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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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Government spending good money on silly projects

FEB 27 — Economic stimulus is all the rage it seems, both in the United States and back home in Malaysia. While I am sceptical of stimulus in general, our government’s spending plans are increasingly ridiculous and insensible day by day. Instead of leaving the era of white elephant megaprojects behind, we seem to be pursuing less obscenely grandiose but equally impractical infrastructure projects.

The basic idea in the minds of stimulus and economic pump-priming proponents is that it is cheaper to borrow money in a recession. People and firms are not confident in the economy, and so they are reluctant to lend money out to any random person. Fortunately, the government can soak up these surplus funds and invest them in something useful for a low cost.[more]


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Perak state legal advisor blocks notification of emergency sitting

The Perak state legal advisor is trying to block state representatives from being notified of an emergency sitting of the state assembly on March 3rd.

According to DAP Perak chairman Ngeh Koo Ham, the legal advisor, Datuk Ahmad Kamal Mohd Shahid, has directed the house secretary not to send out notices of the emergency sitting.

Ngeh says that this obstruction is in “contempt of the house” and is liable for punishment under house rules.

“The legal advisor has no business to intervene in the process of the house,” Ngeh told The Malaysian Insider.[more]

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Perak Speaker calls emergency session next Tuesday

IPOH, Feb 27 — Perak legislative Speaker V. Sivakumar has called for an emergency sitting of the state assembly next Tuesday in a move that could see the Barisan Nasional (BN) government voted out of power and further complicate the constitutional impasse.

Sivakumar is invoking the assembly’s standing orders 8 and 11 to call for the emergency sitting to vote on two motions in relation to the state’s constitutional impasse.

The two standing orders give him the powers to call for an emergency sitting of the assembly.

The first motion to be voted on will be for the assembly to reaffirm its support for Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) Datuk Seri Nizar Jamaluddin as the rightful mentri besar. The motion will be tabled by Titi Serong Pas assemblyman Khalil Idham Lim Abdullah.[more]

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Nationalise the Malaysian highways

So the government has put off the highway toll hike to the end of the year.

But before you rejoice, think about this: the government will have to pay RM287m in compensation to the concessionaires:

  • Plus - RM195m
  • Sprint - RM36m
  • Akleh - RM27m
  • Besraya - RM9m
  • NPE - RM20m

That’s our money going straight into the concessionaires’ pockets. Easy money for doing nothing.

By the way, Plus Expressways Berhad made a profit before tax of RM1.5 billion for the year ended 31 December 2008 - up from RM1.3 billion the previous year.

Last year, the government paid RM245mil to Plus, Akleh and Sprint as compensation for a scheduled increase from January 2008 year that never took place.[more]

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Unexpected Abdullah respite for toll hikes, cabinet to reconsider today

In a move aimed at pacifying commuters and consumer groups, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has stepped in, promising a cabinet review of the proposed toll rate hike on five of Malaysia’s biggest highways.

”People are having difficulties. The situation is not right for a toll hike,” Abdullah said. The cabinet will be meeting today.

Citing contractual obligations to the concessionaires, Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamed had announced hikes of between five and 33 percent on the much-travelled North-South Expressway, Sprint Highway, Ampang Elevated Highway, Sungai Besi Highway and New Pantai Expressway.[more]


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US repeating old Iran lies at UN

Mohammad Khazaee said the new US envoy was making the same accusations against Iran as the Bush administration.
Iran's UN envoy has criticized the new US ambassador, who accused Tehran of supporting terrorism and attempting to develop nuclear weapons.

In a speech to the UN Security Council during a session on Iraq, Susan Rice said once the US withdraws its troops from Iraq, it would 'seek an end to Iran's ambitions to acquire an illicit nuclear capacity, and its support for terrorism'.

Iran's UN envoy, Mohammad Khazaee, said Rice's remarks were a repetition of the same 'groundless accusations' against Iran that the previous US administration had made.[more]


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Choosing Computer Speakers

It used to be that choosing speakers for your computer was an easy task because there weren't really any options to choose from. Sound was typically an afterthought and most speakers made for computer use weren't exactly what you would call "ear candy".

