Saturday, May 24, 2008

As the world turns - 5/24/2008

Myanmar cyclone meeting more about access than aid
Reuters - 2 hours ago
By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - It is being dubbed a "pledging conference" but Sunday's international donors' meeting in cyclone-hit Myanmar is going to be more about getting the junta to open its doors than the world to open its wallet.
Aid teams set as Myanmar leaders say "relief phase over" (Roundup) Monsters and
Donors to discuss funding Myanmar cyclone relief amid concerns ... International Herald Tribune

"Pas de temps à perdre" en Birmanie
L'Express - Il y a 3 heures
Les responsables des secours d'urgence ont déclaré qu'il n'y avait pas de temps à perdre en Birmanie pour venir en aide aux survivants du cyclone Nargis alors que la junte militaire a promis aux Nations unies d'accepter davantage de travailleurs ...
Interrogations sur le feu vert birman aux humanitaires Le Monde
Plus de 45 pays et organisations réunis dimanche à Rangoon pour la ...

South Africa
Thousands march against SAfrica xenophobic attacks
Reuters - 56 minutes ago
By Marius Bosch JOHANNESBURG, May 24 (Reuters) - Thousands of people marched through South Africa's biggest city on Saturday, calling for an end to xenophobic violence that has killed over 40 African migrants and displaced tens of thousands.
Soldier fatally shoots man as anti-foreigner violence shakes South ... International Herald Tribune
Army kills man amid S Africa unrest

Mbeki condemns xenophobic attacks
SABC News - 1 hour ago
President Thabo Mbeki has condemned the ongoing xenophobic attacks in the country and described it as uncalled for. He says the violence is a disgrace to the legacy of the liberation struggle.

Tutu told you so, Mr President
Independent Online - 3 hours ago
By Justine Gerardy Four years ago, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu caused a spluttering avalanche of indignation when he expressed fears about the situation developing in South Africa as a result of growing gaps between the rich and the poor.

Tibet - China - United Kingdom
China criticizes Britain's prime minister for meeting with the ...
International Herald Tribune - 1 hour ago
AP BEIJING: China lashed out Saturday at British Prime Minister Gordon Brown for meeting the Dalai Lama, accusing Britain of ignoring Chinese interests and interfering in its affairs.
China rebukes Brown for meeting Dalai Lama Reuters UK
China slams meeting between Brown and Dalai Lama AFP

Chinese earthquake
Int'l humanitarianism shines in rescue efforts for China's quake
Xinhua - 1 hour ago
By Li Bo BEIJING, May 24 (Xinhua) -- In the monumental rescue efforts following the 8.0-magnitude earthquake in China's Sichuan province, the international community has demonstrated a highly commendable spirit of humanitarianism by extending helping ...
China Reassesses Construction Wall Street Journal
China contains radiation in quake disaster zone The Associated Press

Bilan: la Chine parle désormais de 80 000 morts
Tribune de Genève - Il y a 3 heures
SICHUAN | 10h07 Le Premier ministre chinois Wen Jiabao estime que le bilan pourrait dépasser les 80 000 morts. 30 000 personnes sont encore portées disparues. Plus de 80 000 personnes pourraient avoir péri dans le séisme qui a ravagé la Chine le 12 mai ...
Le bilan du séisme en Chine pourrait dépasser les 80 000 morts Le Monde
Ban Ki-moon (4e en partant de la gauche) dans le Sichuan aujourd ... Libération

The Saturday Profile Zimbabwe Rival Is a Flawed but Enduring Leader
New York Times - 1 hour ago
By CELIA W. DUGGER "No one must be killed fighting for me. We all are in the line of danger fighting for our country." MORGAN TSVANGIRAI MORGAN TSVANGIRAI, the chief rival of Zimbabwe’s authoritarian president, Robert Mugabe, drove up to a Harare ...
Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Arrives Home Voice of America
Tsvangirai back in Zimbabwe for run-off with Mugabe Reuters

