Pope Benedict XVI has visited Ground Zero in New York, the scene of the 11 September 2001 attacks on Twin Towers, at the end of a six-day tour of the US.
He greeted survivors, fire and police workers, and relatives of some of the 2,749 people who died there. He also offered prayers for rescuers, victims, as well as “those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred”.
The Pope will later celebrate Mass at New York’s Yankees stadium before flying home. It will be the conclusion to what observers say has been a successful trip.
They should think seriously of building a cathedral there if anything else
China has urged its citizens to be calm amid further anti-Western protests in the country, focused on French supermarket chain Carrefour.
The official Communist Party newspaper, the People’s Daily, said patriotism should be expressed rationally. The protesters have been angered by disruption of the Olympic torch relay in Paris and London.
They also accuse the West of supporting Tibetan separatists, and the Western media of bias. The official Xinhua news agency said more than 1,000 people carrying banners had gathered in front of a Carrefour store in the city of Xian, and there were also protests in Harbin and Jinan. Xinhua added that police were monitoring the demonstrations in the three cities, which remained peaceful.
I love it when they say …rational. I suppose there are some things you can do ‘rationally’ in China …breath!!!
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has arrived in Baghdad on a surprise visit to Iraq.
She said she hoped to see further reconciliation of the various sectarian groups in Iraq. Ms Rice arrived in the city a day after Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr threatened to wage “open war” on Iraq’s government.
He urged them to halt operations against his supporters. On Saturday, Iraqi and US troops clashed with his forces in Baghdad and the south.
A cleric declares open war and Condoleezza Rice is going for a surprise visit to verify?
Radical Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada Sadr has threatened to wage “open war” on the Baghdad government if it does not halt operations against his supporters.
Moqtada Sadr said he was giving the government a “last warning”, and urged it to take “the path of peace”. His statement came as Iraqi troops, with US and UK support, clashed with his forces in Baghdad and the south.
In August the cleric’s militia declared a ceasefire, pledging not to attack government or foreign soldiers. “I’m giving the last warning and the last word to the Iraqi government,” Moqtada Sadr said. “Either it comes to its senses and takes the path of peace… or it will be (seen as) the same as the previous government,” he added, referring to former President Saddam Hussein’s fallen regime.
“If it does not stop the militias that have infiltrated the government, then we will declare an open war until liberation,” he added.
He threatens with open war, and what are they doing now? Playing war? Practicing war?
New ways to make a living
Yuwie.com is a networking website that pays its members for various contributions. In the meantime, businessmen are coming up with new ways to promote their products: pay people to advertise.
TurnLeft Spring 2008: Amsterdam
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2nd Opinion #47
He is bad …really bad! Seriously, I think you’ll need a second opinion after this.
Be all the man I want
Steve Dalos joins the Ovi team with an illustrative contribution…