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 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 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 11Mar11.
 

Security
Powerful earthquakes hit Japan
France recognises Libyan rebels
Libya: Nato defence ministers agree on minimal intervention
No-fly zone plan will be presented on March 15: Hillary Clinton
Gaddafi offers $400,000 bounty for oppn leader
EU to get tough with Gaddafi and back north Africa’s democracy movements
GCC blasts Qaddafi govt as ‘illegitimate’
US spy warns Gaddafi will prevail in Libya
RN makes contingency plans to send more ships to Libya
Yemen Opposition Spurns Constitution Offer
In Yemen, Houthis Call To Topple Regime
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Protests in Yemen
Bahrain prepares for march, clash erupts in school
Saudi police open fire on pro-democracy protesters
Saudi expectations high before Friday’s protests
Signs of dissent becoming more visible among Saudi Arabian youths
Saudi Arabia unrest: a blogger’s view
Egypt’s leaders seek police force’s speedy return to duty
Bedouin gunmen storm Egypt intel sites in Sinai
Egypt Prisoner Release Sets Off Alarms
Surge in Arab protests expected in Gulf states
Imprisonment of Turkish journalists draws MEP rebuke
Hidden energy crisis in the Middle East
Moroccan king praised for reform pledges
Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo Rejects AU Mediation Proposal
Sudan’s Army Reports 17 Killed in Clashes With Darfur Rebels
Army Steps Down From Rule in Niger
Death of Karzai cousin in botched Nato raid stokes Afghan anger
Pakistan militia warns government
Deathly Silence Grips Pakistan
A New, More Serious Terrorism Threat From Pakistan
India police kill Maoist leader
Mass arrests before India rally
Beijing’s “Wei-Wen” Imperative Steals the Thunder at NPC
China leader rules out democracy
Deaths Reported in China Quake
Unstringing China’s strategic pearls
Kim Jong-Il hits the bunker as Mideast heats up
Stop Feeding North Korea’s Army
Japan PM may have taken donations from Korean
Japan PM rules out resignation
Taiwan Mulls Post-US Pacific
Indonesia’s Bashir to stand trial on terror chargesFresh floods hit Queensland towns
Virtue of ‘microfinance’ turning to vice?

Maritime
Somali pirates free Indian crew
The Case of the Iranian Warships and the Suez Canal
China Military Delegates Call for National Maritime Strategy to Protect Expanding Interests

Military
Implications of China’s Military Evacuation of Citizens from Libya
An Analysis of China’s 2011 Defense Budget and Total Military Spending — The Great Unknown
Pakistan test-fires nuke-capable missile
Russia concerned over U.S. missile plans in Poland – Foreign Ministry

Is Russia Helping Taiwan Build Submarines?

Environment
Japan quake seventh most powerful ever: USGS
Globalisation and agriculture industry exacerbating bee decline, says UN
Study: Navy, CG must prepare for climate change

Economy
Poll: Americans wary of recovery
How Qaddafi Is Blackmailing Oil Markets
What Arab Unrest Means for Oil Supplies
EU leaders shift focus of rescue plans to the euro
China Consumer Prices Rise 4.9%
China Is Destined for Decline
China’s Coming Banking Crisis?
Japan Revises GDP Figure Downward
Spain debt downgraded by Moody’s

Politics
Defense must face cuts, key senators say
Growth Slows in America’s Urban Cores
When Liberal Compassion Turns to Coercion

Religion
9 Christians Killed, 150 Injured in Attack By 15,000 Muslims and Egyptian Army
U.S. Calls For Egypt To Prosecute Perpetrators In This Week’s Muslim-Christian Violence
Pakistani Officials Back Muslim Land-Grabbers, Christians Say
Ethiopia: Islamist Extremists Set Churches, Christian Homes on Fire
Christians issue rare rebuke against Malaysia’s government for seizing Bibles
China insists on role in anointing religious leaders
R.I. Senate to hold hearings on gay marriage bill
Florida Lawmakers Push For Sharia Ban


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