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International News Round-up

Indian Troops Prepare for Guerilla War With Maoists

A long article about the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 26th, 2008

What Americans Need to Know about Mordechai Vanunu

Russian Federation Council gives president green light to deploy troops abroad

Merde Alors! French Engineers Strike After Yahoo Closes Local R&D Center

France: Former President Chirac Indicted for Embezzlement

English anti-terror cops ask nursery school workers to watch 4 year olds for signs of “radicalization”

Great Britain considers legalizing war crimes.

BREAKING: Leaked UK government plan to create “Pirate Finder General” with power to appoint militias, create laws

Big Brother quiz for new school parents: Officials launch 83-point probe into families’ lives

Police expect Mumbai-style terror attack on City of London

Neoliberalism and the Dynamics of Capitalist Development in Latin America

Bolivian elections: Why did Evo win?

El Salvador’s FMLN welcomes Hugo Chavez’s call for a Fifth International

Is China headed toward collapse?  

China’s military making strides in space: US general

Chinese Government To Police Social Games

New Zealand: “You are no longer innocent till you’re proven guilty.” Police Minister responds: “It’s fantastic, isn’t it?”  

Dominican Republic town blames U.S. firm for birth defects

Photos of Ethiopia’s vanishing tribes

The Interview Ha’aretz Doesn’t Want You To See

Meet Ali Abunimah, the son of a Jordanian diplomat, a Palestinian activist, and the man who brings the hottest news of the struggle to thousands of people. His message: Forget two states, one will be tough enough to get it right.

The Interview before you was commissioned by one of the big newspapers. For a reason that has yet to be clarified, this paper decided not to publish the interview. It’s published here, because it’s the opinion of the editor that it’s important that this be read by the Israeli public.

CIA to Dish out $3 Million to buy silence in Another Narco Scandal

“The CIA’s efforts to undermine Horn’s work in Burma in getting that nation’s government to stem the flow of heroin to the United States should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the “Agency’s” history. It seems the CIA, over the decades, has often found itself in the corner of narco-traffickers and thugs who support the Agency’s covert objectives in areas deemed critical to U.S. special interests – whether that be in Southeast Asia, Central Asia or Latin America.”

Canada’s Military Developing Urban Warfare Camouflage for Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver

Police State Canada 2010 and the Olympic Crackdown

In advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics, critics of the Games have been subjected to surveillance, harassment, along with other intimidation tactics. Voicing opposition to the Olympics appears to be all that is needed for one to be labeled as a security threat. There are concerns over the negative impacts associated with holding the Games, as well as concerted efforts to stifle anti-Olympic expression. As the Coca-Cola/RBC corporate torch relay nears its final destination, the opening ceremonies in Vancouver on February 12, 2010, more protests are expected. The Olympics are providing the perfect cover for many police state measures with ramifications that could leave a lasting legacy.



INT’L NEWS ROUND-UP: AFGHANISTAN, RUSSIA & ASIA

100,000 Western Troops: US Shifts Counterinsurgency To Asia – Global Research 7/2/09 

US Strategy of Total Energy Control over the European Union and Eurasia – Global Research 7/17/09

New Evidence that Bush Administration Impeded 3 Investigations into Alleged Massacre of Up to 2,000 Prisoners in Afghanistan  – Fresno, CA Bee 7/11/09

Military Escalation: From Afghanistan To the Caspian Sea and Central Asia – Global Reearch 7/10/09

Troops to be sent to Helmand, Afghanistan with just 6 weeks’ training – Daily Mail, UK 8/23/09

Private contractors replacing troops in Iraq, Afghanistan – Examiner 7/15/09

VIDEO: CIA linked to Benazir Bhutto’s assassination? – Global Research 7/14/09

India Joins Russia, China in Questioning U.S. Dollar Dominance – Bloomberg 7/4/09

Tamils Now Languish in Sri Lanka Camps – NYTimes 7/13/09

China, Russia launch large-scale war games – Global Research 7/22/09

Obama’s Visit to Moscow as a Step in the “Grand Game” – Global Research 7/9/09

Russia to give ‘asymmetric’ answer to possible U.S. space militarization: minister  – Global Research 6/17/09

World Briefing | Europe: Russia: Medvedev Announces Programs of Religious Education in Schools – NYTimes 7/22/09

US, NATO, Israeli Military Aid to Georgian Armed Forces  – Global Research 7/30/09

South Ossetia Tries to Disarm Its Citizens – NYTimes 8/15/09

Russia warns of war within a decade over Arctic oil and gas riches – Times UK 5/14/09

The Kremlin has insisted that it is not “militarising the Arctic” but its warnings of armed conflict suggest that it is willing to defend its interests by force if necessary as global warming makes exploitation of the region’s energy riches more feasible.

