Editorials in Arab news address the AU roadmap for Libya and the GCC



Mubarak has 'no good name to defend'

The ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak broke his silence on Sunday in a voice recording broadcast by the Al Arabiya satellite channel, basically saying that he has been a victim of a defamation campaign, wrote Abdelbari Atwan, the editor-in-chief of the pan-Arab Al Quds al Arabi newspaper.

"Well, the former Egyptian president does not have a good reputation for it to be tarnished or integrity to be impugned. What he did was turn Egypt into a big farm for himself, his children and his corrupt entourage."

When Mr Mubarak said in the voice recording that neither he nor his wife owned assets outside Egypt, he was just "fooling nobody but himself".

"We have no reason to believe that the official statements from the British, French and US governments announcing the freeze of Mr Mubarak's and his family's accounts were bogus, or were intended to tarnish his reputation. Plus, take a closer look at the language used by the ousted president and you'll see that he himself does not deny the existence of massive overseas wealth in the name of his two sons."

Plus, the former Egyptian president made other misleading declarations. He said, for instance, that he "gave up the presidency". The truth is that he clung to power for as long as he could, and was made to leave. He didn't benignly renounce the presidency.

The Arab League Gaza decision 'needs teeth'

The Arab League is doing the right thing by resorting to the UN Security Council and demanding that a no-fly zone be imposed over the Gaza Strip to protect the Palestinian people from Israeli transgressions, the Emirati newspaper Al Khaleej stated in its editorial.

But the question remains: will this endeavour ever come to fruition in the face of an always-ready United States veto?

"The Arab states' ability to bring the international community to take responsibility for the Palestinian people is being seriously tested here."

On the other hand, the US itself is taking the test on its ability to stand by Israel, cover for it politically and support it militarily. Once again, Washington has to make a choice between its bully ally and international legitimacy.

It remains to be seen whether the US will break with its absolute support of Israel and, just for once, show some respect for the Palestinian people's right to live like all other people, in accordance with the same human values that US has long been trumpeting.

"Going to the Security Council to enforce a no-fly zone over the Gaza Strip must be bolstered by a genuine pan-Arab determination to turn the demand into reality, not just pitch it in a bid to avert criticism. This demand will need some teeth and a B-plan in case it is shot down."

The AU roadmap for Libya lacks conviction

Those awaiting a political solution for Libya's plight clearly don't know what are the boundaries for marketing the negotiations between the rebels and the regime, observed the Emirati Al Bayan daily in its editorial.

The African Union mediation committee that convened with Col Qaddafi and the Libyan opposition proposed a roadmap that suggests going into a transitional phase by adopting political reforms and a ceasefire. It called for "comprehensive management of a transitional phase in order to implement necessary political reforms to eliminate the causes of the current crisis".

Despite the ongoing efforts that the coming days will witness, events are going into a completely different direction. Confrontations are escalating and it is clear that the warring factions on Libyan soil are preparing for a new period of violence that doesn't make room for any negotiations.

"Talk about Qaddafi's regime remaining in power under the new AU road mapdooms the negotiations to failure because it doesn't relate to the reality that the recent events imposed."

Agreeing to a solution that keeps Col Qaddafi or one of his sons in power is highly unlikely. Although everyone wants stability for Libya, all the efforts depend on what can be realistically implemented in a way that satisfies the people's demands.

The GCC moves from neutrality to action

The US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq made it possible for Iran to manoeuvre more freely, observed Rajeh al Khouri, a columnist with the Lebanese Annahar daily.

With the Taliban regime out of the way, followed by Saddam Hussein's, Tehran stepped forward into Iraq and made breakthroughs that led it to the shores of the Mediterranean through Hizbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Gaza.

Thus, Iran imposed itself as a central power to be reckoned with, especially that it's on its way to becoming a nuclear power.

Throughout the past decade, the Gulf Cooperation Council, which was established in the first place to protect the Gulf region against post-revolutionary Iran, has been maintaining positive neutrality. However, in view of the escalating Iranian offences across the Gulf region in Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and most recently in Bahrain, the GCC finds itself compelled to remove the cloak of diplomacy and start a movement aimed at putting an end to Iran's interference in the internal affairs of Gulf states.

The sending of the Peninsula Shield forces to Bahrain and the systematic challenge of Iranian positions proves that the GCC has moved from its role as a neutral spectator into a more active role as a protector and defender.

* Digest compiled by The Translation Desk

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Important questions to consider

1. Where on the plane does my pet travel?

There are different types of travel available for pets:

  • Manifest cargo
  • Excess luggage in the hold
  • Excess luggage in the cabin

Each option is safe. The feasibility of each option is based on the size and breed of your pet, the airline they are traveling on and country they are travelling to.

 

2. What is the difference between my pet traveling as manifest cargo or as excess luggage?

If traveling as manifest cargo, your pet is traveling in the front hold of the plane and can travel with or without you being on the same plane. The cost of your pets travel is based on volumetric weight, in other words, the size of their travel crate.

If traveling as excess luggage, your pet will be in the rear hold of the plane and must be traveling under the ticket of a human passenger. The cost of your pets travel is based on the actual (combined) weight of your pet in their crate.

 

3. What happens when my pet arrives in the country they are traveling to?

As soon as the flight arrives, your pet will be taken from the plane straight to the airport terminal.

If your pet is traveling as excess luggage, they will taken to the oversized luggage area in the arrival hall. Once you clear passport control, you will be able to collect them at the same time as your normal luggage. As you exit the airport via the ‘something to declare’ customs channel you will be asked to present your pets travel paperwork to the customs official and / or the vet on duty. 

If your pet is traveling as manifest cargo, they will be taken to the Animal Reception Centre. There, their documentation will be reviewed by the staff of the ARC to ensure all is in order. At the same time, relevant customs formalities will be completed by staff based at the arriving airport. 

 

4. How long does the travel paperwork and other travel preparations take?

This depends entirely on the location that your pet is traveling to. Your pet relocation compnay will provide you with an accurate timeline of how long the relevant preparations will take and at what point in the process the various steps must be taken.

In some cases they can get your pet ‘travel ready’ in a few days. In others it can be up to six months or more.

 

5. What vaccinations does my pet need to travel?

Regardless of where your pet is traveling, they will need certain vaccinations. The exact vaccinations they need are entirely dependent on the location they are traveling to. The one vaccination that is mandatory for every country your pet may travel to is a rabies vaccination.

Other vaccinations may also be necessary. These will be advised to you as relevant. In every situation, it is essential to keep your vaccinations current and to not miss a due date, even by one day. To do so could severely hinder your pets travel plans.

Source: Pawsome Pets UAE

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