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Saturday, May 01, 2010

South Korea Confirms That A Direct Heavy Torpedo Sank The Cheonan, Won't Accuse North Korea

South Korea Confirms That A Direct Heavy Torpedo Sank The Cheonan, Won't Accuse North Korea: "South Korea Confirms That A Direct Heavy Torpedo Sank The Cheonan, But Still Won't Accuse North Korea

Gus Lubin
May. 1, 2010, 8:57 AM

South Korea's own CSI team has figured out the exact cause of the Cheonan shipwreck, except for one key detail.

Here's what they know so far, according to Chosun Ilbo:

A team of scientists believes that the Navy corvette Cheonan sank after being hit by a heavy 206 kg torpedo that ran at a speed of 65 km/h.... exploded underwater 2.3 m from the ship with power equivalent to 206 kg of TNT... a series of internal explosions occurred in the stern for about 80 seconds... the ship was probably hit by a Chinese-made 206 kg-class Yu-3 heavy torpedo.

Leaked Memo Sees Bigger Oil Risk - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com

Leaked Memo Sees Bigger Oil Risk - Dot Earth Blog - NYTimes.com: "Ben Raines, an award-winning environment reporter in Alabama, unearthed a two-day-old federal memo today proposing that the flow of oil from the wrecked exploratory well in the Gulf of Mexico could vastly increase. Quoting the memo, Raines wrote:

‘The following is not public,’ reads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Emergency Response document dated April 28. ‘Two additional release points were found today in the tangled riser. If the riser pipe deteriorates further, the flow could become unchecked resulting in a release volume an order of magnitude higher than previously thought.’"



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GOP Rattled Over Arizona Immigration Law : NPR

GOP Rattled Over Arizona Immigration Law : NPR: ""


Several protests over Arizona's tough new immigration law are scheduled around the state Saturday. Host Scott Simon and NPR News Analyst Juan Williams discuss the political implications of Arizona's new immigration law and Florida Governor Charlie Crist's decision to run for U.S. Senate as an Independent.

BP Is Criticized Over Oil Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act - NYTimes.com

BP Is Criticized Over Oil Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act - NYTimes.com: "NEW ORLEANS — Officials in the Obama administration began for the first time Friday to publicly chastise BP America for its handling of the spreading oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico, calling the oil company’s current resources inadequate to stop what is unfolding into an environmental catastrophe.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Gulf Spill Spells Uncertainty For New Drilling - Money News Story - WGCL Atlanta

Gulf Spill Spells Uncertainty For New Drilling - Money News Story - WGCL Atlanta: "
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. -- In the conservative Florida Panhandle, where Sarah Palin's battle cry 'Drill, Baby, Drill' is still visible on car bumpers, some are reconsidering their support of offshore drilling as a growing spill in the Gulf of Mexico drifts closer to shore."



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Immigration Overhaul Plan Unveiled By Democrats

Immigration Overhaul Plan Unveiled By Democrats: "

Senate Democrats rolled out their framework for a comprehensive overhaul to immigration Thursday. They say the top priority is to secure the border. They also called for issuing biometric Social Security cards and a path for more than 10 million immigrants to become legal. The plan is described as bipartisan, but no Republican co-sponsored the measure.

(Via NPR Topics: News.)

Goldman 'facing criminal charges'

Goldman 'facing criminal charges': "Goldman Sachs faces criminal charges relating allegations it mis-sold complex financial products, reports suggest."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Prostate cancer vaccine approved

Prostate cancer vaccine approved: "A 'vaccine' which uses the body's immune system to fight prostate cancer is approved for use by US drug regulators."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

BBC News - China opens World Expo 2010 in Shanghai

BBC News - China opens World Expo 2010 in Shanghai: "The 2010 World Expo is opening in Shanghai in what China hopes will be further proof of its rising global influence.
More than 180 countries and international organisations are showcasing their culture in an event themed around sustainable development."



