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Wikinews interviews South Koreans about relations with North Korea

Wikinews interviews South Koreans about relations with North Korea

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Monday, October 23, 2006

An informal poll by a Wikinews reporter found that very few of those South Koreans polled changed their mind about reunification with North Korea and the perceived threat posed by the North, following the nuclear weapons test by North Korea on October 9. The poll was not a true statistical survey and its results should not be viewed as representative of the population at large.

The poll found that a majority of respondents perceived a threat from North Korea and wanted the South to “demand/expect” more in its negotiations with the North, a majority also supported eventual reunification and a role for Japan, the United States and China in talks, but fewer believed that reunification will take place.

The poll was conducted at a terminal hall in Incheon Airport and on board an airplane en Route from Incheon to Paris on October 12.

While the question of whether South Korea was threatened by the North was viewed differently by different people, the number of those that answered “yes” or “possibly” was double that of those answering “no” or “not really”.

Question No Not really I don’t Know Possibly Yes
1. Do you think that South Korea is threatened by the North ? 6 8 2 15 13
Question No Not really I don’t Know Possibly Yes
1.1 Has your opinion changed due to the nuclear weapons test ? 27 6 7 2 2

While a majority of those questioned supported eventual reunification, fewer believed that reunification will take place in the near future.

Question Strongly oppose Slightly oppose I don’t Know Slightly support Strongly support
2. How do you stand towards reunification ? 5 6 2 9 22
Question No Not really I don’t Know Possibly Yes
2.1. Has your opinion changed due to the nuclear weapons test ? 30 9 3 1 1
Question No Not really I don’t Know Possibly Yes
3. Do you believe reunification is possible within the next 20 years ? 13 6 9 9 7
Question No Not really I don’t Know Possibly Yes
4. Do you believe reunification will happen within the next 20 years ? 13 8 8 8 7

Respondents also wanted South Korea to “demand/expect more” in its negotiations with the North.

Question Unsure Should support North Korea more Should demand/expect more OK as is
5. How do you view the stance of the government towards North Korea ? 7 5 23 9

Those interviewed also showed more support for the involvement of Japan, the United States and China in the talks, with support in that order.

Question Unsure Should be more involved Should be less involved OK as is
6. What do you think about the role of China ? 2 21 12 9
Question Unsure Should be more involved Should be less involved OK as is
7. What do you think about the role of Japan ? 1 27 6 10
Question Unsure Should be more involved Should be less involved OK as is
8. What do you think about the role of the USA ? 5 22 9 8

Those polled reported their ages, which ranged from 20 to 67, and included several businessmen, musicians, students and a housewife. Not all those asked agreed to fill in the multiple choice questionnaire, which was in Korean. All of those that gave the additional information on nationality, age and occupation stated “Korean” or “South Korean” as their nationality.

The respondents were told that the poll was being conducted by a German national and was intended to be used as the basis for an online article.

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UK Government propaganda directed at Muslim youth

UK Government propaganda directed at Muslim youth

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2005 Wikimedia file photo of the Glasgow Central Mosque in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Scotsman uncovers what it calls “a largely-unannounced propaganda campaign” by John Reid, the UK Home Secretary, intended to prevent the spread of extremism among young British Muslims. Islamic teachers and preachers have been recruited to put the case against violence and promote moderation. The media used for this campaign include a website – The Radical Middle Way, events held in different parts of the country, courses of lectures, pod casts, and CDs. Listed among the supporters of this campaign, which include a number of book shops. food providers and charities, are the Home Office, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

One Home Office source is quoted as saying that “…there are forces within this country trying to manipulate the feeling of British Muslims, and we have to do more to combat those forces”.

Prime Minister Tony Blair is said to have instructed Ministers to look beyond the Muslim Council of Great Britain and engage with all streams of Muslim opinion.

Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality is reported as saying on BBC 1’s Sunday AM programme that he would not want to be a Muslim, because what should have been a proper conversation between all kinds of British people “seems to have turned into a trial of one particular community, and that can’t be right”.

What stimulated the rush to the studios of politicians and Ministers to give their opinions on Muslim culture was the objection that the Leader of the House of Commons, Jack Straw had, to women wearing the full veil when attending his surgery.