That has all changed now. Many well-respected audio/video speaker manufacturers have gotten into the computer speaker game. It is not uncommon to see well-known names like Klipsch, Bose, Polk & JBL on either side of computer monitors now.[more]

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GERAK bergerak untuk siapa?

Gerak had evolved! Now it appears that GERAK is going for small fishes (cases) and embarking on a "selective reporting" of corruption cases to the relevant authorities. Akin to doing somebody else dirty job! So now Che Gu Bard has questioned GERAK transparencies - Who finances GERAK ? Who pay GERAK Chairperson? Who sponsored GERAK activities? Who does GERAK served? Now GERAK has a reason to revealed all these things. GERAK has to prove its credibility and intergrity and remains transparent - GERAK as an organisaton itself!

GERAK telah berkembang! Sekarang in, nampaknya GERAK hendak kenakan ikan bilis (kes kecil) dan telah mulakan "lapuran terpilih" terhadap kes-kes rasuah. Seolah-olah GERAk sedang melakukan kerja kotor untuk pihak lain. Jadi sekarang ini Che Gu Bard menyoal GERAK tentang ketelusan - Siapa membiayai GERAK? Siapa bayar gaji Pengerusi GERAK? Siapa taja aktibiti GERAK? GERAK bergerak untuk siapa? Sekarang GERAK perlu keiklasan untuk menjawab soalan-soalan tersebut, perlu GERAK sebagai organasasi yang memiliki kewibawaan dan intergriti membersihkan GERAK dan menunjukkan ketelusan! [video]

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From Mujahideen heroes to Taliban terrorists

The Areas on both sides of the modern Afghan border, beginning in Bajaur and traveling south west all the way to Baluchistan have been home to a group of fiercely independent, closely interlinked, formidable warriors for thousands of years.

The region -much reduced by the 19th century- was an independent tribal territory until 1893 and remained outside the British Empire, with frequent skirmishes a trademark in relations between the Waziri tribesmen and British rule.

Surviving historic documents and written accounts from Iran's Achaemenid Empire of 2500 years ago indicate that even then there were troubles on Eranshahr's (Persian Empire) borders with tribes that closely fit the modern-day description of the region's peoples. Around one thousand years later during Iran's Sassanid Dynasty rule, Eranshar's top warrior princes, fell prey to a major trap set by the same tribes, greatly bereaving the Royal Household.

In more recent times Waziri tribes fought alongside the Pashtun Mujahideen against the Soviet presence in Afghanistan in the 1980s. After the Taliban rule was formed in Afghanistan, Waziri fighting men went back to their old way of life in the north and south Wazirestan districts situated in modern-day Pakistan.[more]

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Champions League results

Liverpool win 1-0 at Real Madrid

Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso (left) heads the ball overReal Madrid’s Lassana Diarra (right) during a Champions League, Round of 16, first leg football match at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid yesterday.

— AP pic

MADRID, Feb 26 ( Malaysianinsider — AP)

— Yossi Benayoun scored with a late header yesterday to give Liverpool a valuable 1-0 away win at Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last 16 knockout match.

In a game of few chances, Benayoun powered Fabio Aurelio's curling free kick past Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas in the 82nd minute to give the English club an all-important away goal.

Casillas denied first-half scoring chances from Liverpool's Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso, while Arjen Robben created the Spanish champion's best effort with a rising shot that went through the fingertips of goalkeeper Pepe Reina in the 71st but over the crossbar.[more]



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Palestinians to form unity government

Reconciliation talks in Cairo lead to an agreement between rival Palestinian factions to establish a unity government by the end of March.

The factions agreed to form several committees that will pave the way for a unity government, an official with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Jamil al-Majdalawi, told AFP on Thursday.

"The committees will end their work and a Palestinian unity government will be formed by the end of March," he said.

The revelation was confirmed by deputy leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Mohammed al-Hindi[more]

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Iran nuclear plant test run scares Israel

Iran started tests at its first nuclear power plant in the southern port of Bushehr on Wednesday.
The Israeli premier Ehud Olmert sends out a warning signal to Iran after the country began a test run of its first nuclear power plant.

"We are a strong country, a very strong country, and we have at our disposal (military) capacities the intensity of which are difficult to imagine," Olmert told public radio on Thursday.

