Archive for February 2011
Bush’s neo-con backers had prepared the manual for his presidency well before time. With their man in power, the greatest force of Western power since the Roman Empire set about changing the world in the name of neo-conservatism, to “promote American global leadership”, we were told Read the rest of this entry »
By Khalid Amayreh
The outrageous decision by the Obama administration to veto a Palestinian draft resolution denouncing Jewish settlement expansion beyond the Green Line (the former armistice line between 1948-Palestine and the West Bank) is undoubtedly a slap in the face to Palestinian Authority (PA) and other “moderate” Arab regimes that continue to count on the US to play a constructive role in the so-called peace process.
It is also a reaffirmation of the well-known fact that consecutive US administrations, irrespective of which political party they are affiliated with, are decidedly at Israel’s beck and call Read the rest of this entry »
RIYADH: The Sri Lankan Embassy rescued on Wednesday an Asian maid who was kept as a virtual slave by her Saudi sponsor for 17 years. Kusuma Nandini, 56, came to Riyadh in 1994 from Sri Lanka and was kept a virtual prisoner at her sponsor’s home. She was not paid salary even once during 15 years of her imprisonment and forbidden from communicating with her relatives in Sri Lanka.
“This is a record breaking case in the history of housemaids in the Kingdom. This woman was kept as a slave at one home for 15 years and then transferred to the home of her sponsor’s brother. There she was given a salary for two years,” said Sunil Wijesinghe, labor welfare officer at the Sri Lankan Embassy Read the rest of this entry »
The municipal council of al-Quds (Jerusalem) has approved the construction of 120 new illegal Israeli settler units in the occupied West Bank. The buildings, whose construction received the go-ahead on Monday, are to pop up in the settlement of Ramot in East al-Quds, AFP reported.
“They approved 120 housing units in Ramot… there were two permits authorized, one for 56 housing units and another for 64,” said Pepe Alalu of the Meretz party Read the rest of this entry »
People have refused to leave the streets ever since Friday, when three-decade-long President Hosni Mubarak handed power over to the Supreme Council of the Egyptian Armed Forces, giving in to 18 straight days of demonstrations. The people have urged the new military rulers to hand over power to a civilian government as soon as possible, a Press TV report says Read the rest of this entry »
The Jana Sevana Housing Development Project aimed to construct one million houses will commence tomorrow under the Chairmanship of President Mahinda Rajapakse at Mihindupura Housing Project in Kirulapana. 60 thousand of these houses will be constructed during this year.
The Minister of Engineering, Housing Construction and Common Amenities Mr. Wimal Weerawansa disclosed this when a function was held in Colombo yesterday in connection with the launch of official logo and the song relating to the Jana Sevana Project Read the rest of this entry »
Amana Takaful was recently awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification for both its General and Life Takaful businesses as part of its endeavour to continuously provide higher service standards to its discerning customers. ISO 9001:2008 is a system certification that the company intends will improve its Quality Management through continual improvement.
Zaid Aboobucker, General Manager Operations and Medical Takaful of Amana Takaful Plc highlighted the importance of being ISO certified adding that it was a team effort that made it possible which will also be the secret of its continuation. “We embarked on obtaining the ISO certification as part of our continuing efforts to improve our service delivery Read the rest of this entry »