Daily Archives: April 30, 2008

Pakistan militants in Karzai ambush

Afghanistan‘s intelligence chief Amrullah Saleh blamed militants from Pakistan for Sunday’s incident, saying it was unclear if Pakistan’s special agencies gave the “go ahead” for attack, which killed three people but left Karzai unscathed.

“The evidence once again shows that the soil of Pakistan has been used against us,” Saleh told CNN. “Clearly there (is) very, very strong evidence suggesting that Pakistan soil once again has been used to inflict pain upon our nation.”

Afghan security forces searching for militants tied to the attack raided several homes early Wednesday, resulting in the deaths of seven people — including a woman and child with ties to militants — according to Saleh.

Something must change on Musharraf’s lads if we want peace in the area. Do you remember Musharraf? George W. Bush’s best friend and ally in the war against terror!!!

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Zimbabwe goes for a run-off

A senior official with Zimbabwe‘s ruling ZANU-PF party said opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and incumbent President Robert Mugabe must compete in a presidential run-off, based on its election results.

Tsvangirai received 47 percent of the vote in last month’s election while Mugabe received 43 percent, the senior official said. A candidate must receive 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a presidential run-off in Zimbabwe.

Asked if the results came from Zimbabwe’s Electoral Commission, the official would not specify. “We have ways of knowing these things,” he said. A spokesman for Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change rejected the ZANU-PF figures as rigged and said the party would refuse to participate in any run-off vote.

Mugabe count the days, your cell is ready waiting!

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Candelit in Austria for the cellar family

Hundreds of people have held an emotional candlelit vigil in the Austrian town where Josef Fritzl kept his daughter in a cellar for 24 years.

Finland's Ovi magazine

The residents of Amstetten were showing solidarity for the woman, Elisabeth, and the children she bore him. “We want to show that Amstetten is not a town for criminals”, said the mayor.

Police say DNA evidence confirms Mr. Fritzl’s confession that he is the father of his daughter Elisabeth’s six surviving children. Several hundred people gathered for an emotional tribute on Tuesday evening to Mr. Fritzl’s family. The event was organized by a local convent school. Children, their parents, teachers and nuns lit candles and stood in the rain to express their solidarity and outrage.

What else can you say about this monster?

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A cartoon from the Ovi magazine

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The Ovi magazine today

Diametrically Different: Dragons East & West by Valerie Sartor To begin to grasp the extreme differences in culture and thought between China and the western world one of the most startling distinctions can be found by examining the universal dragon motif.

By example by Thanos Kalamidas
It sounds ironic that Syria is building a nuclear reactor, especially after finding out that North Korea is helping them.

Piper in the Wood — Song by Christopher Wilkinson
I thought of the urges for creativity pivoted against needs to conform. From out of these thoughts the story of the Piper of Hamlin filled my memory. Then I wrote Piper in the Wood.

Lift Spirits #02 by Thanos K & Asa B
Lift doors slide open, you enter, press the button and then face that awkward proximity to a stranger… perhaps this will lift your spirit.

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Obama offended with pastor …teachings

Democratic US presidential hopeful Barack Obama has expressed “outrage” at comments made by Rev Jeremiah Wright.

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He said that any relationship he had with his former pastor “has now changed” as a result of the comments. Clips of Rev Wright’s fiery sermons triggered a storm of criticism when they were aired last month.

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama’s rival Hillary Clinton was endorsed by North Carolina Governor Mike Easley, and Republican John McCain unveiled a healthcare plan.

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Turkey becomes …very slowly democracy

Turkey‘s parliament has approved the softening of a law criticized by the EU for limiting free speech.

Article 301 of the penal code has been used to prosecute Nobel Prize winner Orhan Pamuk and other intellectuals. Since 2003, hundreds of people have been tried under the controversial law for “insulting Turkishness”.

However, critics argue the amendments do not go far enough. Insulting the Turkish nation will still be a crime, punishable by two years in jail. Parliament voted 250-65 in favor of a government-backed proposal to make changes to the law late on Tuesday night.

Under the reformed law:

It will be a crime to insult the Turkish nation, rather than Turkishness.

The justice minister will be required to open each case.

The maximum sentence will be two years in jail, rather than three.

The EU has long called for changes to Article 301, arguing that the law places severe restrictions on free speech in Turkey. The issue has threatened to scupper Turkey’s EU accession talks.

Amazing and inexcusable that any country in the civil world would ever have this kind of laws! I hope you noticed that the Turks …soften the law!!! these are very …slow steps towards democracy!

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