Posts Tagged ‘iraq war’

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Daily International News 01.21.11

January 21, 2011

Daily International News
January 21, 2011

Northeast Asia
China
Summit yields gains for both China and U.S.
[WaPo]
Accepting the Rise of China
[NYT]
How to Gauge U.S.-China Talks
[CFR]
Heavy snow in Southwest China forces 79,000 to evacuate homes
[Reuters]
Koreas
Breakthrough after U.S. warns China on North Korea
[Reuters]
S. Korean Navy frees hijacked cargo ship, kills 8 Somali pirates
[Yonhap]
North Korean human rights act called for in South
[Korea Times]
S. Korean pastor gets 5-year jail term for illegal trip to N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Japan
Kan places priority on Japan-U.S. alliance over East Asia Community plan
[Mainichi]
Prosecutors not to indict ex-Japan Coast Guard member, Chinese captain
[Kyodo]
Japan, U.S. sign pact on Tokyo keeping base-hosting costs for 5 yrs
[Kyodo]
Japanese Abduction Victim ‘Alive in Pyongyang’
[Chosun]

Southeast Asia
Myanmar military appoints members of Parliament
[AP]
Documentary Shows Rare Look at Dissent in Myanmar Military
[NYT]

South/Central Asia
Afghan parliament to defy Karzai’s postponement order
[WaPo]
Karzai courts Moscow with economic projects
[Reuters]
Pakistani tribesmen rally against US drone strikes
[AP]

Middle East
Turkey hosts Iran nuclear talks
[Al Jazeera] and Iran: Suspension of nuclear program is not up for negotiation [Haaretz]
Palestinians protesters confront French FM in Gaza
[AP]
Saad Hariri vows to form new cabinet, defying Hezbollah
[BBC]
Car Bombings Kill Dozens on Pilgrims’ Route in Iraq
[NYT]

Africa
Almost 99 percent choose south Sudan split
[Reuters]
Côte d’Ivoire: Violence Spreading, Human Rights Deteriorating – UN
[All Africa]
Group: Third of Zimbabwe registered voters dead
[AP]
Tunisia mourns unrest victims
[Al Jazeera]

Europe
Top UK PM aide Andy Coulson resigns over phone-hack claims
[Guardian]
Blair faces second grilling at UK inquiry into Iraq War
[Deutsche Welle]
UK judge approves US extradition of terror suspect
[AP]
Prominent British Muslim Assails Prejudice
[NYT]
Belarus president to be sworn in
[CNN]
French court convicts Warner head, ex-Vivendi boss
[AP]
520-day flight simulation nears ‘landing’ on Mars
[AP]

Americas
U.S. pushes Haiti to resolve election dispute quickly
[McClatchy]
Some See a Cash Motive in Duvalier’s Return
[NYT]
UN calls for Mexico probe into migrant train abductions
[BBC]
Chavez says he won’t give up decree powers
[AP]

Domestic
Next up for Obama: Marriage equality for gay Americans
[WaPo]
Obama Will Move Political Operations to Chicago
[NYT]
Romney keeps away from Tea Party
[Boston Globe]
GE’s Immelt to head Obama economic advisory board
[LAT]
House GOP group proposes deep spending cuts over next decade
[WaPo]
FBI’s biggest-ever mob bust shows where Mafia still holds sway
[CSM]
Blackwater Founder Said to Back Mercenaries in Africa
[NYT]
Giffords taken outside for first time
[Reuters]

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Daily International News 01.12.11

January 12, 2011

Daily International News
January 12, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
Gates in Tokyo for Talks on North Korea
[NYT]
Gates Demands a Halt of North Korean Tests
[WSJ]
Hot Line Connecting Koreas Returns to Service
[NYT]
Klingner Opinion: North Korea’s Imminent Threat
[WSJ]
Seoul returns offer for talks – but tough talks
[JoongAng]
China’s Hu to call for new talks on North Korea
[AP]
S Korea keen on upgrading defense deals with Israel
[AHN]
Five North Korean defectors ‘shot dead’
[Sify]

China
Robert Gates tours China nuclear warfare headquarters
[BBC]
Nationalistic and Chasing the ‘Chinese Dream’
[NYT]
China Would `Welcome’ U.S. Statement on Holdings During Hu, Obama Summit
[Bloomberg]
Geithner warns Beijing on currency policies
[AP]
Tajikistan agrees to give land to China
[AP]
China bans German pork and eggs in dioxin scare
[BBC]
China artist Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio demolished
[BBC]

