Morning News For Friday Oct. 12

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Gore wins Nobel Peace Prize
OSLO, Norway – Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to spread awareness of man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures needed to counteract it
Gore, who won an Academy Award this year for his film “An Inconvenient Truth,” a documentary on global warming, had been widely expected to win the prize


Rivals rip into Clinton over Iran vote
The senator backed a resolution labeling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard a terrorist group. Obama and Edwards see shadows of her 2002 vote to authorize force in Iraq.
By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
October 12, 2007
WASHINGTON — Five years after she voted to authorize the U.S. invasion of Iraq, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) is coming under attack from rivals in the presidential race for a recent vote that they say could bring the nation closer to war with Iran.
On Thursday, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) added his voice to the criticism, comparing Clinton’s vote on the measure to the “blank check” that he said she gave President Bush to wage war against Iraq.

Blackwater Guards Fired at Fleeing Cars, Soldiers Say
First U.S. Troops on Scene Found No Evidence of Shooting by Iraqis; Incident Called ‘Criminal’

By Sudarsan Raghavan and Josh White
Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, October 12, 2007; Page A01

BAGHDAD, Oct. 11 — Blackwater USA guards shot at Iraqi civilians as they tried to drive away from a Baghdad square on Sept. 16, according to a report compiled by the first U.S. soldiers to arrive at the scene, where they found no evidence that Iraqis had fired weapons.
“It appeared to me they were fleeing the scene when they were engaged. It had every indication of an excessive shooting,” said Lt. Col. Mike Tarsa, whose soldiers reached Nisoor Square 20 to 25 minutes after the gunfire subsided.

US air raid kill 15 Iraqi civilians in bloddy start to Eid
BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraqi women and children bore the brunt of a bloody start to Eid al-Fitr as the US military admitted to killing 15 in an air raid and a sinister suicide attack on kids shocked a northern town.
“Nineteen suspected insurgents and 15 women and children were killed in an operation Thursday in the Lake Tharthar region”, northwest of Baghdad, a US military spokesman told AFP in a rare admission of civilian deaths.


Nissan technology makes parking a cinch
TOKYO – Parking in tight spaces is a cinch with a new display from Nissan showing a panoramic bird’s-eye-view of what’s surrounding a car – a feature that the Japanese automaker says is a first for commercially mass-produced vehicles.
Using digital cameras, Around View Monitor displays an aerial view of the car on a dashboard screen.

The option will be available in the Infiniti EX35 luxury model, going on sale in the U.S. in December, and the Elgrand minivan selling in Japan later this month, the Japanese automaker said Friday.

Turkey ready to face world criticism over Iraq
ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Ankara was prepared to face up to any international criticism if his country launched an attack on Kurdish rebels in northern Iraq
Washington fears such an offensive, against Turkish Kurds fighting for an independent homeland in southeastern Turkey, could destabilize Iraq’s most peaceful area and potentially the wider region.


Putin says missile plan risks relations
MOSCOW – In a tense start to talks on a range of thorny issues, President Vladimir Putin on Friday warned U.S. officials to back off a plan to install missile defenses in eastern Europe or risk harming relations with Moscow.
Addressing Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the Russian president appeared to mock the U.S. missile defense plan, which is at the center of a tangle of arms control and diplomatic disputes between the former Cold War adversaries.

Muslim scholars reach out to Pope
More than 130 Muslim scholars have written to Pope Benedict XVI and other Christian leaders urging greater understanding between the two faiths.

The letter says that world peace could depend on improved relations between Muslims and Christians.
It identifies the principles of accepting only one god and living in peace with one’s neighbours as common ground between the two religions.

It also insists that Christians and Muslims worship the same god.


Dark turns of party struggle enthrall South Africa
JOHANNESBURG: A politically powerful industrialist is gunned down in an ambush linked to a reputed mobster. Investigators link the mobster to the national police commissioner. Prosecutors obtain a warrant for the commissioner’s arrest. Then suddenly, the warrant vanishes – and the chief prosecutor who secured it is removed from his job.

Not even South Africa’s political insiders know for sure where this mystery leads, and the man who does know, President Thabo Mbeki, is not saying anything. But political and legal experts alike increasingly suspect the worst: that a brutal two-year battle for power in the governing African National Congress is spreading from party corridors into the government itself

Sudan: Africa Insight – Darfur – China’s Economic And Diplomatic Policy Pays Off
Patrick Mutahi

Realising that its almost unqualified support for Sudan was hurting its image, China balanced its thirst for oil versus international obligations and in the process, convinced Sudan to accept UN peacekeepers on its soil.

