Posts Tagged ‘SRAP’

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Daily International News 03.07.11

March 7, 2011

Daily International News
March 7, 2011

Northeast Asia
Koreas
North Korea offers talks to South on return of refugees
[BBC]
IAEA seeks further N. Korea nuclear inspections
[AFP]
Sankei: N. Korea Assisting Myanmar in Development of SCUD SRBM
[Arirang via Sankei]
China
China’s intimidation of the foreign press
[BBC] and China says police did not beat foreign reporters [AP]
China challenges US predominance in Asia-Pacific
[AP]
China: Tibet won’t fall apart if Dalai Lama dies
[AP]
China, N. Korea eye Kim Jong Un visit to China by July
[Kyodo]
Beijing raises spending on internal security
[FT]
Japan
Japan’s PM hangs on but outlook grim
[Reuters]
Edano to temporarily double as Japan’s foreign minister
[Kyodo]
U.S. diplomat accused of disparaging Okinawans
[Japan Times]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Former Fiji minister to seek asylum in Australia
[BBC]
Guineans find themselves poorer under democracy
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Relations worsen as Karzai rejects U.S. apology over deaths of 9 Afghan boys
[McClatchy]
Gates: US may extend Afghan mission
[Al Jazeera]
US negotiating security deal with Afghans
[AP]
Pakistan president tells US envoy ties stay strong
[AP]
U.S. Navy frees ship from suspected Indian Ocean pirates
[CNN]

Middle East
Bahrain’s Shiite protesters appeal for US backing
[AP]
Yemen opposition vows “escalation” against president
[Reuters]
Kuwaiti protests on Tuesday aim to remove PM
[Reuters]
8 Palestinians wounded in clash with Israeli army
[AP]

North Africa
Britain and France drafting no-fly resolution
[AP]
No-Fly Zone Over Libya Urged as McCain, Kerry Downplay Risks
[Bloomberg]
Gadhafi Forces Strike Coastal Town; U.N. Appoints Envoy
[WSJ]
Egyptian Leaders to Swear in Candidates for New Cabinet
[Bloomberg]

South-Saharan Africa
Abyei violence overshadows Sudan border talks
[AFP]
Ivory Coast: Ouattara ‘ministers’ homes looted’
[BBC]
Ivory Coast rebels seize control of 30-mile strip
[AP]
Lead poisoning kills 400 more Nigerian children
[Reuters]

Europe
Chirac to get his day in court
[EuroNews]
Greece angered as Moody’s cuts credit rating again
[Guardian]
Kosovo, Serbia to hold first direct talks
[AP]

Domestic
Foreign policy braggadocio on Libya and AIDS
[WaPo]
White House Seeks to Allay Muslims’ Fears on Terror Hearings
[NYT] and W.H.: Don’t ‘demonize’ Islam [POLITICO]
GOP, White House remain $50 billion apart on budget
[WaPo]
Obama’s Starting 2012 Race for Money With a Record Not Promise
[Bloomberg]
Romney’s tea party-friendly defense on health care
[WaPo]
The Fading Power of Beck’s Alarms
[NYT]

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Daily International News 02.15.11

February 15, 2011

Daily International News
February 15, 2011

FY2012 Budget
Looking at Budget Cuts with Pennies [ABC]
Highlights of the Obama Budget
[NYT]
Gates on Pentagon Cuts, Implementing DADT, China’s Military Build-up
[PBS]
Obama Budget Escapes Liberal Backlash, for Now
[NYT]
“WHERE IT GOES
” – Wall Street Journal’s calculations of proposed funds by department, compared with 2010: “Education, +21% … Energy, +18% … Veterans Affairs, +11% … State and other international programs, +8% … Treasury, +4% … Interior, no change … Defense, -3% … Health and Human Services, -3% … Housing and Urban Development, -3% … Homeland Security, -4% … Labor, -5% … Transportation, -9% … Agriculture, -14% … .Justice, -25% … Commerce, -34% [census has passed].”

