Tuesday, October 4, 2011

This Week's News in Brief

Golden Triangle Line of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan


Analysis: Pakistani links to the Haqqani group
The BBC's M Ilyas Khan examines why Afghan militant leader Sirajuddin Haqqani has been distancing himself from Pakistan


Karzai gives up on Taliban talks
Afghan President Hamid Karzai says the way to bring peace to his country, after the killing of Burhanuddin Rabbani, is to talk to Pakistan rather than the Taliban.


In the Afghan villages where Taliban still rule
Ten years after the Afghan Taliban were ousted from power, the BBC's Paul Wood in Kabul looks at whether they could be making a comeback.


Karzai: Pakistan in 'double game'
Afghan President Hamid Karzai, in a thinly veiled attack on Pakistan, says a "double game" is being played in the fight against militants.


Afghan leader in key India talks
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is starting a key visit to India on the back of worsening relations with Pakistan.

Afghan, how the heck you actually mean? eheehee ....
You make friends with India, that's good. But forgive me if I have to tell you.
As a lay woman, I just guess, if you make friends with India, it means that, from now onwards you must learn to be less dependent on Iran, particularly in your state funding. You can draw a very simple line to get to the core of my allegations.
Just do it, I do not mind.
Okay, after you get it, maybe from now on, it's good for you to make friend with America!
Don't you remember?
10 years is not a short time for the two parties know each other well. Dunno, was there a man among NATO troops who --- because he has been too long in Afghan --- then fell in love with Afghan girl and they married secretly .... )
Fictionally, I can say that (due to the marriage bond), it is possible for that American man has a brother-in-law of a Taliban's member, and the family ties between them is just fine .... ahahaa

Is this really you represented by Presiden Karzai in last year?

Newstories: Friendship in News (16)

Is this year's Nobel laureates from the Middle East?

Turbulence and reverberations of democracy in the Middle East and North Africa has given rise to speculation about who is eligible to win the Nobel peace prize. Nobel committee in Norway does not give instructions before the announcement on 7 October. But, if we take into consideration the Nobel Peace Prize earlier, the rebellion against the antidemocratic and human rights struggles in the region of North Africa and the Middle East are deserve to be considered.


Home | Nobels fredspris nobelpeaceprize.org
The Norwegian Nobel Institute has a library with a reading room open to the public. The collection consists mainly of books and periodicals on international relations after 1800. Read more.

"The assessment will be adjusted the consistency of them to devote their attention to one thing with high priority and very important, able to deliver a breakthrough and be beneficial for the people," said Bates Gill, director of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute in Stockholm, Norway.

For the Nobel committee, the biggest challenge comes when they must choose a person or group that embodies the spirit of revolution without violence. "This will be very difficult in the context of protest, because leadership can not always be identified," said Kristian Berg Harpviken, director of the Oslo Peace Research Institute. But harpviken have placed the origin of Egyptian activists, Israa Abdel Fattah, Ahmed Maher and 6 April Youth Movement (which in 2008 made pro-democracy group on social networking site Facebook) as candidates for Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Another strong candidate is Wael Ghonim, a corporate marketing executive of Google. Thanks to his role, the wave of democracy grows and vibrant in Tahrir Square, Cairo. Hosni Mobarak even have to give up his position that has been occupied during the 30 years.

Tunisian blogger, Lina Ben Mhenni becomes the third candidate according Harpviken version. Mhenni is known as the thrower critique of Tunisian regime, before the wave of protests swept the country in December last year.

The submission of candidates for the Nobel laureate from Middle East is not easy, because the name of the nominee should have been entered prior to February 1, 2011. Harpviken admitted that he was not sure the names of his choice candidate could enter the list of nominations. Meanwhile, the Nobel committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland refused to say that a number of major events, including the turmoil in the Middle East and North Africa, would affect the assessment of Peace Nobel laureates.


