Friday, December 30, 2011

Marty Bertemu Aung San Suu Kyi


Increased cooperation will benefit both countries

BERITA SATU
12/29/2011

Menandai 62 tahun hubungan diplomatik Indonesia-Myanmar


Menteri Luar Negeri Marty Natalegawa bertemu dengan tokoh demokrasi Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi di Yangon, Myanmar pada hari Rabu (28/12) dan membahas mengenai perkembangan demokratisasi di negara tersebut serta di kawasan ASEAN.

"Pembicaraan kami terpusat pada dua hal, yaitu perkembangan di ASEAN serta bagaimana ASEAN melalui kolaborasi kawasan dapat membangun momentum untuk demokratisasi," ujar Marty dari Yangon dalam wawancara telepon dengan beritasatu.

Marty menambahkan dalam pertemuan itu Suu Kyi juga menginformasikan mengenai perkembangan yang terjadi di negaranya serta perlunya untuk mengadakan pemilihan umum yang jujur dan adil. 

Marty Natalegawa dan Suu Kyi
Selain itu, kedua tokoh juga membahas perlunya untuk mengadakan upaya perdamaian yang tulus (genuine peace talks) antara pemerintah sipil Myanmar dan kelompok-kelompok etnis.

Marty berada di Myanmar dalam rangka pertemuan Komisi Bersama Kerjasama Bilateral Indonesia-Myanmar dengan delegasi Myanmar yang dipimpin oleh Menteri Luar Negeri Myanmar, U Wunna Maung Lwin.

Marty mengatakan pertemuan ini adalah yang pertama kali diadakan sejak tahun 2007, dengan misi untuk mengelola hubungan bilateral yang komprehensif dan menandai 62 tahun hubungan diplomatik Indonesia-Myanmar.

Marty mengatakan pertemuan itu telah menghasilkan kesepakatan antara lain untuk meningkatkan kontak antara masyarakat melalui dibukanya jalur penerbangan langsung antara Yangon-Jakarta dan Yangon-Bali yang akan diwujudkan tahun 2012.

Selain itu, dalam kerangka bilateral Indonesia juga menawarkan dukungan pembangunan kapasitas bidang good governance, penguatan demokrasi dan hak asasi manusia melalui kerjasama dengan Komisi Pemilihan Umum, Komnas HAM dan Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia dengan lembaga-lembaga serupa di Myanmar.

Indonesia juga menawarkan kerjasama di bidang politik untuk berbagi pengalaman di bidang demokratisasi.


"Hal ini untuk menjaga agar momentum Myanmar ke arah demokratisasi tetap terjaga dan Myanmar sangat melihat ke Indonesia untuk hal itu," ujar Marty, sambil menambahkan bahwa pemerintah Myanmar juga memberikan apresiasi terhadap Indonesia atas dukungan untuk menjadi Ketua Asean 2014.

Pertukaran giliran keketuan ASEAN di tahun 2014 antara Myanmar dan Laos disepakati dalan KTT Asram ke 19 di Bali bulan November lalu, di bawah keketuaan Indonesia di ASEAN tahun ini.

Walaupun banyak tentangan dari kalangan masyarakat sipil bahwa Myanmar belum siap memimpin ASEAN terkait dengan rekam jejaknya yang buruk dalam hal demokrasi dan hak asasi manusia.

Tahun 2014 menjadi tahun penting bagi Asean karena menjadi tahun terakhir sebelum resmi terwujudnya Komunitas ASEAN 2015.

Mengenai kesiapan Myanmar menjadi ketua ASEAN 2014, Marty mengatakan bahwa Myanmar sudah terus melakukan persiapan untuk itu

"Kami akan ikuti terus perkembangannya," ujar Marty.

Marty mengatakan kedua pemerintah juga sepakat untuk meningkatkan kerjasama di bidang ekonomi untuk mencapai target nilai perdagangan bilateral sebesar USD 500 Juta pada tahun 2015.

Saat ini nilai perdagangan Indonesia - Myanmar per akhir 2011 adalah sebesar USD 316 juta.