South Korea Vows to Avenge Sailors’ Deaths - NYTimes.com

South Korea Vows to Avenge Sailors’ Deaths - NYTimes.com: ""


SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean military vowed revenge without identifying a target as the country gave an emotional farewell on Thursday to the sailors killed when their ship sank last month near a disputed sea border with North Korea.

If the ship is found to have been torpedoed by North Korea, as many South Koreans suspect, it will amount to one of the most serious provocations from the North in recent decades. Seoul has repeatedly vowed “stern countermeasures” but has shied from publicly discussing its options until an investigation is over.

Military retaliation, however, is unlikely, analysts say.

“We’ll never forgive whoever inflicted this great pain on us,” said the navy chief of staff, Kim Sung-chan, at a mass funeral for the victims on Thursday in the port city of Pyeongtaek, about 45 miles south of Seoul, home of the ship’s naval base. “We will track them down to the end and we will, by all means, make them pay for this.”

Sirens wailed, flags flew at half-staff and navy ships sounded whistles as South Korea honored the 40 sailors known to have died and 6 others who are missing and presumed dead.

There is widespread suspicion among South Koreans that the ship was hit by a North Korean torpedo.

Bruce Klingner, a senior research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, said on Thursday that he noticed “uncharacteristic reticence and nervousness” among South Korean officials although, metaphorically, “they found a body with a bullet hole in the head and North Korea was the only guy in the room with the pistol.”

Consumers Help Drive U.S. Economy to 3.2% Growth Rate - NYTimes.com

Consumers Help Drive U.S. Economy to 3.2% Growth Rate - NYTimes.com: "The United States economy continued to expand in the first quarter, but economists cautioned that the pace of growth is still not nearly fast enough to recover ground lost during the recession.
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A shopper at a Best Buy store in Flushing, New York, last month.

National output grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.2 percent in the quarter, the Commerce Department reported Friday, after growth of 5.6 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 2.2 percent in the third quarter.

The steady growth has quelled fears that the downturn is not quite over.

Thai Protesters Storm Hospital - NYTimes.com

Thai Protesters Storm Hospital - NYTimes.com: ""


Filed at 7:56 a.m. ET

BANGKOK (AP) -- A major Thai hospital evacuated patients and suspended all but emergency surgery Friday after anti-government protesters stormed in to hunt for security forces they suspected were taking positions there overlooking their barricaded enclave.

A group of the so-called Red Shirts broke into Chulalongkorn Hospital late Thursday despite pleas from its director, then withdrew after not finding soldiers or police within the sprawling compound.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Arizona immigrant law challenged

Arizona immigrant law challenged: "The US state of Arizona faces legal challenges to a controversial new immigration law as President Obama joins the backlash."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

F.D.A. Approves Vaccine for Prostate Cancer

F.D.A. Approves Vaccine for Prostate Cancer: "The treatment is the first to use a so-called cancer vaccine that trains the body’s immune system to fight the disease."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Editorial - The Candidate From Xenophobia - NYTimes.com

Editorial - The Candidate From Xenophobia - NYTimes.com: "

Published: April 29, 2010
As primary elections approach across the land, the award for best bottom-feeding campaigner surely belongs to Tim James, an Alabama gubernatorial candidate who vows to put an end to that grave threat posed by driver’s license tests being conducted in any language but English. ‘This is Alabama. We speak English,’ Mr. James warns in a make-my-day growl.

Campaign Ad by Tim James (youtube.com)
‘If you want to liv"



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Memo From Seoul - China Gains Influence in Korean Affairs as North and South Warily Seek Its Help - NYTimes.com

Memo From Seoul - China Gains Influence in Korean Affairs as North and South Warily Seek Its Help - NYTimes.com: ""



BBC News - US increases estimates for oil leaking into Gulf

BBC News - US increases estimates for oil leaking into Gulf:
Vessels swept some oil into a fire-resistant boom for a 'test burn'

The US Coast Guard has said five times as much oil as previously thought is leaking from a well beneath where a rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico last week.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

U.S. and South Korean Officials Say Nork Torpedo Sank Cheonan | Defense Tech

U.S. and South Korean Officials Say Nork Torpedo Sank Cheonan | Defense Tech: "U.S. and South Korean Officials Say Nork Torpedo Sank Cheonan

I’m not sure how this one will break. As Robert Farley over at the Information Dissemination blog says, the South Koreans probably knew the cause of the Cheonan’s sinking shortly after it went down, and for political reasons have been playing it cool. Very cool. We’ll have to see how this plays out, but I’m amazed at the measured rhetoric coming from South Korean officials.

