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Rajab ISIS in Iraq: Storm or Pawn? By Abdullah al Andalusi • June 15, 2014 Last week, much media coverage focused on ISIS’s capture of Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul. ISIS, which stands for ‘Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’ declare themselv Read more ... es not just a Jihad army, but an actual ‘Islamic State’, which talks of establishing a Caliphate! Many questions were raised – How could a force of roughly 800 defeat an army of 30,000 (1) in Mosul? Did this victory signify an existential threat to Iraq, the region, and ultimately the United States of America? And has the long-awaited Caliphate returned? Like most media coverage, a lot of details have been, somewhat deliberately, obscured or under-reported. Before we can discuss what the future holds, let us understand the situation and history of the very shadowy ISIS. Iraq and the Origins of ISIS The proto-ISIS group, Tawhid al-Jihad (TJ) arose during the Iraq war, as a group amongst a coalition of resistance fighters against Iraqi occupation. It changed its name a few times: under Ayad Zawahiri, becoming the ‘The organisation of the base of Jihad in the land of the two rivers'; then the ‘Islamic State of Iraq’ (ISI) in 2006 from a coalition of multiple resistance movements; and in 2013 it branched into Syria, and appended the title ‘The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’ (ISIS). TJ, being mainly a home-grown Iraqi group, then strategically allied itself with the international Al-Qaeda franchise to attract funding, resources and Muslim volunteers from outside Iraq to bolster its ranks. However, it made a number of strategic mistakes, as well as adopting an un-Islamic methodology of deeming civilians to be acceptable targets in war. The first strategic mistake was declaring war on Iraq’s Shia Muslims in response to Iraqi collaborators helping the U.S. forces attack and kill Iraqi civilians (who happened to be mainly Sunni). Despite such a war declaration being completely against Islam, it was also militarily and politically counter-productive and detrimental to the resistance. The resistance fighters of Iraq included Shia groups as well as Sunni groups, however TJ managed to ultimately incite Shias groups against Sunni groups, causing untold horror and misery upon Muslim civilians of both persuasions. This helped the U.S’s occupation of Iraq, as they could now portray themselves as the ‘lesser of two evils’ and ‘neutral’ to both sides. This sectarian war in Iraq got so bad that even Ayman Zawahiri had to plead with them to stop attacking Shia forces and populations, and focus on the U.S. occupation force. Some people even believed that the U.S. government deliberately gave enough leeway to TJ in order to ensure this exact result. ISI’s relationship with Sunni resistance groups also fell apart due to their second strategic blunder, namely their inability to understand the nuances of Islamic laws of warfare, governance and a superficial and unsubtle understanding of Islamic law that made their application of it little different to vigilantes. Their zero-tolerance policy to any dissent caused the Iraqi Muslims who had been working with it to become deeply disaffected. ISI unilaterally (and without consultation of pledges of allegiance from other groups) declared themselves to be an ‘Islamic State’, and viewed their work and political authority over all Muslims as Islamically mandatory. This led them to reason that any and all those who thereafter disagree with them, must be rebels and apostates to cause of Islam, and therefore deserved severe punishment. This led to summary executions, bombing attacks against Iraqi Muslim tribal chiefs, bombing of Sunni civilians and assassinations of fellow resistance fighter commanders. U.S. policy makers simply watched the besieged Sunni Iraq population, being squeezed between ISI, the Shia sectarian ‘death squad’ militias and the American military forces, until the right moment, where they then offered money and weapons to the Iraqi tribal chiefs and resistance fighters to stop fighting the U.S. and create their own ‘Awakening Councils’ to fight ISI and secure their own lands from marauding Shia militias (who had been brutalising and killing Sunni Iraqi civilians during the peak of the sectarian conflict). Thus the ISI lost their ‘allies’ en masse and were kicked out of many territories – forcing them to go underground. However, after the elections, the political system of Iraq caused much oppression by the majority backed political parties against the minorities within Iraq. ISI’s come back would be helped by the most divisive and socially destructive force known in politics – Democracy. Iraqi Democracy, and the return of ISIS The Nouri al Maliki’s political party, Hizb ul Dawah, attained power in Iraq using the U.S-framed political system. It ignored the warning against using the system of democracy in the works of its highly respected, deceased founder Mohammed Baqir ul Sadr (killed by Saddam), an intellectual and scholar who advocated Caliphate in his works on Wilayet al Ummah. Sadr rejected democracy strongly when he said ‘democracy is a system destined for definite collapse and failure’ in his book, ‘Our Philosophy’. He predicted that democracy would lead to oppression of the minority by the majority (2), and creating a system of people in constant conflict with each other (3). Unfortunately, what he predicted came true – ironically, caused by the very organisation he founded. Under the democratic system, Iraq’s already entrenched divisions (mostly created by a successful U.S. divide and rule strategy) became even more exacerbated and led to a land sharply divided between the ‘categories’ of ‘Sunni Muslims’, ‘Shia Muslims’ and ‘Kurds’ (despite Kurds being mostly ‘Sunni Muslims’). It should be mentioned that before the invasion of Iraq, the concept of one’s school of thought as defining a distinct community in Muslim society was mostly alien to Iraqis. However, the seeds of division were planted after the first gulf war, and compounded with the deliberate and differential treatment U.S. occupation forces gave to Iraqis based upon the ‘categories’ as part of their divide and rule strategy. The Iraqi regime, being predominantly composed of ‘Shia Muslim’ politicians, then did what every democratic government does when consisting of a majority, it sidelined its minorities, and ultimately treated them as second-class citizens, leading ultimately to a campaign of torture, killing, and severe persecution. ‘Sunni Muslim’ party politicians were harassed, threatened with prosecution who voicing dissent (4), imprisoned, assassinated or had to flee Iraq. The Vice-president Tariq al Hashemi, was accused of supporting terrorism, and he had to flee to Turkey. He was sentenced to death in absentia (5). Nouri al Maliki was a president as tyrannical as any of Iraq’s previous leaders – with one exception, the Iraqi army he commanded, mostly armed and trained by U.S. Army, was undisciplined and unprofessional – and very unreliable. They had mostly depended on U.S. military support to conduct their operations (and still do). Under Iraq’s new democratic regime, the Muslims of the north became more and more aggrieved, and this offered the perfect opportunity for the return of ISI to prominence. ISI had never left Iraq, and had instead waged an underground terror campaign against mainly ‘Shia Muslim’ population areas. The more civilians they killed, the more the Iraqi government clamped down on Sunnis, the more the Sunni population would be sympathetic to ISIS. ISIS – a minority faction of the uprising against the Iraqi Regime ISIS are not the only armed northern group, nor even the majority amongst the groups. There are thousands of armed former resistance fighters from a number of groups, like former Baathists military, armed Iraqi ‘Sunni tribes’ (a single tribe can command 10,000 men), The Supreme Command for Jihad and Liberation (a coalition of 23 groups, led by the lead group ‘The Army of Men of the Order of Naqshaband’), Ansar ul Sunnah and many others. Many of these different groups have been resisting the Iraqi central government, and attempting to defend Iraqis in the north and west from government persecution. In fact, ‘pro-Sunni’ TV channels in Iraq like Al-Rafidain refer to the ‘Sunni armed forces’ as the General Military Council of Iraqi Revolutionaries, and NOT ISIS (6). This begs the question, why does virtually all Western media channels, and WesternIra Susanti BAe Lahqi government politicians refer exclusively to the fighters as ISIS? ISIS have been reported to have learnt lessons from their past about how to work with others. They seem to have making an attempts to try and win hearts and minds of the Sunni populations by focusing on administering their territories, providing resources and facilities for the public. In their invasion of Mosul, we hear from a variety of sources, that they have to some extent been welcomed as ‘liberators’ (7) (8). However, the disproportionate media attention on ISIS, as opposed to the majority (9) (10) of other groups fighting against oppression by the Iraqi central government, is notable and significant. The cause of the oppressed northern and western Iraqi Muslims has been played down, deliberately leaving the only issue of notice to be the ‘roving terrorists of ISIS’. This conveniently plays into the hands of both the Iraqi regime and the U.S. Of course, Bashar al Assad also deployed the ‘terror card’ to great success in the media to demonise the Syrian opposition in Syria. ISIS are now carefully wooing ‘Sunni tribes’, and other armed groups to ally with them to push back the generally perceived oppressive Iraqi regime. But despite this, ISIS still retains some of its un-Islamic policies. Its depiction of the fight as a general one against all ‘Shia Muslims’ will end up going against them – uniting the Muslims in the south under a banner of defence against sectarian opponents perceived as coming to kill them. Iran has used this perception to attempt to increase its influence in Iraq (being its neighbour, and having the ability to easily deploy troops there). This perception has also allowed Nouri al Maliki to rouse sectarian concerns to desperately recruit volunteers to his cause (and replace the defunct soldiers of the Iraqi army). Grand Ayatollah Sistani has rallied volunteers to fight ISIS, believing, like most southern Iraqis do, that this is a war against sectarian terrorists. This means that ISIS have caused their opponents to rally a large amount of people against them and their allies. The allies of ISIS, northern and western ‘Sunni Iraqis’, who only wanted liberation from a tyrannical ‘democratic’ government, will now have to bare the brunt of enemies they really had no interest in fighting, the majority population of Shias in the South – who are innocent of the actions of the Iraqi government. The claimed ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani allegedly said: “March towards Baghdad. The Shia are a disgraced people. God forbid that they become victorious over you. How can they when they are polytheists. Don’t stop until you reach Baghdad and Kerbala. Be prepared! Iraq will transform into a living hell for the Shia and other heretic.” If this is true, than this represents the same gross misjudgment that led to ISIS’s previous failures and trouble-making for rebels and resistance fighters in Syria as well as Iraq. Unwitting pawns of oppressive regimes In 1991, an election in Algeria yielded a landslide victory to the FIS Islamic party in fair elections. Before the next round could take place, the Algerian government, backed by the U.S. and Europe, annulled the elections ‘to protect democracy’ and banned the FIS. This led to a popular uprising lasting 10 years and leading to thousands of deaths. An armed resistance formed, and many of the Algerian people supported it. How did the Algerian government deal with a popular rebellion? Simple, they infiltrated and promoted the most extreme fringe group amongst them, namely a group within the loosely organised GIA (Armed Islamic Group). The government then set a faction within the GIA to fight each other. This fringe group within the GIA then started ‘apparently’ killing their own supporters from amongst the civilian population, and fighting rival factions, like the pro-FIS AIS (Islamic Salvation Army). The fringe faction from the GIA committed so many massacres (with secret Algerian army help, and even instigation), that the non-fringe faction of GIA had to publicly separate from it and created their own group called GSPC (Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat). This tactic was a success for the Algerian government, who portrayed themselves as the ‘lesser of two evils’ (11) and won over the Algerian population to their cause. In Syria, Bashar al Assad is claimed to have released ISI members in Syrian jails during the outset of the rebellion, in order to purposely divide the rebels. Assad also skillfully turned the conflict from being one of opposition to secular oppression, to one of sectarian warfare – allowing Iran, southern Iraqi volunteers, and Hezbollah the pretext to intervene to come to his aid. Al Qaeda’s Zawahiri pleaded with the now rebranded ‘ISIS’ to stop sectarian attacks, and their zero-tolerance of dissent with other rebel groups – all to no avail. Of course, the problem of ISIS may be due to the Syrian government’s clever policies to divide and rule. The Syrian government had previously supported the Iraqi resistance against U.S. occupation, including ISI. Witnesses and reports coming from within Syria detail ISIS selling oil to the Syrian regime for money, as well as the fact that the Syrian regime do not bomb ISIS positions to the degree that they attack the other rebels (12) (some reports even say, no bombing at all). Furthermore, ISIS’s operations in Syria seem more focused on other rebels, then they do on the Syria regime itself. While this has deeply benefitted the Syrian regime, allowing it to claim it is the ‘lesser of two evils’, and sapping global support for the Syrian resistance – the benefits ISIS have gained from their power base in Syria has allowed it increased sources of funding to permit it to take a leading role in the Iraqi rebellion against the central government. Now, Nouri al Maliki can use ISIS to collectively demonise the entire northern uprising against his regime. In conclusion, ISIS still retain their unIslamic, and strategically counter-productive policies that effectively and strategically undermine the Islamic resistance movements in both Syria and Iraq. ISIS’s gains in Iraq, also allows the U.S. to increase its influence in the region, as a weak Iraqi government must come back groveling for U.S. Military support. The U.S. withdrew all their forces in 2011, as they were unhappy with the Iraqi government’s terms to cease exempting U.S. forces from Iraqi judicial prosecution (13). ISIS has provided the perfect pretext (again) for the U.S, who have been reticent to help the Iraqi government with airstrikes months before, and may have given ISIS and the ‘Sunni insurgency’ the leeway it needed to become a problem for the Iraqi government, in order for the U.S. to have a renewed bargaining chip. This would fit the U.S. plan to perpetuate its access to Iraqi military facilities (14) and compete to increase their influence in Iraq and decrease Iran’s influence (15). This may be similar to how when the Pakistani government were forced, due to popular outrage, to request the U.S. to cease drone strikes in Pakistan last year – until the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) attack against Karachi airport allowed the Pakistani government the public support to allow U.S. to resume the drone strikes (16). Saudi Arabia and ISIS Pro-Bashar al Assad’s media platforms (17), and some in the Western media have speculated that ISIS may be indirectly funded by U.S. and their proxies (e.g. corrupt regimes like Saudi Arabia) in order to fight a proxy war against ‘shiites’ and Iran (18). However this narrative is part of exacerbating the Sunni/Shia conflict, rather than explaining it. This can be seen when the story is put to further scrutiny, it is simply not born out by actions or policy of the Saudi government, nor their interests. ISIS’s ideology considers Saudi Arabia an illegitimate regime based upon non-Islamic law, that must be toppled. Of course, this is shared by most Muslims – but where ISIS differs, is that it believes the Saudi rulers to be apostates from Islam. Consequently, Saudi Arabia has declared ISIS along with Jabhat al Nusra and Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist groups (19). Saudi has also banned preaching, financing and exhorting Saudis to fight abroad or travel to these conflict zones to fight (20). Furthermore, ISIS affiliated cells in Saudi, have been caught planning to renewal a terror campaign against the regime (21). While Saudi and the U.S. does indeed fund groups like the Free Syrian Army and various Syrian rebel groups (22), Saudi Arabia would not support movements that openly promote its own downfall, and could blowback against it or be uncontrollable once they became successful. This does not mean that Saudi hasn’t been funding the other ‘Sunni groups’ in Iraq who are fighting alongside ISIS, but if so, it would only be those goals are more in line with Saudi policy (e.g. a secular nationalist Arab state against Iran). However, this doesn’t mean that ISIS aren’t receiving funds from anywhere. According to analysts and U.S. officials, many private citizens within the persian gulf countries may be illegally and quietly funding such groups (23). ISIS and the ‘Phantom Caliphate’ ISIS’s call to Caliphate, while a common Muslim sentiment, permits the Western media and the U.S. to demonise and depict the concept of a Caliphate as a sectarian and deeply ignorant and brutal regime. For example, just two days ago, a Channel 4 program (UK television) depicted the recent gain of Mosul by ISIS under the banner ‘Sunni vs Shia – A new Caliphate’. And a large number of media sites have arisen discussing the ISIS + the “Caliphate”. This may be the media’s attempts to create a ‘phantom caliphate’, an observation first proposed by professor Noman Hanif (24), which is essentially to damage the high esteem the concept held in the Muslim collective memory, and ultimately turn Muslims against it (and towards a Secular system). ISIS are not a Caliphate, as they are not even a state, nor are they able to effectively rule and secure the lands and boundaries supposedly under their control. While many Muslims engage in political work to re-establish the Caliphate, and many more eagerly await its return – it would be unwise to pin hopes on an irregular militia that not only lack the resources to establish a state, but are strategically vulnerable too. The Stakeholders The U.S. policy in the region has been consistent, and should be borne in mind: it seeks to prevent the return of the Caliphate (25) (26), promote and spread the Western political system, and further U.S. influence and strengthen its foothold for it in the Middle east in order to control the region against other competitors (27). Furthermore, the U.S. and other Western powers have an interest to keep Muslim states weak and divided from eachother. Not only does this prevent the re-unification of the Muslim world, but also allows each state to be contained and dealt with individually and easily. Therefore it is in U.S, Israel and other Western powers’ interests to keep the Muslim world divided as much as possible using the useful pretext of sectarian and ethnic lines. During the Iran-Iraq war, the U.S. successfully helped to reduce the military strength of two power nations, and it became known that it even supplied arms to both nations simultaneously to affect that goal. It is for that reason that politicians, pundits and the media all echo with the chorus of ‘sectarian war’, and ‘sunni vs shia’. Indeed, they would make the audience think that the Sunni vs Shia conflict had been an actively military one for 1,400 years, with no end in sight – except embracing secularism (which is ironic, considering it was secular identity politics borne out of the democratic system which put Iraqis in this position in the first place). The Iraqi government, set up and propped up by the U.S. seeks to retain control of Iraq, and have proven an abysmal failure to control a slowly growing insurgency against it. ISIS would now provide the perfect excuse to both undermine and obscure the legitimate grievances of the rebellion, and garner domestic support from concerned southern Iraqis (who have been made to believe that the northern rebellion is an existential threat to them), and obtain U.S. military support to finish off the dissenters on the ground. Iran sees both the ISIS-labelled rebellion as an opportunity to increase its influence and control over Iraq, and constrain U.S. influence. It will attempt to mobilise to get some kind of military presence in Iraq under the pretext of ‘fighting the terrorists’, then ensure the Iraqi government dances more to its tune. It was already successful in rousing Iraqi public opinion against U.S. forces continued presence, leading to their withdrawal in 2011. Iran will also conveniently play the sectarian card, albeit depicting the conflict as a ‘Muslim vs extremism (takfiri)’ conflict. This allows it to rally Shias round its causes, without declaring war on Sunnis. While Iran doesn’t seek a ‘sunni/shia’ conflict, it will certainly take advantage of the Shias believing they are under attack, in order for them to ally themselves with Iran. The Northern and Western Iraqi rebels, due to the inevitable flaws of democracy, have bracketed themselves as an oppressed minority defined loosely by their school of thought against an unjust and sectarian Iraqi government. While most rebel groups distrust ISIS, many see them as either a ‘necessary evil’, or the ‘lesser of two evils’ (both being un-Islamic concepts). The rebels contain a mixture of secular nationalists, and pro-Islamic movements. Their most likeliest objective is either to force the Iraqi government to cease sectarian policies, or create a succession of the ‘Sunni areas’ away from southern control – much like the Kurdish semi-autonomous enclave. The Kurdish north have also voiced strong concerns about the unjust central Iraqi government, and have pursued a Kurdish nationalist agenda, recently taking the long-coveted Kirkuk and occupying it with Kurdish fighters. The Kurdish authorities will not be intending to relinquish Kirkuk anytime soon (if ever). The Kurdish authorities would prefer a weak central government, and may tolerate the new gains by the ‘Sunni Arabs’ neighbours. However, they may be incited to attack ISIS if they are promised recognition of their control of Kirkuk. Conclusion The quick (and suspicious) retreat by 30,000 Iraqi troops from Mosul last week, may be just a weak and incompetent army, or it may be because the Iraqi army units and their commanders were recruited from the oppressed ‘Sunni minority’ in the North (who didn’t want to fight their own people (28) (29) ), or there may be something more sinister (30). However, the retreat of the Iraqi troops has certainly created the image of the perceived ‘success’ of ‘extremists‘ which now will conveniently whip up the domestic and international political will for further intervention by foreign powers aimed at further subjugating and weakening the oppressed Muslims of Iraq and the cause of Islam. As Muslims, we should not be fooled into sectarian feuding and fighting – this is just a distraction away from our Islamic obligations for unity. Indeed, the achievement of unity can only be attained via the (re)establishment of Caliphate. Iraq was ruled for centuries, peacefully under Ottoman rule, where Shias and Sunnis were considered to be under one ‘millet’, distinct from Christians, Jews and others. For most of the last 1,000 years, there had been no violence due to differing schools of thought, as the Caliphate state only cared about political allegiance, not points of theological doctrine. This neutral position on theological points of contention within Islam, allowed the Sunni Ottoman government to take responsibility for designated holy sites to the point where the Shia Iraqi shrines had been maintained for hundreds of years by Ottoman funding. “And hold fast to the rope of Allah, and do not be divided amongst yourselves.” (Quran 3:103) The incitement to sectarian mindsets, and the constantly blind faith in Secular democracy to deliver success and unity, has been the root cause of the problems of the Iraqi people. It was narrated that the Prophet Muhammed (saaw) said, ‘If the leaders do not govern according to the Book of Allah, you should realise that this has never happened without Allah making them into groups and making them fight one another’ [Hadith collection of Ibn Majah]. The Muslim world must not be fooled into thinking that the Islamic Caliphate resembles anything like the vigilante understanding exhibited by ISIS. The historical Caliphates were enlightened, merciful and principled – unfortunately the current Muslim world suffers from a post-colonial amnesia and illiteracy when it comes to Islamic political thought (and jurisprudence). The Muslims of Iraq, and indeed the Muslim world must rid themselves of puppet, nationalistic and parochial governments, and establish for themselves just and accountable government that rules with Islamic laws, and liberates Muslims to be independent from foreign control. Until such time, the Muslims fighting against oppressive government regimes in Iraq and Syria will have difficult times ahead, as yet again, their cause is discredited and deliberately obscured by politicians and the media’s disproportionate and exclusive attention on a fringe group amongst their ranks. ———————————————- 1 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/11/mosul-isis-gunmen-middle-east-states 2 ‘If we wished to present the links in the chain of social tragedies that resulted from this system [of democracy], which is neither well studied, nor philosophically based, there would be no room for doing so in the space designated for the present discussion. Because of this, we will [only] make a brief allusion to this point. The first of these links is the following. The majority governed the minority, their vital interests and affairs. Political freedom meant that the majority had the prerogative to lay down the system and its laws (p. 22), as well as their management. Let us imagine that the group which represents the nation’s majority seizes the reins of power and legislation, and adopts the capitalistic democratic mentality which is purely materialistic in its orientation, inclinations, purposes and desires. What then would be the fate of the other group? Or what life would you expect for the minority under laws legislated with the majority and the preservation of its interests in mind? Would it be strange for the majority to legislate laws, particularly in light of its own welfare, to neglect the welfare of the minority, and to turn toward fulfilling its desires in a manner unjust to others? Then who would preserve the minority’s vital structure, and defend it against injustice, if personal interest is the [sole] concern of every individual, and if the majority’s social mentality lacks the notion of spiritual and moral values? It is natural that under (this) system, the despotic rule continues as before, and that the phenomena of manipulation and neglect of the rights and interests of others persist in the social atmosphere of this system as they did in the old social atmosphere. Put briefly, the difference [between the present and the old systems] is that neglect of human dignity arose [in the older systems] because of individuals in the nation; while in the present system, it arises because of groups that represent majorities in relation to minorities. [But] the totality [of these minorities] constitutes a large number of people’ [Our Philosophy, Mohammed Baqir ul Sadr] 3 ‘Estimate for yourself the lot of a society established on the basis of this system…in it the individual lives feeling that he is responsible for himself alone, and that he is endangered by any interests of others that may clash with his. It is as if he is engaged in a constant struggle and a continuous fight, equipped with no weapons other than his personal powers, and provided with no purposes other than his personal interests’ [Our Philosophy, Mohammed Baqir ul Sadr] 4 http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/02/06/iraqs-al-qaeda-claims-2-deadly-attacks-on-shiites/ 5 http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/world/middleeast/top-iraqi-leader-denounces-death-sentence.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 6 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27834146 7 ‘Mosul residents Ali Aziz, 35, a humanitarian worker, said: “We got statements by them confirming that they won’t cause harm to anyone and all the minorities will be protected by them. They are really welcomed and we are so happy to have them rather than having Maliki’s bloody, brutal forces…I feel we have been liberated of an awful nightmare that was suffocating us for 11 years. The army and the police never stopped arresting, detaining and killing people, let alone the bribes they were taken from the detainees’ families…Me and my neighbours are waiting for the news that the other six Sunni protesting provinces falling in the hand of the Isis fighters to declare our Sunni region like the three provinces in Kurdistan.” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/11/mosul-isis-gunmen-middle-east-states 8 Video allegedly depicting the reception of a ISIS convoy in Mosul http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DfWg-D9C-0#t=141 9 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-27853362 10 http://news.sky.com/story/1281919/west-warned-over-isis-and-sunni-iraqi-alliance 11 For more information on the algerian civil war, read further here http://faculty.virginia.edu/j.sw/uploads/research/Schulhofer-Wohl%202007%20Algeria.pdf 12 http://www.bostonglobe.com/news/world/2014/01/29/rebels-syria-claim-control-resources/C1gbUN1hr0cCnaU3hihHaI/story.html 13 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/15/iraq-withdrawal-us-troops_n_1012661.html 14 ‘establishing main operating airbases in Iraq is not politically desirable in the foreseeable future. However, the United States should not foreclose the option of access to Iraqi military facilities, if welcomed by a sovereign Iraqi government, which could be necessary to respond to future military contingencies in the Gulf’ [U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11, RAND Corporation, 2004] 15 ‘The expectations of Iraqi Shi’ites for a greater say in the governance of their country presents an opportunity for the United States to align its policy with Shi’ite aspirations for greater freedom of religious and political expression, in Iraq and elsewhere. If this alignment can be brought about, it could be a powerful barrier to radical Iranian influence and a foundation for a stable U.S. position in the region. Of course, this alignment would not come about easily. A reversal of the U.S. commitment to de-Ba’athification in Iraq or a U.S. policy that is perceived as pro-Sunni would erode trust in the U.S. commitment to democracy and drive otherwise moderate Shi’ites into the arms of Iran’ [U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11, RAND Corporation, 2004] 16 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-27807123 17 http://syria360.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/iraq-under-attack-by-us-france-saudi-arabia/ 18 http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/06/12/iraq_mosul_isis_sunni_shiite_divide_iran_saudi_arabia_syria 19 http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/03/07/Saudi-Arabia-declares-Muslim-Brotherhood-terrorist-group.html 20 https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/10189-full-text-of-the-communique-issued-by-the-saudi-interior-ministry-on-proscribed-organisations 21 http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/06/saudi-arabia-breaks-up-al-qaida-terror-cell 22 http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2013_12_02/Free-Syrian-Army-funded-by-US-and-Saudi-Arabia-FSA-warlord-5758/ This link interesting contains a video produced by ISIS of a defector from FSA to ISIS, exposing Saudi and Western collaboration with other Syrian rebel groups – clearly as something blameworthy. 23 http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/jihadist-expansion-in-iraq-puts-persian-gulf-states-in-a-tight-spot/2014/06/13/e52e90ac-f317-11e3-bf76-447a5df6411f_story.html 24 ‘Bearing in mind the RAND reports suggestion of US failure to derail political Islam in the Arab world and with the ever critical threat of regime collapse, the theory of the Western powers being forced to install a pliant Phantom Caliphate in order to suck the life out of the Caliphate movement has some resonance…This suggestion may seem extremely fanciful and conspiratorial at first, but it does have precedent’ [‘Hizb-ut-Tahrir Strategy and the Caliphate Conference in Indonesia’, 2007] http://pure.rhul.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/noman-hanif_4133d4d2-5745-418d-b59d-5b2102be5734.html 25 ‘We are up against a vicious enemy, the radical Islamists are there, they intend to try to create a caliphate in this world and fundamentally alter the nature of nation states’ Donald Rumsfeld, 2011 26 ‘We do not want to see a caliphate established” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, 2014 27 ‘Over the medium to long term, the impact of Iraq on the political evolution of the Greater Middle East will depend on whether the new Iraq emerges as a pluralistic and reasonably democratic and stable state or whether it reverts to authoritarianism or fragments into ethnic enclaves. The first outcome would challenge current negative perceptions of the United States’ role in the region, demonstrate that some form of democracy—what we call “democracy with Iraqi characteristics”—is possible in the Middle East, and undermine extremists and autocrats alike. However, any of the unfavorable outcomes would further destabilize the Middle East, diminish U.S. credibility and influence, discredit democracy-based policies, and open opportunities for encroachment by U.S. adversaries in a vital region of the world’ [U.S. Strategy in the Muslim World After 9/11, RAND Corporation, 2004] 28 http://edition.cnn.com/video/?/video/world/2014/06/14/sot-damon-iraqi-commander-abandons-post.cnn&video_referrer= 29 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/10899134/Iraq-crisis-Generals-in-army-handed-over-entire-city-to-al-Qaeda-inspired-ISIS-forces.html 30 Interview with senior kurdish politician: baghdad ‘wanted mosul to be captured by extremists’ http://www.niqash.org/articles/?id=3456
