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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Saddam through the years

Saddam Hussein was sentenced to die for the killings of dozens of Shiites in 1982. He was being tried on separate charges involving thousands of deaths.
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Saddam Hussein appears in this undated childhood photo.
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In December 2000, Hussein took part in a military parade in Baghdad, greeting army units with rifle shots. Back in the 1950s, before he ascended in the ranks of the Baath Party, Hussein was denied admission to the Baghdad Military Academy. ====================

Iraq's President Saddam Hussein acknowledges cheers from a crowd in Baghdad after the announcement of a cease-fire in the Iraq-Iran war in 1988.
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In 2002, Hussein displays a sword given to him as a gift before he was sworn in as Iraqi president for seven more years.
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Hussein joined members of his family for a portrait in 1991.
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Hussein's eldest son Udai (right) speaks with his younger brother Qusai before the opening of a congress for the regional command of the ruling Baath Party in Baghdad in 2001. Both sons were killed in July 2003 during a battle between U.S. forces and Iraqi gunmen in Mosul, Iraq.
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Undated photograph.
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Undated photograph
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Undated photograph found in a Baghdad palace archive.
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Undated photograph
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Hussein in 1978.
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Iraqi President Saddam Hussein holds up a gun in this 1991 photograph by his personal photographic Lazim Ali, which is currently on exhibit at "The Leaer's Museum" in Baghdad. The photo was taken in Anbar provence after the end of the Gulf War.
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Stuart Lockwood, a British boy among foreigners held in Iraq before the 1991 Persian Gulf war, appeared on televisions worldwide as Saddam Hussein patted his head. Iraq said it staged the meeting to show that the foreign "guests" were well, but the televised encounter provoked widespread condemnation of the Iraqi president.
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When a deck of 55 playing-size cards featuring members of Iraqi leadership was distributed to aid coalition forces in finding former Iraqi leaders, Hussein was the ace of spades.
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A ripped poster of Hussein hangs alongside a street in Basra, Iraq, in April 2003.
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A child rides past the smashed head of a Hussein statue in Baghdad in April 2003. ====================

Hussein undergoes medical exam in Baghdad in Dec. 2003.
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After Saddam Hussein was found hiding in a hole in December 2003, he could hardly believe the American soldiers did not immediately recognize him. "I am Saddam Hussein, president of Iraq," he declared.
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The hole in which American forces found former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit is seen in this image made from video.
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Captured former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein speaks in Baghdad Sunday Dec. 14, 2003 in this image from television. Top U.S. administrator in Iraq L. Paul Bremer confirmed the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein in a dirt hole under a farmhouse near his hometown of Tikrit, eight months after the fall of Baghdad.
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A picture released in July 2004 by the U.S. Department of Defense shows Hussein arriving in shackles and under Iraqi custody for his initial interview with an Iraqi judge in Baghdad. The guards' faces were digitally erased by the source for security reasons.
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In August, Hussein went on trial for the second time, on genocide and other charges in connection with the Anfal campaign in 1987-88 that ended with the deaths of thousands of people.
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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein yells at the court as he receives his verdict.
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This photo was released in August, 2005, by the Iraqi Special Tribunal, which said it was taken while he was questioned at an unknown location.
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AWAITING CHARGES: Saddam Hussein will be tried at the end of this year at the earliest. One of his lawyers says the defense will question the legitimacy of the Iraqi Special Tribunal and of the war.
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Former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein speaks at his trial and tells the court he alone is responsible for the fate of 148 executed villagers from Dujail.
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IN THE NEWS: An Iraqi man, right, reads the latest on ousted dictator Saddam Hussein on a Baghdad street. "He won't get a fair trial, he'll get a political one," Hussein’s lawyer says.
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Saddam Hussein is awaiting trial.
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Friday, December 29, 2006

Quickies - 2006

Lava cascades down the slope of Mayon volcano near Legazpi City, south of Manila.====================

Actor Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes pose for their official wedding portrait in Lake Bracciano, Italy, November 18, 2006.
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A mouse rides on the back of a frog in floodwaters in Lucknow.====================

Consumers enjoy mud therapy at a nursing home in Anshan, East China's Liaoning province. The mineral mud is believed to be able to alleviate pain from rheumatoid arthritis, sequela of traumatisms and peripheral nervous system diseases.====================

Singer Christina Aguilera performs at the 2006 MTV Movie Awards at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, California.====================

