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#61 Cove

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Posted 18 July 2007 - 11:16 PM

So sad in some ways :(
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Posted 27 June 2008 - 09:40 PM

Stampede in Niger over food supplies. Islamica Magazine.

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 09:46 PM

MARSH ARABS - Paradise Lost

These photos from the ancient marshlands of Iraq between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are but a fond memory of a stunningly beautiful, watery world populated with hospitable, friendly people. At the end of the Gulf War in 1991, with American encouragement, the Marsh Arabs rebelled against Saddam Hussein. The price they paid was heavy. Since the Americans never followed up on their victory, Saddam Hussein’s forces were free to return with fury. They dammed and drained the precious wetlands of the Marsh Arabs, bombed and burned their villages. Precious little remains of a way of life, a civilization, that goes back some 5000 years. Only 30,000 people remain out of a population of about 500,000.

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Posted 27 June 2008 - 09:57 PM

Private Uni sign in Karachi. Flickr.

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Posted 28 June 2008 - 03:36 PM

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What an impeccable congruous juxtaposition and characterisation ... :clap: :sad:
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Posted 28 June 2008 - 03:49 PM

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An Afghan (Collateral) 'beggar' in Kabul, Afghanistan
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Posted 20 September 2008 - 06:19 AM

Boston.com: Observing Ramadan
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 12:06 PM

An overcrowded passenger train is seen in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 8, 2008. Millions of residents in Dhaka had started the exodus home from the capital city ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which marks the end of the Hajj. (REUTERS/Andrew Biraj) December, 2008.

No more complaints about city rail! :)

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A Palestinian smuggles a sheep into the Gaza Strip through a tunnel under the Egypt-Gaza border at Rafah on December 5, 2008. The Rafah border post with Egypt is the only crossing into Gaza not controlled by Israel, which has enforced a blockade on the territory since Hamas, which Israel regards as a terrorist group, seized power there in 2007. (SAID KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images) December, 2008.


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Posted 25 December 2008 - 07:37 PM

An overcrowded passenger train is seen in Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 8, 2008. Millions of residents in Dhaka had started the exodus home from the capital city ahead of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, which marks the end of the Hajj. (REUTERS/Andrew Biraj) December, 2008.

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I hope there are no tunnels in Bangladesh.
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Posted 25 December 2008 - 07:42 PM

Wow. :egads: And I thought it was bad for me the other week, when I was in a crowded compartment. Poor guys.
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Posted 04 January 2009 - 09:08 PM

Anne Frankly, Flickr.

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Edit: Image wont attach.. damm. :(

but this is what it was..

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Posted 01 November 2009 - 12:23 AM

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An Afghan (Collateral) 'beggar' in Kabul, Afghanistan
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that is so sad :sad:

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and sadder :ermm: Alhamdullillah we dont hv to experience all this :ermm:

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saw someone wearing this tshirt recently and I took a pic of it :wacko:
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Posted 30 April 2013 - 03:54 PM

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Really your son is so cute.....


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Posted 02 May 2013 - 03:13 PM

 

Pope Francis has condemned as ‘‘slave labour’’

Pope Francis has condemned as ‘‘slave labour’’ the conditions for hundreds of workers killed in a factory collapse in Bangladesh and urged political leaders to fight unemployment in a sweeping critique of ‘‘selfish profit’’.

The pope said he had been particularly struck by a headline saying workers at the factory near Dhaka were being paid just 38 euros ($A48) a month. ‘‘This is called slave labour!’’ the pope was quoted by Vatican radio as saying in his homily at a private mass in his residence to mark May Day.

Bangladesh officials said the death toll from the factory building that collapsed outside Dhaka last week has risen to more than 400. The European Union has warned of trade sanctions in the wake of the nation's biggest industrial disaster.

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Bodies of unidentified garment workers, who died in the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, lie on the ground as people gather to watch a mass burial in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Rescue efforts are continuing "but it is very unlikely that we will find any more survivors," said Mir Rabbi, a duty officer at the control room supervising the salvage effort. While rescuers have pulled 2,437 people alive from the rubble, at least 149 people are still missing, Rabbi said.