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Yulya Alexei Pushkov: Ukraine turns into a "European Afghanistan" "Ukraine is becoming a" black hole "of Europe", - says Alexei Pushkov, head of the Duma Committee on International Affairs, author and presenter of current affairs program "Postscript" o Read more ... n TVC channel. Vitaly cling "AIF": Alexey, what you experienced when they learned about these sanctions - resentment, anger? Or maybe proud of myself - it ended up in one of the most influential people in the country ... Alexei Pushkov: On the one hand, the sanctions - it is confirmation of some of the political significance of the people who were in the "black list." On the other, I am categorically opposed to such measures. One of the achievements of the post-Cold War, there was freedom of movement. And restricting this freedom, especially for parliamentarians and journalists, the West changed its own principle of openness and ability to recreate the Cold War. This is a very bad sign of the state of international relations. I have spoken with many European deputies - they strongly disagree with the practice. If politicians close entry about what establishing a dialogue can we talk about? A dialogue between parliamentarians is particularly important in a time of crisis. Therefore, I do not have any distinct feelings about the sanctions. I do not particularly upset, but consider these sanctions as an unnecessary encumbrance, hindrance in my work. However, if the Americans (and I'm under the American, Canadian and Australian sanctions) do not want to communicate with us - that's their business. Moreover, we do not rvёmsya looking at one of the people who make decisions in Congress. I think that at this stage of contacts in any case would be unproductive. Except for the 10-12 people who excel sound judgment, the other American congressmen, I think, demonstrate a complete misunderstanding of what is going on. "They shoot themselves in the foot" - To sanction more harm - we or most West? After all, they refuse some profitable projects in Russia, at risk of losing a huge market. - Sanctions, of course, are disadvantageous for Russia, because the impact on the business and investment climate, and so prevent lending.. But we may cope with these troubles. But our Western counterparts, really, "shoot yourself in the foot", as the Americans say. Only losses they will suffer later, when they realize that currently blocked prospects for cooperation with the Russian Federation. The same to the United States it seems that tomorrow, if they lift sanctions, they immediately start up again here, but still will happily applaud. That will not happen - during which time our company simply reoriented to other partners. And after 7-8 years the Russian market will be different. A holy place is never empty. Another point in the United States underestimated. Today, the whole world can see: with America becomes dangerous to do business. It is a country that imposes sanctions against all - Russia, Iran, and even against the French banks. On the bank BNP-Paribas, they were fined almost $ 9 billion. - It caused a terrible scandal in France! Americans are abusing their position of financial hegemony. They turned the financial system into an instrument of pressure and punishment of other states. And it seems to me that many countries will just be wary of dealing with the United States. Some have already moved part of its currency reserves from dollars into euros, yen, Swiss francs in. Because it is difficult to deal with a partner, who in the course of trade can suddenly pull out and put on the table a Colt. Like, do so-and-so, or you will get a bullet in the forehead. For me it is clear: the United States as a world leader entered the era of its decline. Isolation from Putin? - The current relations between Russia and the United States - a new Cold War? - It depends on what you mean by the Cold War. If we proceed from the fact that it must necessarily be accompanied by the nuclear arms race, military maneuvers armadas at sea, and so on. N., Up to this point we have not yet reached. In the situation of the sample 1960, when he was the Caribbean crisis and the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war, we have not yet returned. But relations with the United States, we already worse than in the 70s, when the "detente." Then left side of mutually assured destruction. And we and the Americans wanted to avoid the threat of war, to create a set of tools that would guarantee that our relationship will not pass a certain red line. The political mood was completely different. Soviet and American leaders met, these meetings were perceived the world with hope. Think of Khrushchev's visit to America, the relationship between Brezhnev and Nixon. There was such a positive emotional and political ... Now is no understanding between Putin and Obama, we do not see. Yes, from time to time they exchange their positions, but between those two positions - either in Syria or in Ukraine - there is virtually no bridges. United States set out to isolate Russia in the hope that this isolation will lead to a change in leadership. They decided for themselves that there is no "reset" it is no longer needed, that Putin's Russia, in principle, they are not satisfied. And that they should gather around him as much as possible countries to put pressure on Russia to create problems for its economy by setting up people and business elite against the government. If this is not the Cold War, what is it? If the United States returned to the doctrine of "containment" era of the 1950s, when there are calls to stop all negotiations with Moscow on nuclear arms control (by the way, the Obama administration has adamantly opposed because it is extremely disadvantageous) - as we call it? We even during the Soviet period had more ties with the United States than it is today. Interrupted trade negotiations, military cooperation - generally all pins except diplomatic. They even gave up the joint fight against drugs. Instead, the head of our Federal Drug Control Service Viktor Ivanov included in the sanctions list - just for the fact that he an old friend of Putin. Absurd! This is the logic of the criminal world, and not a serious policy. And no hope, no prospects for Russian-American relations today, no. I think before the end of its work, the Obama administration will ignore Russia, minimize contact. For the next 2 years then you can "relax". - Do not go there in response to Russia on the path of self-isolation, if not lower again "Iron Curtain"? - No, I think that this self-isolation we do not need, but she can not. Self-isolation - rather flawed line, it hurts the interests of the country. Those North Koreans who have gone this path, almost nothing but total control over its citizens, not achieved. Although North Korea does not live entirely in a vacuum, she had quite close ties with China. But we do a special situation. But if you look, the West - it is about 30 countries of the European Union and NATO, plus a couple of candidates for membership in these organizations. However, in the world there are about 200 countries, about half of them - very important players. With all the weight of the United States and European powers, the West - only a part of the global community. And his views often do not coincide with those of the other part. The recent meeting of BRICS in Brazil proof. Our partners in the BRICS does not believe that they are outside the "world community." They just think that it is necessary to strengthen its role and show that the western "world community" that it converged world is large, that America is not for them somehow absolute. This demonstrative call her almost a slap in the face - holding hands with Putin and smile when sharing pictures. But why this challenge? Because it is impossible to have to endure that method of imposing itself to other states that have chosen the Americans. Afghanistan in Europe - What, in your opinion, the Ukrainian crisis will end? And when? - I think no one supercomputer is not able to figure that out. Too many unknowns. What will be the balance of power between the host and the Ukrainian army? What is the morale of the army? How to behave in the West? With the United States it is clear - there Kyiv authorities have given carte blanche to suppress the resistance of the burning of people in Odessa to Donetsk bombing. But with Europe more difficult. Only for the next year and a half loss of EU sanctions against Russia will amount to 90 billion euros. Therefore, the European Union, until recently, reluctantly went for the United States. In this sense, "Boeing" was shot down by a surprisingly timely for Washington: after the EU still went to the "third wave" of sanctions. However, in Europe there are political forces who are concerned ultranationalist sentiment in Ukraine - it is not so long ago went the conversation in the German Bundestag. The memory of the atrocities committed by the Nazis in Europe, unlike America, is alive. They are much more serious perceived Odessa tragedy ... I think that Ukraine fatigue, irresponsibility of its leadership will grow. Indeed, in Kiev, then just do not say that they will return the Crimea, that after 2 years Ukraine will be in the European Union ... In that way, Jean-Claude Juncker (elected head of the European Commission. - Ed.) Already answered in the next 5 years no EU enlargement will not. And even if the expansion starts, Ukraine will be the last in the queue. Turkey, for example, waiting for entry into the EU for more than 30 years. That is the leadership of Ukraine sells its population "doll" - above and below the euro, while the rest of pack "money" - pieces of paper. Promises its citizens that is not able to perform. And all this, of course, adds unpredictability of the situation. We do not know how tomorrow Ukrainian population will react to the lack of gas, how to develop their industry, as will the relations between the oligarchs and the government. Calculate what will happen to Ukraine after six months, it is impossible. One thing is clear: Ukraine turns into a "black hole" of Europe, a kind of "European Afghanistan." This is a country where it became dangerous to drive on which is dangerous to fly, which is dangerous to lend. After all, if they do not pay their debts Russia - is the guarantee that will be given to others? - You are the 17 th year leads the author's televised. And in addition, for the third year heading one of the key committees of the State Duma. Missing out on all the time? - Over time, of course, difficult. The volume of work in the Duma big, a lot of trips, negotiations, is not always possible to devote the television as much time as we would like. But, despite this, the "PS" remains the leading program channel occupies the first position in the rankings. For me it is a confirmation that the viewer is not tired or from the master, nor the analytical content of the program. If the viewer on a regular basis for many years in a row in the same time includes the "PS" - it's worth it. Frankly, the few times I was tempted to something to do with the program. But in the end kept it intact. Still, it's my baby, he is almost 17 years old - soon coming of ... TV for me, among other things, also a form of self-realization. In the Duma, as head of the committee, I mainly engaged in international politics. A "PS" helps me to speak, and other relevant topics - and on the situation in health care, and corruption, and, as our roads ... The program provides an opportunity to talk about everything that excites people. That is, it would be like me "expands." It turns out a kind of harmony. A man like the rest of the world should strive for harmony. http://www.aif.ru/politics/russia/1309729
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Sheriff This is a good guesture from our amiable Senator. Please continue with your standing for the innocent poor Nigerians.
Abdulrazaq Ahmad Zanna
His Excellency Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, United Nations Secretariat, No. 1 First Avenue, New York 10017 THE CHALLENGES PERVADING THE NORTH EAST OF NIGERIA AND THE IMPERATIVE FOR INTERCESSION I, Senator Ahmed Zanna, repre Read more ... senting Borno Central Senatorial Zone in Borno State of Nigeria, do avail myself of this opportunity, in my personal capacity, to bring to the attention of the esteemed Secretary-General of the United Nations, H.E. Ban Ki-moon, the plight of my people and indeed the peoples of the entire North East of Nigeria during the last past 5 years. I am making this appeal in order to immediately obtain the deployment of international monitors to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States to see for themselves what has been going on in those States, and the degrading and terrible conditions the people have been subjected to by the Government of Nigeria and the terrorist criminal gangs. PROLONGED INSECURITY 2.Since 2009, Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States of Nigeria have been enmeshed in a perpetual state of heightened insecurity due to the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and the counter-measures adopted by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The effects on the area of these activities range from abrogation of the human rights of the populace; extra-judicial killings; mass poverty; starvation; mass displacement of persons; breakdown of law and order as well as that of the family as a social unit. 3. Some of the effects are directly attributable to the terrorist group while others are caused by the Government’s determination to stamp out the scourge by force and the inability of the security forces to respect the rights of the populace. The sustained reign of terror has also negatively impacted on agriculture, which is the mainstay of my people’s livelihood, to the extent that we are now expecting a food emergency in the region. 4.The declaration of state of emergency in the three States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa respectively for over a year now, and its recent renewal by the President of Nigeria, has not served any purpose other than increase violence and loss of lives. It is during this state of emergency rule that over 200 girls were abducted from their school in Chibok, and before that over 58 students were beheaded in a school in Buni Yadi, Yobe State. During this period also, numerous villages and other populated communities were almost wiped off the map, and mass displacement of civilians took place, necessitating movements to other States in Nigeria, or to neighbouring countries such as Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republics. Thousands of people have also been killed while the state of emergency subsisted. 5.We have used various channels to appeal to the Federal Government of Nigeria to review the imposition of emergency rule but to no avail. The people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States are now left with no other choice or way out than to appeal to the international community through your exalted office to come to their succour and release them from the clutches of both the terrorist criminal groups and the army of occupation now in the guise of the Nigerian Army. It is therefore necessary to point out a few facts for your consideration and urgent action to save the lives of the remaining people of these communities. IMPUNITY AND ABSENCE OF RULE OF LAW 6.A state of total impunity, complete lack of accountability and respect for rule of law and human rights now prevails in the whole of the North East of Nigeria. Closely allied to the emergency rule are the increasing signs of impunity in the conduct of the national security forces as well as the absence of rule of law in their operations. This has led to mass exodus of peoples to other parts of Nigeria and to neighbouring countries. The number of the affected people is well documented by the United Nations. It is in this regard and against the background and the seeming indifference of the Federal Government of Nigeria to the sufferings of the affected populations that I wish to appeal to Your Excellency to kindly intercede to ensure that these displaced persons are immediately provisioned with basic necessities and eventually enabled to be given safe re-entry into Nigeria. The reports gaining ground presently is that they are often gunned down at the border by Nigerian security forces. Without sounding unpatriotic, I will also seize this opportunity to appeal to Your Excellency to encourage in-depth investigations into these allegations, without prejudice to the on-going International Criminal Court (ICC) preliminary investigations that have been going on since 2313 into the conduct of the Nigerian armed forces in the region. The statements attributed to the former High Commissioner for Human Rights, Madam Navi Pilly after her visit to Nigeria are also instructive. Other evidences abound about the atrocities committed by both the terrorist criminal groups and the Nigerian Army. We are prepared to supply fresh and convincing facts to any international committee of inquiry or tribunal to ascertain the incidents in the affected areas in Nigeria. IMPENDING HUMANITARIAN DISASTER 7.The state of insecurity in the North East and the mass displacement of persons that it has occasioned is snow-balling into a serious humanitarian disaster. A predominantly agricultural population has now been displaced from the land and could not produce food as it used to do. Those still clinging on desperately in their villages to their land could not till their farms for almost 24 months now. The disaster is manifest in food shortages, diseases and social disruptions. Even the gains attained against such diseases as Polio and in other UN social welfare interventions are likely to be reversed. The family unit, which has always been the support base of the society, is also being weakened and so are moral cohesion of societies. The meager gains by way of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) over the years especially in the areas of child health and education, have virtually been wiped out. During the last three or so years, no meaningful school system functioned in the entire North East area of Nigeria particularly in Borno and Yobe States. The educational systems in these State have collapsed with children staying idle at home and becoming easy prey for recruitment into the ranks of terrorists and criminal gangs. The disruption of the school system is really wrecking an unquantifiable havoc on my community. APPARENT LACK OF CONCERN BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT 8.It is very apparent that the Federal Government of Nigeria has not shown any concern about the plight of the people of the North East since the beginning of this traumatic period in the history of my country. This fact could be simply corroborated from the reports by Nigerian newspapers and international media reports. I can also furnish you with first hand evidence as a Senator from Nigeria about this lack of care and concern by the Federal Government. Among such evidences, it is clear that no relief materials have ever reached the people of the North East from the Federal Government to ameliorate their plight. Also, the Federal Government has consistently refused to allow international observers to get to the affected areas in order to objectively assess the situation especially in the area of humanitarian and human rights abuses. In contrast to this, the former administration of the late President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua, and Northerner and Muslim, took great pains to address the suffering of the people of the Niger Delta, where the current President hails from. In fact, it was under the later President Yar'Adua that the Federal Government created several programmes with considerable financial backing to address the concerns of the Niger Delta. These include the creation of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, establishment of Amnesty Programme for militants ion the Nigeria Delta, and the budgeting of billions of dollars for training and rehabilitation of ex-militants, just to name a few. However, in the case of the North East which is predominantly Muslim, the present government has done next to nothing to lift the people out of their suffering, but on the contrary, it aids and abets in this mass punishment of my people. PRAYERS 9.Your Excellency, I did not want to take your time with more incidences and examples of the abuses highlighted because I know they have been amply documented by Non-Governmental organizations, the UN and some dramatis personae. To mention a few, I wish to refer to the US Human Rights Report 2013; Amnesty International Report 2013 and 2014; and Nigerian National Commission for Human Rights report 2014 etc. I am only raising the issues to lend credence to these reports. Furthermore, knowing how passionate you are about human suffering and your desire to alleviate it, I thought it imperative to share my thoughts with you. On behalf of my people who elected me to represent them at the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and on behalf of millions of Nigerians who have been silenced by death, fear or lack of access, I am making this appeal to you and the entire international community to come to our aid before a situation becomes too late and completely unbearable. If prompt and urgent action is not taken, a situation more terrible than the Rwandan Genocide twenty years ago would unfold and by the it would be too late to come to the aid of the victims. 10.I is my hope and prayer that you will immediately look into the following sir: (i) Delivery of urgent humanitarian assistance to the affected people inside Nigeria and across neighbouring countries who have fled the violence and insecurity in the North East of Nigeria. This is particularly important in view of the impending food insecurity that is facing the region due to two successive years of lack of farming. (ii) Establishment of an international committee or tribunal of inquiry to investigate human rights abuses and impunity committed by both the terrorist groups and the Nigerian security forces. The responsibility of the Federal Government of Nigeria in all this saga should be determined, and actors and personalities found involved should be held accountable if needs before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for impunity and mass atrocities against ordinary civilians other crimes against humanity. (iii) Preparation of the return of all displaced persons to their homes as soon as the situation becomes clear and a state of genuine security is restored. 11.Submitted with respect and honour, and the hope of early action to save the remnants of my people from extinction by the hands of the Nigerian security forces and Boko Haram terrorist criminals. Yours Sincerely, Senator Ahmed Zanna 20 June 2014
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God, Nigeria will have not last a day. But it's obvious that the rest of us are afraid of this people. Why must they decide for this country always?... national conference :: Current Affairs :: TV Programs :: Africa Independent Television - AIT · 6 days ago . Rastamann So is Nigeria not on fire already? Nigeria Would Have Been On Fire If Buhari Was Killed - President Jonathan | President Jonathan, Namadi Sambo, Buhari, Kaduna, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi :: News :: Africa Independent Television - AIT · 1 week ago . Braithwaite Umenta Accept my condolences sir. El-Rufai Loses Son In Abuja Autocrash | El Rufai, Hamza El-Rufai :: News :: Africa Independent Television - AIT · 1 week ago . Matteo The swindle of the social housing in Italy. Video http://matteo-equilibrio1.blog... Vice President Sambo Commissions 1000 Units Police Housing Estate | Namadi Sambo, Police Housing Estate, Mohammed Abubakar :: News :: Africa Independent Television - AIT · 1 week ago . 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Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Nigerians Call For Commitment From Delegates July 15th 2014 img Nigerians have called on delegates to the on going National Conference to put the interest of the co... Just few days before the end of the on going National Conference, a committee on the Devolution of powers did not reach an agreement on the issues on derivation principle and resource control. While the south-south and the south-east stood on the side of a hef... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Plenary Ends, Recommends Technical Committee To Be Set Up By FG On Derivation Principle July 15th 2014 img The National Conference has passed a resolution asking the federal government to set up a technical ... This decision was reached after a five-hour closed-door meeting between the national conference leadership and selected delegates. An earlier scheduled meeting between the Conference leadership and a group of delegates known as the ‘Wise Men’ fail... Continue reading 0 Comments Delegates Put Degree As Bench Mark For Politicians July 14th 2014 img Delegates at the ongoing National Conference have come up with new proposals on the necessary academ... At its recent deliberations on the matter, the conference proposed that those aspiring to the office of the president, governors, members of the national and state house of assemblies and chairmen of local governments will need to have a minimum of first degre... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Nigerians React To Derivation Formula Impasse July 11th 2014 img The controversy over the appropriate derivation formula in Nigeria is generating reactions from a cr... Delegates from the oil producing communities in Nigeria have over the years called for an upward review of the derivation formula from the current 13% to a higher figure. They want a unilaterally and total control of their resources, but after some consultatio... Continue reading 1 Comment National Conference: Delegates Optimistic Of Resolving Contentious Issues July 11th 2014 img Some delegates to the National Conference are optimistic that Friday’s high-level consultation... Muhammed Dingyadi, said, “Our hope is to reconcile and I think I must thank the leadership of this conference for initiating a meeting tomorrow with the 50 wise men and I am sure by the time we are there we would find a way forward.” Chibudum Nwuc... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Some Delegates Are Against Its Success - Raymond Dokpesi July 11th 2014 img A member of the National Conference Consensus Building Group and a representative of the Broadcastin... Dokpesi who stated this while briefing the media shortly after Thursday’s session of the conference, also explained some of the decisions reached by the consensus building group. “The point, which we found difficult to agree upon, in principle we ... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Stalemate On Derivation Formula Persists July 11th 2014 img The National Conference was again forced to adjourn abruptly on Thursday following the inability of ... Series of consultations by the Conference Consensus-Building Group over the issue are yet to produce results as the Conference Chairman, Retired justice Idris Kutigi is scheduled to meet with a group of selected delegates to resolve the matter. The National C... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Delegates Argue On Local Government Funding July 11th 2014 img As the National Conference draws to a close, delegates on Thursday morning commenced voting on propo... The delegates decided to leave issues on criminal records, evidences and fingerprints on the exclusive legislative list. Other issues such as mines, minerals, natural gas, petroleum and mining are also on the exclusive list. However, the amendment for the exp... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Consensus Group Recommends 18% Derivation Formula July 10th 2014 img The National Conference Consensus Building Group on the report of the Committee on Devolution of Pow... The group also proposed for a special fund of 5% for the re-construction and stabilisation of the northeast geo-political zone ravaged by the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents. The derivation formula to oil producing states in Nigeria has been one of th... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Delegates In Continued Consultations July 9th 2014 img There are indications making the round that delegates to the on-going National Conference may settle... This new proposal according to sources in the Conference was made to pacify the south-south delegates who had outrightly rejected a recommendation for the retention of the 13% derivation principle in the constitution. As at the time that delegates where about... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Delegates To Decide On Report Of Committee On Devolution Of Powers Today July 9th 2014 img The scheduled voting on the recommendations of the Committee on Devolution of Powers was postponed a... The controversial issues of derivation, revenue sharing formula and fiscal federalism will now be settled at the next adjourned date. The clamour by some delegates for an increase in the derivation principle from the current 13% to at least 30% was also echoe... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: South-South And Northern Delegates Disagree On Derivation Formula July 8th 2014 img South-South delegates to the on going National Conference are hell bent on sticking with a minimum o... They renewed this agitation when the report of the Conference’s standing Committee on Devolution of Powers, was read and the committee proposed that the current 13% derivation principle be retained The committee was co-chaired by Victor Attah and Ibrahi... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Committee On Devolution Of Powers Retain 13% Derivation Formula July 8th 2014 img The National Conference Committee on Devolution of Powers this Monday submitted its report to the pl... The Ibrahim Comassie-led committee sustained the current 13% derivation formula while recommending an increase of state allocation from the present 26.7% to 35.5% and that of the local government from 20.6% to 22.5%. It went further to propose that if the loca... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Delegates Adopt Rotation Of Presidency Amongst Six Geo-Political Zones July 4th 2014 img The National Conference on Thursday resolved that henceforth, the office of the President of Nigeria... It was also came to a concensus that the office of the state governors shall be rotated amongst the three senatorial districts of each state while that of the local government chairmen shall to be rotated within the local government areas.Also, local governmen... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Committee Wants Hybrid System Of Government July 3rd 2014 img The National Conference is set to commence voting on the amendments of the report of its standing Co... After an exhaustive and robust debate on the committee’s report, delegates will decide today on the contentions issues in the report, which among other things recommended that the current presidential system of government in Nigeria should be modified to... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Delegates Bicker Over Planned Attempt On New Constitution November 30th -0001 img The National Conference went into rowdy session on Monday following heated arguments over alleged re... Delegates were overwhelmed by a newspaper report that fingered the Deputy Chairman of the Conference, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi of trying to facilitate the process of institutionalizing the purported new constitution. The newspaper publication accused Professo... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Delegates Give Go-Ahead For Creation Of State Police June 27th 2014 img The National Conference has approved a proposal for the creation of state police in Nigeria. This was one of the major decisions taken on Thursday by the delegates following the 2-day extensive debate of the report of the committee on national security. Femi Falana, said, “What we are saying now is State Police would police the state and mainta... