[Dawn] Kazakhstan has called the playing of a spoof of its national anthem at an international sporting event "a scandal" and demanded an investigation of the incident.
Maria Dmitrienko won a gold medal for Kazakhstan on Thursday at the Arab Shooting Championships in Kuwait, but during the award ceremony the public address system broadcast the spoof anthem from the 2006 movie "Borat," which offended many Kazakhs by portraying the country as backward and degenerate. Borat's the best thing to happen to Kazakhstan. Possibly the only thing...
Foreign Ministry front man Ilyas Omarov told the ITAR-Tass news agency the incident "is, of course, a scandal and demands a thorough investigation, which we intend to conduct."
ITAR-Tass quoted shooting team member Oksana Stavitskaya as saying that Asian Shooting Federation President Sheikh Salman al-Sabah had apologised to the team.
"Sheikh Salman personally apologised to us. He recognised that the use of the music from the scandalous film in place of the anthem of Kazakhstan was completely a mistake of the organisers. He explained that the awards ceremony was conducted by a firm under contract," Stavitskaya said.
The Kazakh news agency Tengri quoted team Coach Anvar Yunusmetov as saying tournament organisers had downloaded various countries' national anthems from the Internet.
[An Nahar] Venezuelan His Excellency President-for-Life, Caudillo of the Bolivarians Hugo Chavez flew back to Cuba late Saturday for more radiation treatment after his latest cancer surgery.
Surrounded by military guards of honor, the Venezuelan supremo boarded a Havana-bound plane at Maiquetia International Airport at about 9:15 pm local time (0145 GMT Sunday).
Earlier in the day, Chavez said in a message broadcast on radio and television that he was planning to start radiation therapy in Havana on Sunday, adding that his treatment was expected to continue "four or five weeks."
The news came with Chavez already campaigning for re-election later this year.
Chavez, 57, underwent surgery in Havana on February 26 to remove a cancerous tumor around the pelvis, the same area from where a first tumor was extracted in June last year.
Officials in Caracas have never specified what type of cancer the president is suffering from, but they have denied the disease has spread to other organs.
A Turkish shampoo commercial featuring Adolf Hitler has infuriated Jewish groups worldwide and has led to calls for it to be withdrawn immediately.
The commercial for Biomen, a men's shampoo, shows Hitler delivering an enthusiastic speech urging male customers to buy the product, described as "a 100 percent male shampoo." In the ad, Hitler proclaims, "If you are not wearing a woman's dress, you should not use her shampoo either."
The Turkish Jewish Community blasted the 12-second ad, saying, "It's totally unacceptable to make use of Hitler, the most striking example of cruelty and savagery."
On an international level, the United States-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL), said it was "repulsed." Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the ADL and a Holocaust survivor, said, "It is an insult to the memory of those who perished in the Holocaust, those who survived, and those who fought to defeat the Nazis."
Wonder if Durbin will call for a Senate Hearing concerning these bounty hunters?
Yesterday afternoon at a press conference Mikhail Muhummud and the New Black Panther Party circulated a "wanted dead or alive" poster for George Zimmerman for shooting to death a Florida teenager four weeks ago.
The new Black Panther Party offered a bounty of $10,000 Saturday for the "capture" of a Florida neighborhood watch captain who killed unarmed teen Trayvon Martin.
"An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," leader Mikhail Muhammad said after announcing the reward for George Zimmerman at a protest in Sanford, Fla.
Muhammad called on 5,000 black men to mobilize and capture the neighborhood watch volunteer.
"If the government won't do the job, we'll do it," Muhammad said, leading chants that included "freedom or death" and "justice for Trayvon."
Muhammad said New Black Panther's chairman, Malik Zulu Shabaz of Washington, was taking donations from black entertainers and athletes.
The Klan. Just like the old Klan, just under new management. Becoming the enemy they once despised for violence and intimidation. No surprise which big tent party they ultimate identify with. However, the old Klan would have like to have the criminal statistics the New Klan racks up in their own community.
The Race War is coming. My God, I cannot believe the rate at which this country is starting to disintegrate.
I never thought I would see it.
Posted by: Theper Spawn of the Giants3930 ||
When Eric Holder was asked by Congress why he went lite on the Black Panther voter intimdation action, he told Congress these were "his people". With a tone of "Audacity".
Now People. Let Me Tell You Something.
The reason you question EVERYTHING about a candidate as the President of the United States - everything - even the legitimacy of his own birth certificate is to make sure a gangster a thug a LIAR a DECIEVER does not get in where he can take control of so much power.
This generation screwed it up. Now deal with it.
Posted by: George Ebbeamp4828 ||
Usually Hispanics are identified in the media as just that, and Hispanics are seen in progressive circles, academia, etc as part of the 'People of Color.' The thought is that they too have been discriminated against and so have a common agenda with blacks, asians, etc against 'the Other'.
This is so even as the Census Bureau asks about race and ethnicity separately, so that you do have 'white Hispanics' and 'black Hispanics' (I suppose one could be a 'white Pacific Islander' or a 'black Pacific Islander' if you fill in the little circles on the form in just a certain way).