Kerjasama lain yang disepakati adalah di bidang pertahanan dan keamanan yang melibatkan korps militer dan polisi kedua negara.

"Kerjasama itu antara lain diwujudkan melalui partisipasi perwira-perwira Myanmar dalam program operasi militer non perang seperti penanggulangan bencana," ujar Marty.
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Indonesia foreign minister meets Suu Kyi in Myanmar


Indonesia could benefit from increased economic trade and cultural exchange with Myanmar

Agence France-Presse
11/28/2011

Indonesia's foreign minister said Wednesday that Myanmar was ending 2011 with "less democratic deficit" but cautioned there was more work to be done after meeting with democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi.

    Marty Natalegawa, whose country held the rotating chair of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) this year, expressed "strong support" for Myanmar's recent reformist moves during a one-day visit to Yangon.

Natalegawa and Suu Kyi
"2011 has been a very, very important year for Myanmar and therefore, as a result, a very important year for ASEAN," Natalegawa told reporters after holding talks with Suu Kyi and attending a bilateral meeting with his Myanmar counterpart.

"I think there is less democratic deficit at the end of 2011 but it's still a work in progress. It is not a done thing," he said.

    
     Natalegawa, who last visited the army-dominated country in October, praised its new nominally civilian government for releasing some political prisoners and opening dialogue with opposition leader Suu Kyi and ethnic minority groups.

   Myanmar was last month rewarded for its conciliatory gestures with the ASEAN chair in 2014, despite rights groups saying the move was premature.

   But Natalegawa said the responsibility of the chairmanship could "create further motivation for Myanmar to continue along its democratisation path" and said he had told Suu Kyi about the possibilities the regional bloc can offer.

     Turning to his bilateral talks with government officials, Natalegawa said they had discussed ways to boost economic cooperation to see the trade volume between the two nations rise to $500 million by 2015, up from around $300 million this year.

    The country also known as Burma relinquished the chance to head ASEAN five years ago due to international pressure for democratic reforms. 
 
Myanmar has been a source of embarrassment for ASEAN's more democratic states, overshadowing other problem members such as communist Vietnam and Laos, which have significant human rights issues of their own.

   ASEAN also includes Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand.

    As chair of ASEAN, Myanmar would be required to speak on behalf of the bloc and host scores of meetings including the East Asia Summit which includes the United States.

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Afghan soldier kills 2 French NATO troops


As more focus being put on Iraq "pullout" and Afghanistan Obama "bleeding" a few more dead U.S. soldiers into data to dilute blow when real numbers published, and they are coming soon

Associated Press
By Partick Quinn and Slobodan Lekik
12/30/2011

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — 
An Afghan army soldier shot and killed two French NATO troops Thursday, the French government said in what was the latest attack by members of Afghan security forces against their coalition partners.

    A statement from the office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy said a soldier in the Afghan National Army opened fire on the two, who were serving with the 2nd regiment of the Foreign Legion.

French Foreign Legion
This year has been the deadliest for French forces in Afghanistan since the international operation began there in 2001. Thursday's deaths bring to 26 the number of French troops killed this year, and 78 over the entire 10-year conflict.
They also bring the December toll for NATO troops killed in Afghanistan to 25, while the year's toll so far is 541. The yearly total is considerably lower than for 2010, when more than 700 troops died. The number of wounded has remained high, dipping only slightly from last year's total of more than 5,000 service members.

     Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack on the French in an email, identifying the attacker as Mohammed Ibrahim. He said the attack was carried out at a base in Shamshad, located in eastern Kapisa province, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) northeast of Kabul.

   Mujahid added that the attacker, Ibrahim, was then gunned down by other troops.

    In Paris, French military spokesman Col. Thierry Burkhard said an Afghan soldier opened fire on the two French troops, mortally wounding them. French forces fired back and killed the assailant.

Like all "NATO" troops French FFL unreported
Burkhard said the soldier was stationed in the area where French forces operate in the east, and that it was the first ever such incident in the French zone. Both NATO and Afghan forces were investigating.