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Committee Recommends That Nigerians In Diaspora Be Allowed To Vote In Future June 25th 2014 img Nigerians living abroad may have the opportunity of voting in future elections in the country if the... Nigerians are looking for to another political transition in 2015,as they prepare to go to the poll to elect their leader. But millions of Nigerian citizens abroad as things stand, cannot participate in the voting process, which has far reaching implicati... Continue reading 0 Comments National Conference: Delegates Demand Full Autonomy For The Judiciary June 24th 2014 img Proposals by the National Conference Committee on law, judiciary, human rights and legal reforms for... The support became clear during debates on the committee’s report at Monday’s plenary. The judiciary committee at the national conference is pushing for a constitutional review that will see the judiciary arm of government funded directly from the... 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Talk Hai Phong to give measles-rubella vaccine to 430,000 children The northern city of Hai Phong has planned to earmark around VND3.6 billion (US$169,000) for a large-scale vaccination campaign against measles and rubella for children aged between 1 and Read more ... 14. According to a plan issued by the municipal People’s Committee on July 31, the campaign aims to bring the rate of local children of this age group receiving a rubella vaccine to 95%. The three-phase campaign will be carried out at 255 immunisation stations in all districts from September 2014 to February 2015 and is expected to benefit about 430,000 children. To make the campaign effective, steering committees at district and commune levels will be set up, while conferences and training courses will also be organised to raise public awareness and provide necessary skills for medical staff. Last month, similar campaigns were also held in Hanoi and northern Ha Nam province. During the latest outbreak of measles in Hanoi early this year, vaccination proved effective. With 73,639 children aged from nine months to under-10 given shots, the outbreak was put under control by the end of May. To maintain the positive immunisation outcomes, the municipal health department has required related units to intensify their management over vaccination activities so that those most in need could are not missed out. In early July, at a meeting of the Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control, the Ministry of Health said it continues to expand vaccination campaigns, and plans to launch a new measles-rubella vaccination drive targeting children from 1-14 years old in September. Man wants to build elephant cemetery A businessman in Dak Lak Province, who owns the largest herd of domestic elephants in Vietnam, wishes to build a cemetery for them. Dan Nang Long has earned the nickname “King of the Elephants” in his hometown, a village in Lac District, located in the central highlands. Long is very attached to his elephants and considers them family. He is locally famous for raising elephants for community-based tourism. What he is trying to do is to protect the few elephants left in the region amid increased poaching and a changing environment. He also works as a veterinarian for elephants. So far he has held two funerals for his family’s elephants. “I don’t consider it’s an animal funeral. It’s more like the death of a member of my family. The average elephant lives to be 80, about as long as a human,” he said. In 2005, he held the first funeral for an elephant named as Trut, who died at the age of 89. Before the elephant died it was carrying two tourists for a tour around the village. The elephant fell, and Long thought it was ill. He did all he could to return it to health, including inviting a shaman to conduct rituals and pray for its health. He knew it was hopeless when he saw another elephant, the dying elephant’s partner, kneeling down by its side for hours. He held a funeral for Trut the next mourning and invited the entire village. In order to protect the animal’s tomb, he built a temporary tent nearby to prevent theft. Two years later, another elephant, Bach Kham, died. “Previously, when an elephant died, we buried the entire body, including its tusks, which were kept above the ground as a headstone. Now thieves would steal the ivory, so we keep the tusks at home so the animals are not dug up,” said Long. Long stressed the difficulty of taking care of elephants. One is worth tens of millions of VND. When an elephant dies it not only means an economic loss but a pain for the whole family. “I have a dream of building a cemetery for my elephants so they are not forgotten,” he added. Hai Phong quarry collapse leaves five dead A quarry collapse in Thuy Nguyen district, the northern city of Hai Phong has killed five workers and injured some others. The accident occurred at around 6:00 pm on August 1 after workers struck dynamite inside the quarry for mining. By August 2 noon, the bodies of three victims had been found. The investigation and search for the remaining workers are ongoing. The quarry is under the management of Phuc Son cement company which has not yet been licensed for mining. Survey on land use to be conducted A national survey on land use will be conducted in 2014 and maps drawn in order to evaluate the management and use of the land resource, the Prime Minister instructed in his recent Directive No 21/CT-TTg. The PM requires the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, other ministries and ministerial-level agencies, governmental agencies, and People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities nationwide to carry out the task and make accurate assessment of the land use situation from communal to national levels. The assessment will serve as the foundation for working out mechanisms and policies to strengthen state management over land and enhance land use efficiency at all levels for the 2016-2020 period. The survey will collect data on total natural land area, the acreage of each type of land and specific groups of land users at all administrative levels, with special attention to be paid to rice cultivation acreage and land use in industrial parks, industrial clusters, economic zones and hi-tech zones. Land users subject to the survey include organisations, households, individuals, communities, religious establishments, foreign diplomatic organisations, foreign-invested enterprises and overseas Vietnamese. The survey and drawing of maps on land use will be conducted simultaneously nationwide from now to December 31. Communes are required to complete the work and submit reports before June 1, 2015, while districts must submit reports before July 15 and provinces, before September 1 the same year. National reports and maps will be completed by November 1, 2015. US Corporation plans to build more schools in Vietnam Cargill Vietnam Ltd. Co. under the US-based Cargill Corporation raised 4.5 billion VND (211,500 USD) from a single charity event on August 2 for its Cargill Cares foundation’s project to build schools in far-flung areas nationwide. Established in 1996, the Cargill Cares Foundation has so far collected 66 billion VND (3.1 million USD), supporting the building of 67 schools benefiting more than 13,000 children in rural and remote areas across the country. The figure included 4 billion VND (188,000 USD) raised in 2013, which aided the construction of seven schools in the southern provinces of An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Kien Giang, Binh Thuan and Ba Ria – Vung Tau, and central Khanh Hoa province, at a total cost of 7.7 billion VND (361,900 USD). Chanh Truong, Chief Representative of Cargill Vietnam, said half of the Cargill Cares Foundation’s funding is contributed by Cargill Vietnam while the rest comes from its customers, suppliers and employees. The foundation is striving to accomplish its goal of building 75 schools nationwide by 2015. Bac Ninh launches measles, rubella vaccination campaign The northern province of Bac Ninh is busy with a large-scale vaccination campaign against measles and rubella, with nearly 280,000 children aged 1-14 expected to become immune, said a local health official. The first official round of the campaign will be in September-October, targeting under-five children while those aged 6-10 will receive shots between November and December. The last round will run throughout the next January -February, said Deputy Director of the provincial Preventive Medicine Centre Nguyen Khac Tu, adding that qualified medical staff and necessary equipment will be ready. Earlier, Bac Ninh vaccinated almost all children under two years old, equivalent to more than 7,000. For past years, the province has spread the expanded vaccination drive to over 98 percent of its junior population. A number of localities in the country have been preparing for the vaccination against the diseases, including Ha Nam, Hai Phong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. At a meeting of the Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control in early July, the Ministry of Health said it plans a new measles-Rubella vaccination drive targeting children from 1-14 years old in September. As many as 5,031 cases of measles were recorded in the country in the first half of this year. Campaign launched to improve health care for elderly A campaign was launched in Hanoi on August 3 to call for joint efforts in caring old people’s health. The event was co-organised by the Central Committees of the Vietnam Youth Federation and the Vietnamese Young Doctors’ Association in collaboration with Nhat Nhat Pharmacy Co., Ltd. The two-month campaign will provide free health check-ups, medicine and gifts for the older and retired people in 63 cities and provinces nationwide, especially those in difficulties. Apart from free eye operations and examinations, a broad range of activities will be organised to encourage people to donate organ and cornea while raising public awareness of health care for the elderly. About 3,000 young doctors and 5,000 volunteers will participate in the event, which is expected to benefit about 32,500 old people. At the launching ceremony, the organisation board presented gifts to 50 old people in difficult circumstances. On this occasion, ten clubs of young doctors in Hanoi were also introduced to the public. Cuban newspaper praises Vietnam’s renewal success Granma Newspaper, the official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba, has published an article and photos highlighting achievements in Vietnam’s renewal process and economic development. The author of the article, Karina Marron Gonzalez, who has recently visited Vietnam, expressed her impression in Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and Vietnamese people’s hospitality. The article described strong development in Vietnam from cities to rural areas across the country, the mushrooming of high-rise and modern buildings and wide roads. It also introduced Vietnam’s experience in promoting multi-sector economy. Apart from paying attention to increasing the production of rice and coffee, the sectors that Vietnam ranks second in the world in export, Vietnam is also exerting every effort to push other sectors such as dairy production, textile and garment, footwear, tourism and industry, it said. According to the author, the week-long visit to Vietnam helped Cuban friends see Vietnam’s successes in developing its economy with their own eyes. Concluding the article, Karina said there are many similarities between Cuba and Vietnam, adding that the two countries are always side by side in their path to development. Voluntary pension scheme needed Voluntary pension insurance should be implemented as soon as possible because the delay would make life of retirees more difficult, a labour ministry official has said. Speaking at a recent conference on voluntary pension insurance, Truong Giang, Deputy Director of the Social Insurance Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said Vietnam was now in the period of a golden population structure as the working age accounted for more than 58 percent. The country has managed to set up 48 fund management companies and nine banks in charge of supervising the implementation of the insurance. “This is the best time to implement the model, and as quickly as possible to assure lives of workers after retirement,” he said. Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vu Tien Loc said this type of insurance would be a solution to reduce the burden of social funds, increase social security and long-term benefits for businesses and workers. It would create conditions for people to participate and get a stable source of income after retirement. It would also contribute to the stability of the current pension fund, he said. In the 2007 to 2012 period, after six adjustments, the average pension had increased by 26.8 percent annually. Meanwhile, the growth rate of the social security fund only increased 10.1 percent annually. This caused pressure on the current social insurance fund and the State budget. It was forecast to increase rapidly in the future. In fact, there were a number of businesses implementing the model of insurance for their employees, he said. However, due to a shortage of adequate legal framework, these businesses had applied them in different ways. He said, authorised agencies should work together to complete the legal framework and disseminate them to increase the awareness of businesses and employees about the benefits of the insurance. According to Loc, the regulation saying that each enterprise was allowed to pay 1 million VND (47 USD) for each worker was reasonable as most were small-and-medium sized enterprises. This would assure benefits to labourers in these enterprises. Pension insurance is a voluntary form of savings to fund retirement, usually supported by employers and encouraged by the government through tax benefits. Japanese eloquence contest highlights Vietnam-Japan friendship The second Japanese-language eloquence contest was held in the northern port city of Hai Phong on August 2, highlighting the friendship between Vietnam and Japan. The first prize went to Vu Hoang Anh, whose presentation was about his impression on Japan ‘s science-technology achievements in robot industry. Before the final round, candidates had a chance to visit Japanese businesses operating in the city and share knowledge about the culture and living styles of the Japanese with their fellows. Hai Phong plans to develop the teaching and learning of this language in the future, according to Director of the municipal Foreign Office Nguyen Anh Tuan. The first event was held in the city last year to mark the 40 th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan. Hai Phong’s Cai Trap channel gets upgraded The first stage of a project to upgrade Cai Trap channel which leads to Hai Phong international gateway seaport, the largest in northern Vietnam, started on August 2. The move is to ease overcrowding on Ha Nam and Nam Trieu channels – entries to Hai Phong seaport which is handling a big volume of cargo each year. Once completed later this year, Cai Trap channel is able to accommodate vessels of 1,000 – 3,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage), said Deputy Director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration (VMA) Do Duc Tien at the ceremony. The Ha Nam channel is designed to house big-size vessels while Nam Trieu and Cai Trap, smaller ones. The Ministry of Transport has assigned the VMA to invest and oversee the project, which is implemented in the form of built-transfer (BT).- Health Ministry warns of Ebola danger The Preventive Medicine Department under the Health Ministry has warned of the danger of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) which is spreading in a number of African countries. The department advised people to ensure personal hygiene and avoid direct or close contact with infected patients and animals, particularly with their bodily fluids, in order to prevent the disease. Those who are living in the area with an EVD outbreak should receive medical testing immediately if observing any symptom of the disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), EVD is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids. EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterised by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. No licensed vaccine for EVD is available. Several vaccines are being tested, but none are available for clinical use, according to WHO. On August 2, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) called on the international community to immediately scale up of efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak in western African countries. As of July 27, 1,323 affected cases were reported, with 729 deaths in four western African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Social workers get boost from professional training A national programme on development of social work as a profession has shown initial results after four years of implementation, but still faces obstacles in human resources and legal framework. At a conference in the central city of Da Nang on august 1, delegates discussed the programme, which had been approved by the Prime Minister in 2010. It was launched to improve and provide better services and care for vulnerable people including the elderly, people with disabilities, underprivileged children, HIV infected, drug addicts, people with mental illnesses and disorders and others. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam said that Vietnam had so far built 30 social service centres and trained 35,000 social workers after launching the programme. “It is a great effort by agencies and support from international organisations over the past few years. We have surpassed the initial target of establishing 10 social service centres by 2015,” Dam said. “Social service centres have actively provided heath care and education for vulnerable sections and helped them integrate into the society,” he said. He added that the programme still had challenges and was deficient in the legal framework and treatment of freelancers and social workers. Chairperson of the Vocational Training and Social Activities Association Nguyen Thi Hang said 80 percent of social workers had yet to be trained professionally. “We estimate that around 40 percent of the country’s population, equivalent to 36 million people, need social service. It is a challenge for Vietnam in speeding up human training at social colleges and universities,” Hang said. “The Government should create more favourable conditions including tax, land and establishment procedures to further develop private social service and human training centres.” Acting representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jesper Moller said there had been commitments from different ministries after four years of launching the programme. He said many achievements emerged from the programme, but the government should improve the law and licence process for social workers along with the social service profession as a whole. According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam has 9 million elderly, 6.7 million with disabilities, 1.5 million underprivileged children and 2.7 million people who live under social protection subsidised by the State. However, the country has only 6,400 civil servants working in social service centres. Around 40 colleges and universities have trained 13,000 students in social service courses. Quang Nam fishermen equipped with communication devices A number of communication devices have been given to fishermen in the central province of Quang Nam to help them feel secure while going out to sea. A ceremony to hand over the equipment was held in Quang Nam on August 1 by the Ministry of Information and Communication in coordination with the Vietnam Red Cross Society, Vietnam Television, and radio The Voice of Vietnam. Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Le Nam Thang said the equipment was donated by organisations and individuals from home and abroad in response to a campaign launched by the ministry and the Vietnam Red Cross Society last year. The campaign “Connecting the East Sea” was to call for donations from both inside and outside the country to raise fund to equip fishermen with communication devices. Press agencies urged to promote national great unity President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)’s Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan has asked central press agencies to do more to foster stronger national great unity. Nhan had a working session in Hanoi on August 1 with officials from the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education, Ministry of Information and Communication, Vietnam Journalists’ Association and several central press agencies, including the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Nhan dan (People) Newspaper, Vietnam Television and radio the Voice of Vietnam. Over the past time, the VFF standing board has coordinated closely with these offices in popularising the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies on the national great unity, as well as the role and tasks of the front in the national construction and defence. The coordination has led to the success of such campaigns as “Day for the poor”, “Vietnamese people use Vietnamese goods” and those that help raise public awareness of the fight against corruption, thrift practice and wastefulness prevention. VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi suggested that VFF should direct its member organisations to proactively provide press agencies with information, especially those on pressing issues, for prompt and accurate coverage. With its network of 63 representative offices at home and 30 others abroad, VNA is capable of bringing information to various readers, including ethnic minority groups in far-flung areas and overseas Vietnamese people, he added. Hot tickets for Ho Chi Minh City-Thanh Hoa air route The low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific starts selling tickets for its new domestic route between Ho Chi Minh City and central Thanh Hoa province from August 1. The new route will be operated from September 5 with a daily return flight, which is scheduled to take off at 10:00am from Ho Chi Minh City and 12:45am from Thanh Hoa. The airline offers cheap tickets at 3,000 VND (about 15 US cents) per one from 2:00 pm to 11:59 pm on August 1, as part of its 10,000 hot fares programme. Last year, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines launched the route connecting Thanh Hoa and the country’s largest economic hub with five flights a week.- Breastfeeding protects more children from infectious diseasesValuable forests lack protection The illegal use of forest land and deforestation still occur in many provinces despite many attempts in recent years. Forest productivity was also low, experts told a conference on forestry production in northern Thai Nguyen province last week. At the conference, organised by the National Assembly’s Economic Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, they said forest resources played a crucial role in the country’s sustainable development. At present, Vietnam has 16 million hectares of forest. The conference was told that deforestation was a complicated issue. Although the rate of forest coverage has increased, the quality of the timber and the amount of biodiversity had declined. Despite being a leading timber exporter, most of Vietnam’s enterprises were small scale and used out-dated production technology. Its productivity in timber processing was only half of that of the Philippines and 40 percent of that in China. Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, said it was necessary to re-examine forestry development policies and promote effective production models. She repeated the need to develop the processing of forestry products and to enhance forest protection and management. “We need to re-organise forestry production from planting to harvesting and processing,” she said. “It’s also necessary to establish average to large-scale enterprises in certain economic zones.” Dang Viet Thuan, Vice Chairman of the Thai Nguyen provincial People’s Committee called for the amendment of certain forestry policies. “We need to have proper funding for producing plant varieties and new processing technology. If we don’t have good varieties, we can’t have sustainable forests,” he said. Participants suggested that solutions included proper management and planning of forestry land – and a re-examination of the country’s forest planning at national and local levels. They also suggested allocating forestry land and forest to households and enterprises for better and more effective management. Climate change adaptation projects necessary in Mekong The Mekong Delta must come up with ways to address the consequences of climate change, especially rising sea levels and salinity intrusion, delegates said at a workshop in Hanoi on August 2. Covering an area of about 3.96 million hectares, the Mekong Delta is home to more than 22 million residents who mainly make a living by farming. When climate change causes sea levels to rise, salt water penetrates the soil, affecting their crops and thus their livelihood. The region also suffers floods, droughts and unusual weather patterns. Participants at the workshop emphasised the necessity of attracting more investment in eco-friendly technology and energy, as well as making changes to the legal framework. The country’s laws and policies deal in detail with natural disaster prevention, but only touch upon climate change adaptation, according to the NA team supervising the enforcement of climate change policies and laws. Currently, there is no comprehensive policy on climate change adaptation. Meanwhile, provinces and cities across the country still lack funding to enforce such policies as well as pilot projects. “The result of the enforcement of climate change policies and laws can be seen mainly in quantity, not in quality and effectiveness,” said Nguyen Duc Ngu, former general director of the Vietnam Meteorology and Hydrology Centre. Workshop participants recommended that regional localities create pilot projects and models under the ongoing national target programme to respond to climate change. Vietnam attracts Russian tourists: French newspaper The number of Russian tourists to Vietnam has increased over the past few years thanks to the country’s beautiful beaches with reasonable prices, the French Le Monde Diplomatique reported in its August issue. The article titled “Charters russes pour le Vietnam” (Flights carrying Russian tourists to Vietnam) noted that the unrests in Egypt and Thailand have made Russian vacationers change their habit, shifting from Tunis (Tunisia) and Cairo (Egypt) to Ho Chi Minh City and Phan Thiet in Vietnam. The Cam Ranh Bay, while far from the world-renown destinations such as Ha Long Bay – a world natural heritage in the north, and poetic rivers in the Mekong Delta, appeals to Russians for its white sand beaches dubbed “Sahara of Asia .” According to author of the article Jordan Puoille, Vietnam has invested in building and improving infrastructure and diversifying tourism products and services to welcome visitors from Russia . Last year, Vietnam welcomed 250,000 Russian visitors, a year-on-year rise of 71 percent.- Ninh Binh province seeks ways to tap tourism potential The northern province of Ninh Binh has huge potential of tourism development, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Online Newspaper reported, adding that t he province’s comparative advantage increased when the Trang An Ecological Complex was recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Ninh Binh province is endowed with unique and diverse tourism resources such as Cuc Phuong National Park , Van Long Nature Reserve, Kenh Ga hot spring, Van Trinh Cave, Phat Diem Stone Cathedral and the Trang An Ecological Complex. The province also has 1,499 relics, of which two relics have been nationally ranked: Hoa Lu ancient capital and Coc and Trang An Ecological Complex, a world heritage site (former Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong natural beauty site). Ninh Binh has 260 traditional festivals, which are inherited and have been developed from the traditions and customs of rice cultivation in Hoa Binh and Dong Son for thousands of years. Currently, the province has 69 traditional villages, notably Van Lam embroidery village, Ninh Van stone carvings village, Kim Son sedge fine art village and Phuc Loc carpentry village. Besides the enormous advantages from having beautiful scenery, the province is also proud of its unique Bai Dinh pagoda, the largest pagoda in Vietnam. Ninh Binh is located 91 km from Hanoi and has both rail and road transportation links. It is pretty close to other famous tourist attractions such as Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island. In recent years, the number of tourists to Ninh Binh has rapidly grown. In the first six months of 2014 alone, Ninh Binh welcomed 3.3 million arrivals, including 268,800 international tourists. A tourism expert in Ninh Binh said that the biggest difficulty is the lack of manpower, particularly skilled workforce. Currently, the province has 11,000 employees involved in the tourism sector. The province has welcomed around 4.5 million tourists per year, but it has only 42 tour guides. Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Duong Thi Thanh said that in the future the department would hire experts to train their farmers on how to offer community tourism to tourists, helping create stable income for them.- VNN/VNA/VNS/VOV/SGT/SGGP/ND
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Hai Phong to give measles-rubella vaccine to 430,000 children The northern city of Hai Phong has planned to earmark around VND3.6 billion (US$169,000) for a large-scale vaccination campaign against measles and rubella for children aged between 1 and Read more ... 14. According to a plan issued by the municipal Pe…
