Posts Tagged ‘Obama’

On Monday,Barack Obama met with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.  Their main point of discussion was Iran’s nuclear program. Obama, while still pushing for a diplomatic solution to the problem, expressed a growing impatience with Iran’s recalcitrance.  Erdogan, however, maintained his view that the world could only coerce Iran through diplomatic efforts, and called criticism that his country’s close relationship with Iran isolating it away from the West “ridiculous.”

The New Jersey Senate Judiciary Committee passed a same-sex marriage bill Tuesday night. Heading to the floor tomorrow, the bill is not likely to pass. Regardless, this is the first time the NJ legislature passed an equal-marriage bill out of committee.

A Chicago man has been charged with “conspiracy to murder and maim in a foreign country” because of his involvement in last year’s terrorist attack on Mumbai. David Coleman Headley, from Chicago, went to India to do recon for Laskkar-e-Taiba He, along with former military man Abdur Rehman, are also connected to a plot to bomb the Danish newspaper that ran controversial cartoons negatively depicting Islam. Headley has, fortunately, begun to cooperate with the FBI in their investigation. Chicago business man Tahawwur Rana has also been charged.

It is getting harder and harder to separate truth from hype on the border of Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Iranian news source Alalam claims that Houthi rebels have pushed Saudi away from the Sa’ada, the Yemeni province where Saudi and Yemeni forced are carrying out“Operation Scorched Earth.” The BBC, however, reports that Yemeni commanders have announced that they will have the city of Sa’ada under their control by the end of today. Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate has passed a non-binding resolution on the conflict, calling for the global community “to use all appropriate measures to assist the people of Yemen to prevent Yemen from becoming a failed state.”

In an address to an audience of families of those killed during the 1980’s war against Iraq, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahjmadinejad claimed to have documented proof that the U.S. is trying to stop the coming of the Mahdi, the Imam that Muslims believe will save man-kind. “They have devised all these plans to prevent the coming of the Hidden Imam because they know that the Iranian nation is the one that will prepare the grounds for his coming and will be the supporters of his rule.”  He also said that the West was caught in a quagmire in Afghanistan and asked – “Is there not one sane person in your country to tell you these things?”

Russia and India have agreed to work more closely on nuclear power in a round of discussions to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Of the total number of crimes with filed complaints, 15% to 20% are committed by police officers, particularly those involving most violence such as homicide and kidnapping” said the Interior minister during the program “Aló, Presidente” anchored by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

In a renewed effort to revive nuclear disarmament talks, President Barack Obama has sent veteran diplomat Stephen Bosworth to North Korea to meet with high level North Korean officials.  “The main question is whether Bosworth will meet with Chairman Kim Jong Il,” said Kim Yong-hyun, a professor of North Korean studies at Seoul’s Dongguk University. “Such a meeting would demonstrate that both the U.S. and North Korea intend to resolve the nuclear issue.”

Through French President Nikolas Sarkozy, Syria has informed Israel that it is ready to return to peace talks without the precondition that Israel pull completely out of the Golan Heights. Talks may resume with a mediator, the question is who. Israel would like to continue discussion through Sarkozy, but Syrians prefer Turkey. To that, Netanyahu responded that an “honest broker” is needed, and he is “not certain” the Turks fit the bill given their behavior since Israel’s war in Gaza nearly a year ago.

Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama said Monday “the time has come” for the government to make a decision on the fate of the Futenma military facility in Okinawa Prefecture and convey it to the United States, but he wouldn’t say what it will be or precisely when it will be.

Google on Tuesday unveiled a new approach to presenting news online by topic, developed with The New York Times and The Washington Post, and said that if the experiment was successful, it would be made available to all publishers.

Also on Tuesday, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson declared greenhouse gas a threat to human health. This “endangerment finding” could lead to the modification of power plants, factories, refineries, and automobiles with new technologies, and caused an almost immediate jump in solar energy holdings & drop in crude oil.

Carbon dioxide output from the U.S. energy sector has already fallen half as much as needed to meet the 2020 emissions reduction target the Obama administration took to the Copenhagen climate-change summit.  Falling U.S. emissions are the result of the “weak economy,” which grew at an annual rate of 2.8 percent in the third quarter after shrinking for a year, and a cleaner fuel mix in the electricity sector, according to a new report.

