ONS: 22 February 2011

by TRG Alerts Admin on February 22, 2011

KEY STORYLINES

  • AFRICA: Ivory Coast troops loyal to Gbabgo fired on a crowd.
  • ASIA: South Korea’s spy chief is under pressure to resign after a bungled attempt to steal secrets from an Indonesian trade delegation.
  • EUROPE: In Russia, Mikhail Gorbechev criticized Vladimir Putin for establishing a “sham” democracy.
  • LATIN AMERICA: Russia delayed the delivery of S-300 SAMs to Venezuela.
  • MIDDLE EAST: Bahrain’s king ordered the release of all political prisoners.
  • TECHNOLOGY: Blog use is declining as more young people turn to social media.

TOP STORY

  • Hundreds have died in protests in Libya after Gaddafi ordered planes to bomb crowds of protesters.
    • Government officials are breaking with Gaddafi.
    • 2 pilots defected to Malta with their jets after being ordered to bomb the protestors.
    • Gaddafi appeared on state TV to prove he had not fled the country.
    • International reporters are not allowed into the country to provide coverage.
    • The UN Security Council will meet to discuss the situation.
    • The unrest has caused stock markets to fall and oil prices to rise.
    • Coverage:  (Al Jazeera, AP, WSJ, Washington Post)
  • A powerful 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, killing at least 63 and injuring scores more.
    • Prime Minister John Key declared a state of emergency and said this “may well be New Zealand’s darkest day.”
    • It’s the country’s deadliest natural disaster in 80 years.
    • The mayor asked for military assistance in evacuating the downtown area.
    • Coverage:  (NY Times, CS Monitor, BBC, CSM)

AFRICA

  • Ivory Coast: Troops loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo killed six protesters who called for the president’s removal. (Reuters)
  • Mali: At least 36 people, mostly women, were killed when a crowd stampeded. (Reuters)
  • Somalia: Rebels made a deal with pirate leaders for a portion of ransoms collected. (Reuters)

ASIA

  • China: US Adm. Scott Van Buskirk stated he did not believe China’s new anti-carrier ballistic missile would change the strategic situation in the region. (WSJ)
    • “It is our sincere hope that as China continues to develop a blue-water navy—one that may soon include an aircraft carrier—it will employ that navy in a way that is responsible and constructive,”
  • Korea, South: The country’s spy chief is under pressure to resign after members of his agency allegedly tried to steal commercial secrets from an Indonesian trade delegation. (UPI)
  • Pakistan: US officials confirmed Raymond Davis formerly worked for Xe, the contractor formerly known as Blackwater. US newspapers confirmed Davis worked as part of the CIA’s Global Response Team, guarding case officers meeting with agents. (Guardian)

EUROPE

  • Russia: Mikhail Gorbachev criticized Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev for establishing a “sham” democracy. (Guardian)
  • Russia: $10 billion in arms sales could be lost to Mideast unrest. (AFP)

LATIN AMERICA

  • Region: Arab countries are working to increase ties to Latin American countries; gaining support on issues such as the recognition of Palestine. (Miami Herald)
  • Venezuela: 3 students on a hunger strike calling for human rights probes of Hugo Chavez were taken to a hospital after fainting. (Miami Herald)
  • Venezuela: The Russian arms export agency announced that deliveries of S-300’s are delayed but would go ahead. (RIA Novosti)

MIDDLE EAST

  • Bahrain: The king ordered all political prisoners in the country released as protests continue. (AP)
  • Iran: A US naval flotilla is massing at the Suez Canal against two Iranian warships. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said, “It’s not really about the ships. It’s about what the ships are carrying, what’s their destination, what’s the cargo on board, where’s it going, to whom and for what benefit” (UPI)
  • Jordan: King Abdullah called for “quick and real” political reforms, in efforts designed to prevent the possibility of Egypt and Tunisia style revolts. (Gulf News)

TECHNOLOGY AND COMMUNICATIONS

  • Blogs: Use of blogs decreased as younger people are increasing their use of social media. (NY Times)

WORLD

  • Cyclones: 15s (Carlos) Leamouth, Australia
    • Winds: 55 knots
    • Heading: SW at 10 knots
    • Map
  • Cyclones: 17p (Atu) 300 miles East of Noumea
    • Winds: 95 knots
    • Heading:
    • Map
  • Hurricanes: Nothing to Report
  • Earthquakes: Christchurch, New Zealand
    • Mag: 6.3
    • Depth: 5km
    • Map
  • Volcanoes: Mount Bulusan, Philippines
    • Volcano was quiet yesterday but scientists have warned of more explosion.

TOMORROW’S OUTLOOK

  • Afghanistan: Bilateral talks between the U.S. and Afghanistan in Washington. Talks will last until 25FEB.
  • Cameroon: Protests scheduled.
  • Colombia: Anniversary of Ingrid Betancourt’s capture by the FARC in 2002.
  • Guyana: Republic Day
  • Russia: Defender of the Fatherland Day. The holiday is also celebrated in Ukraine and Belarus.

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