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Vietnam Hai Phong to give measles-rubella vaccine to 430,000 children The northern city of Hai Phong has planned to earmark around VND3.6 billion (US$169,000) for a large-scale vaccination campaign against measles and rubella for children aged between 1 and Read more ... 14. According to a plan issued by the municipal People’s Committee on July 31, the campaign aims to bring the rate of local children of this age group receiving a rubella vaccine to 95%. The three-phase campaign will be carried out at 255 immunisation stations in all districts from September 2014 to February 2015 and is expected to benefit about 430,000 children. To make the campaign effective, steering committees at district and commune levels will be set up, while conferences and training courses will also be organised to raise public awareness and provide necessary skills for medical staff. Last month, similar campaigns were also held in Hanoi and northern Ha Nam province. During the latest outbreak of measles in Hanoi early this year, vaccination proved effective. With 73,639 children aged from nine months to under-10 given shots, the outbreak was put under control by the end of May. To maintain the positive immunisation outcomes, the municipal health department has required related units to intensify their management over vaccination activities so that those most in need could are not missed out. In early July, at a meeting of the Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control, the Ministry of Health said it continues to expand vaccination campaigns, and plans to launch a new measles-rubella vaccination drive targeting children from 1-14 years old in September. Man wants to build elephant cemetery A businessman in Dak Lak Province, who owns the largest herd of domestic elephants in Vietnam, wishes to build a cemetery for them. Dan Nang Long has earned the nickname “King of the Elephants” in his hometown, a village in Lac District, located in the central highlands. Long is very attached to his elephants and considers them family. He is locally famous for raising elephants for community-based tourism. What he is trying to do is to protect the few elephants left in the region amid increased poaching and a changing environment. He also works as a veterinarian for elephants. So far he has held two funerals for his family’s elephants. “I don’t consider it’s an animal funeral. It’s more like the death of a member of my family. The average elephant lives to be 80, about as long as a human,” he said. In 2005, he held the first funeral for an elephant named as Trut, who died at the age of 89. Before the elephant died it was carrying two tourists for a tour around the village. The elephant fell, and Long thought it was ill. He did all he could to return it to health, including inviting a shaman to conduct rituals and pray for its health. He knew it was hopeless when he saw another elephant, the dying elephant’s partner, kneeling down by its side for hours. He held a funeral for Trut the next mourning and invited the entire village. In order to protect the animal’s tomb, he built a temporary tent nearby to prevent theft. Two years later, another elephant, Bach Kham, died. “Previously, when an elephant died, we buried the entire body, including its tusks, which were kept above the ground as a headstone. Now thieves would steal the ivory, so we keep the tusks at home so the animals are not dug up,” said Long. Long stressed the difficulty of taking care of elephants. One is worth tens of millions of VND. When an elephant dies it not only means an economic loss but a pain for the whole family. “I have a dream of building a cemetery for my elephants so they are not forgotten,” he added. Hai Phong quarry collapse leaves five dead A quarry collapse in Thuy Nguyen district, the northern city of Hai Phong has killed five workers and injured some others. The accident occurred at around 6:00 pm on August 1 after workers struck dynamite inside the quarry for mining. By August 2 noon, the bodies of three victims had been found. The investigation and search for the remaining workers are ongoing. The quarry is under the management of Phuc Son cement company which has not yet been licensed for mining. Survey on land use to be conducted A national survey on land use will be conducted in 2014 and maps drawn in order to evaluate the management and use of the land resource, the Prime Minister instructed in his recent Directive No 21/CT-TTg. The PM requires the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, other ministries and ministerial-level agencies, governmental agencies, and People’s Committees of provinces and centrally-run cities nationwide to carry out the task and make accurate assessment of the land use situation from communal to national levels. The assessment will serve as the foundation for working out mechanisms and policies to strengthen state management over land and enhance land use efficiency at all levels for the 2016-2020 period. The survey will collect data on total natural land area, the acreage of each type of land and specific groups of land users at all administrative levels, with special attention to be paid to rice cultivation acreage and land use in industrial parks, industrial clusters, economic zones and hi-tech zones. Land users subject to the survey include organisations, households, individuals, communities, religious establishments, foreign diplomatic organisations, foreign-invested enterprises and overseas Vietnamese. The survey and drawing of maps on land use will be conducted simultaneously nationwide from now to December 31. Communes are required to complete the work and submit reports before June 1, 2015, while districts must submit reports before July 15 and provinces, before September 1 the same year. National reports and maps will be completed by November 1, 2015. US Corporation plans to build more schools in Vietnam Cargill Vietnam Ltd. Co. under the US-based Cargill Corporation raised 4.5 billion VND (211,500 USD) from a single charity event on August 2 for its Cargill Cares foundation’s project to build schools in far-flung areas nationwide. Established in 1996, the Cargill Cares Foundation has so far collected 66 billion VND (3.1 million USD), supporting the building of 67 schools benefiting more than 13,000 children in rural and remote areas across the country. The figure included 4 billion VND (188,000 USD) raised in 2013, which aided the construction of seven schools in the southern provinces of An Giang, Binh Phuoc, Kien Giang, Binh Thuan and Ba Ria – Vung Tau, and central Khanh Hoa province, at a total cost of 7.7 billion VND (361,900 USD). Chanh Truong, Chief Representative of Cargill Vietnam, said half of the Cargill Cares Foundation’s funding is contributed by Cargill Vietnam while the rest comes from its customers, suppliers and employees. The foundation is striving to accomplish its goal of building 75 schools nationwide by 2015. Bac Ninh launches measles, rubella vaccination campaign The northern province of Bac Ninh is busy with a large-scale vaccination campaign against measles and rubella, with nearly 280,000 children aged 1-14 expected to become immune, said a local health official. The first official round of the campaign will be in September-October, targeting under-five children while those aged 6-10 will receive shots between November and December. The last round will run throughout the next January -February, said Deputy Director of the provincial Preventive Medicine Centre Nguyen Khac Tu, adding that qualified medical staff and necessary equipment will be ready. Earlier, Bac Ninh vaccinated almost all children under two years old, equivalent to more than 7,000. For past years, the province has spread the expanded vaccination drive to over 98 percent of its junior population. A number of localities in the country have been preparing for the vaccination against the diseases, including Ha Nam, Hai Phong, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. At a meeting of the Steering Committee for Epidemic Prevention and Control in early July, the Ministry of Health said it plans a new measles-Rubella vaccination drive targeting children from 1-14 years old in September. As many as 5,031 cases of measles were recorded in the country in the first half of this year. Campaign launched to improve health care for elderly A campaign was launched in Hanoi on August 3 to call for joint efforts in caring old people’s health. The event was co-organised by the Central Committees of the Vietnam Youth Federation and the Vietnamese Young Doctors’ Association in collaboration with Nhat Nhat Pharmacy Co., Ltd. The two-month campaign will provide free health check-ups, medicine and gifts for the older and retired people in 63 cities and provinces nationwide, especially those in difficulties. Apart from free eye operations and examinations, a broad range of activities will be organised to encourage people to donate organ and cornea while raising public awareness of health care for the elderly. About 3,000 young doctors and 5,000 volunteers will participate in the event, which is expected to benefit about 32,500 old people. At the launching ceremony, the organisation board presented gifts to 50 old people in difficult circumstances. On this occasion, ten clubs of young doctors in Hanoi were also introduced to the public. Cuban newspaper praises Vietnam’s renewal success Granma Newspaper, the official organ of the Communist Party of Cuba, has published an article and photos highlighting achievements in Vietnam’s renewal process and economic development. The author of the article, Karina Marron Gonzalez, who has recently visited Vietnam, expressed her impression in Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements and Vietnamese people’s hospitality. The article described strong development in Vietnam from cities to rural areas across the country, the mushrooming of high-rise and modern buildings and wide roads. It also introduced Vietnam’s experience in promoting multi-sector economy. Apart from paying attention to increasing the production of rice and coffee, the sectors that Vietnam ranks second in the world in export, Vietnam is also exerting every effort to push other sectors such as dairy production, textile and garment, footwear, tourism and industry, it said. According to the author, the week-long visit to Vietnam helped Cuban friends see Vietnam’s successes in developing its economy with their own eyes. Concluding the article, Karina said there are many similarities between Cuba and Vietnam, adding that the two countries are always side by side in their path to development. Voluntary pension scheme needed Voluntary pension insurance should be implemented as soon as possible because the delay would make life of retirees more difficult, a labour ministry official has said. Speaking at a recent conference on voluntary pension insurance, Truong Giang, Deputy Director of the Social Insurance Department under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, said Vietnam was now in the period of a golden population structure as the working age accounted for more than 58 percent. The country has managed to set up 48 fund management companies and nine banks in charge of supervising the implementation of the insurance. “This is the best time to implement the model, and as quickly as possible to assure lives of workers after retirement,” he said. Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vu Tien Loc said this type of insurance would be a solution to reduce the burden of social funds, increase social security and long-term benefits for businesses and workers. It would create conditions for people to participate and get a stable source of income after retirement. It would also contribute to the stability of the current pension fund, he said. In the 2007 to 2012 period, after six adjustments, the average pension had increased by 26.8 percent annually. Meanwhile, the growth rate of the social security fund only increased 10.1 percent annually. This caused pressure on the current social insurance fund and the State budget. It was forecast to increase rapidly in the future. In fact, there were a number of businesses implementing the model of insurance for their employees, he said. However, due to a shortage of adequate legal framework, these businesses had applied them in different ways. He said, authorised agencies should work together to complete the legal framework and disseminate them to increase the awareness of businesses and employees about the benefits of the insurance. According to Loc, the regulation saying that each enterprise was allowed to pay 1 million VND (47 USD) for each worker was reasonable as most were small-and-medium sized enterprises. This would assure benefits to labourers in these enterprises. Pension insurance is a voluntary form of savings to fund retirement, usually supported by employers and encouraged by the government through tax benefits. Japanese eloquence contest highlights Vietnam-Japan friendship The second Japanese-language eloquence contest was held in the northern port city of Hai Phong on August 2, highlighting the friendship between Vietnam and Japan. The first prize went to Vu Hoang Anh, whose presentation was about his impression on Japan ‘s science-technology achievements in robot industry. Before the final round, candidates had a chance to visit Japanese businesses operating in the city and share knowledge about the culture and living styles of the Japanese with their fellows. Hai Phong plans to develop the teaching and learning of this language in the future, according to Director of the municipal Foreign Office Nguyen Anh Tuan. The first event was held in the city last year to mark the 40 th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan. Hai Phong’s Cai Trap channel gets upgraded The first stage of a project to upgrade Cai Trap channel which leads to Hai Phong international gateway seaport, the largest in northern Vietnam, started on August 2. The move is to ease overcrowding on Ha Nam and Nam Trieu channels – entries to Hai Phong seaport which is handling a big volume of cargo each year. Once completed later this year, Cai Trap channel is able to accommodate vessels of 1,000 – 3,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage), said Deputy Director of the Vietnam Maritime Administration (VMA) Do Duc Tien at the ceremony. The Ha Nam channel is designed to house big-size vessels while Nam Trieu and Cai Trap, smaller ones. The Ministry of Transport has assigned the VMA to invest and oversee the project, which is implemented in the form of built-transfer (BT).- Health Ministry warns of Ebola danger The Preventive Medicine Department under the Health Ministry has warned of the danger of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) which is spreading in a number of African countries. The department advised people to ensure personal hygiene and avoid direct or close contact with infected patients and animals, particularly with their bodily fluids, in order to prevent the disease. Those who are living in the area with an EVD outbreak should receive medical testing immediately if observing any symptom of the disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), EVD is introduced into the human population through close contact with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected animals. Ebola then spreads in the community through human-to-human transmission, with infection resulting from direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes) with the blood, secretions, organs or other bodily fluids of infected people, and indirect contact with environments contaminated with such fluids. EVD is a severe acute viral illness often characterised by the sudden onset of fever, intense weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. This is followed by vomiting, diarrhoea, rash, impaired kidney and liver function, and in some cases, both internal and external bleeding. No licensed vaccine for EVD is available. Several vaccines are being tested, but none are available for clinical use, according to WHO. On August 2, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) called on the international community to immediately scale up of efforts to tackle the Ebola outbreak in western African countries. As of July 27, 1,323 affected cases were reported, with 729 deaths in four western African countries of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Social workers get boost from professional training A national programme on development of social work as a profession has shown initial results after four years of implementation, but still faces obstacles in human resources and legal framework. At a conference in the central city of Da Nang on august 1, delegates discussed the programme, which had been approved by the Prime Minister in 2010. It was launched to improve and provide better services and care for vulnerable people including the elderly, people with disabilities, underprivileged children, HIV infected, drug addicts, people with mental illnesses and disorders and others. Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam said that Vietnam had so far built 30 social service centres and trained 35,000 social workers after launching the programme. “It is a great effort by agencies and support from international organisations over the past few years. We have surpassed the initial target of establishing 10 social service centres by 2015,” Dam said. “Social service centres have actively provided heath care and education for vulnerable sections and helped them integrate into the society,” he said. He added that the programme still had challenges and was deficient in the legal framework and treatment of freelancers and social workers. Chairperson of the Vocational Training and Social Activities Association Nguyen Thi Hang said 80 percent of social workers had yet to be trained professionally. “We estimate that around 40 percent of the country’s population, equivalent to 36 million people, need social service. It is a challenge for Vietnam in speeding up human training at social colleges and universities,” Hang said. “The Government should create more favourable conditions including tax, land and establishment procedures to further develop private social service and human training centres.” Acting representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Jesper Moller said there had been commitments from different ministries after four years of launching the programme. He said many achievements emerged from the programme, but the government should improve the law and licence process for social workers along with the social service profession as a whole. According to the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam has 9 million elderly, 6.7 million with disabilities, 1.5 million underprivileged children and 2.7 million people who live under social protection subsidised by the State. However, the country has only 6,400 civil servants working in social service centres. Around 40 colleges and universities have trained 13,000 students in social service courses. Quang Nam fishermen equipped with communication devices A number of communication devices have been given to fishermen in the central province of Quang Nam to help them feel secure while going out to sea. A ceremony to hand over the equipment was held in Quang Nam on August 1 by the Ministry of Information and Communication in coordination with the Vietnam Red Cross Society, Vietnam Television, and radio The Voice of Vietnam. Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Le Nam Thang said the equipment was donated by organisations and individuals from home and abroad in response to a campaign launched by the ministry and the Vietnam Red Cross Society last year. The campaign “Connecting the East Sea” was to call for donations from both inside and outside the country to raise fund to equip fishermen with communication devices. Press agencies urged to promote national great unity President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)’s Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan has asked central press agencies to do more to foster stronger national great unity. Nhan had a working session in Hanoi on August 1 with officials from the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Popularisation and Education, Ministry of Information and Communication, Vietnam Journalists’ Association and several central press agencies, including the Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Nhan dan (People) Newspaper, Vietnam Television and radio the Voice of Vietnam. Over the past time, the VFF standing board has coordinated closely with these offices in popularising the Party’s guidelines and the State’s policies on the national great unity, as well as the role and tasks of the front in the national construction and defence. The coordination has led to the success of such campaigns as “Day for the poor”, “Vietnamese people use Vietnamese goods” and those that help raise public awareness of the fight against corruption, thrift practice and wastefulness prevention. VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi suggested that VFF should direct its member organisations to proactively provide press agencies with information, especially those on pressing issues, for prompt and accurate coverage. With its network of 63 representative offices at home and 30 others abroad, VNA is capable of bringing information to various readers, including ethnic minority groups in far-flung areas and overseas Vietnamese people, he added. Hot tickets for Ho Chi Minh City-Thanh Hoa air route The low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific starts selling tickets for its new domestic route between Ho Chi Minh City and central Thanh Hoa province from August 1. The new route will be operated from September 5 with a daily return flight, which is scheduled to take off at 10:00am from Ho Chi Minh City and 12:45am from Thanh Hoa. The airline offers cheap tickets at 3,000 VND (about 15 US cents) per one from 2:00 pm to 11:59 pm on August 1, as part of its 10,000 hot fares programme. Last year, national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines launched the route connecting Thanh Hoa and the country’s largest economic hub with five flights a week.- Breastfeeding protects more children from infectious diseasesValuable forests lack protection The illegal use of forest land and deforestation still occur in many provinces despite many attempts in recent years. Forest productivity was also low, experts told a conference on forestry production in northern Thai Nguyen province last week. At the conference, organised by the National Assembly’s Economic Committee and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, they said forest resources played a crucial role in the country’s sustainable development. At present, Vietnam has 16 million hectares of forest. The conference was told that deforestation was a complicated issue. Although the rate of forest coverage has increased, the quality of the timber and the amount of biodiversity had declined. Despite being a leading timber exporter, most of Vietnam’s enterprises were small scale and used out-dated production technology. Its productivity in timber processing was only half of that of the Philippines and 40 percent of that in China. Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, said it was necessary to re-examine forestry development policies and promote effective production models. She repeated the need to develop the processing of forestry products and to enhance forest protection and management. “We need to re-organise forestry production from planting to harvesting and processing,” she said. “It’s also necessary to establish average to large-scale enterprises in certain economic zones.” Dang Viet Thuan, Vice Chairman of the Thai Nguyen provincial People’s Committee called for the amendment of certain forestry policies. “We need to have proper funding for producing plant varieties and new processing technology. If we don’t have good varieties, we can’t have sustainable forests,” he said. Participants suggested that solutions included proper management and planning of forestry land – and a re-examination of the country’s forest planning at national and local levels. They also suggested allocating forestry land and forest to households and enterprises for better and more effective management. Climate change adaptation projects necessary in Mekong The Mekong Delta must come up with ways to address the consequences of climate change, especially rising sea levels and salinity intrusion, delegates said at a workshop in Hanoi on August 2. Covering an area of about 3.96 million hectares, the Mekong Delta is home to more than 22 million residents who mainly make a living by farming. When climate change causes sea levels to rise, salt water penetrates the soil, affecting their crops and thus their livelihood. The region also suffers floods, droughts and unusual weather patterns. Participants at the workshop emphasised the necessity of attracting more investment in eco-friendly technology and energy, as well as making changes to the legal framework. The country’s laws and policies deal in detail with natural disaster prevention, but only touch upon climate change adaptation, according to the NA team supervising the enforcement of climate change policies and laws. Currently, there is no comprehensive policy on climate change adaptation. Meanwhile, provinces and cities across the country still lack funding to enforce such policies as well as pilot projects. “The result of the enforcement of climate change policies and laws can be seen mainly in quantity, not in quality and effectiveness,” said Nguyen Duc Ngu, former general director of the Vietnam Meteorology and Hydrology Centre. Workshop participants recommended that regional localities create pilot projects and models under the ongoing national target programme to respond to climate change. Vietnam attracts Russian tourists: French newspaper The number of Russian tourists to Vietnam has increased over the past few years thanks to the country’s beautiful beaches with reasonable prices, the French Le Monde Diplomatique reported in its August issue. The article titled “Charters russes pour le Vietnam” (Flights carrying Russian tourists to Vietnam) noted that the unrests in Egypt and Thailand have made Russian vacationers change their habit, shifting from Tunis (Tunisia) and Cairo (Egypt) to Ho Chi Minh City and Phan Thiet in Vietnam. The Cam Ranh Bay, while far from the world-renown destinations such as Ha Long Bay – a world natural heritage in the north, and poetic rivers in the Mekong Delta, appeals to Russians for its white sand beaches dubbed “Sahara of Asia .” According to author of the article Jordan Puoille, Vietnam has invested in building and improving infrastructure and diversifying tourism products and services to welcome visitors from Russia . Last year, Vietnam welcomed 250,000 Russian visitors, a year-on-year rise of 71 percent.- Ninh Binh province seeks ways to tap tourism potential The northern province of Ninh Binh has huge potential of tourism development, the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Online Newspaper reported, adding that t he province’s comparative advantage increased when the Trang An Ecological Complex was recognised as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Ninh Binh province is endowed with unique and diverse tourism resources such as Cuc Phuong National Park , Van Long Nature Reserve, Kenh Ga hot spring, Van Trinh Cave, Phat Diem Stone Cathedral and the Trang An Ecological Complex. The province also has 1,499 relics, of which two relics have been nationally ranked: Hoa Lu ancient capital and Coc and Trang An Ecological Complex, a world heritage site (former Trang An – Tam Coc – Bich Dong natural beauty site). Ninh Binh has 260 traditional festivals, which are inherited and have been developed from the traditions and customs of rice cultivation in Hoa Binh and Dong Son for thousands of years. Currently, the province has 69 traditional villages, notably Van Lam embroidery village, Ninh Van stone carvings village, Kim Son sedge fine art village and Phuc Loc carpentry village. Besides the enormous advantages from having beautiful scenery, the province is also proud of its unique Bai Dinh pagoda, the largest pagoda in Vietnam. Ninh Binh is located 91 km from Hanoi and has both rail and road transportation links. It is pretty close to other famous tourist attractions such as Ha Long Bay, Cat Ba Island. In recent years, the number of tourists to Ninh Binh has rapidly grown. In the first six months of 2014 alone, Ninh Binh welcomed 3.3 million arrivals, including 268,800 international tourists. A tourism expert in Ninh Binh said that the biggest difficulty is the lack of manpower, particularly skilled workforce. Currently, the province has 11,000 employees involved in the tourism sector. The province has welcomed around 4.5 million tourists per year, but it has only 42 tour guides. Vice Director of the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism Duong Thi Thanh said that in the future the department would hire experts to train their farmers on how to offer community tourism to tourists, helping create stable income for them.- VNN/VNA/VNS/VOV/SGT/SGGP/ND
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Computerhobbyist SONY ZS-S3IPBLACK PERSONAL AUDIO DOCKING SYSTEM REVIEW (Document 631) Treble. Midrange. Bass. Let the love flow from the chambers of our hearts. The coming of a portable audio nirvana. Voluptuous, sumptuous, luscious and beautiful transportable audio Read more ... . Premier music for the soul. Portable audio dominance. Succumbing to portable audio reality. A quest for portable audio glory. The culmination of portable audio genius. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System is a value-priced item at authorized Sony online and brick-and-mortar consumer electronics retailers. This item is very simple to operate. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System offers excellent Mega Bass sound for all your portable audio entertainment FM/AM Radio, CD, CD-R/RW, MP3 CD, MP3 Player and 30-Pin iPod/iPhone Dock playback needs to go. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System offers pleasant and full-bodied sound for a party, birthday party, dinner party, house party, dance party, engagement party, Halloween party, New Year’s Eve party, holiday party, office party, welcome home party, military welcome home party, retirement party, private restaurant party, book launch party, bachelor party, bachelorette party, sweet 16 party, prom, high school reunion, college reunion weekend, graduation party, celebratory happening, family gathering, apartment dweller, house of worship, classroom, dorm room, sports event, backyard barbecue, catered affair, corporate celebration, award ceremony, beach, swimming pool, parade, camping, boating, performing arts event, ballroom dancing, wedding anniversary party or outdoor wedding. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System features include: iPod/iPhone Dock, 30-Pin Connector iPod/iPhone Dock, Flexible Dock Connector, iPod/iPhone Power Supply, iPod/iPhone Battery Charging (AC Power Mode Only), iPod/iPhone Music and Movie Playback, Digital FM/AM Tuner, Cushion For Small-Size iPod, Phase Locked Loop Synthesized Tuner, 30 FM/AM Station Presets (20 FM Band Stereo Presets, 10 AM Band Mono Presets), FM Band Monaural Reception, FM Band Stereo Reception, FM Band Frequency Range: 87.5-108 MHz, AM Band Frequency Range: 530-1710 kHz, FM/AM Radio Band Selector button, auto tuning storage system from low to high frequencies, manual seek tuning, rotating telescopic FM whip antenna, built-in ferrite bar AM Band antenna, Manual Tuning buttons, Preset Tuning buttons, preset station memory retention when battery or AC power is removed, multifunction digital LCD, (LCD information includes: Radio indicator, FM/AM Band indicator, FM/AM Station Frequency, FM “ST” Stereo indicator, FM MONO indicator, flashing AUTO indicator, Preset Station Number, total CD track number, current track number, total disc playing time, remaining track time, remaining number of tracks on the CD, remaining time on the CD, elapsed track playing time, “--:--“ over track 20 indicator, PGM program play indicator, repeat play arrow indicator, repeat 1 track indicator, SHUF shuffle play indicator, MEGA BASS indicator, iPod input indicator, AUDIO IN indicator, CD input indicator, CD program play FULL indicator and No Disc indicator), bass-reflex stereo speakers, two bass-reflex ports, two full-range 3 1/8-inches (7.7 cm) cone type drivers, top-loading single-disc CD Player, 2-channel stereo CD playback, 1-bit D/A converter for outstanding Sony sound, push open/close CD compartment lid, 8X oversampling digital filter, CD Player Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz, +1/-2dB, CD-R/RW Playback, 20 Track RMS CD Programming, shuffle play, repeat single track, repeat all tracks, repeat tracks in random order and repeat tracks in program play CD playback modes, Reverse Skip/Search, Forward Skip/Search, Play/Pause and Stop CD transport controls, Reverse Skip/Search, Forward Skip/Search, Play/Pause and Stop iPod/iPhone transport controls, iPod/iPhone supporter, IR remote sensor, remote commander, 18 control panel buttons on the main unit, Power button, Display/Enter button, iPod button, CD button, Radio Band/Auto Preset button, Audio In button, Push Open/Close disc compartment button, Preset -/Preset +/Forward Skip/Search/Reverse Skip/Search buttons, Tune -/+ buttons, Manual Preset/Play/Pause button, Stop button and Volume -/+ buttons, Mega Bass button, Mega Bass sound enhancer, digital Volume Controls, 0-30 digital volume scale, Red LED OPR/BATT indicator, AC IN Jack, 120V, 60 Hz AC Power Rating, 18 Watts AC Power Consumption, bottom panel SONY trademark logo, detachable 3-tab release battery cover, battery compartment, DC spring-loaded positive/negative battery contact terminals, 9V DC Power Rating (1.5V x 6 C Batteries) for the main unit, 3V DC Power Rating for the remote commander, 1.7 W + 1.7 W (@ 8 ohms, 10% Total Harmonic Distortion) total amplifier output power, digital stereo power amplifier, auto-switching AC/DC power supply, air cooling vents in cabinet, 3.5mm AUDIO IN Jack for connection to an MP3 Player, MP4 Video Player, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, all-in-one computer, tablet PC, netbook, Motorola DROID RAZR, Mobile Phone, Sony Xperia Z, Samsung-Galaxy MP3 Player, BlackBerry, Samsung Galaxy S 5, FM HD Radio Tuner, e-book reader, game console, laptop computer, desktop computer, gaming computer, TV, Blu-ray Disc Player, Cable TV Set-Top Box, Satellite TV Converter Box, compact disc changer, internet tabletop radio or audio component of choice, plastic speaker grills, 4 bottom panel rubber feet for secure placement on a desk or nightstand, recessed top panel carry handle, black color scheme, control panel function indicators, rugged plastic build, SONY logo, MEGA BASS logo, CD-DA logo, Part 15 F.C.C. Rules RF harmful interference compliance certification statement, 7-digit serial number sticker, tactile dot on Play/Pause button, Direct Power-On Function with iPod, CD, Radio Band and Audio In buttons, tactile dot on VOLUME + button, white control panel lettering, black control panel buttons, black AUDIO IN Jack and it comes with English/Spanish operating instructions. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System’s dimension measurements are: 14 1/8 x 5 3/8 x 9 ¼ inches including projecting parts (356 x 134 x 234 mm w/h/d) and System Weight: 5 lbs. 8 oz. (2.5 kg) with alkaline batteries installed. A one year parts and labor limited manufacturer warranty is included. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System comes with a full-function thin credit card sized remote commander. The model number of the remote commander is RMT-CS3iP. The remote control has numerous buttons to enhance the portability and iPod/iPhone Dock functionality of this portable stereo. The remote commander offers complete menu and playback control of docked Apple music players with the MENU, UP ARROW, DOWN AROW, ENTER, Play/PAUSE, FORWARD SKIP/SEARCH, REVERSE SKIP/SEARCH and STOP buttons. The remote features a Power button so the stereo is powered on in AC power mode only and turned off in battery and AC power modes. There is a Sleep button to access the 0-120 minute sleep timer which powers the radio off at six selectable intervals of time. To activate the sleep timer, the user must first play any music source the portable stereo offers (Radio, iPod/iPhone or CD). Next, press the Sleep button on the remote commander or the main unit. Each press of the Sleep button cycles the sleep timer via the LCD to the following: "60min-90min-120min-OFF-10min-20min-30min." After the selected sleep preset time period has elapsed the portable stereo powers off. The sleep timer is cancelled by pressing the Power button on the boombox or the SLEEP button on the remote commander. iPod, CD, RADIO BAND buttons allow switching back and forth between the FM/AM Tuner, CD Player, iPod/iPhone Dock and Audio Input. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System's remote commander does control the radio's manual and preset tuning features. To access the auto tuning storage system: Press the POWER button on the remote commander in AC power mode or press the POWER button on the boombox when operating on battery power. Press the RADIO BAND button to select the FM or AM band. Press the RADIO BAND button for at least 2 seconds until “AUTO” flashes in the LCD. Press the ENTER button. Repeat this process again when selecting another broadcast band for auto tuning memory storage. The remote has Tune - and Tune + buttons for manual station tuning. Press and hold either one of these Tune buttons and the tuner automatically finds the next available station in descending or ascending station frequency order on the FM or AM bands. The tuner scans for the next available strongest signal broadcast and stops when it receives one. Press the Tune -/+ buttons on the remote one key press at a time to locate a particular FM or AM frequency. For the FM Band, the tuner proceeds up or down the frequency spectrum .1 MHz channel steps. On the AM Band, channel step tuning proceeds up or down the frequency spectrum at 10 kHz channel spacing increments. FM/AM preset stations are navigated in ascending or descending order one station at a time with the Preset +/- buttons from the remote. The remote commander presets stations manually into memory. To preset stations into memory: Press the POWER button to turn the boombox on. Press RADIO BAND to select the FM or AM band. Press the TUNE +/- buttons to find a station you are looking for. Press the MANUAL PRESET button. Press the PRESET + or PRESET - buttons to select the preset station number. The preset station number flashes in the LCD. Press the ENTER button to store the station. The remote raises or lowers volume to the desired listening level. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System's Volume Controls are located on the remote commander and top panel. Pressing or holding a VOL - button or VOL + decreases or increases the volume rapidly on the 0-30 numerical scale as needed. Press either Volume Control one key press at a time and the volume level is adjusted up or down one numerical value. There are RADIO BAND and Mode buttons for switching back and forth between FM and AM as well as changing stereo mode to monaural reception if a FM station is received with static. The remote activates or shuts off the Mega Bass feature by pressing the MEGA BASS button. The ENTER button is used to program tracks from an audio disc into memory. The remote commander contains iPod/iPhone/CD playback transport functions including: Play, Stop, Pause and two Forward/Reverse Skip/Search buttons. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System offers exceptional tuning in manual and preset station tuning modes. As per the operating instructions, the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System’s iPod/iPhone Dock is compatible with following Apple products: iPod touch 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations, iPod nano 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th generations, iPod classic, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. The iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s feature an 8-Pin Lightning connector that is not directly compatible with the 30-Pin connector on the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Boombox. The Apple website indicates a Lightning-to-30-Pin Adapter (Model: MD823) or Lightning-to-30-Pin Adapter Cable (Model: MD824) can be purchased separately from Apple or an authorized Apple reseller for the iPhone 5. The proprietary adapter permits the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s to be connected to a Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System with a 30-Pin connector found on previous generation iPods/iPhones. Both iPod/iPhone adapters support iPod nano 7th generation and iPod touch 5th generation for music playback in the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Boombox’s iPod/iPhone Dock. The Apple iPhone adapter(s) enables analog audio output, syncing and charging of the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s when connected to the iPod/iPhone Dock found on a Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK CD Boombox. Apple indicates not all 30-Pin connector dockable iPods/iPhones support this special iPhone 5 adapter. The Apple iPhone adapter does not support Video and iPod out features. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System feature suite includes a downloadable free iPod touch/iPhone/iPad/iPad mini D-Sappli Dock App from https://itunes.apple.com. The D-Sappli Dock App Version 1.4.0 offers the following enhancements for attached Apple music players: 1. Preset Radio Stations List, 2. Rename Preset Radio Stations List, 3. Clock Display Enlarge Feature, 4. Alarm Timer, 5. 10 Alarms using iPod tunes, 6. Music Play Timer, 7. Sleep Timer, 8. iPhone 5 compatibility, 9. Brightness Control, 10. Settings Menu, 11. Timer Settings: Alarm, Music Play Timer and Sleep Timer, 12. 7 Analog/Digital Clocks, 13. Clock Settings: 24-Hour Time, Date Display Format and Clock Style and 14. Reset All Settings. As Sony is worldwide performance leader in portable audio sound reproduction, this Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio System’s iPod docking stereo speakers are perfect for the next summer beach party. It makes an excellent gift for the holiday shopping season. This Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System provides beautiful, clear and accurate sound reproduction for those relaxing times in the patio, garden, family picnics, walks on the South Beach Boardwalk and outings in the park. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System features phenomenal audio for soothing background music at a dinner party, listening to favorite tunes during the backyard barbecue and it’s a great tailgate audio accessory before the start of the football game. This Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System is ideal for summertime portable audio activities. It’s an exemplary addition for portable audio use year round and for the boombox collector. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System is portable. The boombox does not have to be plugged in to a wall outlet if you don’t want to. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK CD Boombox with Apple iPod/iPhone Dock comes with a power cord or run it off C batteries for portable audio indoors or outdoors. The C batteries are optional and are not included with the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System uses 6 C or equivalent batteries for DC power. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System is powered with 120V, 60Hz AC current with the factory AC power cord. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System does not offer a dual voltage power supply for international travel. The boombox must be connected to AC Power to charge an iPod/iPhone and to power on the personal audio docking system with the remote commander’s Power button. The remote commander’s battery is supplied with the unit. The 18 button (iPod button, CD button, POWER button, RADIO BAND button, TUNE +/UP ARROW button, TUNE -/DOWN ARROW button, SLEEP button, MENU button, ENTER button, PLAY/PAUSE button, FORWARD SKIP/SEARCH/PRESET + button, REVERSE SKIP/SEARCH/PRESET - button, STOP button, VOL + button, VOL - button, MODE button, MEGA BASS button and AUDIO IN button) remote control takes one CR2025 Lithium Coin Battery. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System does not offer Dual Disc Playback, .WMA File CD Playback, iPad playback in the Dock connector, music disc encoded with various copyright protection schemes, incorrectly finalized CD-R/RW discs, playback of irregularly shaped audio discs, Bluetooth connectivity or a backlit LCD. The 3.5mm Audio Output Jack on a laptop computer can be connected to the 3.5mm AUDIO IN Jack of the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System to play music. Listen to music from internet radio stations, AOL Radio, CBS Radio, Pandora Internet Radio, Rhapsody, Google play, Grooveshark, iTunes Radio, iTunes, iHeartradio, SiriusXM Satellite Internet Radio, Myspace Music and Sony Music Unlimited on the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System as long as the computer has access to these free or pay music services. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System does not have recording capabilities. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System is U.L. Listed. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System remembers the last FM/AM station tuned, input source selection and volume when powered off. The Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System is made in China. I just love to listen to music, audiobooks, movie soundtracks and television soundtracks on compact disc on my Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System in my spare time. Whether it’s main albums, boxed sets, compilations, live albums, cast recordings, collector’s editions, gold CDs, remastered recordings, music or movie songs on the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System, the sound is impeccable, compelling, brilliant, exact, majestic, epic, inspiring, stunning and must be heard to be truly appreciated in the home or while out n’ about. Technical support for the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System is provided by the manufacturer on its support website at www.SonyStyle.com. Unfortunately, the operating manual and marketing specifications do not indicate the Sony ZS-S3IPBLACK Personal Audio Docking System features a 3.5mm Stereo Headphone Jack for private listening at work, home or outdoors. Overall rating 4 stars. Enjoy. What’s great about it: iPod/iPhone 30-Pin Dock, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s Compatible With Optional Apple Dock Adapter, Two 1.7W 3 1/8-Inch Full-Range Drivers, 8-Ohms Speaker Driver Impedance, Bass Reflex Speakers, Cone Type Drivers, Speaker Cabinet, Speaker Magnet, Voice Coils, Black Plastic Speaker Grills, Bass Reflex Ports, 3.4W (RMS) Total Amplifier Output Power, Digital Volume Controls, 0-30 Digital Volume Control Scale, Audio Crossover Circuit, Digital Stereo Power Amplifier, Digital FM/AM Tuner, 30 FM/AM Station Presets, 20 FM Band Stereo/Mono Presets, 10 AM Band Mono Presets, FM Band Stereo Reception, Phase Locked Loop (PLL) Synthesized Tuner, FM Band IF Tuned Circuit, AM Band IF Tuned Circuit, Telescopic FM Band Whip Antenna, Ferrite Bar AM Band Antenna, Single-Disc CD Player, CD Player Frequency Response: 20-20,000 Hz, Disc Transport Controls, CD-R/RW Playback, MP3 CD Playback, 20 Track RMS Program, Shuffle and Repeat Disc Playback Modes, Digital LCD, IR Remote Sensor, IR 18-Key Remote Commander, Mega Bass Sound System, 3.5mm AUDIO IN Jack, Sleep Timer, 6 C Alkaline Battery Operation, 1.5V Lithium Coin Battery Operation for Remote Commander, Detachable Battery Cover, Bottom Panel Battery Compartment, RF Amplifier, Solid-State Electronic Components, Multiple IC System Controllers, Plastic Housing, Laser Lens, Laser Beam, Laser Diode, Optical Laser Pickup Mechanism, Class 1 Laser Beam Safety Certification, Top-Loading CD Compartment, CD Door Spring, 4 Bottom Panel Mechanical Feet, Auto-Switching AC/DC Power Supply, 120V, 60Hz AC Input Jack, AC Power Transformer, Spring-Loaded C Battery Contact Terminals, C Battery Polarity Installation Diagram, C Battery/AC Power Cord Removal Factory Reset Procedure, Bottom Panel 7-Digit Serial Number Sticker, MADE IN CHINA Imprint, Tactile Dots on Play/Pause and VOLUME + Buttons, Detachable AC Power Cord, F.C.C. 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Eduoard Abbas: Mr President. You are starting to turn the table on Palestinian favor. This struggle, is to rid of the oppression and occupation on behalf of a Terrorist and Criminal Mafia Syndicate with the desire propose to control the whole Palestine, and Read more ... take control not only of their land, but resources which rightfully belong to all Palestinian People and children. Palestine has been left alone by all Military Forces, but Palestinian Will and Lyon hearts will teach the world the greets lesson never seen, the will of a people to hold on to their roots. culture, and history. The answer is, no. They must ultimately pay for their crimes, and Palestine's Public, and Political Infrastructure rebuild, in accordance with United States Resolutions and approval of all Nations, to see Palestine as a Sovereign County, independent from Israel. Yesterday at 9:59am · Like · 1 By. Nifisa Bueno: tantissimi israeliani parlano arabo come prima lingua dato che gli ebrei furono accolti come rifugiatiin in tutti i paesi arabi durante l'impero ottomano perche' erano perseguitati in europa.. furono poi esiliati dai paesi arabi x via del conflitto is...See More many Israelis speak Arabic as their first language since Jews were welcomed as rifugiatiin in all the Arab countries during the Ottoman Empire because they were being persecuted in Europe. were then exiled from Arab countries via the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the middle ' 60s, most of them Cowgirl ' in Israel, others in Europe and america. the Zionist father panzone from my former partner of University of Libya for example.. (Translated by Bing) Yesterday at 10:06am · I am no Politician, but, I, Eduoard V. H. (E.A.A.H) would ask these demands be met. If, they ask me and I see they are speaking from the heart and truthfully, this are the conditions I would demand, plus those HAMAS and the Palestinian Government call for. Immediate Removal of the wall and check points. 1967 border line. All settlements and facilities built on occupied territory stays. Immediate transfer of all Palestinian taxes and money being withheld by Israel. Release of all prisoner, men, women, and children. Immediate recognition of the State of Palestine as if did exist prior to occupation and diaspora. Recognition of HAMAS and Fatah as part of the sovereign state of Palestine. Recognition of all resources, air, land, and sea belonging to Palestine (West Bank, GAZA, and all other cities occupied by illegal settlers. Economic Restitution to each family, and their children, and subsequent generation for all loss and aggression until the year 2135. Immediate recognition of all Palestinians within Israel as citizens, if they choose to remain in Israel. Distribution of funds allocated for USA Military and Economic aid to Israel for the reconstruction of Palestine Infrastructure. Pardon of all prisoners of con flits past and present, and future if the case Israel becomes again military belligerent and active unilaterally, or instigates conflict with the Recognized Palestine territory. Acceptance of Palestine to the United Nations, as an independent Nation. Recognition of Palestinian Air Space in order for Palestine to have access to their own Airports. Recognition of ocean borders and Palestinian right to have harbors, and fishing commerce. Abolishment of any military, or belligerent school training, and/or teachings imparted to Israeli children to prevent Anti Semite sentiment against Palestinians, or any other culture within Palestinian territory. Immediate stop to all propaganda which may cause ill sentiment from foreign citizens against Palestine. Recognition for the right to Palestine to form a Democratic and unified government within itself, under the guidance of Democratic Nations Preferred. Immediate apprehension of those whose advocacy for the annihilation of all Palestinians cause this conflict.
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Israel and Hamas: Terms of the ceasefire explained
Talks were taking place this afternoon in Cairo between representatives of Israel and Hamas. No agreement has yet been announced, though efforts are “ongoing”.[1]   Hamas rejected on Tuesday on an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal accepted by Is Read more ... rael, stating "it was not worth the ink it was written with.”[2]   Hamas claim they first learned about the ceasefire through the media. According to Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev's own admission, neither Egypt nor Israel directly engaged with Hamas, though they affirm Hamas had been informed of the terms.[3]   Israel suggested “easing the flow of goods into Gaza”[4]; however it appears unlikely Hamas will accept unless specifics are given as to the implementation, fearing a repeat of the 2012 ceasefire whose conditions ended up eroding too quickly to improve Gaza’s economic situation.[5]   One condition imposed in the ceasefire is the extradition of members of the Muslim Brotherhood to Egypt from Gaza, where many took refuge after Mohamed Morsi was ousted and mass death sentences passed on hundreds of its members under General (now President) Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.   Whereas the close relationship between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas ensured Egypt could preside over past negotiations for a ceasefire, it is an object of doubt whether under Sisi such negotiations will bear fruit.   It is unclear whether the same terms have been brought back to the table in the current round of talks.   Meanwhile, Hamas made known its own terms for a ceasefire earlier today:   1. Lifting of the blockade on Gaza, including opening of crossings between Gaza and Israel; 2. Opening of the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, under international monitoring; 3. Expanding access to the sea; 4. Allowing Gaza residents access to the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem to pray; 5. Releasing a number of formerly released prisoners rearrested last month.[6]   The prisoners to be released under Hamas’ terms are former prisoners initially freed in 2011 as part of the Shalit deal and rearrested last month in the West Bank during the search for the kidnapped teenagers (for which no formal suspects have yet been apprehended, in light of over 500 arrests).   As regards the sea and coastline, Gaza currently only has access to 15% of the maritime areas the Oslo Accords entitle them to[7]: its fishing boats can only travel within three nautical miles of the beach, further deteriorating the food security situation already crippled by the blockade. In addition to restricted sea access, approximately 35% of Gaza’s agricultural land is inaccessible as it is situated within the 1km-wide “no man’s land” running along the border fence with Israel: deterrence methods aimed at Gazans approaching this “security perimeter” include shooting on sight with live ammunition[8].   Finally, the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem is a holy site for Muslims, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan; however Palestinians in Gaza are unable to cross Israel into Jerusalem, and in fact access is restricted even to most Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, with frequent closures imposed for “security reasons”.[9]   Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that “Hamas's rejection of the ceasefire gives Israel full legitimacy to expand the operation to protect our people.”[10]       [1] Ceasefire efforts ‘ongoing’, The Guardian, 17 July 2014 [2] Israel Accepts Egypt's Cease-Fire Plan, but Hamas Vows to Keep Fighting, Time, 15 July 2014 [3] "The Israeli military does not target civilians", Channel 4, 16 July 2014 [4] Egypt proposes Israel-Gaza ceasefire after week of conflict, The Guardian, 14 July 2014 [5] Full text: Ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza, Ma’an News, 21 November 2012 [6] Hamas sets five ceasefire conditions, Middle-East Monitor, 17 July 2014 [7] Restricted access to land and sea in Gaza, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [8] Israeli soldiers shoot Palestinian near border in northern Gaza, Ma’an News, 11 May 2014 [9] Temporarily blocks access to Al-Aqsa mosque for young Muslims, Demotix, 4 July 2014 [10] Israel resumes air strikes after Hamas ceasefire rejection kills civilian, The Guardian, 16 July 2014
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Andrew Channel NewsAsia AM Live Replaces Primetime Morning as of 1 August 2011. Runs Monday to Friday at these times: Early Edition at 6:30am for 30 minutes Main Edition at 7:00am for 2 hours Bite-size Edition at 2:30pm for 30 minutes (with Friday's encore Read more ... on Saturday at 11:30am and 4:30pm, and Sunday at 1:30am) Suzanne Jung Ki Eng, Steven Chia, Chan Eu Imm and Patrick Fok Asia Today Live news with a focus on Asian perspectives Runs daily at 3:00pm, Mondays to Fridays at 9:00am and 2:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00am, 11:00am and 5:00pm Sharon Tong / Otelli Edwards / Gerard Lam / Yvonne Yong / Timothy W Go / Melissa Hyak / Chew Wui Lynn / Dominique Loh / Sabrina Chua / Chan Eu Imm / Lynlee Foo / Patrick Fok Asia Market Report A day's round-up of business news around the region and a look at the first hour of trade in Asia Runs Mondays to Fridays (except days when markets are closed; Asia Today will run instead) at 5:00pm Dominique Loh / Wei Du Primetime Asia Replaces East Asia Tonight and South East Asia Tonight A day's round-up of the news in Asia Runs Mondays to Fridays at 7:00pm Timothy W Go and Glenda Chong Asia Tonight Round-up of the day's events around Asia Runs Mondays to Fridays at 11:00pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00pm World Today Live news with focus on key world events Runs daily at 9:00am, 12:00pm (noon) and 4:00pm, Mondays to Fridays at 10:00am and 11:00am, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm Melissa Hyak / Otelli Edwards / Genevieve Woo / Yvonne Yong / Timothy W Go / Gerard Lam / Chew Wui Lynn / Sharon Tong / Sabrina Chua / Patrick Fok World Tonight A day's round-up of key world news Runs Tuesdays to Fridays at 12:00am (midnight), Saturdays at 12:00am and 11:00pm, and Sundays at 11:00pm Melissa Hyak / Yvonne Yong / Timothy W Go / Gerard Lam / Genevieve Woo (Weekends) Primetime News Channel NewsAsia's flagship evening nightly-news programme which provides viewers with a round-up of the day's main news under national news live television broadcasting. Runs daily at 9:00pm Melissa Hyak, etc. Singapore Tonight A day's round-up of local and business news in Singapore Runs daily at 10:00pm Timothy Ouyang & Yvonne Yong Asia Business Tonight A day's round-up of business news around the region and a look at the first hour of trade in the United States Runs Mondays to Fridays (except when markets are closed; replaced with a relief programme) at 10:30pm Genevieve Woo / Glenda Chong / Timothy W Go / Timothy Ouyang / Lynlee Foo / Gerard Lam Get Rea! (read as Get Real) A twice-weekly investigative current-affairs programme focusing on issues in Singapore Cheryl Fox 2007-2008-2011 /Chan Eu Imm 2010-2011 Present/ Ken Teh 2011 Insight A weekly current-affairs programme (Runs as a season) Gerard Lam Money Mind A weekly business programme (Runs as a season) Fredrick Lim & Dominique Loh& Ronald Lim The Agenda Business programme (Runs as a season) Asian Home News Screens short news snippets from previous-day broadcasts from CCTV News (China), NHK World TV (Japan), RTM TV1 (TV1) (Malaysia), VTV (Vietnam), RTB (Brunei) and Channel NewsAsia's Singapore Tonight Various Correspondent' Diary Highlights of news stories and features by Channel NewsAsia's network of Correspondents based in major cities across the region. That's IT A weekly information-technology programme (Runs as a season) Timothy W Go S.P.E.E.D. (Singapore Property Explained Explored & Deconstructed) Otelli Edwards 360 Talkshow on current affairs (Runs as a season) Melissa Hyak One on One Talkshow on current affairs (Runs as a season) Lin Xue Ling Pink of Health A weekly show focusing on the health and beauty concerns of women Cents & Sensibilities A weekly show on how ordinary people should make investments Genevieve Woo Japan Hour An hour featuring Japanese culture. The programme is bought from NHK World TV in Japan and is subtitled in English. How to be a Super Parent Steven Chia BlogTV.SG Cheryl Fox & Tim Oh Welcome 2 Taiwan Documentary of The Week 20/20 US programme from ABC World News. Sometimes known as "20/20 Primetime"; in reality, "20/20" is a different show from "Primetime" (Only in Singapore) Amazing Asia Special reports filed by correspondents in Asia. Usually screens unusual news happenings around Asia in the week. (Regular 30-minute segments) Yours Truly, Asia Special reports about life in Asia World Watch Special reports filed by correspondents the world over. Usually screens unusual news happenings around the world in the week. (Regular 30-minute segments) Talking Point A segment after Singapore Tonight on Sundays at 10.10pm (SIN/HK) where guests are invited to the news studio to share their views on issues relevant to Singapore Debra Soon / Melissa Hyak
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Don Americans Have Spent Enough Money On A Broken Plane To Buy Every Homeless Person A Mansion Here's a primer on the economy I think you might have missed Don Denzler By Hayes Brown July 9, 2014 at 4:03 pm Updated: July 10, 2014 at 8:55 am Share this: Read more ... An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in its natural habitat: on the ground An F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in its natural habitat: the ground CREDIT: AP Photo/Lockheed Martin Just days before its international debut at an airshow in the United Kingdom, the entire fleet of the Pentagon’s next generation fighter plane — known as the F-35 II Lightning, or the Joint Strike Fighter — has been grounded, highlighting just what a boondoggle the project has been. With the vast amounts spent so far on the aircraft, the United States could have worked wonders, including providing every homeless person in the U.S. a $600,000 home. It’s hard to argue against the need to modernize aircraft used to defend the country and counter enemies overseas, especially if you’re a politician. But the Joint Strike Fighter program has been a mess almost since its inception, with massive cost overruns leading to its current acquisition price-tag of $398.6 billion — an increase of $7.4 billion since last year. That breaks down to costing about $49 billion per year since work began in 2006 and the project is seven years behind schedule. Over its life-cycle, estimated at about 55 years, operating and maintaining the F-35 fleet will cost the U.S. a little over $1 trillion. By contrast, the entirety of the Manhattan Project — which created the nuclear bomb from scratch — cost about $55 billion in today’s dollars. “The political armor of the F-35 is as thick as the heads of the people who designed the airplane and its acquisition plan,” Winslow Wheeler, a former congressional staffer and outspoken critic of the F-35, recently told Foreign Policy about the longevity of the plane, despite the many setbacks it has endured. The support for the F-35 is so great in Congress that there’s actual a bipartisan Joint Strike Fighter Caucus dedicated to promoting it and keeping it alive. With that in mind, here are just a few of the other things that the insane amount spent on the troubled fighter could have gone towards instead, both at home and abroad: Buying Every Homeless Person In The U.S. A Mansion On any given night in 2013, the Department of Housing and Urban Development concluded, there were an estimated 600,000 homeless Americans living on the streets. Numerous studies, however, have showed that rather than putting money into temporary shelters or incarceration, communities have saved millions of dollars by investing in permanent homes for the homeless. A recent report showed that in one Florida community, it cost taxpayers an estimated $30,000 to take the homeless off the streets through traditional methods, but only around $10,000 per person to give them permanent housing and provide job training and other support. Expanding that concept to the Federal level, even taking into account things like varying real estate prices around the country, it’s possible that $7.4 billion would be more than enough to start a program nationwide. With the full amount spent on the F-35 at its disposal, the U.S. could afford to purchase every person on the streets a $664,000 home. Unilaterally Funding Every Humanitarian Crisis Overall, the United States less than one percent of its federal budget to foreign assistance. The State Department and USAID in Fiscal Year 2014 set aside about $31.1 billion in foreign aid funding, according to ForeignAssistance.gov. This includes $4.5 billion devoted towards funding the U.S. response to humanitarian crises around the world, including those in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, and others. Millions of refugees and internally displaced people in these conflicts are struggling to survive, as the United Nations reports that each of these emergencies remain chronically underfunded. This year alone, the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) has raised only 35 percent of the funds it needs. In contrast, the $49 billion per year spent on the F-35 would singlehandedly fund not just UNOCHA’s $16.7 billion request, but also those of UNICEF and other emergency disaster relief bodies, saving countless lives. In addition, U.N. officials want the situation at the U.S.’ southern border to be classified as a refugee crisis as well, as most of the thousands of children currently being detained fled their homes to escape a myriad number of life-threatening conditions. The Obama administration has requested $3.7 billion from Congress in emergency spending to help staunch the flow and provide for those who have already made it to the United States, but Republicans already appear to be lining up against the proposal. The F-35′s increased cost from last year alone would have easily covered that amount and then some. Feeding Every Schoolchild In The Country Earlier this year, President Obama signed into law an compromise version of the Farm Bill after months of deadlock saw the expiration of the former version. As part of the deal, House Republicans demanded huge cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), former known as food stamps, backing down only after a veto threat from the White House. The final bill, however, still included $8.7 billion worth of cuts, equaling about a $90 per month cut for recipients. The F-35′s excess costs for the last year by themselves could have nearly covered all of the losses, prevent state governors from having to scramble to provide families with the assistance they need. As a backup when food subsidies are cut, low-income families often find themselves turning towards schools to provide meals during the day for their children. The National School Lunch Program feeds approximately 31 million students every year, at the cost of about $16.3 billion in both cash and commodity payments. The full cost of the plane so far would have funded this program as it stands for 24 years. If the amount being dispersed to schools was doubled, allowing the program to reach all 55 million students enrolled in K-12, the F-35 still would be able to cover that for the next decade. Providing Security Around The World Under the weighted system used to determine dues, the U.S. pays the lion’s share of funding to the United Nations’ 16 peacekeeping missions around the world. For the coming fiscal year, that works out to about $2.4 billion. That’s quite a bargain, as then-U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice argued in 2009, telling PBS: “If the US was to act on its own – unilaterally – and deploy its own forces in many of these countries; for every dollar that the US would spend, the UN can accomplish the Mission for twelve cents.” Given how cost effective blue helmets are at providing security in areas where conflict has just ended, it would behoove the U.S. to grant even more support to the system. Additional funds would provide better arms and equipment, as well as better training, as the number of peacekeepers required around the world increases. The amount the U.S. has spent on the F-35 could have funded this year’s level of peacekeeping — a record-high $8.6 billion — for the next 46 years. Boosting Funding Needed To Rebuild America The United States is falling apart. A lack of funding for bridges, roads, and other infrastructure has led to collapses across the country and the more than 63,000 bridges that have been labeled as “structurally deficient.” The Department of Transportation’s total budget request for next year is $90.1 billion, part of a four-year budget of $302.1 billion with $199 billion set aside to rebuild America’s roads and bridges. Obama has for the last two years called for a $50 billion lump sum to be added to the on top of DOT’s budget to help address the growing need, and twice Congress has rejected this proposal. If the U.S. were to have channeled the $298 billion is has spent so far on the F-35 — and continued spending at that level for the next six years — the U.S. would be halfway towards closing the $1.1 trillion gap in investment needed in infrastructure, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. In addition, a report from the Center for American Progress, citing Moody’s Analytic’s chief economist, estimates infrastructure investment generates $1.44 of economic activity for each $1 spent. That sort of claim can’t be duplicated in the spending on the F-35. *** Along with the United States, seven other countries have committed to purchasing F-35 fighters from Lockheed Martin once they’re completed, which is helping diffuse the costs for the American taxpayer. But these partners are growing increasingly wary of the aircraft’s ballooning price. Australia recently announced that it was scaling back its purchase, as has the Netherlands. Those concerns will likely only be compounded by the current grounding of the fleet. And so, though the British Air Force intended to have the fighter in service a full two years ago, the only place you’ll be able to see the F-35 in action for now remains on the big screen — where its successes have been about equal to those in real life.
