Friday, 28 December 2007

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Thursday, 27 December 2007

another death

this piece of news just came in. this is shocking especially in the time of christmas when we speak of peace. there seems to be no peace in pakistan where unruly elements are bent on destroying whatever little hope of democracy and peace.

death seems to be the emphasis this month for me. first, it was our daughter's god brother, zi on, who gave his life to save a person he did not know. see the posts on kerk zi on on this blog.

then, just this morning (27th dec), my uncle, lee eng huat, passed away in k.l. he had a fall and broke his pelvic bone recently. during his hospitalization, he suffered, i think, 2 heart attacks without his knowing. his blood pressure went down, his kidneys began to fail, so the doctors put him on dialysis. efforts by the doctors did not work and he lapsed into a comma. the funeral will be this saturday in p.j. followed by the cremation.

of course, now this death of benazir from a suicide bombing. not that i am a strong fan of hers but at least she offered some hope of peace and democracy to this volatile nation.

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Pakistan on the brink as suicide attack kills Benazir Bhutto

PAKISTAN opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was killed by a suicide bomber as she left a public rally today, threatening to plunge Pakistan into a civil war.
Benazir BhuttoThe former prime minister was caught by the blast as she was driven from the rally in the city of Rawalpindi.

She had just addressed thousands of people in a public park as part of her campaign for the country's parliamentary elections which are due on January 8.

Her supporters gathered outside the hospital where she died and began chanting "Dog, Musharraf, dog," referring to Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf.

Some of them smashed the glass door at the main entrance of the emergency unit, others burst into tears.

Her lawyer said: "The surgeons confirmed that she has been martyred."
Ms Bhutto ,54, served twice as Pakistan's prime minister between 1988 and 1996.

She had returned to Pakistan from an eight-year exile last October after agreeing an amnesty deal with President Musharraf over corruption charges.

Her homecoming parade in Karachi was also targeted by a suicide attacker, killing more than 140 people. On that occasion she narrowly escaped injury.

The assassination threatens to plunge a nuclear armed Pakistan into civil war, opposition groups warned.

Riaz Malik, of the opposition Pakistan Movement for Justice party (Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf), warned: "The impact will be that Pakistan is in more turmoil – it will be the start of civil war in Pakistan.

"There is a very real danger of civil war in Pakistan."

He said that while suspicion was likely to fall on insurgent groups based in the northern tribal areas near the Afghan border, the killing was bound to increase dissatisfaction with the regime of President Pervez Musharraf.

"There will be a lot of fingers pointed at the government," he said.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband described the killing of Benazir Bhutto as a "senseless attack".

An official for the US State Department official said: "The attack shows that there are still those in Pakistan trying to undermine reconciliation and democratic development in Pakistan."

India said Bhutto's assassination a terrible blow to the democratic process.

"In her death the subcontinent has lost an outstanding leader who worked for democracy and reconciliation in her country," said Sanjaya Baru, spokesman for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Amit Roy, a writer and commentator on Pakistani politics who knew Ms Bhutto, said she knew the risks of returning to campaign in the elections but was determined to win.

He said: "In one of my last conversations with her I said, almost as a joke, that she should leave politics and become an academic.

"But she felt that it was always her ambition to return to Pakistan as Prime Minister. She knew the risks but was determined to stay."

BENAZIR BHUTTO FACTFILE

* Born June 21, 1953. Her father, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, founded the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and was president and later prime minister of Pakistan from 1971 to 1977.

* Educated at Harvard and Oxford universities. Returned to Pakistan in 1977. Inherited leadership of the PPP after her father's execution in 1979 under military ruler General Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq.

* First voted in as prime minister in 1988. Sacked on corruption charges in 1990. Took power again in 1993 after her successor, Nawaz Sharif, was forced to resign. Removed from power in 1996 by Sharif.

* 1999: Bhutto and husband Asif Ali Zardari sentenced to five years in jail and fined 8.6 million on charges of taking kickbacks from a Swiss company hired to fight customs fraud. Conviction overturned by higher court.

* Joined an Alliance for the Restoration of Democracy with her arch-rival Sharif in 2006.

* Returned to Pakistan in October 2007 from eight years of self-imposed exile. Military president Pervez Musharraf granted her protection from prosecution in old corruption cases.

* On her return, as she was driving through Karachi, a suicide bomber struck killing 139 supporters and members of her security team.

Wednesday, 26 December 2007

prosperity gospel is dead?

prosperity gospel is dead?

if you thought that it was dead, it ain't. watch this compilation of videos from the God channel and hear for yourself what these prosperity gospel preachers are saying!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs0OvGKr8cM



thanks to tim bulkeley

what has the OT to do with English football?