"We have deployed enormous efforts to reinforce our deterrence capacity," Olmert added. "Israel will be able to defend itself in all situations, against all threats, against all enemies. I cannot say more but believe me, I know what I'm talking about."


The remarks came after Iran announced Wednesday that despite intense international pressure over the country's nuclear program it has launched the test-stage of its first nuclear power plant in the southern port of Bushehr.[more]

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Federal-state battle looms for Selangor’s water assets

A battle appears to be looming between the federal government and the state government of Selangor over the takeover of privatised water concessions in the state. At stake are billions of ringgit for the concessionaires and higher water tariffs for consumers.

The move to restructure the sector could also become a political flash point with the Pakatan Rakyat accusing the Barisan Nasional of bailing out its cronies to the detriment of the public.

In spite of its own designs to consolidate the sector, the central government had “gone off on its own tangent”, rather than work with the state, a panel set up for the reorganisation exercise said yesterday.

This “sabotage” occurred when a central government agency — which had agreed to state-led talks earlier — inexplicably announced on Feb 18 that it would take over the negotiations and deal directly with the concessionaries.[more]

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Instacalc Online Calculator

I found this online calculator Web site to be very interesting. To get started, I recommend scrolling down to the Ready to Use section and taking the tour. It will walk you through the features for the calculator.

What I love about it is you don’t have to press Enter to get an answer. Also, you can use multiple lines to do more than one step in a problem!

To switch between styles of math you want to compute, use the drop down box on the calculator. Perhaps you need to do trigonometry or find a volume. If so, just switch it from Basic Math to whatever you need. [more]


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EU 'studies new tough Iran sanctions'


Britain, France and Germany are reportedly proposing a tough list of new sanctions to be imposed against Iran over its nuclear program.

A report by the Financial Times claims that the EU trio is targeting 34 Iranian entities and 10 individuals who are believed to be connected with the country's disputed nuclear program.

The UN Security Council has imposed three rounds of sanctions against Iran, urging the country to halt its enrichment activities.[more]
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Sivakumar: It's harrassment

Perak State Assembly Speaker V Sivakumar says that the investigation on him by the Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission represents harrassment and an insult to the State Assembly. He says this kind of action probably has not happened in a Commonwealth country.

So too is the involvement of the police in investigation. This acts shows the immaturity of democracy is Malaysia - The Doctrine of the separation of power is not only not respected by but one trying to harass and overpower the other if not trampled underfoot. The Judiciary represented by the courts and the judges, the Executive represented by the PM and the Cabinet and the Legislature represented by the Speaker and Dewan should not trampled each other, or else dictatorship or tyranny or anarchy would step in. [video inside]

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Netanyahu 'to move against Palestine unity'

The Israeli prime minister-designate is mulling over lobbying the US against Hamas participation in a Palestinian unity government.

"We shall try to convince our American friends that this is not something that would help the peace process, and that it would only make it easier for all sorts of other players - the Europeans and the Russians - to deal with Hamas," said Zalman Shoval, a close aide to Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu.

"To return Hamas as a partner is not what America is interested in," he added. "I'm not saying we can prevent it, but we should try."

Netanyahu is scheduled to meet the US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton next week when she pays a visit to Israel. Bibi is expected to lure her into preventing Hamas from joining a Palestinian unity government.[more]

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Pas calls for a unity government


In another sign that Pas has yet to abandon the idea of forging a closer relationship with Umno, the Islamist party's president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has called for the formation of a national unity government in view of the current political turmoil.

In an interview with The Malaysian Insider, the Marang MP said Barisan Nasional could not on its own bring the country out of the economic crisis.

Hadi was also certain that the party would not suffer the same fate as in 1970s when it was expelled from BN and lost its control over Kelantan.

Last year, the party was split between the conservative faction which favours cooperation with Umno through what it calls muzakarah (dialogue) and another which prefers to strengthen the then newly formed alliance Pakatan Rakyat.[more]

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An opening in cyberspace closes

BANGKOK - When a state-linked Cambodian Internet service provider (ISP) blocked access this month to a critical non-governmental organization report detailing the government's alleged mismanagement of natural and energy resources, the censorship closed the loop on the region's fast-closing cyberspace.

