Wednesday, September 19, 2012

News Headlines (17) 19 September 2012




19 SEPTEMBRE

China-Japan island dispute affects trade




Chinese Protest Fueled by Land Disputes



History of China: Allies with USA, People, Industries, Education, Religion, Japanese Aggression




The demonstration coincided with the Mukden incident in 1931 when the Japanese military attacked the Chinese forces.
Mukden Incident - 18 Sep 1931 - 19 Sep 1931 | contributor: C. Peter Chen
Manchurian Incident
Senkaku / Diaoyutai Islands
Japan deports pro-China island activists - by Staff WritersIshigaki, Japan (AFP) Aug 17, 2012

Senkaku Islands should not be sold to anyone, except to the Japanese government or public organizations. It is an agreement of Kurihara family after buying the Senkaku islands in the mid-1970s.

"Our fundamental rule is not to sell the islands to individuals or private companies," said a spokesman for the Kurihara family -- Hiroyuki Kurihara -- told The Japan Times.

Kurihara family mastered four of the five islands located in the constellation of  Senkaku Islands. Four islands were purchased from Zenji Koga, descendants of the islands ruler since the Meiji era. Zenji's father -- Tatsuhiro -- built a factory with 200 workers in the islands at the end of 1890. Four islands then belonged to Zenji in 1932.

"The important thing is to make sure that the history is not erased," said Hiroyuki, a spokesman (and he's also Kunioki's brother) of Kurihara family. "Without history, Japan will lose ground to claim the Senkaku as Japanese people's territory. "

According to Hiroyuki, supposedly, the attempts to takeover Senkaku Islands have been done long ago. In the mid-1970s, Shintaro Ishihara, who is currently the governor of Tokyo has offered these islands. "But,..." Hiroyuki continued, "The offer was rejected because Ishihara wanted to buy on behalf of him personally. But this time he's on behalf of Tokyo government. "

The Japanese government also said they wanted to buy the islands last week. As to who finally could buy, Hiroyuki was not willing to give information. "The last hope of Koga Tatsuhiro is to ensure the history of Senkaku remain protected, and my brother chose to do so."

At first glance, the tension between Japan and China is similar to the territorial dispute between the Philippines and China in the Scarborough Shoal. The awkwardness is the Japanese central government seemed to compete with Tokyo governor - Shintaro Ishihara --- in plans to buy the Senkaku (in the Japanese version), or Diaoyu (in Chinese version).

According to Koichi Nakano -- a political scientist from Sophia University in Tokyo -- it indicates a fight competition in domestic level. "The issue is more concerned with domestic politics as in the context of international relations, Japan's attitude is unreasonable," he said.

Nakano's opinion was evident when Ishihara's son -- the Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party, Nobuteru Ishihara -- wanted to seize the chair of the party leadership from Sadakazu Tanigaki. Like a tit for tat, the ranks of senior LDP apparently wanted to replace Tanigaki with someone who was more popular to voters.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda from the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) was hit by the turmoil. His electability level is now on the wane. He is viewed as weak on issues of territorial disputes with neighboring countries. Voices of DPJ lawmakers were likely eager to dump him.

Two series of events was read carefully by Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara. To shake Noda as well as to boost the popularity of opposition party, Ishihara then collects donations, which until earlier this month has reached 1.45 billion yen. The funds will be used to buy three of the five islands in the Senkaku Islands.

Ishihara's step gets full support from the LDP. Last June, the party has promoted the bill in the Upper House of Parliament that allowed the central government to purchase or lease his uninhabited island. That includes the possibility of a forced foreclosure rules on each island.

PM Noda did not stand idly by. He was said to send an envoy to negotiate the purchase of the islands for 2.05 billion yen.

Pranamita Baruah -- a researcher from the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, India -- said Noda government was forced to take a position that is very skewed to the nationalization of the islands due to fears of turmoil in the DPJ.

According to Baruah, if Ishihara is allowed to buy the islands without a counter strategy, then criticism to the central government will be flowing. In other words, Japanese government's efforts to counter to nationalize the Senkaku is not only to restore public support, but also to reduce opposition.