Northeast Asia
China openly backs North Korea succession plan – report
[Reuters]
NKorea’s Kim Jong Il turning to designer fakes?
[AP]
US, South Korea Announce Major Military Exercises
[VOA]
US admiral: Carrier killer won’t stop US Navy
[AP]
Chinese inflation hits 4.9% pushed by high food prices
[BBC]
Japan mass food poisoning fears in Hokkaido schools
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Thai Soldier Wounded in Skirmish on Thai-Cambodia border
[BBC]
Talks begin to end 40-year Philippine insurgency
[FT]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan softens on issue of American’s immunity
[AP]

NAfrica/Middle East Protests
Egypt Initiates 10-Day Rewrite of Its Constitution
[NYT]
Muslim Brotherhood to form political party; Egypt’s generals reach out to protest leaders
[WaPo]
Tunisia migrants: Italy seeks EU cash over Lampedusa
[BBC]
Yemenis trying to oust leader protest for 5th day
[AP]
Second Man Dies in Bahrain Skirmishes
[WSJ] and Bahrain protesters take control of main square [AP]

Middle East
Iran unrest: MPs call for death of Mousavi and Karroubi
[BBC]
Clinton expresses US support for Iran protesters
[BBC]

Africa
Rebels blamed after 11 slain in eastern Congo
[AP]
Kenyan sailors welcomed after Somali pirate release
[BBC]
Wagalla massacre: Raila Odinga orders Kenya probe
[BBC]
China to build new Sudan airport in Khartoum
[BBC]
211 killed: S.Sudan says Khartoum arming rebels
[AP]

Europe
Russia Embraces Risky Offshore Arctic Drilling [NYT]
5 rebels, 3 police killed in Russia’s Caucasus
[AP]
Spontaneous strike paralyzes public transport in Brussels
[Deutsche Welle]
Silvio Berlusconi faces Ruby sex charge trial in April
[BBC]

Americas
Amazon pollution: Chevron hits back in row with Ecuador
[BBC]
Colombia nabs fully submersible drug submarine
[AP]

Domestic
Dalai Lama nephew hit by car, killed on Fla. walk
[AP]
Clinton to Promote Technology to Ensure Global Internet Freedom
[Bloomberg]
Clinton picks new U.S. envoy to Afghanistan, Pakistan
[Reuters]

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Daily International News 01.18.11

January 18, 2011

Daily International News
January 18, 2011

Hu Jintao State Visit/Hu-Obama Summit 2011
Overall

Biden greets China’s Hu upon arrival in the US
[AP]
Obama holding first China state dinner in 13 years
[AP]

Hu Gets Full State Honors as Visit Displays Obama’s Dueling Views of China
[Bloomberg]
China’s Hu to engage in rare Q&A with media in US
[AP]
From 01/15 U.S.-China Relationship Difficult, Lugar Says Before Hu Visits White House [Bloomberg]
From 01/17 For Chinese Leader’s Visit, U.S. to Take a Bolder Tack [NYT]
Q&A with WaPo’s John Pomfret on Hu Visit
[WaPo]
Issues

Hu Jintao arriving for state visit focused on economics, security, human rights
[WaPo]

Editorial: The U.S. finds its voice on China and human rights
[WaPo]
On Faith: President Hu Jintao, Tibet, and the Dalai Lama
[WaPo]
Before meeting Obama, Hu positive on peninsula
[JoongAng]
Energy Could Be a Key Area of Cooperation for the U.S. and China
[TIME]
US companies expand goals as China leader arrives
[AP]

Northeast Asia
Koreas

2011’s Top Risks: Will North Korea spin out of control?
[FP]
UN Should Discuss North Korean Uranium, South Korea’s President Lee Says
[Bloomberg]

North Korea willing to resume U.S. missions to recover remains of MIAs
[CNN]
N. Korea’s actual military spending estimated at US$8.77 bln in 2009
[Yonhap]
China/Taiwan

