Palestinians ain’t trees they are humans of superior genes. They survive without consuming spare parts of other human trafficked organs for 63 years.

Mea culpa. I am speechless. I fully agree with you on this one. That’s up to Israel Democracies to give away Gaza and West-Bank Stateless-Settler Leftovers to Palestinians. What price? What motive? $80B in Loan Guarantees that never matured and U-Haul of one million Soviets Urban Rejects SUR to Israel Proper and West Bank. That’s Israel Eternal Liability that Ariel Sharon left. He is lucky that he’s in a coma and can’t read my Write-ups. Israel aged in its infancy. It’s as old as Austria now. The welfare eats-up 80% of its GDP. SUR brought the whole Soviet Union down and they will finish Israel. Hennery Kissinger rightly said: give Israel ten years to die. I smell the Jewish zeal in your breath from Dubai. You can’t help it. Palestinians ain’t trees they are humans of superior genes. They survive without consuming spare parts of other human trafficked organs for 63 years. Gaza stunt show is over. Bibi must pick up the microphone and say to kibitzers that he really screwed-up. kudos

Paki Foreign Minister blessed the motion saying: “If all judicial procedures were followed, then decision is acceptable,” Kasab executed in cold-blood as jubilant Hindus celebrated yesterday giving away sweets.

So we gonna have Ladoos when Narendra Modi looses coming election as usual or shot in the head for burning to death sleeping Muslim Babies.
Saudi Arabia Secretly extradited Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari to aid their Hindu Masters using Shiite Lawyer forge alibi to send Ajmal Kasab to Indian Gallows. Paki Foreign Minister blessed the motion saying: “If all judicial procedures were followed, then decision is acceptable,” Kasab executed in cold-blood as jubilant Hindus celebrated yesterday giving away sweets. Now Shut-up, Sit-down & Listen to THE TIMES OF INDIA.. Your discretion is advised:
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI: Authorities secretly hanged Mohammad Ajmal Kasab, the lone survivor of the Pakistan-based terrorist squad responsible for a rampage through Mumbai that killed 166 people, sparking celebrations days before the fourth anniversary of the assault on the financial capital. Pakistan national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab was the enduring image of the bloody assault, which traumatized the nation and raised fears of copycat attacks on foreign cities. Pictures of the young gunman wearing a black T-shirt and toting an AK-47 rifle as he strode through Mumbai’s train station were published around the world. Kasab was hanged on Wednesday morning amid great secrecy, underscoring the political sensitivity of the November 26, 2008, massacre, which still casts a pall over relations between nuclear-armed rivals Pakistan and India. “All the police officers and personnel who lost their life in the battle against the terrorists have today been served justice,” home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said after Kasab was hanged in a jail in Pune, southeast of Mumbai. It was the first time a capital sentence had been carried out in India since 2004. There was celebration on the streets of Mumbai and other cities as news of the execution spread, but militant groups in Pakistan reacted angrily. People set of fireworks and handed out sweets. Some held up photos of Kasab with a rope noose superimposed over his head. Attack survivor Vishnu Zende, who was working at Mumbai’s train station where nearly 60 people were killed, said the execution brought it all back. “When I heard the news of Kasab’s execution today, I remembered those horrifying moments of the attack,” Zende said. “My eyes were filled with tears.” A senior commander of Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group, which India blames for the assault on Mumbai, called Kasab a hero and said he would inspire more attacks. “To die like Kasab is the dream of every fighter,” the commander told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location. The Pakistan Taliban said they were shocked by the hanging. “There is no doubt that it’s very shocking news and a big loss that a Muslim has been hanged on Indian soil,” Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told Reuters. Kasab was buried inside the prison where he was hanged, officials said. He was quiet and seemed nervous before the execution, a prison guard told the NDTV network. He prayed and asked if his family had been informed, which they had. Government said it would hand over the body to Pakistan if asked. Talking to Reuters from Kasab’s home village, his aunt said she was proud of him and wanted his body back. This year, Saudi Arabia extradited an Indian-born militant accused of being one of the masterminds of the Mumbai attacks. Police say Sayeed Zabiuddin Ansari, also known as Abu Jindal, helped coordinate the attack from a “control room” in the Pakistani city of Karachi and also helped to train the gunmen. In August, the Supreme Court upheld Kasab’s 2010 death sentence over the attacks. President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his plea for clemency on November 5, although this was not made public until Tuesday night. The timing of the execution, shortly before a series of state elections, may be beneficial for the government, which opposition leaders accuse of being soft on national security. Narendra Modi, the opposition chief minister of Gujarat state, which goes to the polls in December and borders Pakistan, said on Twitter the government should move faster to execute Afzal Guru, convicted of a 2001 attack on parliament. ‘Foot soldier’ Ten militants arrived on the Mumbai shoreline in a dinghy on November 26, 2008, before splitting into four groups and embarking on a killing spree. They held off elite commandos for up to 60 hours in two luxury hotels and a Jewish centre in the city. India says Islamabad is failing to act against those behind the raids, including LeT founder Hafiz Saeed, who has a $10 million US bounty on his head. Pakistan admits the attacks were planned on its soil, but denies official involvement. It says seven suspects are being prosecuted for their role. “Kasab was a foot soldier, the generals are in Islamabad, in Pakistan, and full justice will be done when they are brought to justice,” Gopalapuram Parthasarathy, a former ambassador to Pakistan, told Reuters. Improving relations with Pakistan is a keystone of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh‘s foreign policy. Singh, who was born in present-day Pakistan when it was still part of British India, has repeatedly postponed visiting the country because of lack of progress on convicting the Mumbai suspects. However, India and Pakistan’s relations have gradually improved since the attacks, with progress made on trade and economic ties. Possibly because of the planned execution, India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to postpone a visit this week by Interior Minister Rehman Malik, saying the dates were “not suitable for us”. Malik was due to put the final seal on a deal to ease visa restriction for travellers. Kasab’s execution happened very quickly for India’s usually glacial justice system. Three people convicted of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi are still on death row, 21 years after he was killed by a suicide bomb. In Pakistan, many said the hanging happened quickly only because of his nationality. People questioned whether Kasab was really guilty, despite the video evidence. “We have images of him but do we have any other evidence? Is that enough?,” said Jehan Zulqarnain, a primary school teacher in Islamabad. Pakistan was informed beforehand about Kasab’s execution, said a Pakistani foreign ministry official who asked not to be identified. “If all judicial procedures were followed, then the decision is acceptable,” the official said.

