Posts Tagged ‘protest’

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Daily International News 09.13.10

September 13, 2010

Daily International News
September 13, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
U.S. envoy ‘optimistic’ about prospects for engagement with N. Korea
[Yonhap]
Rare North Korea meet delayed due to leader’s health – report
[Reuters]
Two Koreas agree to hold family reunion talks Friday
[Korea Times]
S. Korean final report reaffirms DPRK’s culpability in sinking warship
[Xinhua]
SKorea to send rice, other aid to flood-hit NKorea
[AP]
Middlesbrough Ladies set to tour North Korea
[USA Today]
China
‘Direct line’ to government draws Chinese netizens
[BBC]
First Chinese female judge sworn in at ICJ
[Xinhua]
Japan
Japan frees Chinese fishing crew
[BBC]
Japan foreign minister apologizes to US POWs
[AP]
Japan PM and rival prepare for party showdown
[AFP]

South/Central Asia
Nato urged to allow partition of Afghanistan
[Telegraph]
At least 13 killed in Kashmir protests
[Dawn]

Middle East
Saudi Arms Deal Advances
[WSJ]
Israel Bends Slightly on Settlement Building
[NYT]
Erdogan claims victory in Turkey referendum
[FT]
Iran bail decision on American stirs backlash
[AP]
U.N. nuclear body and Iran clash over barred inspectors
[Reuters]
‘Rampant abuse in Iraq jails’
[Al Jazeera]

Africa
Zimbabwe court frees on bail US health workers
[AP]
Commission of Africa Hits Out Over Trade Talks, Calls for Billions in Aid
[All Africa]
Guinea suspends run-off campaigning after clashes
[BBC]

Europe
Russia denies Georgian claims of ethnic cleansing
[AP]
New UN drugs czar takes office
[AP]
UK
UK officials won’t meet US Lockerbie investigators
[AP]
Government accused of ‘abuse of power’ after cancelling 2011 Queen’s speech
[Guardian]
British unions back coordinated strikes against cuts
[AFP]
Phil Woolas campaign ‘sought to make white folk angry’
[BBC]

Americas/Domestic
On 200th birthday, Mexico battered but not broken
[AP]
Fate of tax cuts is key issue as Congress returns
[WaPo]
In Del., GOP comes out swinging against tea party
[WaPo]
Imam Rauf ‘exploring options’ over NY Islamic centre
[BBC]
Opinion: Post-9/11, we’re safer than we think [WaPo]
Immigration overhaul could leave gay couples out
[WaPo]

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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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POST: They Lie, Reform Dies

September 15, 2009

This past weekend, the Tea Party “Patriots” descended, like a plague of Biblical locusts, upon Washington, filling the streets and the National Mall with slander and bigotry. Because of this and other issues, it’s been hard for me to read or watch domestic news lately. But tonight, as I took a nice, evening run on that same politically hallowed ground on which they had stomped the night before, I couldn’t help but start to think about it.

On my way to my local bank on the weekend, I passed by a few of these teabaggers, a self-appointed term by these “patriots” of which not only I have noted the hilarity. With signs and obligatory American flags, they stomped to fight Obamacare and his, as Rachel Maddow sardonically notes, “secret plan to kill old people.” One marcher was quoted, in front of a news camera, the following:

“We think we are losing our country. We think the Muslims are moving in and taking over. We do not believe our President is a Christian.”

The sign reads, "Obama-nomics. Monkey See. Monkey Spend." What else is this but pure, disgusting bigotry.

The sign reads, "Obama-nomics. Monkey See. Monkey Spend." What else is this but pure, disgusting bigotry.

There are so, so many things wrong with this statement, the least of which is my hope that in my lifetime, our freedom-loving, free speech-defending citizens will realize one can be moral, intelligent…and not Christian.  But what really hits home is the pure ignorance of the crowd and the lightly veiled (and sometimes even blatant) bigotry. It utterly, deeply scares me. In all of this melee, it’s difficult for me to even imagine these sentiments coming from the mouths of real people.

My question is, where is the ANTI-tea party, PRO-health care march? Can someone please get on that?

The bottom line – it is okay to march, to protest, and to voice your opinion.

But, now, the debate is CLEARLY not about health care anymore.