World Watching Politics Archived # 7
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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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Bo Xilai, China Top Politician, Stripped Of Posts As Wife Is Accused Of 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.
US Offers Huge Reward For Pakistani Militant Chief.. Leader Responsible For 2008 Mumbai Attacks Killing 166
‘Poland Is A Democracy Where National And International Law Must Be Observed… This Issue Must Be Explained’
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
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?
- 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
Police Union Official Says Suspect Is Dead.. Gunman Reportedly Found In Bathroom, Jumped To His Death.. 3 Policemen Injured
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.
George Clooney arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy
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.”
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
Israel Cautiously Welcomes Big Power Nuclear Talks With Iran.. Obama: Chance To Quiet ‘Drums Of War’
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
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.