Friday, January 4, 2013
By: Mahmoud Salem“Those who speak of Bankruptcy are the Bankrupt ones.” So said Morsy to thundering applause in his speech to the newly-appointed-already-Illegal Shura Council, as he laid out his vision on the state of Egyptian economy. I couldn’t suppress my laughter as I watched him say this from a café in Heliopolis, nor could I suppress my falling on the floor holding my belly from laughter as I heard him talk about how great Tourism is doing, and how, for the first time, our debt is only 87% of our GDP. Only. Morsy is hilarious. It’s an undeniable fact. He is even more hilarious when he gets exposed. That same day, as if on cue, the Central Bank of Egypt issued a statement stating that the financial situation is, to put it mildly, catastrophic. The Tourism Board heads and Hotel Owners flooded the TV Channels, talking about how low the reservations are, and how they are not expecting any new tourists for another quarter. Highly anticipated news reports of untapped wells filled with Tourists in Sharm ElSheikh, Hurghada, and Luxor did not materialize, unfortunately. Wherever those tourists are, they sure are hiding those sneaky bastards, with the help of the lying god-less media, of course. Two days prior, the Central Bank of Egypt issued a Bond Sale that got cancelled because no one bought anything, thanks to the new credit rating for the country that has put it in the same economic league as Greece. That same day, Pakistani President Ali Asif announced that his Party will not allow the implementation of the “Egyptian model” in Pakistan. And yesterday, the Egyptian pound plummeted against the dollar, reaching its lowest official level in Egyptian history, with people not being able to find dollars in exchange offices to replace soon-to-be-worthless Egyptian pounds. But we are the bankrupt ones. Egypt is about to face an economic nuclear winter, a crisis the levels of which are unprecedented and for which the current government is completely and totally unprepared for. Interestingly enough, this is happening just as the Shari’a Constitution has gloriously passed, and Islam has finally strengthened its foothold in the land of the Pharaoh –worshipping infidels. God will surely send manna from heaven at any minute now, given that this depraved atheist country has finally seen the light and the way. After all, our President is a praying President, and one day this country will see the glorious economic stability and advancement of similar non-oil-wealthy Islamic states like Afghanistan, Somalia and Sudan. Praise Allah and hide your dollars. In other news, in a much ignored segment in Khairat Al-Shater’s press conference during the constitutional referendum “Fitna,” the country’s real president said and I quote “Production needs to be resumed, investments revived, and those businessmen who have escaped abroad must reconcile with the government and come back. But how can I do that without legislation? This is why we need the constitutions to be passed, so we can elect a parliament and issue that legislation and start working.” In another interview, a government official stated that they are about to start the “final 5 year development plan” that Mubarak’s regime put in place. When asked why they are using Mubarak’s plan instead of the MB fantastic Renaissance Project, he ignored the Renaissance project and said that the Mubarak plan is a great plan and should be implemented. I guess that the Renaissance project and the 200 billion dollars investments that were coming with it were more phantasmal than fantastic after all. But we are the bankrupt ones. Indeed. Personally, I see no reason why the MB government should reconcile with evil Islam-hating businessmen, not should they hold a national dialogue with the immoral Allah-hating opposition on the economy. I personally recommend the President instead stick to his Islamic economic vision, and hire the next government fully from the Islamist camp. I recommend the appointment of Hazem Abu Ismael as the Minister of Justice, Mohamed Hassan as Minister of Finance, and Yasser Borhamy as the Minister of Tourism. Those are the best people for the job, since they all pray and have beards. Who needs economic policy, or education, or experience, when you have Quran- memorizing men running the country? We will see immediate results. Allah willing. I also recommend that all of you non-islamists to keep your decadent evil ways and not repent at all. I believe you should keep your bankrupt ideas and useless education to yourselves, and maybe go to other God-hating countries to join them in their orgy of sin. Also, please don’t buy from MB owned businesses or hire Islamist leaning employees if you voted no to the constitution; you don’t want to pollute their God-approved payroll with your devil-worshipping money. After all, the unprecedented prosperity that the Islamist rule will bring in any minute now will surely bring stability and will not end in a hunger revolution two months maximum from now. I, being from the bankrupt evil immoral wicked minority, am already jealous and envious of the glorious path ahead of us, and of the unprecedented love and hugs that Morsy will get from people all over this country. Jealous and envious I tell you. Just like those damn Christians and their evil Church. Happy New Year, Infidels!
The man who was with the gang-rape victim at the time of the attack says no one responded to their cries for help.
