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All hat and no cattle
An Israeli Defense Ministry official said that "America needs to get its act together" and take "tough action" in order to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. I don't think this administration will be dealing with Iran, Bush has a war to clean up in Iraq and will leave the problem of a nuclear-armed Iran for the next administration. The White House is going to follow EU policy when it comes to Iran, accomplish nothing and call it diplomacy, in hopes of repairing hurt European feelings over the Iraq war. And while Condi Rice is saying that Iran should not be allowed to "play for time", Iran is doing exactly that with the assistance of Russia and the E.U. Even sanctions are iffy: Javier Solana said he doesn't rule out sanctions against Iran but it depends on the sanctions; "we certainly do not want to hurt the Iranian people."
"You begin to see an issue of grave national security concern," Bush told a newspaper group. "Therefore it's very important for the United States to continue to work with others to solve these issues diplomatically, deal with these threats today," he said.

The Security Council will not rush into sanctions. It is likely first to urge Iran to accept International Atomic Energy Agency demands that it halt all uranium enrichment work.

Iran, which has fought to avoid being taken to the council, suspects Bush is only using the nuclear issue as a pretext.

"Bush talks of regime change or change of its behavior, which is the same. It means no Islamic regime," said senior cleric Ahmad Khatami in a sermon in which he also denounced the European Union as a "puppet of U.S. policies."
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Kalua pig, imu or not.
When chef Sam Choy doesn't have the time to build an imu, he makes this oven-cooked kalua pig. The dish is often served with sweet potatoes and poi (mashed taro root). It's also great on a sandwich with coleslaw and barbecue sauce.
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Refugees in Japan
In 2004, the U.S. accepted 21,148 refugees, France 15,866, the U.K. 12,925, and Japan 15. Even though Japan is not poor and is a leading international aid donor, it ranks 98th in refugee acceptance worldwide and last among the top 30 industrialized counties. Japan is a close neighbor to China, the third largest refugee producing country in the world, yet it has accepted only three Chinese refugees in 23 years. Worse, Japan has an informal arrangement with China, where Chinese refugees who arrive in Japan by boat, are automatically returned to the Chinese authorities where they pretty much face death. The following is an extensive report on Japan's restrictive immigration policies, Policy of Exclusion of Refugees - Part 1 and Part 2.
Behind the closed refugee policy, a history of accepting refugees slanted towards national interest emerges contrary to the perception that Japan does not have much experience in accepting refugees. From the 5th century, large numbers of Koreans, victims of wars between competing states, fled the Korean peninsula to Japan, according to Homma Hiroshi, a professor of law at Hosei University. Given the fact that the Korean peninsula was more developed than Japan, many were assimilated well and made valuable cultural and productive contributions.

Japan continued to accept both immigrants and refugees from neighboring lands, until the Tokugawa closed Japan to outsiders in the years 1600-1868. This action was taken ostensibly to protect the country from Christianity and from invasion by Western powers in the 17th century. In the late 19th century, Japan's reformist Meiji government opened Japan once more to the outside world. But a closed-society mentality, nurtured during the Tokugawa era, persisted at the grassroots level, according to Professor Homma.

Japan did accept White Russian refugees after WWI and Jewish refugees during WWII. However, those accepted tended to be the wealthy or intellectual elite. After the Vietnam War, the government accepted around 10,000 "Indochina refugees" for resettlement between 1978 and 1984. This was done by cabinet decision under immense American pressure. But it proved to be an exception rather than the beginning of a new openness. Professor Homma concluded, "In 1981, Japan ratified the 1951 Convention, but closed attitudes towards foreigners have not changed, nor has accepting asylum seekers regardless of national interests."


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Bosnia expelling 11,000 Arabs; Wahhabi “charities” squeezed
A bit of decent news from Al Qaeda's European stronghold, Bosnia:
Abed el-Baqi reported in Asharq Al Awsat, a pan-Arab newspaper, on March 9 that: “Media sources in Bosnia said yesterday that all Arabs that received citizenships illegally will be expelled from the country after completing their review by committees that were formed to carry this out after the war.

"The Bosnian daily ‘Dnevni Avaz’ published yesterday that ‘the committee that supervises the review of the Bosnian nationalities is on the verge of making a decision to kick out foreigners, over the next 12 months, who received the Bosnian nationally illegally’. The paper added ‘the nationalities that are being reviewed go back to the time [that they were granted] between 6 April 1992 and 1 January 2006’. The paper said that there are thousands of nationalities that are being reviewed, not 700 cases as was previously stated on this matter. However it confirmed that individuals from afro-Asian origins are at the front of the target of this continuous and recurring campaign. Close sources to the newspaper said that the committee that supervises the review operations said that ‘Individuals who received the nationality illegally will become foreigners and be immediately departed form the country. There are over 11,000 Arabs citizens of Serbia and Montenegro that have the Bosnian nationality. The paper said ‘the Bosnian law entitles Serbia and Montenegrean citizens to have a Bosnian nationality’.”

