Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 30Mar11.

Rebels concede Tripoli may be out of reach after 100-mile retreat
NATO Chief Opens The Door to Libya Ground Troops
US paves way to arm Libyan rebels
US Studying Rebels–After Going to War for Them
Muammar Gaddafi’s exit hindered by UN resolution, law experts warn
Qatar, First Arab State To Recognize Libyan Opposition, Will Market Opposition-Controlled Oil
Turkey To Have Triple Role in Libya Mission
Jihadi Sites Call on Libyans to Oppose Western Bid for Domination
Anger as Yemen blast toll rises
Yemeni’s divide-and-conquer ploy failing
Tens of thousands of Syrians gather in Damascus in support of president
Optimism in Damascus and determination not to take the regime’s bait
Water crisis floats Syrian unrest
Jordan’s king supports amending constitution
Prince Hassan Criticizes Jordanian Government
Saudi Arabia prints 1.5m copies of religious edict banning protests
Bahrain parliament accepts resignation of opposition lawmakers over crackdown
Oman detains anti-government protesters in flashpoint industrial city
Oman army clears roadblocks in Sohar pay protest
Chinese pieces to Iran’s nuclear puzzle
Hostages killed execution-style in Iraq siege before gunmen blow themselves up, officials say
In Egypt, Disappointment In New Parties Law; Demonstration To ‘Save The Revolution’ Announced
Article on Muslim Brotherhood Website Advocates Transportation for Women Only
‘Nakba Day, call for state may boost Palestinian protests’
PA leadership considering formally abandoning Oslo in September
After protest, Facebook remove page calling for armed Palestinian uprising against Israel
Israel considering annexing West Bank settlements if Palestinians seek unilateral recognition
Israel, grateful for border quiet, not cheering for demise of Syrian President Assad Syria Matters Far More Than Libya
Pressing Issues Are Elsewhere in Mideast
Ivory Coast rebels seize three towns
Fighting traps Ivorians at church
Ceasefire appeal in Ivory Coast
Protesters in Uganda threaten to attack US, Western embassies for Libya; police shut them down
Muslim Jihad in Christian Ethiopia: Lessons for the West
Taliban captures remote district in northwest Afghanistan
Pakistan says it agrees to visit by Indian investigators probing 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai
Pakistan’s secret dirty war
Inside Balochistan
Japan may have lost race to save nuclear reactor
Radioactive iodine hits 3,355 times limit in Japan
China warns UN not to interfere as dissidents are rounded up
Chinese official says Japan’s nuclear crisis will affect China’s atomic generation plans
Confucianism Returns to Chinese Politics
South Korea conducts live-fire drills on front-line island shelled last year by North Korea
Two Koreas hold volcano dialogue
North Korea ‘on a knife edge’ as aid agencies appeal for food donations
North Korea’s Nuke Lesson from Libya
Kim Jong-il ‘Dreamed Of being Stoned’
Myanmar junta ‘dissolved’: State television
Intelligence sources: Pakistani officials have arrested Indonesian terror suspect Umar Patek
Australian PM’s computer ‘hacked’
Russia, U.S. may ease visa regime ‘in foreseeable future’ – lawmaker
Eurozone crisis: The pain in Spain
Haiti postpones preliminary results of presidential election as counting drags on
Obama to outline plans for nation’s energy security in speech Wednesday
Suspicious package near Andrews AFB in Maryland prompts closure of long stretch of highway
Experts: Oil Will Continue To Dominate Energy Sector For At Least Another 30 Years

Spanish Navy Bags 11 Suspected Pirates
Submarines Becoming The Boat Of Choice For Colombian Cocaine Smugglers

New Pentagon Cyber Strategy Complete: Official
Gates is Turning America’s Defenses into a Boutique Military
GAO: Florida industry can maintain nuclear carrier
Taiwan Expects U.S. to Help With F-16 Upgrades
Homeland Security Budget: Highlights from the FY 2012 Request

