Posts Tagged ‘bomb’

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Daily International News 12.30.10

December 30, 2010

Daily International News
December 30, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea threat grows with new forces – South report [Reuters]
Is Iran About to Test a Nuclear Bomb In North Korea? [Fox News]
Russia urges North Korea to return to IAEA control [Voice of Russia]
Unification Ministry adopts policy of aggressive pressure against N.Korea [Hankyoreh]
N.Korea’s Cross-Border Business with China Picking Up [Chosun Ilbo]
Train carrying gifts for North Korea heir derailed – report [Reuters]
North Korea bends it like Beckham in UK film first [BBC]
Russia calls on Koreas to stop “muscle flexing” [Reuters]
China
China’s online population hits 450 million [AP]
China to go after Internet phone services [AP]

South/Central/Southeast Asia
Sri Lanka bans BBC again from war inquiry panel [BBC]
Thai court jails ‘yellow shirt’ group over TV invasion [BBC]
India Struggles to Protect Flow of Iranian Oil [NYT]
Blast kills at least 14 civilians in Afghanistan [AP]

Middle East
Former Israeli president convicted of rape [AP]
Israel – Iran nuclear bomb ‘still three years away’ [BBC]
Israel Confirms Major Gas Find [NYT]
Yemen frees jailed Shia rebels in ‘peace deal’ [BBC]

Africa
Ivory Coast on brink of “genocide” – envoy to U.N.[Reuters]
UN: Forces obstruct Ivory Coast mass grave probe [AP]
Sudan’s President Bashir calls time on Darfur talks [BBC]
Somaliland jails Russians over weapons for Puntland [BBC]
Nigerian Islamist attacks kill police and civilians [BBC]
Guinea President Alpha Conde purges top civil servants [BBC]

Europe/UK
Greek motorcycle bomb damages court buildings [AP]
1 suspect in Denmark terror case released, 3 held [AP]
Russian tycoon Khodorkovsky gets 6 more years [AP]
Vatican creates financial watchdog amid bank probe [AP]
NI water crisis may continue until next week [BBC]
Ed Miliband says planned cuts are choice, not necessity [BBC]
Charity chief warns cuts could ‘kill off’ Big Society [BBC]
Union leader says 2011 will be ‘horrible’ year [BBC]

Americas
US revokes Venezuela ambassador’s visa amid Chavez row [BBC]

Domestic
The List: what’s out, what’s in as 2011 dawns [WaPo]
James Cole appointed to deputy AG job; new ambassador dispatched to Syria [WaPo]
What the tea party wants from the Constitution [WaPo]
State to certify Murkowski as Alaska Senate winner [AP]
Some GOP stalwarts defend first lady’s anti-obesity campaign from Palin’s shots [WaPo]
Economic forecasters see growth in 2011, but risk factors remain [WaPo]
Christine O’Donnell, ex-Senate candidate, subject of federal campaign funds probe [WaPo]
Ex-car czar Rattner settles NY probe for $10M [AP]

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Daily International News 11.04.10

November 4, 2010

Daily International News
November 4, 2010

Global
Political tension may overshadow G-20, APEC summit
[AP]

Northeast Asia
China
Analysis: Strategic tensions threaten Asia as China rises
[Reuters]
China Urges Europeans to Snub Nobel Ceremony
[NYT]
China’s Hu Jintao to sign big deals on France visit
[BBC]
Outspoken Chinese artist to defiantly ‘celebrate’ demolition of studio
[BBC]
China internet users forced to choose in software row
[BBC]

Koreas
SKorea, US in trade talks before G20 summit
[AP]
Report: NKorean hacking increases ahead of G-20
[AP]
UN food agency says NKorea children malnourished
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Burma hit by massive net attack ahead of election
[BBC]
Burma to build its first Special Economic Zone
[BBC]
US, New Zealand sign strategic deal after nuclear row
[BBC]
Two airlines ground A380s after emergency landing
[Reuters]
Indonesian volcano erupts again; death toll at 44
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pentagon awards jet fuel contract to secretive company
[WaPo]
Afghan attorney general investigates alleged voting fraud
[WaPo]
Three US drone strikes kill 11 militants in North Waziristan
[Dawn]
Protests Flare In Kashmir As India Attempts Talks
[NPR]

