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Pak President Admits Creating Terrorist Groups
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Africa North
Human rights not high on Morsi's agenda
[Al Ahram] Institute for Human Rights Studies says Morsi took some positive steps on human rights but is not focused enough on issues; lists 'failures' on handling sectarian violence and freedom of expression
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6459 views] Top|| File under: Arab Spring

Africa Subsaharan
Violence flares in Ivory Coast as gunmen target police
[France24] Gunmen attacked a power plant overnight in Ivory Coast's economic capital Abidjan, while police came under attack at Bonoua, further east, Defence Minister Paul Koffi Koffi said Monday.

"Armed men in military uniform were reported at the Azito power station at around 3:00 am (0300 GMT) and tried to take control of the site," he told AFP.

"There were several arrests, we're in the process of heading towards interrogations," Koffi Koffi said, adding that initial reports were that about 10 people took part in the attack on the power station.

A source in the Ivorian electrical power company said there had been damage. The power plant is located in the Yopougon district of western Abidjan and feeds electricity to much of the city. One generator was out of service.

Earlier in the night, the police and paramilitary police were attacked at Bonoua, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) east of Abidjan, the minister said.

"That began at about 11:00 pm. We heard heavy weapons fire and Kalashnikovs," a local resident said.

A source on the general staff of the Republican Forces (Ivory Coast's army), who asked not to be named, said that there was "one dead in the ranks of the attackers", who fled eastwards, towards the border with Ghana.

Koffi Koffi said he had no details of casualties.

"During the night, there was a holdup at the police post. The robbers then headed for the gendarmerie (paramilitary police base). They came under fire and fled towards the village of Samo," the minister said.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under:

Caribbean-Latin America
Argentine navy chief replaced amid Libertad row
The head of Argentina's navy has been replaced following the seizure in West Africa of a naval training ship and its 300 crew amid a debt dispute.

The Argentine government is holding an inquiry into who was responsible for allowing the Libertad to stop in Ghana two weeks ago.

Creditors say they will not release the ship until Argentina repays money owed to them from a default in 2001. An Argentine delegation is in Ghana trying to resolve the stalemate.
Bring dollars...
Navy chief Carlos Alberto Paz has been replaced and two other senior naval officials suspended, Argentina's defence ministry said on Monday.

A statement said the navy's former organisational chief, Alfredo Mario Blanco, had changed the ship's itinerary and was now being investigated. It said Admiral Luis Gonzalez, the navy's secretary general, had also been suspended and was under investigation.

President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's government has demanded the ship's release, saying it cannot legally be held by creditors because of its military nature.

The Libertad - a three-masted tall ship - was detained in the Ghanaian port of Tema on 2 October under a court order obtained by NML Capital. The firm says Argentina owes it more than $300m (£186m) and it will only release the ship if the country pays it at least $20m.
Posted by: tipper || 10/16/2012 00:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6482 views] Top|| File under:

#1  that's what happens when you don't pay your bills, nationalize foreign investments/operations, and generally act like a tinpot dictatorship with marxist leanings, Evita
Posted by: Frank G || 10/16/2012 9:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Picture at link. It's a navy training ship. Looks like a yacht, not the kind of thing they'd want to use to retake the Falklands. But they could probably make some money by chartering passenger cruises with it.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 10/16/2012 12:33 Comments || Top||

#3  It looks somewhat like the USS Independence. What millenium were these sailors training for?
Posted by: Shinter Javirong9154 || 10/16/2012 15:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Pull alongside and use whalers to disembark a squad of lancers, total surprise.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 10/16/2012 15:57 Comments || Top||

#5  What millenium were these sailors training for?

It's used for cadet training and some 'show the flag' visits; many navies (and the US Coast Guard) use tall ships for this purpose.

Think of it in terms of building cooperation, coordination, and response. Those sails don't furl and unfurl by themselves.
Posted by: Pappy || 10/16/2012 16:38 Comments || Top||

#6  Sailors.... hey! I get it! they train sailors on it, we should buy it at auction, race it against the Eagle.

