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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


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

Text of Obama Comments on Iran During Interview with John Harwood

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Text of Obama Comments on Iran During Interview with John Harwood:

Well, I think first of all, it’s important to understand that although there is amazing ferment taking place in Iran, that the difference between Ahmadinejad and Mousavi in terms of their actual policies may not be as great as has been advertised. Either way, we were going to be dealing with an Iranian regime that has historically been hostile to the United States, that has caused some problems in the neighborhood and is pursuing nuclear weapons. And so we’ve got long-term interests in having them not weaponize nuclear power and stop funding organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas. And that would be true whoever came out on top in this election.

The second thing that I think’s important to recognize is that the easiest way for reactionary forces inside Iran to crush reformers is to say it’s the US that is encouraging those reformers. So what I’ve said is, `Look, it’s up to the Iranian people to make a decision. We are not meddling.’ And, you know, ultimately the question that the leadership in Iran has to answer is their own credibility in the eyes of the Iranian people. And when you’ve got 100,000 people who are out on the streets peacefully protesting, and they’re having to be scattered through violence and gunshots, what that tells me is the Iranian people are not convinced of the legitimacy of the election. And my hope is that the regime responds not with violence, but with a recognition that the universal principles of peaceful expression and democracy are ones that should be affirmed. Am I optimistic that that will happen? You know, I take a wait-and-see approach. Either way, it’s important for the United States to engage in the tough diplomacy around those permanent security concerns that we have–nuclear weapons, funding of terrorism. That’s not going to go away, and I think it’s important for us to make sure that we’ve reached out.

Obama Speech is ‘Perfect’ Many Iranians Say

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Obama delivered a brief four and a half minute speech on the current crisis in enveloping Iran following the apparent rigging of the election. Obama says that while it is  “Up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leader will be” he, and all Americans, are  “deeply trouble[d] by violence I’ve been seeing,” and all “people committed to democracy feel betrayed”

Her went on to he that Washington “want[s] to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran,” saying that ” “we weren’t on the ground there” and thus don’t know the true outcome. He said that while “diplomacy with no illusions… is critical” he doesn’t “want to make any decisions for the Iranian people.” Reports from pro-Mousavi supporters indicate the overall approval of Obama’s speech.

Written by eldercato

June 15, 2009 at 19:31