Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January 27 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Yemen - There May Be A Place Worse Than Afghanistan To Fight In, And We're There

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Cabale News ServiceJanuary 27 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Yemen - There May Be A Place Worse Than Afghanistan To Fight In, And We're There

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In The News:
Toyota is shutting down US and Canadian sales of eight car and light truck models and recalling hundreds of thousands of vehicles while they figure out what to do about a design flaw in an accelerator pedal that sticks in the GO! position.

If you're unemployed, you should have no problem being in front of the boob tube at 5pm pst to watch president Obama's State of the Union address... Keep 'hoping'.
US President Barack Obama will outline a "hopeful track" for the year ahead in his first State of the Union address to Congress, his spokesman has said.

With unemployment at 10% and a soaring deficit, correspondents say the speech will focus on jobs and the economy. Mr Obama has recently been rattled by a slump in voter confidence and victories for Republicans in three key states.

In a recent BBC/Harris poll, 84% of Americans rated the current state of the union as negative. [BBCNews]

An Uzbeki Guantanamo inmate has been released to Switzerland... There are 102 remaining captives, most of whom have done absolutely nothing.

Also notable on that front in the war on...Well, jut about everyone... the UN's list of 'terrorists' shrinks... The United Nations has removed five former Afghan Taliban officials from its sanctions list which was imposed because of alleged links to al-Qaeda.

China is protesting the US sale of modern weaponry including Blackhawk helicopters and state of the art PATRIOT missile systems, to Taiwan.
AP writes that the sale is likely to include UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles and military communications equipment. But F-16 fighter jets are not likely to be included. [source]

A car bomb right outside the gate of US HQ Camp Phoenix in downtown Kabul Afghanistan kills 17 people.

Meanwhile... Fun and games on the Korean peninsula:
North and South Korea exchange fire near sea border

North and South Korea have exchanged fire close to their disputed maritime border, say reports. North Korea twice fired artillery shells into the sea off the South's western coast, said South Korean media.

South Korean coastal bases responded to the first volley with warning shots, but no injuries were reported.

The North said the firing had been part of an annual military drill and firing would continue, but Seoul said the action was "provocative". It came after North Korea declared a no-sail zone in waters off its coast on Tuesday, media reports say. [In Full]

Haiti update and contest:

Spot The US NGO Funds For Haiti

OK folks, here are the rules. The Blue blobs represent NGO donations to Haitian relief efforts. I'm getting eyestrain looking for US NGO contributions. The winner is the person that can... umn... find one?

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