That’s ain’t status quo no mo. Egypt, Turkey, Iran, PA & Hamas has no Authority on Arabspringers. Arabspringers are blaming Hamas for not taking Benzion Mileikowsky’s War seriously and going homicidal as Israel does. If an Israeli collateral damage died outta fart while asleep. IDF will murder 50 babies, women & elders in cold-blood.

Quit nagging as Israeli Herbivore Hikikomori. Jonathan! You’re zigzagging within Egypt, Turkey, Iran; PA & Hamas thinking that Obama is still has the power to strike Peace Agreement for Israel as his predecessors did. It’s too late. Israel reigned in the Middle East by Bribing Thugocracies for protection. Now they are gone. Israelis has to come face to face with Arabspringers. Gaza is 2 million outta 2 billion Arabspringers surrounded by 6 million Palestinians Traitors in Israel Proper, West Bank & Jordan who are happy to peace with Herbivore Hikikomori Israelis for living. That’s ain’t status quo no mo. Egypt, Turkey, Iran, PA & Hamas has no Authority on Arabspringers. Arabspringers are blaming Hamas for not taking Benzion Mileikowsky’s War seriously and going homicidal as Israel does. If an Israeli collateral damage died outta fart while asleep. IDF will murder 50 babies, women & elders in cold-blood. That’s UNFORGETTABLE & UNFORGIVABLE. Hamas has the power to kill millions of Israelis and ground most of Israeli Prehistoric Jetfighters using makeshift surface to surface missiles. If Chinese got to space. I think Arabspringers can get to Tel Aviv. Hamas doesnot need Hezbollah or Iran to supply them with junk. The White House knows this fact. That’s why Obama & Hillary stopped Benzion Mileikowsky’s War with Arabspringers and DoD is using Drones instead IFF-FIFTIES in AFPAK. Hamas helped Israel to get headlines to enable tabooed Bibi get to the white House for a Mugshot with Obama. Now Shut-up, Sit-down & Listen to Jonathan S. Tobin is Senior Online Editor of Commentary magazine.. The published Rhetoric is a very Powerful Argument that attracts inflammatory commentaries. Urban Accuracy Requires Profanity to honestly deliver opinion on Thesaurusly exhausted Fiction Fortified Rhetoric based on Googledjunk & Wikitrash. The First Amendment gives you birthright to lie. The First Amendment gives you no birthright to sensor Fact. You have the right to edit my narrative to meet your Reader’s Perusal to. I will annal your noted commentary unedited below. Please don’t delete mine based on how I look or prejudice if any. Please let your readers read mine to. I am too old to spam & be deceptive. I mean no offense. Kudos. Your discretion is advised:
WHAT PRICE WILL OBAMA MAKE ISRAEL PAY? JONATHAN S. TOBIN
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to the Middle East. The outgoing chief diplomat arrives just as a cease-fire may be about to take hold, even though rockets continued to hit Israeli cities today. But whether she seeks to take credit for the halt to the fighting or not, her arrival is bound to set off a wave of speculation about what price the Obama administration is about to try to exact from Israel for its diplomatic support in the past week. The administration has been steadfast in its rhetorical backing of Israel’s right to self-defense against the storm of Hamas rockets that have been aimed at the country’s cities, towns and villages. But right now what may count most will be what President Obama and Secretary Clinton have been saying to the leaders of Egypt and Turkey as they sought to get Hamas’s allies to persuade the Islamist rulers of Gaza to stop firing rockets at Israel. If the U.S. has privately signaled support for concessions to Hamas or even hinted at eventual recognition of the Gaza regime, that could be the opening for another bout of administration pressure on Israel in Obama’s second term. If so, then the president’s kind words about Israel in the past few days will have come at a high price indeed. Though Egypt and Turkey are attempting to position themselves as sponsors of any new peace on the ground in Gaza, their role in helping to foment the violence is clear. It is doubtful that without the strong diplomatic support they have gotten from the Islamist governments of both countries Hamas would have