Posts Tagged ‘israel settlements’

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Daily International News 03.26.10

March 26, 2010

Daily International News
March 26, 2010

East Asia
NKorea threatens ‘nuclear strikes’ on SKorea, US
[AP]
Chinese companies debate links with Google
[FT]
China steams ahead on clean energy
[BBC]
Japan finalizing US base relocation proposal [AP]
Japan PM admits mistakes, asks voters for patience
[Reuters]

Southeast Asia
UN calls for Burma elections to be credible
[BBC]

Middle East
Iraq to release full results from March 7 vote
[AP]
Israel to continue building in east Jerusalem
[AP]

Africa
Rwanda opposition politician jailed for genocide
[BBC]
Zimbabwe PM Morgan Tsvangirai rejects gay rights move
[BBC]
‘No evidence’ WFP’s Somalia food aid diverted
[BBC]

Europe
Deal reached over Greece debts at Brussels summit
[BBC]
Pope Was Told Pedophile Priest Would Get Transfer
[NYT]
Russian bombers ‘intercepted in British airspace’
[CNN]

Americas
Jailers: 40 inmates escape in Mexican border
[AP]
Chávez Critic Is Arrested, Then Freed, in Venezuela
[NYT]

Domestic
U.S. Congress approves final healthcare changes
[Reuters]
US official: Treaty cuts nuclear weapons by fourth
[AP]
Bullet that hit Va. congressman’s office random
[AP]

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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 03.08.10

March 8, 2010

Daily International News
March 8, 2010

North Korea
NKorea says ready to ‘blow up’ SKorea, US
[AP]
N. Korea puts forces on combat alert as U.S., S. Korea begin drill
[Yonhap]

Japan
U.S. Reaches Out to Tokyo’s Real Power
[NYT]
Japan defends dolphin hunt in Oscar-winning ‘Cove’
[AP]

China
China cautions against expecting fast yuan rise
[Reuters]
FM rejects accusations of China’s “tough stance”, calls for objective views on China
[Xinhua]
Xinjiang official stresses fighting separatism, says 198 sentenced for deadly riot
[Xinhua]
Heavy security is the new normal in China’s Tibet
[AP]

SE Asia
Burma military passes key election laws
[BBC]

Iraq
In Iraq, a day of votes, violence
[WaPo]
Iraqi PM’s coalition seen leading vote
[AP]
Sunnis Go to Polls, This Time, to Retain a Voice
[NYT]

(Other) Middle East
Iran launches short-range cruise missile production line
[Tehran Times]
Strong earthquake slams eastern Turkey, kills 51
[AP]
Israel OKs new settlement work despite slowdown
[AP]
Biden in Israel after pledging U.S. support on Iran
[Reuters]
Palestinians: indirect talks last chance for peace
[AP]

Central/South Asia
Afghan leader to host peace conference in spring
[AP]
Gates meeting with military, political leaders
[AP]
Qaeda Operative Arrested in Pakistan
[NYT]

Europe
Iceland Voters Reject Repayment Plan
[NYT]
Civil servants in 48-hour redundancy pay strike
[BBC]
EU’s foreign policy chief seeks to spell out agenda
[Reuters]

Africa
Nigeria: Jos – Another Massacre
[AllAfrica]
Guinea sets June 27 presidential election date
[AP]
Dictator’s son declared winner in Togo election
[CNN]

Americas
US troops withdrawing en masse from Haiti
[AP]
Chileans didn’t get warning of arriving tsunami
[Miami Herald]
Ex-Honduran leader to pen book about 2009 coup
[AP]

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International Daily News 12.28.09

December 28, 2009

Daily International News
December 28, 2009

Iranian protestors pursue police - WaPo photo.