STRATFOR’s take is that South Korea has limited military options because of Seoul’s well known vulnerability to North Korean rocket and artillery strikes and basic economic vulnerabilities that would result from a major dust up on the peninsula. Planned economic engagement with the north will almost certainly suffer, the private intel network says. An unintended consequence of the Cheonan sinking: an overdue modernization of the South Korean military, including new ISR assets and newer ships.

– Greg"


Voters Tricked into Registering as Repubs

Voters Tricked into Registering as Repubs: "Orange County, Calif., authorities are launching an investigation into possible voter registration fraud after a local newspaper reported over a hundred cases of voters being tricked into registering as Republicans by petitioners who asked them to sign petitions for legalizing pot and other causes. The Orange County Register reported that 99 written complaints were filed since March by voters who said they were registered as Republicans without their consent."



(Via Drudge Retort.)

Phoenix Mayor: Law “tramples civil rights” « Liveshots

Phoenix Mayor: Law “tramples civil rights” « Liveshots: ""



April 25, 2010 - 3:30 PM | by: Lauren Torlone

Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (D) is vehemently opposed to Arizona’s new immigration law. Sunday on Fox News, Gordon railed against the legislation, labeled it unconstitutional and described it as “trampling civil rights.” The law’s new identification process will require suspected illegals to produce legitimate forms of identification when questioned about their status by law enforcement.

The mayor described the process as unfair because “those that don’t have an Arizona driver’s license, children under 16, seniors that don’t drive and people coming from out of state” aren’t able to comply with the law and are therefore “at risk of being arrested and turned over to I.C.E. [Immigration and Customs Enforcement].”

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration into law Friday, a move that’s fueling the illegal immigration debate across the country.

Since Friday, protests have been erupting outside the Arizona state capitol, with those in attendance urging others to join boycotts of the immigration law.

Despite lambasting the law, Mayor Gordon offered a potential “silver lining,” adding that the federal government will now have to address the immigration policy and enforcement “that they have been turning a deaf ear to.”

Fox: Crist Goes Independent

Fox: Crist Goes Independent: "Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist has decided he will run as an independent in the race to fill the Florida U.S. Senate seat, Fox News reports."



(Via Drudge Retort.)

Republicans Block Finance Bill, Again

Republicans Block Finance Bill, Again: "On the third attempt in as many days, Democrats could only muster 56 of the needed 60 votes to move toward final debate on the financial regulatory legislation."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Facebook's Expansion Triggers Political Backlash

Facebook's Expansion Triggers Political Backlash: "Facebook's plan to spread its online social network to other websites could be detoured by regulators looking into privacy concerns that have raised the ire of federal lawmakers."



(Via CBSAtlanta.com - Money RSS.)

Immigration complicates races

Immigration complicates races: "The outcry surrounding the passage of a restrictive law is thrusting the issue back into the spotlight.

(Via POLITICO Top Stories.)

Despair Deepens on Devastated Haitian Street

Despair Deepens on Devastated Haitian Street: "Now that the foreign doctors have left, many people on Avenue Poupelard feel they are on their own."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Thai Troops Fire Into Air Near Protest

Thai Troops Fire Into Air Near Protest: "Thai troops fired rubber bullets at charging protesters, who fought back by hurling stones, in a clash on a highway in Bangkok’s suburbs on Wednesday."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eric Holder: Federal Government May Challenge Arizona Immigration Law

Eric Holder: Federal Government May Challenge Arizona Immigration Law: "