Russia - China
Medvedev Says China, Russia to Play Key Role in World Security
Bloomberg - 3 hours ago
By Lyubov Pronina and Henry Meyer May 24 (Bloomberg) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said his country and China will work together to shape global security even if other powers don't approve.
Video: Russia & China sign nuclear deal RussiaToday
Russia and China Attack US Missile Shield Plan New York Times

Москва не оставит большого брата в беде
НТВ.ru - 52 мин. назад
Россия и дальше будет оказывать помощь Китаю в преодолении последствий разрушительного землетрясения. Дмитрий Медведев заявил об этом на встрече с заместителем председателя КНР, Си Цзинь-пином. Дмитрий Медведев, президент России: «По моему распоряжению, в Китай вылетает новая группа самолетов Министерства обороны Российской Федерации, которая доставит ряд необходимых грузов. В том числе палатки, которые сегодня нужны для размещения пострадавших». Восемь бортов были загружены на военном аэродроме под ...
Медведев рассказал китайским студентам о "Зените" РИА Новости
Россия и Китай оформят отношения официально Утро.Ru

Texas asks state justices to overturn polygamy sect ruling
Los Angeles Times - 3 hours ago
LM Otero / AP Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints mothers including Marie Steed, center, and Sarah Marlow, right, smile as they leave the Tom Green county courthouse after a ruling in their favor in San Angelo, Texas, Thursday, ...
Texas Defends Seizure of Children Wall Street Journal
Texas Tries to Reverse Court Ruling in Sect Case New York Times

Planetary science (galactic exploitation?)
Phoenix Is Ready To Conquer Mars On Sunday Night
eFluxMedia - 4 hours ago
By John Wolper After a journey of 10-months and more than 400 million miles, Phoenix is set to arrive at the Red Planet just before 8 pm EDT this Sunday, beginning its study of water and possible conditions for life in the Martian arctic.
Mars landing among most dangerous ever tried San Francisco Chronicle
Festivities to help bring Mars landing close to home San Diego Union Tribune

Excuse me, but "conquer Mars"????? Sigh. Have we learned nothing since the worship of Mars began?

Iraq Electoral Commission urges speedy poll law
Reuters - 21 hours ago
By Ahmed Rasheed BAGHDAD, May 23 (Reuters) - Iraqi legislators must hurry up and pass a provincial elections law by the start of July if they want the vote to happen on the agreed Oct. 1 date, the head of Iraq's Electoral Commission said on Friday.
Video: US may reduce Iraqi contingent RussiaToday
Petraeus Expects to Recommend Troop Cuts Washington Post

15 bln dlrs in US Iraq spending unaccounted for: reports
AFP - 15 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon cannot account for nearly 15 billion dollars in payments for goods and services in Iraq, according to an internal audit which members of Congress blasted Friday as a "shocking" accountability failure.
US spending in Iraq ignored rules BBC News
Spending On Iraq Poorly Tracked Washington Post

U.S. Congress vs. POTUS
Farm bill becoming ‘food bill'
Sentinel-Standard - 2 hours ago
By FRANK KONKEL IONIA - Though President Bush vetoed the $300 billion farm bill Wednesday, Congress overrode the veto Thursday and this year's highly modified version of what was once simple legislation to aid small farms will soon become law.
A quick Senate session blocks Bush appointees The Associated Press
Farm Bill, in Part and in Full, Wins Passage New York Times

Syria - Israel - Iran
Damas exclut implicitement de couper ses liens avec Téhéran (presse)
Le Monde - Publié depuis 1 heure
La Syrie "rejette toute condition" préalable à ses négociations de paix indirectes avec Israël et "ne fait pas de compromis" sur ses relations avec d'autres pays, indique samedi un quotidien gouvernemental, dans une allusion à son allié régional, ...
Pour l'Iran, Israël doit restituer le plateau du Golan sans condition
Israël fixe le cadre de ses négociations avec la Syrie L'Express

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