Friday, June 27, 2008
Monday, 9 June 2008
President Nicolas Sarkozy of France visit Lebanon
The delegation is set to meet with leaders of 14 Lebanese political parties, including Hezbollah. Initially the date of this visit was the dateline intended to formalize the crytalization of the Unity Government Cabinet - Flopped!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
On the June 6, 2008 Almanar had reported that Hariri had suspended talks on the New Cabinet (Unity government) line up. Now there are report that Hariri had revoked that decision.
However there has been hackling among the ruling bloc regarding the appointments of the Cabinet posts especially to fill up the Maronite Chistian Quota and also the Sunni quota.
The new government should comprise 30 ministers. According to the political distribution, the loyalty bloc takes 16 seats, the opposition takes 11 and the President takes 3 ministers.
In terms of confessions, the government should be made up of 6 Maronite, 6 Sunni, 6 Shiite, 4 Orthodox, 3 Druze, 3 Catholic and 2 Armenian Ministers. Such distribution has put the loyalty bloc in front of a big problem on the Christian and Sunni levels.
Monday, 9 June 2008
But the proposal that is really getting rebel watchers excited is contained in the Counter-Terrorism Bill.
Sunday, 8 June 2008
On Saturday, Reuters reported that the Iranian UN ambassador Mohammad Khazaee had written to the UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon demanding action from the Security Council in response to the Israeli threat. . . more
Mofaz, Israel's deputy Prime Minister. a former army chief, may be lining up a challenge to Olmert, said military strikes to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons looked "unavoidable".
QUOTE OF THE DAY :
"IF IRAN CONTINUE ITS NUCLEAR WEAPONS PROGRAMME, WE WILL ATTACK IT."
SHAOUL MOFAZ Israeli deputy prime minister
Friday, June 6, 2008
05/06/2008 Source Al-manar
Without prior notice, the Future bloc announced Wednesday suspending talks over the cabinet line-up, under the pretext of an individual incident a day earlier near the Kuwaiti embassy in
Hariri put his decision in the framework of protest at what he called slack security in
Speaking to the Arab daily Al-Hayat, Hariri called on the Arab ministerial committee to "dispatch an Arab envoy immediately to investigate the facts in
The unpredicted decision coincided with a visit made by Prime Minister-Designate Fouad Saniora to Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri that was the first of its kind since the end of parliamentary consultations last week.
Saniora informed Berri on the Future bloc decision, what prompted the Speaker to call up Hariri in an effort to redirect things. Berri assured Hariri that Beirut's security would improve, stressing what should be done is that a new government assumes, through its security, military and judiciary bodies, responsibilities and protect citizens regardless of their political or sectarian affiliations.
The individual incident reminded of other recent security incidents in
For his part, Saniora said the issue must be "looked into,' yet insisted on continuing talks to form the longed for national-unity government.
After meeting Berri, he told journalists the government formula was progressing rapidly and reiterated he is not committed to a specific time to announce the new government as much as he's committed to the "quality of the government."
According to the Lebanese daily As-Safir, Saniora didn't brief Berri of any line up formula for the new cabinet, citing (opposition and loyalty) demands that still need to be addressed.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
"Efforts are currently underway to clean 49 percent of the contaminated areas," she said, adding that work has yet to begin in eight percent of the affected areas.
She said 970 contaminated sites had been found in an area spanning 39 million square meters (420 million square feet).
Since the war's end in August 2006, cluster bombs have caused "256 civilian casualties between deaths and injuries," according to Farran. She added that there have also been 51 casualties from the Lebanese army and international forces in the area.
The United Nations has repeatedly asked
The United Nations says
courtesy almanar lebanon
Amnesty International today condemned the detention of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai, saying that his detention was part of a sudden, sharp and dangerous crackdown on political opposition in the run-up to the elections.
“Morgan Tsvangirai should be released immediately – or charged with a recognizable criminal offense,” said Amnesty International.
According to reports, Morgan Tsvangirai was arrested at a roadblock north of
In March 2007, Tsvangirai, along with other MDC and other civil society activists, was severely beaten while in police custody and had to be hospitalised.
His arrest comes the day after the publication by Amnesty International of a damning report highlighting the extensive human rights violations that have taken place since parliamentary and presidential elections were held in March 2008. These include unlawful killings, torture and other ill-treatment, beatings, and the harassment and intimidation of mainly MDC supporters and human rights defenders in
The organization revealed that a witness to the abduction of an MDC senatorial candidate Shepherd Jani by suspected Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) agents has gone into hiding after he and his family received threatening phone calls from men believed to be state agents, who told him to hand himself in at Harare Central Police station. Amnesty International says his life is at risk and his family has also been threatened.
Kumbirai Masimo witnessed the abduction on 21 May of Shepherd Jani, senatorial candidate for Murewa North. Jani was abducted by suspected CIO operatives and his body was found days later.