PILING ON ARIZONA

Candidate Defends 'Chickens For Checkups' Proposal

GOP Senator Claims Obama Administration Is On Course To 'Crash And Burn'

Obama Steps Up Criticism Of Arizona Bill: 'Not The Right Way To Go'

Evan Bayh Passed Over To Head NCAA

Hispanic Voters Flocking AWAY From AZ Gov Who Signed Immigration Law

Sam Stein Senate Republican Candidates Mired In Season Of Discontent

WATCH: GOP Calls Obama's Midwest Swing A 'Jobless Tour'

Congressman Seeks To Plug RNC Census Mailer Loophole

Former GOP Senator Likes Health Reform: 'I'm Very Proud Of This Administration'

Obama Amplifies His Criticism Of Arizona Immigration Bill: Not The Right Way To Go

Obama Amplifies His Criticism Of Arizona Immigration Bill: 'Not The Right Way To Go': "

OTTUMWA, Iowa — President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged to bring his own party along to reform the nations broken immigration system, pleading with Republicans to join in as the only realistic hope to solve a politically volatile problem.



Obama also offered fresh, stern criticism of a new Arizona law that allows police to question anyone about their immigration status if they have reason to suspect they are in the country illegally. The president said a comprehensive federal immigration effort is needed to prevent 'bad laws' like Arizona's.


'I will bring the majority of Democrats to the table in getting this done,' Obama said in response to a question at a town hall in south-central Iowa. 'But I've got to have some help from the other side.'



The president said he hoped to get a deal done 'sometime soon' – a politically vague timetable in an election year with a shrinking window for legislative action.



Obamas comments came on the same day that Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano were critical of Arizonas new law on immigration – and Holder said the federal government may challenge it.








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(Via The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com.)

The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - U.S. Thinks N.Korean Attack 'Likely' Cause of Shipwreck

The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition): Daily News from Korea - U.S. Thinks N.Korean Attack 'Likely' Cause of Shipwreck: "


U.S. Thinks N.Korean Attack 'Likely' Cause of Shipwreck
The U.S. believes there is high chance that South Korean naval corvette Cheonan was sunk in a North Korean attack, CNN reported Monday. 'A North Korean torpedo attack was the most likely cause for the sinking of a South Korean warship last month,' it said citing a U.S. military official. 'The United States believes the ship was sunk by the blast of an underwater explosion, but that the explosive device itself did not come in contact with the hull of the South Korean ship,' he said.

This is in line with what the South Korean military has concluded.

Sailors who survived the sinking of the Navy corvette Cheonan on March 26 pay tribute to comrades who died in "



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Iraqi Court Disqualifies Dozens of Candidates - NYTimes.com

Iraqi Court Disqualifies Dozens of Candidates - NYTimes.com: ""


BAGHDAD — Seven weeks after Iraqis went to the polls, a special elections court disqualified a winning parliamentary candidate, most likely reversing the narrow defeat of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s alliance and possibly allowing him the first chance to form a new coalition government.

Monday, April 26, 2010

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill - DealBook Blog - NYTimes.com

G.O.P. Blocks Debate on Financial Oversight Bill - DealBook Blog - NYTimes.com: "Senate Republicans, united in opposition to the Democrats’ legislation to tighten regulation of the financial system, voted on Monday evening to block the start of floor debate, The New York Times’s David M. Herszenhorn reports from Washington.

The vote was 57 to 41, as Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to cut off a filibuster of the motion to proceed to the bill. One Democrat, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska, sided with Republicans apparently out of concern over a provision related to tightening the rules on derivatives trading.

The Republicans said they were intent on winning substantive changes to the bill and accused the Democrats of rushing the process. The Democrats said that the Republicans were stalling and that there was broad agreement on most of the legislation. They accused the Republicans of siding with wealthy Wall Street interests and leaving the country vulnerable to another financial collapse.

The result was largely expected: Republicans had warned for more than a week that they would oppose floor debate of the legislation in its current form. It left the majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, with a choice of continuing to pressure the Republicans, in the hope of raising the political stakes, or to temporarily move to other items on the Democrats’ increasingly busy agenda.
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As usual the Republicans talk populism but they support the interests of big business and big banks. Their policies of deregulation have caused the economic downturn which we are experiencing now.