chosen to pick a fight with Israel at this time. Throughout the fighting, Egypt and Turkey have done their best to demonize Israel. Though Israel is the victim here, those two countries have treated the Israelis as the aggressors and egged on the true aggressor: Hamas. However, if the Obama administration has gotten Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi or the president’s good friend Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to persuade Hamas to stand down, it is reasonable to suppose that they have gotten something in exchange from Washington. It is equally reasonable to speculate that what they got was a promise that Obama would return to the policy of pressure on Israel that he employed throughout most of his first term until he was forced to terminate it amid his election-year Jewish charm offensive. This is exactly what many of Israel’s liberal critics have been clamoring for as the missiles rained down on Israeli cities this past week. Far from being conducive to reviving interest in a two-state solution, any concessions to Hamas, Turkey or Egypt will do exactly the opposite. If that is indeed what is in the president’s mind, he is taking American foreign policy down a dead end that will only lead to more bloodshed in the future. Hamas went to war in no small measure to bolster their standing among Palestinians at the expense of the Palestinian Authority and its Fatah leadership. With Arabs in the West Bank now publicly clamoring for their own Hamas missile launching teams, they have achieved that objective. The notion that Hamas can be co-opted into supporting a new round of peace talks is completely divorced from reality. Hamas has no interest in peace and its ideology is unalterably opposed to any two-state solution, no matter where Israel’s borders would be drawn in such a scheme. The PA and its leader, Mahmoud Abbas, are paralyzed and unable to even negotiate, let alone sign such an agreement as they have proved these last four years since the last Israeli offer of a state was rejected. The reason for this is that they know that any deviation from a position demanding the “right of return” or other positions that are synonymous with the end of Israel as a Jewish state will mean even more Palestinians will ditch them for Hamas. The fact that the PA never took advantage of any of Obama’s diplomatic gifts to them in the last four years should have clued the president in on their lack of interest in a deal. Most Israelis, even those who would happily give up the settlements, understand this and realize any further concessions on territory will bring more terror, not peace. Though the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system has done well in the last week, it would be rapidly overwhelmed were the shooting coming from the West Bank rather than the remote Gaza strip. Until there is a sea change in the political culture of the Palestinians that will mean that a group loses rather than gains popularity by trying to kill Jews, peace just isn’t in the offing–no matter what the Israelis put on the table. More pressure on Israel to give up territory won’t bring about a two-state solution, but it will encourage the Islamists who already run an independent Palestinian state in all but name to dig in their heels and try new provocations. That will mean more dead Israelis and Palestinians, not the progress toward peace that the U.S. says it wants. Nor should Israel be influenced by an Obama promise related to the Iranian nuclear threat. Though it often is made to seem as if it is only an Israeli issue, a nuclear Iran is just as much of a threat to American influence in the region as it is to Israeli security. If President Obama is to keep his promise never to allow Iran to get such a weapon, it should not be bought again by Israeli concessions. The United States is right to push for a cease-fire in Gaza. But they should not try to extract a price for it from Israel that will set the stage for another round of fighting when Hamas decides that it is again in their interests to turn up the heat. The president should have learned from his first-term mistakes that pressure on Israel only encourages Palestinian violence, not peace.

