Posts Tagged ‘satellite’

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Daily International News 12.06.10

December 6, 2010

Daily International News
December 6, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
V. Cha Op-ed: What to Do About N.Korean Aggression? [Chosun]
U.S. steps up pressure on China to rein in North Korea
[WaPo]
China’s Hu tells Obama Korea tension could go
[Reuters]
South Korea begins live-fire military drills
[BBC]
ICC investigating alleged war crimes by North Korea
[BNO News]
160 OFWs allowed to leave for South Korea
[ABS-CBN]
Obama touts S.Korea trade deal, looks for more
[Reuters]
FTA now in legislative cross hairs
[JoongAng]
SKorean presidential body calls for restoring 24-month military service term [Yonhap]

China/Japan
Leaked memos likely to strain China-US ties more
[AP]
Japanese gov’t tipped off Chinese officials about fishing boat captain’s release
[Mainichi]
China disrupts NHK report on Nobel Prize ceremony set for next week [Mainichi]

Central/South Asia
India, France sign multimillion nuclear power deal
[AP]
Two blasts kill at least 40 in Pakistan
[UPI]
Cash Flow to Terrorists Evades U.S. Efforts
[NYT]
From 12/5 Afghanistan Government Arrests 4 on Election Panel [NYT]

Middle East
Nuclear Talks Start Between Iran and 6 Nations
[NYT]
Egyptian polls open despite boycotts by opposition parties
[CNN]
Israel fears ‘flood’ of migrants threatens state
[AP]

Africa
Mbeki Arrives in Côte d’Ivoire as Tension Mounts
[All Africa]
Kenya crackdown in Nairobi’s Somali Eastleigh suburb
[BBC]
Bangladeshi ship seized by pirates heads to Somalia
[BBC]

Europe
UN Climate Envoys Consider 2-Year Deadline for Curbing Carbon
[Bloomberg]
British lawmaker denies aide is a Russian spy
[CNN]
Reports: Russian satellites fall into Pacific
[AP]
Spain may extend state of alert over strike
[BBC]
Europe’s leaders at odds over bond plan
[FT]
Continental ‘responsible’ for Concorde crash in 2000
[BBC]

Americas
Gunmen kill 4 in attack on 2 Mexico rehab centers
[AP]
Haiti demonstrators clash with police in Port-au-Prince
[BBC]
From 12/5 Venezuelans elect 11 mayors, 2 state governors [AP]

Domestic
WikiLeaks Backfires by Exposing Hidden U.S. Virtue: Albert Hunt
[Bloomberg]
From 12/5 Hundreds of WikiLeaks Mirror Sites Appear [NYT]
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says Sarah Palin is “absolutely” electable
[WaPo]
Lawmakers Target Social Security, Tax Breaks to Reduce Deficit
[Bloomberg]
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s Take On The Economy
[CBS]
Bush Tax-Cut Deal With Jobless Aid Said to Be Near
[NYT]

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Daily International News 10.05.10

October 5, 2010

Daily International News
October 5, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
NKorea’s Kim Jong Un joins father at army drill
[AP]
North Korea’s new dawn with Kim Jong-un
[CSM]
Activity spotted near N. Korean nuclear facility
[WaPo]
Carter Endorses North Korea Housing Project
[US News]
ASEM leaders to condemn March attack on S. Korean warship
[Yonhap]
N.Korea ‘Partly’ Behind GPS Interruptions in East Sea
[Chosun]
Japan
Opinion: Mr. Kan, stop wasting time
[Japan Times]
Bank of Japan sets course for QE
[FT]
China/Taiwan
China, Japan end spat over maritime collision
[AP]
Wen says S. Korea misunderstands Beijing’s stance on ship sinking
[Yonhap]
EU urges faster yuan rise
[Reuters]
Wen expects France to push for positive EU policies toward China
[Xinhua]
China calls on rich nations to improve emission targets
[Guardian]
China to launch two satellites to monitor space environment
[Xinhua]
Taiwan official says China threat growing: reports
[AP]

Southeast Asia
‘Merchant of death’ Viktor Bout extradition ‘back on’
[BBC]
Indonesia cancels Netherlands visit over arrest threat
[BBC]