Thanks to claudio mariottini for the link.

in the movie kingdom of heaven, saladdin was asked by balion 'what does jerusalem mean to you?'. his answer was simple: 'everything!'.

in a similar vein, what has the OT to do with english football? read on, especially the part highlighted in bold!

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Liverpool 0 United 1: Verdict
Stuart Mathieson 17/12/2007

AS a Premier League title pointer this proved conclusively that Sir Alex Ferguson has more chance of chalking off another League trophy towards his goal of overhauling Liverpool's record 18 crowns than Rafa Benitez has of ending the Merseysiders' task of winning their first for 18 years."

That's why we are champions," roared United's followers in the Anfield Road end after Carlos Tevez had produced a smash-and-grab winner in the first half.

They were alluding to the fact that in that first 45 minutes on this hostile territory they hadn't produced an effort on goal until the Argentinian's 43rd minute breakthrough.

Last March the Reds had suffered a backs-to-the-wall pummelling here before John O'Shea's dramatic injury time winner sent United back along the M62 believing that with nine games to go, they had struck the most significant title race blow and the silverware was being polished at Stamford Bridge in readiness for being transported back up north.

O'Shea's Kop heartbreaker had showed just what true champions are about. Digging in against the odds, and snatching victory is one of the key ingredients anyone worth their salt can dredge up.

There may be a lot longer to go in the 2007-08 race but this could be every bit as damaging to Liverpool's hopes if not Arsenal and Chelsea's just yet.

Challengers

This day could be seen as the pivotal point as to when the anticipated four-strong chase for the title was whittle down to three challengers.

Liverpool did not have the air of a team who have the nous to tackle days like these.

On the other hand the Reds clearly showed once again that they can cope and triumph in any scenario thrown at them.

It wasn't a day when finesse would have the upper hand, it was very much another occasion for an intense raw war.

It was also a day for converting what rare titbits came your way in the opposition area. In that area Liverpool were a very poor second to United.

Benitez's side shaded the clearer opportunities that were too rare to make this a classic Premier League advert.

Anderson had to rescue United with a hack off the line from Harry Kewell's penalty box drive after 25 minutes and Fernando Torres's finishing ability looked over-hyped as he steered the rebound wide with his head from close range.

It was their most potent fleeting moment.

Part of the build-up to this clash had been taken up with the head-to-head comparisons between the Spaniard United couldn't entice to Old Trafford and the South American who was prepared to go to court to move to the Reds.

Tracked

Ferguson had admitted that United had tracked and attempted to lure Torres to Manchester on numerous occasions.

Last summer the Reds had enquired again. Many believed, with good reason, that the former Atletico Madrid hitman's qualities were a necessary different option to add to the champion's firepower. Had he given the nod early, then maybe United wouldn't have had the stomach to pursue the tricky switch of Tevez from West Ham. But Torres chose the tapas environment that is now Anfield to Old Trafford. It left Fergie and the United hierarchy making the concerted and difficult Tevez option their spearhead priority.

This was certainly the day when it became worthwhile.

Torres suffered the taunts from the travelling Reds that he should have signed for a big club while Tevez became one of those overnight Old Trafford legends like Diego Forlan and O'Shea in recent years for scoring an Anfield winner.

Whatever he does in the future he won't forget, or be allowed to forget, his first ever away goal for United.

And with more speculation that Nicolas Anelka is a January target for United the 23-year-old is building up a goal record to fight off the attentions of any newcomer despite their pedigree.

After eight goals in the comfort of Old Trafford this was some place to break your duck and prove you are not a homer!

Brimstone

Amid all the typical fire and brimstone and good honest working your socks off, it was the one moment of real quality from the Reds. It had training ground written all over it as Liverpool bought the decoy runs of Vidic and Ferdinand hook, line and sinker.

As everyone tracked United's big guys, Ryan Giggs pulled his corner kick back to the waiting Wayne Rooney.

He struck a ferocious low drive that Tevez managed to divert into the roof of the net in front of the Kop. It doesn't come much sweeter.

United's backroom staff have been using Old Testament readings to inspire the Reds during their gym work - well they certainly seem to get some divine inspiration when they travel to Liverpool!

Rooney was counting his blessings too that he escaped being hit by a golf ball thrown from the crowd. Police are investigating the incident.

Liverpool had the air of a team who know that United have got their measure even in front of their own screaming hordes and with Vidic and Ferdinand resolute at the heart of the defence and Hargreaves and Anderson, making their debuts in this showdown, there was never any serious passage of time in the rest of the game where United fans would have felt they were not going to win.

Once again the celebratory scenes at the end were of a bunch of players and a support who knew they had made another significant Premiership statement, while the Anfielders still have the look of a side who know that they are still short of shedding their tag as the fourth team in the Big Four.