Archive for May, 2010

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Daily International News 05.28.10

May 28, 2010

Daily International News
May 28, 2010

International
Nuclear treaty talks on brink of failure – diplomats
[Reuters]
ICC members meet to expand war crimes court powers
[Reuters]

Northeast Asian [non-NK related]
Japan PM in deal to keep US base on Okinawa
[BBC]
Internet services fully resumed in Xinjiang
[Xinhua]
Japan Op-ed: Imperial Adjustments [NYT]

NK/Cheonan
North Korea ‘trading nuclear technology’ says UN panel
[BBC]
China to make objective, fair judgment on S. Korean warship sinking: Wen
[Xinhua]
Chinese premier, South Korean president meet
[Xinhua]
North Korea warns it will meet war with ‘all-out war’
[CNN]
Op-ed: How to Handle North Korea [WSJ]
Op-ed: While China Stands By [NYT]
Op-ed: South Korea’s Collective Shrug [NYT]

South/Central Asia
Attackers strike sect mosques in Pakistan; 70 dead
[AP]
Suspected sabotage derails train in India; 71 dead
[AP]
US toll reaches 1,000 deaths in Afghanistan war
[AP]

Middle East
UN rift widens over Brazil-Turkey deal with Iran
[AFP]
Defying Blockade, Cargo and Passenger Vessels Head for Gaza
[NYT]
Israel partly opens West Bank road to Palestinians
[AP]

Africa
From 05.27 Zimbabwe police free gay rights activists [BBC]
US warns of World Cup terrorism in South Africa
[BBC]

Europe/UK
Medvedev sends US-Russian arms deal to parliament
[AP]
Man crosses English Channel with helium balloons
[AP]
Protests sweep France to oppose retirement age increase
[DW]
Georgia elections test Saakashvili party’s support
[AP]
Czechs go to the polls in a general election
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Brazil suggests Yuan and Real be included as IMF conversion currencies
[Mercopress]
From 05.27 Jamaica: 73 killed in hunt for alleged drug lord [AP]
House, Senate Committee Back Repeal of Military’s Ban on Gays
[Bloomberg]
Obama Says White House Response Coming Soon to Sestak Job Claim
[Bloomberg]
BP Resumes Work to Plug Oil Leak After Facing Setback
[NYT]
Minerals Management Service Director Resigns Over Spill
[NYT]
2 more days till BP knows if well plug try works
[AP]

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Daily International News 05.27.10

May 27, 2010

Daily International News
May 27, 2010

NK/China/ROK [Cheonan-related]
North Korea to Suspend Naval Hot Line With South
[NYT]
SKorea holds navy drill; NKorea scraps sea accords
[AP]
China not assigning blame in South Korea sinking
[AP]
China again calls for proper handling of ROK warship sinking
[Xinhua]
North Korea: Succession Signals
[CFR]

Northeast Asia [non-Cheonan]
Japan-U.S. pact on Futenma relocation to be unveiled on Fri.
[Kyodo]
Another death at China iPhone maker’s plant
[Reuters]

Southeast/Central Asia
Fugitive Ex-Leader Denies Financing Thai Protests
[NYT]
Afghans: Pakistani Taliban commander rumored dead
[AP]

Middle East
Benjamin Netanyahu to meet Barack Obama in US
[BBC]
Russia says Iran was deaf to its nuclear proposals
[Reuters]
U.S. withdrawal from Iraq will be on time, Vice President Biden says
[WaPo]

Africa
Sudanese president sworn in after election win
[AP]

Europe
Spanish politicians approve 15bn-euro austerity plan
[BBC]
U.S. Chides Europe’s Crisis Response
[WSJ]

Domestic
Obama redefines national security strategy, looks beyond military might
[WaPo]
Justice Department poised to challenge Arizona immigration law
[LAT]
‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal Gets Critical 15th Vote In Senate Committee
[NPR]
Obama to keep drilling moratorium for 6 months-aide
[Reuters]
Breaking Report: “Top Kill” Effectively Plugged Oil Leak, Officials Say
[Mediaite]

