19 Jan

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





Tunisia: Street protests in video 



Saudi opts out of Lebanon talks 

Kingdom withdraws from efforts aimed at easing tensions triggered by Hezbollah’s pull-out from Lebanese government. 

Last Modified: 19 Jan 2011 14:00 GMT 

Lebanon’s ticking timebomb 

Political uncertainty in Lebanon  

Middle East 



Deaths in Iraq suicide blast 

Bomber in a vehicle packed with explosives rams into an ambulance in the city of Baquba, killing at least 12 people. 

Last Modified: 19 Jan 2011 13:04 GMT 

Middle East 

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Bomb hits police recruits  

Iraq: Threats of foreign influence 

Guns and dominoes in Iraq 



Arizona: Perceptions vs Reality 

Richard Falk 19 Jan 2011 14:38 GMT  

The polarised response to the Arizona shootings speaks volumes about the American political dichotomy. 



Vatican letter shows ‘cover-up bid’ 

Victims’ groups say the letter reveals a Vatican-led culture of covering up suspected child abuse by priests [AFP]  

Irish broadcaster RTE has uncovered a 1997 letter from the Vatican discouraging Ireland’s Catholic bishops from reporting on all suspected child-abuse cases to police. 

The letter, revealed on Wednesday, documents the church’s emphasis on handling all child-abuse allegations and the determination of punishments within the church instead of delegating that responsibility over to civil authorities. 

Signed by the late Archbishop Luciano Storero, Pope John Paul II’s diplomat to Ireland, the letter came a year after the Vatican’s rejection of a 1996 Irish church initiative to assist police in identifying alleged pedophile priests with Ireland’s first wave of publicly disclosed lawsuits. 

Any bishops who tried to impose punishments outside the confines of canon law would face the “highly embarrassing” position of having their actions overturned 




Iraq: the last secret

Michael Savage: Crucial UK-US memos to remain hidden after Cabinet Office discussion with Tony Blair. 


Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO 

Goldman defies public fury with another £10bn bonus payout

Stephen Foley: Investment bank to reveal new round of bumper bonus payouts that is expected to average around £280,000 per person. 


Middle East

Ambulance used in Iraq suicide bomb attack

A suicide bomber drove an explosives-packed ambulance into an Iraqi guard force headquarters today killing at least seven people.  


The Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, inspecting the Natanz nuclear plant  

WikiLeaks: US advised to sabotage Iran nuclear sites by German thinktank

 As Stuxnet cyber attack pinned on US and Israel, US embassy cable reveals advice to use undercover operations  


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