Middle East
Yemen parcel bomb ‘was 17 minutes from exploding’
[BBC] and Gibbs: No info that explosion was 17 minutes away [AP]
Report: Kurdish group claims Istanbul bombing
[AP]
Al-Qaida No. 2 vows revenge for imprisoned woman
[AP]
Iran holds four ‘UK-linked men’ for killings – state TV
[BBC]
Iran stages mass protest on anniversary of US embassy capture
[Telegraph]
Israel’s Barak stung by “idiot” insult
[Reuters]

Africa
Ivory Coast set for presidential election run-off
[BBC]
Liberian President Sirleaf dismisses cabinet
[Reuters]
Kenyan minister William Ruto in The Hague to meet ICC
[BBC]

Europe
Serb leader Tadic apologises for 1991 Vukovar massacre
[BBC]
Far right hold largest Moscow rally in years
[Reuters]
ECB unswayed by Fed bond move
[AP]

Americas
Police seize 25 tonnes of marijuana as Mexico-US drug tunnel found
[BBC]
Haiti cholera deaths rise sharply
[BBC]

Domestic – Midterms
Around the world, concern over the global impact of U.S. elections
[WaPo]
Abroad, Fear That Midterm Result May Turn U.S. Inward
[NYT]
Analysis – U.S. election raises hope for trade deals
[Reuters]
Republicans’ gains in U.S. midterm elections may affect nuclear disarmament policies
[Mainichi]
Obama invites GOP leaders to meeting on economic, nuclear issues
[WaPo]
Obama Says Midterm ‘Shellacking’ to Spur Cooperation
[Bloomberg]

Domestic – Other
Post-midterms, Obama to focus on foreign policy in four-nation Asian trip
[WaPo]
Darrell Issa: I’ll investigate George W. Bush, too
[Politico]
In new memoir, Bush makes clear he approved use of waterboarding
[WaPo]
D.C. Mayor-elect Gray unveils transition team
[WaPo]
DC’s budding Rush Limbaugh
[WaPo]
WikiLeaks urges U.S. to fully examine abuses
[Reuters]
So Long, Tim Geithner
[CNBC]
Fed Fires $600 Billion Stimulus Shot
[WSJ]
Bernanke op-ed: What the Fed did and why: supporting the recovery and sustaining price stability [WaPo]

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Daily International News 11.03.10

November 3, 2010

Daily International News
November 3, 2010

Domestic – Midterms
Midterm Live Results
[WaPo]
Republicans Far From United in Victory as DeMint Demonstrates
[Bloomberg]
Jobless Rate Trampled Democrats’ Hopes, Obama’s Change Agenda
[Bloomberg]
Republican Election Gains May Stall Business’s Immigration Push
[Bloomberg]
Republicans to Take On U.S. Health Law, From Taxes to Insurance
[Bloomberg]
California Rejects Marijuana Legalization
[NYT]
Midterm International Implications
World watches US election and speculates on impact
[AP]
In Asia, Response to Elections Is Muted
[NYT]
Japan worries Democrats’ defeat may make U.S. inward-looking
[Mainichi]
Shift in Washington Stirs Economic Jitters Abroad
[NYT]

Northeast Asia
Japan
Japan warns Russia: Stop disputed island visits
[AP]
Japan anti-terrorism data leaked on internet
[BBC]
Op-ed: Japan Should Reflect on Its Schizophrenic Territorial Claims [Chosun]

Koreas
Tracking North Korea sanctions
[FP]
South Korea fires more warning shots at Northern boat
[Reuters]
Jong-un never met Chinese bigwigs: legislator
[JoongAng]
Lee optimistic SKorea, US can finalize trade deal
[AP]
N.Korea won’t disrupt G20 summit says S.Korea
[AFP]
SKorea: G20 leaders need ‘concrete agreements’
[AP]

China
China Stages Naval Exercises
[NYT]
China will not significantly cut rare earth exports in 2011: official
[Xinhua]
China accuses peace prize supporter of subversion
[AP]
China calls on Japan to create appropriate conditions for bilateral ties ahead of APEC summit
[Xinhua]
Amazon’s Kindle offers access to banned sites in China
[BBC]
China executes serial killer in 11 murders
[AP]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Indonesia volcano Mount Merapi in new eruption
[BBC]
Clinton in violence-plagued Papua New Guinea
[AP]

