Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 24Mar11.
 

Security
Israel warns of ‘aggressive’ response to Jerusalem blast
Fayyad: ‘I resolutely denounce this terror attack’
Barak: ‘We can’t tolerate attacks on Israelis in South, J’lem’
‘PA police arrest 2 Islamic Jihad members for J’lem attack’
Islamic Jihad To Hit Cities Deep Inside Israel, Group Says
Is a Palestinian Uprising Next?
Islamic Jihad hits Beersheba
Israel stages air strikes on Gaza, none hurt: Witnesses
Islamic Jihad admits the purpose of the rockets is terrorism
Allies Target Gadhafi’s Ground Forces
Row over role of Nato splits coalition forces
Libyan Rebels Foresee ‘Democratic, Secular’ Regime
Obama rules out `land invasion’ in Libya
Arab League Removes Libyan President of Arab Parliament
Turkey warns over Libya ‘agenda’
Nato role unsettles Ankara’s ambitions
Turkey offers warships to help implement UN arms embargo against Libya – media
The Arab allies trickle in
Libyan Expats Plot Revenge Terror Attacks On UK Streets Over Gaddafi Bombing Raids
The consensus on intervention in Libya has shattered
Stalemate could become hallmark of civil war
The Damning Contradictions of Obama’s Attack on Libya
Shi’ite rebels step up attacks in Yemen, down government MiG
Mass protests in Yemen as emergency law imposed
Yemeni Military Leader Tied to Terrorism Pledges to Protect Protesters
In Yemen Opposition, Reflections of Old Regime
Gates: No plan for post-Saleh Yemen; US will continue to watch unrest there
US fears for forces waiting to run Yemen
Assad sends special forces against protesters
Syria: The Government Takes off its Gloves: 15 Killed
22 in Bahrain face probe over role in protests
Bahrain protest crackdown defended by European Union envoy
Bahrain Crisis and its Regional Dangers
Jordan’ king blames his PM of slow reform, says he will not tolerate delays
In Jordan, Youth Movement Calls For Amman Sit-In
Egypt’s public prosecutor accuses top security officials of killing protesters
U.S. Says Egypt Vote Shouldn’t Be Rushed
Saudi newsite: police holding some 100 people who protested against government this month
Prominent Salafi-Jihadist Cleric Calls on Mujahideen to “Light the Fuse of Revolution” in Saudi Arabia
Saudi King: Don’t Call Me King Of Humanity – Only Allah Is King
Kurdish governor of Iraq’s Kirkuk resigns
In Iraq, Assassinations Of Military Officers Using Weapons With Silencers
Iraq Unveils Plan to Boost Oil Output
Iraq’s Regional Awakening
UAE boosts military pensions, seen pre-empting unrest
At Last, Arabs Seize the Moment
Tribal Power or People Power in Mideast?
Middle East: Let Them Eat Bread
Moroccan FM warns West that Al Qaeda could exploit ME
North-south Sudan flashpoint sees troop increase
Thousands of Afghan Taliban laying down arms: US
General warns of Taliban fightback
India to probe police ‘rampage’
India Could Face Water Woes In Coming Decades
Smoke forces nuke plant evacuation
Tokyo tap water unfit for infants; radiation warning on 11 vegetables
Radiation Risks Minimal in Tokyo Water
Nuclear fears shut 25 embassies in Tokyo
Hong Kong blocks food imports from 5 Japanese prefectures over radiation concerns
China railway funds ‘embezzled’
China Starts Censoring Phone Calls Mid Sentence
China and the Arab World
South Korea Announces Major Live-Fire Drills
S Korea criticised over Cheonan
Malaysia Gets Tough on WMD
Al-Qaeda-Affiliated Indonesian Group Charged With Funding Terror Camps
Why America No Longer Gets Asia
Bomb threat and suspicious package lead to brief evacuation of France’s Eiffel Tower
Portugal faces bailout over debt crisis vote
New Phase in Europe Crisis
Caribbean governments report mixed results as UN holds regional drill on tsunami preparedness
U.S. agencies respond to cyberattack on information security firm
Building Blocks of Successful Revolutions

Maritime
Pirates ‘show Danes to reporter’

