TOP NEWS: Nat’l Security / Foreign Affairs: October 12th, 2012
Top Five News and Analysis Links (Excerpts Below)
- The Dangers of Allowing Adversary Access to Network
- Pakistani Girl Airlifted to Military Hospital
- OECD Chief: ECB Credibility at Risk
- E.U. wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize
- Turkey Dispatches Jets to Syria Border
Excerpts and more top news and analysis
CYBER DEFENSE: The Dangers of Allowing an Adversary Access to a Network - NYT
It was striking that the word “Trojan” was not mentioned in a 52-page Congressional report focusing on the activities of two giant Chinese telecommunications firms, Huawei and ZTE.
CYBER DEFENSE: Cyberattack on Mideast energy firms was biggest yet, Panetta says - WP
Malware rendered more than 30,000 computers inoperable at Saudi Arabian state oil company.
PAKISTAN: Pakistani Girl Airlifted to Military Hospital - NYT
Malala Yousafzai, the 14-year-old Pakistani school girl who was shot in the head by Taliban militants this week, was airlifted to a leading military hospital in Rawalpindi on Thursday.
PAKISTAN: Taliban Warned Pakistani Girl About ‘Western Thinking’ - WSJ
A spokesman for the Taliban’s Swat Valley chapter says its leadership decided two months ago to kill a 14-year-old activist, who was shot and seriously wounded this week — and then sent out a hit squad to carry out the job.
PAKISTAN: A Child Soldier in the War for Pakistan – WSJ, SADANAND DHUME
It’s not every day that Barack Obama and Ban Ki-moon agree with the head of the Islamist group Jamaat-e-Islami or an America-bashing Pakistani politician. But Tuesday’s Taliban attack on 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan’s Swat Valley attracted universal condemnation cutting across countries and cultures.
EUROZONE: OECD Chief: ECB Credibility at Risk - WSJ
The delay in deploying the ECB’s new backstop offer for troubled euro-zone nations is eroding confidence that the “bazooka” will work, the OECD chief warned.
EUROZONE: Euro-Zone Factory Output Jumps - WSJ
Industrial production in the 17 countries that share the euro rose for the second straight month in August, driven by a surge in output of durable consumer goods.
EUROZONE: Euro-Zone Budget Stirs Controversy - WSJ
Herman Van Rompuy wants to keep the conversation on a euro-zone budget alive, but in other European quarters and in non-euro EU capitals, it is proving rather controversial.
EUROZONE/SPAIN: Spain Says Downgrade Won’t Affect Plans - WSJ
Spanish officials voiced defiance on Thursday after a credit downgrade left the country’s rating close to junk status at two firms, saying the surprise move wouldn’t affect their plans to raise money on financial markets.
EUROZONE/GREECE: Lagarde Urges More Time For Greece - WSJ
Christine Lagarde said Greece should be given an extra two years to meet its budget targets, publicly wading into the politically sensitive bailout discussions under way.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: E.U. wins 2012 Nobel Peace Prize – WP
The award honors the massive — if messy — struggle in Europe to not only hold the union together in the wake of the debt crisis, but also to deepen integration across a vast swath of the region stretching from the isles of Greece to the Scottish Highlands, from the ports of Portugal to northern Finland.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: Mired in Crisis, European Union Wins Nobel Peace Prize - NYT
The Norwegian Nobel Committee lauded the European Union’s role over six decades in reconciling former enemies, even as the continent wrestles with economic strife.
NOBEL PEACE PRIZE: Nobel Peace Prize Sows Discord And Laughter – TIME, CATHERINE MAYER
Comedy, of course, depends on timing, and the timing of this award couldn’t be more piquant
SYRIA/TURKEY: Turkey Dispatches Jets to Syria Border - WSJ
Turkey scrambled two fighter jets to the border with Syria for the first time since July after a Syrian military helicopter bombed the Syrian border town of Azmarin.
SYRIA/TURKEY: The Right Way for Turkey to Intervene in Syria - NYT, SONER CAGAPTAY
Turkey and the rest of NATO must intervene in Syria before the population radicalizes and the country becomes another jihadist safe haven.
SYRIA: Jihadist militants join rebels to seize Syrian air defense near Aleppo - WP
A shadowy jihadi group believed to be linked to al-Qaida fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defense base in Syria on Friday, activists said, heightening fears that extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons.
