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Africa Subsaharan
Mia Farrow Says 'Seeds of Genocide' in Central Africa
[An Nahar] American actress and celebrity campaigner Mia Farrow urged the international community on Thursday to take urgent action to stem violence in the Central African Republic.
And who knows more about Central Africa than Mia Farrow?
Bono?
"CAR is not a forgotten crisis. The population is simply completely abandoned," said Farrow, who is a goodwill ambassador for the UN children's agency UNICEF.

Farrow, 68, recently back from a visit to the conflict-ravaged nation, told news hounds the "seeds of genocide" had been sown there and the world had a moral duty to take a stand.

The Central African Republic has been plagued by instability since a coup by Seleka, a coalition of rebel groups which overthrew longtime president Francois Bozize in March.

Seleka leader, Michel Djotodia, named himself president but agreed to hold elections next year.
Posted by: Fred || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [536 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Farrow, 68, recently back from a visit to the conflict-ravaged nation, told news hounds the "seeds of genocide" had been sown there and the world had a moral duty to take a stand.

Stay on and fix it then. What are you doing back in the Big PX ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/15/2013 3:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Besoeker, my buddy, doing something and accomplishing things that's for THE little people. She's an idea person just the rest of her elite friends, doncha know.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 11/15/2013 10:06 Comments || Top||

#3  just LIKE the rest

Taking time to re-read my own screeds is not my strong suit.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 11/15/2013 10:09 Comments || Top||

#4  the "seeds of genocide" had been sown there and the world had a moral duty to take a stand

Considering how many times "genocide" has happened in Central Africa, this should have been placed under "Short Attention Span Theater," though I doubt certain readers would've recognized or appreciated the snark.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/15/2013 11:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Careful, Mia. You're making Sally Struthers nervous...
Posted by: PBMcL || 11/15/2013 11:53 Comments || Top||

#6  ...Ms. Farrow does not understand that the seeds of genocide are pretty much evenly distributed about the marble. The differences are whether-or-not the subject populaces allow them to take root...
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 11/15/2013 13:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Seeds? A fully harvested crop!
Considering how many times "genocide" has happened in...under-resourced, overpopulated, malnourished, combative culture confrontational regions of exploitable yet apathetic, unsustainable economies.

The "Curse of Nations", soon coming to a theatre near you!
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/15/2013 13:06 Comments || Top||

#8  CAR Refugee: "Jeebus, Mia! Get a sammich or sumpthin"
Posted by: Frank G || 11/15/2013 13:54 Comments || Top||

#9  the "seeds of genocide" had been sown there

Um, okay.
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/15/2013 15:59 Comments || Top||

#10  "seeds of genocide" had been sown there
Isn't that pretty much what caused RoseMias Boo Boo a few decades back?
Posted by: Shipman || 11/15/2013 16:34 Comments || Top||

#11  If she thinks it's bad now - just wait until the U.N. 'Nookie for Food' program gets rolling.

They'll have all the problems they have now as well as what the UN brings in.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/15/2013 17:21 Comments || Top||

#12  So just what do you want us to do, Mia? When you have a totally lawless situation, basically you have to bring in military force to bring some semblance of control to the country.

In other words, you have taken over the problem and you own it now, meaning you are the foster parent of this messed up and disfunctional country.

Other people can look at your country and say they have to take over because of some real or imagined situation.

So what is your call, and who do you want to run and pay for this operation?
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/15/2013 21:18 Comments || Top||


Arabia
Qatar to make military service compulsory for 4 months
Qatar’s government has approved a draft law making it compulsory for men to do military service for up to four months, media reports said on Thursday.
Four months? Someone who is or has been in a western military will have to educate me on this, but I don't think you get much of a soldier in four months...
Under the proposed legislation, the first of its kind in Qatar, it would be compulsory for men aged between 18 and 35 to serve in the military for three months if they are graduates, and four if they are not.

The cabinet adopted the bill on Wednesday before submitting it to the Majlis al-Shura, or consultative council.

The move was aimed at mobilising Qataris for the defence of the country and to ensure “a regular force” that would be backed up by poorly trained reservists, if necessary, the official QNA news agency reported.

A Qatari official who spoke to AFP on condition of anonymity said “the aim of the military service is to get young Qataris to rely on themselves,” and that four months was enough.
Enough to rely on themselves for what?
The armed forces of Qatar, which sits on the world’s third largest natural gas reserves, are made up of 11,800 servicemen, according to the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

In Kuwait, parliament is debating a bill for the restoration of compulsory military service, cancelled after the Iraqi army invaded the emirate in 1990 and occupied it for seven months.
Here's hoping al-Maliki doesn't decide to invade them...
Posted by: Steve White || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [394 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Hat tip to the Qataris. Four months is a damn site more that the vast majority of our own politicians have spent in boots.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/15/2013 3:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Four months?

