World Watching Politics Archived # 7

 

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THE BUTLER, WITH THE DOCUMENTS, IN THE VATICAN

Pope’s Butler Arrested As Sordid Scandal Embarrasses Holy See

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNTIL NEXT MONTH!

Iran And World Powers To Meet Again For Nuclear Talks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BEIRUT BATTLES
Syria Conflict Spills Across Lebanese Border

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UNTOUCHABLE

Corruption, Criminal Ties With Government Make Afghan Army’s Job Impossible.. HuffPost Reports From Afghanistan

 

 

 

Bosnia war crimes trial of ex-army chief Mladic to open

AFPBosnian Serb ex-army chief Ratko Mladic goes on trial Wednesday, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in his campaign of ethnic cleansing and the massacre of Muslims at Srebrenica. Prosecutors will open his long-awaited trial at 9:00 am (0700 GMT) before judges at the ex-Yugoslavia war crimes court in The Hague.
Former Bosnian Serb Gen. Ratko Mladic removes his hat in the court room during his initial appearance at the U.N.'s Yugoslav war crimes tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands, Friday, June 3, 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

‘A NEW PATH’

Francois Hollande Sworn In As France’s First Socialist President In 17 Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

STARING INTO THE ABYSS
Greek Parties Facing Political Stalemate, Euro Exit Chances Grow

World Markets Drop As Concern Over Greek Situation Intensifies…
Greeks Argue They Can Keep Euro, Reject Harsh Cutbacks…
Arianna: ‘Punitive’ Austerity Cannot Be Allowed To Continue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CARNAGE

Twin Explosions In Damascus Rip Face Of Building Off As Workers Arrive.. Dozens Killed, 170 Wounded.. Blasts Leave 10-Foot Crater.. ‘The House Shook Like It Was An Earthquake’

 

 

 

 

RULING RUSSIA

Vladimir Putin Sworn In For Third Term As Russia’s President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE FACE OF WOMEN’S RIGHTS

Child Bride’s In-Laws Handed Short Sentences For Torturing 15-Year-Old For Months

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dissident Chen Guangcheng’s case complicates U.S.-China ties

WASHINGTON — Even before a blind human rights lawyer slipped away from house arrest in rural China last week, Washington and Beijing were each trying to navigate a turbulent time in their internal politics and their relationship. Now they are trying to avoid their worst diplomatic spat in years. Although U.S. officials are mum, Chen…
A pro-democracy protester holds a placard with picture of blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng outside China's Liaison Office in Hong Kong Monday, April 30, 2012 as they urge Beijing government stop persecution of Chen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aung San Suu Kyi takes oath at Burmese parliament

National League for Democracy leader and her MPs claim seats after being kept out by military for nearly 25 years Aung San Suu Kyi signs the register at the Burmese parliament as she arrives to take the oath of office and claim her seat. Photograph: Khin Maung Win/AP…
Myanmar pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, center, and elected lawmakers of her National League for Democracy party swear during a regular session of Myanmar Lower House at parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
photo: AP / Khin Maung Win

 

 

 

 

 

Syrian army guilty of ‘war crimes’ – Human Rights Watch

An international human rights group has accused the Syrian army of committing war crimes just before a ceasefire came into effect on 12 April. Human Rights Watch says fighting around Idlib, in the north, may meet the definition of an “armed conflict”, as laid down by international law. All forces engaged in armed conflict have to comply…
An anti-Syrian regime mourner shouts slogans during the funeral procession of the activist Nour al-Zahraa, 23, who was shot by Syrian security forces on Sunday, in the Kfar Suseh area, in Damascus, Syria, on Monday, April 30, 2012.
photo: AP

 

 

 

SCORING ON SECRECY
ANTI-OBAMA MISSION FOLLOWS IN FOOTSTEPS OF ROVE, KOCH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hundreds of thousands of workers are gathering across the world to mark May Day. In France this demonstrator wore a mask of President Nicolas Sarkozy who is campaigning against his Socialist rival Francois Hollande in the run up to the second round of voting in the presidential election.