The Cambodian government has prioritized improving its Internet controls and legislation, despite the fact less than 0.3% of the population is online, one of the lowest Internet penetration rates in the world. The recent bust of an alleged terror plot against the government revealed that authorities had capability to hack intosuspects' - and perhaps perceived other adversaries' - e-mail accounts.

It wasn't long ago that Asia's Internet was being heralded as an inexorable force for democratic change across the predominantly authoritarian-run region. Rising Internet penetration rates and the proliferation of websites that provided alternative news and critical views, particularly in countries where the state had long dominated information flows, marked substantial democratic gains.
[more]

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Perak Crisis Revisited

- V Sivakumar (DUN Perak Speaker)

Sivakumar speech at MB's residence explaining regarding his action handing over 2 resignation letters to SPR. Siva highlighted the actions that should have been done by SPR which would prevent the present Constitutional crisis in Perak.[video inside]


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'2-State Solution Sticking Point for Likud-Kadima Coalition'


Differences over Palestinian statehood are likely to scupper Benjamin Netanyahu's efforts to forge a broad Israeli government with his main rival, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, an official of his Likud party said on Thursday.

"There is across-the-board agreement on Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas but there is a big gap between Kadima and Likud on the two states for two people. It's unsolvable," Silvan Shalom, a senior Likud legislator and former foreign minister, told Israeli Army Radio.

Israeli Prime Minister-designate Netanyahu plans to meet Livni on Friday in another attempt to recruit her centrist Kadima party, which backs the Palestinians' quest for a state. He wants to shift the focus of U.S.-sponsored talks from thorny territorial issues that would set the boundaries of a state to shoring up the Palestinian economy.

Netanyahu has said any Palestinian state must have only limited sovereignty and be demilitarized. Livni has said Kadima would not join a government that does not commit clearly to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.[more]

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Shalit Negotiator Heads to Cairo after Ousted Mediator Reinstated

Senior Israeli negotiator Ofer Dekel headed to Cairo on Thursday for talks on securing the release of captured Israeli occupation soldier Gilad Shalit. He left shortly after outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert reinstated Amos Gilad, Israel's chief negotiator in talks over a truce in Gaza.

Some officials had feared that Gilad's suspension earlier this week would harm negotiations for Shalit. As Dekel left for Egypt, a source in Olmert's bureau declared: "We cannot miss this opportunity, regardless of the painful cost."

Dekel was invited to Cairo by Egyptian Intelligence chief Omar Suleiman to hear his suggestions on how to proceed and to relay Hamas' demands. Hamas wants hundreds of Palestinian detainees released, including many involved in deadly attacks on Israelis.
[more]

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Spat with Anwar has ended, says Karpal

AFTER challenging Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim openly for weeks over issues surrounding party hopping,

Karpal Singh said he accepted the former as head of Pakatan Rakyat.Karpal Singh told the Dewan that there was no more misunderstanding between the Opposition leader and him.

“Any misunderstanding was between us, and is none of Barisan Nasional’s business,” he said during his debate on the motion of thanks on the Royal Address.

Karpal Singh also said the 100 police reports made against him recently were vicious.

“Tuan Speaker, this must be a world record – 100 reports, two bullets,” he said, adding: “Under the Internal Security Act, it is mandatory death sentence for a person who sends even one bullet.”[more]

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Israeli jets pound Rafah border

Israeli warplanes have launched fresh attacks on the Gaza Strip, hitting targets along the borderline between southern Gaza and Egypt.

Two separate airstrikes were carried out when delegates from three Palestinian factions were crossing into Egypt via the Rafah crossing to attend reconciliation talks.

The attacks damaged several homes near the border but there were no immediate reports of casualties.[more]
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Bangladesh border guards end mutiny

Bangladeshi soldiers carry machine gun shells as they gather outside the Bangladesh Rifles headquarters complex in Dhaka
The rebel soldiers of paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles have reportedly ended their mutiny, laid down their arms and freed their hostages.

After Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina warned the paramilitary members of being on a "suicidal" path that could only end in bloodshed, the mutiny ended in surrender.

