A Glance at International Criminal Court: A Break Through in International Criminal Law

Ali Palh
by Ali Palh

 

Ali Palh, Masters in Human Rights from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand, heads district field Office of Nonviolent Peace force, Sri Lanka in the Island. Email: nomipalh@yahoo.com, apalh@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

It is really shocking sometimes hearing people of high legal eminence saying that the cases of dispute among two states or countries can be taken to the International Criminal Court for adjudication.

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Impending bankruptcy creates hope for reforms

– Gul Agha, Champaign, Illinois, USA, gul.agha@gmail.com
Let us hope the IMF does the right thing rather than push to punish rural poor through agricultural taxes and the like (as Dr. Shaikh believes). Already the rural areas are suffering (they should have been booming with the rise in world global price hikes), particularly in Sindh and Balochistan.

Sindh pays 70% of the revenue and almost 70% goes to the defense … Not really needing a security forces (like Costa Rica), the per capita Sindh govt. spending would be 9 times richer without establishment of Pakistan (even assuming Pakistan were apportioning on a per capita basis all of its civilian budget, which it is not).

“I see no option but for Pakistan to go, begging bowl in hand, to the IMF,” said Dr. Farzana Shaikh of London-based think-tank Chatham House.

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Kashmir Dispute Needs to be Resolved on Durable Basis: Dr. Fai

Cambridge, Massachusetts. October 30, 2008. “The Kashmir question is one of the oldest unresolved international problems in the world. The experience of nearly six decades has shown that it will not go away and that an effort is urgently required to resolve it on a durable basis” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center. He was speaking on the topic, “Is Kashmir Ripe For a Solution?” an event that was organized by the Institute of Politics (IOP) Study Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Fellow at IOP and former Pakistani Ambassador to the United States presented her remarks on, “Pakistan, Its Neighbors, and the U.S. After 9/11.”

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Wind power

There is an urgent need to develop alternative ways to produce and deliver energy. We must replace methods that are inefficient, rely on non-renewable resource, cause environmental problems.  Windh power has enormous potential to build clean, renwable energy generating facilities, companies are getting behind the development of wind power. When the wind blows, it turns huge propeller blades and generates electricity. The best places to put wind farms are in coastal areas.

The Chinese were using wind power 4000 years ago to pump water for irrigation. In the Middle Ages, wind power was used to turn mills to grind corn: that is how we got the word windmill.

The wind is free and we have an endless supply. There is no waste and nno pollution. Wind power is an effective way to provide power. Wind farms can be tourist attrations.

HOW MULTICULTURALISM BENEFIT US?

Cultural diversity means that the population is drawn from many cultural  backgrounds, representing a wide range of beliefs and traditions. Multiculturalism ensures that all citizens can keep their cultural identies, take pride in their ancestry. Canada’s experience with diversity has taught us to accept and respect different views. This has made Canada an effective international mediator. With so much violence in the world fuelled by racial, religious, and ethnic intolerance, Canada is regularly asked for advice and help with conflit resolution and human rights.

Canada stands as a proof that it is possible for the world’s many races, religions, and cultures to live together and Canada showes the world that different people can accept and respect one another.

US vs Pakistan

by Moin Ansari
Posted on October 29, 2008
Courtesy and Thanks: PakAlertPress
Pakistan helped the Chinese secure Tibet by giving up Aksai Chin. Without Tibet, present day China would be a fractured country with the Indian army instigating raids on Beijing.
Pakistan helped the US by forming SEATO, and CENTO to contain the USSR. Pakistan contained the dominoes from falling. It was with Pakistani help that the mighty USSR was defeated in Afghanistan. It was the defeat in Afghanistan with forced the USSR to implode. Two million kids died fighting the USSR. No memorials for them.
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SMART HEART: Scientists develop artificial heart that beats like the real thing

By Adam Sage in Paris
An artificial heart that beats almost exactly like the real thing is to be implanted in patients within three years in a trial that may offer hope to heart disease sufferers unable to receive a transplant.

The device, which uses electronic sensors to regulate the heart rate and blood flow, was developed by Alain Carpentier, France’s leading cardiac surgeon, and engineers from the group that makes Airbus aircraft. Presented yesterday, it was described by its inventors as the closest thing yet to the human heart. “If you show the graphs to a cardiac surgeon, he will say it’s a human heart,” Professor Carpentier said. “But no, it’s not a human heart, it’s the prosthesis.”

He said that he had spent two decades on the project because “I found it intolerable to see young people – aged 40, 45 or 50 – dying of massive heart attacks without having a prosthesis available to replace their hearts”.

The French announcement is the latest in a race by doctors to produce a device that could be fitted into the 20,000 patients a year worldwide who are unable to receive a life-saving heart transplant because of a shortage of donors.

