10 Nov

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective



Syrian opposition head wants no-strings aid

Newly-elected head of the Syrian National Council said rebels need hundreds of millions of dollars worth of weapons.
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 12:30 GMT

Middle East

Iraqi minister says arms deal ‘not cancelled’

Defence minister denies reports that $4.2bn arms deal with Russia has been scrapped over corruption fears.
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 12:25 GMT

Vatican computer expert convicted for leaks

Court announced ruling on computer technician accused of helping Pope Benedict XVI’s butler leak secret documents.
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 13:37 GMT

CIA chief resigns over extramarital affair

 David Petraeus’ exit marks sudden end to public career of a man considered one of the top officers of his generation.
 Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 10:21 GMT


Victims testify in Afghan massacre hearing

 Survivors and relatives of those killed in rampage appear via video-link from Kandahar to hearing at Army court in US.
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2012 12:40 GMT

Afghans speak out after killing spree

 Afghans in Kabul express their feelings after an American soldier killed 16 civilians on Sunday.   ( 12-Mar-2012 )

West Bank area in the line of Israeli fire

Dylan Collins10 Nov 2012 12:52 GMT
Live-fire Israeli army training exercises threaten to displace 2,000 Palestinians living in traditional communities

US agents arrest 34 white supremacists

10 November 2012 09:14 AM

Federal agents arrested dozens of members of the white supremacist Aryan Brotherhood of Texas on Friday and charged them with murder, kidnapping, racketeering and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and cocaine

Dear Lord… Energy firm boss’s prayer after Obama re-election

For the chairman and chief executive of Murray Energy, an Ohio-based coal company, the reelection of President Barack Obama was no cause for celebration. It was a time for prayer — and layoffs.

Robert E. Murray read a prayer to a group of company staff members on the day after the election, lamenting the direction of the country and asking: “Lord, please forgive me and anyone with me in Murray Energy Corp. for the decisions that we are now forced to make to preserve the very existence of any of the enterprises that you have helped us build.”

On Wednesday, Murray also laid off 54 people at American Coal, one of his subsidiary companies, and 102 at Utah American Energy, blaming a “war on coal” by the Obama administration. Although that charge was repeatedly leveled during the election, energy analysts say that the coal-mining business is suffering because of competition from low-cost natural gas and rising production costs of coal, especially in the Appalachian region……………………………..

The US military has already cited facilities like Eglin air force base in Florida as being particularly at risk due to rising sea levels. Photograph: Joely Santiago/AP

US military warned to prepare for consequences of climate change

National Academy of Sciences recommends crash course for analysts on preparing for rise in sea level and food shortag

The Pentagon was warned on Friday to stand guard against “climate surprises” which could throw off its efforts to secure America’s future.

An expert report, prepared for the intelligence community by the National Academy of Sciences, warns that the security establishment is going to have start planning for natural disasters, sea-level rise, drought, epidemics and the other consequences of climate change……………………..

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