John H. Armwood


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Iraqi Court Disqualifies Dozens of Candidates - NYTimes.com

Iraqi Court Disqualifies Dozens of Candidates - NYTimes.com: ""


BAGHDAD – Seven weeks after Iraqis went to the polls, a special elections court disqualified a winning parliamentary candidate, likely reversing the narrow defeat of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s coalition and possibly allowing him the first chance to form a new coalition government.

The court disqualified the candidate on charges he was a loyalist of Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party and left open the possibility or barring still more.

The court’s decisions, if upheld on appeal, would erase the two-seat victory by a largely secular coalition led by Ayad Allawi, a Shiite who served as an interim prime minister after the American overthrow of Mr. Hussein.

At a minimum, it will further delay the formation of a new government through the months when the Obama administration planned to withdraw its combat troops, leaving a force of only 50,000 after September.

Iraqi officials now grimly predict that there might not be a new government in place by that deadline, putting the Obama administration in a difficult position of deciding whether to press ahead with its plans despite the political uncertainty here.

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How Cap And Trade Got 'Trashed'

How Cap And Trade Got 'Trashed': "

Climate-change legislation has suffered a major setback in the Senate, with its lone GOP supporter backing away. Even if it can be revived, it won't contain the centerpiece idea of the House-passed bill.

Book on Samsung Divides Korea - NYTimes.com

Book on Samsung Divides Korea - NYTimes.com: "By CHOE SANG-HUN

SEOUL — Life has been a roller coaster for Kim Yong-chul since he began talking about Samsung Electronics two and a half years ago. He has been celebrated by some as a whistle-blower, but in a culture that emphasizes workers’ loyalty to their employers, he has also been vilified as a traitor driven by personal grudges.

That was before Mr. Kim’s 474-page exposé, ‘Think Samsung,’ hit stores in February.

The book makes sensational allegations of extensive corruption by Lee Kun-hee, the richest man in South Korea and the chairman of Samsung Electronics, the world’s largest technology company by revenue.

Samsung is the most sacrosanct — and yet often mistrusted — company in South Korea. Since the book’s release, the country’s major newspapers and Web sites have refused to carry advertisements for it, and few South Korean publications have reviewed it. One newspaper reported on its popularity — it became a best seller, thanks to strong word of mouth on blogs and Twitter — but did not print its title or detail its allegations. "



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Ship Attack Shows South Korean Quandary Over How to Respond to North - NYTimes.com

Ship Attack Shows South Korean Quandary Over How to Respond to North - NYTimes.com: ""




SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s defense minister on Sunday said a torpedo attack was the most likely cause for the sinking of a South Korean warship that killed at least 40 sailors last month, a statement that inched the country closer to placing blame on North Korea and added urgency to the question of how the South might respond.

Still, the minister did not mention the North, continuing a cautious government approach that reflects the lack of good options available to South Korea’s leaders if they decide that North Korea was responsible for what would be one of the most serious attacks since the Korean War ended in a truce.

Any military retaliation could provoke a response from a country with the capacity to strike Seoul and a mercurial leader who has proved to be violent and unpredictable. A lesser response, hard-liners in the South argue, could lead North Korean leader Kim Jong-il to conclude that he could lash out again without facing consequences.

The announcement on Sunday by Defense Minister Kim Tae-young appeared to fit a pattern that some analysts say shows the government is carefully building a case for a limited response — doling out information slowly enough so emotions ease before a final assignment of blame.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

In Niger, China Fortifies Its Reputation as Africa’s Investor - NYTimes.com

In Niger, China Fortifies Its Reputation as Africa’s Investor - NYTimes.com:

NIAMEY, Niger — For China, the transition seems smooth.

