Either An American or A Saudi/Pakistani Blew Himself Up To Avoid Arrest In Karachi

Saudi national blows himself up in Karachi

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KARACHI: A Saudi citizen blew himself up early November 18 in Karachi’s Gulistan-e-Johar Block 12 areas, media reported. The man, identified as Moeed, had dual Saudi-Pakistani citizenship and had divorced his Pakistani wife two weeks earlier, Jang reported.
Rangers said the man blew himself up while they tried to search his apartment, but the police said the incident occurred before the Rangers surrounded the apartment, according to Jang.
Following the blast, Rangers cordoned off the apartment and shifted the body to Jinnah Hospital, media added. Police took the man’s ex-wife and three children into custody, media reported.

Terrorist who blew himself up carried US passport

Paramilitary soldiers stand guard as rescue workers move the body of a man who blew himself up as police officials were conducting a search operation to counter the ongoing violence in Karachi on Friday. – Photo by Reuters

KARACHI: A suspected militant who blew himself up in Karachi during a raid by security forces was carrying a US and a Pakistani passport, authorities said on Saturday.

According to a statement by Pakistan’s paramilitary Rangers, the dead man has been identified as Moeed Abdul Salam.

He detonated an explosive device on Thursday when troops raided his apartment in Gulistan-e-Johar.

Post-mortem tests on Salam’s body confirmed the man died due to the explosion of a hand grenade, it said, adding ”documents used for acts of terrorism were also recovered” from his possession.

The US Embassy could not immediately confirm the development.

The Rangers’ statement said Salam had divorced his wife a month ago and was living with four children, who were unharmed. According to Salam’s passport, he had traveled to many countries, the statement said.

Karachi is home to around 18 million people and is the capital of Sindh province. Several al Qaeda and Taliban operatives have been captured or killed there in recent years.

Pakistan ……..again.

Pakistan ……..again.

Pakistan is a beautiful country, filled with beautiful able people. 30-40% of the 190 million Pakistanis are Iranian……a country next to Afghanistan and Iran (or to put it another way its the biggest Iranian populated country after India with its 15% Iranian minority). The country has extremely able people producing Nobel Laureates in Theoretical Physics, and many more gifted people in ALL fields. Theoretically the country should do well, but has not and is in fact Failed State…….number 10 from the bottom.

A country and its able people can only blossom if the state “reasonably” serves the people. Otherwise the natural talent of the country is wasted, with the talented fleeing to the West, or in other cases their talent never being realized or utilized in service of the state. The Ukraine may have highly talented people, but because “the State” fails the people with the basic fundamentals, that great nation also languishes tragically at the bottom with other Third World nations….and some of its most beautiful women sold as slaves around the world, through the clever devious lure of work and opportunity.

The problem with Pakistan is its birth at inception in 1947 as a bastard child of the extremely evil Rothschild run British empire. It was a problem child from the beginning…………loathed by the British even though they created it (The British have never funded one single strategic project in Pakistan for the last 64 years………industry, roads, rail, dams, canals and general infrastructure…..”Paki bashing” is a favorite easy pastime of the Jewish run British media, though I hear East Europeans are competing seriously for that privilege).

The problem of the state began in 1948, when the extremely devious evil slippery British Empire created the ISI, and directly ran it from 1948–1958, through one of their own generals. The ISI staffed and run by the Pakistani military are thus the main SPECIFIC problem/challenge of the Failed Pakistan state.

ALL strategic failures of the state since 1947 can be attributed to the Pakistan military and their love for gora sahib UK/USA with whom the Pakistani military operates with covertly and overtly to this day against Pakistan.

Nowhere is this basic fact stated in the above paragraph more highlighted than the so-called Abbottabad raid in May of this year.

Abbottabad is a garrison town near the Indian border, and therefore it is already in a heightened state of alert throughout the year, with radar stations near by. 25–30% of the Pakistani military personnel are awake all night, and if there is a fire-fight lasting 40 odd minutes, and half a dozen helicopters flying about, with 80 gora commando’s THEN OBVIOUSLY the WHOLE Pakistani garrison would react and attack an alien force in its territory in about 10 minutes…………..it just can’t be done without Pakistani permission and knowledge. The Pakistani Military run the states foreign and security policy, despite the country being a “democracy”…..the USA could not carry out the raid without getting Kiyani and Suja Pasha’s permission first.

