With just two months until the next (16th) round of negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) begin in Singapore, supporters of the inaptly named “free trade agreement” are ratcheting up the number of reports favorably promoting formation of the regional trade bloc.
In his second term, President Obama has declared the creation of the TPP to be a "top priority" for his administration.
Despite openly supporting self-styled Jihadist “revolutionaries” seeking an Islamic theocracy in Syria and Libya before that, the new socialist French government has also just launched a series of military attacks against Muslim rebels who seized control of northern Mali with help from other Western powers. The controversial operations, ironically, are being taken under the guise of fighting Islamic extremism. Meanwhile, Islamists in the region have vowed retaliation, saying the French attacks were killing civilians and promising to strike “at the heart of France.”
The United States continues the constant pounding of the tribal region of North Waziristan in Pakistan.
On January 10, AFP reports that six “militants” allegedly working for al-Qaeda were killed in a drone strike.
This is the seventh drone strike this year in the area.
Another day in Pakistan brings another day of skies torn by screaming Hellfire missiles launched from U.S. drones.
Early Sunday morning, a barrage of missiles obliterated villages in the tribal region of South Waziristan. Reports indicate that 10 “militants” were killed and five others were injured in the attack.
Recently translated interviews demonstrate that Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, had little interest two years ago in seeing his party continue the relationship which has existed between Israel and Egypt since the 1978 Camp David Accords because, in his assessment, Israel’s "Zionist" residents are “the descendants of apes and pigs.”