South/Central Asia
‘No big’ outcomes expected from Obama’s India trip
[BBC]
Czechs agree to send more troops to Afghanistan
[AP]

Middle East
Iran says West’s ‘arrogance’ could doom nuke talks
[AP]
France says Iranian woman will not be hanged Wednesday
[Reuters]
In Parcel Bomb Plot, 2 Dark Inside Jokes
[NYT]
Israel halts ‘dialogue’ with UK over war crimes law
[BBC]
Gaza car blast kills one, Hamas blames Israel
[Reuters]

Africa
Partial Ivory Coast election results show tight race
[BBC]
US men charged with aiding Somalia’s al-Shabab
[BBC]
Niger backs constitution to end junta rule
[BBC]

Europe
Greece Suspends Outgoing Airmail After Wave of Bombs
[NYT]
Home Secretary says al-Qaida member arrested in UK
[AP]
London hit by 3rd subway strike in as many months
[AP]
Judge orders Irish government to stage by-election
[AP]

Americas
Colombian police raid drug assets office
[BBC]
Colombia and Venezuela press on with ‘brotherly’ ties
[BBC]

Domestic – non-midterm related
George W Bush had ‘sickening feeling’ over WMD lack
[BBC]
Political lines blur as justices weigh violence for minors
[WashTimes]
Moon group buys The Washington Times
[WashTimes]

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Daily International News 11.02.10

November 2, 2010

Daily International News – because there’s a whole world of news today…but I also got your midterm news, too.
November 2, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
NKorea makes point-by-point denial of ship sinking
[AP]
N Korea to give torpedo sample
[BBC]

North Muddies Korea’s ‘Brand,’ But South Won’t Take a Hard Line
[WSJ]
‘North Korea may become part of China’
[Korea Times]

China/Taiwan
China objects to US offer over disputed islands
[AP]

Clinton Says China Will Need More Political Freedom
[Bloomberg]
UN chief criticized for failing to press China
[AP]
British PM Cameron to visit Beijing next week
[AP]
At Odds with the U.S., Pakistan Deepens Ties with China
[TIME]
‘Chinese double agent’ arrested in Taiwan
[BBC]

Japan/Northern Territories
Japan Summons Envoy to Russia Over Islands Dispute
[NYT]
Dmitry Medvedev ‘planning new visit to disputed Kurils’
[BBC]

Southeast Asia
Vietnam’s Cam Ranh base to welcome foreign navies
[AP]
Myanmar’s ethnic minorities prepare for war
[AP]

Myanmar storm killed dozens, 81,000 left homeless – U.N.
[Reuters]
US Endorses Malaysia’s Call For Religious Moderation
[Bernama]
Indonesian volcano forces flight cancellations
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Afghan candidates and MPs call for new election
[Reuters]
US to Hand over Small Bases to Afghan Army
[Tolo News]
Plan in Pakistan to Export Wheat Generates Criticism
[WSJ]
India hikes interest rates to contain inflation
[AP]

Middle East – Yemen AQAP Threat
Militants ‘blow up Yemen pipeline’ [BBC]
Yemen begins hunt for plot suspect
[Al Jazeera] and Yemen charges US-born radical cleric al-Awlaki [AP]
Germany, U.K. Restrict Flights, Parcels After Bombs
[Bloomberg] and World airlines call for improved cargo-screening [AP]
Earlier Flight May Have Been Dry Run for Plotters
[NYT]

Middle East – Other
Iran envoy dismisses tougher terms for atom fuel swap
[Reuters]

Iraq TV station taken off air after deadly church raid
[BBC]
Syria must wield influence in Lebanon to help U.S. relations, says top diplomat
[WaPo]
Jewish-Arab relations in Israel hit boiling point
[AP]
Fayyad cancels Jerusalem visit after Israel warning
[Reuters]
Israeli soldier jailed over Palestinian prisoner photo
[BBC]

Africa
Tanzania: Chaos Reigns as Electoral Commission Delays Releasing Results
[All Africa]
‘Historic’ turnout in Ivory Coast’s presidential poll
[BBC]
Guinea election boycott threat is averted
[BBC]