Yet the NYT has gone out of its way to identify Mr. Zimmerman as a 'white Hispanic'. Is he (I take it) not a card-carrying member of the People of Color?
I have no clear idea what the facts are in the Trayvon Martin case, and I am content to wait for the authorities to release their exhaustive investigation to the public.
But it seems very shortsighted for the progressive community and the media (but I repeat myself) to try and split the People of Color at a time when Champ needs every vote he can get.
Posted by: Steve White ||
We have so many gangs in this country and areas you dare not go if you don't belong. I don't believe the black panthers would dare go into a Hispanic area. This is media hype. They will most likely tear up their own home areas. Food stores and so on. Brothers in color only.
I read that the kid busted Zimmerman's nose. Witnesses say Tryvon was on top of Zimmerman beating him up when Trayvon Martin got shot. There sure has been a rush to judgment before the facts have come out. Obama has fanned the flames as much as Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. But then what's new.
"Zulu Shabaz"?? Now thats a stage name. ( or a great name for a cheap South Africa red wine)I think he should be introduced to the winger that Fred found in the "Hatching Evil" article.
The only danger is giving these guys too much credit. Democracy and a free for all press (that needs to sell copy) and there you go Wingers Galore. Thankfully Canada is too far below the radar for these high flyers.
Sharpton said he warned the family from the start that anything negative about Trayvon would be dragged out in an effort to make him out to be a "junkie and a thief." He knew that would happen, he said, because it's occurred in every similar case he has ever been involved in.
Posted by: Frank G ||
Hey Al, just two words. Tawana Brawley.
Posted by: Deacon Blues ||
Twitter handle of @NO_LIMIT_NIGGA, and apparently gang affiliated.
[Dawn] The body of Fakhra Younus who had did away with himself in Italia on Saturday, arrived in Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... on Sunday.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement ...English: United National Movement, generally known as MQM, is the 3rd largest political party and the largest secular political party in Pakistain with particular strength in Sindh. From 1992 to 1999, the MQM was the target of the Pak Army's Operation Cleanup leaving thousands of urdu speaking civilians dead... (MQM) members, politicians and Abdul Sattar Edhi were among those present at the Bloody Karachi airport to receive the body.
Fakhra was a victim of an acid attack carried out by her husband, Bilal Khar, the son of PPP leader Ghulam Mustafa Khar. He had burned her face with acid 12 years ago.
Fakhra did away with himself by jumping from the sixth floor of her flat in Rome.
[Dawn] LAHORE: Two alleged criminals were killed in a suspected police encounter near Mian Plaza in Johar Town early on Saturday.
Witnesses said blindfolded suspects were shot in, what appeared to be a planned encounter, but police claimed the suspects were killed after they violated a police signal to stop and fired at police.
Johar Town police claimed three robbers snatched a car from Fawad in Sabzazar on last Friday evening and later deprived a couple of cash and jewellery in Green Town police limits at around 1.30am on Saturday.
At the time of the second incident, robbers were five and they used the snatched car.
Police cordoned off the areas of Township, Green Town, Johar Town and Sattokatla after receiving an emergency call by the couple.
A police team at a picket on Johar Town Main Boulevard signaled a car to stop at around 2am near Ashiq Chowk, but the car occupiers tried to escape while opening fire on the police.
A shootout took place between two sides in which two suspects were killed instantly. The three other suspects beat feet on foot while exchanging fire with the police. Police said its personnel remained safe in the shooting. The victims suffered bullets to their chests and faces.
Police seized the car, weapons, some jewellery and a cell phone from the spot.
Saddar SP (Operations) Shoaib Khurram said the suspects were wanted by the police of Lahore, Okara, Narowal and Sheikhupura in at least 100 cases of dacoity, robbery, street crime and police encounters.
[Dawn] A deputy superintendent of police, who is facing departmental inquiries in connection with rape and fake encounter cases, is included in the list of around 55 DSPs who are under consideration for the promotion to the rank of SP.
Because rape and unjustified murder are exactly the behaviours Pakistani authorities want to see in their police officers? Really, there is nothing more to say about this society.
The Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meeting is likely to be held on March 26.
Gulshan-e-Ravi circle Sub-Divisional Police Officer Imtiaz Ahmad Bhalli, who was nominated in cases of rape and fake encounter when he was Kot Lakhpat CIA DSP and Raiwind SDPO respectively, has been facing inquiries for the last two years and has all along avoided joining probes despite repeated summons by the inquiry officer, DIG Mubashirullah, official record says.
A source told this news hound that the DPC was likely to consider at least 15 DSPs including Mr Bhalli for their promotion and his inquiry officer had been dramatically changed by the provincial police chief just 12 days before the committee meeting.
He claimed that the IO had been changed apparently to clear the DSP of all charges.
The source said departmental inquiry proceedings had been changed without any logic as the matter was still in the notice of the Supreme Court and proceedings could not be stopped.