Ukraine stops dirty bomb, China has too much credit, Failed Bolivian Assassination, and more Shoe-Throwing in India

April 20, 2009 at 9:33 am | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Michigan Michigan mayor asks for speeding ticket instead of just a warning:

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts told The Detroit News that he “had to set an example.”

Ukraine Sale of radioactive materials needed to make ‘dirty bomb’ prevented in Ukraine:

According to Ukraine’s Security Service Head Valentyn Nalyvaichenko, “a deputy of the Ternopil regional legislature attempted to sell a container, filled with a radioactive substance, for $10 million”.

United Kingdom London Metropolitan police have lost control of themselves:

The London police assaulted a man (Ian Thomlinson) walking home from work during the G-20 summit and he died minutes later. Despite initially ignoring the event, an American banker happened to be in town and present and filmed the assault.

The following day a group met in London to hold a vigil for Thomlinson and again, the Metropolitan police were unable to control themselves.

China China’s problem we wish we had: too much credit:

Last month China recorded its largest-ever surge in bank loans, the government reported over the weekend.

While the rest of the world begs for lines of credit and U.S. policymakers struggle to unclog the financial system, Beijing has announced that it will need to “strictly control lending,” especially to certain areas of the economy such as “high-polluting, high-energy consuming industries and…those with overcapacity.”

India Indian politicians demand protection from flying shoes:

“India’s politicians contesting in the general election, fearful of shoes hurled at them by disgruntled voters, have asked for more security and are erecting metal nets at rallies.”

Are they paranoid? Not really. “Lal Krishna Advani, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate was the latest politician to be at the receiving end on Thursday, as an angry party worker threw a slipper at him during an election meeting in a central state”.

“Last week, a Sikh journalist hurled a shoe at India’s home minister during a news conference”, and “Three days later, a retired school teacher threw a shoe at popular Congress lawmaker Naveen Jindal, during an election rally”.

It looks like shoe-throwing has become the go to method of spontaneous political protest. “The incident was the latest episode of shoe-throwing as a mark of protest against political leaders, including former U.S. President George W. Bush and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao”.

There hasn’t yet been a case where a political leader has actually been hit with a shoe. Throwing a shoe at somebody in India is a pretty big insult. If a politician were hit by one, it would probably be seen as a really big deal.
animated gif of GW Bush avoiding shoes

Bolivia Bolivian police smash alleged plot to kill president:

Bolivian police foiled an alleged plot to assassinate President Evo Morales, killing three men in a 30-minute gunbattle with a mysterious group that included suspects from Hungary, Ireland and possibly Croatia, government officials said Thursday.

Police had attempted to arrest the men in the centre of Santa Cruz, an eastern Bolivian city and hub of anti-Morales sentiment, but they fled to a hotel where an intense shootout took place around 4 a.m. local time, witnesses and police said.

The alleged assassins detonated a grenade inside the hotel, blowing out its windows amid the gunfight, police said. Three of the suspects, identified by Bolivian media as Hungarian, Irish and Bolivian, were killed.

A second Hungarian was arrested, along with a retired Bolivian soldier.

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