Thursday, 16 August 2012

Welcome to Old Trafford Robin van Persie

Nicodemus Minde
The social media was a buzz yesterday when a statement from both Manchester United and Arsenal football clubs confirmed that both parties had reached an agreement for a fee for the want away striker Robin van Persie. Arsenal fans were quick to label their star striker as a traitor and directed much insults at him. I don't know why they insults a player who wants to be of a great club of Man United caliber. A club that is an epitome of success and great history. As a United fan, am so happy with the arrival of van Persie. This a clear statement of intent from a club that just lost the title from fierce rivals, Manchester City. His signature will not only strengthen the side, but also act a psychological boost for the Red Devils. With the acquisition of Japanese play maker from Dortmund Shinji Kagawa, then Manchester United means business. Sometimes football is about mentality, and trust me Sir Alex Ferguson has won part one of this psychology battle. The trip to Everton on Monday night on the first day of the new season will signal a rejuvenated aura of optimism and strength. Robin van Persie has made an excellent choice, we say: Welcome to Old Trafford, the theater of dreams.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Iran confident Israel won’t launch ‘stupid’ attack

Via Al Arabiya News
Iran on Tuesday said it is dismissing Israeli threats of an imminent attack against it, explaining that even some Israeli officials realized such a “stupid” act would provoke “very severe consequences.”

“In our calculations, we aren’t taking these claims very seriously because we see them as hollow and baseless,” foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told reporters in a weekly briefing.

“Even if some officials in the illegitimate regime (Israel) want to carry out such a stupid action, there are those inside (the Israeli government) who won’t allow it because they know they would suffer very severe consequences from such an act,” he said.

Iran’s defense minister, General Ahmad Vahidi, was quoted by the ISNA news agency saying that Israel “definitely doesn’t have what it takes to endure Iran’s might and will.”

He called the Israeli threats “a sign of weakness” by “brainless leaders.”

The comments were a response to bellicose rhetoric from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud Barak in recent days suggesting they were thinking more seriously of military action against Iranian nuclear facilities.

Israeli media have underlined the threat, reporting that a decision could be made within weeks. They have also highlighted opposition to the idea by current and former Israeli military officials.

The United States has recently multiplied visits by top officials to Israel in what appears to be an attempt to dissuade the Jewish state from targeting the Islamic republic.

“We continue to believe there is time and space for diplomacy,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Monday.

Israel insists that Iran is on the point of developing nuclear weapons, and says it reserves the right to act to prevent that.

The Jewish state has in the past launched air strikes to destroy nuclear facilities in Iraq and, reportedly, in Syria to protect its own nuclear weapons monopoly, whose existence it refuses to officially confirm.

Iran says its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful, civilian uses.

In the past couple of years it has ramped up uranium enrichment to a level just a few steps short of military-grade fissile material, saying those stocks are needed to create medical isotopes. It has also refused U.N. nuclear inspectors access to suspect military installations.

Renewed negotiations between Iran and the five top U.N. Security Council powers, plus Germany, have taken place this year. They have been downgraded after it became clear they were in an impasse, but not ended.

In the meantime, Iran is suffering from increasingly tough U.S. and EU economic sanctions that have crippled its all-important oil exports.

Monday, 13 August 2012

When will institutional racism end in America?

Via PressTV

New York City Police has shot dead a 51 year old African America for wielding a knife at them.  Police spokesman Paul Browne said on Sunday that officers approached Darrius Kennedy while he was smoking, he became nervous, and pulled out a knife from his pocket.
Officers fired twelve shots at Kennedy, and he was hit seven times -- three times in the chest, twice in the left arm, once in the left calf, and once in the groin.
The two police officers, who were involved in the excessive use of force, have been placed on administrative duty.
Officers said Kennedy was wielding a knife and the shots were in self-defense. However, the victims’ family argued that the situation should have been handled better.
In an interview with Press TV on April 16, Malcolm X’s grandson, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, said that African Americans are murdered with impunity in the US because the system is unjust. 

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