Taiwan Stages Missile Tests on Eve of U.S.-China Meeting
[NYT] and Video: Taiwan in live-fire missile tests [BBC]
Senators accuse China of violating sanctions against Iran
[FP]

China’s Military Comes Into Its Own
[StratFor]
China commercial nuclear fuel reprocessing far off
[AP]
China sees importance of trilateral cooperation with Japan, ROK
[Xinhua]
Summary Box: China rare earths exports up in 2010
[AP]
China, Russia to hold fifth strategic security negotiations
[Xinhua]
“Experience China” debuts at NYC’s Times Square
[Xinhua]

South/Central Asia
Major earthquake hits SW Pakistan
[AP]
Pakistani troops search homes in Karachi crackdown
[AP]
Nobel laureate Yunus in Bangladesh court
[AFP]

Southeast Asia
Vietnam reshuffles leaders, but policy seen consistent
[Reuters]
Top UN official to visit Sri Lanka’s war victims
[AFP]

Middle East
Palestinian resolution on Israel to be put to UN council
[AFP]

Palestinians raise flag at Washington office
[AP]
Russia reaffirms recognition of Palestinian state
[BBC]
Palestinian killed along Gaza-Israel border
[AP]
Va. teen detained in Kuwait sues U.S.
[WaPo]
Netanyahu rewards Barak with Israel cabinet seats
[Reuters]
Suicide bombing in Iraq kills 52 police recruits [AP]
Turkey to join Lebanon ‘contact group’ to help solve political crisis
[Hurriyet]

Iran suspends hanging sentence in stoning case: MP
[Reuters]
Pirates seized record 1,181 hostages in 2010 – report
[BBC]

Africa
UN team examines seized Iranian weapons in Nigeria
[AP]
Officials: 4 ministers quit new Tunisia government
[AP]
Rwanda issues arrest warrant for dissent exiles
[BBC]

Europe
Spain holds 10 in first anti-Eta raids since ceasefire
[BBC]
Iraq inquiry: Notes from Tony Blair to George Bush will not be published
[Guardian]

Berlusconi urged to resign over latest sex probe
[Reuters]
EU to detail objections to Hungary media law in letter
[Reuters]
Irish Prime Minister Cowen wins confidence vote
[AP]
Vatican warned Irish bishops not to report abuse
[AP]
UK gay couple wins discrimination case against Christian hoteliers – video
[Guardian]

Americas
Paraguay leader tells police to shut down rebels
[AP]
‘Baby Doc’ Duvalier charged with corruption in Haiti
[Guardian]
Mexico police: founding member of Zetas captured
[AP]

Domestic
Inside Holbrooke’s War With the White House
[Daily Beast]
Obama Launches Rule Review, Pledging to Spur Jobs, Growth
[WSJ]
Supreme Court refuses to revive effort to put D.C. same-sex marriage law to vote
[WaPo]
Videos show Tucson shooting in detail, sources say
[WaPo]
Release Nears for Giffords
[WSJ]
Sarah Palin Defends “Blood Libel” Phrase, Says Liberals Can’t “Shut Me Up”
[CBS]
Dick Cheney on ‘Today’: I may need a heart transplant (VIDEO)
[WaPo]
From 01/17 Apple boss Steve Jobs takes ‘medical leave’ [BBC]
Facebook U-turns on phone and address data sharing
[BBC]

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Daily International News 12.17.10

