Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Miserere nobis - 3/18/2008

Tibet - China - Nepal - India

Photo courtesy of Caminante
Protests Expose Rifts Among Tibetans
The Associated Press - 47 minutes ago
DHARMSALA, India (AP) - Tibetan exiles saw a chance to put China on the spot ahead of the Beijing Olympics, but never expected their protests to spread to Tibet and turn violent.
China Moves to End Unrest Wall Street Journal
Comment by Jamie Metzl Executive Vice President, Asia Society

France raises idea of boycotting Olympics ceremony over Tibet

International Herald Tribune - 44 minutes ago
By Katrin Bennhold Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner of France said Tuesday that the European Union should consider punishing China's crackdown in Tibet with a boycott of the opening ceremony of this summer's Olympic Games in Beijing.

El Dalai Lama amenaza con dimitir si la violencia se descontrola ...
Diario de Sevilla - hace 10 horas
El Dalai Lama amenazó el martes con dimitir si la violencia se descontrola en Tíbet, donde las fuerzas de seguridad chinas han reprimido duramente las protestas protagonizadas por los tibetanos contra Beijing. "Si las cosas se descontrolan, ...
El Gobierno tibetano denuncia 19 muertes más La Semana
El Dalai Lama afirma que dimitirá si se degrada la situación en Tíbet Terra España


Kosovo riots 'were orchestrated'
BBC News - 1 hour ago
A senior UN official in Kosovo has strongly criticised Serbia for failing to prevent the trouble which led to the death of a Ukrainian policeman.
Video: Dozens of Serbs injured in 'worst clashes' since Kosovo's UD RussiaToday
In photos: 'Serbia Kosovo Mitrovica Conflict' Monsters and Critics.com

Le Canada reconnaît l'indépendance du Kosovo
Romandie.com - Publié depuis 1 heure
OTTAWA - Le Canada a reconnu mardi le Kosovo qui a proclaméunilatéralement son indépendance il ya un mois, a annoncé le ministre des Affaires étrangères Maxime Bernier tout en soulignant qu'il ne s'agissait pas d'un "précédent" applicable au Québec. ...
Le Canada et le Japon reconnaissent l'indépendance du Kosovo La Tribune.fr
Le Canada reconnaît finalement l'indépendance du Kosovo La Presse Canadienne

Germany - Israel - Holocaust
Merkel: Germans Filled With Shame Over Holocaust
Voice of America - 1 hour ago
By VOA News German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the German people are filled with shame over the extermination of six million Jewish people during the Nazi Holocaust.
Merkel tells Israelis of German 'shame' International Herald Tribune
Merkel admits Germany's 'Holocaust shame' CNN International

Bank Stalemate Threatens Japanese Economy
Washington Post - 6 hours ago
By Blaine Harden TOKYO, March 18 -- Imagine turmoil in financial and currency markets, with skidding stocks and a soaring currency that threatens an export-dependent nation.
Opposition Opposes Latest BOJ Nominee The Associated Press
Government's new Bank of Japan nominee draws fire International Herald Tribune

Russia - United States
Medvedev: US-Russia continuity needed
United Press International - 1 hour ago
MOSCOW, March 18 (UPI) -- The United States and Russia must work to build a more stable relationship, Russian President-elect Dmitry Medvedev told US officials Tuesday.
Video: Compromise possible over missile shield: Medvedev RussiaToday
In Moscow, Rice signals warmer US-Russia ties Christian Science Monitor

Russia Says 'Nyet' to US Missile Defense
The Associated Press - 3 hours ago - MOSCOW (AP) - Russia had a short answer Tuesday for President Bush's top national security advisers who came to ...

Stock Market
US Stocks Rally on Goldman, Lehman Earnings, Fed Rate Cut
Bloomberg - 47 minutes ago
By Eric Martin March 18 (Bloomberg) -- US stocks rallied the most in five years as earnings from Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. allayed concern investment banks are collapsing and the Federal Reserve cut its benchmark rate.
Treasurys fall on rate cut, bank earnings CNNMoney.com
Analyst Actions: Lehman Brothers, Teekay, Dynavax BusinessWeek

Supreme Court (US headlines)- "fleeting expletives" - WTF?
Supreme Court to Examine Fleeting Expletive Case
eFluxMedia - 1 hour ago
By Dan Keane The US Supreme Court has said it will hear in September arguments in the case of the so-called fleeting expletives, which are single uses of the f--k word in broadcasts.
FCC and Fox go to Supreme Court Variety
Supreme Court to rule on broadcast indecency Los Angeles Times

Supreme Court (South African headlines)
US Supreme Court Examines the Right to Bear Arms
Voice of America - 41 minutes ago
By Michael Bowman The US Supreme Court has begun examining the constitutionality of the US capital city's long-standing ban on handguns.
US conservative justices question city handgun ban Reuters
Supreme Court Hears Gun Case New York Times

Justices Agree on Right to Own Guns
The Associated Press - 43 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans have a right to own guns, Supreme Court justices declared Tuesday in a historic and lively debate that could lead to the most significant interpretation of the Second Amendment since its ratification two centuries ago.