History Too Long Denied: Japan’s Unresolved Colonial Past and Today’s North Korea Problem – G obal Research 7/22/09

How George Bush Gave Krazy Kim The Bomb – PrisonPlanet 5/27/09

NK warns of ‘dark clouds’ of war – Raw Story 6/25/09

Japan panel wants “first strikes” against enemies – Raw Story 5/24/09

Japan’s Embrace of a Phony War on Terror – Global Research 6/5/09

10,000 Chinese Rioters ‘Go Missing’ Overnight – Sky, UK 8/5/09

China plant stormed over lead poisoning of children – Prison Planet 8/17/09

Japanese cops hassling foreigners on the street for urine drug tests  – Boing Boing 7/1/09 



Pacific News Round Up: India, Russia, China, Japan, N Korea
February 21, 2009, 2:10 pm
Filed under: Asia, China, collapse, ecology, India, International news, news, politics, Russia

Energy War: NATO meddling in Sudan to block China  – Global Research 1/23/09

America’s War in Central Asia – Global Research 1/28/09

‘India planning covert strikes in Pakistan’ – DNA Indian 1/22/09

India’s Waterways A Toxic Stew of Pharmaceutical Chemicals Dumped from Big Pharma Factories – Natural News 1/26/09

World’s highest drug levels entering India stream (AP)  – Yahoo 1/25/09

When researchers analyzed vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, they were shocked. Enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one stream each day to treat every person in a city of 90,000.

Russian heavy industry gives up rubles, takes payment in barter-goods – Boing Boing 2/8/09

China birth defects ‘up sharply’ – BBC 2/1/09

Pollution in China has caused an alarming rise in the number of babies with birth defects, a senior official says.

China to have universal health care by 2011 – Raw Story 1/21/09

Japan on the edge of economic abyss – Naked Capitalism 2/2/09

Report: N. Korea could give up nukes for U.S. ties – USA Today 1/21/09



India, China, Russia News Round-up

INDIA

India to give U.S. Mumbai “evidence” against Pakistan (Reuters)  – Yahoo 1/4/09

The sophistication of the Mumbai attack points to the involvement of “state actors” in Pakistan, India’s home minister said on Sunday, ahead of a visit to the United States with a dossier of evidence.

India unveils economic boost plan – BBC 1/2/09

Brazil, Russia, India and China: BRIC Nations Expected to Drive 70% of Global Growth – Global Research 12/27/08

Indian PM Manmohan Singh accuses Pakistan agencies of supporting Mumbai terror attacks – Guardian, UK 1/6/09

Indian Mumbai dossier details gunmen’s calls with handlers – Guardian, UK 1/7/09 

 

ASIA

Army phone links China and Russia – BBC 12/29/08

A new military hotline between Beijing and Moscow has been used for the first time, according to reports in Chinese media.

China employs army of piece-rate ‘netizens’ for online thought control – Tibetan Review 1/4/09

Japanese Rating Agency Chief Recommends Marshall Plan for US – Implode Explode 12/24/08

Japan Should Scrap U.S. Debt; Dollar May Plummet, Mikuni Says  – Bloomberg 12/24/08

Japan to pull military from Iraq by year’s end – CNN 11/27/08

Asia Economic Crisis: Spotlight on Japan, China, Korea, Vietnam – Implode Explode 12/27/08

The Great Dragon Awakens: China Challenges American Hegemony– Global Research 1/6/09

China seen facing wave of unrest in 2009 (Reuters)  – Yahoo 1/6/09

Corporate Profits Plummet In Japan  – Forbes 1/1/09

Operating profits slump 23% after peaking in early 2007. 

Brazil, Russia, India and China: BRIC Nations Expected to Drive 70% of Global Growth – Global Research 12/27/08

China says lending to US will not go on forever – AFP/Yahoo 12/17/08

 

RUSSIA & FORMER SATELLITES

New law in Russia ends jury trials for ‘crimes against state’ – LA Times 1/2/09

President Dmitry Medvedev signs the controversial measure with little publicity. A pending Putin-backed law widens the definition of treason. Government critics fear the stage is set for a crackdown.

Georgia says to sign partnership pact with U.S. Jan. 9 – AtheoNews 1/5/09

Ruble Falls to Record Low Versus Euro as Russia Weakens Defense – Bloomberg 12/29/08

Army phone links China and Russia – BBC 12/29/08

A new military hotline between Beijing and Moscow has been used for the first time, according to reports in Chinese media.

Russia to axe some weapons if U.S. abandons shield (Reuters)  – Yahoo 12/19/08

Russia offers fighter jets to Lebanon as gifts – Guardian, UK 12/17/08

Kremlin Rules: Electoral Rot Nearby? The Russians Don’t See It – NYTimes 12/17/08

In bolstering authoritarian regimes in neighboring states, the Kremlin helps create the illusion of democracy.

Russia wants warships around the world – Raw Story 1/4/09

Russia’s military leaders approved a plan by the navy on Sunday to station warships permanently in friendly ports across the globe

Brazil, Russia, India and China: BRIC Nations Expected to Drive 70% of Global Growth – Global Research 12/27/08

Russians Buy Jewelry, Hoard Dollars as Ruble Plunges – Implode Explode 12/11/08

Financial Fraud: Corruption scandal over Ukraine’s emission money – Global Research 12/20/08

Estonia votes to vote by phone – CNet 12/13/08

Cold War Shivers. US-NATO clash with Russia – Global Research 12/23/08

Russia accuses foreign nationals in Georgia war – USA Today 12/23/08

Russian investigators on Tuesday charged that volunteers from the United States and a number of other countries fought on the side of Georgia in its war against Russia.  Russian news agencies reported that Aleksandr Bastyrkin, chairman of an investigative committee with the Russian prosecutor’s office, said the mercenaries included nationals of the U.S., Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Turkey.

