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 09Mar11.
 

Security
Gadhafi forces barrage rebels in east and west
Libya rebels reject talks on Qaddafi exit
U.S., Europe considering naval operations to deliver humanitarian aid to Libya
Experts: ‘No-fly zone’ may not halt Gadhafi offensive
French Minister Doesn’t See Military Option in Libya
Malta objects to Libya sanctions
Libyan test for new-look al-Qaeda
Why Libya’s Qaddafi Could Survive Like Saddam In 1991
Yemen protests hit Saleh fiefdom, military in Sanaa
Two thousand inmates in Yemen jail revolt
Yemeni army storms Sanaa University, wounding 98
Bahrain opposition groups call for sweeping changes
Bahrain king told Petraeus the Shi’ite opposition was trained, backed by Iran
Special Commentary: Iran and the Bahraini Uprising
Saudi Arabia is losing its fear
The Battle Between Iran and Saudi Arabia
Tahrir Square women’s march marred by rival protest
In Egypt, Harsh Measures Against Internal Security Officials
Oman’s Different Kind of Revolution
Salafi-Jihadists Demonstrate in Jordan’s Capital with Al-Qaeda Banners, Jihadist Slogans
Amid Arab protests, resentment builds in Jordanian town
Iran’s Rafsanjani loses post as chair of state body
‘Iranian activists, police clash in Women’s Day protest’
Russia says will complete Bushehr project ‘in near future’
Ahmadinejad Calls For New World Order
Attacks on Iraq activists spark concern
Kuwaiti protesters bring demands for reforms to streets
UAE stable despite regional turmoil
GCC To Discuss Economic Aid To Bahrain, Oman
Syria frees 80-year-old former judge in amnesty
Hezbollah Back on Offense
Israel considering temporary Palestinian state
Netanyahu peace move dismissed
Netanyahu: Israeli army must remain in West Bank’s Jordan Valley
Israeli plan to demolish unauthorised West Bank outposts condemned
Middle East: Lots of Challenges; One Big Opportunity
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in 2010: The Intensification of the Near War
Four dead as Ivory Coast troops open fire on civilians
Ivory Coast Conflict Worsens as Gbagbo Seizes Nation’s Cocoa, Coffee Sales
51 reported dead in new fighting in southern Sudan
Mass arrests for Congo ‘coup bid’
Angola is stirred by the spirit of revolution
Aid workers in Burundi worry about food insecurity
U.S. Set To Begin Withdrawing Afghanistan Troops In July
Karzai foretells hard year in Afghanistan
Car Bomb Kills 20 in Eastern Pakistan
The most likely apocalypse in our future: An Indian-Pakistani nuclear exchange
China Blasts S.Korea Military Hacking Allegations
China imposes Tibet travel limits
China’s coal reserves ‘will make it new Middle East’, says energy chief
China considers relaxing one-child policy
N Korea begs food aid from Zimbabwe
Why U.S. and China Woo Mongolia
Dam splits Vietnam, Laos
Men Without Women — The ominous rise of Asia’s bachelor generation
Man arrested in Glasgow over Stockholm suicide attack
Russians protest by emigrating, not demonstrating

Maritime
China Stakes Claim on Disputed Islands after Spats
Japan protest over China fly-by
Hostage Oversupply in Somalia?: Pirates Negotiate Better Deals to Free Up Space

Military
U.S. Navy Keeping Watch on Libya
Military Balance Report: China ‘Won’t Threaten US In Pacific For A Decade’
Russia’s Fog of Military Reform
Japan Expects Stealth Fighter in 2014
A Successor To Gates Is A Quandary For Obama
Amos: Marines May Buy Some F-35Cs

Economy
Oil price falls on Saudi comments
Impact of Budget Cuts on the Poor
Investors Fret Over Japan Turmoil
Save energy for economy, EU urged

Environment
Millions of dead sardines found in Californian marina
Sunspot riddle solved, say scientists

Politics
U.S. sets $223B deficit record
Senate set to kill parties’ competing spending-cut bills
GOP freshman: We’re just getting started on budget cuts
Democrats in Disarray Over 2011 Spending Cuts
Expert: Defense must be cut to avoid crisis
Tea party steeped in redistricting
U.S. Appeals Health-Law Ruling

Religion
Deadly religious clash in Cairo
In Egypt, Efforts To Calm Copts’ Protests
Muslims torch Christians’ houses [Bangladesh]
One Dead as Islamist Mobs in Ethiopia Destroy Church Buildings
Turkey’s Protestants concerned about attacks, demand legal status
Tunisian Jews feel safe under new government
Tibetan listeners embrace Christian radio
21 Pa. priests named in sex report are suspended
Pope to answer public questions on Italian TV
Anglicans to consider opening communion to unbaptized

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 08Mar11.
 

