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Liberty Newspost Sept-08-2012

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Curated News Editionhttp://www.LibertyNewspost.com- 08/09/12
Submitted at 9/8/2012 9:16:00 AM
Pakistan frees Christian girlaccused of blasphemyBy ZARAR KHAN, AssociatedPress – 11 minutes agoRAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP)— A young Christian girl accusedof burning pages of Islam's holybook was freed Saturday from a jail near the capital where she hadbeen held for three weeks, aPakistani jail official said.The release a day after a judgegranted her bail is another stepcloser to ending an episode thathas focused an uncomfortablespotlight on Pakistan's harshblasphemy laws, which can resultin life in prison or even death fordefendants. Many critics say thelaws are misused to wagevendettas or target Pakistan'svulnerable minorities like theChristians.The jail official, Mushtaq Awan,said the girl left the prison inRawalpindi, a garrison city nearIslamabad amid tight security.An Associated Press reporter onthe scene said she was taken fromthe prison in an armored vehicleand whisked to a waitinghelicopter while covered with asheet to protect her identity.A Muslim cleric from herneighborhood was arrested lastweek for planting evidence toincriminate the girl, an about-facein a case that has drawn stronginternational condemnation. Evenin Pakistan where there issignificant support for punishingpeople accused of desecrating theQuran or insulting Islam's ProphetMuhammed, the girl's age andquestions about her mental statehave earned her a degree of publicsympathy often lacking in otherblasphemy cases.Her lawyers say they will nowpush to have the case against herthrown out entirely."Her parents were with her whenshe was freed from the jail, andshe has been taken to a saferplace," said a member of her legalteam, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry.The girl's release came a dayafter a judge in Islamabad grantedbail to the mentally challengedgirl, a move hailed by the humanright activists and representativesof Pakistan's minority Christiancommunity. Bail is rarely grantedin blasphemy cases, and thedecision signals a degree of sympathy that could result in allthe charges being dropped.The girl, who medical officialssay is 14 years old, was arrestedAug. 16, shortly after hundreds of angry Muslims surrounded herhouse, and accused her of burningpages from the Quran, an actpunishable by life in prison. Herlawyer has denied the allegation.But in a sudden turn-around,police arrested a cleric after afollower from his mosque accusedhim of stashing pages of a Quranin the girl's bag to make it seem asif she burned them. He allegedlyplanted the evidence to pushChristians out of theneighborhood and is now beinginvestigated for blasphemyhimself. He has denied theallegation.The arrest was applauded as arare occurrence when blasphemyaccusers are held responsible forfalse claims.In his ruling granting bail, the judge wrote that the arrest of thecleric cast serious doubt on theprosecution's case. He also saidshe was a minor, had mentalchallenges and that it was "notbelievable" that she hadintentionally burnt the Quranicverses. On those grounds, hedecided to grant the bail.The tight security present duringher release is a sign thatauthorities are taking her safetyseriously in light of previousattacks on people accused of blasphemy. Two prominentpoliticians were gunned down lastyear for suggesting the blasphemylaws should be amended toprevent misuse. The killer of oneof the politicians was later laudedby supporters who threw rosepetals whenever he appeared atcourt.A man in the central Pakistanicity of Bahawalpur was beaten todeath in July by an angry mobafter he was accused of blasphemy.Associated Press writers MunirAhmed and Rebecca Santanacontributed to this report.Copyright © 2012 TheAssociated Press. All rightsreserved.This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersrecommends:IncineratingAssange - The Liberal Media GoTo Work .[unable to retrieve full-textcontent]
 
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Submitted at 9/8/2012 8:52:00 AM