A demonstrator wearing a mask Nicolas Sarkozy, 1 May 2012.
Large crowd of people marching in the street holding flags and a large red banner, 1 May 2012.


 

 

 

 

 

RECESIÓN
Spain Enters Recession Amid Mass Anti-Austerity Protests

 

 

 

 

ISRAELI MILITARY CHIEF: IRAN WILL NOT BUILD NUCLEAR WEAPON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lech Walesa (left), former President of Poland, reaches across FW de Klerk, former President of South Africa, to shake the hand of Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the USSR, during a panel discussion at the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago.

Lech Walesa (left), former President of Poland, reaches across FW de Klerk, former President of South Africa, to shake the hand of Mikhail Gorbachev, former President of the USSR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vast Mexico Bribery Case Hushed Up by Wal-Mart
After Top-Level Struggle

Confronted with evidence of widespread corruption in Mexico, top Wal-Mart executives focused more on damage control than on rooting out wrongdoing, an examination by The New York Times found.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Egypt Protests: Thousands Gather In Tahrir Square To Demonstrate Against Military Rule

By AYA BATRAWY 04/20/12

Egypt Protests

Followers of Egyptian Muslim cleric and former candidate for the Egyptian presidency Hazem Abu Ismail carry national flags and chant anti military slogans during a rally at Tahrir Square, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, April 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Fredrik Persson)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He may be holed up under house arrest in Britain, but that’s not stopping Julian Assange from attempting to invade your television. The notorious WikiLeaker kicked off his show ‘The World Tomorrow’ by interviewing Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah from a secret location in Lebanon

 

 

 

Norwegian mass killer Anders Behring Breivik gestures as he arrives for his terrorism and murder trial in a courtroom in Oslo April 16, 2012. Breivik, who massacred 77 people last summer, arrived under heavy armed guard at an Oslo courthouse on Monday, lifting his arm in what he has called a rightist salute as his trial began. Breivik, 33, has admitted setting off a car bomb that killed eight people at government headquarters in Oslo last July, then massacring 69 in a shooting spree at an island summer camp for Labour Party youths

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Children dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes dance for Pope Benedict XVI during the Pontiff’s 85th birthday celebrations in the Clementine Hall at the Vatican April 16, 2012.

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France’s Sarkozy, Hollande face off week before vote

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PARIS – French presidential rivals Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande staged competing open-air rallies in Paris on Sunday in a last-ditch bid for votes a week from elections that could propel the left into power after 17 years of conservative leaders.





TALIBAN ATTACKS

Mortars, Rockets And Suicide Bombs Shake Afghanistan.. Insurgents Attack Kabul And Three Other Cities.. NATO Headquarters, Parliament And Foreign Embassies Targeted






THE COST OF WAR

Thousands Grievously Wounded By Increasingly Powerful Bombs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROCKET ROLLED

North Korean Rocket Breaks Up After Launch.. Major Embarrassment For Pyongyang

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIOLENCE SPIKES
Wave Of Attacks Shakes Bahrain After Bombing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bo Xilai, China Top Politician, Stripped Of Posts As Wife Is Accused Of Murder

Bo Xilai Wife Murder

In this file photo taken on March 11, 2012, Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, looks as he attends a plenary session of the National People’s Congress at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE END

‘This Race Is Over For Me’… No Romney Endorsement

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NUCLEAR REACTION
South Korea: Pyongyang Prepping For Third Nuclear Test

'DARKNESS THREATENS MANKIND'


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GLOBAL DISGRACE

U.N.: 2.4 Million People Worldwide Are Trafficked For Sex, Labor

‘There Is No Human Rights Subject On Which Governments Have Said So Much But Done So Little’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$10 MILLION BOUNTY

US Offers Huge Reward For Pakistani Militant Chief.. Leader Responsible For 2008 Mumbai Attacks Killing 166

 

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE AND FREEDOM
Wave Of Tibetan Self-Immolation Protests Among Biggest In Recent History

Dozens Set On Fire Over Past Year… Chinese Security Crackdown Stifles Coverage

 

 

 

 

 

POLISH LEADERS BREAK SILENCE ON CIA SECRET PRISON

‘Poland Is A Democracy Where National And International Law Must Be Observed… This Issue Must Be Explained’

 

 

 

WHAT TO DO ABOUT SYRIA?

