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Top News Stories 2008-06-23 06:58:25

Front Page: Zimbabwe Election Moves Forward, Female Suicide Bomber Attacks, Weather Slows Typhoon Rescue

  • Zimbabwe Election Moves Forward: After withdrawing yesterday from the run-off election in ZImbabwe, Tsvangirai has said today that he will negotiate with his rival, sitting president Robert Mugabe, if the political violence stops. He said, "We are prepared to negotiate with ZANU-PF but of course it is important that certain principles are accepted before the negotiations take place. One of the preconditions is that this violence against the people must be stopped." Though at this point opposition leaders Tsvangirai has pulled out of the election, it will proceed as planned on Sunday. He says party militias have killed 86 of his supporters and more than 60 opposition supporters have been arrested.
  • Female Suicide Bomber Attacks: Yesterday, the latest attack in a wave of female suicide bombers killed 15 and wounded more than 40 others in central Baquba. Seven of the dead and 10 of the wounded were Iraqi police officers. The female bombing was the most devastating of four attacks in Diyala Province yesterday that left at least 25 people dead and close to 60 wounded. The bomber who struck the provincial capital was wearing a vest padded with powerful explosives and laced with small projectiles. The magnitude of the blast points to an increased sophistication of the bomb design, which witnesses described as unusually strong.
  • Weather Slows Typhoon Rescue: Rescue efforts in the capsized ferry accident in the Philippines yesterday were hampered by heavy wind and rains, leading hundreds of ferry passengers, including as many as 45 children, to be feared dead after the devastating typhoon. Rescuers found only a few survivors. The Red Cross reported that at least 137 people had been killed in the typhoon, not including six confirmed dead from the sinking of the ferry, which had been carrying more than 700 passengers and crew members when it went down on Saturday.
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bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
UnDave - but it is invoking fear in the people and support by others. Some people are treated as martyrs against the United States and our ways. It may not make sense to a lot of Americans but this has been going on for centuries – invoking fear and then the preaching does the same thing in any situation. There are other situations in history that this can be seen in even in the United States – look at the Jim Crow laws. Some people didn’t believe in it but they acted on the fear that they may be targeted if they did not obey the “laws” and/or teachings by a few. No one wants to be targeted and it is a mentality: you are either with us or against us, terrorism is the same way. How else are they continually recruiting bombers?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
But that goes against logic. Why are they killing Iraqi's, and not American soldiers then? That's like walking up to someone in the street and beating them until they support your cause.
le-beau-rêveur le-beau-rêveur 8 years
Suicide terrorism is a completely rational and strategic mechanism by which secret clandestine or state backed groups perform premeditated acts of terror to invoke fear in a community. The motivation behind almost all acts of ST have been in response to foreign occupation.In the case with Iraq, and rather much of the middle east, The anti-american sentiment is extremely strong, and the current american foreign policy and agenda in the middle east has the sentiment spreading. While only a small fraction of the population may carry out ST or be a part of such organizations - due to their radical nature and the time and effort involved - because US involvement is increasing, public sympathy for the cause of ST campaigns is growing.
le-beau-rêveur le-beau-rêveur 8 years
Suicide terrorism is a completely rational and strategic mechanism by which secret clandestine or state backed groups perform premeditated acts of terror to invoke fear in a community. The motivation behind almost all acts of ST have been in response to foreign occupation. In the case with Iraq, and rather much of the middle east, The anti-american sentiment is extremely strong, and the current american foreign policy and agenda in the middle east has the sentiment spreading. While only a small fraction of the population may carry out ST or be a part of such organizations - due to their radical nature and the time and effort involved - because US involvement is increasing, public sympathy for the cause of ST campaigns is growing.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I don't understand the suicide bomber mentality. Supposedly, they don't like Americans, so they go to a crowded market place and kill a bunch of Iraqi's. Can anyone explain how that is supposed to make more Iraqi's to want to go to their side, and drive the evil Americans out?
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