The New York Times
China's influence and investment is visible in Niamey, the capital.
Just a few months ago, China was widely derided here as the financial backbone propping up an autocratic president, Mamadou "



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Thai Prime Minister Stands His Ground

Thai Prime Minister Stands His Ground: "Abhisit Vejjajiva said that he continued to seek a peaceful solution to Thailand’s tense political standoff but that he would not give in to what he called intimidation."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

South Korea Cites Torpedo Attack in Ship Sinking

South Korea Cites Torpedo Attack in Ship Sinking: "A torpedo attack was the most likely cause of the sinking of a South Korean warship near a disputed sea border, the South Korean defense chief said."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Japanese rally against US base

Japanese rally against US base: "Thousands of people in Japan's southern island of Okinawa demand that a US military base be moved off the island."



(Via BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition.)

Tensions Rise Between Koreas as Ship Is Salvaged - NYTimes.com

Tensions Rise Between Koreas as Ship Is Salvaged - NYTimes.com: ""


SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea on Saturday salvaged the remaining half of a warship that sank near a disputed sea border with North Korea, as suspicion of a North Korean torpedo attack deepened and two former South Korean presidents urged the country’s leaders to punish Pyongyang economically.

The ship, the Cheonan, sank after a mysterious explosion split it in half on March 26. One sailor was found dead in the ship’s wreckage Saturday, bringing the total of confirmed dead to 40. Six others are missing and presumed dead.

The rear half of the ship was lifted out of the water last week. A team of international investigators have been scrutinizing the wreck to find clues to what and who caused the blast, which they believe was external. North Korea has denied any involvement.

In an indication of how seriously South Korea views the incident, President Lee Myung-bak met Friday with former presidents — a common practice when the nation is facing a crisis and seeking to build a national consensus.

Only two of South Korea’s three living former presidents were well enough to attend: Chun Doo-hwan, a former military dictator, and Kim Young-sam, who opposed the dictatorship but became a political conservative.

The government briefed the local news media on the meeting late Friday, saying the former presidents had both said they believed the ship was attacked by North Korea, a claim Mr. Lee has been careful not to make while the incident is still being investigated.

BBC News - The virginity industry

BBC News - The virginity industry: "
The virginity industry
By Najlaa Abou Mehri and Linda Sills
BBC Radio 4, Crossing Continents
Young Arab women wait in an upmarket medical clinic for an operation that will not only change their lives, but quite possibly save it. Yet the operation is a matter of choice and not necessity. It costs about 2,000 euros (£1,700) and carries very little risk.

The clinic is not in Dubai or Cairo, but in Paris. And the surgery they are waiting for is to restore their virginity.

Whether in Asia or the Arab world, an unknown number of women face an agonising problem having broken a deep taboo. They've had sex outside marriage and if found out, risk being ostracised by their communities, or even murdered.

Now more and more of them are undergoing surgery to re-connect their hymens and hide the any sign of past sexual activity. They want to ensure that blood is spilled on their wedding night sheets.

The social pressure is so great that some women have even taken their own lives.

Sonia wants to remain anonymous for fear of reprisal. She is a slender young brunette studying at art college in Paris.

Although born in France, Arab culture and traditions are central to Sonia's life. Life was strict growing up under the watchful eyes of a large traditional Arab family.

Virginity certificates

'I thought of suicide after my first sexual relationship,' she says, 'because I couldn't see any other solution.' But Sonia did find a solution.

She eventually went to the Paris clinic of Dr Marc Abecassis to have surgery to restore her hymen. She says she will never reveal her secret to anyone, especially her husband to be.

‘ I believe we as doctors have no right to decide for her or judge her ’
Dr Abecassis"



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BBC News - Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva warns Bangkok protesters

BBC News - Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva warns Bangkok protesters: "Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva warns Bangkok protesters
Thai PM Abhisit Vejjajiva warns Bangkok protesters


Mr Abhisit appeared together with Gen Anupong
Thailand's prime minister has threatened to retake a fortified encampment set up by anti-government protesters in the capital Bangkok.
But Abhisit Vejjajiva did not say when or how this would be done.
He was speaking on national television alongside the head of the Thai army, General Anupong Paojinda.