“The government of
Mugabe rejects UN request to send special envoy.
The organization said that the bulk of the human rights violations are being perpetrated by supporters of the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) party and members of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWA) -- generally known as “war veterans”.
State security organisations, in particular the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) have been unwilling to act against these perpetrators – allowing them to kill, torture, assault and burn homes and businesses of suspected MDC supporters with impunity. In fact, in some cases authorities have instigated or even directed attacks by these groups.
The Zimbabwean government is also severely tightening restrictions on international aid agencies operating in
“By introducing restrictions against aid workers in
Millions of people in
To see a copy of the report
Courtesy Amnesty International
"The Ethiopian army's response to the rebels has been to viciously attack civilians in Ogaden," said the group's spokeswoman, Georgette Gagnon. "These atrocities amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity." . . . more
Tens of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets last week as the provisions in the “accords” were leaked to the Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat.
Included in the treaty is the right for the
Iraq SOFA demo
This is a direct threat against
But for many Iraqis, the biggest insult in the new treaty is that all
Under these terms, occupation forces can use deadly force under any conditions, giving them a green light to arrest, imprison or kill any Iraqi with no fear of prosecution or regard for the country’s institutions. . . more
While the Kurds are believed to be the only Iraqi group to support the agreement and the notion of long-term
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Al-Maliki's government is under
The Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and the
Moqtada Al-Sadr has been vocal too, saying he will send delegations to other neighboring countries to gain their support in objecting against the SOFA and has called for demonstrations.
On Friday Tens of thousands of people took to streets throughout the country after Moqtada al Sadr called for the protests. Al-Sadr has also called for weekly protests against the deal.
Iraqi Politicians opposition
Head of the main Shia bloc in
Iraqi politicians loyal to Shia cleric Moqtada al Sadr including lawmakers Falah Hassan Shanshal and Maha Adel, have urged the government to hold a referendum on the US-Iraq 'security pact' and issued a statement on Saturday in
The lawmakers also said they 'absolutely reject' the accord and urged all Iraqis to continue their peaceful demonstrations against it. A former Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari highlighted that the agreement brings shame to the Iraqi nation.
In a new twist, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says the Iraqi nation will never fall under foreign tutelage nor will
Maliki said Friday that there will be no need for the presence of occupational forces in
Meanwhile, a senior Iraqi official has said that negotiations between the
Qandil added: "What is important at this stage is discussion over the principles and codes determining the details of the agreement." "These principles include respect to the Iraqi government's sovereignty, safeguarding the country's independence, removing the country from the UN charter's Chapter Seven, attempts to end the foreigners' presence in the country and taking from them the entire responsibility for establishing security, transparency regarding the items of the agreement, and making it public for the people's knowledge".
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Mr Bolton said the war was legal, partly because
A crowd of about 20 protestors, one dressed in a latex George Bush mask, chanted "war criminal" as Mr Bolton was ushered away. Mr Monbiot was blocked by two heavily-built security guards at the end of the one-and-a-half hour appearance, before he could serve a "charge sheet" on him. Mr Monbiot said moments later he was "disappointed" that he had been blocked from making the citizen's arrest.
"This was a serious attempt to bring one of the perpetrators of the
A citizen’s arrest is legal in certain circumstances under the under the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Act 2005.
But Peter Florence, director of the Hay Festival, said on Wednesday that they had sought legal advice and been told carrying out such an arrest would be “completely unlawful” given the circumstances.
30/05/2008 A conference of more a hundred nations has agreed on a draft treaty to ban current designs of cluster bombs and to destroy stockpiles within eight years. The announcement on Wednesday came after 12 days of negotiations in Dublin, the Irish capital.
The announcement on Wednesday came after 12 days of negotiations in Dublin, the Irish capital.
Countries from across the globe were to adopt a landmark convention banning cluster bombs in a formal ceremony on Friday, in a move supporters hope will stigmatize the lethal weapons as much as landmines. Diplomats from 111 countries were to adopt the treaty in a closing ceremony at Croke Park in the Irish capital after 12 days of robust negotiations at the Gaelic games stadium.
A Cluster Bomb Explsion
The convention, agreed Wednesday, outlaws the use, production, transfer and stockpiling of cluster munitions. It also provides for victim welfare and clearing contaminated areas. Politicians and campaigners insisted it was a hugely significant pact despite the absence of key powers like the United States, China and Russia. Diplomats will adopt the treaty before Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin closes the conference.
Norway has spearheaded the treaty initiative and the convention is due to be signed in Oslo on December 2-3. States then have to ratify the pact. The United States, China, Russia, India, Pakistan and Israel did not participate in the convention talks, leading some commentators to question its worth. However, Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere insisted the treaty would stigmatize the use of cluster bombs among those countries keeping their stockpiles.
