North Korea missile launches raise tensions
guardian.co.uk, Friday 30 March 2012
In an unusual show of transparency, Pyongyang has told the international maritime organisation that the rocket will be launched between 7am and noon from 12-16 April.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/ma ... s-tensions
World powers to hold talks with Iran on April 14:
BRUSSELS | Sun Apr 8, 2012
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/04/0 ... BD20120408
US Gives Iran 'Last Chance' Warning
Obama demands concessions as crucial talks begin in Istanbul later this week
By Guy Adams
April 09, 2012 "The Independent" - -Iran must immediately close a large nuclear facility built underneath a mountain if it is to take what President Obama has called a "last chance" to resolve its escalating dispute with the West via diplomacy.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.inf ... e31029.htm
US Offers to 'Negotiate' if Iran Surrenders;
Thoughts on Negotiation Tactics; Obama Threatens War
By Mike Shedlock
April 09, 2012 "Information Clearing House" --- President Obama has stepped up the rhetoric against Iran with an offer to "negotiate". His offer is no offer at all, it is a demand to surrender.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.inf ... e31034.htm
Could it Be? Another Resignation? “Pope Benedict to step down April 15 2012″ from Kauilapele's Blog
Posted by Ram Arjuna on March 9, 2012 at 12:00pm
http://2013rainbowroundtable.ning.com/p ... own-april-
Journalists covering North Korea’s rocket launch were stymied
By David Pierson
Los Angeles Times
Published: April 13, 2012
BEIJING — It seemed like a reasonable assumption to journalists: Score a rare invitation to North Korea this week, and in all likelihood, you’ll get to break the news when the cloistered state eventually launches its Unha-3 missile.
But that’s not how it worked out for the dozens of foreign journalists still rubbing the sleep from their eyes in a Pyongyang hotel when the rocket’s launch and flameout took place before 8 a.m. Friday morning in North Korea.
On Thursday, North Korean officials had seemingly been preparing the hotel’s media center, a circular room with tiered seating and Internet access. Large screens were set up and speakers checked. Broadcast crews staked out positions for prime viewing.
Press invitations to North Korea are scarce,
http://www.stripes.com/news/journalists ... bled=false
Journalists kept in dark over North Korean launch
April 13, 2012|By Tim Schwarz, CNN
"We were supposed to see images of this launch. We didn't see that.
This is a considerable departure for Pyongyang, as it's the first time that they have admitted a satellite launch has failed. It claimed similar rocket launches in 2006 and 2009 were successes, despite assessments to the contrary from South Korea and the United States.
http://articles.cnn.com/2012-04-13/asia ... _s=PM:ASIA
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