Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 31Mar11.
 

Security
Gadhafi Push Tests Allies
Libya: Illusions and Delusions of War
Power-Sharing Not the Answer for Libya
Libyan opposition set to launch TV channel from Qatar
The myth of tribal Libya
Rebels’ ‘Vision Statement’ Has Familiar Ring
Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis press demand for president’s ouster, condemn factory blast
Saleh makes new offer to protesters
Syrian President blames unrest on ‘conspiracy’
Protests in Syrian city Latakia after Assad speech
Turkey sees Kurdish threat in Syria unrest
Analysis: Sound of a dictator preparing for a long battle
Bahraini FM accuses Hezbollah of training Shi’ite protester
Bahrain’s Shiite opposition leader demands Saudi-led troops leave Gulf island
Bahrain detains leading blogger
Egypt adopts interim constitution
Egypt’s transitional constitution keeps references to Sharia
Egypt’s military will hold presidential elections at the latest in November
Egyptian FM: We’ll Turn Over A New Leaf With Iran, Hizbullah
Muslim Brotherhood In Egypt Invites Copts To Join Its New Political Party
Egypt Opposition Divided over New Political Parties Law
Egypt likely to face more difficult relations with Israel, U.S.
Iraq blames al-Qaeda for attack
Turkey Balances Its Ties With West and Islamic World in Libya Operation
Turkish PM Erdogan Visits Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Sistani, KRG
Gaza’s Islamic Jihad militant group says Israeli airstrike kills 1 fighter
Palestinians to Arab leaders: Stop blaming us for unrest
Israeli PM warns of Arab unrest resulting in theocratic regimes
UN chief chastises Israel at ‘crucial time’ in peace process
Understanding the third terror war
Al Qaida: Arab revolts herald ‘great leap forward’
Al-Qaeda Mag: We Heart The Mideast Revolts
Overriding desire for democracy tops agenda in Arab youth survey
Pro-Ouattara forces seize Ivory Coast capital
Pope sends envoy to Ivory Coast to encourage peaceful solution to violence
Nigeria to increase police and army presence ahead of elections which begin Saturday
Namibia declares floods emergency
Ethiopia to defy Egypt and build huge dam
South African counterterrorism police arrest white supremacist, seize weapons, ammunition
Pakistan bike bombing kills seven
Japan mulls covering Fukushima reactors to prevent fallout
Leadership vacuum at Japanese utility as radiation levels rise outside leaking nuclear plant
China Builds Higher Fences Over Fears Of Instability In North Korea
Arab revolt keeps China on its toes
China has a blueprint for social order
North Koreans wrap up talks with former US officials in Germany on nuclear issues
Assessment of Burma’s earthquake slow to emerge
3 al-Qaida-linked militants killed in clash with troops in southern Philippines
Islamist Website Threatens Britain’s Royal Wedding, Promising ‘Nightmare’ If Demands Are Not Met
UK authorities are investigating how fake bomb was smuggled aboard cargo flight to Turkey
Medvedev in ‘blow to Putin ally’
Germany’s Dangerous Foreign Policy Course
Dutch court rules hate speech case against anti-Islam lawmaker should continue
Kosovo court orders president to step down, says his election violated the constitution
Guatemala ‘drug lord’ captured
Canadian police arrest man linked to Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked al-Shabab
Top State Department official Steinberg leaves, replaced by Middle East expert
U.S. to seek new term on U.N. human rights panel
Critics: U.S. lacks overall strategy at Mexico border

Military
CIA Director Leon Panetta To Be The Next Secretary Of Defense?
Marine dead, 3 hurt in Hawaii helo crash
UK Government Denies Pilot Shortage for Libya No-Fly Zone
Philippines seen as model for counterinsurgency

Environment
At least 300,000 people killed in disasters in 2010

Politics
Lawmakers Near Deal on Spending
Many experts agree: Government shutdown likely
Some House Republicans seek DoD budget boost
Senate vote may end Obama’s climate change ambitions
Amid rising gas prices, Obama to outline plans to make US less dependent on foreign oil
Is it Time to Use the Strategic Petroleum Reserve?
Agency to continue rejecting green-card applications from same-sex couples
States Rely Too Much on High Earners
Arizona governor signs law to ban on abortions based on race or sex of fetus or race of parent

Religion
80 Ethiopian Jews reported wounded, 80 arrested at demonstration over lack of citizenship
Third Church Attacked as Pakistani Extremists Declare War Over Florida Koran Burning
Pakistan Fails To Protect Its Muslim Reformers and Christians From Radical Muslims
Iran: A House Church is invaded by plain clothes security agents and 10 members are arrested
Police In India Arrest 14 For Illegal Conversion To Christianity
Ultraconservative Muslim sect clashes with villagers in Egypt
Muslims in Egypt Demand Release of Alleged Convert to Islam
Christians reject Malaysia gov’t offer to resolve dispute over seized Bibles
Malaysia nixes serial numbers
Prospects Dim for Religious Freedom in Nepal
Hindu temple attacked in Australia
Transgendered clergy gaining greater acceptance in UK

  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

  Naval News Today

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 27May08.
 