Sorry boys! I see no hips in your habits

Sorry boys! I see no hips in your habits
Now Shut-up, Sit-down & Listen to some Mind-steroid-Must-Read Whitewashes from USATODAY… Your discretion is advised: The Church of England’s governing body has narrowly blocked a move to permit women to serve as bishops. Following a day-long debate on Tuesday, opponents mustered enough support to deny the necessary two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod. Church officials say it may take five years to go through the process of taking new legislation to a final vote. The push to muster a two-thirds majority among lay members of the General Synod was expected to be close, with many on both sides unsatisfied with a compromise proposal to accommodate individual parishes that spurn female bishops. In a sermon at a communion service before the debate, Rowan Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury, quoted Cardinal John Henry Newman‘s motto, “heart speaks to heart.” “That is what we are praying and we are saying for our day, not, please God, just an exchange of ideas, not just for a rival taking of positions, but somehow that, from the center of myself and center of yourself, something will emerge that is Christ-like in character,” said Williams, who will step down at the end of December. He was supported by Bishop Justin Welby, who becomes archbishop of Canterbury next year and promised to “faithfully” carry out concessions to opponents. “We cannot get trapped into believing this is a zero-sum decision where one person’s gain must be another’s loss. That is not a theology of grace,” Welby said. “It is time to finish the job and vote for this measure but also the Church of England needs to show how we can develop the mission of the Church in a way that demonstrates that we can manage diversity of view without division. Passage of legislation to allow women to serve as bishops must be approved by two-thirds majorities in the synod’s three houses: bishops, priests and laity. Synod members were voting on the latest compromise which calls for church leaders to “respect” the position of parishes that oppose female bishops — without saying exactly what “respect” means. The nod to conservative forces has drawn some supporters of women bishops into an unlikely alliance with opponents, throwing the result of the vote into doubt. Supporters of the middle way said that the conscience of opponents needed to be taken into account. “The trouble is our disagreement is absolute: either a woman can be a bishop, or she cannot,” said Rev. Janet Appleby, a parish priest who drafted the compromise. But she added that “respect … ensures that parishes that are unable in conscience to accept women priests and bishops will be able to receive appropriate ministerial and episcopal oversight.” Canon Simon Killwick from Manchester, opposing the compromise, argued that it was “possible to be in favor of women bishops in principle, but to believe that this was the wrong legislation for introducing women bishops.” The first critical vote is on whether to adopt the legislation as English law. A second vote would follow on whether to incorporate the change in church law. Votes among bishops and clergy in the synod are expected to pass easily, especially since Williams and his successor, Bishop Justin Welby, both strongly support the change. But the measure faces strong opposition among sectors of the laity. If the measure fails, church officials say it could take five years to go through all the steps leading up to another vote. It has been 36 years since the General Synod declared it had no fundamental objection to ordaining women as priests, and 18 years since the first women were ordained. But that change never won universal acceptance in the church, with a determined minority rejecting women’s ministry as contrary to the Bible. That group has demanded special arrangements to shield it from supervision by female bishops. If the change is endorsed by the General Synod, there will be a further wrangle over a code of practice which would spell out what respect means in practical terms. Sister churches of the Anglican Communion in Australia, New Zealand and the United States already have women serving as bishops. Southern Africa joined that group on Sunday with the consecration of Ellinah Wamukoya as the Anglican bishop of Swaziland. “I am going to try to represent the mother attribute of God,” Wamukoya said Monday. “A mother is a caring person but at the same time, a mother can be firm in doing whatever she is doing.”

