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– World news compiled by Gazette editors for Phuket’s international community

Syrian gov’t confirms more than 3,800 killed during uprising

PHUKET News Wires: More than 3,800 people have died as a result of violence during the ongoing uprising in Syria, according to figures the Syrian government has provided to the United Nations. Opposition activists claim the actual number has surpassed already 8,000.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay briefed the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, voicing her concern about the ‘rapidly deteriorating’ human rights and humanitarian situation in Syria. “Recent reports further indicate that Syrian military and security forces have launched massive campaigns of arrest, arbitrarily detaining thousands of protesters, as well as activists and others suspected of anti-Government activities,” she said.

According to Pillay, the Syrian government has provided the UN with figures which show 2,493 civilians and 1,345 soldiers and police officers have been killed between March 15, 2011, and January 18, 2012. “According to information available to my office, the actual numbers may far exceed these figures,” she said.

The United Nations is no longer gathering information to estimate the total number of fatalities as a result of violence in Syria, but the UN’s last estimate in January showed at least 5,400 people have been killed during the uprising. Syrian human rights and opposition activists say that figure has since surpassed 8,000 and includes hundreds of children.

Opposition activists claim the vast majority of victims are civilians and pro-democracy protesters, but the Syrian government claims those have been caused by armed terrorist groups who are dressed as soldiers. Pillay said the Syrian government has provided the UN with reports about alleged terrorist attacks on the health and transportation sectors as well as educational institutions.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, during yesterday’s briefing, called on the Syrian government to cooperate with the international community and to allow independent international monitors to visit all places of detention and grant unhindered access to humanitarian actors. She also called on the government to release all political prisoners and persons who have been arbitrarily detained.

“The Government must launch prompt, independent and impartial investigations in accordance with international standards to end impunity, ensure accountability, bring perpetrators to justice, and to take measures to ensure adequate, effective and prompt reparation for the victims,” Pillay said. She recognized that the Syrian government has cooperated to some extent, such as providing access to the International Committee of the Red Cross and the League of Arab States observer mission.

“However, these steps pale into insignificance in the face of the continuing onslaught of violence and arrest against people by State actors,” she said. “In light of this and in the face of the unspeakable violations that take place every moment, I remain convinced that referring the situation of Syria to the International Criminal Court will be a step in the right direction.”

She added: “What is urgently needed today is for the killings to stop. For that to happen the international community must unite in sending a clear message to the Syrian authorities and the Security Council must assume its responsibility to protect the population of Syria. More than at any other time, those committing atrocities in Syria have to understand that the international community will not stand by and watch this carnage and that their decisions and the actions they take today ultimately will not go unpunished.”

Syria has been part of the wider Arab Spring movement which began in early 2011 and has been riddled by violence ever since. Pro-democracy demonstrations have spread across the country since mid-March, resulting in a fierce government crackdown. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad previously admitted that mistakes were made, but claimed protesters were no longer being targeted.

Israeli soldiers kill smuggler in gun battle on Israel-Egypt border
PHUKET News Wires: Israeli soldiers thwarted an attempt by some 15 smugglers to cross the border with Egypt, killing one of them, the military said.

During routine activity on the border, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) identified several suspects making their way across. The soldiers told the suspects to stop but they didn’t heed the call, the army said.

A gun battle ensued, leaving one of the suspects dead. No casualties were reported on the Israeli side, Haaretz newspaper reported.

The smugglers fled the scene and returned to the Sinai Peninsula. The IDF said in a press release that it would heighten its activity on the border in light of an increase in attempts to infiltrate Israel’s southwestern border.

The IDF argues that smuggling has been motivated in the region not only by financial gain but also by ‘anti-Israel ideology’, possibly because of the influence of fundamentalist Islam.

EU further tightens sanctions against Syria
PHUKET News Wires: The European Union (EU) on Monday announced expanded sanctions and restrictive measures against Syria due to the continued government-sanctioned violence against civilians.

“Today’s decisions will put further pressure on those who are responsible for the ruthless campaign of repression in Syria,” said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Catherine Ashton. “The measures target the regime and its ability to conduct the appalling violence against civilians. As long as the repression continues, the EU will keep imposing sanctions.”

The European Council said it has reinforced its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime with trade in gold, precious metals and diamonds with Syrian public bodies and the central bank no longer being permitted. The EU also stated that cargo flights operated by Syrian carriers will not have access to EU airports, with the exception of mixed passenger and cargo flights.

In addition, the Council also froze the assets of the Syrian central bank within the EU, while “ensuring that legitimate trade can continue under strict conditions.” Furthermore, the Council subjected seven ministers of the Syrian government, who are allegedly associated with the human rights violations, to an asset freeze and a visa ban.

Syria has been part of the wider Arab Spring movement which began in early 2011 and has been riddled by violence ever since. Pro-democracy demonstrations have spread across the country since mid-March, resulting in a fierce government crackdown.

According to the most recent figures released by the United Nations in January, at least 5,400 people have been killed as a result of violence during the uprising. Syrian human rights and opposition activists say the figure has since surpassed 8,000 and includes hundreds of children.

The Syrian government has repeatedly claimed that violent acts against protesters have been carried out by ‘terrorists dressed as soldiers,’ although international observers have rejected these claims. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad previously admitted that mistakes were made, but claimed protesters were no longer being targeted.

— Phuket Gazette Editors



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Thai nationals in Frankfurt advised to exercise caution in face of terror threat

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The Thai Consulate General in Frankfurt is advising Thai nationals in the German city and surrounding areas to exercise extra caution and avoid being in crowded places in the face of terrorist threats.

