Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 02Apr11.
 

Security
Libyan rebels say they would accept cease-fire if Gaddafi lifts sieges, allows protests
Libya rebel truce offer spurned amid battle for Brega
More disciplined Libyan opposition force emerging
Germany: ‘Libyan situation cannot be resolved militarily’
Swedish Parliament OKs 8 Jets for Libya Operation
EU approves possible military operation for Libya
Mass crowds flood streets and squares in biggest protests yet against Yemeni president
Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh digs in as rival protests rock Sana’a
Nine Syrian protesters shot dead
Syria’s Brotherhood Rejects Any Intervention
Pro-Syrian Lebanese Daily: Syria Considers Al-Hariri Responsible for Riots in Syria
UN nuclear agency inspects Syria’s Homs site
Jordanian Police Move to Separate Rival Protests
Report: Saudis challenge Iran in Bahrain having lost faith in U.S. leadership
Saudi Islamic Scholar Muhammad Musa Al-Sharif: The Day Is Coming When Islam Will Rule the World Again
Saudi Arabia’s anti-protest fatwa is transparent
In Saudi Arabia, New Restrictive Guidelines For Girls’ Schools’ Outings
Bahrain wages unrelenting crackdown on Shiites; raising sectarian tensions on tiny island
Thousands fill Tahrir Square to call for trials of Mubarak regime figures
Egyptian Authorities Arrest Salafis For Demolishing Sufi Shrines
Thousands Of Islamists Due To Return To Egypt From Abroad
The Muslim Sisterhood: Visions of Female Identity in the New Egypt
Kuwait Expels Two Iranian Diplomats On Espionage Charges
Oman’s security forces fire tear gas on protesters in unrest hub
Officials: Suicide bomber strikes Iraqi soldiers protecting mosque, kills 3 people
Political Initiative To Bring Down Al-Maliki’s Government
U.S. Baghdad Embassy Will Double in Size: Envoy
New Tensions in Kirkuk as Kurdish Peshmerga Surround City
Middle East Revolutions Strengthen Hezbollah
Turkey kills 7 Kurd fighters crossing from Syria
Israel asks UN to help block planned Gaza flotilla
What’s beneath the Temple Mount? (Smithsonian)
The Latest Archeology War Over Jerusalem
Islam and the Arab Revolutions
Bodies of 1,000 dead in Japan too toxic to handle
Chinese student’s death prompts online outrage
Taiwan still matters
S. Korea’s Lee Says N. Korea Not Sincere on Talks
Police fire tear gas on protesters in Tunisia after Islamist group demonstrates
Ivory Coast rebels surround Gbagbo palace
Reports: Over 1,000 Killed In South Sudan
Both North and South infiltrating Sudan oil region as secession date approaches
More North African Dominoes May Fall
Afghan government plans crackdown on revealing wedding dresses
No way to halt tsunami as rethink urged on return
World court throws out Georgia case claiming ethnic cleansing by Russia, separatist militias
Italian anarchist group claims parcel bomb intercepted at Greek prison
Portuguese called to polls after finance stalemate
Europe Had Better Wake Up
Evictions, cash payments induce thousands to leave Haiti’s squalid earthquake settlement camps
Argentine judge rules that Turkey committed ‘Armenian genocide,’ orders help for descendant
Sites hit in massive web attack
Faith Diplomacy’s Importance Is Growing

Maritime
From weapons to ‘wall of water,’ new system is a window into security amid pirate threat

Military
Japan’s Crisis Bolsters Its Military
China Boosts it Amphibious Options
Executive officer fired at Singapore command

Economy
Unemployment falls to two-year low
Our Workforce Lost 2.33 Million People in One Year?
Wages Fail to Keep Up With Inflation
Auto sales up 17 percent with economy, but buyers are downsizing
Construction spending falls to lowest level since 1999

Politics
Boehner: Time for Democrats to get serious on budget
GOP Reps Introduce Bill to Make Sure Troops Get Paychecks if Government Shuts Down
Obama sells energy gimmicks
We’ve Become a Nation of Takers, Not Makers
Increasing Domestic Oil Production

Religion
Pakistani Christians Suffering After US Pastor’s Koran Burning
Bangladeshi Lay Minister’s Home Destroyed
Kazakhstan: Punishments for worship meetings re-start
Nepal: Evangelism Ban?
Scholars Doubtful About Metal Plate Documents’ Authenticity

 Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 30Mar11.
 