Nobel Peace Prize - Latest Update
Check out the latest news on Nobel Peace Prize along with photos, videos, biography and more on Times of India


Welcome to SIPRI — www.sipri.org
The SIPRI Military Expenditure Database was updated on 3 June with SIPRI's latest data. The database provides a consistent time series on the military spending of 172 countries since 1988. Data are provided  by country in the following three formats.


Nobel Peace Prize may recognise Arab Spring | Reuters
By Gwladys Fouche OSLO (Reuters) - The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize may recognise activists who helped unleash the revolutionary wave that swept through North Africa and the Middle East during the Arab Spring


PRIO Director's Nobel Peace Prize Speculations 2011
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) has as its mission to conduct high-quality academic research on questions relevant to the promotion of a more peaceful world.


NOBEL PEACE PRIZE NOMINEES 2011 - PRIO Director's Nobel Peace Prize Speculations 2011
The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) has as its mission to conduct high-quality academic research on questions relevant to the promotion of a more peaceful world. We are an independent and international institute.


Israeli doctors win 'other Nobel'
An Israeli doctors' group is named among four winners of this year's Right Livelihood award - dubbed the "alternative Nobel prize".


Solar man wins alternative Nobel
Chinese solar power pioneer Huang Ming is among four winners of this year's "alternative Nobel" - the Right Livelihood Awards.

London 2012 Olympic


London 2012 - Olympic architecture
Smooth and curvy - take a look inside the 2012 Olympic velodrome and see how it fits within the Olympic Park.


London 2012 Olympics from the BBC: Latest news, sports & programmes - Home
The BBC's home of London 2012 - Olympic & Paralympic Games coverage; news, sport, video, tickets, Festival 2012, torch relay, schedules & venues.

U.S. aware of al Qaeda in Libya


The US-Al Qaeda Alliance: Bosnia, Kosovo and Now Libya. Washingtons On-Going Collusion with Terror.
Twice in the last two decades, significant cuts in U.S. and western military spending were foreseen: first after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and then in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.

NATO : Top Haqqani commander captured in Afghanistan


Top Haqqani commander captured in Afghanistan
Afghan and NATO forces arrested Haji Mali Khan in Paktia province, as president Karzai drops peace talks with Taliban.


NATO: Senior Haqqani commander captured in Afghanistan - Arab News

Haqqani militant groups denied that Khan had been caught.

NATO will end the mission in Libya next week


NATO Libya mission could end next week - World - CBC News
The military mission in Libya is largely complete and NATO's involvement could begin to wrap up as soon as next week after allied leaders meet in Brussels, according to the top U.S. commander for Africa.


NATO's military mission in Libya nearly complete, US General
U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham has said that NATO's military mission in Libya could start to end next week. He added that Gaddafi's capture is a matter for the Libyans to deal with.

NATO confirmed that they wouldn't wait until Gaddafi was caught, because the NATO mission in Libya was to protect people, not to kill Gaddafi.

Hugo Chavez supported Gaddafi

Karakas Venezuela - Venezulea President Hugo Chavez on 10/2 affirmed his support to Gaddafi and Syria's President Bashar al-Assad. Chavez said the two leaders as brothers. "I pray to God to protect the life of our brother Gaddafi. No one knows where Gaddafi is now, I think he goes to the desert. "Chavez told the television station VTV.

Furthermore, Chavez refused to recognize the new Libyan government as he mocked the Libyan representative at UN, Ibrahim Dabbashi as a "puppet". Chavez also claimed that he had spoken by phone with Bashar al-Assad. "We are united against the Yankee imperialist and its European allies. Our solidarity is with the people of Syria, with President Al-Assad."

"Ibrahim Dabbashi should not need to exist at the UN. He was supported by the United States and NATO, therefore, he could be on the United Nations, he is only a puppet," said Chavez, told AFP on Friday (09/30/2011).


Hugo Chavez sends his solidarity to ‘brothers’ Qaddafi and Assad
Hugo Chavez sends his solidarity to "brothers" Qaddafi and Assad


.:Middle East Online::Chavez: Libya's new UN representative a 'puppet':.
CARACAS - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, one of the last remaining friends of ousted Libyan strongman Moamer Gathafi, ridiculed the country's new UN representative Thursday, calling him a "puppet" and a "dummy."