Courtesy and Thanks: The Times
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/health/article5026788.ece

Should we or could we resist the elements that are hijacking Pakistani society and imposing their beliefs forcibly?

DAWN Editorial says Religious Sectarianism is Eating away Pakistan’s Foundations

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia

The hard-hitting editorial in today’s DAWN newspaper points out how religious sectarianism is degenerating Pakistani society. So much so, that few dare to question large religious groups who have or in in the process of imposing their values on smaller groups. Even the famous and otherwise known as courageous icons of the society stand meekly and shy away from criticizing larger militant groups.

Should we or could we resist the elements that are hijacking Pakistani society and imposing their beliefs forcibly?

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NEVER LIE TO A WOMAN!

A man called home to his wife and said, “Honey I have been asked to go fishing up in Canada with my boss & several of his Friends.
We’ll be gone for a week. This is a good opportunity for me to get that Promotion I’ve been wanting, so could you please pack enough Clothes for a week and set out my rod and fishing box, we’re Leaving From the office & I will swing by the house to pick my things up” ” Oh! Please pack my new blue silk pajamas.”
The wife thinks this sounds a bit fishy but being the good wife she is, did exactly what her husband asked.
The following Weekend he came home a little tired but otherwise looking good.

The wife welcomed him home and asked if he caught many fish?
He said, “Yes! Lots of Salmon, some Bluegill, and a few Swordfish. But why didn’t you pack my new blue silk pajamas like I asked you to Do?”
You’ll love the answer… The wife replied, “I did. They’re in your fishing box

Jiji Zareena Baloch CORNER at the Institute of Sindhology

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
On the 3rd Death Anniversary of Jiji Zareena Baloch, many admirers remembered Jiji for her tremendous services to the cause of Sindh and Sindhis. The following events were held in her honor:
* Hyderabad Model School old Campus inaugurated a park in her name.
* Sindh University and Sindhology conducted a ceremony named Jiji Zareena Baloch CORNER adjacent to Haider Bux Jattoi and Peer Husamdin Rashdi corners at the Institute of Sindhology.
* The Sindh Cultural Department organized an exhibition of jiji Zarina Baloch’s photos and portraits…

Eat to Beat Cancer

We are what we eat. Through the evolutionary time, we as a race have survived and developed. There is still much uncertainty about our food and its relationship to health. 1. Reduce your intake of animal fat; 2. Increase your daily fiber content; 3. Eat plenty of fresh washed fruit and vegetables; 4. Avoid obesity. These days cancer affects thousands, but conclusive research shows that by eating wisely we can not only improve our chances of beating cancer, we can also considerably cut the risk of developing cancer in the first place.

Doctors estimate that 35% of cancers are related to poor diet. This means that there’s a great deal we can do to help ourselves by changing the way we eat and knowing which are the important foods that will help our bodies stay free from cancer. Try to eat raw vegetables or cooked vegetables on slowly low heat. They may help you.

Watch Sindhi Films by Filmmaker Kumar Shahani in Washington DC (one of the most significant filmmakers in India)

Forwarded by Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA

The Sindhis living in Washington DC are fortunate to have a wonderful opportunity to watch four films by a Sindhi Filmmaker Kumar Shahani, who is considered as one of the most significant filmmakers in India. The films are being screened at the Smithsonian Freer Gallery of Art during October 24 – November 2 period. The tickets are free.

For more information, click the following links:

http://www.asia.si.edu and http://apt5.asiapacifictriennial.com/cinema/filmmakers/kumar_shahani
Those who do not live or cannot travel to Washington DC on the screening dates should contact famous museums and Art galleries in that area to find out if they have scheduled any screening of Mr. Shahani’s films.

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United Nations Charter Still Shines As a Symbol of Hope: Dr. Fai

Washington, D.C. October 24, 2008. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center, on the auspicious founding of the United Nations in 1945, wrote to Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations of its significant socio-economic, political and moral achievements. In glowing terms, Dr. Fai stated ‘In the spring of 1945, representatives of fifty nations gathered to put pen to paper and finalize a document of colossal consequence – the Charter of the United Nations.’ ‘This enlightened document,’ he continued ‘shines as a spectacular symbol of hope.’ With that, he reaffirmed his enthusiastic support for the United Nations – its aims, objectives and aspirations that attempts to foster togetherness in the human family by encouraging the world’s peoples to set foot on a common platform, while recognizing spaces for distinctiveness.

