Archive for May, 2006
Malaysian Police clarify arrest reports
Indonesians, Malaysians , and Filipino’s among those arrested.
Group arrested over a two month period and was a logistics and transportation as well as financial support unit for the Militants of the JI.
 … Police chief Bakri Omar said, ” With their arrests, the police have crushed the underground network of the militant group Darul Islam Sabah who had collaborated with Indonesian militants,” he said. “This group also helped seven Indonesian militants, including Umar Patek and Dul Matin who were involved in the Bali bombings in October 2002, to travel into southern Philippines from Indonesia between 2003 and last March.” …
He downplayed reports of direct ties to AL QAEDA and reduced the number of those reported apprehended from 12 to 11 in his press conference in Kuala Lampur the Malaysian capital.
Earlier reports quoting local Police in Sabah had said a Dozen men where arrested; the Malaysian National Police also claimed the group was arrested over a period of time as long as two months ago – he did confirm that of those caught 2 Filipinos are among the persons currently held and that the arrests took place over the last two months.
Malaysian officials also denied the group had any immediate plans but were more of logistical unit supporting the movement of the terrorists in the region. Weapons including assault rifles were also seized from the group.
Reports say “12 men – six Malaysians, three Indonesians and three Filipinos ” are in custody under the ISA one man a filipino has been released. Identities of those held have not been revealed as of this time.
A Report on the 'Bird Flu' crisis in Indonesia says a group of top scientists are to meet in the Italian capatial to discuss the rapid spread and indonesian strain of the avian flu vrus spreading across one town in Indonesia.
The Indonesian ANTARA national news agency says the conference will be seen as a major step by mediacal groups to look over new findings on the current 'human to human' clusters of transmission found there.
 …. Scientists meet in Rome to dicsuss bird flu mysteries
Rome (ANTARA News) – Scientists from some 100 countries began a two-day conference in Rome on Tuesday to try to define the exact role of migratory birds in the spread of avian flu, one of several mysteries puzzling researchers nearly three years. … 
There is a report out of mayalsia the members of the 12 men arrested had ties to Al qaeda as one of the men in the group now held in Malaysia under the internal security act is alleged to have ties to afghanistan training camps as well as Mindanao based members of the terror group Abu Sayyaf and Jemaah Islamiah.
In an exclusive report the newspaper Malaysian Star reports in an exclusive by WONG CHUN WAI and LOURDES CHARLES … who got the original story two days ago.
 … Militant trained by al-Qaeda
Malaysia Star, Malaysia –
… who was trained to handle arms and make bombs, is said to have conducted similar training for members of the group in Indonesia and in the southern Philippines … 
MP3: http://media.odeo.com//files/1/1/4/458114.mp3 (audio cast)
Follow up: A source in the Southern philippines says among the documents siezed from the men are detailed intinery of a humanitarian mission in the area. The Philippine military source lso says they helped malaysian military with assistance from US forces in the area in tracking communications of the group.
Another source has claimed the group is seen as part of the 'JI men' believed to have been training 'on the move' in the southern philippine back-door area. targets in the philippines, indonesia, and another ASEAN country are among the targets the group may have been planning to hit.
A report on the BBC website had a ominous ring to it about the dangers of climate change that many are chosing to ignore at their own peril about damage done to the Global Environment.
It's a picture albeit painted by former US Vice President – Al Gore – about the dangers of climate change and the continued damage wrought to our environement as well as raising fears about the growing problem.
Unfortunatly being dragged into Political views – but – it is a real problem that needs to be addressed. Sadly the messenger – not the message is heard. Shame really all the politcal swings and continued plays by "big energy" to keep things as they are — an intense lobby and funds to keep the world fosilzed fueled – and keeping the route of damaging the planet. (more…)
Malaysia busts new terror group that as inked to extremists in the Southern Philippines;
The new splinter group authorities say here in the region had a higher level of education and technology skills as opposed to those in the field.
