01 Oct

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Syrian forces shell rebels in east Damascus

 Meanwhile, reports from northern Syria that an army bombardment has killed 12 people, including five children.
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 12:21 GMT

Middle East

Bahrain court upholds verdict in medics trial

Nine medics arrested during last year’s pro-democracy uprising lose their final appeal and could now face jail time.
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 11:33 GMT

Middle East

Deadly bombing in eastern Afghanistan

Suicide bomber wearing police uniform kills 14 in Khost, including at least four police and three foreign soldiers.
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 11:33 GMT

Iraq sees deadliest month in over two years

September was the deadliest month in more than two years as 365 people died in nationwide attacks, officials say.
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 11:25 GMT

Middle East

Roma targeted in French city

Advocates mobilise support for Europe’s stateless people blamed for a series of local burglaries.

Advocates for Roma in France are calling for international protests to support the ethnic minority, two days after a group of residents in the southern city of Marseille expelled about 50 Roma from their camp and burned the site…….

Scorecard: Obama’s presidency

Al Jazeera staff 01 Oct 2012 10:06 GMT
Al Jazeera fact checks to what extent the US president has lived up to his 2008 campaign promises.

Chavez rattled by heart-throb rival

 Venezuela goes to the polls a week today, and a charismatic young leader is poised to end the President’s 14-year rule

 The crowds are bigger, his speeches slicker, and Venezuela’s young opposition leader, Henrique Capriles, is on a roll in a final, frenzied push to end President Hugo Chavez’s socialist rule. With just one week left before the Opec nation’s presidential election, the 40-year-old state governor is whipping up crowds like never before, creeping up in the polls and becoming increasingly aggressive in his attacks on Chavez’s policies……………….

Eric Hobsbawm brought to life lost voices and placed reality centre stage

Hobsbawm was not only one of Marxism’s finest scholars, he was an Enlightenment giant whose passing leaves us all poorer


Eric Hobsbawm

Eric Hobsbawm, who has died aged 95 Photograph: Eamonn McCabe

In the foothills of Hampstead Heath, where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels used to take their afternoon strolls, stands the home of Eric and Marlene Hobsbawm. To enter the Nassington Road drawing room for a conversation with Hobsbawm was to be transported back to the great ideological struggles of the extreme 20th century. Here was where ideas mattered, history had a purpose, and politics was important. And one could have no more generous, humane, rigorous, and involved a guide than the late Eric Hobsbawm………

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