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New Zealand broadcasters to pay back National party\’s GST

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New Zealand broadcasters to pay back National party’s GST

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Today New Zealand newspaper, The Press, reported that New Zealand broadcasters are having to pay back the GST (Goods and Services Tax) owed to Inland Revenue by the New Zealand National Party for its election advertising. The amount owed is at least NZ$112,000.

Talks between broadcasters and the National Party were said to have failed.

Crown owned broadcaster, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) is having to pay back about $60,000. TVNZ told The Press that they have paid back $57,369 on behalf of the tax payer. “We did consider taking (legal) proceedings, but we actually decided against that,” a spokesman for TVNZ said. “The likelihood would be that judgment could not be entered against the party as the debt was actually illegal. That is not to say that at some point we will not be looking to recover our money.”

The owner of TV3, Canwest MediaWorks, said that it has paid back $16,011. Roger Beaumont, spokesman, said: “We are still in discussions with the National Party in pursuit of that outstanding money.”

Tony O’Brien, spokesman for Sky Network Television, said that Sky is in talks with National over the unpaid GST and hopes to get to a resolution soon.

National said the money owed has been put into a trust fund and wont be available until the law has been changed. But with Michael Cullen, finance minister, saying that he will block the legislation the law is unlikely to get passed.

This follows Labour Party agreeing to give back $800,000 taxpayer money which they spent on illegal advertising. That illegal spending was last week made legal by Labour.

National is now trying to introduce its own bill to allow it to pay back the GST, without the bill it will be illegal for them to break the $900,000 advertising cap. If National was to break the cap they would receive a big fine. National report that they do have enough money to pay back the GST.

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Interview with Chuck Jeffrey, Regional Council candidate for Wards 2 & 6 in Brampton, Canada

Interview with Chuck Jeffrey, Regional Council candidate for Wards 2 & 6 in Brampton, Canada

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The upcoming 2006 Brampton municipal election, to be held November 13, features an array of candidates looking to represent their wards in city council or the council of the Peel Region.

Wikinews contributor Nick Moreau contacted many of the candidates, including Chuck Jeffrey, asking them to answer common questions sent in an email. This ward’s incumbent is Paul Palleschi, also challenging Palleschi is Vicky Colbourne, David Esho, Curtis Grant, and Tejinder Singh.

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Q: List the three most important issues in your campaign.

A:
  • Ensuring that regional costs are not inappropriately downloaded to Brampton
  • Ensuring that the voice of Brampton citizens is heard at Regional Council
  • Ensuring that the citizens of Brampton receive their fair share of regional programs including but not restricted to infrastructure and services

Q: What one election issue do you feel is most relevant to your ward in this election?

A: Promotion of and protecting of the interests of the citizens of Brampton rather than having decisions affecting the City of Brampton directed by representatives from Mississauga

Q: What qualities or experiences do you possess, that make you more desirable than the incumbent?

A: As a patent agent have developed the skills to assess clearly each issue and do the appropriate research to ensure that the most beneficial outcome is realized from each endeavour.

Q: Why do you want to represent your ward on council?

A: Regional Council needs and deserves representation that will both promote and protect their interests and ensure that they receive their fair share.

Q: Of the decisions made by council since the last election, which one would you have changed, and why?

A: Decision to modify the salary of Councillors. Believe the salary should represent work effort for the City. Suggest the recommendation of the review committee could have been more closely followed.

Q: How are you currently involved in the community?

A: I presently serve as Treasurer for the Rotary Club of Heart Lake and Director of the Brampton Community Service Foundation.

Q: Much of Brampton’s existing council is quite seasoned in the civic political process. What could you bring to the table as a “rookie”, above and beyond the current roster of councillors?

A: From time to time new thoughts, ideas and concepts are required to make an enterprise successful; by bringing a fresh perspective to Regional Council I will be able to ensure that decisions are not made because “that’s the way we have always done things”.

Q: The Rose Theatre recently launched. What are your thoughts on this facility? Have you had a chance to tour it yet?

A: The Rose Theatre has added significantly to the stature of Brampton as a progressive community. The facility represents the history of Brampton yet introduces the latest in theatre construction concepts and beauty. I have attended several events at The Rose Theatre.

Q: The province has strongly encouraged the development of high-density residences near the downtown. Do these buildings fit in with your vision of the downtown? How much say should other levels of government have in urban planning?

