New al-Qaida Threats Will Not Deter
New Jersey - President Bush said threats from al-Qaida will not deter the United States from its mission to help the Iraqi people develop a democracy, but they do show the terrorists’ desire to “impose their dark vision on the world.”
Speaking August 4 in Crawford, Texas, with visiting Colombia President Alvaro Uribe, Bush said Iraqis “want to live in a free society,” which al-Qaida is opposed to. “And that's the clash of ideologies -- freedom versus tyranny,” he said. In a videotape released earlier August 4, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaida’s second-in-command leader, threatened more terrorist attacks against London and against U.S. forces in Iraq unless they withdraw from that country.
“The comments by the number two man of al-Qaida make it clear that Iraq is a part of this war on terror, and we're at war,” Bush said, describing the organization headed by Osama bin Laden as “terrorists” and “killers” who “will kill innocent people trying to get us to withdraw from the world, so they can impose their dark vision on the world.”
Following the organization’s September 11, 2001, attack upon New York and Washington, “I vowed then that we would stay on the offense against these people,” the president said. “We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. And the job is this: We'll help the Iraqis develop a democracy.”
Zawahiri and others like him “have an ideology that is dark, dim, and backwards,” Bush said. “ They don't appreciate women; if you don't agree to their narrow view of a religion you'll be whipped in the public square. That's their view, and they have tactics to help spread that view.” Bush said U.S. troops will return home from Iraq “as soon as possible,” meaning when Iraqi security forces that are being trained are prepared to fight. “As Iraq stands up, our coalition will stand down,” he said.
Bush said that we mourn the loss of every fallen troop. And the community outside of Cleveland, Brook Park, Ohio, suffered mightily over the last couple of days. It's -- the people of Brook Park and the family members of those who lost their life, I hope they can take comfort in the fact that millions of their fellow citizens pray for them. I hope they also take comfort in the understanding that the sacrifice was made in a noble cause. We're laying the foundation of peace for generations to come. We're defeating the terrorists in a place like Iraq so we don't have to face them here at home. And, as well, we're spreading democracy and freedom to parts of the world that are desperate for democracy and freedom.
The comments by the number two man of al Qaeda make it clear that Iraq is a part of this war on terror, and we're at war. In other words, he's saying, leave. As I have told the American people, that people like Zawahiri have an ideology that is dark, dim, backwards; they don't trust -- they don't appreciate women; if you don't agree to their narrow view of a religion you'll be whipped in the public square. That's their view, and they have tactics to help spread that view. In other words, they've got goals. They want to spread that point of view throughout the world, starting in the broader Middle East. And part of their goal is to drive us out of the broader Middle East, precisely what Zawahiri said. In other words, he's threatening.
They have come up against a nation that, one, will defend itself. Zawahiri is a part of that team that attacked us on September the 11th, 2001. He was part of an al Qaeda group that said, well, we'll try to achieve our objective in attacking America. They must not have understood the nature of our country. I vowed then that we would stay on the offense against these people. We owe it to the American people, and other freedom-loving countries, to bring these killers to justice. And that's what they are: they're terrorists, and they're killers. And they will kill innocent people trying to get us to withdraw from the world, so they can impose their dark vision on the world. That's what they're trying to do. And the comments today by Mr. Zawahiri absolutely reinforce, he says.
We will stay the course, we will complete the job in Iraq. And the job is this: We'll help the Iraqis develop a democracy. They're writing -- in the process of writing a constitution, which will be ratified in October, and then they will elect a permanent government. It's also important for our citizens to understand that progress has been made, particularly when eight-plus million people got to vote in the face of Zawahiri and Sarawak and these killers. We're also training Iraqis. Our troops will come home as soon as possible. "As soon as possible" means when those Iraqis are prepared to fight. As Iraq stands up, our coalition will stand down. The Iraqis want to live in a free society. Zawahiri doesn't want them to live in a free society. And that's the clash of ideologies -- freedom versus tyranny. We have had these kinds of clashes before, and we have prevailed. We have prevailed because we're right; we have prevailed because we adhere to a hopeful philosophy; and we have prevailed because we would not falter.
Engagement sans Précédent du G8 en faveur de l’Afrique
L'Organisation Mondiale de la Santé se félicite de l'engagement du G8 pour la santé en Afrique
Déclaration du Dr LEE Jong-wook, Directeur général de l'Organisation mondiale de la Santé
Aujourd'hui, le G8 a pris en faveur de la santé un engagement sans précédent qui pourra changer définitivement la vie de millions d'Africains.
Les maladies tuent chaque année 3,5 millions d'enfants africains de moins de cinq ans. Le VIH/SIDA touche plus de 25 millions d'Africains. Chaque jour, 1 500 personnes meurent de tuberculose sur ce continent. Une femme sur 16 vivant en Afrique subsaharienne risque de mourir des suites de la grossesse ou de l'accouchement. Je me félicite de l'engagement pris par le G8 pour renverser ces tendances.
