17 May

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective





Libyan oil minister Shokri Ghanem ‘defects’

Sources say minister is on his way to Tunisian capital as NATO warplanes continue to hit targets in Tripoli.

Last Modified: 17 May 2011 14:32 GMT


Queen visits Ireland after bomb scare

First visit by a British monarch in a century sparks security concern after three devices found near Dublin.

Last Modified: 17 May 2011 13:40 GMT


Pakistan protests over border strike

Two security personnel wounded as NATO helicopter opens fire on checkpoint near Afghan-Pakistan frontier.

Last Modified: 17 May 2011 07:17 GMT


In Depth 

Nakba day violence on the Israel-Lebanon border

16 May 2011 16:46 GMT

As Palestinians commemorated the loss of their homeland, hundreds of refugees marched on Israel’s northern frontier.



UAE: Arming up with mercenaries

What possible security risks could have motivated the UAE to hire outside help?


Afghan police at times ‘high on drugs’

Commander of five UK soldiers killed by Helmand policeman tells inquest locals were open to corruption

Arnold Schwarzenegger had child with employee

17 May 2011: Former California governor confirms in a statement that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff

Mitch Daniels: the convenient amnesia of a deficit hawk

Not a decade ago, the Republican evangelists of fiscal rectitude were defending budget deficits – in order to cut taxes

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels riding his Harley Davidson
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels riding his Fat Boy Harley Davidson motorcycle, July 2009. Daniels, a possible Republican contender for 2012, argued for George Bush’s 2003 $304bn budget shortfall. Photograph: AP Photo
 “As Bush’s director of the Office of Management and Budget, Daniels presided over a historic turnaround in the nation’s fiscal fortunes, in which the $5.6tn surplus that emerged from the Clinton administration morphed into a 10-year forecast for a $2.1tn deficit by early 2003.”………………………………………….

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