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Saturday, April 24, 2010

Rebellious Mood Takes Root in Rural Thailand

Rebellious Mood Takes Root in Rural Thailand: "A rural region forms much of the core of the red shirt movement, demonstrating the magnitude of the challenge facing Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Friday, April 23, 2010

China Expands Naval Power to Waters U.S. Dominates - NYTimes.com

China Expands Naval Power to Waters U.S. Dominates - NYTimes.com: "YALONG BAY, China — The Chinese military is seeking to project naval power well beyond the Chinese coast, from the oil ports of the Middle East to the shipping lanes of the Pacific, where the United States Navy has long reigned as the dominant force, military officials and analysts say.

Chinese admirals call the new strategy ‘far sea defense,’ and the speed with which it is building blue-water capabilities has surprised foreign military officials."



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Gloom Greets IMF, World Bank Meetings

Gloom Greets IMF, World Bank Meetings: "

Finance ministers from around the world will gather in Washington this weekend for meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The world economic outlook has brightened since last year's meetings, but the IMF is far from sanguine about the future. Last year's worries about private sector debt and bank failures have been replaced by even more serious concerns that whole countries could default as a result of their own dramatically rising debt burdens.

South Korea won't retaliate alone for ship sinking

South Korea won't retaliate alone for ship sinking: "

South Korea on Friday gave the clearest signal to date it had no plan to launch a revenge attack if it turns out, as widely suspected, North Korea sank one of its navy vessels last month near their disputed border.

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(Via South Korea News.)

Obama Calls Arizona Immigration Bill Misguided

Obama Calls Arizona Immigration Bill 'Misguided': "

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the government must enact immigration reform at the national level – or leave the door open to 'irresponsibility by others.'



Obama says a failure to act will lead to more of what he called 'misguided' efforts like an immigration bill in Arizona. If signed by the state's governor, the bill would require police to question people about their immigration status if there's reason to suspect they're in the country illegally.


Obama says he has instructed his administration to examine the Arizona bill to see if it violates people's civil rights.



Obama spoke a naturalization ceremony in the Rose Garden for 24 active duty service members. Obama says the service members represent true patriotism for having served a country they could not yet call their own.


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(Via The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com.)

Wave of deadly bombings hits Iraq - Conflict in Iraq- msnbc.com

Wave of deadly bombings hits Iraq - Conflict in Iraq- msnbc.com

BAGHDAD - Up to 25 people were reportedly killed in a series of attacks in Iraq on Friday, including bombs targeting Shiites attending mosques in the capital Baghdad.

About 100 were wounded in the Baghdad attacks, Reuters reported.

The Associated Press put the death toll in the string of bombings at 17, while Reuters said 25 had been killed. There was no explanation for the different numbers but such discrepancies often occur in the aftermath of attacks.

BBC News - 'Terrorists' blamed for attacks amid Thai deadlock

BBC News - 'Terrorists' blamed for attacks amid Thai deadlock: "Early on Friday, hundreds of riot police crossed a major road to confront red-shirt anti-government protesters.
The police stepped back from confrontation and the reds agreed to retreat slightly from their barricade.
Britain, the US and Australia have issued new warnings against travelling to Thailand in the attacks' aftermath.
Pro-government groups have begun a demonstration in another part of Bangkok, further adding to the tension.
Six weeks of red-shirt protests have severely challenged the Thai government."



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Thursday, April 22, 2010

China Sets Sights On Enhanced Air, Sea Power : NPR

China Sets Sights On Enhanced Air, Sea Power : NPR: "

April 22, 2010

Chinese J-10 fighter jets pass an air force officer on the tarmac at the Yangcun airbase of the People's Liberation Army Air Force in Tianjin, southeast of Beijing, April 13, 2010.
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China is in the midst of an ambitious bid to modernize its military by the middle of this century. A key part of this effort is to downsize its army -- the world's largest -- while beefing up its air force and navy. This will enable China to project military force farther beyond its borders.