Clinton Strategizes With Saudis As Violence Rocks Syria

 

 

 

 

JAILED FOR ‘MORAL CRIMES’

Afghan Women Face ‘System Stacked Against Them’.. More Than 400 Imprisoned For Fleeing From Forced Marriage, Domestic Violence, Rape And Forced Prostitution

 

 

 

 

 

‘ALARMING LEVELS’

New Report Shows Increase In Number Of Executions Worldwide

 

 

 

 

 

‘UN is Syria’s last hope’, Russia

Free Syrian Army fighters gather during fighting against government troops in Idlib, north Syria, Saturday, March 10, 2012.
photo: AP / Rodrigo Abd

RUSSIAN President Dmitry Medvedev has warned that Kofi Annan was Syria‘s last chance to avoid a civil war. Mr Medvedev’s stark message to Moscow‘s traditional ally came only hours after US President Barack Obama announced plans to send “non-lethal” aid to the Syrian rebels and new waves of violence swept the battle-scarred country

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US President Barack Obama vows to pursue further nuclear cuts with Russia

U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev chat during a bilateral meeting at the Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, March, 26, 2012.
US President Barack Obama vowed on Monday to pursue further strategic arms cuts with Russia as part of his broader nuclear disarmament agenda even as he issued stern warnings to North Korea and Iran in their nuclear standoffs with the West. Speaking ahead of a global nuclear security summit in Seoul.

 

 

 

 

A FAMILY AFFAIR

European Union Slaps Sanctions On Syrian First Lady, President’s Close Relatives

 

 

 

China’s rise doesn’t have to come at America’s expense

Apple's flagship store in Beijing. Will America win the race on innovation?

Apple’s flagship store in Beijing. Will America win the race on innovation?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Vijay Vaitheeswaran: Cheap China is fading fast, and innovative China is emerging
  • Vaitheeswaran: If America wants to stay on top, it needs to spur innovation
  • He says America needs better immigration policies to retain talents
  • He says Congress should pass a bill to make it easier to fund entrepreneurs

 

 

32-HOUR STANDOFF ENDS

Police Union Official Says Suspect Is Dead.. Gunman Reportedly Found In Bathroom, Jumped To His Death.. 3 Policemen Injured

 

 

 

 

TOGETHER AT LAST

UN Security Council Sends Strong Message To End Syria Bloodshed


Ten roads to Israel-Iran war

Ten roads to Israel-Iran war
An Israeli F-15 fighter jet.


Either Israel and the United States are engaged in a brilliant psychological operations campaign against Iran or the two long-time allies really are talking past each other on the subject of Tehran’s reach for a nuclear bomb. Either way, all this Bibi Netanyahu said, Leon Panetta said chatter is producing some truly jangled nerves over in Iran on the subject of Israel’s allegedly imminent attack on that country’s nuclear program facilities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu keeps publicly implying that his nation can’t wait on Iranian events for as long as the Obama administration – with its looming embargo of Iranian oil sales to the West – would like. Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta keeps tripping over his own tongue, saying one day that America is doing its best to keep Israel’s attack jets grounded and the next offhandedly remarking to reporters that Tel Aviv is inevitably going to pull that trigger sometime this spring.





Multiple Bombs Kill Dozens Across Iraq

A series of bomb attacks in eight  cities have killed more than 40 people and wounded more than 200 in Iraq on Tuesday, targeting police officials, government buildings, and Shiite pilgrims. A combination of car bombs and and suicide attacks struck one week before a historic Arab League summit is set to take place in Baghdad, the first such meeting to take place in he country in more than a generation. The cities of Kirkuk in the northern Kurdish region and Karabala, which is home to important Shiite shrines in the south were the hardest hit as security in Baghdad has been ratcheted up in preparation for the meeting, which will bring dozens of Arab leaders to the country for the first time since American security forces withdrew at the end of last year. Some officials blame a “resurgent al-Qaeda” for trying to destabilize the fragile government and should they be unable to protect the visiting diplomats next week, it would be a major blow to the very idea of a independent and stable Iraq.