Le but de fournir d'ici à 2010 l'accès universel au traitement contre le SIDA à ceux qui vivent avec le VIH/SIDA a le potentiel de faire refluer cette épidémie. Nous savons que les traitements donnent la possibilité de transformer cette maladie mortelle en une maladie chronique et nous avons montré que cette stratégie fonctionnait dans les pays démunis de ressources.
La réalisation des objectifs dans le domaine du paludisme, grâce à des interventions connues et abordables, permettra aussi de sauver des vies d'enfants et aux populations d'exploiter leur potentiel économique et social. L'engagement de répondre aux besoins pour lutter contre la tuberculose est aussi une mesure cruciale.
Le G8 a déjà apporté une contribution énorme à l'éradication de la poliomyélite. La promesse de poursuivre cette action jusqu'en 2008 aidera à éradiquer la maladie et à s'assurer qu'aucun enfant ne soit plus exposé à ce risque.
Pour apporter un réel changement qui aura des effets sur plusieurs générations, le G8 a reconnu la nécessité de renforcer les systèmes de santé. Un élément essentiel pour y parvenir consiste à veiller à la formation des personnels soignants et à les inciter à rester travailler dans leurs régions d'origine.
Dr LEE Jong-wook
YOUTH – VALUE YOURSELF
It is a very serious question for the youths how they can chose something that will be healthy for their personal development as well for that of the society. In today's world of competition where most people’s dream to be rich and influential is primordial, no method to achieve this false pride and prestige is considered immoral. The end result we all know; the young ones usually fall prey to materialistic vistas and this is not good for anyone.
Parents often blame children for their inertness to select a substantive main line. Before we blame a child, we must be sure that we are not ourselves the cause that has encouraged the child to enter the world of defame. The lack of communication between parents and children, which develops during early adolescence leaves a deep scar on the psychological track of those children. It has been found that such children are arrogant, became rude when they speak to elders, consider that they are the only educated persons. These people become egocentric.
What should be done by a parent and a child so that the latter has a healthy choice?
In my opinion, the one and only way is to inculcate the ten commandments of the Arya Samaj. It is imperative that every individual goes through the 16 sanskars that have been formulated by Maharishi Dayanand. These Sanskars enhance the character building of the individual. They help them refine and gear them towards positive thinking.
Any child should be taught:
= To love oneself, Speak softy to every one, especially elders.
= To eat fresh vegetables and fruits, and to consume plenty of water and cow milk. These items are beneficial to a positive health – making the body healthy hence the mind.
= To perform daily prayer and meditation.
= To read good scriptures, that will upgrade the moral value in oneself.
= To abstain from narcotics, alcohol, cigarettes, corruption and prostitution.
It is also observed that many young girls and ladies become the victim of advertisement of fashion which is often directed to boost the sex appeal rather than the inner beauty of the individual. The wearing of indecent outfits is only a primary indication what is the moral status of that individual. Such dresses indicate that the person is mentally sick, because one has no esteem of the body one is carrying.
Youths should refrain from gossiping about parent, friends and work environment to be far from negative thoughts.
It is disgusting how the media exploit the weaknesses of the youths by devising films, soap operas, where adultery, bigamy, prostitution and corruption are pictured as healthy options in life. Every young person should make him/her mind well set that such media tools are just for money and are not good for a healthy living in society. The adoption of such behaviors will lead to chaos in the society.
Dr Comal Chandra Radhakeesoon
Shatayu Healthcare Limited
Message sent to the Government of Mauritius and Natresa
Subject: IFNGO 2005 and FCTC
The Hon. Secretary of the International Federation of Non Governmental Organisations (IFNGO), M. Dato Haji Mustapha Ma, must have been mistaken when he declared today at the 21st IFNGO Conference in Mauritius: "all the country members of IFNGO have already ratified the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)".
M. Dato Haji Mustapha Ma asked to delete Recommendation 25 of the draft of 21st IFNGO International Conference that was held at Grand'Baie- Mauritius- 21 to 24 August 2005: "To lobby for all IFNGO countries to ratify the FCTC before November 2005 so as to be able to attend the Conference of Parties of the FCTC in February 2006- and for the implementation of the measures of the FCTC for the member countries that have already ratified"
In fact the following country members of IFNGO have NOT yet ratified the FCTC: Barbados, Cambodia, China, Greece, Hong Kong SAR China, Italy, Macao, China, Malaysia, Nepal, Portugal, Russia, Sudan,Taiwan, USA.
This is a missed opportunity for the IFNGO to "mobilise community resources to prevent substance abuse" (that was theme of that conference)
In 2001 IFNGO recommended the draft of the FCTC: http://www.aspacngo.org/news/recommendation11.html11.3 IFNGO ASEAN NGOs pledge full support for the WHO draft for FCTC Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, and to lobby their respective governments to endorse the F.C.T.C.
It would be convenient, 4 years later, that a recommendation of the IFNGO support the follow-up of the FCTC proceedure of ratification and implementation for its member countries....
Véronique LE CLEZIO
Manager of ViSa • 2, John Kennedy avenue, Floréal, Mauritius
Tel: 698 32 58 - Fax: 686 44 98
"An image is worth a thousand words!"
TOBACCO IS NOT CONSUMER FRIENDLY