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  1. #11
    and who will be this somebody mr. sonofmichael?

  2. #12
    Asif Ali Zardari, I lived in Indian subcontinent for some time. also during her first term. she and Nawaz Sharif, had taken many political turns during their time. Killed many peoples for personal gains.
    He is well know as Mr. 10% in all business community. Its long history of both families. The only honest person in that system was Asghar Khan.
    You can read Dawn news paper of Pakistan, and read letters from Mr. Cowsjee, you will come to know the complete photo of that political setup.

  3. #13
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - This oil-rich Persian Gulf state has outfitted high-rises with the latest security, installed an iris-recognition ID system and nearly completed a 500-mile-long barrier along its borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia.


    With such efforts, the United Arab Emirates has created one of the world's most comprehensive homeland security and anti-terrorism systems. That has kept Dubai "” the jewel in the nation's crown and a stop on President Bush's Mideast trip "” free from the Islamic extremist attacks that have plagued other countries in the region.

    Al-Qaida's American spokesman, Adam Gadahn, urged the group's fighters in a weekend videotape to attack Bush with "bombs and ****y-trapped vehicles" during his Mideast tour. The FBI said it was scrutinizing the tape for any information that might signal a specific threat or shed light on al-Qaida planning.

    Countries like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Egypt "” all on the itinerary of the presidential tour that begins Wednesday "” have fought back hard against the terror threat in recent years, rounding up militants and tightening security. Yet only the UAE, and some less prominent countries like Oman, have largely escaped threats or attacks.

    However, many anti-terror analysts believe the threat in Dubai is growing "” fueled by the city's image as a bastion of Western-style capitalism and nightlife, its new status as home to the world's tallest building and the frequent port calls by U.S. Navy ships. Alcohol flows freely in its many hotel bars, and bikini-clad Western tourists soak up the sun on its beaches.

    "There are all kinds of radical actors out there who view Dubai as a symbol of Western debauchery in the Middle East," said Matthew Levitt, a former Treasury Department terrorism expert who is now with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    In a video marking the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the United States, Osama bin Laden lambasted capitalism and multinational corporations, calling their leaders the real terrorists and threats to human freedom. The al-Qaida leader did not mention Dubai by name, but nowhere in the Middle East are the targets of his ire flourishing with such intensity.

    Some anti-terrorism analysts argue that established extremist groups like al-Qaida have their hands full with higher priority operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. But others point to the potential threat from "self-starter" terrorists, like those who attacked Madrid and London, who take guidance from leaders like bin Laden but are not reliant on them for support.

    "The growth and disorganization of the jihadist movement means that the threat level in Dubai will go up over time," said Daniel Benjamin, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

    Dubai's government rarely speaks publicly of its efforts to counter extremists, apparently worried about endangering its image as the Mideast's business hub by associating the city with terrorism. It did not respond to numerous inquiries by The Associated Press for this article.

    Tourism is booming, indicating most tourists find the risk low.

    Ibrahim al-Aktar, a Saudi who comes to Dubai for work, expressed confidence in the government's efforts.

    "They have a good security system here," al-Aktar said while shopping in an enormous mall. "It would be difficult to bomb Dubai "” at least, I hope it would be."

    But many Dubai citizens privately say they are concerned about the threat of a terrorist attack. Most are reluctant to express such views publicly for fear of attracting unwanted government attention.

    Rumors of foiled attacks abound, and the government's silence has fueled theories that UAE officials or Arabs with Dubai investments have somehow cut deals with extremists to get them to leave the city alone.

    The government refused to comment on such accusations, and former U.S. officials and homeland security experts who have worked in Dubai say they have found no evidence backing these claims.

    They instead point to the UAE's homeland security infrastructure, which is backed by abundant resources and an intense, behind-the-scenes government focus often lacking in the West.

    "They are willing to invest financial resources and logistical assets that make a plan move faster than you would see in the West," said Chris St. George, managing director of the Dubai-based Olive Group, one of the city's leading security consultants.

    Among the UAE's steps so far: construction of a 500-mile-long fence along the borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia and iris scanning of all foreigners who enter the UAE on a visa.

    "The UAE was the first to do something on this scale with iris recognition," said Joe O'Carroll, vice president of IrisGuard Inc., the European company that installed the system.

    Because so many of Dubai's buildings and facilities, like airports, are new, the government has been able to install the latest technology more easily.

    "They can build the finest security into their new infrastructure as it is constructed, unlike the U.S. and in Europe where it has to be retrofitted into the older installations, like ports, airports and critical infrastructure," said David Stone, former head of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration.

    Experts acknowledge that threats remain, including the possibility of radicalization among the UAE's large foreign worker population.

