Freedom sweet for a fortunate father
Age - By Penelope Debelle
Nov 8, 2003
Out of the blue on Thursday, with less than an hour to spare, Ebrahim Sammaki was told to shower, change and collect his possessions. Two-and-a-half years after arriving at the Woomera detention centre, and more than a year after losing his wife, Endang, in the Bali bombings, the wheels of freedom moved swiftly.
He was on a charter flight from Port Augusta to Adelaide on Thursday afternoon, cleared by immigration at 5pm and dined in Adelaide late that night with friends and supporters on a halal chicken and yiros.
"I just started crying and crying," Mr Sammaki said yesterday. "A permanent visa..."
Mr Sammaki, 36, an Australian courtesy of Immigration Minister Amanda Vanstone, who released him on a humanitarian visa, glowed yesterday at the prospect of being reunited soon with his Indonesian-born children, Safdar, 8, and Sara, 4, who was just a baby when he left. He has not seen them for more than two years and was finding it hard to communicate with them in their Indonesian dialect.
Mr Sammaki's path to Australia has been more complex than most. Nine years ago he left Iran and lived illegally in Indonesia for seven years where he married Endang and had two children. But a year after he arrived in Australia to seek asylum, she died of burns incurred in the Bali bombing, leaving their children stranded in Indonesia without citizenship. Former immigration minister Phillip Ruddock refused to let them come here.
Yesterday, Mr Sammaki had no comment about Senator Vanstone's act of compassion. He preferred to talk about his children whom he spoke to in Bali, telling them this time they really would be seeing him soon.
"I have already told them more than 100 times, 'sweetie, it may be tomorrow, maybe next week, maybe next week... now I am proud because I am not any more lying to them," he said yesterday.
"Now they will come as soon as possible."
He left the Baxter detention centre at Port Augusta so quickly he had no time to farewell his friends, he said.
But he will take his children to visit Baxter, he says, and will fight for his friends' release as others fought for his.
"I feel very bad," he said. "Now is a very good time but I will never forget them, wherever I am."
He has been told it will be a few weeks before he will see his children and is counting off the hours and minutes. The paperwork was in place but passports and travel documents were being arranged by the Red Cross.
Mr Sammaki said he would stay in Adelaide, where he was among friends, and look for work.
He was a textile and fabric merchant by trade and would look for a job as soon he could, even though he still felt in a dream.
"Everyone is dreaming to be a resident of this country," he said. "My children will be good for this country, they will be positive for this country."
Inside Woomera and Baxter, Mr Sammaki said he occasionally despaired but said he never gave up hope. "I always had hope, never give up," he said. http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_3435.shtml
posted on 11/08/2003 12:14:44 AM PST
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World Net Daily
November 8, 2003
Israeli Prime Minister Sharon went on a mission this week to Russia and to the European Union. He urged them to support the imposition of U.N. Security Council sanctions on Iran for "violations" of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Sharon also urged them to withdraw a proposed Security Council resolution that could result in sanctions being imposed on Israel for failure to withdraw its troops from Palestinian Authority-controlled areas.
Why should sanctions be imposed on Iran?
Well, for years Israel and the United States have claimed that Iran has a clandestine nuke development program.
Iran denies it.
Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Hence, Iran is required to "declare" to the International Atomic Energy Agency all 1) nuclear material; 2) nuclear reactors and equipment therefor; 3) non-nuclear material for reactors; 4) plant and equipment for the reprocessing, enrichment and conversion of nuclear material and for fuel fabrication and heavy water production; and 5) technology associated with each of the above items. Iran has a right to acquire, produce and operate all the above, if subjected to an IAEA Safeguards Agreement. Though not required to do so, Iran invited the IAEA to come assure themselves that Iran had declared everything it should have, and that the charges by the U.S. and Israel were unfounded.
The principal "violation" the IAEA uncovered was that Iran had obtained, way back in 1991, almost two metric tons of natural uranium and had not "declared" it.
The Iranians contend that the amounts were small well below the IAEA threshold of "one effective kilogram" of fissile material and didn't need to be declared.
After all, even if the Iranians did have the a capability which the IAEA says they don't to enrich two tons of natural uranium, they couldn't have produced more than two pounds of weapons-grade uranium from it. It takes at least 60 times that amount to make one Hiroshima-like nuke.
But, the IAEA ruled that, whereas amounts larger than "one effective kilogram" of fissile material are subject to more stringent controls and reporting requirements, all amounts have to be reported.
The Israelis and the neo-crazies were ecstatic. Iran was not in complete compliance with its Safeguards Agreement.
So, bomb Baghdad!
No, wait. That was last year.
Well, why not urge the IAEA Board of Governors to refer the less-than-complete-compliance "violation" to the U.N. Security Council.
The board refused.
So, Sharon went around the IAEA to Russia and the EU. His message? Either the Security Council passes a resolution invoking sanctions on Iran, or Israel and the U.S. will put Iran the "center of world terror" at the top of the "to do" list.
But even British Foreign Secretary Straw, when he heard what Sharon was urging, said "it would be the gravest possible error" to do unto Iran what we did to Iraq.
Quoth Jack "I think that the way to ensure proper progress with Iran is not by that kind of hostile threat, but by the process and strategy of constructed and critical engagement that we [EU] are involved in."
For if Iran concludes an Additional Protocol to their existing Safeguards Agreement giving the IAEA the right to inspect without warning any suspicious activity in Iran then the EU has agreed to provide everything that Iran is entitled to under the terms of the NPT. In particular, Russia intends to finish construction of the power reactors at Bushehr.
President Putin even made a counter-threat: "If the principle of preventive use of force continues to develop in international practice, then Russia reserves the right to act in an analogous manner to defend its national interests."
That could be construed as a warning to Sharon don't even think of "taking out" Bushehr.
So Sharon failed in his primary mission. But, what about his secondary mission?
Russia and the EU with U.S. approval had also introduced a resolution at the United Nations last week asking the Security Council to formally "call" for the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Sharon urged Putin to withdraw it.
Such a resolution would effectively put the Security Council "in charge" of that establishment, and that could be big trouble for Sharon.
You see, there is an existing resolution UNSCR-1403 that "demands" that Israel withdraw all its troops from Palestinian cities.
So, is Sharon busting his donkey to comply with that existing resolution? Are you serious?
So, did Putin agree to withdraw his proposed resolution? Are you serious?
Physicist James Gordon Prather has served as a policy implementing official for national security-related technical matters in the Federal Energy Agency, the Energy Research and Development Administration, the Department of Energy, the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Department of the Army. Dr. Prather also served as legislative assistant for national security affairs to U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, R-Okla. -- ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee and member of the Senate Energy Committee and Appropriations Committee. Dr. Prather had earlier worked as a nuclear weapons physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California and Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico. http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=35489
posted on 11/08/2003 12:20:29 AM PST
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