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*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 03:58:39 PM EST
Ex-police chief's 'safer than London' claim pours fuel on fire of Bahrain GP anger - Middle East - World - The Independent
Bahraini opposition activists have lambasted a former British police chief who suggested that the Gulf kingdom is now safer than London, pointing out that extra-judicial killings, torture and kidnappings have continued since he was hired to reform the nation's security forces.

John Yates, the former Metropolitan police chief who was heavily criticised for his handling of the investigation into phone hacking by News of the World journalists, began working as an advisor by the al-Khalifa dynasty in December.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 03:58:50 PM EST
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If crime statistics are going to be used to decide where auto races are held, there are a lot more problem tracks than just Bahrain. Seems like a case of political correctness...
by asdf on Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 06:59:15 PM EST
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Not 'crime'. Government crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sat Apr 14th, 2012 at 04:00:48 PM EST
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I'm not gonna suggest that Yates indifference to the Murdoch situation ws because he was being paid to ignore it, any more than I'm gonna suggest that his indifference to the situation in bahrain is because he's being paid to ignore that either.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sat Apr 14th, 2012 at 03:24:42 AM EST
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But he does seem to have a history of renting out his indifference at a good rate.

As the Dutch said while fighting the Spanish: "It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Apr 15th, 2012 at 11:23:11 AM EST
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President, PM held after Guinea-Bissau coup - GUINEA-BISSAU - FRANCE 24

AFP - Guinea-Bissau's president and prime minister were in army custody on Friday after troops staged an apparent coup just two weeks ahead of a presidential run-off vote in the chronically unstable west African country.

A bodyguard of interim president Raimundo Pereira said soldiers arrested him at his home during the putsch on Thursday and took him to an "unknown destination."

Prime Minister Carlos Gomes Junior -- tipped to win the ballot set for April 29 -- was also arrested and whisked away in a pickup truck, his wife Salome told AFP earlier.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 03:58:58 PM EST
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Syrian protesters take to the streets in test of frail truce - SYRIA - FRANCE 24
AP - In the first major test of a U.N.-brokered truce, thousands of Syrians poured into the streets Friday for anti-government protests, activists said. Security forces responded by firing in the air and beating some protesters, but there was no immediate sign of widescale shelling, sniper attacks or other potential violations of the cease-fire.


*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 03:59:16 PM EST
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Islamists rally in Cairo against Mubarak 'leftovers' - EGYPT - FRANCE 24

AFP - Thousands of Islamists demonstrated in Egypt on Friday to demand that members of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's regime be barred from standing in next month's presidential election.

They gathered in an upbeat mood in the capital's iconic Tahrir Square, symbol of the popular protest movement that led to last year's downfall of Mubarak, amid chants of "No to leftovers from the old regime!"

"We don't want Omar Suleiman!" they cried, referring to Mubarak's former intelligence chief who was also briefly vice president, and who had sought to make a return to political life as a candidate in the May 23-24 election.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 03:59:29 PM EST
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North Korean rocket crashes moments after take-off - NORTH KOREA - FRANCE 24

REUTERS - North Korea said its much hyped long-range rocket launch failed on Friday, in a very rare and embarassing public admission of failure by the hermit state and a blow for its new young leader who faces international outrage over the attempt.

The isolated North, using the launch to celebrate the 100th birthday of the dead founding president Kim Il-sung and mark the rise to power of his grandson Kim Jong-un, is now widely expected to press ahead with its third nuclear test to show its military strength.



*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 03:59:40 PM EST
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As an ex-rocket scientist - it's harder than it looks... ;-)
by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Sat Apr 14th, 2012 at 05:28:17 AM EST
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Did they run out of baking soda or vinegar?

The good news ... it's only a life sentence. You eventually leave this planet of idiots.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Sat Apr 14th, 2012 at 07:10:30 AM EST
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RIO DE JANEIRO:  -- The fate of Argentina's largest oil company, YPF, was thrown into doubt on Thursday as reports that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was preparing to nationalize the company drew a warning from Spain that it would consider such a move a hostile action.

Colombia:
Colombia Reports:  YouTube reactivated the account of an exiled Colombian key witness in the "parapolitics" case against the country's former prosecutor general Thursday, three weeks after suspending the account.
CARTAGENA: Colombia -- The stereotype of Colombia -- violent, chaotic, backward -- seemed to be born out in recent days...  As President Obama arrived Friday in this coastal colonial gem, joining presidents and CEOs at the Summit of the Americas, he heard about another Colombia: prosperous, a magnet for investment, ever more urban and modern. It is the Colombia that attracted record levels of foreign investment and whose economy grew nearly 6 percent last year, that was awarded investment-grade status and can borrow more cheaply than some countries in Western Europe.
See Obama's Colombia visit itinerary.  Boz examines eight issues at the summit.
Colombia Reports: Former President Alvaro Uribe continued his denial of paramilitary ties in an interview with RCN Radio Friday. Uribe denied accusations that he helped found paramilitary groups during his 1995-1997 tenure as the governor of Antioquia, despite having openly acknowledged in the past that he supported CONVIVIR, a network of anti-guerrilla neighborhood watch groups formed in the 1990s.
Colombia Reports:  More than 60 indigenous communities are in danger of disappearing as they fall victim to hunger and the ongoing armed conflict, the president of National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC) said Thursday.

Reuters:  Mexican President Felipe Calderon met with his Cuban counterpart, Raul Castro, on Wednesday as the two sought to restore friendly relations and explore new trade opportunities after rocky times between their two countries. Calderon's office said the two men agreed on "the importance of the bilateral relationship, based on mutual respect, the observance of the norms of international law and the close friendships of the Cuban and Mexican peoples."
See also PEMEX eyeing projects.

IPS:  MÁLAGA, Spain, Apr 12, 2012 - A group of former political prisoners from Cuba and their family members gathered in Madrid's Puerta del Sol square and in front of the foreign ministry Tuesday to protest the unexpected cut-off in aid from the government.

The Economist:  A popular student rebellion shows that, as Chileans become better off, they want the government to guarantee a fairer society. Politicians are struggling to respond.

Al Jazeera: Springfield, MA - Honduras now claims the dubious distinction of being the murder capital of the world as drug trafficking and gangs play an undeniable role in the violence plaguing the small central American country.

CARACAS - Russia's Gazprombak Latin America Ventures will operate two oil fields in northwestern Venezuela in a joint venture with Corporacion Venezolana del Petroleo, or CVP, the government said.


"Beware of the man who does not talk, and the dog that does not bark." Cheyenne
by maracatu on Fri Apr 13th, 2012 at 06:35:10 PM EST
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Taking over a Repsol company is a significant move by Argentina, no? Could set a very strong precedent.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Anaďs Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Apr 14th, 2012 at 09:03:41 AM EST
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