Posts Tagged ‘reform’

h1

Daily International News 10.14.10

October 14, 2010

Daily International News
October 14, 2010

Northeast Asia
Nobel Peace Prize
Japan says release of China’s Liu Xiaobo ‘desirable’
[BBC]

China cancels more Norway visits after Nobel prize
[Reuters]
China says backers of Nobel winner support crime
[AP]

China
China’s Wen inspiring debate with calls for reform
[AP]

Trade Officials Ponder China’s Rare Earth Stance
[NYT]
China applauds Chile mine rescue, avoids awkward safety comparisons
[CSM]

Koreas
China confirms DPRK diplomat’s visit, urges for dialogue to resume nuclear talks
[Xinhua]
North Korea pushing nuke talks
[JoongAng]

SKorea wraps up naval maneuvers with US, Japan
[AP]
N. Korean news agency apparently opens Web sites in English, Spanish
[Yonhap]
N. Korea urges S. Korea to quickly agree to talks on suspended tours
[Yonhap]
South Korea lays to rest top North Korean defector
[AP]

Japan
Dollar at 15 year low to Japanese yen
[BBC]

Southeast Asia
Indonesia Suharto-era book banning law lifted
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
U.S. Backs Taliban Talks
[WSJ] and U.S. Aids Taliban to Attend Talks on Making Peace [NYT]

Seven LJ men planning PM assassination arrested
[Dawn]
Pakistan Pledges to Attack Al-Qaeda ‘Epicenter,’ Mullen Says
[Bloomberg]

Middle East
Palestinians counter Israeli offer on settlements
[WaPo]

US military says 77,000 Iraqis killed over 5 years
[AP]
Iran to hold OPEC presidency for first time in 36 years
[BBC]

Ahmadinejad visits south Lebanon
[Al Jazeera]
UAE says it opposed Canada’s Security Council bid
[AP]

Africa
UN could police parts of north-south Sudan border
[Reuters]

North and south Sudan disagree over Abyei vote
[Reuters]
George Clooney call to freeze Sudan leader’s assets
[BBC]
Somali president names new prime minister
[AP]
Somali pirates free Puntland minister
[BBC]
Niger’s junta’s deputy arrested
[BBC]

Europe
NATO chief calls for anti-missile system
[AP]
US counterterror official: Euro plot still active
[AP]
Clinton urges Kosovo to start talks with Serbia
[WaPo]

Dutch government sworn in but lacks reform mandate
[Reuters]
French petrol firms seek emergency supplies
[BBC]

Third day of protests in France as strikes grind on
[Reuters]
Greek police tear gas Acropolis protesters
[FT]

Americas
Rousseff holds ground in Brazil election race
[Reuters]
Chile’s textbook mine rescue brings global respect
[AP]

Domestic
Administration expected to appeal ‘don’t ask’ ruling
[WaPo]

Jarrett apologizes for gay remark
[WaPo]
U.S. politicians compete to bash China for gains in midterm elections
[Xinhua]

Obama ad courts young, minority voters, urging them to ‘make history again’
[WaPo]
O’Donnell, Coons stage feisty debate in Delaware
[CNN]
For Reid, No Shaking Tea Party Challenger
[NYT]
Tea Party Economic Gloom Fuels Republican Momentum, Poll Shows
[Bloomberg]
Lack of proper mortgage paper trail could leave big banks reeling again
[WaPo]
Gray vows to continue school reforms as he names interim D.C. chancellor
[WaPo]
Armenians face US health care scam charges
[BBC]

h1

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]

h1

POST: In Praise of Mr. Olbermann

August 11, 2009

Last night’s well-thought out, highly personalized, and not to mention passionate Special Comment on Countdown with Keith Olbermann should be touted. And thank god, it has been…by some. I want to add my voice to those that approval of his capacity to not only put into words all that I could was so eloquently feeling, but he did so with a poetic aptitude that certainly met with the approbation of this lowly blogger.

He first started out with a studied attack on Sarah Palin, stating the (to me, all too obviousness) that she is “a clear and present danger to the safety and security of this nation.” As for the possibility of her return to politics, this Viscount of Volubility said that her assertion that ‘death panels’ would determine your and your families ‘worth’ ” should debar you, for all time, from any position of responsibility or trust in the governance of this nation or any of its states or municipalities.” He warned Palin and others favorable to fear mongering to be wary of their actions, citing a story I hadn’t heard of of a AstroTurfer bringing a gun to a town hall.  He finished his Palin ministration with a much needed, “God forgive you, Ms. Palin.”

He then went on to eulogize the death of rational American political thinking, citing such veteran irrationals as Glenn Beck (all around lunatic and poison fetishist), Lou Dobbs (birthers supporter), Senator John Corynyn (R-Texas) (well-known now for his assertion that the WH is trying to compile personal contact information under the guise of soliciting health care opinions), and the infamous birthers.

To finish, he cited this from President Lincoln’s first inaugural address:
We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection.  The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone, all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

It saddens me that in 2009, frustrated media men have been forced to quote the words of a man battling the ravages of the Civil War, to combat the hatred spurned bu AstroTurfers, birthers, and other all around racists. Sure, it’s not as though racial inequalities and racism in general would disappear (or even lessen) with the inauguration of President Obama, but the flare-ups of racism disguised as health care debate, or, so ludicrously, as ‘real’ interest in the state of American politics, more so than making me angry, simply make me tired.