of 7 kilometers. About 60 of the rockets that have been fired, or 12 percent, are Katyushas (Grads), most of which have been smuggled in through underground tunnels. Those are the rockets that are hitting Ashkelon, Ashdod, Be'er Sheva and Gedera.

Over the past nine days, Hamas has continued firing rockets, an average of about 20 a day. This shows the Hamas military wing is functioning, giving orders to its fighters and maintaining its rocket capability. Although the Shin Bet did not provide its own assessment, reports from several sources indicate that Hamas has smuggled a total of 150 Katyushas, leaving it with about 100, though possibly more - enough to last for two weeks of rocket fire. [read more]

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Israeli army masses along Lebanon border

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:55:06 GMT

Southern Lebanon is witnessing the build-up of Israeli armored vehicles - tanks, military vessels and Apache helicopters - along the border.

Israel deploys military units along the border with Lebanon amid growing concerns that the assault on Gaza was the onset of a multi-front war.

Nineteen days after the start of the Israeli offensive against the Gaza Strip, the Lebanese daily Al Safir reported Wednesday that southern Lebanon had witnessed the build-up of Israeli armored vehicles - tanks, military vessels and Apache helicopters - along the border.

"The Israeli army has mobilized its troops along the border from the western Lebanese village of Naqurah to the southern border village of Al Wazzani."

Citing military officials from Lebanon, the daily added that Israeli forces had also fired flares into the Lebanese territory. [read more]

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Bolivia severs Israeli ties over Gaza

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 17:29:50 GMT | PressTV.ir

Bolivian Leader Evo Morales says his country has severed diplomatic ties with Israel in condemnation of Tel Aviv's aggression in Gaza Strip.

"Given these grave crimes against life and humanity, Bolivia is breaking off diplomatic relations with Israel," President Morales was quoted by AFP as saying on Wednesday.

This is while, the coastal region has lost 1,001 residents to 19 days of full-scale Israeli assaults, which have also injured 4,580. [read more]

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Hamas - who & what?

Eric Margolis: Hamas is more of a threat to corrupt Arab regimes than to Israel.

BIO

Eric Margolis is a journalist born in New York City and holding degrees from Georgetown the University of Geneva, and New York University. During the Vietnam War he served as a US Army infantryman. Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World –- The Struggle for Afghanistan and Asia is a syndicated columnist and broadcaster whose articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, Mainichi Shimbun and US Naval Institute Proceedings. Margolis is an expert of military affairs, a former instructor in strategy and tactics in the US Army, and a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies and the Institute of Regional Studies in Islamabad, Pakistan. Eric Margolis' books have been published in the US, Canada, Britain, and India. He often appears and contributes to national and international news items for outlets such as CNN, ABC,CBC and Voice of America to the Wall Street Journal and Maninichi-Tokyo. He broadcasts regularly on foreign affairs for Canadian TV (TV Ontario and CBC), radio, and has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, and PBS [ watch video ]


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Checkmate! according to RPK.

Is this a rumour . . . pilihan raya besar Kuala Terengganu.

For the last week since Nomination Day, the government-owned mass media has been playing up the non-issue of Islamic laws or Hudud. Khairy Jamaluddin, the Prime Minister’s son-in-law, has been going around proudly telling his Umno Youth audience all over Kuala Terengganu that it was he who very cleverly trapped Husam Musa into making his (Husam’s) booboo statement on Hudud.

The Star, the New Straits Times, TV3, and any organ that may reach the Chinese audience, have been mobilised to challenge DAP and PKR on its stand on Hudud. They very carefully did not make any mention of Umno’s stand, though, lest the 89% Malay voters in Kuala Terengganu get an impression that Umno is hostile towards Islam. To undertake this ‘hatchet job’, Umno uses MCA, its running dog, while Umno keeps a deafening silence on the issue.