Moody’s Downgrade France’s Gaulists Dinosaurs Credit Rating from Triple-A to Junk Now Shut-up, Sit-down & Listen to some Mind-steroid-Must-Read Whitewashes from the International Business Times Inc… Your discretion is advised:

Moody’s Downgrade France’s Gaulists Dinosaurs Credit Rating from Triple-A to Junk
Now Shut-up, Sit-down & Listen to some Mind-steroid-Must-Read Whitewashes from the International Business Times Inc… Your discretion is advised: Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the credit rating of France late Monday, citing the risk to the economic growth of the second-largest economy in Europe. Moody’s cut the credit rating of France to Aa1 from AAA while maintaining a negative outlook for the economy, in an indication that there is an urgent need for policy measures to revive the growth momentum. “France’s long-term economic growth outlook is negatively affected by multiple structural challenges, including its gradual, sustained loss of competitiveness and the long-standing rigidities of its labor, goods and service markets. France’s fiscal outlook is uncertain as a result of its deteriorating economic prospects, both in the short term due to subdued domestic and external demand, and in the longer term due to the structural rigidities noted above,” Moody’s said in a note. Consumer spending has been falling recently to affect the economy, which has been heavily reliant on households for growth in the past. Investors sense that the consumer outlook appears bleak with unemployment near a record high, banks cutting back their lending and fiscal austerity set to hit households soon. Adding to the worry is the concern that while the French government has so far tried to spare ordinary households the effects of fiscal austerity, this seems unsustainable. Market participants anticipate that French President François Hollande will soon need to announce extra austerity measures if he is to meet the government’s target to cut borrowing to 3 percent of GDP next year. This report comes after it was reported earlier this month that France’s manufacturing activity continued to contract in October amid weakness in new orders. According to the HSBC Purchasing Managers Index released this month, the reading of the PMI, a measure of the nationwide manufacturing activity, rose to 43.7 in October from 42.7 in September. However, since the PMI is below 50, it indicates that the manufacturing economy is declining. Adding to the worry is the fact that employment in the French manufacturing sector continued to fall in October. Market players consider all these as indicators of the deteriorating economy with the increased risk of the country falling into a recession.

Two eyes for an eye.. Muthafukahuh “If I see him again, I will kill him from 20 feet away,” Flushing Mosque Pashtun Imam to Mustfind Russian Jew.

Two eyes for an eye.. Muthafukahuh
“If I see him again, I will kill him from 20 feet away,” Flushing Mosque Pashtun Imam to Mustfind Russian Jew. Now Shut-up, Sit-down & Listen to zealous US Murdoch Mediawhore New York Post.. Your discretion is advised: A devout Muslim man who was stabbed as he tried to open the door to a Queens mosque on Sunday says his hate-spewing attacker had better watch his back. “If I see him again, I will kill him from 20 feet away,” 57-year-old Bashir Ahmad told The Post yesterday. “I will hurt him.” Ahmad was recovering from puncture wounds to his head, face, leg, back and hands after being savagely beaten and stabbed outside Masjid al-Saaliheen in Flushing as he opened it for morning prayers around 4:45 a.m. Police said the locks to the storefront mosque might have been tampered with, making it difficult for Ahmad to open them and giving his assailant time to launch his assault. It’s unclear whether Ahmad was targeted or was the victim of a random hate crime. Ahmad, a halal food-truck vendor, said his still at-large assailant spouted anti-Muslim epithets after he approached Ahmad from behind. “I went to put the key inside. The guy came at me,” Ahmad said yesterday. “He said, ‘I will kill you, you f—king Muslim!’ ” he recalled. “He bit my nose. He was saying, ‘I kill the Muslims! I’m going to kill you!’ ” said Ahmad, who is from Afghanistan. “I was telling him, ‘I’m the wrong guy.’ “He goes one, two, three, four, five, six times with the knife,” said Ahmad. “I took his hands and grab the handle of the knife. We were fighting. “I bumped my head into him and broke his eye. I grabbed his hands and bit his thumb. “He didn’t want my money,” Ahmad said, discounting that the attacker may have wanted to rob him. “My money was in my pocket. “If police get him, I will ask him, ‘Why you hurt me? What did I do to you?’ ” Ahmad said. Ahmad was taken to Queens General Hospital after the attack and was released with staples and stitches to his head and leg. “I am in pain,” he said. “I am taking medicine all day.” Ahmad said he didn’t recognize his attacker and described him as “a Russian Jew.” Police said they are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime and searching for the thug, whom they described as a Hispanic man in his 40s, about 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, a black jacket, jeans and possibly glasses. “We have some leads,” NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said. “We believe maybe the lock had been tampered with.” Ahmad said the mosque had never previously been the site of any hate attack Cops don’t think the stabbing was related to the suspected serial killer slaying of three Middle Eastern shopkeepers in Brooklyn. “While we’re not going to rule anything out, there does not appear to be any connectivity at this time,” Kelly said.

