07 Apr

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective






Egypt military trying political prisoners   

Activists being accused of “insulting” the military ruling the country since Mubarak’s overthrow 



Libyan rebels hit by NATO air attack  

Second such incident in less than a week leaves five fighters dead, in country’s eastern oil town of Brega.  

Last Modified: 07 Apr 2011 11:57 GMT  




Assad attempts to appease minority Kurds   

Syrian president issues decree granting nationality to thousands of Kurds in eastern al-Hasaka.  

Last Modified: 07 Apr 2011 13:01 GMT  



Chinese artist Ai held for ‘economic crimes’  

Beijing rejects international interference in the case of outspoken artist.  

Last Modified: 07 Apr 2011 13:54 GMT


How a big US bank laundered billions from Mexico’s murderous drug gangs

As the violence spread, billions of dollars of cartel cash began to seep into the global financial system. But a special investigation by the Observer reveals how the increasingly frantic warnings of one London whistleblower were ignored

Mexico drugs

A soldier guards marijuana that is being incinerated in Tijuana, Mexico. Photograph: Guillermo Arias/AP

On 10 April 2006, a DC-9 jet landed in the port city of Ciudad del Carmen, on the Gulf of Mexico, as the sun was setting. Mexican soldiers, waiting to intercept it, found 128 cases packed with 5.7 tons of cocaine, valued at $100m. But something else – more important and far-reaching – was discovered in the paper trail behind the purchase of the plane by the Sinaloa narco-trafficking cartel.

During a 22-month investigation by agents from the US Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and others, it emerged that the cocaine smugglers had bought the plane with money they had laundered through one of the biggest banks in the United States: Wachovia, now part of the giant Wells Fargo…………

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Bahrain’s hospital of ghosts

Shenaz Kermalli 06 Apr 2011 11:09 GMT
Bahrainis with protest-related injuries are reportedly being kept away from family in a hospital guarded by soldiers.



Japan: Aftermath of a disaster

People and Power 06 Apr 2011 13:36 GMT

People & Power looks at Miyako’s citizens that survived Japan’s devastating earthquake.


Meltdown: not just a metaphor

Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan
Joseph Stiglitz: Vested interests cause both our financial system and the nuclear industry to compulsively underestimate

 Israeli plans TV rival to Al-Jazeera

Businessman reveals plan to set up new international TV network


United States

Wisconsin supreme court election amazing result

Michael Tomasky: ‘Nonpartisan’ but liberal-leaning JoAnne Kloppenburg leads the conservative incumbent in Wisconsin. Wow 

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