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3-Jul-11 World View — Israel, Greece And Turkey Stall Gaza Flotilla


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Israel, Greece and Turkey cooperate to stall the Gaza flotilla

The U.S. flotilla ship 'Audacity of Hope' is being kept from leaving port for Gaza by Greek coast guard
The U.S. flotilla ship ‘Audacity of Hope’ is being kept from leaving port for Gaza by Greek coast guard

A growing strategic relationship between President Obama and Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is a major factor in the near collapse of “Freedom Flotilla II,” the plan by pro-Palestinian activists to send 1500 activists on 10 ships to Gaza, to break Israel’s naval blockade. Another factor is the growing strategic relationship between Israel and Greece, brought together by the common tensions with Turkey. The result, today, is a new US-Turkish alliance, along with Israel and Greece, that will oppose the Palestinians’ plan for UN recognition of a Palestinian state in December. Debka

China celebrates the 90th anniversary of its Communist Party

China’s president Hu Jintao gave a speech on Friday to mark the 90th anniversary of the Communist party. Speaking to thousands of party officials at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Hu urged the party to fight corruption and create what he described as a clean government. He warned that acts of corruption by party members who hold political office could cause the public to lose trust. VOA

Kim Jong-il’s Brother Under House Arrest in North Korea

Kim Pyong-il looks too much like Kim Il-sung
Kim Pyong-il looks too much like Kim Il-sung

You can’t make this stuff up. Kim Pyong-il, the half-brother of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, has been held in house arrest since he returned in May from Poland, where he serves as ambassador. His crime? He looks too much like his father, the revered Kim Il-sung, who founded North Korea. The problem, it seems, is that the heir-apparent to dictatorship throne is Kim Jong-il’s son, Kim Jong-un, and Kim Jong-un is himself cultivating the appearance of his grandfather. Chosun

Associated Press will open an bureau in Pyongyang, North Korea

North Korea’s state-run Central News Agency (KCNA) and Associated Press signed a series of pacts that will allow AP to base text and photo jouranlists in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. North Korea has no diplomatic relations with the U.S. Yonhap

New book encourages Yemen’s tribes to join the jihad movement

With Yemen’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh still being treated in a Saudi Arabia hospital for injuries incurred in a June 3 assassination attempt, both government and opposition forces are vying for the allegiance of the nation’s tribal grouping. Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is trying to take advantage of the political chaos by stepping up its armed activities, and by the publication of a new book urging Yemen’s tribes to join the jihad movement and AQAP. Jamestown


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