around the world in 80 minutes | 8 april 2013

THE GUARDIAN: Talk point: focus on modern-day slavery.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Margaret Thatcher leaves complicated, sometimes bitter legacy in U.K.’s former colonies.

BBC: Xi Jinping: ‘China will protect foreign companies’.
REUTERS: The backroom battle delaying reform of China’s one-child policy.

CBS NEWS: In slap at South, North Korea suspends work at joint factory complex.
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Japan Posts First Current-Account Surplus in Four Months.
THE GUARDIAN: Yen slumps to new low as Bank of Japan unveils stimulus plan.
FOREIGN POLICY: Black magic: The key to fighting corruption in Indonesia?
REUTERS: Pakistan’s Musharraf entangled in treason accusation.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Diplomat Killed on Afghan Mission She Coveted.
REUTERS: French photographer escapes Afghan kidnappers after four months.
THE WASHINGTON POST: VIDEO | Afghan soldiers enter a Taliban nest — without U.S. troops by their side

BBC: Syria rejects ‘broadening’ of UN chemical weapons probe.
FOREIGN POLICY: Time for a no-fly zone over Syria.
REUTERS: Egypt suspends commercial flights from Iran after protests.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Kerry to Focus on Palestinian Economy as Part of Peace Process.

REUTERS: Egypt’s El Baradei cites terms for dialogue with government.
THE FINANCIAL TIMES: Egypt in crisis needs inclusive leadership.
REUTERS: France wants to keep 1,000 soldiers in Mali permanently.
REUTERS: Obama approves sending U.S. military aid to Somalia.
REUTERS: Sudanese journalists protest against editor’s dismissal.

REUTERS: Kenya to swear in president, leave West with headache.
THE GUARDIAN: Mali becomes first African country to give away domain for free.

REUTERS: Venezuela’s Maduro vows to battle corruption.
REUTERS: Chilean poet Neruda’s body exhumed in murder probe.
BBC: Miguel Diaz-Canel: The man tipped to lead Cuba.

FINANCIAL TIMES: Portugal faces fresh cuts to spending.
The Guardian: Portugal deserves to be cut some slack.
THE NEW YORK TIMES: With Putin at Her Side, Merkel Criticizes Russia.
DER SPIEGEL: Trouble in Paris: A Crisis of Democracy Rocks the Fifth Republic.



David Gardner | The Financial Times

But what is, on the face of it, rather puzzling, is the behaviour of Hizbollah, the Shia Islamist paramilitary movement, allied to Syria and beholden to Iran, and the most powerful force in Lebanon. Hizbollah seems to be the cause of the fall of the Mikati government, over which it was considered to exercise a large measure of control.
Mr Mikati’s replacement is Tammam Salam, scion of a historic Sunni dynasty, close to the opposition and Saudi Arabia. Why would Hizbollah make this sort of move on the region’s three-dimensional chess board?
One possible answer is that Iran, patron of Hizbollah and enemy of Sunni Saudi Arabia, has made a judgment. In this reading, the fall of the Assads is inevitable and the Shia theocrats of Tehran are trying to consolidate control in Lebanon, just as they are in Iraq, where their allied Shia Islamist government of Nouri al-Maliki has gathered almost all the reins of power.


John Kerry | Foreign Policy

We and the Russians both have “boots back on the ground” — inspectors who monitor the inner workings of our respective strategic forces.

New START is maintaining stability and predictability between the world’s largest nuclear powers, as we promised. So far, the United States and Russia have completed 78 on-site inspections. On top of that, we have exchanged over 4,000 notifications on the numbers, locations, and movements of our strategic forces. On a day-in, day-out basis, we have a real-time picture of what is going on with the Russians’ strategic forces, and they have the same with ours.

The inspection teams are thus steadily confirming that the treaty’s verification regime works. Accurate and timely knowledge of each other’s nuclear forces dampens the risks of misunderstanding, mistrust, and worst-case analysis and decision-making. Such mutual confidence and predictability are crucial to international stability.



Award-winning Australian photojournalist, Ed Giles, documents the growing dissatisfaction with the government of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
Ed Giles | The Guardian
Ed Giles in Cairo
Ed Giles in Cairo


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