Yesterday, PAS, DAP and PKR made history by agreeing that any policy decision must be made through consensus. A simple majority is not enough. All three -- PAS, DAP and PKR -- have to agree on whatever policy matters. Even if there were one dissenting voice, this would mean the policy would not be accepted. It must be all three or nothing at all. And this will include matters related to Islam and whatever comes with Islam, Islamic laws or Hudud included.

Pakatan Rakyat has turned the tables on Barisan Nasional. It is now checkmate. The only issue that Barisan Nasional has in which to use against Pakatan Rakyat in the Kuala Terengganu by-election is Husam’s slip-of-the-lips. The Pakatan Rakyat candidate, Wahid Endut, is spotless. He has no baggage, unlike the Barisan Nasional candidate, Wan Farid Wan Salleh. So, in the absence of any tangible issues, the Hudud issue is the only thing they can use, however frivolous it may be. [ read more ]

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Dispute deepens over Somalia's next president as violence worsens.

12 Jan 12, 2009 - 2:36:54 PM  |  by Yusuf M. Hassan  |  Garowe Online

Somalia's fractured interim government and a weak opposition faction it inked a peace deal with late last year are becoming increasingly at odds with each other, as violence rages in different parts of the country.

The Alliance for Re-liberation of Somalia (ARS), a divided opposition faction led by Islamist politician Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, says its representatives are ready to implement the Djibouti Agreement and form a 'unity government' by joining the Somali parliament.

"On our side, we have completed the representatives required from us and we are ready to work together and to respect the Djibouti Agreement," Sheikh Sharif said in Djibouti, while warning against the collapse of the peace agreement.

Another official, Saleban Olad Roble, the ARS information secretary, told reporters in Mogadishu Monday that "there are no obstacles [coming] from our side," adding: "We recognize the international community's commitment to bring together TFG and ARS to Djibouti and elect new leadership." [read more]

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USB Speeds

If you've gotten a new computer in the last few years, it more than likely came with USB ports. If you're not sure, USB ports are the little slots on either the front or back of your computer that you can use to plug in certain devices, such as a flash drive or digital camera. USB ports come in two different speeds: 2.0 and 1.0, with 2.0 being faster. Most newer PCs have the 2.0 speed, but if you purchased yours quite awhile ago, you may have the 1.0 speed. So, if you've ever wondered which speed you have, keep reading to learn how you can find out! [read more]

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Confusion over timetable for Somalia's presidential election.

BAIDOA, Somalia Jan 11 – The timetable for electing Somalia's next president has been thrown into confusion following the emergence of two separate agendas, Radio Garowe reports.

Sheikh Adan "Madobe" Mohamed, the Acting President who is also the parliament Speaker, met with a group of lawmakers in the town of Baidoa Sunday and held a press conference afterwards.

He indicated that Jan. 26 will be the day when the 275-seat Somali Transitional Federal Parliament will elect Somalia's next president, adding that the election will take place in Baidoa, the seat of parliament.

"It was agreed to expand the parliament to include the ARS [Alliance for the Re-liberation of Somalia] before electing a new president," Ambassador Nur said, adding that the vote is supposed to be held in Djibouti later this month.

The Djibouti Agreement, signed between the Somali government and the ARS, called for the creation of a 550-seat parliament and the establishment of a 'unity government. [ read more ]

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Gaza now Israeli weapons testing lab?

Tue, 13 Jan 2009 12:11:25 GMT 
Israeli soldiers prepare their tanks on the Israeli side of Gaza border before rolling into the coastal sliver. Medics say the army might be testing new weapons in the densely-populated Gaza Strip.
Israel has turned Gaza into a research laboratory to test out its new "extremely nasty" weapons on Palestinians, a medical expert says. 

After working for 10 days at the Shifa Hospital in the war-torn Palestinian territory, Dr. Mads Gilbert, a member of a Norwegian triage medical team in Gaza, blasted Israel for conducting experimental military work in the impoverished strip. 

"There's a very strong suspicion I think that Gaza is now being used as a test laboratory for new weapons," Gilbert told reporters at Oslo's Gardermoen airport upon his return home on Monday. 

