A King’s 60th Birthday
As Mervyn King blows out the candles on his 60th birthday cake today he’ll have a few moments to reflect on his life and how he has a powerful hand in deciding the direction of the British and Global Economy.
iBite is a snappy selection of news from around the world accompanied by a cynical, albeit humourous, comment from Mr T. Kalamidas.
“Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.” – Sainte-Beuve
What’s the time?
As I went round the house this morning moving each of our clocks, watches and digital displays forwards one hour – don’t you forget to do it – I was struck, if you’ll pardon the clock pun, by how many different times we have been operating upon.
In Ovi magazine we talked loud about her murder and the responsible which somehow pointed at her worst villain, Vladimir! But now Russian investigators have identified the killer of journalist Anna Politkovskaya, an aide to the prosecutor-general has said.
The suspect was not named, but the official, Vyacheslav Smirnov, said “all measures are being taken to find and detain him”. The shooting of Ms Politkovskaya near her Moscow flat in October 2006 provoked an international outcry.
Former and serving security officers are among nine people charged. Ms Politskovskaya was a leading critic of the Kremlin, especially over its conduct of the war in Chechnya. She exposed atrocities against Chechen civilians by Russian-backed security forces.
Lt Col Pavel Ryaguzov from the Federal Security Service (FSB) is among those charged in the murder investigation, which has now been extended until 7 September. Investigators believe that he could have passed on details of Ms Politkovskaya’s address to another suspect, who in turn gave them to the killer. Her former colleagues at Moscow newspaper Novaya Gazeta accused Kremlin hardliners of interfering in the murder investigation after a lead prosecutor in the case was replaced last September.
Of course our questions remains, even if they find the hand that shot Politkovskaya are they going to find the person who armed the hand?
Pakistan‘s new Prime Minister, Yusuf Raza Gillani, has told parliament in Islamabad that his top priority will be the fight against terrorism.
Setting out plans for the first 100 days of his coalition government, he told MPs that “terrorism and extremism” were the country’s “greatest problems”. The National Assembly endorsed him without a vote of confidence.
Mr. Gillani is a member of the Pakistan People’s Party, whose leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in December. He was sworn in as prime minister on Tuesday at the head of a coalition between the PPP and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The parties’ success in the 18 February general election was seen as a blow to President Pervez Musharraf.
That’s what we were missing, another …Pakistani fighter against terror!!!
A final day of campaigning has begun in Zimbabwe‘s general election, amid opposition fears of widespread vote-rigging in Saturday’s poll.
The two main rivals to President Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Simba Makoni, have said there are severe discrepancies in voter lists. Mr. Mugabe insists the vote is fair and everyone should abide by the results.
There have been few reliable opinion polls. A candidate must win 50% of the presidential vote to avoid a run-off.
Iraq‘s parliament is due to hold an emergency session to try to end fighting between Shia militias and Iraqi security forces.
It comes a day after a three-day curfew was imposed in Baghdad following attacks on the city’s Green Zone, where the government and embassies are based. Iraq’s army is continuing its offensive in Basra.
More than 130 people have died in the southern city since a clampdown on Shia militias began there on Tuesday. On Thursday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki vowed that he would continue the fight against the militias for as long as was necessary. “We have made up our minds to enter this battle and we will continue until the end. No retreat,” Mr. Maliki said in a speech broadcast on Iraqi state television.
The prime minister has personally overseen the operation in Basra, which involves some 30,000 troops and police fighting the Shia Mehdi Army, led by radical cleric Moqtada Sadr. But Mehdi Army fighters remain in control of some densely-populated areas.
And now I might sound stupid, but why haven’t day done it for so many months?
Whither democracy in America? Part 2: Is Democracy for sale in America?
The Christian fundamentalists and evangelists cast liberal seminaries as “sinful” havens. For legitimacy of imperial rule, they recruited and financed minority (e.g., Blacks, Chinese and Korean) churches who parroted their views.
Pakistan has a new Prime Minister elected in Musharraf’s democratic way and acceptance which means Musharraf decides the song that the new P.M. dances to.
Les deux portes du Moyen-Orient (1/3)
Un regard historique peut clarifier les preceptes de liens ou de divergences qui ont pu donner lieu a l’etat actuel dans lequel se trouvent le monde arabe et son voisin iranien.
The Draft Constitution of Burma’s Military Rulers
Burma has been in a political deadlock since the military refused to recognize the election results of 1990 and in order to facilitate a national reconciliation on the democratic reforms, the UN Chief has appointed Ibrahim Gambari.
A Chinese TV commentator while showing the video with the protester when lighting the Olympic flame said that the man is just a …fan of the Olympic Games trying to show his appreciation to the Chinese Olympic committee!
It is so ridiculous and pathetic you cannot even make a joke out of it!
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