Violence has exploded in the Mexican state of Michoacan following the arrest of an alleged leader of a powerful drug cartel known as “La Familia” — “The Family” in English. Earlier this week the cartel left the bodies of 12 tortured federal agents piled along a highway as a warning to government officials. In a string of related attacks, they also killed six federal agents and two soldiers.
Honduran leader Roberto Micheletti, who was installed as president of the Central American country by the nation's Congress on June 28, told reporters on July 15 that he would be willing to step down, provided that ousted President Jose Manuel Zelaya relinquishes his claims to the presidency.
During the second day of their two-day triennial summit at Egypt's Sharm el-Sheik resort on the Red Sea on July 16, members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) agreed to a declaration to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, while making it clear that terror should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization, or ethnic group. (See related article on the Sharm el-Sheik summit, "Non-Aligned Movement Nations Discuss World Economy.")
In an audio message released on radical Islamist Web sites on July 15, Ayman al-Zawahiri (Osama bin Laden's deputy and al Qaeda's second in command) told Pakistanis that the United States was interfering in Pakistan's affairs.
Representatives of the 118-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) began their 15th triennial summit at Egypt's Sharm el-Sheik resort on the Red Sea on July 15 to discuss the impact of the global economic crisis on their nations.
A growing global alliance against the quickly depreciating dollar clearly emerged from the G-8 summit last weekend. Obama administration officials are clearly in damage-control mode, despite official appearances that nothing negative came out of the meeting.
For the first time since rioting broke out on July 5 in Urumqi, capital of China's northwest Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, on July 13 Chinese police shot and killed two Uighur men and wounded a third. Officials have reported 184 deaths since the unrest began.
In a sign that globalists are running out of patience with the protracted negotiations known as the Doha Development Round of the World Trade Organization, leading economic powers (the G-8 plus China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa) pledged this week in a communiqué to reach an accord by 2010.
The G-8 — the Group of Eight leading industrial nations (plus five other add-ons: China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa), meeting in the earthquake-ravaged Italian city of L’Aquila this week — have seldom looked more magisterial.
Following violence in China’s Xinjiang region on July 5, Communist Chinese authorities were quick to blame the Internet. Members of the predominantly Muslim ethnic group known as Uighurs used the Internet to spread information about what they say was a violent crack down on a peaceful protest.