6-Jun-11 World View — Israeli kills protesters on Golan Heights

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com.

Wild celebrations in Yemen over Saleh’s departure


Yemeni army soldiers lifted by anti-government protesters, celebrate Saleh's departure (AP)
Yemeni army soldiers lifted by anti-government protesters, celebrate Saleh’s departure (AP)

The evacuation of Yemen’s wounded president Ali Abdullah Saleh to a military hospital in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia has caused wild celebrations on the streets of Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. “5-Jun-11 News — Yemen’s VP takes power, as President Saleh is evacuated to Saudi Arabia”) Many supporters are expecting Saleh to return to Yemen, once the medical treatment is over. But Saleh’s absense raises the specter of an even more violent power struggle between Saleh’s forces and opposition tribes. Saudi Gazette

Israelis kill protesters entering the Golan Heights from Syria

When protesters crossed Syria’s border into the Golan Heights on May 15, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were completely unprepared. This time, the IDF was well prepared, but it seems to have made little difference. Sunday was “Naksa Day,” commemorating the start of the 1967 Six-Day War, and hundreds of Syrian anti-Israeli protesters attempted to cross the border into the Golan Heights. Syria’s government, whose figures are undoubtedly an exaggeration, claims that dozens of protesters were killed. Haaretz

Conflicts flare between China and Vietnam

Hundreds of Vietnamese demonstrated in front of China’s embassy on Sunday, protesting China’s aggressioins in the South China Sea. Vietnam says a Chinese vessel intentionally cut a submerged cable of a Vietnamese oil survey ship last month while it was conducting seismic tests. This is just one of a growing number of territorial disputes, as China continues to claim sovereignty over vast regions in the South and East China seas, including public seaways, as well as islands that have been historically claimed by other countries. VOA

At a meeting of 27 nations in Singapore, China sought to allay fears over its military buildup: “We do not intend to threaten any country with the modernisation of our military force. I would like to say that it is not our option. We did not seek to, we are not seeking to and we will not seek hegemony and we will not threaten any country.” Peace in our time. Today (Singapore)

Pope Urges Croatia to Defend Christianity As EU Member


Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor meets with Pope Benedict XVI in Zagreb, Croatia, June 4, 2011 (AP)
Croatian Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor meets with Pope Benedict XVI in Zagreb, Croatia, June 4, 2011 (AP)

At the start of a two-day trip to Croatia, Pope Benedict says he supports Croatia’s membership in the European Union (EU) if the mainly Catholic Balkan nation helps to defend Christian values. VOA

New Pakistan bombings avenge death of terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri

About 50 people were wounded in two terrorist bombing explosions in cities in northwestern Pakistan. Both attacks are apparently in revenge for the death of terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri from an American drone strike. BBC

Cause of Germany’s deadly E. Coli outbreak has been found

German officials are blaming the E. coli outbreak on a farm that grows bean sprouts in Lower Saxony state. There have been over 2,000 illnesses, and 21 deaths. More women than men have gotten sick, because women eat more bean sprouts than men do. Bloomberg

IRS is delaying income tax refunds for adoption tax credit

The IRS is stalling on refunding taxes to people claiming the adoption tax credit. The tax credit is supposed to partially offset the $30,000 cost of adopting a special needs child. CNN

Henry Kissinger may tackle World Soccer


Henry Kissinger
Henry Kissinger

I must admit that I’ve been ignoring the major scandal going on in the World Soccer Association (Fédération Internationale de Football Association – FIFA), since it had no discernible geopolitical significance. The scandal involves alleged kickbacks over choice of cities to hold the World Cup tournaments. But this is definitely worth a mention. Geopolitical expert and Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry Kissinger is considering an offer from FIFA to join their anti-corruption watchdog committee. Kissinger was also a member of the reform panel set up by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after the scandal over Salt Lake City’s winning bid to host the 2002 winter Olympics. I suppose that if Kissinger can’t save FIFA, then no one can. Reuters

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