Military
Who Sold Libya Its Supermissiles?
50% Success Rate in Latest Taiwan Missile Test
Naval strike aircraft to be part of Russian Air Force
Bataan ready group deploying today from Norfolk
DoD Brass Expect More Cuts
Pentagon Studying Additional Nuke Reductions

Economy
Quake causes $312 bln damage to Japan – govt.
Survey says U.S. financial house in state of disorder

Politics
Former White House Economists: Deficit Is ‘Severe Threat’
Republicans out to trim welfare again
Aging Population Is Biggest Challenge for Federal Budget
An Accelerating Downward Spiral
Why Libya and Not Darfur, Yemen or Syria?
Revisited: The Drumbeat of “Humanitarian Intervention?”

Religion
Near-genocide Conditions for Iraqi Christians, Archbishop Says
Pakistan’s Religious Minorities Want Independent Investigation of Bhatti’s Murder
Egyptian court sentences man to 5 years prison for throwing makeshift bomb at Cairo synagogue
Two Christians Slain in Attack Outside Church in Pakistan
US Embassy In Pakistan Condemns Florida Pastor’s Burning of Qur’an
A House Church in China raided by police
Malaysia backs down on bible issue
Ethiopian Jews in Jerusalem still not assimilated after two decades
Church Leaders, Parents Charged With Child Abuse In “Biblical Punishment” of Their Children
Vatican: Those who oppose gay rights are ‘vilified’
Church must ‘speak out against sexual violence’ in Africa

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 23Mar11.
 

Security
No water, food or power – and still the rebels resist regime’s attacks
Who’s In Charge? Germans Pull Forces Out Of NATO As Libyan Coalition Falls Apart
Sarkozy opposes Nato taking control of Libya operation
Arab League to reiterate backing for Libya no-fly zone
Attacks to focus more on Libyan ground troops
Libya ground forces ‘not ruled out’
NATO to enforce Libya arms embargo
China calls for immediate cease-fire, end of airstrikes in Libya
Libya, The West and Democracy
Partition: Dividing Libya in two may be rebels’ best hope
India’s Pointless Abstention
Yemeni president given emergency powers
Defiant Yemen President warns ‘mutinous’ military of long, bloody civil war
Yemeni President Salah’s Family Decides He Should Leave; Report: U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia Discussing Post-Salah Era
Yemen: The forbidden has occurred
Yemen May Be the Next Regime to Fall
Yemen on the brink of a breakdown
With Yemen crumbling, US sees fragile counterterrorism ally fading, and few good options ahead
Syrian forces kill 6 in mosque attack, protests continue
Report: Syria importing Hezbollah to quash protests
Syrians have broken the fear barrier
Syrian: Damned if We Do and Damned if We Don’t
Syrian Opposition Website: Jordan’s King Must Not Cooperate With Syrian Regime
Mourners call for revenge at funeral of Bahraini woman killed in unrest
Bahrain Relies on Old Playbook in Crackdown
Kuwait Sends Aid Ships To Bahrain; Shi’ite Clerics Attempt To Mediate
Iranian Website: Bahrainis Must Form Their Own Hizbullah To Fight Saudi Arabia
In Bahrain, Saudis Play Into Iran’s Hands
Saudi Arabia to hold municipal elections next month after two-year delay
Western Diplomats: Iran Again Violates Arms Embargo
Back to the Drawing Board on Iran
‘Turkey finds weapons on Iran cargo plane, arrests crew’
Police officer killed in demonstration in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region
Egypt’s Interior Ministry building set on fire as police protesters demand better wages
Early Egyptian elections could damage democracy
Post-Mubarak Egypt raising gas prices for Israel
There Is A Small War Starting Along Gaza Border
Gazans Hope to Join the ‘Arab Spring’
Arab Water Ministers Confirm A Strategy For Water Security
Saudi Emir: We Must Form United Gulf Army
Arab League states: a recent history of protests
War Stalks Revolution In Middle East
In the Mideast, U.S. policy is still driven by realism
America’s descent into strategic dementia
Islamists post bounty for killing US pastor over Quran burning
“Zionists use heavy metal music to corrupt Muslims, take over the world”
The Tragic Fate of ‘Muslim Moderates’
Ivory Coast’s recognized president asks UN to use ‘legitimate force’ to protect civilians
Somali Gov’t Claims ‘Remarkable’ Gains In Mogadishu Fighting; 7 Killed In Latest Violence
Benin opposition leader rejects election result and claims presidency
Uprisings to be replicated in sub-Saharan Africa, predicts Hague
Karzai names Nato pullout areas
Taliban’s assassination campaign against officials, security forces impedes civilian progress
Security Council strongly backs UN to lead international civilian efforts in Afghanistan
Russia supports NATO success in Afghanistan – defense minister
Is China Backing India’s Insurgents?
Kyrgyzstan Open to Military Cooperation with the US and Russia
Activist says overthrown Middle East governments have triggered Chinese crackdown on Uighurs
China’s Nimble Libya Pullout
Why Doesn’t China Want Dalai Lama to Resign?
Japanese official says fuel storage pool at troubled nuclear plant is at or near boiling point
Japan fears food contamination as battle to cool nuclear plant continues
Strong quakes jolt Japan’s tsunami-hit northeast
Why the US and China Woo Mongolia
Philippine defense official says amount of military funds lost to corruption is staggering
Kenyans: Why ‘feed’ a car?
Putin denies split with Medvedev over Libya
Russia to double oil supply to quake-hit Japan in 2011 – Sechin
Portugal braces for minority government’s collapse amid discord over austerity debt crisis
Chavez enacts decree allowing pro-government militias to receive weapons from military
Canadian opposition to vote against budget unless changes made, likely triggering election
Welcome to the Era of the Obama “Smart War”