The strong suggestion in the blogsphere is that it is in fact the USA armed and trained Pakistani SSG which carried out the fabricated Bin Laden raid as a PR exercise to boost Obama’s re-election chances announced a week or so earlier, with the White House settling for B-movie roles in front of their monitors rather shamefully. Osama the CIA agent to the last, had died in December 2001 after all. But in an age where thieving big banks are given trillions of $ of public money to save themselves from their own contrived mistakes, and the ordinary public in the West must pay for the mistakes of the banksters, such lies as the fake Abbottabad raid are Pro Forma practices of the Washington ruling elites.

For our narrative on Pakistan the Abbottabad raid is very instructive and puts significant context on the so called memo from Zardari bhen seeking USA aid to control the Pakistani military recently.

Quite obviously the Pakistani military does not operate for Pakistan, the nation state, but for itself and its narrow interests as decided by its top brass. Most terrorist ops in Pakistan are carried out by the Pakistani military as a strategy of tension and destabilization. BUT the Abbottabad raid revealed to us the level of depravity and treason of the Pakistani military in falsifying a raid for the USA, AND then enduring withering American attacks on the honor of the Pakistani military, and the sovereignty of the country. This is further reinforced by the drone attacks which have killed 2300 people in Pakistan, mostly innocent civilians. The Pakistani military as with the drone attacks, AND the Abbottabad raid produce strange convoluted excuses for their non-action/covert cooperation with gora sahib. This is not surprising given that the Pakistani military has been so indoctrinated since the 1970’s with the mantra of cooperation with covert ops with the USA, the Abbottabad Raid in May became the logical tragic conclusion of such a relation of 30 years.

It is a shame that it has taken so many years to see the real problem of Pakistan, the military.

All major Parties in Pakistan now desire complete civilian control of the Pakistani military. The PPP with its experience in power of 3.5 years wants total control, and one assumes so does the PML (N)…..BOTH the left and the right. The TII with their Anglophile one time playboy leader is an known quantity.

So the Zardari government is not a complete waste of time. A significant national awakening has taken place, uniting both the left and right. The importance of this cannot be over emphasized.

First Terror Bombing Attack Upon Northern Distribution Network (NDN) In Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan: November 17 railway line near the border with Afghanistan explosion

Fergana

In Uzbekistan , on the railway line Termez – Kurgan-Tube (stage Galaba – Amuzang) in the night of 16 November 17, an explosion occurred. This was announced on Saturday, local website Podrobno.uz . Note, while this is the only source: in other official Uzbek media reported this incident was not mentioned.

The explosion caused no injuries.

The explosion is in the south of Surkhandarya region, close to the Uzbek-Afghan border and near the border with Tajikistan.

To elucidate the causes and circumstances of the crime a government commission, a criminal case. Law enforcement agencies of Uzbekistan carried out the necessary operational and investigative activities, the newspaper notes.

According to local media, the basic version of the incident – an act of terrorism.

On why the explosion was reported just two days, not reported.

The international news agency “Fergana”

Map of blast site

Bad moon rising over Great Sirte Bay

Bad moon rising over Great Sirte Bay


Fraklin Lamb
Sirte, Libya
Al-Manar

Graphics by Alex

This observer, with his sandaled feet comfortably dug into the sand of a chilly Mediterranean beach and huddled next to a camp fire with a congenial and bright group of still heavily armed “NATO rebels,” learned that the past eight months experiences for many Libyans who fought with or for NATO were rather different from what the western mainstream media portrayed. And what many of us who spent last summer in the Western Libya Gadhafi stronghold were inclined to believe about them.

Two of my new acquaintances are from the Law Faculty of re-named Benghazi University (following the 1969 Fatah Revolution its name was changed to Garyounis), and six others who fought in most of the battles in Libya between February and October 2011. The meeting was arranged by a rebel commander named “Samal.” I first met Samal quite by chance at the central bus station in Alexandria, Egypt, where as in Cairo, many “NATO rebels” are currently being feted with R & R. His visit to Egypt was Samal’s first break from eight months of rough military duty, he explained. In his other life he is a part time university librarian who plans to return to his studies once the new academic year begins in January. Like most students in Libya, he lost a full academic year as schools were closed due to the Libyan uprising and he wants to catch up with his degree program in computer science.