CAR BOMBS ROCK SYRIA

Bodies In The Streets Of Aleppo.. Police Crush Protests In Damascus.. ‘The People Want To Topple The Regime’










George Clooney arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy

 

Actor George Clooney and his father have been arrested at a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy in Washington.

The protesters accuse Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, of provoking a humanitarian crisis and blocking food and aid from entering the Nuba Mountains in the county’s border region with South Sudan.

Clooney and others, including Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia and NAACP President Ben Jealous, were arrested after being warned three times not to cross a police line outside the embassy.

They were handcuffed and placed into the back of a U.S. Secret Service van.

Clooney said earlier that he hopes to draw more attention to the issue and that if action is not taken in the next three to four months “we’re going to have a real humanitarian disaster.”

 

 

 

 

 

‘SCORCHED EARTH’ IN SYRIA

Machine-Guns, Tanks, Mortars Fired Indiscriminately At Buildings, People.. Forces Plant Landmines Near Borders.. More Than 8,000 Killed In Year.. Hunted Activist Describes Flight From Country

 

 

 

 

 

E-VIL
Secret Assad Emails Lift Lid On Dictator’s Inner Circle

Assad ‘Shared Video Mocking Arab League’s Inability To Spot Tanks’…
Emails Reveal Leader’s iTunes Favorites… Live Updates On Syria Crisis

Exclusive: secret Assad emails lift lid on life of leader’s inner circle

• Messages show Bashar al-Assad took advice from Iran
• Leader made light of promised reforms
• Wife spent thousands on jewellery and furniture

 

 

 

TALIBAN VOWS REVENGE

Taliban: ‘Sick-Minded American Savages’ Committed ‘Blood-Soaked And Inhumane Crime’

 

 

 

 

 

SO VERY HAPPY

Israel Cautiously Welcomes Big Power Nuclear Talks With Iran.. Obama: Chance To Quiet ‘Drums Of War’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHO’S LULZING NOW?

Top Members Of Hacker-Activist Group Arrested

 

 

 

 

 

MANIC MONDAY
WHO’S GOT THE MOMENTUM GOING INTO SUPER TUESDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SERIOUS  PROBLEMS IN RUSSIAN VOTE

 

 

Vladimir Putin has prevailed in the Russian presidential election, according to preliminary results from polling stations around the country, Bloomberg reports. The leader, now 59, has been in power for 12 years already, serving two terms as president and one as prime minister. Putin’s victory came against three opponents whom he had defeated in previous elections, plus one newcomer: Mikhail D. Prokhorov, the billionaire industrialist who owns the New Jersey Nets. According to The New York Times, Prokhorov collected the two million signatures needed to qualify for a run, but has “no party to support him and no political experience.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Russia Elections: Putin Warns Opposition, Talks Of Conspiracy Theory Ahead Of Vote

Putin Warns Opposition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOMS TO BE ‘CLEANED’

Ground Assault Begins.. 13 Killed To Save British Journalist.. Ambassador ‘Out Of Touch With Reality’.. Smuggling ‘Path Of Death’

 

 

 

 

 

 

A YEAR WITHOUT MUBARAK

Strike Demands Military Step Down.. Crisis In U.S. Ties

 

 

 

 

Israel Sounds Like It Wants to Strike Iran

Reuters

In some of the more disturbing news you’ll hear about the Middle East, U.S.Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is predicting an Israeli attack on Iran could come as soon as April and right now top Israeli security officials aren’t doing much to convince us otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

TALIBAN BACK IN CONTROL

Secret Leaked Report Warns Of Failed US Policy In Afghanistan

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROMNEY ROMPS
Mitt Projected Winner In Florida After Bruising Primary

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