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 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 20Mar11.
 

Security
US, Canadian, Dutch and Spanish head to Italy bases for enforcement of Libya no-fly zone
Gadhafi vows Libya will defend itself, warns civilian targets across the region are in danger
Gaddafi could turn to Libya’s mustard gas stockpile, some officials fear
Rebels repulse Qaddafi attackers on Benghazi
Egypt Said To Arm Libya Rebels
African Union demands halt to Libya attacks
Libya: This is only the first step along an unpredictable and hazardous road
Security forces blanket Yemen capital
Yemeni police storm protest camp in port city of Aden day after deadly crackdown
2 Yemeni officials quit posts to protest violence
Bahrain limps toward normalcy
Saudi Arabian intervention in Bahrain driven by visceral Sunni fear of Shias
Syria: Thousands call for revolt at funeral of protester
Syrian authorities seal southern city after deadly clashes kill 5
Egyptians begin voting on constitution referendum
Egypt crowd attack ElBaradei at voting station
Iraqi protesters jeer Saudi king as puppet of US, Israel in Bahrain unrest
Ties That Bind Lebanon Are Fraying
PA to seek Egypt’s aid in ending dispute with Hamas
Gaza mortar barrage hits Israel
Senegalese authorities arrest 15 ahead of government protest, say attempted coup foiled
Asia’s March Into Africa
Nuclear plant operator says reactor pressure has stabilized, no longer plans to vent gas
Too early to sound all-clear in Japan: United Nations
Tokyo water sample shows radioactive iodine: Govt
Thailand’s prime minister survives no-confidence vote
Suspected communist rebels kill policeman, wound 4 in daring attack in southern Philippines
U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Resigns
Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA

Military
Russian 5G subs to be equipped with ballistic, cruise missiles – source
A Great White Fleet for the 21st Century

Environment
Lava, clouds of hot ash spews from the mouth of volcano in central Indonesia

Economy
Why Gas Rises Fast, Falls Like a Feather

Politics
CBO: Obama Policies Will Explode Debt

Religion
Persecution of Christians getting worse, says report
Disaster Pushes Japanese Beyond Secular Thinking
Missionaries Grapple With Leaving Japan
The President of Nepal ready to defend Christians from attacks and violence

  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


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