Samal readily admits that he, like many Libyans, was not as opposed to Muammar Gadhafi personally as they were to many of those around “the leader” who took advantage of their positions, connections and immunity and committed serial crimes against the public. Understanding this observer’s interest in this subject, and once back in Misrata, Samal arranged a meeting a few days later with some of his friends at a café on the Mediterranean shores of the Gulf of Sirte. “Abu Nasser’s” is located on the outskirts of the village of Qasr Abu Hadi where Muammar Gaddafi was born in a tent and where the youngster was raised until his parents sent him to secondary school for five years down south in Sabha. It was in Sabha where the budding Nasserite revolutionary reportedly relished his history studies, joined a local scout troop and later the Libyan armed forces.

After a terrific meal of spicy Libyan couscous with big junks of lamb on the bone at“Abu Nasser’s” and as it began to get dark, I noticed Samal gazing toward the northeast horizon deep out into the Gulf of Sirte. As the full moon rose he suggested we make a campfire on the beach and continue our discussion under the stars. Truth be told, Samal could not have proposed anything more perfect for this Oregonian, who as a kid passed many an evening beside beach campfires on the often cold and stormy Oregon coast or on the banks of Kellogg Lake near the Lamb family home on Lake Road, in Milwaukie.

The Libyan leader’s straight line
ran across the mouth of
“Great Sirte Bay” between a
point near Benghazi and the
western headland
of the Gulf at Misrata.
Schematic Plan for Gulf of Sirte Operation

One of the lecturers at the Benghazi College of Law told us that “our leader”, and then he quickly and self-consciously corrected himself and said “the tyrant”used to enjoy camping exactly where Samal had brought us on this beach. He told us that Gadhafi would explain to visitors about “Great Sirte Bay” as he called it, where he liked to swim. Gadhafi would explain to visitors about the Gulf of Sirte’s historic role in defeating the American military during the mid-1980’s when the Libyan air force chased away US aircraft sent by President Reagan to contest Gadhafi’s famous drawing of his red line (Gadhafi called it the “Line of Death”). The Libyan leader’s straight line ran across the mouth of “Great Sirte Bay” at 32 degrees, 30 minutes north between a point near Benghazi and the western headland of the Gulf at Misrata. The red line signaled Libya’s claim to an exclusive 62 nautical miles (115 km) fishing zone (Sirte bay has the world’s largest population of Tuna which explains why during Ramadan this year when there was no fresh food at our hotel due to the fighting EVERY Iftar meal to break the fast consisted of a mountain of canned Tuna which this observer can no longer even stand the sight of). At the UN, Libya declared that given its natural configuration, the Gulf of Sirte was in fact Libyan territorial waters as Gadhafi first claimed in 1973. According to Gadhafi, Libya’s historic victory in “Great Sirte Bay” resulted “from the 1984 expulsion of the US military from the area.” The US government rejected what it considered Libya’s illegal appropriation of the high seas, yet decided it was not worth a war and let the matter slide.

Some of my beach party interlocutors had been fighting since late February 2011. Samal and two others fought in 6 of the key battles including, Brega, Misrata, Zawieh, Tripoli, Bani Walid and Sirte. I asked the group when the rebels first began to believe that they might defeat their adversaries. Immediately Ahmed replied, “After the third battle of Brega we could tell that the Gadhafi forces did not have their hearts in this fight. By July 20thI would guess.”
Ahmed’s colleagues agreed and one added,

“It was like a repeat of when the Israeli forces gave up and lost against Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006. Israeli forces clearly did not believe in their mission. Many of these Gadhafi guys did not either. When you are on the battlefield you can sense your enemy’s psychology even when you can’t see him. During the third battle for Brega we were fighting at close range in residential areas and most of Gaddafi’s forces retreated to Ras Lanuf. Some were still in a few buildings but they were no threat to us.”

Rashid interjected,

“After Brega we knew that sooner or later we would win because we kept asking ourselves, in battle after battle, where is the regular Libyan army? We knew some of them personally but we never saw them. What happened to them, we wondered. Finally we realized that Gadhafi’s authority and his troops had melted. That was made clear on August 23 when we found little resistance as we arrived to Tripoli. Actually we were shocked. His army had abandoned him.”