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Misinformation FromWikipedia, the free encyclopedia Notto be confused with disinformation. Thisarticle is written like a personal reflection or opinion essay thatstates the Wikipedia editor's particular feelings about a topic,rather than the opini Read more ... ons of experts. Please help improve it byrewriting it in an encyclopedic style. (May 2014) Thisarticle contains an enumeration of examples, but lacks a generaloverview of its topic. You can help by adding an appropriateintroductory section. Editing help is available. (May 2014) Misinformationis false or inaccurate information that is spread unintentionally. Itis distinguished from disinformation, which is intended tomislead.[1] When comparing misinformation to disinformation, JürgenHabermas says that the motives play an active role in the effect theinformation has. Misinformation may have a less devastating effect inthat readers can criticize what they have read and evaluate it astruth or fiction. Authors will also have to give reasoning for theirbeliefs and support their statements with facts.[2] Contents [hide] 1Sources 2Identification 3Examples 4Causes 4.1Bias 4.2Ignorance 4.3Competition 5Impact 6See also 7References 8Further reading Sources[edit] Inan age of technological advances, social networking sites arebecoming more and more popular. These sites are an easy access pointfor misinformation. They provide users with the capabilities tospread information quickly to other users without confirmation of itstruth. This also makes things more difficult when several other userscan share or change data to accommodate their own thoughts. Whenresearching these sources, it is important to learn the extent ofwhich the misinformation will be disseminated, to what audience, andhow quickly it will spread. These important clues can help websitesknow what plans of action need to be taken to avoid outbreaks.[3] Identification[edit] Accordingto Anne Mintz, editor of Web of Deception: Misinformation on theInternet, the best ways to find if information is factual is to usecommon sense. Look to see if information makes sense, if the foundersor reporters of the sites are biased or have an agenda, and look atwhere the sites may be found. It is highly recommended to look atother sites for that information as it might be published and heavilyresearched, providing more concrete details.[4] MartinLibicki, author of Conquest In Cyberspace: National Security andInformation Warfare, noted that the trick to working withmisinformation is the idea that readers must have a balance of whatis truth and what is wrong. Readers cannot be gullible but cannot beparanoid that all information is incorrect. There is always a chancethat even readers who have this balance will believe an error or theywill disregard the truth as wrong. Libicki says that prior beliefs oropinions affect how readers interpret information as well. Whenreaders believe something to be true before researching it, they aremore likely to believe something that supports their prior thoughts.This may lead readers to believe misinformation.[5] Examples[edit] Socialmedia sites have allowed citizens to spread false information aboutany topic they find. The following are just a few examples ofmisinformation and the news: Deathof Hulk Hogan (untrue) CaptainSully and the Hudson River Tsunamiin Japan and the nuclear reactors[6] Causes[edit] Misinformationis spread for numerous reasons. The next three explain howmisinformation has been spread and continues to spread as theInternet expands. Bias[edit] Becausethe Internet is a different source of information, writers can writewithout hesitation. Whereas a book found in a library has beenreviewed and edited, Internet sources do not have the same filter.They are produced and out for the world to see as soon as the projectis finished.[7] Ignorance[edit] Thisarticle contains weasel words: vague phrasing that often accompaniesbiased or unverifiable information. Such statements should beclarified or removed. (June 2013) Ragwortor and woods near Abermawr. A fine stand of this much-maligned plant.Ragwort (Senecio jacobae) has received an enormous amount ofcondemnation from the horse loving community on account of itstoxicity; in fact much of the negative publicity is based on myth andmisinformation and its destruction usually does more harm thangood.[8] Ragwort is a foodplant for around 30 insect species andothers are attracted by its nectar. This particular clump was host toPainted Lady and Small Copper butterflies, honey and other bees,hoverflies and many more. Althoughsome may say ignorance can be viewed as a positive, when it comes toproducing, judging, and spreading information, it may not be as good.Readers and viewers who spread information without knowing the facts,allows misinformation to continue. Some may not know the facts andchoose to continue to not understand. To stop the spread ofmisinformation, readers must take the time to find more informationand evaluate its truth in comparison to other ideas.[9] Competition[edit] Becausenews and websites are all working to get the most viewers, there is aneed for speed in getting stories. News companies broadcast stories24 hours a day and break the latest news in hopes of getting the mostviews. News is also produced at such quick rates that is does notalways allow for fact checking or all of the facts to be given at onetime, letting readers or viewers interpret their own opinions.[10] Impact[edit] Misinformationcan affect all aspects of life. When eavesdropping on conversations,one can gather facts that may not always be true or the receiver myhear the message incorrectly and spread the information to others. Onthe internet, one can read facts that may not have been checked ormay be erroneous in its entirety. On the news, companies mayemphasize the speed at which they receive and send information butmay not always be correct in the facts. Inthe world of politics, being a misinformed citizen can be viewed asworse than being an uniformed citizen. Misinformed citizens can statetheir beliefs and opinions with confidence and in turn affectelections and policies. This type of misinformation comes fromspeakers not always being upfront and straightforward. Wheninformation is presented as vague, ambiguous, sarcastic, or partial,receivers are forced to piece the information together and assumewhat is correct.[11] Seealso[edit] Disinformation FromWikipedia, the free encyclopedia Forother uses, see Disinformation (disambiguation). Notto be confused with misinformation. Thisarticle needs additional citations for verification. Please helpimprove this article by adding citations to reliable sources.Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (March 2010) Seealso: Denial and deception Disinformationis intentionally false or inaccurate information that is spreaddeliberately. It is an act of deception and false statements toconvince someone of untruth. Disinformation should not be confusedwith misinformation, information that is unintentionally false. Unliketraditional propaganda techniques designed to engage emotionalsupport, disinformation is designed to manipulate the audience at therational level by either discrediting conflicting information orsupporting false conclusions. A common disinformation tactic is tomix some truth and observation with false conclusions and lies, or toreveal part of the truth while presenting it as the whole (a limitedhangout). Anothertechnique of concealing facts, or censorship, is also used if thegroup can affect such control. When channels of information cannot becompletely closed, they can be rendered useless by filling them withdisinformation, effectively lowering their signal-to-noise ratio anddiscrediting the opposition by association with many easily disprovedfalse claims. Contents [hide] 1Examples 1.1Napoleonic wars 1.2World War II and Cold War 1.3Disinformation by the KGB 2Media 3See also 4References 5Bibliography 6External links Examples[edit] Inespionage or military intelligence, disinformation is the deliberatespreading of false information to mislead an enemy as to one'sposition or course of action. In politics, disinformation is thedeliberate attempt to deflect voter support of an opponent,disseminating false statements of innuendo based on a candidate'svulnerabilities as revealed by opposition research. In both cases, italso includes the distortion of true information in such a way as torender it useless. Disinformationmay include distribution of forged documents, manuscripts, andphotographs, or spreading dangerous rumours and fabricatedintelligence. Its techniques may also be found in commerce andgovernment, used to try to undermine the position of a competitor. Napoleonicwars[edit] Inearly 1799, a French fleet under Vice-admiral Bruix was to departfrom Brest, bound for the Mediterranean. In March, the Frenchpurchased the chasse-marée Rebecca and in April, they sent her withfour swivel guns and seven men, carrying a capitaine de frégate withfalse dispatches for Ireland and the mission to let herself becaptured. Rebecca gave herself up to the hired armed cutter BlackJoke on 27 April 1799, luring Admiral Bridport to Ireland, away fromthe route of the French fleet which successfully sailed south-westinto Bruix' expedition of 1799.[1][2] WorldWar II and Cold War[edit] Aclassic example of disinformation occurred during World War II,preceding the Normandy landings, in what would be known as OperationFortitude. British intelligence convinced the German Armed Forcesthat a much larger invasion force was about to cross the EnglishChannel from Kent, England. Inreality, the Normandy landings were the main attempt at establishinga beachhead, made easier by the German Command's reluctance to commitits armies. Another act of World War II–era disinformation wasOperation Mincemeat, where British intelligence dressed up a corpse,equipped it with fake invasion plans, and floated it out to sea whereAxis troops would eventually recover it. TheCold War made disinformation a mainstream military and politicaltactic. Military disinformation techniques were described by VladimirVolkoff. Disinformationby the KGB[edit] Accordingto senior SVR officer Sergei Tretyakov, the KGB was responsible forcreating the entire nuclear winter story to stop the Pershingmissiles.[3] Tretyakov says that from 1979 the KGB wanted to preventthe United States from deploying the missiles in Western Europe andthat, directed by Yuri Andropov, they distributed disinformation,based on a faked "doomsday report" by the Soviet Academy ofSciences about the effect of nuclear war on climate, to peace groups,the environmental movement and the journal AMBIO.[3][4] Anothersuccessful example of Soviet disinformation was the publication in1968 of Who's Who in the CIA which was quoted as authoritative in theWest until the early 1990s.[5] Media[edit] Conspiracytheorists often accuse governments of spreading disinformation in a"war for your mind" but also sometimes accuse each other ofbeing "disinformation" agents. One publishing company, TheDisinformation Company, actually focuses on current affairs seekingto expose disinformation, and has been involved in television series,conferences and books. Its website collects "the most shocking,unusual and quirky news articles, podcasts and videos on the web,"mostly submitted by site visitors. But the Disinformation Companyitself has been accused of spreading propaganda (such as 9/11 "Truth"material) by "The Unrepentent Marxist" critic LouisProyect.[6] Seealso[edit] Secretpolice FromWikipedia, the free encyclopedia Thisarticle is about a genre of law enforcement. For the HarvardUniversity tribunal, see Secret Court of 1920. Thisarticle needs additional citations for verification. Please helpimprove this article by adding citations to reliable sources.Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2013) Secretpolice (sometimes called political police) are intelligence agenciesand or police agency, law enforcement agency which operates insecrecy, alternative name for secret service and also quite often intotalitarian states beyond the law to protect the political power ofan individual dictator and/or an authoritarian (autocracy) politicalregime. Contents [hide] 1Duties and function 2Control 3Methods and history 4Secret police agencies 5See also 6References 7External links Dutiesand function[edit] Insteadof transparently enforcing the rule of law and being subject topublic scrutiny as ordinary police agencies do, secret policeorganizations are specifically intended to operate beyond and abovethe law in order to suppress political dissent through clandestineacts of terror and intimidation (such as kidnapping, coerciveinterrogation, torture, internal exile, forced disappearance, andassassination) targeted against political enemies of the rulingauthority. Secretpolice forces are accountable only to the executive branch of thegovernment, sometimes only to a dictator[citation needed]. Theyoperate entirely or partially in secrecy, that is, most or all oftheir operations are obscure and hidden from the general public andgovernment except for the topmost executive officials. Thissemi-official capacity allows the secret police to bolster thegovernment's control over their citizens while also allowing thegovernment to deny prior knowledge of any violations of civilliberties. Secretpolice agencies have often been used as an instrument of politicalrepression. Stateswhere the secret police wield significant power are sometimesreferred to as police states or counterintelligence states. Intheory, secret police differ from the domestic security agencies inmodern liberal democracies, because domestic security agencies aregenerally subject to government regulation, reporting requirements,and other accountability measures. Despitesuch overview, there still exists the possibility ofdomestic-security agencies acting unlawfully and taking on somecharacteristics of secret police. In some cases, certain policeagencies are accused of being secret police and deny being such. Forexample, political groups[1] and civil liberties organizations[2] inthe United States have at various times accused the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation of being secret police. Which government agencies maybe classed or characterized, in whole or part, as "secretpolice" is disputed by political scientists. Control[edit] Asingle secret service has the weapons to arrogate to itself completepolitical power. It may therefore pose a potential threat to thecentral political authority. Indictatorships, a close relative of the dictator often heads thesecret police. For example, Saddam Hussein, as head of the StateInternal Security Department placed his secret police under theauthority of his first cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid. Inaddition, secret police have a strong tendency to view potentialpolitical enemies as concrete threats, even if they do not exist. Insome cases, a dictator may manufacture such enemies for the purposeof directing national output toward a common goal, thereby supplyingan image of national unity. Methodsand history[edit] AStasi automated machine to re-glue envelopes after mail had beenopened for examination Secretpolice not only have the traditional police authority to arrest anddetain, but in some cases they are given unsupervised control of thelength of detention, assigned to implement punishments independent ofthe public judiciary, and allowed to administer those punishmentswithout external review. The tactics of investigation andintimidation used by secret police enable them to accrue so muchpower that they usually operate with little or no practicalrestraint. Secret-policeorganizations employ internal spies and civilian informants to findprotest leaders or dissidents, and they may also employ agentsprovocateurs to incite political opponents to perform illegal actsagainst the government, whereupon such opponents may be arrested.Secret police may open mail, tap telephone lines, use varioustechniques to trick, blackmail, or coerce relatives or friends of asuspect into providing information. Secretpolice are notorious for raiding homes between midnight and dawn, toapprehend people suspected of dissent.[3] Peopleapprehended by the secret police are often arbitrarily arrested anddetained without due process. While in detention, arrestees may betortured or subjected to inhumane treatment. Suspects may not receivea public trial, and instead may be convicted in a kangaroocourt-style show trial, or by a secret tribunal. Secret police knownto have used these approaches in history include the secret police ofEast Germany (the Ministry for State Security or Stasi) andPortuguese PIDE.[4] Secretpolice have been used by many types of governments. Secret policeforces in dictatorships and totalitarian states usually use violenceand acts of terror to suppress political opposition and dissent, andmay use death squads to carry out assassinations and"disappearances". In times of emergency or war, a democracymay lawfully grant its policing and security agencies additional orsweeping powers, which may be seen or construed as a secret police. Secretpolice agencies[edit] Mainarticles: List of secret police organizations and List of historicalsecret police organizations Seealso[edit] Portalicon Law enforcement portal Portalicon Criminal justice portal Portalicon Human rights portal Concepts: Chekism COINTELPRO Counterintelligencestate Deathsquad Extrajudicialpunishment Highpolicing Intelligenceagency Masssurveillance Lists: Listof intelligence agencies Listof secret police organizations
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Optimal therapy of type 2 diabetes: a controversial challenge Angela Dardano, Giuseppe Penno, Stefano Del Prato, and Roberto Miccoli Abstract Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is one of the most common chronic disorders in older adults and the numbe Read more ... r of elderly diabetic subjects is growing worldwide. Nonetheless, the diagnosis of T2DM in elderly population is often missed or delayed until an acute metabolic emergency occurs. Accumulating evidence suggests that both aging and environmental factors contribute to the high prevalence of diabetes in the elderly. Clinical management of T2DM in elderly subjects presents unique challenges because of the multifaceted geriatric scenario. Diabetes significantly lowers the chances of "successful" aging, notably it increases functional limitations and impairs quality of life. In this regard, older diabetic patients have a high burden of comorbidities, diabetes-related complications, physical disability, cognitive impairment and malnutrition, and they are more susceptible to the complications of dysglycemia and polypharmacy. Several national and international organizations have delivered guidelines to implement optimal therapy in older diabetic patients based on individualized treatment goals. This means appreciation of the heterogeneity of the disease as generated by life expectancy, functional reserve, social support, as well as personal preference. This paper will review current treatments for achieving glycemic targets in elderly diabetic patients, and discuss the potential role of emerging treatments in this patient population. INTRODUCTION The global prevalence of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is rapidly growing as a consequence of life-style changes, urbanization and population aging [1]. The increase of life expectancy in parallel with increasing risk of developing T2DM with advancing age is a significant driver of the diabetes epidemic [2-4]. Although elderly diabetic patients are widely represented in the clinical practice, focus on diabetes care in this age group is still relatively scarce, while the momentum for more clinical trials including older patients should be encouraged. In this regard, a recent analysis showed that only 0.6% of interventional trials in diabetes specifically targeted elderly patients, 30.8% excluded patients older than 65 years and the majority excluded those aged >75 years [5]. Therefore, an important limiting factor for producing specific evidence-based clinical guidelines for older people with diabetes is the need to extrapolate evidence from data obtained from younger adults. Moreover, the general viewpoint is that people aged 60+ years are part of the older population and the terms ‘elderly' and ‘older people' are often interchangeable; however, this definition can be quite arbitrary and misleading. While an age thresholds could be used to identify geriatric age, the connotation of the geriatric patient comes from a more "comprehensive" definition that must include the functional status, the number and severity of comorbidities, societal and economic parameters, and overall degree of frailty [6]. Therefore, the optimal management of diabetes in the elderly population must recognize the vast heterogeneity to which disease duration, diabetes complications, functional status, comorbid illnesses, and patient's setting contribute to modulate the degree of vulnerability [7]. Elderly diabetic patients frequently have functional disabilities, cognitive decline, increased rates of bone fracture, polypharmacy, and hypoglycemic events due to comorbid illnesses. It is known that diabetic patientswith macrovascular complications are more susceptible to develop frailty, which, in turn, is associated with increased mortality [8]. Moreover, elderly patients may move in and out states of illness and functional impairment on a regular basis [9]. All these factors contribute to make the optimal therapy of T2DM in geriatric patients a controversial challenge [10] and advocate for a personalized approach [4,11]. This view is in line with the modern overall approach to T2DM management [12,13]. Position statement of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) has recently suggested an individualized and tailored care for T2DM, taking into account several elements, including age, patient attitude and expected treatment efforts, risks potentially associated with hypoglycemia or other adverse events, disease duration, life expectancy, comorbidities and established vascular complications as well as resources and support system [14]. Moreover, the most recent guidelines, while emphasizing individualization of HbA1c targets, underline that age per se should not be an excuse for suboptimal metabolic control [4,14,15]. Indeed, although attention has rightly been paid to the risks of over treatment of hyperglycemia in older subjects exposing them to the risk of hypoglycemia, treatment burden, increased risk of mortality, the potential negative impact of untreated or undertreated hyperglycemia, must be recognized even in patients with short life expectancy as a cause for dehydration, electrolyte abnormalities, urinary incontinence, dizziness, falls and overall poor outcome [4]. Reaching the best risk-to-benefit ratio of anti-diabetic treatment in the elderly T2DM patients is, however, not a simple task as the heterogeneity of this population has not been yet fully addressed by proper clinical trials. Therefore, in this review, we will discuss pros and cons as well as limitation of information with respect to the elderly population of the available pharmacologic treatments. METHODS The authors collected materials for this review from a search of PubMed using as filters keywords relating to T2DM management in older people. In addition, a manual review of the references lists from retrieved articles was also performed to find further articles. Papers were reviewed for relevance by abstract, selecting only English language articles. The final list of cited references was chosen on the basis of relevance to the topic of review. Epidemiology of diabetes in the elderly Ageing population is a growing problem and an important risk factor for several chronic diseases such as diabetes mellitus (DM) [16,17]. The prevalence of diabetes among US adults aged ³65 years ranges from 22% to 33%, depending on the diagnostic criteria used [18,19]. Current estimates indicate that in the US, 26.9% of people ≥65 years of age are diagnosed with diabetes [20]. The high prevalence of T2DM among the elderly has been confirmed in a prospective population-based study in The Netherlands, showing that elderly patients, aged 70 years and over, account for 50% of the type 2 diabetic population, supporting health-care planning for older people [21]. As the population ages and both overweight and obesity continue to rise, the prevalence of diabetes in the elderly is expected to further increase [18,22,23] amplifying the already high burden of disease and its related costs [24]. Already today, the prevalence of diabetes in nursing homes is particularly high and care for diabetes in this setting specific is often inappropriate or insufficient [25,26]. Moreover, diabetes in the elderly is a well-recognized cause of accelerated frailty, disability, hospitalization, institutionalization, and death, thus absorbing a growing fraction of healthcare resources [14,27,28]. Overview on pathogenesis of diabetes in the elderly Aging is a process characterized by a multifaceted interaction of genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors [29]. Genetic variants have been shown to impact on human longevity, showing a strict association with both unsuccessful aging and diabetes [29-31]. A strong genetic predisposition to T2DM in the elderly is apparent as well though only some candidate genes have been identified [32,33]. The pathogenesis of T2DM is characterized by two major mechanisms: impairedβ-cell function and insulin resistance [34]. The former is the main defect observed in lean older subjects, while obese older patients have relatively normal insulin secretion but marked resistance to insulin-mediated glucose disposal [35]. The Cardiovascular Health Study showed that the association between some risk factors and incident DM varied significantly depending on whether DM was preceded predominantly by insulin resistance, β-cell dysfunction, or both, thus suggesting putative subtypes of DM with biologic and clinical implications [36].With aging, glucose-stimulated insulin response tends to decline, impaired insulin secretion pulsatility is lost, decreased sensitivity to incretins develops, andβ-cell mass is reduced [17]. Many events contribute to the age-related loss of β-cell mass and function, including the age-associated mitochondrial dysfunction, as well as increased oxidative stress and inflammation [36-42]. Aging results in a progressive loss of muscle mass and strength called "sarcopenia" that has a complex etiology involving neuronal, hormonal, immunological, nutritional and physical activity mechanisms [43,44]. Muscle mass loss in the elderly is associated with an increased fat mass infiltration that has been shown to be associated with worsened insulin sensitivity [45]. In this regard, in a recent cross-sectional study of 301 non diabetic subjects with a mean age of 65.9 years, a strong association between insulin resistance and relative muscle mass has been described [46]. Similarly, an association between sarcopenia and insulin resistance, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome has been reported in a large Korean population, particularly in elderly participants [47]. The link between sarcopenia and insulin resistance is a complex one, most likely mediated by several factors (i.e. mitochondrial dysfunction, reactive oxygen species, subtypes of adipocytes, fat-associated inflammation and adipocytokines) as recently reviewed [48]. Anyway, though sarcopenia may be not the primary cause of skeletal muscle insulin resistance in the elderly subjects, loss of lean muscle mass can be considered a worsening determinant. Moreover, poor dietary habits and decreased physical activity all contribute to reduce insulin sensitivity in older population [49]. Glucose metabolism in older people can also be affected by co-existing illnesses and polypharmacy [33]. Finally, autoimmune phenomena may play a role in the pathogenesis of T2DM in a subset of older patients [50]. Although understanding of the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes has advanced rapidly, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain partially unknown even because they are multiple, complex and linked each other. There is a huge progress in aging research on the role of the nutrient sensor mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in aging and age-related diseases, including insulin resistance [51]. mTOR integrates multiple signals including growth factors, hormones, and cellular energy levels to regulate protein translation and cell metabloism, and survival, thus mediating the nutrient effects on insulin resistance. The attractive link between mTOR and insulin signaling cascades suggests that mTOR could become a therapeutic target in insulin-resistant status, even if its clinical application in metablic diseases is still limited [51]. In summary, diabetes in the elderly is the result of a tangled and still incompletely understood combination of genetic and environmental factors that overlap and are magnified by the ageing process (Figure 1). Special thoughts for elderly patients affected by type 2 diabetes mellitus T2DM can be independently associated with various aging phenotypes collectively defined as "geriatric syndromes" [11,52-57]. These geriatric conditions should be referred to as a third category of diabetic complications [58] and include cognitive impairment and dementia [55,59-67], depression [68,69], reduced muscle strength and quality [70-72], disability [73-77], falls and fall-related morbidity [78,79], as well as urinary incontinence [80]. These clinical conditions are very frequent in older diabetic people, especially in the frail ones. When present they exert a negative effect on the quality of life, functional outcomes, and mortality [54,81-83]. Moreover, these impairments, in particular cognitive decline, can affect in a significant manner the (self)-management of diabetes [84,85]. The cognitive decline is likely to initiate early in the natural progression of diabetes and it correlates with overall glycemic control [86-88]. To emphasize the link between T2DM and cognitive function some authors have proposed Alzheimer's disease as a third form of diabetes [89]. The etiology of cognitive impairment in diabetic patients is multifactorial [90] with a role played by dysglycemia, microvascular disease, insulin resistance, hyper-phosphorylation of tau protein, amyloid-β deposition, inflammation and oxidative stress [91,92]. More recently a role for sirtuins has been claimed. Sirtuins belong to a family of highly conserved protein deacetylases that depend on nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) for their activity [93]. These proteins have been shown to influence the course of several neurodegenerative disorders by controlling transcription factor activity [94,95]. Expression of SIRT1, the best characterized member within the family of sirtuins, seems to be reduced in T2DM and in conditions of insulin resistance [96], while, its activation improves insulin sensitivity [97]. Older diabetic people may be more vulnerable also because of coexisting comorbidities and related polypharmacy. Moreover, aging may be associated with changes in several pharmacokinetic and pharmaco-dynamic parameters. These include reduction of renal and hepatic function and increased volume of distribution of lipid soluble drugs resulting in an increase of drug half-life [98-101]. Pharmacodynamic changes can cause drug accumulation in the circulation and intensified sensitivity, for instance, to sulfonylureas thus increasing the risk of hypoglycemia [98]. In this setting, aging per se is a strong predictor of hypoglycemia [102-104] and hypoglycemia, in turn, is a major complicating factor of antidiabetic treatment [105]. Impaired counterregulatory response and increased symptom threshold worsen the risk and outcomes of hypoglycemia in elderly diabetic patients [106-107]. The risk of such an event in the elderly can be by reduced or irregular eating pattern, intercurrent diseases and concomitant use of other drugs [108]. Patients on five or more medications, particularly if they include ACE-inhibitors and nonselective beta-adrenoceptor antagonists, are more prone to drug-induced hypoglycemia [102-103]. Altogether, the various degree of concomitance of these factors may account for the variable rate of hypoglycaemia in the elderly reported in the literature. In the ACCORD trial, each one year increment in baseline age was associated with a 3% increase in the risk for hypoglycaemia requiring medical assistance [109]. Hypoglycaemia in the elderly is associated with serious morbidity, including cardiovascular events, stroke, arrhythmias, and falls result in fractures on a background of osteoporosis [110-117]. Results of post-hoc analyses of both the ACCORD and VADT trials have shown a strong association between severe hypoglycemia and cardiovascular mortality, especially in the elderly population [118]. In the ACCORD trial, intensive glucose lowering increased the risk of cardiovascular disease and total mortality in younger participants whereas it had a neutral effect in older participants, though the older subgroup had a greater annualized rate of severe hypoglycemic episodes [119]. Prevention of hypoglycemia requires identification of risk factors [102,113], patient and family education and reassurance regarding prevention, detection, and treatment of hypoglycemic events [4]. Reducing the risk of hypoglycemia should follow, in the elderly, the paradigm "start low and go slow" [100]. However, the heterogeneity of the older diabetic population must be fully appreciated [120] if adequate glycemic control has to be provided. Optimal care should balance health and function, tapering and tailoring the pharmacological approach in order to reach invidualized goals while avoiding clinical inertia. Biological rather than chronological age of the patient should be considered in defining therapeutic strategies [121]. Assessment of psychological age and social age is also recommended as part of a comprehensive (and multidisciplinary) geriatric appraisal of older people with diabetes in order to address the role of various comorbidities and polypharmacy before selecting treatment plans [122]. Diabetes treatment guidelines for the elderly Optimizing drug therapy is essential in the care of an older person. In line with the Quality Use of Medicines Framework, three key steps should be considered in drug prescription: 1) to identify the best treatment (considering non-pharmacological measures whenever possible); 2) to select medicines cleverly (considering the possibility of serious adverse effects or drug-to-drug interactions); and 3) to use medicines based on the strongest clinical evidences [123]. Likewise, three subgroups of older patients should be considered: 1) those who are relatively healthy; 2) those with complex medical histories in whom self-care may be difficult, and 3) those with a significant comorbidities and functional impairment [124,125]. Therefore, clinicians caring for older diabetic patients have to solve a therapeutic puzzle: balancing the patient's needs while taking into consideration health profile and glycemic goals and avoiding adverse effects. Past guidelines have often not been able to provide specific recommendation for older diabetic patients. The California Healthcare Foundation/American Geriatrics Society in collaboration with other medical organizations suggested that a reasonable HbA1c goal for "relatively" healthy elderly with good functional status should be ≤53 mmol/mol (
