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Outrage after man is shocked to death

January 12th, 2019 | Posted by admin in 南宁夜生活 - (Comments Off on Outrage after man is shocked to death)

A video of the incident has been released, which shows Robert Dziekanski dying while being restrained with a Taser by police, igniting a diplomatic protest and controversy over the use of stun guns.

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Canada's public safety minister ordered a review of the devices one day after the release of the tourist's video.

The 40-year-old immigrant died on October 14 about 10 hours after he arrived at western Canada's biggest airport.

Mr Dziekanski died after a bizarre series of events that culminated in police approaching him and, in less than one minute, zapping him repeatedly with a Taser stun gun.

“I was quite shocked,” Piotr Ogrodzinski, said the Polish ambassador to Canada, after viewing the video.

“Perhaps (the) police officers' reaction was not suitable to the circumstances.”

Mr Ogrodzinski said he formally requested details from Canada of the investigation into Mr Dziekanski's death, and also met with the national police complaints commissioner.

The video was taken by Paul Pritchard, a Canadian traveler at the scene.

It was not released for one month because police held onto it until Mr Pritchard filed a court action to have it returned.

What the video shows

The video shows Mr Dziekanski, appearing distraught and frightened, moving around furniture in the airport and at one point throwing a computer off a desk onto the ground.

He is watched by security guards who stand back and can be heard saying, “he's speaking Russian.”

Then four officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canada's national police force, enter the frame.

They walk toward Mr Dziekanski and surround him.

He turns away from them, raising his hands with his back to them.

In one hand he holds what looks like a stapler.

The police close in on Mr Dziekanski and stun him repeatedly with a Taser device.

Mr Dziekanski screams and writhes on the floor, and the policemen pile on top of him and pin him down.

Within minutes he falls still.

RCMP spokesman Corporal Dale Carr said an investigation by a homicide team will take another 30 to 45 days.

He urged the public to withhold their judgment of what they see on the video until the police can explain their conduct while testifying under oath at a coroner's inquest.

“The inquest will be the venue in which the contents of the video and the actions of police will be scrutinised,” Mr Carr said in a statement.

A preliminary coroner's report earlier showed there were no drugs or alcohol in Mr Dziekanski's body, and that the cause of death was uncertain.

Shortly after calls by the opposition parties for a review of the stun weapons, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day told the House of Commons he had ordered “a review related to the use of Tasers.”

Public outrage

In British Columbia province, others demanded that a special prosecutor be appointed to examine the police actions.

Meanwhile, thousands of people across Canada phoned radio talk shows or posted comments on media websites, most expressing anger.

“I am so ashamed as a Canadian,” wrote Joey Tavares from Toronto on the daily Globe and Mail's site, in one typical post.

“I feel so sorry for the Dziekanski family.

“I cannot believe that this happened.”

Mr Dziekanski had travelled from Pieszyce, Poland, to Canada to live with his mother, said a family lawyer, who noted Mr Dziekanski spoke only Polish, and had never before wandered far from Pieszyce.

Due to a mix-up at the airport, he had waited for his mother for almost 10 hours in the secure customs area, while she waited for him in the arrivals area on the other side of a wall.

After unsuccessfully asking airport and immigration staff for help finding out if her son had arrived, she left.

No one at the airport seemed to have noticed Mr Dziekanski waiting for hours in the secure area.

Ash blankets Indonesian town

January 12th, 2019 | Posted by admin in 南宁夜生活 - (Comments Off on Ash blankets Indonesian town)

Ash fell on the town of Blitar in East Java, which is located outside a 10-kilometre danger zone around the peak of Mount Kelut, but officials say it came from a second volcano further away from the town.

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Residents initially feared the worst when the ash drifted over the town, Blitar district spokesman Sukamtono said.

“We have checked with the volcano monitoring team, and they say that the ash does not come from Kelut, but from Semeru,” he said, referring to another volcano about 90 kilometres away.

Semeru has been spewing ash on and off for months and scientists say that the volcano's activities were still considered normal and not dangerous.

Eruption brewing

Meanwhile scientists said they were baffled by the behaviour of Kelut, with the energy surging inside it surpassing that of its last eruption, in 1990.

Scientists abandoned their monitoring posts on Kelut's slopes on Saturday when tremors became so strong they could no longer be measured.