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Indus soft shell turtles are dying

By Raheel H. Kaghzi, Sukkur, Sindh

The Indus river soft shell turtles are dying very fast in nesting season, this always happened in nesting season, today I have seen many turtles struggling for their survival, as every Sindhi trying to, they always come out for nesting from river, there are lot of locations but right now i am talking about Sukkur barrage, Labe Mehran, and Dadu canal Sukkur, they came out from indus for nesting but unfortunately they are on the road and the heavy traffic just smashes them to death, its more than 20s turtles are dead every day, five smashed dead bodies I have seen myself on the Labe mehran road, Sukkar, Sindh, Pakistan.

I don’t know where are the wildlife people, besides labe mehran they have conservation centre on the other hand they have an office near city transporation Stand (wagon stand sukkur), but no work no worries, and the indus have everything precious and endanger species such as Indus dolphins, etc,

The good news is that their are few volunteer citizens crossing by serving and trying to help them and at the end within few minutes we have saved six by converting their faces to labe mehran, but this is not the perfect solution for them, they need nest, sand and the proper condition to lay their eggs.

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History misrepresented

Dr Manzur Ejaz

The path we chose sixty years ago has brought us to where we are today. The violent and dark forces of history idealised and imposed through our textbooks could well be responsible for cultivating the minds of suicide bombers. It may seem rather abstract and presumptive to claim that the state has promoted a culture of hatred and violence by including warriors and invaders as heroes, and excluding real indigenous thinkers and anti-fundamentalism intellectuals in the educational curriculum. Therefore, the rise of religious fundamentalism, as embodied by the Jama’at-e Islami and the Taliban among others, should be examined objectively.

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Thank you to Govt. of Sindh and Govt. of Pakistan

We welcome this job Affirmative Action Program in Sindh but need many more such programs

By Khalid Hashmani, McLean, Virginia, USA
The writer can be reached at: khashmani@hotmail.com
Let us thank the government of Sindh for finally introducing a small Affirmative Action Program for the persons who are domiciled in Sindh. Let us also demand that many more Affirmative Action programs be initiated until the representation of Sindhis in public and private sectors is reflective of the percentage of their population.
Our “Thank you note” will encourage both the provincial and federal governments to show more courage in bringing fairness and justice to all communities who have been left behind in jobs, education and other social services.

Security firms told to recruit locals

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Abdul Ghaffar Khan is ‘The Frontier Gandhi’

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Abdul Ghaffar Khan is ‘The Frontier Gandhi’
The devout Muslim leader preached passive resistance and opposed violence.
By Allan M. Jalon, Special to The Times
October 19, 2008
Courtesy and Thanks: Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK — BLOOD-DRENCHED stories about suicide bombings, armed clashes and assassinations that pour from Pakistan’s tribal belt these days, while stressing the eruption of Taliban-Al Qaeda-related conflict, often also define the regional culture as one steeped in violence for centuries. But what rarely gets told is how the people of the wild west of Pakistan also share the modern history of radical nonviolence.

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WAR ECONOMY

By Dr Ali Akbar Dhakan, Karachi

Non-economists do not know that there is no any recipe for econmic development in the presence of war.They must know that there are two kinds of economies i.e, (i)Peace economy in which the non-development expenditure is at lowest ebb but the development expenditure is at the highest height when every rupee is spent for productive purpose which means more and more goods are produced increasing the supply side of economy bringing prosperity due to low prices on account of the law of demand and supply meaning thereby that when supply is at higher side and demand is at lower side, the price will also be at lower side raising the purchasing power of the common man and vice versa and (ii) the war economy for which every rupee is spent for destruction and consumption purpose bringing no more production and creating shortage of goods or low supply which will cause high prices or price hike or inflation and causing low purchasing power of the common people just as at present,

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What can I do to help cure diabetes?

You can do a lot! Most people don’t realize how important their effort can be in helping to cure diabetes. The main reason that so much progress has been made in the last 50 years. There are statistics to prove that diabetes causes much suffering and loss of time.

The results of the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT) and the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS) show that you can live a healthier life with diabetes by keeping blood glucose levels near normal. Modern advances in self-testing by Gluco Meter and treatment make this possible.

India: A Secular Perspective

HOW SECULAR IS INDIA TODAY?

– Asghar Ali Engineer, Mumbai

(Secular Perspective October 16-31, 2008)

There is always a big gap between theory and practice, theology and history. Indian constitution, no doubt, is one of the best in the world. It is truly secular in spirit so much so it was secular even when word secular was not added to it until 1975 i.e. during emergency. If it were truly implemented India would be an ideal country to live in especially for minorities, both religious as well as linguistic.

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SINDHIS AND THE PAKISTANI ESTABLISHMENT- by Manzoor Chandio

SINDHIS AND THE PAKISTANI ESTABLISHMENT
By Manzoor Chandio, Karachi, Sindh
The writer can be reached at: catalyst2pk@yahoo.com, Manzoor Chandio, works in daily Dawn, Karachi.
Mr. President of Pakistan, Chairman of the Senate and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court may be part of the Pakistani Establishment, but the powerful component of the establishment–the Pakistan Military, intelligence agencies, including the ISI, which enjoys considerable influence in the decision-making, MI and IB and the bureaucracy-does not belong to Sindh. There are a few Sindhis in the presidency out of its about one thousand officials.

