Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Seigneur, écoute-nous - 4/9/2008

More Skepticism Voiced at House Hearing on Iraq
New York Times - 2 hours ago
By BRIAN KNOWLTON WASHINGTON - General David H. Petraeus, the commander of American forces in Iraq, and Ryan C. Crocker, the American Ambassador to Iraq, faced a new round of deep congressional skepticism today, not only about progress in the war and ...
Petraeus, Crocker Testify Before the House Washington Post
Harry Reid's "Twilight Zone": Iraq ABC News

Violence Kills 16 in Iraq's Sadr City
The Associated Press - 4 hours ago
The heavily fortified Green Zone, which houses diplomatic missions and much of Iraq's government, came under renewed attack by rockets or mortars despite a daylong vehicle ban apparently aimed at preventing Shiite gunmen from moving freely about the ...
Iraq: violence plateau Oxford Analytica (subscription)
Iraq Sets Curfew on 5th Anniversary of the Fall of Baghdad Journal of Turkish Weekly

On anniversary of Saddam's fall, fighting claims 20 more lives in ...
International Herald Tribune - 44 minutes ago
BAGHDAD: Twenty people were killed in the Sadr City neighborhood of Baghdad on Wednesday despite a vehicle ban aimed at preventing unrest from spreading on the fifth anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Petraeus Cites 'Significant, but Uneven' Security Progress in Iraq - 50 minutes ago
By Gerry J. Gilmore, American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, DC - The efforts of US and Iraqi surge forces have boosted security in Iraq, but those gains are uneven and subject to reversal, the top US military and diplomatic officials in Iraq ...

Bullets from same rifle killed Basra soldiers, MoD says
Guardian - 48 minutes ago
This article was first published on on Wednesday April 09 2008. It was last updated at 19:22 on April 09 2008. Seven British soldiers were shot and killed by the same sniper rifle in Basra last year, the Ministry of Defence said today.
Deadly gun killed Basra soldier BBC News
Same crack Iraqi sniper 'killed SIX British soldiers in Basra ... Mail on Sunday

Tibet - China - Olympics
Olympic Official Criticizes Anti-Chinese Protests
Washington Post - 50 minutes ago
By Maureen Fan BEIJING, April 9 -- A high-ranking Olympic official declared Wednesday that anti-Chinese protests during the torch relay had been "unacceptable," while acknowledging that he had watered down an official statement urging China to settle ...
Video: Richard Gere Critical Of China kcratv
Comment by Allyn Brooks-LaSure Director of Media Relations, Save Darfur Coalition

US Lawmakers Condemn China's Crackdown in Tibet
Voice of America - 1 hour ago
By Dan Robinson The House of Representatives is expected to approve a bipartisan resolution Wednesday condemning China's crackdown in Tibet and urging Beijing to hold a substantive dialogue with the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
House Criticizes China on Tibet The Associated Press
Bush urges China to open dialogue with Dalai Lama Reuters

Torch relay, protest taunts competing
San Francisco Chronicle - 2 hours ago
As the Beijing Olympic flame is carried through the streets of San Francisco today, what happens could be a triumphant acknowledgement of the power of peaceful protest or a blow to "our reputation as a country," according a top Olympic official worried ...

Violent clashes welcome Olympic torch to San Francisco
Times Online - 59 minutes ago
Police and protesters clashed on the streets of San Francisco today even before the Olympic flame had begun its six-mile journey through the city.

Kouchner parle souvent au dalaï-lama
Le Figaro - Publié depuis 1 heure
Le ministre français des Affaires étrangères Bernard Kouchner a assuré aujourd'hui qu'il parlait "deux à trois fois par semaine" au chef spirituel des tibétains en exil, le dalaï-lama, pour favoriser la reprise d'un dialogue avec Pékin. ...
La France assume sa condition Libération
Sarkozy lie sa participation aux JO à un dialogue entre Pékin et ... Les Échos

Rudd to pressure China on climate, rights - 1 hour ago
PRIME Minister Kevin Rudd will get a chance today to act on his pledge to speak frankly with Beijing about problems such as human rights and climate change when he meets Premier Wen Jiabao.
Video: Australian PM delivers Olympics message - 09 April 08 AlJazeeraEnglish
Rudd tackles China over Tibet The Australian

