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Militants assault NATO base in eastern Afghanistan

In Uncategorized on November 13, 2010 at 8:54 am

Jamaica slum seethes as kingpin eludes assault

In Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 at 5:20 am

 Slum dwellers seethed with anger Thursday at Jamaica’s security forces waging a house-to-house search for a powerful druglord, with the death toll rising but no trace of the operation’s target.

Police said 73 bodies have been found in morgues, some in a state of decomposition, although several deaths may not have been linked to the four-day-old assault. Three security personnel have died.

Heaps of sometimes smoldering garbage littered streets of western Kingston, a world away from Jamaica’s world-famous beaches and the stronghold of gangster Christopher “Dudus” Coke — who is wanted by the United States on drug charges.

A Jamaican soldier speaks with a resident of Kingston’s Tivoli Gardens neighborhood. Slum dwellers seethed with anger Thursday at security forces waging a house-to-house search for a powerful druglord, as the death toll rose in Jamaica’s wave of violence without any sign of the operation’s target.

Outside one ramshackle apartment, a woman who said she been inside for two days pushed aside with a rake the rotting body of a cat she found at her doorstep.

“What we need is money and food,” said a middle-aged woman named Marlene. “Coke, he take care the community. Not the soldiers, they just shoot.”

Residents accused security forces of firing indiscriminately in recent days.

Joan, a 19-year-old student who said her brother was killed, vented fury as people around her tried to calm her down.

“Why so many deaths for one man? If Dudus had something to do with we, he’d have given himself up, not we getting massacred,” she said.

“And we, we starving to death since Sunday! He surely far away, outta Jamaica.”

Government officials have refused to discuss Coke’s whereabouts.

“Our best information is that he was not arrested. His whereabouts we cannot tell you,” Glenroy Hinds, deputy commissioner of police, told a news conference.

Information Minister Daryl Vaz said the government was “very concerned” about accusations of mistreatment of civilians and would post a public defender permanently in the affected area to hear complaints.

Hinds said the lines between civilians and combatants had become blurry, saying civilians were “sometimes also gunmen and gunwomen.”

Amnesty International appealed for a thorough investigation, saying that Jamaican police had a “dire” human rights record and had often carried out unlawful killings in the past.

US prosecutors accuse Coke and his “Shower Posse” gang of funneling cocaine and marijuana to New York and other eastern US cities, contributing to violence that has caused thousands of deaths in both countries.

But many poor Jamaicans look to Coke as a hero who provides a semblance of protection on some of the world’s most dangerous streets, along with small-time jobs and education.

Walls were covered with artwork depicting Coke’s father and don predecessor, Jim Brown, who died in a mysterious fire at a police jail in 1991.

One portrait read “Jim Brown: One Man Against the World,” next to images of other revered figures including reggae superstar Bob Marley and Ethiopia’s late emperor Haile Selaissie I, a demigod in the Rastafarian faith.

The relationships between the gangsters are government are complicated. At election time, Coke had mobilized for Prime Minister Bruce Golding’s Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), while other dons have supported the opposition.

Near crumbling guesthouses and restaurants selling jerk chicken — businesses that according to locals were run with Coke — graffiti urges support for the JLP and, “We Want Bruce.”

Golding, who represents Tivoli Gardens in parliament, declared a state of emergency on Sunday after months of hesitation, vowing both to capture Coke and to battle Jamaica’s scourge of crime.

Despite the anger in the slums, the operation has enjoyed support among many wealthier Jamaicans who have rejoiced at a chance to break the island’s long relationship between crime and politics.

Life was returning to normal outside of the worst-hit area, with the US embassy reopening for the first time since the assault was launched.

The United States has strongly supported the operation and provided bulletproof vests to Jamaican security forces, concerned about the island’s role as a conduit for drugs.

In Washington, the United States pledged 45 million dollars for a new partnership called the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative to work together to fight drug-traffickers and other transnational criminal gangs.