China has quietly changed its Darfur policy from a laid-back approach to a behind-the-scenes diplomacy.
Before the passing of UN Security Council Resolution 1769 authorising the $2 billion (Sh130 billion) a year, 26,000-strong United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), China arranged low-key meetings with Sudan to discuss the deployment.


Trade More with South America to Counter Chavez, Experts Say
By Kevin Mooney Staff Writer
October 12, 2007

( – Free trade agreements can help forge alliances with Latin American nations eager to push back against the growing influence of Hugo Chavez, the virulently anti-U.S. leader of Venezuela, contend some foreign policy experts.

The alliances Chavez, a Marxist, has forged with rogue regimes could jeopardize U.S. national security in its own hemisphere, unless a concerted effort is made to re-establish economic and political ties with Central and South American countries, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, project coordinator for Latin America at the Cato Institute, told Cybercast News Service.

From the archive Death of Che
Oct 14th 1967
From The Economist print edition


By killing Che Guevara, the Bolivian army and its American advisers have done more than cut short the guerrilla movement in Bolivia. Certainly the small surviving band of Bolivian guerrillas, who have lost their local leaders as well as Guevara, will not now be able to carry out their hopes of bringing the “armed struggle” from the countryside into the towns and mining areas. But Guevara’s death will also wreck his grander strategy of using Bolivia as the focus from which rebel activity would radiate across the South American continent. He had seen Bolivia as the first of the “many Vietnams” that would sap the morale of the United States in Latin America, and would destroy those regimes which he considered as Washington’s pawns.


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    • snud on October 12, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Dubya would be winner 4 years running now. Has a ‘Pug ever won a Nobel prize?

  1. I really enjoy reading this in the morning.  Sometimes it makes me angry and happy at the same time.

    “Former Vice President Al Gore and the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change have won the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize….”

    “Blackwater USA guards shot at Iraqi civilians as they tried to drive away from a Baghdad square….”

    The soldiers in Iraq know the crimes of Blackwater; Bush knows the crimes of Blackwater; Everyone knows, but nothing is done to stop them.

  2. Cartier, U.S. jewelers start boycotting Myanmar gems:

    Cartier, owned by Richemont SA, said it has stopped buying gemstones which may have been mined in Myanmar and told its suppliers to confirm that the stones they provide are not mined in the country, formerly known as Burma.

    Tiffany & Co stopped buying rubies from Myanmar in 2003 when the U.S. Congress enacted a law that bans the importation of products from Myanmar. The ban includes a loophole that allows dealers to import gems from Myanmar if they were cut and polished somewhere else.

    Jewelers of America, a national association representing some 11,000 jewelers including Cartier and Tiffany & Co, has called on Congress to amend the law to include gems mined in Myanmar

    There’s so much the US can do to discontinue any kind of support for the junta in Burma.  I wonder if anything is happening other than pious rhetoric.

    Well I shouldn’t say that … after all, Nancy Pelosi is leading, I’m only advocating.

    • ANKOSS on October 12, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    The hatred for Gore will now flow like hellish lava out of the usual right-wing propaganda volcanoes. The Noble Prize will be denounced as “elitist.” Gore will be linked to Jimmy Carter. The standard global warming debunking hokum will be dispensed.

    How much plainer does it have to be that the wrong man was elected president in 2000?

  3. I keep getting a server error message.

  4. One shows the number of American soldiers who have died in Iraq (3,823 currently).

    One says “Support the troops — bring them home.”

    I put one up this morning that says:

    Al Gore
    Nobel Laureate

    • documel on October 12, 2007 at 5:09 pm

    Seems to me, the Iran bill was weakened quite a bit, maybe Hillary was a behind the scene hero, and had to vote for that version. She’s not stupid, and when a shrewd person looks dumb, there’s probably more going on than is immediately evident.

  5. I hope he does run but we can’t count on it! Now on to the Hillary’s Iran vote. Saw her on KO last night and he asked her point blank about her vote. Her answers were chilling and had holes the size of trucks in them. I truly believe it will be a redo of the Clinton ‘sanctions’ that held Iraq in ready for the shock and awe. This followed an answer she gave about how she would end cowboy diplomacy and work for peace. In her Iran vote she kept saying we needed leverage to stop them as they were a terrorist sponsoring state? All the while with an idiotic grin on her face made my head spin. Keith looked dubious, and he seems to be a big supporter.

  6. … for their classification of governments in South America as “rogue regimes”? Who’s on that little list? Criteria? Reasonable? If fairly applied, are we now a rogue regime ourselves?

    Doggone it, the new media shouldn’t just slip into the same lazy habits as the traditional media in replicating the Repubs’ and neocons’ imperial framing.

    (This comment is re: “Trade More with South America to Counter Chavez, Experts Say” by Kevin Mooney, Staff Writer, October 12, 2007)

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