Daya Dukung Rakyat Kecil, Perlu Itu

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Oleh Aminuddin Siregar
Sudah umum diketahui kalau ketidakberdayaan rakyat kecil lebih besar ketimbang daya saing yang mereka miliki, baik dalam bidang kehidupan ekonomi, maupun dalam bidang politik. Rakyat kecil sebenarnya bukan
rakyat sebagian kecil, melainkan rakyat sebagian besar yang memiliki penghasilan perkapita relatif kecil dibanding penghasilan perkapita sekelompok orang yang punya penghasilan relatif lebih besar dari lainnya.

Rakyat kecil, tersebar dihampir semua pelosok tanah air. Mereka juga tidak saja bermukim di perkotaan, tetapi juga dipedesaan yang masa depannya teramat suram. Kalau kita amata dengan saksama, maka yang
kita rasakan ialah betapa mendungnya kehidupan mereka sehari-hari. Tapi siapa peduli dan siapa yang menganggap mereka itu sangat perlu adanya. Bahwa mereka itu adalah saudara-saudara kita, baik yang ada di
desa-desa maupun yang ada di kota-kota, yang perlu mendapat perhatian serius.

Rakyat kecil seperti juga kita ketahui, adalah kelompok masyarakat miskin. Kini jumlahnya amatlah tidak sedikit, laporan Biro Pusat Statistik, dipenghujung tahun lalu, mengindikasikan suatu kenyataan dan membuktikan bahwa jumlah penduduk miskin Indonesia meningkat tajam. Bukan saja lantaran sempitnya lapangan kerja, melaikan juga
karena mereka tidak berdaya melawan kompleksitas yang mengungkungi kehidupan mereka sehari-hari.
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US approves Indian nuclear deal

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Sumber : BBC News, South Asia, Page last updated at 00:55 GMT, Thursday, 2 October 2008 01:55 UK

India's Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, located 30km from Mumbai (Bombay)

The deal would give India access to US civilian nuclear technology

The US Senate has approved a nuclear deal with India, ending a three-decade ban on US nuclear trade with Delhi.

The 86-13 vote was the last legislative hurdle in a process that began when an agreement was reached in 2005.

The deal will give India access to US civilian nuclear technology and fuel in return for inspections of its civilian, but not military, nuclear facilities.

India says the accord is vital to meet its rising energy needs. Critics say it creates a dangerous precedent.

They say it effectively allows India to expand its nuclear power industry without requiring it to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as other nations must. Lagi

Bush touts Iraq troop reduction, not big picture

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts, By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer Wed Sep 10, 12:52 AM ET

WASHINGTON – President Bush boasts that he’s bringing 8,000 troops home from Iraq by February. What he doesn’t say is he’ll leave office with more troops there than before last year’s big military buildup and few options for shoring up the force in increasingly violent Afghanistan.

The bottom line of Bush’s troop announcement on Tuesday is that the U.S. military footprint in Iraq largely will stay intact for the rest of the year when he’ll pass command of the wars to his successor. Bush is sending more troops to Afghanistan, but Democrats say it’s not enough. Lagi

Pemda Cina tutupi skandal susu

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Sumber :BBC Siaran Indonesia, Diperbaharui pada: 01 Oktober, 2008 – Published 15:54 GMT

Skandal ini telah menyebabkan kemarahan publik di Cina
Skandal ini telah menyebabkan kemarahan publik di Cina

Perusahaan Cina yang menjadi pusat dari skandal susu bubuk yang terkontaminasi dilaporkan sudah meminta bantuan pemerintah untuk menghadapi penyelidikan pers.

Media resmi Partai Komunis, Harian Rakyat, mengatakan Sanlu Group meminta pemerintah kota Shijiazhuang membantu mereka dalam menanggapi laporan media atas kasus itu menjelang pembukaan Olimpiade Beijing.

Namun menurut laporan wartawan BBC Chen Shirong, ada dugaan bahwa hal ini semacam upaya cuci tangan dari pemerintah pusat.

Tampaknya pihak berwenang Cina ingin melepas kesalahan pada pemerintah ibukota Propinsi Shijiazhuang. Lagi

Senat loloskan RUU ekonomi

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Sumber : BBC Siaran Indonesia, Diperbaharui pada: 02 Oktober, 2008 – Published 09:57 GMT

Gedung DPR Amerika
Senat Amerika meloloskan RUU setelah diperbaiki

Senat Amerika Serikat telah menyetujui versi baru RUU bantuan untuk menyelamatkan sistem finansial Amerika bernilai 700 miliar dolar Amerika.

Dengan suara 74 setuju dan 25 menolak, para senator negara itu mendukung perundangan darurat yang bertujuan mengambil alih kredit macet dan menstabilkan bursa saham.

RUU itu kini meliputi langkah untuk mendapat dukungan dari pihak yang menentang, langkah itu antara lain berupa potongan pajak bagi keluarga dan juga bisnis.

RUU ini sekarang akan dibahas di DPR yang pada hari Senin menolak RUU itu. Lagi

Late al-Qaida 9/11 video warns of Afghan attacks

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Sumber : Yahoo! News via Yahoo! Alerts By LEE KEATH, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 19, 5:41 PM ET

CAIRO, Egypt – Al-Qaida threatened major new attacks in Afghanistan and dismissed setbacks in Iraq, vowing to continue its fight in a video marking the Sept. 11 attack, released Friday more than a week after the anniversary.

The lag in release, apparently due to problems in militant Web sites where al-Qaida posts its videos, raised questions among counterterror specialists over whether the terror network’s propaganda machine was faltering.

The delay deflated what is usually a media splash for al-Qaida. In previous years, it released a string of videos on the attack’s anniversary, featuring leaders trumpeting triumphs. Osama bin Laden spoke in one last year, making his first appearance in nearly three years.

Al-Qaida had promised a similar event this year, announcing in a Sept. 8 Web advertisement that it would release a video that would bring joy to its followers. It sought to build drama by promising a surprise speaker, showing him in silhouette with a question mark over his face. Lagi

Soldier tells of Taliban ordeal

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Sumber : BBC News via Yahoo! Alert to Book Hunger Club

Pte Robin McDermott

Pte Robin McDermott could be returning to Afghanistan

A soldier has spoken of his ordeal after being shot by the Taliban while on patrols in Afghanistan.

Pte Robin McDermott, 19, of Inkberrow, Worcestershire, was injured during a six-month tour of duty with the Mercian Regiment’s Second Battalion.

He was injured in an ambush and found himself without a gun stuck between his platoon, who did not know where he was, and the Taliban.

He was stuck in an irrigation ditch for 10 minutes before being rescued.

Pte McDermott said he was shot through the leg during an ambush on a night patrol and his section commanders pulled out, still thinking he was with them. Lagi

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