April 13, 2009

Race 4 2012 Foreign Policy Essential Reads

Europe

Incompetence at the US State Department

Terrorist (LTTE) attack on Sri Lankan embassy in Norway

Moldovan President blames Romania, Serbia

IRA group warns of more attacks on high-profile targets on British mainland

New film ‘may give IRA dissidents ammunition’

Erupting violence puts Irish peace plan at risk

Gangs of youths threw petrol bombs at police in Northern Ireland on Saturday after a prominent republican was among three people arrested over the murder of two British soldiers.  The troubled province’s police chief, meanwhile, warned that hundreds of dissidents, whom he described as “very dangerous,”were aiming to derail its fledgling peace process.

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Asia

US keeps silent as Europe urges restraint as Thai violence escalates

Civil war brewing in Thailand

Obama ignores US hostages in North Korea

China executes Muslims and Tibetans

Islamist terrorists pushing Pakistan towards collapse

“We’re now reaching the point where, within one to six months, we could see the collapse of the Pakistani state,”

Russia blamed for pipeline blast

Turkmenistan has accused Russia of causing an explosion on a gas pipeline by giving less than a day’s notice before abruptly cutting its imports. 

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Americas

Latin America to Push Obama on Cuba Embargo at Summit

13 Peruvian Troops Killed in Ambushes

Bolivia’s Morales to keep up hunger strike protest

Will Obama Surrender American Sovereignty?

Obama administration to release terrorists

The secret prisons are now empty, Panetta said, and the agency has not taken any new prisoners since he became director in February.  The CIA is now preparing plans for the prisons to be permanently shut down. An intelligence official said the facilities have to be cleaned of any potentially sensitive materials before they can be closed.

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Africa

Christian Children Kidnapped, enslaved, raped and forced to be Muslims (Video)

Congo rebels still a major challenge

US court allows apartheid claims

China taking over from Europe in Africa, say church leaders

US taxpayers to bail-out Botswana’s leading industry

The Botswana diamond cutting industry that has been subdued to the global economic crisis is about to get some support from the USA government through its Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), to the tune of US $ 250 million, sources said Friday afternoon.

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4 Responses to “Race 4 2012 Foreign Policy Essential Reads”

  1. Bob Hovic Says:

    The intellectual vacuity of Hollywood could not be more perfectly on display than in this quote from the producer of the movie about Ireland’s Easter Rising of 1916:

    Charles said the characters in the film such as Connolly “are not essentially rebels, they are ordinary people who didn’t want to fight for the King or the Kaiser”.

    She is, I will put this as kindly as possible, full of it. Connolly, Pearse, de Valera, and the rest were rebels, and they were fighting in alliance with Germany (not out of ideological sympathy — their beliefs could not have been more at variance — but simply on the principle of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

    Is she trying to pitch this as some sort of peace demonstration? It was an armed insurrection, for heaven’s sake!

    I am definitely not unsympathetic with the Irish rebels of that period — my great-grandfather, a poor farmer in County Mayo, was active in the Land League, a forerunner of the IRA, before emigrating a few steps ahead of the constabulary. Visiting Kilmainham Jail in Dublin, where many of the leaders of the Rising were executed, was one of the most moving experiences of my life. The true story would be, I’m sure, much more powerful than what Hollywood seems to be cooking up.

  2. Aron Goldman Says:

    Steele takes gloves off in Obama attack
    Republican National Chairman Michael S. Steele has launched a direct attack on President Obama in a new mass mailing, accusing the president of being part of the “blame America first” crowd, The Washington Times has learned.

    Feds oppose gas terminal in Long Island Sound
    The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday announced its opposition to a proposed massive floating liquefied natural gas terminal in Long Island Sound. Environmentalists hailed the decision as a victory over “the corporate Goliaths of our time.” Politicians in New York and Connecticut have campaigned for several years to stop what would have been the world’s first floating liquefied natural gas terminal.

    Todd Palin Is the Man for America Now
    His eighteen-year-old daughter is about to go into labor; his future son-in-law’s mother was just busted for dealing OxyContin; his snowmachine still isn’t ready for the two-thousand-mile Iron Dog race; little Trig needs to be changed; Willow needs to be picked up from school; his wife won’t be home for hours; and now, for some reason, Wasilla PD is banging on the door. But fear not. He can handle this.

    Will Palin Ask Ross To Withdraw?

    Alaska Democrats blast Palin for travel to Indiana for fundraiser

    Legal left cools toward Obama
    It’s not just Paul Krugman anymore. A growing chorus on the legal left is cooling toward President Barack Obama as a result of recent actions by the Justice Department vigorously defending the Bush administration in what it termed the war on terror.

    Romney slams binding arbitration in EFCA call

    S.C. Governor Runs Ad to Explain Rejection of Stimulus Cash

  3. Aron Goldman Says:

    Insurgents Make Inroads in Key Pakistan Province

    Pakistan: Taliban asserts itself in north and south

    U.S. May Drop Key Condition for Talks With Iran
    The Obama administration and its European allies are preparing proposals that would shift strategy toward Iran by dropping a longstanding American insistence that Tehran rapidly shut down nuclear facilities during the early phases of negotiations over its atomic program, according to officials involved in the discussions.

    Iran’s Western enablers
    Egypt’s recent actions against Hizbullah operatives are a watershed event for understanding the nature of the threat that Iran constitutes for both regional and global security.

    Iran: EU trade increases despite sanctions

    Hamas Comes Out of Hiding

    North Korea to Restart Nuclear Weapons Plant

    Mossad tip led to capture of Hezbollah cell in Sinai

  4. Michael Bindner Says:

    No, books are essential reads. There has been way too much internet based
    information. In fact, quit buying books by people you see no Fox. At
    least watch C-SPAN. Better yet, go to Barnes and Noble and stay away from
    the front. Go back to the History section. Get really good books about
    the Middle East, China, India and Africa – and maybe South America.

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