Monthly Archives: June 2008

Egypt (Country threat level – 4):

Clashes occurred over the 7-8 June 2008 weekend between Egyptian security forces and residents of the Mediterranean fishing town of Burullus (also known as Burg al-Burullus). The violence began on 7 June, after thousands of people took to the streets … Continue reading

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Spain / Portugal / France (Country threat levels – 3 / 2 / 3):

 Approximately 90,000 truck drivers affiliated with Spain’s second-largest truckers’ union launched an indefinite strike on 9 June 2008 to protest the rising price of fuel. The government has offered to support the transportation sector with flexible contracts and emergency loans, … Continue reading

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Indonesia (Country threat level – 4):

On 9 June 2008 the Indonesian government issued a decree severely limiting the activities of the Ahmadiyya sect. The decree prohibits the sect from preaching that Muhammad is not the final prophet. The government has been under pressure from two … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe (Country threat level – 5)

On 5 June 2008 Zimbabwean authorities briefly detained a convoy carrying U.S. and British diplomatic personnel. The incident began after a contingent of diplomats from the U.S. and U.K. embassies in Harare paid visits to activists of the opposition party … Continue reading

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July and August 2008 HLS Seminars

Critical Thinking Skills Workshop (June 17-19; Reston, VA) Students learn how to use critical thinking skills in their work by framing their line of argument, developing hypotheses, visualizing data, and writing their final product with clarity and persuasiveness. [View course … Continue reading

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Peru’s Shining Path Rebels Resurgent

 (Miami Herald) “The Shining Path [Sendero Luminoso in Spanish] rebels who terrorized Peru decades ago are back … And unlike before, the rebels have almost unlimited financial support,” reports the Miami Herald. “Earning cash by protecting coca fields and cocaine-smuggling … Continue reading

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Marine Acquitted of Haditha, Iraq, Coverup

(Washington Post) “A military jury” on Wednesday “acquitted a Marine intelligence officer”—First Lieutenant Andrew Grayson—“of charges that he tried to help cover up the killings of 24 Iraqis,” reports the Washington Post. Grayson “was the first of three Marines to … Continue reading

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Al-Qaeda Is Defeated in Iraq, Says CIA

 (Washington Post) “Less than a year after his agency warned of new threats from a resurgent al-Qaeda, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden now portrays the terrorist movement as essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive throughout … Continue reading

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Hezbollah Makes al-Qaeda Look Like a Minor-League Team, Says Chertoff

 (Fox News) “Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff warned [on May 29 in Jerusalem] that the radical Islamic group Hezbollah ‘makes Al Qaeda look like a minor league team,’ and poses the greatest threat to national security.…” reports Fox News. “‘They … Continue reading

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Pakistan (Country threat level – 5)

A statement released on 5 June 2008 on an al-Qaeda run Web site claims responsibility for a recent car bomb attack on the Danish Embassy in Islamabad. The 2 June bombing left six people dead and 25 injured and also … Continue reading

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