Samal, added,

“Yes but remember, and for sure we admit this, without NATO we would not have lasted one month. Please don’t think we are in love with NATO although many Libyans seem to want our country to join NATO and some in NATO and our interim government want this also. NATO knows that our country could be a perfect AFCOM base to re-colonize Africa and end progressive projects for African countries. Please do not think we are not aware of what NATO countries want from Libya and our neighbors. They want from Libya and this whole region oil and natural resources, they want military bases on our soil, and they want us to accept Israel. How they plan to achieve all this is by getting Arabs to fight and kill Arabs and Muslims to fight and kill Muslims.”

One of the law professors added:

“As we saw these past months the US and their allies will try to limit the Western countries role to providing support from the sky with bombs and drones and special units and without sending their regular troops. This is the NATO plan and we saw it clearly in our country and perhaps we will see it again in Syria in a different form.”

Kamal, a medical lab technician added,

“Many Gadhafi loyalists in Tripoli and Western Libya who saw civilians killed by NATO bombs do not realize that NATO also killed plenty of us rebels, and civilians in our areas of Eastern Libya. We are not allowed to mention it but NATO made many mistakes. We called them ‘the gang that can’t bomb straight’ and many of our forces, a few hundred I would say, were bombed by NATO. An even higher number of civilians were killed in our areas by NATO. Often we feared NATO more than we feared the Gadhafi fighters. Human rights groups should investigate what happened to us because the NTC will not.”

Under the big full moon hanging above “Great Sirte Bay” and deep into the night, this observer’s’ hosts shared some candid views on a variety of subjects, some of which were the following:
They predicted that Algeria will be the next regime to face an ‘Arab Spring’uprising. The rebel fighters reported that some Libyan and foreign Islamists, mainly Saudi paid Salafists, are leaving Libya for Algeria where since 1992 the Algerian government has been repressing Islamists. Between 1988 and the late 1990’s more than 200,000 civilians were killed, 20,000 were disappeared and never heard from again, and scores of thousands were wounded. These figures dwarf the casualty rates in Libya and the Arab Spring countries to date. The coming uprising combined with the expected Algeria government reaction may be horrendous.
One of the reasons is that there is great anger at the Bouteflika government over the massive arms Algeria sent to the Gadhafi regime and Algeria’s granting of protection to members of the Gadhafi family and his regime. Algeria continues to have chilly relations with the new Libyan government and there are suspicions regarding its intentions about aiding the growing resistance to the new regime. The NTC may support an uprising in Algeria according to Samal and his friends.
Samal and his friends discussed their frustration with the fact that the UK, France, US and other NATO countries are swarming like locusts around Libya and seeking very lucrative contracts to rebuild Misrata, Brega, Sirte, after they and their NATO allies destroyed them. “That’s Haram!”, Ahmad insisted. “They destroyed our country and now they want us to pay them to rebuild it. I wish we could rebuild without one NATO country profiting. It’s like that crazy American woman running for President of your country who wants Iraq to pay for the death of US occupation soldiers who were killed. The US must pay the Iraqi families for every one of the more than one million Iraqi’s the US killed and for all the damage its bombs did to Iraq.”

There is a possibility that Libya may experience what the Congo did after the fall of the dictator Mobutu. Samal noted some parallels and the possibility that Libyans may actually regret Gadhafi’s departure as many in the Congo have misgivings regarding the absence of the 33 year rule of strong man Mobutu, since Gadhafi also gave his fractionalized country a sort of unity, a sense of being Libyan, free education, free medical aid, subsidized housing and woman’s rights all of which could now be in jeopardy. Ahmed explained: “OK, we are “free” now what? Everyone says we are rich. Then why do we feel so poor? What kind of government will we have? I favor a strong unitary government like Patrice Lumumba did in the Congo. Many want a Federal system. We have to build. Now our biggest challenge is our leadership vacuum. Are we going to regret that Gadhafi is gone? For sure many will. Not all of us rebels hated Gadhafi but they hated his henchmen who were out of control and had created their own small empires. That is why many are now saying that the new government must not include any Gadhafi former henchmen. They were the main problem, not Gadhafi himself.”

