Posts Tagged ‘MP’

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Daily International News 09.15.10

September 15, 2010

Daily International News
September 15, 2010

Northeast Asia
Arnold Schwarzenegger sells California to East Asia [BBC]
Koreas
North Korea to resume talks with UN Command on sinking
[Nation]
US envoy: No quick progress likely in NKorea talks
[AP]
Bosworth seeks improved North-South relations to resume 6-way talks
[Kyodo]
Carter hopes prisoner release helps peace talks
[AP]
N. Korean website raises succession issue ahead of key party meeting
[Yonhap]
The Rapid Rise of Kim Jong-un
[Chosun]
NKorean political gathering delayed, sources say
[AP]
Japan
Kan works on new Cabinet, DPJ leadership lineups
[Kyodo]
Japan moves to combat rising yen
[BBC]
China
China rejects US trade complaint over clean energy
[AP]

Southeast Asia
Cambodia opens first methadone clinic for heroin users
[BBC]
Police arrest vigilantes for Indonesia church attack
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Debates Karzai’s Place in Fighting Corruption
[NYT]
Kabulbank directors were paid $500K bonuses – audit
[Reuters]
Holbrooke talks up American aid in Pakistan visit
[AP]
Pakistani printers make fake Afghan voting cards
[AP]

Middle East
Peace Talks
Israeli aircraft strike Gaza as leaders convene
[AP]
Israelis, Palestinians ‘Getting Down to Business’
[Bloomberg]
No concessions in Middle East talks
[Al Jazeera]
Iran/Iraq
American freed by Iran plans medical exam in Oman
[AP]
Former Iranian president calls on Iran to take U.S.-led sanctions seriously
[WaPo]
US-Iraqi raid on Fallujah kills 7
[AP]

Africa
Guinea election body set to decide on poll
[Reuters]
Nigeria president declares election bid on Facebook
[Reuters]

UK
Ed Miliband ‘increasingly confident’ in Labour race
[BBC]
BP’s Hayward to testify to UK lawmakers on spill
[AP]
UK MP says speed of defence review ‘could put operations at risk’
[BBC]

Europe
Europe Proposes Rules to Help Steady Markets
[NYT]
Pope’s visit: aide steps aside after comparing Britain to ‘third world’
[Guardian]
French Senate approves burqa ban
[DW]
French lawmakers OK raising retirement age to 62
[AP]

Americas
Former Chilean President to Lead New U.N. Agency
[NYT]
Self-employment key to Cuban economic overhaul
[AP]
Tropical storm Karl hits Mexico’s Yucatan
[AP]

Domestic
Tea Party win hurts Republicans’ Senate chances
[Reuters]
How Adrian Fenty lost his reelection bid for D.C. mayor
[WaPo]
Primary Voter Turnout Stays Low, but More So for Democrats
[NYT]
Lugar’s final word on new START
[FP]
Pentagon Accelerates Savings Push
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 03.16.10

March 16, 2010

Daily International News
March 16, 2010

China
Chinese premier, British foreign secretary underline free trade
[Xinhua]
China criticizes US pressure over currency
[AP] and Senate bill threatens stiff new penalties on China [Reuters]
China without Google: ‘a lose-lose scenario’
[AP] and Foreign investment environment won’t be affected in China if Google quits: FM spokesman [Xinhua]
China shows no sign of budging on Iran sanctions
[AP] and China more concerned about Iran, wary on sanctions [Reuters]
Mystery of missing Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng deepens
[BBC]

Israel/Palestine
US envoy cancels Mideast trip, Israel feud deepens
[AP] and U.S. pushing Netanyahu to accept demands for peace talks [WaPo]
Netanyahu affirms settlement project that U.S. considers ‘affront’
[Miami Herald]
Hundreds of Palestinians riot in Jerusalem
[AFP]
Israeli FM reportedly boycotts Brazil’s President Lula
[BBC] and Mercosur/Israel free trade agreement becomes effective April [MercoPress]

(Other) Middle East
Iran Plans to Execute 6 Arrested in Protests
[NYT]
Eight dead, 11 wounded in Iraq bomb attacks
[Reuters]
Yemen says militants died in raid
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
U.S. Is Reining In Special Forces in Afghanistan
[NYT]
U.S. missile strike kills 10 militants in Pakistan
[Reuters]
Gunbattle erupts at Indian space centre in Bangalore
[Reuters]
Sri Lankan opposition leader faces court-martial
[AP]

SE Asia
Thai red-shirts splash blood in anti-government protest
[BBC]
CAPITAL CULTURE: Indonesia remembers young Obama
[AP]
Vietnam releases dissident priest Nguyen Van Ly
[BBC]

Africa
Somali pirates free North Korean chemical tanker
[AP]
Nigeria presidential vote set for Jan 22 or April 23
[Reuters]

Europe
European finance ministers agree Greece rescue plan
[BBC]
Irish Catholic leader won’t quit for abuse coverup
[AP]

[UK]
Six MPs’ expenses appeals are dismissed
[BBC]
Brussels berates Britain for disappointing Budget plan [Telegraph]
Kidnapped Oldham boy Sahil Saeed found safe in Pakistan
[BBC]
Glamour boy Beckham to miss World Cup after injury
[AP]

Americas
Aftershock hits off coast of Chile, no damage
[Reuters]
Chavez defends ETA suspects wanted in Spain
[AP]
FBI, DEA join probe of slayings near Mexican border
[WaPo]

Domestic
House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it
[WaPo]
US plans to give high-speed broadband to every American
[BBC]

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Labour’s ‘Victory’ over Racism: A Premature Pat on the Back?

January 14, 2010

Today, in an unusually proud statement by Communities Secretary John Denham, Labour proclaimed its near victory over racism, making the point that the United Kingdom not enjoys the most culturally-aware and accepting population ever seen on the island. The statement, coupled with the release of a report entitled “Tackling race inequality: A statement on race” was intended to not only highlight the multitude of efforts by Labour MPs over the years to recognised these problems” and “legislate against racism” but also as a way to erode away the racist platform upon which UK’s nationalist parties stand, particularly the BNP.

However, this pat on the back might be a little premature. Although the UK is more exposed on a wider-scale to some Caribbean, African, and South Asian cultures, incidents of ethnic violence grew in the 1990s – between 1994 and 1998 there were around 5000 reported racist incidents in the Metropolitan police area. Compare that to over 23,000 between 1999 and 2000 (Institute of Race Relations). Additionally, racist terms continue to be employed by youth as well as adults in the cities, to refer to those of immigrant backgrounds especially South Asian and East Asian descent. Take into account as well that less than 2% of the population in London is of East Asian descent (UK ethnicity cards denote either ‘Chinese’ or ‘other’ for East Asians) and NOT a new immigrant, which means exposure to East Asian cultures and peoples is extremely low.

Mr. Denham was making the case that in the UK today, class is the first impediment to education, job acquisition or housing, not race. The steps that Labour have encouraged to bring the UK system to this place are good steps, but they are only preliminary. Additionally, attitudes towards different cultures in the cities centers are in stark contrast to those in the countryside (as is true of most countries). More needs to be done and the small steps over the past few years cannot create a sense of complacency in the issue. But if Labour is going to the lengths it is in to push the publication of this new paper to the detriment of the BNP, it seems action is on the minds of the government, and hopefully it stays there.