North Korea : Missile Test for Taepodong 2

February 13, 2009

South Korean and U.S. intelligence agencies say they are tracking North Korean preparations to test-fire Taepodong-2 missiles with a range of 6,700 km from a new launch pad in Cholsan-gun, North Pyongan Province.

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Taepodong 2, North Korea three-stage Ballistic Missile

A South Korean government official said a U.S. reconnaissance satellite last week spotted a train carrying large cylindrical objects from a missile arsenal near Pyongyang to the test site in Tongchangri. “Given their size, these objects are presumed to be rockets for Taepodong-2 missiles,” the official added. Some experts speculated these could be an improved version of the Taepodong-2 missiles with a range of 10,000 km capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

Military intelligence presumes it will be possible for North Korea to test-fire Taepodong-2 missiles one or two months from now because it takes considerable time to assemble the first, second and third-stage rockets, set up the launch pad, and fill the rockets with liquid fuel.

The preparations come after the North Korean Army on Jan. 17 threatened military action against the South. On Jan 30, the North Korean Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland declared inter-Korean peace agreements null and void. There is speculation that it may be trying to back the threat with concrete action.

Sources :

http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200902/200902040001.html


Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir : First Lesbian Prime Minister From Iceland

February 10, 2009

An Icelandic political party says it will name an openly gay government minister to the post of interim prime minister.

The country’s Social Democratic Alliance Party has picked Johanna Sigurdardottir, 66, to be prime minister in the wake of this week’s collapse of Iceland’s ruling conservative coalition, The Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

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Iceland’s Coat of Arms

Currently Iceland’s social affairs minister, Sigurdardottir, described as a former flight attendant who rose through the political ranks, could confirmed as early as this week by Iceland’s new ruling coalition of the Alliance Party and the Left-Green movement, the newspaper said.

Sigurdardottir will face a massive job of rebuilding Iceland’s economy, which has been battered the collapse of three major banks saddled by huge debt loads. The bank failures triggered a plunge in Iceland’s currency, inflation and rising unemployment.

About Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir is an Icelandic politician and the current Prime Minister of Iceland. She had previously been Iceland’s Minister of Social Affairs and Social Security from 1987–1994 and 2007–2009. She has been a member of the Althing (Iceland’s parliament) for Reykjavík constituencies since 1978, winning re-election on eight successive occasions. She became Iceland’s first female Prime Minister on 1 February 2009; she also became the world’s first openly gay head of government of the modern era. Jóhanna is a social democrat and Iceland’s longest-serving member of Parliament. In the 1990s, when she lost a bid to head the party, she lifted her first and declared “My time will come!” – a phrase that became a popular Icelandic expression.

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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, Prime Minister of Iceland

On 26 January 2009, Prime Minister Geir Haarde tendered the resignation of the coalition government to the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. The move followed sixteen weeks of protests over the government’s handling of the financial crisis, protests which had intensified from 20 January.

After talks with the leaders of the five parties represented in the Althing, the President asked the Social Democratic Alliance and the Left-Green Movement to form a new government and to prepare for elections in the spring.

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was proposed as Prime Minister for the new government, not least because of her popularity among the general public and her good relations with the Left-Green Movement. An opinion poll by Capacent Gallup in December 2008 found 73% approval of her actions as a minister, more than any other member of the Cabinet: she was also the only minister to have improved her approval ratings over 2008.

The new government needs the support of the Progressive Party in the Althing. Negotiations continued up to the evening of 31 January, and the new Cabinet was appointed on 1 February.

Sources :

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/01/28/Iceland_to_name_openly_gay_prime_minister/UPI-90501233173410/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B3hanna_Sigur%C3%B0ard%C3%B3ttir


Fidel Castro : Obama cannot Solve US Capitalism

February 9, 2009

Former Cuba’s President, Fidel Castro said that Barack Obama and the servants can not resolve US capitalism as well, Obama push board of senate to gain plans in economic stimulus to fix US economy.

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Former Cuba’s President, Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro, 82 years old, critics obama although praised obama election in Nov 4, 2009. When obama waiting agreement from the senate for run the economic stimulus, predicted at least US$ 800,000,000,000, Castro said that US economic as soon as possible needs reform for avoid the disaster. Then Castro said US economic recovery depends on each country in this world.

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United States of America’s President, Barrack Obama

This article is fifth articles that Castro was wrote related to Obama issues less than 2 weeks. Friday (6/2), Castro attack Barrack Obama within said that Obama’s policies has losing virginity because the policy lost a focus for Cuban citizen, and prefer to choose cuban-american that had elected him in the General Election.

Some Sources :
http://www.tempointeraktif.com/hg/amerika/2009/02/09/brk,20090209-159089,id.html


Ketua DPRD Sumatra Utara Meninggal Akibat Demonstrasi : Wajah Demokrasi yang Tercoreng

February 8, 2009

Belum habis belajar bangsa ini menghadapi pelajaran baru yang namanya “demokrasi”, sudah banyak korban yang berjatuhan, mulai dari rakyat hingga pejabatnya sendiri.

Ketua DPRD Sumatra Utara, Abdul Aziz Angkat, yang baru menjabat sebagai ketua DPRD selama 2 bulan ini meninggal dikeroyok massa pendukung pembentukan Provinsi Tapanuli (Protap), sebagaimana mestinya apa pun permasalahannya kasus ini telah berubah menjadi kasus tindakan kriminal yang dilakukan beberapa oknum pendukung, karena hilang nya nyawa ketua DPRD Sumatra Utara, Abdul Aziz Angkat.

Abdul Aziz sempat dilarikan ke Gleni International Hospital dengan menggunakan kendaraan Polwiltabes Medan, namun nyawa nya tidak tertolong.

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Abdul Aziz Angkat (victims/died), Head of North Sumatra Parlements

Peristiwa bermula ketika seribuan massa pendukung Protap mendatangi gedung DPRD Sumut sekira pukul 10.00 WIB. Setelah beberapa saat berorasi di luar gedung, mereka kemudian merangsek ke ruangan rapat paripurna.

Saat itu tengah berlangsung rapat paripurna dengan agenda pembahasan Ranperda Pengelolaan Keuangan Daerah yang dipimpin langsung oleh Aziz Angkat.

Sekitar pukul 10.33 WIB tanggal 2 Februari 2009, Aziz yang baru saja membuka rapat paripurna langsung menskor rapat ketika massa berhasil menerobos masuk. Para pimpinan dewan termasuk Aziz Angkat dan Sekdaprov Sumut, RE Nainggolan terpaksa diungsikan ke ruang pimpinan yang persis berada di belakang ruangan paripurna.

Massa yang beringas membawa sebuah peti mati ke dalam ruangan rapat paripurna, sementara pagar gedung dewan terlihat mereka gembok dengan beberapa gembok.

Ketua Fraksi Partai Bintang Reformasi (PBR) DPRD Sumatera Utara, H Raden Muhammad Syafi’i mendesak kepolisian mengusut tuntas aksi unjuk rasa anarkis yang mengakibatkan meninggalnya Ketua DPRD Sumut, H Abdul Aziz Angkat.

Some Sources :

http://www.antara-sumbar.com/id/index.php?mod=berita&d=22&id=14515