"We don't want to use force to break the standoff," Hasina said. "But don't play with our patience. We will not hesitate to do whatever is needed to end the violence if peaceful means fails."

Hours after the prime minister's warning Bangladeshi tanks rolled into the capital, taking up position near the compound seized by the guards.[more]


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MB Selangor Press Conference

Elizabeth Wong on leave. Donation of 46 cows. Use of personal car for official functions. The apartments purchased in Saudi Arabia by the Selangor government in 2007 are under the name of former menteri besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo and the transaction is riddled with discrepancies, according to the current administration.[more]

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Somali clerics slam fresh raids on AMISOM

Somali religious leaders are seeking arrest warrants for rebel fighters who launch attacks on government forces and African peacekeepers.

Clerics on Thursday urged arrest warrants for armed groups that attack Somali soldiers and the African Union's mission, known as AMISOM, a Press TV correspondent reported.

The demand came after hundreds of clerics gathered in the capital city, Mogadishu, where they called an end to the assaults against President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed's nascent government.[more]

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'Hamas should be engaged in talks'

Head of the Middle East
Quartet Tony Blair
Senior elites, former foreign ministers and negotiators have called on the Middle East Quartet to include Hamas in the region's peace process

In an open letter which is to be published exclusively by SPIEGEL ONLINE in Germany and the Times of London on Thursday, the fourteen signatories of the letter said that the United States and Israel must change their policy towards Hamas and engage the Palestinian movement if progress is to be made on peace in the Middle East.

The signatories include former Israeli Foreign Minister Ben-Ami and the UN's former envoy to the Middle East Quartet, Alvaro de Soto, have stated that a peace settlement "without Hamas will not be possible."[more]

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That’s correct... No action on three in Lingam probe

Three out of four persons being investigated in relation to the infamous V. K. Lingam video clip case, have been cleared of graft charges, the prime minister told Parliament today.

Datuk Seri Abdullah Badawi told Wee Choo Keong (PKR-Wangsa Maju) in a written reply that the three cases had been marked “NFA” — which means no further action will be taken.

The file on one of the four persons originally investigated remain open. The PM did not name any of the four persons.

Abdullah said there was insufficient evidence to charge the three persons under the Anti-Corruption Act 1997.[more]

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Khalid promises more dirt

More irregularities at Permodalan Negeri Selangor Bhd are expected to be uncovered by auditors and will be disclosed to the press as they emerge.

Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said today external auditors have yet to complete auditing the accounts of the state investment arm and told reporters that it was premature for them to lodge any reports with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“We are more professional than some other agencies and we will only take the necessary action after our probe is completed,” said Khalid, who was answering a question about yesterday’s revelations that senior PNSB officials were being probed for allowing unauthorised purchases and sales of apartments in Mecca.[more]

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Fatah, Hamas reach prisoner swap deal

Senior Hamas leader
Mahmoud al-Zahar
Rival Palestinian movements Fatah and Hamas have agreed on a prisoner swap deal on the eve of a Palestinian unity meeting in Cairo.

The two rivals late Wednesday reached an agreement on resolving their prisoner issues ahead of Thursday's start of reconciliation talks that may pave the way for forming a unity government.

Palestinian factions have received invitations from Cairo to join the national unity talks scheduled to be held on February 26 in Egypt.

Senior officials of Fatah and Hamas voiced their hope that an upcoming inter-Palestinian national unity dialogue would be held successfully.[more]

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CIA to continue drone strikes in Pakistan

New CIA Director Leon Panetta spoke with journalists during his first news briefing since assuming office on Wednesday.
CIA director suggests that the US will continue cross-border aerial attacks on Pakistan, despite the large number civilian casualties.

Dodging a direct confirmation of the missile attacks by unmanned Predator aircrafts from bases in Afghanistan, newly appointed CIA Director Leon Panetta said the efforts to eradicate militancy in the region would continue.

"Nothing has changed our efforts to go after terrorists, and nothing will change those efforts," Panetta said Wednesday in response to questions about the CIA drone attacks.[more]

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Saudi Shias rise in protest at Medina attack

Women pray outside the Baqi cemetery. Saudi authorities have banned women from entering all graveyards in the country.
Hundreds of people in Saudi Arabia have taken to the streets in rare protests against government maltreatment of the Shia minority.