December 17, 2010

Daily International News
December 17, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
As Richardson Visits, North Korea Assails South
[NYT]
N Korea vows retaliation if S. Korea conducts live-fire drills near border
[Yonhap]
JCS General: South Korea drill could cause ‘chain reaction’
[CNN]
Russia calls on South Korea to halt military drill
[Reuters]
North Korea Breaks Into Twitter, Facebook, YouTube
[The Atlantic]
IAEA awaiting deal to send nuclear inspectors back to N.Korea
[Ria Novosti]
Japan
Japan Announces Defense Policy to Counter China
[NYT]
China responds to Japan’s new defense guidelines, saying China poses no threat to anybody
[Xinhua]
China
China Set to Lease North Korean Islands for free-trade zone
[Jakarta Globe]
Family: China denies prison visits to Nobel winner
[AP]
Dalai Lama said climate trumps Tibet politics
[AP]
Vatican in new clash with China over church
[AP]
China PM to bolster strong Pakistan ties after India
[Reuters]

South/Central Asia
Kabul silent over Obama’s Afghan war review
[Reuters]
India accused of widespread Kashmir torture – cables
[Reuters]
Fourth drone strike in two days kills 24 in Pakistan
[Reuters]
Kyrgyzstan sets up new coalition [BBC]

 

Middle East
Bomb hits US Embassy vehicle in Yemen
[AP]
Iraq offers Iran anti-terror help
[AFP]
‘Israeli spying devices’ found in Lebanon
[BBC]

Africa
Sudan: UN Peacekeeping Chief Warns of Risks Ahead of Independence Vote in Southern Sudan
[All Africa]
Ivory Coast: Gbagbo under pressure to stand down
[BBC]
Zimbabwe’s Mugabe vows retaliation against West
[AP]
Kenya’s water minister questioned over corruption
[Reuters]

Europe
UK, German officials: No new holiday terror plot
[AP]
Italy’s Berlusconi says will see out his term
[Reuters]
Fierce fight in Ukraine parliament injures 6
[AP]
Dutch government to seek approval for new Afghan mission
[AP]
European Report Cites Need to Regain Ground With U.S.
[NYT]
EU leaders agree to more economic cooperation
[AP]

Americas
Mexico summoning Interpol’s aid to catch outlaw lawmaker
[WaPo]
US aid worker jailed in Haiti kidnapping case
[AP]

Domestic
Local
DC metro anti-terrorism teams to begin random bag inspections to avert attacks
[WaPo]
Congress
Reid Says Senate Vote on Russia Arms Treaty Expected Next Week
[Bloomberg]
Senate plans vote this weekend on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’
[WaPo]
Rape Victims Ask, Military Won’t Tell on Assaults: Ann Woolner
[Bloomberg]
Republicans Kill $1.2 Trillion ‘Omnibus’ U.S. Spending Measure
[Bloomberg]
Obama to sign tax deal Friday afternoon
[CNN]
Foreign Relations
Replacing Holbrooke not so easy
[WaPo]
WikiLeaks: Julian Assange says he expects US to charge him with spying
[Telegraph]
Blackwater: ‘US at fault’ for killings
[Al Jazeera]
Other
Big Settlement With Madoff Investor Near
[NYT]
California Adopts Cap And Trade
[WSJ]
Mark Twain autobiography, embargoed for 100 years, a bestseller
[NYT]

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Daily International News 12.13.10

December 13, 2010

Daily International News
December 13, 2010

Northeast Asia
Koreas
NKorea threatens SKorea with nuclear war
[AP]
South Korean drills draw more threats from North Korea
[WaPo]
N.Korea Sends Top Diplomat to Russia
[Chosun]
Fishermen missing in Antarctic as South Korea ship sinks
[BBC]
North Korea campaigned for Eric Clapton performance, cable reveals
[CNN]

Japan/China
New Japanese defense plan emphasizes threat of China
[WaPo] and Strength and power in seas off Japan [BBC]
China’s Wen to visit India amid trade, land spats
[AP]
BBC website unblocked in China
[BBC]
Mongolian activist likely released from China jail
[AP]
Chinese archaeologists unearth 2,400-year-old ‘soup’
[BBC]

Southeast Asia/Pacific
Indonesian cleric Ba’asyir facing terrorism charges
[BBC]
Myanmar: a pariah nation with lots of friends
[AP]
Aussie spooks feared Iran nuclear war
[The Australian]