Here I type a comment of my friend:
"My goodness, the Libyan people are actually stupid and cowardly. Their struggles are not as pure as the struggle of Egyptian people ... hahaha .... Look! This is time my first time to see there are people from a country scream for help on foreign aid to deal with the political situation in their own country. "Help us! Oh foreign troops, oh America, oh England, oh France, oh NATO ... please help us! Help us! Hahaha ... they are really funny. Just help yourself, Libyans! Honestly, until now I don't recognize the new government in Libya, cause Gaddafi beaten by mob. Even if America attacked by a mob, it would also lose haha ... it's not sportsmanship. What happens if they fight one against one? Heh, Libyan military under Gaddafi is strong. We must admit it!"

Philippines Typhoon

Powerful typhoon hits Philippines
A powerful typhoon strikes the Philippines, triggering floods, cutting power and closing offices in the capital, Manila, with one fatality reported.


Death toll from dual Philippine typhoons now 59 - CNN.com
The death toll from twin typhoons that pounded the Philippines has reached 59, authorities said.


In pictures: Philippines lashed by Typhoon Nesat
Scenes of flooding and destruction from the Philippines, where the largest typhoon of the year, Nesat, is moving slowly over the most heavily populated island in the archipelago.

Residents of the Filipino town of Calumpit wade through murky water in the aftermath of Typhoon Nalgae which tore across the East Asian country Saturday

Residents of the Filipino town of Calumpit wade through murky water in the aftermath of Typhoon Nalgae which tore across the East Asian country Saturday

Residents of the Filipino town of Calumpit wade through murky water in the aftermath of Typhoon Nalgae which tore across the East Asian country Saturday

Others have been forced to take to rooftops to avoid the waters which are chest high in many places

Others have been forced to take to rooftops to avoid the waters which are chest high in many places

Pet dogs are carried by their owners as they wade through the flood brought by typhoon in Bulacan, the Philippines on Oct. 1, 2011. Typhoon Nalgae (local name Quiel) landed on northern Philippines before noon on Saturday, packing winds up to 195 km per hour, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

Residents wade through the flood brought by typhoon in Bulacan, the Philippines on Oct. 1, 2011. Typhoon Nalgae (local name Quiel) landed on northern Philippines before noon on Saturday, packing winds up to 195 km per hour, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)

A boy looks through residents packed inside a military truck as they are rescued from the flood brought by typhoon in Bulacan, the Philippines on Oct. 1, 2011. Typhoon Nalgae (local name Quiel) landed on northern Philippines before noon on Saturday, packing winds up to 195 km per hour, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration. (Xinhua/Rouelle Umali)


Typhoon Nalgae leaves Philippine villages floodbound
• Waters recede but some areas still cut off from aid • Four dead, six missing off Taiwan as cargo ship hits rough seas • Asian countries count the cost of prolonged storms and floods.


Typhoon Nalgae Slams Into the Philippines
Residents evacuate to safer grounds with their belongings as massive flooding continues for the second day Saturday Oct. 1, 2011 at Calumpit township, Bulacan province north of Manila, Philippines. Typhoon Nalgae, is the second typhoon in a week to hit the rain-soaked northern Philippines.


In pictures: Typhoon Nalgae hits Philippines
Images of Typhoon Nalgae as it makes landfall in the Philippines.

Typhoon Nesat (international designation: 1117, PAGASA name: Pedring, JTWC designation: 20W) was the most powerful tropical cyclone to directly impact China since 2005. It was also the Philippines during the 2011 Pacific typhoon season, killing at least 52 people. It is the 17th named storm, the 11th severe tropical storm, the 8th typhoon and overall, the 30th tropical cyclone to be monitored by the Japan Meteorological Agency during the year. Nesat came exactly two years after Typhoon Ketsana made landfall in the Philippines as the most devastating typhoon in the 2009 Pacific typhoon season with a damage of $1.09 billion and 747 fatalities. Nesat was also the first of twin tropical cyclones to batter the Philippines within one week during September 2011, the second was Nalgae.