Military
NATO: Better in Theory than In Practice
The Iranian Navy’s Historic Mediterranean Deployment: Timing Is Everything
The Bear, the Abacus and Impossible Defense Computations

Environment
Are Reusable Shopping Bags Environmentally Friendly?

Economy
Oil rising again; gasoline prices flat, but experts say they should keep climbing this spring
Oil markets and Arab unrest: The price of fear
Breaks in the Supply Chain: Disaster in Japan Sends Ripples through the Global Economy
UK Inflation ‘expected to hit 28-month high’
IMF Plan Sees Role in Crises

Politics
Capitol Hill falls silent as Libya war rages
Libyan bombing ‘unconstitutional’, Republicans warn Obama
Why Obama’s Not Open on His Real Reason for War
A Rorschach Presidency Won’t Work
U.S. Approaching Insolvency, Fix To Be ‘Painful’
Public Asleep as Budget Crisis Mounts
U.S. to Issue More Gulf Drilling Permits
9/11 Military Case Has Stalled as White House Pushes For Civilian Trials
American anger at BBC World Service Trust’s bid for US funding
U.S. demanding gay rights support at U.N. body
Big Labor’s Plan to Break the Financial System
Census: Detroit population falls 25 percent in past decade, losing more than 237,000 people

Religion & Culture
Christians in prison, beaten in Saudi Arabia
Nepal Christians protest to demand the government provide burial grounds
Beijing’s fear of faith
Failed Bomb Blasts in Jos Nigeria as Genocide of Christians Continues
Malaysia: Bibles Still Restricted
Catholic Church says Cuban government to release last 2 political prisoners held since 2003
S.D. governor signs 3-day wait for abortion into law
‘Extinction threat’ to religion
Buddhism is the new opium of the people
Why Are We Letting Our Daughters Dress Like Prostitutes?

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 22Mar11.
 

