Posts Tagged ‘barney frank’

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Daily International News 10.22.10

October 22, 2010

Daily International News
October 22, 2010

International
G20 finance ministers resist US pressure over trade
[BBC]

Northeast Asia
Koreas
US admiral warns against another NKorea nuke test
[AP]
S.Korea cannot rule out N.Korea nuclear test
[AFP]
Forum on North Korea scheduled in Palo Alto
[Mercury News]

China/Taiwan
Op-ed: Havel/Tutu: If China frees Nobel winner, it will show its strength [WaPo]
Tokyo urges Japan, China to avoid tit-for-tat claims
[Reuters]
More Tibetan students ‘take to streets over reforms’
[BBC]
Baidu search engine’s profits more than double
[BBC]
China prompts rare earth consumers to look elsewhere
[Reuters] and Japan plans to mine rare earth metals in Vietnam [AP]
China Courts Secessionists In Sudan, Breaking a Mold
[WSJ]
7 dead, 25 missing after typhoon hits Taiwan
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
UN casts doubt over Burma election
[BBC]
Indonesia confirms Papua torture
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
US to announce major military aid package for Pakistan
[BBC]
Pakistani Troops Linked to Abuses Will Lose Aid
[NYT]
Attacks on soldiers, mosque kill 9 in Pakistan
[AP]
Afghan insurgents dismiss peace talks
[Reuters]
Afghan Aid Groups Plan to Leave Over Karzai Decree
[WSJ]
Taliban hit NATO convoy in Afghanistan, killing 3
[AP]
Communists in India Fight to Hold On to Mission
[NYT]

Middle East
Report: Berlusconi doubts effect of Iran sanctions
[AP]
American Iran Embargo Thwarted When Smugglers Ship Made-In-USA
[Bloomberg]
Iraq’s Maliki finishes Mideast tour, seeks support for 2nd term
[WaPo]
Settlers Race to Build Units in West Bank
[NYT]
Influence Of Israel’s Leftist Peace Movement Wanes
[NPR]
Turkish police arrest 5 al Qaeda suspects
[Reuters]

Africa
Niger junta confirms it crushed coup attempt
[Reuters]
Guinea presidential run-off election in doubt
[BBC]

Europe
Police clear refinery as French unions defiant
[Reuters]
France forced to import electricity
[Telegraph]
UK nuclear submarine grounded in accident
[AP]

Americas
Cuba agrees to release five more dissidents
[BBC]
Cholera outbreak hits rural Haiti – 142 dead
[AP]

Domestic
Former president Clinton on mission to rescue Democratic Party in fall elections
[WaPo]
Where President Obama is headed (and what it means)
[WaPo]
AP source: McDonough to be No. 2 security adviser
[AP]
WikiLeaks near release of secret US war documents
[AP]
Costly virtual border fence in tatters
[LA Times]
Barney Frank Lends to Campaign to Fight Anti-Democratic Wave
[Bloomberg]

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Daily International News 10.12.10

October 12, 2010

Daily International News
October 12, 2010

Northeast Asia
China/Taiwan
US concern for wife of Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo
[BBC]
From 10/11 Dalai Lama criticises China over its Nobel opposition [BBC]
China cancels second meeting with Norway minister over Nobel Prize
[Reuters]
Obama loosens sanctions on C-130s to China
[WashTimes]
Asian military ties warm at Hanoi defence meeting
[BBC]
Gates: U.S. has ‘national interest’ in Asian sea disputes
[WaPo]
U.S. sees crisis fears easing over South China Sea
[Reuters]
From 10/11 Why Taiwan finds Washington unreliable [FP]
From 10/11 U.S. Alarmed by Harsh Tone of China’s Military [NYT]

Koreas
North Korea leader’s eldest son ‘opposes dynasty’
[BBC]
NKorean defector Hwang may be buried at National Cemetery
[JoongAng]
N. Korea’s power transfer may dent South’s credit rating: S&P
[Yonhap]
Cabbage shortage in South Korea
[BBC]

Japan
India rejects clause on nuke tests in civilian pact with Japan
[Mainichi]
Inquest panel’s decision to indict Ozawa is test of public’s boosted role in justice system
[Mainichi]