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Lalu to appear in Canadian documentary

Patna: Having already acted in a bollywood film “Padmashree Lalu Yadave” in an eponymous role, effervescent Railway Minister Lalu Parasd is all set to appear in Canadain documentary soon. As in the feature film, Lalu is palying the role himself in the documentary “India Reborn” being shot by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

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DUBAI: We need slaves to build monuments’- by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

 

‘We need slaves to build monuments’

 

By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad

 

It is already home to the world’s glitziest buildings, man-made islands and mega-malls – now Dubai plans to build the tallest tower. But behind the dizzying construction boom is an army of migrant labourers lured into a life of squalor and exploitation. Ghaith Abdul-Ahad reports
The sun is setting and its dying rays cast triangles of light on to the bodies of the Indian workers. Two are washing themselves, scooping water from tubs in a small yard next to the labour camp’s toilets. Others queue for their turn. One man stands stamping his feet in a bucket, turned into a human washing machine. The heat is suffocating and the sandy wind whips our faces. The sprinkles of water from men drying their clothes fall like welcome summer rain.

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Krishna Chander, an eminent Urdu writer paid a glorious tribute in one of his Urdu novel to ‘Sindhi community

By Katejas, India
The writer can be reached at: rukateja@gmail.com
When the Muslim look-alike Sindhi Hindus writing their language in Arabic script, men with surma-laden eyes and wearing striped pajamas, women wearing loose western Indian attire covering their heads with rao or poti landed penny less on Indian shores,

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China is Gaining Control of Indian Ocean

Courtesy and Thanks: The Phladelphia Trumpet, Nov.-Dec 2007
China is seeking greater strategic control over the Indian Ocean. With 85 percent of its trade being sea-based, this historic land power has been striving to increase its maritime rutes over the past two decades. As the oceanic route between China and the Middle East, the Indian Ocean is of vital strategic importance to Beijing. China is moving to control this trade route.

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Sindhi language was declared to be a ‘kafir’ language by them!

When Sindhi students started demonstrations in support of their language and culture, the Commissioner of Hyderabad, Masroor Hassan, ordered to open fire on the bare-handed student at Jamshoro Bridge , killing a number of Sindhi youth. Sindh still celebrates 4th. March as the Day of Martyrs to remember the proud sons of the land who laid their lives to save their language and culture.
By Mohammad Ali Mahar, Austin, TX, USA
..The fact of the matter is that Sindh has been the biggest victim of this onslaught of the foreign culture. As soon as the country came into being, Karachi, the heart of Sindh, was taken over by the immigrant dominated central government.

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Pakistan: No money, No energy, No government!

New intelligence report says Pakistan is ‘on the edge’
By Jonathan S. Landay and John Walcott | McClatchy Newspapers
Courtesy and Thanks: McClatchy
MORE FROM MCCLATCHY
Severe economic crisis threatens Pakistan’s stability
Wave of violence worsens Pakistan’s security, economic crisis

WASHINGTON – A growing al Qaida-backed insurgency, combined with the Pakistani army’s reluctance to launch an all-out crackdown, political infighting and energy and food shortages are plunging America’s key ally in the war on terror deeper into turmoil and violence, says a soon-to-be completed U.S. intelligence assessment.
A U.S. official who participated in drafting the top secret National Intelligence Estimate said it portrays the situation in Pakistan as “very bad.” Another official called the draft “very bleak,” and said it describes Pakistan as being “on the edge.”
The first official summarized the estimate’s conclusions about the state of Pakistan as: “no money, no energy, no government.”
Six U.S. officials who helped draft or are aware of the document’s findings confirmed them to McClatchy on the condition of anonymity because NIEs are top secret and are restricted to the president, senior officials and members of Congress. An NIE’s conclusions reflect the consensus of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.

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History is an interesting subject

– Munawar Ali, USA, munawars88@gmail.com
History is an interesting subject. Just few centuries ago East was exactly like what now is West, from knowledge, culture and all other aspects. Muslim culture at that time was sign of glory. Muslims reached the pinnacle of civilization in Spain where they founded wonderful centers for knowledge and culture. Muslims ruled gracefully in Spain, Christians and Jews thrived during their time. History can repeat itself too.
Here is a modern song which kinda depicts that picture, singer is Jewish and I am sure she descends from that area, she sings in Arabic and the group is a Spanish popular group. Please be careful in opening as it may be graphic for some folks.Please click here or click the following link;

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