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14 Sep

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Iran frees US hiker after holding her on spy charges

Sarah Shourd, one of three Americans detained for over a year, released in Swiss-brokered deal ……………………

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  • Roma deportations ‘a disgrace’

  • European Union justice commissioner compares expulsions to Vichy France’s deportation of Jews ……………………….

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    Le Monde accuses Sarkozy of ‘spying’

    French newspaper claims that domestic intelligence agency broke law by investigating sources of leaks in Bettencourt affair………………………………………………….

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    Iraq post-war plan was ‘non-existent’

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    Leaders had no ideas for aftermath of invasion, Colonel Tim Collins tells Chilcot inquiry ……………………………
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    Former colleagues back lesbian nurse discharged from US air force

    14 Sep 2010: Margaret Witt seeking reinstatement to Air Force Reserve in case critics of ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ hope will lead to second major legal victory this month………………….

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    An aerial view of the Pentagon Building in Washington DC
    Officials at the Pentagon are scrambling to buy the whole 10,000 print run of Operation Dark Heart – and then pulp them. Photograph: Jason Reed/Reuters

    It’s every author’s dream – to write a book that’s so sensationally popular it’s impossible to find a copy in the shops, even as it keeps climbing up the bestseller lists.

    And so it is for Anthony Shaffer, thanks to the Pentagon’s desire to buy up all 10,000 copies of the first printing of his new book, Operation Dark Heart. And then pulp them.

    The US defence department is scrambling to dispose of what threatens to be a highly embarrassing expose by the former intelligence officer of secret operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and of how the US military top brass missed the opportunity to win the war against the Taliban.

    The department of defence is in talks with St Martin’s Press to purchase the entire first print run on the grounds of national security……………………………………

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    Kashmir riots over Qur’an ‘burning’ leave 13 dead

    American ambassador appeals for calm after police fire into angry crowds protesting amid Qur’an-burning controversy in US …………………………………………………….
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    Scientists investigate massive walrus haul-out in Alaska ?

    Scientists fear declining Arctic sea ice may have caused an unprecedented mass migration to dry land

    Suzanne Goldenberg, US environment correspondent

    Walrus high on the barrier Island beaches near Pt Lay, Alaska, 2010
    Walrus high on the barrier beaches near Pointt Lay, Alaska, 2010. Photograph: USGS

    Scientists in the Arctic are reporting a rare mass migration of thousands of walrus from the ice floes to dry land along Alaska‘s coast.

    Researchers from the US Geological Survey (USGS), who have been tracking walrus movements using satellite radio tags, say 10,000 to 20,000 of the animals, mainly mothers and calves, are now congregating in tightly packed herds on the Alaskan side of the Chukchi Sea, in the first such exodus of its kind.

    “It’s something that we have never seen before in this area,” said Geoff York, of the WWF’s global Arctic programme. “As the ice decreases, the walrus are abandoning it earlier and earlier. They are having to swim ashore, or to linger on less suitable drift ice for long periods of time.”……………………………………..

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    Expulsion of Roma from France ‘a disgrace
     

     Tuesday, 14 September 2010

    Europe's Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, launched an angry tirade after weeks of tension over the French policy of Roma expulsions
      Europe’s Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, launched an angry tirade after weeks of tension over the French policy of Roma expulsions
    The deportation of Roma minorities by France was condemned as a “disgrace” today in an unprecedented attack on a member state by a European Commissioner. 
    Europe’s Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, launched an angry tirade after weeks of tension over the French policy of Roma expulsions. 
    “Over the past weeks, the European Commission has been following very closely the developments in France regarding the Roma,” she said in a statement in Brussels.
    “I personally have been appalled by a situation which gave the impression that people are being removed from a member state of the EU just because they belong to a certain ethnic minority. This is a situation I had thought Europe would not have to witness again after the Second World War.”…………………..

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    Middle East leaders in direct talks

    Settlement construction on Palestinian land seen as main hurdle while Netanyahu and Abbas meet in Egyptian resort.

    Last Modified: 14 Sep 2010 13:29 GMT

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