world news

I’m busy packing tonight, so here’s a quick crawl through the post-soviet periphery and a couple other things.

news and nudes

I have to admit- I would never stay on top of this story without the Fortean Times:
Sixth severed foot washes up on B.C. shore

Not as cool as the Ganesha that grew up through the sidewalk, but it’ll do:
Monks see Buddha in wasp nest

Judge clears nude bicyclist in Portland
Seattle Parks seeking to ban nudity
Resort plans nude “anything goes” party

The usual post-Soviet stuff, starting in the Balkans:
Postwar Bosnia’s surprising export: peacekeepers
Kosovo rejects deal on deployment of EU mission
EULEX: UN appeals to Kosovo for flexibility

Tag reform! I used to tag stories about South Ossetia and Abkhazia with “Georgia,” just to keep the tags under control. But that’s kind of old school by now, so from this point forward, there’s a new tag called “Ossetia.” Not like you care, but I do.

Police attack raises tension in South Ossetia
S.Ossetia to report EU monitoring failure

The first two Ukraine headlines describe basically the same event, and yet their spin is almost totally opposite:
NATO reaffirms close ties with Ukraine
NATO Raises Concerns About Ukraine Reforms, Alliance Membership
Ukraine MPs sack presidential associate as speaker

the balkans

Montenegro warns of rising Balkan tensions

EU mission to be deployed throughout Kosovo
EU will accept Serb demands on Kosovo mission

EU peacekeeper pullout worries Bosnia Muslims, but not analysts
EU Must Act To Stem Growing Bosnia Disunity
Europe’s Next Trouble Spot

Unlike in the 1990s, when America was at the height of its relative power and thus able to extend security over the region, America is now fighting two wars in the Middle East and is preoccupied with the financial crisis. Europe is still divided on its interpretation of Kosovo and is severely dependant on Russia for energy. The question of the day in the 1990s — “Why should I be a minority in your country when you could be a minority in mine?” – is surfacing again. And to ethnic separatists, post-Kosovo, there is no longer a satisfying answer.

Croatia makes progress toward joining EU

assorted post-soviet conflicts

Leaving aside Georgia, Ukraine and the Black Sea, which will get their own round-up soon, here’s a bunch of news from the former Soviet periphery.

Start with this one. It hasn’t gotten any play, but it could be a pretty big deal.
Russia envoy warns NATO on air space to Afghanistan
Look at a map. See if you can cobble together a supply line that doesn’t use Russian airspace. You can do it, but it’s not easy. I mean yeah, you can go through Pakistan, but that’s hardly what you’d call stable. Not to mention being completely out of the way.

I guess the Russians had nothing to do with this one, at least:
Clashes mar Bosnia’s first gay festival

NATO to assist UN, EU in Kosovo’s tense north

Bosnia: Serb leader says breakup of country ‘not a tragedy’
Bosnia: Muslim leader’s UN speech sparks controversy
Last Serb move may tear Bosnia, says Envoy

Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik has repeatedly threatened the secession of the Serb Republic from Bosnia if the Muslim leaders continued to question the republic’s legitimacy.

Dodik had said that the disintegration of Bosnia-Herzegovina, torn by internal disputes between its Muslims, Serbs and Croat population, would not be a tragedy.

“I have no emotional attachment to Bosnia-Herzegovina, nor do I love it,” he said. “I’m emotionally very attached to the RS and believe it can function,” said bosnian Serb Leader Dodik told told Radio Free Europe.

Russia’s Northern Fleet joins Russia-Belarus war games

Nagorno-Karabakh is another frozen conflict that’s starting to thaw. I’m sure US assistance will help promote a peaceful resolution.
US to help solve Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

And these are approaching their shelf life, but are still a useful reminder of what’s up in the North Caucasus:
16 die in clashes in Russia’s volatile Caucasus
Ingushetia abuses ‘may spark war’

news news good for the heart the more you read the more yo

Somalia: Who`s to blame for piracy spiraling out of control?
Canada Navy to escort Somalia food aid ships

Saakashvili ex-ally demands probe of Georgia war
Documents: Russia impeding South Ossetia monitors
UN raises number of uprooted in Georgia to 192,000

Moscow eyes Afghanistan in fear
Technical failure halts oil flow at BTC pipeline
West warns Serbs over quitting Bosnia power company


Russia says it must stake claim to Arctic resources
As sea ice melts, open water encircles the Arctic

In early September, two normally ice-clogged sea routes in the Arctic Ocean were open at the same time. It’s the first time in recorded history that this has happened.