Security
Rebels concede Tripoli may be out of reach after 100-mile retreat
NATO Chief Opens The Door to Libya Ground Troops
US paves way to arm Libyan rebels
US Studying Rebels–After Going to War for Them
Muammar Gaddafi’s exit hindered by UN resolution, law experts warn
Qatar, First Arab State To Recognize Libyan Opposition, Will Market Opposition-Controlled Oil
Turkey To Have Triple Role in Libya Mission
Jihadi Sites Call on Libyans to Oppose Western Bid for Domination
Anger as Yemen blast toll rises
Yemeni’s divide-and-conquer ploy failing
Tens of thousands of Syrians gather in Damascus in support of president
Optimism in Damascus and determination not to take the regime’s bait
Water crisis floats Syrian unrest
Jordan’s king supports amending constitution
Prince Hassan Criticizes Jordanian Government
Saudi Arabia prints 1.5m copies of religious edict banning protests
Bahrain parliament accepts resignation of opposition lawmakers over crackdown
Oman detains anti-government protesters in flashpoint industrial city
Oman army clears roadblocks in Sohar pay protest
Chinese pieces to Iran’s nuclear puzzle
Hostages killed execution-style in Iraq siege before gunmen blow themselves up, officials say
In Egypt, Disappointment In New Parties Law; Demonstration To ‘Save The Revolution’ Announced
Article on Muslim Brotherhood Website Advocates Transportation for Women Only
‘Nakba Day, call for state may boost Palestinian protests’
PA leadership considering formally abandoning Oslo in September
After protest, Facebook remove page calling for armed Palestinian uprising against Israel
Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements if Palestinians seek unilateral recognition
Israel, grateful for border quiet, not cheering for demise of Syrian President AssadSyria Matters Far More Than Libya
Pressing Issues Are Elsewhere in Mideast
Ivory Coast rebels seize three towns
Fighting traps Ivorians at church
Ceasefire appeal in Ivory Coast
Protesters in Uganda threaten to attack US, Western embassies for Libya; police shut them down
Muslim Jihad in Christian Ethiopia: Lessons for the West
Taliban captures remote district in northwest Afghanistan
Pakistan says it agrees to visit by Indian investigators probing 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai
Pakistan’s secret dirty war
Inside Balochistan
Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor
Radioactive iodine hits 3,355 times limit in Japan
China warns UN not to interfere as dissidents are rounded up
Chinese official says Japan’s nuclear crisis will affect China’s atomic generation plans
Confucianism Returns to Chinese Politics
South Korea conducts live-fire drills on front-line island shelled last year by North Korea
Two Koreas hold volcano dialogue
North Korea ‘on a knife edge’ as aid agencies appeal for food donations
North Korea’s Nuke Lesson from Libya
Kim Jong-il ‘Dreamed Of being Stoned’
Myanmar junta ‘dissolved’: State television
Intelligence sources: Pakistani officials have arrested Indonesian terror suspect Umar Patek
Australian PM’s computer ‘hacked’
Russia, U.S. may ease visa regime ‘in foreseeable future’ – lawmaker
Eurozone crisis: The pain in Spain
Haiti postpones preliminary results of presidential election as counting drags on
Obama to outline plans for nation’s energy security in speech Wednesday
Suspicious package near Andrews AFB in Maryland prompts closure of long stretch of highway
Experts: Oil Will Continue To Dominate Energy Sector For At Least Another 30 Years

Maritime
Spanish Navy Bags 11 Suspected Pirates
Submarines Becoming The Boat Of Choice For Colombian Cocaine Smugglers

Military
New Pentagon Cyber Strategy Complete: Official
Gates is Turning America’s Defenses into a Boutique Military
GAO: Florida industry can maintain nuclear carrier
Taiwan Expects U.S. to Help With F-16 Upgrades
Homeland Security Budget: Highlights from the FY 2012 Request

Environment
Another strong quake jolts northern Japan
Worldwide-temperature increase has not produced acceleration of global sea level over the past 100 years
Cities ‘feeling heat of climate’

Economy
Consumer Confidence Index drops to 63.4 in March as worries about gas and food prices escalate
Home prices falling in 19 major US cities, with 4 now at lowest level in 11 years
More Housing Hell: The End Is Years Away

Politics
Hoyer: Odds of government shutdown have increased over past two weeks
Claims for Social Security benefits on the rise
State Tax Revenue Snaps Back
Mortgage-Lending Rules Unveiled
Pentagon: Libya tab at $550 million
Report: Deployments cost NC seat in Congress
U.S. Property Rights Protections Continue to Decline

Religion
Earliest Christian Documents Discovered?
Iran Secretly Executes Jewish-Armenian Couple; Christians Concerned
Iran Burns Bibles, Condemns Quran Burning
Evangelist in Bangladesh imprisoned for distributing Christian booklets
Nepal: Christians To Step Up Hunger Strike
Cuban Pastor on Conditional Release Prohibited from Preaching
Archbishop’s secret visit to Bhutan’s Christians, first in 18 years
Closing Arguments Begin In Canadian Test of Polygamy Ban
Church Finds Original King James Bible

 Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 25Mar11.
 