As Nesat neared the Philippines, the local government ordered the evacuation of residents living in low-lying areas, cancelled flights and suspended classes on all levels. Several provinces were placed under Signal Number 2 and 1. China's flood control authority activated their emergency response system so that they can cope up with the upcoming typhoons Nesat, and Nalgae. The authority requested local governments in relevant areas to closely monitor both the typhoons and keep the public aware of what is happening. They initiated a level IV typhoon response program and sent two working teams to the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan so that they can assist people in all the preparations that they have to make. Ships were recalled, flight and ferry services were suspended and schools were shut as the strongest typhoon to directly impact Hainan in 2011 was approaching its final landfall. Macao's public transportation system was also suspended after typhoon signal No. 8 was hoisted by most local meteorological authorities. In Hong Kong, many functions and activities were canceled or postponed because of the fast approaching storm.

Early on September 27, Typhoon Nesat struck the Philippines with a maximum 1-min sustained wind speed of 105 knots (194 km/h; 121 mph) and killed four people after pinning them under a collapsed wall in Valenzuela. The residents of Manila had no other choice but to wade through waist-deep floodwaters, dodging branches and flying debris as the typhoon sent surging waves as tall as palm trees over seawalls completely submerging neighborhoods. The typhoon made landfall before dawn triggering instant response. Officials in the Albay province said that "About 112,000 people were ordered to leave their homes in five towns prone to flashfloods and landslides in central Albay province. Among the hardest hit provinces were Isabela and Aurora where most of the population was directly dependent on Agriculture. Very similar to what happened after Ketsana, a state of calamity was declared in Luzon in order to undertake an emergency procedure in order to ensure safe and timely water releases from the dams. Nesat approached China just one day after the preparations for it started. Because of the low strength of the storm, the damages from Nesat to china were expected to be near US$ 50 million. The typhoon then hit Vietnam and weakened into a tropical storm.

As Nesat neared the Philippines, the Philippine government ordered the evacuation of residents living in low-lying areas, cancelled flights and suspended classes on all levels. By the morning of September 26, some 111,000 people in the flood-prone areas of the Albay province were ordered to leave their homes. Nearly 63 flights were either delayed or cancelled due to the storm. The provinces of Albay, Catanduanes and the Camarines were placed under storm warning Signal Number 2 while the provinces of Metro Manila, Masbate, Marinduque, Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga and a most of the Northern Luzon provinces were placed under storm warning Signal Number 1. Even though Manila was placed in Storm Signal 2 (which suspends Pre-school, Elementary, and High school levels only), many universities, like the University of the Philippines Diliman & Manila and Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Main Campus, suspended classes.

On September 28, China's flood control authority activated their emergency response system so that they can cope up with the upcoming typhoons Nesat, and Nalgae. The authority requested local governments in relevant areas to closely monitor both the typhoons and keep the public aware of what is happening. They initiated a level IV typhoon response program and sent two working teams to the provinces of Guangdong and Hainan so that they can assist people in all the preparations that they have to make. The passenger ferry services linking the southern island province of Hainan and the rest of the nation were halted as typhoon Nesat neared land. Nesat was expected to be the strongest to hit Hainan in six years. The Hainan provincial meteorological bureau's director, Cai Qinbo, advised all people living in coastal areas to evacuate and also to brace for flash floods and other storm related natural disasters that Nesat may bring to the nation. Ships were recalled, flight and ferry services were suspended and schools were shut as the strongest typhoon to directly impact Hainan in 2011 was approaching its final landfall. In order to ensure the safety of the children, most kindergartens, primary and middle schools in Haikou, the capital of Hainan suspended classes very early. The Meilan Airport in Haikou city canceled a total of 49 flights. In Hong Kong, many functions and activities were canceled or postponed because of the fast approaching storm. The Hong Kong's stock market , all courts, tribunals, court registries and offices were completely shut for the rest of Semptember 29. Also, the education bureau announced suspension of all classes and the Hospital Authority suspended general out-patient and specialist clinics for the entire day too. In order to help people in need of refuge during the landfall, the city's Home Affairs Department opened 11 temporary shelters in various districts across Hainan province. Macao's public transportation system was also suspended after typhoon signal No. 8 was hoisted by most local meteorological authorities. Macao's Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau issued signal 8 while the storm was estimated to be about 350 km south of Macao at 4:00 a.m. local time. The local traffic authorities reacted in a timely manner and closed all the three sea-crossing bridges of the island city.

