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Daily Archives: November 20, 2010

Pakistan denies US bid to widen drone-strike zones

Associated Press
November 20, 2010
By KAY JOHNSON

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has rejected a U.S. request to expand the areas where American missiles can target Taliban and al-Qaida operatives, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said Saturday.

The U.S. has sharply increased the attacks by remote-controlled drones in Pakistani territory, launching more than 100 this year. Most have hit North Waziristan, believed to be a hide-out of senior militants who plot attacks against NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan privately tolerates the strikes in militant strongholds near the Afghan border as a “necessary evil” but cannot sanction widening them into more-populated areas, said the official with the Pakistani military Inter Service Intelligence agency, or ISI. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

The missile attacks are rarely officially acknowledged by Washington, and Pakistan officially condemns them as a violation of its sovereignty that threatens to further turn the population against the army and central authorities. The program, which U.S. officials say has killed hundreds of insurgents, has been condemned by critics who say it may constitute illegal assassinations.


The American drones now operate in designated “boxes” inside Pakistan’s Federally Administrated Tribal Areas located along the lawless, mountainous border with Afghanistan, the ISI official said. He confirmed that U.S. officials had sought both to enlarge the current boxes and establish new ones outside the tribal zone where senior Taliban and al-Qaida operatives are suspected to be operating.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101120/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan

Ban voices deep concern over grave abuse of child rights in Somalia

United Nations News Service
November 19, 2010

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over the continuing grave violations of children’s rights in Somalia and urged all armed groups in the Horn of Africa country to immediately cease recruiting children and release those in their ranks.

“I am deeply concerned about the killing and maiming of children and other civilians in the course of military operations [and] I remind all parties to the conflict of their obligations to ensure respect for international law,” the Secretary-General writes in his latest report to the Security Council on children and armed conflict in Somalia.

He calls on the armed groups – al-Shabaab, Hizbul Islam, clan militias and Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jama’a – to “make all efforts to protect children through strict adherence to the principles of distinction and proportionality in the conduct of hostilities.”

The Secretary-General also strongly encourages Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government and other authorities in the country to redress the prevailing culture of impunity, investigate all incidents of grave violations of children’s rights, and ensure that all individuals responsible are held accountable.


“All appropriate authorities are also encouraged to increase child protection, law enforcement and judicial capacities,” Mr. Ban writes.

He strongly encourages the African Union (AU) to include in the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in Somalia, AMISOM, specific provisions for the protection of children and civilians.

“This includes child protection advisers and mechanisms for the monitoring and reporting of grave violations against children,” he says, urging the AU to ensure that AMISOM troops adhere to their rules of engagement, and impose disciplinary measures for violations.

Full Article Here – http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/rwb.nsf/db900sid/MUMA-8BD6HE?OpenDocument&RSS20&RSS20=FS&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ReliefwebUpdates+%28ReliefWeb+-+Latest+Updates%29

Critics say Mexican Revolution’s goals are elusive

Associated Press
November 19, 2010
By JENNY BARCHFIELD

MEXICO CITY – As Mexico prepares to mark 100 years since a revolution fought to install democracy and improve the lot of the country’s landless peasants, many are focusing on how short it fell from its mark.
Mexico’s democracy is anemic and the plight of the poor remains largely unchanged, critics say.

Hundreds of protesters gathered at Mexico City’s independence monument Friday, blocking one of the city’s main boulevards, to denounce what organizers called the failures of the bloody, seven-year conflict that began Nov. 20, 1910, and saw peasant armies led by mustachioed heroes Emiliano Zapata and Pancho Villa topple the dictatorship of Porfirio Diaz.

Rather than democracy, it set the stage for 71 years of paternalistic political domination by the Revolutionary Institutional Party that only ended a decade ago.

“The legacy of the revolution is a really mixed bag,” said Jose Antonio Ibanez, coordinator of the human rights program at the Iberoamericana University in Mexico City. “It undoubtedly changed the face of Mexican society, but it fell far short of its objectives. … The poor people, the farmers who fought in the revolution, those whose blood built this country, they’re still completely marginalized.”