South/Central Asia
Arrests in Afghan attack that killed 6 US troops
[AP]

Middle East
Netanyahu rules out Jerusalem split
[Al Jazeera]
Middle East peace: Elders urge ‘revised’
[BBC]
Iran’s president fires foreign minister
[AP]
Iran conducts large military exercise
[AP]
Joint Chiefs chair in Iraq, meeting prime minister
[AP]
Iraq: Two suicide bomb attacks kill 13
[BBC]

Africa
Ivorian troops gather close to Ouattara HQ
[Reuters]
Darfur leader ‘ready to do battle’
[Al Jazeera]
Egypt protesters say new parliament is ‘void’
[AP]
Nigerian military seizes rebel camps in oil region
[AFP]

Europe
Police: Stockholm attacker had 3 sets of bombs
[AP]
UK fears pro-WikiLeaks attacks on gov’t websites
[AP]
Berlusconi pleas with parliament ahead of vote
[AP]
Medvedev Warns Against Ethnic Attacks
[NYT]
Kosovo PM Hashim Thaci claims election victory
[BBC]
Ukraine to open Chernobyl area to tourists in 2011
[AP]

Americas
Haiti re-opens election appeals in plea for calm
[AP]
Mexicans march in support of ‘Craziest’ kingpin
[Miami Herald]
Ousted Honduran leader rejects leaked memo charges
[AP]

Domestic
Obama faces fight over missile defense as he presses New START ratification
[WaPo]
Clinton off to Canada for North America talks
[AP]
Holbrooke’s Rare Condition Is Painful, Often Fatal, Doctors Say
[Bloomberg]
Decision Day for Michael Steele at RNC?
[WaPo]
Tax Deal Set to Pass Senate
[WSJ]

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Daily International News 08.12.10

August 12, 2010
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Daily International News
August 12, 2010

Northeast Asia
China
China’s army condemns South Korean-US sea drills
[AP]
Xinhua, China Mobile to establish internet search engine joint venture
[Xinhua]
China admits only foreigners hit by anti-trust law
[AP]
Group: Tibetan businessman gets life in prison
[AP]
Hopes fade for landslide survivors
[Global Times]
Hidden trillions widen China’s wealth gap – report
[Reuters]
Korea
Korean President to grant special pardons
[JAIB]
A day after Japan’s apology, ambassador looks to bright future
[JAIB]
Japan
Japan Hints at Yen Intervention
[WSJ]
Missing centenarians cause angst in aging Japan
[AP]

South/Central Asia
Pakistan
New Flood Warnings Raise Fears in Pakistan
[NYT]
President Zardari makes first visit to flood zone
[Dawn]
Holbrooke: Pakistan Aid Inadequate
[CFR]
Afghanistan
Aid group: Fighters not thieves killed 10 workers
[AP]
Unrest Is Undermining Hopes for Afghan Vote
[NYT]
India
India sets Aug. 31 deadline for BlackBerry info
[AP]
India rejects UK scientists’ ‘superbug’ claim
[BBC]
India approves caste-based census
[BBC]
Kazakhstan
Two dead in Kazakh prison riot
[BBC]

Middle East
Israel/PA
Israel said to reject Palestinian formula for talks
[Reuters]
Resistance on Gaza flotilla more than expected, Israeli military chief says
[WaPo]
Iran/Iraq
Iran TV airs ‘confession’ from woman facing stoning
[BBC]
Iraq army ‘not ready’ until 2020
[Al Jazeera]
White House: US on track to end Iraq combat role
[AP]
Murr slams ‘conditional’ US military aid
[Daily Star]
Kuwait
US to sell Kuwait Patriot anti-ballistic missile system
[BBC]

