Center for Strategic Communication

11 September 2012

Tariq al-Hashemi: Turkey ‘will not hand over’ Iraq VP

 BBC News – Middle East

 Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has said that Turkey will not hand over former Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi, who has been sentenced in absentia to death for “running death squads” in Iraq.

 Wind energy group gives Excelon the boot

 Julie Wernau / Chicago Tribune

 In an unprecedented move, the American Wind Energy Association has ousted Exelon Corp. from its membership ranks over the company’s lobbying efforts to kill a tax credit the wind industry claims is crucial.

 Somalia: Federal Parliament Elects Hassan Sheikh Mohamud As President

 Garowe Online in AllAfrica

 Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has been elected by Somalia’s federal parliament and will lead the first permanent government in the nation since 1991.

EU Endorses Energy Savings Law

Jonathan Stearns / Bloomberg

The European Union approved tougher energy-saving rules while pursuing a separate plan to limit their impact on demand for allowances to discharge carbon dioxide in the world’s biggest emissions-trading market.

Israeli Leader Sharpens Call on U.S. to Set Limits on Iran

Rick Gladstone / The New York Times

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu harshly criticized the Obama administration on Tuesday over recent statements that the United States would not set deadlines or draw “red lines” for Iran over its disputed uranium enrichment activities.

Talisman Energy’s Chief Steps Down

Ben Dummett / Wall Street Journal

Talisman Energy Inc. said early Monday that its president and chief executive, John A. Manzoni, has agreed to step down after five years with the company, effective immediately.

Obama Nominates Envoy to Iraq

Peter Baker/ The New York Times

President Obama announced Monday that he would nominate Robert Stephen Beecroft, a career diplomat, as the next ambassador to Iraq after his first choice was forced to withdraw after the disclosure of racy e-mail messages.

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Gazprom Looks East

Nicholas Cunningham

On September 8, Russian gas giant Gazprom signed a deal with Japan to sell liquefied natural gas (LNG) from a future export facility in the Russian city of Vladivostok.

Antarctica, Methane and You

Xander Vagg

A new study released in Nature suggests that there may be billions of tons of methane deposits trapped underneath the Antarctic ice sheets with the potential to be released into the atmosphere. While the methane has lain dormant for years, it may be on its way out. Here’s why we should all be hoping it doesn’t.

Bill Keller: Reaffirming the Iran Consensus

Sean Boers

Bill Keller’s recent column in the New York Times points out the uncertainties of a pre-emptive strike on Iran, noting the consensus that an attack would only delay an Iranian nuclear program for a short time while giving rise to many unintended consequences.

Comments on bio fuels from Ray Mabus

Galen Petruso

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus authored an op-ed touting the success of the Rim of the Pacific Exercise (RIMPAC) in the U-T San Diego News.

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