Thursday, August 4, 2011

The Short List - August 4, 2011

International
  • Tanks continue to roll through Hama, Syria as the death toll rises.  The UN Security Council has released a statement condemning the attacks, but not going farther.

  • Following the shocking resignation of Turkey's military leaders last week, Prime Minister Erdogan has announced the new military leadership.  The military has long served as the secular bulwark in the country, following the system Ataturk put in place in the early 1900s, but the resignation (notably for Turkey, it was not a military coup) could mean the sunset has begun on the doctrinal secularism in the country.

  • Tropical storm Emily set to hit Haiti, which remains beleaguered following years of poverty and the more recent earthquake.  Hundreds of thousands of Haitians still live in tents and crudely constructed shanties. - 

  • The European debt crisis continues as bond markets drove up the costs of borrowing for Spain and Italy.
Domestic


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