Africa
South Sudan independence vote ‘risks being derailed’
[AFP]
Moroccan police ‘break up 18-strong militant cell’
[BBC]
Uganda LRA rebels ‘on massive forced recruitment drive’
[BBC] Original Report: CAR/DR Congo: LRA Conducts Massive Abduction Campaign [HRW]
Grenade Strikes Rwanda’s Capital Two Days After Election
[NYT]

Europe
Greek economy shrinks, jobless rate jumps
[Telegraph]
French police dismantle some 40 Gypsy camps
[AP]
Deadly fires rage on in Portugal
[BBC]
UK
Sinn Fein: British, Irish talk with IRA dissidents
[AP]
BAA airport staff vote for strike action
[BBC]
British officers face charges over an attack on Babar Ahmad
[BBC]
Beckham no longer wanted by national team coach
[AP]

Americas
Brazil signs on to UN sanctions against Iran
[AFP]
Car bomb explodes in Colombian capital
[Reuters]
Guantanamo jury recommends 14 years for Al Qaeda cook
[LAT]
Suriname under scrutiny as ex-dictator returns
[AP]
Ecuador rocked by 6.9 quake, no major damage
[Reuters]

Domestic
Judge to rule on stay Thursday in Prop. 8 case
[AP]
Google-Verizon Pact May Herald Demise of Equal-Access Internet
[Bloomberg]
Senate hustles through $600M border bill
[WashTimes]
Despite Scandal, Rangel Draws a Crowd
[NYT]
Palin Joins Armey as Republicans Aid Tea Party Hostile Takeover [Bloomberg]
Get well, Robert Gibbs!
[Salon]
Stocks plunge as U.S. trade deficit is wider than expected
[WaPo]
100,000 in D.C. area without power after storm
[WashTimes]

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At State, Holbrooke Says New US Afghan Team Strong

July 13, 2010

Fifteen months ago, the world had never heard the term ‘SRAP.’ In the city with the self-proclaimed worst acronyms, from MANPADS (man portable air defense system) to MINUSTAH (English translation: UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti), SRAP, or Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, took some time to catch on. But now, in addition to the US’s venerable (or wounded, however you look at it) Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, there are now 35 international SRAP counterparts. This development over the past year and a half not only calls to attention the increased focus on the Civ-Mil cooperative efforts in the region, but also to the resurgent, and I argue, continually strong diplomat position of Ambassador Holbrooke.

Although recently described as a “wounded animal” in the obviously contentious Rolling Stone piece documenting 10-days with then ISAF and US Forces-Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the forever strong-willed, if not tired, Amb. Holbrooke painted a picture of a newly strengthened US team working on Afghanistan and Pakistan. After first playfully catching State Department Spokesman and Assistant Secretary PJ Crowley for his “AfPak” faux pas, Holbrooke set out to laud his current and past team associates. On newly minted ISAF commander Petraeus, he said that “David Petraeus is one of the most extraordinary people to wear a uniform that I’ve ever known” and that his transition into the position has been “seamless.” He also pointed out that General Petraeus is just as committed to the Civilian-Military cooperative effort at General McChrystal was, all without even evoking the former Commander’s name.

On derogatory comments made by current JFCOM and future CENTCOM Commander General Mattis on Afghan people, Holbrooke’s first response was, “He’s a Marine, right?” Later, when asked to remind the press what was said in the RS article, Holbrooke joked to the premier AP reporter at State, “Don’t you have to be accredited to be here?”

The only point on which Holbrooke seemed to call into question the strength of the current team is in the recent loss of Jack Lew, current Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources slated to take over the OMB from Peter Orzag. On this point, Holbrooke stated that his leaving “leaves enormous shoes to fill” but reiterated that his new role at OMB will allow him to place a heavier emphasis on the region’s need in the overall budget.

The combination of friendly derision and a strong handle on the crowd is the reason why this reporter always enjoys a stateside visit from the US SRAP. And although the strength of his position has been questioned in the past, I will agree with other colleagues in that it seems as though now, at least, he and his partners are a good position to go forward.