The angry Saudis took part in two protests late on Tuesday near the city of Qatif in Eastern Province, shouting anti-government slogans and condemning the pro-Sunni prejudice in the country.

Youths threw stones at a police post before anti-riot officers fired in the air to disperse the crowd, which included women, witnesses told the Associated Press. No casualties were reported.

The demonstrations followed a string of hostilities against Shia pilgrims in the holy city of Medina in western Saudi Arabia.[more]

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Ex-peace negotiators urge talk with Hamas

A group of former peace negotiators has called in a public letter for the international community to start engaging directly with Hamas.

"As former peace negotiators, we believe it is of vital importance to abandon the failed policy of isolation and to involve Hamas in the political process," they wrote in a letter published in The Times on Wednesday.

Signatories included Michael Ancram, Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, Dr Shlomo Ben-Ami (Israel Foreign Minister, 2000-01), Betty Bigombe (former Uganda Government minister), Alvaro de Soto (UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Envoy to the Quartet, 2005-07), Gareth Evans (Australian Foreign Minister, 1988-96), Peter Gastrow (former Member of Parliament in South Africa), Erry Kelly (Sinn Fein member of the Northern Ireland Assembly), John Hume (Leader of the Social Democratic Liberal Party of Northern Ireland, 1979-2001) and Dr Ram Manikkalingam (Founder of the Dialogue Advisory Group).[more]
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Perak Speaker deems MACC probe an insult

Perak State Assembly Speaker V. Sivakumar said today he deemed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) probe on him for suspending Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir and six of his executive councillors from attending state assembly sittings, as an insult.[more]
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Air Selangor: Usaha halang PR laksana dasar berkebajikan

Langgar keputusan pusat yang dibuat 16 Januari 2008




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Livni concerned about 'Iran's arms trade'

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has accused Iran of violating international treaties through 'smuggling weapons' into the region.

Talking to the Cypriot Foreign Minister, Marcos Kyprianou, Livni said, "arms smuggling headed by Iran is one of the region's most serious problems."[more]
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Abbas calls for Hamas recognition

Acting Palestinian
Authority chief
Mahmoud Abbas
The acting Palestinian Authority chief says the world should recognize a possible national unity government that would include Hamas.

Mahmoud Abbas said in a press conference on Tuesday in Norway that if the Palestinians form a national unity government that includes the Hamas movement, the international community should recognize it, the Maan News Agency reported.[more]
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Somali fighting enters second day

Some 40 people, mostly civilians, died in the chaotic capital
Heavy fighting between rebels and government troops in the Somali capital has entered its second day as the civilian death toll reaches 40.


The clashes began on Tuesday after a coalition of Somali rebels launched simultaneous attacks against government bases in Hodon and the African Union peacekeeping base at KM-4 -- south of Mogadishu.[more]

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Gerak congratulates MACC chief

Gerak, the organisation that is crusading against corruption, today congratulated Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Datuk Seri Ahmad Said Hamdan for his bravery in revealing the corruption investigation on Selangor Menteri Besar, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim.[more]
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All you need to know: Nail care

Yellow nails with elevation of the nail tips can signal an internal disorder before symptoms present themselves, such as lymphatic system problems, respiratory disorders, diabetes and liver disorders.

Vertical ridges indicate poor general health, poor nutrient absorption and iron deficiency. Horizontal ridges can be the result of severe stress. Ridges running up and down the nails can also indicate tendency to develop arthritis.

The development of bumps on the surface of the nails, a condition known as nail beading, is a sign of rheumatoid arthritis.

Downward-curved nail ends may show heart, liver or respiratory problems.

Nail separated from the nail bed denote a thyroid disorder or local infection.


Healthy nails are smooth and without ridges and discoloration.


Brittle, soft, shiny nails without moons may indicate an overactive thyroid. Brittle nails also show iron deficiency, thyroid problems, impaired kidney function and circulation problems. [read more]
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European Parliament president ends fact finding mission to Gaza






Wed, 25 Feb 2009 02:31:20

Tarek Al-Farra, Press TV, Amman

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Stop the anti-Shia prejudice, cleric tells Saudi king

Prophet Mohammad's (PBUH) mosque in Medina.?
Shia cleric Sheikh Hassan al-Saffar has appealed to the Saudi king to bring a halt to "insults" by the kingdom's Sunni religious police, as clashes between Shias and police continue.