The advice for Thai nationals follows the arrests of 10 terrorist suspects aged between 20-42 years in Germany on March 22, 2019.

They were allegedly involved in a planned terrorist act using cars, firearms and knives for potential massacres. The terrorist leader was suspected to be a 21 year old man from Offenbach which is close to Frankfurt and two 31 year old siblings from Wiesbaden who are related to the Salafis Muslim group.

The Thai Consulate General in Frankfurt is advising Thai citizens residing in Germany, especially those in Frankfurt and nearby areas, to exercise caution when traveling to places, avoid being in crowded places and closely follow the news and relevant announcements from the German authorities.

In case of emergency, please call 0174 352 3033.

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People have short memories. Why the Boeing 737 MAX will survive the current crisis.

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If history is anything to go on people’s current fears about the Boeing 737 MAX jets will be short-lived.

The make0ver of the venerable 737 plane, the most popular passenger jet in history, was supposed to set Boeing on a path to success. Airlines said it was the plane they wanted – perfect for short-haul, cheap to run, new efficient engines.

Boeing didn’t go down the path of coming up with a new single-aisle jet to compete with the new Airbus 320 Neo series, instead they decided to come up with a revised 737. The revised plane has slightly larger and more powerful engines, is a little higher off the ground, features some new hi-tech construction materials making it lighter, upgraded avionics and, importantly, new software that was meant to make it even safer.

You can identify a 737 MAX because of the two-spoke winglets at the end of the wings.

Now two of the new series 737 MAX have crashed within six months with investigators speaking about ‘similarities’ in the early days of the crash investigation.

Travel site Kayak even added an option to screen out flights using the 737 Max jets.

If panic persisted, the media kept writing stories about it and airlines were unwilling to buy it, the future of Boeing would be in jeopardy.

That’s the current situation. But it also reflects a similar time during a four-month period in late 1965 and early 1966 when four new Boeing 727 jets crashed. Three of the crashes occurred while the planes were attempting to land at US airports. Two of them happened within three days of each other in November 1965. The 727 was the first commercial jet to fly with less than four jet engines.

Like the 737 MAX crashes, the US regulator, the FAA, defended the planes’ safety and refused to ground the 727s at the time. It issued a statement the day after the third fatal 727 crash, saying that it could find no pattern in the crashes. It declined to ground the jet.

At the time Boeing was still riding on its reputation built around the Boeing 707 jet, the first successful commercial passenger jet (the British Comet was the first commercial passenger jet in 1952 but had a series of catastrophic crashes from which it never recovered profitable sales).

Eventually the Civil Aeronautics Board, which was created in the wake of the crashes, cleared the 727 and blamed pilot error for the accidents. Pilots were not prepared to fly the 727, and that led to the crashes. The new wings of the revolutionary (for the time) 727 made the plane descend much faster than was possible in the past, giving pilots the chance to slow the planes down faster and land on much shorter runways than the jets of the time, a big selling point.

But the pilots at the controls of the four doomed jets in the 60s were apparently unprepared for how quickly the planes would descend with the new wings.

But Boeing did get past the 727 crisis. Increased training led to safer operation of the plane, and these kinds of crashes ended. Customers soon forgot.

The 727 went on to become the bestselling jet of its time for Boeing. It eventually sold 1,831 of the jets, a lot when flying in jets was still mostly reserved for the ‘jet set’ and people able to afford the expensive ticket prices of the time.

“I don’t know that people will care that much for very long,” says Shem Malmquist, a Boeing 727 and 777 Captain.

“They only worry about the price of the ticket.”

People have short memories. Why the Boeing 737 MAX will survive the current crisis. | News by The Thaiger

The Boeing 727 suffered four high-profile crashes in the mid 60s and went on to become a flying favourite.

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Preliminary data suggests ‘similarities’ to Lion Air incident – Ethiopian Airlines crash

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PHOTO: The ‘black box’ data recorder arrived in Paris last week

Preliminary data analysis from the black boxes of last week’s Ethiopian Airlines plane crash has revealed “similarities” to last October’s Lion Air incident.

Ethiopian Minister of Transport, Dagmawit Moges, says that investigators recovered all relevant data from the data recorders on board the fateful final flight of the Boeing 737 MAX jet.

He did not provide additional details about the alleged “similarities” between the two crashes saying they were “subject to additional investigation. The black box recorders are being evaluated in France after the Ethiopian aviation authorities said they didn’t have the facilities to analyze the data. The recovered recorders were sent to Paris last Thursday.

Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed on March 10, just six minutes after takeoff, killing all 157 people on board. It mimics characteristics of the other Boeing 737 MAX crash six months ago in Jakarta where the pilot and crew reported problems with the flight controls before plummeting to the ground (or the sea in the case of the Jakarta crash).

Similarities between the two incidents, both of which remain under investigation, led aviation authorities around the world to ban the 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 model aircraft.

Investigators suspect the Lion Air crash may have been caused by a combination of software, pilot education of new flight systems (introduced by Boeing), and a faulty angle-of-attack sensor on the outside of the plane that could have transmitted incorrect data.

Boeing’s new Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, special software designed for the new MAX model jets, may have been responsible for forcing the plane’s nose down, over0riding the pilot’s corrections.

The Boeing Chairman and CEO Dennis Muilenburg issued a statement saying the company “continues to support the investigation, and is working with the authorities to evaluate new information as it becomes available.”

He added the company is “finalising its development of a previously announced software update that will address the MCAS flight control law’s behavior in response to erroneous sensor inputs.

Boeing may apply for special permits to flight-test modifications of newly assembled 737 MAX aircraft in U.S. airspace during the worldwide commercial-flight ban of all 737 MAX-family jets.

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