Israel army chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi was awarded a “phosphorus globe”

Israel army chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi was awarded

a “phosphorus globe” 


Herzliya, Israel (AFP) — Stooped over a table wearing wigs and heavy makeup, the comedians look and sound everything like Israel’s top politicians — but this is laced with a heavy dose of merciless satire.

In a country facing daunting challenges and a public jaded by politics, candidates in the February 10 general election are more than happy to be lampooned in Israel’s most popular comedy.

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Congratulations Iran for successfully launching the first home-built sateliite in orbit

Congratulations Iran

for successfully launching

the first home-built sateliite in orbit

Iran has launched its first home-built satellite into orbit using a homegrown rocket, in a move that is certain to set alarm bells ringing in the international community.

iran launch safir satellite into orbit 030209 02“Dear Iranians, your children have put the first indigenous satellite into orbit,” a jubilant President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in remarks broadcast on state television on Tuesday.

“With this launch the Islamic Republic of Iran has officially achieved a presence in space.”

The launch – which coincides with the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution – comes as Iran remains at loggerheads with the international community over its controversial nuclear drive.

The West suspects Iran of secretly trying to build an atomic bomb and fears the technology used to launch a space rocket could be diverted into development of long-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

Iran vehemently denies the charges, saying its nuclear programme is for peaceful energy purposes and that it has the right to the technology already in the hands of many other nations including its archfoe the United States.

iran launch safir satellite into orbit 030209 03Ahmadinejad has made Iran’s scientific development one of the main themes of his presidency, asserting that the country has reached a peak of progress despite international sanctions and no longer needs to depend on foreign states for help.

“On the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution and with the order of the president, the national Omid (Hope) satellite was launched,” the Fars news agency reported.

“This is the first satellite launched in the history of our nation and it was carried by the Safir-2 satellite carrier,” it said.

The state news agency Irna said Omid was launched on Monday evening.

“The satellite is aimed at determining orbital measurements and will circulate Earth 15 times in every 24 hours,” the report said. “All parts of Safir-2 and Omid have been made by Iranian scientists.”

The launch comes just a day before senior diplomats from six world powers are due to meet in Germany to discuss the Iranian nuclear standoff, with Tehran still defying calls for a freeze on uranium enrichment.

Space station in remote desert 

New US President Barack Obama has said he was willing to extend the hand of diplomacy to Iran, after 30 years of severed ties.

Iran sent its first Safir-2 into space in August. The rocket is about 22 metres long, with a diameter of 1.25 metres and weighing more than 26 tonnes.

Iran’s most powerful military missile, the Shahab-3, has a diameter of 1.30 metres and measures 17 metres in length. It has a range of 2,000 kilometres – putting archfoe Israel and US forces in the region within reach.

iran launch safir satellite into orbit 030209 01In August when the Safir-2 was launched, media reports had initially claimed that the rocket had carried Omid but this was later denied by officials who said only a test satellite had gone up.

A year ago, Iran triggered concern in the West when it said it had sent a probe into space on the back of a rocket to prepare for a satellite launch, and announced the opening of its space station in a remote western desert.

At that time, officials had said the Omid satellite would be sent into space in May or June. The launch of the probe, Kavoshgar (Explorer), was also timed during the anniversary of the Islamic revolution.

However, Iran’s claims about its military and technological capabilities are often greeted with scepticism by Western experts.

Iran has pursued a space programme for several years, and in October 2005 a Russian-made Iranian satellite named Sina-1 was put into orbit by a Russian rocket.

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The plight of ASIA’s migrant workers

The plight of ASIA’s migrant workers

JAKARTA, Feb 3 — Nadya Rahmayanti left Indonesia 18 months ago to earn money for her daughter’s education. After being fired by a Texas Instruments Inc plant near Kuala Lumpur, she dreads telling the 12-year-old she must leave school.

“She cried so hard when I left, but I told her I had to go so she and her brothers could stay in school,” said Rahmayanti, 28, at the Indonesian embassy in Kuala Lumpur, where she came for help to get more compensation. “Now I lost my job, I don’t have money and I can’t go home. The worst is, my daughter has to quit school.”

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Bigot racist Arakan Buddhists against the Muslim Arakanese

Bigot racist Arakan Buddhists against

the Muslim Arakanese


Comment: If you all don’t want the Rohingyas, it is very easy, give them their land and independence. You cannot take their land and say you don’t want the people living on it. According to Buddhism, you all will just go to HELL. Are you all not afraid of SANSARA? 

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will talk to 66 Rohingya boat people on Tuesday, after a Thai court convicted them of illegally entering the country, a UNHCR spokesperson said on Monday.
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Mizzima:Monk dies in prison

By: Myint Maung

New Delhi (Mizzima) – A revered Buddhist Monk, Ahnanda, 62, who was arrested and imprisoned for participating in the 2007 monk-led protest by reciting Metta Sutra, died in the prison last month, sources said.

Ahnanda a monk from Thitsa Tharaphu monastery in Rangoon’s North Okklapa Townhsip, died while he was serving his four years and three months prison term in Insein prison. He had been into monk hood for 40 years.
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Opposition Leader as well as all the people of Myanmar are Frustration With U.N.

Opposition Leader as well as all the people of Myanmar are

Frustration With U.N.


YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the opposition leader who is under house arrest, expressed frustration to a United Nations envoy on Monday over the organization’s failure to persuade Myanmar’s hard-line military leaders to give up their monopoly on power, her political party said.

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Who will be the next leader hit by shoe?

Who will be the next leader hit by shoe?



Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s European tour ended dramatically when a protester hurled a shoe at him as he gave a speech at Britain’s Cambridge University.

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