Somali pirates seize Dutch-owned ship

Somali gunmen hijacked a Dutch-owned ship as it traveled from Kenya’s Mombasa port to Romania in the latest act of piracy off the lawless Horn of Africa nation’s coast, a maritime official said on Tuesday.

The MV Amiya Scan, managed by the Dutch Reider Shipping BV, was seized along with some nine Russian and Filipino crew members on Sunday while it passed through the Gulf of Aden, said Andrew Mwangura, director of the Seafarers Assistance Programme.

“Unfortunately we don’t know where she is right now … there’s been no ransom demand as of yet,” Mwangura told Reuters by telephone. He said the cargo ship was on its way to Romania and was flying under a Panamanian flag.

Arctic coastal countries to debate borders

Officials from five Arctic coastal countries will meet in Greenland this week to discuss how to carve up the Arctic Ocean, which could hold up to one-quarter of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas reserves.

Canada, Denmark, Norway, Russia and the United States are squabbling over much of the Arctic seabed and Denmark has called them together for talks in its self-governing province to avert a free-for-all for the region’s resources.

Russia angered the other Arctic countries last year by planting a flag on the seabed under the North Pole in a headline-grabbing gesture that some criticized as a stunt.

Navy ‘not short of submarine crews’

Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota has rejected claims the South African navy only has enough qualified crew to operate one of its new state-of-the-art submarines.

“I don’t know what is the source of the information that we can only operate one submarine… that is absolutely fallacious,” he told a media briefing at parliament.

“Each one of the submarines we’ve got has a full complement of personnel.

“How will they be at sea, all three of them, if we only had the ability to operate only one of them?” Lekota asked.

Crews had been in training even as the submarines were being built over the past few years.

  Naval News Today

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 26May08.
 

Pirates release Jordanian ship captured off Somalia

Pirates on Friday released a Jordanian-flagged cargo ship from captivity off the Somali coast where it was held for nearly a week, officials said. “The ship was released after the pirates held talks with the local elders in Haradere town and it is now sailing to Mogadishu,” the ship’s contractor, Yusuf Moalim Ahmed, told AFP. “I am not ready to give further details on negotiations, but I can confirm that the local elders helped in the release of the ship,” he added.

The vessel, the MV Victoria, was seized Saturday and taken to Haradere, a coastal village around 500 kilometers north of the capital Mogadishu.

Sailor suffers minor burns in US carrier fire

The Navy says a fire aboard the USS George Washington aircraft carrier has left one sailor with minor burns and 23 others with heat stress.

The Navy said Friday that sailors extinguished the fire several hours after flames were spotted Thursday near the auxiliary boiler room and air conditioning and refrigeration space in the rear of the nuclear powered ship. It says the fire spread through a passageway for cables.

It says the carrier’s propulsion plant was not damaged and the fire did not threaten the safety of the ship’s nuclear reactor.

Philippines, US to hold naval exercises near Spratlys: report

US and Philippine forces will carry out joint naval exercises off Palawan, the closest major Philippine island to the disputed Spratlys chain in the South China Sea, a report said Saturday.

The joint exercises will begin Monday, Vice Admiral William Douglas Crowder, commander of the US seventh fleet flagship the USS Blue Ridge, told the Philippine Star newspaper.

About four US ships will sail to Palawan, southwest of Manila, for the combined naval war games involving about a thousand US and Filipino sailors, the newspaper said.

Pirate attacks on the rise

A report from the International Maritime Bureau in Malaysia indicates pirate attacks are increasing for the first time in more than a decade.

The bureau’s report says pirate attacks have gone up 20 percent around the globe in the past year, The Daily Telegraph reported Sunday.

It is reported the growing threat from the maritime marauders is partially a result of Somalia’s flailing legal system and ongoing conflict in Nigeria.

Nigeria has ranked No. 1 for piracy, with India and the Gulf of Aden coming second, the bureau said.

Arrival of sub completes SA navy’s order

All has been plain sailing for South Africa’s third submarine, the SAS Queen Modjadji, which arrived at the naval base in Simonstown on Thursday.

The submarine is the last of the naval vessels, bought in a multibillion-rand deal, to be delivered to South Africa.

It sailed in under escort of the SA Navy supply ship, the SAS Drakensberg.

The SAS Queen Modjadji was welcomed by her sister submarine, the SAS Charlotte Mxeke, two of the country’s frigates, and warships from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.


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