Americas
Kingston residents trapped inside homes as Jamaican death toll rises
[Guardian]
Report: Mexican drug lord killed in shootout
[CNN]



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Daily International News 05.26.10

May 26, 2010

Daily International News
May 26, 2010

Cheonan-related
US demands world response over Korea warship sinking
[BBC]
Clinton: World must act on SKorean ship sinking
[AP]
NKorea threatens to ban cross-border traffic
[AP]
China weighing evidence in SKorea ship sinking
[AP]
Clinton offers China proof of ship attack
[FT]

N. Korea expels S. Korean officials from joint factory park
[Yonhap]
Op-ed: It’s risky, but this time North Korea must pay [Times of London]
Op-ed: Korean tensions: China’s responsibility [Guardian]
Bolton Op-ed [from 05.25]: Iran and North Korea March On [WSJ]

East Asia [non-Cheonan]
Gov’t planning not to specify U.S. base relocation site this week
[Kyodo]
S&ED: Summit Shows Superpowers’ Shifting Dynamic
[WSJ]
Taiwan iPhone-maker Foxconn opens doors after deaths
[BBC]
US senator to visit Myanmar [AP]

Middle East
Israel bombs Gaza in night raid wounding two seriously
[BBC]
Ahmadinejad urges Obama to accept nuke swap deal
[AP]

Iran and Russia clash in worst row for years
[Reuters]
Iraqi Airways to be closed following bankruptcy
[AP]

AfPak
Pakistan Taliban ‘attack eastern Afghan district’
[BBC]
Car bomb strikes outside Kandahar NATO base
[Reuters]

Red Cross defends first aid courses for Taliban
[AP]

Africa
Ethiopia opposition leaders call for new elections
[BBC]
Former dictator’s party ahead in Suriname election
[AP]
Mozambique ‘most wanted’ man killed by Maputo police
[BBC]

Europe/UK
UK gov’t reveals it has 225 nuclear warheads
[AP]
Bomb kills three in southern Russia – report
[Reuters]

Bishop: 100 cases in 10 yrs for Italy priest abuse
[AP]
Polish leader’s mother told of son’s tragic death
[AP]
Europe seeks new levy on banks to create crisis funds
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
Obama Sends Guard To The Border
[LAT]

44 reported dead in Jamaica police-gang clashes
[AP]
Peru judge paroles New York woman who aided rebels
[AP]

BP nears decision on ‘top kill’ procedure
[CNN]
Panel Suggests Signs of Trouble Before Rig Explosion
[NYT]
Obama’s Meeting With Republican Senators Called ’Very Tense’
[Bloomberg]

Nikki Haley affair blogger has e-mails, texts
[Salon]
President Obama Picks Lakers Over Celtics in NBA Championship
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 05.25.10

May 25, 2010

Daily International News
May 25, 2010

DPRK/Cheonan-Related
Japan, U.S., S. Korea to hold talks Wed. on warship sinking
[Kyodo]
North Korea threatens military action in disputed waters
[Reuters]
U.S. to bolster South Korean defenses
[WaPo]

Clinton urges China co-operation over North Korea
[BBC]
China cool to US calls for action against NKorea
[AP]
ROK president gives nod to calling DPRK “main enemy”
[Xinhua]

SKorea resumes psychological warfare with NKorea
[AP]

US-China S&ED (non-Cheonan related)
China, U.S. ink deals on climate change, energy
[Xinhua]
Geithner Is Confident ‘as I’ve Ever Been’ of Case for Yuan Gain
[Bloomberg]

Tenth worker death at iPhone firm Foxconn
[BBC]

SE Asia
Thailand issues warrant for Thaksin over protests
[BBC]