Regardless of who wins, the friction between Japan's central government and Tokyo's government is predicted will continue to occur. Moreover, along with signs of accelerated election of Japan's lower house members, Senkaku problem would be politicized for the sake of popularity.
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19 SEPTEMBRE


Political Satire: Cartooning President Obama, Mitt Romney, and the rise of 3D animation -By Jake Tapper, Richard Coolidge & Sherisse Pham | Power Players 



Romney Tries to Change the Subject - By Emily Friedman | ABC OTUS News
Amid campaign turmoil, Romney tries to stay 'focused' - By Holly Bailey, Yahoo! News
Ryan: Romney 'obviously inarticulate' in remarks - Associated Press
Obama says he works 'for everybody, not just for some' - By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News
Obama: As president you represent entire country

Obama: As President You Represent Entire Country


Obama: Jay-Z 'knows what my life is like'
Obama foreign policy approval rating drops in new poll - By Olivier Knox, Yahoo! News
Obama: Filmmaker behind anti-Islam film that sparked Mideast violence is 'shadowy character' - By The Associated Press | Associated Press
Libyan reports shred White House claim that Benghazi attack was spontaneous, driven by anti-Islam film | The Daily Caller – Mon, Sep 17, 2012
Russia may block YouTube over anti-Islam film - Associated Press
Tweeters mock Newsweek's #MuslimRage cover - By RYAN NAKASHIMA | Associated Press
Time to argue for Islam's humane view of blasphemy. Violent protests over the video that insults the prophet Muhammad highlight a fundamentalist view of blasphemy. But this interpretation relies on only a handful of sources and ignores Islamic authorities with a far more humane view. Muslims should rediscover these Islamic thinkers. By Mark S. Wagner | Christian Science Monitor – Mon, Sep 17, 2012
Al-Qaida threatens attacks on US diplomats - By MAAMOUN YOUSSEF | Associated Press
Jesus had a wife, newly discovered gospel suggests - By Life's Little Mysteries Staff | LiveScience.com

China marks war anniversary with more anti-Japan protests; thousands march in Beijing - By Didi Tang, The Associated Press
Sesame Street's next chapter: Elmo talks back - By BARBARA ORTUTAY | Associated Press  


A man, dressed as the Muppet character Elmo, is arrested in New York’s Times Square September 18, 2012. The arrest took place after a loud verbal exchange between the man and tourists, witnesses said. The police at the scene did not give a reason for the arrest. REUTERS/Adrees Latif
 
Elmo's Song






19 SEPTEMBRE

19 September 2012  - Suu Kyi calls for further easing of Burma sanctions 
 
Myanmar's Suu Kyi Meets Clinton in Washington



18 September 2012 - Benghazi defiant after US consulate attack | By Wyre Davis BBC News, Benghazi
19 September 2012 - Obama: Mitt Romney wrong to call Americans 'victims'
19 September 2012  - USAID shuts down Russia operation
19 September 2012  - Viewpoint: Counter-insurgency lessons from Vietnam 

18 September 2012  - US poet Louis Simpson dies at 89 


Poet Louis Simpson reads from The Owner of the House



Vandergast and the Girl" by Louis Simpson (poetry reading) | "The Goodnight" by Louis Simpson



Les Séparés


N'écris pas. Je suis triste, et je voudrais m'éteindre.
Les beaux étés sans toi, c'est la nuit sans flambeau.
J'ai refermé mes bras qui ne peuvent t'atteindre,
Et frapper à mon coeur, c'est frapper au tombeau.
N'écris pas!

N'écris pas. N'apprenons qu'à mourir à nous-mêmes.
Ne demande qu'à Dieu . . . qu'à toi, si je t'aimais!
Au fond de ton absence écouter que tu m'aimes,
C'est entendre le ciel sans y monter jamais.
N'écris pas!

N'écris pas. Je te crains; j'ai peur de ma mémoire;
Elle a gardé ta voix qui m'appelle souvent.
Ne montre pas l'eau vive à qui ne peut la boire.
Une chère écriture est un portrait vivant.
N'écris pas!

N'écris pas ces doux mots que je n'ose plus lire:
Il semble que ta voix les répand sur mon coeur;
Que je les vois brûler à travers ton sourire;
Il semble qu'un baiser les empreint sur mon coeur.
N'écris pas!Les Séparés

N'écris pas. Je suis triste, et je voudrais m'éteindre.
Les beaux étés sans toi, c'est la nuit sans flambeau.
J'ai refermé mes bras qui ne peuvent t'atteindre,
Et frapper à mon coeur, c'est frapper au tombeau.
N'écris pas!

N'écris pas. N'apprenons qu'à mourir à nous-mêmes.
Ne demande qu'à Dieu . . . qu'à toi, si je t'aimais!
Au fond de ton absence écouter que tu m'aimes,
C'est entendre le ciel sans y monter jamais.
N'écris pas!

N'écris pas. Je te crains; j'ai peur de ma mémoire;
Elle a gardé ta voix qui m'appelle souvent.
Ne montre pas l'eau vive à qui ne peut la boire.
Une chère écriture est un portrait vivant.
N'écris pas!