El-Baqi added: “On another front, well-informed sources told Asharq Al Awsat that Kuwaiti aid organizations are exposed to pressure from the Bosnian financial police that Serbia and Croatia dominate. The sources, who chose not to be identified, said ‘foreign authorities are increasingly becoming tight [vis a vis] Islamic aid organizations and specifically Arab ones. Many Saudi institutions have already been dissolved and have been leaving the [Bosnia] arena over last few years’. Arab sources in Sarajevo told Asharq Al Awsat that ‘the manager of one of the Kuwaiti institutions asked for help in solving a crisis that his company was exposed to due to the hard-line financial police’s position towards the company’s finances. No one could help, as all different sides he called informed him that they were incapable of helping him in front of the Serbian and Croatian power over the financial police's work, especially around anything connected to the Arab presence in the country’.
The former president of the Qozaz orphan house organization in Sarajevo told Asharq Al Awsat that ‘there are transactions that do not need receipts, for example donating help to a family cannot be billed. Only a signature is required from the recipient and it is impossible for an aid organization to ask the poor and helpless to have promissory notes that they can give to the aid enterprises, as it is in the business world’. A former aid worker told Asharq Al Awsat that ‘Arab aid organizations working in Bosnia have laid off most of their Arab staff and replaced them with locals. They fear terrorist accusations will be directed at Arab workers or they will create suspicions from the local and foreign security authorities that have around 15,000 people working in Bosnia alone under an international cover.” - Asharq Al Awsat, United Kingdom
Translation via MidEastWire.
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Bulgaria's dirty little secret
Today Bulgaria commemorated the rescue of nearly 50,000 Bulgarian Jews from the Nazi concentration camps during World War Two.
On March 10 in 1943 Bulgaria, led by the Orthodox Church and King Boris III, halted the implementation of a governmental decision dispatching the first groups of Bulgarian Jews to fascist death camps. Tsar Boris III and his country made extraordinary effort and sacrifices to save its entire population of Jews.
The "extraordinary effort and sacrifice" involved deporting Jews from Thrace and Macedonia instead, two areas that became part of "Greater Bulgaria", a reward to the Bulgarian government for becoming Hitler's ally.
Bulgarian officials were much more willing to “deport” Greek, Macedonian, or Serbian Jews, that is, “foreign” Jews, than Bulgarian Jews. Bulgarian forces substituted Greek Jews for Bulgarian Jews on the Bulgarian “death trains” as part of their “Bulgarization” program. On March 4, approximately 12,000 Jews in Bulgarian-occupied Macedonia,Thrace, and eastern Serbia were rounded up and deported. They were herded in camps where many were robbed of their possessions. Bulgarian officials then put then on trains which were under the authority of the German Wehrmacht.The port of Lom on the Danube was their first stop. Cargo boats took them to Vienna from there. They boarded trains in Vienna which took them to Treblinka, where almost all were killed in the gas chambers. On March 20 and 21, 4,226 Jews from Thrace and Pirot in Bulgarian-occupied eastern Serbia were deported.From March 22 to 29, 7, 158 Jews from Macedonia, mostly located in Skopje, were deported. The total number deported from Macedonia,Thrace, and eastern Serbia, i. e., Greater Bulgaria, was 11,384, 21 of whom died during the transport.
I wonder if their commemoration ceremony today mentioned these minor details.
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Rosines & Hugo Chavez, Flag-Designing Dream Team
Chavez's latest inane antic? He's changing Venezuela's flag. Now, the horse will gallop to the left, not to the right. He also had an extra, eighth star for Simon Bolivar added.
Last year Chavez dismissed the horse image saying "it's not even Venezuelan, it's an imperialist horse" after researching that it was originally designed by a British diplomat. But he cited historical reasons for the change.

"The horse now faces left with its head forward to the future, a white, free, untamed horse, as our nation is free as never before," lawmaker Cilia Flores said late on Tuesday after the law was passed.

A machete, a bow and arrow and tropical fruits and flowers were also added to the coat of arms to represent Venezuela's rural peasants and indigenous people.
So basically, he added a machete to symbolize his rule, and some bananas, also to symbolize his rule. I guess we should be grateful he didn't add "Allahu Akbar"-and a big full-color picture of himself saluting-to the flag as well.

Rosines Chavez, you're a mischievous little girl. Next you'll ask why Venezuelans have ten fingers, and your daddy will tell you that ten is an imperialist finger number and that all Venezuelans will line up to have one pinky amputated.
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