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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Present Sticky issues on Planet Earth.

ZenoEffect — May 28, 2010 — - "Freedom Flotilla"

A serious one : Israel sends gunboats to "Flotilla of Freedom"
en route to the impoverished Gaza Strip,
Turkey send air force to defend

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Empire - The sun never sets

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 27, 2010 — It once ruled a quarter of the world, but what is so great about Great Britain? And what gives this faded island off the coast of Europe the right to act like a global power player?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

The Queen outlines the coalition's programme

itnnews — May 25, 2010 — The Queen has opened the new session of Parliament outlining the coalition government's programme.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thai court issues warrant for Thaksin on terrorism charges

france24english — May 25, 2010 — IN THE FIELD - A Thai court has approved an arrest warrant for former premier Thaksin Shinawatra on terrorism charges following government accusations that he incited unrest and financed the mass protests by opposition "Red Shirts" in Bangkok over recent weeks.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Battle in Bangkok

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 23, 2010 — 101 East looks back at the events leading up to the battle in Thailand's capital.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thai army ends military offensive

itnnews — May 19, 2010 — The Thai government has ended an offensive against protesters in central Bangkok, arresting several of the ring leaders.

Thai troops breach red shirts' barricades to end protest

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 18, 2010 — Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay and Justin Okines bring you the story and pictures from the ground as Thai troops mount an offensive against the red shirt protesters in central Bangkok. (May 19, 2010)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thai rivals explain their positions on Al Jazeera

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 17, 2010 — Panitan Wattanayagorn, a spokesman for the Thai government, tells Al Jazeera what security forces are trying to achieve in Bangkok.

Sean Boonpracong, a spokesman for the red shirt protesters, explains why the anti-government movement has asked the United Nations to get involved. (May 18, 2010)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Thailand's Turmoil : Bangkok burns

Bangkok burns as Thai protest heats up

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 16, 2010 — Red shirts continue to stand their ground at their protest camp in central Bangkok, openly defying a warning of a possible military crackdown despite clashes that have killed dozens in just four days.

Al Jazeera's Tony Birtley reports. (May 17, 2010)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Kyrgyzstan : Battles erupted

alleged "attempted coup" in Kyrgyzstan by ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiev.

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 15, 2010 — Security forces of the interim government in Kyrgyzstan have taken back control over government buildings from armed supporters of ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiev.

His loyalists had seized buildings in all three southern provinces of Osh, Jalalabad and Batken.

Authorities arrested alleged organisers of what they said was an "attempted coup".

Thai's Turmoil cost 24 lives

Clashes continue in Bangkok

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 15, 2010 — Another eight people have been killed in Bangkok as anti-government "Red Shirt" protesters continue to battle security forces on the streets of the capital.

The total death toll over the past three days now stands at 24. It is unclear if those killed were all protesters but it is known that none of the dead were soldiers.

Government troops meanwhile continue to surround the red shirt who have been camped in the centre of the capital for two months.

Troops have also been declaring certain areas "live fire zones".

Friday, May 14, 2010

Turmoil in Thailand Worsened

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 14, 2010 — Sporadic gunfire is still ringing around the Thai captial as the battle of Bangkok drags on.

Soldiers are being placed in thousands around an anti-government camp in the heart of the city where at least 10 people have been killed and more than 125 wounded on Friday.

But the Red Shirts aren't backing down as they continue calls for the prime minister to step down.

Al-Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports.

UK embassy in Bangkok closes due to violence

Protester in Bangkok. Pic: 14 May
  The protesters have barricaded much of Bangkok
The British embassy in Bangkok has temporarily closed following an upsurge of violence in the Thai capital.

 Quinton Quayle, the British Ambassador to Thailand, told the BBC he was in the building and was monitoring the protests taking place nearby. 

He advised against all but essential travel to Bangkok and other areas. 

Anti-government, red-shirted protesters have been occupying parts of Bangkok since March, and a state of emergency has been called in the capital. 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Nigeria power balance under watch

AlJazeeraEnglish — May 07, 2010 — Goodluck Johnathan, Nigeria's new president who was sworn into office just days ago, is set to nominate a vice president early next week for Africa's most populous nation.

But geopolitical divisions are expected to play a vital role in the nomination due to an unwritten rule of power balance between a predominantly Muslim north and majority Christian south.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Global food bubble on the way?

DRIVEN BY FINANCIAL SPECULATION IN THE COMMODITY FUTURES -  Not supply & demand factors. Basically to compensate losses due to sub-prime market.

TheRealNews — May 05, 2010 — Jayati Ghosh: Food prices set to surge due to Wall Street speculation.