Security
NATO To Take Over No-Fly Zone In Libya
UN: 100s have disappeared in Libya in past months
Libya’s Soviet-made arms may fall into hands of terrorists – expert
Libyan Quagmire: Is the US becoming the tribe that lost its head?
Germany, Russia learn high cost of abstaining
Why Turkey recalibrated its Libya stance
‘More than 100 killed in Syrian anti-government rallies’
Syria security forces on high alert; Southern tribes could spark mutiny in military
Syria mulls lifting state of emergency
‘Al-Quds Al-Arabi’: Syrian Regime Will Fight To The End, Like Qadhafi
Former Syrian Muslim Brotherhood Leader: Uprising In Syria Won’t Stop Until Demands Are Met
Syria presses search for oil as production declines
West Bank rejoices over terror attack
Gaza rocket attacks strike Israel
Israeli escalation slammed
Islamic Jihad warns against ‘Zionist aggression’
Israeli leader says fears growth of Islamic extremism from Mideast unrest
Jerusalem bomb seeds gathering storm
Mubarak supporters and opponents clash in Cairo
New Egyptian Bill To Limit Freedom To Demonstrate
Egyptian army forces women protesters to take “virginity tests”
Egyptian Islamists won’t cap ambitions forever, Brotherhood leader says
Yemeni presidential guards clash with army
Leader of Yemen’s largest tribe sides with opposition, calls on president to step down
Yemeni president vows to defend himself at all costs
Yemeni President Nears Deal to Resign
Dubai police say they’ve stopped shipment of 16,000 small arms bound for Yemen
Worst and Best Case Scenarios for Yemen
The Unseen Hand: Saudi Arabian Involvement in Yemen
Yemen Collapse: Appropriate Role for the U.S. in the Yemeni Crisis
Economic Roots of Social Problems in Yemen
Bahrain village stages protest
Bahrain Foreign Police Add to Tensions
Bahrain Warns Iran on Interference
Hundreds of Jordanians set up protest camp in capital
King Abdullah and protecting the scholars
Witness – Searching for reforms in King Abdullah’s Saudi Arabia
In Iraq, Armed Groups Disarm, Join Political Process
Economists On Corruption in Iraq: ‘A Phenomenon At Its Pinnacle’
UN creates new post of human rights investigator to probe alleged abuses in Iran
Iran and Saudi Arabia cold war has entered a new era
The Coming Shia War
Qatar’s decision to send planes to Libya is part of a high-stakes game
200 Oman private sector workers protest for pay rise
Gulf States To Expel Lebanese Shi’ites
UN Official: Ivory Coast Death Toll Up to 462
Regional bloc condemns Ivory Coast attacks on West African residents amid political crisis
Kenya forces ‘cross into Somalia’
Supporters Of Tunisian Islamist Party Oppose UN Sec-Gen’s Visit
The North Caucasus Slips Further into Chaos
Bin Laden sets alarm bells ringing
Pakistan suicide bomber targets police station
China’s nuke exports to Pakistan to come under IAEA checks
Pakistan ‘crop shortage’ warning
Karachi fear over target killings
Number of dead and missing in Japan tops 27 thousand
China Sees Food Need Rising
Chinese democracy activist sentenced to 10 years in prison for inciting subversion
China ‘is to overtake US by 2030′
6 North Koreans seek asylum in South Korea after arriving by boat
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il sends $500,000 in quake aid to ethnic Koreans in Japan
North Korean diplomats to meet with former US officials in Germany for talks on nuclear issues
6 million North Koreans need food: UN
Over 60 dead, 90 injured in Myanmar quake
Nepal tackles ‘energy emergency’
Portugal crisis plunges European bailout summit into confusion
Putin and Medvedev Lead Opposing Coalitions in the Russian Elite
EU investigates cyber attack on officials, diplomatic service
Many Mexican media outlets set guidelines for coverage of drug war
California officials close ‘maternity tourist’ ward where 12 Chinese women and 10 babies found
Iranian hackers obtain fraudulent HTTPS certificates: How close to a Web security meltdown did we get?

Maritime
Somalia-Coast Pirates Increase Their Loot, Violence As Security Falls Short

Military
US European Command to troops: Avoid wearing uniforms when off base
Russia, Norway to hold joint naval drills in May
S. Korea Launches 3rd Aegis-equipped Destroyer
Germany scraps military conscription after 55 years; parliament approves historic step

Environment
Faster winds creating rougher seas

Economy
Oil rises above $106 in Europe amid Middle East conflict, US gasoline supply drop
World Bank: China can grow at 8% for 20 years

Politics
While Libya War Grows, Obama Team Denies It’s a War
This is War Lite, with No Leadership or Goals
As the Days Pass, My Alarm Grows
The neocons own no ideological monopoly on the use of force – or regime change
ObamaCare’s 1st Year Bad, But It’ll Get Worse
Unsustainable Budget Threatens Nation
U.S. Disability Insurance Program Running Out of Money
Reforming Higher Education
New census milestone: Hispanics to hit 50 million

Religion
Pakistan: Christians Killed
Christians in Fear after Qur’an Burning
Ethiopia’s Religious Divides Flare up in Violence
Egypt’s Christians Fear Radical Muslim Takeover
Islamic bloc drops 12-year U.N. drive to ban defamation of religion
Israel’s Messianic Jews Face Orthodox “Persecution”
When a ‘Christian America’ Meant Something Else

 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?


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