They could not see the peak through heavy cloud but said they believed it was erupting.

However they later found that it had not.

Volcanologist Agus Budianto said that pressure inside Kelut was three to four times as strong as that which caused the last eruption, which killed 34 people.

That eruption created a blockage that magma has not been able to fully break through, lifting only some volcanic material under the crater lake and resulting in a column of steam rising from its surface, he said.

“All indications point to an eruption, but the fact is, there has so far been only a partial lifting of the lava dome at the top, as well as a strong drift of heated winds upwards,” Mr Budianto said.

The lifting of a portion of the crater to the south-southwest – the direction evacuation efforts have focused on — has resulted in water mixed with volcanic material gushing down the usually dry Bladak river bed.

Cracks resulting from the crust movements were providing an escape route for magmatic gases, he said, gradually reducing the pressure inside – and meaning that it was possible no eruption would occur.

Underground tremors however were ongoing, he said, while the temperature of the crater lake has soared to 77.5 degrees Centigrade, compared to 40 degrees when it erupted in 1990.

“This is something entirely new for Kelut,” Budianto said.

A group of journalists who sneaked to the edge of the crater on Monday said that the lake had turned whitish and bubbles were forming every two minutes or so on its surface. A strong sulfuric odour also permeated the peak, though birds remained in the area, they said.

Authorities sealed off the mountain and tried to evacuate all 130,000 people living in the danger zone since it was put on high alert on October 16.

Many however have either refused to leave or returned to their homes and fields during the day to work.

Since records Mount Kelut has claimed more than 15,000 lives, including an estimated 10,000 in a catastrophic 1586 eruption. A 1919 eruption spewed heat clouds that killed 5,160 people.

Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific “Ring of Fire” where several continental plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

Wassim Doureihi Interview.

January 12th, 2019 | Posted by admin in 南宁夜生活 - (Comments Off on Wassim Doureihi Interview.)

GEORGE NEGUS: Wassim, thanks for joining us.

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WASSIM DOUREIHI, SPOKESMAN FOR HIZB UT-TAHRIR: Thank you very having me.

GEORGE NEGUS: You weren’t at the meeting in Canberra yesterday but at this point having heard what went on at that meeting, do you believe that Islamic law, your law, Sharia law, takes precedence over Australian law?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: We have to make two clear distinctions on this point, George. What we’re saying is there is life of a Muslim as an individual and there’s life of a Muslim as part of a society.

No-one in this country’s talking about implementing Sharia law in this country. The reality is –

GEORGE NEGUS:You’re not? You’re group are not?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: Absolutely not. What we are calling for essentially is implementation of Islamic law within the Muslim world and that is a natural consequence of the belief of the people and a consequence of the belief that the Muslims in the Muslim world should assume their political destiny.

GEORGE NEGUS: So you believe that a Muslim like yourself can obey both the Sharia law and Australian law, no conflict?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: What we’re saying essentially is yes, there are certain beliefs and there are certain attitudes that we carry. If there is an element where someone has broken a law then definitely we would say that we exist in this country as citizens of this country and we obey that law. If there are laws that are broken, then prosecute us under those laws and under the judicial arrangements.

But the issue really is not about what the Muslims are doing in this country. The issue is implementation of foreign ideologies upon the Muslims in the Muslim world.

GEORGE NEGUS: When we talked yesterday and you reject any suggestion that your group is an extremist group, right?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: Everybody knows, every government minister and every government in the Western world knows the reality of Hizb ut-Tahrir – we are a non-violent group. Yes we call for the implementation of Islamic law within the Muslim world. Part of that call of course is about removing the Western interference in the Islamic world.

GEORGE NEGUS: In places like Palestine and Iraq?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: In places like Palestinian, Iraq, Afghanistan but we make no exception to the rule. We say every single ruler in the Muslim world is a product and a lackey of the West.

GEORGE NEGUS: So why do you think you weren’t there yesterday? Why do you think people do regard your group as extremist and a worry?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: First of all, we don’t like to play the label game. At the end of the day John Howard has his prerogative and he’ll invite who he seems fit. At the end of the day what we say to John Howard and we say this very clearly, ask every single one of those delegates what are their views on the right of Israel to exist? What are their views on the implementation of Sharia law within the Muslim world? What are their views of unification of Muslims in the Muslim world? And I don’t think you’ll find any distinction whatsoever on this point. So the label as moderate or extremist are irrelevant on this point. It’s time we go beyond the semantics and get to the real issues.

