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China defends reclamation of islands in disputed territory

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Apr 112015
 

Analysts say the pictures show how China is attempting to create facts in the water to bolster its sovereignty claims

7 AREAS: Armed Forces chief General Gregorio Catapang Jr presents photos of China’s reclamation projects in West Philippine Sea

The Philippines one of the most vocal of China’s neighbours in defending its competing territorial claim reacted strongly, calling for the Asian giant to “dismantle” the reclaimed land. (READ: PH fears ‘miscalculation’ in West PH Sea)

“They have to dismantle it,” said Peter Paul Galvez, spokesman for Manila’s defense department. “It is a concern not only of our country and region but of the whole international community.”

A series of satellite images posted on the website of the Center for Strategic and International Studies show a flotilla of Chinese vessels dredging sand onto Mischief Reef and the resulting land spreading in size.

Before-and-after images of other outcrops in the Spratly Islands record runways appearing from jungle, smooth-sided solid masses where coral once lay, and man-made harbors replacing natural reefs.

Analysts say the pictures show how China is attempting to create facts in the water to bolster its sovereignty claims.

Beijing asserts sovereignty over almost the whole of the South China Sea, including areas close to the coasts of other littoral states, using a nine-segment line based on one that first appeared on Chinese maps in the 1940s.

The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all have overlapping claims.

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Gerakan: Does IGP really know the law?

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Mar 282015
 

More pressing matters for police instead of clamping down on free speech, says Andy Yong.

KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan Youth has questioned whether the Inspector-General of Police truly understands the law, while carrying out a crackdown on free speech and peaceful assembly, and criticised his misplaced priorities.

Andy Yong, deputy leader of the youth wing, said the IGP appeared to be defning seditious tendency according to his own wishes, Malaysiakini reported.

He said the security of the country, and illegal activities, were more pressing matters for the police rather than sedition as defined by the IGP and peaceful protests.

I urge the police to concentrate more on reducing crime instead of being perceived as being used as a political tool, he was quoted as saying.

Yong pointed out that the Peaceful Assembly Act provided every citizen the right to assemble, whether or not notice was given to the police.

Yong questioned the police forces intent in criminalising the right to assemble. Until there actually is a report of violence escalating during the rally, there is no need for the police to enforce the PAA, he was reported to have said.

Malaysia should emulate countries Hong Kong or Britain, where police were present to ensure public order and security.

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IGP: Freedom of speech is not to defame others

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Mar 212015
 

IGP says crackdown on seditious statements is necessary especially in a multi-racial country like Malaysia.

KUALA LUMPUR: The right to freedom of speech should not be used as an excuse to legitimise actions or statements which are seditious in nature which can threaten peace and public security.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said despite the numerous police warnings on the matter some still persisted on committing it.

I have warned many times especially political leaders and non-government organisations to be careful when expressing opinions and views specifically on social media because it can result in a situation which threatens public security.

I feel now I dont want to give warnings but instead any individual who breaks any rule will be immediately dealt with. And they should not seek cover behind freedom of speech, he said.

Khalid was speaking in a special interview with the media in conjunction with the 208th Police Day Memorial here, today. The event is to be celebrated on March 25.

Commenting on claims he was trying to curb freedom of speech when giving a directive via his Twitter account for action to be taken against any individual who made seditious statements, Khalid said it was necessary to prevent the spread of such statements.

My aim in issuing the directive via Twitter is for fast action against sedition and the spread of untruths.

I think this method is effective to prevent society from being influenced by untruths which should be immediately stopped, he said.

Police, he said, always respected the right of freedom of speech but freedom had its limits specifically in a multi-racial and multi-religious country like Malaysia.

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China expands islands on disputed reefs in South China Sea

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Mar 092015
 

New satellite images show China has rapidly expanded several artificial islands it is building atop disputed reefs in the South China Sea, raising fresh concerns across the region and in Washington about Beijing’s intentions.