Zimbabwe cop: Bosses 'told us to vote for Mugabe'
CNN International - 2 hours ago
INSIDE ZIMBABWE (CNN) -- Afraid to lose their jobs in a country with nearly 80 percent unemployment, Zimbabwe police officers voted for President Robert Mugabe under the watchful eyes of their bosses, one of those officers told a reporter.
South African enters Zimbabwean poll fray United Press International
Zimbabwe Vote Crisis Prompts Emergency SADC Summit (Update2) Bloomberg

Zambia Calls Regional Summit on Zimbabwe
The Associated Press - 51 minutes ago
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) - Zambia called an emergency summit of southern African leaders on the political crisis in Zimbabwe, where the opposition has accused President Robert Mugabe of withholding election results to cling to power.

African nations hold summitt over Robert Mugabe's conduct - 1 hour ago
By Sebastien Berger in Johannesburg Zimbabwe's neighbours have announcedthat they would hold an emergency summit to discuss the country’s election crisis.
Mugabe's neighbours call regional summit on Zimbabwe Times Online

Nepal Election Seen as Referendum for Monarchy, Maoists
Voice of America - 2 hours ago
By Steve Herman Seventeen-and-a-half million people are eligible to go to the polls in Nepal, Thursday. They will elect members of a constituent assembly that will draft a constitution to complete the transfer from a feudal Himalayan state into a ...
At Least 8 Killed on Eve of Nepal Vote New York Times
Nepal hit by killings, bombings ahead of crucial poll AFP

Népal: la fin annoncée du «roi maudit»
Cyberpresse - Il y a 7 heures
Le Népal renoue avec la démocratie dès jeudi. Un scrutin historique. Entre autres parce que la monarchie, vieille de 240 ans, risque fort d'être abolie. En grande partie à cause de l'actuel monarque, Gyanendra. Un roi maudit. Il a perdu tous ses palais ...
Le Népal secoué par de nouvelles violences à la veille d'élections ... AFP

Background information on King Gyanendre (from Wikipedia):
Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev (Nepali: Jñānendra Vīra Vikrama Śāhadeva) (born July 7, 1947) has been the reigning King of Nepal since June 4, 2001. He succeeded to the throne upon the death of his nephew Dipendra, who was King for only three days while in a coma, following a massacre of the preceding king (Gyanendra's brother, Birendra) and other members of the royal family.

In February 2005 King Gyanendra took complete control of the government, dismissing the elected parliament. Following opposition to his direct rule he was forced to return power to parliament in April 2006 who in turn reduced the king's status to that of a ceremonial monarch.

Gyanendra is poised to be the last King of Nepal, as the interim parliament passed a bill that would turn Nepal into a republic, though this remains to be approved by the Constituent Assembly.
Nepal's date with democracy
Times of India - 1 hour ago
KATHMANDU: Two years after raging street protests forced King Gyanendra to give up power and allow the Maoist rebels walk into the heart of the capital, the monarch is preparing himself for an uncertain future.
Nepal set for historic elections
WRAPUP 1-Nepal king, facing ouster, urges people to vote Reuters India

Israel - Palestine
Foreign Ministry: Hamas will bear consequences of attack
Jerusalem Post - 1 hour ago
By ELIE LESHEM AND JPOST.COM STAFF "Israel considers the ruling Hamas in the Gaza Strip the sole party responsible for today's terror attack at the Nahal Oz Terminal.
Palestinians kill 2 Israelis in raid CNN International
Deadly clashes across Gaza Strip

Israel resumes strikes on Gaza - 3 hours ago
By Carolynne Wheeler in Jerusalem Israel resumed air strikes on Gaza today after Palestinian militants conducted a daring daylight cross-border raid on a fuel terminal, killing two Israelis in a fierce gunbattle.
Israeli civilians killed after border stormed Times Online
IDF investigates Nahal Oz attack Ynetnews

Is Texas group a religious sect or clear-cut cult?
MSNBC - 1 hour ago
By Jeanna Bryner The allegedly polygamous group whose compound was raided this week in Texas is either a religious sect or a full-blown cult, depending on whom you ask.
Sect accused of marrying pubescent girls Kansas City Star
Teen mothers reported at polygamist sect's compound Los Angeles Times

