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News in Brief: 24 October 2008

A brief list of news for the day:

Bush plans to establish U.S. diplomatic post in Iran. The Bush administration will announce in mid-November, after the presidential election, that it intends to establish the first U.S. diplomatic presence in Iran since the 1979-81 hostage crisis, according to senior Bush administration officials. (McClatchy)

Turkey: The Military, a Pillar of the Secular Tradition, Finds Itself on the Defensive. Turkey’s military, long seen as the country’s most trusted institution and as the ultimate defender of the state, is suddenly facing fire from an unlikely source: the public. The military’s image crisis is coinciding with a high-profile trial, in which a group of nationalist-secularist conspirators are accused of plotting the overthrow of the country’s moderate Islamist government. (Eurasianet)

Jordan inks deal with South Korea on nuclear power. Jordan signed on Thursday a preliminary nuclear cooperation deal with South Korea as part of the kingdom’s efforts to meet its growing energy needs. “The deal paves the way for signing an agreement between the two countries in December,” Khaled Tukan, head of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission, told the state-run Petra news agency. (The Daily Star/AFP)

Iraq in Hell. Iraqi cabinet is now refusing, without further amendment, to pass on to Parliament the status of forces agreement for stationing U.S. troops in the country that it’s taken so many months for American and Iraqi negotiators to sort out. (TomDispatch)

Barzani discusses security, PJAK threat in Tehran talks. Iraqi Kurdish leader Massoud Barzani was in Tehran yesterday for top-level talks with Iranian leaders, discussing a security agreement between the United States and Iraq and the presence of a terrorist group using northern Iraqi territory for attacks on Iran. (Today’s Zaman)

Turned down by its allies, Pakistan seeks IMF rescue. Pakistan has sought an emergency bailout from the International Monetary Fund, a humiliating step forced on Islamabad after allies refused to come up with the cash needed to prevent the country from going bust. (McClatchy)

Asia and the Meltdown of American Finance. The United States appears headed into a recession that may be as bad as anything the country has faced since the 1930s. But while this is all generally understood and prudent business and financial leaders in the region are already battening down the proverbial hatches, there is more going on here than simply the shrinking of the region’s most important external market. For what we are seeing strikes at the heart of the entire process by which the region transformed itself over the past 50 years. (Japan Focus)

Tokyo’s nexus with India deepens. Tokyo-Delhi ties reached a new height this week with the visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Tokyo – his third since he became prime minister in 2004. During his three-day official visit, Manmohan and Japanese counterpart Taro Aso issued a joint statement on the advancement of the strategic and global partnership, but more significantly signed a joint declaration on security cooperation. (Asia Times)

Georgia: Experts Believe There’s Blood in the Water in Tbilisi. The list of former lieutenants who are rising to challenge President Mikheil Saakashvili keeps growing in Georgia. Former Georgian prime minister Zurab Noghaideli seems set to become the latest high-profile politician to announce the establishment of an opposition party. The chief motivation for Noghaideli’s action appears to be Georgia’s August war with Russia, an event that he characterized as “a huge mistake.” (Eurasianet)

INDIA : Water Privatisation – ‘No Need For Costly Consultants’. The Indian corporate conglomerate, Tata, says it is ready to provide water services in this vast country and also prove that privatisation does not have to involve expensive foreign consultants and providers. (IPS)

Zimbabwe opposition says power-sharing talks fail. Zimbabwe’s opposition leader said Friday that four days of “intense” negotiations have failed to break a deadlock in power-sharing talks and called for intervention by regional and African leaders. (Khaleej Times/AFP)

China gets a jump on US in space. US experts were shocked when a recently launched Chinese satellite popped up near the International Space Station. (Asia Times)

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