N'écris pas ces doux mots que je n'ose plus lire:
Il semble que ta voix les répand sur mon coeur;
Que je les vois brûler à travers ton sourire;
Il semble qu'un baiser les empreint sur mon coeur.
N'écris pas!

by Louis Simpson and Marceline Desbordes-Valmore


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Pondichery - France 5




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19 SEPTEMBRE


CrossTalk: Muslim mayhem mounts, should US go home?



Anti-US protests rage on, Clinton pledges 'aggressive steps' to protect embassies (PHOTOS, VIDEO) Published: 19 September, 2012 
Holy smoke: Will Islamic extremists ignite rioting across Europe? Published: 19 September, 2012

Muslim Rage: Over 50 killed in 30-nation Islamic protest wave




'US "sudden democracy syndrome" empowered radical Islam'



Obama wins right to indefinitely detain Americans under NDAA. Published: 18 September, 2012
Growing gulf: Iran deploys Russian made sub as tensions rise. Published: 18 September, 2012 
'US will strike Iran in early 2013' - former American ambassador to Israel. Published: 17 September, 2012
Palestinians slam Romney remarks as "absolutely unacceptable". Published: 19 September, 2012 
America and Libya give completely different versions of Benghazi consulate attack. Published: 19 September, 2012
Congress to cut 9/11 first responders' benefits. Published: 18 September, 2012 
Georgian prison torture: Citizens protest in thousands (PHOTOS, VIDEO). Published: 19 September, 2012 
'Georgia gearing up for new war' - S. Ossetia leader. Published: 18 September, 2012 
Reset to Reroute: Should Russia rethink Western relations? Published: 18 September, 2012 
Islamic art wing at Louvre opened. Published: 18 September, 2012 



Sainte-Russie


Pentagon slams F-35 manufacturer - Published: 18 September, 2012 
Two models of Chinese 5th-Gen fighter in works (PHOTOS). Published: 18 September, 2012 
China-Japan island row could hurt 'more than 2011 earthquake'. Published: 18 September, 2012 
PICTURES - Furious protests over anti-Islam film 
Topless Kate pics leave Irish Daily Star editor job hunting. Published: 18 September, 2012 - Edited: 18 September, 2012 


Britain's Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, ride a traditional war canoe as they arrive in Tavanipupu, Solomon Islands, Sept. 17, 2012. Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, are at the third stop of a nine-day tour of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee. REUTERS/Rick Rycroft/Pool







19 SEPTEMBRE


Witness - A Child Miner In Jail



Justice denied for Native American women


Inside Story - Can Somalia's leader contain the al-Shabab?




Inside Story Americas - Should Americans be told what to drink? 



France's Louvre opens new Islamic wing








19 SEPTEMBRE

Why the Syrian Rebels May Also Be Guilty of War Crimes 
Bitter, Clinging Moochers - By Joe Klein | September 18, 2012 
Anti-Japan Protests Reach Fever Pitch as Panetta Visits Beijing

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A protester shouts slogans as he stands on a burnt car during clashes with riot police along a road leading to the U.S. embassy, near Tahrir Square in Cairo September 14, 2012. Egyptian protesters, angry at a film they say insults Prophet Mohammad, hurled stones on Friday at a line of police in Cairo blocking their way to the U.S. embassy, which was attacked earlier this week. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Lists - 50 Best Websites 2012
Face Time: In Praise of (Living) Emoticons





 2 PHOTOS TODAY 


Sajal Biswas, 40, a snake charmer puts the head of a snake into his mouth as he performs at a roadside on the outskirts of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura, September 13, 2012. (REUTERS/Jayanta Dey)



A woman practices yoga during a mass floating event in the Dead Sea on September 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Nir Elias)



ALAIN SORAL


Alain Soral - Septembre 2012





Inevitable. For some reason, his face is in my mind for days. Oh what's the matter? Ehh .... mmm...so, so and so .... ugh ...Am I rambling? I love my partner, really, but this face ... mmmm .... Alan Soral is very sensual, isn't he?

(What? ... Ow ow, you'll see, Cisca! I report this matter to your fiance, and you'll get yelled at him!)

Oh no, no, you may be mistaken. Later today, my partner looks wise and very fatherhood. Yesterday he just said, "Stop staring at him with your rainbow eyes, Miss Full of Hormones!


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CZ

"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,
sounded,
thought,
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,
hear,
feel,
think,
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."

VIRGINIA SATIR
(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)