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Riots in Urumqi, 156 Dead, Hundreds More Injured, and Thousands Arrested

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Yesterday’s riots in the city of Urumqi, located in China’s western Xinjiang province, have left at least 156 people dead and over 800 people injured. Xinhua (Chinese State Media) claims there have been over 1434 arrests.

Xinhua further reports the government said: “An initial investigation showed the violence was masterminded by the separatist World Uighur Congress led by Rebiya Kadeer.” Kadeer is considered the Uigher leader and lives in exile in the United States.

Many in Xinjiang have long campaigned to gain independence from China, which is made up of prominently Han Chinese, while  Xinjiang is primarily Uigher Muslims.

The CNN article on the topic is here:http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/06/china.uyghur.protest/index.html

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Basij Tehran HQ Destroyed

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There are reports that the Basij headquarters in Tehran has been destroyed. The BBC aired this video and confirmed it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGyZo2jOOYY

Written by eldercato

June 21, 2009 at 01:21

BBC to Carry Khamenei Speech Live

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BBC says that it will air Supreme Leader Khamenei’s speech at Friday Prayers live.

North Korea to Launch Missile Toward Hawaii

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There are reports that North Korea is intending to launch aTaepodong-2 long range missle toward Hawaii from between July 4- July 8. The US Defense Secretary Robert Gates claims that the United States is ready for that eventuality and can defend itself against an threat from North Korea.

BBC reports on the issue: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8108313.stm

CBS reports on the issue:http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/06/18/world/main5095077.shtml

Written by eldercato

June 18, 2009 at 15:40

Iran ‘Wants Option of Nuclear Weapon’

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BBC: “The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, says he believes Iran is mastering nuclear technology and it wants the option of a nuclear weapon.”

Link to the article below:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/8104388.stm

BBC reports Guardian Council Ready to Recount

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BBC: “Iran’s powerful Guardian Council says it is ready to hold a recount of disputed votes in Friday’s presidential election.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/8102400.stm

Many Iranians are in an outrage because there is evidence that many ballot boxes were burned by the government and thus there can be no real recount. There must at the least be another election entirely. What occurs remains to be seen. This could just be a play for time from the increasingly vulnerable system of government in Iran.

Khamenei says it will take ten days to review the votes, which sparks more outrage by Iranians who point to the fact that the government said they were done counting the first time in 2 hours.