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head three months ago by the Taliban for advocating the education of girls, has been discharged from a British hospital. Doctors said she had made “excellent progress” and would be staying with her family nearby before returning for further surgery to rebuild her skull in about four weeks. “Following discussions with Malala and her medical team, we decided that she would benefit from being at home with her parents and two brothers,” said Dr. Dave Rosser, the medical director. Video released by Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England, showed Ms. Yousafzai walking slowly out of a ward, wearing a head scarf and accompanied by a nurse.
ABC OTUS NewsWith the "fiscal cliff" crisis behind him,
EDITORIAL : Daily TimesYesterday, the second death anniversary of Governor Salmaan Taseer was commemorated with prayers and civil society candlelight vigils. The memory and sense of loss of a larger-than-life Taseer has not abated with time. If anything, his absence is even more keenly felt by his family, friends and colleagues. Commemorations are usually occasions for casting a glance back over the life of the departed. In this case, a brief resume is sufficient to point to Salmaan Taseer’s considerable accomplishments. A self-made successful businessman, media entrepreneur, fighter for democracy and a progressive Pakistan, Taseer was murdered in cowardly fashion by his police guard, Mumtaz Qadri in brutal fashion on January 4, 2011 in Islamabad. The cause of his martyrdom was the stand Taseer took on behalf of a poor Christian woman, Aasia bibi, falsely accused of blasphemy to take revenge for a minor altercation with her accusers. Unfortunately, the religious lobby and parts of the media distorted Taseer’s position that the blasphemy law, subject to much abuse over the years, should be revisited to safeguard people against false accusation. This led some overly eager electronic media anchors to paint him as a blasphemer himself. A deranged police guard infected with extremist ideas did the rest. No one in the religious lobby or the guilty media persons have been taken to task for instigation to murder. The murderer was garlanded by those so-called guardians of the law, the lawyers who saw Qadri as a hero rather than the villain he is. The self-confessed murderer was sentenced to death by an anti-terrorism court, but the judge had to flee abroad with this family because of threats to his life. It may be recalled that a judge of the Lahore High Court who acquitted two Christians accused of blasphemy was murdered in the past. Qadri’s case is in appeal before the Islamabad High Court, where the wheels of justice are grinding exceedingly slowly. The crazy mindset that led to Taseer’s horrible murder also took its toll of the Christian federal minister for minorities Shahbaz Bhatti. As though all this were not enough, and while the Taseer family was still reeling from the shock of Salmaan’s assassination, his son Shahbaz Taseer was kidnapped in broad daylight from Lahore in September 2011. Far from any salve for their wounds, this new blow devastated the family, which still waits in anguish for Shahbaz Taseer’s safe return. Taseer’s case still awaits justice and closure. The Islamabad High Court should take sympathetic consideration of the family’s agony and put the case on fast track, especially since the confession by the murderer is a matter of record. Personal or one family’s tragedy aside, the murder of Salmaan Taseer should have focused minds on the lacunae that allow the misuse and abuse of the blasphemy law for revenge, material, or other, vested interest. The thousands of people accused, usually falsely, since the blasphemy law was given its present draconian shape, have been the victims of a travesty of justice. Many have been killed by crazed mobs. Recently two such cases emerged in Punjab and Sindh, where a worked up crowd dragged the accused out of police custody, beat and burnt them to death. Can any society that allows and does not stop such madness qualify to be considered civilised? The ulema’s role in this matter has been disappointing. In their zeal to protect the blasphemy provisions, they have lent the law as it stands blind support instead of addressing its by now well documented abuses. The Rimsha Masih case saw a cleric indulging in false accusation of blasphemy against a challenged 14-year-old Christian girl by doctoring evidence. Neither has the political class covered itself with glory here. Some brave souls in some of the political parties in parliament have attempted to either repeal or revisit the scope for abuse and lack of safeguards against false accusation, which often leads to death at the hands of vigilante mobs, but all too soon buckled under pressure from the religious lobby. The requisite political will and consensus to address an obvious travesty that has led to so many tragedies is conspicuous by its absence. Salmaan Taseer may be gone, but his legacy lives in the continuing struggle for democracy, a progressive society, and returning Pakistan to the destiny envisaged for it by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. On this cold and gloomy day, this is the only spark of hope left behind by the sorely missed departed. RIP, Salmaan Taseer, we salute you, your sacrifice, your life’s struggle, and hope this serves to inspire new generations of fighters for the people of our crisis-ridden beloved country.