Another strong quake jolts northern Japan
Worldwide-temperature increase has not produced acceleration of global sea level over the past 100 years
Cities ‘feeling heat of climate’

Consumer Confidence Index drops to 63.4 in March as worries about gas and food prices escalate
Home prices falling in 19 major US cities, with 4 now at lowest level in 11 years
More Housing Hell: The End Is Years Away

Hoyer: Odds of government shutdown have increased over past two weeks
Claims for Social Security benefits on the rise
State Tax Revenue Snaps Back
Mortgage-Lending Rules Unveiled
Pentagon: Libya tab at $550 million
Report: Deployments cost NC seat in Congress
U.S. Property Rights Protections Continue to Decline

Earliest Christian Documents Discovered?
Iran Secretly Executes Jewish-Armenian Couple; Christians Concerned
Iran Burns Bibles, Condemns Quran Burning
Evangelist in Bangladesh imprisoned for distributing Christian booklets
Nepal: Christians To Step Up Hunger Strike
Cuban Pastor on Conditional Release Prohibited from Preaching
Archbishop’s secret visit to Bhutan’s Christians, first in 18 years
Closing Arguments Begin In Canadian Test of Polygamy Ban
Church Finds Original King James Bible

  Daily News Roundup

Posted by Chris van Avery on 11Mar11.

Powerful earthquakes hit Japan
France recognises Libyan rebels
Libya: Nato defence ministers agree on minimal intervention
No-fly zone plan will be presented on March 15: Hillary Clinton
Gaddafi offers $400,000 bounty for oppn leader
EU to get tough with Gaddafi and back north Africa’s democracy movements
GCC blasts Qaddafi govt as ‘illegitimate’
US spy warns Gaddafi will prevail in Libya
RN makes contingency plans to send more ships to Libya
Yemen Opposition Spurns Constitution Offer
In Yemen, Houthis Call To Topple Regime
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Protests in Yemen
Bahrain prepares for march, clash erupts in school
Saudi police open fire on pro-democracy protesters
Saudi expectations high before Friday’s protests
Signs of dissent becoming more visible among Saudi Arabian youths
Saudi Arabia unrest: a blogger’s view
Egypt’s leaders seek police force’s speedy return to duty
Bedouin gunmen storm Egypt intel sites in Sinai
Egypt Prisoner Release Sets Off Alarms
Surge in Arab protests expected in Gulf states
Imprisonment of Turkish journalists draws MEP rebuke
Hidden energy crisis in the Middle East
Moroccan king praised for reform pledges
Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo Rejects AU Mediation Proposal
Sudan’s Army Reports 17 Killed in Clashes With Darfur Rebels
Army Steps Down From Rule in Niger
Death of Karzai cousin in botched Nato raid stokes Afghan anger
Pakistan militia warns government
Deathly Silence Grips Pakistan
A New, More Serious Terrorism Threat From Pakistan
India police kill Maoist leader
Mass arrests before India rally
Beijing’s “Wei-Wen” Imperative Steals the Thunder at NPC
China leader rules out democracy
Deaths Reported in China Quake
Unstringing China’s strategic pearls
Kim Jong-Il hits the bunker as Mideast heats up
Stop Feeding North Korea’s Army
Japan PM may have taken donations from Korean
Japan PM rules out resignation
Taiwan Mulls Post-US Pacific
Indonesia’s Bashir to stand trial on terror charges Fresh floods hit Queensland towns
Virtue of ‘microfinance’ turning to vice?

Somali pirates free Indian crew
The Case of the Iranian Warships and the Suez Canal
China Military Delegates Call for National Maritime Strategy to Protect Expanding Interests

Implications of China’s Military Evacuation of Citizens from Libya
An Analysis of China’s 2011 Defense Budget and Total Military Spending — The Great Unknown
Pakistan test-fires nuke-capable missile
Russia concerned over U.S. missile plans in Poland – Foreign Ministry

Is Russia Helping Taiwan Build Submarines?

