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22 Sep

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Campaign funds and broomsticks haunt darling of the Tea Party

 By David Usborne, US Editor

 EPA 

They wanted unorthodox, and Republican voters in Delaware surely got it in their newly anointed candidate for the US Senate, Christine O’Donnell.

But the road for O’Donnell since her selection has not been smooth. That their candidate held some fringe views on subjects like masturbation and abortion her supporters would have known. That she had some tricky financial baggage to deal with some might have been aware of. But that she would be associated with cauldrons and broomsticks and would draw a declaration of war from one of the country’s top talk show hosts would almost certainly have come as a surprise………………………

 

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Iran seizes on US decision to execute woman

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Despite appeals for clemency at home and abroad – and accusations of hypocrisy from none other than Iran – the state of Virginia seems set to go ahead tomorrow with the first execution of a woman in the US since 2005…………………………………………

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Mark Steel: That’s right, it was all a Muslim plot

You might think that a plot to blow up the Pope would be news for a while. Popes don’t get blown up all that often, and this one’s enough of a celebrity that if he fell over drunk at the MTV awards with Kanye West it would be in the papers for a few days, so it’s strange that a plot to blow him up was only of interest for one day.

On Saturday, the front-page headline in the Express was “Muslim plot to blow up Pope”, and every paper had a similar headline. So it seemed there’d be a massive search and meticulous security, with even the Pope himself getting frisked and being told: “Sorry, your Holiness, you’re only allowed to carry 100mls of holy water on to the pulpit, though you can get another bottle after you’ve been through security.”

Luckily it’s unlikely that being a street cleaner would have been enough to get all that close to the Pope, unless they were hoping to shout: “Hang on, Pontiff, you can’t start Communion yet, there’s a crisp packet under your cassock, I’ll come and brush it away for you – KABOOM!”

So what happened to the plot? The most likely answer is obviously that its sudden disappearance was due to a miracle. But sceptics might suggest another explanation.

The Express told us: “The suspected plot was smashed.” Other papers agreed it had been “foiled”. But after the anti-terrorist squad raided the cleaning depot and arrested the six men, it turned out the only evidence against them was that someone had overheard them talking about the Pope, and they were released without charge. So the plot was smashed and foiled through the tactic of never having existed in the first place. …………………………………….

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Rupert Cornwell: The Vatican’s appeal as an offshore haven is still evident

“Vatican Bank under investigation.” Those four words instantly summon up one of the 20th century’s most lurid financial mysteries – the death of Roberto Calvi, the $1.4bn collapse of his Banco Ambrosiano, and its entanglement with the Istituto per le Opere di Religione (IOR) – then, as now, the bank of the Holy See. 

Calvi was found dead on 18 June 1982, his body hanging from scaffolding under Blackfriars Bridge in central London, his suit pockets stuffed with stones, as well as £7,400 worth of cash, in dollars and Swiss francs. His death was first ruled a suicide, then a murder, but the case has never been solved………………………………………….

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Obama team ‘hobbled by discord’

Extracts from Obama’s Wars book portray president as being at odds with senior advisers

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East Jerusalem clash turns deadly

One Palestinian killed and five others wounded in clash with Jewish settlers in Silwan neighbourhood.

 UN Quartet presses NetanyahuPalestinian homes threatened

 

UN blasts razing of homes

Clashes as settlers march

Israel’s new war on Islamic sites

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Palestinians and the ‘Jewish state’

  

Lamis Andoni 22 Sep 2010 07:33 GMT 

If Palestinians recognised Israel as a Jewish state they would be effectively legitimising their own dispossession. …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

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