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Rex SINGAPORE SAYS CITIZENS PARTICIPARE IN SYRIA CONFLICT SINGAPORE Wed Jul 9, 2014 7:21am EDT (Reuters) - A handful of Singaporean citizens have gone to Syria to participate in the conflict there, raising concern about a terrorist threat in the city-s Read more ... tate, a senior government official was quoted by a state-owned TV network as saying. As Sunni Islamist rebels surge into Iraq from Syria, security officials in Southeast Asia and Australia worry that the conflict is radicalizing a new generation of militants, who are being influenced to an unprecedented degree by social media. Teo Chee Hean, Singapore's deputy prime minister and home affairs minister, told parliament on Wednesday that Haja Fakkurudeen Usman Ali, a naturalized Singaporean citizen, had taken his wife and three children to Syria, Channel NewsAsia reported. "The presence of former foreign fighters in our region - whether they originate from Southeast Asia or elsewhere - is a security threat to us," Teo said. "The threat is magnified if these returnee fighters are Singaporeans." A female Singaporean is also believed to have gone to Syria with her husband and two teenage children. Several others, including Abdul Basheer Abdul Kader, Zakaria Rosdan and Khairul Sofri Osman, were stopped before they could leave, Teo added. The United States has urged countries in Europe and elsewhere to do more to keep their citizens from traveling to Syria to fight. Teo compared the current Syria crisis to the Soviet-Afghan war in the 1980s, which drew thousands of foreign fighters and led to the creation of Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda, through Southeast Asian militant group Jemaah Islamiyah, planned bomb attacks in Singapore in the early 2000s. It is unclear with what group the Singaporeans are fighting. The Ministry of Home Affairs declined to comment on "operational matters", when contacted by Reuters. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore has told the city-state's Muslim community that the fighting in Syria is not for religious purposes and cautioned Muslims against being swayed into fighting the "holy war". (Reporting by Rujun Shen; Additional reporting by Yantoultra Ngui in Kuala Lumpur; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)
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Khaled
Maiwand Al-Afghani
Practical Steps to Liberate Palestine By Shaykh Usama bin Ladin (rahimahullah) Rabi’ al-Awwal 1430 March 2009 All praise is due to Allah. We praise Him and seek His aid and forgiveness, and we seek refuge in Allah from the evil in ourselves and f Read more ... rom our bad deeds. He whom Allah guides cannot be led astray, and he who is led astray cannot be guided. I bear witness that there is no God other than Allah alone, without partners, and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. As for what comes after: My Muslim Ummah: this talk of mine is for you, and concerns what must be done to help our family in the Blessed Land, because we have been late in helping them and that has hurt our causes and made them even more difficult and complicated. For how long must our family in Palestine live in fear, while we enjoy security – albeit a false, temporary security? For how long must the people of Gaza live under siege, while we live in comfort and luxury – at least for the time being? And for how long will we sit while their hearts burn for their children, who were burned by the white phosphorous bombs with the collusion of Arab rulers, which caused even brave and mighty men to cry, due to the enormity of the event. Their crying here is more eloquent and expressive than thousands of sermons about the magnitude of the calamity. And the stabbing of close relations is severer For a man than the blow of the sword It is no surprise that some of our mothers and sisters in Gaza died or almost died, not because of shrapnel or bullets, nor because of the blockade, for the blockade is nothing as long as the child is still there; but the blockade is the day he is lost. For a mother, the kings and all that they own are smaller in her eyes than her little one, but the American aircraft in the hands of the Jews bomb and bomb again, and snatch the little ones of the neighborhood, among them her little ones; and this is what makes our mothers and sisters tremble in fear, and almost die with every breath. Hearing isn’t like seeing, and only the one who has had his child snatched from him knows what it’s like to be bereaved, and only the one who has endured the bombing knows what bombing is like; and there is no Mu’tasim to take revenge from the tyrants. It must be pointed out that it is part of psychological defeat and betrayal of the religion, the Ummah and the blood of the martyrs to praise the one who colluded in killing them and describe him as “Gaza’s hope,” while its residents are noble and defiant people who reject that. Gaza’s youth died so it could live And praise of Kufr makes free ones burn with anger Peoples were liberated with their spears So how can they be enslaved with their spears? And the tragedies that have befallen you Have left deep wounds in my heart Nothing protects creeds like victims Nor brings rights near nor achieves them Those in power have sold out the causes And are slaves of the unbelievers Ask he who besieged your children Is there any difference between his heart and a stone? The hearts of our rulers are like those of the enemies Whether in Najd or in Egypt, they never soften Pharoahs who have returned after a time To humiliate the sons of Arabness and enslave them You have cooperated with the enemies against us So cutting your necks is a duty in the religion My Muslim Ummah: more than 90 years have passed since the occupation of Palestine, and during that time it has tasted the two bitterest things at the hands of the Christians and Jews. And despite the past efforts which have been made, including the repeated demonstrations and festivals, the occupation continues. So I ask of you – my Ummah – a few minutes for me to put in front of you practical steps for its liberation, to discharge the obligation and motivate the Ummah. This requires speaking the truth even if it be bitter, and it is also a must that it be applied to the weak as well as the nobleman, even if that be heavy; to do otherwise is the path to ruin, so beware! The Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “Those before you were ruined because when the nobleman among them stole, they would let him go, but when the weak one among them stole, they would execute on him the Hadd (punishment).” Agreed upon. My Muslim Ummah: from the bitter truth which must be declared is that despite our eagerness to rescue our family in Gaza and lift the blockade from them, there are those who are even more concerned for them than we are – and I mean by that our brothers in the rest of Palestine, including the West Bank – yet were unable to come to the aid of their family and relatives, for an obvious reason: their country is occupied, and the soldiers of the Zionists and soldiers of the Authority led by Abbas prevent them from helping their brothers there. This reason is the same reason which prevents us from helping our family in Gaza. The bitter truth is that our countries are occupied from within, and the Arab Zionists – the region’s rulers and our enemy’s proxies – and their soldiers are the ones who prevent us from helping the weak and oppressed there. So unless we realize that our countries are occupied in the interest of the rulers and those who appointed them, and that they are helped in that by both military as well as civilian armies, the latter being the most important and dangerous and led by the evil scholars and those of the educated class and media men whom they have hired; [armies which] lead the Ummah astray and spread the spirit of defeat in it and train it in every way possible to march behind the rulers, so they can continue to usurp government and strip the Ummah of its will through temptation and intimidation, in order that our Ummah become incapable of taking the initiative and moving outside the influence of the rulers and their men… Unless we realize this, and work to expose the truth about them and warn against them and remove them and liberate ourselves from their authority, we will never be able to liberate Palestine, as someone who doesn’t have something can’t give it, and we will continue to revolve in the closed circle in which we have been marching ever since the occupation of the Blessed Land. My Muslim Ummah: the one who examines conditions in Palestine sees that the necessary requirements for the Jihad to achieve its goals still need to be completed, despite the difficulty of that in occupied Palestine, especially with the embargo imposed on our family there, not to mention the “calming” agreements which are signed every now and then; and the situation throughout the past decades confirms that. This is why a sufficient force of Mujahideen must be formed to lift the blockade from Palestine so they can help our family there, because all the Arab cordon states have closed their borders with Palestine and are guarding them from the movement of the Mujahideen; and moreover, in regard to the part which had been excepted from the northern front of Palestine on the border with Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah and his party agreed to the resolution closing it: Resolution 1701, which calls for the entrance of thousands of Crusader forces to protect the Jews. And thus there is no difference in this issue between Hassan and Hosni and the rest of the Arab idol-kings who have besieged our family there. On the basis of the above, we must search for states outside the cordon states from which the Mujahideen can move out to open the borders by force, so that we can reach our family in the environs of blessed al-Aqsa; and the rare and valuable opportunity for those honest in their desire to deliver al-Aqsa is in backing the Mujahideen in Iraq with everything they need in order to liberate Mesopotamia. And with that they will have performed two duties: the defeat of the Zionists’ biggest ally, before they move on to Jordan, as it is the best and widest of the fronts, and half its residents are from the people of Palestine who were expelled from it in the past; and from Jordan, the second move will be to the West Bank and neighboring areas, and the borders will be opened by force to make up for the deficiency in necessary requirements, so that all of Palestine from the river to the sea can be liberated, Allah permitting. This, then, is the Shari’ah-compliant way and the practical and realistic way as well, far away from expending efforts in statements and actions the majority of which neither repel the might of arms nor inflict injuries on the enemy. So enough sitting and wasting of time and enough shirking of responsibility: the holocaust of Gaza in the midst of this long siege is an important and historic event and an articulate tragedy which affirms the need for detachment of the Muslims from the hypocrites. It is not right that our condition after Gaza be like our condition prior to it: rather, the order of the day is serious action and preparation for Jihad, to bring about truth and cancel falsehood. And we must declare ourselves innocent before Allah the Most High of anyone who colludes with the enemies against the people of Gaza. Disowning these colluders isn’t an optional act: no, it is one of the two pillars of Tawheed [Islamic monotheism]. Helping the unbelievers against the Muslims is major Kufr (unbelief) which expels one from Islam. Read the statement of Allah, the Most High: “O you who believe! Take not the Jews and the Christians for your friends and protectors: they are but friends and protectors to each other. And he amongst you that turns to them (for friendship) is of them. Verily Allah guides not a people unjust” (5:51), and the statement of Allah, “Whoever disbelieves in the Taghut [the idol] and believes in Allah has grasped the strongest handhold which knows no breaking. And Allah is All-Hearing, All-Knowing.” (2:256) So this event is a test for all of us: the one who follows the guidance succeeds in it, and the one who goes astray fails in it. We are in need of honest leaderships which do what is necessary to collect a sufficient amount of the Muslims’ energies in this field. The Ummah is suffering from a huge failure of leadership. Although many of its sons think that they have leaderships leading them to the shore of safety – if not at the level of the first tier of kings and presidents, then at least at the level of the second and third tier – yet the fact is, this is a major delusion and a primary hiding place of the defect, and Palestine remaining for nine decades under occupation, in addition to other [occupations], not to mention the spread of poverty, ignorance and disease despite the amount of resources, is a clear indicator of that. A ship, however large and pretty it might be, cannot reach the shore of safety if it doesn’t have a trustworthy leadership. We know the truth about the leaderships of the first tier and their subjugation to our enemies, but the worse and bitterer thing is that they have been able to train many of the leaderships which come after them. Unless the leaders of the second tier and those close to them change what is in them in terms of inclining toward falsehood and sweet-talking it, or are replaced, the Ummah will never make progress on the road to liberation of al-Aqsa, because they have become obstacles and barriers on the road taking the Ummah out of this wilderness. They are like a railroad, with the rulers’ train at the front and the train of the leaderships of the second tier and those close to them just behind them, and both of the trains have been stopped for years [blocking] the road to the liberation of Palestine. So the only way to get to al-Aqsa is to remove both trains from the road and leave them behind; but it will be difficult to do that unless many of the Muslims wake up and abandon blameworthy fanaticism towards homelands and individuals, whether they be rulers, scholars or leaderships of Islamic groups, and abandon their opposition to giving them advice and executing the truth on them. If they don’t do that, then their actions say that they are taking the path that ruined nations before us, and this is why the Ummah has been in a labyrinth of darkness for decades, and it appears that they haven’t understood the statement of the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, “By Allah, were Fatima, daughter of Muhammad, to steal, I would cut off her hand” (Agreed upon). The spirit of advice must run in us in order for the march to be rectified, and [we must realize] that the truth is greater than everyone, and the health and safety of the truth is more important than the health and safety of homelands, individuals, parties and groups. Everyone’s words are accepted and rejected except for the words of the Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), who said, “The religion is advice” (al-Tirmizi, al-Nasa’i, Ahmad). Yes, if we neglect it, we lose the religion, and our loss is due to that. So this is our reality, and Umar (with whom Allah was pleased) said, “We are a people whom Allah has honored with Islam, and whenever we seek honor in something else, Allah will humiliate us.” So take heed, O you who can see. Returning to the topic of leadership, the path to the liberation of al-Aqsa needs real, honest, independent, strong, trustworthy leaderships at the level of these massive events and well-versed in the Fiqh of current affairs and the Fiqh of the Shari’ah, who will set up an advice committee with branches all over the Islamic world which will strive to spread information and spread legal and political awareness among the sons of the Ummah, and it is then that minds will be liberated from ignorance and gullibility and spirits will be liberated from subjugation and submission to the rulers subjugated to our enemies. Knowing the dangerousness of this reality in which we live and the role the rulers and their aides play in it is the first step towards forming a self-motivating force which will move to change this dark reality; and here the Fiqh of the Shari’ah must be applied to this reality, and it is then that our movements will be regulated according to the straight path, to rectify the abominable conditions and lift the aggression from our Ummah. The members of this committee must also be protected from the interference of the rulers in their council, and must disown them all and beware of their infiltration of their committee by way of the evil scholars, as is the case with so many of the committees set up in our countries; and one of their duties is to disseminate the legal rules relating to these topics, like emphasizing that Jihad is obligatory until the sufficiency is reached, and emphasizing the fatwa published by some of the people of knowledge during the events of Gaza, which stated that he who helps the enemies against the Muslims is committing a nullifier of Islam and listed the rules that stem from that. I also place in front of the scholars and preachers some proposals in this field, asking them to make every effort to develop and perfect them. Among the most important of these proposals: First, the drawing up of lists which name the honest scholars, preachers, thinkers and writers who advise their Ummah, along with their most prominent works, and working to spread them among the Ummah’s masses. And the presence of some unintentional errors mustn’t be an obstacle: rather, these errors should be noted and advice given; otherwise, there will be no scholar left for us, not to mention those less than scholars. An effort also must be made to give prominence to honest leaderships which adhere to the methodology of Islam. Second, the correcting of legal concepts in the thought and life of the Ummah. Some beneficial books towards that include: - “Achievement of the Glorious” by Shaykh Abd al-Rahman bin Hasan Al Shaykh, which is a very important book which talks about Tawheed and warns against Shirk [polytheism], including the Shirk of graves and the Shirk of palaces. - Two books by Shaykh Muhammad Qutb, “Concepts Which Must Be Corrected” and “Are We Muslims?” - And the book “The Clarification of the Unbelief of He Who Aids the Americans” by the Mujahid Shaykh Nasir bin Hamd al-Fahd (may Allah free him from the prisons of al-Riyadh). There is a fifth book of benefit, which evaluates all the regimes in the Islamic world, even though its title is “The Saudi Regime on the Scales of Islam”; and many beneficial books can easily be read on the Internet, like on the al-Tawheed wal-Jihad website. Third, the notifying of the Ummah that there is a war under way to alter and put to death the legal names and terminology in order to commit what Allah has forbidden. That must be refuted and the legal names and words spread. Some examples of that: - The violation of the prohibition of usury, by calling it “interest” and calling usurious banks “merchant banks.” - When they wanted to violate the prohibition of wine, they called it “spirits” and other such names. - When they wanted to combat the summit of the hump of Islam, Jihad in Allah’s path, they labeled it “violence” and “terrorism.” - When they wanted to commit the nullifiers of Islam and ally themselves with the enemies of Allah, they put to death the punishment for apostasy and described anyone calling for the application of this punishment a “Takfeeri.” And there is talk of calling the unbeliever, apostate, Zindeeq, and hypocrite by the name “the other,” and they shun the use of legal terms. Similar are sophistries like “dialogue of religions,” “freedom of opinion,” “freedom of speech,” “peaceful coexistence,” “friendly states,” and the contracts for the provision of facilities to support the Crusader warships at the same time as the Jews and Christians carry out the murder of our brothers in Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan, Waziristan, Somalia, Kashmir, the Philippines and Chechnya. So sophistry in names and terms is a wide-ranging field which must be watched and the truth about it and those who promote it revealed. Fourth, the drawing up of lists which include our enemies from the hypocrites and their media, especially information media like newspapers, books, magazines, radio stations and satellite channels, of which the most dangerous are the latter two, like the British Broadcasting Corporation and its sisters and the al-Hurrah and al-Arabiyyah channels. Also, the drawing up of lists of those whose efforts serve the interests of our enemies without them realizing it, like the rumormongers, deserters and morale-destroyers among the Muslims, in accordance with legal regulations, and disseminating the lists to the Ummah with all available means so that it can warn them, and accompanying those lists with documents and evidence from their statements and actions as proof of that, along with a refutation; and I mention here the statement of Allah, the Most High, “O ye who believe! Be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity; and let not the hatred and animosity of a people to you make you transgress and abandon justice. Be just, for that is closer to piety. And fear Allah. Surely, Allah is Aware of what you do.” (5:8) Revealing the truth about the hypocrites is a Quranic methodology, and the scholars have agreed on the obligatory nature of revealing the hypocrites and innovators. Imam Ahmad (may Allah have mercy on him) was asked, “Do you prefer that a man fast, pray and perform ‘Itikaf, or that he speak about the people of innovation?” He replied, “If he prays and performs ‘Itikaf, it’s for himself, but if he speaks about the people of innovation, it’s for the Muslims, so this is better.” The Ummah is in dire need today – especially after this war against Gaza – of acquainting itself with the hypocrites on all fronts, to beware of them, then perform Jihad against them, as in the statement of the Most High, “When you look at them, their bodies please you; and when they speak, you listen to their words. It is as if they are pieces of timber propped up. They think that every cry is against them. They are the enemies, so beware of them. Allah curse them, how they lie!” (63:4), and the statement of Allah, the Most High, “O Prophet! Strive hard against the disbelievers and the Hypocrites, and be harsh against them. Their abode is Hell, and an evil destination it is.” (9:73) To summarize, then: there must be honest leaders, legal and political awareness-building, Jihad in Allah’s path, and exposure of the truth about the hypocrites and differentiation and separation from them, keeping in mind that separation is something already being implemented on the side of the rulers. They have security organs whose personnel number in the hundreds of thousands and which keep watch and spy on those who advise their Ummah, and draw up lists of them which are called “blacklists” to combat them in numerous ways: through temptation and cajolement, and layoffs and prison, and travel bans, and pursuit, and smearing of their reputations, and even murder, all in order to come between them and the pulpits of guidance from which they would advise their Ummah and warn it against their conspiracies; meanwhile, they and their ‘Ulama and media are able to freely engage in deceit and misdirection of the Ummah. And in regard to the lists of our enemies, and in view of time constraints, I will suffice by describing their senior leaders in our countries. In these events, people have been distinguished, especially the noblemen and chieftains, whether rulers or ‘Ulama; and it has become clear that some of the Arab rulers have colluded with the Crusader/Zionist coalition against our people: they are the ones whom America calls “rulers of moderate states.” The fact is, all states of the Islamic world from Indonesia to Mauritania without exception fall into one of two categories: crooked states and even more crooked states; and Islam is innocent of all of their rulers. It is no secret that what helped the first group at the outset of Islam to harden and strengthen so that it could bear the burdens of setting up the Islamic state were a number of things, most important of which – after proper faith and asceticism – was the distinction between the believers and hypocrites. The tremendous events and immense tragedies – particularly the wars and blows – shook the bad from the good and distinguished the honest from the hypocrite, as in the Most High’s statement, “What you suffered on the day the two armies met was with the permission of Allah, in order that He might know the believers and know the hypocrites, who were told, ‘Come, fight in the way of Allah, or [at least] defend’. They said, ‘If we knew of a fight, we would follow you’. They were that day nearer to unbelief than to faith. They say with their mouths what is not in their hearts. And Allah knows quite well what they hide.” (3:166-167) Among the disasters which befell the Muslims on the day of Uhud is that a third of the army submitted to the head of the hypocrites, Abdullah bin Ubay bin Salool, and obeyed him, and he betrayed them and ordered them not to fight the enemies. As for today, all official armies of the Ummah are under the command of the hypocrites from the rulers of the region, while most of the unofficial armies are under the command of the leaders of the Islamic groups, many of whom believe that these rulers are legitimate rulers whom it is forbidden to rebel against; so how can’t tragedies befall us one after the other?! This became clearly apparent in these groups’ desertion of Gaza and its people, as they awaited permission from the hypocrites before performing Jihad; so what sort of taking advantage of the youth is this?! Our duty is to distance the hypocrites and deserters from the fields of leadership and guidance, like the Companions did after the Uhud expedition; when Ibn Salool got up to give a speech to the Muslims like he used to do before – he was a chief among his people and he wanted to preserve his status by instructing the first group of Muslims – but the Companions tugged at his clothes from all sides and said, “Sit down, O enemy of Allah: you aren’t fit for that after you did what you did.” How many are the men who assume control of the pulpits of guidance in their various forms and deceive the Ummah to rally around the hypocrites who rule the region, and make them abandon combat to liberate Palestine. So how fitting it is for us to say to every one of them – face-to-face or over the phone – what was said to their first president Ibn Salool: “Sit down, O enemy of Allah: you aren’t fit for that after you did what you did.” What the Companions (with whom Allah was pleased) did with Ibn Salool was to expose him and remove him from the pulpits of guidance in the Muslim group, lest he do it again in another expedition and leave with a third of the army, for the tragedies to repeat themselves; and this is what we should do, because the hypocrites and deserters have been rerunning the disasters on us for decades. So these are some proposals which I hope are in the interest of the general project to rescue the Ummah and break and remove the shackles which many of its sons have been restrained with, so that they be liberated from them and there emerge from their midst a number sufficient to carry out the most obligatory obligation after faith: repelling the attacking enemy which ruins religion and worldly life. Opening one of the links of the thick chain placed around our necks will help us to take down and throw away the rest of the links, Allah willing. The opportunity is there today to carry out this duty in a number of the open fields of Jihad, especially in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and the Islamic Maghreb. So I ask Allah to guide us to help the religion and perform Jihad in His Path, so that we liberate the Muslim countries, especially Iraq, and set off from them to Palestine. In closing, I remind my Ummah of the importance of keeping our hearts close to the strengtheners of faith, and keeping them away from the places of temptation and hypocrisy, and what helps us in that is that our tongues be moist with the remembrance of Allah the Most High, and that we read daily a thirtieth part of the Noble Quran with reflection and contemplation, which clears the hearts and brightens the minds, and shows us the shared attributes of our enemies, the polytheists and hypocrites, throughout the ages; and read the statement of Allah, the Most High: “O mankind! There indeed has come to you an Exhortation from your Lord and a healing for whatever disease there is in the hearts, and guidance and mercy for the believers.” (10:57) I also remind you of the importance of reading the suggested books and accomplishing the booklets of lists and perusing and disseminating them, because they are beacons in the midst of the darkness of the domestic and foreign attacks on us. Finally, I exhort myself and my brothers with these verses: And our determinations ask me Why the cowardice and weakness When our worlds have been filled By Taghuts who have pictures To weaken our faith And in them lie the danger My brother, O superpower The path of Allah is your goal Do you fear death When death is your Paradise? The column of religion isn’t strengthened By voting and desertion Nothing but the sword benefits I swear, O youth of this age O Allah, show us truth as truth and guide us to follow it, and show us falsehood as falsehood and guide us to avoid it. O Allah, approve for our Ummah a righteous rule in which those who obey You are honored and those who disobey You are disgraced, and in which good is enjoined and evil forbidden. O Allah, our Lord, give us in this world good and in the next good and save us from the punishment of the Fire. O Allah, give victory to the Mujahideen everywhere and accept their martyrs and heal their wounded and free their captives. You are able to do all things. O Allah, punish the Crusader/Zionist coalition and those who help it. O Allah, we have no power nor strength except with You, so aid us with aid from You and give us victory over the unbelieving people. O Allah, send prayers and blessings upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon his family and all his companions; and our final prayer is that all praise is for Allah, Lord of the worlds.