Dredging and sand reclamation over the last year at Hughes Reef, a shoal in the Spratly Islands, which are claimed by five nations, has created a 90,000-square-yard island with two piers, a helicopter pad and what appears to be an anti-aircraft tower or radar facility, according to HIS Janes, a defense research company.

A satellite photo taken in March showed only a small concrete platform jutting above the reef at high tide. Another photo of the same area, taken in late January, shows an inhabited island bustling with construction projects.

As The Times reported on Jan. 28, U.S. officials worry that the buildup indicates a Chinese push to establish de facto control over resource-rich waters and islets also claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei and Vietnam. Washington has urged China and the five other nations to resolve the territorial dispute peacefully.

Artificial islands also have grown substantially over the last year at Gaven Reef, South Johnson reef and Fiery Cross Reef, other outcroppings in the Spratly Islands occupied by China, according to Janes and a new report by a policy group that follows Asia maritime issues

At Fiery Cross Reef, Chinese dredgers created a land mass that spans the entire existing reef and is approximately 3,000 meters long and 200-300 meters wide, according to a Feb. 18report by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, part of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a nonpartisan Washington think tank.

Several other countries have built small military outposts on parts of the Spratly Islands, but they are dwarfed by the Chinese construction.

Taiwan has stepped up construction at Itu Aba, the only island it occupies in the South China Sea.

Taiwan is expanding the port to accommodate frigates and coast guard cutters and improving a 1,200 meter runway that is mostly used by C-130 cargo planes, the report said.

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Anwar Ibrahim’s Children Launch "March 2 Freedom" Campaign in Malaysia – Video

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Feb 272015
 



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Is China building new islands in disputed waters?

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Feb 222015
 

Story highlights China is building islands in disputed waters in the South China Sea Land reclamation taking place at five sites, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly says. China creating ‘chain of air and sea capable fortresses’

Satellite images from late January analyzed by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly show that China is reclaiming a significant amount of land at three sites in the Spratly Islands, in addition to two other sites previously documented by the defense publication.

“Where it used to have a few, small concrete platforms, it now has full islands with helipads, airstrips, harbors, and facilities to support large numbers of troops,” James Hardy, Jane’s Asia Pacific editor, told CNN.

“We can see that this is a methodical, well-planned campaign to create a chain of air and sea capable fortresses across the center of the Spratly Islands chain.”

In November, the publication reported that China was building an “air strip capable” island at least 3,000 meters long on Fiery Cross Reef.

The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival — often messy — territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters.

The areas in dispute include fertile fishing grounds and potentially rich reserves of undersea natural resources.

READ: China’s military not ready ‘to fight and win future wars’

The latest images show for the first time reclamation at Hughes Reef — a “large facility” is being constructed on 75,000 square meters of reclaimed land. Jane’s also said that significant progress has been made at Johnson South and Gaven Reefs.

“The buildings on Hughes Reef and Gaven Reefs have almost identical footprints: that of a main square building with what appears to be an anti-aircraft tower or radome at each corner.

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China to project power from artificial islands

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Feb 192015
 

HONG KONG (UPDATED)- China’s creation of artificial islands in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) is happening so fast that Beijing will be able to extend the range of its navy, air force, coastguard and fishing fleets before long, much to the alarm of rival claimants to the contested waters.

Reclamation work is well advanced on six reefs in the Spratly archipelago, according to recently published satellite photographs and Philippine officials. In addition, Manila said this month that Chinese dredgers had started reclaiming a seventh.

While the new islands won’t overturn U.S. military superiority in the region, Chinese workers are building ports and fuel storage depots as well as possibly two airstrips that experts said would allow Beijing to project power deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.

“These reclamations are bigger and more ambitious than we all thought,” said one Western diplomat. “On many different levels it’s going to be exceptionally difficult to counter China in the South China Sea as this develops.”

China claims most of the potentially energy rich South China Sea, through which $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims.