This observer’s host shared many amazing photos they had taken on their camera phones over the past months. Showing a photo of bearded fighters Ahmad commented that western media saw these beards and immediately concluded “Al Qaeda!” “This is not true at all and we laughed when we saw these false reports”, he continued,“The reason the media saw so many beards is for the simple reason that we did not have time to shave. If I have some free time I will clean my weapon or rest, not shave. Now as you see I have no beard. Same thing with many of my friends. Yes there are plenty of Al Qeada among us. And I want to add that each Al Qaeda fighter is worth 100 of us during battles. They are very well trained and very expert with explosives. I don’t know how they can do what they do with simple devices, plus they are not afraid to die. But they are not in control here in Libya. Whether they will be eventually, time will tell.”

They all expressed concerns about the growing influence of the Persian Gulf country of Qatar which they acknowledge sent the rebels millions of dollars, weapons, and fighters and used their aircraft against Gadhafi loyalists while they favored the Salafist groups.

My hosts expressed their exasperated concern over what they see as the deep political vacuum in Libya that is considered harmful and dangerous for national unity. Their strongly presented opinions were that a new legislative assembly needed to be launched within the next several months and much sooner than the NTC is suggesting with multi-party elections put off until 2013.

The fighters thought there was no possibility that any rebel militia would give up its arms anytime soon. One of the group insisted, “I will not turn in any of my weapons, and I, like my friends, have hidden a lot of them including shoulder fired missiles. I will keep them until I am convinced that the new government truly serves the people.” They discussed who will command the new national army and that it will be a difficult decision and may lead to internal armed conflict.

They reflected on the fact that Gadhafi still has lots of supporters both in Libya and throughout Africa and my hosts all thought that the newly formed loyalist “Libya Liberation Front” could become a major force in the coming months. They recommended dialogue with the LLF, something the Obama administration and NATO consistently vetoed with the Gadhafi regime over the past eight months. They acknowledged that dialogue between the Libyan government and the rebels during March could have avoided the tragedy that unfolded during the subsequent seven months.

 The following week, additional confirmation was received by this observer from multiple credible sources confirming that between 11/10/11 and 11/16/11 the 28 NATO member countries had been instructed by NATO HQ that if their Embassies received a VISA application from any Libyan citizen seeking to visit their country, that the NATO country’s Embassy is instructed tofreeze the application. Within 24 hours the Embassy is to send a copy of the VISA application and one of the two required photos submitted with the application to INTERPOL for the possible issuing of a “red notice”meaning arrest and detention of the applicant, preliminary to a decision from the NTC with respect to an extradition request for the person to be sent back to Libya. Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, deputy chairman of Libya’s National Transitional Council is the force behind this decision according to Tripoli sources. This NATO project clearly demonstrates that NATO has not ended its aggression against Liya, and it is fundamentally illegal and constitutes refoulement, which under international law is the forced return of a person to a country where he or she faces persecution. To date, international human rights organizations have been mute on this project.

The Al-Hamedi family house bombed by NATO.
This aggressive attack has killed the whole family of IOPCR chairman; his wife Ms. Safaa Ahmed Mahmoud, his innocent daughter Khaleda Khaled Khuwaildi (6 years) , his innocent son Khuwaildi Khaled Khuwaildi (4 years), and 9 others from women, children, relatives and neighbors.
Khaled Al-Hamedi on the grave of his wife and children.

One such affected person, with whom this observer recently visited outside of Libya, is subpoenaed to attend a 11/27/11 Court hearing in Brussels as a witness against NATO for that organization’s June 20, 2011 slaughter of the Khaled Hamidi family from Sorman, Libya. The family home was obliterated by three American MK-83 1000 lb. bombs and two missiles. The reason according to NATO, without offering a scintilla of evidence to support its spurious allegation, was that this family’s home was a Command and Control center for Gadhafi loyalists (One of 49 unproven C & C Centers claimed by NATO Brussels-Naples media briefings over a seven month period). Those murdered on June 20, 2011 by NATO included:

Khaled Hamedi’s pregnant wife Safa, their three years and one day old son Khweldi and their four and one half year old daughter Khaleda, as well as their six year old nephew Salam and 13 family members and friends who were all staying overnight at their home following the celebration of their son’s third birthday.

