Posts Tagged ‘International’

Fishbowl America Round-Up for July 7th:

Ted Koppel interviews villagers in Qiejiajie, in the Chongqing province, with his interpreter, Mao Sai Feng.

  • Changes In China: Koppel Investigates – The image of Ted Koppel interviewing world leaders is so ingrained that it feels odd to see him wearing a hardhat for a nervous trip into a Chinese coal mine, or sitting in a Chongqing karaoke bar where teenage girls are hired to “entertain” male customer
  • Bush To Meet Russia’s Medvedev – US President George W. Bush on Monday holds his first face-to-face talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a chance to weigh up Vladimir Putin’s heir and tackle outstanding disputes.
  • McCain Promises To Balance Budget – Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) plans to promise on Monday that he will balance the federal budget by the end of his first term by curbing wasteful spending and overhauling entitlement programs, including Social Security, his advisers told Politico.
  • McCain Struggles to Regain Footing – John McCain calls himself an underdog. That may be an understatement. The GOP presidential candidate trails Democrat Barack Obama in polls, organization and money while trying to succeed a deeply unpopular fellow Republican in a year that favors Democrats
  • FDA Reports More Cases Of Salmonella Illnesses – The government on Saturday increased the number of people reported being sickened in a record salmonella outbreak in which tomatoes are the leading suspect although investigators are testing other types of fresh produce.
  • UAE To Cancel Iraq’s $7 billion Debt – Dubai has forgiven the nearly $7 billion Baghdad owes it, Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki announced Sunday.
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We all know the rest of the world just loves Barack Obama. They certainly have a more positive impression of him than John McCain. But even more interesting is this gem: Canada likes Barack Obama more than their own leaders…

A new poll suggests Canadians would prefer to vote for Barack Obama rather cast a ballot for their own political leaders, while 45 per cent of Americans envy Canada’s health care system. The bi-national survey, conducted by the Strategic Counsel for CTV and The Globe and Mail, showed that here in Canada, Obama was more admired than Prime Minister Stephen Harper — or any other national leader.

Much has been made of Barack Obama’s comments that he would talk to our enemies, pivoting as a policy shift of not even acknowledging the mere existence of the original Axis of Evil (Iran, Iraq and North Korea) and certainly not negotiating with them to change their policies. Since we’ve effectively blown Iraq to pieces, potentially taking North Korea off the list with this policy change today leaves only Iran as the Axis of Evil in today’s world.

The Bush Administration is chomping at the bit to bomb Iran before January, and if they do, there will be hell to pay. In the early 1950s, the U.S. sought to have better relations with the leadership of Iran, so we took it upon ourselves to stage a coup and insert a more America-friendly leader, the Shah. This action ultimately turned a generation of Iranians against the U.S. – or, as Ron Paul would call it, blowback – and led to the Iranian Hostage Crisis in 1979 and the ultimate overthrow of the Shah, led by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Now, with tensions increasing again, and with a new generation of Iranians having a negative view of the U.S., what would happen if the U.S. were to bomb Iran? And what would be the Iranian response?If we bomb Iran, we’ve literally screwed ourselves.

TPM: President Bush announces at a press conference this morning that he will be lifting sanctions on North Korea and may shortly remove them from the “Axis of Evil”:

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CNN: Zimbabwe’s opposition presidential candidate took refuge Monday at the Dutch Embassy, a day after rampant violence forced him to bail out of this week’s runoff election.

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice slammed the Zimbabwean government for what she called a “continuing campaign of violence against its own people.”

“Yet another vicious assault on the opposition and its supporters for exercising their right to assemble and their right to free speech has reinforced that it is impossible for there to be a free, fair or peaceful election in Zimbabwe on June 27,” Rice said in a statement.

Morgan Tsvangirai dropped out of Friday’s presidential runoff against incumbent Robert Mugabe after youth militias loyal to Mugabe attacked a political rally at a stadium in Harare. Tsvangirai said vote rigging and violence made a fair election impossible.

Just in case anyone was wondering where the hell Matt the dancing world traveler was… its now the web’s latest viral video.

God, I miss Chris Crocker.

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Al-Jazeera: Taliban fighters have attacked a prison in southern Afghanistan, blasting through the entrance of Kandahar’s main jail and triggering a gun battle with the police.

The Taliban fighters are reportedly trying to free their comrades from the jail.

The brother of Afghan president Hamid Karzai said that hundreds of prisoners had escaped.

According to Afghan officials, fighters attacked the main prison in Kandahar on Friday with a car bomb and rockets, killing police and freeing prisoners.

Sarwar Danish, the justice minister, said a suicide car bomber blew up his vehicle at the gates of the prison.

Officials with Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) said they are aware of the attack but do not yet have any details.

Qais Azimy, Al Jazeera’s correspondent, said the Taliban fighters have managed to get into the prison to free some of the men.

Afghan police are trying to stop the prisoners from escaping.

AFP: Belgian-Brazilian brewing giant InBev wooed Anheuser-Busch on Thursday, vowing to respect its St. Louis heritage and not close any US breweries if it accepts a 46-billion-dollar (30-billion-euro) takeover bid.InBev, which already owns leading brands such as Stella Artois, Beck’s, Leffe and Brahma, offered 65 dollars a share for Anheuser-Busch on Wednesday, seeking to build an unrivalled global brewer.