South/Southeast/Central Asia
Cambodia denies Thai assassination plot allegation
[AP]
India Adds Economic Power to UN Bloc Skeptical on Iran Pressure
[Bloomberg]
Pakistan crucial to Afghan peace talks, says Gilani
[Dawn]
Blast inside NATO helicopter kills one in Afghanistan
[Reuters]
From 10/11 Kyrgyzstan votes and surprises the world [WaPo]

Middle East
Lebanon, neighbors brace for Ahmadinejad visit
[LAT]
Iran holds 2 Germans linked to stoning case
[AP]
Iran’s Economy Feels Sting of Sanctions
[WSJ]
Two Yemen bombings strike Aden
[BBC]
Palestinians reject Israeli offer on settlement freeze
[BBC]

Africa
Zimbabwe PM: Don’t recognize our 6 ambassadors
[AP]
Abyei future talks fail, south Sudan says
[Reuters]
Somali troops in bid to rescue minister from pirates
[BBC]
Nigeria police station destroyed in ‘Boko Haram attack’
[BBC]

Europe
Clinton off to Balkans to push EU integration
[WashTimes]
UK court rejects challenge to North Cyprus flight ban
[Reuters]
Petraeus orders probe into failed UK aid worker rescue
[BBC]
Iceland ‘best country for gender equality’
[BBC]
France: Strikes over pension reform begin
[AP]
Hungary dam nearly ready to prevent second toxic spill
[Reuters]
Ukraine train and bus collision kills 40
[BBC]

Americas
Chile awaits start of mine rescue
[BBC]
Hurricane Paula forms, heads to Yucatan Peninsula
[AP]

Domestic
First patient treated in stem cell study
[WaPo]
For Democrats, Even ‘Safe’ Seats Are Shaky
[NYT]
States to Probe Mortgage Mess
[WSJ]
After mortgage meltdown, Barney Frank gets another chance to remake housing finance
[WaPo]
Democrats Aim to Curb GOP Donors
[WSJ]
Wall Street Pay: A Record $144 Billion
[WSJ]
Stocks dip as traders await Fed meeting details
[AP]

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POST: South Korean Satellite Launch Signals Warming Relations AND Why Barney Frank Rocks

August 19, 2009

So I couldn’t decide which story to write about today, so, hell, I’ll just write about both.

First, a let’s take a little time out to speculate about today’s delayed launch of the South Korean rocket, supposedly holding a satellite in tow. Most news sources are pegging this as what it seems to be, a glitch that caused the rocket launch to be delayed just eight minutes before it’s scheduled take-off. Yesterday at the State Department, Spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters that this launch, eerily similar in stated purpose to the North Korean “satellite” launch a few months ago, is no cause for concern due to the “very open, transparent way” in which South Korea’s space program has taken shape.

The rocket, in a file photo from April of this year, is a formidable sight.

The rocket, in a file photo from April of this year, is a formidable sight.

The North Koreans, on the other hand, are “under a number of U.N. Security Council sanctions relating to their ballistic missile program, and the U.N. Security Council called on them to suspend all activities relating to the missile program.” In brief, I completely agree, but should we take the “glitch” at face value, or should we speculate that North Korea’s recent publicly stated outrage that the South wasn’t being questioned for its launch has caused the South to delay the program – a political glitch, you might say. 🙂

The other story, that I just have to put in for the pure joy that it brought me last night, is Congressman Barney Frank‘s (D-Mass) unabashed and, finally, total rejection of the Nazi characterization that is being put forth by birthers, deathers, and all the other crazies that are showing up at town hall meetings across the country. In response to the question “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?” Rep. Frank responds, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Characterizing her, and others’ use of Nazi symbols in the health care debate “vile, contemptible nonsense,” he called attention to his own Jewish heritage and ended with, “Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.”

I absolutely love it. Just another proof (if the below picture isn’t enough) that he is still a cool cucumber. For the video, here‘s is the link to the Huffington Post article on the same subject.

[UPDATE: Bill Richardson on MSNBC made the claim that the South Korea satellite launch delay (or ‘cancellation’ as they said) was a tip of the hat to North Korea’s warming relations with the South, especially in the wake of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung’s death and the North’s decision to send a team to his funeral in homage. Interesting. I guess it was more than just a glitch. Also see this blog for further speculation.]

Gravely voice, steely demeanor.

Gravely voice, steely demeanor.