The clashes between Shia pilgrims and Saudi police began on Friday evening after the kingdom's religious police filmed female Shia pilgrims outside the al-Baqee Cemetery in Medina, which contains the graves of revered Shia Imams.

When five male relatives of the women demanded the police turn over the tapes, there was a scuffle and the men were arrested, according to a witness who requested anonymity.

The same witness said that 3,000-4,000 pilgrims gathered outside the cemetery, demanding their release. But riot police used batons to disperse the crowd. Sunni onlookers also joined the fray, attacking Shia pilgrims.[more]

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DAP unveils plan to make NSE toll-free by 2016

Pakatan Rakyat partner DAP has unveiled a proposal that can make the North South Expressway toll free by 2016.

DAP’s Restructure Toll Rates and Equity team - codenamed Restore - has called on called on Finance Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Works Minister Mohd Zin Mohamed to study the proposal and include the plan under the mini-budget due to be tabled on March 10.

“It is a very creative proposal, we strongly we believe that it would work. It doesn’t cost the government anything and it brings tremendous amount of benefits for all Malaysians,” said Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.[more]

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Iran to host International conference on Palestine

Iran aims to follow up on the prosecution of Israeli war criminals during an international conference on Palestine in Tehran.
Iran will host an international conference in support of Palestine, seeking trials of Israeli war criminals involved in the Gaza assault.

The conference, which is the fourth Iranian conference on Palestine, will meet under the banner 'Palestine: Manifestation of Resistance, Gaza: Victim of Crimes.'[more]

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Turkish rights group to press charges against Israel over Gaza



Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:54:59
Mehdi Gholizadeh, Press TV, Ankara

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Ramallah helped Israel hit Hamas, Gaza' Mon,

'Maps of the Gaza Strip were prepared through the Google Earth for the Israeli military during the Gaza War'.
Hamas accuses the Palestinian Authority of providing Tel Aviv with a map of the locations targeted by the Israeli army during the Gaza War.

"With the help of Google Earth program, those groups prepared maps to local mosques, institutions, tunnels or workshops," said Abu Abdallah, a senior Hamas intelligence officer.

The intelligence allegedly included the location of weapon caches, mosques, and tunnels at the Rafah border.[more]

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British government sued over arms sales to Israel






Tue, 24 Feb 2009 20:19:27

Fareena Alam, Press TV, London


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BN Has Lost Support, Says Razaleigh

Umno maverick lawmaker, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, continues to be a thorn to his party by taking a swipe at the three contenders for the Umno Youth chief post saying that their individual records have not inspired hope.

Blogging on his website www.razaleigh.com, Tueasday (24 Feb), Ku Li as he is popularly known pointed out that watching the TV debate among the three contenders – Khairy Jamaluddin, Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and Mukhriz Mahathir, “ None of them has presented a consistent and principled orientation towards reform. Some views expressed in that debate actually called for reversion to bad old form rather than for reform. If the party continues on its present recourse, the question would be moot.”

“ Do you think these representatives of the future leadership are likely to embrace any necessary change?”

He said what happened in Perak recently has all the appearance of a desperate and ill-conceived grab for power, with constitutional consequences that are still being played out.[more]

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BBC defends silence on Gaza appeal

The British network says in its defense that it refrained from broadcasting the "controversial" bid mainly because it would undermine its policy of impartiality.

The public-funded broadcaster nevertheless raised more than 10 million pounds to alleviate the humanitarian disaster in the Congo and nearly 18 million pounds for the Burma crisis.
"I never thought I would live to see [the BBC] refuse to broadcast a humanitarian appeal on the grounds that it was controversial," said veteran Labour lawmaker Tony Benn, who was among those to criticize the broadcaster as an Israel appeaser.
"The destruction in Gaza, and the loss of the lives of over a thousand civilians and children, has shocked the world as secretary general of the UN, Ban Ki-moon, made clear, when he saw the devastation for himself," he explained.[more]
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