21 Dec

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective






Don’t ask, don’t tell: Gay personnel can serve openly in US military for first time

Historic US senate vote passes 65-31, ending the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy.

The McGlynn: McCain “thousands”. McCain you are a damn liar.


 Weather havoc continues in Europe

Airports, rail links and roads suffer major disruption as freezing weather hits the region.
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2010 13:30 GMT


Thousands of passengers have been stranded at Heathrow, where services have been paralysed by ice and snow [AFP] 

Airports across Europe have continued to ground flights amid snow and freezing weather, which has also wreaked havoc upon rail and road links. 

Britain’s Heathrow Airport, Europe’s busiest air hub, is still operating a limited service, sparking criticism from thousands of stranded travellers and the government. 

Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera’s correspondent at the airport, said on Tuesday that 72 hours after the first major snowfall, services were still restricted. 

“We’re told that only around a third of the flights from Heathrow will takeoff and land today, that means thousands of disappointed passengers,” he said. 




Public opposition can end US wars

After President Obama’s Thursday speech praising the illusory progress in Afghanistan, the floor was turned over to Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, and  Robert Gates, the secretary of defence. When asked about the growing unpopularity of the “long war,” they both replied that the administration’s intention is to ignore all popular opposition. 

In fact, both secretaries expressed open contempt for the notion that the public’s war fatigue could possibly have any impact on ending the conflict. But both secretaries were wrong. Despite an official policy of disdain and even mockery toward the public’s will, the American people can end this war. 


Racism on the rise

Why have Russia’s racist attacks gone unchecked for so long?
Inside Story

With tens of thousands of Neo Nazi Russians, racist attacks are among the highest in the world.
Now the death of a football fan has sparked the biggest single flare-up of racist violence in Russia for 20 years. 

Youths chanting racist slogans began rioting and attacking ethnic minorities last weekend.


Heathrow says delays will continue


Live East Coast mainline rail services suspended, long queues for Eurostar, and Met Office issues new severe weather warnings 


WikiLeaks cables, day 23: summary of today’s key points

21 Dec 2010: There are no fewer than 251,287 cables from more than 250 US embassies around the world, obtained by WikiLeaks. We present a day-by-day guide to the revelations from the US embassy cables both from the Guardian and its international media partners in the story 

US embassy cables: every day’s revelations at a glance 


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