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Gaza's foiled flotillas do acheive a positive impact

As ships continue preparing to depart for Gaza from Greece and as the Greek government continues to serve as the Israeli ‘call centre’ for outsourcing the blockade of 1.6 million Palestinians in Gaza, the myth continues to perpetuate that ‘established channels’ should be used to reach Gaza. © Al Nisr Publishing LLC 2011.
 

Press digest

The following are the top stories in the Maltese and overseas press: The Times says Air Malta pilots have persisted in their decision to strike unless their demands are met. The newspaper also reports how two hunters have been jailed for illegal hunting.

03:34 on 07 July, 2011 UTC

Number of Papuan mine strikers exaggerated, says worker Posted at 03:34 on 07 July, 2011 UTC A non-striking employee at Freeport McMoran’s mine operations in Indonesia’s Papua province says the number of workers on strike has been exaggerated. A strike by what union spokesman Virgo Solossa told the....

03:33 on 07 July, 2011 UTC

Management of Niue’s Bond Store placed in hands of Premier Posted at 03:33 on 07 July, 2011 UTC The Premier of Niue has taken over the management of the government’s liquor retailer, the Bond Store, following another shortage of beer. Under the administration of the Customs and Tax Department, the....

03:33 on 07 July, 2011 UTC

Tonga foreign affairs clarifies embassy rumours Posted at 03:33 on 07 July, 2011 UTC A Tonga Foreign Affairs official says no decision has been made around embassy closures in New Zealand and Australia. This comes after the government announced in the budget that shutdowns would happen as it strives to cut spending.

Yellowstone grizzly kills hiker

A female grizzly bear has killed a man who was hiking with his wife in Yellowstone National Park after the couple apparently surprised the animal and its cubs.

Rule lets board recover pay from failed bank execs

WASHINGTON — Federal regulators will be able to take back two years of pay from executives held responsible for a large bank's failure.

French Boat Heads to Gaza, Eludes Greek Flotilla Crackdown

Activists trying to break Israel's naval blockade of Gaza scored their first gain in days when a small French pleasure boat slipped out of Greek waters bound for Palestinian shores.

Is Europe a level playing field for industry?

Would the French or Germans have allowed a foreign bidder to beat them to a major engineering contract? Well, quite possibly With the last rites being read for 170 years of British railway manufacturing in Derby and Brussels being blamed for another "made in Germany" triumph in the Thameslink....

Facebook gets even more face-to-face thanks to Skype partnership

Rolling out in the next few weeks, Mark Zuckerberg says the feature brings together two of the web's most popular consumer services Facebook users will be able to make free video calls to their friends through the site after the social networking giant announced a partnership with web telephony service Skype.

Key to coping with disasters: neighbors

A political scientist who had moved to New Orleans only weeks before Hurricane Katrina concluded that neighbors -- and cooperation among neighbors -- are more important for surviving, coping with, and recovering from disasters than ambulances and fire trucks and government aid; to make sure his....

Jonathan appoints Oghiadomhe, Abati, Oronto, Sarah Jubril

BY DANIEL IDONOR ABUJA – PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, Wednesday, approved the appointment of a 20-man presidential aides list. A statement signed by the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim said the aides would assist Mr President in the discharge of his constitutional obligations to the nation.

Share in Belarusian Promsvyaz up for sale in 2011

MINSK, 6 July (BelTA) – A package of shares of the Belarusian telecommunication equipment supplier Promsvyaz will be sold this year, Belarusian Information Technologies and Communications Minister Nikolai Pantelei told media on 6 July. The package of shares will be sold to an investor with an....

Damning Report: UN Says Germany Failing to Tackle Social Inequalites

A UN committee has sharply criticized Germany's social and education systems, saying the country fails to provide equal opportunities for immigrants and women. It's also not doing enough to help poor children and the elderly, the UN says. But the German government alleges the report isn't based on facts.

Diarrhoea kills 10 Zim children

Harare, Zimbabwe (PANA) - Health officials in Zimbabwe said Wednesday a diarrhoea outbreak had killed 10 children in Bulawayo and left over 200 others ill. Health

Armenia preparing to celebrate the 1050th anniversary of proclamation of Ani as the capital of Bagratuni Dynasty

06.07.2011 18:39 The Government held consultations today on the organization of events dedicated to the 1050th anniversary of proclamation of Ani as the capital of the Bagratuni Dynasty. The meeting was chaired by Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan. The participants of the meeting discussed the....

Cronyism: A Legacy of Military Rule in Burma

If Burma's dictatorial ruler Snr-Gen Than Shwe left a legacy for the country's economy when he retired in March after handing over power to a civilianized government, it would be the growth of cronyism. The best example of a crony business that flourished during the past 22 years of military rule is....

Nigeria: Community Mourns Death of 12 Farmers Killed by Thunder

Gelengu Village in Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State has since Tuesday evening been thrown into mourning following the death of 12 farmers who were struck by thunder during a heavy down poor that lasted few hours.

Why Hugo ChÁvez's Dramatic Re-Appearance May Not Be Enough

The Venezuelan president is clearly ill but he could not miss his country's bicentennial celebration, if only to keep the opposition unbalanced

DFA exec: 150,000 Pinoy professionals in Saudi at risk of losing jobs

A senior official of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said some 150,000 mid-level Filipino professionals in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) are at risk of losing their jobs because of the "Saudization" policy.

Australia lifts ban on Indonesian cattle trade

Last Updated: Wed, 6 Jul 2011 19:44:00 +1000 The Australian Government has lifted its ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia. Exports were halted a month ago after an outcry over a television documentary revealing cruel practices at some Indonesian abattoirs.

Tsvangirai visits former lodgings

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai made an emotional visit to his former lodgings in Mutare a single room that has now become home to 10 family members. The visit to Chisamba Single Quarters by the Premier last weekend revealed accommodation problems at the block where a family is now living in one room.

Mpofu name surfaces in court

The names of Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu, Matabeleland North governor Thokozile Mathuthu and two senior police officers from the region have been dropped in a $700 fraud case involving a private safari operator in Victoria Falls. A former police officer, Tinashe Chikara (44),....

FBM KLCI up at mid-day

The FBM KLCI finished the Wednesday morning session higher at 1,585.50, up 4 points on buying of key blue chips like banks and plantation companies.

Thai PM elect looks at economy, firms fear wage inflation

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's prime minister elect, Yingluck Shinawatra, said she would hold a strategy meeting on Wednesday to review urgent action to revitalise the economy, but business leaders fear her populist wage policies will spark a surge in inflation.

Somali Man Brought To U.S. To Face Terror Trial

A Somali citizen captured in April was interrogated aboard a U.S. warship for two months and is now in New York to face terrorism charges.

World Briefing | MidEast: French Boat Leaves Greek Waters, but Gaza May Prove Too Far

It was the first vessel attempting to be part of an international flotilla aiming to challenge Israel’s naval blockade to successfully depart Greek territorial waters.

Report: Syrian siege may be crime against humanity

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces may have committed crimes against humanity during a deadly siege in May, Amnesty International said Wednesday, citing witness accounts of deaths in custody, torture and arbitrary detention. The New York-based rights group called on the U.N.

London 'easiest city to get around'

Those stuck in traffic jams or held up on the Tube might not believe it, but London is the easiest city in Europe to get around, according to a survey of travellers.

Light drinking 'no effect' on birth

Light drinking in pregnancy has no effect on premature birth, small babies or low birthweight, research has suggested.

PM to detail new troop withdrawal

David Cameron will announce further details of British troop withdrawals from Afghanistan.
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