Security
Blue warriors boost Gaddafi’s forces
GCC seeks no-fly zone as Libya battle rages
NATO Defense Ministers to Weigh No-Fly-Zone Plan Thursday
Obama: Military action against Libya possible
Libya said to have appointed new UN ambassador
America seeks Saudi help to assist rebels
Libya is Europe’s Job
Libyans should solve their problems themselves – Lavrov
China’s Prickly Gaddafi Ties
Yemeni Opposition: We Will Take To The Streets Until President Is Removed
Opposition vows to bring more Yemenis to street
Million woman march called for by Cairo activists
Egyptians prise open secrets of Hosni Mubarak’s state security headquarters
Egyptian Source: Security Apparatus Documents Burned To Destroy Evidence
Egyptian Islamist wishes to ‘see Israel wiped off map’
Bahrain Protesters Defy Police Order
Bahrain protesters appeal for U.S. backing
Bahrain crown prince calls for patience
Bahrain builds homes to quell protests
Saudi Authorities Release Shi’ite Cleric Who Called For Constitutional Monarchy
In Saudi Arabia, activists push more boldly for reform
Saudi clerics condemn protests as un-Islamic
As Unrest Sweeps across the Middle East, Al-Qaeda Steps Up Incitement against Saudi Regime
Saudis fear spread of lethal disease raging through Yemen
Oman sultan sacks ministers, dissolves economy ministry
Jordanian media calls for more freedom
Syrian Political Prisoners Start Hunger Strike
Lebanese women defy Hezbollah, demand justice
Kuwaitis to protest today for PM’s ouster
Iranian Official Calls On Hackers To Assist Regime
Iran Calls On U.N. To Investigate Western Crimes In Middle East
Zimbabwe Agrees To Sell Uranium To Iran
Qods Force Operation in Africa
Iran, Syria, Iraq, and Turkey To Issue Joint Tourist Visa
Iran Might Not Be the Big Winner of Mideast Uprisings
Arab revolt stokes Hamas militancy
Palestinian diplomatic status in the UK upgraded
Israel’s National Security Council Head Steps Down
After Libya, Egypt, And Tunisia, What Comes Next?
Turmoil jars U.S. counterterrorism efforts
How to Deal with Islamist Movements in Post-Revolutionary Regimes?
Tunisian prime minister names a new government
Tunisia dissolves secret police
Ivory Coast rebels seize control of 30-mile strip
Ivorian leader seizes cocoa trade
Sudanese militia clashes leave 56 dead
Ethiopia’s controversial dam project
Government by Assassination [Pakistan]
Zardari and Gilani attempt to quell Pak-US tensions over Davis
Beijing Has Bought Itself a Respite from Middle Class Revolt
China sees positive trend in ties with U.S.
Barack Obama to name Gary Locke as new US ambassador to China
Japan PM Naoto Kan faces fight for survival
Japan must develop nuclear weapons, warns Tokyo mayor
Former Fiji minister seeks asylum
Cries of betrayal over Irish coalition
France’s ex-president Chirac goes on trial for corruption
Mexican gun battles leave 18 dead

Military
Report: Too many whites, men leading military
China’s Military Build-Up: How Bad Is It? What Should Be Done About It?
China’s Military Build-up: Implications for U.S. Defense Spending
Taiwan to Cut 9,200 Troops as China Ties Warm
Israel Considers Military ‘Upgrade’
Cybersecurity to be core requirement at Navy

Maritime
Second battle of Okinawa looms as China’s naval ambition grows
China halts Philippines test ship
Russia to ratify maritime border pact with Norway within month – Lavrov

Environment
Case for saving coral reefs is economic as well as conservational
Study foresees a rapid and widespread extinction of species
China ready to quell disquiet over new environmental policies

Economy
Oil nears $107 a barrel; gasoline above $3.50
Tipping point for oil seen at $150 per barrel
Mideast Unrest Fuels Eurozone Crisis
China’s Revealing Five-Year Priorities
India: Economic Superpower in the Making?
Brookings: Making Sense of Food Price Volatility
Japan’s Trade Balance Falls to Deficit

Politics
Can We Avert a Social Security Disaster?
Obama restarts military trials at Guantanamo
Supreme Court opens way for prisoners to try to gain access to DNA evidence
US court blocks atheist ‘God’ case

Religion
China Court Upholds 15 Year Imprisonment For Pastor Yimiti
China says Dalai Lama must reincarnate, can’t pick successor
Bogor Christians Hold Service in Disputed Church
Virginity Making a Comeback, Govt Data Says

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 05Mar11.
 

Security
Libya: Fierce day of raids and clashes signals shift towards civil war
Exiled prince calls for airstrikes
Libya shows captured Dutch crew
Black Watch ‘on 24-hour standby’ to intervene if Libyan crisis worsens
Eyes Full Of Terror, A Gun To His Head, The Tables Are Turned On One Of Gaddafi’s Boy Soldiers
Libyan Evacuations Slow
Pro-Gaddafi forces prevent crossings on Libyan border -UN
Libyan opposition leaders to get advice from UK military
EU Could Deploy Ships to Enforce Libya Arms Ban
More Marines, sailors arrive at Crete base
UK seizes ship carrying $160M of Libyan currency
Turkey Diverges From Western Position On Libya
Forces ‘fire on Yemen protesters’
Yemen’s ambassador to Egypt attacked
Egyptian security agency stormed
Egypt’s new PM seeks legitimacy in Tahrir Square
Saudis mobilise thousands of troops to quell growing revolt
Shadow over House of Saud as ‘day of rage’ draws nearer
Sadrists Escalating Criticism Of Al-Maliki
Egypt to hold referendum on amending constitution March 19
Iraqis protest again, this time in ‘Day of Regret’
US and Israel blamed for Stuxnet
Large Bahrain Rally Pressures Leaders
Guardian: The Real Story of Bahrain’s Divided Society
Seven journalists arrested in Turkey
Uproar over journalists’ detention in Turkey
Turkey Becoming Russia of the Middle East
Interim Palestine State Weighed
Netanyahu wants 40% of West Bank under Israeli control
An Arab Strategy? Not as Hopeless as You Think
Special Commentary: Popular Movements in the Middle East and the Role of al-Qaeda
Iran Will Be a Tougher Nut to Crack
Will Jordan Become a Palestinian State?
The New Middle East
Algeria Opposition Joins Protest Wave
New Tunisian PM to appoint govt in two days
Tunisia Struggles With Migrant Influx
US begins relief operation for refugees in Tunisia
Ivorian city ‘resembles war zone’
Bhatti’s killing leaves Pak govt split wide open
Terror strikes mosque at Friday prayers; 10 worshippers killed
Nepal Maoists rejoin government
Chinese parliament opens with grand pledges
China’s dam-building will cause more problems than it solves
China to overhaul admin near India, Pak borders
China plans to track Beijing citizens through their mobiles
Is China a Superpower?
‘China invite’ to Kim Jong-il son
South Korea government websites targeted in cyber attack
Philippines to China: Explain Incident
Kurils: The great game in the Asia-Pacific
Russia, EU, U.S. could become guarantors of peace between Georgia, breakaway republics
Warming oceans and human waste hit Tuvalu’s sustainable way of life

Military
China beefs up military spending
China Rejects Curbs on Nuclear Arsenal Expansion
Sailor charged with attempted espionage is held in Norfolk
Adm. cited in Enterprise investigation fired
Lawmaker: Allow alcohol for troops under 21
Senators push to increase PCS travel allowances

Maritime
China Flexes Muscles in the South China Sea
Clinton says anti-piracy task force falls short
Applying Counterterrorist Methods to the Growing Threat of Piracy

Economy
The New Underclass and Obama
EU ‘backs away from 30% target’
U.K. Economic Data Turn Negative as More Cuts Loom

Politics
ObamaCare Judge to White House: Stop Stalling
Boehner pushes DOMA enforcement
A Response to “What Would Jesus Cut?”

Religion
Update: Ethiopian Muslims Kill Christian, Burn More Churches and Christian Homes in Ongoing Attacks
Russian Jews laud Pope’s new book as crushing anti-Semitism
Jewish groups oppose circumcision ban in US city
Vatican to Overhaul Sexual Abuse Canon Law


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