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CR IP TI ON BS SU MONDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2011 Injured Libyans arrive in Kuwait for treatment Deadly storm hangs on in Northeast US 40 PAGES NO: 15256 150 FILS 2 THULHIJJA 4, 1432 AH Vettel wins inaugural F1 Indian GP Aussie court ends Qantas strike, fleet grounding 11 20 21 Quake if West meddles in Syria, warns Assad League asks Damascus to end bloodletting conspiracy theories Buried secrets, what a shame! By Badrya Darwish I watched a few videos online today showing the killing of Gaddafi. Every day there are more and more shots of the event revealed. It looks like many people wanted to keep the memory and were snapping photos and shooting videos of Gaddafi’s last minutes. But the video I saw today was the worst of all. It was horrific. It was nothing like the ones broadcast on the news when he died and blood was trickling down his face. They suspected that there was a bullet in his head and he was killed. Today’s video was another story. It was like a scene from a horror movie - like Scream or Horror on Elm Street. These are movies. Gaddafi’s movie was a reality. Please guys, do not misinterpret my words. I am all the way against the guy. Even before the revolution started, I’d had my own revolution against him for the past 20 years. I never thought the man was loyal neither to his country nor to the Arab world. He was totally loco and in love with himself. I used to mention this all the time whenever appropriate. I wrote against him many times. I got more angry with him after the start of the revolution especially when he called his people rats. I will never forget his words - that he would chase these rats Zenga Zenga. He launched a war against his own people. He killed thousands and ruined Libya. In fact, he had destroyed Libya much earlier when he reigned for 40 years and did not do anything for this oil-rich country with a population of just five million. Libya should have been the paradise of Africa, as the leader was the King of Kings of Africa. The way these guys, according to the video I watched, kept kicking him and beating him and torturing him, spitting on him and calling him names, I disagree with. They took the law in their own hands. They tarnished the beauty of the revolution. The revolution was right and decent and the whole world sympathized with them. It is a pity that the last picture of the revolution was portrayed in such an ugly manner. Leave the law to the judiciary. We do not live in the jungle. What happened with Gaddafi’s murder was the law of the jungle. You might argue with me that the man deserved it. Yes, he did. But there are rules and regulations especially in the Muslim world. Islam does not allow this. You were beating him and killing him saying: “Allah Akbar.” In fact I wish you have kept him alive and take him to court and get all the secrets and deals out of this man, and all the deals he did with the whole world, gangs, leaders, countries, organizations etc. Now it will all be buried with him, unfortunately. This is another loss for Libya and for the world. Where did Libya’s money go for 40 years? Kuwait inflation edges up to 4.5% KUWAIT: Kuwait’s inflation rate edged up to 4.5 percent in September this year compared to the same month of 2010. It increased 1.1 percent compared to August 2011, a report said yesterday. The Central Statistical Office’s report, issued earlier yesterday, said that the monthly consumers’ price index for September 2011 showed a rise of 150 points, compared to the recorded 148.4 points in August 2011 and 143.5 points in September of 2010. In September 2001, food index rose 9.2 percent, clothing and footwear index rose 3 percent, it added. Also in the same month, educational and healthcare services’ index edged up 3.3 percent, household goods and services rose 4.4 percent, transport and communications surged 3.1 percent and other services index went up 3 percent while beverages and tobacco index fell 0.7 percent. The report showed that inflation rates for the period of September of 2011 with August of the same year saw the food index increasing by 2.2 percent, clothing and footwear by 1.2 percent, household goods and other services by 0.7 percent, educational and healthcare services by 1.2 percent, transport and communications by 0.9 percent and beverages and tobacco by 1.2 percent. — KUNA JEDDAH: Indonesian pilgrims arrive at the Jeddah airport yesterday on their way to the holy city of Makkah where they will take part in the annual Hajj. — AFP Opposition keeps heat on premier Bloc seeks meeting with Amir By B Izzak KUWAIT: The newly-formed Opposition Bloc stepped up the pressure on HH the Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Mohammad Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah demanding his resignation hours after deciding to request a meeting with HH the Amir to urge him to dismiss the premier. Outspoken opposition MP Mussallam Al-Barrak said the number of the opposition bloc has increased to 21 after MPs Hussein Mazyed and Hassan Jowhar yesterday resigned from the National Assembly committees they were elected to last week. MP Faisal Al-Muslim said that Mazyed informed him that he has joined the opposition and from now on he will participate in its meetings, adding that the “death certificate” of the government will be written soon. The new developments came after a late Saturday night meeting of 19 opposition MPs at the diwaniya of MP Mohammad Al-Mutair which lasted until midnight. Mutair told reporters the meeting has decided to request a meeting with HH the Amir this week and he himself requested the meeting. Mutair expected the meeting to take place soon and probably before the Eid Al-Adha holidays starting next week. Continued on Page 13 Max 31º Min 19º Low Tide 08:20 & 19:46 High Tide 00:46 & 14:52 DAMASCUS: President Bashar Al-Assad has warned that Western intervention would cause an “earthquake” across the region, as Arab ministers opened talks yesterday aimed at ending the violence in Syria. After almost 100 people died in the bloodiest two days of the uprising against his rule, Assad warned of “another Afghanistan” if foreign forces intervened in Syria as they had in Libya. “Syria is the hub now in this region,” Britain’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper quoted Assad as telling one of its journalists in Damascus. “It is the fault line, and if you play with the ground you will cause an earthquake-do you want to see another Afghanistan, or tens of Afghanistans?” he asked. “Any problem in Syria will burn the whole region. If the plan is to divide Syria, that is to divide the whole region.” In Doha, meanwhile, an Arab League team opened talks with a Syrian delegation led by Foreign Minister Walid Muallem, bolstered by strong support for the bloc’s mediation efforts from China, one of two governments with Russia which earlier this month vetoed UN Security Council action against Damascus. The Arab ministerial delegation led by Qatar aimed to try to reach “serious results and an exit to the Syrian crisis,” a statement from the team said. In talks in Damascus last week, the Arab ministers warned Assad to stop the bloodshed and start meaningful reforms or face an international intervention, the Kuwaiti daily Al-Qabas reported yesterday. Citing well-informed Arab sources, the paper said the delegation told Assad on Wednesday that failure to resolve the crisis within the Arab fold would mean “internationalizing” the unrest. “This would mean Syria should expect a foreign intervention and a painful international blockade on the economy and other aspects,” the daily said. China threw its weight behind the Arab mediation effort, with its Middle East envoy Wu Sike saying he had told Assad in Damascus on Thursday that his regime’s deadly crackdown on dissent “cannot continue.” Wu said China supported the Arab League’s proposal for Assad’s regime to hold talks with dissidents, some of whom he met during his visit to the Syrian capital. “Syria has to show some flexibility in that regard in order to help the Arab League implement its proposal,” he said. Wu said Assad’s regime must “respect and respond to the aspirations and rightful demands of the Syrian people,” and abandon the crackdown that has killed more than 3,000 people since mid-March, according to UN figures. China, along with Russia, vetoed a Western-drafted resolution at the UN Security Council on October 4 that would have threatened Assad’s regime with targeted sanctions if it continued its campaign against protesters. Assad told Russian television yesterday he expected continued support from Moscow, less than a month Continued on Page 13 Qatar suggests Saudi, Iran meet over ‘plot’ DOHA: Qatar’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem Al-Thani proposed yesterday that Saudi and Iranian officials should meet over the alleged Iran plot to kill the Saudi envoy to Washington, state media said. “I think that the best and easiest way to solve this issue is for the two sides to meet,” Sheikh Hamad, who also holds the foreign affairs portfolio, said after meeting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, QNA state news agency said. “ The Islamic Republic of Iran and Saudi Arabia are two big nations and should have good relations,” he said, adding that he hoped that US allegations against Iran would be proven false. “We are part of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and we have an interest in the security and stability of Saudi Arabia. We hope that it is false,” he said. “We still wait for evidence,” he said. The United States claims that the Quds Force of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards plotted to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington by hiring assassins from a Mexican drug cartel for $1.5 million. An Iranian-American accused of involvement in the plot pleaded not guilty in a New York court last week. Iran has strongly denied any involvement. — AFP KARZAKAN, Bahrain: A boy flashes a V sign as mothers wait to pick up their children at the gates of a primary school in the western village of Karzakan, Bahrain yesterday. As of today (Oct 31), according to the UN Population Fund, there will be 7 billion people sharing Earth’s land and resources. —AP (See Page 14) Kuwait Airways puts privatization on hold Ailing airline mulls restructuring DUBAI: State-owned Kuwait Airways has delayed plans to privatize the airline and will now push ahead with a restructuring of the ailing carrier, a committee formed for the privatization process said. The national carrier, which was established in 1954, has been struggling to cut losses and increase revenues amid rising competition from other regional carriers like Dubai’s Emirates and Abu Dhabi’s Eithad Airways. It was offering 35 percent of its share capital of KD220 million ($805.3 million) to potential long-term investors, amounting to around $280 million, as part of the privatization process aimed at transforming the airline to an efficient and lean operator. “The delay in privatizing KAC gives us the opportunity to address a number of operational and structural issues ahead of a future privatization program,” it said in a statement yesterday. The privatization committee said it completed the review of the expressions of interest (EOI), which was initiated in August. It said it received interest from local and international parties, without giving further details. The committee made a recommendation to the Council of Ministers to proceed with a restructuring plan before undertaking the privatization process. The plan has been approved by the ministers who are proceeding with an amendment to the 2008 law providing the legal framework for restructuring the airline, the statement said. AMBITIOUS PLAN The struggling airline’s privatization plan was seen as ambitious by many analysts, thanks to factors including high operating costs, political concerns and the offer price, which was perceived to be high. Etihad Airways said in August media reports that it would be interested in Kuwait Airways were “speculative”. Qatar Airways also steered clear of claims that it may be a potential suitor. The privatization committee had said the Kuwait Investment Authority, the country’s sovereign wealth fund, would own 20 percent of the new airline company which would have a predetermined share capital of KD220 million ($806 million). Joint-stock companies listed on the Kuwaiti bourse and “specialized” international firms were allowed to subscribe, the company had said in a statement in August. Continued on Page 13

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