Thursday, March 17, 2005
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U.N. wants Japan to participate more in peacekeeping
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Friday, March 18, 2005 at 07:07 JST
TOKYO — The United Nations wants Japan to participate more in international peacekeeping operations and again requested Tokyo to take part in a planned mission in Sudan, U.N. Undersecretary General Shashi Tharoor said Thursday.
Tharoor, visiting Japan at the invitation of the Foreign Ministry, told a news conference in Tokyo that the United Nations was disappointed with Japan's continued cuts in financial aid to developing countries and urged that the trend be reversed. (Kyodo News)
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
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Policeman killed, 4 injured in explosion in southern Thailand
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Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at 07:08 JST
BANGKOK — A bomb exploded Tuesday at a railway junction's booth in southern Thailand's Yala Province, killing a police officer and wounding four other people.
Yala police said the bomb was hidden in the roof of the booth and was apparently triggered by remote control. (Kyodo News)
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
News: Sharpton Calling For Air Play Ban Video: Ja Rule - Caught Up Video: Ashanti - Only U (Dance Version) Audio: Young Gunz - Set It Off Audio: Memphis Bleek - Like That
Posted by Dave
Rap News Network Staff
3/4/2005 11:05:50 AM
Some Rapper's rhymes influence black teenagers to be sexually promiscuous and this puts the teens at a higher risk for contracting HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. That is my position. I am not some high moral person but I must speak out as a black man and Health Educator who grew up in the hood. It is time to be concerned about the unquestionable sexual and violent images in some Hip-Hop music.
Ludacris is "a well rounded hedonist, who pursues a balanced lineup of vices and addictions," says Nathan Rabin in his review of the hip-hop star's new CC, The Red Light District. This CD is about as balanced as a seesaw with a fat kid on one side and a skinny one on the other. It is another variation on the same theme throughout much of hip-hop; sex and material wealth. Stanley Crouch, a well-known black writer calls this kind of hip-hop "cultural pollution". He said it is a " scurrilous product" that projects images of young black men "as thugs and young black women as sluts hot to trot and drop their drawers at the slightest provocation."
I was watching young black women shake their butts into the faces of young black men on BET's top ten music video show the other day. The men in the hip-hop videos responded with some hot simulated grinding with the young women. I never saw so many young black men grabbing their crouches. The sexual signals were so strong I thought the men and women would jump onto the floor and engage in an orgy any minute. I was surprised and that is something for me. I understood why Essence, the most popular black women's magazine in America, in this month issue, called for a movement to "take back the music".
In fairness, all rap artists do not create or use sexed up rhymes to sell music. I commend positive rappers for standing firm on a higher principle inspite of the powerful and almost irresistible attraction of hip-hop money. My concern as a Health Educator is the degree in which the sexually explicit lyrics of some rap artists influence young people to engage in unsafe sex.
There is no question that Hip-Hop has become a major part of American pop culture and it is so profitable most people are willing to excuse the violence and sex associated with it. It's influence touches people like Donald Trump and Ronald Perelman, the richest man in New York City as well as a generation of black and Latino youth in inner city ghettoes across America. Perelman said in a New York Magazine article on Hip-Hop that Russell Simmons, the founder and C.E.O. of Def Jam Records, is the 'man' and that rap and urban city dress is mainstream. I agree. There is much positive in the Hip-Hop culture. But Cynthia, a 12-year-old Harlemite gives mixed signals. She says Hip-Hop is hot!' She looks like a fan that listens to hip-hop music, watches the videos, and dresses like rappers. Looking like her hip-hop idol is where things get confused. She is wearing tight short pants that reveal the cheeks of her butt and a blouse that leaves nothing to the imagination about her breasts. Young boys are staring at her and calling out trying to get her attention. Remember that this is a twelve-year-old girl.