Japan
DPJ lawmakers get together amid internal rifts
[Mainichi]

Southeast Asia
Vietnam vows change to build modern economy
[BBC]
Floods ground Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
In Kabul, Biden promises U.S. support beyond 2014
[WaPo]
US ‘not the enemy of Islam’ says Biden
[AFP]
Suicide bomber kills two in Afghanistan capital
[Guardian]
Life in jail for two Pakistani Muslim blasphemers
[BBC]
Biden in Pakistan for Talks With Top Officials
[NYT]
Pakistani bomber kills 17 in attack on police
[BBC]
Zardari Ally to Succeed Slain Punjab Gov. Taseer in Pakistan
[NYT]

Middle East
Lebanon’s government falls as Hezbollah pulls out
[AP]
Iran Says Time Running Out for Nuclear Deal
[NYT]

Africa
South Sudan’s referendum vote reaches 60%, says SPLM
[BBC]
US could take Sudan off state terror list by July
[AFP]
Ivory Coast’s army opens fire on opposition neighborhoods
[AP]
Government imposes curfew in Tunisia’s capital
[AP]
Tunisian president fires police chief over unrest
[Reuters]
Egypt denies sectarian motive for Copt’s murder
[AFP]
Nigeria: Jos Killings Escalate
[All Africa]

Europe
Tony Blair to appear before Iraq war inquiry on 21 January
[Guardian]
Eric Illsley to quit as MP following expenses conviction
[Guardian]
Kaczynski air crash: Russia blames Polish pilot error
[BBC]
Dutch government enforcing taxes on prostitution
[AP]
Europe Debates Larger Rescue Fund
[WSJ]
European stocks higher after Portugal bond sale
[AFP]
Germany enjoys stellar growth
[FT]

Americas
Prayer and mourning in Haiti a year after quake
[AP]
Hitmen intensify attacks in Mexico’s richest city
[Reuters]
At least 61 dead in rain-hit Brazil towns
[Reuters]

Domestic
Arizona Shooting
Analysis: Sarah Palin’s use of ‘blood libel’ sparks new controversy
[WaPo]
Boehner opposes new gun-control bill
[The Hill]
Obama’s Visit to Arizona Offers Moment to Alter His Image of `Detachment’
[Bloomberg]
Officers stopped Loughner on day of Ariz. shooting
[AP]
Gun sales soar 60 percent in Arizona
[Politico]
Other
Daley Has $7.7 Million of JPMorgan Stock to Divest on Way to White House
[Bloomberg]
Republican school board in N.C. backed by tea party abolishes integration policy
[WaPo]
Oil spill panel calls for tighter federal rules, new fees for drilling
[WaPo]
More slayings in Pr. George’s, and police feel the heat
[WaPo]
How To Switch Your iPhone Service From AT&T To Verizon
[Techland]

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Culture of Mutual Validation: AIPAC Policy Convention 2010

March 25, 2010

This past week, DC’s otherwise morbidly silent Convention Center saw the influx of over 7500 conference attendees. The agenda included rousing speeches by pastors, multiple standing ovations, and much raising of hands in the praise of speakers. But no, this was not an assemblage of self-help or a burgeoning baptist conclave. It was the 2010 American Israel Public Affair Committee Policy Convention. Speakers at the event included Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as Jewish and non-Jewish pro-Israel lobbyists.

Outside the Convention Center, it was business as usual for the annual AIPAC Conference. Code Pink, an outspoken, anti-war women’s group that grew out of a desire to oppose former President GW Bush’s invasion of Iraq, made a new name for itself as the most creative group of the pro-peace movement. Starting its Monday morning by issuing a fake AIPAC press release calling on the cessation of all settlement building in East Jerusalem, they continued by fashioning themselves as apartment buildings – in case we all forgot the recent contentious announcement by the Israeli government to build a spate of housing units on the current site of the Shepherd’s Hotel in a predominantly Arab neighborhood.