The group has been called the Asian al qaeda 'geek squad' by sources at the Malaysian counter terrorism center which works with other south east Asian governments in combating the spread of terrorism from extremist groups.
A number of high tech bomb making virtual online schools have been traced to Malaysia and the government there has been attempting to counter with mainstream Islamic schools and websites to counter the violent propaganda of the extremists sects in the region.
Authorities in the region are increasingly alarmed over increased recruiting among disgruntled and anti-western younger highly educated Asian Muslims who see the war on terror as a clash of cultures or religion..
These Arrests also marks one of the few times Malaysian authorities have publicly discussed arrests or successes versus groups seen as linked to Jemaah Islamiah and Al Qaeda.
Malaysia's Sipadan resort kidnapping marked the entry of local extremists in the southern Philippines the Abu Sayyaf on the world stage when they kidnapped 22 people from a resort on the island between Malaysia and the Philippines in the Eastern Malaysian portion of Borneo Island.
Malaysia Star – Terror group busted
… By WONG CHUN WAI and LOURDES CHARLES
KOTA KINABALU: A new terrorist group suspected of planning attacks on several neighbouring countries has been (more…)
Journalist Killings: Global trend noted ‘Bullets of rebutal” silencing many scribes arcoss the world
Global problem? : Journalist killings on the rise says conference hundreds of reports from all over the globe are showing this alarming condition- while the philippines remains in the top of the list increasingly jounrnalist welfare groups are noting a marked increase in violence versus Journalists ranging from beatings to killings to attacks on media offices in a wave of attacks across the world.
Suspects include crime syndicates, political reprisals, government death squads, rebel groups even tough competition in some places.
" 146 journalists had been killed doing their job last year, 48 in Iraq…." IPI report
While the cases here in the Philippines grab our headlines – with five this year so far- this censorship by gunfire is slowy rising in many places across the globe making journalism in troublespots a dangerous life indeed.
Murder 'is the cheapest form of censorship' cotsman, United Kingdom – The conference heard journalists were being targeted in countries such as the Philippines, Colombia and Haiti.
USNS MERCY to remain on Philippines humanitarian mission
U.S. Military Personnel Deploying to Indonesia with Medical Aid
Contingent part of larger, coordinated U.S. response, Pacific Command says
The U.S. military is sending medical personnel, equipment and supplies to Indonesia to assist the victims of the May 27 earthquake, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), headquartered in Hawaii, announced May 28.
"The deployment is part of a larger U.S. government response to a request from the government of Indonesia for humanitarian assistance" being coordinated through the departments of State and Defense, according to PACOM.
The 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck at 5:54 a.m. local time near the city of Yogyakarta, which is 400 kilometers east of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital. The densely populated city is a popular tourist attraction.
In the wake of the disaster, President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pledged U.S. assistance with response and recovery efforts. (See related article.)
On May 29, the official death toll reached 5,136, and UNICEF estimated the quake had left 20,000 injured and more than 130,000 homeless. The earthquake also badly damaged power facilities and deprived tens of thousands of electricity – making delivery of aid to a disaster area spread over hundreds of square kilometers difficult. However, the U.N. World Food Programme announced May 28 that three trucks carrying enough high-energy biscuits to feed 20,000 people for a week had arrived in the districts of Bantul and Klaten.
Approximately 100 U.S. military personnel, drawn from the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Pacific Air Force units in Guam and the USNS Mercy are bringing surgical, shock/trauma, laboratory, dental and X-ray equipment as well as preventive medicine expertise to the earthquake-ravaged area of Indonesia, according to PACOM.
The Mercy, a U.S. Navy hospital ship, currently is operating in the Philippines as part of a five-month medical deployment to Southeast Asia and Western Pacific countries. PACOM said the deployment of some Mercy personnel to Indonesia "will not impact her ability to continue the mission in the Philippines." (See related article.)