TOP NEWS: Nat’l Security / Foreign Affairs: June 5, 2012
- Putin Arrives in China for Regional Summit
- The Market Is Signaling The End Of Vladimir Putin
- Germany is Open To Pooling Debt, With Conditions
- Talk of Tiananmen Muzzled on Chinese Web
- Baghdad dreaming
Putin Arrives in China for Regional Summit – Jane Perlez, NY Times
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia and President Hu Jintao of China are expected to discuss Syria, Iran and efforts to squeeze the United States out of Central Asia, analysts said.
The Market Is Signaling The End Of Vladimir Putin – Nathan Vardi, Forbes
When Vladimir Putin was re-elected in early March to his third term as president of Russia, many saw it as the inauguration of a 21rst-century czar who would continue to rule for a long time. But financial markets are signaling something else completely, punishing Russia for Putin’s re-election and sending a strong message that investors will no longer tolerate Putin’s way of doing business.
Germany is Open To Pooling Debt, With Conditions – Nicholas Kulish, NY Times
Pressed by a banking crisis and turmoil in the markets, Germany has indicated that it is prepared to accept a grand bargain that would provide greater support for its most indebted euro zone partners in exchange for more centralized control over government spending in Europe.
Talk of Tiananmen Muzzled on Chinese Web – Josh Chin, Wall Street Journal
China’s Internet monitors have unleashed a broad clampdown on online discussion of the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, restricting even discussion of the nation’s main stock market [...]
Baghdad dreaming – John R. Bolton, The Washington Times
Having apparently learned nothing from 10 years of futile negotiations with Iran, President Obama seemed perilously close late last month to yet another deal purportedly making “progress” eliminating the ayatollahs’ nuclear weapons program.
Syria Bars 17 Western Diplomats – J. David Goodman and Nick Cumming-Bruce, NY Times
Syria’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that more than a dozen Western ambassadors and envoys were no longer welcome in the country, a response to the coordinated expulsion last week of Syrian diplomats from the United States and 10 other nations.
U.S. strike said to target al-Qaeda’s No. 2 – Joby Warrick and Haq Nawaz Khan, Washington Post
U.S. missiles killed more than a dozen people in northwestern Pakistan early Monday in a strike that apparently was aimed at al-Qaeda’s No. 2 leader, the charismatic and influential jihadist known as Abu Yahya al-Libi, U.S. and Pakistani officials said.
China to U.S.: Stop Monitoring Our Air – Josh Chin, Wall Street Journal
It’s well-known that China’s government isn’t pleased with the U.S. diplomatic mission’s trio of Twitter feeds dedicated to publicizing independent air quality measurements in major Chinese cities. But is the highly popular initiative a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations?
Full Euro Breakup Would Hurt Even The Mighty Germans – Daniel Fisher, Forbes
The deteriorating situation in Europe has dragged down stocks around the globe. And it could get much, much worse [...]
The queen is a symbol of her subjects’ fortitude – Gideon Rachman, Business Day
The life and reign of Queen Elizabeth demonstrate that the country has come through tougher times, in living memory [...] Her diamond jubilee is a tacit reminder that Britain has suffered and survived much tougher austerity and adversity than anything that is in prospect today.