Source: SGGP

Bodies pile up in Jamaica’s assault for drug kingpin

In Uncategorized on May 26, 2010 at 5:22 am

Israel warns of new Gaza assault after air strikes

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 1:08 pm

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israel on Friday threatened a widescale military operation against the Gaza Strip after a string of air strikes which injured three Palestinian children following rocket attacks from the enclave.

(AFP file) Palestinians inspect the site of a destroyed factory after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza City.

Israel’s deputy prime minister, Silvan Shalom, warned that the military would soon launch a new offensive on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip unless the rocket fire was halted.

“If this rocket fire against Israel does not stop, it seems we will have to raise the level of our activity and step up our actions against Hamas,” Shalom told public radio.

“We won’t allow frightened children to again be raised in bomb shelters and so, in the end, it will force us to launch another military operation,” said the deputy premier.

“I hope we can avoid it, but it is one of the options we have, and if we don’t have a choice, we will use it in the near future,” he said.

Three Palestinian children — aged two, four and 11 — were hit by flying glass in one of the six overnight raids, said Moawiya Hassanein, head of the Palestinian emergency services in Gaza.

There were no other reports of casualties.

The strikes came after a rocket fired by Palestinian militants landed near the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon late on Thursday, causing damage but no casualties, the army said.

Nearly 20 rockets have been fired into Israel in the past month, including one that killed a Thai farm worker, in the worst spate of violence since the end of Israel’s 22-day assault on the territory launched in December 2008.

Since the war, which killed some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, Israel has routinely responded to sporadic rocket fire with air raids against smuggling tunnels and workshops which Israel says are used to make rockets.

Three of the Israeli strikes overnight targeted an area near Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza. Two of the missiles hit a guard post of the Islamist Hamas movement’s armed wing, the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades.

A fourth raid destroyed a workshop in the refugee camp of Nusseirat, in central Gaza, according to Hamas and witnesses.

In two other air raids, Israeli fighter planes targeted points in the west of Gaza City, destroying a small dairy factory in the Sabra district, according to witnesses.

The military said it hit “a weapons manufacturing site in the northern Gaza Strip, a weapons manufacturing site in the central Gaza Strip and two weapons storage facilities in the southern Gaza Strip.”

“The (army) holds Hamas as solely responsible for maintaining peace and quiet in the Gaza Strip,” it said.

The rise in rocket fire comes amid mounting tensions in the region sparked by Arab fears that Israel has been moving to deepen its hold on annexed, mainly Arab east Jerusalem.

It has also been accompanied by fresh clashes along the Gaza-Israel border.

On Tuesday, a Palestinian teenager was killed and several others were wounded as Israeli troops fired on protesters near the border of the blockaded territory.

And two Israeli soldiers, including an officer, were killed along with two Palestinian gunmen during fierce clashes last weekend when Israeli tanks carried out a brief incursion into Gaza.

Source: SGGP

Obama moves to rein in banks in Wall Street assault

In World on January 22, 2010 at 10:47 am

President Barack Obama unveiled plans Thursday to limit the size and scope of US banks and finance firms in a new assault on the Wall Street excesses laid bare by the financial crisis.

“Never again will the American taxpayer be held hostage by a bank that is too big to fail,” Obama vowed, flanked by former Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker, who advised the president on the rules.

The plans to limit “excessive” risk taking and “protect” taxpayers are aimed at preventing banks or finance institutions from owning, investing in or sponsoring hedge fund or private equity funds.

They will effectively force finance firms to choose between proprietary activities, trading in stocks and sometimes risky financial instruments and commercial activities, like making loans and collecting deposits.

US President Barack Obama delivers remarks on finacial reform at the White House in Washington, DC.

The initiative, which must be approved by Congress, includes a new proposal to limit the consolidation of the finance sector, placing broader limits on “excessive growth of the market share of liabilities” at the largest financial firms.

Obama blamed banks for sparking the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression with “huge reckless risks in pursuit of quick profits and massive bonuses” in a “binge of irresponsibility.”

He vowed to enact the reforms in Congress, even if Wall Street deployed an army of lobbyists to kill them.

“If these folks want a fight, it’s a fight I’m ready to have,” he vowed defiantly.