The Express TribuneA total of 5,415 cases of measles were reported in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa in the last 11 months, according to data from the provincial Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI). The number of cases increased drastically despite the fact that majority of the children had been vaccinated earlier. Of the cases, 3,998 children had been vaccinated, but still contracted the disease. The remaining 1,417 children had not been vaccinated. Among those vaccinated, 783 were aged between a month and a year, 2,382 were aged between one and four years, while 833 were aged five. Of those not vaccinated against the disease, 359 were between a month and a year old, 779 were aged between one and four and 279 were aged five. According to the data, 1,713 cases were reported in Peshawar, 56 in Abbottabad, 357 in Bannu, 114 in Battagram, 86 in Buner, 121 in Charsadda, 12 in Chitral, 723 in DI Khan, 59 in Lower Dir, 33 in Upper Dir, 14 in Hangu, 42 in Haripur, 51 in Karak, 17 in Kohistan, 26 in Lakki Marwat, 751 in Malakand, 138 in Mansehra, 267 in Mardan, 250 in Nowshera, 2 in Shangla, 136 in Swabi and 447 in Swat. Of the 33 cases in Upper Dir, all the children had been unvaccinated. Officials of the health department are baffled by the upsurge in reported cases saying they had provided vaccinations to all hospitals and Basic Health Units (BHUs) in the province. A health department official requesting anonymity said vaccinations would not save children from contracting measles unless parents provide proper nutrition and clean living conditions. “There is nothing wrong with the vaccinations. But these children grow up in dirty environment and parents cannot afford to feed them a balanced diet, which is necessary to boost immunity,” he said. Provincial EPI Deputy Director Dr Janbaz Afridi said the government provides free vaccinations in all hospitals and BHUs, but many parents do not bring their children for the second dose of the vaccination which is important to prevent measles. Trainee Medical Officer at the children’s ward of Hayatabad Medical Complex, Dr Burhan said parents do not give importance to vaccinating their children and many of them are unaware as to when and where to get them. “The Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) injection at 14th month of birth increases immunity level against measles and there is a 95% chance that they won’t get it, but parents [only] bring their children for the first injection at the 9th month.” Dr Burhan said once the immunity level develops, it is lifelong, but that there is a possibility that injections administered at healthcare institutions are not effective. Measles are caused by a virus and possible complications include pneumonia. It is a major cause of child deaths in low-income countries and is particularly dangerous in children with vitamin A deficiency. Symptoms include runny nose, cough, red and watery eyes, and small white spots inside the cheeks. A slightly raised rash develops after a few days, usually on the face and upper neck. The rash spreads to the rest of the body over a period of three days. It lasts for five or six days before it fades. The incubation period between exposure to the disease and onset of the rash averages 14 days. General nutritional support and treating dehydration are necessary. Doctors suggest it is important to encourage children with measles to eat and drink. All children diagnosed with measles should receive two doses of Vitamin A supplements, given 24 hours apart. Giving Vitamin A can help prevent eye damage and blindness, and the supplements can reduce chances of death from measles by 50%.
Radio PakistanAnalysts and intellectuals have said that death of Salman Taseer has deprived the society of a liberal and broad-minded personality. Analysts and intellectuals have said that Salman Taseer spoke for the rights of the minorities and his gunning down has deprived the society of a liberal and broad-minded personality. They were expressing their views in interviews with Radio Pakistan was broadcast in the special edition of programme 'Naey Ufaq' at 08.05 p.m on Friday nght. The programme will be devoted to the life and personality of Salman Taseer. Former President of Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jehangir said Salman Taseer was a liberal and successful person who did not believe in violence. He would have never thought that he would lose his life for supporting a hapless woman. She was of the view that some sections of media too did not play responsible role during the entire episode. Analyst Dr. Mehdi Hassan said normally people do not take vocal stand on important but controversial issues but Salman Taseer made his views known without any fear. He said we need people like Taseer to speak with courage against the negative mindset so that people do not feel scared of the menace. Intellectual and analyst Munnoo Bhai said Salman Taseer believe in democratic principles‚ peace and affection. He said by expressing his views so boldly Salman Taseer has become a symbol of encouragement for minorities. He said there is no room for extremism in any religion and Islam is religion of nature. Senior Journalist and analyst Raza Rumi said Salman Taseer raised voice against a woman who was being wronged. He said the role played by some sections of media was also not helpful and since then the menace of terrorism and extremism has intensified. Daughter of Salman Taseer - Shahrbano and his son Shehryar Taseer shared their memories how they found him as father and family head. They said Salman Taseer was always helpful and supportive in day to day life as well as career planning. Senior Editor Najam Sethi said Salman Taseer believed in freedom of media and he never interfered in his working as Editor of his English daily. He said Salman Taseer championed rights of women and minorities. Senior lawyer Abid Hassan Minto said on the second anniversary of Salman Taseer that we should commit ourselves to eradicate the menace of terrorism and extremism. He said as general elections are approaching‚ all political parties should resolve to wage a joint struggle against terrorism irrespective of who is winner in the elections. Senior Editor Rashid Rehman said Salman Taseer only wanted an end to misuse of blasphemy law by removing lacunae.