All but Brunei have fortified bases in the Spratlys, which lie roughly 1,300 km (810 miles) from the Chinese mainland but much closer to the Southeast Asian claimants.

Beijing has rejected diplomatic protests by Manila and Hanoi and criticism from Washington over the reclamation, saying the work falls “within the scope of China’s sovereignty”.

The Philippines began expressing growing concern in mid-2014, in particular, accusing Beijing of building an airstrip on Johnson South Reef.

Satellite analysis published by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly this week showed a new installation being built on Hughes Reef. It described a “large facility” having been constructed on 75,000 square metres of sand reclaimed since August.

It also published images of Fiery Cross Reef, which now includes a reclaimed island more than 3 km (1.8 miles) long that experts said would likely become a runway.

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Report: China building new islands in disputed waters

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Feb 182015
 

Story highlights China is building islands in disputed waters in the South China Sea Land reclamation taking place at five sites, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly says. China creating ‘chain of air and sea capable fortresses’

Satellite images from late January analyzed by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly show that China is reclaiming a significant amount of land at three sites in the Spratly Islands, in addition to two other sites previously documented by the defense publication.

“Where it used to have a few, small concrete platforms, it now has full islands with helipads, airstrips, harbors, and facilities to support large numbers of troops,” James Hardy, Jane’s Asia Pacific editor, told CNN.

“We can see that this is a methodical, well-planned campaign to create a chain of air and sea capable fortresses across the center of the Spratly Islands chain.”

In November, the publication reported that China was building an “air strip capable” island at least 3,000 meters long on Fiery Cross Reef.

The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival — often messy — territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters.

The areas in dispute include fertile fishing grounds and potentially rich reserves of undersea natural resources.

READ: China’s military not ready ‘to fight and win future wars’

The latest images show for the first time reclamation at Hughes Reef — a “large facility” is being constructed on 75,000 square meters of reclaimed land. Jane’s also said that significant progress has been made at Johnson South and Gaven Reefs.

“The buildings on Hughes Reef and Gaven Reefs have almost identical footprints: that of a main square building with what appears to be an anti-aircraft tower or radome at each corner.

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China builds islands in disputed waters

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Feb 182015
 

Story highlights China is building islands in disputed waters in the South China Sea Land reclamation taking place at five sites, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly says. China creating ‘chain of air and sea capable fortresses’

Satellite images from late January analyzed by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly show that China is reclaiming a significant amount of land at three sites in the Spratly Islands, in addition to two other sites previously documented by the defense publication.

“Where it used to have a few, small concrete platforms, it now has full islands with helipads, airstrips, harbors, and facilities to support large numbers of troops,” James Hardy, Jane’s Asia Pacific editor, told CNN.

“We can see that this is a methodical, well-planned campaign to create a chain of air and sea capable fortresses across the center of the Spratly Islands chain.”

In November, the publication reported that China was building an “air strip capable” island at least 3,000 meters long on Fiery Cross Reef.

The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival — often messy — territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters.

The areas in dispute include fertile fishing grounds and potentially rich reserves of undersea natural resources.

READ: China’s military not ready ‘to fight and win future wars’

The latest images show for the first time reclamation at Hughes Reef — a “large facility” is being constructed on 75,000 square meters of reclaimed land. Jane’s also said that significant progress has been made at Johnson South and Gaven Reefs.

“The buildings on Hughes Reef and Gaven Reefs have almost identical footprints: that of a main square building with what appears to be an anti-aircraft tower or radome at each corner.

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Indonesia falls in global press freedom ranking

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Feb 162015
 

Press freedom in Indonesia fell six places in the latest ranking from Reporters Without Borders, which places Southeast Asia’s largest economy below Afghanistan and Brunei in its 2015 World Press Freedom Index.

The lower ranking comes following a year of intense election coverage and just four months after President Joko Widodo took office promising to ease barriers to foreign investment and embrace transparency.