Tanker and carrier collide off Singapore; lanes unaffected
[Reuters]

AfPak
Afghan Forces Detain Attack Planners
[Quqnoos]
Pakistan court: Mumbai suspect can stay free
[AP]
Pakistan tribal region no simple target
[LAT]

Middle East
Clinton: Iran nuclear fuel swap offer is ‘ploy’
[AP]

Report: Iran releases filmmaker Jafar Panahi
[AP]
Iran police to confront “illegal” June protests
[Reuters]
Airstrike kills Yemen mediator, tribes hit pipeline
[Reuters]
Winning candidate from Ayad Allawi’s bloc fatally shot in northern Iraq
[WaPo]

Africa
Ethiopia’s Meles urges recognition of poll win
[Reuters]
Somalia: Rebels Vow to Capture Palace
[AllAfrica]

Europe
Queen’s Speech: Coalition government’s plans set out
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
Jamaica cops attack drug lord’s slum stronghold
[AP]
Violent crime in U.S. on the decline
[WaPo]
Obama backs ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ compromise that could pave way for repeal
[WaPo]

U.S. Officials Defend Spill Response, Take Hard Line Against BP
[Bloomberg]
Aging baby boomers may lead drive to legalize marijuana further
[WaPo]
Republican candidate for South Carolina governor denies she had an affair
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 05.24.10

May 24, 2010

Daily International News
May 24, 2010

Cheonan/NK News
Japan to seek to punish N. Korea over sinking of S. Korean vessel
[Kyodo]
Clinton backs South Korea’s crackdown on North Korea over sinking of Cheonan warship
[WaPo]
South Korea Cuts Trade With North, U.S. Supports
[NYT]
N. Korea threatens to fire at S. Korean propaganda equipment
[Yonhap]
Op-Ed Don’t let North Korea go unpunished for attack [Korea Times]
U.S. Presses China to Punish North Korea for Ship
[NYT]

Northeast Asia (non-NK related)
Japan Relents on U.S. Base on Okinawa
[NYT]
Korean tension a factor in Japan base decision
[AP]
Clinton and Geithner Face Hurdles in China Talks
[NYT]
China holds door open a crack to U.S. on yuan
[Reuters]

South/Southeast Asia
India PM: ‘Major effort’ in Indo-Pakistan talks
[AP]
Pakistan court hears constitutional challenges
[BBC]
Opposition moves to impeach Thai PM; curfew stays [AP]

Middle East
Peres Ties Mideast Peace Deal to Iran
[WSJ]
Israel to ease West Bank movement restrictions
[AP]
Israel’s Peres denies offering South Africa nukes
[AP]
Australia expels Israeli diplomat over Dubai killing
[BBC]
Iran notifies IAEA over atomic deal
[Al-Jazeera]
Lebanese PM to discuss Mideast tension with Obama
[AP]
‘American couple kidnapped by tribesmen’ in Yemen
[BBC]

Africa
Ethiopia monitors to probe fraud claims in ‘calm poll’
[BBC]
Militants fire mortars at Somali president’s palace
[BBC]

Europe
Dutchess of York Sarah Ferguson offers access to ex-husband for cash on video
[WaPo]
Britain bans doctor who linked autism to vaccine
[AP]
Osborne announces £6.2bn cuts
[FT]
US deploys missiles to Poland to train NATO ally
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Jamaica declares emergency in capital after attacks
[Reuters]
Driver shot on B-W Parkway in Md.
[WaPo]
Despite Moratorium, Drilling Projects Move Ahead
[NYT]
BP executive defends his company’s response to Gulf oil spill
[CNN]
As Reform Takes Shape, Some Relief on Wall St.
[NYT]
Eric Massa and Suicidal Thoughts
[Esquire]

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Daily International News 05.21.10