The announcement was the latest attempt by the White House to harness popular fury at massive Wall Street bonuses and the financial crisis, which is adding up to an angry political mood in a crucial election year.

Separately, the Federal Reserve and other US regulators ordered banks Thursday to follow tougher rules on capital requirements and accounting standards starting in November.

“Banking organizations affected by the new accounting standards generally will be subject to higher risk-based regulatory capital requirements,” said a joint statement by regulators.

The new accounting standards require banks to include a number of off-balance sheet items in their liabilities, which could raise capital requirements.

Wall Street gave an immediate thumbs down to Obama’s plans as US stocks plunged, with the blue-chip Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 200 points or two percent.

“Rather than arbitrarily banning certain activities, or setting arbitrary size limits, our policy response should focus on improving risk management, internal controls, corporate governance, and supervisory oversight,” said the Financial Services Forum.

It is a nonpartisan group of the chief executives of 18 of the largest and most diversified financial services institutions in the United States.

The Obama administration?s proposal “is inconsistent with achieving” goals, such as promoting responsible lending, increasing jobs and promoting a stronger economy, said Steve Bartlett, president for the Financial Services Roundtable.

The group represents 100 top financial services firms providing banking, insurance, and investment products and services.

Obama’s first year in office was dominated by efforts to rescue a handful of banks that threatened to topple the US economy after being exposed to massive losses on the subprime mortgage market.

According to Treasury officials, about 205 billion dollars was pumped into 707 banks under the government rescue plans.

Obama has sounded a tougher tone towards banks in recent weeks as he faced widespread voter anger at the massive government bailout, which came as Americans faced surging unemployment, home foreclosures and national debt.

Top Obama economic aide Austan Goolsbee sought to counter criticism that the plan is returning to the Depression-era law creating a wall between investment and commercial banks.

“It’s not returning to Glass-Steagall,” Goolsbee said.

While the act repealed in 1999 forbid underwriting securities or investing in securities by any commercial bank, Goolsbee said, “This is not that. This says a bank cannot own a hedge fund, cannot own a private equity fund or do trading for its own account that is not related to its client business.”

He added that the goal is “to get back to the fundamental nature of the bank, which is serving its clients, rather than investing for its own profit.”

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Militiamen stand trial for assault

In Uncategorized on August 10, 2008 at 5:18 pm

HCM CITY — Five militiamen accused of injuring four students at Tran Phu Secondary school last November were tried yesterday in the People’s Court of District 10 in HCM City.

The five militiamen are Huynh Tuan Anh, who was vice head of the Military Steering Board of Ward 15 in District 10, Vo Anh Hoang, Nguyen Phuoc Thanh, Le Thai Quoc Trung and Le Ngoc Tam.

In 2001, the managing board of Tran Phu Secondary school signed a contract with the Military Steering Board of Ward 15 to control school security in response to periodic outbreaks of violence at the school.

In October 2007, Nguyen Dinh Hoc, principal of the school asked the Military Steering Board to intervene when he received letters of complaint from parents that students at the school were assaulting other students.

On November 12, Huynh Tuan Anh together with the four other militiamen, asked four students of the school, Mohamad Zamath, who is of Malaysian origin, Nguyen Dang Khoa, Lam Ky Quang and Nguyen Thanh Nam, all aged 14, to come to the Military Steering Board’s office for interrogation.

According to the indictment of the People’s Procuracy of Ward 10, during the interrogation, the four militiamen intentionally beat and assaulted the students using handcuffs and electric rods.

The assault resulted in injuries to three students. Mohamad Zamath sustained trauma to the chest, lungs, arms and legs.

On November 16, the militiamen were arrested.

In March 2008, District 10 police transferred the documents to the People’s Procuracy for prosecution.

Nguyen Dinh Hoc, principal of the school, was not tried but has been on forced suspension from the Education and Training Department of District 10.

Anh receives the most serious sentencing of the five violators. He stands to serve four years and nine months in prison, Hoang, Thanh and Trung, four years and Tam, three years.

The accused men were forced to compensate Quang’s and Zamath’s families for damages at a cost of VND5 million (US$299) and VND5.9 million ($353), respectively. —