Four months will get you people who can pull a trigger usually in the right direction and march to their end as cannon fodder. Six months will get you some more abilities but still in the cannon fodder category. However, better than just shoving a gun into someone's hand and sending them off to die. To make a soldier to modern western standards takes about two years if you don't want to go through the more traditional Darwin 'let god sort them out' elimination process.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 11/15/2013 7:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeah, but isn't it better than expecting Americans to fight for them?
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 11/15/2013 12:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Four months?
They propose building a sustainable industry of clothing, housing, feed, transportation, logistics and something of a civilian defense force in a 16 week boot camp. It's also establishing a marker for registering all males of jihadi age without really training them.
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/15/2013 12:54 Comments || Top||

#5  Four months? Someone who is or has been in a western military will have to educate me on this, but I don't think you get much of a soldier in four months...

Maybe they're getting the PLO training course. They could hire the Taliban to provide military instruction, since the Qatari government has allowed the Talibs to establish an office there.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 11/15/2013 19:28 Comments || Top||


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Putin Held Up by Taekwondo Bash
Russian President Vladimir Putin was late to his meeting with President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday because he was given an honorary ninth-degree black belt at his hotel.

The World Taekwondo Federation said "a ceremony" was held at the Lotte Hotel at 1 p.m. that day awarding Putin the black belt and a Taekwondo uniform.

The Russian president is keen on conspicuous displays of manliness but does not practice the sport.
That's okay, our president pretends to play golf. And I don't think he worries a bit about appearing manly...
A federation official said the organization contacted Putin about giving him the honorary black belt and that the Russian leader "decided at the last minute on Wednesday morning" to receive it.
Posted by: Steve White || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [436 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I wore anklets on the golf course fewer times than I played barefoot.
Posted by: Shipman || 11/15/2013 16:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Mister Methane Senior.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 11/15/2013 18:49 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
JPM hired Chinese president's daughter
Nice gig.

The New York Times is reporting JPMorgan Chase secretly employed the daughter of Wen Jiabao, who until recently was China's prime minister and the main overseer of the world's second largest economy.

The Thursday report comes as the U.S. government investigates whether the bank hired the children of powerful Chinese officials to help win lucrative business deals with the country's state-owned companies.
Posted by: badanov || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under:

#1  to help win lucrative business deals
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/15/2013 12:45 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't get it. I mean, if the family can rise to lead China, they're obviously of extraordinary intelligence and capability and are the sort of people who should be hired. Right?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 11/15/2013 13:07 Comments || Top||

#3  "Don’t go into corporate America. You know, become teachers. Work for the community. Be social workers. Be a nurse." - Someone in the White House
Posted by: Pappy || 11/15/2013 13:44 Comments || Top||


Europe
Athens to Begin Building First Mosque after Years of Delay
[An Nahar] Work is finally set to begin on Athens' first mosque, 13 years after plans were first announced, the Greek government announced on Thursday. A Greek consortium has been chosen, the infrastructure ministry said, after five previous attempts to find a business group to lead the project failed.

Athens is one of the few European capitals without a mosque.

The building will have a budget of 946,000 euros ($1.3 million) and will be 600 square meters. It is being built on land formerly used by the military but it will not have a minaret. The project will have to be completed within six months of contracts being signed, said the ministry.

The scheme has been beset by various delays. It was first announced in 2000, ahead of the Olympics in Athens in 2004.

However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
it has long been opposed by the powerful Greek Orthodox Church. Some 90 percent of Greeks consider themselves Christian.

Although this is the first official mosque, several non-official places of worship have appeared in the Greek capital, thanks to an increasing number of immigrants from countries such as Pakistain.

In 2011, the Greek government was forced to adopt a law ensuring the construction of the mosque, with the first contract tender to be launched in the summer of 2013.

However,
the hip bone's connected to the leg bone...
it took five attempts to award a contract because of concerns over where to place the mosque and protests from those on the extreme right, such as supporters of Golden Dawn.

The only official mosques to be found in Greece are situated in the north east region of Thrace, where a minority group of Mohammedan Turks live.
Posted by: Fred || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [445 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Greece, having solved all of their other problems, introduce a new one...
Posted by: Raj || 11/15/2013 0:28 Comments || Top||

#2  ...Isn't there a limit on the number of civilizational collapses that are allowed per country..?
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 11/15/2013 12:55 Comments || Top||

#3  Well, look on the bright side. It will be a concentrator of sorts.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/15/2013 13:55 Comments || Top||

#4  And they can store the explosives on the Acropolis.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/15/2013 14:39 Comments || Top||

#5  "And they can store the explosives on the Acropolis again"
expect the same results with less to put back together
Posted by: Kofi Tojo8232 || 11/15/2013 20:19 Comments || Top||


Paul McCartney asks Putin to free envireauxes
From the I'll Get Right on that Department
Former Beatle Paul McCartney said on Thursday he had written to President Vladimir Putin to enlist his help in securing the release of a group of Greenpeace activists detained in Russia.