Meanwhile, in the US Congress on 11/15/11, Senators John Kerry, Joe Lieberman, John McCain and Marco Rubio, co-sponsored Senate Bill 317, the purpose of which is to praise US and NATO forces for their “extraordinary bravery and professionalism.”
As the horizon cracked with red rays from the rising sun, our group dispersed. I walked alone through some of the streets of Sirte among the totally obliterated buildings where not even a feral cat was to be seen. Still stunned from what I had heard from the “rebels” overnight and the similarity of their views with what I learned this summer in the pro-Gadhafi western parts of Libya, I felt numb.
And I wondered, “What for the love of God were these months of gratuitous and immoral NATO carnage all about?”
 A bad moon is rising over Great Sirte Bay.
Franklin Lamb is doing research in Libya. He is reachable c\ofplamb@gmail.comHe is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon.
He contribute to Uprooted Palestinians Blog

Democracy, Capitalism Have Failed the World

Africa: Democracy, Capitalism Have Failed the World

Yusuf Serunkuma

Since the outbreak of riots in the Middle East early this year, there has been much commentary arguing that this marks the only opportunity for the Arab world to democratise.

After the October election in Tunisia, the “Islamist” party Ennahda won 41.5% of the vote. And also in October, Libya’s National Transitional Council leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil declared that religion would serve their country better than anything else.

As well, there’s believable speculation that were Egypt to have an election, as is slated for November, the Muslim Brotherhood, a party that espouses Sharia as a source of legislation, is poised to sweep the elections.

What is interesting for Tunisia is that Ennahda is being asked to clarify that it will establish a secular and democratic state. And they have budged! But even then, they have not survived the wrath of the Western media, one that has taken on to speaking for their foreign offices.

Patronising comments like it is hoped Ennahda will rule “intelligently” and that “it is not necessarily a darker force,” have been doing the rounds.

Of course, this does not only despise the political ambitions of the Tunisians, but also treats them as little children who could have made a mistake voting for Ennahda.

I do not know if all this commentary is aware that there were secular parties that contested and were defeated. The democratic West is keen on exporting democracy to the Muslim world, for it gives life to capitalism.

In view of this much maligned religion, with the war on terror still raging and with Muslims bearing the brunt, why are these rioters-cum-liberators opting for Islamic states as opposed to full secular democracies, even in places where the West’s assistance exceeded legal boundaries?

It starts with the economy. The economic crisis in the West has exposed the foundations of democracy, not only as weak but also as dangerous to the public spirit. This has made the system very unlikable and hard to export.

The ‘Occupy the World’ (OW) movements make this point very clear. The OWs have made a strong case against capitalism, democracy’s longtime partner. Economists have often euphemized capitalism to mean free markets, i.e., the free interaction of forces of demand and supply.

However, this has been at only a rhetorical level. Indeed the present shape of capitalism amounts to “survival for the fittest”– it has made the world look like a jungle. After reading Adam Smith’s The Theory of Moral Sentiments, the brain behind capitalism, it is clear that capitalism has been grossly abused, and largely because of its weaknesses at ensuring checks.

Holding placards reading, “Capitalism is over”, “Pepper Spray Goldman Sachs”, “We are the 99%,” the OWs are showing the world a major weakness with a system that has shouldered capitalism — democracy.

In a travel piece, “Inside the American Dream,” journalist Andrew Mwenda notes that “the top 20% take 80% of the total income and the 80% of the Americans share the 20%.”

Also, democracy espouses one big lie: power belongs to the people in which people realise that their power only stops at elections. How does the American public contain a democracy from crime both at home and abroad, considering the fact that all other arms of government, including the media, can be manipulated?

The shift to religion perhaps comes to address two major elements of the community that are absent in secular democracies; the morality of the leader and the indispensability of the public.

It is sad that many western intellectuals often confuse human rights and democracy. Human rights can be ensured under any dispensation, for they are just a reflection of the conscience of the people, for any leader to guard, but they are not a product of a system.

Yet, a good public service sector is a key human right. Perhaps this might partly explain why Gaddafi lasted over four decades. Religious based republics seek to establish a consultable group of a few, often the intelligent and the rich, not the crowd as with democracy.

