|Doha ´city centre´ part of history|
|THE high sales pitch of the
shop-owners and the flurry of
activity among shoppers, trying
to drive a smart bargain at
Musheireb (popularly called
National), Souq Ahmed bin
Abdullah and the markets in the
lanes and bylanes
of the area
seen over the last
one week or so are
like the flicker of a lamp´s flame
before it dies out in a storm.
The traders are resorting to
distress clearance of their
stocks as the deadline.
|Europe´s Real Problems|
|WHEN the history of the 21st
century is written people
will ask why it was that
Europe was found wanting
during its most intractable
economic crisis. They will ask why
Europe slept as an undercapitalised
banking system floundered, unemployment
remained unacceptably high, and
the Continent´s growth and competitiveness
Worse still, if a reconstruction plan
does not come soon, Europe´s leaders
will be charged with "the decline of...
|NO, WE CAN´T?
|IF you were shocked by Friday´s
job report, if you thought we
were doing well and were taken
aback by the bad news, you
haven´t been paying attention.
The fact is, the United States economy
has been stuck in a rut for a year
and a half.
Yet a destructive passivity has
overtaken our discourse. Turn on
your TV and you´ll see some self-satisfied
pundit declaring that nothing
much can be done about the economy´s
Tribunal permits victims to join legal process in ex-Lebanon PM’s murder case
THE HAGUE People harmed in the attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri can join the legal proceedings, the tribunal investigating the 2005 killing said on Tuesday.
“Individuals who have suffered physical, mental or material harm can apply to participate in the proceedings as victims,” the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) said in a statement.
“Through this process the voices of victims will be heard,” it said.
“They will be able to fully participate in the trial before the tribunal.” After a request, submitted on a form available on the tribunal’s website, is accepted “the victim is entitled to a number of rights similar to those of the prosecution and the defence”, said the tribunal.
Unless judges decide otherwise, victims must be assisted by a lawyer and expenses linked to the representation by a legal counsel can be paid by the tribunal.
Under tribunal statutes no damages are paid but if a suspect is convicted victims may ask to be compensated by national jurisdictions.
The UN-backed court last month issued a longawaited indictment and arrest warrants for Hariri’s murder, naming four Hezbollah members.