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News in Brief: 30 March 2009

A brief list of news clippings for the day:

The Great Afghan Bailout. It’s time, as a start, to stop calling our expanding war in Central and South Asia “the Afghan War” or “the Afghanistan War.” If Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke doesn’t want to, why should we? Recently, in a BBC interview, he insisted that “the ‘number one problem’ in stabilizing Afghanistan was Taliban sanctuaries in western Pakistan, including tribal areas along the Afghan border and cities like Quetta” in the Pakistani province of Baluchistan. (TomDispatch)

G-20 maps road for chaos. The failure of this week’s Group of 20 summit in London to map out an escape route from the global financial crisis appears unavoidable if the earlier gathering of the group’s finance ministers and central bankers is a guide. The pain and cost of continued financial anarchy will be borne in the years ahead. (Asia Times)

Militants give bloody show of strength. Heavily armed militants on Monday stormed a police training school in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, killing at least 30 people. The audacious raid follows directly on US President Barack Obama’s warning that Pakistan is the new theater in the Afghan war. The incident highlights that an emerging nexus of militants will make it extremely difficult for Islamabad to give Washington the cooperation it wants in taming al-Qaeda and the Taliban. (Asia Times)

Arrest of Sunni leaders raises fears of broader clashes. The arrest of two Sunni paramilitary leaders in Baghdad and the violent clashes that followed this weekend have cast a harsh light on a U.S. program on which Iraq’s future stability may depend – the integration of U.S.-backed militias into Iraq’s security forces and government ministries. (McClatchy)

EGYPT: Camp David Accord Unacceptable to Many. Egyptian and Israeli officials celebrated the anniversary of the Camp David peace agreement last week. The agreement normalised relations between the two former adversaries 30 years earlier on Mar. 26. Opposition leaders, however, are calling for a suspension of the treaty, which they say fails to serve Egyptian interests. (IPS)

Jenin youth orchestra hits discordant tone. It was meant to be a rare example of psychological border busting in the Arab-Israeli conflict: The “Strings of Freedom,” a small group of young Palestinian musicians from the Jenin refugee. camp, received rare permission last week to enter Israel to play songs of peace for a group of Holocaust survivors. In one of the biggest surprises, the AP noted, the Palestinian musicians had no idea they were playing for Holocaust survivors, and the Holocaust survivors were surprised to hear that the musicians came from Jenin, which was the scene of one of the most politically-explosive Israeli military operations of the second Palestinian uprising. On Sunday, after the musical event received widespread international attention, the AP reported that the youth orchestra had been shut down by Jenin officials who accused the orchestra director of exploiting the Palestinian musicians for a Jewish political cause. (Checkpoint Jerusalem)

India’s virtual vigilantes. Cyber-activism is rapidly altering established mechanisms of expression in India, with popular websites such as Facebook offering fresh templates to mobilize social, political, religious and national sentiments. As a consequence, the course of mainstream politics is changing. (Asia Times)

US Overtures to Iran Must Wait – Analysts. While most countries in the world welcome Washington’s conciliatory message towards Iran, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries are sceptical about an appropriate response from their neighbour. (IPS)

American General”s Visit To Georgia To Strengthen Georgian Army”s Defense Capability. The U.S. general’s visit to Georgia will strengthen the army’s defense capabilities, Georgian Army Unified Staff Chief Davi Chankotadze said in Gori on March 30. (Turkish Weekly)

Iranian Foreign Ministry Denies Meeting Between Iranian and U.s Officials In Moscow. The Iranian Foreign Ministry has denied reports of the Sunday Times that Iranian and U.S representatives met in Moscow, the IRNA agency reported. (Turkish Weekly)

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