Europe
4 small mail bombs explode in Athens
[AP]
Cameron and Sarkozy hail UK-France defence treaties
[BBC]

UK government may allow convicted prisoners to vote
[BBC]
More Than 100,000 Pay for British News Site
[NYT]
BP back to profit after oil spill
[BBC]
Russian imprisoned oil tycoon Khodorkovsky verdict to be delivered Dec. 15
[AP]

Americas
President-elect Rousseff names business-friendly transition team
[MercoPress]
Haiti cholera ‘resembles South Asian strain’
[BBC]
Widowed Argentine President Fernandez in tearful speech
[BBC]

Domestic – Midterms
Issue Guide: 2010 Midterm Elections
[CFR]
9 Secret Election Day Surges
[Daily Beast]
Democrats bracing for major losses
[WaPo]
5 Reasons Democrats Could Beat the Polls and Hold the House
[NYT]

Sarah Palin Endorses Third Party Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Tancredo
[ABC]
California Looks for Cash Under Proposal to Legalize Marijuana
[Bloomberg]
Pressure Builds on Obama to Shake Up Inner Circle
[WSJ]
Op-ed: Obama may just be an interlude [FT]
Op-ed: Go Small and Stay Home [FP]
EU and US ‘must work together’ after midterms, says diplomat
[DW]

Domestic – Other
Google sues US in software battle
[BBC]

Federal Appeals Court Weighs Arizona Law on Immigrants
[NYT]
Fed Will Probably Start $500 Billion of Bond Buying
[Bloomberg]
Tim Lincecum, Edgar Renteria deliver Giants’ first title since 1954
[ESPN]

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Daily International News 11.01.10

November 1, 2010

Daily International News
November 1, 2010

Global
Cluster bomb stockpiles ‘being destroyed’
[BBC]
Alcohol ‘more harmful than heroin’ says Prof David Nutt
[BBC]

Northeast Asia
China
Clinton urges Cambodia to strike a balance with China
[WaPo]
Chinese FM: Collision video near Diaoyu Islands changes nothing
[Xinhua]
China defends Africa, US investment amid tensions
[AP]
UN leader Ban meets with Chinese President Hu
[AP]
China embarks on first national census in 10 years
[BBC]

Japan
Okinawa Vote Complicates U.S.-Japan Ties
[WSJ]
Dmitry Medvedev visit to Kuril Islands stokes Japan row
[BBC]

Koreas
UN Command to Investigate N.Korean Gunfire
[Chosun] and N. Korea border skirmish likely an accident [MSNBC]
‘A year after currency reform, NK economy continues to tumble’
[Korea Times]
New Leader in North Korea Won’t Change Much, Former Chef Says
[WSJ]
Separated Korean families enjoy second day of reunions amid growing sorrow
[Yonhap]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
$400m of heroin found hidden in Sydney
[BBC]
Indonesia volcano shoots new blast; 21 more rumble
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Taliban briefly overrun east Afghanistan district
[AP]
US drone strike kills six militants in North Waziristan
[Dawn]
Final Kyrgyzstan election results announced
[BBC]

Middle East [Yemen bomb plot only]
Governments review air security after Yemen plot
[Reuters] and Germany suspends passenger flights from Yemen [AP]
Bombs tip-off ‘came from former al-Qaeda member’
[BBC] and US officials: Bombmaker in Yemen a key suspect [AP]
Bomb Plot Shows Key Role Played by Intelligence
[NYT]
UAE traces serial numbers on Dubai mail bomb parts
[AP]
Analysis: Military reflex alone can’t quell Yemen militants
[Reuters]

Middle East [All Other]
Israeli PM to visit US next week
[AP]
Hostages die in Iraq church raid
[Al Jazeera]
Istanbul suicide attack highlights Turkey’s struggle with militant groups
[CSM]

Africa
Côte d’Ivoire Votes in Landmark Elections
[All Africa]
Tanzania’s President Kikwete tipped for election win
[BBC]
15 killed during Somali insurgent attack
[AP]

Europe
Greece: Suspects carried letter bomb for Sarkozy
[AP]
Police block sex abuse survivors near Vatican
[AP]
Flooding at Iceland volcano could signal eruption
[AP]
10 alleged Somali pirates to be tried in Germany
[AP]