Japan quake seventh most powerful ever: USGS
Globalisation and agriculture industry exacerbating bee decline, says UN
Study: Navy, CG must prepare for climate change

Poll: Americans wary of recovery
How Qaddafi Is Blackmailing Oil Markets
What Arab Unrest Means for Oil Supplies
EU leaders shift focus of rescue plans to the euro
China Consumer Prices Rise 4.9%
China Is Destined for Decline
China’s Coming Banking Crisis?
Japan Revises GDP Figure Downward
Spain debt downgraded by Moody’s

Defense must face cuts, key senators say
Growth Slows in America’s Urban Cores
When Liberal Compassion Turns to Coercion

9 Christians Killed, 150 Injured in Attack By 15,000 Muslims and Egyptian Army
U.S. Calls For Egypt To Prosecute Perpetrators In This Week’s Muslim-Christian Violence
Pakistani Officials Back Muslim Land-Grabbers, Christians Say
Ethiopia: Islamist Extremists Set Churches, Christian Homes on Fire
Christians issue rare rebuke against Malaysia’s government for seizing Bibles
China insists on role in anointing religious leaders
R.I. Senate to hold hearings on gay marriage bill
Florida Lawmakers Push For Sharia Ban

  Security News Today – 9/14/10

Posted by Chris van Avery on 14Sep10.

China, Japan fishing boat standoff deepens amid delayed talks
With no end to the fishing boat dispute in sight, relations between Asia’s two biggest economies are in danger of backsliding.

Does India Want Stable Pakistan?
In the aftermath of yet another abortive attempt to reach a rapprochement with Pakistan this July, a time-honored debate has again been resurrected in New Delhi’s foreign and security policy circles. The debate revolves around the question of whether or not it’s in India’s interests to have a stable, secure and prosperous Pakistan. Yet the question in its present form misses the point. The real issue isn’t whether or not such an outcome is desirable. Instead, the more pertinent issue for India’s policymakers is to establish how such a Pakistani state would behave toward India.

China’s young officers and the 1930s syndrome
“China’s military spending is growing so fast that it has overtaken strategy,” said Professor Huang Jing from the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. “The young officers are taking control of strategy and it is like young officers in Japan in the 1930s. They are thinking what they can do, not what they should do. This is very dangerous. They are on a collision course with a US-dominated system”.

South Korea to Russia: The Cheonan was sunk by a torpedo, end of story
The South Korea government on Monday released the full version of its investigation into the March 26 sinking of the Cheonan, which it hopes will offer conclusive proof to a skeptical Russia that the explosion that killed 46 sailors was due to a torpedo fired by a North Korean submarine.

Water Shortages Reach Crisis Levels In China
China can’t dam or divert water quickly enough to keep up with its thirsty population, and the shortage has reached crisis levels in Beijing and other areas.

Cleric calls on Iran to take U.S.-led sanctions seriously
An influential former Iranian president on Tuesday criticized the government in unusually blunt terms, saying that it is not taking U.S.-led sanctions seriously enough and that Iran could become a “dictatorship.”

Fars: Commander Stresses Iran’s Strategic Policy For Naval Deployment In High Seas
The Iranian navy’s presence in the high seas and in international waters is part of Tehran’s strategy for displaying its strength to the world, Iranian navy commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said today….

A Win for Turkish Democracy?
The win by Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s party in the referendum on constitutional changes could improve Turkish democracy, says CFR’s Steven A. Cook, but fuels concerns about whether it augurs a more religiously oriented political environment.

North Caucasus Reality Check on Russian Military Reform
Although the second anniversary of the Russia-Georgia War was marked by little sense of euphoria in Moscow, the operational lessons drawn by the Russian military resulted in the current reform of the armed forces being closely associated with the Five Day War (EDM, August 9). Nevertheless, two years into that reform, many analysts in Moscow are questioning whether Russia is now better placed to conduct such operations, or if it could militarily respond to an escalation of the ongoing insurgency in the North Caucasus.