The collapse of the building in Savar on April 24 is at least the third reported industrial accident in the South Asian nation since November, when 112 people died in a fire at a workshop that was producing clothes for companies including Wal-Mart.

The Bangladeshi High Court ordered officials to seize assets on Tuesday belonging to Sohel Rana, the owner of the eight-story Rana Plaza, which collapsed. The court also ordered the seizure of assets belonging to four owners of garment factories in the building.

‘At the private mass, the pope said: ‘Today in the world this slavery is being committed against something beautiful that God has given us - the capacity to create, to work, to have dignity. How many brothers and sisters find themselves in this situation!’’ 

His comments came as protesters in May Day demonstrations around the world rallied against unfair work conditions and unemployment.‘‘Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit. That goes against God!’’ the pope said in his strongly-worded address.

The Argentine pope, formerly the archbishop of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio, became a powerful voice on the side of the poor during his homeland’s devastating economic crisis.Since being elected pontiff in March, he has repeatedly called for the Roman Catholic Church to be closer to the needy and has said he wants ‘‘a poor Church for the poor’’.

In response to the tragedy, the EU said it's considering action under its trade rules to encourage changes in the nation's supply-chain operations.

"The sheer scale of this disaster and the alleged criminality around the building's construction is finally becoming clear to the world," EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and high representative for foreign affairs Catherine Ashton said in a joint statement.

To encourage responsible management of supply chains, the EU is considering action through a program which gives Bangladesh duty- and quota-free access to the EU market, Mr De Gucht said.

Outraged by the tragedy, tens of thousands of people flooded the streets of Dhaka on Wednesday to mark May Day, bringing traffic to a halt in parts of the city. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed visited the disaster site on Monday. Hundreds of relatives are still at the location waiting to learn the fate of family members.

Mr Rana, 38, was flown to Dhaka after being arrested in the western border town of Benapole, from where he planned to flee into India, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, state Minister For Local Government, told cheering relatives of victims at the weekend.

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Posted 21 June 2013 - 12:38 PM

Shrouded in Haze

(CNN) -- Singapore was shrouded in haze on Wednesday as smoke from forest fires in nearby Sumatra drifted across the Malacca Strait in the city's worst pollution crisis in more than a decade.

Buildings in the city of 5.3 million people have been enveloped in a smoky haze since the beginning of the week as illegal burn off in nearby Indonesia and prevailing winds were causing a smoke crisis not seen since 1997.

Singapore's pollution index reached 173 on Wednesday, the worst level since 1997 when it reached 226, according to the Straits Times. The city's National Environment Agency said air quality becomes 'very unhealthy' when the index passes 200.

The agency said that thick haze would continue for the next few days as forest fires were still raging in Sumatra.

Singapore's Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said he would urge commercial pressure against firms causing the haze. Critics have accused Singapore and Malaysian palm oil companies of investing in Indonesian companies that are clearing land for palm plantations.


"I suggested Minister Kambuaya name the companies responsible for the fires," Dr Balakrishnan posted on the site.Dr Balakrishnan said on his Facebook site that he had approached his Indonesian counterpart, Balthasar Kambuaya, to express his "deep distress" at the situation.

Singapore residents, meanwhile, could be seen around the central business district wearing facemasks or handkerchiefs.

"I can say it's actually getting worse," a Singapore-based energy industry analyst who did not want to be named told CNN. "The staff are taking pictures out of the office window because you can't see the cruise ship terminal which is only 500 metres away."

He said for three days the city has been under a pall of wood smoke that gave Singapore's normally highly urban central business district the smell of a campfire.

"It gives off this smoky smell like you've been sitting a bit too close to the hearth," he said. "Whoever would have thought that I'd be going to Hong Kong for a weekend simply to get a breath of fresh air."

Authorities in Singapore are anxious to avoid a repeat of the 1997 Southeast Asian haze which the government estimates cost $9 billion in health care costs and disrupted air travel and business.

 

 

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I hope Aust Govt will be kind enough to donate some masks to our neighboring countries :(


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