November 10, 2006

The Rest Of The World

So now that the U.S. elections are over with, one might note that there's stuff happening in other places.

The Nation: Though the Bush administration badgered and threatened, Nicaraguans appear to have elected Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega as their new president and heads are exploding all throughout the U.S. foreign policy establishment. An overview of the police occupation of Oaxaca, which President Fox is going to hand off to his successor.

Asia Times: Nepal tries a truce with its Maoist rebels. Syria's government is feeling pretty relaxed these days as western governments increasingly see them as potential problem solvers. North Korea went nuclear recently, but everybody seems to have forgotten about it over the election season and aftermath.

BBC: Pollution from a Zambian copper mine has left over 50,000 people without water. Islamist militias are agreeing to a peace deal in Somalia. When 2.4 billion people lack sanitation, when Africa loses 5% of its economic potential in water collection and when the poor in developing nations may have to pay more for water than people in western capitals, it's time indeed to end water apartheid. A U.S. developed technique to remove arsenic from water may be a godsend for Bangladesh. A suicide bombing in Pakistan has killed 42 soldiers in what is believed to be retaliation for the military's efforts to track members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. The E.U. isn't ready to admit Turkey, with many members continuing to have serious concerns about their commitment to previously agreed criteria.

Guardian: The Netherlands is looking to ban face veils. The UK is pushing hard to promote a climate change fund for Africa at a global warming conference that will be held this weekend in Nairobi, where several papers will be presented highlighting climate disruption risks for developing nations. Though a small band of malcontents in the Democratic Party are grumbling about DNC Chair Howard Dean only days after an early triumph of his 50 state strategy, Britain's Labour Party wants Dean's advice.

Al Jazeera: The UAE has criminalized human trafficking. Hezbollah's political wing demand more representation in the Lebanese cabinet following their defeat of Israel during the invasion earlier this year. A Rwandan nun has been sentenced for her role in aiding genocidal militias identify Tutsis among her patients. A gay rights parade in Israel went ahead after all with a changed venue and tighter security following threats from Orthodox Jewish leaders, as well as complaints from both Muslim clerics and the Vatican. The Ford Foundation and the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation have agreed to fund studies of, respectively, Agent Orange contamination and unexploded ordnance in Vietnam. Britain now ranks close to Russia and China as a 'surveillance state' for its intrusion into the lives of its citizens, while Germany and Canada came off with good marks for respecting civil liberties.

Independent: An MI5 chief tells the UK government that the country's participation in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have radicalized British Muslims. In the face of a divided U.N. Security Council, Iran still wants to go ahead with its nuclear enrichment program and says once again that it will end cooperation with inspection teams if sanctions are imposed.

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