- The Washington Times - Friday, April 1, 2005

Excerpts of editorials from newspapers around the world:

Daily Telegraph

Uprising in Kyrgyzstan

LONDON — The ousting of Askar Akayev in Kyrgyzstan is not as clean-cut as many in the West might wish. The uprising against him was accompanied by arson and looting, some of it aimed at businesses owned by Chinese, Uighurs and Turks. …

The looting has stopped. The country no longer has two legislatures, the one defying the other, and the main rivals for power, Kurmanbek Bakiev and Felix Kulov, the acting security chief, have temporarily buried their differences. Although the situation is calmer than it was, the transition is proving messy.

And yet little Kyrgyzstan could still be the yeast in the despotic dough of Central Asia. That will require a clean presidential election on June 26, and thereafter a more even distribution of power between the winner and the prime minister than under Akayev. …

Regime change in Bishkek apparently presents the West with a classic choice between acquiescence in despotism for the sake of stability and support for political [liberalization] whose outcome is uncertain. Yet, to take Uzbekistan as an example, is the authoritarian rule of Islam Karimov inherently stable? Does his disastrous human rights record not push opponents towards radical [organizations] such as the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, designated as a terrorist movement by America in 2001, and Hizb-ut-Tahrir?

Washington has bases in both Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It naturally wants to retain both as instruments against global terrorism. But it should not sacrifice its concomitant commitment to democracy to the likes of Karimov. In Central Asia, however hesitatingly, Kyrgyzstan is showing the way forward.

Daily Star

Palestinian disunity

BEIRUT — Mahmoud Abbas’ bold efforts to coax Islamist militants into joining the Palestine Liberation Organization demonstrate a firm commitment on the part of the Palestinian president to implement the agreement he forged in Cairo with the leaders of militant factions.

The effort also marks a badly needed attempt to consolidate a fragmented Palestinian community. There are naysayers who claim that the Islamic factions cannot be incorporated into the mainstream, but this is tantamount to saying that democracy just won’t work in the Islamic world.

The stark reality on the ground is that Islamist factions enjoy popular support among the Palestinian people. But Islam or Islamist parties needn’t be synonymous with violence. While it is true that these factions have waged a war against a brutal occupying force, this war is not the be all and end all of their existence. These movements represent the dynamism of human nature, and as a result, they can evolve. …

The Standard

Climate changes

NAIROBI, Kenya — As the world marked the World Meteorological Day, serious questions continued to emerge as to the state of world climate.

The weather patterns seem to have changed so drastically that the rainy seasons have become virtually unpredictable and droughts have become more sporadic.

Scientists have for years warned about severe climatic changes caused by global warming. The 1990s has, for instance, been listed as the warmest decade in the past 1,000 years.

The reason for this, experts say, is the warming of the oceans, something that has been gradually increasing every year.

Though scientists have studied global warming for decades, they have been hampered by lack of proper equipment.

Now, they claim to have it, and they have pointed to the oceans as the source of the warming.

The work of saving the world environment is a collective one. But as a nation, we can play our role by ensuring stricter laws on environmental pollution and the conservation of the environment.

Ultimately, it is the human being that will ensure the destruction of the earth by his habits. It is also him or her that can stop global warming by showing a greater respect for the environment.

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