Tuesday, March 17, 2009


1. AP - A long-simmering trade dispute boiled over into sanctions on Monday after Mexico said it would raise tariffs on $2.4bn of US exports in retaliation for ending a pilot program to allow Mexican trucks on American roads.

2. TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea is slowing down even more the pace of taking apart a controversial nuclear plant, complaining it has not received promised energy aid. The report comes as regional tension mounts over the North's plan to launch a rocket between April 4 and 8.

3. MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian general said on Saturday Venezuela has offered the use of its La Orchila island airfield for Russian strategic bombers on long-range flights.

4. (Reuters) - A U.N. committee accused Iran on Tuesday of violating a U.N. ban on importing or exporting arms by trying to ship weapons-related material in a vessel that was seized by authorities in Cyprus. Some diplomats believe the material were bound for Lebanon or Gaza.

Looks like there's a bunch of bad-guys testing us.
Have no fear, we have Hillary at State and Leon Panetta heading the CIA.

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