In the 2015 index, Indonesia ranked 132 out of 180 countries, with an overall score of 40.75 out of 100, up from 38.15 in 2014. A higher score indicates less press freedom based on metrics such as pluralism, media independence, self-censorship and transparency. In a related index of abuses, which measures the level of violence and harassment encountered by journalists and news organisations over the course of a year, Indonesia scored 27.08.

Indonesia was twice placed at the top of the global news agenda last year, once in July when Mr. Widodo defeated former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto in the presidential election, and again in December when an AirAsia Indonesia aircraft crashed into the Java Sea.

The ranking pits Indonesia lower than many countries in Africa and elsewhere in Asia but above most of Southeast Asia. Cambodia is one rank below at 139, with the Philippines – one of the most dangerous places to be a journalist – at 141 and Malaysia at 147. Brunei is ranked at 121, while Singapore, which in the last year has charged political bloggers with offences such as contempt of court and defamation of the prime ministers, is ranked 153.

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China's man-made islands in disputed waters raise worries

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Jan 292015
 

China is rapidly building five man-made islands from tiny reefs and shoals in the South China Sea, U.S. officials say, sparking concern that Beijing is growing more assertive in the disputed waters even as the United States boosts its own forces in the western Pacific.

Dredging around Fiery Cross Reef, a former outcropping in the Spratly Islands, over the last year has created a new island nearly 2 miles long and several hundred yards wide.

U.S. officials say it is large enough for China to build its first airstrip in the remote archipelago, one long enough for most of its combat and support aircraft. Satellite photos also reveal a small port under construction.

U.S. officials worry that the buildup indicates a Chinese push to establish de facto control over the resource-rich waters and islets also claimed by the Philippines, Malaysia, Taiwan, Brunei and Vietnam.

Except for Brunei, those nations all maintain small airstrips or symbolic military outposts in the Spratlys, but the Chinese military dwarfs others in the region and could undermine the tense status quo. Confrontations have broken out over fishing, oil and gas drilling and military maneuvers in recent years.

India is the latest country to express alarm about Beijing’s growing military clout, partly because the Chinese navy has sent nuclear submarines into the Indian Ocean, rattling New Delhi’s defense community.

During a three-day visit to New Delhi that ended Tuesday, President Obama signed a joint statement with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling for “safeguarding maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and overflight throughout the region, especially in the South China Sea.” They urged all parties “to avoid the threat or use of force.”

White House aides portrayed Obama’s trip as a way to emphasize his attempt to focus more military and other resources on Asia and the western Pacific, a pivot intended in part to offset China’s influence. The Pentagon has sent more warships and troops to the region and has forged closer military ties with several of China’s neighbors.

A military-grade airstrip and dredged harbor on Fiery Cross Reef, which lies on the western edge of the Spratly archipelago, clearly would expand China’s ability to operate in an area considered a potential tinderbox. Land reclamation is also underway at Johnson South Reef, Johnson North Reef, Cuarteron Reef and Gaven Reef.

“China appears to be expanding and upgrading military and civilian infrastructure including radars, satellite communication equipment, antiaircraft and naval guns, helipads and docks on some of the man-made islands,” according to a report last month by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, which was set up by Congress.

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OneCoin event in Kuching, Malaysia, 7 Nov 2014 – Video

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Jan 162015
 



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Freedom of expression and respect are equally important

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Jan 152015
 

Translated by SOONG PHUI JEE Sin Chew Daily

The acts of hugging and kissing tudung-clad female fans by South Korean K-pop band B1A4 at a recent concert have triggered an uproar, being interpreted by some local Muslim groups as molestation or sexual harassment. Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen received a few death threats and was arrested over his tweet which allegedly accused the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) of promoting extremism every Friday.

The two incidents took place in Malaysia in recent days are worthy of serious reflection, as the former highlighted the sensitive issue derived from cultural differences and religious taboos, while the latter triggered a debate on where is the bottom line of the freedom of expression.

It must be stressed that Paulsen’s remarks cannot be compared with the incident of Charlie Hebdo in France, but they both have sparked a vexed issue, namely whether some have gone beyond the boundaries of freedom of expression?

After French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s tragedy, France and many European countries launched the “I Am Charlie” movement as an expression of support for press freedom and freedom of expression. However, if Charlie really appears everywhere in the world, what would happen? Therefore, there are also voices of “I Am Not Charlie” in France, to condemn the brutality of the gunmen, while expressing their disagreement with Charlie Hebdo’s acts of insulting Islam and other religions. London-based editor and executive producer Salah-Aldeen Khadr also questioned whether the Charlie attack was really against the freedom of expression, and opined that it would be more appropriate to describe it as “a clash of extremist fringes”.

It showed us a fact that we must take seriously, namely whether we are holding a double standard when facing equally fanatical behaviours, as well as whether we have on this hand condemned extreme and violent acts and on the other, condoned extreme acts and abuse of freedom.

We advocate the moderation movement and we condemn all extreme and violent acts. It is of course an uncompromisable principle, but we should also ask ourselves, when we accuse others of extremism, have we also fallen into the quagmire of extremism, intentionally or unintentionally tolerating some remarks discriminating against something, harming and offending others?

At this moment, we should see clearly that terrorism does not equal to Islam. A number of recent terrorist attacks are acts of a small number of Muslims or Islamic groups that have gone extreme, instead of the majority Muslims who are peace-loving and rational good people. We must never judge them with prejudice and label all Muslims as extremists.

Undeniably, the current world is losing law and order. Excessive emphasis on religion and the abuse of freedom of expression have become a two-edged sword, continuously hurting others, as well as ourselves. It is a huge crisis that the whole world is currently facing. For Malaysians, we need to defend democracy, freedom and human rights while opposing against extreme words and deeds in any forms. We should bear in mind that the freedom of expression and mutual respect are always equally important!

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+91 8290666599 Get Freedom By Tona Totka in Saudi Uk – Video

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Jan 092015
 



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Sun, sand, sea destinations most popular with Singapore travellers in 2014

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Dec 312014
 

Singapore may be surrounded by beaches and has all-year round sunny weather, but when it comes to holiday destinations, travellers still can’t get enough of the three S’s – sun, sand and sea.

In Yahoo’s 2014 Year in Review (YIR), its users in Singapore kept Maldives, Boracay and Langkawi high on its list of most searched destinations.

Thailand – a popular vacation spot for Singaporeans – saw its famed beaches Krabi and Phuket appearing in the list at fifth and eighth spot respectively.

Phuket also had its share of celebrity visitors in 2014 when US reality stars The Kardashians filmed a few episodes of their show in and around the island.

Next-door neighbour Malaysia also bagged three spots on the list. Penang, a city known for good food and culture, edged into the ranking by taking the 10th spot, while Langkawi was named third most-searched destination.

Genting Highlands – a popular family-friendly entertainment spot – took the fourth place after Langkawi.

Despite Gili Trawangan being named TripAdvisor’s most affordable island in South-east Asia, its sister island of Boracay – known for its pristine white beaches – was the only holiday spot in Philippines that appeared in the ranking.

The farthest vacation spot to be ranked in this list is Santorini in Greece.

Known for its breathtaking sunsets and white-washed architecture, the Grecian town is not only a must-visit beach town but also became a top choice for wedding photo-shoots due to social media influencers such as Malaysian blogger Cheesie.

Have a look at which holiday destinations were most searched by Singapore travellers in 2014.

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Feel the Freedom – Video

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Dec 242014
 



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U.S. Envoy Blasts Kremlin Ahead of NATO Meeting

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Dec 022014
 

TIME World europe U.S. Envoy Blasts Kremlin Ahead of NATO Meeting US Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute gives a press conference on Dec. 1, 2014, at the organization’s headquarters in Brussels. John ThysAFP/Getty Images The war of words between the Western military alliance and Moscow heated up ahead of a NATO gathering in Brussels on Tuesday

U.S. Ambassador to NATO Douglas Lute accused the Russian military on Monday of engaging in irresponsible aerial maneuvers that put civilian aircraft in unnecessary danger.

