|Preventing the Next 9/11|
|AS we approach the 10th anniversary
of the murder of thousands
of citizens from more than 90
countries, I keep asking myself
whether we are finally safe from
the global terror threat.
Since those shocking attacks of 9/11,
the death of Osama bin Laden, the elimination
of terrorist training camps in
Afghanistan and the concentrated international
pressure on Al Qaeda have
reshaped the nature of the threat confronting
We´ve seen terror attempts foiled by a
combination of heightened security and
awareness, improved intelligence gathering,
robust enforcement by police and
prosecutors, quick actions by an observant
public and sheer luck: the...
|HERE´S what the United
Nations report on Israel´s
raid last year on the
Marmara had to say about
the killing of a 19-year-old US citizen
"At least one of those killed,
Furkan Dogan, was shot at
extremely close range. Mr Dogan
sustained wounds to the face, back
of the skull, back and left leg. That
suggests he may already have been
lying wounded when the fatal shot
was delivered, as suggested by witness
accounts to that effect."
The four-member panel, led by
Sir Geoffrey Palmer, a former
prime minister of New Zealand,
appears with these words to raise
the possibility of an execution or
Dogan, born in upstate New
York, was an aspiring doctor. Little
interested in politics, he´d won a
lottery to travel...
Nepal PM to visit India this month to boost relations
KATHMANDU NEPAL’S new prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru University scholar Baburam Bhattarai, will visit India after attending a UN meet in New York this month, thereby sidestepping the old controversy about Nepali premiers’ first foreign trip after assuming office.
The 57-year-old architect, who took oath of office last month, on Wednesday received the Indian ambassador to Nepal, Jayant Prasad, to discuss his first official visit to India after becoming Nepal’s new premier.
The nearly one and a half hour meeting, the first between the Indian envoy and Bhattarai, was also attended by the latter’s wife, senior Maoist leader and former minister Hisila Yami, who confirmed the India visit.
Yami told journalists that Bhattarai will visit New Delhi on the invitation of his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, after attending the 66th UN General Assembly in New York.
Bhattarai, who has promised to wrap up the wilting peace process in 45 days, is scheduled to lead a small delegation to the UN headquarters either on September 17 or 19 and return to Kathmandu on September 24.
This will be the third time in a row that Nepal’s prime ministers in recent times are heading towards diplomatic and regional meetings to prevent bad blood with either India or China.
Communist chief Jhala Nath Khanal, who preceded Bhattarai, began his foreign trips as prime minister with the unlikely destination of Turkey in May to attend the fourth summit of least developed countries.
His predecessor, Madhav Kumar Nepal from the same communist party, chose Cairo to attend the 15th Summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in 2010.
The caution over the first foreign destination began to be exercised after Nepal’s first Maoist prime minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda alleged that his visit to China in 2008 to attend the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games angered New Delhi, who connived at the fall of his government the next year.
Traditionally, Nepal’s prime ministers had been visiting India first after assuming office.
In 2006, when the then Nepali prime minister Girija Prasad Koirala visited New Delhi after inking a historic peace accord that ended a decade of Maoist insurgency in the Himalayan kingdom, he was given a red-carpet welcome with his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, meeting him at the airport.
Even Nepal’s deposed king Gyanendra, who visited India first in 2002 after being crowned, said he received an unexpectedly warm welcome in the neighbouring country.
Bhattarai, who shares close ties with India’s leftist and socialist leaders and intellectuals, is regarded as the moderate and pragmatic face of the once underground Maoists whose hardliners still see India as their biggest enemy.
New Delhi is hopeful of a better understanding with its northern neighbour under Bhattarai’s government.