But inside the Center, recent tensions in the US-Israel relationship colored the Convention. Speakers rallied behind the indelible US-Israel relationship. Even Secretary Clinton stated that the U.S. “commitment to Israel’s security and Israel’s future is rock solid, unwavering, enduring, and forever.” But Clinton combined praise of the relationship with further condemnation of settlement construction, stating that she has always stood by “the longstanding American policy that does not accept the legitimacy of continued settlements.  As Israel’s friend, it is our responsibility to give credit when it is due and to tell the truth when it is needed.” And just a few hours later, Prime Minister Netanyahu didn’t do himself any favors when he stayed intransigent on settlements, stating”the Jews have been building in Jerusalem for 3,000 years,” adding, “Jerusalem is not a Jewish settlement.”

And in the press pit, where yours truly was stationed for much of the action, the confusion continued. Stalwart champions for journalistic impartiality were stunned to see other members of the Fourth Estate jumping to their feet in praise of speakers condemnations of Palestinian “agression” and even a few waiving US, Israeli, and yes, even British flags to correspond to different speakers national loyalties. At the end of the day (literally, as Bibi’s speech started late and went long), the display was enough to surprise and, more than anything, tire any seemingly unbiased journalist into submission.

Obviously, this was a Convention of pro-Israel lobbyists. So one might ask, why be surprised by the overt displays of partiality among press and crowd? Isn’t  a complacent and unquestioning support of all Israeli government actions part of parcel of being a pro-Israel lobby? But, if one takes newly formed and much less funded J-Street as a comparison point, I think that question answers itself.

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Daily International News 03.05.10

March 5, 2010

Daily International News
March 5, 2010

East Asia
Toyota chief holds morale-boosting meet in Japan
[AFP]
Chinese President calls for balanced, coordinated, sustainable development
[Xinhua]

SE Asia
Malaysian Catholics angered by Muslim Communion act
[BBC]
8 jailed for plot to kill Fiji’s prime minister
[AP]

AfPak
Suicide bomber kills at least 10 in Hangu
[Dawn]

Middle East
Turkey recalls ambassador after US resolution on ‘Armenian genocide’
[CSM]
Israel, Palestinians set for indirect talks
[Reuters]

Africa
Chad prime minister resigns: statement
[Reuters]
Rwanda – Kigali hit by twin grenade attacks
[BBC]
Fugitive Rwandan general tracked to South Africa
[AP]
Rwanda grenade attack wounds 16 in capital
[AP]
Togo opposition claims ‘irregularities’ in poll
[AP]

Europe
Iraq invasion was right decision for right reasons, says Brown
[Guardian]
Dutch anti-Islam politician creates stir in UK
[AP]
Russia and Ukraine pledge to mend relations
[BBC]
Iceland’s Prospects Hinge on Vote
[WSJ]

Americas
Clinton pushes Honduras recognition
[AP]
UN envoy: Haiti should hold presidential election
[AP]

Domestic
U.S. criticized on Iran sanctions
[WaPo]
Shooter of Two Pentagon Police Officers Dies
[NYT]
Obama advisers set to recommend military tribunals for alleged 9/11 plotters
[WaPo]
Senators: Lift ban on gays donating blood
[Salon]

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Daily International News 01.12.10

January 13, 2010

I posted this yesterday but it didn’t update for some reason! 😦

Daily International News
January 12, 2010


North Korea

S. Korea and U.S. Dismiss N. Korea’s Peace Talks Proposal
[NYT]

Japan
Investors Seek To Dump JAL On Delisting Fears
[WSJ]
U.S. Seeks to Defuse Sense of ‘Crisis’ in Japan Alliance
[WSJ] and Japan’s foreign minister reaffirms close ties with U.S. [WaPo]

China
China ‘successfully tests missile interceptor’
[BBC]
Baidu hacked by ‘Iranian cyber army’
[BBC]
On Asia-Pacific trip, Hillary Clinton downplays U.S.-China friction
[WaPo]

Southeast Asia
Five charged over Thai-Saudi jewel mystery
[BBC]

Middle East
Iranian nuclear physicist killed in bombing
[WaPo]
Work begins on first planned Palestinian city
[AP]
Tough Sanctions May Not Persuade Iran to Quit Nuclear Program
[Bloomberg]

Europe
Russia and US to resume arms control talks
[AP]
Britain bans Islamist group at centre of march row
[Reuters] and [Guardian]Islam4UK to be banned, says Alan Johnson
Iraq invasion ‘had no legal mandate’, Dutch inquiry finds
[Times of London]
Italy may suspend Berlusconi trials by decree
[Reuters]

Domestic
Ford: I’m gearing up for Senate race
[NY Post]
Some fear Kan. ruling may spur abortion violence
[AP]