Tuesday, June 1, 2010

News for Tuesday

Israeli raid on Gaza aid Flotilla back fires horribly. Russia, India, China, Ireland, Brazil, France, Spain and other nations condemn attack. Turkey cuts off its ties. Security Council condemns attacks. Major changes in Middle East geopolitics to follow. See Glenn Greenwald (I, II & III), Andrew Sullivan, Juan Cole, Marc Lynch and Stephen Walt for a comprehensive look on this issue. I'm posting developments more regularly on Twitter(see sidebar), so be sure to check that out.

No more Zombies please! Al-Qaeda No.3 and Afghan chief operator Mustafa abu-al Yazid  has been killed in an American drone attack. Let's not have a repeat of the Hakimullah Masood incident this time around. 

Turning a blind eye to murder. Press release from the Human Rights Watch proves that authorities in Punjab were warned about a pending attack on the minority Ahamdi Muslim sect, but ignored it anyway. Recycled Thought and Ahsan (Five Rupees) provide important insights into this fiasco.

Crisis in Japan. Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama quits over inability to fulfill election promise to relocate U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma airfield from Okinawa. No word yet on his replacement.

Can you mutli-task? Death of Mexican national in altercation with US border guards draws condemnation form Mexico straining US-Mexico relations. Compounded with  increasing level of global animosity towards Israel, its safe to say that Americans are going to be busy for quite a while.

Nothing lasts forever. Al and Tipper Gore separate after 40 years of marriage.

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