Americas
Rousseff Elected President in Brazil
[WSJ]
Tomas seen regaining power, pose threat to Haiti
[AP]

Domestic
CBS’ Estimate of 215,000 at Stewart/Colbert Rally is Wildly Low
[WaPo]
8-year sentence for Gitmo’s former ‘child soldier’
[AP]
Obama, Biden Make Final Pitch to Help Save Democrats in Election
[Bloomberg]
Arizona’s immigration law goes before appeals court
[WaPo]
Federal Reserve’s, Bernanke’s credibility on line with new move to boost economy
[WaPo]

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POST: Manhattan Project Implications on Japanese Politics

September 2, 2009

Last night I watched a very interesting documentary on the eagerness of one nation’s race to achieve a nuclear program, for the sole and (later) express purpose of delivering a viable nuclear weapon.

But this nation was not Iran or North Korea, or the former Soviet Union or India. It was the United States.

I realized, as I sifted through Netflix‘s “instant play” documentaries (the new not-so-guilty pleasure of my nights spent at home) that my knowledge and background concerning the experimentation and invention behind the first viable nuclear program – our own – was embarrassingly low.

The 50-minute program, from the History Channel’s Modern Marvels series, was surprisingly enlightening for such a short program. Beginning from the Nazi German scientists who first discovered uranium fission, continuing onto the newly arrived European scientists to America who assisted in the experimentation project, and even delving into the technical side of how fission occurs and why both plutonium and uranium were used and how, the documentary was extremely thorough. It also brought to light the immediate implications for the Project – socially, politically, and militarily.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, Professor. H. D. Smythe, General Nichols, and Glen Seaborg look at a snapshot of the atomic blast on Hiroshima in 1946. Oppenheimer was later stripped of his security clearance due to apparent "Communist sympathies."

J. Robert Oppenheimer, Professor. H. D. Smythe, General Nichols, and Glen Seaborg look at a snapshot of the atomic blast on Hiroshima in 1946. Oppenheimer was later stripped of his security clearance due to apparent "Communist sympathies."

The documentary spoke of the Project’s controversial legacy – as mankind’s self-created means to self-destruction, some saw it as the harbinger of nuclear winter and an embarrassment to the gentler side of the human spirit. Over 100 Manhattan Project scientists even signed a petition to require testing Little Boy before he was dropped on Hiroshima, an impossible demand considering they only had enough U-235 for one bomb. The documentary failed to mention that even after the bombs were dropped, another petition was issued that stated “We [the scientists of Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago] feel, however, that such attacks on Japan could not be justified.” But, there are those who ardently support the opposite. Edward Teller, a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist and one of the Manhattan Project scientists who also helped engineer the Hydrogen Bomb, stated that he feels no regret over his part in the creation of the bombs. Citing America’s continued pursuit of peace and equality, he sees no other country better suited for the acquisition of such a responsibility.

But the implication of the Project and the two powerful destructive events it precipitated, unnamed in the documentary, and extremely salient after this weekend’s Japanese elections, is the continuing pacifist nature of Japanese political and ‘military’ affairs. Even though it was “no Obama moment,” this weekend’s landslide victory of the Democratic Party of Japan to Japan’s Lower House is important. Contrary to the increasingly militaristic (by their standards) half-a-century reign of the LDP in Japanese politics, the DPJ wants to back peddle on their military commitments in the region, especially those tied to the U.S. war machine. Some think this could complicate U.S. East Asian policy. But today, the DPJ President and PM-designate Yukio Hatoyama made clear that he does not wish to alienate the U.S., but wishes to create a more Asia-focused Japan policy that shies away from further ties to U.S. military commitments (see Futenma and Afghanistan refueling agreements).

The DPJ’s wish to renegotiate these agreements, however unlikely to happen, underscores the continued importance of the Manhattan Project and the nuclear arms race’s influences on Japanese society and politics. However much trouble it will or will not cause among the Japan and U.S. in coming months is unimportant compared to the DPJ sticking to its pacifist convictions and upholding a non-agressive stance that, I believe, will become the ideal for humanist, dignified states in the future.