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LONDON - Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan said it was time for the "culture of intimidation" in FIFA to end when he launched his campaign on Tuesday for the presidency of world soccer's ruling body.


He also called for a public debate among the four candidates in the race including incumbent Sepp Blatter "to set out our positions and for people to know exactly where we stand."


Prince Ali Clearance Vans LXVI Sk8-Hi Lite Black White , 39, FIFA's Asian vice-president for the last four years and a member of the ruling body's executive committee, said he "could not sit through" another four years in the current circumstances.


"There has been a culture of intimidation within FIFA," he told a news conference.


"In the past people have taken a principled stand and they have ended up being punished for it. I hope things are played fairly and in the right way now.


"Obviously, the incumbent has a natural advantage but I want to assure the national associations we are moving in the right direction."


As well as Prince Ali and Blatter, the other contenders are former Portugal international Luis Figo and Michael van Praag Vans Old Skool Reptile Light Grey Black For Sale , the president of the Dutch FA.


Prince Ali said the countries who had nominated him were his own Jordan, England, Malta, Georgia, Belarus and the United States, adding that the fact that his own Asian confederation was not fully behind his campaign was not a hindrance at this stage.


"This is about the whole world Vans Old Skool Light Grey White Clearance , it is not just about one confederation," said the Prince who has campaigned for reform since being elected in 2011.




However, he is facing a complication over the next few months.


Due to changes in the Asian confederation, he will lose his seat on the FIFA executive committee following the Asian congress on April 30 when he will be replaced by Sheikh Salman of Bahrain.


He confirmed that he would not contest an "ordinary" Asian seat on the FIFA executive committee at the Asian Congress which means he faces a "win or bust" situation.


If he does not win the presidential vote at the FIFA Congress in Zurich on May 29 he will not be on the executive committee at all after that date when decisions taken at the various confederation congresses come into force.


"My total commitment is to run for the presidency of FIFA. I am not going to sit through another four years of what's been going on and I think the way to change it is to go for the top," he said.


"I want to turn the pyramid upside down, so that the national associations Vans Old Skool Blue White Shoes Australia , the players the officials, the fans and the sponsors are on top and the FIFA president is there to serve them and protect the game.


"If I am elected, I will not attempt to shift blame or dodge my responsibility for the actions of FIFA. As president I will accept accountability at all times."




WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- The tragic death of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane has put violence in the U.S. under the international microscope, but experts said the country has become a safer place than in years past.


Lane, studying at a university in the state of Oklahoma on a baseball scholarship Vans Old Skool Canvas Wine Red White Sale , was shot dead less than two weeks ago by three teens while going for an afternoon jog. One of the teens said they were "bored" that day, so they decided to kill a random stranger, according to police.


The murder was followed by calls from former Australian deputy Prime Minister Tim Fischer for Aussie tourists to boycott the U.S. in light of Lane's murder.


Experts said such tragedies are increasingly rare, as violent crime in the U.S. is at a low point and murder victims tend to know their killers.


"This story has gained so much traction because it's becoming increasingly unusual," said John Roman, senior fellow in the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute Women's Vans Old Skool Pink White Online , a non-partisan American think tank based in Washington D.C..


"It's horrible and it's a tragedy and it's unconscionable what these kids did, but (safety in the U.S.) really is getting better," he told Xinhua.


He noted that ironically, while there are more out-of-wedlock births today than there were 30 years ago -- in 2011, 36 percent of all births were to unwed mothers -- crime numbers are actually falling in most cities.


Studies show that children from such backgrounds gravitate at a much higher rate toward violence than their peers, but oddly Vans Syndicate Old Skool Pro S Racing Red Clearance , the violence is down.


So how has this happened?


Roman said topping the list of reasons is that the U.S. incarcerates people at four times the rate of 30 years ago. In addition, many of the housing projects dotting inner city landscapes through the 1970s and 1980s -- densely populated cesspools of violence -- have been torn down, causing crime to recede after a spike in the 1980s and early 1990s.


The numbers tell the story. Washington D.C. in 1991 saw nearly 500 murder cases, but last year there were 82 murders in the nation's capital, Roman noted.


Similar trends can be found in New York and other cities nationwide, such as Dallas Vans Old Skool Canvas Black White Sale , Austin, Houston and San Diego. In New York, the year of 2012 saw murder rates hit an all-time low at 414, a dramatic decline from levels in the early 1990s that were commonly around 2,000 per year.


"If you're under 40 in the United States, you've never been safer than you are today Vans Old Skool Canvas White Sale ," Roman said.


Another set of cities have not reached the same level of success, such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. But they are still safer than in decades past, Roman said.


Philadelphia is a case study of this second group of cities. Though violence in Philadelphia in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania has followed the national downward trend, the city is still rough.


A Philadelphia police officer who worked more than a decade in the city's most dangerous neighborhoods told Xinhua that heavier incarceration rates make a city safer.


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