   
   On Tuesday, three NATO troops were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan. The alliance provided no further details, but the Taliban claimed the victims were U.S. soldiers who were riding in a military convoy when a roadside bomb exploded next to their vehicle.

    There was no independent confirmation of that claim.

    Also Thursday, a roadside bomb killed 10 Afghan police officers and wounded another in a restive district of southwestern Helmand province, which NATO had recently turned over, with much fanfare, to Afghan security control. In a call to The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the Helmand attack.

    The explosion destroyed a police pickup truck as it drove through Zarghun Kalay village in Helmand's Nad Ali district, according to a spokesman for the provincial governor, Daud Ahmadi, and police chief Haji Abdul Marjan.

FFL has sustained heavy casualties in Afghanistan
Both officials said the officers had left a training center and were headed home when their vehicle was blow up by insurgents. Marjan said they drove along the same road every day, while Ahmadi said eight of those killed were new recruits.

    Nad Ali, which had been run by British troops, was one of the districts in Helmand that last month transitioned from NATO to Afghan security control.

     The handover was the second step in a transition that President Hamid Karzai hopes will leave Afghan forces in control of the entire country by the end of 2014, when the U.S.-led coalition's combat mission is scheduled to end.

    However, shootings such as the one in the east — where the attackers are either Afghan soldiers who turn on NATO troops, or reported insurgents dressed in Afghan uniforms — have raised fears of increased Taliban infiltration of the Afghan police and army as NATO speeds up the training of the security forces.

    Last week, an Afghan soldier opened fire on coalition troops inside an outpost in western Herat province, wounding a number of alliance troops. The attacker was killed in the incident.

    NATO's training mission hopes have about 350,000 troops trained and ready by the end of 2014.

   Eastern Afghanistan has become the focus of coalition efforts against insurgents, who infiltrate into Afghanistan across the rugged frontier from safe havens in neighboring Pakistan. The U.S. and its allies have asked Pakistan to crack down on the safe haves in that country's lawless tribal areas, but relations between the two militaries have reached rock bottom following a NATO cross-border attack that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last month.
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Associated Press Writers Mirwais Khan contributed to this story from Kandahar, Afghanistan; and Sarah DiLorenzo from Paris.

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Florida Marine Veteran Shot in Craigslist Robbery Used Fingers to Plug Bullet Wounds


Moral of story,  Marines hard to kill:  Cops, punk boog thieves take note next time they contemplate taking on Marines of any nationality, you will lose any engagement, perhaps wind up dead

ABC News
By Christina Ng
12/29/2011

A U.S. Marine veteran is recovering from a Craigslist transaction gone bad in which he was shot and then forced to plug the wounds with this fingers, benefiting from a military background that police say possibly saved his life.

    "Thank God that I'm here," Lt. Col. Karl Trenker told ABC News' Miami affiliate WPLG-TV from his hospital bed in Florida. "I could very easily not have survived this."

     Trenker, 48, had arranged to meet with a Craigslist buyer in Miramar under the name "Galven" who he believed was interested in buying a men's chain necklace his fiancee had posted on the online marketplace.

Trenker thought he was meeting the man in a well-populated plaza, but it turned out to be an apartment complex. He met two men outside on Dec. 21 and showed them the necklace.
 
"He just picked it up, looked at it and then just started running. I said, 'Listen, we can just drop this now. You set that thing on the ground, walk away, we're done. Police are going to be on their way in a minute,'" Trenker said.

     Instead of dropping the necklace, the two men took off running and Trenker pursued them for several blocks before one of the suspects, Jeff Steele, "turned and fired several shots at him," according to a Broward County Sheriff's Office police report.

Marine Lt. Col. Karl Trenker, one tough SOB
"I got shot. I didn't know I was shot as many times as I was shot," Trenker said. "I felt the one go into my chest and then one through my abdomen."

Trenker was hit three or four times and shot at four or five times, Broward County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said.

"I put my finger in the bullet holes, the big ones, and then I ran back to the car and I made sure the kids were OK and I told them, 'Listen, Dad's been shot. There's an ambulance already on the way,'" Trenker said.