NE Asia
Activist: NKorea apparently detains US missionary
[AP]
Chinese tell British drug-smuggler Akmal Shaikh he will die tomorrow
[Times of London] and Relatives visit Briton on death row in China [AP]
Hijacked Chinese bulk carrier rescued
[Xinhua]
Mentally handicapped Chinese trafficked, killed – report
[Reuters]

Central/SE Asia
Vietnamese democracy advocate gets 5 years jail
[Reuters]
Thai move to kick out asylum-seekers angers West
[Reuters]
New form of malaria threatens Thai-Cambodia border
[AP]

AfPak
Bomb at Shi’ite procession in Pakistan kills 25 [Reuters]
Zardari WSJ Op-Ed
: ‘Democracy Is the Greatest Revenge.’

Middle East
Israel to build 700 apartments in east Jerusalem
[AP]
U.S. Widens Terror War to Yemen, a Qaeda Bastion
[NYT] and Yemen arrests 29 al Qaeda suspects after raids [Reuters]
Iran opposition figures arrested after protests
[BBC] and Pictures from the Protests [WaPo]
Abu Dhabi signs nuclear power deal with South Korean group
[The National]

Europe
Russia warns EU of oil cuts over Ukraine row
[Reuters]

Americas/Domestic
Plane suspect was listed in terror database after father alerted U.S. officials
[WaPo]
Democrats Say Final Health-Care Bill Will Look Like Senate’s
[WSJ]
Argentina puts officials on trial over the abuses of the ‘Dirty War’
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 11.30.09

November 30, 2009

Daily International News
November 30, 2009

DPRK
U.S. wants to close dialogue with N. Korea in single phase: official
[Yonhap]
“The U.S., which is set to hold direct bilateral talks with North Korea next week to lure the country back to denuclearization talks, wants the contact to be a one-off event but the North is expected to attempt to drag out the two-way dialogue, a senior Seoul official said Monday.”

Japan
Japanese prime minister apologizes for scandal
[WP]
“Hatoyama apologized Monday in parliament for the donations scandal but suggested he will remain prime minister unless he is prosecuted.”

China
Reporters face charges for mine coverup
[China Daily]
“Ten journalists and nearly 50 officials are facing prosecution after a State Council probe found they allegedly took bribes to cover up a mine disaster in Hebei province.”

China rejects EU calls for yuan appreciation [Global Times]
“Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao rejected “unfair” calls for the yuan to appreciate Monday and reaffirmed China’s determination to take its own gradual steps on the value of its currency.”

AfPak
Obama’s Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit
[NYT]
“It’s accurate to say that he will be more explicit about both goals and time frame than has been the case before and than has been part of the public discussion,” said a senior official.”

Zardari Cedes Power to Pakistani Premier [WSJ]
“In an attempt to defuse the situation, Mr. Zardari over the weekend transferred command of the country’s nuclear arsenal to Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, signaling his willingness to shed some of his powers.”

Defense lawyer for Mumbai attack accused dismissed [Reuters]
“The lawyer for the lone surviving gunman accused of the Mumbai attacks was removed from the case on Monday for non-cooperation.”

Middle East
Iran says UN criticism prompted new nuclear plans
[AP]
“Iran’s nuclear chief on Monday said U.N. criticism pushed his country to retaliate by announcing ambitious plans for more uranium enrichment. With tensions rising over deadlocked negotiations, France said diplomacy was not working and sanctions against Iran were needed.”

 

”]Israel says enforcing West Bank settlement moratorium [Reuters]
“Israeli inspectors armed with aerial maps and empowered to confiscate construction equipment have begun enforcing a limited government moratorium on new building in West Bank settlements, officials said on Monday.”

 

Israeli right, settlers seethe over settlement ease [AFP]
“In an act of defiance, Gershon Messika, the director of a regional settlement council in the occupied West Bank, tore up the government moratorium order when he received it from the military, his spokesman said.”

Hamas Bans Women Dancers, Scooter Riders in Gaza Push (Update1) [Bloomberg]
“The Islamic Hamas movement banned girls last month from riding behind men on motor scooters and forbade women from dancing at the opening of a folk museum.”