Posted by: Shipman || 10/16/2012 17:37 Comments || Top||

Dem warns FTC against suing Google
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2012 11:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6491 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Maybe because Google is next, with $456,119 in contributions, 75 percent of which went to Democrats? Nah, couldn't be. Just a coincidence. Nothing to see here. Move along.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/16/2012 11:52 Comments || Top||

#2  There is no monopoly of search, there's just a near monopoly of choice of search provider.

A very different thing.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 10/16/2012 13:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Google? I've been using Bing since it came out.

Works just at well, and doesn't make a "special" masthead for stupid days nobody cares about.
Posted by: Barbara || 10/16/2012 13:31 Comments || Top||

#4  While I think Google is the modern version of the Evil Empire, a anti-trust lawsuit is completely stupid and is a violation of the established laws.
Posted by: DarthVader || 10/16/2012 13:53 Comments || Top||

#5  Google? I've been using Bing since it came out.

Same here - no BS ignoring American historical dates and supporting Leftards around the world.
Posted by: Rob06 || 10/16/2012 16:10 Comments || Top||

#6  Ummm... Bing is Microsoft. I guess they're watching their political toes.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 22:15 Comments || Top||

U.S. to End Pro-Democracy Broadcasts in Russia
[Free Beacon] America's broadcast voice in Russia will soon be silenced following Moscow's ratification of a new law that will force a legendary broadcasting company to abandon the Russian airwaves.

Radio Liberty (RL), a division of the U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe (RFE), recently fired a large portion of its staff after the passage of a Russian law prohibiting foreign-owned media outlets from broadcasting on AM frequencies.

The unexpected mass layoffs came as a shock to RL journalists and Russian human rights
...which are often intentionally defined so widely as to be meaningless...
activists alike, and spurred accusations that the B.O. regime is kowtowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin
...Second President of the Russian Federation and the first to remain sober. Because of constitutionally mandated term limits he is the current Prime Minister of Russia. His sock puppet, Dmitry Medvedev, was installed in the 2008 presidential elections. Putin is credited with bringing political stability and re-establishing something like the rule of law. During his eight years in office Russia's economy bounced back from crisis, seeing GDP increase, poverty decrease and average monthly salaries increase. During his presidency Putin passed into law a series of fundamental reforms, including a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. Under Putin, a new group of business magnates controlling significant swathes of Russia's economy has emerged, all of whom have close personal ties to Putin. The old bunch, without close personal ties to Putin, are in jail or in exile...
as he seeks to silence the democratic voice that helped topple communism.

"The timing of it, the way it was done, and the lack of explanation" sends an unfortunate message, said David Kramer, president of the human rights organization Freedom House. "It creates the impression, whether intended or not, that the U.S. is pulling out [of Russia], and that's not the impression we want to leave."
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  These broadcasts are many times more important and communicative than the stupid state department. 3 levels of shit to voice versus 54. VOA important.

Posted by: newc || 10/16/2012 0:54 Comments || Top||

#2  Radio talk shows tend to taint the model. What did the Champ get in return ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 4:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Why would one Chicago pol talk down about another Chicago style pol when both have very little use of real democracy as both lust for POWER? /rhet question
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/16/2012 9:03 Comments || Top||

New Israeli Biogas Facility To Turn Dung Into Electricity
Not waiting for the Mediterranean gas wells to come on-line in a few years:
Biggest biogas conversion installation inaugurated in Be'er Tuvia; will treat livestock, organic waste

The new biogas facility is expected to process dung produced by 10%-15% of the cattle-sheds in Israel, therefore significantly decreasing nuisances such as odors and flies, as well as preventing the pollution of underground water sources.
Contrast with the periodically overflowing Palestinian poo ponds...
The Be'er Tuvia facility joins two other biogas facilities that are already operational in northern Israel.
For the student: Given that this is the largest of the biogas facilities now on line, assuming approximately 25% of Israeli cattle dung in total is now being turned into electricity and organic fertilizer...
Its output is set to be 4 megawatts of electricity -- enough to power 6,000 homes.
...and assuming 12,000-15,000 homes in total are now being powered by this, what impact will it have on Israel's freedom to maneuver vs. Egypt?
Posted by: trailing wife || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6483 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For a minute there I thought they were going to have their "Palestinian" prisoners pedaling generators.
Posted by: gorb || 10/16/2012 0:06 Comments || Top||

#2  New Israeli Biogas Facility To Turn Dung Into Electricity

Given our political class, that's an unlimited supply of energy.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 10/16/2012 9:31 Comments || Top||

#3  Bovine manna. Who knew ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 10/16/2012 9:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Dung Ho!
Posted by: Shipman || 10/16/2012 17:39 Comments || Top||

#5  This has been used for quite a few years in the US. In large city waste water treatment plants, biogas from anaerobic sludge digesters has been used to power engines for large sewage pumps, heat, and electricity.

Once again, this proves that there are no waste streams, only untapped resource streams. Good on the Israelis. 4 megawatts is a nice amount of electricity.

Think about Egypt and the millions of people in Cairo. They could be doing this too, but they don't have the right stuff, so to speak......
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 10/16/2012 21:50 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
OIC blocked from setting up office in Burma
[France24] Burma's government has blocked a global Islamic body from opening an office in the country, bowing to pressure from protests led by Buddhist monks. One of our Observers, a Burmese Mohammedan, shares his disappointment.

The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, an international organization comprised of 57 member states, had obtained the green light from the government to set up a temporary office in Yangon, from which it would be able to continue its investigation of the deadly festivities between Buddhists and Mohammedans in the country's west last June. However,
it was a brave man who first ate an oyster...
sectarian tensions have remained high since the violence, prompting numerous rallies to kick the Rohingya -- a Mohammedan minority involved in the festivities -- out of the country. Thousands of Rohingya in the western state of Rakhine are currently living in refugee camps, unwilling to go home for fear of retribution.

On Monday, several thousand Buddhist monks erupted into the streets of the country's economic capital Yangon, shouting slogans specifically targeting the OIC. Thousands more protested in Mandalay, Burma's second-largest city. By the end of the day, the government had given in: "The president will not allow an OIC office because it is not in accordance with the people's desires," an official from President Thein Sein's office told the AFP.
Posted by: Fred || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

Azerbaijan: J. Lo shimmies while Iranians seethe
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 10/16/2012 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From the article:
Fueled by a booming oil industry, the country’s gross domestic product rocketed forward at a 35 percent annual rate — the world’s highest. The cash influx paid for the city’s gleaming skyline while helping lower the official poverty rate from nearly 50 percent to less than 16 percent in a single decade.

Maybe Obozo can learn something from Azerbaijan.
Posted by: Frozen Al || 10/16/2012 13:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Iff they hate J-Lo just wait until Kim Kardashian, Mom + Sisters, come to town.

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2012 22:34 Comments || Top||

#3  OOOOOOO, iff they hate J-Lo just wait until Kim Kardashian, Mom + Sisters, come to town!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 10/16/2012 22:40 Comments || Top||

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  Pak President Admits Creating Terrorist Groups
Mon 2012-10-15
  Gunmen kill 20 at mosque in northern Nigeria
Sun 2012-10-14
  Israel AF kills head of Al-Q affiliate in Gaza
Sat 2012-10-13
  96 Dead, Including 41 Troops
Fri 2012-10-12
  US names new diplomat to Libya to replace Stevens
Thu 2012-10-11
  US embassy security chief gunned down in Yemen
Wed 2012-10-10
  Turkey Intercepts Syrian Civilian Plane
Tue 2012-10-09
  Taliban bravely shoot Pakistani schoolgirl campaigning for peace
Mon 2012-10-08
  Syria Rebels Advance in North, Pushed Back in South
Sun 2012-10-07
  1 dead, 10 arrested in anti-terror sweep in France
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  US suspected drone kills five persons in Shabwa
Fri 2012-10-05
  18 Republican Guards killed in Damascus province
Thu 2012-10-04
  Violence and Protest in Iran as Currency Drops in Value
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  Syria shells kill five inside Turkey
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  More Than 130 Dead in Syria amid Clashes in Aleppo Souk

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