15 Jan

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





Free speech at any cost?

Inside Story Last Modified: 15 Jan 2011 11:35 GMT
We ask if US politicians and political pundits are fanning the flames of hatred.

Should free speech be allowed no matter what the cost or is there a line that cannot be crossed?

Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic congresswoman, was injured in a shooting, which left six others dead, at a political event in Arizona. Some are blaming radio and TV pundits for fanning the flames of hatred and politicians stand accused of polarising opinion and pushing people to extremes.

So, when does saying what you think become incitement to violence?

Inside Story discusses with guests: Kevin Keenan, an associate professor at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at the American University in Cairo; Andrew Langer, a Tea Party activist and president of the Institute for Liberty; and Brad Bannon, a Democratic strategist and president of Bannon Communications Research.


Flood-hit Brazil faces more rain

Death toll likely to rise above 545 bodies already found as rescue teams are still to reach isolated areas.
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2011 14:38 GMT


The ‘bin Laden’ of marginalisation

Larbi Sadiki
The real terror eating away at the Arab world is socio-economic marginalisation.


A man carries goods from the house of Belhassen Trabelsi, the brother of the former President's wife, Leila Ben Ali, in Sokra

Tunisia descends into riot chaos

Rioters burned the capital’s train station and looted shops after President was forced from power.


Ex-bishops to be ordained as Catholic priests

Ordination of former Church of England bishops is part of Vatican scheme for disaffected Anglicans.

The former bishops will be the first priests of the personal ordinariate of England and Wales, a scheme set up for groups of Anglicans who wish to join the Roman Catholic Church while retaining aspects of their Anglican heritage.

The ordinariate is expected to be joined by up to 50 Anglican clergy and two retired Church of England bishops………………….

……………………….Its formation comes after the Church of England voted last summer to press ahead with legislation to consecrate women bishops, a move opposed by Anglo-Catholic groupings within the Church…………………….



Death toll tops 500 as families flee floodwaters

Saturday, 15 January 2011

With rain still falling yesterday, rescue teams and military units were struggling to find victims and assist desperate survivors amid the gushing waters and oozing mud of eastern Brazil, as the death toll from some of the country’s worst flooding in decades topped 500………………..


The Tea Party: a creedal passion past its prime

American political history is characterised by cyclical convulsions. We’ve just seen another, but it’s a passing phase

Tea Party protest in Washington, Obama as socialist

A protester wears an American Revolution era flag and an Obama picture during the Tea Party Express rally on 12 September 2009 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images

At its worst, the American Tea Party is a helter-skelter of conservative populism, a movement broadly united by small-government principles but more animated by a hatred of the current president. It lacks a coherent vision and prefers paranoid sloganeering and anti-establishment platitudes to a viable platform. At its most benign, the Tea Party represents what the late historian Samuel Huntington, in an insight more valuable than his more famous one about a “clash of civilizations,” once termed a “creedal-passion period” of American politics. That is to say, a cyclical phenomenon that occurs every few generations in Anglo-Saxon cultures and has its roots in the Protestant Great Awakening of the 1740s. Creedal passion periods, in other words, are manifestations of American Puritanism, that fatal shore upon which idealistic expectations invariably wash up.


Tunisian prison fire ‘kills dozens’ amid unrest

Monastir jail swept by fire as parliament’s speaker announced as third leader in 24 hours  

Obama acts to ease Cuba embargo

President brings end to travel and finance bans in move which will help his standing with American left


Chinese police chief’s widow alleges torture after he dies in custody

She Xianglin

 After the sudden death of Xie Zhigang, rights group says forced confessions are rampant in China despite new rules Army strategy in Helmand under fire from former top diplomat


Army strategy in Helmand under fire from former top diplomat

British soldiers cover themselves from dust as a helicopter lands at Malgeer in Helmand province.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles reveals helicopter jaunts for ‘military tourists from London’ in Afghanistan


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