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Thailand, Cambodia Border Fight Moves to UN

Thailand and Cambodia plan to present their positions next week to the United Nations Security Council over recent fighting on their border.

A ceasefire held Friday along the Cambodian-Thai border, though the armies of both governments remain on alert.

Latest fight

A week ago, fighting erupted near a 900-year-old Hindu Khmer temple on the border. Several died before fighting halted Tuesday, and thousands on both sides were forced to flee their homes.

Mexican Official Criticizes US Comments on Illegal Drug Violence

Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa said remarks by a top U.S. Army official this week were "totally unacceptable" and do not reflect the cooperation both governments had been building during the past years.

Espinosa was referring to a statement made by U.S. Under Secretary of the Army Joseph Westphal on Monday that compared Mexico’s drug war to an "insurgency" and suggested that the United States might send troops to Mexico to keep organized crime from taking over the government.

Remarks retracted

GOA-PVF Endorsement: Rehberg for Senate

The announcement that pro-gun Representative Denny Rehberg will take on first-term Senator Jon Tester is welcome news for gun owners and sportsmen.

Rep. Rehberg earned an "A" rating from Gun Owners of America for his strong support of Second Amendment rights.

Army Official Calls Mexico Drug War "Insurgency"

Speaking at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on Monday, Undersecretary of the Army Joseph Westphal described the situation in Mexico as being an insurgency, echoing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's comments in September, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Saying Mexico could face "potentially, a takeover of a government by individuals who are corrupt," Westphal described Mexico and Latin America as a "blind spot" in American foreign policy.

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.

Legislation to Allow Arizona Governor to Call Up National Guard Pending

SB 1495, which would free up Governor Brewer to activate the Arizona State Guard, has been introduced in the Senate of the Arizona Legislature:

http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/50leg/1r/bills/sb...

If SB 1495 passes, then the Governor would have to do nothing more than to sign the order that would create, fund, and deploy the Arizona State Guard, as authorized under Title 32 of the USC.

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/html/uscode32/usc_sec_32_00000109----0...

Phony Integrity?

I am passing these two lengthy pieces along, without editorial in them, for the singular purpose of pointing out what I believe to be a concerted effort to mislead the public in a large concerted effort. Essentially I believe what we have is an organized propaganda machine effort; I will explain in a moment. Both pieces are a product of "The Center For Public Integrity" whose byline is "Investigative Journalism in the Public Interest." I have no doubt both pieces will be referenced in more mainstream media in short order, perhaps even as quickly as this coming Sunday.