US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has accused Burma of causing the loss of tens of thousands of lives by hindering international cyclone relief efforts.
Mr. Gates said the United States had had ships and aircraft ready to help after Cyclone Nargis hit a month ago. Unlike Indonesia and Bangladesh after major natural disasters, Burma had denied entry to the country, he said.
An estimated 2.4m people remain homeless and hungry following the cyclone, which struck on 2 May. “Many other countries besides the United States also have felt hindered in their efforts,” said Mr. Gates, speaking at a security conference in Singapore. “Despite these obstructions, we continue to get help into Burma, and remain poised to provide more,” he added.
Burma and Myanmar’s dictators have proved in practice that democracy ….saves lives!!!
Where Reality Fears to Tread: Art and Obscenity in Oz Art exhibitions can be a hazardous business, especially in Australia. Australia was, at one time, banning more art and literature coming in than going out. The only thing the authorities did not do was burn books and slice canvasses.
Weird and Wonderful Cannes
As a film student I was all excited when arriving in the 61st Festival de Cannes. I eagerly went to get my Cannes badge. Feeling almost famous myself, nothing like the ‘normal people’ on the other side of the fences.
Browsing the news daily we often miss these little bits of news at the bottom of the page. They are often funny, sometimes weird, and they give us a new perspective on life, so here’s the first of a new column series: How Bizarre!
“Those Mototi Days”
“Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” – T.S. Eliot
The head of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has said al-Qaeda is essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and on the defensive elsewhere.
Michael Hayden’s remarks, which correspondents describe as strikingly upbeat, come less than a year after the CIA warned of a resurgent al-Qaeda. He told the Washington Post that US counter-terrorism successes extended to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is thought to be hiding out in the area. “On balance, we are doing pretty well,” said the CIA director. “Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Iraq. Near strategic defeat of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Significant setbacks for al-Qaeda globally.”
Strange retreat because Bin Laden is still alive organizing and acting and Taliban returning strong as ever in Afghanistan! Perhaps the head of the CIA should tell us what fiction films is he watching!
Envoys from 26 Latin American and Caribbean countries meet on Friday to discuss the rising cost of food and draw up a united policy for the region.
The talks in Caracas, Venezuela, mark the beginning of a week of meetings on the issue, leading up to a three-day UN food crisis summit in Rome on Tuesday. According to the World Bank, global food prices have risen by 83% over the past three years. The lender has announced a package of food grants totaling $1.2bn.
An influential report on Thursday warned that higher food prices might be here to stay as demand from developing countries and production costs rose. Prices would fall, but only gradually, the report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said.
They are missing the point once more; there is NO TIME FOR TALK! People are starving to death!
Don’t let it be Kids live their darkest times, not that they ever lived any better times since they have been the victims all through human history, but what they have to deal with today in the beginning of the 21st century is nearly unbelievable.
Hillary’s Bitter Pillary
For several months, the American Democratic Party has been prodding Mrs. Hillary Clinton in various forums and mediums “to quit the Race”.
Lovemarks: Rebranding brands
Lovemarks is the name for Saatchi and Saatchi’s new concept and, though it may initially inspire images of bite marks on necks, it is actually an exciting new marketing concept.
Euro Reporter heads into Central Europe in search of Austria…
President Bush told the 2008 graduating class at the U.S. Air Force Academy on Wednesday that the “only way America could lose the war on terror is if we defeat ourselves.”
Speaking on a cloudy day at Falcon Stadium, the president compared the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to America’s earlier conflicts, particularly World War II.
“Our nation is once again contending with an ideology that seeks to sow anger, hatred and despair: the ideology of Islamic extremism,” he said.
“In today’s struggle, we are once again facing evil men who despise freedom and despise America and aim to subject millions to their violent rule.
The man has serious issues with his ego but …we already knew it!!!
The Åland Islands are aiming for greater self-sufficiency. The semi-autonomous province between Finland and Sweden already produces much of its own food and energy.
A quarter of its electricity supply comes from wind power, and the Ålanders plan to double that. In a symbolic move two weeks ago, the province ran entirely on its own electricity for one hour.
The maritime province produces 80 percent of its own milk and enough eggs, fish, wheat and produce to export, including apples, berries and vegetables. The main island’s organic produce sector is booming, but is held back by a labor shortage.
Perhaps this will be a lesson for Finland that instead using what nature gave builds a fifth and a sixth nuclear plan for energy!