    "They are tightly controlled, but there is recognition throughout the Persian Gulf region that foreign workers present a security threat," said Mustafa Alani, director of security and terrorism studies at the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center.

    The UAE, which sits just across the Persian Gulf from Iran, has a long coast and remote desert borders, making it vulnerable to infiltration despite the port security and new border fence, one leading Western security consultant said. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of the subject's sensitivity.

    Even the world's best security system can't provide 100 percent protection, the consultant noted "” adding that he is surprised the UAE hasn't been attacked already

  4. #14
    - Arizona Sen. John McCain won the New Hampshire Republican primary Tuesday night, completing a remarkable comeback and climbing back into contention for the presidential nomination. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton dueled with Sen. Barack Obama in an unexpectedly tight Democratic race.


    "We showed the people of this country what a real comeback looks like," McCain told The Associated Press in an interview as he savored his triumph. "We're going to move on to Michigan and South Carolina and win the nomination."

    The Arizona senator rode a wave of support from independent voters to defeat former Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts, a showing that reprised his victory in the traditional first-in-the-nation primary in 2000.

    It was a bitter blow for Romney, who spent millions of dollars of his own money in hopes of winning the kickoff Iowa caucuses and the first primary "” and finished second in both.

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who won the Iowa GOP caucuses last week, was running third in the Republican race in New Hampshire.

    Clinton, the former first lady who finished third in Iowa, was mounting an unexpectedly stiff challenge to Obama in the nation's first primary.

    With votes counted from 14 percent of the state's precincts, she had 40 percent to 35 percent for Obama, who is seeking to become the nation's first black president. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina trailed with 17 percent.

    McCain was winning 39 percent of the vote, Romney had 28 and Huckabee 12. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani had 9 percent, Texas Rep. Ron Paul 8.

    Clinton's performance, based on the early returns, surprised even her own inner circle.

    In the hours leading up to the poll closing, her closest advisers had appeared to be bracing for a second defeat at the hands of Obama.

    Officials said her aides were considering whether to effectively concede the next two contests "” caucuses in Nevada on Jan. 19 and a South Carolina primary a week later "” and instead try to regroup in time for a 22-state round of contests on Feb. 5.

    These officials also said a campaign shake-up was in the works, with longtime Clinton confidante Maggie Williams poised to come aboard to help sharpen the former first lady's message. Other personnel additions are expected, according to these officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity while discussing strategy.

    Obama, who won the leadoff Iowa caucuses last week, looked for an endorsement from the powerful Culinary Workers union in Nevada in the days ahead. South Carolina's Democratic electorate is heavily black and likely to go for the most viable black presidential candidate in history.

    The Republican race turns next to Michigan, where McCain and Romney already are advertising on television, and where both men planned appearances on Wednesday.

    By custom, the first handful of New Hampshire votes was cast, at midnight, in Dixville Notch in the far northern tip of the state.

    By tradition, the first primary held the power to propel winners into the rush of primaries that follow "” and to send the also-rans home for good.

    And by registration, New Hampshire's balance of power rested with its independent voters, more than 40 percent of the electorate, neither reliably Democratic nor Republican, with the power to settle either race, or both.

    McCain, an Arizona senator, in particular, appealed for their support in the run-up to the primary. He battled Romney, the former governor of next-door Massachusetts, and to a lesser extent Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who won last week's Iowa caucuses.

    According to preliminary results of a survey of voters as they left their polling places, more independents cast ballots in the Democratic race than in the Republican contest. They accounted for four of every 10 Democratic votes and about a third of Republican ballots. The survey was conducted for The Associated Press and the television networks.

    Republicans were split roughly evenly in naming the nation's top issues: the economy, Iraq, illegal immigration and terrorism. Romney had a big lead among those naming immigration, while McCain led on the other issues.

    Half of Republicans said illegal immigrants should be deported, and this group leaned toward Romney. Those saying illegal immigrants should be allowed to apply for citizenship leaned toward McCain, while the two candidates split those saying those here illegally should be allowed to stay as temporary workers.

    Among Democrats, about one-third each named the economy and Iraq as the top issues facing the country, followed by health care. Voters naming the economy were split about evenly between Obama and Clinton, while Obama had an advantage among those naming the other two issues. Clinton has made health care a signature issue for years.

    About one-third said if Bill Clinton were running, they would have voted for him on Tuesday.

    "It has all the earmarks of a landslide with the Dixville Notch vote," an upbeat McCain quipped "” he got four votes there to Romney's two and one for Giuliani "” as his campaign bus headed to a polling place in Nashua. The crowd of supporters was so big, that voters complained and a poll worker pleaded with McCain to leave. Seconds later, the bus pulled away.

    Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, Texas Rep. Paul and California Rep. Duncan Hunter completed the Republican field.

