14 Jan

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective


Arizona shooting victim’s funeral – video

Hundreds line Tucson’s streets to pay respects to Christina Taylor Green, nine, the youngest victim of the gun attack by Jared Lee Loughner that left six dead and congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords fighting for her life


Call for Fox News to drop Glenn Beck

13 Jan 2011: Ten thousand sign petition for rightwing talkshow host to be removed amid accusations that he has whipped up hatred in the wake of the Arizona shooting ………………………………………..

 Glenn Beck soundbites:

• Beck likens himself to Israeli Nazi hunters: “To the day I die, I am going to be a progressive hunter.” 20 January 2010

• Social justice is a “perversion of the Gospel, not what Jesus was saying”. 11 March 2010

• “Charles Darwin is the father of the Holocaust.” 20 August 2010

• “We have been sold a lie … that the poor in America are suffering.” November 20 2010

• Beck mocks President Obama’s daughter Malia and questions her “level of education”. He later apologises. 28 May 2010

• Uncle Sam is a “child molester” who is “raping our wallets … and destroying our families”. 16 April 2010

• Beck said the prime goal of his coverage of the midterm elections was to “make George Soros cry” which was hard to do as Soros “saw people into gas chambers”. 2 November 2010

• “Women are psychos”. 20 January 2010

• Putting the “common good” first is the kind of thing that “leads to death camps”. 28 May 2010

• “God will wash this nation with blood if he has to.” 25 August 2010






Emergency rule imposed in Tunisia

Beleaguered president fires government and calls for elections within six months after violent clashes rock capital.
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2011 15:49 GMT


Bodies pile up after Brazil floods

Current death toll of 537 likely to spike as many more remain buried in rubble in wake of floods and mudslides.
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2011 12:48 GMT


Inside Americas

New rain hampers rescue effort in Brazil floods  new

Friday, 14 January 2011

A new and ominous rain began falling again today in mountain towns where mudslides and flooding killed at least 479 people, hindering rescuers’ efforts to reach survivors even as relatives hauled the dead down the hills to freshly dug graves.

President Obama comforts the First Lady at the University of Arizona yesterday

Obama’s emotional plea for unity on day of grief

Friday, 14 January 2011

David Usborne: In his speech in Tucson, the President reminded a nation of his appeal as an inspirational leader.

More than a gaffe: Sarah Palin used a centuries-old term that reviles generations of Jews

‘Blood libel’: The two words that spelled trouble for Sarah Palin

Friday, 14 January 2011

Politicians often reach for hyperbolic phrases to make a point – Sarah Palin is the latest. But ‘blood libel’ has an appalling religious significance that should see it banished for ever, argues Peter Stanford

Musicians perform as friends and family surround the coffin of Susana Chavez

Ciudad Juarez mourns murdered campaigner

Friday, 14 January 2011

The mutilated body of Susana Chavez, one of Mexico’s most prominent poets and peace activists, has been found dumped on a street in Ciudad Juarez, a city infamous for a series of murders of women even before drug violence made it one of the most violent places in the world.

Daniel Hernandez hugs Mrs Giffords' husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, during the memorial event in Tucson

Thousands gather for the funeral of girl born on 9/11

Friday, 14 January 2011

They laid Christina Green to rest in front of a crowd of thousands, and beneath an American flag that was recovered from the ruins of the World Trade Centre shortly after 11 September 2001, the day she was born.

Teresopolis after driving rains sent thick liquid tons of earth sliding into the town

Brazil: Mudslides leave families buried and hundreds dead near Rio

Friday, 14 January 2011

Guy Adams: Survivors told yesterday how they frantically dug with their hands to try to find victims buried by a string of landslides which struck hillside communities around Rio de Janeiro, as Brazil’s flood death toll climbed to more than 460.

USS Enterprise sets sail without Captain Honors

Friday, 14 January 2011

The USS Enterprise is going to sea without its former commander as the Navy investigates bawdy, sexually themed videos he showed to thousands of crew members.


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