A: Development of high density residences in the downtown core needs to be carefully considered to ensure that the ambiance that is Brampton is not lost in a metropolitan style environment. Other levels should restrict their involvement in urban planning to those issues in which direct impact on services provided by the other levels of government would be directly impacted.

Q: How do you feel about Brampton’s rate of expansion? Council recently capped the annual amount of new development; do you agree completely with this decision, would you have slowed development even further, or not have imposed a cap at all?

A: Brampton’s rate of expansion has exceeded its ability to develop and support the necessary infrastructure. Therefore, I support the recent cap on new development.

Q: What are your opinions on Brampton’s congestion and the level of public transit funding?

A: As mentioned, the lack of a transportation infrastructure necessary to support the growth of Brampton has resulted in a negative impression of our community by both local residents and visitors. Clearly the issue of funding for public transit needs to be addressed along with the integration of pubic transit with services of neighbouring communities.

Q: What service is most lacking in Brampton?

A: The service most lacking in Brampton is an adequate transportation infrastructure necessary to sustain the growth in our community.

Q: Why should businesses be attracted to locating in Brampton?

A: Brampton is uniquely positioned to attract business because we are centrally located to major road services, Highway 410, Highway 407, Highway 401, to air transport via Pearson International Airport and via rail.

Q: How could Brampton further itself in attracting corporate investment?

A: Brampton could further itself in attracting corporate investment by focusing on the immense talent pool available in the community to assume the jobs created through investment in the community.

Q: Why have you chosen to involve yourself in the political process?

A: I have chosen to get involved in the political process because of a deep concern that recent changes in the structure of Regional Council would result in decisions being made by Mississauga yet would have a significant impact on Brampton the impact of which may not have been adequately represented.

Q: What does Brampton mean to you?

A: Brampton means a safe community where one can raise a family and participate fully in social, sports and cultural events.

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Senior diplomat criticizes U.S. policy in Iraq

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Senior diplomat criticizes U.S. policy in Iraq

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Monday, October 23, 2006

In an interview Saturday, October 21 with Aljazeera.net, Alberto Fernandez, a senior diplomat with the State Department, made the following statement concerning the war in Iraq: “We tried to do our best, but I think there is much room for criticism, because, undoubtedly, there was arrogance and there was stupidity from the United States in Iraq,”

Fernandez later apologized, “Upon reading the transcript of my appearance on Al-Jazeera, I realized that I seriously misspoke by using the phrase ‘there has been arrogance and stupidity’ by the U.S. in Iraq.”

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Hungarian police disperse rally against Prime Minister Gyurcsany

Hungarian police disperse rally against Prime Minister Gyurcsany

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Amid the official celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the anti-stalinist Hungarian uprising of 1956, a group of about three thousand people who are calling for the resignation of the Prime Minister, Mr. Ferenc Gyurcsány, are being blocked from entering Kossuth square.

The square, in front of the Parliament building, has been the venue of anti-Gyurcsány protests for weeks and also hosted the October 23 official state rally. The police (some of them mounted) have used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets against the demonstrators.

The tearful demonstrators have used some of the props of the celebrations to build barricades and even started up a tank, parked in the center of town to recall the events in 1956.

The demonstrators have been forced to withdraw along Alkotmány utca, Bajcsy-Zsilinszky út and Károly körút in the direction of the separate memorial rally convened by the main opposition party, Fidesz, on Astoria square. The tens of thousands there seem to be peacefully sympathetic to the cause of the dispersed demonstrators.

There seem to be several wounded among both the demonstrators and the police.

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Human remains found at World Trade Center

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Human remains found at World Trade Center

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Two light rays symbolising the Twin Towers on the 2004 memorial of the September 11 attacks.

More bones were discovered on Sunday, October 22 in manholes and utility areas on the site of the World Trade Center. The people are believed to have fallen victim to the September 11, 2001 attacks.

City and utility officials have already excavated about five underground areas, yielding at least 100 pieces of humanoid remains. Twelve more areas are expected to be excavated.

“They will go through every grain, every piece of material carefully, and sift through it,” said Deputy Mayor Ed Skyler, who is overseeing the recovery effort.

Skyler said the city will focus on finding remains before it reviews how the initial search was handled. He said construction at ground zero did not need to be halted to accommodate the search, but that officials would address the need if it arises. Mayor Bloomberg has also stated that construction would not be halted.

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