13 Jun

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Scores killed in Iraq attacks

At least 57 people killed across the country, many of them Shia pilgrims gathered in Baghdad for a religious event.
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 11:59 GMT

UN official calls Syria conflict ‘civil war’

UN peacekeeping chief says government has lost “large chunks of territory” as activists report more shelling in Homs.
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 12:11 GMT

Middle East

Video shows Sudan’s scorched earth fighting

Rebels say video proves Khartoum’s troops are trying to drive out southern province’s civilian population.
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 06:12 GMT

Israel PM criticised over flotilla assault

Government report criticises Netanyahu decision-making in 2010 naval raid on Gaza-bound flotilla.
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 15:29 GMT

Israel’s state watchdog has criticised Binyamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, over his handling of a 2010 military raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of aid ships which left nine Turks dead, including one Turkish-American.

“In the process of decision making, which was led by the prime minister and under his responsibility, over the handling of the (flotilla), there were significant shortcomings,” said a report published on Wednesday by State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss.

The 153-page report criticised the decision-making process which led to the botched pre-dawn raid on a six-ship flotilla on May 31, 2010, which was headed by the Mavi Marmara, a Turkish ferry carrying more than 600 people.

The bloody raid triggered a diplomatic crisis between once-close allies Israel and Turkey, with Ankara demanding a formal Israeli apology and compensation for the families of the victims…………………………………..

Ron Barber, a former aide of Gabrielle Giffords, has won the seat she vacated in Arizona.

Ron Barber to serve out term in place of congresswoman who resigned after being wounded in Tucson shooting spree

Immigrant families and homeless people receive food from a humanitarian group in Athens, Greece

Greece: when the state can’t pay

Refugee centre and psychiatric hospital show the sick and the poor facing hunger and humiliation

Middle East

Mitt Romney at a charter school in Philadelphia

Mitt Romney’s blueprint for privatising US education

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch for the NYR blog:
 Romney’s plan would divert millions to private and religious schools, gutting the public system

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