A boy raises a Lebanese flag in front of a larger one during an anti-war rally outside the Israeli embassy in Athens.
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Two young men play football on the dried up ground of West Common in Gerrard's Cross, Southern England.====================

U.S. President George W. Bush hands back a crying baby that was handed to him from the crowd when he arrived for an outdoor dinner with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Trinwillershagen, Germany.====================

Afghan women covered by burqas walk in the yard of the shrine of Imam Ali, son in-law of Prophet Mohammad, in the city of Mazar-i-Shariff, Kabul, Afghanistan.====================

Villagers dressed as heads on plates perform a pagan ritual in the village of Vevcani. Vevcani villagers mark the annual orthodox St. Vasilij Day with a carnival, which celebrates their 1,300-year-old pagan roots. The highlight of the carnival is a political satire, with masked villagers acting out current events.====================

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Guru Lalu mesmerises Harvard students


There is nothing new in his theory. But, the novelty is that he has put it into practice and it has yielded results. Thats what makes him different from other management gurus.

Laloo held the attention of the Harvard and Wharton, America’s Ivy League school, students for more than an hour today as he explained the turnaround success story of the Indian Railways in heavily accented Bhojpuri Hindi interspread with one-liners in English. The learning was fun.

He transformed the loss-making organisation into a profitable one without privatisation. Some years ago, the Japanese Railways had also been incurring massive losses, but it made a turnaround after being privatised, but he has done it without corporatising the railways.

Laloo showed his acute understanding of market reality and functioning and finances of the Railways. He used some loaded expressions like 'internal resources,' 'operating ratio,' and 'fund balances.'

Ironically, in the US, the bastion of capitalism, the Railways run at a loss and in Europe it survives basically on subsidies.

The Railways, which was a few years back not in a position to pay dividends to the government, now boasts of a cash surplus of more than Rs 13,000 crore in a short span of 30 months. This would take a quantum leap to Rs 20,000 crore by the end of current fiscal. Over the last 30 months, freight volumes have grown by 8-10 per cent and similarly growth in passenger volumes has also been doubled.

He has given a ''steel frame'' to the Railways and irrespective of the change in the minister or the government, the growth story would continue.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Shane Warne's 700 th wicket - The Ashes cricket

Shane Warne's 700 th wicket - The Ashes cricket

Saturday, December 23, 2006

"Designed from the inside out”






"Designed from the inside out” is how Toyota describes its new Auris space concept, revealed for the first time at the Paris Motor Show. Toyota combined Vibrant Clarity, a forward-looking and energetic appearance with a clear and rational approach to providing driver and passengers with a spacious and highly practical environment. The high waistline, short overhangs and forward balance of the cabin architecture ensure it retains a sense of dynamism and agility, a quality we call perfect imbalance.

Auris has a high quality interior, featuring an innovative sculpted, bridged centre console that is both elegant and practical, bringing the gearlever and other controls up to the perfect ergonomic height. This leaves an open section in the lower part of the console that increases the sense of space around the driver and front seat passenger.

The inside-out concept can also be witnessed in the panoramic glass roof, the flat rear passenger floor and high window surfaces, all of which contribute to the overall sense of interior light and space

The exterior is characterised by a powerful front-end treatment with strong vertical lines, wide shoulders and short overhangs, with sports-styled 19-inch alloy wheels, freeform geometric lamps, prominent brake callipers and deep rear bumper with integrated chrome exhausts adding to the dynamic look.

The striking gold exterior paint finish and interior piping reflect the car’s name.

Friday, December 22, 2006

The view from the Stereo Ahead








On December 22nd, at 0022 Universal Time the Sun reached its southernmost point in Earth's sky marking the final season change for the year 2006. In celebration of the Solstice, consider these images of the Sun from an extreme ultraviolet telescope onboard the Stereo Ahead spacecraft. Recorded on December 4th, Stereo's first day of imaging, each false-color view highlights atomic emission in different temperature regimes of the upper solar atmosphere; 2 million kelvins in yellow, 1.5 million in green, 1 million, in blue and 60 to 80 thousand in red. The Stereo Mission will place twin spacecraft, launched together in October, into different solar orbits to conduct a three dimensional exploration of the Sun and the solar environment. After completing lunar swingby maneuvers, the A spacecraft is intended to orbit the Sun "Ahead" of planet Earth, and the B spacecraft "Behind".

Further: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/stereo/news/first_light.html