Bluffing Buddha

Bluffing Buddha by quranix
Bluffing Buddha, a photo by quranix on Flickr.

Bluffing Buddha
The President held talks with his fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner at the lakeside mansion where she languished for years under house arrest at the hands of the generals who ran the country for decades. He was accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who was also warmly welcomed by Ms Suu Kyi when the American leaders arrived at her home. Earlier, huge crowds greeted Mr Obama as he made the first visit by a serving US President to the former pariah state. In once unthinkable scenes, Mr Obama’s motorcade passed tens of thousands of flag-waving supporters – some chanting “America” – lining the streets of Yangon, the backdrop for several bloody crackdowns on pro-democracy uprisings. After a red-carpet welcome for Air Force One, Mr Obama met Myanmar‘s reformist President Thein Sein, hoping to embolden the former general to deepen the country’s march out of decades of iron-fisted military rule. He was later to use a major speech at Yangon University to urge the country not to extinguish “the flickers of progress” seen to date, the White House said. “Today, I have come to keep my promise, and extend the hand of friendship,” Mr Obama was to say, according to excerpts of his address. “But this remarkable journey has just begun, and has much further to go.” The setting for the speech will be rich in symbolism. The university was the scene of past episodes of pro-democratic student unrest, including mass demonstrations in 1988 that ended in a bloody military crackdown. “Instead of being repressed, the right of people to assemble together must now be fully respected,” Mr Obama was to say. “Instead of being stifled, the veil of media censorship must continue to be lifted.” In a nod to a recent wave of deadly sectarian violence in western Rakhine state, Mr Obama was to urge Myanmar to “draw on diversity as a strength, not a weakness”. Two major outbreaks of violence since June between Muslims and Buddhists have left 180 people dead and more than 110,000 displaced, mostly stateless Rohingya Muslims who have faced decades of discrimination. Mr Obama paid a brief visit to Shwedagon Pagoda, a gold-plated spire encrusted with diamonds and rubies that is the spiritual centre of Burmese Buddhism. The White House hopes Mr Obama’s visit to Myanmar will boost Thein Sein’s reform drive, which saw Ms Suu Kyi enter parliament after her rivals in the junta made way for a nominally civilian government. The trip is seen as a political coup for Obama – albeit one with risks – and a major boost for Thein Sein, who has faced resistance from hardliners within his regime to the rapid political changes. Mr Obama has stressed his visit is not an “endorsement” of the regime but “an acknowledgement” of the reform process. In his one-hour meeting with Mr Obama, Thein Sein recognised “disappointments and obstacles” in relations with Washington over the past two decades, but stressed his commitment to improving ties. Some human rights groups said Mr Obama should have waited longer to visit, arguing that he could have dangled the prospect of a trip as leverage to seek more progress such as the release of scores of remaining political prisoners. In an effort to burnish its reform credentials, Myanmar unveiled a raft of new pledges on human rights ahead of the visit, vowing to review prisoner cases in line with “international standards” and open its jails to the Red Cross. The United States last week scrapped a nearly decade-old ban on most imports from the country, after earlier lifting other sanctions, and officials said Mr Obama would announce a $170 million development aid pledge during his visit. His trip to Asia, coming less than a fortnight after his re-election, is the latest manifestation of his determination to anchor the United States in a dynamic, fast-emerging region he sees as vital to its future. Obama fever has swept Myanmar’s biggest city Yangon, with the President’s image emblazoned on T-shirts, mugs and even graffiti-covered walls. “America is a powerful country. Obama’s visit will bring change to our nation,” said 19-year-old law student Kaung San. Mr Obama was later to fly to Cambodia for a likely tense encounter over human rights with Prime Minister Hun Sen, ahead of the East Asia Summit, the main institutional focus of his pivot of US foreign policy to the region.