LIBYA: U.S. Names New Top Diplomat for Libya - WSJ
The Obama administration named a new top diplomat for Libya on Thursday to take the place of Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador who was killed in last month’s assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.
LIBYA: White House Appoints Veteran Retired Diplomat to Serve as Senior Envoy in Libya - NYT
The Obama administration recalled Laurence Pope, who retired from the Foreign Service 12 years ago, to serve as the senior American envoy in Libya.
LEBANON: Hezbollah Says It Flew Iranian-Designed Drone Into Israel - NYT
The Lebanese militant group said the drone, which was shot down by Israeli forces, had been designed in Iran and assembled by Hezbollah experts in Lebanon.
EGYPT: Ex-Leaders’ Acquittals Shake Egypt – WSJ
Egypt’s president removed the country’s top prosecutor Thursday in a bid to calm public outrage over the acquittal of two dozen leaders from the former regime for their alleged role in a bloody crackdown on protesters during last year’s revolution.
EGYPT: Egypt protesters clash after chants against Islamist president in rally joined by Brotherhood – WP
For the first time since Egypt’s new Islamist president took office, his supporters clashed with liberal and leftist protesters in Cairo, storming a stage erected by the opposition activists, smashing loudspeakers and tearing the structure down during competing rallies Friday.
EGYPT: Egypt’s Chief Prosecutor Resists President’s Effort to Oust Him – NYT
President Mohamed Morsi tried to name the prosecutor, a holdover from the Mubarak era, ambassador to the Vatican.
IRAN: The West’s Stalwart Ally in the War on Drugs: Iran (Yes, That Iran) - NYT
Iranian forces are seizing the highest amounts of opiates and heroin worldwide, a United Nations report says.
IRAN: Iran’s top leader says army readiness will dispel any ‘thoughts of invasion’ – WP
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s remarks came as tensions are rising in the region over a possible strike by Israel against Iran’s nuclear facilities.
IRAN/CHINA: Why Iran Can’t Follow China’s Lead – NYT, RAY TAKEYH
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader, is making sure there will never be a Deng Xiaoping in Tehran.
YEMEN: Yemeni Officer at U.S. Embassy in Sana Is Shot Dead – NYT
A security investigator and liaison who had worked at the embassy for 11 years died in an attack that security sources said bore the hallmarks of Al Qaeda’s regional franchise.
ISRAEL: Israeli police question influential Israeli rabbi suspected of bribing police officer - WP
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Friday that Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto and his wife were questioned by police. He said the investigation is in progress.
TURKEY: Syrian jet had Russian arms; claim draws Moscow deeper into crisis – WP
Tensions threaten to erupt into regional war after cargo including “munitions” is seized from plane.
RUSSIA/TURKEY: Russia Presses Turkey for Details on Plane’s Cargo – NYT
A day after Turkish officials said they had found Russian munitions in a jetliner forced to land in Turkey, Moscow demanded an account of what had been discovered.
CHINA/JAPAN: China and Japan Say They Held Talks Over Islands Dispute - NYT
A senior Chinese diplomat visited Tokyo this week to hold talks aimed at defusing tensions between Japan and China over a group of disputed islands, a Japanese official said Friday.
CHINA: After Fury Over 2010 Peace Prize, China Embraces Nobel Selection - NYT
China erupted in something close to a national celebration for the writer Mo Yan, just two years after the government condemned a Nobel Peace Prize for the dissident Liu Xiaobo.
CHINA: Chinese activist faces prison term for publishing environmental books - WP
Liu Futang is charged with illegally running a business for publications about damage to Hainan Island.
CHINA: Rights group releases video showing jailed China peace laureate’s wife under house arrest - WP
An international rights group has released a video in which it says the wife of China’s jailed Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo is shown under house arrest.
JAPAN/S.KOREA: Japan and South Korea Seek to Strengthen Economic Ties – NYT
The finance ministers of Japan and South Korea met on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings in Tokyo in a bid to ease tensions over a territorial dispute.
JAPAN: OECD: Japan Debt in ‘Uncharted Territory’ – WSJ
Japan’s public debt load puts the country in “unchartered territory,” meaning it may have to push through further tax and immigration reform.
JAPAN/S.KOREA/N.KOREA: US envoy to hold joint talks on NKorea with Japan, SKorea - WP
The visit by special representative on North Korea, Glyn Davies, also comes at a time of tension between U.S. allies Japan and South Korea over an island sovereignty dispute.
