World news round up
June 20, 2010 Leave a comment
The UN Security Council voted 12-2 in favor of increased sanctions against Iran. Turkey and Brazil, which had tried to broker a deal with Iran just a few days prior to this, opposed the sanctions, while Lebanon abstained.
- Criticisms and support for the UN sanctions from different world leaders. Ahmadinejad has compared the sanctions to a “used tissue that is worthy of being thrown in the trash can”- Reaction to Iran sanctions vote. (Al Jazeera)
- US Defense Secretary Robert Gates expresses disappointment at Turkey’s vote against the sanctions – Gates criticizes Turkey’s vote against sanctions. (New York Times)
- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has spoken out against the sanctions imposed on Iran by the US and EU, in an interview with Wall Street Journal. Robert Gates has termed Russia’s Iran policy as being schizophrenic – Medvedev raps EU, US sanctions against Iran. (BBC)
- A Xinhua news agency article on how Lebanon’s abstention from voting reflects the political divide within that country –Lebanon and Iran’s sanctions: intensifying the internal political dispute .
- Iran’s rubbishes US’ claim that Iran has many missiles that could be used against Europe – Iran denies US assertion. (arabnews.com)
The US-led war against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan is continuing. A report by the London School of Economics has claimed that support to the Taliban is “official policy” of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, ISI. A major “game-changing” discovery has been that of huge untapped mineral reserves in Afghanistan.
- US finds vast Afghan mineral riches. (Al Jazeera)
- LSE report authored by Matt Waldman on the link between the ISI and the Taliban that goes “far beyond contact and coexistance”- The Sun in the Sky: the relationship between Pakistan’s ISI and Afghan insurgents. (LSE)
- Pakistan’s military and the Afghan Taliban claim that the report is rubbish – Analysts snub LSE report. (Tehran Times)
- Pakistan’s strategy vis-a-vis Afghanistan – Endgame in Afghanistan (Dawn)
The Gulf oil leak is causing great heartburn and anger in the US. US lawmakers grilled BP CEO, Mr. Tony Hayward on his company’s alleged neglect of safety issues that led to this catastrophe.
- A colossal disaster. (Editorial from The Hindu)
- Paul Krugman writes on how this disaster might help focusing attention on environmental concerns, something which, according to him, have not been given their due – Drilling, disaster, denial. (NYT)
- A bad day for BP and Mr. Barton. (NYT editorial on Mr. Tony Hayward’s grilling by US lawmakers.)
- The embattled BP agrees to a $20 bn. compensation fund – BP to fund $20 bn Gulf of Mexico oil spill payout. (BBC)
- Mr. Hayward fails to assuage the feelings of angry US Congressmen. At the Congressional panel hearing, BP was accused of putting profits over safety – Congress tells Hayward BP ignored oil well dangers. (BBC)
- An article on the possible impact of the spill on President Obama’s political future (this is a comparatively early article, written in the end of April, a few days after the spill.) – Oil spill poses political peril for Obama. (Washington Post)
In Kyrgyzstan, violence in the southern city of Osh between the Uzbeks and Kyrgyz has caused great havoc and, according to the UN, has displaced 400,000 people. The violence is said to have been caused by relatives of the former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was deposed in April, as a means to bring down the current interim government.
- A fine article on the background behind the conflict and the vested interests of the various stakeholders –Kyrgyzstan- Death, dictators, and the Soviet legacy. (Telegraph)
- An NYT article says that the Kyrgyz army might also have been involved in the violent clashes. This might mean that the interim government is not in complete control – Army’s hand suspected.
- UN points out the massive humanitarian crisis caused by the violence – One million people caught up in Kyrgyz violence. (Reuters)
- Russian response to the interim Kyrgyz President Roza Otunbayeva plea for Russian military help – Kyrgyz dilemma. (Financial Times)
- Is Kyrgyzstan’s provisional government capable of handling the situation? – Kyrgyzstan needs outside help. (Moscow Times)
- Russia and the Kyrgystan crisis (The Hindu)