Texan sect girls 'in abuse cycle'
BBC News - 1 hour ago
A polygamist sect raided by Texan authorities was the site of a pervasive cycle of sexual abuse against children, according to claims in court papers.
Court Files Detail Claims of Sect’s ‘Pattern’ of Abuse New York Times

Prix de la nourriture
Canoë - Il y a 49 minutes
AP (AP) Jonathan M. Katz © AP La capitale haïtienne de Port-au-Prince demeure essentiellement paralysée, aujourd'hui, pendant que les émeutes alimentaires provoquées par l'explosion du coût de la nourriture se poursuivent. Le président René Préval, ...
Crise en Haïti: la capitale paralysée Le Figaro
L’ONU déploie des blindés autour de la présidence en Haïti Cyberpresse
Crise en Haïti: Préval appelle au calme et à la fin des pillages

Kenya opposition urges restraint
BBC News - 3 hours ago
Kenya's main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has appealed to his supporters to exercise restraint after violence broke out in the capital, Nairobi.
Kenyan leaders under pressure to resume coalition talks AFP
International Pressure Mounts for Kenya Cabinet Agreement Voice of America

Colombia - United States
US House speaker moves to postpone vote on Colombia deal
Guardian - 1 hour ago
This article was first published on on Wednesday April 09 2008. It was last updated at 19:18 on April 09 2008. The controversial US trade deal with Colombia that has scarred Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign ran aground today in ...
White House criticizes Pelosi over trade deal Reuters
Democrats to Suspend Action On Colombia Trade Deal Wall Street Journal

For more on this and problems with Colombia and trade unions, see here.

Colombia - France
Continuará Francia con esfuerzos para liberar a Betancourt: Kouchner
La Crónica de Hoy - hace 1 hora
El canciller francés Bernard Kouchner aseguró hoy que su país continuará con sus esfuerzos 'bajo una forma u otra' para lograr la liberación de Ingrid Betancourt, tras el rechazo de las FARC a la misión humanitaria enviada a Colombia. ...
Decepciona a Sarkozy rechazo de las FARC a misión humanitaria El Universal (México)
Rechazan las FARC la misión médica enviada por Francia La Jornada (México)

La guérilla des FARC refuse la mission humanitaire française en ...
Le Monde - Il y a 7 heures
La guérilla colombienne ne veut pas de la mission humanitaire dépêchée par la France pour prêter assistance à Ingrid Betancourt et aux autres otages en leur pouvoir. L'avion, qui a atterri à Bogota le 3 avril, devrait "quitter prochainement la ...
Ingrid Betancourt - La mission française va quitter la Colombie TF1
Betancourt : Le Pen fustige un "fiasco" Le Figaro

Egypt jails five 'homosexuals' for three years
AFP - 3 hours ago
CAIRO (AFP) - A Cairo court on Wednesday jailed five men, four of them HIV positive, for three years on charges of "debauchery" linked to homosexuality, the latest example of what rights groups call a "witch hunt.
Egypt court jails five men for debauchery Reuters South Africa
Egypt sentences 4 HIV-positive men to 3 years in prison for ... International Herald Tribune

India - Africa
India and Africa investment deal
BBC News - 1 hour ago
By Sanjoy Majumder Africa's top leaders have pushed for greater investment from India at the end of a two-day summit in Delhi.
India-Africa Summit to be held every 3 years Hindu
LEADER ARTICLE: Old Friends In A New World Times of India

Thom Hartmann visited Darfur recently. You can see photos and learn more here and here.

Climate Change - Human Health
Congo-Brazzaville: Climate Change Linked to Spread of Disease - 6 hours ago
Climate change is emerging as a major threat to health and adding pressure on public health systems, especially in Africa, a senior UN official has said.
Climatic Change Will Impact Human Health, Says WHO TopNews
Climate change will impact human health in South East Asia: WHO Hindu

Thou hast wrought salvation in the midst of the earth, O Christ God; Thou didst stretch out Thy pure hands upon the Cross, thereby gathering together all the nations, who cry: O Lord, glory be to Thee.
--Wednesday of the Myrrh-Bearers, Pentecostarion

--the BB

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