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3-Mar-12 World View: Egypt Releases American Activists After U.S. Pays Bail

3-Mar-12 World View: Egypt Releases American Activists After U.S. Pays Bail

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com.

  • France’s Sarkozy takes refuge in bar to hide from egg-throwing Basque separatists
  • Gaza jihadist group claims to have set forest fires in Nevada
  • Thousands flee from northern Nigeria into Chad and Niger
  • EU warns Greece of ‘Plan B’ if private investors refuse to cooperate
  • Egypt releases American activists after U.S. pays bail

France’s Sarkozy takes refuge in bar to hide from egg-throwing Basque separatists

On a campaign stop in Bayonne in France on Tuesday, president Nicolas Sarkozy had to take refuge in the Bar du Palais for an hour, to escape hundreds of Basque separatists who were booing and jeering him, and throwing insults and eggs. ETA, a separatist movement which called an end to its armed struggle last year, is blamed for 829 deaths during a four-decade campaign of shootings and bombings for an independent Basque homeland. AFP

Gaza jihadist group claims to have set forest fires in Nevada

A Gaza-based jihadist group, the Ma’sadat al-Mujahideen, is claiming credit for igniting a series of devastating forest fires near Reno, Nevada, on January 19. According to the group’s statement, they wish to widen “the area of war” to include regions inside America and elsewhere, and they will continue these activities until “the liberation of Palestine” is achieved. Jamestown

Thousands flee from northern Nigeria into Chad and Niger

At least 10,000 people have fled northern Nigeria for neighboring Niger and Chad to escape a military seep targeting the terrorist group Boko Haram, which has perpetrated a series of bombings and other attacks that have killed dozens of people. Reuters

EU warns Greece of ‘Plan B’ if private investors refuse to cooperate

Greece is currently negotiating with private investors to convince them, before March 9, to “voluntarily” accept a 75% haircut on their investments by swapping their old Greek bonds for shiny new guaranteed bonds. European and Greek officials have been smiling broadly, saying that participation by private investors is very high, but without providing any numbers. But Jean-Claude Juncker, the chairman of the eurozone finance ministers, confirmed the existence of a back-up plan if the debt swap falls flat. “I don’t need to talk to everyone about plan B if we officially say that we want plan A to work,” he said. Irish Times

Egypt releases American activists after U.S. pays bail

U.S. pro-democracy activists flew out of Egypt on Thursday after the authorities lifted a travel ban. The activists included Sam LaHood, the son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, had been charged with working for groups receiving illegal foreign funding. The six American activists were released after the U.S. government paid their bail, which was set at about $330,000 each. Reuters

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