10 Jan

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective






US charges Arizona shooting suspect

Federal prosecutors file five charges against 22-year-old Jared Loughner for murder and attempted murder in Tucson.
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2011 06:16 GMT



 The victim of a debased political culture

Jonathan Raban: The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords was an event that seemed to grow out of America’s current climate.

One could be shocked, but hardly surprised, by the news that on Saturday morning the Arizona congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords, had been shot while meeting with her constituents outside a Safeway supermarket in suburban Tucson, and that the gunman had killed six of the people who were with her, including a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl. It was an event that seemed to grow out of America’s present disturbed and angry climate, like a killer-tornado or hurricane: awful, yes, but part of the weather, and, in some sense, only to be expected. Within a very few minutes of the……………………………………..

Trajectory of bullet can be the key to survival

Nineteen out of 20 people shot in the head die from their injuries. But Gabrielle Giffords could be among the lucky ones. 


Gabrielle Giffords’s injury explained

The US congresswoman was left in a critical condition after being shot in the head during a shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, which was targeted at her and left six others dead

  • Paddy Allen
  •, Monday 10 January 2011 12.27 GMT
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    Gay acceptance: GOP’s Black Swan

    Cliff Schecter 10 Jan 2011 14:24 GMT
    Conservatives continue to have irrational fears over issues of sexuality, pursuing an agenda of ‘misguided’ policies.

    Filmmakers: Mariam Shahin and George Azar

    Since 1967 countless artifacts have been unearthed and removed from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Many are displayed in Israeli museums and private collections, while others are sold to tourists.

    For Israel, archeology has been a key tool in buttressing its territorial claims to historic Palestine. Archeological findings are used to assert ownership and to rename the territories they occupy.

    Palestinians see the cultural heritage of the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza as a central part of their ancestral birthright and ownership is key to building an economy based on pilgrimage and tourism………………………………..


    Listening Post

    A weekly programme that examines and dissects the world’s media………………………..


    Foreign woman arrested on Iran border released


    Published: Jan 9, 2011 23:03 Updated: Jan 9, 2011 23:03

    TEHRAN: Iranian border guards have released a woman they were holding who, according to some reports, was suspected of being a US spy, state broadcaster IRIB reported on Sunday.

    “This 34-year-old woman who intended to enter Iran at the Norduz terminal on Jan. 5 left Iran’s borders after her situation became clear and legal procedures were followed,” IRIB quoted an unnamed “high ranking security official” as saying.

    Conflicting news articles had suggested that the woman was either American or was suspected of working for US intelligence, but the official quoted by IRIB denied reports she had been filming the border area.

    Adding to the confusion, IRIB said she had been held at Norduz, on Iran’s border with its northern neighbor Armenia, whereas other news agencies said she had tried to enter at Jolfa, some 50 km to the west, on the border with Azerbaijan.

    IRIB said the woman was seeking an Iranian visa and never entered Iranian territory. She was denied entry and returned to Armenia on Saturday, it said.


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