Impact by country or region
Country Casualties Damage (USD)
Deaths Injuries Missing
Philippines 55 65 30 $202 million
Vietnam 8

$2.4 million
China 4 2
$900 million
Total 67 67 28 $1104.4 million

NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) Situation reports
Costliest Philippine typhoons
Rank Name Year PHP USD
1 Parma (Pepeng) 2009 27.3 billion 608 million
2 Fengshen (Frank) 2008 13.5 billion 301 million
3 Ketsana (Ondoy) 2009 11 billion 244 million
4 Megi (Juan) 2010 11 billion 255 million
5 Mike (Ruping) 1990 10.8 billion 241 million
6 Angela (Rosing) 1995 10.8 billion 241 million
7 Nesat (Pedring) 2011 8.8 billion 202 million
8 Flo (Kadiang) 1993 8.75 billion 195 million
9 Babs (Loleng) 1998 6.79 billion 151 million
10 Xangsane (Milenyo) 2006 6.61 billion 147 million

Typhoon Nalgae (international designation: 1119, PAGASA name: Quiel, JTWC designation: 22W) is an active tropical cyclone that affected the Philippines and poses a threat to Hainan, China and later Vietnam. Nalgae was the ninth typhoon and the fourth super typhoon in 2011.

On the morning of September 24, an area of low pressure with isolated deep convection developed to the west of the Northern Mariana Islands. The low slowly drifted west until late on September 26, when the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) upgraded the low to a tropical depression. The low continued to drift west and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) issued a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert on the system. On the morning of September 27, the JTWC reported that the low developed a quickly consolidating low level circulation center (LLCC) and initiated advisories on the system, designating it with 22W. On that evening, the JMA further upgraded the tropical depression to a tropical storm and named it Nalgae. The storm slowly drifted to the west and kept on intensifying gradually. Nalgae developed a microwave eye like feature and well defined convective banding in all the quadrants. The system had a tiny radius of winds, though it was still strengthening significantly and was very well defined. On the evening of September 28, the JMA reported that Nalgae continued to intensify, as they upgraded it to a severe tropical storm with winds of over 55 knots (102 km/h; 63 mph) On that night, the PAGASA initiated advisories on Nalgae, giving it the local name Quiel, as it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

On September 30, the Americans living in Philippines were reminded by the United States government "to carry their travel documents at all times and secure them in a safe and waterproof location." The government launched the helpline numbers 1-888-407-4747 and 1-202-501-4444 so that the people traveling within the nation can obtain updated information from the Department of State. Also, the PAGASA insisted all people living in the low-lying areas to leave immediately. The said that "Even areas that are currently not flooded are in danger because water from flooded communities will eventually seep into neighboring areas. "As preparations were underway, the president of Philippines said that "More troops and equipment from the Army, Navy and Air Force, including helicopters, have been deployed to flooded areas in Central Luzon to search and rescue affected residents". He added that the "National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has been taking all necessary precautions from early warning, pre-emptive evacuation to on-going relief and recovery operations amid the onslaught of Typhoon Pedring and the anticipated effects of Typhoon Quiel over the weekend." The PAGASA hoisted public storm warning signal number 3 in Cagayan and Isabela as the storm drifted closer. They said that "The coming storm is expected to bring strong winds, but authorities are more concerned about the amount of rainfall it will pour." Fears worsened as the typhoon came in less than 5 days after another typhoon devastated the same place and also lead to a state of calamity being declared. Five towns in Cagayan were still flooded and the same place was to be hit by Nalgae, which is much more stronger than Nesat.

