Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Thu, 17 Apr 2008 03:04:33
"Analysts say the anti-Iranian groups are tempting assets for the US," wrote the newspaper on Tuesday. "They say it would be a surprise if the groups were not receiving US funding, but that the strategy would probably not work."
The paper cited Mamand Rozhe, a former PKK commander that "the PKK wanted to have a relationship with America, so it formed and used PJAK."
According to Osman Ocalan, a brother of the PKK's imprisoned leader and a founder of PJAK, US military officials visited the group's camps in northern Iraq just after the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
"Since the beginning, we thought we would get the American help," said Ocalan, who left the group two years ago. "And it's a good relationship now. . . . They are in talks with each other, and there is some military assistance. "
Ocalan and others say every two or three months, US military vehicles can be seen entering PKK and PJAK strongholds.
"There's no systematic relationship, no number to call," added Ocalan, however the daily mentioned a PJAK leader, Abdul Rahman Haji-Ahmadi's visit to Washington last summer.
"Americans do not intend to have an official relationship. Whenever there's any kind of question by the Turks, they can say we don't have a relationship," noted Ocalan.
According to The Los Angeles Times US officials declined to comment on claims that PJAK or other groups receive money from the US.
However, many in Washington have advocated such aid: "it would be a scandal if the US was not funding these groups," said John Pike, director of globalsecurity.org, a website about intelligence and military issues.
"The support would be covert and might be done in ways," added Pike.
The paper also named MKO, Jundollah and Komala Party as the groups which are possibly funded by the US, adding that no group officially acknowledges receiving US aid.
MHE/RE source presstv
The Leaders of Pakatan Rakyat hereby reaffirms its commitment to implement the broad agenda to develop the nation and its desire to create a prosperous society irrespective of ethnicity, religion and culture and uphold human rights.
The policies of Pakatan Rakyat are centered on objectives that have been agreed upon and accepted by the leaders of the three parties that are KeADILan, DAP and PAS. Among these are to develop this country on the basis of justice, create opportunities for all citizens to enjoy national prosperity and to accord priority to those who are poor and marginalized.
Pakatan Rakyat is not the forum nor is it the place for any group or individual to champion personal ideologies or that of its component parties. Although there have been individuals who express personal views that are differ from the agreed agenda of Pakatan Rakyat, those views are clearly personal.
They do not represent that of any of the Parties in Pakatan Rakyat. As such, all leaders and members of Pakatan Rakyat have been directed to desist from expressing views that contradict those that have been mutually agreed upon by Pakatan Rakyat.
There is no one party that is the backbone of Pakatan Rakyat. In fact, the strength of Pakatan Rakyat is based on principles of equality and spirit of co-operation among leaders of Pakatan Rakyat in keeping with the mandate that has been given to us by the people during the 12th General Elections.
Pakatan Rakyat is determined to implement and bring changes in accordance with the principles of democracy, socio-economic justice, equal economic opportunities and religious freedom. This great responsibility will be borne together in keeping with our pledges made during the 12th General Elections.
Pakatan Rakyat has moved forward by arranging and strengthening policies to be implemented by all the State Governments under Pakatan Rakyat. These will also be adopted by all Pakatan Rakyat Members of Parliament when Parliament is in session. We will announce a general declaration of principles at some later date.
DS Dr. Wan Azizah Ismail
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Page last updated at 09:13 GMT, Sunday, 13 April 2008 10:13 UK
By Andrew Walker
Business reporter, BBC News, Washington
Food and finance. Those have been the two big themes over the last week at the IMF and the World Bank.
Many powerful people have been meeting in Washington this week
The international financial crisis has cast a deep shadow over the proceedings, but there is no sense of panic.
The IMF’s view is that the wider economic effects of the crisis will mean a mild recession in the US and rather slower growth in the rest of the world.
But nobody is assuming that things will turn out even that well – though some including the United States Treasury think the IMF is unnecessarily pessimistic.
A succession of observers have said the financial crisis is the worst since the great depression of the 1930s, and policy makers gathered in Washington are taking the comparison seriously.
Note that it is the financial crisis that is being compared with the 1930s.
Nobody here is suggesting that the wider economic consequences will be anything like that bad.
Indeed, the recessions in the mid-1970s and early 1980s were worse than most people expect to experience now, even if things deteriorate further.
Pressure on banks
So it is a case of all hands to the financial pumps - the pressure on the banks and others has been turned up.
G7 and IMF meetings have called on them to come clean quickly and fully on the extent of the losses they have made or could make on financial assets that are backed by dubious loans.
The banks are also being pressed to raise extra capital to plug any holes in their finances that those losses might open up.
Why press them? Because shareholders tend not to like it – they either have to come up with extra cash or find their existing stakes diluted.
And there is also a call for more effective financial supervision, in line with the recommendations of an international task force that reported to the G7.
It is technical stuff, but it does at least attempt to address many of the problems that have been exposed by the last nine months of turbulence.
There is also a debate about more unusual ideas. Perhaps governments or central banks should go into the financial markets and buy some of these dodgy assets.
It is not being ruled out, although they do not seem ready for it yet - if it comes to that it will stick in the throats of many people.
Some already feel that way about the extra loans given by central banks to the commercial and investment banks.
It is an understandable reaction - they fouled up and are being rescued.
Some people oppose the use of IMF loans
But one big lesson of the great depression in the United States was the importance of avoiding widespread banking collapses.