GEORGE NEGUS: Yesterday every Muslim present at that meeting, that so-called summit, right, declared their absolute, unequivocal opposition to terrorism, to violent acts by Muslims in the course of achieving their goals, to the incitement of violence, do you agree with that? Are you unequivocally opposed to those things?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: There is no doubt, not a single Muslim or Muslim organisation in this country has condoned any acts of violence against innocent civilians. The interesting point, of course, is that given the fact that every single Muslim and organisation has denounced acts of terrorism, or violence against individuals, clearly that is not enough for the Government and clearly what we saw as consequence of the summit itself, the issues discussed had nothing to do with terrorism but the reality is about the position of the Muslim community within this country, questions of allegiances, questions of values and definitely what is most important is the Government asking the Muslim community to accept responsibility for a problem that was created by itself.

GEORGE NEGUS: Do you believe that yesterday was a waste of time?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: I believe that any discussion, any discussion about the matter of terrorism, any serious endeavour to protect the lives of innocent people is something that should be supported. John Howard has stated very clearly it’s not the be all and end all and everyone considers this point.

What is most important for me is to ensure that the wider Australian community is debating this issue in its correct context and that is of course not one that is localised but is considered within its global context and the reality of Western foreign policy.

GEORGE NEGUS: Given that you’re saying what you’re saying to me and hoping that people believe you, will you expect to be invited to any similar meeting?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: We have said very clearly we are open to dialogue with anyone whether that’s part of the authorities or whether the wider community, we are out there engaging in productive discourse. We are trying to win the hearts and minds of people through intelligent debate. What we’ve seen of course is the response of the Government is their refusal to acknowledge any legitimate form of political dissent.

GEORGE NEGUS: Do you regard yourself as a political party, not a religious organisation?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: We regard the two matters as inextricably linked. What we’re saying is the Hizb ut-Tahrir is a political party whose ideology is Islam. We’re not working as a party within this country. Our work is directed within the Muslim world by virtue of the existence of Muslims within Australia, definitely there are members of this party but our work is not targeted in Australia. Our work is targeted in the Muslim world where our natural sympathies lie.

GEORGE NEGUS: I ask you this question, do you believe Osama bin Laden was responsible for the attack on September 11?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: What I believed the issue is bigger than Osama bin Laden. What I say very clearly is that I am presented with the same information you were presented through the media. What we know for sure is the reality of Western foreign policy and the harm and the chaos and the calamity it has inflicted upon the people within the Muslim world.

Now we talk about the issue of Madrid, talk about the issue of London, the realities –

GEORGE NEGUS: Back to the question, do you think he was responsible? Do you think he was responsible, he and al-Qa’ida?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: What I say is that I am presented with the same information you were presented by the media.

GEORGE NEGUS: And your position is that he wasn’t or he was?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: There are question marks, absolutely. At the end of the day the issue is not who was responsible for September 11. The issue for us, as a Muslim, is how is America and the West using 9/11 or Madrid or London as a pretext to further their repression of the Muslims.

GEORGE NEGUS: Final question, after yesterday’s meeting do you still believe, as you’ve said once, that Muslims and Western society cannot co-exist and if that’s the case, how do you get along with John Howard’s idea that Muslims in this country should adopt Australian values if you believe that the West and Muslims cannot co-exist?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: Let’s make a very important distinction there, George. What I said very clearly and still stick to by this point is that Islam and not the Muslims, cannot co-exist within Western society. We’re talking about Islam as a political order. It’s conducive to say that Islam or communism can exist or capitalism and communism can co-exist.

GEORGE NEGUS: But your group exists, co-exists within Australia.

WASSIM DOUREIHI: I’m saying Muslims can exist within this country and do exist within this country and will continue to exist and contribute to this country. Now that’s in our capacity as individuals. But when we talk about ideologies as political forces, there is a clear line between the Islamic world and the capitalist world, which is the Western world. Now those discussions are ideologically based. It’s not a consequence of individuals it’s a consequence of ideologies which affect entire societies.

