The Bos\’un Locker

During times of war and during times of peace, we must prepare for tomorrow with the realities of today.

News from Japan, Africa, ME and India

Posted by Rosemary Welch on December 24, 2006

Japan

Japan rolls back pacifist pillars.

TOKYO, Japan (AP) — Japan’s conservative government chipped away at two pillars of the country’s postwar pacifism, requiring schools to teach patriotism and upgrading the Defense Agency to a full ministry for the first time since World War II. [Read the whole article.

Darfur, Sudan; Liberia

Bush adds 8 countries to anti-malaria campaign.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring that malaria can be defeated, President Bush on Thursday added eight countries to a U.S. initiative aimed at combatting the disease in Africa and slashing its mortality rate by half in targeted nations. [Read the whole article.]

U.S. gives Sudan until year-end to accept UN force.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — Sudan must allow a team of U.N. personnel into Darfur and formally accept an international force for the area by the end of the year or face unspecified U.S. steps next year, a U.S. special envoy said Wednesday. [Read the whole article.

Sudan’s refugees in Chad beg for help as killing widens.

GOZ AMER, Chad (Reuters) — Thousands of people who fled to Chad from Sudan’s Darfur region pleaded with the U.N.’s top refugee official on Friday to either move them or protect them against cross-border raids that have killed hundreds. [Read the whole article.]

Sudan agrees to U.N. peacekeeping plan.

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — The Sudanese government has accepted the U.N. package for Darfur, including the deployment of what is called a “hybrid” peacekeeping operation of U.N. and African Union troops, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday. [Read the whole article.]

Middle East

Pentagon considers Navy buildup in Gulf.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is thinking about a major buildup of U.S. Navy forces in the Gulf as a show of force against Iran, a senior defense official said Tuesday. [Read the whole article.]

India

Bush signs nuclear deal with India.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President George W. Bush signed away decades of U.S. nuclear policy by agreeing to a change in U.S. law that will let India receive U.S. civilian nuclear technology and fuel. [Read the whole article.]

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