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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 12:09:57 PM EST
BBC News - UN resolution could spur Syria civil war, Russia warns

The Western-Arab drive to adopt a UN resolution on Syria is a "path to civil war", Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov has warned.

He said demands for President Bashar al-Assad to stand down would "not lead to a search for compromise".

The resolution will be discussed at an imminent UN Security Council meeting on the deepening Syrian crisis.

The talks come after a day of particularly heavy bloodshed and with the army on the streets in Damascus.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 12:51:53 PM EST
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UN to discuss removal of Syrian president - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Representatives of Western and Arab nations are gathering in New York to push for a tough UN resolution on Syria, calling for President Bashar al-Assad to hand power to his deputy.

The UN Security Council was to meet on Tuesday evening (20:00GMT) to discuss the draft resolution, with Russia likely to veto any punitive action.

A French official said the draft UN resolution has a "comfortable majority" of support from 10 of the Security Council's 15 members, meaning Russia or China, which has also shown support for Assad, would have to use their veto power to stop it.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 01:24:25 PM EST
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Yemen official survives assassination attempt - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Yemen's newly appointed information minister has escaped an assassination attempt as he was leaving government headquarters in the capital Sanaa.

Ali Ahmed al-Amrani was unhurt in Tuesday's attack, that left his vehicle riddled with bullets fired as the minister was leaving a weekly cabinet meeting.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 01:25:00 PM EST
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Romney holds solid lead as Florida polls open - Americas - Al Jazeera English

Polling booths have opened in Florida, the largest state so far to take part in the Republican race for the White House, with Mitt Romney holding a solid lead over Newt Gingrich in the latest polls.

Voting precincts opened at 7am (12:00GMT) on Tuesday, in the winner-take-all Sunshine State, which offers the prize of 50 delegates - the biggest bounty yet in the contest for the chance to challenge Barack Obama in November.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 01:26:50 PM EST
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Haiti drops 'Baby Doc' rights abuses case - Americas - Al Jazeera English

The UN and human rights groups have condemned a Haitian court's decision not to charge Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier, the country former dictator, over allegations of torture and murder.

Duvalier will face trial for corruption during his 15-year rule, but not for human rights abuses, Carves Jean, the judge handling the case, said on Monday.

"I did not find enough legal grounds to keep human rights charges and crimes against humanity against him," he said. "Now my job is over. The case is no longer in my hands."



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 01:27:29 PM EST
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Dakar lifts protest ban as anti-Wade rallies continue - SENEGAL - FRANCE 24

AFP - Senegal's interior ministry has lifted a ban on an opposition rally due to take place on Tuesday afternoon against President Abdoulaye Wade's plans to seek a third term in office, the organisers said.

Mor Ngom, of the June 23 Movement of opposition parties and civil society opposed to Wade's elections plans, said authorities had "accepted" the holding of a mass rally.

Dozens of riot policeman watched from a distance as people began arriving at the Place de l'Obelisque square in the working class suburb of Colobane on Tuesday afternoon.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 01:30:33 PM EST
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Iran increasingly willing to launch US attack, top intelligence official warns | World news | The Guardian

America's top intelligence official has claimed that Iran's leadership was now more willing than before to carry out an attack inside the US, and that intelligence agencies were worried about plots against US and allied interests around the world.

In a report to Congress, the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, said a plot to blow up the Saudi ambassador in a Washington restaurant - which the US blamed on Iran's Revolutionary Guard - "shows that some Iranian officials, probably including supreme leader Ali Khamenei, have changed their calculus and are now more willing to conduct an attack in the United States in response to real or perceived US actions that threaten the regime".



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 01:36:36 PM EST
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tbh, that's just an acknowledgement of how asymmetric war works. Iran knows it has no chance resisting the US in a straight fight, but it can make the cost to America of waging war too high to continue.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 03:00:33 AM EST
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It's bollocks aimed at ramping up the tension and the budget, as was that Saudi stunt.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson
by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 03:54:25 AM EST
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this book argues that there has been an on-going war with Iran since the Khomeini inspired revolution in 1979

w.amazon.com/Secret-War-Iran-Clandestine-Dangerous/dp/1416577009/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=13280911 98&sr=8-1

and having read it, I have to say that the author has ha good point, Iran-contra and all.