Security
Loyalists shout for their leader – but Gaddafi is nowhere to be seen
Libyan air strikes: reactions around the Middle East
Gulf states underline support for Libya action
Official: Arab League head misquoted on Libya
Gates: U.S. will soon yield control in Libya
Libya unrest: West in ‘mediaeval crusade’ on Gaddafi, says Putin
Al-Qaida’s North Africa branch tells Libyan rebels not to trust America
Will Gadhafi Resort to Terrorism to Fight Back?
Lampedusa migrant numbers prompt UN crisis warning
Obama team insists regime change isn’t the goal
Libya: Too much, too late
Gaddafi Must Go
Kosovo: a template for disaster
Libya Through the Georgia Lens
Yemen showdown looms as army loyalties divide
Bahrain’s king thanks Saudi troops for thwarting ‘external plot’
Bahrain Condemns Nasrallah’s Remarks
Bahrain Security Forces Step Up Arrests of Protesters
Saudi deployment in Bahrain risks sectarian conflict
Handouts dash Saudi king’s reformer reputation
Saudis Fueling Religious War
Syrians chant ‘No more fear!’ during march mourn victims of anti-govt protests
Syria Announces Plan To Employ Thousands of Youth in Government
Syrian security forces lay low as protests spread
Even anti-western Syria is not immune to revolution
Demonstrations in Iraq Shift to Regional Concerns
Iran’s IRGC attacks anti-Assad protesters in Syria
Egypt Vote Shows Islamists’ Sway
In Egypt, Big Win For Constitutional Amendments May Boost Muslim Brotherhood
Many Egypt Christians Vote ‘no,’ Fearing Islamists
In Persian New Year Message, Khamenei Backs Demonstrations In Bahrain, Libya, Yemen
Iranian Website Signs Up Volunteer Suicide Bombers For Dispatch To Bahrain
Command Conflict: Turkey Blocks NATO Mission in Libya
Turkey’s New ‘Old Kemalists’
Israel launches Gaza air strikes
Thousands enlist for Gbagbo’s army in Ivory Coast, as political crisis deepens
In Tunisia, first steps toward democracy
Rally for former military ruler in central Nigeria devolves into violence, killing 3
18 killed in fresh political violence in Karachi
Gunmen fire on labor camp in part of southwest Pakistan where rebels active, killing 11
Militants kill 4 men in Pakistan for allegedly giving US info used in contentious drone attack
Pakistani Dailies Examine Saudi Role in Securing Raymond Davis’s Release
Official says workers evacuated as gray smoke rises at Unit 3 of tsunami-stricken nuke plant
Tokyo Suspends More Food Shipments
World Bank estimates Japan damage up to $235 billion; smoke rises from nuclear plant
China blamed for Gmail disruption
China’s Central Asian Profile Continues Growing
Middle East Lessons for China: Internal Stability
CNAS’s Cronin: Thanks, CNAS’s Denmark, but China still worries me
Koreas agree volcanic risk talks
Thai man arrested for selling videos of TV news program about monarchy
Medvedev rebuts Putin over Libya (Update 1)
Vladimir Putin: International knee-capper
Bosnian police seize 2 million child porn photos, 7,000 videos, arrest 1 suspect
Obama: Humanitarian Intervention A “Core Principle”
US preacher burns copy of the Koran
Foreign Policy as Wishful Thinking
Don’t Blame The Spies
Terrorist Attacks on Global Energy Infrastructure: Understanding the Risks
Security Through Partnership: Fighting Transnational Cartels in the Western Hemisphere

Military
Libya campaign prompts calls for review of UK defence budget squeeze
Carrier in Japan heads to sea as precaution
Gates hopes to expand US-Russian cooperation despite debate over missile defense shield
Russia to double production of ballistic missile systems – Putin
Russia to revamp air defense with S-400, Pantsir-S systems
Nuclear Deterrence Ain’t Broke, So Don’t Fix It
Retirement credit law riles Guard, Reserve vets

Environment
Japan’s quake may have loaded pressure on fault line closer to Tokyo, geologists warn

Economy
Japan Damage Cost: $300 Billion
Europe Sets Pact on Bailout Fund
Trichet Signals Rate Rise Likely
The Middle of a Stock Correction, or a Calamity?
US house prices fall in February
The Chinese Yuan Grows Up–Slowly
Rare Earths: U.S. Government’s Role in Managing Supply

Politics
Corporate “Loopholes” Exaggerated
The Need for Better Forecasting in Federal Debt Levels
Does Merit Pay Work?

Religion
Report: 75 Percent of Religious Persecution is against Christians
Pakistani Christians Convert to Islam Due to Threats and Intimidations
Turkish court jails 5 officers in probe into killing of three Christians
Disputed Church Site Blocked Off by Indonesian Police
Chinese Christians Victimized by “People’s Police”
The War Against the Jews Goes On

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 19Mar11.
 

