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 29Mar11.
 

Security
Diplomats meet as Italy plots Gaddafi’s escape
Gates Says Libya Not Vital National Interest
Officials: Libyan operation could last months
Turkey offers to broker Libya ceasefire as rebels advance on Sirte
Libyan rebels say they’ve seized Gaddafi home town
Libyan migrants arrive in Italy
Qatar becomes first Arab country to recognize Libyan National Council
UAE Jets Arrive in Italy for Libya Operations
New Libyan Rebel Leader Spent Much Of Past 20 Years In Suburban Virginia
Yemeni regime loses grip on four provinces
Militant attacks raise fear of Yemeni power vacuum
Prez’s son-in-law joins Yemen opposition
Fatal blast at Yemen arms factory
The Dance of the Snakes: Brewing Civil War in Yemen Has All Sides Nervous
Syrian VP: Assad to announce big decision in 2 days
Snipers kill two in Syria
Tensions In Lataqiya, Syria Becoming Increasingly Ethnic
Alarabiya.net: Syrian Government To Step Down, Other Reforms
U.S. Won’t Back New Intervention
Pro- And Anti-Assad Demonstrations In Lebanon, Egypt; Syrian News Agency: Arab Leaders Are With Assad
The Syrian Spring
Jordanians bury first casualty of demonstrations
Jordan’s lower house rejects calls for limiting king’s powers
Jordan Teetering On Civil War, Local Analysts Say
Jordan releases protesters blamed for unrest
As the Middle East burns, Saudi economy glows
Mecca Imam: No Separation Of Religion And State
Saudi Sheikh In New Delhi: Unite To Change Social Order
Bahrain opposition accepts Kuwait’s offer to mediate
Bahrain opposition says 250 detained, 44 missing
Bahrain Opposition Faces Uphill Effort
Young activists see Muslim Brotherhood alliance with military regime
Egyptian military plans to transfer power to civilian rule ‘as soon as possible’
Egypt military rulers: 30-year emergency laws to be lifted before September general elections
Hamas getting cozy with new Egyptian leaders
Egypt’s fundamentalist Salafists rise in wake of Mubarak’s fall
Bombing attempt on Egypt-Israel gas pipeline fails
Egypt Air Wipes Israel Off the Map
An unusual German export to Egypt: how to handle the secret police
Egypt: A Purge too Far?
‘Cheap’ bread to cost billions in Egypt
Egypt says will recognize new South Sudan state
Qatar Seizes Two Iranian Boats With Arms: Report
Iranian Human Rights Website: 80 Prisoners Killed in Iranian Jail
Iranian hacker claims he acted alone in stealing digital SSL certificates
Al-Maliki Warns of Sectarian War In Middle East Due To Bahrain
Iraqi Coalition Government Showing Signs of Breakup
Beware the ‘Turkish Model’
PNA leader Abbas hopes Palestinian state recognized this year
Abbas: Draw up constitution of future state
Abbas aide: president ready to give up $400 million in US aid for Palestinian unity with Hamas
Facebook ‘monitoring’ page calling for 3rd intifada
Fatah spokesman emphasizes that terrorism is “legitimate right”
Israel deploys first anti-rocket system near Gaza
Israeli strike on Palestinian rocket squad kills 2 militants
Israel’s premier warns Gaza militants of military retaliation if rocket fire resumes
Hardliner to Head Israel’s National Security Council
In Push for Mideast Peace, Whose Side Is Obama On?
Alassane Ouattara rejects African Union representative in Ivory Coast
Ivorian ex-rebels ‘seal border’
Forces for Ivory Coast’s internationally recognized leader say they have taken a major city
Moroccan teachers to strike after violent protests
Tunisia’s interim president sacks interior minister without explanation, report says
Gov’t detains Somali radio journalists, accusing them of inaccuracies in report on fighting
Police: Radical sect members kill a political youth leader in Nigeria’s restive northeast
Madagascar opposition groups reject new unity government
Truck explodes in eastern Afghanistan, killing 20, wounding dozens, Taliban claims attack
Taliban militants say they have kidnapped 50 Afghan policement in northeastern Afghanistan
Pakistani official says 11 troops have been killed in a militant ambush close to Afghan border
South Asia rivals in terror talks
India Not Ready to Lead on World Stage
Radioactive water risk played down
New radiation leak at Japan plant
Officials say plutonium detected in soil outside of troubled Japanese nuclear complex
U.S. helps clear vital Japan harbor
China arrests blogger Ran Yunfei
Manager of battery factory in eastern China arrested after 168 villagers suffer lead poisoning
China poised to overhaul US as biggest publisher of scientific papers
Chinese students screened for ‘radical thoughts’ and ‘independent lifestyles’
China’s Repression Undoes Its Charm Offensive
Vietnam Eyes China ‘Threat’
Thousands of Indonesians rally against international strikes on Libya, say Gadhafi should go
Myanmar military holds unusually low-key celebration of Armed Forces Day
Hugo Chavez doubling down on support for Mideast dictators
Russia ‘kills Caucasus militants’
Russia Arrests Two Bombing Suspects
Central Asia Stokes Russian Imperialism
Ukraine Opposition Warns of Setbacks
London erupts as 400,000 protest spending cuts
UK Fear over China power, poll finds
Portugal under heavy EU pressure to seek financial aid
Merkel ‘loses key state election’
Big stake for unpopular Sarkozy in France’s local elections amid far right resurgence
Dominican president hints he wants to run for 3rd term despite term limit rules
Israel asking Argentina if it stopped inquiry into Jewish center bombings to appease Iran
Human bondage hits U.S. heartland
Mexico Drug War Displaces 230,000 and Half Find Refuge in the U.S.
4 people die from swine flu in northern Mexico
The Return of Anarchism
One billion face water shortages by 2050

Maritime
Philippines seeks patrol ships, aircraft, radar to bolster watch in and near the Spratlys
Indian navy seizes Somali pirates

Military
US pulling back naval firepower aimed at Libyan forces as military mission gains ground
Shortage Of RAF Pilots For Libya As UK Defence Budget Cuts Bite
Libya may make US defense cuts a no-fly zone
China Eyes Naval Track Record
PLA on board an Orient express
Turkish, Afghan, Pakistan Forces Hold Anti-Terror Exercise
U.S. Seeks to Maintain 10 Military Bases in Iraq
US-Philippine military exercises may be scaled back because of relief mission in Japan
DFAS cannot promise pay in government shutdown

Economy
Economists expect Greek default
Foreign Shocks Temper America’s Export-Led Rebound
The Economy Remains Too Vulnerable

Environment
Major earthquakes don’t trigger dangerous ones around the globe, historical study suggests

Politics
Obama on Libya: a Goldilocks doctrine gambling on Gaddafi’s exit
Obama’s Libya speech: satisfactory, but not satisfying
Government Shutdown Grows More Likely
Democrats offer more cutbacks as a showdown on budget looms
Durbin: Social Security a deal-killer
Rising Medicare premiums threaten to wipe out Social Security COLA for third straight year
Political journalist forced to stand in a closet
Gov’t emails: Political reviews over requests for US records ‘meddling,’ ‘crazy’ and ‘bananas’
Key GOP leadership targeted for backing nuke program cuts

Religion
Turkey: Christians Despised
Pakistan’s Sherry Rehman stands alone after colleagues’ assassinations
Egypt clerics protest at graft in religious bodies
Pope prays at memorial to victims of Nazi massacre in Rome; Jews decry trips for perpetrator
Progressives Dumbly Dismiss Conservative Theology

 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


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