May 21, 2010

Daily International News
May 21, 2010

Northeast Asia
Clinton Op-Ed: US-China Achievements go Beyond Expo
[Global Times]
Clinton Says North Korea Ship Attack Requires Action [Bloomberg]
South Korea vows caution over ship, North sees war
[Reuters]
Dalai Lama tweets to Chinese citizens about Tibet
[AP]
Singapore, Hong Kong surpass US in competitiveness
[AP]
Toyota recalls Lexus cars in Japan, US to follow
[AP]

Southeast/South Asia
Thai PM committed to reconciliation but no poll offer
[Reuters]
Experts: Bangkok crackdown no replay of Tiananmen
[AP]
Cyclone Laila hits southeast India, 23 killed
[AP]

AfPak
Pakistan’s Musharraf to “join politics” – report
[Reuters]
No survivors found at Afghan airline crash site
[AP]
New U.S. troops arriving in Afghanistan quickly learn about challenges
[WaPo]

Middle East
Israel releases Hamas man jailed after Shalit capture
[BBC]
Jews in Arab east Jerusalem defy Obama peace push
[AP]
U.N.’s Ban hopes Iran deal may bring atom settlement
[Reuters]
Iran sanctions won’t stop missiles: Russian senator
[Reuters]

Africa
Salva Kiir sworn in as Southern Sudan president
[BBC]

Europe
German parliament approves eurozone rescue package
[DW]
First Trip Abroad Takes British Leader to Europe
[NYT]
3 Basques convicted in 2006 Madrid airport bombing
[AP]

Americas/Domestic
Calderón Again Assails Arizona Law on Detention
[NYT]
Leader of Mexico Indian community, wife killed
[AP]
Obama Replacing Blair as Intelligence Director Amid Criticism
[Bloomberg]
Senate Passes Reforms Designed to Prevent Worst U.S. Collapse
[Bloomberg]
BP denies coverup as spilled oil keeps coming
[Reuters]
Researchers Say They Created a ‘Synthetic Cell’
[NYT]

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French Fashion Fascism

May 20, 2010

Street art in France has begun to try to express that there can be a "happy, veiled/burqa clad Muslim woman"...who is also distinctly French!

Earlier this week, the French government approved a draft resolution to ban the wearing of the niqab, or full face veil, in all public places (for an excellent tutorial on the different types of female Muslim veils, see this BBC article on the recent Belgian law passed). According to the bill, the wearers of any face hiding fashion would be subject to a fine of 185 euros with their supposed overlords being charged up to 18,500 euros.

Even though the resolution will most likely not be made law (many in French courts are already citing its obvious un-constitutionality), many have come out up in arms about the message behind the resolution, especially in light of the resolutions basis for banning. Skirting the issue of female fashion imprisonment or misogyny that some believe is inherent in a veil, the French have introduced this bill mainly due to the fact that they believe the veil does not fall into accordance with France’s ‘values.’

But, for a country that has touted woman’s liberation and free choice (whatever that might be) for centuries, the news of the veil ban resolution came to many French Muslim women as an affront. Speaking on TV for the first time, many French Muslim businesswomen and community leaders have come out on such channels as the BBC and stated that they can be liberated, Muslim, and covered. Other social networks for Muslims across Europe have also come out against it, such as the Muslim Political Action Committee in the UK (MPACUK), with their wittily titled piece “What Not to Wear.”

The action comes on the heels of some other disappointing developments in French Muslim society, such as the refusal to grant citizenship to a Muslim man and his wife in February due to her donning of a burqa. Without getting into the historical accuracy of the veil, the real purposes for why the Prophet had his wives wear them (arguably to avoid clamoring believers than for modesty), and  the call in Islam for both men and woman to dress modestly, the only question I can think to ask is that if a society can expect it’s women to look like this…

Fashions from Jean Paul Gaultier's 2008 collection.

Cannot it also allow them if they so choose, to look like this?

A Veil for All Seasons: a Young Woman in France demonstrates she can be a patriot as well as a Muslim.