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News in Brief: 1 April 2009

A brief list of news clippings for the day:

The G-20’s summit of fear. The problem with the Group of 20 crisis summit in London this week is that it’s all show, masking fear among the global elite that it really doesn’t know how to stabilize the world economy. (Asia Times)

G-20 Protesters Jam Downtown London, Target Banks. As President Obama was holding one-on-one meetings Wednesday with the leaders of Russia and China, thousands of protesters marched in the streets of London, and there were several violent clashes with police. (Washington Post)

Armenia and Turkey: Can Nuclear Power Become a Force that Binds Two Enemies? As Turkey and Armenia inch closer to some potential form of reconciliation, Armenian attention is increasingly focusing on whether or not Turkey will opt to participate in the construction of a new Armenian nuclear power plant. (EurasiaNet)

North Korea threatens to shoot down US spy planes ahead of missile launch. Pyongyang defies international condemnation of plans to launch rocket it says will put communications satellite in orbit. (Guardian)

Iraqi Militants Show New Boldness. As the American military prepares to withdraw from Iraqi cities, Iraqi and American security officials say that jihadi and Baath militants are rejoining the fight in areas that are largely quiet now, regrouping as a smaller but still lethal insurgency. (New York Times)

Israel rushes to India’s defense. Israel has overtaken Russia to become India’s number one defense supplier, signing a US$1.4 billion deal for an anti-missile air defense system. The sale was made right before elections were called, allowing the Congress-led government in Delhi to show voters that it doesn’t take security lightly. (Asia Times)

Bibi begins: Stop the Iran fanatics! The birds are chirping. The weather is warming. Ehud Olmert is migrating. Bibi is nesting… Making it time for the seasonal ritual guessing-game: Is Israel going to bomb Iran? The question gains new relevance now that Benjamin Netanyahu is Israel’s new prime minister. (Checkpoint Jerusalem)

U.S. officials meeting with Uighur detainees in Guantanamo. In a prison camps first, the Obama administration Tuesday dispatched members of a detainee review team here to speak directly with 17 captives from China who were swept up in the war on terror and ultimately cleared of being enemies of America. (McClatchy)

Summit Shame and Hersh’s “Syria Calling”. The main debate at this stage is whether Israel and the US should demand Syria make a clean break with Iran or whether it is wiser, and perhaps more realistic, to try to bring both along in a larger deal where everyone gets something. (Syria Comment)

Missile Strike Said to Kill at Least 10 in Pakistan. Missiles fired from a suspected American drone struck a militant training camp in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 10 people in an attack apparently aimed at one of the area’s most important Taliban leaders, Hakimullah Mehsud, according to news reports, militants and an intelligence official. (New York Times)

Karzai in storm over equal rights. Afghan President Hamid Karzai accused of trying to win votes in presidential election by backing law that legalises rape and bans wives from leaving their homes. (The Daily Star)

Georgia: Opposition Agitates for Early Presidential Elections. Opposition leaders in Georgia are hoping the results of a nationwide plebiscite can give them momentum heading into a pivotal political stretch in early April. (EurasiaNet)

31 militants killed in Afghan fight: Afghan police. The Interior Ministry says a joint operation on Tuesday between police and international forces in the Kajaki region of Helmand province killed 31 militants and wounded 20. (Khaleej Times / AP)

Al-Maliki Draws U.S. Troops into Crackdown on Sunnis.
When U.S. troops and Apache helicopters joined Iraqi forces in putting down an uprising by Sunni “Sons of Iraq” militiamen in central Baghdad last weekend, it was a preview of the kind of combat the U.S. military is likely to see increasingly over the next three years unless a policy decision is made in Washington to avoid it. (IPS)

Naval ship fights off Somali pirates. Seven pirates opened fire on a German naval ship in the Gulf of Aden but were chased down and captured by an international anti-piracy task force, the US Navy and European officials said on Monday. (The Independent / AP)

SOMALIA: Refugees Suffering in Kenyan Camps. Abuse by the police, HRW says, has intensified since closure of the 1,200 kilometre border between Kenya and Somalia in 2007. Kenyan authorities took that action days after Ethiopian forces intervened to oust an Islamist movement that has captured most of southern Somalia. Kenya justified the closure as a security measure aimed at preventing the insurgents from fleeing onto its ground. (IPS)

Afghan, Pakistani Leaders Discuss Security In Ankara. Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari have met in Turkey to discuss closer cooperation in fighting militants along their 1,500-kilometer common border. (Turkish Weekly)

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