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 ・・・The US will cut almost 100,000 troops as part of its plans for a "smaller, leaner" military, Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has announced.・・・
 In five years, the Army will drop from a peak of 570,000 to 490,000, and the marines be cut by 20,000, to 182,000.・・・
 Mr Panetta said there would be funding for a floating base that would serve special operations forces as well as drone units.
 This would consist of a giant barge that can transport special operations or other forces at quick notice, reducing demands on aircraft carriers.・・・


 Dissatisfaction with the current crop of Republican candidates is growing -- and some senior figures are a contemplating a completely new pick as the party's White House nominee・・・


1. Does Israel have the ability to cause severe damage to Iran’s nuclear sites and bring about a major delay in the Iranian nuclear project? And can the military and the Israeli people withstand the inevitable counterattack?
2. Does Israel have overt or tacit support, particularly from America, for carrying out an attack?
3. Have all other possibilities for the containment of Iran’s nuclear threat been exhausted, bringing Israel to the point of last resort? If so, is this the last opportunity for an attack?
 For the first time since the Iranian nuclear threat emerged in the mid-1990s, at least some of Israel’s most powerful leaders believe that the response to all of these questions is yes.・・・
 After speaking with many senior Israeli leaders and chiefs of the military and the intelligence, I have come to believe that Israel will indeed strike Iran in 2012. ・・・


 ・・・Kazakhstan's economy is the largest in Central Asia, and its growth rate, at 7 percent in 2010, is among the highest in the world. Thanks to a commitment to the rule of law and political stability, Kazakhstan has been a magnet for foreign investors・・・


 ・・・A military coup has been averted in Papua New Guinea after government troops regained control of an army barracks, the country's prime minister said.・・・


 ・・・The commitment of Indian politicians to maintaining artistic and intellectual freedom seemed to be becoming ever weaker. In the past few months, Joseph Lelyveld's distinguished book on Gandhi had been banned in the state of Gujerat, AK Ramanujan's great study of the Ramayana had been removed from the syllabus of Delhi university, and the country's most revered modern artist, MF Husain, had died in exile in Dubai after Hindu fundamentalists had hounded him out of the country with a rash of lawsuits and attacks on him and his work. In almost all cases, the politicians had encouraged the protesters rather than protecting the writers and artists, using draconian colonial legislation intended to stop religious riots to silence the creative voice.・・・
 ・・・a petition was circulated which called for "the right of all artists and writers to freedom of expression", and urged "the government to reconsider the 23-year-old ban of the Satanic Verses", a ban which put India in the company of Iran, Pakistan and Papua New Guinea.・・・



 A mysterious Russian cargo ship limped into the Cypriot port of Limassol, this month, forced to seek shelter from a violent storm.
 Hidden on board the MS Chariot were four containers packed with 60 tonnes of ammunition for AK-47s and for rocket launchers. The shipment had come from Moscow's state arms company, Rosoboronexport; its shadowy purchaser was none other than the Syrian government.
 Cyprus, an EU member since 2004, was supposed to seize the cargo. The weapons flagrantly breached the EU's strict embargo on military supplies to the Syrian regime, which since last year has been violently engaged in shooting and killing its own citizens and anti-regime protesters.
 Instead, Cypriot officials allowed the ship to leave after receiving vague assurances it would alter its route. The captain refuelled, left and then set a brisk course for the Syrian port of Tartus, where he delivered his dubious cargo.
 Critics say the murky episode is further evidence of Cyprus's unwillingness to displease -- and "embarrassing subservience" to -- Moscow. The case is reminiscent of when a Cypriot court in 2010 bailed Christopher Metsos -- the alleged leader of a bungling Russian spy ring exposed in the US that included the glamorous Anna Chapman. Metsos promptly escaped.・・・
  More than 25% of bank deposits and about one-third of foreign investments come from Russia.
 Typically, Russian investors create "brass-plate" companies to take advantage of Cyprus's low 10% corporate tax rate. Many of these funds are reinvested back in Russia -- ¤1.4bn in 2008 -- avoiding Russian tax. ・・・
 Cyprus's president, Demetris Christofias, heads the communist Akel party. He was educated in Soviet Moscow and is a fluent Russian speaker.・・・
 Britain's support for Turkey's EU accession, by contrast, makes it a more problematic ally, despite the presence on the island of two British military bases, at Akrotiri and Dhekelia.・・・


 ・・・For the 2010 list released in 2011, Reporters Without Borders placed the U.S. at 20, and Hungary at 23. Then a bunch of American cops harassed journalists at Occupy protests, and the Hungarian governmenttried to do away with the very principle of an independent press. Surely what happened in Hungary is worse than what happened here. ・・・
 On this year’s newly released list, for instance, Reporters Without Borders put the United States at 47th in the world, a drop of 27 places.・・・


 ・・・A deliberate marriage of East and West -- she had lived in Manhattan for many years -- it simultaneously embraced the gothic, the otherworldly, the dramatic and the unsettling and was suffused with a powerful, dark eroticism. Her work, whose outsize stylization dazzled some critics and discomforted others, was provocative in every possible sense of the word, and it was meant to be.・・・
 Ms. Ishioka is survived by her husband, Nicholas Soultanakis, whom she married last year・・・



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