The question is 'does the sexually charged images' contribute to the increase of sexual activity among teens? I believe the role of violent entertainment to the violence in our society is informative. Rowell Husemann, the field's preeminent researcher says long term exposure to media violence among children 'boosts' violent behavior. Other researchers have found that sexually explicit material can have similar effects on the behavior of some youngsters. Based on those facts, I believe hip-hop videos depicting women, for example, as hos, bitches, and freaks encourage black youth to act like the images. These images are engaged in sexually provocative and promiscuous activities.
Does the increased sexual activity among our youth contribute to the spread of HIV/AIDS? It's impossible to say. However, in 1998, teenagers were the theme of the world AIDS day. Dr. Ronald Valdseuir, deputy director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention said half of all the new infections in the United States were among people under 25 years of age and a quarter of that number are in people between the ages of 13 and 21. Most of the youth are Black and Latino. It is time to speak out.
We can all do our part to slow the spread of HIV. P. Diddy, Russell Simmons, Jay Z, and many other rappers have long been involved in AIDS causes. Many of these same artists raise money for HIV Education and Prevention. Lately, some big name Hip Hop artists have put together a public service message encouraging young teens to wear condoms during sexual intercourse. Some of their work is seen as good. But to give money and assistance to stop the spread of HIV in our community on one hand and to promote sexual promiscuity among teens on the other hand is hypocritical. Rapper's must clean up the violent and sexually charged images many of them send to our youth. If the rappers won't police each other, we must organize to stop them from sending 'hateful' images to our teens. Indeed, We must not continue to embrace and promote entertainment degrading to black people. This is about our children at the end of the day. Popular TV talking head Bill O'Reilly told an interesting story to get people to see the negative impact of some hip hop music. He said on last years Halloween, a first grade teacher in Biloxi, Miss., held a costume party for her class. "One little boy came dressed as a pimp, complementing another little girl made up to be a whore." O'Reilly said, "Somewhere, the Devil is grinning." Peace out.
Dennis Levy is the former Executive Director of the Black And Latino AIDS Coalition, Inc. of New York City. He is also a free lance writer. He can be reached at Levicobx@aol.com
Taiwan has condemned a new Chinese law giving Beijing the legal right to use force against the island if it moves towards declaring formal independence.
Such "serious provocation" gravely affects regional security, said Joseph Wu, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council.
The White House said the adoption of the new law was "unfortunate".
China sees Taiwan as its territory and says it reserves the right to use force if "peaceful reunification" fails.
The new law was passed in the final session of the Chinese parliament's annual National People's Congress by a margin of 2,896 to zero, with two abstentions.
The Congress broke into applause at the passage of the so-called anti-secession law which allows for the use of "non-peaceful and other necessary measures".
Ruled by separate governments since end of Chinese civil war in 1949
China considers the island part of its territory
China has offered a "one country, two systems" solution, like Hong Kong
Most people in Taiwan support status quo
Analysts say the new law is partly designed to limit the options of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian, whose Democratic Progressive Party is pro-independence.
But it will add to tensions across the Taiwan Strait, where China has been rapidly building up its military capability.
"The law is tantamount to authorisation of war," warned Taiwanese cabinet spokesman Cho Jung-tai.
"All people in Taiwan are against the legislation, and we believe the world community also opposes it."
President Chen has called for hundreds of thousands of people to join a mass street protest later this month.
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who will visit Beijing during a tour to Asia this week, said the law was "not necessary".
White House spokesman Scott McClellan told reporters: "We view the adoption of the anti-secession law as unfortunate. It does not serve the purpose of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait."
The state shall employ non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity
China's anti-secession law
The US is Taiwan's closest ally and is worried about being sucked in to any conflict between the island and China.
Japan's Prime Minister, Junichiro Koizumi, also expressed concern.
"I wish both parties would work toward a peaceful solution and I hope that this law will not have negative effects," he said.
The 10-article law calls for the use of "non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity" if all other efforts fail.
China's Premier, Wen Jiabao, said the law was aimed at improving relations with Taiwan.