and, having read it, I can tell you that out and out war with Iran would be extremely foolhardy

by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 05:15:24 AM EST
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The editorial reviews don't inspire confidence. One says
Among the revelations certain to resonate in the U.S. is Bergman's contention that a secret file exists that proves unequivocally that George H.W. Bush surely knew about all the illegal goings-on in the Iran-Contra scandal--something Bush has always denied.
Which, even if true (the secret file, not the allegations, which seem plausible) is more likely to result in a collective shrug of the shoulders in the U.S. The other says
Some of the revelations here are startling, including Israeli cooperation with the regime of the late shah.
Startling? To whom? Ben-Gurion's Alliance of the periphery was certainly no secret.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 05:26:48 AM EST
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really?  a shrug of the shoulders?  really?  it was quite a shock to me.  
by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 05:42:07 AM EST
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You're not typical. Most Americans probably don't even remember what Iran-Contra was..... My objection was with the assumption that this revelation would have an impact in U.S. politics, which I strongly doubt. I think I was convinced that  Bush was involved when he pardoned those directly responsible.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 05:48:23 AM EST
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most Americans have problems finding their own country on a world map

is that how you want to be judged?

by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 05:52:33 AM EST
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Do you mean "world" as in "world series"? I suspect that a lot of americans could manage that. You'd have a hard time finding Fiji on such a map, though.

Otherwise, I think by now we're just debating the semantics of "resonate", a word that is vague enough that it shouldn't have been used in the first place.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:05:57 AM EST
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hmm.  that could be considered rather pedantic by some, don't you think?  

let's just say that Iran has been pushing back since 1979  and many events, such as the bombing of a synagogue in Argentina was payback by Iran to Israel, which most people don't even realize, in Fiji or in the USA, although I think Fijians can find their country on a world map

by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:15:10 AM EST
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people here have so much knowledge and opinion to share that I find it a true waste to spend time arguing about pedantics, and I will be bold enough to pretend that you agree with me on this point.
by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:33:45 AM EST
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I do. My point was that the editorial reviews, which are supposed to present the best case for a book, instead give the impression that it's a bunch of conspiracy theories. If you want to convince us that it's worth reading, you'll have to make a better case than amazon does.

As for Iran, the war of the U.S on the Iranian people goes back further than Khomeni, to 1953. And the war of England on Iran goes back to 1872, at least. Iranians are probably aware of this, and for all I know there may still be an undercurrent of sympathy for the U.S., based on their role in the Constitutional Revolution.

by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:44:49 AM EST
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I am not responsible for the editorial blurbs for the book, but the book was quite good.

Heck, the war between Iran and the West really goes back to the time of the Persians, although we don't really acknowledge that, do we?

Just as we don't mention Iran in the war with Afghanistan, although there is a contest of wills there, to see which sphere of influence the country will fall under -  Iranian/Pakistani, Indian/USA

Let's argue about that instead

by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:49:16 AM EST
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News to me re Iran/Pakistan.

Pakistan is predominantly Sunni and Iran predominantly Shia.

Iran were pretty co-operative with the US post-9/11 re Afghanistan, and I certainly don't see them as pro-Taleban, who regard the Shia' as apostates.

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 08:08:50 AM EST
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there are sections of Afghanistan and Pakistan that are ethnically identical to Iranian areas - the Balochi speaking areas.

then, there are the Pashtos which are mostly Afghan/Pakistani

If you haven't heard of the Indian-Pakistani fight for influence in Pakistan, I will look up a few references for you, but I thought it was pretty common knowledge

by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 08:40:39 AM EST
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and wikipedia indicates that there is a significant population of Persian speakers in Afghanistan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_people

by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 08:45:25 AM EST
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I believe they refer to the Farsi dialect in Afghanistan as Dari.
by redstar on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 08:50:24 AM EST
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thanks.
by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 09:17:48 AM EST
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stevesim:
the war between Iran and the West really goes back to the time of the Persians,

roman empire blowback!

"We can all be prosperous but we can't all be rich." Ian Welsh

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 08:35:23 AM EST
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even earlier - Greeks vs Persians
by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 08:41:36 AM EST
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and no, I mean world as world, le monde, die Erde, el mundò, 土 , Зе́мля
by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:27:52 AM EST
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He said "in the U.S."  That's not you, right?

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 05:50:48 AM EST
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although I am flattered with these attempts at finding out more about me, I am warning you that these will be futile. I have told you as much about me as I am willing to divulge.
by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 05:55:10 AM EST
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Definitely not an attempt to learn more, but rather to correct a misconception put about by yourself. You earlier claimed to be residing in France near Strasbourg and, in an unrelated post, said you were not American.  So when someone says those in the U.S. would shrug, and you reply that you would NOT shrug, the implication of your reply is that you spoke as a USAian.

No, not asking for more.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:21:24 AM EST
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hmm.  you also asked me about three times which Finnish owned company I had worked for which I found very intrusive the first time.
by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:25:09 AM EST
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And had you mentioned the FIRST time rather than waiting until now to mention that you considered the question an intrusion, the question wouldn't have been repeated. I'm used to less game playing and more straight-out adult behavior in communications on Eurotrib than I've been witnessing from you.  