This does not mean people do not hold them accountable; they do, and there will often be more than one way of doing this. But this also means, to do a good thing for the public, leaders do not have to look through a contract, neither do they have to exploit a loose end of the contract to plot mischief.

It is unfortunate that the world has not had the opportunity to appreciate a movement of this nature.

The author is an editor at Fountain Publishers.

Saudi Men Are Helpless Against Beautiful Female Eyes–New Law Forces Women To Hide Them

Saudis may force women to cover eyes

 

Saudi officials say they are considering a law that will force women with attractive eyes to cover their faces completely in public places in the Persian Gulf kingdom.

Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, a spokesperson for Saudi Arabia’s Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, said the proposal for the law has already been undergoing formal discussions.

The committee says the law will authorize the government to prevent women from revealing “tempting” eyes in public, Mail Online reported on Saturday.

Saudi women are deprived of a choice in marriage, divorce and child custody. The females are dictated to and guarded by male relatives and cannot travel without the consent of a male guardian.

They are also barred from participating in municipal elections, which form the kingdom’s only public electoral event.

US efforts to eradicate Afghan poppy crops ‘unsatisfactory’, says Russia

US efforts to eradicate Afghan poppy crops ‘unsatisfactory’, says Russia

* Russian anti-drug czar seeks more raids on heroin labs, poppy fields

* Urges creation of a digital ‘poppy map’

CHICAGO: US efforts to eradicate Afghanistan’s opium poppy crops, which cover an area about the size of New York City, have been ‘unsatisfactory’, Russia’s anti-drug czar said. 

Russia is the world’s largest per capita consumer of heroin and is coping with an epidemic of HIV/AIDS spread by dirty needles. Afghanistan has long been the world’s leading producer of opium, used to make heroin, and one-quarter of its production traverses its porous border with former Soviet states and supplies as many as 3 million Russian addicts.

Viktor Ivanov, director of Russia’s Federal Service for the Control of Narcotics, in Chicago for meetings with his American counterparts, said he agreed with the dim assessment of US poppy eradication efforts by some members of the US Congress. “Their words were that the efforts are unsatisfactory,” Ivanov said. He referred to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein and Republican Senator Charles Grassley, who co-chair a caucus on international drug trafficking.

Russia has said the United States made a mistake in 2009 by phasing out crop eradication efforts to focus instead on intercepting drugs and hunting production labs and drug lords. President Barack Obama has committed to turning over security to Afghan control by the end of 2014. The United States launched the war weeks after the Sept 11, 2001, attacks, targeting al Qaeda and the Taliban. Joint Russian-American anti-drug operations have appeared to tail off since a raid in October 2010 seized a ton of heroin and destroyed four drug-producing laboratories. There were four more joint raids conducted between December 2010 and February 2011, but Ivanov said it was cumbersome to obtain military approval quickly, given time-sensitive intelligence.

In spite of concerns that the Taliban and other insurgent elements were financed by illegal drug profits, Ivanov said absentee landowners and traffickers who reap the bulk of the $7 billion in illegal drug proceeds did not have an ideological stake in the decade-old war. The Taliban earned $150 million annually from drug trafficking, he said. But the traffickers have hijacked the military’s transportation infrastructure in Afghanistan to help them ship their product, he said.

The rising number of violent clashes in Afghanistan worked against any effort to persuade farmers to grow legal crops instead of opium poppies, Ivanov said. “Ask any farmer if he’s growing wheat and at the same time his country is torn by all sorts of military clashes. How safe will he feel about the future of his crops and the eventual sale of his crops?” Ivanov said. “That’s why we think the most efficient and effective measure is to destroy the product, the drug plantations and the drug laboratories,” he said. The United Nations said land devoted to opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan rose 7 percent this year to 1,310 square kilometres, much of it in the less-secure south and east. He lobbied for creation of a digital poppy map that would identify poppy plantations and show where eradication was working, or not. The publicly accessible map would use surveillance data gathered by American drones and possibly a Russian-American satellite dedicated to the task.

Ivanov said Russia had also embarked on a concerted effort to treat its own addicts, which critics say it has often failed to do up to now. Scientists were working on a new pharmaceutical approach that would suppress the urge to use while not substituting one drug for another. US addiction rates were also on the rise, Ivanov warned, with many users smoking or inhaling purer Afghan heroin. reuters