GEORGE NEGUS: Peter Costello said this last night, “This country is a country which has a constitution, under its constitution the State is secular, the law is made by the parliament and enforced by the judiciary.” He then went on. “These are Australian values,” – the Prime Minister’s term as well – “and they’re not going to change and we would expect people when they come to Australia or if they were born in Australia,” – like you are, an Australian-born Muslim – “to respect those values.” Those things that I’ve just read out to you from the Deputy Prime Minister.

WASSIM DOUREIHI: I challenge the Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister to show me and to show the Australian people very clearly which Muslim organisation is working to implement Sharia law in this country. The reality is that as this Government, as with all previous governments that are part of Western alliance that is forcing in a foreign ideology upon the Islamic world. Now that’s clearly an attempt by the Government to deflect criticism against itself on its foreign policy.

GEORGE NEGUS: But, Wassim, right, respecting the Australian constitution, right, respecting the secular law of the country, the parliament, the judiciary, those are the Australian values as Peter Costello sees it.

WASSIM DOUREIHI: The question is, does he mean by that that we can’t hold different opinions?

GEORGE NEGUS: I hope not but those two things can you agree with that?

WASSIM DOUREIHI: Those two things I ask the Prime Minister and the Treasurer I ask them to show me one example and to show the Australian people one example of any Muslim or organisation that is actively working to alter the political landscape within this country.

Now by virtue of our existence, yes, we are Muslim and we have our Islam and clearly we will have opinions about all facets of society. Now they’re opinions that we hold but it’s different from saying that we’re carrying an opinion and we’re working to alter and implement and manifest that opinion. The reality is that only it’s the Western governments that are inflicting foreign ideology upon the peoples.

GEORGE NEGUS: Wassim, we have to leave it there unfortunately.

WASSIM DOUREIHI: Thank you very much for your time.

GEORGE NEGUS: You too.

Gates backs Iraq withdrawal

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Both sides of the political fracture in Washington were girding for a new week of clashes in Congress over Iraq strategy after President George W Bush announced a limited drawdown of troops last Thursday.

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Mr Gates played down his suggestion made on Friday that US forces in Iraq could be cut to about 100,000 troops by the end of 2008, from their current level of nearly 170,000.

"What I said was I hoped the conditions would improve in Iraq to the extent that not only could we complete the drawdowns that General (David) Petraeus would like to make, but we would continue thereafter," Mr Gates said on Fox News.

"So everything depends on the conditions on the ground."

Mr Bush said on Thursday he was adopting recommendations by his Iraq commander Petraeus to cut force levels after security advances, notably in Anbar province, where tribal leaders have joined the fight against al-Qaeda extremists.

As a result, Mr Bush said, about 5,700 US troops will come home by Christmas, and the number of combat brigades will drop from 20 to 15 – a decrease of about 21,500 combat troops – by mid-2008.

With other regular rotations, that would take US troop levels down to about 130,000, roughly their number before Bush launched a military "surge" in Iraq in February.

'A cosmetic change'

Angry Democrats argued the reductions were a cosmetic change forced on the president by military necessity as the surge winds down.

US troops are now embroiled in the "middle of a civil war" while the government of Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki refuses to make the compromises needed for political reconciliation, top Democratic senators said today.

Mr Gates said the troop reductions mark the start of a transition of the US military mission in Iraq to a residual long-term force that would combat terrorism, support Iraqi forces and protect the country's borders.

But he insisted that the Pentagon's hands must not be tied by Democratic measures such as the troop rotation amendment submitted by Senator Jim Webb, a hawkish Vietnam veteran.

Asked if he would recommend that Bush veto the bill if it passes Congress, Mr Gates said: "Yes, I would."

Suu Kyi house arrest extended

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Burma democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has been ordered to stay under house arrest for 18 months after a prison court convicted the Nobel laureate at the end of her internationally condemned trial.

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The court at Rangoon’s Insein jail on Tuesday sentenced her to three years imprisonment and hard labour for breaching the terms of her house arrest following an incident in which a US man swam to her lakeside residence in May.

The head of the ruling junta signed a special order commuting the sentence and allowing the frail 64-year-old to serve out just a year and half under house arrest, Home Affairs Minister General Maung Oo said outside the court.