Watch a dust devil spin in Martian arctic
US space woes felt by Europe
China counts down to space launch
Mike Griffin’s Exclusive Off The Record China Briefing
NASA Talking Points: The Urgency of NASA’s Need for Legislation to Continue to Purchase Soyuz Crew Vehicles From Russia

NASA needs Congress to provide legislative extension allowing purchase of Russian Soyuz crew vehicles to support astronauts on the International Space Station by October 2008 or else NASA will have no choice but to de-crew all U.S. astronauts from the International Space Station in 2012.

NASA needs this legislative extension by October 2008. The development and utilization of the International Space Station has been a cornerstone of U.S. space policy and international leadership since President Reagan first announced the program in 1984. We need the help of Congress to capitalize on our Nation’s $50 billion investment in space leadership.

Industry to Congress: Renew the Expiring Clean-Energy Credits
Bye-Bye, Miss American Pyro: Eco-vandal pleads guilty to 1999 arson at Michigan State University

the news- a post-dance-club quickie

OK, let’s start with this one. I seem to recall that Iran-Contra first broke because of a plane crash in Latin America, so you might want to keep an eye on this story too:
Mexico drug plane used for US ‘rendition’ flights: report

A private jet that crash-landed almost one year ago in eastern Mexico carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine had previously been used for CIA “rendition” flights, a newspaper report said here Thursday, citing documents from the United States and the European Parliament.

I almost created a new tag called “awesome” for this one:
Cats on a bank-owned roof: Bobcats claim foreclosed house

Horse and Buggy + Wind Turbine = Indiana Amish Begin Embracing Renewable Energy
You, Shale, Know Our Velocity!: BLM finalizes plan for leasing oil shale in U.S. West

Phoenix Lander Tackles New Martian Mystery

US warship confronts Russian military in ‘tinderbox’ port
Georgia linked to Nato early warning system
Son of former Georgian leader held on coup charge

Pakistan: Uproar grows over first ground assault by US troops
For a fun weekend activity, try calling your congressbeing and asking what authority Congress has given Bush to send troops into Pakistan. You won’t get any answers, of course, but it never hurts to make them sweat a little bit.

Bosnia Seeking International Consortium to Explore Oil

Defence minister announces permanent army reserve presence in Arctic

the news- the further misadventures of the nation-state

Old Bosnian Serb plan ‘thriving’
Europe needs a wake-up call. Bosnia is on the edge again

Bosnia’s predominantly Serb entity, Republika Srpska, Karadzic’s creation, has seen the vacuum where will and policy should be. Its premier, Milorad Dodik, is now aggressively reversing a decade of reforms. He has set up the parallel institutions and sent delegations to Montenegro to find out how they broke away. He has used the autonomy granted by the Dayton Agreement to undermine the Bosnia Dayton envisaged. We do not have to speculate on his intentions, for he has said them himself.

Kosovo to Reinstate Courts in the North

Georgia vows to secure release of 4 servicemen detained in South Ossetia
South Ossetia shootings heighten Georgia tension
Anti-Personnel Mine Found in Georgian Town Near South Ossetia

Artic Oil Too Risky?
As Arctic sea ice recedes, coastal residents, marine mammals feel the effects

In the Bering and Chukchi seas and along the western coast of Alaska, the shrinking of the ice is already affecting people and animals. Walrus, polar bears and seals are losing the ice they live on. Shishmaref, Newtok and Kivalina are washing into the ocean. And people in Barrow are wondering just how much their lives will have to change.

Coasties Prevent ‘International Incident’ with Mexico

news- a post-meetup quickie

Too busy barbecuing in the park and ranting about Spain to give you much tonight. Insert witty remarks as necessary.

Truck Stops to Sell Tasers

The most dangerous seas in the world
Gates warns of militarization of US foreign policy
Breakaway Abkhazia opens mission in Moldova’s separatist region
Georgia pokes holes in German peace plan
Muslims furious at anthem and symbols adopted by Bosnian Serbs
Nasa Official: Moon Capsule Not Likely to Be Ready By 2013