Dr. Gilbert said the kinds of injuries he and his colleague Erik Fosse had seen during their ten-day aid work in Gaza had proven that Dense Inert Metal Explosives (DIME) was being used in the embattled territory.
 
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A TALE OF TWO SYSTEMS.

Raja Petra Kamarudin | MalaysiaToday

There is one rule for Barisan Nasional and another for Pakatan Rakyat. Pakatan Rakyat needs a police permit to organise ceramahs. However, when they do apply for one, the police reject the application on ‘technical’ grounds.

Many opposition ceramahs during the ongoing Kuala Terengganu by-election campaign are, therefore, classified as ‘illegal assemblies’. Nurul Izzah Anwar has been summoned to the police station for her ‘statement to be recorded’ because she spoke in a ceramah that did not have a police permit and, therefore, was regarded as an illegal assembly.

Umno does not suffer this same problem. Umno ceramahs are not only allowed but the police even provide outriders to escort the VIPs to these ceramahs. Opposition ceramahs too have a heavy police presence. But the police are there to instruct the opposition to end their ‘illegal assemblies’, or else……..

DAP and PKR have been told to take down their flags. DAP and PKR, according to the Elections Commission, are not contesting the election. Therefore their flags should not be put up. Only PAS flags are allowed. [read more]

UMNO dirty tricks have started : alleged MalaysiaToday
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APA MAKNA PENSWASTAAN?

Malaysiatoday | Dari Jelebu

Penswastaan ialah satu dasar ekonomi yang dianjur oleh kaum pemodal kapitalis pada tahun 80'an dahulu. Ini adalah dasar ekonomi yang mula-mula dianjurkan oleh Ronald Reagan dan Margaret Thatcher. Ini adalah dasar ekonomi kapitalis fahaman kanan yang ekstrim.
Sebelum dasar penswataan di perkenalkan banyak negara dalam dunia ini masih memiliki harta-harta dan syarikat-syarikat awam. Banyak syarikat-syarikat yang berjaya ini dimiliki dan dikendalikan oleh kerajaan. Syarikat awam ertinya syarikat yang dimiliki oleh orang ramai.

Kaum pemodal meleleh air lior apabila melihat syarikat air, syarikat api, pejabat pos, syarikat talipon, syarikat kapal terbang, sekolah, hospital dan seribu satu macam syarikat yang dimiliki oleh rakyat. Kaum pemodal tidak dapat menahan nafsu duitan mereka untuk merompak syarikat-syarikat ini.

Syarikat-syarikat milik kerajaan bermula dengan cita-cita untuk memberi khidmat kepada orang ramai. Syarikat-syarikat in diusahakan bukan atas dasar mencari untung maksima. Dalam masa yang sama syarikat-syarikat ini juga berjalan dengan pengendalian yang baik dan profesional. Untung bukan slogan syarikat-syarikat ini. Rugi juga bukan moto syarikat ini. [read more]

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When the Truth is Anti-Semitic

smokingmirrors | 9 January 2009

Thinking about what to say and not having much success is where I am today. Most of the time, I am preaching to the converted here as the commentary shows. Seldom do I ever get any negative responses and we are starting to average over a hundred comments per entry. That’s a mystery to me. Out of old habit, I often will post these essays at this sitewhere I seldom get any positive comments. The people there are mostly professionals. There are doctors and lawyers and business owners. They are all Americans except for a scattering of Canadians.

Here I am considered an anti-Semitic. This is because the truth is anti-Semitic and if you are going to tell the truth that is what you are labeled as. Criticism of Israelis and Zionist Jews is not welcome. It wouldn’t matter what evil they may do. It is okay. Many of the people at this site are as murderous as the Israelis. They joke about the murders or they talk in convoluted circles about how complex it all is. In any case… none of it is Israel’s fault. This item in the MSMtoday says it all. What can anyone say to justify such evil? Nothing… there is nothing you can say.

