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Tunisia's Interim President Gets Power to Rule by Decree

Tunisia's Senate has followed the lead of the lower house of parliament and adopted a measure giving interim President Fouad Mebazaa temporary powers to rule by decree.

Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed the measure, which is part of an effort to help restore order following the January ouster of then-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali by popular revolt.

The French news agency, AFP, quotes interim Prime Minister Mohamed Ghannouchi as saying the caretaker government is facing social pressure because of the demands of citizens seeking economic improvements.

Jordan Tribesmen Warn King to Reform or Risk Revolt

Members of Jordan's major Bedouin tribes have added their voices to opposition demands for urgent political reforms, warning King Abdullah that he risks a popular revolt unless such reforms are carried out.

In a letter to the Jordanian monarch published Monday, 36 tribesmen called for changes to an electoral law that critics say allows the king's loyalists to dominate the parliament. The tribesmen also demanded the formation of a new government to oversee a transparent parliamentary election based on the revised rules.

Thailand-Cambodia Border Uneasy Calm After Clashes

Thai say they have resumed discussions with Cambodia to try to establish a ceasefire in a disputed border area. Military clashes over the weekend left at least seven people dead and sent thousands of villagers fleeing the area.
Thai and Cambodian authorities say there has been no new fighting in their disputed border area for more than a day after four days of heavy shooting.

Thai officials in Si Sa Ket province say the two sides also resumed talks and have agreed to stop the fighting.

Colonel Chinnakaj Rattanajitti is a Thai military spokesman for the area.

Zimbabwean Police Vow to Crush Any Egyptian-Style Uprising in Harare

A senior official of the Zimbabwe Republic Police has threatened to crush any Egyptian-style protests by the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, further stressing the power-sharing government.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Clement Munoriyarwa, in charge of the province of Harare, told the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation that Egyptian-style mass protests would not be tolerated.

No, George Bush Actions Ultimate Disgrace to General Vang Pao

Hmong Americans, family, friends and allies of General Vang Pao:

Let's not have any illusions or amnesia about the ultimate betrayal of General Vang Pao and the Hmong people. For the facts are clear and any denial of these facts simply reveals the twisted reality some General Vang Pao supporters continue to live and believe in.

First, it is obvious that the editor of Soldiers of Fortune, the author of the above blog, was never an Obama fan. In fact, he voted for George W. Bush, and in the recent election, John McCain and Sarah Palin.

MARCH 2011 Table of Contents

COVER FEATURE
OUTNUMBERED AND OUTGUNNED: COP MARGAH
When 120 Taliban insurgents attacked Combat Outpost Margah, troops from Task Force Currahee took lightening speed action. It would be a bloody firefight with Taliban coming within 20 feet of the Army troops.
By Spc. Luther L. Boothe Jr., Task Force Currahee Public Affairs

AMERICA AT WAR
WHO IS THE REAL FATHER OF SPECIAL FORCES?

OF MERCENARIES AND FIRING SQUADS, Part III

TRAINING DUBIOUS REBELS

Thailand, Cambodia Border Fighting Breaks Out Amid Tensions

Thai and Cambodian soldiers have exchanged gunfire along their shared border and there are reports of fewer than 10 casualties among the two armies.

Thai and Cambodian troops exchanged fire Friday afternoon with both sides blaming the other for starting the fighting.

Gunfire and artillery shelling could be heard and civilians were evacuated from the area.

CMF-Tasked Australian Patrol Aircraft Disrupts Pirates in Arabian Sea

An Australian AP-3C Orion aircraft assisted a merchant vessel under attack by pirates in the Arabian Sea, Jan. 28.

The Orion was conducting a routine surveillance patrol for the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) when it was re-tasked to investigate a pirate attack taking place on the MV New York Star.