The envoys remarks follow the alliances public announcement in late October that accused the Russian military of conducting an unprecedented number of unannounced aerial forays into Europes skies. NATO says it has scrambled its own aircraft over 400 times in response to Russian incursions this year a more than 50% increase than the total number during 2013.

These Russian actions are irresponsible, pose a threat to civilian aviation and demonstrate that Russia is flagrantly violating international norms, said Lute during a press conference in Brussels ahead of a NATO foreign ministers meeting on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

NATO says Russian forces have repeatedly refused to submit flight plans to civilian air traffic control stations when flying exercises and, in multiple instances, have flown with their transponders turned off.

The Kremlins alleged indifference toward civilian aviation procedures is seen as particularly concerning to NATO members following Washingtons insistence that a Russian-supplied weapons system was responsible for downing Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in southeastern Ukraine this summer. Russia vehemently denies responsibility.

As relations between Moscow and the alliance continue to sour, NATOs Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg boasted on Monday of the organizations increased presence in Eastern Europe.

This year has been one of aggression, crisis and conflict. But NATO stands strong, said Stoltenberg during a press conference. Russias aggressive actions have undermined Euro-Atlantic security.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin unleashed its own criticisms of NATO and panned the alliance for destabilizing northern Europe and the Baltics.

They are trying to shake up the most stable region in the world, which is Europes north, Alexei Meshkov, Russias deputy foreign minister, told his nations Interfax news agency. Those endless military exercises, rebasing of aircraft capable of delivering nuclear weapons to the Baltic nations. This is the reality, a very negative one.

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Global Freedom Network: World faith leaders signed Declaration to eradicate modern slavery