Which of course still leaves me wondering why you should get the benefit of posting that you 'didn't know I was with the FBI' but that you're not American, then coming back in a post to someone else making a point as an American. Can't have it both ways and remain credible.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher

by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:35:35 AM EST
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Oh, and if you reply to this, I promise that you'll have had the last word.

'tis strange I should be old and neither wise nor valiant. From "The Maid's Tragedy" by Beaumont & Fletcher
by Wife of Bath (kareninaustin at g mail dot com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:37:14 AM EST
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when someone doesn't respond after the first time, most people will usually let it drop
by stevesim on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 06:50:02 AM EST
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China lodges urgent representations to Sudan over attack - Xinhua | English.news.cn

China's Vice Foreign Minister Xie Hangsheng on Tuesday summoned Sudan's Charge d'Affaires in Beijing and lodged urgent representations to the African country over local rebels' attack on a camp belonging to a Chinese company.

Twenty-nine Chinese nationals were abducted after the attack, according to a press release from China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The Chinese government attaches great importance to protecting overseas Chinese nationals," Xie told Sudan's Charge d'Affaires Omer Eisa Ahmed, as quoted in the release.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 01:57:52 PM EST
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Armed group blows up oil pipeline in Syria's Homs - Xinhua | English.news.cn

An armed group blasted an oil pipeline Tuesday in restive Baba Amro area in central province of Homs, as part of a string of explosions targeting the energy sector in Syria, state-run SANA news agency reported.

The blast, which occurred also near the Basatin Joubar area, set a plastic factory ablaze, the governor of Homs said in a phone call with Xinhua.

He said that firefighters are still extinguishing the fire caused by the blast, which is the third in a series of other explosions occurred this week.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 01:58:18 PM EST
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Truckloads of Chinese rice enter N. Korea: activist

Long convoys of Chinese lorries laden with rice were seen entering North Korea after Beijing reportedly agreed to provide major food aid to Pyongyang's new regime, a South Korean activist said Tuesday.

Thousands of lorries delivered rice to the hungry North starting on January 9, said Do Hee-Yoon of the Seoul-based Citizens' Coalition for Human Rights of Abductees and North Korean Refugees.

On Monday a Japanese newspaper said Chinese leaders had agreed on the aid at a meeting on December 20, the day after North Korea announced the death of its longtime leader Kim Jong-Il.

The deliveries lasted about 10 days before the Lunar New Year holiday on January 23, Do told AFP.

As evidence, he presented pictures taken near the customs office in the northeastern town of Tumen on the Chinese side of the border on January 12.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 03:01:19 PM EST
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The Cuban Triangle: Cuba's Communist Party met over the weekend and decided that top party and government officials will be limited to two five-year terms, which would have put Fidel and Raul Castro themselves into retirement decades ago.
Much more over at the Triangle.

Mexico: Illicit Financial Flows, Macroeconomic Imbalances, and the Underground Economy, (PDF): Utilizing well established economic models, our analysis indicates illicit outflows from Mexico from 1970 to 2010 at US$872 billion. Across the first decade of this century, these outflows averaged
almost US$50 billion a year. Furthermore, this analysis is conservative; it does not include drug smuggling, human trafficking, and some forms of trade mispricing, data for which are not available in the statistics we analyze. Were reasonable estimates of illicit capital generated by these activities to be incorporated into the analysis, the figures would be substantially higher.

Colombia Reports: The total amount of money embezzled from the Colombian healthcare system exceeds $5 billion, the president of the country's medical federation said Tuesday.

Colombia Reports: Now-extradited paramilitary leader "Don Berna" told the truth about his ties to the administration of former President Alvaro Uribe, says convicted "parapolitician" Rocio Arias. The former senator was one of the first Colombian lawmakers to be convicted for her ties to the paramilitary AUC and considered one of the organization's main representatives in Congress until her conviction.
More over at the The Pan-American Post.

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- A Mexican army general and 29 soldiers under his command in a town on the border with Texas are being tried on charges of torture, homicide, drug trafficking and other crimes, a top government official confirmed Tuesday.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Tue Jan 31st, 2012 at 07:52:37 PM EST
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Noam Sheizaf in Foreign Policy.
The new Knesset will also represent the failure of the two-state solution as a political platform. While in theory there is a virtual consensus around the need to establish a Palestinian state, there is no longer any Knesset members who remain its passionate advocates, like Yossi Beilin or Shimon Peres used to be. The intellectual conversation has shifted its attention to the one-state solution. Though this idea is still widely denounced and opposed as a theoretical solution, the new Knesset could mark the first definitive break by moving the political conversation into firmly one-state territory, if only as a by-product of having killed off all other possible alternatives.
by gk (g k quattro due due sette "at" gmail.com) on Wed Feb 1st, 2012 at 05:36:46 AM EST
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