Election concern

The ruling means that she will still be in detention during multi-party elections promised by the iron-fisted military regime next year. Her party won a landslide victory in the country’s last democratic polls.

American John Yettaw, 54, the man who swam to her house, was sentenced to a total of seven years hard labour and imprisonment on three separate charges but it was not clear if the terms would run consecutively or concurrently.

Security forces sealed off the area around the notorious jail and the ruling junta allowed diplomats from all foreign embassies in Rangoon and local journalists to attend the hearing, officials and witnesses said.

Previous detention

Suu Kyi has already been in detention for 14 of the past 20 years since Burma’s ruling military junta refused to recognise her National League for Democracy’s landslide victory in elections in 1990.

It was not clear whether she would serve the new period in detention at her crumbling lakeside villa or at another location.

State-run newspapers carried a commentary today that warned Suu Kyi’s supporters not to cause trouble and told foreign countries not to meddle in Burma’s affairs.

“The people who favour democracy do not want to see riots and protests that can harm their goal,” said the version in the government mouthpiece New Light of Myanmar (Burma).

Critics had accused the junta of using the charges as an excuse to keep her locked up for the elections due in 2010, particularly as they were lodged just days before the latest period of her house arrest was due to expire.

International response

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown has expressed his concern over the verdict saying he was ‘saddened and angry.’

Her lawyers argued during the trial that she could not be held responsible for Yettaw’s actions, and that the legal framework for her initial detention at her house was under a 1975 law that has been superseded by later constitutions.

Suu Kyi told the court that she did not report the American to the authorities for humanitarian reasons. The junta says she gave food, shelter and assistance to Yettaw, who has diabetes.

Yettaw, a Mormon whose teenage son died two years ago in a motorbike crash, had testified that he swam to her house after receiving a “message from God” that he must protect Suu Kyi against a terrorist plot to assassinate her.

Yettaw got three years for breaching security laws, three years for immigration violations and one year for a municipal charge of illegal swimming.

Week In Review: Gay marriage, elections and an Apple store

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While it's been a relatively quiet week in news, celebrities, world leaders, politicians and even brand names always seem to make headlines for one reason or another.

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With the upcoming Zimbabwean election, President Robert Mugabe shows no signs of loosening his iron grip on power. Earlier this week Mugabe threatened to arrest opposition figures over mounting violence in the country. At the weekend, the Zimbabwean leader even said he'd go to war, rather than hand power to his opponent, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

VIDEO: The Week In Review

Keep up to date with the Zimbabwean election here.

Meanwhile in the US, election fever is also heating up but in a different way. Democratic nominee Barack Obama continues his successful run in the spotlight with a formal endorsement from climate change crusader Al gore.

The former US Vice President and Nobel Peace Prize winner gave Obama a glowing endorsement, introducing him to the stage as 'the next president of the United States'.

Gore echoed Obama's central message of change, insisting that the United States “simply cannot afford to continue the policies of the last eight years for another four”.

The business of politics made its way into Australian newspapers this week, with blast-from-the-past Peter Costello climbing in the opinion polls. While he may not be a star member of parliament anymore, the former treasurer outranked Brendan Nelson as preferred opposition leader.

Still with politics, and Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says he'll attend the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

Uncertainty had surrounded Mr Rudd's Olympics plans, after campaigners urged global leaders to avoid the Games in protest at China's crackdown in Tibet.

And as always we end the week with the lighter side of life which often gets you clicking more than the serious stuff.

This week we brought you a behind-the-scenes media preview of Sydney's flagship Apple store.

Check out the blog by our Executive Producer – a renowned tech geek and recent Mac convert.

Video: Apple Store A Glass Act

And finally, hundreds of gay couples have rushed to tie the knot in the US.

County clerk offices across California opened for their first full day of same-sex marriages, with hundreds of happy gay and lesbian couples ready to tie the knot, often in a party atmosphere.

From San Diego to Eureka, couples donned their wedding wear, local licensing clerks expanded their staff and conservative groups warned of a backlash as the most populous US state joined Massachusetts in sanctioning gay unions.

The May 15 California Supreme Court ruling that overturned the state's bans on same-sex marriage became final at 5.01pm (0001 AEST Tuesday), and clerks in at least five counties extended their hours to mark the occasion.