Cluster munitions are among the weapons posing the gravest dangers to civilians, especially in heavily bombed countries. Dropped from planes or fired from artillery, they explode in mid-air, randomly scattering bomblets, with many civilians having been killed or maimed by their indiscriminate, wide area effect. They also pose a lasting threat as many bomblets fail to explode on impact.
The treaty is due to be signed in Oslo on December 2-3. The cluster munitions treaty requires the destruction of stockpiled munitions within eight years -- though it leaves the door open for future, more precise generations of cluster bombs that pose less harm to civilians. The treaty was welcomed by the Cluster Munition Coalition (CMC), an umbrella group of non-governmental organizations, which hopes it will stigmatize cluster munitions.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
by an Israeli aircraft during the 2006 Lebanon war [ courtesy: File: AP]
- Cluster bombs are containers holding multiple bomblets or submunitions.
- They are fired into the air or dropped and break in mid-air. They have the potential to spread hundreds of bomblets over large areas - covering areas as large as several football fields.
- Many of the munitions fail to work properly on release and remain a threat to people long after they are fired.
- About 60 per cent of the people injured by cluster bombs are not involved in conflict activities.
- A third of recorded cluster munitions casualties are children.
- At least 14 countries have used cluster bombs, including
France, the Netherlands, Russia, the UK, the US and . Saudi Arabia
- Billions of cluster bombs are held by about 76 nations. Thirty-four states have produced the weapon.
- Cluster bombs were first used by German and
Soviet Unionforces in the second world war.
USused significant numbers of the munitions in Cambodia, Laosand during the 1970s. Vietnam
- More recently,
Russiahas used the weapon in Chechnya andthe Sudanese government employed them during their civil war. Israelused them, and (Hezbollah was accused of using them - malafide statement), during the Lebanon war in 2006.
- The weapon caused more civilian casualties in
in 2003 and Kosovo in 1999 than any other weapon system. Iraq
* editors comment
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Source: Cluster Munitions Coalition
courtesy al jazeera
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
. . . . but in fact there is a Saudi-Iranian problem. . . . more
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Despite the fact that it has become an integral part of the opposition coalition in the parliament in Kuala Lumpur, federal power, however may not be the party's goal as its leaders appear quite content running their own little Islamic kingdom in this secluded and almost magical part of Malaysia, which has a distinct cultural identity. Many Kelantanese are proud of their state and their chief minister, Nik Aziz Nik Mat. The PAS spiritual advisor, fondly refered to by many as "Tok Guru" (teacher), has ruled since 1990 and has built a cult-like following with his spartan lifestyle and messianic mannerisms. . . . . more
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
George Bush is a dangerous and desperate man – and now he is coming to Britain.
The US president is expected to visit London on Sunday 15 June as part of his European tour. The Stop the War Coalition is organising a protest to make him feel as unwelcome as possible.
The Real News Network's Paul Jay talks to Gareth Porter about Iran, Iraq and the Bush administration. One of the fundamental reasons The White House is giving for a possible attack on Iran is that it is arming Iraqi militias that are killing American soldiers. The administration and the US military first began to talk about Iran as a source of weapons in 2005 but have yet to present concrete evidence to back the charges. Complicating matters is the fact that both Iran and the US support Iraq's al-Maliki government at the same time. While the White House hints at a possible attack on Iran, the US military talks about a deal over Iraq. But what kind of deal could it be?
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
The US troops in Iraq.
Malik al-Nouri, Iraq's PM
- A part of the agreement covers issues regarding 'sustainable security': this section of the agreement will allow the US to build 3 to 12 military bases on Iraq's soil to maintain control over the country's military for an indefinite period. Under the agreement Iraqi military and security forces would not be able to carry out any operations independently and they would have to ask for permission from the US Military Command in
- Another section of the agreement would regulate the authority of US troops in
Weeping, women in Fadhil, Iraq.
in Tehran, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami on Friday, in the Friday Kutbah, slammed as treachery to Islam a security accord due to be sealed between Baghdad and Washington on the presence of American occupation troops in Iraq.Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani
The mainstream media keep mum about the accord, critics say SOFA would virtually put
Sunday, 25 May 2008
The ships, which will be 280 metres (919 feet) long by 70 metres wide and displace 65,000 tonnes full load carrying up to 40 aircraft, are expected to enter service in 2014 and 2016 respectively and be operational for 50 years. . . . more
Friday, May 23, 2008
Somaliland a declare independence since 1990
Gen Adde Muse
While the leader of Puntland, who has been away for two months, Gen. Adde Muse, is having a hard time over moves that he did while visiting foreign countries (extradition agreement with Ethiopia) recently and the situation especially economy and security of the region. Gen Adde Muse is working on extend his mandate as the leader for Puntland for another year.
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