The people at this forum believe that Bin Laden is still alive. They believe that a handful of Stone Age Arabs attacked The World Trade Center. They believe six million Jews were executed in Germany while the death count at Auschwitz was lowered from over four million to one million. They deny the testimony of the men who were hired to build gas chambers at death camps after the war. This is truth and the truth is anti-Semitic [read more]

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Israel bans Arab parties from running in upcoming elections

Haaretz.com  |  12 January 2009

The Central Elections Committee on Monday banned Arab political parties from running in next month's parliamentary elections, drawing accusations of racism by an Arab lawmaker who said he would challenge the decision in the country's Supreme Court.

The ruling, made by the body that oversees the elections, reflected the heightened tensions between Israel's Jewish majority and Arab minority caused by Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. Israeli Arabs have held a series of demonstrations against the offensive.

Knesset spokesman Giora Pordes said the election committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the motion, accusing the country's Arab parties of incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist. Arab lawmakers have traveled to countries listed among Israel's staunchest enemies, including Lebanon and Syria. [ read more ]

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Israel sets condition for ending war in Day 17

As the Israeli army pours reservists into Gaza, Premier Ehud Olmert says Tel Aviv will end the offensive once its two demands are met. 

"We want to end the operation when the two conditions we have demanded are met: ending the rocket fire and stopping Hamas's rearmament," said Prime Minister Olmert Monday. 

He made the remarks one day after the Israeli army sent in thousands of the reservists it had called up when Operation Cast Lead was launched on December 27. 

As the now three-week long operation claims more than 905 Palestinian lives, the fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas resistance fighters have reportedly turned into urban battles. [read more]
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UK firm blasted for arming Israeli military

Mon, 12 Jan 2009 11:13:20 GMT | PressTV.ir 

Hermes 450, the primary UAV system of the Israeli air force
A British company's links to the Israeli military come under scrutiny, as pressure mounts on the government to curb arms sales to Tel Aviv. 

UAV Engines, of Lichfield, Staffordshire, (known as UEL) is a world leading drone engine manufacturer that is owned by the Israel drone company Silver Arrow, which in turn, is a subsidiary of the Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems. reported. 

According to The Guardian, one of UEL's rotary Wankel engines is used in Elbit's Hermes 450 drone, which carries out surveillance and targeting operations for Israel's F-16 fighters in the current offensive against Gaza. 

Reliable military news journals and Elbit's own website suggest that the Lichfield factory produces engines for the Hermes, despite denials by Elbit's head of corporate communications, Dalia Rosen. [read more]

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Ahmad Said, Shabery Cheek jahil fakta sejarah?

Mat Zain Mat Isa | Sat | Jan 10, 09 | Harakah

Nampak sangat Barisan Nasional sudah kehabisan modal dalam menghadapi asakan bertubi-tubi daripada PAS di Kuala Terengganu sekarang, sehinggakan para pemimpinnya tidak sempat membuat pertimbangan wajar sebelum bercakap.

Dalam keadaan sangat terdesak oleh pertarungan sengit kini, BN tanpa segan silu sanggup memperdaya rakyat, termasuk dengan memutarbelit fakta-fakta berkaitan sejarah politik negara dan negeri.

Tambah sedihnya, pembohongan dan putarbelit itu bukan saja dibuat para pemimpin peringkat bawahan, bahkan oleh pemimpin utama bertaraf menteri besar dan menteri kabinet sendiri. [read more]


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Zaid: Malaysians have more sense than their leaders

JAN 7, 2009 | Malaysian Insider

The politics is messier. Race relations are slumping. Religious conflicts are being played out publicly. Still, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim believes that Malaysia has a good future. The reason: the majority of Malaysians are sensible people and the results of Election 2008 show that the rakyat wants democracy.

The former de facto Law Minister said: "Ordinary people have more sense than their leaders sometimes. They know the value of co-operation, mutual respect and harmony. I believe the people have spoken out loudly and clearly.

"The future direction of the country is no longer going to be solely in the hands of the political masters. They have had enough of scandals, abuse of power, and poor administration.'' [ read more ]

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