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News in Brief: 8 April 2009

A brief list of news clippings for the day:

Obama team warns U.S. lawmakers: Expect confrontation with Israel. In an unprecedented move, the Obama administration is readying for a possible confrontation with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by briefing Democratic congressmen on the peace process and the positions of the new government in Israel regarding a two-state solution. The Obama administration is expecting a clash with Netanyahu over his refusal to support the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel. (Haaretz)

Biden Warns Israel Against Iran Strike. While stressing that it was an unlikely event, US Vice President Joe Biden issued a high-level admonishment to the new government, saying on Tuesday night that Israel would be “ill-advised” to carry out a military strike against Iran. (Turkish Weekly / Jerusalem Post)

Terminator Planet: Launching the Drone Wars… Hunter-killer drones haven’t waited for Hollywood. As you sit in that movie theater in May, actual unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), pilotless surveillance and assassination drones armed with Hellfire missiles, will be patrolling our expanding global battlefields, hunting down human beings. And in the Pentagon and the labs of defense contractors, UAV supporters are already talking about and working on next-generation machines. Post-2020, according to these dreamers, drones will be able to fly and fight, discern enemies and incinerate them without human decision-making. (TomDispatch)

What Obama didn’t see in Iraq. While United States President Barack Obama’s surprise visit hogged the headlines, more important news was circling Baghdad’s streets. A reduced sentence for a shoe-thrower sparked jubilation, while moves to bring exiled Ba’athists into the political fold finally hold promise. A bigger problem for the Nuri al-Maliki government lies in the Awakening Councils, as his attempts to quash them may have triggered Monday’s six deadly car bombs. (Asia Times)

France returns to the Nato fold. France rejoined Nato to mark the alliance’s 60th birthday summit at Strasbourg on 3-4 April. Critics say the gesture doesn’t help Europe’s feeble military capabilities, that Nato has been sidelined by the US and that France has lost its independent negotiator status. (Le Monde Diplomatique)

Khatami to come to Turkey summit. Prominent Iranian figure Khatami will be in Turkey at the same time as the US President. Turkey’s attempts to mediate between Iran and US have failed because Washington has been cold to the suggestion so far, sources say. (Hurriyet)

Obama’s “nuclear fuel bank”, asserts the right of countries.. to pursue peaceful nuclear energy programs. The Iran review, which is by some accounts nearing completion and yet not expected to be ready until May, is not expected to have as high profile a rollout as the Af-Pak one, which was announced by President Obama from the Oval Office. Nevertheless, parts of it seem to be emerging, including in Obama’s speeches abroad this past week, where he discussed an international nuclear fuel bank and asserted the right of countries that renounce nuclear weapons to pursue peaceful nuclear energy programs. (Friday Lunch Club / Foreign Policy)

The fight for Kashmir. Last autumn, hundreds of thousands of unarmed Kashmiris marched in peaceful protest against Indian rule. Dreams of independence have been tempered by more modest demands, such as an end to India’s military presence. And just possibly, in time, that could happen. (Le Monde Diplomatique)

The US puts Turkey on center stage. The choice of Turkey for United States President Barack Obama’s first visit to a Muslim-majority country suggests that Washington is counting on Ankara to help rebuild America’s reputation in the Muslim world. But if Washington really wants this critical ally – and its strategic location – the US must tread carefully on certain issues, none more so than the question of Armenia. (Asia Times)

Egypt advises Hamas, Fatah to shelve unity-government talks. Egypt has proposed that Fatah and Hamas suspend efforts to form a unity government and instead coordinate their rival Palestinian administrations, a senior Palestinian official said on Tuesday. Egypt’s chief mediator Omar Suleiman “proposed a new approach during the last talks that would include delaying seeking a government of national unity. (The Daily Star / AFP)

Economic Crisis Sweeps Eastern Ukraine. Few areas of Europe have taken such a body blow from the world economic crisis as the industrial heartland of eastern Ukraine, home to giant enterprises in the steel and metals industry in which orders have dried up nearly completely and prices have plummeted. (New York Times)

India to launch spy satellite on April 20. India will launch a spy satellite from Sriharikota spaceport on April 20 primarily to keep an eye on its borders round-the-clock and help the govt in anti-infiltration operations. (Times of India)

Trust Is Issue, Pakistan Tells U.S. Two senior American officials came under withering public criticism from Pakistan on Tuesday, with the Pakistani foreign minister saying that “trust” between the countries was in question, particularly over the issue of American missile attacks in Pakistan’s tribal areas. (New York Times)

Pentagon spends big fixing cyber attack damage. The Pentagon spent more than $100 million in the last six months responding to and repairing damage from cyber attacks and other computer network problems, military leaders said. (The Independent)

Georgia: Opposition Struggles to Settle on Single Protest Strategy. Less than two days before a planned mass rally in Tbilisi, Georgian opposition leaders are still not united behind a single protest strategy. (Eurasianet)

Tajikistan: Dushanbe Presses Mute Button on Russian TV. The only Russian-language broadcaster operating in Tajikistan has officially faded to black. The disappearance of the Russian television channel, RTR Planeta, from the airwaves was related purely to a financial dispute, according to Tajik officials. But Russia observers are convinced that something more than money was involved in Dushanbe’s decision. (Eurasianet)

The Red Cross Torture Report: What It Means. ICRC Report on the Treatment of Fourteen “High Value Detainees” in CIA Custody by the International Committee of the Red Cross. (New York Review of Books)

Forecasting Coal Production Until 2100. A model capable of projecting mineral resources production has been developed. The model includes supply and demand interactions, and has been applied to all coal producing countries. A model of worldwide coal production has been developed for 3 scenarios. The model indicates that worldwide coal production will peak between 2010 and 2048 on a mass basis and between 2011 and 2047 on an energy basis. (The Oil Drum)

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  1. April 9, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Wonderful site. Thank you, Joshua

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