It is not just another business. Bank failures helped turn a recession into something much worse.
And from the world of high finance to the bread and butter issue of, well, bread and butter, or at least the price of it.
Developing countries have not been hit hard by the financial crisis, although it could get worse.
Food prices are another matter. Some countries have had riots. All have to worry about the effects on people with low incomes. They spend a larger share of their income on food, so the effects are acute.
The World Bank estimates that the doubling of wheat prices in the last year could erase the gains in reducing poverty that Yemen made between 1998 and 2005.
So the developing countries represented at these meetings are raising their concerns forcefully . They clearly had a sympathetic hearing from the IMF’s chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
He said that if food prices go on rising, hundreds of thousands of people will be starving and children will suffer from malnutrition.
It could lead to conflict, and undermine the legitimacy of governments.
It is strong language and the IMF might be able to provide some practical help too.
It has a lending facility that could probably be used to help countries adapt to higher food prices.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
CNN BLOG on ZIMBABWE
In the Harare township, for the first time that anyone can remember, political graffiti has begun to appear on clapperboard walls and the backs of tin sheds. Alongside election posters for , unseen hands scrawl messages to the President. "Chinja Maitiro" reads one: "Change Your Way." Another declares: "Zuakwana," meaning "Enough."
Opposition want to take matter to court - Zimbabweans have no faith in
Mugabe's government is widely accused in the West of stealing previous presidential and parliamentary elections, and his removal is seen by Washington and as necessary to rebuilding 's shattered economy.
"We want an urgent release of the results, within four hours of the court order," he said. "We're fighting the anxiety, disappointment, speculation and rumors as a result of this delay."
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Saturday to intervene in the country's 's opposition party asked the over fears that longtime ruler may stage a violent crackdown to stay in power.
Not much have been highlighted about Zimbabwe thus far
1 Malaysian opposition - putting their act together
April 1st, 2008 - Limkitsiang
Leaders of DAP, PKR and PAS met in Petaling Jaya today and took the logical next step of the March 8 political tsunami – proposing the establishment of a new front of the three political parties to be tentatively known as PAKATAN RAKYAT. Unquote.
To remind you of the gist Declaration Rakyat organised Barisan Rakyat, click to see the video.
2 Is Robert Mugabe leaving? - Peace and prosperity coming to Zimbabwe
Looking at the issues, it's like the worse case scenario for Malaysia. The mode of campaigning is the same and the opposition main concerned is for a free and fair election. We Malaysians are counting on the politicians to clean our electoral roll and appoint a good, reliable and neutral Election Commission before the next election. Non involvement of security forces and other state apparatus in the process. What is worrying, both locally and internationally, is the delay in the announcements in the Senate and Assembly results. Why the result for the Presidency is still pending.
With Mugabe's party losing the Parliament to MDC Morgan Tsvangirai, many viewed that something is cooking and Mugabe may leave his country and a talk was brokered by the South African President, Thabo Mbeki. One of the conditions is immunity from persecution for Mugabe. The Presidential poll results have yet to be announced. However situations takes a new twist when there was an announcement that Robert Mugabe is set to for a second round of voting and beginning to unleashed his vile methods once again. We earnestly hope the Zimbabweans will not be intimidated and just put Robert Mugade out of the system, put him in your history books, vote for the MDC Candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai. ZANU-FP had decided to support Mugabe for the second round election, their war veteran who fought against white rule had began marching into the cities probably as a show of force to create intimidation and awe. As history tells us, Mugabe "green boys" will be included and heavily coupled with all other dirty tricks in order to secure a win.
3 Al Sadr and his Jaish al-Mahdi did it again! They WON!!
shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
during his visit to the holy city
of Najaf, Iraq, Feb. 27, 2006.
Ali Abu Shish / Reuters
In 2004, Sadr and his Jaish al-Mahdi fought the
4 Two battle at one go for Hezbollah
On the other hand there are signs of a comprehensive war preparations an the likeliness of an other Israeli attack on Lebanon. Hezbollah preparation, Hezbollah now has to take caution and prepare for a war on two fronts simultaneously.
On many occasions words are spun on the internet that America is planning for a war with Iran, doing it for Israel's security and existence. The latest spun is that it is going to be in this month or a very near future , at the tail end of the Bush-Cheney administration.
Friday, April 4, 2008
Hizbullah prepares for war on two fronts when
next invades Israel Lebanon
By Nasr Salem
There is open talk of impending war in
The main lesson
With diplomatic support from the
The fighting will certainly be fierce. Unlike the regular Arab armies the Israeli army is used to routing in the battlefield, Hizbullah is a formidable adversary with an impressive record of military achievements. Over the past quarter of a century,
Hizbullah's preparations are for a two-war scenario, in which it will find itself fighting, at the same time, both Israeli forces and Lebanese militias belonging to political factions affiliated with the pro-western government of Lebanese prime minister Fouad al-Siniora. The scenario posits that the Israeli assault will be coordinated with Lebanese pro-government militias that will move to control certain areas in
An Israeli push into the Beqa'a valley will almost certainly provoke
Further complicating this scenario are indications that
This conflagration might eventually develop into a confrontation involving US troops. It is difficult to imagine an attack against
None of all these preparations and planning means that such a broad
To err on the side of caution is the best form of far-sighted wisdom.
coutesy : muslimedia London / Toronto