    Obama, too, hoped independent voters would come his way, as they did last week in Iowa, where he won the first test of the campaign. Clinton, the New York senator and former first lady, ran third in Iowa. Former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina was second.

    Obama drew huge crowds as he swept into New Hampshire, and as the front-runner drew plenty of criticism from Clinton and her husband. Asked if he expected more, Obama said, "Oh, I don't think it will be just in the next few days. I think it'll be, you know, until I'm the nominee or until I quit." He said he understood their frustration.

    Clinton, for her part, retooled her appeal to voters on the run. She lessened her emphasis on experience, and sought instead to raise questions about Obama's ability to bring about the change he promised.

    Win or lose, she said she was in the race to stay "” never mind Edwards' suggestion that the voters of Iowa had told her that her presence was no longer needed.

    There was no letup in the television ad wars.

    TNS Media Intelligence, a firm that tracks political advertising, said Clinton spent $5.4 million to reach New Hampshire voters, and Obama spent $5 million. The total for Edwards was $1.7 million, reflecting a smaller campaign treasury. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, fourth candidate in the race, could afford about $500,000.

    As happened in Iowa, Romney spent more than his rivals combined on television for the New Hampshire primary.

    After losing Iowa, he could ill afford another defeat after basing his campaign strategy on victories in one or both states. Reflecting the stakes, he clashed in weekend debates with Huckabee over the Iraq war and with McCain over immigration as he tried to right his campaign.

    On Tuesday, Romney put a positive face forward. "The Republicans will vote for me," he said. "The independents will get behind me."

    McCain, too, was in need of a victory. Once the perceived front-runner, he suffered through a near-death political experience last year when his fundraising and support collapsed. He rallied, and by the final days of the New Hampshire race, held a celebration of sorts to mark his 100th town hall meeting in the state he won eight years ago

  5. #15
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - This oil-rich Persian Gulf state has outfitted high-rises with the latest security, installed an iris-recognition ID system and nearly completed a 500-mile-long barrier along its borders with Oman and Saudi Arabia.

    I am happy for dubai and the increased tourism that they are experiencing. I wish to go someday. The wealth and technology is unbelievable.

    It is an interesting culture that is forming with the east indians and the indigenous peoples there.

  6. #16
    i agree ,, dubai is one of the most amazing place in thr world.. i have ben there in 2002 and it's just unbelievable over there , you see the ferrari in the streets like you see the nissan in the u.s . very very beautiful and it's one of those places that you go crazy looking at things .. but it's very very expensive , 2 bedroom appartment is almost $2500 per month.. and you see 18 old years old kids driving ferrari and lamborghini ..the buildings, the streets ,,holy moly lol,,u go crazy over there ,and that was in 2002 iam sure it got even better

  7. #17
    and they actually having problims with illegal immigrants over there ,,specially from india .. there is more than 2 millions living there illegaly,, and actually .. and i think the paid there is the highest in the world

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  9. #19
    i agree if not now allready ,, i have been in both and actually i think dubai is nicer for 1 reason ,,bcoz vegas is not that really big,,just the hotels,,but dubai is freaking bigggggggg,,and it all looks like vegas but ur talking about 3 or 4 hours straight driving,,mmm it's really hard to say which is better,,but both are really great

  10. #20
    A lawyer for two UK residents formerly held by the US at the Guantanamo Bay prison argued in a British court Wednesday that they should not be extradited to Spain to face terror charges. Jamil el-Banna and Omar Deghayes face transfer to that country after crusading Spanish anti-terror judge Baltasar GarzΓ³n requested that the two face charges for belonging to a Spanish al Qaeda cell. Their lawyer accused Spanish authorities of facilitating their Guantanamo detention and sending officials to interrogate them while held in US custody. He argued that they were exonerated by the US and that it would be unjust to allow Spain to continue with proceedings on the same issues. The Guardian has more. Reuters has additional coverage.

    El Banna and Deghayes were released from Guantanamo in December 2007, detained by UK authorities upon arrival there, and freed on bail the next day . In August 2007, the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office asked the United States to release five detainees who were legal residents in the UK prior to their detention at Guantanamo, including el Banna and Deghayes.

    The US Army said Tuesday that Army Sgt. 1st Class Trey A. Corrales will be court-martialed on charges of premeditated murder for his alleged role in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk . Corrales was charged in July with the premeditated murder of an unspecified "Iraqi national" on or about June 23, 2007. He later waived his right to a preliminary Article 32 hearing .

    Corrales' co-defendant Specialist Christopher P. Shore had his Article 32 hearing in October, and the Army said last month that it would court-martial Shore for third-degree murder . Shore had also originally faced charges of premeditated murder. During his hearing, Shore testified that when ordered by Corrales to shoot an unarmed Iraqi civilian, he intentionally missed. If convicted, both face possible life sentences

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