Twenty-eight activists and two journalists face up to seven years in jail over a protest against offshore drilling in the Arctic in which some members of the environmental group tried to scale a Russian oil rig.
Posted by: badanov || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [513 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sir Paul's gonna have to do better than that; ship Vlad one of his old bass guitars and it's a done deal.
Posted by: Raj || 11/15/2013 0:31 Comments || Top||

#2  ...and a Super Bowl ring...
Posted by: Dopey Sinatra || 11/15/2013 14:26 Comments || Top||

#3  "Paul McCartney ask Putin to free envireax approve of piracy and vandalism on the high seas, and ignore the foreigners who perpertrated it"

Fixed that headline for you.
Posted by: Barbara || 11/15/2013 14:49 Comments || Top||

#4  Nyet, Pavil.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/15/2013 21:20 Comments || Top||


Submitted for tail art as much as the story: Dutch F-16 mistakenly strafes range tower
...SEXIST Dutch...!
Posted by: Uncle Phester || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [530 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So the tower is 500 meters from the target along the inbound flight path. What could possibly go wrong? And yeah, nice tail!
Posted by: SteveS || 11/15/2013 1:14 Comments || Top||

#2  Great tail art!
Posted by: Omort Angomoper7226 || 11/15/2013 5:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Move. The. Tower!
Posted by: Secret Asian Man || 11/15/2013 7:25 Comments || Top||

#4  Revenge of the windmills. :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/15/2013 9:14 Comments || Top||


Government
Typhoon Scares Dems; Want Hearings on Climate Change
House Democrats on Wednesday seized on the devastating typhoon that hit the Philippines to call for a hearing on extreme storms and climate change.
Maybe everybody would forget about Obamacare?
Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said Typhoon Haiyan shows the need for the House Energy and Commerce Committee to explore the link between the changing climate and natural disasters.

Waxman and Rush said Republicans should abandon the efforts to stop Obama's climate change regulations and instead "hold a hearing with the world's leading experts on the relationship between extreme storms like Typhoon Haiyan and climate change."
Might be interesting, if both parties got to call their own "experts".
The letter cited a leaked Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report that said sea level rises, coastal flooding, storm surges and more are a direct result of climate change.
Posted by: Bobby || 11/15/2013 08:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [514 views] Top|| File under:

#1  One data point does not make a trend.

This year was one of the quietest for the Atlantic hurricane season.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 11/15/2013 10:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Better to hold a hearing on appeasing Gordo, the God of storms and weather. It seems that our sacrifices have failed to please Him.
Posted by: Iblis || 11/15/2013 11:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Let's hear where the aid money and GW relocation funds came from.
Posted by: Skidmark || 11/15/2013 12:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Title should read: Obamacare Scares Dems; Want to Change Subject
Posted by: DoDo || 11/15/2013 13:11 Comments || Top||

#5  Look! Squirrel!

Same olde play book. Even the morons are catching on to the tactic.
Posted by: Alaska Paul || 11/15/2013 19:55 Comments || Top||


Churchill Returns To The Capitol
Posted by: Grunter || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [521 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Nothing against Churchill, but I would prefer they spend their precious time on relevant issues as opposed to statuary and symbolic gestures. Perhaps I am too critical.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/15/2013 3:30 Comments || Top||

#2  I think it sort-of is a practical matter to try to keep them from erasing our history. Doing so is how they got so much power to begin with.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 11/15/2013 13:08 Comments || Top||

#3  Perhaps I am too critical

Perhaps.

Then again, acts of subtle insurgency aren't often appreciated.
Posted by: Pappy || 11/15/2013 15:03 Comments || Top||

#4  Was there a red line around where the bust was to be placed?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/15/2013 16:40 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Thai politics at loggerheads
Thailand’s current protests and political conflict appear to have reached a stalemate, with street protests receding after the government was forced earlier this week to back down from a blanket amnesty bill. Protest leaders have attempted to spur the demonstrations by calls for strikes and social disobedience.

Attendance at opposition rallies was sharply diminished Thursday after the Thai Senate annulled a controversial amnesty bill earlier in the week, and despite protest leaders' threats to escalate the rallies.
Posted by: badanov || 11/15/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [272 views] Top|| File under:



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Fri 2013-11-15
  Iraq Bombers Kill 43 as Millions Mark Shiite Holiday
Thu 2013-11-14
  Bomb blasts outside Karachi imambargahs wound 14
Wed 2013-11-13
  Syria Kurds Announce Transitional Autonomous Government
Tue 2013-11-12
  Gunmen gun down 'chief financier' of Haqqani network in Islamabad
Mon 2013-11-11
  Syria army retakes key base near Aleppo: State TV
Sun 2013-11-10
  Imambargah attacks leave three dead, spark outrage
Sat 2013-11-09
  Zawahiri Disbands Main Qaida Faction in Syria
Fri 2013-11-08
  'Mullah Radio' takes overTTP, terms talks 'waste of time'
Thu 2013-11-07
  Nigeria president seeks state of emergency extension
Wed 2013-11-06
  Mortar round hits Vatican embassy in Damascus
Tue 2013-11-05
  152 soldiers sentenced to die for mutiny in Bangladesh
Mon 2013-11-04
  Blast inside Quetta seminary leaves two injured
Sun 2013-11-03
  Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
Sat 2013-11-02
  Egypt army arrests head of Sinai radical militant group, dozens others
Fri 2013-11-01
  Pakistani Taliban chief killed in drone strike: sources

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