South/Central Asia
Obama says no big shift now in Afghan war strategy
[Reuters]
U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence on Fossil Fuels
[NYT]
NATO convoys attacked in separate strikes in Pakistan
[WaPo]

Middle East
Extending Israel Settlement Ban ‘Very Difficult,’ Finance Minister Says
[Bloomberg]
Maliki-Allawi deal could end impasse
[WaPo]
In Sign of Discord, Iran Blocks Web Sites of Some Clerics
[NYT]
Egyptian newspaper sacks dissident chief editor
[AP]

Africa
Nigeria’s Babangida aide arrest condemned
[BBC]
Uganda says it can raise whole force for Somalia
[Reuters]
Two Algerian Christians ‘did not break Ramadan rules’
[BBC]

Europe/UK
Germany not ID’ing 5 militants killed in Pakistan
[AP]
Two Win Nobel for Work on Ultra-Thin Material
[NYT]
France holds 11 as Europe faces terrorism alert
[Reuters]
Ex-French trader must pay $6.7 billion for fraud
[AP]
Red toxic sludge spill sparks Hungary emergency
[Reuters]

Americas
Brazil’s Greens confident they hold the key to Lula da Silva’s successor
[MercoPress]
Venezuela’s Chavez scoffs at claim of ETA links
[Reuters]
Ecuador raises military wages after police revolt
[Reuters]
Chile president sees miners rescued before Oct. 15
[AP]

Domestic
Times Square bomb plotter to be sentenced
[BBC]
Democrats gain in poll but GOP still leads as midterm elections near
[WaPo]
In Ads, Democratic Candidates Play Down Party
[NYT]
Emanuel Finds No Sweet Chicago Homecoming on Campaign Warmup
[Bloomberg]
New Fuel for Local Papers: Medical Marijuana Ads
[NYT]

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POST: South Korean Satellite Launch Signals Warming Relations AND Why Barney Frank Rocks

August 19, 2009

So I couldn’t decide which story to write about today, so, hell, I’ll just write about both.

First, a let’s take a little time out to speculate about today’s delayed launch of the South Korean rocket, supposedly holding a satellite in tow. Most news sources are pegging this as what it seems to be, a glitch that caused the rocket launch to be delayed just eight minutes before it’s scheduled take-off. Yesterday at the State Department, Spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters that this launch, eerily similar in stated purpose to the North Korean “satellite” launch a few months ago, is no cause for concern due to the “very open, transparent way” in which South Korea’s space program has taken shape.

The rocket, in a file photo from April of this year, is a formidable sight.

The rocket, in a file photo from April of this year, is a formidable sight.

The North Koreans, on the other hand, are “under a number of U.N. Security Council sanctions relating to their ballistic missile program, and the U.N. Security Council called on them to suspend all activities relating to the missile program.” In brief, I completely agree, but should we take the “glitch” at face value, or should we speculate that North Korea’s recent publicly stated outrage that the South wasn’t being questioned for its launch has caused the South to delay the program – a political glitch, you might say. 🙂

The other story, that I just have to put in for the pure joy that it brought me last night, is Congressman Barney Frank‘s (D-Mass) unabashed and, finally, total rejection of the Nazi characterization that is being put forth by birthers, deathers, and all the other crazies that are showing up at town hall meetings across the country. In response to the question “Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?” Rep. Frank responds, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Characterizing her, and others’ use of Nazi symbols in the health care debate “vile, contemptible nonsense,” he called attention to his own Jewish heritage and ended with, “Ma’am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like arguing with a dining room table.”

I absolutely love it. Just another proof (if the below picture isn’t enough) that he is still a cool cucumber. For the video, here‘s is the link to the Huffington Post article on the same subject.

[UPDATE: Bill Richardson on MSNBC made the claim that the South Korea satellite launch delay (or ‘cancellation’ as they said) was a tip of the hat to North Korea’s warming relations with the South, especially in the wake of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung’s death and the North’s decision to send a team to his funeral in homage. Interesting. I guess it was more than just a glitch. Also see this blog for further speculation.]

Gravely voice, steely demeanor.

Gravely voice, steely demeanor.