Posts Tagged ‘resignation’

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Daily International News 06.02.10

June 2, 2010

Daily International News
June 2, 2010

Northeast Asia
Japan PM quits with FinMin Kan frontrunner for job
[Reuters]
Op-ed: Revolving door keeps turning in Japan [FT]
Op-ed: How Will Hatoyama Move Affect Global Relations? [WSJ]
N. Korea’s Kim Jong-il resurfaces after disappearing amid tension
[Yonhap]
South Koreans vote for local offices amid tensions
[AP]
S. Korea, U.S. mil-mil exercises in Yellow Sea next week
[Yonhap]

China/HK
China says no thanks to US defense chief
[AP]
Chinese premier starts two-day visit to Myanmar
[Xinhua]
China to further bilateral ties with Japan: FM
[Xinhua]
China cartoon brings reminder of Tiananmen, erased
[AP]
‘Goddess of Democracy’ creator deported, says lawmaker
[SCMP]
Foxconn raises worker pay by 30 pct after suicides
[AP]
Apple boss defends conditions at iPhone factory
[BBC]

Southeast/Central Asia
Thai PM survives confidence vote over Bangkok protests
[BBC]
Taliban Attacks Shake Afghan Peace Gathering
[NYT]

Middle East
Iran Says New sanctions could mean confrontation
[AFP]
Israel deports all activists from Gaza-bound ships
[AP]
Obama speaks with Turkish prime minister about flotilla raid
[CNN]
Mideast Peace Push May Survive Raid on Gaza Activists
[Bloomberg]
Gaza Situation ‘Unsustainable,’ Clinton Says as Ship Approaches
[Bloomberg]

Africa
Libyan executions of foreigners are condemned
[BBC]
US court rules ex-Somali PM can be sued over torture
[BBC]
Liberia sends seven to US on cocaine-smuggling charges
[BBC]

Europe
David Cameron’s first PMQ’s as Prime Minister [Times UK]
Balkan hopefuls meet EU leaders in Sarajevo [BBC]
Russia launching 520-day Mars mission simulation
[AP]
Polish Pilot Saw Chance of Landing
[NYT]
‘Morally bankrupt’ Sarah Ferguson weeps on Oprah
[Times UK]
Body of gunman found after Cumbria shootings
[Times UK]

Americas/Domestic
Cancun mayor charged with ties to drug cartels
[AP]
BP Gulf Spill Prompts Criminal, Civil Investigations by U.S.
[Bloomberg]
Gores Announce They’re Separating After 40 Years of Marriage
[Bloomberg]
Party switcher Parker Griffith, Rep. Arthur Davis lose in Alabama primaries
[WaPo]

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Daily International News 06.01.10

June 1, 2010

Daily International News
June 1, 2010 [and some weekend pieces]

Northeast Asia
Japan PM Hatoyama faces pressure to resign
[BBC]
South Korea probes war rumours ahead of elections
[Reuters]
China and Japan ‘back North Korea financial sanctions’
[BBC]
Three judges shot dead at a court in Hunan, China
[BBC]
China bans evidence from torture
[BBC]
China aims to become supercomputer superpower
[BBC]

Southeast Asia
UN calls for Thai clashes inquiry
[BBC]
Thai government faces no-confidence vote over Bangkok
[BBC]

Central/South Asia
Senior al-Qaeda leader ‘killed’ in Afghanistan
[BBC]
India-US talks to focus on Afghanistan, economic ties
[Reuters]
Afghan insurgents dismiss Karzai peace “jirga”
[Reuters]

Middle East [Israel/PA]
U.N. Security Council Condemns ‘Acts’ in Israeli Raid
[NYT]
Activists send new boat to challenge Gaza blockade
[AP]
China urges Israel to break blockade on Gaza
[Xinhua]
Op-ed: Flotilla Assault Spurs Crisis [WSJ]
Editorial: The flotilla fiasco [WaPo]
Rift between crucial Middle East allies a headache for United States
[CNN]
Turkish PM calls Israeli ship raid a ‘massacre’
[AP]

[Other] Middle East
Iraq’s supreme court upholds March election result
[BBC]
U.N. Says Iran Has Fuel for 2 Nuclear Weapons
[NYT]
China calls for early resumption of dialogue on Iranian nuke issue
[Xinhua]

Africa
5 of 7 candidates withdraw from Burundi elections
[AP]
Namibia HIV women sue over forced sterilisation
[BBC]
Al-Qaida leader in Algeria surrenders
[AP]

Europe
German President Koehler quits amid row over military
[BBC]
French President Sarkozy backs African global role
[BBC]
European Central Bank’s Report Issues Warning
[NYT]

Americas/Domestic
Uribe ally favourite as Colombia set for run-off poll
[BBC]
20 to 25 Bodies Found in Mexico Mine
[NYT]
Gulf oil spill: BP prepares new attempt to cap flow
[BBC]
High Court Nominee Kagan May Get Support From Republicans
[Bloomberg]

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POST: Poolside Prince of Darkness: Why Does Labour Keep Lord Mandelson Around??

August 7, 2009

For the past two days, no one has been running the UK.

Thing I’m joking? Here’s the scoop.  Two weeks ago, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown left 10 Downing Street for his summer vaca, leaving Labour MP from Camberwell/Peckham (next door to my old house in East Dulwich!) Harriet Harman in charge.  She was overwhelmingly omniscient in her two weeks at Number 10. No joke.  She proceeded to create a veritable layer cake of Harman-osity: beginning with a five layers of public appearances, then adding a quite superfluous I’m “not going to become a shrinking violet,” and finishing it all off with a healthy dollop of  “financial collapse would have been averted if women had been in charge.” Scrumptious.

But Mandelson seems nearly unperturbed with his stint in the office. So much so that he’s doing the first four days of it ALSO on vacation (if all that one needs to run the British government is a BlackBerry and a pool to sit by, I can be on the job in a few hours…). Yes, Lord Mandelson is in Corfu, after having accepted an invitation to return to the villa at which he spent last year.

Well, maybe Mandelson simply doesn’t want to be rude. I mean, if you RSVP to the villa, you mustn’t break your plans for the simple matter of helping to run a country.

Lord Mandelson Slimed

My favorite picture of Lord Mandelson - "The only thing green about the Prince of Darkness" - after he got slimed by that G20 protester. Plus it's right outside of my old workplace!

The only reason I find this so frustrating is because it’s added to my previous incredulity over why Labour keeps Mandelson around.  More than that – why they insist on bringing him back into the fold over and over again. Has everyone forgot his first (yes, there has been more than one…) resignation after he received a tax free ‘loan’ of 373,000 GBP from the Paymaster General? And not to mention his second resignation after attempting to push through the naturalization of a wealthy Indian businessman after contributing heavily to the Faith Section in the Millenium Dome. THEN, after these scandals, they thought it appropriate to make him a life peer, allowing him to join the House of Lords and thus have permanent access to British politics.

What FURTHER frustrates me is that it makes me agree even further with the Conservative Party (something I don’t want to do…) and with their Chairman, Eric Pickles, when he said “Lord Mandelson’s vice-like grip on power means he’s untouchable and can do whatever he wants.” But, I am forced to.

Why, oh why, do they keep him around? Thoughts?