Russia commissions 70+ new nukes – Raw Story 12/22/08

Putin says ‘cheap gas era’ ending – BBC 12/23/08

Obama and US-Russia Tensions – Consortium News 12/14/08

President-elect Barack Obama’s choice of Robert Gates at Defense and Hillary Clinton at State suggests continuation of policies that have strained U.S.-Russian relations.

Oligarchs Seek $78 Billion as Credit Woes Help Putin – Bloomberg 12/22/08

Ukraine’s “Orange” elite reunites to impose IMF-dictated austerity measures – Global Research 12/23/08



World News Round-Up: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan
December 15, 2008, 8:07 pm
Filed under: colonialism, empire, fascism, imperialism, India, International news, news, Pakistan, war, war crimes

Arundhati Roy: Mumbai was not our 9/11 – Guardian, UK 12/12/08

The Mumbai attacks have been dubbed ‘India’s 9/11’, and there are calls for a 9/11-style response, including an attack on Pakistan. Instead, the country must fight terrorism with justice, or face civil war

After Mumbai, India unveils anti-terror measures (Reuters)  – Yahoo 12/11/08

More spies and police, modern gadgets and a national investigation agency are among a slew of measures India is taking to prevent militant attacks like the one on Mumbai last month, the home minister said on Thursday.

Pakistan won’t hand suspects to India (AFP)  – Yahoo 12/9/08

Pakistan said Tuesday it would not hand over any suspects in the Mumbai bombings to India and warned that while it wanted peace with its neighbour, it was ready for war if New Delhi decided to attack.

The U.S. will work “with India and nations around the world to root out and destroy terrorist networks,” Obama’s transition team said in a statement – Bloomberg 11/27/08

India unveils $4bn stimulus plan – BBC 12/7/08

Pakistan can stop drone raids: air force chief (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/25/08

Pakistan’s air force is fully capable of stopping missile strikes by pilotless U.S. drones but it is up to the government to decide whether to do that, the air force chief said on Tuesday.

Robert Fisk: ‘Nobody supports the Taliban, but people hate the government’ – Independent, UK 11/27/08

The collapse of Afghanistan is closer than the world believes. Kandahar is in Taliban hands – all but a square mile at the centre of the city – and the first Taliban checkpoints are scarcely 15 miles from Kabul.

German General: Afghan Police Training a ‘Miserable Failure’ – AntiWar 12/3/08 

Taleban tax: allied supply convoys pay their enemies for safe passage – Times, UK 12/12/08

The West is indirectly funding the insurgency in Afghanistan thanks to a system of payoffs to Taleban commanders who charge protection money to allow convoys of military supplies to reach Nato bases in the south of the country.

Marines plan Afghanistan surge – Raw Story 11/24/08

Marine Corps leaders are devising a plan to send thousands of additional combat troops to Afghanistan to wage aggressive warfare against the Taliban that they expect could take years.

U.S. “surge” could prop up allies in Afghan south (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/25/08

Pentagon plans Afghanistan troop surge – Financial Times, UK 11/21/08

Robert Gates, the US defence secretary, announces plans to send surge troops into Afghanistan prior to the polls next autumn to improve security and facilitate voter registration

Barack Obama plans 20,000 troop surge to boost Afghan effort  – Telegraph, UK 11/27/08



World News Round-Up: Russia, Georgia, Ukraine
December 15, 2008, 7:39 pm
Filed under: Georgia, India, International news, news, politics, war

US starts New Cold War with Russia: The New Arms Race  – Global Research 12/4/08

Russia, Argentina sign cooperation deals – Raw Story 12/1/08

India, Russia ink nuclear deal – Raw Story 12/5/08

Russian ship enters Panama Canal – BBC 12/6/08

A Russian warship becomes the first to traverse the Panama Canal since World War II, in a symbolic message to the US.

Putin: no need for Cuban, Venezuelan bases – BreitBart 12/4/08

Ukraine and Georgia: Entry into NATO Put Off Indefinitely – Global Research 12/4/08

Georgian President Saakashvili: “we started the war” – Global Research 11/30/08

Russia to buy out mortgages from banks – Raw Story 12/3/08

Russia says U.S. mercenaries, others fought for Georgia (Reuters)  – Yahoo 11/24/08

Two Presidents Say They Encountered Gunfire – NYTimes 11/23/08

Presidents Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia and Lech Kaczynski of Poland said their motorcade met gunfire at a Russian checkpoint near the South Ossetian boundary.

EU, NATO Concerned as Kaczynski Accuses Russia of Shooting  – Deutsche Welle 11/24/08

NATO and the EU have expressed concern after shots were fired Sunday at a convoy carrying the Georgian and Polish presidents near South Ossetia. Poland’s leader Lech Kaczynski later pointed the finger at Russia.

Russia to drill for oil in Cuban waters – Raw Story 11/25/08