Five Years On, Iraq Slips Off the Radar
Washington Post - 4 hours ago
As a candidate for president in 2008, in the midst of a prolonged and unresolved foreign war, John McCain actually went to Iraq. But no one even noticed. This was supposed to be the week of Iraq, the week that the fifth anniversary of the invasion ...
Voices go unheard as Iraq carnage continues The Age
Balance of Opinion: Campaign, Iraq realities clash Dallas Morning News

Cheney vows to finish job in Iraq
[What? The destruction of a country?--BB]
BBC News - 4 hours ago
The US will complete its mission in Iraq to ensure the country does not become a base for attacks on Americans, Vice-President Dick Cheney has said.
Cheney Tells Troops US Will Complete Iraq Mission (Update2) Bloomberg
Iraq begins national unity conference AFP
Cheney on five years in Iraq: 'All for your country' Baltimore Sun

Sunnis Boycott Meeting of Iraq's Rival Political Groups
Voice of America - 1 hour ago
By VOA News Iraq's main Sunni Muslim bloc has boycotted a conference in Baghdad aimed at reconciling differences among the country's rival political groups.

Dick Cheney à Oman après une visite en Irak
Romandie.com - Il y a 4 heures
MASCATE - Le vice-président américain, Dick Cheney, est arrivé mardi au sultanat d'Oman dans le cadre de sa tournée au Moyen-Orient, selon un journaliste de l'AFP. M. Cheney est arrivé à Oman en provenance d'Irak, où il a notamment souligné la ...
La conférence de réconciliation nationale irakienne démarre mal L'Express

UN "Oil for Food" scandal
Pétrole contre nourriture": onze millions d'euros confisqués en
Romandie.com - Il y a 8 heures
GENEVE - Plus de 17 millions de francs suisses (11 millions d'euros) ont été confisqués en Suisse dans le cadre de l'enquête sur le scandale "Pétrole contre nourriture" de l'ONU, a annoncé mardi la justice suisse. La justice helvétique a annoncé avoir ...
"Pétrole contre nourriture" : la Suisse confisque 11 millions Challenges

La Belgique a - enfin - un accord de gouvernement
L'Express - Il y a 8 heures
La Belgique disposera cette semaine d'un gouvernement définitif, mais la fragilité de la coalition et les tensions linguistiques risquent à tout moment de relancer une crise périlleuse pour la pérennité du pays. Cinq partis politiques belges ont conclu ...
La Belgique se dote d'un gouvernement mais la crise couve toujours Les Échos
Enfin un gouvernement pour la Belgique Le Figaro

Latin America
Da Ecuador “por superada‘’ crisis con Colombia
Milenio - hace 52 minutos
Durante una ceremonia en el palacio de gobierno, el mandatario dijo que la resolución adoptada en la reunión de cancilleres de la Organización de los Estados Americanos “ha recogido todas las aspiraciones de Ecuador'’. QUITO. ...
OEA, finalmente, consiguió sortear crisis entre Colombia y Ecuador Univisión
Correa da por superada una "tremenda crisis" con Colombia tras ... Unión Radio

México debate planes de privatización petrolera a 70 años de ...
AFP - hace 2 horas
MEXICO (AFP) — Los planes de privatización o de mayor participación privada en la poderosa estatal petrolera Pemex dividen la escena política en México, a 70 años de la expropiación del recurso energético. La izquierda liderada por Andrés Manuel López ...
FCH insiste en fortalecer Pemex El Economista (Suscripción)
México debate futuro petrolero al conmemorar expropiación Univisión

Thanksgiving for the World
Lord, we thank you for our world—for its infinite varieties of people, colors, races, and cultures; for the endless opportunities of making new relationships, venturing across new frontiers, creating new things, discovering new truths, healing the hurt and the broken. Forgive us for our narrowness of vision which sees only the clouds and misses the rainbow. Amen.
—The Women’s World Day of Prayer (1993)

--the BB


Grandmère Mimi said...

What will the Supreme Court decide about those "fleeting expletives"?

Paul, you're turning into a one-man, world-wide news service. At least you cover the bloodshed in Iraq. I would be a lot more ignorant had I not read Juan Cole over the years.

FranIAm said...

How you do all this is beyond me. I really stand in awe of your efforts Paul.

Usually I don't comment on this - I get lost in one of the news threads and that is that.

Today I had to come back to express my gratitude. Reading news gets hard sometimes, but you draw so much together here.

Which is most appreciated.

Re:Cheney "finishing the job" - it is like when someone violently kills someone, they keep shooting long after the other person is clearly dead. That is Cheney and Iraq. Ugh. Kyrie Elaision.

The Cunning Runt said...


I saw where you were going with this; even the foreign language items left my eyes stinging with tears of anguish.

It's going to take a lot of hard work to heal this dysfunctional Family of Man. I'm glad you're on our side.

Paul said...

Mimi, I really rely on Juan Cole to give me information from the viewpoint of the Iraqis and the Arab world in general, stuff we will never heard from the MSM in the US (with a slight exception for McClatchy which continues to do good work even after they were bought out).

I think that since I am at home with time I can provide news for folks (my online friends and stray guests) who don't have time to go looking for what is going on in the world. If I start working again that will shrivel up, but for now, it's a service.

Paul said...

Thanks, Fran and CR. I scan these headlines every day. Doing a bit of cut and paste forces me to look a bit more closely. If even a few dozen folks have a better idea what is going on, then my efforts pay off. I scour so you don't have to, so to speak. Not that I want to discourage anyone from snooping about for info on their own, which I assume most of you do.

I remember how stories about Darfur came to me first through the Anglican Communion News Service with reports from the church there. I was aware of slaughters and the role of the Janjaweed militia, of ethnic strife, of slavery long before it came to the attention of the world's media. I hope that fewer things will catch us off guard if we pay attention. And this is my small contribution.

Kirstin said...

I still can't get the pic of that monk out of my head.