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by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 03:22:07 PM EST
Netanyahu draws red line on Iranian enrichment | News | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought in a graphic aid at the UN General Assembly, calling for a red line to be placed on Iran's efforts to enrich uranium. Israel believes Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.

Netanyahu told the General Assembly that Iran might not respond to policies of deterrence once it had developed nuclear weapons, a position he called "a very dangerous assumption." The Israeli prime minister argued instead that "a red line needs to be placed first and foremost on Iran's effort to enrich uranium."

Netanyahu said such red lines do not lead to war, but rather prevent it.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:10:59 PM EST
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Fortunately, everyone knows that he has no credibility with the Obama administration and, lacking that, he has no support anywhere.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 03:17:46 AM EST
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UN issues dire Syrian refugee warning | News | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

The United Nations refugee agency has warned that the number of people to have fled Syria could reach 700,000 by the end of the year. The warning comes as Syria reels from the "bloodiest day" of the conflict so far.

UN aid agencies issued an appeal for $487.9 million (379 million euro) in financial aid on Thursday as the UN's refugee agency issued its latest warning over the rising number of Syrians fleeing the 18-month conflict.

Around 294,000 refugees have already fled to neighboring countries the UN said, with at least 700,000 expected to have left Syria by the end of the year. The figure far surpasses previous forecasts, which estimated that around 185,000 Syrians would have left by December.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:12:09 PM EST
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UN warns Syrian refugees may number 700,000 by year-end - SYRIA - FRANCE 24

The number of refugees fleeing Syria could reach 700,000 by the end of the year, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday, almost four times its previous forecast.

About 294,000 refugees fleeing 18 months of conflict in Syria have crossed into four neighbouring countries - Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey - or await registration there, it said.

"This is a significant outflow taking place, 100,000 people in August, 60,000 in September and at the moment 2,000 or 3,000 per day or night," Panos Moumtzis, regional refugee coordinator for the U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, told a news briefing.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:27:23 PM EST
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I "like" how we have specialised terminology for this now, such as "outflow".

sapere aude
by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:16:22 AM EST
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Bundeswehr wraps up mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina | News | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

Three remaining German soldiers are heading home, ending the Bundeswehr's longest military mission abroad. But there are doubts whether the EU mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina has achieved lasting peace and stability.

The general secretary of Germany's governing Christian Democratic Union (CDU) expressed his respect and gratitude for a total of 60 000 German soldiers who served in the country over the past 17 years.

"We remember especially the 18 German servicemen who lost their lives in the course of that mission," Hermann Gröhe said on Thursday.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:12:52 PM EST
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Don't believe the hype about presidential debates | Transatlantic Voices | DW.DE | 27.09.2012

Pundits have called the US presidential debates Mitt Romney's last best chance to win the race. Not so fast, says Vincent Michelot. Debates can change the outcome of the election, but only under certain circumstances.

Do the debates between presidential candidates really matter? The short answer: It depends. How important are the upcoming three debates between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? In a nutshell: Not very much.

In general, the significance of debates and their impact on the result of the elections are vastly overblown by the press which loves dramatic acts and game-changers. They are part of those campaign rituals which are supposedly turning points three days before and two days after. But they vanish in the distance of insignificance when political scientists look at an election a year later with hard data at hand.

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 04:25:02 PM EST
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I won't waste my time and feel sick to my stomach by watching the debates ... Rachel Maddow, Amy Goodman, and Jon Stewart will do the work for me.

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 08:05:08 PM EST
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A tiny victory for the Occupy movement in Chicago.  A judge there finds almost 100 arrests to have been unconstitutional.

'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 Thu Sep 27th, 2012 at 05:02:22 PM EST
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Doesn't that open the door for civil suits for damages?


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 01:01:18 PM EST
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BBC: China's Bo Xilai 'expelled from party to face charges' (28 September 2012)
His wife, Gu Kailai, was convicted in August of killing UK national Neil Heywood and given a suspended death sentence.


The state news agency, Xinhua, said Mr Bo would face charges relating to alleged corruption, abuse of power, bribe-taking and improper relations with women.


In addition to the sentence passed on Gu Kailai, Chongqing's former police chief Wang Lijun has been sentenced to 15 years in jail for ''bending the law, defection, abuse of power and bribetaking".

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:47:43 AM EST
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"abuse of power and and improper relations with women" - weren't those the things that basically defined the great Chairman?

Am I right in concluding that the expulsion is a pre-requisite, i.e. that he couldn't be tried while a member? Surely that's not way thing work officially?

sapere aude

by Number 6 on Fri Sep 28th, 2012 at 06:53:43 AM EST
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