Nalgae, the second typhoon hit Philippines within one week made landfall along the coast of Dinapigue town in Isabela province. The PAGASA weather bureau cheif Graciano Yumul said that "The ground is still supersaturated and it cannot absorb more water. This will just flow down to rivers and towns, and there is a big possibility that landslides, flash flooding and flooding could occur." The search and rescue operations for Typhoon Nesat were halted because of the fierce weather brought by Nalgae. The NOLCOM chief Major General Jessie Dellosa said "Our rescue operations are ongoing with the use of watercraft and rubber boats. We are also continuously coordinating with the local government units to rescue the affected residents in Calumpit and Hagonoy." The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council director Benito Ramos said that thousands of rescue workers were deployed across Luzon and the island’s sparsely populated northeast coast was evacuated following the orders from the president Benigno Aquino III. Ramous said "We're implementing persuasive evacuation operations. If I have to handcuff people to remove them from their homes I could be charged with human rights violations." Nalgae was making a similar path across the saturated Luzon Island as Typhoon Nesat. The wind gusts brought by Nalgae toppled trees and blew away tin roofs of some houses in Isabela's provincial capital of Ilagan. Nalgae continued to worsen the flooding and destruction brought by Nesat. Nalgae was far more stronger than Nesat and plummeted the nation with more winds and rains. The governor of Isabela province, Faustino Dy said that "Hundreds of people in coastal areas had been evacuated as rain and strong cut power lines, uprooted trees and blocked roads with debris." He added that "Nalgae could cause floods on Luzon's central plains before passing through La Union province, a tobacco-growing area, and then heading off into the South China Sea." Also, the PAGASA announced that an estimated 10-18 mm per hour of rains were experienced in several areas across the nation filling up dams and causing river systems to swell. As the storm continued to move inland with strong winds, many structures including billboards, tarpaulins and wooden materials in the town of Cauayan were damaged. The barriers of the Isabela highway were also destroyed by the typhoon. The government responded quickly and cleared off all the debris on the highway and made it usable again. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDDRMC), the onslaught of the typhoon resulted in the death of 1 person living in the Mountain Province, a landlocked province of the Philippines in the Cordillera Administrative Region in Luzon. It was reported that Sonny Marcos, a passenger onboard a passenger van was buried alongside the Halsema Highway, the highest altitude highway in the Philippines that stretches from Baguio City to Bontoc, Mountain Province. Seeing the heavy rains and flooding caused by the typhoon, Graciano Yumul then said to the people of the nation, "You can look at all the scientific computations and we can really prove that the dam openings would only contribute a maximum of 5% to the floods we see now in Pampanga and Bulacan. The water came from the run-off from the mountains, due to rains dropped by Pedring."

The Malacañang Palace called on Filipinos, especially those in Metro Manila to help each other whose properties have been devastated during the twin-typhoons Nesat and Nalgae, The Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said "Relief and rescue workers need boats that can maneuver in flooded areas in Central Luzon, and volunteers who can help repack relief goods of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. he DSWD is repacking relief goods at its warehouse near the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. If you want to volunteer your services, you can do so. As for the wealthier Filipinos who own rubber boats or speedboats and want to lend them to our authorities, they can get in touch with the local government officials concerned." Thousands of people were ordered to evacuate their homes after the second typhoon, Nalgae slammed into the eastern coast of central Luzon, ashore south of northeastern Palanan Bay in Isabela Province. Similar to the previous typhoon Nesat, Nalgae blew through Luzon very quickly. The typhoon took a similar path across areas on Luzon saturated by Typhoon Nesat, trapping thousands on rooftops and sent huge waves that breached a seawall in Manila Bay. Nalgae only took about six hours to blow through the Luzon island. Meanwhile, the heavy rains brought by the system soaked the Cordillera mountain range, and water cascading from the slopes was expected to further swell tributaries and rivers in the central Luzon plains before it finally drains out into the Manila Bay. Office of Civil Defense administrator Benito Ramos told "We are asking everyone still refusing to leave their homes to let authorities evacuate them. Water from the Cordilleras could reach the plains today and there is a possibility that there won’t be any more rooftops left to see if that catches up with water from Nesat that’s just now subsiding." As he claimed, there was a danger the the water could also run past the rooftops of every house leaving none alive. The extremely strong winds blown by Nalgae set off a rockslide in northern Bontoc provincecausing boulders to roll down a mountainside and smash on a passing van, killing one man. In the rice-growing province of Bulacan north of Manila, several hundreds of people in several towns remained trapped on their rooftops as the floodwaters brought by Nesat never retreated and more flooding and rain was brought by Nalgae. Rescuers aboard rubber boats could not reach them because the alleyways were too narrow. Officials said that two army helicopters would be later deployed to rescue the victims.

