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International Developments

Overall

– Pew: 53 percent of Americans view power of U.S. “less important and powerful” than 10 years ago. Way more discussed in this report

Report: Somalia most corrupt country in the world, followed by North Korea and Afghanistan.

– “Iran will “immediately” export more crude oil once sanctions are lifted in the wake of the international deal to roll back its nuclear programme, the country’s oil minister said Tuesday.

– Poland taken to European Commission of Human Rights court by two Guantanamo Bay detainees for involvement in torture

– “The US and Canada Are Failing Asylum Seekers

– Despite Pope talking about “a new tyranny” of capitalism, will ministers at Bali WTO talks have the same opinion?

– “The dreadful legacy of U.N. resolution 181

Middle East

– Juan Cole: “Israeli Blockade of 40,000 Gaza Fishermen Briefly Broken by Youth Protesters

– “Closure of Lone Power Plant Cripples Already Besieged Gaza Strip

– Rania Khalek: “US Media Whitewashes Israel’s Plan To Ethnically Cleanse 40,000 Of Its Arab Citizens

– Syrian rebel fighters have kidnapped 12 nuns 

– French investigators find Yassar Arafat died of natural causes

– The Pentagon halts truckers shipping military supplies into Pakistan over anti-drone rally fears

– “Clashes resumed on Tuesday between Lebanese militias who back opposing sides of Syria’s war and 21 fighters were arrested by the army as it pursued a six-month-long mandate to end bloodshed battering the city of Tripoli.

– John Kerry: The Afghan defense secretary could sign the pact instead of Karzai

Asia & Oceania

– Pew: China has nearly 600 million internet users, most in the world

Thai police let protesters through to protest in front of PM’s place after taking down barriers, but in a truce

– An American held in North Korea once trained South Korean guerrilla unit 

– Joe Biden reassures Japan that it will be defended by U.S. over disputed territory

– “Joe Biden’s trip to Asia was supposed to focus on economic co-operation. Instead, it is being dominated by the row over China’s new air defence identification zone.” [cont’d.]

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