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Friday, April 15, 2011

What's going on in the World Today 110414


U.S. Naval Update Map: April 13, 2011 | STRATFOR

Europe's Libyan Predicament | STRATFOR

Dispatch: Beyond Ai Weiwei's Detention | STRATFOR

Dispatch: Russia Seeks to Expand Its Customs Union | STRATFOR

France, Russia: Equipment For Mistral Carriers Agreed Upon April 13, 2011

France and Russia have agreed on the equipment France will provide on the Mistral-class helicopter carriers it is selling to the Russian navy, Itar-Tass reported April 13. A source at the Russian Defense Ministry said the two Mistral-class carriers will be equipped with two helicopter landing docks, spare parts, accessory units and documentation. The contract will also require that equipment, supplies and the servicing of the landing pads be conducted in Russian territory, and the Russian Defense Ministry will have the rights to use the ships’ engineering documentation.


Iraq: Baghdad Street Protests Banned April 13, 2011

Iraq has banned street protests in Baghdad and restricted demonstration sites to three stadiums in the city, AFP reported April 13, citing Al-Iraqiya TV. Demonstrations will be permitted at Al-Shaab, Kashafa and Zawraa stadiums instead of Ferdus or Tahrir squares, according to a Baghdad security spokesman. The spokesman said the move was prompted in part by complaints by street vendors and store owners that protests were disrupting business.


Dispatch: Israel's Iron Dome | STRATFOR

Israel: Gaza Flotilla May Be Allowed Under Conditions April 14, 2011

Israel’s main concern is that a Gaza-bound flotilla will be used to smuggle weapons, and it wants the involvement of a third party to prevent clashes with flotilla organizers and ensure that the flotilla does not break the Gaza blockade, Israeli political sources told Israeli Channel 2 TV station, Al-Ahram reported April 14. The Israeli Foreign Ministry has invited Greece and Turkey to join Israel in inspecting the flotillas, the sources said. An Israeli diplomatic team is drafting a proposal on different scenarios for dealing with the flotilla, they added.

A Week in the War: Afghanistan, April 5-April 12, 2011 | STRATFOR

Yemen's Rebel General Raises the Stakes | STRATFOR

Yemen: 10,000 Forces Defect, Join Protesters - Official April 13, 2011

More than 10,000 Yemeni officers and soldiers from the Republican Guard, Central Security Forces and air force defected April 13 and joined anti-regime protesters, an army official said, Xinhua reported. The defectors came to the headquarters of the 1st Armored Division in Sanaa and met the division’s commander, Gen. Ali Mohsen al-Ahmar, the anonymous official said. They declared their defection from the Yemeni regime before al-Ahmar.

Libya: Rebels Bartering Crude Oil For Fuel, Supplies April 13, 2011

Libya’s rebels are bartering crude oil at eastern ports with foreign firms for vital fuel supplies, the National Transitional Council’s coordinator for international supply efforts said April 13, Reuters reported. The official said the council was trying to limit cash transactions and so instead was bartering crude for badly needed petroleum products. He said the lack of food and fuel needed to be addressed so people would not suffer.

Egypt: MB Could Win 75 Percent Of Parliamentary Seats - Official April 13, 2011

The supreme guide of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood (MB), Mohamed Badie, said his group is capable of winning up to 75 percent of the seats in the parliamentary elections in September, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported April 13, citing MENA. However, the MB will only compete for about one-third of the seats, Badie said. In addition, Badie denied reports that the MB has made a deal with the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces regarding the country’s political direction. He stressed the armed forces’ importance in the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak, as well as in the success and sustainability of post-Mubarak Egypt. However, he urged the council to keep its promise to transfer power to the Egyptian people.

Mexico Security Memo: April 12, 2011 | STRATFOR

Above the Tearline: Royal Wedding Security | STRATFOR

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