"This is a law to strengthen and promote cross-Strait relations, for peaceful reunification, not targeted at the people of Taiwan, nor is it a law of war," he said.
Some analysts have said China's use of the term "non-peaceful means" appears designed to include alternatives to military force, such as blockades or sanctions.
The law's passage comes a day after China's President, Hu Jintao, told China's 2.5 million-strong People's Liberation Army, whose budget has risen rapidly in recent years, to put national defence "above all else".
"We shall step up preparations for possible military struggle and enhance our capabilities to cope with crises, safeguard peace, prevent wars and win the wars if any," the president said.
China's leaders frequently make such statements, which are often directed at Taiwan.
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The New York Times
March 14, 2005
Excerpts From Chinese Anti - Secession Law
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 12:20 p.m. ET
Excerpts from an anti-secession law passed Monday by China's parliament authorizing an attack on rival Taiwan if the self-ruled island pursues formal independence.
There is only one China in the world. Both the mainland and Taiwan belong to one China. China's sovereignty and territorial integrity brook no division. Safeguarding China's sovereignty and territorial integrity is the common obligation of all Chinese people, the Taiwan compatriots included.
Taiwan is part of China. The state shall never allow the `Taiwan independence' secessionist forces to make Taiwan secede from China under any name or by any means.
The state shall take the following measures to maintain peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and promote cross-Straits relations:
(1) to encourage and facilitate personnel exchanges across the Straits for greater mutual understanding and mutual trust;
(2) to encourage and facilitate economic exchanges and cooperation, realize direct links of trade, mail and air and shipping services, and bring about closer economic ties between the two sides of the Straits to their mutual benefit;
(3) to encourage and facilitate cross-Straits exchanges in education, science, technology, culture, health and sports, and work together to carry forward the proud Chinese cultural traditions;
(4) to encourage and facilitate cross-Straits cooperation in combating crimes; and
(5) to encourage and facilitate other activities that are conducive to peace and stability in the Taiwan Straits and stronger cross-Straits relations.
The state protects the rights and interests of the Taiwan compatriots in accordance with law.
In the event that the ``Taiwan independence'' secessionist forces should act under any name or by any means to cause the fact of Taiwan's secession from China, or that major incidents entailing Taiwan's secession from China should occur, or that possibilities for a peaceful reunification should be completely exhausted, the state shall employ non-peaceful means and other necessary measures to protect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The State Council and the Central Military Commission shall decide on and execute the non-peaceful means and other necessary measures as provided for in the preceding paragraph and shall promptly report to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress.
In the event of employing and executing non-peaceful means and other necessary measures as provided for in this Law, the state shall exert its utmost to protect the lives, property and other legitimate rights and interests of Taiwan civilians and foreign nationals in Taiwan, and to minimize losses. At the same time, the state shall protect the rights and interests of the Taiwan compatriots in other parts of China in accordance with law.
Sunday, March 13, 2005
Japan Today - News - Taiwan's Chen calls for million-strong rally to protest China law - Japan's Leading International News Network
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Taiwan's Chen calls for million-strong rally to protest China law
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Sunday, March 13, 2005 at 06:48 JST
TAIPEI — Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian on Saturday called for one million people to take part in a rally here on March 26 to protest China's anti-secession legislation that would allow military action against the island.
Chen issued the call at a meeting of his pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party in the capital Taipei. (Kyodo News)
China's President Hu Jintao told the military on Sunday it should step up preparations for a possible war and to safeguard territorial integrity, in apparent reference to reunifying with Taiwan.
The President has recently been appointed to the country's top military post, and was addressing a meeting of People's Liberation Army delegates at the 10th National People's Congress.
Hu was quoted by the official Xinhua news agency as saying the country must always place the task of defending national sovereignty, security and territorial integrity above anything else.
His comments came a day before the parliament is expected to pass an "anti-secession" law, aimed at preventing rival Taiwan from moving towards independence.
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