In an effort aimed to show transparency in this process, China recently opened up Yangcun air base ou"


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North Korean torpedo sank Cheonan, South Korea military source claims | World news | guardian.co.uk

North Korean torpedo sank Cheonan, South Korea military source claims | World news | guardian.co.uk: "

North Korean torpedo sank Cheonan, South Korea military source claims
President Lee Myung-bak told military intelligence confirms sinking of navy corvette by North Korean submarine

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 22 April 2010 13.58 BST

South Korea's military says that military intelligence gathered with the United States shows that a torpedo fired from a North Korean submarine sank its navy ship Cheonan last monthy.

The clearest sign yet that Seoul blames Pyongyang for what would be one of the deadliest incidents between the rivals since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War was reported by the publicy funded Yonh"


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Obama Endorses Johnson In Congressional Race - Politics News Story - WGCL Atlanta

Obama Endorses Johnson In Congressional Race - Politics News Story - WGCL Atlanta: "ATLANTA -- President Barack Obama has endorsed U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson in his bid for a third term.
In a statement released on Thursday by Johnson's campaign, Obama praised the Democratic congressman's work on the economy and his vote for a sweeping new health care reform law.
'Congressman Johnson has done an outstanding job,' said President Obama. 'Together, we are fighting to renew our economy. Together, we passed historic health care reform. I am proud to stand with Hank and support his re-election.’"



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Explosions in Bangkok Wound Dozens

Explosions in Bangkok Wound Dozens: "One person was killed as at least 5 explosions shook the business district during large-scale protests."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Obama's Supreme Court Short List

Obama's Supreme Court Short List: "CBS News has compiled nine names confirmed as being on the 'short list' of potential Supreme Court nominees: Judges Sid Thomas, Merrick Garland, Diane Wood, Leah Ward Sears and Ann Claire Williams; Solicitor General Elena Kagan; Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow; Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm; and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano."



(Via Drudge Retort.)

BBC News - Explosions heard in Bangkok stand-off

BBC News - Explosions heard in Bangkok stand-off: "At least four explosions have been heard in the Thai capital Bangkok where police are in a tense stand-off with anti-government protesters."


At least four explosions have been heard in the Thai capital Bangkok where police are in a tense stand-off with anti-government protesters.

Black Americans Look To Health Plan For New Hope

Black Americans Look To Health Plan For New Hope: "

Many African-Americans are hoping the health care overhaul will cut into the high incidence of cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases in their communities. But not everyone is convinced the bill will help ease the disparities between black and white.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Japan Tries to Face Up to Growing Poverty Problem

Japan Tries to Face Up to Growing Poverty Problem: "After years of economic stagnation and widening income disparities, this once proudly egalitarian nation is facing the fact that it has a growing number of poor people."



(Via NYT > Home Page.)

Arizona Reels in Wake of Anti-Immigrant Law, ICE Raids - uprisingradio.org

Arizona Reels in Wake of Anti-Immigrant Law, ICE Raids - uprisingradio.org

"The bill requires that any undocumented immigrant found in Arizona will be arrested for trespassing, jailed for up to six months and fined up to $2,500. Local law enforcement officers would have the authority to stop any vehicle that they suspect has an undocumented person, and demand identification."

Arizona Daily Wildcat - Immigration bill protested

Arizona Daily Wildcat - Immigration bill protested

This draconian bill is being supported by John McCain.

Japanese, S. Korean survey responden...

Japanese, S. Korean survey responden...: "

News Japanese, S. Korean survey respondents have nearly reverse views of bilateral relations 2010-04-18 13:59 TOKYO _ Fifty-seven percent of Japanese respondents to a recent joint Japan-South Korea survey believe Tokyo-Seoul relations are 'good' and 29 percent think ties are 'bad,' while only 24 percent of the South Korean respondents think the ...

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(Via South Korea News.)

Tuesday, April 20, 2010