The Rescue workers scrambled through the floodwaters on October 2, so that they could be able to deliver food, water and other relief materials to hundreds of villagers stuck on rooftops since several days after the twin typhoons ravaged the nation. Seven towns north of Manila including Calumpit in rice-growing Bulacan province continued to be under waist-high waters after the rains brought by Nalgae, the 17th tropical cyclone to affect the disaster-prone nation in 2011. Helicopters were able to deliver food via air, but could rescue none of those who were on the rooftops since 4 days. The main problem with the evacuations was such that most of the victims refused to leave. The residents could do nothing but wade through the floodwaters, only to find the town hall completely submerged in water. In order to prevent being swept away by strong currents, most of them clung to ropes tied on lamp posts. Some people also carried improvised flotation devices such as empty water bottles etc. to stay afloat. The Social work secretary Corazon Soliman said that "tonnes of relief packs were being trucked to the affected areas with the help of the UN's food agency, but other areas remained cut off. The main challenge is reaching far-flung villages. We are working with the armed forces and police to reach whatever is possible by food or by choppers." AirAsia, a Malaysian-based low-cost airline which is Asia's largest low-fare, no-frills airline and a pioneer of low-cost travel in Asia said that they would provide free aid to the victims of the twin typhoons in the Philippines. They announced that they would allocate special space in their cargo on its daily Manila bound flight. They also asked people who were interested to donate for the Flippinos could contact them at their email address, airasiacares@airasia.com. Jay Mijares, a spokesman for the nonprofit humanitarian group, World Vision said that "The immediate need is ready-to-eat food and water. Survivors have no means to cook food. We are seeing a mass exodus of people looking for food, there is no supply, and on top of that their livelihood is disrupted. They have money but there's just nothing to buy." According to the disaster council NDRRMC, "Over the course of the weekend, the storm forced the closure of a number of bridges and made a number of roads impassable in the cities of Calasiao and Dagupan on Luzon island."

On October 3, Philippine authorities rushed aid to thousands of people marooned in their flooded homes for a week since Nesat and Nalgae together battered the nation. After a long time, the flood water slowly started receding and the rescue workers were able to deliver food and other relief materials to those in need. In Calumpit. one of the worst hit towns, a construction worker in line for receiving the relief materials said to a new agency, "We have no food to eat, and no clean drinking water." Although floodwaters have begun to subside, thousands of families continued to stay in the evacuation centers as more than 43,000 houses were damaged by the typhoon Nesat alone. In the Pampanga province the typhoon breached several dikes or small channels developed for the flow of drain water. The destructive landslides brought by Nalgae cut off large portions of the philippine highways isolating the town of Carranglan in Nueva Ecija. Also, after the water receded, most of the victims refused to leave their homes and head for the evacuation centers as they feared that their houses could be easily robbed in such a situation. They asked for food and relief materials to be delivered to their house instead. Mayor James de Jesus of the worst-hit Calumpit town located to the north of Manila said that "For now we need rescue teams with rubber boats. We need to distribute food and water to the families stranded by the floods. I cannot reach all of them personally." It was later reported that atleast 8 million people living in the Philippines have experience faced much worse floods than the earlier destruction caused by typhoon Nesat. The disaster management chief Benito Ramos said "The fight is not over yet. I hope the (Nesat) floods will wash out to Manila Bay before the (Nalgae) runoff hits the area. If the latter catches up to the former, there won’t be any rooftops left to see above the floodwaters." The local weather agency announced that the water levels on the tributaries of major central Luzon rivers were still continuing to rise fast and posed a threat to the nearby towns and villages.