     Police said four of Trenker's seven children were in the car and witnessed the alleged robbery and the chase, but not the alleged shooting.

     "He called me and said, 'Honey, I've been shot,'" Trenker's fiancee, Tanya Saiz, told WPLG. "I nearly fainted. He saved my life. That would have been me."

    Saiz had originally been the one who was planning to meet the purported customer.

      Trenker is amazed that after recently returning from a tour of duty in Iraq, he would be injured in his own hometown. "I can't believe this. I go to Iraq, I go to Afghanistan and here I am at home, shot," Trenker said. "It's inconceivable. I don't know how that they can put so little value on life."

Scumbags thought they could shoot Marine and get away with it
Fiancee Saiz told WPLG, "He's been shelled with artillery and survived that, so for this scrawny, skinny little kid to come in and take his necklace, he didn't know the guy was armed.

     "If there ever was a time to believe in miracles, this was it, because this was our miracle."

   Moschella emphasized that authorities discourage people involved in robberies to pursue thieves. She said that is best left up to law enforcement.

     "He could have been killed and that gold chain, of course, isn't worth your life," Moschella said. "This isn't your average victim. His good physical condition and military training may have helped save his life."

    Within hours, police had arrested three suspects. Steele, 20, and James Flounory, 20, were each charged with one count of attempted murder and two counts of robbery with a firearm. The third suspect, Andre Gayle, 20, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and possession of marijuana.

      Flounory and Steele are in jail without bond and Gayle is out of custody.

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Dead at 80: Tarzan chimp dies of heart attack, old age following news of Obama starting WWIII


Before expiring Cheetah vows Obama will lose next election

The 5th Estate
By Robert S. Finnegan
12/29/2011

The 80 year old star of the early Tarzan movies has died at his Florida home of 50 years.

Cheetah and co-star Tarzan
In the aftermath of his his wildly successful portrayal of a stupid chimpanzee following a moronic, half-naked, gay drug addict prancing around the jungle, Cheetah spent his final days listening to Christian music and throwing feces at human visitors he deemed intellectual inferiors and warmongers.

The world famous monkey spent much of his time promoting peace and understanding between the various peoples (and animals) of the planet, taking time off to rape and pillage at will.  His hopes of bringing fellow ape George W. Bush and later countryman Obama and Vladimir Putin to sign a permanent nuclear peace plan he had brokered slipped on the banana peel of life and died along with him.

‘It is with great sadness that the community has lost a dear friend and family member on December 24, 2011,’ the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor, Florida announced on its website.

Cheetah began to drink heavily after George W. Bush was elected
In his last statements Cheetah cursed Bush, Blair, Cheney and Obama for bringing the world to the brink of WWIII and lamented his failings as a peace facilitator.

He blames this in part to his inability to speak perfect English, a handicap at the United Nations where chimpanzee translators were unavailable when he spoke out for world peace on several occasions.

During his Hollywood career the masculine chimp was known be very randy at times, and was later accused of raping a sanctuary groundskeeper at Suncoast who then recanted and married Cheetah in a short-lived union. There were no children produced and Cheetah filed for divorce after only six months, citing "irreconcilable differences" and it was the first and last marriage for the amorous ape, much to the delight of his female fans.  The groundskeeper was last seen in Kenya with a troop of "wild" chimpanzees who were infamous for their partying and seducing the local tribeswomen. During his early years on the set he was said to have caused many production slowdowns while he happily humped the leg of co-star Maureen O’Sullivan.

He was also planning a trip to Indonesia to protest the opening of a nuclear power plant, which Cheetah labeled "the Devil's work."

Cheetah quit drinking in 2008, joining Alcoholics Anonymous
Cheetah will be laid to rest this week in an Animist funeral ceremony in Florida pursuant to his Last Will and Testament.  George W. Bush had requested to be a pall bearer at the funeral however friends have vetoed the idea as Bush is the antithesis of everything the peaceful simian stood for.

"Cheetah was bad enough in life so we sure as hell don't want to deal with him now, as he is probably really, really  pissed off" a close friend noted , adding  "He knows the whole story now."




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