100,000 children attend radical Hamas summer camps
Participants undergo anti-Israel indoctrination; UNRWA run simultaneous camps for a further 250,000 children.

U.S. Faces Aging Nuclear Arsenal
From a long-delayed satellite system and aging missiles to battling brain drain and upgrading infrastructure at the nation’s nuclear research laboratories, the top officer of U.S. Strategic Command said the country faces big challenges in maintaining and upgrading its nuclear arsenal.

USAF Needs New Long-range Bomber: Schwartz
U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz made the case Sept. 14 for his service acquiring a new long-range bomber and increasing cooperation with the U.S. Navy, insisting that such steps are key to the Air Force’s ability to find and destroy 21st-century threats.

NATO Ships Visit Morocco To Boost Ties
Five ships from the Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 (SNMG2) will dock in Casablanca on Sept. 16 to boost ties with Morocco, especially in the fight against terrorism, NATO said Sept. 14.

Spain, Seychelles Sign Deals To Fight Piracy In Indian Ocean
Spain and the Seychelles on Sept. 14 signed two agreements aimed at fighting piracy in the Indian Ocean, where Spanish trawlers have been among the regular targets of Somali kidnappers.

  Maritime Strategy News

Posted by Yankee Sailor on 05Mar09.

US military chief to offer help to Mexico in violent drug war

America’s top military officer heads to Mexico this week to offer help to a government battling powerful drug cartels, amid alarm in Washington over escalating violence across the border.

With the death toll at 5,300 last year and Mexican cartels armed with automatic weapons and billions in cash, the crisis has become a full-blown national security concern for the United States.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was due in Mexico later this week as the United States signalled it was ready to step up military and other assistance to tackle the heavily armed drug rings ravaging the country’s north.

“The cartels are retaliating,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates told NBC on Sunday. “It clearly is a serious problem.”

But he said Mexico has dropped its traditional reluctance to cultivate ties with the US military.

“I think we are beginning to be in a position to help the Mexicans more than we have in the past,” Gates said. “Some of the old biases against cooperation between our militaries and so on, I think, are being satisfied.”

The United States started sharing intelligence with Mexico in November and under a new program plans to provide helicopters, maritime surveillance aircraft and other equipment, Pentagon spokesman Commander Jeffrey Gordon said.

In hard times, China eyes smaller defense boost

China announced a nearly 15 percent rise in military spending on Wednesday — a smaller boost than in previous years — as the national legislature prepared to open its annual session with a focus firmly on overcoming the country’s brewing economic crisis.

The 14.9 percent increase in defense spending is the lowest in three years, a possible reflection of shifting priorities amid plans for a 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus package and a 850 billion yuan ($124 billion) spending boost to expand and revamp an inadequate health care system.

“There seems to be concern with the slowing economy. … They may want to keep down spending as a percentage of the economic output,” said Christian Le Miere, senior Asia analyst at Jane’s Country Risk in London.

Allen: State of the Coast Guard is strong

In his third State of the Coast Guard speech Tuesday, Commandant Adm. Thad Allen assured fellow Guardians that the service is strong, but not without challenges.

“The good news is, there has never been a bigger demand for our services. The bad news is, there has never been a bigger demand for our services,” Allen said.

During his 30-minute speech, Allen referenced the strength of the service five times while discussing its broad responsibilities. He praised service members for accomplishing a record number of drug seizures and the deterrence of “mass migrations.” He talked about the service’s global efforts, specifically mentioning its involvement in anti-piracy efforts off the Horn of Africa; the cutter Dallas’ extended deployment to the Black Sea, where it delivered humanitarian supplies to the Republic of Georgia following the South Ossetia conflict; and the cutter Boutwell’s around-the-globe deployment, during which it will work under four Navy combatant commanders and with numerous world navies and coast guards.

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