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10-Jul-11 World View — Karachi Pakistan Crawls Back To Life


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Karachi crawls back to life

Karachi crawls back to life
Karachi crawls back to life

After five days of political and ethnic violence that resulted in the deaths of 98 people and 150 wounded, police and paramilitary forces claimed on Saturday evening that they’ve taken control of the port city of Karachi, the largest city in Pakistan. Police on Friday were ordered to shoot on sight any gunmen, but Amnesty International said, “By granting security forces the power to ‘shoot on sight’ the Pakistani government is effectively declaring Karachi a war zone.” The Nation (Pakistan)

Greece receives 3.2 billion euros from IMF

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a 3.2 billion euro ($4.6 billion) payment under a joint loan with the European Union. Last week, the EU had unblocked 8.7 billion euros for Greece. The purpose of the payments is to allow Greece to pay its debts through September, and to buy time so that the EU can figure out how to continue to bail out Greece for years to come. Bloomberg

Pro-Palestinian activists plan week of West Bank protests

In the next phase of the “Welcome to Palestine” campaign, Pro-Palestinian activists have been arriving in Jerusalem for a week of protests in the West Bank. The protests will start in the Aida refugee camp north of Bethlehem on Sunday, and end in Jerusalem on Friday. Israel has detained or otherwise prevented hundreds of activists from reaching the West Bank, but activists say that 50 to 100 have made it through. Jerusalem Post

Thailand’s PM Yingluck Shinawatra accused of buying votes with noodles

Thailand’s newly elected prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was accused of buying votes with noodles during a campaign stop prior to the election. The Election Commission is considering a formal investigation of the vote-buying-with-noodles incident. A spokesman for Yingluck says that the act was not premeditated because a noodle vendor was already cooking when Yingluck arrived and asked if she could help. The Election Commission will take up the matter on Tuesday. In 2008, Prime Minister, Samak Sundaravej, an ally of Yingluck’s brother Thaksin, was thrown out of office because for many years he had hosted a televised cooking show. When you’re talking about Thailand, you just can’t make this stuff up. Bangkok Post


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