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 21Mar11.
 

Security
Libya bombing called successful, but questions remain about whether it will force Gadhafi out
‘Human shields’ used against allied assault on Libya
Libya hands out arms to people in defense against aggressors – Gaddafi
A glance at international military assets in or heading to Libya region
Turkey to take part in Libya operation
Iran warns Libyans of West’s ‘colonial’ aims
This Week at War: Quagmire Ahead
Yemeni president fires government
Saleh’s own tribe demands he quit
Bahrain opposition seeks talks with monarchy
Bahrain hospital on frontline in protest crackdown
Syria Justifies Saudi Military Intervention in Bahrain
Iran expels Bahrain diplomat in tit-for-tat move
Syrian protesters torch Baath party headquarters
Syria says it will free child prisoners after unrest
Syrian Cleric: Anti-Regime Demonstrations Are a Religious Duty
Using attacks on Syrians shows Assad’s vulnerability
Is this the Syrian spark?
Hundreds of security forces block Saudi protest demanding release of detainees
Vote shows Egyptians approve constitutional change
Egyptians set for summer elections
‘No doubt Egyptian army will honor peace with Israel’
Egypt rearrests Zawahiri’s brother after release
2nd Iranian plane forced to land in Turkey for inspection
U.S. Denies Report That It’s Mulling Strategic Dialogue With Hezbollah
Thousands of Moroccans stage new protests to demand political change
Morocco’s king avoids calls for regime change
Ethiopia at centre of global farmland rush
Japan dead, missing tops 21,000 amid atomic crisis
Tibetans vote for new political leader-in-exile
Haitians choosing president amid uncertainty, anger

Maritime
Piracy Incident is Good News for China-South Korea Relations
The ‘blue national soil’ of China’s navy

Military
Hamas deploying wire-guided anti-tank missiles?

Environment
Strong quake rattles the northern Philippines, no injuries or damage reported
King crabs invade Antarctica

Politics
Democrats Split on Social Security
A Staggering Absence of Leadership in DC

Economy
Pray for Japan, Worry for Europe

Religion
Explosion strikes near church in central Nigerian city troubled by religious, ethnic violence
Ethiopian Christians Flee After Church Burnings
Pope urges political, military leaders to consider safety of Libyans, prays for peace

  Gbagbo Going “All In” Against Opposition in Ivory Coast

Posted by Chris van Avery on 02Mar11.
 

It looks to me like the embattled president of Ivory Coast, Laurent Gbagbo, is about to go “high order” on his opposition.

Reports are, he’s stocking up on arms , firing on UN observers , silencing internal and external reporting, and  hired some mercenaries, sparking an exodus of residents and foreigners.

Now, he’s turned off the lights and water .

Could President Gbagbo be exploiting the worldwide distraction provided by Libya to do a little house cleaning?

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 28Feb11.
 

Security
Libyan rebels gear for fight near capital
Anti-Gaddafi forces take control of northwestern Libyan city
Resigned Libyan Minister: We Will Establish an Interim Government in Benghazi
Security Council slaps sanctions on Gadhafi
Doctors report 256 died in Benghazi violence: ICRC
100,000 have fled Libya, UN refugee agency says
Libya escapees tell of looting in the oilfields
Clinton: US ‘reaching out’ to Libyan opposition groups
Libya: neither tribal nor Islamist
Arab League boss Moussa to run for Egyptian president
Egypt’s generals unveil reform package
Yemen’s parties to join anti-president protests
President Ali Abdullah Saleh vows to resist Yemen protests
Saudi King Orders Up Jobs
Why a king’s ransom is not enough for Saudi Arabia’s protesters
Oman police fire rubber bullets at protesters, two dead
Iraq PM gives govt 100 days to improve — or else
Iranian Protest Movement Calls for Demonstrations on March 1; Mousavi, Karroubi Reportedly Detained in IRGC Facility
Iran: Removal of Fuel Rods from Bushehr Reactor Unrelated to Stuxnet Virus
Jordan to give priority to peace process despite regional turmoil
Lebanon’s ‘sectarian’ govt flayed
Egyptian editor: Israel-peace treaty will likely be revised
Vogue fawns over the wonderful Assads
Tunisian PM resigns over protests
Six killed in DR Congo ‘coup bid’
China’s ‘jasmine’ revolution: police but no protesters in Beijing
China’s working poor not yet ready to revolt
Russia ready to hold drills with Ukraine in any format – defense minister
French foreign minister resigns
Silvio Berlusconi sex case witness has car torched
14 killed in Mexico bar attacks

Maritime
Ruthless new breed of Somali pirates craves riches, not revenge
Preventing Piracy Begins on Land
Russia, Ukraine to sign deal on Russian Black Sea Fleet rearmament

Economy
Japan’s output up for third month


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