Howdy, Firepups, your Monday news is right here.
❖ “At least seven people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a bomb attack in south-eastern Turkey . . . .” It was a car bomb near a police station in Gaziantep.
❖ “ Iraq has been helping Iran skirt economic sanctions imposed because of its nuclear program, using a network of financial institutions and oil-smuggling operations that are providing Tehran with a crucial flow of dollars . . ..” Apparently, complicity ranges from “turning a blind eye” to profiteering off it.
❖ In his first article at the UK Guardian, Glenzilla argues that, while the US government and others have condemned the terrorist tactic of launching “a follow-up attack aimed at those who go to the scene of the original attack to rescue the wounded”, the US itself is doing the same thing in Pakistan.
❖ “ Can Somalia dare to hope for the future?” Today, a new president will be chosen for Somalia–elected “by the new parliament, which was elected by the clan elders whose warlords have brought anarchy to the country for two decades . . ..” Some see a sliver of hope; others fear a return to warlordism. Update: The new parliament has now been installed.
❖ And over in Yemen, “revolution continues in Change Square six months after Saleh’s fall.” There are still some tents in the square, but few, and there is division among activists. Saleh’s son commands the Republican Guard which fights with government troops, Saleh is still in country–and young activists look to Washington for help.
❖ Well, guess what? It’s all the customers’ fault that those banksters lied in reporting to Libor. Sir David Walker, Barclays chairman, said the