Fall's must-see political TV:Obama-Romney debatesBy DONNA CASSATA,Associated Press – 35 minutesagoWASHINGTON (AP) — Finally,the fall season offers the matchupsure to attract the biggestaudience of the campaign:President Barack Obama goingone-on-one with Republican MittRomney in three prime-timedebates.Typically the top political drawin the final sprint to Election Day,the debates assume outsizedimportance this year with the racea dead heat.The candidates will have theirsound bites and rhetoric downcold so any slip or inadvertentmove — remember PresidentGeorge H.W. Bush's exasperatedglance at his watch or DemocratAl Gore's repeated sighing? —could roil the campaign for daysand linger in voters' mind untilNov. 6.No wonder Romney spent daysthis past week at the Vermontestate of former Massachusetts Lt.Gov. Kerry Healey for debatepractice sessions; Ohio Sen. RobPortman, played the role of Obama.The president has had onepractice session withMassachusetts Sen. John Kerry,the Democrats' stand-in forRomney, and is certain to haveseveral more before the firstdebate Oct. 3 in DenverThe second debate, a town hall-style session, is Oct. 16 inHempstead, N.Y. The finaldebate, on foreign policy, is Oct.22 in Boca Raton, Fla. GOPrunning mate Paul Ryan and VicePresident Joe Biden have onedebate, Oct. 11 in Danville, Ky.Incumbents usually are at adisadvantage, defending a recordagainst a challenger critiquingfour years of work. Obama will betrying to avoid the fate of Presidents Ronald Reagan andGeorge W. Bush, who turned inflat debate performances in theirfirst encounters with rivals. In theend, though, it didn't hurt eitherone as they both won re-election."Debating is a muscle that doesn'tget used very often," said AlanSchroeder, a journalism professorat Northeastern University and theauthor of "Presidential Debates:Forty Years of High-Risk TV."''Mitt Romney is better tonedbecause he came off 20-plusprimary debates. President Obamahas not been on a debate stage infour years."Debates aren't like the highlychoreographed campaign event orstump speech marked by over-the-top rhetoric. Schroeder saiddebates require a differentdynamic — candidates need to berespectful, differing in opinion butavoiding any impression that it'spersonal."In 2008, the first debate betweenBarack Obama and John McCain,one of the takeaways was McCaindid not make eye contact withObama," Schroeder said. "Thatcame off as rude, disrespectful."Part of the practice sessions isfiguring out when to beaggressive and how todemonstrate leadership. It's alsohoning the lines from months of campaign speeches as thecandidates get their finalopportunities to speak directly totens of millions of voters.In the first debate, on domesticpolicy, Romney and Obama willbe armed with competingnumbers and visions."We will not surrender ourdreams to the failures of thispresident," Romney told anaudience in Bedford, N.H., lastDecember. Expect the Republicanto point to 23 million Americansout of work or underemployed, anational debt now at $16 trillionand three years of anunemployment rate above 8percent.In a speech in April, Romneysketched out the Republicanvision of smaller government, lessregulation and a greater role forbusiness."Free enterprise has done more tolift people out of poverty, to helpbuild a strong middle class, tohelp educate our kids, to make ourlives better, than all of thegovernment programs puttogether," Romney told a meetingof the Newspaper Association of America.Expect Obama to counter thatmore than 4.6 million jobs havebeen created since he took officeafter recession-driven job lossesapproaching 800,000 a monthunder Bush. In his bid to boost themiddle class, the president willargue that he's reduced the typicalfamily's federal tax burden by$3,600. He also will talk aboutshared responsibility and a rolefor government."As citizens, we understand thatAmerica is not about what can bedone for us. It's about what can bedone by us, together, through thehard and frustrating but necessarywork of self-government," Obamasaid in his convention speech.Both will be pressed for specificson their job creation claims.Romney promises 12 million new jobs; Obama the creation of 1million manufacturing jobs.Neither has said how he wouldmake those jobs happen.The candidates are diametricallyapart on health care, Medicare,gay marriage, immigration andabortion rights — all potentialdebate issues.The second debate on Oct. 16will cover domestic and foreignpolicy with questions from agroup of undecided votersselected by the GallupOrganization. This format thatcould elicit the unusual and thememorable.It was at a 1992 town hall debateinvolving President George H.W.Bush, Democrat Bill Clinton andindependent Ross Perot in whichthe Republican was caughtlooking at this watch. His reactioncame as an audience member wastalking about how much the deeprecession had personally affectedhim. Bush, who lost that election,later said that he was thinking:"Only 10 more minutes of thiscrap."The final debate Oct. 22 focuseson foreign policy, an area inwhich Obama has received highmarks from Americans in opinionpolls. The president will offer aspirited defense of his aggressiverecord in pursuing al-Qaida, thekilling of Osama bin Laden andthe collapse of MoammarGadhafi's government in Libya.As for his rival, Obama said inhis convention speech thatRomney and Ryan are neophytes.
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Submitted at 9/8/2012 8:56:08 AM
By Timothy HeritageVLADIVOSTOK, Russia| SatSep 8, 2012 9:56am EDT(Reuters) - China and Russiasounded the alarm about the stateof the global economy at asummit on Saturday and urgedAsian-Pacific countries to protectthemselves by forging deeperregional economic ties.Chinese President Hu Jintao saidBeijing would do all it could tostrengthen the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) and boost prospects of aglobal recovery by rebalancing itseconomy, Asia's biggest.Russian President Vladimir Putinsaid trade barriers must besmashed down. He is hosting theevent on a small island linked tothe Pacific port of Vladivostok bya spectacular new bridge, asymbol of Moscow's pivotal turnto Asia away from debt-strickenEurope."It's important to build bridges,not walls. We must continuestriving for greater integration,"Putin told APEC leaders seated ata round table in a room with aview of the $1 billion cable-stayed bridge, the largest of itskind."The global economic recovery isfaltering. We can overcome thenegative trends only by increasingthe volume of trade in goods andservices and enhancing the flowof capital."China's Hu told business leadersbefore the summit the worldeconomy was being hampered by"destabilizing factors anduncertainties" and the crisis thathit in 2008-09 was far from over.Beijing would play its role, hesaid, in strengthening therecovery."We will work to maintain thebalance between keeping steadyand robust growth, adjusting theeconomic structure and managinginflation expectations," he said.Hu spelled out plans for China,whose economic growth hasslowed as Europe's debt crisisworsened, to pump $157 billioninto infrastructure investments inagriculture, energy, railways androads. Hu, who steps down asChina's leader in the autumn aftera Communist Party congress,promised continuity and stabilityfor the economy.Putin, who has just begun a newsix-year term as president, said onFriday Russia would be a stableenergy supplier and a gateway toEurope for Asian countries, andalso pledged to develop hiscountry's transportation network.Gazprom, Russia's state-controlled gas export monopoly,signed an agreement with Japan todevelop plans for a $7 billionliquefied natural gas plant onRussia's Pacific coast,underscoring Moscow's eastwardshift.RUSSIA LOOKS EASTThe relative strength of China'seconomy, by far the largest inAsia and second in the world tothe United States, is key toRussia's decision to look to thePacific Rim as it seeks to developits economy and Europe battleseconomic problems.APEC, which includes the UnitedStates, Japan, South Korea,Indonesia and Canada, groupscountries which account for 40percent of the world's population,54 percent of its economic outputand 44 percent of trade.APEC members are broadlyshowing relatively strong growth,but boosting trade and growth isvital for the group as it tries toremove the trade barriers thathinder investment."It is absolutely clear that themost important region foreconomic growth this decade -and probably the next decade -will be the Pacific," said MexicanPresident Felipe Calderon.The European Union has been atodds with both China and Russiaover trade practices it regards aslimiting free competition.Cooperation in APEC is alsohindered by territorial and otherdisputes among some of themembers.Putin, 59, limped slightly as hegreeted leaders at the summit.Aides said he had merely pulled amuscle. Underlining Putin's goodhealth, a spokesman said he had a"very active lifestyle."Discussions at the two-daymeeting focused on food securityand trade liberalization. Anagreement was reached before thesummit to slash import duties ontechnologies that can promoteeconomic growth withoutendangering the environment.Breakthroughs are not expectedon other trade issues at themeeting, from which U.S.President Barack Obama isabsent. He has been attending theDemocratic Party convention andWashington is represented bySecretary of State Hillary Clinton.Clinton said after talks withForeign Minister Sergei Lavrovthat the U.S. government wasworking with Congress to passlegislation needed to upgradetrade ties with Russia, whichrecently joined the World TradeOrganisation.Tensions persisted between thetwo former Cold War foes overIran and Syria, however, andClinton had only a short meetingwith Putin late on day one of thesummit, which culminated in alavish firework show overVladivostok's harbor that wasreported in the Russian media tohave cost nearly $10 million.Also missing the summit wasAustralian Prime Minister JuliaGillard, who went home afterlearning her father had died.(Additional reporting by GlebBryanski, Andrew Quinn, KatyaGolubkova, Douglas Busvine,Denis Pinchuk and AndreyOstroukh, Editing by JanetLawrence, John Stonestreet)This entry passed through theFull-Text RSSservice — if this isyour content and you're reading iton someone else's site, please readthe FAQ atfivefilters.org/content-only/faq.php#publishers.FiveFiltersrecommends:IncineratingAssange - The Liberal Media GoTo Work .[unable to retrieve full-textcontent][unable to retrieve full-textcontent][unable to retrieve full-textcontent][unable to retrieve full-textcontent]
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