Tuesday, March 23, 2010

FP morning post 3/23

China: Google move "totally wrong"

Top news: After Google announced yesterday that it would begin redirecting Chinese Web users to its unrestricted Hong Kong search site, the company was strongly condemned by the Chinese government. "This is totally wrong. We're uncompromisingly opposed to the politicization of commercial issues, and express our discontent and indignation to Google for its unreasonable accusations and conducts," an unnamed official told the news agency Xinhua. However, a foreign ministry spokesman also said that the move would not affect U.S.-China ties "unless politicized" by others.

Google's move is only a partial retreat from China. The company's email, music sharing, map services, and sales divisions will still operate in the mainland. Reports from the mainland indicate there the government is filtering some search results from the .hk portal on sensitive search terms like Dalai Lama, but has not yet blocked access to the site entirely.

Gitmo: A U.S. Federal Judge has ordered the release of Mohamedou Slahi, a Mauritanian national who is suspected of links to the 9/11 hijackers and was tortured while in custody at Guantanamo Bay.

  • Britain will reportedly expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of forged British passports in the January Dubai assassination.
  • A German court convicted an 88-year-old former SS member of killing Dutch civilians during World War II.
  • French public sector workers are holding a day-long national strike.
  • Burma's political opposition will file a lawsuit against the government to challenge restrictive election laws.
  • Pakistan's Parliament is expected to pass constitutional changes designed to curtail the powers of President Asif Ali Zardari.
  • Kyrgyzstan's president said that Western-style democracy may no longer be suitable for his country.
Middle East
  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu restated Israeli claims to East Jerusalem during his speech to the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC.
  • At least six people were killed by bombings in central Baghdad this morning.
  • U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon condemned the Israeli blockade of Gaza as he toured the region.
  • Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush toured Haiti's massive tent cities on Monday.
  • The Inter-American Development bank agreed to forgive $479 million of Haiti's debt.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to Mexico for talks on the drug war.
-By Joshua Keating

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