Security
UN security council resolution on Libya: key points
Libya’s PM confirms cease-fire to Turkish counterpart
Warplanes ready, West refuses to buy Gaddafi truce
Libya invites foreign mediators to monitor ceasefire
Libyan exodus reaches 300,000, flow holds steady
NATO Goes To War. Again.
The U.S. sits one out
Beware the Costs of Libyan Intervention
China embroiled in a Libyan muddle
What we learned from the Security Council debate over Libya
45 protesters killed in Yemen
US condemns Yemen’s bloody crackdown on protesters
Three killed at protest in Syria
White House condemns Syrian crackdown on protesters
Hundreds of Jordanians demonstrate despite Saturday’s start of national dialogue on reform
Bahrain a Bigger Threat Than Libya
Bahrain Rebellion Could Prove Calamitous
Turkish FM: Bahraini Opposition Rejected Dialogue
Pakistanis, other foreigners target of Bahrainis’ wrath
Iran cleric urges Bahrain Shiites to keep up protest until they win against Sunni monarchy
Battle for Bahrain moves offshore: Shiite rage in Baghdad and Tehran
In Saudi Arabia, king opts for carrot and stick
In free Egypt, Islamic Jihad leader says the time for the gun is over
Japan Fallout Could Boost Iran
Fatah, Hamas Reps Meet In Nablus
Erdogan’s Moscow Visit Produces Mixed Results
The Arab League: Alliance better known for division than unity finds common ground
World Waits in Vain for Obama Leadership
What Do the Uprisings in The Middle East Mean for al-Qaeda?
30 killed in Ivorian missile attack
Demonstrators throng Swaziland capital, calling for gov’t reform, protesting pay freezes
Pakistan pulls out of US-Afghan talks in protest against deadly American missile attack
Jirga pledges to carry out suicide attacks on Americans to avenge drone killings
Russia’s anti-drug watchdog calls for more UN action in Afghanistan
Mob kills India police inspector
Japan’s nuclear agency raises severity rating of nuclear accident from 4 to 5 on 7-level scale
Japan official: Disasters overwhelmed government
Japan pledges more information on nuclear crisis
Nuclear Experts Ready to Aid Japan, U.S. Admiral Says
Japan’s ‘black swan’: Scientists ponder the unparalleled dangers of unlikely disasters
China Frees 7 Tibetan Monks Detained After Protest
China suspends officials after pigs test positive for banned drug in new food safety scandal
Spooked by Japan quake, NKorea proposes joint research with rival South on volcanic activity
Burma’s opposition finds its feet
Islands like Tuvalu need help to prepare for tsunamis
Haiti’s Aristide Ends Exile
Nicaragua Headed for 1-Man Rule Again
Radical Islam on the move in U.S. but multicultural elites say it’s no one’s business
US agrees to improve human rights record in first UN assessment

Military
Bataan going to Mediterranean ahead of schedule
Russian military to buy 36 ICBMs, 2 missile subs in 2011
Russian Hard Bargaining Delays Contract On French Mistral Warships
Russian Navy to receive 10 Graney class attack subs by 2020
New bill would increase combat pay
Cracks discovered in inaugural LCS, Freedom

Environment
Indonesia raises alert level at Mount Karangetang volcano to highest
Extreme Weather: What Role Do Humans Play?

Economy
Libya worries keep oil volatile
World markets, including Nikkei, climb after major nations pledge help to stabilize yen
Dairy farmers seek changes in US policy as higher feed costs offset gains in milk prices

Science & Technology
“Supermoon”: Biggest Full Moon in 18 Years Saturday
Venter Surprises Dawkins: There is No Tree of Life? (Bush, Maybe?)

Politics
Obama signs short-term spending measure that includes some easy cuts
More than 60 senators call on Obama to join deficit-reduction talks
Rare White House request for Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review safety of US nuke plants
Slim majority back gay marriage, Post-ABC poll says
Students Perform Better With Teachers Who Are Paid for Performance
Progressive Government is No Longer Working

Religion
Indonesia: Christians protest against the new closure of the Yasmin Church in Bogor
Churches in Malaysia reject Bibles held up and desecrated by the government
Iranian news website suspended after reporting burning of New Testaments
European Court of Human Rights: Crucifixes are acceptable in public school classrooms
Internet’s naming authority OKs ‘.xxx’ domain suffix despite porn protest
Canadian polygamists win support of civil rights group


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