Europe
Switzerland votes to prohibit the building of mosque minarets
[WP]
“Official results on Sunday showed a surprisingly strong 57.5 percent of those voting endorsed it.”

Africa
Rwanda and France restore diplomatic relations
[BBC]
“On Sunday Rwanda was also admitted to the Commonwealth.”

Americas
Honduras hopes to move past coup with election
[WP]
“Election organizers also said that more than 60 percent of registered voters cast ballots.”

United States, Brazil at odds over Honduras crisis [Reuters]
“Conservative opposition leader Porfirio Lobo easily won the election on Sunday, but he will struggle to get recognition in Latin America where many leftist governments see the election as a nail in the coffin of ousted President Manuel Zelaya.”

Exit polls: Ex-guerrilla wins Uruguay presidency [CNN]
“Exit polls had Mujica defeating former president Luis Alberto Lacalle by a margin of 4 to 8 percentage points.”

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Daily International News 11.23.09

November 23, 2009

Daily International News
November 23, 2009

DPRK
N. Korea says naval skirmish demonstrates need for peace treaty with U.S.
[Yonhap]
North Korea urged the United States on Monday to replace their armistice agreement with a peace treaty, citing a recent skirmish between the two Koreas’ navies as “proof” that such a treaty is necessary for peace on the peninsula

China and North Korea defence ministers pledge ties [BBC]
Chinese and North Korean defence chiefs have pledged to strengthen their long-standing military alliance

China/Taiwan
Taiwan concedes territorial waters near China
[Reuters]
Taiwan retains control over the tiny island chains of Kinmen and Matsu but does not claim the ocean around them, the Taiwan government said in a notice stating its position for the first time

China families protest mine disaster; toll hits 104 [Reuters]
Relatives of miners killed by a gas blast at a coal pit in northeast China scuffled with police and demanded answers

China activist who spoke out on quake gets 3 years [AP]
A veteran dissident was sentenced Monday to three years in prison after casting a spotlight on poorly built schools that collapsed during China’s massive earthquake last year

Philippines
Philippine kidnappers kill 21 in ‘political massacre’
[AFP]
Supporters of a prominent local politician in Maguindanao province and local journalists were among those murdered

Central/South Asia
Afghan security plans ‘a tall order’
[AFP]
Afghan government plans to boost army and police numbers massively have been greeted with scepticism by diplomats and military experts who say the figures are too ambitious

India tests nuclear-capable missile after sunset [Reuters]
India’s army tested a nuclear-capable Agni missile after sunset on Monday for the first time to demonstrate it could be fired whenever required

Middle East
Israel, Hamas near swap of prisoners for soldier
[AP]
Israel and Hamas are close to a deal to swap 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for an Israeli soldier held for more than three years

Iraq parliament passes new vote law [Reuters]
Iraq’s fractious parliament on Monday approved an amended version of a law needed to hold a general election next year

Iran stages war games, sits on West’s nuclear offer [WP]
Military issues warning to Israel, tries to show defensive capacity

Europe
Germany attacks Israel settlement plan before visit
[Reuters]
Germany on Monday criticized Israeli plans to expand settlements in the occupied West Bank, in unusually explicit terms a week before the two countries’ leaders meet in Berlin

From Sunday>> N.Ireland on edge after huge car bomb found [AFP]
Northern Ireland
was on edge Monday after a huge car bomb only just failed to cause devastation

Russia says new blast at arms depot kills 8 [Reuters]
Eight soldiers were killed and two injured Monday when munitions exploded at a Russian navy arms depot

Africa

Sudan announces slight delay to upcoming elections [Sudan Tribune]
The Sudanese NEC announced a six day delay to the elections in order to allow more time for voters to register

From Sunday>>Algeria acquits two former Guantanamo Bay detainees [BBC]
Two Algerian men held at Guantanamo Bay for seven years on terror charges have been acquitted at a trial on being returned home

Americas
Brazil: World should engage, not isolate Iran
[AP]

Engaging, not isolating Iran is the way to push for peace and stability in the Middle East, said Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva