Politics

Libya's General National Congress comes to power

Libya's General National Congress comes to power

Deutsche Welle,

8 August 2012

Libya's National Transitional Council has handed over power nearly a year after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi's 40-year dictatorship. A new government, constitution and parliament are next for the fledgling democracy.

Analysis: Monti takes off gloves in euro zone fight

Analysis: Monti takes off gloves in euro zone fight

Barry Moody, Reuters,

8 August 2012

(Reuters) - Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti has taken the gloves off in his fight to save Italy from disaster in the euro zone debt crisis, daring to stand up to European paymaster Germany in a way unthinkable a few months back.

His change of attitude is driven by increasing Italian exasperation with repeated delays in formulating an effective response to a crisis on bond markets that has put Spain and Italy in the front line against an existential threat to the euro and perhaps the whole European Union.

Monti is trying to pressure German Chancellor Angela Merkel into agreeing to a European shield against high borrowing costs that are crippling Madrid and Rome and that he believes threaten the very survival of the euro if they lose access to markets.

Afghan defense minister quits, hands Karzai a security headache

Afghan defense minister quits, hands Karzai a security headache

 

By Mirwais Harooni and Abdul Aziz Ibrahimi

 

KABUL

 

Tue Aug 7, 2012

(Reuters) - Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak resigned on Tuesday after losing a no-confidence vote in parliament, leaving President Hamid Karzai scrambling to find a replacement for one of his top security tsars as insurgent attacks mount.

As Greece Rounds Up Migrants, Official Says ‘Invasion’ Imperils National Stability

As Greece Rounds Up Migrants, Official Says ‘Invasion’ Imperils National Stability

New York Times

6 August 2012

ATHENS — A vast police operation here aimed at identifying illegal immigrants found that, of 6,000 people detained over the weekend, 1,400 did not have proper documentation, leading the minister of public order to say that Greece was suffering an “unprecedented invasion” that was threatening the stability of the debt-racked nation.

A difference beyond question

A difference beyond question

Washington Post, Richard Cohen

7 August 2012

Before the Jews of Hungary were emancipated in the 19th century, they were not permitted to own land. By the end of the century, they were on their way to owning fully one-fifth of Hungary’s large estates and were hugely successful in business and the arts. The Jews of Germany had a similar history. In the early 20th century, they comprised many if not most of the country’s lawyers, doctors, composers, playwrights and scientists, and were so astonishingly successful in business that while they were just 1 percent of the population, they were 31 percent of the richest families. What did it? Was it nature (Jews were smarter) or nurture (Jews had a certain culture)? Here’s my answer: I don’t know.

IMU announces death of emir, names new leader

IMU announces death of emir, names new leader

By Bill Roggio

August 4, 2012

he Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan has announced that its emir, Abu Usman Adil, has died, and named Uthman Ghazi as the new leader of the al Qaeda-linked terror group.

The announcement of Adil's death was made on Furqon, the IMU's Uzbek-language website. His deputy, Uthman Ghazi, has been designated the new emir of the IMU, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

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