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January 14, 2011

1. Protests in Tunisia continue as protesters call for the end of president Ben Ali's rule. Tunisian Gov't was criticized earlier for being too forceful and abusive against peaceful protesters previously. Police today had been ordered to show restraint, but tear gas and beatings were eventually emoployed on the capital's streets. Protests organized by Socialists are spreading through North Africa and in Jordan, where Islamists vowed to join in.
UPDATE: President Ali has dismissed the (rest of) Tunisia's government in response to persistent protest.

2. A trial in Nigeria is set to begin in which details of Iranian arms smuggling to West African guerrillas are expected to be disclosed. As is the case with the recent spike in Lebanon, ahead of public disclosures and/or indictments against Iran or its agents (Hizballah), the Islamic Republic can be expected to intimidate, influence or cloud the cycle with terror attacks or other over-shadowing events.

3. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has asked Myanmar (Burma) for permission to inspect their nuclear facilities. Burma is believed to have shipped uranium ore to North Korea in exchange for weapons and technology. Iran has long had the same deal, shipping cash instead of ore.

AFGHANISTAN
Taliban Could Drop Oppostion to Girls' Education? - VOA
September: Taliban bomb girls' school near Peshawar - Daily News
November: Taliban Bombs Girls School In Pakistan - RTT News
Just Yesterday? Pakistan Blast Kills Female Teachers, Injures Students - NDTV

BURMA / MYANMAR
IAEA seeks permission from Myanmar for nuke inspectors to visit - Washington Times
Background: US Cables Detail Myanmar-North Korea Nuclear Cooperation Including Uranium Export - ISIS
Conclusion: North Korea Wants Uranium for Weapons, South Says - NTI

CHINA
China falling short on enforcing sanctions on Iran - CS Monitor

IRAN
Precursor to Violence: Details on Iran arms smuggling to West Africa guerrillas to be disclosed - Telegraph
Major powers snub Iran invite for nuclear tour - New York Post
U.S. agencies believe Iran's nuclear efforts have slowed - Reuters

JORDAN
Hundreds protest over high prices in south Jordan - Reuters
'Organized by the Jordan Social Leftist Movement' w/support from unions - VOA
Jordan's Islamists say will join opposition protests on jobs, inflation - AP
Socialists Ignite, Tunisia to Jordan? "Social conflict in Maghreb has international implications" - World Socialist

LEBANON
Lebanon PM in Turkey Following Government Collapse - VOA
On Turkey: Turkish PM: "Turkey Stands By Hamas," is a "Political Group," Not Terrorists - Arutz Sheva

MOROCCO
Soldiers accused of permitting arms to get to AQ cells, taking payments - AKI

NORTH KOREA
Gates to North Korea: End belligerent acts - CNN
U.S. Can Eliminate North Korean Missile Sites, SoKor General Says - NTI
South Korea Reluctant to Resume Talks With North - VOA

PAKISTAN
Taliban kill female police officer, her relatives in Pakistan - AFP
Police investigate TV journalist's murder in Karachi - AKI

RUSSIA
NATO, Russia Plan Meeting on Missile Defense Collaboration - NTI
Russia puts its own addendum to New START nuclear treaty - Monsters & Critics
Ask A Pole: Crash report angers Poles and shakes ties with Russia - Washington Post
Ask A Russian: IAC report not to affect Russia-Poland thaw - Voice of Russia

TUNISIA
UPDATE: Tunisian President Dismisses Government Amid Protests - VOA
In Tunisia's capital, a peaceful protest turns violent - CNN
Protesters Chant, Calling President "Assassin" - VOA
Protesters Call on Tunisian Leader Ben Ali to Quit - WSJ

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