To the Chinese media, is Obama "aobama" or "oubama?" (Image via Atlantic)

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OBAMA WINS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE!!! Only three American Presidents have won before, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson and Jimmy Carter. More opinions on this forthcoming. (Reuters)

Iran accuses the United States in the disappearance of Shahram Amiri, who went missing after a trip to Saudi Arabia in June. Iran has, so far, only referred to Amiri as a “citizen,” but he is a nuclear scientist that, according to his wife, worked on nuclear technology for medicinal use. Iran’s Foreign Minister went so far as to complain to the United Nations, which we at Pressed find slightly ironic. America says it has no information about his whereabouts. (Al Jazeera) (NY Daily News)

Polish President Lech Kasczynski has said that he will follow Ireland and sign the Lisbon Treaty. That leaves the Czech Republic as the only country yet to ratify the document that would strengthen the European Union.  (France 24)

Scientists find that volcanoes wiped out almost all life on earth 250 million years ago in something called “The Great Dying.” (Nat Geo)

The Palestinian Authority is calling for a special session to review the Goldstone report, which criticizes Israel’s conduct in its last conflict against Palestine. This ends days of silence from the Palestinians on this issue, while Libya has already requested and was denied a special session. A vote to endorse the findings in the report would be the first of many steps to bring Israel in front of a war crimes tribunal. (Al Jazeera)

White House Economic Adviser Larry Summers says he would be very reluctant to accept the idea that the American economy no longer has the potential to grow rapidly,” amid questions that slow growth is the new normal for the U.S. economy. (Bloomberg)

NFL experiencing highest ratings in 20 years. (Crain’s NY)

Forty-nine people have died in a bombing in the north-western Pakistani town of Peshawar. Meanwhile, the Pakistani army prepares for an offensive in North Waaziristan. (BBC World)

According to a new report from the EU, while Georgia triggered conflict with Russia one year ago, it was Russia that broke international law by invading Georgia, and subsequently declaring war. (WSJ)

Monday, Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit told Saudi newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat in no uncertain terms that Iran’s nuclear plan was a danger for the Middle East. (Iran Focus)

Top American U.N. official is removed from his position in Kabul, this after he publicly campaigned against Afghanistan presidential election fraud.  (Reuters)

Now that the Senate Finance Committee has voted down two key Democratic public-option amendments to the health care bill, the fate of such reform lies in Obama’s hands. (Politico)

After years of increased government control, deep economic strife is causing Russia PM Vladimir Putin to push for privatization at the country’s big businesses. (WSJ)

The New York Times is still weighing pay-model options. The paper thinks it could make everyone happier if it could just figure out how to make money out of that new-fangled internet, but at this point they lack a clear proposal from any party. (New York Observer)

SAMOA BEARS BRUNT: Earthquake in the South Pacific triggers a deadly tsunami that rips through Samoa killing over 100 people.

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“We should explore the potential for linking the US, Nato and Russia missile defense systems at an appropriate time,”Rasmussen said while speaking in Brussels. He then assured Eastern European countries that their sovereignty would not be threatened by such an alliance. (France 24)

This just after the President Obama announced that he would end Bush administration plans to place missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic. (AP)

While in 2001 Bush and Putin looked into each others eyes and seemed to share a deep kinship (BBC World), their love turned into something quite bitter towards the end of Bush’s tenure. In 2005 he told Putin he was “concerned” for Russian democracy (Telegraph). By 2008 Bush was calling Russia a “bully” following the brief and bloody conflict it had with Georgia that summer (The Washington Post).

Obama’s new plan tables long range missile defense discussions to 2015 and concerns itself with shorter ranged missiles that Iran is currently developing.  Administration officials tried to pacify the hawkish Polish government with promises to continue defense dialog and protect Warsaw in the future, as it was to do in the Bush plan. (The Economist)

Feelings are divided down ideological lines on this issue in both the Czech Republic and Poland. Right wingers expressed betrayal while left wingers expressed relief. That aside, September 17th marks the anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Poland, perhaps an insensitive day to  discuss back peddling with Polish defense (Reuters)

Why would the U.S. choose to improve relations with Russia this way? On September 15th the White House expressed dismay at a potential arms race in Latin America after Russia agreed to give Venezuela a $2.2 billion credit toward arms purchases. Venezuela feels threatened by Colombia’s decision to allow the U.S. to build new bases on Colombian territory. (Defense Talk)

Iranian protesters signaled another divide in U.S.-Russian relations as they cried “death to Russia” at opposition rallies yesterday (NYT, The Lede)

6a00d83451c0bf69e200e54f0af6e78833-800wiThe result of all of this is a happy Putin and a happy Putin gives clues as to how the United States could use soft power to twist Russia’s arm…

“I very much hope that this right and brave decision will be followed up by the full cancellation of all restrictions on cooperation with Russia and high technology transfer to Russia as well as a boost to expand the WTO to embrace Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan,” Putin said at an investment forum in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. (CBS News)

Now lets see what the Obama administration and Nato can do with that.

Remember that episode of South Park where Stan’s dad had to apologize to Al Sharpton and his NAACP homies for his mispelling of “NAGGER” on The Price is right? Well, I guess its an honest mistake anyone could make (esp. in Glencoe Kentucky outside a store)

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… and calling Presiden’t Obama a nagger couldn’t possibly be an allusion to anything.

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Every day President Obama reads ten letters written to him by Americans with something on their minds. Watch the video for more.

…Racist

Rushlimbaugh sucks.

Just…gross.