S. KOREA/N. KOREA: South Korean Official Warns of ‘Existential Threat’ From North – NYT
A senior South Korean policy maker said on Friday that it must be assumed that Pyongyang has the capacity to mount a nuclear device on a ballistic missile.
S. KOREA: A Defector Goes Unseen, Embarrassing South Korea – NYT
Seoul is under pressure to explain how a North Korean soldier scaled three barbed-wire fences without being spotted, then had to knock twice on barracks doors to get attention.
MYANMAR: No. 2 US diplomat to visit Myanmar next week, meet its president and Suu Kyi - WP
It will be the highest-level U.S. official visit to the country also known as Burma since Hillary Rodham Clinton in December became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit in more than 50 years.
SINGAPORE: Singapore Detains Suspected Militants – WSJ
Singapore said it has detained two suspected senior Islamic militants it accused of being involved in activities related to the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network.
INDONESIA: 10 Years After Bali Bombings, Local Militants Still Pose Threat – NYT
All major suspects of the Bali bombings in 2002 have been killed or jailed, with their group crippled by anti-terrorism operations. But some militants have moved to form new cells and seek new recruits.
INDIA: In Rural Haryana, Women Blamed for Rape Where Men Make the Rules - CFR
The system garnered national attention recently, after a series of rapes in the area were followed by a suggestion from a khap member that the marriage age be lowered to 16, thereby keeping women sexually satisfied, to prevent further rapes.
INDIA: Activists Want India To Bring “Confiscated” Kids Home - WSJ
Social activists today launched a campaign in New Delhi to get back Indian kids from the child-protection services of Western countries.
FRANCE: France to Investigate Alleged Terror Plans – WSJ
Suspected French jihadists were planning attacks on French soil as well as recruiting people to fight in Syria and other countries, prosecutors said.
FRANCE: Light Gang Rape Penalties Provoke Outcry in France - NYT
Women’s advocacy groups in France said the failure to more severely punish defendants in the gang rapes of two teenage girls would discourage other victims from seeking justice.
U.K./AFGHANISTAN: 7 British Marines Investigated in Afghan Killing – NYT
Authorities in London said seven members of the Royal Marines military unit had been arrested on suspicion of murder after “an engagement with an insurgent” in Afghanistan last year.
IRELAND: Belfast Clinic for Abortions Due to Open – NYT
A center in Belfast is expected to draw women from across Ireland, where abortion remains highly restricted.
AFRICA: Women Entrepreneurs Drive Growth in Africa – NYT
A cresting wave of African businesswomen are harnessing Africa’s enterprises and brands as the continent enjoys its greatest economic success in generations.
BOTSWANA: Botswana court: females can inherit family home - WP
A judge ruled Friday that the law discriminated against women and was therefore unconstitutional.
SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa Falters as Unrest Spreads - WSJ
Eighteen years after the end of apartheid, President Jacob Zuma leads a black-majority government that has left many black South Africans behind.
MALI: U.S. looks for solution to Mali crisis - WP
Effort in Somalia could serve as model for intervention to stop slide toward chaos, Islamic extremism.
RWANDA: Report Alleges Rwanda Aids Congo Rebels – WSJ
A final report from an independent U.N. body asserts Rwanda continues to back a rebel army in eastern Congo, as Rwanda steps up its rebuttal of the findings.
ARGENTINA: Argentina Supreme Court OK’s abortion for freed sex slave repeatedly raped – WP
Argentina’s Supreme Court has ruled that a woman rescued from a prostitution ring must be allowed to have the abortion she wants, and chastised the public officials who put her in the center of a political firestorm.
HAITI: In Haiti, Little Can Be Found of a Hip-Hop Artist’s Charity – NYT
The charity created by Wyclef Jean, the Haitian-born hip-hop celebrity, effectively went out of business last month, leaving a trail of debts, unfinished projects and broken promises.
WORLD ECONOMY: World Bank Chief Puts Focus on Poor - WSJ
The latest troubles roiling the global economy risk devastating many developing countries and hitting its poorest people, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said.
WORLD ECONOMY: Inequality and the world economy: True Progressivism – ECONOMIST
A new form of radical centrist politics is needed to tackle inequality without hurting economic growth
UNESCO: Cutoff of U.S. Money Leads Unesco to Slash Programs and Seek Emergency Aid - NYT
The cutoff last October came as a shock, an official said, because the United States observed it immediately, withholding money that had already been allocated or spent.
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