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Dec 022014
 

– Common commitment to inspire spiritual and practical action by all world faiths and people of goodwill everywhere to eradicate modern slaveryVatican City, Tuesday, 2 December 2014 – Today, on the International Dayfor the Abolition of Slavery, the Global Freedom Network (GFN) has broughttogether leaders of the Christian Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox, as wellas Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim faiths who have jointly declared onecommon humanitarian endeavour: To eradicate modern slavery by 2020throughout our world and for all time as a crime against humanity.In a ceremonial act, a Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders againstModern Slavery was signed by: – Catholic: Pope Francis – Hindu: Her Holiness Mata Amritanandamayi (Amma) – Buddhist: Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay) (represented by Venerable Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong) – Buddhist: The Most Ven. Datuk K Sri Dhammaratana, Chief High Priest of Malaysia – Jewish: Rabbi Dr. Abraham Skorka – Jewish: Chief Rabbi David Rosen, KSG, CBE – Orthodox: His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew (represented by His Eminence Metropolitan Emmanuel of France) – Muslim: Mohamed Ahmed El-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar (represented by Dr. Abbas Abdalla Abbas Soliman, Undersecretary of State of Al Azhar Alsharif) – Muslim: Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi – Muslim: Grand Ayatollah Sheikh Basheer Hussain al Najafi (represented by Sheikh Naziyah Razzaq Jaafar, Special advisor of Grand Ayatollah) – Muslim: Sheikh Omar Abboud – Anglican: Most Revd and Right Hon Justin Welby, Archbishop of CanterburyA number of faith leaders spoke at the event and video messages were givenby His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and by Grand AyatollahSheikh Basheer Hussain al Najafi who could not attend the ceremony but areequally committed to eradicating modern slavery and human trafficking.Videos of the event are available on:http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7391151-faith-leaders-eradicate-slavery/ as well as on the GFN Website: http://www.globalfreedomnetwork.orgAs one of the founding partners of the Global Freedom Network, the WalkFree Foundation’s Andrew Forrest, witnessed the historic event and calledfor international organisations and business leaders to join with faithleaders in the fight against modern slavery.This is the first time in history that the leaders of the ChristianCatholic, Anglican and Orthodox, as well as Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish andMuslim faiths have come together to jointly declare one common endeavouragainst slavery.Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery”We, the undersigned, are gathered here today for a historic initiative toinspire spiritual and practical action by all global faiths and people ofgood will everywhere to eradicate modern slavery across the world by 2020and for all time.In the eyes of God*, each human being is a free person, whether girl, boy,woman or man, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality andfraternity. Modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labourand prostitution, organ trafficking, and any relationship that fails torespect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have thesame freedom and dignity, is a crime against humanity.We pledge ourselves here today to do all in our power, within our faithcommunities and beyond, to work together for the freedom of all those whoare enslaved and trafficked so that their future may be restored. Today wehave the opportunity, awareness, wisdom, innovation and technology toachieve this human and moral imperative.”*The Grand Imam of Al Azhar uses the word “religions”For more information please visit: http://www.globalfreedomnetwork.orgProfessional images and videos are provided free of charge on the GFNwebsite: http://www.globalfreedomnetwork.org and onhttp://www.multivu.com/players/English/7391151-faith-leaders-eradicate-slavery/Please also visit our social media channels: Twitter @gfn2020 (#EndSlavery)About modern slaveryModern slavery is the systematic deprivation of a person’s liberty, andabuse of his or her body, for example through mutilation or organ removal,for the purposes of personal or commercial exploitation. According to the2014 Global Slavery Index released by GFN’s member partner Walk FreeFoundation, almost 36 million people are currently trapped in modernslavery. These are people who have lost their freedom and are beingexploited for personal or commercial gain. According to the InternationalLabour Organization the total profits obtained from the use of forcedlabour in the private economy worldwide amount to US$150 billion per year.The Global Freedom NetworkThe Global Freedom Network is a faith-based global network with a visionand purpose to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking throughoutour world and for all time. It was launched on 17 March 2014 at theVatican. The Memorandum of Agreement and Joint Statement establishing theGlobal Freedom Network had signatories from the Casina Pio IV, LambethPalace, Al Azhar Mosque and Walk Free Foundation.The Global Freedom Network has outlined six fields of action for achievingits vision. 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The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine Welcomes Lyndsey Scull as Its New Director of Communications

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(PRWEB) December 02, 2014

The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), the international organization representing the regenerative medicine community, has appointed Lyndsey Scull as its new director of communications.

Lyndsey comes to ARM following 10 years of global communications and public affairs work, the last five years at Hill+Knowlton Strategies where she provided strategic and political communication counsel to a variety of Fortune 500 and non-profit clients. During this time, Lyndsey worked in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C., and in 2013, Lyndsey relocated to the firms office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia as part of a yearlong client engagement.

We are excited to welcome Lyndsey as a key addition to the ARM team, said Morrie Ruffin, managing director of ARM. As the regenerative medicine community looks towards 2015, Lyndseys role will be instrumental in helping to grow awareness of the fields many advances as well as to broaden understanding of our political, educational and communication objectives.

Lyndsey holds an MA in Global Affairs and Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and a BA in Mass Communications from the University of Utah. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband.

About the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine The Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) is an international multi-stakeholder advocacy organization that promotes legislative, regulatory and reimbursement initiatives necessary to facilitate access to life-giving advances in regenerative medicine worldwide. ARM also works to increase public understanding of the field and its potential to transform human healthcare, providing business development and investor outreach services to support the growth of its member companies and research organizations. Prior to the formation of ARM in 2009, there was no advocacy organization operating in Washington, D.C. to specifically represent the interests of the companies, research institutions, investors and patient groups that comprise the entire regenerative medicine community. Today, ARM has more than 200 members and is the leading global advocacy organization in this field. To learn more about ARM or to become a member, visit http://www.alliancerm.org.

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