Posts Tagged ‘bombing’

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Daily International News 07.13.10

July 13, 2010

Daily International News
July 13, 2010

Koreas
N.Korea postpones talks with UN Command on warship
[AFP]
ANALYSIS – N.Korea’s call for talks hardly welcome by South, US
[Reuters]
S Korea, U.S. to hold security talks on July 21
[Xinhua]
S.Korea says location of war games undecided
[AFP] and U.S. Ships Could Move to East Sea for Joint Drill [Chosun Ilbo]
S.Korea deploys sentry robot along N.Korea border
[AFP]

Asia-Pacific [non-Korea related]
Japan government signals tax reform
[Reuters]
China urges India to honor Tibet-related commitment
[Xinhua]
China promises tougher action on toxic dairy
[AP]
China seeks to reduce Internet users’ anonymity
[AP]
Chinese Factories Now Compete to Woo Laborers
[NYT]
Fiji’s expulsion of Australia envoy “of grave concern”
[BBC]

AfPak
NATO chief says pullout plans put troops at risk
[Reuters]
Afghan soldier attacks, kills 3 British troops
[AP]
Pakistan orders ‘crackdown’ on militants: police
[AFP]

Middle East
Pakistan Says Iran Scientist in U.S. Fled to Its Embassy
[NYT]
Strikes on Iran becoming more likely
[Wash Times]
Oil smuggling to Iran embarrassment for Iraq
[AP] and Iran’s threat in Iraq on the rise, says US general [AP]
Israeli bulldozers raze 4 east Jerusalem buildings
[AP]
Israel orders Gaza-bound aid ship to Egypt
[AP]

Africa
‘Suicide vest’ found after Uganda World Cup blasts
[BBC]
Deadly Uganda bombings could indicate new roles for al-Qaeda affiliates
[WaPo]
UN: HIV among young people going down in Africa
[AP]

Europe
French lawmakers to approve full veil ban
[AFP]
300 arrested in major anti-crime sweep in Italy
[AP]
French Labor Minister Quits Party Post
[NYT]
82 police injured in Belfast’s 2 nights of riots
[AP]

Domestic
U.S. Detains 12th Person in Russian Spy Probe
[WSJ]
BP Is Set to Test if New Cap Stops Oil
[NYT]
Offshore Drillers See Little Gain in Amended U.S. Ban
[Bloomberg]
U.S. Regulatory Bill Nears Passage as 3 Republicans Add Support
[Bloomberg]
US vows continued pursuit of Roman Polanski
[AP]
US rule could keep Iroquois from lacrosse tourney
[AP]

Americas
Both Frail and Feisty, Fidel Castro Goes on TV
[NYT]
7 Cuban political prisoners arrive in Spain
[AP]
Haiti: Summer storm floods ‘safe’ refugee camp
[AP]

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Daily International News 04.23.10

April 23, 2010

Please excuse my absence for the last few days – I was at the US Court of Appeals yesterday listening in on the Uyghur former detainee resettlement appeal. News below!

Daily International News
April 23, 2010

Northeast Asia
Clinton urges North Korea to avoid provocative actions
[Reuters]
North Korea ‘to seize property at Kumgang resort’
[BBC via KCNA]
Monks ‘asked to leave Qinghai quake zone’
[BBC]

Central/South/SE Asia
Thailand’s red shirts say open to talks with govt
[Reuters]
Bakiyev ‘will not return to Kyrgyzstan as president’
[BBC]
Nato sets out plans to transfer control in Afghanistan
[BBC]
Once-docile Afghan parliament stands up to Karzai and becomes an ally of U.S.
[WaPo]
From 04.22 Killings Rattle Pakistan’s Swat Valley [NYT]

Middle East
Israel PM seeks new plan as US envoy visits-report
[Reuters]
Bomb attacks near Baghdad Shia mosques kill dozens
[BBC]
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe backs Ahmadinejad on nuclear Iran
[Reuters]
Iran agrees belatedly to better monitoring-diplomats
[Reuters]

Africa
Meningitis kills 718 in Burkina Faso
[AP]
Opposition leader Ingabire released in Rwanda
[BBC]

Europe
U.S. Resists Push by Allies for Tactical Nuclear Cuts
[NYT]
Greece asks for EU-IMF bailout
[AP]
Europe’s air traffic ‘back to normal’
[BBC]
From 04.22 Belgium plunged into crisis as PM offers resignation [AFP]

Americas
Paraguay president wants military rule in north
[AP]
Oil slick spreads from sunken rig
[CNN]

Domestic
Democrats plan to introduce bill to blunt ruling on political spending
[WaPo]

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POST: Compassion for Lockerbie Bomber: Landmark or Lamentable?

August 24, 2009

I wanted to write something about last week’s release of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi when the story was first aired, but I felt that I needed to get a better understanding  of the history of the situation before making any judgments – plus, I wanted to see how people reacted.

The array of emotions attached to this case are staggering – everything from despair at his release to disbelief over his initial sentence. My main questions have remained, Was his release out of the ordinary and how will this affect US/UK, US/Libyan relations?

What I do not think many people realize is that freeing terminally ill prisoners on compassionate grounds is a key feature of Scottish law – it has been done 9 out of the last 13 cases, and had only been refused in last 4 because medical evidence did not the substantiate terminally ill status of the prisoners. Since the 9 releases had not taken into account the crime which the prisoner was convicted in the decision, this new release of al-Megrahi fits perfectly into Scottish precedent – prisoner is terminally ill, prisoner is released. The hype of the crime or the circumstance do not play a role.

On a further note, the low amount of media attention given to the continued questioning surrounding his conviction has surprised me. I do not agree or disagree with the aforementioned, very well-written, BBC article, but it does make one think. Of course, al-Megrahi could very well have had a hand in the bombing, but the evidence seems to point to the fact that the true perpetrators, the masterminds, have as of yet gone free. Is the conviction of one seemingly connected man, a “convenient scapegoat”, enough? Was he senior enough in the plan to be the sole representative of the perpetrators of this horrible crime?

Today, Scotland’s Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill “doggedly” defended his decision to free al-Megrahi. He stood by “his and only his” decision and only lamented the heroes welcome given to the freed prisoner upon his return home to Libya on Thursday.  However, a senior State Department official said today that short of praising the Libyans, at least he could say that the “Thursday demonstrations could have been a lot worse.” But the official further stated that they were still “disgusting” and represented only the “minorly pathetic” responsiveness of Libyan officials.

Now there are new claims that oil diplomacy has played a part in the al-Megrahi release which is difficult to deny (although British officials have) considering the BusinessWeek article issued today of increased trade between Britain and Libya in coming months.  Between the US and UK, although tourists have threatened a UK boycott and all senior Obama administration officials balked at al-Megrahi’s release, they still stick by their claim that nothing will change in the relations between the two countries and that they “have great faith in the British democracy to air these things in a very thorough” manner.  In the end, it comes down to the indisputable fact that this decision was wholly up to the Scottish Authorities and, following their own precedent, no distinct changes in any bilateral relations seem to be forthcoming. However, if an under-the-table deal was struck between the UK and Libya, there really is no excuse.