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Airnews Evening Dogri News Bulletin July 9, 2014 Headlines: 1. Economic Survey for 2013-14 presented in Parliament –Recommends Government to move towards a low and stable inflation regime through fiscal consolidation. 2. State Government demands waiver o Read more ... f interest on food grain dues of Food Corporation of India to the State – Says it is not in a position to implement Food Security Act in J&K. 3. Chief Minister meets Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways in New Delhi-- Discusses matters relating to the road connectivity sector in the State. 4. Government to establish Sports Training Councils in twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar. Order: Economic Survey News Reader: Naresh Sharma Naidu – Parties News Reader: Rajan Badyal Congress – LoP Others: Jagmohan Sharma Omar – Food Act Steno: Supinder Omar – Gadkari Tech. Asstt.: Vishaka Dhar Rail Project ( 1 Byte –36 Secs) DEO: Hemant Kumar Gopinathji ( 2 Bytes – 50 Secs) Group “D”: Tarsem Lal Break……. Editor: Harvinder Kour Bhalla – Sports No. of UNI Stories used: Nil Exam – Postponement ( 1 Byte –29 Secs) No. of PTI Stories used: Nil I-Day - Arrangements No. of Stories filed by PTCs: One Amit Shah – BJP No. of Stories filed by Correspondents: Two Cricket No. of NSD/PIB/Inf./ Releases used: Ten FIFA-WC Weather Senior Editor: Abrar Rehmani Tariq A Rather Incharge, RNU Jammu Economic Survey Source-NSD The Economic Survey for 2013-14, presented to Parliament today, recommended the Government to move towards a low and stable inflation regime through fiscal consolidation. It called for revamping social sector schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, National Rural Health Mission and Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and emphasized on reforms in the food market. Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley presented the document in the Lok Sabha while the Minister of State for Finance, Nirmala Sitharaman tabled it in the Rajya Sabha. The Economic Survey forecast the growth rate in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the range of 5.4 to 5.9 per cent in the present fiscal, 2014-15. It observed that the GDP growth rate slowed down to below 5 per cent for two consecutive years from 2012 to 2014 due to poor monsoon, uncertainty in the global economy and poor investment climate. It said that the food inflation remained high during 2013-14 due to high inflation in fruits and vegetables, egg, meat and fish. Omar- Food Act: Source: NSD Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah has said that that his Government is not in a position to implement Food Security Act due to the scarcity of food grains. Talking to the reporters in New Delhi after holding a meeting with Union Food Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan, Omar said the implementation of the Food Security Act has put the State at disadvantage in term quantity of ration to be supplied to the people. He also said that State Government is facing difficulty particularly with regard to reduction in the number of people already covered under the public distribution system. The Chief Minister demanded waiver of interest on food grain dues of Food Corporation of India supplied to the State during last 10 years. Dues are to the tune of Rs. 70 crore on which State Government is paying huge interest. Paswan said that the Food Ministry will send this proposal to the Cabinet Naidu – Parties: Source: NSD Parliamentary Affairs Minister, M Venkiah Naidu today appealed all political parties to extend cooperation to the Lok Sabha Speaker in the smooth functioning of the House and allow constructive discussions on key issues. Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Naidu took serious objection to the behaviour of some opposition members, who took the name of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi in an objectionable manner during their protest against the Rail Budget in the House this morning. He reiterated that the Government is ready to discuss any issue. Amit Shah –BJP: Source: NSD BJP leader, Amit Shah and close aide of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi is the party's new President. He replaces the incumbent Rajnath Singh who became Home Minister after the party's victory in the Lok Sabha polls. A decision in this regard was taken at the party's Parliamentary Board meeting in New Delhi today. Announcing the decision, Singh said the board has unanimously elected Shah as the party chief and expressed hope that the BJP will touch a new high under his leadership. Congress-LoP: Source: NSD Senior Congress leader, Mallikarjun Kharge today met the Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan at her office over his party’s demand for Leader of Opposition (LoP) status in the House. Kharge, accompanied by his party MPs Captain Amrinder Singh and Jyotiraditya Scindia handed over a memorandum signed by 60 UPA MPs in this regard. Congress which has 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha, has been insisting for the LoP post claiming that it is the single largest party in the opposition and had pre-poll alliance with other parties. Exam- Postponement: Source: Release/Correspondent The written tests scheduled for today that is July 9, 2014 for the posts of Firemen/Firemen Driver and tomorrow July 10, 2014 for the posts of Foremen/Junior Electrician /Painter/ Vulcanizer/Plumber/Sub Officer (Steno-Typist) and leading Firemen (Junior Assistant) at Kala Kendra, Jammu has been postponed. According to a release issued by the Fire and Emergency Services, J&K, the new dates will be notified separately. Meanwhile, against the unexpected postponing of the above said exams, the candidates today staged a protest and blocked National Highway near Satwari. The blockade longed for an hour and caused inconvenience to the commuters. Talking to our Correspondent, Yogesh Sharma, SSP Jammu, Uttam Chand said --- Byte---. Gopinathji – Jayanti: Source: Correspondent 116th Mahajayanti of Jagadguru Bhagwaan Gopinathji is being celebrated today at Bhagwaan Gopinathji Ashram, Udaiwala, Bohri, Jammu. The celebrations began with Paduka Pujan at 8:30 am. Giving details about the programme to our Correspondent, Yogesh Sharma, Organizer Bhagwaan Gopinathji Trust, Sushil Kumar Wattal said --- Byte--. Omar-Gadkari: Source: Information Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah today had a meeting with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi and discussed with him matters relating to the road connectivity sector in the State. Speaking on the occasion, Omar highlighted the importance of this sector for overall development and economic welfare of the State. He emphasized the need for early completion of 4-lane National Highway Project and also laid stress on upgradation and improvement of existing Jammu-Srinagar National Highway. He stressed for transferring maintenance of Batote-Kishtwar road, Kargil-Zanaskar road and Domail-Katra road to J&K PWD. The Chief Minister also raised the issue of construction of tunnels on various routes including tunnel at Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road, a tunnel connecting Sudh-Mahadev with Marmath in Doda district. The Chief Minister discussed the issue of declaration of Mughal Road as alternate National Highway. Omar also sought Central assistance for construction of five (5) Flyovers by NHAI which include Kalibari, Greater Kailash, Shalteng, Sanantnagar and Bemina. Kishtwar Accident Source: News Room Nine persons were killed yesterday in a tragic road accident when the vehicle they were travelling inskidded off the road and rolled down a hill in Kishtwar district. A special report in this regard from our News Room Incharge Tariq Rather-------------Byte------------- Rail Project: Source: PTC People of Pir Panjal Range of Rajouri and Poonch have once again failed to get the sanction of Rail project in the Rail Budget 2014-15 presented by the Railway Minister in Lok Sabha yesterday. Here’s a report from our district Rajouri Correspondent, Shakeel Choudhary--- Byte---. Cricket: Sources: NSD The first Cricket Test of the five-match series between India and England begins at Nottingham, England today. All India Radio will broadcast live commentary on all the five days of the match. The commentary can be heard on FM Gold and Rajdhani channels from 3.20 pm onwards. Amarnath Yatra Source-Info/PCR 14,413 devotees paid their obeisance before the Ice Ligam yesterday amid chanting of prayers. With this, a total of 1,43,510 pilgrims have paid obeisance at Holy Cave since the commencement of Shri Amarnathji Yatra from Baltal route on 28th June and from Pahalgam route on 2nd July. Meanwhile, 12th batch of 1927 pilgrims today left for the Amarnath cave shrine from Bhagwati Nagar Base Camp, Jammu. The batch, including 1,345 men, 363 women and 20 children, Sadhus 177, Sadhvis 22 left in a convoy of 61vehicles. Div. Com.-Yatra: Source-Info In a significant move, the Shri Amarnathji Shrine board has increased quota for current registration of yatries to 5000 yatries per day for each Baltal as well as Pahalgam Route. This information was given in a meeting chaired by Divisional Commissioner Jammu Shantmanu to review the facilities being provided to yatries at Yatri Niwas Bhagwati Nagar yesterday. It was informed in the meeting that sufficient quota is being released for the current registration of yatries and there is no back log. It was also apprised that for current registration of yatris at Jammu Haat, two more new counters have been created. FIFA WC: Source: NSD Germany has entered the final of the FIFA World Cup football beating Brazil 7-1. In the semi-final played at Belo Horizonte last night, Germany registered the biggest ever win in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup by scoring five goals in the first 29 minutes of play to crush Brazil by 7-1. In the second semi-final tonight, Argentina will clash with the Netherlands at Sao Paulo today. I-Day – Arrangements: Source: Information District Development Commissioner, Jammu, Ajeet Kumar Sahu today discussed arrangements being put in place for Independence Day celebration at an officers’ meeting convened in Jammu. During the meeting, it was decided that the main function will be held at Mini Stadium Parade Ground where the VIP will host the National Flag. Threadbare discussion was held with regard to arrangements to be made at the venue of the main function including composition of contingent, sitting arrangements, proper traffic management etc, besides, security arrangements. Sahu issued directions to the concerned departments and asked for maintaining coordination to avoid any lapse. Bhalla – Sports: Source : Information Sports Training Councils will be established in both the twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar of the State. This was stated by the Minister for Youth Services & Sports, Raman Bhalla while addressing in a 139th Standing Committee Meeting of J&K State Sports Council (J&KSSC) held in Srinagar today. He said that promoting sports culture and sports activities in the State is among priorities of the Government and number of projects are underway to upgrade the sports infrastructure across the State. It was decided in the meeting that no membership /coaching fee shall be charged from the specially-abled, dumb and deaf sports persons in all stadiums of J&K State Sports Council, besides, coaching fee will be reduced for students and non student sports persons across the State. Evening Gojri News Bulletin July 9, 2014 Headlines: 1. Economic Survey for 2013-14 presented in Parliament –Recommends the Government to move towards a low and stable inflation regime through fiscal consolidation. 2. State Government demands waiver of interest on food grain dues of Food Corporation of India to the State – Says it is not in a position to implement Food Security Act in J&K. 3. Chief Minister meets Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways in New Delhi-- Discusses matters relating to the road connectivity sector in the State. 4. Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board increases quota for current registration of yatries to 5000 yatries per day for each Baltal and Pahalgam Route. Order: Economic Survey News Reader: Mohammed Amin Anjum Naidu – Parties News Reader: Mohammed Shafiq Congress – LoP News Assistant: Anwar Hussain Omar – Food Act Steno: Supinder Omar – Gadkari Tech. Asstt.: Vishaka Dhar Rail Project ( 1 Byte –36 Secs) DEO: Nazia Asghar Kishtwar – Accident (1 Byte -- 1.06 Minutes) Group “D”: Tarsem Lal Break……. Editor: Harvinder Kour Div Com- Yatra No. of UNI Stories used: Amarnath Yatra No. of PTI Stories used: Gopinathji ( 1 Byte – 33 Secs) No. of Stories filed by PTCs: Exam – Postponement ( 1 Byte –29 Secs) No. of Stories filed by Correspondents: Amit Shah – BJP No. of NSD/PIB/Inf./ Releases used: Cricket FIFA-WC Senior Editor: Abrar Rehmani Tariq A Rather Incharge, RNU Jammu
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Daily Narendra Modi's close aide Amit Shah likely to be named next BJP president: Amit Shah, a close aide of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is all set to be the new BJP president with the party's highest decision-making body expected to announce his name on Read more ... Wednesday. Shah was the party strategist instrumental in scripting BJP's massive victory in the north, especially in the politically key state of Uttar Pradesh, where it won 71 of the total 80 seats. According to sources, Shah will take over from Rajnath Singh, who is now the Union Home Minister and has announced he will relinquish his BJP role in keeping with the party's "one-man, one-post" formula. The announcement is likely to be made today during the BJP's Parliamentary board meeting. With Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Haryana scheduled to go to polls later this year, Shah if elevated to the top post will have a herculean task to bring the BJP into power in all the three states. While Maharashtra and Haryana are being ruled by the Congress, Jharkhand is being governed by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha under the leadership of Hemant Soren. Recently, the Maharashtra BJP unit had advocated for Shah to handle the election campaign in the state. Known to be a sharp political strategist, the former Gujarat home minister remains Modi's most trusted political aide and masterstrategist. Shah had served as the home minister of Gujarat when Modi was the chief minister. Shah, who had a plastics and printing business, met Modi in the late 1980s. It was earlier said that Shah, who is currently BJP's national general secretary, may contest from Vadodara Lok Sabha seat that was vacated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who retained Varanasi constituency. ALSO READ The importance of being Amit Shah Amit Shah’s elevation in the BJP’s top leadership is not very surprising. It follows the same pattern as his rise from an RSS pracharak to becoming second in command in the Modi dispensation in Gujarat. Both Shah and his mentor ran Gujarat with a firm hand since 2003, when he was inducted as the youngest minister in his cabinet with the distinction of holding ten portfolios: home, civil defence, prison, excise, law and justice, legislative and parliamentary affairs (independent charge), transport, police housing, home guards, prohibition, Gram Raksha Dal, and border security. Read more Amit Shah conquers Uttar Pradesh, Narendra Modi upsurge breaches caste barriers Atal Bihari Vajpayee had said the road to Delhi was via Lucknow. Eight years later, Narendra Modi has stormed into Delhi via Varanasi. Sweeping Uttar Pradesh with 71 of the 80 seats, Modi has breached the fanaticism of caste politics resurrecting the BJP in the state with a record victory which went far beyond expectations of even Amit Shah, his close aide and architect of the UP revival plan. As the Modi deluge, chanting development and good governance swept across the state, it wiped out the BSP completely, reduced Congress to just 2 seats and left the ruling SP with a tally of five in mostly four-cornered contests across the state. Read more Snooping is never alright, whether on or by BJP Commentators have also mentioned that the BJP would not gain much by protesting against the snooping and should rather build up its own intelligence and technical systems in a way that spying become difficult for other countries. Though there is merit in the point, however, one cannot forget that it is an issue of foreign diplomacy and international relations and by registering its complaint with the envoy, the government will be seen as taking a stand in something that matters to them. However, what is ironical is BJP's own history of what had been dubbed as 'Snoopgate' a few months ago. Though many saw it as just a political conspiracy by the Congress before the elections, BJP was accused of snooping over a girl. The claim was supported by investigative websites like Gulail and Cobrapost which handed over many telephonic conversations to the CBI. Read more Good governance will bring Muslims closer to BJP: Amit Shah BJP's Uttar Pradesh in-charge Amit Shah on Tuesday expressed the hope that if the NDA comes to power, its good governance will bring BJP closer to Muslims, who, he said, have maintained a distance from the party. "Since BJP came into being, this gap between the Muslim community and the party has been played up. And because of this, there is a gap between the Muslim voters and BJP. But we neither divided the voters between Hindus and Muslims nor we intend to do so in future," he told a TV channel. Read more (First published on ZeeNews) ReportIndiaDNA WebdeskAmit ShahAtal Bihari Vajpayeeborder securityCobrapostHemant SorenLok SabhaJharkhand Mukti MorchaNarendra ModiRajnath SinghWeb ExclusivespecialWednesday, 9 July 2014 - 11:14amWednesday, 9 July 2014 - 11:14am dnai.in/cgM2 http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-narendra-modi-s-close-aide-amit-shah-likely-to-be-named-next-bjp-president-2000826
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Biswaranjan April 2014 Current Affairs Bit INTERNATIONAL 1) In which country the Multilateral Humanitarian Assistance / disaster relief (HA/DR) Exercise, KOMODO was conducted from March 28th to 3 April 2014 ? Ans:- Indonesia 2) What is the name of the biblical Read more ... epic movie which was banned by Malaysia and Indonesia on 7 April 2014 for its visual depiction of the prophet? Ans:- ‘Noah’ 3) Which country Parliament on 8 April 2014 voted to reject the request by the Catalan authorities to hold a referendum on independence on 9 November 2014 ? Ans:- Spain 4) Which country on 9 April 2014 taking a novel approach to protecting doctors from growing levels of violence from angry patients: volunteer “Guardian Angels” ? Ans:- China 5) A comprehensive legislation on Internet privacy for both service providers and Internet Users was on 23 April 2014 passed by which country ? Ans:- Brazil INDIA & WORLD 1) Recently, India and which country have reached an agreement to include a new cross-boundary landscape in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region ? Ans:- Nepal and Bhutan 2) As per the latest data released by SIPRI, country with highest military expenditure in 2013 is —— ? Ans:- USA 3) Which country and India on 22 April 2014 signed an agreement for the development of joint hydropower projects in a bid to further strengthen their bilateral strategic partnership ? Ans:- Bhutan 4) Which country was rated lowest for average internet speed in the Asia Pacific region in a recently conducted study done by US firm Akamai? Ans:- India 5) Which country President and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on 25 April 2014 issued a Joint Statement emphasizing robust trilateral relation with India ? Ans:- US NATIONAL 1) Government on 13 April 2014 sanctions the recruitment of women as combat officers in ———– ? Ans:- Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) 2) Name the programme was launched by Election Commission of India (ECI) on 15 April 2014 ? Ans:- Election VIsitors Programme (EVP) 2014 3) Union Ministry of Civil Aviation on 2 April 2014 approved the Tata and Singapore Airlines (SIA) joint venture called? Ans:- Tata SIA Airlines Ltd 4) The Election Commission has launched on 17 April its own internet-based media arm called ——– ? Ans:- ‘ Voter Education Channel ‘ STATES 1) Which North-eastern state capital on 7 April 2014 became the second in the region to have rail-connectivity? Ans:- Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh 2) Recently the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest accorded environmental clearance (with some conditions) to the expansion of Bhubaneshwari opencast project in which state ? Ans:- Odisha 3) Name the stone-age tribes of Andaman & Nicobar (A&N) islands who for the first time casted their votes in Great Nicobar on 10 April 2014 ? Ans:- Shompens 4) Which state has achieved the highest rate of increase in the number of electors in the country in the past five years as stated in the electoral data released early this year? Ans:- Tamil Nadu 5) Which state has recorded the highest growth rate of milk production and per capita availability during the five year period of 2006-10, according to Assocham study ? Ans:- Andhra Pradesh CONFERENCES 1) In which country the International Hindi Conference was held from 25 – 27 April 2014 ? Ans:- US AWARDS & HONOURS 1) Renowned poet-lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar was on 12 April 2014 selected for the prestigious Dada Saheb Phalke award for 2013.What is the real name of Gulzar? Ans:- Sampooran Singh Kalra 2) Which film was selected as the Best Film for 61st National Film Awards announced on 16 April 2014? Ans:- Ship of Theseus 3) Who won special jury award of Times Now NRI Awards 2014? Ans:- Zubin Mehta 4) ) Randstad Awards 2014 for most attractive employer in India goes to ——- for the 4th consecutive year ? Ans:- Microsoft 5) The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction-2014 has been awarded to Donna Tartt, for her novel ——— ? Ans:- The Goldfinch SPORTS & GAMES 1) Who won the India Super Series Badminton tournament women’s Singles title on 6 April 2014 ? Ans:- Shixian Wang (China) 2) Which team won the 4th Hockey India Junior Men National Championship 2014 (Division A) on 6 April 2014 ? Ans:- Punjab 3) Which country on 6 April 2014 won the T20 cricket world cup 2014 ? Ans:- Sri Lanka 4) Which English Premier League club was denied the permission to change its name by the Football Association Council (FAC) on 9 April 2014? Ans:- Hull City 5) Which team won the National T20 title for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on 14 April 2014? Ans:- Baroda ECONOMY 1) The Reserve Bank of India on 2 April 2014 granted in-principle approval of bank licences to which two entitites? Ans:- IDFC Limited and Bandhan Financial Services Private Limited 2) What is the proposed additional tax on those earning over Rs 1 crore through dividend income in the draft of the Direct Taxes Code (DTC), which was released on 1 April 2014? Ans:- 10% 3) Reserve Bank of India on 1 April 2014 adopted which index as the key measure of Inflation? Ans :- Consumer Price Index (CPI) 4) Which firm became the first Indian retail e-commerce to file for an initial public offering (IPO) on NASDAQ and to be listed on this US stock exchange? Ans:- HomeShop18 5) India retained the top spot in the world in foreign exchange remittances from its migratory workforce during 2013. How much remittance was received by India during the year? Ans:- $70 billion SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY 1) A vast liquid ocean was found on which moon of Saturn by NASA’s Cassini probe as published by ‘Science’ magazine on 3 April 2014? Ans:- Enceladus 2) After its ten and half years service in orbit, on 1st April 2014 ISRO decommissioned which Communication Satellite? Ans:- INSAT-3E 3) What is the name of the deadly virus for which the Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-In) issued an advisory on 11 April 2014 to all Internet users in the country? Ans:- Heartbleed 4) Name the professor at Stanford University alongwith his students, invents a dirt cheap microscope named ‘ Foldscope ‘ on 15 April 2014 ? Ans:- Manu Prakash 5) Which country Scientists on 17 April 2014 created a 3D model of the human malaria parasite genome for the first time ? Ans:- US PERSONS IN NEWS A) APPOINTMENTS 1) Who was named as the captain of the ICC World T20 team on 7 April 2014 ? Ans:- Mahendra Singh Dhoni 2) Name the Indian-American was on 5 April 2014 nominated by President Barack Obama to a key post as US Alternate Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) ? Ans:- Sunil Sabharwal B)RESIGNS 1) Which country Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov, has announced his resignation on 2 April 2014 ? Ans:- Kazakhstan C) DEATHS 1) Name the Nobel prize-winning Colombian author died on 17 April 2014 ? Ans:- Gabriel Garcia Marquez 2) Name the Former Liberian President, who led a peacetime government after two ruinous back-to-back civil wars, died on 16 April 2014 ? Ans:- Gyude Bryant D) VISITORS 1) Name the Namibian Prime Minister visited China on 8 – 9 April 2014 ? Ans:- Hage Geingob E) MISCELLANEOUS Which two former Popes were declared Saints by the Pope Francis at the Vatican on 27 April 2014? Ans:- John XXIII and John Paul II PLACES IN NEWS 1) In the month of April Archaeologists discovered a 3500-year-old inscription on a stone block in which country and claimed that it is the oldest weather report of the world ? Ans:- Egypt ABBREVIATIONS IN NEWS 1) What is the full form of ‘ IRNSS ‘ ? Ans:- Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System BOOKS IN NEWS 1) What is the title of the book written by former Coal Secretary P.C. Parakh in which he claimed that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s inability to take on vested interests led to the coal block row? Ans:- “Crusader or Conspirator : Coalgate and other truths” COMMITTEES IN NEWS 1) Who is the Chairman of the committee appointed by Supreme Court on 22 April 2014 to monitor the steps taken by the centre and state government to ensure road safety and curb growing number of accidents ? Ans:- Justice Radhakrishnan DAYS & DATES 1) World Malaria Day (WMD) was observed on ——– across the world ? (Ans:- 25 April 2014 )
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DG apprises Chinese media delegation about network and working of Radio Pakistan Director General Radio Pakistan Samina Parvez told the delegation that it is the largest radio network of the country that caters to the needs of over 90 percent popul Read more ... ation of the country from its 67 stations nationwide. She was talking to a Chinese media delegation visited Radio Pakistan Islamabad and evinced keen interest in its functioning. The organization broadcasts over 120 news bulletins in national, regional and major international languages including Chinese, which is also the distinction of this organization only. The Chinese media persons, associated with China Radio International, popular dailies, weeklies and websites were told that Radio Pakistan is also playing key role in promotion of culture and sports besides providing entertainment to the listeners. They were told that Radio Pakistan is also being listened in neighborly countries and its aging transmitters are being replaced and its studios being shifted to digital technology from analogue to transmit stronger and quality signals. Four hundred kilowatt medium wave transmitter has recently been commissioned in Peshawar while a 500 kilowatt medium wave transmitter will be commissioned at Faqirabad, near Islamabad by August this year. The current affairs channel of Radio Pakistan broadcasts current affairs programmes including politics, economy, energy, relations with other countries, issue of extremism, and interfaith harmony from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. One hour English programme, Perspective, has also been introduced from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. for English listeners. The news and programmes of Radio Pakistan are also web-streamed on its bilingual website. The visitors were told that Radio Pakistan also has the distinction of having rare audio treasure in its archives. It includes historic speeches, interviews, songs, and dramas. This treasure is also being digitized. Besides, the organization monitors major national and international radio and television channels to keep any eye on important developments. The visitors asked questions about functioning of different sections of Radio Pakistan. Later, they went round different sections of the organization.
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