Even though the St. Louis, Missouri-based company said it would “review the merits” of the takeover, InBev faces stiff opposition from local politicians and beer lovers, who were quick to attack the takeover.

The success of the takeover offer will ultimately be decided by Anheuser-Busch’s shareholders.

AFP: Belgian-Brazilian brewing giant InBev wooed Anheuser-Busch on Thursday, vowing to respect its St. Louis heritage and not close any US breweries if it accepts a 46-billion-dollar (30-billion-euro) takeover bid.InBev, which already owns leading brands such as Stella Artois, Beck’s, Leffe and Brahma, offered 65 dollars a share for Anheuser-Busch on Wednesday, seeking to build an unrivalled global brewer.

Even though the St. Louis, Missouri-based company said it would “review the merits” of the takeover, InBev faces stiff opposition from local politicians and beer lovers, who were quick to attack the takeover.

The success of the takeover offer will ultimately be decided by Anheuser-Busch’s shareholders.

AFP: Belgian-Brazilian brewing giant InBev wooed Anheuser-Busch on Thursday, vowing to respect its St. Louis heritage and not close any US breweries if it accepts a 46-billion-dollar (30-billion-euro) takeover bid.InBev, which already owns leading brands such as Stella Artois, Beck’s, Leffe and Brahma, offered 65 dollars a share for Anheuser-Busch on Wednesday, seeking to build an unrivalled global brewer.

Even though the St. Louis, Missouri-based company said it would “review the merits” of the takeover, InBev faces stiff opposition from local politicians and beer lovers, who were quick to attack the takeover.

The success of the takeover offer will ultimately be decided by Anheuser-Busch’s shareholders.

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TowleRoad: Norway’s parliament has granted same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children, and granted lesbians the right to be artificially inseminated:

“After a heated debate, the members of parliament adopted the text by a vote of 84 to 41. The three centre-left coalition parties in power and two opposition parties, the Conservatives and the Liberals, voted largely in favour of the law, while the Christian Democrats and the far-right Progress Party voted against it. ‘This decision is of an importance comparable to universal suffrage and our law on parity,’ Labour Party rapporteur Gunn Karin Gjul said during the debate. The most controversial part of the law is that which gives lesbians the right to be artificially inseminated. The sperm donor must be identified so that the child can seek out his or her biological father at the age of 18.”

TowleRoad: Yesterday TowleRoad.com posted an update on Northern Ireland DUP MP Iris Robinson, the UK’s very own Sally Kern, who said that gays can be cured of their homosexuality and advised them to seek therapy.

The remarks prompted political party Sinn Fein to call for her resignation and for the activist group Outrage! to call on people to start outing members of Robinson’s Democratic Unionist party. Like Kern, she seems to wallow in the attention her bigotry brings her. Robinson is now comparing gay people to murderers!

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CNN: Somalia’s government signed an agreement Monday with an opposition alliance calling to end violence and withdraw of Ethiopian troops, whose presence has stoked an increasingly bloody Islamic insurgency.

The deal is an important step toward peace, but it remains to be seen if it will be respected by hardline members of the opposition who have denounced those who took part in the U.N.-led talks in Djibouti.

CNN: Prime Minister Han Seung-soo and the South Korean Cabinet offered to resign Tuesday amid an uproar over an unpopular deal to resume importing U.S. beef, the Yonhap news agency reported.

It was unclear how many of the offers President Lee Myung-bak would accept, South Korean media reports said, but a major Cabinet reshuffling was expected, possibly claiming the prime minister and the ministers of agriculture and foreign affairs.

CNN: Prime Minister Han Seung-soo and the South Korean Cabinet offered to resign Tuesday amid an uproar over an unpopular deal to resume importing U.S. beef, the Yonhap news agency reported.

It was unclear how many of the offers President Lee Myung-bak would accept, South Korean media reports said, but a major Cabinet reshuffling was expected, possibly claiming the prime minister and the ministers of agriculture and foreign affairs.

CNN: Prime Minister Han Seung-soo and the South Korean Cabinet offered to resign Tuesday amid an uproar over an unpopular deal to resume importing U.S. beef, the Yonhap news agency reported.

It was unclear how many of the offers President Lee Myung-bak would accept, South Korean media reports said, but a major Cabinet reshuffling was expected, possibly claiming the prime minister and the ministers of agriculture and foreign affairs.

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Carol McCain

Daily Mail: Now that Hillary Clinton has at last formally withdrawn from the race for the White House, the eyes of America and the world will focus on Barack Obama and his Republican rival Senator John McCain.

While Obama will surely press his credentials as the embodiment of the American dream – a handsome, charismatic young black man who was raised on food stamps by a single mother and who represents his country’s future – McCain will present himself as a selfless, principled war hero whose campaign represents not so much a battle for the presidency of the United States, but a crusade to rescue the nation’s tarnished reputation.

McCain likes to illustrate his moral fibre by referring to his five years as a prisoner-of-war in Vietnam. And to demonstrate his commitment to family values, the 71-year-old former US Navy pilot pays warm tribute to his beautiful blonde wife, Cindy, with whom he has four children.

But there is another Mrs McCain who casts a ghostly shadow over the Senator’s presidential campaign. She is seldom seen and rarely written about, despite being mother to McCain’s three eldest children. CONTINUE READING