Source : Wikipedia

Berlin - Germany : Libya Lost Tens of Thousands of Missiles


Missing Libyan missiles a threat to civilian aircraft? — RT
Some 10,000 missiles are missing in Libya, NATO reportedly acknowledged in a secret meeting with German MPs. Fears of where the missing missiles may end up are worsened by the alarm that Gaddafi’s abandoned arsenals are still unguarded.


Thousands of Missiles Reported Missing From Libya
Thousands of surface-to-air missiles have disappeared from Libya, ABC News reports. The portable, heat-seeking missiles have gone missing from unguarded military warehouses throughout Libya, some disappearing as long as six months ago.


Libya: 10,000 missiles missing NATO admits
At least 10,000 missiles appear to have been lost in Libya, a senior NATO official has conceded, amid fears the weapons could fall into the hands of al-Qaeda.

At least, 10 thousand Libyan missile has disappeared without a trace of the country's ammunition warehouse. As reported by Der Spiegel magazine, Admiral Giampaolo Di Paola, who led the committee of NATO's military leaders, expressed his concerns over the missing missiles. "The weapon could be in another country and being in the wrong hands. The location can be anywhere, from Kenya to Afghanistan," he said. Paola's comments surfaced after General Mohammed Adia, who led the Libyan Ministry of Defence armaments, claiming that thousands of military ammunition Gaddafi regime disappeared mysteriously. "Around 5000 SAM-7 are still missing. Unfortunately, some of the missiles might fall into the wrong hands abroad," he said to reporters in an arsenal of Gaddafi's troops at Benghazi.

Libya And The Missing Missiles

June 9, 2011: Russian intelligence officials believe that ten Strela-2M (SA-7B) shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles were stolen from Libyan military bases two months ago The Russians have supplied serial numbers and warned counter-terrorism officials worldwide to be vigilant.


According to him, Libya's military has thousands of missiles. "While Gaddafi is still in power, Libya has bought about 20 thousand missiles Soviet-made SAM-7 or Bulgaria," said Adia, "Some missiles have been used, destroyed or are now outside the control. Most have been reserved at Zintan, in southwest Libya."

Netanyahu Welcomes the International Quartet's call


Israel formally accepts Quartet formula for resuming talks
After consulting with ministers, Netanyahu welcomes Quartets call for direct negotiations without pre-conditions.


Israel supports call for talks with Palestinians - CNN.com
Israel announced Sunday it supports the Middle East Quartet's call for direct talks with Palestinians to resume within a month.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the International Quartet's call for Palestinian peace talks resume. On the other hand, the International Quartet urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for not trying to get the recognition at the United Nations. "Israel welcomes the Quartet's call for direct talks between all parties without preconditions," the statement issued by the Israeli PM's office. The International Quartet - the U.S., EU, Russia and the United Nations - responded to a request from Abbas to the full membership of Palestine at the UN on 23 September 2011 with the urging both sides to resume the peace talks within a month. Abbas insisted that he would not hold the talks with Israel until Israel stops the construction of Jewish settlements in Palestine.

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"Thank you for your perception! I like your romantic side, even if I do not always comment and I'm glad that you're in my circle of friends."
(Courtesies by: Wolfgang A. Gerhardt)

Wolfgang A.Gerhardt : May be you like this Sunday collage

Cisca Zarmansyah : Before today, there never was a person doing this to me. You create a simple matter to look special. This is a special thing for me.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you. I love it. I love you, my friend.

CieL- FreYa Ceastle : Hmm, he's so nice...

"I am me.
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me
and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know
-- but as long as I am friendly
and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions
to the puzzles and ways
to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked,
and felt
turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
I can see,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense
and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am okay."

(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)