Despite the emergence of a middle class — made possible, academics say, by the revolution — poverty continues to haunt the country. Nearly half of Mexicans still live under the poverty line, according to government statistics. A UNICEF study released Thursday said the number of people suffering from “extreme food insecurity” more than doubled between 2008 and 2009 to 17 percent of the population.

Gilberto Peralta, a 45-year-old janitor who turned up for Friday’s protest in the capital, dismissed the revolution as “ancient history.”

“We can’t be thinking about 100 years ago, we have to focus on what’s happening now,” said Peralta, a father of four who started working at age 10. “Everything just keeps getting worse every day and I wouldn’t be surprised if we weren’t as bad off as they were during the revolution.”

Today, another bloody war against drug traffickers, which has cost at least 28,000 lives over the past four years and transformed some areas of Mexico into battlegrounds, also casts a pall on Saturday’s anniversary celebration.

Full Article Here – http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101119/ap_on_re_la_am_ca/lt_mexico_disappointing_revolution

U.S. in Vast Insider Trading Probe

Wall Street Journal
November 19, 2010
By SUSAN PULLIAM, MICHAEL ROTHFELD,JENNY STRASBURG and GREGORY ZUCKERMAN

Federal authorities, capping a three-year investigation, are preparing insider-trading charges that could ensnare consultants, investment bankers, hedge-fund and mutual-fund traders and analysts across the nation, according to people familiar with the matter.

The criminal and civil probes, which authorities say could eclipse the impact on the financial industry of any previous such investigation, are examining whether multiple insider-trading rings reaped illegal profits totaling tens of millions of dollars, the people say. Some charges could be brought before year-end, they say.

The investigations, if they bear fruit, have the potential to expose a culture of pervasive insider trading in U.S. financial markets, including new ways non-public information is passed to traders through experts tied to specific industries or companies, federal authorities say.


One focus of the criminal investigation is examining whether nonpublic information was passed along by independent analysts and consultants who work for companies that provide “expert network” services to hedge funds and mutual funds. These companies set up meetings and calls with current and former managers from hundreds of companies for traders seeking an investing edge.

Among the expert networks whose consultants are being examined, the people say, is Primary Global Research LLC, a Mountain View, Calif., firm that connects experts with investors seeking information in the technology, health-care and other industries. “I have no comment on that,” said Phani Kumar Saripella, Primary Global’s chief operating officer. Primary’s chief executive and chief operating officers previously worked at Intel Corp., according to its website.

In another aspect of the probes, prosecutors and regulators are examining whether Goldman Sachs Group Inc. bankers leaked information about transactions, including health-care mergers, in ways that benefited certain investors, the people say. Goldman declined to comment.

Full Article Here – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704170404575624831742191288.html?mod=WSJ_hp_LEFTTopStories

Thousands To March Against Afghanistan War

Sky News
November 20, 2010
By Rob Cole

Thousands of anti-war protesters are expected to march in London later to call for the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Stop The War Coalition said the demonstration was likely to be “lively”.

It comes as Nato leaders meet in Lisbon to discuss a timetable for handing over power to Afghan troops.

Stop The War Coalition spokeswoman Lindsey German said students and sixth-form pupils from across the country would take part in the protest amid a “surge” of anti-war feeling.

“It will be a lively demonstration to press for the withdrawal of troops,” she said.

“Spending on Afghanistan is now approaching £5bn a year – money that should be spent on areas such as education and welfare, which are now under threat because of the Government’s spending cuts.”


Ms German said about 75% of the British public wanted troops home now.

The protest was also organised by the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and the British Muslim Initiative.

The charity War on Want plans to back the protest because the war is “unwinnable”, a spokesman said.

Full Article Here – http://news.sky.com/skynews/Article/201009115820164